South Africa vs. Pakistan: First ODI Preview
South Africa vs. Pakistan: First ODI Preview

South Africa and Pakistan are ready to face off in the first ODI of the five-match series in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. The home side will enter the contest full of confidence after registering a comprehensive 3-0 whitewash in the recently concluded three-match Test series. In the previous five meetings between both teams, it is advantage Pakistan as they've won four matches, whereas Proteas emerged victorious on one occasion. St George's Park in Port Elizabeth will be the venue for the match, which will be hosting its 39th one-day international. Pakistan team have a fantastic record of four wins and just one defeat at the ground. Highest team score of 335-6 was registered by the Men in Green against the hosts in 2002-03, whereas highest individual score of 135 was registered by Pakistan's Saleem Elahi.

In the batting department, Proteas will be depending on the likes of captain Faf du Plessis, veteran right-handed batsman Hashim Amla and explosive David Miller to score bulk of the runs, whereas in the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of pacer Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier and veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir to provide timely breakthroughs.

On the other hand, Pakistan will enter the series hoping that change in format will bring some change in luck as well as they will look to put a much better show in the 50-over contests. In the batting department, the Men in Green have already received a major boost with the arrival of veteran duo of

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