South Africa and Pakistan will play the decider of the 3 match ODI series on 7th April. However, the Proteas will be without the services of David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Quinton de Kock and Lungi Ngidi, who have left for India to participate in the Indian Premier League. As per the social media post by Johns, De Kock has already reached India and joined with Mumbai Indians.
De Kock has reached Chennai and joined with Mumbai Indians ahead of IPL 2021. pic.twitter.com/CsZNrXbUpO— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 5, 2021
Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje will be representing Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2021 and the franchise posted a picture of the duo boarding their flight to India.
David Miller also shared a picture of him leaving for India.
Rabada, Nortje, Miller and Ngidi will be joining their respective franchises in Mumbai. Quinton de Kock has already joined MI in Mumbai. It is still unclear if the other four South African players will undergo mandatory quarantine or not. The BCCI had made it clear that players will only be eligible for the bubble to bubble transfer if they come via chartered flight. If rest of the players come from passenger flights, they'll have to serve the quarantine period as per BCCI's protocols which will force them to miss their team's opening fixture.
David Miller and Anrich Nortje looked in top form against Pakistan. While Miller fetched himself consecutive half centuries, Nortje accounted for seven Pakistan batsmen in the two matches. Quinton de Kock also played a brilliant knock of 80 in the second ODI.
South Africa did manage to beat Pakistan in the second ODI but without their ace players, it will be interesting to see how they fare in the decider. After losing the first ODI comprehensively, the Temba Bavuma led side bounced back in the second ODI to win the game by 17 runs. However, Fakhar Zaman gave them a scare and almost took the game away from them after a breathtaking 193.