Man of the Match: Haris Sohail
Pakistan look to keep semi-final hopes alive against South Africa
Our Prediction is Pakistan to win the match!
Pakistan will be looking to keep their World Cup hopes alive when they take on South Africa in the 30th game of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at London on Sunday.
Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will be hoping that the side can bring their A-game to the table in this must-win game against South Africa. The side simply needs to win their remaining games to stay relevant in this World Cup.
On the other hand, South Africa has looked completely out of sorts in this World Cup and will be looking to salvage some pride in this contest. Captain Faf du Plessis will be hoping that the side can produce a better much performance in this game.
The green shirts are currently lying in the bottom half of the points table with only one victory to their name in 5 matches played so far in this World Cup.
Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will be hoping that the side can make amends for their mistakes made in the previous game played against India. The side will be looking to make changes for this game and bring Haris Sohail in place of Shoaib Malik, who has done much with the bat in this World Cup. Pace bowler Hasan Ali might be replaced by Mohammad Hasnain, who might get an opportunity to showcase his skills in his debut World Cup game.
In the batting department, the side will be hoping that the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez can provide the bulk of runs in this game. Opening batsman Fakhar Zaman will be looking to make a big score in this game. He looked in decent form with the bat against India and scored 62 off 75 balls with the help of seven fours and a six.
Babar Azam also failed to get a big score against India and scored 48 off 57 balls with the help of three fours and a six. Pakistan will desperately be hoping that Azam can deliver a big inning in this all-important game against South Africa.
All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been in excellent form with the bat for Pakistan so far in this World Cup. He has scored 155 runs in 4 matches at an average of 38.75 with one half-century to his name. Haris Sohail and Asif Ali might be a part of the playing XI for this game. Imad Wasim might be dropped as the surface at Lords does not provide a lot of help to the spinners.
In the pace bowling department, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Hasnain will three premier options for Pakistan. Leg-spinner Shadab Khan will be played as a lone spinner for this game.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain &wk), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Asif Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz.
Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, SI Wasim, Babar Azam, F Zaman, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Imam-ul-Haq
Faf du Plessis’s South Africa will be looking to make a strong comeback after suffering a four-wicket defeat against New Zealand in Birmingham. For South Africa, they will be looking to play for pride and win their remaining three games of the competition.
The batting lineup has failed to produce competitive scores on the board in this World Cup. It was the same old story against New Zealand as South Africa managed to post a below-par 241 runs on a decent batting strip prepared at Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
In the batting department, the side will be desperately hoping that the likes of Quinton de Kock, Faf Du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen can deliver big runs in this fixture. De Kock has suffered from inconsistency and managed to score 191 runs in 6 innings at an average of 38.20. Left-hander will need to deliver a big score in this game.
Rassie van Der Dussen has been the in-form batsman for the side in this World Cup and once again produced a half-century to help South Africa post a decent total against New Zealand. He has scored 180 runs in 4 matches at an average of 60.00 with two half-centuries to his name.
Hashim Amla has clearly struggled to get going in this World Cup while Faf du Plessis has failed to produce notable scores for the side in the competition. The experienced duo will need to produce something special in order for South Africa to win this game.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris and Imran Tahir to deliver crucial breakthroughs in this game. Chris Morris bowled exceedingly well in the previous game and picked up three wickets from his ten overs. Imran Tahir bowled well and conceded 33 runs from his full quota of overs.
: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla/JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock (wk), Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada.
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Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, David Miller, Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir
Lords Cricket Ground in London is going to host its first World Cup game between South Africa and Pakistan. South Africa will take heart from the fact they have an excellent record against Pakistan in World Cup competition. Pakistan has won their last two games against South Africa in ICC tournaments.
The wicket prepared for the game will provide an interesting contest between ball and ball. The weather forecast for the game on Sunday is going to remain cloudy throughout the day.
Both the teams will be looking to win the toss and bowl first on this wicket. There will definitely be helpful for bowlers in the first half of the game.
Pakistan will certainly be favorites to win this game against South Africa. The side always manages to play their best cricket in knockout situations and will be looking to deliver a clinical performance against South Africa. Expect Pakistan to beat South Africa in this game!