Pakistan, who suffered a humiliating defeat against arch-rivals India, will look to deliver a much-improved effort when they face South Africa in a must-win clash on June 22 (Sunday) at the Lord’s Stadium in London.
Pakistan, after producing two contrasting results in their first two matches have witnessed a downslide in their performances. Mohammad Amir has created an impact in his every outing but has got little or no support from the other end. The likes of Wahab Riaz and Shadab Khan needs to stand up and deliver the goods in these crunch situations. The batting too, barring the game against England, has failed on a consistent basis. Repeated failures of their experienced middle-order batsman Shoaib Malik might mean that Pakistan consider one between Asif Ali and Harris Sohail.
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On the other hand, South Africa’s chances of making it to the semifinals seem all but over after their loss against New Zealand. The batsmen have failed to raise their game despite their bowlers, providing them with an early edge in all the previous games. The batters need to apply themselves and post enough runs on the scoreboard. The Faf du Plessis-led side will look to produce performances similar to that of their series win against Pakistan earlier this year when they take the field on Sunday.
Date and Venue: Pakistan vs South Africa, June 23 (Sunday) at 3:00 PM IST, at Lord’s in London
South Africa have had a dominant run against Pakistan winning three of the four games they have played. Besides, the Proteas handed a humiliating defeat to Sarfaraz Ahmed & Co when they meet each other earlier this year.
However, the current South Africa team have struggled to find the rhythm in this World Cup, and their only win came against Afghanistan. On the other hand, despite losing a couple of games, Pakistan stunned the favourites England and will hope to repeat that against the Proteas. Moreover, considering the current form, they have a slight advantage over South Africa to emerge victorious.