Big Picture – Can Pakistan get again on monitor?
As one marketing campaign unravels, one other gathers full steam. It’s a well-recognized theme for Pakistan and South Africa throughout a lot of ICC match historical past. While South Africa have typically regarded among the many most formidable sides within the early levels of those tournaments, Pakistan stutter and stall till they’ve left themselves with no margin for error, after which they roar into life. This fixture, timed to coincide with that time of crossroads within the World Cup group levels, offers that narrative the additional thrust for South Africa to be that little bit warier, and Pakistan barely extra optimistic.
But South Africa wish to make historical past at this World Cup, whereas Pakistan are at risk of being consigned to it. The ferocious brilliance of South Africa has mixed with medical effectiveness, lending that facet a metal and ruthlessness they’ve typically been accused of missing. The crew would possibly at all times look a batter gentle with Marco Jansen in at seven, however with almost the entire prime six in such glistening kind, no facet bar Netherlands have been capable of burrow their method deeper into that line-up till explosive injury has already been accomplished.
The PCB itself seems to see the writing on the wall by issuing a weird assertion urging followers to proceed to assist the crew. Somewhat cynically, it indulged in a bit of self-preservation of its personal, firmly pointing the finger at under-fire captain Babar and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq for choosing the crew.
While ignominy probably awaits Pakistan, South Africa eye glory. The two sides in resplendent inexperienced couldn’t look extra totally different from one another at current.
Pakistan LLLWW (final 5 accomplished matches, most up-to-date first)
South Africa WWLWW
In the highlight – Babar Azam and Marco Jansen
When everybody is aware of – as they do about Imam-ul-Haq – you have bought an issue towards the brief ball, dealing with 209cm Marco Jansen doesn’t fill you with pleasure. A cheat code of a cricketer, the final word two-in-one participant has had a glowing World Cup, taking two wickets in every of his 5 video games whereas holding the economic system fee beneath examine. His capability to swing the brand new ball and get additional bounce at will belie the excessive tempo and consistency of his bowling, and Pakistan are low on confidence with the bat. If all that wasn’t sufficient, Jansen is among the many most deadly lower-order hitters on the dying, as his mullering of England will bear witness to.
Team news – Bavuma, Fakhar set to return
Fakhar Zaman has been handed match, and if he does play, Imam-ul-Haq is likeliest to make method. Perhaps extra importantly, Hasan Ali has been dominated out with fever, seemingly placing Mohammad Wasim Jnr in competition.
Pakistan: (seemingly) 1 Abdullah Shafique, 2 Imam-ul-Haq/Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam (capt), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5 Saud Shakeel, 6 Iftikhar Ahmed, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Usama Mir, 9 Mohammad Wasim Jnr, 10 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11 Haris Rauf
South Africa’s most important conundrum surrounded what to do about captain Temba Bavuma, with Reeza Hendricks doing a stellar job as alternative throughout his enforced absence. But Bavuma will come again in and lead the facet, and South Africa have additionally opted for additional spin, with Keshav Maharaj changing Gerald Coetzee.
South Africa: (seemingly) 1 Temba Bavuma (capt), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Heinrich Klaasen, 6 David Miller, 7 Marco Jansen, 8 Keshav Maharaj, 9 Tabraiz Shamsi, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Lungi Ngidi/Lizaad Williams
Pitch and circumstances
Stats and trivia
- Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi are one and 4 wickets away respectively from changing into the twenty first and twenty second Pakistan bowlers to achieve 100 ODI wickets
- While South Africa have a 3-2 lead towards Pakistan in ODI World Cups, their final win got here in 1999
- Quinton de Kock is one century away from tying AB de Villers for many World Cup lots of for South Africa (4)
“I think we have underperformed, in all three matches. We haven’t underperformed this way before. We know that we are not playing good cricket. But our team has bounced back from this situation before and, hopefully, we will come out of this situation.”
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Danyal Rasool is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent. @Danny61000
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