After witnessing the most sensational day of the ICC World Cup 2019, wherein two nail-biting contests took the centerstage and it is still very difficult to get over. It is now time to shift focus on another mouth-watering clash between Pakistan and South Africa at the iconic Lord’s cricket ground, London on June23, Sunday. Both the teams are coming into this game very much low on confidence conceding heartening losses in their respective previous outings. Both South Africa and Pakistan’s campaigns haven’t yet found the mojo as they are languishing in the bottom half of the points table.
Pakistan has only got the better of England and nothing apart from that has gone right for them. Their defeat at the hands of India has left their campaign in the doldrums. From now on, they can’t afford to be complacent. South Africa gave New Zealand a run for their money, but Kane Williamson robbed them of a victory. Faf du Plessis and Co are now in a must-win scenario for their last three encounters.
Sarfaraz Ahmed and his troops have been under severe pressure in the last few days, especially after the humiliation in the hands of India. The whole team is in desperate need of a positive result to drive the fans away from their previous result. A defeat here could worsen their situation big time.
On the other hand, South Africa are on the brink of getting knocked out. A win here doesn’t guarantee them anything but a defeat would definitely book their return tickets to home. Both sides have so much at stake, which is what makes this game very exciting.
South Africa’s likely Playing XI
The Proteas may not want to change their eleven despite the defeat. Quinton de Kock has strained while facing quality pace attacks and he’ll be keen to get a substantial score. Hashim Amla has got two decent knocks under his belt and that would keep him in good stead. Faf du Plessis hasn’t been amongst the runs in the last few games and that’s becoming a worrying factor for South Africa.
Rassie van der Dussen has undoubtedly been their best bet with the bat and he’ll be looking to carry his good form. In the bowling department, Lungi Ngidi looked sharp after returning from the injury layoff. Kagiso Rabada has picked up six wickets, but he’s yet to put forth his A-game. Imran Tahir and all-rounder Chris Morris have looked impressive with 8 and 9 wickets respectively.
Probable XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir.
Pakistan’s likely Playing XI
Pakistan may wish to bring in Haris Sohail in place of the experienced Shoaib Malik, who has been ridiculously out of touch. Malik has already bagged a couple of ducks out of the three matches he has played in. The young Mohammad Hasnain may well be tried out in Hasan Ali’s place. Hasan has got only a couple of wickets in the tournament at an average of 128 and an economy of 7.75.
Wahab Riaz has bowled with pace but has blown hot and cold. The onus will again be on Mohammad Amir to get the crucial breakthroughs. The Men in Green’s batting is yet to fire on all cylinders. Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez have looked the most accomplished. Fakhar Zaman must have gained some confidence after he got 62 in the previous encounter.
Probable XI: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir.
Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local
Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.
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