The Defeat against India has almost put the Pakistan out of semis contention unless there is miraculous thing from them and to make things even worse, Pakistan didn’t win any match in Champions trophy after beating India in 2009. Pakistan top order isn’t explosive to set a strong platform either while batting 1st or while chasing. When the match is against South Africa there is always a chance of big score from them and Pakistan batting doesn’t seem the one which can challenge that big score. Although middle order consists of experienced players they are failing to take Pakistan over the line consistently. Wahab Riaz’s absence is a no pain no gain kind of thing for Pakistan. It’s upto their spearhead Mohammad Amir on how he will handle the initial and death overs for Pakistan.Young spinners Imaad and Shadab have the responsibility to restrict the Top most ranked ODI team in mid overs. Most likely Junaid Khan will be preferred over new comer Rumman Raees to replace Wahab in XI. Ultimately Pakistan would be hoping for a revival in seniors performance to keep their team alive in the tournament.
Pakistan probable XI- Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed ©, Imaad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hassan Ali
Despite not being outstanding, South Africa have started their campaign with big win against Sri Lanka . Quinton De kock and Amla struggled initially against Lankan bowlers however no concerns can be raised on that pair. There has been no big score from Ab de villiers so far in this year, considering his record against Pakistan a big score is around the corner. There is a issue of their 3rd pacer, Wayne Parnell hasn’t been able to contain runs and South Africa might replace him with another fast bowling allrounder Dwaine Pretorious.
Even though SA are favourites to win this game, They have to look back to their last encounter against the same team in ICC tournament where they fell apart chasing a low total while Pakistan can take positives from that game and reinforce the challenge.
South Africa probable XI- Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Faf du plesis, Ab de villiers ©, David Miller, JP Duminy, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell/Dwaine Pretorious, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel
Its battle of green shirts.
10 out of 15 Pak players have never faced SA in ODIs
Head to Head record in ODIs: Matches- 72, SA- 47, Pak- 24, NRR- 1
Head to Head in Champions trophy: Matches- 2, SA- 2, Pak- 0