In a match between two under-performing sides of the 2019 ICC World Cup, there could be an exit for one. Match #30 will witness Pakistan and South Africa play on Sunday in a crucial encounter. This will be played at the Lord’s, the first match of the tournament at the iconic venue.
Pakistan have just one win in five matches, a surprise win over England. The losses to Windies, Australia and India meant they need to win this to stay alive. South Africa also have won just one of their six, losing four.
The optimism after the England win has fizzled out for Pakistan. After the loss to India in the last match, Pakistan have been under pressure to improve. The gap of a week should do well to their battered morale.
Pakistan have had a lot of troubles. The openers haven’t fired together, while the experienced Shoaib Malik has struggled. Bowling wise, the form of Mohammad Amir is a huge bonus. However, Sarfaraz has a responsibility of filling the puzzle of other bowlers.
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The Proteas have been below par all through the tournament. They are on the verge of getting knocked out. With consistent batting failures, the South Africans have struggled for impact. Barring Rassie van der Dussen, most of their batsmen have failed to take responsibility.
Injuries have struck their campaign early on and South Africa never recovered. The all-round performances of Andile Phehlukwayo have been the only solace.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Mohammad Amir has enjoyed a new lease of life this tournament. He has been consistently among the wickets. A definite pick for your side.
Rassie van der Dussen has probably been the only saving grace for the Proteas. Calm at the crease and composed with the bat, he has been consistently among the runs.
Mohammad Hafeez had a good game in the lone win for Pakistan this tournament. The all-rounder will look to impress once again.
Pakistan: 1 Imam-ul-Haq 2 Fakhar Zaman 3 Babar Azam 4 Mohammad Hafeez 5 Sarfaraz Ahmed (C&WK) 6 Haris Sohail 7 Shadb Khan 8 Imad Wasim 9 Mohammad Amir 10 Wahab Riaz 11 Shaheen Afridi
South Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (WK) 2 Hashim Amla 3 Fa du Plessis (C) 4 Rassie van der Dussen 5 Aiden Markram 6 David Miller 7 Chris Morris 8 Andile Phehlukwayo 9 Kagiso Rabada 10 Imran Tahir 11 Lungi Ngidi
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