Pakistan vs South Africa, Match 30 prediction2019-06-24
Lords Cricket Ground, London
Man of the Match: Haris Sohail
?Pakistan is currently ninth on the point table with just three points from last five outings.
?South Africa won only one game out of their six fixtures and one against Sri Lanka ended in a washout. They are currently lying eight in cricket world cup 2019 point table.
?South Africa won 35 out of last 55 ODI matches against Pakistan.
?In the 2019 world cup, so far not any player from both the teams has scored a century.
South Africa to win this match
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Pakistan will face a do-or-die battle against South Africa in a crucial World Cup tie at Lord’s cricket ground in London on Sunday. Sarfaraz led-team lost the previous fixture against arch-rival India by a big margin of 89 runs. Their campaign deflated after early promise against England. They lost the last two games against India and Australia. Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam looked well set for a big score against India but failed in quick succession.
Their middle order batsmen- Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali failed to make an impact in the tournament. On the bowling front, except Mohammed Amir other bowlers looked ordinary and leaked runs against an opponent. Amir picked 13 wickets so far in the tournament, which also includes three crucial wickets against India. The likes of Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan need to pull up their socks before it is too late. As the race to the semi-finals stiffens, Pakistan team will need to put up a disciplined effort against South Africa to rise against their dipping form and script a turnaround.
South Africa, on the other hand, is really struggling to turn the fortune in this tournament. Things have gone from bad to worse as nearly they are out of qualification race following their defeat in the last game. They had their chances in against New Zealand but unsuccessful to convert it, in the end, lost the match by four wickets. Out of their six fixtures, they won just one against bottom-placed Afghanistan. Proteas have failed to combine as a team and produce any match-winning results in their previous matches. It’s nearly impossible for Proteas to make it to semis even after winning their remaining games.
Their senior players - Hasim Amla, Quinton De Kock haven't produced any performance of note so far, putting the lesser experienced middle order under further pressure. Van der Dussen, the only South African batsman has been consistent in the tournament. He scored unbeaten 67 in the previous game. They would be looking to tick all boxes to get the second win of the tournament.
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Sarfarz and co. will have their task cut out against South Africa in the must-win match. Pakistan is relying on their top order batsman – Fakar Zaman, Babar Azam and Mohammed Hafeez to score big as their middle order batting has been very vulnerable in the event. Babar Azam and Mohammed Hafeez showed some class in the earlier games, but they need to convert it to match winning inning. Babar Azam has been in tremendous form in recent time. He is currently ranked seven in ICC ODI ranking. But he is yet to strike gold in this world cup and will be desperate to get a big one here. Pakistan will be hoping for the solid performance in all facets of the game.
Veteran Shoaib Malik has not been scoring a lot of runs for Pakistan of late. He got out on the first delivery in last game. Certainly, the Pakistan team will need his experience in this vital situation. Pakistan’s bowling has always been their principal weapon. The left-arm combination of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz will be pivotal to their success in this competition. Mohammed Amir has been in tremendous form so far in the tournament and onus would be on him to restrict opponent batsmen. Other Pacer Hasan Ali has been below average so far in the event and would be eying for a match-winning spell versus Africa.
Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, SI Wasim, Babar Azam, F Zaman, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Imam-ul-Haq
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk/capt), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir
Faf Du Plessis men will have to pull up the socks to scale certain heights in the 2019 World Cup. The onus will be on openers Quinton de Kock and Hasim Amla to provide the solid platform. Wicketkeeper and opener batsman Quinton de Kock has been in outstanding form in the last couple of years. He has scored 527 runs in last 10 ODI innings at an average of 52. South Africa will be hoping De Kock carries on his form and acts as the fulcrum of their batting line-up.
Their most prolific batsman Hashim Amla scored fifty in the previous game. But he would be looking to anchor the inning and score big. He possesses great record against Pakistan, scored 1045 runs in 24 innings at an average of 47.
In the bowling department, Kagiso Rabada, the 24-year-old has been a strike bowler for South Africa for the last few years. He is currently fifth-ranked ICC ODI bowler and will look to produce a match-winning spell in this all-important game. Chris Morris is currently the leading wicket-taker for South Africa with 8 wickets in five matches played in the competition.
Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, David Miller, Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir
|R van der Dussen||67||64||2||3||104.69|
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis (C), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
The historic Lord’s ground in London is ready to host its first game of the tournament. According to the AccuWeather, the weather for Sunday promises to be bright and sunny. Also, there is no hint for rainfall throughout the day. That raises hopes of a run feast and complete game on a day. Unlike other grounds in England, the Lord’s ground in London is not a very scoring ground. It is usually in favours of both Batsmen and bowlers. Sine 1 Jan 2000, highest score at this venue is 328, while the average is 263.
Overall, 17 out of the last 32 completed ODIs were won by the team batting second. The records are strongly in favour of the chasing team. Hence the team would want to restrict the opponent in the first inning and chase the target.
We expect the team winning toss will definitely wish to bat second at this venue.
Both the teams are inconsistent thus far in the tournament and will be looking to turn their fortunes around in this game. Statistically, South African possesses great ODI win record against Pakistan. Faf du Plessis and co. have the firepower to produce big totals on the board. In this World Cup, the side has struggled to get going as a batting unit. Hopefully, they will be looking to get second win of the tournament on Sunday. We predict South Africa will win this match against Pakistan.
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