Pakistan vs South Africa: Match 30 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 To Decide Which Team Gets To Stay In The World Cup
The equation is simple. Winner of the Pakistan vs South Africa match gets to stay alive in the tournament while the loser is all but confirmed to book an early flight back home.
Pakistan and South Africa, both talented in their flawed ways, have been misfiring on all cylinders in World Cup 2019.
South Africa have three points from the first six games and even if they win all three of their remaining fixtures, a miracle of miracles will be needed for them to progress to the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, Pakistan have the same number of points as South Africa having played a game less. Although their horrible net run-rate is a cause for concern too.
Pakistan vs South Africa: Big Picture
Lord’s Cricket Ground is the venue to decide the fate for both teams. Two sides that were widely considered genuine semi-final contenders, they have seen their hopes dashed game after game.
While the two teams’ situation seems similar, the factors contributing to their plight are anything but. The Proteas are missing several key players, including the lethal Dale Steyn, due to an injury.
Pakistan, on the other hand, have no such excuses to hide behind. They are where they are due to their own sheer incompetence. Plenty has been said about what they’re lacking and doing wrong. There is no point opening that can of worms anymore.
Relying on a Miracle
Pakistan now need to win all four remaining games to stand a realistic chance of reaching the semi-finals. How realistic is that, really? They have won just four of their last 24 ODIs, after all.
(Last five completed matches, most recent first)
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Team News – Pakistan vs South Africa
South Africa (possible): 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Faf du Plessis (capt), 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
Pakistan (possible): 1 Imam-ul-Haq, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 6 Haris Sohail, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Imad Wasim, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Wahab Riaz, 11 Shaheen Afridi
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch the game will be played on has lost much of its green in the past 24 hours and is likely to shed more by match time on Sunday. It’s expected to be a flat wicket, good for batting. Rain is expected to stay away from cricket action.
Match 30: Pakistan vs South Africa
Venue: Lord’s Cricket Ground, London
When: Sunday, 23 June
Time: 02:30 pm PST, 9:30 am GMT