Pakistan will take on South Africa in a highly-anticipated clash at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday, November 3. After losing two out of their three games, Pakistan are in desperate need of a win to keep their semi-final hopes alive in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022.
On the other hand, South Africa are positioned at the second spot in the Group 2 standings and are still unbeaten in the Super 12 stage. A win against the Men in Green will almost seal South Africa’s semi-final berth.
Pitch and Weather report:
The track at Sydney Cricket Ground is expected to provide assistance to fast bowlers, but it also has plenty of opportunities for batters. Notably, SCG is the only venue at the tournament where teams have breached the mark of 200. Fans can expect a full 40-overs contest, as there’s no chance of rain at all.
Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah
South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma (capt), Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi
South Africa: WWWLL (last five completed matches, most recent first)
What they said:
“In the past year, we’ve found ourselves in tricky situations and managed to get over the line. The guys have managed to find their roles. If one of us is not doing well, another one picks up the slack,” said South Africa batter David Miller ahead of the match.
“Everyone is professional, and everyone knows about oneself. We lost against India, but after the India match, everyone was positive,” said Pakistan pacer Naseem Shah.