About the Match
Pakistan has 4 points from 4 matches and is placed at the 4th position; they will go up against South Africa, who have 6 points from 4 matches and are placed at 2nd position in the upcoming group B match on 7th March at the Eden Park Stadium, Auckland. While Pakistan will try to come up with a winning strategy to keep their quarter finals hope alive, South Africa which has scored comprehensive wins in recent games will be ruthless when it comes to executing their strategy and move towards victory. It will be interesting to see which team can dominate the other and triumph on Saturday as the competition gets heated up.
Pakistan won their last match against UAE by a big margin 129 runs after they set a target of 340 in; Ahmed Shehzad was player of the match for his brilliant 93 off 105 balls and Harris Sohail, who posted 70 off 83, shows good promise. Misbah-ul-Haq’s 65 off 49 helped Pakistan post 339 on board, their second highest score in a World Cup. The bowlers bowled well in patches, especially Sohail Khan, who was the chief destroyer picking up 2 wickets; Wahab Riaz and Shahid Afridi also picked up 2 wickets each while the other bowlers chipped in with a few good overs as well. Their last match against Zimbabwe also went their way as Misbah blasted 73 while Wahab Riaz scored 54 and also picked up 4 wickets; Mohammad Irfan also took 4 wickets to defeat Zimbabwe convincingly. Pakistan has the talent and a number of experienced players in both batting and bowling department to win more matches; they just need to stay focused on the end goal and be determined to move ahead in their campaign here.
Winning the match against Ireland by a big margin of 201 runs, the batsmen once again proved their strength in delivering the goods with the bat and exhibited the mettle of their batting line-up. Player of the match Hashim Amla’s superb 159 off 128 and Faf du Plessis’ run-a-ball 109, helped them post their second successive 400-plus runs on the board; their record 2nd wicket partnership also proves their ability to build partnerships under crucial situations too. On the bowling front, Kyle Abbott picked up 4-21 in his 8 overs, Morne Morkel picked up 3-34 and Dale Steyn picked up 2-39. They also had a perfect game against the West Indies with AB de Villiers clicking in all his moves, scoring an unbeaten 162. South Africa is definitely the better side with a series of explosive batsmen like AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, David Miller, and JP Duminy while the bowlers continue to threaten the opponents with their pace. Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander are in great from and will be key to their success; South Africa will need to perform well under pressure also and will definitely try to overcome the challenges to reach the next stage.
Pakistan’s improved batting and bowling has made them confident to win against South Africa but the Proteas are a determined side with a well-balanced team of established batsmen and bowlers, who are peaking at the moment. Although it could be a tight contest, we feel that South Africa are better placed to continue with their winning momentum and gain two more points with a win here.
South Africa, 1.25 @ Bet365