About the Match
Pakistan and South Africa start their World Cup campaign against each other in what promises to be a tightly fought contest at Leicester. The Pakistani girls will be hoping to repeat the heroics their men’s team were able to perform in the Champions Trophy while the South Africans will be quietly confident of getting the job done.
This South African team is definitely one of the contenders for this tournament and could very well steamroll oppositions when on a roll. Their main strength is, of course, their world class pace attack led by the fiery Marizanne Kapp, currently the World’s number one ODI bowler.
Kapp will be the main threat to the Pakistani batting and will be ably supported by Shabnim Ismail, who has completed her 6-month ban for misconduct. No one has taken more ODI wickets for South Africa than Ismail and early reports indicate that she has not lost any of the pace that makes her one of the fastest bowlers in the world.
The batting will depend on Mignon Du Preez and Lizelle Lee along with solid contributions from the others but there is no doubt that the current 6th
ranked team in the world has a lot of things going for it.
A large part of how this match plays will depend on how the South African batters handle the Pakistani spinners, as well as how effectively their fast bowling attack uses the conditions on offer.
Fans will be hoping that South Africa can get some consistency into their game because that is the only thing that seems to hold them back from performing better on the big stage.
ranked team in this competition is not expected to reach the semi-final stage, although, we all know that this does not stand for much when it comes to Pakistan. Led by the experienced and immensely talented Sana Mir, Pakistan will be hoping to learn from their last World Cup Qualifier match against South Africa which they lost by 63 runs.
One of the advantages that Pakistan will have is that the other teams will not know too much about their squad as it contains six new players and a new coach. Standard fare for Pakistan so far!
Some of the players to watch out for them in this tournament will be batter Bismah Maroof, Nashra Sandhu and of course, Sana Mir. Maroof is the highest ranked batter for Pakistan and has a decent record in English conditions, while Sandhu has impressed with her accurate left-arm bowling so far.
Sana Mir, is, of course, the only player for Pakistan to have scored over a 1000 runs and taken over a 100 wickets.
Pakistan’s fielding and general disadvantage in the physical side of things tends to hold them back, particularly against teams which pay a lot of attention to such things. This is also one of the major reasons why Pakistan has never beaten India, Australia, New Zealand or England.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at Leicester is expected to be flat but some amount of movement will be on offer. The weather is expected to be cloudy and there is always a chance of rain but there should be no threat to the match.
We think that the South African fast bowler should be more than enough to overpower Pakistan and win the match but the subcontinent team can never be counted out. Back South Africa to win but be on the lookout for hedging opportunities when the match is being played