About the Match
In addition to the lost first game, there are plenty of worries for South Africa in their upcoming game against Pakistan. They play their second game of Champions Trophy on 10th June 2013 at Birmingham at 12:00pm GMT. This game would be really important for both the sides. Pakistan would be looking to bounce back into the tournament with a big win and South Africa too would be looking to bounce back to keep their chances alive in the tournament.
Although Pakistan lost their first game to West Indies, they’d be fairly happy with the way they went on with the task of defending a really small target. They have excellent bowling attack with Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan and Wahab Riaz clocking above 140kmph consistently and the spin of Hafeez and Ajmal. Their batting is brittle as was evident in their game against West Indies. Misbah’s knock is a big positive they got from their previous outing. If their batting manages to show some fight, Pakistan is a very tough team to get past, considering their lethal bowling attack.
The biggest setback for the South Africa is Morne Morkel’s injury which he took in the game against India. Their bowling wasn’t good at all against as they were spraying it all over the pitch and the ball was smashed to all parts of the ground. Their batting looked good, but was unable to reach the target. AB de Villiers was in fine form and can take game away from any team in the matter of minutes. Chris Morris makes his way into the squad due to the injury of Morkel. With an extremely strong batting lineup and reasonably good bowling, South Africa still seems to be one of the toughest opponents in the World Cricket.
In their last respective game, both the teams wondered what went wrong. South Africa would be looking to correct their mistakes and bounce back into the tournament with a big win. Can they do it against a very strong looking Pakistan lineup? Paksitan won their last game against South Africa which was a practice and would be looking to repeat that. They have a weak batting order with their openers being relatively inexperienced. South Africa, on the contrary, has a deep batting lineup with all of their batsmen able to keep up to the run rate. Their bowling looks a little bleak with the absence of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, but still it is good enough. It won’t be surprising if South Africa emerges on top of the match day.
South Africa, 1.73 @ William Hill
Pakistan openers haven’t fired since their arrival in this part of the world. They failed yet again in their game against West Indies. In addition to that, there’s no one in their batting order at the top who loves to get going from the start. South Africa, on the other hand, has an army of batsmen who like to play their shots from the beginning of the innings. South Africa is likely to score more than Pakistan in the first 15 overs of their respective innings.
Team to Make Highest 1st 15 Overs Score:
South Africa, 1.80 @ William Hill