After crushing UAE by 129 runs they will face South Africa in an important clash on 7th March 2015 at Auckland. The match will start at 6.30 AM IST. In the last match South Africa had defeated Ireland by 201 runs and Pakistan will look to upset South Africa.
South Africa has a excellent batting line up. They have Amla and Quniton De Kock at the top, followed by DU Plesis, explosive De Villers, Duminy and Miller. In the previous match against Ireland Amla and Du Plesis came to the party. Amla and Du Plesis set a good a platform with both of them scoring centuries and then Rossouw and Miller partnership helped South Africa post a big score of 411. South Africa won the match by 201 runs. The bowling performed very well with Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Abbottand Tahir picking up wickets.
Pakistan has an inexperienced batting order. Ahmed Shehzad scored some runs in the match against UAE and Nasir Jamshed has failed badly in 3 matches followed by Haris Sohail, Captain Misbah, Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi. Their bowling is reasonably weak which comprises of Mohmmad Irfan, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz, and experienced Shahid Afridi.
Previous World Cup encounters
ICC World Cup 1992, Group Stage, Brisbane (South Africa won by 20 runs)
With South Africa in brilliant form beating West Indies and Ireland by huge margins they are favorites to win the match. Pakistan has play well to beat the South African team who has done well after losing to India in their opening match of the tournament. South Africa batting looks settled and there is no reason of changing but Duminy might comeback. Pakistan needs to bat and bowl well if they have competed.
Key Players to watch out for
South Africa: Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla has been in great form in the past two matches. In the match against West Indies he set up a good platform for the likes of Ab DE villers to explode and in the next match against Ireland he scored a brilliant 159. He makes the batting look very easy and if Pakistan have to limit South Africa score then they have get out Amla early. He has all shots in his armor.
Pakistan: Misabh UL Haq
Misbah Ul Haq has been the main stay for Pakistan. Against Zimbabwe when the team was struggling he came and played a very vital knock of 73 which allowed Pakistan to get a score 235 for 7. Against a top class bowling attack like South Africa Misbah needs to play aggressive and lead from the front. Today against UAE he played a quick fire knock to help Pakistan a big score of 339.