South Africa vs. Pakistan
|Date & Time||Sunday June 23, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
Pakistan 2.10 South Africa 1.73
Pakistan and South Africa face each other at Lord’s on Sunday. Both teams are enduring disappointing World Cup campaigns and their chances of making the semi-finals are all but over. They sit at the bottom end of the table with just 3 points each, with South Africa having played a game more than Pakistan.
South Africa’s last match saw them just miss out on a win against New Zealand. They made 241/6 but it wasn’t enough to stop the Black Caps, who reached their target in the final over of the match. Rassie van der Dussen top scored with 67 and Hashim Amla chipped in with a slow half century but it was another substandard day for the Proteas.
South Africa’s only win so far has come against bottom of the table Afghanistan. They lost their opening match to England before losses to Bangladesh and India. They picked up a point against the West Indies after that match was abandoned due to rain but are well below the level of the competition’s stronger teams.
Pakistan have also had a very dispiriting tournament and their 89-run loss to India in their previous match was nowhere near good enough. They were smashed by their fiercest rivals as India’s batsmen – most notably Rohit Sharma – tore apart their bowling attack. They began the tournament with a heavy defeat to the West Indies and have also lost to Australia.
One shining light for Pakistan has been the bowling performances of Mohammad Amir. The 27-year-old has been excellent throughout the tournament and will be key to Pakistan’s chances of picking up a victory against South Africa. He has 13 wickets to his name and his 5/30 against Australia are the best figures we’ve seen so far at this year’s World Cup.
Pakistan’s shock win against England is looking more and more like a freak result with every passing match. They have been dismal in all their other World Cup matches and would have to win all of their remaining games if they were to sneak into the top 4.
South Africa would need a minor miracle if they were to qualify for the semi-finals. They too would need to win all of their remaining matches and hope that all the top sides collapse. They have never won a Cricket World Cup and have lost at the semi-final stage on four occasions.
Pakistan claimed the trophy back in 1992 but haven’t had much to shout about since then. This is one of the weakest Pakistan teams we’ve seen in recent times and they won’t be troubling any of the tournament’s front runners any time soon.
It’s hard to predict what sort of match we’ll see on Sunday. Both teams have been below par and extremely inconsistent. I’m basing my prediction on the form of Pakistan’s bowlers – in particular Mohammad Amir – and the poor South African batting we’ve witnessed in recent games.