PAKISTAN TO FACE SOUTH AFRICA TODAY
Pakistan and South Africa will battle it out for a chance to stay alive in the World Cup and a place in the semi-final at Lord’s today.
Both Pakistan and South Africa have won just one match in the World Cup and stand on ninth and eighth position respectively on the points table.
The green shirts lone win in the tournament came against hosts England while their game against Sri Lanka was washed out. Their 29-run drubbing at the hands of India left the team with three points from five matches and needing them to win all four of their remaining matches.
For Pakistan, their batting remains their main concern with no batsman making a mark so far apart from Babar Azam who has scored 163 in his four games.
If Pakistan wants to have a realistic chance of making it into the next round, their batsmen need to step up.
It is expected Haris Sohail may find a place in today’s playing XI against South Africa.
On the other hand, Pakistan’s bowling department has fared slightly better, with fast bowler Mohammad Amir the star for the green shirts with 13 wickets from five matches and a best of 5-30.
Their opponents South Africa also have a win from their six World Cup games and must win today’s game if they want to remain in contention for a spot in the semi-final.
The Proteas who came into the tournament as one of the contenders have been unimpressive with their only victory of the tournament coming against Afghanistan.
The match between Pakistan and South Africa will begin at 2:30pm Pakistan Standard Time.