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World Cup 2019, Pakistan vs South Africa build up: Pakistan opt to bat first

World Cup 2019, Pakistan vs South Africa build up: Rain is less likely to play spoilsport in Pakistan's must-win game

By: Sports Desk | Updated: June 23, 2019 2:43:12 pm
World Cup 2019, Pakistan vs South Africa build up: Pakistan opt to bat first (Source: AP)

World Cup 2019, Pakistan vs South Africa build up: Pakistan opt to bat first: Pakistan team faced all sorts of problems after their comprehensive loss to India in the previous match. The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side have had it all. There were speculations of rumours, body shaming, ranting from former players. The only positive for Pakistan at this stage is that they were in a similar position in 1992 World Cup, their only 50-over World Cup triumph. Pakistan have to win all of their remaining four games in order to keep their hopes of grabbing the semi-final spot. They have won only one game in the tournament, against hosts England. They have faced three losses and one unfortunate washout.

South Africa’s World campaign took a mighty slump with just one win from six games. The Faf du Plessis’ side may be one spot above Pakistan on the points table but they don’t have a chance to make it past the round-robin stage. The situation Proteas side are in only makes them dangerous as they have nothing to lose. We can expect a few experiments in the South African side when they take the field against Pakistan at Lord’s, London.

Live Blog

World Cup 2019, Pakistan vs South Africa Pak vs SA Playing 11 Today Match, Dream11 Team Prediction, Live Cricket Score Online, Lords Weather Forecast:

14:36 (IST)23 Jun 2019
Pakistan opt to bat first

Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and chose to bat first at London against South Africa. 

Here are the squads today-

South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis(c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
 

Pakistan (Playing XI): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir

14:05 (IST)23 Jun 2019
Pretorious over Phehlukwayo

Andile Phehlukwayo was the weak link in South African bowling lineup against New Zealand. The only change in the South African side can be Dwaine Pretorius replacing Phehlukwayo. 

13:41 (IST)23 Jun 2019
Milestone for Imran Tahir?

The 40-year-old leg spinner Imran Tahir needs two more wickets to get past Allan Donald and become South Africa's highest wicket-taker in World Cups. 

13:01 (IST)23 Jun 2019
Babar Azam's form

Babar Azam has not scored a single century in the tournament so far. Azam has got starts but he has not been able to convert them into big scores. Will he perform against South Africa in the must-win game?

12:30 (IST)23 Jun 2019
South Africa predicted XI

South Africa are likely to go into the match with an unchanged side -

Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir

12:22 (IST)23 Jun 2019
Pakistan Predicted XI

Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c&wk), Imad Wasim, Wahaz Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammd Hasnain

11:51 (IST)23 Jun 2019
Mohammad Hasnain to make his World Cup debut?

Mohammad Hasnain has been warming the bench in this World Cup 2019. Hasnain has experience of bowling in England and may get a nod ahead of Hasan Ali in the side. Ali has been quite ordinary with just two wickets in the bag at an economy rate of 7.76. 

11:07 (IST)23 Jun 2019
Seamer-heavy lineup

Looking at the pitch and weather conditions at Lord's London, Pakistan might be inclined to play an extra spinner. There may be a toss-up between Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim making into the playing XI. 

10:37 (IST)23 Jun 2019
Most obvious change

Shoaib Malik is unlikely to play against South Africa after a series of failures in the World Cup 2019. Malik has scored just 8 runs from three innings in the tournament including one duck. Haris Sohail is likely to replace the veteran in the side. 

10:18 (IST)23 Jun 2019
Weather forecast

Hello and welcome to Pakistan vs South Africa playing XI prediction live blog. The weather forecast in London will be a relief for Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed as rain is unlikely to play spoilsport in their must-win clash against Faf du Plessis' South Africa.

Squads:

Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed(c & wk), Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail, Asif Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain

South Africa: Quinton de Kock(wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis(c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Jean-Paul Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi