At the current scenario both teams are exactly opposite to each other as per cricketing factors. South Africa is the top ranked team of the champions trophy where as Pakistan is the bottom one. South Africa won their first match by thrashing Sri Lanka completely where as Pakistan were brutally hammered by India in their first match. South African team are filled with power hitters in their line-up where as the only power hitter Pakistan had is suspended due to corruption charges. South Africa are considered to be the favorites to win the match where as Pakistan is not. Pakistan bowling was considered stronger than their batting but anyone who looked at their match against India would not believe in this myth. ICC top two ranked bowlers are also from South Africa. Pakistan should learn from their past mistakes and should not take the South African challenge lightly. South Africa on the other hand would be confident enough to give their 100% by victory over Sri Lanka.
What: Pakistan vs South Africa, champions trophy, 7th June, 18:00 IST
Where: Edgbaston, Birmingham
What to expect: there is no forecast of rain as of tomorrow and a full game is bound to happen. Pitch would be same as the previous match and runs will be scored easily.
South Africa: WWLLW
South Africa: they could stick to the same playing eleven as against Sri Lanka but this hamper the transformation policy. So to maintain it Phehlukwayo might be included in place of Chris Morris or Morne Morkel.
Probable XI: 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt), 5 David Miller, 6 JP Duminy, 7 Chris Morris, 8 Wayne Parnell, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Morne Morkel/Andile Phelukwayo, 11 Imran Tahir
Pakistan: Wahab Riaz is out with injury and Junaid Khan is set to take his place. Fakhar Zaman is set make the new opening partner of Azhar Ali instead of Ahmed Shehzad.
Probable XI: 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Azhar Ali, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Shadab Khan, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Junaid Khan
Players in the Spotlight:
Hashim Amla: Pakistan should be scared of this man in form. He has recently completed his 7000 runs and became the fastest to do so. His hundred in the last innings is the prove of his sublime form.
Shadab Khan: The only bowler who could say passed the bowling test against India. Considering Imran Tahir heroics in the first match, this leggie could also aim at bowling a good spell against Africans.
Match Prediction: South Africa are the firm favorite to win this match unless some extraordinary show put by the Pakistan team.