In the context of the tournament, this game is a really big one. South Africa’s win against India puts them in a strong position for the top spot. A loss to Pakistan though will change the context here. It may not affect their qualification hopes, but it will leave them a little more nervous, as they will have to watch how other results go. Pakistan’s tournament has already been taken out of their hands. India’s loss to South Africa impact them even more. They now need to win their remaining games and hope a lot of results go their way. A win keeps them in contention, but they still have a huge task ahead. With strong fast bowling units from both sides though, the game promises to be a cracker, full of pace and bounce.
Played- 21 | South Africa – 10 | Pakistan- 11 | No Result- 0 | Tie- 0
Date: November 3rd 2022
Time: 1:30 PM IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground
The weather at Sydney is fine for the upcoming game.
The Sydney track is known to assist spinners well. There are some cracks on the surface, and the surface is dry as well. Batting first is a better option.
Temba Bavuma, Quinton De Kock, Rilee Roussow, Aiden Markaram, David Miller, Henrich Klaasen, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi
Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Haider Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Ifthikar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf
Quinton De Kock was at his explosive best in the first game. A rain interruption led to an unfortunate result, undoing his hard work, but he is in some incredible touch now. With Quinton De Kock coming up with some crisp starts, South Africa will benefit up front with ease. He is in really good form, with a fifty in the second game too, and is showing strong signs of consistency.
With Shaheen Shah Afridi struggling to get back to his consistency, the responsibility falls on Haris Rauf. Haris Rauf has been a central figure and the leader of the attack since Afridi’s injury. He now bowls across the innings, and with the upcoming game likely to be a battle of pace and bounce, he will have a job on hand.
The upcoming game is going to be a showdown of the pace bowlers. South Africa’s batters are a little better placed though, unless Rizwan and Azam fire. With Sydney likely to spin though, Pakistan might have a slight advantage. They are generally a strong side when pushed against the wall and a win from them seems likely here.