Pakistan vs South Africa Cricket World Cup 2023: Match Preview, Key Players, Head-to-Head, Prediction, Weather Report, Pitch Report

Pakistan vs South Africa Cricket World Cup 2023: Match Preview, Key Players, Head-to-Head, Prediction, Weather Report, Pitch Report

Pakistan and South Africa will face each other in match No. 26 of ICC Men’s World Cup 2023 on Friday (Oct. 27). The match will be played at Ma Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, starting from 2:00 pm IST / 8:30 AM GMT.

Pakistan vs South Africa Match Details

October 27, 2023, FridayPAK vs SA2:00 PM IST / 8:30 AM GMTMA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Pakistan vs South Africa World Cup 2023 Match Preview

Pakistan are under pressure to win their upcoming match against South Africa in order to reach the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup. They have won two of their five matches so far, but need to improve their all-round game. South Africa, on the other hand, have been one of the most impressive teams in the tournament, with four wins from five.

Pakistan’s batting has been inconsistent so far, with only Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan showing any real form, with the rest of the batting line-up struggling to score runs Their bowling has been a strong point, with Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali taking plenty of wickets. However, they will need to be more consistent against a strong South African batting line-up.

South Africa’s batting line-up is particularly strong, with Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller all in good form. Their bowling attack is also very strong, with Kagiso Rabada, Marco Jansen, and Keshav Maharaj all being world-class bowlers.

Pakistan will need to take early wickets to prevent South Africa from posting a big score. Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf will be key. They will also need to be more consistent with their batting. If they can do that, they will have a chance of winning the match.

However, the pressure is on Pakistan to win this match. They need to improve their all-round game if they want to reach the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup 2023.

Pakistan vs South Africa Match Squads

Pakistan squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim.

South Africa squad: Temba Bavuma (c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams

South Africa vs Pakistan: Probable XI

South Africa: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Gerald Coetzee, Lungi Ngidi.

Pakistan: Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Usama Mir, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf.

Pakistan vs South Africa Key Players

Pakistan – Babar Azam

While the Pakistan skipper has scored a modest 157 runs at an impressive 31.40 runs per match so far in the tournament, expectations are so high for the world’s No.1-ranked ODI batsman that he would love to be able to score freely. Now is the time for Babar to step up to the plate and help Pakistan stay alive in the race for the semi-final spot with a massive score against a well-bowled South Africa.

South Africa – Quinton de Kock

With three centuries to his credit and a tournament-best 407 runs at an eye-watering 81.40 in five matches, the South Africa opener is one of the best players at the World Cup and there’s no reason to believe he won’t strike again against Pakistan. De Kock is the spearhead of South Africa’s explosive top six.

Pakistan vs South Africa World Cup 2023 Match Prediction

Pakistan have triumphed in three of the last five encounters against South Africa, however, the current trends and the form whcisuggest that South Africa will likely win the match on Friday.

Pakistan vs South Africa Head-to-Head Records

Pakistan and South Africa have played 82 ODIs against each other, with South Africa winning by 51 wickets and Pakistan winning by 30 wickets. 1 match finished without a result.

Pakistan vs South Africa Weather Report

TemperatureHumidityWind SpeedPrecipitation
30°C61%5.32 Km/HrNo

Pakistan vs South Africa Pitch Report

The MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai features a batting-friendly surface. But as the game goes on, the surface begins to break and the spinners come into action. But in the past four Cricket World Cup 2023 matches, three of the matches have been won by the teams bowling first, and one match has been won by the team batting first.

Spin or Pace?

The location is ideal for spinners. With the match going on, the course tends to slow down and help spinners.


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