South Africa would look to continue their winning streak as they will face Pakistan in Chennai on 27th October 2023. The Proteas will be high on confidence with a dominating win over Bangladesh by 149 runs thanks to contributions by de Kock, Klassen, Markram, and David Miller that helped them to post 382 for 5.
On the other hand, Pakistan suffered a humiliating loss against Afghanistan at the same venue. They are in a must-win situation as they need to win to stay alive in the tournament.
Details– South Africa vs Pakistan, Match 26, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
Venue– M Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Date and Time– 27th October, 2.00 PM IST
South Africa and Pakistan played a total of 82 matches with Proteas winning 51 of them while Pakistan registered only 30, 1 no-result, and 0 tied.
Both teams played a total of 5 matches in World Cups since 1992. South Africa has a slender lead winning 3 matches while Pakistan won 2. The last time these two teams met in World Cup history was during the 2019 edition where Pakistan won by 49 runs.
The pitch used between Pakistan and Afghanistan was a high-scoring affair. It had some turn and bounce for the spinners initially which became tough for the batters.
Afghanistan batters were helped by the conditions in the 2nd innings as the ball came onto the bat and won the match by 8 wickets. It promises to be an exciting battle as Pakistan would be looking to prove their worth against red hot South African side.
The captain that wins the toss would likely field first, restrict the opponent, and then chase down the target.
South Africa (SA) vs Pakistan (Pak)- Predicted Playing XI
Temba Bavuma/Reeza Hendricks, Quinton de Kock, Rassie Van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Klassen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj, Ngidi.
Imam UL Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam (C), Mohammed Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shahbad Khan, Mohammed Wasim Junior, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf.
Fantasy Selection- SA vs Pak
Team 1– Quinton de Kock (C), Abdullah Shafique, Rassie Van der Dussen, Babar Azam (VC), Markram, Iftikhar Ahmed, Miller, Mohammad Nawaz, Shamsi, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Ngidi.
Team 2– Reeza Hendricks, Imam UL Haq, Dussen, Mohammed Rizwan (VC), Klassen (C), Saud Shakeel, Marco Jansen, Shahbad Khan, Keshav Maharaj, Haris Rauf, Rabada.