Pakistan will lock horns with South Africa in a must-win Super 12 game of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thursday, November 3. With two important points up for grabs, both teams will want to play out of their skins in this all-important encounter.
South Africa are still unbeaten in the Super 12 stage, having won two games, while their match against Zimbabwe was abandoned due to inclement weather. They have five points from three games and are currently second in the standings after India, whom they have already beaten.
The Proteas have performed like a well-oiled machine in the tournament. Apart from skipper Temba Bavuma’s dismal form with the bat, others have chipped in with significant contributions. South Africa will draw inspiration from their last win against heavyweights India as they look to spoil Pakistan’s party on Thursday.
The South Africa pace attack will be out to strike early against Pakistan's imposing top-order ⚡️
— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) November 3, 2022
On the other hand, it’s a must-win game for the Men in Green, who have complicated the equation for themselves after a narrow one-run loss to Zimbabwe. They are yet to play Bangladesh, but a defeat against South Africa will knock them out of the ongoing T20 mega event.
The Men in Green find themselves in the penultimate position in Group 2 with only two points from three games. Their only win came in their last game against the Netherlands.
Details: PAK vs SA, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, Group B, Match 36
Date and Time: 3rd November 2022, 1:30 PM IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
It is expected to be a good batting wicket, however, there will be ample help for the bowlers as well. All of the games at the venue have been won by the team batting first in the tournament.
Predicted Playing XIs
Pakistan (PAK): Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah/Haider Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shadab Khan, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf.
South Africa (SA): Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs/Heinrich Klaasen, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi.
PAK vs SA – Fantasy Team Suggestions
Fantasy Team 1: Quinton de Kock (vc), Mohammad Rizwan, David Miller, Babar Azam, Temba Bavuma (c), Wayne Parnell, Shadab Khan, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah
Fantasy Team 2: Quinton de Kock, Mohammad Rizwan (vc), Rilee Rossouw (c), Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Aiden Markram, Shadab Khan, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi