Pakistan vs South Africa Match Prediction: The Sportsrush present before you Match Prediction of 2019 World Cup Match 30 between PAK and SA.
Languishing in eighth and ninth place respectively, this installment of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has turned out to be brutish for both of Pakistan and South Africa. They’ve come under the brute of some horrendous showings with either side managing to accumulate just the three points at the halfway point of the league stage matches, leaving both in a perilous position.
For South Africa in particular, this tournament has scoured in completely opposing fashion as was expected. Touted as one of the front-runners to make it to the semi-finals, the showings they have put forward have come under massive flak.
What’s made for an even sordid viewing is the way their players have decided to give up when the slightest bit of things turned away them. Brooding shoulders, slumped heads and a agonizing unwillingness to up the ante and put on a fight has been a main component for their showings.
If South Africa’s predicaments make for a dismal read, Pakistan’s problems are even more compounded. They were brutally hammered after their huge 89 runs against India with their own supporters sparing no expense in vilifying the side. Be it previous cricketers or experts, Pakistan players have been ripped into with the blame in particular falling on captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Pakistan vs South Africa – What numbers suggest?
In the 78 matches played between the two countries till date, we have seen South Africa canter their way to a mammoth 50 wins as compared to just the 27 for Pakistan along with the one match being truncated without a result.
The recent series between the two was back in early 2019 with the two sides competing an equally contested battle over 5 battles before hosts South Africa veered clear to win 3-2.
Pakistan vs South Africa – Key Battles
Wahab Riaz vs Rassie van der Dussen
With several big changes likely after the World Cup for South Africa’s current squad and a slew of old names set to be removed from the side, one player who has emerged among the young pool is Rassie van der Dussen. He’s particularly impressed with the patience and technical ability imbued in him, seeing him parry away bowlers comfortably and score a solid amount of runs.
The one bowler from Pakistan who can cause any kind of difficulties to him is Wahab Riaz. With Amir set to go well from one end, Wahab needs to bowl well in unison and capitalise on the pressure being exerted from one end.
The shorter pitched stuff, targeted near his helmet is something that sees him induce a false shot, an area Wahab should be targeting.
Fakhar Zaman vs Lungi Ngidi
A major role among Pakistan’s top-order batsmen has been played by Fakhar Zaman, someone who has over the last couple of matches shown the much needed consistency to provide his side with a platform to build on.
Having managed to cross 250 just one time, South Africa know they need to restrict Pakistan to the smallest of totals here if they are to win this match. And someone who can help them in their task is new ball bowler, Lungi Ngidi.
The returning player will be heavily relied on to work Fakhar Zaman, being asked to pitch the ball in his offside channel in the fuller, good length area. With Fakhar liking to come out of his crease and fetch at the ball, anything near the good length channel will perturb him and will him worked up for room.
Pakistan vs South Africa – Match Prediction
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After having been dominated by teams in the tournament, these two flailing outfits finally take on each other in a match where they’ll be looking to stem the horrid spree of defeats they are facing. It’s a finely contested match between two sides who match each other blow for blow at the moment and will spare no expense in making the most of the other side’s apathy.
For us Pakistan are going to win this encounter based on the fact that their batting unit at the moment looks a way better one than South Africa. The unit is sharing the runs across the unit and with the pace battery holding the same identity with each side too reliant on the one spearhead, the extra runs at the end of the match will make all the difference. Pakistan win this one and officially end South Africa’s journey in the tournament.