ICC World Cup 2023: Pakistan v South Africa | Match 26 | Chennai | 27 October | Pakistan Innings

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After the first three rounds of the World Cup, South Africa and Pakistan were following similar paths. Both teams started with two convincing wins, followed by a loss that could have derailed their campaigns, considering its significance. South Africa's loss to the Netherlands, who might occupy the 10th spot, and Pakistan's loss to India, a one-sided contest, resulted in severe backlash.

Now, nearly ten days later, only one of these teams has managed to bounce back. Pakistan has experienced a complete turnaround in their fortunes, while two more losses have left them on thin ice. Their recent defeat to Afghanistan was particularly painful. As Shadab Khan had mentioned, everything can be forgotten if Pakistan can string together a series of wins. To start this winning streak, they need to perform well on Friday, October 27.

In 1992, the Pakistan team that won the tournament secured five consecutive victories when their campaign seemed on the brink of collapse. Achieving a similar four-game winning streak in 2023 could potentially lead Pakistan to the semifinals. However, this won't be easy, especially with South Africa as the first of those four opponents. South Africa has already posted impressive scores of 399, 382, and 300-plus runs in five games, showcasing their batting firepower. Therefore, it will be a challenging task for Pakistan's out-of-form pace attack to contain them.

Pakistan's best hope might be assistance from the pitch. While their spin attack doesn't inspire much confidence, they would rely on a typical Chepauk wicket to keep the South African middle order in check. South Africa faces a unique challenge, entering this game after two successive matches at the Wankhede. Their success will depend on how seamlessly they can adapt to the conditions and whether they can add to Pakistan's woes.


When: October 27, 2023, 2:00 PM IST

Where: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai


Teams

Pakistan:

Imam-ul-Haq and Haris Rauf may face scrutiny, despite Imam's 70-run performance in the loss to Australia. As Pakistan is in desperate need of a win, the possibility of replacing these two players with Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Wasim Jr should not be dismissed outright.

In terms of tactics and strategy, one player that Pakistan could target with spin, aside from the formidable de Kock, is Rassie van der Dussen. Although he has a strong record against spin in ODI cricket, he has been dismissed by spinners in all five games he played in this World Cup.

Shaheen Afridi will bear the responsibility for closing out the innings against batsmen like Klaasen and Miller. In the 2023 format, no bowler has taken more wickets in overs 41-50 than Shaheen, making him a key asset for Pakistan in this crucial period of the match.


South Africa:

Temba Bavuma is expected to make a return in place of Reeza Hendricks, according to the South African captain. Additionally, there's a possibility that Tabraiz Shamsi may be included in the lineup for this match, considering the venue's history.

In terms of tactics and strategy, spinners have struggled when playing under the lights at Chepauk in this year's World Cup. To counter the threat posed by Pakistan's spin trio, South Africa may need to adapt and opt for a chasing strategy.

Pakistan has a weak track record against left-arm leg spin, which should encourage the Proteas to adjust their playing combination for this match and introduce Shamsi into the lineup.


Squads:

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

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


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For SA this is not an important match. But for Pakistan nearly do or die match.
Yeah Pressure would be on Pakistan.

They have performed rather poorly when there was no pressure but now with the pressure mounting dont know what they will do.
 
For whatever reason, weak Pakistani sides have beaten strong South African ODI teams before, so it’s always possible, but South Africa are of course clear favorites going into the match.
 
Do or die match, Pak should try their best players for this match. This is what I prefer:

Fakhar (Mostly perform well in KO)
Abdullah
Babar
Rizwan
Saud
Iftikhar
Agha Salman
Shadab
Waseem jnr
Shaheen
Haris
 
I fully back the boys to get it done.

Let's gooooooooooooooooooo
Rebound time.
 

Pitch and conditions​

The pitch will be the same as the one used for the Bangladesh-New Zealand game a fortnight ago, which means it'll be a bit quicker than the usual Chennai surface. There's a slight chance of a passing shower, though a full game is likely.
 
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Its Possible. I believe Pakistan can win this.

Keeping it Simple, Look at How Netherlands won:

3 Main Things:

- History (that may play into the mind of the South African Players): Netherlands won against South Africa in the 2022 T20WC. Pakistan has won against South Africa in the 2022 T20WC, as well as the 2019 and 2015 WC.

- Pakistan Bats First

- Get Quinton de Kock out early, MMHS provided a great analysis on this in one of threads related to South Africa
 
images (2).jpegPakistan just narrowly missed semifinals from this spot after 6 rounds.
They can make this time too.
Just like Pakistan, Newzealand are yet to face quality opponents in this world cup.
And we are forgetting that Pakistan already beat England, Newzealand, South Africa and Bangaldesh in previous world cup.
Every possibility that they can beat these teams again.
Inclusion of Abrar can bring wonders to their team.
 
View attachment 138300Pakistan just narrowly missed semifinals from this spot after 6 rounds.
They can make this time too.
Just like Pakistan, Newzealand are yet to face quality opponents in this world cup.
And we are forgetting that Pakistan already beat England, Newzealand, South Africa and Bangaldesh in previous world cup.
Every possibility that they can beat these teams again.
Inclusion of Abrar can bring wonders to their team.
Wow, looking at that, I wonder how New Zealand in the end managed to just qualify for Semis back in 2019.

But Anyways, Pakistan can still make a 2019-similar comeback here and qualify. If Pakistan can somehow win all their matches, they still would probably need to rely on a few outside results to go their way.

The biggest one would be England or New Zealand losing Australia. In fact as long as anyone wins their match against Australia that will help Pakistan a lot.
 
Shafiq Haris Babar Rizwan Saud Agha Ifti Nawaz WasimJr SSA Rauf

No other option otherwise would drop Rauf
 
Good for tournament if PCT wins today. Overcast and cool in Chennai right now.
 
If hassan ali is not playing today due to fever or illness, Pakistan cannot replace haris now and Wasim is gonna play today. Hassan was bowling very well through out and we would have dropped haris for today's match but not anymore.
 
Why are they so many 2019 references claiming comeback? We didn't make semi's in 2019 bro, their was no comeback. Our rr was in a situation where we were asked to score 500 runs against bamgaldesh lol
 
This World Cup will be an exact repeat of the 2019 World Cup. We will win our games against South Africa, England, and New Zealand in this World Cup but still won't progress to the semifinals because Australia is ahead on the points table. We are late, as always
 

Pitch and conditions​

The pitch will be the same as the one used for the Bangladesh-New Zealand game a fortnight ago, which means it'll be a bit quicker than the usual Chennai surface. There's a slight chance of a passing shower, though a full game is likely.
A lot of pitches in this tournament have acted in ways that were unexpected during the pitch report. I’d love a fast pitch but I’m gonna have to wait and see the game first.
 
Lol, they were looking to have Fakhar injured, but he got fit, so no Abrar today
 
Is it likely Pakistan will win? No.

But all support to the boys. Let’s do this.
 
This World Cup will be an exact repeat of the 2019 World Cup. We will win our games against South Africa, England, and New Zealand in this World Cup but still won't progress to the semifinals because Australia is ahead on the points table. We are late, as always
Yup, but New Zealand is not confirmed right now as it has 4 wins against weakest of the opponents and with Australia, South Africa, Pakistan & Sri Lanka left to play with, they can lose all games.
 
We don’t have anyone new coming in and injecting life in our campaign.

Fakhar did it in CT2017.

Haris did the same in T20WC2022.

Right now we will have to rely on the same rubbish, and everyone is down.
 
will be interesting to see how the pitch goes.
pak need to get qdk and markram out early, they are south africa's main batsmen.

besides the game vs australia, south africa still hasnt been tested on more bowling friendly surfaces.

pakistan's bowling attack looks woeful tho with hasan ali gone
 
There is no way imam is going to get dropped
Let's not forget its a yaari dosti team

Fakhar and Abdullah shafique will not play together
 
Whats the update on Fakhar? Some are saying he has been ruled out of the match due to knee injury
 
Pak going to embarrass the nation 4th game in a row.. if this was a boxing match the towel won’t have been thrown after last game !
 
60 m square boundary, lol. That's smaller than Chinnaswamy yesterday. Only reason this venue is lower scoring is the slower, lower nature of the pitch, slower outfield and the fact the ball doesn't travel as much because it's at sea level.
 
Pak forced SA to bat 2nd which half the battle won already.
SA has crushed all teams while batting first but has a sus record while batting 2nd.

Now pak batting order has to post a solid total first.
 
Pak should win this to make this tournament interesting and 2 make second biggest cricketing nation keep interested
 
Bat first again?? Interesting decision
Batting conditions were clearly better in second innings in Afghanistan game.
But Pak don't want to be chasing 350+ it seems
 
Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bat

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Good to see Pakistan winning the toss and batting first. Should have brought in Agha Salman instead of Nawaz but lets see.
 
Rabada is not playing and Bavuma is in the XI. More good news for Pakistan.
 
Match in kitty. Sa can't Chase anything, they lost to Ned chasing 245

Pak has almost won this match by batting first. Babar is too good with tosses.
 
Pakistan should aim for 350 today. South Africa's bowling attack is weak especially if played with positive mindset. Great opportunity for Pakistan today.
 
SA intentionally helping Pakistan?

Inform Hendricks dropped, Rabada benched.

What is going on?
 
People will see real SA today when they chase, everyone has been putting them on moon when they batted first.
 
Pakistan should come in full force and need to play with intent.enough of timidness.

Let's go...
 
Pakistan should aim for 350 today. South Africa's bowling attack is weak especially if played with positive mindset. Great opportunity for Pakistan today.
Anything above 270 , SA can't chase. They are poorer than Afg when it comes to chasing
 
Bat first again?? Interesting decision
Batting conditions were clearly better in second innings in Afghanistan game.
But Pak don't want to be chasing 350+ it seems
Because then Babar can’t blame the bowlers and fielders like he did last game
 
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