Pakistan and South Africa, two teams with contrasting journeys in the 2023 World Cup thus far, will play match 27 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on October 27. The Proteas are currently at the second spot in the points table, with four wins in five matches and a net run rate of +2.370. Pakistan, on the other hand, are at the sixth spot with two wins in five matches and a net run rate of -0.400.
Pakistan’s lowest point in the tournament came when they lost to Afghanistan in their most recent game. Their bowlers, once again, put up a disappointing show as they were unable to defend 282. The likes of Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf have been inconsistent in the tournament, and to make matters worse, Hasan Ali is not available for this game due to a fever.
South Africa, meanwhile, are riding high on confidence, having won four of five games. Their batting line-up has looked quite formidable in the tournament thus far. Quinton de Kock has already notched up three centuries in five games, while the likes of Aiden Markram and Henrich Klaasen have also contributed significantly to South Africa’s good run.
Ahead of the next game of Cricket World Cup 2023, here is everything you need to know.
Pakistan vs South Africa Injury Update
Fakhar Zaman is fit and available to play this game, which means Imam-ul-Haq will have to make his way out. Hasan Ali will be missing out because of a fever, so we may see Mohammad Wasim Jr. take the field. South Africa, meanwhile, do not have any injury concerns.
Pakistan vs South Africa Predicted XI
Pakistan playing XI: 1 Abdullah Shafique, 2 Imam-ul-Haq/Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam (c), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5 Saud Shakeel, 6 Iftikhar Ahmed, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Usama Mir, 9 Mohammad Wasim Jnr, 10 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11 Haris Rauf
South Africa playing XI: 1 Temba Bavuma (c), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Heinrich Klaasen, 6 David Miller, 7 Marco Jansen, 8 Keshav Maharaj, 9 Tabraiz Shamsi, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Lungi Ngidi
Pakistan vs South Africa Match Details
Match: Pakistan vs South Africa
Date & Time: October 27, 2.00 PM IST
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Pakistan vs South Africa Fantasy Team
Wicket-Keepers: Quinton de Kock and Mohammad Rizwan
Batters: Temba Bavuma and Imam-ul-Haq
All-Rounders: Shadab Khan and Agha Salman
Bowlers: Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Gerald Coetzee, Hasan Ali and Lungi Ngidi
Captain: Quinton de Kock
Vice-Captain: Haris Rauf
Pakistan vs South Africa: Chennai Weather and Pitch Report
The pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium has historically been a haven for the spinners, but in the on-going World Cup, the pitch has been balanced. Anything above 280 will be a good total.
The weather in Chennai will be warm and humid with a maximum temperature of 34 degrees Celsius. There is no rain threat.
Pakistan vs South Africa, 2023 World Cup Broadcast details
The match between Pakistan and South Africa will be live on the Star Sports network as far as TV is concerned.
Pakistan vs South Africa Live Streaming
Disney + Hotstar has picked up the streaming rights of the Pakistan vs South Africa match. The toss will take place at 1.30 PM IST.
Pakistan vs South Africa ODI matches Head-to-Head
|Matches won by Pakistan||30|
|Matches won by South Africa||51|
Pakistan vs South Africa match prediction
To be able to put up a fight against South Africa’s formidable batting line-up, the Pakistan bowlers will have to return to form. The performance of their spinners has been even more underwhelming than the pacers. Unless the bowlers deliver, this game will belong to South Africa.