Pakistan batting will be confident after the win against New Zealand © AFP
Mar 19, 2014
After a win in the first warm-up match over New Zealand, a confident Pakistan side takes on South Africa at Fatullah on Wednesday. The venue already saw a high-scoring match between Australia and New Zealand earlier in the day.
What makes Pakistan more threatening is the turn that is being seen in Bangladesh. The first qualifying match of the tournament between Afghanistan and Bangladesh saw some vicious turn. And with Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi, there’s a lot to worry for the opposition. South Africa have been susceptible to spin.
South Africa will heavily depend on their dynamic duo of AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla to score the bulk of the runs; both can enter those rarefied zones of batting. In particular, De Villiers with what seems like preternatural hand-eye co-ordination can play shots all around the ground. Remember, he is a fine wicketkeeper too.
Pacer Dale Steyn is unlikely to play after a hamstring concern in the warm-up match against Bangladesh A.
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (c), Ahmed Shehzad, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal (wk), Shoaib Malik,Umar Akmal, Sharjeel Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Sohaib Maqsood, Junaid Khan, Bilawal Bhatti, Sohail Tanvir, Zulfiqar Babar, Mohammad Talha.
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), AB De Villiers (wk), Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Beuran Hendricks, Aaron Phangiso, Imran Tahir, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Farhaan Behardien, JP Duminy, David Miller, Wayne Parnell.