Pakistan put its miserable hammering by arch-rival India behind it with a shock 19-run win over South Africa at Edgbaston on Tuesday that kept its Champions Trophy semifinal hopes alive.
"It's a very important win for us", said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed. Also, this is a must win game Pakistanis as they already lost the opening game against India by mammoth 124 runs on June 4.
- In fact, AB de Villiers has scored more runs in ODI matches between South Africa and Pakistan than any other batsman (1423).
"I think we can post a score of around 300, only if we apply ourselves properly with the bat and build a solid foundation", Afridi told the ICC's website. The right-hander has an average of 47.94 against Pakistan and it only gets better - his batting average on English soil is 61.54.
Following the abject surrender by their batsmen against India, Pakistan batting line-up is under huge pressure to deliver.
"Parlement sans majorité": une période d'incertitude débute en Grande-Bretagne
Dans sa circonscription de Boston et Skegness, dans l'est de l'Angleterre, il n'est arrivé que troisième. Mais "Mme May a perdu son pari" et cela "change peut-être un certain nombre de choses", a-t-il ajouté.
South Africa are likely to retain the same eleven that played Sri Lanka.
De Villiers, struggling with a hamstring problem, added: "The hamstring is okay, felt a little tweak, but we'll check it out tomorrow (Thursday)". From poor fielding and bad execution with the bat and ball, to the timid, nearly submissive approach and game-plan in the game, not to mention the loss of strike bowler Wahab Riaz to injury - skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and coach Mickey Arthur would have had a lot to ponder about and prepare ahead of the crucial match against South Africa cricket team at Edgbaston on Wednesday.
Left-armer Imad struck second ball when Hasim Amla (16) was lbw. The match will be played on the same wicket which hosted the first two matches at the venue; two high-scoring rain-affected matches.
South Africa will not tinker too much with their winning combination as they look settled in all the departments. South Africa and Pakistan are cricketing opposites in every conceivable way at the moment.
Fakhar was brought in place of the dropped Ahmed Shehzad while paceman Junaid Khan replaced Wahab Riaz, who suffered a tournament-ending ankle injury against India while falling in his delivery stride after being smashed for 87 runs in just 8.4 wicketless overs. Two balls later, Azhar Ali (nine) carelessly uppercut Morkel to Pakistan-born leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who took three for 18 in seven overs.
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