Pakistan and South Africa have been battling it out ever since Pakistan won the World Cup back in 1992. Although one of the strongest teams in all formats for quite a while now, South Africa have yet to win it on the big stage. They’ve never won a major title whereas Pakistan has done it all. South Africa might very well be the unluckiest team in international events. They’ve got all the talent, strategy and skills to win a title yet every time they choke. That being said, fortunes might change for them as they take on Pakistan as well as other top teams in Cricket World Cup 2019.
Pakistan – South Africa ODI Clashes:
Pakistan and South Africa have gone toe-to-toe with one another in long ODI series in recent times. In fact, Pakistan is the first Asian country to defeat South Africa in a bilateral ODI series in their home. Since 1992, Pakistan has faced South Africa a total of 78 times. They won 27 times but suffered defeat by the Proteas 50 times. Numbers are heavily in favor of South Africa. South Africa have the best ODI squad currently. South Africa currently has a tremendous record in ODIs. They’ve won ODI series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka by huge margins. The momentum they’ve gained in recent months will surely help them in WC. Despite all their recent performances, South Africa still have that “chokers” tag on them. Pakistan has outclassed them multiple times in major events. Pakistan might not have a good performance against South Africa in overall ODIs but they’re ahead when it comes to victories in ICC events. Pressure will be on South Africa and they’ll be looking to remove that bad omen.
Battle at the Grand Stage:
Pakistan vs. South Africa will take place on 23rd June 2019 at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, London. If history has taught us anything, it’s that Pakistan – South Africa clashes are always scintillating. Toss would play a crucial role in how the match progresses. Batting first is the way to go on this pitch as it provides much better swing in later innings. Odds on favorites are South Africa. They’ve recently defeated Pakistan 4-1 in bilateral series in South Africa. South Africa have got the world’s side in the form of Amla, du Plessis, Duminy, Steyn and Rabada.
Pakistan’s better option would be to bat first and put a decent total on the board. They might struggle while chasing so it’s better that they defend a total. South Africa is famous for choking on international stages and a big total on the scoreboard might do just that for Pakistan. If Pakistan can put up a show with the bat, their bowling has all the strength and tactics to defend the total. Pakistan’s recent ODI series with South Africa was a disaster and all pressure will be on Pakistan.
Judging by the overall stats, squad strength and recent performances, South Africa is in a strong position to win this match. They’ve got an amazing bowling side. Van der Dussen provided strength to an already strong batting side. It’s impossible to fathom how such a strong side would still lose to Pakistan. Pakistan will be hoping that South Africa carry on the tradition and choke yet again in another tournament. Otherwise, South Africa will definitely be victorious in this contest.