ICC Champions Trophy: After surrender to India, Pakistan must bring out best vs South Africa

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Pakistan has a big challenge at hand as it takes on South Africa in a must-win match under floodlights in Edgbaston on Wednesday(Today). Pakistan will have to turn things around really fast after its forgettable performance against India. Afridi wrote in his column for ICC.

 

Hashim Amla is in a rich vein of form and scored a serene century in the match. Other than Amla, South Africa has class operators in AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy. Its bowling might be weaker in comparison, only because the support bowlers for spearheads Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir are a tad less impressive. Rabada and Tahir are top-ranked ODI bowlers but Pakistan must not allow them to impose their presence on the game.

 

Pakistan batsmen need to free their minds and play with a positive mindset, which would allow them to go after the bowling while rotating the strike intelligently.

 

The Pakistan batsmen seemed to have simply frozen against India and looked clueless in the face of mounting run-rate. The team will have to do much better against South Africa, which is a top-class fielding unit. The batsmen will have to commit fully to strike-rotation and will have to play only a small number of dot balls. If they are caught in two minds, the South African fielders will surely make life tougher for them.

Pakistan needs to make a solid plan that the bowlers can implement. The bowling line-up is set to be rejigged after Wahab Riaz’s withdrawal and Junaid Khan included in the playing 11. Junaid can be a handful with the new ball.

Pakistan’s top-order batsmen would have to shoulder extra responsibility, the batsmen getting a start must convert it into big scores if the team has to post a competitive total.

Realistically though, to beat the Proteas, Pakistan would need to bring its absolute best to the park and fielding would be of paramount importance.

Sarfraz Ahmed press conference at Edgbaston Cricket Ground

Sarfraz Ahmed press conference at Edgbaston Cricket Ground

Posted by Pakistan Cricket Team on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

 

 

“No pressure. The last time we played them in Champions Trophy, we got the better of them at the same ground,” De Villiers said.
“So we are confident going into this game, without being arrogant or overconfident. We played really good, won our first game in the tournament.
“We did all the basics really well, so we’ll be focusing on that.”

 

Good luck Men in Green!

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