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Pakistan vs South Africa ODI World Cup Tips - World Cup stay on the line for Green Caps

Siddhu
26 Oct 2023
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Siddhu Bharadwaj 26 Oct 2023
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  • Pakistan vs South Africa ODI World Cup match predictions to be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday afternoon, Indian time
  • Pakistan have won 3 of their last 4 ODIs against South Africa
  • South Africa have lost their last 2 World Cup matches against Pakistan
Pakistan vs South Africa ODI World Cup
Can Pakistan continue their winning run in the World Cups over South Africa? (Getty Images)

Pakistan vs South Africa ODI World Cup


With their top-four hopes receding at a fast rate, Pakistan face a tricky match against South Africa in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. This match #26 of the tournament will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday.
  • Pakistan vs South Africa ODI World Cup
  • Head to Head
  • Pakistan Form
  • Pakistan Team News
  • South Africa Form
  • South Africa Team News

Already reeling under three straight losses, Pakistan are likely to complicate their qualification chances with another defeat. South Africa are in breath-taking form in this tournament, but never underestimate a cornered Pakistan. I am putting my money on a Pakistani win, although that’s a surprise result according to the market.

  • Pakistan have won 3 of their last 4 matches against South Africa (ODIs)
  • Pakistan have won their last 2 World Cup matches against South Africa (ODIs)
  • South Africa have lost their 2 matches played at this venue (ODIs)
  • South Africa have lost their last 3 matches played against Pakistan in neutral venues (ODIs)

Head to Head


Pakistan played South Africa in 82 ODIs to date with 30 wins and 51 losses to their ledger. One game ended without a result.

The last time these sides played was in a three-game series in 2021 that was won by Pakistan 2-1.

Pakistan Form


Pakistan are 5th in the points tally after Wednesday’s matches with four points from five matches. After Australia’s win, they are two points behind top-four teams.

The Green Caps will play New Zealand and England in their final two fixtures of the group phase, and a loss here will push them into a must-win zone.

Famous for their wins when cornered into tough situations, Pakistan need their talisman Mohammad Rizwan (302 runs) to continue his appetite for runs. Bowling is a big worry, especially the lack of wickets in the middle overs, but Shaheen Shah Afridi’s return to form (ten wickets) is a big boost.

Pakistan Team News


Pakistan could replace the misfiring Haris Rauf or Hasan Ali with Mohammad Wasim while Agha Salman and Mohammad Nawaz could also be fancying a game.

South Africa Form


South Africa are 2nd in the points table with eight points from five matches. They have lost only once in this tournament, to the Netherlands, while their wins came against Sri Lanka, Australia, England and Bangladesh.

The Proteas have got New Zealand and India next up, so a slip up here could make them nervous about their top-four chances. Nonetheless, their batting is the best among all sides in the tournament, with Quinton de Kock (407 runs) leading the riot.

Bowling has clicked too, with their pacers in top form in the season. Kagiso Rabada, Gerald Coetzee and Marco Jansen have all taken ten wickets each in this campaign.

South Africa Team News


Owing to the spin conditions expected to be on offer here, South Africa may be tempted to make a change and bring in Tabraiz Shamsi. Temba Bavuma missed their last two matches and if fit, could replace Reeza Hendricks at the top of the order.

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This Pakistan vs South Africa ODI World Cup will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on October 27, Friday starting at 2:00 pm IST.

Verdict

It is never an easy way out when Pakistan are playing, as their mercurial and inconsistent play make historical statistics irrelevant. Going by the context though, they have to win to keep their flagging top-four chances alive. That is the biggest reason why I am backing Pakistan to spring a surprise here and win.

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