Pakistan Vs South Africa 7th Match Group B
Question in detail
Pakistan Vs South Africa, 7th Match, Group B: Emerging competitive against the top-ranked ODI team (South Africa) would require Pakistan a full-blooded performance. Another moderate performance like it went on Sunday against India would certainly push Pakistan out of the semi-final race. So, it's going to be a must-win clash for struggling Pakistan at Edgbaston.
The result of Pak Vs SA match at Edgbaston will determine Pakistan's further progress in the tournament. South Africa is the highest-ranked team, and Pakistan is the lowest amongst those that qualified for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Seemingly, there is no comparison between the two sides. The one is cricketing with some of the world's most ruthless bowlers, and the other participated with a myth that their bowling is their biggest asset. Not surprisingly, South Africa has two of their bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir on the top of ICC's ODI rankings. Given the case, Africa has an edge over Pakistan in bowling department.
On the batting front as well, Pakistan stands nowhere. They lack intent, if not talent. South Africa, on the other hand, has all their batsmen in form. Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis in the top-order are capable enough to get Africa a solid start. Also, they have an explosive middle-order that features AB de Villiers, David Miller and JP Duminy. It can have a devastating impact on the result of Pak Vs SA match at Edgbaston.
Can struggling Pakistan avoid the potential defeat against in-form South Africa at Edgbaston?