The 2023 ODI World Cup is getting closer to its business end. South Africa (SA) has won four of the five games they have played, demonstrating their dominance thus far. The players from Pakistan (PAK) need to wake up, though, as they have now dropped three straight games after opening the season with two straight victories. At Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium on Friday, October 27, the two teams square off.
In the current iteration of the main event, the Proteas have scored the most runs. However, Pakistan has not played at their best, and there are reports that Babar Azam’s job as captain is in jeopardy. The ‘Men in Green’ would need to win to remain within striking distance of the top four in the points table, while South Africa would try to extend their purple patch.
ICC World Cup 2023 26th ODI Match, Pakistan vs South Africa
Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Date & Time: Friday, 27 October, 2:00 PM IST
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Pitch Report: At the MA Chidambaram Stadium, popularly called Chepauk, spinners have always performed well. Batters have a tough time because of the ball’s tendency to cling to the surface. But, compared to expectations, the surfaces in the ODI World Cup 2023 have not been as hard on batsmen. The chasing teams have won three of the four games that have been played in the main event. So in contrast to what was anticipated, the pitches haven’t slowed down in the second innings. The new-ball bowlers under the lights also receive assistance. When winning the toss, the captain may choose to bat second.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI
Pakistan (PAK): Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf
South Africa (SA): Quinton de Kock (WK), Temba Bavuma (C), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi