Pakistan vs South Africa has turned into a desperate scrap for World Cup survival playing out at the home of cricket.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first, they will no doubt be looking to make the most of the Proteas inability to cope with pressure.
“I was going to bowl first anyway, so good toss to lose,” Proteas Skipper Faf du Plessis said at the toss.
The Proteas have named an unchanged side from the one that narrowly lost to New Zealand last time out.
Pakistan have made two changes with Haris Sohail replacing the out of sorts Shoaib Malik while Shaheen Afridi, who did so well in South Africa earlier this year, comes in for Hasan Ali.
“Looks like a good batting pitch and some grass cover on it,” Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said. “We are not thinking about the pressure, just focusing on the game, which is very important for us. Haris Sohail and Shaheen in, Shoaib Malik and Hasan Ali out.”
The ground is almost entirely full of Pakistan supporters there to back their ailing team. Both sides have just one win to their name and beyond their slim hopes of a semi-final are playing to restore their battered pride.
Pakistan vs South Africa – teams
Pakistan: Imam Ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (c) (w), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
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