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ICC World Cup 2015: Pakistan vs South Africa - Player vs Player stats

Pakistan vs South Africa - Player vs Player stats

A player vs player comparison of Pakistan and South African players

The Pakistan team face South Africa this Saturday in a crucial Group B encounter match, with Pakistan aiming to win at any cost and South Africa looking to set more records in this World Cup. Led by AB de Villiers, the Proteas have won three out of the four games while the Pakistanis have won only two of their four.

South Africa are riding a wave of confidence at the moment after crushing West Indies by 257 runs, while Pakistan are coming off two victories over minnows (UAE and Zimbabwe). 

Here, we statistically compare the expected playing XIs of both sides and attempt to judge which team will start the contest as favourites. The winner between each duo has been judged only by ODI career stats and not talent, form or anything else.

Pakistan South Africa Who’s better?
Nasir Jamshed Hashim Amla  SA
Runs – 1418, Avg – 31.51, SR – 75.38 Runs – 5616, Avg – 56.72, SR –  89.85  
Ahmed Shehzad Quinton de Kock Tie
Runs – 2126, Avg – 34.85, SR – 71.94 Runs – 1513, Avg – 38.79 , SR –  87.10
Younus Khan  Faf du Plessis PAK
Runs – 7203, Avg – 31.31, SR – 75.29 Runs – 2213, Avg – 35.69, SR – 84.82 
Misbah-ul-Haq AB de Villiers  SA
Runs – 4993, Avg – 43.41, SR – 73.92 Runs – 7700, Avg – 52.73, SR – 98.38
Haris Sohail David Miller SA
Runs – 442, Avg – 34.00, SR – 77.27 Runs – 1539, Avg – 38.47, SR –  101.45
Umar Akmal Rilee Rossouw PAK
Runs – 2860, Avg – 34.87, SR – 86.43  

Runs – 538, Avg – 35.86, SR – 111.15

Shahid Afridi JP Duminy PAK

Runs – 8019, Avg – 23.58, SR – 116.86

Wickets – 395, Avg – 34.26, ECO – 4.62

Runs – 3765, Avg – 40.05, SR – 83.92  

Wickets – 48, Avg – 41.68, ECO – 5.07

Yasir Shah  Imran Tahir SA
Wickets – 2, Avg – 55.50, ECO – 6.16 Wickets – 156, Avg – 25.50, ECO – 4.82
Wahab Riaz Dale Steyn SA
Wickets – 69, Avg – 31.49, ECO – 5.62 Wickets – 64, Avg – 20.18, ECO – 4.40
Sohail Khan Morne Morkel SA
Wickets – 14, Avg – 30.42, ECO – 5.24 Wickets – 161, Avg – 24.34, ECO – 4.96
Mohammad Irfan Kyle Abbott PAK
Wickets – 62, Avg – 29.67, ECO – 4.82

Wickets – 13, Avg – 34.61, ECO – 4.74

Pakistan 4 – South Africa 6

From the table above, it is clear that the South African team have a far more superior batting and bowling order compared to that of Pakistan. But with an unpredictable Shahid Afridi and the ever consistent Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan team will be hoping to find it within themselves to gain a victory and cement their position in the World Cup. 

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