Pakistan and South Africa, two teams which were supposed to compete for the semi-final spots alongside favourites India and England, have performed underwhelmingly this World Cup 2019 with both sides unable to muster up momentum as the tournament with just one win.
The two teams will square off on Sunday as they look to launch a last-ditch challenge for a top half finish with the iconic Lord's playing host to it's first game this ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Pakistan have shown glimpses of their talents with Mohammad Amir reveling for them amidst their dwindling campaign. South Africa, on the other hand, have only won one game so far with none of their batsmen unable to get going after mustering up a start.
With their campaigns hanging in the balance, both teams are in desperate need of a win to keep their World Cup campaign alive. Here are a few tips to help you pick your Dream11 team.
Squads to choose from
Sarfaraz Ahmed (C), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hasnain
Faf du Plessis(C), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen
Playing XI Updates
A couple of changes are expected with the likes of Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz not performing to their standards. Although viable replacements in Asif Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi are available, the experience they carry could be pivotal in what is a do-or-die game for them.
Considering South Africa's struggles against spin, Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan should continue to marshall the middle overs while the onus lies upon the trio of Zaman, Imam and Babar Azam, whose form could be detrimental to the outcome of the game.
Possible XI: Zaman, Imam, Azam, Hafeez, Sarfaraz (C&WK), Malik/Asif, Imad, Shadab, Hasan, Amir and Wahab/Shaheen.
South Africa should remain unchanged for this game with no visible weaknesses in the personnel or the team combination. The main problem has been the inability of their batsmen to score big runs.
With Hashim Amla slowing getting back to his best, he could be key on Sunday while the bowling attack would be expected to come up with the goods. Kagiso Rabada has been their go-to man this tournament and should prove to be a handful for the Pakistanis while Imran Tahir's ten overs could be pivotal in the context of the game.
Possible XI: de Kock (WK), Amla, du Plessis(C), Markram, Dussen, Miller, Phehlukwayo, Morris, Rabada, Ngidi and Tahir.
Pakistan vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Match 30
23rd June 2019, 3:00 PM IST
The pitch should favour run-scoring with the weather staying clear for the entire day. Cloudy conditions will provide some help for the pacers while the spinners could find it tough going on a surface where 270-280 could be par.
Fantasy Tips and Suggestions
Wicket-keeper: Quinton de Kock's talent at the top of the order makes him a must have in any team with the south-paw due for a big one this World Cup. Although Sarfaraz Ahmed has also done well in bits and pieces, only de Kock is picked in the side to accommodate more capable batsmen in the team.
Batsmen: Babar Azam and Faf du Plessis are considered to be amongst the best batsmen in the world. They should be backed to score some runs on Sunday while one of Imam ul Haq or Fakhar Zaman should also be picked given their record for Pakistan at the top of the order. Although Hashim Amla has been doing well in recent games, Aiden Markram is the preferred choice for this game.
Allrounders: Mohammad Hafeez has looked in supreme touch in all of Pakistan's games although he would have liked to go on and make them count even more. He is a great option to have for this game as well while one of Chris Morris or Andile Phehlukwayo should suffice as the second allround option.
Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada and Mohammad Amir have done well this tournament with the Pakistan pacer accounting for 13 wickets with his accuracy and swing. Along with them, Hasan Ali is another great option to have in the side with the Pakistan pacer bound to pick a wicket or two. Lungi Ngidi's return from injury was decent against New Zealand and could be a viable option along with Imran Tahir.
Captain: Faf du Plessis and Fakhar Zaman are the ideal choices given their record in English conditions. Quinton de Kock has also underwhelmed this tournament and would love to come good in a crucial game for the Proteas while the duo of Aiden Markram and Kagiso Rabada could also be possible options.
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Quinton de Kock, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Faf du Plessis, Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwayo, Mohammad Hafeez, Kagiso Rabada, Mohammad Amir, Imran Tahir and Hasan Ali. Captain: Faf du Plessis, Vice-Captain: Fakhar Zaman
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Aiden Markram, Imam ul Haq, Babar Azam, Chris Morris, Mohammad Hafeez, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Hasan Ali and Mohammad Amir. Captain: Quinton de Kock, Vice-Captain: Kagiso Rabada
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