Date & Time: Sunday, June 23, 15:00 IST
Venue: Lord’s, London, England
More than just a win, it’s the survival of the fittest.
Both the teams have won just one game each so far. South Africa is almost out of the World Cup and Pakistan needs to win all their remaining matches from now on to stay alive in the tournament. So there is a lot on the table for both sides to play for. As the Lord’s gear up for its first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
South Africa is unlikely to make any changes unless there is an injury concern. Pakistan on the other hand is likely to bring Harris Sohail & Shaheen Afridi in place of underperforming Sohaib Malik & Hasan Ali.
The home of cricket is usually known for producing sporting surfaces so it won’t be any different for Sunday’s clash as well. But with temperatures rising high over the past few days in London, the surface might encourage stroke making a bit more.
He may be failing to convert his good starts into something substantial but he is timing the ball well, in fact the best ever in his career. Against South Africa, it may be the time for him to convert one of those good starts as he has a good record against most the Proteas bowlers. So, he is a must-have batsman in the Dream11 fantasy cricket team for today’s match.
Rassie van der-Dussen
It all started for him against Pakistan at the international level where he was amongst the run-getters for the Proteas in his debut series. He handled spinners better than the other Proteas batsmen in the series. The very aspect makes him one of the top picks for Dream11 fantasy cricket team, especially since the surface at the Lords is likely to offer something for spinners.
Pakistan batsmen have been a bit vulnerable against the express pace bowlers like when they were against the West Indies in their opening match and against Australia a week ago. Rabada will be a huge factor in the game for his side with his extra pace. Aiding to the above fact, most Pakistan batsmen except Fakhar Zaman has struggled to score freely against him. He also had a good outing at this venue where he produced figures of 4/39 against England a couple of years ago.
He has been noticed for his all-round show in the tournament. He has picked 7 wickets so far at a good economy rate. Adding to his present form, his past record against Pakistan batsmen makes him an X-factor player in today’s match. Except Babar Azam he got rid of every other Pakistan batsman at least once in the ODI series a couple of months back.