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Cricket World Cup 2023: PAK vs SA Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Pakistan vs South Africa, Cricket World Cup 2023 (PAK vs SA)

Date: October 27, Friday, 2.00 PM IST

Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Pakistan and South Africa will play the next game of the Cricket World Cup 2023 on October 27 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

South Africa has asserted its dominance, securing victory in four out of the five games they’ve contested. In contrast, the Pakistani (PAK) team must address their performance, having suffered three consecutive losses following their initial two consecutive wins.

South Africa come into this game on the back of a big victory over Bangladesh. A knock of 174 runs by Quinton de Kock and half centuries by Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen propelled South Africa to a big total of 382 runs. In reply Bangladesh were bowled out for 233 as each of the five South African bowlers picked up at least one wicket each. Gerald Coetzee was particularly impressive with three wickets.

Pakistan, on the other hand, will be low on confidence after losing to Afghanistan in their previous match. Babar Azam’s return to form (74 runs) helped Pakistan score 282, which the bowlers were unable to defend. Afghanistan chases down the total with an over remaining. Pakistan entered the World Cup as a team which has one of the strongest bowling line-ups. Unfortunately, some of their best bowlers lost form as the tournament progressed. Another loss, and their chances to make the semi-finals will become too dim.

Ahead of the next game of Cricket World Cup 2023, here is everything you need to know to increase your chances of winning cash prizes on MPL fantasy.

Weather update and pitch report for PAK vs SA, Cricket World Cup 2023 

Traditionally, spinners have thrived at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, where the ball clings to the surface, posing challenges for batsmen. However, during the ODI World Cup 2023, the pitches have been less difficult for batters than anticipated. Notably, three out of the four matches have been won by teams chasing targets. The average first innings score at this venue across the last 20 games is 221.

The weather in Chennai will be warm and sunny with a maximum day-time temperature of 35 degrees Celsius.

South Africa team news and predicted XI

Team news: Temba Bavuma is set to return as the captain, and South Africa have also chosen to bolster their spin department, with Keshav Maharaj stepping in for Gerald Coetzee.

Squad: Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj, Lizaad Williams, Heinrich Klaasen, Kagiso Rabada, Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Gerald Coetzee and Marco Jansen.

Predicted XI: 1 Temba Bavuma (c), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Heinrich Klaasen, 6 David Miller, 7 Marco Jansen, 8 Keshav Maharaj, 9 Tabraiz Shamsi, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Lungi Ngidi

Pakistan team news and predicted XI

Team news: Fakhar Zaman has received medical clearance, and if he takes the field, it’s probable that Imam-ul-Haq will be the one to step aside. Also, Hasan Ali’s unavailability due to a fever is likely to pave the way for Mohammad Wasim Jr. to be considered as a replacement.

Squad: Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Nawaz, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Usama Mir, Agha Salman, Saud Shakeel, Hasan Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Abrar Ahmed, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Wasim and Zaman Khan.

Predicted XI: 1 Abdullah Shafique, 2 Imam-ul-Haq/Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam (c), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5 Saud Shakeel, 6 Iftikhar Ahmed, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Usama Mir, 9 Mohammad Wasim Jnr, 10 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11 Haris Rauf

Head-to-head record

Pakistan and South Africa have played a total of 80 ODI matches between them, from which South Africa have 51 wins. 30 matches were won by Pakistan, while one match did not produce a result. The last time these two teams played an ODI was in 2021, when Pakistan won by 28 runs.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for PAK vs SA, Cricket World Cup 2023

Quinton de Kock – wicketkeeper batsman, South Africa

Quinton de Kock has recorded three centuries in just five matches, accumulating a total of 407 runs at an impressive average of 81.40. In the last match against Bangladesh, he scored a knock of 174 at a strike rate of 124. His knock was laced with 15 fours and seven sixes. De Kock’s current form is nothing short of exceptional, and if he can establish a significant presence at the crease, he has the potential to inflict substantial damage.

Shaheen Afridi – bowler, Pakistan 

The left-arm seamer’s performance in the tournament has been inconsistent. With 10 wickets in five matches, which includes a noteworthy five-wicket haul against Australia, Shaheen will need to excel with the new ball and secure early wickets, especially against a formidable batting lineup like the Proteas’.

Mohammad Rizwan – wicketkeeper batsman, Pakistan

Mohammad Rizwan will be one of the key batsmen for Pakistan in this game. In his last five innings, Rizwan has scored 302 runs at an average of over 60.

Aiden Markram – all-rounder, South Africa

Aiden Markram has been in fine form in World Cup 2023. In the last five matches, he has scored 60, 42, 1, 56 and 106 runs respectively. Given the kind of form he is in, another big knocks seems round the corner.

Babar Azam – batsman, Pakistan

Babar Azam scored 74 against Afghanistan in the previous game, which will give him the much=needed kick ahead of the remainder of the tournament. The Pakistan captain has not been able to unleash his best in the tournament yet, having scored 5, 10, 50, 18 and 74 in five matches.

MPL fantasy XI – PAK vs SA, Cricket World Cup 2023

PAK vs SA – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Pakistan vs South Africa ODI will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app as well as the Jiocinema app. The match will begin at 2.00 PM IST on October 27.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks.

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.







Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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