South Africa vs Pakistan, who will prevail?

Match 29 of the 2015 ICC World Cup pits South Africa vs Pakistan. The Proteas are expected to win the match as they look to solidify a top 2 finish in group B. Pakistan on the other hand must win to keep alive their hopes of progressing to the next round.
Saturday’s clash at Auckland’s Eden Park could well be a high scoring affair. The boundaries straight down the wicket are relatively short at just 55 meters.
Players such as A.B. de Villiers, Shahid Afridi and David Miller will look to make it a long day for the scorers and statisticians.

Shahid Afridi, set to retire from ODIs after the World Cup

Recent form

South Africa have bounced back from their earlier setback against India. They have recorded back-to-back scores in excess of 400 against Ireland and the West Indies. Their opponents Pakistan suffered a 76-run defeat to voodoo team India early on in the tournament.
Shaky as they may have been, Pakistan will take some confidence from their wins against Zimbabwe and the UAE.
Mother Nature may well have the final say. New Zealand’s MetService is predicting heavy rains on Saturday afternoon around the venue. In the event that this match is called off without a result, Pakistan will certainly be the happier of the two teams.
Their chances of making the quarterfinals are in the balance as Ireland are putting up quiet a strong fight in this year’s world cup.

Quick facts

  • Pakistan have never beaten South Africa in World Cup matches. All 3 previous South Africa vs Pakistan encounters have gone the way of the Proteas.
  • Both teams have an even record at the venue (Eden Park in New Zealand), winning as many matches as they have lost.
  • Eden Park is exempt from current size demands as the ground has been staging international cricket since before 2007.

Teams (likely):

Pakistan: Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Younus Khan Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Umar Akmal (wk), Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan.

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (capt), David Miller, JP Duminy, Rilee Rossouw, Vernon Philander/Kyle Abbott, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.

South Africa vs Pakistan – Prediction

South Africa should have enough fire power to see them through this one comfortably.