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T20 World Cup: Pakistan Vs South Africa Match Preview

Pakistan and South Africa will face each other in the 36th match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday (3 Oct).

Pakistan’s bad start in World Cup Down Under after back-to-back losses against India and Zimbabwe. But the Babar Azam led-side bounced back from the crushing defeats with a commanding win over the Netherlands. Just one win from three matches has meant that the semifinalists from the last year’s T20 World Cup are staring at an early exit this time around unless things turn around dramatically for them.

In contrast, South Africa is flying high in this tournament. A washed-out match against Zimbabwe and wins over Bangladesh and India has meant that the Protest remains the only unbeaten team of this edition of the T20 World Cup. A win over Pakistan will ensure a semi-final berth for the team.

Pressure is mounting on Pakistan and South Africa’s captains Babar Azam and Temba Bavuma to deliver with the bat. The one-time number-one ranked batsman Babar Azam in the ICC T20I rankings has struggled in Australia managing only 8 runs from three innings. While Temba Bavuma scored only 17 runs in three innings. Babar Azam’s performance is very important to ensure Pakistan’s victory, while on the other hand, Temba Bavuma’s performance is necessary to give South Africa a good start.

Pakistan vs South Africa (Head to head)

Matches played: 22

South Africa wins: 10

Pakistan wins: 11

No Result: 1


The pitches at the Sydney Cricket Ground for this World Cup have been batting-friendly. All four matches played at the venue have been won by the team batting first. The average first innings score at the stadium in this World Cup is 187.75. Another batting-friendly wicket for this fixture.


According to Accuweather, the evening and night will become cloudy; with a shower in spots in the evening followed by rain and drizzle late. The temperature will be around 20°C.

Pakistan possible XI

Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Babar Azam (C), Shan Masood, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah

South Africa possible XI

Quinton de Kock (WK), Temba Bavuma (C), Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje

The match will begin at 1.30 PM IST. In India, the game will be broadcast on the Star Sports Network. Online viewers can follow the live-action via Disney+Hotstar.

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