Live Cricket Streaming : Pakistan vs South Africa T20 WC Super 8
Live Cricket Streaming : Pakistan vs South Africa 3rd super eight match of ICC T20 World Cup 2012: Two teams that have been in top form through the group stages, Pakistan and South Africa will get things underway on Friday afternoon for Group 2 in the Super Eights in a contest that promises high quality and could well set the tone for the things to come in this evidently tough group that also features India and Australia. All four teams in the group have won their respective first round groups which should make each and every game very intriguing and important in the context of the tournament. The game will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Pakistan have looked uncharacteristically compact and solid in this competition thus far with their usually unpredictable batting line up seemingly resurrecting itself after recent and prolonged periods of failure in the past. That coupled with their extremely efficient and varied bowling attack, they are certainly one of the teams to beat in this tournament. Skipper Mohammed Hafeez has accumulated steadily and fruitfully in this tournament and he will once again lead from the opening slot with his rather audacious partner, Imran Nazir, who on his day is capable of giving Pakistan the edge with early fire works. Nasir Jamshed has been a revelation in the top order in this tournament having played 2 innings of note in as many fixtures to establish himself as the main stay in the line up. Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik have been in decent form themselves and will make up a very strong lower middle order. Shahid Afridi will be the big hitting finisher if required at the end of the innings, but will play primarily as an impact bowler in this line up.
Pakistan’s bowling has got plenty of penetration as usual with the likes of Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal leading the way for Sohail Tanvir and Yasir Arafat to follow. This game against South Africa will be their biggest challenge so far though and the Asian giants will need to be on top of their game to upstage the Proteas.
If Pakistan are the side to beat in this tournament so far, South Africa have looked as good if not better than any other side in the tournament. The only matter of concern for the AB de Villiers led side as their lack of match practice before this game. The Proteas weren’t tested much in the group stages as their match against hosts Sri Lanka was curtailed to just 7 overs a side. They should be up for this game though as there is no real respite for them given the toughness of the group leading into the semi finals.
Powerful Richard Levi will play a similar role to that of Imran Nazir, looking to be the enforcer in the powerplay stages. He will open with the ever reliable Hashim Amla, whose brief will be to hold the innings together along with Jacques Kallis who will come in at No.3. Skipper and trump card AB de Villiers will come in at No.4 at a vital position for them and look to finish the innings off along with the talented left hander JP Duminy at No.5. The older of the Morkel brothers, Albie will come in as the big hitting No.6 ahead of the rookie lower middle order batsman from the western province, Farhaan Behardien and off spinning all-rounder and former captain Johan Botha, who will add solidity and depth to the batting set up. Robin Peterson is another in a long list of all-rounders for the team from the rainbow nation and is likely to slot in at No.9 and bowl useful left arm orthodox. The ominous fast bowling pair of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel will then round off a tremendously well balanced outfit.
Pakistan: I Nazir, M Hafeez, K Akmal, N Jamshed, S Malik, U Akmal, S Afridi, Y Arafat, U Gul, S Tanvir, S Ajmal
South Africa: H Amla, R Levi, J Kallis, AB de Villiers, J Duminy, F Behardien, A Morkel, J Botha, R Peterson, D Steyn, M Morkel
Players to watch:
S Ajmal: The mysterious offie has bamboozled many a batting units with his subtle variations and he will need to weave his magic again for his team to come out on top.
AB de Villiers: The South African captain is arguably the most entertaining and equally efficient cricketer in the world today. The Proteas’ management will be hoping he leads from the front once again.
Pitch: The wicket at the Premadasa has shown signs to taking some turn in the last match between India and England. This Should encourage the Pakistani team but there have been big scores made here before which should make for an exciting clash.
Match Prediction: South Africa will prevail in a close contest.