ODI World Cup 2023: The cricket fans are anticipating another India Vs Pakistan clash in the ODI World Cup 2023 after the men in blue side had increased their winning streak to 8-0 over their arch-rivals team in the history of this one-day international format tournament.
All was well for Pakistan before that game against India in Ahmedabad.
But since then, the men in green have found it tougher to win matches in this ODI World Cup 2023. After they lost against India, Pakistan was also defeated by Australia and the associate team of Afghanistan as well.
Now Babar Azam and his men will face South Africa in their next game which will be played in Chennai on Friday, 27th October 2023.
South Africa has been in great nick in this ODI World Cup 2023. They have lost just one match which was against the Netherlands. But apart from that, it has been a complete dominance from the batters and bowlers of the Proteas side.
The batters have piled up more than 350 runs every time they have batted first.
Pakistan’s bowling has been an issue in this ODI World Cup 2023. Their bowlers have lacked that intensity so far and the form which the South African batsmen are in, this match would end up in the favour of the Proteas side because the South African bowlers have also done well in this event up till now.
1. Pakistan Vs South Africa, 26th Match
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
October 27th 2023.
2. Pakistan Vs Bangladesh, 31st Match
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
October 31st 2023
3. Pakistan Vs New Zealand, 35th Match
M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
November 4th 2023
4. Pakistan Vs England, 44th Match
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
November 11th 2023.
Toss Timings – 1.30 PM IST (Indian Standard Time) and Local, 8 AM GMT
Match Timings – 2 PM Local and Indian Standard Time (IST) and Local, 8.30 AM GMT
After three back-to-back losses in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, the men in green side are in a spot of bother to qualify for the semi-finals of this one-day international event.
The top four teams will go into the semis. But Babar Azam and his men are on the fifth spot of the points table.
They have won just two matches, one versus Netherlands and their last win came against Sri Lanka where the Pakistani batters chased down a record score in the history of the ODI World Cup tournament.
However, one loss will make it difficult for them to seal the semis spot in this ODI World Cup 2023.
As said earlier in this segment, the next few matches will be a challenge for the men in green side.
Not only South Africa but facing teams like the runners-up of the last ODI World Cup, England and New Zealand will not be an easy task as well. The Pakistani fans will hope that their team will win against Bangladesh.
But that one win from the last three games will not be enough and take them to the semi-final spot in ODI World Cup 2023 and the net run rate (NRR) will also come into play.
Pakistan might also be dependent on other teams as well for the qualification scenario. So they will to play out of their skins to improve their semi-final qualification chances.