Pak v SA, Super Eights, Group 2, World Twenty20, Colombo

Serious business starts for Pakistan and South Africa

The Preview by Firdose Moonda

September 27, 2012

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September 28, 2012
Start time 1530 local (1000 GMT)


Imran Nazir takes a breather during practice, World T20 2012, Colombo, September 27, 2012
Imran Nazir was ruthless in Pakistan's previous game © AFP
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What appears to be the tougher of the two Super Eight groups gets underway with a repeat of the 2009 World T20 semi-final, a match that is remembered as one the most thrilling, in a format where almost anything can be labelled so. Historically, these two make good opponents: the unpredictability of Pakistan against the sometimes uber-predictability of South Africa. But things have changed.

Pakistan still implode at times but tend to bring some of their best games to major tournaments. They have also tempered their fiery side with reason and both have been on display in equal measure in the group stage and even before that, in series against Australia and Sri Lanka. Combined, those two contrasting styles could result in a Pakistan side that consistently performs as well as they have done of late.

They defended a decent total against a determined New Zealand line-up and then turned on the heat when they hunted down Bangladesh's score ruthlessly. Importantly, their top three all have runs to their name and each of the bowlers, particularly Saeed Ajmal, have seen success.

South Africa also take confidence into this round. They have had one all-too-easy encounter (against Zimbabwe) and one severely reduced match (a seven-over-a-side shootout against Sri Lanka) and managed not to get carried away by the former or spooked by the latter. Their philosophy when playing major tournaments appears to have changed. AB de Villiers spoke about not needing to win every game but building to a crescendo but South Africa have so far won and built at the same time.

Having been on tour since the beginning of July, Gary Kirsten has stressed the importance of being fresh to his men. They had two days off in Bentota before they resumed training, which was describe as "lengthy and intensive" by the coaching staff. Surprisingly, they do not have a certain starting line-up as they try to keep an aura of mystery about them in their bid for ICC silverware.

Form guide


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South Africa will not have fond memories of playing against Shahid Afridi after he was solely responsible for stopping their march at the 2009 event. Afridi was a one-man act as he destroyed a Graeme Smith-led side that had not lost a single match in the lead-up to the semi-finals with both bat and ball. He is a man for a big occasion and even though the contest is not a knockout, to make a statement of intent against one of the favourites may be just the stage for Afridi to perform as he did on that day.

Power is the quality that most batsmen want to be able to use to score runs in the shortest format, but Hashim Amla has chosen a different route. Small adaptations to his game have allowed him to keep the class and still become the world's top-ranked ODI batsman. Flanked by the strength of the Richard Levi and the experience of Jacques Kallis, Amla is the calm in the South African batting line-up, something they will need as the tournament goes on.

Team news


Pakistan played the same XI in both their group matches and with two good results should keep the same team.

Pakistan : 1 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 2 Imran Nazir, 3 Nasir Jamshed, 4 Kamran Akmal (wk), 5 Umar Akmal, 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Yasir Arafat, 9 Sohail Tanvir, 10 Umar Gul, 11 Saeed Ajmal

South Africa also won both their matches, although they fielded different XIs, with the change being in the batting line-up. Faf du Plessis was given an opportunity to bat at No. 3 against Sri Lanka and scored 13 in a reduced game. He is the likeliest to be left out as South Africa opt for two spinners on a pitch that should take more turn than was on offer in Hambantota.

South Africa (probable): 1 Richard Levi, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt & wk), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Farhaan Behardien, 7 Albie Morkel 8 Johan Botha 9 Robin Peterson 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Dale Steyn

Pitch and conditions


Albie Morkel expects a more typically sub-continental surface in Colombo compared with what he called "home conditions," in Hambantota. The pitch is said to be much slower, with little in it for the quicks. A 60% chance of rain should lessen as the afternoon grows longer but the chance of another shortened match remains.

Stats and trivia

  • Three of the top four wicket-takers in World T20 are all from Pakistan. Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Umar Gul are on 29, 27 and 27 wickets respectively.
  • South Africa and Pakistan have played against each other in five T20s, twice in World T20s. South Africa have a better head-to-head record, winning three of the five played overall.

Quotes

"The beauty of our batting line-up is that we have a lot of variety and different sets of batting skills in our line-up. Guys can use their feet, guys can sweep, guys can reverse sweep; so we have some very good options in our line-up."
South Africa assistant coach Russell Domingo says the team have got all the bases covered to counter the threat of Saeed Ajmal

"We are blessed with some of the greats in T20s, especially Ajmal and Afridi. This is our main strength even though we also rely on our fast bowlers."
Mohammad Hafeez knows which department is Pakistan's strongest

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

OK - scratch my previous comment. It's not just Albie who struggles against spin - it's virtually all of the Proteas in this game. Dare I say the rope is already around the Saffa's necks :)? I am a Saffa, so I can have some fun with the choker tag. I'm hoping the Proteas can at least make a decent fight of it but the Pakistan spinners are doing a great job at this stage.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

Pakistan have a solid team with big match temperament. This is SA's first real test of the contest. The game against Sri Lanka would have been, but for the 7 over a side farce. May the best side win and hopefully we get an exciting match. Levi needs to prove he can consistently perform, glad they replaced Faf who has lost some confidence and hopefully Hashim can work his magic. Not sure Albie is good for this tournament because he seems to struggle against spin.

Posted by mjrizvi on (September 28, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

I am sure if Pakistan will do one change and that is Abdul Razzaq instead of Sohail Tanvir. They have better chances for winning this game. Best of Luck Pakistan!!!!!

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

South Africa has always a nervous break down against Pakistan. They will be in mental pressure against Pakistan because they are bad in playing spinners and medium pacers, another thing is that they are addicted of playing on bouncy wickets but here they will have to down on their knees to play a shot :D

Posted by kankanamge on (September 28, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

Nasir Jamshed & AB will be the key factor in this match.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

Side with better flelding will win

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

Pakistan has revamped its batting line up , which was a problem been indicated before in this tournment. Batsmen like Hafeez, nasir Jamshed , kamran akmal ,umer akmal and shoaib malik , they have performed very well in this tournment . saeed ajmal has bamboozling spin , what ever SA batsmen has capability and capacity? it will be a problem for them. SO go greens ... Best of luck for Pak .

Posted by birdz_eye on (September 28, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

Green Army from Pakistan to roll over the chokers once again.

Posted by Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on (September 28, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

Make no mistake S.A.team is TOP DRAW and it'll take a herculean effort ( fm Pakistan ) to derail the juggernaut !! Pakistan's best chance is to "dent" the morale of S.A. early on by getting AMLA B4 HE SETTLES & then target A.B.! Ajmal, Afridi and Hafeez will have to dismantle the efficient S.A. Batting ! Pak MUST play their EXPLOSIVE batsmen Kamran, Nazir, Jamshed, Umar, Afridi first up/top order ( They should play/use most of the overs ), Hafeez & Malik should bat lower down ! Kamran, Nazir, Jamshed, Umar, Afridi should go all out to decimate the on-song S.A. pace attack. Aggressive onslaught in PP + early exchanges will dent the S.A. morale and they (SA) will CHOCK.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

the difference b/w these two sides is their fast bowling n fielding. except this,every thing is in balance. so SA will win the game in my opinion. play raza instead of tanvir. Cheers!!!!

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Pakistan & Australia will win surely today. SL fan here...

Posted by Rabiul1013 on (September 28, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

Best of luck pakistan and specially best of luck to shahid (sher) AFRIDI.

Posted by SpartaArmy on (September 28, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

This game has SA win written all over it, Pakistan has a good bowling unit and an average batting unit. If SA bat first, Pakistan may restrict SA to 160+ but then with players like Nazir, Akmal's, and Malik in team they can't chase it down. These are players who can perform well against mediocre bowling units like India, Eng, SL, NZ and WI but not against a quality SA bowling unit. If pakistan bats first, no matter what they score, the batting unit with gifted players like devillers, Kallis, morkel and amla should chase it down easily.

Posted by hadiabaig on (September 28, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

Pakistan make a mistake while selecting team for T20 they should Include Junaid Khan in place of Tanvir and any young bowler in place of Sami then the team become more strong any how no problem pakistan is still strong enough to beat SA i think this match will be very good a narrow win is about to corner

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

it is dificlut to play of S,A. fast boul for pakstan opners,, and also difficlt to play S.A. batsman spin boul,, these match betmeen pakstan spin and africa fast bulours,,,who well bettwr perfom it will win this match, Bith wicketkeepwr also smashing hits for his team,,,Akmal and Ab,,,best of luckk,

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

Malik is real finisher....we should keep him in, until now he didn't get a chance to show his skills...but don't forget the very recent warm up against india his inning is more meaning for pakistan win on that day. Wish he will prove himself in all future events.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

@ Firdose Moonda : The leading wicket takers in T20I are in this order - Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul are on 29, 27 and 27 wickets respectively.

Saeed Ajmal has taken over Shahid Afridi during T20 series in UAE agains Australia.

Please check stats before publishing .... :)

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

some of you guys must be kidding me when you say south africa has the edge int eh batting department. As far as I remember we have way more match winners then South africa. Imran nazir can take the game away from you in a blink of an eye, shahid afridi if its his day forget about it. hafeez in great form, kamran akmal can crush anyone and our best batsmen yet nasir Jamshed , Then razzaq oh my god you guys are freaking kidding me. whose a match winner for South Africa Besides Devillires Hashim Amla no doubt great batsman much respect to him but he wont finish a game for you, Jacqu Kallis will need his time on the crease and this is t20 world cup where in big stages South Africa do not have a great record.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

Go Greens GO! All the best Pakistan!

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (September 28, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover, SA has a better record in T20's Vs PAK 3-2 and so does IND 1-0, going by that PAK does not look like the favorites

Posted by xylo on (September 28, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

This is a match to watch out for... an extremely talented but sometimes unpredictable side versus an efficient army of almost-droids. My only gripe, I don't understand the "strength of Richard Levi". He has performed only once against a decent opposition, and that was in a cricket ground that was the size of a postal stamp.

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 2:46 GMT)

I am going to keep my fingers crossed for today match between Pak and SA. Both teams have their strengths and weaknesses, it all depend on how they deal with the conditions. They have one common thing, both teams are filled with aggressive players, in Pak we have Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Hafiz, Afridi, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Azmal, Gul while SA have AB, Botha, Duminy, Kalis, Mokel brothers, Parnel, Steyn so the sides are equally matched and i am expecting a very good cricket match. good luck to both teams

Posted by Aaryabhatta on (September 28, 2012, 2:45 GMT)

All d best pak..from India...wrld cup shud remain in Asia

Posted by kakarocks on (September 28, 2012, 2:24 GMT)

rajjaq should play

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

its not in 20s? the wickets now are 60 plus for ajmal and in 50s for shahid and gul

Posted by   on (September 28, 2012, 2:02 GMT)

I think match will be so hard both two teams.But Pak will little more ahead than SA due to condition. It a sub-continent condition.Pakistan need to start very strongly if they win the touch.SA has a very strong batting and blowing line-up. But PAK has a strong Spin attack. Also, it will be not easy for PAK batsman to bat against SA pace line-up. For that i want to tips PAK batsman that please be pacitent when come to batting. Wait for a good bowl and punish.Try to make a good patnership at the very begainning of the match.If you make 130 in 15 overs without lose any wicket.It will be the great oppurtunity for PAK to win the match.I think PAK is to be winning the match.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (September 28, 2012, 1:35 GMT)

No matter what results are gona be but this group is going to be a treat to watch. I hope rain dont effect matches. T20 match should be rarher cancelled than having less over games. I hope Afrdi, Umer Akmal and gul clicks tommorow onwards.

Posted by omar.choudhary on (September 28, 2012, 1:30 GMT)

Those saying Steyn and co will be a handful for the Pakistani batsmen, should realise Steyn overall does not have a good record against Pakistan, neither does Morkel, the only pace bowler who has a good record against Pakistan is Lonwaba Tsotbe. Pakistani batsmen have been relatively comfortable against 2 leading fast bowlers of the world, Steyn and Malinga. And those saying that the South African line up will demolish the Pakistani bowling attack, should think again. India currently have one of the longest, strongest batting line ups in the world, they still struggle against a good, formidable Pakistani bowling attack... The question is who will play better on the day, Pakistan or South Africa? Note- Sohail Tanvir should seriously be dropped for a stronger bowling attack than it is.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 23:49 GMT)

South Africa will win surely today. He is much stronger and mentally well prepared team. Our batters will do nothing against their quality bowling and our strongest department (spin) will be hammered by Amla and faster bowlers by de Villiers. But still it is cricket.

Posted by shovwar on (September 27, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

If both teams give their 100% and play fully to their potential then its SA who has the edge. They are the no.1 t20 team n there is a reason for it, they also lead Pak head to head by 3-2. Pak can match ball by ball wit SA as a bowling unit but SA has a tiny edge over Pak in Batting. The difference is very little though. Pak has the tendency to throw it away sometimes. They have not done it yet therefore the problem is its due. On the other hand the 3 spinners can trouble SA only if they can rip off the top order especially Amla and Kallis. The middle order would have problem facing pak spinners. My guess it would be a low scoring match compare to the other matches. Pak pace attack woulkd be easy for SA on the other hand SA pace attack could be troubling for Pak. It would be the best game in this tournament. SA are the no.1 side. And I believe Pak has the best chance of beating SA in this tournament compare to others. My prediction: SA would edge Pak in a very close contest.

Posted by Desihungama on (September 27, 2012, 23:14 GMT)

Guys criticizing Pakistan bowling fast bowling in particular not realizing batsmen around the world now have many shots in their repertoire (Courtesy of Twenty20 leagues) and therefore par score is now around 180 as opposed to 140 in 2007, 160 in 2009, 165-170 in 2010. You can say you have a great chance to win with 180 on board and fast bowlers are where runs are scored of. If rain doesn't become a factor tomorrow I have a feeling [Tactically] Pakistan will win.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (September 27, 2012, 23:14 GMT)

Pak playing XI: M.Hafeez(C) Imran Nazir Nasir Jamshed Kamran Akmal(Wk) Shoaib Malik Shahid Afridi Umar Akmal Abdul Razzaq Yasir Arafat Umar Gul Saeed Ajmal All the best Pakistan.we need better fielding practice against Top Proteas....Wow really fear of Morkel-Steyn combination.anyway better luck Pakistan.We all are reay to cheering for you......Boom Boom Afridi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Rocks steyn-Morkel.............

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 23:10 GMT)

south africa allways freeze on big stages our bowlers will run through they batting line up they are gona face high quality bowling attack which they will be having sleepless nights over as for india get ready

Posted by vrn59 on (September 27, 2012, 22:40 GMT)

My SA XI: Levi, Amla, Kallis, de Villiers (C&wk), Duminy, Behardien, A Morkel, Botha, R Peterson, Steyn, M Morkel. Wow, what balance! Four seamers and two spinners, and batting upto No. 8-9. Classical batsmen like Amla and Kallis, complemented beautifully by aggressive players like Levi and de Villiers. Duminy and Behardien are good finishers and A Morkel is a handy hitter down the order. My PAK XI: Hafeez (C), Nazir, Jamshed, K Akmal, U Akmal, Malik, Afridi, Razzaq, Ajmal, Gul, Tanvir. Nazir has finally struck form, which is great, and Jamshed is already in the middle of a purple patch. I wish U Akmal could bat higher up the order, but No. 5 is the best position I can find for him in this team. Malik needs to start contributing to justify his selection. Spin bowling looks great with Ajmal, Afridi and Hafeez. Gul will regain his rhythm soon, and Razzaq is a good all-round package. Pak will pick Tanvir or maybe Sami, even though I disagree. Third seamer might be a problem...

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 22:34 GMT)

Go green go. Its your game... Make 150 plus and you can defend it. And plz plz plz replace SHOAIB MALIK with RAZZAK... best thing to do..

Posted by ArshedJamil on (September 27, 2012, 22:30 GMT)

Good Luck Pakistan.. Pakistan have chance if following things happen... Razzaq in for Tanveer and Nazir needs to play up to 10 overs.... Afridi coming up the order number4 or even open with Nazir... Pak have to take chance for this game and let Afridi lead from front... Good Luck....

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

Pakistan will have a batter chance even if they put somewhere near 150 plus on the board ,PAK should play razzak instead of yasir and raza hassan instead of malik cause malik has'nt done anything special so far and razzak is good enough to fulfill malik's space in batting and raza hassan ll be a good surprise package for South Africans!

Posted by crashed on (September 27, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

Go green .... as for the game it will be a great game. Beware of the SA bowlers they got life from a dead oval .... need i say more? :)

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

Hoping rain wont riune the match.. we want all 40 overs. GL pakistan !!

Posted by khurramsch on (September 27, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

Yes pak son 2 games very well but their pace bowling has got hamering so far andthat will b a concern in tough group. Razak should come in for arfat/sohail to strengthen batting he can bowl 2 overs for 20 like others.wil b interesting to c how hafez and imran start tomorrow both so far were shaky in starts in both games. Peoblem is these are not that much spining wickets as tnought to b

Posted by maxflasher on (September 27, 2012, 20:34 GMT)

Pak will win INSHALLAH..... match for Pak depends more on BOOM BOOM & Gul... If they played to their full potential like a rocking performances then SA can't win... Ajmal is always there to protect Pak team whenever needed... Hafeez will be a key factor too in both of his all round knocks, giving a solid start with bat n blistering start by ball capturing 2 or 3 early wickets..... Razzaq and Raza Hasan should be included in team in replace of Tanvir n Yasir.... GOOD LUCK TEAM PAKISTAN!!!! BRING IT ON....

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

I really do not understand what Shoaib Malik is doing in Pakistan team, Razzaq is the best replacement for him a better hitter and better bowler. BRING RAZZAQ BACK IN THE TEAM

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

This will be a great show.. infact all of the macthes of this group. tmmrw Abdul Razzaq should be in for sohail .. arfat can also be replaced by raza hassan.

Posted by iliasalich on (September 27, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

My suggested XI against South Africa is : 1-Mohammad Hafeez................4 Overs Complete 2-Imran Nazir 3-Nasir Jamshed 4-Kamran Akmal 5-Shoaib Malik 6-Umar Akmal / Asad Shafiq 7-Shahid Afridi................4 Overs Complete 8-Abdul Razzaq................minimum 2 Overs 9-Umar Gul................4 Overs Complete 10-Saeed Ajmal................4 Overs Complete 11-Mohammad Sami / Sohail Tanveer...............minimum 2 Overs

Posted by SurlyCynic on (September 27, 2012, 19:55 GMT)

After watching the plate competition today I'm looking forward to seeing the top teams tomorrow.

Posted by mudassar786 on (September 27, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

Looking forward to this one. South Africa is my favorite team after Pakistan so do not actually mind who wins as long as they entertain. I think Pak will win this one because they have a weapon no other team has and that is the 3 world class spinners all in one team and 2 of those spinners can contribute with the bat also, South Africa's main hope in this game is steyn as he is one of the best pace bowlers out there. S Tanvir has to be dropped for this match to make way for Razzaq. Arafat deserves some chances as he is a good all rounder. Hafeez,Nazir,Jamshed,K-Akmal,U-Akmal,Razzaq,Malik,Afridi,Arafat,Ajmal,Gul. This should have been the team from the start. 3 seamers, plenty of spinners, and just look at the firepower in the batting. Good luck to both teams :-) Pakistan Zindabad!

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

@AbdulHanan Razzak I guess is unlikely to get a game. You just need to look at the way he batted in the last T20 against Aus during the sereis in middle east before the World cup, where pak lost miserably. but the way this guy batted, it looked like he didn't want to score a run, unlike the others who tried and failed- read between the lines..

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

pak wins easily hehehehehehe

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

first super 8 game for us and against the team who has performed well against us in the past. hopefully afridi will not wake up from his sleep with his bat . looking forward to steyn and morkel pick up a few quick wickets in the 1st 6 overs. peterson and botha both should play 2moro as i expect the pitch to turn, amla,kallis,ab,duminy all great players of spin. still i would want sa to bat 1st and put atleast 160 on board and then let pakistan chase it. although there is a lot of possibilty of a rain affected game and in such games u never know. any 1 can win. still proteas forever . let the green shine 2moro guyz with some gold

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

STRONG SIDE BOTH OF THEM,,BUT GUD LUCK BOTH TEAM

Posted by Levithans on (September 27, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

rain !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

pakistan all the way, i am sure they would not disappoint

Posted by Dilbar786 on (September 27, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

Not a must win game for Pakistan

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 27, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

Pak have d bettr of saffas in t20s,raza hasan should b emplyd in place of tanvir n razaq 4 arafat as razaq playd one of d bst odi ining evr against d same side so he should get his inspiratn 4rm there,afridi,s t20 magic z enuf to win us against safas,i thnk safas,aus gona strugle against ajmal,raza,afridi,hafez.STEYN,MORKEL R BRILIANT BT WOULD NT B AUTHORITATIVE CONSIDRNG D PITCHS WHICH WOULD B ROADLIKE N SLIGHTLY TURNING(MAY B),Imran would strugle against sa,aus bt would b demolshng against ind 4 obvious reasns,all in all pak would b slight favorits here.

Posted by mary86pk on (September 27, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

Pakistan must drop Sohail Tanveer replace him by either hassan or Razzaq.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

i think it will be avery good game and inshallah pakistan will win...my point of view three changes required in pakistan side...1)sohail tanveer..replaceing raza hassan.2)sohaib malik...asad shafiq and yasir to razaq..

Posted by cyberstudent on (September 27, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

M. Akram has made a mess of Pak fast bowling...even Yasir Arafat bowls better than him. and Picking Sammi ahead of Junaid Khan? What kind of selection we have here in Pakistan? real shame

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

can't agree more with indianjaiveer

Posted by Mr.Blacksmith on (September 27, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

i think irsaf is talking about dark greeeeeeeeeeeen. isn't?

Posted by cricket_fan_1980 on (September 27, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

Pakistan really needs to evaluate their bowling right now. Conceding around 170 against NZ and Beng is really quite pathetic for such a "celebrated" bowling line up. The spin department is looking good, Ajmal leading and in good form, Hafeez still choking the opposition and Afridi maybe finding some rhythm. The pace attack is in complete tatters. Umar Gul is just so hit and miss, the guy is an absolute quality bowler but this past year he has been no where near his heady 2007 - 2010 days... He has to find that spark again. If not, we don't have a chance in this tournament. Tanvir is a complete waste of space, I would definitely pick Razzaq over him just because Razzaq is a smarter bowler, better control and line and length. Also Arafat is just not a good pace option overall. Tricky department to resolve. Pak just doesn't have a decent pace attack to rely on and they need to work on that in a major way. Maybe go major spin heavy with Hasan instead of Arafat, and Razzaq and Gul on pace?

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 27, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

Wait until this SUNDAY...best rivalry of all time...Mother of all matches..INDIA vs PAKISTAN

Posted by Nehans on (September 27, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

Please bring Raza hassan, no point playing Tanvir he is bad in bowling and fielding both ...hope we have a match with no rain

Posted by indianjaiveer on (September 27, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Hafeez should use Ajmal early because he is there main bowler and pakistan need wickets from him early in the innings not at the end of innings. please give him 7th, 9th, 13th and 15th over and they can also play Raza Hassan instead of Sohail or Yasir because African have not seen his bowling too much.

Posted by pak78 on (September 27, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

steyn v nazir........ajmal v amla if this is not mouth waterining then god knowz what is cant wait. i guess it will be a sleepless night 4 me tonight.

Posted by Munafis810 on (September 27, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

The team that chokes (there is no knockout possibility may not choke this time) . VS . the team that's inconsistent( preferred to be known as unpredictable by some fans) .

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

Guys , it makes me sad to say but its gonna rain and hardly some of the match could b played ... checking all the forecasters .... plz pray rain does not ruin such a thriller, all we want is a good game :( Rain :\

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (September 27, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

A preview of up coming of Final next week. Not going to be a nail biter as both teams has history of collapsing under pressure. Ciao

Posted by AbdulHanan on (September 27, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

Razzaq has good a record againt SA. he should be given chance and promoted. He is one of the best players of fast bowling.

Posted by sumanchettri on (September 27, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

good luck for both the teams. The looser i think will be out of the wc bcoz they have high chane of loosing the nxt match............ mental factors plys a lot.....

Posted by BowledYa on (September 27, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Both a re good sides. I believe South Africa will perform as consistently they have. They key will be which Umar Gul shows up, the best bowler of the 2009 T20 WC, or the one against BD 2 days ago. He has to be at his top if Pak are to win.

Posted by PakFan1209 on (September 27, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

My fovourite teams are both South Africa and Pakistan so best of luck to both of the teams but if Pak want to win this match they have to perform well both with bat and bowl hope BOOM BOOM does well like he did in 2009 world cup

Posted by swingstowin on (September 27, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

Just a question! A match thats won on a super over is still called a 'tie'? I think thats what that T means in that "form Guide' section. Pakistan won the series based on that match.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

A match you cannot miss... Pakistan all the way

Posted by getsetgopk on (September 27, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

Should be a cracker of a game this one, two of the most successful teams in terms of win/loss ratio in T20's. A star outing from Afridi been long due, expect him to do his bit as we are gona need most players at their best against SA. Good luck!

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (September 27, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

I EXPECT SA TO WIN THIS......PAK BATTING HAS BEEN GOOD SO FAR BUT U NEVER KNOW WHEN THEIR BATTING IS GOING TO FALTER AND THEIR BOWLING IS LOOKING POOR EXCEPT AJMAL WHO IS THE BEST SPINNER IN THE WORLD....GOOD LUCK TO BOTH SA AND PAK MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN...

Posted by dmqi on (September 27, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

Chances are 60-40 in favor of SA. BUT, IF SA drops one Pak opener in the first few overs, then it will be 50-50 till the 19.3 over. If both Pak openers fall quick, it will be all SA. Unpredictable and unreliable Pak batting against a powerful SA bowling. Waiting for it.

Good Luck to both side's supporters.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

Pakistan played the same XI in both their group matches and with two good results should keep the same team. BEST OFF LUCK PAKISTAN

Posted by ZAB2121 on (September 27, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

Yasir Arafar should open the bowling with Sohail Tanvir. Drop Gul and bring in Raza Hasan.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

Nasir will rock 2mrw so will lala.... i put my money on thz 2

Posted by Crazy4cricket40 on (September 27, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

Expecting a thriller in the end if pakistani batsmens can continue their form as they shown against bangladesh, india and NZ. otherwise it will be an easy win for SA as other than Ajmal, I don't think any other bowler can trouble SA batsmens. SA has really strong batting and bowling. Yasir arafat needs to be replaced by Razzaq or may be any specialist btsmen (Safiq) or any bowler. All the best to pakistan. Hope Pakistan win this.

Posted by mohammedafif36 on (September 27, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

well its goin to be a naillbiter of a match. thrilller . go Pakistan!!!!!!!!

Posted by stormy16 on (September 27, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

This will come down to how SA handle Afridi and Ajmal. The SA quicks could also have a say but on the RPS wicket one would never bank on the quicks winning you too many games. Been saying this for a long time - SA need to bat AB and Albie higher up the order. 10 overs from either will win you most games. SA will also ponder on Levi.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (September 27, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

Pakistan test side has been consistant, odis has issues but they havnt done bad in T20,s. the nature of format makes all team unpredictable in t20s. so this seems a sentance from guys who are not following pakistan team. I hope afridi and Umer Akmal turns up good.

Posted by Priyen.siv on (September 27, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

@irsaf actually both teams are green ;)

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

I think changes in Green squad should be obvious. Without putting so much thoughts why changing a winning squad, Pakistan should take benefit of Hassan Raza in place of Tanvir, who has been utterly disappointed. Similarly another old fellow who in the guidance of Misbah has forgot to differentiate between ODI and T20, Abdul Razzaq can play instead of Arafat who is not a better bowler in death overs. Luckily Pakistan has got more fire power as compare to South Africa, if Pakistan can make 100 in first 10 overs, either bat first or second, they have sheer experience to finish in a stylish victory.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

Go Team Pakistan!!Beat The Chokers!!!

Posted by LeftBrain on (September 27, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

Looking forward to this one -- These two teams, completely opposite in style should produce an entertaining contest. Pakistan, rely solely on extra ordinary talent and impulse and SA rely on hard work and planning.......... and yet both teams are capable of producing great results. This is spot at its best where you can have the biggest mixed-plate of 'momets' when likes of Kallis/Amla/Steyn are up against Ajmal/Afridi/Akmal. I hope it doesnt rain there, I want to see 40 overs of brilliance from these two teams. and yes, Go Pakistan Go!!!!

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

well ... both teams are equal ... but Pakistan has advantage of the game that they have won against S.A in Semifinal .... will be great match to see.... :)

Posted by NaveedLikeCricket on (September 27, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

Pakistan will inshAllah do the hardwork and win the match for the nation..

Posted by gemind on (September 27, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

Pakistan should bring in Abdul Razzaq instead of Tanvir as South Africa would majorly be relying on their quick ones more than their spinners and Razzaq can play them better.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

Mr. Hafeez. You will have to drop Imran Nazir for Asad Shafiq if you want to win games against Aus and SA which have exceptional fast bowling lineups. Also you simply cannot allow batting talent of Razzaq to go waste. He is the best alrounder Pakistan has had after Imran Khan. My message is to play him at No. 2 against SA. He has the better of bowlers like McGrath in the past. I cannot comprehend a Pakistani team without Razzaq. Malik and Razzaq are both proven stalwarts.

Posted by PakCric786 on (September 27, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

Both teams are equally matched but i think rain is gonna ruin this for the fans. Please Allah don't let it rain.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (September 27, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

@Irsaf->Both are Greens..Which one are you supporting :P

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

All depend if Pak batsman can handle Steyn and Morkel, Then sure its Pakistan who is the winner, all the best to Pak Team

Posted by irsaf on (September 27, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

go greens goooooooo bring good news nd prove ur worth !

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