Pakistan has a big challenge at hand as it takes on South Africa in a must-win match under floodlights in Edgbaston on Wednesday. Pakistan will have to turn things around really fast after its forgettable performance against India. More than the margin of defeat, the listless and abject surrender must be hurting the squad.
But I’d like to stay positive and say that Pakistan has a great chance to turn things around against the number-one ranked ODI team. South Africa, in its opener against Sri Lanka, looked an extremely formidable side, possessing a strong batting line-up and firepower in its bowling.
Hashim Amla is in a rich vein of form and scored a serene century in the match. Other than Amla, South Africa has class operators in AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy. Its bowling might be weaker in comparison, only because the support bowlers for spearheads Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir are a tad less impressive. Rabada and Tahir are top-ranked ODI bowlers but Pakistan must not allow them to impose their presence on the game.