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Babar Assam and Demba Bauma in the toss. (Image: ANI)
Sydney: Pakistan captain Babar Azam opted to bat against South Africa in a must-win Super-12 clash of the ongoing T20 World Cup at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Pakistan are in a precarious position having lost two out of three games. India lost their chance to qualify for the semi-finals with a win against Bangladesh.
While the results of the other teams will hope to go their way, they should win against the Proteas by a huge margin in their last game. South Africa are the only unbeaten team in the tournament and fancy their chances against the Asian giants. However, an injury to their in-form batsman David Miller could be a setback for the team.
“We will bat. Put runs on the board and then put us under pressure in the chase. We will try and give our best and then move on. One change for us – Fakhar is out, Haris is in,” Pakistan captain Babar Azam said after winning the toss.
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“We’ve batted first, looks a bit dry, but there’s a bit of green. Batting first is an advantage, but we need to keep them below a low score and then chase well. We’ve got a lot of guys and we’ve got a lot of support and confidence from them. Two changes for us. – One forced one, Miller out with injury, Klaassen in for him, Shamsi in, Keshav Maharaj in for him,” said Demba Bouma during the toss.
Pakistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shatab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah
South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(W), Temba Bouma(C), Riley Roseau, Aidan Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Nkiti, Unrich Nordje, Tabriz Shamsi (ANI)