PAK vs SA: A do-or-die match for Pakistan and a table-topping opportunity for South Africa, two different teams, and two different journeys. They had a similar start though, winning the first two games comprehensively and then losing the third. Now, after halfway through the ICC World Cup, Pakistan will square off against South Africa on 27 October at MA Chidambaram Stadium. This post will walk you through the PAK vs SA Rain Prediction, the Weather Forecast of Chennai, and the Pitch Report. We will also predict who will win Pakistan vs South Africa.
Pakistan and South Africa have faced each other in 5 matches in ICC ODI World Cup tournaments. Out of these 5 games, Pakistan have won 2 whereas South Africa have come out victorious on 3 occasions. They have played 82 ODIs against each other, where South Africa won 51 and Pakistan won 30 with 1 being washed away.
This World Cup started on a similar note for both teams, three matches- 2 wins and a loss but South Africa bounced back stronger and Pakistan are still in search of the winning formula. Pakistan have lost 3 out of 5 and one more loss would cost them the World Cup dream. Head Coach of Pakistan Mickey Arthur said “We said in the changing room the other night that we have got six matches to win the World Cup. We have to get on a streak and win six in a row.”
Imam-Ul-Haq has been out of form for quite a while now if we put a glimpse against Australia(70) aside. Fakhar Zaman is fit and probably will replace him in the playing 11. Hasan Ali is ruled out of the PAK vs SA game and Mohammad Wasim Jr might fill his void. Haris Rauf is taking wickets but he is being too expensive so you might see another spinner playing in his place.
Pakistan have played a total of 3 matches at Chepauk (MA Chidambaram Stadium) and defeated India twice on that ground but lost to Afghanistan the last night. South Africa, on the other hand, have lost both of their matches at the venue.
While Temba Bavuma is slated to replace Reeza Hendricks. Pakistan’s performance against left-arm leg-spin is unsatisfactory. Given the history of the position, the South African captain also said that Tabraiz Shamsi is expected to participate in this match.
Down below is the PAK vs SA Rain Prediction, Weather Forecast of Chennai, Pitch Report, and Prediction of who will win the Pakistan vs South Africa match:
PAK vs SA Rain Prediction
A hot but overcast day in Chennai City. Chennai has very hot and scorchy kind of weather throughout the year. Today, on 27 October 2023, the temperature of Chennai City is expected to peak at 32°C in the afternoon and drop further as the sun goes down.
Humidity is predicted to hover between 70-80% in the match hours and winds will gust towards the East at a speed of <12Kmh during the day.
PAK vs SA Rain Prediction
There are very minimal chances of rain in Chennai City of Tamil Nadu. The rain possibility is around 5% during the match hours, however, there are around 25% chances of rain in the morning time. There will be ~40% of the sky covered under clouds. An overcast day for Pakistan vs South Africa is what weather.com predicts. Though, as it is aforementioned, the weather here in Chennai is usually hot so expect a tough day for athletes on the ground.
Pitch Report of MA Chidambaram Stadium
MA Chidambaram Stadium, also called Chepauk, is a pitch that is well-known for being spin-friendly and welcoming to spinners and skilled spin players. There are many of quality spinners and spin-playing batsmen in both Pakistan and South Africa, thus this contest will be well-matched.
Pacers have had a better average and strike rate at Chepauk in this World Cup compared to spinners. While 31 wickets have fallen to pace so far, only 19 wickets have been picked by spinners.
The initial bounce and carry of the pitch usually provide seam bowlers with a degree of comfort. As the game goes on, spinners get the upper hand, and hitting can become challenging as the pitch becomes softer in the latter innings. If a captain wins the toss, he may decide to bat first and put up a high total.
Who will Win Pakistan vs South Africa?
Pakistan have good spinners in their team. But their struggle against Chinamen bowlers is quite visible. Though Babar and Rizwan are excellent when it comes to playing against spin, Pakistan will be on the back foot. South Africa are in golden touch in comparison to Pakistan and they have Shamsi in their squad ready to attack.
Though the contest is neck-to-neck as it is a spin-friendly surface, South Africa will win the game owing to their better batting line-up and in-form fast bowling.
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