They have started off their campaign in the exactly opposite manner. The Proteas won their first game by 96 runs over Sri Lanka while India thrashed Pakistan by a margin of 124. With poor NRR already, Pakistan will be in a desperate need for a win in this game while South Africa would look to near confirm their berth in semis with yet another win.
Pakistan will be without Wahab Riaz for most likely the rest of the ICC Champions Trophy with an ankle injury. This must win clash against an in-form South Africa Side will need to push Pakistan to produce a much improved overall performance to see any chance of victory.
Mohammed Amir’s fitness is also in question after he had to go off the field with cramp but should be fine to take his place in the side. Expect changes to be made with Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman & Junaid Khan the possible players most likely to come into the side.
The Proteas are coming off a brilliant all-round performance against Sri Lanka and will look to continue momentum against Pakistan. A win will see them through to the semifinal in group B. Expecting no changes to be made to their side that played Sri Lanka as they look to seal a spot in the semifinal.
There has been some drama surrounding the Edgbaston pitch. This game was scheduled to be played on an unused pitch, but it has gone soft due to the amount of rain. As a result, the match will be played on the same pitch that was used previously this tournament. As for weather, rain is expected to stay away for most of tomorrow, and a full game is expected.
Pakistan have won three of the last four games between these two sides, including the 2015 World Cup encounter in Auckland. However only two Pakistan players from that game – Ahmed Shehzad and Sarfraz Ahmed – are part of the current squad, while only three players – Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn and Kyle Abbott – are missing for South Africa.
These two teams met at this venue during the 2013 Champions Trophy, with South Africa posting 234 for nine before bowling Pakistan out for 167. Hashim Amla was the star performer with 81.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com