At the start of the World Cup all of us were so engrossed with our first encounter against India that we started making it up to be the most important match in the tournament. Now that we are in the midst of the World Cup, it is quite clear that the match tomorrow holds much more importance for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it is against one of the strongest contenders of the World Cup. Secondly, a win tomorrow to an extent guarantees a position in the quarterfinals for the Pakistani team. Let us for a second compare both the teams according to their batting order. Hashim Alma averages 56.72 as compared to Ahmed Shehzad’s 34.85. Quinton de Kock’s batting average is 38.79 as opposed to Nasir Jamshed’s 31.51. Our one down batsman Haris Sohail has a decent average of 34 whereas South Africa’s one down Faf Du Plessis averages 35.69. The next in for South Africa AB de Villiers has a massive average of 52.73 in comparison to our captain Misbah Ul Haq who has the highest average in the Pakistani squad of 43.41. So just looking at all the batting averages of the top four batsmen, South Africa has a dominant lead. Now taking a look at the top two bowlers on both sides we again see the Proteas with a healthy lead. Dale Steyn’s bowling average is 25.50 and Morne Morkel’s average is 24.34. For Pakistan, Shahid Afridi’s bowling average is 34.26 and Mohammad Irfan average is T29.67. Pakistan will have to play out of their skin to win against South Africa but if they do, it will be the biggest statement they can make. Good luck team Pakistan.

–Shaan Tahir