Pakistan out to seize a World Cup lifeline against lowly South Africa

'Ridiculous': Controversial rule at centre of Cricket World Cup drama

'Ridiculous': Controversial rule at centre of Cricket World Cup drama

Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed on Monday revealed that the criticism following his team's sub-par performance against India had prompted the team to sit together, analyse their performance, talk through their mistakes and express determination not to repeat them.

Cricket South Africa, as per reports from SA, discussed to keep their players fresh for the World Cup and hence minimise their participation in the IPL. At one point, it was looking as if Australia, India, New Zealand and England will be the undisputed four teams to qualify for the semis but after England lost their last match to Sri Lanka, it has opened up the tournament.

Pakistan had a dismal start to their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign winning only one of the five games they have played while one ended in a washout.

South Africa, who arrived in London from Birmingham on Thursday evening, face an even worse situation.

Kagiso Rabada has stated that he had expected to perform better in the ongoing World Cup much like his country but had failed to execute his plans properly.

The Proteas came into the tournament as one of the leading title contenders but have punched below their weight in the contest where their only win has come against minnows Afghanistan.

Pakistan play New Zealand in Birmingham on Wednesday. He believes Proteas will finish the tournament on a strong note.

He has taken an impressive 13 wickets to date, eight more than any other member of this squad, so 5/2 for him to be his side's top bowler again has obvious appeal from the Pakistan vs South Africa odds.

"We've still got three games to play and I'd like to think that we can at least play the way we know we can play", commented Gibson. Photo Credit: Getty Images " I mean, I spoke about it before the IPL even started, that it's important that we try and find space to rest our three-format players, because they play all the formats all the time, and then IPL". "I've thoroughly enjoyed the pressures that come with competing at a World Cup".

Steyn and Amla will likely retire from ODIs, joining JP Duminy and Imran Tahir who have already said they will give up after the World Cup. Haroon Lorgat, a former chief selector of South Africa, said the CSA board is unable to provide leadership. "To play cricket at the biggest stage in the world is quite a privilege", he said.

Interestingly, when asked about managing the workload in the IPL, Rabada had said: "Bowling four overs is not an issue".

"We come in with a good mindset - it's just execution is one thing that's been a question mark for us".