Pak, South Africa in battle of survival in CT
Handed defeats in their respective tournament-openers, Pakistan and South Africa would be fighting to stay alive in the ICC Champions Trophy when they take on each other in their second group B match on Monday.
While Pakistan lost their opening match to the West Indies in a low-scoring cliffhanger, South Africa were beaten by India by 26 runs. Monday’s match will be a shootout of sorts for both the teams and it is the South Africans, who are looking more vulnerable, despite the well-known unpredictability of the Pakistanis.
The Proteas are faced with the challenge of playing Pakistan without two of their main strike bowlers as Morne Morkel has gone back home due to injury, while Dale Steyn remains a ‘work in progress’ on the fitness front.
The update on Steyn is still not quite clear after the the world’s No.1 fast bowler was injured during a warm-up match against Pakistan at the Oval last Monday after bowling just five overs. Pakistan went on to win the game by five wickets.
‘Dale is a work in progress as far as recovery is concerned. We can only get him to start bowling once he is symptom-free,’ Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa team manager and doctor, has explained.