Babar Azam’s Pakistan are all set to lock horns with South Africa in the ‘do-or-die’ clash to keep their hopes alive in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023. The men in green have faced three successive defeats after winning the first two of the five matches, they played in the tournament so far. Both teams will take on each other on Friday, October 27 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
On the other hand, South Africa are enjoying a dream run in the tournament with four wins in the five matches except one unfortunate outing against the Netherlands. Meanwhile, the Proteas skipper Temba Bavuma has come up with a warning for the Pakistan bowlers ahead of the 26th match of the tournament.
"I guess there's that temptation from a batting point of view." - Temba Bavuma
Bavuma flexed on the batting prowess of his side in the ODI World Cup 2023 so far. He also mentioned watching the Pakistan vs Afghanistan clash closely to monitor and figure out the way things work at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
"I watched the Afghanistan game with Pakistan and it seemed to get a lot better batting under light. So, I guess there's that temptation from a batting point of view at least," said Temba Bavuma during the pre-match press conference on Thursday ahead of the clash against Pakistan.
“There's us needing to consider the fact that we've had a lot of success of late batting first. So fortunately for me, I don't have to make that decision right now. But I think we know somewhere along the line in the tournament we'll have to bat second. The conversations that we've had as batters is to find ways as to how we can still follow that same process that we follow when we're batting first,” he added later.
Furthermore, Bavuma also spoke about the slow behaviour of the Chennai surface which might see a big total from South African batters on Friday.
“What we've done well is there's that process within our batting of assessing the conditions, looking at what we need from a skill and options point of view to be successful, and that's what we've done well,” he said