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Ahmed Shehzad
Ahmed Shehzad was the top scorer for Pakistan against UAEGetty

Pakistan will take on South Africa in a Group B clash of the 2015 ICC World Cup at Eden Park, Auckland, on Saturday.

Where to watch live

The match starts at 1.00am GMT (on Wednesday). Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Click here for live streaming link.

Overview

Pakistan have managed two wins in their last two games, with the latest victory coming against the United Arab Emirates at McLaren Park earlier this week. Misbah-ul-Haq's side were made to bat after Pakistan lost the toss.

A brilliant knock of 95 runs from Ahmed Shehzad, who was well supported by Haris Sohail (70) laid the foundation for Pakistan's middle order batsmen to build on. The skipper's knock of 65, along with Sohaib Maqsood (45) helped Pakistan post a total of 339 runs.

In reply, UAE managed to bat 50 overs, scoring 210 runs and losing eight wickets in the process. Pakistan won the match by 129 runs.

Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla scored his career best of 159 runs against Ireland[Getty]

Meanwhile, South Africa come into this fixture after registering their second consecutive 400 plus runs against Ireland. This time it was centuries from Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis, followed by a quick knock from David Miller and Rilee Rossouw that helped the Proteas score 411 runs.

Ireland were bowled out for 210 runs and South Africa sit second on the table with that win. AB de Villiers and his men will be looking for another win when they take on Pakistan on Saturday.

Prediction

Pakistan to win.

What they say

Russell Domingo (South Africa coach): "A guy like JP will definitely get back in the mix. He has been one of our best players over a period of time. We need to make sure Vernon is 100 percent ready to go because we need to be careful with a hamstring strain with the important stage of the competition still to come."

Betting odds (888Sport.com)

  • Pakistan to win: 3
  • South Africa to win: 1/4

Team news

Pakistan

Possible XI: Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq (C), Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal (WK), Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Irfan.

South Africa

Possible XI: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (WK), Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers (C), David Miller, JP Duminy, Kyle Abbott, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.