South Africa faced a defeat against Pakistan by 19 runs in their second group match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 but now they have one win and a loss under their belt.
AB de Villiers teams will face against Virat Kohli leading team India on Sunday in virtual quarter-finals as India too have one win and one lost game in the Champions Trophy 2017.
Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith wrote in his column for ICC that his country needs to execute plans correctly. “South Africa has to re-evaluate and ensure it executes its plans far better in Sunday’s game. A positive from my point of view was to see the form Morne Morkel is in with the ball.”
“When he’s in that mood and finds his rhythm, he can be one of the most dangerous strike bowlers in the game. He has that ability to take a game by the scruff of the neck and make something happen,” wrote Graeme.
He added, “It wasn’t enough on Wednesday, as Pakistan could afford to be more cautions in its approach when batting, but his form could be key against India’s formidable batting powerhouse.”
Writing about a poor day for South Africa and focus on improving performance against India Smith wrote, “To sum up, it was simply a poor day for South Africa. It’ll know where it needs to improve and has a few days to focus on what is now a hugely important game on Sunday.”