The 26th match of the ICC World Cup 2023 will be played between Pakistan and South Africa on Friday, October 27 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
With five matches under their belt, Pakistan has managed to secure wins against the Netherlands and Sri Lanka but faced three consecutive losses to India, Australia, and Afghanistan. They now find themselves in fifth place on the points table, making the next game a crucial must-win to stay in contention for a top-four finish.
On the other hand, South Africa is having an exceptional 2023 World Cup campaign, with four wins out of five matches played. Their only loss was to the Netherlands in Dharamsala, and they head into this game after a dominant 149-run victory over Bangladesh, eager to maintain their winning momentum.
However, before heading into this game, let’s take a look at the pitch report, and ground records of MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
PAK vs SA: MA Chidambaram Stadium Pitch Report
The MA Chidambaram Stadium pitch strikes a balance, offering something for both batters and bowlers, with a focus on spinners. Batters will need to pay close attention to line and length and practice patience, as the ball is expected to turn and might not be easy to time with the bat.
Out of the 38 ODI matches held at this venue, teams that chased the target have triumphed 19 times, while those batting first secured victory on 18 occasions, indicating that the toss may not significantly influence the outcome.
PAK vs SA: MA Chidambaram Stadium Pitch Stats
- Total matches: 38
- Matches won batting first: 18
- Matches won bowling first: 19
- Average 1st Inns scores: 227
- Average 2nd Inns scores: 206
- Highest total recorded: 337/7 (50 Ov) by ASIAXI vs AFRICAXI
- Lowest total recorded: 69/10 (23.5 Ov) by KEN vs NZ
- Highest score chased: 291/2 (47.5 Ov) by WI vs IND
- Lowest score defended: 171/10 (45.4 Ov) by ENG vs RSA