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Pakistan have been volatile, but South Africa downright disappointing. Can that change today?

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Markram has a wicket

Aiden Markram has a wicket at Lord's, one more at this venue than Shaun Pollock. Darted it full from round the wicket and hit Hafeez low on the pad. Three reds. Kaushik had spotted him practising that angle a lot in the nets and it's totally worked.

Hafeez and Babar discussed something for 10 seconds after the umpire gave his decision, but not sure it was about the review. Good they didn't go for the review. "The comeback continues for South Africa," Pommy says on air.

South Africa lose the review

Tahir is having an interesting day. He thinks he has Hafeez, who's missed a big heave-ho. Hit on the tummy but Tahir thinks he has him. Goes for DRS even before consulting Faf who's at long-on. And that's missing the stumps. "Where do I look, where?"

Tahir has another wicket. ANOTHER WICKET.

Oh he's running to the heavens there. A return catch from Imam and this is another stunner. Low catch, that Tahir takes and escapes into his run, evading all the hugs from his teammates. Anybody ever made this point before? Tahir also becomes the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in the World Cup.

Rattan Kumar: Well quite fascinating. Just earlier Tahir takes the catch of Fakhar but that was not clean catch and now he gets the wicket of the same batmsan!

A confession: These fingers want to type something good about South Africa.

So Imran Tahir has his redemption

The umpires thought he couldn't catch Fakhar? Tahir comes onto bowl and does it himself. Well, not quite.. Fakhar helps him by going for the scoop and splicing the ball to slip. And goes for the celebratory run even before the umpire raises his finger. This time, it was doubly quick. He knows how to make up.

Imran Tahir ran.. but.. umm..

He thought he'd taken a stunner at deep mid-wicket, diving forward and all, and even went on a celebratory run. When did you last see that go to the dogs? The umpires weren't convinced with the catch, maybe they didn't like how Tahir took off without the pistol fire, and gave the soft signal for Fakhar Zaman as not out. Tahir's furious, he wants to talk to the umpires, but Faf du Plessis stops him. And........ it's been given not out on screen. Tahir had his fingers under the ball but there was enough doubt. Thanks, technology. Thanks for cloudy, grainy zoom-ins in 2019.

Nitesh Sharma: Which team do you think is most likely to go down amongst current top 4 and which one from bottom can sneak in? --- I think the table may have aged prematurely. Is this how it's going to look like finally? Won't be surprised.

It's not all going right for South Africa

So Chris Morris comes to bowl the eighth over of the innings, and even draws an edge. But guess what, he'd asked Amla to stand wide a couple of deliveries ago.. Scythes the air with his sweater, Kaushik observes, and apologizes to du Plessis during the change of ends.

Pakistan are 58/0 after the first powerplay, their second-best this World Cup.

Rafsan Ahmed Siyam: Body Language of South Africa is completely negative. They are looking very dull and out, worried.

Early assessment - the green is a hoax

Imam Ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman are unabashedly playing on the front foot - that should tell you everything you need to know about the pitch. There's no swing or seam movement - at least right now - and Pakistan are off to a rather comfortable start.

A point to note, though, is that this was the case the last time an ODI was played at this venue - between India and England on July 14, 2018. England flew off the blocks, Joe Root got a century and asked India to chase 323. And like a flick of a switch, the pitch slowed down considerably when India came out to bat. Mark Wood and David Willey rolled their fingers over the ball frequently, and Moeen Ali was quite effective. Once Kohli was sent packing after a promising start, the chase swiftly ceased to really exist. MS Dhoni earned the dubious distinction of been applauded (for 10K ODI runs) and then booed (for not attempting to hoick in the face of a big required rate) in the same fixture.

Faf du Plessis said it was a good toss to lose. We'll have to wait and find out about that.

TOSS: Pakistan opt to bat first

India chuckle somewhere. "Loud cheers as the display finally shows Pakistan have elected to bat," Kau quips on the chat messenger. Pakistan have brought in Haris Sohail and Shaheen Afridi into the side; Shoaib Malik and Hasan Ali miss out. Ahsan Iftikhar Nagi wrote about Pakistan found lacking in team combinations, so let's see how it all works out today. South Africa, on the other hand, are unchanged. Faf du Plessis felt that it's a good toss to lose, since they were going to bowl first. Also says that he's happy with the current team balance.

Below are the teams. You can also find them on our comm page, but they are clearly not as funny as this blog will be. Just joking. Also, behind every just joking, there's a little truth. But no, they are really good. I'm such a fanboy. Highly recommended reading: Kaushik Rangarajan beautifully captures Chris Morris's second wind. How many of us remember that he wasn't even in the initial squad!

South Africa: Quinton de Kock(w), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis(c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir

Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi

Pitch update: "teenager's shave"

That's what Kaushik calls it, yes. "It looks much less greener than it did yesterday. It's gotten a trim but not a good one at that. It's that teenager's shave. Some bald patches surrounded by a smattering of grass." ----- Ha ha ha. Where're my emoticons when I need them? To add to Kaushik, Wasim Akram says that batting first would be a good option as the surface is dry beneath.

And now that we are talking about teenagers, let's also tell you that Shaheen Afridi is marking his run-up. Gaurav Joshi wrote a while back about him, here.

Head to head battles in ICC events

Oh there's one favourite here. Just look at the graphic below!

Introduction (cuz why not?)

Two teams, two peculiar circumstances. The first's covered in blood and sweat, the campaign once again faltering when everyone's watching; the second, writhing in pain after another loss to the sibling, doubting its own credibility as a perennial underdog. "How good we really are?"

South Africa and Pakistan don't have much to gain from this World Cup match, except that they do. It's Lord's hosting its first game this edition, and it's time to make the world sit up and take note. There's no better place in the world to do so. Hello and welcome to match# 30. I will be joined by Kaushik Rangarajan, our man at the ground, to bring you everything live and witty from London. "Nice sunny morning here in London," we are told. Here's our preview.

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