Birmingham, June 10: The absence of Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn in South African line-up will give Pakistan the psychological advantage in their Champions Trophy game today, according to captain Misbah-ul-Haq.
Morkel has been ruled out of the tournament after sustaining an injury in their opener against India. Steyn, who too missed the game, is still not declared fit to play today. With both Proteas' main fast bowlers missing for this do-or-die battle, Misbah and Pakistan hold slight edge.
On asked about Morkel and Steyn's absence, Misbah said: "Obviously, when main players of the opponent's team are missing, it will give you a psychological advantage.
"But at the same time, we are aware of the fact that they are a good team. They won a game against us when both of Steyn and Morkel weren't playing in South Africa. So, they are a quality side, and at the moment their strength is their batting. So we just can't relax. I think we need to really play well, really give a hundred percent, and then we have a good chance."
Both South Africa and Pakistan lost their opening games in Group B. They need to win to keep alive hopes of semi-finals.
Misbah said that they will give their best against South Africa.
"It's not a new story for us. In South Africa, we were in a similar situation like that in the ODI series, when we had to win the fourth ODI and our team did exceptionally well with that. In ICC tournaments, most of the time we are in these sorts of situations. The best thing you can do is to take it game by game, and tomorrow is a game and you just need to win that. Go there, do your best, and I think when you go there and try to do your best, the results are in your favour most of the time," the skipper said.