Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has on Sunday urged his batsmen to take full advantage of the absence of South Africa's top pace bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, when the two teams clash in a crucial Champions Trophy game on Monday.
Steyn has not yet recovered from a side strain, while a quad strain brought a pre-mature end to Morkel's campaign.
"Whenever a team loses its top players it is always a setback for them. Like it is for South Africa. But as far as we are concerned the batsmen must take advantage of this situation," Misbah said on Sunday.
Misbah, who stood out with 96 not out against the West Indies in a poor Pakistani batting display, said that it would be a close match.
"Both teams have recently played against each other in Tests and One-day series so we know each other's strategies well. But the difference is Steyn and Morkel are not available to them. But we must keep in mind that their replacement bowler, Morris has done well on subcontinental pitches in the IPL recently," he said.
Misbah said Pakistan would not be underestimating the South Africa attack at all. "It is not a question of underestimating. It is question of trying to take advantage of the weak links in your opponent's side. That is the way to look at it professionally," he said.
Go for the kill: Shoaib
Karachi: Shoaib Akhtar has advised Pakistan bowlers to be aggressive and go for wickets in their group matches against South Africa and India to remain in contention for a knock-out berth.
“Both teams (South Africa and India) have strong batting line-ups, so our bowlers should not be thinking of containing them but about getting wickets,” Akhtar said.