World Cup 2015: Misbah backs bowlers to slam brakes on South Africa

  • AFP
  • Updated: Mar 06, 2015 19:51 IST

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said that his bowlers are capable of slamming the brakes on South Africa's batting superstars, a day before his side takes on South Africa in Auckland with a quarterfinal berth at stake.

South Africa have blasted totals of 400-plus in their last two Pool B matches with De Villiers notching one-day international cricket's fastest 150 during his 66-ball 162 against the West Indies.

If his brash approach was not enough, Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis notched magnificent hundreds against Ireland while Rilee Rossouw provided impetus in the final overs. David Miller and Jean-Paul Duminy also hit hundreds in the win over Zimbabwe.

"I think our bowling is doing really well and we are confident that we have got the bowlers who can get wickets against any team," Misbah said today.

"We played South Africa in 2013 and 2014 and we know how these batsmen play and we are confident that we have the bowling to put them under pressure."

Pakistan defeated the Proteas 2-1 in South Africa in November 2013, but only leg-spinner Shahid Afridi from that attack is at the World Cup.

Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez were suspended due to illegal bowling actions before the tournament.

Ajmal was cleared last month but was not named in the squad while Hafeez injured his ankle.

Also missing from that 2013 team is left-arm seamer Junaid Khan who had to withdraw with a leg injury.

Misbah admitted South Africa captain de Villiers is hard to stop and that they need to dismiss him early.

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