After winning their opening match against Sri Lanka, the Proteas have every right to be confident heading into the encounter, especially with Pakistan losing badly to India.
Coach Russell Domingo’s team will also have the added assurance that the last time the two teams met in the Champions Trophy, they walked away with the win.
And at the same ground.
Heading into the encounter, the captain doesn’t believe his team is under any pressure from Sarfraz Ahmed and the the rest of the Pakistan span, and says: “There is no pressure at all on us.
“The last time we played them in the Champions Trophy we got the better of them.
“And it is at the same ground, so we are confident going into this game without being arrogant or over-confident.
“We played a really good first game of the tournament and we did all the basics well so that is what we are focusing on.
“We are very very prepared and the plans are in place to go and take Pakistan on.”
One thing that counts against South Africa is their record at ICC events.
Reminded that South Africa last tasted tournament success when they won the inaugural Champions Trophy back in 1998, De Villiers says he and his teammates have put the past behind them.
And he wants his team to “stay in the moment”, explaining: “We are not thinking of the past or the future, instead we are just
staying in the moment.
“In the past there are some scars, whereas if we try and touch the future, we have no control over that.
“It’s just a little saying that I feel is powerful for us.
“In order to focus on that very ball that you are dealing with at that moment – not trying to think of how you are going to finish the over or how many boundaries you went for.
“You must know that with every ball you can influence the game and that is how we are approaching things.”