Pakistan were poor, and then some, against India in their first match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. After that shambolic performance, any and all powers of bouncebackability will need to come into play against South Africa on Wednesday.
India showed the gulf that exists between the two teams at the moment in an emphatic win on Sunday, and while Pakistan cannot become a stronger team overnight, they can at least put in a better effort.
Hold onto those catches, bowl well and bat to the best of your ability, and they might just have a chance to beat South Africa, who, like India, are a strong team and a definite title contender.
"I think India-Pakistan was a big match, we had four-five younger players playing against India for the first time," Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said, trying to explain the reason for that poor show. "That's why we had a couple of missed chances that definitely cost us.
"They did feel under pressure, but we've tried getting them out of that mindset now.
"We've had discussions and told them that the next two matches are very important and asked them to play freely. We were disappointed after the loss against India. But now that's gone. The guys are really focused on the next game. As a captain, I'm confident that we'll do well."
The problem for Pakistan is that even their best might not be good enough. If South Africa are tuned-in and play like they can, they will come out on top, such is the difference in quality between the two teams.
And having beaten Sri Lanka without too much fuss in their first match of the Champions Trophy 2017, South Africa will come into this game a confident side, knowing pretty well that if they back their ability they will as good as seal their place in the semifinals.
"The last time we played them in the Champions Trophy, we got the better of them at the same ground," South Africa captain AB de Villiers said. "So we are confident going into this game, without being arrogant or overconfident.
"We played really good, won our first game in the tournament. We did all the basics really well, so we'll be focusing on that.
"We don't feel any pressure. We feel it's an opportunity once again in this tournament to shift the pressure on to all the opposition we might face. But all our focus is on this game. We are very, very prepared and the plans are all in place to go and take Pakistan on."
When and where to watch live
Pakistan vs South Africa is scheduled for a 1.30pm BST, 2.30pm SA time, 5.30pm PST, 6pm IST start. Live Streaming and TV Information for the CT 2017 match is below.
India: TV: Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1HD (English, Hindi, Tamil). Live Streaming: Hotstar.
South Africa: TV: SuperSport 2. Live Streaming: SuperSport Live Video.
Pakistan: TV: PTV and Star Sports.
Singapore: TV: Star Cricket.
Middle East: TV: OSN Sports Cricket. Live Streaming: OSN Play.
Australia: TV: Fox Sports. Live Streaming: Foxtel.
USA: TV: Willow TV. Live Streaming: Willow TV Live Online.
New Zealand: TV: Sky Sport 1. Live Streaming: Sky Go NZ.