The Proteas batters had been by no means allowed to clinch the ascendancy.

Shadab Khan
Shadab Khan. (Photograph Supply: Twitter)

Pakistan’s confidence would’ve hit rock-bottom after their defeat to India. Nevertheless, the Sarfaraz Ahmed-captained unit soared above the expectations and rolled over South Africa by 49 runs on the Lord’s Cricket Floor. Most significantly, they stored their hopes of enjoying the semis alive. For the Proteas, their World Cup marketing campaign is all, however over, although they nonetheless have a few video games left.

Sohail and Babar take cost

Pakistan had no hesitation to bat first and it paid dividends from the outset. Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman stitched collectively a stand of 81 in 14.5 overs. Nevertheless, Imran Tahir nipped out each Imam (44) and Fakhar (44) in fast succession to present South Africa a breather. Mohammad Hafeez received out to part-timer Aiden Markram in opposition to the run of play. Then, Babar Azam and Haris Sohail creamed the bowling fairly simply.

The duo added 81 runs to place their group in a commanding place. Babar received to his half-century in 61 balls and simply when he was seeking to step on the fuel, Lungi Ngidi picked him up for 69. Sohail, who changed Shoaib Malik within the XI, performed his strokes freely and smashed the bowling to a 59-ball 89. Imad Wasim chipped in with a breezy 15-ball 23 in direction of the tip to lend impetus. A good batting present noticed Pakistan amass 308 for 7 in 50 overs.

Pakistan prevails on the Residence of Cricket

The Proteas made a poor begin to their run-chase as Mohammad Amir trapped Hashim Amla in entrance. Thereafter, Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis placed on 87 runs, however they couldn’t fairly sustain with the scoring price. De Kock received 47 and perished to a mistimed shot off Shadab Khan. Aiden Markram didn’t look snug throughout his 16-delivery stint within the center and he turned Shadab’s second sufferer.

Du Plessis tried to tackle Amir and received out after a hard-fought 63 off 79 with 5 boundaries. With the required price over 10, Rassie van der Dussen (36) and David Miller (31) tried onerous, however couldn’t get going. The Pakistan bowling turned out to be too scorching to deal with because the Proteas capsized alarmingly. Andile Phehlukwayo threw his bat round for 46 runs and remained unbeaten, however his efforts had been by no means going to be sufficient for South Africa.

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