Pakistan narrowly edged past South African squad in the 30th match of ICC World Cup 2019 on Sunday at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium, London. Despite giving close competition to the Pakistani cricketers, Proteas fell short by 49 runs in the must-win game. As a result, South Africa has been knocked out from the race of the ongoing World Cup.
After winning the toss Pakistani Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed elected to bat first and posted a target of 308 runs for South Africa. All thanks to star player Haris Sohail who knocked brilliant innings of 89 runs off just 59 deliveries before losing his crucial wicket to Lungi Ngidi in the last over. Sohail’s blasting performance was embellished with nine boundaries and three jaw-dropping sixes. Though both the ace African bowlers Ngidi and Imran Tahir tried their best to restrict Pakistani squad below 300-mark but Babar Azam’s 69 off 80 and cameos from Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq helped the green squad to cross the benchmark.
In reply, South Africa started badly as the amazing opener Hashim Amla lost his wicket in the very first over with just two runs off three balls. It was then the turn of wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock and experienced captain Faf du Plessis who took their side closer to the target but Pakistan stopped them at 259 runs.
The losing team’s captain Faf du Plessis “The results we are dishing out at the moment, it’s tough. The way we played today is borderline embarrassing”. Further, the angry cricketer also added, “we are a mediocre team at the moment because we are making the same mistakes. One step forward and two steps back is not a good team”
Check out Twitter reactions after Pakistan beat the African squad by just 49 runs in ICC World Cup 2019:
Winning is 1 of the delightful moments for Pakistan.The timely & great comeback has brought the energy in us.Haris Sohail's performance was remarkable to lift the team.He incredibly played for his team.Overall,Pakistan showed hunger to win this match.#PAKvSA #wehavewewill #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/CFKy4w3wht
— VEENA MALIK (@iVeenaKhan) June 23, 2019
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— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 23, 2019
— Areeba Aslam (@aree_bayyy) June 23, 2019
— Abdul Qadeer (@abdulqadeer03) June 23, 2019
— Hamza Hameed Mirza (@hamza_mirza123) June 23, 2019
👏 Congratulations, @TheRealPCB!
— Lord's Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) June 23, 2019
The green army will next take on Black Caps at Edgbaston Stadium on June 26th while Proteas will lock the horns with Sri Lanka on June 28th at Riverside Ground.
Pakistan: 308/7; Haris Sohail (89), Babar Azam (69), Fakhar Zaman (44), Wahab Riaz (3/46), Shahdab Khan (3/50), and Mohammad Amir ( 2/49)
South Africa: 259/9; Faf du Plessis (63), Quinton de Kock (47), Andile Phehlukwayo (46), Lungi Ngidi (3/64), Imran Tahir (2/41), Aiden Markram (1/22)