In Pics: ICC World Cup 2019 | Pakistan beat South Africa by 49 runs
Updated On : 24 Jun 2019,06:55 AM
Haris Sohail’s 89 runs off 59 balls along with Wahab Riaz’s 3/46 helped Pakistan to knock South Africa out of the showpiece tournament. Batting first, Pakistan batsmen showed their class with bat and went onto to score 308 runs on the board, which, on the given day, turned out to be too much for South Africa as they eventually fell short by 49 runs at the Lord’s in London.
At the deceptively green-looking Lord’s pitch, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed elected to bat, and his top-order emboldened that decision as Imam Ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman started fluently and hammered the opposition bowlers all-around the ground. The applause from Lord’s balcony led them to score freely and with authority.
Tahir was understandably livid, but Zaman went out of his way to offer redemption to the South African leggie, with his clumsy attempt to play a scoop. Zaman ended up in an awkward position, and the edge went straight to Hashim Amla at first slip, giving South Africa their first breakthrough.
Haris took the opportunity with both hands and ensured there will be no more shuffling around from the team management for the crucial No.5 position. Sohail's adventurism worked for Babar, who calmly went past the second 50-run mark in the tournament. Sohail, on the other hand, showed versatility and went after the bowlers
Du Plessis tried to take on Amir and got out after a hard-fought 63 off 79 with five boundaries.
With the required rate over 10, Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller tried hard, but couldn’t get going.
The Pakistan bowling turned out to be too hot to handle as the Proteas capsized alarmingly. Andile Phehlukwayo threw his bat around for 46 runs and remained unbeaten, but his efforts were never going to be enough for South Africa.