Pakistan brought their A-game to the table with bat and ball to register a comfortable win over South Africa in the 30th game of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Lords Cricket Stadium in London. Chasing 309 runs to win, Captain Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock produced decent scores but the side could gather momentum in their innings.
The visitors could manage 259 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their full quota overs. With this result, South Africa are eliminated from the competition. On the other hand, Pakistan keep their semifinal hopes alive with a comfortable win over South Africa.
Hashim Amla perished for yet another low score in the chase to see South Africa lose an early wicket with the new-ball. Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo chipped in with decent scores for the side.
For Pakistan, leg-spinner Shadab Khan picked up three wicket and conceded 50 runs from his ten overs. Left-arm quick Wahab Riaz also delivered a tidy performance with the ball in hand and managed to clean up the lower-order in space of few overs.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat first. Haris Sohail replaced out of form Shoaib Malik into the playing XI for this must-win game against South Africa.
The opening pair of Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman got the side off to a flying start and added 81 runs to lay down ideal platform for the likes of Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail.
Babar continued his rich vein of form with the bat and smashed 69 off 80 balls with the help of seven boundaries. He put on an 81-run partnership with Haris to keep the scoreboard ticking for Pakistan. Sohail delivered a match-winning performance with the bat to steer Pakistan to a competitive total on the board. Lower-order batsman Imad Wasim also chipped in with a nice cameo at the end.
Tahir went past Allan Donald as the highest wicket-taker for the Proteas at World Cups with 38 wickets to his name in World Cup competition.