Pakistan bounced back in style as they beat South Africa by 49 runs in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (CWC 2019) to stay in contention for the semi-finals spot. Set a target of 309 runs to win, South Africa managed only 259/9 in 50 overs. Wahab Riaz & Shadab Khan scalped three wickets each while Mohammad Amir picked two crucial wickets. The defeat for South Africa means that they are out of semi-final contention. Pakistan vs South Africa Highlights of ICC World Cup 2019 Match: SA Out of Semis Contention, PAK Stay Alive.
South Africa’s chase began on a shaky note as Amir removed Hashim Amla in the second over. Far du Plessis and Quinton de Kock then added the 87-run stand for the second wicket but Shadab Khan struck in quick succession to remove de Kock and Aiden Markram and that left South Africa tottering at 103 for three. South Africa Knocked Out of Cricket World Cup 2019: Defeat to Pakistan Means Proteas Out of Semi Final Contention.
Pakistan then found wickets at regular intervals as the required run-rate for South Africa crept up. Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller added 53-run partnership for the fifth wicket, but it was not enough for them to take their side home.
Here are some stat highlights from PAK vs SA CWC 2019 Match
# Mohammad Amir is now joint-highest wicket-taker in CWC19. Apart from him Jofra Archer and Mitchell Starc have 15 wickets each.
# Haris Sohail’s fifty off 38 balls is now the fastest for Pakistan in this World Cup
# Shadab Khan has now crossed the 50-wicket mark in ODIs.
# This was Pakistan's second win over South Africa in a World Cup match.
# Imran Tahir has now taken 39 wickets in World Cups - the most for South Africa- going past Allan Donald. Pakistan vs South Africa -CWC19 match - Full Scorecard.
Earlier, after opting to bat first, Pakistan were off to a good start with openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam ul Haq putting on 81 runs for the first wicket. For Pakistan, Haris Sohail was top-scorer with 89 runs while Babar Azam played a valuable knock of 69 runs. Meanwhile, Pakistan now moves to the seventh spot on the CWC19 points table.