World Cup 2019: South Africa vs Pakistan Match Report
South Africa vs Pakistan: South Africa crash out of World Cup 2019 as Pakistan remain alive after a thumping performance.
SOUTH AFRICA VS PAKISTAN SCORECARD
Pakistan: 308-7 in 50 overs | Winner
Haris Sohail: 89(59) | Babar Azam: 69(80) | Lungi Ngidi: 3-64
South Africa: 259-9 in 50 overs | Lost by 49 runs
Faf du Plessis: 63(79) | Wahab Riaz: 3-46 | Shadab Khan: 3-50
Player of the Match: Haris Sohail
Pakistan vs South Africa: Another disappointing performance from the Proteas as they choke yet another chase at World Cup 2019.
Pakistan, meanwhile, looked a completely different batting unit this time as the ‘sense of unpredictability’ seemed to be eliminated.
The openers gave a solid start, middle-order built solid partnerships, and finishers did their job to score quick cameos.
Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman scored 44 each, while Babar Azam and Haris Sohal made solid fifties as Pakistan made a competitive 308-7 in their 50 overs.
South African bowlers, meanwhile were way off the track with their bowling. Kagiso Rabada, South Africa’s main bowler looked wayward with his bowling as he gave 65 in his 10 overs without taking a wicket. Lungi Ngidi did take 3 wickets, but gave away 65 runs in his 9 overs.
South Africa looked completely out of sorts chasing 309. Hashim Amla’s dreadful form continued as he got dismissed for just 2(3).
Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis did build a good partnership, but one of these should have carried on if they had to chase 309.
Quinton de Kock got dismissed on 47(60) trying to up the ante, while Faf top-edged off Amir on 63(79).
Except for these two, no other batsman could carry on for South Africa as they could only manage 259 on the board; thus losing the match by 49 runs.
Pakistan meanwhile saw some impressive performance from their bowlers. Wahab Riaz and Shadab Khan bowled superb spells of 3-46 and 3-50 respectively, while Amir took 2 important wickets of Hashim Amla and Fa du Plessis.
So, Pakistan surprise once again with their performance as they complete a thumping win over South Africa. With this, the World Cup 2019 dream for South Africa is officially over.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR SOUTH AFRICA?
- Senior players lacked accountability in the chase, thus failing to score big.
- South Africa failed to build big partnerships, which ultimately built pressure on the new batsman.
- Lack of teeth in the bowling as senior pros such as Rabada and Lungi bowled far too many loose balls.
Match 31: BANGLADESH VS AFGHANISTAN
Date: June 24, 2019
Time: 3 pm IST
After getting eliminated from World Cup 2019, Afghanistan would be looking to play the spoilsport as Bangladesh look to stay alive in the competition.
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