South Africa out of the race, Pakistan stay alive
Pakistan outclass South Africa at the Lords to say alive in the top-four race in match number 30 of the World Cup.
Pakistan survive another day in the World Cup with a huge win over South Africa by 49 runs at the Lords. However, it ends the road and hopes for South Africa as they are out of the race with this defeat.
On a fresh pitch Lord’s pitch wearing the slightest tinge of green, in the first game of the tournament at cricket’s spiritual home, Pakistan chose to bat first. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq began well with an opening stand of 81, then fell for identical scores of 44 to Imran Tahir.
Mohammed Hafeez kept sweeping like it was a shot going out of business. The man who looked the likeliest to hold it all together, Babar Azam, reached to 69 before he picked out the cover sweeper.
The man who took the spotlight from everyone was Haris Sohail, who came in as a replacement of out of form Shoaib Malik. And he might have sealed the spot for the rest of the matches with his blistering knock of 89 off just 59 balls. His knock took Pakistan to a big score of 308 runs in the end.
In reply, A big partnership of 87 off 109 balls between Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock was as good as South Africa could muster, and once the pair was separated by Shadab Khan the chase lost steam as Wahab Riaz produced some reverse-swing to mop up the tail.
Mohammad Amir was brilliant yet again as he picked up the vital wickets of Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis. South Africa could not reach near the total in the end and suffered a big defeat of 49 runs to see their road end.
PAK 308/7 (50.0)
RSA 259/9 (50.0)
Result: Pakistan won by 49 runs