Pakistan wage a comeback
There was a lot of speculation whether Pakistan would make it to the quarter finals of this edition of the cricket world cup. Their fate would have depended on the result of lot of other matches. This was said keeping in mind the poor performance of Pakistan in the World Cup and also it was taken for granted that they would lose to the mighty South Africans. But, they proved the world wrong and came back strongly in this World Cup, beating South Africa by 29 runs even after putting a very lowly total on board.
Sarfraz dismissed for a well made 49 Source
South Africa won the toss and elected to field first. Pakistan went of to good start with Sarfraz Ahmed and Younus Khan playing shots fluently. They both had starts but fell rather early. Misbah again chipped in, playing a crucial knock for Pakistan. Afridi, Maqsood and Akmal didn’t disturb the scorecard much and Pakistan were out for 222 in a reduced match of 47 overs.
Irfan bowled superbly at the start, getting Kock out of the second ball of the innings. Amla and Du Plessis were looking good and had a partnership going between them before Ali and Riaz dismissed them in successive overs. South Africa were struggling at 6/102 but the match was far from over with the skipper De Villiers still at the crease. He played brilliantly like always while the wickets kept falling at the other end. He scored 77 of 58 deliveries with 7 fours and 5 sixes but was unable to take South Africa to victory. He was caught behind the stumps edging a very well directed bouncer bowled by Riaz. South Africa was all out for 193 runs.
Sarfaz Ahmed was declared the Man of the Match for his brilliant innings at the top.
AB de Villiers showed why he is the best in the business Source
This match very well shows that any team can win this World Cup and that a good day on the ground can cause biggest of upsets