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Pakistan vs South Africa, Match 30

ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 | Match 30 | Sunday 23rd June | 09:30
 Match Ended
Pakistan
308/7 (50.0) RR:6.16
South Africa
259/9 (50.0) RR:5.18
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That ends yet another weekend in the World Cup. The new week will be begun by two competitive teams - Bangladesh and Afghanistan at The Rose Bowl, Southampton. The match begins at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious Pakistan captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed, credits the win to a team effort. Praises Babar Azam and then Haris Sohail. On being asked why Sohail was not played earlier, Ahmed says that team combination did not allow them to field him. Compares his innings of today to Jos Buttler's heroics at the death. Admits that the fielding was very poor and they have to work very hard and sort out these things. Praises all the bowlers - first Amir for setting things up with the new ball, then Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim in the middle and Shaheen Afridi in the remaining part.

South African skipper, Faf du Plessis, admits that the Proteas did not play good cricket at all in this tournament. Adds that even in this game, the new-ball bowlers did not get off to a good start and allowed Pakistan to run away with the game. Says that 300 on this wicket was a bit too much. On the batting department, du Plessis says that lack of partnerships was the key but puts it down mainly to lack of confidence within the group. On Imran Tahir, Faf says that the leggie was exceptional, leading the attack consistently but rues the fact that there have not been enough guys like him. On the biggest downside, du Plessis says that South Africa are not playing like South Africa, letting themselves down in terms of skill set.

HARIS SOHAIL HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. He says it is tough when you are sitting out and waiting for an opportunity but was eager to play and grab the opportunity he gets. Ends by saying when he went to bat, he was told to build a partnership with Azam, things were not easy but he backed himself and it all went well.

In a forgetful tournament, only Imran Tahir and Rassie van der Dussen have been the bright spots for the Saffas. No one really stepped up with either bat or ball and their position shows in the points table. Pakistan move to 7th with 5 points. Please stay tuned for the presentation...

SOUTH AFRICA HAVE BEEN OFFICIALLY KNOCKED OUT OF THE 2019 WORLD CUP. It was a disappointing start to their campaign and they never got going, except for a win against Afghanistan. Even in this game, their new-ball bowlers struggled, a perennial problem throughout this tournament while with the bat, only de Kock and du Plessis played an innings of any substance.

After winning the toss, Pakistan batsmen did a reasonable job of seeing off the new balls and then consolidated in the middle order and teed off at the death. With the ball, Mohammad Amir found his mojo while Wahab Riaz and Shadab Khan shared the spoils with 3 wickets each.

Pakistan are alive. This was the 'other' Pakistan which turned up today. They batted responsibly, piled on a big score and then bowled well to defend the total.

Over: 50 | 11 Runs
1 49.6
Mohammad Amir to Andile Phehlukwayo

A single to finish! A full toss on the pads, Phehlukwayo hits it towards deep mid-wicket for one. PAKISTAN WIN BY 49 RUNS!

0 49.5
Mohammad Amir to Andile Phehlukwayo

Full and on the pads, Phehlukwayo looks to flick but misses. The ball hits the pads and rolls on the leg side. Phehlukwayo does not take the run.

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