ICC Cricket World Cup, 29th Match, Pool B: Pakistan v South Africa at Auckland, Mar 7, 2015
ICC Cricket World Cup - 29th match, Pool B
Pakistan won by 29 runs (D/L method)
Played at Eden Park, Auckland (neutral venue)
7 March 2015 - day/night match (50-over match)
  Pakistan innings (47 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal Sarfraz Ahmed run out (Miller/†de Kock) 49 62 49 5 3 100.00
16.4 from Imran Tahir, comes down before clipping away the bowler through backward square. Was gunning for the second the whole time as the man at square-leg is able to pick it up and fire in a throw at the stumps, with de Kock doing the rest. Sarfraz put in a hopeful dive, but is well short of his ground. Sad way to end a promising knock from the Pakistani opener, who was certainly threatening to dictate terms here in Auckland. It was David Miller who pulled off that good work in the field 92/2
View dismissal Ahmed Shehzad c Steyn b Abbott 18 34 30 4 0 60.00
8.4 85.3 mph, Dale Steyn is the man as he pulls off a breathtaking catch as he was running away towards long on/cow corner in an attempt to get at this mistimed chip over midwicket. In the end is able to dive with both hands outstretched to pluck this just inches from the ground, with his momentum carrying him forward as he finished like a killer whale on the stage at SeaWorld 30/1
View dismissal Younis Khan c Rossouw b de Villiers 37 68 44 4 0 84.09
26.4 74.7 mph, and AB has produced the goods after all as Younis, who was looking to guide this away off the back foot through mid-on, ends up getting a leading edge which flies over to the fielder at cover, who snaps it up gleefully. Younis goes as South Africa make a decisive inroad into this Pakistan batting line-up 132/3
View dismissal Misbah-ul-Haq* c Morkel b Steyn 56 119 86 4 0 65.11
43.5 and the plan comes off perfectly for Steyn as Misbah goes chasing after this short delivery outside of off which he ramps straight to Morne, who barely had to move from his original position at third man. Misbah has to go as Pakistan look to blast as many as possible in these remaining overs 218/8
View dismissal Sohaib Maqsood c Rossouw b Abbott 8 20 16 1 0 50.00
31.6 80.8 mph, and Abbott has struck for South Africa as Maqsood has to depart Eden Park after slicing this back of a length outside of off, with the most minimal of footwork, straight to the fielder at backward point, who takes the chance comfortably 156/4
View dismissal Umar Akmal c de Villiers b Morkel 13 22 20 2 0 65.00
36.5 83.6 mph, the extra bounce undoes Akmal as he looks to target cow corner with another lusty blow, but ends up top-edging this to AB at midwicket, who is able to complete the catch despite falling onto his back. There was a moment where he looked like he might have grounded it as he had a look of astonishment on his face, but I have come to believe that not even AB can believe himself at times. 175/5
View dismissal Shahid Afridi c Duminy b Steyn 22 21 15 1 2 146.66
41.4 84.9 mph, going for one to many blows as Steyn finally has the last laugh as he delivers a short ball which Afridi goes after. He is cramped for space as this top-edge flies over to deep square-leg, who is able to safely get under it. Big wicket for South Africa as they look to quell as many runs as possible in these latter stages of the innings 212/6
View dismissal Wahab Riaz lbw b Imran Tahir 0 5 1 0 0 0.00
42.1 57.8 mph, looking to reach out and sweep this quicker one drifted in on and around off as this out right away as the umpire gives it. They decide to go for the review though. Looks like this definitely struck in line, and as it was low, there is every indication this would go on to hit the stumps. Ends up being umpire's call for both impact and wicket's hitting, but because the original decision was out, he has to go 212/7
View dismissal Sohail Khan c Duminy b Morkel 3 21 11 0 0 27.27
46.4 86.8 mph, looking to clobber Morne over midwicket, but ends up getting a top-edge as JP is able to get under this one swirling over mid-off to finish off the Pakistan innings with just two balls left 222/10
View dismissal Rahat Ali c Imran Tahir b Steyn 1 8 6 0 0 16.66
45.2 87.4 mph, length delivery on middle and leg which he tried to hit through the line to get over long off, but instead miscues to the man at mid-off, who is able to run backwards and to the left to catch this safely. Tahir put in fine work at the position as Pakistan go nine down 221/9
Mohammad Irfan not out 1 5 3 0 0 33.33
Extras (lb 7, w 6, nb 1) 14
  Total (all out; 46.4 overs; 197 mins) 222 (4.75 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets DW Steyn 10 3 30 3 3.00 43 2 1 (1w)
41.4 to Shahid Afridi, 84.9 mph, going for one to many blows as Steyn finally has the last laugh as he delivers a short ball which Afridi goes after. He is cramped for space as this top-edge flies over to deep square-leg, who is able to safely get under it. Big wicket for South Africa as they look to quell as many runs as possible in these latter stages of the innings 212/6
43.5 to Misbah-ul-Haq, and the plan comes off perfectly for Steyn as Misbah goes chasing after this short delivery outside of off which he ramps straight to Morne, who barely had to move from his original position at third man. Misbah has to go as Pakistan look to blast as many as possible in these remaining overs 218/8
45.2 to Rahat Ali, 87.4 mph, length delivery on middle and leg which he tried to hit through the line to get over long off, but instead miscues to the man at mid-off, who is able to run backwards and to the left to catch this safely. Tahir put in fine work at the position as Pakistan go nine down 221/9
View wickets KJ Abbott 9 0 45 2 5.00 31 6 0 (1w)
8.4 to Ahmed Shehzad, 85.3 mph, Dale Steyn is the man as he pulls off a breathtaking catch as he was running away towards long on/cow corner in an attempt to get at this mistimed chip over midwicket. In the end is able to dive with both hands outstretched to pluck this just inches from the ground, with his momentum carrying him forward as he finished like a killer whale on the stage at SeaWorld 30/1
31.6 to Sohaib Maqsood, 80.8 mph, and Abbott has struck for South Africa as Maqsood has to depart Eden Park after slicing this back of a length outside of off, with the most minimal of footwork, straight to the fielder at backward point, who takes the chance comfortably 156/4
View wickets M Morkel 9.4 0 25 2 2.58 41 1 0 (1nb)
36.5 to Umar Akmal, 83.6 mph, the extra bounce undoes Akmal as he looks to target cow corner with another lusty blow, but ends up top-edging this to AB at midwicket, who is able to complete the catch despite falling onto his back. There was a moment where he looked like he might have grounded it as he had a look of astonishment on his face, but I have come to believe that not even AB can believe himself at times. 175/5
46.4 to Sohail Khan, 86.8 mph, looking to clobber Morne over midwicket, but ends up getting a top-edge as JP is able to get under this one swirling over mid-off to finish off the Pakistan innings with just two balls left 222/10
View wicket Imran Tahir 9 1 38 1 4.22 33 4 1
42.1 to Wahab Riaz, 57.8 mph, looking to reach out and sweep this quicker one drifted in on and around off as this out right away as the umpire gives it. They decide to go for the review though. Looks like this definitely struck in line, and as it was low, there is every indication this would go on to hit the stumps. Ends up being umpire's call for both impact and wicket's hitting, but because the original decision was out, he has to go 212/7
View wicket AB de Villiers 6 0 43 1 7.16 15 7 0 (1w)
26.4 to Younis Khan, 74.7 mph, and AB has produced the goods after all as Younis, who was looking to guide this away off the back foot through mid-on, ends up getting a leading edge which flies over to the fielder at cover, who snaps it up gleefully. Younis goes as South Africa make a decisive inroad into this Pakistan batting line-up 132/3
  JP Duminy 3 0 34 0 11.33 5 1 3 (2w)
  South Africa innings (target: 232 runs from 47 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal Q de Kock c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Irfan 0 1 2 0 0 0.00
0.2 85.7 mph, Irfan sets Eden Park on fire as he delivers a peach of a delivery outside of off which de Kock, looking to angle away through mid-on, ends up getting a thick outside edge as Sarfraz completes the take from behind. The umpire doesn't hesitate too long to give this one, as Pakistan have South Africa one down with nothing on the board 0/1
View dismissal HM Amla c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Wahab Riaz 38 51 27 9 0 140.74
10.1 86.4 mph, and Riaz has taken the big wicket of Amla as he seems to have been surprised by the lack of bounce as he ends up giving a low, outside edge to the keeper to this length delivery going across. Sarfraz is able to get low to his right to pluck this with one hand before hitting the ground. 67/3
View dismissal F du Plessis c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Rahat Ali 27 44 29 3 1 93.10
9.3 84.5 mph, Rahat succeeds in getting Faf to nibble at this shortish length which seems to have climbed a bit more than expected on Faf as he tried to run it down through third man, but instead feathers an edge to Sarfraz, who completes it quite easily 67/2
View dismissal RR Rossouw c Sohail Khan b Wahab Riaz 6 16 9 1 0 66.66
12.2 84.6 mph, Riaz makes another significant inroad as South Africa are faltering in this chase of 232 as Rilee is set up for this hook over to fine leg, with Sohail Khan not having to move too far from his mark as he settled under it. Ends Rilee's short vigil at the crease as South Africa now go four down 74/4
View dismissal AB de Villiers* c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Sohail Khan 77 111 58 7 5 132.75
32.2 84.7 mph, AB comes down the track to this short delivery, with the intention of blasting this over long on, but ends up feathering an outside edge to Sarfraz, who has been safe as houses behind the stumps. That could be the end for South Africa as AB departs for a courageous 77 200/9
View dismissal DA Miller lbw b Rahat Ali 0 17 13 0 0 0.00
15.5 85.7 mph, unleashes a wonderful yorker on middle which Miller appears to be late on. Looked out as soon as it struck really. Miller wants the review though. Replays show this went on to hit the back pad, so that may hurt his chances for this being given, but it is red all the way down, so Miller has to go, and South Africa are now five down with still quite a bit to do 77/5
View dismissal JP Duminy c Wahab Riaz b Mohammad Irfan 12 19 13 2 0 92.30
19.4 85.0 mph, Riaz just can't be kept out of the action as JP, looking to hook this one away over backward square, ends up top-edging this short of a length over to Wahab, stationed at deep fine leg, who is over the moon as he falls away to the right to claim this 102/6
View dismissal DW Steyn c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Irfan 16 21 17 3 0 94.11
23.6 87.6 mph, Irfan picks up his third as Sarfraz has proven to be a top choice by the Pakistan selection committee today. The keeper is able to reach high for this thick outside edge as Steyn looked to hammer Irfan over midwicket. 138/7
View dismissal KJ Abbott c Younis Khan b Rahat Ali 12 26 19 2 0 63.15
29.2 84.0 mph, and Rahat plucks a big wicket as Abbott feathers an outside edge to this back of a length, with Younis taking a wonderful catch at second slip as he got low to his left. That could be huge as South Africa are still adrift by 60 runs 172/8
M Morkel not out 6 26 8 1 0 75.00
View dismissal Imran Tahir c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Wahab Riaz 0 7 6 0 0 0.00
33.3 88.1 mph, and it is all over as Pakistan romp to a famous 29-run victory (D/L) at Eden Park! Tahir was looking to simply get bat on ball to this fast delivery outside off, before offering a chance to Sarfraz, who has now broken the record for most catches in an ODI by a Pakistani wicketkeeper, picking up the record-breaking catch with this effort 202/10
Extras (lb 1, w 7) 8
  Total (all out; 33.3 overs; 169 mins) 202 (6.02 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets Mohammad Irfan 8 0 52 3 6.50 28 10 0
0.2 to de Kock, 85.7 mph, Irfan sets Eden Park on fire as he delivers a peach of a delivery outside of off which de Kock, looking to angle away through mid-on, ends up getting a thick outside edge as Sarfraz completes the take from behind. The umpire doesn't hesitate too long to give this one, as Pakistan have South Africa one down with nothing on the board 0/1
19.4 to Duminy, 85.0 mph, Riaz just can't be kept out of the action as JP, looking to hook this one away over backward square, ends up top-edging this short of a length over to Wahab, stationed at deep fine leg, who is over the moon as he falls away to the right to claim this 102/6
23.6 to Steyn, 87.6 mph, Irfan picks up his third as Sarfraz has proven to be a top choice by the Pakistan selection committee today. The keeper is able to reach high for this thick outside edge as Steyn looked to hammer Irfan over midwicket. 138/7
View wicket Sohail Khan 5 0 36 1 7.20 18 6 0 (4w)
32.2 to de Villiers, 84.7 mph, AB comes down the track to this short delivery, with the intention of blasting this over long on, but ends up feathering an outside edge to Sarfraz, who has been safe as houses behind the stumps. That could be the end for South Africa as AB departs for a courageous 77 200/9
View wickets Rahat Ali 8 1 40 3 5.00 32 6 1 (1w)
9.3 to du Plessis, 84.5 mph, Rahat succeeds in getting Faf to nibble at this shortish length which seems to have climbed a bit more than expected on Faf as he tried to run it down through third man, but instead feathers an edge to Sarfraz, who completes it quite easily 67/2
15.5 to Miller, 85.7 mph, unleashes a wonderful yorker on middle which Miller appears to be late on. Looked out as soon as it struck really. Miller wants the review though. Replays show this went on to hit the back pad, so that may hurt his chances for this being given, but it is red all the way down, so Miller has to go, and South Africa are now five down with still quite a bit to do 77/5
29.2 to Abbott, 84.0 mph, and Rahat plucks a big wicket as Abbott feathers an outside edge to this back of a length, with Younis taking a wonderful catch at second slip as he got low to his left. That could be huge as South Africa are still adrift by 60 runs 172/8
  Shahid Afridi 5 0 28 0 5.60 19 2 2
View wickets Wahab Riaz 7.3 2 45 3 6.00 29 4 3 (2w)
10.1 to Amla, 86.4 mph, and Riaz has taken the big wicket of Amla as he seems to have been surprised by the lack of bounce as he ends up giving a low, outside edge to the keeper to this length delivery going across. Sarfraz is able to get low to his right to pluck this with one hand before hitting the ground. 67/3
12.2 to Rossouw, 84.6 mph, Riaz makes another significant inroad as South Africa are faltering in this chase of 232 as Rilee is set up for this hook over to fine leg, with Sohail Khan not having to move too far from his mark as he settled under it. Ends Rilee's short vigil at the crease as South Africa now go four down 74/4
33.3 to Imran Tahir, 88.1 mph, and it is all over as Pakistan romp to a famous 29-run victory (D/L) at Eden Park! Tahir was looking to simply get bat on ball to this fast delivery outside off, before offering a chance to Sarfraz, who has now broken the record for most catches in an ODI by a Pakistani wicketkeeper, picking up the record-breaking catch with this effort 202/10

Match details


Toss - South Africa, who chose to field
Points - Pakistan 2, South Africa 0
Player of the match - Sarfraz Ahmed (Pakistan)
Umpires - RA Kettleborough (England) and BNJ Oxenford (Australia)
TV umpire - CB Gaffaney
Match referee - BC Broad (England)
Reserve umpire - S Ravi (India)

Match Notes


    • Pakistan innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 35 runs, 1 wicket)
    • Pakistan: 50 runs in 11.5 overs (72 balls), Extras 3
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 42 balls (Sarfraz Ahmed 32, Younis Khan 18, Ex 3)
    • Pakistan: 100 runs in 18.5 overs (114 balls), Extras 6
    • Drinks: Pakistan - 104/2 in 19.0 overs (Younis Khan 27, Misbah-ul-Haq 4)
    • Pakistan: 150 runs in 30.2 overs (183 balls), Extras 10
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 35.1 - 40.0 (Batting side - 29 runs, 1 wicket)
    • Drinks: Pakistan - 174/4 in 36.0 overs (Misbah-ul-Haq 39, Umar Akmal 13)
    • Rain: Pakistan - 175/5 in 37.0 overs (Misbah-ul-Haq 40, Shahid Afridi 0)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq: 50 off 73 balls (4 x 4)
    • Rain: Pakistan - 197/5 in 40.1 overs (Misbah-ul-Haq 51, Shahid Afridi 11)
    • Pakistan: 200 runs in 40.4 overs (245 balls), Extras 10
    • Over 42.1: Review by Pakistan (Batting), Umpire - BNJ Oxenford, Batsman - Wahab Riaz (Struck down)
    • Innings Break: Pakistan - 222/10 in 46.4 overs (Mohammad Irfan 1)
    • South Africa innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 9.0 (Mandatory - 67 runs, 1 wicket)
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 6.6 overs (42 balls), Extras 2
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 40 balls (HM Amla 32, F du Plessis 17, Ex 2)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 74/4 in 12.2 overs (AB de Villiers 1)
    • Over 15.5: Review by South Africa (Batting), Umpire - BNJ Oxenford, Batsman - DA Miller (Struck down)
    • South Africa: 100 runs in 19.1 overs (115 balls), Extras 3
    • Over 26.2: Review by Pakistan (Bowling), Umpire - RA Kettleborough, Batsman - AB de Villiers (Struck down)
    • South Africa: 150 runs in 27.2 overs (164 balls), Extras 5
    • AB de Villiers: 50 off 45 balls (4 x 4, 3 x 6)
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 30.1 - 34.0 (Batting side - 25 runs, 2 wickets)
    • South Africa: 200 runs in 32.1 overs (193 balls), Extras 7
    • Attendance: 22,713
 
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