Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    16.4 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
    8.4 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
    26.4 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
    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
    31.6 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
    36.5 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
    41.4 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
    42.1 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
    46.4 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
    45.2 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
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    Extras
    14 (lb 7, nb 1, w 6)
    TOTAL
    222 all out (46.4 Overs, RR: 4.75)
    Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Ahmed Shehzad, 8.4 ov), 2-92 (Sarfraz Ahmed, 16.4 ov), 3-132 (Younis Khan, 26.4 ov), 4-156 (Sohaib Maqsood, 31.6 ov), 5-175 (Umar Akmal, 36.5 ov), 6-212 (Shahid Afridi, 41.4 ov), 7-212 (Wahab Riaz, 42.1 ov), 8-218 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 43.5 ov), 9-221 (Rahat Ali, 45.2 ov), 10-222 (Sohail Khan, 46.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    DW Steyn1033033.00432110
    KJ Abbott904525.00316010
    M Morkel9.402522.58411001
    Imran Tahir913814.22334100
    AB de Villiers604317.16157010
    JP Duminy3034011.3351320
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    0.2 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
    10.1 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
    9.3 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
    12.2 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
    32.2 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
    15.5 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
    19.4 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 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
    29.2 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
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    33.3 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
    8 (lb 1, w 7)
    TOTAL
    202 all out (33.3 Overs, RR: 6.02)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Q de Kock, 0.2 ov), 2-67 (F du Plessis, 9.3 ov), 3-67 (HM Amla, 10.1 ov), 4-74 (RR Rossouw, 12.2 ov), 5-77 (DA Miller, 15.5 ov), 6-102 (JP Duminy, 19.4 ov), 7-138 (DW Steyn, 23.6 ov), 8-172 (KJ Abbott, 29.2 ov), 9-200 (AB de Villiers, 32.2 ov), 10-202 (Imran Tahir, 33.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    Mohammad Irfan805236.502810000
    Sohail Khan503617.20186040
    Rahat Ali814035.00326110
    Shahid Afridi502805.60192200
    Wahab Riaz7.324536.00294320

Match Notes

Left-arm lethal

9

Wickets for Pakistan's left-arm fast bowlers, for the second time in an innings in this World Cup

Sarfraz shining

6

Dismissals for Sarfraz Ahmed in the match, which equals the ODI record. It's only the second such instance in a World Cup game

Chasing problems - II

39

Win percentage for SA when chasing in ODIs since January 2013; among the top 8 teams, only West Indies and Pakistan have a poorer win ratio when batting second

Chasing problems for SA

3-10

South Africa's win-loss record when chasing a target of 240 or more since the last World Cup

Can SA fight back?

9

Number of times South Africa have been 5 down for less than 80 in ODIs v Pakistan. They've won four of the previous eight

Amla's bogey bowler

5

Number of times Mohammad Irfan has dismissed Hashim Amla in ODIs. No other bowler has dismissed him more than three times

Hundred in quick time

6

Number of times, in 23 ODIs since Jan 2014, that Pakistan have reached 100 within 20 overs

A World Cup high

21

Runs scored by Pakistan in the 16th over, off Imran Tahir. It equals the most runs they've scored in a World Cup over since 1999.

Pakistan's opening woes

22

Total partnership runs for the first wicket for Pakistan in the first four games of the tournament, with stands of 11, 0, 1, 10

The Steyn threat

22

Wickets for Dale Steyn in 10 ODIs v Pakistan, average 17.72, Econ rate 4.14

The batting Powerplay clash

10.10

South Africa's run rate in the batting Powerplay; Pakistan's economy rate during these overs is 3.30. Both are the best in this tournament

Chasing pays in Auckland

1-8

Win-loss record for the team batting first in the last 10 day-night ODIs in Auckland. One match was tied