Player of the Match
Player of the Match
323dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

Pakistan roar back through bowlers

Defending only 231 in 47 overs at the small Eden Park, Pakistan's left-arm quicks turned it on like only the ones from that part of the world can to win by 29 runs

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers
77(58) 7x4 - 5x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 17 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
7 3 14 4 11 8 6 24
Misbah-ul-Haq
Misbah-ul-Haq
56(86) 4x4 - 0x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • steered
  • 10 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
4 5 8 16 2 2 9 10

Best performances - Bowlers

DW Steyn
DW Steyn
O10
M3
R30
W3
Eco3.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Rahat Ali
Rahat Ali
O8
M1
R40
W3
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan | Commentator: Rohan Sharma

9.56 pm: This has definitely been one of the better contests between full members in this World Cup so far. AB de Villiers, who has been in wonderful form as his position at the top of the tournament run-charts suggests, did his best to try and run Pakistan close, but in the end, the pressure got to them as Wahab , Irfan and Rahat began to apply the screws with some hostile, aggressive bowling.

Pakistan have almost turned a corner from their rather dire position they had found themselves in just a week and a half go, while South Africa will feel they missed out as they kept Pakistan to a reasonable total. But, Eden Park has continued to prove to be a troubling commodity, irrespective of batting first or chasing.

And how about Sarfraz, who managed to pick up a record-breaking six wickets, along with a spirited 49, in his debut World Cup match. We hope you thoroughly enjoyed this encounter, and don't forget that we will be having a live show of Match Point, so do tune into that as well!

Till the next time though, this is Rohan Sharma signing off, and if you had half as much fun reading the commentary as I had doing it, then I had twice as much fun doing the commentary then you had reading it.

Sarfraz Ahmed, Man of the Match: (Urdu) I am very thankful to the world and Pakistan for this opportunity. I want to thank all those who supported me, including my family. This is my World Cup debut match, but Mushie bhai (Mushtaq Ahmed) had good words for me to encourage me and told me to go out and enjoy myself.

Sarfraz Ahmed is the Man of the Match for his six catches and run-a-ball 49.

Presentation ceremony:

Bit of a delay due to rains. The ceremony takes place indoors as it is pouring at Eden Park.

AB de Villiers: "We are still in a good position in the group, but I never like to lose. We were shocking with the bat. We have been under pressure many times in the last few years and come out on top. I still believe we have the right group here to lift the trophy. It wasn't easy (batting under lights). Still, a good enough wicket to chase that down, no reason we shouldn't have chased it down. "

Misbah-ul-Haq: "This is a big win for us. Sarfraz played well [others also played well]. We were 30-40 runs short, but the bowlers did their job. The bowlers went for the kill, the only chance was to get wickets and get the opposition all out. Beating South Africa, who are playing really good cricket, after that everybody believes now, the players, the team, can take a lot of confidence from it. When runs are on board, it is always pressure on the opposition."

9.34 pm And just on cue, the heavens have opened up, almost as if to celebrate this significant World Cup victory for Pakistan, who now move to 6 points alongside South Africa in Pool B. South Africa threatened to get through the chase quite easily when Amla and Faf were in the middle, but from a position of 62 for 1, they ended up crumbling to 202 thanks to some aggressive fast bowling from Pakistan

33.3
W
Wahab Riaz to Imran Tahir, OUT, 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

Imran Tahir c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Wahab Riaz 0 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

33.2
0
Wahab Riaz to Imran Tahir, no run, round the wicket to Tahir as he gropes at this fuller length, but is late on it
33.1
1
Wahab Riaz to Morkel, 1 run, ramps away this short of a length outside off to third man

END OF OVER:
33 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 201/9 (31 runs required from 13.3 overs, RR: 6.09, RRR: 2.21)

  • Imran Tahir0 (4b)
  • Morne Morkel5 (7b)
  • Sohail Khan5-0-36-1
  • Wahab Riaz7-2-44-2

SRD: "Shows the difference in approach from MSD and ABD"

32.6
0
Sohail Khan to Imran Tahir, no run, has a late waft at this length delivery outside of off, with this one flying through to the keeper in the end

Sarfraz has equalled the record for most catches in an ODI by a Pakistani wicketkeeper. Has picked up five so far, putting him alongside Moin Khan, Rashid Latif and Umar Akmal

32.5
0
Sohail Khan to Imran Tahir, no run, short ball which has Tahir bending his back to avoid the delivery
32.4
0
Sohail Khan to Imran Tahir, no run, how did that not strike the base of middle? delivers a wonderful yorker which is just dug out, but only at the very last moment

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