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
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.
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
round the wicket to Tahir as he gropes at this fuller length, but is late on it
ramps away this short of a length outside off to third man
SRD: "Shows the difference in approach from MSD and ABD"
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
short ball which has Tahir bending his back to avoid the delivery
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
looked to glance away Sohail through fine leg, but fails to make any connection. Called wide as Sohail and the umpire feigned the appeal
tries to dab one through third man, but was never really in position for the shot
Sohail was ecstatic after AB had provided the edge. Pakistan now need just the one wicket to get them to six points and in with a good chance at progression into the knockouts. Meanwhile Tahir makes his way to the middle through all this hulabaloo.
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
gets a thick outside edge outside off as he looked to hammer Sohail through the covers, with the resulting edge flying away to the third man boundary
GB: "Eden park and thrillers! Can we have finals here?"
short delivery which is dabbed down to third man, reaching the fielder after one bounce, but he was able to hold on to it despite overrunning just a touch
shows his finesses with a glide outside off through third man. Morkel back on now to face the final ball of the over
looking to attack long on, but instead gets a top-edge which flies high to deep extra-cover, with the ball having enough on it to reach the boundary after a couple of bounces
keeps out this back of a length from round the wicket
AB is just too good. Riaz offers a low, full toss and you just can't bowl like this to him, as he smokes this high over midwicket to pick up a valuable six
goes round the wicket to AB as he gets away a shot through third man. Doesn't bother to run though
Riaz, who was the catalyst for this Pakistani fightback, has been thrown the ball by Misbah
Jay: "ABD's innings reminiscent of Klusener in 1999 WC, especially if SA manage to win from here"
fires in a good length which raps the top of the pads of Morne as he looked to defend
bangs in a short delivery which is given a wide by the leg umpire. It's kind of funny because Wasim was asked just before what he would have done, and he specifically said not to bowl that kind of delivery, which Sohail naturally ended up doing anyways
searching for the yorker as he instead offers a low, full toss down the leg side which is helped away by AB through square-leg
Morne pushes at this length delivery towards mid-off as he just makes his ground at the other end before the throw from the fielder. Gets AB back on strike