full and on the stumps. Phehlukwayo tonks it down to cow corner, but there's a fielder there this time. Pakistan have won by 49 runs, and are very much alive in this World Cup
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Sarfaraz Ahmed: I think it's a complete team performance. Credit to the openers. They played really well. Then Babar took over. And Haris Sohail put in a great performance. We changed the combination in this game. Couple of games earlier, we went with other combination. That's the only thing. Sometimes change is good for the team. Today the way Haris batted, he is hungry to play in the game. He's the main factor, the turning point, the way he batted in the last 15 overs, it was like Jos Buttler. We have to work harder on fielding. Again we dropped so many catches today. All three matches now are very crucial and we have to sort it out. Complete bowling effort. Credit goes to Amir, took early wickets and in the middle overs as well. Shadab was really good in the middle overs as well. Thanks to the fans for their support.
We're not playing great cricket. Whole tournament we've been good with the ball, but today we gave them a really good start. Pulled it back in the middle, but giving them 300-plus was 20 too many, says Faf du Plessis. Not spin in particular. You need ot have a good start with the bat. We're losing a quick wicket almost all the time and then as we're building partnerships we're losing wickets. That's just the nature of the tournament. Struggling with a bit of confidence in our batting line-up. And thats cost 30-40 runs. We have to try. We've put in the practice. We're working hard. But confidence in sport is an amazing thing. When you're playing well, the ball just falls for you. But at the moment, we're down and when you play against a quality team like Pakistan, they put you under pressure. Imran Tahir has been amazing. He's been exceptional. He's played with a lot of heart and he's led our bowling attack but there hasn't been enough guys like Imran standing up. For me the biggest downside is that we're not doing justice to ourselves as team. We are playing against great teams. We've seen how crazy it is. But we are letting ourselves down considering the skill that's in that dressing room
Haris Sohail is the Man of the Match. He was playing his World Cup game today and scored a really cool fifty: It was very difficult to sit out of the games but I knew I would get the opportunity and I was backing myself to do well. When I went in there, the plan was to build partnership with Babar. it was not easy but we did well.
It's been agood performance by Pakistan, this, minus the obvious fielding lapses. Six catches were dropped, and against a better side, that will cost them dear. Haris Sohail came in at five and picked up the momentum through the middle of the innings, and that is where this game got away from South Africa.
Anas Aamir: "Even after dropping 5-6 catches and giving away 15-20 in misfields, we managed to win by 49 runs. How much more Pakistan can this get?"
The Proteas never had a player who took on that sort of role, with several batsmen getting starts and no more. They are officially eliminated, becoming the second team after Afghanistan to be out of contention for the semi-finals
Shabd Wahal: "A lot of Pakistani Ex players should be blamed for heavily criticising the team after loss to India. Did they not lose a game in their life's. They instigated Public anger further which is very wrong. "
Waseem Iqbal Si: "So at the end, Wahab's figures are better than Amir's, hmmm!!"
KJ: "This World Cup shows that there is a high degree of competition among teams ranked 5 to 9. A plate group knockout (perhaps hosted by Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands) might be interesting "
rapped on the foot. Right, can Andile get his half-century. Needs a six ti make it happen
driven through the covers. This one was middled nicely, and a sloppy attempt on the boundary by Fakhar means South Africa get a four
top edge. Shaheen Afridi never quite charged at it like he might have done. Is that a run out? They've gone upstairs. No it's not. Carry on
didn't middle that at all, but the edge was thick enough to take it square of third man, and they come back for a couple
spanked down the ground from Phehlukwayo. Comes back for two, and that brings up South Africa's 250
Rohit: "If Pakistan do qualify for semis, there are high chances of it being a Ind vs Pak Contest at Manchester!!"
nearly. Nearly. Came back over the wicket, but Imran just about got the outside of his bat to it
gets his bat on that one, straight to mid-on. Last ball of Wahab's spell. Will it be the last ball of this contest?
slower ball, driven down to deep cover. Here's Wahab's chance to pick up a four-fer
what was going on there? Imran Tahir blocked, and just set off like a man who had determined he would not be facing one more ball from Wahab than necessary, Direct hit would have been curtains
Shoaib: "What are the chances of getting into semis for Pak? It seems like NZ AUS has been qualified IND will .. is it race between ENG and Pak??" It's much more complicated than that, but if any team wants to get in from the outside, England are the likeliest ones to drop out. Mind you, not very likely, still. Would be a massive surprise
he is now. Length ball this time which moved away, perhaps off the seam. Ngidi's bat nowhere near the line of its trajectory, and Pakistan are one wicket away
144mph, that one. Had it been on target Ngidi would have been walking back
Patel: "Worst for SA is injuries. Steyn, Nortje, Ngidi and even Philander was injured. " It really has been a cursed tournament for them
chunky edge down to third man. They take the single, which means Ngidi will face Wahab next over. That could be fun ... for Wahab
another slower ball, and poor Ngidi didn't have a clue about that one. Just missed the off stump
swing and a miss. It was another cutter, but Ngidi didn't quite look like he spotted that
driven through the covers. Ngidi on strike. Is this Amir's chance to take the lead at the top of the wickets charts?
squeezed behind square. That's a nice dig from Andile, who's putting together a nice, if inconsequential, innings. Shaheen dives at the boundary, but can't stop it trickling towards the rope
slower ball. Phehlukwayo swings, as they say, like a rusty gate
full and wide, much too wide on this occasion. Right, Amir will be looking to wrap this up.
too good for Ngidi, that. Wahab came around the wicket, and the reverse swing took it away from the expansive drive the number ten was looking to play
Ankit Tripathi : "SA have missed ABD the entire tournament.. just doesn't look the same without him.. the confidence is not there at all.. " Reckon it'll be time for South Africa to look forward after this World Cup. the old guard is, well, just that.