In the ICC World Cup match, Pakistan beat South Africa by 49 runs, at Lords on Sunday (June 23). Batting first, Pakistan set a victory target of 309 for 7 in stipulated 50 overs. In reply, South Africa scored 259 runs for the loss of nine wickets in stipulated 50 overs.
Haris Sohail was declared player of the match for scoring 89 runs. Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz secured three wickets each, while Muhammad Aamir got two wickets.
Faf du Plessis´s side had already been roughed up by Haris Sohail´s brilliant 59-ball innings of 89 in Pakistan´s 308-7. South Africa´s fifth defeat in seven World Cup matches confirmed their embarrassingly early exit, with matches against Sri Lanka and Australia still to play. For just the second time in their history, and the first time since 2003, South Africa has failed to reach the World Cup knockout stages.
Pakistan was also playing for their World Cup survival and mustered a far more whole-hearted effort in the must-win clash. To the delight of their army of fans, who turned Lord´s into a vibrant mass of green, Sarfaraz Ahmed´s side could still make the semi-finals. Their second win of the tournament gives them life with three matches remaining in the battle to finish in the top four in the 10-team group stage.
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18 July, 2019