Pakistan beat South Africa by 49 runs at Lord’s in London and with the victory is now breathing down the necks of the top four teams in the 2019 Cricket World Cup Tournament.
The defeat puts South Africa in ninth place, having managed just three points from seven matches. Even numerically, the South Africans do not stand any chance of attaining a spot in the semi-finals.
The first innings saw Pakistan put up 308/7 in 50 overs. Their openers got off to a flier as the pitch did not offer much for new ball bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi.
Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq were both dismissed in a space of five overs by Imran Tahir. Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez tried to build a partnership in between them before Hafeez was dismissed by Aiden Markram.
After Babar Azam’s wicket, Haris Sohail took the South Africa bowlers to the cleaners before falling for a 59-ball 89 in the last over.
Chasing a target of 309 runs in the second innings, South Africa was never in sight of the target.
Hashim Amla was caught leg-before-wicket by Mohammed Amir early on in the innings to give them an early setback. Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis put on an 87-run stand between them for the second wicket, but their wickets changed the complexion of the match to make it a rather one-sided one.
Apart from Amir, Shadab Khan was the standout bowler on display, dismissing De Kock, Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen.