AUCKLAND: Pakistan Defeated South Africa In A Tension-Packed Survival Battle To Qualify For The Quarter Finals In The Fifth Pool B Match Of The World Cup At Eden Park, Auckland.
Pakistan won the match by 29 runs.
Earlier, a combination of tight South Africa bowling and rain interruptions restricted Pakistan to 222 all out in 46.4 overs in the crucial World Cup Pool B match in Auckland on Saturday, with skipper Misbah-ul-Haq scoring a fighting 56.
Put into bat by South Africa, Pakistan were 175 for five when a 30-minute rain delay affected their progress and after 3.1 more overs they were again halted by a second, 18-minute stoppage.
Misbah steadied the innings with a determined 86-ball knock — his fourth half-century in five matches at this World Cup.
Fast bowler Dale Steyn led a disciplined South Africa bowling performance with three for 30 and also held a brilliant catch, while Kyle Abbott took two for 45.
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s MetService is predicting heavy rain during Saturday’s afternoon. It can change the fortune of Pakistan team who will face the World Cup clash against South Africa at Auckland. The rain might not go in favor of South Africa team but for Pakistan it may. Pakistan team would be relieved to get one point given in these circumstances.
Recently there is just one washout in this World Cup tournament, between four-time champion Australia and Bangladesh in Brisbane.
In last two games against the West Indies and Ireland, South Africa has scored more than 400 runs and won by almost 200 runs. While, Pakistan begun the match with shaky start but got the morale back after their wins against Zimbabwe and UAE.