“What a day for Shadab Khan”- Pakistan can still dream of semi-final after their thrashing of South Africa
Pakistan beat South Africa by 33 runs
The rain interrupted the match between Pakistan and South Africa, but, it did not help any team much as Babar Azam-led Men in Green had already posted a competitive target of 185, which the Proteas failed to reach.
Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first. Their middle-order batters fought to the relief of their team. Shadab Khan’s quickfire of 52 runs off 22 balls along with Iftikhar Ahmed’s 51 off 35 balls, drove their team’s total to 185/9 in 20 overs.
When South Africa came to bat, their captain Temba Bavuma led the attack with his 19-ball 36 runs (with four boundaries and a six at a strike rate of 189.47) till Shadab sent him in the eight over. It was Shadab’s first delivery, which was a flighted one. Bavuma got an outside edge, but keeper Mohammad Rizwan did the rest.
Quinton de Kock faced five balls before Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissed on the last ball of the first over. De Kock did not even score a single and went for a duck.
In the third over, Rilee Rossouw top-edged Shaheen’s short ball, which then traveled toward the third man; Naseem Shah at the deep grabbed a catch at the boundary line.
Aiden Markram departed after Shadab bowled him in the eighth over. The ball crashed into the stumps to send Markram back to the pavilion. Also, the set batters Markram (20 off 14 balls) and Bavuma departed in that over. The match also halted after this due to rain, after which, they needed 73 runs in five overs.
Following the continuation of the second innings, Heinrich Klaasen became a victim of Shaheen’s fullish ball, which the former tried to heave across the line, the ball took the outside edge before Mohammad Wasim settled it at the short third man.
Tristan Stubbs added 18 runs off 18 balls before Naseem sent him when the former gave away his catch to Mohammad Nawaz at deep square leg. Wayne Parnell and other tailenders could contribute just single runs, which weren’t enough for the Proteas to win. In the end, Babar Azam and Co. can still dream of the semi-final following their 33-run win against South Africa.