Pakistan stuns SA at Auckland

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Pakistan stuns SA at Auckland

Auckland: AB de Villiers’ last phase effort could not seal it for South Africa at the end Although he made 58-ball 77, South Africa fell short of Pakistan’s total of 222 runs. The three Pakistani left-arm pacemen bowled their hearts out to give their team a 29-run win (Duckworth-Lewis method) over SA in Auckland on Saturday as they revived their bid for a quarter-final place.Rahat Ali grabbed a career-best 3 for 40, while  Md. Irfan (3 for 52) and Wahab Riaz (3 for 45) also hit paydirt as South Africa, chasing a revised target of 232 in 47 overs, were dismissed for 202 in 33.3 overs. AB hit a brilliant 58-ball 77 with five sixes and seven boundaries but failed to stop Pakistan from registering their third win in five matches – and their first victory over the South Africans in all World Cups.

Batting first, Pakistan were dismissed in 46.4 overs after two rain interruptions, which reduced the match to 47 overs per side. Misbah scored 56 while Sarfarazdrafted in for the misfiring Nasir Jamshed, made run-a-ball 49 opening the innings. Sarfraz also equalled the record for most catches by a keeper in a One-Day International match when he caught de Villiers off Sohail Khan in the 33rd over of the South Africa innings.

South Africa were off to a disastrous start as Quinton De Kock was dismissed in Irfan’s first over of the innings. Later De Villiers came to the party, adding 36 with Dale Steyn (16) and another invaluable 33 for the eighth with Kyle Abbott, who made 12 but could not see things through till the end.