Batting first, the champions posted for seven with Haris Sohail's ball 89 being the highlight of their innings. In reply, South Africa were stopped at for nine in 50 overs. With just three points from seven outings, South Africa are out of the tournament while Pakistan could still sneak into the semifinals, provided they win their remaining matches and other results go in their favour. ChasingSouth Africa began on a poor note, losing Hashim Amla 2 in the second over to the swing of Mohammad Amir. Skipper Faf du Plessis 63 off 79 balls joined Quinton de Kock 47 off 60 and the duo shared 87 runs for the second wicket to keep South Africa in the game.
Pakistan have been volatile, but South Africa downright disappointing. Join us back tomorrow, ta-ta! Haris Sohail, MoM: It's tough when you're sitting out and waiting for your turn. My goal was to make the most of my opportunities. When I went in, I was told I have to build a partnership with Babar, but it wasn't easy out there.
Just backed myself. Pakistan win by 49 runs Comprehensive win for Pakistan after that gutting loss to India. They won the toss, made the right picks and were rewarded by Haris Sohail's whirlwind innings that took Pakistan to , a brilliant score at Lord's.
South Africa lost Hashim Amla early before an run stand between de Kock and du Plessis provided hope.
But de Kock fell to Shadab slog-sweeping, and du Plessis fell to Amir's cross-seamer. Van der Dussen and Miller put on a brief stand but it wasn't enough on the day.
Van der Dussen falls End of a strong resistance though! Mickey Arthur's celebrating like there's no tomorrow on the balcony! A slog from VDD, and Hafeez at cover pouches a safe one.
Miller falls soon after. Shaheen Afridi bowled cross seam, and got him to miscue the slog. The countdown starts for South Africa Two drops in one over Are Pakistan doing it again?
Van de Dussen first gets a reprieve behind the stumps, with Sarfraz shelling the catch. And then it's Miller, in the same over by Wahab Riaz.
At third man, by Amir. His third drop of this match! Niraj Jaiswal: Amir should be the captain of Pakistan. His intensity levels never drop Is that a pun on the word drop?
Amir collected it over his head, was in control until he lost his balance, his elbow hitting the ground and the ball popping out. Amir is distraught.
Not that Pakistan aren't in control but this could have hastened things by quite some bit. Faf du Plesiss departs..
Is that it for South Africa? They have looked out of sorts and now Faf, who looked so good for his 63 off 79, top-edges a cross-seamed delivery.
Sarfraz runs across, and reached forward to catch that. Amir is ecstatic with that wicket. He's having a good World Cup.
Out walks David Miller. He's seen stretching at the non-striker's end. Pakistan review Sarfraz was sure about the edge.
Goes for the review and Dharmasena is right again. Flat ball, du Plessis is beaten by Imad Wasim but there's no edge. After the TV says not out, Faf has a few words with the Pakistani fielders, all in good spirits, pondering over where the noise came from!
Legspinner to left-hand batsman: good idea Shadab fires on quick, de Kock slogs across and holes out to Imam at deep square leg.
Now the umpires had to refer this to upstairs but the soft signal was out. Good powerplay for Pakistan 38 for 1 after 10 overs.
Amir got rid of Hashim Amla early, with a ball that was as good as the review he bullied the captain into taking. Since then, South Africa have found going difficult.
Shaheen Afridi has been economical at the other end, adding to the pressure. This is so unlike that match against India, where Hasan Ali conceded Pakistan's worst bowling figures in history even as Amir bowled a gem of a spell at the other end.
Faf du Plessis has looked nice and urgent, and remains key in the next few overs. Additionally, South Africa's run rate of 4. Amir removes Amla early Amir with a peach first-ball.
Gets it to land on leg-stump and straighten. And it was so subtle that on first look, it looked not out. But Amir begs his captain for review, gets it his way and picks the wicket. What a start to the run-chase. South Africa Pakistan make Haris Sohail was on 88 entering into the final over.
Could only add one more run before getting out.. Pakistan were seething in that defeat to India, and no cricket for five days thereafter, so this knock has done much more than taking Pakistan to over The openers, Imam ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman, put on 81 runs, setting the base for Sohail to come and show why Shoaib Malik's continued selection over him was a wrong call.
Can South Africa chase ?
We'll see. He's even picking the slower balls and playing the yorkers well. This is what Pakistan were missing in the middle order. A brilliant knock until now and SA aren't helping themselves with the fielding. Second fastest fifty stand of World Cup Off just 26 balls!
Haris Sohail has done it all by himself. Imad Wasim is still in the single digits, but he's manoeuvring the singles nicely.
Phehlukwayo, Morris, Ngidi -- nobody quite good enough for Haris today. Will we see a hundred?
Captain Faf du Plessis, on 63, top-edged to the keeper in a last dash for glory in a doomed campaign. With South Africa still runs behind and with just six wickets in hand, the pounding started.
Majeed Shakil: I don't think there should be any score predictor when unpredictability is playing Hahaha Majeed, we like that statement! Quick fifty for Haris Sohail He's come out of hibernation, thanks to cricket's return to logic, and delivered straightaway.