Pakistan’s easy win against South Africa in T20 World Cup, semi-final hopes intact


In the 36th match of the T20 World Cup, Pakistan defeated South Africa by 33 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis rule. Playing first, Pakistan scored 185/9 in 20 overs. Due to rain, South Africa got a target of 142 in 14 overs but the Proteas team could only score 108/9 in the allotted overs. Shadab Khan was adjudged the player of the match for his superb all-round performance.

Batting first after winning the toss, Pakistan got off to a bad start. In the very first over of the innings, Mohammad Rizwan became the victim of Wayne Parnell by scoring 4 runs. Mohammad Harris, playing his first match of the tournament, batted stormy and scored 28 runs in 11 balls hitting two fours and three sixes. Captain Babar Azam was a flop and went on to go on a personal score of 6 in the last over of the powerplay. Shan Masood was also caught after scoring 4 runs and Pakistan lost their 4 wickets till the score of 43. From here Iftikhar Ahmed and Mohammad Nawaz shared a half-century partnership and took the score to 95. Nawaz became the victim of Tabrez Shamsi after scoring 28 runs. Iftikhar got the support of Shadab Khan and the two shared a partnership of 82 runs in just 36 balls. Shadab scored 52 runs in just 22 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes before being dismissed for 177. Iftikhar also scored 51 runs in 35 balls. In this way Pakistan made a big score. Nortje took the highest four wickets for South Africa.

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Chasing the target, South Africa got the first two setbacks. Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw became the victims of Shaheen Afridi by scoring 0 and 7 respectively. Captain Temba Bavuma scored fast and scored 36 runs in 19 balls. Aiden Markram also scored 20 runs. Shadab Khan walked both these batsmen. In this way, South Africa had scored 69/4 in nine overs but then the rain came and the game was affected for some time. After the rain, the target of 142 was met and in this sense, South Africa had to make 73 in the next five overs. Heinrich Klaasen was dismissed after scoring 15 runs in nine balls in an attempt to score fast. On the other hand, Tristan Stubbs failed to play big shots and scored 18 runs in 18 balls. In this way the Proteas team got defeated. Shaheen Afridi took three wickets and Shadab Khan took two wickets for Pakistan.


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