In a thrilling Pool B encounter Pakistan beat South Africa by 29 runs in the ICC World Cup 2015, in Auckland. Even though skipper AB de Villiers played a cracking knock of 77 off 58 balls, it wasn't proved enough for the Proteas to seal the game. For his knock of 49 runs and six catches behind the wicket, Sarfraz Ahmed won Man of the Match award and proved his inclusion in the side correct.
South Africa Innings
Over 33.3 || Score 202/10
With the wicket of Imran Tahir, Pakistan beat South Africa by 29 runs in a thriller encounter. Both the teams played well but eventually Pakistan managed to defend their modet total of 222.
Imran Tahir c Sarfraz Ahmed b Wahab Riaz 0 (6b)
Over 33 || Score 201/9
Sohail Khan picked up the much-needed wicket of AB. The swashbuckling batsman came down the wicket to pull the bowler out of the park but only managed a top edge of his bat and Sarfraz took the catch behind the wickets. SA need 31 off 14 overs and they just have one wicket in hand.
AB de Villiers c Sarfraz Ahmed b Sohail Khan 77 (58b)
Over 32 || Score 196/8
AB is smacking the ball all over the park. He is the wicket Pakistan need at the moment. He collected two boundaries and a six in the last two overs as SA collected 19 runs in the last two overs. 36 required off 15 overs.
Over 30 || Score 177/8
Rahat Ali strikes once again! Perfect length delivery, and Abbott only managed to get an outside edge as Younis took a sharp catch at 2nd slip. It can still be any one's match, though Pakistan still has an upper hand. Before the wicket of Abbott, AB completed his fifty in style by clobbering Afridi for two huge sixes. 55 runs required off 17 overs with two wickets in hand.
Over 28 || Score 154/7
Rahat Ali has been brought back into the attack. Can he provide Pakistan another wicket here? Meanwhile, both the batsmen hit a boundary each in the last the last three overs. 78 runs required off 19 overs.
Over 25 || Score 139/7
After hitting Irfan for two consecutive boundaries, Steyn went for another expensive shot but this time only managed a top edge of his bat as the ball disappeared into the wicket-keepers gloves. Kyle Abbott is the new man in. Pakistan have an upper hand in the match. 93 runs required from 22 overs as SA have mere three wickets in hand.
DW Steyn c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Irfan 16 (17b)
Over 23 || Score 130/6
In the 21st over AB smacked Riaz for two massive sixes and a boundary to collect 17 from the over. Now the entire onus is on the shoulders of AB. Can he once again proved his batting prowess? 102 runs required off 24 overs and they have four wickets in hand.
Over 20 || Score 103/6
Duminy Perishes! The southpaw played a ill-timed pulled shot as Riaz took a fine catch at deep fine leg. In the mean time, South Africa have crossed the 100-run mark. Dale Steyn has come to the middle.
JP Duminy c Wahab Riaz b Mohammad Irfan 12 (13b)
Over 18 || Score 94/5
Rahat Ali gave another blow to the Proteas as he sent back Miller to the pavilion as well. Length ball, Miller tried to flicked it, missed the line completely and trapped in front. Half of the side is back in the hut. Now skipper AB has to play the captain's knock here.
DA Miller lbw b Rahat Ali 0 (13b)
Over 14 || Score 75/4
Another wicket! South Africa is in deep trouble now. Wahab Riaz picked up his second wicket as Rossouw played a hook shot straight into the hands of deep fine leg fielder Sohail. David Miller is the new man in. Pakistani team is all charged up.
RR Rossouw c Sohail Khan b Wahab Riaz 6 (9b)
Over 11 || Score 67/3
Suddenly the momentum has shifted in Pakistan's favour as South Africa lost two wickets in quick succession. First, Rahat Ali dismissed set batsman du Plessis and then Wahab Riaz provided Pakistan the key wicket of Amla off the first ball he bowled. And with that two new batsmen have come to the middle in the form of Rilee Rossouw and skipper AB de Villiers. Pakistan should capitalize this opportunity to keep more pressure on South Africa and pick a couple of more wickets to push the opponent on the backfoot.
HM Amla c Sarfraz Ahmed b Wahab Riaz 38 (27b)
F du Plessis c Sarfraz Ahmed b Rahat Ali 27 (29b)
Over 6 || Score 38/1
Hashim Amla is dealing in boundaries at the moment. The opener struck three boundaries in the sixth over bowled by Sohail Khan to collect 15 from the over. Pakistan have to take his priceless wicket early in on, otherwise once he set, it's very difficult to get him out.
Over 5 || Score 23/1
Superb start by Pakistan as they picked up the wicket of opener De Kock in the second ball of the innings. It was perfect delivery by Mohammad Irfan which kissed the outside edge of southpaw's bat and went inside the gloves of wicket-keeper. Faf du Plessis is the new man in. Pakistan have to pick wickets at regular intervals as one big partnership can put them in deep trouble.
Q de Kock c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Irfan 0 (2b)
Over 46.4 || Score 222/10
In his last three overs, Dale Steyn picked up three wickets to make sure that Pakistan would be bowled out under a modest total. Pakistan couldn't even manage to play their full quota of 47 overs. 223 is the target South Africa have to seal the match.
Sohail Khan c Duminy b Morkel 3 (22m 11b)
Rahat Ali c Imran Tahir b Steyn 1 (6b)
Over 44 || Score 218/8
Steyn is on a roll here. He picked up his second wicket in the form of skipper Misbah. A big blow for Pakistan. Misbah played an upper cut, played it with perfection but found a fielder at deep third man who took a well judged catch. Four runs from the over.
Misbah-ul-Haq c Morkel b Steyn 56 (86b)
Over 43 || Score 214/7
Another wicket! Pakistan are losing wicket in quick succession here. Tahir trapped the new man Riaz in front of the wicket off the first ball he faced. Sohail Khan has come to the middle after the fall of Pakistan's seventh wicket.
Wahab Riaz lbw b Imran Tahir 0 (1b)
Over 42 || Score 212/6
After hitting a boundary and a six after the rain break, Steyn got the better of Afridi as the big hitter got out while trying to launch the speedster for another big shot. 16 runs have come in the last two overs. With Misbah still at the crease, Pakistan must be looking for a score around 270 plus.
Shahid Afridi c Duminy b Steyn 22 (15b)
News from the center is that match will start within next 10 minutes and it has been reduced to 47-over a side.
Once again the match is interrupted due to slight drizzle.
Over 40 || Score 196/5
Afridi sent the third ball he faced out of park. It's a perfect time for him to play his natural aggressive game as only ten overs have left in the innings. And on top of it, his team needs a quick-fire cameo from him to put a challenging total in front of South Africa. In the meanwhile, skipper Misbah completed his half-century, another fine knock by him amid all criticism and controversies surrounding Pakistan cricket. It's his 42nd ODI fifty. He used 73 balls to reach the mark with the help of four boundaries.
Good news for cricket lovers as the covers are off now and players are in the ground to resume the match.
Over 37 || Score 175/5
Immediately after the fall of Pakistan's fifth wicket, a slight drizzle came which forced the players to leave the field - covers are on.
Dangerous Akmal Out! Morkel extracted some extra bounce from the wicket, but Umar still went for his shot towards deep mid-wicket but only managed a top edge of his bat as AB took a simple catch at midwicket. Half of the Pakistan team is back in the hut. Here comes Boom Boom Afridi.
Umar Akmal c de Villiers b Morkel 13 (20b)
Over 35 || Score 167/4
Maqsood Out! Abbott picked up his first wicket as Maqsood walked back to the pavilion after giving a simple catch to the point fielder. And here comes the dangerous Umar Akmal. And he collected his first boundary off the second ball he faced by slapping AB towards cow corner. 20 runs have come in the last five overs.
Sohaib Maqsood c Rossouw b Abbott 8 (16b)
Over 30 || Score 147/3
Maqsood and Misbah are playing according to the merit of the ball. They are dispatching the loose balls for boundaries and placing rest for singles. 15 runs have come in the last three overs. Kyle Abbott and AB are bowling in tandem for the Proteas.
Over 27 || Score 132/3
Big blow for Pakistan. AB strikes! Soft dismissal. Younis, who has been looking good, tried to push the ball towards mid-on, but got the leading edge of his bat as Rossouw took a simple catch at short covers. Sohaib Maqsood is the new man in.
Younis Khan c Rossouw b de Villiers 37 (44b)
Over 25 || Score 126/2
AB is juggling his bowlers at the moment. Misbah and Younis are looking in no hurry and are dealing in singles and few odd boundaries. In the 25th over bowled by AB both the batsmen collected a boundary each to get 11 from the over. 22 runs have come in the last five overs.
Over 20 || Score 104/2
Sarfraz Ahmed out! His superb knock came to an end on bitter note as he got run-out on 49, while going for the second run and fell well short of his crease. In-form skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has come to join Younis in the middle after the fall of Pakistan's second wicket. In the mean time, they have crossed the 100-run mark in the 19th over. 14 runs have come in the last four overs.
Sarfraz Ahmed run out 49 (49b)
Over 16 || Score 90/1
Another bowling change as Duminy replaced AB. Even after losing the wicket of Shezad, Pakistan haven't lost the momentum. Sarfraz and Younis are hitting the ball well. In fact in the 16th over by Duminy, Sarfraz smacked the bowler for three sixes to collect 21 runs from the over. The opener is dealing in boundaries and sixes at the moment.
Over 12 || Score 54/1
Strange move by SA skipper AB de Villiers as he introduced himself along side Imran Tahir into the attack. In the last last two overs came 19 runs. Number three Younis Khan has started middling the ball well straight away. Both the batsmen have collected two boundaries apiece in the last two overs.
Over 10 || Score 35/1
First breakthrough, Shehzad Out! The opener chipped the ball in the air towards cow corner and Dale Steyn took a stunner to perish the batsman. This is undoubtedly one of the best catches in this World Cup. Shehzad couldn't believe this as he walked towards the pavilion. Younis Khan is the new man in.
Ahmed Shehzad c Steyn b Abbott 18 (30b)
Over 8 || Score 26/0
First bowling change! Morne Morkel has been introduced into the attack after the end of first five overs. He is bowling quick banging it short and asking some difficult questions. But Shehzad is looking confident in the middle and he pulled Abbott in the 7th over to collect his third boundary.
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Over 5 || Score 17/0
Steady start by Pakistan as their openers -- Ahmed Shehzad and Sarfraz Ahmed -- are still there in the middle after the first five overs and have scored 17 runs. Dale Steyn and Kyle Abbott are the new ball bowlers for South Africa. Ahmed Shehzad is on eight and has collected all his runs with the help of boundaries. Mind it! This is Pakistan's best opening partnership in this World Cup.
Toss: South Africa have won the toss and decided to bowl first.
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Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Ehsan Adil, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Irfan, Nasir Jamshed, Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicket-keeper), Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Khan, Umar Akmal (wicket-keeper), Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Younis Khan
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South Africa Squad
AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Jean-Paul Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn