New Delhi: Pakistan got themselves back in contention for a place in the quarter-finals and notched up a big win against South Africa in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup. The Pool B encounter held at at the Eden Park in Auckland saw a clash of 'greens' and finally the lighter outfit coloured team rode on a fine bowling performance to get past the line.
Pakistan were bundled out for a paltry 222 in 46.4 overs after the match was interrupted by rain twice. The revised target for South Africa under the Duckworth–Lewis method was 232. South Africa in reply made 202 runs in 33.3 overs.
Pakistani fans were ecstatic and so were the team that got off from a bad start to the tournament with three wins in succession. The Asian giants were threatened by Proteas skipper AB de Villiers who struck a majestic 77 and almost won the game for his side.
Pakistan are third in the table and are tied on points with South Africa at six points each but are below them on net run-rate.
The cricket fraternity and other famous personalities reacted with cheers for the Misbah-ul-Haq led team and they expressed their views on social micro-blogging site, Twitter.
Team green back with the bang . #unreal
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) March 7, 2015
What a game that was! Pakistan finally turn up! Quarter-Final shenanigans beckon! #CWC15
— Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) March 7, 2015
Pakistan: never doing what you expect it to. QF!!!!
— fatima bhutto (@fbhutto) March 7, 2015
— Shaniera Akram (@iamShaniera) March 7, 2015
Well played Pakistan!
— Alviro Petersen (@AlviroPetersen) March 7, 2015
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 7, 2015
How about that... Congratulations Pakistan... Awesome!!
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) March 7, 2015
Great effort from @ABdeVilliers17 but you gotta hand all the accolades to Pakistan today.They have been magnificent.
— Pat Symcox (@PatSymcox77) March 7, 2015
super Performance by Pakistan. everything clicked today! hope this momentum takes us over the finishing line! Pak Zindabad!
— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) March 7, 2015
A great result for Pakistan.
— Saqlain Mushtaq (@Saqlain_Mushtaq) March 7, 2015
Congrats Pakistan! Brilliant team effort! Sarfaz and all the bowlers! #PakistanZindabaad
— Azhar Mahmood (@AzharMahmood11) March 7, 2015
Congratulation to team Pakistan & whole nation ...... Well done to Sarfraz Ahmad ... Great performance .. Keep it up boys ..
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) March 7, 2015
South Africa face UAE on March 12. Pakistan take on Ireland in their final match of the Group stage on March 14th.