WC2022 PAK vs RSA: Strong victory for Pakistan, South Africa got its first defeat: Pakistan defeated South Africa by 33 runs in the 36th match of the T20 World Cup. Pakistani skipper Babar Azam won the toss and elected to bat first in Sydney, Pakistan had set a target of 186 runs in front of South Africa. However, due to rain, the target is reduced to 142 runs for South Africa in 14 overs. However, the African team scored only 108 runs in 14 overs for the loss of nine wickets and lost the match by 33 runs. This is South Africa’s first defeat in this tournament.
Playing 11 of both Team
Pakistan|Playing 11: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah
South Africa|Playing 11: Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
PAK vs RSA: After winning the toss Pakistani skipper Babar Azam elected to bat first, Pakistan made a big score of 185 runs. Pakistan got off to a terrible start, losing four wickets for a total of 43 runs. After that, Pakistan’s innings were led by Mohammad Nawaz and Iftikhar Ahmed. Iftikhar Ahmed scored 51 runs in just 35 balls. Later, Iftikhar Ahmed banged innings of 52 in just 22 balls helping Pakistan to score 185 in 20 overs. In this inning, Iftikhar Ahmed hits three 4s and four huge 6s.
In reply, chasing the score of 185 runs, the African batsman scored 69 runs in 9 overs and lost their 5 wickets. But then the rain made its knock on the game. South Africa’s innings were reduced to 14 overs after rain. The new target for the African team was 142 runs. This meant that South Africa had to score 73 runs in the last five overs, but the African team was able to score 39 runs for the loss of five wickets and lost the match by 33 runs. Temba Bavuma scored the highest run for his team as he scored 36 runs in 19 balls. South Africa’s fast bowler Anrich Nortje took four wickets. The rest of the bowlers got a wicket each.
Man of the Match: Shadab Khan
Pakistan’s semi-final hopes are still intact
Pakistan’s team is still in the running for the semifinals after this victory against South Africa. Pakistan, however, would anticipate that either South Africa or India would lose their most recent game. Even if it rains during South Africa vs. Netherlands game then Pakistan must defeat Bangladesh by a wide margin in order to advance to the semifinals.