difficult for Pakistan to reach the semi-finals. In the 26th and most important match of the ICC World Cup, South Africa defeated Pakistan by one wicket after a sensational match and won the event for the fifth time.
South Africa made Pakistan 271 for 9 in 47.2 overs, led by Aiden Markram’s 91.
After South Africa’s defeat, Pakistan’s run to the semi-finals has been tough, with the Green Shirts playing 6 matches and losing 4 of them.
For the first time in the history of the World Cup, Pakistan lost 4 consecutive matches in a World Cup.
In the current World Cup, Pakistan won against the Netherlands and Sri Lanka but then lost to India, Australia, Afghanistan, and now South Africa.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) October 27, 2023
With 3 matches left for Pakistan, the national team will have to rely on other teams to win their remaining matches to reach the semi-finals of the Green Shirts.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and elected to bat first in the match played at Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The entire Pakistan team was bowled out for 270 runs in 46.4 overs, Babar Azam scored 50 runs and Saud Shakeel stood out with 52 runs.
Two changes to the team
In the discussion after the toss, Babar Azam said that against South Africa we made two changes in the playing XI, Hasan Ali and Osama Mir are not part of the playing XI. Added.
Abdullah Shafiq and Imamul Haq opened the innings for Pakistan but once again the Pakistani opening pair could not give the team a good start.
Abdullah Shafiq returned to the pavilion by scoring only 9 runs off the ball of Marco Jansen, after that Imamul Haq also scored 12 runs off 18 balls and became a victim of Jansen.
Pakistan’s third out was Muhammad Rizwan who scored 31 runs and was caught behind the wickets off Coetzee while Iftikhar Ahmed was caught on the boundary trying to hit Tabriz Shamsi for a six, he scored 21 runs.
Captain Babar Azam scored a half-century but he too was caught behind the wickets off Tabriz Shamsi after scoring 50 runs.
After 5 wickets fell on 141, Shadab Khan and young batsman Saud Shakeel batted responsibly and formed a brilliant partnership, both took the team’s score to 225 runs, then Shadab was dismissed for 43 runs off 36 balls.
Meanwhile, Saud Shakeel scored a magnificent half-century, but he too returned to the pavilion after scoring 52 runs off 52 balls with the help of 7 fours, besides Mohammad Nawaz 24, Shaheen Afridi 2, and Mohammad Wasim 7 runs out.
The entire Pakistan team was bowled out for 270 runs in 46.4 overs. On behalf of Janofi Africa, Tabrez Shamsi took 4 wickets while bowling brilliantly, while Marko Jansen got 3 wickets and Coetzee got 2 wickets.
South Africa’s innings
Chasing Pakistan’s target of 271 runs, South Africa got off to a good start, with the two openers putting on a 34-run partnership before Quinton de Kock was dismissed for 24 runs.
South Africa suffered its second loss in the form of captain Tamba Bavuma, who returned to the pavilion after scoring 28 runs, while van der Daussen scored 21 runs and Henrik Klaasen was caught out for 12 runs.
In such a situation, a partnership of 70 runs was established between Miller and Aiden Markram, but then Miller was dismissed for 29 runs while Adam Markram scored a brilliant 91 runs.
When the total score of South Africa reached 250 runs, Pakistan made a brilliant comeback got 2 wickets, and came back into the match. Marco Jansson scored 20 runs and Coetzee scored 10 runs.
There was an opportunity in the match that South Africa needed 21 wickets to win while Pakistan needed 2 wickets to win, in such a situation Haris Rauf took the ninth wicket of South Africa on a total score of 260 and increased Pakistan’s hope of victory.
However, South Africa’s tail-and-beater Maharaj and Shamsi played responsible batting and established an important partnership of 11 runs to give their team victory after a thrilling match.
Shamsi 4 and Maharaj remained unbeaten scoring 7 runs.
On behalf of Pakistan, Shaheen Shah Afridi took 3 wickets, and Haris Rauf, Wasim Junior, and Osama Amir took 2 and 2 wickets respectively.