Pakistan revives World Cup campaign with 29-run win - Cricket News

Ali, Irfan and Riaz among the wickets as South Africa are bowled out for 202 in 33.3 overs.

The three Pakistani left-arm pacemen bowled their hearts out to give their team a 29-run win (Duckworth-Lewis method) over South Africa in Auckland on Saturday (March 7) as they revived their bid for an ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 quarter-final place.

Rahat Ali grabbed a career-best 3 for 40, while Mohammad Irfan (3 for 52) and Wahab Riaz (3 for 45) also hit paydirt as South Africa, chasing a revised target of 232 in 47 overs, were dismissed for 202 in 33.3 overs.

AB de Villiers hit a brilliant 58-ball 77 with five sixes and seven boundaries but failed to stop Pakistan from registering their third win in five matches – and their first victory over the South Africans in all World Cups.

Batting first, Pakistan were dismissed in 46.4 overs after two rain interruptions, which reduced the match to 47 overs per side. Misbah-ul-Haq scored 56 while Sarfraz Ahmed drafted in for the misfiring Nasir Jamshed, made run-a-ball 49 opening the innings. Sarfraz also equalled the record for most catches by a keeper in a One-Day International match when he caught de Villiers off Sohail Khan in the 33rd over of the South Africa innings.

South Africa were off to a disastrous start as Quinton de Kock was dismissed in Irfan’s first over of the innings. Hashim Amla, who hit nine boundaries in his 38, steadied the innings during his 67-run second wicket stand with Faf du Plessis before Pakistan hit back.

Rahat removed du Plessis and David Miller for a duck, while Wahab dismissed Amla and Rilee Rossouw (6) as South Africa lost four wickets for just 10 runs in the space of 39 balls.

Irfan returned to dismiss JP Duminy for 12 as South Africa, who would have been in the quarterfinals had they won this match, were left reeling at 102 for 6.

De Villiers came to the party, adding 36 with Dale Steyn (16) and another invaluable 33 for the eighth with Kyle Abbott, who made 12. He hit two sixes in one Shahid Afridi over to reach his fifty off just 45 balls before Pakistan hit back hard and finished things off.

Earlier, Misbah steadied Pakistan’s innings with a determined 86-ball knock – his fourth half-century in five matches at the World Cup. Misbah hit four boundaries before he holed out at third man off Steyn, who finished with 3 for 30.

Before Misbah took charge, Sarfraz put on a confident 30-run opening stand with Ahmed Shehzad (18) – the best opening stand for Pakistan in this tournament – before Steyn held a smart diving catch at long-on to to send Shehzad back.

Ahmed, who did not play in Pakistan’s earlier matches, hit three sixes in one Duminy over before he ran himself out while taking a second run in a bid to reach his fifty. He also hit five boundaries in his run-a-ball knock.

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