Shadab Khan scored 52 runs and took two wickets against South Africa. GETTY IMAGES/22110321
In a must win game in Sydney, Pakistan comprehensively defeated South Africa to keep their T20 World Cup campaign alive whereas South Africa tasted their first defeat. Cricket analyst Rahul Patil reviews all the action from Australia.
vs South Africa – Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first.
185 for 9 in 20 overs (Iftikar 51, Shadab 52, Nortje 4/41) beat South Africa
108 for 9 in 14 overs (Bavuma 36, Afridi 3/14, Shadab 2/16) by 33 runs D/L
If you want to know what Pakistan cricket
is all about, this World Cup has been a great example. One moment down and the
next moment up. After back to back losses against India and Zimbabwe, Pakistan
are making a fine comeback into the tournament.
On a good Sydney surface, they chose to
bat first but at 43 for 4 in the seventh over it looked like their World Cup campaign
was done and dusted. Two partnerships brought them right back into the game.
Veteran Iftikar Ahmed first put on 52 of 39 balls with Mohammed Nawaz and then
in a game changing partnership put on 82 of 36 balls with Shadab Khan. Between
the three of them they hit seven sixes putting on a show for their supporters
at the ground and the millions watching on TV. Pakistan finished with 185 for 9
in their 20 overs, the momentum firmly on their side.
Having to score at over 9 runs an over
from ball one means you have to take risks. Unfortunately for South Africa the
risks they took didn’t come off and they kept losing wickets right through
their innings. The rain arrived and the game got shortened to 14 overs and
South Africa ended up losing by 33 runs.
The biggest positive for South Africa was
that their captain Temba Bavuma finally found some form. Pakistan on the other
hand picked up two points, improved their net run rate and kept their hopes
alive of making it to the semi finals. For that to happen they have to win
their last game against Bangladesh and then hope that one of India or South
Africa lose their last games against Zimbabwe and Netherlands respectively.