Pakistan and South Africa meet in Match 30 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in what is a must-win game for both teams, with Pakistan winning the toss and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed opting to bat at Lord’s.
Both sides have extremely slim chances of making the semi-finals and only a massive collapse by the other teams at the top of the table can help them into the next round.
In the points table, South Africa are eighth with Pakistan ninth with only net run rate separating the two teams. South Africa have played six matches and won just once (against the bottom of the table side Afghanistan) with four defeats and a match getting washed out.
Pakistan, on the other hand, have played one match less with one win (against England), three defeats and a washout as well.
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Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt/wk), Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (capt), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
Carlos Brathwaite admitted his maiden international hundred was a “bittersweet” feeling after falling agonisingly short of leading the West Indies to an against-all-odds World Cup victory.
The Windies slumped to 164 for seven against New Zealand in pursuit of a target of 292 at Old Trafford, but that merely set the stage for Brathwaite, who bludgeoned nine fours and five sixes in a staggering 80-ball hundred.
However, with six needed for victory, Brathwaite swung mightily again, only to hole out to long-on, where Trent Boult held on to the catch and avoided stepping over the boundary as the Kiwis escaped with a five-run win.
Following his supreme 101, Brathwaite said: “Everyone believed that we could get over the line.
“It’s obviously bittersweet. I know it’s probably cliche to say the hundred doesn’t matter if you don’t win.
“But for me personally, for my confidence, I guess as a result of all the hard work I’ve been putting in, it’s finally good that it’s come to fruition.
Thriller all the way to the end!💔 Despite the loss, WI continue to #Rally— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) 22 June 2019
New Zealand win by 5 runs.
🇳🇿 291/8 (50.0 ov)
🌴 286/10 (49.0 0v)
Scorecard: https://t.co/0pVUYZxI77 #cwc19 pic.twitter.com/67TzXYzhlh
“I’ll continue to work hard, obviously devastated not to get over the line, but also I give thanks for the performance and even getting the team into a position that we got into before I got out.
“It’s heartbreaking to get so close and not get over the line, but there were some positives and I think that the fight that the lower order showed was commendable.
“I thought I had enough bat on (the delivery that got him out). I was just willing it to go up and up and up.
“Unfortunately it didn’t, they probably had one of the better fielders in the world down there. It is what it is. One or two yards more we’d have been victorious.”
The Windies suffered a fourth consecutive defeat and, in all likelihood, their hopes of reaching the knockout stages are all but over as the Kiwis moved to the top of the standings.
Kane Williamson’s sublime 148 from 154 balls had taken them to 291 for eight on a challenging surface, with a 160-run partnership alongside Ross Taylor (69 off 95) forming the bedrock of their innings.
Some mighty blows from Chris Gayle, in an 84-ball 87, and Shimron Hetmyer, who hit 54 from 45 deliveries, kept the Windies up with the run-rate, but Boult’s four for 30 undermined their pursuit.
"I'm going to say that was pretty cool to watch."— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 23 June 2019
Even Trent Boult could only stand and admire when Carlos Brathwaite was doing his thing - that is, before he got the opportunity to take the match-winning catch!
Here's how he describes the pressure moment.#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/Am9daO9yWG
The Blackcaps did not count on Brathwaite’s tour de force display, but Boult had the final say.
He said of his catch: “It was a pressure situation, I guess. Initially I thought it was going to be quite a way inside the rope, but almost driven for six in the end, but nice to snaffle it.
“And what a game. Simple as that, really.”
Scraping past the Windies in Manchester follows narrow wins over Bangladesh and South Africa, with Boult sure those on the other side of the world are enjoying following their fortunes.
He added: “It’s a bit special. It’s been a bit of an emotional roller coaster sitting there with the pads at times and then being under the pump there with the ball.
“It’s what it’s all about. It’s awesome to be a part of it. And I’m sure there will be a lot of proud Kiwis back home, diving into poached eggs, watching a result like that.”
Kedar Jadhav has defended India’s middle-order batting after their tense 11-run World Cup victory over Afghanistan in Southampton.
Mohammed Shami bagged a final-over hat-trick and Jasprit Bumrah plundered two crucial wickets as the pace attack dug India out of jail on the south coast.
Jadhav hit 52 and captain Virat Kohli 67 as India mustered a miserly 224 for eight from their full 50 overs, only for Afghanistan to fall just shy of what would have proved a famous upset.
India played an attacking shot to just 24% of the balls they faced from overs 41-44. No team in this World Cup has played a lower percentage of attacking shots in the first four overs of the death overs of the innings. #CWC19 #IndvAfg— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) June 22, 2019
Jadhav insisted however that the Hampshire Bowl pitch played a crucial role in the low-scoring affair, despite India still appearing to keep their powder dry with the knockout stages in mind.
“When I went in to bat I felt the wicket was not on the flatter side,” said Jadhav.
“The ball was not coming that easily onto the bat so we had to take our time. And they had two or three quality spinners. And that doesn’t help when the wicket is slow.
“I think we can definitely improve on this, but I don’t see any other team having three or four quality spinners.”
Shami’s stunning hat-trick finally put paid to Afghanistan’s hopes of pulling off the mother of all World Cup shocks.
And Jadhav hailed his character for shaking off being hit for four in the first ball of that final over to recover and skittle Mohammad Nabi, Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman in succession.
“We believe in our fast bowlers to do the job for us at the death,” said Jadhav.
“It’s about how you come back after you are hit for four. And that’s what Shami did today. That’s when character comes into play.
“The pitch was slow so it was difficult to play shots. Our actual plan was 250, but we fell short.
“We knew we’d need to make up 20 or 30 runs in the field, so credit to the bowlers for defending this total.”