Pakistan condemned South Africa to World Cup elimination and saved alive their very own slender possibilities of advancing to the semi-finals with a 49-run win at Lord’s on Sunday.
Chasing 309 to stay within the hunt for a final 4 berth, South Africa’s survival bid petered out on 259-9.
Disciplined Pakistan bowling noticed Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz take three wickets every as South Africa surrendered with out a combat.
Faf du Plessis’s aspect had already been roughed up by Haris Sohail’s sensible 59-ball innings of 89 in Pakistan’s 308-7.
South Africa’s fifth defeat in seven World Cup matches confirmed their embarrassingly early exit, with matches towards Sri Lanka and Australia nonetheless to play.
For simply the second time of their historical past, and the primary time since 2003, South Africa have failed to achieve the World Cup knockout levels.
The autopsy right into a woeful World Cup marketing campaign will elevate pointed questions in regards to the futures of captain Du Plessis and coach Ottis Gibson.
South Africa have been beset by issues on and off the sector — beginning when AB de Villiers’ late supply to return out of retirement for the World Cup was rejected.
Their marketing campaign obtained off to the worst doable begin once they have been thrashed by hosts England within the match opener.
Alarm bells have been ringing even louder after a dismal defeat to Bangladesh of their second recreation and by the point India brushed them apart, it was clear South Africa have been in turmoil.
An damage that dominated key tempo bowler Dale Steyn out of the match was one other setback.
Their solely win thus far was towards minnows Afghanistan and their mountain of points proved an excessive amount of for the uninspired Proteas gamers to beat as they slumped to a tame exit.
Pakistan have been additionally enjoying for his or her World Cup survival and mustered a much more whole-hearted effort within the must-win conflict.
To the delight of their military of followers, who turned Lord’s right into a vibrant mass of inexperienced, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s aspect may nonetheless make the semi-finals.
Their second win of the match provides them life with three matches remaining within the battle to complete within the high 4 within the 10-team group stage.
– Hour of want –
Bangladesh’s 322-Three towards the West Indies was the one profitable chase of greater than 250 on this World Cup and South Africa by no means regarded like emulating that feat.
Their process was made all of the tougher when veteran Hashim Amla was trapped lbw by Mohammad Amir for 2 within the second over.
The Proteas managed solely 38 from the primary 10 overs and as, the stress mounted, Quinton de Kock fell for 47, caught on the boundary by the diving Imam-ul-Haq for Shadab’s 50th ODI wicket.
On 91-2 within the 20th over and with the required run-rate climbing, South Africa wanted an enormous innings from Du Plessis.
Encapsulating a turbulent World Cup for the skipper and his workforce, the skipper couldn’t get the job finished of their hour of want.
He perished for 63 when a mistimed swipe towards Amir ballooned excessive within the air for Sarfaraz to take a easy catch.
Rassie van der Dussen went in comparable style, skying Shadab to offer Mohammed Hafeez a catch that pushed South Africa in the direction of the exit.
Sohail’s dashing show had set the tone for a dispiriting day for South Africa.
The 30-year-old, dropped following Pakistan’s opener towards the West Indies, made up for misplaced time as he demolished South Africa’s beleaguered bowlers.
Hitting 9 fours and three sixes in his ruthless blitz, Sohail gave Pakistan a shot of adrenaline after Babar Azam’s extra sedate 69 laid the foundations for victory.