Pakistan defeated South Africa equal to 33 runs (D/L method) in yesterday (October 3) ICC Male T20 World Cup 2022 Super 12 match at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). With the victory, Pakistan raised hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the tournament.
Beating first after winning the first leg, Pakistan overcame a bad start to an impressive total of 185/9. Iftikhar Ahmed (51 out of 35) and Shadab Khan (52 out of 22) starred in Pakistan’s recovery, adding 82 runs for the sixth game.
Shadab (2/16) and Shaheen Afridi (3/14) then impressed with the ball as Pakistan held the Proteas to 108/9 after their goal was revised to 142 in 14 rounds due to rain. discontinuity.
Pakistan’s players weren’t in high form during the ongoing World Cup and they stumbled again, losing four times in their seven passes. Mohammad Rizwan (four) played against Wayne Parnell in the first game. Mohammad Haris, replacing Fakhar Zaman, flourished for a short time before being trapped by Anrich Nortje for 28 penalties.
Another poor performance by the Pakistan captain, Babar Azam, produced 6 of 15 balls. He fell to Lungi Ngidi, unable to break the chains. Shan Masood (two) added to Pakistan’s misery, chipping away at a simple catch ahead of Nortje’s bowling.
The batting side’s rebound began with the fifth goal of 52 between Mohammad Nawaz and Iftikhar. The former player contributed a useful 28 points once again, but fell into the odd situation, not revisiting a lbw even though he hit the bat.
However, his dismissal proved to be a stroke of luck in disguise, as Shadab arrived and carried out the attack on South Africa’s players. He hit 50 in just 20 balls when Pakistan’s innings became overwhelming. The all-powerful player hit three four and four six in his counterattack. Iftikhar is relatively sedating, but also reaches three times four and twice maximum.
Pursuing 186, South Africa, like Pakistan, got off to a disastrous start. They are down four with 66 across the board compared to eighth. Afridi chases Quinton de Kock for a duck and Rilee Rossouw for seven. Temba Bavuma and Aiden Markram stabilized South Africa’s innings. Captain Proteas looked fluent in one go.
All that changed in the beginning of Shadab. Bavuma (36 years old) was arrested after the white shirt tried to run the ball for the third man, while Markram was beaten for speed and was impaled. South Africa was 69/4 when the rain halted the match in the ninth half. As the game continued, they needed 73 of the 30 balls.
With David Miller absent from the squad, Proteas couldn’t pose much of a challenge as Afridi, Naseem Shah and Mohammad Wasim Jr strangled the beaters.
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Shadab had an excellent all-round game. His brilliant fifty has elevated Pakistan to a highly competitive total. With the ball, his two swaggers in one hit South Africa badly.
Iftikhar has created another half-century of maturity under pressure. His partnership with Shadab is a great fit. In Pakistan’s defense, Afridi raised his game and picked up three key points.
For South Africa, Nortje asked for four wicks, although he proved to be a bit expensive. Skipper Bavuma had an impressive start, but could not continue.
Shadab was named Player of the Match for his outstanding all-round effort as Pakistan lived to fight another day.