Pakistan vs South Africa - ICC World Cup 2019

Pakistan players celebrate a wicket
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Did you catch the super intense cricket match between Pakistan and South Africa? Yes pals!  These teams turned heads. The game finished 259 and 309, Pakistan won by 49 runs. Fans of cricket were impressed by the match. Thus, creating a huge buzz on the internet!

Pakistan VS South Africa - the aftermath

Pakistan made their way to the semi- finals by knocking South Africa out. This match was South Africa’s fifth defeat and it was highly embarrassing for them. Yet, the South African team were aware that they could lose. The commentator remarked: “All South Africa need to do now is fall over and stink. They’re dead in the water. This has been a wretched batting display, a performance not worthy of this team nor the people they purportedly represent. Even though the scorecard says they are not doing that badly, the reality is that they have lacked discipline and purpose and anything else they would have needed to do justice to this chase’’. It will be hard for South Africa to catch up now. They have still to play Sri Lanka and Australia.

Even the South African Captain noticed that his team were not in good form. “We are not playing great cricket. We haven't been during this tournament. We were poor with the ball today, but we still thought we could chase a target of 300+.We are not struggling against spinners, but I'd say it is a matter of timing. We lost wickets at crucial timings right throughout the tournament. We were also struggling with our confidence and we are low on it right now. The biggest disappointment for us was that we couldn't perform to our levels despite the talent we have sitting in the dressing room’’. Yet this shows his dedication and took full responsibility of his defeat. As for the Pakistani team, it was not easy for them. As they had suffered personal attacks and threats when they lost against India. Yet they did not give up and won 300 points with pride.

The Man of the Match

Let’s talk about the man of the match. His brilliant knock of 89 dominated the match. Haris Sohail, who is a left arm bowler and bats with left hand made his debut in July 2013. He mentioned that it was not easy for him to gain this title. He stated that: “It’s tough when you're sitting out and waiting for your turn. My goal was to make the most of my opportunities. When I went in, I was told I have to build a partnership with Babar, but it wasn't easy out there”. His runs have created a storm that made the match fierce. He made 59 runs which lifted the team. This earned him the title of the man of the match.

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