Pakistan officially eliminated lacklustre South Africa to revive their chances of making the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with a comfortable 49-run win at Lord's, London on Sunday. Get the highlights and score of PAK vs SA here.
Here's what happened: Batting first, Pakistan posted 308 for seven with Haris Sohail's 59-ball 89 being the highlight of their innings. In reply, South Africa were stopped at 259 for nine in 50 overs.
Sarfaraz Ahmed, winning captain: A complete team performance. I think a couple of team combinations didn't allow us to play him [Haris Sohail] before. But he did well after getting his chance. Sometimes, change is good. He batted like Jos Buttler. We have to work hard on our fielding. We dropped so many catches. All three matches are important.
Faf du Plessis, losing captain: We are not playing great cricket. We didn't bowl well. Target was 20-25 more on that track. It has been case of confidence. We're working hard, putting in the practice. But confidence in sport is an amazing thing. When you are playing well, the ball just falls in your court. Imran has been amazing. There haven't been enough guys like Imran standing up and that is why we finding ourselves in a position that we are in.
Haris Sohail, MoM: It's tough when you're sitting out and waiting for your turn. But my goal was to make the most of my opportunities.
For the second time, after 2003, South Africa have failed to make the knock-outs. They have made the semis four times, quarters twice. Hope they sign off on a high by winning the remaining fixtures.
For Pakistan, this is possibly the trigger they needed to launch a sustained campaign. Five points from six matches and they can end up with 11 points. That will make other teams very, very uncomfortable.
With just three points from seven outings, South Africa are out of the tournament while Pakistan could still sneak into the semifinals, provided they win their remaining matches and other results go in their favour.
10:59 PM IST: Mohammad Amir on with the last over of the match. Andile Phehlukwayo takes a couple off doubles, then a run-out appeal. Phehlukwayo survives. Another double. A four to deep extra cover. A dot. Hit on the leg. Phehlukwayo is in pain. A single to end the match. 11 runs from the over. SA-259/9. Pakistan win by 49 runs.
10:55 PM IST: Wahab Riaz on with his last over. A dot then bowls Lungi Ngidi (1 off 6). FoW- 246/9 (49.2 overs). Imran Tahir, right-handed batsman, is the last man. A single to extra cover despite a mixed-up between the South African batsmen. Two runs from the over. Wahab's figures: 3/46. SA-248/9 after 49 overs. They need 61 from 6 balls.
10:49 PM IST: Mohammad Amir on with his ninth over. A wide, then a dot. Andile Phehlukwayo hits the next ball for a four to behind square, thanks to a misfield from Shaheen Afridi. Seven runs from the over. SA-246/8 after 48 overs. They need 63 from 12 balls.
10:45 PM IST: Wahab Riaz on with his ninth over. A dot to Kagiso Rabada and a single. Andile Phehlukwayo beaten for pace. A single, then Riaz breaches Rabada's (3 off 7) defence. Reverse swing. FoW-239/8 (46.5 overs). Lungi Ngidi, right-handed batsman, is the new man. Two runs from the over. SA-239/8 after 47 overs. They need 70 from 18 balls.
10:39 PM IST: Mohammad Amir returns for his eighth over. Andile Phehlukwayo hits back-to-back boundaries to end the over. 12 runs from the over. SA-237/7 after 46 overs. They need 72 from 24 balls.
10:34 PM IST: Wahab Riaz returns, and bowls Chris Morris with a searing yorker, following the batsman. FoW-222/7 (44.2 overs). Kagiso Rabada, left-handed batsman, is the new man. Four runs from the over. SA-225/7 after 45 overs. They need 84 from 30 balls.
10:28 PM IST: Shadab Khan returns for his last over. After three singles, Andile Phehlukwayo slog sweeps the fourth ball for a four. A single to end the over. Eight runs from the over. SA-221/6 after 44 overs. They need 88 from 36 balls. Shadab's figures: 10-1-50-3.
10:26 PM IST: Shaheen Afridi on with his eighth over. Andile Phehlukwayo hits the first ball for a four, streaky. Edged. Chris Morris hits the fourth and fifth balls for a four, to backward point and a six, straight down the ground. 16 runs from the over. SA-213/6 after 43 overs. They need 96 runs from 42 balls.
10:21 PM IST: Shadab Khan on with his ninth over. Four singles from his last over. SA-197/6 after 42 overs. They need 112 from 48 balls. Shadab's figures: 9-1-42-3.
10:18 PM IST: Shaheen Afridi returns. Cleans up David Miller (31 off 37). Bowled. FoW-192/6 (40.5 overs). Chris Morris, right-handed batsman, is the new man. A single off the last ball. Four runs from the over. SA-193/6 after 41 overs. They need 116 from 54.
10:13 PM IST: Shadab Khan returns for his eighth over. And he strikes. Rassie van der Dussen (36 off 47) caught at cover point by Mohammad Hafeez. FoW-189/5 (39.4). Andile Phehlukwayo, left-handed batsman, is the new man. And David Miller survives an LBW decision. Three runs from the over. SA-189/5 after 40 overs. They need 120 runs from 60 balls.
10:06 PM IST: Wahab Riaz on with his seventh over. Singles off the first two balls, with David Miller struggling with his run. A wide, down the leg, as Rassie van der Dussen goes for a swing. In between the deliveries, Miller takes rest, sitting. Riaz takes a tumble on the follow through, one leg bye. Three dots to Miller. A series of swing and misses. Four runs from the over. SA-186/4 after 39 overs. They need 123 runs from 66 balls. A 50-run stand for Miller and van der Dussen in 57 balls.
After six overs each, Wahab Riaz and Shaheen Afridi have identical figures: 6-0-34-0.
10:00 PM IST: Shaheen Afridi returns. David Miller is making a move. Hits the first ball for a four, through the cover. A dot, then a single to long-on. Rassie van der Dussen hits the fourth ball for a six over deep square leg. Mighty swing, and big. A single to backward point, then a double to deep mid-wicket. 14 runs from the over. SA-182/4 after 38 overs. They need 127 runs from 72 balls.
9:56 PM IST: Wahab Riaz on with his sixth over. Two dots and a single to point. Then, Sarfaraz Ahmed drops Rassie van der Dussen, to his right. A thick edge, and a single. And the next ball, Mohammad Amir drops David Miller at third man. Then, Miller hits the next ball over bowler's head for a double. Five runs from the over. SA-168/4 after 37 overs. They need 141 more runs from 78 balls.
9:52 PM IST: Shaheen Afridi returns. Rassie van der Dussen survives a very close LBW chance. He shuffles and tries to flick but the ball brushes off his pad. Three singles from the over. SA-163/4 after 36 overs. Asking rate crosses 10 an over for the first time.
9:44 PM IST: Wahab Riaz returns for his fifth over. A single to third man, then David Miller hits a brilliant cover drive for a four. Another single to mid-wicket. A dot to Rassie van der Dussen. As single to sweeper cover. One more single, to fine leg. Nine runs from the over. SA-160/4 after 35 overs. They need 149 more runs from 90 balls. Drinks.
9:40 PM IST: Mohammad Amir continues. Singles off the first and last balls, and a couple of low bounces. SA-152/4 after 34 overs. They need 157 more runs. Asking rate is slowly creeping towards 10 an over.
9:36 PM IST: Imad Wasim on with his last over. David Miller dances down the pitch and plays a lofted straight drive for a four. Three singles more, and seven runs from the over. SA-150/4 after 33 overs. They need 158 runs. Imad's figures: 10-0-48-0.
9:32 PM IST: Mohammad Amir on with his sixth over. And a what a chance. He drops David Miller, on follow through, elbow hitting the ground. Spills the second chance, from the rebound too. Not the toughest of the chances. Two singles, and a huge shout for caught behind. Well above Miller. And umpire Joel Wilson is not happy with the reaction from the Amir. And one for the over. Three singles from the over. SA-143/4 after 32 overs. They need 166 more runs.
9:28 PM IST: Imad Wasim on with his ninth over. Two singles, off the second and last balls. SA-140/4 after 31 overs. They need 169 more runs.
Staring at another defeat! Proteas captain Faf du Plessis talks the long walk. AP Photo
9:25 PM IST: Mohammad Amir returns, and the big wicket of Faf du Plessis (63 off 79). The South African captain tried to go over the deep mid-wicket, but ended up getting a thick outside edge. And his opposite number takes the skier with his big gloves. FoW-136/4 (29.3 overs). David Miller, left handed batman, is the new man. Five runs from the over. SA-138/4 after 30 overs. They need another 171 more runs.
9:19 PM IST: Imad Wasim on with his eighth over. Three singles. SA-133/3 after 29 overs. They need 176 runs. Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen have added 30 balls in 35 balls for the fourth wicket.
9:16 PM IST: Shadab Khan on with his seventh over. Rassie van der Dussen and Faf du Plessis hit the second and last balls for fours. Mohammad Amir made a mess of the first one, failing to read the flight of the ball at long-off and rolling over the rope along with the rope. Faf hits the last ball over mid-wicket. 12 runs from the over. SA-130/3 after 28 overs.
9:12 PM IST: Imad Wasim continues in tandem with spin twin Shadab Khan. Six runs -- four singles and a double -- from his seventh over. SA-118/3 after 27 overs. They need 191 more runs.
9:09 PM IST: Shadab Khan on with his sixth over. Six singles. Faf du Plessis reaches fifty, with a single off the third ball. He takes 66 balls. SA-112/3 after 26 overs. They need 197 more runs.
9:06 PM IST: Imad Wasim on with his sixth over. Three singles. Pakistan take a review for caught behind against Faf du Plessis off the fourth ball. Nothing. Big nothing. SA-106/3 after 25 overs.
9:02 PM IST: Shadab Khan strikes again, claiming the wicket of Aiden Markram (7 off 16). Bowled. FoW-103/3 (23.1 overs). Imad Wasim on with his fifth over. Rassie van der Dussen is the new man. Wicket maiden. SA-103/3 after 24 overs. They need another 206 runs.
8:58 PM IST: Imad Wasim on with his fifth over. Five runs from it. SA-103/2 after 23 overs.
8:54 PM IST: Shadab Khan on with his fourth over. Very good over. Just three singles. SA-98/2 after 22 overs. They need another 211 runs.
8:52 PM IST: Imad Wasim continues. Three singles from his fourth over. SA-95/2 after 21 overs. They need 214 runs.
How's my catch? Imam-ul-Haq celebrates. AP Photo
8:48 PM IST: Shadab Khan continues, and he breaks a dangerous looking 87-runs stand between South African captain and his deputy. Quinton de Kock (47 off 60) caught at deep square leg by Imam-ul-Haq. FoW-91/2 (19.2 overs). Aiden Markram, right-handed batsman, is the new man. Two runs from the over. SA-92/2 after 20 overs.
8:43 PM IST: Wahab Riaz on with his fourth over. A dot then a single, then Quinton de Kock hits a four, to deep cover and a six, over fine leg -- the longest part of the field. Sweet flick. Two more singles and 13 runs from the over. SA-90/1 after 19 overs. They need 219 more runs.
8:38 PM IST: Shadab Khan resumes the proceedings after the Drinks. Four singles. SA-77/1 after 18 overs. They need 230 more runs.
8:33 PM IST: Wahab Riaz continues. Two dots to Quinton de Kock, then a couple of singles, followed by a well-directed bouncer to de Kock. The left-handed opener played a beautiful shot to deep mid-wicket, but for a single. Three runs from the over. SA-73/1 after 17 overs. They need 236 more runs. Drinks.
Getting into the act. Quinton de Kock slowly finding his rhythm. AP Photo
8:29 PM IST: Bowling change. Shadab Khan, leg break, on with his first over. Quinton de Kock hits the third ball for a six. Slog sweeping the fullish delivery with some authority. Eight runs from the over. SA-70/1 after 16 overs.
8:25 PM IST: Wahab Riaz on with his second over. Three singles. SA-62/1 after 15 overs. They need 247 runs. Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis are unbeaten on 25 off 42 and 34 off 45 respectively.
8:22 PM IST: Imad Wasim continues. Quinton de Kock hits the first ball for a four, though cover. Two more singles and sic from it. SA-59/1 after 14 overs. They need 250 more runs. And 55-run stand in 77 balls for de Kock and Faf du Plessis.
8:19 PM IST: Wahab Riaz continues. Faf du Plessis is struggling to find the gap. Two singles. PAK-53/1 after 13 overs. They need 256 more runs. There was a moment during the course of over. Wahab and Faf came on a collision course and Pakistan bowler's not happy.
8:15 PM IST: Imad Wasim continues. Quinton de Kock finally hits a four, in 33 balls. Some time coming. A good looking cover drive. Seven runs from the over. SA-51/1 after 12 over. They need 258 more runs.
Two captains in action. AP Photo
8:11 PM IST: Shaheen Afridi on with his fourth over. Faf du Plessis hits the third ball for a four, flicked. Six runs from the over. SA-44/1 after 11 overs. They need 265 more runs.
8:07 PM IST: Bowling change. Imad Wasim, left-arm spinner, on. Two singles off the first two balls, then Faf du Plessis hits the last ball for a four, through cover. Six runs from the over. SA-38/1 after 10 overs. They need 271 more runs.
8:03 PM IST: Shaheen Afridi on with his third over. A single off the first ball, then Quinton de Kock eats the remaining five balls. SA-32/1 after nine overs. 17 runs from the last five overs.
7:59 PM IST: Mohammad Amir on with his fourth over. He continues to cause problems for South Africa. Induces edges off both Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock, but going for singles. Two runs from the over. SA-31/1 after eight overs. They need 278 more runs.
7:54 PM IST: Shaheen Afridi continues. Three singles, then two dots three dots to Faf du Plessis. SA-29/1 after seven overs. They need 280 more runs.
7:50 PM IST: Mohammad Amir continues. Three runs from the over. SA-26/a after six overs. They nee 283 more runs.
7:46 PM IST: Bowling change. Shaheen Afridi, left-arm medium pacer, gets his first over. Faf du Plessis hits the first and last balls for fours, first a fortuitous inside edge and a brilliant cover drive. Eight runs from the over. SA-23/1 after five overs.
7:42 PM IST: Mohammad Amir toying with Quinton de Kock. A maiden over.
7:38 PM IST: Mohammad Hafeez continues. Three singles then a three, through cover as Faf du Plessis dissects the fielders. But Shaheen Afridi chases it down and restricts to a three. Seven runs from the over. SA-15/1 after three overs.
A sorry sight. Hashim Alma once again fails. AP Photo
7:33 PM IST: Mohammad Amir strikes with his first ball. HashimAmla (2 off 3) gone. LBW. FoW- 4/1 (1.1 overs). Faf du Plessis is the new man, and almost a wicket. Amir produces a brilliant moving delivery. Faf on the ground, but the ball is a little high. Then two doubles. Four runs from the over. SA-8/1 after two overs.
7:26 PM IST: Mohammad Hafeez, off-spinner starts the proceedings in the second half. Wahab Riaz drops Quinton de Kock at mid-on off the second ball. Four runs from the over. Hashim Amla is the other opener. SA-4/0.
7:08 PM IST: By the way, the highest target South Africa chased down in World Cup was 297 against India at Nagpur in 2011.
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7:00 PM IST: So, here's what happened in the first innings. Pakistan won the toss and got off to a flier with openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman, hitting 44 each. After 81 without loss inside 15 overs, Babar Azam played a classic number three innings, scoring 69. Then came Haris Sohail. And blasted 89 off 59, with Imam Wasim helping with a 15-ball 23.
For the Proteas, Imran Tahir takes two wickets to overtake Alan Donald (38) as South Africa's leading wicket-taker in World Cup. Tahir now has 39 wickets. Lungi Ngidi got three.
If South Africa chase it down, it will become a record chase.
6:50 PM IST: Lungi Ngidi on with the last over of the match. Cleans up Wahab Riaz with a deadly yorker. On hattrick. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed plays the hattrick ball to mid-wicket for a single. Haris Sohail needs 12 for a World Cup ton. A single off the next ball, to deep cover. Sarfaraz goes for a swing, but only a single, to long on. Sohail, on 89, and he's out. Top edge and caught by Quinton de Kock. Slower ball doing the trick. He made 89 off 59, nine fours and three sixes. And that's Pakistan's second-highest World Cup score by a number five or below, behind Imran Khan's unbeaten 102 against Sri Lanka at Leeds in 1983. Shadab Khan is the new man and review for run out. Not out, and PAK-308/7.
6:45 PM IST: Wahab Riaz is the new man. Kagiso Rabada on with his last over. A double, then a single. Haris Sohail takes a single, and another single. Rabada produces a brilliant delivery to follow Sohail and the Pakistan batsman is on the ground. But Sohail gets a four off the last ball, to backward square leg. Nine runs from the over. Rabada's figures: 10-0-65-0. PAK-304/5 after 49 overs.
6:39 PM IST: Lungi Ngidi continues. Four singles, and a straight four off the fifth ball. Then sub JP Duminy takes a very good catch at long-off. Wasim made 23 off 15. FoW-295/5 (47.6). Eight runs from the over. PAK-295/5 after 48 overs.
6:34 PM IST: Kagiso Rabada returns for his ninth over. Imad Wasim hits the third ball for a four, to fine leg. 10 runs from the over. PAK-287/4 after 47 overs. Haris Sohail is unbeaten on 81 off 52, eight fours and two sixes.
8:30 PM IST: Lungi Ngidi continues. Haris Sohail hits the second ball for a six, over deep midwicket. A double off the fourth over, and the second fastest fifty stand of the tournament, in just 26 balls. 11 runs from the over. PAK-277/4 after 46 overs.
6:25 PM IST: Chris Morris on with his ninth over. Eight runs from the over. Haris Sohail hits the fourth ball for a four, to third man. 37 runs from the last three overs. PAK-266/4 after 45 overs. 72 in 47 for Haris Sohail, and he has added 42 in 22 balls with Imad Wasim.
6:19 PM IST: Andile Phehlukwayo on with his eighth over. Big over. Imad Wasim hits the third ball for a four, driven through cover. Haris Sohail hits the last two balls for a six, helped by a confused JP Duminy long-off by back-pedalling and a four past mid-on fielder. 16 runs from the over. PAK-258/4 after 44 overs.
A timely blitz from Haris Sohail for misfiring Pakistan. AP Photo
6:14 PM IST: Chris Morris on with his eighth over. Four leg byes off the second ball as Morris misses the target on Haris Sohail. Young Pakistan batsman hits the fifth ball for a four to third man for his 11th ODI fifty, in 38 balls. Six fours and a six. 13 runs from the over. PAK-242/4 after 43 overs.
6:09 PM IST: Andile Phehlukwayo gets the big wicket of Babar Azam (69 off 80), caught by Lungi Ngidi at deep cover. FoW-224/4 (41.2 overs). Imad Wasim is the new man. Haris Sohail plays a delicate cut shot for a four. Seven runs from the over. PAK-229/4 after 42 overs.
6:04 PM IST: Imran Tahir on with his last over. Five singles from it. His figures: 2/41. PAK-222/3 after 41 overs.
5:59 PM IST: Andile Phehlukwayo returns. Very good over. Four runs, a wide and three singles. PAK-217/3 after 40 overs.
5:56 PM IST: Imran Tahir on with his ninth over. Haris Sohail dispatches the first ball for a four, lofting over cover. Seven runs from the over. PAK-213/3 after 39 overs. Babar Azam (62 off 71) and Sohail (37 off 24) added 70 runs in 54 balls.
5:52 PM IST: Chris Morris continues. Three singles, then Babar Azam hits the last two balls for fours, running down the fine leg area. Sumptuous shots. 11 runs from the over. PAK-206/3 after 38 overs. 44 runs from the last five overs.
5:46 PM IST: Imran Tahir returns. Four runs from the over. PAK-195/3 after 37 overs.
Another FIFTY for Babar Azam. AP Photo
5:42 PM IST: Chris Morris returns into the attack. Haris Sohail hits the fifth ball for a four to backward point. He's a joy to watch. Sublime timing and perfect placement. Also, the second fifty for Babar Azam in this World Cup. Seven runs from the over. PAK-191/3 after 36 overs.
5:37 PM IST: Kagiso Rabada on with his eighth over. Haris Sohail hits the second ball for a classy four, beating mid-on fielder. Then, an astounding six off the next ball, over point. Two singles more and 13 runs from the over. PAK-184/3 after 35 overs. The fourth-wicket stand is now worth 41 off 30, mainly thanks to Sohail's 23 off 11.
5:33 PM IST: Aiden Markram continues. Nine runs from his fourth over. Babar Azam hits the fifth ball for a four, to fine leg, even as Kagiso Rabada makes a sturdy chase. Second chase for the bowler in three balls. He did manage to save one runs in the previous instance. PAK-171/3 after 34 overs.
5:29 PM IST: Kagiso Rabada on with his seventh over. Haris Sohail hits the first ball for a four, through cover. Two more singles, and six runs from the over. PAK-162/3 after 33 overs.
5:23 PM IST: Aiden Markram continues. Seven runs from the over. Lots of running from the Pakistan batsmen. Four singles and a three, off the fourth ball. PAK-156/3 after 32 overs. Babar Azam is unbeaten on 38 off 49. Drinks.
5:19 PM IST: Kagiso Rabada returns. Six runs from his sixth over -- a single, a double and a three. PAK-149/3 after 31 overs. 15 runs and a wicket from the last five overs.
5:14 PM IST: Aiden Markram removes Mohammad Hafeez (20 off 33), LBW. FoW-143/3 (29.6 overs). Hafeez fails to take the review, time out. Four runs from the over. Haris Sohail, left-handed batsman, is the new man.
5:11 PM IST: Andile Phehlukwayo continues. A single off the first ball as Babar Azam plays to third man. Then five dots to Mohammad Hafeez. PAK-139/2 after 29 overs.
5:06 PM IST: Bowling change. Offspinner Aiden Markram on. Singles off the last two balls. PAK-138/2 after 28 overs.
5:02 PM IST: Imran Tahir continues. Another brilliant over from the spinner. Two singles, off the third and fourth balls. PAK-136/2 after 27 overs. Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez have added 38 from 39 balls.
4:49 PM IST: Andile Phehlukwayo on with his fourth over. Just a single, off the fourth ball. PAK-134/2 after 26 overs. 35 runs from the last five overs.
4:55 PM IST: Imran Tahir on with his sixth over. Eight runs from the over. Mohammad Hafeez hits the fifth ball for a six, over deep square leg boundary. South Africa wastes the review, going for an LBW revision against Mohammad Hafeez, off the last ball. Ball going over the stumps. PAK-133/2 after 25 overs.
4:51 PM IST: Andile Phehlukwayo on with his third over. 11 runs from it -- three singles, a wide, one three and a four. 11 runs from the over. PAK-125/2 after 24 overs.
Drama everywhere! QDK drops Hafeez as Tahir stoops to ground. AP Photo
4:44 PM IST: Six runs off Tahir's fifth. Quinton de Kock drops Mohammad Hafeez. The wicketkeeper spills the ball. He's on two off six balls. Pakistan are 114/2 after 23 overs.
4:41 PM IST: Consecutive boundaries from Azam. Looks in top form. Pakistan need more of these. They are 108/2 after 22 overs.
4:37 PM IST: One run and a wicket from that over. Brilliant from Tahir! Pakistan are 98/2 after 21 overs.
Imran Tahir takes the centre-stage. AP Photo
4:34 PM IST: Tahir - You beauty! Caught and bowled by the 44-year-old magician. Gets the better of Imam-ul-Haq (44 off 57), who looked set to get a half-century. FoW- 98/2 (20.3 overs). Mohammad Hafeez comes to the crease.
4:28 PM IST: Imran Tahir, who is now South Africa's joint-highest wicket-taker in World Cup with Alan Donald (38 each), concedes two singles from his third over. PAK-92/1 after 19 overs.
4:25 PM IST: Lungi Ngidi returns. A single off the second ball. PAK-90/1 after 18 overs.
4:22 PM IST: Imran Tahir continues. Just a single off the last ball. PAK-89/1 after 17 overs.
4:19 PM IST: Chris Morris on with his fifth over. Seven runs from the over. Imam-ul-Haq hit the fourth ball for a four. PAK-88/1 after 16 overs.
The veteran leading the charge. AP Photo
4:15 PM IST: Bowling change. Imran Tahir, and the leg-spinner strikes. Fakhar Zaman (44 off 50) caught by Hashim Amla at first slip. #FoW-81/1 (14.5 overs). A short break, then new man Babar Azam face a dot ball. Six runs from the over.
4:07 PM IST: Chris Morris on with his fourth over. Singles off the second and fifth balls. PAK-75/0 after 14 overs.
4:02 PM IST: Andile Phehlukwayo continues. Two doubles off the first two balls with Fakhar Zaman pushing for quick runs. Six from the over. PAK-73 after 13 overs.
3:56 PM IST: Chris Morris continues with his third over. Imam-ul-Haq takes a single, then decision time. Imran Tahir takes a 'catch' at fine leg boundary. Soft signal is not out, and looks like not a clean take. Fakhar Zaman survives. South Africans are not happy. Zaman hits the next ball for a four. Controlled pull shot. A dot, then a single to third man. A dot to end the over. Six runs from the over. PAK-67/0 after 12 overs.
3:49 PM IST: Bowling change. Andile Phehlukwayo, right-arm medium pacer, on. A dot, then a no-ball for front-foot. No harm done. A single off the free-hit as Fakhar Zaman fails to make the most out of it. Still a good over. Three runs from it. PAK-61/0 after 11 overs. 17 runs from the last five overs.
3:43 PM IST: Chris Morris continues. Two dots to Fakha Zaman, then three singles. A dot to end the over. Three runs from it. PAK-58/0 after 10 overs. First powerplay over.
3:38 PM IST: Another brilliant over from Kagiso Rabada. A single off the fourth ball. PAK-55/0 after nine overs.
3:35 PM IST: Bowling change for South Africa. Chris Morris, right-arm fast medium pacer, on. Imam-ul-Haq hits the first ball for a four, past mid-off fielder. And
stand in 43 balls. Morris manages to find the edge off Imam, but the ball goes for a four between the first and second slip. Eight runs from the over. PAK-54/0 after eight overs.
3:30 PM IST: Kagiso Rabada on with his fourth over. Just two runs, a wide and a single. PAK-46/0 after seven overs.
3:26 PM IST: Lungi Ngidi on with his third over. Another good over for Pakistan. Fakhar Zaman hits the last ball for a six, over deep mid-wicket boundary. Nine runs from the over. PAK-44/0 after six overs.
Fakhar Zaman sets the tone with some clean hitting. AP Photo
3:21 PM IST: Kagiso Rabada continues. Six runs from the over. Fakhar Zaman hit the last ball for a four past point. Six runs from the over. PAK-35/0 after five overs.
3:18 PM IST: Lungi Ngidi on with his second over. Imam-ul-Haq also joins the fun. He hits the first two balls for fours -- both brilliant drives, then another off the last ball -- past point. 12 runs from the over. PAK-29/0 after four overs.
3:13 PM IST: Kagiso Rabada continues, and he gets some pasting from the left-handed Fakhar Zaman. The Pakistan opener hits the second and fifth balls for fours, to deep mid-wicket and square-leg respectively. Eight runs from the over. PAK-17/0 after three overs.
3:08 PM IST: Lungi Ngidi, right-arm fast bowler, shares the new ball with Kagiso Rabada. Four runs from the over. PAK-9/0 after two overs.
3:05 PM IST: Kagiso Rabada starts the proceedings. Five runs from the first over with Fakhar Zaman hitting the third ball for a four.
Pakistan will need all the love and support from their supporters. AP Photo
2:55 PM IST: Here's a quick head-to-head record. South Africa have won three of their four World Cup matches against Pakistan, but the 1992 champions came out on top in their last meeting in the competition four years ago.
2:40 PM IST: Pakistan made two changes. Shoaib Malik and Hasan Ali giving way for Haris Sohail and Shaheen Afridi. South Africa are unchanged.
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
2:33 PM IST: Pakistan win the toss, opt to bat first against South Africa.
2:17 PM IST: Can we expect another thriller today, for the third day in a row? It started with the first shock of the tournament, with Sri Lanka humbling hosts England on Saturday. Here are the glimpses of teams warming up for today's match.
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2:01 PM IST: Here's what happened yesterday. Two thrillers, and the first hat-trick of the tournament. Which match won the day - India vs Afghanistan or West Indies vs New Zealand? Or, who's your man of the day - Carlos Brathwaite, Mohammed Shami, Kane Williamson, Jasprit Bumrah?
Yes, you can watch Shami hattrick HERE.
1:55 PM IST: Lord's -- Home of Cricket, the Mecca of Cricket, Cricket's Holy of Holies -- is ready for its Cricket World Cup 2019 debut.
"It's the one place you feel the weight of history, its culture and its traditions"
"It's got that eerie mystique about it as well"
As @HomeOfCricket braces for its #CWC19 debut today, we take a ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ into the iconic venue. pic.twitter.com/jJmmYCZayw— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 23, 2019
The two sides were involved in a keenly contested ODI series in South Africa in January as a part of their respective build up to the World Cup. But everything has fallen apart for both the sides.
They have one win each so far, and both are languishing in the bottom half of the table. But, Pakistan somehow still have a chance to sneak into the last four. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Proteas.
Pakistan have stayed true to their unpredictable nature -- losing to another unpredictable side West Indies, defending champions Australia and arch-rivals India while beating hosts England. Their match against Asian rivals Sri Lanka was however abandoned. Now, they will need to win all their remaining matches and hope for other results go in their favour, like washouts.
South Africa have been the biggest disappointment. They suffered a 104-run defeat by hosts England in the tournament opener, then lost to Bangladesh by 21 runs before India thrashed them by six wickets. It was followed by a no-result against the West Indies, and then beat minnows Afghanistan. But New Zealand beat them by four wickets.
- South Africa have won three of their four World Cup matches against Pakistan, but the 1992 champions came out on top in their last meeting in the competition four years ago.
- Pakistan have lost seven of their 11 ODI games at Lord's, while the Proteas have recorded one win in four attempts at the famous London ground.
- South Africa have lost four out of six matches which is their equal worst performance in a World Cup. They also lost four matches in 1992 and 2007 editions.
- Imran Tahir needs to wickets to become South Africa's leading World Cup wicket-taker. Allan Donald currently holds the record on 38.
- Wahab Riaz, with 29 wickets at an average of 26.31 in 16 matches, is the fifth-highest by a Pakistan bowler in World Cup.
"Morale is still very high for us. The tournament is now open now, so we have a chance and we are focussing match by match. Hopefully, we can start by beating South Africa," Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.
"We've still got three games to play and I'd like to think that we can at least play the way we know we can play. We haven't played like that, for whatever reason, but I'd like to think we can still do that," Proteas head coach Ottis Gibson
Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Shahdab Khan, Mohammed Hafeez, Mohammed Hasnain, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Mohammed Aamir, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Asif Ali.
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamshi, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi, Chris Morris, Rassie van der Dussen, Beuran Hendricks.