Pakistan Came Back From The Brink, Defeated South Africa, And Remained Afloat In The World Cup: Good and bad news for Pakistan on the same day. Pakistan remained afloat in the T20 World Cup after defeating South Africa on Australian soil.
On the other hand, former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was shot dead at Zafar Ali Chowk in Wazirabad, Pakistan. When this news spread all over the world, Pakistan cricket made a great comeback from its back against the wall in Sir Don’s country. Babar Azmara can still reach the last four of the T20 World Cup. On the other hand, rain remained a curse for South Africa. In the 1992 World Cup semi-final the Protea camp had to be abandoned due to rain. Even in 2022, South Africa is uncomfortable due to that rain.
Time was not going well for Pakistan in T20 World Cup. Captain Babar Azam was being criticized at home and abroad. Formers are angry with young cricketers. Criticizing their fitness. In such a situation, Pakistan shined against South Africa. Imran Khan’s country survived the mega tournament by defeating the Proteas.
Of course, Pakistan always plays the best game standing at the mouth of the ditch. Who can forget the 1992 World Cup? In the World Cup thirty years ago, Pakistan was bowled out by England for just 74 runs on this Australian soil. The match was abandoned due to rain. Pakistan later turned around and became champions in the tournament. England lost in the final.
Pakistan beat South Africa by 33 runs by Duckworth-Lewis method in the crucial T20 World Cup match on Thursday. And also survived the World Cup. Their points are 4 as Pakistan wins on this day. South Africa collected 5 points. And India tops the group by getting 6 points. Bangladesh collected 4 points. Babar Azmra will now look at the India-Zimbabwe match. Pakistan’s advantage if India loses. Pakistan will face Bangladesh on the 6th of this month. If India loses and Pakistan wins, then Pakistan and India will have equal points. After that, the run rate of the two teams will be seen. If they beat Zimbabwe, India will get eight points and reach the last four. Although South Africa lost today, the hope of going to the semi-finals is not over. South Africa’s last match against the Netherlands. Everyone will be looking at it. All eyes are on Group Two.
This is gone, what will happen? Thursday’s match was literally to the death for Pakistan. Pakistan lost wickets from the start against the Proteas. Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam failed to open. But Shadab Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed brought Pakistan back into the match. Shadab scored 52 runs off just 22 balls. Iftikhar played an innings of 51 runs off 35 balls. For these two, Pakistan scored 185 runs for 9 wickets at the end of 20 overs.
South Africa lost wickets from the start chasing runs. Shaheen Shah Afridi struck first. Quinton D’Kock returned without opening the account. Russo (7) is a victim of Afridi. Captain Bavuma was struggling. But Bavuma (36) and Markram (20) returned to Shadab Khan’s vortex. After that, the game was stopped due to rain. South Africa runs 69 for 4 in 9 overs. At that time, South Africa was trailing by 15 runs. The rain-interrupted match became 14 overs. In the changed conditions, South Africa’s target was 142 runs. In other words, the Protea camp must score 73 runs in five overs. Definitely a tough target. South Africa lost wickets under pressure. In the end, the Proteas scored 108 runs.