World Cup 2015: Pakistan beat South Africa by 29 Runs (D/L Method)

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 | 0

World Cup 2015: Pakistan beat South Africa by 29 Runs (D/L) method

Riding on a rampant fast-bowling performance, Pakistan clinched their third consecutive triumph at the ongoing World Cup 2015 after pulling off a remarkable 29-run victory over South Africa in Auckland on Saturday.

Earlier, a fine bowling performance from the Proteas saw Pakistan get all-out for 222 runs in rain-curtailed 47-over affair. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq played a pivotal role for the Asian side, while also seeking vital contributions from Sarfraz Ahmed (49) and Younis Khan (37).

Going by the universally-recognized Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method, South Africa were handed over a target of 232 runs.

Despite getting off to a decent start from Hashim Amla (38) and Faf du Plessis (27), South Africa soon found themselves in jeopardy at 102-6. Even as wickets kept on falling at regular intervals, captain AB de Villiers clung on to one end and looked a bright ray of hope for his team, until he perished for 77 while trying to slog.

Subsequently, South Africa were bundled out for just 202 runs in the 34th over itself, thanks to supreme bowling exhibition from fast-bowlers Rahat Ali, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan, who combined to take an aggregate of 9 wickets.

With this win, Pakistan have moved on to third position in the Pool ‘B’ standings.

(Image courtesy: NDTV Sports)

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