Sydney: Pakistan keeping its semi-final hope alive defeated South Africa by 33 runs.
This time rains came to rescue the green shirts as the South Africa were given revised target under the DLS.
Pakistan and South Africa T-20 world cup super 12 round match had been halted owing to rains in Sydney. 142 was the revised target for South Africa in 14 overs. while the protease have lost two wickets in the power play.
Earlier,Pakistan have set South Africa a target of 186 runs in the T-20 world cup super 12 round.
Iftikhar Ahmed and Shadab Khan splendid fifties helped Pakistan to set the handsome total in the crucial and must win game.
Iftikhar Ahmed and Shadab Khan rescued Pakistan with a superb 82-run partnership.
Like previous matches Pakistan opening partnership could not work in this match as well when Iftakhar came to crease the green team was in big trouble at 43-4 at Sydney Cricket Ground’
Iftakhar scored 51 off 35 balls and Shadab 52 from 22 as Pakistan finished their innings at 185-9.
Pakistan opted to bat first after winning the toss in their crucial T20 World Cup 2022 match against South Africa on Thursday.
Mohammad Haris has replaced injured Fakhar Zaman in the Pakistan lineup, meanwhile David Miller has been ruled out of this match for South Africa with back spasms. The left-hander is replaced by Heinrich Klaasen.
Pakistan are placed fifth in Group 2 with just two points from three games.
The Men in Green, who are on the brink of T20 World Cup elimination, won’t be having a smooth sailing even if they beat the Proteas at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. They will be needing Netherlands, Zimbabwe or the weather to do them a favour to qualify for the semi-final.
To stay in alive, the first and foremost task for Pakistan is to win against South Africa and then beat Bangladesh on Sunday.
Then hope that Zimbabwe or the Netherlands register an upset win against their opponents, India or South Africa, respectively.
South Africa are the only unbeaten team in the competition and go into the match as favourites after beating India in their last outing.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shan Masood, Mohammad Haris, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan,
Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah.
South Africa: 1 Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, Tristan
Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi.