Sorry South Africa lose to Pakistan and crash out of World Cup

Sorry South Africa lose to Pakistan and crash out of World Cup

Pakistan beat South Africa by 49 runs to send the Proteas packing after a dismal tournament.

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The Proteas will stay in England for Cricket World Cup 2019, but only to make up the numbers.

South Africa’s loss to Pakistan on Sunday confirms that they can no longer qualify for the play-off stage.

A determined and aggressive Pakistan team produced a brilliant batting display as they finished on an imposing 308 for the loss of seven wickets.

Babar Azam batted well for his 69, but Haris Sohail was the star of the show with a rapid 89.

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Imran Tahir was the pick of the South African bowlers and Lungi Ngidi picked up 3 wickets.

At the interval, most neutrals didn’t rate South Africa’s chances. When setting a target, the batting was too timid. When chasing a target, the batting generally seemed clueless.

There were elements of both in this run chase as the Protea batsmen started slowly but all too often, gave their wickets away cheaply.

Hashim Amla received a tricky in-swinger from Amir, but both De Kock and Markram will feel both dismissals could have been avoided.

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Perhaps captain Faff Du Plessis would feel the most disappointment. Having got himself in and top scored with 63, he skied a loose pull shot off Amir.

Shadab Khan picked up 3 wickets and Wahab Riaz as well, but this was mostly due to poor shot selection, rather than unplayable deliveries.

It was a display which summed up South Africa’s tournament – bowlers trying hard, but unable to restrict the opposition and batsmen not stepping up.

After seven matches played, the Proteas sit on a dismal three points and second-last on the table.

Even the minnows Afghanistan nearly achieved victory in Saturday’s contest against India.

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