On Sunday (23rd June), Pakistan secured a crucial victory in the ongoing 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup after beating South Africa at Lord’s (London).
After the Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed decided to bat first, they managed the total of 308/7 (50 overs). In reply, South Africa only scored 259/9 (50 overs) as Pakistan won that match by 49 runs.
Brief Scores: Pakistan – 308/7 in 50 overs (Haris Sohail 89, Babar Azam 69; Lungi Ngidi 3/64)
South Africa – 259/9 in 50 overs (Faf du Plessis 63, Quinton de Kock 47; Wahab Riaz 3/46)
Result – Pakistan won by 49 runs
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
i) Pakistan’s 308/7 (50 overs) is their highest Cricket World Cup total against South Africa. Their previous highest total in this list was 242/6 in 50 overs (at Karachi on 29th February 1996). Also, their latest innings is their highest ODI total against South Africa at the neutral venues (the previous record was 289/9 in 49.5 overs at Abu Dhabi on 31st October 2010).
i) Since their first Cricket World Cup participation in 1992, it is the second time when South Africa has failed to qualify for the second or knockout stages of a Cricket World Cup. Their first such incident was in 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup where they played as a host side, but they were eliminated from the Group Stages.
i) Wahab Riaz has pocketed 32 wickets in the Cricket World Cup history. Only Wasim Akram (55 wickets) and Imran Khan (34 wickets) have taken more CWC wickets as a Pakistan bowler than Riaz.
ii) Leg-spinner Shadab Khan (52 ODI wickets) becomes the 11th Pakistan spin-bowler to claim at least 50 ODI wickets.
i) Imran Tahir is now the joint leading ODI wicket-taker as a South African spinner against Pakistan. After this match, he has taken 17 ODI wickets against Pakistan which is the equal number of ODI wickets for the former South African left-arm spinner Robin Peterson (17 wickets).
ii) The Proteas leg-spinner Imran Tahir has picked up 39 wickets in Cricket World Cup. Surpassing Allan Donald’s 38 wickets in Cricket World Cup, Tahir now becomes the most CWC wicket-taker for South Africa.
iii) South African captain Faf du Plessis scored 63 runs in this match. As a South African captain, there are only one better innings against Pakistan in Cricket World Cup history and that was 77 by AB de Villiers at Auckland on 7th March 2015.