South Africa continued their poor form against test playing nation in the 2015 ICC world cup, as they lost to Pakistan by 29 runs at 202/9 chasing a target of 232. Protea’s were less than convincing in the first match against Zimbabwe and then lost to India, making the loss against Pakistan second loss in the tournament.
Pakistan’s innings, twice interrupted by rain before it was reduced to 47 overs, folded in 46.4 overs for 222 with skipper Misbah-ul-Haq scoring 56 and Sarfraz Ahmed making 49. Therefore SA were left to chase 232 to win under the Duckworth-Lewis.
In this way Pakistan claimed a third successive victory by bowling out the Proteas for 202.
Hashim Amla’s dismissal at 38 runs once again proved an Achilles’s heal for South Africa, who tend to lose 88% of the matches if he is dismissed for less than 50 runs. Captain AB de Villiers’ valiant contribution of 77 runs was not enough as he struggled to get a partnership going, while de Kok and Miller dismissals on “duck” made the chase even more difficult.
The balance continues to be illusive for South Africa who started the match with 7 batsmen. AB de Villiers expressed his disappointment with the Protea’s performance saying “we were good with the ball in-hand but terrible with the bat.”
South Africa are now second to India in Pool B with a net run rate advantage over Pakistan who are also sitting with 6 points.