Pakistan succeeded in restricting South Africa to 189 runs before it recorded a 3-wicket victory to reach the Semis in ICC U19 World cup.
The Hagley Oval stadium in the Christ Church witnessed this nervy victory of Pakistan over South Africa in which the two teams scored 436 runs in total. This may not be a great score but was a tough fight on 24 January, Wednesday.
At first, Pakistan chose to field in the ground where there is a good scope for fast bowling with a confidence on their terrific pacers who were set to restrict the strong team to a small score. They succeeded to take 4 wickets when the score was only 43 runs.
Muhammed Musa and Shahin Afridi led this mission of restricting the top order from reaching a high score.
However, the Safari middle order batsmen shared the stand with the Wicketkeeper Makwetu to finish his half-century before they got out. Plessis and Niemand scored 21 and 36 runs respectively.
Makwetu departed with a score of 60 off 65 balls when the team’s score was 135 runs and the rest of the team failed to keep playing consistently. Musa and Afridi were successful in winding up the Safari team for 189 runs for the loss of 9 wickets with 3 wickets for 29 runs and 2 wickets for 30 runs in their respective spells.
Though the beginning of the Pakistani chase was wavy at the beginning, losing wickets at regular intervals, the backbone of the team at this tough time was Ali Zaryab, who stood still to score 74 runs off 111 balls. It was a significant inning that made the team stable even it lost 5 wickets at the start at regular intervals.
Before Zaryab came into the field to bat, Pakistan was in a shaky state with 111 runs for 5 wickets. Saad Khan and Zaryab turned the tables with a partnership of 65 runs though Saad Khan scored a slow 26 runs off 62 runs before his dismissal. Saad Khan got out when the team was near to the victory by 14 runs.
The last wicket that the Pakistan team lost was Musa before Zaryab scored the winning runs.