Monday, May 10, 2010

Pakistan Wins over South Africa by 11 Runs in T20 World Cup 2010

Pakistan clinched a vital 11-run victory over South Africa in their last match of the Super Eight round to keep their semi final hopes alive. However, they would now hope that England will win over New Zealand later in the day. Batting first Pakistan scored 148 runs for 7, while South Africa stopped at 137 losing 7 wickets.

Winning the toss, Pakistan Captain Shahid Afridi chose to bat first. However, Pakistan did not have a very good start as they lost 4 wickets at 69, before Umar Akmal and Afridi contributed 61 runs for the 5th wicket. Akmal played a vital innings of 51 runs off just 33 balls, hitting 2 boundaries and 4 over boundaries. Afridi scored 30 off 18.

In the Pakistan top order, only opener Kamran Akmal showed some resistance against the South African pacers as he scored 37 runs. Charl Langeveldt took 4 wickets for 19, and thus, achieving his career best figure in Twenty20 cricket.

South Africa got off to a poor start to their innings as the Protease lost 4 wickets at 68 runs. However, AB de Villiers tried to revive South Africa’s winning hope by playing an excellent innings of 53 runs from 41 balls. However, no other South African batsmen could show much resistance in the end and they stopped 11 runs short of Pakistan total.

Kallis was the second highest scorer of South African innings with his 22 runs. Saeed Ajmal was the most successful bowler for Pakistan as he bagged 4 wickets for 26 runs.

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