After the shameful defeat at the hands of arch rival India on last Sunday, Pakistan cricket team’s fans had lost most of the hope for the team’s World Cup 2019 quest. Yesterday came as a surprise and breath of fresh air as Pakistan 11 shone bright at Lords, London.
After what can be rightfully called a nail-biting match, Pakistan defeated South Africa by 49 runs, thus ending the journey for the opponents who have had more or less the same course of path as Pakistan.
Harris Sohail, who had been long waiting for his turn in the dressing room, made a spectacular display of his batting skills and left the field at substantial 89 for 68 balls. Babar Azam and Imad Wasim are too to be lauded for complementing Harris’s efforts as Pakistan finished its innings at 308.
The balling line up efficiently supported the batsmen’s work, and Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz stood out as they captured three wickets each for the team. Muhammad Amir and Shaheen Shinwari took two and one wicket respectively and restricted the South Africans at 259.
Albeit that fielding was a miss, and coach Mickey Arthur agrees that “a lot of work needs to be done”, the fans of Pakistan cricket took a sigh of relief as the green side stood triumph. However, the world cup dream is still farfetched and Pakistan cannot make any mistakes.
Sarfraz 11 will now be facing New Zealand on Wednesday, and yesterday’s victory cannot get in head as the opponents this time are the undefeated force of World Cup 2019.