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As shocking as it may seem, but Pakistan did manage to beat the world’s number one ranked team. After the way in which Pakistan meekly surrendered against India in their opening game, no one would have even expected the team to put on such a fine performance, as they did against South Africa in Birmingham. With the win, Pakistan’s campaign in this tournament is alive and kicking and now, a victory over Sri Lanka could well be their ticket for the semi-final.
Things began with some exceptional bowling as barring David Miller, none of the South African batsmen displayed any resistance and was undone by the sheer unpredictable nature of the Pakistani outfit. All bowlers chipped in with decent contributions and that restricted South Africa to a below-par 219-8 in 50 overs.
Pakistan began the chase extremely well and debutant Fakhar Zaman was superb in his debut. However, a double-wicket over from Morne Morkel saw both openers being dismissed and a lull followed. However, the side didn’t lose hope and managed to scrape to 119-3 in 27 overs before the heavens opened up.
As per the D/L method, Pakistan were 19 runs ahead, enough to give them a victory. Fans on Twitter reacted to the shocking result, and below are some of the tweets.
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) June 7, 2017
I want Pak to win comprehensively by chasing the target down even in the 50th over. Rain will take half the credit away. #PAKvSA
— Usman Shahid (@Steel_Man_Usman) June 7, 2017
— Mahnoor Syed🇵🇰 (@mahnoor_alishah) June 7, 2017
#PAKvSA NRR will be around -1.55 after win.
— Najam Ul Hasan (@najam_121) June 7, 2017
— Bilal Tariq (@BeelaalTariq) June 7, 2017
Pakistan is praying for continue rain ☔ coz they know that by Duck worth Lewis they are winning it already 😂😂 😁 #PAKvSA
— Meme say Mariyum🦋 (@meme_baaz_) June 7, 2017
You can't say better luck for Pak 🇵🇰due to rain. Today they were on driving seat & played well #PAKvSA
— Asif Mujtaba Thind (@asifmujtaba1991) June 7, 2017
Rain in this tournament is like most of the girls.
— Boring… (@graphicalcomic) June 7, 2017
— Chowkidar Kim-Jong-Un (@KimJongUnuke) June 7, 2017
— Muhammad SaqibJanjua (@saqibbjanjua) June 7, 2017
— Zaighum Jamil (@ZaighumJamil) June 7, 2017
The ground is really wet & there is still light rain. #PakvSA
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) June 7, 2017
— Pakistan Cricket (@SohaCricket) June 7, 2017