May 10, 2010

Pakistan won the match by 11 runs

Pakistan are out of semi-finals as they had lost 2 super eight matches previously, they had to face South Africa for pride. This was an must win match for South Africa in order to make it to semi-finals. Both clashed today at Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet - St Lucia. Pakistan won the toss & elected to bat first.

Kamran Akmal & Salman Butt opened the innings for Pakistan, but this partnership did not last long as Salman Butt got out in 1.4 over. Pakistan soon lost 2 more wickets & were struggling. Partnerships between Kamran Akmal & Umar Akmal  and between Umar Akmal & Shahid Afridi helped Pakistan to put up a total score of 148 runs. Completing 20 overs, Pakistan scored 148 runs loosing 7 wickets at an average run rate of 7.4 rpo. Umar Akmal was the highest scorer from Pakistan side who scored a magnificent knock of 51 runs from 33 deliveries which included 2 fours & 4 sixes.

Chasing the score of 149 runs, South Africa opened their chase with Herschelle Gibbs & Graeme Smith. South Africans were loosing wickets in regular intervals & the required run rate was always less than the asking rate. AB de Villiers played a lonely battle for South Africa, but it did not work well as he got out giving an easy catch to the wicket keeper. He scored 53 runs from 41 deliveries. South Africa completing 20 overs scored 137 runs loosing 7 wickets. Pakistan won the match by 11 runs. After this match, now its time to say bye bye for the South Africa as well along with Pakistan, India.

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