South Africa Vs Pakistan: 1992 Cricket World Cup- First semifinal- 22 needed off 1 ball. Ring a bell? South Africa and Rain has always been at arm’s length and specifically in major ICC tournaments. Nevertheless, Junaids Yorkers and Hasan swingers and Imad and Hafeez’s turners have made one thing possible, a win for Pakistan after 8 years in Champions Trophy. Presenting you the snapshot:
– The start was very ordinary by African. Just like building a foundation for bigger score. The difference was created when spinners came into attack.
- Wickets at regular intervals, ensuing ABD’s first golden duck, saw Proteas reeling at 118/6. Morris and Miller and then Rabada made sure Africa had a challenging total.
- Hasan was brilliant with the ball. 8-1-24-3 were his figures. Junaid and Imad also picked up two each. A special mention about Pak’s feilding which was at par, very much.
Pakistan knew the challenge wasn’t easy against African bowlers. Also rain was a consideration which later proved favourable for them. Shoaib Mallik’s intelligent batting kept Pak above the DLS rate.
Morne Morkel was simply brilliant with ball. 7-1-18-3. Had any other bowlers supported him, the matters would have been different. Rabada and Parnell were pretty expensive.
A win for Pakistan means that the group has now opened up. All the remaining matches has became very interesting unlike group A. Off the record, rain has been a constant source of disturbance and once again it has stole a nail bitting match.
Pak won by 19 runs -DLS
Pic credits: ICC world