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Thrilling Match: Pakistan Falls Just Short Against South Africa

Pakistan fought hard but fell short against South Africa in a gripping World Cup match in Chennai.

In a thrilling World Cup showdown in Chennai, Pakistan put up a brave fight but ultimately fell short against South Africa. The high-stakes match had fans on the edge of their seats.

South Africa’s Remarkable One-Wicket Victory:

Chasing a target of 270, South Africa secured a nail-biting one-wicket victory, sealing the match’s dramatic nature. It was a contest that showcased the unpredictability of cricket.

South African left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi emerged as the day’s hero, capturing four crucial wickets. His figures of 4-60 played a pivotal role in Pakistan’s batting collapse.

Early Blows for Pakistan:

Paceman Marco Jansen also made a significant impact, claiming three wickets early in the game. Pakistan, after winning the toss and choosing to bat, found themselves in a challenging position.

Pakistan, a team with high hopes, has encountered a series of setbacks in the World Cup, with four losses out of six matches. This loss further jeopardizes their World Cup campaign.

Standout Performers for Pakistan:

Saud Shakeel, the middle-order batter, fought bravely, contributing a run-a-ball 52. Skipper Babar Azam showcased resilience with a 65-ball 50. Shadab Khan’s aggressive 36-ball 43 also bolstered Pakistan’s total.

Despite the loss, Pakistan can take solace in the fact that South Africa faced a shocking defeat against the Netherlands while chasing 246 in Dharamsala last week. It underlines the competitive nature of the tournament.

Shakeel and Shadab’s Partnership:

Saud Shakeel and Shadab Khan played a crucial role in reviving Pakistan’s innings, forming an 84-run partnership for the sixth wicket off just 71 balls. Their contribution was pivotal following the dismissal of Babar Azam at 141.

Early Wickets for South Africa:

Pacer Marco Jansen struck early for South Africa, removing openers Abdullah Shafique (nine) and Imam-ul-Haq (12) within the first seven overs.

Captain Babar Azam orchestrated a 48-run partnership with Mohammad Rizwan, who scored 31, featuring six and four boundaries.

He later combined with Iftikhar Ahmed for another 43-run stand, with Iftikhar contributing 21 runs.

Shamsi’s Double Blow:

Tabraiz Shamsi made a double impact by dismissing Iftikhar caught at long-on and Azam behind the wicket, turning the tide in South Africa’s favor.

The late stages of Pakistan’s innings saw disruptions as fast bowler Gerald Cotzee dismissed Shadab Khan in the 40th over, and Shamsi sent back Saud Shakeel and Shaheen Shah Afridi for low scores.

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