Pakistan, after losing against India and Zimbabwe, was in a difficult situation to qualify for the playoffs.
They came back in the tournament by beating the Netherlands by a huge margin.
Still, there were difficulties for them to face ahead of qualifying for the semi-finals.
Their winning alone doesn’t matter; the losses of India and South Africa also matter.
After defeating South Africa on November 3, they kept their hopes alive.
For Pakistan to qualify, the Netherlands must beat South Africa, which is almost impossible.
Or Zimbabwe should beat India, and Pakistan should win against Bangladesh by a good margin.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first.
Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam opened the inning for them.
The opening order wasn’t able to make a huge impact as the top three batsmen lost their wickets in the Powerplay itself.
Iftikhar Ahmed and Shadab Khan fifty brought Pakistan back into the game.
With the help of their knocks, followed by those of Mohammad Nawaz, Pakistan put up a total of 185/9.
Anrich Nortje took four wickets and was also on a hat-trick in the 18th over.
South Africa Innings
Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock opened for them.
Quinton lost his wicket in the first over itself.
The batting line-up wasn’t able to score many runs in front of the best pitching attack.
Rain interrupted the match in between, the pitch was covered so it didn’t get spoiled.
The rain didn’t stay for long, as we were able to witness the match again with some reduced overs.
By the D/L method, South Africa needed to score 142 runs in 14 overs to win the match.
The bowlers of Pakistan didn’t let this happen as they made repeated breakthroughs.
Pakistan won the match by 33 runs.
Shaheen Shah Afridi took three wickets, and Shabad Khan took two wickets.
Shabad Khan was chosen as the Player of the Match.
Impactful performance at the SCG 👌
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) November 3, 2022