Match Tied (Royal Challengers Bangalore win one-over eliminator)
Pakistan head into their clash against South Africa at the iconic venue of Lord’s desperately requiring a win to keep their hopes of making it to the semi-finals alive. The Men in Green have had an abysmal tournament campaign thus far, achieving just one win in five games and the ‘cornered tigers’ spirit will perhaps provide them with inspiration in the match against Proteas.
Pakistan will also be seeking motivation from their memorable win against the same opponents when the two sides previously met in a World Cup. It was Auckland in 2015 when Sarfaraz Ahmed made his sensational debut in a World Cup, as a rampant 49 from him while opening the batting followed by 5 catches allowed him to script a wonderful victory over AB de Villiers’ men.
Another hero from that remarkable win will also be representing Pakistan in the forthcoming clash, as Wahab Riaz’s sizzling pace created a lot of discomfort for the South African batsmen. He picked up three crucial wickets in his fantastic spell of fast bowling in the 2015 WC that proved to be the undoing of the Proteas lineup.