Pakistan ease to victory to end SA World Cup hopes

Vastavam web: South Africa’s World Cup hopes crumbled into dust as Haris Sohail smashed a rapid-fire 89 to help Pakistan secure a 49-run win at Lord’s on Sunday that kept their own chances of reaching the knockouts alive. Sohail’s dominant 59-ball knock and a tidy half century from Babar Azam helped Pakistan reach 308-7, a total that South Africa never threatened to surpass.

South Africa captain Faf Du Plessis offered their only real resistance with a 79-ball 63 in another poor batting display from his side. While Pakistan’s slim hopes of reaching the knockout stages stayed alive, South Africa, with three points from their opening seven matches, are unable to secure a spot in the top four – who all advance to the semi-finals.

“The biggest down side is we are not doing ourselves justice as team. We are not playing the cricket we are capable of and that is extremely disappointing,” Du Plessis said.