Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez (R) gestures to the crowd as he celebrates with his teammates after victory. Photograph:( AFP )
Haris Sohail (89) top-scored for Pakistan, who reached 308 for seven in their 50 overs
Haris Sohail smashed a rapid-fire 89 as Pakistan ended South Africa's World Cup hopes with a comfortable 49-run win at Lord's on Sunday.
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.
Wahab Riaz and Shadab Khan took three wickets each as Pakistan condemned South Africa to a fifth defeat of the tournament that left them languishing ninth in the 10-team table.
With that loss, South Africa are out of #CWC19 semi-final contention.— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 23, 2019
Pakistan, meanwhile, move up to No.7. Their knockout hopes are very much alive.
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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.
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