Pakistan beat South Africa by 49 runs to end Proteas' World Cup dream

Reuters London, UK Jun 23, 2019, 11.02 PM(IST)

Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez (R) gestures to the crowd as he celebrates with his teammates after victory. Photograph:( AFP )

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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.

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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.

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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.

Match in numbers:

Match 30