London: South Africans were out of the semi-finals race of the on-going Cricket World Cup after Pakistan demolished their chance with a 49-run thumping victory at Lord’s on Sunday.
With this win, Pakistan managed to keep their own semi-final hopes alive.
In the must-win situation, the 1992 champions won by 49 runs to register their second win from six games.
Electing to bat first, Pakistan put up 308 for 7 against South Africa after a swashbuckling 89 off 59 balls by the recalled Haris Sohail in a late flurry at Lord’s.
Haris, brought back for the dropped Shoaib Malik, featured in key partnerships of 81 with Babar Azam (69) and 71 with Imad Wasim (23).
Chasing 309 for victory, South Africa were restricted to 259 for 9 in 50 overs with leg-spinner Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz picking up 3 wickets each while Mohammad Amir contributed with 2 wickets. Shaheen Shah Afridi also got a wicket.
Pakistan, who have both impressive and woeful stints in their six games so far, can still make the semi-finals themselves after climbing two places to seventh.
They may still need to win all three of their remaining games, including group leaders New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday and hope other results go their way.