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South Africa stunned by Pakistan in World Cup

Heavyweights South Africa have been stunned by Pakistan in New Zealand, going down by 30 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method at Eden Park.

South Africa looked to have Pakistan where it wanted after the Proteas bowlers dismissed their opponents for just 222 in 46.4 overs.

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Set a revised target of 232, South Africa lost Quinton de Kock without a run being scored.

Hashim Amla (38) and Faf du Plessis (27) set about to revive the chase, but both fell in quick succession, triggering a South African collapse as Pakistan’s left-arm seamers wrecked havoc.

Only AB de Villiers (77) looked to have the measure of Pakistan’s bowlers as South Africa wilted to 202 all out.

Mohammad Irfan, Rahat Ali and Wahab Riaz took three wickets apiece for Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Ireland’s batsmen were again the driving force on the way to a third win of this World Cup with a tense five-run defeat of Zimbabwe.

After posting an imposing score of 8-331 which featured an Ed Joyce century and 97 runs from Andy Balbirnie, Ireland endured a nervous defence of its total as Zimbabwe also passed 300.

Brendan Taylor scored an impressive 121 from 91 balls while Sean Williams fell in controversial circumstances for 96 as Zimbabwe hit out in the final overs.

Williams was caught in the deep by John Mooney off the bowling of Kevin O’Brien, though it appeared the fielder’s foot may have brushed the advertising cushion marking the boundary.

The video umpires adjudged the catch as legitimate, however, meaning Zimbabwe fell to 7-300 rather than moving to 6 for 306 with 19 balls remaining.

Despite the setback, the African side remained in the contest right up until the final over, in which it needed to score seven runs for the win with two wickets in hand.

A wicket off the first ball of Alex Cusack’s over put Ireland back in the box seat, then Tawanda Mupariwa spooned a catch to William Porterfield to hand Ireland the win with three balls remaining.

 

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