Pakistan and South Africa are locking horns in the ongoing 26th match of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023. Both teams are playing this match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai today. The men in green skipper Babar Azam won the toss and decided to bat first. However, they didn’t have an expected start after batting first on the tricky surface in Chennai.
Pakistan lost their both openers on the team’s score of 38 runs in 6.3 overs. Following that, skipper Babar Azam managed to stitch a partnership of 48 runs for the third wicket with wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan before the latter fell prey to Gerald Coetzee in the 16th over on the individual score of 31 runs.
Shadab Khan and Saud Shakeel bring Pakistan back after early collapse
Meanwhile, Pakistan also faced a batting collapse as they started losing wickets at regular intervals; at a moment, they had lost 5 wickets on the score of 141 runs in 27.5 overs; it was when skipper Babar was trapped by the star South Africa spinner Tabraiz Shamsi. But then came the crucial partnership of 84 runs for the sixth wicket between Shadab Khan and Saud Shakeel.
This partnership helped Pakistan to get themselves back in the first innings after losing some early wickets. Saud Shakeel scored an amazing half-century, scoring 52 runs with 7 fours. Apart from him, Shadab Khan also contributed with 43 runs off 36 balls, with 3 fours and 2 sixes. Lower-order batter Mohammad Nawaz also scored 24 runs with four and 2 sixes.
On the back of these contributions, Pakistan posted a total of 270 runs, losing all the wickets in 46.4 overs. Star Proteas spinner Tabraiz Shamsi produced a brilliant spell with the ball, scalping 4 wickets in his quota of 10 overs, alongside 3 and 2 wickets picked by Marco Jansen and Gerald Coetzee.
Other than this trio, star pacer Lungi Ngidi also claimed one wicket for South Africa in the first innings. Now, South Africa need 271 runs to win this match and reach the first spot in the points table of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, surpassing the hosts India.
Here's how fans reacted to Pakistan's batting against South Africa:
#PAKvsSA— Maxwell (@usmanrehann) October 27, 2023
Abay me to 320 ka mind bana ke betha hua tha bey 🙁
We couldn't defend 282 against Afghanistan. Can we defend 270 today vs mighty South Africa?? #PAKvsSA— Khurram Aniq (@KhurramAniq) October 27, 2023
Boys in green good luck, dunya ko dikhado tum jab khelne aate ho tu koi tumhe koi nahi hara sakta shaheen, haris, wasim shadab , nawaz and chahcha hamari dua tumhare sath hai #PAKvsSA pic.twitter.com/Cme18zCBff— Mohammad Ali Arif (@alikathuria001) October 27, 2023
ITS TIME TO DEFEND THIS BEST OF LUCK BOYS 🏻— 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘆𝗮𝗺 🇵🇸 || ibrahimm's 🎂🏻 (@maryamm_56) October 27, 2023
AND REMEMBER ONE THING IF WE WORK HARD WILL WIN DEFINITELY ✨#PAKvsSA
Poor batting by Pakistan score should be above 300 South Africa bowler was tired and they didn't bowl well in the last phase send iftikhar before saud was a blunder#PAKvsSA— Adnan zafar (@Adnan_yosafzai) October 27, 2023