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Cricket World Cup matchday 25: South Africa eliminated after Pakistan defeat

The Proteas have failed to pass the group stages for just the second time.

Haris Sohail’s 89 led Pakistan to victory (Nigel French/PA)
Haris Sohail’s 89 led Pakistan to victory (Nigel French/PA)

South Africa’s hopes of reaching the World Cup semi-finals are over as their nightmare tournament continued with a 49-run defeat to Pakistan at Lord’s.

The Proteas have failed to pass the group stages for just the second time and face two dead rubbers over the next two weeks.

South Africa failed to reach the knockout rounds as hosts in 2003, but still won three of their six encounters.

Head coach Ottis Gibson’s men have only beaten minnows Afghanistan at this tournament, and still have to face Sri Lanka and Australia.

Even three wins in nine matches would not gloss a woeful campaign, but given the Proteas’ dire form the chance of consolation victories appears remote.

Shot of the day

Haris Sohail struck three sixes in his 59-ball innings (Nigel French/PA)

Haris Sohail’s 89 came to define Pakistan’s battling victory, and one rangy six over midwicket off Lungi Ngidi summed up his pugnacious innings.

Ball of the day

Wahab Riaz picked up three late-order wickets (Nigel French/PA)

Wahab Riaz’s swinging yorker pinged Chris Morris’ leg stump with the South Africa all-rounder entirely unable to adjust his feet and make any connection whatsoever. Pakistan were well en route to victory by the time Wahab cashed in on the wickets, but in any context this was quality one-day bowling.

Stat of the day

Imran Tahir has more World Cup wickets than any other South Africa bowler, overtaking Allan Donald’s 38 with a brace against Pakistan at Lord’s.

Catch of the day

Tahir’s stunning snatch take from his own bowling to dismiss Imam Ul Haq briefly gave South Africa hope of a last-gasp resurgence. The in-form spinner had all too little support from his struggling team-mates however, as the Proteas’ already thin semi-final hopes were finally extinguished.

Tweet of the day

Quote of the day

It's becoming a little bit embarrassing, we're trying but it's not good enough South Africa captain Faf Du Plessis

Tournament tracker

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What’s next?

June 24: Afghanistan v Bangladesh at Southampton.


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