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St. Lucia: Pakistan won the match by 11 runs and vanishes all the chances of S. Africa for reaching into Semi-Finals.

Toss: Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first.

Pakistan Innings:

Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt were the openers from the Pakistani Side. The first wicket down for Pakistan was of the Salman Butt, who got out at the ball of Dale Steyn. He scored 2 runs from 4 balls.

Khalid Latif was the next man in, but he also leaved Kamran Akmal alone at the score of 14. He scored 7 runs of 9 balls {1 ‘Four’}. His catch was caught by Dale Steyn at the ball of Jacques Kallis.

Muhammad Hafeez took guard, but after just 4 runs, he got LBW out at the ball of Charl Langeveldt. He scored just 1 run on 5 balls.

Pakistan was in very bad situation, 3 batsmen were gone for just 18 runs. Then Umar Akmal entered into the ground, Pakistan was seeking a good partnership between these brothers at that time, Both Akmal brothers played really very well.

At the score of 69, Kamran Akmal leaved his brother alone. He played a great innings and succeeded in scoring 37 runs from 33 balls {3 ‘Fours’ & 2 ‘Sixes’}. He got out at the ball of Roelof van der Merwe.

Captain of Pakistan Shahid Afridi entered for helping Umer Akmal in scoring runs. Afridi was not good through this tournament. Both Umer and Afridi start playing some interesting, beautiful and magnificent shots, the spectators were loving to watch theses shots. This partnership was really frustrating the S. Africans bowlers. The partnership was now above 50.

Umer Akmal played a beautiful shot, which was a huge ‘Six’, here the Umer completed his 50, just in the next over, Umer tried to smashed the bowler hard but failed to do that, and he was caught out at the ball of Charl Langeveldt. He played a wonderful and startling innings, he succeeded to score 51 runs from 33 balls {2 ‘Fours’ & 4 ‘Sixes’}.

The last partnership turned the score of Pakistan from 69 to 130. Another danger man Abdul Razzaq arrived at the crease. Mean while, Afrdi showed his wicket to the Charl Langeveldt but the ball was beaten by him. At the next ball, Afridi again showed him the wicket, this time, he putted a straight delivery and Afridi got bold. Afridi played a terrific innings after so many matches, he scored 30 runs of just 18 ball {4 ‘Fours’ & 1 ‘Six’}/

Misbah-ul-Haq took guard and entered into the ground in th 17th over, the score was 132 at the moment, but the S. African bowlers want to restrict them before 150 and they succeeded in achieving their point. In the last three overs, there was no boundary seen. Abdul Razzaq scored 11 runs from 10 balls and remained not-out, while Misbah-ul-Haq got out at the third ball of the last over, he was also the victim of Charl Langeveldt. He scored 3 runs of 7 balls. The score was 143 at the moment.

Abdul Rehman entered to play the last three balls, he scored two at 1 ball and remained not-out.

Pakistan succeeded to score 148/7 in 20 overs after a very bad start.

Extras: (b 0, lb 1, w 3, nb 0)

South African Innings:

Pakistan had an early wicket when Herschelle Gibbs (three) was caught at mid-on by Misbah-ul-Haq off all-rounder Abdul Razzaq.

It looked as if the batsman was early on the shot, undone by the slower pace of a Beausejour pitch slower than the one South Africa had grown used to in Barbados.

South Africa were now 12 for one and that became 23 for two when left-handed opener Smith chipped spinner Abdur Rehman to Afridi at mid-off.

Jacques Kallis was caught in the deep off Ajmal for 22 and Rehman struck again to get rid of JP Duminy after Umar Akmal, running in from long-on, took a fine catch.

De Villiers though was still there.

But his 53 off 41 balls came to an end when he tried to play an audacious scoop shot off Ajmal and skied a simple catch to wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal to leave the Proteas 101 for five.

South Africa, who needed 51 off the last five overs, then saw the experienced Mark Boucher lbw to Ajmal for 12.

They eventually got the target down to 17 off the last over, from Ajmal.

Three singles followed before Johan Botha was stumped and that left South Africa needing an impossible 14 runs off two balls.

Extras: (b 0, lb 1, w 2, nb 0)

Man Of The Match:

Umar Akmal was awarded the man-of-the-match award. He said that: “There was no pressure on me. I just played my positive game. The wicket was good and the ball went where I wanted it to go.”

Words of Captain of Pakistani Team (The Winning Team) Shahid Afridi: “The boys really performed very well. I have already started praying that England should win the next game!”

Words of Captain of South African Team (The Loosing Team) Graeme Smith: “We are very, very disappointed. We struggled with the bat. We lacked the fluency and positivity… it has been the story of the tournament. This team is too talented to be playing this way.”

Chances Of Pakistan for reaching in the Semi-Finals:

If England will beat New Zealand then Pakistan will be in the Semi-Final.

Chances of S. Africa for reaching in the Semi-Finals:

All the chances of S. Africa are over, now S. Africa have to leave West Indies.