Proteas out, England advance

Pakistan victory ends South Africa's hopes at World T20

By Graeme Mair   Last updated: 11th May 2010  

Proteas out, England advance

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England have qualified for the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 after Pakistan beat South Africa by 11 runs in the penultimate Group E fixture.

Pakistan, the reigning champions, defended a modest total of 148-7 in St Lucia, their spinners exerting a stranglehold to restrict South Africa to 137-7 in reply.

Defeat ended the Proteas' hopes of reaching the last four but Pakistan have scraped through after England beat New Zealand later on Monday.

Victory for the Black Caps would have sent Pakistan home, however England did the defending champions a huge favour with a three-wicket triumph.

Family affair

Umar Akmal's 51 from 33 balls bailed out Pakistan after they had opted to bat first in the must-win encounter at the Beausejour Stadium.

Soyth Africa seamers Dale Steyn (1-26), Jacques Kallis (1-28) and Charl Langeveldt each struck an early blow to leave Pakistan reeling at 18-3 after five overs.

But the Akmal brothers, Kamran and Umar, maintained a fearless approach to revive the innings with a 51-run stand for the fourth wicket off just 36 deliveries - spinners Roelof van der Merwe (1-33) and Johan Botha (0-13) coming in for particular punishment.

After left-arm spinner Van der Merwe had gained a revenge of sorts by having Kamran Akmal caught at point for 37 from a miscued cut, Shahid Afridi (30) joined Umar Akmal in a 61-run alliance for the fourth wicket.

Pakistan's charge finally stalled in the 17th over when Langeveldt removed both batsmen on the way to finishing with figures of 4-19.

Just 18 runs were added in the final three overs and Pakistan's final total looked a touch light.

Stuttered

South Africa's run chase, however, never got off the ground. Herschelle Gibbs, preferred to Kallis as Graeme Smith's opening partner, made three off nine deliveries before being well held above his head by Misbah-ul-Haq from a middled pull at medium pacer Abdul Razzaq (1-16).

It was the introduction of spin as early as the fifth over that turned the game decisively in Pakistan's favour - Smith, struggling for fluency throughout, departed to Abdur Rehman (2-35) for a run-a-ball 13.

There was a lack of urgency from Kallis and AB de Villiers during a third-wicket stand of 33 from 37 balls and, as the required rate climbed above 10-an-over, the mounting pressure resulted in wickets.

Kallis (22) and JP Duminy (3) both holed out going for big shots and, when De Villiers (53) followed from an ill-advised scoop at off-spinner Saeed Ajmal (4-26) in the 16th over, South Africa still required 48 from the final 26 deliveries.

And despite the best efforts of Botha, who plundered 19 from eight balls to at least extend the game into the final over, the Proteas finished up short to exit the competition with barely a whimper.

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Bakkar Tarkhan says...

Harun yahya you talk a good game i have to give it to you for a second you nearly had me convinced Even though i support pakistan i just cant see them getting close to beating the Aussies whichever department you look at bowling batting fielding they are far far superior i just believe the Aussies have finally adjusted to the T20 format and it will take a miracle to bea themt BUT hey you never know

Posted 09:50 12th May 2010

Fawad Ali says...

I don't understand why South Africa does this in Big tournaments ,some peoples says they Unlucky ,I believe they gets nervous in crucial games as they can play good in starting games when it comes about Semi Final they always brings up Unexpected Result.means i am not surprised with them performance as it happened always in World cup with them.

Posted 14:12 11th May 2010

Harun Yahya says...

Firstly MASSIVE congrats to Pakistan for reaching the semi-finals. They turned it on, when they most needed to & as always theyre reknowned ability to peak just at the right time is showing again. No doubt at all that Aussies are firm favourites closely followed by Eng, then Windies. So that leaves Pak as the underdgos, a tag, they relish unequivocally. Weve seen over recent years Pak display a cool temprement once in the semi-finals & then the final itself. Yet were taking nothing for granted, we could easily get pummeled by the other teams. Yet im sure they are all aware of the prowess Pak carry. On their day they can destroy any team....or themselves. They know theres a lot of hardwork to do yet & I get the feeling theyr flattered, if not slightly embarrsed at their unorthodox route to the semis. They will be taking a long hard look at themselves now & they'll know that any total under 170 is going to be tough to defend against the teams left. They know "catches win matches" & just one catach might turn the game on its head. Its time for the team to step up a gear & put the foot on the gas pedal....watch out Aussies watch out Eng, from now on you'll be playing the "proper Pakistan team"

Posted 09:35 11th May 2010

Richard Glasgow says...

Once again, in a big tournament, the South Africans have failed to live up to expectations. They continue to give credence to the claims that while having arguably the best team on paper, they are ''chokers'' when it matters most.

Posted 00:43 11th May 2010

R T says...

Oh dear, South Africa 'B' are out, guess that just leaves their A team in the competition! I hope this will signal an end to the endless bitter carping on this site...but I doubt it. Come on show us you can lose with good grace, I suspect we won't hear any more from them until we are knocked out. Come on England

Posted 20:46 10th May 2010

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