South Africa lost to Pakistan by 11 runs in Gros Islet on Monday, which confirmed their elimination from the World T20.
Another ICC event, another early exit for the Proteas. However, this time it doesn’t come as a big surprise as the South Africans never looked convincing enough during their campaign in the Caribbean. The batsmen lacked the needed aggression while the bowlers blew hot and cold throughout the tournament.
The Proteas will head back home with only two wins out of five, which came against new-comers Afghanistan and in a tight contest against New Zealand.
A win was a must against the Pakistanis in their final Super Eights fixture, the team who ironically knocked them out in the semi-finals of last year’s event at Trent Bridge in England. However, there was no revenge for South Africa as they repeated last year’s slow bating performance and eventually fell short of the 148-run target.
Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis picked up early wickets in the Pakistan’s innings, but Kamran Akmal (37 off 33 balls) settled things at the wicket before his brother Umar won his team momentum after smashing 51 off 33 balls.
However, Charl Langeveldt slowed their run-rate after ripping through the middle order and finishing on a career best 4-19 off his four overs. Pakistan finished on 148-7 after their 20 overs.
South African openers Herschelle Gibbs and Graeme Smith fell cheaply early on, which contributed to their slow start to their innings: 50 coming off 61 balls. Boundaries were also rare after the sixth over as it took nine overs for AB de Villiers to find the rope again.
De Villiers kept South Africa in the game with a well-played 53 off 41 balls, but he gave his wicket way in extraordinary circumstances as an attempted shot over his head saw the ball fall into wicket-keeper Akmal’s hands. Mark Boucher and Albie Morkel failed to fire as they came to the wicket.
Johan Botha (19 off eight balls) played an impressive cameo at the death, however, by then it was too late as the Proteas fell 11 runs short.
Pakistan 148-7 (20 overs)
Umar Akmal 51, Kamran Akmal 37, Charl Langeveldt 4-19.
South Africa 137-7 (20 overs)
AB de Villiers 53, Jacques Kallis 22, Saeed Ajmal 4-26.
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