Pakistan posted a total of 308 for 7 in 50 overs in their World Cup tie against South Africa at Lord’s, London on Sunday, thanks to a hurricane knock of 89 from Haris Sohail off 59 balls.
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and chose to bat first on a belter surface.
Pakistan played positive cricket from the beginning. The opening pair of Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq added 81 runs for the first wicket. The duo fell prey to Imran Tahir at individual scores of 44 each.
Babar Azam provided Pakistan the required support in the middle overs with his knock of 69 runs. But it was a Haris Sohail show that was the cynosure of all eyes. Haris, who was playing in place of Shoaib Malik, smashed the South African bowlers during his knock of 89 runs off just 59 balls. His flamboyant innings was laced with 9 boundaries and 3 sixes.
For the Proteas, Lungi Ngidi scalped 3 for 64 in 9 overs and Tahir ended with the figures of 2 for 41 in 10 overs.
Meanwhile, Tahir’s 2 wickets took his overall tally in the World Cup to 39 and he became the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in the quadrennial event, surpassing Allan Donald’s 38.
Brief scores: South Africa 308 for 7 in 50 overs (Haris Sohail 89, Babar Azam 69; Lungi Ngidi 3/64, Imran Tahir 2/41) against South Africa.