The Thirty-sixth match of the ICC T20 world cup 2022 was played between Pakistan and South Africa in Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) Australia on Thursday 03 November 2022. And in this article, we will review the PAK vs SA ICC t20 world cup 2022. This match was a very important match for both teams because If South Africa had won this match, they would have become the first team to qualify for the semi-finals and Pakistan would have had no chance to qualify the semi-finals, But Pakistan has won this match with 33 runs margin. And Pakistan comes head-to-head against south Africa four times in the T20 world cup in these all-matches Pakistan was the winner.
Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first. Once again Pakistani batsmen are struggling in front of South African bowlers. Pakistan scored just 42/3 in the power play. Pakistan’s top four batters go to the pavilion on just forty-three runs after that Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, and Shadab Khan take responsibility on their shoulders and played beautiful innings for Pakistan. Mohammad Nawaz got LBW after scoring 28 runs in Tabraiz Shamsi’s over. Iftikhar and Shadab both scored match-winning fifties for their team. Shadab scores his maiden T20 International fifty and also the T20 World cup’s first fifty. Pakistan scores 185/9 runs in 20 overs.
South Africa Batting
Although Pakistan did not get a good start with the bat middle order helped to put a big total on the board. South Africa came to chase 186 runs in 20 overs they also did not get a good start with the bat and they lost their first two wickets on just 16 runs but they finished the powerplay well and scored 48 runs in the powerplay. South Africa was 65/2 after 7 overs but in the next over Shadab’s strike both set batsman captain Bavuma and Markram to the pavilion.
After 9 overs South Africa was just 69/4 after 9 overs. They scored just 4 runs in the 8th and 9th overs. Rain stops the play after the 9th over of the second inning and according to DLS par score after 9 overs is 84, so South Africa is 15 runs short at that moment. The game resumed shortly after the rain stopped. But now South Africa needs to chase 142 runs in 14 overs to qualify for the semi-finals which were very difficult to win. It means South Africa needed 73 runs on 30 balls but they scored 39 runs in their final 5 overs and South Africa finishes 108/9 runs in 14 overs. South Africa lost the match with 33 runs according to the DLS method.
Player of the Match
Shadab khan won the player of the match award for his match-winning performance. He played brilliantly in all three-format (batting, bowling, and fielding). And he scored 52 runs and faced 22 deliveries with a strike rate of 236.36 which helped Pakistan to put a big total on the board. He also performed really well with the ball. In his first over he took 2 wickets give 2 runs and put South Africa under pressure. In his 2 overs spell he gave just 16 just runs and took 2 important and set batsman’s wickets. He also scored the second-fastest fifty in the T20 world cup in 2022 He took 20 balls to score a fifty and the first was by Australian batter Marcus Stoinis who took 17 balls to score the fastest fifty against Sri Lanka in the t20 world cup 2022.