Misbah-ul-Haq © Getty Images
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(Can South Africa (SA) continue their rampant form and register a comfortable victory or will Pakistan (Pak) fight hard and finally win against a big team in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015? Catch the live scorecard and ball-by-ball updates of the match here)

Man of the match: Sarfraz Ahmed for his run-a-ball and six catches behind the wickets.

South Africa: 202/9 | Overs 33.3

BATTING: Morne Morkel 6 (8), Imran Tahir 0 (4)

OUT! It’s all over at Auckland! Imran Tahir is caught behind off the bowling of Wahab Riaz. Sarfraz Ahmed has taken six catches in the match. Sarfraz has equaled Adam Gilchrist’s record of six catches in ODIs. Pakistan win the match by 29 runs (D/L).

Imran Tahir c Sarfraz b Riaz 0 (6)

South Africa: 201/9 | Overs 33

BATTING: Morne Morkel 5 (7), Imran Tahir 0 (4)

FOUR! AB de Villiers fires the ball past the wicket keeper for a boundary. 200 up for South Africa. OUT! AB de Villiers is caught behind after he charges down the track. The ball takes a faint edge and Sarfraz collects his fifth catch of the match. Curtains for South Africa!

AB de Villiers c Sarfraz b Sohail 77 (58)

South Africa: 196/8 | Overs 32

BATTING: AB de Villiers 73 (56), Morne Morkel 5 (7)

DOT! AB de Villiers edges the ball down to third man, doesn’t take a single. Full toss on leg stump and de Villiers flicks it over the square leg fence. DOT! De Villiers plays it cautiously. FOUR! De Villiers smashes the ball over covers for another boundary. ONE! He then sensibly runs the ball down to third man for a single. DOT towards third man, de Villiers refuses a single once again.

South Africa: 185/8 | Overs 31

BATTING: AB de Villiers 62 (51), Morne Morkel 5 (6)

FOUR! AB de Villiers comes down the track and smashes the ball down the ground for a boundary. ONE! Plays a similar shot, but he gets just a single. QUICK SINGLE! Morne Morkel runs through very quickly for one. ONE! Full toss played down to fine leg. WIDE! Short delivery over the head. DOT! Morkel negotiates the final delivery well.

South Africa: 177/8 | Overs 30

BATTING: AB de Villiers 56 (47), Morne Morkel 4 (4)

FOUR! Excellent short by Kyle Abbott down the ground and he collects a boundary. OUT! Rahat Ali strikes immediately removing Abbott caught by Younis Khan at second slip. FOUR! Morne Morkel smashes a short ball outside off stump for a boundary. AB de Villiers denies a single off the final delivery, which will mean that he will take the first ball of the next over.

Kyle Abbott c Younis b Rahat 12 (19)

South Africa: 168/7 | Overs 29

BATTING: AB de Villiers 56 (47), Kyle Abbott 8 (17)

Shahid Afridi continues. Kyle Abbott gives the strike to AB de Villiers after the first three deliveries. SIX! De Villiers hits Afridi over the long off fence to bring up his half century. SIX MORE! Another six over square leg. Excellent stuff from the skipper.

South Africa: 154/7 | Overs 28

BATTING: AB de Villiers 43 (43), Kyle Abbott 7 (15)

After a single off the very first delivery AB de Villiers cuts it over point for a boundary. ONE! De Villiers plays it to mid off. SIX runs from that over. AB de Villiers holds the key here.

South Africa: 148/7 | Overs 27

BATTING: AB de Villiers 38 (41), Kyle Abbott 6 (11)

Shahid Afridi continues and he wraps Kyle Abbott on the pads. After an appeal the umpire gives it not out, after which Pakistan take a review. The decision stands. FOUR! Abbott plays the ball down to fine leg for a boundary.

South Africa: 142/7 | Overs 26

BATTING: AB de Villiers 38 (39), Kyle Abbott 1 (7)

Mohammad Irfan looks in serious trouble here as it seems as though he has pulled his hamstring again. He immediately signaled to the Pakistan bench that he can no longer carry on. Big blow for Pakistan. They’ll hope that it is not serious. He is howver continuing after undergoing a brief massaging session.Decent over from Irfan.

South Africa: 139/7 | Overs 25

BATTING: AB de Villiers 36 (35), Kyle Abbott 0 (5)

Shahid Afridi continues and after a single from AB de Villiers off the first delivery, new batsman Kyle Abbott plays the reminder of the ball safely. South Africa need their skipper to dig them out of trouble now.

South Africa: 138/7 | Overs 24

BATTING: AB de Villiers 35 (34)

FOUR! Dale Steyn flashes the ball hrd outside off stump and gets a boundary over the slip cordon. FOUR MORE! Steyn then smashes the ball over mid on to collect another boundary. OUT! Steyn is finally dismissed caught behind. Sarfraz Ahmed collects his fourth catch of the match. READ: Pakistan vs South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Dale Steyn dismissed for 16

Dale Steyn c Sarfraz b Irfan 16 (17)

South Africa: 130/6 | Overs 23

BATTING: AB de Villiers 35 (34), Dale Steyn 8 (11)

Shahid Afridi is into the attack. Afridi just concedes a single off the first delivery and Dale Steyn takes a single off the final delivery and he will retain strike in the next over.

South Africa: 128/6 | Overs 22

BATTING: AB de Villiers 34 (33), Dale Steyn 7 (6)

Dale Steyn gets into the act as he cracks a boundary off the first delivery off Mohammad Irfan. Two good deliveries to follow it up. Steyn then drives the ball down the ground and collects THREE. ONE! AB de Villiers has now scored 1,000 runs in World Cups. Short delivery to finish the over. READ: AB de Villiers completes 1,000 World Cup runs during South Africa-Pakistan ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 match

South Africa: 120/6 | Overs 21

BATTING: AB de Villiers 33 (32), Dale Steyn 0 (1)

FOUR! Lovelt shot from AB de Villiers. He just punches the ball and it goes to the mid wicket fence. Wahab Riaz is building some serious pace but his short delivery goes over the head of de Villiers. SIX! De Villiers smashes a huge six over the fine leg fence. Riaz goes around the wicket and cramps de Villiers for room, good idea perhaps! SIX! De Villiers hets another six over deep square leg this time. Brilliant stuff! DOT to finish the over. 17 off that one.

South Africa: 103/6 | Overs 20

BATTING: AB de Villiers 17 (26), Dale Steyn 0 (1)

FOUR! Mohammad Irfan strays down the leg side and it’s guided towards the fine leg boundary. 100 up for South Africa. Poor bowling from Irfan. It releases all the pressure that the other bowlers had built. OUT! JP Duminy pulls the ball straight into the hands of Riaz, who is positioned at fine leg. Dale Steyn is the new batsman. READ: Pakistan vs South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: JP Duminy departs for 12

JP Duminy c Riaz b Irfan 12 (13)

South Africa: 98/5 | Overs 19

BATTING: AB de Villiers 16 (25), JP Duminy 8 (9)

Pakistan giving away easy singles at the moment and stopping those singles might choke South Africa. Wahab Riaz has bowled extremely well so far.

South Africa: 94/5 | Overs 18

BATTING: AB de Villiers 15 (24), JP Duminy 6 (5)

Rahat Ali continues and he is troubling the batsmen. The last delivery is a short ball and AB de Villiers is caught in two minds but he manages to survive.

South Africa: 92/5 | Overs 17

BATTING: AB de Villiers 13 (20), JP Duminy 5 (2)

Two boundaries off the first two deliveries off Wahab Riaz. The batsmen then take singles whenever they’re available.

South Africa: 81/5 | Overs 16

BATTING: AB de Villiers 4 (16), JP Duminy 4(1)

Rahat Ali is troubling the batsmen as well as the ball goes past the inside edge of the bat of David Miller. OUT! Miller is out LBW off the bowling of Rahat Ali. Miller takes the review but the umpire’s decision stands and he has to walk back to the pavilion. FOUR! JP Duminy is off the mark with an excellent drive down the ground.

David Miller LBW Rahat 0 (13)

South Africa: 76/4 | Overs 15

BATTING: AB de Villiers 3 (13), David Miller 0 (10)

ONE! Whahb Riaz concedes his first runs of his spell so far as Ab de Villiers plays it nicely down the ground. Riaz bowls an excellent delivery to David Miller and he is beaten. Riaz is bowling at the right channels and causing some trouble. Miller not being able to time the ball.

South Africa: 75/4 | Overs 14

BATTING: AB de Villiers 2 (12), David Miller 0 (5)

Rahat Ali continues and AB de villiers fishes for a ball outside off stump and misses it completely. DOT! Rock solid defence from AB. DOT! Left alone outside off. DOT! De Villiers plays it straight to square leg. ONE! De Villiers plays it to deep square leg.DOT to finish the over.

South Africa: 74/4 | Overs 13

BATTING: AB de Villiers 1 (7), David Miller 0 (4)

Rilee Rossouw is out after he tries to clear the fine leg boundary. Wahab Riaz strikes again. Sohail Khan doesn’t make any mistake in the deep. David Miller is the new batsman and he gets two excellent deliveries. DOT! Miller plays it cautiously. ANOTHER WICKET MAIDEN for Riaz. READ: Pakistan vs South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Pakistan in control as Rilee Rossouw departs

Rilee Rossouw c Sohail b Riaz 6 (9)

South Africa: 74/3 | Overs 12

BATTING:  Rilee Rossouw 6 (7), AB de Villiers 1 (7)

Rahat Ali continues and Rilee Rossouw gets off the mark with a single. ONE! AB de Villiers is off the mark too after he gets a single down to fine leg. Rossouw mistimes the ball but collects a boundary over mid on. DOT! Rossouw plays it out quietly. ONE! Quick single towards mid wicket. DOT! Safely played to end the over.

 

South Africa: 67/3 | Overs 11

BATTING:  Rilee Rossouw 0 (3), AB de Villiers 0 (5)

OUT! Wicket keeper Sarfraz Ahmed takes an excellent catch diving to his right. Wahab Riaz strikes off his very first delivery. Hashim Amla is dismissed after a breezy innings. De Villiers is unable to get any runs off his first three deliveries. DOT! The next one is also a dot ball. Another WICKET MAIDEN! READ: Pakistan vs South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Amla, du Plessis fall in quick succession

Hashim Amla c Sarfraz b Riaz 38 (27)

South Africa: 67/2 | Overs 10

BATTING: Hashim Amla 38 (26), Rilee Rossouw 0 (3)

Rahat Ali continues after conceding 10 in his first over. He starts well as du Plessis defends the ball well. OUT! He’s dismissed off the next delivery as du Plessis tries to run it down to third man, takes the edge of the bat and goes through to the wicket keeper. Rilee Rossouw is the new batsman. DOT! Rossouw leaves the ball alone outside off stump. DOT towards covers. DOT to end the over. WICKET MAIDEN!

Faf du Plessis c Sarfraz b Rahat 27 (29)

South Africa: 67/1 | Overs 9

BATTING: Hashim Amla 38 (26), Faf du Plessis 27 (26)

Shahid Afridi comes into the attack. TWO! Amla collects a couple down to square leg. First runs for Amla not involving a boundary for him. DOT! Plays it to short third man. FOUR! Short ball is cut in front of square for a boundary. DOT! No run as he cuts the ball backward of square.

South Africa: 61/1 | Overs 8

BATTING: Hashim Amla 32 (20), Faf du Plessis 27 (26)

Rahat Ali is now introduced into the attack. He starts well as he bowls to DOTS to Faf du Plessis. SIX! Short ball and du Plessis hts the ball over the fine leg fence. DOT! Played to backward point. DOT! Again, played to backward point. FOUR! Du Plessis pulls the ball to the square leg boundary.  READ: Pakistan vs South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Amla, du Plessis lead South Africa’s charge

South Africa: 51/1 | Overs 7

BATTING: Hashim Amla 32 (20), Faf du Plessis 17 (20)

FOUR! Faf du Plessis punishes a poor short ball from Mohammad Irfan for a boundary through square leg. ONE down to fine leg. FOUR! hashim Amla flicks the ball through the cover boundary. Excellent stuff from Amla! DOT! Nicely played. FOUR! Another one down to long off. 50 up for South Africa.

South Africa: 38/1 | Overs 6

BATTING: Hashim Amla 24 (17), Faf du Plessis 12 (17)

THREE! Du Plessis punches the ball through covers and collects three runs. FOUR! Superb drive through covers and he collects a boundary. FOUR! This time over mid wicket, Amla on a roll. DOT! Played delicately towards covers. FOUR! Hammered through point, third boundary of the over. Short ball to finish the over.

South Africa: 23/1 | Overs 5

BATTING: Hashim Amla 12 (13), Faf du Plessis 9 (16)

DOT! Mohammad Irfan continues and Faf du Plessis leaves the ball outside off. DOT! Du Plessis plays a solid defence. DOT! Left outside off. ONE! Irfan comes around the wicket and du Plessis plays it with soft hands and runs through for a quick single. FOUR! Lovely shot towards covers and he collects another boundary. DOT to finish the over.

South Africa: 18/1 | Overs 4

BATTING: Hashim Amla 8 (10), Faf du Plessis 8 (12)

Sohail Khan starts well as they manage to jag a ball into the batsman. DOT! Solid defence by Faf du Plessis. DOT! Left alone outside off. Du Plessis walks across his stumps and collects a run. FOUR! Hashim Amla finds the point fence. DOT to finish the over.

South Africa: 13/1 | Overs 3

BATTING: Hashim Amla 4 (8), Faf du Plessis 7 (8)

FOUR! Faf du Plessis smashes Mohammad Irfan down the ground for a boundary. ONE! Brilliant work by Misbah as he stops a certain boundary and du Plessis makes it back and rolls over the stumps in his pursuit to make his ground. DOT! Hashim Amla defends it well. DOT towards covers. DOT! Amla plays a rock solid defence. DOT! Left alone outside off.

South Africa: 8/1 | Overs 2

BATTING: Hashim Amla 4 (4), Faf du Plessis 2 (6)

Sohail Khan begins the second over off the innings and starts with an absolute beauty. He follows it up with a couple of wides down the leg side. ONE! Faf du Plessis takes a quick single. DOT! Nicely played by Amla. DOT! Played to mid on. DOT to finish the over.

South Africa: 5/1 | Overs 1

BATTING: Hashim Amla 4 (1), Faf du Plessis 1 (3)

Perfect start for Pakistan as they manage to dismiss Quinton de Kock off the second delivery of the innings. He is caught behind after an excellent delivery from Mohammad Irfan. Lucky boundary off the last ball for Hashim Amla to end the over. READ: Pakistan vs South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Quinton de Kock dismissed early

Quinton de Kock c Sarfraz b Irfan 0 (2)

South Africa need 232 runs to win from 47 overs after Pakistan were bowled out for 222 in 46.4 overs.South Africa run chase will commence shortly.

Pakistan: 222 all out | Overs 46.4

BATTING:  Mohammad Irfan 1 (3)

Morne Morkel to bowl the final over of the innings. DOT! Short ball left alone by Irfan. DOT! Irfan goes for a huge heave but misses everything. ONE! Yorker from Morkel, Irfan manages to get it through his legs for a single. OUT! Sohail Khan is dismissed with two balls remaining in the innings. Revised targets to be announced soon. READ Devarchit Varma’s Innings repoet

Sohail Khan c Duminy b Morkel 3 (11)

Pakistan: 221/9 | Overs 46

BATTING:  Sohail Khan 3 (9), Mohammad Irfan 0 (0)

Sohail Khan manages to take a SINGLE down to fine leg off the first delivery off Dale Steyn. rahat Ali tries to chip the ball over mid off but he finds the fielder. One more wicket left for Pakistan. MISSED! Chance at the non striker’s end, but JP Duminy misses the stumps. That would have been curtains for Pakistan. DOT! Short ball, left alone. YORKER to end the over.

Rahat Ali c Tahir b Steyn 1 (6)

Pakistan: 220/8 | Overs 45

BATTING:  Sohail Khan 2 (5), Rahat Ali 1 (5)

Morne Morkel continues with Rahat Ali the new batsman facing him. Excellent over as he does not concede a single run in the over off the first four deliveries. ONE! Finally a run off the fifth delivery to bring Sohail Khan on strike. ONE to end the over.

Pakistan: 218/8 | Overs 44

BATTING:  Sohail Khan 1 (4)

FOUR LEG BYES!  Por delivery by Steyn and he concedes a boundary. Good beginning to the over. DOT! Played to point. After a long time of field setting, Misbah tries to lob the ball over the third man fence and he is caught by the man at third man. Brings a good over to an end.

Misbah-ul-Haq c Morkel b Steyn 56 (86)

Pakistan: 214/7 | Overs 43

BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 56 (81), Sohail Khan 1 (3)

OUT! Imran Tahir strikes of his very first over. He traps Wahab Riaz in front of the wicket. Wahab goes for a review but the on field umpire’s decision stands and he has to depart.

Wahab Riaz LBW Tahir 0 (1)

Pakistan: 216/6 | Overs 42

BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 56 (80)

OUT! Shahid Afridi is dismissed after he hits the ball out of the park. He tries to go for another one but he finds JP Duminy in the deep. This is a big wicket for South Africa as they try to dismiss Pakistan early.

Shahid Afridi c Duminy b Steyn 22 (15)

Pakistan: 203/5 | Overs 41

BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 52 (75), Shahid Afridi 16 (13)

Play has resumed after play with the match reduced to 47 overs per side. Pakistan now have just over six overs to play and must try to get as many runs as possible. Misbah is batting past a fifty and the explosive Shahid Afridi is just about cutting lose. Afridi manages to squeeze out a boundary in that over. 200 up for Pakistan.

Rain has once again halted play at Auckland. Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq just got to his half-century. It’s pouring at the moment and the momentum of they players is broken once again.

Pakistan: 196/5 | Overs 40

BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 50 (73), Shahid Afridi 11 (8)

Dale Steyn continues as Misbah approaches his half-century. He finally gets there off 73 deliveries and it is important for his team that he bats til the end. Steyn tries to intimidate Shahid Afridi with some short stuff.

Pakistan: 193/5 | Overs 39

BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 48 (71), Shahid Afridi 10 (7)

Afridi is looking to play big strokes. Right to do so, Pakistan does need quick runs as anything below 300 will not be safe. Misbah gets a four with a cut shot past the fielder at third man. Pakistan add nine runs off Abbott’s over.

Pakistan: 184/5 | Overs 38

BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 42 (67), Shahid Afridi 7 (4)

The players are back after the rain break. There is no loss in the number of overs despite half-an-hour being lost. Afridi makes room on the fifth ball off Tahir and slams a huge six down the ground.

Rain stops play: The Players have left the field following rains. The light at Eden Park too not the most brightest. The covers have been placed on the pitch. There could be delay of 1-2 hours at Auckland as the rains have increased all of a sudden.

Pakistan: 175/5 | Overs 37

BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 39 (62), Shahid Afridi 0 (1)

Morne Morkel is into the attack. After conceding just a run from his first four deliveries he finally dismisses Umar Akmal for just 13. Umar hit the ball hard straight to AB de Villiers at mid on. Shahid Afridi is the new batsman and he flashes at one outside off, misses it completely.

OUT! Umar Akmal c de Villiers b Morkel 13 (20)

Pakistan: 174/4 | Overs 36

BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 39 (62), Umar Akmal 13 (16)

Dale Steyn comes back into the attack in the first over of the batting powerplay. ONE! Misbah quietly plays it to deep square leg. DOT! Umar Akmal plays it straight to point. FOUR! Short delivery and Umar pulls through deep mid wicket. DOT!  Short delivery left alone. ONE down to fine leg. ONE! Quick single to end the over.

Pakistan: 167/4 | Overs 35

BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 37 (60), Umar Akmal 8 (12)

DOT! Abbott continues and Umar Akmal plays it to the covers. DOT! Nicely driven straight to mid off. ONE towards deep square leg. DOT! Misbah drives the ball beautifully to the fielder at mid off. DOT! Excellent so far. ONE to finish the over.

Pakistan: 165/4 | Overs 34

BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 36 (57), Umar Akmal 7 (9)

Imran Tahir is back into the attack and after four DOTS, Umar Akmal pulls the ball to deep square leg for a single. That’s it, no more runs coming from that over from Tahir.

Pakistan: 164/4 | Overs 33

BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 36 (56), Umar Akmal 6 (4)

AB de Villiers is into his sixth over now. New batsman Umar Akmal smashes him for a boundary. Looks like de Villiers will bowl his entire quota at the moment. Bowlers at the other end are keeping it tight.

Pakistan: 156/4 | Overs 32

BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 34 (54)

Kyle Abbott continues and bowls three DOT deliveries. TWO! Misbah then places the ball beautifully and picks up a couple of runs. ONE! Misbah then slices the ball over the point fielder for a single. Sohaib Maqsood is dismissed off the final ball of the over as he cuts the ball directly through to point.

Sohaib Maqsood c Rossouw b Abbott 8 (16)

Pakistan: 153/3 | Overs 31

BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 31 (49), Sohaib Maqsood 8 (15)

AB de Villiers still keeps himself on. Misbah manages to get a boundary off a short delivery, which is smashed back past the bowler into the fence for a boundary.A decent over otherwise.

Pakistan: 147/3 | Overs 30

BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 26 (43), Sohaib Maqsood 8 (15)

Kyle Abbott is now into the attack and he bowls an excellent over. South Africa have managed to pull things back after the dismissal of Younis Khan. Sohaib Maqsood has been a touch uncertain outside off. Just two runs from that over.

Pakistan: 145/3 | Overs 29

BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 25 (42), Sohaib Maqsood 7 (10)

AB de Villiers continues. The batsmen are now taking him seriously and play him with due respect, but Misbah after being quite for sometime now crashes the last delivery of the over for a boundary.

Pakistan: 139/3 | Overs 28

BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 20 (39), Sohaib Maqsood 6 (7)

Morne Morkel continues and Misbah gets a single off the first delivery. New batsman Sohaib Maqsood then punches the ball down the ground for a couple of runs. DOT! Beaten outside off. FOUR! Maqsood again drives the ball down the ground and picks up his first boundary. DOT! Maqsood ties to pull the ball, but he is comprehensively beaten. BEATEN AGAIN to end the over.

South Africa: 132/3 | Overs 27

BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 19 (38), Sohaib Maqsood 0 (2)

Surprisingly AB de Villiers keeps himself on. But he manages to get the big wicket of Younis Khan just when he was looking good. He was trying to flick the ball on the on side, but an outside edge took the ball straight to the fielder.  Rilee Rossouw takes the catch at short covers. READ: Pakistan vs South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Younis Khan falls to AB de Villiers for 37

Younis Khan c Rossouw b de Villiers 37 (44)

Pakistan: 129/2 | Overs 26

BATTING:  Younis Khan 36 (42), Misbah-ul-Haq 17 (36)

Morne Morkel continues and Pakistan bowlers are content in just taking singles at the moment. This partnership is slowly blossoming and is starting to threaten South Africa. Three runs from that over.

Pakistan: 126/2 | Overs 25

BATTING:  Younis Khan 35 (39), Misbah-ul-Haq 15 (33)

AB de Villiers brings himself on again. ONE! Misbah smashes the ball to deep square leg. ONE! Younis plays it to long on. FOUR! Full delivery on leg stump and Misbah just clears the man at square leg for a boundary. ONE down to long off. FOUR! Short delivery and Younis pulls the ball to the mid wicket fence.

Pakistan: 115/2 | Overs 24

BATTING:  Younis Khan 30 (37), Misbah-ul-Haq 9 (29)

Morne Morkel continues and Younis Khan gets a single off the very first delivery. Misbah then plays the ball down to third man for another single. ONE down to fine leg again. LEG BYE, one run to short fine leg. DOT to finish the over.

Pakistan: 111/2 | Overs 23

BATTING:  Younis Khan 28 (34), Misbah-ul-Haq 8 (26)

Imran Tahir continues and he gets through his over very quickly. He bowls a MAIDEN as Misbah plays all of his deliveries cautiously.

Pakistan: 111/2 | Overs 22

BATTING:  Younis Khan 28 (34), Misbah-ul-Haq 8 (20)

Morne Morkel replaces Dale Steyn and starts off extremely well. Misbah reached his 5,000th ODI run in the previous over in 160 matches. He is yet to score an ODI hundred though. Just ONE from that over. READ: Misbah-ul-Haq completes 5,000 ODI runs during Pakistan vs South Africa ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 match

Pakistan: 110/2 | Overs 21

BATTING:  Younis Khan 28 (34), Misbah-ul-Haq 7 (14)

Imran Tahir comes on to ball. DOT! Played to backward point. ONE down to long off. ONE! Played towards short fine leg. DOT! Misbah plays it out cautiously. DOT! Played straight to square leg. ONE! Full toss, single down to deep square leg.

Pakistan: 107/2 | Overs 20

BATTING:  Younis Khan 28 (33), Misbah-ul-Haq 5 (9)

Dale Steyn continues after the drinks break. DOT! Younis leaves the ball alone outside off. ONE down to third man. DOT! Straight through to the keeper. DOT! Misbah leaves the ball alone outside off stump. WIDE! Short delivery outside off, well over Misbah’s head, rightly called a wide. ONE! Outside edge and the ball goes down to third man.

Pakistan: 104/2 | Overs 19

BATTING:  Younis Khan 27 (30), Misbah-ul-Haq 4 (6)

ONE! Younis plays the first delivery for a single off JP Duminy. ONE! Misbah gets another single towards deep covers. ONE! Down to deep fine leg.ONE more towards deep point. FOUR! Younis cuts the ball outside off, the ball hits the bottom of the bat and runs away for a boundary. 100 up for Pakistan. ONE to end the over.

Pakistan: 95/2 | Overs 18

BATTING:  Younis Khan 20 (26), Misbah-ul-Haq 2 (4)

Dale Steyn is back into the attack and Misbah gets a SINGLE off the first delivery. DOT! Younis leaves the ball outside off. DOT! Short bll outside off, left alone. ONE! Quick single down to point. DOT! Misbah tries to run the ball down to third man, goes to the slip cordon. DOT Played and missed.

Pakistan: 93/2 | Overs 17

BATTING:  Younis Khan 19 (23), Misbah-ul-Haq 1 (1)

After a SINGLE off the first delivery, Sarfraz plays the ball down to fine leg, he completes one run and charges back for the second. He is unfortunately RUN OUT for 49. Excellent throw by David Miller from the deep. ONE! New batsman Misbah-ul-Haq is off the mark off the first delivery. Three runs and a wicket off that over. READ: Pakistan vs South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Sarfraz Ahmed falls after quickfire 49

Sarfraz Ahmed Run Out 49 (49)

Pakistan: 90/1 | Overs 16

BATTING: Sarfraz Ahmed 48 (46), Younis Khan 18 (21)

SIX! Sarfraz Ahmed charges down the track and smashes JP Duminy over the square leg fence. SIX MORE! This time over the mid wicket fence. Back-to-back sixes for Pakistan now. SIX AGAIN! Over square leg, Duminy concedes 21 from that over. 50 partnership between Younis Khan and Sarfraz Ahmed.

Pakistan: 69/1 | Overs 15

BATTING: Sarfraz Ahmed 30 (41), Younis Khan 18 (20)

Imran Tahir continues. FOUR! Short delivery is cut beautifully to the square leg fence for a boundary. ONE! Sarfraz plays it down long on. ONE! Younis immediately gives the strike back to Sarfraz. DOT to end the over.

Pakistan: 63/1 | Overs 14

BATTING: Sarfraz Ahmed 25 (36), Younis Khan 17 (19)

JP Duminy is now into the attack. The batsmen look to play him out cautiously. He’s pitching the ball in the right areas and concedes just FOUR runs from his first over.

Pakistan: 59/1 | Overs 13

BATTING: Sarfraz Ahmed 23 (33), Younis Khan 15 (16)

Imran Tahir continues. After conceding just ONE from the first five deliveries, Sarfraz scores a boundary off the final delivery. Tahir is not happy, Pakistan will take it.

Pakistan: 54/1 | Overs 12

BATTING: Sarfraz Ahmed 19 (31), Younis Khan 14 (14)

Skipper AB de Villiers brings himself on and starts of very well as the first three deliveries are DOTS. Short ball and it’s pulled down to the long on boundary. ONE down to square leg. Brings up 50 for Pakistan. FOUR! Sarfraz pulls another short delivery to the backward square leg fence.

Pakistan: 45/1 | Overs 11

BATTING: Sarfraz Ahmed 15 (28), Younis Khan 9 (9)

Imran Tahir is into the attack. ONE! Sarfraz plays the ball down to third man for a single. FOUR! Short ball and it’s pulled towards the long on boundary, Faf du Plessis misfields and Pakistan collect another boundary. ONE! Younis gets a single towards the covers. FOUR! Sarfraz then cuts the ball extremely late and gets a other boundary. Last two deliveries are played out cautiously. 10 runs from that over.

Pakistan: 35/1 | Overs 10

BATTING: Sarfraz Ahmed 10 (24), Younis Khan 4 (7)

TWO! Younis Khan gets off the mark off the very first delivery, picks up a couple of runs towards fine leg. DOT! Played towards mid wicket. DOT!  Younis plays to short fine leg. Short delivery from Morne Morkel, Younis leaves it alone. TWO! Nice shot down the ground and the ball is just retrieved inside the boundary. It’s a no ball too. FREE HIT! DOT! Huge swing and a miss from Younis. DOT! Left outside off.

Pakistan: 30/1 | Overs 9

BATTING: Sarfraz Ahmed 10 (24), Younis Khan 0 (0)

Kyle Abbott continues and Ahmed Shehzad drives the ball to mid off, no run. DOT! Lovely shot down the ground for no run. FOUR! Beautiful on drive and it fetches Shehzad a boundary. OUT! Shehzad flicks the ball over mid on but Dale Steyn running backwards takes an excellent catch. DOT! Full pitch delivery from Abbott and it’s defended well by Sarfraz. READ: Pakistan vs South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Dale Steyn’s brilliance ends Ahmed Shehzad’s innings

Ahmed Shehzad c Steyn b Abbott 18 (30)

Pakistan: 26/0 | Overs 8

BATTING: Ahmed Shahzad 14 (26), Sarfraz Ahmed 10 (22)

Morne Morkel continues and Ahmed Shehzad gets a single off the first delivery. DOT off the next one. DOT! Short delivery and it’s well left from Sarfraz. DOT! Nicely played back to the bowler. DOT again! Sarfra plays it with soft hands.

Pakistan: 25/0 | Overs 7

BATTING: Ahmed Shahzad 13 (25), Sarfraz Ahmed 10 (17)

Change of ends for Kyle Abbott and the first delivery is played down to fine leg for a SINGLE. DOT! Left outside off. WIDE! Abbott strays down the leg side. DOT! Shehzad plays the ball down to mid on. DOT! Played down to mid off. FOUR! Short delivery, pulled beautifully to the mid wicket boundary. ONE down to fine leg to finish the over. READ: Pakistan vs South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Ahmed Shehzad and Sarfraz Ahmed make confident start

Pakistan: 18/0 | Overs 6

BATTING: Ahmed Shahzad 8 (20), Sarfraz Ahmed 9 (16)

Morne Morkel replaces Kyle Abbott and starts with a shortish delivery, safely negotiated by Sarfraz Ahmed. DOT again! Nicely played. ONE down to third man. DOT! Short delivery, left well by Shehzad, one for the over signaled by the umpire. DOT! Left alone outside off.  Another short delivery to end the over.

Pakistan: 17/0 | Overs 5

BATTING: Ahmed Shahzad 8 (16), Sarfraz Ahmed 8 (13)

Dale Steyn comes steaming in and Sarfraz Ahmed tries to take a quick single but his partner says no. ONE! Lovely shot through covers for a single. FOUR! Inside edge as Shehzad tries to leave the ball alone and the ball runs away for a boundary. DOT, to backward point. DOT! Left alone outside off. DOT! Again left alone outside off to end the over.

South Africa: 12/0 | Overs 4

BATTING: Ahmed Shahzad 4 (13), Sarfraz Ahmed 7 (11)

ONE! Sarfraz Ahmed edges one down to third man. DOT! Shehzad plays it back to Kyle Abbott. FOUR! Lovely shot down the ground by Shehzad, all along the ground and he gets his first boundary. DOT! Played and missed outside off. DOT down to mid on. DOT to finish the fourth over.

Pakistan: 7/0 | Overs 3

BATTING: Ahmed Shahzad 0 (8), Sarfraz Ahmed 6 (10)

DOT! Dale Steyn continues and Ahmed Shehzad defends it with a straight bat. EDGE but safe, as the ball goes to third slip after Ahmed plays it with soft hands. DOT again! DOT! Left alone, outside off. DOT! Same delivery and again left alone. DOT to finish the over and Steyn bowls the first MAIDEN of the match.

Pakistan: 7/0 | Overs 2

BATTING: Ahmed Shahzad 0 (2), Sarfraz Ahmed 6 (10)

Kyle Abbott bowls the second over. DOT. Well defended by Sarfraz. FOUR! Sarfraz plays the ball to the square leg boundary and colects the first boundary of the day. DOT! Easy single denied by Shehzad, close call. DOT! Played down to mid off. TWO! Sarfraz walks down the track and clips Abbott towards mid on, picks up a couple of runs. Huge appeal by Abbott for a LBW, no response from the umpire.

Pakistan: 1/0 | Overs 1

BATTING: Ahmed Shahzad 0 (2), Sarfraz Ahmed 0 (4)

We’re underway at Auckland as Dale Steyn starts proceedings for South Africa with Sarfraz Ahmed taking the first delivery. After DOTS off the first three deliveries, Pakistan are off the mark in the next delivery with a LEG BYE. Top scorer against UAE, Ahmed Shahzad takes guard. DOT! Shehzad plays it to backward point. DOT to finish the over.

Playing XI:

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Ahmed Ahehzad, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Khan, Rahat Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan.

South Africa: AB de Villiers (c), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir

Younis Khan and Sarfraz Ahmed come in to the Pakistan side instead of Haris Sohail and Nasir Jamshed respectively. JP Duminy is in for South Africa in place of Farhaan Behardien

TOSS: South Africa have won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the 29th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. It’s a Pool B encounter between Pakistan and South Africa at Auckland. I am Pramod Ananth, and I will be bringing you the over-by-over updates of the match. Pakistan vs South Africa: Preview

South Africa take on Pakistan in a crucial encounter for both teams. Both the teams have registered two wins on the trot and will be looking to carrying on their momentum into this game as well. South Africa gave Ireland a thumping in their previous game, courtesy of centuries from Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: POINTS TABLE

Pakistan, on the other hand registered a tight 20-run win over Zimbabwe and a comfortable win over United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their previous two games. Return to form of opener Ahmed Shehzad, who scored 93, should give Pakistan a major boost going into this game. They however have a problem with the other opener Nasir Jamshed, who has been in a horrendous form. His inclusion in the team ahead of Sarfraz Ahmed should raise a few eyebrows. Their bowling department looks like a settled unit, however the inclusion of leg spinner Yasir Shah might be on the cards just to add to the variety. Top 10 batsmen in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

South Africa have an opening problem of their own. Quinton de Kock has not had the best of tournaments with the bat. South Africa might look to get Rilee Rossouw to open the batting with Amla, with skipper AB de Viliers taking over as the wicket keeper. This might pave way for JP Duminy to make it to the team, who has been kept on the sidelines for the last few games. Top 10 bowlers in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

This is a must win match for both teams, as the winner of the match will inch closer to the quarter-finals of the tournament. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: SCHEDULE & MATCH DETAILS

Squads:

South Africa:  AB de Villiers (c), Hashim Amla, Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (w), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn.

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shahid Afridi, Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Irfan, Rahat Ali , Ehsan Adil, Sohaib Maqsood, Yasir Shah, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz.

South Africa: 184/5 | Overs 38

BATTING:  Misbah-ul-Haq 42 (64), Shahid Afridi 7 (4)

The players are back after the rain break. There is no loss in the number of overs despite half-an-hour being lost. Afridi makes room on the fifth ball off Tahir and slams a huge six down the ground.