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  • 10:14 PM IST

    Shabnim Ismail wins the Player of the Match award.

  • 9:59 PM IST

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  • 9:58 PM IST

    SA W 207/7 (49) | Sune Luus 15 (18) | Shabnim Ismail 22 (16): Kainat to bowl the penultimate over. 2 singles of the first 2 balls. Shabnam pierces the cover for a boundary. Good shot. She follows it with a 2. Well, this cameo can do it for South Africa. Shabnam did not bowl too well today. Here’s her chance to make it up. Shabnam whizzes it past mid off, a tough chance goes down and it’s FOUR. 4 from 7. 12 already from the over. Shabnam lofts it over mid-on and that’s a boundary. SOUTH AFRICA HAVE WON. Yes, they didn’t choke. They panicked. Made a mockery of the chase. They won it. What a cameo from Shabnim! 16 from that over. Sana Mir doesn’t get to bowl her final one. She ends with 9-1-27-1. Whew!

  • 9:46 PM IST

    SA W 191/7 (48) | Sune Luus 14 (17) | Shabnim Ismail 7 (11): SA are losing the plot. Brilliant captaincy from Sana Mir. Sadia Yousuf bowls out, finishes with 10-0-30-2. It’s all up to Sune Luus now. All Pakistan will have to do is to contain. it is not going to be easy. Worse, Sana Mir has 2 overs up her sleeves. She starts the 48th over with a wide, followed by a single. Two dots. Pakistan are on verge of scripting a fairytale. Only 3 games old, we already have a thriller here. A much-needed 3 for Ismail. The runs come through extra-cover region.

  • 9:37 PM IST

    SA W 181/7 (46) | Sune Luus 10 (12) | Shabnim Ismail 2 (4): A boundary for Luus in the 45th over. A much-needed one. She employs a flamboyant slog sweep. Oh well. Du Preez is out. She finds the midwicket fielder. Sadia is turning the game on its head. I am sorry but I will have to use ‘choke’ here. South Africa are choking. Sigh. It’s not a run out. SA need 30 from 30. Iqbal to continue and Shabnim walks out. 4 from the over. SA need 26 from 4 overs.

    OUT! Mignon du Preez c Asmavia Iqbal b Sadia Yousuf 30 (40)

  • 9:26 PM IST

  • 9:25 PM IST

    SA W 168/6 (43) | Mignon du Preez 28 (35), Sune Luus 1 (3): Appeals for LBW, inside edge and runs. It’s all happening out there at Leicester. Iqbal is back in the attack. Now madness is an understatement here. Skipper van Niekerk falls to another run out. South Africa were 113 for 0, remember? Sana Mir is back in the attack. Only 3 from it.

    OUT! Dane van Niekerk run out 5 (15)

  • 9:20 PM IST

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  • 9:15 PM IST

    South Africa need 47 from 9 overs, and have 5 wickets in hand. What a comeback from Pakistan? Can du Preez seal it for South Africa in her 100th ODI?

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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live updates of the third match, of ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, between Pakistan and South Africa. I am Suvajit Mustafi, and I will provide all the live happenings — from scorecard to posts on social media space. Both teams suffered a drubbing against Australia in the warm-ups, but later made amends comfortably beating West Indies. To put things into perspective, this is a battle of equals. Neither Pakistan nor South Africa have won the title, but that does not mean that they will be fallible in this flagship tournament. Both teams boast of players who can create upsets to best of the teams.

From Wasim Akram to Shoaib Malik to Sarfraz Ahmed, former and current Pakistan cricketers have wished well for their countrywomen before the tournament. They, however, do not have a good record in the World Cup. Participating in three editions, they managed victories in only one of them. That said, they are a much-improved unit now. They have batters such as Bismah Maroof and Javeria Khan playing under inspirational leadership of Sana Mir who leads the spin attack, their best suit.

South Africa, on the other hand, are termed dark horses in this edition. Ranked sixth in ICC ODI Rankings, they have No. 1 ODI bowler and No. 2 all-rounder in Marizanne Kapp.

This is the best South African side to ever play a World Cup. They have five batters and four bowlers in the Top 20 of the ICC ODI rankings.

Although South Africa enter as favourites in this match, they will not have an easy time against Sana Mir’s spirited team. Who knows, like India beat the favourites England yesterday, Pakistan may pull off an improbable result.

Squads:

South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (c), Trisha Chetty (wk), Moseline Daniels, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Shabnim Ismail, Nadine de Klerk, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Raisibe Ntozhake, Mignon du Preez, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon, Laura Wolvaardt

Pakistan: Sana Mir (c), Sidra Nawaz (wk), Ayesha Zafar, Bibi Nahida, Marina Iqbal, Bismah Maroof, Javeria Khan, Syeda Nain Fatima Abidi, Kainat Imtiaz, Asmavia Iqbal, Diana Baig, Waheeda Akhtar, Nashra Sandhu, Ghulam Fatima, Sadia Yousuf

Suvajit Mustafi consumes cricket for lunch, fiction for dinner and munches numerous other snacks throughout the day. Yes, a jack of several trades, all Suvajit dreamt of was being India’s World Cup winning skipper but ended up being a sports writer, author, screenwriter, director, copywriter, graphic designer, sports marketer, strategist, entrepreneur, philosopher and traveller. Donning so many hats, it’s cricket which gives him the ultimate high and where he finds solace. He can be followed at @RibsGully [Twitter] and rivu7 [Facebook].