Ahmed Shehzad failed to convert start into big score © Getty Images
Ahmed Shehzad failed to convert start into big score © Getty Images (File photo)

Dale Steyn took a splendid catch at mid-on as South Africa got the first breakthrough in form of Ahmed Shehzad, during their ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 match at the Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES AND COMMENTARY: Pakistan vs South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Shehzad faced 30 deliveries and slammed four boundaries — which included two glorious straight drives — to score 18 before his stay at the crease was ended by Steyn’s brilliance. The South African speedster was fielding at mid-on when Shehzad hit in the air trying to clear the position. But Shehzad ended up with a mishit, and Steyn covered a lot of ground and dived to take a brilliant catch. LIVE CRICKET BALL-BY-BALL COMMENTARY AND SCORE UPDATES: Pakistan vs South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Pakistan were 30 for one wicket after 8.4 overs with Sarfraz Ahmed batting at the crease on 10 not out. He was joined in the middle by Younis Khan, as Pakistan looked to pick up after the early wicket of their opening batsman Shehzad. This was after Pakistan made a cautious start to their ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 match against South Africa at the Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand in Pool B. Pakistan were 18 for no loss after six overs with both their openers looking confident.

Sarfraz Ahmed, who came in place of Nasir Jamshed looked extremely confident with his approach as he stood outside the crease and played the ball on the up. He got the first boundary of the match — a flick on the leg side off Kyle Abbott and also looked to rotate the strike. After five overs, Shehzad was unbeaten on eight off 20 balls while Sarfraz was on nine not out off 18 deliveries. In act, Shehzad scored his first run in the game only on the eighth ball that he faced in this innings.