Twitter reactions: Shadab Khan shines as Pakistan pip South Africa to keep semi-final hopes alive

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In a rain-affected clash, Pakistan defeated South Africa by 33 runs (DLS method) at Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday to keep themselves alive in the race to the semis of T20 World Cup 2022.

Batting first, Pakistan were in a spot of bother after losing five wickets for just 95 before Iftikhar Ahmed and Shadab Khan stedied the innings. Both Iftikhar (51) and Shadab (52) smashed respective half-centuries, forming an 82-run partnership for the sixth wicket to take Pakistan to a fighting total of 185/9 in their allotted 20 overs.

In response, South Africa were never in the game as they lost four for 69 in nine overs before the equation was changed due to rain. The game was then reduced to 14 overs, and the target for South Africa was 142, leaving them with 73 to get in 5 overs.

The task was extremely difficult, and not surprisingly, the Proteas couldn’t achieve the target and finished at 108/9, losing the contest by 33 runs. Shadab, who shined with the bat, picked up two wickets for 16 in 2 overs, while Shaheen Afridi bagged a three-wicket haul for 14.

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TAGS: ICC T20 World Cup 2022, Pakistan, PAKvSA, Shadab Khan, South Africa

CATEGORY: Shadab Khan, T20 World Cup, Twitter Reactions

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