South Africa were 187-4 at close on the third day of the opening Test against Pakistan in Karachi on Thursday, leading by 29 runs. Pakistan's spinners Yasir Shah and Nauman Ali grabbed three wickets in the space of ten runs to halt South Africa's
Pakistan, needing 88 for victory, lost openers Abid Ali, Imran Butt and Babar Azam for a total of 52 runs before achieving the target in 22.5 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. The second Test starts on Feb.4 in Rawalpindi.
"To be honest, before we got here security was obviously a big part, but when we arrived and saw the extent of the security, the guys have gotten a lot more comfortable,” South African skipper Quinton de Kock told reporters in Karachi on Monday.
The Pakistan captain hit a stroke-filled 103 off 104 balls and shared a second-wicket partnership of 177 with Imam-ul-Haq, who made 70. But Babar's dismissal started a collapse in which fast bowler Anrich Nortje took four wickets in four overs.
Social media immediately went into overdrive with cries that de Kock had flouted the law on fake fielding, which states that "it is unfair for any fielder willfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball."
Man of the match George Linde revealed at the post-match presentation that South Africa deliberately placed mid-off Aiden Markram inside the 30-metre circle in order to tempt Rizwan to go over the top.
Sarfaraz Ahmed's side needed to smash the world record for margin of victory in a one-day international but, after winning the toss at Lord's, they failed to muster enough runs to give them a chance.
Bangladesh must be all out for seven or lower if Pakistan are to deny New Zealand a place in the semi-finals alongside Australia, India and England.
Lawmakers from Pakistan, England, Australia, New Zealand, India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan participated in the four-day tournament where the final was played between Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Waqar shares a meaningful note to define the sportsmanship of the champions after India suffered their first defeat of this World Cup against the hosts