This is a humiliating defeat for Pakistan. Remember, South Africa’s power-hitting beyond No. 7 is limited, so they only needed to eke out a couple of wickets to exert pressure, but they’ll sit back and wonder why they weren’t able to do so. For the Proteas, it was a good warm-up game. They’ll admit that if RVD hadn’t dug deep, it would not have been conceivable, especially after Bavuma ate a number of balls. With RVD, Klaasen, and Miller in the centre, the middle-order appears to be in good shape. Quinny isn’t in terrific shape, and the tail is a little lengthy, so the top and lower orders are a concern. Perhaps the Proteas will follow this strategy to alleviate their batting depth problem by going deep in the game and looking to finish strong with wickets in hand. Markram, of course, did not bat today. They wouldn’t be too concerned about the bowlers being hit in the end today since Nortje and Rabada are both great bowlers. They’ll be hoping that Shamsi’s groyne injury isn’t severe. They do have a formidable bowling assault. So that concludes the warm-ups. We’ll have two days of Group A, B, and Super 12 action tomorrow and the day after, with Super 12 starting on Saturday. Come along for a fun journey with us. Look forward to seeing you!
RVD put out an incredible effort. He has won this for the Proteas by himself. Only Pakistanis know how they lost this! Pakistan were leading the game at 45/2 in 8 overs, thanks to a solid powerplay with the ball and Bavuma’s struggle to rotate strike. But it was then that RVD decided, “Righto, I’m going for it.” Bavuma chipped in with a few hits and, more crucially, put his strikerate above 100 right before he was removed. RVD has just hit his 50th career home run in 28 balls. With Klaasen on the team, it was still a difficult 47 to reach from 18 balls. In the 18th over, RVD demonstrated his power by hitting two of Rauf’s nearly yorkers for sixes. Shaheen Afridi delivered a magnificent 19th over, but courtesy to an inside edge four and an outside edge four, 10 runs scored off that over. With little dew, Hasan Ali had 18 runs to defend. In the last over, though, RVD put him under the pump with a first-ball six. The third ball was then wristed all the way to put Proteas ahead. RVD blasted a fifth-ball four to put the game out of reach, but he also scored a boundary off the penultimate ball to seal the victory and the century.