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South Africa crash out of World Cup

South Africa suffered more Twenty20 World Cup heartache after crashing out of this years tournament thanks to a 11 run defeat against Pakistan who kept their semi finals hopes alive.

Set with a run chance of 149 South Africaís top order failed to fire as Pakistanís spinners took control of the game controlled the game as the Proteas crashed out of another major tournament with a whimper.

Kamran Akmal scored a brilliant half century to help the defending champs recover after suffering another poor batting performance. 19 year old Akmal top scored for Pakistan smashing a quick fire 51 from just 33 balls, his superb innings included 2 fours and 4 sixes.

After losing their previous two Super Eights group games the defending champs came into todayís game knowing they had to beat South Africa to stand any chance of reaching the semi finals.

With a superior run rate Pakistan will now have to wait and hope England, who have already qualified for the semi finals beat New Zealand to allow the defending champions to sneak into the semiís.

South Africa will be left to rue another missed opportunity at a major tournament after their top order failed to get going with Graeme Smith (13) and Herschelle Gibbs (3) both guilty of throwing away their wickets as the pressure built.

With South Africa needing to increase the run rate Jacques Kallis played a slow 21 ball inning adding just 22 runs to the total before he was dismissed by Saeed Ajmal to leave the Proteas 56-3 after 10.5 overs.

With South Africa on the verge of elimination AB de Villiers offered some hope with a critical half century from just 38 balls but he gave his wicket away with a poorly judge scoop shot which was easily caught by Kamran Akmal behind the stumps.

Mark Boucher (12) soon followed as Pakistan sealed a fantastic victory as the defending champs kept their hopes of a place in the semi finals alive despite a cameo from Johan Botha who scored 19 runs from just 8 balls.

Pakistan got off to poor start after winning the toss and electing to bat; losing Salman Butt (2) at the start of the second over. The opener came into the game having scored an impressive 67 against New Zealand but he was undone by a bouncer from Dale Steyn and he thick edge an attempted pull shot to Graeme Smith at mid-on.

Khalid Latif (7) and Mohammad Hafeez (1) quickly followed to leave Pakistan 18-3 with only 5 overs gone as South Africa increased the pressure in a game they had to win as well.

With three quick wickets having fallen Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal offered some resistant for the defending champions; the brothers saw out South Africaís quick bowlers before they attacked the spinners as the runs started to flow.

Having been criticised for not play two spinners against England in Barbados; South Africa dropped Morne Morkel and brought in Roelof Van der Merwe when an extra pace bowler would have been wiser.

In the two overs he bowled; Van der Merwe conceded 22 runs which included 19 from his second over as Pakistan fought their way back into the game.

Although Van der Merwe struck to remove Kamran Akmal (37) with his last ball of the 10th over the damage had already been done as Pakistan regained the momentum as Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi launched a brutal blitz in a partnership of 61.

The pair were both dismissed by Charl Langeveldt in the 16th over to halt Pakistanís excellent recovery as the Proteas struck back to limit the defending champs to a total of just 148-7 thanks to a career best performance by Langeveldt who took 4 wickets conceding just 19 runs in his 4 overs.

source - cricket20.com
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