The Pakistani fans forgot their team's lacklustre performance against India after the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side overcame South Africa by 49 runs in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash at Lord's on Sunday. By the virtue of this win, Pakistan revived their World Cup campaign and at the same time, knocked the Proteas out of the competition.
The Pakistani players were criticized by their fans, media, and cricketing greats after a disappointing loss against arch-rivals India last week. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was at the receiving end throughout the week as he was lashed by former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who termed his captaincy as 'brainless'. Ahmed was also trolled for yawning during the end of the first innings. However, things got more complicated when the Champions Trophy-winning skipper was fat-shamed by a fan. The captain was seen carrying his child in a mall when this harasser started recording the video and body-shamed him. Sarfaraz did not react and chose to walk away while the fan was busy taking the video.
However, everything was forgiven after the Men In Green's clinical performance against South Africa as fans were seen taking pictures with the Pakistani players and there was one fan who came up with a placard stating that he has recovered from his team's debacle against the Men In Blue at Old Trafford. One even held the 'We are sorry Sarfaraz' placard. The images were posted by Cricket World Cup on their official Twitter handle. Take a look.
Meanwhile, captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was seen signing autographs for the fans.
Sarfaraz was also seen sharing a hug with former Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis.
Pakistan had won the toss and elected to bat first. After the dismissals of Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam were involved in a small partnership. Then Babar and Haris Sohail were involved in an 81-run stand for the fourth wicket. Babar scored an 80-ball 69 while Haris top-scored for the Men In Green with a blistering 59-ball 89 which included nine boundaries and a maximum at a strike rate of 150.85.
Their superb knocks helped Pakistan get to a good total of 308/7 in their 50 overs.
In reply, South Africa's chase failed to gain momentum as they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. Skipper Faf du Plessis top-scored for the Proteas with a 79-ball 63. He got support from Quinton de Kock (47) and an unbeaten 46 from Andile Phehlukwayo as South Africa finished at 259/9 in their 50 overs.