AUCKLAND (Web Desk) – Pakistan defeated South Africa by 29 runs and put themselves on the way to the quarter-final in World Cup Pool B match in Auckland on Saturday.

Chasing 232 to win under the Duckworth-Lewis method at Eden Park, Pakistan claimed a third successive victory by bowling out the highly-rated Proteas for 202 despite captain AB de Villiers valiant 77.

Rahat Ali grabbed a career-best 3-40, Mohammad Irfan (3-52) and Wahab Riaz (3-45) as South Africa, chasing a revised target in 47 overs, were bowled out 33.3 overs.

South Africa also have three wins in five matches.

Pakistan s innings, twice interrupted by rain before it was reduced to 47 overs, folded in 46.4 overs for 222 with skipper Misbah-ul-Haq scoring 56 and Sarfraz Ahmed making 49.

Dale Steyn took 3-30 off his 10 overs.

The win has brightened Pakistan’s chances to play Quarter Finals.