AUCKLAND (Web Desk) – A combination of tight South Africa bowling and rain interruptions restricted Pakistan to 222 all out in 46.4 overs in the crucial World Cup Pool B match in Auckland on Saturday, with
skipper Misbah-ul-Haq scoring a fighting 56.

Put into bat by South Africa, Pakistan were 175 for five when a 30-minute rain delay affected their progress and after 3.1 more overs they were again halted by a second, 18-minute stoppage.

Misbah steadied the innings with a determined 86-ball knock — his fourth half-century in five matches at this World Cup.

Fast bowler Dale Steyn led a disciplined South Africa bowling performance with three for 30 and also held a brilliant catch, while Kyle Abbott took two for 45.