Amid the World Cup match between Pakistan and South Africa in Chennai, tensions escalated as all-rounder Marco Jansen and Pakistan’s senior batter Muhammad Rizwan clashed.
During the ongoing World Cup match between Pakistan and South Africa, tensions flared up as all-rounder Marco Jansen and senior batter Muhammad Rizwan clashed. Jansen had already taken two crucial wickets, but he missed a chance to get Rizwan out. In the very next ball, Rizwan managed to score a sneaky boundary, leading to a verbal exchange between the two players. Thankfully, other South African teammates intervened and pulled Jansen away, while Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam stepped in to calm Rizwan down, preventing the situation from escalating further.
On the following delivery, Jansen made another comment, but this time, Rizwan reacted with his trademark smile and didn’t engage in any further confrontation.
Earlier, Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam decided to bat first at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Marco Jansen put early pressure on the batters, removing both of Pakistan’s openers. Babar and Mohammad Rizwan were building a strong partnership until Gerald Coetzee dismissed Rizwan in the 16th over.
Kagiso Rabada was sidelined due to a back spasm, but captain Temba Bavuma returned for South Africa. In contrast, Pakistan made a change by including Mohammad Nawaz instead of Usama Mir, and Mohammad Wasim Jr. replaced the unwell Hasan Ali.
In the ongoing World Cup campaign, both teams initially enjoyed success with two convincing wins. However, they each faced significant setbacks in their third matches. Pakistan suffered a loss to table-toppers India, while South Africa was upset by the Netherlands. South Africa then rebounded with resounding victories over England (by 229 runs) and Bangladesh (by 149 runs). In contrast, Pakistan’s fortunes declined with losses to Australia (by 62 runs) and Afghanistan (by eight wickets).
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Last Updated on October 27, 2023
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