LONDON (9 News) – Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived at the Lord’s cricket ground on Sunday to watch the Pakistan’s match against South Africa in their key World Cup match.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Inter-Service Public Relation (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor are also accompanied the army chief to the cricket stadium.
The army chief and the ISPR DG mixed up with the Pakistani fans in the stadium; however, the fans expressed their happiness with raising slogans as ‘Pakistan Zindabad’.
Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first against South Africa in their sixth match of World Cup at Lord’s.
Pakistan needed to win all four of their remaining matches, and rely on the outcome of a few other matches, in order to have a shot at making it to the top four.
“Looks like a good batting pitch and some grass cover on it,” Sarfaraz said after winning the toss. “We are not thinking about the pressure, just focusing on the game, which is very important for us.”
Pakistan ranks 9 on World Cup points table
Pakistan are currently ranked number nine on the World Cup points table, just above Afghanistan with one win (against England), three losses (against West Indies, Australia and India), and one washout against Sri Lanka.
South Africa have very slim chances of making it to the top four after having lost four out of their six matches so far. With one win and one washout in addition to the four defeats, the Proteas are one spot above Pakistan at number eight.
Pakistan will aim for an improved performance as they face a must-win situation against South Africa at Lord’s.
South Africa’s chances of progressing to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-finals seem all but over after their narrow loss to New Zealand on Wednesday.