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Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez practicing in the nets at Lord's on Thursday

Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez practicing in the nets at Lord's on Thursday

"You don't take your decision after reading a tweet", when asked why Pakistan ignored the advice of Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had tweeted before the match that Pakistan should opt to bat first if they won the toss.

South Africa's task was made all the more hard when veteran Hashim Amla was trapped lbw by Mohammad Amir for two after a successful review in the second over.

Having mustered just three points from six games, South Africa are all but out of the tournament while Pakistan might still sneak into the semifinals, provided they win their remaining four games and other results go in their favour.

Mohammad Amir was the lone warrior in the bowling department against India and their batting and fielding, too, was a big let down once again.

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It will also be the first match at the Lord's in the World Cup and it remains to be seen how the pitch will play. "You have to perform as a team to win matches", he said. "A bilateral series is a different type of pressure compared to a World Cup".

Furthermore, Hafeez refused to give up on his World Cup dream, saying that "we are still in it with a chance and will play better cricket [from here on]". "We are discussing our mistakes with each other and trying to compensate for our mistakes", he added.

Pakistan pace-man Riaz insists his team-mates realise the importance of the do-or-die game and he hopes displaying a united front against South Africa will spark a strong performance. "We are each other's strength".

Pakistan's defeat against arch rivals India last weekend sparked a depressing few days, not only for the team but also millions of fans back home.

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They will next face South Africa on Sunday, following which they will play New Zealand (June 26), Afghanistan (June 29) and Bangladesh (July 5). We failed collectively as a team, we couldn't produce teamwork and individual brilliance didn't help us. "We got ample time after the India game to regroup for a new beginning", Hafeez said.

"All is not finished for us", he said. But then came a sudden twist in the tale as the Green Shirts pulled off a stunning win over the pre-tournament favourites England.

Encapsulating a turbulent World Cup for the skipper and his team, the skipper could not get the job done in their hour of need.

The 30-year-old, dropped following Pakistan's opener against the West Indies, made up for lost time as he demolished South Africa's beleaguered bowlers.

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Pakistan slumped to 160-6 after being 136-2 against Australia, while they lost four wickets in the space of 18 balls and 12 runs against India.

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