Their poor run of form continued against the must-win game against New Zealand at Edgbaston where South Africa threw away a series of opportunities to lose by four wickets.
Although Head Coach Mickey Arthur explained earlier that the team opted for Shoaib Malik after the Windies game since Sohail had "other issues that need to be continuously worked at", the skipper said that he had been dropped "because we wanted to play with a particular combination".
Stung by their humiliating defeat to India in their last match and by the backlash from their fans back home, Pakistan came out buzzing on Sunday as they kept alive their Cricket World Cup hopes with a morale-boosting 49-run win over South Africa. "For me, South Africa have approached things too defensively at this tournament and they need to attack each match with much more positivity going forward", Kallis wrote in a column for the ICC. "The thing about the squad is that there are guys playing their last World Cup and I'd like to think that they will leave the world stage having signed off on a strong note".More news: Trump on rape accuser: 'She's not my type'
Talking about the future plans, he said, "Our next opponent is New Zealand". Then after three days, we were practising hard.
Pakistan of 2019, just like 1992, were beaten in their fourth and fifth games but returned to winning ways in their sixth. "We win our next three games, we'll qualify".
Sarfaraz insisted that it was not the first time they had lost to India in the World Cup and hence "it's fine". Our boys hurt this week, all of us hurt, incredibly.More news: Woman charged after giving husband's guns to police sparks debate
South Africa posted 241 for six against the Black Caps at Edgbaston in midweek and seemed on course for victory when reducing their opponents to 137 for five.
Back then and now, Pakistan lost to West Indies in the opening game on both occasions but bounced back in their second before their third was washed out.
Sarfraz didn't sound a pleased man by any stretch of the imagination as he finally opened up on the criticism from the former pacer at the pre-match conference ahead of Pakistan's upcoming clash against South Africa. "We got a proper reaction from them today (Sunday) that should just shut some people up for a little while", he stressed. We're trying to get that consistency better. So when we put three disciplines together, we'll be exceptional.More news: WSOP Owner Caesars Sold, Merges With Eldorado Resorts in $17.3B Deal