Now the onus is on the captain, Mike Atherton, and the chairman, Ray Illingworth, to formulate with an equally effective game plan for England's meeting with Pakistan on Sunday.
A determined South Africa moved a step closer to a quarter-final berth in Karachi. Yesterday's victory ensured they are now certain to finish top of Group B, removing the prospect of a trip across the border to India.
Javed Miandad, a veteran of all six World Cups, is expected to confront England on Sunday, as are the opener Aamir Sohail, who picked up a groin injury while scoring 111 yesterday, and the wicketkeeper Rashid Latif, who has a bruised finger.
Pakistan now face the probability of a quarter-final in India. They would have to lose against both England and New Zealand to finish fourth in the group and guarantee themselves a last-eight match on home soil.
"It doesn't matter where we play our quarter-final," the Pakistan captain, Wasim Akram, insisted. "It would be better, of course, to stay in Pakistan but we would probably be under less pressure in India."Reuse content