Champions Trophy 2017: Pakistan shock South Africa in rain-curtailed game, keep semis hopes alive

FP Sports, Jun, 08 2017

Birmingham: Pakistan put their miserable loss to India behind by producing a magical turnaround against South Africa at Edgbaston on Wednesday, beating them by 19 runs (Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method) in a rain-curtailed game to keep their hopes of reaching the Champions Trophy 2017 semi-finals alive.

Just three days after suffering a humiliating 124-run defeat by title-holders India at Edgbaston in their opening group match, with former skipper Shahid Afridi among those slamming a "clueless" display, Pakistan's return to the Birmingham ground saw them make a mockery of the rankings which had them bottom and South Africa top in this eight-team one-day international tournament.

Having conceded 319 for three against title-holders India, Pakistan restricted South Africa to 219 for eight after losing the toss.

Hasan Ali was awarded the Man of the Match for his figures of 3/24 from eight overs. AP

Hasan Ali was awarded the Man of the Match for his figures of 3/24 from eight overs. AP

After the spinners did the initial damage, paceman Hasan Ali took three for 24 in eight overs.

David Miller's unbeaten 75 kept the Proteas in the game.

And when fast bowler Morne Morkel took two wickets in three balls, Pakistan were faltering at 41 for two under the Edgbaston floodlights.

But Babar Azam (31 not out) and Shoaib Malik (16 not out) took Pakistan to 119 for three off 27 overs when heavy rain stopped play at 7:41 pm local time (18:41 GMT).

That left them well ahead of their target score of 101 so that, when the umpires decided a resumption was impossible, Pakistan had beaten South Africa under the DLS method for the second successive ICC 50-over tournament following a 29-run win at the 2015 World Cup.

Wide open

It all left Group B wide open, with three teams on a win apiece after South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 96 runs at the Oval last week.

Pakistan's Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan, in for the injured Wahab Riaz, took the new ball.

But it was spin duo Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez who did the early damage in an innings where South Africa captain AB de Villiers suffered the first golden duck of his 221-match ODI career.

Left-armer Imad struck second ball when Hashim Amla (16) was lbw.

Off-spinner Hafeez then had Quinton de Kock (33) lbw on the sweep.

The two spinners combined when de Villiers departed by slicing Imad to Hafeez at backward point -- a wicket greeted by huge cheers from the large Pakistan contingent in a crowd of more than 18,000.

Hasan, as Imad had done, struck second ball when Faf du Plessis (26) played on.

He then took two wickets in two balls with a couple of brilliant deliveries to reduce South Africa to 118 for six in the 29th over.

Bowling from around the wicket, he took the outside edge of JP Duminy's bat, with Babar holding a good diving slip catch -- an example of Pakistan's much-improved fielding.

The next, on a similar line, knocked over the off-stump of Duminy's fellow left-hander Wayne Parnell.

Miller, however, received good support from Chris Morris (28) and Kagiso Rabada (26) in stands of 47 and 48 respectively.

Left-hander Miller drove Junaid for six to bring up the 200 and ended the innings by hitting Hasan for the lone four of a 104-ball knock that also included three sixes.

Pakistan's collapse to 164 all out against India would have given South Africa hope, despite their below par total.







But Fakhar Zaman, making an ODI debut in place of the dropped Ahmed Shehzad, got Pakistan's chase off to a brisk start.

The left-hander drove Rabada, the world's top-ranked ODI bowler, for four but fell for 33 when, deceived by Morkel's slower ball, he edged to Amla at slip.

Two balls later, Azhar Ali (nine) carelessly uppercut Morkel to Pakistan-born leg-spinner Imran Tahir at third man.

As light drizzle fell, Hafeez drove Tahir for six. But on 26 he failed to control a pull off Morkel and a sliding Tahir, now at long leg, took another good catch.

Morkel finished with impressive figures of three for 18 in seven overs but he could not deny Pakistan a remarkable victory.

With inputs from AFP

Published Date: Jun 08, 2017 | Updated Date: Jun 08, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115