Champions Trophy 2017: Pakistan's win over South Africa can inspire team to do amazing things, says Shahid Afridi

FP Sports, Jun, 08 2017

Pakistan stunned South Africa by 19 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis Method in yet another rain-marred ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match at Edgbaston on Wednesday and former all-rounder Shahid Afridi said it would be a mistake to write them off.

File photo of Shahid Afridi. Getty Images

File image of Shahid Afridi. Getty Images

After being humiliated by arch-rivals India, Sarfraz Khan and Co managed to upset Proteas to stay in the hunt to revive their Group B campaign in Birmingham.

Afridi, who was a part of Pakistan's five Champions Trophy campaigns, said the win could inspire the vibrant side to play harder.

"It is heartening to see Pakistan play the way it did and I hope it continues its good work and brings smiles on the faces of our passionate cricket fans," Afridi wrote in a column for cricket governing body website

"I also feel that Pakistan shouldn’t be ruled out of title contention anymore. The win today (Wednesday) can make this side do some amazing things in the tournament. Once again write Pakistan off at your own peril," he added.

Pakistan finished at 119-3 in 27 overs, 19 runs ahead under the Duckworth-Lewis method which gave them their first win of the tournament.

Fast bowler, Hassan Ali was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan for his much-improved bowling performance, claiming 3-24 to help restrict the Proteas to 219-8 in 50 overs.

Afridi was particularly impressed with 23-year-old Hassan Ali, who walked away with the man-of-the-match award.

"I don't recall Pakistan fast bowlers delivering match-winning performances in recent years, hence Hassan’s three-wicket spell made me really happy.

"He is a mature bowler for his age, has decent pace and the ability to seam the ball while he can also make the old ball reverse with impeccable control."

Pakistan will face Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Monday.

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