Highlights ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Pakistan vs South Africa, cricket score and updates: Match called off; PAK win by 19 runs

  • That's it from us in our coverage of the Pakistan-South Africa match. We certainly hope you enjoyed our coverage of the rain-curtailed game, in which Pakistan came out on top with a brilliant performance. Hasan Ali and debutant Fakhar Zaman were the standout performers today, and with this win, Pakistan keep their hopes for the semis well and truly alive. 

    Do join us tomorrow for our coverage of the India-Sri Lanka fixture at the Oval. Till then, goodnight! 

  • Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan captain: Our spinners bowled impressively today, and in the right areas. Today's fielding was excellent. 

  • AB de Villiers, South African captain: We had lost a lot of wickets, which wasn't good for us. Whether we were par score or short, doesn't really matter. End of the day, we weren't good enough, and we fell short. At the end of the day, we were outplayed. We face India at the Oval, and we know what's required. It's okay, just a little tweak, but nothing too serious. 


  • "It was a team effort and the coach gave me a plan, something that I stuck to. The Man of the Match is very important for me as this is my first ICC tournament," says Man of the Match Hasan, who admits to trying to make up for the dropped catch of Yuvraj Singh in the previous game, which translated into a two fine catches. 

  • Hasan Ali has been adjudged the Man of the Match for his figures of 8-1-24-3. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Did you know?

    This is Pakistan's first win in ICC Champions Trophy  after losing six consecutive matches. Their last win before today in ICC Champions Trophy came against India in 2009.

  • With this win, Pakistan snap their six-match losing streak in the Champions Trophy. They had last won in the competition in the 2009 edition of the tournament, having beaten India by 54 runs. 

  • That's it. The umpires walk out to the centre, and decide that there can be no further play this evening. With the match getting abandoned, Pakistan win by 19 runs (DLS method), and keep their semi-final hopes alive in the process!

  • Less than an hour left now before the match is officially called off, and the latest updates coming in from Edgbaston confirm a persistent drizzle at the venue. A minimum of three overs are needed for play to restart, with Pakistan 19 runs ahead in terms of par score at the moment. 

  • Less than five minutes left before the match officials start deducting overs. It's still raining out there at Edgbaston right now, as per latest reports. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Shoain Malik has batted smartly and put Pak ahead of the game in Duckworth & Lewis calculations. Threat of rain very real and teams come off field. SA may just be at the receiving end this time. Pak ahead of par score by 19 runs at this point.

  • Imran Ahmad Khan, Freelance cricket writer

    Shoaib Malik has shown great urgency and played risk-free boundary shots. Logic would demand no more rash shots and strike rotation. Which brings me back to why Sarfraz and Malik need to bat up the order. Hafeez takes away too much out of the innings. Pakistan would ideally want Malik and Babar to bat through from here but Pakistan's batting history will suggest we have more drama in store! 

  • And we have an interruption due to rain at the moment, with the covers coming out right now. What is important to note is the fact that Pakistan are 19 runs ahead in terms of the par score. 

  • After 27 overs,Pakistan 119/3 ( Babar Azam 31 , Shoaib Malik 16)

    Front-foot no-ball by Rabada in the third ball, though he makes up for it by not giving anything away in the free-hit. Meanwhile, it is raining at Edgbaston right now, with Pakistan in a position of advantage at the moment. Six off the over, with Babar guiding the last ball of the over down the ground for a boundary. 

  • After 26 overs,Pakistan 113/3 ( Babar Azam 27 , Shoaib Malik 15)

    Malik decides to attack Morkel in this over, cutting the third delivery towards the point boundary. Azam goes for a similar shot after getting the strike in the fifth delivery, and guides the ball towards the backward point boundary. Expensive over by Morkel, with 9 coming off it. 

  • After 25 overs,Pakistan 104/3 ( Babar Azam 23 , Shoaib Malik 10)

    Rabada returns the to the attack in this over. Malik tees off in this over, getting back-to-back boundaries. Good counterattack by the batting all-rounder, with the boundaries also bringing up the 100 for Pakistan, who are ahead in terms of the par score. Nine off this over. 

  • Imran Ahmad Khan, Freelance cricket writer

    There are small margins in low run chases. The margin here was in rotating the strike when Hafeez went on a blockathon. It is very hard to explain why he batted the way he did.  An extra 20-25 runs here would have been nice, for sure. Unnecessary pressure, this. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    That wicket came just when it looked like Pak were getting on top. Superb catch by Imran Tahir off a skied pull shot at fine leg to dismiss Md Hafeeez. Wicket should pep up SA. Morkel really behind his back. This match is far from over. SA fighting tooth and nail.

  • And yes, Rabada is back!

  • After 24 overs,Pakistan 95/3 ( Babar Azam 23 , Shoaib Malik 1)

    A successful over for South Africa. Morkel gives away just two runs and sends back Hafeez. He tries something now and goes over the wicket in order to try and bounce out the batsman but Malik is cautious. Pakistan will again look to rebuild. Meanwhile, De Villiers, it seems, has asked Rabada to come on in the next over.

  • Shoaib Malik is the new batsman.

  • OUT! The bowling change works! Morkel removes Hafeez!

    South Africa needed this desperately. Morkel does what he does the best. Bounce out the batsmen. It's short outside off, Hafeez goes for the pull but gets a top edge to fine leg where Tahir charges forward and takes a brilliant diving catch. He lets out a roar with arma outstretched. 

  • We spoke of doing something different and De Villiers brings back Morkel!

  • After 23 overs, Pakistan 93/2 ( Babar Azam 23 , Mohammad Hafeez 26)

    A decent over for Pakistan. A couple of cracking shots one each from Hafeez and Babar but both went straight to the deep cover fielder. Duminy misfields one and allows Pakistan a single. Babar finally finds the gap as he cracks one through point off the penultimate ball to make it 7 off the over. The 50 stand is up. De Villiers needs to do something different here. 

  • After 22 overs,Pakistan 86/2 ( Babar Azam 18 , Mohammad Hafeez 24)

    Hafeez dances down the pitch, and lofts Tahir down the ground for his first six! Good use of the feet by the experienced batsman. Appeal for lbw by Tahir in the subsequent delivery, but it was missing the leg-stump, and thus turned down. And Pakistan thus move ahead of South Africa in terms of par-score in this over. 

  • After 21 overs,Pakistan 78/2 ( Babar Azam 17 , Mohammad Hafeez 17)

    Parnell returns to the attack in the 21st over. He was hammered for runs in his two initial overs, and will look to make amends for the same now. Hafeez punches the first delivery towards deep extra cover, and gets a couple of runs, which are the only collected in this over. 

  • After 20 overs,Pakistan 76/2 ( Babar Azam 17 , Mohammad Hafeez 15)

    Hafeez nearly plays onto his stumps after failing to pick a wrong 'un from Tahir properly. Big appeal for lbw in the second delivery against Azam, and SA opt to review it after it gets turned down. The only factor that saves him from the slow walk back to the pavilion is the height factor, with hawkeye showing the ball travelling over the stumps. Four runs off the over. Meanwhile, the two batsmen have built a steady partnership worth 35 at the end of this over. 

  • After 19 overs,Pakistan 72/2 ( Babar Azam 16 , Mohammad Hafeez 13)

    Morris into his fifth over, and he has been tight as well barring one expensive over. Azam lobs the second ball of the over towards the leg side, with the ball landing well beyond the midwicket fielder, allowing the batsman to collect a couple of runs. Hafeez punches the fourth delivery towards the point boundary, trying to break the rut, though agile fielding by Tahir saves a run. Azam pulls the last ball towards the fine-leg fence to finally get a boundary after long. 10 off the over. 

  • Imran Ahmad Khan, Freelance cricket writer

    Still trying to wrap my head around this. 9 runs off the last 5 overs. What are Pakistan thinking? Why do they want to give South Africa a foot through the backdoor? 

  • After 18 overs,Pakistan 62/2 ( Babar Azam 9 , Mohammad Hafeez 10)

    Tahir into his second over. Appeals for a caught behind after drawing Azam forward for a drive in the second delivery, though it was the sound of his bat thudding the ground that induces the appeal. Just one run off the over, scored off the last ball. 

  • After 17 overs,Pakistan 61/2 ( Babar Azam 8 , Mohammad Hafeez 10)

    Morris continues from the other end. Babar edges the first ball towards the slips, where it falls short of Amla. Morris follows it up with a slower one, which narrowly beats Azam's outside edge. He steals a single by guiding it towards third man. Just one run off the over, with Hafeez seeing off the remainder of the over. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    SA need another wicket before long. Hafeez and Babar not damaging the SA cause by their slow scoring rate. But the longer they stay at the crease Pakistan and its supporters will breathe easy. Morkel and Morris bowled well, making the ball climb disconcertingly from a length. Their height and pace obviously helped. Leg spinner Imran Tahir has started well but needs to provide quick breakthroughs.

  • After 16 overs,Pakistan 60/2 ( Babar Azam 7 , Mohammad Hafeez 10)

    Change of bowling, with Tahir getting introduced into the attack. The Pakistani spinners earlier caused mayhem for the South African top-order in the previous innings, getting decent purchase from the pitch. Remains to be seen if Tahir can make use of the conditions as well. Decent first over for Tahir, with three singles coming off it. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Imran Tahir has taken 67 wickets in middle-overs (11-40) in ODIs since 2015 which is the most by any bowler. 

  • After 15 overs,Pakistan 57/2 ( Babar Azam 5 , Mohammad Hafeez 9)

    Morris into his third over. Hafeez and Azam will have to worry about Pakistan being behind in terms of par score, with a drizzle making its presence felt a while ago. Tidy over by Morris, with just two coming off it. 

  • After 14 overs,Pakistan 55/2 ( Babar Azam 4 , Mohammad Hafeez 8)

    Morkel into his fifth delivery. Azam tries pulling the second delivery of the over — a vicious bouncer — and misses. Connects in his pull in the fourth delivery, though getting only a single this time. Just two off the over, including a leg-bye. 

  • After 13 overs,Pakistan 53/2 ( Babar Azam 3 , Mohammad Hafeez 8)

    Hafeez edges the third delivery of Morris' second over, wide of Amla at slip, and gets his first boundary in the process. Wide conceded in the fifth delivery, which brings the team 50 up. A much better over for Pakistan, with eight coming off it. Looks like the two batsmen have had enough of the Test approach by now. 

Latest update: Less than five minutes left before the match officials start deducting overs. It's still raining out there at Edgbaston right now, as per latest reports.

Preview: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed insisted his side could bounce back in their Champions Trophy match against South Africa at Edgbaston on Wednesday just days after a humiliating defeat by arch-rivals India at Birmingham.

Pakistan's crushing 124-run loss to the title-holders on Sunday saw them outplayed in all aspects of the game.

Yet, worryingly for Pakistan, there is the potential for an even more lopsided match against South Africa — and that's not simply because the Proteas are top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day international rankings, while Sarfraz's side are eighth.

AB de Villiers and Sarfraz Ahmed, the two captains. AP

AB de Villiers and Sarfraz Ahmed, the two captains. AP

Now, in the space of just a few days, Pakistan must somehow raise their game to beat a South Africa side who defeated Sri Lanka by 96 runs at the Oval on Saturday in their opening Group B fixture if they are to have any chance of reaching the semi-finals.

"I think the mood is OK," Sarfraz told reporters at Edgbaston on Tuesday. "A little disappointed after they lost the match, but now the mood is okay. The guys are really focused on the next match."

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur suggested too many Pakistan players had suffered 'stage fright' against India in front of a capacity crowd of more than 24,000.

"My issue is fear," said Arthur, a former coach of both his native South Africa and Australia. "My issue is getting out there and really looking to take the game on.

"The worrying thing for me...is we just do the basics wrong. We drop simple catches. We don't run well enough between wickets. We don't understand when to bowl our variations."

Wicketkeeper Sarfraz accepted the tension of taking part in cricket's most high-profile match had affected the younger members of his side especially.

"I think India-Pakistan was a big match. A couple of youngsters was playing their first match against India. Maybe they feel a bit of pressure," he said.

Pakistan will be without Wahab Riaz after he was ruled out of the rest of the tournament on Monday with an ankle injury sustained when falling in his delivery stride against India.

But given by that stage the left-arm paceman had conceded a whopping 87 runs in 8.4 wicketless overs, his absence may not be that big a blow.

Pakistan have brought in Rumman Raes as a replacement but Sarfraz said Junaid Khan, already with the squad, would come in for Wahab after taking four for 73 in a warm-up match against Bangladesh.

"Obviously Wahab is not playing. Junaid Khan is in," confirmed Sarfraz.

Mohammad Amir provided rare moments of respite amid the India run-spree with a return of none for 32 in 8.1 overs.

Yet, concerningly, the left-arm fast bowler was unable to complete his full allocation of overs because of cramp, despite being repeatedly on and off the field on what was a cool day.

Despite a fine hundred by South Africa's Hashim Amla, Sri Lanka were well-placed to chase down a target of 300 at 116 for two.

But Pakistan-born leg-spinner Imran Tahir's return of four for 27 turned the tide the Proteas' way.

The cliche of Pakistani 'unpredictability' may be wearing thin, at least in one-day international cricket.

South Africa, however, have a nasty habit of not realising their potential in ICC events.

But skipper AB de Villiers emphasised on Tuesday how the present-day Proteas wanted to "stay in the moment".

"If we live in the past, there's lots of scars that we can think of, lots of bad experiences," he explained.

"So it's just wise to try and stay in the moment with what you're confronted with at the very time."

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