Birmingham, June 7: South Africa were outclassed by lower-ranked Pakistan as they lost by 19 runs via Duckworth Lewis method in a rain-hit game in the ICC Champions Trophy, here on Wednesday (June 7).
After restricting South Africa to 219 for eight in 50 overs, Pakistan were comfortably placed in their chase at 119 for three in 27 overs when rain interrupted the proceedings.
Shoaib Malik (16) and Babar Azam (31) were at the crease for Pakistan, who need a win to stay alive in the competition, when skies opened up. At this stage 100 was a par score for the chasing team.
Pakistan spinners and pacers bowled their hearts out to restrict South Africa to a modest 219 for eight on a slowish Edgbaston wicket after being asked to bowl.
Things didn't go as per South Africa's plans as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals before a partnership between David Miller and Chris Morris helped them go past 200.
Miller scored an unbeaten 75 and played patiently against Pakistani bowlers who were in terrific form. Pakistan's spinners as well as pacers bowled aggressively to restrict top ranked ODI side to a such a low total.
Earlier, Protea skipper AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan. They played with an unchanged playing XI which came out victorious against Sri Lanka in their previous game.
Pakistan, on the other hand, have replaced opener Ahmed Shehzad with debutant Fakhar Zaman. Pacer Junaid Khan will be playing in place of injured Wahab Riaz.
Embarrassed by India in their opening match, Pakistan will strive to stay alive in the competition in a must-win match.
The men in green did not look convincing in their match against India and helplessly surrendered. They failed to perform in their opening game in every department of the game.
Here are the highlights from the match:
# Hashim Amla was the first wicket to fall, after being trapped in front by Imad Wasim.
# Amla scored 16 off 20 deliveries before getting dismissed.
# Imad Wasim picked up Amla's wicket on the second delivery of his match.
# AB de Villiers was the second wicket to fall, he departed for 0 he was removed by Imad Wasim.
# It was first ever 'golden duck' for AB de Villiers in ODIs.
# Quinton de Kock was the third Protea wicket to perish after he was removed by Mohammed Hafeez.
# Faf du Plessis was the fourth Pakistan wicket to fall. He was clean bowled by Hasan Ali for 26.
# Second instances of Pakistan spinners taking 3 or more wickets in the first 15 overs of an ODI innings since 2001, including today. The other instance was Vs Bangladesh in 2011, 4 wickets.
# 100 came up for SA in 26th over with a SIX by David Miller.
# JP Duminy was the fifth man to be dismissed. He was removed by Hasan Ali for 8 after being caught at slip.
# Wayne Parnel perished on the very next ball by Hasan Ali.
# Chris Morris scored 28 and stitched a partnership of 47 runs with David Miller.
# Kagiso Rabada scored 26 off 23. He was the only SA batsman to score at a strike rate of 100+.
# David Miller was the top scorer for his team with his unbeaten 75 run knock off 104 balls.
# Miller hit 3 sixes and just one four in his stay at the crease.
# His fifty was his slowest ever in ODIs in terms of balls faced.
# Hasan Ali was pick of the Pakistani bowlers with his 3/24.
# Imad Wasim returned with 2/20 and Junaid Khan grabbed 2/53.
# Off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez also bagged a wicket.
# Fakhar Zaman (31) and Azhar Ali (9) putting on board 40 runs before Morne Morkel sent back both in space of three balls.
# Fakhar Zaman opened the innings in his debut match and impressed with his performance of 31 from 21.
# Babar Azam raised a 52-run stand with Mohammaed Hafeez (26) to deny Proteas further inroads in their innings.
# Shoaib Maik (16) then combined well with young Babar Azam (31) to add 52 runs for the fourth wicket.
# Morne Morkel picked up 3 wickets from his 7 overs and conceded just 18 runs.
# 3 consecutive maidens by South Africa i.e. 9, 10 and 11th overs.