Pakistan cricket team’s victory against South Africa ensured a first victory in their last seven champions trophy fixtures. ICC champions trophy 2017 saw Pakistan loose their first encounter against the Indians. This lived up to the mercurial nature of their cricket, delivering a resurgent, prediction-defying performance in the field followed by a tense run chase.
Sarfaraz Ahmed’s team completed a remarkable turnaround to beat South Africa by 19 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in their day/night Group B Champions Trophy match at Edgbaston on Wednesday and so maintain their hopes of a semi-final place.
AB de Villiers was shuffling his Duckworth-Lewis sheets on the field to keep an eye on their progress through out the game.
De Villiers said: “If I had known it would only be 27 overs, I would have attacked a lot more on the field. We have to up our ante a bit. We started well against Sri Lanka [to win] and we know which areas to work on.”
Hassan Ali, the slippery right-armer from Punjab, was the chief destroyer with this, picking up three for 23 from eight overs, but it was Imam Wasim’s two wickets of Hashim Amla (16) and AB de Villiers (0) for a golden duck that turned the course of the game.
Only David Miller, with 75 not out, offered any top-order resistance as he rescued the Proteas from a precarious position at 118/6. Despite loosing so many wickets, Miller helped his team to pile up 219 on the board.
Pakistan’s reply began in bold fashion, Fakhar Zaman attacking anything wide in a breakneck 31 from only 23 balls. The debutant’s opening salvo came to an end at slips via a smart off-cutter by Morkel, followed by Azhar Ali ramping the right‑armer to third man on nine to prompt a steady ascent first from Babar and Hafeez, before Shoaib’s decisive late cameo.
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Pakistan now has to beat Sri Lanka to achieve four points, while South Africa must beat India to reach four. However, India’s comprehensive victory against Pakistan will have an impact on the results considering their net run rates.