Pakistan shock South Africa, keep ICC Champions Trophy semis hopes alive

Pakistan produced a splendid performance as they defeated South Africa by 19 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method in another rain interrupted ICC Champions Trophy 2017 encounter in Edgbaston. With this win, Sarfraz Ahmed’s side have kept their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals alive.

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 08, 2017 10:23 IST
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Pakistan's Babar Azam, left, and Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez run between wickets during the ICC Champions Trophy match between Pakistan and South Africa at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Wednesday. Pakistan won the match to keep their knockout hopes alive.(AP)

Pakistan 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. (PAK vs SA HIGHLIGHTS)

This was Pakistan’s first win in the Champions Trophy after eight years, having last won a match against India in the 2009 group game in Centurion. Since that win, Pakistan had lost six consecutive games, including all their games in the 2013 edition. (PAK vs SA SCORECARD)

Just three days after conceding a total of 319 for three in a 124-run thrashing by arch-rivals and title-holders India at Edgbaston in their first match of this one-day international tournament, Pakistan held South Africa to a score of 219 for eight at the Birmingham ground.

Hasan Ali was the star of the show for Pakistan with a haul of 3/24, 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.

Chasing 220, debutant Fakhar Zaman played some aggressive cricket as he raced to 31 off 23 balls as Pakistan got off to a great start. However, Morne Morkel’s double strike put the Proteas back on top before Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam steadied the ship with a solid stand.

Pakistan were 119 for three off 27 overs, well ahead of a target of 101 on DLS, when rain stopped play at 7:41pm local time. Babar Azam was 31 not out and Shoaib Malik unbeaten on 16, with Morkel taking all the wickets to end up with figures of three for 18 in just seven overs.

The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy has been marred by rain, especially in Edgbaston. In seven league games, two matches involving Australia were washed out while two matches have been truncated.

South Africa’s last league game will be against India at the Oval on Sunday, with Pakistan face Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Tuesday. A win for Pakistan could seal their spot in the semi-final provided South Africa lose in their last match.

First Published: Jun 07, 2017 18:08 IST