Pakistan beat SAfrica in rain-hit Champions Trophy match

Pakistan beat SAfrica in rain-hit Champions Trophy match

Pakistan beat SAfrica in rain-hit Champions Trophy match

Just three days after suffering a humiliating 124-run defeat by title-holders India at Edgbaston in their opening group match, with former skipper Shahid Afridi among those slamming a "clueless" display, Pakistan's return to the Birmingham ground saw them make a mockery of the rankings which had them bottom and South Africa top in this eight-team one-day worldwide tournament.

Having restricted the South Africans to 219-8 after losing the toss, Pakistan were 119-3 after 27 overs and ahead of the par score under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern scoring system when rain stopped play at Edgbaston.

Fast bowler Hassan Ali was awarded the Man of the Match, for picking up three wickets and taking two catches, but it was Pakistan spin unit that started off the onslaught.

The result throws Group B wide open and gives Pakistan a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals when they face Sri Lanka in their final match on Monday. In a do-or-die encounter, the Pakistan bowlers came out all guns blazing, striking at regular intervals and stopping South Africa at a modest total. We played good, and won our first game in the tournament.

Such was Pakistan's command in the field, they inflicted the first golden duck in the 221-match one-day global career of South Africa captain AB de Villiers.

However, it will be an uphill task for Pakistan to dominate South Africa as being the lowest ranked team and a humiliating defeat at the hands of India must have shattered Pakistan's confidence. "We had rain the other day, so actually we did nothing".

Quinton de Kock then missed an attempted sweep off Mohammad Hafeez to be plumb lbw for 33 while the largely pro-Pakistan crowd were in raptures when AB de Villiers slapped his first delivery in Imad's next over straight to point for a first golden duck in 221 ODIs.

The duo of Mohammed Aamer and Junaid Khan was also impressive, with the former not being lucky enough to get wickets to his account. They found Indian pacers too hot to handle and South Africa too have a potent pace battery.

Pakistan needed to reach South Africa's 220 in order to stay alive in the competition. Imad got the big fish Amla on the second ball of his first over, trapping him in front of the stumps.

In a most recent press conference, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed cracked up reporters with a hilarious comment.

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