South Africa have been restricted for just 219 runs for 8 by Pakistan in the seventh match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Edgbaston, Birmingham. A controlled bowling display from Pakistan gives themselves a chance to upset Proteas.
South Africa chose to bat first after winning the toss. Opening pair of Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock made a confident start 40 runs in 8.2 overs. It was a better start from the pair than their previous outing against Sri Lanka.
Last match’s centurion Hashim Amla fell for 16 runs. de Kock couldn’t make start bigger scoring 33 off 49. The game went into Pakistan’s hands when Imad Wasin sent back AB de Villiers for his first golden duck in ODI cricket.
The Proteas were six wickets down for 118 runs in 29 overs. Imad and Hassan Ali were the men behind to bring the top and middle-order collapse. Pakistan put on a much better performance with the ball and on the field from their previous game against India. The run rate was under control.
Just when South Africa needed a partnership, David Miller and Chris Morris added 47 runs for the seventh wicket. Morris contributed 45-ball 28 with a four.
Miller scored his tenth fifty in 83 balls, his slowest in ODIs but an important one for sure. He ended up scoring 75 runs off 104 deliveries just a four and 3 sixes. He put on 48-partnership with Kagiso Rabada for the eighth wicket. Rabada made useful 26 runs off 23 balls with 2 fours.
South Africa finished up scoring 219 runs for 8. Only 9 sixes and 3 fours have been hit in the innings. Hassan Ali took 3 wickets for 24 runs in eight overs for Pakistan. Imad Wasim and Junaid Khan took two wickets each.
Pakistan need 220 runs for victory over South Africa.
South Africa 219/8 in 50 overs (Miller 75*, de Kock 33; Hassan 3/24, Imad 2/20)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com