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Pakistan upset Proteas in must-win encounter

Pakistan upset Proteas in must-win encounter

Pakistan keep their Semi-finals hopes alive after earning a 19-run (D/L) victory over powerhouse South Africa in the seventh match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Winning the toss electing to bat first, South Africa’s 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 them than their previous outing against Sri Lanka.

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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 made a quick start to their innings, courtesy to debutant Fakhar Zaman, who smashed 31 runs off 23 balls hitting 6 fours. Morne Morkel sent him and Azhar Ali in the eighth over.

Pakistan were silent after back-to-back breakthroughs. Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez added 52 to be in the game again. Hafeez fell for 53-ball 26.

Tournament’s most consistent, rain arrived when Pakistan were 119/3 in 27 overs with Babar (31*) and Shoaib Malik (16*) at the crease. Pakistan were 19 runs ahead of D/L par score.

No more play was possible as Pakistan finished up as victorious. Morkel’s magical 3/18 in seven overs spell went in vein. Pakistan have saved their chances for knockouts while South Africa have put themselves at risk.

Brief scores:

South Africa 219/8 in 50 overs (Miller 75*, de Kock 33; Hassan 3/24, Imad 2/20)

Pakistan 119/3 in 27 overs (Babar 31*, Fakhar 31; Morkel 3/18)

Result: Pakistan win by 19 runs (D/L)

Man of the Match: Hassan Ali (3/24)

-Ruffin, Correspondent,

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