BIRMINGHAM: South Africa made 219 for eight after profitable the toss towards Pakistan in a Group B Champions Trophy match at Edgbaston on Wednesday.
Pakistan has to win this match to maintain alive hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals after a humiliating defeat by title-holders India of their event opener at Edgbaston on Sunday, produced a very good bowling show towards the Proteas.
Workforce Pakistan seems to have watered-down the momentum it created courtesy fiery cameo of 31 off 23 by debutant Fakhar Zaman. His inning was curtailed by Morkel as he edged his outswinger.
In the exact same over, former skipper Azhar Ali (9) performed an unsuccessful uppercut to provide a simple catch to Imran Tahir.
Quickly after the dismissal of the highest order, Pakistan has performed three consecutive maiden overs.
After a quick uninteresting, Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam began rotating strike and enjoying stroke. South Africa misplaced its evaluation on the lbw name of spinner Imran Tahir.
Early, within the match Hasan Ali took three wickets as Pakistan accomplished a shocking turnaround within the area to limit South Africa.
Simply three days after conceding 319 for 3 towards arch-rivals India in a crushing 124-run opening defeat by the title-holders at Edgbaston, Pakistan have been a reworked aspect on their return to the Birmingham floor.
Their spinners did the preliminary injury as South Africa slumped to sixty one for 3 earlier than paceman Hasan, putting twice in two balls, adopted up on his strategy to figures of three for twenty-four in eight overs.
South Africa have been indebted to David Miller´s seventy five not out after their prime-order droop.
Miller acquired good help from Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada in seventh and eight-wicket stands of forty seven and forty eight respectively.
Such was Pakistan´s command within the subject, they inflicted the primary golden duck within the 221-match one-day worldwide profession of South Africa captain AB de Villiers.
Given totals of 300 at the moment are usually considered ´par´ in ODI cricket, Pakistan have been clearly on prime on the innings break.
Nevertheless, the best way they collapsed to 164 all out towards India meant the Proteas have been nonetheless on this recreation.
South Africa got here into Wednesday´s match as agency favourites.
Not solely are they prime of the ODI rakings in comparison with Pakistan´s eighth, however they beat Sri Lanka by ninety six runs of their event opener on the Oval final week.
However none of that counted for very a lot after de Villiers gained the toss on this day/night time fixture.
Early strikes by Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez removed openers Hashim Amla (sixteen), Quinton de Kock (33) and skipper AB de Villiers (golden duck), earlier than Hasan Ali leveraged the strain to get fast wickets and ship South Africa reeling.
The pacer had Faf du Plessis clear bowled for 26, adopted shortly afterwards by JP Duminy caught within the slips. An excellent supply then despatched Wayne Parnell’s stumps flying, decreasing the Proteas to 118-6.
Chris Morris fell prey to a misleading supply of Junaid Khan, the bowler had earlier daring him, nevertheless, on a no-ball, later in one other over Khan additionally took the wicket of Rabada, courtesy a shocking catch by Hasan Ali.
David Millier scored a gentle half-century whereas braving sensible dying over bowling by Junaid Khan and Mohammad Amir,
Earlier South Africa gained the toss and elected to bat first.
Younger Pakistan Tremendous League sensation Fakhar Zaman is making his ODI debut, as Pakistan desperately search to reside one other day of their Champions Trophy marketing campaign.
Pakistan, the bottom-ranked staff within the event, misplaced their opening recreation towards archrivals India by 124 runs, sparking criticism over their enjoying technique and choice. At this time is one other probability for the younger captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s workforce to return again from behind and revive hopes of billions of followers by beating South Africa, who’ve already gained their first recreation towards Sri Lanka.
“We might have appreciated to bat too. Two modifications, Wahab and Shehzad not enjoying. Fakhar and Junaid are available. Morale is excessive,” Sarfraz stated on the toss.
South Africa captain AB de Villiers stated, “We batted fairly nicely within the final recreation. A few video games have been performed on this pitch. Might break up a bit extra. Had good depth for eighty% of the sport, if we might get that to one hundred%, we’ll be a superb workforce.”
Historical past hasn’t favoured Pakistan towards the Proteas. The Inexperienced Shirts have misplaced each of their earlier Champions Trophy matches towards South Africa (2006 and 2013 editions). Within the World Cup encounters, Pakistan have gained one and misplaced three towards the Proteas.
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