BIRMINGHAM (Web desks) – The unpredictable Pakistan team outclassed the Proteas side in one of the most thrilling encounters of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 as they were declared winners by 19 runs on D/L method at the end of the day.
Pakistani bowling put up an enticing show at Edgbaston as the South African batting line had no answer whatsoever of the unbelievable attack so intelligently used by skipper Sarfaraz Ahmad.
Batting first, South Africa scored 219 for the loss of eight wickets in the allotted fifty overs. Apart from Miller’s 75 not out, none of the batsman scored enough to put a fighting total on the board.
Hasan Ali’s took three wickets while Junaid and Imad both claimed two wickets to restrict South Africa to 219 runs.
In reply, Pakistan were 119 for the loss of three wickets in twenty seven overs as rain intercept the play at Edgbaston.
Earlier, in the crucial encounter of Group B, it’s the South African side lock horns with the unpredictable Pakistan at Edgbaston. Pakistan lost to India in their first face-off of ICC Champions Trophy while South Africa ease past Sri Lanka in their first match.
South African skipper AB de Villiers won the toss and opts to bat first at Edgbaston. After the humiliating show in the last match against India, Pakistan have decided to give green cap to Fakhar Zaman who will be replacing Ahmad Shehzad while Junaid Khan has been brought in for injured Wahab Riaz.
Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan
Q de Kock, HM Amla, F du Plessis, AB de Villiers (capt), DA Miller, JP Duminy, CH Morris, WD Parnell, K Rabada, M Morkel, Imran Tahir
Overs 27, Score 119/3 (Play stopped due to rain)
Shoaib Malik’s introduction to the crease turned out to be really progressive for Pakistan as the run rate started to soar.
The former skipper thumped Rabada for two boundaries in the twenty fifth over as Pakistan were 104 for the loss of three wickets at halfway stage.
In the next over, it was first Shoaib Malik who thumped Morkel for a boundary and then it was the youngster Babar Azam who cut elegantly for another boundary.
Babar took the charge yet again as Babar played a delicate drive for another boundary.
Pakistan were 119 for the loss of three wickets as the rain intercept the play at Edgbaston.
Pakistan won the match by 19 runs under D/L method.
Overs 24, Score 95/3
The introduction of Imran Tahir also sustained the pressure on Pakistani batsmen as he mixed it up really well without providing any sort of width whatsoever.
Morris also bowled a good over as he conceded just one run.
Tahir was bowling superbly well as another over went for just one run.
Babar Azam chose Morris for punishment as he thumped a boundary of the last ball and conceded 10 runs of the over.
In the twentieth over, a huge appeal by Imran Tahir against Babar Azam was turned down by the umpire. AB took review and the ball was going above the wicket as the decision was also sustained by the third umpire.
Parnell was introduced to the attack as he bowled a good over at this stage.
In order to release the pressure, Hafeez came down the wicket and lofted it straight over the boundary for maximum.
In the next over, Babar Azam muscled one away for four more of the bowling of Parnell.
Pakistan were 93 for the loss of two wickets after 23 overs.
Morkel was introduced to the attack as a short ball from him was pulled by Hafeez and was brilliantly caught by Imran Tahir in fine leg.
Pakistan lost its third wicket as Hafeez departed after scoring 26 runs.
Shoaib Malik came to join Babar Azam at the crease.
Pakistan were 95 for the loss three wickets after 24 overs.
Overs 15, Score 57/2
A brilliant over by Morkel brought the pressure back on Pakistani side as both the new batsmen were finding it hard to score runs of the find South African attack.
Three consecutive maidens were bowled by South African pacers straight after the eighth over.
Besides, only two runs were scored of the twelfth over bowled by Morkel.
Morris was introduced to the attack as he got some punishment in the first over he bowled and went for nine runs that included a boundary.
Pakistan were 53 for the loss of two wickets after 13 overs.
Morkel bowled yet another good over as he conceded just two runs in the 14th over.
Morris came to bowl yet again as he conceded just two runs in the fifteenth over.
Pakistan were 57 for the loss of two wickets after 15 overs.
Overs 8, Score 42/2
After the collapse of South African battling line earlier at Edgbaston, Pakistani openers started the proceedings in a fine manner in reply.
Fakhar Zaman who was making his debut today seemed to be in good touch as slashed it away over backward point for four more of the bowling of Parnell in the second over.
Pakistan were 7 for the loss of no wicket after the first two overs.
In the third over, Zaman punches the ball towards off-stump for another boundary.
Parnell got some punishment in the fourth over as Fakhar Zaman hit him for two consecutive boundaries of the first two deliveries.
Fakhar Zaman decided to cut loose once again as he choose Rabada this time while thumping him away for two consecutive boundaries in the fifth over. Fakhar was turning out to be rather a better replacement.
Pakistan were 32 for the loss of no wicket after the first five overs.
Morkel was introduced to the attack as he bowled rather a good over to concede just three runs in the over.
Azhar pulled it nicely towards the square leg for a boundary of Rabada in the next over however Rabada came strongly to concede just one run of the rest of the deliveries.
Morkel’s over turn the tables as Pakistan lost both of the openers in the same over as the pressure climbed on the batting side.
Pakistan were 42 for the loss of two wickets after 8 overs.
South Africa Innings
Overs 50, Score 219/8
Pakistani bowlers were bowling exceptionally well as they were not providing any sort of width to the South African’s batsman whatsoever.
Imad bowled yet another good over and as usual went for just two runs.
Amir was introduced to the attack as he bowled a quick over to concede 5 runs in the over.
Morris lofted towards midwicket for four more of the bowling of Shadab.
In the fortieth over, Amir bowled an exceptional delivery and an appeal for leg before wicket was given by the umpire however the third umpire turned down the decision as the ball was missing the stumps according to HawkEye.
Junaid got the wicket of Morris as he was caught by Hasan Ali after scoring 28 runs.
Muhammad Amir and Junaid were bowling brilliantly in the depth overs as they were not providing any chance to the South African batsmen.
South Africa were 175 for the loss of seven wickets after 45 overs.
Rabada pulls over midwicket for four more of the bowling of Amir in the forty eighth over.
In the next over, Miller hit it hard for a huge six of Junaid’s bowling. An outside edge of Rabada’s bat went away for four more.
Rabada skewed the ball of the last delivery as Hasan Ali caught it brilliantly at long-on.
Hasan Ali bowled the last over as he went for six runs that also included a boundary.
South Africa were 219 for the loss eight wickets after the allotted 50 overs.
Pakistan need to chase a target of 220 runs at Edgbaston to claim a must-win against South Africa.
Overs 35, Score 133/6
Muhammad Hafeez continued to bowl the sixteenth over as he hit the right areas and conceded just two runs while putting the pressure on South African side.
Imad too conceded just two runs in the next over.
Almost a replica of the previous over as Hafeez bowled yet another superb over to give away two runs to the batsmen.
Hafiz-Imad duo was turning out to be the ‘Edgbaston nightmare’ for the South African side.
For the first time, Hafeez went for a few runs as he conceded seven runs in the twentieth over.
South Africa were 78 for the loss of three wickets after 20 overs.
The skipper opted to continue with his favorite duo even after the twentieth over. Imad came and hit the nice areas to concede five runs in the over.
du Plessis took the charge in the twenty second over as he played it nicely into the gap for four more.
South Africa were 90 for the loss of three wickets after 22 overs.
The skipper opted to introduce Hasan Ali to the attack as he removed the dangerous du Plesis for 26 runs after an inside edge from his bat dragged into his stumps.
Hafeez continued from the other end as he bowled yet another good over to concede just two runs.
Hasan Ali was also building presuure through his fine pace bowling as nothing was working for the South African side at this point of the match.
The dangerous Miller in order to remove the pressure decided to come down the wicket as he thumped one away of Hafeez for a huge six.
However, Hasan was not providing any sort of width to the South African batsmen whatsoever.
Miller yet again chose Hafeez as he comes down the wicket and hammered it away towards long-on for a huge six.
South Africa were 114 for the loss of four wicket after 28 overs.
It was at this point of time when things got even more worse for South Africa as Hasan Ali removed JP Duminy and Parnell in the same over.
South Africa were in deep trouble as they were six down with run rate at four runs per over.
Shadab was introduced to the attack as he bowled a good first over.
South Africa were 121 for the loss of six wickets after 30 overs.
Hasan Ali was turning out to be the trump card for the skipper as he bowled a maiden over.
Shadab too was bowling brilliantly from the other end as South Africa were finding it hard to score runs.
Hasan Ali was bowling one of the finest spell that the spectators were witnessing after such a long time.
South Africa were 133 for the loss of six wickets after 35 overs.
Overs 15, Score 62/3
Meanwhile, Imad was mixing up quite brilliantly as he conceded just one run in thirteenth over.
Hafeez who was turning out to be so annoying for de Kock turned out to be even more nightmarish as he was trapped plumb in front of the stump this time.
South Africa lost their second wicket as their second opener also departed.
Things got even more worse for South Africa as they lost their key man and skipper AB de Villiers who was caught by Mohammad Hafeez of the bowling of Imad Wasim of the very first delivery he faced.
First golden duck of AB’s ODI career.
South Africa were in trouble as they were 63 for the loss of three wickets after 15 overs.
Overs 12, Score 54/1
Junaid bolwed rather a good sixth over as not that much width was provided to the batsmen.
Amla smashed away a ball from Amir in the next over for a boundary towards square leg.
In the next over, Amir flicks the ball easily through square leg for a boundary of Junaid.
South Africa were 39 for no loss after eight overs.
The skipper opted to introduce spin in the ninth over as Imad came to bowl.
The left arm spinner proved his captain right as trapped Hashim Amla plumb in front of the stump as South Africa lost their first wicket.
South Africa were 41 for the loss of one wicket after 9 overs.
Hafeez was also introduced to the attack from the other end as he went for six runs in his first over.
Imad bowled yet another brilliant over while going for just three runs.
Muhammad Hafeez continued from the other end as du Plesis and de Lock were on the crease. An appeal for leg before wicket was turned down by the umpire of the last ball as Hafeez bowled brilliantly while conceding just 4 runs.
South Africa were 54 for the loss of one wicket after 12 overs.
Overs 5, Score 20/0
Amir starts with a wide however came back strongly as no run was conceded of the next three balls. de Kock cuts it fine to the point as it fetched three runs in the process.
South Africa were four for no loss after the first over.
Junaid came in the second over as he shared the new ball with Amir.
Amla punched it towards extra cover for a couple.
Junaid bowled rather a good over while conceding just three runs.
Amir came charging in from the other end as he bowled some really fine deliveries to puzzle de Kock.
A narrow escape for deKock as he takes a single while a shy at the stumps missed the target.
Amla played gloriously towards square leg for a couple.
South Africa were 10 for no loss after 3 overs.
Junaid Khan continued from the other end as the first boundary of the South African innings came when the ball took an edge of deKock’s bat.
South Africa were 14 for no loss after 4 overs.
Amir bowled short in fifth over as three runs were conceded in extras. Six runs were conceded in the over.
South Africa were 20 for no loss after 5 overs.