Pakistan can't be written off, says cricket star Afridi

Pakistan edged South Africa by 19 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method on Wednesday to keep alive their Champions Trophy hopes as rain continued to play havoc with the tournament.

South Africa were indebted to David Miller's 75 not out after their top-order slump.

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.

The one highlight in the field for South Africa was the form of the towering quick bowler Morkel, who took two wickets in four balls on his way to three for 18 in seven overs.

South Africa complete their group campaign against India at the Oval on Sunday, with Pakistan facing Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Tuesday. In tomorrow's match if India wins against SriLanka then India also qualifies for the Semi-final. "We can only control what's in front of us and that's to play good cricket, to make sure we're prepared, and we've covered all those bases".

Their spinners did the initial damage as South Africa slumped to 61 for three before paceman Hasan, striking twice in two balls, followed up on his way to figures of three for 24 in eight overs.

"Mohammad Hafeez and Imad Wasim bowled really well and they took the pressures off for us".

Inclement weather has produced two "no result" matches and interrupted others with a 20% probability of rain for Thursday's India v Sri Lanka showdown in London, according to forecasters.

"The players backed in the opening game must be given at least one more chance at redemption since, in a world event like the ICC Champions Trophy, major changes rarely work".

A buoyant Sarfraz also credited the Birmingham Pakistani community, who turned out in force to support their team.

Wahab Riaz was out from the rest of game due to his ankle injury, Junaid Khan will come to play for Pakistan instead of Wahab for the rest of the tournament. But on 26 he failed to control a pull off Morkel and a sliding Tahir, now at long leg, took another good catch.

Young Pakistan Super League sensation Fakhar Zaman is making his ODI debut, as Pakistan desperately seek to live another day in their Champions Trophy campaign.

"It was a team effort". We've just got to focus on playing good cricket and preparing well.

  • Zachary Reyes