Proteas Win Toss, To Bat

De Villiers s maiden first-ball exit in 212 ODI innings came during South Africa s shock 19-run loss to Pakistan at Edgbaston on Wednesday - a result that threw Group B wide open. Pakistan were overwhelmed by India in all three departments of the game on Sunday in their tournament opener, and if Pakistan fail to beat South Africa, the odds to qualify for semi-finals will nearly disappear. "We were good in all departments today".

Having completed 27 overs, with 119 runs over three wickets for Pakistan, the umpires called the covers on as rain affected the match.

The South African Captain AB de Villiers has already ruled any pressure at all against Pakistan, saying they have done all the required preparation for the match. I stuck to my plan and we all stuck to our plan.

South Africa's coach Russell Domingo backed AB de Villiers, who fell cheaply in the last two Champions Trophy appearances, to rusell up some feathers against India.

Pakistan also improved with the bat, with debutant Fakhar Zaman helping his team's chase off to a brisk start.

Apart from that one possible change, South Africa are likely to go with the same playing XI that got them a comfortable win over Sri Lanka, with Imran Tahir, against his country of birth, looking to impress with the ball one more time.

However, the way they collapsed to 164 all out against India meant the Proteas were still in this game. The reason for the same was revealed by the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Twitter handle, which confirmed it was team's away kit as the Proteas played this game as away team. On the other end, South Africa won their first league match against Sri Lanka.

Led by young Kagiso Rabada and well complemented by seniors Morne Morkel and Wayne Parnell, South Africa have a strong attack. Junaid Khan and Imad Wasim took two wickets each.

- South Africa have claimed victories in 16 of their last 20 ODI matches; Pakistan meanwhile have just two wins in their last seven outings.

That was Miller's lone four in a 104-ball innings that also included three sixes.

"I don't recall Pakistan fast bowlers delivering match-winning performances in recent years, hence Hasan's three-wicket spell made me really happy. He's that type of player that when the team needs him he'll turn it up, I'm sure about that".

  • Julie Sanders