Champions Trophy: Pakistan face South Africa in must-win match

Another rain-soaked match saw Pakistan grab their first win of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy on Wednesday, beating South Africa by 19 runs via the D/L method.

AB de Villiers is "due" a big score against Champions Trophy title-holders India according to fellow South Africa batsman David Miller after the Proteas skipper suffered the first golden duck of his one-day global career.

For South Africa, only David Miller stood tall, scoring a fine 75 not out to take his team to a fighting total on a tricky wicket.

They replied with 119 for three off 27 overs when rain ended the match, enough for victory by 19 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method.

South Africa conclude their group campaign against India at the Oval on Sunday, with Pakistan facing Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Tuesday.

Pakistan was outclassed in all departments in a 124-run loss to India at the same ground on Sunday and might need to win its two remaining games to qualify for the semifinals. He's that type of player; that when the team needs him he'll turn it up. Fellow pacers Imad Wasim and Junaid Khan returned 2/20 and 2/53 respectively, while off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez also bagged a wicket.

After having suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of defending champions India, Pakistan fought back hard and won the match against South Africa.

"I'm not concerned about him", he said.

An unchanged South Africa will look to extend the pain India's batsmen applied to Paksitan's bowling unit at the same venue on the weekend, and bank on their bowling attack that includes the twop two ranked ODI bowlers in world cricket to do the damage under lights against a Pakistan side featuring two changes.

Earlier, Pakistan produced an excellent bowling effort to restrict South Africa to 219/8.

However, the partnership had put Pakistan ahead of the D/L target and it was a position they did not relinquish before the skies opened, forcing the players off at 7.41pm - with play eventually called off two hours later.

With the Pakistan fans already in fine voice, Hasan helped increase the volume inside Edgbaston when he bowled Du Plessis (26) in his first over.

The victor of South Africa-India clash on Sunday will go through to the last four while one from Pakistan and Sri Lanka will join in the semis.

South Africa's team management planned to assess de Villiers' injury on Thursday morning.

The victor of the bout was decided via Duckworth and Lewis calculation and Pakistan's Hasan Ali was named man of the match. Zaman played a crucial knock of 31 from 23 balls up the order which kept the run rate high.

  • Julie Sanders


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