Pakistan showed remarkable fightback against South Africa whom they bowled out for 219 runs. In reply, they scored 119/3 in 27 overs before rain halted play. The last update of the match has gone on 1:50 AM and Pak still need 101 runs to win it.
Morne Morkel has bowled brilliantly for South Africa and has claimed all the three wickets of Pakistan innings. As far as Pak is concerned, its a do or die match for them and a loss could witness them being kicked out of the tournament.
South Africa at the other hand would eye a virtual spot in the semis by winning this encounter as their next match will be against India and could be a hard nut to crack.
South Africa is a strong contender for the title and most of the players of the team are in good touch and they will have an upper hand over relevantly less experienced Pakistani side.
ICC Champions Trophy: Pakistan vs South Africa
Here are the Match Updates
# Pakistan defeat South Africa by 19 runs (DLS method) in rain halted match
# Pakistan 119/3 in 27 overs. Shoaib Malik and Babar Azam were at the crease before rain halted play.
# Pakistan 94/3 in 23.4 overs as Mohammad Hafeez falls to Morne Morkel
# Pakistan 42/2 in 9 overs as the other opener Azhar Ali too falls
# Fakhar Zaman goes after giving a good start to Pak innings, Pak 40-1 in 7.2 overs
#Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman open the innings for Pakistan
#Pakistan beging their innings in pursuit of the 220 run target
#South Africa score 219 for 8 in their allotted 50 overs. David Miller holds the innings together with an unbeaten 75, cameos by Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Faf du Plessis and Quentin de Kock spur the SA innings past the 200 run-mark. Hasan Ali picks three wickets whereas Imad Wasim and Junaid Khan get two apiece.
#South Africa 213 for 8 after 49 overs
# South Africa score 156-6 after 40 overs
# Score after 35 overs South Arica 133-6
# South Africa lose 6 wickets as Hasan Ali scalps two victims
# South Africa are 121 for 6 after 30 overs
# Score after 20 overs South Africa 78-3
#South Africa are 66 for 3 after 14 overs
#Pakistan on top as AB De Villiers sent back to the pavilion for a duck
#Pakistan's spinner have dented the South African top order with quick strikes
#South Africa are 14 for no loss after 4 overs
#Junaid finishes off strongly with back to back deliveries on the off stump
#De Cock eventually breaks the shackles, cracks a boundary off Junaid
#South Africa are 10 for no loss after 3 overs
#Another good over by Aamir, only three of it
#Amla and De Cock taking their time to settle
#Aamir not giving any room to the Proteas batsmen
#Mohammad Aamir starts off his second over
#South Africa are 7 for no loss after 2 overs
#South African openers have been kept quiet by some good fast bowling
#Junaid pretty impressive with his line and length in his first over
#Junaid Khan comes into the attack. He would be raring to go after missing out against Indian in the last game
#SA are 4 for no loss after the first over
#Amla and De Cock start cautiously against Paki paceman Mohammad Aamir
#Mohammed Aamir starts off the proceeding with the ball for Pakistan
#De Cock, Amla open innings for SA
#Teams march onto the ground for their national anthems
#Two changes for Pakistan - Shehzad and Riaz not playing. Fakhar and Junaid in.
#Pakistan (Playing XI): Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Hasan Ali
#South Africa (Playing XI): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers(c), David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir
#South Africa win the toss, elect to bat