ICC Champions Trophy 2013: South Africa trump Pakistan by 67 runs

Chris Morris’ (second from right) early inroads broke the back of the Pakistan challenge and they never recovered from there © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Birmingham: Jun 10, 2013

In a contest where batsmen found it tough, South Africa got the better of Pakistan by 67 runs to register their first win at the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. It was a must-win game for both sides, but South Africa were a cut above Pakistan to finish victorious. Hashim Amla’s 81 took the Proteas to 234, but their bowlers gave Pakistan no chance and took a stronghold of the game.

Earlier in the day, AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat first. Morne Morkel’s injury paved the way for Chris Morris to make a One-Day International (ODI) debut. Aaron Phangiso came in place of Rory Kleindveldt. Pakistan made one change as Umar Amin replaced Asad Shafiq.

It was slow going from the start as South African openers Hashim Amla and Colin Ingram started off cautiously. Ingram fell shortly after the Proteas got to their fifty. Amla continued to score runs, but wasn’t really dominant.

It looked like South Africa were setting the platform for a late surge. Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers contributed with cameos and looked to up the ante. Amla tried to be proactive, trying to reverse sweep on more than an occasion. It wasn’t his best innings as he was lucky early on. The tendency to reverse-sweep got the better of him as he mistimed one into the hands of third-man.

Even after Amla’s dismissal, de Villiers and Jean-Paul Duminy were going stably. However, their run-outs in quick succession dented their hopes of reaching 250-260. A small charge towards the end by David Miller and Robin Peterson took them to 234. Misbah-ul-Haq shined in the field as he effected two run-outs and took a magnificent catch. Was South Africa’s total going to be enough?

Even without Dale Steyn and Morkel, South Africa have a strong bowling attack. Debutant Morris took no time in stamping his authority as he snared Imran Farhat early. He then ended Mohammad Hafeez’s struggle with a short-ball that just climbed on him.

With the early setbacks, Pakistan never got into the flow. Shoaib Malik struggled and couldn’t get the ball off the square. It was then left to Nasir Jamshed and skipper Misbah, a pair that rescued them in the previous game. The asking rate was mounting and the pair were gradually upping the ante.

South Africa were up to the task as they nipped Jamshed’s innings in the bud. With Misbah going strong at one end, they did the damage at the other end and snared a few wickets in succession. As usual, Misbah left his charge too late and reached his half-century in the process. Once he was dismissed for 55, Pakistan’s fight was all but over.

Pakistan now have their big game against India, whereas South Africa would look forward to their clash against the West Indies.

Brief Scores:

South Africa 234 for 9 in 50 overs (Hashim Amla 81, AB de Villiers 31) beat Pakistan 167 in 45 overs (Misbah-ul-Haq 55, Nasir Jamshed 42; Ryan McClaren 4 for 19, Lonwabo Tsotsobe 2 for 23) by 67 runs.   

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