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  • 2:20 AM IST

    And that’s it guys. It was a much improved performance by Pakistan, and though Proteas fought well, they deserved to lose. In this way, Pakistan win their first match against South Africa in Champions Trophy’s history and stay alive in the competition. SA next play IND and it will be a cracker of a contest.

    Pak bowled and fielded beautifully and walked the talk of turning the heat in this encounter. SA did not choke exactly, but faltered enough to concede the game.
    Join us tomorrow for India’s match against Sri Lanka as the latter would be keen to stay in the hunt for the semis and defending champions would look to reach the knockouts.
  • 2:17 AM IST

    Update: Match has been abandoned. Pakistan win by 19 runs on DLS method

  • 1:55 AM IST

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  • 1:24 AM IST

    Not so encouraging news from the middle. Rains persist and the covers just get bigger by the second.

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  • 12:19 AM IST
    Sudden rise in Babar Azam’s confidence, number of fours, scoring-rate and rain as well. Malik continues his fluent batting against Morkel as well in the 26th over with a four, followed by the same done by Babar as well. Babar resumes to bat the same way against Rabada as well in the next over and then rain hits the ground.

    Pakistan would be feeling happy with the arrival of the rain as they are currently 19 runs ahead of DLS par score. They would want the rain to continue as they are aware of inconsistency of their batting despite Malik and Babar being alive at the crease.

    End of 27 overs, PAK 119 for 3
  • 12:02 AM IST
    Well, quite a lot happened in last five overs. Just when it was looking things getting good for Pakistan, they lost well set Hafeez for 26 (53). Not to forget about the six he hit to Tahir in the previous over. Though, it was the short-ball from Morkel (23.2 overs), which once again worked in favour of South Africa and Tahir was the one to grasp the ball brilliantly at deep fine-leg. After Hafeez, Pakistan’s best batsman Shoaib Malik joins the crease with Babar and hit consecutive fours to Rabada at the start of his second spell. Despite that wicket of Hafeez, Malik is ensuring the flow of scoring rate at good rate and keeping the score above DL par score.

    End of 25 overs, PAK 104 for 3
  • 11:42 PM IST
    A four after 18 balls, two loud appeals from Tahir and one unsuccessful review for South Africa, that’s the highlight of last overs. A pull shot from Babar to Morris in the last ball of 19th overs provides Pakistan a much needed four. However, he was tamed by Tahir with wrong uns. Though, Babar got lucky a bit too as he escapes review from SA for LBW.

    End of 20 overs, PAK 76 for 2

    Meanwhile, Wayne Parnel back in the attack.
  • 11:31 PM IST
    Tahir comes into the attack but no wicket for South Africa. However, Tahir is also not letting Hafeez and Babar score freely as they could collect only 4 from his 2 overs so far. Morris, on the other end, mixing his lengths and trying to trap any of the batters.

    End of 18 overs, PAK 62 for 2
  • 11:17 PM IST

    Finally a four from Hafeez to Morris in the 13th, where the batsman was quite lucky as well as the edge went past the second slip area. Also there was no one at that field position. That four followed by 2 singles, a wide and a double.

    However, the strategy of bowling short-balls is now being used a bit less as Morkel starts mixing slower and couple of good length delivery but all outside off, making the batsman reach the ball to play, which Hafeez has been doing, while it is not the same for Babar.

    The 15th over saw only two runs by Morris, though he too continues using short-balls in between. Leggie Imran Tahir was seen warming up, so he might come to bowl next in search of another wicket.

    End of 15 overs, PAK 57 for 2

  • 11:04 PM IST

    Morris and Morkel continues to tame Hafeez and Babar with barrage of short-balls. After Rabada and Morkel, Morris too earns one maiden. However, Pakistan duo finally get some runs in the next over of Morkel but had to satisfy with only two singles.

    End of 12 overs, PAK 44 for 2
  • 10:55 PM IST

    Back-to-back maidens as pressure is certainly building on Pakistan. Hafeez and Babar Azam are out in the middle. Both the customers are to known to be very aggressive and the senior pro struggles to keep the scoreboard ticking. Some chance to wipe out these ‘uncalled-for tags’.

    End of 10 overs, PAK 42 for 2
  • 10:47 PM IST

    And another one bites the dust. Azhar Ali gives catching practice to third man, Imran Tahir, and ends his miseries at the crease. He was never looking comfortable against Morkel and, as a result, perished.

  • 10:43 PM IST

    That’s the breakthrough RSA were looking for and once again Morne Morkel has provided the wicket. He managed an edge, off a short ball with a lovely off cutter, as Hashim Amla plucked an easy catch to end Fakhar Zaman’s show.

  • 10:34 PM IST

    After 6 overs, PAK 35 for no loss…

  • 10:33 PM IST

    The last three overs have conceded 25 runs as Farkar Zaman is in a hurry to make a name for himself in this tie itself. He has hammered Kagiso Rabada and that is a big concern for SA. He didn’t have a great spell versus Sri Lanka as well.

    ABD quickly resorts to Morne Morkel. He did the same when SL started with a bang on Saturday. With the target being a modest one today, he needs wickets early in the innings.
  • 10:19 PM IST

    Rightly said, “Never judge the pitch after one innings”. It is interestingly poised with RSA defending 220 vs PAK. PAK are winless and this is a pressure chase for them. Till now, they have defied the odds. Let’s see how their openers shape up. Azhar Ali is being accompanied by Fakhar Zaman. They have seen two overs gone by with the scoreboard reading 7 for no loss.

  • 9:48 PM IST

    Sarfraz Ahmed missed the plot in some parts though. How will he defend his ploy of not bowling out Hasan Ali is beyond me. Miller had partnerships with Morris and Rabada as RSA have the pedigree and bowlers to restrict PAK below 220.

    From PAK’s perspective, they bowled and fielded superbly. This certainly does not look the same side which took on IND on Sunday. Let’s see which team will ‘choke’ in the second innings. A great contest in store for us.
  • 9:46 PM IST

    Miller finishes off in style. He struggled in the first five balls but smacked the last one for a four to take his side to 219 for 8. Excellent recovery after they were 114 for 6 at one stage. Miller needs to be credited. Nonetheless, the show belonged to the likes of Imad Wasim and Hasan Ali who took SA by surprise. Great to see a modest score, rather than the frequent 300+ totals. Good old-days score back at Edgbaston. It will still be a stiff task for a lacklustre batting side. Will they impress with the bat as well? Join us after the innings break.

  • 9:41 PM IST

    End of the penultimate over and Rabada’s innings. He did his job by registering the highest eighth wicket stand for RSA vs PAK. The previous best was held by Lance Klusner-Mark Boucher (45-run stand in 1999 World Cup). SA have crossed the 200-run mark courtesy this partnership and Miller will face the last over by not crossing over with Rabada’s dismissal.

    Hasan Ali, who will not finish his full quota of overs, will bowl the final over. Some strange tactics by Sarfraz. How come he did not finish his spell?
  • 9:25 PM IST

    Give some credit to SA as well. Amidst good bowling and constant fall of wickets, they have stuck around till the 46th over. Miller is the main reason for their sort-of-comeback. So we are into the last four overs with Miller settled and targetting big. Rabada is holding fort as well. Overs left off Aamer, Junaid and Hasan Ali so even Sarfraz has options up his sleeves.

    What will be a good score, folks? Will PAK continue to impress with the bat?
  • 9:12 PM IST

    After 43rd, RSA 167 for 7. Morris departs exposing the tail at a very bad time. Nonetheless, Miller gets to his fifty and will have to take his side close to 200-210. PAK are done nothing PAK-like so far except taking one of the most bizarre DRS ever. Rabada put bat on the ball but PAK, out of sheer excitement, went for a review.

    Junaid ends his sixth over remaining wicketless for 29. Remember, he clean bowled Morris earlier but was adjudged a no-ball.

  • 8:52 PM IST

    The drama is brewing at Edgbaston. After 40 overs, RSA 156 for 6. Nonetheless, Aamer was brought into the attack and he almost got Miller for 47. Miller took the decision upstairs and it paid dividends as the ball was missing leg stump. He is playing an important innings for SA along with Morris and they need both of them till the 45th over at least.

  • 8:40 PM IST

    Two coming off Imad Wasim’s over as that’s the end of the 37th with RSA 140 for 6. Miller and Morris are milking the ball and look content with singles at the moment. Their plan will be to bat for as long as possible and stretch the scoreboard. If one of these two remains till the 45th over, only then will he go bonkers. For now, they are looking to keep till steady. On the other hand, PAK would want to wrap it up soon. Any total in excess, or even close to, of 200 can test the lacklustre PAK batting line-up.

    Remember, SA bank on Tahir, Rabada (first game vs PAK) and Morkel.
    SA 140 for 6 (37 overs)
  • 8:22 PM IST

    Shahdab Khan and Hasan Ali keeping it tight. Time for drinks as PAK will be looking to fold RSA’ s innings and the latter will like this pair, Morris and Miller, to bat for long.

    After 34 overs, SA 128/6
  • 8:13 PM IST

    With a two-wicket over, Hasan Ali follows it up with a maiden. Simply brilliant stuff this from PAK. Was this the same side that turned up against IND?

    End of 31 overs, RSA 121 for 6
  • 8:09 PM IST

    Shahdab Khan finally comes to bowl the 30th over and succeeds by giving away only 3 runs.

  • 8:06 PM IST

    An eventful 29th over coming to an end. But Hasan Ali will be on a hattrick when he comes to bowl in his next over…

  • 8:04 PM IST

    I was too early on my update as Hasan Ali bowls a peach off a delivery to dismiss Wayne Parnell for a duck. SA on verge of collapsing for an embarrassing score. On the other hand, the bigger picture is that the pacer is on a hattrick.

    Coming onto the bowl, it pitched and zipped onto the stumps.
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It is a must-win game for Pakistan. They lose and they are out. South Africa, on the other hand, will (almost) seal a place in the semi-finals. Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of match 7 of ICC Champions Trophy 2017. This Group B contest will be played at Birmingham. In other news, weather gods finally smile upon us as there are very less chances of rain playing a spoilsport. I am Aditya Sahay, and will share funny tweets, interesting numbers from our statistician Abhishek Kumar, and live updates throughout the match. Full Cricket Scorecard: Pakistan vs South Africa, ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Fakhar Zaman is likely to partner Azhar Ali at the top. Meanwhile, pacer Wahab Riaz has flown back due to injury, making way for Junaid Khan. However, the crux of the problem rests in the lower-middle order. Agreed, there is Imad Wasim at No. 7, but they lack depth in their batting. This puts onus on the top- and middle-order to take care of bulk of the runs.

South Africa, more or less, are likely to feature the same XI they had played against Sri Lanka. And they also have to play a minimum of six players of colour on average over a season.

If South Africa win, they will bag another two points and jump to the top of points table. If Pakistan win, they will open the account and will have 2 points, along with India and South Africa.

Squads

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad,  Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Fahim Ashraf, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Aamer, Junaid Khan, Shadab Khan

South Africa: AB de Villiers (c), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris,  Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Farhaan Behardien, Morne Morkel