Highlights from the group match from the Champions Trophy group as Pakistan meet South Africa in a day-night match at Edgbaston.
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Hello, and welcome to Edgbaston, for South Africa against Pakistan in the
ICC Champions Trophy as the tournament's top-ranked sides takes
on the lowest. This is the second round of games in the group B and
while South Africa were beaten on Saturday, Pakistan are looking for a
much improved performance after being thrashed by their archrivals,
India, in their opening game. South Africa are second in the group B
table behind India on the run rate, South Africa are bottom with the
worst run rate in the group. Pakistan pace bowler Wahab Riaz
injured his ankle in the opening match against India, and has been
ruled out of the tournament since. Incomes Junaid Khan, the other
changes sees Ahmed Shehzad replaced by debutant is a man, who came into
heavy criticism after a woeful performance. More is expected of
them in this match. By contrast, South Africa and number one in the
world in the one-day game with world-class talent throughout their
11. No surprise that they are unchanged from the side that beat
Sri Lanka first time out. A win will see them guarantee a semifinal spot.
South Africa won the toss, and Captain AB de Villiers chose to bat
on the same pitch used in the two previous games at Edgbaston. The
weather may play a part in the trophy again with rain forecast in
the early evening. The wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock and former captain
Hashim Amla opened batting for South Africa. COMMENTATOR: Bathed in
sunshine, we start the game... Not the ideal start.
That is beautifully played! I wonder if it will make it way to the
boundary... A lot of brain, the outfield is pretty slow. Comfortably
back for a third. Quinton de Kock is away. He thrives on anything short
and wide. He wasn't that bad with his delivery, Mohammad Amir.
Opening the face, nudging it through off-side. Getting back for a second,
Quinton de Kock pushes by Thurber decides against it.
A big throw from the outfield. Long boundary, heading into the wind.
Could be an opportunity... If he hits, he is gone. Miss judged,
back by Quinton de Kock. Shoaib Malik that the order, Quinton de
Kock ended up giving up. Three stumps, add this to your poor
fielding package, got to hit here. Not far away, off balance, with more
time than he thought. He was wide. Got to hit the stumps. Clips nasty
for Hashim Amla. You mentioned the slowness of the outfield. Come to
for a second. Deciding against it, three runs from the over. Ten
without loss. LOUD APPEALS He stays, will they consider it?
On the angle, the left arm, the stuff that you've been talking about
nipping the ball back in, the lbws will be slightly hard. You are
right. Standing up a little bit, going down. But they are bowling
well here. Edged, wide of slip, that will be
the boundary. The first of the day for Quinton de Kock. Just searching,
just wanting to pounce on anything a fraction wide. He threw his hands at
it. No third slip. He goes for the change-up, a slow
delivery. Unfortunately it was way within length. Easily put away for
Quinton de Kock. Dragged in again. Six gone, 25 without loss. Their
raters, dragged down. Helped on his way, probably the worst delivery
that it has bowled, but nicely played. He gets into a beautiful
position. A prolific run scorer. -- probably the worst delivery Mohammad
Amir has bowled. Flicking it away, that takes some
stopping. Accelerating with such timing. Beautiful! He is looking
good. Once again, the last-minute fleck and he has got this great
ability to find the gap, and get it past the man at mid-wicket. It was
so well timed, it was always going to be a four.
Again, through the on-side, not far from the field. Might have been
worth a dive to cut it into one. Coming back for two. LOUD APPEALS
It is worth a shout, he has gone! The change has got the wicket. Look
at Pakistan, they know it is a big one. Clearly, he is a mood lifter.
They have got a big one. Hashim Amla walking back in front of the stumps.
An extra bit of pace, no spin on it. The ball came back ever so slightly
and hit it in front of the stumps. The umpire has no hesitation.
Stepping up nicely, but gone with 16. South Africa, one down for four.
Faf du Plessis, a good strike rate and a wealth of experience. 32 years
old. He is away! Nicely played, the timing is there as well. Could be a
powerful player, Quinton de Kock. A good effort at mid-off. He's got to
be in. You are not having a four. Should be able to stop the run, and
stop the rotation of strike. 54 South Africa. -- 50, four South
Africa. It is a shout! I wonder whether there is a review coming?
They will talk about it. Mohammad Hafeez is looking teen, what will he
do? Time is ticking, they are having a conversation... He is looking
keen. Sarfraz Ahmed had the best view of that. Dragged him out of it.
Sliding to leg stump and hitting it, they miss out! Let's have a look at
where the keeper was going... No, he did not go too far down the leg
side. If he really swept across to the leg stump... Into the air!
Varies the boundary. It takes a while. I wonder if that is the sign
that Quinton de Kock is going to get himself going? He got the thumbs up
from Mohammad Hafeez, it was a cracking shot. The value of losing
your -- abusing your feet so you can pitch the ball anywhere. Opening up
his front foot so he can get through mid-wicket.
LOUD APPEALS It is given! Going to the on-side...
We have seen two lbws against the spin. Losing his focus and patience
as well. Looking to play the sweep shot, in front of the stumps. It was
quicker from Hafeez. Not a big spinner of the ball, not a big turn
but on the day, it is working. They have got a big one. Quinton de Kock
threatened take the game away. Vintage South Africa, 60-2. AB de
Villiers, another prolific run scorer in all forms.
Gone! Looking to carve that way through the off-side. Imad Wasim has
done it, the spinners are doing a job here for Pakistan. A massive
wicket, and boy, did in this crowd enjoy it? The noise in the
stadium... The first ball with a bit of width. AB de Villiers lets his
hands go, sliding it straight to Mohammad Hafeez's backward point.
What a dismissal for Pakistan. Well, they are joyous out in the middle
and joy is in the crowd, as AB de Villiers goes, first ball. 61-3.
Scenes here at Edgbaston, if you are a Pakistan fan, they wanted a better
performance and they are getting it. David Miller, the batsmen with a
strike rate of that. Bringing the leading edge into play.
Lbw. The fans are obviously extremely happy. That is well
played... A fast outfield. It will be four. A brilliant effort from the
field, unable to get it to pull off. A welcome boundary for South Africa.
Nicely played, using whatever pace he has two scoop it in. The fifth
boundary of the day. Bowling inside edge, the change is
working again magnificently. Pakistan dishing up further damage,
denting South Africa's running in this innings. That suggested that
that would stay down. He played it well away from the front pad.
Getting it inside edge. Two balls to make an impact. 90-4 for Pakistan.
Faf du Plessis goes for 26. Six men in the circle. That will do very
nicely, it is a big six! And a great hit. Using his feet, launching that
one into orbit. A magnificent strike, that. Very powerful David
Mellor. Bringing up a 104 South Africa. Good use of the peace, --
bringing up a 100, for South Africa. There is the big shot, long-on! No,
it is over it! Risky, but it came off. He ends the spell with the six.
114-4. He decides to take matters into his own hands, a change of
field, and it goes on to the attack. Edged, taken! That is an excellent
catch. That is working perfectly for Pakistan. They managed to take a
beauty. Good bowling from Azhar Ali, he came around and over. On the
angle, playing in front of Square. A little bit of width, taking outside
edge. Another wicket falling for the South Africans. And pressure
continues. The crowd are into it. South Africa bind themselves with
118-5. JP Duminy goes for eight.
LOUD APPEALS Gone! Bowled him! Beautifully done
by Azhar Ali, he is on a roll! What a cracker of a delivery. An absolute
Jaffer, the perfect length. You often hear them talking about that,
but he's got the crowd fired up. Two in two. South Africa have been
rocked. A little tail away with the left-hander, he beats edge.
Clatters into the stump. Azhar Ali comedy beauty, that is what the
crowd are saying. -- Azhar Ali, you beauty! Jerome Taylor got the
quickest hat-trick ever in this form of cricket.
He is aware that they throw it at the stumps. A brilliant atmosphere
here at Edgbaston. The first maiden of the innings, it
is all Pakistan. 121-6. Crunched, absolutely crunched by Chris Morris.
A sweep at cover point... Getting around. Very good work. Excellent
work, indeed. For this young man. Bowled, nipping down... He is going
to review, he has got to review this. I think there is a possible
chance that this is missing leg stump. Its wings a lot. -- it swings
a lot. I would like to see the leg side...
No bat on ball. You can go out right? I can see clearly that the
ball is missing the bat. Stand-by, Richard, waiting for the ball
tracking... Richard, I recommend that you change
your decision. You are on the screen now. Well called. Missing leg, late
tale. Bowled, straight through but a no ball. Overstepped. Maurice
knocked over, a no ball called. Three hits. Is this the moment but
South Africa needed? He will be kicking himself. How far? A good no
ball. A big no ball. An excellent call. Do you know what
Chris Morris was trying to do there? That was interesting. Beautifully
bowled! It goes high into the air. Hasan takes the catch. Pakistan with
another breakthrough, breaking this partnership. Chris Morris goes.
Long-on deck. Seven and a bit, 7.3 overs left. Taking long-on. Exposing
the tail with seven overs to go. Catch on the long-on boundary. Chris
Morris goes for 28. 50 up for David Mellor. A valuable 50 for his team.
The slowest international 50 over half-century for him. Brilliant. He
hits his toe first. Has not hit the toe first... Khan thinks it has he
goes down to the keeper, he thinks that it hits his toe. Can you show
me the no ball first, please? It is a foul... Going to front on spin.
Looks like straight from the bat. I am happy with that. Straight from
the bat. You can stay with your initial decision. Yeah, OK. Junaid
Khan will leave it there. Bowling well, 43 overs gone.
Short, this could be the shackles broken... And it is. South Africa
have their first boundary since the 39th over. He deserves that
boundary, Kagiso Rabada. He plays nicely here. A very talented young
man, both with ball and bat. Once again, thinking of the second.
Comfortably back again to the highest over of the innings for
South Africa. 199-7. Eventually cutting loose, the perfect delivery,
what he's been looking for for a long period. The half volley. I
think it is Miller time. Just 11 deliveries left in the innings. Was
not that far out, just a inches short. Thick edge, the perfect
result for Kagiso Rabada. Going away for a boundary. Now he is
frustrated. But smiling. Edged away, playing good shots. Up into the air,
with all of this wind it is going to be a difficult one. Hasan takes it
superbly. Brilliant fielding. Kagiso Rabada did not get all of it. The
end wicket is down. Ali, who else? He has done brilliantly. That was a
difficult catch and he has got the crowd pumped up as well. Swirling
wind, he was always getting it away from him. Not only did I enjoyed the
catch but I enjoyed the celebration. Muted for the last five overs but
look at him take this catch. He says, come on, we are playing for
you! He has been brilliant, Azhar Ali. A talented young man.
The last delivery... And he gets the contact he is after. Eventually
picking up a boundary to enter the innings which takes South Africa to
219-8, with Dave Mellor unbeaten on 75 of 104 deliveries.
The South African innings soon came off the rails. They staged some form
of recovery after they had slumped to 118-6.
Rabada helped move them along for a final total of 219-8. It was a farce
the improved bowling performance from Pakistan. Hassan Ali also took
three for 24. The whole attack kept a stranglehold on the South African
batsmen throughout. This is the third match. I think it is a bit
slow. Nice wicket to wicket from you. The spinners bowled nicely.
That is what I do. I bowl wicket to wicket. I think, on this kind of
wicket, it suits me a lot. How impressed when you with the fielding
effort? It was a vast improvement from the other day. I don't know
what happened in the last game. We are a very good unit. Today we
showed we are a good unit. The crowd started to gather after the
interval. The former captain beginning Pakistan chase. Biggest
shock of the champions Trophy so far. Playing his first one-day
international. It is setup for a cracking contest.
He did not quite finished the over. He should pick up a couple. The
first, it will be two without loss. Not perfectly timed but it will be
good enough. The first boundary. He does not waste an opportunity to
punish it. A nice drive. Chase by de Villiers. That is not good. He wants
to chase it. As much as you want to stay up here, the importance of your
team correct you might be best not to be there. The right leg was
dragging. The arm wanted to go over. The hamstring was pulling. Trying to
continue. A lovely shot. Nicely played. Showing it early. Again, the
width. Wow! That is even better. Parnell,
good wit. -- width. Push for two. Bowls in. Oh, no. The
cop with a great throw. He survived. -- Quinton de Kock. 23 without loss.
How far is that? A couple of bounces over the boundary.
He'd just let his hands fly. Get it up almost the top of the balance.
Just be two bounces into the fence. Oh, and again. They are loving it.
The new hero of Pakistan. He has been so good on that so far
this innings. Pakistan with the chance to qualify.
The Sri Lanka game takes on massive significance. Morkel, another good
short one. Is it limited him? He is just laughing it off. I do not know
about laughing it off, he is teeing it off. I reckon it will be a shot a
ball. Aged. I think it has been taken. It has. Staying leg side of
the ball. The change to morkle has been a good one. The offcuts are
working really well. Shying away from the line of that one and
looking to create a bit of width and room. Time to carry through to the
slips. 30 14 Zaman. That is a poor shot. It
is taken. What have you done? Catching practice at Edgbaston. He
was not 100% against Morkel. He was struggling with the bounce. Got it
right out of the middle of the bat. That unnecessary tumble. Gone two
wickets and one down. 41-2. The new batsmen brings youth at one end and
spear events at the other. The batsmen is not really going
after it. He has men on the leg side.
He just gets in on it. Two there. The little bit of something, trying
to force a strike and find the boundary. Away it goes. He has just
gained himself a little bit of room. That was high energy. Plenty of
energy. His fielding has come on leaps and bounds since he started
playing for South Africa. His commitment has never been doubted.
Scoops it back and gets himself up. A little bit of drizzle but I'm not
going to think about the rain. We seem to much of it so far. Boundary.
Finally. Maurice going for the short pitched
delivery. Well played here by Hafeez. Babar scoops it. Tries to
get over the top of it. The placement was good. That is the key.
A big shout. No. Now the clock things it is inside edge. They are
going to have a look. He decides to go upstairs. Can you show me the
replay? You can go to the front now. Can you
show me the leg side Hot Spot, please? Can you show me the front?
It looks like pad first. Can you rock and roll? For me it is pad
first. I am happy with that. Impact in line.
Four runs from the over. 76-2. That concludes the 20th over. Despite
what happens with the weather we are running on. If it is rain affected.
That's a big shot. A beautifully crafted six. Down the ground. He has
broken the shackles. The first attacking shot from Hafeez.
That is a lovely shot. Beautifully timed. Great execution of the touch
shot. The 50 partnership of Pakistan. The
whole night he has offered the freedom of the Pakistan batsmen.
Catch is that call and it is taken. Running in. Morkel has worked
wonderfully for South Africa. Trying to hang in there but he was caught
with a good catch. Morkel breaks through. Forget again. Not easy to
site the ball in the background. It is dark and murky. This really is a
pressure catch. Pakistan 93-3. He has loads of experience and he will
be tested by Morkel. Impressively trying to tackle the ball in the
field. This was special. Morkel looking for support. It is
given as a four. He was trying to collect the ball. Just to feet got
tangled. It is slippery in the outfield. That has gone into
defence. A good attacking shot. He is playing a very fine hand. South
Africa should think differently. He has taken advantage of anything
loose. A slow but steady partnership. He has been
outstanding. That one has been flayed away. For the most part,
Morkel has told Babar to look out. If he gets into here he might bring
his country home. There is a predictability about the length from
Morkel. Just staying where he was inside the line of the ball. This
was more firm. Nice and over the infield. He followed the bat.
That was a lovely drive. It will hit the fence. That was beautifully
timed. Now maintaining good balance. It was
always going to be a four. Trying to get it past the outstretched hands.
How are they rating this? Pakistan are. They are 19 ahead at this
stage. If there is no more play, bay windows. Right, we have a pause
because of rain. -- they win this. Pakistan richly deserve the position
because they were outstanding with the ball. There were a few hiccups
when they went out to bat. Babar is still out there run 31 and Malik has
supported his wealth. -- him well. The bowling figures are now
expensive. Morkel the outstanding man. To hear was solid and Morris
was solid stop wickets need to be the order of the day. Welcome back
to Edgbaston, where their covers are down. They are still down and they
have hunkered down for the night. The match has been abandoned. The
rain has persisted. It got to the point where the umpires had no
choice. Not much to inspect other than covers and rain falling.
Pakistan's steady progress hit the wobble. But Babar and Babar kept
their heads. When the rain eventually came and no further play
was possible, they were hard enough ahead of the rate to secure victory.
South Africa cannot blame this defeat on their bowlers. Morkel took
an astonishing three 418 from seven overs. It was a hopeless task after
not scoring enough runs. A much improved Pakistan registers the
biggest shock of the trophy so far, beating South Africa by 19 runs to
the delight of the hordes of supporters who braved the cold here
at Edgbaston. It is very important for us. In all departments we were
very good today. On the betting side of things quite what to put that
down to? There was good pressure. We lost our wickets which was not a
great response. It put us on the back foot. I thought we recovered
really well with David. Some really good partnerships around. We got
into a really good position. After that, it does not matter. We came
out with a good attitude on the field. A tough one. The way you
started you knew it would not be easy but you are looking to hold
wickets for the latter stages of the game. Is that how you felt? You
never know when the rain will come. There was talk of the rain coming.
You're not sure when it will happen. You don't want to push too hard. I
would have attacked a lot more in certain areas. That is part of the
game. We'll outplayed by the better team. How impressed me with your
spinners? They bowled really well in the right areas. What about the
fielding? They should be very happy today. I still top Group B with
three teams level on two each. Pakistan will now fancy their
chances of reaching the semifinals. Group B suddenly has a little more
spice. From a very damp Edgbaston, goodbye.
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Highlights from the group match from the Champions Trophy group as Pakistan meet South Africa in a day-night match at Edgbaston.