Pakistan 207-4 (Imran Farhat 56) beat
South Africa 202 by six wickets
ICC Champions Trophy 2013 warm-up
Pakistan powered to a six-wicket win over South Africa to lay down a significant marker ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, where the two sides will meet in the group stages.
A fine performance in the field from Pakistan enabled them to dismiss South Africa for 202 and as Imran Farhat and Mohammad Hafeez both scored half-centuries, they reached their target with 27 balls to spare.
Asad Ali and Wahab Riaz took three wickets apiece and Junaid Khan returned figures of two for 41 to set up a deserved victory.
Electing to bowl first proved to be a wise move for Pakistan, as Junaid had Hashim Amla trapped in front for seven and Colin Ingram was run out by Misbah-ul-Haq for seven.
A succession of batsmen then edged behind, AB de Villiers (15), Faf du Plessis (7) and Farhaan Behardien (1) offering catches to Kamran Akmal although the best catch of the lot was taken by Shoaib Malik on the boundary to remove JP Duminy, who had made 43 in 91 balls.
He had been underpinning South Africa's recovery along with Ryan McLaren, who top scored with 55 in 72 deliveries to at least steer the Proteas towards 200, but that never looked like enough.
Pakistan's fielding, both in the ground and holding their catches, was outstanding, ensuring that the pressure was never eased on South Africa, who struggled for any sort of foothold in the game until Duminy and McLaren came together to add 96 for the eighth wicket.
Asad finished with three for 30, as did Wahab while Junaid ended with two for 41.
In reply, Pakistan made a brisk start but like South Africa, lost a wicket to a run out early when Nasir Jamshed (13) pushed firmly - too firmly, in fact - to Amla and was short of his ground.
The more experienced pair of Farhat (56 in 82 balls) and Mohammad Hafeez (54 in 71) came together to calm any nerves and added 85 together before Hafeez retired, his work for the day well done.
Farhat fell soon after reaching his half-century when he failed to get under a Lonwabo Tsotsobe and chipped a catch to Morne Morkel and a scratchy Asad Shafiq innings of 17 in 37 balls was ended soon after as he was caught by Aaron Phangiso off Tsotsobe (2-43).
However, despite losing two wickets for five runs, Pakistan were not to be denied as Umar Amin stroked 27 not out and Misbah finished off what he had started with the run out of Ingram by making a breezy 24 in 31.
© Cricket World 2013
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