Pakistan Outplay South Africa For Six-Wicket Win

Pakistan Outplay South Africa For Six-Wicket Win
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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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CT 2013 Fixtures

Fixtures & Results

6th June: India v South Africa, Cardiff
IND 331-7 beat RSA 305 by 26 runs: Report
7th June: Pakistan v West Indies, London
WIN 172-8 beat PAK 170 by 2 wickets: Report
8th June: England v Australia, Birmingham
ENG 269-6 beat AUS 221-9 by 48 runs: Report
9th June: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Cardiff
NZL 139-9 beat SRI 138 by 1 wicket: Report
10th June: Pakistan v South Africa, Birmingham
RSA 234-9 beat PAK 167 by 67 runs: Report
11th June: India v West Indies, London
IND 236-2 beat WIN 233-9 by 8 wickets: Report
12th June: Australia v New Zealand, Birmingham
AUS 243-8 v NZL 51-2 - match abandoned: Report
13th June: England v Sri Lanka, The Oval
SRI 297-3 beat ENG 293-7 by 7 wickets: Report
15th June: India v Pakistan, Birmingham
IND 102-2 beat PAK 165 by 8 wickets: Report
16th June: England v New Zealand, Cardiff
ENG 169 beat NZL 159-8 by 10 runs: Report
17th June: Australia v Sri Lanka, London
SRI 253-8 beat AUS 233 by 20 runs: Report
19th June: Semi-Final, London
ENG 179-3 beat RSA 175 by 7 wickets: Report
20th June: Semi-Final, Cardiff
IND 182-2 beat SRI 181-8 by 8 wickets: Report
23rd June: Final, Birmingham
IND 129-7 beat ENG 124-8 by 5 runs: Report

Champions Trophy History

Previous Winners

1998: South Africa
2000: New Zealand
2002: India/Sri Lanka
2004: West Indies
2006: Australia
2009: Australia