ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Pakistani bowlers performed well to restrict South Africa to 220 runs for eight wickets in Group B day/night One-day global of the ICC Champions Trophy here at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Pakistan, however, made two changes following their humiliating 124-run defeat by arch-rivals and title-holders India at Edgbaston on Sunday in a match they had to win to stand a chance of reaching the semi-finals of a tournament featuring the world´s top eight one-day worldwide nations.

Only David Miller, with 75 not out, offered any top-order resistance.

And when fast bowler Morne Morkel took two wickets in three balls, Pakistan were faltering at 41 for two under the Edgbaston floodlights.

Yet, worryingly for Pakistan, there is the potential for an even more lopsided match against South Africa - and that's not simply because the Proteas are top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day international rankings, while Sarfraz's side are eighth.

Miller received good support from Chris Morris (28) and Kagiso Rabada (26) in seventh and eight-wicket stands of 47 and 48 respectively. Mohammed Hafeez sent back well-set Quinton de Kock (33), who used his feet very well before attempting a sweep and was caught in front of the wicket.

That left them well ahead of their target score of 101 so that, when the umpires decided a resumption was impossible, Pakistan had beaten South Africa under the Duckworth/Lewis method for the second successive ICC 50-over tournament following a 29-run win at the 2015 World Cup.

The two spinners combined when de Villiers departed first ball by slicing Imad to Hafeez at backward point.

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As South Africa bowled with too much width, debutant opener Fakhar Zaman helped himself to 31 from 23 balls before Morkel intervened.

Babar Azam (31no) and Hafeez calmly restored order in spite of sustained pressure from South Africa and, in particular, Morkel, who conceded only seven runs from his first five-over spell.

Pakistan's collapse to 164 all out against India would have given South Africa hope, despite their below par total.

That was Miller's lone four in a 104-ball innings that also included three sixes.

A win for Pakistan seemed fanciful at the start of the day but, having brought in Junaid Khan and Fakhar Zaman, they came out with plenty of objective in bright and breezy conditions.

South African spinner Imran Tahir is a Pakistani and will be playing against his country on Wednesday. Left-hander Miller twice drove Hafeez for sixes over long-on.

Hasan finished with figures of 3-24.

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