Pakistan pride at stake against South Africa

Just three days after suffering a humiliating 124-run defeat by title-holders India at Edgbaston in their opening group match, with former skipper Shahid Afridi among those slamming a "clueless" display, Pakistan's return to the Birmingham ground saw them make a mockery of the rankings which had them bottom and South Africa top in this eight-team one-day global tournament.

Miller also found some good support from Kagiso Rabada, who came up with a 26-run knock as the they added 48 runs for the eight wicket.

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.

Given totals of 300 are now generally regarded as "par" in ODI cricket, Pakistan were clearly on top at the innings break.

South Africa conclude their group campaign against India at the Oval on Sunday, with Pakistan facing Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Tuesday.

However, the way they collapsed to 164 all out against India meant the Proteas were still in this game.

Pakistan's Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan, in for the injured Wahab Riaz, took the new ball.

The introduction of spin in the ninth over on a wearing track, into its third usage after plans to play on a fresh surface were abandoned because of the recent bad weather, proved a master stroke as Imad Wasim trapped Hashim Amla lbw for 16. 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.




The spinners choked the Proteas in the beginning with three strikes and later the pacemen pulled the rug from under South Africa's feet with fiery spells.

Hasan, as Imad had done, struck second ball when Faf du Plessis (26) played on.

The two spinners combined when de Villiers departed by slicing Imad to Hafeez at backward point - a wicket greeted by huge cheers from the large Pakistan contingent in a crowd of more than 18,000.

As light drizzle fell, Hafeez drove Tahir for six.

Miller survived the hat-trick at the start of Hasan's next over.

Chris Morris joined Miller to repel yorker after yorker, Miller successfully overturning an lbw decision on 47 to register an 83-ball half-century, his slowest in ODIs. Junaid then bowled Morris (22) only to be denied by a no-ball call.

The left-hander remained unbeaten on 75 off 104 deliveries with one boundary and three sixes.

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