Sarfraz promises no letups after SA win

Pakistan threw Pool B of the ICC Champions Trophy wide open when they beat the Proteas by 19 runs on the DLS method in a rain-shortened match at Edgbaston on Wednesday evening.

AB de Villiers is "due" a big score against Champions Trophy title-holders India according to fellow South Africa batsman David Miller after the Proteas' skipper suffered the first golden duck of his one-day global career.

Pakistan registered first win in the ICC Champions Trophy on D/L method after rain forced an early abandonment of the match with Pakistan 19 runs ahead of the par score.

The one highlight in the field for South Africa was the form of the towering quick bowler Morkel, who took two wickets in four balls on his way to three for 18 in seven overs. The win put Pakistan's miserable hammering by archrivals India behind them with this shock victory that kept their semi-final hopes alive.

Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan, in for the injured Wahab Riaz, formed an all left-arm new-ball attack.

"I think the difference was our bowling and fielding", said wicketkeeper-captain Sarfraz.

He finished with figures of 3 for 24, the best bowling figures by a Pakistani in Champions Trophy since 2006, while Wasim claimed figures of 2 for 20.

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He then took two wickets in two balls with a couple of brilliant deliveries to reduce South Africa to 118 for six in the 29th over. It's going to take a big team effort to knock over India.

Debutant Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam were the top scorers for the Pakistan side, each contributing 31 runs apiece.

South Africa at the other hand would like to upgrade to semis by winning this encounter as their next match will be against India and could be a hard nut to crack.

There was a huge moment for Pakistan when De Villiers hit Imad straight to Hafeez for his first one-day global golden duck before Hasan removed Faf du Plessis.

South Africa (squad): AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Farhan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius and Kagiso Rabada.

The left-hander eventually fell for 33 when, deceived by Morkel's slower ball, he edged to Amla at slip.

Tahir also hauled in Mohammad Hafeez' top-edged pull at fine leg to give Morkel his third wicket.

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