Hafeez plays a shot. -Photo by AP

Pakistan's Junaid Khan, second left, celebrates taking the wicket of South Africa's Hashim Amla. -Photo by AP

KARACHI: Pakistan fine-tuned their preparations for the Champions Trophy with an emphatic six-wicket victory over South Africa at The Oval on Monday.

Misbah-ul-Haq's team put South Africa into bat and restricted the Proteas to 202-9 before chasing down the target with 4.3 overs remaining thanks to half-centuries from Imran Farhat and Mohammad Hafeez.

To make matters worse for South Africa, there was concern over pace bowler Dale Steyn, who was given only five overs and appeared to struggle with an injury.

South Africa will feature in the tournament curtain-raiser against India in Cardiff on Thursday, while Pakistan get underway a day later against the West Indies at The Oval.

Both sides utilised their squads during the 15-a-side clash, which allowed different batting and bowling XIs.

And Pakistan were quickly among the wickets as Junaid Khan dismissed Hashim Amla for a duck with the third ball of the day.

The Proteas' top order continued to struggle against the new ball and when Faf du Plessis was sixth out they had just 61 on the board.

Had they sent in authentic tailenders they would surely have struggled to reach three figures but instead they opted to give all their batsmen time at the crease and were rewarded with a 94-run stand between JP Duminy and Ryan McClaren.

That helped the total past 200 before McLaren was bowled by Asad Ali for 55, with Duminy the last man out for 43.

Ali and Wahab Riaz each returned three for 30.

Pakistan came out aggressively, going after South Africa's much-vaunted seam attack.

Nasir Jamshed hit a six and a four prior to being run out, but Farhat carried on to make 56 before becoming the first of two Lonwabo Tsotsobe wickets.

Hafeez retired after scoring 54, leaving Misbah (24 not out) and Umar Amin (27 not out) to finish the job.

Published Jun 03, 2013 03:23pm

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Ratnesh Jachak
Jun 04, 2013 02:44am

Well done Pakistan ...This result will help us in our opening match against S.A. on 6th June

Jun 04, 2013 07:23am

What happened to the so called supporters of Pakistan and India who were assuming Pakistan would lose,seems all of them are dead at same time :).Misbah sent them to another planet to keep dreaming about Pakistan losing.Keep on dreaming while Pakistan run away with Champions Trophy.Love the Pakistan Captain!

Jun 04, 2013 09:03am

Get ready for another rerun of Mohali under the same leadership. I just don't understand, we got Farhat, Malik, Keeper Akmal in and Afridi out ? Wrong decission but I am not surprise at all.

Jun 04, 2013 05:34pm

Hats off team Pakistan. Nice start. However, long way to go.

Jun 05, 2013 02:11pm

@Sarah: betaa sarah australia bowled out at 65runs any answers yaar ask your team too pack up no instead of loosing shamelessly to my team....