Welcome to Dawn.com’s live coverage of the crucial Champions Trophy Group ‘B’ encounter between Pakistan and South Africa. It will be a match that both sides must win to harbour any hopes of making the tournament's semi-finals. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has tried to take the pressure off his side by insisting a 'do or die' clash against South Africa was nothing new for the team but both teams will be feeling the heat after having lost their first matches. Pakistan's batsmen, in particular, must step up their game against a side which will be missing the services of its two strike bowlers.
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WICKET! That's it! The Pakistani fans will be glad this over, it was a surprisingly overcautious attempt with the bat by Misbah's men! McLaren knocks Junaid off-stump out of the ground and South Africa, deservedly, win by 67 runs. Clearly, no lessons were learnt by Pakistan from their first game against the West Indies, team selection was once again questionable, and it is safe to say, there are no realistic chances for Misbah's men in the Champions Trophy now! They will now face-off against India on June 15 in what may still be a cracking, albeit meaningless match if it doesn't come down to run-rate by then. According to Cricinfo, there is hope yet for Pakistan though, but only if Windies win both their remaining matches, and Pakistan beat India. Then Pakistan, India and South Africa will all have one win each, bringing NRR into play. If any of those results don't happen Pakistan are out. Coming back to this match, the stars were no doubt Hashim Amla (81) and Chris Morris, who had a memorable debut match with 7-25-2. Morris did the early and the most decisive damage and Ryan McLaren later picked up four wickets for 19 runs from 8 overs.
Pakistan came into the tournament with question marks over their batting. Two games in, there's still question marks all over it. In the end a very comprehensive victory for South Africa. Pakistan have got some work to do even if they're going to threaten in the next game. - Dirk Nannes, BBC Test Match Special
WICKET! Ajmal falls attempting the pull off McLaren and walks off in disgust, most likely reserved for the team's batsmen!
WICKET! Wahab smacks Phangiso for couple of boundaries before being bowled! Why try the reverse sweep when you have just picked up two fours with normal shots? But Wahab can't be blamed here, the 'batsmen' left too much to be desired! PAK 163/8 in 43 overs.
WICKET! Misbah falls and perhaps that's the game! He tried to heave it over mid-wicket but only managed to find Hashim Amla in the circle! PAK 148/7 in 41.3 overs!
Required rate 9.77 as Tsotsobe comes in to bowl! Wahab and Misbah are probably sweating in their gloves because mentally they will know this will take some doing!
SIX! Misbah smacks Peterson over long off, that was a flat six! Many, many more need if Pakistan are even going get close to this! PAK 141/6 in 40, 94 needed!
WICKET! Umar Amin falls and is quickly followed by Kamran Akmal who's fierce cut is picked up brilliantly by Du Plessis at point! Pakistan looking down the barrel now! PAK 134/6 in 39 overs.
FOUR! Umar Amin made room for himself before smacking Morris straight down the ground for a boundary. They pick up seven from that over, 107 needed off 12 overs! PAK 128/4 in 38 overs.
Pakistan have scored 13 in the last two over, a little bit of activity at least but this won't win it for Misbah's men. PAK 121/4 in 37 overs.
FOUR! Two boundaries in that Morris over after drinks. First, a very unconvincing looking attempted pull from Amin, the ball catches his thigh and races towards fine leg. The second very convincing though! Misbah smacks the bowler over mid-on's head.
The batting powerplay has been taken! Misbah and Amin still blocking though and with the required rate over 8, this is looking very tough now for Pakistan. Ehsan Adil had come out with a message from the Pakistan camp, what could it have been? Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz, the 'hitters', if you can call them that, in the bank. PAK 108/4 in 35 overs as players take drinks. 127 required off 15 overs. 23:22 PST
Phangiso living up to his reputation as a constrictor and Duminy looking like Graeme Swann to the Pakistani batsmen. Misbah and Amin currently seem to have know answers. The required rate has climbed to over 7 an over, how long before the big shot comes out? PAK 98/4 in 32.
WICKET! Jamshed goes! Tsotsobe held that one back a little and Jamshed was early into that shot, simple caught-and-bowled that! Pakistan lose another batsman just as a partnership was developing. Umar Amin is the new man in and he will have to play a big hand for sure today and justify his selection over Asad Shafiq! He is capable, very capable.