Match 7 of the Champions Trophy was played between Pakistan and South Africa at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Wednesday. AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat first, little did he know that this decision would soon turn into a nightmare for his team. South Africa could only manage 219 for 8 from their full quota of 50 overs. This batting collapse was possible courtesy some brilliant bowling effort by the Pakistani bowlers, clever/timely bowling changes and a brilliant fielding display.
Pakistan’s debutant Fakhar Zaman gave his team the perfect start, scoring a quickfire 31 off 23 balls before he got out to Morne Morkel. When rain finally stopped play, Pakistan were 19 runs ahead of DLS par. South Africa’s old nemesis ‘rain’ strikes once again.
Pakistan defeated the world no.1 South Africa on D/L method by 19 runs.
Despite chasing a meager target of 220 runs, Pakistan needed a quick start in order to set the tone of the chase and ensure that they were ahead of the DLS par score at all times. The debutant Fakhar Zaman took the responsibility upon himself. He scored a quickfire 31 off 23 balls in a 40 run opening wicket partnership with Azhar Ali. He hit six 4s including two back to back boundaries to the world no.1 bowler Kagiso Rabada.
Hasan Ali took three wickets as Pakistan completed a stunning turnaround in the field to restrict South Africa to 219 runs. He bowled one of the best spells of his career till now. Hassan got rid of Faf du Plessis in his very first over and then got the wickets of JP Duminy and Wayne Parnell in the same over. Hassan in his 8 overs went for 24 runs and also bowled a maiden over. Hassan Ali in his very short career has proved his worth time and again.