Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Miller backs De Villiers to come good against India

Miller backs De Villiers to come good against India

"I think the difference was our bowling and fielding in which we were below par against India", said Sarfraz, whose team overcame South Africa by 19 runs on Duckworth-Lewis formula after rain abandoned the game.

Mohammad Amir and Junaid generated pace and swing to make life hard for the South Africa openers after AB de Villiers had won the toss, but it was Imad who got the breakthrough by trapping Hashim Amla (16) in front.

Consistency has never been their strong point but Afridi, who featured in Pakistan's five Champions Trophy campaigns, said the win has the potential to transform the young side.

Chasing a modest target, Pakistan were handed a steady start by a quickfire innings by opener Fakhar Zaman.

No one has ever thought that Mr. 360, better known as AB de Villiers, would register his very first golden duck in ODIs at grand stage of ICC Champions Trophy against underdogs Pakistan, but only one man knew this was coming.

Pakistan have made two changes for their must-win clash with South Africa at Edgbaston today, as Proteas captain AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat first.

"Mohammad Hafeez and Imad Wasim bowled really well and they took the pressures off for us".

They had that luxury on Wednesday, with everyone of their efforts drawing raucous reaction in Birmingham, and Sarfraz admitted it did not go unnoticed.

But Babar Azam (31 not out) and Shoaib Malik (16 not out) took Pakistan to 119 for three off 27 overs when heavy rain stopped play at 7:41pm local time (1841 GMT).

Morkel had Hafeez caught in the deep for a third wicket but by then Pakistan had accelerated the run rate and gone ahead of South Africa on the Duckworth/Lewis method. Check out Pakistan vs South Africa live streaming Channels, live score updates, match result and highlights on this page below. "Hopefully on Sunday we can turn it up and deliver something special", he said. But I'm by no means concerned. Everybody gets a first-baller.

With all four teams in Group B tied on two points each, Sunday's clash against India is effectively a quarter-final, with the victor progressing to the semi-finals - and the loser heading home.

Zaman went out with a positive approach in his first ODI, striking six boundaries in a 23-ball knock, despite being hit on the helmet by Rabada, and Babar kept Pakistan ticking along in a far more assured batting display.

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