Group B: South Africa 234-9 beat Pakistan 167 all out by 67 runs
Pakistan are almost certainly out of the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy following a heavy defeat against South Africa at Edgbaston.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, the Proteas struggled to 234-9 from their allotted overs, with only Hashim Amla getting stuck in. Both sides knew they needed to win this match after losing their first game, but Pakistan failed to back up their impressive bowling and fielding display with the bat.
Once again, captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Nasir Jamshed were left to carry their side, but they had too much to do to save the game.
Amla struck nine fours in his 81, but had no real partners to support his classy knock. Reports suggested the pitch was hard for batting on, but Amla showed plenty of ease caressing the ball through all parts of the field.
François Du Plessis played a busy 28, before captain AB De Villiers struck a run-a-ball 31. No other batsman really got going, and with four run-outs in the innings, South Africa were masters of their own downfall.
Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Irfan both took 1-27, with Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal sharing the remaining wickets.
Only four batsmen made double figures in Pakistan’s chase of 235. Captain Misbah again provided the only resistence, but when he was out for 55, all hope was lost. Jamshed (42) had a solid start at the top of the innings, but no other batsmen hung around for long.
Now they must rely on the West Indies to beat India on Tuesday and then themselves beat India in their final group game.
Ryan McClaren (4-19) continued his impressive start to the tournament cleaning up the tail. Lonwabo Tsotsobe claimed two wickets along with Chris Morris, who impressive with pace, swing and bounce. Du Plessis took the catch of the day, removing Kamran Akmal (0) second ball with a superb dive low to his left at backward point.
Pakistan can still mathematically qualify, only if the West Indies and themselves beat India.
South Africa 234-9 (50 overs)
Amla 81, De Villiers 31; Malik 1-27, Irfan 1-27
Pakistan 167 all out (45 overs)
Misbah 55, Jamshed 42; McClaren 4-19, Tsotsobe 2-23
Man of the Match: Ryan McClaren (4-19)