South Africa humiliated Pakistan

South Africa 9-234 (Hashim Amla 81, AB de Villiers 31, Shoaib Malik 1-27) beat Pakistan 167 (Misbah-ul-Haq 55, Nasir Jamshed 42, Ryan McLaren 4-19, Lonwabo Tsotsobe 2-23) by 67 runs.

The batsmen of Pakistan let them down again with their dismal performance against the formidable South Africa who ended up winning the match convincingly.

The Proteas smashed 234 runs with one wicket remaining at the end of the manipulated 50 overs and the Green Shirts went down for 167 in 45 overs.

Hashim Amla (South Africa) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his majestic knock of 81 runs while opening the innings.

The 5th match of the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy was played on Monday, June 10, 2013, at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Earlier, AB de Villiers, the captain of South Africa, won the toss and preferred to bat first. Colin Ingram along with Hashim Amla went in and scored just nine runs in four overs. Amla was dropped at 3 off Mohammad Irfan in the next over, he got 2 fours in the 8th over and took the score to 52 with Ingram who was declared leg before wicket for 20. Amla and Faf du Plessis kept the rhythm of scoring as the first hit his 20th ODI fifty in the 22nd over. The score was enhanced to 122 in 28.2 overs as du Plessis was caught by Shoaib Malik off Mohammad Irfan for 28.

Hashim Amla - Majestic batting while opening the innings
Hashim Amla – Majestic batting while opening the innings

AB de Villiers walked in next and hit the first six of the innings in the 31st over as Hashim Amla was caught by Mohammad Hafeez at short third man off Saeed Ajmal for 81 off 97 balls with 9 fours. The Pakistani bowlers checked the run rate as the batsmen found it hard to get the boundaries freely. Jean-Paul-Duminy and de Villiers crept to 186 in 40.5 overs when the latter was run out for 31 off even deliveries with 1 six and 1 four. Duminy also ran him out for 24 as the wickets kept on falling at regular intervals. The Proteas scored 234 runs after losing 9 wickets at the close of the 50th over.

Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal and Shoaib Malik shared one wicket each.

The Green Shirts had a miserable beginning by losing their two top order batsmen for 18 in 7.5 overs. Shoaib Malik joined in with Nasir Jamshed but they were unable to score any boundary until the end of the 13th over. Nasir Jamshed hit a couple of fours in the following overs as Shoaib Malik was clean bowled by Duminy for 8 off 29. The skipper of Pakistan, Misbah-ul-Haq got together with Nasir Jamshed and the runs started pouring in with odd boundaries. The duo was going well when Nasir Jamshed was caught and bowled by Lonwabo Tsotsobe for 42 off 76 with 4 fours.

The fourth wicket fell at 86 in 27.2 overs when Umar Amin associated with Misbah-ul-Haq but they found it difficult to get the runs. The Green Shirts crawled to 129 in 38.2 overs as Umar Amin was gone for 16 and the next batsman, Kamran Akmal, got another duck in his career without adding any run to the total. Misbah-ul-Haq achieved his 25th ODI half century with a big six in the 40th over but was caught superbly by Hashim Amla at midwicket off Tsotsobe for 55 off 75 with 1 six and 3 fours. The tail order batting of Pakistan surrendered against the dangerous bowling of South Africa and the entire team was bowled out for 167 with 30 balls to spare.

Ryan McLaren was the star performer with four wickets, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Chris Morris claimed two wickets each whereas Aaron Phangiso and Jean-Paul-Duminy held one wicket each.

South Africa came back in the tournament by winning the match with a hefty margin of 67 runs and secured two points.


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