ICC Champions Trophy: Hasan Ali guides Pakistan to victory against South Africa

A disciplined bowling display saw Pakistan defeat South Africa by 19 runs (via D/L/S method) in a Group B encounter in the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, South Africa got off to a solid enough start, with Quinton de Kock (33 off 49 balls) and Hashim Amla (16 off 20 balls) adding 40 runs for the first wicket. But once the Pakistan spin duo of Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez were introduced into the bowling attack, the Proteas were all at sea.

After both openers fell to the spinners, AB de Villiers was dismissed for a golden duck for the first time in his ODI career.

Then, Hasan Ali ripped through South Africa’s middle-order as he took three wickets which reduced the batting side to 118-6. The wicket of Wayne Parnell will stay long in the memories of cricket fans as Hasan, bowling from around the wicket, got the ball to straighten and crash into the left-handed batsman’s off-stump.

David Miller curbed his natural instincts to help South Africa set a competitive target. The 27-year-old hit just one four and three sixes in his unbeaten knock of 75 from 104 balls.

He was well supported by Chris Morris (28 off 45 balls) and Kagiso Rabada (26 off 23 balls) in the latter part of the innings.

While Hasan was the most impressive of Pakistan’s bowlers, IMAD (2-20 from eight overs), Junaid Khan (2-53 from nine overs), and Hafeez (1-51 from 10 overs) were also among the wickets.

In reply, ODI debutant Fakhar Zaman got Pakistan off to a quick start, as he hit six boundaries in his 23-ball 31.

Morne Morkel then showed why he is still such a valuable asset to the South African team as he bowled a magnificent spell which saw him dismiss Zaman and Azhar Ali (9 off 22 balls) in the same over before getting the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez (26 off 53 balls) later in the innings.

Pakistan, though, were always ahead of the eight ball and when the rain came down after 27 overs during their chase, Babar Azam (31* off 51 balls) and Shoaib Malik (16* off 14 balls) had guided them to 119-3, 19 runs ahead of the par score via the D/L/S method.

BRIEF SCORES

South Africa 219-8, 50 overs [Miller 75*, Hasan 3-24, Imad 2-20] lost to Pakistan 119-3, 27 overs [Zaman 31, Azam 31*, Morkel 3-18] by 19 runs (D/L/S method).

Player of the Match - Hasan Ali.

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The two captains: Virat Kohli and Angelo Mathews [Getty Images]

INDIA FOCUS

India got their Champions Trophy campaign off to the perfect start with a comfortable win against Pakistan on Sunday.

What was most impressive about the Men in Blue’s performance was that their top four batsmen – Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, and Yuvraj Singh – all scored half-centuries.

The bowlers also put up a good show, but the fielding was below par, especially considering the standards set by the Indian team in recent years.

The Indian team management took a big call in not picking off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the last game as they opted for Ravindra Jadeja as the lone spinner.

“Ashwin is a high-class bowler, everyone knows that and he is very professional as well. He understood the dynamic of the side that we picked in the last game and he was absolutely fine with it,” said captain Kohli.

SRI LANKA FOCUS

Sri Lanka ended up on the receiving end of a 96-run defeat against South Africa in their opening match and will need a quick turnaround in their fortunes as they face a strong Indian side.

While Sri Lanka will be boosted by the return of skipper Angelo Mathews, they will miss Upul Tharanga who has been suspended for two matches because of a slow over-rate in the game against the Proteas when he was standing in as captain.

Chamara Kapugedera has been ruled out of the tournament after he suffered a knee injury during training. He has been replaced in the squad by Danushka Gunathilaka.

DATE, TIME, VENUE INFO

Date: June 8, 2017 (Thursday)

Time: 13:30 GST, 10:30 local, 09:30 GMT, 15:00 IST, 14:30 PKT

Venue: Kennington Oval, London

WHERE TO WATCH, LIVE STREAMING INFO

TV: UAE – OSN Sports Cricket HD

Full coverage on Sport360.com.

PROBABLE INDIA XI: Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli (c), Yuvraj, Dhoni (wk), Jadhav, Pandya, Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar, Umesh, Bumrah.

PROBABLE SRI LANKA XI: Dickwella (wk), Kusal Perera, Mendis, Chandimal, Mathews (c), Gunaratne, Thisara Perera, Prasanna, Lakmal, Malinga, Pradeep.

SPORT360 MATCH PREDICTION: On paper, India seem to have the better side and go into the game as favourites.

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Which team will join England in the semi-finals? [Getty Images]

With two matches left in Group A at the ICC Champions Trophy, England have confirmed a spot in the semi-finals while the other spot is still up for grabs with the other three teams in contention.

With four points from two matches, the hosts have also assured themselves of finishing in first position. While Australia can also finish the group stages with four points, they cannot overtake England as the team from Down Under will have lesser wins what come may.

If two teams are equal on points, the first factor used to separate the sides is the number of wins. If that is also the same, then net run-rate is considered.

For Australia, the scenario is simple: beat England and they are through to the last four. Having seen both their games so far abandoned due to rain, Steve Smith’s side now have two points. A win against England will take them to four points and it’ll be impossible for New Zealand or Bangladesh to catch up.

For New Zealand (currently on one point), they need to get the better of Bangladesh and hope that England do them a favour in the other match by defeating Australia or the match between the Ashes rivals is washed out.

Bangladesh, also on one point, are in a similar situation, with them needing a win against New Zealand and requiring Australia not to beat England.

The Tigers have a slight advantage over the Blackcaps, as with a higher net run-rate, a no result in case of rain could still see them qualify, provided England beat Australia by a sizeable margin.

Here, we look at the various scenarios.

New Zealand vs Bangladesh England vs Australia Who goes through
New Zealand win England win 1) England, 2) New Zealand
New Zealand win Australia win 1) England, 2) Australia
New Zealand win No Result 1) England, 2) New Zealand
No Result England win 1) England, 2) Australia/Bangladesh (depends on net run-rate)
No Result Australia win 1) England, 2) Australia
No Result No Result 1) England, 2) Australia
Bangladesh win England win 1) England, 2) Bangladesh
Bangladesh win Australia win 1) England, 2) Australia
Bangladesh win No Result 1) England, 2) Bangladesh

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