An impressive bowling show by Pakistan restricted a formidable South Africa batting line-up to a paltry total of 219-8 in their must-win ICC Champions Trophy game at the Edgbaston in Birmingham on Wednesday.
Pacer Hasan Ali was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed who lost the toss earlier as the Proteas opted to bat first.
The right-armer finished with figures of 3-24 in eight overs and bagging the prize wickets of Faf du Plessis (26), JP Duminy (8) and Wayne Parnell (0) — taking only three overs to do so.
Earlier, spinners Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez were on fire as South Africa lost Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock early in their innings.
Imad got Pakistan off the mark in the eighth over as he trapped opener Amla lbw before Hafeez dismissed de Kock in the same manner in the 13th over.
Imad struck again in the 14th to send de Villiers out on a golden duck, the first-ever for the right-hander in his 12-year ODI career.
Junaid Khan, who came in as a replacement for injured Wahab Riaz, showed he deserved a place in the line-up against India by bagging two wickets for 53 in his nine overs.
The left-armer was quick and accurate and sent Kangiso Rabada and Chris Morris back to the pavilion.
Mohammad Amir finished with figures of 50-0 in his 10 overs.
For South Africa, undisputed left-hander David Miller played a responsible knock of 75 off 104 balls — fighting off the intense Pakistan pace attack while he lost partners on the other end.
Sarfraz and his men came into the match wounded after a painful 124-run defeat on the hands of arch-rivals India and another defeat will almost assure an early flight back home for them.
The wicket-keeper batsman announced Tuesday, after Wahab’s and Ahmed Shehzad’s oust from the squad, Fakhar Zaman and Junaid will feature against the Proteas.
de Villiers and co, on the other hand won comfortably against Sri Lanka in their tournament opener on Saturday and are expected to win again and keep up their reputation as the world’s top-ranked side.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (wk)(c), Azhar ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan
South Africa: AB de Villiers (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, JP Duminy, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Kangiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir