South Africa wins toss, bats 1st against Pakistan

Had it not been for a fighting knock from David Miller (75 not out), South Africa would have even struggled to get close to 200-run mark. A thrilling encounter in Malaysia was narrowly won 3-2 by India after Pakistan battled back from 2-0 down to level before Thimmaiah's late victor. The top two teams from each group progress to the semi-finals.

Prior to Wednesday's game at Edgbaston, the Champions Trophy had been a mix of no-results and no-contests.

In reply to England's 310 runs, New Zealand was all out for 223 runs in 44.3 overs.

The Proteas will need to defeat India on Sunday, while Pakistan will need to do so against Sri Lanka on Monday.

Their bowling went from ineffective to accurate and hostile, their fielding from sloppy to tigerish and their batting from spineless to dogged - all in front of a partisan Birmingham crowd. South Africa only hit 12 boundaries in total.

The spin of Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez claimed the first three wickets as South Africa plunged from 40-0 to 61-3, capped by captain AB de Villiers departing first ball for the first time in his 212th ODI innings.

The victor of the bout was decided via Duckworth and Lewis calculation and Pakistan's Hasan Ali was named man of the match. Chris Morris, 8. Andile Phelukwayo, 9. Speedster Hasan Ali was the pick of the bowlers, with his three-wicket haul.

Pakistan openers Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman began the proceedings well for their side but they were undone by Morne Morkel in the 8th over.

Morkel's return to the attack, with light drizzle now falling, ended a 52-run stand when Hafeez pulled straight to Imran Tahir at long-leg to depart for 26. Azam and Malik added 26 runs at better than a run a ball and put Pakistan ahead of the par score before rain intensified and the players left the field with the scoreboard at 119 for 3 in 27 overs. The reason for the same was revealed by the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Twitter handle, which confirmed it was team's away kit as the Proteas played this game as away team.

"We've played against a lot of opposition in the last two to three years with two spinners in it", the Proteas skipper said. However, you can never really write Pakistan off due to their mercurial nature.

"It was a team effort". I'm on day five of my recovery now, and the physios say for the first 10 to 14 days there's not a lot we can do other than rest it.

"We drop simple catches".

"They are completely different, both very nice guys and I get along with both of them".

Tournament situation: South Africa would be nearly certain, but not quite, of going through with a win.

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