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7:13 pm - Saturday April 21, 2018

Pakistan beat South Africa by 19 runs (DLS)

Agencies, Birmingham

Pakistan completed a remarkable turnaround to beat South Africa by 19 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in their day/night Group B Champions Trophy match at Edgbaston on Wednesday and so maintain their hopes of a semi-final place.

Just three days after conceding a total of 319 for three in a 124-run thrashing by arch-rivals and title-holders India at Edgbaston in their first match of this one-day international tournament, Pakistan held South Africa to a score of 219 for eight at the Birmingham ground.

Only David Miller, with 75 not out, offered any top-order resistance. Pakistan were 119 for three off 27 overs, well ahead of a target of 101 on Duckworth and Lewis System, when rain stopped play. Babar Azam was 31 not out and Shoaib Malik unbeaten on 16 after fast bowler Morne Morkel had taken three for 18 in just seven overs.

South Africa conclude their group campaign against India at the Oval on Sunday, with Pakistan facing Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Tuesday. Pakistan had to win this match to keep alive hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals just after a humiliating defeat by title-holders India in their tournament opener on Sunday.

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