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Proteas put Pakistan on canvas

UPDATED 11 June, 2013 10:24AM AEST | by Omnisport

Pakistan are on the verge of elimination from the ICC Champions Trophy following a heavy loss to South Africa at Edgbaston on Monday.

Another poor batting performance saw Pakistan all out for 167 in pursuit of 9-234, and they will now go into their fixture against rivals India on Saturday with two losses under their belt.


Ryan McLaren was the standout performer for South Africa with figures of 4-19, as he ripped through the opposition's tail to wrap up a 67-run victory.

South Africa started their innings positively after winning the toss, with openers Hashim Amla and Colin Ingram skilfully negotiating the daunting attack of Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan.

They sailed along to a 53-run partnership, as Pakistan bowled economically but without reward.

The scalp of Ingram (20) proved to be a major breakthrough as Mohammed Hafeez trapped him lbw as the 27-year-old failed in his sweep shot.

First drop Francois du Plessis (28) began to build a partnership with Amla, but this proved to be short-lived as he hacked at an Irfan delivery which went safely into the hands of Shoaib Malik.

Amla (81) departed three overs later as he was caught by Hafeez off the bowling of Saeed Ajmal, at the start of the powerplay Pakistan decided to take early.

Almost 10 overs passed before Pakistan could reap any more joy as AB de Villiers held firm at the crease.

However, he was run out for 31, as poor communication spelt the first of a number of similar incidents which put Pakistan on the front foot.

JP Duminy (24) departed in the same vein 13 balls later with Misbah claiming his second run out.

McLaren was next to go after being lbw to Malik followed by David Miller (19) who was dismissed by a brilliant diving catch from captain Misbah off the bowling of Junaid. The poor communication continued as the final over saw two run outs with Chris Morris (one) and Aaron Phangiso (0) unable to help their side.

Pakistan's recent batting problems continued with opener Imran Farhat (two) lasting just nine deliveries before being clean bowled by Morris.

IPL star Morris was drafted in as a replacement for Morne Morkel and looked keen to establish himself in the side as he also took Hafeez's wicket just six overs later. The experienced spinner took a wild swipe at the delivery sending it up into the air and down into the hands of Miller as he departed for just seven.

Malik (eight) was the next man in and he looked to be getting comfortable, playing mainly defensive shots, before he fell to Duminy with the ball bobbling back onto his own stumps.

Pakistan's batting troubles seemed to be repeating themselves but 23-year-old Nasir Jamshed looked to have gleaned some control.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe was the one to trouble him though and the bowler could not believe his luck when one of his deliveries came right back into his hands, sending Jamshed (42) back to the pavilion.

Umar Amin (16) and Kamran Akmal (0) departed just a few balls apart with both seeing their desperate shots ending up in the hands of the opposition. Any chances of a victory disappeared when captain Misbah (55) was caught by Amla off the bowling of Tsotsobe as he also tried a big shot.

The tail fell in the space of three overs with Riaz (13) being bowled by Phangiso and Ajmal (five) smashing McLaren's delivery to Miller, before the seamer took Junaid's stumps out of the ground to end the game in style.

Pakistan will now need to win their game against India to stand any chance of qualification, while South Africa can head into their match against West Indies on Friday brimming with confidence.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 11 June, 2013 7:41AM AEST

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