AB de Villiers can put 'big performance' against India: Domingo

Champions Trophy 2017

Pakistan will go into the ICC Champions Trophy Group B game against South Africa on Wednesday as the underdogs

After an embarrassing defeat against arch-rivals India in their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 opener, Pakistan will strive to stay alive in the competition as they face South Africa in a must-win Group B game on Wednesday.

Pakistan kept the Proteas to a modest 219 for eight in their 50 overs, having conceded exactly 100 more against title-holders India.

Hasan Ali stole the show for Pakistan, taking three wickets in eight overs.

And when fast bowler Morne Morkel took two wickets in three balls, Pakistan were faltering at 41 for two under the floodlights in this day/night fixture.

Pakistan registered first win in the ICC Champions Trophy on D/L method after rain forced an early abandonment of the match with Pakistan 19 runs ahead of the par score. We played really good, won our first game in the tournament.

Meanwhile paceman Junaid Khan replaced Wahab Riaz, who suffered a tournament-ending ankle injury against India while falling in his delivery stride after being smashed for 87 runs in just 8.4 wicketless overs. I hope, we, as a team, will try our level best to give the fans something to enjoy.

The left-handed Zaman, who reminded of a certain Aamer Sohail with his unusually high backlift, started off on a positive note, hitting the second ball he faced for a four.

Off-spinner Hafeez then had Quinton de Kock (33) lbw on the sweep.

Mohammad Amir and Junaid generated pace and swing to make life hard for the South Africa openers after AB de Villiers had won the toss, but it was Imad who got the breakthrough by trapping Hashim Amla (16) in front.

AB's 77 couldn't help South Africa cross the line in their last meeting at the 2015 World Cup but this will be AB's chance for redemption.

They had that luxury on Wednesday, with everyone of their efforts drawing raucous reaction in Birmingham, and Sarfraz admitted it did not go unnoticed.

Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada scored 28 and 26 respectively to push the team to a decent total, towards the end.

Imad and Hafeez, despite neither offering appreciable turn, had proved hard to get away and South Africa's situation worsened when Hasan, like Imad, took a wicket with his second ball when Faf du Plessis chopped onto his stumps.

The victor of the bout was decided via Duckworth and Lewis calculation and Pakistan's Hasan Ali was named man of the match.

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