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Pakistan’s Unpredictable Comeback against South Africa to Keep their CT campaign Alive

That’s exactly how unpredictability rolls its sleeves to strike back resiliently when we see Pakistan beating South Africa by 19 runs just after being hammered by arch-rivals in the crucial setting. It’s Pakistan’s first win after six consecutive defeats in Champions Trophy games and that too against the accurately balanced team of No.1 position, South Africa.

In the rain-affected second match, Pakistan had seen putting up a decent strategy and effort than their big match against India. They lived all the intense moments of the match from prediction-defying performance on the ground, wiping out their early wickets, showing up unbelievable bowling and fielding actions, resisting them to good target to a tense run chase that felled South Africa through Duckworth-Lewis and kept their Champions Trophy campaign alive.

Before the match, there were clear indications and predictions that Sarfraz Ahmad’s led this fledgling side would face terrible shocks from always in-form South Africa but the results came out were supposedly shocked since Pakistan was better playing side yesterday. Winning toss and playing first could be the best decision if their loaded guns would have stayed in the field. Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, and AB de Villiers were restricted to score high because of Pakistan’s attacking bowling. Hassan Ali and Imad Wasim’s efforts hampered them to score more. Dave Miller unbeaten 75 and his late partnerships with Morris and Rabada elevate the score card to 219.

Pakistan’s batting response began in style as young debutant Fakhar Zaman made an attacking 31. Later, Azhar got caught on the boundary on 9 to shift the move to Babar and Hafeez. This was a slow but tacky way to face Morkel, Rabada and Imran Tahir. After Hafeez, Shoaib Malik made a late cameo with attacking a couple of boundaries and reached the score 119 before rain stopped play and Pakistan was titled as the winner via D/L method. 

The thing needs to be appreciated here is Sarfraz's captaincy. He was too witty with his move. Unused Hafeez against India brought back that took the crucial wicket of de Kock. They were practice less in fielding since it was raining before the match but catches taken by Hafeez and Hassan Ali was impressive key to win the match after dropping Yuvraj Singh against India.

Nazish Islam - a media graduate with an undying love for chai, books, traveling, series shows, sports, hijab, and of course writing.

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