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South Africa start carefully after winning toss at Edgbaston


BIRMINGHAM, JUN 07 (DNA) –  In the crucial encounter of Group B, it’s the South African side that will take on the unpredictable Pakistan in Edgbaston. Pakistan lost to India in their first face-off of ICC Champions Trophy while South Africa ease past Sri Lanka in their first match.

South African skipper AB de Villiers won the toss and opts to bat first at Edgbaston. After the humiliating show in the last match against India, Pakistan have decided to give green cap to Fakhar Zaman who will be replacing Ahmad Shehzad while Junaid Khan has been brought in for injured Wahab Riaz.



Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan

South Africa 

Q de Kock, HM Amla, F du Plessis, AB de Villiers (capt), DA Miller, JP Duminy, CH Morris, WD Parnell, K Rabada, M Morkel, Imran Tahir

Match Updates

South Africa Innings

Overs 5, Score 20/0

Amir starts with a wide however came back strongly as no run was conceded of the next three balls. de Kock cuts it fine to the point as it fetched three runs in the process.

South Africa were four for no loss after the first over. 

Junaid came in the second over as he shared the new ball with Amir.

Amla punched it towards extra cover for a couple.

Junaid bowled rather a good over while conceding just three runs.

Amir came charging in from the other end as he bowled some really fine deliveries to puzzle de Kock.

A narrow escape for deKock as he takes a single while a shy at the stumps missed the target.

Amla played gloriously towards square leg for a couple.

South Africa were 10 for no loss after 3 overs. 

Junaid Khan continued from the other end as the first boundary of the South African innings came when the ball took an edge of deKock’s bat.

South Africa were 14 for no loss after 4 overs.

Amir bowled short in fifth over as three runs were conceded in extras. Six runs were conceded in the over.

South Africa were 20 for no loss after 5 overs. 

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