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Rain stops play: Pakistan won by 19 runs (D/L method)

Rain stops play: Pakistan won by 19 runs (D/L method)

The AB de villiers-led South African team was trailing by 19 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method when rain ended the match.

Proteas coach Russell Domingo, speaking after the Pakistan loss, said he backed De Villiers to come good against India and he also downplayed the seriousness of the hamstring strain. In addition, still adopting the old-style approach in batting has constantly been causing difficulties to Sarfraz Ahmed's men.

"We bowled in the right areas and our fielding was much improved", said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

Pakistan trumped South Africa on Thursday to prove they remain arguably the most unpredictable team in worldwide cricket and former all-rounder Shahid Afridi said it would be a mistake to write them off in the ongoing Champions Trophy.

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Earlier on Tuesday, England qualified for the semi-final stage by beating New Zealand in Cardiff by 87 runs.

Despite the fact that he has put his Test career on hold in order to focus on winning a global one-day tournament, de Villiers has appeared from the outside to be lacking his usual zest, begging the question whether something might be amiss.

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Kagiso Rabada added a useful 26 and Miller was finally able to cut loose but despite their best efforts, Pakistan appeared in complete control going into the second innings.

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Domingo gave full credit to Pakistan's spin trio of Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Hafeez for their role in their team's 19-run win. But Babar Azam (31 not out) and Shoaib Malik (16 not out) took Pakistan to 119 for three off 27 overs when heavy rain stopped play at 7:41pm. "That's got nothing to do with complacency as far as I'm concerned". It s the first-ball duck in 200 games.

- South Africa have won both previous meetings with Pakistan in the Champions Trophy, including a 67-run win at Edgbaston in 2013 (also in Mohali in 2006). "Hopefully on Sunday we can turn it up and deliver something special", he said.

While the Pakistan fans remained hopeful of more cricket, with the clouds seemingly on the verge of clearing multiple times, the organisation eventually decided against a return to the pitch.

South Africa need to win against India in their last group game at The Oval to stay in the hunt for semi-finals.

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