Pakistan 4-207 (Imran Farhat 56, Mohammad Hafeez 54, Lowabo Tsotsobe 2-43) beat South Africa 9-202 (Ryan McLaren 55, Jean-Paul Duminy 43, Asad Ali 3-30, Wahab Riaz 3-30) by six wickets.
Pakistan displayed a balanced performance in all departments of the game and clinched the encounter vs. South Africa in the ICC Champions Trophy Warm-up match.
The Proteas scored 202 for the loss of 9 wickets in the allocated 50 overs and the Green Shirts chased the target by thrashing 4-207 in 45.3 overs.
The 2013 ICC Champions Trophy Warm –up match was played on Monday, June 3, 2013, at Kennington Oval, London.
Earlier, Misbah-ul-Haq, the skipper of Pakistan, won the toss and invited South Africa for batting. Junaid Khan struck early as Hashim Amla was declared leg before wicket for a duck and Colin Ingram was run out for just seven runs. The captain of the Proteas, AB de Villiers, and Alviro Petersen took the score to 42 after seven overs with the assistance of 5 fours. The first was gone for 15 as the Green Shirts bowlers took over and dismissed seven batsmen for just 83 runs in 22 overs.
Jean-Paul Duminy and Ryan McLaren put their heads down and crept to 108 after 29 overs. McLaren hit 2 fours in the next over and was dropped at 25 six overs later, he utilised the chance and reached his fifty in the 43rd over. Duminy kept on adding runs at his end the score was enhanced to 177 in 44.3 overs when Ryan McLaren was clean bowled by Asad Ali for 55 off 72 balls with 6 fours. Jean-Paul Duminy was the 9th batsman who went back to the dressing room for 43 off 91 with just one four as South Africa managed 202 runs after availing the full quota of 50 overs.
Asad Ali and Wahab Riaz were the main wicket takers with three each whereas Junaid Khan got two wickets.
Pakistan got off to a flying start as Imran Farhat along with Nasir Jamshed gathered 32 runs in the initial four overs with 1 six and 3 fours. The latter was run out in the following over for 13 and was replaced by Mohammad Hafeez who started his innings with a four. Imran Farhat was doing well at his end as Mohammad Hafeez was dropped at four runs and he responded with 2 back to back boundaries in the 10th over. The duo kept on cruising while facing the rival bowling bravely and the ball visited the boundary line regularly.
The score went past the 100 runs mark in the 22nd over and Mohammad Hafeez reached his fifty two overs later. He was retired out for 54 off 71 balls with 8 fours and was replaced by Asad Shafiq who was dropped at 7 by Colin Ingram in slip off Ryan McLaren in the 30th over. Imran Farhat dispatched two consecutive fours in the next over and attained his half century. He was finally caught by Morne Morkel off Lonwabo Tsotsobe for 54 from 82 deliveries with 5 fours as the total touched 150 in 33 overs. Asad Shafiq followed him six runs later for 17 as Umar Amin and Misbah-ul-Haq associated in the center. They remained unbeaten for 27 and 24 respectively and the latter hit the winning six on the third delivery of the 46th over as the Green Shirts smashed 207 runs.
Pakistan won the match with a big margin of six wickets against a strong opposition and that will boost their confidence in the forthcoming 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.