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Green shirts will face South Africa for survival

Birmingham: Green shirts will face #1 ODI team South Africa today in Birmingham. This is the most crucial contest for Pakistan if they wanted to alive their hopes for semi-final of ICC champions Trophy.

 Arthur suggested too many Pakistan players had suffered ‘stage fright’ against India in front of a capacity crowd of more than 24,000.

“My issue is fear,” he said. “My issue is getting out there and really looking to take the game on.

“The worrying thing for me…is we just do the basics wrong.

“We drop simple catches. We don’t run well enough between wickets. We don’t understand when to bowl our variations.” But Arthur, a former coach of both South Africa and Australia, was adamant all was far from lost.

We’ll be thinking firmly of coming back and beating South Africa,” he said. “Because that’s what I think our players can do.

“So, we’re going to be up for the fight.”

Pakistan will be without Wahab Riaz after he was ruled out of the rest of the tournament on Monday with an ankle injury sustained when falling in his delivery stride against India.

But given by that stage the left-arm paceman had conceded a whopping 87 runs in 8.4 wicketless overs, his absence may not be that big a blow.

Pakistan have applied to the ICC for an injury replacement, but they appear to have a stand-in already with them in Junaid Khan, who took four for 73 in a warm-up match against Bangladesh.

Mohammad Amir provided rare moments of respite amid the India run-spree with a return of none for 32 in 8.1 overs.

Fakhar Zaman, a young talented batsman will replace out of form Ahmad Shehzad and Junaid Khan will replace Wahab Riaz.

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