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Champions Trophy:Pakistan strikes early as SA bats first

South Africa stand at 61/3 after 14.4 overs with David Miller and Faf du Plessis at the crease. Hashim Amla and De Koc succumbed to lbw appeals by Pakistan ‘s Imad Wasim and Muhammad Hafeez deliveries. De Villiers returned to the pavilion without any runs.

South Africa captain AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in a day/night Champions Trophy match at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Pakistan, however, made two changes following their humiliating 124-run defeat by arch-rivals and title-holders India at Edgbaston on Sunday in a match they had to win to stand a chance of reaching the semi-finals of a tournament featuring the world’s top eight one-day international nations.

They gave an ODI debut to Fakhar Zaman, a 27-year-old left-handed batsman who has played three Twenty20 internationals.

Fakhar’s inclusion, in place of the dropped Ahmed Shehzad, added variety to an otherwise all right-handed Pakistan top order.

Meanwhile paceman Junaid Khan replaced Wahab Riaz, who suffered a tournament-ending ankle injury against India while falling in his delivery stride after being smashed for 87 runs in just 8.4 wicketless overs.

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