Hasan Ali took three wickets as Pakistan completed a stunning turnaround in the field to restrict South Africa to 219 for eight in their Champions Trophy Group B match at Edgbaston on Wednesday before winning the match by 19 runs.
Pakistan had managed 119/3 in 27 overs before rain washed out play and forced a result under the Duckworth-Lewis method. Pakistan had needed 101 runs at that stage to take them over the finishing line as winners.
Debutant Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam were the top scorers for the Pakistan side, each contributing 31 runs apart Mohammad Hafeez scored 26 off 53 balls to finish the match.
Just three days after giving 319 for three against arch-rivals India in a crushing 124-run opening defeat by the title-holders at Edgbaston, Pakistan were a transformed side on their return to the Birmingham ground.
Their spinners did the initial damage as South Africa slumped to 61 for three before paceman Hasan, striking twice in two balls, followed up on his way to figures of three for 24 in eight overs.
South Africa were indebted to David Miller’s 75 not out after their top-order collapsed.
Miller received good support from Chris Morris (28) and Kagiso Rabada (26) in seventh and eight-wicket stands of 47 and 48 respectively.
Such was Pakistan’s command in the field, they inflicted the first golden duck in the 221-match one-day international career of South Africa captain AB de Villiers.
Given totals of 300 are now generally regarded as ‘par’ in ODI cricket, Pakistan were clearly on top at the innings break.
However, the way they slumped down to 164 all out against India meant the Proteas were still in this game. South Africa came into Wednesday’s match as firm favourites.
Not only are they top of the ODI rankings compared to Pakistan’s eighth, but they beat Sri Lanka by 96 runs in their tournament opener at the Oval last week.
But none of that counted for very much after de Villiers won the toss in this day/night fixture.
Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan, in for the injured Wahab Riaz, formed an all left-arm new-ball attack.