Cricket - Pakistan set for slow exit

Pakistan lost their do-or-die Champions Trophy clash with South Africa after a woefully paced chase saw them defeated by 67 runs at Edgbaston.

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Ryan McLaren, left centre, took 4-19 for South Africa

Almost all of the 24,000 fans crammed into the ground were wearing Pakistan colours but having watched their heroes restrict the Proteas to 234 for nine, they were silenced by a flat batting display that saw them dismissed for 167.

Captain Misbah-ul-Haq was largely responsible for the go-slow, top-scoring with 55 but never showing the urgency needed to make the target viable. Both sides lost their Group B opener, meaning Pakistan are now almost certainly heading home, while South Africa live to fight another day.

The victors have Hashim Amla's measured 81 to thank for their total, while Ryan McLaren (four for 19) and debutant Chris Morris excelled in place of injured pair Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn. Morris made a striking impression, toppling Imran Farhat's off stump with his fifth ball in ODI cricket.

Mohammed Hafeez then lost patience in the eighth over, taking on a Morris bouncer and top-edging to square leg. After 10 overs, Pakistan had just 18 on the board. McLaren turned in back-to-back maidens as Shoaib Malik slowed the scoring yet further and it was almost a relief when he played on to JP Duminy for eight.

Misbah and the resolute Nasir Jamshed gently picked things up to reach 75 by the mid-point of the innings, but the required rate was still more than six an over. Jamshed's watch ended when Tsotsobe gathered a low return catch to send him back for 42 off 75 balls.

Misbah's fifth-wicket stand with Umar Amin yielded 43 in 11 overs and had just started to show signs of life when McLaren struck twice in an over, with Amin skying a catch to cover and Kamran Akmal caught for nought by Faf du Plessis at backward point. Misbah was dismissed at the hands of Tsotsobe, and McLaren took the final two wickets with minimal fuss.

South Africa's innings was a lopsided affair but in hindsight proved more than enough. Once Amin put down a sharp chance at point to reprieve Amla on seven, the opener looked intent on building a sizeable innings. Colin Ingram (20) shared in an opening stand of 53 before being pinned lbw sweeping Hafeez.

Du Plessis was next in and played the support role in another decent partnership with Amla, this one worth 69 before the former miscued a Mohammad Irfan bouncer to cover. AB de Villiers quickly took the batting powerplay but the tactic backfired, South Africa managing only 19 runs in five overs and losing the key wicket of Amla, who found third man.

At 145 for three and with 18.2 overs to go, he had primed his side for a big finish that never materialised. Misbah ran out both De Villiers (31) and Duminy (24) and then produced a superb catch to see off the dangerous David Miller for 19. McLaren was leg before to Malik before Pakistan produced two more direct hits in the final over to run out Morris and Aaron Phangiso.

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