Pakistan humble South Africa

Fast bowlers set up Pakistan's six-wicket win in a practice match.

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Wahab Riaz: Good startLONDON: Pakistan defeated South Africa by six wickets in a practice game ahead of the Champions Trophy, at the Kensington Oval here on Monday.

They first restricted South Africa to 202/9 and chased down the target with more than four overs to spare.

The Asian powerhouse elected to field and their battery of fast bowlers reduced South Africa to 83 for seven in the 22nd over.

The batting side rallied through JP Duminy (43) and Ryan McLaren (55), who added 94 for the eighth wicket to stem the slide. 

The spoils were split amongst Pakistan’s tearaways. Left-arm quick Wahab Riyaz and Asad Ali picked up three scalps each, while Junaid Khan claimed two.

South Africa, however, resisted and lasted out their quotaof 50 overs, with one wicket remaining.

At no point were Pakistan troubled in the chase. Opener Imran Farhat (56) and No.3 batsman Mohammad Hafeez (54) ensured the pursuit was concluded successfully with 4.3 overs to spare.

Hafeez, in fact, retired himself out after plotting his team on the right course to give other batsmen a hit. Pakistan have been clubbed with India, West Indies and South Africa in Group ‘B’ of the Champions Trophy.

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