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So that's it from us for this game. We hope you enjoyed our coverage. The Group B of the ICC Champions Trophy is now wide and open. It could get very interesting if Sri Lanka manage to beat India tomorrow. The game starts at 1030 local time (0930 GMT). Do join us for the game. Until then, it is goodbye and take care!

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Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed feels it was very important to win today. Adds they were good in all departments. He also mentions that the spinners were very good today. He admits they did not field well in the last game but were better today. He says they had a very good meeting which boosted their morale.

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South Africa skipper, AB de Villiers feels that they lost too many wickets early and it put them under pressure all the time. Adds that on the field they tried their best but could not turn things around. Rues the fact that they were always chasing the game and with the rain falling, it was not easy to rotate the bowlers. Feels that had he knew it was going to be a short game, he would have had more attacking fields. At the end though he admits that they were beaten by a very good team. Acknowledges that they have a big game coming up against India and they will look to up the ante. Opines that they are aware of the areas they need to work on. On the hamstring, he responds that he will have it checked tomorrow but shares that it is not something serious.

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Man of the Match, Hasan Ali says he is happy with his performance but calls it a team effort. He mentions that since he dropped the catch of Yuvraj Singh in the last game and it cost them big, he had to perform well today. He opines that since it was his first ICC event, he feels very happy about winning the Man of the Match award.

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Chasing 220, Pakistan began superbly with debutante Fakhar Zaman hitting a breezy 23-ball 31. They did lose both their openers in an over to Morne Morkel but it was the pair of Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam who steadied them with a 52-run stand. The former fell but Shoaib Malik came in and ensured that the Asian side was ahead of the par score with the rain falling. That eventually was it for them. Morne Morkel was the pick of the bowlers for South Africa taking the three wickets to fall. Besides that, there wasn't much to talk about. Stay tuned for the details from the presentation.

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All over! The rain hasn't relented and that is it for the game. The play has been CALLED OFF. Pakistan have broken their six-match losing streak in the tournament. First victory for them since 2009 ICC Champions Trophy as they WIN BY 19 RUNS (DLS Method). They would be delighted with it whereas South Africa will be very disappointed with their performance today. They didn't bat well at all and never recovered after being 6 for 118. David Miller did get them to 219 but it was never going to be enough.

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2105 local time update - The rain hasn't stopped and the covers are still around. Not great news and we are starting to lose overs now as well. Let's hope it clears out and we get some play...

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1942 local time update - Oh dear! The umpires come together for a chat about the rain. They find it heavy enough and want the players to go off the field. The par score at the moment is 100 and Pakistan are 19 runs ahead. Let's hope the rain clears out soon. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Kagiso Rabada to Babar Azam

FOUR! Top timing! Angles it on a fuller length on the stumps, Azam brings his bat down in time and gets it through Parnell at mid on for a boundary. They are doing it easily at the moment.

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Kagiso Rabada to Babar Azam

Shorter in length, Azam looks to pull but the ball bounces over him. Azam wants a wide but is it not given.

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Kagiso Rabada to Babar Azam

Fuller outside off, slower in pace, Azam drives it to mid off.

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Kagiso Rabada to Babar Azam

Shorter in length at 142 kph, Babar mistimes his pull towards mid-wicket.

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Free Hit time!

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Kagiso Rabada to Babar Azam

Full and outside off, Azam drives it to covers. It is a no ball and we will have a Free Hit now. Not something SA would have wanted.

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The rain is starting to get a bit harder.

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Kagiso Rabada to Babar Azam

Short again, guided towards point by Azam.

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Kagiso Rabada to Shoaib Malik

Malik plays it with an angled bat to third man for a single.

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Morne Morkel to Babar Azam

Back of a length outside off, Azam taps it towards covers. Another good over for Pakistan.

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Morne Morkel to Babar Azam

FOUR! Crashed! Short and wide from Morkel, Azam gets under it and carves it over backward point for a boundary. This is brilliant hitting.

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Morne Morkel to Shoaib Malik

Malik turns it down to fine leg for a single.

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