Pakistan had a disastrous run against the Indian’s in their opening match for the Champions Trophy 2017 on 4th June. They were down, the morale was down, the confidence was down, the fans were upset with the shame full loss that Pakistan had to face and were bashing their team all over. Little did anyone know, what was heading for them up next.
Pakistan were due to face South Africa on Wednesday the 7th of June. Most of the fans had decided not to watch the match as they had predicted the match not to go in Pakistan’s favor as it was against the mighty Proteas, the number 1 ODI side in the world. Pakistan had announced two changes for the match, Junaid Khan was set to come in for Wahab Riaz who had a terrible run against India and later suffered an ankle injury, and so was Fakhar Zaman announced as the replacement of Ahmed Shehzad who was out of touch for a while.
There was rain forecasted later on in the day, in the night time to be precise. Pakistan had lost the toss and were put into bowl first, they were once again chasing, South Africa got off to a decent start but it was Imad Wasim who broke shackles and got through Hashim Amla’s defenses.
It was then all about Pakistan, the energy displayed in the field and the dedication to be done with, everything seemed to be happening perfectly for Pakistan, Hassan Ali produced a magical spell consisting of 3 wickets which consisted of him being on a hat-trick as well.
Pakistan failed awfully with their death bowling last time around, and knowingly, that also costed them 70% of the match. But that was not the case this time, against India; Pakistan conceded 72 runs in the last 4 overs of their innings, but this time, Pakistan only managed to concede 63 runs in the last 10 overs, which is extra-ordinary by the modern day cricket’s means.
Pakistan were set to chase a small target of 220 in 50 overs, Fakhar Zaman the debutant struck some lusty blows and played a cameo of 31 runs that went on to see the front of Pakistan’s innings. No victory is complete without some luck on the back, rain took control of the match. Pakistan only played 27 overs scoring 119 runs at the loss of 3 wickets. This took them ahead by the Duckworth-Lewis method by 19 runs and confirmed them a victory as the rain didn’t seem to stop.
That wrapped up Pakistan’s tremendous and unexpected comeback against the world’s best. The fans felt overjoyed by this inspiring victory and the team’s morale was surely boosted. There was some great support for Pakistan at Edgbaston, 18,632 Pakistani supporters out of 18,646 attendants in the crowd. Hassan Ali was given the man of the match award for his jaw dropping performance of 3-24 in 8 overs. Pakistan play their next game against Sri Lanka on 12th June at Cardiff, a comprehensive win against the Lankan Lions may seal Pakistan their semi-final spot.