Birmingham: South Africa kept their 2013 ICC Champions Trophy hopes alive by scoring a comprehensive 67-run win over Pakistan in a Group B tie in Birmingham on Monday evening. A loss at Edgbaston would have dented their chances but the Proteas played with grit and discipline to transfer the likelihood of an early exit on Pakistan. South Africa captain AB de Villiers relished the much-needed win. (Match report)
"I am delighted with this victory, a lot of things about our side pleased me today. We played well against India, but was very disappointing to lose, so this is quite relieving," De Villiers said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
After opting to bat, South Africa played steadily but could not dominate the Pakistan attack and lost crucial wickets toward the latter stages to be restricted to 234 for 9. De Villiers praised his side's all-round show. (Match images)
"To get over 200 runs against such a potent attack of the Pakistanis was a good job by our batsmen on this wicket. Not many teams would have done that. We set it up nicely with the bat well but was not satisfied with 234 as couple of run outs stopped us towards the end. Knew over 200 would be difficult to chase. It was good to see debutant Chris Morris contribute (2 wickets) and the three spinners doing well," he added.