Like a hot air balloon that had its burner turned off unexpectedly mid flight, Pakistan imploded gently against South Africa, slumping to a 67-run loss in a game they had set on fire in the first half with intelligent bowling and sharp fielding. A typically canny effort on the field ensured that Pakistan kept South Africa down to 234 for 9 on a sluggish, dry pitch at Edgbaston, but, having done the hard work, they then gave the game away, inch by inch, when it was their turn to chase an eminently gettable total. With that, Pakistan's hopes of making the final four all but evaporated, even with two games left to play in the league phase.
The game was set up in the first half, almost entirely by Pakistan, who, despite losing the toss, ensured that they won the key moments. South Africa took the sensible approach, with Colin Ingram and Hashim Amla, the openers, seeing the new ball off. But, before the partnership could really hurt Pakistan, it was broken through spin in the 15th over, with 53 on the board. (See: Match in Pics)