Today at the Champions Trophy: Proteas' progress rests on test of nerves and reserves
Sunday 09 June 2013
Pakistan v South Africa
Expect a nerve-jangling encounter between South Africa and Pakistan at Edgbaston today, with both sides knowing that defeat for either is likely to end their participation in this year's tournament.
The Proteas should be slight favourites to recover from their opening-day loss to India but the likely absence of Dale Steyn will deny captain A B de Villiers the use of his most potent attacking weapon. Chris Morris will make his ODI debut in place of Morne Morkel – who was ruled out of the tournament last week – but they could opt to bring in second spinner Aaron Phangiso to replace Steyn.
Currently bottom of the group on run rate, Pakistan have work to do to bounce back from their defeat to West Indies. They may take heart from last week's easy warm-up victory over South Africa at The Oval but will need to produce a much better performance with the bat after being bowled out for just 170 in their first match.
With bowlers Mohammed Irfan and Saeed Ajmal adapting well to English conditions, anything above the 200-mark would probably give them a fighting chance of beating South Africa for the first time at a Champions Trophy or in a World Cup match.
Two to watch
Junaid Khan, Pakistan
Overshadowed by the towering Mohammad Irfan against West Indies, the left-arm seamer caused South Africa real problems at The Oval last week. He could play a key role in unsettling a middle order that features three left-handers in J P Duminy, David Miller and Ryan McLaren.
Colin Ingram, South Africa
With Graeme Smith out injured, the onus is on his replacement at the top of the order to prove his worth at this level. An average of 37.3 from his 23 innings so far shows promise but Ingram has yet to cement his position and this may be his last chance to do so with Alviro Petersen waiting in the wings.
(10.30am unless stated)
Monday (Group B) Pakistan v South Africa, Edgbaston (1pm)
Tuesday (B) India v West Indies, The Oval
Wednesday (A) Australia v New Zealand, Edgbaston
Thursday (A) England v Sri Lanka, The Oval (1pm)
Friday (B) South Africa v West Indies, Cardiff
Saturday (B) India v Pakistan, Edgbaston
Sunday (A) England v New Zealand, Cardiff
17 June (A) Australia v Sri Lanka, The Oval (1pm)
19 June: Winner Group A v runner-up Group B, The Oval
20 June: Winner Group B v runner-up Group A, Cardiff
23 June: Winner semi-final one v winner semi-final two, Edgbaston
Apple has been hit by complaints about the 1.1GB download
Much-loved cartoon character returns - without Sir David Jason
Liam Neeson's Downton dreams
Matt Smith is set to join cast of the Jane Austen classic - with a twist
Actress to appear in second series of the hugely popular crime drama
Nottingham Forest vs Fulham match report: Britt Assombalonga hat-trick deepens Felix Magath's gloom
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal player ratings: How did Ozil and Welbeck do in Germany?
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Bayern Munich vs Manchester City player ratings: Joe Hart? Thomas Muller? Jerome Boateng? Who was the star man?
Bayern Munich vs Manchester City report: Jerome Boateng thrashes home winner against former team
- 1 Thailand beach murders: Thai PM suggests 'attractive' female tourists cannot expect to be safe wearing bikinis
- 2 Scottish independence: Learn from Quebec's mistakes and beware of promises. Vote Yes.
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 4 Revealed after 75 years of secrecy: 'Fifi' the glamorous WW2 special agent who tested British spies' resolve
- 5 Have you heard about the film Singapore has banned its people from watching? Well, you have now
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'