Pakistan v South Africa, Champions Trophy, Edgbaston June 10, 2013

Slips and misses

Plays of the day from the Group B match between South Africa and Pakistan

Drop of the day
Hashim Amla had scored 7 when he cut a short delivery well outside off stump from Mohammad Irfan to Umar Amin at point. Unable to get on top of the bounce, the ball flew hard just to the left of Amin. While it was not an easy chance, it was the sort that has to be accepted at this level, particularly in a position such as point, where so many of the world's best fielders operate. But Amin parried the ball away in the manner of a goalkeeper and Amla went on to score 81. The next highest score in the innings was just 31. As England learned last summer, if you drop Amla, you tend to drop the game.

Run out of the day
To lose one player to a run out might be considered unfortunate, as Oscar Wilde so almost said, but to lose six in two games? That suggests a lack of calm, composure and experience from South Africa. It might always suggest an incorrect choice of footwear. Certainly that was the impression when AB de Villiers, over committed to backing-up after JP Duminy whipped one into the leg side, slid over as he attempted to turn and was left stranded as Misbah-ul-Haq ran with the ball to dislodge the bails. Not only was de Villiers culpable of attempting a run that was never there, but will probably reflect that he would have been better off wearing spikes to avoid slipping.

Fall of the day
A quick single on the leg side from de Villiers was turned into YouTube gold when Irfan decided he could save it. He tried the slide and turn move, perfected by many modern cricketers. What he actually did was attack the earth's crust with his hip, and performed a flop and kick that ended with the ball further away from him and the entire stadium shaking with laughter, and from the aftershock.

Self harm of the day
The Pakistan batsmen were having enough trouble with Ryan McLaren and Chris Morris; they really didn't need to turn on each other. That might have been what Jamshed was thinking as Shoaib Malik smashed him in the back with a drive off the bowling of Aaron Phangiso. Jamshed, clearly in some pain, shook the blow off after a second or two, but perhaps it was Malik who had more cause to be upset. It was pretty much the only stroke he middled in his torturous innings (he made eight from 29 balls) and he scored no runs from it.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Rashmi on June 13, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    SA Please win the match against WI.... We Indians want to see you in the semis.

  • Dummy4 on June 11, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    @ SurlyCynic. I completely agree with you that the purpose is to focus, but when a player can chat to 12th man on the boundary rope he could surely acknowledge travelling fans - especially kids. Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Allan Donald and Shaun Pollack always managed to acknowledge their younger fan-base. The same could be said for the new younger generation of SA players that have come through. Pakistan managed it throughout the day, and they were awesome in the field. I don't want to get into a farcical debate as I am neither a child nor a self-obsessed fan. You raise a valid point and I should have specified that it was not during play.

  • des on June 11, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Cricketers are there to play cricket, not to 'wave' to self-obsessed fans.

  • Dummy4 on June 11, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    eekk.....missed out a word. It should have read: and something I HAVE NEVER seen with a Pakistani or English Player. They acknowledge their fans!

  • Rohan on June 11, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    I have always undermined South Africa in Major tournaments. However take my word - They are the strongest contender to win it now. Primarily for the following reasons 1. It is a third grade SA team 2. They have struggled for first victory in tournament & know what is it like 3. They are going to get stronger with Steyn & Morkel

    The weakest link is AB's captaincy, he is not good when making strategic decisions, however makes up with his ability to lead by example. I believe Botha is the best captain they have

  • Manesh on June 11, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Excellent work by SA. bye bye Pakistan. You are not deserved to be in the CT with this batting lineup.

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    As a SA fan I enjoyed the game but was really annoyed with JP Duminy. The SA fans were few and far between. We were massively outnumbered and when we called out to JP to give us a wave - he shrugged and ignored us, unlike the rest of his team-mates who acknowledged the fact some SA fans were trying to vocalise despite the fact we were outnumbered. Very disappointing and something I have seen with a Pakistani or England Player.

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