Chris Morris took 2 wickets on his ODI debut and Ryan McLaren a career-best 4 /19 as South Africa returned to winning ways in the Champions Trophy with a 67-run victory over Pakistan.
Pakistan set 235 to win, done on 167 all out as South Africa made light of the absence of premier express bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel in winning with 5 overs to spare. McLarens return, which included a spell of 4 for 5 in 11 balls, saw him enjoy fresh success at an Edgbaston ground he'd once helped look after while with Warwickshire 2nd XI.
In 2007, the seamer took a hat-trick at Edgbaston for Kent as they won English county cricket Twenty20 Cup. Both Pakistan and South Africa needed to win this day/night fixture after losing their opening Group B matches to the West Indies and India respectively. But while this win revived South Africa chances of a semi-final spot, defeat left Pakistan hopes hanging by a thread.
South Africa concludes their group campaign against the West Indies in Cardiff on Friday, with Pakistan facing arch-rivals India at Edgbaston on Saturday.
South Africa- 234/9 (50)
H Amla -81(97)
A de Villiers (C, †) -31(31)
N Jamshed -42(76)