Former cricket all-rounder Shahid Afridi said it would be a mistake to write off Pakistan after they proved they remain arguably the most unpredictable team in international cricket by trumping South Africa.
Three days after being steamrolled by arch-rivals India, Sarfraz Khan and his team mates upset South Africa in a rain-hit match on Wednesday to revive their Group B campaign in Birmingham.
Consistency has never been their strong point but Afridi, who featured in Pakistan’s five Champions Trophy campaigns, said the win has the potential to transform the young side.
Paceman Hasan Ali led Pakistan’s improved bowling performance against South Africa, claiming 3-24 to help restrict the Proteas to 219-8 in 50 overs.
Pakistan were 119-3 in 27 overs, 19 runs ahead under the Duckworth-Lewis method – which governs such weather-hit contests – when rain intervened to give them their first win in the tournament.
Afridi was particularly impressed with 23-year-old Hasan Ali, who walked away with the man-of-the-match award.