de Villiers feels that the spinners are being picked off too easily, so he changes the pace by bringing Tsotsobe back into the attack. Runs are scored off every delivery, except the last as the two batsmen seem to enjoy the very medium pace.
This is a very important part of the match. Two spinners are bowling to a team that are expert at playing the slow bowlers. A wicket would be a real bonus for the Proteas.
Duminy is no time at all between deliveries. The over is speeding by, but the Pakistan captain rescues it off the last ball by hitting a powerful sweep for four.
Misbah moves around the crease in an attempt to unsettle Peterson, but the bowler holds his nerve. The batsmen are starting to compile a good partnership as the strike is being rotated on a regular basis.
Duminy drops short as he bowls his first loose delivery. Jamshed takes advantage and pulls it for a boundary. The bowler comes back well after a poor start to the over.
The Morris experiment is over and Peterson comes into the attack for the first time. Its a steady start for South Africa's premier spinner as just three come off the over. The final ball of the over was chipped down the ground for a single and almost was a caught and bowled chance.
An iside edge by Jamshed brings up the 50 for Pakistan. Duminy bowls another top quality over as run scoring is made tough.
AB de Villiers knows the importance of Misbah to the hopes of Pakistan. As a result, Morris is back into the attack. If he managers to knock Misbah over then South Africa will find themself in the driving seat. Just one run comes off the over.
Duminy is brought into the attack. His off-breaks will spin away from Jamshed, who is starting to look good for Pakistan. WICKET. Malik defends, playing the ball softly into the ground but it spins back onto his stumps knocking off the off-bail. A little unlucky, but the scorebook reflects that he is bowled. The captain of Pakistan will have to right the ship once again.
The batsmen have started to get frustrated with the spinner and are now attempting to run at him. As of yet, they are have not got to the pitch of the ball. At least they are showing some intent which will at a minimum make the bowler think. Phangiso then over-pitches and is lofted down the groud for four by Jamshed.
The batsmen need to show some intent. At the moment the bowlers are simply allowed to bowl at a still target with no questions being posed.
Phangiso starts the over well as he looks to be far more confident bowling to the right-handed Malik. The batsmen decides to make something happen. He walks down the wicket and cracks it straight back into the non-striker. Jamshed looks to be alright, but the result is a dot ball.
McLaren blinks first and drops slightly short. Jamshed swivels on the pull and collects a boundary to score the first runs off the bowlers spell.
A much improved over by the left-arm spinner applies the squeeze. Just three runs come from the over, but one of them was a wide. Defending a small total, South Africa cannot afford to give away soft extra's.
McLaren is getting just enough shape to make the batsmen think twice about flirting with it outside the off-stump. A second Maiden from McLaren repairs the damage caused by the Phangiso over. It is important for bowlers to also bowl in partnerships.
In a double change, Phangiso replaces Tsotsobe. There was a chase to keep the opening bowler going as he was doing a good job and doesn't traditionally come back well later in the innings. Fives wides is never acceptable for a spinner to bowl as he takes the pressure off. 9 runs come off his first over.
Morris has been given a break and is replaced by McLaren. The new bowler has started well and is applying pressure on Malik who is yet to get off the mark. A good first 10 overs in the field has put this match in the balance.
For the first time Tsotsobe gets one to move off the deck back into Jamshed, who's eyes open alarmingly. Some good fielding keeps the pressure on as a probing maiden is recorded.
Morris bowls to Jamshed for the first time in a while and he fails to correct his line to the left-hander. A ball on the pads is flicked for a boundary and should calm Jamshed down. WICKET. As predicted, the bouncer came as a serious surprise to Hafeez. He loops the pull off the splice of the bat and is caught at square-leg. Malik is the new man in the firing line.
An uncharacteristic mistake in the field gives away a soft single and releases the pressure as the Jamshed gets to the non-strikers end. The left-arm opening bowler completes another tight over as the South Africans have started well.
Even though Morris is tall and has genuine pace, he has resisted the urge to drag the ball down. His fuller length has already been rewarded and he looks to be the wicket-taking threat for Pakistan. The fact that he pulls the batsman forward will also make his bouncer more effective as it will be a surprise.
Tsotsobe has realised that he is extracting very little seam movement. As a result, he has started to roll his fingers across the seam in an attempt to gain some purchase from the wicket.
The early wicket should help Morris to relax, who seems one off the deck at 140km/p. It appears to be a different pitch when Morris is bowling, or maybe this new white ball is offering a little more assistance. Hafeez works a few runs through the on-side as the bowler zones in on the stumps looking for another bowled or lbw wicket.
Tsotsobe drops short and only some good fielding on the thirdman boundary restricts it to a single. There is very little movement for the bowler, but a positive sign is that the batsmen are being drawn forward.
Morris, on debut, is given the new ball. His first ball in ODI cricket is a wide but then recovers with a good one. He will look to generate some real pace and ruffle a few feathers. WICKET. Farhat's off stump has gone for a walk. He went back to a ball that he should have been forward too. What a great sight for the bowler as he claims his first ODI scalp.
Tsotsobe will start the defence of South Africa's total. Wickets within the first 10 overs will be vital for both teams. The bowler starts with a nice full length, an improvement after being too short in the opening match. Farhat off the mark with a couple.
South Africa set a very solid foundation and looked to be on track to posting an impressive total somewhere around the 280 mark. Pakistan bowled and fielded really well in the last 15 overs of the innings and aided by four run outs, managed to restrict the Proteas to a below par total of 234. It will be a tough task for the inexperienced bowling attack to defend this total, but if South Africa want to remain in the tournament then they will have to defend the runs that they have on the board. Pakistan will certainly be the happier of the two sides in the change rooms and will come out as firm favourites after the dinner break.
Riaz is given the task of bowling the final over. Morris on debut gets off the mark and hopes Peterson can do the rest. WICKET. Morris is run out after backing up too far and the ball is played straight back to the bowler. WICKET. Phangiso is run out trying to steal a bye off the last ball of the innings.South Africa are restricted to 234 as just three runs come off the last over.
Junaid is back into the attack. This is a good move as it would have been tempting to keep Malik going, but the part-time spinner could have sailed over the boundary in his last over. The yorker is missed and Peterson pierces the off-side to find his first boundary. The dose is repeated and Peterson collects another four runs. A streaky edge goes for another boundary through the vacant slips. WICKET. Miller is brilliantly caught by Misbah at cover. He tried to go over the off-side but the Pakistan skipper plucked it out of the air.
Riaz comes back into the attack. The pace should be more familiar to the South African batsmen who will need to capitalise if they wish to get somewhere near a competitive score. Miller swings away a full toss to record a welcome boundary through square-leg.
Ajmal has trapped Peterson down at the strikers end. The pressure has built and a massive swing and a miss is the result. Peterson gets a lofted drive away off the final delivery of the over, but it still only goes for three runs.
Malik has been allowed to continue due to the fact that the Proteas have not put him under any pressure. It is time for the batsmen to change the length and give the off-spinner something to think about. WICKET. McLaren walks across his stumps and is struck on the pad. The umpire raises his finger, but the batsman had requested the review. The decision is upheld and McLaren is on his way. Peterson joins Miller in the middle.
Ajmal is back into the attack. His last two overs will be tough to get away as he has some serious variation and the two batsman are new to the crease. South Africa stumble over the 200 mark as the batsmen struggle to pick Ajmal.
Malik gets another over as the new batsman is another left-hander, in the form of McLaren. The spinner is strangling the batsmen and only leaks a few singles.
The batsmen still don't look to be in any rush as they work singles off the over. They are probably setting it up to have a dip in the last 5 overs. Pakistan will be pleased that it has never got away from them. WICKET. Duminy is caught backing up too far and the crowd cheers yet another run out. He looks to have hurt his wrist while trying to make his ground which will be a worry for South Africa, as his off-spinners will be needed on this dry deck.
The arrival of Miller to the wicket allows Malik to continue as there are now two left-handed batsmen at the crease. Another tight over is conceded by South Africa. Miller is off the mark in the tournament which will settle his nerves. He will be looking to repeat his performances from the IPL in the last 8 overs of this innings.
Riaz is replaced by the impressive Junaid. WICKET. Once again there is confusion in the running between the wickets. AB de Villiers slips as he is sent back and watches the bails been taken off from the turf. Another run out in this tournament sets South Africa back just as they were about the launch.
Malik continues and Duminy is finding it difficult to get the off-spinner away. Every over that Malik gets through cheaply is one that the seam bowlers won't have to bowl at the death. The batsmen need to do better than only taking two runs from the sixth bowler in an over.
These two batsmen have had a good look at the wicket. It should not be too long before they attempt to try and find the boundary. Riaz strays onto de Villiers' hip. He is such a good player of the short ball and he shows this be finding the gap and adding a boundary to the total.
Malik will bowl his second over from the other end of the ground. Ajmal's last few overs will be saved for when South Africa attempt to attack towards to end of the innings. A good comeback as the over yields just four runs.
Time for a change of pace. Riaz returns to the attack and will be searching for a hint of reverse swing. Some good pace is being generated and the spice of both batsmen's bats are being given a working over.
The powerplay is in the past now and not for the first time, it has gone the way of the firlding team. Another quality over is delivered by Ajmal and the batsmen will have to score heavily in the last 10 overs to make up for this lapse.
Hafeez rushes through another over where the batsmen are not able to get hold of him. The two off-spinners have had control during the powerplay.
It looks to be a different pitch all of a sudden as an Ajmal delivery spits and turns past Duminy's outside edge. The left-hander gets some room outside off-stump and drives crisply for four.
Hafeez grabs the ball and is back into the attack, probably in no small way due to the fact that there is now a left-hander at the crease. A great over means that after 40% of the powerplay, only 5 runs have been added to the total.
The batting powerplay is taken slightly early. It is a good move as it will force Misbah to change his plans. A big lbw appeal is turned down as Amla survives. WICKET. Amla has run out of lives. He attempts another reverse sweep, but only manages to make contact with the glove. It loops up and is caught at short third-man. A poor start to the batting powerplay. Duminy is the new man in the middle. The off-spinners now have a left-hander to target.
Malik comes into the attack for the first time. He replaces Irfan who did his job by getting rid of du Plessis. The first ball turns sharpely as South Africa will have to deal with the third off-spinner of the innings. The spinner drops short and is dumped into the crowd as AB hits the first six of the day.
Ajmal smells blood with the arrival of the new batsman and is right on the mark. A good over costs the bowler just two runs.
WICKET. du Plessis completely mis-hits a pull shot. The ball loops up to cover and a promising innings comes to an end. Irfan has done exactly what his captain has asked of him by delivering the breakthrough. AB de Villiers joins Amla in what will be a vital partnership to the outcome of this match. Another high full toss, this time called a no ball, is edged away for a boundary by Amla.
Ajmal changes his line of attack to around the wicket. He is greeted by a powerful sweep that earns du Plessis four runs. The rest of the over is worked for safe runs, resulting in 9 runs coming from it.
Irfan comes back into the attack in search of a breakthrough. This partnership is just starting to worry Misbah. If Pakistan can't manufacture a wicket soon, then the run rate will start to rise leading up to the batting powerplay. A high full toss angers du Plessis, but the no ball is not called by the umpires.
The nightmares of South Africa's previous game are brought to mind as there is plenty of confusion in the running between the wickets. The partnership has crept over the 50 mark and a run out will halt the momentum.
Hafeez is worked for three singles before du Plessis attacks. The Titan's batsman backs away and drives wide of mid-off for four. The 100 comes up for South Africa and the run rate has sneaked above four runs to the over.
Apart from obviously searching for wickets. The twin spin attack will look to speed up the over rate and continue to strange the run rate. Amla counter-attacks with two well played reverse sweeps which yield 6 runs combined.
Hafeez continues which means that both off-spinners are now operating together. The bowler has flown through another over and has done an amazing job in terms of economy.
The king-pin of the Pakistan bowling attack, in the form of Ajmal, joins the action for the first time. Immediately he manages to extract some dangerous turn and pounce from this dry wicket. Amla eventually gets one off the square and picks up two runs to bring up his 50.
Hafeez starts to apply some pressure but then drops short and Amla drives in through extra cover for a well run three. The men in the ring on the on-side are doing a great job of stopping the singles as consecutive dots balls end the over.
Amla picks up another boundary through backward point. The Pakistan seam bowlers have been guilty of giving the run machine too much width.
Hafeez rushes through another tide over. After almost 20 overs the run rate is still below four an over. It may be time to start pushing the pace for the batsmen.
du Plessis walks down the track in an attempt to disrupt Riaz's superb line and length. It works, as the rest of the over goes for a run every ball. The final result is four runs off the over.
Hafeez tosses a ball wide of the off-stump. Amla chases it and it races away for four off the edge. The South African opening batsmen hasn't looked comfortable the entire innings, but as long as he is there, South Africa will be happy enough.
The singles are now coming more frequently as fielding restrictions are a thing of the past. Rotation of the strike keeps the score ticking over and will allow Faf to find his feet.
WICKET. Hafeez strikes as he so often does against the left-handers. Ingram attempts to sweep and it trapped lbw. Faf du Plessis is the new batsman in the middle. South Africa will hope the two right-handers can combat the off-spin.
The batsmen look to be far more urgent than earlier in the innings. Run scoring seems to have taken over from survival as the first priority. Amla cracks Riaz for a boundary through point to bring up the 50 stand.
The batsmen negotiate Hafeez very well as they milk four singles off the over. The are playing risk-free cricket, which will make the coach very happy at this stage.
In a double bowling change, Riaz comes into the attack. He is the quickest of the three left-arm seamers and almost strikes first ball as an inside edge beats the stumps and races away for four. Amla's foot movement still isn't where it should be, but the longer he stays in the middle, the better it will get.
The all-rounder Hafeez is brought into the attack. He is a very consistent off-spinner who bowls a very good arm ball to the left-handers. He starts well, given away just one run.
After 10 overs, both teams will be relatively pleased. The Proteas are probably 10 to 20 runs short of where they would like to be. Pakistan will be pleased that they have kept a lid on the scoring rate, but will be a little worried that a wicket hasn't fallen yet. Ingram crashes a boundary straight down the ground off the last ball of the over, almost as if to signal that it is now time to lift the run rate.
Ingram is playing Irfan with a great deal of respect. It is just starting to look as if the batsmen are feeling comfortable. A solid start is exactly what South Africa would have hoped for, as this will protect the middle order from the new ball and new batsmen from starting against the spinning threat of Pakistan.
Ingram takes a quick single to start the over. Junaid and Amla are locked in a tense battle. The bowler seems to be gaining the unpper hand, but then strays at the back-end of the over and is hit for two boundaries.
There is a slight hold-up as Irfan does some running repairs to his boots. Irfan is pounding the middle of the pitch as every ball arrives at Amla above his mid-chips. The line of attack is tough to get away as a maiden is recorded.
Ingram is forced to play every delivery as Junaid attacks the stumps. The ball is doing just a little bit off the deck which is keeping the batsman honest, as he is checking his shots. A short ball ruins the over as it is it confidently pulled for four by the South African left-hander.
Amal sights a short Irfan delivery early and punches it off the back-foot for his first boundary. Another short ball is slashed hard by Amla, thankfully for South Africa, the chance is put down at point. It may prove to be a very costly miss for Pakistan.
Junaid is making the ball talk, but a leg-bye followed by a single allows the batsmen to rotate strike. It has been a quiet start which won't worry South Africa as the first goal will be to survive the first 10 overs.
Perhaps beaten for pace, certainly for movement, Amla cops a blow to the body. Irfan's height is such a major factor, it can trouble even the most technically correct batsman in the world. Shouldn't be long before he is afforded an additional slip - or maybe another gully. Every now and then, though, he strays into the left-hander's legs - Ingram cashes in with a swift three through square-leg.
Another left-armer, Junaid, to take the other new ball. Former pace ace Shoaib Akhtar has backed this man to succeed entirely, so let's see if he can deliver on cue. Solid seam and wrist positioning from him, but very little swing - de Villiers was spot on in opting to bat first. Tight enough start from Pakistan, regardless.
Two slips in place for the tall left-armer, with the left-handed Ingram leaving a couple before being forced to play. The bowler squares the batsman up on occasion, and one really doesn't see Ingram enjoying a prolonged stay as an opening batsman. One wonders what the thinking is behind this stopgap measure...
Handshakes, anthems, fireworks and other such pleasantries out the way, all and sundry head out to the middle. The umpires are Billy Bowden and Richard Kettleborough - and Ingram and Amla to open the batting. Irfan gets the first new ball.
"I've never seen Kleinveldt have a really good game for either the Cobras or SA, but he has plenty of absolute shockers in his locker. I think Kyle Abbott has already usurped him in the Test line-up and, well, I'd take half a dozen other bowlers instead of him in the shorter stuff," says Barend Prins. You, too, can offer your opinion here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former New Zealand fast bowler and pseudo pitch pundit Simon Doull surveys the pitch and finds it reasonably abrasive. He reckons there will be some reverse swing later in the day. The weather meanwhile, isn't very sunny. Doull deems it "beanie and gloves" time.
Hashim Amla, Colin Ingram, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Robin Peterson, Chris Morris, Aaron Phangiso, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
Imran Farhat, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Amin, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan.
Pakistan bench batsman Asad Shafiq and bring in all-rounder Umar Amin. The Proteas, meanwhile drop seamer Rory Kleinveldt and bring in spinner Aaron Phangiso. Debutant fast bowler Chris Morris replaces the injured Morne Morkel.
AB de Villiers triumphs in the flip of the coin and South Africa, this time, will bat first.
Neither side are on the brink of a semi-final, yet, but either could be knocked out of the tournament today. Pakistan lost to the West Indies, and South Africa to India. All to play for, do or die, must win - and all that. The Proteas, of course, will be without the injured Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of Monday's Champions Trophy Group B fixture between South Africa and Pakistan at Edgbaston in Birmingham.