CT 2017: Reason why South Africa wore yellow jersey in the game against Pakistan

CT 2017: Reason why South Africa wore yellow jersey in the game against Pakistan

Pakistan beat South Africa by 19 runs (DLS method).

AB de Villiers
South Africa captain AB de Villiers leaves the field after being dismissed by Imad Wasim. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

It was a rather disappointing outing for team South Africa in their most recent encounter in the Champions Trophy 2017. They were up against team Pakistan in the big game. Heading into the game, the Proteas were firm favorites to win the match. In their previous game, they had beaten Sri Lanka in a thumping manner to announce their arrival in the tournament.

Hence, they were only a win away from making it to the semi-finals when they headed into the clash against Pakistan. Now, as it stands after the game, they are still a win away from the coveted berth. The Pakistani team desperately needed to win the match against South Africa in order to stay alive in the competition. They managed to do it in the rain affected game. Pakistan registered a 19 run win by DLS method after the rain gods interrupted the game midway through the second innings.

The game is dusted for now and both teams have one more game to play. For South Africa, they will be up against India in their next encounter. For the moment, they would be disappointed at the way how things fared up in the game against Pakistan. There was one thing that caught the attention of many. South Africa, unlike the first game where they wore green jerseys, came up with a yellow jersey in the match. Many pondered why they left their traditional green outfits heading into the game.

Well, the reason is that the South African team has a home jersey colored in green and the away jersey is yellow. In the  match against Pakistan, they were the designated away team. And as per the ICC protocols, in order to avoid confusion, both teams did not wear green. The Proteas opted to play with yellow jerseys.

In the match

Earlier in the game, the Proteas team recovered well from being 118/6 at one stage to reach 219/8 in 50 overs riding on David Miller’s unbeaten 75. They managed to choke the opposition run flow in the chase for a brief while. But Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, and Fakhar Zaman all chipped in with contributions to ensure the Pakistani team were ahead in the DLS par score.