SA beat PAK: Fakhar Zaman’s 193 in vain as all-round show helps South Africa beat Pakistan by 17 runs and level ODI series 1-1 – It was South Africa’s match to lose after four fifties from Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller helped them set a mammoth 342-run target for Babar Azam’s Pakistan in the 2nd ODI at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday. But Fakhar Zaman with his 193 had almost clinched the series for Pakistan but they fell short by 17 runs.
Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock gave South Africa a good start. But in the 10th over, Markram, looking good with the bat, departed off a Faheem Ashraf delivery, failing to convert his good start.
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After Markram’s wicket, de Kock and Bavuma anchored South Africa innings. Quinton de Kock also completed his 500 runs against Pakistan in the process. The duo put up a 114-run partnership for the second wicket to give South Africa a strong platform.
But Quinton de Kock could not convert his fine knock to a century as he was scalped by Haris Rauf in the 31st over on 80. But the Proteas did not slow down as Rassie van der Dussen followed up his century with a quickfire 60 off 37 balls to put South Africa in command.
Bavuma too continued his fine run but failed to reach the three-figures after being dismissed on 92. There was a late cameo from David Miller, who hit 50 off 27 to help South Africa post 341/6 in 50 overs. For Pakistan, Haris Rauf was the most successful bowler with three scalps for 54 runs in his 10 overs.
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Pakistan were dealt an early blow in the chase when Imam-ul-Haq was dismissed by Lungi Ngidi in the 2nd over. While Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman steadied the innings. Three quick wickets from Anrich Nortje floored Pakistan in the tough chase.
But at the other end, Fakhar Zaman, who was struggling with form, kept Pakistan’s hopes alive with a brilliant knock of 193. The opener hit 18 fours and 10 sixes as he looked set to score his second double hundred but with his wicket, Pakistan fell short by 17 runs. South Africa levelled the series 1-1 and as their stars depart for IPL, they will be hoping for a miracle to win the home series against Pakistan.
|Imam ul Haq||c AK Markram b L Ngidi||5||10||1||0||50.00|
|Fakhar Zaman||runout (AK Markram)||193||155||18||10||124.52|
|Babar Azam (C)||c T Bavuma b A Nortje||31||33||6||0||93.94|
|Mohammad Rizwan (WK)||c H Klaasen b A Nortje||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Danish Aziz||c Q de Kock b A Nortje||9||14||2||0||64.29|
|Shadab Khan||lbw b T Shamsi||13||23||1||0||56.52|
|Asif Ali||c AK Markram b AL Phehlukwayo||19||27||2||0||70.37|
|Faheem Ashraf||c Q de Kock b AL Phehlukwayo||11||12||1||0||91.67|
|Shaheen Afridi||c & b K Rabada||5||15||1||0||33.33|
|Haris Rauf||Not out||1||5||0||0||20.00|
|Mohammad Hasnain||Not out||12||5||3||0||240.00|
|Extra||25 (b 1, w 15, nb 1, lb 8)|
|Quinton de Kock (WK)||b Haris Rauf||80||86||10||1||93.02|
|Aiden Markram||c Asif Ali b Faheem Ashraf||39||34||4||2||114.71|
|Temba Bavuma (C)||c Babar Azam b Haris Rauf||92||102||9||0||90.20|
|Rassie van der Dussen||c Faheem Ashraf b M Hasnain||60||37||6||4||162.16|
|David Miller||Not out||50||27||3||3||185.19|
|Heinrich Klaasen||c Haris Rauf b S Afridi||11||9||2||0||122.22|
|Andile Phehlukwayo||c Faheem Ashraf b Haris Rauf||3||5||0||0||60.00|
|Kagiso Rabada||Not out||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|Extra||5 (b 0, w 3, nb 1, lb 1)|
|Yet To Bat||T Shamsi, L Ngidi, A Nortje|
SA vs PAK 2nd ODI LIVE: Team news: As for Playing XI, Pakistan and South Africa both will field an unchanged XI.
Playing XI: South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma (captain), Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (w), Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf
As many as five first-team stars and frontline pacers including Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje will leave after the 2nd ODI. Meaning, it will be their last opportunity to see South Africa do well in the ongoing series against Pakistan.
South Africa vs Pakistan ODI series:
South Africa vs Pakistan T20I series
1st T20I: April 10 at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 06:00 PM IST
2nd T20I: April 12 at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg – 06:00 PM IST
3rd T20I: April 14 at SuperSport Park, Centurion – 06:00 PM IST
4th T20I: April 16 at SuperSport Park, Centurion – 06:00 PM IST