Sunday Apr 04, 2021
Fakhar Zaman missed out on a double ton as Pakistan lost to South Africa by 17 runs in the second ODI in Johannesburg on Sunday. The three-match series now stands level at 1-1.
South Africa innings
Babar Azam, having won the toss again, decided to bowl first again. Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain shared the new ball, whereas Quinton de Kock and Aiden Mark opened the innings for the hosts.
The start to the South Africa innings wasn't unlike their last one, with both their openers kept quiet by Pakistani pacers.
Things came alive in the 8th over when Markram cracked Hasnain for a pair of boundaries before nicking one back. The ball was heading to Shadab Khan in the first slip but Rizwan came swooping in, getting a hand to the ball but eventually dropping what was rightfully Shadab's to take.
Markram (39), growing in confidence, hit a pretty six to Faheem over extra cover in the 9th over before targeting the same area the next ball and depositing a catch into the hands of Asif Ali.
Captain Temba Bavuma and De Kock were then pegged back, with runs at a premium and South Africa 76-1 after 15 overs. The hundred for the hosts came in the 20th over, with the duo still at the crease.
At the halfway mark, the hosts were 132-1 and on course for a 300 or so figure.
In the 31st over, De Kock, having made 80, played a Haris Rauf deliver on to his stumps as Pakistan broke the 114-run partnership.
Bavuma cracked Rauf for a four to bring up his maiden ODI half century as the team captain.
Rassie van der Dussen's stroke-filled 60 off 37 came to an end when Hasnain had him caught.
Bavuma missed out on his hundred in the 47th over, getting holed out for 92.
In the end, David Miller's unbeaten 27-ball 50 at the death helped South Africa to 341-7.
Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq opened the innings for the tourists. Imam perished at the start in the innings, forcing Babar Azam to join the run chase early.
Zaman and Babar took the story to 71 before Arnrich Nortje removed the captain as well as Mohammad Rizwan in the 11th over.
Nortje struck once more, taking the wicket of Danish Aziz, while Tabraiz Shamsi took care of Shadab Khan as the hosts tightened their grip on the match.
A 66-run partnership between Fakhar and Asif Ali gave Pakistan a glimmer of hope but as always the latter vanished when the team needed him the most.
From that point on, Fakhar was a man on a mission as he single-handedly kept Pakistan in the hunt and could have went on to complete a second ODI double ton, if it wasn't for a freak run out in the final over.
He ended his innings with 192, just eight shy of what would have been his second ODI double century. Pakistan eventually finished 324-9.
Pakistan: 1 Imam ul Haq 2 Fakhar Zaman 3 Babar Azam (capt) 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk) 5 Danish Aziz 6 Asif Ali 7 Shadab Khan 8 Faheem Ashraf 9 Shaheen Afridi 8. Mohammad Hasnain 11 Haris Rauf
South Africa: 1 Aiden Markram 2 Quinton de Kock 3 Temba Bavuma (capt) 4 Rassie van der Dussen 5 David Miller 6 Heinrich Klaasen (wk) 7 Andile Phehlukwayo 8 Kagiso Rabada 9 Anrich Nortje 10 Lungi Ngidi 11 Tabraiz Shamsi
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