Hosts stay alive in series with 17-run win
A remarkable knock from Fakhar Zaman was not enough for Pakistan as South Africa secured a 17-run win in the second ODI of the three-match series at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.
Chasing a mammoth total to secure a rare ODI series win against a formidable lineup on an away soil, the Green Caps never really looked in control and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. They managed to post 324-9 in their allotted 50 overs.
Only opener Zaman showed fight till the very end as he played a remarkable knock of 193 off 155 balls with the help of 18 fours and 10 sixes. It was his fifth century in the 50-over cricket for Pakistan.
Pakistan’s team management will be very disappointed with the overall batting performance as the likes of captain Babar Azam, middle-order batsman Asif Ali and all-rounders Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf gave their wickets away after spending notable time in the middle.
For the home team, pacer Anrich Nortje continued his good form with the ball in hand as he claimed three wickets and gave away 63 runs in 10 overs.
The final fixture will be played on Wednesday at the Centurion.
Earlier, the hosts set Pakistan a mammoth target of 342 runs to win the second ODI.
After being put in to bat first, the home team produced a much better display than they did in the series opener on Friday and scored a more than competitive total of 341 for six in their allotted 50 overs.
Captain Temba Bavuma finished the innings with the top score of 92 off 102 balls with the help of nine fours.
He was well supported by former captain Quinton de Kock—who managed to score 80 off 86 balls—and last match centurion Rassie van der Dussen, who scored a quick-fire 60 off just 37 balls which included six fours and four sixes.
Left-hander David Miller also played a brilliant cameo at the back end of the innings where he scored 50 not out off just 27 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes. It was the fastest half-century by any batsman from South Africa in the history of ODI cricket.
For Pakistan, right-arm pacer Haris Rauf was the pick of the bowlers as he registered figures of three for 54 in his quota of 10 overs.
Left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi and right-armers Mohammad Hasnain, Faheem Ashraf managed to claim a wicket each.
The most disappointing aspect for the visitors will be the bowling performance of leg-spinner Shadab Khan who finished wicketless for the second match in a row.