Pakistan opening batsman Fakhar Zaman’s astonishing innings of 193 couldn’t stop South Africa profitable the second one-day worldwide by 17 runs in Johannesburg on Sunday. Pakistan appeared to haven’t any probability once they slumped to 205 for seven within the thirty eighth over in reply to South Africa’s 341 for six on the Wanderers Stadium. But Fakhar’s assault took them to 324 for 9. With solely his workforce’s bowlers to maintain him firm, the left-handed Fakhar, who was on 97 when Faheem Ashraf was the seventh man out, went on all-out assault. In all, he hit 18 fours and ten sixes in a 155-ball innings before being run out in the last over by a direct hit from long-off as he was making an attempt for a second run.
With wicketkeeper Quinton De Kock seemingly gesturing for Aiden Markram to throw to the bowler’s finish, Fakhar slowed down and was stunned when the ball hit the stumps on the batsman’s finish when he was a metre or extra brief, ending his daring counter-attack.
“It was one of the best innings I have seen in my life,” stated Pakistan captain Babar Azam.
“It was an incredible innings, probably the best I have come across,” stated South African captain Temba Bavuma. “Everything he tried came off.”
Fakhar, who made a ODI double century in opposition to Zimbabwe in 2018, was named man of the match.
“I tried my level best,” he stated. “That’s my game.”
“The wicket was really good, the boundaries were very short and the run rate was going up. I was just hitting the ball.”
– Productive partnerships –
South Africa’s win levelled the three-match collection.
The hosts will likely be with out 5 of their Indian Premier League-contracted gamers for the deciding match in Centurion on Wednesday.
De Kock, Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller hit half-centuries after South Africa have been despatched in.
The South African innings was in dramatic distinction to their effort within the first match at Centurion, once they misplaced 4 wickets inside the primary 15 overs, with Pakistan happening to win by three wickets off the final ball.
Early moisture within the pitch once more made batting difficult however South Africa put collectively a succession of productive partnerships.
De Kock (80) and Aiden Markram (39) placed on 55 for the primary wicket earlier than Bavuma (92) and De Kock added 114 for the second wicket.
It set a platform for Rassie van der Dussen to hit a blistering 60 off 37 balls as he and Bavuma placed on 101 for the third wicket.
Given the liberty to play his photographs from the beginning, in distinction to his century in Centurion when he needed to rebuild the innings, Van der Dussen hit six fours and 4 sixes.
David Miller slammed an unbeaten 50 off 27 balls.
Babar, who made a century within the first match, once more appeared in elegant type as he cruised to 31 off 33 balls after the early lack of Imam-ul-Haq.
But he was undone by the tempo of Anrich Nortje, mistiming a pull shot off Nortje’s fourth ball.
Nortje adopted up with two extra fast wickets as Pakistan slipped to 85 for 4.
Shadab Khan, Asif Ali and Faheem Ashraf provided temporary help however the match properly past Pakistan’s attain when Faheem was seventh out, with 137 runs nonetheless wanted.
But that was with out counting on Fakhar.
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