Lahore: (Web Desk) Pakistan won the decisive match against South Africa, winning the series 2-1. The hosts were bowled out for 292 in pursuit of the 320-run target. Fakhr Zaman scored his second consecutive century for the national team and was declared Man of the Series. While the captain was declared the best player for the best performance in the match.
Pakistan beat South Africa in a decisive match to win the series
In pursuit of Pakistan’s 321-run target, Malan and Markram started batting for South Africa, both playing great shorts in the opening overs and pushing the score forward.
The hosts suffered their first loss at 54 when Markram scored 18 and was caught by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed off Shaheen Shah Afridi. JJ Summit was bowled for 17 runs. The innings ended with Usman Qadir.
Opener Malan scored 70 runs and became LBW on the ball of Muhammad Nawaz. Captain Bauma scored 20 and was bowled by Nawaz. The class was also run by Muhammad Nawaz. Batsmen scored 4 and became LBW.
Among other batsmen, Kyle Verrain (62), Falcovio (54), Maharaj (19), and Hendricks (1) were all out. In pursuit of the target, the Proteas scored 292 runs. Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Nawaz took 3.3 wickets. Harris Rauf took two wickets.
Earlier, the hosts won the toss and elected to bat in the decisive ODI match of the series between Pakistan and South Africa.
Openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhr Zaman came to the crease and scored 112 runs in the first partnership with the help of six and seven fours. However, on the first ball of the 22nd over, Imam-ul-Haq Maharaj caught the ball, he scored 57 runs.
Fakhr Zaman completed the sixth century of his ODI career against South Africa off 99 balls and was caught by Maharaj for 101 the next moment. His innings included 9 fours and 3 sixes.
Mohammad Rizwan hastily scored 2 runs off 7 balls and got stamped out. Once again, Maharaj took the wicket. Returning to the ODI team 15 months later, Sarfraz Ahmed’s innings was limited to 13 off 13 balls, with Smith catching his own ball.
All-rounder Faheem Ashraf scored 1, Mohammad Nawaz scored 4, both wickets came in Markram’s part. National team captain Babar Azam played a not-out innings of 96 runs. While Hassan Ali played an aggressive inning and remained unbeaten on 32 runs. A partnership of 63 scores was formed between the two. Green Shirts scored 320 runs in the allotted overs. Maharaj took three wickets while Markram took two wickets.
It may be recalled that the three-match series between the Shaheens and the Proteas ended in a 1-1 draw. In the first ODI, Pakistan defeated South Africa by 3 wickets while in the second ODI, the hosts won by 17 runs.
4 changes were made to the national team for today’s match. Asif Ali, Danish Aziz, and Mohammad Hasnain have been dropped from the squad. Injured Shadab Khan has been replaced by Usman Qadir. Apart from them, Hassan Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, and Mohammad Nawaz have also been given a chance to be represented. Sarfraz Ahmed has returned to ODI cricket after 15 months.
Squads of both teams
The Pakistan team consists of Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhr Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Fahim Ashraf, Hassan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf.
The South African squad consists of JJ Smits, Kishu Maharaj, Temba Bauma, Bjorn Hendricks, Klaassen, Darren Doppolin, Andel Felkowayo, Kyle Verin, Eden Markram, Jane Malan, Lotho Spamla.