Debutants Hand Pakistan Victory
Pakistan 218-9 (Anwar Ali 43no) beat
South Africa 195 (Kallis 50) by 23 runs
First One-Day International, Cape Town
Debutants Anwar Ali and Bilawal Bhatti played starring roles with bat and ball as Pakistan beat South Africa by 23 runs in the first One-Day International in Cape Town.
The pair put on 74 runs together to help Pakistan recover from a poor start to post 218 for nine and then shared five wickets to pull off victory when South Africa were bowled out for 195 in reply.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, Pakistan began well as Nasir Jamshed (24) and Ahmed Shehzad (35) put on 49 together, but they then slipped to 131 for seven.
Dale Steyn (3-33), Vernon Philander (1-37), Morne Morkel (3-39) and Jacques Kallis (2-53) had Pakistan in real trouble until Bhatti and Anwar came together.
Bhatti made 39 in 25 balls and Anwar was unbeaten on 43 in 55 deliveries and their partnership gave themselves something to bowl at.
And after Junaid Khan bowled Hashim Amla for three and Mohammad Hafeez had Graeme Smith stumped for 12, Bhatti got into the game with the ball when he bowled Quinton de Kock (19).
Shahid Afridi bowled AB de Villiers for 10 and although Kallis made 50 in 71 balls, he fell after reaching the milestone when Anwar bowled him.
JP Duminy then took charge of the run chase by hitting 49 but after David Miller fell to Anwar for four and Philander to Saeed Ajmal for 14, the left-hander was caught by Umar Akmal off Ajmal to leave South Africa at 168 for eight and struggling.
They fought back again through Steyn (15) and Morkel (17) but Bhatti returned to bowl them both and wrap up victory for Pakistan.
Bhatti finished with three for 37, Ajmal two for 28, Anwar two for 24, Junaid one for 28, Hafeez one for 38 and Afridi one for 34 as the wickets were shared around.
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