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South Africa vs Pakistan: South Africa win by by 17 runs and Fakhar fireworks light up the Pink Day 2nd ODI

On a perfect ODI surface at Wanderers, Johannesburg, South Africa pipped Pakistan to level the series at 1-1, with a final game to play. The tourists, with the exception of left-handed opener, Fakhar Zaman, who played a heroic innings of 193, could not quite turn it on. In the end the margin was just 17 runs.

Match Summary

South Africa 341/6 (50 ov)

Pakistan 324/9 (50 ov)

South Africa won by 17 runs.

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Since it had worked for Pakistan in the opening game at Centurion Babar won the toss and sent the Proteas in. It was a case of an unchanged line up, just like their opposition. A relaxed Pakistan who had squeezed through the last game, were quietly confident with the aim to wrap the series up. Their new ball bowlers - Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain – are both due to turn 21 in the next few days.

The second-wicket stand between Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma, the ex and current South Africa ODI captains respectively, showed how good the jigsaw-look Wanderers wicket was worth 300 plus. De Kock was the first to get to his fifty and played on to his stumps, having hit 80 (86 balls, 10 fours, 1 six). Bavuma was kept quiet by the Pakistan bowlers for a 5-6 overs phase but once he found his feet, he played pleasing orthodox strokes and on-drive through wide of mid-on got him to an impressive 50 off 68 balls. Always good to lead from the front and his 92 was to be the top score today.

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Fakhar Zaman (193)

South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa

South Africa won by 17 runs.

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South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa

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Fakhar Zaman runout (AK Markram) 193 (155) L Ngidi to FK Zaman, 1 run, Run out!!! full length, on the off stump, Fakhar Zaman plays the along the ground drive of the frontfoot to the mid off but Aiden Markram holds it and throws it back at the Fakhar Zaman end right into the stumps, the batsmen is gone inevitably.

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South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa

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Shaheen Afridi c & b K Rabada 5 (15) K Rabada to S Afridi, no run, Caught out!! slower ball back of length, on the middle stump, Shaheen Afridi plays a lofted pull of the backfoot to the back to bowler where Kagiso Rabada completes catch. Gone.

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South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa

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Faheem Ashraf c Q de Kock b AL Phehlukwayo 11 (12) AL Phehlukwayo to Faheem Ashraf, no run, Caught out!! back of length, outside the leg stump, Faheem Ashraf plays a lofted outside the edge of the frontfoot to the keeper where Quinton de Kock completes catch. Gone.

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South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa

Fakhar Zaman  100 UP!

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Pakistan need 116 runs in 10.0 remaining overs.

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South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa

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Pakistan need 152 runs in 15.0 remaining overs

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South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa

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Shadab Khan lbw b T Shamsi 13 (23) T Shamsi to SH Khan, no run, OUT LBW!! Tabraiz Shamsi bowled legbreak good length, on the middle stump, batsman plays sweep but mistimes it and ball bangs into the the pad and Tabraiz Shamsi goes for appeal for LBW and he is given out by the umpire, batsmen has to go.

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South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa

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Pakistan need 240 runs in 30.0 remaining overs

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Quinton de Kock

South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa

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Danish Aziz c Q de Kock b A Nortje 9 (14) A Nortje to Danish Aziz, no run, Caught out!! back of length, on the off stump, Danish Aziz plays a lofted outside the edge of the backfoot to the keeper where Quinton de Kock completes catch. Gone.

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South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa

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Mohammad Rizwan c H Klaasen b A Nortje 0 (2) A Nortje to Mohammad Rizwan, no run, Caught out!! good length, on the off stump, Mohammad Rizwan plays a lofted outside the edge of the frontfoot to the slip where Heinrich Klaasen completes catch. Gone.

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Temba Bavuma catches Babar Azam

South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa

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Babar Azam c T Bavuma b A Nortje 32 (33) A Nortje to Babar Azam, no run, Caught out!! back of length, on the middle stump, Babar Azam plays a lofted pull of the backfoot to the where Temba Bavuma completes catch. Gone.

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Babar Azam

South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa

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Pakistan need 274 runs in 40.0 remaining overs

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Lungi Ngidi gets Imam ul Haq

South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa

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Imam ul Haq c AK Markram b L Ngidi 5 (10) L Ngidi to IU Haq, no run, Caught out!! good length, outside off, Imam ul Haq plays a lofted outside the edge of the backfoot to the slip where Aiden Markram completes catch. Gone.

Pakistan need 335 runs in 47.0 remaining overs

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David Miller and Kagiso Rabada

South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa

Innings break

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Pakistan win the toss and elect to field!

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South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa

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Heinrich Klaasen c Haris Rauf b S Afridi 11 (9) S Afridi to H Klaasen, no run, Caught out!! full toss, outside off, Heinrich Klaasen plays a lofted ramp of the frontfoot to the fine leg where Haris Rauf completes catch. Gone.

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South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa

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Temba Bavuma c Babar Azam b Haris Rauf 92 (102) Haris Rauf to T Bavuma, no run, Caught out!! short length, on the middle stump, Temba Bavuma plays a lofted pull of the backfoot to the mid wicket where Babar Azam completes catch. Gone.

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Rassie van der Dussen caught Faheem Ashraf

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Rassie van der Dussen  50 UP!

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South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa

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Pakistan win the toss and elect to field!

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Temba Bavuma 50UP!

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Haris Rauf 

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Quinton de Kock b Haris Rauf 80 (86) Haris Rauf to Q de Kock, no run, Bowled out!!! Haris Rauf bowled full length, on the off stump, Quinton de Kock gets on the frontfoot to play a inside the edge but ball failed to make connection with the bat, wickets smashed Edged and wickets smashed, gone.

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Shadab Khan

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Temba and de Kock

South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa

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Pakistan win the toss and elect to field!

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Temba Bavuma bat break 

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Markram out

South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa

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Aiden Markram c Asif Ali b Faheem Ashraf 39 (34) Faheem Ashraf to AK Markram, no run, Caught out!! good length, outside off, Aiden Markram plays a lofted punch of the backfoot to the Cover where Asif Ali completes catch.

Pakistan win the toss and elect to field!

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Aiden Markram dropped

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Quinton de Kock  and Aiden Markram 

Pakistan win the toss and elect to field!

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South Africa vs Pakistan 2nd ODI Preview: Proteas aim to draw level before big guns depart for IPL

Quinton De Kock and Babar Azam
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Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, David Miller and Quinton de Kock will leave the South African squad to join their respective franchises for the upcoming IPL after the second ODI on Sunday.

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Fearless? Not really

Pakistan captain Babar Azam said upon landing in South Africa that his team would like to be fearless in the series and play an aggressive brand of cricket. As things turned out in the first ODI, Pakistan's approach was far from aggressive as they managed to chase down the below-par target of 274 on the last ball of the 50th over.

Nevertheless, the team would be happy to get out of jail at the last moment. At the same time, they would certainly look to be a lot more aggressive in the coming matches.

Both Pakistan and South Africa would expect their openers to ramp the scoring a little bit. Although it will not be easy given that there is something in the pitch for the bowlers at this time of the year, the likes of Quinton de Kock and Fakhar Zaman are certainly capable of getting their respective team to a rollicking start.

Couple of interesting team choices

Both teams made a couple of surprising decisions in terms of the team combination in the series opener. South Africa showed their faith in Aiden Markram while dropping Janneman Malan.

Likewise, Pakistan played explosive batsman Asif Ali ahead of young sensation Haider Ali which gave a peek into how the team management was thinking. The idea was to set up a good base and then allow the power-hitters in the middle order to go all guns blazing. Unfortunately for them, it did not go as planned.

In the absence of Haris Sohail and Imad Wasim, the Karachi left hand batsman and slow left arm orthodox bowler Danish Aziz was handed his international debut. 

Babar Azam had said before the beginning of the series that Hasan Ali was fit and available for selection after recovering from a bout of COVID-19. Had that been the case, there is no doubt that Ali would have been part of the XI.

Perhaps, the team management did not want to rush him into the side too quickly, but with Haris Rauf going for 72 runs in the first ODI, the team might consider bringing in Ali in his place.

Cream of Protea crop to depart after 2nd ODI

Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, David Miller and Quinton de Kock will leave the South African squad to join their respective franchises for the upcoming IPL after the second ODI on Sunday.

The IPL begins on April 9th and there is a mandatory quarantine period of one week for all players and support staff. This means that the players will miss the first match for each of their teams and will only be available from the second game onwards despite missing the last ODI and the four T20Is against Pakistan

Go short and quick in middle overs

While chasing 274, Pakistan were cruising along at 186/1 in 32nd over when tearaway Anrich Nortje changed the game. Babar Azam edged a steeply rising delivery to the keeper after bringing up his ton, Imam could not control a pull shot against a ball outside the off stump, Danish Aziz was stunned by a well-aimed bumper and nicked it to wicket keeper Quinton de Kock while Asif Ali miscued a pull shot and was caught in the deep.

South Africa, who had been struggling for a wicket for almost 30 overs, got four on no time. And, it was Nortje who showed the way.

The pitches being slower than usual during this time of the year, short-pitch bowling is a great ploy to not only keep the runs down but also pick up wickets and both teams would have certainly taken a note of that. Before Nortje, Rabada and Ngidi depart for the IPL, they will make sure to try this tactic a lot more than they did in the first ODI.

Pakistan also have bowlers who bowl at over 140 kph and the likes of Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain and Haris Rauf will also bowl the hard lengths as much as possible.

Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:

South Africa
 - Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi 

Pakistan - Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf/Hasan Ali

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