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.
South Africa 341/6 (50 ov)
Pakistan 324/9 (50 ov)
South Africa won by 17 runs.
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.