Phehlukwayo stars in drama at Durban
A low scoring ODI at Kingsmead, Durban kept the crowd on the edge of their seats for the best part of the match in a day-night match between South Africa and Pakistan. South Africa levelled the series at 1-1 with three to play in a contest that will be best remembered for late order batting rescue of both sides.
Pakistan 203 ( Sarfraz Ahmed 41, Hasan Ali 59; Andile Phehlukwayo 4-22 Tabraiz Shamsi 3-56)
South Africa 207-5 (Rassie Van Der Dussen 80, Andile Phehlukwayo 69; Shaheen Afridi 3-44 Shadab Khan 2-46)
South Africa won by 5 wickets
South African selectors will pencil down Andile has their best bet for a No.7 all-rounder spot for the 2019 World Cup in England. Coming in at 80 for 5, with leg-spinner Shadab Khan on a hat-trick, and his side sinking and looking increasingly likely to go down, whist chasing 204 target set by Pakistan. After a slow start to his innings, he in company with van der Dussen (80 not out) added unfinished 127runs for the 6th wicket, whilst himself hitting 69 off 80 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes. Earlier Phehlukwayo had been his side’s best bowler with 4 for 22 to go with his two catches and was an undisputed choice of Player of the Match.
Faf du Plessis chose to bowl first on a Durban wicket that he described as double paced. His pace attack responded well and slow left-arm chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi, too got into the act with three wickets for 56 runs and reduced Pakistan to 112-8 at the end of 32 overs. A quick finish was on the card when Hasan Ali, at number 10, walked in to join his captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who held himself back at number 8. The pair put on 90 runs for the 9th wicket – Pakistan’s best against all opposition in ODI - and it represented a spirited fightback by the tourists.
Hasan, both entertaining and exhilarating, with his unorthodox range of strokes, did enjoy himself by bringing his second ODI fifty in 38 balls at the end of 44th over and Pakistan inching towards a competitive total. Just when the total of 240-250 was looking possible, the pair of them got out in the 46th over. Sarfraz’s dismissal of a straight delivery with 41 off 59 balls to his name was followed, four balls later, by Hasan’s demise for a well-played 59 off 45 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes. A stunning catch by du Plessis on the long-on boundary ended Pakistan innings with 4.1 overs still to be bowled.
With a target of 204, South African top half was blown away as Shaheen Afridi claimed three wickets in three overs. van der Dussen, following his 93 on ODI debut at Port Elizabeth, displayed his calmness, even when half the side was back in the pavilion. He and Phehlukwayo, absorbed the pressure and were able to find gap for boundaries to ease the situation. van der Dussen’s unbeaten 80 took his team to the victory, with 8 overs to spare. Pakistan bowlers and fielders fought hard but failed to dislodge a determined partnership that took the match away from them.
South Africa - Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Faf du Plessis(c), Heinrich Klaasen(wk), Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dane Paterson, Tabraiz Shamsi, Duanne Olivier
Pakistan - Imam ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Shaheen Afridi, Sarfraz Ahmed(c)(wk), Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat
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