South Africa beat Pakistan by 13 runs (D/L) in 3rd ODI - Pakistan party spoiled by wet weather
Pakistan was hard done by the weather at Super Sports Centurion, in a match, hit by two lengthy rain breaks.
Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat against South Africa at Supersport Park, Centurion in the 3rd ODI of the series today.
Pakistan 317-6 (Imam-Ul-Haq 101, Babar Azam 69, Mohammad Hafeez 52; Dale Steyn 2-43, Kagiso Rabada 2-57)
South Africa – 187-2 (Reeza Hendricks 82*, Faf du Plessis 40*)
Result - South Africa won by 13 runs (D/L method)
The Duckworth-Lewis method, awarded the match to South Africa by 13 runs. With the home team requiring another 131 runs in the remaining 17 overs at the rate of 7.7 runs per over, the patient crowd was in for a cracking contest, before the heavens opened for the second time in the evening. The result puts South Africa 2-1 ahead in the five-match ODI series.
Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan captain under the radar for racist remarks picked up on the microphone in his 100th ODI in Durban, few days ago, did the right thing by publicly apologizing for the incident, before the match. After winning the toss, he had no hesitation in batting first. After an early loss of Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq (101) and Babar Azam (69) took the score to 136, without taking undue risks. Babar was trapped leg before by Dale Steyn’s slower ball and was replaced by equally fluent Mohammad Hafeez, keeping the run-rate close to 5.5 runs an over. Hafeez’s 52 off 58 balls contained 6 fours and a six and he was third out at 220 in the 39th over.
Imam continues to show how valuable opening batsman he has become in ODIs for Pakistan and today he brought up his 5th hundred in the 50-over format. His 101 off 116 balls with 8 fours was not pedestrian by any measure as he reached 1000 ODI runs in just 19 innings. After his exit, Shoaib Malik (31 off 27 balls) and Imad Wasim (43 off 23 balls) helped by some missed catches, thrashed the South African bowling to all part of the park as the total went up by 91 runs in the last 10 overs to reach an impressive 317-6.
The loss of two match-winning openers, Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock, run out by a direct hit from Shadab Khan, gave Pakistan the edge as South Africa were 79 for 2 in the 14th over. At the time of the first rain break the score had advanced to 88 for 2 off 16.5 overs. Play resumed after 55 minutes’ break and left the Pakistan bowlers and fielders to deal with the post-rain conditions. The wrist spin of Shadab, with a wet ball, was totally ineffective as he went for 46 runs in his 6 overs which included three leg-side sixes.
Though both Hasan Ali and Imad Wasim bowled well, Reeza Hendricks and Faf du Plessis, with ball coming up nicely on a wicket described by Michael Holding, as the best of the series, regularly pierced the field to pick up boundaries. His confidence allowed skipper du Plessis to give him more strike and when the second wave of rain arrived, Hendricks had looked in top form with an unbeaten 83 off 90 balls and could have possibly won the game for his side, had the game gone to the distance. The blistering winds and heavy rain in Centurion spoiled it a touch for Pakistan, who despite having done little wrong, ended up as the losers.
South Africa - Reeza Hendricks, Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock(wk), Faf du Plessis(c), David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn
Pakistan - Imam ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Sarfraz Ahmed(c)(wk), Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi
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