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South Africa vs Pakistan, 3rd ODI: Pakistan beat South Africa and take ODI Series 2-1

Pakistan beat South Africa by 28 runs, in a thrilling encounter in the 3rd ODI of the series, at Supersport Park, Centurion today and also took the series 2-1.


Match Summary

South Africa 292/10 (49.3 ov)

Pakistan 320/7 (50 ov)

Result - Pakistan won by 28 runs




Match Reports

Salim Parvez - Pakistan tame South Africa challenge

Though Pakistan gained a 28-run victory at SuperSport Park in Centurion and clinched the ODI series 2-1, they were in a no-win situation for South Africa was not at full strength. A defeat would have been unacceptable but a win is not a big deal and it might be consigned to the archives, sooner than it merits.

For the third time in the series, a team winning the toss opted to bat second. Pakistan management made four changes in their playing eleven, one of which – Shadab Khan – is out of the tour with a broken toe, whilst batting in the previous match at Johannesburg. Mohammad Rizwan played as a batsman which brought in, former captain Sarfraz Nawaz to keep wickets.

The left-handed pair of Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman, started cautiously with 0-18 after five overs, before finding the right tempo in both selection of strokes and running between the wicket. Imam hit 57 off 78 balls in their opening stand of 112 and his rate of scoring often adds pressure on his partner. Following his splendid 193 on Sunday against a full strength South African attack, he was in no mood to hang around on a wicket that was on the slow side. He reached his hundred and departed for 101 (104balls, 9 fours, 3 sixes) after which Pakistan middle order failed in their attempt to dominate the slow bowlers.

At the end of 40 overs with score standing at 230-3 and Babar Azam ready to take more risks, Pakistan ought to have added another hundred in the last 10 overs. The loss of 3 wickets for 11 runs pegged them back only for Hasan Ali, who became a father of a baby girl few days ago, to score a whirlwind 32 off just 11 balls. A natural striker of the ball, he hit four sixes (three successive) in an over from Jon-Jon Smuts’ slow left-arm spin and it helped the total to shoot by 56 runs in the last three overs. Babar needing six to reached three figures, was caught off the last ball of the 50th over, with another excusite 94 to his name off 82 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes.

In view of number of their key players missing due to IPL commitments in India, South Africa had a tough target to chase. They put up a good fight through three spirited knocks – Janneman Malan (70), Kyle Verreynne (62) and Andile Phehlukwayo (54) – and a 108-run sixth-wicket stand did threaten to take the game at one stage. Prior to that, three wickets claimed by Mohammad Nawaz in quick succession in the middle overs had strengthened Pakistan’s grip. South Africa were all out for 292 in 49.3 overs, losing the match by 28 runs. Pakistan captain was recipient of Player of the Match and the series-winning trophy.

Cricket South Africa

Half centuries by Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreynne and Andile Phehlukwayo were not enough as a much-changed Proteas fell to a 28-run defeat to Pakistan in their Betway One-Day International series-decider at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday. 

There was also an impressive three-wicket haul from Keshav Maharaj – although all their efforts were in vain as the tourists clinched the key result that secured them a 2-1 scoreline in the three-match sequence. 

 In another high-scoring affair, South Africa won the toss and opted to bowl first, but most of their bowlers struggled as the visitors amassed 320 for seven, which was led by Fakhar Zaman’s second consecutive century after he made 101 (104 balls, 9 fours, 3 sixes). 

 There were also important contributions from captain Babar Azam (94 off 82 balls, 7 fours, 3 sixes) and Imam-ul-Haq (57 off 73 balls, 3 fours), together with a devastating unbeaten 32 off 11 balls by Hasan Ali that proved to be a real turning point of the game. 

 In reply Malan lead the hosts well out of the blocks with 70 off 81 balls (9 fours), but regular wickets at the other end kept Mark Boucher’s side under the pump.  

 Verreynne (62 off 53 balls, 3 fours, 3 sixes) and Phehlukwayo (54 off 61 balls, 3 fours, 2 sixes) did their best to keep the South Africans in the hunt with a century stand, but once they fell Pakistan closed out victory, and subsequently won their first away ODI series against a top-seven team since 2013 when they also beat the Proteas. 

The home side did enter the match without most of their regulars - Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi had to leave early for the IPL and Rassie van der Dussen missed out due to injury. Tabraiz Shamsi was also replaced by Keshav Maharaj meaning there were only four players in the XI who did duty in the Pink ODI win on Sunday. 

 Pakistan capitalised fully on the changes by making a strong impression with the bat from the get-go, reaching 206 for one at one stage thanks to the top three of Fakhar, Imam and Babar. 

However,  the South Africans then had their moment, clawing things back exceptionally thanks to Maharaj (3/45) and Aiden Markram (2/48) to leave the Asian side on 257 for six with four overs to go. 

But Hasan and Babar exploded emphatically at the death, clobbering 63 in the last four overs, including one Jon-Jon Smuts (1/67) set in which he conceded four sixes to the former, to help their side set a target of 321. 

South Africa needed their openers to fire in order to stand a chance. But they critically lost Markram early for 18, with Smuts (17), Temba Bavuma (20) and Heinrich Klaasen (4) following. 

That left the total on 140 for five, before hopes were then raised in a 103-run sixth-wicket stand between Verreynne and Phehlukwayo. 

The pair reduced the equation to 72 from the final 39 balls, before falling in quick succession. And with them went South Africa’s chances as Mohammad Nawaz (3/34) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (3/58) ended with six wickets between them. 

The Proteas were eventually bowled out for 292 with three deliveries to spare. 

Playing XIs


South Africa - Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, JJ Smuts, Temba Bavuma(c), Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen(wk), Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Beuran Hendricks, Daryn Dupavillion Lutho Sipamla

Pakistan - Imam ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed(wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hassan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf


Match Details

Start Time: 09:00

Toss: South Africa won the toss and decided to field

Venue: Supersport Park, Centurion

Officials: Bongani Jele, Marais Erasmus, Adrian Holdstock, Allahudien Paleker, Andrew Pycroft

Schedule: Pakistan Men’s Tour to South Africa  


Friday, 02 April at 10:00 SAST 

1st Betway ODI (CWCSL) - South Africa lost to Pakistan by 3 wickets - SuperSport Park, Centurion  

 Sunday, 04 April at 10:00 SAST 

2nd Betway ODI (CWCSL) - South Africa beat Pakistan by 17 runs - Imperial Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (Pink Day) 

 Wednesday, 07 April at 10:00 SAST 

3rd Betway ODI (CWCSL) - South Africa lost to Pakistan by 28 runs - SuperSport Park, Centurion 

 Saturday, 10 April at 14:30 SAST 

1st KFC T20I South Africa v Pakistan, Imperial Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg  

 Monday, 12 April at 14:30 SAST 

2nd KFC T20I South Africa v Pakistan, Imperial Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg  

 Wednesday, 14 April at 14:30 SAST 

3rd KFC T20I South Africa v Pakistan, SuperSport Park, Centurion  

 Friday, 16 April at 14:30 SAST 

4th KFC T20I South Africa v Pakistan, SuperSport Park, Centurion 

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