Maharaj (3-45) and Markram (2-48) slow Pakistan before death after reaching 205/1

Innings Pakistan (Fakhar 101, Babar 94, Imam 57, Hasan 32 *, Maharaj 3-45, Markram 2-48) vs South Africa

Eleven players have changed in these two teams from the previous game, but one of the others seemed to be exactly the same: Fakhar Zaman Zaman has hit his second consecutive century – the first from Pakistan to score more than ‘one in South Africa in ODI – and ensured the hosts will need to pull off the most successful pursuit on that pitch to win the series

Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq laid a solid foundation with a 112-point first-wicket stand, becoming Pakistan’s first opening pair to record five-century stands in ODIs, before Captain Babar Azam takes his time and almost steals the show He fell six under a hundred, but shared a 63-point stand at the seventh wicket with Hasan Ali – who scored 32 of 11 balls – in just four assists to bring Pakistan to 320 for 7

South Africa, which launched a completely different frontline attack due to its IPL starts, missed the pace of Anrich Nortje in particular Substitutes Daryn Dupvaillon, Lutho Sipamla and Beuran Hendricks played 18 overs for 118 innings and didn’t take a wicket Instead, it was Keshav Maharaj, brought in for Tabraiz Shamsi, who was the most successful , supported by versatile Jon-Jon Smuts and part-time offspinner Aiden Markram In total, South Africa played 28 spin overs, the most in a domestic ODI, and they picked up six wickets between them.

In a move from left field, Markram opened the bowling alley in his hometown and could become the second South African after Robin Peterson to open both the stick and the bowling alley in an ODI in the past two decades He started well, with his first two overs costing just four points, before being replaced by Sipamla, who joined Hendricks in putting pressure on the Pakistani workers They only hit one limit in the first six passes and Hendricks beat the edge several times and found a prominent imam who landed safely at the third man

Sipamla could also have seen early success when Imam was in the lead, but the ball landed on Heinrich Klaasen’s head Zaman’s first four also came in streaky fashion, when Hendricks found an outside edge that was about the slip But after Zaman sent a full delivery from Hendricks to Midwicket, the two seemed to be finding their rhythm Zaman hit the first six of innings, off Sipamla, while Imam attacked Dupavillon’s short ball with his trademark shot

As inexperienced South African dressmakers struggled to find their lengths, runs were offered on the short ball and even though the score rate remained below six to one, the openers were happy to build a foundation. Imam spoke about his half century of 60 bullets, the hundred partnership came in the 19th and acceleration appeared on the cards Imam came down the track to try to hit Maharaj for a long time but did not time his shot and was caught up by Kyle Verreynne

This brought Azam down the middle, and he hit the eighth ball he faced for a magnificent back kick to announce his intention. As Zaman played the perfect anchor for Azam, he cashed where line and length allowed He sent a wide Smuts ball to the point and a short Sipamla ball over the midwicket before plucking three limits. off Sipamla as he sprayed her from both sides of the wicket

Zaman’s hundred came with a short-arm jab at midwicket, with over 15 overs left He reportedly intended to complete what he started at the Wanderers, where he was exhausted for 193, but Maharaj prevented it He gave Zaman lbw when he missed a slog sweep and was hit on the back cushion but the batsman saw again The tracking of the ball showed he was missing a leg But on the next ball Zaman tried paddling Maharaj but got an inside edge on his pads to give Klaasen a simple grip

Four balls later, Maharaj beat Mohammad Rizwan, who was on the track and at the start of a sweep, to confuse him Azam had none and removed two limits from the next leg of Maharaj and Sarfaraz Ahmed managed one of the following to somewhat damage the left arm spinner digits

Ahmed’s assault didn’t last long, however, He returned a ball to Smuts in his follow-up and Faheem Ashraf did the same with Markram in the next, leaving Pakistan 250 for 5 after 44 overs It became 257 for 6 after 45 overs when Bavuma took a good and weak cover to take down Mohammad Nawaz South Africa took 5 for 51 between 36th and 46th which could have kept Pakistan under 300 but Azam and Ali had other ideas

They swayed hard in a searing final that brought in 56 points in the last three overs, including 25 on the penultimate over Ali hit Smuts for four sixes, all in the ‘V’ on the ground before that Azam had six balls against Andile Phehlukwayo to try to score 23 to reach 100 He sent a slower ball for six over the midwicket, and another long over, then made four to third man for take him six out of a hundred But Azam dominated the final ball and was caught to the limit

Pakistan vs South Africa

World News – GB – Fakhar 101, Babar 94, Hasan 11 32 * balls define South Africa 321 for a series victory

Source: https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/pakistan-tour-of-south-africa-2021-1251556/south-africa-vs-pakistan-3rd-odi-1251574/match-report