Kyle Verreynne and Andile Phehlukwayo nearly pulled off a coup, but South Africa ultimately failed

Pakistan 320 for 7 (Fakhar 101, Maharaj 3-45) beat South Africa 292 (Malan 70, Nawaz 3-34) by 28 points

Pakistan became the second team after Australia to win two ODI bilateral series in South Africa after successfully defending 321 in the decider in the third ODI at SuperSport Park They earned 20 points in the Super League of the World Cup and climb to the top of the table, on par with England and Australia

In a match that tested the depth of both teams with 11 changes in both teams – South Africa made seven and Pakistan four – a player’s touch remained exactly the same Fakhar Zaman made scored his second hundredth in a row and, along the way, became the first Pakistani batsman to score over a century ODI in South Africa and to score the most points by a batsman in a three-game streak against South Africa South to achieve victory

Between him and Babar Azam, who scored 94 points, they called on their hosts to pull off the most successful chase on this pitch, as Kyle Verreynne and Andile Phehlukwayo nearly pulled off a coup Their 99-ball, 108-point sixth-wicket partnership stabilized South Africa 141 for 5 and put them 73 runs away from a win But in the end the tail was left with too much to do after. that most of the rest of the top six were defeated by rotation, with Mohammad Nawaz and Usman Qadir taking four wickets between them

While South Africa will again be right to consider their approach against the spinning ball, they also missed their frontline attack, which are all gone for the IPL With Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi absent, Daryn Dupvaillon, Lutho Sipamla and Beuran Hendricks played 18 overs for 118 races without taking a single wicket Instead, it’s Keshav Maharaj, brought in for Tabraiz Shamsi, who has seen the most success, backed by all-rounder 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 collectively picked up six wickets

In a left-field swing, Markram opened up both the bowling and the stick, making him just the second South African after Robin Peterson to debut in both disciplines in the past two decades. He will be happier with his performance with the ball than the stick, having taken 2 for 48 out of ten points, but was absent for 18, moving inside his mat before being caught behind.

Markram and South Africa started well with the ball and Pakistan only got one limit in the first six overs, but it was the calm before the storm When Zaman hit the first six innings – on a short Sipamla that he beefed up on the midwicket – the openers seemed to find the rhythm Imam-ul-Haq, meanwhile, faced Dupavillon’s short ball with his trademark and raised his half-century by 60 balls

Their stand of the century appeared in the 19th and made Pakistan’s first opening pair to record five-century stands in ODIs, but were separated just as acceleration appeared on the charts. Imam walked down the track to try and hit Maharaj for a long time but did not time his shot and was caught by Verreynne

Enter Azam, who signaled his intention with a magnificent back kick through the point of the eighth ball he faced Zaman continued as an anchor, cashing where line and length allowed, as in a Sipamla, where the young fast sprayed him from both sides of the wicket and Zaman pinched three limits His hundred came with a short-arm jab in the midwicket and with over 15 overs left he had plenty of time to complete what he had started in the second ODI at the Wanderers, where he was exhausted for 193 but Maharaj l ‘prevented

He had Zaman deal weight when the batsman missed a sweep and was hit on the back pad, but Zaman saw again Tracking the ball showed he was missing a leg On the next ball, Zaman has attempted to paddle Maharaj but got an inside edge on his pads to give Heinrich Klaasen a simple grip instead

This layoff sparked a mini collapse which saw Pakistan lose 5 for 51 in 64 bullets Maharaj, Smuts and Markram were responsible for the squeeze and could have kept Pakistan under 300 before Azam and Hasan Ali do not come together for one last fulfillment They’ve taken 56 points in the last three overs, with Azam finishing a century-long shot away

With South Africa set to score almost 650+ carries from the start, they needed a good start Markram and Janneman Malan, both powerful hitters, laid the groundwork with limits on both sides of the pitch, including Markram’s classic cover player and Malan’s front foot on Shaheen Afridi Their partnership was worth 54 when Markram was fired in the ninth

With Jon-Jon Smuts, a new – and yet untested – batsman in the crease, Azam waited until the power play was over before introducing Qadir Smuts showed some aggression with a strong sweep across the square leg. , but never seemed quite comfortable as Qadir hit him with a fin

Soon there was a rotation on both sides, with Nawaz in the attack, but Captain Temba Bavuma and Malan negotiated them pretty well Bavuma leaned on his sweep and Malan waited for the width, in bringing back fifty with cover while chasing 63 balls The pair have always maintained a degree of caution, especially with Bavuma struggling with a hamstring

Their partnership grew to fifty before Nawaz pulled them both out in his fourth to expose South Africa’s middle order He tricked Malan lbw when he played on the wrong line for a delivery who straightened up and three balls later played Bavuma, who played all around a straight line Four times after that, Nawaz grabbed Klaasen, who missed a mowing attempt and was hit on the back pad He examined the lbw but tracking the bullet showed the bullet would have struck the stumps

At the end of the 28th over, South Africa was 141 for 5, with no injured Rassie van der Dussen or IPL-linked David Miller, leaving Verreynne and Phehlukwayo to score more than eight points and more Verreynne’s first frontier came from Faheem Ashraf – a top edge on the goalkeeper – before he unleashed the pull and the back kick Phehlukwayo took the turn and hit Nawaz for cover and Qadir on a square leg deep for six, both hitting anything wide from Rauf

Verreynne collected fifty in the 40th out of 40 balls, while Phehlukwayo reached the milestone in the 42nd with 56 balls South Africa then needed 76 points from the last ten overs but had to deal with the changes Rauf’s rhythm He snuck into slower balls at the opportune times and slid Verreynne on a deep square leg, attempting to free the rope

Six balls later, Phehlukwayo went the same way when he swung a slower ball from Hasan and skied it Sarfaraz came a good distance, called and claimed the hold to end the hopes of South Africa to win a third trophy in nine series under Mark Boucher Pakistan, however, have now won playoffs in South Africa with Misbah-ul-Haq as captain (2013) and coach (2021)

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