Pakistan in South Africa, 5 ODI Series, 2019

South Africa vs Pakistan - 1st ODI

Venue: St George's Park, Port Elizabeth

Date & Time: 19 January 2019

Pakistan 267/5

RR: 5.43 | Pakistan beat South Africa by 5 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Imam-ul-Haq c Reeza Hendricks & b Duanne Olivier c Reeza Hendricks & b Duanne Olivier 8610152
Fakhar Zaman c Dwaine Pretorius & b Duanne Olivier c Dwaine Pretorius & b Duanne Olivier 252331
Babar Azam bowled Reeza Hendricks bowled Reeza Hendricks 496950
Mohammad Hafeez not out not out 716382
Shoaib Malik bowled Andile Phehlukwayo bowled Andile Phehlukwayo 121710
Sarfraz Ahmed lbw Imran Tahir lbw Imran Tahir 1300
Shadab Khan not out not out 181910
Imad Wasim
Faheem Ashraf
Hasan Ali
Usman Khan
Extras 5 (b 0, lb 1, w 4, nb 0)
Total 267 (5 Wkts, 49.1 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
45-1 (Fakhar Zaman,8.2), 139-2 (Babar Azam,28), 185-3 (Imam-ul-Haq,36.1), 218-4 (Shoaib Malik,41.2), 223-5 (Sarfraz Ahmed,42.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Kagiso Rabada9.1 1 51 0 5.60
Duanne Olivier10 0 73 2 7.30
Dwaine Pretorius10 0 42 0 4.20
Andile Phehlukwayo7 0 43 1 6.14
Imran Tahir10 0 44 1 4.40
Reeza Hendricks3 0 13 1 4.33

This was the perfect start Pakistan could have asked for after their defeat in the Test series. It was a clinical performance from them and they will be pleased with it. South Africa may have lost, but there certainly are positives to take for them from this game, along with the lessons. The next game takes place on Tuesday, in Durban, at 1300 local (1100 GMT). Do join in for that. Cheers!

Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed, says the credit goes to the bowlers first. Also applauds Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam for the way they played. Reckons that they won the game in the middle when the spinners kept it tight and never let the opposition get away with the game. On his captaincy, he says he's always been an animated character and that's how he'll always be.

Man of the Match, Mohammad Hafeez, says it was a great team effort as they first restricted South Africa to a decent score and then chased it down. Mentions that if you win the first game of the series, it always provides good momentum. States that they were always confident after restricting South Africa to 266 and after the start the openers gave, the task became much easier.

South Africa skipper, Faf du Plessis, says they were 10-15 runs short and rues the fact that they couldn't capitalize on the foundation laid by Hashim Amla and Rassie van der Dussen. Credits Pakistan for pacing the chase well and admits there are lessons to take from this game. On Hashim Amla, he says he's found some form since the Test series and also applauds Rassie van der Dussen for the way he played. Adds that these are positive signs, especially with the upcoming World Cup in mind. Continues saying that they needed to adapt to the conditions better, like Pakistan did, particularly in the middle overs, and that is something they should learn from.

South Africa, after posting a below par total on the board, couldn't get the early wickets they needed. And couldn't stem the flow of runs in the middle overs either. The Pakistan top order put its side in a comfortable position, which in turn helped the experience in the middle order to take the visitors home. A few wickets did fall in quick succession towards the end, but the game was more or less over by then. Earlier in the day, South Africa made their way to 266 on the back of a Amla hundred and a van der Dussen 93, but despite that, they couldn't post a score which would be enough.

Despite it going to the last over, it was a commanding win for the Men in Green. The task wasn't that difficult to begin with, but the Pakistan top order made that job that much easier. The openers added 45, and after Zaman's departure, Imam (who missed out on a ton) carried the torch forward. He made two superb partnerships with Azam and Hafeez worth 94 and 46 respectively, which more or less sealed the deal. Hafeez then came in, used his experience, shouldered the responsibility well and saw his side home, remaining unbeaten on 71.

K Rabada to S Khan, And there's the game! PAKISTAN WIN BY 5 WICKETS! Comfortably done too in the end. Shadab Khan digs this yorker out towards mid on and sets off. Takes the fielder on and wins that contest. Smiles and handshakes all around in the Pakistan camp, deservedly so too.
D Olivier to M Hafeez, FOUR! The scores are level now. Hafeez makes Olivier pay for bowling short so consistently. Just stands tall and pulls this aerially through mid-wicket for a boundary.
D Olivier to M Hafeez, Pounds it in short again, the batsman looks to pull but misses and is hit around the shoulder. It lobs behind to the keeper who dives to his right and stops it.
D Olivier to M Hafeez, Another short ball from Olivier, Hafeez pulls it through mid-wicket for two more.
D Olivier to M Hafeez, In the air and safe! Seems to going Pakistan's way. Back of a length and Hafeez pulls. Gets a big fat top edge which lobs over the keeper's head towards fine leg. The batsmen take two.
D Olivier to S Khan, Outside the line of off stump, on a good length, dabbed wide of point for one.
D Olivier to S Khan, FOUR! Looks like Pakistan are winning this. This is a super hit. Length ball on middle and leg, Shadab makes room and bangs this over the bowler's head. Hits it too straight and finds the fence.
K Rabada to S Khan, Shortish delivery, pulled away behind square leg. Fine leg moves across to his left and keeps the batsmen to just the one.
K Rabada to S Khan, Yorker fired in on middle and leg, Shadab does well to bring his bat down in time.
K Rabada to S Khan, The batsman plays this very late. Runs it down to third man and takes a couple of runs.
K Rabada to S Khan, Another bumper, ducked and evaded by the batsman. The umpire signals one for the over.
K Rabada to S Khan, Bangs in the short one, Shadab arches back to play the ramp shot but fails to make connection.
K Rabada to M Hafeez, Behind a good length in the off stump corridor, it's worked to third man. Single to the total.
D Olivier to M Hafeez, Full and attacking the stumps, worked towards wide mid on for a single.
D Olivier to M Hafeez, FOUR! What a shot. Too good a player to miss out on this. A full toss from Olivier, Hafeez with the full face of the bat lofts it over mid off and finds the fence.
D Olivier to M Hafeez, Works it away on the leg side. No run taken.
D Olivier to M Hafeez, FOUR! Premeditated that and got the result. Full and down leg, Hafeez gets forward and across, a little low too and sweeps it fine down the leg side, beating the diving keeper to the fence.
D Olivier to M Hafeez, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
D Olivier to S Khan, Width offered outside off as Olivier pitches it on a length, guided to third man for one run.

Duanne Olivier back into the attack.

K Rabada to S Khan, Eases this away through to long on and keeps strike. 28 runs needed off 24 balls.
K Rabada to S Khan, Full in length around off, driven to the cover fielder.
K Rabada to S Khan, Too far outside off, placed behind point off the back foot. Big gap out there, so two runs are taken.
K Rabada to M Hafeez, Back of a length into the body, worked behind square on the leg side for one.
K Rabada to M Hafeez, Full delivery in line of the stumps, driven to mid on for nothing.
K Rabada to S Khan, Room on offer outside off, Shadab opens the bat face and runs it down to third man for a single.

Kagiso Rabada is back into the attack.

I Tahir to S Khan, The batsman opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. The batsmen have run through quickly for a single.
I Tahir to S Khan, Short and outside off, punched from the back foot through to sweeper cover for a brace.
I Tahir to S Khan, Tossed up leg break on middle, played off the outer half towards cover. Shadab wanted the run, but goes back in time.
I Tahir to M Hafeez, Another single. Hafeez eases it to long off and crosses over.
I Tahir to S Khan, Fuller outside off, squeezed to third man for one more.
I Tahir to M Hafeez, Full ball sliding in on the pads, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
A Phehlukwayo to M Hafeez, Down to third man for a single and with that, Mohammad Hafeez brings up his fifty, his 35th in ODI cricket. Cuts this late and gets to the other end. Needless to say, if Pakistan are to win, he has to be there till the end.
A Phehlukwayo to M Hafeez, Short of a good length close to off, Hafeez blocks it by going on the back foot.
A Phehlukwayo to M Hafeez, On a good length and outside off, Hafeez looks to cut this late down to third man but fails to make connection.
A Phehlukwayo to M Hafeez, Fraction straight in line, tucked through square leg for a couple of runs.
A Phehlukwayo to M Hafeez, Full and straight from Phehlukwayo, Hafeez plays it back in the direction of the bowler.
A Phehlukwayo to M Hafeez, Length ball cutting back in on middle and leg, it's worked to the man in front of square leg.
I Tahir to S Khan, Played to the point region by the batsman. Dot ball to end the over.
I Tahir to M Hafeez, Goes with the spin as he dabs this with an open face to point for a single.
I Tahir to M Hafeez, Quicker through the air, on middle stump, kept out from inside the crease.
I Tahir to S Khan, Looped up leg break outside off, Shadab gets low to sweep but it goes off the pad through the keeper's right. A leg bye is taken.

Shadab Khan to bat now.