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

commentary

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.

49.1
1
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.
48.6
4
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.
48.5
0
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.
48.4
2
D Olivier to M Hafeez, Another short ball from Olivier, Hafeez pulls it through mid-wicket for two more.
48.3
2
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.
48.2
1
D Olivier to S Khan, Outside the line of off stump, on a good length, dabbed wide of point for one.
48.1
4
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.
47.6
1
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.
47.5
0
K Rabada to S Khan, Yorker fired in on middle and leg, Shadab does well to bring his bat down in time.
47.4
2
K Rabada to S Khan, The batsman plays this very late. Runs it down to third man and takes a couple of runs.
47.3
0
K Rabada to S Khan, Another bumper, ducked and evaded by the batsman. The umpire signals one for the over.
47.2
0
K Rabada to S Khan, Bangs in the short one, Shadab arches back to play the ramp shot but fails to make connection.
47.1
1
K Rabada to M Hafeez, Behind a good length in the off stump corridor, it's worked to third man. Single to the total.
46.6
1
D Olivier to M Hafeez, Full and attacking the stumps, worked towards wide mid on for a single.
46.5
4
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.
46.4
0
D Olivier to M Hafeez, Works it away on the leg side. No run taken.
46.3
4
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.
46.2
0
D Olivier to M Hafeez, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
46.1
1
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.

45.6
1
K Rabada to S Khan, Eases this away through to long on and keeps strike. 28 runs needed off 24 balls.
45.5
0
K Rabada to S Khan, Full in length around off, driven to the cover fielder.
45.4
2
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.
45.3
1
K Rabada to M Hafeez, Back of a length into the body, worked behind square on the leg side for one.
45.2
0
K Rabada to M Hafeez, Full delivery in line of the stumps, driven to mid on for nothing.
45.1
1
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.

44.6
1
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.
44.5
2
I Tahir to S Khan, Short and outside off, punched from the back foot through to sweeper cover for a brace.
44.4
0
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.
44.3
1
I Tahir to M Hafeez, Another single. Hafeez eases it to long off and crosses over.
44.2
1
I Tahir to S Khan, Fuller outside off, squeezed to third man for one more.
44.1
1
I Tahir to M Hafeez, Full ball sliding in on the pads, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
43.6
1
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.
43.5
0
A Phehlukwayo to M Hafeez, Short of a good length close to off, Hafeez blocks it by going on the back foot.
43.4
0
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.
43.3
2
A Phehlukwayo to M Hafeez, Fraction straight in line, tucked through square leg for a couple of runs.
43.2
0
A Phehlukwayo to M Hafeez, Full and straight from Phehlukwayo, Hafeez plays it back in the direction of the bowler.
43.1
0
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.
42.6
0
I Tahir to S Khan, Played to the point region by the batsman. Dot ball to end the over.
42.5
1
I Tahir to M Hafeez, Goes with the spin as he dabs this with an open face to point for a single.
42.4
0
I Tahir to M Hafeez, Quicker through the air, on middle stump, kept out from inside the crease.
42.3
0
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.

42.2
0
I Tahir to S Ahmed, OUT! Another Pakistan wicket down in quick succession. Brilliant from Imran Tahir. He bowls it on leg and it's the leg break. Spins ever so much and beats the closed face of the bat as Sarfraz tries to flick. He's caught on the back pad and an appeal goes up, which is followed by the finger. The DRS is signalled by Ahmed and replays don't help him at all. He's gone for all money. Pakistan lose their review as well.

Review time. Huge moment. Skipper Sarfraz has been caught leg before and been given out. He's taken the DRS quickly. This looks close. Let's see what happens.

42.1
0
I Tahir to S Ahmed, Full and straight, driven straight back to the bowler.
41.6
4
A Phehlukwayo to M Hafeez, FOUR! Superb. Poor ball, good shot. Too full and quite straight in line, Hafeez close the face and flicks it past the mid-wicket fielder for a boundary.
41.5
0
A Phehlukwayo to M Hafeez, Full ball on off, the batsman prods forward and meets it with his defensive bat.
41.4
0
A Phehlukwayo to M Hafeez, Back of a length on off, blocked out from the back foot.
41.3
1
A Phehlukwayo to S Ahmed, The Pakistan skipper is off the mark immediately. Length delivery around off, Sarfraz opens the bat face and guides it to third man for a single.

Sarfraz Ahmed walks out to the middle next.

41.2
0
A Phehlukwayo to S Malik, OUT! Maybe, just maybe, there is something left in this game. Everyone knows what a big player Shoaib Malik is in such situations, his calm and experience usually see Pakistan home. But this... this could just provide the hosts some hope needed to push on from here. Length delivery on off, Malik looks to run it down to third man but gets an inside edge and the ball disturbs the furniture behind. 49 needed off 52.
41.1
0
A Phehlukwayo to S Malik, Length ball on middle and it skids off the deck, Malik looks to work it across the line but is caught on the thigh pad.

Andile Phehlukwayo is called back on.

40.6
0
I Tahir to M Hafeez, Hafeez defends this one by getting right behind the line.
40.5
0
I Tahir to M Hafeez, Quicker and flatter on the stumps, Hafeez meets it with a straight blade in response.
40.4
1
I Tahir to S Malik, Stays on the back foot and punches it to the covers for a single.
40.3
1
I Tahir to M Hafeez, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. One run added to the total.
40.2
6
I Tahir to M Hafeez, SIX! BAM! That's a cool hit. So calmly done by The Professor. Tossed up around off, Hafeez gets close to the pitch by stepping out and smokes it over long on for half a dozen.
40.1
1
I Tahir to S Malik, Shorter ball around off, punched wide of the cover fielder for a single.

Powerplay 3 signalled. A maximum of 5 fielders will be allowed outside the ring till the end of the match. Also, Imran Tahir to have a change of ends.

39.6
1
D Pretorius to S Malik, Shortish delivery just outside off, Shoaib backs away and steers it to the fielder at third man for a run. Pakistan need 58 runs to win in 60 balls.
39.5
0
D Pretorius to S Malik, Arrows it full and fast on middle and leg, it's wristed in front of square leg for no run.
39.4
0
D Pretorius to S Malik, Pushes this full delivery to mid off. Can't get it past the fielder.
39.3
1
D Pretorius to M Hafeez, Hafeez premeditates the scoop shot, but Pretorius bowls it full and just outside off. the batsman, however, adjusts late and places it behind point for a single. Nicely done.
39.2
0
D Pretorius to M Hafeez, Fullish in length once more, on off, blocked by taking a big stride forward.
39.1
0
D Pretorius to M Hafeez, Fuller length delivery on the stumps, Hafeez defends it down on the leg side.

Dwaine Pretorius returns to the attack.

38.6
0
D Olivier to S Malik, Bumper outside off, Malik lets it be. Looks to the umpire for the wide but doesn't get it. Maybe a bit harsh on the official's end.
38.5
1
D Olivier to M Hafeez, A short delivery which has been pulled away. The batsmen have run through for a single.
38.5
0
D Olivier to M Hafeez, Wide! Too far outside off, it goes from the other side of the tramline, wide signalled.
38.4
6
D Olivier to M Hafeez, SIX! BANG! That's outta here! The Professor teaching everyone how it's done! Fuller length ball around off, Hafeez slogs it over wide long on and gets a maximum to his name.
38.3
1
D Olivier to S Malik, Cutting back in from a good length, nudged through square leg to rotate strike.
38.2
0
D Olivier to S Malik, Yorker speared in on the stumps, dug out towards mid off by the batter.
38.1
0
D Olivier to S Malik, Length ball on the fourth stump line, Malik looks to cut but mistimes the chop on the off side.
37.6
1
I Tahir to S Malik, Length delivery just around off, hit through to long off and a single is collected.
37.5
1
I Tahir to M Hafeez, The Professor makes use of his feet, gets closer to the pitch and drives it through the covers for a run.
37.4
1
I Tahir to S Malik, Floated up outside off, driven through mid off for a single.
37.3
0
I Tahir to S Malik, Quicker through the air on middle and off, Malik defends it by staying inside his crease.
37.2
1
I Tahir to M Hafeez, Looped up leg break outside off, Hafeez goes with the spin and drives it through covers for one run.
37.1
1
I Tahir to S Malik, Full ball fired in on off, driven down the ground to long off for a run.
36.6
1
D Olivier to S Malik, Shorter in length once again, defended down on the leg side for a brisk run. 74 needed in 78 balls.
36.5
4
D Olivier to S Malik, FOUR! Poor line and Olivier pays the price. Short ball down the leg side, all Malik has to do is help it on its way and it's all too easy from there. It races across the fine leg fence for a boundary.
36.4
1
D Olivier to M Hafeez, Another short ball, pulled away into the leg side for a single.
36.3
0
D Olivier to M Hafeez, Back of a length delivery, Hafeez looks to play at it but misses.
36.2
2
D Olivier to M Hafeez, Too straight in line, nudged fine down the leg side for two.

Shoaib Malik to bat next.

36.1
0
D Olivier to Imam, OUT! Olivier with the big break. This is a massive breakthrough and could be the turning point in the game. Imam with a rather rash shot at a crucial juncture. Fuller length ball around off, the opener charges out and looks to go big, but it goes off the outer half and flies over covers. Hendricks in the deep runs in and dives forward to take an excellent catch. Imam misses out on what would have been a well-deserved ton.

Change of ends for Olivier.

35.6
4
I Tahir to M Hafeez, FOUR! No, he can't. Short and wide, Hafeez plays and gets a thick edge. It runs down to third man for a boundary.

One ball left in this over. Can Tahir provide the breakthrough?

35.5
1
I Tahir to Imam, Dropped! That was the moment South Africa needed. A bit difficult, but you'd expect him to take it. Looped up delivery on off, Imam punches it back on the up. Tahir goes to his left and sticks his hands out, but can't keep a hold of it.
35.4
0
I Tahir to Imam, The batsman has driven that ball straight back. Dot ball.
35.3
0
I Tahir to Imam, Quicker, flatter and spinning in on off, the southpaw goes back and punches it to mid on.
35.2
0
I Tahir to Imam, Quicker and fuller well outside off, a mistimed drive finds the cover fielder.
35.1
0
I Tahir to Imam, Tossed up leg break outside off, turning in, Imam is well forward in defense.

Imran Tahir comes back on to bowl.

34.6
0
D Pretorius to M Hafeez, Ahead of a good length, close to the off stump again, the batsman defends rather comfortably.
34.5
0
D Pretorius to M Hafeez, Full in length, aiming the off pole, Hafeez brings a straight blade down in response.
34.4
1
D Pretorius to Imam, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
34.3
6
D Pretorius to Imam, SIX! What a massive hit! The sound off the bat was just sumptuous. He's just crunched that. Full and right in the slot, Imam steps out and just gives it the full swing of the bat and launches it deep into the stands over the cow corner.
34.2
1
D Pretorius to M Hafeez, Pats this away with soft hands on the off side and the pair steals a quick single.
34.1
0
D Pretorius to M Hafeez, Length ball on off, defended with the full face of the bat.
33.6
1
D Olivier to M Hafeez, Hafeez moves inside the line and helps the pull behind square leg. One good run is there to be had. The number is below the three-figure mark now. Pakistan require 95 runs to win. Cruising along here.
33.5
0
D Olivier to M Hafeez, Hurled wide outside off, full in length, left alone.
33.4
4
D Olivier to M Hafeez, FOUR! Sweet. That's all there is to it. Overpitched delivery from Olivier, on off, Hafeez strides forward and drives it well through the gap in the covers to find the fence.
33.3
1
D Olivier to Imam, Tap and run stuff from Imam-ul-Haq. Good running between the wickets. He plays it down in front of cover-point and both batsmen scamper across. Faf du Plessis from cover moves to his right, gets to the ball and misses his shy at the striker's end.
33.2
0
D Olivier to Imam, Full again, outside off, driven firmly but to the mid off fielder.
33.1
0
D Olivier to Imam, Imam uses the angle away from him. Slightly opens the face of the bat and drives it to backward point.

Duanne Olivier is brought back into the attack.

32.6
0
D Pretorius to M Hafeez, Close. Hafeez works this to short fine leg and takes off. The throw comes in to the keeper but Imam is quick to get to the other end.
32.5
4
D Pretorius to M Hafeez, FOUR! All timing, that. Well struck by Hafeez. Full and outside off, he just leans into the drive and caresses it past the diving extra cover fielder for a boundary.
32.4
0
D Pretorius to M Hafeez, Defended off the back foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
32.3
0
D Pretorius to M Hafeez, Fuller and outside off, a hint of inward shape, Hafeez plays away from his body and gets an inside edge onto his pads.
32.2
0
D Pretorius to M Hafeez, Seams back in, touch fullish in length, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
32.1
1
D Pretorius to Imam, Full and wide outside off, Imam reaches out, opens the bat face and steers it to third man for a single.
31.6
0
R Hendricks to M Hafeez, A half-appeal for a caught behind, the umpire doesn't bother. Quick and full darted outside off, Hafeez looks to cut this away but misses. Klaasen collects and appeal, to no avail though.
31.5
1
R Hendricks to Imam, Quicker one on the stumps, it goes off the inside half on the leg side and the batsmen cross over.
31.4
1
R Hendricks to M Hafeez, Has to reach out a bit. Quite slow through the air outside off, Hafeez drives it through point for a run.
31.3
0
R Hendricks to M Hafeez, Goes with the spin and turns it away to the man at square leg.
31.2
1
R Hendricks to Imam, Turning away from around off, shorter in length, Imam goes back and punches it through covers for a run.
31.1
1
R Hendricks to M Hafeez, Looped up delivery on middle stump, swept through to deep mid-wicket for a single.
30.6
1
D Pretorius to M Hafeez, That's in the air but in the gap as well. Pretorius takes the pace off it and as a result, Hafeez is early into the flick shot. Ends up chipping it through the gap in the mid-wicket region. One run taken to end the over. 110 runs needed for Pakistan to win in 19 overs.
30.5
0
D Pretorius to M Hafeez, Targets the off stick with this length delivery and the batsman dabs it to point with an open face.
30.4
4
D Pretorius to M Hafeez, FOUR! Gives the charge and takes the attack to Pretorius. Jumps out to this back of a length ball around off and drags the heave through the right of mid on for a boundary.
30.3
0
D Pretorius to M Hafeez, Stays behind to this length ball and keeps it out safely.
30.2
1
D Pretorius to Imam, Angles this length ball across, outside off, punched off the back foot through the covers for a single.
30.1
2
D Pretorius to Imam, Good length ball on middle stump, it's clipped away through square leg for a double.
29.6
1
R Hendricks to Imam, Driven through mid off by the batsman. They pick up a single.
29.5
1
R Hendricks to M Hafeez, Drives this full ball to long on and takes a single.
29.4
0
R Hendricks to M Hafeez, Safe! The Professor lives to fight another day! Straighter one outside off, Hafeez comes ahead to defend but it goes past the outside edge. Klaasen takes the bails off and appeals, as the batsman drags his back leg out. It goes upstairs and replays show that he managed to get his leg back just in time.

Stumping appeal is referred upstairs. Mohammad Hafeez is the man in question. Not much buzz about this one though.

29.3
1
R Hendricks to Imam, Gives the charge to this floated ball and pushes it to the right of the bowler for a run.
29.2
0
R Hendricks to Imam, Slower through the air, on off stump and it turns away, Imam plants his front foot forward and defends.
29.1
4
R Hendricks to Imam, FOUR! Some width on offer and Imam pounces on it instantly. Short and outside off, the left-hander rocks onto the back foot in a jiffy and cuts it through point for a boundary.
28.6
0
D Pretorius to M Hafeez, Good length delivery on middle and off, cramping the batsman for room, Hafeez stays inside the crease and defends.
28.5
1
D Pretorius to Imam, The batsman opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. They pick up a single.
28.4
0
D Pretorius to Imam, Fullish in length outside off, driven to the covers. Dot ball.
28.3
0
D Pretorius to Imam, Going away from the batsman again, Imam tries to put bat on ball but misses.
28.2
2
D Pretorius to Imam, Back of a length angling across, Imam walks down the track and slices the cut square on the off side for a double.
28.1
0
D Pretorius to Imam, Ahead of a length, in line of the stumps, driven back down the track for no run.

Mohammad Hafeez is the new man in. Also, Dwaine Pretorius is back on to bowl.

27.6
0
R Hendricks to B Azam, OUT! Oh, would you look at that? Well done, Faf. What a change. Reeza Hendricks provides the much-needed breakthrough South Africa have been craving for. And it's the big one of Babar Azam. Landed outside off on a shorter length and it spins in, Babar goes back to force the punch through the covers but misses the ball altogether. It goes past the outside edge and clatters into the stumps. Partnership of 94 is brought to a close.
27.5
1
R Hendricks to Imam, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
27.4
1
R Hendricks to B Azam, The batsman gives the charge and wrists it down to long on for a single.
27.3
0
R Hendricks to B Azam, Landed on a driving length, on middle and off, blocked off the front foot.
27.2
0
R Hendricks to B Azam, Azam has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
27.1
0
R Hendricks to B Azam, Slightly ahead of a length, close to off, Azam is half-forward in defense.

Reeza Hendricks to have a go with the ball. Faf du Plessis is looking for some inspiration, maybe this will be the one that makes the difference.

26.6
0
K Rabada to Imam, Full delivery outside off, driven straight to the fielder positioned at mid off.
26.5
1
K Rabada to B Azam, Angling back in on middle and leg, Azam moves inside the line and helps the pull down to fine leg for one.
26.4
0
K Rabada to B Azam, Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Babar looks to run it down to third man but gets a feather to the keeper behind on the bounce.
26.3
0
K Rabada to B Azam, Flicked away with the wrists but straight to the fielder. Babar Azam works it away but to the man in front of square leg.
26.2
1
K Rabada to Imam, Outside off on a good length, shaping away, it's run down to third man for one more.
26.1
1
K Rabada to B Azam, Fraction straight in line, worked away into the leg side for a single.
25.6
1
I Tahir to B Azam, Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single.
25.5
1
I Tahir to Imam, Full and around off, spinning in, Imam pushes it through mid off for one run.
25.4
1
I Tahir to B Azam, Over the wicket to Babar. It's tossed up around off, the batsman eases it through covers and changes ends.
25.3
1
I Tahir to Imam, Around the wicket to Imam, it's fuller and drifting in around off, it goes off the inside edge as the batsman goes for the drive away from his body. It rolls to square leg and a run is collected.
25.2
1
I Tahir to B Azam, Through the gap in the covers this time. A comfortable single picked up.
25.1
0
I Tahir to B Azam, Quicker through the air around off, the right-hander is well forward as he pushes it towards covers.
24.6
1
K Rabada to B Azam, Back of a length ball which just sits up for Babar. He rides the bounce and pulls it in front of square leg for a single. Pakistan need 138 runs to win in 25 overs.
24.5
1
K Rabada to Imam, Banged in short, pulled behind square leg for an easy single.
24.4
1
K Rabada to B Azam, Waits for the ball to come to him before opening the face and running it down to third man. Single taken.
24.3
1
K Rabada to Imam, Short ball angling into the body, pulled down to fine leg for a single.
24.2
1
K Rabada to B Azam, Length delivery outside off, Babar stays back and pats it away on the off side.
24.1
1
K Rabada to Imam, Angling in from around the wicket, on a length, Imam flicks it through square leg and takes a single.
23.6
1
I Tahir to Imam, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
23.5
0
I Tahir to Imam, Full and straight from the bowler, hit back down the track.
23.4
0
I Tahir to Imam, Leans into this full ball and pushes it towards mid on.
23.3
0
I Tahir to Imam, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
23.2
1
I Tahir to B Azam, Tosses it right up there, driven towards mid on for one.
23.1
0
I Tahir to B Azam, Slightly shorter in length, kept out off the back foot.
22.6
2
K Rabada to Imam, Bouncer! Imam pulls it brilliantly to towards mid-wicket. Andile Phehlukwayo comes from square leg puts a dive and saves a certain boundary. The batsmen come back for the second.
22.5
0
K Rabada to Imam, Full on off, driven straight to the fielder at mid off.
22.4
0
K Rabada to Imam, Yorker outside off, Imam gets a bat to it and pushes it to the fielder at point.
22.3
1
K Rabada to B Azam, Good length delivery on middle and leg, flicked away on the leg side straight to the fielder.
22.2
0
K Rabada to B Azam, Full on middle, Imam pushes it straight to mid on.
22.1
0
K Rabada to B Azam, Around off, Azam keeps it out.

Kagiso Rabada is back for another spell.

21.6
1
I Tahir to B Azam, The batsman has punched that ball through the offside. They pick up a single.
21.5
1
I Tahir to Imam, Once again shorter in length, Imam cuts it square towards point for a run.
21.4
1
I Tahir to B Azam, Shorter in length this time, Azam cuts it on the off side for a single.
21.3
1
I Tahir to Imam, Loopy delivery on middle and leg, pushed to long on for a run.
21.2
1
I Tahir to B Azam, Full on middle, driven straight to long off for a run.
21.1
1
I Tahir to Imam, Once again he tosses it way up and Imam pushes it to long off for a single. Brings up the 50 for Imam. His 4th in ODI cricket. A wonderful innings here, needs to convert it to a big one and guide his side home now.
20.6
4
A Phehlukwayo to B Azam, FOUR! Classy stuff from Babar. 5 singles and now a boundary to end the over. Outside off, Azam waits for it and cuts it wide of the third man fielder for a boundary.
20.6
0
A Phehlukwayo to B Azam, Wide. Azam watches the bouncer go way above his head.
20.5
1
A Phehlukwayo to Imam, 5 in 5. Imam plays this towards mid off and gets to the other end.
20.4
1
A Phehlukwayo to B Azam, Around off, hit through square leg for a run.
20.3
1
A Phehlukwayo to Imam, On top of off, played to the short third man fielder for another run. All too easy for the tourists now.
20.2
1
A Phehlukwayo to B Azam, Back of a length ball on middle, Babar taps it to the on side and quickly responds to his partner's call. Very good running.
20.1
1
A Phehlukwayo to Imam, Outside off, guided towards short third man for a quick run.
19.6
0
I Tahir to B Azam, Quicker on the pads, Azam flicks it to the fielder at square leg.
19.5
0
I Tahir to B Azam, Tossed up outside off, Azam drives it straight to cover.
19.4
1
I Tahir to Imam, Low full toss again on the pads, Imam flicks it away for a single. He needs to pull back his length if he wants the ball to spin.
19.3
1
I Tahir to B Azam, In the air but safe. Flighted delivery on middle, Babar pushes it uppishly wide of the bowler. Tahir tries to catch it by diving to his left but cannot get to it. The ball goes towards long off for a run.
19.2
0
I Tahir to B Azam, Tossed up on off, pushed to the fielder at mid off.
19.1
0
I Tahir to B Azam, Loopy full toss on off, Azam hits it straight back at the bowler.
18.6
1
A Phehlukwayo to B Azam, On the leg side, Azam flicks it away to the on side for another run.
18.5
4
A Phehlukwayo to B Azam, FOUR! Beautifully done! Outside off, just a fine delicate touch past the keeper and that is enough to tickle it away to the third man boundary.
18.4
1
A Phehlukwayo to Imam, Imam plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. One run added to the total. The 50-run stand comes between these two.
18.3
2
A Phehlukwayo to Imam, On the pads, flicked away by Imam. Duanne at the fine leg boundary dives and saves two for his team.
18.2
0
A Phehlukwayo to Imam, Full again on off, driven towards mid off. Another 'yes-no' situation but they deny the single.
18.1
1
A Phehlukwayo to B Azam, Nice but just for one. On a good length on off, Babar drives it past covers for an easy single.
17.6
1
I Tahir to B Azam, Tossed up on middle and leg, Babar pushes it to long on for one run. He will keep the strike for the start of the next over.
17.5
1
I Tahir to Imam, Tossed up on off, Imam pushes it towards point for a run.
17.4
1
I Tahir to B Azam, Flighted on off, Babar pushes it to cover for a single.
17.3
0
I Tahir to B Azam, Drifting on the pads, flicked it on the leg side straight to the fielder.
17.2
0
I Tahir to B Azam, Tossed up on middle and off, Azam hits it back at Tahir. He misfields it and Babar looks for a single. Imam sends him back.
17.1
0
I Tahir to B Azam, Starts with a loopy leg spinner on middle and leg, Azam hits it straight back at the bowler.

First sign of spin. Imran Tahir into the attack for the first time today.

DRINKS! Pakistan are going well so far with the loss of just one wicket. The hosts will look to tighten things up now with spin.

16.6
1
A Phehlukwayo to B Azam, Shorter on length, Azam pulls it away for a single and he will keep the strike at the start of the next over.
16.5
1
A Phehlukwayo to Imam, Length delivery outside off, Imam guides it to the fielder at third man and rotates the strike.
16.4
1
A Phehlukwayo to B Azam, On the hips this time, Babar flicks it away on the leg side for a single.
16.3
1
A Phehlukwayo to Imam, Good length outside off, pushed towards point for a single.
16.2
1
A Phehlukwayo to B Azam, Beautiful shot but for just a run. Full on middle, Azam drives it wonderfully to long off for only a single.
16.1
1
A Phehlukwayo to Imam, Full on off, Imam runs it down to point for a single.
15.6
0
D Pretorius to B Azam, Slower ball on top of off, Babar taps it towards backward point and thinks of a run but denies it at the last moment.
15.5
0
D Pretorius to B Azam, Angles this into Azam who turns it to short mid-wicket. Dot ball.
15.4
1
D Pretorius to Imam, On the legs for Imam who tucks it around the corner to rotate strike.
15.3
1
D Pretorius to B Azam, Outside off, Babar stands tall and punches it through covers for a single.
15.2
0
D Pretorius to B Azam, On off, tapped towards point. A loud 'NO' from Babar.
15.1
1
D Pretorius to Imam, Fuller length on that fourth stump line, Imam drives it through covers for one.
14.6
1
A Phehlukwayo to Imam, Nicely played down the ground for a run. Outside off, punched to long off to retain strike.
14.5
1
A Phehlukwayo to B Azam, BA flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
14.4
0
A Phehlukwayo to B Azam, On middle and leg, Azam plays it to mid-wicket and thinks of a run. Is rightly sent back by his partner.
14.3
4
A Phehlukwayo to B Azam, FOUR! Welcome runs! Outside off, Babar goes for the drive but gets a fat edge which goes away from the keeper and into the third man fence.
14.2
1
A Phehlukwayo to Imam, Outside off, Imam runs it down to third man for one.
14.1
0
A Phehlukwayo to Imam, Fuller ball and on middle and leg, Imam with a straight bat hits it back to the bowler.
14.1
0
A Phehlukwayo to Imam, Wide! Way down leg, Imam tries flicking it but misses.
13.6
0
D Pretorius to B Azam, Full on middle and leg, Babar pushes it to the fielder at mid on.
13.5
4
D Pretorius to B Azam, FOUR! Exquisite! Full on middle, Babar Azam beautifully times the straight drive and the ball goes to the fence. Pretorius tries to get his hand to it but the ball went past him like a tracer bullet.
13.4
0
D Pretorius to B Azam, Bottom edge. Length delivery outside off, Azam tries to guide it to third man but gets a bottom edge. The ball bounces and reaches Klaasen on the bounce.
13.3
0
D Pretorius to B Azam, Shorter on length, Azam tries to flick it on the leg side but gets a leading edge. The ball falls short of the fielder at point. Lucky escape for Azam.
13.2
1
D Pretorius to Imam, Length delivery on the pads, Imam flicks it towards fine leg for a single.
13.1
0
D Pretorius to Imam, Good length around off, Imam charges down the track and hits it straight to the fielder at mid off.
12.6
0
A Phehlukwayo to B Azam, On a length, Azam defends it off the back foot to finish off the over.
12.5
0
A Phehlukwayo to B Azam, Shorter in length outside off, Azam cuts it straight to the fielder at point.
12.4
1
A Phehlukwayo to Imam, Full outside off, Imam pushes it to point and rotates the strike.
12.3
1
A Phehlukwayo to B Azam, Shorter in length, Azam punches it off the back foot on the off side for a run.
12.2
0
A Phehlukwayo to B Azam, Length delivery outside off, Azam blocks it off his back foot.
12.1
0
A Phehlukwayo to B Azam, He starts with a good length delivery outside off, Babar tries to cut but gets an inside edge.

Andile Phehlukwayo to have a go with the ball.

11.6
0
D Pretorius to Imam, Leans into this full ball on off and drives it to mid off.
11.5
1
D Pretorius to B Azam, Outside off on a good length, dabbed down to third man for one.
11.4
1
D Pretorius to Imam, Imam uses the angle into him as he works this to backward square leg and gets to the other end.
11.3
1
D Pretorius to B Azam, Back of a length ball outside off, some room on offer, Azam cuts it square on the off side for a run.
11.2
1
D Pretorius to Imam, Imam flicks this away behind square leg and gets to the other end.
11.1
0
D Pretorius to Imam, Touch straight in line, worked off the pads on the leg side.
10.6
4
D Olivier to B Azam, FOUR! Third off the over. Once again he bowls it short and this time Babar nicely pulls it away through mid-wicket for a boundary. 14 runs off that over a brilliant one this for Pakistan. Contrasting to the previous one bowled by Olivier.
10.5
0
D Olivier to B Azam, Full around off, Azam drives it straight to the fielder at mid off.
10.5
0
D Olivier to B Azam, WIDE! Needs to bowl that one again. Bouncer and it is too high. Azam doesn't even duck underneath it and the ball goes over his head to the keeper. The umpire signals it as wide.
10.4
1
D Olivier to Imam, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Imam flicks it on the leg side for a single.
10.3
4
D Olivier to Imam, FOUR! Bouncer and Imam, unlike Fakhar Zaman is in control of the pull and hits it through mid-wicket for a superb boundary. Second of the over. Olivier is under pressure now.
10.2
4
D Olivier to Imam, FOUR! Wonderful shot. Overpitched by Olivier and Imam gets on his front foot and drives it between cover and point through the gap for a boundary.
10.1
0
D Olivier to Imam, Full on middle, Imam defends it off the front foot.

Powerplay 2 signalled. A maximum of 4 fielders can be kept outside the ring till the 40th over.

9.6
0
D Pretorius to B Azam, Full ball on the stumps, driven firmly but to the man positioned at mid on.
9.5
0
D Pretorius to B Azam, Just behind a good length, outside off, Babar opens the face of the bat and taps it down with gentle hands.
9.4
1
D Pretorius to Imam, Angling away from a good length, around off, Imam waits for it, opens the bat face late and runs it down to third man for a single.
9.3
0
D Pretorius to Imam, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
9.2
0
D Pretorius to Imam, Just ahead of a length, around off, it's defended well by coming half-forward.
9.1
0
D Pretorius to Imam, Full ball fired across, Imam drives it straight to the man at mid off.
8.6
0
D Olivier to B Azam, Full around off, Babar hits it straight to the fielder at point. Great over for South Africa, just a run and the big wicket off Fakhar Zaman.
8.5
0
D Olivier to B Azam, Azam has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
8.4
0
D Olivier to B Azam, Once again full on middle and off, Babar defends it off his front foot.
8.3
0
D Olivier to B Azam, Full on off, Azam pushes it to the fielder at cover.

Babar Azam walks in at no.3.

8.2
0
D Olivier to F Zaman, OUT! The short ball has done the trick and Fakhar Zaman is heading for early showers. Duanne Olivier bowls it short, Fakhar never looked in control playing the pull shot today. He top edges this one as well but this time the top edge goes to the right of Dwaine Pretorius at fine leg, who takes a fine catch. The debutant gets his first wicket in ODI cricket. He carries his good form from Tests here..
8.1
1
D Olivier to Imam, Length delivery outside off, Imam guides it to third man for a run.

Change of ends for Duanne Olivier.

7.6
1
D Pretorius to Imam, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
7.5
0
D Pretorius to Imam, Full on middle, Imam drives it straight back at Pretorius.
7.4
1
D Pretorius to F Zaman, On a length once again and this time Fakhar hits it to mid off and takes a quick single.
7.3
0
D Pretorius to F Zaman, Length delivery around off, Zaman pushes it to cover and looks for a single, but Imam sends him back.
7.2
0
D Pretorius to F Zaman, Outside off on a length, Fakhar tries to punch that one but misses.
7.1
1
D Pretorius to Imam, Starts with a length ball on middle and leg, Imam flicks it towards square leg and rotates the strike.

Dwaine Pretorius comes into the bowling attack.

6.6
1
K Rabada to Imam, Shorter in length on the pads, flicked away on the leg side for a run.
6.5
1
K Rabada to F Zaman, On a length around off, Fakhar hits it to mid off and takes a quick single.
6.4
0
K Rabada to F Zaman, Good length on middle and leg, flicked straight to the fielder at mid-wicket.
6.3
6
K Rabada to F Zaman, SIX! Bouncer by Rabada. Fakhar Zaman tries to pull it but gets a top edge. It has enough on it to go over the fence at fine leg for a maximum.
6.2
0
K Rabada to F Zaman, On a length, Imam hits it to the fielder at cover.
6.1
0
K Rabada to F Zaman, Full on off, Fakhar hits it to mid on.
5.6
0
D Olivier to Imam, Duanne continues to bang it short. Bowls this outside off, Imam goes for the hook but cannot get bat to ball.
5.5
0
D Olivier to Imam, Length outside off, Imam cannot get it past backward point.
5.4
1
D Olivier to F Zaman, Short again, Zaman pulls it to the on side to rotate strike.
5.3
1
D Olivier to Imam, Short ball outside off, Imam gets behind it and pulls it towards mid on for one.
5.2
0
D Olivier to Imam, Defended off the back foot by Imam.
5.1
0
D Olivier to Imam, On a fuller length around off, Imam taps this in front of him.
4.6
0
K Rabada to F Zaman, On a good length on middle and leg, Zaman turns his bat to the leg side for nothing.
4.5
4
K Rabada to F Zaman, FOUR! Flashed away! Outside off again, there to be hit, Fakhar cuts it behind point for a boundary. Four from the moment it left the bat.
4.4
0
K Rabada to F Zaman, Comes round the wicket and darts in a perfect yorker in line of the stumps. Zaman does well to get bat to ball.
4.3
0
K Rabada to F Zaman, Missed out. Short and wide outside off. Fakhar cuts it but finds the man at backward point.
4.2
1
K Rabada to Imam, Good running. Plays this with soft hands to the on side and changes ends.
4.1
1
K Rabada to F Zaman, On a good length on the hips of Zaman who tucks it away for one.
3.6
0
D Olivier to Imam, Length ball outside off, Imam shoulders arms to it.
3.5
4
D Olivier to Imam, FOUR! Imam getting a move on now. Bouncer again by Olivier and this time Imam rocks onto his back foot and pulls it away on the leg side for a boundary.
3.4
0
D Olivier to Imam, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
3.3
4
D Olivier to Imam, FOUR! Imam with a good shot. Length delivery on middle and leg, Imam flicks it on the leg side through deep mid-wicket. The fielder from square leg gives it a chase and dives to stop the boundary but cannot stop it from going to the fence.
3.2
1
D Olivier to F Zaman, Length ball on middle and leg, flicked away for a single on the leg side.
3.1
0
D Olivier to F Zaman, NOT OUT! Zaman stays. The replays and Snicko confirm that there was no glove involved and it was just off the helmet. Bouncer from Olivier. Fakhar tried to pull it away but the ball raised quickly onto him. It hit his helmet and the ball was caught at point by Reeza Hendricks. The bowler and the fielders appealed but umpire turned it down. They had a discussion and decided to go for the review. The replays showed there was no bat or glove involved. South Africa lose their review and the debutant still awaits his maiden ODI wicket.

Is Zaman gone? He's been caught at point, but remains to be seen whether it's gone purely off the helmet or is there some involvement of the bat. South Africa have reviewed it.

2.6
6
K Rabada to Imam, SIX! Imam is off the mark and in some style. He comes down the track and hits the length ball on off, straight over Rabada's head for a maximum.
2.5
1
K Rabada to F Zaman, The batsman has punched that ball through the off side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
2.4
0
K Rabada to F Zaman, Shorter in length, the ball hits Fakhar high on the thigh pads.
2.3
0
K Rabada to F Zaman, Full and driven straight back to the fielder at mid off.
2.2
4
K Rabada to F Zaman, FOUR! Pulls back the length this time, Zaman flicks it towards mid-wicket and the fielder puts in a dive but cannot stop it from going to the fence.
2.1
4
K Rabada to F Zaman, FOUR! First boundary of the innings and it is from Fakhar Zaman. It is full on off, Zaman drives it straight back at the bowler. Rabada has no chance to save that one and the ball goes straight to the fence.
1.6
0
D Olivier to Imam, Length delivery on middle and leg, flicked straight to the fielder at mid-wicket. Just one run off the debutant's over.
1.5
0
D Olivier to Imam, Shorter in length, Imam tries to break the shackles and goes for the pull but misses.
1.4
0
D Olivier to Imam, Full length on off, Imam is taking his time and defends this one as well.
1.3
0
D Olivier to Imam, Full and on off, Imam blocks it off the front foot.
1.2
0
D Olivier to Imam, Full outside off, Imam hits it straight to the fielder at point.
1.1
1
D Olivier to F Zaman, Starts his ODI career with a full length outside off, Zaman pushes it to cover and takes a quick single. First run on board for Pakistan.

Debutant, Duanne Olivier to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.

0.6
0
K Rabada to Imam, Fuller on off, pushed to mid off. Maiden over to start the innings.
0.5
0
K Rabada to Imam, Length delivery around off, ul-Haq pushes it to point.
0.4
0
K Rabada to Imam, Tempting Imam to drive by bowling outside off. He shoulders arms to it.
0.3
0
K Rabada to Imam, Shorter in length on off, Imam blocks it off his front foot.
0.2
0
K Rabada to Imam, Good length delivery on off, Imam defends it off his back foot and shouts a loud 'NO' to his partner.
0.1
0
K Rabada to Imam, Starts with a length delivery outside off. Imam leaves it alone.

We are back. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq to open the innings for Pakistan in this chase. Kagiso Rabada to start with the new ball.