Pakistan in South Africa, 5 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: Kingsmead, Durban
Date & Time: 22 January 2019
RR: 4.92 | South Africa beat Pakistan by 5 wickets
So that is it from this game. The South Africans have bounced back and levelled the series. There are still another 3 games to play with the next one taking place on the 25th of January at 1300 local (1100 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
South African skipper, Faf du Plessis, says it was the perfect opportunity for two youngsters to learn a lot and they rose to the occasion. Mentions that the wicket was not the best as it was two paced. Credits the way Hasan Ali played. Also appreciates how Phehlukwayo and van der Dussen played. Reckons that he has all the skills to be a top level player and that is exactly what they are looking for. He hopes for a pacey wicket in the next game. Further adds that Dale Steyn, who was rested, will be back in the next game.
Man of the Match, Andile Phehlukwayo, says the wicket had something in it and he tried to hit the right lines and lengths. Mentions that he was nervous to begin with when he came out to bat but Rassie calmed him down. Further adds that he then stuck to his plans and it all came out well. Ends by saying that he enjoyed the battle with Shadab.
Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed, says they did not get a good start as they gave away too many soft wickets. Mentions that Hasan Ali's knock gave them some hope. Admits that they had a chance when South Africa were 80/5 but they failed to capitalize. Credits the way Phehlukwayo and van der Dussen played.
Some things to work on, while some to be excited about for the hosts. Their bowling did well on the whole, with Phehlukwayo and Shamsi leading the charge, but they would have been disappointed having let Pakistan get even remotely close to 200, as they were 112/8 at one stage. Most of the batting line-up once again failed to turn up, but it seems they've found a gem in Rassie van der Dussen who can fill the big void in the South African middle order. It was a close contest, right up till the point the Protea pair took things in their stride and saw the game off with ease.
This is what happens when the bowling has assistance on a surface. This was a low-scoring affair, but every bit as entertaining as any high-chase thriller. Pakistan must have had mixed feelings throughout this one. A bittersweet feeling when they reached 203, but it could have been a lot less had it not been for Sarfraz and Hasan Ali's (who scored a brisk fifty) 90-run stand. And when they had the Proteas on the mat, 80/5 to be precise, courtesy a fiery opening spell from Afridi, they failed to capitalize as van der Dussen and Phehlukwayo took their side comfortably home. The duo added 127 runs between them, scoring fifties in the process.
Powerplay 3 has been signaled! Now five players can be placed outside the ring till the 50th over. However, we do not think the game will last till then. Also, Shadab comes back into the attack.
Hussain Talat to have a go with the ball.
Shaheen Afridi is called back on.
Drinks! Faheem Ashraf is back on.
Shadab Khan is back on.
Hasan Ali is back on.
Shaheen Afridi is back into the attack. Pakistan need a wicket now and Sarfraz has brought his best bowler on.
Mohammad Hafeez is back.
Phehlukwayo is a goner! He has been given out LBW. He has reviewed. Only an inside edge can save him here.
Andile Phehlukwayo comes out to face the hat-trick ball.
Heinrich Klaasen is the new man in the crease.
Shadab Khan to roll his arm over.
Hasan Ali is on.
Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over.
Mohammad Hafeez is on now.
David Miller replaces his skipper in the middle.
Faf du Plessis replaces Reeza Hendricks out in the middle.
Rassie van der Dussen is the next man in.
Shaheen Afridi to partner Faheem from the other end.
We are all set for the chase. Reeza Hendricks and Hashim Amla to open the innings for South Africa. Faheem Ashraf to take the new ball for Pakistan.