Pakistan in South Africa, 3 ODI Series, 2021

South Africa vs Pakistan - 1st ODI

Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion

Date & Time: 02 April 2021

Pakistan 274/7

RR: 5.48 | Pakistan beat South Africa by 3 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Imam-ul-Haq c Kagiso Rabada & b Anrich Nortjec Kagiso Rabada & b Anrich Nortje708031
Fakhar Zaman bowled Kagiso Rabadabowled Kagiso Rabada81210
Babar Azam c Quinton de Kock (W) & b Anrich Nortjec Quinton de Kock (W) & b Anrich Nortje103104170
Mohammad Rizwan c Kagiso Rabada & b Andile Phehlukwayoc Kagiso Rabada & b Andile Phehlukwayo405240
Danish Aziz c Quinton de Kock (W) & b Anrich Nortjec Quinton de Kock (W) & b Anrich Nortje3600
Asif Ali c Andile Phehlukwayo & b Anrich Nortjec Andile Phehlukwayo & b Anrich Nortje2700
Shadab Khan c Rassie van der Dussen & b Andile Phehlukwayoc Rassie van der Dussen & b Andile Phehlukwayo333021
Faheem Ashraf not out not out 51000
Shaheen Afridi not out not out 0000
Mohammad Hasnain
Haris Rauf
Extras 10 (b 0, lb 0, w 9, nb 1)
Total 274 (7 Wkts, 50.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
9-1 (Fakhar Zaman,2.4), 186-2 (Babar Azam,31.5), 193-3 (Imam-ul-Haq,34), 198-4 (Danish Aziz,35.5), 203-5 (Asif Ali,37.4), 256-6 (Mohammad Rizwan,47.2), 271-7 (Shadab Khan,49.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Kagiso Rabada10 1 51 1 5.10
Lungi Ngidi10 1 65 0 6.50
Anrich Nortje10 0 51 4 5.10
Andile Phehlukwayo9.6 0 56 2 5.83
Tabraiz Shamsi10 0 51 0 5.10

Right! That ends the first ODI. A very close game but it should not have come this close. But when Pakistan plays, anything can happen. Bizarre things happened. It looked like Pakistan will win or will they choke? They did but somehow managed to cross the line. Do join us for the second game which starts on Sunday, 4th April 2021. The action will begin at 1000 local (0800 GMT). Now, we would like to bid goodbye from here. We need some time to recover from what we have witnessed. So, goodbye and take care!

Pakistan skipper, Babar Azam is also the Man Of The Match. He says that they wanted to restrict the South Africans to 270 and he is happy with the way the first Powerplay went. He further says that he told his bowlers to bowl the Test match length and not on the back of a length. He mentions that they got some early swing which they utilised that to good effect. He further says that they had p[lanned to stay as long as in the middle and he did exactly the same thing with Imam. He mentions that there was a bit of pressure when Nortje took 4 wickets but they would learn from it and come back stronger in the next game. He ends by saying that the win gives confidence to the team and they would look to win the second game and seal the series then and there itself.

South Africa skipper, Temba Bavuma says that it was not the result they wanted. He mentions that they were tested in both batting and bowling. He further says that they did not use the Powerplay too well while batting but the partnership between van der Dussen and Miller got them in. He also says that Babar and Imam took the game away from them. He mentions that they need to rectify their mistakes and look at the dismissals from this game and improve and tick all the boxes in the next game to win that one.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan asked South Africa to set a total. The visitors then thumped them early to leave them reeling at 55 for 4. Rassie van der Duseen then along with David Miller did the rescue act. The duo added 100-plus between them to get the South African innings on track. Miller departed after reaching his half-ton but Rassie continued. He played a magnificent knock of unbeaten 123 to help the side get over 270. For Pakistan, Afridi and Rauf picked up 2 but they were a bit expensive. Faheem bowled well but got 1 wicket in his 9-over spell. Shadab had a poor day as he failed to get the wickets that Pakistan needed in the middle overs. They eventually ended up conceding over 270. And then, on the last ball of the game, somehow managed to bag the win. Stay tuned for the presentations...

South Africa started well. They struck early and they kept things tight in Powerplay 1. However, once Babar and Imam got going, the Proteas looked clueless. And then Pakistan did what they do best. They collapsed. Quick wickets fell and Nortje was the man who was doing the trick. He took a 4-fer and forced Pakistan on the back foot. Rabada, Ngidi and Shamsi were superb in their spell after that and forced the game till the last over. Phehlukwayo struck in the final 2 overs but couldn't help the team win.

Chasing the total, Pakistan lost Fakhar early. Imam and Babar struggled to get going but they held on to their ends. They eventually got going. Babar raked up a fine half-ton and Imam followed him. They added 150-plus with Babar smashing a few glorious strokes on his way to his 13th Test ton. They looked all set to seal the deal but once Babar fell, Pakistan fluffed and lost 3 wickets in quick time. However, Rizwan along with Shadab calmed things down and added 50-plus. They both fluffed too. But Faheem somehow managed to win on the last ball of the game.

Rizwan and Shadab got together. They added 50-plus. It looked like these two will finally take Pakistan home. They will not give us those nervy moments. Rizwan decided to do the opposite. He went after a short ball and holed out. Shadab said 'I will do it.' But he didn't. He took the game close but fell in the 50th over. Faheem was injured. He played 3 dots but managed to seal the deal on the last ball.

What a game! A nerve-stopping one! How on earth can Pakistan get in a position like this. Why do they do it? This is just unbelievable. This is some finish to the ODI. Only Pakistan can get in trouble like this from a position where they could have sealed the game easily. But they are Pakistan. They do not like to do things straightforward. They were cruising when Imam and Babar were batting. But then they lost track. They kept losing track.

49.6
1
Andile Phehlukwayo to Faheem Ashraf, A single is taken!! Finally, we have a winner! What looked like a cakewalk turned out to be a moonwalk. Ashraf finally gets Pakistan over the line. Full and wide outside off, Ashraf throws the kitchen sink at it and slices the ball through covers to get the winning runs. PAKISTAN WIN BY 3 WICKETS!

Big meeting! The South African players get around Phehlukwayo. They discuss the plan.

49.5
2
Andile Phehlukwayo to Faheem Ashraf, Length and around off,  Ashraf lofts in the vacant area between mid on and mid off for a brace there.
49.4
0
Andile Phehlukwayo to Faheem Ashraf, And another dot! 3 off 2 needed! Short and outside off, Ashraf leaves thinking it as a wide but the umpire thinks otherwise.

Concussion test time! The physio is having a word with Faheem. Faheem looks fine though.

49.3
0
Andile Phehlukwayo to Faheem Ashraf, Short ball around middle, Ashraf goes for the pull but is beaten as he copes a blow onto his helmet.
49.2
0
Andile Phehlukwayo to Faheem Ashraf, Full on on off, drilled to mid off.

Who is in now? It is Shaheen Afridi. He will be on strike. A boundary will do for Pakistan.

49.1
0
Andile Phehlukwayo to Shadab Khan, OUT! CAUGHT! Rassie van der Dussen this time holds onto one! Slower and fuller around off, Khan looks to finish it off with a biggie but slices it high in the air. The ball goes to covers where Rassie van der Dussen takes it this time.
48.6
3
Lungi Ngidi to Shadab Khan,  Edgy  but it gives three runs! Length and around off, Khan edges softly towards de Kock who fails to field it and the ball goes to fine leg. The batsmen take three valuable runs.
48.5
4
Lungi Ngidi to Shadab Khan, FOUR! Free Hit brings runs! Drilled! No one moved! Full and around off, Shadab drills it in the gap through mid off and covers to get a boundary.
48.5
0
Lungi Ngidi to Shadab Khan, BOWLED! Noooooo! Shadab Khan is not going anywhere. A high full toss from Ngidi Khan fails to negotiate it and the ball shatters the stumps there. South Africa are excited but Shadab is not going anywhere. The umpires check it upstairs and the third umpire rules it that it is above the waist height and it is a No Ball. Free Hit coming up.

What happened there? The zing bails light up and the South Africans celebrate. Shadab is not going anywhere. Is it over the waits? Looks like it. Yes. No ball called. What a game this is turning out to be.

48.4
2
Lungi Ngidi to Shadab Khan,  DROPPED! Swirling catches are always difficult and Rassie van der Dussen spoils it. Slower and fuller, Khan slogs it but  gets the height there as Rassie van der Dussen runs ahead from the  deep and takes the catch but spills it to allow a brace there 
48.3
1
Lungi Ngidi to Faheem Ashraf, Full and outside off, driven off the outside edge to third man for a single.
48.2
0
Lungi Ngidi to Faheem Ashraf, Another dot! Length and on leg, Ashraf goes for the pull but misses it. The umpire does not signal it as wide. It misses the stumps by a whisker there.
48.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to Faheem Ashraf, A dot! Short and on leg, Ashraf ducks under it. Ngidi gets away with this as the umpire signals one for the over.

14 needed in 12 balls. The game has turned on its head. Just amazing how Pakistan manages to get themselves in trouble.

47.6
1
Andile Phehlukwayo to Faheem Ashraf, Full on off, drilled down to long on for a single.
47.5
0
Andile Phehlukwayo to Faheem Ashraf, Short of a length and around off, Ashraf punches it on the up off the back foot but straight to covers.
47.4
1
Andile Phehlukwayo to Shadab Khan, Full on middle, Khan drives it to long on and gets a single.
47.3
2
Andile Phehlukwayo to Shadab Khan, Length and around off, eased down to the off side for a brace.

Who is in next? Faheem Ashraf joins Shadab Khan.

47.2
0
Andile Phehlukwayo to Mohammad Rizwan, OUT! CAUGHT! South Africa have another one and Pakistan have made a mockery of this chase. They were in control when Babar and Imam were batting but after both of them departed it has been all downhill for them. Slower short ball around off, Rizwan targets the short boundary there as he goes for the slog but ends up hitting it straight to Rabada at deep mid-wicket who does not drop it.
47.1
1
Andile Phehlukwayo to Shadab Khan, Length and outside off, guided away to third man for a single. 18 in 17 needed.

Andile Phehlukwayo to bowl the 48th over of the match. 19 needed in 18 balls.

46.6
0
Lungi Ngidi to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on the pads, clipped to the leg side for another dot. 19 in 18 balls required by Pakistan to win.
46.5
0
Lungi Ngidi to Mohammad Rizwan, Length and on leg, whipped away to the leg side for a dot. 
46.4
0
Lungi Ngidi to Mohammad Rizwan, Short of a length and around off, pulled to mid on for a single but then both the batsmen get back to their respective position as they abort the run.
46.3
3
Lungi Ngidi to Shadab Khan, Good running this! Length and around off, Khan guides it to backward point and takes a single. Miller thee misses his shy at the keeper's end but lack of back up means the batsmen get a brace extra so they get three in total.
46.2
1
Lungi Ngidi to Mohammad Rizwan, Length and around off, worked to the leg side for a single. 22 in 22 needed more for Pakistan to win.
46.1
2
Lungi Ngidi to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on midlde, whipped away to deep mid-wicket for a couple now. 250 up for Pakistan now.

25 needed in 24 balls. Rabada is done. Nortje is done. Here's Ngidi.

45.6
0
Kagiso Rabada to Shadab Khan, Short of a good length around off, Khan blocks it off the back foot towards the off side. 25 in 24 is what Pakistan need now. This is going down the wire.
45.5
0
Kagiso Rabada to Shadab Khan, Length and around middle, clipped to mid-wicket by Khan there. 25 in 25 needed for a Pakistan win.
45.4
1
Kagiso Rabada to Mohammad Rizwan, Good length and around off, Rizwan runs it down to deep point and gets a single. 25 in 26 needed more for Pakistan now.
45.3
0
Kagiso Rabada to Mohammad Rizwan, Short of a length ball on middle, Rizwan works it to the leg side. 26 in 27 needed.
45.2
4
Kagiso Rabada to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! Handy runs! Short and around midlde, sits up nicely for Rizwan who play the short-arm jab to get a boundary at deep backward square leg.
45.1
0
Kagiso Rabada to Mohammad Rizwan, Beaten! Length and around off Rizwan gets sucked into poking at it but is lucky not to get an outside edge there.

Will Kagiso Rabada bowl out? Yes, he will.

44.6
1
Lungi Ngidi to Mohammad Rizwan, Slower and fuller around off, whipped away to the leg side for a single. 30 in 30 needed.
44.5
1
Lungi Ngidi to Shadab Khan, Length and around off, tapped to backward point for a single. 31 in 31 is what Pakistan  need to go 1-0 in the series.