Pakistan in South Africa, 3 ODI Series, 2021
Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion
Date & Time: 02 April 2021
RR: 5.48 | Pakistan beat South Africa by 3 wickets
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.
Big meeting! The South African players get around Phehlukwayo. They discuss the plan.
Concussion test time! The physio is having a word with Faheem. Faheem looks fine though.
Who is in now? It is Shaheen Afridi. He will be on strike. A boundary will do for Pakistan.
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.
14 needed in 12 balls. The game has turned on its head. Just amazing how Pakistan manages to get themselves in trouble.
Who is in next? Faheem Ashraf joins Shadab Khan.
Andile Phehlukwayo to bowl the 48th over of the match. 19 needed in 18 balls.
25 needed in 24 balls. Rabada is done. Nortje is done. Here's Ngidi.
Will Kagiso Rabada bowl out? Yes, he will.
Bowling change! Lungi Ngidi is back on. 7-1-45-0 are his numbers.
Powerplay 3 time! Now, the Proteas can place 5 fielders outside the 30-yard circle.
Run out appeal taken upstairs. Looks like Shadab is safe.
Pakistan have lost the plot here. Shadab Khan is in now.
Who comes out to bat now.? It is Asif Ali who joins Mohammad Rizwan in the middle.
Who is in next?
South Africa take the review! The replays come on and it is the debutant Danish Aziz in question. The Ultra Edge shows a flat line and the Ball Tracker too shows the ball to be going well over the stumps. South Africa lose the reivew.
Who is in next? It is Danish Aziz, the debutant.
Who comes out to bat now? Mohammad Rizwan is the new man in.
DRINKS! A much-needed break for South Africa as they have struggled to pick wickets. For now, it is all Pakistan at the moment. They need just 93 runs to win and with their skipper out in the middle along with Imam-ul-Haq makes it a walk in the park. But cricket is a funny game and you don't have a winner unless the last ball is bowled. So we are rooted to get the winner in this first ODI. For now, Anrich Nortje (5-0-31-0) to continue.
Kagiso Rabada is back. 5-1-12-1 from him so far.
Lungi Ngidi is back on.
DRINKS! So far Pakistan having been batting in their comfort zone after losing Fakhar Zaman early in the chase. The pair of Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq have had their share of luck but most importantly they have stayed at the crease and have already eaten up 68 runs from the target. The run-rate is not an issue for them and they know that very well. They just need to keep wickets in hand and play sensibly to get the win here. South Africa after that opening burst from their bowlers have looked a bit off-colour as they have failed to pick any further wickets. They need that to be in the game or else Pakistan could run away with it with ease.
Tabraiz Shamsi is into the attack now.
Powerplay 2 time! South Africa can now have a maximum of 4 fielders outside the inner ring till the end of the 40th over. Andile Phehlukwayo to inaugurate this passage of play.
Anrich Nortje is on now.
Babar Azam walks out to bat now.
Who will bowl from the other end? Lungi Ngidi it is from the other end.
Anrich Nortje to bowl from the other end.