Pakistan in South Africa, 3 ODI Series, 2021
Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion
Date & Time: 07 April 2021
RR: 5.9 | Pakistan beat South Africa by 28 runs
That is it from the ODI series. Pakistan have managed to win the 50-over format by 2-1. The action now moves to the shortest format. Pakistan will look to win that as well while South Africa will be eager to avenge for the ODI series loss. The 4-match T20I series starts on Saturday, 10th April. The first T20I begins at 1430 local (1230 GMT). Make sure you join us for that. Till then, goodbye and take care!
For his blistering 94, Pakistan skipper, Babar Azam is also named the Player of the Match. Babar says that it was fun today especially after the start the openers gave them. Tells they gave him the momentum to play well. Babar says that when they lost wickets, he was just telling the new batters that if they get partnership it will be better. Credits Hasan Ali for playing the knock he played. Babar says he was surprised to play spin but tells when he saw the wicket he knew that spinner would be used more and they were prepared for it. Credits the team for putting up a good total. Babar says it was a very important series as winning in South Africa has given them a lot of confidence and tells they are looking to carry this confidence into the T20I series.
For his brilliant performance with the bat throughout the series, Fakhar Zaman is named the Player of the Series. Fakhar says that his plan was simple. He was looking to play normally in the first 10 overs. Fakhar says that it is not easy to bat in the morning and the plan was to survive the first 10 overs. Fakhar says it means a lot as he had not scored for the past two years and it was important. Thanks the skipper for believing in him and backing him. Fakhar says he is happier to win the series.
South Africa skipper, Temba Bavuma, is not available so their coach Mark Boucher stands in for him. Boucher says that they are disappointed to lose the series at home. Credits Pakistan for the way they played. Tells they lost the game at the back end with the ball and feels not taking wickets early cost them. Boucher says they were setting small targets. Tells they tried to work hard and felt spin was the best option but admits they might have bowled one too many. Boucher says that they played well in certain stages of the game but adds when they have been bad they have been very bad and Pakistan have made them pay for it. Tells there are a lot of positives to take but right now there is a lot of disappointment. Boucher says there is no excuse. Tells there is a lot of work to be done and says it is never easy to lose and hopes they can get some special performance in T20Is. Boucher says Bavuma does not look good and tells they could see he was struggling. Adds he is not too sure about his near future regarding his injury.
Earlier in the evening, Pakistan were put to bat. They responded really well as once again their top 3 managed to get runs. Fakhar continued his form and scored another ton. Imam too played well for his 57. The foundation was laid but the middle order failed. Babar though stuck like a glue and a fiery finish by the Pakistan skipper and Hasan Ali managed to take the side to 320, a total that proved to be good enough to seal the series. Keshav Maharaj was the star with the ball for South Africa as he finished with a 3-fer.
A very good bowling display from Pakistan. They needed to ensure to keep getting wickets at regular intervals and that is what they did. They never let South Africa get ahead of the run rate while also putting brakes with regular wickets. Barring Faheem Ashraf all the other 5 bowlers got at least a wicket. Nawaz was the pick of the lot as he finished with 3-fer. Rauf delivered at crunch situations and finished with 2 wickets. Shaheen too managed to grab 3. Usman and Hasan Ali got one each but the latter was quite expensive. In the end the overall efforts of the bowlers was good enough to seal the series.
Chasing 321, South Africa got off to a decent start as the openers got off to a 50-run stand. But Markram failed to convert his start. JJ Smuts and Temba Bavuma also sailed the same boat. Janneman Malan played a very good hand of 70 but failed to convert it into a telling ton. At 140/5, all hope looked lost. Kyle Verryenne and Andile Phehlukwayo though kept the hosts in the game. The pair added 108-run with both getting their fifties. That though was not enough as both the batters departed in quick succession and all but sealed the game for Pakistan. Maharaj and Dupavillon played a small cameo but it was too little too late.
Pakistan have done the job and won the 3-match ODI series, 2-1. They have been on the receiving end of a lot of series in South Africa against them but they have found a way to get over the line and seal the series.
The last man in is Daryn Dupavillon!
Lutho Sipamla is the new batsman in.
Beuran Hendricks is the next batsman in.
Keshav Maharaj is the new batsman in.
Haris Rauf is back on. 7-1-39-0 are his figures so far.
Run out check! Kyle Verreynne is the man in question. Replays show that Verreynne was well inside the crease.
Hasan Ali is back on. 6-0-39-0 are his figures so far.
Powerplay 3 time! Now 5 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of this game. 99 needed off the last 10 overs. Keep sure you have some nails because this looks like another nail-biting finish.
Imam-ul-Haq is in a lot of pain as he has been stuck on the little finger of his right hand which is already heavily tapped. The physio is out now to have a look at him.
Change in bowling. Shaheen Afridi is back on. 1/26 from his 5 overs so far.
Change in bowling. Haris Rauf is back on.
DRINKS! Pakistan are on top of this game at the moment but they cannot take their foot off the gas and they need to continue their good work. South Africa need another 155 runs in 114 deliveries. If they are to reach that target much will depend on the pair that is batting in the middle. Usman Qadir is back into the attack.
Andile Phehlukwayo walks out to bat now.
Heinrich Klaasen has been adjudged LBW but he has decided to review it. Let's see if the replays save him.
Review time! It is for an LBW. To the naked eye the impact looks well outside off. Let's see what the replays have to say.
Heinrich Klaasen replaces his skipper out in the middle.
Kyle Verreynne walks out at number 5!
The physio is out now. Looks like Temba Bavuma is having an issue with his hamstring and he is getting it checked. South Africa will pray that it is nothing serious and he can continue without much discomfort.
Change in bowling. The fifth bowler is in action now as Mohammad Nawaz is introduced into the attack.
DRINKS! Janneman Malan is looking good out in the middle but he will need to carry on and hope along with Bavuma the pair can stitch a telling stand. The hosts need 236 more from 204 balls. Pakistan have done well so far. They have managed to chip away with wickets just when a stand was building. They need to continue doing that to put pressure on this relatively inexperienced South Africa batting lineup.
Skipper, Temba Bavuma walks out at number 4!
The physio is out now to have a check at JJ Smuts' elbow.
Powerplay 2 time! Now additional 2 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. Debutant, Usman Qadir will bowl his first over in ODIs as he will inaugurate PP2!
JJ Smuts walks out at number 3! Also, Haris Rauf to bowl the final over of Powerplay 1!
Review time! It is for a caught behind against Markram. Let's see what the replays have to say.
Hasan Ali to bowl from the other end.