Pakistan’s team defeated South Africa by 3 wickets in the first match of the three ODI series. Captain Babar Azam scored 103 off 104 balls.
Pakistan won by 3 wickets in the first ODI on the tour of South Africa. With this, they have taken a 1-0 lead in the three ODI series. Captain Babar Azam scored 103 runs off 104 balls. Pakistan completed the target of 274 runs by scoring one run required to win on the last ball.
In the final over, Pakistan had to score 3 runs to win. Shadab Khan was at the crease scoring 33 runs, but Andile Lucky Fehlukwayo took Pakistan’s wicket with his wicket off his first ball. His catch was caught by van der Dussen. After that, Faheem Ashraf, who came to bat on the second ball, could not score any runs. He was the third ball bouncer, he missed. Now Pakistan had to score three runs off three balls to win. No run was scored on the fourth ball as well. Ashraf took two runs off the fifth ball. Now a run was required on the final ball, which Ashraf completed and led Pakistan to victory.
The South African team, batting first, scored 273 runs at the loss of 6 wickets. Pakistan achieved this target thanks to skipper Babar Azam’s 103-run knock off 104 balls. Apart from Azam, Imamul Haque scored 70 off 80 balls and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan scored 40 off 52 balls. Shadab Khan scored 33 runs. A partnership of 177 runs between Azam and Imamul Haq.
The team struggled after Azam’s dismissal. Pakistan lost four wickets for 17 runs. All wickets were taken by Anrich Nortje. Apart from captain Azam, he took the wickets of Imamul Haque, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali. Apart from Nortje, Andile Lucky Fehlukwayo took 2 wickets for 56 runs and Kagiso Rabada took 1 wicket.
Report by Chetali S M
Reported on – 03/04/2021