Pakistan gave a much-improved performance against the number ranked team South Africa. The Pakistani bowlers were all over them in this crunch match. The bowlers did a wonderful job by restricting the batting power of South Africa for just 219 in their 50 overs.
In this match, South Africa won the toss and opted to bat first. The Proteas wanted to repeat the same performance like they did against Sri Lanka. South African openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock started off decently. These two added 40 runs in 8.2 overs.
But the match turned when Pakistani Captain Sarfraz Khan handed the ball to Imad Wassim, a slow left-arm orthodox bowler. He provided a vital breakthrough for his team. He picked up inform batsman Hashim Amla for just 16.
Then all-rounder Mohd Hafeez was in action, he was bowling some tight lines to the South African batsmen. He was also amongst the wicket takers for Pakistan. He dismissed Quinton de Kock for 33.
A lot was expected from AB De Villers, unfortunately, he was also dismissed for a golden duck in the next over. This zero score from ABD came after 2013 Champions Trophy. He scored a duck against England in a semi-final match. This is the 7th duck for AB De Villers in ODIs.
South Africa needed a big partnership to rescue their innings, Faf Du Plessis and David Miller tried to build one but they were unsuccessful. Hasan Ali was the man from Pakistan who picked up the price wicket of Faf Du Plessis for 26.
David Miller and JP Duminy but he too was dismissed early for 8. Then Wayne Parnell got out on duck in very next ball. Hasan Ali was the man again to pick up those two wickets. South Africa was reeling at the score of 118 for 6.
Fortunately, David Miller was there in the middle. Miller and Morris shared a stand which was a needed for South Africa. Their 47 runs partnership added stability in South Africa innings. But that was not enough.
Their 47 run stand was broken by Junaid Khan when he picked up Chris Morris for just 28.
Miller was the alone fighter for the Proteas in that innings. He scored his slowest fifty in ODIs. He again shared another vital stand with Kagiso Rabada. These two added 48 runs for the 8th wicket. This 48 run stand was the highest for South Africa in that match.
Due to this partnership, South Africa managed to score over 200. Rabada was the last man to be dismissed for well made 26. But South Africa should thank David Miller’s innings of 75 not out. Its Miller who carried South Africa through.
In the of 50 overs, south Africa posted 219 for the loss of 8 wickets.
Pakistani bowlers did a wonderful job. Hasan Ali was the pick of the bowlers and Junaid Khan, Imad Wassim and Mohd Hafeez supported Ali well.
While chasing the target of 220 in 50 overs, the Pakistani openers started off well. Their openers Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman gave them the descent start.
Fakhar Zaman was aggressor in that partnership. He played an entertaining knock of 31 runs but couldn’t carry the innings along with Azhar Ali.
Morne Mokel gave South Africa the good breakthrough. He picked 2 wickets in that over.
Mohd Hafeez was again struggling at the crease. He took 53 balls to score 26 balls. Eventually he was dismissed by Mokel for 26.
Then Barbar Azam and Sohaib Malik ensure that no further loss of wickets hurt Pakistan. The match was called off due to constant rain and Pakistan was declared as winners due to DLs method.
Pakistan won the match by 19 runs due to D/L method.
Hasan Ali was the man of the match for his brilliant performance with the ball. He ended with figures of 3 wickets for 24 runs in his spell of 8 overs.