Pakistan ended South Africa’s winning streak in a must-win match to stay in the competition of five-match Pink ODI series. The visitors delivered brilliant performances and crushed the Proteas by an impressive eight wickets in Johannesburg on Sunday.
The absence of captain Sarfraz Ahmed made no budge in Pakistani team under the stand-in captain Shoaib Malik. Ahmed has been suspended for four games by the ICC for making racist remarks about South Africa’s all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo during ODI in Durban.
After winning the toss, Malik put the hosts into bat after which the Pakistani bowlers spurred clinical attacks on the African batting lineup.
Paceman Usman Khan Shinwari claimed four wickets in space of six balls to inflict damage on the hosts before they managed for a meager 164 runs in 41 overs. Half-centuries from Hashim Amla (59)and Faf du Plessis (57) pushed to a 101 third wicket partnership but it was wasted as the rest of the batsmen crumbled in a very quick session.
Earlier, Shaheen Shah Afridi made way for the bowlers after he knocked down top order batsmen, including Quinton de Kock (0) and Reeza Hendricks (2).
Brilliant batting display helped the tourists chased down the target with 111 balls to spare. Imam ul-Haq’s knock of 71 runs alongside Fakhar Zaman (44) and Babar Azam (41*) boosted Pakistan to their victory at the New Wanderers Stadium.
With the series is leveled at 2-2, the fifth and final match in Cape Town on Wednesday will decide the winner of the tournament.