SA vs PAK: Fakhar Zaman scored his second consecutive ODI century.© AFP
Fakhar Zaman hit his second successive century and captain Babar Azam made 94 to arrange a 28-run win for Pakistan within the series-deciding third and remaining one-day worldwide towards South Africa in Centurion on Wednesday. South Africa’s probabilities of chasing down Pakistan’s whole of 320 for seven had been successfully snuffed out by left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz, who took three wickets in successive overs to scale back the hosts to 140 for 5 within the 28th over.
Promising batsman Kyle Verreynne (62) and all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo (54) placed on 108 off 100 balls for the sixth wicket however each had been dismissed within the area of seven balls. South Africa had been bowled out for 292.
“It means a lot,” stated Fakhar after the match. “For two years I didn’t score that much.”
“My plan was very simple,” he stated. “I was trying to play normally for the first 10 overs. On these grounds in the morning it is not easy to play with two new balls.”
“It’s a confidence game and we gained a lot of confidence,” Pakistan captan Babar Azam stated. “We will take that and try and win the T20 series.”
Pakistan 320-7 in 50 overs (Imam-ul Haq 57, Fakhar Zaman 101, Babar Azam 94; Ok. Maharaj 3-45)
South Africa 292 in 49.Three overs (J. Malan 70, Ok. Verreynne 62, A Phehlukwayo 54; Shaheen Shah Afridi 3-58, Mohammad Nawaz 3-34)
Result: Pakistan gained by 28 runs
Series: Pakistan gained the three-match sequence 2-1
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