South Africa vs Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Imam-ul-Haq fifties steer guests to five-wicket win in first ODI

Port Elizabeth: Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez arrange a five-wicket win for Pakistan within the first one-day worldwide in opposition to South Africa at St George’s Park on Saturday.

The left-handed Imam made a cultured 86 off 101 balls and Hafeez hit an unbeaten 71 off 63 deliveries as Pakistan chased down a goal of 267 with 5 balls to spare.

Hashim Amla’s 27th one-day worldwide century was not sufficient for South Africa, who misplaced solely two wickets in scoring 266 runs after profitable the toss.

Mohammad Hafeez scored a helpful 71 for Pakistan. AFP

Pakistan’s bowlers deserved credit score for his or her workforce’s win, which got here after the vacationers had been well-beaten in all three Check matches.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed used his bowlers in brief spells and their combination of seam and spin proved higher suited to a gradual pitch than South Africa’s assault.

South African strike bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier conceded a mixed 124 runs in 19.1 overs.

The Pakistan batsmen additionally proved higher at rotating the strike, notably throughout a 94-run second-wicket stand between Imam and Babar Azam (49).

Amla (108 not out) and new cap Hendrick ‘Rassie’ van der Dussen (93) placed on 155 for South Africa’s second wicket however though they regularly elevated the tempo of their partnership they had been unable to dominate the bowling.

“These two guys batted rather well however there have been most likely 15 or 20 extra runs that we may have scored if we had pushed a bit more durable,” mentioned South African captain Faf du Plessis.

“Pakistan bowled rather well within the center overs.”

Man of the match Hafeez mentioned: “We had been assured as a result of we knew 266 was not a par rating on this observe. The primary win of the sequence is essential.”

Hafeez mentioned an aggressive opening stand of 45 off 50 balls by Imam and Fakhar Zaman had given Pakistan momentum which was continued in the course of the partnership between Imam and Azam.

Seamer Hasan Ali and leg-spinner Shadab Khan had been the perfect Pakistan bowlers and the one two who bowled their full quota of ten overs, taking one for 42 and one for 41 respectively.

Pakistan appeared to be cruising to a simple win till Imam was dismissed within the 37th over when he stepped out of his crease and sliced an tried drive to deep cowl.

Two extra wickets fell cheaply earlier than Hafeez and Shadab noticed their facet house, sustaining an unbeaten document for Pakistan in 5 one-day matches in Port Elizabeth, 4 of them in opposition to South Africa.

Amla and Reeza Hendricks (45) placed on 82 off 105 balls for the primary wicket earlier than Van der Dussen made a gradual begin in his first one-day worldwide, taking ten balls to attain his first run.

Van der Dussen gained confidence as he hit six fours and three sixes in a 101-ball innings earlier than hitting a full toss from Hasan to long-off within the 47th over. Amla made his runs off 120 balls with seven fours and a six.

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