Fakhar hits record 193 but SA level series
A high-scoring encounter at The Wanderers in Johannesburg has handed South Africa a closely-fought 17-run win over Pakistan in the second ODI to level series 1-1.
Chasing a mammoth total of 342, Pakistan never looked to be in the game as only two men had managed to reach 20-run mark. Skipper Babar Azam made 31 runs, which was the second-highest score from his side.
The show was taken over by opener Fakhar Zaman, who kept Pakistan’s hopes alive despite losing wickets at the other end and the asking rate climbing over 10 runs per over.
Fakhar reached his fifth ODI ton in 107 balls, and then teed off to his 150 in 128 balls. In the process, he struck three sixes in a row off Tabraiz Shamsi when the required rate was nearing 13.
With lack of support from others, it was too much to ask for as Pakistan were restricted to 324/9. Fakhar got out in an unusual fashion, tricked by Quinton de Kock, in the final over.
Fakhar made the highest individual score batting second in ODI history – 193 from 155 deliveries with 18 fours and 10 sixes. Shane Watson’s 185* against Bangladesh in 2011 was the previous highest.
Earlier in the day, South Africa mounted on 341/6 after being asked to bat in the ‘pink’ ODI. Temba Bavuma, in his second ODI as captain, put on century stands with de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen.
de Kock hit 86-ball 80, while his opening partner Aiden Markram fell early making a quick 39 off 34. In-form van der Dussen launched six boundaries and four over-boundaries in his 37-ball 60.
Bavuma missed out on a second hundred, scoring 92 from 102.
David Miller came in with three fours and as many sixes during his 27-ball half-century to take South Africa past 340.
The Proteas continued with their momentum in the second innings. Imam-ul-Haq perished to Lungi Ngidi for 5. While Fakhar and Babar were building on a partnership, Anrich Nortje sent back the latter and Mohammad Rizwan in the same over and then dismissed inexperienced Danish Aziz.
South Africa now move to 9 points in the World Cup Super League after being docked one from first ODI’s slow over rate.
South Africa 341/6 in 50 overs (Bavuma 92, de Kock 80, vd Dussen 60, Miller 50*; Haris 3/54)
Pakistan 324/9 in 50 overs (Fakhar 193, Babar 31; Nortje 3/63, Phehlukwayo 2/67)
South Africa won by 17 runs
Player of the Match: Fakhar Zaman