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 last one-day worldwide towards South Africa in Centurion on Wednesday. South Africa’s possibilities of chasing down Pakistan’s complete of 320 for seven have been successfully snuffed out by left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz, who took three wickets in successive overs to cut back the hosts to 140 for 5 within the twenty eighth over.
Promising batsman Kyle Verreynne (62) and all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo (54) placed on 108 off 100 balls for the sixth wicket however each have been dismissed within the house of seven balls. South Africa have been bowled out for 292.
“It means a lot,” mentioned Fakhar after the match. “For two years I didn’t score that much.”
“My plan was very simple,” he mentioned. “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 mentioned. “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; Okay. Maharaj 3-45)
South Africa 292 in 49.3 overs (J. Malan 70, Okay. Verreynne 62, A Phehlukwayo 54; Shaheen Shah Afridi 3-58, Mohammad Nawaz 3-34)
Result: Pakistan received by 28 runs
Series: Pakistan received the three-match collection 2-1
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