In-form Fakhar Zaman leads Pakistan to ODI series win vs South Africa

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Opener Fakhar Zaman smashed his second century in as many matches as Pakistan beat much-changed South Africa by 28 runs within the third and last one-day worldwide in Pretoria on Wednesday to clinch the series 2-1.

Fakhar adopted up his scintillating 193 on Sunday with 101 as Pakistan posted 320 for seven of their 50 overs having been despatched into bat.

South Africa, lacking 5 key gamers on their means to the Indian Premier League in Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi, have been bowled out for 292 within the last over.Fakhar’s 101 from 104 balls laid the platform for a sizeable Pakistan whole.

But it was given a big late increase by captain Babar Azam (94 from 82 balls) and Hasan Ali (32 not out from 11) who smashed 55 from the ultimate 16 balls of the innings to propel Pakistan nicely previous 300.

They seemed to have stalled when spinners Keshav Maharaj (3-45) and part-timer Aiden Markram (2-48) slowed the scoring forward of the highly effective late assault.

South Africa wanted a three-figure rating from one in every of their batsmen to get shut to the goal, however Pakistan’s bowlers various the tempo on a gradual wicket and retained management of the match.

Janneman Malan (70 from 81 balls), Kyle Verreynne (62 from 53) and Andile Phehlukwayo (54 from 61) all registered half-centuries, however none may push on as left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz (3-34) was the choose of the visiting assault.

The groups now play a four-match Twenty20 International series beginning in Johannesburg on Saturday.

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