CENTURION: Pakistan defeated South Africa by 28 strokes in the final and defeated the Pak-SA ODI series 2-1. Captain Babar Azam won the Grand Prix for his Battle of the Century, which allowed Pakistan to set a 321 goal for the hosts.
In the second inning, South Africa had a steady start to the run-chase but stumbled in the middle part of the innings, before Kyle Verreynne and Andile Phelukwayo put up a century stand to get their team back on track. Opener Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreynne and Andile Phelukwayo all hit half centuries for the home side while Muhammad Nawaz and Shaheen Afridi picked up three wickets each.
For Pakistan, Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam scored the major chunk of runs with the left-handed opener smashing 101 runs and the captain seeing off the innings with 94 runs under his belt. Fakhar Zaman was also awarded the Man of the Series award for his outstanding performance in the last two matches.
Keshav Maharaj picked up three wickets for the home side and Aiden Markram bested two Pakistani batsmen in his 10-over quota.
Temba Bavuma won the game and knocked Pakistan down at the Centurion’s SuperSport Park. Bavuma said in the toss: “We studied the headspace conditions, and we think they may develop in the morning. Defending here in Highveld is a challenge.”
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said, “The wicket is very good. We are aiming for 300.We have left the previous match behind. Today’s match is very important. We have four changes. A lot of experience players come in.”
Legspinner Usman Qadir, son of the late Abdul Qadir, made his ODI debut for Pakistan while Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz and Hasan Ali was also been included in the playing XI.
The level of the three games is 1-1. This is because the Green Shirts won the first game with three wickets, and the Proteas had an exciting second encounter. Won 17 rounds of victories.
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf
South Africa: Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Jon-Jon Smuts, Temba Bavuma (capt), Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen(wk), Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Beuran Hendricks, Daryn Dupavillon, Beuran Hendricks, Lutho Sipamla