Sunday , August 14 2022

Second ODI: South Africa’s first wicket fell


Fahim Ashraf dismisses Eden Markram. (Photo: AFP)








South Africa are batting against Pakistan in the second ODI to be played in Johannesburg on Sunday.
Until recently, South Africa have scored 57 runs for the loss of one wicket in 11 overs. De Cock and Temba Bauma are currently on the crease.

Eden Markram and Quentin de Cock made a great start to the innings for the Proteas. The two formed a 55-run partnership after which Faheem Ashraf dismissed Aiden Markram.
Earlier, after winning the toss, captain Babar Azam invited South Africa to bat.In today’s match, South African players are playing in pink clothes with the aim of spreading awareness about breast cancer.
With today’s victory, Pakistan can win the series by repeating the history of the 2013-14 tour, but South Africa is expected to face stiff competition.
The weaknesses of both the teams were also exposed in this match. While the South African team is facing the problem of top order failure, Pakistan is facing the same problems as its middle order batting and lack of death bowling in the last overs.These are the squads of both the teams in today’s match.
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhr Zaman, Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Fahim Ashraf, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf.
South Africa: Eden Markram, Quentin de Cock, Rossi van der Dawson, Temba Bauma (captain), David Miller, Heinrich Klaassen, Andile Felkiewicz, Kagiso Rabada, Tabriz Shamsi, Enrique Nourke, Lingi Nagdi.In the first ODI, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first and captain Babar Azam’s decision proved correct when four Proteas returned to the pavilion for 55 runs.
But then Rossi van der Dawson and David Miller supported the team’s sinking newcomer and took the score to 273.
Rossi van der Dawson remained unbeaten on 123 while David Miller was dismissed for 50.
Pakistan did not have a good start in the target of 274 runs. Fakhr Zaman returned to the pavilion after scoring only eight runs but then the captain of Green Shirts Babar Azam fought hard against the bowlers of Proteas and scored a magnificent century. He also had a 177-run partnership with Imam-ul-Haq.At one stage when Pakistan seemed to be moving easily towards victory but then Enrique Norkia’s brilliant spell blew up the batting line and Pakistan lost five wickets for 203 runs.
Mohammad Rizwan and Shadab Khan then led the team’s score and Faheem Ashraf turned the tide in favor of Pakistan on the last ball of the match.

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