Pakistan won the first ODI by 5 wickets against South Africa and leading the five-match ODI series by 1-0. This ODI victory is very effective for them after the nightmare of the test series. Mohammad Hafeez won the man of the match for his effective inning.
South Africa Inning
Winning the toss South Africa Captain Faf du Plessis opted to bat first. The opening partnership brought 82 runs for South Africa. As Reeza Hendricks become a pickup to Shadab Khan at the 18th over. Reeza Hendricks scored 45 runs from 67 deliveries.
But another experienced opener Hashim Amla made a 155 runs partnership with Rassie van der Dussan. At 237 runs on the scoreboard, Rassie van der Dussan made a mistake and become a catch to Shoaib Malik on Hasan Ali’s delivery. This Protea right-hander missed his century for only 7 runs on his debut ODI. This young star made his inning with 6 fours and 3 sixes.
But Hasim Amla made his 27th ODI century and become unbeatable with 108 runs. Hashim Amla decorated his inning with 7 fours and a six. David Miller scored 16 runs from 12 deliveries. From the 50 overs, South Africa scored 266 runs.
As South Africa won the toss and lost only 2 wickets but their run rate was comparatively unsatisfying. Maybe the credits go to the bowlers for the economical bowling. Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan got the wickets.
Pakistan got 45 runs from opening partnership. But Duanne Oliver picked Fakhar Zaman at scoring 25 runs from 23 balls with 3 boundaries and an over-boundary.
Then another opener Imam-ul-Haq made a94 runs partnership with Babar Azam. But Hendricks picked Babar Azam at just a run apart from his 10th ODI fifty.
Then Imam-ul-Haq made 46 runs with Mohammad Hafeez. Scoring 86 runs from 101 deliveries with 5 boundaries and couple of over-boundaries, Imam-ul-Haq becomes a pickup to Duanne Oliver.
Shoaib Malik scored 12 from 17 deliveries before got bold to Phehlukwayo. Imran Tahir trapped Pakistan Captain Sharfaraz Ahmed in lbw.
But Mohammad Hafeez made no mistake to win by 5 wickets with Shadab Khan. As Hafeez scored an unbeatable inning of 71 runs from 63 deliveries with 8 boundaries and 2 over-boundaries and Shadab Khan picked 18 runs from 19 balls. But Pakistan waited till the last ball to score 267 runs. Pakistan won the first ODI by 5 wickets against South Africa and leading the five-match ODI series by 1-0.
Man of the match Mohammad Hafeez
It was a team effort. We were confident to chase this total down and everyone responded really well. Winning the first match is very important as it gives the momentum. When we restricted them to 266, we were very sure that we will chase the total down. Fakhar and Imam gave us a good start and then it was a total team effort.
Finally, Pakistan comeback from the nightmare of being whitewashed in the test. Pakistan won the first ODI by 5 wickets against South Africa and leading the five-match ODI series by 1-0.