South Africa beat Pakistan by 5 wickets and levels the 5 match ODI series to 1-1. Andile Phehlukwayo won the man of the match for all rounding performance.
Losing the toss Pakistan had to bat first on Kingsmead, Durban. Today Pakistan back to their own batting disaster as the test series. Kagiso Rabada picked Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq before being dangerous at 15 on the scoreboard.
At the last delivery of 9th over Kagiso Rabada again hit on Pakistan batting lineup and Babar Azam went back for 12 runs off 15 delivery at 37 runs on the scoreboard. Mohammad Hafeez and another opener Fakhar Zaman surrendered to Andile Phehlukwayo and Duanne Oliver at 58 runs.
On the fifth wicket partnership, Pakistan picked 27 runs and scoring 18 runs from 33 balls Shada Khan became a pickup to Tabraiz Shamsi. Losing the wickets of Hussain Takat, Shoaib Malika and Faheem Ashraf by 112 runs on the scoreboard, Pakistan was under threat of packed by a tiny score.
But Captain Sharfaraz Ahmed and Hasan Ali brought 90 runs on the 9th wicket partnership. By their wicket, Pakistan ended in 203 runs on the scoreboard from 45.5 overs.
To pack Pakistan with fewer score pacer Andile Phehlukwayo contributed well. Taking 4m wickets for 22 runs only he led the wicket-taking festival. Tabraiz Shamsi companied Andile Phehlukwayo well by picking 3 wickets. Kagiso Rabada also had 2 wickets and the rest was for Duanne Oliver.
South Africa Inning
To the target of this tinny score, South Africa lost opener Hashim Amla for 8 runs to Shaheen Afridi on the second over. Then another opener Reeza Hendricks disappointed as 15 on the scoreboard. Shaheen Afridi sent Protea Captain Faf du Plessis by 29 runs on the score.
Losing 3 wickets by 29 runs South Africa was under pressure. Then Rassie Van der Dussen made a partnership of 51 runs with David Miller. Scoring 31 runs from 26 deliveries with 5 fours, Miller became a pickup to Shadab Khan at 80 runs on the score.
As wicket Keeper Heinrich Klaasen bold to Shadab Khan with a golden duck and made a hat-trick chance to Shadab Khan. But that was the last success to Pakistani bowlers. Rassie Van der Dussen made no mistake with Andile Phehlukwayo. The unbeatable partnership of 127 runs brought the victory. South Africa beat Pakistan by 5 wickets and levels the series to 1-1.
Rassie Van der Dussen scored 80 runs inning from 123 deliveries with 9 fours and man of the match Andile Phehlukwayo scored 69 runs from 80 deliveries with 7 fours and 2 sixes. Shaheen Afridi got 3 wickets and Shadab Khan got 2 wickets for Pakistan.
Man of the match Andile Phehlukwayo
“I think I’ve got a role to play and had to hit the deck hard and as a bowling unit, we did well. I was a bit nervous, to begin with. Rassie played his role really well. Shadab was one of the hardest to pick, he beat me many times. I like boundaries and like scoring runs. “
Finally, South Africa beat Pakistan by 5 wickets and levels the series to 1-1. Bowling all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo played an excellent match with both bat and ball. Hope Pakistan will come back on third ODI on Centurion and again lead the series.