South Africa go 2-1 up against Pakistan

South Africa take a series lead 2-1 with a 13-run win victory in a rain-marred match at Centurion.

Heavy rain accompanied by a high wind blew over the ground and stopped play for almost an hour after South Africa had lost Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla chasing Pakistan’s 317 for 6.

Man of the Match: Reeza Hendricks Courtesy: Twitter

South Africa were staring at a stiff revised target when rain first intervened. However, an unbeaten 108-run stand for the third wicket offset that and tilted the DLS balance in the favour of the hosts.

Reeza Hendricks dominated the partnership with Faf du Plessis to leave South Africa 13 runs ahead of the D/L par score when the rain returned later in the evening with the hosts well-placed at 187 for 2 after 33 overs. The heroics of Imam-ul-Haq went in vain. Imam dug in and stitched two contrasting partnerships – worth 132 with Babar (69) for the second wicket and worth 84 with Hafeez (52) for the third – to set up Pakistan’s best score in the series. 

Brief scores:

Pakistan 317/6 in 50 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 101, Babar Azam 69, Mohammed Hafeez 52; Dale Steyn 2-43, Kagiso Rabada 2-57) lost to South Africa 187/2 in 33 overs (Reeza Hendricks 83*, Faf du Plessis 40*; Hasan Ali 1-33) by 13 runs via DLS method.

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