A dominating eight-wicket win helped Pakistan level the five-match ODI series at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday against the pink proteas.
Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi and Shadab Khan shared eight wickets between them, on either side of a Faf du Plessis-Hashim Amla century partnership, that wrapped up the hosts’ innings on 164. Pakistan’s chase of 165 hardly suffered any major setbacks.
Imam-ul-Haq’s scored his fifth ODI fifty.The left-handed opener anchored Pakistan’s chase – and their first win at the venue – en route his third 50-plus score of the series.
Fakhar Zaman was part impressive and part lucky en route his best score on this South Africa tour, across formats, but couldn’t convert it into a fifty. Replacing him in the middle was Babar Azam, who was willing to take the backseat and play second fiddle to a well-set Imam in their 94-run partnership leading them to a clinical victory.
Earlier in the day, a dramatic batting collapse triggered by the departure of Faf du Plessis and accentuated by Usman Khan’s damaging four-fer in his late spell saw South Africa lose eight wickets for just 45 runs to fold for a meagre 164 from a comfortable 119 for 2.
South Africa 164 all out in 41 overs (Hashim Amla 59, Faf du Plessis 57; Usman Khan 4-35, Shaheen Afridi 2-24, Shadab Khan 2-42) lost to Pakistan168/2 in 31.3 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 71, Fakhar Zaman 44, Babar Azam 41*; Imran Tahir 1-51) by 8 wickets.