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Sunday, 20 January 2019

Imam, Hafeez steer Pakistan to victory over South Africa

PORT ELIZABETH: Imam and M.Hafeez set up a 5 wicket win for Pakistan in the 1st ODI  against South Africa at St George´s Park on Saturday.
The left-handed Imam-ul-Haq made a cultured 88 off 101 balls and Muhammad Hafeez hit an unbeaten 71 off 63 deliveries as Pakistan chased down a target of 267 with 5 balls to spare.
Amla´s 27th ODI century was not enough for South Africa, who lost only 2 wickets in scoring 266 runs after winning the toss.
Pakistan´s bowlers deserved credit for their team´s win, which came after the tourists were well-beaten in all 3 Test matches (clean Swip)
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed used his bowlers in short spells and their mixture of seam and spin Bowlers proved better suited to a slow pitch than SA attack.
South African strike bowlers Kagiso and Duanne Allow a combined 124 runs in 19.1 overs.
The Pakistan batsmen also proved better at rotating the strike, particularly during a 94-run second-wicket stand b/w Imam-ul-Haq and Babar (49).
Hashim Amla (108*) and new cap Hendrick ´Rassie´  Dussen (93) put on 155 for South Africa´s 2nd wicket but although they gradually increased the runs of their partnership they were unable to dominate the bowling.
"Tose 2 guys batted really well but there were probably 15 or 20 more runs that we could have scored if we had pushed a bit harder," said South African captain Faf du Plessis.
"Pakistan bowled really well in the middle overs and get a more wickets with short runs"
Man of the match Muhammad Hafeez said: "We were confident because we knew 266 runs was not a par score on this track. The first win of the series for Pakistan is very important."
Muhammad Hafeez said an antagonistic opening stand of 45 off 50 balls by Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar had given Pakistan momentum which was continued during the partnership between Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam.
Seamer Hasan and leg-spinner Shadab were the best Pakistan bowlers and the only 2 who bowled their full quota of 10 overs, taking one for 42 and one for 41 respectively.
Pakistan looked to be journey to an easy win until Imam-ul-Haq was dismissed in the 37th over when he stepped out of his crease and cut up an attempted drive to deep cover.
Two more wickets fell cheaply before M.Hafeez and Shadab Khan saw their side home, maintaining an unbeaten record for Pakistan in 5 ODI matches in Port Elizabeth, 4 of them against South Africa.
Hashim Amla and Reeza Hendricks (45) put on 82 runs off 105 balls for the 1st wicket before Dussen made a slow start in his first ODI , taking 10 balls to score his first run.
Van der Dussen gained confidence as he hit 6 fours and three sixes in a 101-ball innings before hitting a full toss from Hasan to long-off in the 47th over. Hashim Amla made his runs off 120-balls with 7 fours and a six.

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