New Delhi: The third ODI match was played between South Africa and Pakistan at Centurion on Wednesday in which the Pakistani team won by 28 runs. With this victory, Pakistan defeated the hosts in the one-day series at their home. With the first and third ODIs named after them, the Pakistani team won this series of three ODIs by 2-1. In the third match, Fakhar Zaman (103) once again became a hero and after a century in two consecutive matches, he was also named ‘Man of the Series’.
Another century by Fakhar Zaman, who missed a double century by seven runs in the last match, and skipper Babar Azam’s excellent innings of 94 runs, Pakistan strengthened 320 runs for 7 wickets in 50 overs in the third and final ODI against South Africa. Scored.
Fakhar Zaman, who was controversially run out on a personal total of 193 runs in the previous match, hit 101 off 104 balls which included nine fours. He added 112 for the first wicket with Imam-ul-Haq (57) and 94 for the second wicket with Babar Azam (94 off 82 balls, seven fours, three sixes), giving Pakistan a brilliant start to the opening batting.
However, Pakistan’s middle order faltered after Fakhar Zaman was dismissed. He lost five wickets within 51 runs in the middle overs, making it difficult for him to reach 300 runs.
Captain Azam held one end but it was Hasan Ali who scored an unbeaten 32 off 11 balls with the help of a four and four sixes to take the team’s score to 300 runs. Ali hit all four sixes on left-arm spinner JJ Smuts in the 49th over. Azam and Ali added 63 runs from 24 balls for the seventh wicket.
Azam hit two sixes and a four over Andile Felukwayo in the final over but he was caught at point boundary in an attempt to complete the century with a six off the last ball. For South Africa, left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj took three wickets for 45 runs, while improvised off-spinner Aiden Markram made his bowling debut and took two wickets for 48 runs in 10 overs.
There was a target of 321 runs in front of the South African team who came to answer. He lost his first wicket for 54 runs. After this, their wickets kept falling in between and no player was able to make a big partnership. Opener Janaman Malan smashed 70 runs. While Kyle Wren scored 62 runs and Andele Felukwayo scored 54 runs.
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