South Africa vs Pakistan 2019 2nd ODI: South Africa beat Pakistan by 5 wickets on Tuesday to level the one-day series at 1-1
South Africa beat Pakistan by 5 wickets on Tuesday to level the one-day series at 1-1 as Andile Phehlukwayo gave a compelling argument to be the Proteas’ allrounder at this year’s Cricket World Cup.
Phehlukwayo got career-best figures of 4-22 with the ball to help limit Pakistan to 203 all out. He then made a career-best 69 runs not out with the bat to lead South Africa to 207-5 in 42 overs and success after the home squad was in deep trouble at 80-5 in its chase.
Phehlukwayo contributed unbeaten partnership under pressure of 127 with Rassie van der Dussen, who was assured for his 80 not out to continue his brilliant beginning to his one-day career. Van der Dussen made 93 runs in the first ODI, his debut, although Pakistan won the series-opener.
South Africa should have won Tuesday’s second game more comfortably after Pakistan was 112-8 having been put in to bat at Kingsmead.
Pakistan salvaged a reasonably competitive score thanks to No. 10 Hasan Ali’s counterattack of 59 off 45 balls. The tailender smashed 5-fours and 3- sixes and was backed up by skipper Sarfraz Ahmed’s 41. They were the last two Pakistan batsmen out, both falling to Phehlukwayo after putting on 90 for the 9th wicket.
Defending a meager total, Pakistan roared back into the game when 18-year-old fast bowler Shaheen Afridi removed Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, and skipper Faf du Plessis quickly to have South Africa struggling at 29-3 in the first 6 overs. Afridi bowled Amla with a fast inswinger and hit Hendricks and du Plessis to have them caught behind.
Phehlukwayo’s position in the team has been up for debate but he made sure it was his best performance for his nation with a match-winning half-century.
The 22-year-old all-rounder lived dangerously, surviving a couple of edges and near-misses. But he still played with adventure, hitting reverse sweeps regularly off-spinner Shadab Khan and beat 2 big sixes down the ground to go with his seven fours.
South Africa Playing XI: Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Faf du Plessis CPT, Heinrich Klaasen WKT, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dane Paterson, Tabraiz Shamsi, Duanne Olivier
Pakistan Playing XI: Imam ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Shaheen Afridi, Sarfaraz AhmedCPT WKT, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hassan Ali, Hussain Talat