Fahar zaman he could admit that it was his fault when he was inconsistently exhausted by Aiden Macram after a fake field by the South African skipper Quinton de Cock but that doesn’t mean the hosts got out of his rage, as the 30-year-old South Asian scored a serial winning 101 in the third ODI.
This was his second consecutive tone after missing his second ODI double tone with just 7 tracks while he was captain Babar Azam scored 94, while Pakistan put 320/7 on the board with a possible 28 wins. Zaman (101) entered into a 112 opening partnership with Imam-ul-Haq (57), after which he put 94 for the second goal with Babar.
After that, however, Pakistan collapsed from the middle row, as they went from 214/2 in the 38th to 257/6 in the 46th.
Hassan Ali then smashed 34 11-ball runs, hitting four sixes and fours to bring Pakistan over the 300-mile mark. The stand of the seventh gate between Hassan Ali and Babar cost 63 points, only 24 balls.
Meanwhile, Fakhar became the first Pakistani batsman to win 300+ tracks in a bilateral ODI series against South Africa. Fahar’s sixth tone ODI also placed him fourth on the list of Asian batsmen who have scored the most in the first 50 innings of ODI. Babar Azam tops the list with eight tons, followed by Imam ul Hak and Zahir Abbas for seven centuries each.
Fahar also became the third batsman after Kevin Petersen in 2005 and Joe Koren in 2016 to hit hundreds of ODIs in South Africa.
He now ranks second on the list of batsmen with the most runs in the first 50 innings in one-day internationals. Hashim Amla tops the list with 2,486 tracks, while Fahar has 2,262 tracks in his name.
Keshav Maharaj was the best wicket player for South Africa in the match, rejecting both the opening and Mohammad Rizuan. Batsman Aiden Markram was in the doorway with his off-spin. He fired Fahim Ashraf with a catch from his own bowling alley, after which he took Mohammad Nawaz’s wicket thanks to a stunning catch from South African captain Temba Bavuma undercover.
Brief results: Pakistan 320/7 in 50 overs (Fakhar Zaman 101, Babar Azam 94; Keshav Maharaj 3/45, Aiden Markram 2/48) against South Africa
(With IANS inputs)