Hasan, Sarfraz rescue Pakistan to 203


Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed alongside Hasan Ali put 90-run partnership on the scoreboard to rescue Pakistan from 112-8 to 203-10 against South Africa in the second ODI at Durban on Tuesday.

Ali showed courage and played a powerful inning of 59 runs to help his skipper who scored a fighting knock of 41. They both accelerated the score for Pakistan and gave their bowlers a defendable total.

Phehlukwayo did the job for South Africa with the bowl as he took four wickets and more importantly broke the well-going last partnership between Hasan and Sarfraz which restricted Pakistan to score further.

South Africa after winning the toss put Pakistan into bat first. The green shirts having the good memories of the last match once again started their inning with Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman.

Imam, who played a handsome knock of 86 runs in the last match, couldn’t manage to deal well with the short ball and got out scoring just 5 runs.

Zaman, who was already facing problems to get his shots in the right zone, joined by Babar Azam who last time made his presence felt with a fine knock of 49. Babar fell to Rabada’s short ball which went straight up in the air and caught easily by Phehlukwayo.

Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik scored 9 and 21 respectively while Shadab Khan played a brief knock of 18 runs.

Leg-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi was the other top-performer with the bowl for South Africa after picking three front-line batsmen of Pakistan conceding 56 runs in his 10 overs.