Imad Wasim’s heroics take Pakistan to 240/8 in the decider

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Imad Wasim's heroics take Pakistan to 240/8 in the decider

Pakistan’s batting saw another collapse as they tumbled from 108/3 to 200/7, but Imad Wasim’s heroics got them to 240/8 in the quota of 50 overs in the fifth ODI of the series against South Africa at Cape Town on Wednesday.

Pakistan lost their man-in-form, Imam Ul Haq earlier in the inning, who managed to score just 8 runs off 10 deliveries.

However, Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam looked decent at the crease during their 56-run stand. Azam seemed in complete control but lost his wicket in a strange manner, where he shuffled to off stump and missed a straight delivery that hit stumps behind his legs after scoring 24 (25).

Mohammad Hafeez joined Zaman in the middle, he played some impressive shots, but it was once again the short-ball problem that dented Pakistan. Hafeez and Zaman were removed by Andile Phehlukwayo after scoring 17 (28) and 70 (73) on short deliveries.

As Pakistan lost their four wickets for 128, the stand-in skipper for Pakistan, Shoaib Malik tried to hang in there in the middle and take the inning till the end.

However, he did not get much support from the other end as Mohammad Rizwan could not score freely and managed only 10 at a strike-rate of 33.33.

The young bowling all-rounder, Shadab Khan looked to show some resilience and score runs but failed to do so. With Khan’s slow batting, the pressure mounted, which resulted in a mix-up between the two batsmen and cost Malik’s wicket, who scored 31 (44).

It was Imad Wasim who kept fighting for Pakistan in the middle alone and played a courageous inning of 47 runs off 31 deliveries, ending the inning with a six on the last delivery.

Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius took two wickets each in the inning, while Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Wiaan Mulder took one wicket apiece.

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