South Africa restrict Pakistan to 222 in rain reduced encounter

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AUCKLAND: As intermittent rain stopped play on several occasions, South Africa removed Pakistan for 222-10 in 46.4 overs after the match was reduced to 47 overs here Saturday at Eden Park.

However, when the total was re-calculated on the basis of Duckworth-Lewis method, South Africa will now have to chase 232 in 47 overs.

Pakistan finally found an able opener in wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed, who had been out of favors of team management for no apparent reason, scored 49 off as many balls with the help of five boundaries and three sixes to put might South Africans under pressure. He got run-out when wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock collected a throw from David Miller to remove him.

Ahmed Shahzad, who scored 93 against UAE, failed to impress against tough Proteas opposition and scored only 18 before he was removed by Kyle Abbott when Dale Steyn took his catch. Pakistan lost him with 30 runs on board.

Struggling middle-order batsman Younus Khan scored 37 off 44 balls. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq played a slow 56-run knock off 86 balls.

Pacer Wahab Riaz, the ‘Man of Match’ against Zimbabwe for his all-round performance, lost his wicket without scoring a single run.

Sohaib Maqsood (8) and Umar Akmal (13) also put a lackluster show. Shahid Afridi scored 15-ball 22 before losing his wicket to Steyn, who eventually bagged three wickets for 30 in ten overs to remain most successful for South Africa in the match. Abbott and Morne Morkel captured two each while Imran Tahir and captain AB de Villiers took one.