Imad’s late blitz takes Pakistan to 240

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Imad's late blitz takes Pakistan to 240
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PAKISTAN TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA, 2019

Cricbuzz Employees • Final up to date on Wed, 30 Jan, 2019, 08:49 PM

Imad Wasim scored 47 off 31 to help Pakistan recover from a mini slump.

Imad Wasim scored 47 off 31 to assist Pakistan recuperate from a mini droop. © Getty

Imad Wasim’s late cameo helped Pakistan attain 240 for eight in 50 overs after being put into bat within the ultimate ODI at Newlands in opposition to South Africa.

It was a weird resolution on the a part of Faf du Plessis, who elected to area after successful the toss at a venue the place chasing groups have not discovered an excessive amount of success traditionally. Nonetheless, with South Africa fielding three all-round choices, bringing in Williem Mulder and Dwaine Pretorius to hitch Andile Phehlukwayo within the XI it appeared just like the experimentation was on even in a decider conflict.

Nonetheless, South Africa discovered success early when Dale Steyn dismissed in-form Imam ul Haq for eight within the third over of the innings. The southpaw, seeking to give cost to the pacer, top-edged a bouncer to 3rd man.

Nevertheless, Pakistan revived the innings courtesy a half-century stand between Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman. Whereas Zaman adopted a extra conservative method, Babar was in elegant contact. He hit some superb drives for boundaries, beginning out with a canopy drive by getting on high of Imran Tahir’s legbreak.

Tahir, who had taken the brand new ball alongside Steyn, was given a break after two overs and changed by Kagiso Rabada. Nevertheless, by then, Babar’s assault had paved method for Pakistan’s revival. Rabada induced an edge off Zaman’s bat straight to Hashim Amla at slips just for the veteran to drop it. Zaman cashed in on the reprieve and stroked his strategy to a matured half-century – ninth of his ODI profession.

Babar’s innings, nevertheless, got here to an abrupt finish when he didn’t learn the road of Pretorius’s supply and walked throughout to have his leg stump shattered. A partnership that regarded promising got here to an finish, characterising Pakistan’s innings that was to comply with.

Zaman, thereafter, stitched one other stable stand with Mohammad Hafeez earlier than the batsman slashed at a brief supply and handed the ‘keeper a straightforward catch. Wickets saved falling at common intervals, with Phehlukwayo and Pretorius placing twice every within the center overs. A number of batsmen steadied themselves however fell when the chance was ripe to speed up.

With the scoring price falling, Pakistan’s center order tried to play arduous pictures which did not seem to be a wise method on a pitch that wasn’t the quickest of all of them. Shoaib Malik, who was run out because of miscommunication with Shadab Khan, was the final of the established batsmen to fall, decreasing Pakistan to 174 for six in 39 overs.

Imad, who has performed a number of helpful arms decrease down the order on this collection, got here to the fore but once more. He struck 4 boundaries and two sixes enroute his 31-ball 47* to take Pakistan to an inexpensive whole.

Transient Scores: Pakistan 240/eight in 50 overs (Fakhar Zaman 70, Imad Wasim 47*; Andile Phehlukwayo 2-42, Dwaine Pretorius 2-46) vs South Africa

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