Pakistan defeated South Africa by 3 wickets in the first match of the three-match ODI series.
The first match between Pakistan and Green Shirts in Centurion was interesting, which was played till the last ball.
Green Shirts chase South Africa’s 274-run target for 7 wickets and take the lead in the series
The highlight of the match was Pakistani captain Babar Azam’s first century against the hosts.
Both the players put up a brilliant partnership of 177 runs for the second wicket. Babar Azam returned to the pavilion with 103 runs off 104 balls. His innings was adorned with 17 fours.
For Pakistan, opener Imam-ul-Haq (70), Mohammad Rizwan (40) and Shadab Khan (33) played responsible innings and played their part in ensuring the victory of the match.
Today’s match saw one century and one half century from both the teams.
Earlier, South Africa scored 273 for 6 in the allotted 50 overs and set a target of 274 for Pakistan.
South Africa’s Dredison played an unbeaten innings of 123, hitting two sixes and 10 fours while batting, while the other notable batsman was David Miller, who played an innings of 50 runs.
Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf of Green Shirts took 2.2 wickets while Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Hasnain took 1.1 wickets each while Shadab Khan and Danish Aziz who were playing their first match today returned from the field without any success.