South Africa level series against Pakistan despite Fakhars 193

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa prevailed on Sunday with a 17-run win against Pakistan against the ODI series 1-1, which was much closer than it should have been due to Fakhar Zaman’s brilliant 193 in a loss.

Pakistani opener Fakhar scored 155 balls and hit 18 fours and 10 sixes to shock South Africa in their second one-day international match.

Pakistan was 205-7 at some point before Fakhar really got going, but eventually ended up 324-9 and chased 342 to win at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

Fakhar was overrun in an unusual way by the first ball of the last. He ran back to the striker’s end for two as he slowed down, thinking outfield Aiden Markram’s throw would go to the other end. It wasn’t and a direct hit found Fakhar briefly.

Even if Fakhar was there to make it through, Pakistan still faced the very steep task of getting 31 from this last one to win.

The success of South Africa was due to a thorough hitting performance: 80 from the opener Quinton de Kock, 92 from the new captain Temba Bavuma and half a century from Rassie van der Dussen (60) and David Miller (50, not eliminated).

Van der Dussen’s 60s came from just 37 balls and Miller’s 50s from 27 deliveries to give South Africa a late push to release its huge 341-6.

The South African bowlers then quickly worked through Pakistan’s top position in the chase, with the exception of Fakhar.

Fast bowler Anrich Nortje scored 3-63 and the highest score for Pakistan other than Fakhars 193 was 31 from captain Babar Azam.

The series-defining final will take place on Wednesday.

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