Fakhar Zaman might need admitted that it was his mistake when he was controversially run out by Aiden Markram following a faux fielding by South African skipper Quinton de Kock however that does not imply the hosts escaped his wrath because the 30-year-old southpaw scored a series-winning 101 within the third ODI.
This was his second consecutive ton after he missed out on his second ODI double ton by mere 7 runs whereas captain Babar Azam scored 94 as Pakistan put 320/7 on the board in eventual 28 runs win. Zaman (101) put up a 112-run opening partnership with Imam-Ul-Haq (57) after which he placed on 94 for the second wicket with Babar.
After that, nevertheless, Pakistan suffered a middle-order collapse as they went from 214/2 within the 38th over to 257/6 within the 46th.
Hasan Ali then smashed 34 runs off 11 balls, hitting 4 sixes and a 4, to get Pakistan past the 300-run mark. The seventh-wicket stand between Hasan Ali and Babar was price 63 runs off simply 24 balls.
In the meantime, Fakhar turned the primary Pakistan batsman to attain 300+ runs in a bilateral ODI collection towards South Africa. Fakhar’s sixth ODI ton additionally put him fourth within the listing of Asian batsmen who’ve scored most centuries within the first 50 ODI innings. Babar Azam heads the listing with eight tons, adopted by Imam-ul-Haq and Zaheer Abbas with seven centuries every.
Fakhar additionally turned the third batsman after Kevin Pietersen in 2005 and Joe Root in 2016 to hit back-to-back ODI tons of in South Africa.
He now stands second within the listing of batsmen with most runs within the first 50 innings in One-day Internationals. Hashim Amla tops the listing with 2486 runs whereas Fakhar has 2262 runs to his identify.
Keshav Maharaj was the highest wicket-taker for South Africa within the match, dismissing each the openers and Mohammad Rizwan. Batsman Aiden Markram was among the many wickets along with his off-spin. He dismissed Faheem Ashraf with a catch off his personal bowling after which he acquired the wicket of Mohammad Nawaz because of a shocking catch from South Africa captain Temba Bavuma at cowl.
Temporary scores: Pakistan 320/7 in 50 overs (Fakhar Zaman 101, Babar Azam 94; Keshav Maharaj three/45, Aiden Markram 2/48) vs South Africa
(With IANS Inputs)