Another century by Fakhar Zaman, who missed a double century by seven runs in the last match, with the superb innings of captain Babar Azam, Pakistan played South Africa in the absence of some top players in the third and final ODI international cricket match here on Wednesday. Won the series 2–1 by defeating the run. Pakistan got a strong score of 320 runs for seven wickets after being invited to bat first.
He gave Pakistan a good start by adding 112 for the first wicket with Imam-ul-Haq (57) and 94 for the second wicket with Babar Azam (94 off 82 balls, seven fours, three sixes). However, Pakistan’s middle order faltered after Fakhar Zaman was dismissed. He lost five wickets within 51 runs in the middle overs, making it difficult for him to reach 300 runs.
Captain Azam held one end but it was Hasan Ali who scored an unbeaten 32 off 11 balls with the help of a four and four sixes to take the team’s score to 300 runs. Ali hit all four sixes on left-arm spinner JJ Smuts in the 49th over. Azam and Ali added 63 runs from 24 balls for the seventh wicket. Azam hit two sixes and a four off Felukwayo in the final over but he was caught at the point boundary in an attempt to complete the century with a six off the last ball.
For South Africa, left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj took three wickets for 45 runs, while improvised off-spinner Aiden Markram made his bowling debut and took two wickets for 48 runs in 10 overs. Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, David Miller, Enrique Norje and Lungi Engidi did not play in this match as they left for India to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The four-match T20 International series will now be played between these two teams.