A century by Babar Azam set up a three-wicket, last-ball win for Pakistan in the first day worldwide against South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday. The Pakistan captain hit a stroke-filled 103 off 104 balls yet his excusal began a breakdown where quick bowler Anrich Nortje took four wickets in four overs. Rassie van der Dussen hit 123 not out, his lady worldwide century.

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In any case, South Africa’s all out of 273 for six didn’t appear to be sufficient as Babar and Imam-ul-Haq (70) put on 177 for Pakistan’s subsequent wicket, taking them to inside 88 runs of triumph with 18.2 overs left before Babar was gotten behind off Nortje. Four wickets fell for 17 runs.

Mohammad Rizwan and Shadab Khan steadied the innings in an organization of 53 yet both were excused in the end overs before Faheem Ashraf hit the triumphant run off the last ball. Pakistan commander Babar Azam prior said the presence of some dampness in the pitch affected his choice to bowl first. Pakistan gave a first cap to batsman Danish Aziz.

Temba Bavuma, captaining South Africa interestingly, said the hosts would try to post a sum of around 280. The two groups decided on pace-based bowling assaults, with three expert quick bowlers, one spinner and a crease bowling all-rounder. The three-match arrangement is important for the International Cricket Council’s World Cup Super League.


South Africa: Temba Bavuma (capt), Quinton de Kock (wkt), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

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Pakistan: Babar Azam (capt), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan (wkt), Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf

Umpires: Marais Erasmus, Adrian Holdstock (both RSA) TV umpire: Allahudien Paleker (RSA) Match official: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)


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