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Proteas limp across finish line amid Fakhar Zaman’s fireworks to level series.

South Africa held their nerves in a pressure game as they defeated Pakistan by 17 runs to level the series 1-1 despite a herculean effort of 193 from Fakhar Zaman, who stretched the match till the last over.
South Africa posted a daunting total of 341/6 after being put in to bat, thanks to half-centuries by Quinton de Kock (80), Temba Bevuma (92), Rassie van der Dussen (60), and David Miller (50*). Then early blows from Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi put the hosts in a commanding position, notwithstanding Fakhar Zaman’s solitary retaliation.
South Africa got off to a steady start despite the new ball making the openers dance. Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock put up an opening partnership of 55 runs, with Markram (39) finding a rhythm and doing the majority of the damage. He sent the ball into the stands as he played a lofted drive for a six in the 10th over but got caught on the very next ball off Faheem Ashraf.

Fakhar Zaman’s fighting knock goes in vain as South Africa level series!

The hosts win by 17 runs in another close encounter #SAvPAK | https://t.co/xcauK7pG9h pic.twitter.com/KLDRCejtoQ
— ICC (@ICC) April 4, 2021
Temba Bavuma then joined de Kock at the crease. Bavuma was chocked with dot balls but didn’t give in to the Pakistan pace attack even when Babar kept the fielders up in the 30-yard circle to keep the pressure up
De Kock chopped one on the stumps after a sublime inning of 80 off 86 balls that was studded with 10 fours and a six becoming Haris Rauf’s first victim —breaking the second-wicket partnership of 114 runs between the two that laid down a strong foundation for the Proteas to aim for a 300+ total.
Bavuma rose to the occasion with well-paced innings of 92 runs in 100 balls after finding himself stumbling in the beginning with just seven runs in his first 21 balls.
Van der dussen followed his centurion performance with another half-century in this match. Dussen started his innings directly in the fifth gear — 60 in 37 balls laced with six fours and four sixes. Bavuma and van der Dusssen added 101 runs for the third-wicket before the latter was dismissed by Mohammad Hasnain (1/74).

193 runs
⚪ 155 balls
18 fours and 10 sixes

What an exceptional knock from @FakharZamanLive

It is also the highest individual score at the Wanderers!#SAvPAK | https://t.co/xcauK7pG9h pic.twitter.com/L5jcrcSIDf
— ICC (@ICC) April 4, 2021
Subsequently, Bavuma was sent back to the dressing room in the nineties by Haris Rauf (3/54) after getting caught at mid-wicket by Babar Azam.
A vintage David Miller came in blazing with a fiery knock of 50* in just 27 balls to finish the South African innings on 341/6, taking 19 runs off Shaheen Afridi in the final over.
Pakistan commenced their chase stuttering with Imam-ul-Haq (5) back in the pavilion to Lungi Ngidi (1/66) in the second over. Babar joined forces with Fakhar Zaman to set a foundation for the chase. The two added 63 runs for the second wicket but Anrich Nortje (3/63) snared the wickets of Babar (31), Mohammad Rizwan (0), and Danish Aziz (9), reducing the visitors to 85/4.
Being forced into rebuilding, Fakhar found himself alone, losing partners consistently at the other end. The lower middle-order consisting of Shadab Khan (13), Asif Ali (19), and Faheem Ashraf (11) couldn’t hold the port from their side for long, increasing the pressure on Fakhar to stand vehemently at the crease.

"It feels great but it would have been better if we had won."

For his spectacular 193, @FakharZamanLive is named Player of the Match #SAvPAK pic.twitter.com/BScqCPTl5I
— ICC (@ICC) April 4, 2021
Fakhar fuelled the fires of hope in the Pakistan camp to almost bring the visitors home but his gruelling knock 193 off 155 deliveries came to an anti-climatic end with a run-out from Aiden Markram.
South Africa eventually won by 17 runs, squaring the series 1-1.
Fakhar was awarded the Player of the Match for his spectacular knock that was studded with 18 fours and 10 sixes and is now the highest individual score at the Wanderers.
The final match of the series will be played on 7 April, Wednesday.
Lost the match but won the Dignity, specially Fakhar. So keep your head high, Champ.
Respect and best wishes for the final ODI.
Babar Azam chooses the wrong shot under pressure, seeing the big score, he needs to understand cricket mentally.
Congratulations to Fakhar Zaman for the magnificent innings.
What a match that is
Absolutely brilliant batting by Fakhar Zaman 193
fighting till the end congratulation South Africa
level the series 1-1 this is awesome

imran ali

Well played champ. Fakhar was superb, only if he got some support from the other end he might have pulled off this victory. Sad to see him getting runout on 193, that was a smart move from De Kock though. Well played Fakhar.

imran ali

Losing victory is part of the game but some players' best innings win hearts
Wonderful innings
Very few such shifts are seen
Weldone Fakhar Zaman
There was only one apocalypse, you won the hearts of all, but you could not win the cleverness of the decock.
What a match this has been
what a knock from fakhar zaman.... Many South Africans too played good knocks but fakhar's knock was one of the rare Cricketing knocks you would ever see
he didn't get any support apart from Babar Azam initially
deserved his 200 but ran badly at the end.... Doesn't matter and congratulations south Africa very good win