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Imam played a crucial hand of 86

morale-boosting victory

In a game that had its fair share of dynamic shifts, Imam-ul-Haq (86) and Mohammad Hafeez (71*) played vital hands to steer Pakistan past the finish line by five wickets against South Africa in the first ODI in Port Elizabeth. The visitors repelled the target of 267 in 49.1 overs.

185 for 2, with the Imam and Hafeez still at the crease, Pakistan looked on course for their first victory against South Africa during the current tour. In this stage, the Imam skipped along the way, and cracked with a cover, where Reeza Hendricks took a sharp catch. The wicket-the Imam gave South Africa a small window of opportunity to make a comeback.

Hafeez to play though, with positive intentions. He clapped his Duanne Olivier for six and then down loaded the track to loft Imran Tahir for the other six. However, there was another twist in the story, when Shoaib Malik, the veteran batsman, it was on the stumps from Andile Phehlukwayo during Sarfraz Ahmed prised out LBW by Imran Tahir. The Pakistan captain took the assessment, but without success.

Pakistan needed someone to take responsibility and direct you to the last hurdle. It was Hafeez who was playing with a clear head on the shoulders and in the company of Shadab Khan took the visitors home. Hafeez is serenity in the slog overs can be capsulised as he paddled and glided over to Olivier for a couple of fours in the 47th.

Imam, the opener, deserves a large share of the credit for Pakistan's victory. He and Fakhar Zaman (25) Pakistan a breezy start. The duo was helped by Kagiso Rabada and Olivier curious tactic it turned to in short, what was a slow track. Even Fakhar was released, Imam found able ally in Babar Azam (49). The pair pinched singles and twos and also cracked to keep the occasional boundary, the required rate below six.

In the 28. over, against the run of play, Reeza Hendricks Azam accounted for wicket's. But then, the pair of the platform for Pakistan had the victory.

The home team struggled to adapt to the prevailing conditions. South Africa were also around 20 runs short, it's really good. For visitors, Port Elizabeth is still a happy hunting ground as they released their fourth ODI win against South Africa on the ground.

A little bit of drama...

It is another twist in the story? Tahir has removed Sarfraz Ahmed lbw. And he is celebrating with his usual running. Wait! Sarfraz takes a review, but without success. In Pakistan are still in the lead, but a pair of strikes just about kept the home side in the game.

In the midst of all the drama and action, Hafeez calm his fifty finished. He has to stay until the end and anchor the chase from the visit to the side of the perspective.

Hafeez on charge

In spite of Imam lose at the other end to play Hafeez with flying colors. He clapped Olivier for six and then skipped on the way to rap Tahir, for a other on the bleachers. South Africa looked deflated, but at this stage, Malik played a delivery from Phehlukwayo to the stumps. Pakistan, though, are still on the rise.


Hafeez, the Imam in the middle, played a couple of sublime drives, while Imam showed positive intent, through the collection on the track to loft Pretorious for a six.

However, only when the Imam saw set, crack a well-deserved hundred, he resorted to the track and landed Olivier in the direction of Hendricks, depth of cover and died. There was no need to, the shot as Pakistan is under control.

The part-timer takes a

Finally, it was Hendricks, broke through the removal of Azam. The part-timer, it rolled very slowly through the air and cleaned up Azam. He waited, waited and waited for the cut but got to be cute, to play in a test, the shot could only rattle the death. With an impressive stand, even though the duo. Azam and Imam showed to cope with the required batting aptitude, something difficult conditions. On the other hand, the hosts a wicket was needed urgently, and you have one.

South Africa in search of answers

Olivier further it bang short as Imam cracked a couple of fours. Azam then an eye-catcher smacked straight travel from Pretorius. The Pakistani batsman looks good in familiar climes.

Imam soon reached a good fifty went from 59 balls. South Africa is not easy, the tactics of the right.

Olivier removed Fakhar

Olivier and Rabada continue to pummel Imam Fakhar with short deliveries. However, on a slow pitch, Pakistan's openers on the challenge with Fakhar took (more of a top edge) Rabada for a six. In the end, Fakhar too many risks, and finally fell to Olivier.

quick start

Pakistan have a blinding start. Rabada and Olivier tried to test, Imam and Fakhar with pace and duly dispatched to the boundary boards. South Africa pace to mix on this track.

overall Competitive?

Rassie van der Dussen (93) and Hashim Amla (108*) stitched a solid stand of 155 for the second wicket as the duo powered South Africa to a competitive total of 266 for 2 in the first ODI against Pakistan in Port Elizabeth on Saturday (19. January).

After choosing to bat on a slow track, South Africa is a rather slower start. It Reeza Hendricks, who have tried to up the ante with punches and the occasional travel. In the 10 over, Amla halved to hit the gaps and to control, in fact came through expertly to the boundary boards.

In search of wickets, Pakistan even took a desperate review for a LBW against Amla in the 18 and over only for replays suggest the ball pitched would have been outside the line of leg-stump. However, in the same over, Shadab Khan prised out of Hendricks, by trying to play the slog sweep, only for the opener to deadlines an upper edge of the square leg fielder.

To debut this time, van der Dussen, on his ODI together a key partnership, together with the GWG-string. The couple had been on a diet of singles and twos. At the 30 over, van der Dussen is also a scare survived, if he as caught behind off Shadab. The No. 3 batsman took the review and the ultra edge suggested it was an edge and the decision had to be reversed.

It was only decided in the slog overs, van der Dussen, press the accelerator pedal by tonking Usman Khan for a four and a six. Unfortunately, he was not able to reach the coveted three-figure mark on his ODI debut, when he ousted was of Hasan Ali in the 47th. Amla, however, was able to reach the milestone in the 48th over with six by Mohammad Hafeez. In the past, Faheem Ashraf values of swing call generated with the old ball, in order to ensure that South Africa could eke runs out of only seven. Pakistan were very climes disciplined in familiar. Shadab gave away just 41 runs in his quota of 10 overs, while Hasan found reverse swing with the old ball. As a result, South Africa was able to collect only 76 the final 10 runs.

The track is on the slower side with the odd ball, the pacers attack for the Spinner and Pakistan also found swing with the old ball. So it could be a tricky chase for the visitors.

Van der Dussen hit the accelerator

Rassie van der Dussen now presents the spectrum of his recordings. He slogged Faheem for six and a boundary in the 43rd over. We are up for some fun now.


Rassie van der Dussen. Remember the name. The 29-year-old played to crack a series of shots - drives, sweeps and the occasional slog over midwicket, an impressive fifty on ODI debut. A innings, in which he will have enough maturity are not presented, in order to play, you only recordings, but also collecting quick singles and twos.


Van der Dussen caught was given out behind off Shadab. However, he challenged the decision and got it reversed. The debutant tried to proposed the reverse sweep and replays, he took the arm on the way to the 'keeper.

GWG in the foreground

It was a trademark innings from Amla so far. Wristy movements, drives and delicate cuts.He reached the fifty-run landmark with a deftly played cut shot. "The Mighty Hash" is looking for good touch and, in turn, is a danger sign for Pakistan.

Van der Dussen, on his ODI debut, is happy in good nick. He has a prolific record across formats in domestic cricket.

Shadab lifts Pakistan

In the 18th over, Pakistan took the review for LBW against Amla. The ball was clearly pitching outside the line of leg-stump. However, Shadab the threat of stand for the opening broke the wicket in the same over by dismissing Hendricks. The opener for a while, was about to sweep on to the search, but this time a top edge and got caught by the square leg fielder. Hasan, the fielder seemed to be distracted by the breeze, before finally she grabbed the chance.

Amla, Hendricks-free look

To suppress, was the South African openers, Imad Wasim in the attack. The left-arm spinner, known for bowling stump-to-stump line, has a good job in the first two rounds, giving away six runs.

However, Amla was soon able to break free with a drive from Faheem to boards that the height of shot at the border. Hendricks then took on Imad by the lifting of the spinner due to the deep midwicket while Amla waited to crack down on the rear foot, a crunch cut line. Maybe Imad is too predictable.In the meantime, Hendricks and Amla are looking to mainly stay leg-side and play the spinner through the off.

don't with the breeze?

Amla started with a trademark flick through midwicket. Interesting, Usman seems to be bowling against the breeze - from the wrong end. He can use you to generate a pleasant breeze, some swing.

Throw and teams

So South Africa won a crucial toss and bat elected. The distance from Port Elizabeth in the rule slows down as the game progresses. Two debutants for South Africa in the form of Duanne Olivier and Rassie van der Dussen.


Pakistan (XI): Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali Usman Khan

South Africa (XI): Reeza Hendricks, Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis(c), David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Duanne Olivier


After a chastening experience in the Test series where they were clean swept 3: 0 by South Africa, Pakistan will look to bounce back in the 50-over format. To generate with him as a restricted format, and in addition to him, the white Kookaburra ball does not help pacers swing the front of Pakistan hope you will be able to tackle the threat of the South Africa attack niches Tempo.

The preferences of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Amir and Saheen Afridi need to achieve in order for the tourists to have an effect. Meanwhile, in the first ODI in Port Elizabeth, the home-page of the views of experiments before zeroing in on the best combination for the world Cup in England. Dale Steyn and Quinton de Kock have been rested. And that could open up the Chance to prove to the likes of van Dassen and Pakistan's tormentor in the Test series, Olivier, to.

The visitors can their luck in the ODI format? The Pakistan camp would certainly hope to win, throw to slow down as the distance from Port Elizabeth tends to be, as the game progresses.

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