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Cricket news - Amla, Van der Dussen propel South Africa to 266

Rassie van der Dussen made 93 on debut.

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 to confirm that the ball pitched 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.

Brief scores: South Africa 266/2 in 50 overs (Hashim Amla 108*, Rassie van der Dussen 93; Shadab Khan 1-41) vs Pakistan

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