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Cricket news - Reeza Hendricks trumps Imam's heroics in rain-marred game
A counter-attacking century partnership between Reeza Hendricks and Faf du Plessis, coupled with more than a couple of rain interruptions, washed in Pakistan in the hope of gaining a series lead in the Centurion, after the publication of 317/6 in the third ODI. After Pakistan allowed to the strong overall, especially due to their sloppy fielding, South Africa, and rigid staring at revised target, when the first rain intervened. However, an unbeaten 108-run stand for the third wicket-offset, and tilted the DLS equilibrium in favor of the hosts.
To get Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock the pace with a stable opening partnership of 53 of the highest chase of the series so far in the ongoing, positive. However, both openers fell in the space of five overs to leave their team in a precarious position with the threat of rain and a strong wind blew the sight screen.
At 88 for 2, when the weather interrupted play looked like South Africa's chances. But a 55-minute delay meant no overs were lost. The rain threat, though, not more, and Hendricks was came up with a clear plan to attack. While he picked up the pace almost immediately after the break, du Plessis consumed a few points, the pressure in the cheeky single, the South African skipper snuck in the 21st over, with the request to assess you with shot up to more than seven.
Hendricks added 27 runs to his tally off just 20 balls, because of the rain break to his second ODI fifty. He was particularly harsh on the spin duo of Shadab Khan, and Imad Wasim, the former for the sixers in his back-overs and the fifty of his partnership with the skipper with the second. Du Plessis grew in confidence once the runs started to flow and felt the pressure on Shadab, joined in the fun by slamming the leggie for a third six. The skipper boundaries of Amir is back half-volleys, which in the 28. about, were instrumental in shifting the momentum in the home team's favor. If Hendricks had moved quickly, scoring on the run-a-ball, the skipper wasted to catch up on little time to transfer the pressure on Pakistan by the century of your stand in just 98 balls.
The rain made its second appearance as South Africa were on 187 for 2. Fortunately for the hosts, the third wicket for seven runs, stood in front of the DLS-par result, when the covers were brought for the second time in the evening. Just as the game about 45 minutes later, was, again, the rain to wash away all of Pakistan's chances to win.
Earlier in the day, South Africa were made to pay a high price for their negligence in the field saw five catches dropped. All five men went to the crucial help of Pakistan 317 in their own way - Imam with his anchor-role, and the fifth ODI century, Babar Azam and Muhammad Hafeez with your quickfire half-centuries, while Shoaib Malik and promoted Imad provided late fireworks.
South Africa's new-ball bowlers started well, after Pakistan decided that the first bat in the persecution of the series. The bad luck but the best for eyelash remained so far, and still Fakhar Zaman failed to get out of his wretched form. After six innings of sub-20 scores in the Tests, its test-run in the ODIs stretched to the third consecutive game, as he and debutant top-edging one off Beuran Hendricks.
However, Imam dug and sewn, two contrasting partnerships - value 132 with Babar (69) for the second wicket and the value of 84 with Hafeez (52) for the third - in Pakistan, the best result in the series. Had lost an early goal, Imam threw the anchor, while the story of Babar, played the aggressor in the partnership. The pair completed their respective half-centuries, and then they upped the ante by getting regular boundaries and running hard between the wickets to convert those two.
It is the experience and the variations of Dale Steyn, needed to break, threatening the partnership as Babar tries to play a slower delivery across the line and is hit flush in front of his stumps. Pakistan's No. 3 back, wasted a team-review on its way, but Pakistan picked up right from where he is knocking on the left courtesy Hafeez airy. The veteran was decreased to 10 and took advantage of the opportunity by striking consistently on the run-a-ball. Hendricks came into the line of fire, as Hafeez the track slog over cow danced at the bottom corner, increasing the team to 200. He went to a 44-ball fifty, his 36th in ODI force cricket before Phehlukwayo intercepted a shaped inclusion in the center for a absolute, in short, the celebrations are cut in the Pakistani camp.
The Imam, meanwhile, went past 1000 ODI runs at 90, and with Malik to settle at the other end, went up to her, raises his fifth century in the format. However, once again, South Africa hit back with the wicket of the set batsman in the same over - Tabraiz Shamsi opening his account on this occasion.
But with spinners in action, Pakistan left-handed Imad promoted added a quick 52 with Malik for the fifth wicket in just five overs. Like all his predecessors, Imad too gifted a life when she was 21, and then went on to deal more damage by 15 Steyn off the ninth over. The wickets of Malik and Hasan Ali are also not deterred from Imad, the stole is finished with an unbeaten 43 as Pakistan to be running 91 in the last ten. To make all for Hendricks and du Plessis undo with a counterattack, the catalyst for the infamous weather.
Brief scores: Pakistan 317/6 in 50 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 101, Babar Azam 69, Muhammad Hafeez 52; Dale Steyn 2-43, Kagiso Rabada 2-57) lost to South Africa 187/2 in 33 overs (Reeza Hendricks, 83*, Faf du Plessis 40*; Hasan Ali 1-33) by 13 runs via DLS method.
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