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Cricket news - Clinical Pakistan level series with eight-wicket win

Imam-ul-Haq made 71 in the run chase.

A dominant eight-wicket victory script of a determined bowling effort and Imam-ul-Haq, the fifth ODI fifty helped Pakistan level the five-match ODI series at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday (27. January). Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi and Shadab Khan shared eight wickets between them, on both sides of the Faf du Plessis-Hashim Amla century partnership, wrapped up the hosts innings on 164. The left-handed opener anchored Pakistan's chase and the first victory at the venue en route to his third 50-plus score of the series.

In Pakistan, the persecution of 165 hardly suffered a serious setback. Imam although looked nervous at the start, beaten twice in Dale Steyn's second over, before a pull-shot almost caught square leg, but again be confident in the shortest period of time. He left alone the balls outside off-stump, but to punish, not shy away from the Locker in his 67-ball half-century after its spectacular sound in the previous attachment.

Fakhar Zaman was partly impressive and partly happy way to his best result on this South Africa tour, about formats, but could not convert it into a fifty. He overcame a nervous start, turned the beat better, but still six short - to take attempt fell to spinner Imran Tahir almost as quickly as he was brought up, and instead, the slog-sweep straight into the hands of deep midwicket. You replace him in the middle of the story of Babar Azam, who was ready to be moved, the background and play second fiddle to an Imam in their 94-run partnership.

Pakistan is passing only a hit away, according to Imam charged Tahir and hit him for a six to long-off at the 30. But, with du Plessis tightening his area visitors had to wait seven balls to level the scores. And then, in a rather anti-climatic at the end, Imam stole back to the left, while trying a wild cross-batted shot, in his haste to wrap it up. Mohammed Rizwan, included in the game-XI in place of regular skipper Sarfraz Ahemd who is a four-match caught a ban from ICC for his racist comments, kicked off and was to pick up the gap at point for a boundary, and the win, in the 32nd.

Earlier in the day, a dramatic batting collapse, triggered by the departure of Faf du Plessis and accentuated by Usman Khan is harmful four-fer in his late spell saw South Africa lose eight wickets for only 45 runs to fold for a meagre 164 in a comfortable 119 for 2.

Du Plessis and Hashim Amla on a rod alising 101-run stand on both sides of quick wickets, which were all but were the hosts of the competition. Shaheen Afridi did the early damage with the new ball, seen in the third wicket partnership, the new ball and got the runs flowing, but as soon as the set batsman were dismissed by the spin duo of Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim and Usman ran through the lower order to wrap up South Africa's innings in 41 overs.

Standing-in, Shoaib Malik asked South Africa to bat and Afridi his side the start they had was Jo'burg hoped for is covered by the interception of Quinton de Kock for a duck in his 100th ODI. Undeterred, Amla took three boundaries from Usman in a single over get things going for the hosts. Pakistan and Afridi struck again on their tormentor-in-chief of the Centurion game, Reeza Hendricks, but du Plessis joined hands with the senior-opener, to repair the damage with their century stand.

The pair continued to test Shadab, as you brought Plessis up to his half-century with a slog sweep to mid-wicket fence in front of the lift of the century his partnership with the GWG with a reverse sweep. Shadab however, the last laugh is had when the South African captain tried to repeat, and instead, top-edges-a deliberately-placed Hafeez Mohammed at deep midwicket. Dried up to South Africa in the following overs to accelerate before Imad, played his ten overs on the trot for 1-36, bowled Amla through the gate just as he tried.

Things screwed up in the shortest possible time from there. Malik brought back his pacers and Amir broke his six-match wicket-less spell by trapping of David Miller plumb in front of the stumps. Nevertheless, Miller waste, the team uses the criticism on his way back to the pavilion. By the way, it only Andile Phehlukwayo, who managed a double-digit result after the two half-centurions.

Usman back in the attack in the 38th over and took four wickets in the space of six balls over two overs to never allow South Africa any recording to be of a late recovery. With the support of reverse-swing, he had van der Dussen and Kagiso Rabada, caught behind and between the two, clean Dale Steyn played with an unplayable inswinger.

Weakest of all the sharp-edged helped Beuran Hendricks is hardly the hat-trick ball to survive, but Usman didn't have to wait long for a fourth scalp. Phehlukwayo to the bottom-loaded, the slips, a delivery of full-and far away from the shipment of a thick outer edge to Babar Azam for a simple catch in the. Shadab took his second wicket, and the South African final to keep in Imran Tahir South Africa to 164 and lightness in Pakistan, the task of squaring the series.

Brief scores: South Africa - 164 all out in 41 overs (Hashim Amla 59, Faf du Plessis 57; Usman Khan 4-35, Shaheen Afridi 2-24, Shadab Khan 2-42) lost to Pakistan 168/2 in 31.3 overs (Imam-ul-Haq (71, Fakhar Zaman 44, Babar Azam 41*; Imran Tahir 1-51) by 8 wickets.

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