Pakistan Cricket Team defeated South Africa in a one-sided clash with the stunning innings. Pakistan cricket team had conquered the previous battle in their home ground and managed to secure the marginal win over Proteas.
For the national team, it’s an important series to win , because of the unwinning streak at South Africa. Pakistani side needs to secure away win.
Debutant Century And Babar Azam’s Record Break
Babar Azam won the toss and decided to bowl first. It felt that the skipper made the wrong decision, but the bowlers didn’t let their team and fans disappointed. Before the series, Babar Azam didn’t happy with the selection team and took out his frustration as well.
Pakistani bowlers showcased their true class, when Shaheen Afridi dismissed openers and dismental the host.
Muhammed Hasnain joined his teammate in the wicket-taking party and bowled the skipper Temba Bavuma scored one run. Pakistani bowlers restricted the Proteas and bowled brilliantly.
The Proteas got stable when David Miller and Van Der Dusson played marvelous innings. Rassie van der Dussen scored debutant century. Since he debuted, two times he got dismissed in the nineties, but finally he did it this time.
In the end, South Africa gave 274 runs target to the visitors. Pakistani batsmen started brilliantly in the beginning and Imam-ul-Haq played his true innings.
Fakher zaman disappointed with 8 runs, but when the skipper came things got changed.
The Skipper Set The Record
“Babar Azam”, who scored a century and became the fastest batsman in the world to score 13 centuries. Babar Azam put Hashim Amla and Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, into the bar of the contemporaries.
The current ODI batsman ranking, Kohli stands all, but there might be possibilities according to the stats that Babar Azam can surpass him.
Pakistan’s dominancy overshadowed the host and outclassed them in the first ODI match. Babar continued to dominate with Mohammed Rizwan and managed to build up a great partnership.
Pakistan cricket team held their position and won the match by 3 wickets.
Skipper’s Post Match Talk:
The skipper Babar Azam talked to the media, “There was a little bit of pressure but we will learn from that, “I told them to bowl hard lengths and there was some swing as well,” “They took wickets in the power play and that helped us.”
And he also praised his bowlers, “I give credit to the bowlers as they restricted [South Africa].”
On the other side, South African Captain Temba Bavuma admitted, that the early dismissals cracked the confidence of the team.
“We didn’t help ourselves with our batting effort in the first ten overs,”
Appreciation To Babar Azam:
No doubt, Babar Azam’s performance stood up to the mark and played the captain’s inning. Politicians, social media and celebrities couldn’t resist themselves in praising Babar Azam,
Centurion got lucky for the visitors and kept their consistency just like their home series against the Proteas. Now it comes to the second ODI and Pakistan must keep their persistency their top priority.
Instead of experimenting with more other players and try to whitewash and finally break the curse of not winning at South Africa.
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