South Africa vs Pakistan 2nd ODI: Phehlukwayo stars as South Africa level series at 1-1

Andile Phehlukwayo career-best four wickets 69 not out South Africa Pakistan 2nd ODI Durban cricket

Andile Phehlukwao finished with figures of 4-22 off 9.5 overs and followed that up with an unbeaten 69

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Andile Phehlukwayo put up career-best figures with the ball and made his highest score in ODIs as South Africa defeated Pakistan by five wickets in Durban.

While Phehlukwayo stole the spotlight with his four wickets and unbeaten 69, South Africa batsman Rassie van der Dussen deserves a lot of credit as well as he struck a superb 80 not out.

Opting to bowl first, South Africa got the early breakthrough they were looking for when Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq was caught by Phehlukwayo at midwicket off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada for five runs.

Babar Azam only made 12 runs before he too was caught by Phehlukwayo off the bowling of Rabada.

Phehlukwayo then joined the party as he removed Mohammad Hafeez for nine runs, while Duanne Olivier took out Fakhar Zaman for 26.

With Shadab Khan, Hussain Talat, Shoaib Malik and Faheem Ashraf all being dismissed in quick time, Pakistan found themselves in all sorts of trouble at 112/8.

However, Hasan Ali and captain Sarfraz Ahmed fought back exceptionally by forging a 90-run partnership, during which Hasan brought up his fifty, before Sarfraz was clean bowled by Phehlukwayo for 41.

Hasan ended up making a career-best 59, which came off 45 balls and included five boundaries and three sixes, before he was brilliantly caught by South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis at long-on off the bowling of Phehlukwayo.

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Hasan Ali scored his second ODI fifty

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Thanks to Hasan’s late heroics, Pakistan made 203 before being bowled out.

Phehlukwayo was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Tabraiz Shamsi snapped up three, Rabada got two and Olivier chipped in with one.

Chasing 204 to win, South Africa got off to a dismal start as opener Hashim Amla was cleaned up by Shaheen Shah Afridi for eight runs.

Afridi then removed Reeza Hendrick and Du Plessis in his next two overs to leave the Proteas in a spot of bother at 29/3.

Van der Dussen and David Miller stabilised the innings with a 51-run partnership before Miller was caught by Imam at short midwicket off the bowling of Shadab for 31.

Heinrich Klaasen fell the very next ball, but that was to be Pakistan’s last taste of success as Van der Dussen and Phehlukwayo finished things off for South Africa with an unbeaten 127-run partnership.

Van der Dussen ended up making 80, which came off 123 balls and included nine boundaries, while Phehlukwayo remained undefeated on 69, which came off 80 deliveries and included seven boundaries and two sixes.

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Rassie van der Dussen struck nine boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 80

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Afridi was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Shadab claimed two.

Phehlukwayo was named Man of the Match.

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