South Africa vs Pakistan 3rd ODI: Hendricks’ 83* trumps Imam’s 101 in rain-affected encounter

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Reeza Hendricks struck eight boundaries and two sixes during his unbeaten knock of 83

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Reeza Hendricks’ unbeaten 83 was enough to guide South Africa to a 13-run win over Pakistan via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in the the third ODI in Centurion.

However, Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq deserves a lot of credit for his superb knock of 101.

Choosing to bat first, Pakistan got off to a poor start as opener Fakhar Zaman was caught by Kagiso Rabada at midwicket off the bowling of debutant Beuran Hendricks for two runs.

Imam and Babar Azam made up for the loss of Zaman with a 132-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their fifties, before Azam was trapped lbw off the bowling of Dale Steyn for 69, which came off 72 balls and included seven boundaries and a six.

Imam and Mohammad Hafeez kept the runs flowing with an 84-run stand, during which Hafeez brought up his half-century, before he was sent packing by Rabada for a 45-ball 52, which included six boundaries and a six.

Imam went on to score 101, which came off 116 deliveries and included eight boundaries.

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Imam-ul-Haq is ecstatic upon bringing up his fifth ODI century

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During his knock, Imam became the second-fastest player to score 1,000 ODI runs.

Imad Wasim and Shoaib Malik stabilised the innings with a 52-run partnership before Malik was caught by Beuran Hendricks at midwicket off the bowling of Rabada for 31.

Hasan Ali fell shortly after, but with Imad going on to smash a 23-ball 43, Pakistan finished on 317/6.

Steyn and Rabada picked up two wickets apiece, while Beuran Hendricks and Tabraiz Shamsi chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 318 to win, South Africa got off to a good start as Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla forged a 53-run partnership before Amla was caught by Azam at short midwicket off the bowling of Hasan for 25.

De Kock ended up scoring 33 before he was run out by Shadab Khan.

Reeza Hendricks and South captain Faf du Plessis steadied thing with an unbeaten 108-run partnership, during which Hendricks registered his half-century, before the rain came.

With the rain refusing to relent, the umpires had no choice but to call the match off.

Since the DLS par score was 175 after 33 overs, South Africa were declared the winners as they were on 187/2.

Hendricks finished on 83, which came off 90 balls and included eight boundaries and two sixes, while Du Plessis remained undefeated on 40, which came off 42 deliveries and included three boundaries and a six.

Hasan was the only bowler to take a wicket.

Reeza Hendricks was named Man of the Match.

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