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3rd ODI, Centurion, April 07, 2021, Pakistan tour of South Africa
(49.3/50 ov, T:321) 292

Pakistan won by 28 runs

Player Of The Match
94 (82)
Player Of The Series
302 runs
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6.40 pm: Right, that's all we have for you from this game and this ODI series. The T20Is are around the corner, so make sure you join us for those. Till then this is goodbye from Shashank Kishore, Saurabh Somani and Ranjith P.

Babar Azam is not just the series winning captain, but also Man of the Match today: The openers gave a good start and my focus was on taking it forward from the momentum they built. There was a period where we lost back to back wickets, so I was just telling every new batsman that if we can put a partnership together it'll be good for the team. I have to give credit to Hassan Ali here, the way he came in and played. He made the main difference. It was quite surprising to face spin at the death, but after seeing the pitch yesterday, we did get an idea that we could face a fair bit of spin here. So we weren't unprepared. But I'd like to credit the whole team, for how we put up a good total and defended it well. This is a very important series for us, winning in South Africa will give our team a lot of confidence. The individual players will also get a lot of confidence from their performances. We'll try to take this confidence into the T20Is also.

Fakhar Zaman is the Man of the Series: My plan was very simple. I was looking to survive in the first 8-10 overs, trying to play normally. To be honest, in these grounds, specially in the morning, it's not that easy to bat with two new balls. So our plan was simple, that we will just survive the first 10 overs. (Scoring two 100s) means a lot. I was suffering from two years, I didn't score. So it really means a lot to me. Thanks to our skipper for believing in me and giving me these opportunities. I'm more happy with winning the series.

Temba Bavuma is still troubled by the injury he got while batting so Mark Boucher, the head coach steps in for the post match presentation:

Mark Boucher: Obviously disappointment. You never like to lose a series in home conditions, but well played to Pakistan. I thought throughout the series they were the better team. I think the papers (on field) was just trying to judge where we were and set ourselves small targets. Spin seemed to be the best option throughout the innings, we maybe bowled one too many at the back end but well done to them for exploiting that. We've played well at certain stages of the game. When we've been bad, we've unfortunately been very bad and I think that's where Pakistan have capitalised. The batting, there were some iffy dismissals. But a couple of guys came in and put in good performances, so a lot of positives to take, but right now, a lot of disappointment because we lost the series. There's no excuses, we knew exactly what's going on quite some time ago, so no excuses whatsoever.

We are working very hard in the nets and trying to get the guys' knowledge up there. Hopefully we can get some special performances in the T20Is. (Temba Bavuma) doesn't look good I'm afraid. He wanted to try and carry on batting but we could see him struggling. Not sure the near future is too good for him, for us to see him on the field.

6.10pm What a game we've had! South Africa have gone down but they've made a good fist of this. Losing four key members to the IPL wasn't ideal, but those who stepped in and got their chance proved they're worth investing in. The scoreline will read Pakistan 2-1, but we've had a riveting series, made possible because South Africa's have punched hard for most of the series.

There was a ray of hope when Phehlukwayo and Verreynne put together a century stand, but both of them fell in quick succession in trying to hit out on the face of a mounting asking rate at the death. Shaheen finishes with three wickets while it was a good debut for Usman Qadir. But the real damage was done by left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz, who picked up three wickets in the middle - the big strikes - to turn the game on it's head. Over to the T20Is now.

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Dupavillon, OUT

that's that! It's all over, Pakistan win the series. Shaheen cleans him up with a rip-roarer. Full, straight and into the blockhole to clean out the middle stump as the batsman swings and misses. Pakistan have become the second team after Australia to win two bilateral ODI series in South Africa after successfully defending 321. They've earned 20 points in the World Cup Super League and move to the top of the table, level with England and Australia.

Daryn Dupavillon b Shaheen Shah Afridi 17 (10b 2x4 1x6 12m) SR: 170
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Dupavillon, no run

beaten by a skiddy bouncer as he looks to pull this one

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Sipamla, 1 run

squirted into the leg side

end of over 499 runs
SA: 291/9CRR: 5.93 RRR: 30.00
Daryn Dupavillon17 (8b 2x4 1x6)
Lutho Sipamla3 (4b)
Hasan Ali 10-0-76-1
Shaheen Shah Afridi 9-0-57-2
Hasan Ali to Dupavillon, FOUR runs

full toss, he backs away and swats this one bounce to the midwicket boundary

Hasan Ali to Dupavillon, 2 runs

hocked down the ground, Sipamla puts in a dive at the bowler's end to make it back in time

Hasan Ali to Dupavillon, no run

beaten as he heaves this slower delivery, through with the stroke even before the ball arrived

Hasan Ali to Sipamla, 1 run

another run to a mistimed hit

Hasan Ali to Dupavillon, 1 run

hit hard but to mid-off, they'll scamper a run

Hasan Ali to Sipamla, 1 leg bye

off the pad, down to fine leg

end of over 4811 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 282/9CRR: 5.87 RRR: 19.50
Daryn Dupavillon10 (4b 1x4 1x6)
Lutho Sipamla2 (2b)
Shaheen Shah Afridi 9-0-57-2
Hasan Ali 9-0-68-1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Dupavillon, no run

that's an incredibly fast bouncer on leg stump, he was backing away to get a free swing but was cramped for room and saw this zip over his head. Typical response from a fast bowler to being hit

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Dupavillon, no run

yorker length outside off, beaten as he jams his bat down in time

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Dupavillon, SIX runs

he's muscled this over long-on! Woah, where did that come from? Slower, fuller, he backed away, exposed all three stumps, cleared his front leg and went down town

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Dupavillon, FOUR runs

good strike down the ground! Made room, and swung his arms to generate power to clear mid-off

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Maharaj, OUT

looks to heave over mid-off, makes zero contact and the stumps are rattled.

Keshav Maharaj b Shaheen Shah Afridi 19 (11b 3x4 0x6 19m) SR: 172.72
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Sipamla, 1 run

pulled from way outside off, down to deep square leg

end of over 4714 runs
SA: 271/8CRR: 5.76 RRR: 16.66
Keshav Maharaj19 (10b 3x4)
Lutho Sipamla1 (1b)
Hasan Ali 9-0-68-1
Haris Rauf 9-1-45-2
Hasan Ali to Maharaj, FOUR runs

this has been belted one bounce over the ropes, straight down the ground to bisect long-on and long-off

Hasan Ali to Sipamla, 1 run

yorker, squeezed into the leg side

Hasan Ali to Maharaj, 1 run

miscued over square leg

Hasan Ali to Maharaj, FOUR runs

backs away, clears his front leg and wallops this over extra cover

Hasan Ali to Maharaj, 2 runs

off a thick inside edge, into the gap at deep midwicket

Hasan Ali to Maharaj, 2 runs

jammed down to long-on, they scamper back

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