South Africa 164 all out (Amla 59, du Plessis 57, Shinwari 4-35, Afridi 2-24) v Pakistan
JOHANNESBURG: A Pakistan team with no Sarfraz Ahmed struck early with the ball after winning the toss against South Africa in the fourth one-day international in Johannesburg on Sunday.
A surprisingly helpful pitch and a committed bowling effort helped Pakistan bowl South Africa out for 164 in the fourth one-day international at the Wanderers.
Teen speedster Shaheen Shah Afridi removed Quinton de Kock for 0 and Hendricks for 2, leaving the hosts two down for 18 in the Pink ODI.
Captain Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla steadied South Africa with a 100+ stand, but Pakistan were given another breakthrough by Shadab Khan who removed du Plessis (57).
Imad Wasim bowled Amla (59) soon afterwards to put Pakistan back into the game.
Veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik is captaining Pakistan after Sarfraz was given a four-match suspension by the ICC over racist remarks against South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo in the second ODI. Sarfraz has been replaced by Mohammad Rizwan.
“We wanted him, but the incident … we all know what has happened. I don’t want to comment about it. But they’ve given me this opportunity, and I want to do my best,” stand-in captain Malik said at the toss.
Despite putting up an imposing total of 317 in the rain-hit third ODI in Centurion, Pakistan could not stop South Africa from winning the match by 13 runs and taking a 2-1 lead in the series.
Pakistan defeated South Africa by five wickets in the opening match, while the Proteas returned the favour with a five-wicket victory in the second game.
Sunday’s game marks the annual Pink Day event at the Wanderers, to raise funds for breast cancer awareness, with South Africa victorious in all previous seven editions. The last time South Africa and Pakistan met in an ODI here, South Africa racked up 343 for 5 to win by 34 runs.
South Africa: de Kock, Amla, R Hendricks, du Plessis, vd Dussen, Miller, Phehlukwayo, Rabada, Steyn, Tahir, B Hendricks
Pakistan: Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Azam, Hafeez, Malik, Rizwan, Shadab, I Wasim, Amir, Shinwari, S Afridi