The young all-rounder proves a point in spearheading a difficult but rewarding victory over Pakistan in Durban.
Andile Phehlukwayo won a significant battle in the war for the Proteas’ all-rounder spot for the World Cup by brilliantly spearheading his side’s five-wicket victory in the second ODI against Pakistan in Durban on Tuesday night.
Thanks to his heroics, South Africa levelled the series at one-all.
The 22-year-old, considered more of a bowling all-rounder at international level at the moment, did his best to shed that label as he starred with both bat and ball, achieving career-bests in both disciplines.
First, on his home ground’s slow surface, he snapped up 4/22 in 9.5 very economical overs in restricting restricting Pakistan to 203 all out.
Phehlukwayo’s pace was ideally suited to the conditions, yet it was his clever use of varied lengths that made him successful.
Later on, he stroked his way to a muscular and crucial unbeaten 69 off 80 deliveries.
The left-hander rode his luck at times and was also dropped on 50 though that won’t matter in the aftermath.
There were some superb shots, notably a crunching drive for four and two sixes off Mohammad Hafeez’s sixth over.
More importantly, he shared an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 127 with the impressive Rassie van der Dussen, both men showing maturity in guiding the Proteas home from the depths of 80/5.
Highveld Lions star Van der Dussen is certainly making sure he takes his opportunity, following up his 93 on debut with 80 here.
It was a responsible, skillful effort and proved an excellent counter punch for a brilliant opening spell from 18-year-old Shaheen Shah Afridi, who took 3/44.
South Africa will be a tad frustrated with their performance in the field.
For 32 overs, the bowlers had backed up captain Faf du Plessis’ decision to bowl first well in reducing the visitors to 112/8.
However, a swashbuckling counterattack from No 10 Hasan Ali formed the basis of a potentially vital tenth-wicket stand of 90 with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (41).
Ali smashed three sixes and five fours in an entertaining 45-ball effort, taking a particular liking to Tabraiz Shamsi.
The left-arm wrist spinner justified his selection in the place of Imran Tahir by grabbing three wickets, but once again suffered from a lack of composure in his latter overs.
He finished with 3/56 and will need to work on his game plans once he comes back for second or third spells.
Except for Sarfraz and Ali, Pakistan’s batting struggled as Kagiso Rabada (2/35) set the tone with an aggressive opening spell before Phehlukwayo and Shamsi took advantage.
During the match Pakistani Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed sledged Phehlukwayo when he was batting brilliantly.
“Abbay kalay teri Ammi kahan bethi hoyi hain aaj, kya parh wa kay aaya hai aaj,” said Sarfraz to Phehlukwayo.
Under ICC’s anti-racism code, Sarfraz can get a maximum of 8 suspension points apparently since it would be his first such offence.
Here’s what Sarfraz said:
Social media users were quick to react on this and many took the opportunity to bash him and many were found defending him;
Here’s how twitterati reacts on it:
Sarfraz deserves a ban for that, and will be lucky not to be sacked as captain. Disgraceful & unacceptable.
— Ahmed (@azkhawaja1) January 22, 2019
Ramiz refuse to translate Sarfraz but Sarfraz can face some serious action.
— i r f a n (@IffiViews) January 22, 2019
This isn’t funny. Its pathetic and racist. https://t.co/J3OeIW4CuR
— Osman Samiuddin (@OsmanSamiuddin) January 22, 2019
I am all for banter, confrontations etc, but racism is unacceptable. There is a need to educate players, fans about this.
— Rehan Ulhaq (@Rehan_ulhaq) January 22, 2019
Tum log khud controversial ker rhe ho Sarfraz ki baat ko. ICC ne kuch ker diya tou indian cricket council bol bol ke dramay lagao ge. Stop making an issue out of nothing.
— Tee. (@Choisaaab) January 22, 2019
– that reference by Sarfraz, that too in a country like South Africa!! Kaptaaan hosh kr bhai ..
— Asif Khan (@mak_asif) January 22, 2019
Under ICC’s anti-racism code, Sarfraz can get a maximum of 8 suspension points apparently since it would be his first such offence. pic.twitter.com/7ijVAIQWnL
— Ahmad Saleem (@Ahmad_Saleem) January 22, 2019
Shouts at his bowlers and fielders, Doesn’t perform with the bat and now the racist comments. What a shit guy Sarfraz is!!! ??
— Mohammed Ibrahim Farooqui (@iBM1105) January 22, 2019
same people who are bashing sarfaraz ahmed for the word ‘kalaay’ love calling westindies the ‘kaali aandhi’ loll
— Ali (@AleyFarooqq) January 22, 2019
— . (@Zatekhta) January 22, 2019
PCB seriously needs to look into it if @SarfarazA_54 has used racial slurs against Phehlukwayo. Disgusting and unacceptable from the captain of the team. Pathetic!
— Hassan Cheema (@Gotoxytop1) January 22, 2019
The worst part about Sarfraz calling a SouthAfrican player “Kaala”, is that most Pakistanis don’t even think it’s a racist remark. We are living in stone age. No wonder Sarfraz said that casually on such big stage where everything is scrutinized to the core.
— Hassan Cheema (@Gotoxytop1) January 22, 2019
Ignore karou yaar Sarfaraz ko, woh Karachi mey pala bara hai yahan sab aik dosray ko kala, gora, langra, andha, bhosra, Chutiya, dalla, gando keh kar he bulatay hain :))
— Ahmed (@AhmedDamn) January 22, 2019
The worst part of this racist slur from Sarfraz is that he doesn’t even hear it. It’s not banter. It’s not sledging. It’s one sided racism and feeling good about yourself for saying it.
— smacula (@smacula) January 22, 2019