Pakistan set a victory target of 204 runs to South Africa in the second one-day international at Darban on Tuesday.
Earlier, South Africa won the toss and decided to bowl in the second one-day international against Pakistan at Kingsmead. Pakistan is leading the series by 1-0.
South African captain Faf du Plessis said his team had been “a bit rusty” in the first match in Port Elizabeth on Saturday when they lost only two wickets but were unable to defend a total of 266.
Du Plessis said the decision to bowl was based on likely pitch conditions. “Generally the wicket is a bit slow during the day but at night it skids on and is a bit better for batting.”
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said the team had been boosted by their win in Port Elizabeth. “It was a very good, complete performance,” he said. “Confidence is very high.”
Both teams made two changes. South Africa brought in fast bowler Dane Paterson and left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi for all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius and leg-spinner Imran Tahir, while Pakistan included all-rounder Hussain Talat in place of Imad Wasim and Shaheen Shah Afridi for fellow left-arm fast bowler Usman Shinwari, who was said to be not fully fit.
Pakistan tailender Hasan Ali hit a fighting half-century after his top-order teammates failed in the second one-day international against South Africa at Kingsmead on Tuesday.
Pakistan were bowled out for 203, a total which seemed unlikely when Hasan, batting at number ten, came in with his side in desperate trouble at 112 for eight.
Kagiso Rabada started Pakistan´s slide when he dismissed Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam, both caught off mistimed pull shots against short deliveries on a pitch which was slow but with steep bounce when the ball was new.
Fakhar Zaman and Shoaib Malik also fell to short balls.
Hasan hit a career-best 59 off 45 balls, with five fours and three sixes, and shared a ninth wicket stand of 90 with captain Sarfraz Ahmed (41).
It required the most delightful joie de vivre sort of innings from Hasan Ali – a character who matches that description to the fullest – to keep Pakistan in the contest.
Hasan’s innings remained in spirit the typical knock of a have-a-go hero, but the sweet timing of the strikes against legitimately world-class bowling gave it the air of conventional classiness you might not expect from Hasan.
Here’s the video of Hasan Ali’s inning:
Here’s the HIGHLIGHTS of 1st Inning:
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen (wkt), Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dane Paterson, Duanne Olivier, Tabraiz Shamsi
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain, wkt), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hussain Talat, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi