Fakhar Zaman was excellent. (Photo by Christiaan Kotze / AFP)
Temba Bavuma chose his beloved Bullring and Cricket South Africa on the ninth pink day as the stage to begin his tenure as proteas ’ODI skipper, playing an important role in helping his team to get a 17-run victory in the second ODI against Pakistan on Sunday.
The win secured South Africa to Wednesday’s climax at Centurion with the series squared off as a whole and also marked a line below two straight defeats in what is usually a piece of the local cricket calendar.
Bavuma led a South African beat party in a strangely quiet Wanderers, although, on an individual level, they were overtaken by Pakistani opener Fakhar Zaman, whose magnificent 193 was in vain.
Still, it was the captain of Proteas who provided a lot of vibration for the feel, playing the expert role of the batting anchor without ever stopping things and showing off his wide range of shots around the wicket. .
He seemed ready just for his third-century international, and second in ODIs, before attempting an ambitious deal for a shorter delivery that was to come and only reached the deep midwicket, coming out of 92 of 102 deliveries.
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Kock’s Quinton overcame a quiet and sometimes awkward start to playing some meaty strokes in his 80s between 86 deliveries, an ideal note to finish before leaving for the Indian Premier League.
In fact, he also seemed ready for triple figures before dragging the ball to his stumps.
However, it was Rassie van der Dussen, the hero of Centurion’s Proteas, who demonstrated the greatest revelation of the hosts’ batting effort with a 37 of 60 balls.
Breathing confidently, the 31-year-old revealed his most adventurous side, attacking from the first moment.
There was a maximum of Faheem Ashraf who broke while waiting behind his foot, before pulling a piece of magic from the Villiers AB on one knee to defeat Mohammad Hasnain for a long time.
David Miller, who finished with an unbeaten 50 of 27, also had fun, highlighting especially Faheem for two consecutive sixes and applying the finishing touch to an excellent batting effort that ended 341/6.
While the cunning Haris Rauf did his best to avoid things to death (finishing 3/54), Pakistan were uninspired on the field and did no favors dropping Aiden Markram (39) and most of all, Van der Dussen his first installment.
The striking opening spell of Anrich Nortje, which included the vital scalp of the Pakistani captain and the mainstay of the bat, Babar Azam, tore the heart out of the persecution of visitors before the Proteas lost by baffling most of the its intensity.
Fakhar, who had fluently hit triple 107-ball figures, exploded when he launched into an absurd attack that had no ideas, eclipsing Herschelle Gibbs ’175 as the highest individual score on the ground.
10 pebbles and 18 four ended up flying off his blade as he took special liking to the turn of Tabraiz Shamsi’s left arm, though the seamstresses were never safe from his assault either.
Unfortunately for the left-hander, he simply had too much to do, as South African bowlers could count their lucky stars who fired the beats.