Anwar Ali and Bilawal Bhatti put together a match-winning partnership and shared in five wickets as Pakistan beat South Africa by 23 runs in the first one-day international at Newlands on Sunday.
The two bowlers,making their ODI debuts,put on 74 runs for the eighth wicket to take Pakistan to a respectable 218 for nine off their 50 overs before bowling out South Africa for 195 in their second-last over.
Pakistan take the lead in the three-match series after losing 4-1 to South Africa earlier this month in a five-match ODI series in the United Arab Emirates.
Man of the match Ali produced a swashbuckling 43 to remain unbeaten at the end of the innings while Bhatti added a valuable 39 as they took Pakistan from 131 for seven to a defendable total.
“I was really happy with the effort of the two debutants,they really won the game for us,” said captain Misbah-ul-Haq at the post-match presentation. “They gave us some hope to take us past 200.”
Jacques Kallis scored 50 on his return to the one-day international arena after an absence of almost two years,but early wickets kept tumbling about him as South Africa struggled in their reply before eventually being bowled after 48.1 overs.
A perfect yorker from Bhatti bowled Morne Morkel for the last wicket to give the paceman figures of 3-37. Ali bowled Kallis as he took 2-24.
The next match is in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.