Captain Misbah-ul-Haq scored an unbeaten half century and Mohammad Irfan took a career-best 4/33 as Pakistan beat South Africa by six wickets in the second one-day international to level the five-match series 1-1. The 2.16-meter paceman Irfan mopped up the top order to bowl out South Africa for 191 in 43.2 overs with rain stopping play for nearly 2 1/2 hours and the match reduced to 44 overs a side.
Misbah then led from the front with a gritty 57 not out and Shoaib Malik hit an enterprising 35 off 38 balls to guide Pakistan to 192/4 in 39.2 overs. Pakistan,whitewashed 3-0 in the Test series,lost the first ODI by 125 runs. The third match will be at Johannesburg today.
Misbah made sure Pakistan batting did not crumble while chasing a modest target at SuperSport Park where Pakistan also won the Twenty20 match. The captain hit three fours and three sixes in his 75-ball knock and added 77 runs for the unbroken match-winning,fourth-wicket stand with former skipper Malik. Malik was more enterprising as he hit left-arm fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe for three boundaries in one over in his knock off 38 balls.
South Africa had a glimmer of hope when it reduced Pakistan to 69/3 in the 15th over before Misbah and Younis Khan (32) ensured there were no hiccups with a 46-run third-wicket partnership.
Younis gave left-arm spinner Robin Peterson (2/52) his second wicket,but Malik and Misbah batted with authority and guided Pakistan home with more than four overs to spare. Earlier,Irfan troubled batsmen with his extra bounce and removed Hashim Amla (17) and first ODI century-maker Colin Ingram off successive deliveries before getting rid of Graeme Smith (10) and Faf du Plessis (17) to leave South Africa reeling at 62/5 in 11 overs.
Brief scores: South Africs 191 in 43.2 overs (F Behardien 58,R Peterson 44; M Irfan 4/33,S Ajmal 2/23) lost to Pakistan 192/4 in 39.2 overs (Misbah-ul-Haq 57,Shoaib Malik 35; R Peterson 2/52,D Steyn 1/29)