Pakistan vs South Africa 1st ODI, PAK vs SA Highlights: Hashim Amla’s century went in vain as Mohammad Hafeez played a brilliant knock to guide Pakistan to a win in the first ODI against South Africa by five wickets on Saturday. Hafeez struck two sixes and eight fours in his 71 from just 63 balls after Imam ul Haq’s impressive 86 in their 267-run chase. Babar Azam also chipped in 49 runs. Earlier, Hashim Amla hit his 27th one-day international century as South Africa made 266 for two in the first of five matches against Pakistan at St George’s Park on Saturday.
Pakistan vs South Africa 1st ODI Highlights:
Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez heroics help Pakistan beat South Africa by five wickets to go 1-0 up in the ODI series. Mohammad Hafeez's 71* seals the first ODI against South Africa with five wickets and five balls in hand.
Pakistan need 28 off the last four overs with five wickets in hand. Which way is this heading?
Mohammad Hafeez brings up his 35th ODI fifty. Hafeez' knock has held the innings together for Pakistan, who are 228/5, need 39 in 36 balls.
OUT! Pakistan are five down as Sarfraz is out LBW for 1. Big shout and it's given and OFF HE GOES! Imran Tahir joins the party! Sarfraz reviews it but he's gone! PAK 223/5 and need 44 to win from 46.
200 up for PAK
Pakistan cross 200-run mark after Imam-Ul-Haq dismissal. PAK need 61 runs in 68 balls.
Olivier, who got his second scalp, denies Imam a century as he departs for 86 after an excellent catch by Hendricks. PAK 185/3 (36.1 ovs), need 82 to win. Could South Africa come back into this one?
PAK 180/2 after 35 overs and need 87 to win. Imam 85*, Hafeez 18, partnership 41*.
PAK need 110 from 114 balls
PAK need 110 from 114 balls at 5.79 runs per over. The score is 157/2 after 31 overs. Imam 74* Hafeez 6*.
OUT! Babar Azam misses out on his half-century, he departs for 49. Reeza Hendricks goes right through Babar Azam's defence. PAK are 139/2, need 129 in 22 overs.
50 for Imam
Imam-Ul-Haq brings up his fourth ODI fifty as Pakistan cross the 100-run mark. Pakistan look steady in pursuit of their target.
PAK 88/1 after 17 overs and need 179 to win. RR 5.17, required RR 5.42. Imam 41*, Babar 25*. Olivier 1/27. Imran Tahir comes into the attack.
WICKET! South Africa get the breakthrough as Fakhar Zaman, who pulls this straight to Dwaine Pretorius at fine leg, departs for 25.
Good start by Pak
Pakistan are off to a flying start. They are 31 without loss after 5 overs and need 236 to win. Fakhar Zaman 16, Imam-ul-Haq 15*..
Pakistan begin chase
Pakistan begin chase. Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman walk to the crease. They need 277 runs to win the first ODI.
SA post 266/2
South Africa set a target of 267 for Pakistan after Hashim Amla slams century and van der Dussen makes 93 on debut.
Hashim Amla slams his 27th ODI century, reaches his 100 with a six! What a way to bring up his 100. SA are 251/2 after 48 overs
WICKET! Debutant Rassie vd Dussen departs for 93, misses out on a special century unfortunately. Hasan Ali with the wicket. SA are 237/2
200 up for South Africa
Hashim Amla opens the face of his bat and slices the ball through point. The fielder gives up the chase as the ball crosses the 30-yard circle and runs towards the boundary rope. With this boundary, South Africa complete their 200.
Rassie van der Dussen completes his half-century
Debutant Rassie van der Dussen completes his half-century as he smashes Faheem Ashraf for a six over deep mid-wicket. SA:171/1 (36.2 overs)
150 up for South Africa
Amla knocks down the ball towards long-off for a single to bring up 150 for South Africa. The right-handed batsman has constructed a 74 run partnership in 96 deliveries with Rassie van der Dussen. SA: 157/1 (34 overs)
South Africa retain their review
van der Dussen tries to play the reverse sweep but fails to make any contact with the bat. Sarfraz Ahmed appeals for a caught-behind as the ball takes a deflection and lands straight in his gloves. The umpire raises his finger but the batsman is certain that he is not out and decides to take the review. TV replay shows that the ball touched his arm before landing in the keeper's gloves. South Africa retain their review
Amla completes his half-century
Amla opens the face of the bat and slices it through point. The ball beats the fielder present inside the circle and runs towards the boundary rope. With this four, Amla brings up his 37th half-century in ODIs. SA: 116/1 (24.2 overs)
South Africa bring up their 100
Amla knocks the ball towards mid-on for a single as South African innings edges-past the 100-run mark. Amla is playing on 46, while his partner van der Dussen is on 15. SA: 106/1 (23 overs)
Shadab Khan breaks the 82-run opening stand between Hendricks and Amla. Hendricks tries to play a sweep shot but the ball takes the top-edge and ballons up in the air. Hasan Ali settles underneath and takes a simple catch at the end. The batsman walks back to the pavilion after scoring 45 in 67 deliveries. Rassie van der Dussen is the new man at the crease. SA:82/1 (17.4 overs)
Hendricks, Amla construct 50-run stand
Reeza Hendricks and Hashim Amla construct a 50-run stand for the opening wicket. Amla is playing on 25 in 25 deliveries, while his partner Hendricks is on 32 after facing 42 deliveries. SA:58/0 (11.2 overs)
South Africa 35/0
Steady start from South Africa to the innings. Hashim Amla and Reeza Hendricks opened the innings and they are on 25 and 10 respectively.
South Africa win the toss, elect to bat first
Makhaya Ntini had said in the commentary box that the pitch should be an absolute belter. Here are the teams:
South Africa: Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis (capt.), David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Duanne Olivier, Imran Tahir
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Usman Shinwari
Hello and welcome!
The Test series was as forgettable as any sporting activity can ever be for Pakistan with there being rumours of rifts between the coach and the captain, problems in the dressing room and all the other noises that come with a team being absolutely hammered over the course of a three-match Test series. But the ODIs are a different world and Pakistan will be a more confident side in it.