The second ODI between South Africa and Pakistan at the Wanderers in Johannesburg saw one of the best knocks in ODI history as Fakhar Zaman scored a world record 193 (the highest individual score batting second) as Pakistan almost chased down South Africa’s 341 runs.
Babar Azam won the toss and decided to field first. However, South Africa started strongly with Quinton de Kock (80) and Aiden Markram (39) adding 55 runs. Then Temba Bavuma (92) and Rassie van der Dussen (60 in 37 balls with 4 sixes and 6 fours) and also David Miller (50* in 27 balls) helped Proteas put on a good score of 341/6 on the board.
Haris Rauf of Pakistan picked 3/54.
Pakistan’s chase was the story of just one man, Fakhar Zaman. The left-hander almost took Pakistan past the finishing line. He slammed 193 in 155 balls with 18 fours and 10 sixes. However, the next best score proved to be captain Babar Azam’s 31. Pakistan ended up with 324/9 and lost the game by 17 runs and the series got leveled at 1-1 with one more match to go.
Anrich Nortje picked 3/63, removing Babar, Rizwan, and Danish Aziz in a quick burst, taking the air out Pakistan chase. But Fakhar kept going at one end, only to be run out on the first ball of the 50th over.
The way Fakhar Zaman was run out has come under the scanner of the fake fielding rules. Fakhar was running towards the batting end, while De Kock pointed his finger towards Lungi Ngidi, the bowler, but in fact, Aiden Markram, the fielder, threw the ball towards the keeper’s end and it was a direct hit.
Zaman had slowed down his pace at the end of his second run and could not make it back into his crease.
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