Andile Phehlukwayo’s all-round brilliance helps South Africa draw level

All-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo delivered a superb performance with bat and ball to help South Africa beat Pakistan in the second game of the one-day series at Kingsmead, Durban. Phehlukwayo smashed his career-best 69 runs to see South Africa chase down a score of 204 runs. Rassie van der Dussen also produced a special innings as South Africa were at one stage staring down a possible defeat.

In pursuit of 204 runs, South Africa started off to poorly as pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissed Hashim Amla and Reeza Hendricks in quick succession. Captain Faf du Plessis also looked tentative at the crease and edged a wide delivery to see South Africa slump to 29 for 3 after 5.3 overs.

David Miller came to the crease and produced a fluent innings to put pressure back on Pakistani bowlers. Miller added 51 runs with Rassie van Der Dussen to rebuild the innings. Leg-spinner Shadab Khan came into the attack and immediately dismissed Miller, who played a reckless shot to see South Africa lose their fourth wicket.

Wicket-keeper Heinrich Klaasen failed to pick up Shadab’s variation as he was cleaned up to walk back to the pavilion with a first-ball duck. Andile Phehlukwayo came to the crease to join van der Dussen with South Africa needing more 124 runs to win the game. The all-rounder played well and had slice of luck going his way in the innings. Rassie van der Dussen played an excellent innings under pressure and kept the scoreboard ticking against the likes of Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan.

Pakistan tried everything but failed to pick up wickets as Andile Phehlukwayo shifted gears and smashed a couple of big sixes to put South Africa in the box seat. He remained till the end and scored 69 runs off 80 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes. Rassie struck the winning runs to complete the chase in the 42nd over of the innings.

Andile Phehlukwayo delivered a superlative with bat and ball to help South Africa beat Pakistan by 5 wickets in Durban.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan started off poorly as South African pace bowlers made use of short-pitch deliveries. Andile picked up crucial wickets of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik to see Pakistan reeling at 107 for 7 after 30.2 overs. Hasan Ali and Sarfaraz Ahmed added 90 runs to help Pakistan cross 200-run mark in their innings. Ali notched up his second half-century in limited-overs cricket and scored 59 runs off 45 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes.

For South Africa, medium pacer Andile Phehlukwayo was the standout bowler with four wickets to his name. Left-arm Chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi found success with the ball and picked up three wickets from full quota of overs.

The third one-day game of the series will be played at SuperSport Park, Centurion on Friday.

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