Pakistan v South Africa 2nd ODI at Abu Dhabi Highlights: Abdul Razzaq century wins Pakistan a stunner
A blitzkrieg century by a rampaging Abdul Razzaq saw Pakistan win the Pakistan v South Africa 2nd ODI. Razzaq’s century off only 70 balls had ten sixes in it and saw the side win a game which they looked to have lost all through the night. Pakistan won the thriller with one ball and one wicket to spare.
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It was a match of fluctuating fortunes and a one that Pakistan needed to boost their batting morale. For long, they have seen so many games where they have gone down without a whimper that one almost got a feeling that the game would go the same way.
Chasing 287 for a win, Pakistan were off to their customary start – losing the wicket of Asad Shafiq in the third over for one. Younis Khan did begin positively but he mustered only 18 before the umpire sent him walking – declared out lbw off an inside edge.
Misbah ul Haq and Mohammad Hafeez also pottered around for a bit but by the time both were sent back, Pakistan was 70/4 in the 19th over and looking like they going down in a big hurry.
At this stage, Fawad Alam played a matured innings of 48 and in partnership with the belligerent but out-of-form Shahid Afridi, added 66 runs for the fifth wicket. Afridi had not been in the best of touches leading up to this game but did well to smash a 49 off 40 balls to bring the side back into the game.
Even when Afridi left, Abdul Razzaq took over the mantle of the aggressor and took the South African bowling on. He started off slowly, allowing balls to go through the wicket-keeper but once he began his launch, there was no stopping him.
Even when Alam and Zulqarnain Haider departed and Wahab Riaz played out a 1-run 46th over, Razzaq did not give up and smote three sixes off an over from Charl Langeveldt. Riaz was run-out with 33 needed off the last three overs, while Saeed Ajmal ran himself out in the next over to leave too much out of Razzaq.
Razzaq refused to give up and kept smacking them to the boundary. 25 were needed off two and Langeveldt went for a six and a four and Razzaq then took a single to retain strike off the last over with 14 runs needed to win.
Razzaq got to his century with a couple of sixes off Albie Morkel before he smashed the fifth ball of the over for a four to win an improbable game against South Africa.
South Africa had earlier decided to bat first and were helped by a second ODI century by Colin Ingram batting at number three. Hashim Amla scored 65 while JP Duminy made another half century but the absence of Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis – both out due to injuries – meant that the middle-order was exposed in the slog overs and they managed only 70 runs off their last ten overs.
South Africa managed to get to 286/8 in 50 overs. As it turned out, it wasn’t enough for one man.
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