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Fakhar Zaman scored a century in the second match in a row. Standing on a solid foundation, Babar Azam took the storm at last. Pakistan got a big collection in the series-determining match. South Africa, who went down to play without many regular players, fought hard but could not save the end. Pakistan won the series with the combined efforts of the bowlers.

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The visitors won the third and final ODI by 28 runs against South Africa at Centurion on Wednesday. Chasing 320, South Africa was bowled out for 292.

Fakhar, who played record innings of 193 in the second ODI, scored 101 off 104 balls. Pakistan captain Babar’s bat came 94 off 82 balls. In the end, Pakistan crossed 300 in Hasan Ali’s 11-ball 32-run cameo innings.

Both teams made several changes in this match. Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, and Anrich Nortje were not in the South African squad except for the country to join the IPL. Rassie van der Dussen suffered a muscle injury.

Pakistan replaced Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, and Mohammad Hasnain with Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, and Hasan Ali. Usman Qadir made his debut in place of the injured Shadab Khan.

Pakistan won by 28 runs and the three-match ODI series 2-1.

Babar, who lost the toss and elected to bat, looked at the wickets of Supersport Park and said that they want to collect over three hundred. Fakhar and Imam-ul-Haq laid that foundation in the early twentieth century.

Imam could not go far after touching fifty off 60 balls. He stopped with a long-on catch off Keshab Maharaj. Imam’s farewell for 56 runs broke the pair of 112 runs.

Pakistan continued to advance with the bat of Fakhar and Babar. Fakhr increased the speed of the run after touching fifty off 62 balls. After playing all the great shots, he reached the century with 99 balls. His next fifty comes in just 37 balls.

Fakhar went back after going three figures. The left-arm opener, who scored 101 runs in 9 fours and 3 sixes, was caught behind by Maharaj.

After Fakhar’s departure, Pakistan collapsed in small innings. Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz, Fahim Ashraf, Nawaz could not last long. Pakistan’s score of 206 runs for one wicket is 256/6.

Babar, who made fifty off 55 balls, stood at one end and just watched his teammates say goodbye. At one stage, three hundred runs seemed a long way for Pakistan.

Hasan overcame that fear with explosive batting. Pakistan got 25 runs in his four sixes in Smuts’ over, the team went beyond three hundred. Hasan played unbeaten innings of 32 runs off 11 balls with 4 sixes and one four.

In the last over of the innings, Babar reached the nineties with two sixes and a four off Andile Phehlukwayo. He needed a six to finish the century, but the Pakistan captain could not. His innings of 94 off 82 balls ended when he was caught at the boundary. He hit 3 sixes with 6 fours. In this pair, Pakistan got 63 runs from 24 balls.

Aiden Markram could not make a good start by chasing the target. Smuts didn’t last long. Leg-spinner Usman got a taste of wickets in his ODI debut by bowling him in a great delivery.

Janneman Malan kept fighting with one end in front. Temba Bavuma took the helm of the team with Bavuma.

In one over, Nawaz put these two back and put pressure on the hosts. The left-arm spinner bowled the South African captain after lbw Malan for 70 off 81 balls.

Nawaz also sent Heinrich Klaasen back to the toilet. After losing 5 wickets for 140 runs, Verein and Phehlukwayo pulled the team in danger. South Africa is back in the fray for its century.

But both of them went back after fifty. Fifty off 40 balls, Varein was caught at the boundary in an attempt to increase the run rate to 62 off three sixes and fours. Felukwayo scored 54 runs in the next over. After that, South Africa could not. At last, Pakistan won by 28 runs in the third ODI.

By Alex

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