Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman came up with a stunning single-handed assault in Johannesburg on Sunday but it was not enough for the Asian side during their steep chase of 342 against South Africa in the 2nd ODI of a 3-match series. Temba Bavuma opened his account as South Africa's ODI captain as the hosts leveled the series at 1-1.
Fakhar Zaman hit 193 off 155 balls, the highest score by a batsman batting second in ODI cricket as he lifted Pakistan out of trouble and gave quite a few nervy moments to the hosts. Zaman, who had become the first Pakistan cricketer to hit an ODI double hundred, missed an opportunity to emulate Rohit Sharma as he was run out unfortunately for 193 in the final over of the chase.
Questions are being asked of Quinton de Kock's deliberate attempt to distract Fakhar Zaman, who was run out by a direct hit while he tried to complete a double in the final over. Zaman hit 10 sixes and 18 boundaries in a whirlwind knock, single-handed keeping Pakistan in the hunt.
Questions asked over Quinton de Kock tactics
Fakhar Zaman was run-out for 193 in the first delivery of the final over. Zaman, who hit the ball towards the cover boundary, was trying to complete his second but was undone by a direct hit from deep by Aiden Markram. Zaman was comfortably-positioned to complete the second run but he mistook the throw to be going to the other end before seeing the stumps disturbed by the direct hit.
Notably, replays showed that South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock tricked Fakhar Zaman into believing that the throw was going to the non-striker's end. While Zaman was still in the process of completing the second run, de Kock raised his hand and singalled towards the non-striker's end.
It was a comical moment in the match but International Cricket Council's Fair Play laws don't allow 'Fake Fielding'.— ICC (@ICC) April 4, 2021
There was no support from the rest of the Pakistan batsmen as the second-highest score during the chase was captain Babar Azam's 31. As many as 5 Pakistan batsmen got out for single-digit scores while 8 of them failed to cross the 20-run mark in a steep chase of 342.
Zaman kept his composure and hit boundaries at will against a strong South African bowling line-up but he was not able to get the job done.
Earlier in the day, Anrich Nortje broke the back of the Pakistan batting unit by getting the wicket of captain Babar and wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammed Rizwan in the same over. Nortje finished with 3 wickets while Andile Phehlukwayo took 2 wickets. Kagio Rabada was on top of his game as he gave away just 43 runs in his 10-over quota.
Earlier in the day, South Africa came up with a spirited batting effort with captain Bavuma topping the batting chart with a well-made 92. Quinton de Kock hit 80 while Rassie van der Dussen (37-ball 60) and David Miller (27-ball 50 not out) helped the hosts push their total past 300.