AB, Amla spank Pak to take 2-1 lead
AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla built a record ODI partnership before South Africa handled Shahid Afridi successfully to win the 3rd ODI at Wanderers by 34 runs. The win put SA 2-1 ahead in the 5 game series.
Dressed in a special pink jersey to raise awareness around breast cancer, AB first loss the toss and having been put in to bat first, walked into the middle in the 14th over with the score just 42 for the loss of 2 wickets. They kept busy in their partnership, AB settling down after a couple of early boundaries. Both were at comfort stealing singles but the big hits came out when it seemed that AB had begun to cramp.
68 runs came in 5 overs from the 37th to the 42nd as the duo rampaged against the Pakistani attack. AB’s 50 came off 47 deliveries and his hundred took just another 40 balls. Amla (122, 113b 9x4 1x6) and de Villiers (128, 108b 12x4 3x6) added 238 runs off just 182 deliveries, the highest ever 3rd wicket stand in ODIs, beating Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid’s 237* run stand against Kenya in the 1999 World Cup.
Faf du Plessis continued the thrashing with a breakneck 45 (19b 4x4 3x6) as South Africa piled up a total of 343/5 in their 50 overs. Wahab Riaz finished with figures of 2/93, the most expensive figures for a Pakistan bowler in ODIs.
Nasir Jamshed threatened early in the chase but perished immediately off Lonwabo Tsotsobe. Kamran Akmal’s promotion saw the run rate spike up, allowing Mohammad Hafeez time to get his eye in. By the time the wicketkeeper was sent back, he and Hafeez had added 82 off 86b for the second wicket, keeping Pak in the chase.
Dale Steyn was economical but Pak kept getting runs off Tsotsobe at the other end. The introductions of Ryan McLaren and Robin Peterson saw the runs drying up, resulting in a mini collapse that saw Pak go from 97/1 to 132/5. Misbah ul Haq added 71 off 48b for the sixth wicket with Shahid Afridi who was playing a vintage knock at the other end, targeting Tsotsobe and Kleinveldt.
Afridi accelerated when Misbah was dismissed, hitting 13 off the following over, copying one of AB de Villiers’ ramp sweep shots. He had hit 10 off the first three balls when he was bowled in the next over, only for the umpire to discover that it was a no ball. 19 runs came off that 8 ball long over from McLaren, including a six which was blitzed out of the stadium. He was dropped off the first ball of the next over by Smith, the ball racing away for four and celebrated by cheekily sweeping the next ball for four as well. The third ball saw him charge at Tsotsobe and deposit a full toss straight into the hands of McLaren at long off. He had made 88 (48b 5x4 7x6 SR: 183.33).
Wahab Riaz took what revenge he could manage, slogging Kleinveldt, Peterson and Steyn but the SA bowlers kept chipping away at the other end. Riaz fell in the 49th over, bringing Pakistan’s inning to an end on 309, giving SA a 34 run win to put them 2-1 ahead in the series.
AB and Hashim Amla shared the Man of the Match award for their record breaking 7.87 RPO partnership.