DUBAI: Batting up a storm, Abdul Razzaq’s 109 led Pakistan to victory against South Africa in the second ODI, leveling the series 1-1 on Sunday. Razzaq was declared man of the match for his outstanding performance at the pitch.
Speaking about the match, captain Shahid Afridi said:
“Day before yesterday I told you we would bounce back, but I had never imagined it would come this way. My batting, not 100% but better than before. We are feeling better now as a team. We have areas to improve, but we will try our best in the coming games.”
South Africa had set Pakistan a target of 287 runs in the second One Day International in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Fast-rising Colin Ingram hit a sparkling century and Hashim Amla an aggressive 65 to lead South Africa to a formidable total.
The 25-year-old Ingram scored exactly 100 for his second century after notching his first on his debut against Zimbabwe at home two weeks ago to show his enormous potential as South Africa batted solidly after winning the toss and opting to bat.
Jean-Paul Duminy chipped in with a swift 43-ball 54.
South Africa, who led the five-match series 1-0 after winning the first match by eight wickets here on Friday, had to leave out captain Graeme Smith and all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who were both unfit.
Duminy’s knock contained three fours and a six before he fell in the last over.