By our correspondent
KARACHI: After claiming a 1-0 lead in the three-match One-day series by managing a three-wicket hard-earned win in the series opener in Centurian on Friday Pakistan will be looking to take an unassailable lead when they take on South Africa in their second show on Sunday in Johannesburg.
For South Africa it would be a do-or-die encounter. South Africa faced top order collapse when they were 55-4 before Rassie’s (123*) fantastic century guided his side to set a defendable 274-run target for Pakistan.
David Miller with his solid knock gave ample support to Rassie after the early quick four wickets that fell within no time. Pakistan than overcame some tough situation but eventually managed a narrow win off the last ball of the innings after losing seven wickets in the process.
Skipper Babar Adam (103) was the man behind successful chase. After losing Fakhar early who again played on, Babar added 171 runs for the second wicket stand with Imam-ul-Haq (71). After losing a few quick wickets after 200 Pakistan were at the back foot at one stage with five down but Rizwan and Shadab shared a fifty partnership that enabled the visitors to seal the win.
Pakistan will need to bowl well and their batsmen will have to negotiate the short-pitched deliveries as most of them faced issues in that zone.
The hosts will play in a different kit to mark the annual pink ODI, which raises money for breast cancer awareness and treatment.
The match starts at 1pm.