Johannesburg: Pakistan cricket team has convincingly won the second one day international against South Africa after chasing a target of 192 runs for the loss of four wickets. The series has been leveled 1-1 after this match.
The Pakistani batsmen played responsibly while chasing a target of 192 runs as their past records were not good regarding their chase against a target.
Misbahul Haq was the leading run-scorer for the green shirts as he scored 57 runs followed by Shoaib Malik 35, Younus Khan 32 and Mohammad Hafeez 31.
The South African bowlers took early wickets of Nasir Jamshed and Kamran Akmal but the partnerships shared by Misbah with Younus and Shoaib Malik snatched the match from their hand.
Peterson was the most successful bowler for the hosts as he took two wickets while McLaren and Dale Steyn shared one wicket each.
Earlier, the Pakistani bowlers bowled exceptionally well to restrict their opponents on the score of 191 runs. Mohammad Irafan was the pick of the bowlers as he sent four top order batsmen of the hosts to the pavilion. Hafeez, Junaid Khan and Saeed Ajmal shared two wickets each.
The South African batsmen seemed confused due to the bounce and swing of Mohammad Irfan and except Farhan Behardien 58 and Robin Peterson 44, none of the proteas batsmen was able to cross 20’s.
The match was delayed due to the rain and was restricted to 44 overs by the field umpires. The win has helped Pakistan in leveling the series 1-1.
The Third ODI between the two teams would be played on March 17 (Sunday) at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.