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Imran Tahir destroyed Pakistani batting – 3rd ODI

Zia Rana November 6, 2013

South Africa 8-259 (Jean-Paul Duminy 64, Faf du Plessis 55, Mohammad Irfan 3-46) beat Pakistan 191 (Wahab Riaz 33, Ahmed Shehzad 32, Imran Tahir 4-53, Ryan McLaren 2-31) by 68 runs.

The perishable batting line up of Pakistan continued with its unpredictable performance and surrendered against the deadly bowling attack of the Proteas.

South Africa hammered 259 for the loss of 8 wickets in 50 overs and the Green Shirts were bowled out for 191 with 33 balls to spare.

Faf du Plessis (South Africa) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his fighting fifty and superb fielding.

The 3rd One Day International of the five match series was played on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at Sheihk Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

Imran Tahir - Demolished the Pakistani batting again

Imran Tahir – Demolished the Pakistani batting again

Earlier, the skipper of South Africa, AB de Villiers, won the toss, went into bat first and lost the first wicket at 20. Quinton de Kock along with Faf du Plessis played sensible cricket and they were sending the loose ball out of the fence. The association was extended to 97 when the first was gone for 40 and du Plessis followed him 15 runs later for 55. Jean-Paul Duminy and de Villiers got together next and the latter departed at 182 for 34. David Miller provided a nice support to Duminy who attained his 17th ODI fifty in the 41st over. The score was enhanced to 243 when Miller was gone for 34 and Jean-Paul Duminy became the next victim after scoring 64 runs as the Proteas piled up 8-259.

Mohammad Irfan was the chief wicket taker with three, Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi shared two each whereas Sohail Tanvir got one wicket.

Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad started the chase nicely for the Green Shirts by scoring 50 in 8.1 overs. The latter became the first victim for 32 off 24 with 7 fours and Hafeez was caught excellently by du Plessis off Morne Morkel for 15. The middle order batting of the hosts crumbled again and they were reeling at 7-116 in 29.3 overs. Sohail Tanvir and Wahab Riaz provided some resistance by contributing a 61 runs partnership. They were sent back to the pavilion for 31 and 33 while the innings of the entire Pakistani team was folded back for 191 in 44.3 overs.

Imran Tahir was the star performer with four wickets, Morne Morkel and Ryan McLaren chipped in with two each whereas Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Dale Steyn claimed one wicket each.

South Africa clinched the match by a huge margin of 68 runs and leads the five game series 2-1.

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