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Pakistan crushed South Africa – 2nd ODI

Zia Rana November 1, 2013

Pakistan 209 (Ahmed Shehzad 58, Shahid Afridi 26, Ryan McLaren 4-34) beat South Africa 143 (Ryan McLaren 29*, Jean-Paul Duminy 25, Shahid Afridi 3-26, Mohammad Irfan 3-53) by 66 runs.

The Pakistani bowling unit brought their team back in the series by folding cheaply the strong batting line of South Africa as the hosts won the game easily.

The Green Caps scored 209 in 49.4 overs and the Proteas surrendered for 143 with 56 balls still available.

Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his superb all round performance.

The second One Day International of the five match series was played on Friday, November 1, 2013, at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Shahid Afridi - Superb all round performance

Shahid Afridi – Superb all round performance

Earlier, Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and went into bat first but they lost the first wicket at four. Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad took the score to 52 before the first was gone for 26 and was replaced by his skipper. They found it hard to score the boundaries but kept on creeping while Ahmed Shehzad reached his fourth ODI fifty. Misbah-ul-Haq became the next victim at 112 in 27.2 overs at 25 and Ahmed Shehzad followed him five runs later for 58 off 85 balls with 4 fours. Shahid Afridi chipped in with 26 as the entire Pakistani side was bowled out for 209 with two wickets remaining.

Ryan McLaren was the star performer with four wickets, Morne Morkel held three whereas Wayne Parnell and Imran Tahir got one wicket each.

The Proteas went down by one wicket at seven as Jean-Paul Duminy along with Graeme Smith tried to consolidate the innings. They succeeded in taking the score to 43 when the latter was clean bowled by Saeed Ajmal for 14. Duminy did not stay longer and went back to the dressing room six runs later for 25. The Green Shirts bowlers became unplayable and the wickets kept on falling one after another. The visitors were struggling at 5-73 in 24.2 overs when David Miller and Wayne Parnell tried to consolidate the innings. The duo left the scene at118 and Ryan McLaren was the only other batsman who fought until the end. He remained unbeaten for 29 as the innings of the Proteas was squeezed for 143 in 40.4 overs.

Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Irfan were the supreme bowlers with three wickets each, Saeed Ajmal captured two whereas Sohail Tanvir and Mohammad Hafeez shared one wicket each.

Pakistan grabbed the match with a big margin of 66 runs and levelled the series at 1-1.

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