Sunday, 24 November 2013

1st ODI: Pakistan beat South Africa by 23 Runs - Cape Town, November 24, 2013

Pakistan tour of South Africa 2013: Pakistan won by 23 runs against South Africa in the 1st ODI Cricket Match Played at Cape Town on November 24, 2013. Excellent all-round performances by ODI debutants, Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali handed Pakistan a splendid 23 run win.

Pakistan 218 for 9 (Ali 43*, Bhatti 39, Steyn 3-33)
South Africa 195 (Kallis 50, Duminy 49, Bhatti 3-37)
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It's been a wonderful game for Pakistan. They fought back with the bat nicely thanks to Anwar Ali and Bhatti. In the chase, Kallis scored a nice fifty in his comeback game. JP Duminy chipped in with a useful 49 as well but Bhatti bagged 3 crucial wickets. Anwar Ali partnered him brilliantly here as well, getting 2 important wickets.

Anwar Ali is the Man of the Match for his all-round show.

Previously Pakistan have won the toss and they chose to bat. Pakistan were going to be bowled out under 150-160, but debutant Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali combined really well for the 8th wicket to share a 74-run stand and help their side get a respectable score. The top-order once again collapsed to some good bowling from South Africa. Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad got off to a very sedate start, but Dale Steyn found the outside edge of Jamshed to open the floodgates. None of the batsman in the top-order were willing to spend time and the visitors were reduced to 131/7 in the 36th over. But since then, Ali and Bhatti played sensibly and accelerated towards the end to bail Pakistan out of trouble. Steyn and Morkel bagged three wickets each while Kallis, in his comeback match, grabbed two.


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