JOHANNESBURG: South Africa has scored 342 runs target for Pakistan in 2nd One Day International at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday.
Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock opened for South Africa in the crucial 2nd ODI after the hosts were put to bat by Pakistan. Both openers gave South Africa a good start but in the 10th over, Markram, looking good with the bat, departed off a Faheem Ashraf delivery, failing to convert his good start.
After Markram’s wicket, de Kock and Bavuma anchored South Africa innings. Quinton de Kock also completed his 500 runs against Pakistan in the process.
The duo put up a 114-run partnership for the second wicket to give South Africa a strong platform. But de Kock could not convert his fine knock to a century as he was scalped by Haris Rauf in the 31st over on 80. But the Proteas did not slow down as Rassie van der Dussen followed up his century with a quickfire 60 off 37 balls to put South Africa in command.
Pakistan won a dramatic opening game by three wickets, scoring the winning run off the last ball.
The series is being played unusually late in the season for South Africa, with shorter days and cooler weather making batting conditions tricky for batsmen early in a game.
“We had a good chat about areas we can improve on,” said South African captain Temba Bavuma.
Both teams were unchanged.
Despite the absence of spectators because of Covid-19 restrictions, the South African team wore pink outfits to raise awareness of breast cancer.
It continued a tradition for one-day internationals at the Wanderers which started in 2013.
It was announced earlier on Sunday that South Africa had been fined 20 percent of their match fee for a slow over rate during the first match.
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (capt), Quinton de Kock (wkt), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
Pakistan: Babar Azam (capt), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan (wkt), Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf