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South Africa struggles to 228-9 against Pakistan

 South Africa's Colin Ingram walks off the field after being caught out by Pakistan during their third one day international cricket match in Dubai, U...
 Pakistan's wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider celebrates after Mohammad Hafeez, unseen, bowled out South Africa's David Miller during their third one day...

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South Africa's Colin Ingram walks off the field after being caught out by Pakistan during their third one day international cricket match in Dubai, U...

Emirates Pakistan South Africa Cricket

Pakistan's wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider celebrates after Mohammad Hafeez, unseen, bowled out South Africa's David Miller during their third one day...

South Africa opener Hashim Amla scored an unbeaten 119 off 126 balls Tuesday to lead his side to 228-9 against Pakistan in the third one-day international at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Amla was the only bright spot in an otherwise depleted South African squad. The next highest was 26 from JP Duminy.
Pakistan gave a disciplined performance after winning the toss and electing to field.
Shoaib Akhtar took two early wickets and finished with 3-39, and spinners Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez provided key support in the middle overs and two wickets each.
Abdul Razzaq, the hero of second one-dayer, left the field injured after bowling five overs.
The strong bowling of Pakistan puts it in a strong position to take the lead in the five-game series which is tied at 1.
The 27-year-old Amla, who managed his fifth century this year, scored his second successive half-century which was laced with only nine boundaries. He was involved a 59 run partnership with Duminy in the middle overs but once Duminy was gone, caught by wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, he struggled to find an able partner.
The Pakistan fielders, who have in the past come under fire for miscues, had a good day except for one dropped catch. Amla was the beneficiary when he was dropped by substitute Asad Shafiq off the bowling of Afridi. Amla was on 78 then.
The 35-year-old Akhtar bowled a furious pace and even hit Johan Botha with bouncer, striking his helmet and knocking the captain backward. The next delivery was a good length one which knocked him off his stumps.
This was the 11th consecutive match for the "Rawalpindi Express" since 2002.


Updated : 2021-05-08 22:49 GMT+08:00