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Pakistan’s Mohammad Irfan (second left) celebrates the dismissal of South Africa’s captain AB de Villiers who was caught out by Younis Khan (right) during their second One Day International (ODI) match in Centurion, on Friday night. Pakistan won the rain-hit game by six wickets.
CENTURION, South Africa: Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan took four wickets in a devastating opening spell to set up a six-wicket win in the second one-day international against South Africa on Friday night.
Tall left-armer Irfan took a career-best four for 33 in seven overs as South Africa were bowled out for 191 in a match reduced to 44 overs a side.
Pakistan achieved victory with 4.4 overs to spare, captain Misbah-ul-Haq anchoring his side’s chase, making 57 not out.
The win levelled the five-match series at 1-1 after South Africa had cruised to a 125-run win in Bloemfontein last weekend with the third game to be played in Johannesburg on Sunday.
Misbah said Irfan’s bowling had been the key to the win on a pitch with some damp spots which caused uneven pace and bounce.
“We really needed this win. The batsmen are getting their confidence back,” said Misbah.
South Africa crashed to 62 for five under Irfan’s onslaught but recovered to reach 177 for seven after 38.4 overs when a violent thunderstorm struck the ground and caused a stoppage of almost two-and-a-half hours.
South Africa failed to see out the revised quota of 44 overs, losing their last three wickets for 12 runs to be bowled out with four balls to spare.
Farhaan Behardien led the South African fightback, making a measured 58 off 82 balls for his maiden international half-century. REUTERS