A maiden profession century by Rassie van der Dussen used to be overshadowed by Babar Azam’s commanding ton as Pakistan beat the Proteas by three wickets in the opening one-day international at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.
There used to be furthermore a ambitious profession-most interesting 4/51 from Anrich Nortjé that threatened to snatch victory a ways flung from the grip of the vacationers. Nonetheless it used to be no longer to be after Mohammad Rizwan (40) and Shadab Khan (33) did appropriate about adequate after a spin, their aspect winning with the final ball of the match.
The finish outcome effect the guests 1-0 up in the three-match series, with match two of the contest — the Pink ODI — next up on Sunday.
However the South Africans will be disappointed no longer to gain finished higher in the capital, having had about a alternatives to catch so critically after Van der Dussen’s ultimate unbeaten 123 off 134 balls (10 fours, 2 sixes) and 50 (56 balls, 5 fours) from David Miller.
The pair positioned on 116 for the fifth wicket, rescuing their staff from being 55/4 after Pakistan acquired the toss and opted to bowl first.
Quinton de Kock (20) and Aiden Markram (19) every had starts nonetheless then fell alongside with Temba Bavuma (1), making his captaincy debut, and Heinrich Klaasen (1) leaving the house aspect in early danger.
However the Van der Dussen-Miller stand, followed by one other 64 runs between the feeble and Andile Phehlukwayo (29), effect the Proteas in the field seat.
Van der Dussen beat his previous high rating of 95 scored against Australia at the 2019 World Cup in Manchester for his first ton in any format for his nation, whereas Miller notched up his 15th profession half of-century.
But there wasn’t adequate broad hitting at the finish to take hang of the South Africans to a extra threatening full as they needed to accept a aim of 274.
Pakistan misplaced Fakhar Zaman (8) early in the bolt, nonetheless an imposing 177-accelerate 2d-wicket partnership between skipper Babar and Imam-ul-Haq (70 off 80 balls, 3 fours, 1 six) left their aspect cruising in opposition to a seemingly routine win.
But Nortje removed every as successfully as Danish Aziz (3) and Asif Ali (2) during a fiery 2d spell that noticed the away aspect walk from 186/1 to 203/5.
And with the contemporary batsmen initially struggling, the house aspect with out be aware gave the impression to be in control.
But Rizwan and Shadab added 53 for the next wicket to again scuttle away the Pakistanis cruising.
Both then fell to Phehlukwayo (2/56), again threatening a twist. There used to be furthermore some indiscipline in the field by the hosts that might perhaps gain swayed things in a recreation of fine margins, with the vacationers finally getting over the line with the final ball of the recreation.