Pakistan defeated South Africa by 5 wickets within the first sport of the five-match sequence in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
The hosts — electing to bat first — posted a median complete of 266-2 regardless of making a great begin to their innings.
Hashim Amla and Reeza Hendricks placed on a 82-run opening stand earlier than the latter was dismissed, caught out by Hasan Ali from spinner Shadab Khan after scoring 45 off 67 after hitting 5 boundaries.
Then it was Amla and debutante Rassie van der Dussen’s time to take the innings ahead. They put up a 155-run partnership on the second wickets.
Van der Dussen made 93 runs off 101 with six boundaries and three sixes to his identify earlier than he was caught at deep mid-off by Shoaib Malik off Hasan Ali’s bowling.
Amla remained unbeaten at 108 however couldn’t present South Africa with the impetus they wanted to get nearer to 300.
Pakistan began off the run chase of 267 properly with Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman taking the assault to the Proteas bowler. The duo put 45 on the primary wicket earlier than Zaman was caught at boundary by Dwaine Pretorious off Duanne Olivier’s bowling.
Then Babar Azam entered the fray. He and Imam-ul-Haq scored 94 runs on the second wicket. Babar was cleaned up by Hendricks on 49 as he tried to chop an off-spin supply.
The South Africans bought a break as Imam-ul-Haq — lofting in direction of the off-side — was caught by Hendricks off Olivier’s bowling after scoring 86 off 101 with 5 boundaries and two sixes.
Two wickets fell in fast succession for Pakistan as Shoaib Malik dragged on a waist-high supply to his center stump after scoring 12 and leggie Imran Tahir trapped skipper Sarfraz leg earlier than for only one.
Mohammad Hafeez — who saved his cool when wickets had been falling — scored an unbeaten 71 with the assistance of eight fours and two sixes to take the aspect to victory.
Pakistan have a 1-Zero lead within the five-match ODI sequence. The second sport will likely be performed on Tuesday.