PAKISTAN BEAT SOUTH AFRICA

The Pakistan cricket team has defeated South Africa in their second warm up match played at Kennington Oval, London. Pakistan won the match by 7 wickets.
Pakistan’s first warm up match against Sri Lanka was washed out on 30th of July.

The pitch at Kennington Oval had a bit of pace. Keeping that in mind, the Pakistani skipper Misbah-ul-Haq decided to field first after winning the toss.

South Africa didn’t manage to get off to a good start. Their premier batsman Hashim Amla perished in the very first over of the match. He was adjudged leg before wicket off the bowling of the left arm pacer Junaid Khan.
South Africa lost their second wicket in the form of Collin Ingram in the 4th over. Ingram drove the ball towards mid off and tried to steal a single, but, he didn’t succeed in that. Misbah-ul-Haq with a direct hit found him well short of the crease.

South Africa couldn’t recover from these early blows. The middle order batsmen played some irresponsible shots and gifted their wickets away to the opposition bowlers who were looking charged up.

At one point of time, the score of South Africa was 83 for the loss of 7 wickets and they were in deep trouble. But, JP Duminy and the no. 9 batsman Ryan McLaren put up a partnership of 94 runs for the 8th wicket and took South Africa close to 200.

Both Duminy and McLaren got out in quick succession towards the end, but, despite that, South Africa somehow managed to get past the score of 200.

In reply, Pakistan lost the wicket of Nasir Jamshed early. Amla ran him out with a direct hit from mid on.
The vice-captain Mohammad Hafeez walked out at no. 3 and he consolidated the innings with Imran Farhat. Neither of these two players looked in any kind of trouble against the South African pace attack. They played some gorgeous square bat shots and added 80 odd runs for the second wicket to put the pressure right back on the South African bowlers.

Hafeez retired at the end of the 24th over after completing his half century. Pakistan lost a couple of quick wickets after Hafeez’s departure and all of a sudden, the score became 156 for 3.
But, Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Amin played sensibly after that and saw their team home.