Centurion: Another century by Fakhar Zaman, who missed a double century by seven runs in the last match, and captain Babur Azam's 94 runs, Pakistan on 7 wickets in the third and final ODI against South Africa here on Wednesday. Made a strong score of 320 runs. The South African team, which came into play in response, showed a good game despite the absence of star players. The middle order of South Africa showed a good fight but Pakistan's Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Nawaz took 3-3 wickets in the last over to give the team victory.
Earlier, Fakhar Zaman, who was controversially run out on a personal total of 193 runs in the last match, scored 101 runs off 104 balls which included nine fours. He added 112 for the first wicket with Imam-ul-Haq (57) and 94 for the second wicket with Babar Azam (94 off 82 balls, seven fours, three sixes), giving Pakistan a brilliant start to the opening batting.
However, Pakistan's middle order faltered after Fakhar Zaman was dismissed. He lost five wickets for 51 runs in the middle overs, making it difficult for him to reach 300 runs. Captain Azam held one end but it was Hasan Ali who scored an unbeaten 32 off 11 balls with the help of a four and 4 sixes to take the team's score to 300 runs. Ali hit all four sixes on left-arm spinner JJ Smuts in the 49th over. Azam and Ali added 63 runs from 24 balls for the seventh wicket.
Azam hit two sixes and a four over Andile Felukwayo in the final over but he was caught at point boundary in an attempt to complete the century with a six off the last ball. For South Africa, left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj took three wickets for 45 runs, while improvised off-spinner Aiden Markram made his bowling debut and took 2 wickets for 48 runs in 10 overs.
The South African team, which came into play in reply, were given a good start by the well-known Milan and Aidan Markram. Markram was out for 18 but Malan teamed up with Jay Samat and captain Temba Bavuma to keep the score going. Malan scored 70 runs in 81 balls. Kyle Verrine scored 62 off 53 balls and Andil Fulwakyo scored 54 from 61 balls but he was unable to achieve the target due to the failure of the last-order batsmen.