Another century by Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan won third ODI

Another century by Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan won third ODI

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.


FC Goa ready for AFC Champions League group stage debut

FC Goa ready for AFC Champions League group stage debut

Madgaon: AFC Champions League football tournament will be held for the first time since Wednesday in India and FC Goa will be the only team from the country to participate in the group stage of the continent's top club football competition. The FC Goa team will clash with Al-Rayan SC of Qatar at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Wednesday and head coach Juan Ferrando is hopeful that the team will be able to take advantage of playing at home.

In this continent's most prestigious club competition, Indian Super League 2019-20 champion FC Goa has been placed in Group E along with Persepolis of Iran, Al-Rayan and Al-Wahda of UAE. The path of the Indian team will not be easy against the team of Al-Rayan, playing under the guidance of former Paris Saint Germain manager Laurent Blanc. Al-Rayan has such legendary players as former FC Porto star Yasin Brahimi and Ivory Coast's Yohan Boli.

It will not be easy for FC Goa to overcome the challenge of strong teams of Persepolis and Al Wahda. Before his league debut, Ferrando described his players' chance to play once in their lifetime against some of Asia's biggest players. FC Goa qualified in the group stage of the 2021 AFC Champions League by winning the ISL Winners League Shield in the 2019-20 season. This is the first time an Indian team is playing in this phase of the competition.