Pakistan’s middle-order batsman Fakhar Zaman came up with a herculean effort on Sunday as he smashed a giant hundred to help Pakistan chase a mammoth target. However, he was denied of his maiden ODI double-hundred by Quinton de Kock, the South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman who ran out Fakhar Zaman and ended Pakistan’s hopes of a win.
Having lost the toss, the Proteas were invited to bat first and openers Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock gave a fiery start to the Proteas innings. Markram departed in the last over of the first powerplay but de Kock carried his onslaught and so did Temba Bavuma and David Miller, as all three of them scored half-centuries to help South Africa post 341 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their 50 overs.
Watch: Quinton de Kock Fools Fakhar Zaman And Denies Him Of An ODI Double Hundred
As the Pakistan innings began, it didn’t execute as per the plans as opener Imam ul Haq was dismissed quite cheaply. Last match’s man of the match, Babar Azam also departed after getting a start as Pakistan once looked in all sorts of trouble at 120 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. But Fakhar Zaman carried Pakistan’s hopes on his shoulders as he came up with a scintillating century.
However, as Fakhar Zaman was leading Pakistan to a victory, he was run-0ut by Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock as de Kock dismissed him by fooling him that the throw was coming at the other end. Fakhar, who was looking at de Kock, had no idea that the throw was at his end and he, eventually had to lose his wicket.
Watch the video of the incident here:
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Fakhar Zaman Smashes Records As South Africa Level The Series
Fakhar Zaman had to eventually depart at an individual score of 193 runs off just 155 balls as he was denied by his second ODI double hundred. However, in the process, he broke a lot of records as he became the batsman with the highest individual score batting second in the ODIs.
Although his valiant knock couldn’t help Pakistan as they ended on the losing side and will now play the series decider against the hosts on April 07 at Centurion. The series will be followed by a four-match T20I series.