Pakistani bowlers did a great job with Shehzad ton leads Pakistan to 262 on Wednesday at St. Jeorge’s Park Ground at Port Elizabeth.
Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and Junaid Khan did economical spells to limit proteas batsmen.
Ahmed Shehzad’s third ODI century and the 124-run stand he had with Sohaib Maqsood for the third wicket set Pakistan up to challenge for their first ever bilateral series win over South Africa.
Pakistan scored 82 in the final ten overs of a shortened game, despite Dale Steyn taking career-best figures.
“I am very disappointed on losing the game despite it was in our pocket” South African skipper said after defeat in 2nd one-day international against green shirts.
“After choosing to field, AB deVilliers will be disappointed with the efforts of his bowlers bar Steyn, who punctured Pakistan’s innings regularly to finish with 6 for 39,” commented sports correspondent Firdose Moonda.
Steyn’s record against Hafeez ballooned to 15 dismissals in 23 matches across formats.
After defeating South Africa in the ODI series, Pakistan becomes first Asian team to win against proteas in their home series.
Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shehzad has added 1000 runs in his One Day International (ODI) career today by playing 34 matches with 2 centuries and 4 half-centuries.
Both teams will play their third game on Saturday at Centurion Park Cricket Ground.