South Africa 341 for 6 (Bavuma 92, de Kock 80, van der Dussen 60, Haris 3-54) beat Pakistan 324 for 9 (Fakhar 193, Nortje 3-63) by 17 runs
Johannesburg: A marathon 193-run innings by Fakhar Zaman was not enough as Pakistan went down fighting to South Africa by 17 runs in a high-scoring second one-day international in Johannesburg on Sunday.
Chasing South Africa’s total of 341 for 6 in 50 overs, scored at a brisk pace of 6.82 runs per over, none of the Pakistan batsmen barring Zaman — who stood at the crease for 224 minutes and faced 155 deliveries — could stand firm against the home team bowlers.
In the end Pakistan managed 324 for 9, a shortfall of 17 runs.
The left-handed Zaman was eventually run out in the closing moments of the game, having slammed 18 fours and 10 sixes.
With this win, the home team is back on an even keel in the three-match ODI series after Pakistan had won the opening match in Centurion by three wickets.
Pakistan elected to field after winning the toss but their bowlers couldn’t make much headway as Quinton de Kock (80), Aiden Markram (39), Temba Bavuma (92) and Rassie van der Dussen (60) punished the visitors’ bowlers, especially the tall Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain who went for 75 and 74 runs, respectively in their allotted 10 overs.
Later, David Miller took South Africa’s total past the 300-run mark with a 27-ball 50.
Pakistan’s innings faltered with opener Imam-ul-Haq being caught by Markram off the bowling of Lungi Ngidi for 5.
Zaman and Babar Azam consolidated the innings, adding 63 runs, before the latter fell on 31, opening the gates for South African bowlers to demolish the visiting side.
The tourists had elected to field first and South Africa’s impressive total was boosted by four fine half-centuries, each different in their make-up.
Newly-appointed captain Temba Bavuma scored 92 from 102 balls and warmed to his task as the innings wore on, while opener Quinton de Kock looked edgy and had luck in his 80 from 86 balls.
Rassie van der Dussen, who got a century in the first match in Pretoria on Friday, kept up his good form with a powerful 60 from 37 balls that included four sixes, before David Miller finished the innings with 50 not out from 27 balls.
Seamer Haris Rauf was comfortably the pick of the Pakistan bowlers with 3-54 from his 10 overs.
The third and final ODI is scheduled for Pretoria on Wednesday but South Africa will be without leading players De Kock, Miller, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje as they head to the Indian Premier League.