The second ODI took place at Kingsmead, with Pakistan batting first. In the first over Pollock picked up a lucky wicket and one could be forgiven for thinking a repeat of the hiding in the 1 st ODI was on the cards. However Khan and Nazir managed to put on 79 runs for the second wicket in 11 overs. One could be forgiven for thinking that a wicket would slow down the rate, however the third wicket brought 120 runs in 22 overs, leaving Pakistan on 204/3, and an ideal position for the captain to take advantage of.
Inzy showed his intent hitting some beautiful shots before running himself out carelessly, the 40th time he has been run out and the 9 th against SA, that must be a record!!! Talking about records Afridi came to the wicket, and let loose on the SA attack, making a superb 50 in 20 balls, the second quickest in SA, Boucher had managed a 50 in 19 balls, the record is 17 by Jayasuria ironically against Pakistan. The class of Afridi showed, with some beautiful shots, combined with very risky ones, including walking across the wickets and sweeping SA’s strike bowler, ntini for 4 twice!!! Afridi ended up with 77 off 35, leaving Pakistan on 351, a new record for the Kingsmead stadium.
A total like this would be hard enough to reach in the daytime, let alone at night in Durban , so it was no surprise that SA were bundled out for 210, a massive 141 short of the target. It was a good toss to win, but you need to put the runs on the board, which Pakistan did, and plenty of them. A great set-up for Friday at St Georges Park, unfortunately another stadium where the toss is vital to win.
South Africa need to re-think their middle order as there seems to be some glitches that have to be sorted before the world cup. Kemp has failed in both matches to post a significant score, and against India scored 8 runs in 2 innings, however he did have an unbeaten century…