Pakistan v South Africa, Singapore August 23, 2000
by Muhammad Asim

Scorecard:Pakistan v South Africa

A fifth wicket century partnership by Ijaz Ahmed and Abdur Razzaq set the stage for a 28-run win by Pakistan over South Africa Singapore Challenge cricket tournament. After winning the toss, Pakistan made 227 for nine off their 50 overs and had South Africa all out for 199 with eight balls remaining.


After Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan put on 56 in 11 overs for the first wicket, Pakistan fell apart, losing four batsmen in the space of 25 runs before Ijaz and Razzaq came together with the score at 81-4. There was little life in the Pakistan tail, and a score of 228 on a small ground seemed light against a solid South African batting line-up.


Gary Kirsten and Andrew Hall, looking to finish early, cracked on 61 before Hall was caught behind by Atiq-uz-Zaman off the bowling of Azhar Mahmood in the 12th over. Only Neil McKenzie with 41 and Pothas provided any further resistance, putting on 63 runs for the sixth wicket but the rate the slow. South Africa, needing to bat at seven an over for the last five overs instead saw their last five wickets fall in the space of seven runs. For Pakistan, Mahmood and Razzaq took three wickets apiece.


(Article: Copyright © 2003 Muhammad Asim


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