ISLAMABAD: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq praised his team’s first win an ODI series against South Africa and termed it as collective effort.
Team Pakistan pulled off a thrilling one-run win in the second one-day international at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth ended up winning the series by 2-0 with one ODI left, reported PTV.
Hashim Amla (98) and AB de Villiers (74) took South Africa to the brink of victory but South Africa could score only seven runs off the last nine balls, while losing two wickets.
Set to make 263 to win, they finished on 261 for six. Misbah admitted that a win seemed unlikely with two overs to go.
The good over was provided by off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who conceded only two runs in the penultimate over and finished with the wicket of Amla, caught at deep square leg going for a big hit.
Junaid Khan had JP Duminy caught in the deep off the second ball of the final over during which he conceded only three singles before the last ball went for four leg byes.
Pakistani opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad was named Man of the Match. He made 102 after Pakistan started their innings under rainy weather.
South African fast bowler Dale Steyn took a career-best six for 39, including two wickets in the last over of the innings, but the other South African bowlers struggled to contain their opponents, who won the first match in Cape Town by 23 runs on Sunday.
It was especially content victory for visitors because Pakistan were recently beaten 4-1 by the same opponents in the United Arab Emirates.