RSA 341/6 (50)
PAK 324/9 (50)
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Oh, my goodness! Two plays, two thrilling endings. These two teams know how to put on a blockbuster show. While today’s game was not as nerve-wracking as the previous one, the amount of entertainment was still large.
Fakhar Zaman | Man of the Match:
It feels amazing, but winning would have been much cooler. I did my best to the best of my abilities. The good news is that we fought to the bitter end. It was a lovely pitch to bat on if you needed 15-20 balls to settle in, but it wasn’t convenient for the new batsman. It helped that one side of the field was shorter. All of this was on my mind.That’s my game (smashing the ball), so I was just looking for the right time. I was putting in a lot of effort, and it’s a good game. In the end, we came close. (Can’t tell if it’s his finest inning.) If we had prevailed, then maybe.
Temba Bavuma | South Africa captain:
I’m overjoyed with the victory. That was our target when we came here, and I’m happy we accomplished it. Fakhar Zaman bowled an outstanding innings, but we were able to hold on. However, he deserves credit. We need to focus in certain places that we can change. I wasn’t expecting such a barrage of insults from him. When I came in to bat with Quinny, it seemed that the bowlers were getting some assistance. We had to build and let the batters do their thing. We ought to clear our heads and take advantage of the time before the next game to rest. We ought to focus on our flaws. We are aware of the dynamic because our IPL players are quitting. The men who will enter will be emotionally prepared.
Babar Azam | Pakistan captain:
It was one of the most impressive innings I’ve ever seen. He did a great job with it. Unfortunately, I was unable to complete it. I congratulate him on his success in this game. We had a lot of fun with his knock. We had a chance to win as long as he was there. We might have easily won the game if anyone had stood with him. In the end, Fakhar was under so much tension. We made a few blunders, so we’ll try to fix them in the next game and take the series. However, there are several advantages.
What’s the deal between these two groups? They don’t appear to like easy victories. This game was over when the score reached 120/5 in the 25th over. There was no way Pakistan could possibly return from such a large pursuit. However, one man had a different notion. Fakhar Zaman’s knock was often calculated, and at one point, it seemed as though he was only after his hundred. What we didn’t think was that he had been measuring it the entire time. He didn’t give up except though he started losing partners. And the gear change after passing the three-figure mark was legendary. It left SA in a daze, a state of disbelief, and they began to doubt themselves toward the end.Zaman was persistent, and despite the fact that the game was over heading into the final over, he was on his way to a double century, which he deserved. But the hope was cut short by a genius bit of fielding, a direct strike. Despite that, what an innings!!