4th ODI: Pakistan beat South Africa by 8 wickets to level series
South Africa: 164 all out
Pakistan: 168/2 (31.3 overs)
JOHANNESBURG – Opening batsman Imam-ul-Haque smashed a half century to help Pakistan equal the ODI series against South Africa on Sunday.
Pakistan chased down the 165-run target without breaking much sweat. Imam-ul-Haq continued his good form and stroked a fine 71 to ensure Usman Khan's four-fer didn't go in vain. Pakistan level the five-match series 2-2 going into the decider, with an 8-wicket win - their first at the Wanderers.
Earlier, Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis added 101 for the third wicket, but Pakistan struck quickly on either side of their stand with Usman Shinwari starring with 4 for 35 to bowl the hosts out in 41 overs.
Green Shirts won the toss and opted to bowl first as they aimed to end Proteas's unbeaten PinkDay record at the Bidvest Wanderers.
How Proteas crumbled?
Remarkable spell of bowling by @Usmanshinwari6 help Pakistan bowl out South Africa for 164 in the fourth #SAvPAK ODI. Can Pakistan chase down this total to keep the series alive?— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) January 27, 2019
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Shinwari - Man of the Moment
As the match kicked off, Pakistan won the toss and opted to field first. Opener Hashim Amla racked up 59 runs before being bowled by Imad Wasim. Skipper Faf du Plessis was caught out at 57 by Muhammad Hafeez off a delivery from young Shadab Khan.
25-year-old Usman Shinwari sent four batsmen back to the pavilion in his sixth and seventh overs, while Shaheen Shah Afridi captured three wickets. Shadab took a total of two, while Muhammad Amir took a single pelt.
South Africa is leading the five-match series 2-1 after they beat Pakistan by 13 runs according to the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in the rain-hit third ODI at SuperSport Park on Friday. Rain is expected in Johannesburg, and could once again play spoilsport today.
Shoaib replaces Sarfraz after ICC ban
Sarfraz Ahmed is not playing today's game after being suspended under anti-racism code of the ICC’s Code of Conduct. Shoaib Malik is leading the Pakistani side and Mohammad Rizwan has replaced Sarfraz as wicket keeper.
The regular skipper, Sarfraz has been left out after his controversial comments involving Andile Phehlukwayo during the second ODI last week. He faces a four-match ODI ban.
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Mohammad Rizwan took the gloves, while Usman Shinwari came in for Hassan Ali, completing a trio of left-arm seamers.
There's one change for the Proteas, with Imran Tahir coming in for Tabraiz Shasmi after his indifferent performance at Centurion.
The Proteas have won all seven of their PinkDay encounters, with incidents ranging from AB de Villiers scoring the fastest hundred in history against West Indies, to all 13 players lying down on the ground two years ago due to a swarm of bees when Sri Lanka visited. Expect more fireworks today, as the Proteas look to close out the series.
PinkDay is helping raise money for breast cancer awareness and all funds raised this year will go towards supporting the Breast Care Clinic at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg.
PAKISTAN: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik (capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi
SOUTH AFRICA: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis (capt), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks
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