3rd ODI: Pakistan sweat on Irfan as they eye series lead

Pakistan hit back in Bloemfontein to level the five-match series 1-1, and now have the momentum heading into Saturday’s match at the Wanderers. After a shoddy first ODI, the tourists were inspired by their bowlers – in particular Mohammad Irfan, the Man of the Match – who bowled South Africa out for 191 on Friday, and will hope to move upwards in the series.

The major focus is on Irfan, who picked up a hamstring injury during the win and is doubt for the third match. The left-arm quick’s four wickets in a seven-over spell left South Africa at 62 for 5 in 11 overs, and the hosts proceeded to stumble. The first ten overs in Bloemfontein decided the match, as Pakistan’s captain Misbah-ul-Haq admitted, and a rejuvenated Pakistan will hope that Irfan is passed fit. Their battery of fast bowlers should aim to make inroads early, especially with South African openers Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla short of runs. Read more
Courtesy : ibnlive.in.com

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