A disciplined bowling performance helped Pakistan register an emphatic 66-run win over South Africa in the second One-Day International here on Friday. The five-match series is now tied 1-1.
Mohd. Irfan (three for 53), Saeed Ajmal (two for 15) and Shahid Afridi (three for 26) struck at regular intervals as South Africa’s chase of Pakistan’s 209 never took off.
Skipper Graeme Smith was consumed on the sweep by an Ajmal special, while Afridi broke the back of the South African middle-order by dismissing A.B. de Villiers and Faf du Plessis off his first two overs.
The towering Irfan accounted for Jean-Paul Duminy, Wayne Parnell and Morne Morkel.
Earlier, the South African pacemen Ryan McLaren (four for 34) and Morkel (three for 38) kept the Pakistan batsmen on a leash with a tight line and length. Only opener Ahmed Shehzad (58, 85b, 4x4) batted with some authority.