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Pak vs SA: Babar Azam offers credit score to bowlers for nail-biting victory

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Pakistan skipper Babar Azam mentioned Friday he offers credit score to the nationwide aspect’s bowlers for the aspect’s nail-biting victory in opposition to South Africa at Centurion within the 1st of three ODIs.

“I give credit to the bowlers as they had restricted [South Africa],” mentioned Azam, who acquired the person of the match award for his century within the match, within the post-match ceremony.

The skipper mentioned he and Imam tried to place up a great partnership to get runs on the scoreboard.

Imam and Azam mixed made a 177-run second-wicket partnership.

Talking about Anrich Nortje, who recorded a career-best 4 for 51, he mentioned the bowler had bowled a great spell — one which had triggered hassle for the Pakistan aspect.

“We will try to win the next match and win the series,” Azam added.

Pakistan acquired an excellent begin of their 274-run chase, courtesy their captain Azam and opener Imam-ul-Haq, the 2 combining for a 177-run second-wicket partnership.

However as soon as Babar departed, all hell broke lose, and regardless of having the sport inside their grasp at a number of junctures, the thrill-seeking Pakistani tail took the match to the wire and wanted a final-ball boundary to safe the match.

Furthermore, Azam’s century places him in a league of his personal because the cricketer turns into the quickest batsman on the planet to attain 13 ODI centuries.

It took the Pakistan captain solely 76 innings to attain 13 tons within the 50-over format.

Hashim Amla, India’s Virat Kohli, and South Africa’s Quentin de Kock — his contemporaries — scored 13 centuries from 83 innings, 13 centuries from 86 innings, and 13 tons from 86 innings, respectively.

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