KARACHI: Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi mentioned that it was a “treat to watch” captain Babar Azam’s “brilliant innings” within the first ODI in opposition to South Africa.
“Brilliant innings from Babar Azam absolute treat to watch,” mentioned Afridi in a tweet.
The previous allrounder, who is understood by the nickname Lala, mentioned that it was actually good to see Pakistan win the match regardless of the middle-order collapsing within the run chase in opposition to South Africa.
Afridi additionally wished Pakistan “all the best” for the remaining matches.
On Friday, a century by Babar Azam arrange a three-wicket, last-ball win for Pakistan within the opening match in opposition to the Proteas performed at SuperSport Park in Centurion.
The Pakistan captain hit a stroke-filled 103 off 104 balls and shared a second-wicket partnership of 177 with Imam-ul-Haq, who made 70.
However Babar’s dismissal began a collapse during which quick bowler Anrich Nortje took 4 wickets in 4 overs.
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From 186 for one, with greater than 18 overs in hand to succeed in a goal of 274, Pakistan slumped to 203 for 5 earlier than Mohammad Rizwan and Shadab Khan steadied the innings once more in a sixth-wicket stand of 53.
However each had been dismissed earlier than Faheem Ashraf hit the successful run off Andile Phehlukwayo off the final ball.
“There was a little bit of pressure but we will learn from that,” Babar mentioned via an interpreter on the after-match presentation.
Babar, who was named man of the match, praised his bowlers, who got here inside three runs of reaching his goal of proscribing South Africa to a complete of round 270 after he gained the toss and despatched them in.