Centurion: First ODI played in SuperSport Park Cricket Stadium on 2nd April. Pakistan won the toss and decided to bowl first. South African openers could not build a strong partnership, Quinton De Cock got out at 34 by Shaheen Afridi. De Cock made 20 runs. Van xe dussen was the top scorer from South African side. He scored unbeatable 123 runs. In addition, David Miller made 50 runs. South Africa scored 273 runs in 50 overs. Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf took 2 wickets each.
Pakistan started their innings chasing a target of 274 when veteran opener Fakhr Zaman scored 8 and was dismissed for 9 in the third over, but captain Babar Azam took the crease and teamed up with Imam-ul-Haq. The score moved forward.Both the batsmen also completed their half-centuries during the brilliant partnership. Babar Azam batted responsibly and completed his century off 104 balls.Babar Azam’s innings included 17 fours and he was out for 103 runs on the ball of Nortje, at that time Pakistan’s score was 186 runs in the 32nd over.
Imam-ul-Haq was dismissed for 70 runs.
Captain Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq had brought the team to a strong position, but Danish Aziz and Asif Ali were dismissed soon after scoring 3 and 2 runs respectively Consequently, the team came under pressure once again.
Mohammad Rizwan and Shadab Khan made a good partnership and took the score to 256 runs but Mohammad Rizwan was dismissed for 40 runs on an important occasion.
Shadab Khan showed a great resistance and brought the team close to victory but got out on the first ball of the last over when only 3 runs were needed to win.
At the end Pakistan needed 1 run of 1 ball, and Faheem Ashraf hit four runs on the last ball of the match. Pakistan won the first one day match by 3 wickets and lead the 3 match series 1-0.