There are match-winning centuries and there are Match-winning Centuries. This is what we call Halloween. South Africa cricket team would have never imagined that they will lose their 2nd ODI from Pakistan and will bring an end to their winning streak after 11 matches.
Abdul Razzaq (109* from 72 balls); a performance which is a horror for any opponent team. Though captain Shahid Afridi tried his best but may be it was his partner’s day.
A simple statistics update from cricinfo are:
- Abdul Razzaq’s ten sixes in the innings moved him into joint third position among batsmen to hit the most sixesin an ODI innings behind Xavier Marshall (12), and Sanath Jayasuriya and Shahid Afridi (both 11).
- Razzaq finished with a strike rate of 151.38, which is the second-highest among 100-plus scores in ODIs against South Africa, next only to Ricky Ponting’s 164 off 105 balls in Johannesburg in 2006 (strike rate 156.19).
- The 12 sixes in Pakistan’s innings were the second highest number in an innings while chasing.
- This was the fifth occasion that Pakistan have won a match by one wicket. All five wins have come against a different opposition.
- This was the fourth highest total chased successfully against South Africa in ODIs and the tenth highest by Pakistan
- This was Razzaq’s first 50-plus ODI score in more than four years, and his first century since September 2004.
Well, although South Africa cricket team was tricked by Abdul Razzaq’s performance, here is a treat for Pakistan cricket fans. 😉