Pakistan batsman Fakhar Zaman’s absolutely incredible batting could not escape a loss for his team in the second ODI of three-match series against South Africa. In a mind-blowing performance, Zaman nearly took the Men in Green over the line and almost single-handedly snatched a win from the jaws of defeat with his team looking dead and buried, chasing 342, at one stage of the match. However, eventually the Proteas won the game by 17 runs and levelled the series 1-1.
Zaman’s inspiring innings saw him face 155 deliveries for his 193. The southpaw scored those runs with the help of 18 boundaries and 10 sixes and even as no other Pakistan batsman breached the 50-run mark, Zaman’s knock almost got his team to a situation where they could have won. However as Zaman seemed set for a certain double hundred, what would have the very first while chasing, came to a rather anti-climatic end as he failed to reach the crease trying to come back for the double.
There emerged a spirit of the game debate as well with Quinton de Kock’s “fake fielding” gesture being the talking point of the dismissal.
Here is a look at some of the tweets from Zaman’s knock:
Presenting you one of the Best Opener Batsmen who can play from 1st to 50th over under pressure 🔥
Heart Winning Innings ♥️
We lost just because of poor Selectors 🙂#PakvRSA #fakharzaman pic.twitter.com/G5EYpscUEU
— 🇵🇰 (@DrAFsay) April 4, 2021
— Noman (Bajwa's Birthday 10th Apr😘🖤) (@nomii_here) April 4, 2021
Shame on decock. I think decock was jealous of fakhar as he was making 200. Brilliant innings by fakhar zaman. He took Pakistan to the end. Love u fakhar Bhai.@talhaahmadkhan_ pic.twitter.com/WkdwEXvuax
— talha khan (@talhaahmadkhan_) April 4, 2021
— BloSsomHeaRts (@BloSsomHeaRts2) April 4, 2021
— Sarmad Cheema (@Paindoooooooo) April 4, 2021
— Joe Vignesh (@JoeVignesh5) April 4, 2021