Faheem Ashraf: The Pakistani all-rounder saved a couple of runs for his team after break a potentially dangerous opening stand.
During the second ODI of the ongoing Pakistan’s tour of South Africa in Johannesburg, Pakistan all-rounder Faheem Ashraf continued to contribute on the field in the form of saving runs for his team.
Introduced into the attack as a first-change bowler in the 10th over, Ashraf made early inroad into the South African batting lineup by sending back opening batsman Aiden Markram (39), who was striking brilliantly at 114.71 at The Wanderers.
Ashraf, who remains the only wicket-taker for the visitors at the time of writing this story, followed him breaking the opening stand by an exceptional fielding effort to save a couple of runs.
It all happened on the second delivery of the 19th over when South Africa wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock fiercely cut a short delivery from Haris Rauf. In what appeared to race to the boundary at first, it was reduced to two runs after Ashraf ran to his left from deep point to time his dive to perfection.
Following Markram’s dismissal, de Kock and South Africa captain Temba Bavuma have almost put together a 100-run partnership for the second wicket on the back of former’s 26th ODI half-century.
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What an effort that from Faheem Ashraf at third man, saved 2 runs for his team, brilliant
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Winning shots, breaking bats and diving saves
Is there anything Rana Faheem Ashraf can’t do?#SAvPAK
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