Pakistanian born, Abdul Razzaq hit an aggressive unbeaten hundred to help Pakistan pull off an incredible win in the second one-day international against South Africa in Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, October 31.
The elegant 30-year-old all-rounder hit a quickfire 109 off just 72 balls studded with ten towering sixes and seven fours to help Pakistan overhaul a daunting 288-run target with just one wicket and one delivery to spare.
The Proteas won the first match by eight wickets at the same venue on Friday, October 29. Amla started the run feast with three boundaries in paceman Shoaib Akhtar’s first over of the match, before fellow opener Robin Peterson fell leg-before to Razzaq in the fourth over.
Graeme Smith, who missed the match alongwith Jacques Kallis due to injury, praised Razzaq. “We were in a position to shut the match close and it needed a massive individual effort to turn the tables which Razzaq did,” said Smith.
Pakistan needed 14 off the last over as Razzaq cut loose, hitting sixes off the second and third balls from Albie Morkel to raise his third hundred in one-day cricket, which came off just 70 balls.
He then cut through the point for boundary to bring Pakistan’s win.
Langeveldt, who completed his 100 wickets in the match, provided his team with early breakthroughs, removing opener Asad Shafiq (one) and Younis Khan for 18.
Pakistan struggled to 70-4 before Alam and skipper Shahid Afridi (49) added 66 for the fifth wicket to lift the stuttering innings. Afridi hit two sixes and three boundaries off 40 balls before passing the buck to Razzaq.
Man-of-the-match Razzaq said he was happy to play lead role in the victory.
He said: “I am sure this win will lift our morale which was down after Twenty20 series defeat and first one-day loss. I thought the match turned South Africa’s way when we lost the eighth wicket and it became a game of fours and sixes. I am happy that I am able to hit those. It is the best innings of my career.”