Misbah-ul-Haq played a captain’s innings with an unbeaten 57 as he steered Pakistan to a six-wicket victory over South Africa in the rain-affected second one-day international at Centurion on Friday.
Pakistan speedster Mohammad Irfan tore through the top order and South Africa were restricted to a modest 191 which the tourists passed with more than four overs to spare in a game that had been reduced to 44 overs per side by a rain delay.
Misbah shared a match-winning unbeaten fifth-wicket stand of 77 with Shoaib Malik (35 not out) as the pair showed patience initially and then blasted their way to victory.
Younis Khan (32) and Mohammed Hafeez (31) also made valuable contributions in a low-scoring game, but the win was set up by an attacking display with the ball.
Irfan posted career best figures of 4-33 as he took full advantage of the pace and variable bounce in the wicket.
He helped reduce South Africa to 62-5 before a fighting maiden one-day international half-century from Farhaan Berhardien (58) and a career-best 44 from Robin Peterson gave the hosts a glimmer of hope.
“The way we started, four wickets in the first 10 overs, that set up the game for us,” Misbah said in a television interview. “It is satisfying for us because we really needed this win. It was an attacking move to bring in Mohammad Irfan and it paid off for us.”
The teams head into today’s third one-day international with the series level at 1-1.