How did this occur — once more?
The cricket world has been guffawing away on the scenes of Pakistan and South Africa gamers sporting virtually equivalent kits in the course of the first one-day worldwide in Centurion Saturday morning.
The 2 groups lined up with the identical darkish inexperienced pants and lighter-shaded inexperienced shirts in an oversight that neither staff appeared to care about.
Pakistan even proudly confirmed off its newly-launched, re-designed package final month, asserting the staff’s new T20 and ODI kits for the Tour of South Africa.
Pakistan pulled off an exciting, last-ball victory within the series-opener, however it was overshadowed by the hilarious jersey conflict.
Cricket followers have repeatedly been subjected to clashing strips with Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa and even Australia all sporting darkish inexperienced kits in recent times — however the conflict in South Africa is taking the mickey.
It left followers calling for groups to be compelled to put on “away staff” uniforms if there’s a conflict.
The cries have fallen on deaf ears.
It made for some hilarious images.
The on-field motion actually did its greatest to attract consideration away from the package conflict with a Babar Azam century establishing a three-wicket win for Pakistan on the loss of life.
The Pakistan captain hit 103 off 104 balls and shared a second-wicket partnership of 177 with Imam-ul-Haq, who made 70.
However Babar’s dismissal began a collapse through which quick bowler Anrich Nortje took 4 wickets in 4 overs.
From 186 for one, with greater than 18 overs in hand to achieve a goal of 274, Pakistan slumped to 203 for 5 earlier than Mohammad Rizwan and Shadab Khan steadied the innings once more in a sixth-wicket stand of 53.
However each have been dismissed earlier than Faheem Ashraf hit the successful run off Andile Phehlukwayo off the final ball.
“There was a bit little bit of strain however we are going to study from that,” Babar mentioned by an interpreter on the after-match presentation.
Babar, who was named man of the match, praised his bowlers, who got here inside three runs of reaching his goal of proscribing South Africa to a complete of round 270 after he received the toss and despatched them in.
“I instructed them to bowl exhausting lengths and there was some swing as effectively,” he mentioned. “They took wickets within the energy play and that helped us.”
Rassie van der Dussen needed to carry out a rescue act for South Africa after the hosts struggled to 55 for 4 inside 15 overs.
He hit 123 not out, his maiden worldwide century, to allow South Africa to attain 273 for six.
The win gave Pakistan an vital benefit within the three-match collection, with South Africa set to lose 5 key gamers to the Indian Premier League after Sunday’s second match in Johannesburg.
— with AFP