Pakistan’s latest inclusion Sarfaraz Ahmed, who got a chance to in the Playing XI after much speculations, played a key role in cruising his side to the sweet victory against the Proteas by grasping a record-equalling 6 crucial catches behind the wicket and amassing a substantial 49 runs with the bat. The only other players to have had this record of holding on to 6 catches under their belt are Australia’s Adam Gilchrist, India’s MS Dhoni, South Africa’s Mark Boucher & Quinton De Kock, the Carribean Ridley Jacobs & England’s Alec Stewart, Jos Butler, Matt Prior and the Scottish Mathew Cross.
Pakistan who achieved their third victory today in Pool B moved up to the third spot in the group rankings were served totally by Sarfaraz Ahmed’s heroics, first of all with the bat as the opener and then an appreciable combined effort with the pacemen to restrict the South Africans from scoring the revised D/L modest target. Sarfaraz who was overlooked for the first four games with Umar akmal replacing him behind the wickets, played a gritty knock of 49 today at a run-a-ball striking rate which included five fours and three maximums contributing to his team total of 222.
But the icing on the cake was his terrific work behind the stumps which gave just the right backup to the Pakistan’s pace battery of Irfan, Sohail, Rahat & Riaz.
The show kicked off with De Kock’s duck which continued with the wrapping up of Hasim Amla & Faf with some stunning catches behind the wicket and finally, the proceedings were ended with the dismissals of ABD and Dale Steyn.
This 27 year young lad, Sarfaraz, caught many an eye with his blistering performance both with the bat and on the field and is definitely the power player to look for in the upcoming matches.