Kamran Akmal
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Pakistan‘s all-format skipper, Babar Azam, on Friday smashed his 13th ODI ton in the first match of the ongoing three-match series against South Africa at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.

After winning the toss, Babar asked the Proteas to bat first. Rassie van der Dussen smashed his maiden ODI ton as South Africa, after being restricted to 55/4, dodged a massive bullet to reach challenging total of 273/6.

Apart from van der Dussen, David Miller (50) and Andile Phehlukwayo (29) made handful contributions. For the visitors, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf bagged two wickets each while Mohammad Hasnain and Faheem Ashraf picked up a wicket each.

Chasing a total of 274, Pakistan didn’t have the best of starts after Kagiso Rabada removed Fakhar Zaman, restricting Pakistan to 9 for 1. However, Babar and Imam-ul-Haq stitched 177 runs for the second wicket to put Pakistan in the driving seat.

The cricketing fraternity took to Twitter and lauded Babar for leading from the front and playing captain’s knock under pressure. Here’s how fans reacted to his 13th ODI ton:

Babar Azam was eventually dismissed on 103 by Anrich Nortje. After his dismissal, Pakistan lost two quick wickets — Imam (70) and Danish Aziz (3). While filing this copy, Pakistan were 199/4, needing 75 runs to win from 14 overs.

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