74/1 to 101 All Out: When Pakistani bowling crushed the mighty South Africa
Every Pakistani cricket fan knows the might of the country’s national team’s bowling attack when two Ws and the speedster Shoaib Akhter were the part of the squad.
“Back in those days, if Pakistani batting managed to score only 150 runs on a green pitch, the bowling would rip through other team’s defences and send them to pavilion at 100” a fan had famously remarked.
On March 28, 2000, Pakistan snatched an incredible 67 run win against South Africa at Sharjah to end a run of 14 consecutive losses against the Proteas, then considered invincible.
The victory stunned all as Pakistan as none of Pakistani batsman managed to score much other than Muhammad Yusuf and the team total was just 168.
South Africa started off well and they were just 74/1 when suddenly Shoaib Akhtar made the breach in the South African wall with a three wicket burst in his fourth over, and the 17th of the innings. He took Mark Boucher, Dale Benkenstein and the dangerous Lance Klusener in a single over to leave South Africa at 74/4.
Waqar took two, Wasim Akram had one while Abdul Razzaq took two wickets to send South Africa packing.
Here is how the scorecard looked like
Five South African batters scored ducks including Lance Klusener
Waqar took his 300th ODI wicket when he trapped Mckenzie LBW
Shoaib pulled a muscle in the 19th over after bowling 3.3 overs. Abdul Razzaq completed the over. He returned to bowl the 25th over, but only completed 2 balls of it. Razzaq again completed the over.