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Proteas Win Pink Drive ODI

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The Pink Drive was a success. The 3rd Momentum ODI South Africa vs Pakistan was labeled the Pink Drive. The Proteas were wearing a pink kit in support of breast cancer, but not only the Proteas, the Proteas staff, umpires, commentators, Pakistan and supporters had something pink on them. Everything was pink; Castle Lager provided pink cups for drinks, umbrellas, jewelry, sunglasses, bodies, underwear, clothes, wigs, du Plessis' shoes, presentation board, mascot, even the stumps were pink!

The Proteas had two early wickets, but Amla and de Villiers, the top two ODI batsmen each scored a century to steer the Proteas to a massive total. The pair was hitting shots everywhere and scored a couple of sixes too. De Villiers chipping the ball over his shoulder, a shot that left the commentators in awe. When Hafeez dropped Amla on 36 runs, he did not think Amla would go on to make 122 (113). Both Amla were dismissed after they scored a century. De Villiers made 128 (108). Amla and de Villiers made a record breaking 3rd wicket partnership of 238 runs off 194. Du Plessis also scored a good 45 runs off 19 balls. The Proteas posted 345/5 on the scoreboard.

Pakistan needed 344 to win. They made a solid start after losing only one wicket in the mandatory powerplay. Unfortunately Hafeez was out when the scoreboard read 111/1, Unlucky Nelson. Afridi was in impeccable form. He hit a bunch of sixes into the crowd as well as a few fours. At one point, the Proteas thought he was out but was sent back in after a no ball from McLaren. He went on to score 88, but was dismissed by Tsotsobe. The loss of Afridi was the downfall of Pakistan. Although the Proteas were behind on their over rate, because Afridi needed treatment on his hand a couple of times, they wrapped up the tail in the last few overs.

The Proteas won by 34 runs as Pakistan were only able to post 309 on the scoreboard. A total of 630 runs were posted on the day and 15 wickets. The man of the match was shared by Amla and de Villiers for their record 3rd wicket partnership.

By Thobeka Ngema

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