Pakistani cricket team in South Africa in 1997–98

The Pakistan national cricket team toured South Africa during the 1997–98 season, playing three Tests from 14 February to 10 March 1998.

Pakistan in South Africa 1997-98
 
  South Africa Pakistan
Dates 29 January 1998 – 10 March 1998
Captains Gary Kirsten (1st Test)
Hansie Cronje (2nd and 3rd Tests)
Aamer Sohail (1st and 2nd Tests)
Rashid Latif (3rd Test)
Test series
Result South Africa won the 3-match series 3–0
Most runs Mark Boucher (188) Azhar Mahmood (327)
Most wickets Allan Donald (16) Waqar Younis (16)
Player of the series Azhar Mahmood (PAK)

Pakistan was led by Rashid Latif while South Africa was led by Hansie Cronje. The tour began with a Test series consisting of three matches. Both captains had to withdraw from part of the Test series with injury.[1]

The series was won by South Africa 3–0.[2] At the end of the series, Azhar Mahmood of Pakistan emerged as the top run-scorer with 327 runs, with an average of 65.40; Saeed Anwar followed close behind with 236 runs.[3] Waqar Younis and Allan Donald finished the series as top wicket-takers capturing 16 wickets respectively, with Mushtaq Ahmed taking 13.[3] Azhar Mahmood was named "man of the series".[4]

The Pakistan tour was followed by a tour of Zimbabwe, followed by a triangular One-Day tournament played in South Africa, which included Sri Lanka as the third team.[5] Pakistan qualified from the group stage.[6] Pakistan were defeated in the Final by South Africa.[7]

Squad edit

  Pakistan[8][1]

Fazl-e-Akbar, Mohammad Hussain, Shahid Afridi and Wasim Akram later reinforced the party.

Tour matches edit

Nicky Oppenheimer XI v Pakistanis edit

29 January 1998
Scorecard
Pakistanis  
299/4d (56 overs)
v
Nicky Oppenheimer XI
239/6 (42 overs)
Inzamam-ul-Haq 107 (88)
NC Johnson 2/32 (9 overs)
DM Benkenstein 94 (69)
Azhar Mahmood 3/82 (12 overs)
Match drawn
NF Oppenheimer Ground, Randjesfontein
Umpires: K Lavery and S Wadvalla
Player of the match: Inzamam-ul-Haq (PAK)

This match did not have List A status.

Four-day: Griqualand West v Pakistanis edit

30 January–2 February 1998
Scorecard
v
418/8d (97 overs)
Saeed Anwar 117 (156)
GA Roe 3/98 (27 overs)
218 (86.4 overs)
PH Barnard 101 (175)
Mushtaq Ahmed 6/63 (27.4 overs)
216/9d (69.1 overs)
Aamer Sohail 61 (144)
GJ Kruis 4/41 (17.1 overs)
109 (39.2 overs)
W Bossenger 39 (46)
Mushtaq Ahmed 5/18 (10.2 overs)
Pakistanis won by 307 runs
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Umpires: SB Lambson and CJ Mitchley
  • Pakistanis won the toss and elected to bat.

Four-day: Border v Pakistanis edit

6–8 February 1998
Scorecard
v
232 (62.4 overs)
Yousuf Youhana 77 (139)
M Ntini 3/99 (18 overs)
244 (54.4 overs)
W Wiblin 82 (113)
Azhar Mahmood 4/66 (18 overs)
124 (39.5 overs)
Moin Khan 42 (77)
D Taljard 6/49 (17.5 overs)
113/5 (29 overs)
PC Strydom 41* (36)
Saqlain Mushtaq 2/26 (10 overs)
Border won by 5 wickets
Buffalo Park, East London
Umpires: RE Koertzen and DL Orchard
  • Pakistanis won the toss and elected to bat.
  • The match was scheduled for four days but completed in three.

Three-day: Free State v Pakistanis edit

21–23 February 1998
Scorecard
v
334/7d (91 overs)
WJ Cronje 150* (199)
Shoaib Akhtar 2/62 (16 overs)
441 (104.5 overs)
Inzamam-ul-Haq 119 (142)
JF Venter 4/106 (33.5 overs)
21/3 (8.2 overs)
JF Venter 8 (25)
Fazl-e-Akbar 2/9 (4 overs)
  • Free State won the toss and elected to bat.

Test matches edit

1st Test edit

14–18 February 1998
v
364 (104.2 overs)
PL Symcox 108 (157)
Mushtaq Ahmed 3/66 (27 overs)
360 (94.1 overs)
Azhar Mahmood 136 (215)
L Klusener 4/93 (24 overs)
544/4d (100.3 overs)
AM Bacher 220* (229)
Azhar Mahmood 4/147 (29 overs)
248 (56 overs)
Azhar Mahmood 101 (248)
L Klusener 7/47 (14 overs)
South Africa won by 300 runs
New Wanderers, Johannesburg
Umpires: CJ Mitchley (SA) and P Willey (ENG)
Player of the match: PL Symcox (SA) and Azhar Mahmood (PAK)
  • Pakistan won the toss and elected to field.

2nd Test edit

26 February–2 March 1998
v
50 (23.2 overs)
Azhar Mahmood 32 (63)
AA Donald 6/19 (9.2 overs)
50 (10 overs)
SM Pollock 30* (41)
Shoaib Akhtar 6/13 (2 overs)
42 (19.3 overs)
Saeed Anwar 18 (29)
SM Pollock 6/10 (2.3 overs)
43/0 (8.2 overs)
MV Boucher 32* (14)
South Africa won by 10 wickets
Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban
Umpires: MJ Kitchen (ENG) and DL Orchard (SA)
Player of the match: Mushtaq Ahmed (PAK)

3rd Test edit

6–10 March 1998
Scorecard
v
293 (99 overs)
WJ Cronje 85 (170)
Waqar Younis 6/78 (23 overs)
106 (40.5 overs)
Wasim Akram 30* (47)
PS de Villiers 6/23 (11.5 overs)
206/7d (65.4 overs)
JH Kallis 69 (143)
Waqar Younis 4/55 (17.4 overs)
134 (60.5 overs)
Saeed Anwar 55 (109)
AA Donald 4/27 (15 overs)
South Africa won by 259 runs
St George's Park Cricket Ground, Port Elizabeth
Umpires: RS Dunne (NZ) and RE Koertzen (SA)
Player of the match: MV Boucher (SA)
  • Pakistan won the toss and elected to field.
  • There was no play on the second day.

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b "The Pakistanis in South Africa and Zimbabwe, 1997-98". Wisden. Reprinted by ESPNcricinfo. 1999. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  2. ^ Grundlingh, Albert (2018), "Diffusion and Depiction: How Afrikaners Came to Play Cricket in Twentieth-Century South Africa", Cricket and Society in South Africa, 1910–1971, Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 191–206, ISBN 978-3-319-93607-9, retrieved 29 January 2024
  3. ^ a b "South Africa v Pakistan 1997/98 Averages". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Pakistan in South Africa and Zimbabwe 1997/98". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Standard Bank International One-Day Series, 1997-98". Wisden. Reprinted by ESPNcricinfo. 1999. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Standard Bank International One-day Series (Pak, SA, SL), Apr 1998 - Points Table". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Final, Cape Town, Apr 23 1998, Standard Bank International One-Day Series". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Pakistan Team for the Tour to South Africa and Zimbabwe". ESPNcricinfo. 21 January 1998. Retrieved 24 February 2021.

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