Yesterday I attended the annual pink ODI game at the Wanderers.
We were hosted in a suite where fun was had and ofcourse pink was the order of the day, pink outfits, pink drinks and even pink hair (for some)
SA netball star Vanes-Marie Du Toit, Andre Lottter and Markus Haywood from 7delaan fame as well as other personalities were some of those who came out to support the Proteas.
It was the seventh edition of the PinkDay ODI and the first one in which the Proteas had finished up on the losing side and they produced a performance that was well below par for this iconic occasion.
USMAN SHINWARI produced a devastating spell of reverse swing bowling to blow away the Standard Bank Proteas middle and lower order and put Pakistan on their way to a series-levelling eight-wicket win in the fourth Momentum ODI.
In truth, it was a complete all-round performance by all five Pakistan bowlers, expertly directed by the experienced Shoaib Malik, Pakistan’s stand-in captain for the suspended Sarfraz Ahmed.
It had looked from the start as if it was not quite going to be the Proteas day after Quinton de Kock, playing his 100th ODI, was dismissed without scoring and then Reeza Hendricks was unlucky to be caught down the leg side behind the wicket. Both these wickets fell to Shaheen Afridi who had done a similar job to the Proteas top order in the Kingsmead match.
Amla (59 off 75 balls, 7 fours that included his 1 000th run against Pakistan in the ODI format) and Du Plessis (57 off 76 balls, 5 fours and a six) resisted for a while but that was as good as it got for the Proteas.
Pakistan put the possibility of a Proteas fightback to bed with an opening stand of 70 between Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman with the former consolidating his position as the leading runs scorer in the series before being dismissed with the scores level (71 off 91 balls, 6 fours and a six).
The result tied up the series at 2-2 with the decider to be played at PPC Newlands on Wednesday
Shinwari was named Momentum Man of the Match
The PinkDay at the Wanderers raised R1 115 000 with more to come from associated activities.