Fakhar Zaman played a cameo of 31 vs South Africa    Getty Images
Fakhar Zaman played a cameo of 31 vs South Africa Getty Images

Pakistan‘s opener Fakhar Zaman received praise from former greats Stephen Fleming and Michael Vaughan after making a successful debut against South Africa in their second encounter from the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on Wednesday. The 27-year-old smashed 31 off 23 balls, including 6 boundaries, and maintained an impressive strike rate of 134 as Pakistan bounced back from their humiliating defeat against India to register a 19-run win (DLS method) over South Africa at the Edgbaston.

Zaman was brought in place of Ahmed Shahzad after the latter failed in the tournament-opener versus India. The left-hander started the onslaught from the word go in a modest chase against South Africa. He was at ease against Proteas’ pacers in form of Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell. Such was his dominance that out of the 40-run stand with Azhar Ali, Fakhar got to 31 and thereby contributed majorly in the partnership. His List A record, 2271 runs at 50.46 from 48 innings, speaks volumes of his side’s trust on him and will hope to continue in same stead.