Nashra Sandhu hit a six off the penultimate ball of the match and then took a single to lead Pakistan to a dramatic tie in the third and final ODI against South Africa in Benoni.
The two teams shared the three-match ODI series 1-1. Pakistan have moved to the fifth spot in the ICC Women’s Championship rankings with 15 points, one more than New Zealand.
Chasing 266 to win the series, Javeria Khan (74 off 103) and Aliya Riaz (71 off 82) fought back brilliantly after a stuttering start from Pakistan. The duo added 74 runs for the fifth-wicket partnership after Pakistan were reduced to 91-4.
Aliya added 32 for the sixth-wicket stand with Umaima Sohail (16 off 13) and 46 for the seventh wicket with Sana Mir (16 off 14) to keep Pakistan in the hunt. Aliya was the eighth wicket to fall with the visitors still needing 17 to win.
Aiman Anwar was run out leaving the last pair of Nashra and Sidra Nawaz with the task of 11 runs off four balls. Soon after, Nashra’s heroics sealed a thrilling tie for Pakistan.
Earlier, South Africa posted 265-6 after being asked to bat.
Sana Mir took the 147th wicket of her career to become the highest wicket-taking spinner in women’s ODIs. Mir dismissed South Africa captain Sune Luus (84 off 80) in her final over.
South Africa openers Lizelle Lee (57 off 61) and Laura Wolvaardt (56 off 84) added 75 runs for the first wicket. Aliya took two quick wickets sending back Lee and Andrie Steyn (9).
Wolvaardt added 60 runs with Luus. After Wolvaardt and Mignon du Preez’s (15) departure, Luus found good support in Chloe Tryon who made a quickfire 28.
For Pakistan, Aliya finished with the figures of 2-49 while Aimen Anwar, Nida Dar and Sana took a wicket each.