'Don't copy': Fans roast awkward cricket uniform blunder

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter
·4-min read
Cricket fans were quick to point out just how similar South Africa and Pakistan's ODI uniforms were in the first match of their ODI series. (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images)
Cricket fans were quick to point out just how similar South Africa and Pakistan's ODI uniforms were in the first match of their ODI series. (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images)

South Africa and Pakistan have been left slightly red-raced after both teams sported nearly identical uniforms to kick off their one-day series.

Both teams strode out onto the ground at Centurion sporting dark green t-shirts with slightly lighter green sleeves - with only the slightly different shades of green used by each team giving away who is who.

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The sight of the two teams in near identical kit brought out plenty of comedians on social media, however plenty more fans were confused over just how Pakistan and South Africa had managed to come up with such similar uniforms.

Incredibly, Pakistan showed off their newly-designed uniforms over a month ago - prompting many to question why they hadn't also designed an away strip.

Fortunately for Pakistan the two teams avoided wholesale confusion, with the visitors earning a thrilling three-wicket win off the final ball.

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Pakistan captain Babar Azam hit 103 off 104 balls and his team were cruising at 1-186 at SuperSport Park after South Africa, carried by their own centurion Rassie van der Dussen, scored 6-273 off their 50 overs.

But Azam's dismissal sparked a slump as Pakistan lost four wickets for 17 runs, all of them to fast bowler Anrich Nortje.

Still, Pakistan were left only needing three runs off the final over but Shadab Khan (33) fell to the first ball and South Africa seamer Andile Phehlukwayo bowled another three dot balls to heighten the tension.

Faheem Ashraf finally made contact off the fifth ball with a chip over the bowler's head for two.

He then flicked the final ball of the game through the covers for a single to reach 7-274 and put Pakistan 1-0 up in the three-game series.

Pakistan triumph in ODI thriller

Azam produced the game-winning innings, and was supported by 70 from opener Imam-ul-Haq as they shared a fabulous partnership of 177 for the second wicket.

Nortje's burst of four wickets threatened to undo their good work as Pakistan slipped to 5-203.

Mohammad Rizwan led the recovery with his 40, and Shadab's contribution at the end was also vital.

Earlier, Pakistan had put South Africa in to bat and made instant progress to have the home team struggling at 4-55.

South Africa's innings was rescued by 123 not out from van der Dussen and 50 by David Miller but the Proteas' total still felt below par.

South Africa were being led by new limited-overs captain Temba Bavuma for the first time.

The 30-year-old, who scored only one, made history as the first Black African to be appointed captain of a South Africa national team.

With AAP

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