ICC Champions Trophy - 5th match, Group B

Pakistan v South Africa

South Africa won by 67 runs

Two slips

12.25pm: Anthem time.

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Sanjay Manjrekar tweets: "Srinath, match referee today pulls a fast one on his former team mate. Starts off the toss before I could set it up :) #Ct13"

Ranjeet: "Am not sure if the SAF attack can be written off straight away. Though the Pakistan batting is fine against the short stuff they are really vulnerable to the moving ball - Morris has been in good touch and Tsotsobe needs to pitch the ball up. McLaren has already shown that he can be a handful."

12.45pm: 15 minutes to the start. It is a cold morning, overcast. No threat of rain at the moment. A win here for Pakistan will set things up nicely for their game against India.

Mark: "This is going to be an interesting one. For many people Pakistan were pre-tournament favourites, but they had a very poor day against the West Indies. South Africa, shorn of their stars just look poor. You would expect Pakistan to set things right today with a big win but, being Pakistan, anything can happen!"

Arshad : "Pak has an additional advantage with the overcast conditions, who knows when the rain comes and bring the D/L into play??? Hope this should not happen as all wanted to see an exciting do or die situation match between two good teams..."

Jo Lang: "The South African squad is showing the distinction between the one-day players and the test team more and more. In some cases by choice and others forced, but it's a positive step none the less."

Kashif Muneer: "Good move to replace Asad Shafiq with Umar Amin. Hopefully Umar can prove himself today. SA attack looks toothless. I think Kleinveldt would have been more dangerous against us than Phangsio. Seems like the game will be decided in the first half. If Pak can restrict SA to under 230, they should be able to chase it."

Ali: "Ok i admit that Misbah provides much stability in our batting and is absolutely needed for our weak batting line up BUT his team selection is pathetic. This is the 2nd time he has dropped Shafiq after just one match. Why doesnt he include Amin in place of Malik. Malik does not bowl, cant bat and was sloppy in the field in the last match."

Toss, 12.30pm: South Africa have won the toss and they are batting first. One change for Pakistan - Asad Shafiq goes out, Umar Amin comes in. Two changes for South Africa - Chris Morris debuts replacing Morne Morkel (which we anyway knew), Aaron Phangiso replaces Rory Kleinveldt. No Dale Steyn.

Misbah wasn't too disappointed at losing the toss: "With these overcast conditions you never know..." (smiles). Man of few words. Do read George Dobell's piece on the Pakistan captain.

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Kamran: "Chris Morris...I'm extra excited to see him bowl today. In the nets...his style seemed a bit like younus khan's but i'm sure he's a better bowler than khan!" Younis? Really?

Andre: "This must be the worst ODI squad ever to represent South Africa, most of them are BIG HIT WONDERS."

12.15pm: Good day everyone and welcome to the coverage of the first day/night match of this tournament, between Pakistan and South Africa, at Edgbaston. Crunch match for both teams - lose this and there's trouble ahead. That's the nature of this format.

This is essentially Pakistan's bowling v South Africa's batting. No Steyn and Morkel for South Africa and the bowling looks bare. Compare that to Junaid, Ajmal and co.

The weather appears fine in Birmingham, not sunny but cloudy.

Jack Haynes: "South Africa definitely need to a full length today, if they bowl short like they did against India, Pakistan will be able to pile on the runs."

Firdose Moonda, at the ground, says there's an amazing vibe at the venue. There's a bus carrying Pakistan fans, called the Stani Army. Dale Steyn took part in catching drills, but was bowling off just one step. Hard to expect him to play today, based on that evidence.

faizan memon: "Hafeez would be most happy man on Pakistani bench seeing that Steyn is not playing today.. " The toss will confirm that.

Muhammad Ashraf: "Pakistan should get Umer Amin in instead of Imran Farhat.."

Aamir: "Pakistan should surprise SA by including Rehman, he is much better bowler than Mailk and very useful with the bat as well"

0.1

Mohammad Irfan to Ingram, no run, starts off with a yorker length which he digs out to mid-on, good start by Irfan

0.2

Mohammad Irfan to Ingram, no run, Irfan gets good carry here, lands it outside off, Ingram does well to leave it alone, comes back in

0.3

Mohammad Irfan to Ingram, no run, a low full toss, almost a yorker, the ball really dips and he digs it out to the off side

0.4

Mohammad Irfan to Ingram, no run, hits him high on the pad but down the leg side, stifled appeal by Irfan

0.5

Mohammad Irfan to Ingram, no run, this was pitched up and angling in and he mistimed the drive towards cover

0.6

Mohammad Irfan to Ingram, 2 runs, he drifts towards the pads and he closes the face and tucks it down to square leg

Imran: "Tstsobe has been a misfiring canon for years now - as a Pakistan supporter, I'm glad they've picked him instead of Philander. That said, even Lopsy's long-hops, short-and-wide specials and rank full-tosses are likely to fetch him wickets against our fine array of shot selection."

End of over 1 (2 runs) South Africa 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
CA Ingram    2* (6b)      Mohammad Irfan    1-0-2-0
HM Amla    0* (0b)     

1.1

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, god start by Junaid, runs in at full pace and lands it on the off stump and Amla defends

1.2

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, good carry for Junaid, fires that outside off and it holds its line before reaching the keeper

1.3

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, this one fizzed past the bat! Good bounce, better than the last ball, kicks up and Amla was in a fix

1.4

Junaid Khan to Amla, 1 run, angles it across and Amla gets forward and angles it to the off side

Dera: "Had Philander played for Sri Lanka, he would have been an automatic choice for a good number of years. What is SA doing?"

1.5

Junaid Khan to Ingram, no run, good length on the off stump and Ingram was back at the crease to defend

1.6

Junaid Khan to Ingram, no run, this one moves away from the left-hander and Ingram is happy to leave it alone

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End of over 2 (1 run) South Africa 3/0 (RR: 1.50)
CA Ingram    2* (8b)      Junaid Khan    1-0-1-0
HM Amla    1* (4b)      Mohammad Irfan    1-0-2-0

2.1

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, this one moves away sharply from the right-hander and he safely leaves it alone

2.2

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, Amla was foxed by the extra bounce, hops and gets hit on the rib cage, the ball is wedged behind his pads, picks it up and hands it back to the bowler

2.3

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, bowls a yorker length and he digs it out back to the bowler

2.4

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, 1 run, bit short of a length and Amla taps it to the off side wide of gully

2.5

Mohammad Irfan to Ingram, no run, keeps him on the back foot and Ingram goes back and defends, the ball rolls to the on side

2.6

Mohammad Irfan to Ingram, 3 runs, this was too full and straight, he shuffles and clips it away behind square on the on side

Joseph D Thekinen: "SA selectors are not so dumb. I strongly think they are reserving philander just for the test matches. Because he is a genuine wicket taker and SA wants to exploit that. They don't want to over-pressurize him with fancy ODIs and T20s"

True, but SA don't play Tests for a while. He would have been handy here.

End of over 3 (4 runs) South Africa 7/0 (RR: 2.33)
CA Ingram    5* (10b)      Mohammad Irfan    2-0-6-0
HM Amla    2* (8b)      Junaid Khan    1-0-1-0

3.1

Junaid Khan to Ingram, no run, hits him on the pads and there's an lbw appeal, he was on the back foot but the ball would have missed leg

3.2

Junaid Khan to Ingram, 1 leg bye, looked like he was trying to leave that, appeared to shoulder arms to a ball down the leg side and the ball clipped his body and rolled to fine leg

3.3

Junaid Khan to Amla, 1 run, Amla stays on the back foot and knocks it towards midwicket

3.4

Junaid Khan to Ingram, no run, hits a good length and Ingram too commits to the back foot and punches it to the off side

3.5

Junaid Khan to Ingram, no run, angles it inward and he stays back and knocks it to the on side

3.6

Junaid Khan to Ingram, no run, extra bounce this time, he stayed on the back foot and stabbed it to the off side

End of over 4 (2 runs) South Africa 9/0 (RR: 2.25)
CA Ingram    5* (15b)      Junaid Khan    2-0-2-0
HM Amla    3* (9b)      Mohammad Irfan    2-0-6-0

4.1

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, FOUR, that should relieve the pressure, this was much too short and wide outside off, Amla hops at the crease and punches it wide of backward point

4.2

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, switches to a much fuller length and he comes forward and pushes it to mid-off

4.3

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, good line, just outside off and he goes back at the crease and shoulders arms, good carry too

4.4

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, 1 run, Dropped at backward point! Umar Amin can't hang on, this was short and wide outside off and Amla hopped at the crease as he slashed it, travelled quickly to his left and Amin stuck out his left hand, just got his fingers to it, tougher than it looked initially

4.5

Mohammad Irfan to Ingram, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he whips it just wide of short square leg

4.6

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, good length on middle and off and he hops and defends

End of over 5 (6 runs) South Africa 15/0 (RR: 3.00)
HM Amla    8* (14b 1x4)      Mohammad Irfan    3-0-12-0
CA Ingram    6* (16b)      Junaid Khan    2-0-2-0

5.1

Junaid Khan to Ingram, no run, gets on the back foot to a length delivery and works it to the on side

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5.2

Junaid Khan to Ingram, no run, short of a length and he stays back and punches it to the off side

5.3

Junaid Khan to Ingram, no run, keeps it straight and doesn't give him room, stays back and defends

5.4

Junaid Khan to Ingram, no run, stops on him a bit as he looks to play a shot, he stabs at it and the ball drops well short of short cover

5.5

Junaid Khan to Ingram, FOUR, well played, this was short of a length and Ingram was expecting that length by staying on the back foot, went across and pulled it across the line wide of square leg

5.6

Junaid Khan to Ingram, no run, signs of variable bounce? This stayed a touch low after pitching, came back in and went past the inside half of the bat, bounced once more before reaching Akmal

End of over 6 (4 runs) South Africa 19/0 (RR: 3.16)
CA Ingram    10* (22b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    3-0-6-0
HM Amla    8* (14b 1x4)      Mohammad Irfan    3-0-12-0

6.1

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, short of a length and he safely lets it go

6.2

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, good bounce! This one has Amla weaving away from it, well left though

6.3

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, Amla loses patience here, tries to slash a short one moving away, the ball dipped before landing in Kamran's gloves, stifled appeal

6.4

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, he moves back and across and punches it to the off side

Snicko didn't show any edge for 6.3

6.5

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, this was fuller and driven from the crease to mid-off

6.6

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, that raced off the middle of the bat but straight to backward point, nicely timed though

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End of over 7 (maiden) South Africa 19/0 (RR: 2.71)
HM Amla    8* (20b 1x4)      Mohammad Irfan    4-1-12-0
CA Ingram    10* (22b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    3-0-6-0

7.1

Junaid Khan to Ingram, 1 run, he stays back at the crease and punches it to the off side

7.2

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, Junaid's working up a tight line, no room, he stays back at the crease and knocks it to the off side

7.3

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, tucks him up for room again, he makes him hop at the crease before knocking it to point

7.4

Junaid Khan to Amla, FOUR, nicely played, Junaid brings the ball back in and drifts on the pads, Amla works his wrists well and whips it easily down to deep midwicket

7.5

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, fuller in length outside off and driven on the front foot to Amin at backward point

7.6

Junaid Khan to Amla, FOUR, poor delivery, this was a slower ball on the pads and with only a square leg in place Amla only had to place it slightly wide of him, forced it to the leg side

End of over 8 (9 runs) South Africa 28/0 (RR: 3.50)
HM Amla    16* (25b 3x4)      Junaid Khan    4-0-15-0
CA Ingram    11* (23b 1x4)      Mohammad Irfan    4-1-12-0

8.1

Mohammad Irfan to Ingram, no run, 139.2 kph, keeps him on the back foot and he defends

8.2

Mohammad Irfan to Ingram, no run, 138 kph, Irfan makes him stay on the back foot, defends with soft hands, the ball drops on the pitch

8.3

Mohammad Irfan to Ingram, no run, 141 kph, this was a bouncer and Ingram was quick to duck under that

8.4

Mohammad Irfan to Ingram, no run, he switches to a fuller length this time and he drives firmly on the front foot but Malik's there at cover to stop that, packed off side field

8.5

Mohammad Irfan to Ingram, no run, tucks him up for room and he stays back and defends

8.6

Mohammad Irfan to Ingram, 1 run, just short of a length and Ingram tries to force it away in front of square but mistimes it to mid-on

Stiaan: "This is all they have to do for now, just whip the ball around, get settled and build a nice platform for the other batsmen."

End of over 9 (1 run) South Africa 29/0 (RR: 3.22)
CA Ingram    12* (29b 1x4)      Mohammad Irfan    5-1-13-0
HM Amla    16* (25b 3x4)      Junaid Khan    4-0-15-0

9.1

Junaid Khan to Ingram, no run, 138 kph, hits a good length and he stays behind the line and punches it towards mid-off

9.2

Junaid Khan to Ingram, no run, 141.8 kph, quicker delivery and Ingram shuffles across quite a bit before defending

9.3

Junaid Khan to Ingram, no run, 138 kph, this was much fuller and outside off and Ingram drives but can't pierce the gap at mid-off

9.4

Junaid Khan to Ingram, 1 run, 138.8 kph, drifting towards the body and he works it off the back foot wide of midwicket and they think of a second run

9.5

Junaid Khan to Amla, 1 wide, this was short and wide down the leg side and Amla initially tried to pull that but withdrew

9.5

Junaid Khan to Amla, 1 run, angling across him and he angled it down to third man

9.6

Junaid Khan to Ingram, FOUR, the extra delivery costs a boundary! 143 kph, this was pitched up and Ingram was eyeing the long-off boundary, he sort of mistimed it and it was in the air but mid-off was wide, he couldn't get around quickly to his left to intercept it

End of over 10 (7 runs) South Africa 36/0 (RR: 3.60)
CA Ingram    17* (34b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    5-0-22-0
HM Amla    17* (26b 3x4)      Mohammad Irfan    5-1-13-0

SA have seen off the first Powerplay without losing a wicket in overcast conditions

10.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, full outside off and clipped to the on side

No close catchers for Hafeez

10.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Ingram, no run, quicker one and close call for Ingram who got an inside edge to the pads

10.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Ingram, no run, gets forward and pushed it back to the bowler

10.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Ingram, no run, from wider of the crease and drifts on the pads and he works it to the on side

10.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Ingram, no run, stabs it towards the bowler, nearly spooned it back to Hafeez

10.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Ingram, no run, driven on the up again but short of short of cover

Toqs: "if this was a partnership consisting of Pakistani batsmen i.e. Misbah, my fellow countrymen would have been cursing their strike rate - SA looking to build a solid Platform they have quite a few big guns to follow to make up the run rate."

End of over 11 (1 run) South Africa 37/0 (RR: 3.36)
CA Ingram    17* (39b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-1-0
HM Amla    18* (27b 3x4)      Junaid Khan    5-0-22-0

Riaz to bowl

11.1

Wahab Riaz to Amla, FOUR, streaky! Not the best ball, full and wide outside the off stump, Amla shaped to drive through the covers and gets an inside edge past the stumps

11.2

Wahab Riaz to Amla, no run, tucks him up for room and he stays back and defends

11.3

Wahab Riaz to Amla, no run, loose drive by Amla, he saw the width and went forward and the ball beat the edge

11.4

Wahab Riaz to Amla, 1 run, full and wide again and Amla once again mistimes the drive, gets an inside edge towards mid-on and sets off

11.5

Wahab Riaz to Ingram, 1 run, on the stumps and easily clipped away softly towards midwicket for an easy single

11.6

Wahab Riaz to Amla, no run, 142.4 kph, fullish outside off and Amla mistimes the drive again, rolls down the pitch

End of over 12 (6 runs) South Africa 43/0 (RR: 3.58)
HM Amla    23* (32b 4x4)      Wahab Riaz    1-0-6-0
CA Ingram    18* (40b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-1-0

12.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Ingram, 1 run, this one straightens, stays back and works it towards mid-on

Still no close catchers for Hafeez

12.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, pauses before delivery, full and driven towards mid-on

12.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Ingram, 1 run, tossed up and he drives a full delivery towards mid-off

12.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, goes back and works it towards midwicket

12.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Ingram, no run, tossed up and Ingram gets well forward and defends

12.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Ingram, no run, chips down the track and checks his drive, he works it towards midwicket

End of over 13 (4 runs) South Africa 47/0 (RR: 3.61)
CA Ingram    20* (44b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-5-0
HM Amla    25* (34b 4x4)      Wahab Riaz    1-0-6-0

13.1

Wahab Riaz to Amla, no run, 143.3 kph, this was his quickest today, full outside off and he drives firmly but can't beat cover

13.2

Wahab Riaz to Amla, no run, stays back at the crease and punches it to the off side

13.3

Wahab Riaz to Amla, no run, doesn't have much room to work with, stays back and punches it towards the off side

Colin: "I am always dubious when I see high ODI averages. Can be distored by low strike rates and/or plently of NO. Amla opens the inning thus few NO, AND has a strike rate of 90+ with an average of 55+!!! Theses stats have to be the most impressiven I have seen. With so many great players when will SA finally win a serious competition?"

13.4

Wahab Riaz to Amla, no run, 144.8 kph, not the best delivery, full outside off and he mistimes the drive towards mid-off

13.5

Wahab Riaz to Amla, FOUR, 144 kph, super timing! This was fractionally wide outside off and Amla stayed beside the line and played it late, guided it wide of backward point

13.6

Wahab Riaz to Amla, 1 run, exaggerated shuffle across the stumps and he works it away wide of square leg

End of over 14 (5 runs) South Africa 52/0 (RR: 3.71)
HM Amla    30* (40b 5x4)      Wahab Riaz    2-0-11-0
CA Ingram    20* (44b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-5-0

14.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, pauses at the crease and he bowls it full and drives down to mid-on

14.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Ingram, OUT, given lbw on the sweep! Tossed up on middle and off, Ingram was on his knee to sweep, the ball straightened after pitching, very nearly brushed the glove on the way to the pads, was quite adjacent to the stumps, the umpire didn't spend too much time for his verdict

CA Ingram lbw b Mohammad Hafeez 20 (64m 45b 2x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

Slip in place for Faf

14.3

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, no run, gets forward and defends to the off side

14.4

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, no run, stays back and punches it towards mid-on

14.5

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, 2 runs, goes back and clips it with the turn to midwicket

14.6

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, no run, goes back and punches it back to the bowler

End of over 15 (3 runs) South Africa 55/1 (RR: 3.66)
F du Plessis    2* (4b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-8-1
HM Amla    31* (41b 5x4)      Wahab Riaz    2-0-11-0

15.1

Wahab Riaz to Amla, 1 run, fetches a full delivery wide outside off and drives him towards midwicket

15.2

Wahab Riaz to du Plessis, 1 run, 144.8 kph, he angles it across the right-hander and he opens the face and steers it to the off side

15.3

Wahab Riaz to Amla, 1 run, short of a length outside off and he punches him wide of cover off the back foot

15.4

Wahab Riaz to du Plessis, no run, 143.4 kph, almost found the edge! That's a Wahab special, lands on off and holds its line, Faf had to poke at it

15.5

Wahab Riaz to du Plessis, 1 run, 140.5 kph, this time he shuffles across the stumps to cover that angle, manages to run it towards point

15.6

Wahab Riaz to Amla, no run, this was short and wide outside off and Amla risks trying to slash it down to third man, extra bounce this time

Tigg: "@Colin Because most sides around at the moment are a mix of great/future-greats and relative mediocrity. Sure a line-up including Steyn, DeVilliers and Amla looks awesome. So does a side with B-Mac, Vettori and Southee. So does Dhoni, Ashwin and Kholi. So does Mahela, Sanga and Malinga amd so on. It's what is, thus far, making for an interesting tournament."

End of over 16 (4 runs) South Africa 59/1 (RR: 3.68)
HM Amla    33* (44b 5x4)      Wahab Riaz    3-0-15-0
F du Plessis    4* (7b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-8-1

16.1

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, 1 run, slower through the air and he defends to the off side

16.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, FOUR, outside edge but no slip! Tossed up outside off and Amla was a bit early on the shot, wanted to drive through extra cover, edge races past Akmal

16.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, no run, waits for the turn and knocks it to the on side

16.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, no run, down the track and checks his shot and punches it to mid-off

16.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, no run, skids through and he knocs it down the track

16.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, no run, uses his feet early but checks his shot

Time for Ajmal?

End of over 17 (5 runs) South Africa 64/1 (RR: 3.76)
HM Amla    37* (49b 6x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-13-1
F du Plessis    5* (8b)      Wahab Riaz    3-0-15-0

17.1

Wahab Riaz to du Plessis, no run, he goes back at the crease and pushes it to the off side

17.2

Wahab Riaz to du Plessis, no run

17.3

Wahab Riaz to du Plessis, 1 run, little short of a length outside off and he walks across the stumps and pushes it wide of point

17.4

Wahab Riaz to Amla, 1 run, 121.9 kph, slower ball, short and wide outside off and he punches it straight to sweeper cover

17.5

Wahab Riaz to du Plessis, 1 run, 142.5 kph, a bit too straight and Faf easily tucks it behind square on the on side

17.6

Wahab Riaz to Amla, 1 run, he had to hurry! Amla was forward for the drive and pushed it just wide of mid-off, he called for it but still had to scamper on seeing the fielder attack the ball, the throw to the bowler's stumps wasn't accurate enough though

Kamran: "Does anyone else also think that Amla has been really streaky in ODIs lately? I mean he plays some exquisite shots, but has also been dependant on a fair bit of luck of late."

End of over 18 (4 runs) South Africa 68/1 (RR: 3.77)
HM Amla    39* (51b 6x4)      Wahab Riaz    4-0-19-0
F du Plessis    7* (12b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-13-1

18.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, no run, stays back and punches it down the track

18.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, punches it with the turn down to long-on

18.3

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, 1 run, that was well played, he went across the stumps and paddled it down to fine leg

18.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, no run, drives very firmly back to the bowler

18.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, clips it with the turn down to midwicket

18.6

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, 1 run, tried to paddle this down to fine leg again but this was a quicker ball, flatter and hitting him on the pads outside the line of the off stump

Noire Krw: "Does anyone else think this Championship mirrors the WC '99 (so far)...where they get upto 100 in 30th over in hand, and then blast to 250ish overall. With no T20s back then, the cricketers switched back to basic and accelarate afterwards. Now with T20 so popular, it seem inevitable/allowable that the next man in seem to get away with rash shots/decisions?"

End of over 19 (4 runs) South Africa 72/1 (RR: 3.78)
F du Plessis    9* (14b)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-0-17-1
HM Amla    41* (55b 6x4)      Wahab Riaz    4-0-19-0

19.1

Wahab Riaz to du Plessis, no run, this was fullish outside off and driven straight towards mid-off

19.2

Wahab Riaz to du Plessis, 1 run, angles across the stumps and he gets forward and across and pushes it to cover

19.3

Wahab Riaz to Amla, FOUR, adjusted well there, this was short and wide outside off and Amla hopped at the crease to negotiate that, importantly he kept it down and placed it wide of backward point, third man gave up after a few seconds

19.4

Wahab Riaz to Amla, 1 run, stays back at the crease and times the punch well past cover

19.5

Wahab Riaz to du Plessis, no run, this was a sharp bouncer and du Plessis withdraws the shot at the last minute

19.6

Wahab Riaz to du Plessis, no run, gets behind the line and punches it to the off side

Ana: "To Kamran: Agree totally but the lack of great bowlers as in the 90s and the batsmen-friendly pitches means you can get away with it now. It is also how the Aus side of early 2000s dominated attacks. Good strategy."

End of over 20 (6 runs) South Africa 78/1 (RR: 3.90)
F du Plessis    10* (18b)      Wahab Riaz    5-0-25-0
HM Amla    46* (57b 7x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-0-17-1

20.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, no run, stays back and pushes it to the off side

20.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, no run, goes back and whips it away to the on side

20.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 3 runs, stays back and punches it wide of backward point and down to the sweeper

20.4

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, 1 run, du Plessis makes a lot of room before the delivery, checks his drive and places it towards mid-on

Slip goes away for Amla

20.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, no run, flatter delivery on the pads and worked away to midwicket

20.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, no run, skids on the pads and he clips it away

End of over 21 (4 runs) South Africa 82/1 (RR: 3.90)
HM Amla    49* (62b 7x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-0-21-1
F du Plessis    11* (19b)      Wahab Riaz    5-0-25-0

Finally, it's Ajmal. Slip in place

21.1

Saeed Ajmal to du Plessis, no run, moves a long way across to paddle it and he's hit on the pads outside the line of off, stifled appeal

21.2

Saeed Ajmal to du Plessis, 1 leg bye, fired through quicker and he was a long way across, hits him high on the pads and that wouldn't have hit

21.3

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, shuffles across and checks his drive

21.4

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, the doosra beats the outside edge, quicker one too

21.5

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 2 runs, works it away with the turn wide of square leg and Amla gets his fifty!

21.6

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, full on the pads and worked to square leg

End of over 22 (3 runs) South Africa 85/1 (RR: 3.86)
HM Amla    51* (66b 7x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-2-0
F du Plessis    11* (21b)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-0-21-1

22.1

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, no run

22.2

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, no run, nearly gave it away! Made a lot of room to carve that over cover, extra bounce and he nearly edges it

22.3

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, 1 run, full on the pads and clipped towards midwicket

22.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, no run, skids through and he punches it square on the off side, sets off, slips and heads back to the crease

22.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, works it away towards mid-on

22.6

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, no run, gets forward and pushes it to wards mid-on

Umang: "@Noire: this is also because of the new fielding restrictions. Teams can afford slower starts now as it's easier to score outside powerplay overs as well."

End of over 23 (2 runs) South Africa 87/1 (RR: 3.78)
F du Plessis    12* (25b)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-0-23-1
HM Amla    52* (68b 7x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-2-0

23.1

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, clips it with the turn to midwicket

23.2

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 2 runs, excellent save by Junaid! Amla played the reverse sweep and he middled it, Junaid was at deep point and he had to run quickly to his left

23.3

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 2 runs, poor fielding this time! Ajmal fumbles as the ball was driven straight to him, long-on has to mop up

23.4

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, FOUR, another reverse sweep and this time he finds the gap at third man, placed it finer and he middled it, Junaid had no chance

23.5

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run

23.6

Saeed Ajmal to du Plessis, no run, went for the sweep a bit too early, the ball hits his body and drops on the pitch

End of over 24 (9 runs) South Africa 96/1 (RR: 4.00)
F du Plessis    12* (26b)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-11-0
HM Amla    61* (73b 8x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-0-23-1

24.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, no run, driven back to Hafeez

24.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, comes forward and checks his drive

24.3

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, 1 run, makes room and works it with the turn to the leg side

24.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, stays at the crease and punches it firmly towards mid-on

24.5

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, FOUR, good adjustment there, Du Plessis made room before the bowler delivered, Hafeez made the mistake of tossing it up wide outside off, the batsman went forward and drove it wide of mid-off, it's the 50 stand as well

24.6

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, 1 wide, sides it down the leg side

24.6

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, 1 run, works it towards midwicket for a single

End of over 25 (9 runs) South Africa 105/1 (RR: 4.20)
F du Plessis    18* (29b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    8-0-32-1
HM Amla    63* (76b 8x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-11-0

25.1

Saeed Ajmal to du Plessis, 1 run, risky run! Du Plessis drove it fairly hard down to mid-off, he set off quickly and a direct hit was needed

25.2

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, clips it to the onside and he doesn't take the single

25.3

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, Amla shuffles across and looks to play the reverse sweep, the ball brushes the glove and rolls to the on side, the keeper got excited

25.4

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 2 runs, works it down to deep midwicket

25.5

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, pushes it down to backward point

25.6

Saeed Ajmal to du Plessis, no run, quicker delivery and he gets forward and blocks it out

Hiren Bhatia: "Think it's high time that Shoaib Malik should be given the ball. His confidence needs to be boosted by involving him in the game. He's been in the team for a while and is more experienced than Hafeez."

Mazher Arshad: "Drinks Break: Misbah should go to Amla and ask how he is playing such reverse sweeps."

End of over 26 (4 runs) South Africa 109/1 (RR: 4.19)
F du Plessis    19* (31b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-15-0
HM Amla    66* (80b 8x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    8-0-32-1

26.1

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, 2 runs, Amla shuffles across fairly early and works it wide of square leg

26.2

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, fires that full and wide outside off and he jams it out to third man

26.3

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, 139.2 kph, that's a sharp bouncer, Amla did well to weave away from it, the umpire had a look but gave the benefit of the doubt to the bowler

26.4

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, 1 run, tucks it to the on side and Irfan himself decided to do the honours and charged to square leg to pick up the ball, saved a certain second run

26.5

Mohammad Irfan to du Plessis, no run, didn't pick the full toss! Attempted slower ball and du Plessis wanted to play it but the ball dipped on him and he lost sight of it

26.6

Mohammad Irfan to du Plessis, 1 run, stays back and pushes it to the off side

End of over 27 (4 runs) South Africa 113/1 (RR: 4.18)
F du Plessis    20* (33b 1x4)      Mohammad Irfan    6-1-17-0
HM Amla    69* (84b 8x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-15-0

27.1

Saeed Ajmal to du Plessis, FOUR, put away with force! Ajmal from round the wicket, on the pads, the leg side not very well protected and he swept it firmly to deep square leg

27.2

Saeed Ajmal to du Plessis, no run, quicker delivery and he shuffles across and defends

27.3

Saeed Ajmal to du Plessis, 2 runs, du Plessis makes room and pushes it to the vacant point region, takes the first run hard and they have to scamper the second, the fielder aims at the bowler's end but the ball bounces too much and clears the bowler

27.4

Saeed Ajmal to du Plessis, 1 run, driven towards the bowler who fumbles

27.5

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, clips it with the turn to the on side

27.6

Saeed Ajmal to du Plessis, 1 run, he makes room to drive and gets an inside edge past the stumps, big cheers for Irfan who dives at short fine leg and saves a couple of runs

End of over 28 (9 runs) South Africa 122/1 (RR: 4.35)
F du Plessis    28* (38b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-24-0
HM Amla    70* (85b 8x4)      Mohammad Irfan    6-1-17-0

28.1

Mohammad Irfan to du Plessis, no run, stays beside the line and punches it to the off side

28.2

Mohammad Irfan to du Plessis, OUT, soft dismissal! Foxed by the extra bounce, du Plessis tries to pull a short ball that gains on him quickly, the ball lobs up off the toe of the bat and goes to Malik at cover

F du Plessis c Shoaib Malik b Mohammad Irfan 28 (54m 40b 2x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

28.3

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, AB pushes a fullish delivery down to point

28.4

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, 1 run, stays back at the crease and knocks it towards midwicket, Irfan runs across to pick up but slips

28.5

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, 2 runs

28.6

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, (no ball) FOUR, it's a no-ball for height! Slips out and it was wide outside off, Amla slashes and there's no slip, down to third man

28.6

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, 2 runs, drifts on the pads and he easily clips it to fine leg, the fielder slides and cuts it off

End of over 29 (10 runs) South Africa 132/2 (RR: 4.55)
HM Amla    78* (88b 9x4)      Mohammad Irfan    7-1-27-1
AB de Villiers    1* (2b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-24-0

29.1

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, the doosra, he stays back at the crease and works it towards long-on, short midwicket slides and can't stop it

29.2

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run

29.3

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, stays back and clips him down to short midwicket

29.4

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, fires that quicker, down the leg side, brushes the pads and the ball runs to the leg side

29.5

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, stays back and works it to the on side

29.6

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, flatter delivery and worked towards midwicket

End of over 30 (2 runs) South Africa 134/2 (RR: 4.46)
AB de Villiers    2* (4b)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-26-0
HM Amla    79* (92b 9x4)      Mohammad Irfan    7-1-27-1

30.1

Shoaib Malik to Amla, 1 run, sharp turn straightaway! Off the rough, goes back and has to quickly adjust to block it out

30.2

Shoaib Malik to de Villiers, 1 run, tossed up and he gets forward and works it with the turn to long-on

30.3

Shoaib Malik to Amla, 1 run

30.4

Shoaib Malik to de Villiers, no run, AB was a bit too early on the drive, the ball hits his body and dribbles away

30.5

Shoaib Malik to de Villiers, SIX, there was a hush as the ball sailed over the rope, this was short outside off, he waited for the turn and biffed it over deep midwicket, the majority of the crowd went silent

30.6

Shoaib Malik to de Villiers, 1 run, fuller delivery and he pushes it down to backward point

End of over 31 (10 runs) South Africa 144/2 (RR: 4.64)
AB de Villiers    10* (8b 1x6)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-10-0
HM Amla    81* (94b 9x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-26-0

SA have taken the Batting Powerplay

King: "Who would have thought that after spending all the millions of $s, the ICC and individual boards couldn't come up with even slightly distinct uniforms for these two teams? I keep confusing who is who!"

31.1

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, drifts on the pads and it's clipped away to square leg

31.2

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, confident appeal for lbw! This one turned from the rough, spun back in sharply and hit his pads, may have missed the leg stump, Ajmal, Akmal and Misbah thought about it, the ball tracker showed that missing leg

31.3

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run

31.4

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, OUT, caught off the reverse sweep! Amla was in position early for the shot, probably bounced more than he expected, the ball lobs off the glove and dips towards short third man, Hafeez timed his dive well and plucked it inches off the turf

HM Amla c Mohammad Hafeez b Saeed Ajmal 81 (136m 97b 9x4 0x6) SR: 83.50

The umpires had a discussion about the catch but they were convinced the ball carried to Hafeez. Clean catch

Auwais Ahmed: "There is an upward limit to the number of reverse sweeps that can be executed against Saeed Ajmal per innings"

31.5

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, 1 run, tossed up wide outside off and he lunges forward and drives to the off side

31.6

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, comes well forward and knocks it towards midwicket

End of over 32 (2 runs) South Africa 146/3 (RR: 4.56)
AB de Villiers    11* (10b 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-28-1
JP Duminy    1* (1b)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-10-0

Hafeez returns for a new spell

32.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, no run, goes back at the crease and he gets an inside edge to the pads

32.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, no run, chips down the track and he checks his drive

32.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, no run, pushes it to the off side

32.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, no run, once again he comes down the track and checks his drive, knocked back to the bowler

32.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, 1 run, works it down to square leg for a single

32.6

Mohammad Hafeez to de Villiers, 2 leg byes, down the leg side and he sweeps down to fine leg

zulal ali: "Probabilty of your coment being published is same as you are being spotted by a TV camera while watching a match in the stadium". Heard of the Match Companion Zulal?

End of over 33 (3 runs) South Africa 149/3 (RR: 4.51)
AB de Villiers    11* (11b 1x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    9-0-33-1
JP Duminy    2* (6b)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-28-1

33.1

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, beats him with the turn!

33.2

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run

33.3

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, FOUR, tossed up wide outside the off stump and he spanks it on the front foot, deep extra cover dives and fumbles

33.4

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, 1 run, comes forward and pushes it down to long-on

33.5

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, on the pads and he works it down to midwicket

33.6

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, he makes room and the ball skids through and he chops it to the off side

End of over 34 (6 runs) South Africa 155/3 (RR: 4.55)
JP Duminy    7* (11b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-0-34-1
AB de Villiers    12* (12b 1x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    9-0-33-1

34.1

Mohammad Hafeez to de Villiers, 1 run, it's a low full toss on the pads and he works it to the on side

34.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, 1 run, quicker delivery and he comes forward and pushes it to long-off

34.3

Mohammad Hafeez to de Villiers, 1 run, flatter delivery and AB drives it down the ground to long-on

34.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, 1 run, another easy single, down the ground to long-on, Pakistan will be happy so long as there are no boundaries in the PP

34.5

Mohammad Hafeez to de Villiers, no run, flatter delivery and nudged down to midwicket

34.6

Mohammad Hafeez to de Villiers, 1 run, he pauses before delivery and he pushes it towards long-on

End of over 35 (5 runs) South Africa 160/3 (RR: 4.57)
AB de Villiers    15* (16b 1x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    10-0-38-1
JP Duminy    9* (13b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-0-34-1

35.1

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, turn again! Comes back in and he manages to block it out

35.2

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, tossed up and he comes forward and pushes it to long-on

35.3

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run

35.4

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, 1 run, drops it in front of point and sets off quickly for the single

35.5

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, the top spinner this time, tries to cut but misses

35.6

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, short outside off and he works it towards midwicket

End of over 36 (3 runs) South Africa 163/3 (RR: 4.52)
AB de Villiers    17* (20b 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    8-0-37-1
JP Duminy    10* (15b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    10-0-38-1

36.1

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, 1 run, starts off with a short delivery, makes him hop at the crease to fend it off

36.2

Wahab Riaz to Duminy, no run, close call for JP! He was cramped for room outside off as he tried to dab it down to third man, Akmal went up for a few seconds and withdrew

36.3

Wahab Riaz to Duminy, 1 run, short of a length again and he chops it towards the off side for a single

36.4

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, 1 run, this was angled across and AB followed the angle and dabbed it down to third man

36.5

Wahab Riaz to Duminy, 1 run, fuller delivery and he leans forward and drives him down to cover

36.6

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, 1 run, a bit too straight and he stays back at the crease to clip it away down to square leg

James: "Good to see some innovation in ODI cricket. SA taking the powerplay early, and Pakistan using two spinners. Pakistan seem to have come out on top, though."

End of over 37 (5 runs) South Africa 168/3 (RR: 4.54)
AB de Villiers    20* (23b 1x6)      Wahab Riaz    6-0-30-0
JP Duminy    12* (18b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-0-37-1

37.1

Shoaib Malik to de Villiers, 1 run, flatter delivery, he comes well forward and knocks it down to long-on

37.2

Shoaib Malik to Duminy, no run, tossed up on the pads and he lunges forward and blocks

37.3

Shoaib Malik to Duminy, no run, sharp stuff from Malik! JP was down the track and drove it back to the bowler, Malik was quick to gather, JP had to scamper back

37.4

Shoaib Malik to Duminy, 1 run, knocks it to the off side for a quick single

37.5

Shoaib Malik to de Villiers, 1 run, shuffles and clips it with the turn to square leg

37.6

Shoaib Malik to Duminy, 1 run, makes room and drives on the front foot to long-off

Paul: "Hmmm.... at this stage my D/L napkin-maths is suggesting SA will score 269 - exactly the same as England did the other day. Match is proceeding in a similar vein too; perhaps they've been studying England's approach?"

End of over 38 (4 runs) South Africa 172/3 (RR: 4.52)
JP Duminy    14* (22b 1x4)      Shoaib Malik    2-0-14-0
AB de Villiers    22* (25b 1x6)      Wahab Riaz    6-0-30-0

38.1

Wahab Riaz to Duminy, 1 run, keeps him on the back foot, has time to adjust and knock it down to third man

38.2

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, 1 run, chops it gully, Amin runs across to pick it up and there's some hesitation in the running

38.3

Wahab Riaz to Duminy, 1 run, clips it down to square leg for a single

38.4

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, FOUR, how easy was that? This was short of a length and on the pads, AB played a one-legged pull, timed it well and his placement was even better - bisected fine leg and deep square leg, excellent stuff

38.5

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, 1 run, goes back and punches it towards point

38.6

Wahab Riaz to Duminy, 1 run, this was short as well and JP tried to pull it like AB did, mistimed it to square leg

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End of over 39 (9 runs) South Africa 181/3 (RR: 4.64)
JP Duminy    17* (25b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    7-0-39-0
AB de Villiers    28* (28b 1x4 1x6)      Shoaib Malik    2-0-14-0

39.1

Shoaib Malik to Duminy, no run, this one skids through as he makes room, chops it to the off side

39.2

Shoaib Malik to Duminy, no run

39.3

Shoaib Malik to Duminy, 1 run, shuffles and clips it to the on side

39.4

Shoaib Malik to de Villiers, 1 run, flatter delivery and he works it to square leg

39.5

Shoaib Malik to Duminy, no run, uses his feet again, works it against the turn to mid-on

39.6

Shoaib Malik to Duminy, no run, quicker delivery and he drills it back to the bowler

Ujjawal Agarwal: "@Paul: S. African lower order has Miller, Petersen, Morris, Mclaren and Duminy, ABD still in there going into the last 11 overs. They might score 280+"

End of over 40 (2 runs) South Africa 183/3 (RR: 4.57)
JP Duminy    18* (30b 1x4)      Shoaib Malik    3-0-16-0
AB de Villiers    29* (29b 1x4 1x6)      Wahab Riaz    7-0-39-0

Junaid to bowl

40.1

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, 1 run, 141 kph, shuffles and clips a length delivery down to square leg

40.2

Junaid Khan to Duminy, no run, keeps it straight and JP tries to work it across the line but can't beat mid-on

40.3

Junaid Khan to Duminy, 1 run, tucks him up for room, he opens the face and chops it down to third man

40.4

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, 1 run, good length on the stumps and he chops it down to mid-off

40.5

Junaid Khan to Duminy, OUT, terrible mix-up! For starters there was no single, JP whipped a full delivery down to mid-on, AB set off from the other end but was ball watching, he went midway and slipped as he turned around, Misbah ran across to the bowler's end and whipped the bails

AB de Villiers run out 31 (52m 31b 1x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

40.6

Junaid Khan to Duminy, 1 run, fullish on the pads and he works it towards square leg

End of over 41 (4 runs) South Africa 187/4 (RR: 4.56)
JP Duminy    20* (34b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    6-0-26-0
DA Miller    0* (0b)      Shoaib Malik    3-0-16-0

41.1

Shoaib Malik to Duminy, 1 run, tossed up on the pads and he knocks it to square leg

Qaiser: "SA can only dream of getting 280+ the maximum they can get is around 240 +/- 10. you have to give some respect to the quality of bowlers"

41.2

Shoaib Malik to Miller, no run, slower through the air, Miller lunges forward and defends to the off side

41.3

Shoaib Malik to Miller, no run, stays back at the crease and knocks it to the on side

41.4

Shoaib Malik to Miller, 1 run, nicely done, trapped with soft hands towards point and they call early for the single

41.5

Shoaib Malik to Duminy, 1 run, stays back and punches it with a straight bat down to long-on

41.6

Shoaib Malik to Miller, 1 run, gives it a lot more air, firmly drives him down to wide long-off

Asif Qureshi: "According to my analysis , the test of nerves time is approaching for SA now. there is 80% probability of panic . My expected closing score will be less than 240."

End of over 42 (4 runs) South Africa 191/4 (RR: 4.54)
DA Miller    2* (4b)      Shoaib Malik    4-0-20-0
JP Duminy    22* (36b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    6-0-26-0

42.1

Junaid Khan to Miller, 1 run, short of a length on the body and he tucks it to square leg

42.2

Junaid Khan to Duminy, 1 run, gives him just a hint of width and he opens the face and angles it down to third man

42.3

Junaid Khan to Miller, no run, Junaid's keeping it nice and straight, 141 kph, Miller doesn't have room to force that away

42.4

Junaid Khan to Miller, 1 run, 137 kph, stays back and he knocks it down to square leg

42.5

Junaid Khan to Duminy, 1 run, banged in short and he swivels and pulls it with the angle down to fine leg

Rob: "Cmon Birthday boy, cheeky 50.." That would be Miller

42.6

Junaid Khan to Miller, OUT, Direct hit and JP's in trouble! Yet another slip would you believe this! Miller pushed it towards short midwicket and once again there was no run for the taking, JP had set off, slipped as he turned around, headed back to the crease in desperation but couldn't beat Misbah's accuracy

JP Duminy run out 24 (44m 38b 1x4 0x6) SR: 63.15

End of over 43 (4 runs) South Africa 195/5 (RR: 4.53)
DA Miller    4* (8b)      Junaid Khan    7-0-30-0
     Shoaib Malik    4-0-20-0

43.1

Shoaib Malik to McLaren, 1 run, comes forward and pushes it to the off side

43.2

Shoaib Malik to Miller, 1 run, makes room and pushes it towards cover for a single

43.3

Shoaib Malik to McLaren, no run, goes back at the crease and knocks it towards mid-on

43.4

Shoaib Malik to McLaren, 1 run, tossed up and he drives to long-off

43.5

Shoaib Malik to Miller, no run, you can't keep Misbah out of the game, dives and stops a firm cover drive, Malik runs across and pats his captain on the back

43.6

Shoaib Malik to Miller, 1 run, shuffles and works it away wide of square leg

The spinners have done a fine job

End of over 44 (4 runs) South Africa 199/5 (RR: 4.52)
DA Miller    6* (11b)      Shoaib Malik    5-0-24-0
R McLaren    2* (3b)      Junaid Khan    7-0-30-0

44.1

Saeed Ajmal to Miller, no run, comes down the track and checks his shot

44.2

Saeed Ajmal to Miller, 1 leg bye, shuffles and knocks it to the on side

44.3

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, no run, beaten for turn! He was expecting the doosra but it was the off break

44.4

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, no run, plays the reverse sweep but can't beat short fine leg, Amin slides and cuts it off

44.5

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, 2 runs, stays back and clips it against the turn to square leg

44.6

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, no run, mistimes the drive to the off side, wanted to work it to the on side

Fawad: "There were those days in SA cricket when people like Boucher, Pollock, Klusener, Boje and Symcox came at this stage. So, even in such a condition a total of 280 was always on the cards... but here with this SA side 240 from here is most likely."

End of over 45 (3 runs) South Africa 202/5 (RR: 4.48)
R McLaren    4* (7b)      Saeed Ajmal    9-0-39-1
DA Miller    6* (13b)      Shoaib Malik    5-0-24-0

45.1

Shoaib Malik to Miller, no run, cramped him up for room, managed to chop it to the off side

45.2

Shoaib Malik to Miller, no run, Miller was down the pitch and he is struggling to put it away, checks the shot

45.3

Shoaib Malik to Miller, 1 run, he has a bit of width this time, makes room and slams him to sweeper cover

45.4

Shoaib Malik to McLaren, OUT, He's been given out lbw and McLaren is reviewing it! Malik bowls from round the wicket, pitched on middle and off, straightens a little, McLaren was on the back foot to clip it to the on side, hit on the pads, no inside edge, the ball tracker shows the ball clipping the leg stump, the umpire's call stands

R McLaren lbw b Shoaib Malik 4 (11m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

If this was 1999 we'd be preparing ourselves for Lance Klusener. But no, it's Peterson

45.5

Shoaib Malik to Peterson, 2 runs, starts off with a neat cover drive to the sweeper

45.6

Shoaib Malik to Peterson, no run, tossed up and he comes forward and defends

Jerry: "Killer Miller's strike rate is 43.75...Whatever happened to "in the arc out of park, in the v should be in tree"!!!"

End of over 46 (3 runs) South Africa 205/6 (RR: 4.45)
RJ Peterson    2* (2b)      Shoaib Malik    6-0-27-1
DA Miller    7* (16b)      Saeed Ajmal    9-0-39-1

46.1

Saeed Ajmal to Miller, 1 run, Miller comes down the track and checks the shot, chipped in the air down to mid-on

46.2

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, no run, keeps a touch low, manages to punch it down the track

46.3

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, no run, softly pushes it down to point and still no single

46.4

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, no run, worked with the angle down to short fine leg and he has to scamper back, another dot

46.5

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, no run, four consecutive dots! The fruatration gets to Peterson as he shapes to slog, playing away from the body, beaten for turn

46.6

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, 2 runs, good fielding by Junaid! Peterson went down the track and chipped it to deep extra cover, Junaid made a lot of ground from long-off and managed to parry the ball back inside the boundary

Shahrukh Jaffar: "@Jerry: that was IPL, THIS is international cricket!"

End of over 47 (3 runs) South Africa 208/6 (RR: 4.42)
RJ Peterson    4* (7b)      Saeed Ajmal    10-0-42-1
DA Miller    8* (17b)      Shoaib Malik    6-0-27-1

Just 25 off the last seven overs

47.1

Wahab Riaz to Miller, no run, this was pitched fuller and he drags it down to long-on

47.2

Wahab Riaz to Miller, 1 run, this is a reverse swinging yorker which he digs out to square leg

47.3

Wahab Riaz to Peterson, 1 wide, Wahab completely lost control of that one! That was a quick, scary full toss down the leg side, the batsman couldn't connect, Kamran did really well to save four wides

47.3

Wahab Riaz to Peterson, 1 run, he makes a bit of room and digs out a reverse swinging yorker to the on side

47.4

Wahab Riaz to Miller, FOUR, some relief for SA there, this was a low full toss, attempted another yorker, clipped across the line and beats deep square leg

47.5

Wahab Riaz to Miller, 1 run, makes room to put away a yorker, edges it to the boot and the ball rolls on the pitch, they take a quick single, Riaz tries to boot it to the stumps

47.6

Wahab Riaz to Peterson, no run, Peterson in desperation tries the reverse paddle, good change of pace by Riaz, he fails to make contact

Ishan Jain: "The pitch has definitely slowed down and with ball getting older and softer, it has become hard to score runs here. 230+ should be a par score considering Pak's brittle batting!"

End of over 48 (8 runs) South Africa 216/6 (RR: 4.50)
RJ Peterson    5* (9b)      Wahab Riaz    8-0-47-0
DA Miller    14* (21b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    10-0-42-1

48.1

Junaid Khan to Miller, 1 run, attempted a yorker and he mistimed the flick to the on side, 9 deliveries left

48.2

Junaid Khan to Peterson, FOUR, nobody moved, Junaid bowls a half volley wide outside off and with many fielders in the circle on the off side he was asking for trouble, Peterson crashed that past the covers

48.3

Junaid Khan to Peterson, 1 wide, varies his length by bowling the bouncer, Peterson ducks and the leg umpire calls it

48.3

Junaid Khan to Peterson, FOUR, not a bad over at all so far for SA! Junaid reverts to the yorker length, it's a low full toss, Peterson makes room and drives wide of mid-off, fielder gives up the chase

48.4

Junaid Khan to Peterson, 1 run, much better length, yorker length wide outside off and he digs it out to point

48.5

Junaid Khan to Miller, FOUR, the boundary count for the over increases, it's a low full toss and he makes room and the outside edge runs to third man

48.6

Junaid Khan to Miller, OUT, Misbah's everywhere today! Good reflexes from the captain, Junaid fired that full on middle, Miller makes room and chips it towards extra cover, didn't time it well, Misbah anticipated that well, timed his fall to his left and plucked it with both hands

DA Miller c Misbah-ul-Haq b Junaid Khan 19 (40m 24b 2x4 0x6) SR: 79.16

End of over 49 (15 runs) South Africa 231/7 (RR: 4.71)
     Junaid Khan    8-0-45-1
RJ Peterson    14* (12b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    8-0-47-0

49.1

Wahab Riaz to Morris, no run, fires that wide outside off and he fails to make contact

49.2

Wahab Riaz to Morris, 1 run, full outside off and he drags it down to mid-off

49.3

Wahab Riaz to Peterson, 2 runs, this was dragged short and he made room to flat-bat that to the on side, found the gap at midwicket, two fielders chase and relay

49.4

Wahab Riaz to Peterson, OUT, another direct hit and Morris has to go! Riaz fired that full on the stumps and Peterson made room, mistimed it back to the bowler, Morris was backing up too far and it was too late as Riaz hit the stumps, no need for the third umpire

CH Morris run out 1 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

49.5

Wahab Riaz to Peterson, no run, full outside the off stump and he makes room but fails to put bat on ball

49.6

Wahab Riaz to Peterson, OUT, another direct hit, Peterson shuffled across his stumps to scoop that to fine leg, didn't make contact, they try to pinch a bye, Akmal under-arms it to the stumps, Phangiso is a few inches short, the third umpire confirms it

AM Phangiso run out 0 (1m 0b 0x4 0x6) SR: -

4.45pmM: Pakistan have done a fine job pulling things back. There were four run-outs, two in the final over but more crucially, it's the first two that will unnerve South Africa for now. AB de Viliers and Duminy were the victims, and that could well be the difference between a total of 234 and possibly 260-plus. Misbah led from the front in the field and the bowlers were disciplined. Hashim Amla, speaking a short while back, reckons 234 is a "par score."

I need to take a break. Do join us in about 30 minutes for the chase.

R. Bajirao: "Must say, Pakistan elevated its fielding to a much higher level inspired by their captain and deserved to restrict SA to below 240... by the same token, despite their brittle batting, should expect them to win comfortably.."

Uwaisul Karnain: "Misbah must have watched Jonty in preparation for this match. Can't remember such fielding performances shown by Pakistan in the recent past. Can Misbah do it with the bat too?"

End of over 50 (3 runs) South Africa 234/9
RJ Peterson    16* (16b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    9-0-50-0
     Junaid Khan    8-0-45-1
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