Pakistan v South Africa, 4th ODI, Dubai November 5, 2010

Pakistan secure another one-wicket thriller

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Pakistan 275 for 9 (Younis 73, Hafeez 42) beat South Africa 274 for 6 (Smith 92) by one wicket
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A classic one-day series will have a deciding encounter after Pakistan produced another nerve-jangling run chase in Dubai to clinch a second one-wicket victory in the space of two matches with one ball to spare. Zulqarnain Haider struck the winning run after just about managing to keep his head as everyone else lost theirs, and South Africa will be left to wonder how they let another match slip away.

When Morne Morkel removed Abdul Razzaq in the 47th over, having also bagged Younis Khan for a measured 73, the game, and the series, was in South Africa's grasp with Pakistan needing 31 off 23 balls, but again their bowling and fielding couldn't cope under pressure. Graeme Smith, back leading the side after missing two matches with a hand injury, spilled a tough chance from Wahab Riaz and then Dale Steyn, who was playing his first international of the season, conceded 12 off the 48th over as two short balls were pulled past short fine-leg.

South Africa messed up a chance to run out Wahab when Johan Botha produced a wild throw from the outfield as he came back for a third, then in the penultimate over another chance was missed when Morkel hurled the ball past the stumps from his follow through and two overthrows ensued. Amid all the drama, it left Pakistan needing four off the last over but a final twist seemed almost inevitable, and duly arrived when Wahab was finally run out.

It meant Haider was on strike with three needed from three balls and he levelled the scores with a chip over midwicket as Parnell missed the chance to win the game for South Africa by failing to flick the ball into the stumps. The next delivery was short on leg and, after the manic scenes, it was a relatively calm nudge to square leg which sealed the result.

It was breathless cricket, the third game in a row that had shown how much the 50-over game still has to offer. There was proper, conventional batsmanship from Younis and Smith, innovative striking from Botha, quality fast bowling from Morkel and Shoaib Akhtar and impressive spin played out in front of a crowd that grew after the sun had gone down.

Chasing 275 was always going to be tough but this was a better surface than for the third game, which had been too slow to enable clean strokeplay. Younis, who only hit one boundary, was carrying his team into a winning position alongside Razzaq as the pair added 49 for the sixth wicket with the batting Powerplay still up their sleeve. It was the ideal combination to complete the chase - Younis' calmness alongside the brute force of Razzaq - but Morkel removed Younis via an inside edge and two balls later Abdur Rehman was run out in a hopeless mix-up.

Pakistan had been ahead, or within touching distance, of the asking rate throughout the chase but South Africa had kept chipping away. What made the final disintegration of their fielding so surprising was that it was shaping as the difference between the teams. Younis and Asad Shafiq added 56 for the third wicket before Shafiq was run out by a direct hit from mid-on by Wayne Parnell, then Shahid Afridi - who took three boundaries in an over off Steyn to kick-start the innings - was brilliantly caught at long-off by Parnell as he tried to launch Botha into the stands.

Imran Farhat had fallen in the first over, trapped lbw from around the wicket by Morkel, but Mohammad Hafeez set a positive tone and latched onto the extra pace of Steyn, who returned after a lengthy absence. It was fascinating viewing as Steyn worked through the gears and Hafeez was winning the early battles with a string of boundaries.

Steyn had his revenge when Hafeez tried to whip a straight delivery through the leg side and was comfortably leg before. Ultimately, though, his 10 overs cost 79 runs, the second most expensive analysis of his career, and questions will again be asked about how South Africa bowled in the closing overs, especially as Rusty Theron, who kept his nerve in the previous match, was left out.

Smith had a far more productive return to action although his lay-off had only been two games after taking a blow on his hand in the opening encounter in Abu Dhabi. He was soon back in the grove and eased to a 57-ball half-century, adding 94 for the third wicket with de Villiers, who laboured against Pakistan's spinners in a boundary-less 70-ball innings.

Smith missed out on a hundred when he tried to work Hafeez through the leg side, and for a while South Africa lost momentum as Wahab put himself on a hat trick by yorking JP Duminy and David Miller. Botha responded with a string of clever boundaries, including two reverse sweeps off Hafeez and a brace of scoops over short fine-leg against Wahab. The impetus was back in South Africa's camp, but it's been impossible to predict the outcome in this series and this was to be another thriller to the end.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • on November 8, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    I am extremely concerned now for the tests. mohammed yousuf is totally out of form, we dont have asif or aamer, kaneria was not cleared to play in the tests, and who knows whats going to happen to zulqairnain haider now. Also shoaib definitely wont last bowling in a test match, since he can barely do the ten overs in one days. i guess younus khan, mohammed hafeez, razzaq, and wahab are our only hopes now

  • on November 8, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    do you all want to see the Aamir back in the side or not. please stopped degrading Pakistan Team..... and there key players .... this is my request to the ICC and BCCI and specially to PCB.. just let them play... BCCI is the king underworld of cricket world Maphia..... IPL, CPL these are all match fixing and a big gambling.... where is the case of Lalit Modi..... why they quite....... ICC and INDIA not like that Pakistan will come up...... this is the big alarm for PCB after players.... it will be there turn....... GOD is looking he have just to pull slightly the robe than no one have a chance to save themselfs. Pakistan do anything will be fined and become the scandle..... if other team do anything against the law no action no fine no issue,,,,,,, Well Done ICC well Done BCCI and Salute to PCB to support them and helping them well to spoil the Pakistan Cricket from top to bottom.. Dear Imran Khan this also your country problem apart from politics. please safe our cricket at your best

  • on November 7, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    yaar what ever you guys say but unfortunatly its true... I'm not trying to say anything or hurting unity of Pakistan but you people should know whats happening, everybody know what has happened to players from Karachi over the years.. please open your eyes and try to do something about it...

  • on November 7, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    yea like samuditha aid thumbs up from Sri Lanka its always good to see a fellow neghbouring country win!! keep up the form to the world cup!

  • on November 7, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    amazing win and i enjoyed this match. we want such competetive match.

  • F.M. on November 7, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    why on earth are ppl wishing for the akmal bros to come back? The only reason we're winning is cause they're aren't any groupers like malik, akmals, misbah in the team right now. Yep zulqarnain n Asad Shafiq might not be the most talented. But at least they're LOYAL!! It's better 2hv lesser talented players who r honest n loyal, than talented ones who just group!!

  • nqwasti on November 7, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    Fiaz Jan those are really silly comments. I would support Fawad in the team because of his fielding & batting. In my opinion he is not the finisher so should play in top order. He is good in taking singles and twos which a lot of Pakistani players don't do. He is very handy. I don't know why people still think on Karachi / Punjab lines. Come out of this mentality.

  • on November 7, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    yes i agreed that the cricket is the game of unity and co ordination with mutual understanding. the green shirt team is Pakistan Team not a sindh punjab or pakhtoon team..... please make your heart strong just for Pakistan... thank as Pakistani no differentiate..... it is very important that we have to be unitedly think about it.... look how cricket world maphia spoiled shoaib akhtar and now they are behind to Mohammad Aamir... ICC and BCCI dont want to see the Pakistan in Final of upcoming world cup.... so they are ruin pakistan team very badly..... they know the Aamir is the GOD gifted bowler so dont let him go up..... and its very sad to say that our baseles PCB board not taking any initiative to safe them..... all the cricket teams of the world afraid to Pakistan.... specially INDIA without any doubt.... they are coward.... no problem...... GOD is great for us.... its enough... just note down that the Amir Asif will be not allowed to play till World CUP 2011 due to BCCI ICC & PCB.

  • KingofRedLions on November 7, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    This is why one day internationals must be kept.

  • smjr on November 7, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    I am not favouring Fawad Alam but people in his forum repeatedly criticizing him for playing slowly in the last overs that cost Pakistan the match by 2 runs. Well if that is the criteria then what they have to say about Farhat inning, Afridi irresponsible innings in 3rd and 4th one day, and about Younus slow innings in 4th one day had Wahab Riaz catch not dropped by Smith and had we lost the match by 2 runs. Wahab hammering by Botha after he took two wickets. What about our fielding nobody talks about it we gave easy singles and ones converted into two's, Nobody admire Fawad of his fielding and Nobody is talking about our useless coaches and their mentoring ability to young players. Look at Tendulkar he has highest number of centuries in Test and ODI but a very few are match wining inning. In this context the record of Laxman, Sehwag or Inzamam is better than him. So it did not matter that your effort always win you matches, but your contribution in team count a lot.

  • on November 8, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    I am extremely concerned now for the tests. mohammed yousuf is totally out of form, we dont have asif or aamer, kaneria was not cleared to play in the tests, and who knows whats going to happen to zulqairnain haider now. Also shoaib definitely wont last bowling in a test match, since he can barely do the ten overs in one days. i guess younus khan, mohammed hafeez, razzaq, and wahab are our only hopes now

  • on November 8, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    do you all want to see the Aamir back in the side or not. please stopped degrading Pakistan Team..... and there key players .... this is my request to the ICC and BCCI and specially to PCB.. just let them play... BCCI is the king underworld of cricket world Maphia..... IPL, CPL these are all match fixing and a big gambling.... where is the case of Lalit Modi..... why they quite....... ICC and INDIA not like that Pakistan will come up...... this is the big alarm for PCB after players.... it will be there turn....... GOD is looking he have just to pull slightly the robe than no one have a chance to save themselfs. Pakistan do anything will be fined and become the scandle..... if other team do anything against the law no action no fine no issue,,,,,,, Well Done ICC well Done BCCI and Salute to PCB to support them and helping them well to spoil the Pakistan Cricket from top to bottom.. Dear Imran Khan this also your country problem apart from politics. please safe our cricket at your best

  • on November 7, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    yaar what ever you guys say but unfortunatly its true... I'm not trying to say anything or hurting unity of Pakistan but you people should know whats happening, everybody know what has happened to players from Karachi over the years.. please open your eyes and try to do something about it...

  • on November 7, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    yea like samuditha aid thumbs up from Sri Lanka its always good to see a fellow neghbouring country win!! keep up the form to the world cup!

  • on November 7, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    amazing win and i enjoyed this match. we want such competetive match.

  • F.M. on November 7, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    why on earth are ppl wishing for the akmal bros to come back? The only reason we're winning is cause they're aren't any groupers like malik, akmals, misbah in the team right now. Yep zulqarnain n Asad Shafiq might not be the most talented. But at least they're LOYAL!! It's better 2hv lesser talented players who r honest n loyal, than talented ones who just group!!

  • nqwasti on November 7, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    Fiaz Jan those are really silly comments. I would support Fawad in the team because of his fielding & batting. In my opinion he is not the finisher so should play in top order. He is good in taking singles and twos which a lot of Pakistani players don't do. He is very handy. I don't know why people still think on Karachi / Punjab lines. Come out of this mentality.

  • on November 7, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    yes i agreed that the cricket is the game of unity and co ordination with mutual understanding. the green shirt team is Pakistan Team not a sindh punjab or pakhtoon team..... please make your heart strong just for Pakistan... thank as Pakistani no differentiate..... it is very important that we have to be unitedly think about it.... look how cricket world maphia spoiled shoaib akhtar and now they are behind to Mohammad Aamir... ICC and BCCI dont want to see the Pakistan in Final of upcoming world cup.... so they are ruin pakistan team very badly..... they know the Aamir is the GOD gifted bowler so dont let him go up..... and its very sad to say that our baseles PCB board not taking any initiative to safe them..... all the cricket teams of the world afraid to Pakistan.... specially INDIA without any doubt.... they are coward.... no problem...... GOD is great for us.... its enough... just note down that the Amir Asif will be not allowed to play till World CUP 2011 due to BCCI ICC & PCB.

  • KingofRedLions on November 7, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    This is why one day internationals must be kept.

  • smjr on November 7, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    I am not favouring Fawad Alam but people in his forum repeatedly criticizing him for playing slowly in the last overs that cost Pakistan the match by 2 runs. Well if that is the criteria then what they have to say about Farhat inning, Afridi irresponsible innings in 3rd and 4th one day, and about Younus slow innings in 4th one day had Wahab Riaz catch not dropped by Smith and had we lost the match by 2 runs. Wahab hammering by Botha after he took two wickets. What about our fielding nobody talks about it we gave easy singles and ones converted into two's, Nobody admire Fawad of his fielding and Nobody is talking about our useless coaches and their mentoring ability to young players. Look at Tendulkar he has highest number of centuries in Test and ODI but a very few are match wining inning. In this context the record of Laxman, Sehwag or Inzamam is better than him. So it did not matter that your effort always win you matches, but your contribution in team count a lot.

  • on November 7, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    people like Fiaz Jan are really sick, they are a trouble in every aspect of life, no wonder they have such problems in their region, fighting between ethnic sect and political parties, they can't understand a fact we are not bloch, punjabiz,sindiz or pakhtoons or whatever we are only Pakistani all the team is our team its not a regional tournament its and ODI>> One day " international", May God help us from ignorance.

  • smjr on November 7, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    (Continued from my last comments). But where PCB goes for face saving, they bring Younus Khan and Misbah. PCB dd not know that while they bring changes in desperate manner they actually destroying the confidence level of each player that is why players did not perform upto their potential and la for their pace. There is no point in bringing already failed players like Shoaib Malik, Misbah, Imran Farhat, Kamran Akmal (in Test), Yasir Hameed, Sami, Faisal Iqbal, Suhail Tanvir, Rana Naveed, Yasir Arafat, We the public should back players like Fawad Alam, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq and Hafeez rather than criticizing them negatively. Every Pakistani batsman has got some technical flaws or lacks temperament or patience. Now it is the duty of coach to rectify the problem but the present coaches are not mentoring players. Let Miandad be our batting coach.

  • smjr on November 7, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    @Fiaz Jan, smasher 79, Aftab Ahmed. Sooner or later this thing will emerge. This is not good and fair to label layers on the basis of provinces or cities. However these things also happen in teams of India and Australia. All this is due to Poor management of PCB which lacks patience and desperate for achieving good results from our team. The coaches and managers appointed are not deserved to be there. Chairman of Selection committee is dummy. The PCB management and tour management did not back or groom players and want their rule/upper hand on players but when the team lost they did not own the loss and blame on players.So if the discipline is not maintained by management then players also behave indifferently, example was in UAE when 7 players unfortunately all belongs to one or two cities revolt against Younus Khan. I cant understand how a world cup winning captain, Younus, can be sacked by PCB on pressure of 7 players.But the performance of the 7 players is later is very poor.

  • on November 7, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    I wish pak wins the next match which is the 5th odi please pray for it THANKS. and yea i hope they win the series too.

  • on November 7, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    @ Fiaz Jan My friend we are all Pakistani, and we shall support Pakistan. its not a matter of Karachi or Punjab. it is very sad to have such cheap thoughts. People here only suggesting on the basis of performance. We have so many comments against Imran Farhat, i don't know from where he belongs but if he never performed. if Hafeez is not performing, people will criticize him, he is from Sargodha. Actually what u think is your sick mentality and nothing else. we have Afridi as captain, he is from Karachi, so what is this. He deserves so he is there leading the team, and we all like rather love him. so please don't think it in that sick manner, we all are one and our existence is only in our unity. Someone has very rightly given some stats about fawad, he scored only 11 of 10 last balls, for a pure batsman this is un-acceptabel, because you scored 59 but you can't achieve a win for you team, obviously there is some doubt if a well set batsman is unable to make as many runs.

  • Smasher79 on November 7, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    @Fiaz Jan .. Meri jan your thinking process seems a bit dull. International cricket is not a matter of provincial pride. Its a matter of national pride. This team comprises of players from all corners of Pakistan and they are all hugely talented. So brother I request you to keep your irrational comments to yourself not just in this forum but in any forum you go to as I am afraid that as a numb skull you don't realise that you are only bringing shame to yourself with your junk theory. Now to all the FAWAD supporters, obviously you don't how to PLAY cricket as you are mere spectators. You have no idea whatsoever about the ingredients to be a successful shining cricketer. Even a blind non cricketing fan would tell that this kid hasn't got the IT factor from ODI's. I mean are you really too ignorant to accept that this kid clearly cannot go pass the inner circle. I am not saying he is a total lose because I wouldnt mind him in a test side, but just not right for the faster versions.

  • PAK_TIGERS on November 7, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    @Fian Jan.... People like you w/ the comments like this not only distrying pakistan cricket but only hurting the unity of Pakistan. Stick to the cricket my friend and for once be a pakistani and dont think about who is pathan, panjabi or sindhi... Appreciate that

  • on November 6, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    People dont like Fawad Alam here just because he is from Karachi and not punjab.

  • Hamza_Mohd on November 6, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    This series should be investigated for match fixing.......

  • smjr on November 6, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    By judging from the performance of Pakistan team and the confidence gained by players, PCB should take a U turn, as it did quite often, and appoint Younis Khan Test Captain against South Africa. Misbah should be sent back home in a same way as done with Danish Kaneria in England at least for the sake of Pakistan cricket. Together with Misbah, Imran Farhat , Sami should be dropped from Test side. Coach and Captain should bring Soaib Akhtar in Test matches as he looks likely for getting South African wickets than any other fast bowler. He may bowl at least 15 overs in a day. Together with Wahab or Umar Gul it forms a formidable fast bowling attack. Danish Kaneria and Abdur Rehman shall be used as spinner as South Africa is weak against left arm spinner. Hafeez is also available for of spin. The test team should be: Taufiq , Hafeez, Younis (Captain), Yousaf, Asad, Azhar Ali, Zulqarnain, Wahab, Rehman or Umer gul, Kaneria , Shoaib. I can guarantee Pakistan to win Test series.

  • Meety on November 6, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Another typical Pak win. Written off by many, they have a chance of getting the series, yet at no stage has the top order performed!

  • on November 6, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Cricket at its Peak. i believe the same performance in final. Well done green shirts.

  • on November 6, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    Good to see the respect for Pakistan Cricket from all around, Srilanka, India, South Africans all are unbiasedly praising Pakistan's performance in this series; Pakistan deserves it too.... Well done Pakistan....

  • Claremont7 on November 6, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. Last three ODI were great, down to the wire. I do not remember three consective matches with the same opponent won/lost in the last three balls. They were all nail biting finishes. I think the nightmare of spot betting has shaken up the boys and it seems they are fighting for the hounour and dignity. After a long time I managed to watch every single ball of all three games. There are some weaknesses but a lot on the positive side. Keep it up.Honesty and devotion is the key to success and probably the whole nation could learn from that.

  • CrickFans007 on November 6, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    Good work afridi and company. Is there any way to kick out Imran Farhat Why Mohsin khan always choose this guy who just have one plus point(son in law of co-selector Ilyas)he have nothing for cricket.Please kick out this guy and give chance to new talent. Pakistan team is good now forget abt Salman butt,amir and aisf till the final result of fixing issue from ICC. We have lot of Amir and Asif or better then them in Pakistan. Asad shaifq and riaz v good example. we just need umer gul in this team for WC 2011.

  • on November 6, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    people who criticize fawad, afridi, younis and Zony etc had no time to think that only these combination can make stunning and vital victory against a star(RSA)....hope Pakistan is right on their track...now the only need is to replace Imran Farhat with Umar Akmal or Imran Nazir...Pakistan still prove that they can be 'DEADLY AT THE DEATH"....

    "PAKISTAN IS A NEW THREAT TO THE WORLD CUP"

  • on November 6, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    just have to say awesome..... keep it up green machines :)

  • on November 6, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    great win by pakistan plz plz get out farhat younis.....u r the man

  • Bukhari on November 6, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Hi Waqar & Afridi, I am big fan of you both as a bowler and coach now. Your hard work is showing up now in teams improved performance. A suggession! replace Farhat with Umar Akmal as opener and who knows we will get our own Tendulkar.. I don't have any rationalle but its just a gutt feeling he will succeed at top of the order. Look your middle order is almost setteled, keep faith on Fawad and when Yousuf comes you have a middle order to rely on. Umar is not a finisher, doesn't fit in middle order and we are still searching for opening combination so why not to try him there? Pl take a chance for couple of matches, I am quite optimistic the boy has the talent to succeed.

  • farhankhan82 on November 6, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    NaveedKh, u r quite correct in pointing out the fact that F.Alam is a recommended element more than his talent,does not seems to have either grace of Ganguly or class of Saeed Anwar, he can bearly clear the infield leave alone big sixes.must bring back Mohammed Yusuf as he is the Dravid version of Pak and find a solid opener or promote a good batsmen who is just scratching around in middle order , as an Opener.Time is just right to have fine tuning done as this pak unit seem to gel together very well and what else better time to find the rhythm going than the World Cup which is round the corner.With Shoaib shouldering responsibility beautifully and Aamer expected to be back in sooner than later, PAK just like their 1990s team will once again have great bowling line up and perhaps have couple of talented guys sittin on the bench as only 4 bowlers are required.i remember Waqar sitting out in entire 1999 WC when Akram-Shoaib-Razzak-Azhar-Saqlain were the bowlers.All d best PAK.from INDIA.

  • safyaniqbal on November 6, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    yes..a gr8 gr8 win......i know v made some mistakes,,,but winning hides everything.....im v happy for afridi and younis khan

  • shoikat310 on November 6, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Pakistan makes cricket uncertain, this enjoyble

  • shamic on November 6, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Very Happy for the Pakistani's,and now you could see that they are playing as a closely knitted unit .Afridi is the best choice to lead his country and he should play his usual game and leave Younis Khan to take the sheet anchor role with Razzaq to hold the middle order togetherand Akthar to do the damage in the bowling department.

    Wish the Pak's a series win........i am Sri Lankan but a strong Pakistani's Fan

  • on November 6, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    I think Pakistan cricket have taken it upon themselves to reduce the population through heart attacks induced by edge of the seat cricket!

    The last 3 matches have been very exciting cricket and show why Pakistan is everybody's second favourite team.

  • khattak196 on November 6, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Looks like Pak Guys are playing with brains (except afridi) than emotions. Another reason for the better performance is the absence of Shameful Gang ( Akmal Bros, Butt, Asif, Shoaib).

    Allah please save us from the torment of watching dreadfull Farhat again and again.Everyone knows he is the son in law of selector Ilyas. He doesnot deserve place in the 16.

  • on November 6, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    Great Job by Tail enders.... This series is becoming tense and the team who remains in senses wins !!! Its worth to see such games no matter who wins .. if both teams struggle hard, result does not matter !!! Great game by both teams !!!!!!!!!!! Lets expect the final game to be the sequence of tense serial play :) :)

  • Razor88 on November 6, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    The Traditional Chokers Into the Act.. Inspite of all the talk abt Parnell with Good Death Bowling ability they lost the match.. You can't ask anything more to the Pak's Lower order batsmen... Razzaq made sure to bring them closer and the Tail enders Sealed it :)... Huge Improvement in the Batting department... But No one anchored and saw the team off to a Win.. I think Each team has 2 Solid and accomplished players.. Pak's should look for one,they already have one in Younis.So that the likes of Afridi and Razzaq can Play around them and moreover you can't ask attacking batsmen like Hafeez to play through because they are a handful only when they play their natural Game... they are still Relying on their Lower order to seal the deal,which is a bit of a Concern before the WC. SA seriously have Nerves like Cotton...

  • The_big_j on November 6, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    Fawad alam is a MUCH better cricketer than umer akmal. Umer akmal has no temperment they took him to australia and look what happened, the team was swept, why do you people always want to go back and try something that hasn't worked? ridiculous, have some patience and stop favoring those who had several chances but failed to deliever.

  • ibi7 on November 6, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    WHAT A CRIC IS GOING ON........LOVE 2 C CRIC LIKE THIS..........FANTASTIC

  • mehran07 on November 6, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad....... Wahab Riaz can be a good all-rounder he needs to polish his skills like abdul razzaq...

  • smjr on November 6, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    Shahid Afridi has played 305 ODIs. He is playing since 1996 has an average of 23.81 which is poor for a player of his caliber and the hype he created. His bowling is also not consistent. When he flights the ball it land on batsman half volly. If he did not flight the ball then its angular ball moving down the leg side. In desperation he bowls mis-directed fast off break. He is also a poor fielder when he dive at the ball he never stop the ball. He cant face pressure and bite nail in dressing room or hit a poor shot. I cant see an improvement as the time passes. The only and the important thing for Afridi is that he has not only united the team but win matches for Pakistan in the worst crises of Pakistan cricketing history.I think he should retire from cricket after the world cup and give his place to some new and upcoming youngster. What our spineless coaches are doing? True, Waqar and Aqib are very good players of past but I dont think they have hand in Pakistan recent victories.

  • aalakhani on November 6, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    Awesome Match... I think Pakistan bowling was OK in the 4th ODI but they need a good opener. They must take a gamble and try Shahzaib Hassan in place of Imran Farhat in the last match or they must bring in Umar Akmal in place of Imran Farhat and in this case, Wahab Riaz should be sent for slogging in initial overs with Muhammad Hafeez.

  • ImranAslamKhan on November 6, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    We need Imran Nazir back and Fawad Alam and unfortunately Imran Farhat have no place in the team. In last two matches the performance of Wahab Riaz is remarkable and he deserves the place in the team. Some how or other if there is no place at all for any one linked to Pakistan Cricket is the Management including the in competant Chairman of PCB.

  • on November 6, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    It has been a pleasant viewing in the past few matches. After many years u see Pakistan team actually fighting till the finish. More than talent u could see lower order showing lot of guts and mettle. especially since many of first team regulars were not in team on Friday. These new players have shown good fighting spirit, I made a list of parallel 11 players missing on Friday due to different reasons and came up with a pretty strong team. 1.salman butt 2.kamran akmal 3.M yosuf 4.Misbah ulhaq 5.umar akmal 6.shoaib mailk 7.yasir Arafat 8.umar gul 9.M. amir 10. M.asif 11.saeed ajmal I wonder if these two teams of Pakistan are pitted against each other, which one will come up trumps. Good food for thought...... Dr Arshad Srinagar

  • smjr on November 6, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Dear Naveed Kh, I respect your comment but that may be true in your sphere of thought and I do not want to go at it to that extent. But to put record straight every body is selfish and want his place or like mined people in the team.To me comparison may seems odious. Every body knows what happen in Dubai against Younis Khan when seven players do not want to play under him, Umar Akmal selfish approach in Sydney Test when his bother is dropped.The attitude of Shoaib Malik through out Australia and New zealand tour confirmed by Team Manager. But if a player perform well it is immaterial whether he is selfish or has a relative in high profile. Both Umar and Fawad and the latest edition Asad with Hafiz are very good players but it seems biased when Umar Akmal was completely flopped in England Tour then no body criticize but when Fawad plays a good gutsy innings people looks at it negatively. We cannot compare Wahab with Fawad because Fawad is inning builder, like Asad or Hafeez or Younis

  • on November 6, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    the problem is who do you bring in umar akmal in for.... i think dropping imran farhat and getting younis to open wont be a bad idea and Umar cud come in the middle order.... as it is Younis does come in fairly early in the piece cause Pakistan loses early wickets...Its nice to see healthy competition in the team for places. the way wahab is playing things look difficult for umar gul. Zulqurnain for test matches and Kamran for ODIs...he is too good a batsman to be left out especially in subcontinent conditions Abdur rehman was a good change...it is important to let the players know that nobody has a permanent place in the team

  • malepas on November 6, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    Well Done Pak Team for showing much needed resilliance and fight from top to bottom. But having said that,,they really need a batting couchor consultant to make thier out cricket strong,,they really need it if they want to be the best in the world,,on times like running between the wickets is so so poor as if they been playing in a village team,,they need to work on these areas. Now, there are few backages in this team and sooner they get rid of them,the better, First FAWAD ALAM,no matter what his ave says,,he doesn't look a proper batsman--no way this guy should play in Limited overs cricket,,may be Test Cricket,if pressed.2nd,we need Kami on top, Haider is a very good keeper but he should keep to Tests for now, KAMRAN,UMER AND YOUSAF will complete this team. Keep the good work going and Good luck for Monday.

  • van_hauz on November 6, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    In this day and age of unending meaningless and asinine ODI series (most of which feature India and SL), it's incredibly refreshing to watch this series which has been an absolute cracker. Regardless of which team goes on to win the fifth match, this is one of the rare instances where the phrase "cricket was the winner" would not be a mere cliché.

  • on November 6, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    i dont understand the table at the end. Accordind to that, Pak had 12 more dot balls than SA, scored 16 less runs off boundaries, did score 14 more in PP1 but then scored 18 less in PP2 n 3 combined, scored 20 less and lost 1 more wicket in last 10overs of the match, and also bowled one more wide than SA... yet came out on top!

  • on November 6, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    i am sad reading a lot of these comments .Why does it always have to be drop x for y and only then is the team a good 1 , cant we all just celebrate and be happy for the win without having to nit pick on the details, almost everyone performed and the ones that didn't will hopefully try to be better.

    i think any team that can manage to entertain us with a close and well fought game deserves praise, we as Pakistani fans need to learn that there is more to love than "tough love" sometimes u gotta get behind your team even if they are down and losing.

    Well Done Pakistan!!!

  • on November 6, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Pakistan team may not win often , but when they do its always special ^^ , a flair that is rarely seen , and this is why u want to back em up !

  • on November 6, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    The loss of players like Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif i thought would weaken the Pakistani side. However, the inclusion of players like Wahab Riaz, Asad Shafiq and etc have lifted the Pakistani side. Now some may critisize Fawad Alam of being a nephew of a influential politician, but you cannot rule out despite not scoring a boundary he definetely provides stability to the batting line up, and is a wonderful fielder to have. However, Afridi is not using him properly. I believe if used as an opener, he can be effective. Also he should work on his bowling and batting. His batting technique resembles much to simon Katich, but the problem is he doesnt play the ball from the off stump, but gets in front of middle stump making him vunerable. Also, his left arm off spin would add variety to the bowling attack. My lineup for next game would be 1.Hafeez 2. Alam 3. Younis 4. Umar Akmal 5. Shafiq 6. Razzaq 7. Afridi 8. Haider 9. Wahab 10. Gul (if not injured) 11. Akthar.

  • on November 6, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    Whatever happened yesterday is past and now we should think for the Monday game as I have a feeling it'd be a cliffhanger no doubt and will go to the wire

  • on November 6, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Why some people in this forum are jeolous of Fawad Alam he has played two incredible one day innings against South Africa in which one of his inning he is unbeaten and bring Pakistan just 2 runs away from victory. He has bating average of around 38 in one day international better than umar akamal who totally lacks temperament. Surely Fawad has some technical issues in his batting stance but that can be bettered by advise from our spine less coaches Waqar and Aqib. One cannot put other batsman folly on the shoulders of Fawad Alam. Why people calling for Imran Nazir who always failed 7 out of 10 times in international cricket.Cricket now a days is not just putting two or three great shots and then getting out it is meaning of absorbing pressure, mental strength, temperament, application as talent alone cannot work when you are playing good sides like South Africa, England, India, Australia

  • on November 6, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    any one note that last day south africa play with its full power Smith, Kallis, Styen, parnell back into side for winning the series but pakistan beat southafrica with out their full strength. Amir, asif, Kamran, umer akmal & salman Butt are playing in this game.

  • on November 6, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    @NaveedKH - I don't understand how can you justify a player with above 40 average a useless player. If Fawad Alam was influential, why he was then dropped from Asia Cup Team where he scored match winning 63 vs Australia at Perth. Now come to stats - check out his averages against top sides, not even your legends averages come closed to his average. The best answer to all critcism is performance and Fawad Alam is performing.

  • K.S.Khan on November 6, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Dear Naahbhash, yesterday dale steyn played and got the thrashing of his life (second worst in his career). It was not mere luck that pakistan won yesterday's match

  • on November 6, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    what pakistan have won the match very hardly but in one time they were looking they can win it easily when afridi was playing. but no problem still well come to asad shafiq good batsman specially runing between the wickets.

  • on November 6, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    South Africa cant handle pressure... They came into this series playing against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and other easy teams and don't know what pressure is!!!

  • Mianwali_12chak on November 6, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    what a fantastic win for pakistan,this team had the reputation to come back strongly,i love pak team spirt,what a class palyer muhammad hafeez is,a complete crickter,hopefuly he will be able to get century in next and final game,rest of the players shoaib akhter who is showing his experince to the world, thoes were just talikng that onlyhe were get rank due to pace,non of SA players is comfortable agisnt shoiab akhter,i hope shoaib,hafeez,razaq and afrdi will be the match winners in next match..BEST OF LUCK PAKISTAN

  • on November 6, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    The most beautiful thing about this victory was that unlike the 2nd match, this wasnt one match and one man brilliance. It certainly wasnt a flash in the pan. Abdurrazzaq's heroics cant happen everyday but this sort of thing can. SA's top score was 92 and Pak's top score was 72. That in itself shows that it was everybody's contribution in our case. Our batsmen have won us another match; this time all of them together. I especially laud Hafeez for his wonderfully positive innings and Younis for holding them together for so long. Well done Pakistan!!!!

  • PROUD2BEAPAKISTANI on November 6, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    Good win for Pakistan. I hope they will win again and make the south africans pay

  • PROUD2BEAPAKISTANI on November 6, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    Pakistan are going to win the series no doubt. Shahid Afridi played better but needs to play more ground shots. Imran Farhat needs to be kicked out of the team and we need a good opener, Imran can't hold a bat. I think they could use the idea of getting umar akmal as a opener. Also Umar Akmal could be the wicketkeeper as he has proven that he a is a reliable keeper in 1st class cricket by this we could get another good batsmen in the team and then we will have a good balanced team which would be unstoppable. Mohammad Aamer should be proven innocent Inshallah he will be back in the team and Pakistan n bowling will be better. Salman Butt hopefully is innocent and he will be the opener we need that can fire and play defensively.

    ICC should look at this game and see how badly South Africa have preformed in the last 3 odi they played good in the first game but after that they are preforming rubbish.

    Pakistan well played u have answered all of your critics. All of u have contributed.

  • on November 6, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    PAKISTAN IS ESSENCE OF CRICKET , CRICKET WITHOUT PAKISTAN IS NOTHING

  • greenturf on November 6, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    South Africa seem a very balanced side heading into the world cup with a reliable opening pair,great middle order and a decent lower order.They have the fire power in Smith, Ingram, and Albie to be successful here in the sub continent but the fear of losing throws their think tank into paralysis on the park.And this has been exposed to the opposing sides too quickly and too close to the world cup which means the chance of lifting that trophy are getting difficult.The tension in Smith's face said it all a man not in control of his nerves.

  • Melu on November 6, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    I still think we need lot of changes in batting order fawad clearly cant play big shots farhat is a complete waste and zulqarnain well nothig special about him either we need to bring in players like nasir jamshed, ahmed sehjad and khalid latif for the world cup. and for the next game my team wud be 1. Shahid afridi 2. mhd hafeez 3. y Khan 4. Asad Shaifq 5. Fawad Alam 6. Umar Akmal 7. A Razzaq 8. Z Haider 9. Wahab 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Shoaib Akhtar

    Farhat plays 15 balls and gets out and afridi will play nothing more dan dat but farhat will score 3 of 15 and afridi will 35 if 15

  • on November 6, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Can we call it pressure? when team like SA start missing catches and run-outs. Whatever it is, it is the beauty which is brought by the Unpredictability of Pakistan.

    Good to see that Pakistan has learned to manage pressure and fight till end. Well Done !!!

  • Orazal on November 6, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    This is what pakistan teams, you always keep your finger crossed,though win does matter but while pakistan is playing, entertainment is guaranteed, bravo Pakistan!!

  • on November 6, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    The old pakistan is the most sensational team in world cricket and most entertaining ,its just they need to work on there batting techniques and concentrate to win a match by loosing not more than 4 wickets an average..well done pak team..

  • on November 6, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    congratulition to all good work done by pakistan and i want something from afridi ? plzzzzzzzzzzz stay for an hour in creaze

  • F.M. on November 6, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    ooooh what a maatch!!! AWESOME!!! just some points... Great that Bhanja jee got out early, that helped save balls ;), I think we've infected our fielding to SA :), u couldn't help bt LOVE Pak cricket as we took the match again to the LAST ball with the LAST player... uhh LOVED THAT :)), Afridi was thankfully not in his usual nail-biting 'i-have-no-idea-how-we're-goin-2-win-now-phase' at the death time which was good, younus deservedly got motm but wahab should have gotten the match winning performance award... It goes to show it's LOYALTY to ur country n team that earns wins n NOT TALENT. Proof we don't need groupers like the Akmals. Keep the groupers out n we'll keep on winning inshaAllah :D Congrats n best of luck to all our loyal players!! :)))) PAK CRICKET ROCKS!!

  • on November 6, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Fawad Ala,m nd Wahab riaz are awsome in ths series ..i think Wahab have the ability to replace Abdul razzaq in Future inshallah

  • khurramsch on November 6, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    for next i think they should bring in umar akmal for imran farhat. younis can open with hafeez like as he almost opened in this match he came in 1st over. & afridi & razak needs to be more responsible & sensible. this isnt abhu dhabi & play with situation. hafez is looking good with bat & ball. younis seems good, so does Alam, asad & razak, afridi needs to be more sensible.only problem is other opener.

  • khurramsch on November 6, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    gr8 game at the end. but stil i will say pak batting wasnt so good. i mean afridi played stupid shot to get himself out when RRR 5.5 with bating PP still in hand. & Razak did the same. 33 of 24 was not tht much dificult to hit every ball out. some 1 said in these coments tht younis inings was slow & he is the reason tht pak nearly lost match. bro it wasnt younis it was farhat & afridi & RAzak who would have lost it.younis inings was slow he didnt seem much in form. but he didnt throw it away like others & he was involved in 3 50 runs partnerships.& imagine if afridi didint play tht stupid shot RRR was never going above 6.

  • on November 6, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    totallly agreed with smjr about Alam! :)

  • Shahnawaztarar on November 6, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    First of all congratulations to all pakisatanis and cricket fans and after a long long time we are watching such a fantastic cricket. for pakistan camp one advise plz drop imran farhat and pick umar akmal as an opener i am sure that he will be diong a lot better than farhat who,s only one reason of playing is tht is farher in law is selector. so please remove him from the team and give a chance to umar akmal.

  • Eureka321 on November 6, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    i think they should promote wahab riaz just like waseem akram did with razzak in 1999 world cup and now he is perfect allrounder....

  • on November 6, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Another Miraculous win. But shocked to see Shahdara expess once again crumbling.

  • on November 6, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    FAWAD ALAM is biggest flop of pakistan cricket history..... He cannot play any proper cricketing shots, he is just a nudger.. he can only block the ball on offside and take single here and there...

    He cannot sweep the ball. He hardly hits the ball over the circle. He cannot play any swing bowling. He is too Skiny to even play a soft ball for 4 or 6. He is too sloowww.. and these days.. slow runrate is biggest concern

    He advises other playersd to slow down and because of him we lost the match other day. He told riaz to block and he got out when he was going well He told Ajmal to take single and he got out aswell...

    Just a ridicolous player to have in side.. just unacceptable...

    Missbah or umar akmal is good replacement..

  • Hrazapak on November 6, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    @ nashbhash Actually Steyn was there and he got whacked all around the park........ go to school first ..... He conceded 79 runs of 10 overs and got one wicket...... that's what I call lucky!!!!

  • ahmadii on November 6, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    Now Umar Akmal should be included for Farhat. Pakistan should now write off Yousaf from tests also.Test team should be 1. Asad Shafiq.Tough it might look odd to play him at no.1 in presence of Farhat. But how can a player played 75 inngsts ) with 31 avg be a choice? Moreover, Asad though not an opener but definitely a promising youngster and wouldn't do anything worst to Imran farhat in any case. 2. Taufeeq Umar. Always good against SA and good that selectors have selected him finally. 3. Younis Khan. How criminal it was to keep him away from test cricket and we have paid the price in the last 12 tests !4. Azhar Ai. A solid top/middle order batsman who has proved his worth already.5. Misbah,6 Umar Akmal. A hadsome stroke player needed a danda for his notations and had enough. 7. Zulqrnain Haider.8.Sohail Tanveer. Has comeback with some excellent performances in the domestic.9. wahab. Did well on debut/doing good.10.l Rehman.Got 8 wkts in 2007 against SA.11.Sami.Pace is always handy.

  • on November 6, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    well first of all many congrats to pakistan.. well the last game pakistan won by 1wkt AGAIN is like a team effort..every one chipped in with some runs..hafeez got it started and what really made the difference was the first power play..not much are seeing this fact but this time pakistan really chased it well from the start and very well fought for his 73 by younus khan though he was slow but the major thing is he holded one end.. afridi also played satisfactory and wahab job well done..i wonder i they should try umar akmal as opener instead of farhat..farhat is truely dreadfull..i hope adn wish Pakistan wins the last game and shuts the mouth of ICC and other cricketing nations.. and yupppp one more thing ABDUR REHMAN bowled exceptionally well...he must be given more chances..he proved himself in the t20 WC and was dropped afterwards but i think ajmal and rehman both should be kept in the 16 men squad for some time

  • Mr.BU on November 6, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    The reason 'some' of us are against Fawad Alam is that he cannot bat, cannot bowl and is an average fielder and is basically a coward. How on earth does he retain his place in the side, boggles us. The only way he scores is by nudging and of which half the strokes are not deliberate. It was because of him that Pakistan lost the 3rd match, Imagine a middle order batsman who cannot middle the ball even after he has scored a fifty. The only thing he knew of doing was to cowardly take a single to the other end and that too through an edge, because frankly that is all he good at. Edging. We could do well without such skill-less, talentless, cowards!

  • KhanSahb on November 6, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    "Cricket now a days is not just putting two or three great shots and then getting out it is meaning of absorbing pressure, mental strength, temperament, application as talent alone cannot work when you are playing good sides like South Africa, England, India, Australia.." Totally agree with smjr. Imran Nazir was given many chances but he failed to remove his technical issues. Fawad should be in the team....may be he needs to improve his stroke playing skills which was needed in the third one day. Non the less, well played Pakistan..

  • hassan_007 on November 6, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    great match to watch.......!!! credit to the two young guns....haider and riaz..... riaz in particular was fascinating to watch and deserved to be the man of the match.....for his little cameo.... how much chances for imran farhat..???....who always misses out....he should be dropped from the side and umer should be given a chance in the final ODI.... good luck team Pakistan...;-)

  • shanmuhammad on November 6, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Wow

    It is really wonder ful to see that Pakistan Team back on winning track

  • NaveedKh on November 6, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    @ smjr, We should not support a batsman who gets enough opportunity and couldn't claim victory remaining not out. I feel sorry for fawad alam, but he doesn't deserve permanent position in Pakistani team as complete batsman. You would never see an ordinary batsman or even an allrounder who faced majority of bowling and couldn't achieve that type of Mediocre target and remained not out...hahaha. clearly shows his inability. I totally agree with rest that Fawad alam and imran farhat must be replaced with Misbah and Umar akmal who are more reliable and strikers. Asad shafiq should open with Hafeez in absence of Kamran Akmal in ODIs.

  • on November 6, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    all you people out there whether how much you say about the lapses of southafrica. it was pakksitan who catched the aportunituies and won

  • on November 6, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    its really lovely to see our Sri Lankan brothers and sisters supporting us, you've always been with us. Thank you guys, love from Pakistan =)

  • shovwar on November 6, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Its hard to see my team is not performing well in the death overs...i hope they fix it before the WC. Its better to lose before WC den lose in the WC. Theron is crucial in the bowling line...he brings the variety and depth in death bowling....Steyn's bad form is understandable, but i wont be surprised if he is the man of the match,,,he can bounce back....On the other hand Pakistan showed that they are the most entertaining in cricket. SA has slipped but also gta giv pak the credit. As a Saffer i am more relaxed watching SA play against India, Aus or SL...then Pak...Pak is more dangerous when they are down and unpreditable.....I think Pakistan is under-rated given the talent they have.....I admit....

  • on November 6, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    one thing that really impressed me was the TEAM EFFORT rather than usual individual performances. go Pakistan go. we can win the series =D Boom Boom Pakistan

  • adnannisar on November 6, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Well!, i think theri is alot to disscuss in the paksitani team and their talents...... The whole workd and the head of the game the icc is doing its best to block the game in pakistan, Just view the decisions made by icc. Suspending the players while they are not prooved to b guilty and no action aganist raina even the cricinfo is taking no no notice of it....... Regarding the current match the world best side fields perfectly for the 45 overs out ot 50 but forgets to do so in the last 5......... can any one has the answer..... But again the icc is sleeping sleeping........

  • on November 6, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    Thanks to God we won it ... we lost last match it was just a bad luck .....we have great players but it is just a metter of bit decipline and more hard work .. we can rule this world. Good job boys. who thinks that these victories are just a fluke will get their answer in the monday game. we can make our squad much stronger if we get back kamran and umer akmal back in the side. its realy nice that our second choice bowling lineup is still better than other teams. Shoaib is bowling realy well. i realy wish you best of luck for the next match .

  • on November 6, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Thanks to God we won it ... we lost last match it was just a bad luck .....we have great players but it is just a metter of bit decipline and more hard work .. we can rule this world. Good job boys. who thinks that these victories are just a fluke will get their answer in the monday game. we can make our squad much stronger if we get back kamran and umer akmal back in the side. its realy nice that our second choice bowling lineup is still better than other teams. Shoaib is bowling realy well. i realy wish you best of luck for the next match .

  • NaveedKh on November 6, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    @ smjr, Fawad Alam is nephew of an influential politician in Pakistan,thats y he is playing in national side. Afridi has already shown his helplessness to avoid his selection. Secondly, He has scored 602 runs(with full of selfishness) in 24 Innings with 25 Average which has gone upto 40 coz of 9 not-outs whereas Umar Akmal has got 724 runs in 23 innings with only 3 not-outs and better strike rate. Fawad Alam doesn't have capacity to score runs quickly, It was Wahab riaz who scored 21 off 11 balls and brought us in winning position. after his departure, Pak needed only 20 off 18balls. Fawad Alam faced 10 balls out of 18 and made only 11 runs. He looks like a player who is not capable of hitting a single boundary when it is needed. He scored 2 out of his 3 boundaries when all fielders were inside the circle. He really need good amount of Glucose probably in order to hit clear boundaries without luck and without using bowlers pace.

  • k-shoxx on November 6, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    AFRIDA & WAQAR, arent brave and planners enough to win an ODI,last nite it was just the calmness of yunas,allround brilliance of Hafez,& 1 must not forget the courage of Wahab Riaz,but in the end who is in the big pic? ZULQ. haider? the one street batsman who was not enough brave to play shots when RIAZ was on the other side,haider didnt have faith in himself,rather he was going for singles to rotate the strike,he is totally xposed in these ODIs he cant Bat in an ODI, the matter of fact is S.A was unlucky to drop some catches espacially the skipper's to RIAZ,that was a Match dropped not a catch, well WAQAR & AFRIDI, guyz if u really want to win the final on our own,, then u gota swap IMRAN FARHAT with The Basher Technique-less Shahzeb back, ZULQARNAIN HAIDER with Umar back if he's fit, & ABDUL rehman with Umer Gul,,,when Hafez & afridi are doing enough with the spin,u can go with three fast strikers, But i know waqar & afridi arent brave enough to take these decisions

  • on November 6, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    This victory has made one fact quite obvious...Pakistani Fighting Spirit is back....something that this side has lacked for a long time...This is what made Pakistan team great in the 90's and early 2000's......Take inspiration from the Sri Lankans...Their last batting pair overcame the once mighty Aussies...Talent has always been there in Pakistan but its the attitude that makes the difference in the end

  • shushi on November 6, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Imran Nazir..... where r you??? having him would complete this team :o)

  • Nayeem_Kohir on November 6, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    UMAR AKMAL should open the innings T20 and one dayers.Umar Akmal is being totally wasted in the middle order in shorter formats of the game. Look how fortunes of Tendulkar changed after he was promoted to open the innings in one dayers. Tendulkar barely averaged in mid 30s when he was playing in middle order in one dayers. Now he averages around 45, and has scored all those hundreds as an opener. The Pakistan selectors does not seem to protect their players and utilize the talent properly like Indian selectors. And this guy UMAR AKMAL seems to have an empty head. Fawad Alam, Yusuf, Yunis, Afridi, Razzak, and may be Kamran Akmal if does not open the innings should make up the rest of the middle order. Wahab Riaz looks like Moin Khan and can be an asset down the order. Afridi, Abdul Razzak, Kamran Akmal, and Wahab Riaz can make a potent match winning combination down the order

  • klgcnd on November 6, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Well done pakistan!!!!!!!!!!!!!! from Sri Lanka

  • shoikat310 on November 6, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    Pakistan Makes Cricket Uncertain, Thus Enjoyable.Nice to see this team playing in the field, Because unexpected something should be happened. This is the thing we all want to see

  • on November 6, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    Well Done Guys... probably what they missed me in that match was that they took 3rd powerplay very late, it should be taken while afridi & younis was batting or probably younis & razzaq was batting. but anyhow Pakistan rocks

  • on November 6, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    I think nobody is jealous of anyone here. All fans do have thier concerns about the team and they express in thier own way. As far as Fawad Alam, any person who has played some cricket will surely agree upon his deficiency of skills to play International onedayers & T20s. Off-course we do have better options. Personal choices should not harm national interests. p.s. Umer Amin's comments on his personal Facebook profile second my opinion.

  • Ray24 on November 6, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    When Fawad Alam scores @ 90 strike rate, people ask to drop him. When Yunus scores at 70 strike rate and gets out when the team needs him to stay on, he gets names man of the match. Its sad when people with no cricket sense write on these forums. Please guys cricket is not about 4's and 6's - its about runs, no matter how you get them. Fawad has proven to be a better brain and accumulator of runs than many in this side - Misbah has only 7 scores above 50. Umar seems disinterested as his brothe is dropped and the rest of the gang is banned. Its good to see Abdur Rehman being tried, he didn't perform badly either. Hoefully Wahab Riaz keeps his brains and plays for Pakistan rather than the gang. The less said about Imran Farhat and Nazir, the better it is - useless and selfish players. Asad Shafiq seems to be an intelligent player, hopefully he keeps playing like this and gets bigger knocks as well and doesn't become a victim of politics. I am very happy for Shoaib Akthar too.

  • on November 6, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    In 1999 world cup, pakistan came to final because of bowling all rounders like wasim, azhar and razzak. They scored some very useful runs in lower order.That team had a batting line-up upto no.10. In yesterday match, wahab riyas came at no.10 and scored some quick runs and pakistan won the match. I think pakistan need this Strategy in every match. Because we know pakistan front order batting always collapses.

  • on November 6, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Well Played Pakistan.... Well Played All Players .. Specially Younis Khan's Sensible Innings.. Finally ALL Team Worked together.. they Now Able to make Diffrent..

  • Raza1977 on November 6, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    What a vital innings from Mr.Younis Khan,really he played like senior & mature player, But afridi still child his shot selection was rubbish.Always captain is role model for whole team but i think he doesn't deserved for national team as a captain.We hope as a pakistani nation inshallah we will win final match against south Africa.Good Luck Pakistani Team.

  • Seasole on November 6, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    hehehee!!! i enjoyed every bit of it

  • smjr on November 6, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    Farhat, Misbah must be dropped from all forms of cricket T-20, ODI and Test. Umar Gul should only be tried in Test as he has lost the art swing bowling with new ball and only relies on reverse swing with old ball. Similar is the case with Ajmal he at times a good bowler but he did not know the art of flighting the ball to a good length and then turning from there which is the key component of spin bowling, he is also too predictable. Abdur Rehman is a very good bowler and bowl with lot of skill and variety and has a good test record as well so he should be given chances regularly. Wahab Riaz is the find of this year he bowls very intelligently and keep batsman guessing, his run up to he wicket, viewing from the back reminds of Jeff Thomson. Give regular chances to Hafeez, Umar Akmal ,Fawad Alam and Asad Shafiq as they are the future of Pakistan. They need bit of grooming & advise from coaches to improve their bating flaws.

  • Shoaib365 on November 6, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    Congradulations Pakistan!!!! Mr. Haroon i think this match was fix, how SA misfield like this.Catch drops, missing run outs AND BAD BOWLING. Pls save cricket and dont even think that you are also from SA.

  • PROTEAFAN on November 6, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Good performance from Pakistan, they have a good bowling unit, and if they can get more consistency out of their top order, they will be dangerous in the World Cup next year. I like the mix of youth and experience in this side. As for SA, well it is indeed sad, but true that the boys freeze in the big moments. However, the problem goes deeper than that, since they did not need to be in that situation in the first place. Smith complained about the bowling in the post-match interview, but this was evident during the game, and he could have done something about it. However, he has shown over a long period of time that he doesn't favour Duminy as a bowler, and this has cost us dearly in the past. He bowled him for just 2 overs in the match! Had Duminy bowled 10, SA would have had more runs to play with at the death and would most likely have won the game. Smith is a good batsman, but should be relieved of all captaincy duties. The concept of "pace off the ball" goes straight over his head.

  • smjr on November 6, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    Why some people in this forum are jeolous of Fawad Alam he has played two incredible one day innings against South Africa in which one of his inning he is unbeaten and bring Pakistan just 2 runs away from victory. He has bating average of around 38 in one day international better than umar akamal who totally lacks temperament. Surely Fawad has some technical issues in his batting stance but that can be bettered by advise from our spine less coaches Waqar and Aqib. One cannot put other batsman folly on the shoulders of Fawad Alam. Why people calling for Imran Nazir who always failed 7 out of 10 times in international cricket.Cricket now a days is not just putting two or three great shots and then getting out it is meaning of absorbing pressure, mental strength, temperament, application as talent alone cannot work when you are playing good sides like South Africa, England, India, Australia

  • on November 6, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    Yeah ! We won!! Well done Pakistan. Inshallah We'll win the series !!!:)))

  • kkan on November 6, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    Just wondering, what you call it?? when world best fielding side perform like this; 1) J Botha- miss perfect run out chance 2). Dale Steyn - miss perfect run out chance 3). Graeme Smith - smile after drooping easy catch.

    Huum! ...eyebrows raiser...

  • on November 6, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    Still the greatest problem in pakistani side is that they don't bat positively. Every time they pass a patnership of 50+ runs then one of them fall Though its important to win but the way they reached their goal is also considerable. They should be consistent

  • ayeshhiiee on November 6, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    Few Thoughts... 1) Amazing match 2) Wahab Riaz deserved to be man of the match.. he made it happen .. 3) pakistan cricket is the most entertaining cricket out there... no team how good or bad can do what they do.. 4) cant wait till monday... its going to be amazing!

  • on November 6, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    Ishallah pak will win the series.

  • Alam_Khan on November 6, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Afridi plz behave like a mature cricketer you r now 30 and played mre than 250 matches nd if you cannot build the innings you have no right to be a captain and consult Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousaf how to built an inning or rather come to bat on #X and throw out kick out Imran Farhat he is selfish man and does not deserve to be in the playing XI, that it only nd only because of him we lost the 3rd one day....

    Congratulation to all Pakistanis nd they are the most talented but bad luck team of the world they deserve better position in world cricket if they are not on that position its only because of dirty politics and Ijaz butt

  • Cricketlover645 on November 6, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Wel done Pakistan...Greatings from Sri Lanka...

  • on November 6, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    What if this match was fixed? Will ICC look into the "comedy of errors" as something dubious or South Africa is above it all. After all Haroon Lorgart is a South African too :)

  • nashbhash on November 6, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Hold on guys ! Dale steyn is not there and he could be the only difference .Pak would'nt have a chance to win .......Pak is inconsistent and it lacks game sprit inspite of having a lot of talent....Mere luck they won this.

  • Alam_Khan on November 6, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    Assalam o Alekom and congratulation to all readers after a sensational victory over South Africa, well PAKISTAN is the only team of the world who can create drama and thrill in the match and make difficult an easy match and make easy a difficult match.... SA is a very decipline team very professional but if go through their history they cannot sustain pressure and that why thay lose the 2nd and 4th oneday and cricket is all about keeping your nerves strong...... PAKISTAN Selecters plz plz drop Imran Farhat and Fawad Alam, Imran farhat needs to improve nd to be honest nd should play for Country and fawad alam is nothing players he cannot play gaps cannot play big shorts then no need to be their.......... Please give chance to Imran Nazir he 100 times better than Fawad Alam as a batsman and a fielder.... GOOD LUCK with the final, still Pakistan team is the best who are trying for victory and playing away from their home grounds, team is now honest but selectors needs to be HONEST....

  • on November 6, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    It was a fantastic game to watch right till the end...But we must thank Imran Farhat for getting out in the first over or he would have wasted a lot of balls and time and Pak would have been even more under pressure...Imran Farhat should retire from cricketing all together. Just a waste of time,energy and no talent!

  • Gulshan_Grover on November 6, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    ahhh..the same pattern has people falling again..first the build-up then the crash...that increases the odds..so predictable..;)

  • on November 6, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    well done pakistan nice to see pakistan cricket back on track...let the game of cricket win each time.. and those who blame pakistan as cheat team; understand that because of few people you can't call whole team cheater and fixer..Now it is fair cricket team and a well deserved win for pakistan... NICE PLAYED BOTH TEAMS..LET GAME OF CRICKET WIN EACH TIME.... Cricket Fan From India

  • on November 6, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    Wow, South Asian Cricket seems to be wracking havoc all around. Pakistan in SA, SL in Aus, India vs NZ & Bangladesh vs NZ (last month).

    Congratz Pakistan from SL!

  • Blal on November 6, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    This is in fact the 4th ODI this week that ended this close. Pakistan won by one wicket twice, while Sri Lanka did the same against Australia. Pakistan came close to winning again by one wicket in the 3rd ODI before losing by 2 runs against SA. What week for 50-overs cricket.

  • smalishah84 on November 6, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    Pakistan rock :)...congrats.....now please win the series

  • Ahmadsana on November 6, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    it seems now that spot fixing alegations were correct as any xyz Pakistani team can beat any so called world class team. Long live Pakistand and its team ;)

  • Joji_ on November 6, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    The title for the pre-match review for this was " Series win beckons for South Africa". Very ironic...!!! I was stunned to see such biasness on cricinfo. Even after razzak's innings there were no analysis. Except for a miserly piece from kamaran abbasi. Please cricinfo !! Please plaese!!

  • roshdbest on November 6, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    Well done Pakistan...Congratulations from Sri Lanka.

  • MrFahd on November 6, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    ...... !!!Awesome!!! .....

  • on November 6, 2010, 2:38 GMT

    Just finkin what wud happen in 2011 WC!!! Afridi and Razzaq's firepower on the subcontinent pitches... Imran nazir's return as an opener... MoYo and YK's matured anchoring roles... Akmal bro's aggressive batting... Amir/Akhtar/Afridi/Gul/Abdurehamn/Ajmal/Wahab bowling combo... bring it on WC2011

  • on November 6, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    drop imran farhat and fawad alam for next match please.

  • syedahmed91 on November 6, 2010, 2:36 GMT

    Pakistan cricket team is the only reason to watch 50 over cricket. Period.

    I really like SA as a team, they never say anything always play professional cricket and are a wonderful team to watch but, their only weakness is that they crumble in crunch situations. When your with pakistan you can only expect the worse but hope for the best, so lets not get carried away as we all saw what just happened against england....

  • on November 6, 2010, 2:35 GMT

    Well Only Allah better know when we will see Pakistan Team show consistency in all formats. Good win after al. May Allah enable us to bag the one dayers as well as the test series. Ameen

  • on November 6, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    May Pak can show consistency in their approach.....

  • saadbajwa on November 6, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    Everyone is biting in to Mr Andrew, which it seems to me to be a bit fair as well. Pakistan lost the last match by just two runs when they could have won it. So if they have won this one then it is a fair reflection of what has happened in the series so far. 2-2 is a fair result till yet.

    There has been a lot of talk about ODI cricket being boring and needing some injection. Well as far as I can recall, Pakistan played an awesome ODI series with England this summer and now another classical series has got Pakistan in it. The simple fact is that Pakistan plays the most exciting cricket. They lose more often than not nowadays (they play all their cricket away from home) but they are the ONLY team in the world right now which can make a 50 year old behave like a 16 year old.

    I would rather be a Pakistan fan than a SA fan and suffer long and hard but when I win, I win big! And with style. With SA, well, the World Cup is near enough for everyone to see what I am pointing to.

  • on November 6, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    Dear Yusaf Ch...it was not T-20 where u hv no room to have a below avg strike rate...You are ignoring the fact that he was the one who held the innings and every other player played the supporting role playing around him....In every inning you need to have a batsmen playing that role...Thats how big teams play...I agree he was little slow in terms of strike rate but he had an eye on that too....never let the Req run rate past 5.20...

  • on November 6, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    its was a fantestic match.Good luck pakistan.

  • pk_cric_rox on November 6, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    @ OT12. i rly loved ur comment. its true that cricket media these days depicts pakistan as a sand bag only . they portray pakistan like they r a team that is used by other teams for practice only.england n australia prepapred for ashes by playing against pakistan, south africa n rest r preparing for world cup. then wat is pakistan doing? why cant u just admit that even though our team is going through toughest time of all, they r still extremely talented cricketers n even at the worst of their form they r giving such a tough fight every now n then. it will b really funny if pakistan team finds that confidence at right time n win the world cup like they did in 2009. lol

  • GreenCrazy on November 6, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    What a beautiful victory... come on pakistan.. we can do... Now the situation becoming ok..

  • on November 6, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan.. Keep your heads and feet down..Now go on to win the series... Always supporting you in your tough times... Indian brothers are always there to cheer you...

  • on November 6, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    an interesting article on imran http://blog.dawn.com/2009/11/03/an-open-letter-to-imran-farhat/

  • Harris-Bass on November 6, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    Superb article Gnasher; spot on with your analysis of the game. Anyone who'd watched every delivery would accept that Pakistan fielded abominably, and rode their luck whence batting to win; nothing in your piece suggests you're anything but pro-Pakistan, which we all are in the pod, because they remain one of the best teams to watch in world cricket. However, I'd suggest that they need both Misbah and Younis to anchor an innings if the erratic Afridi and Razzaq are to become the potent weapons that could potentially win them the World Cup.

  • on November 6, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    It seems to me that the South Africans tend to blow-up in a tense finish as much as the Pakistanis do!

  • Imad_K on November 5, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    Leading on from my previous comment Pakistan should learn from Y Khan's innings that you don't need a strike rate of 80 to win the game. It's all about building partnerships and keeping wickets in hand. Take singles rather than trying to hit everything from Dubai to Lahore. Apart from this game a lot of Pakistan's wins have been down to one player having a blinder. Whether it's an innings by Razzaq or a magical bowling spell by M Amir. That's why just winning a couple of games here and there when 1/2 players have had a blinder won't do much in the overall scheme of things - the key is really for Pak to perform as a team. For 5/6 players to perform in each game, for batsmen to be reliable and fight to not get out. Just stand at the crease the runs will come. I guarantee Pak will never lose a match because of run rate - but they will lose because they get out/collapse.

  • sarmadz on November 5, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    i dunn hav words guys...i hav been following Pakistan cricket since 1996..and havn't missed even a single game den....i dunno where de hell u guys who r critising Pakistan hav been watching cricket....dis PAKISTAN Team is de best team in de world...once kamran akmal will be bac as an opener den umer gul wil play in place of zulqurnain..dis team wil be amazing...kamran akmal n hafeez opening...younis one down to anchor de innings....den yousuf....umar akmal...afridi...razzaq...wahab riaz...saeed ajmal.....umer gul and shoaib akhter...wha else u want?????????????????????.dis team is going to win de world cup INSHALLAH...wha else u want.i hav neva seen such a fighting PAKISTAN TEAM Ever before in my life....wait and hav patience....patience and patience...

  • on November 5, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    Love it how the article makes it sound like SA lost the match because they didnt play well rather than Pakistan won it despite fighting till the very end. Keep up the good work, we all know where you stand :)

  • Imad_K on November 5, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    Problem with Pak for the last 10/15 years is their batting. Until they don't sort their batting out they will always have problems. When Pak normally lose 10 wickets they end up giving 8 of those away themselves playing stupid shots. They think they need to hit every ball for a boundary and the run rate needs to be 20 RPO. Pak need to understand that keeping wickets in hand is the key. Get to 80 runs off 20 overs with the loss of 1/2 wickets is sufficient. Pakistan are normally 20 for 2/3 then people start complaining that the other batsmen are batting too slowly. What do you expect when all the pressure is on 1/2 guys to score. I have always rated three Pakistani batsmen of recent times - Inzi, MYousaf & YKhan. Hafeez & Fawad can also bat. But - Afridi can't bat to save his life. People talk so much about Afridi's strike rate - but what is his average in ODI? Afridi is just a slogger. Ask any batsman to bat like Afridi and once in 50 games they will also score runs.

  • MirzaAdnan on November 5, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    No doubt ! Pakistan have done great job in this Match....bowler VS bowler and this is a great owner that bowler had beaten the bowler. i think 20 score is like a 100 for the bowler if the bowler is on bating... superb job.. congrats to PAKISTAN and hats off for the victory like this..

  • swat1999 on November 5, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    Congratulation Pakistan!! Played very wel. Wel done young park cricketers. Seems this young group may regain Pakiistan cricket glory....... keep it up guys

  • on November 5, 2010, 23:35 GMT

    Pakistan for thrilling match, very interesting ODIs .........

  • chishtyirfan on November 5, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    Dear Andrew, this is the what call cricket I think you better know. If South africa mistakes it not mean pakistan didn't do any mistakes. this is part of game. you can't take credit out of pakistani team they are the winner.I never undermine pakistani team they have ability to change any game any time. Since I started watching cricket I have seen with pakistani team always has off the feild problems. but it should not effect the performance pakistani player and fans take this is a part of the package. players are professionl so they have to take this and do the best for pakistan. best of luck

  • on November 5, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    I agree, it should be Pakistan made SA commit mistakes - rather than SA lost the match. Love this team, what spirit & resilience - true champions, can never count them out.

    Best of luck Pakistan from India :)

  • on November 5, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    Kamran Akmal is a better batsman then Zulqarnain but Zulqarnain is a good finisher. Kamran plays well and more often selfishly and gets out at crucial occasions. Need to reatain Zulqarnain.

  • Hasanic on November 5, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    who reads the bulletin anyway... Andrew has his space and we got ours. Wouldn't hurt Pakistan's cause if he's going lateral. All Pakistan need to do is to WIN one more and Green Shirts supporters just keep on upping their morale.

  • boomboom2009 on November 5, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    Pakistan's game plan was excellent, but I think they should have taken Power Play in 42nd or 43rd over. Shahid Afridi should be serious now with this Captaincy. All players are playing like a unit under his captaincy but his body attitude esp in batting doesn't show matureness. if he still wants to hit every ball blindly then he should come at No.11 and promote Wahab Riaz on his place. I back Sharjeel's comment about Imran Farhat. Ejaz Butt should also be kicked out permanently.

  • on November 5, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    Younis Khan Zindabad!!! One of the most despised ODI batters in Pakistan but he will always have my faith, he continuously performs under pressure

  • on November 5, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    i dun know why Younis Khan was man of the match. If it was not for his slow strike we would have won this game easily. 1 four in 115 balls why is he in the team. " Andy writes it like this because South Africa are chokers and cant handle pressure, Pakistan does not have one proper batsman in the team right now. Either sloggers like razzaq and afridi. or slow single takers who struggle to clear the boundaries, younis khan, fawad alam, imran farat. its either gear 1 or grear 4. ''''''''''' 1 four in 115 balls on a perfect BATTING TRACK ''''''''''''''''' s/r 63 when more than 5.5 runs/ over were needed. HAHAHA selfish cricket and idiots r praising him.

  • fisher2 on November 5, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    Mr Andrew Pakistan might be down but not out yet stop stop writing as if Pakistan relied on S. Africa to win .

  • 0wais on November 5, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    Really Like This Paragraph.........!! "It was breathless cricket, the third game in a row that had shown how much the 50-over game still has to offer. There was proper, conventional batsmanship from Younis and Smith, innovative striking from Botha, quality fast bowling from Morkel and Shoaib Akhtar"

  • dossra on November 5, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    Very well done. But I believe that they should finish it earlier. If so, they would have won the last match also and so the series. They love to burn a few leters of our blood but that is how Pakistan plays. Every match is a final. This is a broken and heart Pakistan. What if Kamran and Yousaf make a come back. These guys can be lethal. Proud to be a Pakistani....... After so much of Hell unleashed at them. They still come out and beat the beast....

  • on November 5, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    i dont know why the hell in the population of 180 million we never produced a single wicketkeeper batsman except kamran akmal.we dont have the back up,our team looks incomplete without akmal brothers ! we expect wahab riaz to score but we dont blame shahid afridi for putting pakistan in such situations where wahab riaz has to score runs for pakistan.why dont we blame the captain and the coach for not taking the batting powerplay in the early 40's?thats just lack of planning and stuff ! and yeah imran farhat...i ve never seen such a selfish player ever ! asad shafiq is a very talented addition to the team.we need kamran akmal with hafeez opening the innings.younis and yousaf at 3 and 4 respectively asad shafiq,shoaib malik,shahid afridi and razzaq to come afterwards. still i want my team PAKISTAN to win the last and final of the odi series.best of luck to all of them :)

  • on November 5, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    I totally agree with most of the guys; Imran Farhat should not be playing. That guy has never shown why he has been picked again and again. I mean he z been playin for so many years and I dont think there is even one match where he had a match winning knock or even if he had a few its too little.

    We should def bring in young guns like Nasir Jamshaid and Ahmed Shahzad. They both are in great form and Nasir Jamshed played well when he had been given a chance earlier but I have no idea why they dropped him.

  • K.Usman on November 5, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    BTW congratulation to Pakistan Team and all the Pakistanis out there.....Good Game

  • on November 5, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    I really feel Imran needs to be chopped..even his fielding is erratic.Wahab is one hard worker and now finally after coming out of the reserve bench, he was relegated to since many years he has shown his potential. He should be promoted above afridi and after razzaq. And his bowling in the death was even better than shoaib. I was in the stadium, and like everyone praised afridi's amazing groundshots till need for speed zoned him out.

  • K.Usman on November 5, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    First of all we should thanks Imran Farhat to get out early.He deserve man of the match because he waste to many balls and than he gets out.For next match which is final we should take out Imran Farhat and put Umer Akmal.I'm pretty sure he will do much better than Farhat.

  • 0wais on November 5, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    a great win at a cruical time Well Played Hafeez, Younis, Asad Shafiq, Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Abdurrehman, Razzaq Zulqarnain & Especially Wahab Riaz.... Pakistan team can be indulged in many controversies but they will play well and their talent speaks for itself the Pakistan produce match winning bowlers is just amazing...... agree with most of u that imran farhat needs to be dropped, even shahzaib is better than Farhat while if Umar Akmal is fit he shud be back....... Just think when Butt & Amir will be back soon this team (even if after the world Cup) can be really good!!!!

  • on November 5, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    If every player of greens plays with responsibility than its hard to beat Pakistan.

  • on November 5, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    And I really don't know why there are so many appreciation for wicket keeper ?? i think it was Riaz who won the match for Pakistan.. and one should also criticize Afridi for giving his wkt away at crucial time, to me he is no better than wahab riaz!

  • on November 5, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    though I usually like Andrew's article..but there's an element of biasness in this article :) ... gotta admit Pak played well ..and there are always ifs and buts..but to be fair we lost the toss and we win the match :)

  • on November 5, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    What a win!! But I think pak shud take notice of running between wickets..There were many suicidal runouts in dese 3 matches and secondly farhat shud kept out and umar shud b tried as a opener,he is a natural stroke maker and fielding restrictions wud add to his advantage,may b he clicks,who knows..Tendulkar started to open after 78matches and all his centuries came then..Pak can give a try to dis as farhat is neither making runs nor taking catches..

  • on November 5, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    what a thrilling game of cricket! it was box-office viewing,this has to be one of the most exciting series i have ever watched. the last three games have been decided in the final over. after all the controversies surrounding pakistan this series has been absolutely brilliant,I congratulate both teams for the amazing roller-coaster games they have provided us and i hope it continues in the finale, i wouldn't want it any other way!

  • Saddam_Rasool on November 5, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    It is interesting to note that man of the match Younis Khan is harldy mentioned in this bulletin. Such was the unspectacular but effective nature of his innings today.

  • anasajaz on November 5, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    it was an awswem odi once again...... southafrica is no doubt a better team but pakistan do have better individuals... now lets see... who wins ??? a team or an individual effort.. by the way to day it was a realatively better team work display from pakistan...

  • wc1992 on November 5, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    Great match .. pressure brings best out of Pakistani .... well done .... shame on cricinfo.. as there main heading (at the time writing ) is talking about some boring test match beween indain and New Zealand .............. shame cricinfo

  • on November 5, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    A thriller to watch ! What a comeback from Younis Khan and a slap on the face to Ijaz butt actully a second slap to Butt..... Great match now its just a matter of time when the Media will bring something from somewhere against the team because they are doing so good, its not me saying its History talking.... Well done at the finally lets get rid of Farhat for crying out loud.

  • on November 5, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    Why does Andy always write as South Africa lost the game and Pakistan didn't win it? Andrew, we need more balance. You should watch game as neutral spectator, commentator, writer. Your bias is too evident..... Sorry to say that.

  • on November 5, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    well done pakistan ,,, proud of pakistani lions ,,, ...

  • on November 5, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    Team Pakistan: Unpredictability and entertainment personified. :D

  • on November 5, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    Fabulous win! Few things: 1) Imran Farhat needs to be kicked out of the team! 2) Shahid Afridi needs to act like a responsible 30 year old and stop getting out the same way...He can get some tips from Younis Khan regarding how to build an innings 3) Wahab Riaz needs to be promoted ahead of Abdul Rehman/Saeed Ajmal. The bloke can hit some mean strokes!

  • luv2break on November 5, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    wow what a victory...the last three matches have been superb for pakistan,even the last one they lost was exciting....gotta be a tough final coming away....just wishing for pakistan to win the series(after many years,i guess,especially against SA)....

  • Hearts on November 5, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    can i say something about mr steyn who gave 79 runs and give pakistan 2 easy lives, was it intentional or not? did he under-perform or not, and why he showing too much anger for nothing, why bowling on the legs with off side field in the death overs? hmmmmmmmm

  • on November 5, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    Ahhh....that was too good :)

  • OT12 on November 5, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    Great work, one thing i have noticed that commentators are talking about SA world cup preparation in this series, what is this all about i mean WC is months away and knowing SA they cannot win WC, also SA are being so much praised over being the best side this and that, get a life see what a young Pakistani side is doing to them and they are CHOKING everytime. None of the commentators and cricket gurus are talking about how good Pakistan are doing, for them our fielding is bad, batting is fragile, our bowlers have never been good compare to SA bowlers it feels like Pakistan team is in EMIRATES to buy grocery and it is all about SA winning.

  • SKKhan on November 5, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    Well either of the teams would have sealed the series by the fourth game, had Pakistan won last game or had South Africa took their chances today, seems like it will be an interesting 5th game to watch.

  • on November 5, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    Fabulous match but two things I want to comment on : 1) Imran Farhat needs to be kicked out of this time. 2) Afridi needs to behave as a captain and start taking responsibility. He is 30 years old now and should not be getting out the same way ..skying a catch after a rush of blood gets to him...He should know by now how to build an innings....if he doesnt, he should ask Younis Khan for advice 3) Wahab Riaz should be promoted up the order! The guy can hit some mean strokes!

  • asaduzzaman-khan on November 5, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    What a thrilling match!!! What a thrilling series!!! Who says about the end of ODI? The most exciting version of cricket is ODI.

  • on November 5, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    What a match that was. Simply astonishing pinch hitting by Julqarnain Haider and Wahab Riaj. I think Afridi should up the batting order of Wahab Riaj. It can boost up the line-up of Pakistan.

  • on November 5, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    Great win! Perhaps shahid afridi should relax a bit. It seems that he is in immense pressure

  • Shafaaqat on November 5, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    A true team effort by Pakistan after a long long time to win the match. It has always been the personal brilliance which works for victories but this match was an exception. Being a PAK fan, it feels much better to win like this. Good to see Younus contributing and Asad Shafiq, well, he could be an asset if used properly.

  • ameya11 on November 5, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    Riaz should have been the MoM. Considering his 2 wickets at critical stage and nice knock of 18 off 10 balls. Though Younis played well but he got out putting the team in trouble, Riaz pulled the team out of trouble to secure victory

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    No comments on the win - But just 1 observation

    How in the world does ICC allow - Pakistani umpires in the lot for this bilateral series:

    Ground Umpire TV Umpire Reserve Umpire

    Not sure on that front....there should be more of a neutral perspective in terms of Umpiring I feel.

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    brilliant game.......keep it up pakistan!!!

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Its indeed a reminder to all who doubt the value of 50 over matches..series & matches likes these are great advertisement badly required for cricket, where majority roots for fast food cricket like 20-20.

  • ehkhan on November 5, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    Excellent win.. 2 wins while chasing big totals and 1 near miss...Impressive.. Pakistan is finally showing that they are a good unit when in full flow.. they may need a few changes in this combination.. Maybe they need to bring in Umar Akmal (when fit) instead of Imran Farhat.. Few more changes when the time comes and few players become available again.. When AR blasted sixes in the last win it was more of a miracle... This win is more clinical and organized.. This shows the importance of partnerships and senior members.. I am not a big Fan of Younis but he showed his the importance in the team.. Yousuf, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal(nothing against Zulqarnain), Amir (If cleared) should be brought in the WC squad.. Somehow the hopes are coming back!!

  • sharprider on November 5, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    What a splendid performance by the Pakistani team and they deserve the pat on their backs for giving the fans all the reasons for smiles and jubilations that come with a hard-fought and hard-earned victory. The effort, even though not 100%, did prove enough to take away the game from the Proteas who were looking good on a number of occasions, such as, the closing stages of their innings as well as in the middle stages of the Pakistani innings. Pakistan, on the other hand, did leak away too many runs in the last 22 balls (48 runs) to put pressure on themselves. Also, they did not bat sensibly enough to build on the fairly solid foundation that was laid by the top order. It was, however, their better luck that they were able to prevail in the end. All the best for the finale on Monday. By the way, the preview prediction of South Africa winning the series in this match, did not come true and I was vindicated in questioning the basis for that assertion by the writer.

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    pakistan, it's rarely unspectacular!

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. Those who were talking about banning Pakistan, their mouth is firmly shut now. Naseer Hussain and Ian Botham were some of them. Shame on them. They should give up their commentary job now.

  • ThetigersofCricket on November 5, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    Pakistan the best cricket team Look they defeated SA which is currently best team in the world. Pakistan Hasn't got their all squad. So many key players aren't playing right now like Malik, Butt, Akmal brothers, M Yosuf, Aamir, Asif but still they won against SA. Love you Pakistan. I think Pakistan has best chance to win the word cup.

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    poor bulletin! match was far better than what this piece makes us feel!

  • Desihungama on November 5, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    The CricInfo commentary by staff was highly critical and negative of Pakistan players throughout this match. It seems as if there was only one professional unit was playing Cricket and Pakistan had just been on a ferry ride. After all the turmoil Pak has experienced with key striker bowlers out for unknown time and yet still managed to pull the series even against one of the strongest ODI side . On top of that managed to beat both Australia and England on neutral grounds and yet the commentary against Pakistan is just so out of proportions. South Africa did not lose this match. Pakistan won it.

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    good effort by tail enders in batting as well as in boweling, Players need more confidence in 5th ODI

  • Zaid_1 on November 5, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    Nice to see pakistan winning games. They did so vs England in diff conditions and now against one of the best team. And its often happens pak involves in thrilling and nail bitting matches. Good Luck Pakistan for Final

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    finally they got it man thanks to younus and in the end zoni

  • talharulez on November 5, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    excellent game in the end; although too many errors committed by both teams.. Pakistan should feel lucky they have escaped with a win here.. Poor game from South African standards though.. I would take a Paki win anytime of the day.. Wahab Riaz is turning out to be a great batting asset in the lower order.. I wasn't quite sure why was Abdur Rehman sent in ahead of Zony or Wahab??? may be Afridi was thinking about that last ball that Rehman faced against NewZealand in the last t20 world cup and allowing him to regain some confidence in his batting in a pressure situation.. I am not really too thrilled with Afridi's captaincy so far.. although somehow Pakistan have managed to level the series.. can't wait for Monday's encounter :)

  • pk_cric_rox on November 5, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    one of the best one day series.every match is a nail biter

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Pakistan was a bit lucky in the end but awesome come back nonetheless. Good luck Pakistan for Final ODI!

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    Keep it up PAK~ a well deserved victory! It was a temper display on the part of the tail-enders through Razaq after stea dy innings by Younis Khan despite the fact that SA seamers bowled better than PAK pace battery.

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    WOHOOOOO!! GO PAKISTANNN!

  • Hagemaru_Hageda on November 5, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    Poor fielding & bowling by SAF costing them these close matches in the series.

  • Smasher79 on November 5, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    Another thriller. Well done Pakistan, you have been outstanding once again. I just hope that you play to your full potential in the final too. I would be right to say that Pakistan is the only team in the world that gives ODI and t20 cricket an extra bit of spice and excitement. Whether win or loose, they have produced countless classics throughout the years and I am pretty sure their endless talent will continue to do so. My only reservation is inclusion of this kid Fawad Alam. Now like me who plays cricket would tell that his wrists don't have enough power to clear even the inner circle. Just not fit. With the world approaching quickly, Pakistan needs strong aggressive and talented crickets like Hafeez. They are a good coherent unit with a couple of wrong enteries and fawad is one of them. Best of luck Pak in the final and all the matches to come.

  • ibi7 on November 5, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    what a win from PAKISTAN..................What a series is going on..........fantastic

  • salmankhan1234 on November 5, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Imran Farhat should have been the man of the match. He gave Pakistan team a huge favor to get out early and not misses too many balls. Hats off to Imran Farhat. you are the real Hero :) Hopefully we will see more innings like this from him if he retain his place in the team.

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    I am realy dissapointed on Cricinfos anti Pakistan policy. We have just won a thriller and there is place for coverage of this great victory at the main page. Insteadof this their favourite India and Englands side matche is getting all the attention. Not the mention all the sarcastic comments against Pakistani team which are put up during all the matches on the commentry page.

  • samuditha on November 5, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    nice one Pakistani,,thumbs up from Sri Lanka,,good luck guys

  • LeftBrain on November 5, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    Awesome finish.... but these close finishes are getting a little too much, especially for those who have weak hearts!! Younis did exactly the same thing for Pak what Amla did in last match for SA. Hafeez was good too so does Wahab and Zony in the end. And I guess Pakistan team deserve even warmer applauses because they won despite having Imran Farhat in their team.

  • honestno2 on November 5, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    woW ye another lovely lovely Victory...... Go Pak Go V all r with u.... btw whatey Fantastic Series........... Pak plz win it for us.........

    Go Green !! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Hasanic on November 5, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    My Oh My!!! What a team, What a country, What a Nation!!! There's only formula for them... Cornered Tigers!!! You corner them, they know what to do! And guess what, The Best fielding team in the world has its BEST moments as well as Worst moment against Pakistan!!! Final should be interesting. Please don't throw it away Pakistan. Pakistan Forever Zindabad!

  • Dilbar786 on November 5, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    ANother great victory for "Cornered Tigers" eve though the world of cricket is against us.keep hating icc. indians. ausies. engis.we demand FREEDOM FOR PAKISTAN TRIO

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    ICC should investigate it... why they miss so much easy run outs... Why Baised ICC and non-Pakistani media always target Pakistan...

  • dmqi on November 5, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    What a series in the last 2 games, just fantastic cricket.Both sides played super match except brainless PAK Captain. Feel sorry for smith, it was his game.

    I saw on the TV Haroon Loghart was watching the match. My question to ICC is don't you feel that young crickets like Amir should come back to this type of game. Why are you not making a decision on him?

  • on November 5, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    I dont want the first comment to be off topic. but i can't resist. I just do NOT want to see this Farhat guy play in Pakistan XI again. keep him in on central contract or do what ever to make his father-in-law happy, BUT please dont play him in XI. Bring in U Akmal instead. Are u listening Afridi ??

  • danithereddevil on November 5, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    pak to win series.......wahab raiz

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  • danithereddevil on November 5, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    pak to win series.......wahab raiz

  • on November 5, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    I dont want the first comment to be off topic. but i can't resist. I just do NOT want to see this Farhat guy play in Pakistan XI again. keep him in on central contract or do what ever to make his father-in-law happy, BUT please dont play him in XI. Bring in U Akmal instead. Are u listening Afridi ??

  • dmqi on November 5, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    What a series in the last 2 games, just fantastic cricket.Both sides played super match except brainless PAK Captain. Feel sorry for smith, it was his game.

    I saw on the TV Haroon Loghart was watching the match. My question to ICC is don't you feel that young crickets like Amir should come back to this type of game. Why are you not making a decision on him?

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    ICC should investigate it... why they miss so much easy run outs... Why Baised ICC and non-Pakistani media always target Pakistan...

  • Dilbar786 on November 5, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    ANother great victory for "Cornered Tigers" eve though the world of cricket is against us.keep hating icc. indians. ausies. engis.we demand FREEDOM FOR PAKISTAN TRIO

  • Hasanic on November 5, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    My Oh My!!! What a team, What a country, What a Nation!!! There's only formula for them... Cornered Tigers!!! You corner them, they know what to do! And guess what, The Best fielding team in the world has its BEST moments as well as Worst moment against Pakistan!!! Final should be interesting. Please don't throw it away Pakistan. Pakistan Forever Zindabad!

  • honestno2 on November 5, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    woW ye another lovely lovely Victory...... Go Pak Go V all r with u.... btw whatey Fantastic Series........... Pak plz win it for us.........

    Go Green !! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • LeftBrain on November 5, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    Awesome finish.... but these close finishes are getting a little too much, especially for those who have weak hearts!! Younis did exactly the same thing for Pak what Amla did in last match for SA. Hafeez was good too so does Wahab and Zony in the end. And I guess Pakistan team deserve even warmer applauses because they won despite having Imran Farhat in their team.

  • samuditha on November 5, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    nice one Pakistani,,thumbs up from Sri Lanka,,good luck guys

  • on November 5, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    I am realy dissapointed on Cricinfos anti Pakistan policy. We have just won a thriller and there is place for coverage of this great victory at the main page. Insteadof this their favourite India and Englands side matche is getting all the attention. Not the mention all the sarcastic comments against Pakistani team which are put up during all the matches on the commentry page.