Pakistan v South Africa, 5th ODI, Dubai November 8, 2010

Allround Kallis inspires series win

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South Africa 317 (Kallis 83, Amla 62, Afridi 2-59) beat Pakistan 260 (Akmal 60, Hafeez 59, Kallis 3-30) by 57 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

After slugging it out for four games South Africa finally delivered the knock-out punch in the deciding, fifth one-day international to consign Pakistan to a 3-2 series loss in Dubai.

Twice South Africa have faltered and allowed Pakistan back into the series but this time Jacques Kallis's allround prowess - first making 83 to help set an imposing 317 and then taking three crucial wickets - helped seal a comprehensive 57-run win.

What looked like just another one-day series played out to anonymity in the desert after the opening match, developed into a classic tussle as two flawed, vastly contrasting sides could not be separated until the last.

Pakistan's preparation for the finale could not have been more chaotic as their wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider disappeared on the morning of the match, setting off to London in a cloud of mystery. Crisis is hardwired into Pakistan cricket but even by their standards this was bizarre.

Given the circumstances most other teams would have crumbled and though Pakistan managed to compete they were under pressure from the off as fifties from Hashim Amla, Kallis and AB de Villiers laid the foundations for a late surge from JP Duminy that carried South Africa to 317 and out of sight.

The Pakistan openers did their best to set up a contest before Kallis ripped through the top order, taking three wickets in as many overs, to leave Pakistan with a mountain to climb. Despite a characteristic flurry from Shahid Afridi and a well-crafted 60 from Umar Akmal, who also kept wicket in Haider's absence, Pakistan never quite threatened to pull off a mammoth chase.

Credit must go to Kallis but the tone was set, as per usual, by Amla. He continued his phenomenal run of form with a boundary-leaden half-century. All season he has shown one-day batting extends beyond barrel-chested power and he passed 1000 ODI runs for the calendar year as he punished Pakistan's new-ball pairing and raced to fifty from 33 balls.

If Amla's style is poetic, Kallis is altogether more prosaic. Happy to ease along in the slipstream he collected singles and doubles with ease and after Amla's dismissal, chipping tamely to long-off, he shared a 121-run stand with de Villiers.

Neither de Villiers nor Kallis were particularly expansive but they barely raised a sweat as the waltzed along close to a run a ball. Abdur Rehman did his best to check the rate with an impressive spell of brisk, accurate left-arm spin but at 219 for 2 in the 38th over, Pakistan were staring down the barrel.

They recovered, momentarily, with three wickets for nine runs in 14 deliveries as South Africa ignored the Batting Powerplay and lost both set batsmen, and Colin Ingram in a hurry. Yet, just as Pakistan's fortunes looked to have picked up JP Duminy found his best range to crown the innings with a flourish.

Sixty-four runs came off the last five overs as Duminy laid into the wheezing Shoaib Akhtar and Wahab Riaz. Duminy looks to have recovered his poise this season after a chastening experience last year and will be a key man in similar conditions at the World Cup.

The chase always looked out of reach but Pakistan were gifted an enterprising start by Shahzaib Hasan and Mohammad Hafeez, who added 81 in the opening 12 overs. It was Pakistan's best opening stand of the series and South Africa were visibly relieved when Kallis burst through.

After being taken for 11 in his opening over Kallis struck in each of his next three. First Shahzaib skewed a drive to find Morkel at mid-on, before Younis Khan gloved a short ball down the leg side.

If his wicket magnified the difficulty of Pakistan's task Mohammad Yousuf's tame fall two overs later rammed home South Africa's advantage. Yousuf only landed in Dubai yesterday but replaced Asad Shafiq at No. 4 and duly fell quickly, guiding a length ball off the face to de Villiers.

The slide continued when Fawad Alam feathered a rapid short ball from Steyn to fall for 1. In all four wickets had fallen for 19 runs in 33 balls to rip the stuffing out of Pakistan's reinforced middle order.

After Hafeez fell shortly after reaching his half-century Afridi and Akmal briefly threatened a recovery. The required rate had climbed but both found the boundary regularly enough to keep South Africa on edge until Afridi ran down the wicket, and straight past a flighted delivery from Robin Peterson to give de Villiers his first stumping in ODI cricket.

Peterson came into the side in place of the big-hitting David Miller and justified his selection with an impressive display of left-arm spin. Twice he beat Afridi early on before nailing his man for 24. Together with Abdul Razzak, Akmal tried to engineer a miracle but slapped a Steyn full toss straight to Smith at cover to all but end the resistance.

Fittingly it was Peterson who finished the job, castling Shoaib to leave Pakistan still in search of a ODI series win against South Africa.

Sahil Dutta is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • karthikfromchennai on November 11, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    haider must come out and let the names out

  • diri on November 11, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Amala is fast racing up the ladder to...Sa have the best batting line up in the world, i say that because they can bat in any conditions( They can play spin ask the indian team) While india have Sewag and sachin and Dravid and VVS who will struggle in bowler friendly conditions like when they go to SA later this year.......Steyn is waiting hehe

  • diri on November 11, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    KING KALLIS.....That says it all. There is no need to argue about it. He is without doubt the greatest cricketer of all time. He can be picked in any team in the world as a opening bowler...He is better than the likes of Zaheer khan, malinga, Broad, Plus he is the best slip catcher in the world, i never saw him drop anything Add this to all the runs he can make as a number 3 batsmen in any conditions.....you combine all these and you have a Super legend known as KING KALLIS

  • Amol_Gh on November 10, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    @nlambda: ("has Kallis ever batted so brilliantly?") Just check his innings against AUS. especially Melbourne 1997/1998 during his early days.

  • Amol_Gh on November 10, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    @Majr: ("SA's achilles heel has been their inability to play quality spin.")

    This statement is a cliche and long-past it's use. Otherwise IND would have been able to beat SA in their last TWO home-series (for IND that is). But they could not. SA held their own on the Indian pitches. Smith, Kallis, Amla, De Villiers are all very good at playing spin. And I'm an Indian believing this.

  • Amol_Gh on November 10, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    @Ryan Stephen: I agree. In fact Kallis is better than Sobers. The stats support that.

  • Proteas123 on November 10, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    @ nlambda - What you are saying is riduculous. Kallis is far greater than all these players, except maybe Gilchrist who is close to Kallis's equal. 266 wickets at 32 odd is what makes him a great bowler. Players like Kallis, Dravid and S Waugh bring a different greatness to the game, does not make them less great. India would and has paid big money to have him. The only reason why Kallis is under rated is because in SA cricket is not the main or even second sport. @ _NEUTRAL_Fan - Difficult to compare with Sobbers, Kallis has a far better bowling strike rate, is therefore a more complete all-rounder but Sobbers is a more dangerous batsman. Kallis would walk into many international teams today as a bowler (provided he would bowl more overs, which he could), not sure if Sobbers would.

  • Alam_Khan on November 10, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Unless and untill we didn't select our team on merit and keeping friendly players of coach selectors and captain we should forget that we will win a series against the team like India, Srilanka and Australia miracles doesn't happens every time unless you are honest.... How can we justify the comparison of Asad Shafiq and Fawad Alam noting we can say more than Fawad is the son of excess first class cricketer nothing more.. Asad is stable classy batsman looking good need more chances... How can we compare Adnan Akmal and Sarfaraz Ahmad safaraz is a proper wckt keeper have experiance and Adnan is the brother of the fixer Mafia member Kamran Akmal.... SELECTORS PLEASE MERIT SHOULD BE THE ONLY CRITERIA SELECTION UNLESS WE WILL LOSE CRICKET FOREVER........

  • on November 10, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    as we know ab de villers has the 6th fastest century in odis .

    so instead of getting afraid of south african teams try to sketch out a plan which can stop amla and ab de villiers.

    one more great news for RSA is that jp duminy has defenetely find form in this series his shots in the last match was just a treat to watch .

  • on November 10, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    infact mr garry sobers only innings in odi was a big "duck" hahah.

    this implies that their are very few who have done great in both tests and odis few i can remeber sachin ponting kallis .

    and at par with them hashim amla none of the above players have played in the fashion in which hashim amla has played. he has scored against most teams india australia england pakistan west indies and zimbawe as well for last 12 months but the biggest fact he play without any fear of getting out he can be as fast as sehwag can bat he can beat shoaib harbhajan means any fast bowler or any spinner with utmost ease , he playes shahid like a kid so most proably he may not have played as long as sachin have played because in that case he would have surppassed him as well.

    at present he is far better than any batsmen even ab de villiers though both got 1000 runs at avg of around 75-80 and strike rate above 100 but the class of hashim is far ahead of AB but AB can be more destructive than hashim.

  • karthikfromchennai on November 11, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    haider must come out and let the names out

  • diri on November 11, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Amala is fast racing up the ladder to...Sa have the best batting line up in the world, i say that because they can bat in any conditions( They can play spin ask the indian team) While india have Sewag and sachin and Dravid and VVS who will struggle in bowler friendly conditions like when they go to SA later this year.......Steyn is waiting hehe

  • diri on November 11, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    KING KALLIS.....That says it all. There is no need to argue about it. He is without doubt the greatest cricketer of all time. He can be picked in any team in the world as a opening bowler...He is better than the likes of Zaheer khan, malinga, Broad, Plus he is the best slip catcher in the world, i never saw him drop anything Add this to all the runs he can make as a number 3 batsmen in any conditions.....you combine all these and you have a Super legend known as KING KALLIS

  • Amol_Gh on November 10, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    @nlambda: ("has Kallis ever batted so brilliantly?") Just check his innings against AUS. especially Melbourne 1997/1998 during his early days.

  • Amol_Gh on November 10, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    @Majr: ("SA's achilles heel has been their inability to play quality spin.")

    This statement is a cliche and long-past it's use. Otherwise IND would have been able to beat SA in their last TWO home-series (for IND that is). But they could not. SA held their own on the Indian pitches. Smith, Kallis, Amla, De Villiers are all very good at playing spin. And I'm an Indian believing this.

  • Amol_Gh on November 10, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    @Ryan Stephen: I agree. In fact Kallis is better than Sobers. The stats support that.

  • Proteas123 on November 10, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    @ nlambda - What you are saying is riduculous. Kallis is far greater than all these players, except maybe Gilchrist who is close to Kallis's equal. 266 wickets at 32 odd is what makes him a great bowler. Players like Kallis, Dravid and S Waugh bring a different greatness to the game, does not make them less great. India would and has paid big money to have him. The only reason why Kallis is under rated is because in SA cricket is not the main or even second sport. @ _NEUTRAL_Fan - Difficult to compare with Sobbers, Kallis has a far better bowling strike rate, is therefore a more complete all-rounder but Sobbers is a more dangerous batsman. Kallis would walk into many international teams today as a bowler (provided he would bowl more overs, which he could), not sure if Sobbers would.

  • Alam_Khan on November 10, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Unless and untill we didn't select our team on merit and keeping friendly players of coach selectors and captain we should forget that we will win a series against the team like India, Srilanka and Australia miracles doesn't happens every time unless you are honest.... How can we justify the comparison of Asad Shafiq and Fawad Alam noting we can say more than Fawad is the son of excess first class cricketer nothing more.. Asad is stable classy batsman looking good need more chances... How can we compare Adnan Akmal and Sarfaraz Ahmad safaraz is a proper wckt keeper have experiance and Adnan is the brother of the fixer Mafia member Kamran Akmal.... SELECTORS PLEASE MERIT SHOULD BE THE ONLY CRITERIA SELECTION UNLESS WE WILL LOSE CRICKET FOREVER........

  • on November 10, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    as we know ab de villers has the 6th fastest century in odis .

    so instead of getting afraid of south african teams try to sketch out a plan which can stop amla and ab de villiers.

    one more great news for RSA is that jp duminy has defenetely find form in this series his shots in the last match was just a treat to watch .

  • on November 10, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    infact mr garry sobers only innings in odi was a big "duck" hahah.

    this implies that their are very few who have done great in both tests and odis few i can remeber sachin ponting kallis .

    and at par with them hashim amla none of the above players have played in the fashion in which hashim amla has played. he has scored against most teams india australia england pakistan west indies and zimbawe as well for last 12 months but the biggest fact he play without any fear of getting out he can be as fast as sehwag can bat he can beat shoaib harbhajan means any fast bowler or any spinner with utmost ease , he playes shahid like a kid so most proably he may not have played as long as sachin have played because in that case he would have surppassed him as well.

    at present he is far better than any batsmen even ab de villiers though both got 1000 runs at avg of around 75-80 and strike rate above 100 but the class of hashim is far ahead of AB but AB can be more destructive than hashim.

  • on November 10, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    useless kallis is bigger and better than all those crap players yes crap players like sobers have you seen their batting techniques they will shake in front of bowlers like dale steyn.

    wat muralidharan said we are forgetting that i am indian but wat he said to bishan singh bedi was right that if he was bowling nowadays every ball will be dispatched for six.

    and about his bowling he was wonderful bowler too but because of his age and more concentration on batting he lose some edge in bowling still he is known as the partnership breaker by his mates. even now he give crucial wickets.

    garry sobers and all those are useless when they compare them to the king kallis .

    garry sobers was never known as king or watsoever whereas kallis is known as king kallis.

    if its his day then kallis is far more destructive than lara and all those his innings in ipl to chase down 210 was the proof noone apart from him can do it single handedly. he has far better average in tests and odis.

  • SyedArbabAhmed on November 10, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    SA and Aus their teams are not that good they used to be, India and Sri teams are now better teams than they were in last world cup, to me 1-India 2- S.A 3- Sri are teams favorite for 2011 world cup, whereas Pakistan has become more unpredictable, so you can't say anything about them, this series proves my point as S.A dropped so many catches which far more than their entire history all combine and Aus is losing to everybody these days.

  • nlambda on November 10, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    I realize what I was trying to articulate... Kallis has not touched the *heights* of brilliance that Lara, Warne, Gilly etc. managed. This is why he is not generally considered a "great" but more of a brilliantly solid performer. Look at Lara's youtube video scoring 196 against Pak - has Kallis ever batted so brilliantly?

  • nlambda on November 10, 2010, 2:23 GMT

    @Ryan Stephen, I do not agree man. I am Indian and can tell you that really good players are liked across countries. Leave out Lara or Gilchrist or Warne from an XI and many non-WI, non-Aus fans (and yes, Indian fans) will shout. These guys captured imagination of fans through some truly astounding performances. Kallis is more like a Toyota Camry. He keeps delivering solid performances but does not do much to excite fans. The SA player really popular in India (and I think worldwide) is Dale Steyn and reasons are obvious. BTW 266 wickets in 140 tests does not make one a "great" all rounder although 11,000 runs qualifies him as a great batsman.

  • superislam2011 on November 9, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    Afridi doesnt get it it isnt street cricket he has to lead from the front to set an example to the youngsters captains such as vettori pointing smith strauss dhoni shakib al hasan sangakara lead from the front they play sensible and do their job unless like afirdi whos ays only chakka

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on November 9, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    @Ryan Stephen I largely agree but to say Kallis is better than Sobers is carrying it a touch too far. He is close but not quite. I don't give too many marks for longevity because no-1 has too much control over how many matches they play. Sobers was more dominant/destructive as a batsman and had more variety as a bowler. All u need is enough matches for a player to prove themselves, after that you say who was better at the BEST time if their career.

  • diri on November 9, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    I said it before and i will say it again....Kallis is the most valuable cricketer this wonderful game has produced. I would swop sachin tendulkar and take kallis any day. When he retires the world will have to wait a long long time to watch another great like kallis again. and SA deserved to win this series 5-0. they dominated 90% of the contest. just a few crucial things did not go their way..........Stil to beat Pakistan on the sub continent is a great achievment.....world cup looks like its going SA way next year

  • Percy_Fender on November 9, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    This South African side is probably as good as anyof their great teams of the past. In Hashim Amla, they probably have the best batsman in the world and in Duminy a rising collosus in his own right.De Villiers has already proved his mettle and Kallis and mith do not need any special mention. Steyn- Morkel will probably be seen in future years as Adcock and Peter Pollock were many years ago. They do not have a good spin bowler however and this should cause them some concern.Their achilles heel has been their inability to play quality spin. They need to blood someone like their own version of Imran. The India South Africa series will in my opinion be rivetting. Even if you accept that the South African fast bowling is really good and that the Indians have been suspect in the past,sometimes strange things happen. The Indian batting has pedigree as we know and their bowling could be pretty effective too if green tops were on the menu. So all in all a mouth watering prospect.

  • SurlyCynic on November 9, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Well played both teams, can't remember the last time I enjoyed an ODI series this much. So many close finishes and quality performances from both sides.

  • --.-- on November 9, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    I don't think anyone underestimates Kallis .... According to me, he is the best all-rounder ! And I'm Indian NOT South-African ! Pakistan also played well. Pak is lucky to have 2 all-rounders (Afridi and Razzaq)..... 3 main bowlers + 3 all-rounders (including Hafeez ) allow Pak to bat deep where Razaaq comes @ No. 8.

  • on November 9, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    was laughing after seeing some comments like shoaib maikl back in the team and guyz like rana naved who are in terrible form.

    you wil continue to loose untill you dont leave this habit most of guyz in pakistani team are 30 most almost 8-9 whereas in south africa only one is 30 infact 35 kallis and second is grame smith 29 and most are youngsters in the south african team.

    at the same time someone saying why you drop asad shafiq for mohamed yousuf first you decide you want form or names in your team

  • roxap on November 9, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    O GOD...........why the hell pakistani selectors have selected another potential match fixer adnan akmal, why theu did not select sarfraz ahmad he has very good first class record and he deserve a place in the side, these two akmal brothers should be thrown out of the team, they are also part of salman butt gang specially this kamran akmal,

  • on November 9, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    About the whole Kallis being underrated thing, I wouldn't say it's any lack of charisma because he's been one of the main leaders of the team for years and has turned down the captaincy role. I think he gets so underrated simply because there aren't enough South Africans making a noise about him, while supporters from other countries are always pushing their heroes. For example, you can leave Kallis off a list and there's no one there to defend him, you leave Tendulkar/Lara off a list and the whole of India/West Indies will be sending you hatemail. So at least I'll try stand up for him if most others won't. Sir Garfield Sobers was one of three unanimously selected players for the All Time XI. (Garry Sobers, Don Bradman, Shane Warne) But see how Kallis' record is equivalent to Sobers, just that he's done it for longer which makes him even better. (Only player in the world to have scored > 11 000 runs + 250 wickets in both formats)

  • khurramsch on November 9, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    pakistan lost coz of batting faliure yet again. Younis, yousaf, alam, afridi should have done more. specialy afridi he went at crucial stage. was hoping for another thriller but pak fell cheaply. so does pak seamers fail in final game. shoaib & riaz gave 141 runs in 15 overs. good series for hazfez both with bat & ball. he performed wel in Uk aswell. SA planed wel. Their plan was clearly to make more runs & agresive start.

  • illusionz on November 9, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    sahil dutta man please correct the stats at bottom, pak hit 19 4's and 6 6's SAF 311 4's and 1 x 6 :)

  • karthikfromchennai on November 9, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    good to see the so called super fast bowler akhtar was hit by sa batsmen.

  • karthikfromchennai on November 9, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Haider's episode is interesting...i feel that he is the ONLY true cricketer from Pakistan fighting against fixing. god save his country from tainters.

  • prajjwal on November 9, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    Pretty happy to see JP duminy coming back to form As per ian chappell duminy really is future's ponting....

  • diri on November 9, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    I said it before and i will say it again....Kallis is the most valuable cricketer this wonderful game has produced. I would swop sachin tendulkar and take kallis any day. When he retires the world will have to wait a long long time to watch another great like kallis again. and SA deserved to win this series 5-0. they dominated 90% of the contest. just a few crucial things did not go their way..........Stil to beat Pakistan on the sub continent is a great achievment.....world cup looks like its going SA way next year

  • sunnymachoo on November 9, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Fantastic series over all. But I must say SA really deserved to win the decider! The way they played right from the beginning, it was superb! Although I'm very upset at Pakistan loss, but SA played exceptionally well in the last ODI. No blunders today! Pakistan players were never able to get hold of the match....

  • Gordo85 on November 9, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    Well done South Africa I had to go to bed because it was getting rather late so I took a risk hoping would win. I watched up to the point where Smith was talking to Robin but he took Peterson off. I also hoped he would bring back Peterson since at that stage the captain had only let him bowl 3 overs for 14 runs. Having said that I had my fingers crossed because I was hoping Peterson would get three or four wickets. I am so pleased to see he got three wickets. I guess at this stage it looks like Botha and Peterson being the two spinners that will get taken to the World Cup. At first I was abit worried about Petersons high bowling Average and also his low batting average but now I am not worried since he is taking wickets and thus the bowling average is going down. To me I like it when South Africa play both Botha and Peterson maybe because of the different angles each one is able to bowl to.

  • Proteas123 on November 9, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Well done SA. Kallis is the best player of the last decade by miles. @ nlambda - If you want charisma, get Flintoff who is a good all-rounder. If you want the absolute best (2nd best ever as an all-rounder) then Kallis is the only choice. Kallis has many defining innings, they just usually were in saving matches. Melbourne 97/98.

  • on November 9, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Lakpj: i dont know why you say that.Its not like SA handed us the victories. its a coicidence that they kept winning the tosses, so its not like Pak had a choice but to chase.Also, besides the first match, the others were a close affair.Actually,Pakistan should have wont the 3rd match as well, was it not for Fawads(absolute) lack of hitting prowess.I think they needed 12 off the last two overs with 2 or 3 wickets in hand and Fawad was playing,Any top order batsmen would seal that deal!It was his inability to hit rather than extra ordinary bowling that resulted in a loss.SA didnt let anything slip, Pak lower order earned it...if they dropped the odd catch, Pakistanis had more than enuf fumbles,misfields and dropped catches.It was a close affair, a lively series! Pakistan are 2 seamers short(a dept we've never been this depleted in).If umar gul comes back, drop rehman and afridi, hafeez and fawad can bowl spin while there are 3 seaming options!Akhtar at this age needs good support.

  • on November 9, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    @petesta:

    Ive always considered Kallis to be the best player in the last 25 odd yrs...all this talk abt sachin, ponting and lara is nonsense...he is at par with all these three players(give or take) but can throw the ball at 140kph at age 35, has a v good strike rate and econ.Show me one more player in this era who matches that?NONE. Its a pity that due to commercialization of cricket, and his own personality(not very vocal or flamboyant) he doesnt get the spotlight as much as the other two. Im a Pakistani but ive always considered Kallis to be the best player.IF SA can pull off a world cup victory and kallis is part of it, then he will be immortal.The only thing that make ponting rank above him is his achievements.After Pakistan,my second fav team for a WC win would be SA!..they deserve it and its long overdue.

  • on November 9, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    well guys i really like your discussion but i must say here that Pakistan Team has no good captain after inzimam , now our captain is shahid afridi and he is not good at all at captaincy , he is very irresponsible , he ignored umar akmal for 4 ODIs and suddenly included Yousuf in the team in the replacement of Asad Shafique who is already in a good form and also a future talent of Pakistan ,

    what will you say about it ?

  • Pablo123 on November 9, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    in reply to Posted by on(November 09 2010, 02:50 AM GMT (no name)

    I personally think SA has been unlucky in more world cups than you think. 92 (robbed in the semi by bad rule), 96 (thrashed everyone, then got undone by WI in a silly knockout rule), 99 (there worst catastrophe, easily the best side in the world at that stage), 03 (bad calculations from rain) - which leaves 07 - the only one that they were outplayed in.

  • david.j.domingo on November 9, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    In short... Pakistans results on the field are linked to their problems off it, until they sort their off field problems pakistan cricket will lurch from one crisis to another and one false dawn to another.

  • Petesta on November 9, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    Ah, I'm glad to see someone else rates Kallis as the greatest cricketer of his generation. His stats (although in a different period) match those of Garfield Sobers... Just that he's done it for longer. For my money he's SA's best ever cricketer.

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

    Well done SA. Congratulations. Winning in the desert being underdogs really great.

  • joseyesu on November 9, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    I still wonder how PAK with almost a new side competing like anything. Hats off to you eventhough you lost the side

  • Amol_Gh on November 9, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    @Raj Vikram: No nit-picking against u, but people usually forget that SA did not lose against Aus in the WC1999 Semi-final (both tied at 213), but that they were eliminated because they had lost against Aus in the Super-Six stage. Anyway that match will perhaps be the Greatest ODI Match Ever for me because it see-sawed from...one team to another, from batsmen to bowlers and from bowlers to batsmen again...except I did not like the ending. I never liked the 438-run match, because it was all about batsmen slam-banging bowlers on a not-so-alive pitch. But anyway, SA look strong this time to grab this one World-Cup.

  • on November 9, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    Credit to Kallis and Amla, they played very well. He's a fantastic player. But i'm pretty happy with the way Pakistan played, we can expect some good cricket to them finally, and a good chance going into the world cup.

  • vinmon143 on November 9, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    i smell bad..YK and MY underperformed to let Afridi down..so wat yu thinh folks?

  • Lakpj on November 9, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Even though SA won this,I don't think neither team would be happy.SA should have won this 4-1 or even 5-0, they had the chance.Also Pak too had the chance to win the series 3-2.SA would be fully tested when they take on more formidable opponents in the future.But on paper they have a solid team.Overall from a neutral point of view this was a good series with 2,3 very close games.

  • Naja_Naja on November 9, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    Characteristic flurry from Shahid Afridi!!! He has been an absolute failure in the series scoring 110 runs in 5 matches with an average of 22... Thats not what you expect from someone who talks so big all the time...

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 9, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    The one and only real 'fast' bowler Akthar got 1/77 and a medium pacer like Kallis got 3/30. Lesson : 150 or 160 will not give you wickets.

  • on November 9, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    This Protean side looks solid....If things go well they should end up at least as a semifinalist in the upcoming World Cup.They deserve to win at least 1 World cup given their consistent display over the years.At least on two occassions they were desperately unlucky and lost in heartbreaking circumstances (99 and 92) .The Sub Continent may prove lucky for Smith and Co...........

  • on November 9, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    A good match in the end with the Razzaq magic still keeping us glued to the screen till the very end...South Africa batted, bowled and fielded brilliantly and deserved the win. Pakistani bowling can't be blamed as the mood AMLA and KALLIS were in...any bowling attack would have been thrashed the same way..and the pakistani batting...well everyone chipped in their part apart from the "SENIOR CITIZENS" ..namely Younis Khan and Muhammad Yousaf...and i cant comprehend why Yousaf was brought in instead of Asad Shafiq...but over all a brilliant series.

  • on November 9, 2010, 1:04 GMT

    great job guys u did it according to Viv Richards u came to the party & defeated Pakistan well played next opponent who ever they may be look out we are coming still Kallis will be gone we require continuity in the side guys lets rally and improve step up enjoy the victory it is well deserved

  • on November 9, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    Hey neutral fan bozzo,who r u to tell Kallis is not a legend, well look at Kallis's stats,he is the only allrounder in the world to have more than 10,000 runs and 250+ wickets in both forms of the game..He is a legend in his own ranks,well call Ricky a legend,cos he's a match winner,won two world cups n more for his side,

  • GreenCrazy on November 9, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    What is doing Shahid Afridi??? He thrown his wicket away.. He must think that he is the captain.. He should try to something to the team. Anyway team is now looking very good. They don't give up the game until the final minute.

  • on November 9, 2010, 0:34 GMT

    there is a mistake.....................paakistan team hit 6 sixes and 19 fours not south africa so you have to edit...............

  • Smasher79 on November 8, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    And myaqoob .. I am glad you are not a selector on the Pakistan Cricket Board. Fawad should be removed though.

  • on November 8, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    Congrats to south africa! good game and thanks for the series! however, to be honest, i would still be a little worried after this series. South Africa's ability to hold their nerve and stop themselves from choking is still in question, and losing to a weak team like pakistan would be dissapointing for them, i would imagine. Pakistan's team has been hit by controversy, a horrible chairman, a poor domestic structure, and most importantly injuries/suspensions/runaway wicketkeepers that have led them to play a 2nd string team, and they still managed to win against a beast like south africa...

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on November 8, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    @nlambada. "Charisma" and "flair" are just bonuses, they don't decide whether a player is great or not. If you want to look at "defining" performances, look no further than this 1 and thus measure the hole which he leaves in his side when he is unable to play. Mystery solved...its flair obsessed and charisma obsessed persons like you who cause him to be underrated.

  • Smasher79 on November 8, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    Well done Sahil for a brilliant mix up of numbers. But mistakes happen. Will give you that one. Congratulations to SA. Both teams should be praised for a number of shining performances and one of the most thrilling series. Kallis was magnificent. Why he is underrated is something to ponder. I think he just one innings which is gonna bring SA from the dead and go on to win the match. Something like what Razaq did. He is not a legend but his knock certainly was legendary.

  • salmankhan1234 on November 8, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    I think writer don't wanna admit the 6 sixes smashed by Pakistan in that big Ground so he replace the total 6s and make it seem like a writing error.

  • on November 8, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    mistake on side. Pakistan hit 6 sixes and 19 fours whereas South Africa hit 1 six and 31 fours

  • cabinet96 on November 8, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    _NEUTRAL_Fan_ couldn't agree more he is never mentioned among the greats but if you look at stats and performances he is amongst the best I mean 11126 runs and 266 wickets is know fluke and his batting average is 24 runs higher than his bowling average compared to Botham's 5

  • on November 8, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    Kallis' legendary status has long been assured but he still performs........

  • myaqoob on November 8, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    fawad alam,shazaib hassan,wahab raiz,zulakrnain haider,abdul rehman,imran farhat should be replaced by imran nazir,mohd sami,misbha,kamran akmal,shoaib malik ,rana naved .

  • on November 8, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    Neutral oh boy real mystery

  • on November 8, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    Fantastic website. Full of updated information about cricket. But I just saw one mistake on this page. The statistics at the bottom of this page shows Pakistan hit 31 fours and 1 six and South Africa hits 19 fours and 6 sixes but I think its other way round. Pakistan hits 19 fours and 6 sixes where as South Africa hits 31 4's and 1 six. This needs to be corrected. Thank you Cricinfo :)

  • nlambda on November 8, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    @ neutal_fan: Kallis lacks charisma and has rarely played a "memorable" knock or delivered a "spectacular" bowling performance. This is why he gets routinely underrated. He is a really solid player but his lack of flamboyance (and yes, allegations of selfishness) have kept him from being acknowledged as a true legend. What he needs is a truly defining knock like Ponting, SRT, Lara and even Hershelle Gibbs (175) have managed.

  • Gulshan_Grover on November 8, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    What did I tell you folks about this whole build-up. Fans are so naive they believe in everything. Now after this latest incident it is clear that it not this but that which is responsible for it.

  • duncanmoo on November 8, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    South Africa used to try and field an "unchanged squad" throughout a series, leading to sameness in play. I am not sure if they are testing combinations or giving everyone time in the field, but it keeps things interesting. Great to see Peterson filling the allrounder slot and taking scalps.

  • on November 8, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    i think our bowling let us down this time...but nice spirit shown by the pak team :) ...n regarding this bulliten why is it feeling so biased ??? n did pakistan only hit 1 six in their innings??? if thats the case i think umer akmal is not considered a pakistan player by the writer......

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on November 8, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Kallis is just a fantastic player and the best cricketer of his generation. How he goes underrated is just a mystery.

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  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on November 8, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Kallis is just a fantastic player and the best cricketer of his generation. How he goes underrated is just a mystery.

  • on November 8, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    i think our bowling let us down this time...but nice spirit shown by the pak team :) ...n regarding this bulliten why is it feeling so biased ??? n did pakistan only hit 1 six in their innings??? if thats the case i think umer akmal is not considered a pakistan player by the writer......

  • duncanmoo on November 8, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    South Africa used to try and field an "unchanged squad" throughout a series, leading to sameness in play. I am not sure if they are testing combinations or giving everyone time in the field, but it keeps things interesting. Great to see Peterson filling the allrounder slot and taking scalps.

  • Gulshan_Grover on November 8, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    What did I tell you folks about this whole build-up. Fans are so naive they believe in everything. Now after this latest incident it is clear that it not this but that which is responsible for it.

  • nlambda on November 8, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    @ neutal_fan: Kallis lacks charisma and has rarely played a "memorable" knock or delivered a "spectacular" bowling performance. This is why he gets routinely underrated. He is a really solid player but his lack of flamboyance (and yes, allegations of selfishness) have kept him from being acknowledged as a true legend. What he needs is a truly defining knock like Ponting, SRT, Lara and even Hershelle Gibbs (175) have managed.

  • on November 8, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    Fantastic website. Full of updated information about cricket. But I just saw one mistake on this page. The statistics at the bottom of this page shows Pakistan hit 31 fours and 1 six and South Africa hits 19 fours and 6 sixes but I think its other way round. Pakistan hits 19 fours and 6 sixes where as South Africa hits 31 4's and 1 six. This needs to be corrected. Thank you Cricinfo :)

  • on November 8, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    Neutral oh boy real mystery

  • myaqoob on November 8, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    fawad alam,shazaib hassan,wahab raiz,zulakrnain haider,abdul rehman,imran farhat should be replaced by imran nazir,mohd sami,misbha,kamran akmal,shoaib malik ,rana naved .

  • on November 8, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    Kallis' legendary status has long been assured but he still performs........

  • cabinet96 on November 8, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    _NEUTRAL_Fan_ couldn't agree more he is never mentioned among the greats but if you look at stats and performances he is amongst the best I mean 11126 runs and 266 wickets is know fluke and his batting average is 24 runs higher than his bowling average compared to Botham's 5