Pakistan v South Africa ODI Series - 2nd ODI

Pakistan v South Africa

Pakistan won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining)

Welcome back. South Africa in a huddle as Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Hafeez walk out to open the innings. Langeveldt to bowl. Two slips in place

0.1

Langeveldt to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, gentle half-volley on the pads, worked away for one to fine leg

0.2

Langeveldt to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, short and slightly wide, and Hafeez has punched this away beautifully between backward point and cover-point. High on his toes and getting on the top of the bounce

0.3

Langeveldt to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, gets closer to the stumps this time, hit back to the bowler

0.4

Langeveldt to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, gentle length ball on middle and driven powerfully on the up, and it was hit so hard it burst through the stumps and got him two runs

0.5

Langeveldt to Asad Shafiq, no run, extra bounce there, beats him as Hafeez looks to cut

0.6

Langeveldt to Asad Shafiq, 1 leg bye, sharp inward movement, hits him on the pad but angling down the leg side

End of over 1 (7 runs) Pakistan 7/0 (280 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 5.71)
Asad Shafiq    1* (3b)      CK Langeveldt    1-0-6-0
Mohammad Hafeez    5* (3b 1x4)     

Tsotsobe to bowl now

1.1

Tsotsobe to Asad Shafiq, no run, full outside off, no swing, driven to mid-off

1.2

Tsotsobe to Asad Shafiq, no run, another full and wide delivery, driven again, but straight to cover

1.3

Tsotsobe to Asad Shafiq, no run, starts wide, keeps on going with the angle, left alone

1.4

Tsotsobe to Asad Shafiq, no run, looks to drive at a length ball outside off, gets an inside edge that goes towards square leg

1.5

Tsotsobe to Asad Shafiq, no run, back of a length, close to off, hit to cover

1.6

Tsotsobe to Asad Shafiq, no run, driven towards cover, still can't find the gap - maiden over for Tsotsobe

End of over 2 (maiden) Pakistan 7/0 (280 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 5.83)
Asad Shafiq    1* (9b)      LL Tsotsobe    1-1-0-0
Mohammad Hafeez    5* (3b 1x4)      CK Langeveldt    1-0-6-0

just the one slip in now

2.1

Langeveldt to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, back of a length, around off, defended back to Langeveldt

2.2

Langeveldt to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 leg bye, moves across the stump and misses. There is naturally a big shout, but perhaps it is heading down the leg side. Rightly called not out, but dangerous shot

2.3

Langeveldt to Asad Shafiq, OUT, gone! This is short and there for the pull but Asad is late into the shot, and the top edge skies towards mid-on where Morne Morkel takes the catch moving backwards

Asad Shafiq c M Morkel b Langeveldt 1 (9m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 10.00

Younis Khan is the new man but is at the non-striker's end

2.4

Langeveldt to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, nearly another wicket, sharp inward movement, beats him, but it is not given lbw because it has hit him in the thigh and might have gone over the stumps

2.5

Langeveldt to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, tips and runs, gets a single to midwicket

2.6

Langeveldt to Younis Khan, 1 run, YK steers a short and wide delivery to third man for one

End of over 3 (3 runs) Pakistan 10/1 (277 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 3.33, RRR: 5.89)
Younis Khan    1* (1b)      CK Langeveldt    2-0-8-1
Mohammad Hafeez    6* (7b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    1-1-0-0

3.1

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, no run, that is nasty. This bouncer rises from just back of a length, and Younis's both feet are in the air as he keeps this down

3.2

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, no run, nicely driven on the up, but straight to Amla at short cover, on first bounce

3.3

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, no run, looks to drive again, but is not quite close to the line of the ball, and ends up inside-edging it back to the bowler

3.4

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, no run, shuffles slightly across and pushes this back to the bowler

3.5

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, no run, short and wide but gets a touch big and Younis does well to keep the cut shot down. Duminy makes a diving save at backward point

3.6

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, FOUR, finally Pakistan find a gap through the cover field. YK doesn't look to hit this wide delivery too hard, just places it wide of short cover. The timing is superb. First runs off Tsotsobe

End of over 4 (4 runs) Pakistan 14/1 (273 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 5.93)
Younis Khan    5* (7b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    2-1-4-0
Mohammad Hafeez    6* (7b 1x4)      CK Langeveldt    2-0-8-1

4.1

Langeveldt to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, length ball, just outside off, played towards point, and they pinch a single

4.2

Langeveldt to Younis Khan, no run, just back of a length, hit towards mid-off

4.3

Langeveldt to Younis Khan, FOUR, slower ball, and YK picks it early, comes forward, and flicks it between mid-on and midwicket. Top shot

4.4

Langeveldt to Younis Khan, no run, well bowled, slight movement in from outside off, Younis ends up driving outside the line of it. Lucky to not get an edge

4.5

Langeveldt to Younis Khan, FOUR, cracking shot, Younis Khan is timing them sweetly here. Moves across a bit to get close to the line of a wide delivery and just meets it with an open face, gets it between backward point and cover-point

4.6

Langeveldt to Younis Khan, no run, shorter, closer to the stumps, and Younis gets right behind it and defends

End of over 5 (9 runs) Pakistan 23/1 (264 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 5.86)
Younis Khan    13* (12b 3x4)      CK Langeveldt    3-0-17-1
Mohammad Hafeez    7* (8b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    2-1-4-0

5.1

Tsotsobe to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, angled across Hafeez, who lets it go through to the keeper

5.2

Tsotsobe to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, another pinched single that Younis initiates. He is running well here. Hafeez just dropped it towards square leg and saw YK harind up towards the danger end, and went himself too

5.3

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, FOUR, oh what a beautiful shot! Lovely cover drive. On the up. High elbow. All along the ground. Wide of mid-off. Straight of extra cover. Where are the photographers?

5.4

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, no run, slightly slower and this time Younis plays it squarer. Can't beat backward point this time

5.5

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, no run, gets right forward to defend this one around off

5.6

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, no run, looks for a drive again and ends up reaching for this one wide outside off, gets an inside egde back to the bowler

End of over 6 (5 runs) Pakistan 28/1 (259 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 5.88)
Younis Khan    17* (16b 4x4)      LL Tsotsobe    3-1-9-0
Mohammad Hafeez    8* (10b 1x4)      CK Langeveldt    3-0-17-1

6.1

Langeveldt to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, nicely punched on the up, but straight to cover

6.2

Langeveldt to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, slightly slower, Hafeez plays away from the body, gets an inside edge that brings Younis on the strike

6.3

Langeveldt to Younis Khan, no run, slower ball again, played with an open face towards point

6.4

Langeveldt to Younis Khan, no run, angling into the pads, flicked away, but straight to short midwicket

6.5

Langeveldt to Younis Khan, no run, stump to stump again, hit down to mid-on

6.6

Langeveldt to Younis Khan, no run, length ball, outside off, played to cover

End of over 7 (1 run) Pakistan 29/1 (258 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.14, RRR: 6.00)
Younis Khan    17* (20b 4x4)      CK Langeveldt    4-0-18-1
Mohammad Hafeez    9* (12b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    3-1-9-0

7.1

Tsotsobe to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, left alone outside off

7.2

Tsotsobe to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, gets an inside edge as he plays away from the body, gets a single to fine leg

7.3

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, no run, expansive drive outside off, and makes no contact to a ball that goes straight with the angle

7.4

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, no run, back of a length, angling across, hit straight to cover-point

7.5

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, no run, that's well bowled, seaming away from middle and off, and beating him on the drive

YK has now faced 10 dot balls in a row - that's an area of his game he needs to work on. Singles

7.6

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, 1 run, gets a single this time, working it away off the pads, into the leg side

End of over 8 (2 runs) Pakistan 31/1 (256 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 3.87, RRR: 6.09)
Younis Khan    18* (24b 4x4)      LL Tsotsobe    4-1-11-0
Mohammad Hafeez    10* (14b 1x4)      CK Langeveldt    4-0-18-1

8.1

Langeveldt to Younis Khan, OUT, that is plumb, or is it? Rod Tucker sends YK on his way. It was bowled stump to stump, and the slight inside movement beat Younis. Hang on, hang on! The replays show Younis got an inside edge on it. Not quite plumb, but it looked like that live time

Younis Khan lbw b Langeveldt 18 (23m 25b 4x4 0x6) SR: 72.00

Misbah is the new batsman

8.2

Langeveldt to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, plays a shortish delivery towards cover

8.3

Langeveldt to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, nearly another wicket for Langeveldt as Misbah gets an inside edge on that defensive shot. The ball rolls past the leg stump

8.4

Langeveldt to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, angling into the pads, and hit straight to short fine

8.5

Langeveldt to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slower ball gets an outside edge, but it doesn't carry through to the keeper

8.6

Langeveldt to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, worked away off the hip, wide of short fine leg, gets a single

End of over 9 (1 run) Pakistan 32/2 (255 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 3.55, RRR: 6.21)
Misbah-ul-Haq    1* (5b)      CK Langeveldt    5-0-19-2
Mohammad Hafeez    10* (14b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    4-1-11-0

9.1

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, straight ball going across with the angle, still Misbah manages to play way outside the line of it

9.2

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length, played to short cover

9.3

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, offcutter, that moves away late and beats him. Inches away from the outside edge

9.4

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, presses forward and defends this with an open face

9.5

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, poor delivery, wide half-volley at gentle pace, and Misbah drives it nicely wide of cover

9.6

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, closer to the stumps this time, and shorter too, defended back to him

End of over 10 (4 runs) Pakistan 36/2 (251 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 3.60, RRR: 6.27)
Misbah-ul-Haq    5* (11b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    5-1-15-0
Mohammad Hafeez    10* (14b 1x4)      CK Langeveldt    5-0-19-2

Bowing PP taken

10.1

M Morkel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, nice start, gets nice bounce, off a length, making Hafeez stand tall and defend

10.2

M Morkel to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, back of a length, guides wide of mid-on for one

Jey: 'Seeing Younus LBW, isn't it high time that third umpire overturns these type of decisions. Why do you need UDRS for these? What is needed is common sense :)" Hmm

10.3

M Morkel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, nice cut shot, right on top of the bounce, but Albie Morkel makes a diving save, running across from third man

10.4

M Morkel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, guided with an open face, to third man

10.5

M Morkel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, cut away straight to cover-point. Morkel will want to get slightly closer to the stumps

10.6

M Morkel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, aggression! Morkel fields this in his follow through, and lets the throw rip, hitting the stumps out of the ground. And replays show Hafeez had just about grounded the bat when the stumps came out

End of over 11 (4 runs) Pakistan 40/2 (247 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 3.63, RRR: 6.33)
Mohammad Hafeez    11* (18b 1x4)      M Morkel    1-0-4-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    8* (13b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    5-1-15-0

11.1

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, inside edge towards short fine leg as he pushes away from his body

11.2

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, shuffles across and plays a widish delivery towards point

11.3

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, gets a thick outside edge pushing away from the body, wide of slip it goes

11.4

Tsotsobe to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, slower offcutter, beats his outside edge, and bounces short of the keeper

11.5

Tsotsobe to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, across the line to a delivery outside off, and it beats has outside edge again

11.6

Tsotsobe to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, comes forward to defend this to cover

End of over 12 (1 run) Pakistan 41/2 (246 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 3.41, RRR: 6.47)
Mohammad Hafeez    11* (21b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    6-1-16-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    9* (16b 1x4)      M Morkel    1-0-4-0

12.1

M Morkel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, beaten outside off, as there is extra bounce on this

12.2

M Morkel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, moves across the stumps to place this wide of deep square and come back for two

12.3

M Morkel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, shuffles across again, but plays it to point this time

12.4

M Morkel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, presses forward to defend this to point

12.5

M Morkel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, goes for the pull, clearly late into it, and ends up hitting it to mid-on

12.6

M Morkel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short outside off, opens his face on it, and plays it to backward point

End of over 13 (2 runs) Pakistan 43/2 (244 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 3.30, RRR: 6.59)
Misbah-ul-Haq    11* (22b 1x4)      M Morkel    2-0-6-0
Mohammad Hafeez    11* (21b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    6-1-16-0

Paul: "Totally agree with Jey. Nadeem Ghauri has TV monitor in front of him and he's not blind so there shouldn't be a problem with 3rd umpire overruling." Albie Morkel to bowl now

13.1

JA Morkel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, back of a length, outside off, punched to cover

13.2

JA Morkel to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, nice shot, angling into the pads, with the fine leg up, and he places it past that man

13.3

JA Morkel to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, driven off the front foot, to point, with an open face

13.4

JA Morkel to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, too short, too gentle, and Misbah pulls it between mid-on and midwicket. Loose delivery all right, and he cashes in

13.5

JA Morkel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, punched off the back foot, through the cover field

13.6

JA Morkel to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, this one stops at him a bit and he ends up chipping it over the infield on the on side

End of over 14 (11 runs) Pakistan 54/2 (233 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 3.85, RRR: 6.47)
Mohammad Hafeez    17* (25b 2x4)      JA Morkel    1-0-11-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    16* (24b 2x4)      M Morkel    2-0-6-0

14.1

M Morkel to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, wide outside off, and steered to third man for a single

14.2

M Morkel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, short, into the ribs, pulled away to fine leg

14.3

M Morkel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, angling into the stumps, stays back, and plays it towards midwicket

14.4

M Morkel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, defends this off the back foot

14.5

M Morkel to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, gets a thick inside edge on the drive, gets a couple of runs as the ball goes between deep square leg and deep midwicket

14.6

M Morkel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, pushed uppishly towards midwicket

End of over 15 (4 runs) Pakistan 58/2 (229 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 3.86, RRR: 6.54)
Mohammad Hafeez    20* (30b 2x4)      M Morkel    3-0-10-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    17* (25b 2x4)      JA Morkel    1-0-11-0

Kaspar: "I disagree on the third umpire automatically overruling the onfield umpire. The responsibility for the match lays with the two umpires in the field, and they have it at their discretion to refer it should they feel in doubt. And if the third umpire had to overrule every single error, it'd take forever to complete a match." Robin Peterson to bowl now

15.1

Peterson to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, flat delivery, no spin, hit back to the bowler

15.2

Peterson to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, repeat of the previous delivery, the ball is skidding through

15.3

Peterson to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT, and the third ball in a row doesn't spin, but Misbah plays for the turn, thus sealing his downfall. If I were playing Pakistan, I would fill my teams with left-arm spinners. Really. How Pakistan batsman manage is beyond me. This time Misbah stretches forward and plays outside the line of the ball. Hit on knee roll, stretching forward, but hit right in front

Misbah-ul-Haq lbw b Peterson 17 (36m 28b 2x4 0x6) SR: 60.71

Fawad Alam is the new man

15.4

Peterson to Fawad Alam, no run, defends this off the front foot

15.5

Peterson to Fawad Alam, 1 run, guides this to third man for one

Rizzy: "It doesnt take too long for an umpire to shout through the walkie talkie to tell the on field umpire to resume play, it takes longer for the batsman to walk off the ground and to bring in a new batsman. Also think of the fans and the boring/repetetive ads they have to watch everytime a wicket falls"

15.6

Peterson to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, pushed to cover-point for a single

End of over 16 (2 runs) Pakistan 60/3 (227 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 3.75, RRR: 6.67)
Mohammad Hafeez    21* (31b 2x4)      RJ Peterson    1-0-2-1
Fawad Alam    1* (2b)      M Morkel    3-0-10-0

Someone who wants to be called Geoffrey from Yorkshire: "How does Albie Morkel still get to bowl in international cricket? My mum is more menacing. And she'd probably bowl a better line. He makes Paul Collingwood look like Wasim Akram. I was 70 this week by the way, happy birthday to me....." The thing is, there can be only one Geoffrey in Yarkshire

16.1

M Morkel to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, pulled in front of square, clears midwicket even though he doesn't connect perfectly

16.2

M Morkel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, driven straight to cover

16.3

M Morkel to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, nice calculated shot here, sees mid-on is up, gets under a length delivery and goes over the infield

16.4

M Morkel to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, steered away to third man for one

Barry: "I disagree with Kaspar. It's a matter of seconds for the 3rd umpire to pick up an obvious error and advise the field umpires to alter their decision or wait while he has another look. At least this way the decisions will be correct. The clumsy referral system wastes time."

16.5

M Morkel to Fawad Alam, no run, half a shout for lbw from Morne, but he soon realises this is pitched well outside leg

16.6

M Morkel to Fawad Alam, no run, shuffles across, gets an inside edge onto the pad as the ball gets a touch big on him

End of over 17 (7 runs) Pakistan 67/3 (220 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 3.94, RRR: 6.66)
Fawad Alam    1* (4b)      M Morkel    4-0-17-0
Mohammad Hafeez    28* (35b 3x4)      RJ Peterson    1-0-2-1

Graeme: "I blame Pakistan's support staff for Misbah's wicket. Or are the only videos they have of Robby P carrying drinks? Playing for the spin indeed!" Nicely ripping into both parties there. I like

17.1

Peterson to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, on target, no turn still, defended to cover

17.2

Peterson to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, played back to the bowler

17.3

Peterson to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, shorter, cut away for one

17.4

Peterson to Fawad Alam, 1 run, short again, pushed down to long-on for one

17.5

Peterson to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, comes down the track and pushes it into the leg side

17.6

Peterson to Fawad Alam, no run, full and straight, played back to the bowler

End of over 18 (3 runs) Pakistan 70/3 (217 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 3.88, RRR: 6.78)
Fawad Alam    2* (6b)      RJ Peterson    2-0-5-1
Mohammad Hafeez    30* (39b 3x4)      M Morkel    4-0-17-0

Angryangy: "Rizzy is right, walking to the middle takes too long. Batsmen should be supplied straight to the crease via pneumatic tubes." Botha brings himself on

18.1

Botha to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Hafeez stretches forward and plays a defensive shot

18.2

Botha to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, back of a length, stays back and hits it back to Botha

18.3

Botha to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, Botha strikes in his first over! Looks for the late-cut, but it isn't quite short enough for the shot, and AB goes up spontaneously as soon as he competes the collection. Hafeez doesn't looks too unhappy while walking back either

Mohammad Hafeez c †de Villiers b Botha 30 (85m 42b 3x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

Captain to captain now. Afridi is the new batsman

18.4

Botha to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, tosses this up wide, Afridi places it wide of point for one

18.5

Botha to Fawad Alam, 1 run, tossed up, Alam gets across, covers the line, opens the face

18.6

Botha to Shahid Afridi, no run, flat delivery, crunched away, but straight to cover

End of over 19 (2 runs) Pakistan 72/4 (215 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 3.78, RRR: 6.93)
Shahid Afridi    1* (2b)      J Botha    1-0-2-1
Fawad Alam    3* (7b)      RJ Peterson    2-0-5-1

19.1

Peterson to Fawad Alam, 1 run, pushed down the ground for a single

19.2

Peterson to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, flat, into the pads, hit to deep midwicket for one

19.3

Peterson to Fawad Alam, 1 run, full, middle and leg, pushed to long-on for one

19.4

Peterson to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, short, into the pads, and Afridi flick/pulls it smack between long-on and deep midwicket. Lovely power he generates there

19.5

Peterson to Shahid Afridi, no run, gets an inside edge as this one skids through, but he is safe

19.6

Peterson to Shahid Afridi, no run, tossed up around middle and off, Afridi is shaping up for a biggie, but blocks it in the end

End of over 20 (7 runs) Pakistan 79/4 (208 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 3.95, RRR: 6.93)
Shahid Afridi    6* (6b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    3-0-12-1
Fawad Alam    5* (9b)      J Botha    1-0-2-1

20.1

Botha to Fawad Alam, 1 run, placed wide of point for a single

20.2

Botha to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, nicely bowled, lopped up, teasing Afridi, who can't hold himself back, goes for a big hit without any feet movement. As it turns it out, the ball pitches shorter than he expects, and the inside edge that results misses the stumps

20.3

Botha to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, shorter, flatter, placed wide of deep point for two

20.4

Botha to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, pushes this wide of cover for one

20.5

Botha to Fawad Alam, no run, defended off the front foot

20.6

Botha to Fawad Alam, no run, Botha can't believe he hasn't got him here. Pushes in the quicker one, full and fast, and appeals as soon as he hits Alam's pad, and carries on appealing. Tucker, though, is not convinced. That was hitting the middle of middle stump, by the way, and half the ball was inside the line of off at the point of impact

End of over 21 (6 runs) Pakistan 85/4 (202 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.04, RRR: 6.96)
Fawad Alam    6* (12b)      J Botha    2-0-8-1
Shahid Afridi    11* (9b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    3-0-12-1

21.1

Peterson to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, pushed to midwicket for one

21.2

Peterson to Fawad Alam, 1 run, opens the face of the bat, gets a single to short third man

21.3

Peterson to Shahid Afridi, no run

21.4

Peterson to Shahid Afridi, no run, swept away, but straight to short fine

21.5

Peterson to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, pulled away to deep midwicket for one

21.6

Peterson to Fawad Alam, no run, driven to midwicket, straight to the fielder

End of over 22 (3 runs) Pakistan 88/4 (199 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 7.10)
Fawad Alam    7* (14b)      RJ Peterson    4-0-15-1
Shahid Afridi    13* (13b 1x4)      J Botha    2-0-8-1

22.1

Botha to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, plays the paddle sweep, gets a single

Ritchie: "If 3rd umpires are allowed to interfere in the match - why do we need on field umpires? Cause in that case, the third umpire has to watch every ball and decide whether everything is OK!"

22.2

Botha to Fawad Alam, no run, tossed outside off, defended to cover

22.3

Botha to Fawad Alam, no run, another forward defensive

22.4

Botha to Fawad Alam, 1 run, quicker ball again, but Alam gets the at down in time this time

22.5

Botha to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, Afridi charges down the track and hits this flighted delivery with all his might. Because he has got too close to the pitch of it, he doesn't get elevation, but he has hit it so hard it still almost carries to long-off

22.6

Botha to Fawad Alam, no run, defended with an open face

End of over 23 (3 runs) Pakistan 91/4 (196 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 3.95, RRR: 7.25)
Fawad Alam    8* (18b)      J Botha    3-0-11-1
Shahid Afridi    15* (15b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    4-0-15-1

23.1

Peterson to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, lovely shot! Both touch and power here. Makes room, goes inside out, which is class. And also hits the pants off this ball. Gets four

23.2

Peterson to Shahid Afridi, SIX, Boom Boom! The crowd at its loudest today, and why not? Afridi has played another beautiful shot, charging down, making room, and lofting him over long-off. Clean as a whistle

23.3

Peterson to Shahid Afridi, no run, swings the bat again, but misses. No feet there

23.4

Peterson to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, swept away powerfully, from outside off, gets a single

23.5

Peterson to Fawad Alam, no run, forward defensive

23.6

Peterson to Fawad Alam, 1 run, pushes this wide of point for a single

End of over 24 (12 runs) Pakistan 103/4 (184 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.29, RRR: 7.07)
Fawad Alam    9* (20b)      RJ Peterson    5-0-27-1
Shahid Afridi    26* (19b 2x4 1x6)      J Botha    3-0-11-1

24.1

Botha to Fawad Alam, 1 run, full ball, driven down to long-off for one

24.2

Botha to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, paddled away from outside off, gets a single

24.3

Botha to Fawad Alam, no run, straight delivery, no turn, looking for the lbw, Alam comes forward and defends

24.4

Botha to Fawad Alam, 1 run, stretches forward and pushes this to long-off

24.5

Botha to Shahid Afridi, 1 wide, sees Afridi back away, tosses it wide of off, still called wide. Fairly so, I suppose

24.5

Botha to Shahid Afridi, no run, does the same again as Afridi backs away. This time, though, it breaks in, and is not called wide

24.6

Botha to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, another paddle sweep, another single

End of over 25 (5 runs) Pakistan 108/4 (179 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.32, RRR: 7.16)
Shahid Afridi    28* (22b 2x4 1x6)      J Botha    4-0-16-1
Fawad Alam    11* (23b)      RJ Peterson    5-0-27-1

Langeveldt comes back

25.1

Langeveldt to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, and he is greeted by a flashy shot from Afridi, wide of backward point

25.2

Langeveldt to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, opens the face on this one, guiding it to third man

Adrian: "Indoor cricket just has 3rd umpires - sitting in a box in front of a TV screen with a microphone to inform the players of the decision. That works quite well. Perhaps one day outdoor cricket will end up the same way."

25.3

Langeveldt to Fawad Alam, no run, shuffles across to defend this shortish ball

25.4

Langeveldt to Fawad Alam, no run, looks to tip and run, but hasn't created any distance between the ball and Langeveldt

25.5

Langeveldt to Fawad Alam, 1 run, opens the face, gets it past point, takes a single

25.6

Langeveldt to Shahid Afridi, SIX, top shot! Afridi is turning it on. length ball outside off, and he goes inside out, connecting cleanly, and clears the extra-cover boundary

End of over 26 (10 runs) Pakistan 118/4 (169 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.53, RRR: 7.04)
Shahid Afridi    37* (25b 2x4 2x6)      CK Langeveldt    6-0-29-2
Fawad Alam    12* (26b)      J Botha    4-0-16-1

Morne Morkel comes back too. SA taking no risks with Afridi. Spinners are off, their two big fast bowlers are on

26.1

M Morkel to Fawad Alam, 1 run, punches a wide delivery to point for one

26.2

M Morkel to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, length ball, around off, steered away to third man for one

26.3

M Morkel to Fawad Alam, 1 run, gets this length ball past point, brings Afridi back on strike

26.4

M Morkel to Shahid Afridi, no run, bouncer, not the full blooded one. Afridi looks for the upper cut, but is beaten by the bounce

26.5

M Morkel to Shahid Afridi, no run, slower bouncer, and Afridi is beaten again. This is good bowling. Will be interesting to see how Afridi reacts to these two bouncers

26.6

M Morkel to Shahid Afridi, no run, pushes this up wide of off, Afridi is not looking for a big shot, and punches it to point

End of over 27 (3 runs) Pakistan 121/4 (166 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.48, RRR: 7.21)
Shahid Afridi    38* (29b 2x4 2x6)      M Morkel    5-0-20-0
Fawad Alam    14* (28b)      CK Langeveldt    6-0-29-2

Tsotosobe comes back

27.1

Tsotsobe to Fawad Alam, 2 runs, Alam drives this wide half-volley, past extra cover, comes back for the second

27.2

Tsotsobe to Fawad Alam, 1 run, worked away off the pads, gets a single to deep square leg

27.3

Tsotsobe to Shahid Afridi, no run, length ball, within the stumps, hit back to the bowler

27.4

Tsotsobe to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, angled across him, Afridi swings at it, doesn't quite connect but clears mid-off and comes back for two

27.5

Tsotsobe to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, angled across him, opens the face on it, and collects a couple

27.6

Tsotsobe to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, drops this to cover with soft hands and rushes across for one

End of over 28 (8 runs) Pakistan 129/4 (158 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 7.18)
Shahid Afridi    43* (33b 2x4 2x6)      LL Tsotsobe    7-1-24-0
Fawad Alam    17* (30b)      M Morkel    5-0-20-0

28.1

M Morkel to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, back of a length, gets a thick leading edge, past point, wide of sweeper-cover. Afridi comes back for the second

28.2

M Morkel to Shahid Afridi, no run, slightly fuller, catching him on the back foot, the inside edge doesn't make it to the stumps

28.3

M Morkel to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, this time staying deep in the crease helps. Morkel bowls the bouncer, Afridi is ready for it, and pulls it high over midwicket. Not the sweetest of shots, but he knows he needs to just clear midwicket, and he does that with ease

28.4

M Morkel to Shahid Afridi, no run, fuller, around off, seamed a bit (maybe not), and beats his outside edge

28.5

M Morkel to Shahid Afridi, no run, that's the meaner bouncer, and it gets big on him and beats the pull shot for the bounce

28.6

M Morkel to Shahid Afridi, no run, back of a length, around off, beats his attempt to squeeze it through the covers

End of over 29 (6 runs) Pakistan 135/4 (152 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.65, RRR: 7.23)
Shahid Afridi    49* (39b 3x4 2x6)      M Morkel    6-0-26-0
Fawad Alam    17* (30b)      LL Tsotsobe    7-1-24-0

29.1

Tsotsobe to Fawad Alam, 1 run, Alam gets across, opens the face, takes the single, leaves it to Afridi

29.2

Tsotsobe to Shahid Afridi, OUT, there comes the inexplicably poor shot! Afridi knows the long-on is placed, and this is not even a half-volley, but goes ahead with the attempt to clear long-on regardless. The mis-hit threatens to land short of long-on, but Ingram takes a nice, running-in catch. The umpires ask Afridi to wait a moment because they are not sure if this is a no-ball, a trend started by Billy Bowden. The ball is good. Afridi is gone. He was good while he lasted, but got out in frustrating manner

Shahid Afridi c Ingram b Tsotsobe 49 (41m 40b 3x4 2x6) SR: 122.50

29.3

Tsotsobe to Fawad Alam, no run, left alone outside off

Paul the octopus is dead, but we have Harry Lime. He wrote this five minutes agao: 'As per the venerable StatsGuru, Afridi now has a batting average of over 38 as a captain Could he possibly be Pakistan's best batting hope in this series? Please note this message claims no responsibility for Afridi bring dismissed in the next one over."

29.4

Tsotsobe to Fawad Alam, no run, left alone outside off again

29.5

Tsotsobe to Fawad Alam, 1 run, angling into the pads, Alam collects a single

Razzaq is the new batsman. A slip comes in

29.6

Tsotsobe to Abdul Razzaq, no run, slower offcutter, pitches outside leg, heads towards middle and off. Razzaq defends

End of over 30 (2 runs) Pakistan 137/5 (150 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.56, RRR: 7.50)
Abdul Razzaq    0* (1b)      LL Tsotsobe    8-1-26-1
Fawad Alam    19* (34b)      M Morkel    6-0-26-0

Moegoe: "Tsotsobe who?" Good timing Moegoe. Meanwhile spin comes back once Afridi is gone

30.1

Botha to Fawad Alam, 1 run, full delivery, driven down to long-off for one

30.2

Botha to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, another full delivery, driven down to long-on

Harry is dismayed. "I am appalled I missed a full stop in my message." Don't worry, we are not judging

30.3

Botha to Fawad Alam, no run, plays with the open face, can't beat short third man

30.4

Botha to Fawad Alam, no run, shorter, pushed to extra cover

30.5

Botha to Fawad Alam, no run, tossed up, driven to extra cover

30.6

Botha to Fawad Alam, no run, another forward defensive from Alam

End of over 31 (2 runs) Pakistan 139/5 (148 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.48, RRR: 7.78)
Fawad Alam    20* (39b)      J Botha    5-0-18-1
Abdul Razzaq    1* (2b)      LL Tsotsobe    8-1-26-1

Peterson comes back too

31.1

Peterson to Abdul Razzaq, no run, angled into the pads, as is his wont, finds the pad

31.2

Peterson to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, gets a thick inside edge to deep backward square

31.3

Peterson to Fawad Alam, no run, Peterson gets one to turn. Stop the press. Alam is surprised, and is beaten

31.4

Peterson to Fawad Alam, no run, fuller now, outside off, played back to the bowler

31.5

Peterson to Fawad Alam, 1 run, pushed to long-off for one

31.6

Peterson to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, flat, into the pads, worked away for one

End of over 32 (3 runs) Pakistan 142/5 (145 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.43, RRR: 8.05)
Abdul Razzaq    3* (5b)      RJ Peterson    6-0-30-1
Fawad Alam    21* (42b)      J Botha    5-0-18-1

Sean Downey: "Razzaq and Albie Morkel - 2 once great all rounders past their time?" Well, Albie is still a handful when playing for CSK

32.1

Botha to Abdul Razzaq, no run, looks to hit this one hard, but the ball stays low, and he plays with an open face towards point

32.2

Botha to Abdul Razzaq, no run, opens the face late again, finds point again

32.3

Botha to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, worked around the corner for one

32.4

Botha to Fawad Alam, 1 run, comes down the ground, pushes this to long-off for one

round the wicket to Razzaq

32.5

Botha to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, around the pads, worked away for one

over the wicket for Alam

32.6

Botha to Fawad Alam, FOUR, drags it short, and Alam rocks back and pulls it between long-on and deep midwicket. His first boundary

End of over 33 (7 runs) Pakistan 149/5 (138 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.51, RRR: 8.11)
Fawad Alam    26* (44b 1x4)      J Botha    6-0-25-1
Abdul Razzaq    5* (9b)      RJ Peterson    6-0-30-1

Awais: "Razzaq also wasn't bad for his domestic team. He won them this year's title!"

33.1

Peterson to Abdul Razzaq, SIX, what a shot from Razzaq! Perhaps the best of the night. Getting to the pitch of an unremarkable delivery and hitting him for a flat, straight six

33.2

Peterson to Abdul Razzaq, no run, cut to short third man

33.3

Peterson to Abdul Razzaq, no run, appeal for stumping. Third umpire rightly calls it not out. Razzaq goes for the big heave, Peterson tosses it up wide, Razzaq drags the foot out, but makes it back in time

33.4

Peterson to Abdul Razzaq, no run, tossed up wide again, and Razzaq fails to make contact again

33.5

Peterson to Abdul Razzaq, no run, flatter, closer to the stumps, just holds its line, and beats a defensive poke

33.6

Peterson to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, flights it wide of off, and Razzaq goes for the more classical extra-cover drive, and connects beautifully. All along the ground, and into the gap

End of over 34 (10 runs) Pakistan 159/5 (128 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.67, RRR: 8.00)
Abdul Razzaq    15* (15b 1x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    7-0-40-1
Fawad Alam    26* (44b 1x4)      J Botha    6-0-25-1

34.1

Botha to Fawad Alam, 1 run, comes down the track and pushes this to long-off for one

round the wicket to Razzaq

34.2

Botha to Abdul Razzaq, no run, flat around pads, pushed back to the right of the bowler

34.3

Botha to Abdul Razzaq, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

34.3

Botha to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, quicker one, gets a thick inside edge for a single into the leg side

Alan: "I also think criticism of Razzaq is somewhat exaggerated. A man who manages to play for Pakistan for nearly fifteen years without significantly falling out with anyone deserves to have their resilience more widely recognised." Troo dat. Respect

34.4

Botha to Fawad Alam, 1 run, punched into the off side for one

34.5

Botha to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, worked around the corner for a single

34.6

Botha to Fawad Alam, no run, flighted around off, defended towards point

End of over 35 (5 runs) Pakistan 164/5 (123 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.68, RRR: 8.20)
Fawad Alam    28* (47b 1x4)      J Botha    7-0-30-1
Abdul Razzaq    17* (18b 1x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    7-0-40-1

Taha: "And not to forget, Razzaq also helped Hampshire win the local t20 cup.."

35.1

JA Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, slower ball, short and wide, cut away, misfielded by Duminy at point

35.2

JA Morkel to Fawad Alam, 1 run, steered to third man for a single

35.3

JA Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, nicely played, shaping up for the big shot, then spotting the slower ball, and running it down to third man

35.4

JA Morkel to Fawad Alam, no run, bouncer, Alam in no position to play that, and pulls down the wrong height

Sam: "Fawad Alam reminds me of Ravindra Jadeja :)" Except Alam scored a century on Test debut

35.5

JA Morkel to Fawad Alam, FOUR, he breaks free... slower ball, he reads it early and then comes down the track to pull it over midwicket

35.6

JA Morkel to Fawad Alam, 1 run, plays this with soft hands, steals a single to cover

End of over 36 (8 runs) Pakistan 172/5 (115 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.77, RRR: 8.21)
Fawad Alam    34* (51b 2x4)      JA Morkel    2-0-19-0
Abdul Razzaq    19* (20b 1x4 1x6)      J Botha    7-0-30-1

RM: "You are a bunch of incompetent cricket enthusiasts. You still can't publish my 'patent stuff' while you do publish obsolete 'tsotsobe who' kind of worth ess comments. I will seek legal help, to safeguard my patent." I had to censor the rest of it. Coming back, yeah, I like "legal action". Too many suspect actions going around. No?

Elliot: "Would prefer you not to mention the Hampshire effort Taha. As a Somerset fan I was on the receiving end of it!

He's played some good innings against England though"

Morne comes back

36.1

M Morkel to Fawad Alam, 1 wide, and Alam swings at a delivery away from him. Called a wide

Dave: "Peterson & Morkel JA - two players that should be carrying drinks at provincial level. Nothing more. Why are they picked??"

36.1

M Morkel to Fawad Alam, no run, tips and runs, then sends Razzaq back, who makes it back in time

36.2

M Morkel to Fawad Alam, 1 run, tips and runs again, this time Peterson's misfield at straightish extra cover helps them take the single

36.3

M Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

36.3

M Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, no run, left alone outside off

36.4

M Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, no run, bouncer outside off, Razzaq leaves it alone

36.5

M Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, no run, back of a length, holding its line outside off, beating his defensive poke at it

36.6

M Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, no run, another delivery left alone outside off

End of over 37 (3 runs) Pakistan 175/5 (112 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.72, RRR: 8.61)
Abdul Razzaq    19* (24b 1x4 1x6)      M Morkel    7-0-29-0
Fawad Alam    35* (53b 2x4)      JA Morkel    2-0-19-0

37.1

JA Morkel to Fawad Alam, 1 run, angling into the pads, worked away for a single

37.2

JA Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, no run, punched to point

Tim: "People are too hard on Albie Morkel. SA have not used him wisely in their batting line up and have thereby deprived a batting allrounder of batting opportunities. Smith seems to expect him to come in with 5 overs left and hit 50. His bowling is average at international level, but i would argue that its supposed to be a bonus. And 50 wickets in 50 games at a mid 30 average and RPO of 5 is nothing to laugh at in a batting allrounder. Peterson on the other hand is more difficult to defend..."

37.3

JA Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, wide outside off, cut away to third man for one

37.4

JA Morkel to Fawad Alam, 1 run, clears the front leg, hits it down to long-off for one

37.5

JA Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, no run, short and wide, looks to upper-cut it, but is beaten by the extra bounce

37.6

JA Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, SIX, incredible shot! He has spent the last six-seven deliveries leaving alone, defending, Test-match style, and suddenly he lofts this with an open face, and clears the deep point

End of over 38 (9 runs) Pakistan 184/5 (103 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.84, RRR: 8.58)
Abdul Razzaq    26* (28b 1x4 2x6)      JA Morkel    3-0-28-0
Fawad Alam    37* (55b 2x4)      M Morkel    7-0-29-0

38.1

M Morkel to Fawad Alam, 1 run, Alam pushes a short delivery down to long-off for one

38.2

M Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, no run, looks for the late-cut, but the ball is not quite short enough, and is beaten

38.3

M Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, no run, well bowled, short of a length, just outside off, getting it to hold its line, and beating him outside off

Wanderer is right on the mark: "Razzaq: Block, block, block, thwack, thwack. He only has two gears and is the only way he ever knows how to play."

38.4

M Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, 1 leg bye, angling into the pads, misses out on this and gets only a leg-bye

Robbie: "RE: Peterson's defence, he did take the wicket of a test captain. In Pakistans case im not so sure thats much of a defence tho...."

38.5

M Morkel to Fawad Alam, 1 run, gets an inside edge for a single

38.6

M Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, into the pads again, and he flicks it down to fine leg for one

End of over 39 (4 runs) Pakistan 188/5 (99 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.82, RRR: 9.00)
Abdul Razzaq    27* (32b 1x4 2x6)      M Morkel    8-0-32-0
Fawad Alam    39* (57b 2x4)      JA Morkel    3-0-28-0

Dave, again: "It's not even worth arguing about Albie. He hasn't done anything for a very long time. He's a poor man's Justin Kemp (who, in turn, was a poor man's Klusener), who leaks runs at a ridiculous rate and gives his wicket away time and again. We have MUCH better players." Tsotsobe comes back

39.1

Tsotsobe to Abdul Razzaq, 1 no ball, starts with a front-foot no-ball. Razzaq defends the shortish delivery

free-hit

39.1

Tsotsobe to Abdul Razzaq, SIX, and Razzaq makes full use of it, clearing his front leg, and lofting it over deep midwicket. Length ball it was, and perfect for Razzaq to hit

39.2

Tsotsobe to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, slower delivery, and he pushes it down to long-off for one

39.3

Tsotsobe to Fawad Alam, 1 wide, bouncer outside off, Alam leaves it alone, called wide for height

39.3

Tsotsobe to Fawad Alam, 2 runs, slower ball, too full, pushed wide of cover with soft hands, comes back for two

39.4

Tsotsobe to Fawad Alam, no run, driven this time, to extra cover

39.5

Tsotsobe to Fawad Alam, 1 run, comes down the track, takes it on the full, gets a single to long-on

39.6

Tsotsobe to Abdul Razzaq, no run, looks to run this down to third man, but is beaten by the slowness of it. Well bowled

End of over 40 (12 runs) Pakistan 200/5 (87 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.00, RRR: 8.70)
Abdul Razzaq    34* (36b 1x4 3x6)      LL Tsotsobe    9-1-38-1
Fawad Alam    42* (60b 2x4)      M Morkel    8-0-32-0

Batting PP taken. If Pakistan don't lose a wicket in the next five overs, we will be in for a close, really close, game

40.1

Botha to Fawad Alam, FOUR, and Alam shows his other side first ball, slog-sweeping a full ball from Botha, over mid-on, one-bounce for four

deep midwicket is out, not long-on

40.2

Botha to Fawad Alam, no run, bowls full, fast and straight, defended back to the bowler

40.3

Botha to Fawad Alam, no run, swept nicely, but finds square leg

40.4

Botha to Fawad Alam, no run, full and fast and straight again, hit to the right of Botha who dashes across to field

40.5

Botha to Fawad Alam, 1 run, pushes this one to cover for a single

40.6

Botha to Abdul Razzaq, SIX, Game. Is. On. Botha goes round the wicket, pitches it fullish, in Razzaq's swinging arc, and swing he does, over deep square leg for a six

End of over 41 (11 runs) Pakistan 211/5 (76 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.14, RRR: 8.44)
Abdul Razzaq    40* (37b 1x4 4x6)      J Botha    8-0-41-1
Fawad Alam    47* (65b 3x4)      LL Tsotsobe    9-1-38-1

Taha is prepared for the worst: "One of those matches where you think Pakistan can win...... But I know we wont win :( when was the last time we won from a seeming lost position????? Get ready for a collapse guys!" Doesn't hurt that much this way. Langeveldt comes back now

41.1

Langeveldt to Fawad Alam, no run, bouncer from round the stumps, Alam gets in an awkward position when pulling, and is beaten

41.2

Langeveldt to Fawad Alam, 1 run, slower bouncer now, Alam still looks awkward, but keeps it down, and hands it over to Razzaq

Tim: "Dave: How are Albie and Kemp comparable. Unless you completely ignore statistics and basic logic too for that matter. Name a better seaming allrounder in SA other than Kallis. There is no longer an abundant supply. Smith is helping kill Albie's career. Last time he played excellently in ODI's was the same time Duminy (until 2 weeks ago) last did (in Aus) - we haven't lost faith in Duminy..."

41.3

Langeveldt to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, Razzaq gets four more. Not the smartest of deliveries, full, outside off, almost a half-volley, and Razzaq throws the thing we do our dishes in at it. The thick edge flies over short third man

Yogesh: "Between Razzaq and Afridi, Razzaq is a better blocker and the one capable of playing longer innings. He should bat above Afridi." I sort of agree. I liked when he used to come in at 3 around the turn of the century

41.4

Langeveldt to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, back of a length, wide of off, Razzaq clears the leg and swings, gets the toe end, towards long-off for one

41.5

Langeveldt to Fawad Alam, OUT, ODI wicket No. 100 for Langeveldt! Another Pakistani misses a fifty. Fawad sees a length ball and goes after it, but ends up slicing it straight to extra cover

Fawad Alam c JA Morkel b Langeveldt 48 (113m 68b 3x4 0x6) SR: 70.58

Zulqarnain is the new man in

41.6

Langeveldt to Zulqarnain Haider, 2 runs, gets the old-fashioned outside edge that the tailenders so love. But the third man is fine, and Ingram there makes a nice diving save to keep them down to two

End of over 42 (8 runs) Pakistan 219/6 (68 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.21, RRR: 8.50)
Zulqarnain Haider    2* (1b)      CK Langeveldt    7-0-37-3
Abdul Razzaq    45* (39b 2x4 4x6)      J Botha    8-0-41-1

Morne comes back

42.1

M Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, no run, lovely start, Morne is the only bowler who has troubled Razzaq. Back of a length, around off, holding its line, beating the outside edge

42.2

M Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, no run, almost a replay of the first ball, beating the outside edge again

42.3

M Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, fuller, around off, looks to nudge it into a gap, but gets an inside edge onto the pad, takes a single

42.4

M Morkel to Zulqarnain Haider, 1 run, Zulqarnain tries the ramp shot, but this is short and not in that shot's range. In fact the ball hits his glove, as opposed to he hitting the ball, and lobs over the keeper's head

42.5

M Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, no run, just short of driving length, straight within the stumps, defended back

42.6

M Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, no run, shortish, widish, left alone! Last ball of the over! Not even looking for a single to take strike for the next over. What a batsman

End of over 43 (2 runs) Pakistan 221/6 (66 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.13, RRR: 9.42)
Abdul Razzaq    46* (44b 2x4 4x6)      M Morkel    9-0-34-0
Zulqarnain Haider    3* (2b)      CK Langeveldt    7-0-37-3

43.1

Langeveldt to Zulqarnain Haider, 2 runs, almost played on! Zulqi's inside edge this time frustrated SA, missing the off stump, then clearing the keeper, going for two

43.2

Langeveldt to Zulqarnain Haider, no run, cut away, off the middle of the bat, but can't beat Botha at point

43.3

Langeveldt to Zulqarnain Haider, no run, short ball, ducks under it

43.4

Langeveldt to Zulqarnain Haider, no run, full and wide outside off, Zulqarnain goes after it and misses

43.5

Langeveldt to Zulqarnain Haider, 1 run, slower bouncer, no room, Zulqarain is late into the shot, is in no position to play it, but the bll hangs in the air, and bounces short of the mid-off running in

43.6

Langeveldt to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, Razzaq gets to fifty with a brutal drive through extra cover. This one asked for it, it was a wide half-volley, Razzaq opened his shoulders and let rip

End of over 44 (7 runs) Pakistan 228/6 (59 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.18, RRR: 9.83)
Abdul Razzaq    50* (45b 3x4 4x6)      CK Langeveldt    8-0-44-3
Zulqarnain Haider    6* (7b)      M Morkel    9-0-34-0

44.1

M Morkel to Zulqarnain Haider, OUT, superb work from Peterson at straightish midwicket. Zulqarnain can't do much with this shortish delivery, but he has no choice but to run. Peterson charges across, fields, and underarm-flicks it to hit the stumps direct

Zulqarnain Haider run out 6 (10m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

44.2

M Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, no run, short and wide, cut away to deep point, but he turns down the single

44.3

M Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, no run, no room, just back of a length, hit to point

44.4

M Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, no run, no room whatsoever, and the length is that nagging in-between one, and a dot ball results

44.5

M Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, lovely shot! Slightly shorter, slight width there, and Razzaq uses all his pace to cut it so that he keeps it sufficiently in front of third man

44.6

M Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, Albie misses! Razzaq goes for the single having hit it straight to point, Riaz is prepared to sacrifice himself, but Albie misses the only stump visible to him

End of over 45 (5 runs) Pakistan 233/7 (54 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.17, RRR: 10.80)
Abdul Razzaq    55* (50b 4x4 4x6)      M Morkel    10-0-39-0
Wahab Riaz    0* (0b)      CK Langeveldt    8-0-44-3

33 off the PP, but crucially two wickets lost. SA favourites here. Tsotsobe comes back. Round the wicket

45.1

Tsotsobe to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, Razzaq gets a thick inside edge on this slog, gets a single to deep square

45.2

Tsotsobe to Wahab Riaz, no run, angled across him, Riaz plays with an open face, fails to make contact

45.3

Tsotsobe to Wahab Riaz, no run, drama. Lovely catch from AB. Riaz gets the edge to the slower ball, and the ball is dying on AB, but he dives forward to get his gloves under it. They check it with the third umpire, and they have been told something by the third umpire. And the batsman has been called back. Well let me reconsider and rephrase. To me it looked straight in, but the replays were not 100% conclusive. Hence given not-out, maybe?

45.4

Tsotsobe to Wahab Riaz, no run, slogs and misses now

45.5

Tsotsobe to Wahab Riaz, no run, yorker, well bowled, no run. It's getting all too steep

45.6

Tsotsobe to Wahab Riaz, no run, slogs at thin air. At least Razzaq will be on strike

End of over 46 (1 run) Pakistan 234/7 (53 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.08, RRR: 13.25)
Wahab Riaz    0* (5b)      LL Tsotsobe    10-1-39-1
Abdul Razzaq    56* (51b 4x4 4x6)      M Morkel    10-0-39-0

46.1

Langeveldt to Abdul Razzaq, SIX, shot! Razzaq is still fighting! What a clean, crisp connection. This is not full by any means, but Razzq has smoked this down the ground for a flat six over the leaping Duminy at long-off. It just kept going

46.2

Langeveldt to Abdul Razzaq, no run, comes back with a bouncer, Razzaq is not even in position to attempt a pull

46.3

Langeveldt to Abdul Razzaq, SIX, right in his zone! Length ball, gentle pace, and Razzaq swings, swings hard, clearing long-on with ease. Razzaq is keeping this alive

46.4

Langeveldt to Abdul Razzaq, 2 runs, short ball, swatted across the line, wide of long-on, and he comes back for two

46.5

Langeveldt to Abdul Razzaq, SIX, Razzaq you beauty! Picks the slower ball, charges down, and hits it straight over Langeveldt's head for a flat six. He rarely ever hits those high sixes

46.6

Langeveldt to Abdul Razzaq, OUT, superb work from Langeveldt here! SA are causing damage from the other end here. Razzaq looks to hit this full ball down the ground for one, Langeveldt sticks his left hand out and fields. Riaz has backed up too far and Langeveldt has enough time and more to aim for the stumps and run them down

Wahab Riaz run out 0 (13m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 47 (20 runs) Pakistan 254/8 (33 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.40, RRR: 11.00)
Abdul Razzaq    76* (57b 4x4 7x6)      CK Langeveldt    9-0-64-3
     LL Tsotsobe    10-1-39-1

Are there any Pakistani players willing to stick it out along with Razzaq? Albie comes back now. Ajmal to face

47.1

JA Morkel to Saeed Ajmal, no run, played with an open face, straight to point. Razzaq has to go back

47.2

JA Morkel to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, angled into the pads, takes the single, Razzaq on strike

long-on, cow corner, deep midwicket out on the fence. So is long-off

47.3

JA Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, no run, well bowled, nearly a yorker, cramping him up, going through his legs

47.4

JA Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, (no ball) 1 run, OUT, poor poor cricket from Ajmal! What was he doing here? I feel for Razzaq here. Back to what happened. Albie bowls another yorker, but a no-ball. Razzaq digs it out, it travels softly towards long-on, and obviously Razzaq wants to face the free hit, but Ajmal is sleeping. he responds too late to his call and is run out by a mile. Brainless cricket from Ajmal

Saeed Ajmal run out 1 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

47.4

JA Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, low full toss, plays the pick-up shot, and finds the gap in that watertight leg-side field

47.5

JA Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, no run, another full ball to cramp him up, Razzaq digs it out, but declines the single

47.6

JA Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, full toss on the pads, Razzaq politely takes the single, and with that the strike for the next over

End of over 48 (8 runs) Pakistan 262/9 (25 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.45, RRR: 12.50)
Abdul Razzaq    82* (62b 5x4 7x6)      JA Morkel    4-0-36-0
Shoaib Akhtar    0* (0b)      CK Langeveldt    9-0-64-3

48.1

Langeveldt to Abdul Razzaq, SIX, whoa! Ho ho ho! Razzaq! Razzaq! Razzaq! And why are they bowling length to this man? Razzaq sees is and lofts him straight over his head for six

48.2

Langeveldt to Abdul Razzaq, no run, yorker outside off, can't get it past extra cover, turns down the single

48.3

Langeveldt to Abdul Razzaq, no run, short ball, down the leg side, SA are lucky it hit his body on the way, and AB makes a good diving save to his left

48.4

Langeveldt to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, that click sound! that crisp shot! Langeveldt tries to bounce him, he clears his front leg and pulls, in front of square over midwicket. Akhtar is applauding him. Will he stand with him till the end?

48.5

Langeveldt to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, full on the pads, hit straight of long-on, but they take just the single

Shoaib, time for you to face

48.6

Langeveldt to Shoaib Akhtar, no run, full toss, straight at stumps, Shoaib keeps it out. Razzaq gets strike for the last over

End of over 49 (11 runs) Pakistan 273/9 (14 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.57, RRR: 14.00)
Shoaib Akhtar    0* (1b)      CK Langeveldt    10-0-75-3
Abdul Razzaq    93* (67b 6x4 8x6)      JA Morkel    4-0-36-0

Albie to bowl again. Long-on cow corner, deep midwicket. Off side open. This will be bowled full and on leg stump

49.1

JA Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, no run, and he hits the crease, down the leg side, cramping him up, going through his legs

49.2

JA Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, SIX, smokinnnn! Razzaq on 99! What is he up to here? Low full toss, misses the length by inches, and smacks it over midwicket, into the grass banks. They are dancing out there. Razzaq is playing a beauty

49.3

JA Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, SIX, Razzaq! Beaut! Poor delivery. On a length, in Razzaq's arc. He gets under it, goes over midwicket. Gets to 105. Botha is on the rope. Watches it sail over his head. Shine On You Crazy Diamond

49.4

JA Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, no run, short and wide, Razzaq wants to finish it off, misses the cut. AB and Albie appeal big time, but I don't see any connection there

49.5

JA Morkel to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, Abdul. Razzaq. Sir, you have played a gem! Full ball outside off, when the leg side is heavily populated, and he crashes it through the field. Four runs! Game over. He emotes for the first time. Exults. He throws his bat, and then pumps fists. looks towards the dressing room. They are all celebrating. Shoaib picks up his bat. Hugs him. One by one all come out. Afridi. Waqar. All have one man to thank tonight

More reactions. Vishal: "Pakistan cricket was reeling...They needed a miracle to survive...and here they have it...One of the greatest ODI innings you will ever see or read in our case...This is a kind of innings that would make a nation believe in themselves...Best of luck from across the border..."

Lee de Souza: "About time we saw Razzaq again showing us what he's capable of! What-an-innings. I hope his top order counterparts were paying attention!"

Maryam: "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. POST MY COMMENT. I AM SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO HAPPY. completely worth staying up at night for. when ab de villiers thought razzaq was out i felt my whole world shattering. BUT ABDUL RAZZAQ IS TOO AWESOME. The world needs to know of my joy."

Joy to the world. On that note, we bid farewell to what was Abdul Razzaq's night. The man scored 63 of the last 65 runs. He didn't wear any costumes, he didn't perform fancy tricks, but on Halloween Night, he left the bowlers scared, very scared. Do join us for the rest of the series. And also don't forget to read Osman Samiuddin's bulletin. It will be up soon. Give him some time. Razzaq didn't give him any. And, that is that. Okay bye

Time for presentation. Some 20-30 people there on the stage. Who cares after that innings, though?

Abdul Razzaq: "Sabse achchi baat hai ki pakistan ko victory mili. Isse humara morale boost hoga. Bade time ke baad jeete hain. Cricket mein pressure toh hota hi hai, par maine apni khel kheli jaake. Ye paari to hamesha yaad rahegi. Which translates to: "The best part of the innings is that we won. It will boost our morale because we haven't been winning of late. Pressure is always there in cricket, but I just went there and played my own game. I will never forget this innings."

Johan Botha: "Can't really say much. He deserved to win the match. He hit the ball cleanly. You missed your length, and he made you pay. It's never nice to lose, but better here than in the World Cup."

Shahid Afridi "Day before yesterday I told you we would bounce back, but I had never imagined it would come this way. My batting, not 100% but better than before. We are feeling better now as a team. We have areas to improve, but we will try our best in the coming games."

Goosebumps. Single-handed. He stood there and stared into nothingness as his partners kept getting themselves out. He then thought he would do it all by himself. And boy has he done it? "Remember when you were young> You shone like the sun..." This crazy diamond is still shining. Post ICL. Post poor form. Post selectorial injustice. He is still pulling off crazy innings. Shine on!

Reactions coming in. Iain says: "I am sweating at the brow just watching the Cricinfo commentary to this match. As an Englishman I know that of all people Abdul Razzaq is the one man who will take on all eleven by himself if need be. Good luck mate!" That was before the final act, I presume. But spot on

John: "I hope SA have learnt a lesson... we were way too confident in allowing Peterson to bat first... and i hope this finally means i dont have to see Albie's horrific bowling again... Theron NEEDS to come back in place of peterson"

Parvez: "What the fat lady sang...the wife has a sore throat...if she reads this I'm done" Is the missus reading?

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Pakistan v South Africa at Dubai (DSC) - Nov 5, 2010
Pakistan won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining)
Pakistan v South Africa at Dubai (DSC) - Nov 2, 2010
South Africa won by 2 runs
Pakistan v South Africa at Abu Dhabi - Oct 31, 2010
Pakistan won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining)
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Abdul Razzaq celebrates an unbelievable victory, Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi, October 31, 2010

Abdul Razzaq celebrates an unbelievable victory

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Oct 31, 2010

Abdul Razzaq and Pakistan coach Waqar Younis are delighted with the win, Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi, October 31, 2010

Abdul Razzaq and Pakistan coach Waqar Younis are delighted with the win

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