Pakistan v South Africa ODI Series - 3rd ODI

Pakistan v South Africa

South Africa won by 2 runs

I am Nitin Sundar, bringing you the action today. Venkat Raghav is on scoring while Pakistan editor Osman Samiuddin is on the bulletin. Pakistan are out there warming up as umpires Aleem Dar and Rob Tucker make their way out. Kallis strides out to open, so South Africa have had three different men accompanying Amla to face the new ball in three matches. Shoaib has the ball. This promises to be a cracker!

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14.44 Afridi is on the threshold of a special record. He is one six away from becoming the batsman to hit most sixes across all formats. Currently tied on 352 with Jayasuriya. Plenty of muscle in that list - Gayle, Gilchrist, Ganguly and Tendulkar come after these two. Ponting and Lara not too far behind, and one man is making his way up at menacing speed. They call him Viru.

Toss: Afridi does not have a coin and has a sheepish grin. Andy Pycroft obliges, so we will have a toss! Afridi wins and Pakistan will bowl. Afridi hopes to repeat his prolific form at this venue with the ball against Australia last year. Imran Farhat is in, while Umar Akmal was slated to play, but misses out due to a late injury. Misbah-ul-Haq, the Test captain, has been left out, so that's big news. He hasn't quite looked the part so far on the tour.

Kallis is back for South Africa, having recovered from that severe bout of dehydration in the opening game. Robin Peterson goes out, as does Charl Langeveldt, giving Rusty Theron a game. Dale Steyn is still not ready to play. George Binoy's preview says South Africa remain the favourites despite Razzaq's blitz. And with good reason - Pakistan need to rise as a team, they can't expect superhuman efforts from an individual every time.

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14.20 local time A warm welcome to ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the 3rd ODI. Can't have hoped for a better build-up to this game: Abdul 'The Razzler' Razzaq has opened up the series with the most scintillating exhibition of late hitting and it is 1-1 going into Dubai. And if the way their bowling came apart in the second game was not enough to rattle South Africa, Herschelle Gibbs' tell-all threatens to distract them further. Amid all this, they will want to spare a moment to remember Makhaya Ntini, who has just announced his international retirement. Ntini means so much more to South Africa than just being a champion fast bowler. Can Pakistan use the distractions to their advantage today? Toss in 10 minutes.

0.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, no run, whangs it back of a length outside off at 135 kph, and Amla lets it go.

One widish slip in place.

0.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, no run, closer to the stumps, and the pace is on the rise - 139 kph - and pushes Amla back. He punches it into the covers

0.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, no run, and again, good lengths from Shoaib, touches 140 kph this time as Amla looks to force it off the back foot. Can't get it away though, through the off side

0.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, FOUR, Shoaib slips and Amla clips. This time Shoaib slides onto Amla's pads and he prompty picks it off the hips behind square for four. Razzaq wasn't moving fast enough int he outfield to cut it

0.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, FOUR, shot of a man in prime form. This was perfect length, Amla had no business driving that, but managed to generate tremendous bat speed as he stayed beside the line and drilled it through the covers. The only thing better than the timing was the placement. No one had a chance

0.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, no run, good comeback. Shoaib sends in the bouncer and Amla arrests the forward movement at thye last moment, to weave away. It still grazes him on the ribs and goes away to the off side.

End of over 1 (8 runs) South Africa 8/0 (RR: 8.00)
HM Amla    8* (6b 2x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    1-0-8-0
JH Kallis    0* (0b)     

Razzaq comes on for his day job. Opening the bowling. I look forward to what he does later in the day.

1.1

Abdul Razzaq to Kallis, no run, back of a length outside off and Kallis lets it go through

1.2

Abdul Razzaq to Kallis, no run, good length again, Kallis stays back and sees it go without much carry

Kallis is in his 38th ODI v Pakistan - the most in Pak v SA ODIs

1.3

Abdul Razzaq to Kallis, no run, and now Kallis tries to manufacture something by prancing across and coming out of the crease. Gets closer to the length and works it to the leg side, but straight to mid on

1.4

Abdul Razzaq to Kallis, no run, stays back this time and defends solidly into the covers

Short cover in place. Early evidence of a slow pitch

1.5

Abdul Razzaq to Kallis, no run, Kallis again skips out and looks to drill Razzaq through the covers. On the bounce to the man at short cover

1.6

Abdul Razzaq to Kallis, no run, finishes with a regulation off cutter that comes back into Kallis and forces him to play back. Maiden from Razzaq

Ross: "I'm so glad Rusty is finally in the team. I wasn't personally surprised at the way Razzaq smacked Langeveldt and Albie around at the death. I don't think he would have done so well against Kallis and Rusty."

End of over 2 (maiden) South Africa 8/0 (RR: 4.00)
JH Kallis    0* (6b)      Abdul Razzaq    1-1-0-0
HM Amla    8* (6b 2x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    1-0-8-0

2.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, no run, beaten by the pace. That was in the slot for the pull and Amla went for it, but at 142 kph, it was through him in a flash.

2.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, 1 run, lovely change in pace, 111 kph and back of a length. Completely flummoxed Amla who was into his forward defensive before it came. It nudged the inside edge and went close to the stumps, but Amla survives

2.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Kallis, no run, pushes Kallis back with a short of length ball outside off and Kallis guides it into the covers

2.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Kallis, no run, Rip-snorter. That was a dragon and it breathed fire as it took off from a length and shaped away from Kallis' meek attempt to steer through the off side. Absolutely thuds into Haider's gloves. Monster at 143 kph

2.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Kallis, OUT, bowled im! The two-card trick very nearly got Amla, but it has got rid of Kallis comprehensively here. Another slow off cutter, 111 kph, and you could never make it out from Shoaib's action. The follow through was non-existent as he stood and watched expectantly after releasing the ball. Kallis was hours early into the prod and ended up back-spinning the defensive shot onto the stumps. It landed on the castle and Shoaib puts his arms up. Classy stuff!

JH Kallis b Shoaib Akhtar 0 (11m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

2.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Ingram, no run, full and fast gunning for Ingram's toes, but he keeps it out to midwicket. We have just witnessed a thoroughly enjoyable over here

End of over 3 (1 run) South Africa 9/1 (RR: 3.00)
CA Ingram    0* (1b)      Shoaib Akhtar    2-0-9-1
HM Amla    9* (8b 2x4)      Abdul Razzaq    1-1-0-0

3.1

Abdul Razzaq to Amla, 1 run, Amla guides a fullish ball outside off to the right of the keeper. Haider fumbles and allows the single

3.2

Abdul Razzaq to Ingram, no run, Razzaq lands it on a length at 126 kph and takes it across Ingram's nervous waft outside off. No edge taken.

3.3

Abdul Razzaq to Ingram, 2 runs, crisp stuff. Ingram stands tall on his toes and punches it from outside off through the covers, past the man at short cover. Ingram is away

3.4

Abdul Razzaq to Ingram, no run, clever variation from Razzaq who bowls it fuller and draws Ingram into a drive, He is early on the shot and it goes off the inside half to the bowler

3.5

Abdul Razzaq to Ingram, no run, pushes him back again outside off and Ingram keeps it out to the covers

3.6

Abdul Razzaq to Ingram, 2 runs, works a back of length ball on the hips through midwicket for a couple. He has the gift of timing, does Ingram

End of over 4 (5 runs) South Africa 14/1 (RR: 3.50)
CA Ingram    4* (6b)      Abdul Razzaq    2-1-5-0
HM Amla    10* (9b 2x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    2-0-9-1

4.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, no run, pushes Amla back with a fast delivery angling in from outside off. Amla defends to the off side

Amm: "In response to Ross "I think that the form Razzaq was in he would have smacked any bowler reglardless of who was bowling"

4.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, 1 run, this one nips into Amla from outside off and he uses the angle to work it behind square on the leg side

Sibi: "Watching Hashim Amla in 2010 makes me believe that S Rajesh will have to find out some new definitions for the statistical law of averages. His batting at least suggests so."

4.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Ingram, no run, 142 kph and fullish outside off. Poor bounce on that as Ingram gets the drive on the bottom of the bat towards mid off

4.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Ingram, OUT, this is slow and this is sensational! Shoaib does it again, off cutter, floated up at 122 kph and Ingram is early into the drive yet again. Chips the dolly in the air, straight at Shoaib, who almost like a spinner with a muted follow through, was waiting for it. He pouches it and hurls it into orbit. Ingram is on his way.

CA Ingram c & b Shoaib Akhtar 4 (7m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

AB comes out. This pitch is going to test South Africa alright.

4.5

Shoaib Akhtar to de Villiers, no run, snother full and fast delivery on and outside off. AB handles it well

4.6

Shoaib Akhtar to de Villiers, 1 run, just outside off this time and AB is circumspect as he plays back and opens the face. It goes off the outside half behind point for one

End of over 5 (2 runs) South Africa 16/2 (RR: 3.20)
AB de Villiers    1* (2b)      Shoaib Akhtar    3-0-11-2
HM Amla    11* (11b 2x4)      Abdul Razzaq    2-1-5-0

5.1

Abdul Razzaq to de Villiers, no run, AB does a Kallis, jumping across outside off and coming forward. He was still not close enough to the ball that Razzaq pinged well outside off. Misses the edge and goes through to Zulqy

5.2

Abdul Razzaq to de Villiers, no run, this time AB is more sedate, staying on leg stump and shouldering arms as it carries through to the keeper

5.3

Abdul Razzaq to de Villiers, 1 run, hint of inward seam, off 124 kph and AB thrusts the front pad across and plays around it for a single towards midwicket

5.4

Abdul Razzaq to Amla, no run, keeps it slower, 122 kph and back of a length. Amla stays in the crease and works it to the leg side

5.5

Abdul Razzaq to Amla, 3 runs, Shot. Not a four, but that is such a special shot. Not driving length, not short enough to cut, not fast enough to use the pace either. Amla stays beside the line and punches the back of length ball, on the up, and through the packed off side cordon. It slows up in the outfield and they pick three

5.6

Abdul Razzaq to de Villiers, no run, AB steps out, but Razzaq holds it further back and forces the batsman to defend to the off side

End of over 6 (4 runs) South Africa 20/2 (RR: 3.33)
AB de Villiers    2* (6b)      Abdul Razzaq    3-1-9-0
HM Amla    14* (13b 2x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    3-0-11-2

Ateet: "South Africa's top 4 Batsmen, all averages more than 45, is this a record in an odi?" Need to check on that. The averages have taken a bit of a hit today though.

6.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, no run, full and angling into the batsman, Amla stays in the crease and plays watchfully to the leg side

6.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, no run, a bit of room outside off but still short. Amla can't time the cut and plays it out straight to the covers

6.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, 1 run, good shot and very good fielding. That swerved into Amla's pads on a length and he timed the on-drive well towards wide mid on. Tumble and save keeps it down to one

6.4

Shoaib Akhtar to de Villiers, no run, 143 kph as Shoaib coaxes more life out of this dead pitch. It lifts off a length and thuds into Zulqy's pads again as AB leaves

6.5

Shoaib Akhtar to de Villiers, no run, that's 144 kph - Shoaib's fastest ball of the day so far - AB was beaten for speed as he poked outside off. It whizzed past the outside edge, close to willow, close to timber, but not close enough.

Two-card trick coming up?

6.6

Shoaib Akhtar to de Villiers, no run, Not really this time as Shoaib keeps him guessing with another lifter outside off. Through to Zulqy as AB lets it go

End of over 7 (1 run) South Africa 21/2 (RR: 3.00)
AB de Villiers    2* (9b)      Shoaib Akhtar    4-0-12-2
HM Amla    15* (16b 2x4)      Abdul Razzaq    3-1-9-0

7.1

Abdul Razzaq to Amla, no run, Razzaq gives nothing to drive and Amla tries to work it off the back foot into the off side. Can't find the gap

7.2

Abdul Razzaq to Amla, FOUR, Amla this time does a Kallis, and does it well. He hurries out to the line of off stump and comes out of the crease. He is well inside the line now and helps the length ball over midwicket for four

7.3

Abdul Razzaq to Amla, 1 run, slower ball, fullish at 107 kph and Razzaq rolls the fingers over it. Amla opens the face and guides for a single to third man

7.4

Abdul Razzaq to de Villiers, no run, good stuff from Shafiq, these Pakistanis are a-buzzing! AB crunches out a well-timed cover drive and it was headed to the boundary until Asad dived across to his left from cover to stop it

7.5

Abdul Razzaq to de Villiers, no run, slow off cutter - 109 kph - but AB spots it and drives crisply down the ground. Razzaq fields on his follow through

7.6

Abdul Razzaq to de Villiers, 1 run, another slower one angled into AB who nudges it square for one

End of over 8 (6 runs) South Africa 27/2 (RR: 3.37)
AB de Villiers    3* (12b)      Abdul Razzaq    4-1-15-0
HM Amla    20* (19b 3x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    4-0-12-2

8.1

Shoaib Akhtar to de Villiers, 2 runs, shot. Driving length and AB drives on the up into the covers for a couple. Crisp bit of timing that.

8.2

Shoaib Akhtar to de Villiers, 1 run, forces AB back into the crease with one that angled into the body. AB rides the bounce and deflects it to the leg side for one

8.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, 2 runs, slower ball, but this time Amla is waiting as it goes through outside off. Runs it very late off the face of the bat for a couple to third man

8.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, no run, fast and furious outside off and Amla is up to it as he rasps out a cut shot. Straight to Alam at point though, and no run taken

8.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, 1 run, back of a length outside off and Amla is working hard to gauge the pace of this wicket. Pulls the bat back to guide this one to third man instead of cut it square. Single taken.

8.6

Shoaib Akhtar to de Villiers, no run, AB deals with Shoaib in his own way, trying to work everything from off and middle to the leg side. Can't get it away this time though

End of over 9 (6 runs) South Africa 33/2 (RR: 3.66)
AB de Villiers    6* (15b)      Shoaib Akhtar    5-0-18-2
HM Amla    23* (22b 3x4)      Abdul Razzaq    4-1-15-0

Yasser: "Just to correct you, Zulqarnain's nick name is Zony and not Zulqy, I know him personally.Nice invention though!" Zony it is from now on in!

9.1

Abdul Razzaq to Amla, 1 run, another floater from Razzaq outside off and Amla steers it fine for another single to third man

9.2

Abdul Razzaq to de Villiers, 1 run, Ajmal this time, the fielding from Pakistan is the best I have seen in a long time., Razzaq drifts onto AB's pads and he times the on-drive perfectly. It was always going to beat Ajmal running to his right from mid on, but he lunged and stretched and tumbled to stop it.

9.3

Abdul Razzaq to Amla, 1 run, Amla again runs it from outside off for a single to third man. Razzaq is wary not to drift into Amla's body.

9.4

Abdul Razzaq to de Villiers, no run, back of a length outside off and AB tried to drive on the up through the covers. And finds out that's not very easy on this pitch as it dribbles out to mid off

9.5

Abdul Razzaq to de Villiers, no run, fuller on off stump and AB gets into a half-hearted check drive this time. Straight to covers, so another dot ball

9.6

Abdul Razzaq to de Villiers, 1 run, into AB's pads and he will be a little disappointed that he did not time that whip too well. Picks a single backward of square leg for one

End of over 10 (4 runs) South Africa 37/2 (RR: 3.70)
AB de Villiers    8* (19b)      Abdul Razzaq    5-1-19-0
HM Amla    25* (24b 3x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    5-0-18-2

Bowling Powerplay taken Vivek gets rhyming here. "D of Dhoni - nick name Dhoni. Z of Zulqarnain - Nick name Zony. Does that make P of Paine a Pony?" Wahab Riaz comes on. He bowled some lethal yorkers the other night. Can he do it on this pitch?

10.1

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, no run, begins pretty well, with one that deviates from off stump and leaves AB completely beaten on the forward prod.

10.2

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, no run, fuller on off stump and AB defends into the covers

10.3

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, no run, holds it back of a length at 132 kph and AB gauges the length well this time to pull out a robust punch. Straight to mid off though

10.4

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, no run, closer to the stumps, pushing AB back with a short ball that angles into the body. AB plays around it but keeps it out to the leg side

10.5

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, no run, AB is early on the drive and it takes the inside edge. Runs out to midwicket. Riaz has begun well here

10.6

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, no run, another one right on the money, angling across AB from middle towards off. AB stays back and meekly defends. Riaz has begun with a maiden

End of over 11 (maiden) South Africa 37/2 (RR: 3.36)
AB de Villiers    8* (25b)      Wahab Riaz    1-1-0-0
HM Amla    25* (24b 3x4)      Abdul Razzaq    5-1-19-0

Random fact: This 11-ODI streak is Shoaib Akhtar's longest run of consecutive matches for Pakistan since 2002. Ajmal comes on. Slip in place

11.1

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, tossed up on off and Amla drives to long on for one

11.2

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, AB reaches out and works him from outside off to midwicket for one

11.3

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, full on the stumps from round the wicket and Amla looks to clip him to the leg side. Can't get it away

11.4

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, this time he does, neatly worked off the pads towards square leg

11.5

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, tight on middle and straightening into AB who works it back to the on side of the pitch

11.6

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, looped up generously on leg and AB works it uppishly but safely through mid on for one

End of over 12 (4 runs) South Africa 41/2 (RR: 3.41)
AB de Villiers    10* (28b)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-4-0
HM Amla    27* (27b 3x4)      Wahab Riaz    1-1-0-0

12.1

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, no run, Wahab angles another one across the right hander and AB wants nothing to do with it

12.2

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, no run, over-pitched on off stump, but AB is really struggling to come to terms with this pitch. He is late on the drive and can't place it past mid off either

12.3

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, no run, and again, 138 kph and angling across. AB is early on the drive and inside edges it to the leg side. Not looking good. Can he guts it through this phase?

12.4

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, no run, over-pitched again and this time AB drives the covers off it. High elbow, nice follow through. Everything looked good. Pity it went dead straight to cover

12.5

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, 1 wide, Wahab pushes this well outside off and it is called wide? First wide of the innings

12.5

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, no run, 138 kph but it comes onto AB slowly from a length as he leans into an off drive. Plays it straight to mid off. The bowling Powerplay is yielding nothing here.

12.6

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, 1 run, over-pitched on the pads and AB works it straight to mid on for a tight single. The throw misses the stumps, but it looked like AB would have made it anyways. He runs like the wind.

End of over 13 (2 runs) South Africa 43/2 (RR: 3.30)
AB de Villiers    11* (34b)      Wahab Riaz    2-1-2-0
HM Amla    27* (27b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-4-0

6 runs off the last 3 overs.

13.1

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 2 runs, well played, AB waits for it turn back into him from outside off and guides it behind square on the off for a couple

13.2

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, FOUR, drilled. Where did that come from? AB skips out, reaches the pitch and thumps Ajmal over mid on for four. That cannoned off the meat of the bat and was four from the moment it left Ajmal's fingers

13.3

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, full again on middle and off, AB works it with the spin to midwicket

13.4

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, "Yes, no, wait, may be, can be, not at all!" AB runs half way down before turning back after Amla worked it straight to point., Makes it back in time, a direct hit from Razzaq could have been curtains though.

13.5

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, plays it out into the off side for no runs.

13.6

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, works Ajmal with the spin to midwicket, but can't find the gap

End of over 14 (7 runs) South Africa 50/2 (RR: 3.57)
HM Amla    27* (30b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-11-0
AB de Villiers    18* (37b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    2-1-2-0

14.1

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, no run, AB continues to struggle against pace. Or the lack of it. Shapes for a square drive to a ball pitched up outside off, but it comes on slowly and he misses

14.2

Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, 1 run, on leg stump line this time and AB deflects it off the hips for one to square leg

14.3

Wahab Riaz to Amla, 2 runs, width on offer and Amla was waiting for it. Times the cut pretty well and picks a couple behind square on the off side before the sweeper comes across. He is looking at ease now

14.4

Wahab Riaz to Amla, no run, and just as I say that, Riaz makes Amla and me stupid by cutting Amla in half with a short, sharp delivery at 138 kph. It was through Amla well before he played a whip off the hips and connected with thin air

14.5

Wahab Riaz to Amla, 2 runs, better touch this time outside off, works it with the pace behind square on the off side for a couple

14.6

Wahab Riaz to Amla, 1 run, over-pitched wide outside off - is Riaz trying too hard here? - Amla reaches out and places it into the covers for another single

End of over 15 (6 runs) South Africa 56/2 (RR: 3.73)
HM Amla    32* (34b 3x4)      Wahab Riaz    3-1-8-0
AB de Villiers    19* (39b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-11-0

Afridi comes on then. He loves bowling here - 6 for 38 against Australia, not too long ago.

15.1

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 run, tossed up outside leg and Amla flicks it between mid on and midwicket for one

15.2

Shahid Afridi to de Villiers, OUT, This could be out, the third umpire called to check on a stumping appeal. Lovely bit of flight and turn from Afridi, who lands it on middle and off and snakes it past AB's uncertain prod outside off. The replay suggests not out. Wait a minute, the third umpire has said "Out"! Controversial stuff here, he seemed atleast two inches in when the bails came off. Smith in the dressing room throws his hands out and looks absolutely annoyed. Well, well! We need to look at that again, and maybe the 3rd umpire, Zameer Haider, needs to as well! The decision stays, AB is gone. Well, we have seen replays and that is a howler from the 3rd ump. AB's backfoot did come out, but he was well in when the bails came off. Even Fawad Alam, who was walking past AB as he headed back looked surprised with the call. AB just shrugged, looking clueless as he kept walking. Bizarre.

AB de Villiers st †Zulqarnain Haider b Shahid Afridi 19 (44m 40b 1x4 0x6) SR: 47.50

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Duminy comes out.

15.3

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, no run, full on the middle and leg and he works it with the spin to the leg side

15.4

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, no run, on off stump this time and Duminy works it to mid off this time

15.5

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, 2 runs, delicate. He goes well back in the crease and opens the face to pick a couple to third man with the deftest of dabs

15.6

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, 1 run, stays back and punches it to mid on.

Well, we have seen replays and that is a howler from the 3rd ump. AB's backfoot did come out, but he was well in when the bails came off.

End of over 16 (4 runs) South Africa 60/3 (RR: 3.75)
JP Duminy    3* (4b)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-4-1
HM Amla    33* (35b 3x4)      Wahab Riaz    3-1-8-0

Wahab continues.

16.1

Wahab Riaz to Duminy, no run, keeps Duminy on the crease with a short length ball outside off and he defends to the off side

Even Fawad Alam, who was walking past AB as he headed back looked surprised with the call. AB just shrugged, looking clueless as he kept walking

16.2

Wahab Riaz to Duminy, no run, Well, what's happened to Duminy there? Skips out of the crease and looks to wham Riaz over midwicket, but makes no contact. Into the pads and there's an optimisitinc appeal from the bowler.

16.3

Wahab Riaz to Duminy, no run, this time he looks to cut from the crease, but is defeated by the slowless as it goes through to Zony.

16.4

Wahab Riaz to Duminy, 1 run, cuts and cuts well this time, but Fawad Alam at point is quite athletic as he leaps across to his right and saves a few

16.5

Wahab Riaz to Amla, 2 runs, whippety whip from Amla who stays in the crease and works Riaz off the pads to midwicket for one

That AB call is the longest wicket description I have ever written. And it was not even a legit wicket!

16.6

Wahab Riaz to Amla, no run, good bouncer from Wahab, Amla spots it early and ducks under it. Through to Zony.

End of over 17 (3 runs) South Africa 63/3 (RR: 3.70)
HM Amla    35* (37b 3x4)      Wahab Riaz    4-1-11-0
JP Duminy    4* (8b)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-4-1

17.1

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, no run, tossed up on off and pushes it out to cover point

17.2

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, no run, reaches out and gets to the pitch this time. Plays it out to cover point again

17.3

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, 1 run, stays back in the crease and works it with the spin to square leg this time

17.4

Shahid Afridi to Amla, no run, full and drifting down the line but Amla stays inside the line and works it off bat and pad to short fine leg

17.5

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 run, well well, Amla drives straight to mid on and runs a rather riskly single, Ajmal collects and hurls it at the stumps but misses. Afridi is miffed - "Arrey, haath mein thee yaar," yells a despairing Afridi. ("Hey, it was right in your hands," for the Urdu challenged.)

17.6

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, 1 wide, floated well wide outside off.

17.6

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, no run, fuller outside off and JP comes forward to drive into the covers. Well hit, but no placement

End of over 18 (3 runs) South Africa 66/3 (RR: 3.66)
JP Duminy    5* (12b)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-7-1
HM Amla    36* (39b 3x4)      Wahab Riaz    4-1-11-0

Ajmal over the wickets.

18.1

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, tossed up on off and Amla comes out to reach the pitch and work it leg side

18.2

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, 1 run, whips it off the pads towards long on for a single. Duminy doesn't like offies from round the wicket, so Ajmal may want to change the angle to him

18.3

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, defended to the covers this time. Full on off

18.4

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, FOUR, tossed up and Amla takes the challenge by chipping out and lofting Ajmal over the infield. Not well timed, but high percentages in that shot since the cover field was in. It runs away for four

18.5

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, defended off the back foot to cover point for a single

18.6

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, 1 run, JP stays back and works against the spin towards wide mid on for one more

End of over 19 (8 runs) South Africa 74/3 (RR: 3.89)
JP Duminy    7* (14b)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-19-0
HM Amla    42* (43b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-7-1

I've changed that to Urdu, as opposed to Hindi. The words are the same in both languages, though.

19.1

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, 1 wide, another monster wide outside off from Afridi

19.1

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, no run, action galore. JP skips out, reaches the pitch and works it straight back to Afridi who hurls it back in a trice. JP just about managed to get back in, though Afridi failed to hit the stumps

19.2

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, 1 run, gets out of his crease again and picks another single to mid on

19.3

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 run, Amla takes on Ajmal again at mid on for a tight run and makes it in time. Afridi is miffed again, Ajmal is puzzled - how could that miss? Amla just sighs and looks down.

19.4

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, 1 run, wrong 'un and Duminy had no clue what that was doing. Closes the face early on the flick and gets a leading edge into the covers

19.5

Shahid Afridi to Amla, no run, Amla stays back and works another googly with the spin, but can't find the gap

19.6

Shahid Afridi to Amla, FOUR, too short this time from Afridi and Amla is beside himself with joy as he waits contemplates where to put it. He chooses backward square leg and sends it there with a neat little pull shot

End of over 20 (8 runs) South Africa 82/3 (RR: 4.10)
HM Amla    47* (46b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-15-1
JP Duminy    9* (17b)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-19-0

Hafeez replaces Ajmal after just one over. Over the wicket.

20.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, 1 run, Short and turning into JP from outside leg, he works it square for one.

I daresay., South Africa won't mind AB's bizarre dismissal. He was definitely struggling out there.

20.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, Amla stays back and works it with the spin behind square on the off for one

20.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, no run, tossed up on off and JP drives it straight to cover

20.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, 1 run, shorter and on leg stump, JP goes back to whip it square for one

20.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, Amla stays beside the line, waits for the offie to come in from outside off and opens the face to steer a single behind point. Neatly done

20.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, 1 run, JP comes down the track, but still can't get to the pitch. Chooses to play it along the ground to the leg side for one

End of over 21 (5 runs) South Africa 87/3 (RR: 4.14)
JP Duminy    12* (21b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-5-0
HM Amla    49* (48b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-15-1

21.1

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, 1 run, flighted outside off and JP reaches out to get to the pitch and work it with the spin to wide long on for one

21.2

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 run, generous loop on leg stump and Amla drills into the covers inside out to bring up another fifty. Everyone has struggled today, but not him. He seems to be batting on another planet.

21.3

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, 1 run, JP goes back and guides it deftly behind square on the off side for one

21.4

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 wide, Afridi drifts down the leg and concedes his third wide

21.4

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 run, on the money this time and it breaks away at a sharpish 85 kph. Amla stays in the crease and guides it into the covers for one

21.5

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, 1 run, JP leans out and strokes it from middle and leg to long on

21.6

Shahid Afridi to Amla, no run, Speared in full on middle and leg at 90 kph. Amla reaches out and defends

End of over 22 (6 runs) South Africa 93/3 (RR: 4.22)
HM Amla    51* (51b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-21-1
JP Duminy    15* (24b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-5-0

Round the wicket now.

22.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, 1 run, full on JP's toes and he drives it down the ground for one

22.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, short outside off to Amla who calmly guides it nsquare for one behind point

22.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, 1 wide, drifts down the leg and another wide

22.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, 1 run, length ball straightens from leg stump as JP reaches out with the front foot to pick a single to long on

22.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, check drive this time into towards long on for a single

22.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, no run, JP leans out to a tossed up delivery and drives to the covers

22.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, no run, good work from Hafeez as JP punches a tossed up delivery to his right. Dives away and parries it towards cover to save the single

End of over 23 (5 runs) South Africa 98/3 (RR: 4.26)
JP Duminy    17* (28b)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-10-0
HM Amla    53* (53b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-21-1

23.1

Shahid Afridi to Amla, no run, Amla stays back and plays Afridi with the spin towards point

23.2

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 2 runs, whoa, Afridi foxes Amla into an early drive and it goes uppishly through the covers, a few feet away from the diving fielder. Couple taken

23.3

Shahid Afridi to Amla, no run, this time, Amla reaches out and defends to the off side.

23.4

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 run, shorter this time outside off and Amla goes back to cut it through point for one

23.5

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, 2 runs, flighted outside off and JP drives it smartly between long off and cover for a couple to wide long off

23.6

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, 2 runs, and again, plays it squarer this time, closer to the cover fielder but not close enough as he dives across. Another couple taken

End of over 24 (7 runs) South Africa 105/3 (RR: 4.37)
JP Duminy    21* (30b)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-28-1
HM Amla    56* (57b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-10-0

24.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, no run, Hafeez keeps it tight outside off and Amla can't steer it past the point fielder

24.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, no run, turns in from outside off and Amla works it with the spin, but straight to midwicket

24.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, finally gets the single by waiting and playing the flick very late towards square leg

24.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, no run, JP opens the face to steer it square as it straightens from outside off. Can't beat point

24.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, no run, JP hurries out and looks to work Hafeez from outside off. He can't make contact as it comes in and raps him outside the line. Optimistic appeal turned down

24.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, 1 run, this time it is on leg stump and JP works it behind square for one

End of over 25 (2 runs) South Africa 107/3 (RR: 4.28)
JP Duminy    22* (33b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-12-0
HM Amla    57* (60b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-28-1

Fifty stand up, in no time.

25.1

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, 1 run, another wide and full delivery from Afridi, outside off and JP drags it from there to long on for one

25.2

Shahid Afridi to Amla, no run, short outside off and Amla punches into the covers

25.3

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 run, this time he's fuller and drifts into Amla's pads, allowing him to work him off the toes for one

25.4

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, 2 runs, good placement from JP who waits for the turn from leg stump as it went through straight and then placed it well into the covers for a couple

25.5

Shahid Afridi to Duminy, 1 run, shorter and he stays back to guide it square for another single. JP is looking good now

25.6

Shahid Afridi to Amla, FOUR, languid and lethargic. Over-pitched from Afridi, Amla reaches out to take it on the full and drive through the covers. Shoaib labours across from long off and does not make much of an effort to save it. It beats his boot and reaches the fence

End of over 26 (9 runs) South Africa 116/3 (RR: 4.46)
HM Amla    62* (63b 6x4)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-37-1
JP Duminy    26* (36b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-12-0

26.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, no run, comes out of the crease and defends down the track

26.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, OUT, Zony has got JP with a very smart catch here. It was the regulation offie, just back of a length and JP went back to look and dab it behind square on the off. He played it very late, almost off Haider's gloves, and when he got the feather, the keeper was waiting for it. Pouches it nicely and sends JP on his way

JP Duminy c †Zulqarnain Haider b Mohammad Hafeez 26 (35m 38b 0x4 0x6) SR: 68.42

David Miller comes out. South Africa are wobbling, that stand was crucial, should have lasted longer for them. Auwais: " I think in Dubai they can have more effective under lights test cricket. usually the problem is the shadows on pitch under the dark red ball, but with the "ring of fire" lighting in the ground instead of the light towers that might not be much of a problem."

26.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, no run, another short ball, another cut from a left hander, another collection from Haider and an appeal, but no edge this time

26.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, 1 run, goes back in the crease to punch this from off stump line down the ground for a single

26.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, the spin takes this down the leg side as Amla flicks it behind square for a single to the deep

26.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, no run, spears this into Miller's pads as he tries to nurdle it to the leg side

End of over 27 (2 runs) South Africa 118/4 (RR: 4.37)
DA Miller    1* (3b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-14-1
HM Amla    63* (64b 6x4)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-37-1

27.1

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 run, Afridi gets Amla to spoon uppishly again, and it lands just short of a diving Asad Shafiq at cover again. Single is taken, Afridi is not happy, "Ball ko pakad lo yaar!", he yells!

27.2

Shahid Afridi to Miller, no run, whangs this short outside off and Miller looks to cut and misses

27.3

Shahid Afridi to Miller, 1 run, fuller this off stump and he Miller plays it into the cover for one. Poor throw, nearly concedes a second. Afridi is livid!

27.4

Shahid Afridi to Amla, no run, hurries Amla into a shot with one that curls in fast and breaks away. Good stuff from Afridi

27.5

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 run, similar ball but Amla is ready this time and plays it out into the covers for one

27.6

Shahid Afridi to Miller, no run, finishes with a teasing slider that beats Miller's forward prod, not by much, and finishes in Zony Haider's anticipating gloves

End of over 28 (3 runs) South Africa 121/4 (RR: 4.32)
DA Miller    2* (6b)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-40-1
HM Amla    65* (67b 6x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-14-1

28.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, back of a length and turning in from outside off, Amla waits back and steers square for one

28.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, 2 runs, tossed up on off and Miller drives it into the covers. Good placement there and picks a couple

28.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, 2 runs, nice work all-round. Miller rocks back to one that was marginally short and unfurls a lovely little cut that was set to beat the sweeper. But Younis Khan had other ideas, running across to his right and diving to pull it in

28.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, no run, quicker one, Miller is late on the cut this time and it is through him in a flash

28.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, OUT, Hafeez has owned Miller here with another quicker one. Miller is miffed with himself for playing back, despite having been beaten by the quicker one last time around. This was back of a length on leg stump and hurried straight on from a length towards leg stump, Miller was late on the chop and it sneaked through to hit the timber. Miller lets out a yell of agony, Pakistan on top.

DA Miller b Mohammad Hafeez 6 (7m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Albie Morkel walks out. He needs to stand up here.

28.6

Mohammad Hafeez to JA Morkel, no run, regulation offie back of a length outside off and Albie feels out meekly and plays it into the covers

End of over 29 (5 runs) South Africa 126/5 (RR: 4.34)
JA Morkel    0* (1b)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-0-19-2
HM Amla    66* (68b 6x4)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-40-1

29.1

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 run, speared into middle and leg, Amla goes back and whips another single through midwicket. Men may come and men may go, Amla rolls on serenely

Bhavvik: "Well well well, everyone who is a albie supporter and always moans that he does not get enough time to bat, he has the ideal opportunity here, maybe do a Razzaq"

29.2

Shahid Afridi to JA Morkel, no run, flighted on middle and off, Albie drives against the spin to wide mid off

29.3

Shahid Afridi to JA Morkel, 1 run, stays back this time and works Afridi with the spin for a single to midwicket

29.4

Shahid Afridi to Amla, no run, flighted on Amla's off stump and he is drawn into the cover drive again, but keeps it along the ground this time. Straight to the fielder in the circle

29.5

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 run, plays around the pads this time and nurdles Afridi against the spin to midwicket for one

29.6

Shahid Afridi to JA Morkel, 1 run, short outside off and Albie chops it through point for one

End of over 30 (4 runs) South Africa 130/5 (RR: 4.33)
JA Morkel    2* (4b)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-44-1
HM Amla    68* (71b 6x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-0-19-2

Jacomien: "The other day everyone complained about not using the 3rd umpire enough, after that wonky LBW decision that went against Pakistan. Can everyone please now complain about the 3rd umpire making a ridiculously wonky decision against SA? What is the solution, then? R2D2 at both ends and in the box?" Akhtar comes back on.

30.1

Shoaib Akhtar to JA Morkel, no run, comes off slowly from the pitch as Akhtar lands it on a length outside off. Albie is early on the backfoot punch and it runs off the inside edge to the bowler

30.2

Shoaib Akhtar to JA Morkel, no run, again, plays early as this comes on from leg stump line and it raps him on the pads. Was probably headed down the leg

30.3

Shoaib Akhtar to JA Morkel, no run, good lengths and lines from Akhtar who gives him no room to cut. Albie steers it straight to Alam at point,

30.4

Shoaib Akhtar to JA Morkel, no run, very short and very wide, very hardly cut, but again, straight to Alam.

30.5

Shoaib Akhtar to JA Morkel, no run, pushes him back with a back of a length delivery at 138 kph and Morkel looks to punch off the back foot. Absolutely no timing as it goes into the covers

30.6

Shoaib Akhtar to JA Morkel, no run, bullies Albie with another short lifter outside off that he meekly defends to the off side

End of over 31 (maiden) South Africa 130/5 (RR: 4.19)
JA Morkel    2* (10b)      Shoaib Akhtar    6-1-18-2
HM Amla    68* (71b 6x4)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-44-1

31.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, tossed up on off and Amla chips it with the spin to long on

31.2

Mohammad Hafeez to JA Morkel, no run, on a length on off stump again and Morkel plays in circumspect style to the covers

31.3

Mohammad Hafeez to JA Morkel, no run, this is on the pads and Albie plays all around it by closing the face early

31.4

Mohammad Hafeez to JA Morkel, no run, on a length again around off and Albie drives it back to the bowler

31.5

Mohammad Hafeez to JA Morkel, 1 run, full on the off stump and Albie picks a single at long last, to long off

31.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, Amla stays back and clips it with the spin behind square on the on side for one more

End of over 32 (3 runs) South Africa 133/5 (RR: 4.15)
HM Amla    70* (73b 6x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-0-22-2
JA Morkel    3* (14b)      Shoaib Akhtar    6-1-18-2

32.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, no run, Shoaib produces another piece of dynamite that rears up from a length and raps a leaping Amla on the knuckles. The Monk is a little unsettled, but he regains compssure and smiles. Good stuff

32.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, no run, beaten outside off with another fastish lifter! Amla was looking to steer it through point, but missed. Not by much

32.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, no run, another bouncer, Amla is pushed back and he rides the bounce to defend to the off side

Numair: "The obvious solution would be to have a "who wants to be millionaire" style ask the audience referral... That couldn't much worse than the insanity we just witnessed?"

32.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, 1 run, well played, another bouncer but this time Amla got into position early and controlled a pull shot along the gorund to long leg for one

32.5

Shoaib Akhtar to JA Morkel, no run, Albie comes half forward reluctantly to a length ball angling across from middle and off. Played off the inside half back to the bowler

In the last over, Rameez Raja said Albie is not a great player of spin. This over, Kepler Wessels says Albie is not a great player of pace. Hmm.

32.6

Shoaib Akhtar to JA Morkel, no run, full on off and Albie punches this into the covers. More assured this time, but still can't get the gap

End of over 33 (1 run) South Africa 134/5 (RR: 4.06)
JA Morkel    3* (16b)      Shoaib Akhtar    7-1-19-2
HM Amla    71* (77b 6x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-0-22-2

33.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, comes in from outside off and Amla opens the face to steer it behind square

33.2

Mohammad Hafeez to JA Morkel, no run, straightens from middle and off and Albie defends

33.3

Mohammad Hafeez to JA Morkel, 1 run, on the pads this time and Albie manages to beat the diving Shafiq at midwicket for a single

33.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, no run, sharp spin back into Amla who was looking to cut, but corrected the shot and defended at the last moment

33.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, gets outside off and sweeps with the spin behind square. Fumble from Farhat at short fine leg allows one

33.6

Mohammad Hafeez to JA Morkel, no run, flighted on off stump and Albie dourly defends back to the bowler

End of over 34 (3 runs) South Africa 137/5 (RR: 4.02)
JA Morkel    4* (19b)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-0-25-2
HM Amla    73* (80b 6x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    7-1-19-2

Wahab comes back on, with a newer ball.

34.1

Wahab Riaz to Amla, 1 run, lands on a length at middle and leg and Amla plays it softly to midwicket for a tight single. Another shy, another miss this time from Shafiq. He may have made it anyway.

Slip in for Albie.

34.2

Wahab Riaz to JA Morkel, no run, bangs it in short of a length and Albie stays back to defend into the off side

34.3

Wahab Riaz to JA Morkel, FOUR, short and wide outside off and Albie latches well with a cut shot. That relieves some of the pressure, four through point. Well hit by Albie.

34.4

Wahab Riaz to JA Morkel, no run, pushes him back with a better line this time, closer to the stumps. Albie again looks to cut, but can't get it away this time

Graeme Young: "South Africa is obsessed with playing a big hitting bowling allrounder. Which is great when you have a world class players like Pollock and Klusenar. However we have followed this up with Justin Kemp and Albie Morkel both can hit a long ball but could they make the side for their bowling?? Definitely not. Even Morkels batting 663 runs in 51 matches - not good enough "

34.5

Wahab Riaz to JA Morkel, 1 run, slower dleivery at 115 kph drifts onto leg stump and Albie works it to midwicket for one. He did well to pick the change in pace there

34.6

Wahab Riaz to Amla, no run, opens the face and looks to run one square, but can't beat point

Drinks break. Kaleem: "I remember when I first saw Amla playin'. His high bat stance compelled me to believe that he is not gonna survive for long and he didn't. But his comeback with completely new body language and stance has been fantastic and lesson for lot of youngsters." True, his renaissance has been unbelievably prolific.

KM: "Albie Morkel should be very good against New Zealand (dibbly-dobbly)"

Christy: "As opposed to South Africa's top 4 batsmen averaging over 45 and whether or not it's a record, I just noticed that all of the 6 bowlers used by Pakistani team have a career economy-rate of less than 5. Has any other team been able to manage this feat?"

End of over 35 (6 runs) South Africa 143/5 (RR: 4.08)
HM Amla    74* (82b 6x4)      Wahab Riaz    5-1-17-0
JA Morkel    9* (23b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-0-25-2

35.1

Mohammad Hafeez to JA Morkel, 1 run, tossed up on off and Albie reaches out with more assurance and plays it into the covers

35.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, Amla shuffles across well outside off and managed to lap sweep behind square for one. That's possibly as wide outside off stump as the sweep can be humanly played to

35.3

Mohammad Hafeez to JA Morkel, 1 run, Albie plays down to long on for one

35.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, Amla stays in the crease and works it with the spin to midwicket for another one

35.5

Mohammad Hafeez to JA Morkel, no run, Albie stays back and flicks Hafeez against the spin to the leg side

35.6

Mohammad Hafeez to JA Morkel, no run, loud and imploring appeal from Haider as the ball lands outside leg and raps Morkel on the pads a good two feet outside the crease. No run taken. And the appeal it not even acknowledged

End of over 36 (4 runs) South Africa 147/5 (RR: 4.08)
JA Morkel    11* (27b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    8-0-29-2
HM Amla    76* (84b 6x4)      Wahab Riaz    5-1-17-0

36.1

Wahab Riaz to Amla, no run, full on off and Amla drives into the covers without much timing

36.2

Wahab Riaz to Amla, 1 run, no room at all from Riaz, on off stump, but Amla still manages to open the face and steer it to third man for one

36.3

Wahab Riaz to JA Morkel, no run, one for the over. Good bouncer, aimed at the rib cage and Albie does the smart thing by ducking under it

36.4

Wahab Riaz to JA Morkel, no run, another bouncer - 141.3 kph - but wider outside off as Albie goes for a swat pull. He makes no contact and Haider has a smug smile as he collects

36.5

Wahab Riaz to JA Morkel, 1 run, Another run out opportunity missed. Pakistan have fielded wrell today, without hitting the stumps ever. Albie squirts this straight to Hafeez and hustles out. Amla is not so sure and both batsmen stutter for a moment, giving Hafeez enough time to line up the timber. He shies at the bowler's end. And misses. With Albie a good couple of yards out of the picture.

36.6

Wahab Riaz to Amla, no run, Amla looks to guide another one on the off stump towards third man but can't get the single this time

End of over 37 (2 runs) South Africa 149/5 (RR: 4.02)
HM Amla    77* (87b 6x4)      Wahab Riaz    6-1-19-0
JA Morkel    12* (30b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    8-0-29-2

Afridi now.

37.1

Shahid Afridi to JA Morkel, 1 run, pushes Albie back with a shortish skidder and Albie poles it out to the covers for one

37.2

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 run, drifts onto Amla's pads and he works it square for one

37.3

Shahid Afridi to JA Morkel, 1 run, whoa, was that a chance? Wrong 'un tossed up on middle and off, Albie worked it back straight, a couple of feet away from Afridi on his follow through. Hmm

37.4

Shahid Afridi to Amla, no run, Shafiq drops a sharp chance! For the nth time today, Afridi lures Amla into an early cover drive, this time Amla went hard at it and tried to loft over the infield. But he could not get the height he wanted and it was Shafiq's zone as he leapt in the covers. But he could not hold on

37.5

Shahid Afridi to Amla, no run, shorter and Amla goes back to play it calmly to the off side

37.6

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 run, on the stumps, turning away from leg and Amla plays watchfully into midwicket for one

End of over 38 (4 runs) South Africa 153/5 (RR: 4.02)
HM Amla    79* (91b 6x4)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-48-1
JA Morkel    14* (32b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    6-1-19-0

Ajmal comes back on. Ha, I got the spelling right.

38.1

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, Amla comes across, gets inside the line and works him with the spin to square leg for one

38.2

Saeed Ajmal to JA Morkel, 1 run, short outside off and Albie stays back to drive it towards long off for one

38.3

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 2 runs, delicate. Back of a length outside off and Amla waits to guide it behind square. The later he played it, the further away it took it from the sweeper. And that allowed him the second run

38.4

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, this one is straighter and Amla works it with the spin to midwicket, this is very smart batting

38.5

Saeed Ajmal to JA Morkel, no run, tossed up on leg and middle, Albie reaches out to defend

38.6

Saeed Ajmal to JA Morkel, 1 run, Albie taps it to the off side and yells at Amla to come across. Ajmal runs across to his right, collects and gets into position to throw, but fails to get a good footing and does not release the ball. Might have been close. Pakistan's fielding is dipping a little here.

End of over 39 (6 runs) South Africa 159/5 (RR: 4.07)
JA Morkel    16* (35b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-25-0
HM Amla    83* (94b 6x4)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-48-1

39.1

Shahid Afridi to JA Morkel, 2 runs, over-pitched on off and middle and Morkel drives crisply along the ground to the right of Afridi for a couple before long off cleans up

39.2

Shahid Afridi to JA Morkel, no run, full again, on leg stump and Morkel drives it straight back at Afridi

39.3

Shahid Afridi to JA Morkel, 1 run, outside off on this occasion and Albie eases it into the covers for a single

39.4

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 run, 97 kph and hurries into Amla who stays in the crease and works it with the angle behind square for one

39.5

Shahid Afridi to JA Morkel, OUT, another one bites the dust. Afridi has the look of a man who has decieved a batsman several times with the googly, before finally getting him with one - smug and satisfied. Albie has had enough of poking around and dances out this time. Afridi sees him, holds it back and produces a googly. Albie looks to ping midwicket, the ball turns away and takes the top edge and balloons to the right of long off. Hafeez runs across and takes a good catch.

JA Morkel c Mohammad Hafeez b Shahid Afridi 19 (45m 39b 1x4 0x6) SR: 48.71

Botha comes out.

39.6

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 run, Amla retains strike with another single, flicking a full ball on leg stump towards deep midwicket

End of over 40 (5 runs) South Africa 164/6 (RR: 4.10)
HM Amla    85* (96b 6x4)      Shahid Afridi    10-0-53-2
J Botha    0* (0b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-25-0

40.1

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, top spinner from Ajmal, Amla sees it late and adjusts well to deflect off the outside half towards point for one

40.2

Saeed Ajmal to Botha, no run, another top spinner, but short enough for Botha to spot and play it down to mid off

40.3

Saeed Ajmal to Botha, 1 run, gives it more air outside off and Botha works it down the ground for one

40.4

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, Amla stays in the crease, waits for it to turn across him and then works it behind square for one

40.5

Saeed Ajmal to Botha, no run, fastish top spinner at 94 kph and Botha does well to keep it out. That was homing in on his pads in front of leg stump

40.6

Saeed Ajmal to Botha, no run, another quicker one, Botha stays back and works it towards midwicket

End of over 41 (3 runs) South Africa 167/6 (RR: 4.07)
J Botha    1* (4b)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-28-0
HM Amla    87* (98b 6x4)      Shahid Afridi    10-0-53-2

41.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves across to off stump and gets inside the line to work it from the stumps to midwicket for one

Amla playing a special innings here. This is not an easy wicket to bat on.

41.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Botha, 1 run, works it with the spin to the leg side for another single

41.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, played out into the covers for a single

41.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Botha, 1 run, Botha reaches out and looks to drive across the line. He is beaten by the flight and gets a bit if leading edge towards long off

41.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, no run, Amla nudges it off the pads to midwicket, but can't find the gap

41.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, this time he picks a single to retain strike, by steering it through square on the off side

End of over 42 (5 runs) South Africa 172/6 (RR: 4.09)
HM Amla    90* (102b 6x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    9-0-34-2
J Botha    3* (6b)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-28-0

42.1

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 2 runs, top shot. Amla spotted the fast top spinner early, gave himself room and dabbed it fine towards third man for a couple.

42.2

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, this one turned back in and Amla punched against the spin into the covers

42.3

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, more air, on the middle and leg line and Amla works it off the pads to midwicket

42.4

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 2 runs, another couple, he is working the angles well here. Amla stays in the crease and uses the wrists to take that cover drive square and keep it away from deep point

42.5

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, sharp offie this time, Amla waits for the spin and then adjusts after reading it off the pitch to defend to the off side

42.6

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, FOUR, exquisite batting on a tough pitch. Ajmal is mixing it up, Amla is keeping it simple. Another top spinner, Amla knew it was coming, made room outside off and whiplashed the cut through backward point, and it scurried across the turf

Vinod: "Did anyone notice that Hashim Amla just crossed the average of 60+ in ODI? He is turning into a fantastic ODI player off late" I wonder if it will drop below 60 if he gets out. Whaddaplaya in any case!

End of over 43 (8 runs) South Africa 180/6 (RR: 4.18)
HM Amla    98* (108b 7x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-36-0
J Botha    3* (6b)      Mohammad Hafeez    9-0-34-2

Wahab now.

43.1

Wahab Riaz to Botha, no run, back of a length and tight on the stumps, Botha stays back and defends down the pitch

43.2

Wahab Riaz to Botha, 2 runs, drifts on the pads at 138 kph and Botha glances it square. Amla has the energey to make it back easily for the second

43.3

Wahab Riaz to Botha, no run, good lines from Riaz, on off stump at 138 kph and Botha can't do much with it. Defend it into the covers

43.4

Wahab Riaz to Botha, no run, slower ball, 115 kph on that off cutter. Botha spots the change in pace and the deviation and tries to steer it late. But he can't get it past point

43.5

Wahab Riaz to Botha, 1 run, banged in at 133 kph, Botha was not expecting a bouncer, and adjusted well to play one of the clumsiest pull shots, but managed to keep it down. His body was tilted at an angle of 60 degrees with the horizontal when he played it

43.6

Wahab Riaz to Amla, 1 run, another short ball, another pull shot - this time, it is played the way it is meant to be - rolling the wrists and keeping it down towards fine leg. There is cover though, so he still waits for the 100. One away now.

End of over 44 (4 runs) South Africa 184/6 (RR: 4.18)
HM Amla    99* (109b 7x4)      Wahab Riaz    7-1-23-0
J Botha    6* (11b)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-36-0

Shoaib comes on. My money on the two card trick.

44.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, 1 run, Sixth ODI ton of the career. Fifth this year. Amla puts his arms up and acknowledges some well deserved cheers. Short and just outside off, Amla plays a shot he has played well all-day - the steer to third man despite not having the room. He runs across. Shoaib shakes his hand. Well played!

44.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Botha, no run, on a length on Botha's off stump and he defends it to the off side

44.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Botha, FOUR, 141 kph, pacy lifter outside off and Botha was aeons late on the cut shot. He got a thick edge and it flew away fine for four. Third man did not have a chance

44.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Botha, no run, slow off cutter now and Botha's timing goes awry as he looks to punch off the back foot

44.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Botha, 1 run, another sharp bouncer at 138 kph and Botha is late on the pull. He manages to pick a single to the on side of the pitch

44.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, 1 run, another slow off cutter and Shoaib almostdoes Amla in. He is early on the cut as it cuts back in at 118 kph and takes the inside edge. The French cut misses the furniture though and they take a single

End of over 45 (7 runs) South Africa 191/6 (RR: 4.24)
HM Amla    101* (111b 7x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    8-1-26-2
J Botha    11* (15b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    7-1-23-0

Inevitable, it is the batting Powerplay now for the last 5 overs. Amla will look to step it up a notch. Stephan: "Amla is a star. Never in the papers or magazines. Does his job very very well!" Reminds me of a Very Very Special player from India. Wahab continues.

45.1

Wahab Riaz to Amla, no run, full and fast outside off and Amla can't quite squeeze it square. Through to the keeper

45.2

Wahab Riaz to Amla, 1 run, hint of reverse as it swerves away from leg and middle at 139 kph. Amla looks to cover drive and the deviation results in it flying square towards deep point

45.3

Wahab Riaz to Botha, 3 runs, lovely hit from Botha as Wahab lands this on the pads and Botha works it with oriental charm through midwicket. They hustle across for three

45.4

Wahab Riaz to Amla, FOUR, misfield and four. Another full ball curving away from Amla and he crunches out a cover drive past Razzaq at cover who falls over the ball. Good hit

45.5

Wahab Riaz to Amla, 1 run, slowe ball, short and spinning across as Botha opens the face and runs it to point. Amla hurries across and SA have 200

45.6

Wahab Riaz to Botha, 1 run, back of a length again and angling across, deftly worked sqaure for one more. SA have stolen 10 from the over. Good start to the PP

End of over 46 (10 runs) South Africa 201/6 (RR: 4.36)
J Botha    15* (17b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    8-1-33-0
HM Amla    107* (115b 8x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    8-1-26-2

Venkat: "In all the 4 previous matches in this tour( T20+ODI), Captan winning the toss, elected to bat and lost the match. This is first time Captan won toss elected to bowl. I guess this match also in the same line as batting second and win the game like previous 4, if Pak top order behave like international palyers"

46.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Botha, no run, ooh, nastly little bouncer, great exhibition for fast bowling and a good advertisement for the maker of Botha's helmet. He was quite late on the pull and it thudded into the peak of the helmet and his head yanked back on impact. Shoaib apologises, Botha regains control and then looks at the helmet. He takes a sip of water and is ready to play.

46.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Botha, OUT, the damage was done last ball, the reward is reaped this time. Shoaib has been exceptional today in working batsmen out - with fast lifters followed by slower balls - and with nasty bouncers followed by scorching yorkers like this one. Botha was clearly still thinking about the bouncer and was late in coming down on that as it snaked through from off stump line and made a mess of the stumps. Well bowled Shoaib!

J Botha b Shoaib Akhtar 15 (27m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 78.94

Morne walks out and Pak have an opening here to really quell the late surge

46.3

Shoaib Akhtar to M Morkel, no run, short and aimed at Morne's body as he is stuck on the crease and looks to work it round the corner. Can't get bat on it

46.4

Shoaib Akhtar to M Morkel, 1 run, more pace, 142 kph and hurtling across on and around off stump. Morne edges it onto his thigh and is thankful to take a single to cover.

Amla faces.

46.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, 1 run, back of a length on off stump and Amla stays in the crease to calmly pick a single behind square. He's not risking anything against Shoaib.

46.6

Shoaib Akhtar to M Morkel, 1 leg bye, another throw, another miss. By the law of averages, Pakistan should be hitting the stumps a few times, around now. Shoaib follows Morne as he stays outside leg stump and it goes off the body into the covers. They take off for another impossible single, but the throw misses again

End of over 47 (3 runs) South Africa 204/7 (RR: 4.34)
M Morkel    1* (3b)      Shoaib Akhtar    9-1-28-3
HM Amla    108* (116b 8x4)      Wahab Riaz    8-1-33-0

47.1

Wahab Riaz to M Morkel, no run, Wahab reverses another one into Morne's pads from off stump and he can't time the drive to the off side.

47.2

Wahab Riaz to M Morkel, no run, prodigious late movement here, from a foot outside off it swerves back menacingly at 138 kph as Morne looks to squeeze into the off side. Play and a miss

47.3

Wahab Riaz to M Morkel, 1 run, this time he starts the movement from middle and off, and Morne manages to get it away off the inside edge towards midwicket. Amla has strike, what can he do now.

47.4

Wahab Riaz to Amla, FOUR, Mowed! Amla is looking to turn on the heat now and Wahab obliges with a half tracker, with mid on and midwicket inside the circle. Amla saw it early and ensured he pulled early to get it through that gap rather than square. Executed to perfection

47.5

Wahab Riaz to Amla, 1 wide, and now a wide well outside off

47.5

Wahab Riaz to Amla, 1 run, over-pitched outside off as it curls away and Amla gets it away off the bottom half of the bat towards deep cover for one

47.6

Wahab Riaz to M Morkel, OUT, see you later. Bouncer at 138 kph around off stump and Morne was so late on the pull, it took the top edge and ballooned up towards mid off. Fawad Alam completes the catch and Morne has to go.

M Morkel c Fawad Alam b Wahab Riaz 2 (8m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

End of over 48 (7 runs) South Africa 211/8 (RR: 4.39)
     Wahab Riaz    9-1-40-1
HM Amla    113* (118b 9x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    9-1-28-3

Elviro corrects me. "The law of averages has no bearing on the Pakistan fielding. Hitting the stumps is not a statistically random event. It's 100% skill."

Sunil: "The SA score doesn't seem big but remember that they have already crossed the highest score on this ground"

Rusty comes out.

48.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, 1 run, full toss on Amla's pads and he works it straight to midwicket and takes off for a single. The fielder throws at the stumps. You know what happened next. Yes, he missed.

48.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Theron, 1 run, Searing yorker, Theron stumbles as he looks to squeeze it to midwicket and they take off for another single. There's another shy at the stumps and this time he hits! Third umpire called to adjudicate. "Come on, third umpire!," says Ramiz. Not out is the call.

Take that Elviro. The law of averages rules!

48.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, 1 no ball, no-ball, over Shoaib oversteps with the slower ball and the next one is a free hit

48.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, 1 run, Shoaib sees Amla backing away and follows him like a guided missile. Amla can't do much and drives it with all his might down to long on

48.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Theron, 1 run, The Dubai Open tennis tournament begins early as Theron produces the cross court down the court for a single to mid on. Good bouncer aimed at the body

48.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, 5 wides, Shoaib's lost the plot late in the spell. Full toss, curls away down the leg and through to the boundary. He is LIVID with himself

48.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, no run, short ball at 135 kph on off stump and Amla can't time the cross batted shot down the ground. Shoaib fields and it is a dot ball

48.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Amla, 1 run, another late tailing low full toss and Amla punches it down to long on for one. Shoaib finishes a wonderful spell, despite a poor last over, and Afridi pats him on the back

End of over 49 (11 runs) South Africa 222/8 (RR: 4.53)
HM Amla    116* (123b 9x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    10-1-39-3
J Theron    2* (2b)      Wahab Riaz    9-1-40-1

Wahab finishes off.

49.1

Wahab Riaz to Amla, 2 runs, Run out chance, third umpire called for again. Full and wide outside off and Amla throws everything at it. Thick edge hurries down to Ajmal at third man as Amla looks to come back for a tight second. The throw is not great and Amla makes his ground before Zulqarnain can whip the bails off.

49.2

Wahab Riaz to Amla, no run, keeps it full and wide outside off, smart move as Amla goes for the flay and misses

49.3

Wahab Riaz to Amla, 1 run, another one full and swinging away from Amla, who slices and dices as he throws his bat at it. The swing forces it to hit the bottom half of the bat and it balloons up over the covers for one

49.4

Wahab Riaz to Theron, 2 runs, that late reverse again and Rusty gets a healthy outside edge that sends it hurtling to third man, Ajmal does immensely well to run across and stop that inside the ropes

49.5

Wahab Riaz to Theron, no run, full, fast and swinging away again, and Theron goes for the almightly heave over the covers and misses. Huge appeal for caught behind, turnmed down by Aleem Dar. Rightly

49.6

Wahab Riaz to Theron, 1 run, OUT, ends with a run out, and no, not a direct hit! Full and wide again outside off as Theron square drives. The sweeper runs across and fires in the throw to Haider before Rusty could come back for the second. Bails are off and there is no need for the 3rd ump to give that out.

J Theron run out 5 (12m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for Hashim Amla who has produced a special innings against an inspired bowling attack, in tough conditions. He has made 119*. The second highest score is 26. That says the story. Younis Khan knows it is special, he runs across and congratulates Amla warmly on his way back.

The chase begins in around 30 minutes. While you wait for it, it is a good time to catch the latest on Ntini's retirement. The man has big plans to develop grassroot cricket in South Africa, may the force be with him. Here's archive footage of an interview he gave ahead of his 100th Test last year. Get updated on everything else and join us again for the second half of this game from Dubai.

End of over 50 (6 runs) South Africa 228/9
     Wahab Riaz    10-1-46-1
HM Amla    119* (126b 9x4)      Shoaib Akhtar    10-1-39-3
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Jacques Kallis took the important wicket of Abdul Razzaq, Pakistan v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Dubai, November 2, 2010

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A distraught Fawad Alam after the loss, Pakistan v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Dubai, November 2, 2010

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