Pakistan v South Africa, 1st ODI, Sharjah October 31, 2013

Tsotsobe double-strike was turning point - de Villiers

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AB de Villiers, the South Africa ODI captain, has said Lonwabo Tsotsobe's two wickets in two balls made the side believe they were in with a chance of defending 183 against Pakistan in the first ODI in Sharjah. Tsotsobe had Umar Amin caught behind off the last ball of the 41st over, then dismissed Sohail Tanvir off the first delivery of the 43rd to reduce Pakistan to 174 for 7.

"Turning points? I was very happy to get Misbah out but I didn't think that was the main wicket," AB de Villiers said. "It was the start, but the two wickets in two balls which Lopsy took, that was when I really started believing we could win."

In between those two strikes, South Africa also picked up the wicket of dangerous Umar Akmal, who, as per AB de Villiers, was one of the two critical wickets, along with Shahid Afridi, South Africa were after.

"When those two were together, I thought they'll either win it in a couple of overs or both get out, but they'll both give you chances," de Villiers said. "I said to Graeme at slip: 'We're not out of this game, we could win this...'

"I always thought if we could get them four-down then we could get guys like Akmal and Afridi quickly, too, if we bowled well. That's what happened tonight and suddenly the tailenders were at the crease and we had a chance to win the game."

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said he did not understand that his batsmen were thinking as he watched the innings crumble from the dressing room. "The last six batsmen should have batted, knowing how many runs were needed to score. It is very disappointing that they played very irresponsible shots," he said. "I think it is high time players understand how to play under such situations.

"I think we could say that my dismissal and then those of Amin and Umar were crucial, and after that Afridi was left alone and we wanted him to stay there till the end. We just needed two runs an over and one-and-half runs per over and I don't know what was going through the batsmen's mind, maybe, they over-relaxed a little bit."

With Pakistan just seven away from a win, South Africa snapped the other big wicket, Afridi, who toe-ended a pull off a long hop to the fielder at deep midwicket. Pakistan were eight down and South Africa sensed a chance.

"We were going to fight until the bitter end, but statistics would tell you that we probably had 0.1% chance of winning the game," de Villiers said. "But those two wickets - suddenly there was a tailender at one end and when you have a bowler like Imran who can turn the ball both ways then you are always in with a chance of a wicket."

The last two wickets added five more runs and the Pakistan innings closed a run short of South Africa's total.

De Villiers added the win could be the boost that would help turn the team's batting woes too. "I can't put my finger on it - except that we're not scoring runs or getting partnerships going," he said. "Sometimes you need something strange to happen, a win like this to turn things around for you. I'm not sure it was conditions tonight, though - it was a bit of a freak show tonight."

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  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | November 1, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    @Khurram S Chaudhry: I was talking about this series in particular where spinners have a role to play. Pakistan doesn't have a decent third seamer apart from Junaid and Irfan. Playing a third seamer here is a waste of space. Umar Amin can bowl a few overs here and there and Hafeez is a complete bowler. If it is necessary to play 3 fast bowlers, drop Afridi. If we can't drop him, then we will have to play him at the cost of a specialist batsman which I am afraid Afridi is not at all.

  • POSTED BY ICKY on | October 31, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    @Jaashky: The positive attitude is what a Captain, if he has, transmitts to his team mates with having confidence in the players. Misbah is dictating them to just stop and not play their natural game. You people are blaming batting line up, I can bet you that if Virat Kohli plays under Misbah, he will never be able to score even a fifty. Misbah has never been able to score a ODI century in his whole career coz he can not do it in 50 overs, he needs 90-100 overs to score a century. Afridi was a good Captain, who took Pak to semi Finals in last World cup, only to see defeat coz of Akmal's dropping of 5 easiest cathes and Misbah's turtle like test matchTUK TUK batting. He is already over the hill and with his age and approach, he can not survive till 2015 WC. We have to make a Captain for 2015 WC NOW.

  • POSTED BY Supa_SAFFA on | October 31, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    As a South African I cannot understand Pakistan fans' problems with Afridi and Misbah. If you really want them gone we would happily trade them against Colin Ingram and Faf if we could. Since you already gave us Imran Tahir we really should throw Robin Peterson in as part of the deal.

  • POSTED BY Baba_Sehgal on | October 31, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    I think for the last 10 innings of Afridi (I may be exaggerating due to frustration), he has been getting out the same exact way. Place a fielder at the deep midwicket boundary, bowl a short ball, and wait for catching practice. If you have a weakness, a normal person would get rid of the weakness. An idiot (Afridi) will keep trying the same thing again and again and hope for a different result.

  • POSTED BY jaashky on | October 31, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    @ICKY. I don't understand what positive attitude actually means, Is Ahmed Shehzad positive? who plays with strike rate of 57 58 or Hafeez who has a strike rate of 68? Shahid Afridi do have strike rate of over 100 but what gud this strike rate is if he can not wik a match where 19 is needed.

    This positive attitude etc. is nothing but a jealousy and hatred towards Misbah for achieving what Afridi and Hafeez can't even in their dreams.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    One thing i want to say is that Pakistan cricket team you can never make a cricket match boring .Having said that the most disappointed i am with is afridi not because he got out but the way he got out it was a long hop seriously i could have hit it out of the ground.the other one is amin no feet moment please bat akmal at no3 .

    My team for next match would be 1.Shezad 2. Hafeez 3. Akmal 4.Misbah 5. Maqsood 6.shafiq 7.Afridi 8.Junaid 9.Ajmal 10.Wahaab 11.Irfan

    Technically i would love to play Hammad azam at 6 but you have to make peace with what you have

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    People of Pakistan want Afridi to be in the team, then people of Pakistan should stop dreaming of Pakistan's bilteral ODI win against South Africa.

  • POSTED BY ICKY on | October 31, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Pakistan just needs a capable Captain with a positive attitude. Rest of the problems would be solved automatically. For God sake Misbah uncle, please hang up your gloves and have mercy on 180 Million Pakistanis and millions of other fans who used to love Pakistan's cricket team. Now I am requesting Misbah to step down from limited overs cricket, coz I know the selection committee is a rubber stampand would not take a decision. Please Misbah...

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    @Posted by mzm149 on (October 31, 2013, 10:05 GMT: your formula of playing afridi in bottom 4 and playing a batsman at 7 will only work where pak can go with only 2 fast bowlers. it can not work where they want 3 fast bowlers as ajmal will always be there. Afridi is not in team for only his bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    @Major85D: bro answer to your comments is there in your comment itself when you wrote " we had players like inzamam, saeed anwar, mohammad yousuf, waqar younis, imran khan and wasim akram."

    we dont have such players now. put it on bad selection or ignoring the top performers in domestic circuit but the fact is that our new generation is not that good. ( or at least the young players we are testing right now ) . being talented is not enough really. In this match there are 3 example nasir, umar akmal & much talked umar amin.

    we have tried a number of young bowlers in past 2-3 years. apart from junaid you can not say that Mr A or B is of same class as wasim & Waqar ( even Junaid is not that much of wicket taker in ODIs & no way near wasim & waqar)

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | November 1, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    @Khurram S Chaudhry: I was talking about this series in particular where spinners have a role to play. Pakistan doesn't have a decent third seamer apart from Junaid and Irfan. Playing a third seamer here is a waste of space. Umar Amin can bowl a few overs here and there and Hafeez is a complete bowler. If it is necessary to play 3 fast bowlers, drop Afridi. If we can't drop him, then we will have to play him at the cost of a specialist batsman which I am afraid Afridi is not at all.

  • POSTED BY ICKY on | October 31, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    @Jaashky: The positive attitude is what a Captain, if he has, transmitts to his team mates with having confidence in the players. Misbah is dictating them to just stop and not play their natural game. You people are blaming batting line up, I can bet you that if Virat Kohli plays under Misbah, he will never be able to score even a fifty. Misbah has never been able to score a ODI century in his whole career coz he can not do it in 50 overs, he needs 90-100 overs to score a century. Afridi was a good Captain, who took Pak to semi Finals in last World cup, only to see defeat coz of Akmal's dropping of 5 easiest cathes and Misbah's turtle like test matchTUK TUK batting. He is already over the hill and with his age and approach, he can not survive till 2015 WC. We have to make a Captain for 2015 WC NOW.

  • POSTED BY Supa_SAFFA on | October 31, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    As a South African I cannot understand Pakistan fans' problems with Afridi and Misbah. If you really want them gone we would happily trade them against Colin Ingram and Faf if we could. Since you already gave us Imran Tahir we really should throw Robin Peterson in as part of the deal.

  • POSTED BY Baba_Sehgal on | October 31, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    I think for the last 10 innings of Afridi (I may be exaggerating due to frustration), he has been getting out the same exact way. Place a fielder at the deep midwicket boundary, bowl a short ball, and wait for catching practice. If you have a weakness, a normal person would get rid of the weakness. An idiot (Afridi) will keep trying the same thing again and again and hope for a different result.

  • POSTED BY jaashky on | October 31, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    @ICKY. I don't understand what positive attitude actually means, Is Ahmed Shehzad positive? who plays with strike rate of 57 58 or Hafeez who has a strike rate of 68? Shahid Afridi do have strike rate of over 100 but what gud this strike rate is if he can not wik a match where 19 is needed.

    This positive attitude etc. is nothing but a jealousy and hatred towards Misbah for achieving what Afridi and Hafeez can't even in their dreams.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    One thing i want to say is that Pakistan cricket team you can never make a cricket match boring .Having said that the most disappointed i am with is afridi not because he got out but the way he got out it was a long hop seriously i could have hit it out of the ground.the other one is amin no feet moment please bat akmal at no3 .

    My team for next match would be 1.Shezad 2. Hafeez 3. Akmal 4.Misbah 5. Maqsood 6.shafiq 7.Afridi 8.Junaid 9.Ajmal 10.Wahaab 11.Irfan

    Technically i would love to play Hammad azam at 6 but you have to make peace with what you have

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    People of Pakistan want Afridi to be in the team, then people of Pakistan should stop dreaming of Pakistan's bilteral ODI win against South Africa.

  • POSTED BY ICKY on | October 31, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Pakistan just needs a capable Captain with a positive attitude. Rest of the problems would be solved automatically. For God sake Misbah uncle, please hang up your gloves and have mercy on 180 Million Pakistanis and millions of other fans who used to love Pakistan's cricket team. Now I am requesting Misbah to step down from limited overs cricket, coz I know the selection committee is a rubber stampand would not take a decision. Please Misbah...

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    @Posted by mzm149 on (October 31, 2013, 10:05 GMT: your formula of playing afridi in bottom 4 and playing a batsman at 7 will only work where pak can go with only 2 fast bowlers. it can not work where they want 3 fast bowlers as ajmal will always be there. Afridi is not in team for only his bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    @Major85D: bro answer to your comments is there in your comment itself when you wrote " we had players like inzamam, saeed anwar, mohammad yousuf, waqar younis, imran khan and wasim akram."

    we dont have such players now. put it on bad selection or ignoring the top performers in domestic circuit but the fact is that our new generation is not that good. ( or at least the young players we are testing right now ) . being talented is not enough really. In this match there are 3 example nasir, umar akmal & much talked umar amin.

    we have tried a number of young bowlers in past 2-3 years. apart from junaid you can not say that Mr A or B is of same class as wasim & Waqar ( even Junaid is not that much of wicket taker in ODIs & no way near wasim & waqar)

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    @afghan Shahzada: bro in yesterdays game they only needed 19 off 55 ball. no matter how much misbah was defensive or not that was an easy equation. yes afridi got loose ball but hit it straight to the only fielder positioned there. the real issue though was that when you lost 3 wickets in 10 balls and need only 8 runs and you know there are only bowlers left who can not hold bat, and you have played 350+ matches, captained a team and again want captaincy then at least a little bit responsibility should have been taken on his part

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    dont say that, that was a loose delivery that afridi tried but unfortunately was mis-timed. and the whole problem is about the defensiv attitude of pakistan, especialy misbah and upper order. if u give hem a target of 300, they will go at 6 runs per over, but if u give them a target of 150, they will go at 3 runs per over, even if they are playng against teams like ireland and zimbabwe..and then the lower order collapses.. but real team chase with positive attitude and finish as soon as possible to handle the pressure

  • POSTED BY Dark.Matter on | October 31, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    It should not be surprising to anyone as the Pakistani players are the true reflection of the messy situation of the whole country. Just look at the selection of some players: Umer Amin in position of Asad Shafiq, Sohail Tanvir in place of Junaid. Only sensible selection was Ahmed Shezad, who proved himself.

  • POSTED BY I_Love_My_India on | October 31, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    I am an Indian and I was watching SA vs Pak match than the Aus Vs India because I loved the low scoring thrillers than the run feast. I wanted to see Pak win as they have quality bowlers but no responsible batsmen to do their job. I am a big fan of Afridi. But yesterday's match made me a big hater of him. He was the only batsman left with and he should have played responsibly. Every one commented against Wahab. I guess Afridi should get more blames than any one else.

  • POSTED BY spellbinder76 on | October 31, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Why only blame Afridi. He took three wickets and scored 9 runs. What about Wahab Riaz, his fielding lapses cost us the match. He made zero runs and took zero wickets and ws also very expensive.

  • POSTED BY Asb1 on | October 31, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Wow... SA.. just amazing. Never die attitude!

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | October 31, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    SA really should replace DuPlessis with ODI specialist Farhan before their mistake cost them. Also, Alviro Pietersen will be good in place of Ingram.

  • POSTED BY SinSpider on | October 31, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Unbelievable and atrocious batting by Pakistan. Why does Afridi go for heroics every time composure is needed? And Ajmal taking a run of Morkel to expose Irfan Khan is brainless and proved to be a blunder

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | October 31, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    129/8 to victory. Parnel reminds of Klusener in WC 99 against SL from 122/8 to victory, and also with fifty and then 3 wickets.

  • POSTED BY Major85D on | October 31, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    coach whatmore and captain misbah are responsible for this shame. some years ago it was wonderful to watch pakistan playing cricket, everyone was excited all over the world, we had players like inzamam, saeed anwar, mohammad yousuf, waqar younis, imran khan and wasim akram. it was never boring. but today, every game is the same: tuk tuk tuk and at the end we are loosing. it is a senseless game and it makes me tired. as long as whatmore and misbah are there, we are not a world class team.

  • POSTED BY sadiqibrahim on | October 31, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Pakistan's whole system needs changing. Whole of PCB needs restructuring. There is too much of dirty politics among players and officials.

  • POSTED BY ForeverProteas49 on | October 31, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Incredible, Fantastic turnaround lads, well played, I wonder whose worse, Pakistan's failure to chase down 183 or Australia's inability to defend 350

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Let me tell you the result of this one day series. SA won by 5-0. I failed to understand why Wahab Riaz was given chance,He is simply out of form. similarly Afridi time is passed,he is history,he is not BOOM BOOM rather is THOOS THOOS.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Well, well, this is the chasing by Pakistan we are acquainted with. They heavily rely on their bowling from times immemorial and even a meager chase is enough to confound them. They hardly have technically sound and patient batsman, but collapse of yesterday is a bit farcical. with no stretch of thought anyone thought of Pakistan defeat with 4-5 times ball left then runs needed. Not only Misbah's role is under scrutiny at times but a pathetic performance by a senior batsman like Afridi is beyond thinking. Still he thought he is playing 'gully cricket' where every ball can be smashed (even in gully it's not possible). Hope they will come up with some more better plans ahead.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    um shocked to see the performance of pak team.I just want to knw that there is all the resposibilties of misbah to perform?Afridi has played more thn 360 matches n taking more thn 2 lac/match bt has no sence.I hate M.Hafeez who was laughing on saeed when he was unable to play.the feelings of hafeez n misbah was totlly opposite n last thng i want to knw that r 30 to 40 runs r enough to secure next match?

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Some defeats are painful. It was one them. Shameful performance by Pakistani batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    I think pakistan management mostly forget that their strength is their bowling and their weakness is their batting. They go with an extra bowler instead of an extra batsman all the time increasing their strength in bowling and weakness in batting. In next odi pakistan should go with their full batting strength and i would recommend this playing 11: 1- Shehzad 2- Hafeez 3- Asad 4- Misbah 5- Amin 6- Akmal 7- Maqsood 8- Afridi 9- Ajmal 10- Junaid/Tanvir 11- Irfan best of luck to pakistan for the rest of series

  • POSTED BY roook on | October 31, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Misbah and umar akmal both are not good finisher same thing happen in India when umar akmal throw away his wicket and misbah was undone by ashwin and the target was even much smaller. Batsman like dhoni and kohli are rare to find in Pakistan that can single handly win games.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Pakistan team if unpredictable sometime they chase the toughest target and sometime like that.............182/10 :P

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    pakistan team was really grt wd bowling and fielding but wat happen in batting the score was only 184 on 300 bowls nasir jamshed have played wrong shot in the end to much pressure :(

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    This match symbolises the great and unpredictable character of limited overs cricket, unlike the India-Australia game, which was simply a slog fest. South Africa have been on the receiving end of 1-run defeats, so no sympathy for Pakistan here. Good big match temperament shown by Parnell.

  • POSTED BY munawar3886 on | October 31, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    I m unable to understand why wahab riaz and Sohail Tanveer in.and Junaid khan is not playing.Pak Bowlers were failed to get 2 or 3 wkts in the end and they cast them this match,Junaid khan can Bowl Full deliveries to the tail.But i cant read misbah's Mind

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    For Pakistan fans, i can only say it's unlucky. But that is cricket. There is no team that has not been in this position before, so don't lose heart. About the game yesterday which i watched.... I tend to agree with Ben-pak... Afridi should have been more responsible with the bat. I feel he let his team down. again. @Andre - yes, Afridi still has some bowling in him, but wickets were not hard to come by yesterday from SA.

  • POSTED BY -tanZeeEeel- on | October 31, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Let me recall a few matches:

    Pak vs SA in Abu Dhabi: SA was all over Pakistan, and suddenly a splashing century from Abdur Razzak gave Pakistan a miracle win.

    Pak vs Eng in Abu Dhabi: This time Eng was all over Pak in the captancy of collingwood, Razzak splashed yet again and gave us a never expected victory

    Pak vs Eng in Eng: Eng was winning quite comfortably when a great spell from Umar Gul destroyed their batting line up within no time and Pakistan won

    Pak vs SA in T-20 World Cup: SA made Pak quiet by making their batting order fall, like the house of cards, when a blistering innings from Umar Gull came and made us win that match

    I am also not happy at this defeat but forgetting all those surprise victories and remembering only surprise looses is not fair. cheers! ;)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    pak fans get used 2 these batting performances,shows how bad they r when misbah dont score runs.pls misbah play on till ur 50pls pls...

  • POSTED BY Pak_Guru on | October 31, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Yes only Team Pak can do this !! Also with this attitude they will proudly do it again and again and again. Jiyo Team Pak.

  • POSTED BY Test_nut on | October 31, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Aaaargh…with 28 needed off 66 balls with 6 wickets in hand I called it a night. I mean, I get it; SA can be real fighters and have fought back well on occasion. And sure, Pakistan are probably most deserving heirs to the chokers crown and tend to throw it away with quite some style (PAK vs SA in this year's ICC Champions trophy should have gone to Pakistan having restricted us to 234). But 28 of 66 with 6 wickets, no pressure and still losing? C'mon… And I missed it.

  • POSTED BY -tanZeeEeel- on | October 31, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    This is why cricketing world loves Pakistan!!!!! they are simply unpredictable and Pakistan is a team that can win matches from no where and lose frm no where as well!!!!! What ever said and done Pakistan has a very strong, young and energetic outfit which includes the modern day champions lyk Gul, Ajmal and their unpredictability should not be a weak point for the cricketing world to blame them, bt should be taken on true spirits and enjoy their way of playing cricket!!!!! As an Asian I am proud of Pakistan looking at what they have given to cricket!!!!! cheers!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Besides Cultural , linguistic and quite a few other similarities , Pakistan and India have one more thing in common, no butter how bad Indian bowler may perform batsmen were almost always there to make up for it AND no matter how brilliant our bowler might bowl our batsmen are almost always there to ruin the advantage

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    bogus,all of this.I'd give credit to de Villiers and company for the massive turnaround but the bitter truth is that Pakistan brought this upon themselves with their crap strategy and the middle order batsmen not claiming responsibility to finish the game.even though we got the saffers all out for a pretty ordinary score I strongly feel that sohail tanveer has no place in the team,considering the fact that we've got junaid khan in the odi squad.Nasir jamshed is in no form whatsoever;he's been given so many chances and he has failed repeatedly,drop him and get sohaib maqsood;the top domestic player also present in the squad! Umer Amin could be given another chance but its a pity that the in form asad shafiq was dropped yesterday,what a poor decision. bringing in hammad azam could be a wise move in place of wahab riaz aswell. 4 changes might be a lot to ask for but these would definitely be affective and add depth to the tail

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    shame on Pakistan players, nobody in the team bats wth responsibility,it will hearts the fans badly.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | October 31, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Afridi still has got some good bowling left in him. If it is necessary to play him, include him in bottom four. Play a specialist batsman at number 7.

  • POSTED BY Marktc on | October 31, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    South Africa have that never say die attitude and they never give up, until the last wicket or ball. Sometimes it pays off and sometimes it does not...but respect to them for trying all the time. I still think AB needs to be replaced as ODI captain..

  • POSTED BY Andre117 on | October 31, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    I think the guy who wants to drop Afridi should check the scorecard again. He took 3 wickets. That made the difference between 180 and 230. Afridi's probem is that he's a go big or go home kinda guy and he's not the only batsman who failed.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Sheer stupidity, it takes a lot to lose a game from such situations! Only Pakistan can do it :) Great stuff boys...

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    well i think most of SA dies hard fans would not have thought to win from 164/4. there was nothing in bowling apart from just couple of wickets. But credit must be given to them that they stayed there till the end. and not gave up. Most teams would have just gave up when opposition just required 19 runs off 55 balls with 6 wickets in hands. But SA stayed disciplined even at that point and got rewarded with it. and if series goes to 3-2 either way, this 1 win will prove vital.

    and i think now official chokers tag should be handed to Paksitan from SA.

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | October 31, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Dear AB, When pak's wicket start falling, u dont need any turning point at all..

  • POSTED BY wanatawu on | October 31, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Think this was a kind of a freak match, real fun to watch. I expect Pakistan to come out strong after this embarrassment.

  • POSTED BY BEN-pak on | October 31, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Cant agree with this analysis - it was Afridi's clowning that cost Pakistan the game. He was the leader of the clowns. The paying public deserve better than this. More often of late Pakistan do not perform as well when Afridi plays. It's about he is sacked from the team. Let's make this the beginning of the end.

  • POSTED BY AbdulRauf-99 on | October 31, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Then again Pakistan disappoint me but that doesn't mean i completely lost faith in them, And i am sure they will come hard in next game, Yes they disappoint me sometimes but at most of the times they surprise me, Unlike most of the people who think if a team loses one match, they lost all of there skills, Besides They're positives in this match like Ahmed shezad looks in good form, Saeed Ajmal back in form, Umar Akmal look in fine touch, And i am sure that junaid khan will play the next game.

  • POSTED BY Romanticstud on | October 31, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    This match was like a game of Monopoly ... South Africa were sent to Jail and then got out of jail with their "get out of jail free" card ... Normally speaking South Africa were pathetic to say the least in their innings ... Pakistan should have wrapped this up with around 8 overs to spare ... It was as if Pakistan inherited South Africa's world cup tactics, that were used successfully in losing to England in the pre-knockout stage of the tournament ... There has also been a history with both sides being able to collapse out of the blue ... South Africa did it against New Zealand when they had 5 run-outs ... Pakistan showed in the Champions League the same pedigree ... Not getting to 180 ...

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  • POSTED BY Romanticstud on | October 31, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    This match was like a game of Monopoly ... South Africa were sent to Jail and then got out of jail with their "get out of jail free" card ... Normally speaking South Africa were pathetic to say the least in their innings ... Pakistan should have wrapped this up with around 8 overs to spare ... It was as if Pakistan inherited South Africa's world cup tactics, that were used successfully in losing to England in the pre-knockout stage of the tournament ... There has also been a history with both sides being able to collapse out of the blue ... South Africa did it against New Zealand when they had 5 run-outs ... Pakistan showed in the Champions League the same pedigree ... Not getting to 180 ...

  • POSTED BY AbdulRauf-99 on | October 31, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Then again Pakistan disappoint me but that doesn't mean i completely lost faith in them, And i am sure they will come hard in next game, Yes they disappoint me sometimes but at most of the times they surprise me, Unlike most of the people who think if a team loses one match, they lost all of there skills, Besides They're positives in this match like Ahmed shezad looks in good form, Saeed Ajmal back in form, Umar Akmal look in fine touch, And i am sure that junaid khan will play the next game.

  • POSTED BY BEN-pak on | October 31, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Cant agree with this analysis - it was Afridi's clowning that cost Pakistan the game. He was the leader of the clowns. The paying public deserve better than this. More often of late Pakistan do not perform as well when Afridi plays. It's about he is sacked from the team. Let's make this the beginning of the end.

  • POSTED BY wanatawu on | October 31, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Think this was a kind of a freak match, real fun to watch. I expect Pakistan to come out strong after this embarrassment.

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | October 31, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Dear AB, When pak's wicket start falling, u dont need any turning point at all..

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    well i think most of SA dies hard fans would not have thought to win from 164/4. there was nothing in bowling apart from just couple of wickets. But credit must be given to them that they stayed there till the end. and not gave up. Most teams would have just gave up when opposition just required 19 runs off 55 balls with 6 wickets in hands. But SA stayed disciplined even at that point and got rewarded with it. and if series goes to 3-2 either way, this 1 win will prove vital.

    and i think now official chokers tag should be handed to Paksitan from SA.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Sheer stupidity, it takes a lot to lose a game from such situations! Only Pakistan can do it :) Great stuff boys...

  • POSTED BY Andre117 on | October 31, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    I think the guy who wants to drop Afridi should check the scorecard again. He took 3 wickets. That made the difference between 180 and 230. Afridi's probem is that he's a go big or go home kinda guy and he's not the only batsman who failed.

  • POSTED BY Marktc on | October 31, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    South Africa have that never say die attitude and they never give up, until the last wicket or ball. Sometimes it pays off and sometimes it does not...but respect to them for trying all the time. I still think AB needs to be replaced as ODI captain..

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | October 31, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Afridi still has got some good bowling left in him. If it is necessary to play him, include him in bottom four. Play a specialist batsman at number 7.