Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Dubai November 1, 2013

Pakistan spinners sink South Africa

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Pakistan 209 (Shehzad 58, McLaren 4-34) beat South Africa 143 (McLaren 29*, Afridi 3-26) by 66 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A seemingly below-par score was defended for the second time in the series as Pakistan out-spun and out-thought South Africa to level the rubber. Mohammad Irfan continued to impress with his pace while Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez shared six wickets among them on a surface which facilitated more turn than expected and against a line-up whose technical weaknesses against the art were exposed yet again.

In a battle of the two attacks, South Africa's would have been satisfied with their work when they limited Pakistan to a total below the first-innings average of 228. Their seamers did the job through Morne Morkel, who generated extra bounce and used the short ball well, and Ryan McLaren, whose changes of pace worked. Those two took seven wickets together and conceded 72 runs in the 20 overs they bowled. Their efforts went in vain as the batsmen collapsed, with no-one managing a score over 30.

Colin Ingram's miserable run continued. If not for overthrows, his streak of three ducks from three internationals would have extended to four. He was bowled by a Sohail Tanvir inswinger and will certainly be replaced in the line-up by Hashim Amla, who will be back from the next game.

Graeme Smith and JP Duminy spent 74 balls grafting for 36 runs to put South Africa on track. Duminy was the more comfortable, cutting and driving with relative ease while Smith struggled. Pakistan reviewed an lbw appeal against the former captain when he was on 10 but the umpire's call stood. He persisted with moving across his stumps to defend, though, and was bowled when he missed the sweep. Five balls later, Duminy was caught at slip off Irfan to expose South Africa's soft middle-order.

Ajmal generated sharp turn and with his sublime control, it seemed a wicket would fall off every ball. Faf du Plessis edged one which fell short off slip, AB de Villiers had an lbw appeal turned down - which replays showed should have been given out - and almost offered Ajmal a return catch.

For five and half overs, with Ajmal and Irfan in operation, Pakistan gave away only 17 runs. South Africa were strangled and by the time Afridi was brought on, at the start of the 23rd over, their frustration had reached breaking point.

Du Plessis got on the back foot to defend a flipper but was trapped on the pad with Afridi's first ball. By the time he wanted to review, it was too late although it would have been wasted because Hawk-Eye revealed he was as out. In Afridi's next over, de Villiers tried to cut and was caught behind. At 73 for 5, it was only a matter of time before South Africa unraveled.

Wayne Parnell and Ryan McLaren put on 35, South Africa's second-highest partnership, but when Irfan, whose ability to pitch it up continues to earn him praise, had Parnell caught behind, South Africa were waiting to be finished off. Ajmal became the joint highest ODI wicket-taker of the year when Lonwabo Tsotsobe was given out lbw and Afridi took the final wicket to complete a second consecutive three-wicket haul.

In the end it seemed it was Pakistan, rather than South Africa, who could lay claim to de Villiers assertion that only four wickets were needed to dent their opposition. De Villiers' bold statement was justified, though, when Pakistan were batting, because their last six put on just 92 runs in 21 overs.

After Ahmed Shehzad, who scored his third consecutive ODI fifty, was dismissed, Pakistan struggled against the discipline of the South Africa attack. The bowlers set the tone in the first two overs, which ended with Nasir Jamshed, for the second time in the series, top edging an attempted pull. Lonwabo Tsotsobe completed a well-judged catch at fine leg to enhance his opening passage of play in which he also troubled Hafeez. On seeing the left-armer cause problems, de Villiers introduced Wayne Parnell at the other end but the hero from the first match could not find his length and offered Pakistan relief.

Shehzad and Hafeez took 32 runs off the last four overs of the Powerplay to set Pakistan up. No sooner had they done that when Hafeez stepped out against Ryan McLaren and inside-edged a back of a length ball onto his own stumps.

His departure forced Shehzad to go back into his shell but he slowly emerged from it with Misbah-ul-Haq at his side. Misbah showed more impatience than usual, even after Shehzad has raised his bat to the only half-century of the match, and would have trusted his younger partner to bat for a while longer.

Shehzad, though, went soon after Misbah, offering the simplest of return catches to Imran Tahir to spark Pakistan's slump. After he was dismissed, the two Umar's - Amin and Akmal - were together for 51 balls in which they only managed 31 runs. South Africa's bowlers gave away very little so that when McLaren brought his change of pace to the fore, they were victims of it.

Misbah predicted turn would be a factor later in the match and he was proved correct. The teams have four days between fixtures to regroup, and South Africa will want to take advantage of Gary Kirsten's presence as their batting consultant before the third game.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Fineline on November 4, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Pakistan should bring Junaid instead of Wahab who hasn't impressed so far.Hafeez,Amin and Akmal should make more runs to take Pakistan to at least a reasonable score of 240 which is enough on these tracks I guess.For South Africa,Amla and Steyn are gonna be the key as they are very significant members of the team.

  • on November 4, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Michael Mayne, am 100 % agreed with your review and comments... Pakistan really needs true home work for its batting lineup. all time surprise where is our coach and what he is doing with third class batting line up. He must be ashamed for him self as he is producing nothing these are not called wins.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on November 3, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    I dont think people should criticise Shehzad seeing as we dont have the luxury of top odi bats like Amla, Clarke, Kohli etc. But Shehzad should convert these 50s into 100s even if he has a s/r of around 78 I am more than happy. Jamshed needs to seriously re-think his batting otherwise he will be dropped and left at the mercy of our inept domestic circus. Umar Amin and Akmal need to start making substanisal scores in order to move up the order. Hafeez should bat at 6 and let Umar bat at 4 with Misbah at 5 and Amin at 3.

    Wahab should be dropped for Maqsood in next game so we can bat deeper besides Wahab is not doing much.

    Jamshed, Shehzad, Amin, Akmal, Misbah, Maqsood, Hafeez, Afridi, Ajmal, Tanvir, Irfan. I would persist with Tanvir seeing as he has bowled well so far and has provided early breakthroughs.

  • on November 3, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    once again bowlers won the match for Pakistan. batting is pathetic we need borrow some batsmen from Indian batting line up. When our bowlers do not perform exceptionally well then we loose by small margin, when our bowlers have a bad day then we become a minnow

  • on November 3, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    All about Boom Boom today!!!

  • on November 3, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    South Africa's ultra-cautious approach

  • AbdulRauf-99 on November 3, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    @ Michael Mayne, Okay, Your right about one thing, And that is Pakistan depend on bowlers too much but they're bowling is too good that even if they're batsmen give them anything above 250, they're bowlers will guarantee a win.

  • Amol_Gh on November 3, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Who said anything about SA being top in ODIs ? No one. But SA are on top of the food chain by a distance where real cricket - Tests - matters.

  • crick_sucks on November 3, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Is SA really a top cricketing nation? Looking at the way they crumble time and again, I doubt it.

  • on November 3, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Umar Amin should play, those who want Asad Shafiq need to know that he also got many chances,if he was that good he wouldn't have let anyone to come in his place so umar amin should play you can't judge a player by just two matches.Also,Pakistan should play only 5 bowlers with umar amin as a part time option and include Maqsood/Shafiq in place of Wahab.But this team cannot be successful in conditions like Aus,Eng,NZ because going with only two pacers and three spinners in those conditions will just be a joke.

  • Fineline on November 4, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Pakistan should bring Junaid instead of Wahab who hasn't impressed so far.Hafeez,Amin and Akmal should make more runs to take Pakistan to at least a reasonable score of 240 which is enough on these tracks I guess.For South Africa,Amla and Steyn are gonna be the key as they are very significant members of the team.

  • on November 4, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Michael Mayne, am 100 % agreed with your review and comments... Pakistan really needs true home work for its batting lineup. all time surprise where is our coach and what he is doing with third class batting line up. He must be ashamed for him self as he is producing nothing these are not called wins.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on November 3, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    I dont think people should criticise Shehzad seeing as we dont have the luxury of top odi bats like Amla, Clarke, Kohli etc. But Shehzad should convert these 50s into 100s even if he has a s/r of around 78 I am more than happy. Jamshed needs to seriously re-think his batting otherwise he will be dropped and left at the mercy of our inept domestic circus. Umar Amin and Akmal need to start making substanisal scores in order to move up the order. Hafeez should bat at 6 and let Umar bat at 4 with Misbah at 5 and Amin at 3.

    Wahab should be dropped for Maqsood in next game so we can bat deeper besides Wahab is not doing much.

    Jamshed, Shehzad, Amin, Akmal, Misbah, Maqsood, Hafeez, Afridi, Ajmal, Tanvir, Irfan. I would persist with Tanvir seeing as he has bowled well so far and has provided early breakthroughs.

  • on November 3, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    once again bowlers won the match for Pakistan. batting is pathetic we need borrow some batsmen from Indian batting line up. When our bowlers do not perform exceptionally well then we loose by small margin, when our bowlers have a bad day then we become a minnow

  • on November 3, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    All about Boom Boom today!!!

  • on November 3, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    South Africa's ultra-cautious approach

  • AbdulRauf-99 on November 3, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    @ Michael Mayne, Okay, Your right about one thing, And that is Pakistan depend on bowlers too much but they're bowling is too good that even if they're batsmen give them anything above 250, they're bowlers will guarantee a win.

  • Amol_Gh on November 3, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Who said anything about SA being top in ODIs ? No one. But SA are on top of the food chain by a distance where real cricket - Tests - matters.

  • crick_sucks on November 3, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Is SA really a top cricketing nation? Looking at the way they crumble time and again, I doubt it.

  • on November 3, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Umar Amin should play, those who want Asad Shafiq need to know that he also got many chances,if he was that good he wouldn't have let anyone to come in his place so umar amin should play you can't judge a player by just two matches.Also,Pakistan should play only 5 bowlers with umar amin as a part time option and include Maqsood/Shafiq in place of Wahab.But this team cannot be successful in conditions like Aus,Eng,NZ because going with only two pacers and three spinners in those conditions will just be a joke.

  • Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on November 3, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    First two ODIs were all about Pakistan SPINNERS versus South African BATTING. Surely Pakistan spinners won both the rounds. It was joy to watch how the Pakistan spinners flummoxed/bamboozled the (depleted) Protease batting line up. Return of Amla and Steyn may change all that in upcoming clashes.

  • on November 3, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    @Saad Amjad - my previous comment was purely based on their recent performances in Champions trophy and the Zimbabwe series. Sorry to say this,but the batting looks absolutely club standard.Having watched players like Anwar, Inzy and Yousuf in the past, the current generation doesnt look like belonging to the highest league.Its only the bowling which is keeping them alive in some matches.

  • Haz95 on November 3, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    This cricket is sooo much more entertainment than that nonsense in India. On a more critical note tho, time for the overrated Amin to disappear and bring in mr Maqsood. Also drop Jamshed for shafiq and make Hafeez once again, an opener.

  • on November 3, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    @micheal mayne, pakistan just one a one day and t 20 series in west indies.

  • cornered_again on November 3, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    Well Michael the series score in South Africa was 3-2 so don't say that Pakistan can only win spinning conditions

  • on November 3, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    Kick Hafiz out from Pakistan team. ...He thinks, he understand cricket more than anybody else in the team.

  • Pak_Guru on November 3, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    Its very imp. for team pak to continue with the same team to give players confidence. They messed it up in game 1. SHOULD HAVE BEEN 2 -0 UP.

  • on November 2, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Umar Amin out> Sohaib Maqsood In Jamshed out > Asad Shafique In Wahab out> Junaid In

    Sohaib maqsood if will not shine, then at least will do as much as Umar amin did! No doubts over Jamshed's quality but he is right now out of form and a liability over the team. Hafeez and shehzad can open with asad in the middle will be a stabilizer for the middle overs.

    Junaid can do more with the ball and is good up front with new ball and equally well in the death overs. Irfan can be used up front and in middle overs with junaid to tackle opening bowling and death overs with tanvir to tackle middle overs and power play overs with spinners arround them.

  • on November 2, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    where the hell is hammad azam and raza hassan even babar azam is better than hafeez

  • on November 2, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    I think before we drop Naser Jamshed and young guys . we must get rid of Wahab Riyaz , Umar Akmal , guys like them are nothing but cancer in the team , they drag everyone down , their performnaces are not up to par, their fielding sucks , Wahab Riyaz bowling is bad as Sami, so please people let the new talent prove itself with proper guidance and training .Thanks

  • The-love on November 2, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    I think,Jamshed is a class act but is in poor form.We can try Umar Akmal as the opener and jamshed in middle.Will be looking forward for pakistan to take lead....best wishes from India....

  • on November 2, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    It seems Pakistan can ONLY win on spinning tracks, courtesy of Ajmal/Afridi. Any where outside UAE, this batting line up will struggle even to score 150 runs in 50 overs.Its hight time they find decent batsmen of the standard of Inzy or Yousuf

  • on November 2, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    what about nasir jamshed how many chances we give to it before a drop.

  • on November 2, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Adeel Afzal is right, I have also checked graphs of bowling it is not the surface, it is accuracy of bowling cracked SA's innings.

  • on November 2, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Drop umar amin and Nasir . bring in shohaib maqsooq and Sad shafiq

  • Islamic on November 2, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    I was checking the graph of Balls pitched on good length on cricinfo. In INDvsAUS series only 18% balls were pitched around good length and in PAKvsSAF series 67% balls were pitched around good length. So, the fact is clear that not only pitches but the quality of bowling matters!

  • ICCexpert.... on November 2, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed has got too many chances then he should've got, He should be replaced with Sohaib maqsood, And Amin for Shafiq.

  • Stark62 on November 2, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Time to drop Hafeez to no. 6 because he ISN'T a batsman and never has been but if he doesn't comply then drop him, plus promote Akmal to no. 3 or 4 (Misbah should bat at no. 3) and give Jamshed one more chance.

    Also, bring in Maqsood for the over hyped and overrated Amin.

    On another note, SA will be so relieved to have the services of Amla again but I don't think Steyn will make much of a difference, especially considering he averages 29.07 in ODI's.

  • Hasnat13 on November 2, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    I think Maqsood should come in place of jamshed and hafeez should open with shehzad....only valid change in my opinion.

  • drnaveed on November 2, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    i think ,Pakistani team should do one of the two things , 1 ) there is no place for nasir jamshed and wahab riaz in the 3rd match. Pakistan should bring in asad shafiq ,who is more talented batsman and much better fielder than nasir jamshed. they should either bring junaid khan in place of wahab riaz, as junaid again is a much talented bowler than wahab ,though his speed is slightly lesser than wahab , OR 2 ) further strengthen their batting by bringing in asad shafiq to the same side in place of wahab riaz,than we will have 2 fast bowlers irfan and sohail ,umar ameen to share a few overs and the 3 fine spinners.in this way we will have about 8 batsmen ,and the top and middle order batsmen will play freely their natural game ,considering that there are more batsmen to follow.

  • AbdulRauf-99 on November 2, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Well... good job Pakistan, They work as a team when they're defending a low total, Hafeez was the one to tight things up when JP and Smith were going well, Good job Afridi, Ajmal, And about both teams batting... well, As for South Africa's batting, They're badly lacking Hashim Amla in the team, As far as i can see... AB, And Smith are reliable at the moment, And for Pakisatan, Nasir Jamshed has got too many chances then he should've got, He should be replaced with Sohaib maqsood, And Amin for Shafiq, good luck Pakistan for the next match.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on November 2, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    why on earth would you drop the guy (asad shafeeq) who just made a big 100 against a same team and put an avg domestic level player (umer amin) in the side? no matter how many chane you give to umer amin, he will always be a waste of space. and how can you drop junaid khan, he is your current best fast bowler along with irfan. afridi or hafeez, there should be only one spin allrounder in side and he should play down the order. hafeez is absoloutly failure in odi as well. i would have rather play this side : (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Ahmad Shahzad (3) Asad Shafeeq (4) Misbah (5) Umer Akmal (6) Hafeez (7) Razzaq (8) afridi (9) ajmal (10) JUnaid (11) Irfan

  • Sports4Youth on November 2, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    What is WAHAB RIAZ doing in both the matches. This time he and Sohail Tanveer hung around for some time, but the effect was not good. They were just hogging away all the stikes. These guys are supposed to be ones who can bat. This is what I have been hearing for a long time but cant remember when these guys have given some decent performance with the bat.

    WAHAB RIAZ was also responsible for so many misfields to the boundary.

    In anycase if Misbah must play 6 bowlers (though according to me, he shouldn't) then JUNAID KHAN is a much better option compared TO W.RIAZ.

    With the regular failures in batting I think It would be better to dump RIAZ and play Shoab MAQSOOD or Asad SHAFIQ.

    Or even a better option is to play SARFRAZ AHMED the regular wicket keeper because wicket keeping is effectng Umar AKMAL with the bat.

    .

  • on November 2, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    Definitely Pakistan missing Abdur Razzaq in their side as he is the master of last 10 overs and over the year he has proven himself as one of the best finisher of the game.After him I seldom see Pakistan side to manage last ten overs properly. I can't forget his numerous match winning innings latest of them was against same opponent and same venue in 2010 where he was the lone warrior to take Pakistan team over the victory line and I m sure neither can protease forget. I still believe he must be a regular member in the side especially in shorter versions of the game.He is a living legend ,great allrounder and a best finisher.

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    @ pull_shot , same as south africa make bowling friendly pitches in south Africa and so we c low scoring matches there also .Every country do this according to there strength.This is no point .World class team is the one who play in every condition and that is why its called a world class.

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    you allz are missed a one who is more danger and agressive all time agaisnt south africa and also against england or any peacers and his name is abdur razzaq one of the ledgend all rounder in the wolrd a man who is stand alone for his team in any situation and have a ability to finish the game at the spot of his batting. i and many razzaq Fans are missing him a lot and hopefull for him misbah and team management give him chance in T20 series razzaq Bat tell them razzaq bat have still have power of hit good short six against fast bowlers. so please i request to pak team fans update your post and comments on razzaq as much as you can pak team have need abdur razzaq as 3 4 years more because razzaq have left much batting for pakistan

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    i think both teams from U.A.E should exchnge venues wtih idian venues. So austrailia and india may have a taste of low score and ....... and southafrica pakistan can fancy a high score

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    if pakistan thinks to replace afridi then they should bring someone who can boom boom in ground. you can not win matches with SR of 60.

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    SA need Amla back! Faf & Ingram have had enough opportunities and are now frustrating the supporters. One aspect that is glaring is how negatively Protea's batsmen play spin. Perhaps if a more attacking approach was adopted, while getting to the pitch of the ball, this may provide better results. Still it must be said Pakistan are a very talented bowling side. My 11 for SA are: 1. Smith 2. de Kock 3. Amla 4. de Villiers 5. Duminy 6. Miller 7. Mclaren 8. Parnell 9. Steyn 10. Morkel 11. Tahir

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    pak must hav a change on their team, asad instead of jamshid and maqsood instead of amin, and use the part timers as wll time to tim

  • samramzan on November 2, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Pak want stability in opening. We should not lose our sense by 20 some runs by Afridi. It happens once in a while. I would say Afridi should be drop on non-spinning pitches. He is no use on them.

  • team_india_no1 on November 2, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    I can see Pakistani cricket fans are getting desperate about their batting but opening the innings with Shahid Afridi is like getting starts like 0/1, 2/1, 8/1,... 98% of the time and winning guaranteed on just 2% occasions and i think i am talking generously here. Shahid Afridi uses his common sense only with the bowl in hand. He can be the world's best no. 11 smashing all no. 11 records for sure. I mean no offence but have been following Afridi's mental frame while batting for a long time. It's frustrating at best.

  • JustIPL on November 2, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    That is why Pakistan are the asian champion, it is difficult to run over them easily in ODIs. Even the current ODI world champions struggled against them at home and in bangladesh.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on November 2, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Now I think DeVillars must admin that there tail starts from Ingram lol :P

  • ICCexpert.... on November 2, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    3 changes for 3rd one day I would bring in Junaid Khan instead of Wahab Riaz. I would also bring in Sohaib Maqsood and Asad Shafiq for Nasir Jamshed and Umar Amin.

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    @binu.emiliya u dont watch cricket do you? ABD is the only batsmen in SA that scored heavily against Pakistan beside Amla. ABD was the sole reason SA won the home ODI series and second test with great support from Smith. Go look at his performance before you comment please.

  • Shahbaz_Alam on November 2, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    I still believe that Afridi is no more match winner. You can call me "Afridi hatter" but believe me if he was in Eng. Aus. NZ, SA etc. he would bearly play 50 matches but we make his hero and compare his with the likes of Imran, Wasim, Inziman etc. look at the comparison of Afridi and Razaz Batting ODI Runs Avg. S.R 100s 50s Afridi 364 7395 23.47 114.8 6 35 Razzaq 265 5080 29.70 81.25 3 23

    Bowling ODI Wkts. Avg. S.R Econ. 5 W Afridi 364 365 33.55 43.5 4.61 9 Razzaq 265 269 31.83 40.6 4.69 3 But we made his far better than Razzaq, Razzaq achievements are far more than Mr.Boom Boom. From 265 ODI at least 90 times Razz. play main roll in win a game for the Nation and Afridi would only play as much as 50 times main roll in winning matches. Plz get rid of Afridi like Razzaq and induct new blood otherwise in WC 2015 the result would be same

  • on November 2, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Pak needs to open with Afridi and push Akmal at number 4 instead of at 6

  • pull_shot on November 2, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    pakistan prepare bowling friendly wickets name them as sporting pitches to nullify their bating weakness ( when was d last time they chased >250 i think vs india 1st odi courtesy of jamshed 100) same with india they prepare bating friendly wickets u name them flat pitches to nullify their bowling weakness which ones is good?

  • ICCexpert.... on November 2, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    replace Jamshed and include Sohaib Maqsood. Open with Afridi, he is wasted at no 7, if he clicks as an open Pak will win for sure, its a gamble

  • on November 2, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    I think Hafeez is better off to play as a opener and have umer to play 3rd down

  • on November 2, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    SA will be very strong and high in confidence from the 3rd ODI with the inclusion of Amla and Steyn. Pakistan can no longer afford to give mediocre and out-of-form batsmen another go. The team should instantly be rectified as:

    1. A.Shehzad 2. Asad Shafiq 3. U.Akmal 4. Misbah 5. Sohaib Maqsood 6. M. Hafeez 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Sohail Tanvir 9. S. Ajmal 10. Junaid Khan 11. M. Irfan.

  • team_india_no1 on November 2, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    This is a tough series going on between odi rank no 5 and 6 and the playing conditions has been good to see. SA is the worst side against spin and Pakistan the most highly unpredictable when it comes to batting and fielding. But i feel Pakistan has by far the most talented bowling attack in the world but that too at times is unpredictable.

  • on November 2, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    pak should open with afridi .

  • binu.emiliya on November 2, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Why ABD is at top of the ranking chart if he is not able to handle spin bowling?

  • Beertjie on November 2, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Agree @Muhammad Yasir Khan on (November 2, 2013, 3:30 GMT) that "Pak is only suffering because of their frail batting line-up." Therefore I suggest the following line-up for the next game: Hafeez, Jamshed, Shehzad, Amin, Misbah, Akmal, Maqsood, Afridi, Ajmal, Junaid, Irfan.

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on November 2, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    SA cricket team never dominated in asain conditions. They should play 3 test match series to prove their performance in sub-continent. They are beaten by srilankan when they toured last time (2-0), they draw 1-1 against pakistan recently and against india few years ago. They are GOOD but NOT BETTER. And also they lost odi very badly against srilanka recently and struggling against pak now. so clearly SA struggling to dominate bcz their inability to play spin.

  • on November 2, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    SA certainly need ODI specialists to handle spin and Pace at ease. De villiers always struggle against quality spin in ODIs, leaving Amla as the only world class SA batsman in ODI format.

  • on November 2, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Most of the fans at the stadium were not happy with the preparations at the ground. No music, no drums were allowed (we had to literally beg the security to allow our drum in), we were forced to "sit" everytime we stood up by the security. The ICC and DSC should print the rules and regulations on the ticket instead of giving the fans a surprise at the gates.

  • on November 2, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Pakistan

    Batting = 55/100

    Bowling = 80 /100

    Unpredictability = !00/100

  • Pavinasen on November 2, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    SA continue to "C",no idea on how to play spin.Their bowlers do their best to give them a below par score to chase.They get a brain freeze.In the first game their bowlers snatched victory from the jaws of victory.Cricket is a game where most people(unfortunately) judge the team on ODI & T20 performance,yet test cricket is a true test of a player.They can find consolation in being the no1 test nation,full stop.....

  • on November 2, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    This Hammad

    I was thinking what team we can come up for 3rd odi

    And after some thoughts this is what I think the batting order should go by

    Pakistan team for 3rd odi and what batting order suppose to play Umar Akmal 3rd down Shahid Afridi 6th down Misbah-ul-Haq 7th down Ahmed Shehzad opener Mohammad Hafeez opener Asad Shafiq 4 th down Mohammad Irfan 12th Saeed Ajmal 9th Umar Amin 5 th down Junaid Khan 10 th Abdur Rehman 8 th

  • BilalK.Ghumman on November 2, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    In the next match pakistan needs to make some important changes as south african batting will get much stronger with the likes of amla coming back. Players like wahab and jamshed ( who is good but has shown that only against india) do not deserve a place in the team with the performances they have shown so far in the series. perhaps Masood could be a good replacement for nasir as he is a new comer and deserves a chance to show what he can dol. As for wahab i never understood why he was playing. No he is not an all rounder he is a guy who can bowl well and can survive a few balls. but bowling him in the first game for 6 overs and second for 4 what is he doing in the team when we have players like abdur rehman who can bat a bit as well and junaid a genuine pace bowler bowler as both these players have already shown their worth in the team and if required shafiq can find his way back for amin as he seemed to be in good touch in the tests how ever amin will not be a bad choice either.

  • on November 2, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    I would like pakistan to go with this line up and batting order: 1. M Hafeez 2. A. Shahzad 3. Nasir Jamshed 4. Misbah 5. Asad Shafeeq 6. U. Akmal 7. S. Afridi 8. Wahab Riaz 9. S. Ajmal 10. J. Khan 11. M. Irfan M. Hafeez should be told to play as a pitch hitter at the top of the innings and generate the momentum. And Jamsheed deserves one more chance, u cannot abandon him straight-a-way, he has played well at #3 in the past and he should be given 1 more chance there. Asad Shafeeq will bring little more stability in the batting side. I see no reason for selecting sohail tanvir ahead of junaid khan in any format.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on November 2, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    sa won first match flukely, they are worst team than bangladesh and zimbabwe. If odi is only form of cricket, SA would be last ranking team in the list. When will SA learn to play spin bowling?

  • I_amMirza on November 2, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    Enough for Jamshed i guess. He is not in form give this chubby guy a break, bring in Sami Aslam.

  • on November 2, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    @Albert_Cambell-Anil kumble is the third highest wicket taker in test cricket not ODI.. I don't think you have any knowledge abt this game at all.. You are simply jealous of everything Indian..Racism at It's best.. I think you are just 10-12 years old boy.. World knows how great bowler Anil Kumble is.. No SA bowler has even reached 400 wicket mark even after bowling on pace-friendly and spin-friendly wickets in any format.. India has three bowlers who are in the 400 club..Anil kumbke, Kapil Dev and Harbhajan Singh in test cricket.. lol on you..

  • on November 2, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Amazing that after all these years of having head-coaches, assistant coaches and what-have-you coaches, the SA brains-trust can't get it together and appoint a someone who knows something about combatting spin-bowling! If SA is to have any chance of improving its fortunes in the ODI rankings, a "how-to-play-spin" batting coach has to be found. Oh, and get rid of that disastrous airhead Domingo and take the reins away from AB; he's no captain in anyone's book.

  • on November 2, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    well! its quite evident that Pak is only suffering because of their frail batting line-up. If they start working or given oportunities in thier homland then for sure it will be different ball game. everyone is criticising Pak's past performances but I beleive that against Pak every team has suffered, but its only that they are not confident of winning from a difficult postion. Pak is still sufferning from the bad governance of Ijazz Butt's aweful rule over PCB.

    Good luck Pak

  • alipk52 on November 2, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    I really love watching our bowling every time, Pakistan's bowling performance is regularly undone by poor batting and they still keep on selecting same failures again and again, for example as Nasir is not performing these days, so they'll drop him and select I mean Far hat again who failed before, I don't able to digest the selector's logic, no genuine All-rounders being selected after Abdul Razzaq even though there are so many, only Umar Akmal and Misbah are good batsman in our line-up, we definitely need two more like Umar Akmal, who bat aggressively, I am Also feeling like Shehzad is not playing his natural game, he likes to score quickly, but he's not allowed to play his natural game it's really big setback, one opener should attack upfront, I am now praying Pakistan's Selector's could be replaced sooner, and youngsters come into play (not Umar Amin).

  • robbieg2011 on November 2, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CrazyforcricketIII on November 2, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    Good going- little more disciplined team though more was expected from the openers and Afridi's batting- though he compensated with his bowling!! Good luck with the next matches- Go and get them!!

  • on November 2, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    I think this Pakistani bowling attack is the best in the world today. To dismiss the South Africans so cheaply ,on a placid Middle Eastern pitch, is some feat indeed. The Pakistani bowlers (spinners and Junaid and Irfan) have always delivered. Its the batting that stinks.

  • Sports4Youth on November 2, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    In anycase if Misbah must play 6 bowlers (though according to me, he shouldn't) then JUNAID KHAN is a much better option compared TO W.RIAZ.

    With the regular failures in batting I think It would be better to dump RIAZ and play Shoab MAQSOOD or Asad SHAFIQ.

    Or even a better option is to play SARFRAZ AHMED the regular wicket keeper because wicket keeping is effectng Umar AKMAL with the bat.

  • Sports4Youth on November 2, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    What is WAHAB RIAZ doing in both the matches. This time he and Sohail Tanveer hung around for some time, but the effect was not good. They were just hogging away all the stikes. These guys are supposed to be ones who can bat. This is what I have been hearing for a long time but cant remember when these guys have given some decent performance with the bat.

    IN ANY CASE WHY DOES MISBAH NEED 6 BOWLERS WHEN IT IS HIS BATTING THAT IS A PERINIAL FAILURE.

    .

  • CricketChat on November 2, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    I will stop following Pak team if they play Nasir Jamshed in the next match. Hope they can find someone who can stay at the wkt for 10-15 overs.

  • Bangla.tiger on November 2, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    good come back. congratulations

  • on November 2, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    I watched last ODI Pakistan Lost their game very badly.And Again I watch this game.Pakistan Well played.Thanks Afridi

  • on November 2, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    SA is terribly outa form, sorry for them. BTW Pak didn't win it convincingly either, 208 is a score by any margin.

  • Kashif-Rafiq on November 2, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    Alhamdulillah Pakistan win and proved that they are truly unpredictable in the world of Cricket. They can beat the #1 team and lose from a team which is out of ranking :). In next match, nasir jamshed should be given rest. rest, all the team is ok.

    Nobody commented on captaincy of Misbah-ul-Haq, he truly deserves some appreciation. Well done, Misbah-ul-Haq to put such an effort after a disastrous and humiliating defeat in first ODI.

  • on November 2, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    Quite a thriller after a good long time. Very good effort by both sides. Not heaps of runs but just quality of the game was observed. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Albert_cambell on November 2, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    I am Disappointed with this loss. Our batting has been major concern since the start of the SL series. Ingram and Du Plesis have to go. Du Plesis has been given too many chances in ODIs and he failed to deliver what he can. Its the right time to bring rossouw into the side.

  • on November 2, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    Pakistan does not need to play 3 seamers. In place of Wahab Riaz and Sohail Tanvir they should lan Junaid Khan. They should play Asad Shafiq to strengthen batting.

  • Albert_cambell on November 2, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    Ajmal is a good spinner but you cant compare him with the two great spinners Murali and Warne. But definitely, Ajmal is way better bowler than India's Anil Kumble. Kumbles record outside India is extremely poor. Even in helpful conditions in pakistan( Avg-42.41) and SL( Avg-44.63), his record is very poor. Outside the subcontinent its even worse. Thats why I am saying Ajmal is better than Kumble. I find it funny when some Indian fans compare Kumble with Murali and Warne. But in the current situation Ajmal, Swan and Herath are the best spinners in the world.

  • on November 2, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    Is there a way to swap team in ongoing series...lets watch Bangladesh Vs Pakistan and SA Vs NZ and then it will be a competitive series and would be more fun.

    I bet Bangladesh will have confidence to take forward and both NZ and SA will have chance to score in ODI.

  • on November 2, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    nice these picthes are 50/50 which help every bowler every batsman not like india where only help for batsmans

  • John-Orford on November 2, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    In a way true, AbdulRauf, but when Wayne Parnell is in your tail, it wags.

  • on November 2, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    Well done Afridi!!!!! just a friendly advise, you need a hair cut now ( Bareewal)

  • my_comments on November 2, 2013, 0:17 GMT

    This is truly the Pak team we know. They just bounced back from nowhere. And on the other hand they may sink fast in the next match. Very unpredictable. However, very interesting, intense and nice matches to watch. Better than that other series which is currently played elsewhere.

  • GoldenAsif on November 2, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    Despite the win, batting has major flaws and looks hopelessly inadequate at the moment. 209 was a nothing total and bowlers saved our blushes and were the main architect of this win. Jamshed is woefully out of form and UA has been a huge disappointment so far. Anyhow I think we should persist with the winning combo for the next game atleast

    Ajmal was the stand out bowler today. He kept putting the pressure on the South Africans by not letting them get easy runs. He makes this team competitive enough to face the top sides.

  • GoldenAsif on November 1, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    I shall go easy on Afridi because he was the player of the match today but once again he showed lack of patience and holed out at a crucial time with three overs remaining in the innings. Had he stayed till the end Pakistan might have posted a decent 240+/- despite the muddle in the middle overs. Such carelessness can be the difference between victory and defeat. Apart from lack of application his shot selection could be better.

    I am happy that we won today. Had we lost this game it would have been mighty difficult to get back in the series esp. given our lacklustre batting. Pakistan should have won the first ODI comfortably and SA should NOT have lost the second game. The two games prove why Pakistan (rightly) carry the unpredictable tag and why RSA deserve the chokers' tag

  • Desihungama on November 1, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    So Shahid Afridi adds another MoM to his resume. He surely would be standing at top of the list? Pakistan bowling continues to impress and so as S. Africa's. Nail biters that you don't see in cricket nowadays too often. Great going both teams. At the same time also loving India-Aus high scores. Virat is on fire. He is like the hybrid of Tendulkar-Afridi.

  • roook on November 1, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    Batting is weak link for both sides no batsman till end and who ever win the toss has better chance if winning. With Amla and steyn back in the team for the last three matches drop nasir jamshad and open with hafeez and bring in asad shafiq.

  • on November 1, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    well done but please next time dont do any silly mistakes

  • on November 1, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    Well done boys...u made us proud today. Lets go for the kill in the remaining matches...even if Steyn & Amla play in them.

  • Always_pakistan on November 1, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    @cricketstarbest you where wrong with your predictions haha lol Cricinfo please publish

  • on November 1, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    Afridi Rocks once again!!!!

  • on November 1, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    So far Pakistan have dominated this series. They have been bad, it has been for a very short period of time but those short periods have been so bad that they have resulted in two loses.

  • on November 1, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    Only Pakistan can manage such topsy turvy performance.. Even the proteas don't know how to teach!! Not their fault though.. Nobody can guess which pak team taking on field today..

  • Fijicricket on November 1, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    Doctored pitch brings in good results at last!

  • on November 1, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Shoiab maqsood deserves a chance ...

  • Gevelsis on November 1, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, but what a spineless, pitiful performance from SA batsmen. They seem to be drowning in a sea of their own complacency and self-satisfaction. Ever since the last World Cup they've been trying to find the right combination: no result yet.

  • BravoBravo on November 1, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Each time I am about to give up on Mr. Shahid Afridi, he pulls me back to admire him more. He is the most inimitable player for ODI who graced the game of cricket.

  • Pindia on November 1, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    I'd like to see how this Pakistan team would fare in a test match. Spinning all rounders don't come better than Hafeez and Afridi. They may not be consistent batsmen but they should both be seen as spinners that bat. Afridi again stated this post match and the same applies to Hafeez. Ajmal is the best spinner and in terms of technique and mystery is up there with all the greats. Irfan is unique. Pakistan have a lot of talent, can they now make the next step? My XI applicable to all formats: Shezad, Jamshed, Hafeez, Misbah, Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Afridi, Gul, Ajmal, Junaid, Irfan...

  • Tornado1 on November 1, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    so whoever will chase gonna loose :) so simple, both are pathetic chasers and their good bowling lineups are like adding salt to the injury :)

  • on November 1, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    i read all comments and it is real treat...from start of the game till half time just critisism on Pk batting and selection specially nasir and hafeez on hit list.Half time and mode began to change. Thanx God few voices against ingram and then starts appraise for Pk team , afridi and misbah,s schemes...lolzzz

  • on November 1, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    Not many teams can come back after such a demoralizing defeat. Well, this is Pakistan, and this why you call them unpredictable. SA should have had this match in the pocket after Pakistan's batting, but our bowlers had other plans. To me, Pakistan deserved to win both the games, as we completely dominated SA. They are missing the great AMLA at the top, and furious STEYN. This series is turning out to be very interesting, love low scorers, and pitches where there is a 50/50 balance. Good luck Pakistan & SA for the next game, hopefully Pakistan wins though:)

  • Harmony111 on November 1, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    Pak will be thinking we could have been 2-0 up.

    At least Pak managed to almost chase 183 in the 1st ODI but here SA were never in the game. They were a.o. for 143. Dubai wicket is slightly slow but by no means is it that poor that even 200 runs can't be scored.

    For Pak, Ajmal again bowled beautifully and nearly had ABD in his initial overs & I think one of lbw shout was quite good too. Mohd Irfan has improved a lot in the last 3-4 months and is a lot more accurate and impactful these days. Afridi had a good day too.

    Let's hope that Pak's batting improves and Nasir Jamshed gets back in form. He is a good opener & with Misbah can carry the batting through. If Umar Akmal or Afridi can get a bit more consistent then Pak will have solid as well as aggressive batsmen and then they can be deadly.

  • AbdulRauf-99 on November 1, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    Well AB, I would say that Pakistan need to get only 3 wickets to get to the taillenders, a wicket of Hashim Amla, AB, And Smith, look at your team before complaining about others.

  • P4K1ST4N_7 on November 1, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    I was following the match on FM and heard local commentator say "Review lost by Pakistan, no problem because when Pakistan decides to go for kill..... they do it at all costs" He was damn right... From first ball to last ball...............it was all Pakistan........... with complete control. Pakistan is a mercurial team. Well done Team Pakistan.

  • on November 1, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    well done Pakistan... very nice bowing :) I hope Pak will win the series ... my favorite player Afridi is Man of the match :D (best wishes from Bangladesh)

  • on November 1, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    Alhumdulilah today we showed our team work havnt let singls We were gud in fielding,batting and as well bowling today i salute to my pakistan team.....Pakistan zindabad:)

  • on November 1, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Most of the SA's fan believe that, the Proteas batsmen better played Ajmal and other spinners than any other team in the recent past, and hopefully, they got their answer, they demolishes them in the tests, and now in ODIs, they must be thank full to Pak seamers who are performing well to keep third genuine spinner (Rehman) out of the playing XI, can u imagine how will Pak treat Proteas if Pak play 3 genuine spinners with Hafeez as an Add-On.

  • on November 1, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Pakistan needs this victory. Once again Boom Boom Shines.

  • on November 1, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Still cant see any reason of playing wahab! should play Junaid And Sohaib and Asad Instead of failures( wahqb, umar amin, sohail tanvir)

    Junaid khan is much better bowler and sohaib and Asad is way better then umar Amin.. and we dont need to play 4 specialist bowlers! Hafeez and Afridi can do the job!!

  • on November 1, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    in next game, pak should play maqsod, he very good one day allrounder, look at his list A record average 50+

  • t20cric on November 1, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    If Pakistan get team selection right in the next match then something else they must keep in mind is that Afridi is not reliable with the bat. He is undoubtedly an amazing spinner but not a reliable bat. Pakistan should think of it as the batting line-up is over after Umar Akmal(or Sohaib Maqsood if they choose the team i suggested). When they bat they should be thinking that Afridi, Wahab, Tanvir, Junaid(if he gets selected), Ajmal, Rehman(if he gets selected) and Mohammad Irfan will all get out for ducks and any runs that they do score should really be a bonus. Maybe this approach may encourage a few Pakistani batsmen to try and bat through the whole innings.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 1, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Time to replace jamshed with Sharjeel khan. Look at Sharjeel he really is a copy of syed Anwar. Please give that guy a chance.

  • Majid_Sweden on November 1, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Man of the match performance came from Saeed Ajmal and not Afridi. Great win for Pakistan, hope they improve the batting by bring in shafeeq and leave out jamshed.

  • on November 1, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    pakistan has worlds no. 1 bowling but they have worlds poorest batting they need abdul razaq in the middle order and sohail tanvir iz not a good allrounder. we cant depend just on misbah we have only one batsman who has leed the team we need some more good batsman afridi is not a proper batsman

  • t20cric on November 1, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Great win for Pakistan. I dont think any team can come back from such a demoralizing defeat like that. Pakistan dominated for most of the first match and now dominated in the SA innings. The first one was lost by Pak(not won by SA) but this one is clearly won by Pak. The batting is still not good but our awesome bowling is just too good for most teams. I still think Wahab should be replaced by Sohaib cuz Sohaib will probably score more and Wahab didnt take any wickets. As for Tanvir he is still a good bowler but I think he got injured. When he was bowling he was holding his left hand in pain and didnt bowl from that over after. If he cant play then Junaid should bowl instead. I think we should continue to persist with everyone else. Maybe Misbah should let Umar Amin bowl sometimes.

    My XI: 1.Ahmed Shehzad, 2.Nasir Jamshed, 3.Mohammad Hafeez, 4.Misbah-ul-haq, 5.Umar Amin, 6.Umar Akmal, 7.Sohaib Maqsood, 8.Shahid Afridi, 9.Junaid Khan/Sohail Tanvir, 10.Saeed Ajmal, 11.Mohammad Irfan

  • on November 1, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    lala is matchless.....undoubtedly best entertainer ever in cricket history...

  • on November 1, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    pak missing younis and SA missing Amla. dont see pakistan playing 3 fast bowlers. why not recall razzaq.. he has some great memories of abu dhabi vs SA

  • on November 1, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. You again proved how unpredictable you can be. According to me, the following changes should be made in the coming ODIs:

    1. Nasir Jamshed should be dropped and hafeez should open the innings with Shehzad.

    2. Umar Akmal should come at no.3 followed by Misbah, Maqsood, Afridi and then tail enders. We also need an all rounder like Razzaq who can bat and bowl well. If Razzaq is in the Wahab Riaz should be dropped.

    3. Rest of the balling line up is fine.

  • msharif911 on November 1, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Pakistan are the best team in the World on some days and absolute Worst on others. Its an absolute roller coaster ride being a Pakistan Fan. But I would have it no other way.

  • gibbs.175 on November 1, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    NO MORE SMITH ....please go to home ....you are not fit in ODI any more .FAF and D.KOCK should play as openner,and ingram is a middle order batsman .WHY ? and why Domingo is working like a silent stone .AB should be played as batsman not as KEEPER and captain .he is fully flop leader ....sit and think about it

  • BowledYa on November 1, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    I don't agree with giving Afridi Man of the Match. Shehzad was more deserving having scored the highest runs, the only 50 in the match and twice as much as anyone else on eiher team. Sure Afridi got 3 wickets but gave away a lot of runs, and his batting score as usual was meager. I also think we had too many bowlers in the match - 5 counting Afridi (he clearly is not a batsman or an all-rounder). With a weak batting lineup we need another batsman not another bowler. I would put in Asad Shafiq in place of Afridi. Well done Pakistan though - need better performance with the bat next game. Good luck to both teams.

  • romirom on November 1, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    difficult to score runs in these pitches. Anything around 200 is enough. Get in asad and maqsood in place of jamshed n amin. Jamshed is out of touch n amin is not intl material. Lok at his domestic avg. Jst 33. I dnt understand how he even selected in team.

  • on November 1, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Very much delighted seeing the performance of Pakistani bowling unit specially the way lala contributed in the win.

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on November 1, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    HI...bad ...very bad ....AB and SMITH party dnt consider D.KOCK and Elgar as part of 2015 world cup that is why H.GIBBS said SMITH and AB think Southafrica is their own team (home made )they dnt play for country .Because as many runs smith scoring in ODI, D.Kock and Elgar doing in domestic and T-20 .Mr.Coach is also working under pressure of senior players.At all this is not looking good for 2015 world cup ....when FAF works as a captain everything goes and works smooth on field but Smith and AB company disturbing the whole combination ....Mr .Coach should say to Poor SMITH to sit out side and INGRAM too OR INgram can be sent down the order ,,,please .SA is choker because they have been wasting the talented players since 2000.

  • Pak_suleman on November 1, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    I am suprised why are pakistan playing 3 fast bowlers..every one knows their weekness lies in batting so they should play an extra batsman in place of wahab riaz..nasir jumshaid has been given a lot of opportunities..now its time to replace him by asad shafiq..

  • I_amMirza on November 1, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal is now joint leading wicket taker with Ravindra Jadeja this year. Jad took 43 wickets in 27 matches with a bowlibg average of 22.76 and economy rate of 4.08 while Ajju did this in 22 matches with bowling avg of 18.9 and economy rate 4.09.

  • on November 1, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    For next game Amla and Steyn will be in , so for me amla is something pakistan team should work on how to get him out early for next game . This team what pakistan now have is what i had suggested in Past and i mention another thing now that Sharjeel Khan should be Tested as Opener asap , i mean really he seems way better to me then Saeed Anwar Allah willing. Both teams so far have played beautifully and congrations to both teams for winning one game each and i think the main difference in both teams have been the all-rounders in depth of their batting. Good luck to both teams for the next match :D

  • on November 1, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Afridi has his fans among the Pakistanis. I worry that staying with Afridi whose batting is very iffy, might be denying opportunities for younger lads who need grooming. I am sure many of my Pakistani friends will not be happy with this comment. But I do believe that Afridi is too unreliable with the bat.

  • bouncer709 on November 1, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Whats wrong with ICC ranking, Saeed Ajmal is leading wicket taker this year, better average, better strike and economy rate than Ravindra Jadeja and Sunil Narine. but he is 3rd rank.

  • on November 1, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Pakistan is always good side but they need some good batsman in middle

  • on November 1, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    should given chance to Asad Shafique & Junaid Khan

  • on November 1, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Pakistan won 2nd ODI

  • on November 1, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Great win for the men in green!! But please please drop umar amin and sohail tanvir/wahab riaz, they cannot bat, bowl or field so what is the purpose of having them in the team??

    Afridi needs to bat in the tail end from now on and replace tanvir/riaz with Abdul razzaq or hammad azam and replace umar amin with shoaib malik or younis khan.

    Although nasir jamshed is out of form, I still think we should be patient with him and at least persist with him for the rest of the series. Great performace by ahmed shehzad!!

  • on November 1, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    In the end, it is Afridi who has to click. Shazad scored 58 in both innings. Others failed in both innings. Yet one match was won and the other lost. The difference in both matches was the Afridi edge.

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 1, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    I feel sorry for Pakistan's bowlers. They are a superb bowling unit, but due to their batsmen, they are always under pressure. Well done today though. They have once again exposed SA's poor batting in ODIs. Without Hashim Amla, SA's batting looks toothless. They have AB De Villiers, but he alone can't win them games. The rest are ordinary players making up the numbers. 209 was certainly gettable and they jinxed it. Good for the series though. Pakistan should ALWAYS bat FIRST. because, they have the bowling to defend any total above 200.

  • Chona on November 1, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Afridi proves his worth once again....utility players like him are always in the game......always treat him like a utility player....not as a pure a batsman....his fans treat him like batsman but he is an allrounder...a good fielder...exceptional bowler and hard hitting bat of lower middle order....do not expect him to bat like Dravids or Dhonis.......!!! He is more like Lance Cairns , Waseem Akram the hitter or even Razzaq...!!!...

  • on November 1, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    I wish that they had won the previous match as well and would have bagged the series now. Apart from the first session in the second test and the last 10 overs in the first match they have been very good and it is south Africa who have been tied down.

  • I_amMirza on November 1, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan. i was not sure about victory till last wicket.

  • on November 1, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    well played by Paksitan . And well bowled by bowlers. in Batting only difference was some lower order runs by Afridi & Wahab.

    No Lucky escape today for SA. Though it is 1-1 but i think it was paksitan in both games. They lost 1st and won 2nd. No major improvement from SA. And Paksitan was better of 2 teams in almost 95% of both. SA badly needs Hashim Amla in. and need to change FAF along with ingram.

    Pak won but still batting was not satisfactory. Somebody needs to tell ahmed that there is game after 50. we have seen in WI, in ZIM & now 2 games.

    Today Akmal & Amin can not hide behind Slow misbah. When misbha gotout there were 23 overs left.

    Problem to me is that these young players are not taking responsibility. question arises why Amin is highly talked about?

    Sohail is no way near a no 8 batsman. Nasir is out of form. not much after india.

    For next game, they should get in Asad & Maqsood instead of nasir & amin. OR At least 1 of amin/nasir should go. junaid is also missing.

  • on November 1, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan fans. Well deserved win

  • StaalBurgher on November 1, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    And when I said a year ago that Faf and Ingram are not so talented (Faf because he only happened to hit good form late in his 20s and Ingram because he sucks at the 4-day game) I was laughed at. Form has passed and they are not coping. Not that they are terrible but they are nothing special. Journeyman internationals at best.

  • on November 1, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    The major problem for me are the performances where you snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. It is about becoming over confident and believing that a match has been won and that a job has been done before it has actually happened.

  • on November 1, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Ingram and fluff du plesis are the worst players that the Protea set-up has seen in a while. Why they dont put in Quenton de Kock is a heck of a mystery

  • bouncer709 on November 1, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Again Wahab Riaz ! to let the batsmen settle, 6 are down on 110, When will Misbah learn? bring Ajmal to attack to wrap up the SA team.

  • on November 1, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    Pakistan is performing lowly (below par) since considerable time. There are many factors for this. I am not convinced with the harsh comments posted by Pak fans on their players. Why don't these fans give space them for some time? These factors are also affecting badly them as nothing will achieved by doing this. Let them play whatever team composition they have right now. They are lacking some genius like Amir Sohail, Saeed Anwar, Inzy & Yousuf. These are exceptional talents which can't rise suddenly in 1 or 2 series. Let them be settled first & accept the verdict of this series irrespective of any outcome.For me, they are playing good and average cricket.

  • I_amMirza on November 1, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    That's why they call Pakistan Unpredictable, now compare bowling an batting of both teams...! SA shaking against Pak bowling attack. Parnell is there, see.... fingers crossed.

  • on November 1, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Pakistan in very strong position.We need to stop runs to.nuild up pressure.on.them.

  • SuperSharky on November 1, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Good fighting back from Pakistan. Pakistan used their first review way too eagerly. If I was Misbah, I would use my review when I really know it is out and for special bowlers like Ajmal. On the other hand; I do feel that 1 review per innings in ODI's, isn't enough. Although I still love the human factor and it's mistakes in the game, I would consider having 2 reviews per innings in ODI's too. Because Colin Ingram and Faf Du Plessis looks out of form at the moment, I would consider playing Robin Peterson rather. For me, Imran Tahir is Proteas best spinner and first spinner choice in Tests, but in ODI's Tahir won't do far better than Robin Petrson. In ODI's you've got less space to bowl at and regulations differ from Test bowling. Robin Peterson is my first choice ODI spinner for Proteas, but Tahir is in such great form that I would drop a batsmen for him to play with Peterson. Robin Peterson can bat and is an excellent fielder.

  • on November 1, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    still not conform that Pakistan will win because they can change the game any time

  • bouncer709 on November 1, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    @cricketstarbest: I think u know nothing about cricket, Pakistan bowling always proved to defend, and today looking at SA team, they started their innings like Pakistan did in first match, a Misbah style tuk tuk, this will prove that you can not win match by tuk tuk style. Misbah should also learn from this.

  • on November 1, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    @Sarfaraz Khan, You're kidding me right? Yes, they perform like this from time to time, but it doesn't mean you stop watching cricket. India bats on batting paradises where even our mediocre batsman become world class as well. The problem comes in taking the responsibility and not collapsing. Talking, about bowling..SERIOUSLY? Bating it makes some sense, but bowling? It is better you stay away from Pakistan cricket, if you are not going to support them in difficult times. Pakistan has not played a game at home for over 4 years now, so how do expect to groom youngsters on pitches which can give them confidence.

  • on November 1, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    i hope ABD does not go on to make a big 100 like 2nd test after getting a plumb let off by Mr Davis at 6.

    good pressure by paksitan.

  • ujverm on November 1, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Why does a decision comes back to umpire as Umpire's call when it has been reviewed. Obviously the umpire won't change the original decision. When reviewed it should be completely transferred to technology to decide on the dismissal. This way the reviewing team will be losing a review which is ultimately being decided by the on field umpire only.

  • on November 1, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    I just don't get what is the matter with the Pakistan team, just because of their failure performance i have stopped watching cricket. Pakistan should learn cricket from Indian Team, the way they bat and ball. If i say about the first ODI Pakistan should feel a big shame for them selves that they couldn't chase the easy target. I am a Pakistani citizen but sorry to say i Hate this team now.

  • duncanmoo on November 1, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    So that is hopefully the end of Ingram's stint as opener for SA, three ducks and now 4!

  • Resultpredictor on November 1, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    SA will chase this target easily. No Pak bowler can bowl like Tahir and no Pak bowler can take wickets like Maclaren. When Pak bowlers connot defend huge totals how can they defend this low score. I think all Pak fans are convinced that Pak will lose this match.

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    No 1 batsman is most important position in line-up.Hafeez in not performing well.We need some body like inzi,ijaz or youhanna.This is too much no all rounder or a part time batter pls PCB moin khan en our captain change just one position en lets see, bring a new good joung demestic batsman aur one of opener in the tests.As lengend wasim said.

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    I can say this much. give them time. Look at the line up, only Afridi has bee around for more than ten years. Misbah and Hafeez for the last three-four years, and the rest off-on for a few months. Look at the Aussies and see the way they are struggling to find new, consistent faces, they lost the Ashes, and are looking very bad in India. Then compare with India, who have Dhoni, Raina, Yuvraj, Kohli, Sharma who have been around for at least 5 years each. Indian bowling department? Same problem. New faces, inexperienced faces, and they perform poorly. Give Pak time.

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Am not able to understand pakistan team's strategy in the ongoing series.... effectively they are playing 7 players (viz.; Hafeez, Afridi, u Amin, Afridi, Tanvir, Wahab, Ajmal) for their bowling skills, 1 player (U Akmal) for his wicket-keeping and only three (Misbah, Nasir and Shahzad) of them for batting... so batting collapses like these are nothing but obvious. Dropping an inform centuroin in Asad shafeeq and a classic bowler in junaid is impossible to justify, letus hope misbah and whatmore have some concrete reason for that...

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    don't know why are batsmen are not scoring runs we should have a batting coach and a time has come to terminate whatmore as our coach don't know his role the way pakistani batsmen are perfomorming now adays i haven't seen them performing like that it's really has been phenomenol

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    pakistan squad already know what was missing from batting but still lets talk about it :) When the oppurtunity to avail singles was taken away and the over seemed like a maiden the batting's frustration ran high and he wanted to give away his wicket with ease with any sluggish shot. Just imagine if pakistan had 6-7 wickets at 170 score and 10 overs left is that better or 170 score with 3 wickets left and 10 overs to score? . Let the pakistan squad decide that and this is international cricket and these players were selected to this level of game because they can handle pressure better and the logic is if you can score for even two overs maiden then its still better you can score in other overs and much better then players like saeed ajmal and irfan coming out to bat.Just few blabbering thoughts and even 210 is suprise for me its because afridi clicked today and he didnt go wild at every delivery . So 210 is pretty happy score for me honestly regardless of outcome. Well done pakistan :D

  • on November 1, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    cant say much but after watching the test matches and 1st odi I will say whoever bats 2nd in UAE has the upper hand

  • on November 1, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    well if we go by experts on tv , then this score is not enough. but lets see. again a poor show by pakistan batting . now again asking too much from bowlers yet again. nasir fell similarly, haferz as usuall a pretty 20-30 and then out. misbah also fell early today and that gave 23 overs to umars. which should have been good to show something but both failed again. akmals problem is if you dry his runs he will do silly.

    i dont know how umar amin highly talked about. his domestic record doesnt show much.

    i fail to understand is sohail worth a no8 position? good some runs by afridi and wahab.

    1 thing i must say that afridis hitting has not got that much power now. cant reach rope. anyway good runs from afridi.

    in batting i think asad and maqsood should come in for nasir & umar amin. nasir is talented but out of form after india tour so should be rested & worked with in academy.

    in bowling junaid should come in for sohail or wahab but let us see bowling today.

  • bbnn on November 1, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    As I post before a low fultose was enough for Shahid Afridi again!

  • SaadRocx on November 1, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Can't see Pakistan winning for this position, pitch is still very good for batting,Pakistan just threw the wickets away playing stupid rash shots...Hoping for a bowling miracle to happen..

  • mk49_van on November 1, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Why can't Pakistanis bat? A longstanding puzzle for world cricket fans.

  • on November 1, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Wahab playing and Junaid sitting out.no u cant b serious....leaving out a strike bowler for an ordinary one, selection blunders

  • on November 1, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Problem with pakistan that the young players are not taking responsibility at all.

    Ahmed just plays for 50 and that is 3rd in a row where just after 50 he was out. umar akmal is among bit seniors now if you consider he has played for 4 years almost and played many games. and umar amin, i dont simply know why he is highly talked about. today they had almost 27 overs.

  • mzm149 on November 1, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Hafeez, Akmla no Amin must be dropped too.

  • Solid_Snake on November 1, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Is it only me or this match is going in the same direction as 1st ODI? Jamshed getting out same way.Suddenly a Panic attack & batsmen started marching towards the dressing room..It's like watching the highlights of st ODI..lol.. Pakistani team is a Boss when it comes to miracles..& these miracles helps the opposition more then themselves actually :P

  • on November 1, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    well nasir looks out of sorts. and ahmed just give away after 50.

    Both umars failed again today.Umar akmal just playing reclessly and amin again a soft dismissal.

    and today no 1 can hide behind an excuse of pressure of chasing anything. misbah got out in 28th over. and looks like will not last 50 overs.

  • on November 1, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    so it is again misbah's fault. 148/5

    when he got out they had 23 overs to do something. ahmed and akmal gone.

    let us hope that afridi plays a big innings now.

  • on November 1, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    a strong clean up required for Pakistani bating line! #2nd ODI!

  • on November 1, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    looks Pakistan will loose the match today. hardly will get 200. at the crucial stage Pak bowlers dont bowl well as in past. one or two fifties cant win matches.

  • on November 1, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    seems Pakistan team is not learning from their bating mistakes!

  • Riz000 on November 1, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    I just can not believe why they not dropping Mohmaad Hafeez? why is this guy undroppable? this guy has been failing since 2003 yet he is in the team ahead of Harris Sohial poor guy is being ignored by pcb again IS there ever a end to corruption in PCB and pakistan?? Asad shafiq must play odi in order to become pakistans best middle order batsman but i guess its all who u know plz misbah retire along with Hafeez otherwise the future looks dull i hope its 5-0 to south africa then you might see few changes in PCB razzak should replace afridi asap.

  • SaadRocx on November 1, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed? what's wrong with you?getting out exactly the same way ? cmon you used to be a good player what' holding you..? I reckon give this guy a go in this series if he fails then drop him, cause his fielding is sch a big liability to the team...

  • on November 1, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Now here's a little twist. Umar akmal is a fierce character and as AB mentioned him to be amongst the tail he will be willing to show them his class. Fingers Crossed -_-

  • on November 1, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    misbah out and others have 23 overs to do something.

    Ahmed again gone after a 50.

  • on November 1, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    I never favour the advice to drop nasir from the side. He has already show his potential and class so it is not a good suggestion to left out from the side. He just need to give confidence and dropping from the side will push him further back foot.He is future product which can give big to Pakistan cricket in future.

  • on November 1, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    shehzad 50 is not the solution. go on bat the whole 50 overs and show them u r the solution for pakistan opening

  • on November 1, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    pakistan shuld have brought asad in place of jamshed..

  • Solid_Snake on November 1, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Lol..It's like watching the highlights of 1st ODI..Jamshed getting out exactly the same way.Only Pakistani batsmen would do something like that.All other learns from their mistakes.But our Batsmen do the opposite. The way Pak accelerated after Jamshed's exit,it was really great.This is what we want from our openers.Play aggressive.After a long time our batsmen played like that.Shahzad playing like he used to do..Hafeez also played well..Too bad he got out..

  • on November 1, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    back abdul razzak in team

  • on November 1, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    yes Pak will win today

  • on November 1, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    TO help Hafeez " you should ask to bat down the order for your own sake in Odi's" and as opener in T20 . Even though i dont like hafeez in team as maybe there are other players who can be given chance but i think this batting down the order is the only thing for hafeez now considering his averages in Odi's.

  • on November 1, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    finally you agreed. i think nasir needs some rest & some work with coaches. i would prefer maqsood instead of asad in place of nasir

  • on November 1, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    very sad dismissal of Nasir Jamshed

  • on November 1, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    once again jamshed getting out early after his wicket pakistan will score slowly and will only manage to score 15-20 run in the powerplay(1-10)

  • on November 1, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    no nasir jamshed must go out umar amin is very talented

  • mzm149 on November 1, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    I must say Nasir Jamshed must go now.

  • on November 1, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Well nasir is out again and similar like 1st odi.

  • mzm149 on November 1, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Bad News for Nasir Haters and Asad Lovers. Pakistan is going with unchanged team.

  • on November 1, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    maqsood should come in place of amin.dont know when will he get a chance

  • on November 1, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    I think sa have good chance to win today

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  • on November 1, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    I think sa have good chance to win today

  • on November 1, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    maqsood should come in place of amin.dont know when will he get a chance

  • mzm149 on November 1, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Bad News for Nasir Haters and Asad Lovers. Pakistan is going with unchanged team.

  • on November 1, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Well nasir is out again and similar like 1st odi.

  • mzm149 on November 1, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    I must say Nasir Jamshed must go now.

  • on November 1, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    no nasir jamshed must go out umar amin is very talented

  • on November 1, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    once again jamshed getting out early after his wicket pakistan will score slowly and will only manage to score 15-20 run in the powerplay(1-10)

  • on November 1, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    very sad dismissal of Nasir Jamshed

  • on November 1, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    finally you agreed. i think nasir needs some rest & some work with coaches. i would prefer maqsood instead of asad in place of nasir

  • on November 1, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    TO help Hafeez " you should ask to bat down the order for your own sake in Odi's" and as opener in T20 . Even though i dont like hafeez in team as maybe there are other players who can be given chance but i think this batting down the order is the only thing for hafeez now considering his averages in Odi's.