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

Ingram's accidental, but short-lived, relief

Plays from the second ODI between Pakistan and South Africa in Dubai

Jamshed's 'Groundhog Day' moment
Nasir Jamshed may have recurring nightmares of his efforts to try and pull the ball, especially after he was dismissed in almost identical fashion in both the ODIs. On Friday, Jamshed's eyes lit up when Morne Morkel banged the ball in short but he did not get behind the line and top-edged instead to Lonwabo Tsotsobe at fine-leg. On Wednesday, in the first match, Jamshed had done the same thing against the same bowler and the catch was taken in the short-leg region.

The mix-up
Just when it seemed Pakistan could not find any new ways to get themselves out, they did. Shahid Afridi did not realise Sohail Tanvir had beaten the fielder at cover and was surprised see his partner had run all the way to his end of the crease. Afridi hadn't moved and had to send Tanvir back but with the full length of the pitch to cover, it was obvious, he'd be running back to the changeroom.

Accidental, albeit short-lived, relief
In three international innings before this game, Colin Ingram had not scored a single run and his horror form in ODIs would have extended if not for Shahid Afridi's wayward fielding. Ingram flicked the ball Afridi's way at midwicket and instead of simply picking it up, he flung it at the non-striker's end where there was no back-up and the ball raced along for four.

The non-wicket
AB de Villiers should have been out for 6 off the first ball of the 18th over. He reverse-swept Saeed Ajmal and the ball struck the front pad. Ajmal appealed, Umar Akmal appealed and even Misbah-ul-Haq in the covers had his arms in the air, begging. Steve Davis shook his head, the Pakistan players shook theirs in disbelief and the replays showed de Villiers was plumb as it gets. The ball would have gone on to hit middle and off stump.

Faf fights the clock
Faf du Plessis' battle against the Pakistan spinners came to an end when he was given out lbw off Shahid Afridi's first ball. Du Plessis, who had not scored a half-century in 10 innings before this game, wanted to review the call but his mid-pitch meeting with AB de Villiers took too long. The umpires informed him that the 10 seconds allotted to ask for a review were up. As it turned out, the decision was for the best - replays showed du Plessis was out and had he called for the DRS, he would have wasted the only review.

The spectators' props
Halloween was last night but the crowd at Dubai International Stadium decided to carry on the celebrations during the match. They brought an assortment of stuffed toys, ranging from the traditional teddy bear to a snake, a tiger and even Minnie Mouse to watch the game. Some of their furry friends even got their own seats while others had to spend the time being waved around. There were also those supporters who chose to dress themselves up rather than bring an accompaniment and there were a few knights in the audience as well.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • David on November 3, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    Two South African batsmen have no problems playing spin. Unfortunately, they were not playing this game. They can play spin because they don't think about "playing spin.' They are not trying to "read the bowler." They simplyA defining characteristic is that they are 2 batsmen that teams don't bother to sledge - they don't hear it. It does not break their concentration.

    Pace or spin, they play the same. They are in their zone, minds emptied, & each ball played on it's merits. Kallis & Amla have no fear of spin - they fear no bowling. Fear has no place . They simply play technically correct, proper cricket. It is for a reason that Kallis has been referred to as the "Walking Textbook."

    The rest of the SA team are so busy thinking they defend, defend, & defend, and hand the advantage to the bowler. The only Saffa batsmen who have looked decent are the tail, who have have ATTACKED the bowling. They don't thing about batting - they BAT. They don't care about spin: see ball - hit ball.

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    FAF friendship with AB can be the only reason he is still in the team.It would be better to have Robbie Petersen a spin bowler and a better batsmen than FAF.I agree that Smith should be captain as AB is completely out of his depth inspite of being an outstanding cricketer, his team selections are a concern.Russel Domingo has been a dismal failure.

  • Naseer on November 2, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Kallis won't be there everytime ,if south africa has to become best team in the world they do need to produce better spin playing players

  • des on November 2, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Isn't it time we asked a few questions of Domingo? The ODI side has been poor since he took over, and I didn't think it could get much worse than it was under Kirsten. Why was Ingram flown in as last minute 'cover', and straight into the opening spot? Why not De Kock who was there? This is as strange as his decision to pick Peterson over Tahir in the first test.

    If Kalls is going to play the next World Cup (really?) then why isn't he batting instead of the out-of-form Faf?

  • Price on November 2, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    South Africa is reaping the effects of young batsmen growing up with too much limited overs cricket. Deficiencies in technique are there for all to see coupled with poor shot collection coupled with simple impatience. That latter is the offshoot of the " I want it now" society. They should not make anywhere near the international squad unless they can do the long form of the game properly. It is also revealing that the international coach has to call on Gary Kirsten (in the middle of a tour) to try sort things out. What is he doing as the international coach if he can not do it himself. There may be dearth of quality spin in SA for batsmen to learn against but do they at least spend a lot of time practicing on slow wickets? There are many more cricketers to choose from on the subcontinent. SA is limiting itself further with its quota restraints. Bring back Petersen to open.

  • Luke on November 2, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    SA's batting line-up has major problems. Amla coming back should help a lot, but Faf is continuing to prove that he is the first specialist fielder to ever play cricket. Looking around domestic cricket their really hasn't been anyone putting up their hand, other then Ingram(who has surely had enough chances) and Miller(who keeps having to come in at 4 for 60-odd). On the plus side South Africa's bowling is very good bt unfortunately we have to continue to play both Mcclaren (who has been great with the ball but yet to perform with the bat in ODI's to justify being an allrounder) and Parnell to try sure up the batting; leaving only 2 spots for Steyn, Morkel and Tsotsobe

  • Jonathan Keith on November 2, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    WELL it is s no brainer that since AB devilliers had taken over as captain that the side is younger , less experienced and LOSING~!

    Simple bring back Graeme Smith AS OPENER AND CAPTAIN.(ony for ODI's - no longer include him in the tests if he wants to make the world cup...crazy but he CANT do both.....his body cant take it. I would prefer to see him only in tests) AB is our most talented player but his ego doesn't allow others such as Quinton de kock and graeme smith in the game. And where is Kyle ABBOT or Philander? wayne parnell can now bat but he is not world class since form is one a season or two we need class. FAF is done~! time to drop him for miller or colin.

    So my team would be as follows G.SMith , Amla(left and right combination) , (Colin ingram/Kallis) , AB , Q de Kock , Jp duminy , (miller/mac claurin) ,(robin petersen/ Tahir), Steyn , morkel , (abbot/totsobe) .

    Any thoughts?

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Thr Proteas have successfully adapted to batting against spin on pitches like these before, with proper coaching. The opening batsmen in ODI's have to stop being confused - unlike in T20, the openers have to be as circumspect as in tests, because long opening stands convert into victory. I think the wrong players are being contracted by South Africa for ODI's. The test and T20 teams make much more sense. A real ODI specialist with proven record should be consulted on the ODI team selection strategy, as it is not working. What about Jonty? He understood....

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    @bigwonder, I think PAK recently visited IND for ODI series and results are known to all. What happened to mighty batting then? Cricket needs to be played on supporting pitches for the good of the game, its not always about IND mighty batting dude :)

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    It was a good come back from pakistan but they will have to focus on their batting line up. Nasir jamshed should be dropped in next one day and umer akmal should open the inning with asad shafiq and Imran Nazir should be given chance to come on the front.

    Bowling was great today by pakistan.

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