Pakistan v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi November 6, 2013

Akmal gets stumped by a bail

Plays of the day from the third ODI between Pakistan and South Africa in Abu Dhabi

The guard
Pakistan lost their first four wickets within 39 runs and were in a precarious position after Misbah-ul-Haq was dismissed. Coming in to bat at such a juncture, Umar Akmal was understandably nervous. The wicketkeeper took his guard by knocking the bail into the ground but spent so much time hitting it, that when he was done, he realised the bail was stuck in the pitch. Akmal had to reach down and wriggle it about before taking guard and beginning the tricky task of chasing at six runs an over.

Irfan confounds Amla
Mohammad Irfan produced the most eye-catching delivery during the South African innings. The bowler has impressed with his ability to bowl full, despite his height, and he showed it against Hashim Amla. He pitched it on middle and Amla could not get his bat down in time; he played around it and his off stump was shaken. Amla looked behind in bemusement as he realised his return to the XI was over.

Duminy gets DRS right
In the first two matches of the series, neither team showed astute use of the DRS system, but things changed in this game. When JP Duminy was given out caught behind off Irfan, he immediately called for a referral. Although there was a sound as the ball passed the bat, replays showed it hit the thigh pad. Duminy was handed a reprieve and became the first person to correctly ask for a review in this series. He was on 3 at the time and made the most of his let-off.

Irfan's honest example
When AB de Villiers drove the ball back firmly towards Irfan, the big man could not react quickly enough to take the catch. Instead, it seemed the ball had deflected off his fingers to hit the stumps at the non-striker's end, where JP Duminy was out of his crease. Some of the Pakistan fielders started to appeal but Irfan remained silent, eventually indicating he did not believe he had touched the ball.

Catch of the day
Mohammad Hafeez took a stunning catch, running backwards at fine leg, to dismiss AB de Villiers and he was the victim of another sharp pick-up himself. After getting a start and surviving an over off Dale Steyn, Hafeez drove Morne Morkel to point where Faf du Plessis claimed a catch low down. Du Plessis immediately threw the ball up in celebration while Morkel held his arms aloft in similar triumph but Hafeez did not move. He was convinced the catch was not cleanly picked up and the decision had to be checked by the third umpire. The footage showed du Plessis had his fingers under the ball and Hafeez had to go, albeit reluctantly.

De Kock survives the deep end
Asked to make his comeback opening the batting and keeping wicket, Quinton de Kock was thrown in at the deep end. He did well in the first task but struggled with some of his keeping duties in conditions where the ball was swinging more than expected. The first ball Misbah-ul-Haq faced beat the outside edge and de Kock to go for four byes. Three balls later, it went the other way, down the leg side. Misbah got a shave of his bat on it and it was a tough chance for de Kock. The wicketkeeper got a bit of glove on it but not nearly enough to stop the Pakistan captain from scoring his first four.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Sending Umar Akmal at number 7 is a total waste. He is the best attacking batsman in the country. Look where Kohli comes in to bat. PCB and Maibah don't want him to succeed.

  • Ata on November 7, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    @GermanPlayer: Well criticizing Misbah doesn't mean hate. Apart from his batting the big question Mark is on Misbah Captaincy. He never make bold decision. Whole Pakistan is crying over Hafeez OneDown position, but Misbah is making him to play onedown. Afridi was used to open by Wasim whenever required, but Misbah despite of failing openers don't dare to make any change, Inzi , Ijaz also bated as opener some times, but Misbah instead of coming one down trying to bat on 5. Saleem Malik, Amir sohail were very ordinary in bowling, by then captains used them very intelligently, Misbah, having U.Amin who bowl regular in domestic, do not dare to give him one over, he use Riaz to do few overs, Umer Amin is totaly failure in Batting, but if Misbah still want him, then he should give him few overs to get rid of riaz , he wont do worse than riaz, removing W.Riaz he can give chance to S. Maqsood to strengthen batting. Akmal playing as WcK, So it seems Misbah think Keeper can only bat at no.6.

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Due to turmoil in Pakistan there would be hardly any cricket future in Pakistan on International level. Pak kids dont see any team visit Pakistan so Pak has no cricket future as the young generation is not well exposed to it as it used to be.

    Imran khan is the only hope to revive cricket in Pakistan and that is only if Pakistan could play with International team in Pakistan.

    Without advertisement and practical demonstration nothing sell in the world. Pak has greatest talent but they rather sit on Internet and watch Youtube videos and chat with friends. So believe it or not Cricket is over in Pakistan these players are there only because of the past records but new generation has very little to do with cricket.

  • Jay on November 7, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Here is an example for Misbah haters. Remember kallis being criticised for being a slow batsman? He was sometimes criticised but never burdened with changing his style. His strike rate is lower than Misbah's and still people criticise Misbah for playing slow. What are the other batsmen doing? If Misbah can guarantee that he can hold one end for a strike rate of 70, can't any of the other 5-66 batsmen take a little responsibility and help the team put up big totals? DO Pakistan not have one single batsman of that ability?

  • Usman on November 7, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    Many people are blaming Afridi for his batting performace. I don't understand that He many a times said himself that he plays in the team mainly as bowler. He has been performing more than good in bowling. When our main batters are failing one innigs after one, how come you blame afridi when everyone knows that he plays like that he's not gonna change after 350 ODIs. I belive negative approach towards the batting is the main problem. No batter is playing his natural game. Ahmed Shahzan showed few glimpses of that yesterday. Afridi should be made captain of the ODI team and Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik should be recalled for the next series till World Cup 2015 in Aus/NZ.

  • Usman on November 7, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    I am a Pakistan Team fan, but still think that the current team is capable of scoring 180 runs(max) at chasing and 220 runs(batting first). That is mainly due to the mental approach. Misbah has been setting wrong example by scoring very slow in the last 15-18 months or so and being negative in approach in batting. The batting team lacks the will to attack. Batsmen like Hafeez, Umer Amin, Umer Akmal, Nasir Jamshed are all trying only to grab their place for next match only. Bowling is playing their part nicely. The bowling can and will fail to perform once/twice every 10 matches. Does the baating has the ability to win matches once/twice every 10 matches??

  • ali on November 7, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    This is not a new problem for Pakistan . this batting failure means that we should contact JAVED MIANDAD for the coaching job untill 2015 WC.

    Give him the free hand and let him workhard on the batsmans I AM SURE SOME THHING GOOD WILL COME OUT.

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    bring new baters in team

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    MISBAH OH MISBAH ..... Last time Pak chased 250+ total was almost 2 yrs back :) .... U need alot of changes in ur team. As per current squad you shud bring in Shoib Maqsood for last 2 games & you alot of options to place him in, like both Umars. All the batsmen are trying save their position in the team by gelling to the crease & not playing his game.

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    Hafeez was so convinced he was not out that he actually hung around and asked for a new pair of gloves to be sent. The video appeared quite clear and there was no evidence to suggest the ball had bounced. I think Hafeez knew he was out. He had to. He had the best seat to judge that. It had so obviously carried and the only reason the 3rd umpire was called was because Hafeez wouldn't move. I think he was trying for a cheeky bit of gamesmanship there. And he carried on moaning about it to Moin Khan and Whatmore too. Lol.

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