Pakistan v South Africa, 1st Twenty20, Dubai November 13, 2013

South Africa seamers set up crushing win


South Africa 99 for 1 (de Kock 48*, du Plessis 37*) beat Pakistan 98 for 9 (Akmal 49, Steyn 3-15) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Forget Twenty20. Two overs was enough to decide this contest.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Dale Steyn sliced through Pakistan's top order to effectively end the match before it had even properly begun. They drilled the holes from which Pakistan's structure collapsed, eventually succumbing to their fourth total under 100 in this format and giving their bowlers no chance.

While South Africa's attack used the short ball cleverly, poor shot selection accounted for most of Pakistan's undoing and none were guiltier than the three batsmen who were dismissed early. With non-existent footwork, they chased tempting deliveries placed outside the offstump and laced with a hint of swing.

Ahmed Shehzad flayed loosely and got a thick edge to slip, where Hashim Amla took a good catch. Sohaib Maqsood was equally irresponsible, proding at a Steyn delivery to give Quinton de Kock a simple chance. And Mohammad Hafeez did as expected, against Steyn. He tried to cut one that was just back of a length and also sent an edge de Kock's way.

Pakistan were 4 for 3 after two overs and there was no way back even after Shahid Afridi had been promoted to No.3. He watched the carnage from his end before launching Tsotsobe over mid-off to try and play his normal game.

Contrastingly, Shoaib Malik was not in the mood for any risks and saw off an entire Tsostobe over while remaining watchful against Ryan McLaren. While he ate up deliveries, Afridi grew impatient and when Tsotsobe gave him a short ball, he pulled it straight to deep-backward square leg.

Umar Akmal arrived with some defiance. He delicately played late to send McLaren to the fine leg boundary and found the gap on the leg side to drive Parnell. When Malik tried to show the same force, he played into Imran Tahir's plan. A wide ball, outside Malik's reach, enticed him out of his crease and when he missed, he was stumped.

Abdul Razzaq seemed as though he would be able to form a partnership with Akmal but holed out needlessly off McLaren. Tahir had a second stumping off a wide - this time by accident when he bowled one down the leg-side and Sohail Tanvir could not glance it away.

Akmal was Pakistan's last man standing and the only one who seemed at ease against the short ball. He accounted for half of Pakistan's total but in his haste to add a half-century to his feats for the evening, he was run out off the penultimate delivery for 49. At least Pakistan could take some consolation from batting out their overs. Defending 98 was always going to be tough but Pakistan made it harder for themselves when they missed a chance off the first ball. Hashim Amla edged to slip but Sohaib Maqsood barely moved. After Amla had played two classy drives, he moved across his stumps to whip Tanvir away but was bowled.

Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis looked set to finish things quickly as they reached 37 for 1 after five overs but were forced to be more careful against the spinners. They dragged the match past its halfway stage and then accelerated.

Abdur Rehman's first over went for 18 as du Plessis scooped him over Akmal's head and launched him down the ground. De Kock's good form from the one-day series continued. He smoked the ball over midwicket for six, twice. Two more fours took him within two runs of his fifty but he let du Plessis hit the winning run. The pair went on to add 83.

South Africa won the match with five and half overs remaining and sent a powerful message ahead of the remaining fixture in the UAE and the two return legs back home.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Android on November 15, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Pakistan needs technically and mentally sold players those can observe the pressure of opponent with calm head and quick response but unfortunately we don,t have players like Dhoni , Inzimam ,Ranatunga ,Michel Baven and Sangakara's class.We don,t have any finisher . Misbah is too slow with limited shots and Hafeez is so confuse and under pressure , Afridi is irresponsible, Umar is Over active with less sense. Nasir is nerves. Malik never deserve. Razzaq to slow. Maqsood not good fielder but a good batsman.Shehzad is good.Tanveer I think never deserve in team.

  • jhg on November 15, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Can Pakistan be bold enough to try out new players for teh South African tour, Can they rest Misbah, Hafeez, Afridi, Malik, Razzag, Tanvir and Ajmal. Can the selectors show the guts to include deserving domestic players like Sharjeel Khan, Harris Sohail, Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan, M. Talha, Sami Aslam,Osman Salahudin and Rameez Raja Jr. Come on selectors time for you to be honest and pick up a team who can show to the world that we were and we are world beaters. Worse comes worse we will lose but thats what we having been doing for so long now, we can see at the brighter side, we might un-earth some new talented players for the future.

  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Bring in Hammad Azam and make him the skipper! He has the talent, the confidence and the guts! Just show trust on him as much as you have shown on Misbah and see if he did not turn it around like Dhoni did with India!

  • ramdin on November 14, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    I think this should be an eye opener for all those people who were blaming Misbah for defensive the way there was no Misbah in this match was there any difference,the performance was worst.i am sure if Misbah had wasted the same number of balls wasted by that Mr Sania Mirza then all the comments would be saying is just because of Misbah .SA will win the next match comfortably as well.and if Hafeez has any self respect and self esteem he should retire from international cricket.

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Domestic T20 Batting Averages of current players Mohammad Hafeez 28, Ahmed Shehzad 32, Sohaib Maqsood 29, Umar Amin 26, Shoaib Malik 39, Umar Akmal 27, Afridi 19, Abdul-Razzaq 27, Abdur Rehman 9, Sohail Tanvir 15, Junaid Khan 6, Mohammad Irfan 8,Saeed Ajmal 8. (Others: Misbah-ul-Haq 37,Younis Khan 27,Kamran Akmal 26,Fawad Alam 27,Nasir Jamshed27,Imran Nazir29)

    International T20 Batting Averages of these players Mohammad Hafeez 25, Ahmed Shehzad 32, Sohaib Maqsood 26, Umar Amin 23, Shoaib Malik 24, Umar Akmal 27, Afridi 18, Abdul Razzaq 23, Abdur Rehman 8, Sohail Tanvir 8, Junaid Khan 6, Mohammad Irfan 4, Saeed Ajmal 8. (Other: Misbah-ul-Haq 38,Younis Khan 22,Kamran Akmal 22,Fawad Alam 18,Nasir Jamshed 22,Imran Nazir 22)

    Other T20 Domestic Batting Players: Taufeeq Umar 42,Hasan Raza 32,Shahzaib Hasan 29,Asif Ali 29

    Its amazing Misbah-ul-Haq has best Averages in t20 domestic & Intern @ sr rate of 110 & Taufeeq tops domestics.Domestic & intern averages near 2 same 4 all players

  • Galib on November 14, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Please instead of criticizing the all rounders people should blame the batsmen specially the top orders, i.e., Hafiz, Shehzad, Maqsood, NOT AKMAL!!!!!HAFIZ should not be in the team at all let alone The Captaincy!!! He opens but have no clue to think like an opener, can't face the swings, pace, turn and also have a lack of patience as being a Captain. Plainly, He is a Joke of a batsman let alone an opener. I solely blame Hafiz for the Pak batting catastrophy. Simple, He needs to go!!!!

  • Yasir on November 14, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    There's only one solution to this problem..Get rid of all the players who are eyeing for the Captaincy.Hafeez,Afridi,Malik & Akmal should be kicked out of the team immediately.PCB have to go for such harsh decisions or else things would always be like that.

  • zaidi on November 14, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    The whole series has been the nightmare of our emotions and love for the cricket. T20 match loss is the height of embarrassment, i have felt all my life. Being cricket lover, game is my one aim of living, second wife, dear daughter and dear son. I have played all my life and especially all levels in pak and just cannot believe, our batsman cannot play LEFT ARMERS or OUT SWING. Hafeez should only needs to learn, to play aggressively, why he seemed scared all the time. new ball or OLD ball, please donnot be afraid... just see a ball and strike... Team lack self believe and passive approach is KILLING them... Can some one teach these guys OFFENCE IS THE BEST DEFENCE.... Hafeez please feel the embarrassment STYN action showed, we donot need professors, WE NEED COURAGEOUS PLAYERS WHO CAN KEEP THE CRICKET PASSION ALIVE FOR US

  • jhg on November 14, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Sharjeel Khan the most prolific run scorer and the most gifted and aggressive batsman of Pakistan right now. But the selectors cant see that. Misbah says we dont have an alrounder, but did he do justice to the number on run scorer and a nice medium pace bowler Hammad Azam ? he was treated so badly, so how can they make an alrounder ? harris Sohail, look at his domestic average, he is million times better than Malik, Hafeez and Afridi, but the selectors keep dropping him without even lettign him play. This is Pakistan cricket for in a nutshell.

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Why are ppl blaming Razzak & Malik. They just came in, give them some breathing space. Alot of you ppl were complaining that why Razzak is not in team & now when he is in, you say "Why is he in" :) ..human nature. Always complaining. Team needs support & confidence, so back them up. They have this psychological pressure which they need to over come. So cheer up Pak team !