Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd T20, Dubai November 15, 2013

Irfan down and out

Plays of the day from the second T20 between Pakistan and South Africa in Dubai

When you don't give the big man rest
Concerns over Mohammad Irfan's workload began mid-way through the one-day series when he played match after match without a break. Although Irfan has worked hard on his conditioning after the Zimbabwe series, his giant frame leaves him susceptible to breakdowns and the inevitable happened four balls into his second over. Irfan was down on the pitch after being hit for four by Quinton de Kock. He seemed to be in discomfort in the hip area and before it could get any worse, he claimed his cap from the umpire and was helped off the field.

But taking the pace off is a good plan
Sohail Tanvir pulled things back for Pakistan with a probing spell at the back end of the innings. The delivery that worked well was the slower ball, as he showed in the final over. When he found the extra bounce, Faf du Plessis could not get it away, and when he delivered at length, Henry Davids could only drag it onto this stumps.

DRS needed, please
There is no review system in place in the shortest format for this series, but its absence was glaring when Mohammad Hafeez was given out first ball to give Wayne Parnell two in two. Parnell struck Hafeez on the front pad when he went for the pull shot, with umpire Zameer Haider giving it out immediately. It looked a questionable decision to the naked eye - Hafeez seemed to think so too as he grinned in disbelief - and replays showed it was too high and missing the the stumps altogether. With no reviews to call on, Hafeez had to go.

The part-timer
South Africa had enough bowlers at their disposal not to need to call on a part-timer but du Plessis decided to in the hope of using the element of surprise. Davids did not seem to pose any threat with his offspin and if Nasir Jamshed had left his third delivery alone, it would have been called wide. Instead, he chased it and miscued his shot. The intention was over cover, but it went to Amla at short third man, who took the catch.

Another casualty... but he returns
Parnell's second over did not go as well as his first and he decided to end it with a short ball. He surprised Shoaib Malik with extra bounce and struck him on the glove. Malik seemed in immediate discomfort and when he removed the protective gear, there was blood on his fingers. He left the field, retired, to put Pakistan under extra pressure. He returned, but added only two runs to his total before chopping on to his stumps.

Team hat-trick
With Imran Tahir in his final over, all that was needed by Pakistan was to see him off, but Malik made a little too much room as he tried to cut him away and played on. Tahir saved his googly for last and Abdul Razzaq completely misread it. He chose to leave the ball - which turned into him - and was bowled. Parnell started the next over with a cross-seam delivery that Maqsood tried to hit on the leg side. He only succeeded at getting an edge, and de Kock took the catch, one-handed, diving to his right to swing the advantage South Africa's way.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • KUMARAVEL on November 16, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    I think this Pak T20 sides is one of the stronger sides on paper. Decent top order with exciting lower middle order and excellent bowlers as usual. I think the reason why they lost is a combination of poor batting under pressure by the middle order and a surprisingly superb show by Imran Tahir.Spin an area where South Africa have been poor traditionally is becoming an area of strength now. It is a known fact that Pak batsmen don't play leg spinners very well and has been exploited by Saffers to great measure.I am not sure if Tahir can repeat his magic against the Indians later this year although there might be no need for that given the way Steyn has been bowling.

  • romi on November 16, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    this series concluded that malik, razak, afridi and hafez are no more allrounders. Playing them all in a game means you are playing wit four extra bowler. Look at their bating averages.all of then are medicore batsman and decent bowler. No more these four at a time in a game please. Jst one is enough and that cud b afridi or hafeez. And must bat at no. 8 as bowling allrounde

  • Omar- on November 15, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    Well done and congratulations to South Africa. Pakistan is in hot waters and tatters, need some serious and wise planning. I think this Pakistan team was an excellent T20 team but when the team is down in Morale such results are expected to happen.

    Good Luck next time Pakistan, you can bounce back.

  • aziz on November 15, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    Pakistan needs to try a brand new team with a new captain for the SA tour. Hafeez, Razzak, Malik, A.Rahman, Nasir Jamshed, Umar Amin, Misbah, Asad Shafiq and Irfan [injured] all needs to be dropped and bring in Younus Khan, Fawad Alam, Imran Nazeer, Khurram Manzoor, Rizwan and Umar Gul.

  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    They don't have Misbah to blame. Pakistan by their poor batting, lack of situational awareness, lack of planning and inability to handle pressure just handed SA ODI and T20 series on a plate. Imran Tahir an ordinary legbreak bowler was made a hero. It was also partly due to poor team selection as well. Pak analysts, coach and planning staff got it horribly wrong. I just can't comprehend the fact that Pak was expecting short bowling and Imran tahir's googly yet they played rubbishly. They failed to keep pull shots down and couldn't pick googly....during 'whole' series, just shocking. Would like to see Nazir back in T20 instead of Razzaq, strengthen batting lineup due to constant failures and Malik should be back on ODI team. Considering next T20 is in Bangladesh Pak should play Gul instead of Irfan.Team will be very balanced with explosive batters, fast bowlers and spin combos. Today Pak should have easily chased 150 in T20 world cup they can be chasing 170-180 so batting is priority.

  • imran on November 15, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    A sad day has come to an end do not ruin maqsood by placing hime opener and pick irfan for every game. A cap wants to save him self put every body on risk being selfish and just self centred person. Stop playing Mr hafeez, afridi , tanvir, misbah, younis, razzaq and malik. Please enough you have earned and served now time to GO.

  • Muhammad on November 15, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    The writer forgot to mention Hashim Amla's survival where again Hafeez was on receiving end.

  • Blaen on November 15, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    The look on Razzaq's face when bowled by Tahir's googly...priceless!

  • des on November 15, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Don't think Faf called on Davids for the 'element of surprise', but because Tsotsobe had bowled terribly and conceded 30 in 3 overs.

    Steyn, Parnell and Tahir bowled well though, great catch by De Kock too. He's answered a lot of questions this series and his quick starts are very useful in T20s, even if he does miscue one on 20 or 30. 30 off 19 balls is handy.

    Disappointed in Faf's innings, even if he did make runs. He faced nearly half the balls in the innings and didn't go fast enough. Davids should have come in before him due to his attacking style, and AB and Miller had only a few balls to either slog or get out. 160 was there for the taking so to only make 150 could have cost SA the game. Faf needs to put the team first.

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