Pakistan v South Africa ODI Series - 4th ODI

Pakistan v South Africa

South Africa won by 28 runs

3.00pm And we have both teams out in the middle. Mohammed Irfan will take the new ball for Pakistan and he will have 20-year-old Quinton de Kock in his sights. Hashim Amla will man the non-striker's end. Two slips in place

Mansoor: "Good decision to include Sohaib in the side, looks like a good player with pretty healthy ListA average. Never seens such domestic batting average from pakistan players uplate."

Craig: "Two fairly even teams, both prone to collapses (or dare I say the "c" word?), some great fast bowlers on offer and of course, a few power hitters failing to hit form and of course each have 2 walking wickets (Irfan, Junaid v. Tsotsobe, Tahir)"

Hamza Shah: "Not just the batsmen, but Misbah himself needs to pull-up his socks. The way he dealt with Tsotsobe in the last match just turned the tide of match completely. After getting off to great start, the chase just went into a slump. Only because of some nervous and over-cautious batting by Misbah and Amin"

Waseem Sarwar: "@James, They look miles ahead of any other bowling side in world right now."

Chasing has been a tricky task throughout this series, with both sides struck by their fair share of collapses. Misbah once again asked his batsmen to pull up their socks and deliver.

James: "Junaid Ajmal and Irfan look a pretty formidable combination for the death overs. Best in the modern game?"

Javaid: "So far, this series is about bat first and win the match. It is bad news that Pak has to chase the target. They have to restrict SA below 200 in case they want to have any sort of chance to chase down the target."

So with the pre-match formalities done, why don't you delve into Firdose Moonda's preview for this game, where she finds a few similarities between this series and the one in 2010

raja shahid : "Its strange decesion to drop Wahab.Our bowling is already excellent but not bat.Wahab perform nice as batsman."

Musab Omer: "Finally, the right combination by Pakistan, Good to see Junaid back in the side and Sohaib given an opportunity to prove his talent."

2.30pm South Africa have won the toss and have decided to bat first. They have no changes, but Pakistan have left out Wahab Riaz in favour of Junaid Khan. And Sohaib Maqsood will make his ODI debut as he comes in for Umar Amin. AB de Villiers said the pitch looked good and his side would try and look to put pressure on Pakistan. He praised South Africa's performance from the last match, calling it "solid" and wanted to concentrate on the basics for this match as well and play skillful cricket.

Misbah-ul-Haq admitted to preferring to bat first, but said the toss wasn't in their control so they would look to work on what is in their control. He wanted the batting - top, middle and lower order - to improve. He added that relying on one or two guys is not enough to beat top class oppositions and thought the pitch wouldn't turn too much, but that it would slow down considerably.

This is the second consecutive match on this pitch and it has received only the smallest bit of moisture after the last match. Kepler Wessels at the pitch report says batsmen should be excited about this pitch. There is very little grass and the cracks have not opened up too much, but with such a dry pitch, the spinners could elicit a little more turn than the last game. As such, he thinks the toss would be crucial and the captain winning it would be very tempted to bat first.

2.25pm Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's live coverage of the fourth ODI between Pakistan and South Africa in Abu Dhabi.

0.1

Mohammad Irfan to de Kock, 1 run, full length on off stump as he comes forward, keeps bat and pad together and pushes it into the covers. Amla calls for the single and de Kock and South Africa are off the mark

0.2

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, good line and a hint of swing inward as Amla stays balanced and blocks it back to the bowler

0.3

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, FOUR, oh, too full that time and on the pads. That's too easy for Amla. Clips it effortlessly through the gap between mid-on and midwicket and the ball just races away

0.4

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, exploits the angle across the right hander and gets his usual steep bounce as Amla shoulders arms and the keeper collects it chest high

0.5

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, back of a length ball on off stump as Amla gets back and across to play it beneath his eyes.

0.6

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, another solid block off the back foot to end the first over. A little fuller from Irfan but he was homing in around off stump

End of over 1 (5 runs) South Africa 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
HM Amla    4* (5b 1x4)      Mohammad Irfan    1-0-5-0
Q de Kock    1* (1b)     

Sohail Tanvir will take the other new ball. Two slips for him too

1.1

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, no run, full and just a tad outside off, de Kock nudges forward and pushes back down the pitch.

1.2

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, no run, muted appeal but there was an inside edge. good lines from the two left arm quicks here. Full and shaping in and de Kock moved forward to defend, but had a little gap between bat and pad. The ball deflects onto his pad. Didn't look too convincing there

1.3

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, 1 run, full and pushed into his pads, de Kock stays in his crease and works it away in front of square on the leg side

1.4

Sohail Tanvir to Amla, no run, invites the drive and Amla obliges, going forward and presenting the full face of the bat. But it was a checked stroke so it goes only to mid-off

1.5

Sohail Tanvir to Amla, 1 run, gets back behind the line of that full length ball on off stump and keeps it out

Hamza: "How can you not give Junaid the new ball? He ran havoc with the new ball on placid Indian tracks against the best batsmen in the world."

1.6

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, no run, concentrates on a fullish line again and de Kock is drawn forward into a defensive stroke which goes to cover

End of over 2 (2 runs) South Africa 7/0 (RR: 3.50)
Q de Kock    2* (5b)      Sohail Tanvir    1-0-2-0
HM Amla    5* (7b 1x4)      Mohammad Irfan    1-0-5-0

2.1

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, full and straight from Irfan and Amla can't do much more than protect his stumps with a good straight bat

2.2

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, targets the off stump this time and Amla moves back and across, has his head right over the ball and blocks it to point

2.3

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, another back of a length ball on and around off stump and this one is quite pacy - 142 kph - but Amla's block is up to it

2.4

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, FOUR, gorgeous! Just a push and it beats the fielder and goes off into the extra cover boundary. No exaggerated foot work, but what was there was enough to get him close enough to the ball that was pitched on a good length and angled across the batsman. Amla met the ball solidly and just timed it, and boy did he ever succeed.

2.5

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, back of a length, pushed across the batsman and Amla wants nothing to do with it

Abdul Hayee Bhatti: "Because Tanveer can only be handful with the new ball for his swing."

2.6

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, yorker! It was right on middle stump but Amla jabs his bat down just in time

End of over 3 (4 runs) South Africa 11/0 (RR: 3.66)
HM Amla    9* (13b 2x4)      Mohammad Irfan    2-0-9-0
Q de Kock    2* (5b)      Sohail Tanvir    1-0-2-0

3.1

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, 1 run, dropped! Hafeez is the culprit at first slip. De Kock was lazy outside off stump, flashing at the good length ball and a genuine edge was taken. It flew to the right of Hafeez who was diving with the ball and grabbed at it with hard hands and spills it

3.2

Sohail Tanvir to Amla, no run, shortish ball outside off and he goes for the cut, but there is no timing in the shot, possibly because his feet were rooted to the crease

3.3

Sohail Tanvir to Amla, FOUR, an Amla special that. It was a half-volley outside off and he glides forward and caresses it through the covers, piercing the off side field perfectly

3.4

Sohail Tanvir to Amla, no run, a tighter line on middle stump and Amla pushes it down the ground off the back foot

3.5

Sohail Tanvir to Amla, 1 run, good length ball on middle and he pushes it to mid-on. Amla wants the singe, but it was ill judged. Misbah attempts to throw down the stumps at the non-strikers' and had he succeeded it might have been very close

3.6

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, 2 runs, he wasn't too comfortable playing that one either. It was back of a length and rising outside off, and he goes back and gets a leading edge through point. A little luck fetches him two runs

End of over 4 (8 runs) South Africa 19/0 (RR: 4.75)
Q de Kock    5* (7b)      Sohail Tanvir    2-0-10-0
HM Amla    14* (17b 3x4)      Mohammad Irfan    2-0-9-0

4.1

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, FOUR, oh, just a whip of the wrists and off it goes. It was a poor ball, well down the leg side and he exhibits impeccable timing again as the ball goes in the air and off to the vacant fine leg boundary

4.2

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, FOUR, he is on song! Another crisp drive through point this time and Amla hasn't even bothered to run. It was a half-volley outside off, asking to be put away and it got what it deserved

only one slip in place now

4.3

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, 1 run, shortish and on middle as Amla works it through midwicket off the back foot

4.4

Mohammad Irfan to de Kock, 1 run, opens the face and steers the back of a length delivery away to third man off the back foot

Irfan coming around the wicket as Steve Davis warns the fielders not to bounce it on the practice wickets en route to the keeper. Although that throw was coming from the deep

4.5

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, gets a thickish inside edge as he looks to drive the good length ball outside off stump through the covers and it goes down to mid-on

4.6

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run

End of over 5 (10 runs) South Africa 29/0 (RR: 5.80)
HM Amla    23* (22b 5x4)      Mohammad Irfan    3-0-19-0
Q de Kock    6* (8b)      Sohail Tanvir    2-0-10-0

5.1

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, no run, lovely line just outside off stump as de Kock is forced to play away from his body again. He goes on the back foot and pushes it to mid-off

5.2

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, no run, steers the good length ball outside off to point off his back foot

5.3

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, no run, very tight on middle, with a hint of inward shape, de Kock blocks it off the front foot

5.4

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, 1 run, another quick single. This was full on the off stump and he drives it straight to mid-off and sets off. The fielder has a shy at the stumps, but by that time de Kock was in

5.5

Sohail Tanvir to Amla, no run, gets right behind that ball homing in on top of off and with his head over the ball, blocks it.

Dr Asif: "Now this is here Misbah miss the trick, If he is seeing Amla is on top of his game against Irfan, Change him and get Junaid in, New bowler and would be new experience of Amla too"

5.6

Sohail Tanvir to Amla, no run, another good length delivery on the wicket-to-wicket line as Amla shuffles back to defend

End of over 6 (1 run) South Africa 30/0 (RR: 5.00)
HM Amla    23* (24b 5x4)      Sohail Tanvir    3-0-11-0
Q de Kock    7* (12b)      Mohammad Irfan    3-0-19-0

Bowling change. Its time for their third left-arm quick, Junaid Khan.

6.1

Junaid Khan to de Kock, no run, he attacks him straight away. That ball was not quite as short as de Kock must have seen it to be. He swivels on the back foot and goes for an almighty pull but cannot time it

Amla walks up and has a little chat with his partner

6.2

Junaid Khan to de Kock, no run, goes forward and opens the face of his bat just a tad on impact as he sends the full length ball on the off stump corridor to cover

6.3

Junaid Khan to de Kock, no run, slapped straight to short cover. He skipped down the track a little and slammed the good length ball straight to Soahib Maqsood, who does very well, grabbing it head high to his right

6.4

Junaid Khan to de Kock, no run, much better. This ball was on middle and leg and de Kock presents a tight back foot defence, with bat and pad close together

6.5

Junaid Khan to de Kock, 1 run, a little whip of the wrists allows him to place this good length ball on middle just wide of midwicket and gets off strike.

Saddam: "why misbah is not trying hafeez? as he is very good with new ball on spinning track and specially against left handed batsman (de kock)? misbah must change the tactics before it gets too late"

6.6

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, and finishes with a dot ball, courtesy a fullish length on off stump. Amla gets back and blocks to cover

End of over 7 (1 run) South Africa 31/0 (RR: 4.42)
HM Amla    23* (25b 5x4)      Junaid Khan    1-0-1-0
Q de Kock    8* (17b)      Sohail Tanvir    3-0-11-0

7.1

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, no run, back of the hand slower ball but his accuracy is very good. De Kock stays on the back foot and defends the good length ball on off stump

Fine leg comes in and square leg moves to the deep. Short midwicket goes to reinforce the cover field

7.2

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, no run, gets forward and drives the length ball on the up to mid-off

7.3

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, no run, short ball and it was wonderfully directed. De Kock was forced off his feet as he looked to hook the ball. The ball came onto him a little quicker and lobbed up off the splice to go on the bounce to mid-on

7.4

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, 2 runs, good looking drive, it was on the up again, but this time he beats the man at short cover. Mid-off collects it and tries to hit the stumps, but with both batsmen already safe, that was ill advised and it hurts Pakistan bu going off for overthrows. Misbah is not at all pleased

7.5

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, no run, back of a length on the off stump and he goes back to defend

7.6

Sohail Tanvir to de Kock, FOUR, and that was what he was looking for all through this over. Good length ball, outside off and he slaps it through cover and because he wasn't looking to hit the ball too hard, he met it well and the ball skidded off to the boundary

End of over 8 (6 runs) South Africa 37/0 (RR: 4.62)
Q de Kock    14* (23b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    4-0-17-0
HM Amla    23* (25b 5x4)      Junaid Khan    1-0-1-0

8.1

Junaid Khan to Amla, 1 run, steers the shortish ball calmly to third man to get off strike

8.2

Junaid Khan to de Kock, 1 run, another swipe from de Kock as he pulls the length ball through midwicket and picks up a single

Leg slip in place

8.3

Junaid Khan to Amla, 1 run, goes right across his stumps and manoeuvers the full length ball on off stump through square leg

Asad: "@Saddam: What do you mean by 'too late'? there's 92 overs left in the game, it's never too late in cricket"

8.4

Junaid Khan to de Kock, FOUR, slashed off the front foot. There was ample room there and de Kock pounced on it. That's his strength and the ball screams away just to the left of point

8.5

Junaid Khan to de Kock, no run, beats him with a beauty. That deserved a wicket. It was a just short of a good length and the ball straightens after pitching. De Kock's outside edge is comfortably beaten and it goes just a couple of inches over the top of off stump too. Very lucky to survive is de Kock

8.6

Junaid Khan to de Kock, no run, on a good length on off stump and he goes back to defend safely

End of over 9 (7 runs) South Africa 44/0 (RR: 4.88)
Q de Kock    19* (27b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    2-0-8-0
HM Amla    25* (27b 5x4)      Sohail Tanvir    4-0-17-0

Asad Husain: "Pakistan really needs to get the squeeze on via spin - Misbah is not being pro active here. No point leaving the pacers on when you know back of your mind that you cant chase more than 225. Its the same story again - get Ajmal or Hafeez on now !

You have your wish mate, Saeed Ajmal is into the attack. Slip and leg slip in place

9.1

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, tossed up on off stump and Amla gets forward and drives confidently to the man at cover

9.2

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, shorter and quicker, 92kph, and Amla moves back and whip it to midwicket

9.3

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, flatter ball again but this time the batsman goes back and works it down the ground to long-on to collect a single

Amir Arif: "@ Asad, Saddam specifically mentioned new ball and in that perspective, its already a little late." You never can say. A wicket here could make this Pakistan's hour. Ajmal goes around the wicket for the left-hander

9.4

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, no run, full and on leg stump as he steps forward and works it to midwicket

9.5

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, no run, another full length ball on leg stump, not too much turn for him here, as de Kock gets forward and blocks

9.6

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, no run, just straightens a tad after pitching, but the ball was angled on his pads. De Kock presses forward and nudges it to square leg

End of over 10 (1 run) South Africa 45/0 (RR: 4.50)
Q de Kock    19* (30b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-1-0
HM Amla    26* (30b 5x4)      Junaid Khan    2-0-8-0

10.1

Junaid Khan to Amla, 1 run, good straight bat to meet the full length ball on off stump. Mid-off runs around to get a hand to it but not before the batsmen took a single

imii: "Don't let them free their arms, keep on rotating the bowlers and bring them under pressure. They will theirselves give their wickets."

10.2

Junaid Khan to de Kock, 1 run, tucks him up as he directs this good length ball on middle and leg. De Kock goes back and works it off his hips behind square on the leg side

10.3

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, looks to force the fullish ball on off stump off the back foot, but he can't pierce the cover field

10.4

Junaid Khan to Amla, 1 run, another example of the strength of Amla's wrists. That was well outside off stump but he had jumped across to the off side and clipped it away to mid-on where Irfan goes down into an awkward dive to field it

10.5

Junaid Khan to de Kock, 1 run, slower short ball, but de Kock is not fooled. He goes back and carefully pulls it down as the ball goes off to deep fine leg

10.6

Junaid Khan to Amla, 1 run, and thats South Africa's fifty. This certainly wasn't slow but Amla produces a strong pull shot, keeps it down as well and runs through for a single as the ball trickles away to deep square leg. First fifty-run stand for these two

End of over 11 (5 runs) South Africa 50/0 (RR: 4.54)
HM Amla    29* (34b 5x4)      Junaid Khan    3-0-13-0
Q de Kock    21* (32b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-1-0

11.1

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, holds it back just a tad and Amla was looking to charge him but chooses against it as he pushes down to midwicket

11.2

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, this time he does nip down the track and having reached the pitch of the ball, which was tossed up a little more, drives it down to long-on

Round the wicket with slip in place

11.3

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, no run, full length ball pitching on off stump and turning just a tad as de Kock comes forward and defends

11.4

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, no run, inside edged to midwicket when he was looking to drive that full length ball on off stump through the covers. de Kock needs to be more patient here

11.5

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, 1 run, better, reaches the pitch and works the flighted ball on leg stump down to mid-on

11.6

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, FOUR, oh, another sumptuous drive from Amla. He's looking good for a big on today. Tossed up, but Ajmal committed the mistake of affording too much room. The batsman took a good stride forward and flayed the ball through cover to collect another powerful boundary

End of over 12 (6 runs) South Africa 56/0 (RR: 4.66)
HM Amla    34* (37b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-7-0
Q de Kock    22* (35b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    3-0-13-0

reinier: "Not many 50 run opening partnerships for SA recently, so this is nice. Still feel Pak (and specifically Misbah) is getting unnecessary criticism...it's not like SA are running away with it at +-4.5 rpo."

12.1

Junaid Khan to de Kock, 1 run, worked away through midwicket as Junaid bowls a full length ball, which was angled into his pads

12.2

Junaid Khan to Amla, 1 run, allows the length ball on off stump to come it him and plays it to third man using soft hands.

Farrukh: "These singles can be hurt to Pakistan, need to keep tight and get wickets because singles are very important in ODI format. Both Amla and Q de Kock played with right tactics..."

12.3

Junaid Khan to de Kock, no run, oh, chinese cut! but all is well in the end. it was the slower ball but Junaid lost his accuracy there. There was ample room to slam that through point and cover, but the lack of pace did him in. Umar Akmal the keeper dives to his right and makes a useful save

12.4

Junaid Khan to de Kock, FOUR, oh, he's dismissed that. It was not a bad ball at all, pitching on middle at a good length. But de Kock had already decided this one had to go and just lifted it over mid-on and midwicket

12.5

Junaid Khan to de Kock, 1 run, still targets the pads of the batsman as de Kock works it off squre on the leg side and collects a single

Ashar: "done let Amla settle down. I repeat DONT LET HIM SETTLE DOWN!" I think your warning might just be a little late

12.6

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, on a good length just outside off stump and Amla drives it off the back foot down the ground

End of over 13 (7 runs) South Africa 63/0 (RR: 4.84)
HM Amla    35* (39b 6x4)      Junaid Khan    4-0-20-0
Q de Kock    28* (39b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-7-0

Mr Boom Boom takes over from Ajmal. Round the wicket to de Kock

13.1

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, 1 run, and he tosses it up to start, asking the batsman to come forward. De Kock does so and pushes it through the covers

13.2

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 2 runs, full and on middle as Amla works it away to deep midwicket

13.3

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 2 runs, hits it on the up and it was quite close to the fielder at mid-off. There was a little turn on offer for Afridi there as the ball was pitched on a good length at middle and off. In the end it was good placement as he collects two runs

13.4

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 run, more flight from Afridi and Amla gets forward and pushes down to long-on

13.5

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, 1 run, flighted ball outside off and de Kock was looking to push it through cover, but only manges an inside edge as the ball goes off into he leg side

13.6

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 run, shortish outside off and Amla stays back and pushes it between point and cover to retain strike

End of over 14 (8 runs) South Africa 71/0 (RR: 5.07)
HM Amla    41* (43b 6x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-8-0
Q de Kock    30* (41b 3x4)      Junaid Khan    4-0-20-0

Double change. Mohammad Hafeez in now

14.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, full ball on off stump and he comes forward and drives down to long-on

around the wicket

14.2

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, no run, tossed up again, this time on middle stump as he gets forward and blocks

14.3

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, no run, a little turn for Hafeez as the full ball takes the outside edge as de Kock looked to defend

14.4

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, no run, chipped down the track and works the full length ball away to square leg

14.5

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, no run, steers the good length ball outside off stump to point

14.6

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, 1 run, waits for it and works it just to the right of fine leg to pick up a single to end the over

End of over 15 (2 runs) South Africa 73/0 (RR: 4.86)
Q de Kock    31* (46b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-2-0
HM Amla    42* (44b 6x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-8-0

15.1

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, 1 run, calmly pushes the full length ball outside off stump down to long-on

15.2

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 run, flatter and possibly a little quicker as Amla shuffles back and across and whips it away through square leg

15.3

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, no run, leading edge, but it amounts to nothing. De Kock was playing with the turn as he looked to work it through square leg, but he was too early into the shot and the ball looped up in the air for a very short distance but it was all safe.

15.4

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, no run, appeal for stumping as de Kock is drawn forward and is beaten outside the off stump. Has he overbalanced? Yes he has but he regained it just in time. The back foot lifted in the air just a bit, but he dragged it back before the keeper whipped the bails off

15.5

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, FOUR, oh, lovely. He was hitting against the turn, but he made sure he wasn't hitting the ball too hard, reached the pitch of the ball and just caressed it through extra cover. Ajmal makes a valiant attempt, but he comes up short

15.6

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, 1 run, tossed up on middle this time and he drives it down to long-on

End of over 16 (7 runs) South Africa 80/0 (RR: 5.00)
Q de Kock    37* (51b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-15-0
HM Amla    43* (45b 6x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-2-0

16.1

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, no run, turn there, and de Kock was almost squared up. In the end he gets an outside edge

16.2

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, no run, flighted ball outside off stump and he leans on his front foot to push into the covers

16.3

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, 1 run, full and on leg stump as he comes forward and drives to long-on

Ahsan Manzoor: "Another 150 runs and the match is psychologically gone unless it's one of those rare amazing days for Pakistani batsmen."

16.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, full length ball outside off and Amla gets forward and drives down the ground

16.5

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, 1 run, flat bats the shortish ball down pitched on middle stump down the ground

16.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, no run, waits for the ball to spin, but there is very little on offer as he gets forward and defends solidly to usher drinks onto the field

anawar: "Afridi the normal self. performs at the start of the series with both bat and bowl and then nothing much more. this year you guys haven't published a single comment of mine :("

alanm: "Great exhibition of ODI batting here. de Kock is trying to hammer everything and scratching along at SR 70%. Amla is just playing proper cricket shots and going a a run a ball."

End of over 17 (3 runs) South Africa 83/0 (RR: 4.88)
HM Amla    44* (47b 6x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-5-0
Q de Kock    39* (55b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-15-0

17.1

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, 1 run, full and outside off stump and de Kock plays it with soft hands towards point

17.2

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 run, he's reading the ball of the pitch, stays on his back foot and punches it through to sweeper cover

17.3

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, no run, well played and well fielded! It was slower from Afridi and de Kock waited for it, and opened the face to steer it fine of short third man, but Irfan goes down and keeps it as a dot ball

17.4

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, no run, flatter and quicker, 94kph as he goes back and punches down the pitch

17.5

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, 1 run, this time there is a lot more flight and de Kock drives the ball well to sweeper cover

17.6

Shahid Afridi to Amla, 1 run, goes on the front foot and drives it through the covers to retain strike

End of over 18 (4 runs) South Africa 87/0 (RR: 4.83)
HM Amla    46* (49b 6x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-19-0
Q de Kock    41* (59b 4x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-5-0

18.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, OUT, he's cleaned up! Amla had no feet there as he was looking to sneak some runs through third man by opening the face of his bat. But he does not make contact having played inside the line, might just have overestimated the turn there, and has his off stump pegged back

HM Amla b Mohammad Hafeez 46 (78m 50b 6x4 0x6) SR: 92.00

Faf du Plessis comes in at No. 3 again

18.2

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, 1 run, tossed up on off stump and he nudges it down to long-on to get off the mark

18.3

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, no run, holds this back and de Kock comes forward and blocks it back to the bowler a little forcefully

18.4

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, 1 run, this one is just a little outside off and de Kock pushes it to cover. Wasn't too convincing with the stroke though

18.5

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, no run, gets forward and blocks the full length ball on middle

18.6

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, no run, chips down the track and works the flighted ball away to midwicket

End of over 19 (2 runs) South Africa 89/1 (RR: 4.68)
F du Plessis    1* (3b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-7-1
Q de Kock    42* (61b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-19-0

19.1

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, no run, tossed up outside off as he goes forward and blocks

19.2

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, 1 run, another flighted ball, this time a little closer as he drives down to long-on

19.3

Shahid Afridi to du Plessis, 4 leg byes, Afridi is immensely excited there. He signaled for a review over ten times. It was the slider and du Plessis was rapped on the pads while he was going forward to defend. The impact was in line, but hawk eye shows the ball would only have clipped leg stump so umpire's call stands

19.4

Shahid Afridi to du Plessis, no run, charges forward and having reached the pitch of the ball, defends

19.5

Shahid Afridi to du Plessis, no run, this time he opens the face of the bat and works the full length ball outside off to point

19.6

Shahid Afridi to du Plessis, no run, chips down the track again to meet the good length ball on off stump and he defends to cover

End of over 20 (5 runs) South Africa 94/1 (RR: 4.70)
F du Plessis    1* (7b)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-20-0
Q de Kock    43* (63b 4x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-7-1

Continues around the wicket

20.1

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, 1 run, that was full of length, but de Kock still stayed back and cut the ball away through point

20.2

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, 1 run, moves to the leg side and and works it down the ground to pick up a single

20.3

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, FOUR, oh, well played. He came down the track and just chipped the fullish ball on middle over the in field and the ball had enough on it to run off to the midwicket boundary

Zubair: "Hafeez is a good run-stopper among all present Pakistani bowlers. In these match conditions, he rescues. Having career economy rate not greater than 4 is a good sign, this rate is best among present Pakistani bowlers"

20.4

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, 1 run, stays back and guides it away to short third man

20.5

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, no run, tosses it up on middle as Faf gets forward and keeps it out

20.6

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, 1 run, forays down the track again as he nudges the full length ball on off stump through point and takes off for a single

End of over 21 (8 runs) South Africa 102/1 (RR: 4.85)
F du Plessis    3* (10b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-15-1
Q de Kock    49* (66b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-20-0

21.1

Shahid Afridi to du Plessis, no run, another slider to Faf but this time he gets his bat on the ball

21.2

Shahid Afridi to du Plessis, no run, 95 kph and this one turns a little away as Faf moves across to the off side and blocks off the back foot

CapTon: "Pak can learn a lesson from Amla and de Kock as both are rotating the strike regularly. When Misbah and Amin were batting in the last game, they played way too many dot balls and got out for being over-defensive ! Playing safe doesn't always mean blocking 80% of the balls that come your way ! Finding the gaps and running hard is key in ODI's.

21.3

Shahid Afridi to du Plessis, 1 leg bye, goes forward and nudges it away straight of midwicket

21.4

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, no run, flighted ball on off stump as he presses forth and defends

21.5

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, 1 run, and that is it. Maiden half-century for de Kock as he works this good length ball through point with an open face

21.6

Shahid Afridi to du Plessis, no run, charges down the track to meet the slider, but he gets struck on his front pad.

End of over 22 (2 runs) South Africa 104/1 (RR: 4.72)
F du Plessis    3* (14b)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-21-0
Q de Kock    50* (68b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-15-1

22.1

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, no run, full length ball is worked away to square leg

22.2

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, no run, goes down for the sweep but it was a little too full for that as the ball sneaks under his bat and to the keeper

22.3

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, no run, adjusts at the last minute as he opens the face of the bat whilst being stuck on the crease and defends

22.4

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, 1 run, angled into the pads as he clips it through square leg for a single

22.5

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, 1 run, moves around in the crease and finally manages to work it away to the leg side and take a single

22.6

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, 1 run, good length ball on middle stump as de Kock goes back and punches down the ground to long-on

Omer: "Pakistan should not bog down when they come to bat. Easily go into their shell and let the opposition build pressure. Despite Amla gone, SA Batsmen have remained positive and there is hardly any change in scoring."

danish tahir: "When a Bowler asks Misbah for a referal, Misbah should go first to Keeper and then to Bowler and ask them did it pitch in middle and hitting middle. If it did then take a referal, otherwise not! They are too too bad with DRS."

End of over 23 (3 runs) South Africa 107/1 (RR: 4.65)
Q de Kock    52* (73b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-0-18-1
F du Plessis    4* (15b)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-21-0

23.1

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, no run, flighted on off stump and he trudges forward, keeping bat and pad together as he defends

23.2

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, 2 runs, and all this pressure has made the batsman try something different. De Kock pulls out the reverse sweep and manages to get just enough bat on it to manouever the ball to third man

23.3

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, 2 runs, goes back and punches it through extra cover as Afridi drops it just a little short outside off

23.4

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, 2 runs, chips it in the air as he meets the full length ball outside off with a good straight bat and collects a couple to long-off

23.5

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, 1 run, full length ball on middle as he drives down to long-on this time

23.6

Shahid Afridi to du Plessis, no run, tossed up from Afridi and Faf is happy to keep it out off the front foot

End of over 24 (7 runs) South Africa 114/1 (RR: 4.75)
F du Plessis    4* (16b)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-28-0
Q de Kock    59* (78b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-0-18-1

24.1

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, 1 run, flatter ball on off stump which allows the batsman to stay back and punch it just a little wide of long-on

24.2

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, no run, sees the ball flighted a little and chips down the track to whip it to midwicket

24.3

Mohammad Hafeez to du Plessis, 1 run, he was looking to charge the bowler again, but this time Hafeez pushes it through quickly and Faf just manages to dig it out down the ground

24.4

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, no run, flatter ball on leg stump and he clips it away to midwicket

24.5

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, no run, that one turns a tad, but he rides the turn as he opens the face of his bat and nudges it to point

24.6

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, 1 run, flattish delivery on middle and he stays back to push down to long-on

Sammy: "@Danish, the bowler didnt really ASK misbah for a referral here did he?"

imii: "@danish, pitch in line doesn't matter according to the new rules of icc. Impact in-line and and hitting more than 50% of any of the 3 stumps are required to overturn the decision."

End of over 25 (3 runs) South Africa 117/1 (RR: 4.68)
Q de Kock    61* (82b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-0-21-1
F du Plessis    5* (18b)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-28-0

Ajmal replaces Afridi and like all the other spinners starts round the wicket to de Kock

25.1

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, 1 run, tossed up outside off and de Kock gets a little more practice at opening the face of his bat and steering the ball through the covers

Fritz: "QdK playing a gem of an innings, finding gaps for singles and doubles and the occasional boundary, Exiting young prospect. GO PROTEAS"

25.2

Saeed Ajmal to du Plessis, no run, and Faf continues to use the crease with exaggerated effect. Goes a long way leg side and the bowler follows him, forcing him to defend down the pitch

25.3

Saeed Ajmal to du Plessis, FOUR, and this time his innovation works. Excellent shot inside out over extra cover, made possibly by a little shuffle outside leg stump and a lovely straight follow through

25.4

Saeed Ajmal to du Plessis, 1 run, tossed up on middle again and Faf stays firm and works it away to midwicket

25.5

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, no run, flatter ball on middle stump allows de Kock to go back and punch it to the bowler

Jacques: "Does Afridi think he is above everyone else? Disappointing behaviour from someone who has played international cricket for as long as he has." In his defence, it did look very very close to the naked eye

Atif: "I think that was a good referral. It was worth the chance Afridi took. It could easily have been out by milimeters......at least you should give human eye that much margin of error."

25.6

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, 1 run, full length ball outside off and de Kock drives through the covers

End of over 26 (7 runs) South Africa 124/1 (RR: 4.76)
Q de Kock    63* (85b 5x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-14-0
F du Plessis    10* (21b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-0-21-1

A little seam now, although the bowler coming in is by no means little. Mohammad Irfan to try his luck

26.1

Mohammad Irfan to de Kock, FOUR, shortish ball just outside off stump and de Kock relishes the extra pace on the ball, pulling it powerfully in front of square. And he kept it down as well. Excellent shot

26.2

Mohammad Irfan to de Kock, no run, off cutter from Irfan and de Kock could have been cleaned up had that nippled back just an inch more. There was a gigantic a big gap between bat and pad, with his feet rooted to the crease

26.3

Mohammad Irfan to de Kock, 1 run, worked away through midwicket, who should have done a little better to stop that. It was a fullish ball on middle

26.4

Mohammad Irfan to du Plessis, no run, oh, bounce and seam away! Faf hangs his bat out and would be thanking his stars for not nicking that one. Delicious seam bowling from the big man

26.5

Mohammad Irfan to du Plessis, OUT, oh, he's thrown it away! Faf was always looking a little too active at the crease. He charges the quick and goes through with his stroke despite not reaching the pitch of the ball. His intended hoist over the top only gets the bottom of the bat and it skies up to cover where Saeed Ajmal takes a simple catch

F du Plessis c Saeed Ajmal b Mohammad Irfan 10 (29m 23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 43.47

And its the captain's turn to bat. What can AB de Villiers do here?

26.6

Mohammad Irfan to de Kock, no run, good length ball outside off as de Kock nudges forward and drives square into the off side

amit: "As my SA friend says QdK is so much talented and today he got so many lucky escape he needs to score a ton to justify his hype."

End of over 27 (5 runs) South Africa 129/2 (RR: 4.77)
Q de Kock    68* (89b 6x4)      Mohammad Irfan    4-0-24-1
AB de Villiers    0* (0b)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-14-0

safdar khan: "ICC needs to change the LBW decision, do not take away fielding side umpires review if DRS shows the ball hitting the wicket"

Ajmal with a slip in place for AB

27.1

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, good length ball on off stump and turns in just a little as AB goes back, waits for it and punches down the pitch

27.2

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, fuller length this time and he goes forward to block it back to Ajmal

27.3

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, goes back and tries to punch it down to long-on but cannot get good enough bat

27.4

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, this time he succeeds as the good length ball is driven of the back foot to long-on

27.5

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, 1 run, tossed up a little slower and de Kock was a little too soon into his defence as he gets an inside edge which squirts off to square leg

27.6

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, appreciable turn that time, but AB is up to it as he goes back and whips it through to deep midwicket

End of over 28 (3 runs) South Africa 132/2 (RR: 4.71)
AB de Villiers    2* (5b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-17-0
Q de Kock    69* (90b 6x4)      Mohammad Irfan    4-0-24-1

28.1

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, goes right across outside his off stump but Irfan is wise to it as he follows AB with a full length ball and forces him to defend down the ground

28.2

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, another little shuffle outside off, but this time AB allows the length ball outside off to go through to the keeper

Kelvin: "Du Plessis fails again. Yes he made a 50 last match, but apart from that he's done very little in ODI's. I honestly do not believe he has performed well enough to warrant a spot in the ODI side."

28.3

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, full and on off stump as AB presses forward and squirts it away through cover for a single

28.4

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, that was a little short and wide, but AB being the new man looked to steer the ball rather than flay it and the ball goes straight to point.

28.5

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a length on off stump, but AB this time isn't afraid to be a little innovative as he uses his wrists to whip it away to midwicket

A7: "In a strange way it would be good to see RSA post 280-300+. That way we will be able to see Pakistan actually chase in a positive, aggressive manner, regardless of whether they succeed or fail. If I recall correctly that ODI in RSA, when Pakistan had to chase 300+, that innings by Pakistan was probably one of their best, despite losing. The simple reason was they went out and played without caution, but with aggression and positivity. Now, I'm not asking them to play like that every time, but at least add a bit of that mind-set into ODI's on a regular basis."

28.6

Mohammad Irfan to de Kock, 1 run, good length ball just outside off, but de Kock uses the little room available to guide the ball to deep third man to keep strike

End of over 29 (2 runs) South Africa 134/2 (RR: 4.62)
Q de Kock    70* (91b 6x4)      Mohammad Irfan    5-0-26-1
AB de Villiers    3* (10b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-17-0

29.1

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, 1 run, flighted ball outside off stump as de Kock drives the ball through to sweeper cover

29.2

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, good length ball on middle and off as he goes back and punches it wide of long-on

29.3

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, 1 run, good length just outside off but de Kock moves back and goes leg side to cut the ball in front of square on the off side to get off strike

29.4

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, uses the crease very well there as he goes back to make that ball a little shorter than it actually was and cuts it well to deep point

29.5

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, no run, just a little bit of extra bounce there but de Kock was playing with soft hands so his defensive push fell safely at his feet

29.6

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, 1 run, pushes it through on his pads and is worked away comfortably off the back foot to midwicket

End of over 30 (5 runs) South Africa 139/2 (RR: 4.63)
Q de Kock    73* (95b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-22-0
AB de Villiers    5* (12b)      Mohammad Irfan    5-0-26-1

Usman I.: "@Kelvin: You talk about Du Plessis do not deserve a spot in the ODI Team. Then no Pakistan Player should either. There is no one (I think) who averages 30 after 10 matches in a row. Maybe just Misbah..."

30.1

Mohammad Irfan to de Kock, 1 run, another short ball and it is dealt with quite confidently. He was waiting on his back foot and pulls it dead square to the fielder in the deep

30.2

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, 1 run, uses the left-armer's angle across him to dab the ball to deep third man off the back foot and takes the single. AB's been his usual busy self here

30.3

Mohammad Irfan to de Kock, no run, almost a yorker on off stump and de Kock drills it back to the bowler

30.4

Mohammad Irfan to de Kock, 2 runs, good length ball, but with a little room outside off de Kock cuts it through to deep point

30.5

Mohammad Irfan to de Kock, 2 runs, Irfan continues to make the same mistake. He was able to get de Kock into trouble when he was bowling full and even more so when he bowled short the batsman looked completely untroubled. This time was no different as he pulled through midwicket

30.6

Mohammad Irfan to de Kock, no run, better. fuller length which forces the batsman who was on the back foot to push down the ground

End of over 31 (6 runs) South Africa 145/2 (RR: 4.67)
Q de Kock    78* (100b 6x4)      Mohammad Irfan    6-0-32-1
AB de Villiers    6* (13b)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-22-0

Afridi is back

31.1

Shahid Afridi to de Villiers, 1 run, negotiates the full length ball on off stump with a little push into the covers and sets off for a quick single

31.2

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, no run, fuller length but this was on the pads. de Kock nnudges it to square leg off the back foot

31.3

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, 1 run, full and pushed through outside off stump but de Kock drills it down to long-on

31.4

Shahid Afridi to de Villiers, no run, short and just a little wide outside off as AB moves back and across to cut to point, where Ajmal makes a diving save

31.5

Shahid Afridi to de Villiers, 1 run, full and outside off as AB comes forward and presents the perfect straight bat to take a single to long-on

31.6

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, 1 run, slices that off the outside edge as his front foot stride is not long enough to reach the full length ball and it runs away through the covers

End of over 32 (4 runs) South Africa 149/2 (RR: 4.65)
Q de Kock    80* (103b 6x4)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-32-0
AB de Villiers    8* (16b)      Mohammad Irfan    6-0-32-1

Another change in bowling. Junaid Khan comes in for a second spell

32.1

Junaid Khan to de Kock, FOUR, offers width and is immediately punished. Waits for that shortish ball and places it well to the left of point and has hit it well enough to beat third man on the boundary. Lovely shot

32.2

Junaid Khan to de Kock, no run, stays leg side of the full length ball as he defends the ball into the off side

Ali Khan: "One positive which Pak may get from this series is that they need cool Misbah for few years.Look without Misbah's fifty Pak are struggling to reach 200.I fear without Misbah they may struggle to reach 160 170."

32.3

Junaid Khan to de Kock, 1 run, targets the top of off stump as he makes the batsman come forward and drive through the covers

32.4

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, no run, goes right across his stumps and works the ball pitching on off stump through to square leg

Kiran: "Hey guys stop talking about Du Plissis he is one of the match winner did you rember the test match who he made last century at veryy cruisal moment ..he is dangarous than De villers"

32.5

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, no run, a good looking drive, albeit ill timed, to the good length ball and takes it through to mid-off

32.6

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, no run, a more forceful hit this time as Junaid goes fuller outside off stump, and mid-off is in business again

End of over 33 (5 runs) South Africa 154/2 (RR: 4.66)
AB de Villiers    8* (19b)      Junaid Khan    5-0-25-0
Q de Kock    85* (106b 7x4)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-32-0

Kelvin: "@Usman I : I agree that Pakistan needs to look at their batting line-up as indeed it is only Misbah & Umar Akmal with good averages. But if you look at this SA batting lineup. You got Amla who averages over 50, De Kock who they are trying as future prospect, Duminy who averages just under 40, De Villiers who averages 48, Miller who has had some good matchwinning performances. Of the entire batting line-up Du Plessis is the weak link and I think its time to try some other domestic players.

33.1

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, no run, it was the one that goes straight on and de Kock read it off the pitch, slapping it back to the bowler

33.2

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, 1 run, pushes it through on his pads and de Kock works it away through midwicket

33.3

Shahid Afridi to de Villiers, 1 run, goes a little overboard with the flight there as the ball ends up a full toss and AB drives it strongly down the ground

33.4

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, 2 runs, good length ball, just a tad outside off and de Kock makes a little room for himself and works it away between cover and point for a couple

33.5

Shahid Afridi to de Kock, 1 run, tossed up delivery and de Kock makes use of the flight by square driving it through point

33.6

Shahid Afridi to de Villiers, 1 run, goes back and hits the length ball turning just a little away from him through extra cover

End of over 34 (6 runs) South Africa 160/2 (RR: 4.70)
AB de Villiers    10* (21b)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-38-0
Q de Kock    89* (110b 7x4)      Junaid Khan    5-0-25-0

Terence: "@ Kiran - this is not a test match!? This is OD cricket and his record is awful. There has to be someone more deserving!"

34.1

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, 1 run, tucks him up for room and AB is up for it, using soft hands to dab the ball into the off side and he sets off for a well judged single

Waqas: "Catches win matches...... If Hafeez haven't put down that dolly, things would have been different......RIP Pakistan Fielding and Series"

Zain: "@ kelvin FAF is not a weak link his career is just about starting he's just off form, maybe he should go back and play some domestic cricket to get his form back, but he is a good asset to the team long term"

34.2

Junaid Khan to de Kock, no run, on a full length homing in on middle as he pushes it to mid-on. AB wanted a single, but he slipped which put paid to that idea. Just as well, I didn't think there was a single there

34.3

Junaid Khan to de Kock, 1 run, well bowled. Right up there in the block hole and it made de Kock look a little ungainly as he made sure his legs were out of the way of the ball and worked it away through square leg

34.4

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, 1 run, misfielded at point. Ahmed Shehzad is the man and had he picked it up, there could have been trouble, at either end. Both batsmen hesitated midway though the pitch as AB dabbed the ball, wanting to guide it to third man but couldn't get it fine enough. The Pakistan fielding coach slaps his head in disgust

34.5

Junaid Khan to de Kock, no run, goes fullish and straight to de Kock and he gets forward and blocks it to midwicket

santhosh: "always surprising to see someone who has good record in tests and t20is but not in odis. duplessis is one of them."

34.6

Junaid Khan to de Kock, no run, slower ball - 114 kph - pitched short of a length outside off and de Kock is happy to work it to cover and with that we go to drinks

Stiaan: "Everyone is so negative. Let's focus on the positive here; 2 things: At least Pakistan restricted amla from smashing yet another ton, and how about young De Kock on his way to his maiden ODI ton? Stop playing coach and lets all enjoy the cricket shall we?"

Kelvin: "@Zain - He's played 46 ODI's, thats plenty to have proven his worth. He's not 'out of form', he's never really been a vital cog of the ODI team. His good performances are too few and far between. And yeah I would say he should go back to domestic cricket to re-learn his ODI game. Did not say he had to be cast out of the ODI side forever, but he needs to look at himself and prove he is deserving of the ODI spot. At the moment he is not in my eyes."

End of over 35 (3 runs) South Africa 163/2 (RR: 4.65)
Q de Kock    90* (114b 7x4)      Junaid Khan    6-0-28-0
AB de Villiers    12* (23b)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-38-0

And it is time for the batting Powerplay, with AB de Villers at the crease. Expect some unorthodox shots. Ajmal into the attack now

35.1

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, oh, he goes for the heave ho straight away. But he cant connect as the ball hits his inside thigh and trickles away to the keeper who tries to stump the batsman, but AB plonks his foot back inside the crease

35.2

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, good length ball on middle is pushed down to long-on

35.3

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, no run, tossed up on his pads and de Kock looked to work it away through midwicket, but only gets a leading edge

35.4

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, no run, full length ball outside off and he drives it well to the cover field

35.5

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, no run, flatter ball on middle as he comes forward and blocks

35.6

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, no run, goes for the sweep as Ajmal pushes it through on his pads, but the ball was a little too full again he can't connect

End of over 36 (1 run) South Africa 164/2 (RR: 4.55)
Q de Kock    90* (118b 7x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-23-0
AB de Villiers    13* (25b)      Junaid Khan    6-0-28-0

Mohammad Irfan replaces Junaid Khan for the Powerplay overs

SriniDasari: "@Stiaan: The best part of following matches in cricinfo is you can be a spectator, coach, captain and expert commentator....all that you wanted to be in cricket...through your commentary feedbacks. So let us enjoy it."

36.1

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, 1 run, full and angled across the batsman and AB plays a confident square drive with a high front elbow and the ball made a crisp sound as it was hit, but there is a sweeper cover

36.2

Mohammad Irfan to de Kock, FOUR, width outside off and it is slammed over wide mid-off. It wasn't quite on the up, but it wasn't a half-volley either. The room made that shot possible and de Kock made full use of it

36.3

Mohammad Irfan to de Kock, no run, tucks him up and that reached him a little quicker than he anticipated, but he did well, removing the top hand as he defended

36.4

Mohammad Irfan to de Kock, 1 run, swipes across the line, even as AB asked him to play proper cricket shots, as the full length ball on middle takes a thick inside edge through midwicket

36.5

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, 1 run, full and in his efforts to prevent any more room, goes a little too much on the pads and AB drives it down to long-on

36.6

Mohammad Irfan to de Kock, 1 leg bye, on the pads again, this time to the left-hander, but he is not able to take advantage. de Kock was looking to flick the ball away but only manages to get a leg bye

End of over 37 (8 runs) South Africa 172/2 (RR: 4.64)
Q de Kock    95* (122b 8x4)      Mohammad Irfan    7-0-39-1
AB de Villiers    15* (27b)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-23-0

Spanjaard: "The SA lineup seems a batsman short to me. A couple of quick wickets and Pak are into the tail even after such a good platform has been laid. Maybe not in this game but this lack of balance may come back to haunt SA in the future."

37.1

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, 1 bye, Oh Pakistan, what are you doing?! Square leg sends in a swift throw on the bounce but Ajmal fails to collect it and had he done so properly de Kock would have been out. First off it was an excellent ball - the doosra - and he was beaten all ends up. The keeper couldn't collect and it was down to Afridi who did well but the finish was completely off

37.2

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 2 runs, oh terrific strike. That was a good length ball turning into him and he just lofted it straight of midwicket imperiously

37.3

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, full length ball and AB comes forward, with his head over the ball and flicks it to square leg

37.4

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, 1 run, tossed up again and this time de Kock drives down to long-on

37.5

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, FOUR, oh, this is tremendous batting from AB. He was moving around in the crease and this time he made some room for himself outside leg, and when Ajmal followed him, he just whipped the full length ball over midwicket for a smart boundary

round the wicket

37.6

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, quicker ball, 105 kph, and it is a full toss and AB went down to sweep but cannot make any contact

End of over 38 (9 runs) South Africa 181/2 (RR: 4.76)
AB de Villiers    22* (31b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-0-31-0
Q de Kock    96* (124b 8x4)      Mohammad Irfan    7-0-39-1

38.1

Mohammad Irfan to de Kock, 1 run, lovely shot, just looked to push the full length ball down the ground to collect a single

38.2

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, full length ball on off stump and AB drives down the pitch

38.3

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, FOUR, oh my God, what a strike! AB goes outside off, gets down on one knee and just swipes the ball over the top of fine leg for an incredible boundary. That is an AB special.

38.4

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, 1 run, and for the follow up he just dabs the full length ball through the covers for a single. Ironically I think it pitched the same area as the last ball

38.5

Mohammad Irfan to de Kock, no run, roughs him up with the short ball. Wonderfully directed as it rose toward de Kock's head and he ducks underneath it after initially wanting to play

38.6

Mohammad Irfan to de Kock, SIX, Holy moly! There it is and what a way to bring it up! De Kock gets underneath the length ball and slams it over wide long on and it goes all the way. He has a giant smile on his face as AB already had his hands in the air to celebrate the achievement. Maiden century for the 20-year-old

End of over 39 (12 runs) South Africa 193/2 (RR: 4.94)
Q de Kock    103* (127b 8x4 1x6)      Mohammad Irfan    8-0-51-1
AB de Villiers    27* (34b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-0-31-0

39.1

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, AB moved to the leg side to cut the ball, Ajmal followed him with a quicker, flatter ball and in the end beat him

still round the wicket

39.2

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, whips the full length ball on middle through midwicket

39.3

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, 1 run, flatter ball on the pads and de Kock works it away to square leg

39.4

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, goes on the bounce to the man at long-on. It was a shortish ball from Ajmal and he moved back to slam it over cow corner, but didn;t time it too well

39.5

Saeed Ajmal to de Kock, 1 run, tucks him up on middle and leg and de Kock pushes it past Ajmal and the batsmen collect a single

39.6

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, moves to the leg side again and as Ajmal follows him, he turns it through midiwcket

Amir Arif: "How many times have this happened that we missed a chance to out a player in his innings start and he managed to make a match winning century? I can recall that of Sachin in the prev world cup if I am not wrong!" Against Pakistan he didn't. Against South Africa he did, although I dont think he was dropped in that game

End of over 40 (5 runs) South Africa 198/2 (RR: 4.95)
AB de Villiers    30* (38b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-0-36-0
Q de Kock    105* (129b 8x4 1x6)      Mohammad Irfan    8-0-51-1

Powerplay is done and Junaid is back

40.1

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, no run, full length ball on off stump and AB slams it straight to Irfan at mid-off

40.2

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, OUT, leading edge and Hafeez holds onto it this time. ABdV is gone! He moved across to the off side and was intending to slam the ball over midwicket, but the ball lobs up in the air towards the cover region where Hafeez runs back, extends his hands well and takes it safely. Good catch that and AB leaves the field, practicing a straight loft

AB de Villiers c Mohammad Hafeez b Junaid Khan 30 (58m 40b 2x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

David Miller is the new man with little less than 10 overs left to play

40.3

Junaid Khan to de Kock, FOUR, turned away wide of the man at fine leg. That was the yorker gone wrong as Junaid bowls a full toss on the pads of the batsman who only had to place it and so he did

40.4

Junaid Khan to de Kock, 1 leg bye, slower ball, 115 kph, on a good length and de Kock manages to work it to square leg off the back foot

Naresh: "Just came back from office and the first thing I did was opening Cricinfo. Checked the comments about AB's shots and immediately switched on the tv to watch him dismissed by Junaid. Heart breaking :("

40.5

Junaid Khan to Miller, 1 run, another good length ball on middle and he works it away off the back foot to midwicket to get off the mark

40.6

Junaid Khan to de Kock, no run, slower ball again - 116kph - this time outside off as de Kock dabs it away to point

End of over 41 (6 runs) South Africa 204/3 (RR: 4.97)
Q de Kock    109* (132b 9x4 1x6)      Junaid Khan    7-0-33-1
DA Miller    1* (1b)      Saeed Ajmal    8-0-36-0

Louis: "de Kock needs to just rotate strike for next 5 overs, let Miller take the risks. Then tee off in the last five."

Hafeez into the attack and goes round the wicket to Miller

41.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, no run, that was full on the off stump and Miller got forward to defend but gets a thick inside edge

41.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, no run, more solid defense from the batsman as he reaches the pitch of the full length ball on leg stump

41.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, 1 leg bye, pushed through on the pads and Miller can't take advantage as he looks to beat fine leg, but he cannot get bat on it

41.4

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, 2 runs, tossed up on the pads and de Kock whips it away straight of midwicket and immediately calls for two

41.5

Mohammad Hafeez to de Kock, 1 run, flighted ball again and this time de Kock is happy with a drive down the ground for a single

41.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, 1 run, Miller goes for the drive through the off side to the full length ball, but he only manages an inside edge

End of over 42 (5 runs) South Africa 209/3 (RR: 4.97)
DA Miller    2* (5b)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-0-25-1
Q de Kock    112* (134b 9x4 1x6)      Junaid Khan    7-0-33-1

42.1

Junaid Khan to Miller, no run, refuses to allow the batsman to free his arms as the indipper forces him to go back in his crease and defend into the leg side

42.2

Junaid Khan to Miller, 1 run, more swing inward, but this time Miller was on the front foot and is better equipped to negotiate the full length ball off to fine leg

42.3

Junaid Khan to de Kock, OUT, he's found mid-off this time! That's the end of a gritty innings from de Kock. He was tiring and the ball was full and wide, inviting a slam over the top. He had made a little room for himself outside leg and did his best, but the ball went only as far as Misbah-ul-Haq, who dives forward and takes a good catch

Q de Kock c Misbah-ul-Haq b Junaid Khan 112 (179m 135b 9x4 1x6) SR: 82.96

JP Duminy continues the procession of left hand batsmen for South Africa

42.4

Junaid Khan to Duminy, no run, giant appeal from the bowler, but umpire Ahsan Raza spotted the inside edge from Duminy. It was a good length ball, coming into him and he was stuck in the crease looking to defend. If not for the bit of bat, JP was a goner

42.5

Junaid Khan to Duminy, no run, gets behind the ball angled into him and opens the face on impact to try and sneak a single on the off side but to no avail

42.6

Junaid Khan to Duminy, 1 run, this time he gets off the mark by working the full length ball swinging into his pads with soft hands and races off down the pitch before the fielder at midwicket could collect the ball

End of over 43 (2 runs) South Africa 211/4 (RR: 4.90)
JP Duminy    1* (3b)      Junaid Khan    8-0-35-2
DA Miller    3* (7b)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-0-25-1

43.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, 1 run, full, flighted ball on and around off stump as Duminy drives down the ground

43.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, 2 runs, good length ball on middle was met off the back foot and worked away straight of the man at midwicket for a couple

43.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, no run, goes for the sweep as Hafeez bowls a flatter, fuller ball on off stump, but he fails to connect with the ball.

43.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, OUT, Oh, he's gone now! It was the sweep shot again, only this time he was struck right in line of the stumps off a fuller ball pitching on middle and turning just a shade away. Miller chats with Duminy and opts for the review and it doesn't look good. An inside edge was the only thing that could have saved him and there was none. Hawkeye suggests the ball would have grazed off stump and that is enough because the umpire gave it out originally

DA Miller lbw b Mohammad Hafeez 5 (16m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Ryan McLaren, another left-hander, comes in to face Pakistan's slew of offspinners

43.5

Mohammad Hafeez to McLaren, no run, gets forward and blocks the full length ball outside off

43.6

Mohammad Hafeez to McLaren, no run, another confident stride forward to defend the full length ball outside off stump

End of over 44 (3 runs) South Africa 214/5 (RR: 4.86)
R McLaren    0* (2b)      Mohammad Hafeez    8-0-28-2
JP Duminy    2* (4b)      Junaid Khan    8-0-35-2

Shajee: "Oh What was Pakistan's position in this series if Junaid would have played last three matches"

44.1

Junaid Khan to Duminy, no run, Junaid is relentless, especially since JP has come out. No room to work the ball and the hint of in dip always keeps the lbw in play. This time though the batsman goes back and works the full length ball into the leg side

44.2

Junaid Khan to Duminy, 1 run, goes a little shorter and that allows Duminy to pull the ball through square leg and get off strike

44.3

Junaid Khan to McLaren, no run, Bouncer! and McLaren ducks beneath it. Well directed delivery, coming at the batsman's neck and at decent pace, but he gets his head under the ball just in time

44.4

Junaid Khan to McLaren, FOUR, oh, Irfan... he dove a little too quickly and cannot reach the ball at midwicket. McLaren worked that full length ball on his pads quite smartly, but that did not deserve the boundary it got

44.5

Junaid Khan to McLaren, no run, good length ball on middle stump and he works it away into the leg side

44.6

Junaid Khan to McLaren, 2 runs, 118 kph slower ball, he's used that well throughout his spell but McLaren is up to it, waiting for the ball and just guiding it away using the open face to third man

End of over 45 (7 runs) South Africa 221/5 (RR: 4.91)
R McLaren    6* (6b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    9-0-42-2
JP Duminy    3* (6b)      Mohammad Hafeez    8-0-28-2

45.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, 1 run, short of a good length, but there is not enough room for the batsman to free his arms and instead he just dabs it through point

45.2

Mohammad Hafeez to McLaren, 1 run, fuller ball this time and he comes forward nicely to drive it through the off side

45.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, 1 run, chips down the track to meet the pitch of the ball and drive it down to long-on

45.4

Mohammad Hafeez to McLaren, no run, 91kph, a little flatter and on middle, and McLaren goes back and push it back down the pitch

45.5

Mohammad Hafeez to McLaren, 1 run, very little flight offered now, but the ball was still full as McLaren uses his wrists to whip it away through midwicket

45.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Duminy, 2 runs, stays back and leg side of the ball to cut it through extra cover and collect a couple

zahid: "Hafeez is more likely to bowl the full quota of his overs than W Riaz, S Tanvir and even Junaid khan. Given the fragility of their batting lineup, I don't understand why they don't play an extra batsman."

End of over 46 (6 runs) South Africa 227/5 (RR: 4.93)
JP Duminy    7* (9b)      Mohammad Hafeez    9-0-34-2
R McLaren    8* (9b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    9-0-42-2

Sanjay: "The only consistency in the SA ODI middle order is they consistently disappointing. A far cry from the days of Messr Rhodes and Klusner that would see the Proteas kick on in the last few overs and reach a challenging total."

ARSLAN: "Even with current batting form of hafeez you can`t drop him, he is so usefull a bowler. Why not bring him down the order as a mini all rounder and get some specialist batsman up the order replacing one extra bowler?"

Ajmal is back, possibly to finish his spell

46.1

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, no run, oh, that was well bowled. full length ball right on off stump and McLaren was in two minds, whether to whip it away or just defend it. In the end, he just pushes it down the pitch

46.2

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, no run, doosra that time and he only plays it off the pitch, and because of that he is late on the cut shot and cannot get bat to it

46.3

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, 1 run, full and flighted as McLaren gets forward nad pushes it away to midwicket

46.4

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, flatter and quicker and JP gets behind it and blocks

46.5

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, 1 run, oh, the bowler runs all the way to midwicket to field that one. He targeted the stumps which allowed the left hander to work it off his pads

46.6

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, no run, tossed up this time and McLaren uses his reach to push it into the covers

End of over 47 (2 runs) South Africa 229/5 (RR: 4.87)
R McLaren    9* (13b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    9-0-38-0
JP Duminy    8* (11b)      Mohammad Hafeez    9-0-34-2

Adeel Ahmad: "@Sanjay Challenging total are you kidding me? considering Pakistan's totals lately i think they are way above challenging total."

Sohail Tanvir into the attack

Vasim Shaikh: "Once first 50 over will be completed, I will better Switch Off my TV sets & Save my Electricity Bill rather than watching Pakistan Chase ;)"

47.1

Sohail Tanvir to Duminy, 1 run, goes across to the off side and clips the ball to wide mid-on as Tanvir starts off with a good length ball on off stump

47.2

Sohail Tanvir to McLaren, FOUR, attempts a short ball, but with fine leg inside the circle that was a horrible idea. McLaren shuffles across to the off side and pulls it wide of the short fine leg fielder and collects a simple boundary

47.3

Sohail Tanvir to McLaren, 1 run, another short ball and this time he pulls it square on the leg side and takes a single

47.4

Sohail Tanvir to Duminy, no run, room outside off and he flays it off the front foot, but point is on hand to stop it from fetching any runs

47.5

Sohail Tanvir to Duminy, FOUR, oh what a shot! On the up and slapped through extra cover. There was a little room on offer and with mid-off up in the circle there was only one result after he had struck the ball so firmly

47.6

Sohail Tanvir to Duminy, 1 run, gets a bit of a leading edge as the full length ball goes down the ground. Tanvir cannot get to it and the batsman rush off for a single

End of over 48 (11 runs) South Africa 240/5 (RR: 5.00)
JP Duminy    14* (15b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    5-0-28-0
R McLaren    14* (15b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    9-0-38-0

48.1

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, 1 run, flatter ball on middle and leg and he goes across to the off side to whip it off to square leg

48.2

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, 1 run, he goes down on one knee, trying to do the same thing AB had done, but he cant hit it quite as fine as square leg gets hold of the ball

48.3

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, SIX, slog sweep and it goes all the way. There was a little extra flight in that and Duminy got to the pitch and just slammed if all the way. Powerful strike

48.4

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, 1 run, held back just a bit, and Duminy adjusts as he defends the ball with soft hands, pushes it into the off side and gets a single

48.5

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, SIX, doosra doesn't matter. This one is sent sailing as well. McLaren goes for the slog sweep as well and this was hit even harder and clears the midwicket boundary comfortably, even if it was hit tremendously flat

48.6

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, no run, goes for the reverse sweep, but misses and the keeper is in the way to prevent any runs. Thats an expensive end to Ajmal's spell. First time in 10 ODIs that he hasn't picked up a wicket

End of over 49 (15 runs) South Africa 255/5 (RR: 5.20)
R McLaren    21* (18b 2x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    10-0-53-0
JP Duminy    22* (18b 1x4 1x6)      Sohail Tanvir    5-0-28-0

49.1

Sohail Tanvir to Duminy, 1 run, full and just a little wide of off stump as JP drills it down the ground

49.2

Sohail Tanvir to McLaren, 2 runs, that was a slower ball, on a length, and he shuffles across to the off side and pulls it through square leg

49.3

Sohail Tanvir to McLaren, 1 run, wide yorker forces McLaren to reach out to meet it and then takes off for a single

49.4

Sohail Tanvir to Duminy, 2 runs, well bowled, but it still goes for runs. It was the yorker outside off stump again and Duminy manages to guide it wide of third man

49.5

Sohail Tanvir to Duminy, 1 leg bye, slower ball again and Duminy is deceived. He was looking to hoick it away over the leg side, but the lack of pace ensured the does not connect

49.6

Sohail Tanvir to McLaren, FOUR, and the fifty partnership is raised with a blistering extra cover drive. He was looking for the wide yorker again, but this time it was overpitched and McLaren slammed it away with all his might to finish the innings

6.36pm South Africa have finished on a very competitive total, set up by a good start by Hashim Amla. Then Quinton de Kock took over, and though it wasn't quite the most solid effort at all times, he did not give it away at any point it time and reached his maiden ODI century. And towards the end cameos from AB de Villiers, Ryan McLaren and JP Duminy put the cherry on top of a good batting performance. Do join us in 30 minutes' time when the chase gets under way.

Zain: "@ Sanjay - yes... cause its Misbah's fault the entire batting lineup failed... on a side note, it snowed in Toronto too, is that Misbah's fault as well?"

Shabbir Moledina: "Sometimes I just don't understand what captains are thinking. With 1 over each left for Hafeez and Junaid who were balling really well, why bring in Tanvir for two overs that ultimately are so expensive?"

Lakshman Kumar: "Why would you bring in a fast bowler when you know that your spinners are having overs left and the proteas are unable to score big against them..? Gave SA the momentum that they were looking for..!! utter rubbish..!!"

Sanjay: "@ Adeel Ahmad SA well below where they should be, given the promising platform. Total easily gettable by Pakistan if Misbah doesn't repeat Wednesday ultra cautious approach. It's Friday after all and Pak hardly ever lose on a Friday!"

wasim: "Misbah's Captaincy is beyond me..when you have one over left of Junaid khan and Hafeez who were bowling so well in death overs..he suddenly brings in sohail tanvir and he gets smashed all around..totally beyond my cricketing brain.."

End of over 50 (11 runs) South Africa 266/5
R McLaren    28* (21b 3x4 1x6)      Sohail Tanvir    6-0-38-0
JP Duminy    25* (21b 1x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    10-0-53-0
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South Africa won by 117 runs
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Sohaib Maqsood struck 56 off 54, Pakistan v South Africa, 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi, November 8, 2013

Sohaib Maqsood struck 56 off 54

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Dale Steyn finished with career-best figures of 5 for 25, Pakistan v South Africa, 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi, November 8, 2013

Dale Steyn finished with career-best figures of 5 for 25

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