Pakistan tour of South Africa, 2006/07 / Commentary

Hello! The news is that Pakistan have won the toss and will bat. The team batting first won the first two games. Bat first, and bury the opposition under the pile of runs. What will happen today?

I am Sriram Veera and will bring you the live action today. Lets hope we have a good game on our hands.

News from the ground: It is very hot here with some cloud cover drifting in. Forcast is 30% chance of rain later with high winds, but no sign of that at the moment. The pitch is very hard and has been shaved of all grass. It looks like a good batting track.

0.1

Pollock to Imran Nazir, no run, Shout for lbw right away. Sliding down leg side though. Lands just outside off, on a length and cut back in, Imran tried to work it to on side but didn't connect.

0.2

Pollock to Imran Nazir, 2 runs, Nice looking punch drive. Back of length, around off stump, Imran stands up tall and punches it on the up through the off side ring.

0.3

Pollock to Imran Nazir, 1 run, fuller, on off and middle, Imran flicks it past square leg

0.4

Pollock to Kamran Akmal, no run, Well outside the off stump, left alone

0.5

Pollock to Kamran Akmal, no run

0.6

Pollock to Kamran Akmal, no run, leans forward and defends a full length delivery on middle and off

End of over 1 (3 runs) Pakistan 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
Kamran Akmal    0* (3b)      SM Pollock    1-0-3-0
Imran Nazir    3* (3b)     

1.1

Ntini to Imran Nazir, 2 runs, Creams it! Full and outside off, Imran Nazir goes back, stands tall and square-drives it through point.

1.2

Ntini to Imran Nazir, no run, on a length, comes in from outside off stump, punched to mid-off

1.3

Ntini to Imran Nazir, no run, full in length, on off and middle, pushed back to the bowler

1.4

Ntini to Imran Nazir, 1 leg bye, on the hips, tries to tuck it to on side and it rolls off the pads

1.5

Ntini to Kamran Akmal, no run

1.6

Ntini to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, dabbed to third man. It must be the most productive stroke in ODIs. Just lean towards the line, open the bat-face and run it down

End of over 2 (4 runs) Pakistan 7/0 (RR: 3.50)
Kamran Akmal    1* (5b)      M Ntini    1-0-3-0
Imran Nazir    5* (7b)      SM Pollock    1-0-3-0

2.1

Pollock to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, tickled away to fine leg for a single

2.2

Pollock to Imran Nazir, no run, In the Pollock channel - outside off, left alone. Imran thrusted his left foot across, covered the off stump and shouldered arms

2.3

Pollock to Imran Nazir, no run

2.4

Pollock to Imran Nazir, no run, fullish, around off, driven to mid off. Wonder when Imran will go for an outrageous stroke.

2.5

Pollock to Imran Nazir, no run, Full and on middle, Imran tries to drill it straight down the ground, gets a inside edge to square leg

2.6

Pollock to Imran Nazir, FOUR, There he goes. Fullish, on the off and middle stump line, Nazir leans forward and just biffs it over mid-on. Boom!

End of over 3 (5 runs) Pakistan 12/0 (RR: 4.00)
Imran Nazir    9* (12b 1x4)      SM Pollock    2-0-8-0
Kamran Akmal    2* (6b)      M Ntini    1-0-3-0

3.1

Ntini to Kamran Akmal, no run, sliding down leg side, Akmal is rapped on the pads as he tries to work it to on side

3.2

Ntini to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, Slap! Short and wide, spanked high over point. Easy pickings.

3.3

Ntini to Kamran Akmal, no run, full in length, just outside off stump, Akmal opens the bat-face, steers it to backward point

3.4

Ntini to Kamran Akmal, no run, leans forward, defends

3.5

Ntini to Kamran Akmal, no run, steered to point

3.6

Ntini to Kamran Akmal, no run

End of over 4 (4 runs) Pakistan 16/0 (RR: 4.00)
Kamran Akmal    6* (12b 1x4)      M Ntini    2-0-7-0
Imran Nazir    9* (12b 1x4)      SM Pollock    2-0-8-0

4.1

Pollock to Imran Nazir, no run, full in length, outside off, guided to point

4.2

Pollock to Imran Nazir, no run, Fuller, on the off and middle, Imran tries to drill it down the ground, gets an inside edge to square leg

4.3

Pollock to Imran Nazir, no run, Swing and a miss. Slower one, full in length, Imran tries to hit it back to Lahore, and is through his shot early

4.4

Pollock to Imran Nazir, no run, Pollock screams for lbw, Bucknor is mum. Full-length, slides in towards leg stump, Nazir falls over a touch while trying to work to on side and is rapped on the pads. Hawk eye suggests it would have brushed the leg stump

4.5

Pollock to Imran Nazir, no run

4.6

Pollock to Imran Nazir, FOUR, breaks free! Short of length, outside off and Imran latches on the width and the length, cuts it through backward point.

End of over 5 (4 runs) Pakistan 20/0 (RR: 4.00)
Imran Nazir    13* (18b 2x4)      SM Pollock    3-0-12-0
Kamran Akmal    6* (12b 1x4)      M Ntini    2-0-7-0

5.1

Ntini to Kamran Akmal, no run, slides down leg side and bounces, Akmal tries to tuck it away and is beaten for pace. Rapped on thigh pad

5.2

Ntini to Kamran Akmal, OUT, Akmal's misery continues. Goes for a pull, off a short-pitched delivery and skies it towards midwicket. Another failure for Akmal.

Kamran Akmal c Prince b Ntini 6 (22m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

5.3

Ntini to Younis Khan, 1 run, full in length, around off stump, Younis is squared-up a touch as the ball doesn't come in as much as he anticipated, opens the bat-face in the last minute and runs it down to third man

5.4

Ntini to Imran Nazir, OUT, Ntini nails Imran! Slightly short of length and at some pace, Imran was cramped up when he went for the pull, ended up shovelling a dolly to mid on. South Africa are running hot here, Pakistan continue to blow hot and cold.

Imran Nazir c Langeveldt b Ntini 13 (26m 19b 2x4 0x6) SR: 68.42

5.5

Ntini to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, short of length, on the middle stump line, blocked

5.6

Ntini to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

End of over 6 (1 run) Pakistan 21/2 (RR: 3.50)
Mohammad Yousuf    0* (2b)      M Ntini    3-0-8-2
Younis Khan    1* (1b)      SM Pollock    3-0-12-0

6.1

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, full, outside off, driven to mid-off. Almost inside-out.

6.2

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, honing in on the off stump, pushed out to cover. Does this man, Pollock, never get bored bowling that line, again and again? Awesome fella.

6.3

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, And again on the off stump line, pushed to the off side.

6.4

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, Younis is standing just outside the crease. Full and on the off, driven to mid off

6.5

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, this one is speared in on the middle, pushed to mid on.

6.6

Pollock to Younis Khan, 1 run, lands on a length, outside off, comes in slightly, Younis goes back and across, opens the bat-face, runs it down to thirdman for a single.

End of over 7 (1 run) Pakistan 22/2 (RR: 3.14)
Younis Khan    2* (7b)      SM Pollock    4-0-13-0
Mohammad Yousuf    0* (2b)      M Ntini    3-0-8-2

The crowd get into the mood as Ntini runs in. Huge cheers go around the arena, noise reaches a crescendo as Ntini charges in.

7.1

Ntini to Younis Khan, no run, on the middle stump line, defended away

7.2

Ntini to Younis Khan, no run

7.3

Ntini to Younis Khan, no run, They roar as the ball kisses past the outside edge as Younis tries to play a cut shot to a delivery too close to him

7.4

Ntini to Younis Khan, no run, Just short of drivable length, on the off stump line, Younis lunges forward at the last minute, keeps it out

7.5

Ntini to Younis Khan, 1 run, fuller, outside off, guided to thirdman region.

7.6

Ntini to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, from wide of the crease, comes in from outside the off stump, steered to point

End of over 8 (1 run) Pakistan 23/2 (RR: 2.87)
Mohammad Yousuf    0* (3b)      M Ntini    4-0-9-2
Younis Khan    3* (12b)      SM Pollock    4-0-13-0

8.1

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, comes in from outside the off stump, Younis stabs at it and the ball rolls ahead of his feet

8.2

Pollock to Younis Khan, FOUR, Classy! Half-volley on the middle and Younis chooses to go straight down the ground. The full face of the blade and all that jazz. Looked pretty good.

8.3

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, corrects the line and the length, hits the good length, hits the off stump line and Younis pays respect

8.4

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, Gibbs makes a fine diving stop at point. Punched to right of him, he moves a few steps and dives. The crowd love the effort.

8.5

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, In the zone outside off, left alone

8.6

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, leans well forward, head over the ball, and pushes a length-delivery to the off side

End of over 9 (4 runs) Pakistan 27/2 (RR: 3.00)
Younis Khan    7* (18b 1x4)      SM Pollock    5-0-17-0
Mohammad Yousuf    0* (3b)      M Ntini    4-0-9-2

9.1

Ntini to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

9.2

Ntini to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run

9.3

Ntini to Younis Khan, 1 run

9.4

Ntini to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

9.5

Ntini to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, full and on the stumps, flicked away to dee midwicket for a fantastic boundary

9.6

Ntini to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

End of over 10 (6 runs) Pakistan 33/2 (RR: 3.30)
Mohammad Yousuf    5* (8b 1x4)      M Ntini    5-0-15-2
Younis Khan    8* (19b 1x4)      SM Pollock    5-0-17-0

10.1

Pollock to Younis Khan, 1 run, driven nicely to the third man region

10.2

Pollock to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, worked away towards square leg, in the end they decide not to go for the single

10.3

Pollock to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Yousuf finds the fielder at cover

10.4

Pollock to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, edged away wide of gully

10.5

Pollock to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, pitched up outside the off stump, driven straight to the fielder at mid-off

10.6

Pollock to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, again driven straight to the fielder at mid-off, Yousuf struggling a bit here to find the gaps

End of over 11 (1 run) Pakistan 34/2 (RR: 3.09)
Mohammad Yousuf    5* (13b 1x4)      SM Pollock    6-0-18-0
Younis Khan    9* (20b 1x4)      M Ntini    5-0-15-2

11.1

Ntini to Younis Khan, no run, line and length delivery, Khan gets behind the line and defends it down

11.2

Ntini to Younis Khan, no run, forced away off the back-foot to the cover region

11.3

Ntini to Younis Khan, 3 runs, short off a good length delivery, coming in with the angle, Khan shuffles across a long away and clips it wide of the diving fielder at mid-on, long chase saves one run

11.4

Ntini to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, Gibbs! bit of width offered outside the off stump and Yousuf punches it away off the back-foot to the point region, had four written all over it but a brilliant dive across to his right from Gibbs cut it off

11.5

Ntini to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, punched straight back over the bowler to long-off

11.6

Ntini to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, clipped away off the pads to the backward square leg reigon, two more added to the total

End of over 12 (7 runs) Pakistan 41/2 (RR: 3.41)
Mohammad Yousuf    9* (16b 1x4)      M Ntini    6-0-22-2
Younis Khan    12* (23b 1x4)      SM Pollock    6-0-18-0

12.1

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, good length delivery on the stumps and Younis punches it down to mid-on, once again he fails to find the gap

12.2

Pollock to Younis Khan, FOUR, short and bit of width offered outside the off stump, Khan leans back, makes room and cuts it away well wide of the diving fielder at backward point - top shot

12.3

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run

12.4

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, Slower one! Off break, lands on the middle, the batsman shuffles across and the ball breaks back and just misses the leg stump. Pollock lets out a scream of agony

12.5

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run

12.6

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, full in length, outside off, Younis tries to ease back and punch it but is unable to get any power behind that and the ball rolls back towards Pollock.

End of over 13 (4 runs) Pakistan 45/2 (RR: 3.46)
Younis Khan    16* (29b 2x4)      SM Pollock    7-0-22-0
Mohammad Yousuf    9* (16b 1x4)      M Ntini    6-0-22-2

Mohammad Arif is unhappy with Pakistan's opening gambit. "The biggest of many problems in the Pak batting is the opening pair. When it clicks (as rare as that is) we see the damage they can do. Else the rest of the team is forced to play defensively."

13.1

Langeveldt to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, Full and outside off, Yousuf drives, the bat-handle rotates in his hand and ends up squirting it towards cover

13.2

Langeveldt to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, Flicked away! Full and on the middle, Yousuf glides forward, head over the ball and whips it through midwicket. Prince gives the chase and makes a neat sliding stop.

13.3

Langeveldt to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, Caressed away! Classy! Full-pitched outside off and Yousuf creams it through extra cover.

13.4

Langeveldt to Mohammad Yousuf, 3 runs, Whipped away! This one is again full, again just outside off but Yousuf decides to go on the on side. THe ball came in a touch and hence Yousuf just whips it to right of mid-on

13.5

Langeveldt to Younis Khan, 1 run, Sliced away! Full and bit of width outside off, Younis slashes it away to right of thirdman. The bat goes the full arc.

13.6

Langeveldt to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, worked straight to square leg. 55 for 2 as Pakistan try to consolidate.

End of over 14 (10 runs) Pakistan 55/2 (RR: 3.92)
Mohammad Yousuf    18* (21b 2x4)      CK Langeveldt    1-0-10-0
Younis Khan    17* (30b 2x4)      SM Pollock    7-0-22-0

Anawar has his opening combo set. "I would like to see Imran Nazir & SalmanButt to open for Pakistan. Both need some time to gel together"

14.1

Hall to Younis Khan, 1 run, starts off with a delivery well outside off, steered to third man

14.2

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, Slog slap! Back of length, lands outside off, comes in a touch and bounces, Yousuf leans forward and tries to pull it away, makes contact with the top-half of the bat and the ball spoons up towards mid on

14.3

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, steered to right of point as Yousuf dabs a length-delivery away

Square leg goes back, fine leg comes up inside the circle. One slip in place.

14.4

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, Thirdman comes into play as Yousuf punches a length delivery to him

14.5

Hall to Younis Khan, FOUR, Too short and too wide, bit of rubbish and Younis clears the bin with a fierce cut.

14.6

Hall to Younis Khan, no run, gets his radar right this time. Fuller and closer to the off stump, tapped away to the off side, Younis thinks about a run, Yousuf is not in the same frequency and no run results.

End of over 15 (6 runs) Pakistan 61/2 (RR: 4.06)
Younis Khan    22* (33b 3x4)      AJ Hall    1-0-6-0
Mohammad Yousuf    19* (24b 2x4)      CK Langeveldt    1-0-10-0

15.1

Langeveldt to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, on the middle stump line, worked to right of square leg

15.2

Langeveldt to Younis Khan, no run, Full-pitched outside off stump, square-driven to cover point

15.3

Langeveldt to Younis Khan, no run, slightly slower, just outside off, Younis leans forward, pats it gently to the off side

15.4

Langeveldt to Younis Khan, no run, on a length, on the off and middle, pushed away to the off side

15.5

Langeveldt to Younis Khan, no run, Fullish, on the middle, worked to the on side

15.6

Langeveldt to Younis Khan, no run, continues with his strangling line and length. Full in length, on the off stump, Younis remains silent with the bat. Just dead-bats it away and players head off for drinks

End of over 16 (1 run) Pakistan 62/2 (RR: 3.87)
Younis Khan    22* (38b 3x4)      CK Langeveldt    2-0-11-0
Mohammad Yousuf    20* (25b 2x4)      AJ Hall    1-0-6-0

16.1

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, Drifts on to the legs, flicked to deep midwicket

16.2

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

16.3

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, charges down the track and punches a short of length delivery to mid off, standing at the edge of the 30-yard circle

16.4

Hall to Younis Khan, OUT, Suicidal slash! Wide outside off, full in length, Younis decides to chase it and ends up getting a nick to Boucher. Had he left it alone, it would have been called a wide.

Younis Khan c †Boucher b Hall 22 (54m 39b 3x4 0x6) SR: 56.41

16.5

Hall to Inzamam-ul-Haq, no run, on the middle, Inzamam shuffles across, works it to square leg

16.6

Hall to Inzamam-ul-Haq, no run

End of over 17 (3 runs) Pakistan 65/3 (RR: 3.82)
Inzamam-ul-Haq    0* (2b)      AJ Hall    2-0-9-1
Mohammad Yousuf    23* (28b 2x4)      CK Langeveldt    2-0-11-0

17.1

Langeveldt to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, strays on to the pads, that should have been put away but Yousuf doesn't make contact with his flick

17.2

Langeveldt to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, change of pace. Slower one outside off, full, guided to thirdman

17.3

Langeveldt to Inzamam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller, outside off, driven to cover

17.4

Langeveldt to Inzamam-ul-Haq, no run, Inzy shuffles across, is squared-up a touch as the ball holds its line outside off, he adjusts by pushing his hands out, and steers the ball to point

17.5

Langeveldt to Inzamam-ul-Haq, no run, again his shuffle takes him outside off, and then he punches the delivery to cover

17.6

Langeveldt to Inzamam-ul-Haq, no run

End of over 18 (1 run) Pakistan 66/3 (RR: 3.66)
Inzamam-ul-Haq    0* (6b)      CK Langeveldt    3-0-12-0
Mohammad Yousuf    24* (30b 2x4)      AJ Hall    2-0-9-1

18.1

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, beaten! In the channel outside off, Yousuf pokes at it, flirting with danger there and the ball whizzes past the outside edge

18.2

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, strays on the leg, glanced away to the on side

18.3

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, beaten again. Another lame poke by yousuf, again the ball teases the outside edge.

18.4

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, this time he makes contact and guides the delivery to thirdman.

18.5

Hall to Inzamam-ul-Haq, no run, dropped! By Hall himself. Inzy tries to on drive, gets a leading edge and it goes to left of Hall who clangs it. Will South Africa end up ruing this? Can Inzamam make them pay?

18.6

Hall to Inzamam-ul-Haq, no run

End of over 19 (1 run) Pakistan 67/3 (RR: 3.52)
Inzamam-ul-Haq    0* (8b)      AJ Hall    3-0-10-1
Mohammad Yousuf    25* (34b 2x4)      CK Langeveldt    3-0-12-0

19.1

Langeveldt to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, fullish, outside off, guided to point

Saad has a wish. "Pakistan should open their innings with experienced batsman like Shoaib Malik and Imran Nazir"

19.2

Langeveldt to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, pushed to on side

Ahmed Jamal Khan presents the other side. "take it or not, but we have to open with kamran, bcoz, if he plays lower down the order then we cant play three allrounders i.e. afridi, malik and razi."

19.3

Langeveldt to Inzamam-ul-Haq, 1 run, Slightly short, at the body, pulled to fine leg

19.4

Langeveldt to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, comes in from outside off, dabbed away to midwicket

19.5

Langeveldt to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, produces the edge but it goes through noman's land. Yousuf is sucked into a forward push and the outside edge takes it through the vacant gully region , down to third man

19.6

Langeveldt to Inzamam-ul-Haq, no run, length-delivery outside off, punched to cover, can't pinch a single though.

End of over 20 (3 runs) Pakistan 70/3 (RR: 3.50)
Inzamam-ul-Haq    1* (10b)      CK Langeveldt    4-0-15-0
Mohammad Yousuf    27* (38b 2x4)      AJ Hall    3-0-10-1

20.1

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, full-pitched, well outside off, Yousuf reaches out, square-drives it past point

20.2

Hall to Inzamam-ul-Haq, no run, again that Inzy shuffle, gets right behind a delivery on the off stump, turns it to on side

20.3

Hall to Inzamam-ul-Haq, no run, lands on a length, outside off, punched to cover

20.4

Hall to Inzamam-ul-Haq, no run, overpitched on the off stump line, driven to mid on

20.5

Hall to Inzamam-ul-Haq, OUT, Gone! The drop has not proven costly. Again the shuffle has done in Inzy. He moves right across the stumps, the ball lands on the off and middle, came in and the bat came down the wrong line and is rapped in front. It would have taken out the leg stump. Pakistan are wobbling at 71 for 4 as the mediumpacers are doing the job for the hosts.

Inzamam-ul-Haq lbw b Hall 1 (18m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 7.14

20.6

Hall to Shoaib Malik, no run, pushed to cover

Fahad is philosophical. "salman butt or nazir or imran farhat or yasir hameed or hafeez they are all same. no difference among all of them as they all perform in one match and then 10 faliures, then one fifty and failures start again."

End of over 21 (1 run) Pakistan 71/4 (RR: 3.38)
Shoaib Malik    0* (1b)      AJ Hall    4-0-11-2
Mohammad Yousuf    28* (39b 2x4)      CK Langeveldt    4-0-15-0

All Powerplays taken. Done and dusted.

21.1

Langeveldt to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, overpitched on leg and middle, flicked to deep midwicket

21.2

Langeveldt to Shoaib Malik, no run, Length-delivery, on the off stump line, Malik gets right behind the line to defend

21.3

Langeveldt to Shoaib Malik, no run, on the off and middle, worked to midwicket

21.4

Langeveldt to Shoaib Malik, no run, on the off and middle stump line, defended away off the front foot

21.5

Langeveldt to Shoaib Malik, no run

21.6

Langeveldt to Shoaib Malik, no run, strangling line on the off stump, tapped away to the off side

End of over 22 (1 run) Pakistan 72/4 (RR: 3.27)
Shoaib Malik    0* (6b)      CK Langeveldt    5-0-16-0
Mohammad Yousuf    29* (40b 2x4)      AJ Hall    4-0-11-2

22.1

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, Just outside off, guided to point

22.2

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, overpitched outside off stump, driven to mid off

22.3

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, Outside off stump, full in length, eased to point

22.4

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, on the middle and leg, Yousuf glides forward, flicks it past square leg

22.5

Hall to Shoaib Malik, 3 runs, On the legs, whipped past square leg. Ntini ambles across from long leg and Boucher is quite unhappy with the lazy effort. Screams at Ntini. Pakistan steal the extra run

22.6

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, driven to right of mid on

End of over 23 (5 runs) Pakistan 77/4 (RR: 3.34)
Mohammad Yousuf    31* (45b 2x4)      AJ Hall    5-0-16-2
Shoaib Malik    3* (7b)      CK Langeveldt    5-0-16-0

23.1

Langeveldt to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, tip and run. Steered to gully region and they rush across for a single

23.2

Langeveldt to Shoaib Malik, no run, full and on the off stump, straight, driven to mid off

23.3

Langeveldt to Shoaib Malik, no run

Pieter shifts the debate to SA. "Why the Proteas ever want to drop Andrew Hall out of their team is beyond me. He always produces when it counts and maybe Nel's untimely injury is a blessing in disguise."

23.4

Langeveldt to Shoaib Malik, no run, on the stumps, punched to mid on

23.5

Langeveldt to Shoaib Malik, no run, banged in short, just outside off stump, Malik was looking to come forward, arrests his movement and sways away

23.6

Langeveldt to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, pushed to left of cover and Malik will get a single.

End of over 24 (2 runs) Pakistan 79/4 (RR: 3.29)
Shoaib Malik    4* (12b)      CK Langeveldt    6-0-18-0
Mohammad Yousuf    32* (46b 2x4)      AJ Hall    5-0-16-2

24.1

Hall to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, on the pads, worked to deep midwicket

24.2

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, Full-pitched on the middle stump line, Yousuf plays it quietly towards mid-on. The camera pans to Kemp who is warming up.

24.3

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, fuller, and on the stumps, turned to midwicket

24.4

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

24.5

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, Yousuf breaks free. Full in length, outside off, walloped over mid-off.

24.6

Hall to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

End of over 25 (5 runs) Pakistan 84/4 (RR: 3.36)
Mohammad Yousuf    36* (51b 3x4)      AJ Hall    6-0-21-2
Shoaib Malik    5* (13b)      CK Langeveldt    6-0-18-0

25.1

Kemp to Shoaib Malik, no run, ambles in, gentle loosener on the off stump line, driven back to the bowler

25.2

Kemp to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, pushes this one outside off, dabbed away to thirdman. BOucher is standing up near the stumps

25.3

Kemp to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, on the middle stump line, worked to square leg

25.4

Kemp to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, on the middle stump line, turned to the on side

25.5

Kemp to Shoaib Malik, no run, overpitched outside off, driven to cover

25.6

Kemp to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, overpitched, driven to long on

End of over 26 (3 runs) Pakistan 87/4 (RR: 3.34)
Shoaib Malik    7* (17b)      JM Kemp    1-0-3-0
Mohammad Yousuf    37* (53b 3x4)      AJ Hall    6-0-21-2

26.1

Kallis to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, on the hips, tucked past square leg

26.2

Kallis to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

26.3

Kallis to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run

26.4

Kallis to Shoaib Malik, no run, bouncer and ducked under

26.5

Kallis to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

26.6

Kallis to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run

End of over 27 (6 runs) Pakistan 93/4 (RR: 3.44)
Mohammad Yousuf    39* (55b 3x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-6-0
Shoaib Malik    11* (21b)      JM Kemp    1-0-3-0

27.1

Kemp to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

27.2

Kemp to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, Just outside off stump, delicately guided to third man

27.3

Kemp to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, pushed to left of cover and they will get a single

27.4

Kemp to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, Super bit of work from Pollock at fine leg. Flicked away fine by YOusuf, Pollock rushed across to his right, to make a diving stop.

27.5

Kemp to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, outside off, cut to thirdman

27.6

Kemp to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, lands on a length, just outside off , comes back in a touch, Malik goes back, whips it past square leg

End of over 28 (6 runs) Pakistan 99/4 (RR: 3.53)
Shoaib Malik    13* (23b)      JM Kemp    2-0-9-0
Mohammad Yousuf    43* (59b 3x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-6-0

Scott Ewing concurs with Pieter. "I agree with Pieter. Hall is as good a bowler as Langeveldt, but gives you more of an option with the bat. I'd favour Nel over Langeveldt too. A healthy dilemna to have though."

28.1

Kallis to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, Another single to the thirdman region

28.2

Kallis to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, short of length and outside off, cut to deep point

28.3

Kallis to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, On the legs, glanced away to right of Ntini at fine leg

28.4

Kallis to Shoaib Malik, no run, delivered with a Sharapova like grunt, just outside off stump, on a length, tapped away to the off side,

28.5

Kallis to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, No grunt this time and run down to thirdman

28.6

Kallis to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run

End of over 29 (6 runs) Pakistan 105/4 (RR: 3.62)
Mohammad Yousuf    45* (61b 3x4)      JH Kallis    2-0-12-0
Shoaib Malik    17* (27b)      JM Kemp    2-0-9-0

Tyronne zeroes in on the problem with Hall. "Andrew Hall is a gap filler. His problem is that he is good at everything but not particularly excelent at one thing. His role is not defined. What is he a batsman or a bowler? This is why he struggles to keep his spot. I think he is better of in the team if we don't need a spinning option."

29.1

Kemp to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, Lovely pick-up shot from Yousuf. Picks the slower one early and sends it soaring over wide mid on

29.2

Kemp to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, on the pads, flicked away to long leg. 50 up for Yousuf. He is in midst of a form of his life.

29.3

Kemp to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short of length and outside off, cut to thirdman

29.4

Kemp to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run

29.5

Kemp to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

29.6

Kemp to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 bye, ooh....edged past Boucher. lands on a length, outside off stump, sucks Yousuf forward before leaving him and surprising him with extra bit of bounce. Takes the edge and thuds into the shoulder of Boucher, who is standing up, and runs away for a single

End of over 30 (9 runs) Pakistan 114/4 (RR: 3.80)
Mohammad Yousuf    51* (65b 4x4)      JM Kemp    3-0-17-0
Shoaib Malik    19* (29b)      JH Kallis    2-0-12-0

30.1

Pollock to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, full and in the slot, driven to long on

Stanton pitches in to the debate." I have to aggree with Pieter. Andrew Hall has time and again proved his worth in the SA team, yet they for some unfathomable reason(s), see him as a mere stop-gap player. If there is anyone with is a pure stop-gap player in the current SA side it is Justin Kemp who really is not very consistant, and his bowling is average at best."

30.2

Pollock to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, Malik rotates the strike back with a dab to thirdman

30.3

Pollock to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, beaten. Lands outside off stump, holds its line, Yousuf flirts at it, doesnt' get a touch

30.4

Pollock to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, lands on a length, slower through the air, on the off stump, tapped to point

30.5

Pollock to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, Good work by Gibbs at backward point. Pushed to left of him, he makes a diving stop and is up in no time. Yousuf wanted a single but can't get it

30.6

Pollock to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, overthrow as de Villiers, at midwicket, fires in a throw at non-striker's end

End of over 31 (3 runs) Pakistan 117/4 (RR: 3.77)
Mohammad Yousuf    53* (70b 4x4)      SM Pollock    8-0-25-0
Shoaib Malik    20* (30b)      JM Kemp    3-0-17-0

Dean wants a slow man. "It's time SA stop their obsession with pace. We need a Paul Harris in the team. Take two spinners to the Caribbean."

Faisal wants to barter. "Hey Proteas! If you don't need Hall trade him to us for Rana Naved. He plays for you guys anyways"!

31.1

Smith to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, on the off stump line, punched back to the bowler

31.2

Smith to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run

31.3

Smith to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, floated on the middle stump line, whipped past square leg

31.4

Smith to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, floated on the leg stump line, worked past square leg

31.5

Smith to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, tossed up, low full toss, outside off, driven to long on

31.6

Smith to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, just short of length, on the off stump, Yousuf goes back to punch it to cover

End of over 32 (4 runs) Pakistan 121/4 (RR: 3.78)
Mohammad Yousuf    55* (74b 4x4)      GC Smith    1-0-4-0
Shoaib Malik    22* (32b)      SM Pollock    8-0-25-0

32.1

Pollock to Shoaib Malik, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Malik taps it away towards point, they think about a single but in the end decide against it - Gibbs does make a difference

32.2

Pollock to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, bit of width offered outside the off stump, Malik waits for the ball and at the last moment runs it down to third man for a single, nicely opened the face of the bat and allowed the ball to slide off the face

32.3

Pollock to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, drifting down leg, Yousuf fails to make contact and the ball rolls away off the pad, half hearted appeal for lnw turned down

32.4

Pollock to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, forced away off the back-foot to the point region

32.5

Pollock to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, worked away off the back and Yousuf get it well wide of midwicket

32.6

Pollock to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, punched down to mid-on

Smith to continue. Dark clouds moving in

End of over 33 (4 runs) Pakistan 125/4 (RR: 3.78)
Mohammad Yousuf    58* (78b 4x4)      SM Pollock    9-0-29-0
Shoaib Malik    23* (34b)      GC Smith    1-0-4-0

33.1

Smith to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, worked away against the spin to the short third man region

33.2

Smith to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, long-hop and Yousuf pulls it away in style to the midwicket fence, easy pickings

33.3

Smith to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, close to the off stump line and once again Yousuf finds the fielder at short third man

33.4

Smith to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, cut away off the back-foot and this time Yousuf gets it wide of the fielder at point

33.5

Smith to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, driven down to long-on

33.6

Smith to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, and again, tossed up delivery on the stumps, Yousuf pushes forward and punches it down to mid-on for an easy single

End of over 34 (7 runs) Pakistan 132/4 (RR: 3.88)
Mohammad Yousuf    64* (83b 5x4)      GC Smith    2-0-11-0
Shoaib Malik    24* (35b)      SM Pollock    9-0-29-0

Pollock into his final over now.

34.1

Pollock to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, full and on the stumps, driven with a straight bat and the ball races away towards long-on

34.2

Pollock to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, worked away off the pads to the midwicket region

34.3

Pollock to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, hard chance grassed! short of a good length delivery, Yousuf goes for the pull and ends up with a bottom edge, Boucher, who is standing up to the stumps fails to hold on to a very very hard chance

34.4

Pollock to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, eased away on the leg side for yet another easy single

34.5

Pollock to Shoaib Malik, no run, driven off the back-foot to the cover region, yet another tight delivery from polly

34.6

Pollock to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, worked away off the back-foot to the square leg region, Kallis attacks the ball from the deep and keeps it down to just a single. Pollock's spell comes to an end

End of over 35 (4 runs) Pakistan 136/4 (RR: 3.88)
Shoaib Malik    26* (38b)      SM Pollock    10-0-33-0
Mohammad Yousuf    66* (86b 5x4)      GC Smith    2-0-11-0

Umpires having a chat, should be about the condition of the ball. They decide to continue with the same ball

35.1

Smith to Shoaib Malik, no run, worked away with the spin to the midwicket region, Gibbs moves across in a flash and cuts off the single

35.2

Smith to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, tossed up and turning in, Malik comes down the track and has a go at it, ball clips the outside edge and goes well wide of Kemp at short third man. The ball was in the air for a long time but....

35.3

Smith to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, cut away behind point, they take on the fielder in the deep and Malik comfortably makes it back for the second

35.4

Smith to Shoaib Malik, no run, worked away on the leg side

35.5

Smith to Shoaib Malik, 1 wide, too wide outside the off stump

35.5

Smith to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, driven down to long-on for an easy single

35.6

Smith to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, full and close to the off stump line, Yousuf gets well forward and turns it away towards midwicket. Again with Gibbs attacking the ball they pull away from the single

Finally they decide to change the ball. Kallis is back into the attack.

End of over 36 (6 runs) Pakistan 142/4 (RR: 3.94)
Mohammad Yousuf    66* (87b 5x4)      GC Smith    3-0-17-0
Shoaib Malik    31* (43b)      SM Pollock    10-0-33-0

36.1

Kallis to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, slower one, he picks it up early and punches it past a diving AB at midwicket

36.2

Kallis to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, tip and run. Pushes to the off side and they set off immediately

36.3

Kallis to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run

36.4

Kallis to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, banged in short, Malik swivels nicely off the front foot and pulls to deep square leg

Osman Samiuddin, Cricinfo's Pakistan editor, has his say on the openers. "yasir hameed - as he hasnt been tried long enough recently and nazir - as he seems to be scoring runs right now

36.5

Kallis to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, Similar delivery and similar shot. Nonchalantly pulled away.

36.6

Kallis to Shoaib Malik, no run, fuller, on the off and middle, worked straight to AB at midwicket

End of over 37 (6 runs) Pakistan 148/4 (RR: 4.00)
Shoaib Malik    35* (47b)      JH Kallis    3-0-18-0
Mohammad Yousuf    68* (89b 5x4)      GC Smith    3-0-17-0

37.1

Ntini to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, short of length, outside off, carved to right of Kallis at thirdman who pulls of a sliding stop.

37.2

Ntini to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, around the off stump, pushed to cover. Yousuf was looking to place it to the left of the cover fielder but didn't get the angle right

37.3

Ntini to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, Contrary to what I thought and wrote, it has been signalled a boundary. It was refered upstairs and the third umpire Jerling signals a boundary. Still it was a pretty good effort from Kallis.
Yousuf had square-driven a fullish delivery, elegantly, to wide thirdman. Kallis rushed across to his right and dived full length to make the stop. He must have brushed the ropes

37.4

Ntini to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run

37.5

Ntini to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, streaky edge through vacant slip region. Full and outside off, Malik shapes to drill it through cover and gets a edge

37.6

Ntini to Shoaib Malik, no run

End of over 38 (11 runs) Pakistan 159/4 (RR: 4.18)
Shoaib Malik    39* (49b 1x4)      M Ntini    7-0-33-2
Mohammad Yousuf    75* (93b 6x4)      JH Kallis    3-0-18-0

Rain has arrived. Its a slight drizzle now.

38.1

Kallis to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, beaten! In the channel outside off, Yousuf plays inside the line

Rain is getting heavier now

38.2

Kallis to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, single to thirdman. The groundstaff are getting ready with the covers.

38.3

Kallis to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, on the hips, forced away between fine leg and long leg. Will get two.

38.4

Kallis to Shoaib Malik, OUT, Malik falls as the rain comes down at Port Elizabeth. Banged in short of length, on the off stump line, Malik, trying to up the ante, went for a pull, made contact with top half of the bat and skies it to midwicket. He had crept to a fluent 41 and was looking good

Shoaib Malik c de Villiers b Kallis 41 (76m 51b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.39

38.5

Kallis to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, full and on the legs, flicked to left of deep squareleg

Adeel is getting worried. "I can see it now, we set 200, Rana leaks a third of it with glee. Please oh please don't let him bowl much!"

38.6

Kallis to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, Slower one, fuller and outside off, Younis leans forward, gets close to the line, waits for the ball to arrive, opens the bat-face and runs it down elegantly to thirdman.

End of over 39 (6 runs) Pakistan 165/5 (RR: 4.23)
Mohammad Yousuf    79* (97b 6x4)      JH Kallis    4-0-24-1
Shahid Afridi    0* (0b)      M Ntini    7-0-33-2

39.1

Ntini to Mohammad Yousuf, OUT, Pakistan continue to tumble. Huge wicket. Yousuf is gone. Edging behind. In the zone outside off, Yousuf pushes at it, bat away from the body, and nicks it to right of Boucher who dives low to grab the catch. Ntini is chuffed and why not.

Mohammad Yousuf c †Boucher b Ntini 79 (151m 98b 6x4 0x6) SR: 80.61

39.2

Ntini to Abdul Razzaq, no run, Well outside off, left alone.

Afridi needs 26 runs to reach 5000 in ODIs

39.3

Ntini to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, Fuller, just outside off, edged to thirdman

Wasim has a query for OSman. Who would he drop to bring in Yasir. Osman purrs, "err any one of the gazillion allrounders"!

39.4

Ntini to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, Afridi needs 24 more. Starts off with a flick past midwicket.

39.5

Ntini to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, Clubbed! Full and outside off, Afridi shuffles across and slaps it over mid on!

39.6

Ntini to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, Carved away! Fullish, outside off, Afridi goes inside out, over cover. It is all happening as soon as he enters the arena.

End of over 40 (9 runs) Pakistan 174/6 (RR: 4.35)
Shahid Afridi    8* (3b 1x4)      M Ntini    8-0-42-3
Abdul Razzaq    1* (2b)      JH Kallis    4-0-24-1

It is still drizzling out there. Just spit spat. Even the elements want to watch Afridi bat.

40.1

Hall to Abdul Razzaq, no run, defended on the back foot

40.2

Hall to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, strays on to the pads, whipped away past square leg. Afridi will be on strike. Hall will bowl a slower ball or two. This should be interesting

40.3

Hall to Shahid Afridi, OUT, Afridi combusts! Banged in short, well outside the off stump, Afridi tries to fetch it from there, and slap it over midwicket and ends up swatting it to point.

Shahid Afridi c Gibbs b Hall 8 (11m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

40.4

Hall to Azhar Mahmood, 1 wide, Well outside the off stump again, Hall is trying to ride his luck but no maniacal response from the batsman this time, just leaves it alone

40.4

Hall to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run, speared in full, on the middle and leg, tickled past square leg

40.5

Hall to Abdul Razzaq, no run

40.6

Hall to Abdul Razzaq, no run, full-pitched, on off and middle, driven to mid on. Bit of inside edge there, he was trying to go straight

End of over 41 (3 runs) Pakistan 177/7 (RR: 4.31)
Abdul Razzaq    2* (6b)      AJ Hall    7-0-24-3
Azhar Mahmood    1* (1b)      M Ntini    8-0-42-3

Irfan ponders why Osman doesn't want Malik at the top of the order. Osman's response: "at one down or no. 4 - not opening."

41.1

Ntini to Azhar Mahmood, no run, pushed to cover

41.2

Ntini to Azhar Mahmood, no run

41.3

Ntini to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run, full and outside off, driven past cover

41.4

Ntini to Abdul Razzaq, no run

41.5

Ntini to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, around the off stump line, run down to third man

41.6

Ntini to Azhar Mahmood, FOUR, crash! Fast yorker, on the off stump line, Mahmood stabs at it in hurry and gets an inside edge which takes the ball to fine leg boundary. Ntini is not amused. Cruel game this.

End of over 42 (6 runs) Pakistan 183/7 (RR: 4.35)
Azhar Mahmood    6* (5b 1x4)      M Ntini    9-0-48-3
Abdul Razzaq    3* (8b)      AJ Hall    7-0-24-3

42.1

Hall to Abdul Razzaq, no run, beaten! Full and well outside off, Razzaq has a slash but is late on the stroke and meets thin air

Osman spells out his reason. "basically - shoaib malik, as he proved today, is a damned intelligent ODI batsman - mostly he bats to situation, is flexible in whether he wants to attack, nurdle around and especially when chasing he sets good tempos.

42.2

Hall to Abdul Razzaq, no run, defends on the back foot to cover

42.3

Hall to Abdul Razzaq, no run

42.4

Hall to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, slightly short of length, mistimes his pull to fine leg

42.5

Hall to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run, slog! Throws his bat a fullish delivery, gets a inner edge which takes it past square leg. He wanted to swing it over midwicket, across the line.

42.6

Hall to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, again long leg comes into play.

End of over 43 (3 runs) Pakistan 186/7 (RR: 4.32)
Abdul Razzaq    5* (13b)      AJ Hall    8-0-27-3
Azhar Mahmood    7* (6b 1x4)      M Ntini    9-0-48-3

43.1

Ntini to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, hit straight to point and they steal a run. Pushed towards Gibbs and they set off, doesn't hit the sticks with his throw and they scramble home

43.2

Ntini to Azhar Mahmood, no run

43.3

Ntini to Azhar Mahmood, no run, bit of extra bounce and he is beaten. In the zone outside off, holds its line and Mahmood tries to steer it to thirdman but ...

43.4

Ntini to Azhar Mahmood, FOUR, Thwack! Short and wide, thrashed past point

43.5

Ntini to Azhar Mahmood, no run, corrects his length, hurls this one fuller, just outside off, pushed to backward point

43.6

Ntini to Azhar Mahmood, no run, comes in from outside off, again Gibbs is brought into play. No run.

End of over 44 (5 runs) Pakistan 191/7 (RR: 4.34)
Azhar Mahmood    11* (11b 2x4)      M Ntini    10-0-53-3
Abdul Razzaq    6* (14b)      AJ Hall    8-0-27-3

44.1

Kallis to Abdul Razzaq, SIX, Wow! Wallop! Forehand down the line! Slower one and short as well, well outside off, Razzaq spots it, and swats it over long off. Flat batted strike.

44.2

Kallis to Abdul Razzaq, no run

44.3

Kallis to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, attempted yorker turns into low full toss, clubbed away to long on

44.4

Kallis to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run, hits the deck on a length, around off, guided to third man. Razzaq is back on strike

44.5

Kallis to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, Smashed! Short of length, on the off stump, Razzaq, as he does, takes his left foot out of the line and swung it over to widish long on. Super strike.

44.6

Kallis to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, Smacked! Overpitched and he flat-bats a straight drive. Almost takes out Kallis. The ball scorches the turf enroute to the straight boundary.

End of over 45 (16 runs) Pakistan 207/7 (RR: 4.60)
Abdul Razzaq    21* (19b 2x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    5-0-40-1
Azhar Mahmood    12* (12b 2x4)      M Ntini    10-0-53-3

45.1

Langeveldt to Azhar Mahmood, no run, on the legs, Mahmood tries to work it on side, is struck on the pads and the ball rolls in front of him. Mahmood wants to steal a single to bring the marauding Razzaq back on strike, sets off but is wisely sent back

45.2

Langeveldt to Azhar Mahmood, no run, can't get this one away as well. Good length, hint on inward movement, on the off stump, pushed back to the bowler

45.3

Langeveldt to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run, he will get his single. Sliced away to third man

45.4

Langeveldt to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, heaved away! Full and on the middle stump, again Razzaq takes his left foot out of the line, out of leg stump, opens his stance and hoicks it over midwicket

45.5

Langeveldt to Abdul Razzaq, no run, Yorker, another heave, gets a outside edge and it runs to right of Boucher who makes a diving stop

45.6

Langeveldt to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, Valiant effort from Kallis at deep cover. Razzaq slices a full-length delivery, in the air and Kallis ran in and threw in a brave dive as well but couldn't reach to it. Instead he is smacked on his jaw as the ball bounces before him and thuds into his face. Ouch.

End of over 46 (6 runs) Pakistan 213/7 (RR: 4.63)
Abdul Razzaq    26* (22b 3x4 1x6)      CK Langeveldt    7-0-24-0
Azhar Mahmood    13* (15b 2x4)      JH Kallis    5-0-40-1

46.1

Hall to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, right up there, on the middle stump, Razzaq tries to drill it down the ground, bat-handle rotates in his hand, and he ends up scooping it over Hall who jumps up but can only get his finger tips to it as the ball bobs away to long on

46.2

Hall to Azhar Mahmood, no run, Mahmood throws his bat at a fullish delivery outside off, but can't connect

46.3

Hall to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run, full-pitched, outside off, Mahmood reaches out for it, swats it to extra cover

46.4

Hall to Abdul Razzaq, 1 wide, attempted yorker, ends up swinging down the leg side. Good take by Boucher

46.4

Hall to Abdul Razzaq, no run, gets it right this time, dug out back to the bowler. This is good stuff from Hall. Razzaq is in a murderous mood and he is managaing to keep him quiet

46.5

Hall to Abdul Razzaq, OUT, And he strikes gold this time! Fourth wicket for Hall. All you Hall fans would be thrilled. This one was full and well outside off, hint of swing away, Razzaq backs to leg side and has a slash, ends up nicking it into the safe gloves of Boucher

Abdul Razzaq c †Boucher b Hall 27 (35m 25b 3x4 1x6) SR: 108.00

Rain has got heavier now. Play still continues. Chris is thrilled with Halls' effort. "Hall should without doubt be heading to the Carribbean. He is so versatile and can sometimes be the difference between the two teams. He should always be selected too. He gives 100% the whole match."

46.6

Hall to Naved-ul-Hasan, 1 run, yorker, on middle and leg, tries to work it to on side and the ball rolls away off the inside edge to short fine leg area

Brian Jerling, the third umpire says. " Play will resume at 7.20 local time. It will be 50 overs game."

The South African fielders are out there. Warming up under the cloudy skies. It appears as if the drizzle has stopped.

Good news Rain has stopped. The covers were peeled away. The rope is being used to mow down the outfield.

Dinner break called It is still raining.

Play suspended due to rain. The covers are on now. It is raining really hard now.

End of over 47 (4 runs) Pakistan 217/8 (RR: 4.61)
Naved-ul-Hasan    1* (1b)      AJ Hall    9-0-31-4
Azhar Mahmood    14* (17b 2x4)      CK Langeveldt    7-0-24-0

47.1

Langeveldt to Naved-ul-Hasan, no run

47.2

Langeveldt to Naved-ul-Hasan, 1 run, Short of length, outside the off stump, pushed to backward point

47.3

Langeveldt to Azhar Mahmood, 2 runs, speared in full and on middle and leg, Mahmood gets his left foot across and plays around the front pad, and sends it behind square leg

47.4

Langeveldt to Azhar Mahmood, no run, Low full toss, outside the off stump, Mahmood tries to drive, gets a inside edge, and it bounces once before going into Boucher's gloves

47.5

Langeveldt to Azhar Mahmood, 1 wide, Sails down the leg side. Wide.

47.5

Langeveldt to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run, overthrow from a direct hit. Pushed to point where Kemp fields and fires in a throw at non-striker's end and it bounds away. They steal a single

47.6

Langeveldt to Naved-ul-Hasan, no run, beaten! On a length, outside the off stump, skids off the track, a lame poke is offered and it passes like a breath past the outside edge

End of over 48 (5 runs) Pakistan 222/8 (RR: 4.62)
Naved-ul-Hasan    2* (4b)      CK Langeveldt    8-0-29-0
Azhar Mahmood    17* (20b 2x4)      AJ Hall    9-0-31-4

48.1

Hall to Azhar Mahmood, no run, yorker on the middle , jabbed back to the bowler

48.2

Hall to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run, full-pitched, driven to long on

48.3

Hall to Naved-ul-Hasan, 1 run, swinging yorker ends up as a low full toss, swatted to long on

48.4

Hall to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run

48.5

Hall to Naved-ul-Hasan, 1 run, another one, almost at the block hole, on the off stump, driven to deep cover. Damn good over this.

48.6

Hall to Azhar Mahmood, no run, waist-high full toss, outside off, he throws his bat at it, doesn't make proper contact and the ball bobs away to the off side

End of over 49 (4 runs) Pakistan 226/8 (RR: 4.61)
Azhar Mahmood    19* (24b 2x4)      AJ Hall    10-0-35-4
Naved-ul-Hasan    4* (6b)      CK Langeveldt    8-0-29-0

49.1

Langeveldt to Naved-ul-Hasan, FOUR, Crash! Attempted yorker, ends up as full-pitched on off stump line, Rana gets his bat under the ball and lofts it right over the bowler.

49.2

Langeveldt to Naved-ul-Hasan, 1 run, Another full-length delivery, on the off stump, drilled, in the air, towards long off

49.3

Langeveldt to Azhar Mahmood, FOUR, Whack! Full and on the middle, Mahmood wants to swing it over widish long on, gets a inner edge which sends it to deep midwicket boundary!

49.4

Langeveldt to Azhar Mahmood, 2 runs, Yorker, on the middle, driven towards long on and they will get two

49.5

Langeveldt to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run, another one full and around off, Mahmood biffs it to deep midwicket.

It has started to rain again.

49.6

Langeveldt to Naved-ul-Hasan, (no ball) SIX, Slashed over thirdman! It was a chest-high full toss, outside the off stump and Naved-ul-Hasan threw his bat it. Up and up she soared before disappearing over the ropes.

21.45 local time Game abandoned Play has been called off. That's that.

No more weather updates from me. Time to head home. This is Sriram Veera signing off. Ciao! Ok ... here ... one last joke. This one was from Sunil Gavaskar. Told to the presenter Charles Colville in Sharjah.

SMG: Why do wicket keepers make good lovers? Colville: No Idea SMG: Because they get up at the slightest opportunity.

Now I really got to get up and go home! Ta!

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Robert Morison sent us a warning couple of minutes ago. "Think everyone can pretty much turn off now,just looked at the weather front heading toward PE and it looks like somthing out of the movie "Independence Day"! No more cricket!! AArrgghh"

21.15 local time The pitch inspection will be in another 35 minutes time. Arrgh. Groan. But that's that. We have to twiddle our thumbs and wait .

Sohaib Syed is in a contemplative mood. "oh dear...the constant delays...aren't we cricket fans the most patient fans in the world for staying put for hours?"

Some of you have queried on Alvi's list and wondered how some of the more recent performances have been missed. I repeat this article was written in 2004.

More chuckles and giggles. This time from Shabir. "In a day night ODI, what is the definition of night? Can we go past midnight and still call it an ODI or does it change to TDI (two day international)"

And Falak is singing. "This scenario reminds of the lyrics of a ridiculously bad Anu Malik song: "dekho baarish ho rahi hai..it's raining...mera dil ro raha hai..my heart is paining" Pathetic song, but unfortunately very apt!"

yeah. I remember that song. Awful. Absolutely awful. And for reminding that song, you need to be made to watch it. Again and again.

20.41 local time No rain but it's still pretty wet out there. The officials are in a huddle. Rudi runs his right hand on the grass. Wet. Shake of head. Bit of wind is blowing. More wait in store for us. There will be a pitch inspection after 9.00 pm local time.

Pankaj jain is angry. "If play can not be permitted for wet conditions in the outfield, then why the hell they cover only the square. With so much money involved in cricket can't they cover the entire playing area?"

Zeeshan Khan is chuckling. "Two aliens were visiting Earth to research the local customs. They split up so that they could learn more in the time allowed. When they met to share their knowledge, the first alien told of a religious ceremony it had seen.

"I went to a large green field shaped like a meteorite crater. Around the edges, several thousand worshippers gathered. Then two priests walk to the centre of the field to a rectangular area and hammer six spears into the ground, three at each end. Then eleven more priests walk out, clad in white robes. Then two high priests wielding clubs walk to the centre and one of the other priests starts throwing a red orb at the ones with the clubs."

"Gee," replied the other alien, "what happens next?"

"Then it begins to rain."

----------- 20.30 local time Rain has stopped but the outfield is not dry yet. Inzamam is out there with the umpires. So is Bob Woolmer. Both don't look too happy with the outfield. Can't risk a injury with World Cup just around the bend.

Feroz Khokhar mails a giggle across. "This "batch of clouds" should be awarded "Batch of the Match" award, it has stayed on the wicket more any batsman."

So, while we wait, here is some nostalgia. In a issue of Wisden Asia Cricket (now Cricinfo Magazine) in 2004, Sohaib Alvi picked the top 10 performances by Pakistan fast bowlers in Tests in the modern era.

Here is the list: 1) Imran Khan 8 for 60 (11 for 79) v India, Karachi, 1982-82

2) Sarfraz Nawaz 9 for 86 (11 for 125) v Australia, Melbourne 1978-79

(Australia's last 7 wickets fell for five runs in 42 minutes; Sarfraz's last seven had come in 33 balls, and they cost him one run.)

3) Sikander Bakht 8 for 69 ( 11 for 190) v India, Delhi 1979-80

4) Shoaib Akhtar 5 for 21 ( 8 for 82) v Australia,. Colombo 02-03

5) Imran Khan 6 for 102 (12 for 165) V Australia, Sydney 76-77

6) Azeem Hafeez 6 for 46 (7 for 160) v India, Lahore, 1984-85

7) Wasim Akram 6 for 62 (11 for 160 ) v Australia, Melbourne 89-90

8) Waqar Younis 7 for 76 (12 for 130) v New Zealand, Faisalabad, 1990-91

9) Mohammed Zahid 7 for 66 ( 11 for 130) V New Zealand, Rawalpindi, 1996-97

10) Shoaib Akhtar 6 for 30 (11 for 78) v New Zealand, Wellington 2003-04

Kamran Younas slaps us with this. "Has the "small batch of clouds" grown then?!"

Ha! They have multiplied. It's going to one of those dark gloomy nights. Musical chairs. On ... Off ... On .... off. Uff!

Ali Masood sends us this gem. "The Directv announcer has left his mike on and has been blowing his nose on the air for the past 2 minutes. His partner says it can be a national nose test...not knowing the mike is hot."

19.37 local time It's pouring at the moment. Sucks. Kepler Wessels, former South African captain and the local boy, on air, was of the opinion that we shall get play at some point. He reckons it will be on and off but we should get in at least 20 overs of SA batting which will make this count as a game. We shall just have to wait and watch how it pans out.

Keith Lane, our man at the ground, says: "radar suggests one small batch of clouds. Behind that is very little."

Play suspended due to rain The covers are on. One more delivery left in the Pakistan innings. The musical chair continues. Nothing to do but wait.

End of over 50 (19 runs) Pakistan 245/8 (RR: 4.91)
Naved-ul-Hasan    15* (9b 1x4 1x6)      CK Langeveldt    8.5-0-48-0
Azhar Mahmood    26* (27b 3x4)      AJ Hall    10-0-35-4
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Abdul Razzaq struck some useful late blows, South Africa v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Port Elizabeth, February 9, 2007

Abdul Razzaq struck some useful late blows

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Andrew Hall spills a sharp chance off Inzamam-ul-Haq, South Africa v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Port Elizabeth, February 9, 2007

Andrew Hall spills a sharp chance off Inzamam-ul-Haq

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