Player of the Match
Player of the Match

7.30 pm So ends a rather thrilling game of one-day cricket with ball dominating over bat, hmm.. that's a twist. Do stick around as Firdose Moonda will send in her report and there are loads more on the site to tinker around with. From here though, on behalf of our scorer Gopi Rangarajan, this is Alagappan Muthu thanking you for your company tonight. Sayonara Anwar Ali is Man of the Match and he says he wanted to go out there and enjoy his batting and play his natural game. His conversations with Bhatti revolved around using up the full 50 overs and taking it one ball at a time and maybe they can take the score to 250. He says they have played together a lot in domestic cricket and that familiarity helped here. He admitted to feeling nervous at the start, but as he spent more time in the middle he got calmer.

Mibah-ul-Haq says no one can imagine how happy he is with the victory, especially with it being set up by two debutants. He said the plan was to negotiate the new ball, keeping the run-rate around 4-4.25, and then accelerate towards the end. But they kept losing wickets at the wrong time with batsmen getting out after getting starts. The two youngsters made up for it though pushing the total past 200 and said though it was a dodgy total, the bowlers did very well. The plan with the ball was to pick up early wickets and the pitch being slow suited their kind of bowling. The spinners always bowl their hearts out, he continues, in any conditions. Bilawal Bhatti has been bowling very well in Pakistan, with consistent pace. He needed to work on his line and length and it is good to see him doing so well here

AB de Villiers says the bowlers had done a brilliant job getting them seven down, but they had let it slip in the end but he was happy with Pakistan's final total. Against a world-class attack South Africa were put under pressure and they could not soak it in. He admitted South Africa have been having trouble chasing and pointed out the lack of partnerships as one of the major reasons for the loss and said the side would look to the experienced players like Jacques Kallis who played really well to help them put up a better performance in the next game, should they bat second again. He adds that the pitch wasn't bat, definitely slowed down towards the end but 218 was not a par score.

Stick around, the presentation is on its way and I suspect the two debutants will have their hands full by the end of it

Hassan: "Pakistan batting can be unpredictable while chasing small targets .. but bowling always sees them through even while defending small totals.. well done Pakistan"

SKhan: "Turning point had to be the double strike by Anwar his 2nd spell removing well settled Kallis and then dangerous Miller" I'd say it was Afridi removing AB, and Pakistan made sure they pushed home that advantage

7.00 pm Dav Whatmore has a very content smile on his face, one that is well deserved as his bowlers have really come through in this game. Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali, who had dug the side out of trouble while batting, came to the fore with the ball as well, picking up five wickets between them while Pakistan's spinners were their usual economical selves, so much that Ajmal went under three an over, while picking up two wickets. Jacques Kallis looked breathtaking in his first match back in some time, JP Duminy did his best to shepherd the tail, but his efforts went in vain for the second time in three days

48.1
W
Bilawal Bhatti to Morkel, OUT, and Bhatti finishes things off with the perfect yorker on off stump! Morkel made room outside leg to try and drive this through the off side, but he was too late on the shot and South Africa have succumbed in what was supposed to be a straight forward chase.

Khurram Zia Khan: "Good to see Pakistan's fast bowlers picking up more wickets then spinners in this match so far"

END OF OVER:
48 | 3 Runs | SA: 195/9 (24 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 4.06, RRR: 12.00)

  • M Morkel17 (17b)
  • Imran Tahir0 (0b)
  • Junaid Khan8-0-38-1
  • Bilawal Bhatti7-0-37-2
47.6
1
Junaid Khan to Morkel, 1 run, drilled to deep midwicket as he stays consistent with his full, inswinging deliveries
47.5
0
Junaid Khan to Morkel, no run, 140 kph, beaten again as Junaid keeps getting loads of swing inward. He was making room to the leg side but the ball tails so much that it beats the inside edge
47.4
0
Junaid Khan to Morkel, no run, 139 kph, excellent yorker and Morkel can't do much except keep it out as the ball sneaks off a thick inside edge and onto his pads. Tahir wanted the single but is denied
47.3
2
Junaid Khan to Morkel, 2 runs, right up there and tails in again and Morkel gets enough bat on it to squirt away to deep square leg and bounds back to retain strike
47.2
0
Junaid Khan to Morkel, no run, this time he beats him with one that tails in. Full length ball, reversing inward beats Morkel as he looks to slam it straight down the ground
47.1
0
Junaid Khan to Morkel, no run, goes for an almighty hit over the extra cover region, but this time he plays and misses to the shortish ball outside off

Junaid is back, with mid-off up, third man back, long-on back, deep square leg

END OF OVER:
47 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 192/9 (27 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 4.08, RRR: 9.00)

  • M Morkel14 (11b)
  • Bilawal Bhatti7-0-37-2
  • Saeed Ajmal10-0-28-2

Pakistan have their noses ahead again as Imran Tahir comes out. Morne is at his ear immediately for some idle chit-chat

46.6
W
Bilawal Bhatti to Steyn, OUT, 144 kph, and the stumps are in disarray again! Misbah's move works as Bhatti keeps it nice and full. A little bit of inward movement beats Steyn's carve through the off side as he made room for himself.

fine leg up, long-on back

46.5
0
Bilawal Bhatti to Steyn, no run, bouncer this time right at the body as Steyn goes towards the leg side and tries to hook it again. This time he gets an inside edge which goes on the bounce to the keeper
46.4
4
Bilawal Bhatti to Steyn, FOUR runs, that would have made a top-order batsman proud, as good as any shot Kallis had hit today as he charges the bowler and drills him inside out through extra cover for a very, very vital boundary for South Africa
46.3
0
Bilawal Bhatti to Steyn, no run, bouncer outside off stump as Steyn looks to swat it square on the leg side, but comes up with a whole lot of air
46.2
1
Bilawal Bhatti to Morkel, 1 run, uses that ploy which has worked so well for him thus far as he makes some room to cut the shortish ball on middle to point where Ahmed Shehzad dives to his left and keeps it to a single

Ahmad: "do you really expect pakistanis to have any nails left???"

46.1
0
Bilawal Bhatti to Morkel, no run, almost as he keeps it nice and full on leg stump, Morkel with hardly any foot movement, pushes it back to the bowler

Misbah has made another change, Junaid has been taken off and on comes young Bilawal Bhatti Can he get those yorkers in again?

END OF OVER:
46 | 6 Runs | SA: 187/8 (32 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 4.06, RRR: 8.00)

  • DW Steyn11 (28b)
  • M Morkel13 (9b)
  • Saeed Ajmal10-0-28-2
  • Junaid Khan7-0-35-1

tanweer alam: "well for those anticipating it as an upset should know that with Pakistan you can not even predict an upset . Wait till the last ball is balled"

45.6
0
Saeed Ajmal to Steyn, no run, and so ends Ajmal's spell with a full length ball on the pads which Steyn is happy to work away to square leg
45.5
0
Saeed Ajmal to Steyn, no run, tossed up in middle and leg and he gets forward with a good defensive push
45.4
0
Saeed Ajmal to Steyn, no run, doosra this time and Steyn reads it off the pitch as he stays back and opens the face of the bat in defense

round the wicket

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st12HM AmlaGC Smith
2nd8GC SmithQ de Kock
3rd42JH KallisQ de Kock
4th17JH KallisAB de Villiers
5th36JH KallisJP Duminy
6th8JP DuminyDA Miller
7th32JP DuminyVD Philander
8th13JP DuminyDW Steyn
9th24DW SteynM Morkel
10th3Imran TahirM Morkel