Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Misbah-ul-Haq
79(107) 4x4 - 2x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 18 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
7 1 8 13 13 3 18 16
AB de Villiers
48(63) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 16 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
2 2 6 8 16 4 5 5

Best performances - Bowlers

VD Philander
O10.0
M3
R26
W3
Eco2.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
R McLaren
O8.0
M1
R28
W2
Eco3.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

Scorer: Binoy George | Commentator: Rohan Sharma

So wraps a historic win for Pakistan as they win the ODI series 2-1, much to the surprise of many well-wishers and supporters, who after the previous series in the UAE would probably not have fathomed such a result. A visibly buoyant Pakistan team pose with the series trophy as the sun sets on what has been a successful tour for the tourists. They now embark for the tour of Sri Lanka, which is set to begin on December 11, while South Africa have just five days before India arrive to play the first ODI on December 5. So plenty of cricket to look forward to in the next few weeks. On behalf of Gopi, the scorer, and Abhishek Purohit, this is Rohan Sharma hoping you enjoyed today's coverage of the third and final ODI in South Africa. Ciao!

Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan captain: Already said in the second game as it was much needed to win this series. Have had a lot of youngsters coming in and performing, especially after losing the home series in UAE. Really happy with how everyone played, and even though I am a bit disappointed with today, there is a lot we achieved on this tour. We have so many choices in the bowling department. Irfan can bowl well and take wickets, along with all the allrounders. If you have choices like that then you can really go for it. This should help us in the Sri Lanka tour. Winning here in South Africa also helps us mentally. Pressure was on but I know in cricket that these things happen. Sometimes you are trying everything and giving 100%, and you still lose. You have to be patient and bat well, which we have done through this series. Really happy with the way the team fought here. This is always important, especially in the sub-continent. If you want to lead the side, then you have to perform consistently. You have to perform as a leader.

Saeed Ajmal (Pak), Man of the Series: I am very happy with my captain, my team-mates. They are always with me when I am bowling. Enjoying this a lot. I come to bowl and need to attack and get the wickets, so I do it. It's not easy but we work hard so that is why I don't take easy wickets. Very happy to play against South Africa.

Vernon Philander (SA), Man of the Match: I am enjoying the challenge at the moment. It's tough to be out of the side, but I am enjoying every moment out there. With the first new ball there is not a lot changing. As far as we can we try to strike with the new nut. I think the two new balls makes a difference as the ball stays a lot harder for a lot longer, also helped me get back into the fold again. My lengths still stay the same so I don't have to adjust too much there. Just aim for top of off and hope for the best.

AB de Villiers, South Africa captain: I am happy with a few areas. I thought we bowled exceptionally well and we adapted to conditions well this morning. It was tough to come out and bat against a world-class attack. Happy with how we stuck it through. It didn't do much this morning and we bowled really well. Have to give credit to my bowling unit for taking wickets on this pitch. It was really tough to bat out there and score. That's why it made the run chase so special for us. We need a bit more care with the partnerships. We seem to get in and get out. If we get in we have to take it deep. Another big series coming up against India. They have been playing really good cricket around the world and are No. 1 and will be a great challenge for us. Hopefully we can beat the Indian team here in South Africa.

Do join us in a few minutes for the match presentation

And with that South Africa are able to take a consolation win after they had lost the series in the previous match. Pakistan will be content in how they kept South Africa honest, despite positing a sub-par total of just 179. AB de Villiers was the main anchor for South Africa's innings, especially after how he had given it away during his 45-ball 74 in the previous match, a match which South Africa should have had in the kitty by all accounts. Dav Whatmore will be pleased with how his side performed in alien conditions, and Pakistan will go back happy after they secured a 2-1 result.

38.4
4
Sohail Tanvir to Parnell, FOUR, Parnell able to seal the match in style with a cover drive that leaves the Pakistan fielders in their tracks as this limbers over the extra-cover rope
38.3
1
Sohail Tanvir to de Villiers, 1 run, AB able to bunt this one down to mid-on for a quick-ran single
38.2
1
Sohail Tanvir to Parnell, 1 run, squared up by this one as Parnell hangs his bat to get a thick outside edge down to third man
38.1
0
Sohail Tanvir to Parnell, no run, length ball on the pads as Parnell fails to get this away

With 5 required, Misbah turns to Sohail Tanvir

END OF OVER:
38 | 4 Runs | SA: 175/6 (5 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 0.41)

  • WD Parnell2 (6b)
  • AB de Villiers47 (62b)
  • Abdur Rehman9-0-40-1
  • Bilawal Bhatti8-1-35-1

Badal Kumar: "South african batting doesn't look as strong as use to be. It looks very fragile apart from AB and Amla.."

37.6
1
Abdur Rehman to Parnell, 1 run, Parnell creates space to push this one down to mid-off to retain strike for the next over
37.5
1
Abdur Rehman to de Villiers, 1 run, AB caresses this one down to sweeper cover for an easy single

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Misbah-ul-Haq
79(107) 4x4 - 2x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 18 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
7 1 8 13 13 3 18 16
AB de Villiers
48(63) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 16 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
2 2 6 8 16 4 5 5

Best performances - Bowlers

VD Philander
O10.0
M3
R26
W3
Eco2.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
R McLaren
O8.0
M1
R28
W2
Eco3.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF