Player of the Match
Player of the Match


Misbah: "We could not handle the pressure, some relaxed shots that cost us the match. Once we won a game here against Sri Lanka (1999) where they had seven wickets in hand. Our focus should be to be there till the last run in scored. the batting spoiled the party. Afridi and Ajmal bowled really well. We have to forget this game and improve for the next game."

Parnell is the Man of the Match: "Happy to contribute with bat and ball. Myself and Miller, we looked to keep the score ticking over. After my first over I though I was rushing it a little bit and from the second I was fine."

AB de Villiers: "I was focusing on making the right decisions for the guys. Disappointed with our batting performance. Would like to touch on the team performance. South Africans always believe we can turn things around. When you get a sniff you have drive it home. Immi (Tahir) was fantastic. He was always going to come back after the 40th over. Have to give credit to Tsotsobe, he gave us two wickets. Immi followed him and did his magic."

You can look back at little incidents that made the difference. Wahab's two misfields that cost boundaries is one. And how valuable was Parnell's knock? If it weren't for him, SA would have been bundled out for less than 150 for all you know.

I'll leave you guys to reflect on these and more. I'm exhausted. It's been fun bringing this game. Thanks for your company. Till the next game, it's goodnight and goodbye!

End of match: Well we've heard the "C" word being used on South Africa for nearly two decades now, but tonight, they were on the other side of the camp. Pakistan well and truly CHOKED. Let's face it. This was their game to lose and the worst case scenario came true. The batitng Powerplay saw the wicket of Misbah and for a while after that they were cruising. The wickets of the two Umars - Akmal and Amin - triggered a bit of panic but even at that stage, they held the edge because they still had Afridi and Tanvir. Afridi fell to a skier and at that stage SA must have firmly believed that the balance had shifted. Ajmal and Irfan threw their bats around and in the end they fell a run short.

Neville Smeda: "For me, Imran Tahir changed the match at the end, but there wouldn't have been a match had it not been for Wayne he would be my Man of the Match. SA's batting should be ashamed...they have a lot of work to do before the next one."

Shiraz: "One Word. PATHETIC-ISTAN. Enough said."

Rameez Moosa: "Needs a special talent to choke against the biggest chokers. Thank you Pakistan for making us feel special. Only if Misbah could bat forever for us."

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Morkel to Mohammad Irfan, OUT, Morkel's hit the timber and South Africa have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat! All Morkel had to do was aim at the stumps and that's precisely what he did, Irfan was nailed to the crease, the ball landed on the off stump and held its line and shaved the stump, Morkel charges off and the South Africans can't believe it

Mohammad Irfan b Morkel 2 (16m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 22.22

Morkel to Mohammad Irfan, no run, this one lands outside the off stump and Irfan watchfully leaves it alone, no harm done

Kashif: "Only Pakistan team can make a mess of such an easy target. They should be awarded the 'Official Drama Queen of Cricket' title."

Morkel to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, drifts on the body and he hops and tucks it towards square leg, one run, precious! Irfan back on strike

Quite a few fielders in the deep

46 | 2 Runs | PAK: 181/9 (3 runs required from 21 balls, RR: 3.93, RRR: 0.75)

  • Mohammad Irfan2 (7b)
  • Saeed Ajmal0 (6b)
  • Imran Tahir10-1-45-3
  • WD Parnell8-1-41-3
Imran Tahir to Mohammad Irfan, no run, this time Irfan plays it safe and doesn't offer a shot, it was outside off and spinning back in
Imran Tahir to Mohammad Irfan, no run, another googly and Irfan slogs and misses and the ball hits his back leg quite adjacent to the stumps! Well, well Tahir didn't actually appeal! Did he think there was an inside edge? That looked rather close! Why didn't he appeal?
Imran Tahir to Mohammad Irfan, no run, a swing and a miss and there's an appeal for a stumping! Irfan looked to fetch this from wide outside off and slog over the on side, his backfoot was always back, he's safe
Imran Tahir to Mohammad Irfan, no run, loud cheers as Irfan solidly pushes this back to the bowler
Imran Tahir to Mohammad Irfan, no run, appeal for an lbw and he's been given not out and Tahir wants it reviewed, landed outside off,it was the wrong un, Irfan went forward to defend and it was quite a big stride, it struck the pad first and then the bat, Hawkeye shows that just clipping the leg stump! Not good enough to overturn the umpire's call so Irfan's safe!
Imran Tahir to Mohammad Irfan, 2 runs, nearly dragged it on! Irfan pulls a flatter delivery and gets an inside edge that just misses the stumps and that goes to fine leg

45 | 2 Runs | PAK: 179/9 (5 runs required from 21 balls, RR: 3.97, RRR: 1.00)

  • Saeed Ajmal0 (6b)
  • Mohammad Irfan0 (1b)
  • WD Parnell8-1-41-3
  • Imran Tahir9-1-43-3
Parnell to Saeed Ajmal, no run, I don't know how many flies Ajmal's swatted the last few minutes, this too was angling across him and he looked to slog, swing and a miss, he has all but connected with the ball in this over
Parnell to Saeed Ajmal, no run, and now he tries to pull the short ball! It was quick and he swished at thin air, close to the glove there
Parnell to Saeed Ajmal, no run, Ajmal's intent on chasing the one's that are wide outside off, no foot movement, nearly an edge
Parnell to Saeed Ajmal, no run, and Ajmal nearly gives it away! This was angling across and he had some width, played away from the body

Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

1st4Nasir JamshedAhmed Shehzad
2nd71Mohammad HafeezAhmed Shehzad
3rd32Misbah-ul-HaqAhmed Shehzad
4th28Misbah-ul-HaqUmar Amin
5th30Umar AminUmar Akmal
6th0Shahid AfridiUmar Akmal
7th9Shahid AfridiSohail Tanvir
8th2Shahid AfridiWahab Riaz
9th1Saeed AjmalWahab Riaz
10th5Saeed AjmalMohammad Irfan