Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

HM Amla
119(126) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %66%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 9 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
2 1 0 4 2 4 2 0
Fawad Alam
59(67) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 3 7 0 4 3 1 0

Best performances - Bowlers

M Morkel
O10.0
M1
R47
W4
Eco4.70
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Shoaib Akhtar
O10.0
M1
R39
W3
Eco3.90
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
50 | 9 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 226/9

  • Shoaib Akhtar1 (1b)
  • Fawad Alam59 (67b)
  • J Theron8-0-49-1
  • LL Tsotsobe10-1-28-1

That one-short in the 49th over, that's where South Africa clawed back in. If they had settled for two instead, Alam would have kept strike. Until then, everything in the end overs was going Pakistan's way.

That said, I dare say, Pakistan have only themselves to blame. That they got this close is down to some incredible late hitting from Fawad Alam and Wahab Riaz. In reality, they had no business letting it get so close. Imran Farhat and co. took too long without going anywhere, and Shahid Afridi and co. left too much for the lower order.

South Africa have dodged a bullet, but they will be concerned with this show. Barring one man - Hashim Amla. Even Morne Morkel who finished with 4 wickets, lost the plot in the end overs. And too many dropped catches in the end.

Apologies about the stat regarding this being the closest win for SA by runs. They said so on TV, but there has been a one-run victory before.

Jason: "As an American that's new to cricket, I don't have any team loyalties (although I do tend to root for England). But I must say that, after a few of the shows that Pakistan have put on despite their troubles this summer, I am finding myself cheering them on."

Adil: "@Jason: Welcome to Pakistan. The land of the unpredictable!"

HS: "at 20 from 18 balls, wished Shoaib came in instead if Ajmal, especially with a senior partner out there.. Ajmal had no clue how to handle the situation,, the way he batted , you think they needed 4 of each ball." I agree with that line of thinking.

Time for the presentations.

Hashim Amla is the Man of the Match. "It was a tough wicket, but I got some rhythm going. I realised from the beginning that I needed to bat through. I knew 200-220 is a good score here. Each game gives me a bit more experience, and things have gone well recently."

Afridi: "The body language today was always positive. I think South Africa's fielding made the difference. Our batting approach was negative, but Shoaib bowled really well."

Botha: "Luck went out way tonight (smiling). Alam played really well, luckily we came through. (About the fielding) that's something we should work on. Amla is a world-class player - one of the best one-day innings.. it set the win up for us."

Right, so two classics on the trot, as South Africa surge to a 2-1 lead. Pakistan need to win everything now and we all know that's when they produce their best. Osman Samiuddin's bulletin will be up here shortly. While you wait for it, a good time to head to our Facebook and Twitter pages. On behalf of the team at ESPNcricinfo, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Cheers!

49.6
1
Theron to Shoaib Akhtar, 1 run, Rusty you beauty! Delivers the near-perfect yorker on off stump and Shoaib can't do much with that. It went off the edge, for a single to AB. Not enough. Johan Botha roars. Alam is heart-broken. South Africa have completed one of their narrowest wins by runs in ODIs.

One ball. Four to get. What a finish. It doesn't matter who wins, this has been a classic game.

Over to that man, Shoaib Akhtar. He started it for Pakistan today with the ball. He is one shot / inside edge / top edge away from finishing it for them.

49.5
W
Theron to Saeed Ajmal, OUT, Ajmal is gone! Rusty hits the castle. Dubai goes quiet. It was back of a length outside off and Ajmal looked to tap it to the off side for one. He missed and it nipped the off bail out of the groove.

Over to Ajmal. He needs to keep his wits here.

49.4
1
Theron to Fawad Alam, 1 run, Full outside off, Theron finally lands it on the money and Alam can't do much except squeeze it past the bowler to long on for one.

They are a shot away. 5 off 3.

49.3
2
Theron to Fawad Alam, 2 runs, another short ball, Alam stays in the crease and looks to pull. He doesn't time the cross-batted swat, but manages to elude the infield and pick a couple to deep midwicket
49.2
2
Theron to Fawad Alam, 2 runs, They are dropping everything! Alam looks to loft over extra cover and ends up scooping it straight up. Three fielders could have taken it, Albie running across from deep point settled under it and then let it go down. Two more taken. What a finish!
49.1
0
Theron to Fawad Alam, no run, manages to land this one and Alam looks to slog him across the line towards the leg side. He misses. Dot!

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

HM Amla
119(126) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %66%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 9 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
2 1 0 4 2 4 2 0
Fawad Alam
59(67) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 3 7 0 4 3 1 0

Best performances - Bowlers

M Morkel
O10.0
M1
R47
W4
Eco4.70
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Shoaib Akhtar
O10.0
M1
R39
W3
Eco3.90
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF