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    not out
    119
    126
    9
    0
    94.44
    2.5 bowled im! The two-card trick very nearly got Amla, but it has got rid of Kallis comprehensively here. Another slow off cutter, 111 kph, and you could never make it out from Shoaib's action. The follow through was non-existent as he stood and watched expectantly after releasing the ball. Kallis was hours early into the prod and ended up back-spinning the defensive shot onto the stumps. It landed on the castle and Shoaib puts his arms up. Classy stuff! 9/1
    4.4 this is slow and this is sensational! Shoaib does it again, off cutter, floated up at 122 kph and Ingram is early into the drive yet again. Chips the dolly in the air, straight at Shoaib, who almost like a spinner with a muted follow through, was waiting for it. He pouches it and hurls it into orbit. Ingram is on his way. 15/2
    15.2 This could be out, the third umpire called to check on a stumping appeal. Lovely bit of flight and turn from Afridi, who lands it on middle and off and snakes it past AB's uncertain prod outside off. The replay suggests not out. Wait a minute, the third umpire has said "Out"! Controversial stuff here, he seemed atleast two inches in when the bails came off. Smith in the dressing room throws his hands out and looks absolutely annoyed. Well, well! We need to look at that again, and maybe the 3rd umpire, Zameer Haider, needs to as well! The decision stays, AB is gone. Well, we have seen replays and that is a howler from the 3rd ump. AB's backfoot did come out, but he was well in when the bails came off. Even Fawad Alam, who was walking past AB as he headed back looked surprised with the call. AB just shrugged, looking clueless as he kept walking. Bizarre. 57/3
    26.2 Zony has got JP with a very smart catch here. It was the regulation offie, just back of a length and JP went back to look and dab it behind square on the off. He played it very late, almost off Haider's gloves, and when he got the feather, the keeper was waiting for it. Pouches it nicely and sends JP on his way 116/4
    28.5 Hafeez has owned Miller here with another quicker one. Miller is miffed with himself for playing back, despite having been beaten by the quicker one last time around. This was back of a length on leg stump and hurried straight on from a length towards leg stump, Miller was late on the chop and it sneaked through to hit the timber. Miller lets out a yell of agony, Pakistan on top. 126/5
    39.5 another one bites the dust. Afridi has the look of a man who has decieved a batsman several times with the googly, before finally getting him with one - smug and satisfied. Albie has had enough of poking around and dances out this time. Afridi sees him, holds it back and produces a googly. Albie looks to ping midwicket, the ball turns away and takes the top edge and balloons to the right of long off. Hafeez runs across and takes a good catch. 163/6
    46.2 the damage was done last ball, the reward is reaped this time. Shoaib has been exceptional today in working batsmen out - with fast lifters followed by slower balls - and with nasty bouncers followed by scorching yorkers like this one. Botha was clearly still thinking about the bouncer and was late in coming down on that as it snaked through from off stump line and made a mess of the stumps. Well bowled Shoaib! 201/7
    47.6 see you later. Bouncer at 138 kph around off stump and Morne was so late on the pull, it took the top edge and ballooned up towards mid off. Fawad Alam completes the catch and Morne has to go. 211/8
    49.6 ends with a run out, and no, not a direct hit! Full and wide again outside off as Theron square drives. The sweeper runs across and fires in the throw to Haider before Rusty could come back for the second. Bails are off and there is no need for the 3rd ump to give that out. 228/9
    Extras
    13 (lb 1, nb 1, w 11)
    TOTAL
    228/9 (50 Overs, RR: 4.56)
    Did not bat: LL Tsotsobe
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    Shoaib Akhtar10.013933.90383011
    Abdul Razzaq5.011903.80181000
    Wahab Riaz10.014614.60333020
    Saeed Ajmal6.003606.00133000
    Shahid Afridi10.005325.30222030
    Mohammad Hafeez9.003423.77230010
    Fall of wickets:1-9 (JH Kallis, 2.5 ov), 2-15 (CA Ingram, 4.4 ov), 3-57 (AB de Villiers, 15.2 ov), 4-116 (JP Duminy, 26.2 ov), 5-126 (DA Miller, 28.5 ov), 6-163 (JA Morkel, 39.5 ov), 7-201 (J Botha, 46.2 ov), 8-211 (M Morkel, 47.6 ov), 9-228 (J Theron, 49.6 ov)
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    27.6 Rusty sends in a cannon throw from deep backward square leg and Farhat must be on his way. Unless the 3rd umpire presses the wrong button. Worked off the pads towards the deep and he thought of coming back for a second since it did not hurry across the turf. Theron, on the other hand, was hurrying and sent in a superb throw. AB had little to do, collecting it besides the stumps and breaking them in a jiffy with Farhat well short 98/3
    5.3 gone. Botha at short cover is in business as Hafeez walks into a neatly laid snare. It was again slowish from Tsotsobe, it was landed in Hafeez's half, inviting him to drive through the covers. It came on slowly and he ended up spooning it in the air and Botha took a sharp catch to send him back. 12/1
    6.6 Younis is gone and South Africa are on top here thanks to some high quality seam and pace bowling. Morne has been troubling Younis with that length and lands another one on the corridor. Younis decides late to come forward, and tries to steer it as it rises disconcertingly outside off. Outside edge taken and lands safely in the slips. 13/2
    33.3 and that's all we will be seeing from Shafiq tonight. Fawad taps it softly into the covers and they take off for a quick single. Miller throws down the stumps quickly and Aleem Dar does not even ask for the 3rd umpire. Shafiq has a wistful word with Fawad before heading back 121/5
    29.3 And gone. Afridi implodes. He lasted just long enough to make the record. Gets a short ball just outside off and goes for a cut. He probably should have been leaving that along. Thin edge through to AB who holds on. SA have a huge wicket here. A few minutes of Afridi could have sealed this match. Morne roars. 108/4
    not out
    59
    67
    3
    0
    88.05
    40.5 Kallis has got the big prize and this game is now South Africa's to lose. This is not Razzaq's kind of pitch and South Africa have done well to deny him anything drivable. Like this ball which was very short and gave him no room to cut or pull either. He ended up playing a fore-handed smash down the ground, as the pressure was building up at the other end. Faint feather through to AB who holds on to another important catch 148/6
    44.2 Haider has thrown it away, he really should have been looking for a single instead of standing tall and looking to drive majestically inside out, to a ball that was well short of driving length. He ended up scooping it straight up and into Amla's hands inside the circle at cover 176/7
    46.6 and another twist. Who's plotting the script of this game? Jeffrey Archer? Morne lands another short lifter outside off and Riaz gets an outside edge as he looked to cut, away from the body. AB pouches another important take 209/8
    49.5 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. 225/9
    not out
    1
    1
    0
    0
    100.00
    Extras
    19 (lb 13, nb 1, w 5)
    TOTAL
    226/9 (50 Overs, RR: 4.52)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    M Morkel10.014744.70373110
    LL Tsotsobe10.012812.80401020
    JH Kallis7.003014.28202010
    J Theron8.004916.12194001
    J Botha10.004204.20322100
    JP Duminy5.001703.40140010
    Fall of wickets:1-12 (Mohammad Hafeez, 5.3 ov), 2-13 (Younis Khan, 6.6 ov), 3-98 (Imran Farhat, 27.6 ov), 4-108 (Shahid Afridi, 29.3 ov), 5-121 (Asad Shafiq, 33.3 ov), 6-148 (Abdul Razzaq, 40.5 ov), 7-176 (Zulqarnain Haider, 44.2 ov), 8-209 (Wahab Riaz, 46.6 ov), 9-225 (Saeed Ajmal, 49.5 ov)

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