Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    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
    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
    19 (lb 13, nb 1, w 5)
    226/9 (50 Overs, RR: 4.52)
    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)
    M Morkel10.014744.70373110
    LL Tsotsobe10.012812.80401020
    JH Kallis7.003014.28202010
    J Theron8.004916.12194001
    J Botha10.004204.20322100
    JP Duminy5.001703.40140010

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