Player of the Match
Player of the Match

South Africa struggled for momentum during their innings and were restricted to 197 pn a sluggish track before Yousuf and Malik rode on a flying start provided by Afridi to guide Pakistan home. Yousuf, in particular, played risk-free cricket, nudging and driving the ball around, content on picking singles as he dropped anchor. South Africa couldn't remove him nor Malik and as a result Pakistan have sealed a convincing six-wicket win. It helped that Pakistan had the spin bowlers, led by Afridi, who never allowed SA to get away. SA had only the offspinner Botha, who was unimpressive, sticking to a round-the-wicket line, and they could not break through.

Smith: "If we had got 220-230 it would have been very competitive. Their spinners bowled well. The wicket got slower and slower and it made strokeplay difficult. We lost too many wickets after the second drinks break."

Man of the match: No surprise. It's Shahid Afridi. "I really enjoyed my performance. The fast bowlers did a very good job ... I was keen to bat as an opener."

Malik : "The way the boys are playing is superb. EVeryone is young and they have put up lot of hard work to improve the fielding. To win ... its key to remember your good performances."

That's it from me, Sriram Veera. Alvida!

48.1
6
Morkel to Misbah-ul-Haq, SIX runs, There comes the winning hit. Thunderous six over long-on. Full in length, on the off and middle and Misbah, who sparkled in the Twenty20 cup with some big hitting, swung it over the ropes. Pakistan lead the five-match series 2-1

END OF OVER:
48 | 11 Runs | PAK: 196/4 (2 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 4.08, RRR: 1.00)

  • Mohammad Yousuf58 (113b)
  • Misbah-ul-Haq23 (31b)
  • Johan Botha10-0-50-0
  • Albie Morkel9-2-24-2
47.6
0
Botha to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, And Yousuf teases the crowd with a perfect forward defensive stroke!

All men inside the circle

47.6
4w
Botha to Misbah-ul-Haq, 4 wides, slips down the leg side and that beats the batsman and the 'keeper
47.5
1
Botha to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, flighted delivery - he is still operatingd from round the stumps, Yousuf inside-edges a drive and it runs to square leg
47.4
1
Botha to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, on the middle and leg, wristed past square leg for a single
47.3
0
Botha to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, driven to cover
47.2
4
Botha to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR runs, Floated outside off stump, full in length and Misbah went down on his knee to carve it high to wide long-on region
47.1
1
Botha to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, leans forward to work a flighted delivery past square leg for a single

Yousuf changes his gloves.

END OF OVER:
47 | 6 Runs | PAK: 185/4 (13 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 3.93, RRR: 4.33)

  • Mohammad Yousuf56 (110b)
  • Misbah-ul-Haq18 (28b)
  • Albie Morkel9-2-24-2
  • Johan Botha9-0-39-0
46.6
1
Morkel to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, on a length, coming in towards off stump, Yousuf steers it to backward point region. The ball struck the pad first and Albie goes up in appeal but the point of impact was outside off stump.
46.5
1
Morkel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, shorter and pulled away for a single
46.4
4
Morkel to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR runs, commentator's curse strikes. This one is a full toss, on the middle stump and Misbah drills it straight down the ground
46.3
0
Morkel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Albie is keeping it tight. Full in length, on the off and middle, wicket to wicket bowling and Misbah punches it back at him
46.2
0
Morkel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, on the middle stump line, worked to midwicket
46.1
0
Morkel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, on the off stump line, off a length, pushed to point.

END OF OVER:
46 | 4 Runs | PAK: 179/4 (19 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 3.89, RRR: 4.75)

  • Misbah-ul-Haq13 (23b)
  • Mohammad Yousuf55 (109b)
  • Johan Botha9-0-39-0
  • Jacques Kallis8-1-30-0
45.6
1
Botha to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, retains the strike with a drive to long-on
45.5
1lb
Botha to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 leg bye, lands just outside leg stump and Yousuf is struck on the pad as he fails to connect with his sweep. Botha appeals but that can't be given
45.4
0
Botha to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, lands on a length, on the middle, turns in, goes back to punch it to right of Botha who makes a diving stop
45.3
1
Botha to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run,
45.2
0
Botha to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, lands outside off stump, and Misbah is struck on the pad in front of off and middle Misbah was stretching well forward.

Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st42Shahid AfridiYasir Hameed
2nd16Younis KhanYasir Hameed
3rd10Mohammad YousufYounis Khan
4th79Mohammad YousufShoaib Malik
5th55Mohammad YousufMisbah-ul-Haq