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88dThe Bulletin by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

Pakistan choke in sight of victory

South Africa's fast bowlers engineered a dramatic comeback to help clinch the fifth ODI in Lahore by 14 runs, and with it, the five-match one-day series

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

JH Kallis
86(130) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 35 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
4 4 18 18 15 11 3 13
Younis Khan
58(65) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 19 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
5 0 11 3 2 11 12 14

Best performances - Bowlers

Shoaib Akhtar
O9
M0
R43
W4
Eco4.77
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JA Morkel
O8.3
M0
R44
W4
Eco5.17
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

South Africa , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

South Africa won the 5-match series 3-2

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

11.00 start, First Session 11.00-14.30 Interval 14.30-15.15, Second Session 15.15-18.45

Match days

29 October 2007 - day/night match (50-over match)

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Match Referee

So South Africa have won both the Test and ODI series. Pakistan were all set to clinch their first-ever ODI series against South Africa. They needed just 36 runs off the last ten overs but the South African fast bowlers - Morkel, Ntini and Nel - were outstanding.

Pakistan lost their last six wickets for 20 runs. They were cruising when Yousuf and Younis were scoring runs at will. The choke started once Malik played one on to his middle stump and from there on it was all South Africa.

Shoaib Malik said the bowlers bowled really well to restrict the South Africans to 233 and it was chaseable. He also gave credit to Younis and Yousuf for their half-centuries but acknowledged that the team needed to learn how to finish the match.

Makhaya Ntini is the Man of the Match for his four-wicket haul. The Man-of-the-Series award goes to Mohammad Yousuf for scoring three fifties and a century in five innings in this series.

The overall Man of the Series, for both the Test and ODI series, is Jacques Kallis for his three centuries in the Test series and his 86 today. It was a tough innings, one that had several moments of luck, but he steered South Africa to a match-winning total.

Graeme Smith credits the win to keeping cool under pressure. He applauds the fielders for taking some stunning catches at the death. Smith said at the start that 220 was defendable and he's lived up to that prediction.

That's it from us at Cricinfo today. Thank you for following the series with us. Congratulations to South Africa who have won it 3-2. This is George Binoy signing off. Cheers.

46.3
W
Morkel to Shoaib Akhtar, OUT, that's it, South Africa have won! What an amazing turnaround it's been, Shoaib Akhtar throws his bat at the first ball he faces and lofts the ball high in the air to Nel on the sweeper boundary, he settles under the catch and takes it easily, the South Africans rush to the middle to celebrate a superb victory

Shoaib Akhtar c Nel b Morkel 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Shoaib Akhtar is the last man. He took four wickets earlier in the day, can he complete the victory for South Africa?

46.2
W
Morkel to Iftikhar Anjum, OUT, another ones goes! Rao Iftikhar drives at one that swings away from him and gets an outside edge through to Boucher, the ball flies low and to his right and Boucher dives to pull off a sharp catch inches from the ground

Iftikhar Anjum c †Boucher b Morkel 0 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

46.1
0
Morkel to Iftikhar Anjum, no run,

What a needless shot that was from Afridi from Pakistan's point of view, Lawson doesn't look amused. Rao Iftikhar is the next man in. Pakistan need 15 runs, South Africa need two wickets.

END OF OVER:
46 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 219/8 (15 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 4.76, RRR: 3.75)

  • Abdur Rehman7 (9b)
  • M Ntini9-0-61-4
  • JA Morkel8-0-44-2
45.6
W
Ntini to Shahid Afridi, OUT, what a catch! Afridi throws his bat at one on off stump, he was trying to hit that down the ground but got a thick top edge, the ball was flying towards the region between backward point and third man and it looked like it was falling safe, de Villiers sprinted back from point, covered plenty of ground and judged the catch to perfection, in fact he took that while he was running at full speed and tumbled as he took it, simply outstanding

Shahid Afridi c de Villiers b Ntini 9 (30m 11b 0x4 1x6) SR: 81.81

45.5
1
Ntini to Abdur Rehman, 1 run, driven through covers for a single
45.4
4
Ntini to Abdur Rehman, FOUR runs, width offered outside off stump, it was too full as well and Rehman laced it through point for an invaluable four
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Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st22Imran NazirKamran Akmal
2nd21Kamran AkmalYounis Khan
3rd106Mohammad YousufYounis Khan
4th11Mohammad YousufShoaib Malik
5th39Shoaib MalikMisbah-ul-Haq
6th10Shahid AfridiMisbah-ul-Haq
7th0Shahid AfridiSohail Tanvir
8th10Shahid AfridiAbdur Rehman
9th0Abdur RehmanIftikhar Anjum
10th0Shoaib AkhtarAbdur Rehman