South Africa v Pakistan, 1st T20, Johannesburg November 20, 2013

South Africa clinch narrow D/L win

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South Africa 153 for 7 (de Kock 43) beat Pakistan 60 for 2 by four runs (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

After six weeks of tussling in the Arabian Desert, the South African and Pakistan teams would have been grateful for the freshness of rain. Just not on match day. South African skies burst to interrupt what seemed set to be the most competitive Twenty20 match between these two sides in the recent past and the hosts won by four runs, according to the Duckworth-Lewis method.

The host batsmen began like the fierce downpour which swept across the ground forty minutes before the scheduled start of play, but Pakistan pulled them back to little more than a drizzle. In reply, Pakistan built themselves up to a position from which they could have produced a storm themselves. But the real thing intervened before any of that was possible to deny the sizeable Wanderers crowd a potentially thrilling finish.

After being sent in, Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock powered their way to 69 runs off the first seven overs, making Pakistan's decision to field first look questionable. Their seamers, including the experienced Sohail Tanvir - who has played regularly at this ground for the Lions - to the relatively new Anwar Ali, and even Junaid Khan, could not adapt to conditions. The bowlers sprayed the ball wide and their lengths were too full.

De Kock and Amla put on a fireworks display of aggressive shots in response. Amla spanked the ball through the covers, de Kock used his wrists to smoke the ball through the leg side. Runs rained from their bats even as debutant Bilawal Bhatti showed the first threat, inducing an outside-edge from de Kock, which scooted to the third-man boundary.

Pakistan had opted to leave out Saeed Ajmal, a choice which appeared to be wrong until Mohammad Hafeez brought himself on and enjoyed immediate success. Amla was bowled when he came forward to drive. De Kock followed him in Hafeez's next over, when he mis-hit a ball to long-on and Tanvir took a well-judged catch on the boundary.

Soon Shahid Afridi had Henry Davids cramped for room, prodding awkwardly only to be bowled, and Pakistan had taken three wickets for 15 runs. Afridi, bowling quicker than usual, did not concede a boundary in his spell. In the eight-over period in which Afridi and Hafeez bowled, the pair gave away only 32 runs.

Pakistan's main concern was the rest of the bowling. Bhatti's debut got better when he was brought back on and he bowled a back-of-a-length ball to dismiss JP Duminy for his first international wicket. Duminy pulled off the front foot but got it only as far as midwicket where Hafeez took the catch falling forward.

David Miller countered that length better, sending Bhatti over the scoreboard for the only six of the innings and ensured South Africa finished fairly strongly. They scored 46 runs off the last five overs but Pakistan would still have been satisfied with their efforts. From 9.8 runs an over in the first seven, Pakistan allowed a rate of 6.46 through the next 13 and had a realistic chance at a successful chase.

Pakistan's reply began fortuitously, with five wides from Lonwabo Tsotsobe but soon settled. Ahmed Shehzad started in a manner befitting his ranking as the leading T20 run-getter this year, flicking Dale Steyn down to fine leg and cracking the bowler over point. He grew over-confident when he tried to run the ball behind point but was foxed by extra bounce from Tsotsobe and played on.

Mohammad Hafeez negotiated a Dale Steyn over which ended with the Pakistan captain timing a full ball past mid-on. Nasir Jamshed seemed to settle in the same way, when he pulled Morne Morkel in front of square, but was surprised by the extra bounce and played a couple of nervy edges which went for four.

His stay at the crease ended when he pushed at Duminy's third ball and the offspinner stretched full length to take the return catch. Pakistan promoted Umar Akmal to No.4 but he was at the crease for just 10 balls before the heavens opened to leave Pakistan wondering what could have been.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on November 23, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    These three 1.Nasir Jamshed 2.Umar Amin 3.Sohail Tanveer should be replaced.

  • on November 22, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    sohail tanveer and umar amin should be replaced because they are not performing after grabbing so many chances

  • on November 22, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    pakistan wont win because it is not a good team anymore

  • on November 21, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    For t20 you should have included Taufeeq Umar he;s your best t20 performer in domestics and his batting statistics stand out from all players you have in your current international team by great margin so his selection will be very good for pakistan t20 team insha allah I am not making up just look at his t20 batting figures.If was part of selection his selection for me would have been an instant click insha allah

  • CricketChat on November 21, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    No matter what the circumstances are, SA is going to win over Pak in this series. SA is just too good for Pak as the results prove. Pak should give chance to new players since the so called established players failed badly thus far.

  • on November 21, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Pakistan will not win ODI's with only 3 batsman in squad: Misbah-ul-Haq , Maqsood & U Akmal. You need more then that to win any ODI matches, thus either bring in quick replacements i.e Azhar Ali, Khurram Manzoor, Fawad Alam for batting line-up . Don;t tell me i didn't inform you earlier about your another series loss this would be 3rd against SA within few weeks , i am ashamed are you not? i think not as you are again playing mediocre selections.Your best chance is your bowlers get them out within 180 otherwise your chances are severely dull for winning any ODI's or there's another option your opponents leave out their Best players and play with inexperienced new players to test against this side, in one way sympathy for pakistan team and another for checking there new talent. i don't like making jokes about serious things however when it's about pak team selection i don;t even have to try making jokes; its pretty much already quite a serious joke.Testing bowlers instead of batsman's.

  • bouncer709 on November 21, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Well, can't understand few guy here, who think Afridi should be dropped because he performs once in 10 matches. and then they say Nasir jamshed should be given chance who even not performing for last 20 matches, and if you combine T20, tests, and ODI , almost 30 matches this year, and his performance is zero. and you guys still judge Afridi's performance as a batsmen? he is consistently performing as a bowler. For last few series, in every series he is getting one man of the match. Here, one guy praising Nasir and raising question why he can not score 200 against Zimbabwe... my dear, he can not score 50 and you want him to score 200. and your cricketing sense?, that you want to prove Nasir a good batsmen by comparing him to Afridi batting... I once again say, Nasir and Umer Amin are flop, mediocre, and big parchi. No other player have got chance like they are getting continuously. and I hope they fail again tomorrow.

  • short_cover on November 21, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Very disappointed with Hafeez opting not to bat. Seems he got scared the moment he saw grass on the pitch... may be he forgot he's not in UAE. But he doesn't know his own team's strength which is bowling not batting. This just shows lack of a cricketing mind plain and simple. He's no captain material, let alone whether he can make the sqad or not.

  • on November 21, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Pakistan were unlucky to lose SA in this t20.this time Bowlers let and fielding placing let them down particularly in first six overs.again Sohail Tanweer was pathetic and yet the management keep picking in the Team sa weakness is playing against spin.pick My team would consist of these player. Nasir . Shezad.Misbah.Akmal.Maqssd.Amin..Afridi.Bilwal.Anwar .Saeed.Junaid

  • on November 21, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Pakistan team will not win if they do not include new batsmen................

  • on November 23, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    These three 1.Nasir Jamshed 2.Umar Amin 3.Sohail Tanveer should be replaced.

  • on November 22, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    sohail tanveer and umar amin should be replaced because they are not performing after grabbing so many chances

  • on November 22, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    pakistan wont win because it is not a good team anymore

  • on November 21, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    For t20 you should have included Taufeeq Umar he;s your best t20 performer in domestics and his batting statistics stand out from all players you have in your current international team by great margin so his selection will be very good for pakistan t20 team insha allah I am not making up just look at his t20 batting figures.If was part of selection his selection for me would have been an instant click insha allah

  • CricketChat on November 21, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    No matter what the circumstances are, SA is going to win over Pak in this series. SA is just too good for Pak as the results prove. Pak should give chance to new players since the so called established players failed badly thus far.

  • on November 21, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Pakistan will not win ODI's with only 3 batsman in squad: Misbah-ul-Haq , Maqsood & U Akmal. You need more then that to win any ODI matches, thus either bring in quick replacements i.e Azhar Ali, Khurram Manzoor, Fawad Alam for batting line-up . Don;t tell me i didn't inform you earlier about your another series loss this would be 3rd against SA within few weeks , i am ashamed are you not? i think not as you are again playing mediocre selections.Your best chance is your bowlers get them out within 180 otherwise your chances are severely dull for winning any ODI's or there's another option your opponents leave out their Best players and play with inexperienced new players to test against this side, in one way sympathy for pakistan team and another for checking there new talent. i don't like making jokes about serious things however when it's about pak team selection i don;t even have to try making jokes; its pretty much already quite a serious joke.Testing bowlers instead of batsman's.

  • bouncer709 on November 21, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Well, can't understand few guy here, who think Afridi should be dropped because he performs once in 10 matches. and then they say Nasir jamshed should be given chance who even not performing for last 20 matches, and if you combine T20, tests, and ODI , almost 30 matches this year, and his performance is zero. and you guys still judge Afridi's performance as a batsmen? he is consistently performing as a bowler. For last few series, in every series he is getting one man of the match. Here, one guy praising Nasir and raising question why he can not score 200 against Zimbabwe... my dear, he can not score 50 and you want him to score 200. and your cricketing sense?, that you want to prove Nasir a good batsmen by comparing him to Afridi batting... I once again say, Nasir and Umer Amin are flop, mediocre, and big parchi. No other player have got chance like they are getting continuously. and I hope they fail again tomorrow.

  • short_cover on November 21, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Very disappointed with Hafeez opting not to bat. Seems he got scared the moment he saw grass on the pitch... may be he forgot he's not in UAE. But he doesn't know his own team's strength which is bowling not batting. This just shows lack of a cricketing mind plain and simple. He's no captain material, let alone whether he can make the sqad or not.

  • on November 21, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Pakistan were unlucky to lose SA in this t20.this time Bowlers let and fielding placing let them down particularly in first six overs.again Sohail Tanweer was pathetic and yet the management keep picking in the Team sa weakness is playing against spin.pick My team would consist of these player. Nasir . Shezad.Misbah.Akmal.Maqssd.Amin..Afridi.Bilwal.Anwar .Saeed.Junaid

  • on November 21, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Pakistan team will not win if they do not include new batsmen................

  • on November 21, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    nasir is a good player. he is out of form like any other batsman. He should play in domestic events and get his form back. He is surely better than many other playing in pak team at the moment. I would include him in playing 11. He should not be dropped for likes of umar amin/afridi/hafeez/sohail/malik/asad.

    But i dont agree with some of the comments here that it is the thinking that he will be dropped & that is why hsi confidence is low.

    He has played 21 ODIs this year. Pak played total of 26. He has been out of playing 11 in 2 odis in SA & 3 Odis in UAE. he has been part of squad in all the ODis and t20s pak played during this year. I dont think his position is at risk with the current squad. May be if they bring some one new then yes but with this lot i dont think so. It is just lean patch in form and can get it back by playing in domestic & Odis/t20 . Like many other big players did in past.

  • imran026 on November 21, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Hafeez shouldnt be captain in T20, his approach is negative. Shahid Afridi is best option for T20 nd Odis captain. His approach is aggressive and positive.

  • on November 21, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    there was one time when people talk trash about Rohit sharma but dhoni kept his nerves and backed him now see whole world know about rohit same is the case with Jamshed i think

  • hassan4456 on November 21, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    @bouncer709 :If Indian Pitches & bowlers are like that,we should expect Centuries from other Experienced players as well..Why only Nasir clicked.Okay so tell me..Zimbabwe bowlers are that great?Why Nasir totally flopped against them?He should have made 200 against Zimbabwe.What happened to him now..I guess change of pitch lol..There's a thing we call form & confidence.He clearly lacks both right now..

  • on November 21, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    yesterday pakistan played most of the game positivity. they lost due to poor management and bad luck. I was watching the match and I didn't know about the par score until the 8th over when the cameras showed the score board. it was so casual that even I thought there will be a really small shower which will blow away in 20 mins.

  • Solid_Snake on November 21, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    @xylofon:Afridi got no technique at all.The way he plays his shots,It's clear he has got confidence that nobody would throw him out of the team.But it's his dream.Pak don't need a player who is a flop show in 9 matches & then scores a 50 in 1 match only..I don't understand why is Shoaib Malik brought back again & again into the team.His time as a batsman is over.He could be given chance but not in T20,he just isn't fit for such short form of cricket.I believe NAsir should be given chances just like other BIG players..All youngsters should be given chance to prove themselves.If Anwar Ali is thrown out of the team just because of 1 T20 match,then it's not fair

  • Stark62 on November 21, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    The team looked so much better and unified after the loss of Malik and Razzaq!!

    I know Pak lost but it felt like a win because we were sharp in the field, showed fighting team spirit after being mauled in the early overs, in addition were going along merrily during the chase and the outcome was going to be very tight.

    Also, I believe it's time to give Sharjeel a call up because he will do much, much better than Jamshed but I hope Jamshed plays the next match to give him a slim chance of gaining his confidence and form.

    @ Behind_the_Wicket You are spot on because those batsman would do really well even against our bowling attack and score a total of 250-270 comfortably.

  • on November 21, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    its the part of game dont worry next time pak will win

  • xylofon on November 21, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    @solidsnake: Who is to blame for Nasirs lack of confidence & form??? Afridi, Hafeez, Malik can all superflop with batting and be given the chance over and over and over again. If any other team had Nasir in their team they wouldve formed him a long time ago with proper backup and everything that goes with it - that is not the case with PCB. So he is nervous every match because no one tells him "its ok" the times he doesnt click. One of the biggest concern for people who are made captains and the PCB is the lack of "eye" to spot real talent. Look at how Nasir plays his range of shots not just in this match but overall and compare with Afridi. Afridis batting technique is a JOKE, period. He has strength, that is all. And your claim that Nasir cant make a fifty, is that true? N O !

    A lot of you guys are making too much from this match, it shouldve been abandonded and Pak got unlucky cause D/L method isnt perfect. Also, stop throwing in domestic names, LOOK AT THEIR TECHNIQUE FIRST!

  • Ramu444 on November 21, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Looks like sharjeel khan has changed his name to ICC Expert""

  • mzm149 on November 21, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    @bouncer709: By common logic, if others have not scored a century and Jamshed has, it proves that he is a better player. As rightly pointed out by Solid_Snake, form and confidence should be considered in mind before criticizing a player.

    Are you judging him on just two tests and that too against the best side in the world in most difficult conditions and that too opening innings against the seaming and swinging pace bowling of Steyn, Morkel and Philander? Wow.

    I am not claiming that he is the best batsman in the world. But he is much better in the side he is playing. Calling him "Parchi" and dropping him permanently when you have entire team struggling is nothing more than sheer ignorance. At least he is performing against one team, as you claim, unlike other batsmen are not performing against any team.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 21, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Jamshed should be dropped and sent back to domestic cricket ad Sharjeel Khan shoudl be in the team, he is the best opener in Pakistan right now.

  • Solid_Snake on November 21, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    @bouncer709 :If Indian Pitches & bowlers are like that,we should expect Centuries from other Experienced players as well..Why only Nasir clicked.Okay so tell me..Zimbabwe bowlers are that great?Why Nasir totally flopped against them?He should have made 200 against Zimbabwe.What happened to him now..I guess change of pitch lol..There's a thing we call form & confidence.He clearly lacks both right now..

  • bouncer709 on November 21, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    @mzm149: Others NOT scoring any Century doesn't prove that Jamshed is a good player. But you see the record of Shoaib Malik, Salman Butt, they also used to score against India. Forget the century, Nasir Jamshed even can not score fifty. In last 10 matches his highest score is 38....... and he is the poorest fielder in Pakistan team. and he proved total failure in tests too..... Even if somebody prove him a good player, he do not deserve any place in the team in such form... and shaking confidence...this is fact

  • Unomaas on November 21, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Why oh why didn't pak play Ajmal? Spin has always been SA's weakness?

    Once again, the SA batting performance was not inspiring. While many people are applauding the SA batting revival, I'm lamenting the fact that we are constantly 15-45 runs short of an ideal target. If pakistan were not in a slump at the moment, SA would be the one on a loosing streak.

    After Hashim's dismissal, they should have sent in Miller or Davids to maintain momentum. Faf + JP are conservative players that first need to build confidence at the wicket before having an impact on the game.

    In future, if SA lose first wicket in first six overs, then send in Faf or JP. If after six overs and seamers bowling, send in Miller/Hendricks. If spinners, send in AB. Also consider McLaren as option to maintain momentum.

    Faf + JP should be used as anchors and stabilizers but only if required. If it wasn't for JP's bowling, I would actually consider dropping him.

  • Pak_Guru on November 21, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    SA would have won anyways..... really felt good to see some new faces in the side, Bhatti and Anwar should be tried often, especially when they can bat as well. The team management's decision to send Akmal 2nd down was good thinking, that is his right position in T20's. But were they sleeping when the TV screens were showing the lighting coming, were they not suppose to atleast instruct the batsmen to keep an eye on D/L score, which was displayed on the screen. If it was done then its pure bad luck, on a second thought with extremely fast outfield and batting till No. 10, Pak may be would have surprised the SA's. Tanvir's lazy attitude depresses me, what was he bowling yesterday night, only he knows. Bhatti would now be watched by the SA's and next match will be his real test. And someone please tell Mr Afridi to run back & stay behind the wicket after he bowls for any run out opportunity. If we can observe this on TV, why cant the fielding or head coach give him a piece of their mind

  • mzm149 on November 21, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    @bouncer709: How may of our other batsmen apart from Nasir have scored any century in ODIs in last 2 years? Only Hafeez. One in Zimbabwe and one in India last year.

    Who else?

    Younis Khan? Azhar Ali? Asad Shafiq? Ahmed Shehzad? Umar Akmal? Misbah ul Haq?

    They dont have guts or technique to score a century even in India.

    No one is bigger "parchi" in the team apart from trio of Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed and Anwar Ali.

  • Behind_the_Wicket on November 21, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    I believe ZTBL & NBP ( Pakistan Domestic Teams ) can defeat our National ODI team. Better give chance Sami Aslam , Sharjeel Khan , Hammad Azam , Imran Nazir, Fawad Alam & Haris Sohail in ODI.

  • bouncer709 on November 21, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Well sending Umer Akmal up was positive move, Umer Akmal can play run a ball, and in between hit boundaries too. He can not play in late order, because he starts slogging every ball while batting in late overs and if under-pressure if he miss few balls, then he desperate to hit boundary, and thus throw his wicket.

  • xylofon on November 21, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Comparing Afridi with Jamshed is like comparing soda pop with old wine. Jamshed needs to play more often, there is no one like him of our batters today except Babar Azam. You cant expect Nasir to score centuries unless he gets to play more often & gain matchpractice, theyve denied him that. He was also playing his natural game yesterday which is ODI, not T20. When he is at the crease, I never feel nervous every ball like with so many others. His whole energy at the crease calms the situation down and somehow gains momentum for Pak. The energy he releases is there even after he gets out and the batters feed off of it. That is not the case with so many others. He is absolutely key for Pakistan in ODI and even in T20. I also agree with many that keeping the wickets in hand is a good idea if they are to play the whole match.

  • zee-39 on November 21, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    I think it is ridiculous D/L rule, how can you award a match which has even not completed 10 overs. There should be no result until 15 overs completed. T20 is different ball game ICC should not apply ODIin T20, they should come up with some better rules.

  • bouncer709 on November 21, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    @Solid_Snake: Dear he scored back to back centuries against India, and you know Indian pitches, and poor Indian bowling....or he can just score in BPL.. I think he is a big parchi... getting chance in playing eleven, time and again.

  • on November 21, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    13 extra runs gifted by rsa to pak.so 60-13=47.final conclusion is the runs scored by pak batsmen is 47 so from where do you guys think that pakistan were unlucky ?anyways i think even if it wasnt rained pak wud ave been wrapped below 100 considering there uae records.

  • bouncer709 on November 21, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    I think it is unfair to rate Anwar ali on one match, but once again Hafeez and Afridi proved in bowling as senior player. and still we need another senior Umer Gul, But can't understand why Nasir Jamshed is playing? What are the expectation of Management from Umer Amin? ....they do not deserve any place in the team, specially Nasir Jamsed with his poor fielding... I wonder when people say he is naturally aggressive player... my question is when did people saw him playing aggressively?

  • Habi on November 21, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    @PaklionYousuf... Dude U.Akmal is a very talented batsman whose cricket life is being ruined by self centered PAK cricket admin/captains like Razak's case. He is the best young bat to emerge from PAK post Yusuf/Yunus. Why captains prefer to send him down the order when your best batsman should be allowed to play as much overs as possible. Just look at Kohli and even Rohit. For Yesterday match it could have been a last ball thriller had rain not intervened. Pak tend lose wickets in later half of T20s and who knows. As far Afridi is concerned he can play solely as bowler but can be sent up the order to get bonus runs. Just having runs & averages in FC does not guarantee success in international arena. I don't see any future for Shoib Malik. Hafeez is not as inspiring as Yunus khan. Pak capt. and mgmnt does not have common sense to utilize the available resources.

  • Solid_Snake on November 21, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Btw what's up with Nasir Jamshed?He is another Afridi in making..Once he see a short pitch delivery coming,he is ready to pull it & throw away his wicket.What's wrong with him.How many times he will repeat same mistake again & again.Yesterday he managed to hit some boundaries but all due to luck.He tried to hit some where else & the ball would go the other way lol..He is so low in confidence right now.I wonder if he is the same Nasir who started his career with back to back Centuries,who was fearsome..Sigh!!

  • on November 21, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    i think 94 of 65 balls shouldnt be called as pak was on course of a confirm victory. seeing their recent performances i dont think that they were certain winners before rain came.

    it was fault of team management and support staff to keep an eye on the par score after each over. and let the batsmen know what is the target after each over. also it was captains responsibility to ask team management for it. If par score was not displayed on score board for batsmen. these days it is normally written on ground score board. they lost it because of poor management. rest are just ifs and buts. it would have been an exciting game in the end .

  • Solid_Snake on November 21, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Btw what's up with Nasir Jamshed?He is another Afridi in making..Once he see a short pitch delivery coming,he is ready to pull it & throw away his wicket.What's wrong with him.How many times he will repeat same mistake again & again.Yesterday he managed to hit some boundaries but all due to luck.He tried to hit some where else & the ball would go the other way lol..He is so low in confidence right now.I wonder if he is the same Nasir who started his career with back to back Centuries,who was fearsome..Sigh!!

  • on November 21, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    I think DRS is not a good tool for T20 as things change so quickly in this format. May be they should have just called off the game. Not fair to any team. V

  • mzm149 on November 21, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    People here are making Nasir Jamshed and Umar Akmal scapegoats. It's very funny to read such comments. Rain came all of a sudden after Jamshed's dismissal. There was no sign of it before. It was not a bad idea to start not so fast without losing many wickets because the target was not that big. We all know how Pakistan lose wickets in bunch. If Nasir Jamshed had thrown it away earlier we might have faced familiar scenario. More wickets also means more par score needed. What if it had not rained? What if game resumed after rain? With no wickets in hand we would have lost again. BTW HOW MANY OF YOU KNEW IN THE START OF PAKISTAN INNINGS THAT MATCH WILL BE STOPPED AT 9.1 OVERS.

    Well if you start blaming, you should blame Ahmed Shehzad too because had Pakistan not lost one more wicket they would have won. You should blame Anwar Ali who provided extremely bad start and allowed South Africa to score freely. You should blame Sohail Tanvir for leaking runs in last over.

  • bouncer709 on November 21, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    This is why role of the captain is very important. He must be aware of the things, If you are seeing clouds and rain coming, you must go with D/L par score. In the last over they could have easily scored the required score. But seems captain was not aware of the D/L par score required to Pakistan...

  • Solid_Snake on November 21, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    What type of management we got here?They knew that rain is coming & still our batsmen never tried to hit some boundaries at the last moment.What type of Captain & Coach we have here.Seriously there is a limit to everything.

  • Romanticstud on November 21, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Pakistan vs South Africa - De Villiers = 4 runs on Duckworth Lewis to South Africa ... but that is not the full picture ... South Africa lost their way somewhat and should have tasted defeat with the likes of Afridi likely to come in next after the rain to mop things up ... but then the rain saved South Africa ... bad luck for the Pakistanis this time round ...

  • shahnbej on November 21, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    I think coach, team management and Hafiz are all enjoying the match or may be Hafiz was so scared from Dale that he forgot about D/L. Ha ha ha. What a captain and team management.

  • on November 21, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    It is difficult to predict what would have happened, and NO, i highly doubt Pakistan would have been out by 99 or 100, simply because no matter how unpredictable their batting is, after all, we are talking about an International Cricket Team, that too that is ranked 2nd in ODI's. In my opinion even after the loss of wickets Pakistan could have clinched this one a long as they kepy wickets in hand. Batting was to come, only 2 wickets were down. Unlucky we couldnt see a good game of cricket due to rain.

  • mzm149 on November 21, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    Every time they forcefully place a Karachi player in the team, it is proved that they are good for nothing. Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed and now Anwar Ali.

  • Ray24 on November 21, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    What were Hafeez and the team management doing?? The target should've chased over by over. Even when it started raining again, Pak needed 13 runs of the over and no bastman tried to go for it? Not only does this bunch lack the talent, they lack in cricket intellegence. Pathetic! People who are saying Pakistan fought well have no idea how simple it was for them to win this one. And why did we leave Saeed Ajmal out will always remain a mystery. Trying Bilawal, who did bowl well, along with another newcomer Anwar wasn't very smart. Poor show again. Hafeez is good against left handers, he should open the bowling when DeKock is playing. When will these people plan and play.

  • OverDcovers on November 21, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Seems even the weather could not save this odinary bunch from defeat! As long as Hafeez is in the team and that too as a captain Pakistan's gloom shall continue! I and many lovers of the game can forsee the horrific times for Pakistan ahead when they meet Srilanka in UAE. The bowling lacks spine, The Captaincy is lame and the batting with these guys (Misbah-Hafeez-Moin) being at the helm of selection making is only going to bring more devastation and frustration to Pakistani fans. Get rid of Misbah & Hafeez as Captains, bring in The Only Modern Day Cricket Great as Captain i.e. Younis Khan who in addition to his Cricketing abilities is a philanthropist and a great fighter.

  • on November 21, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    bad performance by S.A They should have won by a more bigger margin..y is Davids given more chances.jus drop him & bring back Devilliers..& also give chance to yougsters like DELPORT,ROSSOUW,LEVI in batting department & in Bowling Department Bring IN The Talented SIMON HARMER,ANDREW BIRCH,HARDIUS VILJOEN. please make a team for the t20 world cup now this is the right platform.

  • gsingh7 on November 21, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    pakistan usually cannot score at end of innings. remember how they lost 6 wickets runs for 17 runs in uae to lose the match? i have no doubt in my mind if rain had not come pak wud have been all out by 98 -99.

  • Dark.Matter on November 21, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    5-0 is the expected final score line. Hafeez got lucky today that he survives against Steyn, but he miht not be as lucky in the next match as he was today.

  • mensan on November 21, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    Three reasons for defeat: 1. Hafeez did not manage D/L target. What is the reason, only he can tell. 2. Is Saeed Ajmad dependent on pitch for good bowling? Foolish decision to leave him out. 3. Nasir Jamshed terribly out of form. Even Bilawal Bhatti could have performed better.

  • Cricket_Man on November 21, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    For this game Pakistani team can not be blamed. They played well

  • Noman-205 on November 21, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    After a series in the UAE which Pakistan would definitely like to forget all about, they would consider themselves a little unlucky on this occasion as mother nature intervened in what was set and looking to be the most competitive game of cricket between the two sides in recent times. However, Pakistan should take some positives away from this game, one being the way in which their spinners, without Saeed Ajmal, clawed SA back from what was a blistering start. The debut bowler Bilawal Bhatti looks a very promising prospect, but as mentioned before the game, Pakistan have never failed to produce quality bowlers, it's their batting that is often the cause of their miseries. Unlike SA, the strike was not rotated as much as it should have been in order to stay with or ahead of the D/L par score and so proved to be the downfall registering another defeat for Pakistan. The mystery of Pakistan batting continues . . .

  • on November 21, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    i never loked d/l method otherwise pakistan was favourits at that time

  • on November 21, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    Who is sharjeel never heard . Hafeez is the first or second best all rounder in ICC and talented player. Sohaib Maqsood will have more chances the results would not have changed even he had played instead of Akmal.

  • Omar-Briganto on November 21, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    @ asim229 SPOT ON comments. Change of leadership does change attitude of a team and a brave leader can fight well with ordinary resources with smart thinking.

    Hard luck Pakistan team and best of luck for the remaining matches. Give your best fight till last ball, that what we are known for, after that win/loss does not matte.

  • Crick_Expert on November 21, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    PCB should give chance to talented players. The truth is that Anwar Ali, Bilawal, Sohail Tanvir, Asad Safiq are not T20/ODI class players.

  • Crick_Expert on November 21, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    Pak really need to show good batting in next matches. Ahmed & Nasir needs to workout on good opening partenership. Good Luck

  • Crick_Expert on November 21, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    Pak played good today but lost. Hope Pak will come on winning track soon. Good Luck

  • proteasfire on November 21, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    To be honest, this is an escape victory for South Africa. Rain and DL are often their undoing but today it was in their favor. Middle order is to blame for poor showing after a strong start by openers. Faf and JP didnt live upto expectations and slowed down the runrate severely. Credit to Pakistan spinners for the way they brought themselves into the game after fast bowlers leaked 60 runs in powerplay overs. SA should send Miller around 12th over. In T20 games its important for your best batsman to play as many overs as possible. In the absence of AB, Miller should have batted up the order to capitalize on the start provided by DeKock and Amla. DeKock has proved once again that he is a potential star for SA in future. Miller didnt get much chance today to prove his death hitting but he is definitely a rising star and a finisher. Faf and JP should make sure they dont let the runrate slip down considerably after strong starts. SA needs lot of improvmnt in tht area to becom world beaters!

  • on November 20, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    In last 4 years, several fans from PAK commented about the difference Anwar Ali can make , but finally he turned to be a disappointment. Even after 5 years,people talk about the U19 World cup final and Anwar Ali has got very little credentials to boast about. I think its time he fulfils the promise with some better performances

  • on November 20, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Although I'd say luck is with South Africa for a change, I still feel Pakistan team need some changes.Shahid Afridi for instance.I'd like to narrate an incident which happened in late 90s. I was the captain my side in a Inter college match.In a typical 20 over a side match, we were 8 down with me and no.10 at crease.we needed 16 of last 2 overs.The opponents best bowler bowled the 19th, we decided not to lose wickets even if its a maiden over.We got 3 singles, saw that bowler through. The first ball of the next over was a wide and the next 3 balls disappeared to the boundary. Afridi is a billion times better cricketer than me, but I dare say his cricketing sense is lesser than a club cricketer.In the last match, the ideal way is to see Steyn through and take chances against Mclaren, Instead he decided to take on Steyn and lost his wicket only to lose the match.Even first class players in IPL use the idea to see Steyn through.

  • avmd on November 20, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    Its crazy, mind boggling. That's why you like to chase in condition where required target could be changed due to rain. The way Hafeez and Jamshed played, and were "stablizing the innings" that cost us the game, there are only two possibilities. Either they, and the coach was not tracking the required target after every over, or they were more interested in stabilizing their own position in the team by scoring some runs at cost of a win for the team.

  • PaklionYousuf on November 20, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    Why do so many people believe that Umar Akmal is good? People even keep saying it was right to send him (SURPRISINGLY TODAY) ahead of Sohaib Maqsood. When did he won match in last 3 years, I cant remember he did.

    These are superb keeper-batsman in PAK, they can keep and bat. Pak schould ATLEAST have a keeper like Afghanistan do with Mohammad Shahzad. Every country has good, sometimes INCREDIBLY AGGRESSIVE batsman, like Englands Butler. They WIN matches. And if you DONT win, dont score atleast 20 runs (at NORMAL adequate PACE), so how exactly does he become T-A-L-E-N-T-E-D? Forget proper national level player, forget average keeper-batsman. Its not justified to have poor keeper-batsman when there are so much MUCH better keeper in your country, who CAN bat, and who DO bat. KEEPERS: MOHAMMAD RIZWAN FC avg: 42.72; REHAN AFRIDI FC avg: 45.85 at Strike Rate: 66.45. SARFRAZ AHMEDs FC was 47! at one stage. And he not selected in tests. ZULQARNAIN HAIDER in fact has a internat test avg of 44

  • PaklionYousuf on November 20, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    Pakistan almost won. Everyone was thinking when SA were 60/0 after 6 overs that Pak made s mistake. But Pak did right thing today, to not field Misbah, Malik (Kamran Akmal). I think now Umar Akmal should go back to domestic cricket.

    Pak will improve, if they give Chance to other keeper-batsman: Mohammad Rizwan, Rehan Afridi etc.

    Sharjeel Khan, Fawad Alam, Kashif Bhatti (the BIGGER version Bilawal Bhatti), Sadaf Hussain, Mohammad Yousuf and Zulqarnain Haider need to be given a chance now.

  • thelapal on November 20, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    Loosing by four runs in T20 is not very close that too only playing 9.1 knowing the whether conditions pak must have kept an eye on D/L after each over and i am sure SA has done it and that's why they were able to make pak short of 4 runs,sorry to say never had confidence that pak can win this match even if they have played even all 20 overs. Jamshed batting was awful no footwork and lack of aggression in T20 and hafeez was having tough time even to connect to the ball ..except boom boom afridi no one shows that aggression in team.

  • on November 20, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Bright prospects in Bilawal as well. Just like Maqsood. He looks talented right from the ouset. Bowling 88+ mph with an easy action deserved a mention at cricinfo report too. Pakistan lost just because our middle order doesn't anticipate, they should have gone for the DL target once it was known. What could've happened? They would have lost wickets and the match too but that's what has happened now too. So I don't know why is their lack of common sense. Hafeez was good in field except dropping Saeed Ajmal and promoting Umar ahead of bright Maqsood.

  • 2nd_Slip on November 20, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    @SurlyCynic agree with you there mate think its about time we experimented and sent Miller higher up the order when we have had a good start in hope of him producing one of those innings he produced during the IPL

  • Xandier on November 20, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    Well to be honest, being among the people who started hating Pakistan cricket because of providing such sub-standard quality for the past year or so, should say that it was an honest selection of team and a well matched international standard group of experienced and young talent. There is always a team that wins and other have to loose, no mater what were the circumstances. Best of luck for the future Cricket Pakistan!

  • on November 20, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    You don't have to be magician to know who can perform from Pakistan side infact you just look at their domestic records/averages you will get to reasonable conclusion.Also t20 is not a good predictor for who's a good(actually a) batsman but one days determines things very clearly to me insha allah In current squad ODI batsman are: Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal the rest are your bowler's or fielders how can you win anything like this? You are very likely to loose all three ODI's with this sort of mediocre selection. Yeah one way you can win is get them out under 180 maybe then game is on;i feel so proud with such selection that i cant help myself but wonder how amazing it really is.If i was part of this selection i would resign immediately without any further procrastination.Your best chance to win anything against SA is t20 as this combination MAY get you to 145-160 range but going above 155+ chances are dull. So even from t20 perspective selection isn't good enough.

  • on November 20, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    After reading most of the comments I agree on one thing. when the rain was forecast the management shoyld have taken responsibility and should have reminded batsman about d/l. partly its the captains fault that he wasn't aware of it maybe bcz he was too busy focusing on styen ;) but the coach should have reminded the batsman out there playing. in the end I would say tough luck bcz it would have shown how much this team was eager to win/was under pressure

  • on November 20, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    Not surprised , Pakistan lost now blame the D/L, this is not first time D/L was implemented in cricket moreover it rained before match and it was still somewhat cloudy so conclusion is better side wins!. Only good thing was Hafeez didn't seem afraid of Steyn any longer , Anwar Ali was as already told & expected to be just an average bowler though he performed exceptionally well against India in under19 WC , he just isn't the same guy swinging ball all over the place. Bilawal Bhatti was an unknown bowler to me before match so couldn't comment but now i saw him for an over as i knew Pakistan would loose with such mediocre selection so didn't watch the whole match,back to point he seems promising bowler for now as he tried the short ball & i liked that,so seemingly had common sense to change his bowling variety etc but lets see how he does in next t20.Leaving out Saeed Ajmal was wrong runs leaving out Abdul Razzaq was wrong too.Pakistan were lucky to make a come back after conceding runs

  • on November 20, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    Tough lose to digest. Some people you can blame for this loss are Umar Akmal and Nasir Jamshed. Had Umar collected the last ball of SA innings which cost us 4 runs, and had Nasir wasted 4 less deliveries we would have won. But if we look at how things are going for Pakistan recently you can clearly see lack of luck. Nasir Jamshed is completely out of form don't why people still support him especially outside the sub continent. We need someone who can take singles and rotate the strike. One guy that comes to mind is Shan Masood, though he played in test matches, he constantly looked to accumulate runs and be positive. Try for once Shan and Shahzad at the top and keep Sharjeel in the eye.

  • Cric_fever_forever on November 20, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    this is so frustrating. sometimes nature is soo unfair. today looked like they could surprise South Africa. body language look good and it didnt dropped down even when score was 70 for None. team selection was good also. fielding was better grabbing every chance. and most postive was the way haffeez handled Steyn Gun. seems like haffez and rest of batters did lot of work in nets . Over all i would say bad luck to pak. but having said that this was the place where they had best chance next game in cape town home of south africa. its South africas Den and beating them there is big ask. best of luck to both teams .

  • Karthik78 on November 20, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    Pakistan escaped from humiliation defeat. Usually Pak is good till near to the target, but they will struggle to get even run a ball with 7 or 8 wickets in hand. So this match would also end like that.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 20, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    why did Hafees waste so many deliveries ? Who has named him professor, he doesnt deserve to be a chaprasi. Why send Akmal ahead of Maqsood, is it a ploy to dent Maqsood's confidence ? Why is Jamshed in the team, why not Sharjeel Khan ? Why

  • mzm149 on November 20, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    One thing is for sure that Anwar Ali is not an international quality bowler. He should be kicked out of the team.

  • AbdulRauf-99 on November 20, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    Well have to say that this isn't Pakistan's fault, Pakistan were surely the favorites till the rain came.

  • on November 20, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Frustration continues for Pakistan....

  • ICCexpert.... on November 20, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    why is Jamshed in the team, we have Sharjeel Khan why is he not been given a chance, why ? and why send Akmal ahead of Maqsood ? Maqsood deserves to be at 3, but this is how pak wastes there talented batsman. poor captaincy

  • asim229 on November 20, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    It was turning out to be a fantastic game and could have been an exciting last over finish but unfortunately rain ruined this game. It was one of the few rare games in the recent past where pakistan got a good start with most of the batsmen still to come and a runrate very achievable. I am not sure if pakistan will get a similar opportunity in the next games specially the ODI's because when Mr tuk tuk will come back then pakistan team will start batting in a very negative fashion and will see those familiar collapses.I must say that hafeez is atleast a better captain than mr.tuk tuk because he tries out different things and does experiments rather than just going by the same script.

  • on November 20, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Today , Pakistan was unlucky otherwise Pakistan was in winning position.

  • on November 20, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    I hate the D/L method, its really unfair

  • kbilgrami on November 20, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    @Talha Malik, how about four runs on wide that Tsotsobe conceded on the very first ball of Pakistan innings? I think that made up for Akmal's miss. I was very disappointed to see Sohail Tanveer in the playing 11 again. He concedes over 8 an over in both shorter formats. Also, with the exception of one over from Bilawal, both him and Anwar Ali were very ordinary. Again the old horses performed well with the ball and yet everyone keeps talking about young talent !!

  • on November 20, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    well when nothing is working for you then nothing can happen.

    but that is poor from pak team management and support staff. they should have known D/L target after each over and should have make batsmen aware of it. poor management really. afridi and hafeez were good. all others were on expensive side. bilawal looked better than anwar. but it all comes to the batting. sohail was also poor as well as junaid. it is funny that you leave your best spinner out and other spinners did great. on paper pak batting looked good as apart from junaid, every 1 else could bat.

    nothing much in batting to talk about. ahmed , as usual good start then gone. nasir looked out of sorts. hafeez hasnt faced many balls. they send umar ahead of maqsood which was good. but in the end failed by team support staff or batsmen if they didnt picked the par score field on score board ( if there was any).

  • on November 20, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    I hate when people predict like I knew 4 byes ruied the match as if they are writing the future :@

  • lancenishad on November 20, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    Come on guys looking for your win....lv u SA

  • PureProteas49 on November 20, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    thank you and good night, in any case one more wicket and it would have been curtains, cheers pakistan

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on November 20, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    Well its the -ve energy we Pakistani fans always attract that Pakistan won't win the match. Next time lets think +ve for a chance :)

  • on November 20, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    pakistan will win in last ball of steyn........................

  • on November 20, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    rain rain go away want see pak chase .....

  • on November 20, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    you dont have to feel that. Unfortunately rain stopped play

  • on November 20, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    raiN delay agin nd its irritaeting naw but afidi come back nd spell tirrirfic;-)

  • on November 20, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    I knew those four byes umar akmal conveniently conceded on the last ball of the innings would be Pakistans undoing.

  • on November 20, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    i m feeling now pakistan will start losing wickets..

  • on November 20, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    where is Umer Gul...? Run Rate is not good with Pakistan. They require more runs to win

  • on November 20, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    I wouldn't say its the best selection but giving young guys a chance is a good decision. if pakistan wins today they need to rethink their strategy on how to use their bowlers. good first half until now. hope for the best.

  • SurlyCynic on November 20, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Another rather selfish, slow innings by Faf. Just like in the last couple of T20s, he seems more interested in accumulating runs at run-a-ball even if he slows the team down. Duminy wasn't great either. NOt sure what Morkel was thinking not getting a single to get Miller on strike, but the end result is Miller only faced 11 balls.

    Bowling keeps rescuing SA but the batting after the opening partnership needs to wake up and think of the team.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on November 20, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    And people thought Pakistan is ordinary bowling side with Ajmal and Irfan. Yes all credit to Hafeez for bowling superbly but again they are also part of Pakistani bowling unit.

  • Harmony111 on November 20, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Is the production team in SA using some new kind of cameras or is the ground in Johannesburg really that green? It is really very soothing on the eyes to see that shade of green in that much amount on display there. Indian grounds are very green too but this is not the shade that they have. Aus grounds too don't have this shade and they seem much lighter. Either this or the cameras being used there have some super lenses that capture the color much better than the prev cameras.

  • on November 20, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Irfan is injured but what the hell is this Imran Ali doing ? Pak are gona score 120

  • on November 20, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    it is funny that they dropped their main spinner because of conditions and playing extra medium pace all rounder and both available spinners ( Afridi/Hafeez) got wickets and run rate under control.

  • on November 20, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    pakistan will be lucky to even score 130+ with this batting line up " me thinks". Mediocre batting selection with mediocre bowling selection with no ajmal/irfan . Please selection committee quit after this series for God Sake.

  • on November 20, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    No Ajmal. That is an amazing decision to drop your best bowler. But i think if you are playing afridi as a bowler/bowling all rounder on these sort of wickets with hafeez then Ajmal has to be dropped/rested. you cant have 3 spinners on these wickets. And both new guys bilawal and anwar are in so let us see what they have got in store. On paper batting looks good and till no 10.

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  • on November 20, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    No Ajmal. That is an amazing decision to drop your best bowler. But i think if you are playing afridi as a bowler/bowling all rounder on these sort of wickets with hafeez then Ajmal has to be dropped/rested. you cant have 3 spinners on these wickets. And both new guys bilawal and anwar are in so let us see what they have got in store. On paper batting looks good and till no 10.

  • on November 20, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    pakistan will be lucky to even score 130+ with this batting line up " me thinks". Mediocre batting selection with mediocre bowling selection with no ajmal/irfan . Please selection committee quit after this series for God Sake.

  • on November 20, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    it is funny that they dropped their main spinner because of conditions and playing extra medium pace all rounder and both available spinners ( Afridi/Hafeez) got wickets and run rate under control.

  • on November 20, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Irfan is injured but what the hell is this Imran Ali doing ? Pak are gona score 120

  • Harmony111 on November 20, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Is the production team in SA using some new kind of cameras or is the ground in Johannesburg really that green? It is really very soothing on the eyes to see that shade of green in that much amount on display there. Indian grounds are very green too but this is not the shade that they have. Aus grounds too don't have this shade and they seem much lighter. Either this or the cameras being used there have some super lenses that capture the color much better than the prev cameras.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on November 20, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    And people thought Pakistan is ordinary bowling side with Ajmal and Irfan. Yes all credit to Hafeez for bowling superbly but again they are also part of Pakistani bowling unit.

  • SurlyCynic on November 20, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Another rather selfish, slow innings by Faf. Just like in the last couple of T20s, he seems more interested in accumulating runs at run-a-ball even if he slows the team down. Duminy wasn't great either. NOt sure what Morkel was thinking not getting a single to get Miller on strike, but the end result is Miller only faced 11 balls.

    Bowling keeps rescuing SA but the batting after the opening partnership needs to wake up and think of the team.

  • on November 20, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    I wouldn't say its the best selection but giving young guys a chance is a good decision. if pakistan wins today they need to rethink their strategy on how to use their bowlers. good first half until now. hope for the best.

  • on November 20, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    where is Umer Gul...? Run Rate is not good with Pakistan. They require more runs to win

  • on November 20, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    i m feeling now pakistan will start losing wickets..