South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd T20, Cape Town November 22, 2013

Verbal Steyn lets loose

Plays of the day from the second T20 between South Africa and Pakistan in Cape Town

The verbal explosion
Dale Steyn is known for being fiery and after his second over went for 12 runs, he exploded close to the stump microphone. He launched into a series of expletives as he collected his cap from the umpire Johan Cloete, who asked if he had done something to tick the fast man off. "No, not you, but everything's a problem," Steyn yelled back. He was given a few overs' break to cool off before continuing again.

The catch
Hashim Amla had already taken one athletic catch while fielding at slip earlier in the UAE leg of the series, and he showed it was not a one-off when he repeated the feat today. Wayne Parnell's first delivery found some swing and Ahmed Shehzad could not resist trying to cut it away. He flashed hard but got only an outside edge. Amla had to jump at slip and stick both hands up in the air, but ended up taking the catch with only his right hand and then steadying himself before clasping it both hands.

The plan
A wily customer, Aaron Phangiso has made a reputation for out-thinking batsmen. He saw Mohammad Hafeez charge him with the first ball he bowled and then saw Nasir Jamshed doing the same. Phangiso bowled wide outside the off stump, but Jamshed had come too far down the track, and Quinton de Kock was able to complete a simple stumping.

The humble celebration
After sending Phangiso back for two straight sixes over his head, Hafeez notched up his highest score against South Africa across the matches the teams have played in the series in the UAE and here, and he did not stop there. After sweeping a JP Duminy low full toss for four, Hafeez brought up his fifty off 34 balls, and gave himself a reason to celebrate after what has been a lean patch for him so far. He did not smile too widely, though. A small acknowledgement to the dugout, and a brief clap of his hands, was all Hafeez allowed himself before getting on with the job.

The injury-to-insult moment
With Hafeez in full flow and David Wiese struggling to find his lines and lengths, runs were expected. Hafeez played a late cut off Wiese which screamed towards Steyn at third man. Steyn moved in to collect, but the ball beat him as he dived face-down onto the field. He appeared to have hit his nose and chin on the ground and stood up wiping them, checking his hand for blood, and swearing like only Steyn can.

The last laugh…
… ultimately went to Steyn. Hafeez's onslaught against South Africa's seamers gave him the confidence to try and launch Steyn out of the park as well. When Steyn was brought back on for his second spell in the last quarter of the innings, Hafeez tried to smash him down the ground but mishit the back of a length delivery to mid-off where AB de Villiers took the catch. Steyn had a giggle the last time he dismissed Hafeez, this time he just nodded and smiled. Hafeez, by contrast, was expressionless as he walked off.

The shot
South Africa required more than ten an over but had de Villiers at the crease so there would have been little panic. He showed what he is capable of when he made room and drilled Hafeez through the covers inside out.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on November 23, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Hafeez captaincy is too positive as compared to Misbah. who gave chances to young players and allowed them to play their natural game. under hafeez captaincy one can see the aggressive behavior of the batsmen which is lack in Misbah's captaincy. I would prefer hafeez as a captain for the ODIs as well while Misbah should only be selected as a batsman.

  • Dummy4 on November 23, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Being a genuine fast bowler is not enough reason for Steyn to show that type of regression. He need to realize that he is not superior to anyone else. Respect is always priority.

  • Shazia on November 23, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Steyn was very disrespectful when he snatched the bat from Umar Akmal... specially considering the incident that he had with Hafeez in previous game. Pak is allowing Steyn to get over thier batsmen... they should try the approach that Shehzad had against Steyn...

  • Shazia on November 23, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    "Plays of the Day"... South Africa only... which was the other team by the way?

  • Muhammad on November 23, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    The incidence where Steyn grabbed Umar Akmal's bat and returned him later was quite amusing. It hasn't been mentioned in this article.

  • Omar- on November 23, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Bilawal Bhatti was also a positive for Pakistan.

  • Omar- on November 23, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Perhaps Hafeez's catch at Afridi's bowling also deserve a mention, that was a good one indeed.

    I think the same team should play ODI's it is time to say Misbah good bye. Pakistan batting seems to have forgotten this aggression in batting Under Misbah's captaincy.Come on PCB why don't you understand Misbah's 50 in every match is of no use when the end result is a loss. He simply duck too many balls make the average bowlers seem courtney walsh, Ambrose, Akram etc. For God's sake give these young guys chances even if they fail, so that they can groom themselves and cement their spots.

    Misbah for tests only, please.

  • Taimur on November 23, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Steyn is great bowler and his aggression I love it, only the fast bowler can understand the aggression he shows in game... the shot of the day was Ahmed Shahzad SIX TO STEYN, and Umer Akmal SIX to Morkel... Well played Paksitan, this is Champ Pak performance they are known for. bad lucky to Afridi he needs to go in nets to atleast touch the ball to bat. the downside for Paksitan was Hafeez again getting out to Steyn, poor premeditated shot, he could have done better in over if hadnt hurried into the shot first ball of the over... Now Pak need to take this performance into one day games....momentum is with them!!! Wish them Good Luck!!!!

  • shahid on November 23, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Plays of the day? or may be plays of the South african day.

  • Shahrukh on November 22, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    I respect Steyn aggression as fast bowler but sometimes he gets too physical with the players on the field which is not right.

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