Pakistan in South Africa 2013-14 November 28, 2013

Steyn, Kallis ruled out of final ODI

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Dale Steyn, South Africa's premier fast bowler, and veteran allrounder Jacques Kallis have been ruled out of South Africa's third ODI against Pakistan with injury niggles.

Steyn has a mild left side strain while Kallis, who made his comeback to the 50-over format at the start of the series, has a badly sprained joint on the little finger of his right hand.

The pair were released from the squad for the final match against Pakistan, who are aiming for a 3-0 sweep, as a precautionary measure so they could be in "prime condition," for the upcoming series against India, according to team manager Mohammad Moosajee.

South Africa are in the midst of a busy limited-overs programme which includes 11 ODIs and four T20s in the space of six weeks and it seems to be taking its toll on some players.

Steyn played in all four T20s but in only four of the seven ODIs. He was seen in some discomfort during first ODI in Cape Town on Sunday, where he was holding his left side but played in the second match of the series in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday. This is not his first side strain this year - the condition also plagued him during the Champions Trophy.

Kallis's problem may be more of a concern. He made a return to the ODI team after an absence of a year and nine months as part of a plan to play in the 2015 World Cup. At 38, he scored a half-century in the first ODI and looked to be settling back into the side.

He replaced Faf du Plesiss - who was dropped for the series against Pakistan and India - which leaves South Africa without a replacement batsman. Wayne Parnell may be brought in as an additional allrounder with Ryan McLaren also likely to feature in Saturday's XI.

Morne Morkel, who did not play the previous ODI and was also rested from one of the T20s, or Vernon Philander are the candidates to replace Steyn.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Rightreason on November 29, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    A series win for the underdogs specially in South Africa is admirable. Batting remains fragile. Both Ahmad Shehzad and Shan Masood need to be more consistent. Umar Akmal had appeared on the cricket scene with so many promises. He is yet to deliver. In the 3rd ODI South Africa will miss the services of Kallis and Steyn, but they have other stars to take the slack. Pakistan must not be tranquil and keep the winning momentum going.

  • on November 30, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Both MIsbah and Sammy are excellent, but terribly under-rated Captains.

    Congratulations, Pakistan for winning this important series against South Africa in South Africa. Salutes from an Indian cricket Lover.

  • on November 29, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Agreed with all of them but stop criticizing our team may be the next world cup 2015 will be in pakistan. How about Nasir Jamshed? A consistent low performer in his throughout career. I have never ever seen him playing even one good innings for the past 20 matches apart from played against India in 2011. I wonder how is he still playing. Asad Shafique is a genuine one day & test player still to struggling to get place in playing XI.........

  • on November 29, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Pakistan's win is not just another win...its something much bigger than jsut winning or loosing.its about Hardwork

  • on November 29, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    wat ever u say Indian bowlers r becoming better n by each going match bhuvi n sham I r lukin like threat for sa fragile batting n Ind will prove their no.1 spot by beating said in odi series n will climb ladder in test rankings by beating said in test also any thoughts

  • alipk52 on November 29, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    @team_India_no1 this is the habbit of every human being in the world, they should criticize when they witness something bad, and praise in return of good, please don't go too far away, just look at your own Indian fans comments in the report of 2nd ODI b/w India and West Indies, you'll forget commenting anything like this again in Pakistan's matter. We do go crazy when our team wins and because we love our national team, so its our right to criticize them :) Thank you for your comments mate!

  • on November 29, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    It is not a second string SA team, it is a full strength, star studded SA team, hence the series win is all the more significant. I have always defended Misbah, he has an excellent cricket brain and does what is needed of him, both as a batsman and as a leader. Hats off to the Pakistan team for being the first Asian team to win a series in SA.

  • alipk52 on November 29, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    @shashi_dhoni Bro you can't even compare Pakistan's batting when it comes to chasing specially, they're not a batting team, they have world class bowlers, as far as batting goes, this fragile batting lineup even scrambled against teams like Ireland and Zimbabwe, India still has better bowlers then the said teams, nevertheless Young Pakistan's batsman are doing well now, the selectors are slowly but steadily taking measures, but what I meant was I was telling the strength point of India and Pakistan, and while competing against India in India, Pakistan bowlers driven nuts to the famous name of Indian lineup, where you may have chased 300 plus convincingly, and the batsman also didn't do too badly there, these young Pakistan batsman are great, they are just demoralized, i believe that's probably coz of poor coaching from DAV whatmore.

  • team_india_no1 on November 29, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    I congratulate Pakistan team for this effort and hope the same from our team. Though I wonder how a team fans change their tone overnight when their team does well. All tuk tuk problems change into boom boom.

  • on November 29, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Pak deserved to win .. hats off to them

  • Rightreason on November 29, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    A series win for the underdogs specially in South Africa is admirable. Batting remains fragile. Both Ahmad Shehzad and Shan Masood need to be more consistent. Umar Akmal had appeared on the cricket scene with so many promises. He is yet to deliver. In the 3rd ODI South Africa will miss the services of Kallis and Steyn, but they have other stars to take the slack. Pakistan must not be tranquil and keep the winning momentum going.

  • on November 30, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Both MIsbah and Sammy are excellent, but terribly under-rated Captains.

    Congratulations, Pakistan for winning this important series against South Africa in South Africa. Salutes from an Indian cricket Lover.

  • on November 29, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Agreed with all of them but stop criticizing our team may be the next world cup 2015 will be in pakistan. How about Nasir Jamshed? A consistent low performer in his throughout career. I have never ever seen him playing even one good innings for the past 20 matches apart from played against India in 2011. I wonder how is he still playing. Asad Shafique is a genuine one day & test player still to struggling to get place in playing XI.........

  • on November 29, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Pakistan's win is not just another win...its something much bigger than jsut winning or loosing.its about Hardwork

  • on November 29, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    wat ever u say Indian bowlers r becoming better n by each going match bhuvi n sham I r lukin like threat for sa fragile batting n Ind will prove their no.1 spot by beating said in odi series n will climb ladder in test rankings by beating said in test also any thoughts

  • alipk52 on November 29, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    @team_India_no1 this is the habbit of every human being in the world, they should criticize when they witness something bad, and praise in return of good, please don't go too far away, just look at your own Indian fans comments in the report of 2nd ODI b/w India and West Indies, you'll forget commenting anything like this again in Pakistan's matter. We do go crazy when our team wins and because we love our national team, so its our right to criticize them :) Thank you for your comments mate!

  • on November 29, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    It is not a second string SA team, it is a full strength, star studded SA team, hence the series win is all the more significant. I have always defended Misbah, he has an excellent cricket brain and does what is needed of him, both as a batsman and as a leader. Hats off to the Pakistan team for being the first Asian team to win a series in SA.

  • alipk52 on November 29, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    @shashi_dhoni Bro you can't even compare Pakistan's batting when it comes to chasing specially, they're not a batting team, they have world class bowlers, as far as batting goes, this fragile batting lineup even scrambled against teams like Ireland and Zimbabwe, India still has better bowlers then the said teams, nevertheless Young Pakistan's batsman are doing well now, the selectors are slowly but steadily taking measures, but what I meant was I was telling the strength point of India and Pakistan, and while competing against India in India, Pakistan bowlers driven nuts to the famous name of Indian lineup, where you may have chased 300 plus convincingly, and the batsman also didn't do too badly there, these young Pakistan batsman are great, they are just demoralized, i believe that's probably coz of poor coaching from DAV whatmore.

  • team_india_no1 on November 29, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    I congratulate Pakistan team for this effort and hope the same from our team. Though I wonder how a team fans change their tone overnight when their team does well. All tuk tuk problems change into boom boom.

  • on November 29, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Pak deserved to win .. hats off to them

  • on November 29, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    I wonder when are our neighbors going to grow up and show some sort of maturity. They should better enjoy there 'so-called' no.1 status achieved mainly playing at home. When the going gets tough everyone knows how much capable they are. I guess they haven't seen how Australia used to play as no 1. Calling teams at their backyard and thrashing at spinner-friendly tracks is not what associated with champions. The entire world knows how good your bowling is and batters are clueless in alien conditions. Australia & England series are ample proof of that. Grow up & start accepting our exploits. We did the same when you bought' the World Cup two years back!!!!

  • on November 29, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    How about Nasir Jamshed? A consistent low performer. I have never seen him playing even one good innings for the past 20 matches. I wonder how is he still playing. Asad Shafique is a test player. My perfect team batting order is.. Ahmed Shehzad, Umar akmal, hafeez, Umar Amin, Sohaib maqsood, Misbah, Razzaq, Afridi, Anwar Ali, Junaid khan and Saeed Ajmal

  • agent001 on November 29, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Hafeez only comes to bat when he is the captain (T20Is). Look at his scores. When he is playing under Misbah he will get his partner "run out " and bat poorly to burden Misbah and team Pakistan The selectors must take note of this. He did this in the tests as well and finally got dropped. He cannot wait to take over from Misbah.

  • Pakistan_Foreva on November 29, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Agree with fahed and Amjad, WHY drop Hafeez and Afridi? Their bowling is what has actually helped us whatever matches we have actually won this year, Afridi has bowled SUPERBLY in every match in this tour. What DOES HAVE to be done is for Hafeez to move down to 5th or 6th position, as he has completely failed miserably as opener and 1-down. His twenty-20 form is amazing, and that's what he should do, come in at 6th position when there are 20 or so overs left in the game and play his natural 20-20 style. That would be much more effective, especially if we can get another settled opener in like Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam or Azhar Ali. I think Shehzad has justified his position as opener for at least for one year, considering his last 8 ODI scores are 54, 58, 58, 32, 43, 2, 35, 102 (That means he's really only failed once in the last 8 games!)

  • on November 29, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Chance for cleansweap, go for final hunt pak.

  • fahed_aamer on November 29, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    I don't understand the people who are calling to drop Afridi and Hafeez from the team. These guys have done wonderfully well in the last year or so, as a bowler to hold their place in the side. The issue is that Hafeez has not been used in the appropriate batting position. They are both allrounders and hence should bat at the allrounder spot- that is 6/7. Shurjeel should be included in the team as he has the best record in Pakistan. Also PCB should invest in players like Shan Masood, Harris Sohail, Fawad Alam, Babar Azam as they have a wonderful domestic record. I am really pleased with Bilwal Bhatti and his inclusion will give balance and depth to Pakistan batting and bowling.

  • on November 29, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Pakistan has made history on this tour and become 1st asian country to beat SA in SA, What a feelings we Fans are having after beating Proteas in their backyard against a champion players like Steyn, ABD, Amla and Kallis. Its a huge achievement and proud to be a PAK team fan whose debutants can beat world's beaters comprehensively on their soil! Pak bowles did it again! now waiting to see how Indian batsman perform against Steyn, morkal, Tahir and philander!

  • on November 29, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    I don't understand why peoples want hafeez out of team. He is more bowling alrounder where in odis he can bowl 10 overs. Changing his position can be beneficial for the team. We need solid batsman at no 3. After younus khan hafeez is not fulfilling the role at no3 at all which is bringing more pressure at the top. I can assure you all the day pak team put 240-250 on the board no team can beat them they need right attitude and right combination and definitely they need batting coah desperately Good luck guys for Coleen sweep

  • ICCexpert.... on November 29, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Excellent job done by the younsters, a few more youngster to be inducted in teh team for Sri Lanka series, like Sharheel Khan, Hammad Azam, Raza Hasan. We should rest Hafeez, Jamshed, Malik, Afridi.

  • on November 29, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Hafeez wll b the most happiest person of all may b able 2 score sm runs nw

  • on November 29, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Hafeez is going through bad page.. he will be back soon in form he should Play domestic to get his form back.. steyn rest will only increase chance of clean sweep as he has been leading wicket taker from RSA.

  • PAK_SUPPORTER on November 29, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    I am speaking on behalf of most of pakistanis and I am sure most will agree with me..The world must admit that this pakistan team has shown some courage in last few years..beating world number 1 in uae and then almost having a chance to win against the other one in the same venue. I am talking about courage because this team and majority of its players have never played at home. one must realise playing at home helps in gaining confidence/form. for example india, current no 1 mostly coz its players had an opportnity to play against top sides back at home. (also playing with legends of cricket like tendulkar dravid and dhoni) it helped them grew altogether. bowling has always been pakistan's main strength, will become even more stroger with the return of gull as far as safrica and styen and kallis are concerned, steyn requires some rest, he has performed consistently and shud be utilized properly with the series been won, can afford to rest him..guys kaylis show some respect 4 kalis

  • on November 29, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Now Hafeez will be able to score lolz...

  • 2nd_Slip on November 29, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Smith just like Faf has to be dropped sooner rather than later especially looking forward to the more difficult Indian series. It would have been barable if these numerous chances were given to a future test prospect like Khun,Elgar,Ingram,Cook(I know he is old but has been in fine touch over the past year and a half),Rosouw,Bavuma,Van Zyl who would do with international experience before stepping up to the test team. I'm afraid Smith's time in the ODI side has come and gone. Gone are the days where he used to be the Shikar Dahwn of ODI cricket.

  • KashifMuneer on November 29, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    I have said this for the last couple of years now that Umar Akmal should swap places with Hafeez in the batting order. Besides that I think this should be the last chance for Nasir Jamshed before he takes a break. Could even argue that Umar Amin should open in the 3rd ODI with Ahmed Shehzad. The team combination looks better than it has done for years due to Bhatti and Anwar Ali both being handy lower order batsmen but Irfan should still walk inot the playing XI in place of Anwar Ali when he becomes fit.

  • Protea.Titan on November 29, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    De Kock should open with Amla, Duminy at three the AB, Ingram and Miller with Mclaren at seven.

  • Greatest_Game on November 29, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    @ ZCFOutkast. Last week you said Steyn did not belong in the ODI team. This week you have him in your fantasy XI. What changed? Did a little reality set in. I hope so - there is space for a heck of a lot more!

  • on November 29, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Steyn is a sore loser - serious attitude adjustment required

  • humdrum on November 29, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    All you pakistan fans, anyone remember the test series in zimbabwe,a few months ago ? where was your 'world beater' bowling ? Fancy losing to zimbabwe. LOL !

  • on November 29, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Well played Pakistan! Phenomenal comeback after the lackluster showing back in the Emirates... But SA will come out all guns blazing on Saturday make no mistake about that. India v SA series should be an even contest however, particularly in the limited overs format. In the tests SA are clearly favorites.......!

  • mensan on November 29, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    SA have not been consist in one-dayers this year. Their only series victories have come against Pakistani team. They struggled against other teams.

    I wouldn't say Smith or Kallis are finished. Certainly they are great cricketers and can come good any time. But SA should also try to find their alternatives now. Both of them will not be around for too long, at least in ODIs.

  • sdqs_23 on November 29, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Reply(FIJI Cricket) Why people forget when shoaib Akhtar ball and Indain Opner Legend Saruv Ganguly wear chest gaurd they always perform in India let see what happen in South Africa. Why india never win a series in South Africa a World Champion. What happend when their Legend player in South Africa. Why India invite Westindies for Sachin Last Series. Pakistan is the only Asian team who win a series against South Africa. First do answer these question and then comments on Pakistani Team. Pakistan Zindabad

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on November 29, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    @fayyaz03 You do realise that ODI tracks all over the world are flat nowadays, not just India? They sent Dhawan, Pujara, Raina and Murali Vijay among others as part of the India 'A' squad to South Africa. Dhawan plundered 248 off 150 balls in a one day game. Granted, it was a second-string South African attack, but it just goes to show you that the Indians in their current form have no problems playing in any conditions.

  • adeelliakat on November 29, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    @Fijicricket . . I can see that fear and anger over your team performance. If you rate this series as a warm up match then SA should have played with Under-19 team rather putting pressure on their Senior Players. Whatever you name it, reality is that ICC never maintain records for warm up matches but here sadly to say you have lost a series at home and will be remembered till SA cricket exists in this world.

  • SandipManjrekar on November 29, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Proteas are known to be all rounder's team. They are strong in every departments of the game. They are known as best chasers but recent results show different version. I was surprised to see extreme comments & being personal too in response of my comment on Proteas strategy. The batting services of Duminy, Miller & Mclaren were not used fully as only 38 balls available for them. AB was wonderful with bat & covered up early mistakes of scoring slowly committed by top batsmen. If you criticize AB for not finishing who had scored 74@SR165, it would be harsh. When you have margin of loss is 1 run, these facts can't be overlooked. Proteas didn't look at weak link in PAK bowling, i.e. Hafeez, Afridi & newcomers as PAK is banking on Ajmal only. I won't surprise to read comments of PAK fans as I know they are bound to be of same quality as seen before. Bad, harsh & non-cricket sense. They are posting same on their own players when they lose & more interested in changing pawns like in chess.

  • sachin_vvsfan on November 29, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    @Albert_cambell Interesting but SA barely managed draw(home&away) against a side that was beaten 4-0 by Eng and Aus. May be SA weren't as fearsome as their fans claim to be. We shall wait and see to what extent you thrash us.

  • Fijicricket on November 29, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    @Albert_cambell on (November 29, 2013, 5:30 GMT) Every team is better than World Champions INDIA except Pakistan. They cant even beat ZIM! Our school boys team would have no problem with this Pakistan side. SA is currently preparing for the arrival of the world champions INDIA and are using Pakistan as warm-up matches in a hastily prepared meaningless series. Pakistan can win such meaningless games like in India but when going gets serious-like the world cups, the record is India beat Pakistan 9-0 whitewash!

  • Waseemtain on November 29, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    a very good news for hafiz, but i suggest he should sit out to show his love with Stain.....Asad should be given chance by replacing jamshed/Hafiz...

  • Romanticstud on November 29, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    South Africa have lost 8 of 10 chases this year ... This format does not allow a second bite of the cherry as tests do ... I would suggest a whole shake up ... Amla, De Kock ... De Villiers, Miller, Parnell, McLaren, Philander, Peterson, Steyn, Morkel, Tsotsobe with the option of bringing in Tahir for Steyn ... or Wiese ... Smith, Kallis and Duminy are not ODI players ...

  • ABLcric on November 29, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Good News for Hafeez. Time for him to recover from Steynosis!!

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 29, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Where is Tommy the Saffer I am very concerned for his welfare what with the Aussies winning the Saffers losing, his world is coming down around him, poor fellow.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 29, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    On this form, Pakistan can white was not only SA but also a mediocre team like Srilanka in the next tour.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 29, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Only an ordinary side like Srilanka has fears over Steyn. Indians handled him several times.

  • Albert_cambell on November 29, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    @ icfa. Better than some teams losing 8-0(will be 10-0 after they visit SA) in overseas after being named as No.1 test team in the world. I would say India is the worst team to hold the No.1 spot in ODI format. We will expose them during the SA series. Even the current Aussie team is far better than Indian team as they were unlucky in that Indian series.

  • shashi_dhoni on November 29, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    @alipk52.. I agree with the comments of India not crossing 250 once while pak tour India in Dec 2012 .. but in the same series pak could not chase a lowest total of the series of 160 in 3rd odi...agree pak is the better bowling side than India... but at current Indian batting form cant even compare Pak batting with Indian batting line up....

  • fayyaz03 on November 29, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    @ ODI_BestFormOfCricket: Steyn fear of Indian batsman at him home? lolzzz just ask India's top three who are on top of the world right now after scoring runs on the flattest tracks of the world against Australia. Do they want to face steyn? And you will get the answer.The new comers Junaid Khan and Irfan almost ended the careers of Gambhir and Sehwag and thrashed Kohli, Sharma and Raina's stats badly on Indian wickets. Just think what Steyn will do with them.

  • Bladerunners on November 29, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Good news for pak stayen wont play.they should go for the kill.wish stayen comeback in test by tacking 20wckts againt ordinary indians.

  • SamrPK on November 29, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Good news for Pak, Now we should try Umar Amin, Asad shafiq in 3rd ODI and give rest to Misbah and drop jamshed now. Amin should have his last chance to play his natural game considering he is already out then why not play your natural game and prove your skills. Afridi is also not good with bat so till he performs with his bowl he should be at no. 8 otherwise dropped. Misbah! please give some respect to PCB as they wanted you to rest. So why not 3rd ODI

  • crick_sucks on November 29, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    SA by far is the worst No. 1 ranked Test team. When Aus were No. 1 in Tests they were also No. 1 in ODIs and not far behind in T20I. Same with India. They were No. 1 in Tests and ODIs. ENG were No. 1 in all 3 formats, all though for a brief while. What is common in the latter 3 are that they were at the top of the game in all 3 formats. But SA inspite of playing the least amount of cricket among the major countries has awful rankings in ODIs and T20I. They just lost a series to Pak at home. SA being no. 1 is something equal to a tennis player getting a no. 1 ATP ranking without winning at least 1 of the big 4 tournaments, like Wozniacki.

  • alipk52 on November 29, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    @sandip just want to ask you this same Pakistan attack played in India early on with the exception of Afridi and two new comers, I saw how well these bowlers from underdog team destroyed and humiliated India's top order on regular basis, yes I compare them to India on your reply because India are so called worlds best batting side, but scrambled against world's best bowling lineup and guess who was the destroyer? this lad was Junnaid Khan, India couldn't managed 250 even once, and rolled over below 200 2 times in 3 matches, this is the superiority of Pakistan's bowling. they couldn't chase 250 against them.

  • ReverseSweepIndia on November 29, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    this is really really bad news for Pak, yes Pak not SA. With old guys who had not been performing and then team losing the matches from winning conditions forced dumb selectors to bring fresh legs. And see what happened in 1st match. Even in 2nd match, it was a very good catch taken by a youngster in a crucial moment, which if dropped, could have handed the game to SA who were already well on course. So now of old deadwoods only ones left are Hafeez & Afridi (Misbah is still gold). They are good bowlers. But Pak get 100s of good bowlers from what seems like a conveyor belt. These 2 are playing as allrounders and Afridi score once in 50 matches & Hafeez chicken out even with the sight of Steyn. Now Steyn gone, he may score some runs and will stay in team longer. On side note, winning a series anywhere in Eng-Aus-SF is huge achievement and playing in these conditions you need little bit of luck too. But then luck favor the brave. Congratulations. I hope we (Ind) are brave & lucky too

  • on November 29, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    Bring In Players Like Stephen Cook ,Dean elgar into the ODI side..i wonder y stephen cook is not in the test Squad he is having such a good record in Domestic cricket & still he is not part of the S.A Team..bocoz of this Quota system s.a has lost so many Players like Kevin Pietersen..shame on S.A Selectors..

  • on November 29, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    Hafeez- are you listening??? pls drop yourself to no 6 or 7 and smash the bowlers -considering it is t20 match. Please consider this suggestion

  • Javed.sethar on November 29, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    Gud news for hafeez and nasir jamshed now these are so happy but i say s.african bowling attack is still so difficut for those

  • on November 29, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    @SandipManjrekar: All your questions will be answered when India tours Proteas and gets a reality check. You can question how average a bowling Line Ashwin, Raina, Kohli, Yuvraj, Rohit, Bhuvaneshwar and Shami are when AB goes kiss kiss bang bang to these guys :) Goodluck!

  • abbyk2 on November 29, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    Bahatti and Ali have been an inspirational to the Pakistan.Their lower order runs have crucial to the final total of the innings. South Africa have been unable to contain these two batsman.Steyn and Kallis have both come in for punishment from these two. Did Pakistan miss Razzaq or Mali? I dont think so. Bahattis bowling in the first ODI was exceptional now Misbah needs to give more pressure situations to both these two players who play with a fearless attitute something Pakistan have not shown recently in T20s or ODIs.

  • on November 29, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    lets see what India does now in South Africa. LAST 2 SERIES THEY WERE WHIT WASHED BY ENGLAND AND AUSTRALIA AND WITHOUT TENDULKAR who sometimes scored 20-30 runs in fast wickets in a inning. From last 65 years I remember India winning only 3-4 series away...I am sure they r ready for one more white wash

  • cooldxve on November 29, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    As Pakistan has already won the series, they should test their bench strength in the final ODI. The senior players like Misbah, Ajmal and Afridi should be rested. Junaid can also be rested because he got a serious blow on his leg. Mohammed Hafeez should play to gain some form, and he should also be the captain for this ODI only.

    The Pakistan XI should be: Shehzad, Jamshed, Maqsood, Shafiq, Akmal(wk), Amin, Hafeez(c), Bhatti, Anwar, Tanvir, Abdur Rehman.

    If Pakistan wins the toss they should bat second to put a chasing pressure on their batsmen. They should test themselves as much as possible.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on November 29, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    steyn and kallis will not come back. Steyn just hide in the name of niggles bcz of FEAR, against strong indian batting lineup. Who would care about kallis's 55 ball 45 or 50 run.

  • mensan on November 29, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    SA should not break Amla-deKock opening. Smith can come at 1-down, else give chance to some younger player.

  • mensan on November 29, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    @ Manj Dhariwal. Pakistan and India are in same boat. Pakistan's batting is not good. India's bowling is bad. So what is the difference? How you see 2014 for India then?

    Good fast bowlers like Steyn and Morkel will also worry Indian batting but India have no bowlers to worry Smith, Amla & company.

  • on November 29, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    good oportunity for Hafiz to open the inning n score 40/50 n make white wash. wish all the best

  • on November 29, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    SA with their bowling strength often get small/ medium totals to chase. So Kallis can still be handy for them.

  • on November 29, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    pakistan have tremendous achievment by beating proetes in thier soul, And batting is also improving in the lightes of young baters like Ahmed shahzad, and alround show by bilawal bhatti, so things looks good for pakistan cricket team they were just lacking with moral boaster, which they have now with the series win.. Pakistan zindabad, love you

  • on November 29, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    Bowling has never been problem for Pakistan ... the best thing happen is they got there confidence back by wining the lost game.... bating looks good... our bowling was so good that we went to india and defeat them in there home and with out any trouble ..... all the hater stay away we know what u are saying don't worry ... try to win some matches out of you home ... :) so called hehehehe ... I am waiting to watch SA VS india hehehe ...

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on November 29, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    PAK team has upper hand to sweep the series clean but SA can win matches without DALE and Kallis .So AB should change batting order for DUMINY and MILLER i.e A.B.D should bring himself between thes two because JP and Miller do have defensive approach in the starting of their bating ,they eat some balls then they start to score runs .in this mean time time asking rate goes up or they are not able to finish the inning as hitter .So AB should think about it ......and Hendrick and richards can replace him ..dnt worry .....good luck

  • on November 29, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    Is it not amazing how many Indians are predicting a bad year of doom and gloom for Pakistan?

    Pakistan victorious against S.Africa away from home is truly a marvellous achievement!

    Well done boys!!

  • on November 28, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    SA gonna have quite easy and comfortable series after this one...bowling sides like india, zimbabwe and bangladesh are like moral booster for any side to bash and gain some lost moment...but for now they might get a clean sweep against might pakistan team..

  • on November 28, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    pakistan must add a left hand bat like Muhammad Nawaz who can bowl left arm leg break and a tear away fast bowler like Talha along with Muhammad Irfan and Shargeel as openin bat to form a good winning combination. Problem with Misbah is that he is to defensive and lets the opposition to come back, Hafeez may be given captaincy of ODIs as well and Misbah to play in ODI and T-20 as well as player

  • on November 28, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    Key to success of South Africa was their balance, Smith and Kalis have disturbed the balance of team not only in batting and bowling but also in fielding. on the other hand Anwar ali and Bhatti have added the same to Pakistan, Please drop Nasir Jamshed and shift Hafiz to no 5, more over afridi should bat after Bhilwal Bhatti

  • on November 28, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Imran nazir should be given chance for a full season instead of nasir jamshed we have now seen enough of jamshed as jamshed has problem in his technique and he don't know how to play at off-side .. Misbah Ul haq should come at no.3 and why don't they try Umer Akmal at no.4, for me umer akmal is a very good no.4 player ..

  • on November 28, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    The series with India is the real deal. SA already crushed Pak in UAE so nothing to prove, it's about doing some experiments and working out the best strategy before the big boys come. No. 1 vs No.2 is going to be fun.

  • Fijicricket on November 28, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    Clearly this meaningless series was hastily arranged as a warm-up for South Africa for the matches against the world champions India. Pak fans pls calmdown! Its number 5 ranked team beating number 6 ranked team by one run in a warm-up match is no big deal!

  • on November 28, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    I dont see anything interesting in Steyn-Hafeez stats except no other SA bowlers can knock Hafeez out but Steyn. :-)

  • on November 28, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Great news for Pakistan that Steyn is out of the final ODI. Pakistan will never get a better opportunity than this to whitewash the Proteas in their own backyard. Mohammed Hafeez will be having a nice sleep with that news. Good opportunity for him and Nasir Jamshed to get some runs under their belt as the main threat bowling wise is not playing. With the series won if Pakistan win the toss I think Misbah should bowl first as we now Pakistan are not good chasers but with the series won and South Africa without Steyn surely they won't get a better opportunity to chase down whatever score they make.

  • roook on November 28, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Pakistan are playing with 6 bowlers drop hafeez and bring in Asad shafiq. Question is if we drop nasir jamshad then we have to drop hafeez too they both have a bat run. Bowling is saving hafeez but he is more of a occasional wicket taker and more a run blocker.

  • on November 28, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    umar akmal should come at no.3

  • Hoshan on November 28, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    There is no room for Hafeez in ODIs ,rather he must be replaced by Imran Nazir..apart from that Afridi must be reprimanded to stay at the end of all available overs..we are very much delighted by this win as if Plakistan have won the world cup...thanx ...Hosh Muhammad

  • on November 28, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    @Hassan Akhtar: 5=15/3, post comment like that when irfan gets amla for at least 12-13 time.

  • GRVJPR on November 28, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Sou south africa is intentionally weakning their team for pakitan to win..

  • on November 28, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Well done Team Pakistan ! No matter what you do , you'll always be champions in our hearts !

    And the haters may hate ! =)

  • babar777 on November 28, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    y pakistan not trying umer amin at 3 n give him bowl to0o00 n rest hafeez just for experiment n give bowl to maqsood to0o0 win or lost does not matter at this stage

  • on November 28, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    its a good news for and even more for hafeez who is having nightmares of steyn. now Pakistan should aim at whitewash rather to rest their players like sa

  • on November 28, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Pakistan played excellent. but in future I can see they will fall badly. bowling is good. but batting is still weak.I can see 2014 will be a very bad year for them

  • agent001 on November 28, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Yes, Hafeez just finished his bangra (dance) and realized that some day he will not let his bat hang there in thin air for the ball to take an edge. His technique is wrong for an opening batsman. Misbah was saved by that one run win, otherwise he was doomed as well.

  • on November 28, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Time for Pakistan to think and ponder as well. Saeed Ajmal and Nasir Jamshed should be given rest and Abdul Rehman along with asad shafique given a chance.A good opportunity to try part time bowlers. Prepare for the Sri Lankan series as this series is over practically.

  • on November 28, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    It's a great achievement not because Pak beat SA and clinched the series. It's a great achievement because they were underdogs and came back strongly. By the way didn't agree with Sandip, Pakistani bowling line up is strong, different and sometimes very difficult to handle. You know in the last ODI series with India they also perturbed the strong Indian batting line up and won the series.

  • FSL2013 on November 28, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    @SandipManjrekar There is difference between sitting on couch and watching game and going down to the middle of the ground and facing bowlers. Its a game of opportunities. AB gave opportunity , Pakistan took it but it always requires skill to do that. I bet same sequence will be repeated when India is there next week , either one of the two teams will throw out opportunities and rival will try to cash them if they have the skill. It will be either Indian batsman or SA bowlers rocking. Learn the game of cricket buddy.

  • SurlyCynic on November 28, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Please drop Smith, he should stick to tests. De Kock and Amla were doing a good job at the top of the order but Smith coming back has interfered with that. Surely we have seen enough of SMith scratching around in ODIs?

  • on November 28, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Good news for pakistan and pakistan shud change their batting order.

  • jb633 on November 28, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Not a bad move for Kallis to miss out. I have admired him as a player for years but really do feel SA are better off without him in the ODI format. The problem with SA ODI side is their middle order players. I feel that if AB and Amla fail then they will crumble more often than not. Miller is a good player of bad bowling and an average one of good bowling. JP eats up too many balls time and again and I feel he can get bogged down. De Kock looks really promising to me and should open with Amla (if it ain't broke why fix it). Kallis eats up to many balls as well and his bowling in the last 5 years has been less than up to scratch. The bowling attack is good and with Tahir coming into his own it gives them a whole new dimension on that front. If they can get one more middle order batsmen that can finish the innings or manipulate the strike well they will be right up there.

  • docsunny on November 28, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    I agree with Faisal Ali. One thing that Pak team is good at is defending totals and this one was a stiff total to defend by any equation. They would be fancied to defend this target against any team.Their stats confirm that. This match would have not run to the wire had it not been for the brilliant improvisation and heroics of AB. Their problem has been their batting which has not been giving them enough runs to defend. A rare combination of world class bowling and pedestrian batting.

  • on November 28, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    I can picture Hafeez doing Bhangra. lol

  • SirEngland on November 28, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    @SandipManjrekar: You said 'Pakistan didn't gain upper hand rather SA lost by unimaginable strategy'. Would you not agree that this scenario was the same for the two games that Pakistan lost against SA in UAE? You've also mentioned 'They had also given too much respect to Afridi, Junaid & newcomer too.' Are you for real? This is not rounders, its cricket!

  • docsunny on November 28, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Resting Steyn will not change Hafeez's technique. He will still find Philander and company handful. His technique and short selection is so inadequate , I predict a regulation catch behind the wicket. In my opinion throwing Steyn against Hafiz is an overkill.

  • on November 28, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    @SandipManjrekar I think you are forgetting this is CRICKET you cannot say any team would have chased that target. If thats the case then PAK won in India those Targets were also chase able there also Junaid & Saeed Destroyed you'll ... correct me if I am wrong. Remember you are not playing on them I know you could have chase it with your eyes shut down. LIke how Pak lost in Abu Dhabi same things went here and always Rem a win is a win not matter what FULL credit should be given to team PAKISTAN till the End they keep this match alive and worked hard.

  • on November 28, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    are you know people ,irfan has diss messed amla five times in only 9 innings..why are you criticize hafeez against steyn..

  • SirEngland on November 28, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    @uSmanali6323: Hafeez definitely will NOT score half a century tomorrow.......the next game is on Saturday.

  • SandipManjrekar on November 28, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    I won't agree on Domingo being incompetent coach but he has really put break on team's accelerator. It was surprising factor to see Kallis comeback. The batting approach by Proteas in last 2 ODIs wasn't understandable. For a moment I thought Amla's slow 98 was responsible but it would be harsh on him just because others didn't perform with required momentum except AB's heroics. The bowling department wasn't also up to the mark which let Pakistan to score easy runs. Pakistan didn't gain upper hand rather SA lost by unimaginable strategy. Plus their openers inability to bat & counter attack on Hafeez's off-spin. They had also given too much respect to Afridi, Junaid & newcomer too. Any team could have easily chased target against Pakistan in last 2 ODIs but why couldn't Proteas which is really clueless.

  • ZCFOutkast on November 28, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Too bad Smithy's still around! Overhaul the squad.

    ODI XI:Amla, Rilee Rossouw, ABdv(c), Duminy, Stiaan van Zyl, de Kock(wk), Albie Morkel, McLaren, Roelof vd Merwe, Steyn, Tsotsobe

  • on November 28, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Too many mistakes by AB develiers 1.Giving away too many singles 2.Fielding errors 3.Not bringing styen back to the attack when they desperately needed to break maqsood and shehzads partnership 4.Couldn't finish the game himself give his wicket away at the crucial stage Very good player but Not a good captain and a good leader for SA.

    Duplesis could be a good choice to captain both formats he has more hunger to the game he stands over the opposition, AB is too soft, innocent and humble. As a SA fun Iam still shocked and disbelieve of their performance in the last 5 overs,Amla cared about his century than the team Made me loose $1000 oh well....

    Smith should be dropped ASAP his is useless in Odis need someone more consistent need fresh legs Kallis would still perform often better than smith

  • Praveen9aug78 on November 28, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Smith is not great batsmen of spin. He should be dropped .Maclaren more handful than smith .Morne morkel and parnel should be included.

  • docsunny on November 28, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    I agree entirely with Lloydster especially when one is getting the team ready for 2015 WC. The only reason for playing Smith and Kallis in one day team would be lack of adequate replacements and I don't think SA has such a problem.

  • on November 28, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    hafeez should be brought on no.5 while umar akmal should come @ no. 3...

  • docsunny on November 28, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    You don't want to bring people like Umar Amin and Asad Shafiq back unless that's the best you have in reserve . These guys have been persisted with and failed repeatedly. Hamad Azam appeared promising but was not given a fair chance. SA also have Kyle Abott who skittled Pak a year ago.

  • Cric_fever_forever on November 28, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    so there wont be series white wash........ i still belive in south africa they will turn around soon. im not s.a but a well wisher . all the best.

  • uSmanali6323 on November 28, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    good news for M Hafeez n he will definitely score a half century tomorrow as he did in 2nd t20 bcoz Steyn was removed from the attack by Faf. when he came to bowl in the last overs of the inning. he got his wicket. he just performs against ordinary bowlers. so he will be happy bcoz he has a chance to impress selectors n reserve a place for the next series.

  • Ramu444 on November 28, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    I can not understand why smith is in the side,he is Hafeez of SA.he should retire from ODI

  • on November 28, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    well hafeez will be most happy person and he can score a pretty 30 or even 50 this time.

  • on November 28, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    It's Good News for Hafeez. And I Think it's great apportunity for Pakistan To CleanSweep.

  • Lloydster on November 28, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Quiet honestly Smith and Kallis are more of a burden to the side now than ever. They are well past their sell by date and are hindering the inclusion of settling on younger players. Smith has not finished a tournament in years - kallis does not have the energy /commitment to continue. They bowling has been in different since Alan Donalds back in the frame. Pakistan have gained the upper hand because they moved forward and SA went backwards by bringing back the old guard. Series lost ! That is a sign of a incompetent coach , choosing players on reputation. Move on or get white washed 3-0

  • Stark62 on November 28, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    And here I was thinking he will end Hafeez's ODI career, after his Test career but now, Hafeez may get a 50 and stay in the top order, along with the team for a long time because the SL bowlers will be a cakewalk for him in the next series.

    Anyway, I think the problem for SA has been the composition of the side because De Kock and Amla were doing a great job as openers, then came Smith and Kallis ousted MacLaren as the all-rounder.

    Both Lonwabo and MacLaren were doing great with ball, then Morkel returns and does a great job, plus Philander has looked threatening and sharp in every opportunity he has been given but at the same time, Lonwabo and MacLaren lost their form after being benched in the first ODI.

  • on November 28, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Now after Steyn's exclusion , Jamshed will be dropped and Hafeez will open & Asad/Umar will come in as replacement of Jamshed. I think Umar Amin should be included as he can bowl a bit and should be given some overs to bowl ...

  • on November 28, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    pakistan should look out for clean sweep and take the golden oppurtunity knowing that south africa have no batting alternate, they should strike in bowling

  • ROLAYH on November 28, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    This news has undoubtedly made Hafeez the happiest person on planet... :D

  • on November 28, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    sigh of relief for Mohammad Hafeez

  • on November 28, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Nice chance for Pakistan for clean sweep.

  • on November 28, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Thats not good. Now Hafeez will score a century and buy another year in the batting lineup

  • cricket_craze234 on November 28, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    oh boy! would hafeez be happy. In fact I think he'll be celebrating.

  • cricket_craze234 on November 28, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    oh boy! would hafeez be happy. In fact I think he'll be celebrating.

  • on November 28, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Thats not good. Now Hafeez will score a century and buy another year in the batting lineup

  • on November 28, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Nice chance for Pakistan for clean sweep.

  • on November 28, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    sigh of relief for Mohammad Hafeez

  • ROLAYH on November 28, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    This news has undoubtedly made Hafeez the happiest person on planet... :D

  • on November 28, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    pakistan should look out for clean sweep and take the golden oppurtunity knowing that south africa have no batting alternate, they should strike in bowling

  • on November 28, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Now after Steyn's exclusion , Jamshed will be dropped and Hafeez will open & Asad/Umar will come in as replacement of Jamshed. I think Umar Amin should be included as he can bowl a bit and should be given some overs to bowl ...

  • Stark62 on November 28, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    And here I was thinking he will end Hafeez's ODI career, after his Test career but now, Hafeez may get a 50 and stay in the top order, along with the team for a long time because the SL bowlers will be a cakewalk for him in the next series.

    Anyway, I think the problem for SA has been the composition of the side because De Kock and Amla were doing a great job as openers, then came Smith and Kallis ousted MacLaren as the all-rounder.

    Both Lonwabo and MacLaren were doing great with ball, then Morkel returns and does a great job, plus Philander has looked threatening and sharp in every opportunity he has been given but at the same time, Lonwabo and MacLaren lost their form after being benched in the first ODI.

  • Lloydster on November 28, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Quiet honestly Smith and Kallis are more of a burden to the side now than ever. They are well past their sell by date and are hindering the inclusion of settling on younger players. Smith has not finished a tournament in years - kallis does not have the energy /commitment to continue. They bowling has been in different since Alan Donalds back in the frame. Pakistan have gained the upper hand because they moved forward and SA went backwards by bringing back the old guard. Series lost ! That is a sign of a incompetent coach , choosing players on reputation. Move on or get white washed 3-0

  • on November 28, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    It's Good News for Hafeez. And I Think it's great apportunity for Pakistan To CleanSweep.