South Africa v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Centurion November 30, 2013

De Villiers steers South Africa to victory in tricky chase

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Pakistan 179 (Misbah 79*, Philander 3-26) v South Africa
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

South Africa chased successfully for the first time in eight matches but they had their bowlers to thank for setting up a moderate target. They restricted Pakistan to a score under 200 on a surface where extra bounce and turn made batting tricky.

Vernon Philander, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Ryan McLaren and Wayne Parnell all got the ball to kick up from back of a length and tested Pakistan's line-up with tight lines. Contrastingly, Pakistan's attack, sans Junaid Khan, only really troubled South Africa with their spinners, whose mid-innings strangehold threatened to send the hosts into freefall. AB de Villiers batted with the patience required to steer his team and save them from being whitewashed in a three-ODI series for the first time in more than 20 years. The loss would have left Pakistan wondering what could have been had they had Shahid Afridi, who was rested, as a bowling option in this game.

Pakistan made four changes in total to their XI and despite the new-look outfit, Misbah-ul-Haq promised not to take a relaxed approach to the final fixture.He was the only one who stuck to that resolution, with a customary half-century amid the collapse. The memo was missed by the rest, starting with Ahmed Shehzad, who played lazily at the fourth delivery of the morning to give Hashim Amla a regulation catch at first slip. Asad Shafiq also failed to make use of his opportunity but Umar Amin showed better temperament.

In his first appearance in this series, he was asked to open and did the right thing by giving himself time to get his eye in before attacking. With Sohaib Maqsood in good touch, the pair looked capable of setting Pakistan up. They scored 41 runs in the 47 balls they were together before a well-judged catch by Amla at slip ended their stand and indicated the problems extra bounce would cause.

Ryan McLaren pitched back of a length and Amin got a thick edge as he fended at it to force Amla into a jump. McLaren continued to trouble Pakistan's batsmen with the lift he generated. His short ball also accounted for Masood, who played the pull too early and popped the ball up for McLaren to complete the a nifty catch in his follow-through.

When Umar Akmal too was the victim of a stunning catch - by his opposite number who dived one-handed to take it - Pakistan were teetering. They inched even closer to unravelling when Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali were dismissed in the space of three balls to leave Pakistan at 97 for 7. It was a situation Misbah-ul-Haq has been in many a time and one he knows how to navigate expertly.

He found an ally in Abdur Rehman, who was willing to rotate strike and spend time at the crease. The pair negotiated the short ball barrage well but also flirted with danger. Misbah was on 43 when he almost threw it away, cutting off Wayne Parnell. JP Duminy at backward point put down a simple chance. Rehman lofted McLaren to third man but the substitute fielder spilled it. The pair posted 51 before Rehman holed out to deep square leg and Misbah was left to finish off.

Back to back sixes off Imran Tahir, whom Misbah charged to smack straight down the ground, took him three-quarters of the way to a century, but as been the case throughout his career, he was left stranded with Pakistan on a below-par score.

South Africa's openers set about their task briskly. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock blitzed their way 34 off the first five overs against a Pakistan opening pair that offered width and strayed on the pads. Had they tempered their enthusiasm with some caution, they could have batted through but de Kock was the first to go when he top-edged a pull off Bilawal Bhatti.

As soon as debutant Henry Davids arrived, so did the spin threat and it immediately slowed South Africa down. Davids battled to read Ajmal's line and after facing seven balls from him was put out of his memory when he was stumped.

Amla continued fluently and it was only when he was run-out that South Africa's nerves would have tightened. JP Duminy and AB de Villiers were tied down by Pakistan's spinners, which resulted in even Maqsood being given a bowl. Duminy was eventually tempted by Rehman's flight. He went forward to try and play on the leg-side and the ball hit bat, pad and then settled into Akmal's glove.

David Miller provided the aggression to get South Africa out of what was becoming a pressure situation. By the time he flashed off Tanvir, the match was all but won and with the required run-rate under control, de Villiers and McLaren could knock it around until they reached the target. McLaren did not last until the end but de Villiers was unbeaten while Wayne Parnell smoked the winning runs with more than 11 overs to spare.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • ICKY on December 1, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    @ mera-bharat: Pak beat the - out of Bharat in the last series they played in their own backyard. why are some people living in fantasy. Bharat is a good batting power house in their own backyard. Everybody remembers their whitewash by England recently and Pak - India series they played last year. India will see a different real world on foreign land.

  • imranmujtaba on December 1, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    This Forum has Become Pak vs india instead of SA vs Pak discussion. There is no comparison between Dhoni or Misbah Simply becuase: Dhoni lead from the front where Misbah is not visible in the team... Dhoni Won so many game for India, I dont remember any game won by Misbah For Pak but i remember many Pak lost becuase of Misbah.... Dhoni is Financial strong and backed up by strong sponsors where No one is interesting sponsoring Misbah except political people who want their relative to play for Pak..... Lastly Indian is only good in India as always when there was no rohit, Kholi or dhawan and they are the toughest team to beat in Indian ground but they hardly win series outside india, (check last 2 series outside india) where has got decent record home and away due to bowlers..... each gifted by different qualities and it will good to see them playing against each other.....

  • mzm149 on December 1, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    @laho111: I don't need to give you justifications. I was telling you facts. Don't bring ODIs and t20s in same set of stats. He made 38 in ODIs five innings ago. Be prepared to see your co called super star in Karachi Dolphins only.

  • Yuosufahmed on December 1, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    @ SLslider: This should be a very tough series as it is played in good UAE wickets which are better than your flat Ind pitches. The result is unpredictable. I rate Pak slightly ahead of SL.

  • likeintcricket on December 1, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    As the commentators said Pak and SA matched in nearly every department and shared the series in all format. Test are drawn, ODIs are shared 1-1 and T20s 1-1 ( One T20 was in Completely Pak favor when ended by rain, They just miscalculated it otherwise they easily won it onD/L). Last ODI was just an exercise. For Indian Fans it's very simple, If Indians win any series they are better than Pak. SA are a very talented side in all department and all format but their bowling is exceptional. Indians came here with great batting sides before but always failed. They don't have Tendulakar, Dravid, Sehwag, Laxman and CO this time so it's not easy for them. SA batting is very talented and they bat long and not easy for Indian bowlers to get 10 SA wickets.

  • laho111 on December 1, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    @mzm149. great justification... plz also justify excellent performances of nasir, umer amin and hafeez. I think nasir in 4 matches of SA tour made 2, 24, 19, 18, in UAE 19, 1, 0, 38, 32, 37 excellent....... In last 15 matches, he didnt cross 38 score. it is justifying you greatly....

  • MichaelBurton on December 1, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Pak was lucky to win the first 2 matches. Mighty SAs showed their colours at the end. With this weak batting line up Pak will never beat a great team like Ind. Hopefully they will performe better in their next series against weak Lankans.

  • on December 1, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    @diehardINDIANcricketfan i think ur quality of the Indian batsman is better than our pakistani bowlers.

  • GRVJPR on December 1, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    What so special about this win. South Africa wins one match at home. And that doesn't count.

  • sidh78 on December 1, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    some ind team hetter says that nothing big when india win at home but when sa aust wins at home they called them great,what a double standarad.btw india win outside also plz check the records.i think india won 13 matches out of 15 in outside india(in eng,wi).some people says ind pitches are flat & easy for batting but in actual ind pitches are slow & turning not so easy for batting. why not apposite team's batsman make more runs againat so called weak bowlling of india and win matches if indian pitches are easy for batting.plz check the average of great ponting in india which is very low below 30. so indian pitches are easy for batting then why his average low in india.(avg. of sachin,dravid laxman are above 50 in australia eng )

  • ICKY on December 1, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    @ mera-bharat: Pak beat the - out of Bharat in the last series they played in their own backyard. why are some people living in fantasy. Bharat is a good batting power house in their own backyard. Everybody remembers their whitewash by England recently and Pak - India series they played last year. India will see a different real world on foreign land.

  • imranmujtaba on December 1, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    This Forum has Become Pak vs india instead of SA vs Pak discussion. There is no comparison between Dhoni or Misbah Simply becuase: Dhoni lead from the front where Misbah is not visible in the team... Dhoni Won so many game for India, I dont remember any game won by Misbah For Pak but i remember many Pak lost becuase of Misbah.... Dhoni is Financial strong and backed up by strong sponsors where No one is interesting sponsoring Misbah except political people who want their relative to play for Pak..... Lastly Indian is only good in India as always when there was no rohit, Kholi or dhawan and they are the toughest team to beat in Indian ground but they hardly win series outside india, (check last 2 series outside india) where has got decent record home and away due to bowlers..... each gifted by different qualities and it will good to see them playing against each other.....

  • mzm149 on December 1, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    @laho111: I don't need to give you justifications. I was telling you facts. Don't bring ODIs and t20s in same set of stats. He made 38 in ODIs five innings ago. Be prepared to see your co called super star in Karachi Dolphins only.

  • Yuosufahmed on December 1, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    @ SLslider: This should be a very tough series as it is played in good UAE wickets which are better than your flat Ind pitches. The result is unpredictable. I rate Pak slightly ahead of SL.

  • likeintcricket on December 1, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    As the commentators said Pak and SA matched in nearly every department and shared the series in all format. Test are drawn, ODIs are shared 1-1 and T20s 1-1 ( One T20 was in Completely Pak favor when ended by rain, They just miscalculated it otherwise they easily won it onD/L). Last ODI was just an exercise. For Indian Fans it's very simple, If Indians win any series they are better than Pak. SA are a very talented side in all department and all format but their bowling is exceptional. Indians came here with great batting sides before but always failed. They don't have Tendulakar, Dravid, Sehwag, Laxman and CO this time so it's not easy for them. SA batting is very talented and they bat long and not easy for Indian bowlers to get 10 SA wickets.

  • laho111 on December 1, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    @mzm149. great justification... plz also justify excellent performances of nasir, umer amin and hafeez. I think nasir in 4 matches of SA tour made 2, 24, 19, 18, in UAE 19, 1, 0, 38, 32, 37 excellent....... In last 15 matches, he didnt cross 38 score. it is justifying you greatly....

  • MichaelBurton on December 1, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Pak was lucky to win the first 2 matches. Mighty SAs showed their colours at the end. With this weak batting line up Pak will never beat a great team like Ind. Hopefully they will performe better in their next series against weak Lankans.

  • on December 1, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    @diehardINDIANcricketfan i think ur quality of the Indian batsman is better than our pakistani bowlers.

  • GRVJPR on December 1, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    What so special about this win. South Africa wins one match at home. And that doesn't count.

  • sidh78 on December 1, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    some ind team hetter says that nothing big when india win at home but when sa aust wins at home they called them great,what a double standarad.btw india win outside also plz check the records.i think india won 13 matches out of 15 in outside india(in eng,wi).some people says ind pitches are flat & easy for batting but in actual ind pitches are slow & turning not so easy for batting. why not apposite team's batsman make more runs againat so called weak bowlling of india and win matches if indian pitches are easy for batting.plz check the average of great ponting in india which is very low below 30. so indian pitches are easy for batting then why his average low in india.(avg. of sachin,dravid laxman are above 50 in australia eng )

  • SLslider on December 1, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Well pakistan did win and everything against this depleted and somewhat uninspired SA side. But they should not be too happy coz they have their biggest test coming up. Lions will not show any mercy and are the best team in the world. I have no doubt that SL will thrash PAK. Suresha from colombo. PLZ publish.

  • mzm149 on December 1, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    @diehardINDIANcrickeyfan: Thank God Dinda, Munaf Patel and Umesh Yadav are not in the deal.

  • diehardINDIANcricketfan on December 1, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    If u want dhawan , rohit virat. then u have to take ishant vinay kumar and nehra. Its a combo deal :P

  • on December 1, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Why u people Criticise Misbah. Misbah won series in India n beat Dhoni XI at their home Ground. We have hardly 2 batsmen with average of 30 , we Should Proud Of Green Team :p

  • cjscanada on December 1, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    To some of my dear Indian friends , it is not in good spirits that we belittle Pakistani efforts and downgrade SA by making weird predictions. Yes I do believe we have a good one day side, lets talk about cricket and yes there are other supporters too, they need to be given credit. For the way they have fought. Pakistan is a very talented team, they have the bowling but need stability in batting. The youngsters should be given confidence by sustaining with them and they need a mentor to guide them to play with a mature mind, rather than the gallery. I know a lot of you will not agree but I like Misbah and the way he plays. That is his role to guide and keep the game going on and to take it to the end but unfortunately he has no support. I think the old guards should not be retained but play , with Jamshed lower and bring Umar ahead. Give Shezad extra time to settle and Maqsood also appears to be good and in the company of Misbah it will be nice if he can mold his game. Bowling is great

  • on November 30, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    south Africa team is not that good as thay looks. ...in bating thay r not performing same as Pakistan. ...only difference in both team was captain. ..devilar is work on batsman and asked bowlers to do this. ..but misbha is depending on bowler's. ...to me ...Duni is the best caption in today's cricket. ...sangakara was good to but he not anymore caption. ...devilar is number 3 ...all other team are looking for good caption. ....if we have world cup ..know India and south Africa will be in final. ...

  • on November 30, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    @fawad siddiqui lets see if dhoni can do wat misbah did beating south africa in south africa lol lets see who is best misbah or dhoni #team misbah

  • roook on November 30, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    What was that It was more like a warm-up match 2 changes were more than enough unless you have decent backup we go with four. Umar Amin needs some more time he is not ready. Asad Shafiq always plays one match in a series and get out he deserves a whole series before discarding him. Now we are trying to justify hafeez batting with Asad shafiq circumstance are different. Deal one problem at a time solve your opening problem Hafeez may perform against Srilanka but he is no good against pace bowling on Australian pitchs for 2015.

  • on November 30, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    yes a 3-0 might have been more better. batting should have been more better but guys a series win is a win.

    this team has won a series against SA in SA. thats 1 st win by Pakistan . even no teams from pakistan in past acheived this thing with many big players and the fact is that players in this pakistani team are not even close to some big names from pakistan in the past. so lets praise these guys for what they have done. there ia always room for improvement and this team, especially in batting has plenty ti answer.

    but at the same time they should be praised for what they did. well done...

  • SANJE12 on November 30, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    I didn't understand who the hell give man of the series award to saeed ajmal for 3 matches and 5 wickets while steyn took 9 wickets in just 2 matches. I think these idiots forgot that and give the man of the series to a person , who didn't deserve it.

  • rezauk on November 30, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Grishnachs - I'm sorry but if Nasir Jamshed has the best technique ,footwork and class compared to all the other youngsters then Pakistan is in serious trouble !!!!!!!. Also his poor performances in the field leave a lot to be desired.

    For me Hafeez is a very useful bowler and justifies his place batting at 6 (no higher).

    Alfridi also is a very useful bowler but his continued lack of respect for his team mates means he should bat at 9 (no higher). If he is a true servant of pakistan he will accept this and accept that people with a batting brain deserve their chance before him bearing in mind he's had 350 games ?

  • on November 30, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    Dhoni had 2 different Teams 1:- stars likes of Sehwag Ganguly gauti Tendulkar , Harbhajan Zaheer 2:- dhawan sharma Raina Kohli youvraj So no comparison with Misbah's team Pak team players only 2 average above 30 that's captain and u Akmal

  • Stark62 on November 30, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    I can't believe that some people think we can't accommodate both Afridi and Hafeez!! Currently, Pak don't have anyone domestically or in the international squad that can fill the no. 6 role but Hafeez can and is tailor-made for that spot.

    The likes of U. Akmal, Haris, Fawad and Sohaib are too good to be batting that low and their talent would be wasted, plus it needs to be someone that can finish the game and hit boundaries which Hafeez is more than capable of doing.

    Although, it seems Hafeez has a bloated ego and doesn't want to demote himself in the order, hence he needs to make a rational decision or be ousted from the team which would be a great shame.

  • AbdulRauf-99 on November 30, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    Not disappointed from Pakistan at all... There were 3 key wicket takers missing from the team (Juanid, Irfan, Afrdi, Hafeez), And yet they were still troubling the South African batsmen... Not balming Misnah for not playing afridi as he's played too many matches in the last 3 months or so, And it's good thinking too because 5 wins (Against Sri Lanka) are better then 1, tough he should've played Nasir Jamshed instead of Asad Shafiq, Well done AB, Amla, Phillander, Tsotsobe, You won the match for South Africa...

  • Fawwad_Siddiqui on November 30, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    Dhoni was dhoni even before the emegence of Dhawan and kohli n sharma. He reads the situation well and delivers when the team needs him the most, not leaving the job half done but makes sure that the task is completed. In bowling he uses his his limited bowling resources to 120% of their outputs. Pakistan had Imran, Wasim and Moin as good captains, Lanka had Ranatunga, but Dhoni is the best captain of subcontinent since last 10 years for sure.

  • proteasfire on November 30, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    A consolation win for SA set up nicely by bowling unit. Batsmen were very average once again losing 6 wickets to get a score of 180 odd. Amla and AB again performed with bat and these two have been doing this regularly for the last 2 years. Other batsmen are getting starts but are failing to convert that to big fifties or hundreds. Thats only area SA should really focus on improving if they are to compete in world tournaments. Batsmen need to be attacking and play longer innings. SA should focus more and more on batting. Even if Smith is fit, SA need to think if he really fits the mix in ODIs. Overall SA batting unit need to step up strongly if they want to win India series as their batsmen is pure class and awesome talent. A tough series awaits SA and the fate firmly rests on the hands of top 6. Over reliance on bowling unit and only Amla & AB is not going to help SA in long run!!

  • on November 30, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Why u people criticize misbah nd most of the people say that dhoni is better captain than misbah. But for me it is too harsh to compare misbah with dhoni. First give us shikhar dhawan, rohit sharma nd virat kohli than u can compare misbah with dhoni. Feeling pity for misbah.

  • t20cric on November 30, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    @Karthik78: Pakistan didn't come back to their normal standard in this match. Also it wasn't luck that let us win this series. We made a big comeback after the bad series in UAE. The series win was not pure luck it was done off of hard work. Pakistan have one of the best bowling attacks thats y its no surprise they defended a low score of 218 in the first ODI. The secodn ODI took as much luck to win as it took SA to win the first ODI in UAE. Its strange that after that SA win in UAE a lot of people were praising SA bowlers especially the over-rated Tahir instead of commenting on the clearly stupid shots played by Pak batsmen. But when it came to Pakistan's win the SA batsmen were punished and the Pak bowlers didn't really get any compliments. People need to understand that either in both matches the bowling team managed to hold their nerves & win or in both matches the batsmen choked near the end. This match we lost cuz our strike bowlers were missing or else we would have won this too

  • imranmujtaba on November 30, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Excellent ABD, Led from the front On other hand Misbah very poor team selection and batting strategy cost the game once again. Misbah has to bat with clear target (learn from the comment Anwar Ali made in First ODI when received MOM - they were targetting 250). Misbah Poor batting strategy alway frustrate player batting with him and force them to through away their wicket, Misbah achieve his personal statistic but Pak end up lossing. ONCE AGAIN, MISBAH WINS AND PAK LOST.

  • heartbreakerz on November 30, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    @Karthik78...if Pak series win in SA is pure luck.....i wonder why no other Asian teams are lucky enough to win a series in SA....n speaking of luck, your beloved indian team needs all the luck in the world to avoid a hattrick of overseas whitewashes in SA but I highly doubt that even all that luck will save them.

  • Cric_fever_forever on November 30, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    didnt watched the match as i had feeling south africa might won this one. any way happy for s.a fans hope they get confidence from it and take it into next series. pak would also be satisfied by the result created history. it would help both teams alot in coming series to magnify there problems. pak boys got lot of positve i feel need to induct few more new faces especially in top order. best of luck to both teams hope both teams carry there momemtum. cheers every one.

  • heartbreakerz on November 30, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    @those indian fans who talking about india whitewashing SA......SA will easily beat this indian. side...After facing top-quality Pakistani bowlers, playing indian bowlers will hardy test them n even if indian batsmen perform well and make good scores (which will be difficult against Steyn n co)...indian bowlers will certainly lose them the game....so indian fans should come out of their fantasy world n face the reality..

  • t20cric on November 30, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    For the SL & Afg T20s Pakistan's squad should be: Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Hammad Azam, Bilawal Bhatti, Anwar Ali, Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan, Zulfiqar Babar.(no Irfan or Junaid cuz they aren't good in T20s and it just ruins confidence)

    Squad for SL ODIs: Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Misbah-ul-haq, Hammad Azam, Bilawal Bhatti, Anwar Ali, Shahid Afridi, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hassan, Mohammad Rizwan, Haris Sohail.

    Both of these squads have a back-up wicket keeper-batsman in Mohammad Rizwan, a good replacement batsman in Haris Sohail, also an aggresive, in-form opener: Sharjeel Khan. There are 3 medium-pace allrounders: Hammad Azam, Bilawal Bhattia & Anwar Ali to keep the selection a bit competitive. There is the young & talented Raza Hasan there cuz all our other regular spinners are 30+ whereas Raza is just 21.

  • on November 30, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    I think Pakistan Team particularly needs to work on their batting technique. They should polish players like Nasir Jamshed,Umar Akmal, Ahmad Shahzad and all the young batsmen. Its about time we establish some solid players within our team for any hope in performing well for the 2015 world cup. We cannot count on our bowlers everytime. Our batsmen need to put some total on the board to give the bowlers something to bowl for

  • on November 30, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    We won the series Great job Misbah. With the cup under the belt it was a good move try different combinations at different positions in match conditions to plan and access for the future. Never mind the white wash theory or the loss. Job done. Thank you.

  • t20cric on November 30, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    A bad performance to finish the marathon series. Pakistan is probably the only team who are just ok with winning the series rather then going for the whitewash. Pretty much all of the match winners were missing in this side. Its as if they decided they weren't going to win this match. After this game Pakistan should learn that Amin is not good for international games (even though he is one of the 4 who made double figures) cuz he threw away a start. Asad is not an ODI player so he shouldn't play in ODIs. A player similar to him is Fawad Alam who can take Asad's spot. Pakistan need one of Hafeez or Afridi in the team at all times & cuz Afridi's bowling is superior to Hafeez's he should remain in the team. Nasir will probably return to domestic circuit now but his replacement should be Sharjeel NOT Farhat/Nazir. In the SL series Pakistan need to drop certain players from certain formats: Tanvir-all formats, Shafiq-ODIs, Nasir-all formats(to get back in form), Amin-all formats.

  • Karthik78 on November 30, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Pakistan came back where they actually belong to. It shows their series win is pure luck. But it is really needed for Pakistan to play confidently in future matches else they would be collapsed.

  • Xandier on November 30, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Nasir Jamsheed just needs a bit of morale booster that's all, he's a very fine young talent! and undoubtedly has the best technique, footwork and class as compared to all the other youngsters in our side! Sohail tanvir on the other hand! just don't get it how he keeps on getting chance again n again, he's just a good death bowler that's all! we cant label him with an ''All rounder'' for Gods sake! This was no doubt a mix of talented young and experienced individuals, but it's we find a seriously talented young All rounder n forget relying on Sohail's All around skills which he definitely doesn't have!

  • Bladerunners on November 30, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    @Shahnbej,do you have any idea how the pitch played?if misbah didnt got deffensive then pak could be boweled out on 45

  • Square-Driver15 on November 30, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Before I comment I just wanted to say, that the SA bowling unit bowled brilliantly, and losing the toss on this pitch was crucial, and any subcontinent team would struggle in such alien conditions. With that said, the young players, as shown in their previous performances, all have heaps of talent in the Pak batting unit, TEMPERAMENT is the missing factor. For e.g., Amin and Maqsood began a rebuild after quick wickets, and got a boundary here and there while maintaining a healthy run rate. HOWEVER, both decided to improvise waaay to early in the innings, and got out and this is something they'll learn the more they play. Most of the youngsters got good starts, but as soon as they got into their 20s, tried to launch everything out of the park, which is senseless.. just look at kohli's or sangakarra's innings, how they start slow, and slowly get to 50, and then launch themselves, these youngsters need to learn to build an entire innings, and this is where a good batting coach is needed.

  • mzm149 on November 30, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    @laho111: Nasir Jamshed got continuous chances due to his excellent performance last year and he didn't have very bad performance this year till Champion's trophy where he scored 50 and 42. His average this year is 24.69. I agree Asad got less chances but never performed whenever he got one. This year he got a chance in South Africa ODI series in February and scored 5 runs. Who would select you after this performance again. He got complete Scotland and Ireland series where he had one impressive score of 84 and two other scores of 5 and 9. He should have been in good form after 84 and was given West Indies game in Champions Trophy where he scored 0. Even then he was recalled for India game where he scored 41. He was again given first two games in West Indies series where he scored 0 and 10. Why shouldn't they drop him then. In South Africa series in UAE he scored 11 and 1. Today's score of 1 is in front of you. Justify his selection yourself now.

  • on November 30, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Shanbej how Misbah's defensive approach affected Ahmed Shehzad Asad and Amin? Misbah bats No 5, your comments don't make sense, Might be you don't know much about cricket, Bowlers did ok, How many Runs Hafeez and Nasir scored in this series? Some of experts might never ever played street cricket. Misbah is The Best Player, whole the world respects him except Pakistanis

  • mzm149 on November 30, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    @pull_shot: When someone scores a century, he is supposedly in good form. Everyone expects him to score at least some good runs in next game too. Ahmed Shehzad, like most of Pakistani batsmen, has problem in playing moving ball. When pitch was easy last time, he scored. Today he failed.

  • Saadcricketlover on November 30, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Misbah is the only one to blame, why did he change 4 players from the winning combination, only nasir jamshed should have been replaced.Terrible decision to drop hafeez n afridi, they are good bowlers. why did he even play 5 bowlers when we had to allrounders in squad. What stupid captaining. Hafeez doen't performs so good but his captaincy is a lot more better and sensile. What a great chance missed to whitewash south africa. I hope inadia doesn't whitewash SA, we,ve just missed a great chance. Also drop asad shafiq he is a test player, he cant perform in odis and he's a fluke sometimes in tests, we must rop him.

  • Solid_Snake on November 30, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    It strange to see that people are still criticizing Misbah..Just imagine this thing...What would have happened if Misbah was not there in the team?Pak would not have crossed even 100 runs..come on guys just give him a break..Today Misbah had a sr of 70+..Still majority of people are against him..Is it his fault that other batsmen are not performing?

  • laho111 on November 30, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    @mzm149 how can you justufy that asad average is poor as compare to others. When he didnt get a proper chance from last 2 years. 1 match in a whole series???plz also compare it with only umer amin and nasir as they got continuous chances without performance. nasir this year: 2, 24, 19, 18, 19, 1, 0, 38, 32, 37 Umer amin 25, 5, 13, 14, 20, 0, 8? You have only biased thinking...

  • shahnbej on November 30, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    I think Mesbah defensive approach sunk the youngsters. they were clearly double minded in this match. It same as a pitch has double bounce and we all know that Best batsman struggle on a such surface. Mesbah should retired from ODI for the sake of youngsters and for team, we don't need his useless slow runs.

  • Solid_Snake on November 30, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    @GRVJPR :Don't know why you are always discussing India in Pakistan match thread...Anyways..The way you are predicting the result of SA tour..I am amazed.If i remember correctly,Some great legends like Sachin,Dravid,Laxman etc were playing last time when India toured Eng & Aus..I don't need to say what happened there even in the presence of such greatplayers .Also just because India managed to Draw a series last time in SA,it doesn't mean that same thing would happen again..There's no Laxman or Sachin in the team who would save India or Sreesant in Bowling line up..Just think before predicting a test series win.India could not do that miracle in last 21 years..Yeah..surely a miracle would happen this time..Best of Luck..See you after the test series lol

  • mzm149 on November 30, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    @zafar_choudry: You are absolutely right. But it is good they gave chance to these players so that we should see once again that they are complete failures. But our selectors will keep on persisting with them. Come on in the absence of Steyn and Morkel if Asad Shafiq makes 1 run then this is criminal. Asad Shafiq averages 16 this year.

    Who changes winning combination to go for whitewash.

  • Saif-Ali on November 30, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Pak should not have changed winning combination especialy afridi as we knw that afridi got most man of the match by any pakistani in odi he is a match winner allrounder

  • shahnbej on November 30, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Misbah scored fifty and we loooooooooost

  • Crick_Expert on November 30, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Why they need to drop match winning players HAFEEZ, AFRIDI, NASIR, JUNAID same time?? Sound like Misbah wasn't interested in winning the 3rd ODI?

  • mzm149 on November 30, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Misbah hid Anwar Ali in this game and the last one too. His initial spell today was very bad. His second spell in last game was very bad too. I hope Umar Gul comes back for Sri Lanka series and Junaid Khan is perfectly fit by that time.

  • ICKY on November 30, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Criticizing Hafeez and Afridi is totally senseless as thses two guys are match winners. Even recently most victories are due to their bowling but most importantly they bring energy and fighting spirit in the team. If you leave the enthusiasm part to Misbah, his body language is always a looser like. His shoulders are bent forward and he is always on his heels instead of being on his toes. He kills the energy of the batsmen by guiding them to play un-natural game by doing TUK TUK. If the guys play their natural game, the results would be different. I don't have problems for him being a batsman in the team like oPnting or Tendilka in the team as a batsman but he is not a good leader and can't motivate the team to fight with energy.

  • Crick_Expert on November 30, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    CONGRAT to SA. Poor decision to drop matach winning players Nasir, Hafeez, AFRIDI and Junaid. PCB should drop players who continue failed etc. Asad Safiq, Sohail Tanvir.

  • Fineline on November 30, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Everyone seems to be surprised by the changes which is inane but I think it was a very good decision to at least try the others and recognize their capability in the fast and bouncy South African pitches.These changes weren't abrupt because Misbah told this earlier,in the press-conference so discussing this topic is nothing other than stupidity.

  • SandipManjrekar on November 30, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Fantastic work by young Proteas!! AB was distinctive today & in fact in whole series. It would have been better for them if they didn't tempered with winning combination of UAE. It would have been 11th win over Pakistan in whole calender year which might be unique by any standard. Nevertheless 9 wins in a calender year is big achievement. De Kock is really promising with bat & behind stump. I wish he could able be to achieve more than Dave Richardson & Mark Boucher. Philander, Mclaren & Lopsy were outstanding today & almost forced every batsmen to dance. Mclaren's c&b was special. Amla & De Kock's start was vital which was missing in last 2 ODIs. Pakistan had no answer today. 79 by Misbah is only cheering factor for them. Bilawal Bhatti knew what the international cricket is after last 2 ODIs. Proteas should consider Elgar & Rossow than Smith or kallis in near future. Hope we enjoy in next 3 ODIs along with SA fans. SL Lions are eagerly waiting for PAK as their next mission in UAE.

  • GRVJPR on November 30, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    @ Arun Bose, Yes we have a chance to whitewash SA. The only problem is first match. PAK played in UAE before going to SA. India straight into the firing line. But again same thing happened in champions trophy and India won easily. So I think India will win ODI 2-1 or 3-0 and test series 1-0.

  • Fineline on November 30, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Why are you all complaining now?Some people here wanted Asad Shafiq to open and he did but because he couldn't perform so I can see some changed statements by the people.Some people here wanted Hafeez and Jamshed to be dropped and they were but because we lost the match so I can see many statements changed by the people again.Don't forget,Hafeez and Jamshed are dropped or rested on their recent poor performance whether with the ball or bat and Junaid is injured so Sohail Tanvir was the only left choice.The others in the squad also had to be tried to get the idea that who deserves a chance in the next series.Think sensibly.

  • wakaPAK on November 30, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    I dont know why SA is not playing Philander. He's a good test bowler but with his line and length and the sharp bounce he generates from that length he'd be my pick as a One Day bowler. He can be as lethal in One Days as he's in tests. Abdur Rehman spin caused problems for SA and I think Jadeja would be handy for India as a spin option. I think ABD also struggled a bit against Abdur Rehman.

  • dual.citizen on November 30, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    I believe team should be unchanged. However, if we must to drop Hafeez, bringing Younis Khan will strengthen batting and provide stability and experience.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 30, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Pakistan served it to South Africa in a plate. It was probabely the worst possible combination, Misbah could play with. Sohail Tanveer and Anwer Ali are never going to be international standard bowlers. You can't just include Anwer Ali for his batting while his bowling is so substandard and slow in speed. Umar Amin might feel happy that he scored a 25 which is a yardstick for Pakistan batting just as a century is for other teams, but every one knows that he is there not because of his cricketing abilities but a corrupt backing. All in all a very stupid decision to drop afridi, Junaid and Hafeez at the same time.

  • GRVJPR on November 30, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    The last 6 test matches that India has played have ended in less than 4 days with majority completing in 3 days or less. Who cares about south africa. Prepare as much doctored pitches as you can, but India will beat south africa. In second test match there will be a storm and rain.

  • on November 30, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    India will whitewash SA unlike Pakistan who had the chance to create history but it just remained a mystery that why they made so many changes in a winning combination.. Pakistan is the first side from sub-continent to win an ODI series in SA vs SA but India will be the first team ever to whitewash SA in SA.. Anyways..well played Pakistan..

  • asim229 on November 30, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    I don't understand the logic behind criticizing the decision to drop Nasir Jamshed and Hafeez when they were failing consistently in the last few series and people were saying they should be dropped.Actually they shouldn't even have played the first two matches.People were also saying that Afridi is not good enough a player just to be included because of his bowling and now that he is dropped then the same people are saying we lost because Afridi wasn't there:)Actually the thing is that it was Pakistan bowling which won them the first match after they were 131 for 7 and then second was won because of Shahzad ton and Junaid over.Also SA batting standards have declined and they were playing out of form old horses like Kallis, Smith in first two games.

  • Stark62 on November 30, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    @ Mahi Kashmiri I concur with your comment but it will have been to no avail, if Younis "The Flop" Khan, Malik and Farhat return to the side, along with the retention of Hafeez.

    In fact, I don't think Hafeez would have made much in this game either because one of Vern, Lonwabo or MacLaren would have cleaned him up and put him out of his misery.

    I would love to see the likes of: Haris, Sharjeel, Rizwan, Hammad, Fawad and Aslam/Babar be selected but knowing the current selectors, it seems a bit far fetched.

    Lastly, I've enjoyed the series' against SA and I hope we improve enough to challenge them in Tests, like we did in T20's and ODI's.

  • Tornado1 on November 30, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    So thats why people don't like Misbah. He didn't gave Anwar a second chance today, meaning he don't want him to be in next series. He needs to have his buddy Shoaib Malik in allrounders' spot, not Anwar Ali

  • on November 30, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Poor batting by our youngsters. Ahmed , Amin, Maqsood, Umar Akmal, asad all were too poor today. the mindset in pakistani selection is simple : score in 1 and get selected for next 10. thats what is happening. No body takes responsibility to score runs. Top order failed today but Bhatti, Anwar and especially Rehman and tanvir ( both trying to hit a 6 ) didnt contribute.

    Changes made 1 thing sure that the squad selection was not so good. The replacements like Sohail, amin, Asad were not that good. This thing should be changed. If guys playing in 11 know that there is competition in squad then they will do better. over here most know that 1 innings will make them play for many games.

  • mzm149 on November 30, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Afridi and Hafeez as bowlers were missed badly today.

  • on November 30, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    i couldn't help to suspect that Pakistan wd hav won the series 5/0 if the rain hadn't occured in the first match and if today Pakistan was unchanged frim the winning team previously , very poor performance by the team today and i could not understand the fact why such an immisable team was chosen by the coach , subsequently this was an embarrasment , deployed such a good chance :|

  • on November 30, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Changes were too many but its not decision of misbah alone.Team selection committee is Manager-coach-captain.

    But one can easily see that Pak lost this match because of batting. and those who were dropped have not contributed anything significant in this series. Bowling looked weak but still managed to put a fight back. Simply not enough score for the pitch.

    In batting there was not much difference even after changes. reason is simple that the squad selection was not good. Amin, Asad , Tanvir are not that good.

    Amin & Maqsood played poor shots when there was no need to go hard. I think maqsood's this weakness is exposed now. Coaches should work with him before he turns in to another hafeez or Umar Akmal for pretty 20-30 and thats it.

    another factor is that the selction criteria in pak is 1 innings in many so most of these had done it to selected for next so there is lack of intent.

    Rehman played well but the way Rehman & Sohail got out trying hitting 6 tells the sorry story.

  • Sports4Youth on November 30, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    The winning combination should not have been changed. This game would have been much better if Misbah wouldnt have changed the team.

  • on November 30, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Simple reason Misbah made few changes but some experts here can't understand that, he wanted to test the players who didn't get game, Probably management wants to drop Hafeez Nasir Sohail Amin and Asad from The Squad against SL. That was the reason he dropped them, What if he had played with Hafeez and Nasir then they had scored 50 and would be in the team against SL, What if they fail again, then you would blame Misbah Again. Stop blaming him plz He has done the right thing, now it's up to selectors to drop few players and give chance to Haris Rizwan and Sharjeel

  • on November 30, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Surprised to see Misbah decision of giving rest to all Junaid, Afridi and Hafeez. They are all match winners. I never understand logic of playing Asad shafeeq. I don't think he deserve any spot in Pakistani team. We would have own today's match if misbah had give a chance to afridi. He is an excellent bowler. Misbah need a brain dump sometime... This is very frustrating. I was shocked to see Pakistani line up today. It seems like they came with this frame of mind that they will let SA win today :0

  • Gareth_Bain on November 30, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    The top 20 non-retired batsmen by career Franchise-only LO average (min 10 innings): De Villiers, Ingram, Du Plessis, McLaren, McKenzie, Rudolph, Morne Van Wyk, Levi, Elgar, Rossouw, Duminy, Reeza Hendricks, Kemp, Cook, Hashim Amla, Bodi, Behardien, Vaughn Van Jaarsveld, Van Zyl, Puttick.

    While I realise averages aren't everything, the fact that you don't see Miller or Davids in this long list should suggest to you something. (Smith and Kallis haven't played enough franchise innings to appear; De Kock has, but I'd say he's a special case)

  • Sports4Youth on November 30, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Actually Misbah does not only deserve to loose, but he actually has manufactured this loss by making the unnecesary changes. I am started to get a feeling that he just does not like JUNAID. Misbah just keeps trying to somehow fit Tanvir & Wahab in Junaid's place.

  • on November 30, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Pakistan did not want to win this match. Why did they do so many changes braking the wining combination? They made very bad combination. No good batting line up as well as bowling line up. They should not rest Afridi and Hafeez together. Very Disappoint. This type of Complacent is not good for future.

  • Sports4Youth on November 30, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Whats wrong with Misbah? Why didnt he keep Afridi & Hafeez in the team. What have Shafiq & A.Rehman achieved in this match? A more Apt question would be, What did Misbah expect Shafiq & A.Rehman to achieve ? Shafiq has been contnuesly failing in the one day games, then why repeat the same experiment again and again? Also JUNAID is a reall wicket taker for them but Misbah keeps looking for excusses to drop him. Can someone please tell me, Why?

  • on November 30, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    One shouldn't forget, it's only been a few days when Misbah said he was "extremely" happy with Pak's performance. You know the team is going through a very lean patch when after one win your captain gives that. It has been a surprise not just for Proteas but for Pakistanis, too. Things are back normal here. It's 2-1 Pakistan.

  • on November 30, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    We will purely hope for the better and define win for Pakistan.

  • on November 30, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    if pak wins today. then we will be seeing misbah for a long long time. he is a good batsman but I dont want him as captain anymore.

  • on November 30, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    TotAlly losing Match. we have to take vickets

  • on November 30, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Pakistan need one special over from ajmal to get back in the game.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 30, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Sharjeel Khan for Sri Lanka series

  • on November 30, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    My Dear y have forgotten that inspite of winning this series , Pak has already given tough time in Odi's at Dubai , where almost won the series but unfortunately lost two very close matches i.e first & fourth due to own mistakes , this side has recently defeated India at home ground which is almost impossible for any other side , OK.

  • on November 30, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    Bhatti has struck!!!! If Pakistan pick up one or two wickers in quick succesion the match might fall in their hands

  • kc69 on November 30, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Welcome back to reality...

  • on November 30, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Pakistan ain't gonna win this one and that is for sure. Take out Junaid and Afridi and put in Sohail Tanvir and Anwar Ali, then it is obvious you are asking to lose.

    Oh well at least we won the series but as all ways the ridiculous decisions of those who have control are going to cost us the chance of being the only team to ever make a clean sweep in an ODI series against South Africa on their home ground.

  • on November 30, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    white wash with this team? too good to be true.

  • on November 30, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    We are not afraid to loose, actually it the bizarre way of loosing which actually hurts, for GOD sake change the spine less captain who is unable to inspire and hold the individuals responsible for their lack of maturity and irresponsibility, Watmore has no plans except to sit and watch out the game

  • rezauk on November 30, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Yet again application seems to be the missing word - The tail were given plenty of oppurtunities to score singles and as already said they felt the need to go big with 5 overs to spare. Is the culture that bad , that if somebody fails early on then you're off the hook when it comes to your turn to bat ? Again the bottom line is that although Pakistan generally have a high class bowling attack international batsmen will always be able to rotate the strike and therefore are relaxed and playing each ball on merit. Also how often does the opposition score a 4 in the over and back it up with a few singles. This is the most damaging part - dot balls to regular over the 1st 20 overs

  • on November 30, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    clearly favors South Africa.

  • on November 30, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    this is the misbha big mistake who didn't play the same team played in previous game n that's why they lost confident n enthusiastic

  • on November 30, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    pak will win

  • pull_shot on November 30, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    @ mzm149 u can't expect batmen to score in every innings but when he gets a start he should capitalize and win d game same with Ahmed Shehzad he has played brilliantly last match

  • on November 30, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    This is enough to beat SA if their batting standard same as previous match,Rahman and Ajmal will do for PAK

  • on November 30, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    If Pakistan give it a really hard go. the match might prove to be interesting!!!!!

  • on November 30, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    180 enough for pak bowlers.They will clean them up

  • on November 30, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    today match is in control of southafrica

  • on November 30, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    today match is on sided

  • on November 30, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    its a big mistake today from pakistan side they are not need to do these changes they pay for it

  • on November 30, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Ttuk tuk does it again...well played. But why give rest to your premier players, when you are on a roll and going to create history by clean sweeping... :(

  • dmqi on November 30, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    179 all out, not good. Ahmed Shezad and Umar Akmal failed this time, so did the two new all rounders who did well so far. I am glad to see Hafiz and Afridi not playing today, others should get chances. They may not have dine well but they need to play more games like Afridi and Hafiz do. Everyone does not play good in every match. Misbah saved the day, otherwise it could have been real embarrassment.

  • on November 30, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Misbah is slow no doubt but we can not put everything on 1 man all the time to hide the culprits and poor batsman. Umar Amin, Maqsood both played well early on but unnecessary aggression and not required.

    many coments here put umar akmal's wicket on misbah but misbah was scoring @ 55 in that partnership and 26 overs remaining there was no need for umar to do that. he was clearly trying to hit hard and just gave away.

    Rehman stayed but really disappointing to see how Rehamn and sohail got out trying to hit six. Why do you need that?

    Both new all rounders failed today.

    Each 1 has to be blame. cant put it on misbah that its because of him. the way these have got out is so pathetic.

    May be the reason is that most of these guys have already done enough to be selected for next series.

  • on November 30, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    I don't know what would have happened if Misbah wasn't there... he is often the top scorer and stands alone till all remove their pads :/

  • on November 30, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    this one day side needs YONUS KHAN till world cup. AFTER Imran farhat encroachment NOW it is Sohail Tanweer he along with Shoab Malik and Abdul Razzaq should not be played till world cup.

  • Solid_Snake on November 30, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Omg..We still could have made 20-30 more runs..Our Silly tail is so pathetic that they could not give support to Misbah from the other end.All they had to do was block the ball or take singles.But even that becomes an impossible task for our tail.Misbah was looking so good.He could have made his Century..I'm truly disappointed

  • Pindia on November 30, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Probably not enough but brilliant spinning from spin twins Ajmal and Rehman plus a choke from SA and you never know...

  • on November 30, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    changes made no difference in batting. some poor effort from youngsters. Amin played well for his little innings but trying to hit hard more often.

    Maqsood started his career well but now his habbit/weakness is exposing. Unnecessary shot at wrong time and almost in every game. giving away his starts in each game.

    Umar Akmal just couldnt score and his problem is that if you dry his runs he will do silly just like he was doing.

    26 overs were left and no need to be extra adventurous for amin/maqsood/akmal

    and today both our new all rounders did not come to party like 2 previous games.

    rehman played well and good little partnership with misbah. It shows the importance of staying at wicket if you couldnt score just dont give away.

    But disappointing way how Rehman & Sohail got out trying to hit out of park. Should have stayed there till the end. Misbah stayed there till end but not good score at all.

    Changes will be proved vital in bowling as bowling isnt that strong.

  • on November 30, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Misbah should try to make a century and take the total past 200.

  • Short_pitch_ball on November 30, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Infact, Misbah is looking very calm and smiling constantly. Perhaps, this might be due to the absence of afridi and hafeez. He is BOSS today lolzzzz

  • on November 30, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    @sports4Youth........ give misbah a break man. If he scores he is the culprit if he doesn't he is, if he sleeps he is, if he walks he is . He should play for another country then he's gonna get respect, in Pakistan ...no way man. We have afridi the BEST player of the World.

  • on November 30, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    No w rehman does it. But well played by him. nothing more can be expected by rehman . A lesson for Maqsood , Umar akmal And umar amin. when so many balls left and team is already few wickets down then you need to stay in .

  • mzm149 on November 30, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    @Mahi Kashmiri: I am not in favor of Hafeez playing as top order batsman. If you read my previous posts, I replied to @Masrur G. Syed, when he asked me about Hafeez's average this year.

  • Sports4Youth on November 30, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    This is the last game of the series. What is the point in resting so many players when Pakistan had a great opportunity to complete a clean sweep. May be Misbah does not like giiving White Washes to other teams.

  • mzm149 on November 30, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    @Masrur G. Syed : You can choose whichever innings you like to calculate average. You asked for 2013, I gave you calculated result.

    These are Jamshed's scores for ODIs in 2013.

    106, 34, 25, 10, 10, 20, 20, 0, 50, 42, 2, 6, 54, 20, 22, 23, 27, 32, 38, 0, 1, 24, 2.

    These are 23 innings. There sum comes out to be 568. If you divide 568 by 23 you get 24.69.

    These are Hafeez's scores for ODIs in 2013.

    76, 21, 25, 31, 57, 0, 5, 18, 122*, 2, 4, 7, 27, 1, 20, 14, 59, 11, 70, 136*, 26*, 28, 26, 15, 33, 6, 5, 8

    These are total 28 innings. He got out in 25 of them. The total comes out to be 853. If you divide 853 by 25 you get 34.12.

    Get a life man.

  • on November 30, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    well most of these have already done enough in this series to be selected for next 1 so no surprise. Umar played 1 in 2nd as he play 1 in each series, Ahmed, Hafeez played in t20, bhatti and anwar scored runs in 1st and 2nd . Maqsood as well

  • mzm149 on November 30, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    What happened to Bhatti and Anwar this time in batting. How could they not save us. Weren't they supposed to become next Kallis and Watson? We should not elevate our players to heavenly status after one good game.

  • on November 30, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    even rehman batting better than Umar akmal /asad shafiq and the way maqsood & amin got out.

  • Solid_Snake on November 30, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    & it's an appeal to all my brothers.Please don't say things like Bhatti is the best all rounder,Anwar Ali is the best..Don't say such things.You are only giving chance to other people to mock you..Look at today's match.Our team is back in form lol

  • on November 30, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    MZM give me Hafeez average against top side this year, he played 1 good inning against Zim 136* , that's why his average is in 30's . Hafeez , Jamshed, Amin, Asad and Tanveer must go.

  • Sports4Youth on November 30, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    It is a no brainer that in the absense of Styen, it would have been a good opportunity for Jamshed and Hafeez to get some runs and win back some of the lost confidence. But looks like Misbah does not want this to happen.

  • Solid_Snake on November 30, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Hahaha..I knew it..I said it in the other thread that Pak would lose this match badly..Our team is always like that.Once they are relaxed,they do blunders like these.Our team mostly performs when they have to run for their lives.. God bless them..

  • on November 30, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Hafeez is averaging 15.5 despite having played all the ODIs, this season. While Nasir's average is 17.7. That makes them star performers in some people's eyes. Wow!

  • mzm149 on November 30, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    @Masrur G. Syed : Those are not career averages. Those were averages for 2013. You can calculate them yourself. Career average for Jamshed is 34.57 and Hafeez is 28.27. Check stats before commenting. Its our choice to live in fool's paradise if you like.

  • rezauk on November 30, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Once you can distinguish that there's a difference between a T20 and an ODI then you give yourself a chance as a batsman. A bad ball is a bad ball but early on it's like playing a test and good batsmen leave the ball and rotate the strike.

  • Sports4Youth on November 30, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    100/7 in 30 overs. I thinks Misbah likes this. I is his way of saying that There is no other batsman in the Pakistani Team. Therefore, you cannot drop him.

  • on November 30, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Brave move but a silly 1.Juned Khan should be in this match ...now since b have tried Ashad, Amin, Rehman and Tanvir so this was there last and final game now Pub should move on to find other good players from domestic cricket .It's time to give Haffez , Jamshed and Africa needs to be rested for the next series so pak can try more young combination in USA. ..fight till the last in this match.....Now the squad should only keep players who can be used not this bunch of tried and tested.

  • on November 30, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Nice try, mzm149 :) Those are their career averages. Both of them have played many more ODIs compared to Asad, also. The fact is they got an extended run to strike form, while Shafiq gets one or two games here and there. How can you compare, then? Give Shafiq an extended run like Nasir and Hafeez, and then we can talk about that. Nice going by Umar Akmal, too.

  • Pindia on November 30, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Pakistan can still win this match, Inshallah... They have two genuine fast bowling all-rounders now and whilst overall the spin attack is better with Afridi and Hafeez: Rehman has in the past proven himself an able understudy to Ajmal. Also with this team they bat all the way down to 11 with Ajmal. Come on Pakistan post 235 and bowl SA out!!!

  • on November 30, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    SA's catching is so superb today. 2/3 were blinders. Plenty of overs remaining now. but silly shots to get out.

    Changes to team made no difference in batting really. Amin did a ahmed shehzad. Ahmed filled boots of Nasir and Asad perfectly filled boots of Hafeez.

    dont know whats wrong with our youngsters, Amin, Maqsood, and umar akmal played like it was last over. whereas there were 26 overs left.

    Problem will be in bowling.

  • on November 30, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    maqsood needs to control his unnecessary aggression. He is good player but he throws away his starts.

    Umar Akmal played bad shot again. Yes scoring was difficult but still 26 overs remaining so isnt it better to stay there till end and wait for bad balls? many would put it on slow SR. but misbah was scoring at 55 SR & umar at 20.

    and umar's problem is always that if you bowl him 5-10 dot balls he will go mad.

    They need to know that if you have many overs in hands, you can make them count at any time. amin was also trying to hit hard.

  • on November 30, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    akmal only comes to play 30 to 40 balls max 70. why wont misbah let him play his game. 5 of 26 thats not akmals style. 40 of 26 is his way and it wud have been like 120-5 rather than 85-5

  • Sports4Youth on November 30, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Pakistan 85/5 in the 25th over. Good. MISBAH deserves it.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 30, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    When will the selectors understand the Shafiq and Amin ar enot fit for one day cricket and Jamshed needs to go back to domestic. Sharjeel Khan the best opener in Paksitan needs to be selected before he loses his confidence. come on selectors open your eyes please.

  • mzm149 on November 30, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    @Masrur G. Syed: Nasir Jamshed 24.7 and Hafeez 34.1 for this year. Their averages are much better than Asad Shafiq's. Even if they had low averages than him, how does average of 16 justify one's place in team? I was writing a fact. Shafiq is not good ODI player. He is good in tests and should definitely play tests. But ODIs? I don't think so.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 30, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Maqsood and Umar Akmal have a lot of talent, but its a pity there is no like Tendulkar in there team to guide the youth and tell them which balls to play and which one to leave, the Indian youngsters were lucky to have a mentor like Sachin.

  • on November 30, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Asad Shafiq is a pure test batsmen whose ODI average is just 25 and strike rate is below 70. You cannot give him another chance in ODI. Umar Amin is also poor technical batsmen who never scored 50 or more when team needs it badly. Give chance to new faces.

  • on November 30, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    imran tahir will take the wicjet of misbah then it will come to bhatti akmal nd anwar who might add another 100 to the total and pakistan all out for 170. same old same old.

  • mzm149 on November 30, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    No doubt Sohaib Maqsood is a good find. But he must curb his Afridi-like desire to start hitting. This will be very detrimental to his otherwise possibly prolonged career.

  • on November 30, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Forget the whitewash.. Why Pakistan is so complacent? Only average sides have this mentality, Best sides would haave gone for a whitewash keeping in mind that they(SA) are playing without Smith, kallis and steyn.. Pity..

  • on November 30, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    mzm149, i figured you'd be happy. what is m. hafeez and nasir jamshed's average this year, by the way? ;-)

  • Captainman on November 30, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    lool! not much of a crowd even on a Saturday. Guess people were tired of same repeated matches over and over.

  • mtayyabrana on November 30, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Too many changes, wait for something unexpected today.

  • on November 30, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    there is a difference between good sides and average sides. good sides never take a game easy and go for the winning streak while averages sides relax and make changes. if this was the 5th odi at UAE where pak has already lost the series I wouldn't mind changes but here I m totally against this strategy

  • mzm149 on November 30, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Pakistan's bowling is weak today. Absence of Afridi, Junaid and Hafeez will make a lot of difference. Sohail Tanvir and Rehman are not that good.

  • on November 30, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    unexpected but brave

  • mzm149 on November 30, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Asad Shafiq's scores in last 11 innings (this complete year) in ODIs in reverse chronological order are: 1, 1, 11, 10, 0, 41, 0, 4, 84, 9, 5.

    He should be dropped from this format for good in interest of Pakistan's cricket. How can you justify his score of 1 in this game when even Steyn and Morkel are not there. PATHETIC to say the least.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on November 30, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    After winning one series Misbah starts showing his power. With a strike bowler like Afridi rested and good death bowler like Junaid Khan out and South Africa at there best I doubt Pakistan stand a chance, I'll be surprised if they even score 200 and even more surprised if they manage to defend it.

  • mzm149 on November 30, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    I am feeling pity for Asad Shafiq supporters. He is very overrated player. Now his average for this year becomes 16. LOL.

  • on November 30, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    And the test match begins. -_-

  • on November 30, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    It's good to see giving chance to the youngsters to prove their talents.

  • on November 30, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    4 changes, i think no body had expected that. we are in to white wash a team. 1 or 2 changes would have been enough.

    also you have to see what are the replacements and 4 are rested for umar amin, asad, rehman and tanvir.

    batting is strong on paper today as sohail can also bat a bit but bowling is weak.

    have to keep in mind D/L later on.

    i hope this policy of team management doesnt backfire. its not only captains decision, manager and coach are also in tour selection comittee.

    good luck . hoping to see a good game and complete game.

  • mzm149 on November 30, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad back to "Normal" after an unexpected innings last time.

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  • mzm149 on November 30, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad back to "Normal" after an unexpected innings last time.

  • on November 30, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    4 changes, i think no body had expected that. we are in to white wash a team. 1 or 2 changes would have been enough.

    also you have to see what are the replacements and 4 are rested for umar amin, asad, rehman and tanvir.

    batting is strong on paper today as sohail can also bat a bit but bowling is weak.

    have to keep in mind D/L later on.

    i hope this policy of team management doesnt backfire. its not only captains decision, manager and coach are also in tour selection comittee.

    good luck . hoping to see a good game and complete game.

  • on November 30, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    It's good to see giving chance to the youngsters to prove their talents.

  • on November 30, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    And the test match begins. -_-

  • mzm149 on November 30, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    I am feeling pity for Asad Shafiq supporters. He is very overrated player. Now his average for this year becomes 16. LOL.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on November 30, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    After winning one series Misbah starts showing his power. With a strike bowler like Afridi rested and good death bowler like Junaid Khan out and South Africa at there best I doubt Pakistan stand a chance, I'll be surprised if they even score 200 and even more surprised if they manage to defend it.

  • mzm149 on November 30, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Asad Shafiq's scores in last 11 innings (this complete year) in ODIs in reverse chronological order are: 1, 1, 11, 10, 0, 41, 0, 4, 84, 9, 5.

    He should be dropped from this format for good in interest of Pakistan's cricket. How can you justify his score of 1 in this game when even Steyn and Morkel are not there. PATHETIC to say the least.

  • on November 30, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    unexpected but brave

  • mzm149 on November 30, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Pakistan's bowling is weak today. Absence of Afridi, Junaid and Hafeez will make a lot of difference. Sohail Tanvir and Rehman are not that good.

  • on November 30, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    there is a difference between good sides and average sides. good sides never take a game easy and go for the winning streak while averages sides relax and make changes. if this was the 5th odi at UAE where pak has already lost the series I wouldn't mind changes but here I m totally against this strategy