Pakistan in South Africa ODI Series - 3rd ODI

South Africa v Pakistan

South Africa won by 4 wickets (with 68 balls remaining)

Shehzad and Amin will open for Pakistan, Philander for South Africa

9.30 am South Africa win the toss and will bowl

AB de Villiers: "It is a good ODI wicket. Want to put ourselves under pressure and see if we can win a game chasing. Vernon will open the bowling and it will be nice to see him bowling in the morning with a bit of juice on the wicket."

Misbah-ul-Haq: "Winning is always important but when your young guys are performing against a top quality side, that is really good."

Pakistan have made four changes, and Shahid Afridi has been rested. Also not playing are Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed and Junaid Khan. Umar Amin, Asad Shafiq, Abdur Rehman and Sohail Tanvir have been included.

Philander, Davids and Parnell come in for South Africa in place of Steyn, Smith and Kallis. Henry Davids makes his ODI debut for South Africa after nine T20 internationals.

Robin Jackman says on air that there is a not a blade of grass on the pitch that has juice on it. Hard, flat batting surface in Centurion

"Blue, bright and warm" at the moment, says Firdose Moonda from the ground, but a big thunderstorm is expected later.

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Mustafa Turab Ali: "Who says Misbah isn't mercurial? With each match I wonder which Misbah will turn up today, Misbah the sensible or stupid. You must send your best possible attack to whitewash better teams and he has taken out atleast two good players. Happy with dropping Hafeez and Nasir though."

amir: "Very unlikely that Pakistan will win this game. they have dropped two match winners for this game . You want to white wash a superior team , you go for your best possible combination. When Pakistan looses , they never change the non performers , giving it the name of experiance.. And when they are winning they change combinations , giving it a name of exposure. Show the world our aggresive approach and win this game , whitewash the series with the best players. thats how great teams are made."

Furqan: "Its great to see Hafeez being dropped because today, in the absence of Dale Steyn, Hafeez might be once again looking forward to cement his place, and hence blocking way for the youngsters. Pakistan Team Management, well done!"

taslim: "Pakistan are making a mistake here,they should have gone to full strength in this match,Because this is a good chance to white wash South Africa.I dont think this sort of opportunity will come in near future.They should have gone with their winning combination."

9.15 am Hello and welcome to our coverage of the third and final ODI between South Africa and Pakistan in Centurion. Who would have thought this would have to be said, but here goes - can South Africa avoid a whitewash at home? Against a subcontinent side? Pakistan have already done what India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have never managed - win a series in South Africa. And now they have the chance to sweep South Africa in South Africa. More in Firdose Moonda's match preview

0.1

Philander to Umar Amin, 1 wide, begins with a good length slanted too far across the left-hander

0.1

Philander to Umar Amin, 1 run, swings in a bit and comes in to the pad from a good length, is tucked down to fine leg

0.2

Philander to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, pitched full outside off stump now, he reaches out to defend off a thick inside edge

0.3

Philander to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, good length ball moves away from the right-hander outside off stump, left alone

0.4

Philander to Ahmed Shehzad, OUT, early wicket for Philander and South Africa, it is Shehzad, centurion from the previous game, who falls to an outswinger, no need to play at it, it was pitched up quite some way outside off, Shehzad pushed for a weak drive, and edged at a comfortable height to first slip

Ahmed Shehzad c Amla b Philander 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Shafiq in at No 3

0.5

Philander to Asad Shafiq, no run, almost another one, Philander angles this in very close to off, Shafiq is lured into a push, and the ball swings away late just past the edge

0.6

Philander to Asad Shafiq, no run, pitches slightly wider outside off and Shafiq immediately lets it go, excellent carry through to the keeper

End of over 1 (2 runs) Pakistan 2/1 (RR: 2.00)
Asad Shafiq    0* (2b)      VD Philander    1-0-2-1
Umar Amin    1* (1b)     

1.1

Tsotsobe to Umar Amin, no run, sharp lift from just back of a length outside off, left alone

1.2

Tsotsobe to Umar Amin, no run, bowls it fuller outside off, it straightens late, left alone once more

1.3

Tsotsobe to Umar Amin, no run, towards the stumps this time, defended off a thick inside edge to square leg

1.4

Tsotsobe to Umar Amin, no run, rides the bounce on this short of a length ball, gets on his toes and punches to point

1.5

Tsotsobe to Umar Amin, no run, stays around the crease and defends the straightening good length ball tightly to the off side

1.6

Tsotsobe to Umar Amin, no run, nicely bowled, pitched up for the drive, and swings away late to the keeper as batsman flags it through

End of over 2 (maiden) Pakistan 2/1 (RR: 1.00)
Umar Amin    1* (7b)      LL Tsotsobe    1-1-0-0
Asad Shafiq    0* (2b)      VD Philander    1-0-2-1

2.1

Philander to Asad Shafiq, no run

2.2

Philander to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, an uncertain push forward as this length ball moves in after pitching, scoots off a thick inside edge behind square leg

2.3

Philander to Umar Amin, no run, sharp bouncer now, Amin swerves away quite safely as the ball whizzes past his left shoulder

2.4

Philander to Umar Amin, no run, pushed off the front foot to mid off

2.5

Philander to Umar Amin, no run, good length ball pushed to cover

2.6

Philander to Umar Amin, FOUR, goes after this full delivery now, big stride forward and smashes it to the deep cover rope

End of over 3 (5 runs) Pakistan 7/1 (RR: 2.33)
Umar Amin    5* (11b 1x4)      VD Philander    2-0-7-1
Asad Shafiq    1* (4b)      LL Tsotsobe    1-1-0-0

3.1

Tsotsobe to Asad Shafiq, OUT, loud sound as the ball passes bat on the forward push and Shafiq has to walk back, normal left-arm seamer's line from Tsotsobe, angled across the right-hander close to off stump, generating some extra bounce, Shafiq unable to get behind the line and feathers it through to the keeper

Asad Shafiq c †de Kock b Tsotsobe 1 (10m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

3.2

Tsotsobe to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, that was close as well, this one straightened on Maqsood, who tried to flick and survived with an inside edge to pad

3.3

Tsotsobe to Umar Amin, 1 run, pushes forward at this length ball and it runs to the fielder at third man

3.4

Tsotsobe to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 wide, that flew, that really took off way over the batsman as Tsotsobe banged it in short, keeper had to jump high to take it

3.4

Tsotsobe to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, another one rearing high as Tsotsobe angles a bouncer across

3.5

Tsotsobe to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, back of a length now, defended to the off side

3.6

Tsotsobe to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, takes a couple of steps out now and eases this pitched up ball to mid off

End of over 4 (3 runs) Pakistan 10/2 (RR: 2.50)
Sohaib Maqsood    1* (4b)      LL Tsotsobe    2-1-3-1
Umar Amin    6* (12b 1x4)      VD Philander    2-0-7-1

4.1

Philander to Umar Amin, no run, a touch late in stepping half forward to this length ball on off, defends safely in the end

4.2

Philander to Umar Amin, 1 wide, pitched up and straightening but down the leg side

4.2

Philander to Umar Amin, no run, moves across, gets behind the line of this good length ball and blocks solidly

4.3

Philander to Umar Amin, no run, fine shot, there was width on the length ball, and Amin punched with power and timing, but it flew straight to cover

4.4

Philander to Umar Amin, FOUR, flicked in the air off the pad, de Kock dives but it is too quick for him, Philander getting the line wrong again

4.5

Philander to Umar Amin, no run, good comeback, beats the left-hander, who prods away from the body at one bouncing and leaving him outside off

4.6

Philander to Umar Amin, SIX, whoa, how's that for a batsman's comeback now, this wasn;t too short from Philander, but didn't get up too much as well, Amin burst into a quick, instinctive pull, sending the ball soaring over the deep square leg boundary

End of over 5 (11 runs) Pakistan 21/2 (RR: 4.20)
Umar Amin    16* (18b 2x4 1x6)      VD Philander    3-0-18-1
Sohaib Maqsood    1* (4b)      LL Tsotsobe    2-1-3-1

5.1

Tsotsobe to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, length ball left with the angle outside off

5.2

Tsotsobe to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, loose again from a Pakistan batsman, Maqsood pushes half forward at one slanted across and is beaten

5.3

Tsotsobe to Sohaib Maqsood, 5 wides, Tsotsobe digs in the bouncer too short, and for the second time it rises too much, this time the keeper's leap is in vain

5.3

Tsotsobe to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, comes forward now to a pitched up delivery to push to cover

5.4

Tsotsobe to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, steps forward and defends to cover

5.5

Tsotsobe to Sohaib Maqsood, FOUR, Maqsood splits the gap between cover and point with a step out, a forward stride and a confident drive

5.6

Tsotsobe to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, well left, a good length ball close to off but Maqsood is dead sure he has nothing to do with this

End of over 6 (9 runs) Pakistan 30/2 (RR: 5.00)
Sohaib Maqsood    5* (10b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    3-1-12-1
Umar Amin    16* (18b 2x4 1x6)      VD Philander    3-0-18-1

6.1

Philander to Umar Amin, no run, gets behind the line of a good length ball on off and blocks solidly

6.2

Philander to Umar Amin, no run, banged in short, Amin weaves inside the line and lets it zoom past

6.3

Philander to Umar Amin, no run, pitches it up, slants it across, Amin takes a stride out and shoulders arms

Ali Mushaf: "It fills with satisfaction to see Sohaib Maqsood on the crease even though the scorecard doesn't look good. This is how a solid batsman changes the mood of the fans."

6.4

Philander to Umar Amin, 1 run, shortish and not getting up much again, but Amin, on one leg, controls the swat very well, to deep square leg

6.5

Philander to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, walks out now, and plays out a length ball to the off side

6.6

Philander to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, pushed towards point

End of over 7 (1 run) Pakistan 31/2 (RR: 4.42)
Sohaib Maqsood    5* (12b 1x4)      VD Philander    4-0-19-1
Umar Amin    17* (22b 2x4 1x6)      LL Tsotsobe    3-1-12-1

7.1

Tsotsobe to Umar Amin, no run, lifts and moves away slightly outside off, left alone

Waleed: "South Africa giving chances by bowling wides and bad deliveries. They need to restrict pak so they can take this confidence against India who are in good touch these days"

7.2

Tsotsobe to Umar Amin, no run, comes in with the angle to the pad, Amin tucks it to midwicket

7.3

Tsotsobe to Umar Amin, no run, comes forward to defend this straightening delivery tentatively to square leg

7.4

Tsotsobe to Umar Amin, no run, walks across off now in the crease and pulls bat away from the line of this length ball

7.5

Tsotsobe to Umar Amin, no run, Duminy's saved a boundary at backward point with a leap to his left, Amin had driven this hard into the ground and it was bouncing high past the fielder

7.6

Tsotsobe to Umar Amin, no run, pitched up delivery pushed in the air but falling well short of mid off

End of over 8 (maiden) Pakistan 31/2 (RR: 3.87)
Umar Amin    17* (28b 2x4 1x6)      LL Tsotsobe    4-2-12-1
Sohaib Maqsood    5* (12b 1x4)      VD Philander    4-0-19-1

8.1

Philander to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, full, swinging away from off, he walks down the cover it, and drives it back to Philander

8.2

Philander to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, short of a length, just outside off, covers the line, and punches it to cover

8.3

Philander to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, short of a length again, angling in towards off, defended from the crease

8.4

Philander to Sohaib Maqsood, FOUR, slightly fuller but not a half-volley by any stretch. He stands tall, plays it on the up, and push-drives it between mid-off and extra cover. Top shot

8.5

Philander to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, pulls the length back, gets it to bounce towards the sticker on the bat. Defended off the back foot

8.6

Philander to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, short of a length again, outside off, pushed to mid-off. No seam movement for Philander in that over

End of over 9 (4 runs) Pakistan 35/2 (RR: 3.88)
Sohaib Maqsood    9* (18b 2x4)      VD Philander    5-0-23-1
Umar Amin    17* (28b 2x4 1x6)      LL Tsotsobe    4-2-12-1

9.1

Tsotsobe to Umar Amin, FOUR, Philander has over-run this one at third man. Tsotsobe is very unlucky with this ball. First Amin slashes hard at a widish delivery, gets a thick edge towards third man. Philander over-runs to his right, and is beaten to his left

9.2

Tsotsobe to Umar Amin, no run, length ball outside off, defended off the front foot

9.3

Tsotsobe to Umar Amin, no run, some movement away from the left-hand batsman. Left alone outside off

9.4

Tsotsobe to Umar Amin, no run, slightly short of a good length, defended by Amin outside off, but this hits him high on the bat

9.5

Tsotsobe to Umar Amin, no run, fuller, angling in, pushed to mid-on

9.6

Tsotsobe to Umar Amin, FOUR, short, not too wide, Amin stays back and stylishly cuts it past short cover for four

End of over 10 (8 runs) Pakistan 43/2 (RR: 4.30)
Umar Amin    25* (34b 4x4 1x6)      LL Tsotsobe    5-2-20-1
Sohaib Maqsood    9* (18b 2x4)      VD Philander    5-0-23-1

Ryan McLaren into the attack now. One slip for him

10.1

McLaren to Sohaib Maqsood, FOUR, poor line first up. Short of a length, straying too far down the leg side. Maqsood tucks it away off the hip for a four fine of fine leg

10.2

McLaren to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, gets the line right here. Short of a length, on off, rising towards the hip. Defended

10.3

McLaren to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, short of a length again, Maqsood tries to get inside its line and work it to leg, but is beaten and is hit on the thigh pad

10.4

McLaren to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, stays short of a length, Maqsood is slightly forward but adjusts well, rising with the bounce and defending it to cover

10.5

McLaren to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, Maqsood is committed forward again, and has to stab at this rising towards his chest. Manages to keep it down, gets a single to third man

Asif: "Serious issue.... Even the new comers are not rotating the strike, only scoring boundries... Coach need to look at it...."

10.6

McLaren to Umar Amin, OUT, lovely catch. Superbly timed leap by Amla at the lone slip. Short of a length, middle and off, angling away, Amin wants to hit it, but the bounce gets too much for him. It seems the thick edge will fly over slip, but Amla leaps high in the air, both feet up, and pouches it

Umar Amin c Amla b McLaren 25 (48m 35b 4x4 1x6) SR: 71.42

End of over 11 (5 runs) Pakistan 48/3 (RR: 4.36)
     R McLaren    1-0-5-1
Sohaib Maqsood    14* (23b 3x4)      LL Tsotsobe    5-2-20-1

Misbah-ul-Haq is the new man in, but he is not on strike

Wayne Parnell replaces Tsotsobe in the attack

11.1

Parnell to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, length ball, on off, holds its line, pushed to mid-off

11.2

Parnell to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, on a length, just outside off, loose drive from Maqsood, gets an inside edge towards midwicket

11.3

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, leans into a length ball outside off and drives it nicely, but straight to cover

AmmarAshraf: "Ryan McLaren has surpassed Shane Warne's record of Most wickets in calender year against single Opponent. Saeed Ajmal is at number 3 in this list Ryan McLaren 25 v Pakistan in 2013, Shane Warne 24 v South Africa in 1994, Saeed Ajmal 22 v South Africa in 2013, Shakib-ul-Hassan 22 v Zimbabwe in 2009"

11.4

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, a half chance for a caught-and-bowled. Misbah drives but a little hard and back at Parnell who has to dive forward in his follow-through if he has to pull off an absolute stunner. He can't

11.5

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended from the crease

11.6

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, it's Tsotsobe who misfields this time two overs he saw Philander misfield off his bowling. Driven on the up, towards mid-off, but Tsotsobe dives over it, and concedes a single

End of over 12 (3 runs) Pakistan 51/3 (RR: 4.25)
Misbah-ul-Haq    2* (4b)      WD Parnell    1-0-3-0
Sohaib Maqsood    15* (25b 3x4)      R McLaren    1-0-5-1

12.1

McLaren to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, this bounces outside off, but starts too far outside, easy leave

12.2

McLaren to Sohaib Maqsood, FOUR, shortish again and wrong line again, this time down the leg side, helped along fine comfortably even as it rises around chest high

12.3

McLaren to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, walks across now to this short of a length ball and nudges it square on the leg side

12.4

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, goes across and plays out this back of a length ball to the on side

One slip, gully

12.5

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah moves across again and gets into trouble, this one moves in after pitching and he is hit high on the thigh pad after pushing outside the line, replays show it would have gone over

12.6

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, gets behind the line safely this time and blocks the length ball

End of over 13 (5 runs) Pakistan 56/3 (RR: 4.30)
Misbah-ul-Haq    2* (7b)      R McLaren    2-0-10-1
Sohaib Maqsood    20* (28b 4x4)      WD Parnell    1-0-3-0

13.1

Parnell to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, opens the face to this full and wide one and runs it to third man

13.2

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, flies from back of a length across the right-hander, who lets it go

13.3

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, goes across and outside off, stays around the crease and keeps this lifter down off the splice

13.4

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, big forward stride and firm push, man at mid off is a touch slow, the single was on anway

13.5

Parnell to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, turned to midwicket for a single

13.6

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, that takes off from a good length, very sharp bounce, and an equally good leave, could have pushed forward to that and got into trouble

End of over 14 (3 runs) Pakistan 59/3 (RR: 4.21)
Misbah-ul-Haq    3* (11b)      WD Parnell    2-0-6-0
Sohaib Maqsood    22* (30b 4x4)      R McLaren    2-0-10-1

14.1

McLaren to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, walks down the track and outside the off stump but cannot connect as he tries picking it square on the leg side

14.2

McLaren to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, thick edge, but there is only one slip and it scoots down to third man, Maqsood is a tall man, and he got on his toes to punch this, but there was so much bounce that it hit the bat high and produced an edge

14.3

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, takes a single behind square leg as another one hits the bat close to the splce

14.4

McLaren to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, nicely played, he takes an early step to off stump, moves half forward and drives solidly to mid off

14.5

McLaren to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, he's eyeing the gap past midwicket but cannot beat the man there as he walks outside off stump again

14.6

McLaren to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, walking outside off and down the pitch consistently, punches into the gap at cover but there is a sweeper in place

End of over 15 (3 runs) Pakistan 62/3 (RR: 4.13)
Sohaib Maqsood    24* (35b 4x4)      R McLaren    3-0-13-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    4* (12b)      WD Parnell    2-0-6-0

15.1

Parnell to Sohaib Maqsood, no run

15.2

Parnell to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, moves to off stump and whips a length delivery through square leg

15.3

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah walks far outside off stump now, but his nudge goes straight to square leg

15.4

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, Misbah slashes hard, and the ball flies in the air behind point

15.5

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, driven to covers

15.6

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, he's played this line across him from around the seventh stump

End of over 16 (5 runs) Pakistan 67/3 (RR: 4.18)
Misbah-ul-Haq    8* (16b 1x4)      WD Parnell    3-0-11-0
Sohaib Maqsood    25* (37b 4x4)      R McLaren    3-0-13-1

Umair: "Maqsood has played well in his all 5 ODIs so far, much better than other batsmen in the team. But he has been giving his wicket every time after being settled. So this time he should go on to score a 100."

16.1

McLaren to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, taps this bouncing delivery to backward point

16.2

McLaren to Sohaib Maqsood, OUT, South Africa are pulling out ripper after ripper, Maqsood's gone after another start, it was banged in short, Maqsood swung around to try and pull it hard, but he's only managed to pop it back in the air, McLaren threw himself to his right to pouch the stunner

Sohaib Maqsood c & b McLaren 25 (59m 39b 4x4 0x6) SR: 64.10

kazim: "@Umair: There you go... You jinxed the young man"

16.3

McLaren to Umar Akmal, no run, what a snorter to get first up, Akmal hopped to try and play the lifter around off stump, he had a weak dab at it, but just inside the line, survives

16.4

McLaren to Umar Akmal, no run, now he decides to drive hard at this length ball and is beaten

16.5

McLaren to Umar Akmal, no run, better sense prevails as he takes a step out and shoulders arms to a similar ball

16.6

McLaren to Umar Akmal, no run, moves forward to have a drive but manages a thick inside edge to pad

End of over 17 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 67/4 (RR: 3.94)
Umar Akmal    0* (4b)      R McLaren    4-1-13-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    8* (16b 1x4)      WD Parnell    3-0-11-0

Tahir to bowl now

17.1

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tossed up slowly on off stump, blocked off the front foot

Ghumman: "Maqsood can't play pull shot and every time he sees a short ball he tries to pull. This weakness can be a downfall for him in future."

17.2

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, drags it shorter, it comes on slowly to middle and leg and is worked to the on side

17.3

Imran Tahir to Umar Akmal, 1 run, flat on middle, punched to deep midwicket

17.4

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, goes back to a fuller one and punched to long on

17.5

Imran Tahir to Umar Akmal, no run, stays low now from a good length, he adjusts to punch it, AB dashes to his right from short cover and stops it

17.6

Imran Tahir to Umar Akmal, no run, defended to the off side

End of over 18 (3 runs) Pakistan 70/4 (RR: 3.88)
Umar Akmal    1* (7b)      Imran Tahir    1-0-3-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    10* (19b 1x4)      R McLaren    4-1-13-2

Nabeell: "Too much aggression back fires on Sohaib Maqsood, he should learn to stay and play"

18.1

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, walks across outside off and plays out this length ball to midwicket

18.2

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, rises from just back of a good length and is left alone

18.3

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, takes a big stride out early and blocks the pitched up delivery

18.4

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, takes off outside off stump as McLaren digs it in, Misbah withdraws bat and watches it zip past

18.5

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, reaches forward to ease a good length ball to the off side

18.6

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, opens the face as he pushes forward and keeps the strike with a single to deep point

Shehryar: "So now we know why Nasir Jamshed and Hafeez are always in the team. Their replacements (umar amin and asad shafiq) are even worse than them."

End of over 19 (1 run) Pakistan 71/4 (RR: 3.73)
Misbah-ul-Haq    11* (25b 1x4)      R McLaren    5-1-14-2
Umar Akmal    1* (7b)      Imran Tahir    1-0-3-0

19.1

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, Misbah is down on the knee early for the reverse sweep, and beats Amla's dive at short third man

19.2

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, moves forward to drive to long off

19.3

Imran Tahir to Umar Akmal, no run, full delivery pushed hard to the bowler

19.4

Imran Tahir to Umar Akmal, 1 run, lots of flight, the drive beats short extra cover, and goes to wide long off

19.5

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run

19.6

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, reaches forward and squeezes this behind point

End of over 20 (7 runs) Pakistan 78/4 (RR: 3.90)
Misbah-ul-Haq    17* (29b 2x4)      Imran Tahir    2-0-10-0
Umar Akmal    2* (9b)      R McLaren    5-1-14-2

Philander is back

Daniyal: "Don't know what's the thinking here. Both Amin and Maqsood have fallen in trying to push things too much. The RR was fine, plenty of overs left, why take risks when all you need is a partnership. Guess this Pakistani middle order is inexperienced in that regard.."

20.1

Philander to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, left alone outside off

20.2

Philander to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, another one flagged through outside off

20.3

Philander to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tackles the bounce on this and controls it towards point

20.4

Philander to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, opens the face as he comes forward and defends to point

20.5

Philander to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, trouble for Misbah, he hops and pushes this in front of cover and takes off, Misbah was out by a couple of metres had Miller hit

20.6

Philander to Umar Akmal, no run, defended off the front foot

End of over 21 (1 run) Pakistan 79/4 (RR: 3.76)
Umar Akmal    2* (10b)      VD Philander    6-0-24-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    18* (34b 2x4)      Imran Tahir    2-0-10-0

Parnell returns now

21.1

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, gets some bounce off a good length, Misbah leaves with the angle across him

21.2

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, walks outside off yet again and nudges a lifting delivery from middle behind square leg

21.3

Parnell to Umar Akmal, no run, flagged through to the keeper on the angle again

21.4

Parnell to Umar Akmal, no run, bangs it in short now, Akmal deals with it neatly, dropping the wrists and moving inside the line

21.5

Parnell to Umar Akmal, no run, bursts forward and thumps a cracking drive straight to extra cover

Wahaj Ahmed: "Both amin and sohaib maqsood had the right idea, Pakistan loses too many games because they score abysmally slow during the early overs leaving the batsmen in the end with too much to do. We need some controlled aggression in the middle overs, it might not have paid of today but I appreciate the change in style. On a side note, I have tried to get a comment published on Cricinfo for 5-6 years with no success yet :("

21.6

Parnell to Umar Akmal, no run, snorter flies past the batsman as he keeps the bat down safely

End of over 22 (1 run) Pakistan 80/4 (RR: 3.63)
Umar Akmal    2* (14b)      WD Parnell    4-0-12-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    19* (36b 2x4)      VD Philander    6-0-24-1

22.1

Philander to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, opens the face late as he comes forward and picks up a single through point

22.2

Philander to Umar Akmal, no run, lunges forward and pushes this length ball down the track

22.3

Philander to Umar Akmal, no run, well left, bends his knee to get low and sways inside the line of a rising delivery, also keeps the bat down

22.4

Philander to Umar Akmal, no run, now this one is pitched right up to the stumps, Akmal keeps it out without any fuss

22.5

Philander to Umar Akmal, no run, a confident stride forward and a solid defensive push to the off side

22.6

Philander to Umar Akmal, 1 run, he's handled this well, he'd already moved across to this short ball, it came on slower than he expected, but he managed to awkwardly send it to fine leg, along the ground

End of over 23 (2 runs) Pakistan 82/4 (RR: 3.56)
Umar Akmal    3* (19b)      VD Philander    7-0-26-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    20* (37b 2x4)      WD Parnell    4-0-12-0

23.1

Parnell to Umar Akmal, no run, takes a hand off the bat as he lunges forward to defend

23.2

Parnell to Umar Akmal, 1 run, this came at around head height close to off stump, but Akmal hopped and steered it deftly to third man

23.3

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, cuts behind point, McLaren at third man slides across and saves the boundary

23.4

Parnell to Umar Akmal, no run, left alone outside off stump on the angle

23.5

Parnell to Umar Akmal, no run, good length, going across, left alone

23.6

Parnell to Umar Akmal, 1 run, another one climbing high outside off stump, but Akmal brings up a controlled single down to third man

End of over 24 (3 runs) Pakistan 85/4 (RR: 3.54)
Umar Akmal    5* (24b)      WD Parnell    5-0-15-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    21* (38b 2x4)      VD Philander    7-0-26-1

24.1

Philander to Umar Akmal, no run, and all of a sudden, he decides to charge out and have a heave, and after handling the short balls so well, is beaten by some margin

24.2

Philander to Umar Akmal, OUT, and next ball after the heave comes the wicket, he's handled shorter deliveries well today, this climbs somewhat from back of a length, Akmal prods, and South Africa pull off another spectacular catch, de Kock leaping to his right to snap it up one-handed

Umar Akmal c †de Kock b Philander 5 (30m 26b 0x4 0x6) SR: 19.23

24.3

Philander to Bilawal Bhatti, no run, beaten first ball as Philander moves it in off the seam

24.4

Philander to Bilawal Bhatti, no run, and again, he pushes inside the line as this rises from back of a length

24.5

Philander to Bilawal Bhatti, no run, pitched up now, he moves forward and defends

24.6

Philander to Bilawal Bhatti, no run

End of over 25 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 85/5 (RR: 3.40)
Bilawal Bhatti    0* (4b)      VD Philander    8-1-26-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    21* (38b 2x4)      WD Parnell    5-0-15-0

25.1

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tries to sweep hard from around off, it hits the glove and pops up in the air to vacant silly point

25.2

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, defended off the front foot

25.3

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, a boundary now as Misbah sweeps again, takes it on the full with a lunge and sends it behind square leg

25.4

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, hurries on around off stump, is played out off the back foot

25.5

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 5 runs, googly pushed off the back foot, cover runs in and throws, square leg's dive is in vain, and it races to the boundary

25.6

Imran Tahir to Bilawal Bhatti, no run, defended off the front foot

End of over 26 (9 runs) Pakistan 94/5 (RR: 3.61)
Bilawal Bhatti    0* (5b)      Imran Tahir    3-0-19-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    30* (43b 3x4)      VD Philander    8-1-26-2

26.1

Philander to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, moves outside off stump and plays this out to point

26.2

Philander to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, weaves inside the line to a lifter and avoids it, did not keep the bat down too much though

26.3

Philander to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, well bowled, rises sharply from a good length, Misbah leaves

26.4

Philander to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, this moves in after pitching now, but Misbah is ready with one more leave

26.5

Philander to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, lunges forward and defends off a thick inside edge to the leg side

Mirak: "Without Romeo there is no Juliet. Without Steyn there cannot be Hafeez."

26.6

Philander to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, big forward stride to keep out this pitched up delivery

End of over 27 (maiden) Pakistan 94/5 (RR: 3.48)
Misbah-ul-Haq    30* (49b 3x4)      VD Philander    9-2-26-2
Bilawal Bhatti    0* (5b)      Imran Tahir    3-0-19-0

27.1

Imran Tahir to Bilawal Bhatti, no run, moves forward to push a tossed up ball to point

27.2

Imran Tahir to Bilawal Bhatti, no run, excellent delivery, this was the googly, flighted generously outside off, he went for the drive thinking it was a legbreak, escaped with an inside edge

27.3

Imran Tahir to Bilawal Bhatti, 1 run, tossed up even more, pushed into the off side

27.4

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah tackles with Tahir in his own manner, taking a flighted full ball from off stump and whipping it to long on

27.5

Imran Tahir to Bilawal Bhatti, OUT, Tahir strikes, Bhatti pushes forward to a tossed up delivery, slight turn takes the edge and settles in slip's hands

Bilawal Bhatti c Amla b Imran Tahir 1 (12m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 11.11

27.6

Imran Tahir to Anwar Ali, 1 run, plays half forward to a pitched up ball, nudges it to the leg side

End of over 28 (3 runs) Pakistan 97/6 (RR: 3.46)
Anwar Ali    1* (1b)      Imran Tahir    4-0-22-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    31* (50b 3x4)      VD Philander    9-2-26-2

Tousif Akhtar: "OMG another disaster. I guess its impossible for green team to show stability in a full whole series. All the hopes are on bowlers who are doing batsmen's job. Fingers crossed"

28.1

Philander to Anwar Ali, OUT, loud appeal for caught behind turned down, South Africa review, good length delivery bounces, hurries on and brushes the glove as Anwar was looking to avoid it

Anwar Ali c †de Kock b Philander 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

A Saboor: "Misbah the lone man standing again like Chanderpaul. Pakistan win matches courtesy its lower middle and lower order. Top order rarely have contribution."

28.2

Philander to Abdur Rehman, no run, defended to the off side

28.3

Philander to Abdur Rehman, no run, back of a length ball pushed to the bowler

28.4

Philander to Abdur Rehman, no run, tucked off the pad straight to square leg

28.5

Philander to Abdur Rehman, no run, good length ball left alone outside the off stump

28.6

Philander to Abdur Rehman, no run, lunges forward and pushes towards cover, was in the air for a while

Our correspondent Firdose Moonda informs us that the expected thundershower is scheduled to come at around 6 pm. The game will be over by then

End of over 29 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 97/7 (RR: 3.34)
Abdur Rehman    0* (5b)      VD Philander    10-3-26-3
Misbah-ul-Haq    31* (50b 3x4)      Imran Tahir    4-0-22-1

29.1

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, bat in front of pad to defend back to the bowler

29.2

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, some extra bounce hits the bat high as Misbah strides forward to block

29.3

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, full delivery driven to mid off

29.4

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, another full one, turned through midwicket

29.5

Imran Tahir to Abdur Rehman, 1 run, nudged with the turn off the pad to fine leg

29.6

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, tossed up full, turned from off stump to deep midwicket

End of over 30 (3 runs) Pakistan 100/7 (RR: 3.33)
Misbah-ul-Haq    33* (55b 3x4)      Imran Tahir    5-0-25-1
Abdur Rehman    1* (6b)      VD Philander    10-3-26-3

30.1

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, rides the bounce and cuts through point, and also comes back for the second, just in time

30.2

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, more bounce as he digs this short, Misbah thumps a pull wide of fine leg

30.3

Tsotsobe to Abdur Rehman, no run, plays with an angled bat and underedges this length delivery to the lone slip

30.4

Tsotsobe to Abdur Rehman, no run, short of a length on off stump, played out to point

sadiq amin: "and they say Misbah is defensive. what you got with the aggression of other players?"

30.5

Tsotsobe to Abdur Rehman, no run, decides to dab late at this widish one and is beaten

30.6

Tsotsobe to Abdur Rehman, no run, straightens from short of a good length and beats him

End of over 31 (3 runs) Pakistan 103/7 (RR: 3.32)
Abdur Rehman    1* (10b)      LL Tsotsobe    6-2-23-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    36* (57b 3x4)      Imran Tahir    5-0-25-1

31.1

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, whips a tossed up ball from middle and off through midwicket

Anman: "Other teams have batsmen, bowlers and some allrounders. Pak has Misbah, bowlers and a few placeholders."

Slip, short leg

31.2

Imran Tahir to Abdur Rehman, no run, squirts a flighted delivery to mid off

31.3

Imran Tahir to Abdur Rehman, FOUR, gives it a lot of air and bowls it full outside off, Rehman puts it away to the deep cover boundary

Short leg moves to silly point

31.4

Imran Tahir to Abdur Rehman, no run, played to the bowler off the front foot

31.5

Imran Tahir to Abdur Rehman, no run, Tahir with a theatrical appeal as Rehman misses the paddle, this was the googly but it pitched outside leg

31.6

Imran Tahir to Abdur Rehman, no run, googly again, better directed, Rehman reaches for it outside off and is beaten

End of over 32 (5 runs) Pakistan 108/7 (RR: 3.37)
Abdur Rehman    5* (15b 1x4)      Imran Tahir    6-0-30-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    37* (58b 3x4)      LL Tsotsobe    6-2-23-1

32.1

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, moves forward and defends this pitched up ball to the bowler

32.2

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, that took off from just back of a length, Misbah rode the bounce and managed to keep it down towards point, off the splice

32.3

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, Tsotsobe tries the bouncer now, Misbah misses the hook, the ball bounced too much

32.3

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, pushes forward and squirts it to the lone, wide slip on the bounce

Mursalan Haider: "Asking for a white wash was too much anyway.. we are happy Pakistan won this series."

32.4

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, walks outside off stump to counter the angle and plays it out down the pitch

32.5

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, another lifter, Misbah plays from the crease, hops and somehow keeps it down off the glove

32.6

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, this one bounces as well but it slightly wider and is steered down to third man

End of over 33 (2 runs) Pakistan 110/7 (RR: 3.33)
Misbah-ul-Haq    38* (64b 3x4)      LL Tsotsobe    7-2-25-1
Abdur Rehman    5* (15b 1x4)      Imran Tahir    6-0-30-1

Ali Mushaf: "Not sure if Misbah means his shirt number 22. He is always caught in a catch 22 situation of scoring the runs or saving the wickets."

33.1

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah escapes, he top edged the sweep, Amla ran hard to his left from short fine leg, but it eluded him

33.2

Imran Tahir to Abdur Rehman, 1 run, drills a drive wide of the sweeper off an overpitched tossed up ball

33.3

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, played back to the bowler

33.4

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, goes hard at a full toss, it rolls down to long on

33.5

Imran Tahir to Abdur Rehman, 1 run, cuts a wide one to the right of the sweeper now

33.6

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, lunges forward and pushes to the leg side

End of over 34 (4 runs) Pakistan 114/7 (RR: 3.35)
Misbah-ul-Haq    40* (68b 3x4)      Imran Tahir    7-0-34-1
Abdur Rehman    7* (17b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    7-2-25-1

34.1

Tsotsobe to Abdur Rehman, 1 run, opens the face and steers this down to third man

34.2

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, opens the face and runs this length ball to cover

asad abbasi: "As a Pakistani fan it is really absurd to see a war between anti-Misbah and pro-Misbah fans. The thing is that he is a good batsman who has been made to look even better by the incompetency of batsmen around him. If he were playing his trade in the times Saeed, Inzi and Yousuf he would have been just an okay batsman. Things need to be put in perspective."

34.3

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, rides the bounce and plays this out to point

34.4

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah hooks a sharp bouncer from in front of his head, in the air for a while, but well short of fine leg

34.5

Tsotsobe to Abdur Rehman, 1 wide, Tsotsobe's dug in a few very short ones today, this is another one, outside off

34.5

Tsotsobe to Abdur Rehman, no run, tries to dab this straightening short of a length ball and is beaten

34.6

Tsotsobe to Abdur Rehman, no run, exactly what happened off the previous ball, beaten outside off again as he tries to run it to third man

End of over 35 (3 runs) Pakistan 117/7 (RR: 3.34)
Abdur Rehman    8* (20b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    8-2-28-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    41* (71b 3x4)      Imran Tahir    7-0-34-1

Batting Powerplay

sohail: "We should thank BCCI that they curtailed their tour and allowed PCB and RSA to work out a small tour and paved the way for Pakistan Success in ODI Series"

35.1

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, punches this short of a length ball down to third man

35.2

McLaren to Abdur Rehman, no run, runs a back of a length ball to backward point

35.3

McLaren to Abdur Rehman, no run, plays out a good length ball to the off side

35.4

McLaren to Abdur Rehman, no run, turned off the pad but finds short fine leg

35.5

McLaren to Abdur Rehman, 1 run, dabs a length ball to third man

Ovais: "I think Misbah's rather ill-chosen epithet should be changed from "tuk tuk" to "the lone ranger.""

35.6

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, swings a low full toss down to mid on and keeps the strike

End of over 36 (3 runs) Pakistan 120/7 (RR: 3.33)
Misbah-ul-Haq    43* (73b 3x4)      R McLaren    6-1-17-2
Abdur Rehman    9* (24b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    8-2-28-1

36.1

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, tries to drive a wide ball, but misses

36.1

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, dropped by Duminy at backward point, straightforward chance, decent height as Misbah flashed a cut straight to Duminy, but it pops out of his hands

36.2

Parnell to Abdur Rehman, 1 leg bye, into the pad, nudged to short fine leg for a quick single

Ali Arshad: "Can anyone please explain what Misbah is trying to play here. Taking the match to the last over with the tail enders is not a possibility. Sir, score your fifty and leave for which you are the best choice."

36.3

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, walks outside off stump and runs this to third man

36.4

Parnell to Abdur Rehman, 1 run, another one steered to third man by Rehman

Hamzah: "The pitch is a bouncy track, and the ball is spinning too, and the batsmen are struggling too..If somehow Pakistan can manage to accumulate 50 more runs then the Proteas will find it difficult to chase against a classic bowling attack especially spin attack..."

36.5

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, walks across, hops and plays down this lifter in front of backward point

36.6

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, square drives out to the sweeper to keep strike

End of over 37 (6 runs) Pakistan 126/7 (RR: 3.40)
Misbah-ul-Haq    46* (77b 3x4)      WD Parnell    6-0-20-0
Abdur Rehman    10* (26b 1x4)      R McLaren    6-1-17-2

37.1

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, hit on the pad with one coming in with the angle, looked high, hit him just above the pad

37.2

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, thought about the hook against this bouncer but ducked in the end

37.3

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, swings hard but mistimes the full delivery to midwicket

37.4

McLaren to Abdur Rehman, no run, Rehman beaten again as he tries to dab a short of a length ball to third man, there was some sort of a sound there, but replays show gap between bat and ball

37.5

McLaren to Abdur Rehman, FOUR, short ball angled in, he swivels to try a pull, top edge flies over the keeper

37.6

McLaren to Abdur Rehman, no run, and beaten for the umpteenth time as he opens the face outside off stump

End of over 38 (5 runs) Pakistan 131/7 (RR: 3.44)
Abdur Rehman    14* (29b 2x4)      R McLaren    7-1-22-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    47* (80b 3x4)      WD Parnell    6-0-20-0

38.1

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide

38.1

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, cuts hard, in the air, down to third man

38.2

Parnell to Abdur Rehman, 1 run, hops and whips a short of a length ball to deep square leg

Saeed Akhtar: "When Afridi plays with tailenders, people try to teach him to take this match to 50th over even if 10-15 overs are left. But now Misbah is in same condition and people are saying that he can't take this match to 50th over so he should just go after the ball and score fast for few overs and get out. And yet everyone knows that they both are exact opposite personality of what people expect them to do"

38.3

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, played back down the pitch to the bowler

38.4

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, tight single, Misbah moved forward and squirted this in front of extra cover, would have probably just made it had there been a direct hit

38.5

Parnell to Abdur Rehman, no run, defends a back of a length ball to the bowler

Haroon: "The team will miss Hafeez & Afridi's contribution with the ball in this match. Two teasing spinners who are always in the wickets and blocking the run flow."

38.6

Parnell to Abdur Rehman, no run, ducks under a bouncer around off

End of over 39 (4 runs) Pakistan 135/7 (RR: 3.46)
Abdur Rehman    15* (32b 2x4)      WD Parnell    7-0-24-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    49* (83b 3x4)      R McLaren    7-1-22-2

39.1

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, takes it from middle and works it to deep square leg to bring up one more fighting ODI fifty

39.2

McLaren to Abdur Rehman, 1 run, whipped from off and middle to square leg for a quick single

39.3

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, hops, opens the face and runs this shortish ball behind point, direct hit would have had Rehman in trouble

39.4

McLaren to Abdur Rehman, 1 run, another one dropped, it is the substitute fielder who puts this down at third man, Rehman steered it high in the air over the slips, third man ran to his right, got down forward but could not hold on

39.5

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, steered to third man for a single

39.6

McLaren to Abdur Rehman, 1 run, a low full toss on middle, turned to fine leg

End of over 40 (6 runs) Pakistan 141/7 (RR: 3.52)
Abdur Rehman    18* (35b 2x4)      R McLaren    8-1-28-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    52* (86b 3x4)      WD Parnell    7-0-24-0

40.1

Parnell to Abdur Rehman, 2 runs, Rehman cuts hard, point takes some pace off it with a dive, third man slides and stops but a better throw from him would have tested Misbah on the second run

40.2

Parnell to Abdur Rehman, no run, flashes outside off and is beaten by the bounce

40.3

Parnell to Abdur Rehman, 1 run, steered down to third man easily

40.4

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, mid on is up, and Misbah goes deep in the crease to loft a pitched up ball over him, does not time it

40.5

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, moves across but withdraws bat as this slants across him

40.6

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, ducks under a bouncer now

End of over 41 (5 runs) Pakistan 146/7 (RR: 3.56)
Misbah-ul-Haq    54* (89b 3x4)      WD Parnell    8-0-29-0
Abdur Rehman    21* (38b 2x4)      R McLaren    8-1-28-2

41.1

Imran Tahir to Abdur Rehman, 1 run, swept to short fine leg for a quick single

41.2

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, punched back to the bowler

41.3

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full ball swung along the ground to deep midwicket

41.4

Imran Tahir to Abdur Rehman, OUT, Amla holds on at deep square leg, and Rehman's fightback is over, stepped down the track and swung it high with the turn, wasn't to the pitch and wasn't on top of the bounce when he connected, Amla manages to take it safely in the end

Abdur Rehman c Amla b Imran Tahir 22 (60m 40b 2x4 0x6) SR: 55.00

41.5

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, goes back to a googly and works it to midwicket

41.6

Imran Tahir to Sohail Tanvir, no run, pushes a tossed up delivery to the off side

End of over 42 (3 runs) Pakistan 149/8 (RR: 3.54)
Sohail Tanvir    0* (1b)      Imran Tahir    8-0-37-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    56* (92b 3x4)      WD Parnell    8-0-29-0

42.1

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, moves forward and defends in front of point for a comfortable single

42.2

Tsotsobe to Sohail Tanvir, FOUR, Tanvir has four second ball, he clips a full delivery in front of square leg, and beats the sprint and big dive from the deep fielder

42.3

Tsotsobe to Sohail Tanvir, no run, pushed to covers

42.4

Tsotsobe to Sohail Tanvir, no run, shortish ball rises and moves away outside off, left alone

42.5

Tsotsobe to Sohail Tanvir, 1 run, drives in the air but in the gap past extra cover

42.6

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, keeps the strike, working the ball through square leg

Awais: "Misbah doing what is required this time now...playing 50 overs!! He is the lone warrior of this team"

End of over 43 (7 runs) Pakistan 156/8 (RR: 3.62)
Misbah-ul-Haq    58* (94b 3x4)      LL Tsotsobe    9-2-35-1
Sohail Tanvir    5* (5b 1x4)      Imran Tahir    8-0-37-2

43.1

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, punched off the back foot to extra cover

43.2

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, this is angled in full, and Misbah has gone down on a knee quickly to swing it over square leg

43.3

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, makes room outside leg and slogs a full toss to deep midwicket, is cross that Tanvir has't come back for the second

43.4

Imran Tahir to Sohail Tanvir, no run, defended off the back foot

43.5

Imran Tahir to Sohail Tanvir, no run, driven to extra cover

43.6

Imran Tahir to Sohail Tanvir, no run, Misbah is eager to take the single as Tanvir drives a flighted ball to cover, but has to halt midway and turn back, queerly, throw is at the keeper's end

End of over 44 (5 runs) Pakistan 161/8 (RR: 3.65)
Sohail Tanvir    5* (8b 1x4)      Imran Tahir    9-0-42-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    63* (97b 4x4)      LL Tsotsobe    9-2-35-1

44.1

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, allows the length ball to come on and runs it wide of point

44.2

Tsotsobe to Sohail Tanvir, 1 run, gets off strike with a pushed single in front of cover

Mazher Arshad: "Pakistan's partnership stats in last 8 ODIs against South Africa. Openers: 194 runs at avg 24.12 (2 fifties). 8th wicket: 238 runs at avg 29.75 (3 fifties)."

44.3

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, punches to sweeper cover

44.4

Tsotsobe to Sohail Tanvir, no run, weaves inside the line of a lifter outside off

44.5

Tsotsobe to Sohail Tanvir, OUT, a rather daft shot to play with your captain depending on you to bat 50 overs, Tanvir drives a length delivery in the air, and mishits it dead straight to the sweeper

Sohail Tanvir c Parnell b Tsotsobe 6 (12m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

44.6

Tsotsobe to Saeed Ajmal, no run, hit on the thigh pad as he comes forward to try and defend

End of over 45 (3 runs) Pakistan 164/9 (RR: 3.64)
Saeed Ajmal    0* (1b)      LL Tsotsobe    10-2-38-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    65* (99b 4x4)      Imran Tahir    9-0-42-2

Mazhar Shehzaad: "Misbah shouldnt wait a second in attacking the bowlers now. Saeed Ajmal cant be trusted for long time"

45.1

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, Misbah backs away outside leg, Tahir follows him, Misbah jumps outside the line and earns a wide

45.1

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run

45.2

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, hurries onto middle stump this one, Misbah keeps it out

45.3

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, SIX, charges out, takes a flighted ball on the full and carts it high and straight

45.4

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, SIX, and again, this is not on the full, but it is overpitched nonetheless, and Misbah's swung it powerfully over long on

45.5

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, drags it flat and shortish now, Misbah nudges it square on the leg side

45.6

Imran Tahir to Saeed Ajmal, no run, a googly, but Ajmal lunges forward and gets an inside edge down the leg side

End of over 46 (14 runs) Pakistan 178/9 (RR: 3.86)
Saeed Ajmal    0* (2b)      Imran Tahir    10-0-56-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    78* (104b 4x4 2x6)      LL Tsotsobe    10-2-38-2

46.1

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, nudged to fine leg and he'll turn down the single

46.2

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, punches on the up to sweeper cover and tells Ajmal to 'wait, wait, wait'

46.3

Parnell to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, takes the single now, backs away outside leg but Parnell follows him with a shortish one, Misbah drags it wide of midwicket

round the stumps

46.4

Parnell to Saeed Ajmal, no run, Ajmal whips stylishly from around off and dashes out, but square leg is right on the ball

46.5

Parnell to Saeed Ajmal, OUT, Misbah is stranded, Ajmal prods at the length delivery far away from the body, the ball loops low to wide slip where AB takes it

Saeed Ajmal c de Villiers b Parnell 0 (9m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Misbah makes 79* out of a total of 179. There was sharp, generous bounce, even from good length, and also some turn for the spinner. Pakistan have done well to reach where they have from 97 for 7. That was partly because South Africa dropped a couple of catches, but they also took some spectacular ones earlier in the day. South Africa do not have to make too many to avoid a whitewash. Rohan Sharma will take you through their chase. Abhishek Purohit signing off for now.

talha: "Pakistani team is hopeless without Misbah ... keeping Misbah's score aside nobody even tried to play with responsibility"

Series Results
South Africa v Pakistan at Centurion - Nov 30, 2013
South Africa won by 4 wickets (with 68 balls remaining)
South Africa v Pakistan at Port Elizabeth - Nov 27, 2013
Pakistan won by 1 run
South Africa v Pakistan at Cape Town - Nov 24, 2013
Pakistan won by 23 runs
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Nov 30, 2013

AB de Villers steers the ball into the off side, South Africa v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Centurion, November 30, 2013

AB de Villers steers the ball into the off side

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Nov 30, 2013

Ryan McLaren drives to the off side, South Africa v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Centurion, November 30, 2013

Ryan McLaren drives to the off side

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