South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd Twenty20, Centurion March 3, 2013

Hafeez, Gul demolish South Africa

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Pakistan 195 for 7 (Hafeez 86, Kleinveldt 2-27) beat South Africa 100 (De Villiers 36, Gul 5-6) by 95 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mohammed Hafeez and Umar Gul turned their tour around to take Pakistan to an emphatic victory and leapfrog three places on the ICC rankings to No.3. With the Durban match rained out, Pakistan also claimed the series and a piece of silverware to go along with the bragging rights.

With no Dale Steyn to contend with, Hafeez played with freedom and confidence. He became the first Pakistan batsmen to 1,000 Twenty20 runs and notched up his highest score in the format. Timing, placement and an 83-run stand with Ahmed Shehzad helped him set Pakistan up.

Gul showed no such subtlety. In the space of six balls, he took four wickets to kneecap South Africa and end the contest. Good lengths to desperate batsmen were his razor blade and he sliced through with precision. Hafeez landed even more telling blows with ball in hand but it was Gul who ensured South Africa were bowled out inside 13 overs and thoroughly outplayed.

South Africa's attack showed little of the same discipline and they were flayed from almost the very beginning. New captain Faf du Plessis battled with the over-rate, the ineffectiveness of his spinners and a more aggressive approach from Pakistan.

Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad began positively with Shehzad settling in quickly. He pounced on width, the overpitched delivery and the short one to create a launchpad.

Jamshed was hampered by what looked like a hand niggle and could not take off with Shehzad. But his dismissal was the tonic for Pakistan. After he holed out to mid-on, the South African fielders made the mistake that cost them when they missed a double opportunity to run Shehzad out. Hafeez cut the ball to du Plessis at point and Shehzad had charged all the way up to his end. Du Plessis' throw missed the non-strikers' stumps but went to mid-on, where Justin Ontong had enough time to run Shehzad out but also missed.

Shehzad accepted the invite to capitalise and displayed power and placement in equal quantities. He launched Chris Morris over long-off as an example of the former and beat du Plessis, arguably the most agile fielder around, by opening the face of his bat to guide a slower ball for four in an elegant showing of the latter.

Both he and Hafeez found the gaps easily and threaded the ball through fielders. The area behind short fine leg and backward point was a favourite and they scored nine boundaries there between them. When they were at the crease, the run-rate remained above 10 an over and a massive total was in sight.

Shehzad eventually fell on his sword when he was run-out but Hafeez continued aggressively with Ontong and cow corner his new target. He nailed it three times in the 14th over to bring up his highest T20 score and set himself up for a century.

With the time and the confidence to get there, it seemed nothing would stop Hafeez except himself. In a bizarre twist, he slid onto his stumps as he smashed a Rory Kleinveldt ball over the covers and was out hit wicket.

That sparked a mini collapse for Pakistan. They lost four wickets in the space of 19 balls as South Africa's death bowling showed improvement. Little did they know that they would have to make up for the inadequacies of their batsmen as well.

With a storm brewing, South Africa began in a hurry. AB de Villiers' move to opening the batting appeared to pay off as not even Henry Davids' early departure unsettled him. He was innovative in his strokeplay and even brought out his own version of the Dilscoop but he had no support at the other end.

In one over, Gul derailed South Africa as he had du Plessis caught behind (despite Kamran Akmal fumbling), Chris Morris who was promoted to No.4 was caught at third man going after going for a big shot and Ontong out lbw. At 51 for 4, even if there was weather waiting, it did not matter.

De Villiers played on off Mohammed Irfan and Farhaan Berhardien was caught at point to sink South Africa further. It was only a matter of time after that and it did not take very long. Kleinveldt had some fun off Hafeez but holed out to deep extra cover and Robin Peterson's attempt at a switch hit did not work as he was caught at short fine leg.

Fittingly, Gul took the last wicket when Kyle Abbott top-edged to end South Africa's feeble chase and become the highest wicket-taker in T20 cricket. At the halfway stage, Pakistan's total of 195 seemed to be 20 short, more because of the rate they were hurtling along at than the conditions, but their bowlers ensured it was more than enough.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on March 6, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    @Yasir Faruqi and @Bilal Raza, I also felt after the fall of six wickets with the vital contribution of Umar Gul, Hafeez should have given Umar Gul at least one more over before changing him, but it is NOT necessary that he became a little selfish. We should keep all the possible scenarios in our mind. After humiliation in test matches, victory in the T20 series became very important to get some pride back. On the ground, he may have become too occupied in making Pakistan win the match to pay attention to Umar Gul's any possible new record. He also may have thought the game was still not over after the fall of seven wickets and kept Umra Gul's overs for any possible crucial situation. After the fall of 9 wickets, still he appeared to be wanting Shahid Afridi to bowl instead of Gul, but changed his decision when someone pointed it out. One possible reason for doing so is that again he may have become too occupied in Pakistan's victory to remember what Umar Gul deserved at that point.

  • on March 6, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    @ likeintcricket, thanks for replying, but we are still not 100% sure if any other test playing team has ever bowled out in just 12.2 overs or less in a T20 international. Even though South Africans had managed to score 100 runs in those overs, it will still be an interesting world record for both South Africa and Pakistan if this was never happened before. I am asking again: Can someone please tell me if there is any other test playing team who was bowled out in just 12.2 hours or less in T20 before?

  • Chris_P on March 5, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    I have said many times before but it bears repeating. This should finally justify the argument there is NO correlation between test form and one day form. The argument about one day form as a criteria for test selection has always been flawed & if the NZ & Pakistan examples aren't proof enough, then I am at a loss what would satisfy those pundits. That said, good effort form the Pakistanis.

  • on March 5, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    @Bilal Raza I'm sorry you feel that way about Hafeez. I wouldn't say he is a great cricketer but he has been good for Pakistan for the past few years. Obviously he had issues with Steyn but then most Pakistan batsmen when they go to bouncy pitches have the same issues, even the great ones. Regarding his captaincy Hafeez does open the bowling but only when either both openers are left-handed or one of them is weak against him (which Tamim Iqbal was in one of the previous series). SA opened with two right handers and when he came on to bowl it was due to the fact that Peterson and Miller were both left handed. Yes he could have given Gul another over but he chose to save Gul for the end just in case a partnership was formed.

  • on March 5, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    I have found Hafeez very selfish captain. He was too scared to open the bowling attack (something he has frequently done under other captains because he is influential with new ball) and gave South Africa ideal start with A.B DeVilliers hitting fast bowlers all over the place. Still, he could not muster up the courage to bowl. He, then introduced Gul who is notoriously good at Gul-dozing and did it quite successfully yet again by taking several wickets one after another. Hafeez then realizing that South Africa were almost out of the game and Gul was rising to win the man of match award by taking 4 wickets, replaced Gul and came himself to bowl in a situation when wickets were easier to come by. He shrewdly took 3 wickets and offered Shahid Afridi to bowl from the other end by saying "Lala Ajao" which means Afridi come and bowl, instead of calling Gul who had already taken 4 wickets. However, Afridi himself favoured Gul. Eventually Gul came and got his 5th wicket but Hafeez still won.

  • Solid_Snake on March 5, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Gull is a no good test bowler..He should be allowed to play in T20 & ODI's only..

  • Sports4Youth on March 5, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    There is a big debate on this blog about the inexperienced SA team in the T20 game. Even I had pointed out the same. BUT LET ME CLEARIFY MY STAND. I personally do not think that in T20 SA are unbeatable. I agree that in T20 Pakistan is a better side. What I meant was that had the players not been rested, the contest would have been really tough and exciting to watch and the result could have been anything. .

  • Sports4Youth on March 5, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    @ Solid_Snake --> You are right about the inexperienced team getting beaten. But frankly speaking whatever team Pakistan chose to play was their best team according to the selectors and captain. They did not rest or roatate any player. Whereas the case is different in case of SA where the Amla chose to stay away from T20 cricket, Smith had ealier decided to stay away from T20 & Kallis, styen were rested. Morkel was the only one who was forced out because of injury.

    So in a way Pakistan did not have any better players. Also Pakistan did not use the home series in UAE very well to groom new fast bowlers. They just to stuck Gul at one end and rotated Riaz, Tanvir, Cheema & Junaid at the other end. Thus giviing little opportunity to the younger boys to settle in. I say that this gamble has failed badly because Gul's average is continuesly falling. Time to move beyond Gul in Test matches. Regarding Batting none of the younsters had seen such pitches or coditions before. .

  • Sports4Youth on March 5, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    No news upto now about Ahmed Shehzad. It appears that he is not being retained for the ODI series. Sad. Now Pak will have Younis Khan, Misbah, U.Akmal/Afridi & Kamran in the middle order. While SA team will be bolstered by the return of Smith, Amla, Kallis, Styen & Morkel.

    .

  • Solid_Snake on March 5, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    @alipk52->When Pak goes with all inexperienced players & gets defeated.Then comes the never ending praises for SA team.But when same goes for SA,then people say ohh it was an inexperienced SA team so no worries..As if PCB requested SA to bring in a young team to let Pak win lol..

  • on March 6, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    @Yasir Faruqi and @Bilal Raza, I also felt after the fall of six wickets with the vital contribution of Umar Gul, Hafeez should have given Umar Gul at least one more over before changing him, but it is NOT necessary that he became a little selfish. We should keep all the possible scenarios in our mind. After humiliation in test matches, victory in the T20 series became very important to get some pride back. On the ground, he may have become too occupied in making Pakistan win the match to pay attention to Umar Gul's any possible new record. He also may have thought the game was still not over after the fall of seven wickets and kept Umra Gul's overs for any possible crucial situation. After the fall of 9 wickets, still he appeared to be wanting Shahid Afridi to bowl instead of Gul, but changed his decision when someone pointed it out. One possible reason for doing so is that again he may have become too occupied in Pakistan's victory to remember what Umar Gul deserved at that point.

  • on March 6, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    @ likeintcricket, thanks for replying, but we are still not 100% sure if any other test playing team has ever bowled out in just 12.2 overs or less in a T20 international. Even though South Africans had managed to score 100 runs in those overs, it will still be an interesting world record for both South Africa and Pakistan if this was never happened before. I am asking again: Can someone please tell me if there is any other test playing team who was bowled out in just 12.2 hours or less in T20 before?

  • Chris_P on March 5, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    I have said many times before but it bears repeating. This should finally justify the argument there is NO correlation between test form and one day form. The argument about one day form as a criteria for test selection has always been flawed & if the NZ & Pakistan examples aren't proof enough, then I am at a loss what would satisfy those pundits. That said, good effort form the Pakistanis.

  • on March 5, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    @Bilal Raza I'm sorry you feel that way about Hafeez. I wouldn't say he is a great cricketer but he has been good for Pakistan for the past few years. Obviously he had issues with Steyn but then most Pakistan batsmen when they go to bouncy pitches have the same issues, even the great ones. Regarding his captaincy Hafeez does open the bowling but only when either both openers are left-handed or one of them is weak against him (which Tamim Iqbal was in one of the previous series). SA opened with two right handers and when he came on to bowl it was due to the fact that Peterson and Miller were both left handed. Yes he could have given Gul another over but he chose to save Gul for the end just in case a partnership was formed.

  • on March 5, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    I have found Hafeez very selfish captain. He was too scared to open the bowling attack (something he has frequently done under other captains because he is influential with new ball) and gave South Africa ideal start with A.B DeVilliers hitting fast bowlers all over the place. Still, he could not muster up the courage to bowl. He, then introduced Gul who is notoriously good at Gul-dozing and did it quite successfully yet again by taking several wickets one after another. Hafeez then realizing that South Africa were almost out of the game and Gul was rising to win the man of match award by taking 4 wickets, replaced Gul and came himself to bowl in a situation when wickets were easier to come by. He shrewdly took 3 wickets and offered Shahid Afridi to bowl from the other end by saying "Lala Ajao" which means Afridi come and bowl, instead of calling Gul who had already taken 4 wickets. However, Afridi himself favoured Gul. Eventually Gul came and got his 5th wicket but Hafeez still won.

  • Solid_Snake on March 5, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Gull is a no good test bowler..He should be allowed to play in T20 & ODI's only..

  • Sports4Youth on March 5, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    There is a big debate on this blog about the inexperienced SA team in the T20 game. Even I had pointed out the same. BUT LET ME CLEARIFY MY STAND. I personally do not think that in T20 SA are unbeatable. I agree that in T20 Pakistan is a better side. What I meant was that had the players not been rested, the contest would have been really tough and exciting to watch and the result could have been anything. .

  • Sports4Youth on March 5, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    @ Solid_Snake --> You are right about the inexperienced team getting beaten. But frankly speaking whatever team Pakistan chose to play was their best team according to the selectors and captain. They did not rest or roatate any player. Whereas the case is different in case of SA where the Amla chose to stay away from T20 cricket, Smith had ealier decided to stay away from T20 & Kallis, styen were rested. Morkel was the only one who was forced out because of injury.

    So in a way Pakistan did not have any better players. Also Pakistan did not use the home series in UAE very well to groom new fast bowlers. They just to stuck Gul at one end and rotated Riaz, Tanvir, Cheema & Junaid at the other end. Thus giviing little opportunity to the younger boys to settle in. I say that this gamble has failed badly because Gul's average is continuesly falling. Time to move beyond Gul in Test matches. Regarding Batting none of the younsters had seen such pitches or coditions before. .

  • Sports4Youth on March 5, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    No news upto now about Ahmed Shehzad. It appears that he is not being retained for the ODI series. Sad. Now Pak will have Younis Khan, Misbah, U.Akmal/Afridi & Kamran in the middle order. While SA team will be bolstered by the return of Smith, Amla, Kallis, Styen & Morkel.

    .

  • Solid_Snake on March 5, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    @alipk52->When Pak goes with all inexperienced players & gets defeated.Then comes the never ending praises for SA team.But when same goes for SA,then people say ohh it was an inexperienced SA team so no worries..As if PCB requested SA to bring in a young team to let Pak win lol..

  • Desihungama on March 5, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    @dabhand- Though I pretty much agree with all you said but you just don't get it. Cricket is not about just Test Cricket. It is such contest between bat and ball that it doesn't matter when and where and how it's played. It's always fun to watch it. Don't you agree? Try Gully Cricket.

  • alipk52 on March 5, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    Those who are saying SAF was inexperienced, Who told you that Pakistan was experienced side in Test series? Apart from younis, gul and Hafeez, majority batsmen were playing their 1st test in SAF, we are in rebuilding process more than any other team, if we had Inzamam, Yousuf, Asif, Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar playing and we lost like that then it would be a shame to lose 3-0, once these batsman get more chance to play in England/Australia/SA, they'll be hard to beat, experience was filled in SA Team in test series.

  • riz309 on March 5, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    @Thirdgear mandamn it seems to me and its quite obvious from your blogs the Pakistans win did'nt digest well with you just blame SA for not playing their superstars even if they would have been playing the result of this T20 would have been the same

  • on March 5, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    pakistani ODI & T20 wicket keeper kamran akmal should called for test squad.he is more expierienced than safraz.so i think pakistani team can earn lots of bonaces by adding k.akmal and shoaib malik to the spots of safraz and azhar ali......

  • Shahzadhussan on March 4, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    I believe if Pakistan play in ODI with the same team after just one change to include Asad in place of Shoaib, that team would be much much better than what the team expected to be. Keepin Misbah in limited over game is the biggest example of non-sense cricket board

  • Crick_Expert on March 4, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    PAK should retain same team for ODI series with Afirdi as CAPT.

  • on March 4, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    PAK should consider to play with same team in ODI.....

  • Dhumper on March 4, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    A great thrashing giving to SA in their own backyard - well done boys..proud of you! Whatever the format it's cricket and the better team wins. SA needs big improvement in T20 and ODIs. For now we congratulate them on test series winning but we will see them this October on spin wickets. Ajmal is expected to do the same to them as Steyn did to us on bouncy wickets! A cracker on cards!

  • UK_Chap on March 4, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Smahuta : You can keep kidding yourself that T20 or ODi do not matter, ask the rest your country men whether it matters when the ODI world cup comes around or even the T20 World cup. No one is comparing Test cricket to the shorter formats, except fans such as yourself, and you do it in a disparaging way to may make yourselves feel better when you get beaten in the short formats. Everyone who loves cricket agrees test cricket is the best format, but that does not diminish how fantastic and fun T20 and ODi cricket is to watch. SAF fans should stop going on about "best players not playing" etc.., this is not the fault of other teams or boards, this is the responsibility of the SAF cricket board, You can only play what your put up against. Later this year we will find how good SAF are when they visit the UAE. I plead with all SAF and PAK fans, please spare us all the mystic meg predictions.

  • likeintcricket on March 4, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Asif Moiz, that's a great point you make buddy. I don't think any side bowled out in 12 overs in any form of cricket. It is an eye opener for some of the SA folks who called Pak side a less talented side. Just take Kallis and Stein out and your side aren't that talented anymore. Remember Pak were playing without AAmir, Asif, Junaid and saveral others who are out with different reasons. The less talented Pak side has won World Cups in all format and its players are on top of rankings many times. Check out the more talented SA side record since 1889.

  • dabhand on March 4, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Well done Pakistan and equally to SA who didn't go down wondering, but another disappointment for the myopic fan boys who love to denigrate England - in the last couple of months both Aus and SA have had their worst defeats.

    Perhaps people are now beginning to realise T20 is more of a reflection on who wins the toss and has the most luck as opposed to some form of international measure of cricket credibility.

    It's just bish, baff , boff - amusing, even interesting to some extent, but after all it's a means of raising money, it is not real cricket,

  • zarasochozarasamjho on March 4, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Limited overs cricket is cricket where the stronger team is HANDICAPPED due to restrictions of all sorts. If Steyn was playing, he would not have been allowed more than 4 overs; or for that matter the other pace bowlers. In addition there are field restrictions; etc. Lesser teams beating better teams is a matter of chance rather than skills; and this chance grows exponentially in limited over formats. As a Pak supporter, such wins are only crumbs; and these don't satisfy.

  • on March 4, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    I am a Pakistani and if there is any other team I like the most after Pakistan is South African cricket team, perhaps because I consider them very unfortunate that despite having full potential they have never won any T20 or ODI World Cup so far. Let's come to the point. I know very well humiliation that we suffered by 3-0 defeat in the test series cannot be overshadowed by this huge victory of 95 runs, but Pakistan has gained some pride back by lifting the trophy of T20 series. Apart from bowling South Africa out in their lowest total of all time in T20, Pakistan can also cheer about they sent all the entire team of South Africa back to the pavilion in just 12.2 overs specially in a bitch which was a batting paradise. Can someone please tell me if there is any other major test playing team who was bowled out in just 12.2 hours or less in T20 before?

  • crashed on March 4, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Nicely played Pakistan - no excuses from me - but if i may say we are building this team so if they do not get better at t20 then i will be surprised - again nicely played till we meet again now for the ODI's hmmm you may see that is a different team as well let the games begin lol :)

  • Biohazard7279 on March 4, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    @Yousuf9999 I'm quite sure you are aware of the fact that there's a huge difference between Test and T20 cricket, we can't just expect Abbott to adjust to T20 cricket immediately and make such an impact as he did in the Test match. Yes the Pakistani batsmen smashed him, in fact they played brilliantly, just remember they played against an extremely inexperienced and mediocre pace attack. There were a lot of key South African players missing from that XI, and the result may have been different had our best XI been playing. I congratulate you on your team's win, just don't make any assumptions please. We aren't jealous, only disappointed and I'm sure the squad will find their feet.

  • on March 4, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    The day players like Afridi and Hafeez were made the Captain (by PCB) and stars (by Fan), you know the cricket is going down the drain and intellectually we have lost the basic understanding of the game... AUSes are now suffering by having too many bits and pieces players... This has to stop if cricket as a sport has to survive...

    ODI team is suppose to help build test team not the other way around. I don't want Hafeez, Afridi, Razaq, Gul in ODI or test team... Their inclusion is short term gain long term loss... What we have gain by building team around bits and pieces players in last decade, 4 white washes?? - We have not won anything special either in ODI...

    Pakistani Fans does not understand cricket and slowly administration have the same problem... We may go the route of WI, where quality players of 70s, 80s are know completely dry out... What Chris Gayle has to offer to cricket?? - I would take Styen and Ajmal everyday over Gayle and Afridi

  • Major85D on March 4, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    @ kingsland: i totally agree!! it was a wonderful effort from the pakistani team, because there was no misbah! if misbah is in the team, it is always the same scenario: slow batting and and poor decisions!! without him, the team`s body language is much better! please drop him from every format!!

  • Always_pakistan on March 4, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    well done pakistani team best of luck for the one dayers.

  • Crick_Expert on March 4, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Afridi should be CAPT for ODI, and PAK should keep same T20 team in ODI series. There is no place for slower players like Misbah, Younis, Asad.. in ODI team. I think PAK lost test series only due to TukTuk Misbah weak & defense Capt. PAK players palyed nature game in T/20 & Won it. It time to say BYE to Old players like Misbah..Misbah helped PAK to lost T20 worldcup, ODI Worldcup in past due to tuktuk batting...

  • on March 4, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    The proof of the pudding lies in the eating-Steyn will have to show his class on UAE wickets and get Hafeez out 6 times.Its easier to perform on helpful conditions so Steyn - try your luck! Wish you best! BTW SA WILL HAVE TO PERFORM IN 20/20: THE MOST MODERN FORMAT OF CRICKET

  • tshepo008 on March 4, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    We should give the new SA players a chance to get used to the international scene. there is still a lot of promise in them and we must remember that most great SA players struggled a bit when they started playing international cricket. it's just a matter of time before they start showing their form and we will then praise them like we are doing with the test squad.

  • likeintcricket on March 4, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    I am disappointed with Pak Test series performance just like SA folks are at their team T20 showing. Stein is a great bowler but I really want to see him bowling on Faislabad wickets. SA will tour UAE this year and I will see if SA repeat this 3-0 performance in UAE conditions.

  • Solid_Snake on March 4, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    @Third_Gear:"Pak has to perform in all format of cricket"... Well the same goes for SA too.Test cricket should be the priority but there is another world out there other than test cricket which one cannot forget.SA thrashed NZ so badly in tests but in shorter format..Well things changed suddenly..Same happened with Pak as well.I hope Pak win the ODI as well..Yes Pakistan is the most unpredictable team & this thing is enough to put opponents into trouble

  • Solid_Snake on March 4, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    @NixNixon: No body is comparing it with a test match.But is it wrong to celebrate the T20 win.Is it wrong to celebrate after what Pak team went through in the test series.Or should ICC simply shut this format down.All the formats are there for a reason.If you are a Ranked 1 test team than obviously people expect you to win in ODI & T20 as well.People saying things that Shorter format is there to let less talented teams win.this comment made my day..

  • Yousuf9999 on March 4, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    Haha Abbot was also considered SOuth africas one of the best bowler after his debut performance in tests. OUr batsmen smashed him as well ...we see so much praise given to him when he performed well but now when our batsmen played well then jealous people start saying they are very new to cricket world....lol DOUBLE STANDARDS. Pity on all of them...

  • on March 4, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Pak demolished SA and t20 is the future of cricket not test matches. Did you see the turn out for this match it's obviously the favourite format amongst casual cricket fans. Test cricket is for hardcore pensioners lol.

  • on March 4, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Come on SA Cricket get back to the drawingboard and select players like Albie Morkel and Richard Levi. Coach Domingo they are good for T20 format!

  • NixNixon on March 4, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    How about playing one over cricket - steyn vs Hafeez = steyn will get him for 0 and then score one run to win when it is his turn to bat. Although this sounds funny this is exactly what t20 cricket is, the shorter the game the easier to win for less talented sides. Its actually sad that Pakistani fans are comparing this win to a clean sweep in test cricket. Admin pls post

  • on March 4, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    If Proteas want to prove themselves, they should improve their ratings outside Protea and especially in the Indian Sub Continent. Cheers

  • Third_Gear on March 4, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Solid_Snake@ The only solution to all your concern is PAK must have to perform in all format of cricket and against all type of opponents and at any condition. Otherwise critcs are not going to spare bocoz its not school cricket. Dont blame others but only your team,dont forget they are known as "MOST UNPREDICTABLE TEAM". You should understand why they be called so.

  • Solid_Snake on March 4, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    @Third_Gear:When SA comes up with new players,all say ohh it was a B team & so no big deal if they were thrashed so badly winning by such a big margin. When Pak comes with new kids in test matches,the same people come forward & start bashing Pak team & then the never ending praises for team SA continues ..Height of double standards.You say what would have happened if SA main team was there?Lol just go & watch the highlights of recent T20 WC.. Kallis,Amla,Dumminy,Steyn,Morkel & co all were there..How many matches did they win there?All these big names couldnt even control Gull who taught a lesson to Kallis that for him it's time to quit T20

  • on March 4, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    To those saying that it was South africa's B team.Do i need to remind you our match in t20 world cup.With all your players you could not beat us..

  • Solid_Snake on March 4, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    @Third_Gear:When SA comes up with new players,all say ohh it was a B team & so no big deal if they were thrashed so badly winning by such a big margin. When Pak comes with new kids in test matches,the same people come forward & start bashing Pak team & then the never ending praises for team SA continues ..Height of double standards.You say what would have happened if SA main team was there?Lol just go & watch the highlights of recent T20 WC.. Kallis,Amla,Dumminy,Steyn,Morkel & co all were there..How many matches did they win there?All these big names couldnt even control Gull who taught a lesson to Kallis that for him it's time to quit T20

  • Smahuta on March 4, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    SA will experiment with the ODI team as well. They dont take ODI format seriously either. Only test cricket is taken seriously in SA these days, not a bad thing really I suppose, as thats what really counts to the top players. Sure, theyd probably be happy to get some wins, but they are meaningless when compared to test series wins. Ask any top player and he tell you he would rather play another test than 5 menaingless ODI matches. SA Test team are now on holiday until they play PAK again in October and Im not sure why they are resting players, they have only played 5 tests this summer. Hardly a taxing workload especailly seeing as they never got to see day 5 once after blowing everyone away so easily. Never thought Id be saying this as a fan but please can we get some decent opposition at home for a change so we can last the full game?

  • on March 4, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    All those still criticizing Pakistan (suggestion to play only t20 and abandob tests) are advised to watch onky SA games and if game is against Pak, then only SA innings..that will soothe them ...but pls dont start watch SA innings of this t20....

  • Third_Gear on March 4, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Javed Sani@ Wining a T20 match against a B team of SA does prove your point. There is lot of room to criticize about Pakistan cricket,what about the Test performanc? What would have been happen if SA placed there main players in the T20 as well ?

  • SuperSharky on March 4, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    @Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 4, 2013, 10:08 GMT) I think Umar Gul is a brilliant Test Bowler too. I've seen innings's where McGrath and Steyn couldn't take wickets, just like Gul the other day, and didn't degrade them as T20 bowlers, rather than Test bowlers. Umar Gul isn't Pakistan perfect Test bowler like Akram and Younis was, but out of the current bunch, his the best. Asked Dale Steyn if you get a T20 bowler and a Test bowler. T20 is harder for bowlers than batsmen. T20 has always been consider as the batsmen's game. If you do find a brilliant T20 bowler, and he is fit enough to bowl more than 4 overs, then try him out in Test cricket. It will be easier for the bowler to get more freedom in Test cricket. It will also be easier than Australias T20 hero, David Warner, opening in Test cricket. His got the discipline, the line bowling and swing. If he had more pace, he would have been a better Test bowler. It's easy to see why Umar Gul is Pakistan's best fast-bowler.

  • on March 4, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    well done pakistan,you have shut the mouths of all those people who talk negative about Pakistan Cricket.See dont forget to thank the Amighty Allah for every win that he gives you.God Bless and good Luck for the one day matches. Javed Sani USA,California,

  • SuperSharky on March 4, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    I know T20's doesn't carry the same weight in quality as Tests or ODI's, but still, I love to watch all 3 formats of cricket. And I can understand why Gary Kirsten would rather spent his energy on the Proteas ODI and Test games, but Proteas new T20 coach, Russel Domingo, needs to put on his lucky thinking cap. It will be hard for Russel Domingo to convince Kallis to come back to T20, but there are still T20-heroes like Albie Morkel and Richard Levi, that were left out of the team. Domingo needs to find SA's top T20 squad with winning rhythm, and soon. But on the other hand, it wasn't the first time that Pakistan beats Proteas in a T20 match. I think Pakistan could be ahead in the head-to-head stats. And they did play brilliantly. For me, growing up on seamers pitches, it's easy to see why Umar Gul is Pakistan's best fast bowler. Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis also complimented Gul on his past performances, but if you read the Pakistanis ketters, than most of them doesn't want Gul. Why ??

  • on March 4, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Lack of test matches result in 3-0 test matches. ICC should provide Pakistan to play more test matches in the upcoming future so, they can prove them in test cricket too.

  • Sports4Youth on March 4, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    @ Yousuf9999 -> Regarding the criticism of UMAR GUL , it is still valid. The criticism is about Gul in Test matches. His performance in a T20 does not effect the criticism of test matches. In anycase I had said Gul is a T20 bowler. The same thought was confirmed by Waqar younis also during the post match presentation.

  • fast_gun on March 4, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    @ stormer1980, WI and Australia played in different times, players have IPL contracts these days. And the demands of keeping fit is paramount. Although I do agree, we had some spectators out there on the field. ontong, behardien etc. t20 cricket for me is silly. hit and giggle. take a flat track and bowlers only bowl 4 overs each. comon, make t20 your focus at your own peril. See what happened to pakistan team in tests

  • shovwar on March 4, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    I m not too worried about t20 result. Pakistan did well against the kids but lets see if they can repeat the same result against some real players in the ODIs....I dont really think SA need to play the regular players in T20s...these kids will grow up n play better. Its just t20 but SA should not do experiments in ODI because ODI counts.

  • Ghost-117-16 on March 4, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    @ Hafeez: T20s don't mean anything, they're just a spectacle. So the criticism is completely valid and not "premature" at all. Formats matter, and if you don't understand that, you have a long way to go...

  • shovwar on March 4, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    I think Pak should stick to t20 and stop playng tests.

  • Sports4Youth on March 4, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    All the Kamran Akmal supporters who keep saying that Kamran can score some quick runs, are you happy now ? Your Favorite Kamran got just 1 run.

    But the most important thing that I hate about him most is the dropped catch of Deviliers in the very first over. Then he almost dropped Duplesis. I DONT UNDERSTAND HOW CAN YOU GUYS TOLERATE HIM. Regarding the selectors I think either they are blind or may be they dont watch cricket, hence dont understand the importance of these things.

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  • Yousuf9999 on March 4, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Wow what a performance by gul n Hafeez & whoever was CRITISIZING gul can see his bowling figures. He can even take 5-6 in a format which is considered to be the most dangerous format. T20 cricketttt ...where most bowlers even find it difficult to even stop the flow of runs & this isn't the first time gul has taken these figures. He has done it against New Zealand as well. good performance by Pakistan. Ahmed shehzad should be in ODIs too.

  • stormer1980 on March 4, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Well done Pakistan ... I did say that Pakistan is a different limited overs cricket team ... and they showed that they are .. There only problem is consistancy .. They cannot be amped for one game and not the next ..But well done Pakistan ... an aweome performance ... SA needs one coach across all formats and maybe even maybe one Captain .. the juggling is becoming to much .. I know we building a team for the limited overs version but we becoming to obssessed with players not getting injured and holding onto our number one Test Ranking ... This is the difference between Australia , West Indies and SA ... In there respective times, they were ruthless across all formats ... Not just one ... and we have the players .. We just not utilising them correctly for the limited overs part of SA cricket ...

  • on March 4, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    I can understand Steyn, Morne Morkel, Amla, Smith, Kallis, etc. being rested. But why would we "rest" Botha, Albie Morkel, Quinton De Kock, Ryan McLaren and Aaron Phangiso? That can only mean there's politics going on behind the scenes. I can't fathom why you would select ontong, berhardien, kleinveldt and abbott ahead of them in this format?? After we leave out guys who are either IPL superstars or are Champions League T20 finalists. Instead we select people with patchy domestic records and zero international T20 experience. We are the only country in the world with 2 teams in CLT20 semifinals (and we only entered 2 teams), but almost none of those players got selected, and no IPL stars apart from Du Plessis and De Villiers.

  • on March 4, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    Very surprising to see Hafiz's body language and approach for T20s,, he is not the same in test match format,, why is that?? He is not fit for test matches,,,Why the same set of guys playing all formatc can not play well in tests??

  • Third_Gear on March 4, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    They are fit for T20 only, ICC should keep away their test status untill they proved to be fit in test arena.

  • ICCexpert.... on March 4, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    why no Shahzad in one dayers...???

  • on March 4, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Pakistan is always best site for T20 Format. Let's see what they will in one days

  • Pablo123 on March 4, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Well played by Pakistan, but the SA batsmen were desperate to get going, so played some disastrous strokes. T20 is such a stupid form of cricket, this result is in the papers one day, gone then next. What a pity cricket has come to this - and people pay for it, that's what boggles the mind. Picture this, you pay average of R150 for a ticket ($16.50, 1620.64 Pakistani Rupee, 907.53 Indian Rupee) - that's R600 for a 4 person family. You go to the game and it's over before it began. I think it is ridiculous. Test cricket for me any day.

  • Bluebottle99 on March 4, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    What happened to the days of picking your best national team? This SA team is clearly 3rd rate, most of these players barely achieve much on the local scene. Come selectors, pick our best players! I certainly wouldn't pay to watch the SA thirds getting hammered regularly. Perhaps T20 isn't so important in the grand scheme?

  • on March 4, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    i knew before tour tht pak will lose tests badly.pak is not a test team.but in T20s and odi they will win sure.its not easy for SA to win t20 and odi from pak....

  • on March 4, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Good news!!! Pakistan is NUMBER 4 in t20 rankings. :)

  • on March 4, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    What a fantastic performance from the Pakistani's! Well played guys! You put the wood on us good and proper!! I did not watch the game (not a big lover of this format) but I watched the highlights package. Fantastic performance, awesome batting, bowling and fielding. If only the Pakistani's could relate their confidence in this format to the test arena. World cricket needs it! Good luck for the ODI's!

  • on March 4, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Captain led from the front with a highest individual score of the innings.. Mohammad Hafeez knocked 86 with 9 boundaries and 4 mighty sixes..

  • amajeed on March 4, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Moral boosting win for Pakistan specially for the upcoming one day series. They need to find way to get rid of Misbah in one day series as well, he is a liability for the team in limited over games. I think we missed the matured performance from Shahid Afridi, he was very sensible and did not looked for his sixes and avoided the total collaps in the end. I thing he needs a advice to focus on fours rather than hitting sixes and he can still manage the strike rate of 150. Best of luck for the team Pakistan for the one day series.

  • Dil-Dil-Pakistan on March 4, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    It is a amazing win by Pakistan team Pakistani people are very happy and it is boost for Pakistan team for ODI and Pakistan team Selector should be thinkig about Ahmad Shahzad to paly in ODIs He is a good opning bastman and he has good tamprament.

  • Safalicious on March 4, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    hats off to Pakistan. excellent in all departments. Pity that SA werent competitive as the one-sidedness of the cricket this tour has been disappointing. Faf does look awash with the captaincy duties and I still cannot fathom his role. I havent seen him destructive and would think his ideal role to be an opener rather than the no mans land game he has been thrust into.

    If the objective of T20 is to groom players to higher honours, then a blend of experience and youth would be: Amla, Elgar, AB, Duminy, Miller, de Kock, Morris, Peterson, Morkel, Tsotsobe, Steyn. Rest of the squad would be Faf, Phangiso, De Lange, Parnell

  • dariuscorny on March 4, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    SA bowlers were the worst bowling line up yesterday,Morris,Abbot,Rory all got taste of international shorter format cricket.i still feel SA,besides steyn SA dont hv any impact bowler in these formats,neither do they hv a decent spinner,why the hell they keep Botha out,he's the best spinner in SA be it in t20s,onedayers or the tests.Pakistani batting kept on piling runs with ease as if they wer playing spinners(even if they faced the fast bowlers).Pakistan are excellent t20 outfit,Gul shud be restricted to play only t20s and onedayers as he serves best in these formats......

  • on March 4, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Agony & Ecstasy ! Whoa!!!!!!' Ohhhhhhhhh ya beauty HAFEEZ. Masterful planning and superb execution by "The Professor" !!!!!!!!!! Amazing turn around from the agony of test series. Herculean effort from Hafeez, Gul & Shehzad. Its naïve to term the Proteas (T20 squad) as B or C team. After all most of newly inducted Proteas players performed with aplomb in domestic T20 ( high quality + fiercely competitive) tournament. All of Amlas, Smiths, Kallises and Steyns have been average T20 performers recently ( repeat recently ). Make no mistake, it's the playing surface ( the pitch ) which makes the difference. Recall KJ Abbott test bowling fig. (at same venue last week) 7-29 & 2/39 on bouncy track conducive to seam/swing bowling going for 41 runs in 4 overs on a flat/batting friendly track. Even Steyn would have gone for plenty here ! Beware Pakistan : Life will be different in ODIs, as curators will NOT repeat the same mistake !

  • BaasHerman on March 4, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    This t20 experiment of the Proteas with all these "specialist" t20 players is obviously not working!! They should play Amla, Smith and Steyn as well. 3 excellent players capable of playing well under pressure. Amla and Smith can both score very quickly as well without taking big risks.

    Proteas t20 team should be: Smith, Davids, Amla, AB, Faf, Ontong, Miller, Phangiso, Morris, Kleinveldt, Steyn...

    Hopefully the Proteas will be stiffer competition for the Pakistani's in the 50 over format!

  • cooldxve on March 4, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Well played Pakistan! You guys have always been one of the best sides in T20 cricket.

    POSITIVES- Hafeez's all-round performance, Gul's bowling, Afridi batted using his brains.

    NEGATIVES- Lower order collapse, Kamran Akmal's keeping.

  • Tahir_Anjum on March 4, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    Good win.. Lets see what they do in ODI's against Amla,Kallis,Steyn,Smith..

  • Desihungama on March 4, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    I guess different strokes for different folks. New comers to Pak squad looked hurried and dogged. Enjoyed thumping!

  • RaadQ on March 4, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    Hafeez is talented all-rounder player but he needs to be demoted down the order in Test matches (similar to Watson at #4), as he cannot play quality swing bowling on seam-friendly pitches. Playing against decent bowlers on a flat pitch he came out as the man-of-match, so u cannot say he doesn't have talent. I hope Imran Farhat and Azhar Ali open for Pak until Jamshed matures enough to open.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on March 4, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    t20cric on (March 3, 2013, 22:35 GMT) Maybe Gul was saving himself for the more important T20's, or maybe the batsmen in this format are simply not as good as the test team. Gul has 2 sets of amazing set of figures (5-6) in T20's but I would say he is a very limited test bowler and I have always been a great admirer of great Pak bowlers back in Imran and Abdul Qadir, Gul aint one (Juanaid might be and Amir would have been).

  • on March 4, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    Look this is a T20 game, a lottery, however South Africa had such a weak team. Alnost like a B or C team. T20's are just crowd pleasers. The real games are ODI's and Test matches, in which South Africa dominate. Forget T20's games, anyone can whack a ball

  • Green_Team on March 4, 2013, 0:17 GMT

    Well try RSA by this inexperience team . . . SA Cricket board is grooming new guys which is good for their team . .They need some tym to make a good t20 side and i guess u will see ths team in final of nxt t20 wc . . Good Luck !

  • on March 3, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    why did south africa play there 'B'.......may be 'C' team in this match.....

  • t20cric on March 3, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    SA look like a very bad T20 team when compared to their test performances. They didn't have Amla, Kallis, Steyn, Morkel or Philander and all of these players played an important role in SA winning test matches. The only players from their test team were De villiers, Du plesis, Peterson and Abbot. It kind of makes SA look arrogant by not playing there best players in T20s like they think just any players can beat Pakistan. But SA still lost and that was their fault for not playing their best it can't be used as an excuse for why they lost.

    Pakistan also left out players who made runs in tests (Shafiq,Azhar,Younis,Misbah) but replaced them with other players better suited for T20s. Pakistan made it look like it was a different place from where they lost by an innings in a test just last week. Judging Hafeez's performance in this tour I don't think he should play in tests anymore and concentrate only on T20s and ODIs. It seems like every time a Pakitani player is criticized he plays good

  • on March 3, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    " ....He is the eighth player overall and the third from the subcontinent to pass 1000 runs in Twenty20 internationals......" Correction - He is actually the FOURTH behind Mahela, Dilshan and Sangakkara.

  • t20cric on March 3, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan for thrashing SA in the T20 by 95 runs. If Umar Gul had bowled like this in the tests then it would have been a much closer fight. Thankfully Umar Gul and Hafeez played well today. I think Hafeez looked like a different ayer today then he did in the tests. Today he scored 86 runs which is double the amount of runs that he made in the whole test series combined. If these two had played this well in 2 or 3 innings of the test series then Pakistan might have had a chance of a draw or even a win. Afridi got to play after a while and he didn't really get a chance. If he was sent in when Shoaib went in then he would have gotten a fair chance to prove himself, he also didn't even bowl 1 ball. Hopefully Afridi gets a fair chance to perform in the ODIs but it seems like he has matured a bit since he only hit 3 4s in his 19 runs. He didn't get out for a low score so thats good.

  • on March 3, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Team looks so much better without Misbah. Mind you this one good innings in T20 doesn't rectify Hafeez's flaws, definately needs dropping from test cricket. Also give Shehzad an opportunity in ODI cricket again in the place of Umar Akmal.

    Maybe Shehzad could be groomed into a test opener in the near future. :)

  • on March 3, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    lolz lucky pakistan ..but i think odi shuold be won by south africa after styen ,kallis .smith and amla came back ...

  • Green_Team on March 3, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    Well try RSA by this inexperience team . . . SA Cricket board is grooming new guys which is good for their team . .They need some tym to make a good t20 side and i guess u will see ths team in final of nxt t20 wc . . Good Luck !

  • on March 3, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    Mr Hafeez, there is one point you never understood and you never will. Its not about playing one greeat knock every 30th innings. Its about consistency which you, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal and Imran Farhat don't have. You guys have averages in the 20's after playing for 6 years. There is no excuse for that. You performance in test cricket and longer format is even more pathetic and the reason for that is you guys dont have the domestic structure at home and neither do you have the temperament to play test cricket. Worst part is that all of you are in your late thirties. Its time to make bouncy and fast wickets in pakistan and infuse fresh blood and get rid of the geriatric cricketers like you, Haq, Akmals and think about long term. The way you turned the post match speech into a justification for the criticism of of your technique truely shows how childish and self centrered you are. It was NEVER about pakistan circket. It is about YOUR cricket. thats why you cant play like one team.

  • on March 3, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Sounds like some encouragement - but not quite - even ODI version with South Africa at full strength may be another witness to their test match drama....

  • djdrastic on March 3, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Wow that was a pretty awful display by our boys out there . Can we please please please get rid of Behardien now ? How does he keep getting selected over and over again ?

  • ozone8237 on March 3, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    Pakistan Lost their Test Match series 3-0 because they were against world #1 and classy bowling attack at their home ground NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT, but why Pak were white washed and sustained Heavy defeat had other causes too. #1) just one single side match was scheduled and then a mostly young team that never played in SA before was facing the world's Finest Pace attack and our Bowlers Faced Classy Batting line up. #2) PCB needs to start making bouncy tracks and let the team play matches and Practice before they depart for SA, AUS, ENG where pitches are 90% bouncy helping their pace attack.#3) Our Captain Misbah has a very Defensive approach Plus the Leader should lead by example that will minimize his criticism, earn him secure spot in the team and respect of everyone. #4) Pakistan needs a Full time batting coach who could install "Test- match-Format programming in the the young Players so we could have future Legends of Hanif Mohammad, Javed Miandad, Inzi & Zaheer Abbas.

  • on March 3, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    Pakistan looks more at home in the T20 format as most of their players are naturally attacking players suited to the shorter formats. I found confusing why David Miller (A top T20) batsmen was batting so low in the order. In T20(especially when youre chasing a big score) you need your best batsmen in the top 4 positions. Miller batting at 4 would have got South Africa nearer as when he gets in he has the shots and the power to keep up with the run rate.

    The SA T20 team should be...

    Du Plesis Davids DeVilliers(wkt) Miller Duminy(when fit) Neil Mckenzie Symes Morris Weise Van Der Merwe Totsobe

    Van dermerwe is shorter form cricket is a better bowler than Peterson. David Weise has shown numberous times for the titans that he can score quickly and clear the ropes and can bowl tidily. Jean Symes can bowl tidy left arm spin and bats well in pressure situations (underated player in the T20 format). McKenzie would be a sure pick as he brings calm to the line up and rotates the strike well.

  • Ramu444 on March 3, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    i do not know why Shoaib Malik is selected he is a waste of space.he is good for nothing and to add insult to injury he is in the ODI squad while Ahmad Shezad is missing and why the Akmal brothers again.the PCB should groom a new young talented wicketkeeper.how many more chances for Akmal brothers and Shoaib Malik.

  • on March 3, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    so let me get this right we lost 3 TEST MATCHES to drop down 1 place on ranking and just won one match to jump up 3 places in T20 ranking? no wonder Americans don't follow this game

  • on March 3, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    no doubt pakistan won with a huge margin and no doubt that SA surely missed their key players. but it was a morale boosting victory for pakistan. talkin about test matches, SA wins on the basis of their bowlers (steyn and phillander) in the conditions that suit fast bowling. but i fail to remember the last time when these bowlers shine in the conditions not so suiting them. they are great bowlers no doubt but atleast philander has to prove a lot.

  • on March 3, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Rank Pace: You forgot to mention Albie Morkel, Johan Botha and Quinton De Kock, who should be in on his batting alone. This is like an SA c-team. I think there's some dodgy politics going on. (By the way I said this before the match started as well).

    Ijlal Hyder Awan: Actually, the biggest t20 thrashing I've ever seen is when SA beat Pakistan by 10 wickets in just 10 overs at the Wanderers. I was at the ground for that game, Greame Smith & Loots Bosman (Who are no where to be seen).

  • on March 3, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    @ haroon afaq great word from u my dear brother.we all should appreciate positive and enlightened approach towards the betterment of the of this game.look at the asussie and sa t20 sides they are very young and inexperience but these bunch of a players wil do a splendid job in near future for their respective countries

  • Surajdon9 on March 3, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    One of the unbelievable Seam Bowling and All round Performance From Gul and Hafeez. Congratulation Pakistan...

  • david44 on March 3, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    @Rankpace in last T20 WC match Pak won against full strength SA team glad to see PAK wining again after the horrible test series. @gsingh7 look who is sticking the head out of the hole and talking about test matches and plz dont mention about the ODI since PAK did took care of the business in your backyard just recently

  • cric4world on March 3, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa .. dude i totally agree with u. its so annoying for me when i see 30 yr olds making a debut n given chances again n again. even if they come off good they can only give u 3 years of cricket n mostly they fail. SA seems to repeat same mistakes committed by pakistan by bringing in oldies like tanveer,aizaz cheema, n so on. now these guys r nowhere to b seen and we wasted a year and half.if PCB had spent this much time looking for younger fast bowlers they would have found someone easily to accompany junaid. de Kock is very impressive and determined SA shouldnt make him wait too long.

  • Sports4Youth on March 3, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    After this performance, I hope Ahmed Shehzad is added to the ODI squad. It would be such shame if he is sent back after playing such a fantatic innings in the only opportunity he got. Shehzad is also a good fielder, today he took two stunning cathes. He can be easily drafted into the ODI team at the cost of Umar Akmal. But on the otherhand hand Umar Akmal may not make it into the ODI eleven because even Asad Shafiq is now fit and ready to take his place.

    The only problem is that Misbah will give all games to Younis Khan, so that will take up one spot and one more spot will be occupied by Misbah himself. So that will leave far too few spots for the other youngsters. Let us see what squad will be picked.

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  • Malti65 on March 3, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    I hope I have understood correctlly. Someone over here said that pakistan were not aware of the format during the test series. I dont know what it means. Do you mean that the Pakistanis were not informed that it was test cricket or they have no awareness how to play test cricket ?

  • uzairamir on March 3, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    instead of kamran a new keeper should be groomed as kamran drops catches and his batting is also not working.A new bowler should be groomed instead of umar gul and ahmed shehzad has been given chances and hes taken them thats why he should be given chance in odis and later tests

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 3, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    SA ODI Squad is very poor, just look at the batsmen selected..(only 4 decent batsmen)

    AB de Villiers (c/wk), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

    No Albie Morkel, Kallis, Johan Botha, JP Duminy, Elgar, De Kock. Yet same old rubbish picked in Ingram, Behardien, McLaren, Miller, etc,

    PAK 4-1

  • uzairamir on March 3, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    ahmed shezdad should be drafted in the odi squad while umar gul should be dropped from odi and test squad because he is only t20 material and can only do well in a format like this where you depend more on luck than skill

  • on March 3, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    I tbink we should talk about todays performance it's just to satisfy ourselves that S.A won test series and hoping will do better in one dayers. Pak plyed well and won the match. Good job Team Pakistan.........

  • bumsonseats on March 3, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    is it me or does mike ( thats for sure ) haysman not get on others wick i know hes an aussie but hes the most biased commentator in world cricket. when you are commentating to a world audience you have got to try and be impartial. is he now naturalized now the last time i heard someone talking like that was mike Procter,but at least he was been bias towards his own country

  • on March 3, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Interestingly there is no mention of the crowd-puller Shahid Afridi in the article! He was the one who ensured a mini-collapse did not turn into a complete imploding

  • NaduLal on March 3, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Too little, too late!!! This win as Waqar Younis put it doesn't mean much. The SA sweep in the test series was too much. Pakistan team is natural in the shorter format of the game, especially on flat tracks like this one was. However, they have to sweep the ODIs also to avenge the BIG lost in Test matches. It would not be easy at all. Once SA gets the green and bouncy pitches again they will make professor look like a kindergartner (as they did in test series). Ahmed Shazad looked really sharp out there, but needs to work on his running and fitness. Junaid has lots of potential, can someone please tell him that....he is not stepping up to the plate. Gul, Hefeez, and Sarfarz have lot to prove when it comes to longer format. At this level no excuses please.... Not sure what Malik is doing there? Afridi should start think about life after cricket. However, he deserves a place in this squad becuase of his bowling varaitions...Anyways good Luck to Misbah and co in ODIs!

  • on March 3, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    My dear friend Rank pace i think you have forgotten the last T20 played between Pak and SA, that was in the last T20 world cup. Pakistan crushed SA out of the ground.

    We were beaten in the test not because of SA's competency but we are un aware of test formats. Got it?

    In the end i will say great to see Umar 5/6 hahahahaha i dont need to say any thing to Rank... because whenever someone breaks your heart, that affect your thinking too.

  • Dhutugemunu on March 3, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    @ Cricinfo Stat Analyst; Hafeez is fourth from the subcontinent to pass 1000 runs in Twenty20 internationals. (After Mahela, Dilshan and Sangakkara)

  • on March 3, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    Longest version was one sided in SAF favor while shortest version was one sided in Pak favor ... Lets hope we will have close ones in ODIs :-)

  • RankPace on March 3, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Looking at the comments, it looks like people have forgotten that this was not the full South African team that lost to Pakistan. There was no Styen, Morkel, Kallis, Amla & Smith. These Guys will be back in the ODI's, then it will be different scene all-togeter. Also I failed to understand why Duminy was not picked in this match, may be he is still not fit enough to play.

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  • on March 3, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    If you think why Pakistan is doing so well, let me remind you year 2003 when S. African Board sacked Great Shaun Pollock as Captain after their shameful exit from World Cup & named young 22 year old Greame Smith as New Captain. Now that 22 year old "Pup" is converted as 32 year old Matured Lethal Leopard and he is hunting other Test playing Teams with his Fighting Army of Steyn, Phillender, Kallis, AB, Morkel, & Amla.

    I think again S. Africa has just done something similar by giving an International Exposure to their Infant Players. But in near Future these so called "Pups" will become Gigantic Bull-Dogs and they will Hunt their opponents like they have done in Test Series against Pakistan :) :)

    Salute to S. African Think Tank for such long term Planning, You will see these Pups in 2015 World Cup on hard bouncy pitches of Australia & Newzealand :)

    But I am Happy finally we have something which is starting from W :) :)

  • Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on March 3, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Inexperienced Proteas flummoxed by Pakistani T20 specialists. Different format, different track (pitch) coupled with playing "too many inexperienced" South Africans provided ideal scenario for Hafeez to turn around test series "fiasco" into a thumping T20 win. Apart from A.B. and Faf, none of the S/African could match the class/caliber of Pakistanis. For a change, after dismal show against Steyn in tests - we ( Pakistan fans ) are absolutely delighted with team performance. Wish the Green Shirts continue the good work and play to their true potential in ODIs.

  • RankPace on March 3, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    I was pleasantly surprised when in the final analysis after the game, Waqar Younis admitted that Gul should be restricted to T20's only and that he can be ok in one dayers, but has failed completely in Test matches. He also admitted that Gul Should be preserved for T20's. As far as I can remember, when Waqar was the coach, he was also promoting Gul. But to say that atleast now he has realised the folly in continuing Gul at the test level is good news. Hope the selectors also realise that and start grooming new younsters to go along with Juanid Khan. I think Sadaf is a good prospect as he has shown in the 3rd test with his 6 wickets. Young Ehsan Adil was also impressive, though he can be given one or two years to improve on certain aspects of his fitness and game. ALSO THE URGENT NEED IS TO DRAFT IN SADAF HUSSAIN, SAMIULLAH KHAN ETC in the test squad.

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  • Master_uv_Puppetz on March 3, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    'With no Dale Steyn to contend with, Hafeez played with freedom and confidence'

    The lady had to say that :(

  • Stark62 on March 3, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    @ gsingh7 Amla is completely useless in this format and Kallis hasn't made any significant contribution in T20's, whilst Steyn may have held up an end but Pak would have still got 170-180.

    Anyway, just watch how both Younis and Misbah are going to destroy the whole team with their negative batting and particularly Misbah, with his defensive mind set as a captain.

    Would love to see Shezhad in the ODI squad and the permanent removal of Misbah and Younis from the ODI squad!!

    Lastly, Pak should try Mohammad Rizwan as the keeper because he can bat and is good behind the stumps.

  • on March 3, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    hey..!! martin nosworthy listen i still didn't believe ur team best after getting white washed in test and listen your team only wins in home not outside country rather i believe in thw whole SA their is only player who is eligible to play in international cricket he is AB De Villiers and if u believe that u r number 1 then we shall talk after october pakVS africa series

  • on March 3, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    even though there is a place for improvement in batting at no 5 and 6 in pakistani team yet they are the best t20 team in the world. come on pakistan dont look at biased icc rankings just keep the good work going

  • on March 3, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Congrats to team Pakistan.Especially Hafeez,Shehzad and Gul. The Batsmen did choked a bit in the end.They should have made 210/220. Very unlucky way for Hafeez to get out. BTW, I think that if a batsmen gets out hitwicket while playing a shot which goes for runs,those runs should be added to his score. The same way if a batsmen is run out while attempting a second run,the first run is added to his score. Umar Gul just "Guldozed" Proteas.Well done man. South Africa should pay more attention to t20 and pick young promising players.

  • on March 3, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Pakistan batting failed apart from two otherwise great bowling ....

  • romirom on March 3, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    i cant understand why hafeez was runing for single to get shehzard run out. It was needless. Pak were in gud position to post over 215 runs. Hafez again took strenge decision by not giving gul 1 more over.

  • NAZMO-CRICKFANN on March 3, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    well done pakistan, sweep them...

  • on March 3, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    ahmed shehzad should have been in test team as well..

  • on March 3, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Ok this is getting really silly and annoying. All those who are complaining about our team's performance in Test, you do realise we played ONLY and I say ONLLYYY 3 test matches prior to SA series from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013 and if that wasn't enough, we had NOT A SINGLE official warm up test match, thats right we played ZERO warm up test matches in the same period.

    So of course they will be weak and that too in South Africa where the host team was already playing a test series against New Zealand. You dont hhave to be a genius to realise if this SA team visited Pakistan to play a serries there, we would thrash them without any doubt, simple coz thats our home ground. Forget Pakistan, we thrashed English team 4-0 in Abu Dhabi, which is not even our home ground. Pakistan players are playing in foreign conditions and that tooo, just 3 - 4 test matches in a year...

  • gsingh7 on March 3, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    well done pak , i think sa are very weak in t20 as they lost all 3 matches in world t20. also this is their b or c side as main players are rested for this hit and giggle cricket .main serieswas tests for which they completely thrashed pak. pak was full strength as it is their only chance of success against sa as odi series can be another whitewash. hope amla play to his full potential to win odis 5-0

  • cisco420 on March 3, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Well played Gul, now please retire.

  • Stark62 on March 3, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Pakistan blew SA to the next planet!!

    Jacque and Amla (isn't much of T20 player) wouldn't have had much of an impact, although Steyn might have but Pak would have still won comfortably.

    Morne was injured and that would be the same as Pak saying, Taufeeq and Junaid were injured for the Test series.

    Lastly, I hope this performance has shut dominic cork's mouth.

  • liaqathussain on March 3, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    good win but shouldn't get carried away,

    we got trashed 3-0 in tests and this performance from hafeez just show's that he should be batting at no 5/6 in test and kamran should open in odi and t20 and not keep

  • BDforever on March 3, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan. What a shameful thrashing....!!! Green track bullies deserved it though

  • on March 3, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    i haven't checked the test rankings yet but isn't Pakistan placed over India and Lanka at no 4?? India lost 4 tests to England, 4 to aussies and even lost at home to English while we got lown away by the finest team in world cricket right now in most alien conditions possible. Didn't heard such hate for our neighours are for Lanka who got blown away in Lanka. we asians sides are good at home so are other teams, let Saffas come to UAE, dust bowls wait for them there. revenge.....

  • BDforever on March 3, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Good win by Pakistan. Green track bullies are flatted on their own back yard.

  • on March 3, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    As a South African that was nothing short of disgusting. If management, selectors and staff are not going to take this format seriously then rather come out and just say so. I would be satisfied and have more respect if the SA top brass just came out and said, "We're not going to try and achieve anything in this format. We're just going to use T20's to experiment with different players/combinations/strategies, introduce new players for ODI's and Tests, etc, etc." Fine. At least I then won't waste my time watching the world's number one team constantly being humiliated in this format. I want us to be the best TEAM in the world - not just the best test team.

  • on March 3, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    I think our T20 and ODI team has the quality and young players.If they score in power play,they have the required momentum.Once they started playing aggressively it is difficult to stop them.They should take care in running beteween the wickets. Congratulation to all Pakistanis. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

  • kami_alvi on March 3, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad must be included into the one day squad for the series against SA!

  • siddiqi3456 on March 3, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Well done Pak, but pakistan won , because SA batsmen made too much mistakes. , also the combination is not right , i don't think Behardein, Miller Ontang should be in the domestic set up as well. As for Gul , I sometimes wonder how he is able to take wickets, he should play only t20 and for him test cricket is a riddle never, it will be solved. In tests you have to bowl wicket taking balls and for the last 3 years , I haven't see him bowl even a single one. For Hafeez test cric.is a bitter pill to swallow and he should immediately call it a day. For all my pakistan supporters (especially Kashmiri brothers ) t20's is entertainment and even a mad can entertain. test cricket is education and players are respected only if they play (get selected) and score runs in tests.

  • Tahir_Anjum on March 3, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    ''attack is the best defense'' that's why we won today.. while in test.. we were extremely defensive..its all about approach and attitude.. well played Pakistan

  • on March 3, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Despite Pakistan comprehensively win this only T20 against South Africa. I am not much excited about the win. First, it was South Africa's B team against full force Pakistan side. Only two top players were in T20 side De villiers and Faf du Plessis. Plessis is new captain, and in learning stage. Pakistan test non-performer like Hafeez and Gul are top performer in shorter version. Pakistan should drop Hafeez and Gul from test side and dedicate them for ODI and T20. Wicketkeeping was pathetic, as all time dumbest wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal was behind the wickets.

  • on March 3, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Well Done Team Pakistan....after long time atleast we managed to scalp a win.. Hafeez against shown his batting skills and it has improved alot...now he should focus on his batting with steyn back into attack in one dayers...Pakistan should have to work hard to get some vicotries in one dayers, S.A has so much strong batting unit but as we all know these too countries have been consider Cowkers... it will be exciting one day series to watch! :P Good Luck Team Pakistan.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 3, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Firstly, congrats Pakistan. you guys played really well and PAK has an awesome T20 & ODI team. Its no wonder they win competitions.

    Now to SA. I am really getting fed up of seeing Bernhadien, Ontong and Miller in SA ODI and T20 squads. How many more chances do average cricketers need to get in this country??!! Yet we have talented youth sitting in the stands (de Kock) watching this shambles unfold. I can understand resting star players but atleast replace them with the most promising players, not 30 year old has-beens with poor FC averages. Where is Albie Morkel, where is de kock, where is Johan Botha!!!. Cric info pls post.

  • on March 3, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Today Pakistani players played a very good cricket. We was able to see the Spirit from All the guys. Thumb,s Up for Hafiz.

    He is out-class in t20,s from paste 6 months . And Good Luck for Boom Boom. Today he showed some sincerity with Bat. Hopefully it will help him in one days.

  • cricketkhan on March 3, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    SA recieved the similar thrashing today from pak which they handed to them ... in a different format though

  • Chicagoan76 on March 3, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Even though Hafeez played a big part in this game, I think it was a bad decision for him to bring himself into the attack and take out Gul right when Gul was super hot. It made me think Hafeez started playing for the records and MoM. No way you should take out a bowler who is hot when the opposition is 5/6 down. Gul could have taken 7 wickets in the match. That was the only complaint today.

  • Sports4Youth on March 3, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Waqar was right in the post match analisis about UMAR GUL. Waqar says Gul is good in the T20 format. He is ok in the ODI's, but should be kept out of the Test matches. Waqars says Gul should be preserved for the Shortest format of the game..

    I Absolutedly agree with him there..

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  • mzm149 on March 3, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Congrats to team Pakistan. Misbah should learn a lesson and SHOULD NOT USE HAFEEZ AS OPENER IN ODIS. Ahmed Shahzad can be used as opener in ODIs. I don't think it is possible to bring Shahzad in so late. Meanwhile Kamran Akmal can fill this position. I hope and pray this will be last series for Misbah captaining ODIs.

  • on March 3, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Its Pak vs D,Steyn in the test matches... here D.Steyn is not in the team..As a result S.Africa is exposed and exposed badly...So,Be ready S.A, Get ready to exposed urself in the limited overs matches...Bcoz its a different format and pakistani is ready to face the likes of D.Steyn and Morkel..and its the revenge time

  • Sports4Youth on March 3, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    I hope after this performance Ahmed Shehzad is drafted into the ODI TEAM. because it will be a shame for him to go back home after this fantastic performance..

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  • Usman_Jilani on March 3, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Good win by Pakistan and well played South Africa. I think Pakistan should consider dropping Kamran Akmal and bringing in Zulqarnain Haider.

    Test Cricket is suppose to improve a players game in all formats. If SA aren't involving more of their players in T20's and ODI's, then what's the point. How long are they going to be no1 for...1, 2 maybe 3 years. They need to carry the players experience from Test Cricket to other formats of the game and try to win some trophies. They need to also focus to get on top of rankings in ODI's and T20's.

    Usman

  • Sports4Youth on March 3, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Once again Kamran has shown what a dirty wicket keeper he has become. He almost dropped Duplesis. Before that he did drop Deviliers in the first over itself though it was declared wide by the umpires, but the replays clearly showed that it was edged by deviliers. Also just one run with the bat. I just dont understand how does Kamran get selected continuesly. When will this torture stop. The other Kamran, Umar was also showing only circus tricks will 11 runs.

    Umar Gul has once again proved that he is a T20 bowler. Though he should be kept out of the Test team. He can be tolerated to some extent in the ODI's.

    Regarding Hafeez, he has also shown that in that in the shorter format he is very good even on SA pitches.

  • Zubair_Dildar on March 3, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Congrts..AwLl pakistani's.......Gul bowl awsum and hafeez shows good captancy and leadership and also he bat and bowl superb...and ahmed shahzad also contribute his best in this match which is good for pakistan future..but nasir again diapoint his fans..but we hope for the best....

  • on March 3, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    This is bit soothing. Keeping all odds aside, at least Pakistan won. But Akmals....?

  • on March 3, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Well done to Pakistan. Proteas are picking up some hard lessons here. I agree that the selectors need to think hard about the middle order of Ontong, Behaardien, Miller, McClaren and even Ingram. I think these guys have been given a lot of chances. In the next 10 games we can't continue with them. I do think that the bowling side is not that bad but the batting leaves a lot to be desired.

    Anyway, we believe in this Proteas team, you will find the right combination. Keep going and dont give up!

  • on March 3, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Well this match would only b a morale booster for Pakistani's. They have to work so hard to win one dayers in the presence of Steyn, Smith,du plesis, Morkel & Amla. and Umer Gul Shouldn't be so happy bcoz he took wickets not bcoz of his bowling but bcoz of SA's poor batting/hitting. Well played Hafeez esp when there is no Steyn :D I appreciate Ahmed Shahzad for good aggressive approach and excellent fielding. and in the end I appreciate Kamran Akmal on his consistent performance; he should take off his gloves and y he is wasting the gloves :D

  • chak-day on March 3, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    @reason-galore. I guess you are suggesting SA to stick to Test cricket only as they were useless in this match.

  • biloo007 on March 3, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    congratss pakistan,,but LOVE to see the one and only AFRIDI back in form,,looks excellent in fielding and batted v,good,,,hatss off to you BOOM BOOM..i was in ground for afridi,, believe me friends he is a crowd uller even s.africans were chairing for im when he hit four..

  • xylofon on March 3, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    For gods sake, no more of the akmals. Please PCB, please.

    Hafeez - focus on your batting! Just focus.

  • on March 3, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    This shows these guys from Pakistan have got what it takes. The only reason they are pathetic in test matches is that they are simply not interested in the format. These guys r not like Inzmam, Saeed Anwar, Amir Sohail, Muhammad Yousif, or even Waseem Akram. Somebody is got to kick some interest in them for test matches.

  • ICCexpert.... on March 3, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Shehzad should be retained for the one dayers as well.......

  • on March 3, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Well Done Pakistan. Well Played and Brilliant win

  • Testcricketistop on March 3, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Well done to Pakistan, great win for them and great performance by Hafeez and Gul.

    I don't mind the loss, I wanted to see SA go out and go for gold, it is important that they learn how to express themselves and that is what they did.

    In T20 you can't go out wondering, you go out with either a glorius drive, pull or hook and not hold back.

    Too often the Proteas would set up camp and just occupy the crease waiting for something to happen

    This is hit and giggle, if it comes off you win, if it doesn't you lose, rather lose a T20 with guts and glory than petering into oblivion.

  • on March 3, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    though 1 match isnt enough to say final words but looks like SA focuses more on test than ODis & T20s. that happened with india and England. When they reached no1 in tests other formats suffered.

    Yes real cricket is test but as long as t20 is recognized internationally and event after 2 years . you have to put some effort on all formats.

  • on March 3, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    It is time that South Africa starts to select its best available team for every format...They are short-changing us ; the lovers of the cricket game......

  • daggerassault on March 3, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    If SA had dale steyn or philanderer things would be different for them.

  • samincolumbia on March 3, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Pakistan are a good T20 team, an OK ODI team and a mediocre test team.

  • on March 3, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    What is the use of winning this circus? we got whitewashed in the real battle..im afraid that after such performances, hafeez is cementing his place for a test captaincy. Pakistan has a lot more to acheive in test cricket. they are undoubtedly one of the finest in limited overs, but people should not forget test cricket is the real battle.

  • reason-galore on March 3, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    oh well... i think pakistan should stick to short formats then... they do not have the batting for the longer version...

  • on March 3, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Brilliant by GUL. looked like good old umar gul in t20s. 2nd time got 5 for 6. Should have been bowled more

    dont know what hafeez was thinking by not bowling gul when he took 4 wickets in 2 overs. should have bowled and got more.

    Good bowling from Pak. good fielding Even kamran caught balls :)

    Tests done and were poor but now its limited overs and they need to forget the test series

  • on March 3, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    that's it well-done GREEN & Umer Gull

  • on March 3, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Well played by Ahmed , Hafeez. Some poor runing by both. Hafeez played brilliant inings. Fell in an Unlucky way though. Rest have failed a bit to benefit from good start.

    SA bowled beautifully Afetr that. Roray And Morris 15-19. includes 3 overs of 3 runs that stops run flow.

    Good few strokes by Afridi.

  • on March 3, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Excellent bowling figure 5/6 by Gul (Y)

  • Dark.Matter on March 3, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Kamran Akmal could not even catch the bails in 12th over. Forget the ball.

  • Viraj_Asanka on March 3, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Shahab Ahmed: "A for Akmal, B for Ball, C for Catch, D for Drop........" on cricinfo.......really liked it.....

  • on March 3, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    South Africa should just play the best available team... This is madness.....

  • Bongz77 on March 3, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Agree 100% with SurlyCinic. Ontong, Behardien, Davids and Abbott are not going to take us anywhere in this format. Poor selection and to conservative in all. It took us 6 years to realise AB needs to bat at the top of the order, it will take another 6 to stop playing these orthodox middle order batsmen like Ontong and Behardien.

    And by now one would have thought Dave Miller would be a established international but he too keeps wasting his opportunities. Same goes for the likes of Ingram and Mclaren.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on March 3, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Wow, what a spell from Gul! 4 fer in 2 overs for 4 runs. I haven't seen such a gulf between teams for different formats as this SA squad...

  • Solid_Snake on March 3, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Now we should soon see a thread ie 'Abbot lost his appetite of playing more T20 matches'..The way he gave away runs today,got hammered by Shehzad & Hafeez

  • Solid_Snake on March 3, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Can anyone tell me what is Kamran Akmal doing in the team? The guy cannot even do his keeping job properly,let batting aside.. His keeping skills are so pathetic that even a club level team wont allow him to come in as a wicket keeper.Today he dropped a catch of De Villiars on Irfan's bowling which was unfortunately called as a wide ball..After that while Gull was bowling,Akmal tried his very best to drop the catch of De plessis but Akmal failed & the end result was that he took the catch.What the...Is he really a keeper.Behaving juats as if he is a part timer..Enough is enough.There is a limit that a player performing bad.But Akmal got no such limits

  • SurlyCynic on March 3, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. Superb batting and bowling, even Kamran took a catch! Until SA get rid of Ontong and Behardien they will never win important T20 games.

    Opening with AB is good though. Used to get frustrated when he came in too late.

  • Thefakebook on March 3, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Pakistan bossing the S.Afrikaans GUL the destroyer my main man did it again.Awesome batting too for a change.

  • Riz000 on March 3, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Now Hafeez wont go away for another 10 years!!!!!!! this guy should quit Tests and ODis I dnt have a problem But .... I have a problem if he stays in Test or ODi

  • mzm149 on March 3, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    What an innings by Hafeez. He was unlucky to get out in that way. Had he stayed he would have made century and took Pakistan to above 200. It is still is a competitive total. It is a good sign that Hafeez will score some big runs in ODI as well.

  • on March 3, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Unlucky way to get out for hafeez. it was a good shot though. He should not be opening any more now.in Odis kamran akmal can open.

  • on March 3, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Well played by Ahmed , Hafeez. Some poor runing by both. Hafeez played brilliant inings. Fell in an Unlucky way though.

    Rest have failed a bit to benefit from good start. in 14 overs they were 154/2.

    SA bowled beautifully from 15 to 19th over. Roray And Morris between overs15-19. includes 3 overs of 3 runs that stops run flow.

    Good few strokes by Afridi. and some runs will be good for Odis.

    Good score though.

  • BRUTALANALYST on March 3, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Why is Phangiso not in the side ? been best SA T20 spinner by far !

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  • BRUTALANALYST on March 3, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Why is Phangiso not in the side ? been best SA T20 spinner by far !

  • on March 3, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Well played by Ahmed , Hafeez. Some poor runing by both. Hafeez played brilliant inings. Fell in an Unlucky way though.

    Rest have failed a bit to benefit from good start. in 14 overs they were 154/2.

    SA bowled beautifully from 15 to 19th over. Roray And Morris between overs15-19. includes 3 overs of 3 runs that stops run flow.

    Good few strokes by Afridi. and some runs will be good for Odis.

    Good score though.

  • on March 3, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Unlucky way to get out for hafeez. it was a good shot though. He should not be opening any more now.in Odis kamran akmal can open.

  • mzm149 on March 3, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    What an innings by Hafeez. He was unlucky to get out in that way. Had he stayed he would have made century and took Pakistan to above 200. It is still is a competitive total. It is a good sign that Hafeez will score some big runs in ODI as well.

  • Riz000 on March 3, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Now Hafeez wont go away for another 10 years!!!!!!! this guy should quit Tests and ODis I dnt have a problem But .... I have a problem if he stays in Test or ODi

  • Thefakebook on March 3, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Pakistan bossing the S.Afrikaans GUL the destroyer my main man did it again.Awesome batting too for a change.

  • SurlyCynic on March 3, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. Superb batting and bowling, even Kamran took a catch! Until SA get rid of Ontong and Behardien they will never win important T20 games.

    Opening with AB is good though. Used to get frustrated when he came in too late.

  • Solid_Snake on March 3, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Can anyone tell me what is Kamran Akmal doing in the team? The guy cannot even do his keeping job properly,let batting aside.. His keeping skills are so pathetic that even a club level team wont allow him to come in as a wicket keeper.Today he dropped a catch of De Villiars on Irfan's bowling which was unfortunately called as a wide ball..After that while Gull was bowling,Akmal tried his very best to drop the catch of De plessis but Akmal failed & the end result was that he took the catch.What the...Is he really a keeper.Behaving juats as if he is a part timer..Enough is enough.There is a limit that a player performing bad.But Akmal got no such limits

  • Solid_Snake on March 3, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Now we should soon see a thread ie 'Abbot lost his appetite of playing more T20 matches'..The way he gave away runs today,got hammered by Shehzad & Hafeez

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on March 3, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Wow, what a spell from Gul! 4 fer in 2 overs for 4 runs. I haven't seen such a gulf between teams for different formats as this SA squad...