SA Invitational XI v Pakistanis, tour match, Kimberley March 7, 2013

Rehman guides Pakistan home in thriller

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Pakistanis 270 for 9 (Akmal 47, Farhat 40, Rehman 35*, Viljoen 3-29) beat South African Invitational XI 266 for 8 (De Kock 65, Bavuma 43) by one wicket

Pakistan held their nerve against a South African Invitational XI to win by one wicket in the final over in Kimberley. After choosing to bat, the hosts began well, with captain Stephen Cook and his opening partner Quinton de Kock adding 55 at better than a run a ball. De Kock went on to make a half-century and it seemed, at 170 for 3 in the 32nd over, that the South African side would be able to reach 300. In a final score of 266, de Kock was ultimately the only half-centurion; Temba Bavuma was next to him with 43, and Pakistan were able to give themselves a good shot at a successful chase.

Their openers delivered a strong start, Imran Farhat and Nasir Jamshed adding 53 in 9.4 overs. Kamran Akmal then made 47, adding 49 with Misbah-ul-Haq for the fourth wicket after Younis Khan had been dismissed for a duck. At 139 for 3 in the 26th over, Pakistan were on track, but they slipped to 189 for 7; two of those four wickets were claimed by legspinner Imran Tahir.

But Pakistan's lower order showed a lot of mettle, and Abdur Rehman and Umar Gul built a stand that revived hopes of victory. Rehman batted patiently to make an unbeaten 35, while Gul at the other end was more attacking, scoring 30 off 34, with four fours and a six. Pakistan were still in trouble when Gul fell with the score on 234, and the hosts were on the brink when they claimed the wicket of Wahab Riaz in the 46th over to make it 242 for 9. But Junaid Khan was reliable company for Rehman, and though the required-rate had touched almost six with just a wicket in hand, the pair guided Pakistan home.

In the final over bowled by Lizaad Williams, victory was sealed off the fourth delivery.

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  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    keep your fingers crossed because any thing can happen pakistan is an unpridictable team and on their day they can do mericles i hope that pakistan will give tough time to south africa and it will be a nail bitting one day series.

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    misba should drop forever why he is captain i dont know.Hafeez should be captain for odi.

  • Dummy4 on March 8, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Pack the team with some lefties to negate Steyns outswingers

    1. Imran Farhat 2. Hafeez 3. Yunis Khan / Afridi (Open the innings and send Jamshed as one down) 4. Nasir Jamshed 5. Umar Akmal 6. Misbah Ul Haq 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Afridi / Asad Shafiq (can bat at 5 and Umar Akmal at 6) 8. Wahab Riaz / Rehman / Irfan 9. Junaid Khan 10. Umar Gul 11. Ajmal

  • Waseem on March 8, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    it would be a huge mistake not to include Ahmed Shezad in the team as he looked in prime form with his batting in the t20 match plus the two fabulous catches that he took. the team needs to respect the form on the tour and should be brave enough to be a bit imaginative with their thinking.

  • zaf on March 8, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    PAK Team will face SA strongest bowling in ODI series. PAK Team should add more batsmen in the team, the team should be as; 1)Nasir 2)Imran Farhat 3)Hafeez 4)Younis 5)K. Akmal 6)Mibah 7) Shoaib 8)Afridi 9)Junaid 10) Ifran 11)U. Akmal

    Saeed/Rehman should give rest in ODI series. And should utilized following 5 bowlers only; Hafeez, Afridi, Shoaib = Spin Bowlers Irfan, Junaid = Fast Bowlers

  • Imran on March 8, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    My team for 1st odi would be: (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Kamran Akmal (3) Hafeez (4) Asad Shafeeq (5) Misbah (6) Umar Akmal (7) Afridi/malik (8) Gul (9) Ajmal/ Rehman (10) Junaid Khan (11) Irfan

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    pak odi team should b hafeez, nasir, ahmed shahzad, asad shafiq or umer akmal, misbah, afridi, kamran, ajmal or rehman, gul, junaid, wahab or irfan

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Pakistani team should play aggressively to beat S A and this cannot be possible in the presence of Misbah because he is not a brave man which cannot do this. Misbah you learn from Smith. Shahid Afridi or Shoaib Malik is better captain than Misbah, PCB is responsible for this performance.

  • asad on March 7, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    This win too close for Pakistan but then again almost every match where Pakistan chase they end up winning at the last second. I agree that Misbah shouldn't play ODIs anymore but I think he is still good for tests. The thing is that if he retires then who will become Pakistan's ODI captain after he retires?

    I think Pakistan shouldn't be afraid of dropping players who aren't playing good. Afridi played alright in the tour match but if he doesn't bowl or bat good then he can be replaced by Abdur Rehman who is also a spinner and he can bat pretty well to like he showed in this match. I think Ahmed Shehzad should play instead of Imran Farhat cuz he played great in the T20 and if Hafeez fails to perform against Steyn again then he should be replaced. Also Kamran Akmal should bat 3rd cuz he showed that it he is good in third. Shoab Malik should be dropped for the rest of the series, Umar Akmal should be replaced by Shafiq if he doesn't bat good

  • Ibrar on March 7, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Hafeez is in good form and i think he will play steyn a bit better this time round as white ball does not move as the red ball does. I think he will score in ODI's. Kamran needs to come on number 3 as he has failed miserably down the order. And, i wish Ahmed Shahzad play few games in ODI's, shown some good form.

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