South Africa v Pakistan, 4th ODI, Durban March 21, 2013

Farhat and Misbah help Pakistan make it 2-2

245

Pakistan 236 for 7 (Farhat 93, Misbah 80) beat South Africa 234 for 9 (De Villiers 75, Miller 67, Ajmal 3-42) by three wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Hold a mirror up to Pakistan's match-winning innings at Kingsmead and you will see South Africa's, minus one major crack. Both sides lost early wickets before being anchored by a sizeable partnership, and Misbah-ul-Haq and Imran Farhat's 153-run stand made the ultimate difference.

Misbah scored his second half-century in the series and Farhat celebrated his return to the side with a well-paced knock. Farhat fell with only nine runs to get and by then he had done enough to negate South Africa's attack. On the whole, they were too generous in the extras department and lacked the same bite Pakistan had shown in the Powerplays.

Pakistan got first use of a pitch South Africa were worried would be too dry; they ordered it to be juiced up on the eve of the match. But the surface could not be credited for the top-order collapse as much as the potency of Pakistan's opening bowlers. Mohammed Irfan stunned South Africa with the first two deliveries of the match. He had Hashim Amla caught behind and removed Colin Ingram with a yorker.

Graeme Smith joined the procession when Junaid Khan bowled him off a full toss bowling on leg stump. Junaid plucked the fourth when Farhaan Behardien inside-edged through to Kamran Akmal and South Africa were reeling at 38 for 4.

In that mess, lay an opportunity for David Miller to make an impact and he almost let it go, while he was dropped on 9. Pakistan paid for that mistake as Miller taunted them with some streaky shots. He edged to third man twice and survived an lbw review off Saeed Ajmal. But, he was strong on the sweep and reverse-paddle and brought up his third half-century off 63 balls. AB De Villiers had already reached his fifty by then. He only scored one boundary in the partnership, as he focussed on strike-rotation.

De Villiers, however, may have missed a trick by not taking the Powerplay while Miller was still there. He waited until it was mandatory by which time Miller was out, trapped in front by Ajmal. He reviewed it in vain and may have even cost his captain later on. De Villiers was caught behind sweeping Ajmal and he had no reviews left to question whether he had gloved the ball or not. The Powerplay, which also included the wicket of Ryan McLaren, yielded 17 runs and two wickets to put Pakistan firmly in control.

Robin Peterson helped South Africa go past the 230-mark but with the knowledge that scores above 250 are rare at the ground, Pakistan would have been confident. Their start to the chase would have hurt that. Mohammed Hafeez became the first batsman in international cricket to be dismissed obstructing the field under the new laws, and Kamran Akmal was caught magnificently by Miller. Hafeez was livid with his dismissal, but it was nothing more than application of the playing conditions. When returning for a second run, he altered the line of his path slightly to be struck, but it was enough to be ruled out. De Villiers fell prey to this law in a domestic match shortly after it was introduced and knew that an appeal would likely result in a wicket.

Farhat and Akmal showed some aggression but also flirted with danger. When Farhat spliced a ball back to Dale Steyn, he could have been caught in the follow-through but Steyn fell hard on his chest. Steyn bowled two more overs before leaving the field clutching his shoulder. Akmal didn't have the same luck. When he cut to point, Miller was waiting. The fortune pendulum went back Pakistan's way when Younis Khan was dropped by Smith at slip but that did not cost South Africa because played on in the same over.

At 33 for 3, Farhat and Misbah-ul-Haq had to do what de Villiers and Miller did for South Africa. They had to employ immense patience in the face of strangulation from Peterson, who could have had Farhat for 26, had de Villiers held on to a bottom edge. The pair was content to bide time. The stand was not risk free, however. Misbah scored the fifth and sixth boundaries of the innings in the 25th and 26th over, and they were both streaky - an inside edge and a top-edge.

With nerves rising, de Villiers took a gamble and brought on Ingram - who has not bowled in international cricket - for some part-time leg spin. Misbah smashed him for two sixes down the ground with a four sandwiched in between. The over cost 17 runs and was the most expensive of the innings but that was not the only reason it was notable. It brought the required-rate down to under six and took the pressure off Pakistan considerably.

Another boundary was not scored for three overs but the body language had changed. South Africa were desperate, Pakistan hopeful, and Misbah sensed a century. He played a selection of stylish strokes, a majority of them in his preferred straight area. He was the favourite of the two in-batsmen to register three-figures but top-edged Peterson to Behardien at midwicket.

When Shahid Afridi boomed briefly and then went bust, the path was clear for Farhat to finish the job. The shot that defined his innings was a six over Steyn's head when he cleared his front leg and swatted the ball over the boundary. That took him into the 90s and that was when the excitement got to him.

In his haste to bring up a milestone, Farhat tried to clear the in-field but was caught by Berhardien who chased it down from cover. By then, Pakistan needed runs in single-figures and even though Wahab Riaz was run out trying to get them, Ajmal and Shoaib Malik finished it off. The series will be decided on Sunday in Benoni where South Africa could find themselves without Steyn and Smith, who has an ankle problem.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • stormy16 on March 22, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Concern for SA but this series has already shown why limited over cricket (50 overs) is such a great leveller. Pak were no where in the test matches but have now evened the series with one to play. Full credit to Pakistan and SA are a tought team to beat anywhere let alone home. SA strangely doesnt seem to be as dominanat in one dayers and there is no reason why they shouldnt - the side is packed with stars. I wonder if they will consider playing Vernon in one dayers - they may have to if they keep losing a few. He could knock over a top order very quickly, specially if they are non specialist batters up the order. He is knowing over specialist batters in test like flies in any event. I am not sure if there is anything wrong with SA or just failing to appreicate how good the opponents are but I expect SA to win a lot more.

  • Sports4Youth on March 24, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    - - Name - - - - - Age -Wickets - AVG.(FC) - - Wickets/Avg (Tests)

    Sadaf Hussain - - (23) -- 171 - 17.43

    Samiullah Khan-(30) -- 373 - 18.79

    Ehsan Adil - - - (19) -- 059 - 18.94

    Aizaz Cheema -(33) -- 327 - 20.79 -- Too old

    Rahat Ali - - - - (24) -- 152 - 21.01

    Junaid Khan - - (23) -- 246 - 21.86 - - - - - 29 - 28

    M.Rameez - - (23) -- 166 - 22.06

    Bilawal Bhatti - (21) -- 204 - 22.13

    Imran Khan -- (25) -- 205 - 22.54

    Asad Ali - - - -- (24) -- 355 - 22.87

    Nasrullah Khan (28) -- 188 - 23.02

    Yasir Arafat - - (30) -- 752 - 24.22

    Riaz Afridi - - - (28) -- 328 - 24.60

    M.Irfan - - - - (30) -- 131 - 26.23

    Anwar Ali - - -- (25) -- 260 - 27.46

    Wahab Riaz - - - (27) -- 320 - 28.19 - - - -- 17 - 34.11

    Umar Gul - - - - (29) -- 326 - 28.26 - - - - 162 - 34.06

    M.Talha - - (24) -- 239 - 28.39

    M.Sami - - (32) -- 479 - 29.28 - - - - 85 - 52.74

  • on March 23, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    I wonder how Misbah is winning man of matches in his old ages! In both successful chases he leaded from front. I don't know why Pakistan team has no left handed player in middle order. Pakistan team needs serious replacements for number of guys like Younus Khan, Shahid Afridi, Shoab Malik, Misbah. I think Hafeez should lead the side. Asad Shafiq replace Younus, Abdur Razzaq for Afridi (check stats if you think I am wrong), Ahmed Shahzad for Misbah. and a left handed batsmen/allrounder for Shoab Malik. Pakistan need left/right combination in middle order. THis can be done by lowering the positions of Farhat or Nasir I would suggest this combination and batting order 1. Shahzad 2. Farhat 3. Razzaq 4. Hafeez 5. Nasir 6. Shafiq 7. Gul 8. Ajmal 9. Riaz/ Spinner depending upon pitch 10. Junaid 11. Irfan

  • dreamliner on March 23, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    To Adeel and others that are defending Riaz quoting his 45 off 52, c'mon guys that was too little too late. Besides pressurising the other bowlers and giving the SA batsmen a field day, having first conceded 93 just puts too much pressure on what is already a failing PAK batting line up. No point taking two wickets if you've gone for 93 as the damage is already done. Just ask yourself how someone of his speed and experience managed to break the record for the most ODI runs conceded by a Pak bowler?> through persistent lack of line, length, ball control, variation and thinking...not someone i'd include in tomo's game or any others. Also Junaid and Irfan look that good that I may be tempted to bring in an allrounder in place of Gul.

  • Sinhaya on March 23, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    This is a great chance for Pakistan to register an ODI series win in SA. If NZ did it, Pakistan can for sure. Misbah you are my favorite of all Pakistani cricketers. Good luck from a Lankan fan.

  • Wacky_Cric_Lover on March 23, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    I think we should scrap the debate on "suspicious" action of Ajmal. He has been cleared by the ICC. Writing about his "suspicious" action will be just waste of time. His bowling action is according to the laws of cricket. If someone has a problem then first ask for a change in law. Secondly, according to laws of cricket Muhammad Hafiz was run out. There is no doubt about that. SA had the right to appeal and Billy Bowden gave the right call according to the law. However in my opinion the law is flawed. How does anyone know that batsman was deliberately coming in the line of throw? In this case Muhammad Hafiz could not see where the ball was and therefore any wayward running of his cannot be attributed to deliberate blocking of stumps or the throw. Also, there is something called Sportsmanship. With such a lethal bowling attack SA should not worry about dismissing any Pakistani batsman. They can take out this Pakistani lineup two times in 50 overs!!!

  • on March 23, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    who are criticizing Farhat, they have to know that the job was not to bat fast and hard but to take Pakistan home, and who are criticizing Wahab they have to see the score card of the third match although he gave away 93 runs, but made the very important contribution with the bat by scoring 45 off 52 balls, with 5/4's and 1/6's, that means that he only gave 48 runs while bowling but taken two very important wickets of Amla & Du'Plesis, Pakistan lost the Hi-Scoring match by 34 runs, but that was due to the failure of our main batsman(s) Jamshed, Akmal, Younis, Malik,Misbah, but not for the reason that our bowlers gave away too many runs, the same had happened to SA's bowler but their Batsman(s) keep them alive.

  • dreamliner on March 23, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Shehzad, K. Akmal, Hafeez, Shafiq, Misbah, U. Akmal, Afridi, Gul, Ajmal, Junaid, Irfan. If batting first we need to rejig the order to prevent 2 tuk tuks from slowing up the run rate. Logic for exclusions: Farhat (got lucky to survive after being dropped a couple of times by SA for what would have been an unacceptable strike rate having batted through the powerplay) Malik(afridi-too fast and misbah-too slow make an average malik look like the saviour late on and if it wasn't for ajmal's first ball 4, malik would have been exposed) Y.Khan(out of form, out of attempts, will miss his fielding tho) Riaz (most runs conceded by pak odi bowler, unable to alter his gameplan when being taken for runs, has no brain, line or length consistenct basically) Also I think when you look at paks highest run getters in this series you should also consider their strike rates, as a low one would put pressure on their entire team.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on March 23, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    ICC should consider applying some complusion to make slightly neautral conditions for test matches like odi. especially after what we r seeing in india against AUS and before in sa against Paksitan that there are too much support for home team srength. Pakistan has a huge issue of team selection. they are much better side than this. i was very disappointed with misbah and watmore that they were lacking plans for test series. Anyways good luck for decider.

  • on March 23, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Now, it all depends upon how Pakistan plays the last deciding match.

  • stormy16 on March 22, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Concern for SA but this series has already shown why limited over cricket (50 overs) is such a great leveller. Pak were no where in the test matches but have now evened the series with one to play. Full credit to Pakistan and SA are a tought team to beat anywhere let alone home. SA strangely doesnt seem to be as dominanat in one dayers and there is no reason why they shouldnt - the side is packed with stars. I wonder if they will consider playing Vernon in one dayers - they may have to if they keep losing a few. He could knock over a top order very quickly, specially if they are non specialist batters up the order. He is knowing over specialist batters in test like flies in any event. I am not sure if there is anything wrong with SA or just failing to appreicate how good the opponents are but I expect SA to win a lot more.

  • Sports4Youth on March 24, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    - - Name - - - - - Age -Wickets - AVG.(FC) - - Wickets/Avg (Tests)

    Sadaf Hussain - - (23) -- 171 - 17.43

    Samiullah Khan-(30) -- 373 - 18.79

    Ehsan Adil - - - (19) -- 059 - 18.94

    Aizaz Cheema -(33) -- 327 - 20.79 -- Too old

    Rahat Ali - - - - (24) -- 152 - 21.01

    Junaid Khan - - (23) -- 246 - 21.86 - - - - - 29 - 28

    M.Rameez - - (23) -- 166 - 22.06

    Bilawal Bhatti - (21) -- 204 - 22.13

    Imran Khan -- (25) -- 205 - 22.54

    Asad Ali - - - -- (24) -- 355 - 22.87

    Nasrullah Khan (28) -- 188 - 23.02

    Yasir Arafat - - (30) -- 752 - 24.22

    Riaz Afridi - - - (28) -- 328 - 24.60

    M.Irfan - - - - (30) -- 131 - 26.23

    Anwar Ali - - -- (25) -- 260 - 27.46

    Wahab Riaz - - - (27) -- 320 - 28.19 - - - -- 17 - 34.11

    Umar Gul - - - - (29) -- 326 - 28.26 - - - - 162 - 34.06

    M.Talha - - (24) -- 239 - 28.39

    M.Sami - - (32) -- 479 - 29.28 - - - - 85 - 52.74

  • on March 23, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    I wonder how Misbah is winning man of matches in his old ages! In both successful chases he leaded from front. I don't know why Pakistan team has no left handed player in middle order. Pakistan team needs serious replacements for number of guys like Younus Khan, Shahid Afridi, Shoab Malik, Misbah. I think Hafeez should lead the side. Asad Shafiq replace Younus, Abdur Razzaq for Afridi (check stats if you think I am wrong), Ahmed Shahzad for Misbah. and a left handed batsmen/allrounder for Shoab Malik. Pakistan need left/right combination in middle order. THis can be done by lowering the positions of Farhat or Nasir I would suggest this combination and batting order 1. Shahzad 2. Farhat 3. Razzaq 4. Hafeez 5. Nasir 6. Shafiq 7. Gul 8. Ajmal 9. Riaz/ Spinner depending upon pitch 10. Junaid 11. Irfan

  • dreamliner on March 23, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    To Adeel and others that are defending Riaz quoting his 45 off 52, c'mon guys that was too little too late. Besides pressurising the other bowlers and giving the SA batsmen a field day, having first conceded 93 just puts too much pressure on what is already a failing PAK batting line up. No point taking two wickets if you've gone for 93 as the damage is already done. Just ask yourself how someone of his speed and experience managed to break the record for the most ODI runs conceded by a Pak bowler?> through persistent lack of line, length, ball control, variation and thinking...not someone i'd include in tomo's game or any others. Also Junaid and Irfan look that good that I may be tempted to bring in an allrounder in place of Gul.

  • Sinhaya on March 23, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    This is a great chance for Pakistan to register an ODI series win in SA. If NZ did it, Pakistan can for sure. Misbah you are my favorite of all Pakistani cricketers. Good luck from a Lankan fan.

  • Wacky_Cric_Lover on March 23, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    I think we should scrap the debate on "suspicious" action of Ajmal. He has been cleared by the ICC. Writing about his "suspicious" action will be just waste of time. His bowling action is according to the laws of cricket. If someone has a problem then first ask for a change in law. Secondly, according to laws of cricket Muhammad Hafiz was run out. There is no doubt about that. SA had the right to appeal and Billy Bowden gave the right call according to the law. However in my opinion the law is flawed. How does anyone know that batsman was deliberately coming in the line of throw? In this case Muhammad Hafiz could not see where the ball was and therefore any wayward running of his cannot be attributed to deliberate blocking of stumps or the throw. Also, there is something called Sportsmanship. With such a lethal bowling attack SA should not worry about dismissing any Pakistani batsman. They can take out this Pakistani lineup two times in 50 overs!!!

  • on March 23, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    who are criticizing Farhat, they have to know that the job was not to bat fast and hard but to take Pakistan home, and who are criticizing Wahab they have to see the score card of the third match although he gave away 93 runs, but made the very important contribution with the bat by scoring 45 off 52 balls, with 5/4's and 1/6's, that means that he only gave 48 runs while bowling but taken two very important wickets of Amla & Du'Plesis, Pakistan lost the Hi-Scoring match by 34 runs, but that was due to the failure of our main batsman(s) Jamshed, Akmal, Younis, Malik,Misbah, but not for the reason that our bowlers gave away too many runs, the same had happened to SA's bowler but their Batsman(s) keep them alive.

  • dreamliner on March 23, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Shehzad, K. Akmal, Hafeez, Shafiq, Misbah, U. Akmal, Afridi, Gul, Ajmal, Junaid, Irfan. If batting first we need to rejig the order to prevent 2 tuk tuks from slowing up the run rate. Logic for exclusions: Farhat (got lucky to survive after being dropped a couple of times by SA for what would have been an unacceptable strike rate having batted through the powerplay) Malik(afridi-too fast and misbah-too slow make an average malik look like the saviour late on and if it wasn't for ajmal's first ball 4, malik would have been exposed) Y.Khan(out of form, out of attempts, will miss his fielding tho) Riaz (most runs conceded by pak odi bowler, unable to alter his gameplan when being taken for runs, has no brain, line or length consistenct basically) Also I think when you look at paks highest run getters in this series you should also consider their strike rates, as a low one would put pressure on their entire team.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on March 23, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    ICC should consider applying some complusion to make slightly neautral conditions for test matches like odi. especially after what we r seeing in india against AUS and before in sa against Paksitan that there are too much support for home team srength. Pakistan has a huge issue of team selection. they are much better side than this. i was very disappointed with misbah and watmore that they were lacking plans for test series. Anyways good luck for decider.

  • on March 23, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Now, it all depends upon how Pakistan plays the last deciding match.

  • SaadRocx on March 23, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    @ dariuscorny, same sort of jerk can be observed in Steyn's bowling as well...he jerks his elbow at times to get extra swing with his wrist position...

  • shujaatkhan on March 23, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Above all, congrats Pakistan

  • on March 22, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    As an observation, it would be fair to say that Imran Farhat has not been properly used given his experience and a fair overall performance given Pakistan's thin batting line; importantly of all in the opening position.To the other, it takes time for a new comer to adjust to different batting conditions. Despite a promising start by Pakistan's new opener, putting him up against South African speedsters on bouncy wickets was almost throwing the youngster in lions den. It wld be a tragedy if he is gone like others.........

  • Fijicricket on March 22, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    Deliberate loss by SA to keep the interest as those mighty mismatches in tests are fresh in the minds of the fans. Not rocket science who will win the series and expect the real SA with real performance. Its the margin of the win that will reveal Pak is no match for SA. The flat track bullies are only good at home

  • Crick_Expert on March 22, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    Kingsland Team for last 5th ODI 1)Imran Farhat 2)Nasir Jamshed 3)Hafeez 4)U. Akmal 5)Misbah 6)Afridi 7)K. Akmal 8)Ajmal 9)Sohaib Malik 10)Junaid 11)Irfan

  • Syed_imran_abbas on March 22, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    Pakistan won but not a satisfying there is definatly need to bring some guys in for next odi series: (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Ahmad Shahzad (3) Hafeez (4) Asad Shafeeq (5) haris Sohail (6) Umar Akmal (7) Muhammad Rizwan (8) Anwar Ali (9) Ajmal/raza hassan (10) Junaid khan (11) Irfan

  • dariuscorny on March 22, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    saw some fans raising questions about Ajmals action,well it raises some eyebrows,but i hv got a feeling i do feel Junaid Khan also does have a suspect action,when he's about to deliver the ball he gives a certain jerk to his arm (elbow bends abnormally).........though i hv observed that.........

  • on March 22, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Dale Steyn is 362 days away from taking Murali's record of having held the number one ranking for bowling in Test Cricket for the longest period of time.

  • avmd on March 22, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    Yes, according to the law of cricket Hafeez out but what but spirit of cricket ?. SA should not have appealed for this, were they so desperate or worried about losing, disappointing, not worthy of number one team, good team don't go appealing in situation like this.

  • imranmujtaba on March 22, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Pak Fan dont want Misbah in the team - he is poor captain and worse ever batmen Pakistan have in the middle order - Now at age of 40ish he has played the best ODI inning ever, now PCB will keep him fo next few series :( VERY disappointing for whole nation. PCB have to select youngster in playing 11, groom and grow them as good middle order batman same as Inzi and Yousuf otherwise soon Pakistan middle order batsmen will be worse then Zimbawe or Bangladesh if not yet, actually we are not far off!!

  • fauxpas1 on March 22, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Can anyone let me know, what is Younus Khan's highest score in this series? He eats up 10 to 20 deliveries every match before getting out, putting more pressure on the batting lineup. He should show a bit of selflessness and say goodbye to limited overs cricket and play tests only. For the 5th match, he should be replaced by Asad Shafiq who's of capable of playing the holding role quite well. Finding a replacement of Kamran Akmal is also impertive given his penchant for dropping catches off spinners... as an aside, why there's no d/n ODI cricket in this series except Centurion?

  • romirom on March 22, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    where is pak young batsman? Who will represent pak in future? Each and every batsman played in last game were above age 30. Who might play for couple of more years. If they don't groom young batsman then their future is in vain. Atleast nasir and umar akmal must need to be in team for every game. If they didn't perform then bring couple of another young batsman. They can easily play insteed of younis,malik,kamran,afridi. These four are the most pathentic batsman in last many years. They just perform once in a decade and fix their spot for many matches without performance. Afridi! When he is bating he thinks the bowler are some school children and he wil hit every bal 4 a boundry. He is just a silly cricketer. Look his last bating 1st bal cam down the track n hit 4. He is stupid jst ned in t20.

  • on March 22, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    @ OzWally I would agree with you that it's silly to say all law changes are against Pakistan although some of them are against bowlers for sure. Not being able to bowl more than one bouncer an over takes away from the armory and gives batsman a lot more confidence. Anyway what I wanted to mention about Saeed Ajmal is that he has been tested by ICC and cleared, there is an interview by Dave Richardson where he explains the case and it's also in one of the switch hit podcasts by George Dobell. Basically the reason why Saeed is legal is because he starts his action with a bent arm and straightens it before the ball is released meaning his arm angle looks a lot more than 15 degrees when in fact the deviation is only about 7-8 and actually his doosra is more legal than his offy which is also well within the 15 degree limit. Whether people agree with the 15 degree law or not is a different story.

  • shizam on March 22, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    I must say very poor umpiring. Balls flying way over the heads of pakistan batsment not called for wides, hafeez should have been given the benefit of doubt, Steyn cursing openly and every over on Paksitani batsmen went un-noticed by umpires and match refree. Just imaging if any Paksitani bowler was cursing at the opponet batsmen, there would have been fines, inquiries, trials and what not, even icc would have gotten involved.

    Anyway Steyn got his reply from Imran Farhat in the form of a towering six right over Steyns head. I wonder what he had to say then.

    I think the Pakistani batsmen showed a lot of character in the field when they were constantly being harrassed and cursed at by SA bowlers and the umpires allowed it to happen.

  • SL_rockz on March 22, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    well done PAK ...After such a dominancy you have made ur mentaity so that u are 1 game away from a series win...well done ..It has always been a mental game...You performed exceedingly well when SA has such number of stars....Amla is number 1 but i suspicious about his performance in sub continent...Only Kallis is the unique player who cud handle both well..Pak will do well in UAE where they white washed England when they were in a dream run in tests................

  • mhk21 on March 22, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    good show by the pakistani team ......younis needs to be replaced with umar akmal with misbah promoting himself and umar taking the no 5 position while malik doing the same job as a finisher .And wahab riaz should be replaced by sohail tanvir who can bowl decently at the opening ,swings the bowl , and he is a specialist dept bowler and also has a reputation to hit the ball big . Good luck Pakistani team for the decider on sunday

  • Shaghef on March 22, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Is Misbah the only full time Batsman Captain, who have not scored a century at all?

  • a.syed81 on March 22, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    I understand we need to make changes for 2015 WC but currently Jamshed, Umar and Asad should realize that it's not a cake walk to get to play for your country and they must have to put price on your wicket and play till the end. Also on the flip side Farhat and Malik also need to understand that if they will not deliver then others are waiting to replace them. However, Younis must have to go for good and should be replace with either Asad or Umar. One other change could be get in Razzaq and if Raiz or Gul doesn't perform then have Razzaq in.

  • on March 22, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Well Played Pakistan, but There is room for Batting improvement on, Our Most Player Played very slow Game, while the Management avoid to Select New Blood In Team Green, Like Awesome Player Ahmed Shahzad, Asad Shafiq & Umar Amin too, but they unable to getting chance in this ODI series, Please Remove Younis Khan from the Team & select Asad ShafiQ or Umar Amin over him. why management didn't give a chance to Umar Amin? he is a potential Good Batsman, Pakistan NEED New Blood, My Future Team Pakistan should be. 1. Ahmed Shahzad, 2. Nasir Jamsheed 3 M. Hafeez, 4. Asad ShafiQ, 5. Misbah ul haQ in future Umar Amin best at the place of Misbah, 6. Umar Akmal/Shoaib Malik, 7. Shahid Khan Afridi, 8. Saeed Ajmal but Abdul Rahman After him, 9. Junaid Khan, 10. Mohammad Irfan, 11. MOHAMMAD AAMIR. Insha Allah he will join soon :)

  • on March 22, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Cricinfo Stats:

    "Mohammad Hafeez became only the fourth player overall and the third Pakistan batsman to be dismissed obstructing the field. Rameez Raja was the first to be out in this fashion for 99 against England in 1987."

    Very strange the above, 4 batsmen out obstructing field, all from sub continent, 3 from Pakistan and 1 from India. None from Eng/Australia/South Africa/ who collectively play far more Tests and one-days and yet this has happened only to Pakistan players.

  • tusiamylove on March 22, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Pak must play Umar akmal and asad shafiq instead of yunis khan and shahid afridi to bring some stability in the bating line-up,,,,,,,,all of us know umar has better average than others except misbah and jubilant in the field and asad is now a reliable batsman,,,,,,,,,Afridi is in the team just because of his bowling but luck has been on the other side these days,,,,,so bring some changes to get stability that always lacks in the team

  • on March 22, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Shocking and Woefull umpiring, where bizzarely even the commentators, Robin Jackman questioned the non giving of a wide or no-ball when they themselves had been fairly biased in their commentary.

    If a ball is so high above your head that it cannot be reached. then it is a wide, fine the umpires for every basic mistake such as that, it would improve umpires overnight. And before you say it is impossible, the third umpire should review the performance of bothe umpires and if one umpire consistently is performing poorly he should be fined or half match fee and then not umpire international matches until training and support is given to put him to International standard.

    Incompetent non-sportspeople shouldn't be able to decide the fate of an international sports star or sports team who the world wants to see by making incompetent decisions, we must demand and expect umpiring of the highest level at the highest level of our sport!!!!!

  • Sports4Youth on March 22, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    @ NoorusSabbahKhan :

    I totally agree with you. There are some afridi bashers in out there including Waqar who will not be happy, no matter What Afridi does. Being the fourth highest run getter against this opposition and that too in their backyard is some achievement, which these guys will never understand.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=7395;type=series

    .

  • on March 22, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Team for final should be : (1) Farhat (2) Hafeez (2) Kamran Akmal (4) Younas Khan (5) Misbah (6) Malik (7) Afridi (8) Umar Akma (9) Ajmal (10) Junaid (11) Irfan Now our Bowling : Irfan, Junaid, Ajmal, Hafeez, Afridi, Malik, Farhat

  • Copenhagenwalla on March 22, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    Cricket is a game and in a game luck plays a important part.Sometimes a team with limited skills can overcome better and more gifted opposition if they used the right strategy.Farhat is a batsman of standad class but he has more guts than a lot of other Pakistani batsmen who are vastly more talented than him. Misbah used his patience and wait strategy well here because the asking run rate was not very high but what realy puzzles me is why he did not go for the kill when SA were pinned at 34-4.Bringing on Hafeez struck me very strange.Pakistani fans forget when they criticise their own players that SA have stood by Smith although he has had a lean time so far in the ODI.Pakistan probably think the same about Younis though they would have done well to confine him to tests only and bring in some younger players

  • getsetgopk on March 22, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    I agree with thoughts of Pak fans regarding poor umpiring, it CAN NOT be coincidence that so many decisions have gone against Pakistan but non against SA? This has been going on right from the test series. Balls over the head that the batsmen would have difficulty reaching them with their bat stretched up high vertically is called one bouncer for the over is just biased umpiring, simple as that and just fail to understand what wrong have we committed to deserve this match after match. This is no coincidence, this is DELIBERATE. I remember in a test match in Galle, Steve Davis and Ian Gould gave 17 howlers against Pakistan last year, I thought there was no DRS so that might be the reason but now I believe its simply biased umpiring against Pakistan. Hafeez was out though.

  • adeelicap on March 22, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    @NoorusSabbahKhan why stop bashing, he is childish even after playing 340+ games, he cannot able to win for pak, even they required 25 runs in 5 overs, playing in wastage game is not help team or player himself, he should be either retired or removed asap

  • SuperSharky on March 22, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Brilliantly played by Pakistan. A Whole Pakistan team all-round performance. Great entertaining match and I'm looking forward to the decider of the ODI Series.

  • cricexpt on March 22, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    @syed_imran_abbas, You cannot compare a mediocre player like Malik to Afridi. Afridi is a All rounder whereas Malik was a all rounder, but now Malik is neither a bowler nor a batsman. Malik should be removed from the team. Bring Umar Akmal into the side drop malik and younus , bring jamshed into no 3/4. He can also bat long innings.

  • on March 22, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Pakistan Current Team: ODI batting averages.....Misbah (42.27), U. Akmal (37.75), Shoaib Malik (33.08), Imran Farhat (32.84), Younas Khan (31.89), Asad Shafiq (29.19), Muhammad Hafeez (27.31), Kamran Akmal (26.23), Afridi (23.53)......

    So it seems logical, why a group of people is so much against Shoaib Malik. Why he is third on average?

  • AK47_pk on March 22, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Glad to see a mature imran farhat. We dnt need flashy openers at both end so I hope farhat has learn the importance of staying on the wicket. Plus its good to have competition for opening slots. This shud give nasir a wake up call. I personaly feel that hafeez is throwing his wicket away sometimes in odis for personal agenda nd shud be dropped to make an example for oothers that there is no place for poiltics in team nd shud stand in elections if likes politics. Misbah is trying his best to keep up the tempo to save himself nd captaincy but its good to keep pressure on him. Yunis shud make way for umar akmal now without a thought given about it. Use wahab like a proper bowler or get a batsman in for his place. 4 overs for a specialist bowlers isnt good stuff from misbah. Opening bowlers are setteled now which is very pleasing. Their job is to pick wickets upfront to put opposition under pressure nd they doing it wonderfully in odis. Spin department.is healthy too.malik shud stay in.

  • wakaPAK on March 22, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Hafeez obstructed the field. No reason to cry over that; he should have left the field like he does when he gets caught behind and we'd have believed it was just instinct which changed his line. And Steyn was not sledging, he was cursing because he was frustated and that's what you want.. to frustate them... He's a good test bowler but not so good in ODIs... Pakistan was extra cautious against him..

  • Syed_imran_abbas on March 22, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Well played misbah and farhat. it was what very important to win after billy's horror drama. Younas needs to be replaced with Umar Akmal. i think misbah should drop either afridi or malik and get shafeeq in place. and i still beleive Nasir Jamshed is far far better batsman than Imran Farhat. Team for final should be : (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Kamran Akmal (3) Hafeez (4) Asad Shafeeq (5) Misbah (6) Umar Akmal (7) Afridi/ Malik (8) Wahab Riaz (9) Ajmal (10) Junaid (11) Irfan

  • gujratwalla on March 22, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Congratulations Team Pakistan. Everyone has been baying for Farahat,Misbah and Malik. Funny that these Three guided Pakistan home.But don't be misled. Farahat succeded because he had guts although it was clear his batting is limited .Luck favours the brave.Malik has the habit of coming good at times when he is most needed although like Farahat he has his limitations. The Hafeez incident rather soured a splendid match but it was simple justice that Pakistan won.As for Misbah...well patience has its rewards!

  • Shahbaz Alam on March 22, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Misbah shows his class but guiding Farhat to a winning position. Farhat is a free flowing player but was asked to do a job of holding one end coz he is the only left hander in team. Wel done management and Farhat, after every ball of styen Misbah told farhat "Don't hit him" just safely play him and they won at the end. Malik show his class as finisher. Kamran needs confidence coz he is best available keeper and he shows some class. Unlucky dismissal for him he is best in all conditions so we should stuck with him till WC 2015.

  • on March 22, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    To all of you who are complaining that SA was unsporting regarding Hafeez's dismissal, I find it rather biased and hypocritical. Was it sporting for Hafeez to change his line and run towards the stumps in the first place? That was an easy runout for SA. Hafeez deliberately obstructed the fielders in their duties, and as such is liable for his actions. The dismissal was fair. Comparing it to the mankad situation is irrelevant, because no obstruction had taken place in that situation.

  • getsetgopk on March 22, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    I suppose age alone is not enough to be called an experienced player, Misbah is no exception, he's been through all these tough times and have finally got it that you need to put paddle on the accelerator at times to keep the run rate in check. This happened with Ajmal too, to an extent, he's a far better bowler than he was two years ago. Happy for both of them, they have been wonderful servants of Pakistan cricket in toughest of times.

  • on March 22, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    its time to bring young pakistani batsman to replace oldies n get prepare them for 2015 worldcup ..........

  • on March 22, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    My Team for Pakistan for final ODI 1.Hafeez 2.Nasir 3. Kamran 4. Imran Farhat 5. Misbah 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Shoaib Malik 8. Umer Gul 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Junaid Khan 11. M. Irfan We shall be unbeatable Insha Allah.

  • CrazyforcricketIII on March 22, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    I will give full credit to Misbah. He always come for rescue and plays steady cricket, though little slow inning. He should stay as captain but others , the likes of Yunus, Afridi and Akmal should go and make room for young blood!

  • on March 22, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Misbah's innings was the deciding factor. Well done skipper!

  • on March 22, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    a same knock is required in the next match... a must win match!! Go team PAKISTAN..

  • on March 22, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    I think for the final match, we should drop Younis khan and bring Asad Shafiq in his place. Looking at the performance of Wahab Riaz, he bowled 4 overs in this match and his previous match costed about 93 runs. so i guess the team management is keeping him for his batting skills not bowling. if thats the case then they will be better off having umer akmal for his place and using shoaib malik as the extra bowler if needed. It also looks like misbah has plenty of bowling options thats why he does not bring a regular bowler until 25th over. should better off giving hafeez his full quota of 10 overs and playing umer akmal and asad shafiq both.

    Also, kamran akmal is not doing any help at the top of the order. he should be dropped down now that misbah is in better form.

  • harshthakor on March 22, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    Heartiest congrats to Pakistan for displaying such top resilience to level the series.It proves that Pakistan is one of the most talented sides in one day cricket today.Considering their setbacks it is a remarkable achievement that they can go into the last match at 2-2.If they win the one day series it will be a historic triumph.

  • on March 22, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    As Imran Farhat selection proved as I had advocated from beginning of this series because he should have been in the team based on his form in domestic matches. A lot of people criticizing him but results is what matters. Younus and Afridi are stylish but were both out of total of ten runs so was Akmal, Hafeez etc. I thin it was cool headed that we won this match and then Shoib Malik is showing the form he used to have and he was the most reliable batsman as a captain.Selection should strictly be on merit and the players who are not performing need to dropped. There is no justification for Kamran and Younus Khan to be in the team we need Hamad, Shahzad and various other youngster as SA is trying. Except Amla, De V and Peterson and Smith the whole team is new almost.

  • alipk52 on March 22, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    I must say, Pakistan is missing genuine Al-Rounder, i don't know why selectors are not feeling any need for that, really missing Abdul Razzaq, he is one of the finest finisher in Pakistan team, keeping him out from the squad is utterly a big disrespect to a player like him, i would rather pick him in place of Afridi, even Hammad Azam is 4 times better than Afridi, can't believe how quickly our selectors forget Razzaq's numerous match-winnings innings!!

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

    Another decision against Pakistan by umpires like Billy Bowden and Steve Davis! If it was a better umpire, Hafeez was not out. Pakistan should report those wrong decisions through proper channels. In the recent past Younis Khan was LBW multiple times while played on his pads, then he goes out smiling. Khan should react strongly on the field. In the recent series Pakistan got out in their favor only after DRS reviews. And Billy Bowden and Steve Davis were culprits. If Pak captains are reporting properly about these decisions, these umpires will be removed from elite panels by ICC. Hopefully!!!

  • on March 22, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    I think Afridi will play better on 2nd position or as a openar

  • NoorusSabbahKhan on March 22, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Stop bashing Afridi ppl.. he only played 3 innings and still has got 4th highest runs in the series. As someone already pointed out, Top run getters so far are 1) Devilliers 272 2) Misbah 203 3) Amla 182 4) Afridi 126

  • on March 22, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    the series is setup nicely for the final game. personally i think nasir jamshed should come in for yunis khan. this is probably one series too many too far for the old legend. also gul needs to come in for wahab. After all the criticism of pakistan batting 2nd, it would be nice to see how SA respond to a big run chase against our strongest line-up. inshallah we win, & end the trip on a high.

  • Dark.Matter on March 22, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Main man was misbah in the whole innings of PK, because Farhat was not convincing at all. His shots were shaky. we cannot rely on such type of batsman. Afridi was disappointment for me because he is in supreme touch in this series. So, he should cash it and should not waste these golden carrier ending days. If he could able to play 3 to 4 good innings ranging from 80 to 100, then he will be remembered for his unique style for a long long time.

  • dmqi on March 22, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    My Fair Analysis: Lucky win for Pak because of Misbah and Farhat. Farhat got lucky twice. Captain's knock has won the match. Younus and Afridi proved useless. Pak got lucky because of steyn injury. They may be lucky again in the 5th ODI if they drop Younus and bring back Umar and Asad by dropping 2 from Younus, Afridi, Malik.

    Hafiz on purpose obstructed, so was given the right decision. How many times has he run that way in the past?

    Pak needs to groom a captain other than Afridi and Hafiz, two hopeless leaders. They badly need a wicket keeper batsman if they want to compete in the WC.

    O do not forget, Irfan and Junaed are the two real contributors, real MOM.

  • British_North_America on March 22, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    3 out of 4 players who got out for obstructing the fields were Pakistanis.LOL.

  • on March 22, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Pakistan has a gentle king; his name is Misbah Ul Haq.

  • Lipoflegend on March 22, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    When will the selectors realise that Graham is just not an ODI or T20 player? One centur scored every 20 matches at a reeeeeally slow rate just does not cut it.

  • on March 22, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    Malik ,hafeez & akmal may perform ,once in a blue moon. But the medicore tag is still there. At their best they are club level player, pak mngmt. should understand that ,as they are not a solution for long last. So it is better for pak. to rest them forever that is good for team and also for these players to have mercy on their pak nation. please do favor to you pak nation by quuiting this game of ckt.

  • truestory on March 22, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    Misbah batted brilliantly yesterday , was nice to see him bat , but what's surprising to is that out of the 100+ matches he had played he hasn't scored a CENTURY !! That's a shocking fact ., i have always considered him as a good batsman , scoring century isn't that much important than winning a match and i think he is successful in that department , he has won many matches for pakistan with his 50's..its unfortunate to hear that he dosn't have century in his name..but still i respect him as a player..

  • Sinhaya on March 22, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    I saw the last hour of the match live on ten cricket and it was a real treat indeed. No doubt it was exciting. Congratulations Pakistan.

  • TeeArr on March 22, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    What is Wahab Riaz doing in the team? 4 overs for 16 runs and zero score while batting and this is after the mauling in the previous match when he conceded 93 runs the highest by any Pakistani bowler in one day matches. It would be have been a lot better to include another batsman instead of playing a mediocre bowler such as Wahab Riaz.

  • BustIPL on March 21, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    What a knock by Misbah and Farhat against one of the best bowling lineups. They can beat any team on their day. Specially, with this bowling attack no team can be comfortable. All three Pakistan fast bowlers looked in good touch and with in form battery of spinners, the final ODI can be a tough contest for sure. The key was restricting SA to a lower total and then chasing it with a batting lineup that is as unreliable as it can be.

  • landl47 on March 21, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    Whether you agree with the Obstructing The Field law or not, there's no doubt that Hafeez was out according to the words of the law. He clearly altered his course from running down the side of the pitch to running straight at the stumps. I don't know what was in his mind, but that's not part of the law. He altered his direction, the ball hit him whereas it would not have hit him had he not altered direction, so he was out.

    I'm not very keen on the law myself, but that's another issue.

  • on March 21, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    I still think Jamshid is a very good player. I think he can play instead Younis Khan..

  • Dark.Matter on March 21, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    Rayn Mclaren and klineveldt are still feeling the heat of that 88 and bowling wides lol

  • msdhoni123 on March 21, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    the problem with pakistan batting line up is they got too much stabilising batsman in there top 5 and after that there attacking batsmen comes in one by one. They should try and mix it up by either dropping younis khan or by sending afridi and malik higher up the order.

  • OzWally on March 21, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    @gr8asad84 - "all the law changes are against Pakistan" - Really? How do you explain Ajmal not being no-balled for throwing EVERY ball. Watch his delivery and tell me with a straight face his arm isn't bent more than 15 degrees, and he doesn't straighten it at delivery.

  • OzWally on March 21, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    Had to laugh when Afridi came out to bat, the commentators were all a twitter over his great strike rate (114+) over a career of 340+ ODI's. Of course when you only average 23, it doesn't say much. Sure enough he was out 2nd ball for 4. But what a tremendous strike rate of 200!

  • on March 21, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    @Asim Ali: your comment just won.

    The commentating team has been extremely biased, the sledging/sportsmanship from the Proteas has been disappointing, yet our team puts a spirited performance to trump these guys at their home. Misbah needs to be praised for everything he's done over the past few years. Instead, our jahil awaam will find an opportunity to criticize him whenever they lose. Mark my words, best captain after Imran Khan.

  • on March 21, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    Another nervy finish by Pakistan, things are much better than recent past though. And one notable thing is the difference between the tow sides in terms of fielding. It is sad to say, Pakistan still feels that their strong bowling alone can win matches for them but things have changed and they need to understand that very quickly. This is a low total to chase compared to the average score on this ground and they still struggled. Who knows may be the fielding performance could play its biggest part to decide who wins the series from tow of the talented sides of world cricket.

  • adeelicap on March 21, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Pak should protest on bad umpiring (about wides) YK and afridi need to be removed, they both are wastage for ODI's afridi already played one good inings, now he needs one year to make 50 again, and he even cannot able to bowl to other team tale enders bring umer akmal and asad shafiq and give final warning to shoaib malik and give him resp to bowl also he is not full time batsmen (even not quarter)

  • UK_Chap on March 21, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    Smahuta : You are a disgrace, you continue to slander Ajaml, just because SAF cannot produce a spin bowler of any worth. We will see just how effective the SAF bowlers and batsmen are in the coming months. This whole tour has been marred by the hugely one sided TV commentary. You are just like your fellow countrymen commentators, so blinded by loyalty to your own team that you simply cannot appreciate or acknowledge brilliance from anyone else. The likes of Ackerman, Jackman and Co , I include the aussie embarrassment Hayesman, are a perfect example of this. No wonder so called fans like you make the comments you do.

  • farhan4050 on March 21, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Congrats Team Pak. Proud of you guys. Especially Misbah, he keeps performing and winning matches for Pak. The only players under 30 today were Junaid and Wahab. Asad, Umer and Jamshed were all left out. I don't see where the team is heading. What are we grooming. Bring Jamshed back for Farhat, Asad for Younis and Umer for Malik. Bring in youth for god sake PCB.

  • Great-shot444 on March 21, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Great victory for pakistan!! U are the best Asian team

  • pauliangenius on March 21, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Pathetic cricket by Imran farhat....PAk cant even chase 234 comfortably...

  • Desihungama on March 21, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    I seriously question the acumen of some of Pakistani fans (I am one) for labeling age as a factor to retire for Misbah and Younis. What they are 35-36 or 40? May be in Pakistan, 40 is considered old enough to carry a cane instead of bat but in West - People at age of 40 play contact sports. It's not about how old you are. It's about how fit you are. These players do not gorge on Nihari and Paya or while stoned hit Joel Garner for a six (Waseem Raja - 1977) They are on strict diets and I bet Younis and Misbah can chase down any of you 18 year old.

  • on March 21, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    The debate isn't about whether or not Professor was out, because apparently under the new playing conditions he WAS out. The debate is about whether this rule makes sense or will open a Pandora's box. It is hard to tell under the circumstances whether or not the ball would have hit the stumps, so it can be questioned whether it is fair to penalize the batsman for something that may or may not have come off free of hindrance. Besides, things like aiming at the stumps by the fielders and approaching the stumps by the batsmen are practically reflexes. In all the cricket I have watched, I have rarely seen batsmen staying on one line. In fact, they have often been warned for running on the pitch. That being so, today's incident was unusual only in the end result.

  • Desihungama on March 21, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    No wonder it is always a Pakistani winning umpiring accolades. What a garbage umpiring. From what I have observed over the years, there is no over sight over the umpiring by BCCI. Now, really, we can't continue to call it ICC can we? Same old cats continuing with biased agendas and decisions. We can't play at home. We don't get visitors at home. When someone tries to visit, their ears are pulled. This is really getting bizzare. Why are we always playing against 12 or 13 sometimes?

  • on March 21, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Congratulation to Pakistan team for very important victory. Pakistan tour selectors have selected good side for this match. We should bring Asad Shafiq in place of Younus khan for next match. They have to field extremely good and they must improve their running between the wickets. SA get extra 35 runs by saving runs with their good ground fielding. Their batsmen add another 20 runs due to better running between the wickets. Pakistan batsmen should put their A game.

  • Flyroobin on March 21, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    Often, there shades of grey when it comes to some dismissals. 'Obstructing the field' decisions have to be based on decisively flagrant actions. Clearly, Hafeez's action was not glaringly flagrant. To say that he was, is the equivalent of saying (1) he has eyes at the back of his head and (2) when a batsman is clearly (and safely) nearing completion of a run, fielders can be cunning and hit the runner(s) when they are in the line of a throw and appeal for dismissal on grounds of "obstructing the field". Billy Bowden is a good and experienced umpire but this is not the first time his decision was below par as third umpire. There was another decision that he took against a Pakistani batsman in this serie that took several minutes. Did ICC remove phrases like "benefit of doubt" from Cricket's Thesaurus? Looks like they did or Bowden has none of that doubt that Hafeez has a back camera as efficient as smart phones. Either that,or there are more sides to Bowden's crookedness than his finger

  • on March 21, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Misbah has led from the front in this series so this is a good news for the team. He was going no where with his batting during the India series which was won purely by our bowling, so his coming to form is pleasant. As a captain, he is reactive in nature rather than proactive but going by our history, our most captains have been the same so as long as the good results are coming, we shouldn't be complaining. I still believe that keeping Misbah as the core of the team, we should be playing guys like Asad and Umar more often. Come the 2015 WC, Younis and most probably Misbah won't be around, so it would be better if we start blending in some youth in the batting now.I don't see an Umar Akmal or a Asad Shafiq doing any worse than Younis in ODIs. Atleast if played consistently, they would only get mature. As of now, I am really happy that our team is locked at 2-2 with SA, so congratulations to Misbah and team.

  • on March 21, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    Misbah and Imran Farhat have done the job again today. The old Man Misbah keeps Pakistanis alive. He might be old and started late bt he is doing better than many in difficult times when Pakistan cannot play cricket in their home town. Wining the 5th ODI will be icing on the cake. Good luck to Pakistani Team..

  • on March 21, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    I don't see a reason why people are going after Afridi today and comparing Misbah's calmness to Afridi's flamboyance. Both have different roles to play in the team and it is absolutely absurd to bash one of them if the other fails. Misbah's role is to bat at 5, anchor the innings, play the most number of overs which if he does, would allow him to get good runs. Afridi on the other hand has the role to go out there and score quick runs right from the outset which would of course result in non consistent performance. Bowling wise, Afridi's role these days is to contain the batsmen as Ajmal, Junaid and Irfan are doing the attacking work and Afridi is suppose to dry up the runs. Afridi the bowler is not upto the mark these days but since he is scoring these occasional runs so it is difficult to keep him out. If we can find a replacement allrounder who can provide the impetus in the end overs with the bat and bowl 8-9 overs, that would be great but till than Afridi is the goto guy.

  • on March 21, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    well played misbah ul haq...at last he is getting some runs with good pace..best wishes for both the teams for sunday

  • on March 21, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    @Khurram S Chaudhry: I can not believe that commentator missed a faint inside edge. Even I saw it in HD. How could they did not see it. BTW good call for umpire to gave that one out.

    Last thing, I would like to share is that I dont think that Hafeez saw the ball coming towards him. I could be by chance he changed direction to avoid being hit by the incoming throw.

  • on March 21, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Highlights of the match.....Irfan gets Amla out on the first bowl for a duck and then gets Ingram out the next bowl for a duck. Imran Farhat hits Steyn for a six... What a shot!!!!

  • on March 21, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    I think little cursing is ok, especially with the adrenaline rush and anger its all that makes a sport more entertaining. Steyn and M. Amir are still the best bowlers in my eyes. Respect!!

  • adarsh42 on March 21, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Very good low scoring match.In do or die match Pakistan won the match. Great team work of Pakistan made them keep in this series.SA supporter had a lot of expectation on Styen.But their expectation was ended when Farhat hit a six in the penultimate over of Styen.May be that six was one of the turning point of the match.Hope5th ODI will be an interesting match and everyone will enjoy that a lot.

  • mmuK on March 21, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    Well played Pakistan.i think for Sunday pak shud make 2 changes to finish the series on high bring in Nasir jamshed in place of younus and bring back gul for Wahab riaz

    I also hope to see some improvement in umpiring as a number of wides were clearly ignored In favour of SA

  • on March 21, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    I have noticed many Pak fans who are commenting in here are spontaneous and short tampered. A guy score runs and suddenly they want him to open but in reality the same guys kept saying that he should be dropped. I have noticed everyone cursing Misbah without having little or no knowledge of Cricket strategy! So i request all to pls grow up, try to learn rather than becoming professional and telling others what they should do. You dont know how to talk and try to teach others how to play!

  • HRZV on March 21, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    AB's captaincy throuhgout the ODI series has been very poor. His bowling changes and field placing doesn't create pressure on the oppositioin. He hasn't got a what is called a "cricketing brain". No doubt he is a very good batsman and an athelete.

  • on March 21, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Mercurial Pakistan does it again ! Well done Misbah & co. for terrific fight back and leveling the series 2-2. We must thank and appreciate the curators for preparing "easier pitches" in T20 & ODIs. For a change, the Proteas dropped few catches which helped Pakistan's cause coupled with dreadful captaincy decisions e.g. the Ingram over and persevering with out of form Smith. Fail to understand, why the exciting De Kock is not given chance ? * Hafeez's dismal : Why not use the Hawk eye technology to simulate the ball trajectory to ascertain if the stumps would have been hit ( similar to finalize/decide the LBW decisions ) ? Else amend the LBW rule TO GIVE BATSMEN OUT EVERY TIME HE DELIBERATELY PADS THE BALL (regardless of weather of the ball is destined for stumps or NOT) ????

  • PACERONE on March 21, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    De Villiers will one day learn because a law is in place marginal situations can be overlooked.Hafeez was not trying to protect his wicket from been hit.It looks good on him that he dropped an import chance and made the stupid decision to bowl Ingram.Watch them choke in the next game.

  • on March 21, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    razzaq,afridi and malik shoud be automatics for odi team,don't hate them for being good.

  • ameen786 on March 21, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Great Team work from pakistan,people who disrespect Misbah they are wrong for many reasons as follows, 1.PCB did not give Misbah chance when he was young. 2.Given Captaincy when the team was in trouble with spot fixing,Infighting among players and dirty politics. 3.Misbah played well under all the captain without any problems. 4.All senior players should be recognized for their team work during the difficult times in past 3 years like ,Afridi,Younis,Misbah,Gull,Ajmal,Kamran and Razzaq. 5.Cannot blame Dav what more and coaching staff if players does not perform. 6.former players like Mohsin Khan,Moin khan and Sarfaraz Nawaz should keep their mouth shut because during their times even they have lost matches. 7.Please include Good all rounders like razzaq in team to make middle order strong. 8 PCB if you are reading these comments Please start making team of 25 players for 2015 world cup i am sure under day what more we can win the world cup and get wasim Akram as our Bowling coach.

  • on March 21, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    HOT SPOT showed clear mark on AB dismissal. And no one from 1 sided tv commentators said anything. but in this article it was written as if AB was given wrong caught behind and if reviews left he would have been saved?

  • on March 21, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Imran Farhat made some runs but at times had no idea about some balls even after playing half a day but lucky enough for Pakstan n himself to help cross the line. Misbah played gem of a role and rescued Pakistan yet again. There is definitely some reprimand required for poor umpiring as the balls kept going miles high in the air but the poor souls couldn't figure out the height even while standing only a few yards from the other end. I think some investigation must take place on some non Asian umpires for a change and made public. Even the telecast should be checked about as they didn't even show a single replay of the first such bouncer that would've been a clear wide ball, however they could not hide it when that happened a few more times.

  • Krimson on March 21, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    So... the results of today's match suggests for the decider...

    1. Keep Farhat in place of Yunus.

    2. Bring back Gul in place of Riaz.

    3. Shoaib Malik is in his good touch and better match finisher than Umar Akmal

  • on March 21, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Misbah is playing really very well these days... nobody is noticing or giving credit to him but when will a bad innings comes.here comes the bombardment of critics that dont defend gr8 wall of king Misbah

  • on March 21, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Looking forward to the decider! Yay come Sunday!

  • on March 21, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    congratulations team Pakistan on their victory

  • dilscoop_uk on March 21, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Despite the "great innings" of Imran Farhat I am still not convinced by his batting and question his selection in the ODI, his average is poor with a pathetic Strike rate.

  • on March 21, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    I think De kock should be in the final 11.He has the ability to play his part as an opener.Also miss Albe Morkel.

  • on March 21, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Ok, here's what Pak needs to do. Drop Misbah and Farhat immediately. Especially Misbah, because he has already scored too many runs this series. Two half centuries per series is unacceptable. Afridi has entertained for year 2013 with his 88, so no need to score runs for the rest of the year. His spot is confirmed in the starting XI. Better yet, let's make him an opener. Hafeez is batting like a true Pakistani batsman, so he needs to continue as an opener. Shoaib Malik is finishing off too many run chases, let's drop him and bring Umar Akmal who will throw away his wicket as usual and never see off a chase. Younis Khan is a batting legend and needs to stay on until his bat is replaced by a cane.

  • Master_uv_Puppetz on March 21, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Poor umpiring from the SA umpire. So many wide (over the head) balls allowed :(

    Uh God, thanks to Nasir Jamshed's no-i-wont-make-my-place-in-the-team approach, Imran Farhat is set to play another few ODIs. :((((

  • on March 21, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    A good game that was sullied by some unsportsmanlike behavior and some truly horrendous umpiring by S George who really does need to get his eyes and over depth perception checked out for missing on a massive number of wide balls that sailed over the Pakistani batsman heads. It is sooo very very unfortunate that a series played in such good spirit has been spoiled by some silly behavior and umpiring.

  • wnwn on March 21, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Younis Khan is one of the best players in test cricket but one of the worst in ODI cricket with an average of only 31 after more than 250 ODIs!

  • on March 21, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Those who predicted this would be the last series for Misbah and Afridi. Top run getters so far are 1) Devilliers 272 2) Misbah 203 3) Amla 182 4) Afridi 126. OOPS!!!

  • aalkafi on March 21, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    Afridi - I don't understand people's crazy adulation for this consistent under performer. The way he is considered by many as one of the greats - is completely laughable. He may have already lost any value even for t20 matches; why so much fuss. The best thing that happened to Pak cricket in last few years is Misbah. I still believe it was a terrible mistake by selectors to make Afridi captain in the last world cup. This guy is so full of himself - evident the way he would show off after every scalp he got off of the minnow teams.

  • on March 21, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Pakistan outplayed south africa by a mile today, doesn't look like that on paper, but I tell you, it was a good performance. Hafeez was very unlucky, and I think if he didnt look back at the ball and just ran and dived, he may have made it. Irfan is going good. I hope pakistan doesn't caitualate in the Final match, Pakistan has a history of loosing 5th match deciders against SA. In 2006 at Home, we lost a decider chasing 200 odd in Lahore when it was 2-2 and we were winning game. In 2010 in Dubai we lost 2-2 decider chasing 320 odd. This time, i hope Pak can bat first, put on 300+ and go for the kill. SA is very vulnerable.

  • ArvindKejriwal_mfpatel810rediff on March 21, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Misbah and Farhat were ridiculed and made fun of when they were consolidating and playing as per situation. They were bieng called TUK TUK . Now see how Tuk tuk policy won a game

  • FaheemOilserv on March 21, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Decider team should be, Nasir , Hafeez , Kamran, misbha, Umer , Malik , Afridi, Gul, Saeed, Junaid, Irfan.If Gul is not fit then play Yunus.

  • on March 21, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Assad Ali and Ahmad shehzad must be given a chance

  • dariuscorny on March 21, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Farhat scoring runs(infact thrashing)shows weakness in SA's bowling which i hv observed in last 18 mnths with Kallis not featuring in the odi squad.signs of coming threat when Kallis retires completely..........

  • on March 21, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    When will Misbah drop Younus from the one-day playing eleven. Had Umer Akmal been given as many chances, surely would have done much better. It is about time that Younus Khan himself hangs his boots from the limited overs cricket! Umer Akmal is much more talented and suited this for this format of the game.

  • on March 21, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    What a truly pathetic bowling display by South Africa at the death. Why on earth bowl short and outside the off stump during the death overs? These guys are highly paid professionals who do nothing else but practice and play cricket. YORKERS, YORKERS, YORKERS!! I know of club cricketers who can bowl 5 yorkers per over. South Africa have lost many games as a direct result of their ability to NOT be able to bowl yorkers at the death. It's SO obvious - why can't the see it? Perhaps more importantly, why can't they DO it!! I'd even go so far as to say that we may well have beaten Pakistan today if we got more yorkers in at the end.

  • Kush58 on March 21, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    From a SA point of view, Kleinveldt and Mclaren bowled 11 wides between them which is what cost us in this match. Mclaren bowled 6 in his 8 overs. Not to mention the ones that they got away with; quite a few sailed over the batsmen's head and did not get called. Ridiculous. Two of them together in the team is too much of a risk/liability. Neither have convinced me in the international stage. Hope to get Morne Morkel back as soon as possible. And Kallis will be back for the big tournaments.

    @Huzaifa_345. Miller being dropped is in the article. May be you should read more carefully.

  • on March 21, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    what a performance by Pakistan.. especially IRFAN ,,, the big fellow... i love his bowling and today i like his fielding too.. but i am upset with SA .. i think that they can show some good manner to Hafeez...

  • Hira1 on March 21, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    I hope younis has the guts to retire from one day so that Asad Shafiq or Umar Akmal more deserving players get a chance, plus all praise to Misbah for another great innings, would be even nicer had he made a hundred.

  • on March 21, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    SA are closing a good series in bad taste, saw three instances today (1) Hafeez out, legal or not it was unsporting, AB had all three stumps to aim at Hafeez never came in front of stumps (2) Steyn and his language, he should realize there are kids watching the game (3) AB's bogus appeal in the end (off a bouncer) to avoid a wide. Never expected this from SA team

  • muhamd_rizwan on March 21, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    what a supplended game of cricket that was & Pakistan thoroughly deserved the victory. well paced inns by both Pak batsmen, well done Misbah & co. we are going to have another cracker in the Benoni 2 days later. Keep it up green shirts

  • FaheemOilserv on March 21, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Imran Farhat has now place in team the way he play this inning is just rubbish not a single short justified that he has the class and talent to play for Pakistan team. Hope to see Umer Akmal in for Yonus, Malik still is not a total failure.

  • Dishonored on March 21, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Weather forecast for Sunday is not good at all, chance of rain 40%. I hope weather stays clear through out the day. Inshallah.

  • on March 21, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Regarding that controversial decision of Hafeez; I don't have any reservations regarding the decision made by the umpire as it was in conjunction with the law but the interpretation still seems to be debatable. Also, IMO this asks for an interesting debate between the spirit of cricket and obeying the laws. In the last game, Amla wasn't mankaded on two occasions by Hafeez and Junaid as they just politely asked him to stay back in his crease and got on with the game. On the contrary when SA had their backs against the wall today, they chose to go upstairs with something that could have been ignored in the larger perspective i.e. sportsmanship. But again that is only my opinion and most of SA fans might disagree to that. Speaking strictly as a neutral cricket fan, I would like to see cricketers develop a little bit of sportsmanship. A little less of verbal abuse and more of letting go of such instances where a warning can do the job.

  • on March 21, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Pak team played superbly but I am still missing century of Misbah.

  • Dishonored on March 21, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    Very well played Pakistan specially Irfan, Junaid, Misbah and Farhat.=D Let us pray that they win the decider.

  • Dannymania on March 21, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    there was only one disappointment for me in this match.and that was Shahid afridi 'The LALA'.his bowling,batting and the fielding all were very disappointing to say the least.

  • on March 21, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Misbah played one of his best ODI knocks which was very well supported by Farhat who was/is under a lot of pressure from the fans doubting his position in the side so congrats to both of them. Overall it was a very good game of cricket with each side having its moments but I must say that I have been really disappointed by the attitude shown by the SA team. The true character of a player is on display specially when things are not going his way. Watching Steyn bad mouth Farhat was a disgusting thing to watch. He was cursing so openly that is was really embarrassing for people like us who are staunch supporters of a clean behavior from the players. He may be a good bowler but nobody is bigger than the game and he should learn that. On the contrary, it was magnificent to see the character shown by AB when chips were down at 0/2 and he led the way with his brave innings. Players should compete on the ground with their cricketing skills, not with how much one can abuse the other. Period!

  • roook on March 21, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Younis khan has a below par batting average preferring him over young player will not serve pakistan cause. Asad shafiq was given only one opportunity and deserve an opportunity to prove himself.

  • keptalittlelow on March 21, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Pakistan have lost two deciders in the recent past, against SA and England, please be third time lucky. This is not the time to ditch Yunus Khan, instead drop Wahab Riaz for Umar Akmal. M.Irfan, Junaid, Ajmal, Hafeez and Afridi can do the job, dont forget Malik is an off spinner too.

  • on March 21, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    I think it's time to replace Younis Khan with either Umar Akmal or Asad Shafiq.

  • sj55 on March 21, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Where are the Misbah bashers?

  • Huzaifa_345 on March 21, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Miller had an absolute dolly dropped by Farhat when he was only on 10/15 runs. I don't understand why Miss Moonda neglected to mention that. And the hot spot clearly detected an edge on DeVilliers's dismissal. So had he reviewed it he was still out! How could these points be missed in the report?

  • bouncer1021 on March 21, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Just can't beleive why Shoib Malik is in the team and leaving out Umer Akmal and Asad Shafiq. Time to bring in both and leave out Yonus and Shoib.

  • Surajdon9 on March 21, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Fantastic batting by Imran and King Misbah along with brilliant bolwing of pace duo Irfan & Junaid along with Spin trio.Congratulation Pakistan.All the best for Decider......

  • pauliangenius on March 21, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    A state of the art Pathetic Batting by Farhat... Pakistan could have finished this long ago... but we Pakistanis even make a havoc of chasing scores of 230 against a modest bowling attack barring Steyn

  • on March 21, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    well done team pakistan keep it up and wish u all the best 4 the next and final match

  • Crick_Expert on March 21, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Good game from both sides. We are missing J. Kallis in SA team. Younis should leave his place for young talented players. PAK TEAM showing in good form, please add Nasir Jamshed in place of Younis. and Abdul Rehman in place of Wahab R.

  • akkers5 on March 21, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Really good match. However, disappointed with DISGUSTING behaviour from STEYN. I had all the respect in the world for this guy who is competitive, agressive and hard working. But today through his on-field foul language he lost millions of his fans. I will never respect Dale Steyn again. He lost the match and lost countless of his fans. I think he should be fined heavily and his captain should be reprimanded as well for allowing him to continue. Steyn should have been red-carded. Cricket should be kept clean and there is no room for foul language on a cricket pitch especially when millions of young kids could be watching the match. ICC - get your finger out.

  • likeintcricket on March 21, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Pakistan just need to select the right combination on right tracks and they are competable in all format. I wish they had selected right team for the Test also ( they didn't take Irfan in the first and Rehman in the Second) and they could have won it too. Also if they had given enough practice time before Tests their batsman could have settled down and gave a tough fight. Now if they win the final ODI than the series can be called as even.

  • on March 21, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    This team still needs YK, atleast for another 2 years. Hes an asset to this team.

  • reason-galore on March 21, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    They need a lot of improvement still if they want to win the final ODI. They need to drop younis khan asap from the ODI squad. Other than muhammad hafeez, no batsman deserves to be in the team even though there were a couple of good performances. Misbah is too old and should make way after this series as we need to think about the next world cup which he won't be able to play due to age, or maybe he can, who know? Imran farhat was lucky today when he got chances and make a score today. He was the culprit in the first place that we were chasing 234 rather than 180 due to his pathetic fielding. Kamran akmal cannot keep or bat and needs to be replaced by his brother. Malik cannot bowl or bat even at lower order so what is the point in having him?? he is no rhodes if we think that his fielding deserves him a place. We need to look at the future and get younger batsmen in for the next world cup. Two years are left and they would need that amount of time to get settled in the team.

  • Crick_Expert on March 21, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    PAK should add Nasir Jamshed in place on Younis Khan in 5th.

    1)Imran Farhet 2)Kamran Akmal 3)Hafeez 4)Nasir Jamshed 5)Misbah 6)Sohaib 7)Afridi 8)Ajmal 9)Junaid 10) Irfan 11)Wahab/Rehman

    Younis Khan weak perfornace not deserve him in ODI/T20 team.

  • on March 21, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Younis Khan is so annoying. He must go for the sake of the team, unbelivable he thinks he is still able to play cricket. Afridi should stay at position 6 or 7.

  • a.syed81 on March 21, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Great win and all the credit should go to Misbah after our bowling. However, Younis should be shown the exit door now for good. He is wasting a spot in the batting line up and this place should belong to Umar Akmal. I'm dam sure he will do so much better then Younis if he get's to play 252 ODI's. Surly younis is the most pathetic player pakistan has ever produced in the middle order. Also keep Asad and if Malik doesn't finishes few games (as he did today, Good job Malik) then we will have Asad to replace him. Moreover, Nasir should be given more chances and should not be shadowed under this inning by Farhat. Yes, Farhat made 93 but it was not a confident inning by any means.

    Lastly so pleased to see we've found a great new bowling pair in form of Irfan and Junaid and also Raiz did well today. We need to give these guys more games and confidence. Comments?

  • on March 21, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Hafeez dismissal reflects the llack of sportsman spirit by south africa-the match has left a bad taste - They still lost the match!

  • on March 21, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    so concern about southafrica middle order they missed a budy like kallis and also i think johan botha and duminy

  • Papa_Tango on March 21, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Wait a minute: SA have an obstructing the field out, two 'blinders' catches and that is SA rotten luck? Really? I think not - it was Pakistan's bad luck....

  • ARFB on March 21, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    From cricinfo's live commentry "Imran Farhat is only batsman to hit Dale Steyn a SIX on this tour (Tests included)" Mazher Arshad, that is stunning...." & now Malik has hit a four to finish off things.I am looking for those eternal haters of Farhat & MAlik ,who always rant about young talent.If they would be in selection commitee of PCB then they would pick every teen age boy from streets of Pakistan & would throw him in international cricket instantly because of their staunch belief that Pakistan has world class talent & kids who are born with a bat & a bowl in their hand & kids in pak are genetically mutated to be a super cricketer. Farhat & Malik have shown that "PRACTICE MAKES A MAN PERFECT". Cricketers like Farhat & Malik dont deserve Pak team because their one off day would again start the rant of "YOUNG TALENT" "YOUNG TALENT" from Pak youth because they dont consider cricketers human, that they might have problems of their own in their personal lives.

  • on March 21, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    umar should come in for Younas.

  • MAHafeez on March 21, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    I last wrote that Imran Farhat should be in the team, & see the difference today. I am again saying that Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, and Anwar Ali should be part of the Pakistani Sqaud. Fawad Alam is the best fielder in Pakistan today. He can bat at any position and can bowl wicket taking overs - what more the team needs?

  • on March 21, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    good game of cricket, well played by pakistan particularly misbah, farhat & malik to cross the line. Good bowling by pakistan. good fielding but 1 drop catch by farhat has costed them loads and he made up for it in the end.

    Farhat was too slow, at start difference of ball-runs 65 & farhat consumed 51 more than what he scored.

    Though not a beautiful innings. got 2 half chances dropped by SA but in context of this game, getting some runs was good.

    Poor from younas, akmal. afridi didnt need to do that when game was in hand. Good innnings by misbah of 80 . certainly missed a 100 here. a soft shot to get out and wrong time to get out. game was in hand but his wicket has opened the gates.

    AB & miller batted very well. also some good runs by RP with tail made sure that it wil be good total but simply not enough runs. plus SA dropped 2 half chances off farhat.

  • PrasPunter on March 21, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    what a fantastic performance by Pak. I would like to see more such from them in tests and not just limited overs games. If at all they have a stable batting line-up , no doubt they will be the best test team from the sub-continent.

  • on March 21, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Another dismal SA performance...ah such is life u win some u lose some...what happened to the days when SA bowlers blasted out opposition...now we have losts of medium pacers bowling cutters and slower balls in the first 5 overs with the new ball...am i missing something here?

  • on March 21, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    what is pak doing. 1st farhat and now a run out of wahab...

  • on March 21, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    SA are getting away with wides. Whats wrong with the umpires.?

  • on March 21, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Irfan is slowly turning out to be the terror Pakistan was hoping for. This young man is bowling so well. Hope he becomes the backbone of their pace attack for some time. Time for Yunus to get a rocking chair. He is too old and rusty and unfit to play this game. Dump Yunus and give Akmal another chance. This kid can still make things fun and exciting, if he wants to.

  • on March 21, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    crazy move to promote afridi. now again in pressure pakistan. Malik & farhat have to do it.

  • on March 21, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    well played by misbah for his 80 and good partnership but wrong time to get out. may be trying too hard.

  • Ch_Mahmood_Pk on March 21, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    @Smahuta, ?? Get your facts right mate. When you look at the decisions against Pakistan players if there is any chance of given out it will be awarded.However, when we appeal there has to be conclusive evidence. I dnt care what you've heard, drivel? what is that anyway?

  • AK47_pk on March 21, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    @dark.matter. im just pointing pakistani fans mentality. I hardly heard anybody jumping up nd down from south afriqa.

  • on March 21, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Will Younis Khan retire now ?

  • ranaanees on March 21, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Misbah is not tuk tuk now, he is really playing a captain's knock. A seriousminded Misbah should be appreciated; nonserious so called professor must be condemned who plays only when he is captaining.

  • dariuscorny on March 21, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    SA are playing unpredictable cricket,just other day they posted mammoth 343,and today i know the pitch demanded more from batsmen,but still they believe they are the best team,they shud keep their self imposed faith.........

  • on March 21, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    what was AB doing to bring ingram on? 17 off over , a good over for pressure to let off

  • on March 21, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    @AK47_PK: i feel bad about what commentators said about the young junaid. about taking bails off or not is up to the bowler. But commentators never appreciated instead he was blamed for getting into head.

  • Dark.Matter on March 21, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    @AK47_pk......do you want a make shift keeper like ABD or an excellent keeper? Agree with you that both ABD and KA are avg. keeper. So, both should be criticized because I dont like make shift WKs, especially in longer versions of games like odi and test.

  • saabir786 on March 21, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    its raining sixes by Mishbah i cant believe what im seeing

  • Smahuta on March 21, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    What you saying about misbah now? Let the experienced players do their job and the know all supporters keep spouting drivel about who should and should not play, who can and cannot play.

  • on March 21, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    Imran Farhat is really giving Misbah a run for his money. Misbah will have to play very very slow to retain the title of tuk tuk.

  • Smahuta on March 21, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Why does nobody like Misbah? He is the only one who averages over 40 in the whole squad. The rate is not out of hand yet, and Pak on course to win this match easily.

  • AK47_pk on March 21, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Wahab bowled just 4 overs. Y didnt they add an extra batsman if they were not going to give him ball? Very poor stuff from misbah nd whatmore.

  • AK47_pk on March 21, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Look at the catch ab just drop. Had it beem kamran, we all wudve been jumping up nd down.

  • on March 21, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    time 2 accelerate score because required rate is 6

  • AK47_pk on March 21, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    @khurram. Perhaps its time to play with same rules as others playing with? Y junaid didnt took off the bails when amla was backing up? These are not practice matches nd we shud take benefits of all the rules like other do. ICC wont give pakistan fair play award no matter how good they behave in a cricket match.

  • AK47_pk on March 21, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    Reason y misbah keep playing yunis nd malik is cuz they get out cheaply nd misbah scores bit more than them. This way no one question his place nd keep going on nd on about yunis nd malik. Misbah place will be questioned once yunis nd malik gone . Clever stuff by tuk tuk

  • ranaanees on March 21, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Imran farhat is far better a batsman than Hafeez. It would have been better if Pakistan had dropped Hafeez instead of Nasir Jamshed or Hafeez should have been demoted to number seven promoting Afridi to some higher number

  • Temuzin on March 21, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Pak always has good bowling attack. Its their batting which makes them lose. If only they get two world class batsmen, they will become a great team.

  • saabir786 on March 21, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    younis gone i was praying for that now i hope farhat get out early otherwise he will be in the side for rest of his life

  • on March 21, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    time for imran farhat to make up for the drop catch. that catch has proved so vital in this game. after playing 51 balls and scoring 19 imaran has to bat through out the innings and make some runs,

  • Assasinator_007 on March 21, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    44/3 in 15.3 overs.

    Misbah doing what he is best at!!! Block Block Block Block and building pressure.

  • on March 21, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    poor from younas. farhat is also too slow and run rate creeping up. this is not the pitch for a 88 off 48 ball for afridi.

    Well according to new conditions no matter why course changed hafeez was out.

    1 thing i would like to mention according to new rules a bowler can be ruled out while backing up. in last game junaid aborted his delivery but didnt do that. Whereas he could have run him out. The tv commentators said that he was trying to get into amla's head instead of appreciating junaid.

  • Smahuta on March 21, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    @Ch_Mahmood_Pk That is the biggest load of drivel I have read here for some time, and that is saying something. Why is it that you feel everyone is against you? Your biggest wicket taker is allowed to basically chuck the ball down the wicket. The law was changed to allow those balls being delivered, still think its all against Pakistan?

  • saabir786 on March 21, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Pak need some drastic changes in selections , their select tried and tested ageing failures. Misbah is a very very defensive player and captain. the coach whatmore is no better i know him when he was coach of bangladesh he has a negative mindset. Sunil gavaskar did not allow him to become the coach of india due to his defensive and negative approach, they choose Gary kirsten over whatmore. mishbah and co is taking the side nowhere, no vision, not invested in youth, no upcoming young players emerging. pak needs drastic changes

  • Crick.lover on March 21, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    No excuses please. If you change direction and get in the way of the throw, you are out! Like the law or not, it is in the rules and you have to play to them.

  • on March 21, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Pakistan have very good bowling resources... They are lacking skill with their batting.. They lack consistency. They need few young players with good technique and temperament.

    One of the biggest mistakes by Pakistan is the removal of Umar Akmal from the team. What a wonderful player he is!

    Unless they bring in a few changes to the existing line up, it will be a day dream for them even to think of the top 4 positions in the world cup 2015....

  • salmann810 on March 21, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    We should accept it rather than debate.Hafeez did change his line and was given out rightly.If he wouldn't have change the line he would have been most definitely out...But really, Hafeez was the only batsman we depended on in a present team.But still match is not over lets see...and if we feel unfair judgments etc than we should play a match where no body gets the chance against us.We all know that we dont have good batting line up so dont blame umpires please..

  • Captainman on March 21, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    That's the best all-rounder in the world for you :) great figures and way to get out :)

  • AK47_pk on March 21, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Nd out goes misbah, s friend yunis khan. Keep blocking young talent misbah. Well done for ruinig odi team with ur pathetic selction of who plays nd who warm benches.

  • saabir786 on March 21, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Really hard to believe that Umar and nasir dropped . nasir did not perform in 3 games and Umar in 1 games aginst India and they are droppe. mallik , younis and farhat i cant remember when they play any match winning inning.

  • wrenx on March 21, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    We can get past Hafeez's dismissal - yes, he altered his path and ran on the pitch and was technically out, that much is clear. But let's not kid ourselves that batsmen from any other country would be given out in similar circumstance.

  • saabir786 on March 21, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    younis and Farhat is palying like the test match. both are already dropped once. this is the worst batting order i have seen in modern game, all the top 7 are in their 30,s. the ageing and very very slow batsman barring perhaps afridi no batsman is capable of playing international odis

  • gr8asad84 on March 21, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Also I'm pretty much unsure about what kind of player is Imran Farhat...Nasir Jamshed is a far better player... I think we should give consistent chance to Nasir Jamsheaid

  • on March 21, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    There is no place for Misbah, Younus, Shoaib, Afridi in playing 11. How many times Younus has to be tested. He has performed badly over years. See his batting average in one-day Internationals. Is Shoaib a batsmen/bowler/allrounder?

  • gr8asad84 on March 21, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    whats the definition of changing the line....I suggest they should now mark physical lines on the track for batsman guidance....Its redicoulus changes in law in recent times of the game...it seems all against Pakistan...especially 5 fielder in circle means no room for spiner as always their is 1 boundry left open

  • Biohazard7279 on March 21, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Hafeez clearly altered his path to obstruct the throw. He started off the pitch, yet the ball hit him in front of the stumps. Yes, he could not see the ball, but he knew where the throw would go, therefore he deliberately ran towards the stumps hoping not to get run out. If the same happened with a South African batsman, he would've been given out as well, so please stop thinking that the rules or umpires are biased against the Pakistanis

  • Smahuta on March 21, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    @ĂĤmấd Hämïď You watched the replay but you obvioously do not know the laws if you still think he was not out. Can you honestly say that he did NOT alter the course of his run?

  • Ch_Mahmood_Pk on March 21, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Against PAKISTAN, All the umpires are sat with the rule book open, exploring new ways of being out. Like Ive said many times before we dont just play South Africa and other teams, we play against opposition, umpires, audience, our own nation and the rest of the world. No cricket in pakistan and still our players come out to perform with hope. WELL TEAM PAKISTAN, In our most difficult era you give us hope. And still we are an exciting team to watch / follow. Pakistan Zindabaad!

  • on March 21, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Agreed Surly, Smith must be replaced with Q de Kock. Henry Davids needs to be given a chance. Alphonse Thomas has consistently performed well as a death bowler, and I rate him better than Mclaren or Kleinveldt. No matter from which angle I look at it, I still can't understand why Vernon Philander is not in the ODI squad! As far as this match is concerned, SA can only defend this small total if they get wickets. The past three matches have demonstrated that you cannot contain Pakistan with a low run rate, they have too many aggressive batsmen.

  • wrenx on March 21, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Tsotsobe has bowled nothing but bad balls and rubbish balls this entire series, but Pak batsmen keep finding ways to gift him wickets. Completely ridiculous, I doubt any decent batting lineup would ever make him look so good.

  • Smahuta on March 21, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    For all the Pakistan supporters feeling victimised by the Hafeez decision, go look at Law 37, then look at the replay again. Then come back here and tell me he should not be out.

  • Smahuta on March 21, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Regardng the Hafeez dismissal. He started the second run on the other wicket. He finished the run in front of the stumps. It doesnt matter if he was looking at the ball when it hit him, he deliberatly moved to get in line of the throw. Dont blame the 3rd umpire or the SA team for appealing, blame Hafeez for running in front of the ball, you cannot do this anymore, this rule is for everyone, not just Pakistan. Correct decision by the umpire here, if it was an SA batsman who deliberatly run in front of the ball like that he would have been given out as well.

  • SurlyCynic on March 21, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Guys Hafeez clearly changed his direction of running and obstructed the throw. You can't do that under the new rules so no point moaning. Pakistan should still get to this small target.

  • on March 21, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    stay on crease plz...... just wait fr lose ball

  • on March 21, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    veryyy pooor decision. shaaame on u shaame on u even watching from the tv replaying it u give wrong decision shame on u

  • on March 21, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    Why Misbah, Shoaib, Younus, Afridi part of the team. According to me they have no place in team.

  • uk2009 on March 21, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Three pakistanis and one Indian have been given 'Obstructing the field'. what a shame for the pakistanis?

    1 Rameez Raja Pakistan England Lahore, Pakistan November 1987 2 Mohinder Amarnath India Sri Lanka Ahmedabad, India October 1989 3 Inzamam-ul-Haq Pakistan India Peshawar, Pakistan 6 February 2006 4 Mohammad Hafeez Pakistan South Africa Durban, South Africa 21 March 2013

  • kingspakistan on March 21, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Dont know why rules only apply when Pakistan plays. Remember Inzi given out 2 times. Once left the crease trying to evade the bowlers throw.

  • Joe-car on March 21, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    @SaadRocx_ Nothing wrong with the call, mate. Hafeez cynically and knowingly obstructed the field when he was caught ball-watching. That should have been a comfortable two runs.

  • shrastogi on March 21, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    If Hafeez's dismissal is the new interpretation of law then its plain simple ridiculous. How can a batsman be given out when the ball is not visible to him ? Please lets not have such ridiculous laws which make mockery of the game and the fielding side looks pretty ordinary appealing to get a ridiculous decision.

  • Baber_Baloch on March 21, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    very bad decision for Hafeez ..poor call from SA ..even u can not win..........shame shame......if same happen for pak then there no rule

  • SaadRocx on March 21, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    OMG this is ridiculous..from 3rd Umpire..giving Hafeez Out!

  • on March 21, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Hope Afridi bats well today again

  • SuperSharky on March 21, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Brilliant bowling by Mohammed Irfan and the Pakistani supporting bowlers. He had the Proteas on the back-foot from the start. Also unusual to see the brilliant keeping from Kamran Akmal. Definitively one of his better games behind the stumps. And an excellent batting partnership from AB and Miller. They surely drag the Proteas back into contention for this game. But I don't know yet if that will be enough. So far, surely an entertaining match.

  • gsingh7 on March 21, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    134 runs too many for pak. thay cud chase it down if they use 20 overs and 5 wickets from 5th match , in advance.

  • on March 21, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    defensive approach from misbah resulted in s.a. recovery..he didnt call for his striker bowler muhammad irfan when s.a. batsmen were going through recovery stage..and strange that though wahab riaz bowled superbly today but he was given only four overs..and one over for each irfan and junaid gone wasted..

  • dmqi on March 21, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Will AD of SA win against 5 Pak bowlers and 11 fielders , 6 batsmen ? we will find out soon. If so, Misbah, Younus, Malik has to make room for the youngers.

  • on March 21, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    mishbah ul haq is one of most defensive captains i have ever seen!!after taking 4 wickets i did not see any attacking fielding n bowling attach frm him..he was just waiting to fall of wickets rather taking wickets!!! again failed to all out SA!!

  • SurlyCynic on March 21, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Good partnership from AB and Miller, pity they got out when they did as both can clear the boundary at the end. It's really time for Smith to be replaced by De Kock now, watching him scratch around in ODIs is painful.

  • on March 21, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Junaid and Irfan are the best combo .... Dont now why they are not playing TEST cricket..... Future of Pak .... I love PAK's bowling attack

  • salmann810 on March 21, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    I dont understand the criteria for pakistani selection of team.if wahab reaz dont perform infact makes record of poor performance he gets the chance in another match just coz pak won the match but if Asad shafiq dont perform in single match he gets drop off..i agree that is the only reason for getting so old talented players like irfan, ajmal tanveer....We can only pray that the selectors who ever captain or coach do the selection sincerely..

  • on March 21, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    very good total. Considering pakistan's inconsistency and weakness in batting, this is very much good total. Pak will have to bat really well again.

    Thanks to imran farhat for poor catching. that drop of miller has damaged much. miller drop on 9 partnership was 21 and that benefitted . he scored 67 and partnership of 115. wonder what imran farhat might be thinking.

    well played by AB & Miller.

    Well bowled by pakistan but their fielding has damaged them.

    Irfan started well, junaid did well as well. good bowling/fielding effort ( apart from 1 catch)

  • on March 21, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Misbah and management did exactly what I was scared of, drop nasir... really... Imran Farhat....

  • JACK.SPARROW on March 21, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    it's still too huge total for Pakistan to chase.......

  • ArvindKejriwal_mfpatel810rediff on March 21, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    It is obvious SA have recovered now and posted score good enough for Pakistan to fail.

  • on March 21, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    153/4; drop costed loads. Miller was dropped at 9. added about 58 . and 93 added in big partnership .

    farhat will have to score that much.

  • on March 21, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    PCB's aim is to give a heartburn to fans. And they simply do this by team selection. Well done PCB!!! It would be better to have 11 shoaib maliks or imran farhats in the team. Drop Irfan, Junaid and Ajmal as well. There is no place for them. Bring in more 2nd class players like Hafeez and give them test captaincy..

  • Syed_imran_abbas on March 21, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    I am sick of Misbah's own dislikings.. How can u drop a guy in ur team with highest avg (Jamshed)? how can u drop a guy with highest ranking and better avg n strike rate than all of ur others (Umar Akmal)? why do u need so many spinners in side? the guys u r playing all hav avgs between 22 to 32.. how can u expect them to chase a score of even 250? Pakistan next odi series of deserving players should be : (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Ahmad Shahzad (3) Hafeez (4) Asad Shafeeq (5) Umar Akmal (6) haris Sohail (7) Mohammad Rizwan "wk" (8) Afridi/ajmal/rehman/Raza hassan (9) Anwar Ali (10) Junaid Khan (11) Irfan

  • on March 21, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    This is crazy, malik and younus must be replaced by umar akmal and nasir jamshed, the selectors are stupid. they are killing youth. this is why ajmal and irfan came so late into the team. there is no place for misbah either. Misbah is a test playe.

  • Resultpredictor on March 21, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    AB is playing match winning innings today. No Pakistan bowler is troubling AB, he is scoring freely.

  • on March 21, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    same old story.. a simple drop and already costing pakistan.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on March 21, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    how many spinners misbah need here in SA. how many wickets spinners have taken in series so far? and thansk God billy bowden in not a field umpire today.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on March 21, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    how many more years of international cricekt to take such a catch. such a poor effort by farhat. he is pain to watch every time he plays. i am so glad that gul is infit. its a blessing in desguise. and for goodnes sake please play umar akmal in place for shoaib malik.

  • on March 21, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    AB Devilliers wickets is more important than all 4 gone SA is still in the game

  • on March 21, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    good start by pakistan in 10 overs 38/4.

    Hope misbah keep pressure on this time and use ajmal early on. need to change bowling and not let them settled.

  • on March 21, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    I just can't believe that Pakistan dropped Jamshid and decided to still keep Shoaib Malik in the side. Who is the one selecting the 11 players ????

  • on March 21, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    i think pakistan should have included umar for younas/malik.

    2 wickets of 1st 2 balls by irfan. let us see how many overs he bowl today. his fitness is a concern.

    Pak must reduce SA to 200-230 to chase it.

  • on March 21, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    i think pakistan should have included umar for younas/malik.

    2 wickets of 1st 2 balls by irfan. let us see how many overs he bowl today. his fitness is a concern.

    Pak must reduce SA to 200-230 to chase it.

  • on March 21, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    I just can't believe that Pakistan dropped Jamshid and decided to still keep Shoaib Malik in the side. Who is the one selecting the 11 players ????

  • on March 21, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    good start by pakistan in 10 overs 38/4.

    Hope misbah keep pressure on this time and use ajmal early on. need to change bowling and not let them settled.

  • on March 21, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    AB Devilliers wickets is more important than all 4 gone SA is still in the game

  • Syed_imran_abbas on March 21, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    how many more years of international cricekt to take such a catch. such a poor effort by farhat. he is pain to watch every time he plays. i am so glad that gul is infit. its a blessing in desguise. and for goodnes sake please play umar akmal in place for shoaib malik.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on March 21, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    how many spinners misbah need here in SA. how many wickets spinners have taken in series so far? and thansk God billy bowden in not a field umpire today.

  • on March 21, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    same old story.. a simple drop and already costing pakistan.

  • Resultpredictor on March 21, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    AB is playing match winning innings today. No Pakistan bowler is troubling AB, he is scoring freely.

  • on March 21, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    This is crazy, malik and younus must be replaced by umar akmal and nasir jamshed, the selectors are stupid. they are killing youth. this is why ajmal and irfan came so late into the team. there is no place for misbah either. Misbah is a test playe.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on March 21, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    I am sick of Misbah's own dislikings.. How can u drop a guy in ur team with highest avg (Jamshed)? how can u drop a guy with highest ranking and better avg n strike rate than all of ur others (Umar Akmal)? why do u need so many spinners in side? the guys u r playing all hav avgs between 22 to 32.. how can u expect them to chase a score of even 250? Pakistan next odi series of deserving players should be : (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Ahmad Shahzad (3) Hafeez (4) Asad Shafeeq (5) Umar Akmal (6) haris Sohail (7) Mohammad Rizwan "wk" (8) Afridi/ajmal/rehman/Raza hassan (9) Anwar Ali (10) Junaid Khan (11) Irfan