South Africa v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Benoni

De Villiers special takes South Africa to series win

The Report by Firdose Moonda in Benoni

March 24, 2013

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South Africa 208 for 4 (De Villiers 95*, Behardien 35, Irfan 2-38) beat Pakistan 205 (Akmal 48, McLaren 3-32) by six wickets
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Ryan McLaren struck twice in the over before the batting Powerplay, South Africa v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Benoni, March 24, 2013
AB de Villiers was the hero, but Ryan McLaren, too, played a significant role by dismissing Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, and Misbah-ul Haq © AFP

AB de Villiers racked up his third half-century of the series, in which he also scored a hundred, to guide South Africa to victory in their chase in Benoni with six overs to spare, sealing a 3-2 win for the hosts. De Villiers put in his best all-round performance in the decider, as he manned his chargers well and anchored the chase, albeit a modest one.

South Africa closed out the series largely due to Pakistan's inability to do the same, rather than being dominant. Apart from de Villiers' knock, the game changed in the space of four balls in the Pakistan innings when Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi both succumbed softly in the 35th over bowled by Ryan McLaren and abandoned the captain and lower order to nothing more than hope.

Malik and Afridi were guilty of poor shot-selection, they undid the work done by the batsmen before and left the lower order too much to do. They also did little justice to Pakistan's initial recovery after they found themselves in early trouble at 31 for 2 inside the first 10 overs.

Dale Steyn delivered a classic delivery to remove Mohammad Hafeez for the sixth time on this tour and take his 100th ODI wicket. Hafeez was forced to play at one that angled into him and then straightened and was caught at second slip. Imran Farhat followed shortly afterwards. After being worked over by Morne Morkel's awkward bounce, he edged a standard Lonwabo Tsotsobe delivery through to de Villiers.

An under-pressure Younis Khan had Kamran Akmal to thank for buying him some time and the pair built the best stand of the innings. Kamran peppered the area through point frequently to keep the score moving. Younis eventually settled and also brought up his 7000 ODI runs. The pair put Pakistan in a good position, but could not build on it.

Having slog-swept Robin Peterson for six successfully and with his half-century looming, Kamran tried it again but top-edged to hand a catch to McLaren. Two overs later, Younis mowed part-timer Farhaan Behardien to midwicket where Hashim Amla timed his jump to end what has been a lean series for Younis.

Shoaib Malik and Misbah combined to a produce a similar recovery in which they targeted Peterson and tried to be more conservative against the seamers. They stand grew to 47 when Malik did the inexplicable. He chipped a McLaren offcutter to midwicket to give Behardien catching practice. What Afridi did was even worse. He saw off two balls before picking the right one to pull but he singled out the fielder at deep square leg as well. With that, Pakistan's aims of reaching a competitive target ended.

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  • South Africa's 3-2 win is their fourth ODI series triumph at home since the start of 2010. They have won three series by a margin of 3-2 and lost one each against Australia and New Zealand.
  • AB de Villiers' series aggregate of 367 runs is the highest ever in a five-match series in South Africa and the third-highest overall in South Africa.
  • De Villiers' tally in the series (367 runs) is his highest ever in a bilateral series and the second-highest overall behind the aggregate in the 2007 World Cup (372 runs in ten matches).
  • De Villiers' average of 50.38 is the third-highest among batsmen with 5000-plus ODI runs. He is one of the two batsmen (Viv Richards the other) in the group to boast an average greater than 40 and a strike rate (93.12) greater than 90.
  • Ryan McLaren's 3 for 32 is his second-best bowling performance against Pakistan and the fourth-best overall. Since the start of 2013, he has picked up 18 wickets at an average of 19.00.
  • South Africa's win is seventh in eight ODIs in Benoni. Their only loss at the venue came against Sri Lanka in 2002 when the visitors won by seven wickets.

McLaren scooped a third wicket for two runs when Misbah edged a slower ball, and Morkel pitched one up to have Saeed Ajmal playing on. Pakistan lost four wickets in 30 balls for 11 runs and it was left to the tail to get them to just over 200.

If they had any ambitions of defending that, they needed to make early inroads. In the first 11 overs, both Quinton de Kock and Colin Ingram played on to put the match back in the balance. Pakistan could have tipped the scale their way when Junaid Khan drew a thick outside edge from de Villiers, who was on 1, but Younis spilled a regulation chance.

De Villiers did not need a second invitation. He outplayed an uncertain looking Hashim Amla, who struggled against Ajmal and Afridi to underline the difficulties of the surface. Amla's scratchy 22 off 65 balls ended when he skied Mohammed Irfan while going for the pull.

As if to bellow out his intent not to give up, de Villiers hit the Afridi for six over long-on in the next over and there was little to stop him from there. He did not rely on too many big shots but ushered Behardien, and later David Miller, through tricky periods to seize control.

De Villiers' only jaw-dropping stroke was the deft guiding of an Irfan delivery between gully and backward point with an open-faced bat. The rest of innings was about grind, as expected on a pitch with inconsistent bounce. Even though runs were not free-flowing, his half-century came off 53 deliveries, he maintained a strike rate of over 80 and he took his average above 50 in ODIs.

Importantly, de Villiers seemed to settle in his treble role as captain, senior batsman and permanent wicket-keeper and that may be the most valuable thing South Africa take from their series win. They will also take heart from being able to triumph in a must-win situation. Pakistan cannot say the same. Since 2002, they have not won a deciding match in an ODI series and have never beaten South Africa in a bilateral ODI series.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 25, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

Hafeez number 2 ranked all-rounder lool!!

Posted by shujaatkhan on (March 25, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

My suggestions for PCB for the preparation of upcoming world cup, Pakistan selectors should reserves the Misbah and Younis for test matches only and Afridi forT20 only, make Hafeez a captain for T20 and ODI and Misbah can keep the captaincy for tests, appoint Waseem Akram as a bowling coach to refine Irfan, Junaid, Sohail Tanveer and Umar Gul, appoint Inzy for bating coach, kick out Akmal brothers totally and get Sarfraz as a wicket keeper and batsman.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 25, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

Can someone please tell the selectors that pace is not everything. Please tell them that there is one Mr.Sadaf Hussain, Rahat Ali, Bilawal Bhatti, Asad Ali, M.Rameez, who have been performing consistently at the First class level.

You can check players like Glenn Mcgrath, Vernon Philander, Kapil Dev etc who have always been medium pacers but have been very destructive with their bowling, they have been match winners. You also have many as mentioned above.

Also time to move beyond Younis Khan, Misbah, Kamran, Mallik, I.Farhat, Gul, W.Riaz, M.Sami, S.Tanvir and start bringing in younsters like Harris Sohail, Ahmed Shehzad, Jamshed, Asad Shafiq etc and persisting with them.


Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 25, 2013, 16:04 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

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

Gul, W.Riaz & M.Sami are at the bottom of the FC table. How do they keep getting selected ?


Posted by dariuscorny on (March 25, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

AB was not uncertain either coz he was hopping against seamers but coz of wrong field settings he was spared ,a chance was offered off Riaz but the fielder was too wide of third man...and what else can be said about Younus khan,man had dropped a dolly,u need to stick to catches when u r defending a small target.........

Posted by cooldxve on (March 25, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

@ Bilal Raza

That was the match after which I started hating Afridi's batting. Pakistan were on the verge of winning the series, but Afridi, as always threw his wicket away. He will never change. He played 300+ ODIs but is still an amateur.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

Pakistan cricket needs selectors who can select players like razzaq , Akmal and not Afridi ., Malik and Younis Khan.

Posted by Pathiyal on (March 25, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

never imagined that the dropping of AB at slips by Younus will cost them this match! in totality both teams had their say in the series but it is SA who prevailed finally, credits to their bowlers and batsmen and more importantly 'the captain' who lead from the front.

Posted by Gareth_Bain on (March 25, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

@Rhygwyn: "Miller, Ingram and Behardien lack the technical proficiency so often the hallmark of Test players." This! But at least Du Plessis and Duminy will be back so it won't be quite so bad...

Posted by Rhygwyn on (March 25, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

Similar to Oz vs SA Test series s a few months ago, where was Oz when Clarke didn't bat brilliantly? They struggled. Where will SA be when AB struggles? While the performances looked encouraging the overall batting is still highly inexperienced, brittle and several batsmen Miller, Ingram and Behardien lack the technical proficiency so often the hallmark of Test players. If SA comes up on a tough track in a Championship game and AB/Amla fails then it goes down to being a 50/50 lucky packet outcome again. This series should have the alarm bells ringing.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

Pakistan had already lost the series against SA when they had selected Afridi in the One Day Squad. The only reason Pakistan won against India in India was the exclusion of Afridi. It is not the first time that Afridi has cost us the series against South Africa. I remember watching the 5th ODI on 29th October 2007 between Pakistan vs South Africa in Gadafi stadium where we came on the verge of defeating South Africa in series decider when Afridi came in and threw his wicket away in his attempt to hit a six, exposing tail and causing dramatic collapse eventually losing the match and the series by 14 runs. Our selectors have definitely proved time and again that Afridi is above the country's prestige. Younis Khan is another player who has consistently failed to score in ODIs. Despite his repeated failures in back to back 4 ODIs, he is not dropped. Haris Sohail could easily replace him but selectors are sticking with old brigade because they're somehow closer to selectors' age.

Posted by cooldxve on (March 25, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

A world class all-rounder Azhar Mahmood did not get a fair chance in the Pakistan team because of Shahid Afridi, a gully class all-rounder. And now see how Azhar is performing in all the leagues around the world. Abdul Razzaq has been another victim of Shahid Afridi's continuous selection. And now I think that the same is going to happen with Hammad Azam, Anwar Ali etc. For how long is it going to happen? How many more talents are going to be sacrificed for him? Even Abdur Rehman will be a better choice than Afridi. He is a better spinner than Afridi and he can also score some handy runs.

Posted by NoorusSabbahKhan on (March 25, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

Any chance we get Mohammad Amir back or find another killer bowler like him again by the next world cup? I cant forget that wonderful bowling spell of his, when he sent 5 Aussies batsmen back to the pavilion in a single over.

Posted by adeelicap on (March 25, 2013, 8:06 GMT)


talking about hafeez, he is utility player he can have good bowling option alwsy for captain, u forget our full time batsmen (so call, even they are not quarter)

imran farhat, YK (great), malik Sahab (no single boll in whole series),

Posted by alwaysroyal on (March 25, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

The 5th ODI was very disappointing as per Pakistan Team effort is concerned. They were in a very good position but careless shots while batting and letting down catches while bowling made them to pay the price. Shahid Afridi is a total waste and needs to be sacked permanently. Younis Khan dropping AB Deviliers and Kamran Akmal missed stumping Hashim Amla was a gift to SA to win the series. Pakistan has wonderful talent but lacks a quality captain.

Posted by adeelicap on (March 25, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

@ waqarahmed

if misbah retire, there is no body in the team who can play the whole 50overs in odi and 30-35 in test match, freind please think before commenting, please have little knowledge about game of cricket.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

thats what happened when you give chances to worlds best batsman. Rubbish from pakistan and rightly said they have themselves to blame. some poor shots and soft dismissals have let them down.

Kamran akmal was getting too impatient , may be younas has a hand in it as he was going to slow at other end. Younas is terribly out of form. malik had soft dismissal. and afridi was so poor. 15 overs remaining and he just got in. he will never understand and his 1 off innings of 88 will give him a card to play next 20 matches. he is neither a bowler these days. havent taken any wicket in last 7 odis.

younas dropped AB on 1 and he piled on match winning 95.

i think its time to do some changes. Jamshed should open with Kamran ( if he is in. though we need another batsman keeper) hafeez should come down. Instead of younas & malik bring in umar/asad/haris.

misbah had good series and if he is in team then he can play anchor role in middle.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

I dont read much into these results. Both teams havent found their combinations yet. SA seeing a few performances from newbees but nothing concrete. The only thing that is clear is that AB, Amla, Steyn need to be in the team. Major concerns with opening and tops order. Kallis should settle those concerns. Hopefully De Kock and add some value in the middle order but we have shown how frail our batting line up is in both the Pakistan and NZ tours. On the bowling front we lack a decent spinner and support for Steyn. Morkel is rubbish and the others really not of international standard.

Pakistan batted themselves into a coma with Younus Khan. Still wondering why Umer Akmal and a few other didnt play. Wahab has pace but cant out fox a batsman. Afridi bowling was terrible and his batting only looks good when it comes off. Was really hoping Jamshed performed in the prior matches.

Anyway on to the Champ Trophy

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

Firstly Many Congratulations to team SA for winning the TEST and ODI's Series overwhelmingly, Team Pakistan had a few rising years between 2009 - 2011 but lately have come of age which is not bad as the old make way for the new, Quite a heartbreaking for any Pakistani fan as we have left everything we do and stuck to watching our side bieng beaten so badly by the perhaps strongest opposition in World cricket, SA : Top 2 Best Batsmen, Best Bowler , best Fielding side EVER !! even their Rookies are Best Rookies, PAK : No Batsmen in any top 10, Bowlers do their job always, Fielding ALWAYS dissappoints, and the issue is Pakistan never do their homework, Selection should change to some fresh blood, Specially our Captain, Hats OFF to your hard work and a great revival that you have given us specially the memorable English whitewash in Dubai will always be remembered. But its time you become our Coach and guide the new boys to be the best in the Business !! HARD LUCK Team Pakistan !

Posted by DINESHCC on (March 25, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

ROOOK: Afridi is not a senior citizen, but he is an once in blue moon hitter. This Younis Khan and Misbah should take retirement from ODIs and concentrate only on tests. Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal should play all formats of cricket for Bangladesh and not for Pakistan

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (March 25, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

sad part is that paksitna not gave single opurutnity to anohter spinner ...ajmal already proved as ordinaly bowler agianst batsman who understood ajmals trick..same thing is gong to happen to ajmal in comeing days..every one will analyse his trick and thrash him aroiund... pak must develop an aurthodex spinner who really can spin ball..depending on ajmal on non spinning UAE pitch is big stupidity... he cnat delvier in australia or england ..

Posted by BellCurve on (March 25, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

As wicketkeepter, AB has played 47 ODIs, scored 2546 runs, at an phenomenal average of 79.56 and SR of 99. In Tests, as wicketkeeper, he has accumulated 1019 runs at an average of 50.95. At this rate, he will soon overtake Andy Flower and Adam Gilchrist and be widely regardest as the finest wicketkeeper-batsman of all time.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

I am not a cricket guru. But I was really disappointed by the performance of PAK team in the final match. I do not understand why Afridi and Yunus in in PAK team where they are consistently flop in this One Day series. Why PAK team always depends on the OLD horses? why not trying Umar Akmal or any all rounder like Hamad Azam. How long these old non performing players will be in PAK team? Hafeez should dropped in every match playing against Dale Styne. That will save at least 1 wicket for PAK. Look at all other teams in the world except PAK, young good players are coming out from every nation. Does Pakistan really have young generation players that they will represent them in future? This present team will be really on trouble in Champions Trophy 2013 in England unless some major changes are done. Zunaid & Irfan both are excellent fast bowlers. PAK should regularly play them. Dave Whitmore should really look in to develop batting skills of PAK batsman.

Posted by getsetgopk on (March 25, 2013, 4:29 GMT)

Looking back at the game it would seem as if the priority wasn't winning but loosing. Bating isn't their strong suit but they somehow scraped around 200 and mind you they did fight well to get to that total. But with a 200 total they were just in it with no room for mistakes. Younus khan's drop made sure they get their goal of loosing the match and the series.

Taking nothing away from SA, they were clearly the better team and congrats. I want to see some heads rolling now. Afridi is past his best. Thanks for his services but its time for him to go home. Hafeez had a disastrous tour but thats only symptomatic of the skills he have which again are no existent on moving surfaces. If he goes to Eng for champions trophy, it'll be deja vu. The core of the team consists of a bunch of oldies, younus, misbah, shoaib, afridi, hafeez and would seem they've forged some sort of alliance with each other for all of them to remain in the team. You support me I'll support you and everyone's happy.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

This is Pakistans 3rd ODI series loss in a row.First against England 4-0,Then Sri Lanka 3-1 and now South Africa 3-2.I think now the PCB should seriously think of making some bold decisions keeping the future in mind.Misbah has had his chance.Hes done well after taking charge of a team in dissarray with off field incidents.But I think that transition phase is now over.After 4 years of continuos off field controversies from 2006-10 last 2 years have been good in that regard and Misbah atleast deserves credit for that.But we should not forget whats happening on the field.And reality is that he is too conservative to lead the side in ODI's.And Younis,Malik,Kamran,Afridi should also be axed immediately and young blood should be inserted and groomed under Hafeez.Umar Akmal,Asad Shafiq,Adnan Akmal,Ahmed Shehzad and Hammad Azam deserve extended chances and also some youngsters like Umar Amin,Bilawal Bhatti,Sadaf Hussain who are waiting in the wings.

Posted by pakisupporter on (March 25, 2013, 4:14 GMT)

Throughout this series it wasn't South Africa that did anything special or on this case Devilliers special - he was dropped at 1. I mean it was great to watch SA performing so well but what's the point of having this other team playing useless cricket and providing one sided matches by never playing to their potential or performing under pressure etc. etc. Pakistani supporters are tired of these useless and bits and pieces cricketers that have no mental strength to be able to provide consistent pressure and performance. I guess Afridi's place is secure for another 20 matches since he scored 80 odd runs in the previous match. Point being players like this have all the talent in the world but lose us more matches than we can win, HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN DROPPED 10 YEARS AGO but .....parchee goes a long way and even more real talent who may take pride playing for their country will always be watching from the sidelines!

Posted by Ramu444 on (March 25, 2013, 3:15 GMT)

time for a change.enough is enough.first of all we have to get rid of younis,hafeez,imran farhat,malik,Afridi.bring in new players in place of is a torture for the Pak fans to watch them,the selectors and selection committee should be ashamed of themselves for playing with the setiments of Pak fans.if india can drop Sehwag,Gaumbhir,Raina,why we cannot drop them.Misbah is no good either but he should be kept for at least another year for building a new team and the sooner the better appoint a new,young,dynamic captain.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (March 25, 2013, 1:41 GMT)

@THE_MIZ . You picked the perfect side mate. I agree smith is not good enough for ODIs. He should only focus on tests. We still have a big question mark at No 7. Both Albie and ryan are not reliable with the bat. If kallis is fit to bowl 10 overs then we can play a specialist batsman like miller. If not, it will be problem for us with ryan/albie batting at No.7.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (March 25, 2013, 1:31 GMT)

ab devilliers is definitely modern day great when it comes to limited overs cricket....i still think dhoni and kohli are the two best odi batsmen in the world followed by devilliers and amla....cricinfo pls publish

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

I think what the main difference between theses teams was yet again, fielding. Pak could have won, but SA in the end played well. This was an entertaining series and I hope better luck for the team

Posted by the_googly1 on (March 24, 2013, 21:27 GMT)

One thing is for sure, Pakistan need to make changes for CT. Younis Khan needs to leave the team. Younis, Misbah, Malik in the same team is a no no and it kills me to see Umar Akmal and Asad Shafiq rotting on the bench. Younis Khan 116 runs in 5 innings at #4. Not good enough and at 35 yrs old, no point persisting with him. We should use Hafeez the same way other team use their spin all rounders ie Samit Patel, Jadeja etc. He would be much suited coming in when the ball is old, 30 overs + and using his good ability to increase the scoring rate. I want Misbah to remain, he is the only consistent player in this team. Even today he was fighting all alone, even though he got out.

I hope Pakistan have learnt from this series that having a seam all rounder outside the sub continent is essential. Therefore my team for CT is:

Kamran Akmal (wk), Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Misbah, Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq/Hammad Azam, Wahab Riaz/Afridi/Malik, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

NASIR JAMSHED is the only player we have who is solid and match winner And he is not playing because of his performances we have won last odi,s in india ,When will yonus khan ,misbah ,shoaib malik and hafeez will run there are in the team to make 7 ,8 runs all the time when they will replace these players with deserving people ?

Posted by uk2009 on (March 24, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

i fail to understand that why 'what more' and misbah kept persisting with Younis khan and Shahid Afridi even when we had talented youngsters like Umar Akmal and Asad Shafiq available in the team. I think they don't have any brains. Pakistan lost only due to poor team selection.

Posted by Hanuman1206 on (March 24, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

I think Pak has played good cricket esp in ODI and they were excellent in T20. Their bwling is strength and they delivered good the only failure is their batting becuase of that they lost the series with fighting spirit. I think in today's the list of gifted layers are AB, KP, Amla, Umar Akmal and Virat Kohli but unfortunately umar Akmal was not in the playing squad. Pak need to get rid of Malik, Younis and aging Misbah and bring and try some fresh talent along with Umar Akmal. They've excellent bowling attack in the squad Irfan, Junaid and Azmal.

Posted by THE_MIZ on (March 24, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

@GermanPlayer, agree with you! I think Behardien has shown that he can make it at this level. Especially if you look at the context of his innings. He blitzed a 34 at the death in 1st ODI, coming in at around 50-5, he took SA to a respectable score in the 2nd ODI, and relieved the pressure when the game was on a knife-edge in the 5th...One failure in five this series is not too shabby. He may not have the elegance of Amla as @GermanPlayer suggested, but he's calm-headed, an excellent fielder and a handy dibbly-dobbler! He may not feature in the Best XI but he is definitely someone that can do a job when called on!

Posted by applethief on (March 24, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

Drop de Villiers, lose the match. Pakistan won't be taking home the trophy, but hopefully they'll take that hard learned lesson with them

Posted by Virtual_Prince on (March 24, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

Mr Misbah ul Haq.........."Muhammad Hafees took whicket in his first over...why did you not give him 2nd over ??"..."It means your stretegy was not to take whickets ?" Muhammad Hafeez is 4th highly ranked bowler in ODI...Why did u not let him bowl ??? " This is bad captaincy and bad planning..........!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Frankspeaker-USA on (March 24, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

As expected, Pakistan team fails to deliver at finals/deciders wen needed.. reason, they continue to carry along the same bunch of "so called experienced" players who always cannot handle pressure n let them down..their batting 2day seems like retired players playing charity match... sluggish aggression at all.. Younis,Misbah,Afridi,Shoaib lazy(dropped catches n short selection cost todays match) should be replaced by hungry to perform young talent like Umar,Asad,Azam,Shahzad...Kamran shud learn diving in(swimming pool).. wen they knew Hafiz struggling against Steyn, Kamran shud have opened.. they never shuffle batting line up.. need wicket taking bowler not Wahab to AB for his performance and SA team(minus Kallis) throughout the series... aggressive,attacking, positive cricket. Pak should learn frm this series..bowling is not sufficient to win matches, batting shud be upto the mark.. PAK shud hav thrown in a surprise of Tanvir.. replacing Riaz 2day GOOD LUCK !

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

I think after the tour of South Africa. Pakistan cricket will be in serious crises as 3 to 5 players (Youns Khan, Shahid Afridi, Misbah Ul Haq) are on the edge of retirement and we haven't prepared their replacements. New blood have been selected but the team management haven't given them the proper chance. So, Pakistan future in cricket is not looking good i am afraid.

Posted by BokkeForever on (March 24, 2013, 19:34 GMT)

@germanplayer. Thanks for your response. Fair enough comments. Only issue is the guy keeps getting out and doesn't go on and finish the game. He needs to bat through and still has a lot to prove to me coming in at number 5. Not sure he's the real deal for the future. Think JP will leapfrog him straight back into the team for the CT.

Posted by Hira1 on (March 24, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

the current team that played today with the exception of Ajmal, Junaid and Irfan must be replace by younger players, I am sure they will play better than them. Its only in Pak team that guys like Kamran Akmal can find a place, God knows how many times with his poor wicket keeping will cost us the match, and well done younis who has a big role to play in Pak defeat with his batting and fielding but will never step down himself, as for Hafeez he can only play in sub continent and too on flat pitch surely if Steyn was included in T20 he would have been out in 2-3 overs, what can be said for Afridi and Malik they have nothing to prove now so better they give chance to young players and I do like Misbah but he has to make bold decision for the larger interest of the team which I am sure he never will ..

Posted by SaadRocx on (March 24, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

Congrats SouthAfrica're my 2nd fav team after Pakistan..SA is definitely the favorites in Champion's trophy...Pak needs some drastic young blood in side..other wise i'm afraid they'll be the first team to be eliminated for this group of Death..

Posted by GermanPlayer on (March 24, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

@BokkeForever What you are missing is the fact that you only watched the last 5 min of his innings. When Amla got out(struggling at 22 off 62 balls), scoring was tough and at 85-3 Pak were right in the game. Then came Behardein, made his first 20 runs at 'better than a run a ball' which meant no pressure on AB. He was involved in an 87 run stand with AB and when he was gone, the game was already secured. You should see the innings in the context of the game, even though as a standalone its not bad to score 35 off 36!

Also, in the first game, he score 34 off 14(same as Afridi), in the second was the highest scored with 58, in the third was not needed(but was there at the end though couldn't finish off as well, supported Faf), in the fourth he failed and in the fifth i just told you what he did. What else do you want from a cricketer? I think he had the second best series after AB! You may not believe me but i see shades of Amla in that guy!

Posted by Riz000 on (March 24, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

@y mhk21,@ kashif23us@Sabir Hussain: u guys must be Hafeez Lovers At least Younus Khan has scored a 100 in test and scored more runs in odi then Hafeez wat has Hafeez done in 9 matches he played??? 2 half centuries 1 in (T20) as an opening batsmen avg 7 in test?? dismissed 6 times by styen?? does it make styen a better bowler or Haffez a dreadful Batsman?are u people feeling okay?? Yes I am talking to each one of u Pak supports If u guy's think i dnt make a sense then record books and Career statistics dont LIE Bottom line is till Pakistan dont hav new government nothing will change before Elections!! Get rid of HAFEEZ,AFIRDI,MALIK for Goooood

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

irfan will be a thorn in england ,hope our batsmen have learned a thing or two on how to handle him come champions trophy

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 24, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

gutted de kock didnt come off today, really hopes he gets chances in the champions league trophy. smith is not up for ODIs anyway.

Dear PAK fans thanks for a thrilling series, see you in the UAE later this year.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

Honestly all of you criticizing, team Pakistan and their players... well Younus Khan, Shoaib Malik, Muhummad Hafeez were the 3 best players in the India-Pakistan series which Pakistan won 2-1... and Hafeez is one of the good all rounders same and batting-wise Younus Khan and Shoaib Malik are actually pretty good... Pakistan doesn't need to drop these players and if anything they should bring back Razzaq since we need another amazing all rounder... In my opinion Pakistan played well this series too

Posted by ayub.ans on (March 24, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

For me the striking difference between the two teams was AB Diviliers, come to think of it, Hashim Amla struggled today on this pitch, but this guy scored near run a ball, speaks volumes for his talents. Still confused as to who is the most gifted batsmen since Brian Lara, AB or KP, seeing this performance i am more inclined to AB. As for Pakistan, they need to seriously think for the future, Younus Khan has been a big embarrassment, he might be one of the h top Test batsman but his ODI career has been very average, asking him to be kicked out of the ODI squad would be putting it very politely... Absolutely disgusted with his performance!!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

Pakistan has never been able to amass a big winning total batting first so this defeat was not an exception. I think people like Afridi and Malik shud be thrown out as they cannot produce runs when needed. Jamshed shud hv been retained in placee of Afridi whose leg spin bowling is no more effective and his batting is now zero. He has been playing first class cricket for the last 17 yrs and thats too long.There are so many deserving youngsters waiting for a chance to display their prowess but due to obvious reasons are not given a chance. The Chief selecter Iqbal Cassim is unfit to be there and shud be replaced by other past test cricketer who can do a much better job. Its a piety that a person like Imran Khan did not get into Pakistan's Cricket Administration which would hv done immense good to Pakistan Cricket.

Posted by roook on (March 24, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

1 failure from Asad shafiq cost him the whole series. I don't understand why misbah is reluctant with asad shafiq, hammad azam, ahmed shezad,umar akmal. Why to go with struggler like younus khan, afridi, malik they are now liabilty get rid of them for god sake. PCB please should work out on future batting line up for 2015 WC

Posted by BokkeForever on (March 24, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

I only saw the last five minutes of Berhardien's innings. Two nicks through the slips and then out miss timing a pull/hook. What am I not seeing with this bloke, looks rank average to me at best. What am I missing? Someone please tell me what I'm missing?

Posted by THE_MIZ on (March 24, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

From a SA perspective, this would be my team for Champions Trophy: 1. Faf 2. Amla, 3. Kallis, 4. De Villiers 5.Duminy, 6. Miller/Behardien 7. Albie Morkel/McClaren 8. Robbie P 9. Steyn 10. Morkel, 11. Tsotsobe. Smith is struggling for form and De Kock is far too inexperienced for a pressure game which is why sending Faf up the order is my suggestion (he prefers it that way and has a bit of experience) . I hope Albie works on his batting and play as a specialist batsman (yes, we've been saying that for years!) McClaren has impressed with his bowling but SA needs a Specialist Batsman at No.7. Its too high for him. That's where they came unstuck at the World Cup i.e. no batsmen with experience lower down. If McClaren makes the team, it must be as a bowler.

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 24, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

I see people here point out Misbah , Younis khan as they are not performing, but they forget Hafeez, he is not a proper batsman, average just 27 and SR 69 (even SR Less than Misbah 74), I can't understand why he stick with opening position. In the whole tour he performed only in one T20. He can just talk like professor, Selector should think about him If he is playing as bowling all-rounder than make him bowl 10 complete overs and move him down the order in place of shoaib malik and include proper opener.

Posted by AK47_pk on (March 24, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

Players really disappointed me are yunis nd hafeez. Both shud be dropped from odis with hafeez from tests too. Get umar akmal nd asas shafiq in. I think hammad azam shud be there for afridi.

Posted by Wakenaam1103 on (March 24, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

Pakistan still has to battle buddy-buddy selection of players. Why is Shahid hit-every-ball-for-six Afridi still on the team? I thought he was dropped. He does not take wickets and made runs only once. Pakistan selectors have to grow up.

Posted by Master_uv_Puppetz on (March 24, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

Instead of winning the series 4-1 Pak succumbed to 3-2 defeat. :@ This trend has been there for more than a decade and will continue. Only becuz the deserving players are never, at any chance, given any opportunity at all. Anwar Ali, Haris Sohail, Whoever, are taken on tours so that they can fill up water bottles. I'm sure we will continue to see Farhats, Younis, Misbah, Hafeez, Malik, etc in the future and continue losing matches :( I wonder if domestic players ever think why are they playing for no money, no fame, no nothing in Pakistan at all?? I hope not for the sake of one chance of something illegal :(

Posted by AB_DeVilliers on (March 24, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

I like that Pak really challenged SA and SA came through. It shows that the team is improving as Pak are a good side. Two changes I'd make to the SA line-up: drop Peterson and bring back Botha; bring in Kallis for Mclaren. Starting 11 would be: Smith, Amla, Kallis, DeVilliers, JP, Faf, Miller, Botha, Steyn, Morkel, Lopsy = 7 batters and 6 bowlers. Cheers.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

First of all hats off to SA for a splendid win.I doubt that heads would be rolling in PCB. The selectors and so called highly paid consultants are not ashamed at all. The whole PCB should be shown the door, but who is going to take action when their appointees are so corrupt in the country. The players should have the guts to hang their gloves, but again someone like Afridi made statement a while ago that he wants to retire on his own terms. If PCB wants to persist with same overrated and aged players, I suggest they should play Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ireland, Scotland, U.A.E, Kenya and other Junior ICC teams. This will help them boost their confidence and improve their fielding, batting, bowling and morale as well.

Posted by mhk21 on (March 24, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

A good fought series in the end ...Now moving on towards the champions trophy .... drop younus farhat and shoaib ......bring in asad umar and jamshed ..... i know jamshed had a rough series but comon he is only a youngster and has immense potential and he is one for the future ....replace wahab with sohail tanvir and we have a very good team

1-Hafeez 2-jamshed 3- kamran 4-asad 5-misbah 6-umar 7-afridi 8-sohail 9-ajmal 10-junaid 11-irfan .....thats my team for CT .....younus needs to be restricted to only tests ....shoaib in T20s ...and farhat is tried and tested and we need to move on ....and as for afridi he is still a good allrounder but low on confidence and i am suspecting he is regaining some form and he deserves a further go

And conduct practice matches in pakistan against PAK A side to give them some practice .....

Posted by applethief on (March 24, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

Pakistan again proving the most stubborn side when it comes to change. They only adapt when absolutely forced to (i.e. players being banned), or else "change" means going back to the last round of players that were in the side. Time for a wholly different complexion to the team, not just a new face here or there who gets dropped after 2 games for the old guard.

Posted by perl57 on (March 24, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

Pakistan can only dream to be a better side. It was proved today. Just no strategy that you would play this way or that way. Pakistan punish talent and never back them. Look at Afridi. Misbah is hopeless as a captain and in T20 it is a waste to even make one a captain.

Posted by ahassansan on (March 24, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

Pakistan lost to South Africa,South Africa lost to New Zeland, New Zeland lost to England, England lost to India and India lost to Pakistan. So champions trophy will be cracking tournament as all teams are on same level.

Posted by romirom on (March 24, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

Very very same full performance from pak batsman. PCB just need to kick the players like younis, afridi, kamran, immediately. farhat is not a batsman. I dont know how he manage to stay in wicket in 4th odi. he was clue less in his short selection but lucky to survive and get 93 runs. jamshed is much better batsman than him. hafeez cost this match. if he wants than he can easily drop his batting down the order for the team but he just keeps on bating at opening position which cost match. I really dont want to see younis, afridi and kamran in odi.

Posted by cooldxve on (March 24, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

Shahid Afrid (as a batsman)i: age-33, debut in 1996, matches-354, runs-7201, average-23.45, 100s-6, 50s-34.

MS Dhoni: age-31, debut in 2004, matches-219, runs-7259, average-51.85, 100s-8, 50s-48.

Conclusion- After playing so many matches like Afridi did, a batsman becomes responsible because of his experience (Dhoni is a perfect example of it, even though he did not played as much matches as Afridi). But still today he gets out like a beginner batsman. Afridi, with so much experience and talent should have at least become like Dhoni. He should have been a great finisher so Pakistan would not have had problems whole chasing. Instead he is irresponsile and throws his wicket away.

Afridi please learn something from Dhoni or leave the team.

(From a Pakistan and Afridi fan!)

Posted by Ahmedpakistan6 on (March 24, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

My team for the Champions Trophy 1) Ahmed Shehzad 2) Nasir Jamshed 3) Mohammad Hafeez 4) Umar Akmal 5) Haris Sohail 6) Shoaib Malik 7) Shahid Afridi 8) Umar Gul 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Mohammad Irfan 11) Junaid Khan. Umar Akmal has to improve his Wicket Kepping skills

Posted by dariuscorny on (March 24, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa not at all,he has yet to prove himself like MS who i feel is miles ahead of him.

Posted by khurramsch on (March 24, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

Take that pakistan, you drop ABD on 1 and he scored match winning 95. well played by SA and good series overall.

poor from younas khan. didnt scored any runs. dropped important catch, and played a vital part in kamrans dismissal.

Poor show from pakistan with bat .Rubbish batting , kamran akmal was try too much and getting impatient. Soft dismissals by younas/misbah/malik. Misbah should have realised the situation and stayed there till end but he was hitting.

rubbish from afridi. he not a bowler any more and a fluke batsman. Rubbish play from him today. 15 overs remaining and he just got in and played like that. couldnt take any wicket in last many odis. and one off 88 gives a right to play next 20 games.

i think should now drop younas, malik, afridi and misbah can play anchor role inplace of younas.

simply not enough runs on board today. and batting has let them down. rubbish from them.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

Team Pakistan WILL NOT BE READY, OR COMPETITIVE FOR 2015 unless they make some drastic changes. Misbah at age 37 was not brought in for a long term, he was a gap fill until we found good players and a worthy captain.In his first two yrs, he kept saying its a rebuilding process and the media and people kept giving him the benefit.He also boosted his tenure with matches being played in UAE, which was ideal for Ajmal and his performances are SERIOUSLY skewed. Now the problem is, that more than 3 yrs later, old players who should be retired or who were second string are hogging most of the 11 spots and not letting in any good talent. I would dispense off Misbah as captain today because realistically , we need to bring in someone who has a half decent chance of establishing himself in 2 yrs.Misbah,Younis,Malik def. need to go. Please get rid of these tried, tested and failed relics who are keeping Pakistan from performing better.

Posted by umars101 on (March 24, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

pakistan need a change ,a change in their batting line can they go with the same batsman who have let you down so many times that too on big occasions . Younis khan ,imran farhat, shoib malik have wasted too many oppurtunities.About afridi promot him up the order or drop him.The spot at which he is playing right now and the kind of bowling he is doing he seems like an extra person in the team.And misbah needs to be more attacking rather than defensive because attack is the best defence in cricket otherwise change him aswell

Posted by RAHI1 on (March 24, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

A terrible display of lazy and mediocre batting by Pakistan. Horrible short selections.A complete lack of committment,concentration, application and disciplane in batting department. A richly deserved loss.Congatulation to South African. They played like real champions.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (March 24, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

What a shame! Everytime we r batting 2nd n making life difficults 4 south africa but this time we r batting 1st knowing the fact that our batting r unpredictable. I think its poor decision.

Posted by Major85D on (March 24, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

R.I.P Pakistan cricket. with younus, malik, misbah and coach whatmore they have no chance in champions trophy!! Look at the team today: only two players were under 30 years of age. why don`t pick young players like ahmed shehzad, haris sohail, umar akmal and nasir jamshed??? It`s time for change, please!!!

Posted by Karthik78 on (March 24, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

Pak lost badly in Test and NZ (last SA tour) too lost badly in Test, NZ won the ODI comfortably by 2 - 1 (last match lost by 1 wicket in last ball). Pak won T20I in SA (only one T20I). Who is better? NZ or Pak? I believe NZ played better while Pak came back well in T20I but lost focus in ODI.

Posted by dreamliner on (March 24, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

For inexcusable reasons, the PCB selection committee ch0d5 allow the same accolade to Khan, Malik, Misbah and Afridi time and time and time again to the disappointment of Pak fans globally. THIS IS BECOMING RIDICULOUS NOW TO THE EXTENT THAT MUCH YOUTH TALENT IS NOW APPROACHING MIDDLE AGE deprived of the experience they should have accumulated. I would rather have seen our young batsmen go out there, lose and gain some valuable experience against the likes of steyn. Do they not see youth replacing the likes of quality batsmen like tendulkar and sehwag who are atleast 5 times better than themselves? then do they not feel ashamed as to why they are selected time and again? these batsmen have failed pak for the last couple of years and are fast loosing any respect or legendhood status they gained in their early careers; my advice to them is to go now. And that goes for blinkered PPP-Run PCB management and blinkered selection committee too. WALK NOW b4 Imran Khan makes u run

Posted by balajik1968 on (March 24, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

The difference in the batting was the running between the wickets. The Proteas were quick and looking to consistently pinch singles. Pakistan needs to rotate the strike. They had a master in Miandad, maybe they should sit at his feet and learn how it is done. I still remember the 1986 India Pakistan match in Sharjah. What really won the match for Pakistan was not Miandad's last ball six, it was his tremendous running between the wickets. If they had batted as sloppily as they did today, they would have lost that match. Pakistan have good stroke-players, but they are losing out by conceding too many dot balls.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

i have no personal issues with misbah but he not an odi type as well..... he is good for low scoring games where pak is chasing 150 or 180 then he can stay forever to bat... but i must say he is good for test matches..... slow and defensive... plz with all respect misbah, malik, and younis khan plz retire u did alot for pak but now ur job is done let youngsters do their job

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

354 ODI experience. Team in crisis. Yet you get beaten by the bait of short ball, never mind there was deep square leg, never mind the Power Play was just a ball away.

Nevertheless, the supporters will remember him for his 80-odd in a dead game Surely, he can play for another year.

Posted by Stark62 on (March 24, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

So basically, Younis Khan single-handedly gave SA the series!!

He batted in a sluggish manner, didn't stay till the end and most importantly, dropped AB, who is the form batsman in this series and is the prized wicket.

Also, it was a typical innings by Farhat today because he usually comes back into the side and plays a selfish innings to cement his place, then will be retained for the next 100 ODI's and keep getting 10's, 20's and 30's.

Lastly, Afridi should be part of the CT squad because he will be the key difference between Pak winning the tournament and crashing out. He has always been a major factor at world tournaments, just like he was during the 07 and 09 T20 WC's and in the 2011 WC.

For the CT squad; OUT: YOUNIS, Malik, Rehman, Tanvir, Farhat and Riaz. IN: Shezhad, Harris Sohail, Reza Hassan, Zia-Ul-Haq, Naved Yasin and Sadaf Hussain.

Posted by aDil.aBBasi96 on (March 24, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

Well Well Well,i really want to say today Misbah did plenty of blunders 1.Using ajmal at the bottom ws a bad and defensive approach 2.Over Using of Afrdi and Wahab was pathetic Special hats off to Junaid and Irfan, Only for ICC Champion troupy i would recommend 1. Afridi should be replaced by some new alrounder(Hammad Azam) 2. Younis khan should be replaced by Umar Akmal 3.On and Off changes in Malik VS Asad Shafiq (Start competition)

A lot of Congrts to S.A on behalf of 190 Mio Pak nation, Cricket we love you

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

Thanks to Mr. Younis Khan for dropping AB catch on just 1 run wow.... junaid khan was trying hard.... whats the point of taking senior guys..... it would hav been much better if with young blood... its ok if we loose but a good exp for new talent... we r not thinking for the wc... we r going series by series....

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

no place for yunus,misbah,imran farhat,wahab,tanvir at all on any cost but this is pakistan.poor umer akmal,asad, Ahmad shahzad should curse themselves for being good crickters. Shame for pakistani cricket board for keeping yunus and misbah

Posted by gibbs.175 on (March 24, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

Good victory for SA...lets see in champion trophy....good luck SA...,Q.D.KOCK,do n't are the best after BOUCHER...( a new gilchrist..)

Posted by CrazyforcricketIII on (March 24, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

Congratulations SA esp. AB for wonderful series and win! They truly deserved that. Pakistan had potential to respond well but we fell short esp. with older and "senior" players not performing well at all. Misbah had been bashed but came out as the best batsman amongst them though I agree that he should take a break from ODI's now. I was disappointed with Hafeez's batting and how much terrified he was from Styn. Pakistan need major overhauling and talented younger player should get chance in the future series!

Posted by SurlyCynic on (March 24, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

Remember all those articles from SA journalists about how AB couldn't combine keeping and batting in the top order? Hmmm, averaged 55 in Aus tests, did well vs NZ, man of the series in tests and ODIs vs Pakistan. How about the articles saying captaincy wouldn't suit him and would affect his batting? He averages over 90 as an ODI captain.

I actually don't think he's best suited as a captain, but the stuff about his keeping has clearly been proved wrong. Hopefully these journalists will retract their statements at some point.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

AB Always rocks....................

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 24, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

Simply the best ODI Batsmen in the world today - AB De Villers.

Posted by MianMoosa on (March 24, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

its time to say good bye to misbah. younis & afridi.... bring in asad/haris, u.akmal & hamad azam in their place... shoaib malik also should be under observation if he does not perform in champions trophy replace him ahmad shehzad or play with middle order of haris asad & u.akmal,,, aslo nasir jamshed need to be back in place of farhat... farhat cant perform consistently.... u cant drop jamshed on only few failures

Posted by jimwhatever on (March 24, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

Not only is AB an excellent player but also a good influence in the team. that alone qualifies him to be the captain of the team.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 24, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

Regarding Kamran Akmal, now that he has scored a 48, his fans will be up in arms and Kamran will torture us for a few more years.

Shoeb Mallik bowled 3 overs in the 5 matches that he played in this series. and scored 105 at an average of 35. I can tolerate him in the team if he plays as an all-rounder. But i dont see him as a specialist batsman.

Misbah has scored most runs for pakistan in this series, 227 @ 56 to be precise. But i still maintain, he is too old for this format. And if he is not likely to play the 2015 WC then the process of team building for the next WC should begin urgently.

Farhat made a 90+ in the previous game, but he had got a life then. We now how eratic he can be. Being patient with Jamshed would be a better idea.

The only good thing Misbah did was, not to play Umar Akmal at all. But Shafiq should have been preferred in place of Younis.


Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

It would not be an exaggeration to consider de Villiers as the best cricketer in the world right now by some distance. A deadly batsman across all 3 formats of the game, superb keeper/fielder, now proved himself an able leader, and above all - a perfect gentleman. Salutes.

Posted by Wajih1728 on (March 24, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

An eye opener series for Pak b4 Champions Trophy.......... Think tank have to sit and seriously think abt the future of Pak cricket...just like other games, i am afraid that Pak name will be vanished soon frm Top ....looking at the below average performance overall in (batting, bowling and fielding OFCOURSE) against the formadible team outside INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT conditions..... selectors have to take hard decisions now.....say GOODBYE to Seniors (MIsbah, Younus, Afridi on a positive note and give PROPER chances to youngster like Ahmed Shahzad, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Nasir Jamshed....

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

U are realy great AB...........

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (March 24, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

Well contested ODI series after that one sided test whitewash. Well tried Pakistan but better luck next time, your poor fielding through out the series contributed to your defeat in the end.

Posted by PT03 on (March 24, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

Congratulations to SA, they played very well at the crucial moments and are deserving winners. Hard luck to Pakistan, they were let down again by their batsmen. But what a world class bowling unit they have. It seems they have never ending supply of world class fast bowlers, Wasim & Waqar then Asif & Amir and now Junaid and Irfan and with them world's best spinner. But they lack a good middle order batsman in their line-up. I don't know what has happened to Umar. He is so talented but just like Rohit Sharma, he has also wasted his opportunities.

Posted by LongLivePak on (March 24, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

There is no place of Younas,Misbah, Farhat and Malik. Pak have to make some changes to be competetive at international level.

Posted by cxiv on (March 24, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

Good bye Afridi, Malik, Tanvir, and Wahab Riaz (for time being atleast). Younis & Misbah won't last longer than CT either, unless they win it for Pakistan. They should all be retained for Tests, but not in ODIs, especially with Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, etc waiting in the wings. Pity on those who still dream of a Yousaf, Imran Nazir & Abdul Razzaq return. Let's all move forward.

Posted by Rokingrishav on (March 24, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

i am glad that i belong to the era who has privilage of watching ABdvelliers bat.what a player, what an entertainer. Cricket has become richer with him. #LEGEND. # RESPECT

Posted by Kak-mal_Khan on (March 24, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

A tip to any team playing SA:

D.D.D...............Dont Drop Devilliers

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

Now kick out the younis khan from the team.....every time he drops catches and whole team has to pay......bring back the asad shafiq or haris sohail..if ab de villiers gone earlier the results will b much different.

Posted by saadrasheedarain on (March 24, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

Pooor fielding Younous Khan,you should quit now from one day cricket

Posted by Jda123 on (March 24, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

Poor performance from Pakistan, Younis was a bad choice for the ODI they should have seen that coming after the first 3 games, Afridi should retire though I doubt it will happen and you will still see him in the Champion Trophy and no reason for Malik to be in the team as a all rounder when they have 2 all rounders and instead can get a batsman in either Akmal or Shafiq.

Looking forward to Kallis and Duminy return for the Champion Trophy.

Posted by kashif23us on (March 24, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

Please, Please,Please,Please,Please,Please,Please,....Misbah , Younus , Afridi and Malik GO GO GO GO GO GO GO... if they cant go them selves with dignity...I BEG THE BOARD TO THROW THESE PLAYERS OUT OF ODI AND T20... and bring in Asad shafiq, Ahmed shehzad, Umar Akmal and Hammad Azam...we know that these player lack experience but if you not going to give them a chance they will not gain experience.....we know they might get out early playing shots but its better to go down trying and being aggressive plus they will get mature day by day ...there is no point wasting time and money on these old players who have no future...PAKISTAN CRICKET NEEDS AGGRESSION AND NEW BLOOD PLEASE...

Posted by kc69 on (March 24, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

4 runs away from Saffa victory Pakistan Fans coming in front of side screen trying to disturb AB's concetration was a superb move.

Posted by roook on (March 24, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Its our batting line that keep on letting down and needs adjustments.Going with senior citizens like afridi, younis,malik is hurting Pakistan cause. Apart from great performance from Junaid and Irfan .

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

Misbah pls take retirement from ODI and forgive Pakistan Nation we are fed from this type performance. Pakistan cricket Team should learnt lesson from AB de villiers performance and Pakistan is not playing as unit That is why they cannot achieve their target.

Posted by roook on (March 24, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

Pakistan batting combination need serious reconsideration and in current batting order apart from misbah nobody averages above 35. Why go with so much all rounder malik, afridi, hafeez.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

If pakistan lost this game it would be the dropping AB catch by Yunus Khan earlier in the inning.

Posted by hamza893 on (March 24, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

I don't remember when younis has win us a match single handly yeah he has made us loss many crucial matches with his sloppy fielding.In the semifinal of Champions Trophy he dropped Guptill and that cost us,now Dropping a sitter of AB.Drop him from the team,he has no place in this team.

Posted by kashif23us on (March 24, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

How long Misbah, Younus, Malik and Afridi will stay in the team ? Please get these players out of the team and bring in new blood...tired of these flops.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (March 24, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

time to leave for likes of afridi, younas and kamran akmal from odi cricket. malik should also be only considered for t20s may. Imran farhat will never be a permanant opener. better stick with nasir jamshed.

Posted by Riz000 on (March 24, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

Its funny people criticize Younis Khan yet they forget gr8 and most talented Mohamed Hafeez??Hafeez should not even play domestic cricket Afridi as always performs once in every 50 matches We need complete change my ODI/T20 team:Ahmed Shazad,Imran Nazir,Nasir jamshed,Harris Sohail,Umar Akmal,Asad shafiq,Abdur Razzaq,Junnaid khan,Gul,Irfan,Ajmal and groom Nasir jamshed as a captain Has any one got problem wid my selection?? My test team: Taufeeq Umar,Ahmed Shahazad,Nasir Jamshed,Harris Sohail,Umar Akmal,Younus Khan,Asad Shafiq,Junaid Khan,Gul,Irfan,Ajmal make younus Captain

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

a chance to Amla means no chance for Pakistan

Posted by roook on (March 24, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

Younis khan and malik both at top of their poor form both have not score a single 50 + score in their last 7 innings and have highest of 32 and 35 with average of just 18 and 26.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

Cricketstarbest.... If you are that good at predicting the future than u must take up another that will make you money!!!!!! Please do not watch the game as you already know the result.

Posted by SaadRocx on (March 24, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

3-2 in favour of SA..SA will chase this target under 30 overs and for the loss of 2 wickets...Man of the Series AB Devilliers...Pathetic By Pakistan..

Posted by Jadejafan on (March 24, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

Pakistan are an old team no future :)

Posted by CrazyforcricketIII on (March 24, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

As expected, disappointing Pakistani batting!! Nobody took any responsibility, bowlers did a better job than the batsman. Boom Boom was as Zoom Zoom who does not deserve any future in Pakistan side at ALL! Sorry to say, it's going to be a lost match and the series for Pakistan. And a waste of getting up in the middle of night here in Canada to watch the match. Pakistan side, you could have done better!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

Poor cricket.poor shot they played in todays high voltage match it just look likes that Pakistan B team is doin the batting.i donnot know why they give rest to Umar Akmal during the entire series he must have been the part of team for todays match instead of old younus khan

Posted by appkhi on (March 24, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

Punjab Eleven collapse as usual parchi players are still in the team

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

As usual very pathetic batting

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

@innings break: 205 is a bit better than 165. Some poor stuff by pak batsmen. soft dismissals and wasting the starts. Kamran was too impatient. Younas wasnt so comfortable. Malik has a soft dismissal just before PP and Afridi was rubbish with 15 overs remaining and playing a shot like that. Misbah also trying to hit each ball.

If whab-junaid can get 27 off 6.3 overs and junaid-irfan can get 16 off 3 overs. there was no need to rush for top order batsmen.

Pak will have only chance if they can get amla, ABD, ingram in first few overs. otherwise it will be hard to defend this score.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

Congrats Proteas for the series win, But Irfan should be judged man of the Series...

Posted by roook on (March 24, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

Why PCB is playing with future of youngster, preferring younis and malik for their pathetic form and dropping asad shafiq/umar akmal, hammad azam instead mature their batting skills . Supporting afridi for his mindless strokes its not about how many we won because of them but how many lost due to them. If other teams can axe sachin, kalis, pointing, hussey why we are so reluctant. All the other team have replenish them with youngster we are still waiting for these old guns to perform.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

if wahab & Junaid can make 27 runs in 6.3 overs by just playing out as many overs as they could. surely misbah/afrid & malik could have made this much. dont know what is the rush to hit big and score big.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (March 24, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

Congrats SA for winning the series 3-2. AB will be Man of the Series.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

poor and irresposible show! disappointing cricket by Pakistani team.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

Pakistan are in trouble. We need to score at least 200 runs if we stand any chance. Of course, our fielding needs to be top class. Afridi showed a lot of maturity as usual!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

poor from misbah / afridi. they failed to notice that there are still overs left from RP / Farhan.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

misbah gone . trying too much and 161/7 surely not enough.

Some poor work from akmal/younas/misbah & malik and rubbish from Afridi. they need atleast 200

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

Rubish from Afridi. plenty of balls remaining and he just got in. very rubish.

soft dismissal of malik and then afridi gone in same over just before PP.

lot to ask from misbah alone. they should simply bat on remaining 15 overs and get whatever 60-70 they can.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

another soft dismissal of malik just before power play and in deep trouble. 151/5 not enough. need to bat full 50 overs and that will give atleast 100 more

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

@ cricketstarbest: Pakistan is all about Fire ! Beat England 3-0 in the test series in UAE. Beat India IN INDIA unlike the current aussie side. Yes it lost badly against SA in SA...but then SA is a world class side, clearly head and shoulders above anyone else today, though Pakistan are giving it a run for its money in the ODI's and smashed them in the T20's..passing loose comments only shows ignorance my friend.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (March 24, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

Pakistan collapse started and its just a matter of few overs and Pakistan will be all out. Pakistan does not have fire to win series against top teams. And in crucial matches Pakistan will surrender meekly.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

@wakaPAK...Pak will score above 220, see it

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

pakistan in trouble. akmal was too impatient and just gave it away. and now younas khan falls. too much to do for misbah & malik now.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (March 24, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

styen is not as good as sa commentaters think. wasim and waqar took wickets every where actually more on flat tracks. Missing shaoib akhter. and let me tell you that Aamir was much more talented these bouncy track bullies.

Posted by wakaPAK on (March 24, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

Pakistan will score 136 or 138 :) Cricinfo! publish before it happens....

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

I hope Pakistan wins......bu how many chances will be given to younis..umar akmal shoud be in the side today....

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

this bit is interesting from cric info

Mazher Arshad: "Since June 2002, Pakistan have NOT won 'a decider' after being levelled 1-1 or 2-2 in a bilateral ODI Series. During the last ten years, they have lost the decider as much as 9 times (vs England 2003, vs South Africa 2003, vs India 2004, vs South Africa 2007, vs Sri Lanka 2009, vs New Zealand 2009, vs England 2010, vs South Africa 2010, vs Australia 2012)"

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

good idea not to chase in pressure. and if this is the slow pitch and read well then it will be more slower later on. But will have to bat well.

Yes pressure will be on younas as he is the only 1 who has not got any runs even by the standard others made like 30s 40s.

would have been better to get in umar/asad for him but misbah didnt want to change combination.

Morkel will be vital as pak has not faced him in Odis. his height will be a different 1. and he may get good bounce that irfan is getting.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

Pakistan has won most of the matches by batting first. so its already a good start...

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

ANother poor team selection by pak. O god how many chances younis is going to get

Posted by samlord on (March 24, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

Best of luck Pakistan..lets kick those proteas...Wishes from SRI LANKA...

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