Pakistan in South Africa T20I Series - 2nd T20I

South Africa v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 95 runs

Mohammad Irfan walking up to his mark. AB on strike. A slip in place too

So the batsmen are already walking out towards the middle. It was hardly a break for my aching fingers. Can anyone tell me if the pitch drop? I hope it didn't.

0.1

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, that steepling bounce! He bowls it across the right-hander and AB gets beaten by the steep bounce from a length

0.2

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, 1 run, on the leg side, the batsman tucks it away to fine leg for the first run. Only 195 more to go

0.3

Mohammad Irfan to Davids, 2 runs, back of length delivery on the middle and leg line, David whips it past square leg, and the fielder at fine leg has to come around and stop the boundary

0.4

Mohammad Irfan to Davids, FOUR, what a shot! It was back of length angling across the right-hander. Davids stands tall and punches it hard through cover for the first boundary. Super shot

0.5

Mohammad Irfan to Davids, 1 leg bye, back of length delivery on the middle stump line, comes very quickly to the batsman who gets hit around the abdominal area as he goes for the pull

0.6

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, 1 wide, loses direction as he bowls this one down the leg side

0.6

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, 1 wide, another one down the leg side and is called a wide. But there was some interest by the bowler. It did take a faint nick, but wouldnt have mattered as Kamran didn't take it cleanly

0.6

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, 2 runs, back of length on the middle and leg line, flicked away to deep midwicket for a couple

End of over 1 (12 runs) South Africa 12/0 (184 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 12.00, RRR: 9.68)
AB de Villiers    3* (3b)      Mohammad Irfan    1-0-11-0
H Davids    6* (3b 1x4)     

Junaid Khan to start off from the other end

1.1

Junaid Khan to Davids, no run, bowls a screamer first up! It was quick, just short of length and goes away with the angle, just beats the outside edge

1.2

Junaid Khan to Davids, 1 run, charges down the track aiming his short over extra cover, but gets an inside edge towards the leg side

Nisar Ahmed: "Kamran; "you beauty"..we were expecting you dear!"

1.3

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, SIX, suuuuweeeet! He plays that shot so well. Just lifts the length ball on off with a straight bat, over extra cover

1.4

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, no run, mix-up in the middle, but a bad throw from cover towards non-striker saves Davids.

1.5

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, 1 run, slower ball on off, AB drives it in the air past short cover without any feet movement, gets it as far as wide mid-off. It wasn't far off from the fielder

1.6

Junaid Khan to Davids, OUT, caught at mid-on! Completely beaten by the slower ball. It was on off stump and the batsman gets his timing completely wrong as he ends up lobbing it tamely towards mid-on.

H Davids c Saeed Ajmal b Junaid Khan 7 (10m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 116.66

End of over 2 (8 runs) South Africa 20/1 (176 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 9.77)
     Junaid Khan    1-0-8-1
AB de Villiers    10* (6b 1x6)      Mohammad Irfan    1-0-11-0

2.1

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, makes room by moving outside leg and tries to go inside out, but Irfan is too quick and the ball goes past the outside edge

2.2

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, FOUR, on the pads, and the batsman stays on the back foot and swats it past short fine leg for a boundary

Sebastian Lee: "Great move getting AB to open after all the innovation he showed in the IPL, surprised he doesn`t do it more often, look at all the positives, more time to bat, powerplay overs, different bowlers..."

2.3

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, slower delivery on off stump, AB dabs it towards point but there is no single there

sam: "Why is Kamran's medical bill so low? He never catches a cold."

2.4

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, FOUR, oh that wasn't far from the point fielder. AB charged down the track and steered the full delivery past point for another boundary

2.5

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, SIX, and here comes the dilscoop! Beautifully done, infact he sends it all the way over the fine leg boundary.

2.6

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, back of length delivery on off, climbs up to the batsman, AB dabs it to point

End of over 3 (14 runs) South Africa 34/1 (162 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 11.33, RRR: 9.52)
AB de Villiers    24* (12b 2x4 2x6)      Mohammad Irfan    2-0-25-0
F du Plessis    0* (0b)      Junaid Khan    1-0-8-1

Jeremy: "Lat two recognized batsmen at the crease"

3.1

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, 1 wide, bowls it across the right-hander and Faf gets beaten as he goes inside out. It is been called a wide again. Outrageous call. They have made a few of those today

3.1

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, 1 run, back of length on off stump, the batsman stays on the back foot and drops it towards cover point for a single

3.2

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, no run, another back of length delivery on off stump, AB stays on the back foot but is not able to get it away. Junaid fields

Shahab Ahmed: "A for Akmal, B for Ball, C for Catch, D for Drop........"

3.3

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, FOUR, length ball for the first time in the over and AB clears his front leg out and goes straight over the bowler's head. He doesn't get hold of it, but enough to take it to the boundary

3.4

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, 1 run, moves outside leg stump and guides the back of the length delivery towards point for a single

3.5

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, 3 runs, length ball on middle and off and again AB goes inside out, this time it is just a chip shot that goes over the infield and scoots towards the boundary, where Hafeez makes a sliding stop

3.6

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, FOUR, that shot is again on show! He gets down on his knee and ramps it over short fine leg, not a six this time though

End of over 4 (14 runs) South Africa 48/1 (148 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 12.00, RRR: 9.25)
AB de Villiers    33* (16b 4x4 2x6)      Junaid Khan    2-0-22-1
F du Plessis    4* (2b)      Mohammad Irfan    2-0-25-0

4.1

Umar Gul to du Plessis, 2 runs, starts of with a length ball and Faf tries to go over the top straightaway, but doesn't get much behind it as he just chips it over Irfan tower at mid-on. He struggles to get to the ball, a bit of a comedy as he comes down

4.2

Umar Gul to du Plessis, OUT, caught behind! Would you believe it. It is caught by Kamran Akmal, on the second attempt. It was a length delivery on off stump and the batsman tries to again go over the top, he gets a faint edge and it goes straight to the keeper, who fumbles it once but manages to hold on to it.

F du Plessis c †Kamran Akmal b Umar Gul 6 (12m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

4.3

Umar Gul to Morris, OUT, caught at third man! it is two in two now. The batsman moves outside the leg stump in an attempt to launch the first ball over the off side, but he gets a big outside edge that flies to third-man fielder. Morris goes first ball

CH Morris c Saeed Ajmal b Umar Gul 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

4.4

Umar Gul to de Villiers, no run, fuller delivery on off, AB calmly drives it to mid-off

4.5

Umar Gul to de Villiers, 1 run, short of length slower delivery on off, the batsman stays on the back foot and dabs it down to third man

4.6

Umar Gul to Ontong, OUT, it is number three now, the batsman shuffles across to play a flick to this full delivery on the middle. He misses and it is a straightforward call for the umpire. That was hitting middle. Three in the over

JL Ontong lbw b Umar Gul 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 5 (3 runs) South Africa 51/4 (145 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 10.20, RRR: 9.66)
     Umar Gul    1-0-3-3
AB de Villiers    34* (18b 4x4 2x6)      Junaid Khan    2-0-22-1

What an over that was! This game has surely turned big time in Pak's favour

5.1

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, short of length on off stump, AB moves outside leg and tries to carve it to off but gets beaten

5.2

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, back of length on off, AB cuts it but finds Malik at point

Jamshaid: "Those three wickets should silence the Gul naysayers especially in the T20s plus with his performance in the indian t20s i can hardly believe people were doubting him"

5.3

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, 2 runs, tries to go with the ramp shot again, but the ball thuds on the pads and runs fine on the leg side. It is given as runs

BilalMoon: "Seems like Cricinfo commentary was also gulldozed in the last over. Out of sync ball texts."

5.4

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, OUT, Oh that is the big wicket! Irfan bowls a quick yorker on off stump and AB, who had moved outside the leg side, gets a faint inside edge and it rattles the stumps. This is it.

AB de Villiers b Mohammad Irfan 36 (30m 22b 4x4 2x6) SR: 163.63

A slip in place now.

5.5

Mohammad Irfan to Miller, no run, gets a low full-toss on off stump, but he plays a defensive shot to that

5.6

Mohammad Irfan to Miller, no run, OMG! How close was that! It was another quick yorker to which Miller gets an inside edge and the ball rolls past the stumps.

End of over 6 (2 runs) South Africa 53/5 (143 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 8.83, RRR: 10.21)
DA Miller    0* (2b)      Mohammad Irfan    3-0-27-1
F Behardien    0* (0b)      Umar Gul    1-0-3-3

6.1

Umar Gul to Behardien, OUT, caught at point! The ship is sinking and sinking fast. Gul has four off seven balls. It was a length ball on off. Behaardien flashes at that one and Ahmed Shahzad takes a fine diving catch at point.

F Behardien c Ahmed Shehzad b Umar Gul 0 (6m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

6.2

Umar Gul to Peterson, no run, play and a miss as Peterson goes for a booming drive to a full delivery outside off, but misses

6.3

Umar Gul to Peterson, 1 run, length ball on the leg side, the batsman stays on the back foot and glides it to fine leg for a single

6.4

Umar Gul to Miller, no run, back of length outside off, and the fielder are flying everywhere now. Shahzad makes an excellent stop at backward point

6.5

Umar Gul to Miller, no run, slower delivery hits the pads as the batsman goes for the pull. But it was touch too high and probably pitched outside leg too

6.6

Umar Gul to Miller, no run, full delivery outside off stump, the batsman comes forwards and squeezes it to backward point

End of over 7 (1 run) South Africa 54/6 (142 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.71, RRR: 10.92)
DA Miller    0* (5b)      Umar Gul    2-0-4-4
RJ Peterson    1* (2b)      Mohammad Irfan    3-0-27-1

Captain comes in for a bowl

cricketsimpleton: "If i remember correctly Southafrica were guldozed even the last time they played in a T20. Seems like Gul is developing a special liking towards this proteas !"

7.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, 1 run, a reverse sweep first up, but a harmless one as it goes tamely towards short third man

7.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, 1 run, flatter delivery on the middle stump, the batsman stays on the back foot and whips it to deep midwicket

7.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, 1 run, another flat delivery on off stump, the batsman stays on the back foot and punches it towards long on for a single

7.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, no run, tossed up delivery and it is full too. The batsman goes for a sweep but the ball goes under his bat

7.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, 2 runs, on the middle and leg line, it is pushed to deep midwicket off the front foot

7.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, 2 runs, flat and quick around off stump, the batsman waits for it and cuts it hard to deep backward point for a couple

End of over 8 (7 runs) South Africa 61/6 (135 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.62, RRR: 11.25)
DA Miller    5* (9b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-7-0
RJ Peterson    3* (4b)      Umar Gul    2-0-4-4

Here comes Ajmal

Sohaib: "Would be fun if Ajmal and Afridi don't get a bowl!!! That would complete the weird day perfectly!!!"

Hamid : "Wonder who will be man of the match: Gul or Hafeez" .. You are forgetting Dhoni Hamid.

8.1

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, no run, tosses it up wide outside off, the batsman plays it towards point, who throws it back quickly to stop the single

8.2

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, no run, waits for the tossed up delivery outside off and runs it straight to short third man

8.3

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, 1 run, on the off stump this time, the batsman goes back and dabs it towards midwicket for a single

8.4

Saeed Ajmal to Miller, no run, bowls it really slow, the batsman has to wait and then he can only defend it back to the bowler

8.5

Saeed Ajmal to Miller, no run, another slow one outside off, turns away a bit, guided to backward point

8.6

Saeed Ajmal to Miller, 1 run, floated up to the batsman on the middle stump line, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to deep midwicket for a single

End of over 9 (2 runs) South Africa 63/6 (133 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 12.09)
DA Miller    6* (12b)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-2-0
RJ Peterson    4* (7b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-7-0

Farhan Afzal: "South Africa lowest score in T20Is is 114 vs Australia. Let see is Pakistan pull the score below 100."

9.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, 2 runs, bowls it with a pause, the batsman stays on the back foot and punches it to wide long-on for a couple

9.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, 1 run, comes down the pitch and takes the ball on the full, driven to long-off for a single

9.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run, stays in the crease and tries to cut the ball, but it is too close to cut and he gets beaten

9.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run, keeps it tight on the stumps and Peterson can only defend it back to the bowler

9.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, 1 run, touch outside off and the batsman uses the room to cut it to deep point for a single

9.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, OUT, what a catch, it is Shahzad again at backward point. Miller tries to cut a delivery which is too close and gets a thick outside edge that flies between short third-man and backward point fielder. Shahzad goes running to his right and plucks the catch from thin air. Great effort. There was Irfan at short third-man and he was not expected to dive for that

DA Miller c Ahmed Shehzad b Mohammad Hafeez 9 (17m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

End of over 10 (4 runs) South Africa 67/7 (129 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.70, RRR: 12.90)
     Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-11-1
RJ Peterson    5* (10b)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-2-0

10.1

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, FOUR, it is some kind of a switch hit as Peterson smashes this in front of square, beats the deep cover fielder easily

10.2

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, 3 runs, now he makes room but gets a bottom edge that goes between the legs of the keeper. Irfan at the boundary collides with a ball boy who have come inside the boundary. He could have done some damage, suicidal. He is ok now and runs back with a smile

10.3

Saeed Ajmal to Kleinveldt, no run, bowls it flatter on off, the batsman pushes it toward cover

10.4

Saeed Ajmal to Kleinveldt, FOUR, flighted delivery on middle and leg, and the batsman gets a chance to go for a swing, he flicks it over square leg for a boundary

10.5

Saeed Ajmal to Kleinveldt, SIX, now he goes for a cross-batted swat and gets a whole lot of bat on that one. It is bludgeoned and it goes deep into the crowd at square leg

10.6

Saeed Ajmal to Kleinveldt, no run, more cross-batted stuff, but this time it is hit straight to midwicket

End of over 11 (17 runs) South Africa 84/7 (112 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.63, RRR: 12.44)
RK Kleinveldt    10* (4b 1x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-19-0
RJ Peterson    12* (12b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-11-1

ali: "very defensive strategy by Hafeez. Man, give the ball to Gul and Irfan and get over it, you still have Afridi as back up for worst case senario."

11.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, 1 run, floated up on the middle stump, the batsman goes for a slog but hits it along the ground to long-on

11.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Kleinveldt, SIX, gets a low full-toss and Rory takes full advantage by clobbering this over extra cover. Into the crowd again

11.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Kleinveldt, SIX, short ball now, and this one goes towards the big electronic screen around deep midwicket boundary. Absolutely smacked

11.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Kleinveldt, 1 wide, this one spins down the leg side and the batsman misses. He was going for this one too

11.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Kleinveldt, OUT, caught at deep extra cover! The fun is over. He takes a tiny step down the pitch and tries to send this to long-off but ends up slicing it towards deep extra cover where the fielder takes a simple catch

RK Kleinveldt c Umar Akmal b Mohammad Hafeez 22 (8m 7b 1x4 3x6) SR: 314.28

11.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, OUT, caught at short fine leg! Peterson tries to go with a kind of switch hit, but the ball is fired towards his leg stump and he only manages to get a top-edge that lobs towards the left of Afridi at short fine.

RJ Peterson c Shahid Afridi b Mohammad Hafeez 13 (23m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 92.85

What a match this is! There is action off every ball. Killer for my fingers.

Cricketlover: "Hafeez is making sure he gets the MoM by keeping Gul out of attack! :P"

11.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Tsotsobe, no run, misses the hat-trick! It was tossed up delivery on the middle, and Tsotsobe was not holding bat, he went for a slog. Just missed it completely and the ball hit him on the pads

End of over 12 (14 runs) South Africa 98/9 (98 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.16, RRR: 12.25)
LL Tsotsobe    0* (1b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-25-3
KJ Abbott    0* (0b)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-19-0

12.1

Umar Gul to Abbott, 2 runs, he bowls length and the batsman manages to chip it over extra cover for a couple of runs

12.2

Umar Gul to Abbott, OUT, short ball on the body, the batsman gets a top-edge, the ball lobs up for Kamran Akmal to take an easy catch. Gul gets his five-for

KJ Abbott c †Kamran Akmal b Umar Gul 2 (5m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Thanks everyone for sticking around. I just hope the pitch has not dropped. Firdose Moonda's report is being updated as I type. Thanks to Mazher, our statsman as well. This is Devashish Fuloria signing off. Ciao ciao.


Presentation:

Faf du Plessis: "Nothing went to plan. Mainly because of two things - Hafeez played a brilliant innings and our bowling didn't work to a plan. But our bowling did well in the last five overs to keep Pakistan to what we thought was a manageable total. But a five-for and an 80-odd completely changes the game. Pakistan are a dangerous team."

Man of the Match is Mohammad Hafeez: "The credit goes to the coaches, they really worked hard with me. I knew I was only one knock away. The mindset was clear and it was to play positive cricket. Everything I did, it worked for me today. The team was eager to perform as we didn't have a good time in Tests. Umar showed the way with brilliant bowling as he is the senior bowler. We were very happy with the crowd support. We showed character, we wanted to do well and it is a special occasion for everyone in the team. The win will help us going into the ODIs"


What a funny game that was! Pakistan, especially, Hafeez batted like there was no tomorrow and it all worked perfectly as they put up a mammoth total. Then South Africa started well, but probably were too dependent on AB. Once he went, Umar Gul and Hafeez again just blew away the South African batting like it was some club side. They fall to their lowest T20 total. Classic Pakistan today. Now they would go into the ODI series with rejuvenated confidence.

luke: "SA should be just a little careful in their general approach to cricket. IMO England took as long as it did to playing top level stuff partly due to their light-hearted approach to non-Test forms of cricket. SA have the long form sussed but ODIs and T20s are a mystery to them still. Kirsten was brought in to address that (and possibly their mental strength) and we can say he's so far failed in one of those areas."

Fida Khattak: "There were three "on hat-trick" occasions in one innings. (twice on umar gul's bowling and once on hafeez's). Has that ever happened before in any form of the game?"

Nisar Ahmed: "Remember Faf saying "We would bowl first anyway"; for this?? Cricket is cruel but We Love it."

Shamayel: "Umar Gul gets exactly the same figures again what an upredictable and weird this T20I format is and also how unpredictable Pakistan is."

Series Results
South Africa v Pakistan at Centurion - Mar 3, 2013
Pakistan won by 95 runs
South Africa v Pakistan at Durban - Mar 1, 2013
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
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Mar 3, 2013

Mohammad Hafeez takes the aerial route, South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Centurion, March 3, 2013

Mohammad Hafeez takes the aerial route

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Mar 3, 2013

Umar Gul saw off Faf du Plessis, South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Centurion, March 3, 2013

Umar Gul saw off Faf du Plessis

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