Pakistan in South Africa ODI Series - 2nd ODI

South Africa v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 28 balls remaining) (D/L method)

2.30pm South Africa's openers have made their way out, so have the Pakistanis. Irfan will start off. Amla to face. Irfan has two slips.

Kapil: "Playing both Junaid and Irfan makes the bowling strong but it also makes batting really weak... Younis and Misbah are similar players.. they needed someone more attacking and aggressive.. may be Umar Akmal.."

2.20pm Time for the national anthems. The game starts in 10 minutes.

Major: "I would never understand on what basis, the captain and the coach, select the team! For ages, our batting is the weakest and most unreliable. Yet they dropped a batsman for a bowler. And not to forget, they were bowled out, inside 37 overs, for just 190 in the previous encounter."

Gonzo: "After the last game I would have kept Kleinveld and brought Steyn in for Abbott. Strange. Unless they just want to give Abbott more experience."

Danny Morrison just said this on the pre-match TV show, Younis Khan is playing his 250th ODI. Just 72 short of 7,000 runs in ODIs as well.

Farhan Khurshid: "Good to see Irfan is back. If there was ever an opportunity for irfan to cement his place, he has it today. I hope he'll justify his place today. No more economic but wicketless bowling; go for the kill Irfan.."

Toss: A massive coin. South Africa win the toss and choose to bat. More consistency would be great, says AB. Steyn comes in for Rory Kleinveldt, that's the only change. Mohammad Irfan is back, replacing Asad Shafiq. "We wanted to strengthen our fast-bowling department," says Misbah.

Malik Tariq: "Hopefully Pak will do better today,with some changes in team and strategy"

Shaun Pollock on the pitch report says this is good pitch for batting, and may spin in the latter stages. The team that wins the toss, he reckons, should bat first.

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We've got a pretty comprehensive preview package for an ODI. South Africa are searching for consistency in the ODI format. Here's Misbah-ul-Haq on Pakistan's selection conundrum. Mudassar Nazar and Mohsin Khan have called for Kamran Akmal's promotion in the batting order. And South Africa are working on improving their yorker-bowling ability.

1.45pm local time Hello and welcome to our coverage of the second ODI between South Africa and Pakistan in Centurion. It's a five-match series and Pakistan were beaten soundly in the opening game. How will they fare today? There's still another 15 minutes left for the toss, so you can read the preview to the game in the meantime.

0.1

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, 1 leg bye, shortish on leg stump, tries to whip it fine, gets a leg-bye, bowled at 137kmph

As radar Haque: "I would justify the selection of Irfan for Asad Shafiq. It's true that batting is of more concern for Pakistan but Shafiq is not an ODI material. Not only he scores at a slow pace but also gets out after increasing the required run rate, leaving too much work to do for Malik, Afridi or Razzak(when playing)"

Smith to face now. Two slips for him too.

0.2

Mohammad Irfan to Smith, no run, nipped back in from short of a good length, struck Smith in the midsection there as it came back in, god bounce for the big man

0.3

Mohammad Irfan to Smith, 1 run, Mix-up, but Amla is safe, the throw should have gone to the non-striker's end, Amla called for a single after Smith knocked it towards point, Hafeez picked it up but Smith was slow to react to Amla's call, Hafeez threw to the wrong end, though

0.4

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, slightly short of a good length, Amla gets on the back foot and pushes it back to the bowler

Munaf Mirza: "Pakistan is not thinking of a long term solution for 2015 WC in Aus - NZ.. Their bowling attack looks decent.. They need to find 3 good batsman and groom for the next couple of years.. Misbah and Younis wont be there till 2015.. This series could have been good opportunity to blood couple of young batsman..."

0.5

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, 1 run, pitched on a length this time, pushes it wide of mid-on where Gul dives to keep them down to a single

0.6

Mohammad Irfan to Smith, no run, goodish length on the off, gets on the back foot and pushes it towards the bowler

End of over 1 (3 runs) South Africa 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
GC Smith    1* (3b)      Mohammad Irfan    1-0-2-0
HM Amla    1* (3b)     

Omar: "I think Pakistan has missed a trick here by not playing an extra spinner- Abdur Rehman, as the pitch will aid the spinners later in the match"

Junaid runs in

1.1

Junaid Khan to Amla, FOUR, drops it short and Amla seizes the length early, rocks on the back foot and pulls it away hard past midwicket for a boundary

Rashid: "This is really astonishing to see Asad Shafiq being dropped for Irfan. They should have dropped Shoaib Malik. I don't see his place in this team alongside Shahid Afridi b/c both are same. Moreover, Malik never bowls even half of his overs and his batting is as usual awful. Now you have 7 bowlers in the team when you were bowled out inside 37 overs in the previous match. Misbah himself talk of 'aggression' but we never see even in team selection. Umar Gul & Younis Khan should get some rest and Wahab Riaz & Umar Akmal should get a chance. Pakistan need to really think over this selection process!!"

Two slips for Junaid as well

1.2

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, short of a good length, rocks on the back foot and pushes it back towards the bowler

1.3

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, goodish length outside off and he lets that one through to the keeper, holds its line

Asad: "Good team selection by Pakistan. It's true that batting is the weaker link in Pakistan's outfit but bowling hasn't been that great either of late. South Africa scored 300 plus in the previous match and given the nature of the pitch at Centurion, I think its good to have a stronger bowling attack."

1.4

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, nipped back in from middle, struck very high on the pads, on the thigh in fact, as Amla tried to whip that square, an appeal from Junaid turned down

1.5

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, in the corridor outside off, bowled at 142kmph, shoulders arms to that one

1.6

Junaid Khan to Amla, 1 leg bye, nips back in from leg stump, tries to whip it fine, gets it down again towards fine leg

End of over 2 (5 runs) South Africa 8/0 (RR: 4.00)
HM Amla    5* (9b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    1-0-4-0
GC Smith    1* (3b)      Mohammad Irfan    1-0-2-0

2.1

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run

2.2

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, 1 run, short of a good length, that was leaving the right hander, bowled at 144kmph, cracked off the back foot towards third man for a single

Abdul Hayee Bhatti: "With all the opening conundrums, It was silly of the Pakistan management to send back Ahmad Shahzad who seemed to be the most comfortable against SA attack in the T20 and batted superbly. Not sure if Pakistan will ever get out of Imran Farhat being the backup option always.."

2.3

Mohammad Irfan to Smith, no run, bowled on a length outside off at 142.6kmph, leaves that one alone to the keeper

2.4

Mohammad Irfan to Smith, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocks back and shows the full face to the bowler

CricAtti: "I expect either Malik or Afridi should play and Umar should be in the team at any cost.. Too many spin options for pakistan in SA is not justified.. Instead of that you can go for 7 pure batsman and 4 bowlers..Any how Hafeez will bowl 10 overs"

2.5

Mohammad Irfan to Smith, no run, shortish on the off, gets across and knocks it down in front of midwicket

2.6

Mohammad Irfan to Smith, 2 runs, shortish outside off and he's found the gap, not great timing but he gets a couple, crunching that past a diving point into the deep

End of over 3 (3 runs) South Africa 11/0 (RR: 3.66)
GC Smith    3* (7b)      Mohammad Irfan    2-0-5-0
HM Amla    6* (11b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    1-0-4-0

3.1

Junaid Khan to Amla, FOUR, width and he cashes in, short of a good length, he stands back and punches that between point and cover for a boundary

3.2

Junaid Khan to Amla, 3 runs, superbly timed, just a punch, gets on the back foot and imparts plenty of force despite a minimum of effort, Jamshed gives chase and drags it back in, three more to the score

Faisal: "@Sid: And too many cricket pundits at the same time talking about team selection. Let us enjoy the game and stop being judgmental about this selection." Any South Africans in the house?

3.3

Junaid Khan to Smith, 1 run, Smith shuffles across, takes it from the off stump and clips it towards fine leg for a single

3.4

Junaid Khan to Amla, 1 leg bye, slightly down the leg side, gets a leg-bye trying to whip that one fine

A lone slip now

3.5

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets back and taps it down into the leg side

3.6

Junaid Khan to Smith, 2 runs, followed that after it was pitched a little short outside off, punched between cover and point for a couple of runs

End of over 4 (11 runs) South Africa 22/0 (RR: 5.50)
GC Smith    6* (10b)      Junaid Khan    2-0-14-0
HM Amla    13* (14b 2x4)      Mohammad Irfan    2-0-5-0

Ghulam Mustafa: "From all the comments of my dear friends, I feel every Pakistani should coach our team :-)"

4.1

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, FOUR, short ball and it's been dispatched, easily, just rolls his wrists over that one and pulls it behind square for a boundary, stylishly done by Amla

4.2

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, OUT, that's out, big sound, good length this time and Amla chased that one, not much footwork there, just went hard at that one, aiming to crack it through cover, appeared to get a thin inside edge there and Akmal took it easily, Irfan has struck

HM Amla c †Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Irfan 17 (19m 16b 3x4 0x6) SR: 106.25

Amla had warmed up with a couple of delightful boundaries but he's gone now.

Ingram is the new man

4.3

Mohammad Irfan to Ingram, OUT, appeal for a catch and it's been turned down, Misbah wants a review, Kamran Akmal was convinced but Irfan went up belatedly, landed on a good length, he opted to play that off the back foot, there was a sound as it went past the bat, but Hot Spot doesn't show any heat signature there. It wasn't the bat hitting pad either, because there was no contact between those two. There was a sound, but was there any compelling evidence that there was a touch? Dharmasena is the third umpire and he reckons the sound is good enough to change the decision, even though Hot Spot didn't reveal anything. Hmm, it's been given out.

CA Ingram c †Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Irfan 0 (4m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Ingram is out first ball, shakes his head as he walks back, Irfan is on a hat-trick. Dharmasena reversed the decision there but we can debate over whether there was any compelling evidence to change the original call. There was definitely a sound, but Hot Spot didn't seem to capture anything.

Hat-trick ball

4.4

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, in the channel outside off and he leaves that one alone to the keeper

James: "The noise was after the ball had passed bat - no wonder there was nothing on hotspot. That is an absolute shocker there from the third umpire." Is sound enough evidence is the question? There's a reason why Hot Spot's there, no clear deflection visible either..

4.5

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run

4.6

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, ooh, a snorter, short of a length and AB was surprised by the bounce, was caught in two minds, whether to evade or play it, confused in the end and he just got out of the way in time

End of over 5 (4 runs) South Africa 26/2 (RR: 5.20)
AB de Villiers    0* (3b)      Mohammad Irfan    3-0-9-2
GC Smith    6* (10b)      Junaid Khan    2-0-14-0

5.1

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, short of a good length, gets on the back foot and pushes it towards midwicket

5.2

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, slightly short, Smith gets well outside the line to defend it back to the bowler

5.3

Junaid Khan to Smith, 1 wide, short of a length, tries to slash that through point, misses but Bowden calls it a wide

5.3

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, pitched on a length this time and Smith mistimes a drive towards mid-off

5.4

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, short of a good length outside off, knocks that one down towards point from the crease

Kamran: "One of the joys of watching sport is the punditry. Pakistan and India are predominantly cricket crazy nations with room for no other sport. With cricket being the sports for the masses, following the Champions League, English Premier League or other European leagues is the "cool" thing to do. Some of these people only watch football to be able to join in the "conversation" on social media."

5.5

Junaid Khan to Smith, FOUR, shortish on middle and leg, Smith whips that hard through square leg, that's his strength, four more, fine leg is too wide to cut that one off

5.6

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, driven on the up, bowled on a good length, straight towards mid-off

End of over 6 (5 runs) South Africa 31/2 (RR: 5.16)
GC Smith    10* (16b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    3-0-19-0
AB de Villiers    0* (3b)      Mohammad Irfan    3-0-9-2

Buzzer: "Agree with Rashid though it came as no surprise as Asad Shafiq has always been made the scapegoat for any failure in ODI, He has never been allowed to settle in this ODI lineup, either keep dropping him or changing his batting order, that is how you destroy the career of a talented young batsman. and we do not need seven bowlers, Pakistan never played with seven bowlers in the lineup, Hafeez is more than good enough to cover up as 6th bowler while it baffles me that Younis never bowls in ODI I have been a fan of Umar Akmal but his game has never really progresses and he got too many chances and a long run in the team. Still seeing 2 future prospects warming bench is frightening"

6.1

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, FOUR, smacked away, crunched that between extra cover and mid-off, short of a good length and he slapped that well between those two fielders

6.2

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, OUT, edged and gone! No doubts about this one, de Villiers was again in two minds about this, short outside off and he belatedly decided to go for it, tried to guide him past the slips there but got a thick edge and second slip snapped that with no trouble, three down now and South Africa in a bit of trouble

AB de Villiers c Younis Khan b Mohammad Irfan 4 (9m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Faf du Plessis walks in. Irfan was brought in to strengthen the bowling for this match, and he's delivered immediately

6.3

Mohammad Irfan to du Plessis, no run, goodish length on the off, rocks forward and defends it towards the bowler

6.4

Mohammad Irfan to du Plessis, no run, shortish outside off and he shoulders arms to let it through to the keeper

6.5

Mohammad Irfan to du Plessis, no run, ooh, what was Faf doing there? Tried to pull that short delivery through square leg, just missed it, went over the bat

Ricey: "did anyone else notice Ingram's pads colliding as he played the shot? Hot spot showed clear spots on the pads!!" Hmm, the bat didn't make any contact with the pads, but the pads may have touched each other. Need another look...

6.6

Mohammad Irfan to du Plessis, 3 runs, pitched on a length and that's been pushed past mid-off for three runs, well timed

End of over 7 (7 runs) South Africa 38/3 (RR: 5.42)
F du Plessis    3* (4b)      Mohammad Irfan    4-0-16-3
GC Smith    10* (16b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    3-0-19-0

James: "Looks like we've found the Pakistan coach! Farhan Khurshid told Irfan to go for the kill, and that's exactly what he's doing!"

7.1

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, no run, trying to get him to drive, on a good length outside off, he leaves that one alone to the keeper

7.2

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, FOUR, fuller this time and Faf doesn't waste it, leans forward and cracks that between mid-off and extra cover for a boundary

Andrew: "I am all for technology being used. But I feel like the 3rd umpire is taking too much liberty in making decisions. Noise is subjective and unless technology is used to isolate the noise, the decision should be umpire's call. Else technology is not being used."

7.3

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, no run, short of a good length, gets on the back foot, takes his bottom-hand off and plays it back to the bowler

7.4

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, 1 run, steps forward and eases that between mid-off and extra cover for a single

Oliver: "Seems like the selection decision is being vindicated. Despite some making the point that dropping a batsman doesn't fix a batting failure, consider that an extra bowler could help a less than strong batting lineup by ensuring that they have a manageable chase, or are able to defend a below par total. In all honesty, many batting collapses are due to playing an extra batsman. Maybe its a mental thing. In tests, we are now seeing teams notice this trend and promote their keepers to number six in the order to accommodate the extra bowler."

7.5

Junaid Khan to Smith, OUT, Smith goes as well, he's not going to review it, he's walking back, short ball outside off and Smith tried to pull it square, got a faint nick and Kamran took it comfortably, a slight under-edge and he's gone as well

GC Smith c †Kamran Akmal b Junaid Khan 10 (42m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 58.82

Junaid chips in with one, South Africa in big trouble on a good batting track.

Two slips for the new man, Behardien

7.6

Junaid Khan to Behardien, no run, back of a length outside off and he gets out of the way

End of over 8 (5 runs) South Africa 43/4 (RR: 5.37)
F Behardien    0* (1b)      Junaid Khan    4-0-24-1
F du Plessis    8* (8b 1x4)      Mohammad Irfan    4-0-16-3

8.1

Mohammad Irfan to du Plessis, FOUR, mid-off is wide and that was in the slot for Faf, pitched up and he just pushes that through the line for a boundary

8.2

Mohammad Irfan to du Plessis, no run, held it back a little there, bowled at 139.3kmph, leaves that one alone to the keeper

8.3

Mohammad Irfan to du Plessis, no run, slightly short outside off and he leaves that one be to the keeper

8.4

Mohammad Irfan to du Plessis, no run, bowls on a good length, rocks forward and stabs that towards extra cover

8.5

Mohammad Irfan to du Plessis, no run, goodish length, rocks forward and plays that on the up towards mid-off

8.6

Mohammad Irfan to du Plessis, 1 run, nipped back in from middle, took his bottom-hand off as he fended that away towards fine leg for a single

End of over 9 (5 runs) South Africa 48/4 (RR: 5.33)
F du Plessis    13* (14b 2x4)      Mohammad Irfan    5-0-21-3
F Behardien    0* (1b)      Junaid Khan    4-0-24-1

9.1

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, FOUR, good length and wide, chases that one, goes hard at it, gets a thick edge well pas the slips and a diving Umar Gul at third man

9.2

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, no run, knocked away off the front foot

9.3

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, no run, bowled on a good length and it's pushed off the front foot towards cover

9.4

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, no run, appeal for lbw, short of a good length and he tried to pull that over square leg, was struck high on the pads, on the thigh in fact, was too high, also pitched outside leg

9.5

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, no run, steps forward to that one, gets an inside edge onto the pads as he tries to defend

Noman: "Irfan looks a transformed bowler since his mediocre debut in England. A real menace on bouncy pitches, must use him carefully to keep him fit till WC 2015. He and Junaid has been proved to be an effective opening pair."

9.6

Junaid Khan to du Plessis, no run, goodish length on middle, gets forward and pushes it towards mid-on

End of over 10 (4 runs) South Africa 52/4 (RR: 5.20)
F du Plessis    17* (20b 3x4)      Junaid Khan    5-0-28-1
F Behardien    0* (1b)      Mohammad Irfan    5-0-21-3

10.1

Mohammad Irfan to Behardien, FOUR, the boundaries are still flowing, short outside off and it's been smacked through point by Behardien, got on top of that one, was in the air for a while but it's safe

10.2

Mohammad Irfan to Behardien, no run, ooh, goes after that one, pushed it fuller this time and Behardien went after it, just went past the outside edge

Dan the Man: "A chance for Behardien to show he can withstand a bit of pressure instead of just coming in and having a swing. Can he do better than his best of 34?"

10.3

Mohammad Irfan to Behardien, FOUR, lovely timing, poor ball, full on the pads and that's been driven with ease through midwicket for four more

10.4

Mohammad Irfan to Behardien, 1 wide, dropped that really short outside off, and was wide as well, bowled at 143kmph, left alone and called a wide

10.4

Mohammad Irfan to Behardien, no run, short of a good length and he leaves that one alone to the keeper

10.5

Mohammad Irfan to Behardien, 1 run, ooh, superb delivery and he didn't have an answer to that one, failed to keep it down, bowled at 140kmph, dropped it short on middle and Behardien was up in the air as he tried to play that, just hung his bat in front of his face and hoped it didn't carry to a fielder

10.6

Mohammad Irfan to du Plessis, OUT, Faf goes, Irfan reacts well, extra bounce doing the trick again! Took off from short of a good length and surprised Faf, who came on the front foot and tried hard to keep it down, taking his bottom-hand off, but it got him on his glove and lobbed back towards the bowler, Irfan bent low and to his left and took it one-handed, five down now

F du Plessis c & b Mohammad Irfan 17 (24m 21b 3x4 0x6) SR: 80.95

The bounce has given the South Africans plenty of trouble this morning, half the side gone in just 11 overs. The run-rate is healthy, Pakistan are bowling some bad balls but some really good ones too that are fetching them the wickets. McClaren walks in

End of over 11 (10 runs) South Africa 62/5 (RR: 5.63)
     Mohammad Irfan    6-0-31-4
F Behardien    9* (6b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    5-0-28-1

Ajmal comes on to bowl, has a slip

11.1

Saeed Ajmal to Behardien, no run, shortish, turns in and catches him on the thigh as he tries to play it into the leg side

11.2

Saeed Ajmal to Behardien, 1 run, turns in from outside off, slightly short, gets an inside edge as he tries to push it into the leg side, a single

Two slips for McClaren

11.3

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, 2 runs, slightly short and he played it with an open face, getting it wide of the slips for a couple of runs

John Clegg: "So much for watching the Pakistan chase after work with a beer or two. Seems this match will be over much sooner than I can escape the office."

11.4

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, no run, floating it on a good length on the off, gets a stride out and defends it to the bowler

11.5

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, no run, angling it towards middle and he pushes it down into the leg side

11.6

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, 1 run, plays it off the back foot, gets all the way back and works it behind square

End of over 12 (4 runs) South Africa 66/5 (RR: 5.50)
R McLaren    3* (4b)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-4-0
F Behardien    10* (8b 2x4)      Mohammad Irfan    6-0-31-4

James: "Great start by Pakistan, but there's clearly some life in the pitch. Should be interesting (or terrifying, depending on your vantage point!) watching Steyn bowling later."

Irfan to continue

12.1

Mohammad Irfan to McLaren, no run, angling in towards middle and leg, McClaren gets across and turns it towards mid-on

12.2

Mohammad Irfan to McLaren, no run, ooh, that seemed to swing in, almost yorker length on off and middle and he dug it out in time

12.3

Mohammad Irfan to McLaren, 2 runs, nicely timed, on a good length and it's pushed firmly past the bowler and mid-off for a couple of runs

12.4

Mohammad Irfan to McLaren, no run, turns the face on that one, gets to the pitch and pushes it towards mid-on

Johan: "@John Clegg. haha I was just sitting here and thinking that exact same thing. Proteas are more inconsistent than the Rand..."

12.5

Mohammad Irfan to McLaren, no run, short of a good length and it holds its line outside off stump, left alone to the keeper

rssampat: "@ Andrew; 3rd umpires have been highly inconsistent with DRS and different umpires have differing yardsticks or different way's of interpreting the audio, visual and hot spot data which is leading to more problems in the adaptation and acceptance of the technology."

Two slips and a short leg

12.6

Mohammad Irfan to McLaren, no run, good carry to the keeper, in the channel outside off and it's been left alone

End of over 13 (2 runs) South Africa 68/5 (RR: 5.23)
R McLaren    5* (10b)      Mohammad Irfan    7-0-33-4
F Behardien    10* (8b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-4-0

13.1

Saeed Ajmal to Behardien, FOUR, Behardien continues to score, fetched that one from outside off and swept it hard through square leg for a boundary, there is a short leg in place

13.2

Saeed Ajmal to Behardien, no run, gets forward and plays that one towards midwicket, very gently

13.3

Saeed Ajmal to Behardien, 1 run, gets all the way on the back foot and works it through square leg for a single

13.4

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, 3 runs, risky shot from McClaren under the circumstances, shortish and he tries to paddle that fine, gets a top edge over the slips for a few runs, Younis gives chase

13.5

Saeed Ajmal to Behardien, no run, slowed it up, tossed up on the off stump, turns in and he plays it down in front of short leg

13.6

Saeed Ajmal to Behardien, no run, pushed it straighter on middle this time, defended towards short leg from the crease

Time for drinks.

End of over 14 (8 runs) South Africa 76/5 (RR: 5.42)
F Behardien    15* (13b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-12-0
R McLaren    8* (11b)      Mohammad Irfan    7-0-33-4

Not a full house in Centurion yet, there are some showers forecast for later in the day. Umar Gul to bowl now, Irfan has been given a break after a fine opening spell of seven overs, Gul has a slip

14.1

Umar Gul to McLaren, no run, short and wide and this doesn't bounce as much as he wanted, goes for the cut, misses

14.2

Umar Gul to McLaren, 1 run, short and wide and McLaren is going for his shots, slaps that over point into the deep for a single

14.3

Umar Gul to Behardien, 2 runs, shortish on the off, bowled at 135.2kmph, whips it through square leg, Behardien wants the second, Nasir Jamshed strikes the stumps direct from deep square leg but Behardien is well in

14.4

Umar Gul to Behardien, 2 runs, nicely played, short of a good length, punched in front of deep point for a couple of runs

14.5

Umar Gul to Behardien, 1 wide, banged in short at 138.4kmph on leg stump, called a wide, he didn't have to duck

14.5

Umar Gul to Behardien, 1 run, slightly short on the off, crunched wide of point for a single

14.6

Umar Gul to McLaren, 2 runs, short outside off, guides that one past a diving point wide of third man for a couple more runs

End of over 15 (9 runs) South Africa 85/5 (RR: 5.66)
R McLaren    11* (14b)      Umar Gul    1-0-9-0
F Behardien    20* (16b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-12-0

Hamid Ali: "Funny to see people mentioning WC 2015 as a goal for the Pakistani think tank. I think they've forgotten the spontaneous nature of our team. Does anyone remember how Imran Nazir and Azhar Mahmood got selected in the WC 2007 squad at the last moment? That's how Pakistan cricket team works and that's how it'll keep working in the future because this uncertainty is an emblem for the team."

15.1

Saeed Ajmal to Behardien, no run, turns in sharply from outside off, worked away towards square leg

MrGarreth: "This 'keep scoring' approach is either ingenious or remarkably idiotic. All depends on the final outcome I suppose"

Ajmal goes round the wicket

15.2

Saeed Ajmal to Behardien, no run, shortish on the off, turns in and he knocks it away into the off side

15.3

Saeed Ajmal to Behardien, no run, flighted on middle and off, gets forward and taps it into the leg side

15.4

Saeed Ajmal to Behardien, 1 run, slightly short, gets on the back foot and plays it wide of midwicket for a single

15.5

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, no run, punched from the crease towards extra cover

A leg slip moves in

15.6

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, no run, quicker through the air, on leg stump and that's been defended back to the bowler

End of over 16 (1 run) South Africa 86/5 (RR: 5.37)
R McLaren    11* (16b)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-13-0
F Behardien    21* (20b 3x4)      Umar Gul    1-0-9-0

A slip for Gul

16.1

Umar Gul to Behardien, FOUR, Behardien's lucky, nips back in from outside off and it cramped Behardien, who get an inside edge over the stumps to the fine-leg boundary

16.2

Umar Gul to Behardien, 1 run, shortish on the off, pushed off the back foot towards mid-on for a quick single

16.3

Umar Gul to McLaren, no run, in the channel outside off stump and he shoulders arms to that one

16.4

Umar Gul to McLaren, 1 run, shortish outside off, run down towards third man for a single

16.5

Umar Gul to Behardien, 1 run, shortish on middle, turns it away through square leg into the deep for a single

16.6

Umar Gul to McLaren, 1 run, shortish on middle, turns it off the back foot wide of midwicket for a single

End of over 17 (8 runs) South Africa 94/5 (RR: 5.52)
R McLaren    13* (19b)      Umar Gul    2-0-17-0
F Behardien    27* (23b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-13-0

17.1

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, no run, ooh, tossed up and McLaren tried to drive that through extra cover, got a thin inside edge onto the pads

17.2

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, no run, turns away and just goes past the outside edge, drew him forward and then spun away to just miss the bat

17.3

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, 1 run, slightly short, crunched towards deep point for a single

17.4

Saeed Ajmal to Behardien, no run, gets forward and across and defends that straightish delivery towards midwicket

17.5

Saeed Ajmal to Behardien, 1 run, defends that in the vacant point region for a single

17.6

Saeed Ajmal to McLaren, no run, shortish on middle, punched off the back foot towards the bowler

End of over 18 (2 runs) South Africa 96/5 (RR: 5.33)
R McLaren    14* (23b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-15-0
F Behardien    28* (25b 4x4)      Umar Gul    2-0-17-0

18.1

Umar Gul to Behardien, FOUR, senses a chance and takes it, short outside off from Gul and Behardien pulls him into that huge gap behind midwicket, raises the century for South Africa

18.2

Umar Gul to Behardien, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot, drops it in front of cover

18.3

Umar Gul to Behardien, no run, goodish length and that's been pushed towards extra cover

18.4

Umar Gul to Behardien, 2 runs, shortish on middle and he pulls it behind square, fine leg runs around and cuts it off, they take a couple

18.5

Umar Gul to Behardien, no run, slightly short on the off, bowled at 137.5kmph, gets on the back foot and pushes it to cover

18.6

Umar Gul to Behardien, no run, short and it's pulled but straight to midwicket, Younis fields well and tries to throw down the stumps at the non-striker's end

End of over 19 (6 runs) South Africa 102/5 (RR: 5.36)
F Behardien    34* (31b 5x4)      Umar Gul    3-0-23-0
R McLaren    14* (23b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-15-0

Afridi comes on to bowl, has a slip

19.1

Shahid Afridi to McLaren, no run, tossed up outside off, reaches forward and defends that one to point

19.2

Shahid Afridi to McLaren, 2 runs, takes that one from outside off and whips it through midwicket for a couple of runs

He's bowling round the wicket to McLaren

19.3

Shahid Afridi to McLaren, no run, fired it quick on middle, at 99.3kmph, gets a thick outside edge but along the ground and wide of slip

19.4

Shahid Afridi to McLaren, no run, floating on the off, reaches forward and plays it back to the bowler

19.5

Shahid Afridi to McLaren, 1 run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and works it through square leg for a single

19.6

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, no run, sliding down leg, clips Behardien's pads on the way to short fine leg

End of over 20 (3 runs) South Africa 105/5 (RR: 5.25)
F Behardien    34* (32b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-3-0
R McLaren    17* (28b)      Umar Gul    3-0-23-0

Hafeez comes on from the other end, has a slip

20.1

Mohammad Hafeez to McLaren, 1 wide, down the leg side, tries to turn it fine, called a wide

20.1

Mohammad Hafeez to McLaren, no run, tossed up on leg stump, driven but straight to midwicket

20.2

Mohammad Hafeez to McLaren, no run, fired in towards middle and leg, McLaren goes for the sweep and misses, Hafeez has a word with Akmal and Misbah and Misbah has reviewed it, McLaren went hard at that one, was it missing leg? A bit of turn there, there was no bat involved, it seemed to be struck in line, though ball-tracking will confirm that. I don't think height was an issue there. Ooh, the ball-tracking says it would have hit the leg stump, but the outside half of leg stump, so it's the umpire's call. Really close. Could have gone either way, a good call for a review there

20.3

Mohammad Hafeez to McLaren, OUT, Given out this time, fires it quicker this time, appeared adjacent again, reaches forward to defend but that appeared to go straight on, seemed to strike him in line with middle and leg as he missed an attempt to block that, Pakistan have struck

R McLaren lbw b Mohammad Hafeez 17 (45m 31b 0x4 0x6) SR: 54.83

We'll wait for a replay, but the umpire had little doubt there and McLaren didn't review it either

Peterson is the new man, Replays from the previous delivery show that would have gone on to hit middle and leg, no doubt

20.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run, pushed it full and he plays it towards extra cover

20.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run

20.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, 1 run, tossed up on the off, driven towards long-off for a single

End of over 21 (2 runs) South Africa 107/6 (RR: 5.09)
RJ Peterson    1* (3b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-2-1
F Behardien    34* (32b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-3-0

21.1

Shahid Afridi to Peterson, 1 run, pushes that one down towards long-on for a single

Hafeez broke an important stand there, South Africa were looking to rebuild and they were going well

21.2

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, no run, tossed up, that's been played back towards the bowler

21.3

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, 1 run, short of a length outside off, crunched it towards deep point for a single

21.4

Shahid Afridi to Peterson, 1 run, slightly short, gets on the back foot and turns it towards square leg

21.5

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, 1 run, angling it towards middle, plays it towards long-on for a single

21.6

Shahid Afridi to Peterson, 1 run, flighted on middle, plays it away in front of long-on for a single

End of over 22 (5 runs) South Africa 112/6 (RR: 5.09)
RJ Peterson    4* (6b)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-8-0
F Behardien    36* (35b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-2-1

22.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run, a bit of width there, driven but straight to extra cover

22.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, 2 runs, gets forward, opens the face and plays it behind point for a couple of runs

22.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run, flighted on middle, that's been driven back firmly but Hafeez does well, diving to his left to prevent a single

22.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run, flatter on the off, steps forward and defends it to extra cover

22.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, 3 runs, more runs this time, quicker through the air, guided past first slip, behind point, for three runs

22.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Behardien, 1 run, floating it on middle, pushes it past a diving midwicket for a single

Kamran: "One thing I really admire about most South African and Australian batsmen is that no matter what the match situation, the bad balls still get punished. Something we Pakistanis can't seem to do - when we go into a shell, you can bowl half trackers and we'll just block them."

End of over 23 (6 runs) South Africa 118/6 (RR: 5.13)
F Behardien    37* (36b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-8-1
RJ Peterson    9* (11b)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-8-0

23.1

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, 1 run, plays that one away through cover into the deep for a single

23.2

Shahid Afridi to Peterson, no run, gets front and across and turns that one away towards midwicket

23.3

Shahid Afridi to Peterson, no run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and punches it towards midwicket

23.4

Shahid Afridi to Peterson, no run, shortish outside off and that's cut away but straight towards point

23.5

Shahid Afridi to Peterson, FOUR, that's been slapped hard, flighted and slow through the air, reaches for it and thwacks it through the extra-cover region for four more

23.6

Shahid Afridi to Peterson, no run, lets that slightly quicker delivery through to the keeper

End of over 24 (5 runs) South Africa 123/6 (RR: 5.12)
RJ Peterson    13* (16b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-13-0
F Behardien    38* (37b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-8-1

Saad: "@ Dan the man, well Behardien has passed his highest total but let's see how long will he stay....."

24.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Behardien, 1 run, plays that one past the bowler towards long-on for a single

24.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run, comes down the track to a flat delivery and plays it back to the bowler

24.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, 1 run, pushes that just wide of mid-on for a single

24.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Behardien, 1 run, flighted on the off, drives it down towards long-on for a single

24.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, 1 run, pushes it wide of mid-on again for one more, easily done

24.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Behardien, 1 run, flighted on the off, pushes it through the line towards mid-off for a single, Irfan gets across and cuts it off but they've picked a single comfortably

These two have added 22 in quick time, without taking any chances.

End of over 25 (5 runs) South Africa 128/6 (RR: 5.12)
F Behardien    41* (40b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-13-1
RJ Peterson    15* (19b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-13-0

25.1

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, no run, flighted on the off, that's been pushed back to the bowler

25.2

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, no run, shortish on the off, bowled at 101kmph, punched towards cover

25.3

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, no run, tries to turn it square, struck on the pads but that would have been sliding down

25.4

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, 2 runs, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and works it wide of short fine leg for a couple of runs

Faisal: "How about posting something positive about Kamran's keeping? When he messes up we berate him endlessly."

25.5

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, no run, slightly short on middle, turns it wide of midwicket, Behardien wants the single but Peterson sends him back

25.6

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, 1 run, works it away through square leg this time for a single

End of over 26 (3 runs) South Africa 131/6 (RR: 5.03)
F Behardien    44* (46b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-16-0
RJ Peterson    15* (19b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-13-1

Hafeez going round the wicket to Behardien. Irfan is leaving the field, was holding his hamstring

26.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Behardien, no run, floating it on the off, pushes it into the off side

Umar Akmal is the substitute for Irfan

26.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Behardien, 1 run, knocks away a single

26.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, 1 run, plays that one away wide of cover for a single

26.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Behardien, 1 run, slightly short, punched towards midwicket who fumbles and they sneak a quick single

26.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run, shortish on the off, chops that one down towards point from the crease

26.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run, seemed to keep a little low, punches that one back to the bowler

End of over 27 (3 runs) South Africa 134/6 (RR: 4.96)
RJ Peterson    16* (22b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-16-1
F Behardien    46* (49b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-16-0

27.1

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, no run, pushes that one back towards the bowler

27.2

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, 1 run, tossed up on the off, driven straight towards extra cover

Ashif: "This is where South Africa's mettle will be tested. If they want to be as good as Australia were in ODIs between 1999-2009 they have to prove that they can recover from situations like these. During the 2003 world cup Australia were in a spot of bother more often than not, but batsman like Symonds and Bevan were able to nudge totals towards 200 and Lee, Mcgrath and Hogg were able to make the acquired score seem more than excessive."

27.3

Shahid Afridi to Peterson, no run, pushed away past extra cover into the deep for a single

27.4

Shahid Afridi to Peterson, 1 run, gets on the back foot, that turns in from outside off, knocks it down into the leg side

27.5

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, no run, gets back and turns it past square leg for a single

27.6

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, no run, bowled on a good length, pushes it back towards the bowler

End of over 28 (2 runs) South Africa 136/6 (RR: 4.85)
F Behardien    47* (53b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-18-0
RJ Peterson    17* (24b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-16-1

Atif yousuf: "Predicatable captaincy here by Misbah. Why not bring in one of the fast men, particulary Irfan for quick wicket or two. Second : I hope Southfrica make 220 atleast. Anything less than that, Pakistani batsman are likely to play so defensively to the point of messing up the chase." Irfan is off the field now due to a suspected hamstring problem

28.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, 1 run, pushed it full on the off, played towards long-off for a single

Apologies for the loss in commentary, we've lost coverage. We'll get you the latest updates as soon as the coverage returns. Thanks.

28.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Behardien, no run

28.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Behardien, no run

28.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Behardien, 1 run

28.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, 1 run

28.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Behardien, 1 run

End of over 29 (4 runs) South Africa 140/6 (RR: 4.82)
F Behardien    49* (57b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-0-20-1
RJ Peterson    19* (26b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-18-0

29.1

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, no run

29.2

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, no run

29.3

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, 2 runs

29.4

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, 1 run

29.5

Shahid Afridi to Peterson, no run

The coverage is back. Sorry for the loss in commentary in between.

29.6

Shahid Afridi to Peterson, no run, knocked away into the leg side

End of over 30 (3 runs) South Africa 143/6 (RR: 4.76)
RJ Peterson    19* (28b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-21-0
F Behardien    52* (61b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-0-20-1

30.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Behardien, 1 run, shortish and that's been punched away past midwicket for a single

In the interim, Behardien reached his half-century, a healthy partnership this

30.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run

30.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run, comes down the track, gets an inside edge onto the pads as he tries to play it into the leg side

30.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run, slightly short on the off, punched towards extra cover from the crease

30.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run, pushes that off the front foot towards extra cover

30.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run, shortish on the off, punched straight to extra cover

End of over 31 (1 run) South Africa 144/6 (RR: 4.64)
RJ Peterson    19* (33b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-0-21-1
F Behardien    53* (62b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-21-0

31.1

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, no run, played away towards midwicket

Behardien's maiden fifty in ODI cricket

31.2

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, 1 run, shortish on middle, worked away behind short fine leg for a single

31.3

Shahid Afridi to Peterson, 1 run, shortish on middle, worked away towards deep square leg for a single

31.4

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, no run, turn for Afridi, gets him high on the bat as he tries to play it off the back foot, was a touch surprised by the bounce there

31.5

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, no run, bowled that one full on middle, digs it out back towards the bowler

31.6

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, no run, crunches that good length delivery towards extra cover

End of over 32 (2 runs) South Africa 146/6 (RR: 4.56)
F Behardien    54* (67b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-23-0
RJ Peterson    20* (34b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-0-21-1

Babar: "Misbah is doing what he can. Junaid is the bowler which Misbah will go to in couple of overs, with Irfan already out and Gul, Afridi lacking purpose."

32.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, 1 run, Peterson comes down the track and drives it towards long-on for a single

32.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Behardien, 1 run, gets forward and plays that down to long-on as well for a single

32.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run, inside edge onto the pads as he steps forward, Behardien calls for the single but Peterson rightly sends him back

32.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, 2 runs, comes down the track and hits it inside out over extra cover into the deep for a couple of runs, 150 up for South Africa

32.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, 1 run, stepping out again and pushing it to midwicket, a fumble allows them another single

32.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Behardien, no run, flat on the off stump, turns it towards square leg off the back foot

End of over 33 (5 runs) South Africa 151/6 (RR: 4.57)
F Behardien    55* (69b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-0-26-1
RJ Peterson    24* (38b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-23-0

We're back after drinks

33.1

Shahid Afridi to Peterson, no run, flighted outside off, tries to drive that forcefully through extra cover, gets an inside edge onto the pads

33.2

Shahid Afridi to Peterson, no run, thinks of playing a paddle but then withdraws and allows it through to the keeper, was a touch too wide to play that shot

33.3

Shahid Afridi to Peterson, 1 run, the googly, gets on the back foot and pushes it behind square for a single

33.4

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, no run, gets forward and across and plays that straighter one towards midwicket

33.5

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, no run, floating it on middle, much slower through the air, defended into the leg side

33.6

Shahid Afridi to Behardien, 4 leg byes, sliding down the leg side and it clips Behardien's pads as he tries to play that fine, beats short fine leg to the boundary

There hasn't been a boundary off the bat in more than 50 deliveries but South Africa will take that

End of over 34 (5 runs) South Africa 156/6 (RR: 4.58)
F Behardien    55* (72b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-24-0
RJ Peterson    25* (41b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-0-26-1

Umar Gul is back

34.1

Umar Gul to Peterson, no run, short of a length outside off and he mistimes a pull towards midwicket

34.2

Umar Gul to Peterson, 1 run, nicely struck, slices it hard through point but deep point cuts it across, just the single in the end

34.3

Umar Gul to Behardien, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, guides that one down to third man for a single

Firdose Moonda, watching the game in South Africa, spotted lightning twice. There were thundershowers expected this evening. Fingers crossed.

34.4

Umar Gul to Peterson, FOUR, short and wide and he finds the gap this time, over point, huge gap between deep point and third man and he gets a boundary

El Sid: "Although we are still in trouble, thanks to Behardien and Peterson this is heading towards a defensible score. Should be Pakistan's game though...."

Gul goes round the wicket

34.5

Umar Gul to Peterson, no run, short of a good length outside off, taps it away towards point

34.6

Umar Gul to Peterson, 1 run, knocks that behind point for a comfortable single, Umar Akmal dives valiantly but can't prevent the single

End of over 35 (7 runs) South Africa 163/6 (RR: 4.65)
RJ Peterson    31* (46b 2x4)      Umar Gul    4-0-30-0
F Behardien    56* (73b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-24-0

Good job by these two, a score in the range of 220-230 should be competitive. Ajmal comes back. Powerplay time for South Africa.

35.1

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, no run, floating it on the off stump, drops it towards point and decides against the single

35.2

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, no run, shortish outside off, guides it towards short third man

35.3

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, no run, defended off the front foot towards point, three dot balls

It's getting overcast in Centurion...

35.4

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, 1 run, chops that one behind point and wide of short third man for a single

El Sid: "Me again - there is a thunderstorm in Midrand - 10 km from Centurion"

35.5

Saeed Ajmal to Behardien, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and punches it towards midwicket

35.6

Saeed Ajmal to Behardien, no run, good, quiet over, gets forward and plays it with the turn towards midwicket

End of over 36 (1 run) South Africa 164/6 (RR: 4.55)
F Behardien    56* (75b 5x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-16-0
RJ Peterson    32* (50b 2x4)      Umar Gul    4-0-30-0

T.M. Reddy: "A perfect example of never say die: F Behardien more than his highest score and RJ Peterson on the way to more than his highest are set to put the fighting score. It appears that SA will win again, for sure."

36.1

Umar Gul to Peterson, FOUR, that's four, he took a risk there, short and wide and he slashed hard at that one, got a thick edge wide of the keeper, got it much finer than he would have liked

36.2

Umar Gul to Peterson, 1 run, short of a length outside off, cut away towards Afridi at deep point for just the single this time

36.3

Umar Gul to Behardien, 1 run, slower one bowled short on middle, turns it behind square for a single

Martin Nosworthy: "The bench mark for me has always been 160 runs. Get 160 runs on the board and you at least have something to bowl at. Yes, Pakistan have done well up until now but let's wait until they bat too before judging SA to harshly."

36.4

Umar Gul to Peterson, no run, leading edge but that lands safe, Peterson closed the face too early there, was outside leg stump and he tried to turn it square, did it early and he was lucky it didn't carry to mid-on

36.5

Umar Gul to Peterson, 1 run, short and wide, slashed down towards third man for a single

Peterson has achieved his highest ODI score, his previous best was 36

36.6

Umar Gul to Behardien, no run, short of a good length, gets on the back foot and pushes it to point

End of over 37 (7 runs) South Africa 171/6 (RR: 4.62)
F Behardien    57* (77b 5x4)      Umar Gul    5-0-37-0
RJ Peterson    38* (54b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-16-0

The two umpires are having a chat, presumably about the lightning. There was an incident recently in South Africa where schoolchildren were struck by lightning during a cricket match. There is a bit of a delay here. It's got quite overcast now.

37.1

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, 1 run, slightly short outside off, chops it down to short third man for a single

37.2

Saeed Ajmal to Behardien, no run, moving around the crease is Behardien, that's been playing to square leg, no single on offer there

37.3

Saeed Ajmal to Behardien, 1 run, gets on the back foot and punches that wide of midwicket for a single

37.4

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, no run, slightly short on middle and off, gets on the back foot and defends to cover

37.5

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, no run, angling towards leg stump, pushes it away towards midwicket

37.6

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, no run, kicks that one away, defends but the ball rolls back towards the stumps and he kicks it away just in time, close one that

End of over 38 (2 runs) South Africa 173/6 (RR: 4.55)
RJ Peterson    39* (58b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-18-0
F Behardien    58* (79b 5x4)      Umar Gul    5-0-37-0

38.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Behardien, no run, shortish on middle, turned away towards square leg

38.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Behardien, no run, can't beat square leg again, played straight to the fielder

38.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Behardien, OUT, Behardien's gone, shortish from Hafeez and he tried to clear deep square leg, was slightly short and he pulled it high but couldn't get the distance

F Behardien c Shoaib Malik b Mohammad Hafeez 58 (123m 82b 5x4 0x6) SR: 70.73

Behardien was tied down during the Powerplay, was finding it hard to get singles, tried to find a release and found the fielder. A fine innings, but South Africa would have loved for him to bat through.

38.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Abbott, FOUR, tossed up and that's been driven hard through extra cover for a boundary, lovely timing

7.45pm Time to resume. South Africa have another 32 balls remaining this innings. Pakistan will have 13 overs of Powerplays, nine and four.

7.35pm The players are warming up, preparing to make their way out.

Naveen: "What. Its still a 44 overs a side match. I am suprised by this. Because of the rain the match has stopped for about 2 hours and 25 minutes but you still lose only 6 overs a side. I don't understand the rules." They've factored in the 40 minutes for lunch as well, so the mid-innings break will be a very short one.

7.20pm The ground, we are told, is in very good condition. There hasn't been any rain for sometime. The umpires want to start at 7.45pm. It's 44 overs a side now. So South Africa need to bat for a few more overs.

7.10pm Here's more on what happened last month, with nine schoolchildren being struck by lightning. One of them is still recovering in hospital, and we hope for the best.

6.50pm Billy Bowden says the rain has stopped. They'll be back for an inspection at 7.15pm. The outfield is drying very well, he says. He hopes play should start within half an hour of the inspection. Bowden says the sad incident involving the schoolchildren who were hit by lightning certainly played on the umpires' minds when they asked the players to leave the field. As of now, the outfield is drying quickly. The umpires reckon they're good to start not too long after the inspection at 7.15pm.

6.45pm One cover has been removed. And another one after that. Looks like all of them are coming off now.

6.40pm The umpires are walking out for an inspection, it appears. There's still rain in the air.

6.30pm Very light rain and the covers are being drained. But the bad news is, the radar shows another storm is on the way. Oh dear.

6.15pm Still raining, but very lightly. Another five minutes before the overs start getting deducted. Correction, I've just been told overs start getting deducted from 7pm.

6.00pm Slightly better news, the rain has lightened up. The ground can dry up quickly, I'm told. The cut-off time isn't until after 9pm. So there's enough time left.

GermanPlayer: "@Dan the Man, If you really want to find the negative aspects of today's game, then i think you could talk a lot about the top 5 players. Behardein has been under pressure and has played a good knock under pressure."

Dan the Man: "@Varun, I agree that a rebuilding was necessary, but you till need to score some runs along the way. A good cricketer like Bevan, Duminy, Morgan etc will turn over the strike far more than Behardien managed. Centurion is the BEST odi ground in SA, smallish boundaries with a good true track. SA are still well short of the average score here, and peterson has scored reasonably freely, more so than Behardien managed in that partnership"

James: "Behardien should be thoroughly congratulated for his stellar innings. He adjusted his game to the opposite of match one. I think it was clear to see he got out as he was exhausted, he just didn't have the strength to hoist that ball over the fence, AND unfortunately for SA and him, a rain break came a few balls short, where he may have got a well earned rest!"

Varun: "@Dan the Man..it was about sustaining wickets and Behardien did a fantastic job...scoring fifty in from a point when his team was four down with scores still in double figures speaks a lot about him handling pressure plus his 70 plus strike rate is good enough...sometimes we expect our cricketers to be superhumans which they are clearly not.."

5.35pm It's become worse in the last few minutes. Firdose: "Absolutely pouring now. Whole ground dark, and water sweeping across the covers."

5.30pm Bad news, it's raining in Centurion and it doesn't look like it's going to go away soon.

Dan the Man: "Hmm well he may have gotten a fifty but I'd say Behardien still has to convince. just 24 off his last 50 balls, out of the 111 runs scored during that period. Did not seem capable of dealing with the pressure"

5.25pm There is a threat of a serious storm. Cold air, wind, the works, Firdose tells me. "One thing is it's breezy enough to blow away at some point." Let's hope so.

5.19pm The umpires are not risking it, you could hear the thunder. The covers are now coming on. The players are walking off. There's no major rain, but there is thunder and lightning.

38.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Abbott, 1 wide, shortish but down the leg side and it's called a wide

38.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Abbott, no run, clips the pads as he tries to work that one away

38.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Abbott, 1 run, gets on the back foot and plays it through midwicket into the deep for a single

End of over 39 (6 runs) South Africa 179/7 (RR: 4.58)
KJ Abbott    5* (3b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    8-0-32-2
RJ Peterson    39* (58b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-18-0

Susil Kumar: "Anyone ready to guess what's common among Clarke, Taylor and Ingram? Not something all 3 would be happy about. All of them have a golden duck to their name today."

39.1

Saeed Ajmal to Abbott, OUT, Ajmal strikes, a leading edge, don't think he picked the straighter one there, or it may have been a doosra, closed the face on that one and offered a simple catch to mid-off running to his left

KJ Abbott c Shahid Afridi b Saeed Ajmal 5 (3m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

Peterson will have to take the bulk of the strike. Remember, Pakistan will be chasing a D-L target. Steyn walks in.

39.2

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, 1 run, short of a length outside off, punched towards deep cover for a single

39.3

Saeed Ajmal to Steyn, no run, turns in from outside off and it strikes him outside the line as he tries to defend

A slip in place

39.4

Saeed Ajmal to Steyn, no run, gets forward, to the pitch and defends him into the off side

39.5

Saeed Ajmal to Steyn, 1 wide, gets well across and that slides down the leg side, given a wide by Bowden

39.5

Saeed Ajmal to Steyn, 1 leg bye, appeal for lbw, did that strike him outside the line? Got across to play it into the leg side, may have struck in line, was it too high? Close shout

39.6

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, 1 run, angling in towards leg, dropped in the direction of midwicket and he sets off for a single

End of over 40 (4 runs) South Africa 183/8 (RR: 4.57)
RJ Peterson    41* (60b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-0-21-1
DW Steyn    0* (3b)      Mohammad Hafeez    8-0-32-2

Hafeez to bowl

40.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, 1 run, flighted on the off, gets it wide of short third man for a single

Shafqat Nadeem: "I think there is no deduction of overs on delay of 1 hour or less, total delay time is 2 hour & 25 mint, so subtract that 1 hour, It means 1 hour and 25 mint wasted, now subtract 40 mint dinner break, so actual wasted time is 45 mint. that's why only 12 overs are deducted in game"

40.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Steyn, no run, gets front and across and defends that one towards midwicket

40.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Steyn, no run, ooh, turned down the leg side, not called a wide, may have been a deflection off the pads

40.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Steyn, 1 wide, this time it's been signalled a wide, turns down the leg side by a fair distance

40.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Steyn, 1 wide, lands on the off and turns down leg, called another wide, Hafeez isn't happy

40.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Steyn, no run, given him out, Steyn reviews it, the height may be an issue, turns in from outside off and rapped him high on the pads as he moved across, the umpire gave it out. Turned a fair distance, did it miss leg? Ball-tracking says that was missing leg. Not out.

40.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Steyn, no run, tossed up on the off, Steyn gets forward and defends it towards midwicket

40.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Steyn, no run, pushes it away into the leg side

End of over 41 (3 runs) South Africa 186/8 (RR: 4.53)
DW Steyn    0* (8b)      Mohammad Hafeez    9-0-35-2
RJ Peterson    42* (61b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-0-21-1

Jan: "Sorry to seem nerdy, but as a mathematician I have to point out that it doesn't matter for D/L calculations if SA get bowled out or not. All that matters is how many runs they have to their name at the end of their innings, regardless of "all out" or "for 8"."

41.1

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, no run, slid that one in quicker on the off, shortish outside off and it's chopped towards point

41.2

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, 1 run, flighted on the off, drops it in front of point for a single

41.3

Saeed Ajmal to Steyn, no run

41.4

Saeed Ajmal to Steyn, no run, reaches forward and defends that one solidly into the off side

41.5

Saeed Ajmal to Steyn, 1 wide, turns down the leg side from the off stump and it's called a wide

41.5

Saeed Ajmal to Steyn, no run, Ajmal goes round the wicket, turns in and raps him really high on the pads as he comes forward to defend

41.6

Saeed Ajmal to Steyn, no run, pushes that one off the front foot towards extra cover

End of over 42 (2 runs) South Africa 188/8 (RR: 4.47)
DW Steyn    0* (12b)      Saeed Ajmal    8-0-23-1
RJ Peterson    43* (63b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    9-0-35-2

Junaid Khan to bowl now

42.1

Junaid Khan to Peterson, 1 run, slightly short on leg stump, drops it in the direction of square leg and sets off for a single

Junaid will go round the wicket to Steyn

42.2

Junaid Khan to Steyn, no run, drops that one short outside off and Steyn gets out of the way of that one

42.3

Junaid Khan to Steyn, 1 leg bye, angling in towards middle and leg, gets an inside edge onto the pads and sets off for a single

42.4

Junaid Khan to Peterson, 1 leg bye, slides on the pads, tries to clip him square, gets a leg-bye in the end

42.5

Junaid Khan to Steyn, no run, yorker length on the off and Steyn manages to dig it out towards midwicket

Raja: "The point of Peterson taking all the strike is hoping that SA won't get bowled out and therefore not take the precious extra 5-10 runs, which will probably get amplified after the D/L calculations are applied."

42.6

Junaid Khan to Steyn, OUT, bowled'im! On a length and Steyn tries to push that through the line, he remains on nought after all that, misses and is bowled

DW Steyn b Junaid Khan 0 (19m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Sixteen balls without a run, and the situation's no better with his side nine down with an over left.

End of over 43 (3 runs) South Africa 191/9 (RR: 4.44)
     Junaid Khan    6-0-29-2
RJ Peterson    44* (65b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-0-23-1

Final over now...

43.1

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, no run, bowled on a length and he pushes it back to the bowler

43.2

Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, OUT, Peterson falls, South Africa have been bowled out, tries to drag it from well outside off over midwicket, Ajmal had slowed it up, gets a top-edge and it's an easy catch to short third man

RJ Peterson c Nasir Jamshed b Saeed Ajmal 44 (88m 67b 3x4 0x6) SR: 65.67

Pakistan need 192 to win. Behardien and Peterson put together a fighting stand, but there wasn't much from the lower order after that. Pakistan have bowled well, led by Irfan's four-for at the start. Just a 10-minute break before Pakistan come out to bat for the chase. Firdose Moonda's report will be getting updated as I type. Join us again in 10 minutes.

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Younis Khan gets aggressive against the spinners, South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Centurion, March 15, 2013

Younis Khan gets aggressive against the spinners

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Misbah-ul-Haq goes for the big hit during his half-century, South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Centurion, March 15, 2013

Misbah-ul-Haq goes for the big hit during his half-century

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