Pakistan in South Africa ODI Series - 5th ODI

South Africa v Pakistan

South Africa won by 6 wickets (with 36 balls remaining)

All set then, the team's take their positions on the grid, one and two...This one is just a two-car race.. Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Farhat waiting for the green lights, Steyn too.

Osama Baig: "The Pakistani Cultural Club in our university is screening this game. And every time a Pakistani match has been screened here, we've lost. So I won't bother watching this."


The first innings totals at Willowmoore Park stack up something like this. The average score somewhere around 230-240..

Faizan: "Considering the late afternoon showers Pak should be targetting a score 280+ just in case -DL-surprises us.."

Dabeer: "This one is surely going Pakistan's way. Its a pressure game for both sides. I am sure if our bowlers are in their rhythm then even 200 would be a good target. However @ Misbah, dear Captain kindly pump up ur batting line to cross 300 today :p"


9.30 am: Pakistan win the toss and they will bat first. He thinks chasing will be difficult in the pressure game. "We want to finish well," he says. Pakistan going unchanged into the game. Quinton de Kock and Morne Morkel come in for Smith and Kleinveldt in the South African side.

Jamshaid: "Bowling first, with steyn and morkel plus the talented de kock in for the out of form smith this is looking like the strongest south african ODI side to play the entire series"

Adnan: "The one who wins the toss, loses the match, OMG :("

Wahab: "The last four matches at this ground have been won by the sides batting first"


Pitch: No grass on the pitch, some cracks but they are not likely to open, so all in all a good batting pitch. But Pat Symcox says from his experience that this pitch has always been a bit up and down.

Firdose Moonda sends me this update from Benoni: "It's a lovely day here. Warm, no clouds and as expected, and it will rain in the late afternoon. Very sleepy Sunday morning but there's quite a buzz in Benoni. Quite substantial traffic on the road leading in."

Shane: "I live about 10 miles from the stadium in Benoni, and it's raining slightly over here."


9.15 am: It's a super Sunday for cricket. India and Australia are slugging it out on a raging turner, England and New Zealand exchanged a few blows in Auckland and now we are in Benoni, for the decider of a closely contested ODI series between South Africa and Pakistan. Welcome to the world of almost 24-hour cricket, welcome to ESPNcricinfo. Watch out for Pakistan's big-match temperament and South Africa's collective mental strength, writes Firdose Moonda in the match preview.

Dr.Tam: "You really feel for Rehman-the-bench-warmer. In presence of the spin options like Ajmal, Hafeez, Malik and Afridi being an integral part of the starting line-up, one wonders how to accommodate their hero of the practice match?"

"I wish Misbah resume his form again. He was out of form in the whole series but played at a strike rate of almost 90," Yes Zubair, it was like tuk-tuk found another gear, isn't it?

sohail: "@Fuloria: Misbah is gearing up for the next round of grand pix played at london "the champions trophy..." wish he could make a T20 performance today."


The biggest Google+ Hangout in cricket's history is happening on Monday, 2:30 PM IST (9:00 AM GMT). Get ready to spend A Day with Dravid.

0.1

Steyn to Imran Farhat, no run, swings away from the left-hander, the batsman stays on the back foot and pulls his bat out of the line

0.2

Steyn to Imran Farhat, no run, back of length delivery on off stump, Farhat stands tall and punches it back to the bowler

Two slips in place

0.3

Steyn to Imran Farhat, FOUR, on the pads and swings in a touch too, Farhat clips it fine on the leg side

0.4

Steyn to Imran Farhat, no run, fuller length delivery just outside off, the batsman lets it go through, it reaches the keeper ankle high

0.5

Steyn to Imran Farhat, no run, back of length delivery on the stumps, the batsman stands tall and works it to square leg

0.6

Steyn to Imran Farhat, no run, keeps it accurate outside off, Farhat shoulders arms

Tahir: "@ Osama Baig - Good thinking , same here :)" -- We have a full-house in Benoni and you guys are leaving already??

End of over 1 (4 runs) Pakistan 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
Imran Farhat    4* (6b 1x4)      DW Steyn    1-0-4-0
Mohammad Hafeez    0* (0b)     

Tsotsobe comes in... Two slips for him too. Runs all the way, jumps and leaps all the way to the crease and he doesn't release the ball. False start. Back to your grid position please

1.1

Tsotsobe to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, bowls a low full-toss outside off, Many thanks says Hafeez as he just has to push this through the gap at cover

1.2

Tsotsobe to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, bowls a slower delivery on the middle and leg stump line, the batsman defends it towards midwicket

1.3

Tsotsobe to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, fuller delivery outside off, the batsman crashes it off the front foot, but Behaardien leaps in the air at cover to slow it down and prevent a boundary

1.4

Tsotsobe to Imran Farhat, 1 run, bowls it on the middle and leg line and Farhat flicks it fine on the leg side for a single

Danial: "@Osama Baig: I remember Pakistani Cultiral Club (PCC) did the screening of Pak vs Ind champions trophy game back in 2009 and we won....have faith in your team :)"

1.5

Tsotsobe to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length delivery wide outside off, the batsman doesn't bother touching it, left alone

1.6

Tsotsobe to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, another length delivery angling across the right-hander, left alone by Hafeez

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)"

End of over 2 (6 runs) Pakistan 10/0 (RR: 5.00)
Mohammad Hafeez    5* (5b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    1-0-6-0
Imran Farhat    5* (7b 1x4)      DW Steyn    1-0-4-0

2.1

Steyn to Imran Farhat, 1 run, back of length just outside off, the batsman arches back to make some room and cuts it hard, but backward point makes a half-stop

2.2

Steyn to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, bowls short of length on the pads, the batsman defends it towards midwicket

2.3

Steyn to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length delivery just outside off, it stays low and goes to the keeper on the bounce, left alone by the batsman

2.4

Steyn to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, back of length on target, Hafeez gets right behind it and defends it solidly back down the pitch

2.5

Steyn to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, caught at second slip! First strike! A Steyn special, it was on a length, angling into the batsman and around off stump, the batsman had to play at that one, but the ball straightened just a bit to square up the batsman and the edge goes flying to the right of the second-slip fielder. South Africa overtake Pakistan at the first corner.. But this is just the first lap...

Mohammad Hafeez c Ingram b Steyn 5 (12m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

Kamran Akmal comes in

2.6

Steyn to Kamran Akmal, no run, back of length delivery sliding down leg side, Akmal tries to work it away but gets hit on the thigh pad

Sufiyan Ghori: "@Mazher, such stats makes you wanna stay away from the TV."

End of over 3 (1 run) Pakistan 11/1 (RR: 3.66)
Kamran Akmal    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    2-0-5-1
Imran Farhat    6* (8b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    1-0-6-0

3.1

Tsotsobe to Imran Farhat, no run, length delivery just outside off, the batsman lets it go, but this one stays very low

3.2

Tsotsobe to Imran Farhat, no run, length delivery on the pads, the batsman is not able to get any bat on it as he tries to whip it to leg side

Qasim Nawaz: "Steyn should be name a Hafeez Hunter for the series." --- Steyn takes out Hafeez for the sixth time in the series...

3.3

Tsotsobe to Imran Farhat, no run, length delivery on off stump, he bowls it with a grunt, the batsman defends it to the off side

3.4

Tsotsobe to Imran Farhat, no run, length delivery outside off, Farhat comes forward and pushes it to cover

3.5

Tsotsobe to Imran Farhat, no run, length delivery on off stump, pushes to mid-on

3.6

Tsotsobe to Imran Farhat, no run, another length delivery just outside off, Farhat pushes it to mid-off this time

Najam: "@Mazher Arshad: I know you since Orkut days and I have started to believe you even know how many times Afridi ate Biriyaani over the last 10 years :|"

End of over 4 (maiden) Pakistan 11/1 (RR: 2.75)
Imran Farhat    6* (14b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    2-1-6-0
Kamran Akmal    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    2-0-5-1

4.1

Steyn to Kamran Akmal, no run, 141 kph, it has started swinging for him now, typical delivery, on a length, goes like a banana, Akmal leaves it alone

4.2

Steyn to Kamran Akmal, no run, another one, on a fuller length outside off, the batsman lets it go through

4.3

Steyn to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, oh beautiful! It was a fuller length delivery and Akmal pulls out a classical cover drive..no stopping that one

4.4

Steyn to Kamran Akmal, no run, full and swinging away, but it's a bit wide outside off, left alone

4.5

Steyn to Kamran Akmal, no run, short of length delivery outside off, the batsman stands tall and cuts it hard, but backward point makes a good diving save to stop a certain boundary

Mark: "Steyn's 100th wicket, would be great if he ended the day with a few more." --- Thanks Mark.

4.6

Steyn to Kamran Akmal, no run, length delivery outside off, swings further away, left alone

End of over 5 (4 runs) Pakistan 15/1 (RR: 3.00)
Kamran Akmal    4* (7b 1x4)      DW Steyn    3-0-9-1
Imran Farhat    6* (14b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    2-1-6-0

5.1

Tsotsobe to Imran Farhat, 3 runs, too straight this time and Farhat whips it past square leg, Behaardien gets a hand to it and that slows it down

5.2

Tsotsobe to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, he comes forward and steers the angled delivery down to the right of third-man

Sarmad Khan: "Wonder how many times has Hafeez taken Dale Steyn's wicket? Wish he gets him out today"

5.3

Tsotsobe to Imran Farhat, no run, loose shot by the batsman as he gets beaten by a length delivery outside off that stays a little low

Pee Ess: "Dale Steyn now has 100 ODI wickets in 72 matches. Exactly the same as Charle Langeveldt"

5.4

Tsotsobe to Imran Farhat, 1 run, pushes the length ball to the gap at cover-point for a quick single

5.5

Tsotsobe to Kamran Akmal, no run, loud appeal for lbw as the batsman walks across the stumps and gets hit in front, Tsotsobe looked very confident, but did that come back enough? Well, there was a faint inside edge..

5.6

Tsotsobe to Kamran Akmal, no run, length delivery just outside off, the batsman gets a solid inside edge this time on to his boots

End of over 6 (5 runs) Pakistan 20/1 (RR: 3.33)
Kamran Akmal    5* (10b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    3-1-11-0
Imran Farhat    10* (17b 1x4)      DW Steyn    3-0-9-1

Sayed Something: "The name Hafeez means "to learn" I think its time he literally tries to live up to his name against Steyn"

6.1

Morkel to Imran Farhat, 1 wide, starts off with a short of length delivery that takes off after pitching, the batsman ducks under it but that one flies over the head.

6.1

Morkel to Imran Farhat, no run, 142 kph, back of length on off stump, the batsman gets up on his toes and defends it off the back foot

6.2

Morkel to Imran Farhat, no run, fuller delivery just outside off, angled away from the batsman, left alone by Farhat

Nouman: "That's the stats, due to them Mazhar Arshad rightly known as MR.Cricket in Orkut and FB"

6.3

Morkel to Imran Farhat, no run, another one that angles across the left-hander, left alone

6.4

Morkel to Imran Farhat, no run, oh there comes a corker of a delivery! Short of length and that bounces extra and beats the bat as the batsman tries to push it off the back foot

6.5

Morkel to Imran Farhat, no run, and another one, he hits it short of length and the ball goes past the outside edge, AB takes it over his head

6.6

Morkel to Imran Farhat, no run, and bowls another one on the same length, but a slightly wider line, the batsman throws his bat at that and gets beaten again

Shawn: "I remember back in the days when Steyn was a 'Kemar Roach' type bowler in ODIs. His economy rate was well above 5.3. He had pace and skill, but was always plundered in the death overs. But, the way he has transformed himself into an unplayable force amazes me. Just shows that anyone can improve, only with earnest effort. :)"

End of over 7 (1 run) Pakistan 21/1 (RR: 3.00)
Imran Farhat    10* (23b 1x4)      M Morkel    1-0-1-0
Kamran Akmal    5* (10b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    3-1-11-0

7.1

Tsotsobe to Kamran Akmal, no run, length delivery on off stump, Akmal comes forward and defends

Khurram Quaseem: "Correction Sayed! Hafeez means "one who guards". Time for some learning."

7.2

Tsotsobe to Kamran Akmal, no run, another length delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and defends it solidly to the off side

7.3

Tsotsobe to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, slightly fuller and he flays that one through cover, it goes through the fielder, it was hit that hard

7.4

Tsotsobe to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, now he walks across to the off side and whips the length delivery down to fine leg

7.5

Tsotsobe to Imran Farhat, no run, back of length delivery on the stumps, it is worked to the leg side with a wristy flick, straight to square leg though

7.6

Tsotsobe to Imran Farhat, 2 runs, punched on the up back past the non-striker for a couple of runs

Statattack from Mazher Arshad: "3000 ODI runs for Kamran Akmal. He is only second Pakistan wicketkeeper, after Moin Khan (3100), to reach this figure. Interestingly, he is only Pakistan keeper who has scored an ODI century."

End of over 8 (7 runs) Pakistan 28/1 (RR: 3.50)
Imran Farhat    12* (25b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    4-1-18-0
Kamran Akmal    10* (14b 2x4)      M Morkel    1-0-1-0

8.1

Morkel to Kamran Akmal, no run, bowls length outside off, the batsman lets it go through

8.2

Morkel to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, full delivery on the stumps, the batsman flicks it to deep backward square leg easily

Matt: "Actually Khurram Quaseem, Hafeez means 'an easy wicket for Steyn'"

8.3

Morkel to Imran Farhat, no run, length delivery wide outside off, the batsman comes forward and then lets it go through

8.4

Morkel to Imran Farhat, no run, back of length delivery on the middle stump, the batsman defends it back to the bowler

Emad: "Hafeez's new favorite song? Not Steyn Alive"

8.5

Morkel to Imran Farhat, 1 wide, another widish delivery by the bowler, the batsman goes after it and it goes past the outside edge

8.5

Morkel to Imran Farhat, no run, length delivery angling across the batsman, left alone this time

8.6

Morkel to Imran Farhat, 1 run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman defends it towards cover off the front foot

Tayyab Suleman: "professor(hafeez) meets einstyne"

End of over 9 (3 runs) Pakistan 31/1 (RR: 3.44)
Imran Farhat    13* (29b 1x4)      M Morkel    2-0-4-0
Kamran Akmal    11* (16b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    4-1-18-0

9.1

Tsotsobe to Imran Farhat, OUT, gone! It was a length delivery just outside off and the batsman tries to punch it through cover without moving his feet at all, simple catch for the keeper. Wonder if that working-over by Morkel has something to do with the way he played that one.

Imran Farhat c †de Villiers b Tsotsobe 13 (39m 30b 1x4 0x6) SR: 43.33

Younis Khan is the new man

9.2

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, no run, length delivery, teasing line outside off, Younis lets it go through

9.3

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, no run, another one angling across the right-hander, Younis comes forward and lets it go through

Kamran: "Like poker, cricket is more about probability than luck. Based on Pakistan's last 10 ODI matches against top ranked teams, playing in the first innings, their score today will be around 165 (this is honestly based on calculations)"

9.4

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, no run, keeps teasing him outside off, this time with a fuller delivery, Younis shows patience

9.5

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, no run, bowls it on the pads, the batsman flicks it to square leg

Navs: "India is going by 6 an over in test and pakistan by 3.5 an over in ODI... What is going on..."

9.6

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, no run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler

End of over 10 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 31/2 (RR: 3.10)
Younis Khan    0* (5b)      LL Tsotsobe    5-2-18-1
Kamran Akmal    11* (16b 2x4)      M Morkel    2-0-4-0

10.1

Morkel to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, length delivery outside off, draws the batsman forward but he gets a thick outside edge to third-man

Yasir: "Apart from the struggling form of Younis, he is just 15 runs short to complete 7000 odi runs. I hope he will be back in form today. It looks like his last chance in this format as asad is waiting eagerly to fill his position.... Good luck Younis...."

10.2

Morkel to Younis Khan, 1 wide, quicker delivery that goes past the hip, very quick, but it's called a wide

10.2

Morkel to Younis Khan, no run, length delivery wide outside off, the keeper takes it around his ankles as it stays low

10.3

Morkel to Younis Khan, no run, bowls this one past the wide marker on the off side, keeper takes it high around his face...

10.4

Morkel to Younis Khan, (no ball) 1 run, angled in to the batsman, who drops it towards the off side and calls for a quick single, but he was struggling as the fielder from cover comes in quickly. Had it hit, he was gone. The bowler has overstepped though

Free hit time

10.4

Morkel to Kamran Akmal, no run, makes room by moving outside leg, but this short delivery flies around head-high, he doesn't make any contact

10.5

Morkel to Kamran Akmal, no run, another quick short delivery outside off, the batsman fends it towards point

M.Ahsan: "@Navs: In other words, India is trying to win a test match and Pakistan is eager to save an ODI."

10.6

Morkel to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, another short of length delivery outside off, this time he gets on top of that and hammers it through point

End of over 11 (8 runs) Pakistan 39/2 (RR: 3.54)
Kamran Akmal    16* (20b 3x4)      M Morkel    3-0-12-0
Younis Khan    1* (8b)      LL Tsotsobe    5-2-18-1

McLaren comes in.. There is an F1 race today too...

11.1

McLaren to Younis Khan, no run, length delivery just outside off, the batsman defends it to point

11.2

McLaren to Younis Khan, 1 run, another length delivery outside off, the batsman is late as he tries to takes his bat away, but it hits the bat and goes past slip

11.3

McLaren to Kamran Akmal, 1 leg bye, strays on to the pads, the batsman is unable to get any bat on it and it hits the pads and rolls to the leg side

11.4

McLaren to Younis Khan, 2 runs, angled delivery on the middle stump, the batsman punches it through midwicket for a couple

Waleed: "@Mazher:- Your knowledge about statistics is great.This question bothers me too much:-How many times have England and SA won a World Cup?"

11.5

McLaren to Younis Khan, no run, fuller delivery wide outside off, the batsman comes forward and lets it go

11.6

McLaren to Younis Khan, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, the batsman defends it towards point

End of over 12 (4 runs) Pakistan 43/2 (RR: 3.58)
Younis Khan    4* (13b)      R McLaren    1-0-3-0
Kamran Akmal    16* (21b 3x4)      M Morkel    3-0-12-0

12.1

Morkel to Kamran Akmal, 1 wide, short of length delivery wide outside off, another extra

12.1

Morkel to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, he goes forward to a length delivery and opens the face, gets a thick outside edge past gully, it was not very far from him

12.2

Morkel to Younis Khan, no run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward and defends

12.3

Morkel to Younis Khan, no run, back of length delivery on off stump, the batsman defends it back to the bowler

12.4

Morkel to Younis Khan, no run, gets steep bounce from short of length outside off, the batsman defends it to the off side

12.5

Morkel to Younis Khan, no run, another back of length delivery on off, the batsman has to get up on his toes to defend that

Naveed Sarwar: "a real free hit should also indiacte the spot where the bowler is going to pitch the ball ( will help some batsmen) :P" --- You are too much into gaming, how about some cheat codes, anti-gravity etc..

12.6

Morkel to Younis Khan, 2 runs, bowls this one on the pads and Younis clips it fine on the leg side for a quick couple

End of over 13 (4 runs) Pakistan 47/2 (RR: 3.61)
Younis Khan    6* (18b)      M Morkel    4-0-16-0
Kamran Akmal    17* (22b 3x4)      R McLaren    1-0-3-0

13.1

McLaren to Kamran Akmal, no run, walks across to the off side and defends the back of length delivery back down the pitch

13.2

McLaren to Kamran Akmal, no run, goes very close to the edge as Kamran misses a square cut off a short delivery wide outside off

13.3

McLaren to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, length delivery wide outside off, the batsman steers it to third-man for a single

13.4

McLaren to Younis Khan, 1 run, length delivery on the pads, it's flicked down to fine-leg with ease

13.5

McLaren to Kamran Akmal, 1 leg bye, length delivery on the stumps, the batsman walks across and gets some inside edge towards leg side for a quick single

13.6

McLaren to Younis Khan, 2 runs, fuller delivery on the pads, he pushes it through to deep midwicket for a couple

Ammy: "With all the bashing Farhat keeps getting, does anyone know that he has the highest batting average amongst Pakistan's top four: Hafeez: 27.31, Farhat: 32.84, Kamran: 26.38, Younis: 31.9"

Shoaib: "Cricinfo Comments Module: If (commenting-user == 'Shoaib') {Always Ignore;} If (commenting-user == 'Mazhar' || 'Waleed' || 'MAhsan'){print comment;}"

End of over 14 (5 runs) Pakistan 52/2 (RR: 3.71)
Younis Khan    9* (20b)      R McLaren    2-0-7-0
Kamran Akmal    18* (26b 3x4)      M Morkel    4-0-16-0

Robin Peterson comes in now.

14.1

Peterson to Kamran Akmal, no run, pushed through on the stumps, the batsman defends it off the front foot

14.2

Peterson to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, slower delivery, very short outside off, the batsman punches it through extra cover, but the fielder at deep cover cuts it off

14.3

Peterson to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, goes on the back foot and works the flatter delivery to deep square leg

14.4

Peterson to Younis Khan, 1 run, flatter delivery on the pads, whipped to deep midwicket for a single

14.5

Peterson to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, goes down on his knee and sweeps this one to fine-leg for a couple

14.6

Peterson to Kamran Akmal, no run, pushed through on the stumps, the batsman goes back to cut, but hits it straight to point

End of over 15 (6 runs) Pakistan 58/2 (RR: 3.86)
Kamran Akmal    23* (31b 3x4)      RJ Peterson    1-0-6-0
Younis Khan    10* (21b)      R McLaren    2-0-7-0

15.1

McLaren to Younis Khan, no run, length delivery wide outside off, it swings away a touch too, left alone by the batsman

Sufiyan Ghori: "@Shoaib, I'm afraid with little amendment this is indeed the commenting algorithm :P"

15.2

McLaren to Younis Khan, no run, back of length delivery outside off, the batsman pushes it to cover-point off the back foot

15.3

McLaren to Younis Khan, FOUR, beautifully driven through cover! It was full and wide, but Younis comes forward and opens the face to threat that gap at cover

15.4

McLaren to Younis Khan, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman leaves it alone

15.5

McLaren to Younis Khan, no run, oh nice! It was a short of length delivery on off stump and Younis jumps up and tries to wrist it through midwicket stylishly, but finds the fielder

15.6

McLaren to Younis Khan, 1 run, fuller delivery outside off, he comes forward and slices it through point

End of over 16 (5 runs) Pakistan 63/2 (RR: 3.93)
Younis Khan    15* (27b 1x4)      R McLaren    3-0-12-0
Kamran Akmal    23* (31b 3x4)      RJ Peterson    1-0-6-0

16.1

Peterson to Younis Khan, no run, slower, tossed up delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and defends

16.2

Peterson to Younis Khan, 1 run, goes on the back foot and works it towards square leg for a single

7000 ODI runs for Younis Khan

16.3

Peterson to Kamran Akmal, no run, comes forward and pushes the tossed up delivery to cover

16.4

Peterson to Kamran Akmal, SIX, tossed up, Kamran goes for a slog and smashes it to deep midwicket boundary

16.5

Peterson to Kamran Akmal, 3 runs, now this one is full and Akmal gets down on his knee and paddles it fine down the leg side

16.6

Peterson to Younis Khan, 1 run, flatter delivery on the stumps, he goes back and punches it to deep midwicket for a single

Shaun Price: "Good morning Mike Haysman. Something for you to look up please. Willowmoore Park has had floodlights since 1922 I think.!! Is this ground not the 1st to hold a floodlight cricket match??" -- First of all, I am not Haysman. Secondly, this ground has had Floodlights since 1943!!

End of over 17 (11 runs) Pakistan 74/2 (RR: 4.35)
Younis Khan    17* (30b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    2-0-17-0
Kamran Akmal    32* (34b 3x4 1x6)      R McLaren    3-0-12-0

17.1

Morkel to Younis Khan, no run, bowls a length delivery just outside off, the batsman comes forward and defends

17.2

Morkel to Younis Khan, no run, length delivery wide outside off, the batsman lets it go through

Can you guess who is the slowest Pakistan batsman to get to 7000 ODI runs?

17.3

Morkel to Younis Khan, no run, length delivery just outside off, stays a touch low, the batsman defends it towards cover

17.4

Morkel to Younis Khan, no run, this one draws the batsman forward and straightens just a touch, beats the bat

17.5

Morkel to Younis Khan, 1 run, short of length delivery on the body, Younis tucks it to the leg side for a single

17.6

Morkel to Kamran Akmal, no run, gets extra bounce outside off and the ball goes past the outside edge

Shahid Afridi, it is. 316 innings to 7000. Infact, Mazher tells me, he is the slowest in the world

End of over 18 (1 run) Pakistan 75/2 (RR: 4.16)
Kamran Akmal    32* (35b 3x4 1x6)      M Morkel    5-0-17-0
Younis Khan    18* (35b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    2-0-17-0

Dale Steyn is here

18.1

Steyn to Younis Khan, 2 runs, bowls a full delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward and drives it past the non-striker for a couple

18.2

Steyn to Younis Khan, no run, back of length delivery outside off, the batsman dabs it towards point off the back foot

18.3

Steyn to Younis Khan, no run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman walks across and defends it towards cover

18.4

Steyn to Younis Khan, 1 run, nasty delivery, it is quick and gets up on the throat of the batsman, Younis fends at it and it hits the shoulder of the bat to fly over the first-slip fielder

18.5

Steyn to Kamran Akmal, no run, another short delivery, 145 kph, Kamran is down on his haunches

18.6

Steyn to Kamran Akmal, no run, short of length delivery on off stump, the batsman stands tall and defends it to point

End of over 19 (3 runs) Pakistan 78/2 (RR: 4.10)
Kamran Akmal    32* (37b 3x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    4-0-12-1
Younis Khan    21* (39b 1x4)      M Morkel    5-0-17-0

19.1

Morkel to Younis Khan, no run, length delivery outside off, Younis comes forward and pushes it to point

19.2

Morkel to Younis Khan, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and punches it to cover

19.3

Morkel to Younis Khan, 1 run, length delivery outside off, this time he pushes it to the gap at extra cover for a single

19.4

Morkel to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, short of length delivery outside off, it gets up and the batsman doesn't hold back, he cuts it in the air, to deep backward point boundary

19.5

Morkel to Kamran Akmal, no run, short of length on off stump, he gets up on his toes and defends

James: "I guess it depends on what you mean by "slowest." In terms of balls-faced Afridi would be the fastest!"

19.6

Morkel to Kamran Akmal, no run, fuller length outside off, Akmal drives away from the body and in the air, falls short of the fielder at gully

End of over 20 (5 runs) Pakistan 83/2 (RR: 4.15)
Kamran Akmal    36* (40b 4x4 1x6)      M Morkel    6-0-22-0
Younis Khan    22* (42b 1x4)      DW Steyn    4-0-12-1

trundler: "Someone should introduce Afridi to Mr Aesop. I believe he encapsulates Aesop's little fable of the tortoise and the hare."

20.1

Steyn to Younis Khan, no run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman defends it to the off side

20.2

Steyn to Younis Khan, no run, back of length delivery outside off, the batsman defends off the back foot. Steyn gives a lot of advice to the batsman about how to play, Younis just smiles back

20.3

Steyn to Younis Khan, 1 wide, now there is a quick bouncer outside off, it sails over the batsman. Now Steyn smiles

20.3

Steyn to Younis Khan, no run, length delivery just outside off, the batsman defends it to point. More words from Steyn..

20.4

Steyn to Younis Khan, no run, back of length angling in to the batsman, Younis hops and defends it to the leg side

20.5

Steyn to Younis Khan, no run, quick delivery short of length, aimed at the body, 147 kph, the batsman tries to whip it but gets hit on the body. This time Steyn says a few things without a smile, with those eyes looking all menacing

20.6

Steyn to Younis Khan, no run, another quick on on off stump, 147 kph, Younis jumps up and defends it back down the pitch

End of over 21 (1 run) Pakistan 84/2 (RR: 4.00)
Younis Khan    22* (48b 1x4)      DW Steyn    5-0-13-1
Kamran Akmal    36* (40b 4x4 1x6)      M Morkel    6-0-22-0

Peterson comes back

21.1

Peterson to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, slightly short and it is aimed on the middle stump, but Kamran makes room and cuts it fine between backward point and short third-man, it races to the boundary

21.2

Peterson to Kamran Akmal, no run, slower, very slow, tossed up on off, the batsman waits and defends

21.3

Peterson to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, goes on the back foot as soon as he sees the short length, punches it hard to extra cover

21.4

Peterson to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, tossed up delivery on off stump, driven to long-off for a single

21.5

Peterson to Younis Khan, 1 run, very good running, the batsman just drops it towards square-leg with soft-hands, and there are three fielders converging, but they steal two. However, Akmal ran one short!

21.6

Peterson to Younis Khan, no run, waits on the front foot and defends it down the crease

6147 - the no. of balls Afridi took to 7000

End of over 22 (8 runs) Pakistan 92/2 (RR: 4.18)
Younis Khan    23* (50b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    3-0-25-0
Kamran Akmal    43* (44b 5x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    5-0-13-1

Tsotsobe comes into the attack

22.1

Tsotsobe to Kamran Akmal, no run, slower delivery on the stumps, the batsman falls over a bit as he tries to flick it and gets hit on the pads, but that pitched outside leg

22.2

Tsotsobe to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, length delivery outside off, he hammers it through cover, on the tup

22.3

Tsotsobe to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, length delivery just outside off, this time it is guided down to third-man for a single

22.4

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, no run, shorter delivery on the stumps, the batsman defends it awkwardly to the off side

22.5

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, no run, he comes forward and opens the face to a length delivery towards point

22.6

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, no run, back of length delivery just outside off, the batsman goes on the back foot and pushes it to cover

End of over 23 (5 runs) Pakistan 97/2 (RR: 4.21)
Younis Khan    23* (53b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    6-2-23-1
Kamran Akmal    48* (47b 6x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    3-0-25-0

23.1

Peterson to Kamran Akmal, no run, tossed up delivery on the stumps, driven back to the bowler

23.2

Peterson to Kamran Akmal, no run, comes down the pitch and smashes the tossed up delivery, but he hits it straight into Younis Khan... That's minus four for Younis..

23.3

Peterson to Kamran Akmal, no run, makes room outside off, but smashes the tossed up delivery back to the bowler, who gets a hand to it before the ball disturbs the stumps. The umpire wants to check if Younis was ok or not. Looks ok to me

23.4

Peterson to Kamran Akmal, OUT, caught at backward square leg! Brilliantly done by McLaren! Akmal goes for a sweep and gets a healthy top-edge towards backward square leg. McLaren back-pedals quite some distance and takes this arching backwards

Kamran Akmal c McLaren b Peterson 48 (90m 51b 6x4 1x6) SR: 94.11

The captain walks in now...

Hamid H. Awan: "The real difference between the two teams in this tour has been the ability to rotate strike and accumulate runs. Pakistani batsmen never tried to reduce pressure by taking singles in middle overs"

23.5

Peterson to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, full delivery on off, the batsman drives it back to the bowler

23.6

Peterson to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, comes forward and defends the flatter delivery to the leg side

End of over 24 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 97/3 (RR: 4.04)
Misbah-ul-Haq    0* (2b)      RJ Peterson    4-1-25-1
Younis Khan    23* (53b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    6-2-23-1

Behaardien comes in

24.1

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, FOUR, he goes for a cut, but it's too close and gets big on him, the ball takes an outside edge over the keeper

24.2

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, no run, short of length delivery on off stump, the batsman defends it back to the bowler

24.3

Tsotsobe to Younis Khan, 1 run, short delivery, Younis goes for a pull shot but doesn't get hold of it, it only goes as far as short fine-leg

Hussain: "That is what I was talkin about. Kamran goes while trying to do all the scoring himself due to lack of support from Younas. Anyways, come on Misbah! You're the man! :D"

24.4

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, oh beautifully driven off the front foot, but it's hit straight to the man at mid-off

24.5

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short of length delivery outside off, the batsman lets it go through

Nouman: "6284 balls faced by afridi to score 7000 runs and Younis faced 9249 balls.."

24.6

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, fuller delivery outside off, the batsman goes forward and drives it straight to cover

End of over 25 (5 runs) Pakistan 102/3 (RR: 4.08)
Misbah-ul-Haq    0* (5b)      LL Tsotsobe    7-2-28-1
Younis Khan    28* (56b 2x4)      RJ Peterson    4-1-25-1

25.1

Behardien to Younis Khan, 1 run, length delivery outside off, cut to deep point off the back foot

25.2

Behardien to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, length delivery outside off, it's cut straight to point

25.3

Behardien to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, length delivery, but wide outside off, it is punched to deep cover off the back foot

25.4

Behardien to Younis Khan, OUT, oh what a catch! caught at midwicket. It was a long-hop on off stump and Younis swivels on his heels and murders it towards midwicket, but the only thing he doesn't get his elevation and Amla times his jump to pluck it out of nowhere, excellent catch

Younis Khan c Amla b Behardien 29 (73m 58b 2x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

25.5

Behardien to Shoaib Malik, no run, shorter length delivery on off, the batsman defends it back to the bowler

25.6

Behardien to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, wider delivery outside off, the batsman pushes it to deep cover for a single

End of over 26 (3 runs) Pakistan 105/4 (RR: 4.03)
Shoaib Malik    1* (2b)      F Behardien    1-0-3-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    1* (7b)      LL Tsotsobe    7-2-28-1

26.1

McLaren to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, bowls this one on the pads and it's easily flicked to deep backward square leg

26.2

McLaren to Shoaib Malik, no run, fuller length delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward and punches it to mid-off

26.3

McLaren to Shoaib Malik, no run, short of length delivery outside off, the batsman hops and chops it to point

26.4

McLaren to Shoaib Malik, no run, another back of length delivery outside off, the batsman gets up on his toes and defends

26.5

McLaren to Shoaib Malik, no run, teases him with a length delivery wide outside off, Shoaib lets it go through

26.6

McLaren to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, this time he finds the gap at point with a back foot punch, keeps the strike

End of over 27 (3 runs) Pakistan 108/4 (RR: 4.00)
Shoaib Malik    4* (8b)      R McLaren    4-0-15-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    1* (7b)      F Behardien    1-0-3-1

27.1

Behardien to Shoaib Malik, no run, length delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and defends

27.2

Behardien to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, another length delivery outside off, the batsman punches it straight to mid-off, but a misfield allows a single

27.3

Behardien to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, back of length on off stump, Misbah goes back and whips it to deep square leg for a single

27.4

Behardien to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, stays on the back foot and cuts it late to third-man

27.5

Behardien to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, he comes forward and drives it to mid-off off a length delivery

27.6

Behardien to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slightly wider outside off, the batsman pushes it to point

End of over 28 (3 runs) Pakistan 111/4 (RR: 3.96)
Misbah-ul-Haq    2* (10b)      F Behardien    2-0-6-1
Shoaib Malik    6* (11b)      R McLaren    4-0-15-0

28.1

McLaren to Shoaib Malik, no run, length delivery outside off, comes in a touch, Shoaib lets it go through

hassan: "I wonder if Misbah reach to 7000 mark then how many deliveries will he face to get it."

28.2

McLaren to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, bowls this one on the pads and Shoaib makes full use of the opportunity, flicks it away with a lot of timing through square leg

omer: "time for a nap wake me up when afridi walks in"

28.3

McLaren to Shoaib Malik, no run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward and drives it to cover

28.4

McLaren to Shoaib Malik, no run, length delivery, but this very wide, Shoaib stretches out and gets a lot of bat on that, but he is unable to beat the fielder at point

28.5

McLaren to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short of length delivery on the stumps, the batsman hops up and tucks it towards square leg

28.6

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short of length delivery outside off, Misbah lets it go through

GK: "Misbah is really horrendously stereotyped. He has a strike rate of 75, which really isn't too sluggish. He's an anchor player, who still knows how to hit the ball. Haters gonna hate."

End of over 29 (5 runs) Pakistan 116/4 (RR: 4.00)
Misbah-ul-Haq    2* (11b)      R McLaren    5-0-20-0
Shoaib Malik    11* (16b 1x4)      F Behardien    2-0-6-1

Peterson comes back.

29.1

Peterson to Shoaib Malik, SIX, comes straight out and whacks the flighted delivery over midwicket, he picked it up from outside off and sends this one into the crowd

29.2

Peterson to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, full and flighted, it is driven to deep midwicket for another couple

29.3

Peterson to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, goes on the back foot and punches the flatter delivery through square leg for a single

Umer: "@ Hassan: I wonder what will Misbah's age when he reaches 7,000 runs :)"

29.4

Peterson to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, pushed through on off stump, the batsman stays on the back foot and punches it down to long-on

29.5

Peterson to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, and another punch down to long-on, another single

29.6

Peterson to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full and flighted outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives it down to long-off

Amer: "@Omer.... no guarantee if Afridi stays there by the time you switch on the TV. He comes and goes in a flash"

End of over 30 (12 runs) Pakistan 128/4 (RR: 4.26)
Misbah-ul-Haq    4* (13b)      RJ Peterson    5-1-37-1
Shoaib Malik    21* (20b 1x4 1x6)      R McLaren    5-0-20-0

Steyn comes for another spell

30.1

Steyn to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, bowls a fuller delivery on the middle stump line, pushed towards midwicket for a single

30.2

Steyn to Shoaib Malik, no run, back of length delivery on off stump, the batsman stays in the crease and defends it to off

30.3

Steyn to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short of length delivery just outside off, Shoaib jumps on his toes and guides it to third-man for a single

30.4

Steyn to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, he stands up on his toes and whips the short of length delivery to deep backward square leg for a single

Talal: "GK issue is that Anchor batsmen are usually openers or max one or two down. You can't come in at 5 and slow the momentum down. He plays the same way regardless of its 13/3 or 223/3. Slows the momentum so much that the rest of the batsmen succumb to score board pressure. There are others like DHONI who take their time when they come in but then deliver 9 out 10 times when it matters unlike our "Nearly Man". Even in the last match Shoaib had to take us over the finish line"

30.5

Steyn to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, another one tucked away towards square leg from outside off, lot of wristy work there

30.6

Steyn to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short of length delivery outside off, the batsman punches it straight to cover off the back foot

End of over 31 (4 runs) Pakistan 132/4 (RR: 4.25)
Misbah-ul-Haq    6* (16b)      DW Steyn    6-0-17-1
Shoaib Malik    23* (23b 1x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    5-1-37-1

Behaardien comes back for another go

31.1

Behardien to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, full delivery on the pads, it is pushed towards deep midwicket, the batsmen think about two, but settle for one

31.2

Behardien to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, length delivery on off, the batsman tucks it to midwicket for a single

31.3

Behardien to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, length delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to long-on for a single

31.4

Behardien to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 leg bye, walks across the stumps and gets hit on the gloves as he looks for a flick, it goes to short fine leg

31.5

Behardien to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, fuller delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and punches it to long-off

31.6

Behardien to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slightly wide, the batsman punches it off the back foot and finds the point fielder

End of over 32 (5 runs) Pakistan 137/4 (RR: 4.28)
Misbah-ul-Haq    7* (19b)      F Behardien    3-0-10-1
Shoaib Malik    26* (26b 1x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    6-0-17-1

32.1

Steyn to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, length delivery on off, the batsman again goes back and tucks it to midwicket for a single

32.2

Steyn to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short of length delivery outside off, the batsman cuts it straight to gully

32.3

Steyn to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, length delivery on off stump, 140.5 kph, the batsman defends it to the off side

32.4

Steyn to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short of length delivery just outside off, the batsman sways out of the way

32.5

Steyn to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, quick short ball, this one goes way over the head of the batsman

Basit: "We can't blame misbah for going slow at start because almost every time he reaches the crease our team is in deep crises! so he keep his head cool ! If he tries to go boom and lost his wicket our team don't play full 50 overs like they did in 1st ODI...so ODI isnt all about going boom ...your team first have the ability to play full 50 overs than to speak anything about aggression!"

32.5

Steyn to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, now he gets some width and carves it through backward point, he arched back to get his placement behind square

32.6

Steyn to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman defends off the back foot

Steyn keeps spewing fire...

End of over 33 (6 runs) Pakistan 143/4 (RR: 4.33)
Misbah-ul-Haq    11* (24b 1x4)      DW Steyn    7-0-23-1
Shoaib Malik    27* (27b 1x4 1x6)      F Behardien    3-0-10-1

Back after drinks...Tsotso bails out after running in

33.1

Tsotsobe to Shoaib Malik, no run, goodish length on the off, rocks forward, defends towards point, has been sent back by Misbah

33.2

Tsotsobe to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, shortish outside off, two points in place and Malik bisects that gap, just the single though

33.3

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, goodish length, gets forward and defends that to the right of extra cover

33.4

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, inside edged, pushed it full, Misbah moved across to flick that square, got an inside edge and got it past the keeper to the fine-leg boundary, fortunate

33.5

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, beaten, goodish length and that's leaving the right hander, Misbah prods at that one and misses

33.6

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, pitched up, moves towards the ball and drives it hard down towards long-off for a single

End of over 34 (6 runs) Pakistan 149/4 (RR: 4.38)
Misbah-ul-Haq    16* (28b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    8-2-34-1
Shoaib Malik    28* (29b 1x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    7-0-23-1

Puneet Garg: "@Umer - Misbah is 38 years and 300 days old right now. His ODI debut was in Apr 2002. He will take a little over 11 years for his first 3500 runs and by that rate he will 49 years and 300 days old when he reaches his 7000 runs"

McLaren runs in

34.1

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, down the leg side and called a wide, we've seen a few today

34.1

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, short of a good length, gets on the back foot and knocks it down behind point for a single

34.2

McLaren to Shoaib Malik, no run, slightly short, drops it into the off side, wants a single but it's not there

34.3

McLaren to Shoaib Malik, OUT, gone, soft dismissal in the end, angling in towards middle, seemed to stop on Malik there, Malik got across and ended up chipping it straight to midwicket, was the offcutter, got it high on the bat as he closed the face

Shoaib Malik c Behardien b McLaren 28 (40m 31b 1x4 1x6) SR: 90.32

Malik looked well set, and his wicket has come just ahead of the batting Powerplay. A blow for Pakistan, this, they've had batsmen getting good starts but they haven't carried on.

Shahid Afridi walks in now, what an innings that 80-odd was in the third ODI

34.4

McLaren to Shahid Afridi, no run, banged in short and he ducks under that one

34.5

McLaren to Shahid Afridi, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and drops it into the off side,took his bottom hand off that one

34.6

McLaren to Shahid Afridi, OUT, Afridi goes! What goes on in his head? Short on middle and he pulls, just a ball before the batting Powerplay, doesn't time it well enough and finds the lone fielder near deep square leg, Ingram takes a straightforward catch and Pakistan are in a bit of trouble now.

Shahid Afridi c Ingram b McLaren 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

South Africa have been making persistent strikes, but they have been helped along the way. How do you explain this wicket? It's just Afridi.

End of over 35 (2 runs) Pakistan 151/6 (RR: 4.31)
     R McLaren    6-0-22-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    17* (29b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    8-2-34-1

Powerplay time, but the Boom Boom has gone back to the dressing room as one banner on the ground said...

rizwan: "omer u can go back to sleep"

35.1

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman pushes it to cover point

35.2

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, oh no, the Afridi bug has affected Misbah, he goes after this length ball but doesn't get hold of it at all, it just lobs over mid-on, then he is lucky to get back for the second in time as the throw comes in..

35.3

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, length delivery, more orthodox shot this time as he pushes it to cover

SB: "The only player in the world who would play that shot 1 ball before the power play"

35.4

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slower delivery outside off, the batsman waits and defends it towards point

Chris in Taunton: "Quote....."Shahid Afridi walks in now, what an innings that 80-odd was in the third ODI" Yep - memories and wishful thinking - that's Afridi"

35.5

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman leans on it and drives it straight to cover

Salaar Shamsi: "Classic Afridi. No words can explain that. Bizarre? Ridiculous? Incredible? Just another day at the office for Shahid Afridi."

35.6

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full delivery, slightly slower outside off, the batsman guides it down to third-man

iqram: "l was writing a comment for umar to wake him up .while I was about to press enter I thought kets cross check first that if he is still playing...and afridi was no where"

End of over 36 (3 runs) Pakistan 154/6 (RR: 4.27)
Misbah-ul-Haq    20* (35b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    9-2-37-1
Wahab Riaz    0* (0b)      R McLaren    6-0-22-2

36.1

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short of length delivery on off stump, the batsman defends it to the off side

36.2

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short delivery, Misbah goes for a pull, but it doesn't get up as much as he expected, hits him between his leg, but he shows no pain

36.3

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward and defends

36.4

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, slower short delivery, down the leg side, the batsman shapes for the pull, but has to wait and then he helps it along its way to fine leg

36.5

McLaren to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, length delivery on off stump, he dabs it to the gap at cover for a quick single

36.6

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, goes for a yorker on off stump, the batsman punches it back to the bowler

Joe: "I think they should just have a verb for when someone can't consistently perform ; afridi-ing"

End of over 37 (2 runs) Pakistan 156/6 (RR: 4.21)
Misbah-ul-Haq    21* (40b 2x4)      R McLaren    7-0-24-2
Wahab Riaz    1* (1b)      LL Tsotsobe    9-2-37-1

37.1

Tsotsobe to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, length delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and steers it past point for a single

37.2

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, makes room by moving to the leg side, but the bowler bowls it slightly wide outside off, Misbah still manages to drive it to deep extra cover for a couple

37.3

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, goes for a cut shot without any feet movement and gets an underedge to the keepr

37.4

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, he moves outside leg again and again the bowler pushes it wide, but it's too wide this time

Gareth: "Pakistan seem to have a similar issue to Australia at the moment. All these young and talented players who just can't hold their own in the international arena; Umar Akmal/Jamshed etc & Khawaja/Hughes etc."

37.4

Tsotsobe to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, goes for a slog off a full delivery, but doesn't get hold of it, drags it to deep midwicket

37.5

Tsotsobe to Wahab Riaz, no run, slower delivery outside off, the batsman tries to steer it to third-man, but gets an outside edge which goes on the bounce to first slip

Shahrukh: "@Joe - mate we do use it as a verb in Pakistan, mostly in street cricket, when someone displays astonishing absence of mind or ineptitude (PS: I am an Afridi fan, but that is true story)"

37.6

Tsotsobe to Wahab Riaz, no run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman defends it towards cover off the back foot

End of over 38 (5 runs) Pakistan 161/6 (RR: 4.23)
Wahab Riaz    2* (4b)      LL Tsotsobe    10-2-42-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    24* (43b 2x4)      R McLaren    7-0-24-2

38.1

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, bangs it in on the body, the batsman gets up on the toes and defends to the off side

BinayakJ: ""No wonder why people now-a-days call Coke Zero as 'Coke Afridi' !!"

I bet there can be a whole vocabulary based on cricketer's names...

38.2

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, another short delivery and Misbah takes his eyes off as he defends it to the leg side

38.3

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT, another one for McLaren! This one is a fuller length slower delivery outside off, Misbah throws his bat without making any effort to get behind the line, and ends up edging it to the keeper.

Misbah-ul-Haq c †de Villiers b McLaren 24 (70m 46b 2x4 0x6) SR: 52.17

McLaren is on fire.. Wonder what Jenson Button is thinking! He finished 13th today.

Saeed Ajmal comes in..

38.4

McLaren to Saeed Ajmal, no run, length ball outside off, Ajmal plays a nothing waft at that one, gets beaten

38.5

McLaren to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, shorter delivery outside off, Ajmal plays it quite well as he gets on top of the bounce, towards third-man

MrGarreth: "McLaren top wicket taker in this series yet gets criticized relentlessly and his newly acquired contract got called into question. Good on him"

38.6

McLaren to Wahab Riaz, no run, length delivery outside off, Wahab comes forward and pushes it to point

Gonzo: "At least this McLaren hasn't had any dodgy pitstops today (that we know of)."

End of over 39 (1 run) Pakistan 162/7 (RR: 4.15)
Wahab Riaz    2* (5b)      R McLaren    8-0-25-3
Saeed Ajmal    1* (2b)      LL Tsotsobe    10-2-42-1

Morne is here..

39.1

Morkel to Saeed Ajmal, no run, short of length delivery outside off, defended to the off side

39.2

Morkel to Saeed Ajmal, no run, short of length on the pads, it hits the thigh pad and goes to the left of the keeper, the batsman leaves the crease and AB fires a throw, had he hit, it was gone...

39.3

Morkel to Saeed Ajmal, OUT, but it is all over this time! Morne pitches it further up, the batsman stays in the crease and tries to guide it to third-man, but it's too close and he just chops it down to his stumps

Saeed Ajmal b Morkel 1 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Junaid Khan comes in...

39.4

Morkel to Junaid Khan, 1 wide, bowls a wide delivery outside off, the batsman gets a sighter..

AbuBaker Jatoi: "looks like earlier today Kamran's guess about target of 165 was correct.."

39.4

Morkel to Junaid Khan, no run, fuller length on off stump, the batsman pushes it to mid-off

39.5

Morkel to Junaid Khan, no run, stays in the crease and tries to punch a length ball through off, but he is standing at least a meter away from the line of the ball, misses it..

39.6

Morkel to Junaid Khan, FOUR, this time he is closer and gets it off the middle of the bat, crashed through cover off the back foot

Sitanshu Shekhar: "Well, McLaren doing a Redbull, and Afridi an Alonso - brain fade on the first lap?"

End of over 40 (5 runs) Pakistan 167/8 (RR: 4.17)
Junaid Khan    4* (3b 1x4)      M Morkel    7-0-27-1
Wahab Riaz    2* (5b)      R McLaren    8-0-25-3

Steyn comes in now...

Tony: "This is nice to see that the wickets are being shared around by all the bowlers. I think Ingram is hoping for a bowl too...."

40.1

Steyn to Wahab Riaz, no run, back of length delivery on off stump, the batsman defends it to point

''get it up there nice and quick," says AB

40.2

Steyn to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, length delivery on the pads, it's punched to midwicket for a quick single

40.3

Steyn to Junaid Khan, no run, another back of length delivery outside off, the batsman arches back and defends it to point

40.4

Steyn to Junaid Khan, no run, short delivery flies past the outside edge..

That full delivery is yet to come...

40.5

Steyn to Junaid Khan, no run, and another short one, 145 kph, the batsman sways out of line

40.6

Steyn to Junaid Khan, 1 wide, and another short one, but this one goes down the leg side..

40.6

Steyn to Junaid Khan, 2 runs, there comes the fuller delivery, but the batsman manages to clip it to deep square leg for a couple

End of over 41 (4 runs) Pakistan 171/8 (RR: 4.17)
Junaid Khan    6* (7b 1x4)      DW Steyn    8-0-27-1
Wahab Riaz    3* (7b)      M Morkel    7-0-27-1

41.1

Morkel to Wahab Riaz, no run, length delivery, but this is wide outside off, Wahab patiently leaves it alone

41.2

Morkel to Wahab Riaz, no run, massive swing to a short of length delivery outside off, he wanted to send it to deep midwicket, but it's just too quick for him...play and a miss

41.3

Morkel to Wahab Riaz, no run, length delivery on off, he comes forward this time and defends.

41.4

Morkel to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, oi! Another short one on the body, Wahab gets up and somehow tucks it towards backward square leg

41.5

Morkel to Junaid Khan, no run, length ball on off, defended towards mid-on

41.6

Morkel to Junaid Khan, FOUR, hello hello, he makes room by moving outside leg and clobbers the length delivery back down the ground...Welcome runs..

End of over 42 (5 runs) Pakistan 176/8 (RR: 4.19)
Junaid Khan    10* (9b 2x4)      M Morkel    8-0-32-1
Wahab Riaz    4* (11b)      DW Steyn    8-0-27-1

42.1

Steyn to Wahab Riaz, no run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman defends it to the off side

Shayaan Matin: "At least Junaid Khan can take a positive out of this tour. His batting average has multiplied this tour! Two top scores in consecutive innings as well. Next target : Double figures"

42.2

Steyn to Wahab Riaz, no run, pacy yorker outside off, the batsman is late on bringing is bat down ..it goes through to the keeper

42.3

Steyn to Wahab Riaz, no run, fuller length delivery on the middle, defended towards mid-on, but midwicket intercepts it, picks it up, and throws down the stumps at the striker's end, the batsman was safely in though..

42.4

Steyn to Wahab Riaz, no run, short of length delivery outside off, the batsman sways out of line

42.5

Steyn to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, full delivery on the middle stump, dabbed towards midwicket but they pinch a single

42.6

Steyn to Junaid Khan, no run, short of length delivery on off stump, the batsman hops and defends it to point

End of over 43 (1 run) Pakistan 177/8 (RR: 4.11)
Junaid Khan    10* (10b 2x4)      DW Steyn    9-0-28-1
Wahab Riaz    5* (16b)      M Morkel    8-0-32-1

43.1

McLaren to Wahab Riaz, no run, short of length delivery on off, the batsman jumps up and defends it in front

43.2

McLaren to Wahab Riaz, no run, slower delivery on off stump, the batsman spots it and defends it to cover

Mid-on going back...

43.3

McLaren to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, bowls a low full-toss on off stump, the batsman pushes it to cover and they take a quick single

43.4

McLaren to Junaid Khan, no run, short delivery on off stump, the batsman pushes it to mid-on and think about a run, but Amla comes in from midwicket, slides and turns to hit the non-striker. The batsmen had fortunately given up the idea of running earlier...

43.5

McLaren to Junaid Khan, 1 run, bowls a slower bouncer outside off, the batsman slaps it to long-on

43.6

McLaren to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, goes on the back foot and guides the short of length delivery to third-man

End of over 44 (3 runs) Pakistan 180/8 (RR: 4.09)
Wahab Riaz    7* (20b)      R McLaren    9-0-28-3
Junaid Khan    11* (12b 2x4)      DW Steyn    9-0-28-1

Robbie P is here now..

44.1

Peterson to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, tosses it up outside off, the batsman sweeps it powerfully to deep square leg where the fielder makes a good sliding stop

44.2

Peterson to Junaid Khan, 1 run, pushed through on off, the batsman pushes it to long-on

44.3

Peterson to Wahab Riaz, no run, tossed up delivery on off stump, steered to short third-man

44.4

Peterson to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, this one is flatter and the batsman guides it to the right of short third-man, they nick a single

44.5

Peterson to Junaid Khan, 1 run, short and slow on off stump, the batsman punches it to deep cover

44.6

Peterson to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, flatter and quicker on off, punched to deep cover

End of over 45 (5 runs) Pakistan 185/8 (RR: 4.11)
Wahab Riaz    10* (24b)      RJ Peterson    6-1-42-1
Junaid Khan    13* (14b 2x4)      R McLaren    9-0-28-3

45.1

McLaren to Wahab Riaz, no run, goes for a yorker outside off and the batsman is unable to get any bat on that..

45.2

McLaren to Wahab Riaz, no run, short of length delivery outside off, the batsman sways out of line

45.3

McLaren to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, slower delivery on off, the batsman waits for it and opens the face to runs it down to third man

45.4

McLaren to Junaid Khan, 1 run, bowls a low full-toss on off, the batsman gets on outside edge to the left of third-man

Farid: "Maybe Afridi can watch these two and understand that 20 runs of 40 balls is better than a six and a four and out! He needs to be in solitary confinement and shown the way to bat!"

45.5

McLaren to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, short of length delivery on the body, the batsman tucks it fine on the leg side for a single

45.6

McLaren to Junaid Khan, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off, the batsman slaps it to long-on

End of over 46 (4 runs) Pakistan 189/8 (RR: 4.10)
Junaid Khan    15* (16b 2x4)      R McLaren    10-0-32-3
Wahab Riaz    12* (28b)      RJ Peterson    6-1-42-1

46.1

Peterson to Junaid Khan, OUT, the batsman dabs the flatter delivery to square leg, but Wahab runs halfway down the pitch. It didn't look like a run at all, the throw comes in from the fielder, and the batsman is nowhere near. Robbie P actually breaks the stumps with his leg, but he realises that in time, so uproots the stump to complete the run out. Wahab was still nowhere near.

Wahab Riaz run out 12 (50m 28b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

In comes the tall man

46.2

Peterson to Junaid Khan, no run, pushed through on off stump, defended back to the bowler

46.3

Peterson to Junaid Khan, SIX, super shot, he moves his front leg out and clubs it straight over the bowler's head. That hit the ropes on the full

46.4

Peterson to Junaid Khan, 2 runs, and goes again, but he gets an outside edge this time to third-man

46.5

Peterson to Junaid Khan, no run, shorter and flatter, it rears up from nowhere, hits the gloves and then the front grill..

46.6

Peterson to Junaid Khan, 1 run, bowls it full this time, the batsman wanted to smack it over the bowler's head, but ends up pushing it to long-on as the length was too full

End of over 47 (9 runs) Pakistan 198/9 (RR: 4.21)
Junaid Khan    24* (22b 2x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    7-1-51-1
Mohammad Irfan    0* (0b)      R McLaren    10-0-32-3

47.1

Morkel to Junaid Khan, no run, short of length delivery outside off, bounces over the bat as the batsman tries to cut it

47.2

Morkel to Junaid Khan, no run, another short of length delivery on off, defended back to the bowler

47.3

Morkel to Junaid Khan, no run, fullish delivery on the stumps, it is flicked down to fine leg

47.4

Morkel to Junaid Khan, no run, comes down the track and hits the full delivery straight to midwicket

Sufyan: "Get Steyn into the attack... If he gets a yorker in, i dont think the tall man would be able to bring down his bat in time!"

47.5

Morkel to Junaid Khan, 1 run, full delivery on off stump, the batsman punches it back to the bowler, who deflects it to mid-off

47.6

Morkel to Mohammad Irfan, no run, bowls a low full-toss, Irfan bends down and pushes it to the bowler, who throws it back at him. Irfan stands unmoved

End of over 48 (1 run) Pakistan 199/9 (RR: 4.14)
Mohammad Irfan    0* (1b)      M Morkel    9-0-33-1
Junaid Khan    25* (27b 2x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    7-1-51-1

Nisar Ahmed: "@ Farid, I can't understand people still have piece of advice for a man who has played more than 350 ODIs and has more than 7000 runs but still can not control himself. Bottom-line: He will never change."

48.1

Steyn to Junaid Khan, 1 wide, short of length delivery outside off, the batsman sways out of line

48.1

Steyn to Junaid Khan, 1 leg bye, length delivery on the pads, the batsman is unable to get any bat on that, but they run a leg-bye

Here comes Steyn to Irfan, is it going to be a yorker? You surely can't bounce him out

48.2

Steyn to Mohammad Irfan, no run, well, probably you can, Steyn bangs it short and Irfan sways out of line

48.3

Steyn to Mohammad Irfan, FOUR, that's a drop by Amla at first-slip. It was a full delivery outside off and the batsman gets a solid edge to the left of Amla, who palms it away to the boundary

48.4

Steyn to Mohammad Irfan, no run, another short delivery, the batsman sways away. Can he duck under these?

48.5

Steyn to Mohammad Irfan, no run, another short delivery, aimed at the throat, the batsman somehow fends it off to the off side, gets hit on the gloves

48.6

Steyn to Mohammad Irfan, no run, and another quick short ball on the body, Irfan stuck his bat out but he had no idea where that went. It lobbed up on off side but dropped down before anyone could get close

End of over 49 (6 runs) Pakistan 205/9 (RR: 4.18)
Mohammad Irfan    4* (6b 1x4)      DW Steyn    10-0-33-1
Junaid Khan    25* (28b 2x4 1x6)      M Morkel    9-0-33-1

Last over, Morne comes in..

49.1

Morkel to Junaid Khan, OUT, bowls a length delivery, Junaid goes for a big swing, misses, and the ball knocks the middle stump back.

Junaid Khan b Morkel 25 (42m 29b 2x4 1x6) SR: 86.20

1.42 pm: So Pakistan have been bowled out for 205. They would have certainly hoped for more, but they would take it knowing that at one point they were close to being out for 170. But excellent work by the South African bowlers. Steyn started it all with the wicket of Hafeez and then everyone joined in to pick wickets in pairs. McLaren was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets. We will be back in 30-odd minutes for the chase.

Ishan Jain: "For one moment, when description of Irfan's FOUR on Steyn's bowling was not published..my heart was pounding..How could Irfan hit Steyn a four! The description finally brought relief to me..#DieHardSteynFan"

Statchela: "Junaid has slipped from the dizzy heights of 2-digit batting average; Irfan now belongs to the rare breed whose batting average is higher than his highest score!"

"Doesn't the run out law say that the ball has to be in the hand removing the stump? Peterson didn't do that, so not out?" Colin, yes you are right, but RP had the ball in his hand when he uprooted the stump..

Woolloongabba Wally: "Colin is right - Riaz was not out. Law 28.1 says that the ball must be in the hand uprooting the stump, but Petersen had the ball in his other hand, well away from the stump. The third umpire made an error." -- Interesting, we might have to go back and check that one again..


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