South Africa. Edgbaston. Must-win game. Rings a bell?
Bit of an exercise in exorcising ghosts for the Proteas today. Remember the 1999 World Cup semi-final at Birmingham? No, me neither.— Antoinette (@mspr1nt) June 10, 2013
Pakistan once again had a huge army of supporters in the stands. Presenting - the Stani Army.
Announcer asks who is supporting South Africa... Deathly silence. Who is supporting Pakistan? Deafening roar! #savpak— PakPassion.net (@PakPassion) June 10, 2013
Confusion reigned supreme at the toss. First, Sanjay Manjrekar, hosting the toss, was clueless about which way the coin had landed.
Srinath, match referee today pulls a fast one on his former team mate. Starts off the toss before I could set it up :) #Ct13— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) June 10, 2013
Next, conflicting reports about Dale Steyn's availability began to do the rounds. He wasn't playing, though. At least one player must have been pleased with that news.
On website cricinfo says steyn is not playin and tweets that he is #TrollingPakistanis— Rizwan Saleem (@rizwansaleem_) June 10, 2013
No Steyn, which means that the Mohammad Hafeez is the zebra who's made it to the other side of the croc-infested river. #CT13— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 10, 2013
The high-quality Pakistan seam attack got first use of the pitch.
Irfan/junaid or Starc/Johnson. Who's the most likely pair. Plus wahab and Faulkner. More sinistral than sinister and all high quality— jim maxwell (@jimmaxcricket) June 10, 2013
Junaid Khan is so happy to bowl he lets out a little skip in the run up, awesome! #ct13— Rob George (@robgeorge1) June 10, 2013
Hashim Amla and Colin Ingram began slowly in tricky conditions, but denied Pakistan an early break. Pakistan didn't help their cause by grassing Amla early.
Amla and Ingram looked comfortable in the early overs, but you couldn't have said the same of Wasim Akram in the commentary box.
@thecricketcouch So much wrong with how he described that whole sequence I don't know where to start.... and he doesn't know where to end.— Peter Della Penna (@PeterDellaPenna) June 10, 2013
Ingram poked and prodded listlessly for a while.
Colin Ingram is playing the Smith role to perfection. He is struggling, mistiming and edging but not getting out. He's got Biff down to a T.— Craig Heffer (@the85man) June 10, 2013
Mohammad Hafeez got him to play a mindless sweep to trap him in front.
Colin Ingram's dealt with Hafeez there in a similar way to how a tree deals with a forest fire. #ct13— 51allout (@51allout) June 10, 2013
Nothing gets twitter restless like slow, torpid batting. Especially if you are the opposite of a slow, torpid batsman.
How good are TURTLES!!!— David Warner (@davidwarner31) June 10, 2013
We'll never know what subliminal message David Warner was trying to convey with that one. The game finally heated up when Saeed Ajmal came on, setting up a delicious battle with Amla.
Amla v Ajmal is a clash of a bygone era. Classical elegance versus mythical wizardry. IPL-contractless, cricket comes first for this pair— fwildecricket (@fwildecricket) June 10, 2013
Amla dictated terms with some forthright footwork, and Pakistan moved into a position of strength despite Faf du Plessis' wicket. However, Ajmal had his man on the reverse sweep after he'd reached 81.
Amla tried a Matt Wade there... #ct13— James Knight (@MFoxx2) June 10, 2013
South Africa lost their way spectacularly after Amla's exit, with AB de Villiers and JP Duminy slipping mid-pitch to be run out by Misbah-ul-Haq.
It wouldn't be South Africa in a knock-out match at Edgbaston without a tragicomic run out. #CT13— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 10, 2013
Suddenly Misbah was everywhere. He took a diving catch in the 49th over as South Africa subsided to 234.
Even though he was on the wrong side of 30, she wished Misbah would pluck HER with both hands the way he did at Edgbaston. #ShortLoveStories— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) June 10, 2013
Pakistan needed 235 to win. Straightforward? Not quite.
235 is the target. Okay here's the plan..Misbah to score 200.Rest of the team to score 35.Lol who am i kidding? ..35 is too much.— Hassan. (@HasBadaR) June 10, 2013
Chris Morris got his ODI career off to a bright start, with a wicket in his first over. Imran Farhat took his tournament tally to 4 runs from two outings. His ODI average is a shade over 31, and he strikes at under 70 per 100 balls.
If Imran Farhat fails just 1 thousand more times, his place will have to be in real jeopardy...— George Dobell (@GeorgeDobell1) June 10, 2013
Steyn or no Steyn, Hafeez can't buy a run against the South Africans.
Shoaib Malik wandered in at No. 4 and struggled to get the ball off the square.
Shoaib Malik making McLaren look like the second coming of McGrath. #OutOfHisDepth— Hassan Cheema (@mediagag) June 10, 2013
Very effervescent approach... RT @comradesipho Chris Morris gallops up to that crease like some kind of giant, ungainly insect. :)— stuart hess (@shockerhess) June 10, 2013
Like a cricket, perhaps?
Honestly, this wasn't the best game to get new fans hooked onto the game. Malik exited at 48 for 3 in 17.3 overs.
Misbah must feel like the captain of the Titanic every time he comes to the crease. #CT13— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 10, 2013
You know Pakistan are sinking when even Misbah can't knock it around.
The asking-rate mounted well over 8.5. What would Misbah do?
Dhoni has The Helicopter, Dilshan has the DilScoop... ...Misbah has the 'jump two-feet-outside-leg-then-play-forward-defensive.' #CT13— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 10, 2013
Surely even the most die-hand Pakistan fan would have lost hope when Kamran Akmal got out for a duck?
And finally, the last nail in the coffin - the chase was put out of its misery when Misbah was seventh down for 148. Two defeats in two games for Pakistan, which meant it was time to answer some tough questions.
Same questions for Pakistan: - DID Misbah bat too slowly? - IS the top order too weak to compete? - WHY is Kamran Akmal? #CT13— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 10, 2013
I've asked before, but can someone please show me where in the Partition Agreement it says India get the batsmen and Pakistan the bowlers?— Burton DeWitt (@bsd987) June 10, 2013