Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Time for the presentation:

Misbah-ul-Haq: Again the same problem with us in the batting order and we couldn't change a good start into a big one, we kept losing wickets. It was an ideal start for us, but 20s and 30s are not going to win the game for us. 70s, 80s and 100s will win us the game and that's what we are missing. The target was gettable as boundaries were coming freely with the new ball, it was a matter of playing 50 overs. The ball was coming nicely on the bat. Wahab and Tanvir gave some confidence to the team with the fight there and shows the batsmen that if you apply yourselves, you can sore runs. We need to score at least 250 against a team like SA to beat them.

Faf du Plessis is the Man of the Match: It's been a tough time so I'm thankful to this performance, especially when the team wins. I've enjoyed batting up the order and hopefully I can give some more of those at No. 3. I was under massive pressure but you have to keep trying, you can never give up. I've been hitting the ball well and it's just about settling in the middle. When you get an opportunity, you cash in with a 70 or 80. I love fielding and when I always try contributing with the ball and in the field.

AB de Villiers: Very happy with our performance, we stuck to the basics and got a few partnerships going. Always easier to play with players like Amla and Steyn. We lost a couple of wickets at the wrong time but better performance today and our bowlers came to the party. We tried to limit the damage with bowling and fielding changes and tried to upset the rhythm which Shehzad was getting into. Steyn is a wonderful bowler, he's close to perfect. He brings in intensity to the team and he ups the pace of the game. Lopsy's second spell was unbelievable and Tahir's breakthroughs were really crucial and Dale brings this intensity which is irreplaceable. Faf was under pressure to perform and that's how big players perform. We want to come with the same kind of energy in the next match to win the series here itself in the next ODI.

That's all we have for you today, we'll see you for the next ODI after a day's gap on Friday. Till then, it's Vishal Dikshit signing off with the scorers Venkat Raghav and Binoy George, goodbye and good luck!

10.40pm The Wahab-Tanvir partnership showed it's not so tough to bat here and South Africa complete a clinical 68-run win to lead 2-1 now. Pakistan got off to a flier with Shehzad looking in great touch, but once Steyn got him out for 32, their middle order couldn't keep them on track for the chase. Tsotsobe's second spell stifled them further and Tahir's 4 for 53, including Misbah's wicket, virtually finished things off. Pakistan's batting concerns continue as South Africa got rid of some of their to post 259 earlier in the day.

Alex: "Quite amusing that if you look at the scorecard you'll notice that the only player to not make any real contribution today was Amla for a change. All-round team performance"

44.3
W
McLaren to Sohail Tanvir, OUT, it's over! Short ball coming into Tanvir, he pulls and it's gone straight to Amla at midwicket. McLaren finished things off with Tanvir's wicket

Sohail Tanvir c Amla b McLaren 31 (67m 38b 6x4 0x6) SR: 81.57

44.2
4
McLaren to Sohail Tanvir, FOUR runs, full on the stumps and Tanvir smashes it back over the bowler's head for a four
44.1
0
McLaren to Sohail Tanvir, no run, short of length coming into Tanvir, he pulls it to deep square leg

END OF OVER:
44 | 1 Run | PAK: 187/9 (73 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 4.25, RRR: 12.16)

  • Mohammad Irfan4 (6b)
  • Sohail Tanvir27 (35b)
  • Morne Morkel9-1-35-2
  • Imran Tahir10-1-53-4
43.6
0
Morkel to Mohammad Irfan, no run, length ball just outside off, Irfan sticks his bat out and it goes past the bat and the off stump
43.5
1
Morkel to Sohail Tanvir, 1 run, low full toss, Tanvir drives and it falls just short of Amla at cover and they run a single
43.4
0
Morkel to Sohail Tanvir, no run, in the block hole, Tanvir blocks it back
43.3
0
Morkel to Sohail Tanvir, no run, short of length on leg, Tanvir moves to off to pull but misses and the ball goes well over the stumps
43.2
0
Morkel to Sohail Tanvir, no run, full and outside off, Tanvir pokes and misses

Imran Tahir rushed off the ground after completing his spell

43.1
0
Morkel to Sohail Tanvir, no run, full on the pads, Tanvir flicks but gets hit on the pads

END OF OVER:
43 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 186/9 (74 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.32, RRR: 10.57)

  • Mohammad Irfan4 (5b)
  • Sohail Tanvir26 (30b)
  • Imran Tahir10-1-53-4
  • Morne Morkel8-1-34-2
42.6
0
Imran Tahir to Mohammad Irfan, no run, full outside off, Irfan blocks on the front foot
42.5
0
Imran Tahir to Mohammad Irfan, no run, flat and into the pads, Irfan fails to work it on leg
42.4
0
Imran Tahir to Mohammad Irfan, no run, full and turning away outside off, Irfan leaves it
42.3
4
Imran Tahir to Mohammad Irfan, FOUR runs, pitched up outside off and Irfan slaps it down the ground past long-on for four
42.2
0
Imran Tahir to Mohammad Irfan, no run, on length outside off, Irfan defends
42.1
W
Imran Tahir to Saeed Ajmal, OUT, Tahir strikes again, picks his fourth! Pitched it up around middle, Ajmal swept and missed it and the finger went up in not much time for lbw as it would have crashed into middle. SA a wicket away now

Saeed Ajmal lbw b Imran Tahir 1 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

END OF OVER:
42 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 182/8 (78 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.33, RRR: 9.75)

  • Sohail Tanvir26 (30b)
  • Saeed Ajmal1 (2b)
  • Morne Morkel8-1-34-2
  • Imran Tahir9-1-49-3
41.6
4
Morkel to Sohail Tanvir, FOUR runs, short ball again, Tanvir pulls awkwardly, taking the eyes off the ball and gets a leading edge in the air and fine on the off side for four
41.5
0
Morkel to Sohail Tanvir, no run, yorker followed by bouncer as Tanvir tries to pull but misses
41.4
0
Morkel to Sohail Tanvir, no run, in the block hole on middle, Tanvir makes room and blocks
41.3
1
Morkel to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, short ball outside off, Ajmal pulls it wide of deep midwicket and Duminy runs back and to his right to stop it inside the boundary
41.2
0
Morkel to Saeed Ajmal, no run, short of length outside off, pokes it to cover

SA are two wickets away now, Pakistan need 83

41.1
W
Morkel to Wahab Riaz, OUT, he's struck straightaway! Morkel pitched it up outside off, Wahab went for a big shot and managed a thin outside edge to the keeper for an easy catch. The best partnership of the innings, worth 61, comes to an end

Wahab Riaz c †de Kock b Morkel 33 (44m 47b 3x4 1x6) SR: 70.21

Morne Morkel to try his luck now

END OF OVER:
41 | 9 Runs | PAK: 177/7 (83 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.31, RRR: 9.22)

  • Sohail Tanvir22 (27b)
  • Wahab Riaz33 (46b)
  • Imran Tahir9-1-49-3
  • Ryan McLaren7-0-27-1
40.6
0
Imran Tahir to Sohail Tanvir, no run, length ball tucked to midwicket, Tanvir wants a single but Wahab doesn't and Tanvir makes it back in time
40.5
4
Imran Tahir to Sohail Tanvir, FOUR runs, outside off again and Tanvir reverse sweeps it this time between short third man and point for four more
40.4
0
Imran Tahir to Sohail Tanvir, no run, on length on off and turning in, Tanvir can't sweep it tis time
40.3
4
Imran Tahir to Sohail Tanvir, FOUR runs, full toss on off and Tanvir sweeps this loose delivery to the backward square leg boundary for four

Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st50Mohammad HafeezAhmed Shehzad
2nd2Mohammad HafeezUmar Amin
3rd34Misbah-ul-HaqUmar Amin
4th3Misbah-ul-HaqAsad Shafiq
5th17Asad ShafiqUmar Akmal
6th8Shahid AfridiAsad Shafiq
7th2Shahid AfridiSohail Tanvir
8th61Wahab RiazSohail Tanvir
9th5Saeed AjmalSohail Tanvir
10th9Sohail TanvirMohammad Irfan