1st ODI, Bloemfontein, Mar 10 2013, Pakistan tour of South Africa
(36.2/50 ov, target 316)
South Africa won by 125 runs
Player Of The Match
South Africa
PAK Innings
Full commentary

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Quotes from presentation

"I have enjoyed it here," says Colin Ingram, the Man of the Match. "Just glad to be contributing again. Always great to be back in Bloem. Just enjoyed batting with some of the other guys, who helped me along the way. AB looked like he had his game together, I fed off that, and we ran well. Magic knock from Farhaan. The boys are saying this is the best I have played for OSuth Africa. There are one or two knows where I had to grind it out, but I thoroughly enjoyed it today."

"Very proud of the boys," says AB de Villiers. "Really excites me to see the boys perform like that. The Pakistan bowlers bowled really well up front. That opening partnership freed the middle order up. Colin played a great game, congrats to that. We haven't played great ODI cricket of late. It has been worrying and frustrating. I know this is just one game, but it is a step in the right direction. I know the public in South Africa wants consistency, and we will work on that. I am proud the way bowlers came out and worked in partnerships, picking up wickets at regular intervals. Rory is a very mature performer. he knows his game inside-out. The whole bowling unit was outstanding. It was great to see Ryan perform so well in front of a home crowd. A big hand for the crowd for turning up in high numbers. I know it means a lot to Ryan."

"The way the ball was moving," says Misbah-ul-Haq, "270-280 would have been a par score. The way it was seaming in the start with the little bit of moisture, we should have exploited the conditions better. They kept the wickets for the first 10-15 overs, which was the key. We were looking at 270-280; it could have been a good game then. We need to work a little bit on death bowling and fielding. Too many easy balls and fielding lapses today. We can improve. We can cut down 30-40 runs easily. Then we really have a chance."

That's as comprehensive as ODI wins get. South Africa were more industrious and hands on than Pakistan, which shows in the number of singles and twos they took, and also in the bowling changes of both the sides. Hang around for quotes from the presentation

Kleinveldt to Shahid Afridi, OUT
it's all over. Afridi couldn't have done much about this. Short ball, pulled in front of square, and Behardien takes a diving catch at deep midwicket
Shahid Afridi c Behardien b Kleinveldt 34 (28m 16b 2x4 3x6) SR: 212.50
Kleinveldt to Shahid Afridi, no run
makes room and drills a low full toss to mid-off
end of over 3611 runs
PAK: 190/9CRR: 5.27 • RRR: 9.00 • Need 126 runs from 13 overs
Junaid Khan0 (2)
Shahid Afridi34 (14)
Lonwabo Tsotsobe9-0-52-1
Rory Kleinveldt5-2-22-3
Tsotsobe to Junaid Khan, no run
length ball, outside off, beats his defensive push
Tsotsobe to Shahid Afridi, 1 run
and he dabs the fifth ball of the over for a single
Tsotsobe to Shahid Afridi, SIX runs
bye bye ball. This is out of the ground. Huge. That is massive. Slower ball, and he swings it over long-on, into the parking lot. Has he damaged any cars there?

Adeel: "Are there any bonus points for not using the review?"

Tsotsobe to Shahid Afridi, no run
slower short ball, Afridi is too early into the pull, is hit on the glove

taron : "I genuinely think Ajmal didn't know Pakistan had any reviews left."

Tsotsobe to Shahid Afridi, no run
drilled down to long-on. Turns down the single
Tsotsobe to Shahid Afridi, FOUR runs
backs away to loft this low full toss over the bowler's head
end of over 3512 runs • 2 wicket
PAK: 179/9CRR: 5.11 • RRR: 9.13 • Need 137 runs from 13 overs
Junaid Khan0 (1)
Shahid Afridi23 (9)
Rory Kleinveldt5-2-22-3
Lonwabo Tsotsobe8-0-41-1
Kleinveldt to Junaid Khan, no run
defended off the front foot
Kleinveldt to Junaid Khan, 1 wide
and he bowls a wide down leg. was going for the yorker, I suppose

Junaid Khan to face the hat-trick ball

Kleinveldt to Saeed Ajmal, OUT
Kleinveldt is on a hat-trick, and I am surprised why they aren't reviewing this one. They can't take that one home, may as well use it up. This is not plumb. Length ball, seaming in, seemingly past the inside edge, but has this hit him outside the line of off? First of all, there was a huge inside edge on this one. I really wonder why they didn't review this
Saeed Ajmal lbw b Kleinveldt 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Saeed Ajmal to bat now

Kleinveldt to Umar Gul, OUT
another short ball gets a wicket. This is chest-high, on off, he looks to pull, is late into it, and Kleinvelt accepts a simple return lob
Umar Gul c & b Kleinveldt 2 (6m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00
Kleinveldt to Shahid Afridi, 1 leg bye
angling in, concedes a leg-bye
Kleinveldt to Shahid Afridi, SIX runs
that's No. 300. No one has ever hit so many ODI sixes. Short again, and this time he gets a sweeter connection and sends it sailing over deep midwicket
Kleinveldt to Shahid Afridi, FOUR runs
nearly gets No. 300. Short, into the body, pulled off the front foot, lands just before the square-leg fence

Right. Boom Boom on strike. On 299 career sixes. ready to move into unchartered territory: 300 sixes

end of over 346 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 167/7CRR: 4.91 • RRR: 9.31 • Need 149 runs from 13 overs
Umar Gul2 (1)
Shahid Afridi13 (6)
Lonwabo Tsotsobe8-0-41-1
Robin Peterson8-0-47-0
Tsotsobe to Umar Gul, 2 runs
short of a length, on the pads, worked wide of deep square for a couple

Umar Gul is the new man in

Tsotsobe to Shoaib Malik, OUT
slower ball gets him. It's Malik who has fallen before Afridi. Doesn't pick the slower ball wide outside off, he goes after it, and all he manages is a thick outside edge to short third man
Shoaib Malik c McLaren b Tsotsobe 19 (39m 21b 2x4 0x6) SR: 90.47

Wouter: "If Pakistan change tack, and view the rest of the game as a T20 after a top order batting collapse, then they are the perfect team for pulling this off."

Tsotsobe to Shoaib Malik, no run
short of a length, holds its line in front of off, cramps him up

Paul: "That six is worth staying up for in itself. What a lovely strike. Apart from Gilchrist, I can't remember a cleaner hitter of the ball for such a consistently long career."

Tsotsobe to Shahid Afridi, 1 run
short of a length, middle and off, pushed with soft hands for a single
Tsotsobe to Shoaib Malik, 1 run
length ball, middle and leg, driven to long-on

Both third man and fine leg are up. Expect a lot of slower balls

Tsotsobe to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs
length ball, on the pads, flicked away for a couple into the leg side

sindha: "@sid to be short and precise SMS khan afridi.It comes and goes in a flash"

Powerplay taken. Tsotsobe comes back

end of over 3311 runs
PAK: 161/6CRR: 4.87 • RRR: 9.11 • Need 155 runs from 13 overs
Shahid Afridi12 (5)
Shoaib Malik16 (17)
Robin Peterson8-0-47-0
Ryan McLaren7-0-19-3
Peterson to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs
short, pulled away wristily, between long-on and deep midwicket