2nd ODI (D/N), Centurion, Mar 15 2013, Pakistan tour of South Africa
(43.2/44 ov)
(39.2/44 ov, target 192)
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 28 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
PAK Innings
Full commentary

A comfortable win in the end for Pakistan, though they had some nervy moments in the chase. South Africa's top-order collapse proved costly for the hosts, and Pakistan kept them down to a chaseable score despite a recovery staged by Behardien and Peterson. Three down in their chase, Pakistan would have been nervous, but Misbah, Younis and Malik, all experienced players, saw them team through, never allowing the required-rate get out of control. Pakistan have levelled the series 1-1, we'll get you the presentation details in a bit.

AB de Villiers: "Disappointing performance, Pakistan took the initiative early on. We fought back nicely, got a decent target towards the end. Look back now, I'll definitely be bowling first. Misbah and company played too well in the middle overs. I'm proud of the boys for fighting back. It's still a big series. We are mature enough to know exactly where we went wrong. Come Sunday, we'll come back fighting again. Hopefully, there'll be pace and bounce in Johannesburg."

Misbah-ul-Haq: "The way we started, Irfan taking four wickets in 10 overs, that set the game as well. All the other bowlers bowled well, and we performed well with the bat. It is really satisfying for us, the batsmen are getting the confidence back. Picking Irfan was an attacking move, he gave us a big advantage. There were a few spots in the pitch where the ball was stopping and kicking, there was a bit of variable bounce, it was not easy to bat on. We really get good support here from the crowd. We need to keep this momentum. We're settling down and getting out, we need to show responsibility, if someone gets 20-30 runs, he needs to carry on."

Mohammad Irfan is the Man of the Match: The bowling coach Mohammad Akram will translate for him. Mohammad Akram: "It's his first Man of the Match performance, hopefully there will be many more to come." Irfan: "Thanks to Allah, my team management and coaches have supported me and hopefully I'll do well the next time. The captain had given us a plan, and I just worked on it. Hopefully I'll perform well in the next game and give my 100 per cent."

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Abbott to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide
short and wide and he goes for the cut, misses, but Billy Bowden reckons its a wide and he calls it, Pakistan have won
Abbott to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run
short of a good length, gets on the back foot and he pushes it back to the bowler
Abbott to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run
short of a good length, knocks that one down in front of point, Malik wants the single, Misbah says no
end of over 3913 runs
PAK: 191/4CRR: 4.89 • RRR: 0.20 • Need 1 run from 30b
Misbah-ul-Haq57 (73)
Shoaib Malik35 (38)
Ryan McLaren8-0-40-1
Kyle Abbott8-0-30-0
McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run
full toss on middle, turns it away towards deep square leg to level the scores
McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, SIX runs
That's been dismissed, pitched on a length, Misbah made room and absolutely hammered that over extra cover for a flat six
McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run
drops that one short and Misbah seeks that through to the keeper
McLaren to Shoaib Malik, 1 run
turned away behind square for a single

A calm innings that's guided his team towards victory after the loss of three wickets. He's taken some flak for being too slow to start, but he's picked up pace at the right time today

McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run
slower one bowled short, Misbah rolls his wrists over that one and plays it down towards deep square leg for a single to bring up his half-century
McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR runs
outstanding shot, angling in towards middle and he lofted him straight over his head for a boundary, nicely done, just through the line
end of over 383 runs
PAK: 178/4CRR: 4.68 • RRR: 2.33 • Need 14 runs from 36b
Shoaib Malik34 (37)
Misbah-ul-Haq45 (68)
Kyle Abbott8-0-30-0
Dale Steyn9-1-29-1
Abbott to Shoaib Malik, no run
Malik tries to squeeze that down to third man as well but point gets in the way
Abbott to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run
short of a good length, a bit of width there and he guides that one down to third man for a single
Abbott to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run
chops that one down towards point on the bounce
Abbott to Shoaib Malik, 1 run
drops that one from the crease in front of point and races off for a quick single
Abbott to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run
shortish outside off, cut away to third man for a single