3rd ODI, Johannesburg, Mar 17 2013, Pakistan tour of South Africa
(48.1/50 ov, target 344)
South Africa won by 34 runs
Player Of The Match
South Africa
PAK Innings
Full commentary

A high-scoring encounter with South Africa winning it and taking a 2-1 lead. AB and Amla led the way, and Faf's cameo, in hindsight, played a crucial role. Pakistan's batsmen got starts but weren't able to push on. Afridi threatened to take the game away from South Africa but by the time he began imposing his presence, you knew his wicket was the only one that mattered to restore South Africa's control over the match. An entertaining game, the hosts were certainly given a scare in the chase. Firdose Moonda's report should be getting ready, I'll be back with you with the presentation in a bit.

Michael Haysman's dressed in pink as well for the presentation.

Misbah-ul-Haq: "I'm really pleased with the way everybody played. The way we played today, it showed we can be a good chasing side. To lose Irfan was disappointing, that maybe led us to concede 20 or 30 runs more. With these field restrictions, you need five fielders in the circle, we just backed Afridi and he played tremendously today. We know he can hit it a long way, when he came to bat and hit the first six, I told him, "mate, you can score a hundred here." With these new rules, if two batsmen are set, it's difficult to control them, also there was no spin, no seam nothing. We could improve to bring the total down, our fielding, and if our batsmen can just keep building on starts and score a big one, if today one of our batsmen had scored big, we could have won this game. Afridi is okay [after the thumb injury], we need to push him."

AB: "Very proud of the way the boys performed, it's good to have the support here. It means a lot, we always wanted to get involved with the initiative. We did it for a good reason, hopefully we raised a lot of funds out of it. It's always nice to bat with Amla, he makes it easy for me, he rotates the strike very well, I'm hoping he gets the Man of the Match. A little bit of luck and pre-meditation to score that six over extra cover. I told the boys in a huddle when we got a couple of wickets at the other end, "we cannot get ourselves down when a guy like Afridi is playing like this," and I'm proud of the way we fought back. Rory, Ryan and Lopsy, the whole bowling unit did really well. Just looking forward to Durban."

Both Amla and AB will share the Man of the Match award for that record partnership. Amla: "We had a great atmosphere, batting up front was a little difficult, when AB came in we got some rhythm. I'm always for it [DRS], it was a little difficult in the first 10 overs. Faf came in at the end and set the tone as well. We've been fortunate that guys batting in the middle order, in Bloemfontein Farhaan came in and did it for us. We managed to set it up, AB's knock was a fantastic one. We've become accustomed to his freakish shot, he's got a new MCC manual to develop all by himself. The pitch flattened out, 650 runs, that's a magnificent showing for the venue, the crowd got to see a lot of sixes. Durban's a crucial game for us, hopefully we're going to close it down there."

That's it for today, folks. Thanks for tuning in and sending us your feedback. Do join us for the next game in Durban. Until then, it's goodbye.

Kleinveldt to Wahab Riaz, OUT
superb yorker from Kleinveldt, targeting leg stump and Wahab, who's played a spirited innings, failed to bring his bat down in time, leg stump was knocked out
Wahab Riaz b Kleinveldt 45 (78m 52b 5x4 1x6) SR: 86.53

35 off 12 now, too much to ask of Wahab you would think

end of over 485 runs
PAK: 309/9CRR: 6.43 • RRR: 17.50 • Need 35 runs from 12b
Wahab Riaz45 (51)
Mohammad Irfan0 (1)
Ryan McLaren9-0-56-3
Dale Steyn10-1-48-1
McLaren to Wahab Riaz, 1 run
another full toss, this time it's just guided to point for a single
McLaren to Wahab Riaz, no run
full toss outside off and Wahab misses on the attempted cut
McLaren to Wahab Riaz, no run
missed run-out, low full toss on leg stump, tried to clip it square, went for the run not knowing where the ball was, McLaren ran in and tried to under-arm flick that onto the stumps, missed it, whacks the stumps out of frustration
McLaren to Wahab Riaz, no run
quick outside off, fullish and Wahab reaches for it but can't get to it
McLaren to Wahab Riaz, no run
low full toss, refuses the single, drills it down the ground to long-off
McLaren to Wahab Riaz, FOUR runs
Wahab keeps the fight on, fullish on the off, made a bit of room and sliced it through point for a boundary
end of over 471 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 304/9CRR: 6.46 • RRR: 13.33 • Need 40 runs from 18b
Mohammad Irfan0 (1)
Wahab Riaz40 (45)
Dale Steyn10-1-48-1
Rory Kleinveldt9-1-77-0
Steyn to Mohammad Irfan, no run
it's bowled straight on middle, defended from the crease into the leg side

Mohammad Irfan is the last man

Steyn to Junaid Khan, OUT
too quick as he tries to whip that into the leg side, Junaid gets a leading edge and Steyn snaps an easy return catch, South Africa are wrapping this up
Junaid Khan c & b Steyn 9 (16m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00
Steyn to Junaid Khan, no run
short on middle, goes for the pull but misses
Steyn to Junaid Khan, no run
short of a length outside off, leaves that alone to the keeper
Steyn to Wahab Riaz, 1 run
short outside off, slaps that one wide of extra cover, just the single there
Steyn to Wahab Riaz, no run
on a length outside off and he wanted to dispatch that over long-off, missed
end of over 467 runs
PAK: 303/8CRR: 6.58 • RRR: 10.25 • Need 41 runs from 24b
Wahab Riaz39 (43)
Junaid Khan9 (9)
Rory Kleinveldt9-1-77-0
Dale Steyn9-1-47-0
Kleinveldt to Wahab Riaz, 1 run
low full toss, pushes it into the deep on the off side for a single, good comeback from Kleinvedlt after being struck for a boundary
Kleinveldt to Wahab Riaz, no run
wow, Wahab had shaped up to scoop that, ended up missing it as it was a touch too wide, was struck on the pad
Kleinveldt to Junaid Khan, 1 run
on a length, gets it wide of midwicket for a single, applause from the Pakistan dressing room, they still sense a chance here
Kleinveldt to Junaid Khan, no run
yorker length, just managed to get some bat to it, got it down in time and got an inside edge, just wide of the stumps
Kleinveldt to Junaid Khan, no run
makes room to cream that one down the ground, misses, that didn't miss the off stump by much
Kleinveldt to Junaid Khan, 1 wide
slides that one down the leg side and it's called a wide
Kleinveldt to Junaid Khan, FOUR runs
Junaid goes after Kleinvedlt, comes down the track and smacks that length ball over mid-off for a boundary, 300 up for Pakistan
end of over 459 runs
PAK: 296/8CRR: 6.57 • RRR: 9.60 • Need 48 runs from 30b
Junaid Khan4 (5)
Wahab Riaz38 (41)
Dale Steyn9-1-47-0
Ryan McLaren8-0-51-3
Steyn to Junaid Khan, 1 run
slices that one in the direction of third man for just the single
Steyn to Wahab Riaz, 1 run
slower one bowled on a length on the off, driven down to long-on for a single