Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
44 | 14 Runs | SA: 208/4 | RR: 4.72

  • AB de Villiers95 (111b)
  • David Miller20 (20b)
  • Wahab Riaz7-0-44-0
  • Mohammad Hafeez4-0-23-1

So that is all from us from this series. Firdose will be analysing the series and please keep an eye for that. Thanks for all your comments and feedback, for now this is Devashish Fuloria signing off, ciao ciao.


Presentation

AB de Villliers: "It was a great team effort. It was a pleasure playing here in Benoni, and it was a great series and well-played by Pakistan team too. It is always easy turning back to Dale, but the whole bowling unit got better and better. Ryan is one of those guys, he just makes it happen, he got Misbah and Afridi in one over and that was a big game changer. Pakistan are a world-class team, they will surely climb the world-rankings soon and good luck to them. I am in good form at the moment, but I am not probably timing it as well as I like to."

AB wins both Man of the Match and the Man of the Series awards

Misbah: "I think it was a 250 pitch and it was gettable the way we started, but we lost wickets at crucial times and chose wrong shots, but SA played really well. We had a good partnership in the middle and we should have stretched it was 1 10 more overs. (on AB's drop) These things happen in cricket. But Irfan bowled really well throughout the series and gave us all the crucial breakthroughs, he just needs to work on his fitness a bit. The team got some confidence during the series, we just need to play quality cricket and keep competing. We could have really enjoyed had we won this one, but still a good series. "


The match had all the makings of a good contest here in Benoni, but Pakistan fell short by 30-40 runs on a pitch that had enough on it to keep the bowlers in business. But it came down to the experience and the brilliance of AB de Villiers to steer the chase and do this easily for South Africa. Farhan Behaardien played a mature innings too and well supported his captain. So SA remains one destination where Pakistan haven't won an ODI series. Stick around because we will have the pearls from captains in just a bit...

luke: "may SA's river of off-nights continue long into the future!! yet another good win:)"

suhail shafi shah: "well played S.A. and Pakistan.. both of u entertained us for last 3 months or so.. congrates S.A. & A.B. for outperforming Pak when it mattered..."

Osama Baig: "... Aaaaannnd the trend continues. Screen matches in university = Pakistan loses. (No, AB had nothing to do with it)"


43.6
4
Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, FOUR runs, moves outside the leg side and slaps the length delivery over extra cover for a one-bounce four, take a bow AB.. what a dynamite of a player, that shot gives SA the series win
43.5
2
Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, 2 runs, makes room by arching his back and steers it to deep backward point for a couple, he is into the nineties

Magpie: "Even chokers can have an off night. After all, that's how they win..."

43.4
0
Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, no run, a rare play and a miss by AB as he tries to push the length delivery through cover

Trevor: "miller denies ab a ton"

43.3
4
Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, FOUR runs, he bends down on his knee and slaps it over mid-off for a flat....six, is it? well almost, just bounces inside the boundary
43.2
3
Wahab Riaz to Miller, 3 runs, length ball outside off, the batsman pushes it firmly through cover where the fielder dives over the ball and allows it to go through, not very good by Farhat there..
43.1
1
Wahab Riaz to de Villiers, 1 run, he walks across the stumps and punches it to deep midwicket for a single

Wahab comes from over the wicket

END OF OVER:
43 | 12 Runs | SA: 194/4 (12 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.51, RRR: 1.71)

  • David Miller17 (19b)
  • AB de Villiers84 (106b)
  • Mohammad Hafeez4-0-23-1
  • Saeed Ajmal10-1-34-0

SafferBoy: "Funny how SA are chokers when Sri Lanka has lost -if I'm not mistaken- 4 consecutive finals that they've played in...Surely they hold the title now?"

42.6
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, no run, slower this time and tossed up, he defends it towards midwicket
42.5
4
Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, FOUR runs, oh lovely hit through cover! It was quicker on the off stump, he waited for it on the back foot and spanks it through covers off the back foot, the fielders had no chance to move
42.4
2
Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, 2 runs, quicker delivery, it's full too, flicked down to fine-leg for a single
42.3
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, no run, goes for a sweep, but misses as he is hit on the pads, but it was sliding down the leg side
42.2
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, no run, pushed through on the stumps, the batsman punches it to mid-on
42.1
6
Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, SIX runs, comes down the track, gets under the ball and sends it over the deep midwicket boundary, easily done

Ryan: "Funny how people think SA have no chance of winning Champions Trophy based on past history - yet SA won it in 1998. It's a forgettable tournament tbh."

END OF OVER:
42 | (maiden) | SA: 182/4 (24 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.33, RRR: 3.00)

  • AB de Villiers84 (106b)
  • David Miller5 (13b)
  • Saeed Ajmal10-1-34-0
  • Mohammad Hafeez3-0-11-1

A maiden by Ajmal

41.6
0
Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, pushed through on the stumps, AB defends it solidly to midwicket
41.5
0
Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, he goes on the back foot and punches the quicker delivery to short cover

Ravindra Jadeja: "Trott, you were saying something ???"

41.4
0
Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, another one on the pads, it's flicked to short fine-leg this time
41.3
0
Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, fuller length on the pads, hit straight to the same fielder
41.2
0
Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, flatter delivery on the pads, the batsman works it straight to backward square leg
41.1
0
Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, he skips down the track but doesn't get any bat on it, the ball hits the pads and goes to short fine leg

END OF OVER:
41 | 2 Runs | SA: 182/4 (24 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.43, RRR: 2.66)

  • David Miller5 (13b)
  • AB de Villiers84 (100b)
  • Mohammad Hafeez3-0-11-1
  • Saeed Ajmal9-0-34-0

gav: "South Africa are a good solid well structured side surely. But they are the best chokers at international tournaments."

40.6
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, no run, he goes back to the quicker delivery and defends it towards midwicket
40.5
1
Mohammad Hafeez to de Villiers, 1 run, pushed through on off stump, AB easily punches it down to long-on for a single

Dirk: "No, Chris, you're only second as you can't play rugby, tennis, golf, guitar, tests , field, keep wicket and invent shots - although you are the king of slog. Sorry."

40.4
1
Mohammad Hafeez to Miller, 1 run, he comes down the pitch and dabs it towards midwicket for a single

Peter: "If AB's captaincy is anything like his batting, we can expect a declaration in future matches"

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st12HM AmlaQ de Kock
2nd22HM AmlaCA Ingram
3rd49HM AmlaAB de Villiers
4th87AB de VilliersF Behardien
5th38AB de VilliersDA Miller