Result
2nd ODI (D/N), Centurion, Mar 15 2013, Pakistan tour of South Africa
(43.2/44 ov)
191
(39.2/44 ov, target 192)
192/4
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 28 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Report by Firdose Moonda in Centurion

Irfan, Misbah star as Pakistan draw level

Pakistan's decision to include an extra pace bowler yielded rich rewards as Mohammed Irfan extracted significant bounce from the Centurion surface to dismantle South Africa's top order

Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Siddhartha Talya
Scorecard summary
South Africa191(43.2 overs)
Pakistan192/4(39.2 overs)

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."

That's it, folks, thanks for tuning in and sending us your feedback. See you guys again on Sunday. Adios.

39.3
1w
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
39.2
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
39.1
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 from 30b
Misbah-ul-Haq57 (73)
Shoaib Malik35 (38)
Ryan McLaren8-0-40-1
Kyle Abbott8-0-30-0
38.6
1
McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run
full toss on middle, turns it away towards deep square leg to level the scores
38.5
6
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
38.4
McLaren to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run
drops that one short and Misbah seeks that through to the keeper
38.3
1
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

38.2
1
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
38.1
4
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 from 36b
Shoaib Malik34 (37)
Misbah-ul-Haq45 (68)
Kyle Abbott8-0-30-0
Dale Steyn9-1-29-1
37.6
Abbott to Shoaib Malik, no run
Malik tries to squeeze that down to third man as well but point gets in the way
37.5
1
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
37.4
Abbott to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run
chops that one down towards point on the bounce
37.3
1
Abbott to Shoaib Malik, 1 run
drops that one from the crease in front of point and races off for a quick single
37.2
1
Abbott to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run
shortish outside off, cut away to third man for a single
37.1
Abbott to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run
ooh, that caught him on the glove, took off as he tried to play it on the off side, was fortunate it landed safe in front of point
end of over 373 runs
PAK: 175/4CRR: 4.72 • RRR: 2.42 • Need 17 from 42b
Shoaib Malik33 (35)
Misbah-ul-Haq43 (64)
Dale Steyn9-1-29-1
Kyle Abbott7-0-27-0
36.6
Steyn to Shoaib Malik, no run
getting a bit of away movement is Steyn, Malik rocks forward and defends that to cover
36.5
Steyn to Shoaib Malik, no run
goodish length and that's been defended well towards point
36.4
2
Steyn to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs
short and wide and Malik cuts that over gully towards third man for a couple of runs

Mazher: "Shoaib Malik has hit first ODI six in four years today. Last one was in 2009 against Australia, also at Centurion!"

Best performances - batsmen
F Behardien
58 runs (82)
5 fours
0 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
leg glance
15 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
15153122812
Misbah-ul-Haq
57 runs (75)
3 fours
3 sixes
Control84%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
23 runs
0 fours
3 sixes
24641212611
Best performances - bowlers
Mohammad Irfan
O
7
M
0
R
33
W
4
Eco
4.71
Saeed Ajmal
O
8.2
M
0
R
23
W
2
Eco
2.76
Match details
SuperSport Park, Centurion
TossSouth Africa , elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Mohammad Irfan
Series result5-match series level 1-1
Match numberODI no. 3346
Season2012/13
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days15 March 2013 - day/night match (50-over match)
Umpires
Billy Bowden
Adrian Holdstock
TV Umpire
Kumar Dharmasena
Reserve Umpire
Johan Cloete
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft