4th ODI, Durban, Mar 21 2013, Pakistan tour of South Africa
(48.4/50 ov, target 235)
Pakistan won by 3 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
• The Report by Firdose Moonda

Farhat and Misbah help Pakistan make it 2-2

Pakistan laboured in pursuit of a modest target to level the series but a combination of rotten luck and determined South African bowling played its part in their struggles

Match centre 
Scorer: Binoy George
Commentator: Sidharth Monga
Scorecard summary
South Africa234/9(50 overs)
Saeed Ajmal3/42(10)
Pakistan236/7(48.4 overs)
Imran Farhat93 (144)
Dale Steyn1/26(10)

That's all for tonight people. What a cracker of a match. Up and down, topsy-turvy, like the roller-coaster roads of Durabn. Thanks for joining us. Cheers

Quotes from presentation

"Of course, much-needed victory," says Misbah-ul-Haq, who is also the man of the Match. "Everybody put their 100% in, it was a team effort. Farhat batted really well. We need one batsman to stay till the end, he showed that responsibility. That start was something we need and are capable of, especially getting Amla, you dream of that start wherever we get a little bit of turn and bounce, Ajmal is the key man. The seamers bowled really well too. It was like we were playing in Lahore, thanks to the crowd. It was not easy the way they bowled, we were under a lot of pressure. The plan was to keep on batting till 50 overs, and the runs would come. There was a little bit of pressure in the end, buy you have got to believe you can win; and Malik ended the game really well."

"Two quality sides," says AB de Villiers. "Unfortunately we lost the momentum too many times today. I got out at a bad time. We fought till the end, but unfortunately we came out short. You get a guy like Irfan and sometimes you are going to be two down early on. We showed character with the bat, but didn't put the pressure on for long enough. Little bit ill discipline there, but we will go to Bennoni and work on these things. The pitch didn't play a big part. We didn't see balls turning too much or going through the top. Pakistan just outplayed us in certain areas. Hopefully they come and support us in Bennoni. It's going to be great clash between two very good ODI teams."

South Africa, thanks to exclusively their fielding and Steyn, came this close to - only for the third time in the history of ODIs - winning after having been reduced to 0 for 2. However, Pakistan just about kept their cool. Misbah must have shut a few of the detractors for a while, but he will be the first to admit he can do much better, precisely because he has the potential to do much better. Then again, the batting order around him makes him more cautious than he would want to be. Mazher has this stunning stat: "Highest average in successful chases: MS Dhoni (97.95), Misbah (88.38), MG Bevan (86.25), MJ Clarke (83.43), Kohli (77.55). [Qualification: 1000 runs]"

What a chase. Excitement only Pakistan can bring you. They have survived themselves to make it 2-2. Misbah is smiling again. Comes out to hug Ajmal and Malik. Then hand shakes all around

Adil N. Ahmad: "That awkward moment went Ajmal has a better batting strike rate than Afridi..."

Tsotsobe to Shoaib Malik, FOUR runs
all over. Malik finishes this off. Moves across, Tsotsobe follows him wide on off, and he then backs away late to create the room and cuts it through point for four
Tsotsobe to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run
full, on the pads, pushed to midwicket for a single. Malik looks back to see Phangiso is going at his end, and he has to hare through
Tsotsobe to Saeed Ajmal, FOUR runs
oh boy, what a shot to be played first ball. Ajmal has kiled this chase off. Poor bowling from Tsotsobe. Short, wide, and he Ajmal square-cuts it wide of point

Five balls to go in the over, and Malik is away from the strike, and Ajmal, Junaid and Irfan to flow. Game is back in the balance. Ajmal is the first. A wide slip in place

Tsotsobe to Shoaib Malik, OUT
South African fielders are turning this game around on its head. This is sensational. Malik drops this towards point and runs, but Miller swoops in like a cheetah from point, makes a one-handed pick-up, and underarm-flicks it onto the only stump visible when he is in the air himself. Miller slides into Riaz's bat but what a wicket he has got South Africa
Wahab Riaz run out (Miller) 0 (4m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Eight required off last two. Now that Steyn is bowled out, and with Malik still at the crease, Pakistan are the favourites

end of over 483 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 227/6CRR: 4.72 • RRR: 4.00 • Need 8 from 12b
Wahab Riaz0 (1)
Shoaib Malik15 (17)
Dale Steyn10-3-26-1
Rory Kleinveldt10-0-51-1
Steyn to Wahab Riaz, no run
bouncer, but wide outside off. Steyn is negotiated

One slip comes in for Riaz

Steyn to Shoaib Malik, 1 run
short into the body, Malik tucks it away to long leg for one

Wahab Riaz comes in. Nine to win off 14. Crucially Steyn has only two deliveries left

Steyn to Imran Farhat, OUT
what an unbelievable catch. Behardien keeps South Africa alive. Short again, Farhat is in a tangle, somehow gets enough bat to clear cover-point. So it seems. Behardien covers an insane amount of ground and takes this over his shoulder
Imran Farhat c Behardien b Steyn 93 (214m 144b 8x4 1x6) SR: 64.58
Steyn to Imran Farhat, no run
bouncer, gets inside the line to try to work it fine, but is beaten by the pace

"Imran Farhat is only batsman to hit Dale Steyn a SIX on this tour (Tests included)" Mazher Arshad, that is stunning

Steyn to Shoaib Malik, 1 run
quick length ball, no room, Malik defends, but the ball has hardly left the pitch by the time Farhat completes the single

Peter: "Have they forgotten how to bowl yorkers?"

Steyn to Imran Farhat, 1 run
driven on the up, the diving cover gets a hand to it, keeps them down to one

Eleven required off three overs. Farhat needs eight to get the hundred. Will they both get there?

end of over 472 runs
PAK: 224/5CRR: 4.76 • RRR: 3.66 • Need 11 from 18b
Imran Farhat92 (141)
Shoaib Malik13 (15)
Rory Kleinveldt10-0-51-1
Dale Steyn9-3-23-0
Kleinveldt to Imran Farhat, 1 run
pulled away to long leg for a single
Kleinveldt to Imran Farhat, no run
Farhat gives himself room, Kleinveldt follows him with a short one, beats him
Kleinveldt to Imran Farhat, no run
big appeal for catch on the hook. Not only is this not-out, this is also a big wide for height. Umpires have been pressured enough here by the appeal so as to get away with that wide call
Kleinveldt to Imran Farhat, no run
bouncer, at the head, he pulls and is beaten

Only five men in the circle now

Kleinveldt to Shoaib Malik, 1 run
shows him the backing-away motion, then moves across to get inside the line, and gets a single to long leg
Kleinveldt to Shoaib Malik, no run
short, Malik makes rooms, but this follows him, and the cut finds cover-point
end of over 468 runs
PAK: 222/5CRR: 4.82 • RRR: 3.25 • Need 13 from 24b
Imran Farhat91 (137)
Shoaib Malik12 (13)
Dale Steyn9-3-23-0
Rory Kleinveldt9-0-49-1
Steyn to Imran Farhat, no run
looks to ramp a bouncer, but is beaten by the 144k pace of it

Steyn is not happy with the state of affairs

Steyn to Shoaib Malik, 1 run
short, into the ribs, tucked away nicely for a single
Best performances - batsmen
Imran Farhat
93 runs (144)
8 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
27 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
80 runs (93)
7 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
26 runs
2 fours
1 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
Saeed Ajmal
Junaid Khan
Match details
Kingsmead, Durban
TossSouth Africa , elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Series result5-match series level 2-2
Match numberODI no. 3348
Hours of play (local time)10.00 start, First Session 10.00-13.30, Interval 13.30-14.15, Second Session 14.15-17.45
Match days21 March 2013 (50-over match)
Kumar Dharmasena
Shaun George
TV Umpire
Billy Bowden
Reserve Umpire
Marais Erasmus
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft