4th ODI (D/N), Dubai (DSC), Nov 5 2010, South Africa tour of United Arab Emirates
(49.5/50 ov, target 275)
Pakistan won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining)
Player Of The Match
PAK Innings
Full commentary

Haider sees his team through but it was a comedy of errors from both teams at the death. Pakistan held their nerve. There was that nice little cameo from Wahab Riaz, that dropped catch from Smith and that missed run-out in the final over by Parnell right after he had effected one. A series of incidents decisively turning the game Pakistan's way. They have drawn the series level at 2-2, and the teams face off again on November 8 in the finale. It's been a riveting series thus far and may the final live up to what we've seen thus far. Hang on for a bit, though. We'll get you the details from the presentation.

Arbab Daud: "Three Nailbiting and adrenaline pumping finishes in a row. These two teams are truly paying the cricket lovers of middleast their worth of match tickets back."

It was a near-capacity crowd today and they certainly got the result they wanted. Kepler Wessles, on TV, is speaking of how results like these, three in a row, augur well for ODI cricket. It was a see-saw game. Each time Pakistan got a partnership going, South Africa managed to turn the tables but it was that stand between Haider and Wahab in the end that settled the game.

Presentation time.

Adnan: "Today was a Subcontinent day. India having upper hand in the test against Newzeland, Srilanka winning there first ever series win in Australia and at last Pakistan Thrilled everyone against South Africa."

Younis is Man of the Match: "The plan was to play as many overs as possible. If there was a set batsman at the crease, it would have been easy for Razzaq and co. We are working hard and you've seen that from the way we've played in the last three games and hopefully we'll win this series. We had three or four partnerships and we needed them to chase this kind of a score. The main thing is to get partnerships going."

Smith: "Throughout we weren't great in the field. Pakistan had the game in control before Afridi got out. But then we didn't take our chances. Disappointing to lose. We battled through with the ball, there was a lot of dew around. Pakistan held their nerve in the end and it sets up a nice game on Monday."

Afridi: "The way we bowled, we did well. We knew this was a very important game. Younis Khan and Mohammad Hafeez played positively. I'd love the crowd to turn up in huge numbers for the final game as well."

2-2 it is in the series and the final on Monday promises to be a treat. Join us then. Before you sign off, you might want to read a summary of what we've just witnessed. Andrew McGlashan is stamping out the bulletin for this game. Do keep an eye out for that. Until the next time, it's goodbye from all of us at Cricinfo.

Parnell to Zulqarnain Haider, 1 run
all over, Pakistan have sealed a thrilling win, short and he pulls it for a single behind square

1 off 2

Parnell to Zulqarnain Haider, 2 runs
missed run-out, chaos, utter chaos, chipped over midwicket, they attempt the second, Parnell takes the widish throw and tries to flick it onto the stumps at the non-striker'e end but misses, scores level, scores level

3 off 3. Shoaib is the new man in

Parnell to Zulqarnain Haider, OUT
is that a run-out? Lands on a good length, pushed back to the bowler, Wahab called for a run when there wasn't one, Haider rightly sent him back, Parnell gathered the ball and played safe, ran back, took his time to take off the bails and did so just in time, Wahab was short of his crease when the bails were dislodged, senseless attempt at a run and Pakistan are now nine down
Wahab Riaz run out (Parnell) 18 (10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 180.00

Haider in the hot seat

3 off 4

Parnell to Wahab Riaz, 1 run
low full toss again, drilled down the ground to long-on, well fielded, just the single, struck well but found the fielder, just the one

4 off 5 now

Parnell to Wahab Riaz, no run
low full toss outside off, is played back to the bowler, dot ball, dot ball

Three thrillers in a row. Smith is contemplating hard, who will bowl the last over? This stand is worth 27 in 17. Flicks the ball to the young Wayne Parnell. He'll be under pressure. It's not Kallis who'll bowl. 4 off 6. Wahab warms up.

end of over 4911 runs
PAK: 271/8CRR: 5.53 • RRR: 4.00 • Need 4 runs from 6b
Zulqarnain Haider16 (19)
Wahab Riaz17 (8)
Morne Morkel9-0-48-3
Dale Steyn10-0-79-1
Morkel to Zulqarnain Haider, no run
Haider defends it towards point and takes off but is sent back, the fielder doesn't throw, dot ball to end the over but Pakistan have snuck ahead

4 off 7

Morkel to Zulqarnain Haider, 2 runs
chaos all around! Haider plays it back to the bowler, Wahab had backed up too far, Morne took aim at the non-striker's end and missed, conceded two more overthrows, no one was there to collect the throw, two more, he was out if that had hit, was it a risk worth taking?

6 off 8, Smith will be rueing that dropped catch big time

Morkel to Wahab Riaz, 3 runs
connects well, full outside off, makes room and carts him over the in-field on the off side for three more, Duminy runs across and cuts it off

A long-on in place now. The crowd has gone berserk

Morkel to Zulqarnain Haider, 1 run
Haider eases it through the covers into the deep for a single to give Wahab the strike
Morkel to Wahab Riaz, 1 run
bowled on a length, was in the slot, was targeting midwicket, didn't time it well enough, just the single this time

11 needed off 11

Morkel to Wahab Riaz, FOUR runs
Wahab's turning it on, short on the off and he wallops it over midwicket for a boundary, he played a nice cameo in the last match and he's repeating it here

15 needed off two overs now. Morne comes in

end of over 4812 runs
PAK: 260/8CRR: 5.41 • RRR: 7.50 • Need 15 runs from 12b
Zulqarnain Haider13 (16)
Wahab Riaz9 (5)
Dale Steyn10-0-79-1
Morne Morkel8-0-37-3
Steyn to Zulqarnain Haider, no run
ooh, beaten as he tries to open the face, disappointing returns from Steyn on his comeback from a break