Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Shahid Afridi put up a typically brutal show to get Pakistan into the game but it was too little and too late to hide the dismal performance of the top order. Once again, they collapsed in a heap and left the lower middle order with too much too do. South Africa were clinical and efficient.

Man of the Match: AB de Villiers.

That's it from me, Sriram Veera. Now .. to the Rugby final on Saturday. Alvida!

Botha to Iftikhar Anjum, 1 run, OUT, Game over. SA have won. Rao went down the track, drove to long-off and turned blind for the second. He was sent back by Gul but slipped as he turned back. Botha did the final rites and SA have taken the first ODI.

Iftikhar Anjum run out (Langeveldt/Botha) 9 (25m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Botha to Umar Gul, 1 run, tossed-up, outside off, slog swept to wide midwicket. Ntini didn't pick it up in the fading light and it drops short of him
Botha to Iftikhar Anjum, 1 run, from round the stumps, on the off stump line, tickled to short third man and there is an overthrow

46 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | PAK: 246/9 (49 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.34, RRR: 12.25)

  • Umar Gul0 (2b)
  • Iftikhar Anjum7 (10b)
  • Albie Morkel6-0-18-1
  • Charl Langeveldt9-0-53-2
Morkel to Umar Gul, no run, fullish, on the off and middle, driven to mid-off.
Morkel to Umar Gul, no run,
Morkel to Shahid Afridi, OUT, Afridi is gone. Pakistan's hopes sink. Full pitched on the stumps, Afridi backed away and heaved it straight to long-on. Gone. What a fab innings it was though. Brutal, as ever, and he did scare a few South Africans.

Shahid Afridi c de Villiers b Morkel 47 (55m 26b 5x4 2x6) SR: 180.76

Morkel to Shahid Afridi, no run, backs away to the leg side, Albie follows him with a yorker, driven to mid-off.
Morkel to Iftikhar Anjum, 1 run, short again, upper cut over point to the sweeper cover. That brings Afridi on strike. He is on 47 from 24 balls
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Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

1st18Imran NazirMohammad Hafeez
2nd12Younis KhanMohammad Hafeez
3rd7Mohammad YousufMohammad Hafeez
4th18Mohammad YousufShoaib Malik
5th37Mohammad YousufMisbah-ul-Haq
6th60Mohammad YousufKamran Akmal
7th20Shahid AfridiKamran Akmal
8th43Shahid AfridiSohail Tanvir
9th31Shahid AfridiIftikhar Anjum
10th3Iftikhar AnjumUmar Gul