It was swift and clinical. Powered by a disciplined bowling performance South Africa restricted Pakistan to 230 before Smith and Pollock rode on a breezy start from Gibbs to charge them home.
Malik: "It was hard to bowl with a dew ball. I had asked them (ground authorities?) about dew, they said there won't be any dew but obviously it proved difficult in the end."
Man of the Match Shaun Pollock
"I am really pleased today for the opportunity to go up the order and get some runs. I am really happy about it. We wanted to make use of the powerplays and so I went up the order. The wicket suites us more; it came nicely on to the bat."
Graeme Smith "It was a very very good win today. I did my role with the bat, was pleasing to see the team almost home. Shaun took a lot of pressure of me. I thought we bowled really well today. Having Andre Nel with the second new ball(after the 34th over) in the end proved handy."
The series is set up very nicely and for the series-deciding finale, we move to Lahore on the 29th. Join us then.
That's it from me, Sriram Veera. Alvida!
And as many of you have slapped me it was not Ponting but Pollock. Are you guys quick to slam or what?!
Daniel Ismail, from Australia, says, :"I don't know about Pollock hastening the end, more like a race to the century, me thinks." SA need 12 runs and Pollock needs 14. Can he?