Player of the Match
Player of the Match

"Akmal is certainly making up for those dropped catches. This is impressive" writes in Justin from Australia - couldn't agree more Justin, you said it. Villain to hero in the space of two hours.

South Africa would have fancied their chance when they had Pakistan pinned down at 92 for 5 but an amazing partnership between Younis Khan and Akmal which produced 101 runs in 19.1 overs at an impressive rate of 5.26 sealed the game for Pakistan.

Younis Khan provided the stability. To start with Akmal was scratchy and on more than one occasion he came close to throwing away his wicket, but once he got some runs under his belt he played some stunning shots and the mighty South African bowling line up and their game plan just wilted away into oblivion. In the end it turned out to be a comprehensive victory and more importantly a series leveling win.

Man of the Match - Inzamam-ul-Haq.

It was fun calling the game, I hope you have enjoyed our coverage. From Will Luke, the man and not the question - Bookie friendly Jenny Thompson - Andrew Gnasher McGlashan - Bearded beast Sriram Veera and Myself Sajan Nair, the poor mortal, it's good bye and good luck.

57.3
2
Harris to Younis Khan, 2 runs, there it is! worked away off the pads to the midwicket fence and Pakistan have leveled the series.
57.2
2
Harris to Younis Khan, 2 runs, on the middle and off stump line, Younis Khan quickly goes low down and paddle it down to fine leg, two more added to the total
57.1
0
Harris to Younis Khan, no run, tossed up on the stumps, defended watchfully

END OF OVER:
57 | 11 Runs | PAK: 187/5

  • Kamran Akmal57 (64b)
  • Younis Khan63 (122b)
  • Andre Nel14-2-63-0
  • Makhaya Ntini19-6-50-2
56.6
0
Nel to Kamran Akmal, no run, worked away towards midwicket, they think of a single but in the end decides against it
56.5
2
Nel to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, short ball and that's pulled away through midwicket. Just four more needed now.
56.4
4
Nel to Kamran Akmal, FOUR runs, Akmal on the rampage now! nothing wrong with the delivery but Akmal just hammers it straight down the ground to the wide long-off fence - nothing wrong with the shot.
56.3
1
Nel to Younis Khan, 1 run, driven wide of the cover fielder
56.2
0
Nel to Younis Khan, no run, Bouncer and Younis ducks under it
56.1
4
Nel to Younis Khan, FOUR runs, Youni too joins in on the fun! short of a good length delivery, bowled from round the stumps and angled across. Younis stands tall on the back-foot and punches it away through cover point. Try stopping that.

END OF OVER:
56 | 10 Runs | PAK: 176/5

  • Kamran Akmal51 (61b)
  • Younis Khan58 (119b)
  • Makhaya Ntini19-6-50-2
  • Andre Nel13-2-52-0

If you were a fly sitting on the South African dressing room, consider yourself dead.

55.6
4
Ntini to Kamran Akmal, FOUR runs, fifty! another short of a good length delivery outside the off stump. Akmal goes back, stands erect and just dismisses it through covers for the second boundary of the over. Fantastic fifty.
55.5
0
Ntini to Kamran Akmal, no run, short ball and Akmal pulls it away straight to Harris at midwicket at one bounce
55.4
4
Ntini to Kamran Akmal, FOUR runs, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump. Akmal leans back and flays it away through cover point for yet another boundary. He is on a roll!
55.3
1
Ntini to Younis Khan, 1 run, short ball and Younis pulls it away well in front of square leg
55.2
1
Ntini to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, pitched up and angling in. Akmal steps forward and drills it away towards point, diving stop from Prince there cuts off a certain boundary but Khan was alert to the situation and as the ball rolled away from Prince he called for the single and Akmal responded well
55.1
0
Ntini to Kamran Akmal, no run, short of a good length delivery, defended on the back-foot

END OF OVER:
55 | 6 Runs | PAK: 166/5

  • Younis Khan57 (118b)
  • Kamran Akmal42 (56b)
  • Andre Nel13-2-52-0
  • Makhaya Ntini18-6-40-2
54.6
0
Nel to Younis Khan, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Younis Khan taps it away towards gully
54.5
1
Nel to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, turned away behing square and South Africa continue to bleed runs
54.4
1
Nel to Younis Khan, 1 run, driven away towards cover point and they sprint across for a single. Under arm flick from de Villiers fails to hit the target
54.3
2
Nel to Younis Khan, 2 runs, pulled away well in front of square leg and they scamper through for the second
54.2
0
Nel to Younis Khan, no run, bowled from round the stumps and aimed at the rib-cage. Younis stays back and defends it down on the leg side
54.1
1
Nel to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, short of a good length delivery on the middle and off stump line. Akmal stands tall on the back-foot and punches it away through backward point. Not a convincing shot but he did well to keep it down
54.1
1w
Nel to Kamran Akmal, 1 wide, bouncer down the leg side and Billy is not impressed
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Pakistan 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st29Imran FarhatMohammad Hafeez
2nd6Yasir HameedMohammad Hafeez
3rd13Younis KhanMohammad Hafeez
4th39Mohammad YousufYounis Khan
5th5Inzamam-ul-HaqYounis Khan
6th99Kamran AkmalYounis Khan