Player of the Match
Player of the Match
403dThe Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

Ntini and Shoaib star on dramatic day

A dramatic opening day at Port Elizabeth brought 16 wickets as South Africa were bundled out for 124 before fighting back with a powerful display from their own pacemen

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Inzamam-ul-Haq
92(142) 13x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 24 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
12 11 10 7 14 6 6 26
JH Kallis
91(226) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %94%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 25 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
0 0 18 3 38 10 7 15

Best performances - Bowlers

M Ntini
O21
M6
R59
W6
Eco2.80
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Mohammad Asif
O38
M16
R76
W5
Eco2.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorecard Summary

SOUTH AFRICA 124(40 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

PAKISTAN 265(76 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

SOUTH AFRICA 331(133.2 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

PAKISTAN 191/5(57.3 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

"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.
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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