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21st Match, Group E, Gros Islet, May 10 2010, ICC World Twenty20
(20 ov, target 149)137/7
Pakistan won by 11 runs
player of the match
Umar Akmal
Pakistan
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• The Bulletin by Siddarth Ravindran

Umar and spinners knock South Africa out

South Africa were knocked out of the World Twenty20 by living up to their reputation of coming up short in crunch matches

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Scorecard summary
Pakistan148/7(20 overs)
South Africa137/7(20 overs)
end of over 205 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 137/7CRR: 6.85 
Roelof van der Merwe2 (2)
Albie Morkel7 (7)
Saeed Ajmal4-0-26-4
Mohammad Amir4-0-33-0

Joy and sorrow collide. Pakistan players get into a celebratory huddle even as South African players look pretty downcast in the dressing room.

It was another bizarrely mediocre performance from South Africa. There was no urgency in the chase; they meandered, stumbled, had an occasional burst of inspiration but for the major part they struggled.

Please hang on for the quotes from the players.

Smith: "We are very very disappointed. We struggled with the bat. We lacked the fluency and positivity. Only AB played with any .. it has been the story of the tournament. This team is talented to be playing this way .. it has been very very disapointing."

Afridi: "The boys really performed very well. Kamran Akmal .. Umar akmal .. my partnership with Umar too ..Captain's performance is always important. .. I have already started praying that England should win the next game!"

Man of the match is Umar Akmal: "There was no pressure on me. The coach and captain backed me. I just played my positive game. The wicket was good and the ball went where I wanted it to go. "

That's it from us. See you at the second game.

19.6
Ajmal to Roelof, no run

lovely doosra that breaks away like a big leg break to Akmal. Pakistan have done their bit to stay in the competition while South Africa go home. Congrats Pakistan!

19.5
2
Ajmal to Roelof, 2 runs

slows up the pace, shortens the length, pulled over midwicket for couple of runs. Kamran Akmal celebrates. Gloom in the SA dressing room

Neil Aldridge : "All I'm seeing is words like 'driven, flicked and pushed'....today we (SA) hit new levels of mediocrity! Charl must be sat in the dug-out cursing!"

19.4
W
Ajmal to Botha, OUT

Done in by the doosra! Ajmal strikes for Pakistan. It broke away from Botha, who went for the slog sweep, and Akmal did the rest. Botha had stretched out his back leg outside the crease. He played well but the big hits came too late for South Africa.

Johan Botha st †Kamran Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 19 (6m 8b 4x4 0x6) SR: 237.5
19.3
1
Ajmal to Morkel, 1 run

around the off stump line, cut straight to backward point. Just a single.

19.2
1
Ajmal to Botha, 1 run

low dipping full delivery, hit down to long-off

19.1
1
Ajmal to Morkel, 1 run

top spinner from round the stumps on the middle stump line, Albie is cramped for room as he doesn't pick the ball coming in ... ends up stabbing it gently to the off side

Ajmal to bowl his of f breaks

end of over 1914 runs
SA: 132/6CRR: 6.94 • RRR: 17.00 • Need 17 from 6b
Johan Botha18 (6)
Albie Morkel5 (5)
Mohammad Amir4-0-33-0
Saeed Ajmal3-0-21-3
18.6
4
Amir to Botha, FOUR runs

full pitched delivery outside off, Botha tries to crash it over covers but edges it over the short third-man fielder. 17 to win from the final over. Here we go!

18.5
4
Amir to Botha, FOUR runs

Botha is playing a cameo here. He leans across to paddle-sweep a length delivery over Razzaq at short fine-leg

18.4
1
Amir to Morkel, 1 run

full delivery, mistimes the intended big hit and the ball rolls to long-on

18.3
Amir to Morkel, no run

Ouch! Full toss on the leg stump line, Albie goes for the swing to the on side, misses it and is hit on the groin. Ouchy! Albie is down on the ground in pain. Physio rushes out. It was a full toss and probably deserved to fly out of the boundary but instead ...

18.2
1
Amir to Botha, 1 run

fuller, around off, uppish drive just short of the driving Misbah at cover

18.1
4
Amir to Botha, FOUR runs

Crashed! Full pitched just outside the off stump line and Botha thrashes it to wide long-off boundary

end of over 189 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 118/6CRR: 6.55 • RRR: 15.50 • Need 31 from 12b
Johan Botha5 (2)
Albie Morkel4 (3)
Saeed Ajmal3-0-21-3
Mohammad Amir3-0-19-0
17.6
1
Ajmal to Botha, 1 run

quicker one outside off, driven to long-on for a single

17.5
4
Ajmal to Botha, FOUR runs

Reverse sweep! He wallops this one over backward point

17.4
W
Ajmal to Boucher, OUT

Trapped in front! Bouch tried to work this one to the on side but played all around it. Pakistan inch close to the victory line

Mark Boucher lbw b Saeed Ajmal 12 (19m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71
17.3
Ajmal to Boucher, no run

goes for the slog sweep but doesn't connect

17.2
4
Ajmal to Boucher, FOUR runs

Crunchy. He goes for the sweep and connects well. The ball screams over the square-leg umpire!

17.1
Ajmal to Boucher, no run
end of over 177 runs
SA: 109/5CRR: 6.41 • RRR: 13.33 • Need 40 from 18b
Albie Morkel4 (3)
Mark Boucher8 (10)
Mohammad Amir3-0-19-0
Saeed Ajmal2-0-12-2
16.6
2
Amir to Morkel, 2 runs

gets forward to on drive to long-on for a single

16.5
1
Amir to Boucher, 1 run

full and straight, driven down to long-on

Best performances - batsmen
AB de Villiers portrait
AB de Villiers
53 runs (41)
1 four
2 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
14 runs
0 fours
1 six
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Umar Akmal portrait
Umar Akmal
51 runs (33)
2 fours
4 sixes
Control88%
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
18 runs
1 four
2 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Charl Langeveldt
CK Langeveldt
O
4
M
0
R
19
W
4
ECO
4.75
Saeed Ajmal portrait
Saeed Ajmal
O
4
M
0
R
26
W
4
ECO
6.5
Match details
Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
SeriesICC World Twenty20South Africa tour of West Indies
Season2010
Player Of The Match
Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal
Match numberT20I no. 171
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-10.50, Interval 10.50-11.10, Second Session 11.10-12.30
Match days10 May 2010 - day match (20-over match)
Umpires
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Billy Doctrove
England Image
Ian Gould
TV Umpire
New Zealand Image
Billy Bowden
Reserve Umpire
Australia Image
Simon Taufel
Match Referee
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Alan Hurst
PointsPakistan 2, South Africa 0