short ball on the body, the batsman gets a top-edge, the ball lobs up for Kamran Akmal to take an easy catch. Gul gets his five-for
Thanks everyone for sticking around. I just hope the pitch has not dropped. Firdose Moonda's report is being updated as I type. Thanks to Mazher, our statsman as well. This is Devashish Fuloria signing off. Ciao ciao.
Faf du Plessis: "Nothing went to plan. Mainly because of two things - Hafeez played a brilliant innings and our bowling didn't work to a plan. But our bowling did well in the last five overs to keep Pakistan to what we thought was a manageable total. But a five-for and an 80-odd completely changes the game. Pakistan are a dangerous team."
Man of the Match is Mohammad Hafeez: "The credit goes to the coaches, they really worked hard with me. I knew I was only one knock away. The mindset was clear and it was to play positive cricket. Everything I did, it worked for me today. The team was eager to perform as we didn't have a good time in Tests. Umar showed the way with brilliant bowling as he is the senior bowler. We were very happy with the crowd support. We showed character, we wanted to do well and it is a special occasion for everyone in the team. The win will help us going into the ODIs"
What a funny game that was! Pakistan, especially, Hafeez batted like there was no tomorrow and it all worked perfectly as they put up a mammoth total. Then South Africa started well, but probably were too dependent on AB. Once he went, Umar Gul and Hafeez again just blew away the South African batting like it was some club side. They fall to their lowest T20 total. Classic Pakistan today. Now they would go into the ODI series with rejuvenated confidence.
luke: "SA should be just a little careful in their general approach to cricket. IMO England took as long as it did to playing top level stuff partly due to their light-hearted approach to non-Test forms of cricket. SA have the long form sussed but ODIs and T20s are a mystery to them still. Kirsten was brought in to address that (and possibly their mental strength) and we can say he's so far failed in one of those areas."
Fida Khattak: "There were three "on hat-trick" occasions in one innings. (twice on umar gul's bowling and once on hafeez's). Has that ever happened before in any form of the game?"
Nisar Ahmed: "Remember Faf saying "We would bowl first anyway"; for this?? Cricket is cruel but We Love it."
Shamayel: "Umar Gul gets exactly the same figures again what an upredictable and weird this T20I format is and also how unpredictable Pakistan is."
he bowls length and the batsman manages to chip it over extra cover for a couple of runs
misses the hat-trick! It was tossed up delivery on the middle, and Tsotsobe was not holding bat, he went for a slog. Just missed it completely and the ball hit him on the pads
Cricketlover: "Hafeez is making sure he gets the MoM by keeping Gul out of attack! :P"
What a match this is! There is action off every ball. Killer for my fingers.
caught at short fine leg! Peterson tries to go with a kind of switch hit, but the ball is fired towards his leg stump and he only manages to get a top-edge that lobs towards the left of Afridi at short fine.
caught at deep extra cover! The fun is over. He takes a tiny step down the pitch and tries to send this to long-off but ends up slicing it towards deep extra cover where the fielder takes a simple catch
this one spins down the leg side and the batsman misses. He was going for this one too
short ball now, and this one goes towards the big electronic screen around deep midwicket boundary. Absolutely smacked
gets a low full-toss and Rory takes full advantage by clobbering this over extra cover. Into the crowd again
floated up on the middle stump, the batsman goes for a slog but hits it along the ground to long-on
ali: "very defensive strategy by Hafeez. Man, give the ball to Gul and Irfan and get over it, you still have Afridi as back up for worst case senario."
more cross-batted stuff, but this time it is hit straight to midwicket
now he goes for a cross-batted swat and gets a whole lot of bat on that one. It is bludgeoned and it goes deep into the crowd at square leg
flighted delivery on middle and leg, and the batsman gets a chance to go for a swing, he flicks it over square leg for a boundary
bowls it flatter on off, the batsman pushes it toward cover
now he makes room but gets a bottom edge that goes between the legs of the keeper. Irfan at the boundary collides with a ball boy who have come inside the boundary. He could have done some damage, suicidal. He is ok now and runs back with a smile
it is some kind of a switch hit as Peterson smashes this in front of square, beats the deep cover fielder easily
what a catch, it is Shahzad again at backward point. Miller tries to cut a delivery which is too close and gets a thick outside edge that flies between short third-man and backward point fielder. Shahzad goes running to his right and plucks the catch from thin air. Great effort. There was Irfan at short third-man and he was not expected to dive for that
touch outside off and the batsman uses the room to cut it to deep point for a single
keeps it tight on the stumps and Peterson can only defend it back to the bowler
stays in the crease and tries to cut the ball, but it is too close to cut and he gets beaten
comes down the pitch and takes the ball on the full, driven to long-off for a single