2nd ODI, Port Elizabeth, Nov 27 2013, Pakistan tour of South Africa
(45/45 ov, target 263)261/6
Pakistan won by 1 run
Player Of The Match
102 (112)
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• The Report by Firdose Moonda

Pakistan win series in thrilling finish

Junaid Khan defended nine runs off the final over to ensure Pakistan secured a first ever bilateral ODI series win over South Africa

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Scores: S Balasubramanian
Comms: Rohan Sharma
Scorecard summary
Pakistan262/10(45 overs)
Ahmed Shehzad102 (112)
Umar Akmal42 (30)
Dale Steyn6/39(9)
South Africa261/6(45 overs)
end of over 457 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 261/6CRR: 5.80 
David Miller2 (4)
Ryan McLaren0 (1)
Junaid Khan 9-0-42-3
Saeed Ajmal 8-0-46-1

Well that wraps that up. We look forward now to the 3rd and final ODI of this series, which will be held on Saturday, so hopefully plenty of you can tune in and enjoy the show. The series may be decided, but that won't stop the South Africans from looking for a victory. Pakistan, too, will have much riding on this as they would like to cleansweep South Africa, a prospect that just a few weeks ago looked near impossible. Hope you enjoyed the match as much as we did. On behalf of Raju, the scorer, this is Rohan Sharma saying good night, and good luck!

Ahmed Shehzad (Pak), Man of the Match: It wasn't easy to bat on. Ball wasn't coming on to the bat. First few overs ball wasn't coming, but as soon as the lights came on it got easier. I want to mention the spinners. Shahid bhai has been bowling tremendously, along with Saeed Ajmal, while Junaid took the responsibility at the end to bowl well. Maqsood is a free stroke player and we need his kind of talent in the pressure overs and Powerplay. Told him to take his chances but he couldn't' connect. It happens in this game. By the time I came from the West Indies, my captain really supported me throughout. We haven't been clicking much the last few series. The way the management is treating us, and the way Moin bhai has been handling us, it has gone a long way in helping our belief after we lost series in the UAE. Those guys are doing a tremendous job off the field and have supported us. It's very pleasing for any opening batsman to make a hundred in SA. Sometimes it's really quick, sometimes it is two-paced, so it is especially pleasing to do well in these conditions.

Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan captain: Honestly speaking the game was escaping out of our hands, but in the end we came back in the last two overs to win this. Superb team effort. Everyone really stuck in. The runs stopped and the catches held at the end was important. The way Ajmal bowled well at the end. Junaid was tremendous with his first four and then last five. Team wanted this victory and the way, even of the last ball, was the way they were fighting. That was the key for us in this game. Two, three games in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, we should have won easily, but they really bowled well and played better than us. Maybe different attitude, but the attitude was the difference here. Everybody wants to win here. We want to prove to the world we can win the series and show the world we are better. We will sit together to see what we can achieve in the final game (dead rubber).

AB de Villiers, South Africa captain: Close but not across the line. A couple of runs there would have stopped you from asking a lot of good questions. Just not good enough, we lost the series and I am disappointed. The most disappointing thing was when we had the game in the pocket when I was out with Hash. We got out when we shouldn't have and gave the game away. We lost momentum. Had the game in the pocket. When you have the game done and dusted, don't give the game to the opposition, especially one as world-class as this. Not a lot pleased me in the first half. Thought we were not disciplined with the ball and our ground fielding. We haven't shown our ground fielding skills so far this series which is worrying and we have to work on that. After losing the series there are a lot of questions to be asked. A lot of believers in the side and system and we will come back.

Join us in a few minutes for quotes from the match presentation.

Junaid has taken Pakistan to a famous victory in its limited-overs history as a superb last over from Junaid Khan ensured the visitors just held on to a 1-run victory. It wouldn't have been amiss if, just a few overs back, you thought South Africa were cruising to victory, especially when Amla and AB were going great guns. But those late wickets, and needless from AB and Amla, hurt them in a big way. Pakistan are lucky to escape with victory when you consider how poorly they had bowled in patches, and were let down in the field by their fielders. This has been a match for the ages, and with that Pakistan, crucially, wrap up the series as they take an unassailable 2-0 lead with just one rubber to go. South Africa have squandered yet another home ODI series, and the boys in the dressing room know that.

Junaid to Miller, 4 leg byes

would you believe it! can you believe it! Pakistan have clinched this! Junaid fires in another brutal yorker, that misses everything, but goes between Miller's leg as he looks to make room to get under this. The ball might have carried behind all the way to the boundary for runs, but Pakistan still win by just a solitary run. Possibly revenge for when South Africa pulled the rug from under Pakistan's feet in UAE when Pakistan seemingly were rolling to victory, before quick wickets made them lose that encounter by 1 run as well. Amazing stuff this. Has been a fantastic encounter to take hold off.

Can Killer Miller do the near-impossible? Or will Junaid finish this off to take Pakistan to a series victory in South Africa. The crowd can't watch, nor can I. Tense stuff this

Junaid to McLaren, 1 leg bye

another beauty from Junaid as he fires this in on middle and leg. He is staying calm under immense pressure when his team needs him most. Only one run allowed, which is understandable given the state of play

7 now off 2. Pakistan have fought back admirably

Junaid to Miller, 1 run

full and straight and all Miller can do is blitz this straight to mid-off, who holds on to it

Salman1508: "C word anyone?"

sumit: "I still wont utter the "C" word not yet"

SKhan: "Anwar, you beauty! could this be the catch that would win match?"

Junaid to Miller, no run

excellent ball as this one spears in on middle and leg, hitting Miller's foot/base of the pad. The pair look for a run but Junaid runs in to recover the ball, quashing that notion

Two new batsmen. Junaid's tail is up. Game on

Ryan McLaren is the new batsman, and entering a tough situation, to say the least

Junaid to Duminy, OUT

JP is gone! looking to seal this match sooner than later as he looks to pull one through midwicket, and hits it sweet enough for Anwar Ali, stationed at deep midwicket, to run forward and take the catch. Can South Africa do it? 8 needed off 4. This game is not over just yet

Jean-Paul Duminy c sub (Umar Amin) b Junaid Khan 15 (29m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 83.33
Junaid to Miller, 1 run

and Miller begins with a wild swipe through the off side, with the ball carrying behind to third man

Junaid should be bowling this final over

It's Killer Miller time, folks

"If it's in the arc, it's out of the park, if it's in the V, it goes into the tree"

end of over 442 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 254/5CRR: 5.77 RRR: 9.00
Jean-Paul Duminy15 (17)
Saeed Ajmal 8-0-46-1
Junaid Khan 8-0-40-2

Naveed Islam: "Amla is playing for the team. not worried about his century. Great man."

Ajmal to Amla, OUT

Amla looking to get to his milestone with a six over square leg, instead hits it directly up, with Mohammad Hafeez taking a difficult one to end what has been a top innings from the opener. Threatened to carry his bat through the innings, and his 98 has gone a long way in setting this up for South Africa

Hashim Amla c Mohammad Hafeez b Saeed Ajmal 98 (189m 131b 7x4 0x6) SR: 74.8
Ajmal to Amla, no run

once again Amla tries to get this away, but can't find the space

Ajmal to Amla, no run

follows Amla as he looks to create space on the off side, but is unable to do anything more than to chop onto his stumps

Ajmal to Duminy, 1 run

JP uses his feet to get down the track and drill this straight to long-off

Ajmal to Duminy, no run

once again goes for the big swing, but misses. This one almost hit the off stump behind, being just a few inches away

Ajmal to Amla, 1 run

Amla happy to tuck this away to the leg side for a single

end of over 439 runs
SA: 252/4CRR: 5.86 RRR: 5.50
Jean-Paul Duminy14 (15)
Hashim Amla97 (127)
Junaid Khan 8-0-40-2
Saeed Ajmal 7-0-44-0

Hassoo: "Ive lost count, how many times, ABdV and Amla have excelled against Pakistan"

Junaid to Duminy, 2 runs

and Junaid finishes with a widish delivery outside off which JP hits over short third man, but is reined in by third man near the boundary

Junaid to Duminy, FOUR runs

Junaid fires in a 143 kph missile, and JP plays the deftest of paddle sweeps, so straight it could have gone into the keeper's hands, as this one races along the turf to the fence. Outrageous shot that!

Junaid to Duminy, no run

swings this in on the pads as JP goes for the big hit, but misses

Kamran: "I do not understand when misbah will know how to use bowlers in power play and death overs .. In pakistani line up now only bilawal bhatti can bowl in block holes .. even he was expensive before but he would have been valuable in powerplay and death overs ."

Junaid to Amla, 1 run

back of a length and Amla looking to flat bat this past Junaid. Hits this directly onto Junaid's shin bone, who goes down like a house of cards on the pitch. The physio and back room staff have raced across the field to tend to the left-armer. Out comes the special spray

Junaid to Duminy, 1 run

JP steps down to steer this to long-on for a single

Junaid to Amla, 1 run

Amla pulls this one to square leg for a quick single

end of over 426 runs
SA: 243/4CRR: 5.78 RRR: 6.66
Jean-Paul Duminy7 (11)
Hashim Amla95 (125)
Saeed Ajmal 7-0-44-0
Junaid Khan 7-0-31-2

Fawad Khan: "AB De Villiers stole the show. You can't do anything as a bowler or captain when a player like him gets going. Unfortunately for Pakistan, the game is over."

Ajmal to Duminy, no run

JP going for the lofted shot through long-off, but the ball spins away just enough to beat the edge

Ajmal to Duminy, no run

JP trying to create room to play this to the leg side, but instead hits it back to the bowler

Best performances - batters
Ahmed Shehzad portrait
Ahmed Shehzad PAK
102 runs (112)
8 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
46 runs
4 fours
1 six
Hashim Amla portrait
HM Amla SA
98 runs (131)
7 fours
0 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
30 runs
3 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
DW Steyn SA
Junaid Khan portrait
Junaid Khan PAK
Match details
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
TossSouth Africa, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Ahmed Shehzad
Ahmed Shehzad
Series resultPakistan led the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberODI no. 3440
Hours of play (local time)10.00 start, First Session 10.00-13.30, Interval 13.30-14.15, Second Session 14.15-17.45
Match days27 November 2013 - day (50-over match)
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Bruce Oxenford
South Africa Image
Shaun George
TV Umpire
New Zealand Image
Chris Gaffaney
Reserve Umpire
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Johan Cloete
Match Referee
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Chris Broad