3rd ODI (D/N), Faisalabad, Oct 23 2007, South Africa tour of Pakistan
(48.1/50 ov, target 198)202/4
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
32 (18), 3/37 & 2 catches

South Africa struggled for momentum during their innings and were restricted to 197 pn a sluggish track before Yousuf and Malik rode on a flying start provided by Afridi to guide Pakistan home. Yousuf, in particular, played risk-free cricket, nudging and driving the ball around, content on picking singles as he dropped anchor. South Africa couldn't remove him nor Malik and as a result Pakistan have sealed a convincing six-wicket win. It helped that Pakistan had the spin bowlers, led by Afridi, who never allowed SA to get away. SA had only the offspinner Botha, who was unimpressive, sticking to a round-the-wicket line, and they could not break through.

Smith: "If we had got 220-230 it would have been very competitive. Their spinners bowled well. The wicket got slower and slower and it made strokeplay difficult. We lost too many wickets after the second drinks break."

Man of the match: No surprise. It's Shahid Afridi.

"I really enjoyed my performance. The fast bowlers did a very good job ... I was keen to bat as an opener."

Malik : "The way the boys are playing is superb. EVeryone is young and they have put up lot of hard work to improve the fielding. To win ... its key to remember your good performances."

That's it from me, Sriram Veera. Alvida!

Morkel to Misbah, SIX runs

There comes the winning hit. Thunderous six over long-on. Full in length, on the off and middle and Misbah, who sparkled in the Twenty20 cup with some big hitting, swung it over the ropes. Pakistan lead the five-match series 2-1

end of over 4811 runs
PAK: 196/4CRR: 4.08 RRR: 1.00
Mohammad Yousuf58 (113)
Misbah-ul-Haq23 (31)
Johan Botha 10-0-50-0
Albie Morkel 9-2-24-2
Botha to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

And Yousuf teases the crowd with a perfect forward defensive stroke!

All men inside the circle

Botha to Misbah, 4 wide

slips down the leg side and that beats the batsman and the 'keeper

Botha to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run

flighted delivery - he is still operatingd from round the stumps, Yousuf inside-edges a drive and it runs to square leg

Botha to Misbah, 1 run

on the middle and leg, wristed past square leg for a single

Botha to Misbah, no run

driven to cover

Botha to Misbah, FOUR runs

Floated outside off stump, full in length and Misbah went down on his knee to carve it high to wide long-on region

Botha to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run

leans forward to work a flighted delivery past square leg for a single

Yousuf changes his gloves.

end of over 476 runs
PAK: 185/4CRR: 3.93 RRR: 4.33
Mohammad Yousuf56 (110)
Misbah-ul-Haq18 (28)
Albie Morkel 9-2-24-2
Johan Botha 9-0-39-0
Morkel to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run

on a length, coming in towards off stump, Yousuf steers it to backward point region. The ball struck the pad first and Albie goes up in appeal but the point of impact was outside off stump.

Morkel to Misbah, 1 run

shorter and pulled away for a single

Morkel to Misbah, FOUR runs

commentator's curse strikes. This one is a full toss, on the middle stump and Misbah drills it straight down the ground

Morkel to Misbah, no run

Albie is keeping it tight. Full in length, on the off and middle, wicket to wicket bowling and Misbah punches it back at him

Morkel to Misbah, no run

on the middle stump line, worked to midwicket

Morkel to Misbah, no run

on the off stump line, off a length, pushed to point.