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
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!
And Yousuf teases the crowd with a perfect forward defensive stroke!
All men inside the circle
slips down the leg side and that beats the batsman and the 'keeper
flighted delivery - he is still operatingd from round the stumps, Yousuf inside-edges a drive and it runs to square leg
on the middle and leg, wristed past square leg for a single
driven to cover
Floated outside off stump, full in length and Misbah went down on his knee to carve it high to wide long-on region
leans forward to work a flighted delivery past square leg for a single
Yousuf changes his gloves.
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.
shorter and pulled away for a single
commentator's curse strikes. This one is a full toss, on the middle stump and Misbah drills it straight down the ground
Albie is keeping it tight. Full in length, on the off and middle, wicket to wicket bowling and Misbah punches it back at him
on the middle stump line, worked to midwicket
on the off stump line, off a length, pushed to point.
retains the strike with a drive to long-on
lands just outside leg stump and Yousuf is struck on the pad as he fails to connect with his sweep. Botha appeals but that can't be given
lands on a length, on the middle, turns in, goes back to punch it to right of Botha who makes a diving stop
lands outside off stump, and Misbah is struck on the pad in front of off and middle Misbah was stretching well forward.
flighted delivery outside off stump, steered to cover point for a single
Ashar: "Don't agree with Arslan. I think it is appropriate to be cautious knowing the fragility of Pakistani batting lineup."
|Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad|
|Toss||South Africa, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Pakistan led the 5-match series 2-1|
|Match number||ODI no. 2637|
|Hours of play (local time)||11.00 start, First Session 11.00-14.30 Interval 14.30-15.15, Second Session 15.15-18.45|
|Match days||23 October 2007 - daynight (50-over match)|