result
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
shahid-afridi
13y
• The Bulletin by Jamie Alter

All-round Afridi powers Pakistan win

A Shahid Afridi-inspired Pakistan took a 2-1 series lead in festive Faisalabad

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Scorecard summary
South Africa197/10(49.2 overs)
Pakistan202/4(48.1 overs)

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!

48.1
6
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
47.6
Botha to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

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

All men inside the circle

47.6
4w
Botha to Misbah, 4 wide

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

47.5
1
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

47.4
1
Botha to Misbah, 1 run

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

47.3
Botha to Misbah, no run

driven to cover

47.2
4
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

47.1
1
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
46.6
1
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.

46.5
1
Morkel to Misbah, 1 run

shorter and pulled away for a single

46.4
4
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

46.3
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

46.2
Morkel to Misbah, no run

on the middle stump line, worked to midwicket

46.1
Morkel to Misbah, no run

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

end of over 464 runs
PAK: 179/4CRR: 3.89 RRR: 4.75
Misbah-ul-Haq13 (23)
Mohammad Yousuf55 (109)
Johan Botha 9-0-39-0
Jacques Kallis 8-1-30-0
45.6
1
Botha to Misbah, 1 run

retains the strike with a drive to long-on

45.5
1lb
Botha to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 leg bye

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

45.4
Botha to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

lands on a length, on the middle, turns in, goes back to punch it to right of Botha who makes a diving stop

45.3
1
Botha to Misbah, 1 run
45.2
Botha to Misbah, no run

lands outside off stump, and Misbah is struck on the pad in front of off and middle Misbah was stretching well forward.

45.1
1
Botha to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run

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."

Best performances - batters
Mohammad Yousuf portrait
Mohammad Yousuf PAK
58 runs (113)
1 four
0 six
Control91%
Productive shot
leg glance
21 runs
0 four
0 six
5414129165
Graeme Smith
GC Smith SA
48 runs (68)
5 fours
0 six
Control84%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
16 runs
3 fours
0 six
1411194711
Best performances - bowlers
Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi PAK
O
10
M
0
R
37
W
3
ECO
3.7
Iftikhar Anjum portrait
Iftikhar Anjum PAK
O
8
M
0
R
33
W
3
ECO
4.12
Match details
Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad
TossSouth Africa, elected to bat first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of Pakistan
Season2007/08
Player Of The Match
Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi
Series resultPakistan led the 5-match series 2-1
Match numberODI 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 days23 October 2007 - daynight (50-over match)
Umpires
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Billy Bowden
Pakistan Image
Zameer Haider
TV Umpire
Pakistan Image
Asad Rauf
Reserve Umpire
Pakistan Image
Kaukab Butt
Match Referee
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Alan Hurst