5th ODI (D/N), Lahore, Oct 29 2007, South Africa tour of Pakistan
(46.3/50 ov, target 234)219
South Africa won by 14 runs
player of the match
Makhaya Ntini
South Africa
• The Bulletin by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

Pakistan choke in sight of victory

South Africa's fast bowlers engineered a dramatic comeback to help clinch the fifth ODI in Lahore by 14 runs, and with it, the five-match one-day series

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Scorecard summary
South Africa233/9(50 overs)
Pakistan219/10(46.3 overs)

So South Africa have won both the Test and ODI series. Pakistan were all set to clinch their first-ever ODI series against South Africa. They needed just 36 runs off the last ten overs but the South African fast bowlers - Morkel, Ntini and Nel - were outstanding.

Pakistan lost their last six wickets for 20 runs. They were cruising when Yousuf and Younis were scoring runs at will. The choke started once Malik played one on to his middle stump and from there on it was all South Africa.

Shoaib Malik said the bowlers bowled really well to restrict the South Africans to 233 and it was chaseable. He also gave credit to Younis and Yousuf for their half-centuries but acknowledged that the team needed to learn how to finish the match.

Makhaya Ntini is the Man of the Match for his four-wicket haul. The Man-of-the-Series award goes to Mohammad Yousuf for scoring three fifties and a century in five innings in this series.

The overall Man of the Series, for both the Test and ODI series, is Jacques Kallis for his three centuries in the Test series and his 86 today. It was a tough innings, one that had several moments of luck, but he steered South Africa to a match-winning total.

Graeme Smith credits the win to keeping cool under pressure. He applauds the fielders for taking some stunning catches at the death. Smith said at the start that 220 was defendable and he's lived up to that prediction.

That's it from us at Cricinfo today. Thank you for following the series with us. Congratulations to South Africa who have won it 3-2. This is George Binoy signing off. Cheers.

Morkel to Shoaib Akhtar, OUT

that's it, South Africa have won! What an amazing turnaround it's been, Shoaib Akhtar throws his bat at the first ball he faces and lofts the ball high in the air to Nel on the sweeper boundary, he settles under the catch and takes it easily, the South Africans rush to the middle to celebrate a superb victory

Shoaib Akhtar c Nel b Morkel 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Shoaib Akhtar is the last man. He took four wickets earlier in the day, can he complete the victory for South Africa?

Morkel to Iftikhar, OUT

another ones goes! Rao Iftikhar drives at one that swings away from him and gets an outside edge through to Boucher, the ball flies low and to his right and Boucher dives to pull off a sharp catch inches from the ground

Iftikhar Anjum c †Boucher b Morkel 0 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Morkel to Iftikhar, no run

What a needless shot that was from Afridi from Pakistan's point of view, Lawson doesn't look amused. Rao Iftikhar is the next man in. Pakistan need 15 runs, South Africa need two wickets.

end of over 465 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 219/8CRR: 4.76 RRR: 3.75 • Need 15 from 24b
Abdur Rehman7 (9)
Makhaya Ntini9-0-61-4
Albie Morkel8-0-44-2
Ntini to Afridi, OUT

what a catch! Afridi throws his bat at one on off stump, he was trying to hit that down the ground but got a thick top edge, the ball was flying towards the region between backward point and third man and it looked like it was falling safe, de Villiers sprinted back from point, covered plenty of ground and judged the catch to perfection, in fact he took that while he was running at full speed and tumbled as he took it, simply outstanding

Shahid Afridi c de Villiers b Ntini 9 (30m 11b 0x4 1x6) SR: 81.81
Ntini to Abdur, 1 run

driven through covers for a single

Ntini to Abdur, FOUR runs

width offered outside off stump, it was too full as well and Rehman laced it through point for an invaluable four

Ntini to Abdur, no run
Ntini to Abdur, no run

full ball outside off stump, Rehman tries to run it down to third man but gets beaten by the angle across him

Ntini to Abdur, no run
end of over 455 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 214/7CRR: 4.75 RRR: 4.00 • Need 20 from 30b
Abdur Rehman2 (4)
Shahid Afridi9 (10)
Albie Morkel8-0-44-2
Makhaya Ntini8-0-56-3
Morkel to Abdur, 1 run

cut past point off the back foot for a single to keep strike

Morkel to Afridi, 1 run

Afridi gets squared up by one that pitches on middle and straightens, he gets an outside edge to third man for a single

Morkel to Abdur, 1 run

full toss outside off stump, Rehman pushes it to long off for a single

Morkel to Abdur, 1 wide

Morkel bowls this much closer to leg stump, it just misses Rehman's back boot and goes through to Boucher, that's an other wide

Morkel to Abdur, 1 wide

Morkel switches off his radar and bowls a very wide ball down leg side, he was probably looking for the yorker but got it terribly wrong

Morkel to Abdur, no run

good length delivery pitching on middle stump and angling across Rehman who moves across his stumps and nudges it to the leg side

Morkel to Abdur, no run

full delivery on off stump, driven off the front foot towards extra cover

South Africa are in with a real chance now. How quickly the game has turned. Abdur Rehman is the new batsman.

Morkel to Tanvir, OUT

he's got him! Morkel bowls a quick full ball which swings back into Tanvir and strikes him full on the boot, that was going on to hit middle and leg, the umpire raises the finger quickly and sends Tanvir on his way

Sohail Tanvir lbw b Morkel 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Pakistan need 25 runs with four wickets in hand. Afridi's the last of the specialist batsmen.

end of over 447 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 209/6CRR: 4.75 RRR: 4.17 • Need 25 from 36b
Shahid Afridi8 (9)
Sohail Tanvir0 (0)
Makhaya Ntini8-0-56-3
Albie Morkel7-0-39-1
Ntini to Afridi, no run

Afridi tries to hit that into orbit, he gave that a massive heave, missed, and nearly lost off stump

Ntini to Misbah, OUT

well caught! Misbah tries to loft one over cover but that's a difficult shot to play against Ntini, who angles it into the right-hander from wide of the crease, he mis-hits it high in the air over cover point, Duminy runs backwards and takes a well-judged catch, South Africa have given themselves an outside chance

Misbah-ul-Haq c Duminy b Ntini 19 (47m 30b 1x4 0x6) SR: 63.33
Ntini to Afridi, 1 run

Afridi walks towards the off side and flicks the ball through square leg for a single

Best performances - batters
Jacques Kallis
JH Kallis SA
86 runs (130)
4 fours
1 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
35 runs
1 four
1 six
Younis Khan portrait
Younis Khan PAK
58 runs (65)
7 fours
0 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
19 runs
2 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Shoaib Akhtar portrait
Shoaib Akhtar PAK
Albie Morkel
JA Morkel SA
Match details
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
TossSouth Africa, elected to bat first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of Pakistan
Player Of The Match
Makhaya Ntini
Makhaya Ntini
Player Of The Series
Mohammad Yousuf
Mohammad Yousuf
Series resultSouth Africa won the 5-match series 3-2
Match numberODI no. 2642
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 days29 October 2007 - daynight(50-over match)
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Billy Bowden
Pakistan Image
Nadeem Ghauri
TV Umpire
Pakistan Image
Reserve Umpire
Pakistan Image
Saleem Badar
Match Referee
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Alan Hurst