1st T20I (N), Abu Dhabi, Oct 26 2010, South Africa tour of United Arab Emirates
(18.2/20 ov)120/4
South Africa won by 6 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
player of the match
Jean-Paul Duminy
South Africa

It was the batting that let Pakistan down, as it has for quite a while now. This was not a batting track on which 119 was going to be sufficient. Lonwabo Tsotsobe got the early wickets, Botha struck in the middle and Pakistan just couldn't get a partnership going. Shoaib Akhtar gave Pakistan hope with a couple of early wickets, but first JP Duminy and then Colin Ingram made sure South Africa made it home.

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Saad writes in: "If Pakistan had Michael Hussey as the senior citizen instead of Misbah, Pakistan would've posted at least 40 more runs and maybe won this match. Hussey is Australia's Baba (Pakistan term for a respectable old man) and Misbah is Pakistan's. When top order collapses, Australia's baba tries to keep the strike and makes runs. Pakistani baba gives the strike to the tail on 1st ball of the over... a very sad realization especially if you are a Pakistani!"

JP Duminy is the Man of the Match: "Definitely felt the pressure, it wasn't easy, stuck it out there, boys finished it nicely. All in all a good wicket but it was a two-paced one. Hopefully I can maintain my form."

Shahid Afridi: "Bad performance form the batsmen, we should learn from these guys how to build partnerships. We missed the chance to make 150-160 on a good batting track. We should be more mature in our batting, we should be more focussed, especially our youngsters who know how important these games can be for their career." Afridi also thanks the South Africans for pledging their match fees for the flood victims in Pakistan.

Johan Botha: "We have played with these young guys for a month now and they have done well for us and it was very satisfying to see them perform again. I expect tomorrow will also be a tight match since Pakistan is a tough opponent."

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Umar Gul to Ingram, 1 run

Ingram cuts it wide of the keeper to get the winning run, South Africa will be pleased their youngsters didn't panic against a strong bowling line-up towards the end

Umar Gul to Ingram, no run

Gul starts with a very short ball, Ingram looks to steer that one to third man but he is beaten

end of over 1816 runs
SA: 119/4CRR: 6.61 RRR: 0.50
David Miller13 (7)
Colin Ingram45 (36)
Shoaib Akhtar 4-1-29-2
Abdul Razzaq 2-0-20-0
Shoaib Akhtar to Miller, FOUR runs

a hammer blow from Miller takes South Africa level, it was total power as Miller clubbed that in front of deep point, not too far from the fielder, but he had no chance because of the pace on that ball

Shoaib Akhtar to Ingram, 1 run

improvisation from Ingram, short ball outside off, Ingram upper cuts to third man, lands just short of Razzaq there

Shoaib Akhtar to Ingram, SIX runs

Shot! this game is getting over in a hurry, full ball on the pads, Ingram gets on one knee and hammers that slower one over deep square leg, the man in the crowd attempts to take that one but he misses the catch

Shoaib Akhtar to Ingram, no run

shortish ball outside off, looks to steer that towards the off side but misses, the ball goes through to the keeper

Shoaib Akhtar to Ingram, FOUR runs

short of length ball outside off, absolutely muscled by Ingram for four, not great timing but enough to send the ball past mid-on

Shoaib Akhtar to Miller, 1 leg bye

way down the leg side, batsman was struck on the pads, but that would have missed even if there had been another set of stumps, Shoaib appeals anyway

Akhtar comes back for a final burst

end of over 1711 runs
SA: 103/4CRR: 6.05 RRR: 5.67
David Miller9 (5)
Colin Ingram34 (32)
Abdul Razzaq 2-0-20-0
Saeed Ajmal 4-0-18-1
Abdul Razzaq to Miller, 1 leg bye

length ball down the leg side, batsman is struck on the pads

Abdul Razzaq to Miller, FOUR runs

great timing there from Miller, it was a gift from Razzaq, a full toss on the stumps, no power from Miller as he punches that down the ground and holds the follow-through for the camera

Abdul Razzaq to Ingram, 1 run

shortish ball outside off, a bit of width, chopped towards deep point for a single

Abdul Razzaq to Miller, 1 run

comes down the track and guides it towards third man

Abdul Razzaq to Miller, FOUR runs

short of length ball, Miller moves away from the stumps and down the track, stabs that one powerfully through cover, not very elegant but effective

Abdul Razzaq to Miller, no run

starts with a short of length ball on the pads, tucked towards midwicket

Razzaq to bowl, this could be a pivotal over