Abdul. Razzaq. Sir, you have played a gem! Full ball outside off, when the leg side is heavily populated, and he crashes it through the field. Four runs! Game over. He emotes for the first time. Exults. He throws his bat, and then pumps fists. looks towards the dressing room. They are all celebrating. Shoaib picks up his bat. Hugs him. One by one all come out. Afridi. Waqar. All have one man to thank tonight
More reactions. Vishal: "Pakistan cricket was reeling...They needed a miracle to survive...and here they have it...One of the greatest ODI innings you will ever see or read in our case...This is a kind of innings that would make a nation believe in themselves...Best of luck from across the border..."
Lee de Souza: "About time we saw Razzaq again showing us what he's capable of! What-an-innings. I hope his top order counterparts were paying attention!"
Maryam: "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. POST MY COMMENT. I AM SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO HAPPY. completely worth staying up at night for. when ab de villiers thought razzaq was out i felt my whole world shattering. BUT ABDUL RAZZAQ IS TOO AWESOME. The world needs to know of my joy."
Joy to the world. On that note, we bid farewell to what was Abdul Razzaq's night. The man scored 63 of the last 65 runs. He didn't wear any costumes, he didn't perform fancy tricks, but on Halloween Night, he left the bowlers scared, very scared. Do join us for the rest of the series. And also don't forget to read Osman Samiuddin's bulletin. It will be up soon. Give him some time. Razzaq didn't give him any. And, that is that. Okay bye
Time for presentation. Some 20-30 people there on the stage. Who cares after that innings, though?
Abdul Razzaq: "Sabse achchi baat hai ki pakistan ko victory mili. Isse humara morale boost hoga. Bade time ke baad jeete hain. Cricket mein pressure toh hota hi hai, par maine apni khel kheli jaake. Ye paari to hamesha yaad rahegi. Which translates to: "The best part of the innings is that we won. It will boost our morale because we haven't been winning of late. Pressure is always there in cricket, but I just went there and played my own game. I will never forget this innings."
Johan Botha: "Can't really say much. He deserved to win the match. He hit the ball cleanly. You missed your length, and he made you pay. It's never nice to lose, but better here than in the World Cup."
Shahid Afridi "Day before yesterday I told you we would bounce back, but I had never imagined it would come this way. My batting, not 100% but better than before. We are feeling better now as a team. We have areas to improve, but we will try our best in the coming games."
Goosebumps. Single-handed. He stood there and stared into nothingness as his partners kept getting themselves out. He then thought he would do it all by himself. And boy has he done it? "Remember when you were young> You shone like the sun..." This crazy diamond is still shining. Post ICL. Post poor form. Post selectorial injustice. He is still pulling off crazy innings. Shine on!
Reactions coming in. Iain says: "I am sweating at the brow just watching the Cricinfo commentary to this match. As an Englishman I know that of all people Abdul Razzaq is the one man who will take on all eleven by himself if need be. Good luck mate!" That was before the final act, I presume. But spot on
John: "I hope SA have learnt a lesson... we were way too confident in allowing Peterson to bat first... and i hope this finally means i dont have to see Albie's horrific bowling again... Theron NEEDS to come back in place of peterson"
Parvez: "What the fat lady sang...the wife has a sore throat...if she reads this I'm done" Is the missus reading?
short and wide, Razzaq wants to finish it off, misses the cut. AB and Albie appeal big time, but I don't see any connection there
Razzaq! Beaut! Poor delivery. On a length, in Razzaq's arc. He gets under it, goes over midwicket. Gets to 105. Botha is on the rope. Watches it sail over his head. Shine On You Crazy Diamond
smokinnnn! Razzaq on 99! What is he up to here? Low full toss, misses the length by inches, and smacks it over midwicket, into the grass banks. They are dancing out there. Razzaq is playing a beauty
and he hits the crease, down the leg side, cramping him up, going through his legs
Albie to bowl again. Long-on cow corner, deep midwicket. Off side open. This will be bowled full and on leg stump
full toss, straight at stumps, Shoaib keeps it out. Razzaq gets strike for the last over
Shoaib, time for you to face
full on the pads, hit straight of long-on, but they take just the single
that click sound! that crisp shot! Langeveldt tries to bounce him, he clears his front leg and pulls, in front of square over midwicket. Akhtar is applauding him. Will he stand with him till the end?
short ball, down the leg side, SA are lucky it hit his body on the way, and AB makes a good diving save to his left
yorker outside off, can't get it past extra cover, turns down the single
whoa! Ho ho ho! Razzaq! Razzaq! Razzaq! And why are they bowling length to this man? Razzaq sees is and lofts him straight over his head for six
full toss on the pads, Razzaq politely takes the single, and with that the strike for the next over
another full ball to cramp him up, Razzaq digs it out, but declines the single
low full toss, plays the pick-up shot, and finds the gap in that watertight leg-side field
poor poor cricket from Ajmal! What was he doing here? I feel for Razzaq here. Back to what happened. Albie bowls another yorker, but a no-ball. Razzaq digs it out, it travels softly towards long-on, and obviously Razzaq wants to face the free hit, but Ajmal is sleeping. he responds too late to his call and is run out by a mile. Brainless cricket from Ajmal
well bowled, nearly a yorker, cramping him up, going through his legs
long-on, cow corner, deep midwicket out on the fence. So is long-off
angled into the pads, takes the single, Razzaq on strike
played with an open face, straight to point. Razzaq has to go back
Are there any Pakistani players willing to stick it out along with Razzaq? Albie comes back now. Ajmal to face
superb work from Langeveldt here! SA are causing damage from the other end here. Razzaq looks to hit this full ball down the ground for one, Langeveldt sticks his left hand out and fields. Riaz has backed up too far and Langeveldt has enough time and more to aim for the stumps and run them down
Razzaq you beauty! Picks the slower ball, charges down, and hits it straight over Langeveldt's head for a flat six. He rarely ever hits those high sixes