1st ODI (D/N), Sharjah, Oct 30 2013, South Africa tour of United Arab Emirates
(46.3/50 ov, target 184)182
South Africa won by 1 run
player of the match
Wayne Parnell
South Africa
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• The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

South Africa pull off one-run heist

Pakistan conspired a dispiriting collapse as the pitch deteriorated in Sharjah, while Imran Tahir, playing his first ODI in two-and-a-half years, led South Africa to a one-run win

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Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Kanishkaa Balachandran
Scorecard summary
South Africa183/10(49.5 overs)
Pakistan182/10(46.3 overs)


Misbah: "We could not handle the pressure, some relaxed shots that cost us the match. Once we won a game here against Sri Lanka (1999) where they had seven wickets in hand. Our focus should be to be there till the last run in scored. the batting spoiled the party. Afridi and Ajmal bowled really well. We have to forget this game and improve for the next game."

Parnell is the Man of the Match: "Happy to contribute with bat and ball. Myself and Miller, we looked to keep the score ticking over. After my first over I though I was rushing it a little bit and from the second I was fine."

AB de Villiers: "I was focusing on making the right decisions for the guys. Disappointed with our batting performance. Would like to touch on the team performance. South Africans always believe we can turn things around. When you get a sniff you have drive it home. Immi (Tahir) was fantastic. He was always going to come back after the 40th over. Have to give credit to Tsotsobe, he gave us two wickets. Immi followed him and did his magic."

You can look back at little incidents that made the difference. Wahab's two misfields that cost boundaries is one. And how valuable was Parnell's knock? If it weren't for him, SA would have been bundled out for less than 150 for all you know.

I'll leave you guys to reflect on these and more. I'm exhausted. It's been fun bringing this game. Thanks for your company. Till the next game, it's goodnight and goodbye!

End of match: Well we've heard the "C" word being used on South Africa for nearly two decades now, but tonight, they were on the other side of the camp. Pakistan well and truly CHOKED. Let's face it. This was their game to lose and the worst case scenario came true. The batitng Powerplay saw the wicket of Misbah and for a while after that they were cruising. The wickets of the two Umars - Akmal and Amin - triggered a bit of panic but even at that stage, they held the edge because they still had Afridi and Tanvir. Afridi fell to a skier and at that stage SA must have firmly believed that the balance had shifted. Ajmal and Irfan threw their bats around and in the end they fell a run short.

Neville Smeda: "For me, Imran Tahir changed the match at the end, but there wouldn't have been a match had it not been for Wayne he would be my Man of the Match. SA's batting should be ashamed...they have a lot of work to do before the next one."

Shiraz: "One Word. PATHETIC-ISTAN. Enough said."

Rameez Moosa: "Needs a special talent to choke against the biggest chokers. Thank you Pakistan for making us feel special. Only if Misbah could bat forever for us."

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Morkel to Irfan, OUT

Morkel's hit the timber and South Africa have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat! All Morkel had to do was aim at the stumps and that's precisely what he did, Irfan was nailed to the crease, the ball landed on the off stump and held its line and shaved the stump, Morkel charges off and the South Africans can't believe it

Mohammad Irfan b Morkel 2 (16m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 22.22
Morkel to Irfan, no run

this one lands outside the off stump and Irfan watchfully leaves it alone, no harm done

Kashif: "Only Pakistan team can make a mess of such an easy target. They should be awarded the 'Official Drama Queen of Cricket' title."

Morkel to Ajmal, 1 run

drifts on the body and he hops and tucks it towards square leg, one run, precious! Irfan back on strike

Quite a few fielders in the deep

end of over 462 runs
PAK: 181/9CRR: 3.93 RRR: 0.75 • Need 3 from 24b
Mohammad Irfan2 (7)
Saeed Ajmal0 (6)
Imran Tahir10-1-45-3
Wayne Parnell8-1-41-3
Tahir to Irfan, no run

this time Irfan plays it safe and doesn't offer a shot, it was outside off and spinning back in

Tahir to Irfan, no run

another googly and Irfan slogs and misses and the ball hits his back leg quite adjacent to the stumps! Well, well Tahir didn't actually appeal! Did he think there was an inside edge? That looked rather close! Why didn't he appeal?

Tahir to Irfan, no run

a swing and a miss and there's an appeal for a stumping! Irfan looked to fetch this from wide outside off and slog over the on side, his backfoot was always back, he's safe

Tahir to Irfan, no run

loud cheers as Irfan solidly pushes this back to the bowler

Tahir to Irfan, no run

appeal for an lbw and he's been given not out and Tahir wants it reviewed, landed outside off,it was the wrong un, Irfan went forward to defend and it was quite a big stride, it struck the pad first and then the bat, Hawkeye shows that just clipping the leg stump! Not good enough to overturn the umpire's call so Irfan's safe!

Tahir to Irfan, 2 runs

nearly dragged it on! Irfan pulls a flatter delivery and gets an inside edge that just misses the stumps and that goes to fine leg

end of over 45Maiden
PAK: 179/9CRR: 3.97 RRR: 1.00 • Need 5 from 30b
Saeed Ajmal0 (6)
Mohammad Irfan0 (1)
Wayne Parnell8-1-41-3
Imran Tahir9-1-43-3
Parnell to Ajmal, no run

I don't know how many flies Ajmal's swatted the last few minutes, this too was angling across him and he looked to slog, swing and a miss, he has all but connected with the ball in this over

Parnell to Ajmal, no run

and now he tries to pull the short ball! It was quick and he swished at thin air, close to the glove there

Parnell to Ajmal, no run

Ajmal's intent on chasing the one's that are wide outside off, no foot movement, nearly an edge

Parnell to Ajmal, no run

and Ajmal nearly gives it away! This was angling across and he had some width, played away from the body

Parnell to Ajmal, no run

slices him in half! Ajmal was trapped at the crease, not sure what he was trying, the ball held its line and just sailed over the stumps

Parnell to Ajmal, 2 leg byes

so that's two! Down the leg side and Ajmal trickles this off his pads and it just beats AB, they hurry two runs so Ajmal can get back on strike

SA must believe they can claim this. No specialist batsmen left. Ajmal has to farm the strike

end of over 443 runs • 2 wickets
PAK: 177/9CRR: 4.02 RRR: 1.17 • Need 7 from 36b
Mohammad Irfan0 (1)
Saeed Ajmal0 (0)
Imran Tahir9-1-43-3
Lonwabo Tsotsobe10-3-28-2
Tahir to Irfan, no run

optimistic shout for an lbw but that was missing the leg stump! Tahir believes he can get a wicket off every ball!

Tahir to Wahab Riaz, OUT

he's trapped plumb in front! What's happening here?? On the off stump, this one shot through, he was trapped on the back foot, as plumb as it could get

Wahab Riaz lbw b Imran Tahir 0 (7m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Tahir to Wahab Riaz, 1 wide

he drifts wide down the leg side and that's a bonus for Pakistan

Tahir to Wahab Riaz, no run

nervy moment as he gets an inside edge that trickles to the on side

Tahir to Wahab Riaz, no run

tossed up and he defends this one to square leg

Best performances - batters
Ahmed Shehzad portrait
Ahmed Shehzad PAK
58 runs (92)
5 fours
0 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
19 runs
3 fours
0 six
Wayne Parnell portrait
WD Parnell SA
56 runs (70)
6 fours
1 six
Productive shot
leg glance
20 runs
2 fours
1 six
Best performances - bowlers
Saeed Ajmal portrait
Saeed Ajmal PAK
Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi PAK
Match details
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
TossSouth Africa, elected to bat first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of United Arab Emirates
Player Of The Match
Wayne Parnell
Wayne Parnell
Series resultSouth Africa led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 3425
Hours of play (local time)15.00 start, First Session 15.00-18.30, Interval 18.30-19.15, Second Session 19.15-22.45
Match days30 October 2013 - daynight(50-over match)
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Richard Illingworth
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Shozab Raza
TV Umpire
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Steve Davis
Reserve Umpire
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Ahsan Raza
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle