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Pakistan won by 11 runs.

Pakistan vs S Africa

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Last Updated: May 10, 2010 5:47pm

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    Pakistan win by 11 runs

    Pakistan defend a modest total of 148-7 for an 11-run victory over South Africa. The Proteas are out of the World Twenty20 as a result, while Pakistan must now wait for the result of the final Group E game between England and New Zealand later today to learn their fate. Pakistan will qualify for the semi-finals if England win, however a New Zealand victory would see them miss out. Either way England are through. Thanks for your company and stay logged on for more commentary from St Lucia when England v New Zealand gets under way at 6.30pm (BST).

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    Over 20 Ajmal 1-1-1-W-2-0

    137-7 - Morkel is content to drop a single into the off-side and bring Botha on strike. Botha can only get a single to mid-off from the second ball. Morkel can also only manage a single with a mistimed swipe at the third delivery. Wicket! With a boundary needed, Ajmal seals the win for Pakistan by having Botha stumped after missing with a big heave into the leg-side. Botha's 19 off eight balls came too late to rescue the situation. Van Der Merwe takes two from the last two balls but South Africa end up 12 short of their target and are eliminated from the World Twenty20.

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    Over 19 Aamer 4-1-1-0-4-4

    132-6 - Botha is offered just a touch of width and responds by driving through the covers for four. Misbah dives forward but just fails to get a hand on a difficult chance at extra cover, resulting in a single for Botha. Aamer's full toss hits Morkel in a very painful spot just below the waist - that was almost a no-ball. Botha keeps his side in it with consecutive boundaries to finish the over, down to fine-leg and third-man respectively. He took advantage of Afridi's field settings, on each occasion dispatching the shot to the place where the fielder had been brought inside the circle. South Africa require 17 from the final over. Ajmal will bowl it and Morkel is on strike.

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    Over 18 Ajmal 1-4-0-W-4-1

    118-6 - Afridi is furious as the fielder on the square-leg boundary for failing to cut off Boucher's sweep. Wicket! Boucher's attempt to repeat the stroke ends in disaster as he misses with a big heave and is given out lbw by umpire Doctrove, the simplest of decisions. New batsman Botha cheekily reverse sweeps his first ball for four and then retains the strike with a single down to long-on. South Africa need 31 off 12 balls.

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    Over 17 Aamer 1-1-1-1-1-2-

    109-5 - Aamer is back on, the first sighting of a seam bowler since the sixth over. Umpire Billy Doctrove almost eats Boucher's pull shot at square-leg, just rolling out of the way at the very last moment. Both batsmen are flailing away with a distinct lack of timing, restricted to just ones and twos as Aamer keeps it full and at the stumps. South Africa require 40 from 18 balls.

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    Over 16 Ajmal 1-1-1-W-0-1

    102-5 - Wicket! De Villiers departs from a miscued attempt to scoop Ajmal's doosra over the wicketkeeper's head. It lobbed up in the air to give Kamran Akmal a simple catch - horrible shot selection given he'd blasted two straight sixes in the previous over. The big-hitting Albie Morkel strolls out to join Mark Boucher with the required rate having spiralled above 11 and South Africa in the last-chance saloon.

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    Over 15 Rehman 2-0-4-6-6-2

    98-4 - De Villiers finally breaks the shackles, going to his half-century (38b 1x4, 2x6) with consecutive sixes back over Rehman's head. A total of 20 runs from the over brings the Proteas back from the brink - they require 51 off 30 balls.

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    Over 14 Afridi 1-1-2-2-1-0

    78-4 - Afridi finishes off a four-over spell costing just 21 runs - excellent stuff from the skipper, who has been constantly on the case of his fielders. South Africa require 71 from the final 36 balls.

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    Over 13 Rehman 1-wd-1-W-1-1-1

    71-4 - Wicket! JP Duminy goes for a big one over the leg-side but doesn't get enough on it and is caught by Latif at deep midwicket. Can't blame Duminy for that, he had to try something - and the pressure on the incoming batsmen is only going to get worse. South Africa have made a royal mess of this run chase.

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    Over 12 Afridi 3-1-1-1-1-1lb

    65-3 - De Villiers gets three with a drive out into the off-side. The sweeper cut it off and there still hasn't been a boundary since the sixth over. He is lucky to middle a sweep later in the over as, had he missed, he would have been lbw. South Africa require 84 from 48 balls at a required rate of 10.50.

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    Over 11 Ajmal 2-2-2-1-W-1

    57-3 - De Villiers puts his skates on to get the scoreboard moving with a trio of twos, doubt Kallis enjoyed those much. Wicket! Kallis is gone, brilliantly caught by Umar Akmal diving forward after racing in from long-off. Simon Doull says what everyone else was thinking: "I can't help but wonder if that might not be a bad thing for South Africa."

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    Over 10 Afridi 0-1-1-0-0-1

    49-2 - De Villiers gets himself in trouble attempting to scoop the ball over the wicketkeeper's head in the style patented by Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan. His first try sees the ball deflect off Kamran Akmal's shoulder and drop just short of Aamer diving forward from point. The second fails to make any contact, leaving the required rate now above 10! What are South Africa playing at?

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    Over 9 Rehman 0-wd-1-1-1-0-1

    46-2 - Again South Africa build in singles, the required rate is up to 9.36. Pakistan were 46-3 at the corresponding stage of their innnigs.

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    Over 8 Afridi 0-0-1-0-2-1

    41-2 - Afridi brings himself on to bowl some quick leg-spinners. South Africa have played out 17 dots so far and hit just three boundaries - someone in light green is going to have to hit the launch button before much longer...

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    Over 7 Hafeez 0-1-1-1-1-1

    37-2 - Hafeez, a diminutive right-arm off-spinner with a similar action to Saqlain Mushtaq, comes into the attack now the fielding restrictions have been relaxed. South Africa appear content to push the singles but the required rate is starting to climb - up to 8.61 now. I don't think the Proteas have approached this run chase in the right way, they are digging a hole for themselves at the moment.

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    Over 6 Razzaq 0-1-1-1-1-4

    32-2 - Change of ends for Razzaq. With third-man inside the circle, Kalis relieves the building pressure by guiding a short ball down to the vacant boundary. South Africa require 117 from 84 balls.

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    Over 5 Rehman 1-2-0-W-1-0

    24-2 - Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman is brought into the attack, will the change of pace encourage South Africa to attack?...Wicket Smith departs in soft fashion, chipping a short ball to Afridi on the edge of the circle at mid-on. He seemed to get caught in two minds unsure whether to try and hit it for four or one - in the end he did neither. AB de Villiers steals a single to point from his first ball.

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    Over 4 Aamer 1-0-1-0-1-1

    20-1 - Aamer is steaming in and letting it fly at close to 90mph but his line, particularly to the left-handed Smith, has been too straight. South Africa have not really looked to attack during the powerplay thus far, they know this will be a comfortable chase if they bat sensibly.

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    Over 3 Razzaq 0-1-1-W-0-4

    16-1 - Gibbs checks a drive after spotting Razzaq's slower ball but nevertheless picks up a single. Wicket! Sharp catch from Misbah at midwicket accounts for Gibbs, who middled a pull but just failed to clear the fielder. Misbah reached above his head and plucked it out of the air two handed. Kallis joins Smith, so the Proteas normal opening pair are now reunited. He gets off the mark with a square-drive for four after taking a couple of steps down the pitch - touch of class from the big man.

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    Over 2 Aamer 2-0-4-1-0-1

    10-0 - Ideally, South Africa would like to get these as quickly as possible as, if New Zealand beat England in the second game of the day, all three teams will have four points and net run-rate will decide which two progress to the semi-final. Left-arm paceman Mohammad Aamer gets the angle wrong to the left-handed Smith, who helps it down to the fine-leg boundary.

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Match Details

Date
10th May 2010
Toss
Venue
St Lucia
Umpires
B R Doctrove and I J Gould

s africa BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Gibbs c Misbah-ul-Haq b Razzaq 3
Smith c Afridi b Rehman 13
Kallis c Akmal b Ajmal 22
de Villiers c Akmal b Ajmal 53
Duminy c Latif b Rehman 3
Boucher lbw b Ajmal 12
Morkel not out 7
Botha st Akmal b Ajmal 19
van der Merwe not out 2
Extras 2w, 1lb 3
Total Close, 20.0 Overs 137 - 7
Full Batting Card

pakistan BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Razzaq 3 0 16 1
M Amir 4 0 32 0
Rehman 4 0 35 2
Hafeez 1 0 5 0
Afridi 4 0 21 0
Ajmal 4 0 27 4
Full Bowling Card