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South Africa won by 8 wickets.

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South Africa crushed Pakistan by eight wickets in the first one-day international in Abu Dhabi.

Younus Khan's half-century on his return to international cricket was overshadowed by a professional display from the Proteas, who knocked off their target of 204 in just 39.3 overs.

The former Pakistan captain made 54 in his first innings since he was banned from the team following the ill-fated tour to Australia earlier this year.

Mohammad Hafeez was also among the runs for Pakistan, top-scoring with 68, but Lonwabo Tsotsobe's four-wicket haul in the midst of a dramatic batting collapse helped to dismiss the hosts for 203 with six balls to spare.

The 'away side' had little trouble chasing down the total at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, with 51 from AB de Villiers and 66 from Jacques Kallis seeing them home.

Pakistan lost Asad Shafiq for 19 early on after winning the toss and electing to bat first, but Younus and Hafeez dug in.

The second-wicket pair reached their fifty partnership in 63 balls, before the team's 100 came up in the 23rd over.

JP Duminy was then unlucky not to dismiss number three Younus for 34, umpire Asad Rauf turning down a strong leg before appeal.

Hafeez rode his luck on a couple of occasions but his innings ended with a cut shot off Johan Botha flying to Charl Langeveldt, breaking a partnership worth 114 runs.


That sparked a middle-order collapse, and, after Younus brought up his fifty from 67 balls, he was out lbw to Botha.

The reintroduction of Tsotsobe in the 38th over caused further trouble for Pakistan, with the left-armer sending Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi on their way - the captain again holing out irresponsibly with an attempted big hit to Graeme Smith at mid-off.

The paceman grabbed his fourth wicket in his next over, sending Abdul Razzaq (two) on his way, and Fawad Alam was the last of the recognised batsmen out as Pakistan scraped their way to 203. Tsotsobe finished with figures of four for 27.

In response, South Africa made a steady start, but lost Smith when he was forced to retire hurt on 18 after twice being hit on the gloves by Shoaib Akhtar.

Apart from that blow, the veteran paceman were unable to inflict further breakthroughs, with spin introduced as early as the sixth over.


De Villiers and Amla pushed the total past 50 in the eighth over, before the latter was trapped leg before by Saeed Ajmal for 35.

De Villiers completed a 52-ball half-century, but the South Africa wicketkeeper then offered a return catch to Ajmal, leaving his side on 147 for two.

Kallis, who was struggling with dehydration, went on to reach his 79th ODI half-century from 82 balls, before retiring hurt.

It was left to Duminy (10) and Colin Ingram (12) to complete a straightforward victory for the Proteas.

Match Details

29th Oct 2010
Abu Dhabi
Asad Rauf and R J Tucker


Batsman R
Smith ret hurt 18
Amla lbw b Ajmal 35
Kallis ret hurt 66
de Villiers c&b Ajmal 51
Duminy not out 10
Ingram not out 12
Extras 2nb, 6w, 7lb 15
Total Close, 39.3 Overs 207 - 2
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Akhtar 8 0 46 0
Gul 6.3 0 34 0
Hafeez 1 0 14 0
Afridi 10 0 36 0
Ajmal 10 1 42 2
Razzaq 4 0 28 0
Full Bowling Card