S Africa vs Pakistan
Well played South Africa, commiserations to the Pakistanis; they head home after a long tour. We hope you've enjoyed our coverage here today in Benoni and indeed throughout this ODI series; it's been a pleasure talking to you all. Til next time, I'm Gareth Allison - thanks for joining us!
The South Africans celebrate as their skipper raises the trophy; they'll be well-pleased that they came through on the winning side in this crunch game. A bottle of champagne is handed to Dale Steyn, and he pops the cork as the players and support stuff pose for photos in front of the sponsors' board, spraying the bottle all over everyone. He's chasing his captain now, but AB manages to sprint away from his front-line bowler. Humourous scenes here at the end.
Man of the Match? It's AB de Villiers, and he collects the Man of the Series trophy as well for his outstanding run of form. You can't ask much more of your captain really, can you? Leading from the front, he's scored heavily whilst keeping wicket as well. He'll be massively pleased with his side's effort, especially after the ignominy of losing the ODI series against New Zealand earlier in the summer.
It's time for the post-match presentation; Misbah-ul-Haq is obviously disappointed, but his team have run South Africa close in the limited-overs leg of this tour with some great performances. He himself batted well throughout the five ODIs, and the emergance of Irfan is a plus for him as well. His side meet the Proteas again in their group at the upcoming Champions Trophy in England in June, so it won't be long before we see them again.
Things could have been so different had Younus Khan held onto a fairly simple catch at slip when AB de Villiers had only just started his innings; Junaid Khan was the unfortunate bowler. Pakistan also used up their only DRS review early-on for an LBW call against Hashim Amla, with the ball pitching quite far outside the leg-stump.
Pakistan will wish that had scored more, but a total of 205 was looking to be a tough one after de Kock, Ingram and Amla had all fallen with only 83 runs on the board for South Africa. The pitch was not any easy one, with bounce and turn on offer for the Pakistanis whilst the odd one kept low. Mohammad Irfan was again hugely impressive, and bowled with great pace to claim two wickets - his ten overs only cost 38 runs and he was always a threat.
It wasn't an easy chase by any means, but AB de Villiers anchored it with a controlled innings of 95 which showed flashes of brilliance. Farhaan Behardien played a good, mature knock to support his captain when it looked like Pakistan were getting on top of things. His 35 from 59 balls proved invaluable, and helped David Miller to come in under minimal pressure to finish off the innings alongside de Villiers.
Over 44 Wahab 1-3-4-0-2-4
Wahab Riaz has struggled a bit today, and he doesn't have any luck as Miller's shot through the covers evades the diving fielder who really should have stopped that. Three more runs to Miller, and AB goes down on one knee to swat the next one over mid-off's head for four. Effortless! there's a bit of a delay as a man with a banner runs onto the field and stands in front of the sight-screen - where is the security? He's dancing around with a banner asking to be on TV so that his mom can see him - I can guarantee you sir, that has now happened. Finally we're back underway, and AB helps himself to two before rocking back and clouting one in the air over cover and it's all over! South Africa have won by six wickets, and they claim the ODI series 3-2 in the process.
Over 43 Hafeez 6-0-0-2-4-0
Miller comes down the wicket and lofts Hafeez casually over the fielders - six runs, oh yes! That soared into the crowd over wide long-on. dropped by one of the patrons. That was quite a wallop from young Miller, well-known for his hitting exploits in the English T20 competition for Yorkshire. He rocks back and connects well again, this time well in front of square on the off-side for an attractive boundary. Four more, and SA are nearly home and dry now. Will AB be able to get to his century? He's on 84 not out with 12 runs to get, so it doesn't look likely.
Over 42 Ajmal 0-0-0-0-0-0
Maiden - a tight one from Saeed Ajmal, but he would gladly exchange those six dot balls for a wicket or two at this stage.Quiet stuff from de Villiers, just playing out the over.
Over 41 Hafeez 0-0-0-1-1-0
One slides down leg and hits Miller on the pad as he tries to turn it away - there's a shout, but turned down by the umpire. They work away a couple of easy singles, and Hafeez won't be able to add to the one wicket he's claimed so far yet.
26 runs required from 60 balls, as we see Mohammad Hafeez give his cap to the umpire and start spinning the ball into his hand at the top of his run.
Over 40 Ajmal 0-1-1-1b-0-0w-0
Ten overs left in this contest; and one spins past Miller's defensive prod and slams wicketkeeper Akmal in the shoulder. Steep bounce, and he grimaces whilst giving it a hard rub. That will have hurt. AB gets a bit tangled up, and ball drops down from the pad and narrowly misses rolling onto the stumps - a bit of action here in these last few balls.
Over 39 Irfan 1-1-0w-0-0-1-0
Last over for Irfan, and a play-and-miss from the 23-year-old Miller, who ducks under a bouncer as well from the big man. AB walks across his stumps twice, but only manages to get one of those deliveries away for a single. That's all we'll see from Mohammad Irfan today - he's bowled really well with pace and bounce, his ten overs going for 38 with two scalps in there too.
Over 38 Ajmal 0-0-0-0-1-1
Brisk over from Ajmal, and a single from AB brings new man David Miller on strike against the master spinner. He goes back and punches one to cover to get off the mark from his first delivery faced - so far, so good for the Dolphins left-hander.
Over 37 Irfan 0-4-0-0-0-4
Throw of the dice from Misbah-ul-Haq in bringing back his biggest, baddest fast bowler - two overs left for Mohammad Irfan. How was AB de Villiers hit that for four? He leant back, opened the face and went between point and gully for four with some superb timing to boot. Irfan decides to rather bowl to AB from over the wicket instead; he gets Behardien on strike with a deflection off the bowler to mid-off. Next ball goes across the batsman and he edges it! No slip, anguish as it goes away for four more runs, but he gets his man off the last ball of the over - OUT! Behardien pulls a short one but gets a top edge, and Saeed Ajmal at fine-leg takes a simple catch. Breakthrough, but is it too little too late for the Pakistanis? Behardien has played well, but he has to go for 35. Interesting to note that the batsmen didn't cross as that ball was in the air, allowing AB to have the strike for the next over.
Over 36 Ajmal 0-1-3-1lb-0-0
Doosra from Ajmal finds Behardien's edge, but it goes to ground wide of slip and runs away for three runs. Frustrating for the fielding side. There's a big shout as Behardien reverse-sweeps, and he's immediately given out! He's asked for a review immediately - did he hit it, perhaps? The replay shows it hitting his glove first before cannoning into the pad, and that won't be out. Glove squeezed onto the front pad, and the on-field umpire's decision has been reversed.
The final Powerplay has been taken; will AB choose these next five overs to finish the game off?
Over 35 Afridi 2-0-1-1-0-1
The singles are coming easily now for AB and Fudge, a floated delivery from Boom Boom driven for two by de Villiers. He must be a huge contender for the Man of the Series award, and that drop at slip by Younus Khan has been very, very costly for Pakistan.
Over 34 Hafeez 4-1-1-1-0-0
AB rocks back and pulls viciously in the air in front of square for a sweetly-timed for off a returning Professor Hafeez. Asserting himself early on in the over, it was a sublime shot from a well-set player. Behardien helps him out with some singles to rotate the strike, and that's a healthy over to leave SA with 55 runs still to get.
- 24th Mar 2013
- Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.
- Willowmoore Park, Benoni
- B F Bowden and J D Cloete
s africa BATTING CARD
|Amla||c Malik b Iqbal||22|
|de Kock||b J.M. Khan||3|
|de Villiers||not out||95|
|F. Behardien||c Ajmal b Iqbal||35|
|D.A. Miller||not out||20|
|Extras||7w, 6b, 5lb||18|
|Total||44.0 Overs||208 - 4|