S Africa vs Pakistan
South Africa win by 34 runs
A high-scoring game, but one that was rather more one-sided than the scorecard might suggest. Even when Afridi was batting, one felt that South Africa were favourites. They certainly did the early work well, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers - the no. 1 and 2 rated batsmen in ODI cricket - both reached hundreds and put on a record 238 for the third wicket against Pakistan. The hosts cashed in as Pakistan sprayed the ball about, hampered by the injury to Irfan. Pakistan's top five all made starts in response, but none was able to push on, and it was left to Afridi to restore some fight to the innings. He made a memorable 88, but once he departed there was little left for South Africa to do. Do join us again for the next match, at Kingsmead in Durban on March 21.
Over 48.1 - Pak 309 (Irfan 0)
WICKET! Kleinveldt's first delivery is a pinpoint yorker - perhaps the first one from South Africa all day - and it slips under Riaz' bat to disturb his stumps. South Africa win, and take a 2-1 series lead.
Over 48 - Pak 309/9 (Riaz 45, Irfan 0)
Riaz squeezes the first ball through backward point for four, but can't find the boundary again in the over - and turns down singles so that Irfan doesn't have to face. McLaren might also have run Riaz out, the batsman inside edging onto his pad and then wandering out of his crease, unaware of the whereabouts of the ball. Incredibly, he missed from less than a metre, diving into a throw, and Riaz bats on.
Over 47 - Pak 304/9 (Riaz 40, Irfan 0)
WICKET! Steyn's pace is simply too much for Junaid Khan. Wahab Riaz took the single on offer from the second ball of the over, giving Steyn plenty of time to work the no. 10 over. He did so accordingly, and Junaid eventually stepped away and swiped at a short one, the ball taking the splice and Steyn himself holding the catch. Mohammad Irfan, hamstrung though he is, comes out to bat, and survives the final delivery.
Over 46 - Pak 303/8 (Riaz 39, Junaid 9)
South Africa have been searching for the yorker all match, but it appears Rory Kleinveldt has finally found his. The first ball is swung wildly over mid-off and away for four by Junaid, taking Pakistan past 300, but the rest are aimed right at the batsmen's toes, and they'll need 41 more to win from the final four overs. With the tail at the crease.
Over 45 - Pak 296/8 (Riaz 38, Junaid 4)
Riaz, who is batting on his career-best score, continues to swing merrily, heaving Steyn to deep midwicket for four. The remainder of the over brings scurried singles off both bats, and a total of 9 runs.
Over 44 - Pak 287/8 (Riaz 32, Junaid 1)
WICKET! McLaren has his third, and South Africa advance closer to a 2-1 series lead. With mid-on and mid-off up in the circle, Ajmal was aiming to flay a full ball down the ground, and got a good connection on the stroke. What he didn't get was elevation, and Kleinveldt moved quickly to his right to hold the sharp chance. Riaz plays a cheeky scoop over four to move into the 30s with a boundary, but Pakistan need close to 10 an over.
Over 43 - Pak 282/7 (Riaz 28, Ajmal 8)
Dale Steyn returns, and in fading light Riaz and Ajmal do their best just to lay bat to ball. A push through cover point and a couple of flicks off middle stump bring three runs. After the excitement from Afridi, this finish is turning into something of an anti-climax.
Over 42 - Pak 279/7 (Riaz 27, Ajmal 6)
Ryan McLaren, who had a total 'mare in his last over to Afridi, finds his job rather easier to do with Riaz and Ajmal on strike. He hits a variety of lengths - none of them yorker - but does enough to keep the batsman to chancy ones and twos in the over.
Over 41 - Pak 273/3 (Riaz 24, Ajmal 4)
Yet another tight over from Peterson, despite a slog sweep from Riaz that skids over the outfield and goes for four. Particularly impressive is Peterson's length: with neither batsman willing to leave the crease, he hits a great length that allows one to move neither forward nor back with too much confidence.
Over 40 - Pak 268/7 (Riaz 20, Ajmal 3)
Riaz and Ajmal don't appear to have any shots to Peterson, but both appear more comfortable against pace. Riaz ruins what was turning out to be a good over from Kleinveldt by standing at the crease and heaving a short ball over long on for six.
Over 39 - Pak 260/7 (Riaz 13, Ajmal 2)
Yet more nudging and pushing from the batsmen as Peterson continues. De Villiers deliberately brings the man up to mid-on, allowing the batsmen the opportunity to go over the top should they so wish. Neither is willing to take the risk, and just three runs come from the over.
Over 38 - Pak 257/7 (Riaz 11, Ajmal 1)
Wahab Riaz' bat has a middle, and he's got some shots too, it would seem. He laces a Kleinveldt half-volley through extra cover for four, and some slightly slip-shod fielding from South Africa means seven runs come from the over when Ajmal should have been run out.
Over 37 - Pak 250/7 (Riaz 4, Ajmal 1)
Immediately after the wicket, AB de Villiers brings Peterson back into the attack. Both tailenders happily sweep the left-arm spinner, but to no great effect and just four runs come from the over.
Over 36 - Pak 246/7 (Riaz 3, Ajmal 0)
WICKET! Tsotsobe turns the match decisively for South Africa with the wicket of Afridi. The batsman had been dropped by Smith at deep extra cover at the start of the over, but swept the second for four and looked set to continue his assault. It was not to be, however, as Afridi swatted one-handed at the next delivery, a high full toss, to be caught at long off by ... McLaren!
Over 35 - Pak 236/6 (Afridi 80, Riaz 1)
No matter what happens in this match, Afridi has provided some remarkable entertainment to a full house at the Wanderers. A ferocious pull and a smear over midwicket take him into the 70s, but he then plays the ball onto his own leg stump to be bowled. McLaren is midway through giving him an almighty send off when Billy Bowden asks for another look at it, and it's a no-ball! The resulting Free Hit results in possibly the biggest of this century. Out of the ground and into the golf course. Game on.
Over 34 - Pak 217/6 (Afridi 63, Riaz 1)
Afridi was struck a painful blow to the thumb by Steyn before the drinks interval, and he appears to be in some strife ... but that hasn't stopped him from flaying Tsotsobe for 13 in this over, including a four and a six. He stepped out to Tsotsobe's very first delivery, not really getting to it but following through to lift the ball over long off. He swept the next one, a slower full toss, for four, and the damage had been done!
Over 33 - Pak 204/6 (Afridi 51, Riaz 0)
WICKET! McLaren strikes after drinks! Misbah stepped away and had to stretch for the ball as he aimed for the point boundary. A thin edge flew straight through to de Villiers, and the stand is broken at 71. It'd taken only eight overs! South Africa will fancy their chances now. Shahid Afridi is the only thing standing between them and certain victory.
Over 32 - Pak 201/5 (Afridi 50, Misbah 27)
Fifty for Shahid Afridi! It's in uncharacteristic fashion, the batsman nudging the ball quietly through point for a quick single to get to the mark. Importantly, it's come up from only 31 deliveries, boosting Pakistan into a position of ascendancy. It's his first international fifty since last February, and his 34th overall in ODIs. And that'll take us to drinks at the Wanderers, where a thrilling finish beckons.
Over 31 - Pak 195/5 (Afridi 46, Misbah 25)
A somewhat disastrous over from Kleinveldt goes for a whopping 17 runs. Afridi is the destroyer, top-edging a hoick over long leg for four and flat-batting a slower ball way over the deep midwicket boundary. Kleinveldt is clearly rattled, and sends down two wides as well in the course of an eight-ball over, as he tries to avoid Afridi's swinging blade.
- 17th Mar 2013
- Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl.
- New Wanderers Stadium
- B F Bowden and S George
pakistan BATTING CARD
|Jamshed||c Amla b Tsotsobe||10|
|Hafeez||c Steyn b Peterson||57|
|Akmal||c de Villiers b McLaren||30|
|M.K. Niazi||c de Villiers b McLaren||28|
|Malik||c Kleinveldt b Tsotsobe||4|
|Afridi||c McLaren b Tsotsobe||88|
|Ajmal||c Kleinveldt b McLaren||8|
|J.M. Khan||c&b Steyn||9|
|Extras||1nb, 7w, 3lb||11|
|Total||All Out, 48.1 Overs||309|