Pakistan square the series

2010-11-05 21:47

Dubai - Pakistan beat the Proteas by one wicket with a ball to spare at Dubai on Friday to square the limited overs series at 2-2 with a game still to be played


The decider will be played at Dubai on Monday.

The Proteas had made the highest score at Dubai of 274/6 with Graeme Smith providing the foundation with 92 off 105 balls. It was the Proteas’ captain’s highest score against Pakistan and also took his total of ODI runs as captain to 5 000. It was his 50th score of 50 or more (42 half-centuries and 8 centuries).

The Proteas’ middle order gave good support with AB de Villiers making 49 off 70 balls and JP Duminy 36 off 51.

Johan Botha came to the fore in the batting power play when he made an unbeaten 28 off 15 balls (6 boundaries) that enabled the Proteas to score 54 in the five batting power play overs. Botha batted with both flair and courage hitting reverse sweeps off Mohammed Hafeez and then conventional sweeps off Wahab Riaz.

But in the end it was not quite enough. Pakistan always stayed ahead of the Proteas’ run rate and, when they only needed 4 runs off the last 6 balls, the writing was on the wall.

The Proteas were without Lonwabo Tsotsobe who complained of lower back muscle spasms which was not altogether that surprising after playing five games in a short space of time.

Dale Steyn and Wayne Parnell both played their first games of the tour and Steyn, in particular, was very expensive conceding 79 runs in his 10 overs.

Parnell conceded 53 runs in 8.5 overs.

Younis Khan set up Pakistan’s successful runs chase (73 off 115 balls with one four) and there was good support from him down the order.

Morne Morkel had the best South African figures of 3/48 in his 10 overs.


Pakistan - Asad Shafiq, Imran Farhat, Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, Fawad Alam, Shahid Afridi (capt), Abdul Razzaq, Zulqarnain Haider (wk), Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Akhtar, Abdur Rehman.

South Africa – Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers (wk), Jacques Kallis, JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, David Miller, Johan Botha, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Wayne Parnell.


  • Finch lover - 2010-11-05 22:01

    Great win by Pak. Smith has a lot to answer, i mean when Steyn was expensive, why did he continue with him, 10 overs 79 runs....Smith dropped crucial catch and then the over But a very good game of cricket.....these two great teams are bringing ODIs back to life...nail biters...

  • Dave - 2010-11-05 22:04

    We choke again!

  • G - 2010-11-05 22:05

    what can I say "fixed" & "Smith"

  • Dave Cohen - 2010-11-05 22:17

    Another desperate performance against desperate opposition.

  • GeePMB - 2010-11-05 22:28

    How convenient, 2 -2 in a 5 game series. MAkes for good TV and crowd pulling affair at the final game. Sorry but with all the match fixing allegations permeating around world cricket, it is hard to believe that any game/series isn'r rigged these days.

  • haroon - 2010-11-05 22:29

    Smith & his team are absolutely hopeless...they cant' beat the worst pakistan team in recent times. smith & his team have no flair...what a joke of a performance. come on south africa get rid of all the dead wood (smith, kallis etc.) please let johan botha take over immediately will see the difference!

  • Money - 2010-11-05 22:53


  • THE MAN - 2010-11-05 22:54

    useless captain not fantastic gavin smith cocks up an easy catch and loses the game along with terrible expensive bowling by parnell and steyn....i suspect gavin smith had a say in dropping the best bowler in the team tsotsobe for steyn,....we would have won had tsotsobe been hell with smith the racist captain....

  • BIFF 4EVA - 2010-11-05 23:04


  • Jimbo - 2010-11-05 23:13

    Surely a player back from injury should 'blood' himself at provincial level for a game ot two. Look at the numbers - Steyn cost us the match - or doesn't that really matter ? We desperately need another spinner or medium-pacer. The Paki tail-enders love our quickies. We need a Collingwood (or Hansie ?). Why was Peterson not played ?

  • Mr Ref - 2010-11-05 23:28

    Pakistan can't be matched for raw talent and grittiness-thats when they feel like it. If they had the organisation and good leadership like some other cricketing countries, they would be untouchable. Smith's captaincy is weak, he is successfully losing matches from winning positions. If he had more humility and intelligence he'd be a better captain. The younger players need guidance and encouragement, and i see none of that from Smith. Captaincy is more than standing and pointing around with a "don't fu#@ with me" look on your face.

  • jonty rhodes - 2010-11-06 00:28

    no the bookies bringing ODIs back to life ,long live the bookies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • abrar - 2010-11-06 01:23

    While dissapointment is understandable for South African fans just like it was for the Pakistani fans two days ago, we should appreciate all three matches have been close and absolute thrillers .Both teams have made sure the 50 over format is not 'bowled over' by T20

  • abrar - 2010-11-06 02:54

    While dissapointment is understandable for South African fans just like it was for the Pakistani fans two days ago, we should appreciate all three matches have been close and absolute thrillers .Both teams have made sure the 50 over format is not 'bowled over' by T20

  • Claude - 2010-11-06 04:59

    Who is responsible for picking such an unbalanced team? Parnell and Steyn in the same team! Parnell way out of form and Steyn just back from injury was a recipe for disaster. When Amla was out the writing was on the wall. Coach somebody has to deal with the fact that too many times the players panic when the pressure is on - find the right sports physiologist because you are not succeeding.

  • disappointed - 2010-11-06 05:26

    dropped catches, missed runouts. the ptoteas gave a good impression that they were trying to lose. not only last night but also in the prior match.

  • G - 2010-11-06 06:49

    BIFF 4EVA - One can only feel sorry for some like you......It is amazing how the majority all have the same things to say about Smith and you (the minority) like a horse with blinkers on do not see the "WHOLE" picture.... ...............Man I wish they had spell check here, for some pf us...........

  • naeem sheikh - 2010-11-06 07:00

    I have never seen nail biters three matches in a row in my life but it did bring back the glory in cricket.No doubt SA team is better than pak but they choke specially dropping the catch by smith at the end cost them the match. But these three matches will be remembered for a long time,some think,its fixed-I dont think so SA just lost their nerves,thats all and pak stayed put and was the winner but both teams deserve congrat for giving us such a nice game to watch.

  • Shorts - 2010-11-06 08:31

    A most absorbing ODI series between two evenly matched teams. A great pity that the final game is on a Monday. Why was it not scheduled for the Sunday? This series has however highlighted the many significant shortcomings of the Protea squad. Our selectors, team management and selected players have much to do if South Africa is to avoid embarrassing itself at the upcoming World Cup.

  • BC - 2010-11-06 09:00

    I see 'THE MAN' continues his ignorant drivel. Graeme (note not Gavin) Smith made a big mistake with his choice of bowlers at the end, but Lopsy was injured which is why he wasn't playing and Steyn and Parnell needed to be given time in middle. Unfortunately it didn't work and if SA want to win the series Theron and hopefully Tsotsobe will be back in the team.AB is still wasted behind the stumps and his absence in the field is being noticed with the side becoming panicky towards the end when cool heads were required. Pakistan should never be underated, they regularly beat the best teams in world and have had the trophies to prove it

  • Benny - 2010-11-06 10:12

    After last night I am placing my sympathies with those calling for the 50Over captaincy to be taken away from Smith. I believe we could have won even with the team as selected. We lost because of POOR DECISION MAKING by Smith. Taking the batting power play earlier when we had the batters to take advantage would have made a huge difference to the motivation to the batsmen following after. I know Botha played out of his socks but having a higher total before the last five overs would have inspired the tail end batsmen as well. PLUS what rational Capt uses his two worst performing bowlers at the death? Kallis and Duminy would have been a far better decision.

  • colin - 2010-11-06 10:16

    This loss must be placed firmly at the feet of the selectors and their captain. The decision to include an out of form player and at to persist with his below par bowling at the death has misfired big time. They have also grossly underestimated their opposition. Sure players need to be given the opportunity for live match practice but not at the expense of one ot he top bowlers, Tsobsobe, and with the series in balance. Win it first and then allow out of form players to participate. I never gave Pakistan a chance of winning this series but now I am sure so sure that we will win. They are the team with their tails up now.

  • Ehsan Ul_haq - 2010-11-06 15:11

    I think those who are thinking SA lose against week team, he should also remind the elimination of SA in last two T20 worldCups...I am sure they will realize SA has not lost its Pakistan who Won.....

  • Jimbo - 2010-11-06 15:41

    Here's some controvesy - I believe AB has lost batting form since taking the gloves. I always believed that Bouch should be there, and still do. Duminy is a totally underrated bowler.Don't blood him with 10 overs in the final, but gradually build him up - we sure could have used another spinner when the Pakies used our speedsters for an early Christmas present in a couple of games.

  • Preston - 2010-11-07 20:16

    Some game you win , some game you lose. What is important is that you learn from your losses. Not to belittle Grame Smith, i do believe ,had he caught that catch, it would have been "game over". Lesson to be learn't, Graeme you need to get lose some weight, apart from Brain MacMillan, it is unacceptable to be overweight and looking clumsy on the field.

  • TTT - 2010-11-08 08:44

    We missed Gibbs in the field.

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