Wahab is off, and Misbah has asked Shahid Afridi for a wicket. He bowls at a good pace for a leg-spinner, pushes them through and often catches players LBW or bowled playing off the back foot. Big, huge, massive shout from Afridi for leg-before now - absolutely pleading with umpire Billy Bowden, but no dice. Replays show it missing leg stump; Akmal and Afridi weren't too happy with that decision despite it being the correct one.
Another one steered down leg from Ajmal, and it's wided once more. He admoishes himself. de Villiers defends doggedly, and the wide is the only run from a good over. Time for the players to take drinks - now's your chance to help yourself to a cuppa or run for the toilet. We'll be back shortly.
Wahab continues, with AB leaning back and slapping him past point for a single. Behardien pulls in the air safely for two to deep mid-wicket; didn't quite hit it as well as he would have wanted to. He clips one uppishly into the vacant area in front of square on the leg-side - slower ball from Wahab, and he was a little early on the shot. Four runs as AB plays a very unorthodox type of pull shot behind square - wow, what was that? Lent back, almost flat-batted it away disdainfully. Sweet timing, and that flew to the rope to the delight of this packed crowd here in Benoni. Quality player. The lights have started to come on here now as well as it gets a little gloomy out in the middle.
These two are working with the spin well, turning Ajmal onto the leg-side for comfortable singles. Ajmal decides to change his line of attack to over the wicket, and there's shouting and excitement as Behardien scrambles through for a tight run to Mohammad Irfan at mid-off. Well run in the end, he's very quick between the wickets.
Wow, that's a great shot from Farhaan Behardien! He's clouted Wahab Riaz over cover for a sweetly timed four. The bowler squares him up a bit on the next delivery, leading edge races to third-man for the fielder to collect. Riaz pushes one past AB's leg-stump and it's another wide, something we've seen quite a lot of today actually. He decides to return to bowling over the wicket now, and the batsman is able to tap him away to leg for a single. Behardien sways out of the way of a short-pitched one, and that's seven runs from Wahab's over.
The danger man, Saeed Ajmal, returns to appeal for another LBW, but Behardien had a good stride forward with the ball appearing to be heading leg-side. A little airborne paddle-sweep from AB has hearts in mouths, but the fine-leg fielder is back on the fence - one run. There is a slip for Behardien to keep in mind as he faces, and they go through for a well-place single into the off-side. One keeps slightly low to AB, but he sees it out.
Junaid Khan wants the breakthrough, and is frustrated as Behardien smears him across the line. The ball heads towards the rope, and they get three as the fielder manages to tap it back into the field of play. Shoaib was the man doing the work there. Behardien turns one well past mid-on, worked it well into the gap and they collect another triple. AB chips in with a couple of singles as well - good enterprise from those two Titans players so far. It's been a brisk partnership, typified by the sharp single taken off the last ball - good running, good calling.
Afridi shouts as de Villiers slaps him through point, imploring his fielder to stop the ball, but it goes for four more - two fours in consecutive balls for South Africa. He goes to his half-century with another assured shot off the back foot to the sweeper, great roar from the crowd. AB looks focused - he knows there is still a lot to be done here if he's to see his side through. Afridi gets one to hit Farhaan on the pad, and it's one of the loudest, most animated appeals you'll ever see - not out is the call, and Afridi is incredulous. It appeared to be heading down leg, a little high as well.
AB slaps one just in reach of point, but the fielder can only get a hand on it as it goes to the sweeper. Behardien scurries through for his first run, like lightning he was! That will ease his nerves a bit, but watching one spit up at de Villiers won't! The skipper fended that away as it got big on him, could have gone anywhere but ended up at third-man. A very wide slip goes into place now, and he would definitely have been in business there! Another one rears up at Behardien, and he keeps it out as well but didn't look confident at all. He recovers by clouting a wider one in front of point for four - nice shot, was onto it in a flash. Brings up the hundred too, 106 more to go for the home side.
Afridi beats AB, edges into his pads; the captain didn't like that, and he skips down the track to swing it high and long in front of mid-wicket for a big six! Take that, great counter-attacking stroke from de Villiers. He is so crucial to South Africa's ability to chase down this score.
All defence from Amla, and he does well to keep out one delivery that kept a little bit low. He goes for the pull, and it goes high, high up into the air - who wants it? It's been taken by Shoaib Malik, and that is a HUGE wicket for Mohammad Irfan and Pakistan! Amla mistimed that one completely, and the new bat in his hands didn't last long. What a shot in the arm for the men in dark green, and they know it as Farhaan Behardien comes out to bat. The batsmen crossed, and AB taps one to third-man to keep the strike next over.
Ah, it seems Hashim has finally got the new bat he asked for an over or so ago; let's see what he can do with it.
Loves using his feet does AB, but he almost yorks himself coming out to Afridi - he and Amla trade singles from the first few balls of the over. A shorter one gets tapped to the sweeper, and AB comes out again, this time to defend. Pakistan were 92/2 at the same stage.
Big Mohammad Irfan is called on by his captain, and he's decided to thunder in around the wicket with one slip in place. Amla leaves, and then damages his bat with a pull shot that goes straight to the fielder. He signals the dressing room for another bat. Uppish drive from AB, but he gets it in the gap between mid-off and cover to add a single to his tally.
Boom Boom Afridi to push through his leg-spinners at pace, and he goes up for a huge appeal for LBW, first ball. No, not out says the umpire and he's quite right as it was going down the leg-side. Afridi feels hard done by, but Pakistan have already used their one DRS review for the innings. He pushes one through again, and it beats everything to race to the boundary for four - kept a little low, Hashim couldn't make contact and keeper Akmal didn't see it at all. It's all excitement at the moment, as it can be with Shahid Afridi.
Wahab keeps de Villiers quiet, but a short one that flies fairly close to the batsman's head is wided by the umpire for the third wide of the innings. AB then scampers out and scythes one beautifully to the man at sweeper, opening the face of the blade. Hashim whips a straight one wristily to deep mid-wicket - lovely sub-continental-style stroke that from the mighty Hash.
If you thought that last steer through the slips was cheeky, you ain't seen this yet - AB reverse-sweeps Ajmal for an effortless four to the vacant third-man area. He has been in good form this series, the captain, and that will only serve to frustrate the bowler. He and Amla trade singles to ensure a fruitful over in terms of runs for the Proteas cause.
A push to cover gets AB a single; Hashim gets one himself by flicking down to the man at long leg. Wahab bangs one in, and AB steers it between the keeper and the man at second slip - oh, played! Right through the gap, and it races away to the rope for four. Dangerous shot for sure, but he guided it off the face of the bat, and the bowler is non-plussed.
A little paddle-sweep from AB loops in the air towards short fine-leg but bounces short of the man - dangerous shot! Hearts were in mouths there; less so as Ajmal spears one down the leg-side for a wide. AB pushes at a wider one, and it flies off the outside edge to the boundary, where the fielder at third-man sprints around and keeps it in play with a trusty boot. One run saved, as they turn for three runs. Ajmal beats Amla beautifully with the last ball of the over, slower, dipping and the batsman missed it entirely, hitting him in the chest. Dazzling ball from the spinner, most players would have had a hard time negotiating that one - looked like it was going to bowl him as it dipped in too!
AB comes down the pitch to Wahab and smacks him to the sweeper for one. Wahab, another left-armer, is bowling around the wicket to these right-handed batsmen. Amla works the ball wristily to mid-wicket, before a delicate dab to third-man gives AB a run off the last ball of the over. The players will take drinks, with South Africa on 47/2 after fifteen. No clear winner in sight yet here in Benoni.
Saeed Ajmal will fancy his chances on this pitch. Both batsman work him to leg for several singles, one of them courtesy of a little paddle from the bearded Amla. Three runs, keeping it tight are the men from the sub-continent. Lots of tension.
Just one over from Hafeez, as Misbah decides it's time for Wahab Riaz to step up to the popping crease. Bouncer from Wahab rears up and Akmal does exceptionally well (never thought I'd say that!) to leap straight up and get a glove on the ball and prevent byes. Top effort - oh wow, and the next ball jags up off the surface again and take's AB's top edge. It sails through into the third-man area, but bounces before the fielder - surprised the captain completely there, and he's very lucky that it didn't fly to hand.
AB slashes - he's out, isn't he? No, Younus has dropped it at first slip! Dear me, that could be SO costly. Not a difficult one as far as slip catches go, and Junaid is distraught, hands on knees. Younus shakes his head - Pakistan really would have been right on top. Salt is poured in the wound as AB drives uppishly with one hand coming off the bat, and it sails through the covers for four runs. Living dangerously!
Hafeez strikes! Ingram has to go, and the Professor has struck early as he so often does. The batsman played back, and there's a little edge onto the stumps as he looked to drive. Two-down now, and that'll bring captain AB de Villiers out to the middle of Willowmoore Park. He opens his account with a punch down to long-on immediately; loves to exert his dominance on the game from the get-go. This will be an extremely crucial partnership with South Africa having such an inexperience middle-to-lower order.
We're going to see spin now - Mohammad Hafeez, who has even opened the bowling in ODIs on occasion. Doesn't seem to mind bowling with a new-ish ball. One slip in place for Amla.
Short-cover in for Amla as Junaid runs in. He's whipped to mid-on, but there's no run there. The bowler decides to come around the wicket now, but splurts it down the leg-side straight away for a wide, his radar confused with the change of angle. One climbs up a bit awkwardly on Amla, but he plays it down and canters through for a single - nice soft hands. Tight over from Junaid; we've had ten now, and SA are 33/1.
There's a man in a catching position - sort of a short square-leg if you will, to the left-handed Colin Ingram, but he strokes a full ball straight down the ground for a four. Closed the face on it a bit, but got enough on it for it to run away. He's got three ODI centuries to his name already (one in the opening match of this series in Centurion), and if he pounces on a wide one to carve it over cover for another four. No man out there on the fence during the powerplay, and that was a good shot. Four more.
Risky slash from Colin Ingram, but it pierces the field and he gets away with it. Didn't connect well, and he's fortunate to pick up 2. A misdirected one next up is played much better, clipped off his pads out to mid-wicket for another couple. One keeps a bit low, misses the bat and the stumps as well - Akmal got a little excited behind the stumps there for that one, but it wasn't very close to the timber. Another slash into the off-side nets Ingram one more; he's looking a little erratic at the moment rather than calm and confident.
Amla is keen to set off fro a run but is wisely sent back by Ingram at the non-striker's end. That would have been suicidal, and the last thing South Africa need is a run-out. Irfan is angling the ball across the batsman with generous bounce, and Hashim leaves a couple well alone. A fuller one gets the treatment, punched through the covers and that's a welcome four. Played it under his eyes, out of the middle of the bat, all timing.
Nice shot through extra-cover by Quinton, yields him two runs. He swings again at one from Junaid outside off, no footwork - OUT! He's dragged that onto his stumps, and Pakistan celebrate. He was reaching for that one, and the lack of footwork cost him dear there as he played away from his body. Colin Ingram arrives at the crease, his first-ball duck at Kingsmead fresh in the memory. He tries to drive his second delivery but misses, appeal goes up for a catch at the wicket but there was no contact. He gets the square-drive right the next ball, and third-man comes round to cut it down to a couple.
Cracking square-cut out of the middle of the bat from Qunton, but excellent fielding stops him from getting any runs. Snappy single into the covers, and if that had hit he was well short of his crease, even with the dive he put in - not good from the youngster, but he's off the mark now. A fireball from Irfan doesn't get up as much as Amla though it would, and it hit him on the forearm guard as he ducked away - ouch. Only two runs an over the rate at the moment.
Sumptous square-drive from Amla brings him the first boundary of the South African innings; his timing is just so good, this man from Durban. he flicks a straighter one in front of mid-wicket for a couple more. Another frenzied shout for LBW, but again it's turned down. Pakistan have lost their only review, but that too pitched well outside leg-stump.
Hashim drives well with no reward, before finding a single down to third-man. Slow and steady so far for these two; they're not chasing a massive score and want to get settled in. de Kock fends off a short one aimed at his ribs, took the bottom hand off the bat well but he didn't know much about where it went. A more stylish stroke can only find point; frugal over again from Pakistan. South Africa's required rate is 4.3 runs an over.
Juanid Khan to start from the other end. A muted appeal for LWB, pitching outside leg and very high on Amla's leg. Two slips in place, and he'll be looking to angle it across the Dolphins batsman and entice the nick. Both opening bowlers are left-handed, but Junaid has the ability the swing the ball back into the right-hander. Amla is his usual cool, calm and collected self, leaving well. Big shout again for LBW, and Pakistan are going to use their one DRS review - on first look it seemed to have pitched outside leg-stump. What will the replays show us? The batsmen also crossed for a run during that vociferous appeal. Yep, HawkEye shows that it pitched way outside leg, and that's a waste of a review. Definitely not out. Amla is off the mark as well.
Steepling bounce straight up from Irfan; Amla leaves well twice, but the second ball bursts through Akma's gloves for a bye. de Kock leaving well too; he's a lot shorter than Amla, and the bounce generated by the hulking Irfan is only exaggerated when he's facing. Just one off it, a good intimidating over.
The big man, Mohammad Irfan, will open the bowling attack. Hashim Amla to face the first ball, with young Lions' batsman Quinton de Kock at the non-striker's end.
Here come the umpires for the last fifty overs of the series? Are you ready? South Africa need 206 runs to win 3-2, and conversely Pakistan need 10 wickets to claim the series trophy. If you'd like to send through your comments on the game during the chase and you're on Twitter, send me a tweet - twitter.com/garethisatwit
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South Africa need 206 runs to win the series 3-2 here at Willowmoore Park in Benoni. With Graeme Smith out injured, they will be hoping for a good start at the top of the innings from Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock. The Proteas' middle-order is a tad inexperienced, and if Pakistan can knock over Amla and AB de Villiers cheaply, they can apply pressure to the youngsters in a small chase.
Bowled him! The innings is over is Junaid clears his leg and has a full swing, missed it by miles and the middle stump is pegged back. He tried hard to get his team up to decent total, but they're all out for 205 in the last over. Junaid goes for 25 off 29 balls and was essential in helping Pakistan limp past 200. South Africa will be well-pleased with how they came back in the game after Kamran Akmal and Younus Khan threatened to take charge of the game earlier in the day. Two wickets for Morkel on his return to the national side, but Ryan McLaren really did stand out with 3 for 31 in his ten overs.
Steyn begins his last over with a bouncer deemed too high by the umpire; that's yet another wide to the extras column from the South Africans and they won't be pleased with that. They've bowled nearly two extra overs now in wides and no-balls - unacceptable at this level of the game, really. Junaid gets Irfan on strike with a single, and he stands completely still and drives away from his body - edge! It goes between keeper AB and Hashim Amla at slip, and Hashim can't hold on as he fell to his left. The ball goes through his fingers and hits the boundary rope for four - Steyn won't have been impressed by that effort. He starts targeting Irfan's body, hitting him twice with two short-pitched efforts that hit the huge Pakistani in the chest and the arm.
Two extremely tall man out in the middle now; Morne Morkel returns to bowl with Mohammad Irfan at the non-striker's end for Pakistan. Junaid is swinging as hard as he can to get his side to a defendable total, but he can't get more than a single to wide mid-off. Morne clips the bails with his hand in the delivery stride - ouch. No no-ball is called by the umpire; Irfan plays the last delivery straight back to the bowler, who shies aggressively at the stumps with the batsman unmoved from his crease. Pakistan end the over one short of 200, at 199/9 with two overs left to be bowled - one of them by Dale Steyn.
Run-out! They try for a single that wasn't on, Junaid sent his partner back and Wahab Riaz is well short of his ground. Robin Peterson took the throw at the bowler's end, but knocked the balls off with his leg. Luckily for his team, he had the presence of mind to pull the middle stump out of the ground and knock the ball against it, which the laws require you to do if you disturb the bails without the ball first. Silly wicket, and Riaz leaves the ground after scoring 11. Junaid decides to go down swinging, and clouts Robbie P for a six straight over the bowler;s head that hits the boundary rope on the full. He swings the next ball again, top-edging the ball for two runs into the third-man area.
McLaren to bowl his last over; Junaid edges one past the keeper from an attempted back-foot swipe, but they keep it down to just a single. South Africa will really want to finish off this tail, but they seem to be content with just limiting the Pakistanis to singles at this stage.