Peterson is replaced by McLaren. AB has captained well today, rotating his bowlers very well and the field placing has been perfect too. The bowlers and fielders have responded to the positive captain.
Pakistan need 111 runs from 147 balls. It is the end of the 20th over and Pakistan are 82 for 3.
Peterson keeping his line and length tight, not giving anything away. A big shout for lbw, and umpire gives it out. Khan does the right thing in consulting his captain and then going for the review. It hit him on the outside of the pad, so could be going down the leg side, and replays show it was missing leg. A good review and Khan survives. Khan sweeps to get a single from the last ball.
Abbott back into the attack, replacing Steyn. Runs coming in singles and twos, after Hafeez departed. A wide slip and a short midwicket for Abbott. Just a couple from the over, Pakistan 75 for 3.
Khan gets a single from the first ball to bring Misbah on strike. He chips it in the air for a couple of runs. Peterson getting a bit of turn and grip on the ball. Just three from the over.
Steyn to continue, and is fired up after getting Hafeez out for the fifth time. Khan is looking awkward at the crease. If Steyn can get a wicket here, SA will be on top of this game. Both these batsmen are slow starters, so the Proteas are add some pressure and increase the required rate.
Peterson continues. WICKET! Akmal goes for the big slog and the ball hits the stumps after hitting his pads, Peterson gets a lucky wicket! Misbah coming out to bat, the bulk of the experience out in the middle. The fielders are not missing a single ball, good support for the bowlers.
Steyn brought back and rightly so, SA need wickets. Good fielding from Ingram on the square boundary. Steyn gets the breakthrough! WICKET! Hafeez hits it in the air and Abbott holds on to a great catch. The experienced Younus Khan comes out to bat. Good fielding at point backing up some good bowling by Steyn. Khan plays it in the air and an athletic Faf can't stop the four.
Peterson brought into the attack. Akmal cuts hard and gets a boundary, followed by some good running between the wickets for three runs. Pakistan going at almost 5 runs per over.
McLaren to continue. SA can not afford to give away too many runs here. Four wides from McLaren.
A cracking shot from Hafeez, comes out of his crease and hits it in front of point for four. Appeal for lbw, half-hearted, and it was pitching outside leg.
The powerplay is over. Pakistan are looking to attack and South Africa will need to pick more wickets to curb the run flow.
A boundary off the last ball of the over.
A double change with McLaren into the attack, replacing Tsotsobe. WICKET! Jamshed gets an edge and Smith at first slip makes no mistake. Akmal walks out to bat. Akmal gets a bottom edge on it and it runs past the keeper for four, lucky runs for Pakistan.
Abbott into the attack, Steyn kept back for later. Shout for lbw, and it was going down leg.Just a single from the over.
Tsotsobe getting into the action with a few words of his own. South Africans lauching a double attack with some fierce bowling and well-direct chirping.
Steyn is fired up, gets in a quick bouncer, Hafeez misses the pull shot. Steyn is not shy to exchange a few words. Hafeez quietly walks away.
Hafeez pulls and pulls well, McLaren dives but can't stop the boundary. A positive shot from Hafeez. The next ball Hafeez plays a cut for another four, good solid shots to start his innings. An expensive over for SA.
Steyn starts his second over, SA need a Irfan-like spell from him here. A maiden from Steyn, as Pakistan start cautiously.
Tsotsobe to share the new ball with Steyn. Tsotsobe beating the outside edge of Jamshed. A maiden from Tsotsobe.
Steyn will be steaming in to bowl the first over. A great shot from Jamshed, a four through the covers. A single brings Hafeez on strike.
Pakistan need 192 to win in 44 overs. The innings break will be cut short and play will start soon.
WICKET! Ajmal picks up another one as South Africa are all out for 191. Peterson is the man out. The innings break will be short.
Junaid Khan is brought back into the attack, and this could be a scoring opportunity for the Proteas. Again, Peterson gets a single from the first ball, not sure if he knows that there are only 11 balls remaining. Steyn gets a short one and ducks out of the way. Another single, this time it is Steyn. One more singles, the boundaries have dried up completely. WICKET! Khan gets it through Steyn's defenses and Steyn is bowled.
Peterson on strike to Ajmal, and he takes a single off the second ball. A few wides conceded by Pakistan as they spin the ball down leg. Just a couple of runs from the over, with 12 balls to go.
Hafeez to bowl the 41st over, Peterson scampers for a single. Steyn is getting most of the strike, when Peterson should take responsibility and go for the big shots. A big shout for lbw, and the umpire gives Steyn out. Steyn goes for the review, with nothing to lose. It looked high and going down leg. Replays show no edge on the ball, and that it was clearly going down leg. Good review by Steyn, can he score some runs here.
WICKET! Ajmal is so good in situations like these, an easy catch for Afridi as Abbott gets a leading edge on the ball and Ajmal picks up his first for the night. Dale Steyn comes out to bat, Peterson takes the single and gives him strike. It is down the leg side and is called a wide. A shout for lbw, but the umpire is not interested, batsmen run a single. They steal a single from the last ball to make it 183 for 8.
Hafeez to finish his over after all the rain. Abbott on strike, and he starts off with a wide down leg. After 39 overs it is 179 for 7. Five overs to go.
The latest news is that the rain has stopped, umpires have inspected the field and the weather conditions, the field has drained well and game is about to begin in 20 mins. It will be a 44 overs a side match, so South Africans will have to bat for a bit longer.
WICKET! A critical wicket for Pakistan, Farhaan hits one in the air and the fielder on the boundary takes a good catch. A good knock, but a wicket at the wrong time for SA. Kyle Abbott comes in to bat, gets a four through extra cover. The players are off the field and weather has affected the game.
The umpires considering the weather, discussing the thick cloud cover, some Pakistanis getting involved. South Africans are waiting patiently. Finally, play continues. Good running from Farhaan, aware of the fielders and the chance of a run.
Peterson was lucky, but he will take the boundary. This is his highest score in ODIs. All happening here as Peterson gets a leading edge but it lands safely. Peterson is riding his luck. A good over for the hosts.
Ajmal to bowl as the batting powerplay starts. SA did not take it as they were losing wickets, but now they have to. Just one from the Ajmal over.
Gul comes into the attack, after the spin twins string a few quick overs. Peterson plays a couple of balls towards the boundary to get singles. Peterson goes over the top, in the air and uses the width to get a useful four. Seven from the over, there are a couple of lightnings and cloud cover.
Afridi using his variation well. He drifts down the leg side and it goes for four. SA 156 for 6.
Peterson picks up a couple with a good shot. Good use of the feet and a good attitude in this situation from Peterson, brings up the 150 for SA. It is drinks, as SA edge past 150.
Afridi and Hafeez looking to finish their quota of overs. After 32 overs it is 146 for 6.
Behardien gets his fifty, a good knock under the circumstances.
Irfan is off the field due to suspected hamstring injury. Just four from the over.
Afridi and Hafeez operating almost similarly, giving away the same amount of runs. Just two from the over, very economical from Afridi.
Hafeez making the batsmen wait with a pause in this run up. A well stolen single, as there is a slight misfield. Just three from the over.
Afridi into his fourth over. A good shot from Farhaan but it wont reach the boundary, they will pick up two runs. A single from the last ball, makes it three from the over.
Peterson can be a handy batsman, and he has scored some important runs for SA in the past. Five runs from the over, it is 128 for 6.
Afridi, driven through the covers for four from Peterson. Five from the over, another fast one from Afridi.
Afridi is flying through his overs. This is a busy pair at the crease, placing the ball and picking up those crucial singles and twos. Five from the over, SA 117 for 6.
Afridi continues. Five from the over,
A double bowling change, Hafeez into the attack. It was close, but called a wide down leg side. The umpires very strict about anything down leg side. A shout for lbw, and they are thinking of reviewing it. Misbah goes upstairs. It was a good ball, no edge off the bat, it straightened and it hit him on the inside of the pad. This is very close, very very close, but umpire's call stands. WICKET! Hafeez celebrates and Pakistan pick a another important wicket. South Africa are in trouble, more trouble. Peterson gets a single from the last ball.
Afridi comes into the attack, his pace variation will cause problems with the awkward bounce of this pitch. McLaren playing it out, blocking and getting to the pitch of the ball. Just three from the over, Pakistan hunting for more wickets.
Gul pitches it short and Farhaan lifts it over the in field for four, a good shot. Four from the first ball of the over. A couple of runs on the leg side, making it six from the over.
Another quick over from Ajmal, just a couple of runs from it. SA 96 for 5 after 18.
Pakistan well on top here, but a good partnership developing for the Proteas. A good over for South Africa.
Ajmal continues from the other end. Two slips and a leg slip as Ajmal bowls a quick over. Just a single from it.
Pakistan have made in-roads into the SA batting order and will be looking to finish this off early. South Africa, need to bat carefully and build partnerships. Umar Gul, comes into the attack. A good over from Gul so far, a chance of a run out, but replays show that the batsman was in.
Farhaan employs the sweep to get a boundary off the spinner. Pakistan will be looking to finish this off. McLaren living dangerously with the lap sweep, will get three runs. Good over for South Africa, but they need to bat more carefully.
Irfan has come back strongly in this match, justified his selection. A couple of runs as the ball bounces over the bowler. End of another good over from Irfan just a couple of runs from it.
A change in bowling and Ajmal gets the ball. This is a good change, Ajmal will get some spin and bounce from this pitch. Four from the over, SA are 66 for 5.
A big drive from Behardien, but does not make the connection. South Africa seem to be in a hurry to play their shots. This time, the ball drifts on to leg stump and Farhaan places it through the gaps on the leg side for four. A wide called. A lot of extra bounce for Irfan and Farhaan jumps and just manages it to keep it down. WICKET! Another short ball and Faf edges one straight back to the bowler, Irfan does well to take a one handed catch.
Faf outside edges one for four, to bring up the South African 50, but it was not a controlled shot at all. Another shout for lbw, but the height will always be too much. Umpire just shakes his head.
du Plessis keep on going, with another boundary, this time straight down the ground for four. A single to end the over, SA 47 for 4.
Khan continues from the other end. Faf plays a confident stroke through the covers for four, just leaning forward into that one and guiding it perfectly. WICKET! Smith goes caught behind, under edge from Smith who is disappointed with himself. Behardien walks into the middle.
AB de Villiers gets off the mark with a boundary through covers. WICKET! The tall Irfan comes back with another bouncy delivery and Younus Khan takes a good catch at second slip. That justifies his selection in the team. Faf comes to the crease. Lots of bounce for Irfan, causing problems for the batsmen. Three runs from the last ball.
Khan bowls a wide. Pakistan on top with a couple of quick wickets, SA in need of a partnership. Smith puts it away in the short boundary, a handy shot on the leg side, square of the wicket. Five from the over.
Amla gets another boundary from a first ball of the over, a flick off the hips for four. WICKET! Irfan comes back with a fuller delivery and Amla edges it to the keeper. Pakistan get their first breakthrough. Ingram comes out to bat. Another shout for caught behind, and Misbah sends it upstairs as the umpire gives it not out. Irfan was not too interested in the appeal, but the keeper was celebrating confidently. Hot spot does not show an edge, but the third umpire gives him out. WICKET! Ingram goes first ball. Irfan on a hat-trick, with a bit of help from the third umpire. The captain walks out with the test captain at the other end. An eventful over comes to an end.
Amla fires this through the off side for four, following up on the four through midwicket in the last over. Similar shot, but Nasir Jamshed does well to keep the ball from reaching the boundary, three runs. A good over for SA so far. Smith forces this through the off side for a couple of runs.
There may be a chance of rain later on in this game. Smith plays it behind point, but it does not reach the boundary as Ajmal cuts it off, Smith gets a couple.
A good start from Khan. A big appeal for lbw but it was clearly pitching outside leg.
South Africa get off the mark with a leg bye. Irfan will get some bounce because of his height, and will create an interesting contest. A chance of a run out, but the throw was at the wrong end. End of the first over, it is three for no wicket.
South Africa have won the toss and will bat first. AB de Villiers hopes for more consistency, Steyn comes in for Kleinveldt. Mohammad Irfan is back, replacing Asad Shafiq as the captain looks to strengthen the bowling department.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the second ODI - in the five-match series, which the hosts lead one-nil - between South Africa and Pakistan in Centurion.