McLaren is back and finds the edge as Misbah opens the face of the bat to run it to 3rd man. That just beats the keeper. McLaren keeps the batsmen thinking with his cunning slow bouncer.
Not a bad over as Misbah fails to make contact with both reverse and conventional sweeps. Maqsood ends the over by picking the googly and smiting it over long on.
Maqsood can play a bit. Morkel drops the first one just a bit short, and he smashes it through mid wicket. The big fast bowler recovers well, closing out the over with five dot balls.
Tahir back, and Misbah swats a full toss wide of Steyn at long on. He did get a hand to it but couldn't prevent the boundary. That was the only bad ball, with just a single off the other 5 as the required rate touches 7 to the over now.
Misbah not shy to step across his stumps and work it to the leg side. Morkel responds by aiming outside off stump.
Both batsmen get edges to Steyn, but thick enough to beat the slip. Maqsood has more difficulty with one bouncing into his ribcage.
Pakistan take 9 off that Tsotsobe over, but it wasn't all plain sailing. A mistimed drive went wide of mid off, and then Maqsood got a snorter of a delivery whch hit the glove but cleared the keeper.
Steyn comes back to apply a bit more pressure, pushing Maqsood onto the back foot. Misbah hangs back as well, playing a safe but unconvincing hook to a short one.
Great shot from Maqsood as he picks his spot wide of mid on for a welcome boundary. Tsotsobe has a lot to say about it.
Another good over from Imran Tahir as the batsmen look to consolidate after that sudden collapse.
WICKET! Asad Shafiq c Morkel b Tsotsobe 1 (2). Another clever bowling change as Shafiq tries to work Tsotsobe away but the leading edge loops up to mid on where Morkel makes a bit of ground and takes a good catch.
WICKET! Mohammad Hafeez b Imran Tahir 33 (60). Tahir recalled into the attack, and the slider goes between bat and pad and rattles middle stump. He could have had another one earlier as Maqsood almost failed to clear de Villiers at a deep mid off.
Let-offs for both batsmen as Hafeez gets an inside edge past the stumps for four, and then Maqsood is almost run out as he is sent back and du Plessis does not miss by much. Maqsood plays confidently through the covers.
WICKET! Ahmed Shehzad run out (de Villiers/de Kock) 43 (59). Brilliant work by de Villiers saving one in the covers. Shehzad had to dive to make it, and although the bat might have crossed the line in time it was in the air. A tidy over by Duminy applied a bit of pressure.
Better over from McLaren yields just a single, helped by some good fielding by du Plessis at cover.
Imran Tahir comes into the attack, but a horrible waist high full toss gets slapped over mid wicket for the maximum. After going for 19 in the last two overs, SA will be glad to take a breather over a tray of cold drinks and reconsider their strategy.
A look of disgust on the face of McLaren as Hafeez edges him past the keeper, but he drops another one shorter and gets carved to the other side of Morkel at 3rd man.
Morkel settling onto a nice line and length, and just a single as the fielding captain urges his team to drive the asking rate, currently at 6.1, to over 7 to the over.
McLaren into the attack, but starts with a wide. Shehzad and Hafeez pick off a few singles and raise another 50 partnership.
Morkel finds the outside edge of the Hafeez bat, but it flies away safely to third man.
Some aggressive shots from both batsmen as Tsotsobe goes into his sixth over, but it is only singles.
Shehzad carves one through mid wicket as Morkel goes a bit short, but otherwise they are happy to work the ball around.
Shehzad smashes one back over the bowler to start the final power play over, but it almost ends in a run out as he comes haring down the track but has to run back. Between Tsotsobe and de Villiers they could not pick up the ball cleanly.
Morne Morkel joins the attack and gets extra bounce from the start.
Tsotsobe gives Shehzad some width, and he cracks it away off the back foot through point after being frustrated by some good fielding by du Plessis earlier.
One loose ball from Steyn and Hafeez makes the most of it, flicking it over square leg for four.
Tsotsobe overpitches one slightly, and Shehzad drives doen the ground for the first boundary. Hafeez chases a wide outside off stump, but it is the best over so far for Pakiistan.
Steyn keeps it around off stump, and it is just a single in the over from one that did stray towards leg stump.
Tsotsobe concedes just the single, backed up by some good fielding, as he keeps it in the corridor of uncertainty.
Steyn building up his pace now, but is also guilty of bowling the first wide of the match. Hafeez plays a nice shot through the covers, but after some dithering it almost ends up in a run out.
Lonwabo Tsotsobe gets some away swing, beating Mohammad Hafeez with his first ball.
Dale Steyn opens the innings with the first maiden over of the match. No great pace yet, but on target and Shehzad has no room to play.
South Africa have ended with a solid 266 despite rather losing their way in the closing overs. While Duminy and McLaren did land some telling blows, they might be worried that they have not made the most of the solid foundation laid by Quinton de Kock, who reached his first ODI century after SA won the toss and chose to bat first. There were good contributions from Amla (46) and de Villiers (30). Pick of the bowling was Junaid Khan (2-42) and Mohammed Hafeez (2-34). The target is not as high as had looked possible earlier, but is more than the one Pakistan failed to chase down by some margin on the same pitch, against the same bowlers, on Wednesday.
Tanvir keeps it full and restricts the batsmen to ones and twos again. The last ball is a tad loose and McLaren blasts it past mid off to end the innings on a high note, and raise the 50 partnership.
Duminy makes a clean strike off Ajmal and it soars over mid wicket. More excitement for the crowd behind the fence there as McLaren connects with a slog sweep to bring up the 250. He makes a hash of a reverse sweep off the last ball, but still a tidy return of 15 runs in the over. Ajmal ends with 0/53.
Tanvir returns, and a slower bouncer goes a bit awry. McLaren is only too grateful to tug that away to long leg for a much needed boundary. At last Duminy backs away and makes a decent connection, hammering it on the up past mid off for his first boundary. They scamper a single off the last ball on a misfield, and 11 runs came in that over.
South Africa's innings is ending in a whimper as they can only squeeze two singles off Ajmal. Umar Akmal has an appeal for a run out off the last ball as McLaren was wondering around the crease.
Another tidy over from Hafeez, not giving the batsmen anything they can hit. Ones and twos might not be enough to set up a winning total with jsut 4 overs left.
McLaren gets going with an on drive for four, aided by sloppy fielding from Irfan. A nice steer to 3rd man ends the over.
WICKET! Miller lbw b Mohammad Hafeez 5 (10). Miller was hit on the pad sweeping off the previous ball, and tries it again. This time up goes the finger of Mr Davis. Miller calls the REVIEW, but unfortunately for him there was enough evidence of the ball hitting leg to uphold the umpire's call.
WICKET! De Kock c Misbah-ul-Haq b Junaid Khan 112 (135). Good catch by the captain diving forward as de Kock misread the slower delivery and drove loosely to mid off. Duminy has a big shout for LBW to negotiate first ball, but had an inside edge.
When will the explosion come? Both batsmen knock around, but no sign of reckless aggression just yet.
WICKET! De Villiers c Mohammad Hafeez b Junaid Khan 30 (40). Junaid returns and induces a big drive from de Villiers, but it is off the leading edge and might have been a bit slower. Easy catch to Hafeez at extra cover. De Kock brings up the 200 with a nice clip off the pads.
De Villiers continues to play cat and mouse as Ajmal goes around the wicket to him. A mistimed pull lands short of the deep mid-wicket fielder. The Power Play produced 35 runs but no wickets.
50 partnership now as de Kock plays straighter. A rueful smile from Irfan as de Villiers goes down on one knee and scoops the ball over short fine leg for a boundary. HUNDRED! Take it in singles says the skipper, but de Kock drives a length ball over long on to record his first international century.
A let off for de Kock there. He was beaten by the doosra from Ajmal, but they ran a bye as Umar Akmal could not gather it. De Kock was rather casual, and would have been run out easily if Ajmal had gathered the ball. Lovely boundary from de Villiers as he starts to back away, and then steps inside a leg side delivery as Ajmal follows him and plays a lovely flick over mid wicket.
De Kock shows what should happen in the power play by lashing Irfan over the covers. He has to get the bat down quickly to a fuller delivery before getting off strike with a bit of a slog to mid wicket.
POWER PLAY gets off to a quiet start with just a single coming off Ajmal.
Junaid looking for the blockhole and the batsmen are struggling to get him away. That almost leads to a misunderstanding between the two. A good diving save on the last ball will deny de Kock a run or four as the drinks come out.
De Kock looks for the gaps in Afrid's field, and has confidence in the running ability of his partner.
Junaid Khan replace Irfan, and de Kock plays a delightful steering shot behind point off his first ball. De Villiers gives him the charge off the last ball, but his drive goes along the ground to mid off instead of sailing over the long on boundary.
De Villiers playing nice and straight against Afridi, but the bowler does find a thick outside edge of de Kock's bat.
Irfan pitching it short against de Kock, and the well settled opener is having no troubles with that.
De Kock keeps moving towards a coveted ODI century as the batsmen pick off the singles against Ajmal.
De Villiers has a good look at Irfan as well before eventually nudging him to mid wicket.
De Villiers has some time to play himself in and will be looking to rotate the strike with de Kock before going over to attack.
WICKET! Du Plessis c Ajmal b Irfan 10 (23). Du Plessis looks for the lofted off drive, but can only sky it to mid off where Ajmal judges it nicely. Irfan starts a new spell with a short ball that gets whacked through mid wwicket. The next is slower and swings back into de Kock, going between inside edge and off stump.
Saeed Ajmal returns to the attack, and du Plessis plays it nicely inside out and it bounces twice before crossing the long off boundary.
Quieter over from Hafeez, forcing the batsmen to think of something different to score.
De Kock does look for the big hit now, going down the track to Afridi but it goes too high towards the long on boundary and holds up in the outfield after bouncing.
'Tis the time of the innings for many singles as both batsmen look to build a partnership.
FIFTY for de Kock, his first in international cricket, as he pushes one down the ground. It came off 68 balls with 5 fours.
De Kock comes down the track to Hafeez and flicks it well over mid wicket. 100 up now.
Afridi tricks du Plessis with the slider and is beseeching his captain to call for the REVIEW before he has finished his appeal even. The replay shows it hitting the outside of leg stump, and that is not enough to overturn the decision of umpire Davis.
WICKET! Amla b Mohammad Hafeez 46 (50). Amla looked to steer it behind point, but the bat was angled a bit too much and the ball went past it and hit off stump.
De Kock and Amla have given SA their best opening partnership of the year. De Kock goes down the track confidently to drive to the cover sweeper, and record his highest ODI score in the process.
Both batsmen playing straight against Hafeez, and the first drinks break is called with the openers still at the crease.
De Kock survives an appeal for stumped as Afridi drifts it past his outside edge, but he got the foot back quickly enough. He celebrates with a sweetly timed off drive that Ajmal escorts to the boundary.
The third spinner is introduced in the form of Mohammad Hafeez, and he gives up just two singles.
A cheer goes up for Afridi joining the attack rather sooner than normal of late. Amla plays uppishly over extra cover. Afridi is complaining about the batsmen running down the pitch.
Rotating the strike seems to be the option of choice, but then de Kock almost drags a shorter ball onto his stumps. A similar shot to the next ball, but this time it is out of the middle of the bat and flies over mid wicket. Junaid reacts by going around the wicket to Amla.
Amla is moving across his stumps to play Ajmal with the spin. De Kock seems content to have a good look at him first before trying the big shot. Ajmal continues the guessing game by bowling the last ball wide of off, but Amla waits in his normal stance and drives it through the covers.
Interesting to hear that this is the first time in the series that the opening batsmen have batted through the mandatory Power Play. Singles for both batsmen as Junaid is still keeping it pretty close to the stumps. Amla walks right across his stumps to work one to mid wicket and then brings up the 50 with a well-controlled hook.
Saeed Ajmal enters the attack and there is just one run in the final over of the Power Play. Umpire Davis is not happy with one of the compulsory fielders in a catching position standing more at short fine leg than leg slip.
Amla happy to work Junaid for singles while de Kock is starting to play some big shots. He slaps one through the covers as Junaid bowls from wide of the crease, but the next one whistles through him and just misses off stump.
Tanvir tests de Kock with a shorter ball. He is immediately on the pull but splices it short of mid on. A straighter bat sees the ball go up to Misbah and they take a quick single.... er make that two as Misbah is guilty of an overthrow. The over ends on a high for the young batsman as he drives solidly through the covers.
Junaid Khan is an early bowling change. De Kock is getting a bit restless, backing away and smashing it straight to a fielder and then mistiming an attempted work to leg. He satisfies himself by angling one wide of mid wicket to get off the strike.
Misbah misses another shy at the stumps, but de Kock looked to be in anyway as Tanvir bowls a tight line to both left and right hander.
Irfan gives Amla one on the pads which he nonchalantly flicks over mid wicket. He overcompensates outside off and gets stroked through the covers. Umpire Davis has some words with the fielders for aiming their return throws into the practice pitch.
DROPPED! De Kock chases a wide delivery and edges it the the left of Hafeez's shoulder. It was going like a rocket, but should have been taken. While de Kock breathes again, Amla strikes a beautiful cover drive. Then there is a missed run out as Amla takes on Misbah at mid on. The throw misses with Amla short of his ground.
Nice line from Irfan, and the only thing Amla has to consider is whether to play forward or back. Irfan does then give a little width, and Amla punches it off the back foot past mid off. Ajmal chased it all the way, but was unable to release the ball as he slid over the boundary. A super yorker ends the over, but Amla is equal to it.
Sohail Tanvir gets his length right from the word go, but strays onto leg stump and is knocked away for a single. Amla guides one to third man, oozing confidence from the start.
Mohammad Irfan with the new ball, and is pushed for a single for de Kock to get off the mark first ball. He then gives Amla a leg stump half volley, and no surprise that it races to the mid wicket boundary.
Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Asad Shafiq, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan.
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Imran Tahir.
Pakistan opt for fast bowler Junaid Khan ahead of seamer Wahab Riaz and debutant Sohaib Maqsood instead of batsman Umar Amin, while the Proteas are unchanged.
Captain AB de Villiers triumphs in the flip of the coin and South Africa will bat first.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the fourth ODI - in the five-match series, which the visitors lead two-one - between Pakistan and South Africa at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.