McLaren comes back into the attack, a couple of singles to start the over. The asking rate inching towards 6.5 per over now. Shafiq tries to pull it but misses, inside edges it almost to the stumps. Just two from the over, the asking rate is over 6.5 per over now.
Steyn continues, Akmal takes a single from the first ball. Shafiq drives it on it up for four, punches it down the ground, beats mid off for four. Five runs from the over, Pakistan 101 for 4 after 25 overs.
Tsotsobe continues, starting his last over. Good over from Tsotsobe, he has really comeback in the second spell. Tsotsobe, 10 overs, 1 wicket for 34 runs, good bowling from him.
The asking rate, which was under 5 per over once upon a time is now exactly 6 per over. Steyn brought back into the attack, last 5 overs yielding just 7 runs for 2 wickets. Tahir shuffled out of the attack just after he gets a wicket. A big appeal for lbw, Steyn absolutely convinced it was out, but umpire gives it not out and South Africa don't review. Replays show it was going down leg so good decision not to review it. Clipped away for a single, Pakistan 94 for 4.
Tsotsobe continues, he was the one who started building the pressure with almost three maidens in a row. He was rewarded with the wicket of Amin, Akmal pushes it through point for a single. Shafiq takes a single to end the over, Pakistan 92 for 4 after 22 overs.
A couple of singles and then Misbah is caught on his pads in front of his stumps. It was given out and Misbah reviews it but it is too late. Umpires decide he took too long to review, replays showed it was out. WICKET! Pakistan lose their captain and Umar Akmal comes out to bat. Good over from Tahir, Pakistan 90 for 4 with two new batsmen at the crease.
Tsotsobe continues, a couple of dot balls and then Amin has edged one to the keeper. Celebrations started straightaway but umpire gave it not out. It has been reviewed, WICKET! there was a noise and it could not be anything else but a thick edge. Controlled pressure from Tsotsobe creates a wicket. Shafiq walks out to bat with his captain. A wide down leg from Tsotsobe. After 20 overs, Pakistan 87 for 3.
Ryan McLaren brought into the attack to replace Tahir. Amin cuts it away to Amla at deep point for a single. Great fielding from Faf at backward point, stopping a few runs if not four. Good over so far from McLaren, keeping it simple and adding a few variations. Just a single from the over, Pakistan need 174 from 31 overs to win.
Tsotsobe starts another over, good comeback from him after being expensive early on in the innings. End of another maiden from Tsotsobe.
Tahir continues, a single from the second ball brings Misbah on strike. Misbah gets a boundary and then a single, more pressure on Tahir. Six from the over, Pakistan 85 for 2.
After drinks, Tsotsobe continues. A few slower balls and a few cutters to Misbah, who plays the over out, a maiden in the end.
Tahir introduced into the attack, important phase in the game. Misbah pulls it through mid wicket for four, dispatches the first ball from Tahir for four. Same shot, but this time there is a man in the deep and it will only be a single. Amin drives it through the off side for four, Tahir under pressure now. A lot of short balls from Tahir, easy for the batsmen to score from. Tahir drifts down leg and Amin sweeps it fine for four, great over for Pakistan.
Tsotsobe into the attack. Good over and a good comeback from Tsotsobe so far, just a single from four balls. Just one from the over, Amin plays it out.
Steyn continues, a gully in place with two slips. Misbah guides it between point and cover for three runs, Steyn ends another good over. Pakistan 65 for 2 after 13 overs.
Steyn has gone off the field, he was struggling with his hamstring early on. Four, Morkel beats the bat and then the ball swings away from the keeper for four, difficult for de Kock to cover that. Parnell on the field for Steyn. A wide down leg, Misbah edges it past the keeper for four, a very difficult chance for de Kock. End of a good over from Morkel.
Amin and Misbah batting for Pakistan now, they have lost two wicket wickets. A wide down leg from Steyn, Amin tries to run it down to third man but fails. Just the wide from the over.
Morkel back into the attack, a change of ends for him. A big appeal for lbw, umpire gives it not out, they think of reviewing it but decide against it. Hawk Eye shows it would have been missing leg stump. The runs have stopped for Pakistan, Hafeez struggling against Morkel. Faf claims the catch, Hafeez hits it straight to Faf. The third umpire will be consulted here, WICKET! Hafeez has to go, out for 15, great catch by Faf.
WICKET! Holding back Steyn was a mistake and he proves it here, Shehzad swings and edges it to the slip, Steyn takes a wicket in his second over. Shehzad goes for 32 and Umar Amin is the new batsman. A short ball from Steyn to welcome Amin to the crease. Amin flicks it off his hip for a couple of runs, third man has to do some work to cut it off at deep square leg. Two runs and a wicket from the over.
A bit of width from Tsotsobe and Hafeez cuts it for four behind point, good shot from him. A single down to third man, brings Shehzad on strike. The 50 for Pakistan comes up in the 8th over, good batting from Pakistan. Six from the over, Pakistan 50 for no loss after 8 overs.
Steyn into the attack against Hafeez, replacing Morkel. He is on the mark straight away. A couple of plays and misses from Hafeez. Hafeez gets a single, working the ball on the leg side. Just a single from the over.
The required rate is just under 5 per over now and Shehzad gets down on one knee and smashes this through the off side for four, another drive from the front foot. A single as de Kock fails to collect it cleanly behind the stumps. Another single, Hafeez pushes it just behind point for a single, well run in the end. Another square drive from Shehzad and Faf makes a good stop at point. End of the over, Pakistan 43 for no loss after 6.
Morkel continues and Hafeez gets a leg bye. Shehzad pulls this one in style, rocked back into the crease and smashing it square of the wicket on the leg side for four. Another pull, Shehzad is dealing in fours here, another pull over the inner circle for four. Shehzad runs it down to deep square legs for a single, now there is a fielder there. End of the over, Pakistan 37 for no loss after 5 overs.
Just pushed through the off side, Shehzad beats the man at mid off for four, good position and then good execution. Shehzad whips it away through midwicket for four, flicked off his pads and great placement by Shehzad. Shehzad lifts it over the infield for four, over midwicket this time and he is looking to score quickly here.
Morkel starts his second over. Short ball from Morkel, Hafeez pulls it quickly to deep square leg for four, got into a good position quickly and then just muscled it over the inner circle. Hafeez plays it in front of square for four, two fours from the over, Pakistan 15 for no loss after 3 overs.
Tsotsobe to start from the other end, AB holding Steyn back for later. Shehzad drives it through midwicket for a couple of runs. Shehzad leans into the drive and dispatches it through the covers for four, it was wide from Tsotsobe and Shehzad takes advantage of it. Good over for Shehzad, six runs from it.
Morkel to start the proceedings for South Africa, Hafeez and Shehzad come out to bat for Pakistan. Quinton is keeping wickets and AB is at second slip, Amla at first slip. A couple of balls outside off from Morkel and Hafeez leaves them alone. A wide down leg from Morne after a few good balls outside off. Just a single from the wide, Morkel starts well.
SA end on 259 for 8 after their 50 overs. Faf and Duminy provided good knocks and a good platform for acceleration at the end which never happened. Pakistani spinners bowled brilliantly to pull things back and then South Africa lots a few wickets. A couple of blows from McLaren helped them to go over 250.
Irfan will bowl his last over, also the last over. WICKET! Steyn goes for the big shot, and Shehzad takes a good catch at long on. Steyn goes for 2. Morkel walks out to bat. A swing and miss from McLaren, he misses the slower ball from Irfan. Six, McLaren pulls it out of the ground over midwicket for a six. McLaren drives it straight down the ground for four, Afridi at long on fails to stop the four. WICKET! McLaren walks across the stumps, and is out lbw, McLaren reviews it but third umpire also gives him out. Tsotsobe gets a run to end the innings. SA finish on 259 for 8.
Tanvir will bowl the 49th over, McLaren on strike and he takes a single from the first ball. WICKET! Duminy pulls and hits it straight to Misbah at short midwicket, great catch from the captain. Duminy falls for 64, Steyn in the new batsman. Steyn gets a single to deep square leg. McLaren runs it down to third man for a single. End of the over, SA 249 for 6 with one over to go.
Duminy gets a single and then Miller gets a single. Ajmal starts his last over, another single to Duminy. WICKET! Miller is bowled at a crucial time. The quicker and straighter one from Ajmal. Miller gone and McLaren comes in to bat. McLaren gets off the mark startaway with a single. SA 244 for 5 after 48 overs.
South Africa need boundaries. Tanvir brought back into the attack. Duminy pulls it to deep square leg for a single. The 50 run partnership comes up with that single. A full toss and Miller smashes it away for four square of the wicket. South Africa get a boundary. Miller runs it down to third man for a single. Duminy runs it down to third man and they get two runs, good running.
Ajmal has two overs left, starts his 9th now. Duminy comes down the wicket and hits it high in the air, does not get the boundary but runs two in the end. Five runs from the over, spinners really stopping South Africa.
A single to start the over, and then Afridi bowls a wide. Miller sweeps and gets a bottom edge on it and it runs down for four to fine leg. Miller then works the ball to square leg for a single. End of the over, Afridi finishes his 10 overs. SA 226 for 4.
Miller needs to attack one of the bowlers, Duminy can stay through the innings. Hafeez comes into the attack. Miller gets a single to long off. A couple of singles, SA searching the boundary now. Miller comes down the wicket and attacks Hafeez, only to get a single. Duminy cuts it to the sweeper for another single, these singles won't hurt Pakistan at this stage. Miller smashes it through the off side for four, good end to the over. Nine runs from it.
Afridi to Miller, South Africa need to accelerate now. Miller blocks and then tries the reverse sweep and fails and finally gets a single to bring Duminy on strike. Another single from the 5th ball. Four singles from the over, SA 207 for 4.
Ajmal continues into his 8th over. Five dots from the over so far, good bowling. Ajmal finishes a maiden, great bowling from Ajmal.
The last ten overs to go, Misbah brings Hafeez into the attack. Miller hits a four through the covers for four, Duminy takes a single to long off and gets to his 50. Good knock from him. Nine from the over in the end, SA 203 for 4.
Ajmal continunes, a couple of singles from the over so far. South Africa have scored 19 runs in the power play so far. Duminy drives it down the ground, Ajmal fails to stop it and they get another single. SA getting 20 for 1 wicket from the power play, 194 for 4 after 40 overs.
Irfan to Miller, just a couple of singles from the over, good work by Irfan in the power play.
Ajmal continues in the power play. WICKET! A poor ball, short and wide, AB pulls it but can't clear Hafeez at deep square leg. South Africa lose a wicket at a crucial time, they lose their captain for 34. Miller walks out to bat in the power play. Good work from Hafeez inside the boundary. Duminy cuts it behind point for four, good shot from him. A drive through the off side for two, Afridi at deep cover does well to keep it to two.
Duminy gets an inside edge to the keeper, it falls short of Akmal who does well to stop it. Irfan into the attack for the power play. Overthrows of the last ball, Duminy gets three. SA 181 for 3 after 37 overs.
The power play as been taken, Ajmal into the attack. Just two singles from the over, good stuff from Ajmal in the power play.
Riaz continues, a single to AB and then one to Duminy, these two keeping the scorecard ticking. The partnership is now worth 60 runs, another handy one for South Africa. AB works the ball into the leg side for a single to end the over, SA 174 for 3 after 35 overs.
Hafeez comes back into the attack, Duminy takes a couple of runs on the leg side. Duminy takes a single, AB takes a couple of runs down the ground. An inside edge and Duminy gets a lucky boundary as the keeper misses it.
Wahab Riaz comes back into the attack, he has been very expensive today. de Villiers takes a single to start the over, Duminy blocks a few, Duminy then plays it square of the wicket for a single. Good come back over from Riaz, South Africa 159 for 3 at drinks.
Afridi continues, AB takes a single and then Duminy hits it straight down the wicket for another single. Three singles from the over, Afridi finishes his 8th over.
Duminy blocks a couple and then works on to fine leg for a single. AB runs it down to third man for a single. Duminy runs it wide of Ajmal at third man for a couple of runs. Four from the over so far. SA 154 for 3 after 31 overs.
Afridi starts his 7th over, AB drives it through extra cover for four, classy shot from the captain. A single down to long on for AB, Duminy takes a single from the last ball. SA 150 for 3 after 30 overs, going at exactly 5 per over.
Tanvir brought back into the attack for his second spell. Duminy works it away into the gap on the leg side and they run two, good running again from his pair. Duminy gets a single to bring AB back on strike. AB works it through the off side, between mid off and extra cover for four. Good shot, great balance and four more to AB. Eight from the over, SA 143 for 3 after 29 overs.
Afridi continues, a couple of runs, de Villiers outside edges it to third man. A couple of singles, five runs from the over in the end. SA 135 for 3 after 28 overs.
Irfan continues, Duminy takes a single to start the over. AB flicks it down to fine leg and wants two, they run hard and get it comfortably. A single to AB, and then Duminy punches it down the ground for four, beating two fielders and Duminy gets another boundary.
Duminy sweeps it to square leg for two, the square leg fielder gets a finger to it. Duminy drives it straight down the ground for a single more to end the over, Five runs from the over.
Irfan starts the second over of his second spell. A drop, AB hits it straight back to Irfan who misses it completely. This could be a costly drop for Pakistan, AB is an important wicket. AB takes a single, running it down to third man bringing Duminy on strike. Just a single from the over, SA 118 for 3 after 25 overs.
Afridi bowls a few good balls to Duminy, who misses the sweep shot and then misses the slider from Afridi. Duminy square cuts it for a couple as Tanvir stops the ball. Three from the over.
Captain AB walks out to bat with Duminy, Irfan brought back into the attack to create pressure after the wicket. Irfan goes through Duminy, an inside edge for Duminy and Akmal takes a comfortable catch. The umpire gives it out, but Duminy reviews it straightaway. Replays show it was the thigh pad not the bat that came in contact with the ball. Good review from Duminy, A quick single for Duminy. Just a single to end the over, South Africa 114 for 3 after 23 overs.
Afridi starts his 3rd over, Duminy takes a quick single to short fine leg. Faf pushes it to long on for a single. Duminy sweeps for a single down to fine leg. WICKET! Faf goes after scoring his 50, Afridi beats him with the wrong-un and Akmal completes another stumping.
Faf pulls it for four, Wahab Riaz pitching it short and Faf is confident enough to pull it through the leg side for four. Faf pushes it through the covers, beats Irfan in the deep and gets another boundary to get to his 50. Also brings up South Africa's 100. Faf drives through the covers again, Tanvir does well to stop the boundary, Faf gets three runs. A single to Duminy to get off strike, a misfield from Pakistan. Good over for SA, 12 from it.
WICKET! de Kock falls for 40, Afridi picks up a wicket. de Kock comes down the wicket and Afridi pushes it slower, shorter and wider to beat de Kock, the keeper does the rest. South Africa lose their second wicket after a handy partnership. JP Duminy comes out to bat. End of the 20th over, SA 97 for 2.
Faf to face Wahab after drinks, gets some width and works it through the off side for a single. de Kock takes a single and then Faf swivels and works it to deep square leg for a single. de Kock pulls it through midwicket for a single. A wide down leg from Riaz. South Africa going at exactly 5 per over.
Shahid Afridi comes into the attack after drinks. A good partnership developing for South Africa. Faf comes down the track and takes a single to long off. Just a single from the over.
Wahab Riaz continues, de Kock takes a single square of the wicket on the leg side. Faf goes over the top, clears the man at mid off and gets another boundary. Excellent shot, just took a few steps down the wicket and launched into it. Faf gets on top of that one, works it to sweeper square for a single. The slower ball to end the over, SA 89 for 1 at drinks after 17 overs.
Faf takes a single to long on, Ajmal starts his 4th over. de Kock takes a single to bring Faf back on strike. Faf takes a single and then runs hard to make the second one easily, good running between wickets. Outside edge will run down to the third man boundary, Irfan misfielding it on the fence, Faf picks up another boundary. Eight from the over.
Wahab Riaz comes into the attack for the first time today, this surface is better for batting than others in the series. de Kock edges it to third man for a single. Faf drives it down the ground, beats mid off and gets another boundary. The 50 partnership comes up between Faf and de Kock. Faf drives through the covers for a single. de Kock drives it from his pads for a boundary through the leg side. Ten runs from the over with one ball to go. SA 75 for 1 after 15 overs.
Ajmal continues, de Kock takes a single to Afridi at long off. A bit of width from Ajmal and du Plessis puts it away through the covers for four. Five from the over, SA 65 for 1 after 14 overs.
A long chase for Tanvir who does well to stop the boundary, de Kock drives it through midwicket for three. A single to Faf and then de Kock takes a single from an inside edge. Faf hits it inside out, runs hard and gets a couple of runs as Wahab Riaz does well to keep it to two.
A single from the first ball, Faf pushes it through the off side. de Kock drives a couple of balls to mid off for no run. Just a single from the over, Ajmal giving away two runs in two overs.
End of the first powerplay, South Africa 47 for 1. Hafeez continues, de Kock works him for a single. Faf takes a single, sweeping it to fine leg. de Kock brings up the 50 for SA with a single through point. A leg bye and the de Kock edges one that falls just short of first slip. Four singles from the over.
Saeed Ajmal brought into the attack early, de Kock takes a single to get off strike. Good over from Ajmal, just the single from it.
A single to du Plessis, Hafeez brought into the attack. de Kock comes down the pitch, hits it over extra cover for four, good attacking shot against the spinner. Six from the over, SA 46 for 1 after 9 overs.
A wide down leg and well stopped by the keeper, he had to put in the dive to stop that. Pakistani bowlers not hitting the right lines, Tanvir strays down leg and Faf works it on the leg side for four to fine leg. Faf comes down the wicket and hits it through the gap between cover and mid off for four, good attacking shot. Faf takes a single to third man, 10 runs from the over, SA 40 for 1 after 8 overs.
A bit fuller from Irfan and drifting down leg, de Kock just guides it to the fine leg boundary for four. A swing and a miss from de Kock, he tries to pull it and it goes to the keeper. de Kock drives it through the covers, Amin does well to stop a boundary, keeps it down to a single. Five from the over, SA 29 for 1 after 7 overs.
Tanvir continues, du Plessis takes a single and then de Kock takes a single. Just two from the over, SA 24 for 1 after 6 overs.
Irfan continues, South Africa will look to shuffle their batting order. Faf is seen padded up and Duminy is not padded. WICKET! Irfan gets the yorker right and Amla is bowled for 10, South Africa lose their first wicket. Pakistan get an important breakthrough. Faf comes out to bat, a change in the batting order. Positive defense from Faf, and Irfan bowls a wide down leg. Faf takes a single from the last ball, a quick single.
Tanvir continues, de Kock plays and misses, good ball from Tanvir. de Kock runs it down to fine leg for a single. Amla walks across his stumps and flicks it for a single. A couple of singles from the over.
Amla drops and takes a single, a quick run to rotate strike. de Kock flicks it through the leg side, and it races away for four through midwicket. Good shots from de Kock, confident and controlled. Irfan corrects his length, de Kock blocks. Another push through the midwicket region, de Kock picks up a single. Amla flicks it using his wrists for four, good over for South Africa so far. Ten runs from the over, SA 18 for no loss after 3.
Graeme Smith has been ruled out of the rest of this series because of post-concussion syndrome. Tanvir to start from the other end, Amla flicks it off his pads for three runs, Afridi chases it down and stops the boundary through square leg. Cracked through the off side, de Kock gets off the mark with a good boundary in front of point. Seven from the over.
Amla and de Kock open for South Africa, Irfan starts with the ball for Pakistan. Amla runs it down to third man for a single. Irfan right on the money to start, pitching in good areas and making de Kock play. Just the single from the over.
Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan
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 replace the left-handed Nasir Jamshed with batsman Asad Shafiq, while the Proteas are without the injured Graeme Smith, who is replaced by wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock.
Captain AB de Villiers triumphs in the flip of the coin and South Africa will bat first.
Batsman Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn are bound to return for the Proteas today. The former was on paternity leave and the latter rested for the opening two fixtures.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the third ODI - in the five-match series, which is currently locked after a win apiece - between Pakistan and South Africa at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.