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One Day International Series
Pakistan Win By One Wicket Razzaq finished what Afridi and Alam started and the Proteas have really tossed away what should have been an easy win. Albie Morkel and Langeveldt bowled pie after pie and I'm left to question what Botha was thinking in giving the former the final over of the match. Poor leadership. Smith would've done better.
Over 49.5 A Morkel 0-6-6-0-4 289-9 - Morkel screams a yorker through Razzaq's legs but then concedes back-to-back sixes over midwicket. Then, Razzaq screams in celebration as the winning runs fly through point.
Over 49 Langeveldt 6-0-0-4-1-0 273-9 - 'Langers' quickly losing this match for his side, as Razzaq slaps a poor length down the ground for six more. The big-hitter, meanwhile, is refusing to take any singles. He wants to do this on his own, dealing exclusively in boundaries. Then, four more plundered across midwicket aids his cause. Pakistan need 14 runs to win from 6 balls.
Over 48 A Morkel 0-1-0-1nb,W-4-0-1 262-9 - Wicket! Comedy of errors all around as Albie oversteps, Ajmal doesn't realise that the freebie is forthcoming, looks to return Razzaq to the strike and runs himself out in the process. Last man in for Pakistan is Akhtar. Pakistan need 25 runs to win from 12 balls.
Over 47 Langeveldt 6-0-6-2-6-W 254-8 - Some poor length from the seamer sits up and affords Razzaq the chance to free his arms for a fast, flat six. 'Langers' then overpitches, which Razzaq sails over Cow Corner for six more. The slower ball doesn't work either, as the poor seamer fetches another six as straight as an arrow down the ground. Wicket! Riaz, meanwhile, runs himself out at the hands of the medium-pacer's sharp fielding and subsequent direct-hit off his own bowling. Ajmal in now.
Over 46 Tsotsobe 1-0-0-0-0-0 234-7 - De Villiers is not sure if Riaz's edge has gone straight into the gloves or not or touched the grass just before. So, the third umpire comes into play and decides Riaz gets to stay. There was certainly doubt, so the benefit thereof goes to the batsman. Razzaq not being allowed enough strike here as Pakistan start to circle the drain.
Over 45 M Morkel W-0-0-0-4-1 233-7 - Wicket! Haider runs himself out to a suicidal single to short mid-on, where Peterson swoops in to orchestrate a nifty direct-hit at the non-striker's end. Riaz in now, watching from the other end as Razzaq milks four through backward point. So ends Morne's 10 overs for the day.
Over 44 Tsotsobe 2-0-0-0-0-1-4 228-6 - After wasting far too many dot balls, Haider eventually steals his way off strike to allow Razzaq to plunder four through cover.
Over 43 M Morkel 0-0-1-1-0-0 221-6 - Mid-batting Powerplay, Morkel sends down a cool, calm and collected over that concedes a mere two singles.
Over 42 Langeveldt 0-1-4-1-W-2 219-6 - Wicket! 'Langers' returns to the attack to claim his 100th ODI scalp as Alam falls short of a 50 in holing out to extra cover. Haider in now, whose primary role will be to feed Razzaq as much strike as possible.
Over 41 Botha 4-0-0-0-1-6 211-5 - Pakistan opt for the batting Powerplay as spin returns to the attack. Alam gets straight to work, cranking four down the ground, while Razzaq does better for six over square-leg.
Over 40 Tsotsobe 1nb-6-1-1wd-2-0-1-0 200-5 - The southpaw seamer returns from over the wicket and picks up six straightaway as Razzaq heaves a free-hit into the crowd beyond the midwicket ropes. Collective double-ton up for Pakistan, who remain in this contest.
Over 39 M Morkel 1-0-0-1lb-1-1 188-5 - Three singles and a token leg-bye tide Pakistan over. Half-century partnership arrives. They'd do well to call for the batting Powerplay now before one of Alam or Razzaq gets out and the all too pedestrian Haider comes to the crease.
Over 38 A Morkel 1-0-1-1-0-6 184-5 - Albie looks set to fetch a cheap over until, that is, he banks in a lame short ball for Razzaq to heave over midwicket for six.
Over 37 M Morkel 1wd-0-1-1wd-0-0-0-0 175-5 - Morne doesn't do much better than his brother, offering a couple of wides and a host of tame fodder outside Razzaq's off-stump.
Over 36 A Morkel 1-1-1-0-4-1 172-5 - Morkel returns to the attack now, and picks up on the expense he coughed up in his opening spell. Alam happy to crank a rather forecast slower ball through mid-off for four.
Over 35 Botha 1-0-1wd-1-1-1-0 164-5 - Botha would do well to slip Albie in for a couple of overs in the hope that the seamer can redeem himself with a bit of economy. Not yet though, as the spinner keeps himself going.
Over 34 Peterson 6-0-0-0-0-4 159-5 - Peterson sails for a flat, straight six courtesy Razzaq, who then survives a close stumping chance. Cashing in on his lifeline, the all-rounder then smears four through cover to add a bit of momentum the way of the 'hosts'.
Over 33 Botha 0-0-1-1-1-4 149-5 - Tough to see what Pakistan's thinking is here. Perhaps they've just decided to see of the spinners and take to the seamers when they return to the attack. Alam, at least, kicks in a bit of mometum with a rare four clubbed over midwicket. Drinks break.
Over 32 Peterson 0-1-0-0-1-1 142-5 - Alam really diggin himself into a big hole here, far too circumspect for the asking rate, which now sits above eight to the over. Razzaq, batting Powerplay in hand, is going to have to tee off quite soon.
Over 31 Botha 1-1-0-0-0-0 139-5 - Botha finding plenty of turn outside the left-hander's off-stump and would do well to afford himself a solitary slip. He does have a point and short thirdman though, who clean up time and time again in the face of Alam's tentative prods forward.
Over 30 Tsotsobe 1-W-0-0-1-0 137-5 - Wicket! Big scalp for South Africa, as Afridi robs himself of a half-ton by holing out to long-on. The length wasn't really there to be hit. Razzaq in now. A lot rests on his shoulders from here on in. Alam doesn't strike me as a match-winner.
Over 29 M Morkel 2-0-4-0-0-0 135-4 - Morkel gets a short ball all wrong and Afridi pounds it over midwicket for four. 'Boom Boom' within a single of his 31st ODI half-ton now.
Over 28 Tsotsobe 2-1-0-2-2-1 129-4 - Coupling deft touches with power-hitting, Afridi bags a couple of twos across extra cover and point respectively. This half-ton, should he get, will certainly one of the more mature ODI 50s I've witnessed 'Boom Boom' rack up.
Over 27 M Morkel 1-1-1-0-0-1 121-4 - Double change from Botha, but Morkel can't earn a breakthrough either. He does, at least, keep the boundaries at bay. Langeveldt, meanwhile, is still smarting after that six in the 26th over of the innings.
Over 26 Langveldt 2-1-0-0-1-4 118-4 - 'Langers' return to the attack in a bid to break a threatening stand and instead watches with dismay as Afridi planks a weak slower ball over extra cover for six.
Over 25 Botha 1-1-1-1-1wd-1-1 110-4 - Happy to take Peterson to the cleaners, Afridi treats Botha with a great deal of respect. Misbah, meanwhile, more than happy to play second fiddle to the theatre on the go at the other end. At the halfway mark of their knock, Pakistan need 180 runs at 7.16 to the over to win.
Over 24 Peterson 4-6-0-1-0-1 103-4 - Afridi decides the time is right to tee off, cracking four along the ground through cover before launching six high and huge over long-off. Collective century up for Pakistan. Time will tell if he can keep his cool from here on in...
Over 23 Botha 1-0-0-1-1-0 91-4 - Not quite the Muralitharan and Mendis show, but Peterson and Botha are doing a very good job in tandem here. No wickets forthcoming for now, but plenty of dot balls building the pressure on Pakistan.
Over 22 Peterson 1-1-0-0-1-0 88-4 - Left-armer Peterson races through another over, affording Alam and Afridi very little time between deliveries to plot the field placements and, hence, target areas.
Over 21 Botha 1-2-2-1-0-0 85-4 - Botha is convinced he as Alam out lbw. Tucker doesn't agree and keeps his trigger finger at bay. Television replays show that, perhaps, it should have shot up. The right-hander, beaten by the quicker ball, was struck well enough in front of middle- and off-stump.
Over 20 Peterson 1-1-1-4-0-0 79-4 - Afridi uncharacteristically measured for the time being, until a delivery sits up and begs to be hit. 'Boom Boom' obliges for four across midwicket. A few more, actually more than a few, of those and Pakistan will be right back in this contest.
Over 19 Botha 0-0-W-1-1-0 72-4 - Wicket! As was the case with fellow spinner Peterson, the introduction of Botha works a treat for the Proteas. Hafeez, looking to play the late cut, is severly lacking in footwork and hence feathers the edge. Wicketkeeper de Villiers does the rest. Afridi in now. He shouldn't last long at all.
Over 18 Peterson 0-0-1-1-1-0 70-3 - Enjoying the absence of Duminy from the attack and Imran Tahir's shortfall in South African citizenship, Peterson continues to grab his opportunity with both hands across a lovely string of economy.
Over 17 M Morkel 2-0-4-1-0-0 67-3 - Realising mid-off is not entirely deep, Hafeez sizes up the aerial drive to perfection for four. Not the best over from Morkel, who hardly benefits from trying something different with his length.
Over 16 Peterson 0-0-W-0-1-1 60-3 - Wicket! Left-arm spin into the attack and striking instanty as Pakistan endure another dodgy lbw decision. ICC Umpire of the Year Dar is all wrong. Misbah lunges down the track on the defence, with his huge stride surely enough to stave off the official's finger. Not to be though, as incorrect Aleem reckons it's going onto hit leg-stump. Television replays reveal otherwise. Off mopes Misbah. In comes Alam.
Over 15 M Morkel 1-1-0-0-2-0 58-2 - Misbah and Hafeez play 'emselves back in after a brief break, with more superb line and length from Morne bringing to an end the bowling Powerplay - 22 without loss from it.
Over 14 A Morkel 0-4-1-4-1-1 54-2 - Albie joins his brother in the attack and, after missing the series opener, appears a touch ring rusty in coughing up lame loosener after lame loosener. Hafeez and Misbah happy to oblige for a four each across fine-leg and midwicket respectively. Collective half-ton up for Pakistan. And the drinks break.
Over 13 M Morkel 0-2-0-0-0-0 43-2 - Misbah manufactures a couple of runs by shuffling across his stumps to guide a straight line past square-leg for two. That's as good as it gets for Pakistan on a runs front, for this over at least, as Morkel keeps the Test captain on the defence for the duration of the over.
Over 12 Tsotsobe 0-0-1-0-0-0 41-2 - Tsotsobe enjoys an extend spell, while Hafeez continues to dig himself into a bit of a hole with far too much circumspection. He's not having a go at the ones that are there to hit. Perhaps Misbah has advised him to take it easy for the time being until the time to tee off - post-bowling Powerplay - arrives.
Over 11 M Morkel 1-2-1-0-0-0 40-2 - Bowling Powerplay taken.
Over 10 Tsotsobe 0-0-0-0-4-0 36-2 - Tsotsobe's spell littered with 'four balls' today, as Misbah closes the mandatory Powerplay with a boundary laced through cover. Pakistan crawling along at a mere 3.6 to the over. Hardly the 6.27 required...
Over 9 Langeveldt W-0-0-0-0-1 32-2 - Wicket! Younis' flourishing knock is stopped dead in its tracks by the roughest decision witness all year. Tucker sticks his man lbw, but there was clearly bat on that and, yes, television replays relay there was, indeed, plenty of wood involved. Shame. Off he mopes, rightly saddened. Misbah in now, who tentatively fends off the duration of the over.
Over 8 Tsotosbe 0-1-0-0-1-0 31-1 - A quieter passage of plays continues as the southpaw seamer restricts Khan and Hafeez to a mere single each. Paksistan can't afford too many quiet overs. The asking rate has ballooned to above six per over and Afridi is still to give his wicket away.
Over 7 Langeveldt 0-1-0-0-0-0 29-1 - Lovely from 'Langers', who pegs back his length to keep Khan guessing off the back foot. No drives forthcoming this time around.
Over 6 Tsotsobe 0-1-4-0-0-0 28-1 - Lonwabo spoils his figures again by overpitching, with Khan again pouncing on the front foot. This time it's an utterly convincing straight drive that serves the right-hander well for four through mid-off. Realising the error of his length, the left-armer duly cleans up to close the over on the quiet.
Over 5 Langeveldt 1-0-4-0-4-0 23-1 - Khan isn't one to let weak slower balls go unpunished and duly spanks four through mid-on before beating cover point for four more. Great start for the returning right-hander, who really does bring a great deal of stability to an otherwise brittle order.
Over 4 Tsotsobe 0-0-0-0-0-4 14-1 - Tsotsobe is all set for another maiden in the face of Khan's circumspection, until a touch too much width on the drive affords the former captain four through cover. The fielder gives chase, but there's no gathering in the superb timing off the front foot.
Over 3 Langeveldt 0-1lb-W-0-1-1 10-1 - Wicket! Feeling the pressure of the mounting dot balls, Shafiq tries to force the pace on the pull. But the ball is a touch too full for such a cross-bat shot and the top edge spoons to mid-on. Morkel is under it and almost makes a meal of the catch but hangs onto it it on the tumble in the end. Younis in now.
Over 2 Tsotsobe 1-0-0-1-W-0 7-0 - Looking to better his career-best four-for in the series opener, southpaw Lonwabo churns out the same, superb line and length that served him so well on Friday. Shafiq content to just see off the maiden on the defence.
Over 1 Langeveldt 1-4-0-1-0-1lb 7-0 - Hafeez picks up where he left off in the first ODI, pinpointing the gap between cover and point for a lovely four on the drive. He'll hope to go further than 60-odd this time around...
Pakistan's Pursuit All and sundry out in the middle again for the resumption of play. Shafiq and Hafeez to open the batting, while Langeveldt gets first use of the new ball.
Pakistan require 287 for victory Colin Ingram posted his second hundred in only his fourth ODI knock while Hashim Amla and JP Duminy continued their rich vein of form with well-paced fifties at either side of the innings. South Africa will be very satisfied with an imposing total without the rested Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis. Wahab Riaz meanwhile was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers with an inspired spell during the batting powerplay, he finished with two wickets, but ultimately it will be his side's batsmen who will have to produce if Shahid Afridi and his men are going to have any chance of fetching what would be a record chase for them against the Proteas. Join us again in just about 30 minutes for Pakistan's innings.
Over 50 Akhtar 2-2-4-W-4-1b 286-8 - Duminy bats away and calls two-sy. He's got two of those from the first two deliveries to go to fifty, his eight ODI half-century coming from 41 balls and it's been an important knock during a difficult period for his side. Four! He swatted the next ball to the leg-side for four, bouncing over the fielder's head who should be back on the rope, Akhtar is not impressed. OUT! Shoaib though will be happier now as he gets Duminy, the left-hander picking out long-on who is stationed where he should be. Charl Langeveldt clobbers a boundary from his first ball before a bye to the keeper from the final ball of the innings.
Over 49 Hafeez W-6-1-0-1-1wd-1 273-7 - Run Out! In unfortunate fashion too. Duminy drove hard to mid-off but the ball struck Botha, who had set off for the run, and then bounced conveniently to Hafeez who had the simple task of taking off teh bails, Botha goes for nine. SIX! Duminy gets some revenge with a majestic straight drive over the fence. He and new man Morne Morkel trade singles before Duminy sneaks one from the final ball of the over to keep the strike.
Over 48 Akhtar 1-1-2-2-1-0 263-6 - So Hafeez will not get his 10th over and instead Afridi has turned to the experience of Shoaib Akhtar whot Duminy and Botha can only force away for singles. The pair then scamper through for two before Duminy plays over extra-cover to draw a valiant catching effort by Younis Khan, the ball just falling short of him on the dive. Akhtar finishes off with a terrific delivery, tailing in to Botha who digs it out.
Over 47 Riaz 0-2-1-wd-4-1-1 256-6 - Pakistan's highest successful run-chase against South Africa is 238 so this will be an extremely tough challenge for a Pakistan batting line-up under pressure. Riaz again gets in a fantastic yorker which Duminy can only dig out. He then picks up a couple and one more to put Botha on strike and the skipper has gotten lucky, inside edging away for four! South Africa have been fortunate on a number of occasions with edges running away for boundaries. Duminy punches a single into the covers to end the over, leaving Riaz with brilliant figures of 2 for 43.
Over 46 Hafeez 1-1-1-1-0-1 246-6 - Pakistan appear happy to give away ones at this stage of the innings with nothing more really on offer, Hafeez doing a fantastic job. South Africa, despite this slight collapse, will still be confident of defending whatever they get to. Duminy is key, but he's beaten by a turned with an appeal for a catch after the ball has nestled in Zulqarnain Haider's pocket. Not out but just five from the over.
Over 45 Riaz 1-1-1-0-1lb-1 241-6 - The powerplay once again has brought wickets and it's an aspect that Corrie Van Zyl will be keen to improve on before the World Cup. A bad five overs as opposed to a profitable five can provide a major swing in a game. Riaz has been a factor here though with a fantastic second spell. A great over here concedes just five with the powerplay worth just 25 runs for the loss of three wickets.
Over 44 Hafeez 1-0-2-1-W-0 236-6 - Hafeez is into his eight over and doing a decent job for his skipper, keeping runs to ones and twos in the batting powerplay. BOWLED! That's the end of Albie Morkel who is the only South African batter who is short of form and he's gone for one in his 50th ODI. He went back to a full delivery and and was beaten by a slight bit of turn and lack of bounce.
Over 43 Riaz 4-1lb-0-1lb-W 232-5 - Duminy gets lucky, Riaz not, as anothewr fine full delivery goes to the fence via the left-hander's inside edge. Riaz is working up some pace and too quick for Miller with a full toss which hits him on the pad and goes for another leg-bye. His reverse-swing is proving extremely tricky for the South Africans. OUT! Miller chases after a short ball and loops up a mis-hit hook shot, Riaz taking a simple catch. He deserves that wicket for his two overs burst here.
Over 42 Hafeez 0-1-0-0-1-1 225-4 - This powerplay isn't really going as planned for South Africa. First the wicket of Ingram and now a tight over contaning just three singles from Hafeez. The batsmen pushing ones to the fielders in the ring.
Over 41 Riaz W-0-1-1lb-2-2 222-4 - So the stage is set here. 40 Overs, the batting powerplay taken, a guy just gone to 100 and a new bowler in the form of Wahab Riaz. OUT! It's Riaz who lands the first blow, producing a stunning in-swinging yorker to catch the centurion leg-before. Perhaps unlucky with the ball swinging past leg-stumps by the looks of things. Ingram limps off thanks to the yorker for an outstanding hundred, the second he's got in just four ODI innings. The new batsman is David Miller, he's surprised by a short one first up, and then squeezes a single out of another accurate yorker. Duminy then premeditates a cheeky paddle and is tagged on the shoulder instead before Miller collects a couple of twos. Great over from Riaz who was on the money from the start of his new spell.
Over 40 Ajmal 4-1-1-1-1-0 216-3 - Saeed Ajmal is back into the attack for Pakistan and not the greatest start for him, clubbing effectively away for four on the sweep by Duminy. He and Ingram, now on 99, trade singles, the Proteas dressing room expectant with the young left-hander on 99. Ingram cuts away and sets off for a comfortable single and is ecstatic at his second ODI hundred! That milestone has come off 118 balls.
Over 39 Afridi 0-0-0-4-1-3 208-3 Afridi does superbly to tie Ingram down for three balls as he nears what would be his second ODI hundred. The fourth ball though is rank and short and no problem for the batsman who clubs away happily to the fence for four. Ingram then moves to 98 with a single before Duminy collects three to end Afridi's spell of 10 overs, 2 for 59.
Over 38 Akhtar 0-1lb-0-0-0-2 200-3 - Colin Ingram has just looked up at the big screen and seen the replays of his five fours via the outside edge. Some concern on his face but he's played well otherwise and rode his luck. A leg-bye is followed by three dot balls before Akhtar throws down a bouncer which Duminy, uncomfortably, fends away for two.
Over 37 Afridi 0-1-1-W-1-wd-1 197-3 - de Villiers punches down the ground for one and Ingram then cuts away for a single of his own. BOWLED! That's the end of de Villiers, he's come down the track and been beaten by Afridi all-ends-up and his stumps are cleaned up. de Villiers gone for 29 and he'll be irritated with himself because he'd got a start and was beginning to look comfortable. South Africa might have though about Morkel or Miller in next but they've decided on Duminy and fair enough as he has been in outstanding form of late. He's off the mark immediately with a single to long-off. Great over Shahid Afridi.
Over 36 Akhtar 1-1-1-0-0-0 192-2 - Akhtar is putting in so much effort and frustratingly for him de Villiers is able to turn away for single comfortably, shuffling inside the line to flick away to deep square. There is some interesting stuff going on in the crowd, all kinds of things being brough along by the spectators - dolls, toy snakes, you name it. Shoaib shows all his experience and some effective change of pace to end the over well with a couple of dot balls, only three singles from it in the end.
Over 35 Afridi 0-1-1-2-1-1 189-2 - A brief drinks break with the change of ball and Smith and Kallis have brought the drinks out to the two younger guys in the middle. There would have been a brief tactical chat there too with a powerplay still on offer. No rush to take it just yet though. Twos and ones are everywhere with de Villiers manufacturing and inside-out single to end the over, six from it.
Over 34 Akhtar 0-wd-1-0-1-1-2 183-2 - The shadows are lengthening in Abu Dhabi and the Flame-thrower has been brought back into the attack to light things up for Pakistan, they'll be desperate for Akhtar to strike here. Drenched as usual is sweat he's steaming in and looking quite stiff and tired, starting with a wide. Frustratingly for the bowler and Pakistan captain there is no stop to the constant flow of single, Ingram punching off his hip. de Villiers then ends the over swatting hard into the ground and hussling two to the off-side sweeper.
Over 33 Afridi 1-2-1-0-0-1 176-2 - AB sets off for another dodgy single and gets away with it thanks to some sluggish fielding. Nothing sluggish about Shoaib Akhtar though, cutting off a boundary with a dive at short thirdman. Easy singles are on offer for both batsmen and the game is certainly sliding South Africa's way fast, Pakistan need a wicket and soon.
Over 32 Hafeez 0-4-1-1-0-1 172-2 - Hafeez is back into the attack, Ajmal taking a break. de Villiers fires over midwicket, he loves that area, and the boundary takes him to 1000 runs playing as a wicketkeeper in ODI cricket.
Over 31 Afridi 1-1-0-1-0-4 164-2 - A single from de Villiers brings up the fifty partnership and Ingram deserves credit for keeping the scoreboard ticking over and allowing de Villiers time to get in, as the stand has come at nearly six per over. It was the same situation as when the left-hander came in and was under less pressure because of the fluent Amla. Back to the action and de Villiers chops and misses before putting Ingram on strike and he's latched onto a short ball to cut away for four!
Over 30 Ajmal 4-4-0-0-1-1 157-2 - Colin Ingram has used the outside half of his bat effectively today and does so not once but twice in succession again, edging first past a diving fielder at short thirdman and then finer for another boundary. No slip in and Ajmal has been desperately unlucky after two fine deliveries to the left-hander. Ingram is a little uncertain at the crease and want to get off the strike, he pushes to point and sets off but it's suicide and de Villiers sends him back. A full stretch dive and no direct hit has him just about back in his crease and the batsman is given the benefit of the doubt by the third umpire.
Over 29 Afridi 1-2-1-1-1-0 147-2 - de Villiers uses his feet and plays on the ground through mid-wicket this time for two. More singles follow, Ingram clubbing down the ground and he will be key for South Africa. If he can stay in until they end they'll be sure of a major total.
Over 28 Ajmal 0-1-2-1-1lb-0 142-2 - de Villiers plays a more attacking stroke now with a wedge lofted over the in field with unbelievable control to find two to deep midwicket. Ajmal full of guile from around the stumps to the left-hander finds bat and pad but Ingram and de Villiers have still managed to pick up a single with the ball dropping into the leg-side.
Over 27 Afridi 0-0-1-1-1-0 137-2 - de Villiers is happy to play second fiddle and ease into his innings with ones, giving Ingram the strike who is looking more aggressive now. He cuts hard to deep extra cover for one amongst three singles from a good over from Afridi.
Over 26 Ajmal 1-wd-4-0-1-0-0 134-2 - Stumping chance! Ajmal has seen Ingram coming and slipped it down the leg-side, but hard for Haider to take and he's fumbled to allow the batsmen to recover his ground. Four! A fantastic drive follows which will make that missed chance even more hard to take for Ajmal, Ingram timing well through the covers, he is looking more and more comfortable at the crease.
Over 25 Afridi 2-1-0-0-1lb-4 127-2 - Ingram latches onto some width and finds two via a misfield by Fawad Alam, mush to the disgust of Afridi who normally gets better from Alam. A single then takes Ingram to fifty, he really is standing up. The left-hander then pulls away for four from the final ball of a useful over for the Proteas.
Over 24 Ajmal 0-0-1-1-2-1 119-2 - Saeed Ajmal now and it's a positive move by Afridi who will look tog et the pressure on in tandem with Ajmal. The off-spinner makes a fantastic start right on the mark to beat Ingram with a fair amount of turn. Ingram then pulls himself together and gets one before de Villiers flicks away to get off the mark.
Over 23 Afridi 0-2-0-0-2-1 114-2 - Ingram sweeps but top-edges high out to the man deep behind square, that 's Umar Akmal there and he's be flummoxed by a baal which has bounced and turned past him. It means two instead of one and Afridi has a glare at the man on the park for Shoaib Akhtar. Ingram then tries the opposite side of the field for two more, great running, before another single to end the over as Ingram and de Villiers show their running prowess.
Over 22 Riaz 0-1-0-0-0-0 109-2 - Ingram times off the back foot for a single, he's hit that well and it's a shot he was missing not long long ago so clearly starting to feel more comfortable at the crease with the ball getting older at the same time. De Villiers on strike now and he's eager to get off the mark but will have to wait thanks to four well directed Riaz deliveries.
Over 21 Afridi 2-1-0-4-1-W 108-2 - The skipper is on looking to break this stand before it gets out of hand. The first ball is a little short and Amla finds two into the leg-side, a direct hit from the outfield not troubling Ingram. Afridi's wrong-un proved extremely tricky for the left-handed Smith in the previous match and has beaten Ingram here. Again Ingram is beaten but this time he has edged it and been fortunate to find the fence. OUT! Amla is gone and Afridi has made the breakthrough! It's leg-before wicket, Amla not happy as he indicates he's got some bat on it. Anyway he has to go for a well-played 65.
Over 20 Riaz 0-1-1-1-1-0 100-1 - After drinks we have entered into the second phase of the game and it's as if Amla and Ingram angreed at the break that they'd just shift into single mode. They're comnig easy at this stage Ingram off his pads and Amla picking runs to mid-off with the running particularly good. The hundred comes up inside of 20 overs before Ingram is beaten on the cut by one that keep slightly low again.
Over 19 Hafeez 1-1-1-1-1-1 96-1 - Hafeez continues into his fifth over and is eased around the park for six singles. It's been 48 balls since the last boundary but if the batting pair are going to pick up risk free runs like that then they don't need to finds the fence just yet.
Over 18 Riaz 0-1-0-0-1-1 90-1 - Riaz continues his impressive shift and gets his dose of good fortune too, escaping a wide as his slowerball off-cutter caught the pad of Ingram on the way through to the keeper. A couple of singles and that is drinks, Graeme Smith once again doing his bit as the drinks-carrier for South Africa.
Over 17 Hafeez 1-0-0-2-3-0 87-1 - One for Ingram is followed by a couple wristed away by Amla, the in-form man then dabbing beautifully past short thirdman for three runs. Great fielding from Riaz who slides and returns.
Over 16 Riaz 1-1-0-0-0-1 81-1 - The powerplay is a thing of the past now. A single is steered to thirdman by Amla and that is his half-century! In his last ten ODI knocks he has scored four tons and two fifties, incredible. Riaz ends another good over with just three from it.
Over 15 Hafeez 0-1-2-0-0-1 78-1 - The fifty stand was brought up between these two in the previous over. Ingram sweeps aggressively too deep square-leg for one, crisply struck before charging Hafeez and having to prod defensively back to the bowler. Hafeez gives a big stare before Ingram picks off one more to mid-off.
Over 14 Riaz 0-0-0-2-1-0 74-1- Riaz looks to be runnig on the track with his follow through but no word from the umpire yet. He pushes a delivery wide of the crease and Amla leaves but no wide signalled. Two are then driven out to the cover sweeper before Shahid Afridi puts in a great piece of fielding at mid-off, a full stretch dive cutting off a boundary and that is how he needs to lead his side, by example.
Over 13 Hafeez 1-0-0-0-1-1 71-1 - Just ones off Hafeez who is floating the ball in from around the stumps. Amla whipping to the leg side with ease. Umar Gulis it believed is just being rested for this match, that's the official word, and he looks rather comfortable in the shade of the dressing room.
Over 12 Riaz 4-0-0-0-1-0 68-1 - Shoaib has gone off the park for a break. Wahab Riaz makes a poor start on the pads of Amla who loves it there on his pads and helps himself to a boundary. The left-armer has been out of the Pakistan ODI side since February 2008 and has played five times in the 50-over format for his country. He fixes his line and Amla can only club a single to mid-off after a couple of dot balls. Twelth-man Graeme Smith meanwhile has brough some water on for Amla who is feeling the heat already.
Over 11 Hafeez 0-1-0-0-0-0 63-1 - Pakistan not surprisingly have opted for the bowling powerplay immediately. They have also turned to the spin of Mohammed Hafeez who makes a very encouraging start with just the single to Amla coming from the over.
Over 10 Razzaq 2-1-0-0-0-6 62-1 - Amla uses his feet effectively to manufacture two, shuffling inside the line and aiming to the leg-side to make the most of Razzaq's lack of pace. Ingram then gets a healthy edge trying to cut but there is no slip in place and it has raced to the fence for four. Ingram has looked unsettled and perhaps Afridi should have left the catcher in, especially given the way the left-hander got off the mark. SIX! Nothing streaky about that from Ingram as he powers over the long-on fence!
Over 9 Akhtar 4-4-0-1-0-0 47-1 - Bang! Four for Amla behind square on the off side! Four more as he strikes even better in the same area and the ball races to the fence, great way to start the over for South Africa. Akhtar has got his line wrong in this over but realigns and strikes Amla on the pad, no excitement though from the bowler as there's been an inside edge. Ingram tries to pillage more from the over as he runs down the track but misconnects.
Over 8 Razzaq 1-4-0-4-0-0 38-1 - Amla steers to thirdman to put Ingram under the spotlight again. He's off the mark, but not convincing at all, nudging and edging between keeper and sliip for four. A play and miss follow before the left-hander strikes his first authorative shot fo the day through mid-wicket and to the fence. That is a far better stroke and has clearly given Ingram some confidence with a little hussle down the track to the next delivery. No more runs however from the final couple of deliveries.
Over 7 Akhtar 0-0-0-0-0-0 29-1 - The pitch is not playing all that spectacularly with signs of inconsistant, low bounce already. Akhtar has settled into the conditions well and is hitting the right spots to the left-handed Ingram who plays out a maiden-over and is yet to get off the mark after 13 balls. Even the most experienced players start feeling the pressure after that long.
Over 6 Razzaq 0-0-4-0-0-0 29-1 - Two catchers are in, short-cover and short extra-cover in what is a strong off-side field. Amla counters by shuffling inside and flicking through midwicket for four. Despite the boundary he is being squeezed by tight bowling from Razzaq and Haider standing up to the stumps. Amla shows a sign of frustration hitting out but not middling as the ball sneaks over the bowler and bounces short of mid-off.
Over 5 Akhtar 0-0-0-1-0-0 25-1 - Amla is more circumspect now and Akhtar hitting good areas, a short cover in for the Proteas' opener. He blocks out three balls before guiding in full control down to third man for a couple. The Rawalpindi Express is then anything but, throwing in a slower ball that keeps low to beat Ingram with a lack of bounce too, just one from the over and there have been just two runs from the last three overs.
Over 4 Razzaq W-0-0-0-0-0 24-1 - BOWLED! Peterson has played all round that one and had his off-stump removed. To be honest that was lamg to the slaughter from South Africa with Peterson not an opening batsman, his technique shown up with that dismissal. Two in form men here for South Africa in Ingram and Amla, but Pakistan will still see this as a chance to limit the Proteas and gets amongst the wickets early. From the South African perspective meanwhile this is another great test of Ingram, he's proved he can finish a game in the T20Is and will now have to build a different type of innings. He's started slowly and happy to see out a maiden-wicket over from Razzaq. Pakistan are buoyant in the field.
Over 3 Akhtar 0-0-0-1-0-0 24-0 - Better from the flame-thrower Shoaib Akhtar. He ties Peterson down for three balls and forced the batting into a risky single which Amla survives with the shy going wide. Akhtar has got his length right to Amla now, slighly fuller and straighter and just a single from the over.
Over 2 Razzaq 4-1-4-0-0-0 23-0 - The barrage continues as Peterson gets a charity ball to start and pulls away to the leg-side for four. Amla then gets the strike and shows his magnificent form again with a solid punch through the covers for four more.
Over 1 Ahktar 0-2-4-0-4-4 14-0 - So Hashim Amla and Robin Peterson will open the batting for South Africa and you can't help but feel that Peterson does not have the technique to be an opening batsmen. Maybe he will prove us wrong though, Hashim Amla who has had plenty said in the past about his technique absolutely whallops two square cuts to the fence before driving crisply to take another boundary and 14 from the over!
Pitch Pommie Mbangwa from out in the middle expects the track to play much the same as on Friday and in the T20Is. Not too much pace and South Africa will want a large score, at least 250 one would think.
Happy Haloween A witch dropped in at the WACA to deliver the match ball in the Sri Lanka Australia game earlier today. No such thing here in Abu Dhabi but there is a happy Haloween written up on the scoreboard display. It's another hot day in the UAE and the Proteas enjoyed their day off, said Johan Botha.
Team news Thos team line-ups mean that Pakistan have brought in Wahab Riaz and left out Umar Gul, no news yet on whether that is injury related with Gul not in his best form of late anyway. For South Africa Albie Morkel and Robin Pietersen come in for Smith and Kallis so the Proteas' batting will not be as strong and interesting to see who will open with Hashim Amal.
Line-ups Pakistan: Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Fawad Alam, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Zulqarnain Haider, Shoaib Akhtar, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal.
Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Robin Peterson, Johan Botha, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Charl Langeveldt
Butt, Amir appeal News fresh off the wire, Salman Butt and Mohammed Amir will not join up with the Pakistan team in Dubai after their appeals were turned away by the ICC.
injured duo South Africa will not risk the injured Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis. Smith does not have anything broken in his hand after taking a couple of Shoaib Akhtar blows on Friday but there is no need to risk him in this series. As for Kallis, he suffered dehydrated in the opening ODI.
Toss South Africa have won the toss for the first time in four clashes between these two sides and also for the first time the Proteas will bat first.
Greetings Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the second clash of the five-ODI series between Pakistan and South Africa at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
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