Pakistan vs S Africa
End of innings
The World Twenty20 has come alive with a dramatic couple of games in the last few days, and this one was the best of the lot. South Africa and Pakistan traded blows throughout the afternoon. The South Africans were on the back foot after they lost early wickets, but JP Duminy's innings revitalised them and helped to set a challenging total. Then it was Pakistan's turn to be rocked, Peterson and Botha ripping the heart out of the middle order with quick wickets. Pakistan were 76 for 7 and fading fast when Umar Gul walked out to bat in the 15th over, and his death-or-glory innings sparked an incredible comeback. Umar Akmal guided the team home, his six off Morkel just about settling things before Saeed Ajmal, that loveable rogue, hit the winning runs off the edge of his bat. I'm off to catch my breath quickly before we're back in action with Australia v India.
Over 20 - Pak 136/8 (U Akmal 43, Ajmal 4)
Pakistan win! What a comeback. Umar Akmal took them to the brink by clubbing a Morne Morkel full toss over midwicket for six. A single brought Ajmal on strike, and he completed the win with a slightly clueless - but mighty effective - outside edge down to the third man boundary. A slip would've been useful there. What a game!
Over 19 - Pak 125/8 (U Akmal 36, Ajmal 0)
WICKET! A dramatic penultimate over. First, Steyn is struck a stinging blow on the ankle as Umar Akmal drills a drive back at him. He's down for some time, and the physio comes out with the magic spray, but is eventually well enough to continue. Gul then gives half a chance as a wild slash balloons down to third man, where Hashim Amla comes charging in ... but he can't get there! A very tough chance, if one can even call it a chance. There's a final twist as Gul scoops a full ball out to Peterson on the deep cover boundary. Pakistan need 9 from the last over.
Over 18 - Pak 119/7 (U Akmal 32, Gul 31)
These batsmen are eating the Morkel brothers for khaana here. Gul moves into the 30s with a well-timed clip through square leg for four. His team-mates in the dug out, and Umar in the middle, are screaming at him to calm down. That looked like a pretty calm shot to me. Seven runs come from the over, and Pakistan need 15 from the last 12 balls to pull off a remarkable win. Albie was the kofte and qeema, Morne is the naan. Who will be the qulfi and ras malai?
Over 17 - Pak 112/7 (U Akmal 30, Gul 26)
It's not one of the spinners, it's Albie Morkel who's brought on and he sends down an atrocious over that brings Pakistan right back into the game. Umar Akmal starts the carnage by slapping a short, wide ball to the cover point boundary and after a front foot no-ball Gul plants an 88-metre Gojira of a hit into the stands beyond midwicket. Pakistan's no. 9 then uppercuts another wide long-hop to backward point, and 20 runs from the over has brought Pakistan's target down to 22 from 18.
Over 16 - Pak 92/7 (U Akmal 24, Gul 13)
The clean-shaven Umar Gul heaves the weirdly manicured Kallis for two massive blows over the leg side, and it's clear that Pakistan are going to go down swinging. Gul only really has one shot, the stiff-armed swivel pull, and he uses it to great effect to plant a short ball into Row M. Another length ball is fetched high over wide long on, and 16 runs flow from the over. Botha and Duminy still have four overs between them, surely we'll see them brought back on now?
Over 15 - Pak 76/7 (U Akmal 23, Gul 0)
WICKET! Under a glorious Colombo sunset the colour of molten steel, Dale Steyn has struck again for South Africa. A waspish short ball was too much for Arafat, who fended the rising delivery towards midwicket where Duminy took a great, tumbling catch millimetres from the turf. Steyn's just about busted a blood vessel on his temple with a ferocious, screaming celebration at Arafat's demise. He looks like he'd bite the head off a live chicken if he got Umar out. Duminy's got to be the main contender for MoM now.
Over 14 - Pak 73/6 (U Akmal 22, Arafat 1)
Umar Akmal may well be Pakistan's last hope here. No wonder their dug-out looks so decidedly anxious. He does, however, do a great job of seeing Robin Peterson's final over off. In fact, he does more than just see it off, lacing a confident inside-out drive over extra cover to move into the 20s. Pakistan need 10 an over from here on in, and one feels they've got to come from Umar's bat.
Over 13 - Pak 66/6 (U Akmal 15, Arafat 1)
WICKET! Classic Afridi. An almighty swipe at the very first ball he faces lands right in long-off's lap. The fielder, Albie Morkel, didn't even have to move. Sanity prevails as Yasir Arafat and Umar Akmal look for singles off the rest of the over, but Duminy now has 1 for 5 in two, and Pakistan are wobbling. By the way, when I'm not typing at the speed of light to bring you these updates you can find me on Twitter. My handle is gomorezvidinha, and I'd love to hear from you.
Over 12 - Pak 63/5 (U Akmal 13, Afridi 0)
WICKET! Kallis strikes, and South Africa come storming back into the match! Malik made room to slash the ball over the off side, but a top edge is easily snaffled by Steyn down at third man. I've simply got to mention Kallis' bizarre facial hair as well here. Is this some sort of a joke? Is he operating several irony levels above the rest of us? It appears that the same company who manufacture the hair on his head have begun to fiddle with the stubble on his cheeks and chin. Uncanny valley. I'm unnerved, and clearly Malik was too. In comes 'Boom Boom' Afridi. He's got great hair.
Over 11 - Pak 57/4 (U Akmal 12, Malik 11)
Duminy is well enough to bowl after all, and sets himself on a course for the Man of the Match award by giving away just two runs in the over. It'd be very handy for the South Africans if he could also pick up a wicket or two. He'll definitely have another chance, and in fact I'd be surprised if he doesn't bowl is full quota of overs on this surface.
Over 10 - Pak 55/4 (U Akmal 11, Malik 10)
De Villiers brings Morne Morkel back into the attack, and he finds a good, probing length on off stump. Malik is beaten on the inside edge, but the ball bounces awkwardly in front of de Villiers and two byes are taken. Still, just six runs from the over as the batsmen can't get him away.
Over 9 - Pak 49/4 (U Akmal 10, Malik 7)
Umar Akmal counter-attacks against Botha's offspin in fine style! A long hop is bludgeoned to wide long on, and he then finds the middle of the bat with a sweep down to long leg. Morne Morkel lopes after it, but he ends up sliding on his backside with his arms in the air, staring at the sky, rather than stopping the ball.
Over 8 - Pak 39/4 (Malik 6, U Akmal 1)
The Pakistani batsmen are happy to see off another over from the marauding Robin Peterson (words I never thought I'd type), and Umar Akmal is finally off the mark with a single to long off. Will de Villiers keep one Peterson over in the bank, or will he bowl him out here? He's also got JP Duminy's offspin to turn to. Duminy may still be knackered from his efforts earlier - he was suffering from heat exhaustion after his innings and had to be rehydrated in the South African dressing room.
Over 7 - Pak 37/4 (Malik 5, U Akmal 0)
WICKET! Botha's struck with his second ball! Kamran Akmal had a look at his first delivery, prodding forward in defense, but then played back to one that spun in sharply to rattle the stumps. He's replaced at the crease by his younger brother Umar, and Botha rushes through a wicket maiden. The spinners have strung together twelve dot balls now, and picked up a wicket. Where is Imran Tahir??
Over 6 - Pak 37/3 (Malik 5, K Akmal 1)
Robin Peterson is relishing these conditions, and sends down a superb over at Shoaib Malik. The batsman is very wary of spin off the surface, and nudges out a maiden. That's his first maiden in T20Is, and will help regain some of the pressure diffused by Morkel's last over. Surely, de Villiers has got to bring Botha into the attack as well now and begin to choke Pakistan's middle order?
Over 5 - Pak 37//3 (Malik 5, K Akmal 1)
Why has de Villiers brought Albie Morkel on now? Surely Botha, or even Steyn, would have been a better idea considering three quick wickets have just fallen. Malik is gifted a leg-stump delivery to get off the mark with a glance for four, and seven runs come from the over. Albie doesn't look like taking a wicket, unless one of the batsmen does something rash ...
Over 4 - Pak 31/3 (K Akmal 0)
WICKETS! Robbie P strikes, and Hafeez is out stumped! Hafeez had just lifted the spinner down the ground and over a leaping Behardien for six. He shuffled down the track in a manner most uncertain immediately afterwards, but Peterson got one to grip and spin past the outside edge. De Villiers' second superb piece of keeping in three deliveries completed the dismissal. But he's not done there! Nasir Jamshed jumps out at his second ball from the left-arm spinner, who rushes one past him to set up the second stumping of the over. South Africa are right in this now.
Over 3 - Pak 24/1 (Hafeez 9)
WICKET! Nazir's frenetic innings is ended by Steyn. The Pakistani opener survived a close lbw appeal first ball, and counter-punched with a clubbed pull to deep square leg. Nazir is then frustrated by a string of dot balls and flails at a bouncer off the final delivery, gloving the ball through to de Villiers, who makes a very tough chance - diving forward at a dropping ball - look easy.
Over 2 - Pak 20/0 (Nazir 10, Hafeez 9)
Morkel shares the new ball with an overwhelmingly off-side field in place. There are one or two very lonely fielders on the leg side, and they're barely even needed as the Ent-like fast bowler keeps almost everything outside off. Nazir doesn't give a toss for field placings, and french-cuts a pull down to fine leg before thrashing a full ball through cover point with great flourish.
Over 1 - Pak 9/0 (Hafeez 8, Nazir 0)
There's no loosener from Dale Steyn as he snakes one past Hafeez' outside edge straight away. The batsman is also quickly into his stride, however, kick-starting Pakistan's chase with a graceful checked cover drive and a neat clip off the legs to fine leg for a brace of boundaries. Steyn strikes back by zipping two more outswingers past Hafeez' poking bat, but he moves the ball too much to find the edge.
End of innings
South Africa can be pretty pleased with their hard work to reach 133 for 6. Jean-Paul Duminy's tenacious innings was at the heart of their fightback after Pakistan had reduced South Africa to 28 for 3 in the seventh over. He added 38 with Behardien and then 44 with de Villiers as South Africa upped the tempo from the 13th over onwards. Looking at South Africa's seam-heavy bowling attack, Pakistan will fancy their chances of chasing this down, but with them you just never know. Join us in 10 minutes for the second innings.
Over 20 - SA 133/6 (Morkel 9, Peterson 3)
Morkel drills a four down the ground, but Gul's variations of length and pace keep the South African batsmen to 9 from the final over.
Over 19 - SA 124/6 (Morkel 2, Peterson 1)
WICKET! A great, battling innings from Duminy in testing conditions comes to an end. He goes to 46 with a clean strike high over long-on, keeping his head down and focused on the point of contact even after the ball had been hit. He tries to repeat the stroke but this time Arafat finds the outside edge with an offcutter. Can some late biffing from Albie Morkel lift the total in the final over?
Over 18 - SA 114/5 (Duminy 40, Morkel 1)
WICKET! Gul is struck for six first ball by de Villiers, but then has the South African captain caught at deep extra cover off a high full toss. De Villiers was going for another big shot, but sliced under the ball. The umpires confer, making sure the ball was legal - and it was, so de Villiers has got to go. Duminy's legs seem to wobbling a little underneath him, he's really struggling in the heat. It's his responsibility to close out this innings though, so he'll battle it out until the end.
Over 17 - SA 104/4 (Duminy 37, de Villiers 19)
Saeed Ajmal leaks runs in his final over. De Villiers begins the assault by slap-cutting a short ball up and over extra cover for four. Duminy joins in with a reverse sweep that has a hint of top-edge about it, but still has the beating of short third man for another boundary and eleven runs come from the 17th over. Will we now see Gul introduced?
Over 16 - SA 93/4 (Duminy 32, de Villiers 13)
A chip shot straight over Afridi's head brings de Villiers his first boundary from the second ball of the over. That takes the pressure off the batsmen, who are content to work the ball around the field for ones and twos. Duminy is down, breathing hard and sweating rivers at the end of the over. I don't want to accuse him of being soft, but he's only faced 30 balls so the heat and humidity must be pretty intense out in the middle. He calls for some ice on the back of his neck, and has a drink of water.
Over 15 - SA 83/4 (Duminy 29, de Villiers 7)
Hafeez has been operating Ajmal in one-over spells as a strike bowler, and he's back into the attack for one more. He can't break through this time, however, and a tight over is ruined when he gives Duminy width outside off and is slapped behind point for four. There's still no sign of Gul being brought on to bowl.
Over 14 - SA 75/4 (Duminy 23, de Villiers 5)
Afridi rends the skies of Colombo with a booming lbw appeal against a reverse-sweeping Duminy, but Umpire Gould is quick to point out that he was playing a shot and was hit outside the line of off. The wary batsmen see out the rest of the over with a string of singles. Decent over from Afridi, full of variations.
Over 13 - SA 70/4 (Duminy 21, de Villiers 3)
WICKET! Just when it was starting to really develop, the partnership is broken! Duminy began the over, bowled by Hafeez, with a shimmy down the wicket and a flowing thump for six over long on. When Behardien tried to copy the shot, Hafeez fired one down wide on the off side from around the stumps, the ball shooting past the outside edge. Akmal, miraculously, was able to cling on to it and complete the stumping. There's more drama as de Villiers calls Duminy through for a very tight single, but Arafat's wild throw lets de Villiers get home safely.
Over 12 - SA 59/3 (Behardien 18, Duminy 13)
Saeed Ajmal comes back into the attack, but he's not quite at his serpentine best and Behardien punches a long hop firmly through the gap at cover for four. The partnership between these two batsmen is now up to 31, and they've done a solid job of stabilising the innings. Now, however, they've got to push on.
Over 11 - SA 52/3 (Behardien 13, Duminy 11)
There's some hustle in South Africa's batting now, with both batsmen actively looking for shots rather than just working the ball around. Duminy finds a couple of runs with a very cute little late cut right out of Akmal's gloves, but Hafeez still manages to keep them to five from the over.
Over 10 - SA 47/3 (Behardien 12, Duminy 7)
Behardien breaks the boundary drought with a glance very fine down the leg side off Afridi. There hadn't been a boundary since Kallis' six off the first ball of the fifth over. Apart from the boundary, it was a pretty decent over from Afridi, but four singles mean it went for eight.
Over 9 - SA 39/3 (Behardien 6, Duminy 5)
Hafeez hurries through another busy over, and the best that Behardien and Duminy can do is work the ball around the field for four more singles. How long will they look to simply accumulate for? I reckon they'll give themselves another over before someone plays a big shot.
Over 8 - SA 35/3 (Behardien 4, Duminy 3)
Shahid Afridi is the fifth bowler used by Hafeez. He has no slip in place for the left-handed Duminy, and a spread field, and that actually plays into Behardien and Duminy's hands and they're able to manufacture four singles from the over. Afridi is the top wicket-taker in international T20s. Guess who no. 2 and 3 are? Why, Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal of course! And Gul's not even had a bowl yet. Pakistan quite possibly have the best bowling attack of any team in this tournament.
Over 7 - SA 31/3 (Duminy 1, Behardien 2)
WICKET! Kallis falls, and South Africa are really struggling now! He's been looking to get after the bowling since the start of his innings, going very hard at the ball, but now he's perished to an uncharacteristically loose swipe straight to extra cover. Hafeez completes a fine first over, giving away just three singles, and Pakistan are buzzing in the field.
Over 6 - SA 28/2 (Kallis 12, Duminy 0)
WICKET! Hafeez plays his trump card, and Saeed Ajmal immediately provides the breakthrough. He might've had a wicket from his first ball, but Umpire Ian Gould wouldn't raise the finger for what was a pretty adjacent lbw call. Ajmal shrugged off the setback by bursting an offbreak through a reverse-sweeping Levi's legs to bowl him for 8. He completes a probing over to Duminy, who is also a little fortunate to survive yet another lbw appeal. All very, very close, and Ajmal is rightly a little aggrieved at the end of the over.
Over 5 - SA 27/1 (Kallis 12, Levi 8)
Raza Hasan is given a third over, and a slightly desperate Kallis goes on the attack, biffing the young spinner straight back over his head for six. With the boundary coming from the first ball, both batsmen are happy to manoeuvre the ball around the field for singles, and nine runs come from the over. I suspect they'll take him off after this, and save one over for later.
Over 4 - SA 18/1 (Levi 7, Kallis 4)
A better over for South Africa, Levi finding the point boundary with a slashing bottom-handed cut. He hands the strike to Kallis, who goes very hard at everything but struggles to penetrate the off-side field and so goes over the top of mid-off. His loft is sliced, and doesn't reach the boundary but has enough on it to beat a backpedalling Shahid Afridi. This looks like a pitch to suit Pakistan, rather than South Africa. There've been 15 dot balls already.
Over 3 - SA 9/1 (Levi 2, Kallis 1)
A superb second over from Raza Hasan, who goes head to head with Kallis and comes out well and truly on top in this mini battle. Subtle variations of flight and length flummox Kallis' attempts at shot making, and he's beaten on both edges in the course of a maiden. Great, pressure-building bowling.
Over 2 - SA 9/1 (Levi 2, Kallis 1)
WICKET! Akmal's lapse is not too expensive, Hashim Amla driving far too early at a Yasir Arafat slower ball and spooning an easy catch to Nazir in the covers. Pakistan really needed that, as the ball before Amla had punched a ball straight through the point fielder's hands and away for four. They might've had two wickets in the over, Levi calling for a single that was never there but Hasan's shy going wide. Levi had given up, and wasn't even stretching to make his ground.
Over 1 - SA 3/0 (Levi 1, Amla 2)
Interestingly, Hafeez opts to open the bowling with Raza Hasan - the 20-year-old left-arm spinner with a wicked arm ball and an awesome Harry Potter scar. He beats both Levi and Amla's outside edges - and in fact could have had Amla both stumped and caught, had both chances not been totally and utterly Kamran Akmal'd. Sigh.
This pitch is pretty flat, but will probably offer more turn than the decks on offer in Pallekele and Hambantota. South Africa won't like to suffice with anything less than 180. Weather-wise, it's typically hot and humid. A bit of rain is forecast for later, which might negatively affect the second half of today's double-header at this venue - Australia v India.
South Africa XI
Richard Levi, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, Albie Morkel, Johan Botha, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.
Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Raza Hasan, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal.
South Africa replace batsman Faf du Plessis with spinner Robin Peterson, while Pakistan bring in spinner Raza Hasan ahead of seamer Sohail Tanvir.
AB de Villiers triumphs at the flip of the coin and South Africa will bat first.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the World Twenty20 Super Eights Group 2 clash between South Africa and Pakistan at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
- 28th Sep 2012
- South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
- R. Premadasa Stadium
- I J Gould and R J Tucker
pakistan BATTING CARD
|Hafeez||st de Villiers b Peterson||15|
|Nazir||c de Villiers b Steyn||14|
|Jamshed||st de Villiers b Peterson||0|
|Malik||c Steyn b Kallis||12|
|Afridi||c J.A. Morkel b Duminy||0|
|Arafat||c Duminy b Steyn||3|
|Gul||c Peterson b Steyn||32|
|Extras||1nb, 3w, 2b, 6lb||12|
|Total||19.4 Overs||136 - 8|