2nd ODI: Pakistan clinch series with thrilling one-run victory

By AFP
Published: November 27, 2013
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Pakistan's Shahid Afridi (L) celebrates the wicket of South Africa's Quinton de Kock during the second One Day International (ODI) Cricket Match between Pakistan and South Africa at the St Georges Cricket Ground in Port Elizabeth on November 27, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan's Shahid Afridi (L) celebrates the wicket of South Africa's Quinton de Kock during the second One Day International (ODI) Cricket Match between Pakistan and South Africa at the St Georges Cricket Ground in Port Elizabeth on November 27, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan's Shahid Afridi (L) celebrates the wicket of South Africa's Quinton de Kock during the second One Day International (ODI) Cricket Match between Pakistan and South Africa at the St Georges Cricket Ground in Port Elizabeth on November 27, 2013. PHOTO: AFP Umar Akmal made a ballistic 42 to help Pakistan post a daunting 263-run target. PHOTO: AFP Pakistan's  Ahmed Shahzad celebrates his 100 runs on November 27, 2013 during the second One Day International (ODI) cricket match against South Africa at the St Georges Cricket Ground in Port Elizabeth. PHOTO: AFP

PORT ELIZABETH: Pakistan held on to clinch a spectacular one-run victory in the rain hit second One Day International against South Africa in a nail-biting thriller that went down till the very last ball, ESPNCricinfo reported Wednesday.

The PCB chairman was quick to tweet his congratulations to the team’s fighting spirit.

The win was not easy to come for Pakistan who had set South Africa a daunting 263 run target to chase. The Proteas also looked set to achieve the target with skipper AB de Villers and Hashim Amla calmly standing their ground against all that the Pakistani bowlers threw at them.

The South African captain unleashed his famous striking ability against veteran bowlers like Saeed Ajmal as easily as he punished youngsters like Anwar Ali.

With the match restricted to 45-overs a side, South Africa found themselves in the ascendancy in the 39th over, requiring just 36 runs off 38 balls. Captain de Villiers was batting strongly on 74 runs off 45 deliveries, while his batting partner, opener Hashim Amla, was on 87 runs off 117 balls and eyeing another century. But Junaid, who had been smacked for two successive boundaries off successive balls by de Villiers at the beginning of the over, manage to seduce the South African captain to go for another fancy shot and was caught by Afridi at deep square leg.

With a well-set Amla on the crease and hitters like JP Duminy, David Miller and Ryan McLaren available, the hosts managed to keep the momentum going and needed 11 runs from the last two overs.

In desperation, Misbah threw the ball to Saeed Ajmal.

Ajmal’s strangling spin stifled South Africa as the spinner conceded just two runs off five balls, and got the wicket of a nervy Amla, 98. The over helped pull things back in Pakistan’s favour a little.

With nine required from the last six balls, Junaid was tasked with bowling the last over. The left-arm pacer stuck to the time-tested strategy of pacy full-length balls that the Proteas failed to put away.

Duminy was caught brilliantly by Anwer Ali off the second ball of the over. Incoming batsman David Miller though failed to score a boundary in any of the next three balls, that left South Africa needing six runs off the last ball for his team to win.

Junaid hurled another fast yorker. The delivery missed the bat, the wicket, as well as the keeper’s gloves to head straight for the boundary. Junaid finished with figures of three wickets off nine overs, having conceded 42 runs.

In the end, South Africa could only manage 261 runs in response to their opponent’s 262, and lost the first bilateral home series to Pakistan.

Ahmed Shehzad was awarded Man-of-the-Match for his 102 that helped set up Pakistan’s victory.

Having already won the first match in Cape Town on Saturday by 23-runs, Pakistan clinched the three match series 2-0. The last match of the series will be played at the Centurion on Saturday.

Pakistan’s innings

Earlier, Pakistan rode opener Ahmed Shehzad’s brilliant century to post a daunting target of 263 runs.

Rain had delayed start of play, forcing umpires to reduce the match to 45 overs a side.

After South Africa won the toss and sent Pakistan in to bat, Steyn struck with Nasir Jamshed’s wicket in the very first over.

Vice captain Mohammad Hafeez once again gifted his wicket to Dale Steyn yet again, in what happens to be his 15th dismissal off the pacer in 20 matches.

In stark contrast, Ahmed Shehzad unfurled a lovely array of shots to complete the third ODI century of his career consisting eight fours and two majestic sixes. He was run-out on 102 runs from 112 balls.

Sohaib Maqsood scored 42 runs while captain Misbahul Haq continued his dry streak with a score of 12. Under pressure all rounder Shahid Afridi managed only 11 runs.

At this point, Umar Akmal came out in a punishing mood and blasted 42 runs from just 30 deliveries with the help of four fours and two sixes.

He was helped by Bilawal Bhatti, who struck three boundaries in one Dale Steyn over. On the last ball of the over, though, Steyn got the better of of Bhatti to send him back to the pavilion for 21 runs.

The match was not without its controversy. Anwar Ali was adjudged out in one of Steyn’s overs for ‘obstructing the field’, the act of intentionally changing direction as a way to block a fielder’s throw.

Steyn ended the innings with a career-best bowling figures of taking six wickets while conceding 39 runs.

Earlier, Pakistan had named an unchanged squad from the side that one the first match in Cape Town by 23 runs on Sunday.

South Africa made two changes with all-rounder Ryan McLaren and left-arm swing bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe replacing Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel.

Teams

Pakistan: Misbahul Haq (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal (wkt), Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Anwar Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan.

South Africa: AB de Villiers (captain), Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wkt), Jacques Kallis, JP Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Imran Tahir

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Reader Comments (43)

  • Chona
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:33PM

    Two very strange decisions in final over, firstly Anwar ali did not change direction and just ran in straight line, so it was not obstruction….Remember it is when you change direction that obstruction occurs…
    similarly Akmal never seemed to have edged the ball…..even commentators said it on screen…..what is more !!! it was a wide…so Pak ended with one less delivery, one less run and one more wicket …should I say it might have been 267 or 273 as Akmal could have hit last two balls for six…
    go Pak go….you can win…..!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Hassan
    Nov 27, 2013 - 10:32PM

    This is why I am the supporter of Pakistan team. Once in a year they pull off an improbable victory. Hafeez needs to go back to domestic cricket and Misbah should lead the young guns along with Afridi to 2015 world cup. I am really hoping that Amir can make a comeback to strengthen the bowling along with Fawad Alam at number 3.

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  • Fahad Raza
    Nov 27, 2013 - 10:32PM

    Green is the color of Glory for PakistanRecommend

  • SK
    Nov 27, 2013 - 10:38PM

    Great win ! Congrats team GreenRecommend

  • asim
    Nov 27, 2013 - 10:40PM

    @Chona:
    and they have won lolx!!

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  • Waseem
    Nov 27, 2013 - 10:40PM

    Great news!

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  • Kiran Muzammil
    Nov 27, 2013 - 10:47PM

    Great win. Now where are the self-promoting ex-cricketers who never miss an opportunity to criticize the coach and team management? I am sure Mohsin Khan, Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Yousuf will find a way to complain about the series win against South Africa as well and try their best to make sure Whatmore and Misbah dont get the credit they deserve. Shame on all the ex-cricketers who are only looking for PCB jobs and have no credibility. Well done Pakistan team and Pakistan Coach Whatmore!

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  • Pakistani Ostrich
    Nov 27, 2013 - 11:09PM

    Congrats for choking the chokers! The tuk-tuk rules!

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  • pulseller
    Nov 27, 2013 - 11:10PM

    Finally some good news for your country.

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  • amaariqbal
    Nov 27, 2013 - 11:13PM

    yeaaah we the first asian team to win a odi series in africa proud of u pakistani team

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  • gp65
    Nov 27, 2013 - 11:16PM

    ETBLOGS1987

    COngratulations team Pakistan. Victory well deserved.

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  • Nov 27, 2013 - 11:17PM

    YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!
    How on Earth was it possible,, that our bowling would let us down,,,
    Zindabad Junaid Khan,, u reminded us of another Pathan,, Umar Gul
    A beautiful display of brutal yorkers,,,Recommend

  • ghdg
    Nov 27, 2013 - 11:23PM

    Today both India and west indies winning series

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  • Saz
    Nov 27, 2013 - 11:36PM

    We won!!!!!!! Go team Pakistan go!!!!!!!!

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  • Chona
    Nov 27, 2013 - 11:36PM

    All praise to Allah who has given us this amazing victory…..!!!!
    Congratulations / Mubarakbaad to all ………..!!!
    Pakistan Zindaabaad………..!!!!!!Recommend

  • pakistaniat
    Nov 27, 2013 - 11:40PM

    First asian team to win ODI series against SA at their home ground. Indians fellow of this page Pakistan can smell the burn,,,

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  • Nov 27, 2013 - 11:53PM

    @salman
    How dare you! There is no such thing as a Pathan, only pakistani!

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 28, 2013 - 12:04AM

    Very sweet victory. Congratulations.

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  • ZZQ
    Nov 28, 2013 - 12:21AM

    While we all celebrate the victory again ignoring the short comings, please remember that had we required onlu 3-4 runs on last ball, our capable Umer Akmal (the legendary Akmals) would have given the match to S. Africans with hiss miss keeping.

    Wow on how these brothers have kept themselves in the team depriving the many deserving keepers of their destiny and even the country of the victories.

    If u need them dearly, include them as the batsmen… But plz bring right gloves behind the wicket!!!

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  • Zubair
    Nov 28, 2013 - 12:34AM

    @Hassan:
    You’re kidding about Fawad Alam at number 3. Right?

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  • np
    Nov 28, 2013 - 12:40AM

    @ghdg: You mean both India and Pakistan. West Indies lost to India.

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  • gp65
    Nov 28, 2013 - 12:43AM

    @pakistaniat: “First asian team to win ODI series against SA at their home ground. Indians fellow of this page Pakistan can smell the burn”

    I am an Indian and I congratulated Pakistan. Why do you think we would resent Pakistani victory against South Africa? We won our series against W.I as well. Of course if India Pakistan played I would be supporting India – which is natural.Recommend

  • Nov 28, 2013 - 1:29AM

    @Irfan
    You are right in a sense,, but my purpose was not to highlight ethnicity here,,,
    I’m a Punjabi by the way

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  • MythicalCMD
    Nov 28, 2013 - 1:33AM

    Everyone is lauding the performance of Junaid Khan, completely ignoring the game-changing over of Saeed Ajmal. Nevertheless Great WIN!!

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  • Stellar
    Nov 28, 2013 - 1:38AM

    Just start to believe in yourself and you’ll be successful. Keep it up.

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  • Bilal Irfan
    Nov 28, 2013 - 4:34AM

    I think they should send shan maqsood on opening with ahmed shahzad and then nasir jamshed who haven’t performed since ages and then hafeez

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  • Ih
    Nov 28, 2013 - 4:57AM

    What a victory ! Congratulation. That’s why they were and are now the most exciting and unpredictable team.” Forget talking heads ” they are always imagining their glory days . These guys deserve all the credit.

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  • Blunt
    Nov 28, 2013 - 10:53AM

    Is everything fine in Dhaka? Why I can’t see here @Dhaka since last week?

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  • Qasim
    Nov 28, 2013 - 11:07AM

    @gp65:
    As a Pakistani, admire and salute you on your sentiments. We should not turn everything into them against us.

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  • Ehsan Karim
    Nov 28, 2013 - 11:33AM

    Had Hashim amla hold his nerves, SA could have won the match.

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  • Syed Ali Zaib Kirmani
    Nov 28, 2013 - 12:09PM

    @Chona: yes the both decisions are very wrong but at the end we won the match also series

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  • Prashant
    Nov 28, 2013 - 12:17PM

    Oh so nice to see Pakistan winning the match/series when it was least expected of them!!! Pakistan is really the most unpredictble team one can imagine. They perform their best when it is least expected of them. Wonderful…. just be consistent…

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  • Nov 28, 2013 - 12:58PM

    Great win for Pakistan and Shahid Afridi has again done well in bowling taking two important wickets and giving less runs he also did well in 1st ODI with three wickets and 26 runs. People should stop criticizing Afridi as he is doing very well with bowl batting wise he can never be consistent as he is the most attacking batsman of the World.

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  • kapt slim
    Nov 28, 2013 - 2:56PM

    You just cant hate Misbah

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  • Effy
    Nov 28, 2013 - 3:18PM

    Congrats Pak team. But lets not get carried away, need to drop Jamshed, Hafeez, Amin, Soahil Tanveer and Shafiq for Sri Lanka tour, we must select Sharjeel Khan, Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan and M. Talha.

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  • Raheel
    Nov 28, 2013 - 4:15PM

    1’s good, 2’s better, 3’s a blast. kick them behinds thrice boys, them snooty bottoms need more

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  • Raheel
    Nov 28, 2013 - 4:17PM

    @Chona: that’s unfair but that’s ICC to pakistan of PCB headed by most incompetent of characters

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  • Raheel
    Nov 28, 2013 - 4:18PM

    @kapt slim: we dislike him

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  • Nov 28, 2013 - 4:37PM

    ET, Ahmed Shahzad or Junaid Khan should have been on the main picture instead of Afridi.

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  • Truth
    Nov 28, 2013 - 5:33PM

    @Irfan
    And Pakistani`s are mostly found in or around Lahore?

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  • shahid
    Nov 28, 2013 - 7:16PM

    congratz team pakistan.Proud to be a Pakistani!

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  • person
    Nov 29, 2013 - 2:16PM

    The victory was very much a fluke.

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  • Stealth
    Nov 29, 2013 - 4:58PM

    Pakistan can win more matches if they remove the professor khalifa from the team. His batting ‘average’ till now in all one day matches can’t even be called as ‘average’, it’s pathetic and poor.

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