Zee Media Bureau/Manushree Chaumal & Suyash Srivastava
South Africa innings:
Over 38.4 || Score 181/6
So skipper AB de Villiers made sure he batted till the end, which he did, as South Africa won the match by four wickets. Proteas lost one more wicket of McLaren, who was the sixth batsmen to be dismissed and was flummoxed by Ajmal’s doosra. South Africa have won the match but Pakistan take away the trophy with a 2-1 series win.
AB de Villiers 48* (63b), Wayne Parnell 7* (9b)
R McLaren b Saeed Ajmal 17 (29b)
Over 35|| Score 159/5
McLaren and AB have added 20 runs in the last five overs without any loss. AB de Villiers is batting on 34 and even though South Africa just need 21 runs from 15 overs, the match could be interesting if Pakistan managed to pick the wicket of the Proteas skipper.
Over 30 || Score 139/5
South Africa lost another wicket when set batsman Miller tried to make some room for himself on the off side, but edged the ball to the right of Akmal, who dived and took an excellent catch. 40 runs for the fifth wicket. Skipper AB is still batting on 24 and McLaren is the new man in. South Africa now need 41 runs to win from 20 overs.
DA Miller c Umar Akmal b Sohail Tanvir 24 (26b)
Over 25 || Score 111/4
After losing four wickets in quick successions, skipper AB de Villiers and David Miller have been watchful and the duo has now added 27 runs for the fifth-wicket partnership. AB would want to bat till the end considering what happened while he was dismissed in the second ODI. South Africa now need 69 runs from 25 overs.
Over 20 || Score 87/4
South Africa are now clearly struggling. After having made a confident start, they have now lost two more wickets in the last five overs. First Amla was dismissed as he went for a suicidal single and was sent back by Duminy but he was well short. Duminy on the other hand was caught by Umar Akmal after he played a ball high in the air. David Miller and skipper AB de Villiers are now the two new batsmen at the crease. South Africa still need 93 runs from 30 overs to win the match.
JP Duminy c Umar Akmal b Abdur Rehman 16 (23b)
HM Amla run out 41 (48b)
Over 15 || Score 69/2
Ajmal picked his first wicket of the match when David misread the line and then lost his balance as Akmal was quick to remove the bails. Amla is still batting at the crease and South Africa would want him to stay there till the end. South Africa now need 111 runs to win from 35 overs.
H Davids st Umar Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 7 (18b)
Over 10 || Score 49/1
Pakistan got their first breakthrough when Bhatti bowled a bouncer and de Kock mistimed it to Ajmal at square leg. From there onwards, Amla and Henry Davis have batted sensibly and have added 10 runs.
Q de Kock c Saeed Ajmal b Bilawal Bhatti 15 (18b)
Over 5 || Score 34/0
Chasing 179 to win, Amla and Quinton de Kock have got their side to a brisk start as they have added 34 runs in the first five overs. The Proteas now need 146 runs to win from 45 overs.
Over 46.5 || Score 179
Misbah hit two huge sixes in Tahir’s 46th over adding 14 runs to the total. But Pakistan batsmen could not last 50 overs. In the 47th over, Ajmal’s was the last wicket to fall. Off Parnell delivery, Ajmal hit the ball towards the slips where AB took an easy catch. Misbah remained unbeaten at 79 runs. South Africa need 180 runs in 50 overs to win the match.
Saeed Ajmal c de Villiers b Parnell 0 (4b)
Over 45 || Score 164/9
The 51-run partnership between Misbah and Rehman came to an end in the 42nd over. Amla took yet another wonderful catch, this time at deep square leg, where Rehman hit the ball high up. By the end of 45th over, Sohail Tanvir, the new batsman was sent back to the pavilion by Tsotsobe. Tanvir hit the ball straight to the sweeper. Saeed Ajmal joins Misbah now. One wicket to go for South Africa.
Abdur Rehman c Amla b Imran Tahir 22 (40b)
Sohail Tanvir c Parnell b Tsotsobe 6 (11b)
Over 40 || Score 141/7
Batting power play was taken in the 36th over. The partnership between Misbah and Rehman is the best Pakistan has seen today. The skipper also completed his half-century. Three runs off McLaren’s 36th over. In the 37th over, Misbah was dropped by Duminy, off Parnell’s delivery. Abdur Rehman also got lucky in the 40th over. South Africa will look to wrap up the innings quickly now with three wickets to go. Pakistan might not get a 3-0 win in the series after all.
Over 35 || Score 117/7
Pakistan have again shown an inconsistent performance. The seventh wicket fell right in the next over after the sixth. In the 29th over, Anwar Ali was Philander’s third victim. After the appeal for lbw was turned down, the team went for a successful review, and Anwar had to go. Misbah-ul Haq is again playing a knock to save his team. He is now at 41 runs. Abdur Rehman has joined him at the other end.
Anwar Ali c de Kock b Philander 1 (2b)
Over 28 || Score 97/6
Pakistan’s batting order has collapsed like a pack of cards. At a paltry score of 97 runs in 28 overs they have already lost 6 wickets. The last three wickets fell in quick successions. After Maqsood, the next two wickets were in form of Umar Akmal and Bilawal Bhatti. Akmal who came out to bat after Sohaib’s departure could score only 5 runs before Philander struck. The South African keeper de Kock took a brilliant one-handed catch to dismiss Akmal. Off Imran Tahir’s delivery, Bhatti was caught by Amla at slips.
Umar Akmal c de Kock b Philander 5 (26b)
Bilawal Bhatti c Amla b Imran Tahir 1 (9b)
Over 20 || Score 78/4
After Amin’s dismissal, skipper Misbah-ul Haq was the new man in. While Wayne Parnell replaced Tsotsobe in the bowling attack and conceded 3 runs in his 12th over. Misbah and Sohaib were going slow taking singles and doubles, going for big shots occasionally to prevent further fall of wickets, but in the 17th over, McLaren got his second wicket in form of Maqsood. The delivery was shot straight to the bowler who missed no chance to take the catch.
Sohaib Maqsood c & b McLaren 25 (39b)
Over 11 || Score 48/3
Sixth over by Tsotsobe conceded 9 runs that included a boundary by Maqsood. Maqsood found the gap between cover and point and hit the ball straight to the ropes for four runs. Philander gave away just a single in the seventh over followed by a maiden eighth by Tsotsobe. The South African bowlers are giving just the right start their team needed. A boundary, again by Maqsood, added four runs in the ninth over. Off Vernon’s fourth delivery, Maqsood hit a brilliant shot finding gap between the mid-off and extra cover. Two boundaries by Amin in Tsotsobe’s next over added 8 runs in the tenth over. A bowling change in 11th over, again worked in South African favour. Pakistani top-order is collapsing. Ryan McLaren took Amin’s wicket. The last ball of the 11th over, was hit by Amin straight to the lone fielder at the slips, Hashim Amla, who leaped high and took an excellent catch, to send back Amin to the pavilion.
Umar Amin c Amla b McLaren 25 (35b)
Over 5 || Score 21/2
Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Amin opened the Pakistan innings while Vernon Philander started the proceedings for South Africa. Philander opened the innings with a wide ball but right in the fourth delivery he got an early breakthrough for his team. Wicket Shehzad is out. He scored a century in the previous match but this time was out on zero. He edged the delivery to the fielder, Hashim Amla at the first slip, who took an easy catch to dismiss the batsman. Asad Shafiq came in at number 3. Tsotsobe joined Philander at the other end and conceded a brilliant second maiden over. The last ball of the third over by Philander was hit for a boundary by Amin. Tstsotbe continued with the fourth over, taking Amin’s wicket, right in the first delivery. Wicket:The full length ball that Shafiq tried to play outside off hit the inside edge of his bat and landed straight at the keeper’s gloves. Sohaib Maqsood joined Amin at the crease. Pakistan have lost two wickets within 5 overs; not quite a start Misbah would have wanted. Three runs and a wicket in the fourth over. The fifth by Philander gets 11 runs for Pakistan, courtesy a four and massive six by Amin.
Ahmed Shehzad c Amla b Philander 0 (3b)
Asad Shafiq c de Kock b Tsotsobe 1 (5b)
Toss:South Africa have won the toss and elected to field first.
Pakistan have already clinched the three match ODI series by winning the first two matches.
Today’s match is more of a dead rubber in the series. However, it would be interesting to see whether Misbah-ul Haq and his team are able to white wash South Africa. The Proteas on the other hand will be keen to end the series by winning this last match, but with absence of experienced trio Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis, this not might be an easy task. This year, Pakistan have met South Africa in two bilateral series, both won by South Africa. This third one, has finally seen some Pakistani dominance.
Interestingly, the last time South Africa was white washed in a ODI series was way back in 2004 against Sri Lanka, where they lost 5-0.