Johannesburg ODI: SA beat Pak by 34 runs

Zeenews Sports Bureau

South Africa beat Pakistan by 34 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the five match series.

AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla share the Man of the Match award.



PAKISTAN Score: 309/10 II Overs: 48.1 (Irfan: 0* )

Kleinveldt has cleaned up Riaz with an accurate yorker. South Africa win by 34 runs.

Wahab Riaz b Kleinveldt 45 (52b 5x4 1x6)


PAKISTAN Score: 304/9 II Overs: 47 (Riaz: 40* )

Pakistan have lost the wicket of Junaid. Pakistan need 40 more to win from 18 balls wicket a wicket in hand.

Junaid Khan c & b Steyn 9 (12b 1x4 0x6)


PAKISTAN Score: 282/8 II Overs: 43.1 (Riaz: 28* )

Ajmal is dismissed this time. He hits one straight to the man at cover. Junaid comes to the middle now.

Saeed Ajmal c Kleinveldt b McLaren 8 (15b 0x4 0x6)


PAKISTAN Score: 279/7 II Overs: 42 (Riaz: 27*, Ajmal: 6* )

Riaz has struck some lusty blows and is looking very impressive in the middle. He has already hit two fours and a six in his innings so far. Ajmal meanwhile is looking to give him support. although Pakistan are getting runs at a decent rate the loss of wickets may harm their chances of reching the target.


PAKISTAN Score: 244/7 II Overs: 35.3 (Riaz: 1*, Ajmal: 0* )

Pakistan have lost Misbah (28) and Afridi after a fantastic knock of 88 that included seven huge sixes. Pakistan need a hundred more in 14.3 overs.

Shahid Afridi c McLaren b Tsotsobe 88 (48b 5x4 7x6)

Misbah-ul-Haq c de Villiers b McLaren 28 (25b 4x4 0x6)


Afridi is on a roll here and has already hit 4 massive SIXES. Miscues one from Steyn which goes just over the fielder at mid-off. Gets hit on the hand next ball and there's a minor delay in proceedings.


PAKISTAN Score: 178/5 II Overs: 30 (Misbah: 25*, Afridi: 31* )

Afridi is living upto his reputation here. A few huge sixes including two consecutive hits over the fence off Tsotsobe. Everything looks possible when he is in the middle. Pakistan would want him to be in the middle for a considerable period of time and not throw his wicket away.


PAKISTAN Score: 132/5 II Overs: 24.3 (Misbah: 10*)

Pakistan have lost another wicket and its Shoaib who has departed now to a very good catch off a slower ball.

Shoaib Malik c Kleinveldt b Tsotsobe 4 (12b 0x4 0x6)


PAKISTAN Score: 123/4 II Overs: 21.1 (Misbah: 5*)

Younis Khan departs this time. Peterson has cleaned him up and Pakistan are in more trouble.

Younis Khan b Peterson 19 (20b 2x4 0x6)


PAKISTAN Score: 111/3 II Overs: 19.4 (Khan: 12*)

Hafeez is dismissed. He played a gem of knock till he tried one shot too many. An attempted hit over the ground found the fielder at long off.

Mohammad Hafeez c Steyn b Peterson 57 (49b 6x4 3x6)


PAKISTAN Score: 97/2 II Overs: 16.4 (Hafeez: 56*)

Hafeez has been hitting the ball really well and has hit some massive sixes off Peterson. He has also got past his 50. Just one stroke of luck where he survived a run out scare, but luck does favour the brave. Akmal was lending him god support at the other end until McLaren manages to dislodge him. He has played his part though.

Kamran Akmal c de Villiers b McLaren 30 (42b 4x4 0x6)


PAKISTAN Score: 73/1 II Overs: 14 (Hafeez: 35*, Akmal: 28*)

Both the batsmen are taking the charge on the South African bolwers and have so far succeeded in the endeavour. Hafeez has hit six boundaries so far and Akmal has four hits to the fence. Pakistan are putting up a really good fight.


PAKISTAN Score: 39/1 II Overs: 7 (Hafeez: 18*, Akmal: 11*)

Both batsmen have put their foot on the accelerator and are smashing boundaries all around the ground. Hafeez has already hit three beautiful boundaries and Akmal is also standing up to be counted with two hits to the fence. Both Steyn and Tsotsobe have been smashed and it may be time for South Africa to make a change in bowling.


PAKISTAN Score: 15/1 II Overs: 4 (Hafeez: 5*)

Pakistan were going well. Jamshed in particular was playing wonderfully. He had hit a couple of beautiful strokes for a four and a six. He got a bit too excited though and tried to loft one over mid off but the ball went straight into the hands of Amla at mid off. So Pakistan lose their first wicket.

Nasir Jamshed c Amla b Tsotsobe 10 (14b 1x4 1x6)


PAKISTAN Score:0/0 II Overs: 1 (Jamshed: 0*, Hafeez: 0*)

Dale Steyn starts proceedings for the Proteas. Jamshed is hit on the pads off the second ball but the ball was going down the leg side. Good tight start by Steyn. No run off the over.


SOUTH AFRICA Score: 343/5 II Overs: 50 [McLaren 0* (1b), Behardien 6* (6b)]

Some superlative batting by Faf at the end has tipped the score to an almost unassailable total. Even though du Plessis perished with a ball to go, he'd done more than enough damage with his swishing bat. The South Africans end their 50 overs with 343 runs on the board - an incredible comeback after being 42/2 in 14-odd overs. Wahab Riaz conceded over 90 runs in his 10 overs and that's indicative of the punishment the bowlers received once de Villiers and Amla got going. 344 may not be impossible, but it's quite the tall order for the Pakistani batsmen. Join us shortly for their effort.

Faf du Plessis c Younis Khan b Riaz 45 (19b)


SOUTH AFRICA Score: 324/4 II Overs: 48 [Du Plessis 32* (13b), Behardien 1* (1b)]

Faf has come out all bats blazing, slamming a few fours and two 'pinkredible' sixes off Riaz's latest over. Add to that the couple of streaky fours he edged, and the over was worth 20 runs. Slog-batting at its best by du Plessis.


SOUTH AFRICA Score: 301/4 II Overs: 46.3 [Du Plessis 10* (5b), Behardien 0* (0b)]

The 300 is now up for South Africa and it's quite the daunting total already. But AB has perished, trying to push the run-rate into 'obscenely crazy' category. That may just peg the scoring back a wee bit at the death. Farhan Behardien is the new man in.

De Villiers c Malik b Ajmal 128 (108b)


SOUTH AFRICA Score: 280/3 II Overs: 44.1 [Du Plessis 0* (0b), de Villiers 117* (99b)]

And now Amla chips one to extra cover as he has to go, having made a fascinating century. Just the previous ball, the two had set the world record for the highest third wicket partnership in an ODI, having put together 238, one more than what Dravid and Tendulkar had put on against Kenya. Faf du Plessis is the new man in, wearing fuchsia pink shoes as well.

Amla c Misbah b Riaz 122 (113b)


SOUTH AFRICA Score: 258/2 II Overs: 41 [Amla 112* (103b), de Villiers 110* (90b)]

To celebrate de Villiers' fine, speedy century, knock. He has, off late, gone berserk, slamming a couple of sixes off Hafiz to get through his 90s and he's now punished Afridi with two sixes and a four which brought up his 100. To honour his inning, we've made him our cover pic for this piece. Way to go AB!


SOUTH AFRICA Score: 234/2 II Overs: 39 [Amla 100* (99b), de Villiers 98* (82b)]

Amla has moved to three figures! A fine, magnificent century. There was a lot of pressure early on, to stay at the crease and not get out. And then, once he had laid the foundation, he's consolidated with some quick runs as well. De Villiers, meanwhile, swiftly approaches his century too with some big back-to-back sixes!


SOUTH AFRICA Score: 194/2 II Overs: 36 [Amla 90* (90b), de Villiers 72* (73b)]

Amla has moved on into his not-terribly-nervous 90s while de Villiers stays steady at the other end. Wahab bowling in tandem with Ajmal, with little success.


SOUTH AFRICA Score: 170/2 II Overs: 32 [Amla 80* (80b), de Villiers 63* (59b)]

When even Saeed Ajmal's going for 6-runs per over, you know the Pakistani bowling attack is feeling rather hapless. Even Junaid Khan hasn't been able to put a break on the proceedings. Amla heading to a century while de Villiers is going strong as well!


SOUTH AFRICA Score: 144/2 II Overs: 29 [Amla 65* (71b), de Villiers 53* (49b)]

The two South Africans are consolidating the good start to their partnership and it looks like they're now setting up for a big haul later. Steady, sensible, strong batting by the Proteans. The partnership, meanwhile, is now worth 101 runs from 91 balls.


SOUTH AFRICA Score: 104/2 II Overs: 23 [Amla 52* (55b), de Villiers 29* (29b)]

AB and Amla have really picked up the pace here and the two have swiftly put on 62 runs in 554 balls. Amla has now gotten to almost a run-a-ball while AB has been a a 100% strike rate too. They've built a strong base and this partnership is looking very threatening for the Pakistanis' hopes.


SOUTH AFRICA Score: 66/2 II Overs: 17 (Amla 29*, de Villiers 15*)

Irfan has come back into the attack to pick up his second as Ingram perishes to a short ball. But de Villiers is in and the home-side, pink-clad team are beginning to pick up the pace ever so slightly. Irfan has bowled 7 overs already and gotten 2 wickets for 34 runs. De Villiers is playing with more confidence now.

Ingram c Akmal b Irfan 17 (43b)


SOUTH AFRICA Score: 26/1 II Overs: 10 (Amla 11*, Ingram 10*)

It's been Pakistan's game so far, but if Amla and Ingram get into it they'll get their desired runs once the danger abates. Junaid Khan has bowled 5 overs, giving away just 3 runs; he's bowling superbly. Riaz is not replacing Irfan who's bowled 5 overs and has figures of 1 for 22.


SOUTH AFRICA Score: 20/1 II Overs: 7 (Amla 11*, Ingram 4*)

Ingram and Amla trying to steady things out here and play out the tough first few overs with South Africa's run-rate crawling tragically slowly. Amla has, admittedly, hit a couple of boundaries off that last Irfan over.


SOUTH AFRICA Score: 4/1 II Overs: 3 (Amla 0*, Ingram 0*)

OUT! An early wicket for Pakistan as Mohammed Irfan strikes. It hasn't been a good start for the Proteans, attired in pink today (yeah, switch on your TV sets to get a glimpse of that) and Smith has been dismissed early as Irfan rattles the stumps.

Smith b Mohammed Irfan 3 (11b)


TOSS: Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowls first

South Africa began the series with an emphatic win over Pakistan but the visitors came back strongly to draw level in the second match.


South Africa: AB de Villiers(w/c), Graeme Smith, Rory Kleinveldt, Dale Steyn, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson, Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, David Miller, Aaron Phangiso, Ryan McLaren, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Colin Ingram

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Kamran Akmal(w), Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Umar Gul, Abdur Rehman, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Saeed Ajmal, Younis Khan, Imran Farhat, Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz