22 August, 2014 / Shawwal 25, 1435

Hashim Amla leaves the field after being dismissed for 6. -Photo by Reuters

Top shots: Pakistan vs South Africa – as it happens

Match report

18:53 PST

At the beginning of our our coverage we asked: Should Pakistan have played an extra batsmen if Gul were to remain unused as a bowler? Turns out, Gul was the third-highest scorer of the match.

18:39 PST

Hafeez says: "Umar Gul and Umar Akmal produced something very special - we know Umar Gul can hit the ball very hard and it's good that everyone can contribute."

18:37 PST

Alison Mitchell, commentating for BBC Test Match Special, says:

"A shame that Gul wasn't out there in the middle when they won it, after he'd done all the work."

Dirk Nannes, commentating for BBC Test Match Special, says:

"Pakistan have absolutely stolen this game. But credit to them, they have kept going. It was inexplicable that Morkel bowled that knee-high full toss that was hit for six, that was the one ball he couldn't have bowled."

18:16 PST

BOUNDARY- Ajmal edges it through the slips for a four! Pakistan have pulled off the most unlikeliest of wins here! South Africa will be shocked and wondering what they will have to do to beat Pakistan in World T20s!

17:56 PST

BOUNDARY- Same length and this time Gul hits it over point! Out of nowhere Pakistan have some hope now. 22 of 18.

17:55 PST

BOUNDARY- SIX! Short length from Morkel and Gul hits it in his favourite spot!

17:53 PST

FREE HIT! Morkel steps over the line but Umar Akmal doesn't make full use of it!

17:52 PST

BOUNDARY- Umar Akmal comes down the track, Albie Morkel holds it back but Umar is up to it and cuts it over point for four.

17:47 PST

BOUNDARY- 6, 6! Umar Gul smashes Kallis for two sixes, both deliveries short, just the way Gul likes it. Gul giving Umar Akmal a few tips after that passage of play.

17:45 PST

Roshan Abeysinghe, commentating for BBC Test Match Special, says

"I think Pakistan have grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory here. Only chasing 134, on this pitch, nine times out of 10 they should have done it." I think nine times out of time one can expect them to do this 'grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory' bit as well.

17:41 PST

WICKET- Steyn fires it into the ribs of Yasir Arafat, short mid-on takes an easy catch!

17:38 PST

BOUNDARY- Umar Akmal looking to take the attack, hits Peterson inside out for four. Probably a bit too much for him to do alone. 61 off 36.

17:36 PST

Pakistan have, for a change, played the faster men with quite a lot of ease, the South African spinners looking menacing probably because of some senseless batting by Pakistan.

17:32 PST

WICKET- Afridi hits Duminy to Albie Morkel at long off, first-ball duck. Very brief stay, just under 2 minutes perhaps.

17:29 PST

WICKET- Malik makes room and cuts Kallis straight into the hands of Steyn at thirdman. Shahid Afridi walks in.

17:26 PST

BOUNDARY- Jacques Kallis on now, and immediately bounces Malik. The ball flies over the keeper after deflecting over Malik's shoulder.

17:17 PST

BOUNDARY- Umar Akmal sweeps Botha fine, perhaps that's the way to go.

17:15 PST

BOUNDARY- Umar Akmal pulls Botha over midwicket for four.

17:15 PST

Ramiz Raja, commentating for BBC Test Match Special, says:

"South Africa have got Pakistan where they wanted them. The damage has been done."

17:09 PST

WICKET- Johan Botha into the attack and goes straight through Kamran Akmal! It was too close to attempt a cheeky late cut, perhaps also not the right time to do so. Time for Umar Akmal to do his bit.

17:02 PST

BOUNDARY- Shoaib Malik, the new man in, clips Albie Morkel off his legs through short fine leg for four. Pakistan's middle-order will be tested today.

16:59 PST

WICKET- Another one falls! Nasir Jamshed falls in similar fashion to Hafeez. The left-arm spin of Robin Peterson proving far more deadly than the Steyn-Morkel combination!

16:56 PST

WICKET- Peterson beats Hafeez in flights as Hafeez plays a walking shot and is out stumped. Great work by AB de Villiers behind the stumps!

16:56 PST

BOUNDARY- Hafeez hits Peterson inside out for six!

16:53 PST

WICKET- Nazir falls to Steyn. Another short one and this time the batsman ends up gloving it to the keeper.

16:50 PST

BOUNDARY- Nazir pulls a 142 kph short ball from Steyn to the boundary for a once-bounce four.

16:47 PST

BOUNDARY- Nazir drives Morne Morkel forcefully through point, not the right length to the Pakistan openers.

16:43 PST

BOUNDARY- Hafeez drives Steyn through the covers before glancing one of his pads for two fours. Good start for Pakistan but with the amount of movement Steyn is getting, the next few overs will prove to be a handful for Hafeez and Nazir.

16:23 PST

South Africa finish at 133/6 in their 20 overs. Great strike-and-strangle job done by the Pakistani spinners. Raza Hasan 3-12-0, Saeed Ajmal 4-26-1, Mohammad Hafeez 4-23-2, Shahid Afridi 4-26-0. Duminy top-scored for South Africa with 48 off 38 balls. The score on this pitch should not be a big worry for Pakistan (average score on this ground is 162), keeping in mind their last performance but expect Steyn and Morkel to breathe some fire.

16:22 PST

BOUNDARY- Albie Morkel smacks Gul down the ground for four. Too much of an attacking field, no one patrolling the boundary.

16:16 PST

WICKET- Duminy falls, just when South Africa looked like they could achieve something in the range of 140. SA 123/6 in 18.4. Arafat has done a good job here, 3-25-2 his figures. Gul to bowl the last over.

16:14 PST

BOUNDARY- SIX! Duminy smacks Yasir Arafat over long on.

16:11 PST

This is hardly going to do Gul's confidence any good but experts will argue his late introduction was the right move considering South Africa's inability to get the Pakistani spinners away. Could Hafeez have played an extra batsman then in place of Gul?

16:09 PST

WICKET- Another terrible delivery by Gul, a full toss this time, but AB de Villiers hits it straight to Imran Nazir on the point boundary.

16:08 PST

BOUNDARY- Gul finally into the attack, in the 18th over and his first ball is picked up by AB for six over mid-wicket.

16:04 PST

BOUNDARY- First AB and then Duminy pick Ajmal off for fours.  104/4 in 17 overs, 130 still a possibility.

15:58 PST

16 overs bowled and still no sign of Umar Gul. Arafat has two, Hasan and Ajmal one each. Will Gul get a bowl?

15:56 PST

BOUNDARY- Ajmal fires it in but is too short and Duminy cuts him through point. South Africa should be aiming for at least 130 here.

15:47 PST

WICKET- Behardien attempts a similar shots but misses it completely, Akmal does the rest. SA 66/4 in 12.3. AB De Villiers in and Pakistan miss two clear run-out opportunities.

15:45 PST

BOUNDARY- Duminy's has enough of it, dances to the wicket to pick Hafeez over long on.

15:43 PST

BOUNDARY- Farhaan bhai cuts a faster, shorter one from Ajmal to the boundary.

15:37 PST

BOUNDARY- Behardien clips Afridi off his legs, using the bowler's pace, first boundary for quite some time.

15:29 PST

Farhaan Behardien and JP Duminy at the crease. Farhaan is a 28-year-old right-handed batsman and is known to be 'flashy'. Perhaps the ideal partner for Duminy at this stage who will keep the board ticking.

15:25 PST

Ramiz Raja commentating for BBC Test Match Special says:

"South Africa's improvisation isn't working here. Levi was trying to reverse-sweep, couldn't pick the doosra and was castled."

15:23 PST

WICKET- Jacques Kallis hits Hafeez straight to Afridi at short cover. Kallis was never in a position to play that uppishly, that too off the backfoot.

15:19 PST

WICKET- Saeed Ajmal gets Richard Levi, the batsman attempting a reverse sweep gets bowled through his legs! A very positive move by captain Hafeez to get Ajmal in early, makes sense to use your wicket-taking option against the oppositions best batsmen.

14:33 PST

South Africa have won the toss and will bat first on a wicket which seems lacks any juice for the bowlers.

The squads:

Pakistan Mohammad Hafeez*, Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal†, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Raza Hasan, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal South Africa RE Levi, HM Amla, JH Kallis, AB de Villiers*†, JP Duminy, F Behardien, JA Morkel, J Botha, RJ Peterson, DW Steyn, M Morkel

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Both teams seem to have predetermined notions of the other's form of attack and they are likely to be accurate to a great extent. The weather is sunny but the forecast predicts showers around the time the first innings wraps up.

“I think South Africa will rely on their pace attack and we know that it's all about the strategy of the teams. We really rely on our spinners because we have something very special in our side like Saeed Ajmal with his doosra,” Hafeez said.

Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez, on the other hand, expects South Africa to focus on their experienced fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.

De Villiers believes the pitch will take turn.

South Africa have studied video footage to prepare their batsmen to face Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal, captain A.B. De Villiers has said, as the teams meet in the first match of Group 1 in the World Twenty20 Super Eights round.

Comments (14) (Closed)


aziz79
Sep 29, 2012 11:20pm
If you were the selector then Pakistan would be flying home by now. Where is Omar Akmal.
Raw is War
Sep 28, 2012 11:44am
SA will win.
Hello1
Sep 28, 2012 02:25pm
This is not a team but a motley collection of erratic, unreliable and responsible individuals. If the bowling fires the batting stutters. If the batting delivers, the fielding fails. All in all, we are generally riding our luck.Also it is time to have a long hard look at players who can only scintillate in soft drink ads. The time has come to get rid of dead wood and those who splutter instead of booming.
Adnan Khan
Sep 28, 2012 01:50pm
You made my day. Go Green Shirts!!!
Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
Sep 28, 2012 10:59am
WOW! 66/4 with 12.3 overs already bowled means our victory is very much in sight. I wish others too pen their feelings over here rather than keeping to their chests. Bravo, you have raised heads of all Pakistanis, mashaallah. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi in Kuwait since 1978
Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
Sep 28, 2012 10:53am
We are already heading towards victory. Three South Africans sent back and that too so early with not much score on the board means what, I need not explain. I wish we do not slack, aameen. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi /Kuwait
rayees
Sep 28, 2012 01:40pm
pakistan paindabad. Great win by pakistan......
Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
Sep 28, 2012 10:31am
1st real test for our heroes and I am joining rest of my compatriots living both in Pakistan and overseas in prayers for our victory and inshaallah it is a matter of time only to hear the good news, aameen. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait
Genius
Sep 28, 2012 10:12am
Pakistan Will Insha Allah Win the T20 worldcup, while considering following combination in playing eleven. 1. Imran Nazir. 2. Nasir Jamshaid 3. Mohammad Hafeez 4. Asad Shafiq 5. Kamran Akmal 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Yasir Arafat 8. Sohail Tanveer 9. Umer Gul 10. Raza Hassan 11. Saeed Ajmal
Biggani
Sep 28, 2012 05:07pm
yahooo, Pakistan won....
Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
Sep 28, 2012 01:26pm
Congratulations-Pakistan gas won as I had indicated much in advance and I wonder how did someone, cannot be Pakistani, predicted that SA will win. Perhaps he wanted to say SA will lose or Pakistan will win. Now Indians must be sitting and thinking deep how to face, forget about defeating, Pakistan on Sunday. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Pakistani in Kuwait since 1978
babar
Sep 28, 2012 01:23pm
Amla the traitor!!!!!!!
Shafi
Sep 28, 2012 01:21pm
Pak won, yahooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
aziz79
Sep 29, 2012 11:23pm
Why do you have to bring in India when discussing Pakistan v SA match. India record against Pakistan is 100%.