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South Africa’s Wayne Parnell, second left, celebrates with his teammates after taking the wicket of Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez during the first one-day international cricket match between Pakistan and South Africa at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah. — AP Photo
South Africa’s Wayne Parnell, second left, celebrates with his teammates after taking the wicket of Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez during the first one-day international cricket match between Pakistan and South Africa at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah. — AP Photo

SHARJAH: South Africa staged a remarkable comeback to turn what seemed certain defeat into a one-run win over Pakistan in the first day-night international in Sharjah on Wednesday.

Pakistan, chasing a modest 184 to win, were cruising along nicely at 165-4 but lost their last six wickets for just 17 runs off 39 balls to be bowled out for 182 in 46.3 overs.

It looked all over with Umar Amin (20) and Umar Akmal (18) at the crease but leg-spinner Imran Tahir (3-45) dismissed Umar, Shahid Afridi (nine) and Wahab Riaz (zero) in succsessive overs to leave Pakistan struggling for the last seven runs.

Last man Mohammad Irfan and Saeed Ajmal added five runs before Morne Morkel (2-23) bowled Irfan to send his team into an unexpected but frenzied celebration, much to the dismay of the 15,000 crowd who came to see Pakistan win.

It was man-of-the-match Wayne Parnell who starred with both bat and ball, hitting a career best 56 before taking 3-41 in his eight overs.

South African captain AB de Villiers said his team had the belief of turning the tables. “South Africans always believe we can turn things around. When you get a sniff you have to drive it home,” said De Villiers.

His Pakistan counterpart Misbah-ul Haq was disappointed at losing when victory seemed certain.

“We could not handle the pressure, some relaxed shots that cost us the match,” he said.

“Our focus should be to be there till the last run is scored, the batting spoiled the party.

We have to forget this game and improve for the next one.”

For Pakistan off-spinner Ajmal (4-30) was well supported by leg-spinner Afridi (3-37) as South Africa were bowled out in the final over.

The win gives South Africa a 1-0 lead in the five-match series with the second match in Dubai on Friday.

Pakistan lost opener Nasir Jamshed (nought) early but Shehzad (58) and Mohammad Hafeez (28) shared a 71-run stand for the second wicket to stablise the run-chase.

Even when Hafeez fell, Pakistan never looked in trouble as Misbah (31) and Shehzad took Pakistan to 135 when the innings started to fall apart with Misbah dismissed by Parnell.

The Pakistan skipper hit three fours off 49 balls. When on 28 he reached 4,000 one-day runs with a flurry of boundaries off Tahir. He became the 13th Pakistani batsmen to reach the milestone in his 129th match.

It was Shehzad who set the tone for a successful chase, hitting five boundaries in his 92-ball innings.

But once Shehzad and Misbah fell, South Africa sensed an unexpected victory as batsmen fell one after the other.

When South Africa batted after winning the toss, they could never recover from the early loss of opener Colin Ingram, caught off Irfan's second ball of the innings for nought.

Ajmal then rocked the South African batting, dimissing Graeme Smith (20), Faf du Plessis (12) and De Villiers (four) in his first spell of six overs.

Afridi then jolted South Africa further by taking Ryan McLaren (eight), David Miller (37) and Morkel (four) in his nine overs.

Parnell, who hit a century in South Africa's domestic one-day competition earlier this month, hit six boundaries and a six off 70 balls and added an invaluable 52 for the ninth wicket with Lonwabo Tsotsobe (16 not out) to avoid a complete disaster.

Parnell holed out in the 49th over, caught off Ajmal before Sohail Tanvir dismissed Imran Tahir in the final over.

Parnell's wicket was Ajmal's 150th in his 93rd one-day match, becoming Pakistan's 11th bowler to reach the milestone.

Tsotsobe hit a four and a six off Ajmal in the 45th over, crossing the double-figure mark for the first time in 52 matches.

Miller hit two boundaries and a six off 51 balls before falling to Afridi, leaving Parnell to repair the damage to some extent.

Parnell's previous best of 49 was against India at Jaipur three years ago

Brief Scores: South Africa 183 in 49.5 overs (W. Parnell 56; Saeed Ajmal 4-30, Shahid Afridi 3-30), Pakistan 182 in 46.3 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 58; W.Parnell 3-41)


South Africa: Colin Ingram, Graeme Smith, JP Duminy, AB de Villiers (capt), Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan

Umpires: Richard Illingworth (ENG) and Shozab Raza (PAK) TV umpire: Steve Davis (AUS) ICC match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)

Comments (68) Closed

Ak Oct 30, 2013 05:14pm

Please why Tanvir and Raiz. Bring guys on merit. They should have included Anwar Ali as an all rounder and Asad shafiq.also kept the other fast bowler

ali Oct 30, 2013 08:25pm

The bowlers did a good job in the beginning but lost direction after the fall of the sixth wicket to help SA reach 183, but there overall performance was good. This is a get able total only if the Pakistani batsman apply and not become nervous and collapse .Afridi should treat balls on merit and not start hitting all balls delivered to him out of the ground just to please the crowd, he should show responsibility.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Oct 30, 2013 09:28pm

Well done green-shirts. Keep it up and hang on tough. After good bowling and fielding performance against the South Africans in Sharjah-UAE for the first ODI, the buck has again stopped at the batting department as they say in America. Now is the right time and the high time to show your batting prowess, skills and traits. Hopefully, you will not disappoint millions of your dedicated fans, faithful supporters and true sponsors spread all over the world.

Loud Speaker Oct 31, 2013 12:17am

Pakistan all out 182

cricketlover Oct 31, 2013 12:18am

This game was easily pocketable for Pakistan but, not unsurprisingly, they made a complete mess of it and ended up 0-1 in this series. As usual, batting woes came alive and irresponsible attitude cost them this match. SA's batting did not click either in complete contrast to what AB had remarked earlier about 'attacking' Pakistan. I hope he has learnt his lesson not to underestimate the opposition, especially if it's Pakistan, whose bowlers gave a decent show and restricted the formidable Proteas to a 'manageable' total of 183. Well, better luck next time.

cricketlover Oct 31, 2013 12:11am

This game was easily pocketable for Pakistan but, not unsurprisingly, they made a complete mess of it and ended up 0-1 in this series. As usual, batting woes came alive and irresponsible attitude cost them this match. SA's batting did not click either in complete contrast to what AB had remarked earlier about 'attacking' Pakistan. I hope he has learnt his lesson not to underestimate the opposition, especially if it's Pakistan, whose bowlers gave a decent show and restricted the formidable Proteas to a 'manageable' total of 183. Well, better luck next time.

Imran Oct 31, 2013 12:18am

And we still lost....Our batting is too bad. We cannot chase anything...Look at new indian batsman, they are chasing everything.

Loud Speaker Oct 31, 2013 12:28am

Pakistan lost

Nasr Oct 31, 2013 12:29am

Only a bunch of silly players can let slip a match by their hands

Sitaram (India) Oct 31, 2013 12:43am

What a remarkable comeback by Pakistan in the last few overs. Shehzad and Misbah were threatening to take the game away from SA. I was confident since the begining that Pakistan will never be able to chase 184. Well Done Pakistan! You made me proud. Even Bangladesh has a better Batting line up than Pakistan. Shame Shame.....

Look at the power of India, they chased 350 against world no.2 Australia not once but twice in the past 10 days....What a difference between the 2 nations. While India is reaching new heights, Pakistan is biting the dust....I can bet even Bangladesh will beat this Pakistan team with ease......

Ebrahim Oct 31, 2013 12:45am

The downfall was brought by the two Umers and Afridi who hit the ball without thinking (that is normal of him). The loss was Inspite of the third umpire giving life to Irfan. What a shame that Misbah had mentioned about Imran Tahir that we are now used to him facing 45 overs and we will take care of him and he himself got out to him. I don't think that Pakistan will come back but they will go down and loose the series. Misbah if you do not score then others will not score, your tuk tuk was required today which you did not do.

zulmai khan Oct 31, 2013 01:04am

Please do not watch this team. It will upset you and the players are not really the one that they will make you proud rather they will make you depress with no wins but cheats all the way and bring shame.....

optimist Oct 31, 2013 12:57am

Wahab Riaz is the new Imran Farhat, he is preffered over Abdul Rahman, Junaid Khan and Asad Shafiq. Misbah always goes for his favorites not for the sake of the team. Wahab was sloppy in bowling, batting and fielding

Seedoo Oct 31, 2013 12:58am

"match fixing" is the writing on the wall. My conspiracy theory of the day

Patriot Oct 31, 2013 01:09am

Win or loss are actually part of the game. But, at least we should rectify our mistakes. Nasir Jamshed should try to recover his form. The coach should work on it, otherwise for what purpose Whatmore is bein paid. Nasir Jamshed should not be removed but effort should be made to recover his form. I am hopeful that it will happen soon In shaa Allah. He is a very nice player but the coach should also work. We have Mohammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi as two all rounders. Even then three fast bowlers and one other spinner are playing in the team. It means we have six bowlers. Mohammad Hafeez should improve his batting and an all-rounder should replace one of the fast bowlers who can bowl 5 to 6 overs and also bat well. The all-rounder should be more a batsman than a bowler. Otherwise these occasions will be repeated.

cr Oct 31, 2013 01:38am

A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY LOST (OR SQUANDERED)..........IS IT CRICKET OR SOMETHING ELSE (your guess)? Definitely, it's outrageous and unacceptable for all the fans as this tantamounts to CARELESSNESS in its extreme, to say the least. What a lousy performance, from 165 for 4 to 182 all out with plenty of overs left. Even a club team could have played more sensibly than our much-touted 'national heroes'. What kind of coaching set-up do we have? Or is there still one in place? Surely, those answerable must provide convincing answers and explanation (if there is one) for this debacle.

mac1960 Oct 31, 2013 01:48am

Pakistani players once again has shown that they are unable to understand how they should play keeping in mind what is needed. Experienced players like Shahid Afridi played in a very irresponsible manner and this is not the first time. The team surely needs a psychologist who could prepare them to play with a sense of responsibility.

rizkara Oct 31, 2013 02:09am

We lost the match only because of one person. Mr. Afridi has not brain what so ever he should not be in the team.

zaffar nagi Oct 31, 2013 02:16am

What a performance by our batting line.It seems something is missing between their ears.Guess what?

rizkara Oct 31, 2013 02:17am

Never in the history of cricket such poor batting was seen.Shameless display of batting.None showed any responsibility. shame on you shahid Afridi

shado Oct 31, 2013 02:35am

Only Pakistan can blow up a match like this! I still can't believe this- WHY TANVEER, WHY? - fawad alam! or Zulfiqar babar should do the trick - - -

fowez Oct 31, 2013 02:31am

Misbah: "We could not handle the pressure, some relaxed shots that cost us the match."

Not only is that an understatement, it's the same excuse over and over. The team is a reflection of leadership; cautious at best, play not to lose.

On a day when India chases down 350 we can't chase down 182? It is what it is, CHOKE!

anwar khushab Oct 31, 2013 03:34am

On one screen, I saw India chase down 350 runs. On the other, I saw Pakistan not able to get 183. Enough said. Please get rid of these pathetic batsmen, starting with that regular failure, Nasir Jamshed.

Nasr Oct 31, 2013 04:12am

A team of novices defeated, falling like nine pins and leaving the spectators nail biting

M N AHMAD Oct 31, 2013 04:24am

This team is simply pathetic. Very soon they would be overrun by Afghanistan cricket team. This is the lowest. They could not avail offered in a plate by their bowlers.

Shafi Oct 31, 2013 04:16am

Really really disappointed to see pathetic display by our players. Cant even play Tahir. I will not surprise SA whitewash us. Learn from BD how they are promoting youngsters and how good they are performing. Nothing will change unless the corruption in PCB stop. Soon we have to play qualifying round with Afgan or Ireland to get entry in World cup.

Sadiq Oct 31, 2013 05:06am

Hi the way Pakistan lost the Match to South Africa, is something wrong, there is some fishy going, just 15 runs and 6 wickets left and the team lost their match by 1 run. It does not come to my brain. Investigation is required to be done?

SA Oct 31, 2013 05:18am

very well done SA!!!!

SKhan Oct 31, 2013 05:58am

That is what happens when you make brain fading selections based on stereotype, bias and inability to grasp the basic facts.

Why on earth Asad Shafiq and Junaid Khan were not selected? Why Khurram manzoor has been steretyped as a test player only? Why our top 3 continue to play for their own places yet get selected, when we will get rid of Akmals, for god sake keeping the wickets in not their right by birth.

This playing X1 cannot win a single match in world cup in australia.

I would rather select this lineup

Khurram Manzoor Ahmed Shahzad/Nasir Asad Shafiq MisbahulHaq Fawad Alam Hafeez/Umar Amin/Hammad Sarfaraz Ahmad Shahid Afridi Saeed Ajmal Junaid Khan MIrfan Umar Gul/ARehman/Zulfiqar Babar/raza hasan

Junaid Oct 31, 2013 07:07am

That was really " unbelievable". Even South African team was in shock for a minute. Some heads should role on this kind of performance. There was no excuse to lose this one. Shame on the whole batting line up.

Topspinner Oct 31, 2013 07:58am

Pakistani batsmen are still struggling against Imran Tahir's googlies and sliders.

Riaz khan Oct 31, 2013 08:21am

I think no player must be given contract They should all be paid based on performances criteria Also batting has always been a problem They must employ batting coach to coach even the long tail must know at least how to hold a bat and in emergency know how to swing the bat Pathetic batting again and again Pakistan

Imran Ahmed Oct 31, 2013 08:15am

I don't know why we don't learn

sourav Oct 31, 2013 08:42am

On one side India chase down a mammoth total of 350 that too two times , although I do admit that our bowlers are lacklustured right now. But anyways considering the new field changes in cricket , you got too have a strong batting line-up and that too who have confidence and can absorb pressure. Pakistan got to make changes in their squad . If the current scenario continues, I hardly think Pakistan would be able to make it to the quarter -finals of Worldcup 2015.

Sohail Khalid Oct 31, 2013 08:50am

I think team pak need a permanent physiological coach. And PCB if you want to achieve optimal results you will have to train their mind simultaneously with their bodies. Pakistani batsmans should see some videos of team India that how to chase a target.

Sohail Khalid Oct 31, 2013 08:48am

@Ak: Very true. And why Muhammad Hafeez at the most imp position of one down. Why not Misah himself ? At least he has good temperament and beter techniques.look India has their best Virat Kohlli at that position.

FR Oct 31, 2013 09:04am

Do you still believe cricket is corruption-free?

M. Aamir Nawaid Oct 31, 2013 09:31am

Same story all the time. Our players are not mentally strong and have no faith in their own talent. I am more worried about post-Misbah scenario. There is no one who can bat and score 40+ runs. It means that after Misbah leaves, Pakistan will struggle to cross 150 mark. Can anyone tell us what is the average score of Pakistan in ODIs in the last 10 years? I think it is below 200 but I may be wrong.

kashif Oct 31, 2013 09:53am

A very well deserved victory for SA. Great performance, Pakistan team is also keeping on consistent performance. Great series for SA. No need to waste words for Pakistan

dr vimal raina Oct 31, 2013 10:18am

and you tell me that this match was not fixed?

Syed Arslan Oct 31, 2013 10:18am

Nasir Jamshed is played on what merit? he was flopped throughout a year & was never dropped for even a single match. No need of Afridi who still don't know what kind of inning required from him in such situation.

SAZ Oct 31, 2013 10:34am

Pakistan team at its pathetic best (y)

stingrayopp Oct 31, 2013 11:33am

100% match fixing ! if everybody agrees or not , it has been purely proved by that suspicious display of batting scenarios at the eleventh hour !

Effy Oct 31, 2013 11:35am

the current pakistani players are lucky to be palying for pakistan, if they were born in India they wouldnt be even be selected for club cricket. Players like Sehwag, Gambhir, Rahene and Pujara are not given a chance even tough they are world clasee payers, but in Pakistan third rate players like Hafeez, Misbah, Afridi, Sohial Tanver, Wahab and Jamshed are stars. Hahaha, how many of you agree with me ? please comment....

Cosmic Lion Oct 31, 2013 11:40am

I have seen some batting collapses from Pakistan..This one is right up there....Absolutely crazy stuff...Slow pitch and an ordinary bowling attack from SA and yet Pakistan managed to mess it up from a winning position only in a way Pakistan can....The batters other than Misbah lack mental strength while chasing...

stingrayopp Oct 31, 2013 11:33am

Misbah invisibly hates & gets jealous over Hafeez, Abdur Razzaq & Abdur Rehman. Razzaq & Rehman do not get chance to play at first eleven only for Misbah who has been nakedly destroying historical & unpredictable fame of Pakistan cricket for many days. Misbah is useless player who appears himself as a proudly, conflicted & lack of cricket's basic sense .

Rajendra Oct 31, 2013 11:37am

This happened only with Pakistan ... please check other links also .....

Guest63 Oct 31, 2013 12:40pm

The other day Misbah spoke about "talent alone can not help you win the game" , Turn it around and I say 'Talent alone can help you win the defeat from the jaws of victory" such is the pathetic Talent of Pakistani Enigmatic Super stars YoYo , that while their so called arch rivals on the same day

Reshma Oct 31, 2013 12:42pm

Kick out Shaid Afridi from Pakistan team

M Rafique Oct 31, 2013 12:59pm

DAWN NEWS or some one in Dawn News contineously projecting by reporting that Afridi will make century in this ODI, for the reasons known to them, leaving other players, Result ?????. Why this discremination among potential players by a reputed news paper .

Rogers Evans Oct 31, 2013 01:04pm

Shameproof Pakistan Team. They always make mess when it is easy to win. Each player is in hurry to score, so that he can enjoy chicken in dinner. This proves that players are irresponsible and think of themselves only and not for the country.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Oct 31, 2013 01:07pm

What a shame?

Danish Butt Oct 31, 2013 01:36pm

how hard game of cricket is 17/1 after 10 overs in ODI come on give me a break. Truth is our batting line up is fragile, no vision and no shorts to play, no strategy, they have no clue how to go for a chase, playing far too many dot balls not finding gaps, not finding singles is just pathetic. God knows how Pakistan win matches I will never get.

Pakistan is keep loosing matches when it comes to chase, but they are not changing the approach of it and its been years, chase is all about play positive cricket, find gaps, put pressure on bowlers, if you want to loose lose fighting playing positive, not this blocking overs after overs. I hope Pakistan will change the approach and learn from teams like Australia, India, and England how to play ODI Cricket, or any cricket.

Pakistani Oct 31, 2013 02:17pm

Afridi should have shown some responsibility at the stage when he was caught at the boundary. He should not hit every ball for six. It is totally illogical to have three pure fast bowlers in the team. Instead of that they should include some merit-based batsman and come with 5 bowlers including the all-rounders. The concentration should be given on how to make the 5 bowlers including the all-rounders bowl in the best way. Taking six bowlers does not make any sense in these days. If Wahab Riaz had only to bowl six overs, then question arises about the lack of sanity to select a pure third fast bowler in the team. Mohammad Hafeez should also show some guts. Only then it will be possible to win this ODI series In shaa Allah.

nasim khan Oct 31, 2013 03:39pm

Hello Mr. Najam sethi can u hear me, or please someone pass this message to him, that he is doing very good by concentrating on md. amir, forget about where the pak team is going, who cares. pls. u should make sure that all the dhoke baaz players are back to the pak team

Ravi Oct 31, 2013 04:22pm

Pakistan does not have the batsman of the calibre they had in 90's.......

ABC Oct 31, 2013 05:52pm

Fixed match for Pakistan to lose. Betting syndicate won big.

gk Oct 31, 2013 05:53pm

Its better India and Pak trade batsmen with bowlers. India has a big pool of batsmen and Pak has pacemen. Win-win situation.

Loud Speaker Oct 31, 2013 06:40pm

I was at work and watching live scores of both games. When Pakistan was on 165-4 I switch off my phone and start working on my machine because I thought now it's easy victory for Pakistan. Few mts. Later check the score it was 180-9 and Pakistan lost it was suicide. On other hand congeratulation to India for wining and chase 350 twice.

mike Oct 31, 2013 06:44pm

relax, pak bowlers did fantastic to bowl out SA for 183..... how frustrating for pak bowlers to see the the game being taken away by SA . they did well, loss is a different story

Vish1 Oct 31, 2013 07:10pm

@Imran: Indian batsmen have to chase down 350 runs in almost every match, because the Indian bowlers are giving away 350+ runs in every match...

John Nov 01, 2013 12:38am

Boys must have been paid to lose the game. ICC should investigate !!!

Ikram Nov 01, 2013 01:27am

@Sitaram (India): You are overreacting. It is true that Pakistan lost a match after coming into a winning position but this doesn't mean Pakistan is a weak side. And for the comment that India chased down 350 plus two times in a series is a worrying sign for Indian team because your bowlers are not doing their job. giving 350 plus runs in every game means Playing very bad cricket.

yorker Nov 01, 2013 07:28am

@Effy: Do you consider Misbah a third rate player ?

beam Nov 01, 2013 10:09am

main kya bolu yaar.

javid Shirazi Nov 01, 2013 09:08pm

Spineless performance. Since Shahid Afridi has not matured in 17 years, so why does he keep getting selected?

sooruj Nov 01, 2013 09:54pm

This finicky batting has been going on under Misbah's stewardship for far too long. Indications are given that things will be better next series, but it is the same or worse series after series.

Misbah should continue to play as a batsman, but give up captaincy. Let another person have a go at this problem with some new ideas.

classical Nov 02, 2013 01:49am

@Sitaram (India): India chased 350+ twice because their pitches are dead. I really feel pity for Indian bowlers. As far as Pakistan is concerned, they really did mistakes but the pitch was also not easy to play. South Africa bowled really well. In India's case I think we should give credit to Australia for beating India in 2 ODIs