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Shahid Afridi (C) celebrates with team-mates after taking South African cricketer Faf du Plessis (unseen) out for Leg Before Wicket during the second day-night international against South Africa in Dubai Cricket Stadium in Dubai. -AFP Photo
Shahid Afridi (C) celebrates with team-mates after taking South African cricketer Faf du Plessis (unseen) out for Leg Before Wicket during the second day-night international against South Africa in Dubai Cricket Stadium in Dubai. -AFP Photo

Dubai: All-rounder Shahid Afridi and paceman Mohammad Irfan shared six wickets as Pakistan thumped South Africa by 66 runs in the second day-night international in Dubai on Friday.

Afridi took 3-26 and Irfan finished with 3-53 as Pakistan defended a low total of 209 to square the five-match series at 1-1.

South Africa pulled off a sensational one-run win in the first match in Sharjah on Wednesday. The remaining matches will be played in Abu Dhabi (November 6 and 8) and in Sharjah (November 11).

Saeed Ajmal (2-15) also shared the bowling spoils as South Africa were bowled out for 143 in 40.4 overs with Ryan McLaren top-scoring with 29 not out.

"It was a really good performance, especially after getting out for a low score, our bowlers did the job for us again," said Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq.

South African captain AB de Villiers admitted his team's batting was a concern.

"We have a few issues in the batting and it's up to us to turn it around. I'm very disappointed. Pakistan were too good for us."

Misbah attacked with slow bowlers as early as the fifth over, introducing Mohammad Hafeez who dried up the runs after Colin Ingram fell for four in the second over of the innings.

Ajmal accounted for Graeme Smith (14), who was bowled off his legs with South Africa on 43.

Six balls later Jean-Paul Duminy, who struck three boundaries in his 25, fell in paceman Mohammad Irfan's second spell, caught in the slips.

When on 21, Duminy completed 3,000 one-day runs in his 106th match.

Afridi struck with his first ball, trapping Faf du Plessis for 12 and in his next over he had dangerman De Villiers caught behind for 10, leaving South Africa reeling at 73-5.

It became 83-6 when Hafeez caught David Miller, who had made 11, in front of the wicket with a sharp delivery.

McLaren and Wayne Parnell (21) put on 35 for the seventh wicket but it only delayed the inevitable as South Africa slumped to their second lowest total against Pakistan, behind the 101 they made in Sharjah in 2000.

For Pakistan, Ahmed Shehzad was the mainstay with an 85-ball 58.

Hafeez (26), Afridi (26) and skipper Misbah (25) failed to capitalise on good starts as McLaren (4-34) and Morne Morkel (3-38) ran through the innings.

Shehzad had steadied the innings during a 48-run second wicket partnership with Hafeez and another 60 for the third wicket with Misbah before McLaren derailed the innings with a double strike.

Hafeez played on and was bowled in McLaren's first over.

When he had made eight, Misbah completed 1,000 one-day runs in 2013, becoming the third batsman to achieve the milestone after Australia's George Bailey and India's Virat Kohli.

But Misbah perished in rather soft fashion, flicking McLaren straight into the hands of mid-wicket. He hit a boundary and a six off 44 balls.

Pakistan needed Shehzad to keep going but the opener too fell an over later, caught and bowled off leg-spinner Imran Tahir to leave Pakistan in danger at 117-4. Shehzad hit four boundaries off 85 balls.

Umar Amin (14) and Umar Akmal (18) took Pakistan to 148 and into the power-play but both fell at the same score, Umar hitting Morkel straight into the hands of point while Amin edged McLaren's slow delivery to wicket-keeper AB de Villiers.

Afridi hit four boundaries off 20 balls while Wahab Riaz hit two sixes in his 18 to help Pakistan cross the 200-mark.

Brief scores: Pakistan 209 in 49.4 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 58; R. McLaren 4-34, M. Morkel 3-38); South Africa 143 in 40.4 overs (R. McLaren 29 not out, Shahid Afridi 3-26, Mohammad Irfan 3-53).

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

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

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

Comments (22) Closed

Shafi Nov 01, 2013 05:59pm

Time has come to replace Jamshed, Hafeez and Wahab.

pappaback Nov 01, 2013 06:09pm

Looks like Imran Tahir has lot of hatred against Pakistan. His action looks over the top after getting wicket.

optimist Nov 01, 2013 08:05pm

At least the coach Whatmore and Misbah are consistent. For them a player must fail three times before he is replaced. A man on the street knows about in-form or out-of-form batsmen. People will again criticize Afridi but he is the second highest scorer. Whatmore may be the best coach in the world but he has not been productive for Pakistan.

Imtiaz Hydari Nov 01, 2013 11:44pm

Please give Nasir Jamshed rest. Let him go back to dome stic cricket to sort himself out. Umar Akmal to open with Shahzad. Bring in Shoab Maqsood in the middle. Look for a replacement of Wahab Riaz........ An bowling all rounder.

WeCare Nov 02, 2013 12:42am

Pak Team should be encouraged and appreciated when they perform well. However batting remains questionable.

Rogers Evans Nov 02, 2013 01:29am

Congratulations to Pakistan Team ! I wonder what Aamer Sohail will say now that Afridi is " Man of the Match ". Please note that South Africa lost to India by two runs and India went on to win WC 2011. Win or loss is part of the game and blame game must stop here

Saeed Masood Nov 02, 2013 02:42am

First thing first....Congratulations Pakistan...,Now how long the bad batting will be covered by good the first ODI also the bowlers did their job....The batsman failed.Some one has to train them like Australia and South Africa....these teams play till the last ball and come out winers...Pakistan has a good team...need more confidence.

cricketlover Nov 02, 2013 03:39am

Unsurprisingly, Pakistan gave a good account of their true selves following the debacle of two days ago. This is what you call: BLOW HOT BLOW COLD and, befittingly, Pakistan won hands down by a wide margin of 66 runs despite posting a modest 209 when they rightly decided to bat first in Dubai. The agonising aspect of these two matches has been the inability of any team to last the full quota of 50 overs, which means that the bowlers have had a field day on both the occasions. Mind you, the UAE pitches are not known to be bowler-friendly in a significant way and, as such, the pointer goes towards the batsmen (both sides) who are not grinding in there. Somehow, it appears that most of them are in the 20-20 mode, and that is really disturbing!

Shafi Nov 02, 2013 06:31am

Congratulation. At least my sleepless night brought me some joy. Overall performances are good. But few questions arrive in my mind. Is it necessary to keep some consistent non-performers in the team like Jamshed and Wahab. Once Steyn is back we will add one more (Hafeez). We need to use Umar Amin as a bowler so we can replace Wahab with a batsman. So, Batsmen (5): Shehzad, Misbah, Maqsood, Shafiq (For this squad as we dont have any choice he is not an ODI batsman), Umar Bowlers (3): Ajmal, Irfan, Junaid, Allrounders (4): Afridi, Hafeez, Amin/Tanvir.

Sohail Khalid Nov 02, 2013 08:39am

Thnx to Pakistani bowlers. Team Pak badly needs a Psychological trainer rather then 6 different types of coaches who at least can tell them to stay and play with positive and strong mind. Team management should show their batsmans some videos of Indian bastmans. Every other team has their best batsman at no 3. Hafeez don't deserve that position. Why not Misbah himself.????

Muhammad iqbal Nov 02, 2013 09:42am

Now what people will say about Afridi? Yesterday's newspaper was full of critics targeting Afridi. What will Aamir Sohail have to say now?

mehboob malik Nov 02, 2013 10:15am

Gambling is being done under the cover of ICC...................

Effy Nov 02, 2013 12:17pm

I would make 3 changes.

I would bring in Junaid Khan instead of Wahab Riaz.

I would also bring in Sohaib Maqsood and Asad Shafiq for Nasir Jamshed and Umar Amin.

N K Ali Nov 02, 2013 01:38pm

Viva! A well-played and well deserved victory. Please do not get overconfident in the third, fourth, and fifth ODI. South Africa are a mature team with tightly knit teamwork. The improvement tha team needs is manners, footwork, and exercise to build the shoulder muscles. Salams

Que Nov 02, 2013 04:24pm

Afridi batting: 26 of 20 bowls with 4 fours! Afridi bowling: 5.4-0-26-3! Who is the MAN OF MATCH: SHAHID KHAN AFRIDI!!!!!!

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Nov 02, 2013 04:44pm

Well done green-shirts. Keep it up and hang on tough.

junaid Nov 02, 2013 07:50pm

Batting failed, regardless. This fact will always haunt our team. Team is not balanced, therefore we will always be on the edge.

Saeed Masood Nov 02, 2013 09:41pm

Congratulations the next matches are even more important.....We can not put the burden on our bowlers for ever,the batsman will have to come with better batting.There is no doubt Pakistan is the best bowling team in the cricket world at this time,240,plusruns will make it easy for our bowlers.

Mustafa Nov 02, 2013 11:45pm

History repeats itself. Once Amir Shohail got out on the very next ball when he hit prasad a boundary and told him to fetch the ball. Yesterday Amir was criticizing Afridi for playing an irresponsible shot. Today Afridi is man of the match. Only Amir can bear such slaps in the face, and that too right after he makes provocative gestures.

Javaid Bashir Nov 03, 2013 01:50am

It was a convincing win in the second ODI. The team jelled together as an invincible unit. They batted well, fielded well and bowled extremely well. Shahid Afridi and Irfan got the better of S.A team and bowled them out cheaply. The S.A wickets fell at a regular interval.

The bowlers bowled their heart out. The spinning trio of Hafeez, Ajmal and Afridi worked in tendem to ensure the victory over South. Africa.

The better team won the match decisively, never looking back on their performance in the first ODI. The disappointment of the match was failure of the talented duo of Omer Akmal and Omer Amin.

Shahid Afridi was rightly adjudged the man of the match.

Anand Nov 03, 2013 07:33am

I have seen readers commenting here on heist. In the last match when PAK lost the match, many cue and cries were written to remove Afridi. Now I could see many comments hailing his efforts.

Have patience and be patient.

karthik Nov 03, 2013 08:07pm

congrats for win but how long afridi will play for pak.