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South Africa triumph despite Afridi heroics

Published Mar 17, 2013 04:12pm


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Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers run between the wickets as Kamran Akmal looks on. -Photo by Reuters

JOHANNESBURG: Centuries by Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers set up a 34-run victory for South Africa despite a thrilling innings by Pakistan's Shahid Afridi in the third one-day international at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

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Amla (122) and De Villiers (128) shared a world record third wicket partnership of 238 as South Africa made 343 for five after being sent in.

Pakistan, who were bowled out for 309 to slip 2-1 down in the series, had been in deep trouble when Afridi walked in at 132 for five but he gave his side hope as he thrashed 88 off 48 balls with seven sixes and five fours.

Afridi's innings included some of the biggest sixes seen at the Wanderers.

One, after he had been bowled off a no-ball, was a mighty hit onto the roof of the four-tier Centenary stand which was last seen bouncing towards an adjacent golf course.

“He can hit it a long way,” said Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq.

“We just backed Afridi and he played tremendously. When he hit his first six I told him he could get a century here.”

Afridi was yorked by Ryan McLaren when he had 73 but a check requested by umpire Billy Bowden showed the bowler had over-stepped.

McLaren then bowled a wide, which meant Afridi still had a free hit to which he committed all his power.

There was one more six before he hit a full toss from Lonwabo Tsotsobe to McLaren at long-off.

There was still a possibility of a reprieve as the umpires checked whether the full toss was above waist height, which would have meant another no-ball, before confirming the dismissal.

Amla and De Villiers batted superbly after South Africa struggled early on, with left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan taking two early wickets.

They beat by one run the previous one-day international third wicket record set by Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar for India against Kenya in 1999, to ensure that Pakistan would have a challenging run chase on a ground renowned for high scoring.

De Villiers was quickly into his stride and the pair posted a fifty partnership off 38 balls.

The rate slowed slightly when Pakistan brought their spin bowlers into action.

After 35 overs the total was 115 but the runs came in a torrent towards the end of the innings. The last 15 overs yielded 156 runs.

Amla and De Villiers shared the man of the match award and both deflected praise to their partner.

“Hashim makes it easy for me, he rotates the strike very well,” said De Villiers. Amla said De Villiers had played a “fantastic” knock.

He said of a backfoot six over cover by the captain: “He's got a new MCC manual to develop all by himself.”

Amla reached his 11th one-day international century off 99 balls, while De Villiers went to his 14th century in the format off 87 deliveries.

Amla was caught at cover for 122 off 113 balls with nine fours and a six and De Villiers was held at deep midwicket for 128 off 108 deliveries, with 12 fours and three sixes.

Misbah said the one-day international fielding restrictions made it difficult to stop two batsmen when they were set in a big partnership.

“It's difficult to control them, there was no spin, no seam, nothing.”

Pakistan were briefly reduced to 10 men after Irfan, who had been a doubtful starter because of a hamstring strain, left the field for treatment.

He was replaced by Umar Akmal but after 20 minutes the umpires informed Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq that the maximum 20 minutes allowed for treatment had expired. Pakistan had a fielder short for two overs before Irfan returned.

Wahab Riaz conceded 93 runs in his 10 overs - the most by a Pakistan bowler in one-day internationals. He took two wickets.


South Africa: AB de Villiers (captain), Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Colin Ingram, Faf du Plessis, Farhaan Behardien, Ryan McLaren, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Rory Kleinveldt, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan.

Umpires: Billy Bowden, New Zealand, and Shaun George, South Africa TV umpire: Kumar Dharmasena, Sri Lanka. Match referee: Andy Pycroft, Zimbabwe


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Comments (23) Closed

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Mar 17, 2013 09:20am
Let's see if the 'green-shirts' could keep the momentum gained earlier in the second ODI intact and the winning streak, live and kicking? Today, Johannesburg is going to be yet another 'testing ground for Misbah-ul-Haq and party' wherein beating South Africa second time in a row will not be a piece of cake. Best of luck to the Pakistani cricket team in pursuit of their true form and potential against one of the top cricket teams of the world during a highly tough and challenging 'away series.'.
imtiaz Mar 17, 2013 10:29am
Beating SA in SA twice in a row? Forget it. Nasir Jamshed is due for big score and a century opening stand is required if we have to win against odds.
Mahmood Mar 17, 2013 04:44pm
Very good fight back. It is pity that Nasir Jamsheed, Shoaib Malik and Misbah 3 top batsman could only add 42 runs together. If one of have them would have played a better innining. Pakistan would have won the game.
ranganath Mar 17, 2013 04:52pm
Well played Pakistan & SA. Great fightback from Pak!! Welcome back Afridi. Good to see you in form.
Indian Fan Mar 17, 2013 05:01pm
Well played Pakistan team.You gave your best and the way Shahid Afridi hits 7 sixers to South African fast bowlers in their own backyard was treat to watch.I am sure Pakistan would find way out to fix Nasir Jamshed issue.He is not performing at top of order.His place is in question now.Rest played according to demand of situation.Good luck and all the best for next match!
amit Mar 17, 2013 05:15pm
nasir jamshed reminds me of saeed anwar,bot of them damn good against india and subcontinent teams but when it comes face australia or south africa they always fail
Indian Fan Mar 17, 2013 05:38pm
He is not used to bounce and movement of South African pitches.Some times it hard to adjust for some of the players and he seems to have problem with same.He would be scoring heavily on return leg of South Africa to Pakistan in UAE.This Pakistan team has ability to demolish them in UAE .
Rogers Evans Mar 17, 2013 05:38pm
Win or loss is part of the game. Pakistan team should bring in Umar Akmal in next two ODIs at the cost of Younis Khan or Shoaib Malik. Afirdi should be promoted in batting order to number 4 to get better results. His present batter number 7 does not provide him any support with all bowler batsmen after him.
Shahryar Shirazi Mar 17, 2013 05:41pm
Good stuff and congrats for putting up a great fight. Having said that, Id like the (non visionary) selectors and PCB not to overlook batting fragility exposed in this series and do some thing about it ...
Afif Naeem Mar 17, 2013 05:58pm
Why is Shoaib sifarshi Malik in team again?
Indian Fan Mar 17, 2013 05:59pm
Jamshed has scored 97 against Australia on Sept 01,2012 at Abu Dhabi,UAE,so your comment is not valid and he still has very healthy average in ODI.He will improve with more exposure in Australia,England and South African condition.He should consider playing in England and Australia T20 tournaments.He will get used to the bouncy condition.It has been headache for all Subcontinent batsmen and he is not alone.Afridi was delight to watch ,have never seen any one hitting 7 Sixers and treating South African pacers so harshly in their own backyard like he did.Forget about winning or losing,I would just travel any length to watch his this inning.Absolute gem of Innings on South African pitch.
Que Mar 17, 2013 06:47pm
Well done Shahid Afridi; keeping tearing the SA apart!!!! On the other hand another slap on Iqbal Qasim & Waqar Younis faces!!!
rida zaidi Mar 17, 2013 07:21pm
afridi makes my heart warm again,, welcome back lala
Nadeem Mirza Mar 17, 2013 08:30pm
What about Younis also? I do not think he deserves a place in the team with his 20s and 30s and below par average in ODIs Bring any youngsters back and they will at least gain some experience. Younis Khan in ODIs is a lost cause..
Bilawal Magsi Mar 17, 2013 08:47pm
Well played LALA , why malik is there in team ? Abdul Razzaq , Ahmed Shehzad , Umar Akmal n umpteen trimendous players r dropped but wht a realy selection by selectors , realy nt a gud step n decisions by board nw the must drop malik.
Muhammad Daud Alam Mar 17, 2013 11:17pm
Don't compare Nasir with Saeed. Saeed is the greatest left-handed batsmen Pakistan has ever produced who used to talk with his glorious wrist-work and sweet timing. Besides, his track record on fast pitches is also great and impressive.
khan Mar 17, 2013 11:35pm
I agree.
Rizman Mar 18, 2013 02:28am
Bravo shahid bahi,, even though we lost the game but it was fun to watch 48 balls he played HOLE IN ONE THAT SIX ............WOW
rohan Mar 18, 2013 02:44am
Pakistan - Hafeez = Bangaladesh cricket team
No tolerence Mar 18, 2013 03:10am
Time to get rid of Malik and Jamshed and bring Farhat and Umar.
Javid Shirazi Mar 18, 2013 06:28am
At least one or two batsment need to score centuries for a team to win. However, none have been forthcoming for quite sometime now. Time to perform consistently. Else team ranking shall remain in lower rungs.
vijayIndia Mar 18, 2013 09:51am
Everybody was after afridis blood. Now everyone says welcome. Thats cricket
Wasim Mar 18, 2013 11:27am
Bangaladesh is far better team than pakistan in terms of batting , bowling and in all discipline