Below-par Proteas performance gifts Pakistan two out of three, and ODI series crown

2013-11-28 00:00

PORT ELIZABETH — Has the wrong team selection led to the Proteas losing the one-day series against Pakistan?

This is one of the questions to ponder after the national side’s second defeat at St George’s Park yesterday.

This was the 500th international one-day game for the Proteas, but not one they would like to remember after Pakistan narrowly won their second of three matches by one run.

For fast bowler Dale Steyn the loss will be bitter, for he had an excellent match and his best ODI analysis yet of 6/39.

After AB de Villiers sent Pakistan out to bat first, Steyn struck on the fifth ball, taking out Nasir Jamshed’s off-stump for two.

Steyn then took the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez for the 15th time in 23 matches, sending him off for eight.

Bilawal Bhatti then dug in a bit to give Steyn some resistance during the eighth over, hitting three fours off Steyn’s deliveries. But the bowler had the last laugh as Bhatti was caught behind off the last ball of the over by Quinton de Kock.

Steyn’s was however, a lonely success story among the other Proteas bowlers.

Ahmed Shezad was the star batsman, adding 102 for Pakistan (8 fours, 2 sixes).

His team-mates had a bit of a run fest with Ryan McLaren and JP Duminy.

While McLaren was bowling, Pakistan got 71 runs in nine overs for only one wicket. Duminy’s two overs added 22 runs to the tourists’ total.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe especially, struggled at first before finding his length on the pitch.

The poor performance of the bowlers was abetted by the Proteas’s poor fielding, with Tsotsobe again singled out for performing well below par.

The match was shortened to 45 overs for each team after rain and the Proteas had to chase 262 to win.

Thanks to good batting by Hashim Amla (98), De Villiers (74) and De Kock (47) the home team almost got to the target.

On the other end of the scale Jacques Kallis only added six runs and Graeme Smith one.



Nasir Jamshed b Steyn2

Ahmed Shehzad run out (Tahir/De Kock)102

Mohammad Hafeez c De Kock b Steyn8

Sohaib Maqsood c Amla b McLaren42

Misbah-ul-Haq c De Kock b Tahir12

Umar Akmal c De Kock b Steyn42

Shahid Afridi c De Villiers b Steyn11

Bilawal Bhatti c De Kock b Steyn21

Anwar Ali out obstructing the field7

Saeed Ajmal c Kallis b Steyn0

Junaid Khan not out1

Extras: (1lb, 13w)14

TOTAL: (all out - 45 overs)262

Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-22, 3-146, 4-176, 5-180, 6-214, 7-241, 8-261, 9-261.

Bowling: Dale Steyn 9-0-39-6, Lonwabo Tsotsobe 9-0-47-0 (4w), Ryan McLaren 9-0-71-1 (5w), Jacques Kallis 8-0-49-0, Imran Tahir 8-0-33-1, JP Duminy 2-0-22-0.

South Africa

Hashim Amla c Hafeez b Ajmal98

Graeme Smith c Akmal b Khan1

Quinton de Kock c Misbah b Afridi47

Jacques Kallis c Ajmal b Afridi6

AB de Villiers c Afridi b Khan74

JP Duminy c Ali b Khan15

David Miller not out2

Ryan McLaren not out0

Extras: (1b, 12lb, 5w)18

TOTAL: (for six wickets - 45 overs)261

Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-96, 3-117, 4-227, 5-254, 6-255.

Bowling: Junaid Khan 9-0-42-3, Anwar Ali 7-1-39-0, Saeed Ajmal 8-0-46-1 (1w), Mohammad Hafeez 8-0-44-0, Bilawal Bhatti 4-0-39-0, Shahid Afridi 9-0-38-2.

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