Pakistan level ODI series

2013-03-16 00:00

PRETORIA — Pakistan drew level with South Africa in the one-day series, winning the second match by six wickets in Centurion last night.

Reduced to 44 overs a side after a long rain delay, Pakistan were set a target of 192 and reached it comfortably with 28 balls to spare.

Dale Steyn and Lonwabo Tsotsobe opened with a tight spell of bowling, but it was Ryan McLaren who made the breakthrough when Nasir Jamshed (10) tried to guide the ball down to third man, but got a thick edge to Graeme Smith at slip.

Steyn politely informed Hafeez that it was the fifth time on the tour he had taken his wicket — this time for 31 after Kyle Abbott took the catch.

Robin Peterson entered the fray and dismissed Kamran Akmal for 18, after he had played and missed and saw the ball roll back on to his stumps.

Younus Khan and captain Misbah-ul-Huq pulled things back for Pakistan, after they were looking shaky on 69/3, adding 46 runs together.

Younus, however, also succumbed to Peterson and was caught by Hashim Amla at deep square leg for 32.

Misbah and Shoaib Malik took the side home with an unbeaten 77-run stand, which included seven fours and three sixes. Misbah was not out on 57 and Malik on 35.

Earlier, SA were bowled out for 191 in 43.2 overs after they had resumed at 177 for seven after a rain delay.

A crucial seventh-wicket stand between Farhaan Behardien and Robin Peterson took them to a fairly respectable total after a poor start.

The pair came together at 106 for six in the 21st over and added a patient 67 runs off 108 deliveries.

Pakistani seamer Mohammad Irfan duly took a career-best 4/33.

His first scalp was Hashim Amla, who was caught behind for 17.

Colin Ingram went out off the next delivery, also given out caught behind after the decision was referred sent for review. Irfan was on a hat-trick, which was not to be, but he did not have to wait long for his third scalp.

Skipper AB de Villiers (4) was trying to run the ball down to third man, but Irfan got some extra bounce, which caught the edge of the bat and Younus Khan took the catch.

When Graeme Smith (10) fell to Junaid Khan, the Proteas were 43/4.

There was nothing Du Plessis (17) could have done to prevent Irfan’s fourth wicket. The ball bounced up at him and the batsman was unable to keep it down as he moved one hand off the bat. The ball hit his glove and sent Irfan diving low to his left to take a one-handed catch.

Behardien and Ryan McLaren shared a sixth-wicket stand of 44 runs, before Mohammad Hafeez trapped McLaren (17) between middle and leg after a similar, unsuccessful appeal off the previous ball.

Behardien went on to score his maiden ODI half-century, but Hafeez got the better of him and he was caught on the square-leg boundary for 58, while Peterson added a valuable 44 to the total.

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