Pakistan in South Africa, 5 ODI Series, 2019

South Africa vs Pakistan - 3rd ODI

Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion

Date & Time: 25 January 2019

South Africa 187/2

RR: 5.66 | South Africa beat Pakistan by 13 runs (D/L method)

commentary

That's it from this one. A tough night to forget for Pakistan as they did most things right, but the rain changed the situation and one bad phase pegged them back. South Africa lead the series 2-1, but there are plenty of things they'd like to right in the fourth game in Johannesburg. It takes place on Sunday at 1000 local (0800 GMT). See you for that one. Goodbye!

South Africa captain, Faf du Plessis, says they were below par with the ball and quite flat in the field. Goes on to say that the guys are trying their hardest though and pushing for that World Cup spot. Adds that Ngidi's injury has given them the chance to look for that extra/back-up fast bowler to go with the three they already have and these games are good opportunities to check that out. On the team combination, Faf admits that many players (Like Markram and Hendricks) fighting for one spot, and that even Duminy is yet to return, are all one of those good problems to have. Continues saying that every series is a learning curve and they are becoming quite composed as a batting unit, in realizing when to go for it and when to take a step back. On the bowling, he says there's room for improvement. Ends by saying that the main area they need to focus on is the fielding and that's what they'll try to improve in the next game.

Man of the Match, Reeza Hendricks, says he is happy to have contributed and be on the right side of the result. Reckons that their mentality was good but despite the rain, they only focused on their game and not the DLS calculations. Says that he's been feeling good and scoring a few boundaries early helped him settle in well and find some rhythm. Adds that he only tried to take it slow, letting himself ease in and then taking it from there. States that he doesn't think about the World Cup spot in the team and just wants to do his best in each game he plays.

Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, says his batsmen did really well but his bowlers couldn't get the wickets which is why they lost. Credits how the South African batsmen played but laments the poor showing of his bowlers on this surface (after the rain interruption). Mentions that they will work on their weaknesses and try to do better in the next game.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan had a superb outing with the bat after electing to bat. Imam-ul-Haq, who silenced his critics with a finely-crafted ton, was the nucleus of the innings as everything revolved around him. He had two people in Babar and Hafeez, making their fifties along the way, as the opener made vital partnerships with them. Wasim came towards the end and his fantastic cameo catapulted his side to a good total, but Pakistan were eventually undone by the rain gods.

The two rain interruptions were like two sides of a cassette, and on both occasions, Pakistan couldn't wait to get back out for different reasons - the first one came before the 20-over mark and a no-result would have been disappointing for them. And the second time, it was after Hendricks and du Plessis blew them away with their brisk century stand and the hosts were ahead of the DLS par score. The wet conditions didn't help as the ball came nicely onto the bat. It eventually proved to be enough as the Saffas got the victory.

An unfortunate end to what was shaping up to be a close and exciting contest. South Africa started off well with Amla and de Kock fluently going about their business, but the former's soft dismissal off Hasan Ali's bowling and some brilliant work in the field from Shadab to get rid of de Kock brought the momentum back in the visitors' favour.

Update 2138 local - The official word is in. It's not one anyone is going to like. No more play can be possible and as a result of that, SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 13 RUNS ON DLS METHOD.

Update 2105 local - Here's the deal - the rain had stopped, the covers were off, some overs were reduced and we were about to begin, but the heavens opened up again and literally rained on everyone's parade.

And.... it happens! The covers are brought on by the groundsmen. Raining pretty heavily now. The players have gone off the field. We're in for another frustrating wait. By the way, the DLS par score is 180, and South Africa are comfortably ahead.

32.6
0
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Hendricks stands in his crease and pushes it to the mid-wicket fielder. The rain is getting heavier here.
32.5
1
I Wasim to du Plessis, A flatter and quicker one on middle, Faf is on his knees, makes room and cuts it away to deep cover for a single.
32.4
0
I Wasim to du Plessis, Flicked away to square leg for no run by the SA skipper.
32.3
1
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Short of a length on middle and off, Reeza goes back in his crease and punches it to deep cover for a single.
32.2
0
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Well bowled! Imad sees the batsman coming down the ground and bowls it short purposely. Hendricks adjusts and plays it safely to cover.
32.1
0
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Flatter one on the pads, RH misses his flick and gets hit on the pad. The ball was going well down leg though.

Coming down really hard now. Might be just a matter of time before play is stopped again. In the meantime, Imad Wasim is back on to bowl.

31.6
0
M Amir to du Plessis, A length ball on middle stump, Faf drives it back down the ground to mid on.
31.5
1
M Amir to R Hendricks, Punched off the back foot to deep cover for a single by Reeza.
31.4
1
M Amir to du Plessis, Effort ball from Aamir, lands this on half track. Du Plessis is early into his pull but adjusts well and takes a single to deep square leg.
31.3
1
M Amir to R Hendricks, Quick single down to mid off, a fuller length ball that Hendricks comes ahead and pushes it down and sets off for a quick one.
31.2
0
M Amir to R Hendricks, Length ball on off, pushed towards the cover fielder.
31.1
0
M Amir to R Hendricks, Play and a miss! A length ball outside off and Reeza swings across the line but fails to make any connection on the ball.
30.6
1
H Ali to R Hendricks, Leans ahead to this fuller ball and turns it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
30.5
0
H Ali to R Hendricks, Behind a good length, on off stump, blocked from within the crease.
30.4
1
H Ali to du Plessis, Short ball on middle, du Plessis pulls it away with authority and finds deep mid-wicket. Single to the total.
30.3
2
H Ali to du Plessis, The 100-run stand comes up. These two have motored along with complete control and no trouble at all. Faf du Plessis flicks this through mid-wicket and comes back for the second.
30.2
0
H Ali to du Plessis, Wanted the run but then decided against it. Faf taps it in front of covers and takes off, before eventually being sent back.
30.1
1
H Ali to R Hendricks, No luck for Pakistan so far. A short ball in banged in, Hendricks pulls and gets a top edge over the keeper's head, towards fine leg. One run collected.
29.6
1
M Amir to R Hendricks, Shaping away from outside off, Hendricks plays it off the outer half to third man for one run.
29.5
0
M Amir to R Hendricks, Keeps very low. Length delivery outside off, it goes off the inside edge, quite low on the bat and deflects on the pads.
29.4
0
M Amir to R Hendricks, A tad straight in line, worked off the inner half on the leg side.
29.3
0
M Amir to R Hendricks, Plays this with soft hands and that's what saves him. Length ball outside off, Reeza plays away from his body and edges it behind where Sarfraz dives to his right to stop it on the bounce.
29.2
4
M Amir to R Hendricks, FOUR! Fuller and too far outside off, Reeza picks it spot early and gets his shot away with perfect execution. Cuts it behind point and finds the fence.
29.1
0
M Amir to R Hendricks, Beaten! Amir switches to around the wicket and lands it on a length around off, it angles in and then shapes away late. Hendricks looks to go big downtown but misses.
28.6
1
H Ali to R Hendricks, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
28.5
1
H Ali to du Plessis, Length delivery on middle and off, turned through square leg for a single.
28.4
1
H Ali to R Hendricks, Angling in at first, wristed wide of mid-wicket for a brisk run.
28.3
1
H Ali to du Plessis, Plays this late. Runs this down to third man with an open face and jogs across to the other end.
28.2
0
H Ali to du Plessis, Short of a good length outside the line of off stump, blocked safely.
28.1
1
H Ali to R Hendricks, Direct hit! Similar to the Quinton de Kock dismissal, but the only difference is that Hendricks is well in. Reeza taps it down in front of point and takes off. Shadab from point moves to his right and fires it at the bowler's end. He scores a direct hit, but to no avail.
27.6
0
M Amir to du Plessis, Skidding off the surface, a good length delivery on off, it's cut to point.
27.5
0
M Amir to du Plessis, Back of a length, just outside off, defended from the back foot.
27.4
4
M Amir to du Plessis, FOUR! Two in two! Getting a move on. Faf du Plessis looking so confident, as always. Extremely full and outside off, Faf clear his front leg and bangs his past mid off to send it across the boundary line.
27.3
4
M Amir to du Plessis, FOUR! Amazing. What a shot. Full and wide outside off, too much room to work with and du Plessis puts this away. Reaches out to it and smashes it through the covers for a boundary.
27.2
1
M Amir to R Hendricks, Back of a length outside off, Reeza stands tall and punches it through to sweeper cover for a run.
27.1
0
M Amir to R Hendricks, Full delivery outside the line of off stump, defensively pushed down the ground towards mid off.

Mohammad Amir to bowl again. Also, it has started to rain again. Uh oh!

26.6
0
S Afridi to du Plessis, Flicked with the wrists straight to the man at short mid-wicket.
26.5
0
S Afridi to du Plessis, Fullish in length, well outside off, played to covers for no run.
26.4
4
S Afridi to du Plessis, FOUR! Poor from Hafeez in the deep. Maybe the wet ball making that happen? Still, should be stopping that one. Du Plessis cracks it through the covers, Hafeez moves to his left, slides but the ball goes off his palms and touches the rope.
26.4
0
S Afridi to du Plessis, Wide! Bumper banged in, down the leg side, Faf ducks and evades.
26.3
1
S Afridi to R Hendricks, Cutting back in from a good length, on middle and leg, tucked behind square on the leg side for a double.
26.2
0
S Afridi to R Hendricks, Full delivery outside off, driven towards mid off with a nice extension of the arms.
26.1
1
S Afridi to du Plessis, Spears the full delivery on the pads, easily flicked down to fine leg by the South African leader. Gets a single for doing so.
25.6
1
S Khan to du Plessis, Comes forward and eases it through to long on. Single to end the over. South Africa 167 to win in 144 balls.
25.5
0
S Khan to du Plessis, Outside off, turning away, Faf plays and misses.
25.4
1
S Khan to R Hendricks, The googly from Shadab, knocked down to long on by the batsman for a single.
25.3
2
S Khan to R Hendricks, Safely over the infield. Loopy leg break outside off, Hendricks gets low and swings, and gets a top edge over short third man. Afridi chases it down as the batsmen take two.
25.2
1
S Khan to du Plessis, Faf goes against the spin and turns it to mid-wicket for a run.
25.1
6
S Khan to du Plessis, SIX! Right out of the screws! Massive hit from Faf du Plessis. Tossed up on middle stump, the Protea captain gets low and unfurls the slog sweep over mid-wicket. Sends it deep into the stands.
24.6
0
S Afridi to R Hendricks, Drives this full ball hard but finds the cover fielder.
24.5
2
S Afridi to R Hendricks, Fraction straight in line and Reeza tucks it through the vacant square leg region for two.
24.4
0
S Afridi to R Hendricks, Keeps it around off, slightly fuller in length, pushed to cover. Dot ball.
24.3
0
S Afridi to R Hendricks, Angling across on a good length, played to point for no run.
24.2
0
S Afridi to R Hendricks, Short of a good length, Hendricks looks to play the pull shot but gets an inside edge onto his thigh pad.
24.2
0
S Afridi to R Hendricks, Wide! Down the leg side on this occasion, wide signalled by the umpire.
24.1
1
S Afridi to du Plessis, Length delivery on the hips, nudged behind square leg for a single.

Shaheen Afridi returns to the attack.

23.6
0
S Khan to R Hendricks, Hendricks flicks this one but straight to the fielder near square leg. No run off this one but 9 off the over. Good one for SA, have been good after the break.
23.5
1
S Khan to du Plessis, Punched off the back foot to deep mid-wicket for a single by Faf.
23.4
1
S Khan to R Hendricks, Sensible batting. RH pushes this one through cover for a single after the biggie on the previous ball.
23.3
6
S Khan to R Hendricks, SIX! Nothing but a gift from the leggie. Duly accepted by Reeza as well. A half-tracker on middle, Hendricks rocks back and deposits over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. Looks like the spinners are having a tough time gripping the wet ball.
23.2
1
S Khan to du Plessis, Air on this one outside off once more, driven down to long off for a single this time.
23.1
0
S Khan to du Plessis, Flighted one outside off, defended on to the off side by du Plessis.

Shadab Khan brought back on.

22.6
0
H Ali to R Hendricks, Full delivery on off stump, flicked straight to the man at mid-wicket.
22.5
4
H Ali to R Hendricks, FOUR! Hendricks on the charge here. Looking so fluid. Touch shorter in length, on middle and off, Reeza hangs back and muscles the pull along the turf through mid-wicket. Beats the diving fielder and finds the fence.
22.4
0
H Ali to R Hendricks, Ahead of a good length, in line of the stumps, defended from inside the crease.
22.3
4
H Ali to R Hendricks, FOUR! 2nd ODI fifty for Reeza Hendricks, gets to the milestone quickly and in style too. Full and angling in on middle, he leans ahead and flicks it neatly over mid-wicket, beating Afridi positioned in the deep.
22.2
0
H Ali to R Hendricks, Landed on a length once more, kept out.
22.1
1
H Ali to du Plessis, Outside off on a good length, run down to third man for a single.
21.6
0
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Quicker through the air, close to off, Hendricks looks to cut but chips it off the bottom edge towards cover-point.
21.5
4
I Wasim to R Hendricks, FOUR! Shot. Finds the gap well. Short and wide outside off, Hendricks camps on the back foot and crunches it through cover-point to find the fence.
21.4
1
I Wasim to du Plessis, Faf du Plessis pushes it to long on and gets to the other end.
21.3
1
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Plays away from the body and hits it down to long off for one more.
21.2
1
I Wasim to du Plessis, Worked away into the leg side for one run.
21.1
0
I Wasim to du Plessis, Shorter around off, defensively pushed away from the back foot.

Change of ends for Imad Wasim.

20.6
0
H Ali to R Hendricks, Stifled appeal for an lbw, turned down. Skidding off the surface again, a length ball around off. Comes back in and strikes Hendricks on the pads. An inside edge involved though, which the umpire spots.
20.5
1
H Ali to du Plessis, Direct hit and Faf was a goner! He works this to the left of short mid-wicket and takes off. Zaman moves to his left, picks up the ball and throws it with his left hand, only to miss by inches. Du Plessis was struggling, even the dive wouldn't have saved him.
20.4
0
H Ali to du Plessis, Back of a length which doesn't rise as much, the Protea skipper rocks back to pull but it goes under his bat.
20.3
0
H Ali to du Plessis, Skidding off the deck a bit as Hasan Ali lands it on off, on a length, Faf stays inside and blocks.
20.2
0
H Ali to du Plessis, Behind a good length, outside off, dabbed on the off side from the back foot.
20.1
1
H Ali to R Hendricks, Short of a length into the body, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.

Hasan Ali back on.

19.6
1
S Khan to R Hendricks, Chance of a run out! Reeza pushes it towards covers and sets off. Babar there collects and fires it at the bowler's end. Shadab, in front of the stumps, tries to deflect it back onto the stumps but misses.
19.5
0
S Khan to R Hendricks, Pushes it on the off side but for no run.
19.4
0
S Khan to R Hendricks, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
19.3
6
S Khan to R Hendricks, SIX! BANG! Hendricks looks in good touch! Sees the ball landing short, so he doesn't waste time in rocking back. Muscles the heave over mid-wicket and clears the fence.
19.2
0
S Khan to R Hendricks, Turning away from the batsman, close to off, tapped down on the off side with soft hands.
19.1
1
S Khan to du Plessis, Tossed up leg break outside off, du Plessis comes forward and pushes it to the covers for a single.
18.6
1
I Wasim to du Plessis, Works it off his hips behind square leg for one run.
18.5
0
I Wasim to du Plessis, Play and a miss! Sharp turn for Imad. Spinning away from around off, shorter in length, Faf stands back to hit it on the off side but misses.
18.4
1
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Finds the gap through the cover region and jogs across to the other end.
18.3
0
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Quicker and shorter around off, kept out off the back foot.
18.2
4
I Wasim to R Hendricks, FOUR! That's good timing from Reeza Hendricks. Touch short outside off, some width on offer and Reeza pounces on it with a fierce cut. Places it through point and beats the man in the deep.
18.1
1
I Wasim to du Plessis, Quicker in pace, just outside off, pushed through the covers for one.
17.6
4
S Khan to R Hendricks, FOUR! Shot. Brings those strong wrists of his into play and puts it away. Too full on the stumps, Hendricks leans into the shot as he whips it powerfully through mid-wicket for a boundary.
17.5
0
S Khan to R Hendricks, Darted around leg, catches the batsman low on the pads as he looks to play at it.
17.4
0
S Khan to R Hendricks, Uses the depth of the crease to go back and play it back to the bowler.
17.3
1
S Khan to du Plessis, Lands it shorter, around off, Faf dabs it with an open face into the cover area for one.
17.2
1
S Khan to R Hendricks, Goes with the spin and drives it through the covers for a single.
17.1
0
S Khan to R Hendricks, Tossed up on middle and leg, nice shape on it, Hendricks defends it well by coming forward.
16.6
0
I Wasim to du Plessis, Some drift inside before it spins away, on a fuller length around off, du Plessis defends it down on the off side with soft hands.

So here we go. Faf du Plessis and Reeza Hendricks will continue, while Imad Wasim finishes his pending over.

Update 1917 local - The covers are off! Good news for us all, as the wind has swept the clouds away from the ground. The players have started warming up too, we should have play resumed shortly. No overs will be lost.

The rain has started to come down heavily now and as a result, the groundstaff has charged out on the field with the covers. The players are asked to go off, as PLAY HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DUE TO RAIN. We haven't got to the 20-over mark yet, so the no-result situation could still occur. A reminder - South Africa need to get to 116 at the end of the 20 without losing another wicket to win this contest.

16.5
1
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Shortens the length on this, keeps it outside off, slapped through the covers for a single.
16.4
2
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Hendricks gives trhe charge to this quicker ball and hits across the line. Finds the gap through mid-wicket and comes back for the second.
16.3
0
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Outside off on a shorter length, punched from the back foot towards cover-point.

It has started to drizzle and Pakistan are trying their best to get in as many overs as possible. The spinners are rushing through their overs. As I'm typing, the rain is picking up its intensity. Won't be long before the covers will come on.

16.2
0
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Short and flat outside off, cut square to point for nothing.
16.1
4
I Wasim to R Hendricks, FOUR! Streaky runs but it's all the same. Short and flat outside off, Hendricks goes back and plays at it, only to get a thick edge. It runs down to third man for a boundary.
15.6
1
S Khan to R Hendricks, Drives this full delivery through the covers and takes a single.
15.5
0
S Khan to R Hendricks, The batsman drives the ball straight down the ground.
15.4
0
S Khan to R Hendricks, Shadab tosses it up outside off, some nice shape on it, Reeza finds the cover fielder with a drive.
15.3
0
S Khan to R Hendricks, Full on the stumps, driven to mid on.
15.2
1
S Khan to du Plessis, Faf goes with the spin and hits it through the covers for a single.
15.1
0
S Khan to du Plessis, Absolute peach from Shadab Khan! Tossed it up around off and it turns away, du Plessis is forward to block is beaten past the outside edge.
14.6
0
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Presses forward to a full ball and drives it straight to covers. 2 runs and a wicket from the over.
14.5
0
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Loopy arm ball on off, Reeza inside edges his attempted front foot defense.
14.4
0
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Hendricks has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

Skipper Faf du Plessis is the new man in.

14.3
0
I Wasim to R Hendricks, OUT! Big blow to South Africa! Tossed up ball around off, Hendricks taps it down on the off side and his partner looks for a run. Reeza stutters after taking the first step while de Kock has come quite some way down the track. Shadab attacks the ball from point and scores a direct hit at the non-striker's end as Quinton dives in. They appeal and the umpire refers it upstairs. The SA keeper isn't looking too sure as his partner asks him and the replays show us why... Well short is Quinton de Kock and he has to walk back.
14.2
0
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Short and outside off, Reeza cracks his square cut but finds the point fielder.
14.1
2
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Full and around leg, clipped through square leg for a couple of runs.
13.6
0
S Khan to de Kock, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
13.5
1
S Khan to R Hendricks, Full and on middle, pushed through covers for one.
13.4
2
S Khan to R Hendricks, Stays back and glides it down to third man for a couple of runs.
13.3
4
S Khan to R Hendricks, FOUR! Beats the valiant diving effort in the deep. Short and outside off, Hendricks whacks it through extra cover for a boundary.
13.3
0
S Khan to de Kock, Another delivery down the leg side, Quinton tries turning it away but fails. The keeper also fumbles and they cross. Two wides!
13.2
0
S Khan to de Kock, Turning down the leg side, de Kock tries flicking but misses.
13.1
1
S Khan to R Hendricks, Loopy and full to start with, it's around off and Reeza pushes it in the gap at covers for one.

Shadab Khan on to bowl now.

12.6
1
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Leans across, moves inside the line and nudges it towards mid-wicket for a run.
12.5
0
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Full again, outside the line of off stumps, Hendricks looks to squeeze it through the off side but misses.
12.4
0
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Full and darted on off stump, blocked.
12.3
0
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Gives some air on this, bowls it full and outside off, played with the spin to the point fielder.
12.2
1
I Wasim to de Kock, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
12.1
1
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Minimal spin. Short and outside off, punched off the back foot through covers. Single taken.
11.6
1
H Ali to R Hendricks, Marginally ahead of a length, angling in on middle, Reeza flicks it to mid-wicket and keeps strike with a run.
11.5
1
H Ali to de Kock, Hits this on the up. The left-hander stands tall and punches it through to sweeper cover for one.
11.4
0
H Ali to de Kock, Half-appeal, but missed leg though. Hasan Ali angles in a length ball on leg, de Kock looks to hit it across the line but is caught on the thigh pad.
11.3
0
H Ali to de Kock, Switches to around the wicket, goes full outside off, de Kock plants his front foot forward and drives it to the man at covers.
11.2
1
H Ali to R Hendricks, On a length, just around off, Hendricks uses his wrists and works it in front of square on the leg side. Takes a single with ease.
11.1
0
H Ali to R Hendricks, Full length delivery hurled just outside off, Hendricks stays behind the line and brings a straight blade down in defense.
10.6
1
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Shorter delivery from Imad, worked through the vacant square leg area for one more.
10.5
1
I Wasim to de Kock, Better placement. Places it through square leg and gets to the other end.
10.4
0
I Wasim to de Kock, Quicker delivery, full in length and on the stumps, de Kock works this in front of square leg.

The wind has really picked up now. The staff and even the people in the crowd are finding it difficult to keep a hold of their things. Big storm coming it seems.

10.3
1
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Down the ground, through mid on and the batsmen cross over.
10.2
0
I Wasim to R Hendricks, Shorter one around off, punched off the back foot towards mid off.
10.1
0
I Wasim to R Hendricks, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.

Powerplay 2. At the most 4 fielders can be outside the ring till the 40th over.

9.6
4
H Ali to de Kock, FOUR! Shot. Pure class from Quinton de Kock. It's full and wide outside off, the opener drives it hard and drives it well square through the off side for a boundary.
9.5
0
H Ali to de Kock, Full outside off, de Kock finds the cover fielder with a drive.
9.4
1
H Ali to R Hendricks, Short of a length outside off, some width on offer, Hendricks cuts it behind point and gets off the mark with a single.
9.3
0
H Ali to R Hendricks, Ahead of a length on off, Reeza blocks it well.

Reeza Hendricks walks in at no.3.

9.2
0
H Ali to H Amla, OUT! GONE! That's a soft dismissal! Hasan Ali gets his revenge. He strikes almost immediately. That's what happens when catches are stuck, eh? Bowls it full and angles it in on middle and off, there's a hint of extra bounce and Hashim Amla is probably done in by that. He checks his shot a bit too as his drive finds Babar Azam at short mid-wicket. He takes a simple catch.
9.1
4
H Ali to H Amla, FOUR! Welcomes the pacer with a boundary. Full and outside off, Amla crashes this through the covers and finds the fence with ease. The 50 comes up for South Africa.

Hasan Ali into the attack.

8.6
0
I Wasim to de Kock, Full and fast, darted outside off, de Kock looks to smash it through the covers but misses.
8.5
1
I Wasim to H Amla, Drifting in on middle and leg, worked away into the leg side for a single.
8.4
1
I Wasim to de Kock, On the leg stump line, de Kock swings and plays it off the inner half towards short fine leg. Falls agonizingly short of Amir there who gets low to try and take it. Single collected.
8.3
1
I Wasim to H Amla, Eases a full ball down through mid on for a run.
8.2
0
I Wasim to H Amla, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
8.1
0
I Wasim to H Amla, Short and wide outside off, Amla cuts but finds the point fielder diving and making the stop.

Imad Wasim to roll his arm over.

7.6
0
S Afridi to de Kock, Beats the inside edge! Shortish on off, de Kock tries pulling but is a bit early into the shot. It takes his thigh pad and goes to the keeper.
7.6
0
S Afridi to de Kock, Wide called for height! Short and well over the batsmen, de Kock tries to pull but misses.
7.5
4
S Afridi to de Kock, FOUR! Short and in Quinton's half. He rocks back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. Looking in good form. Fresh from a break and no rustiness shown.
7.4
1
S Afridi to H Amla, A better fielding effort would have made things interesting. Amla helps a length ball towards mid-wicket and sets off for a risky single. Rizwan (sub) attacks the ball but fumbles while picking it up, thereby making life easy for Amla.
7.3
1
S Afridi to de Kock, Full and going down leg, nudged to deep square leg for a run.
7.2
2
S Afridi to de Kock, Short in length on middle, Quinton pulls it in front of square leg and Imam in the deep makes a tumbling stop. Saves two for his side.
7.1
0
S Afridi to de Kock, Shortish and outside off, de Kock eases it off his back foot to the off side but finds the cover fielder.
6.6
0
M Amir to H Amla, Pitches it up and on off, Amla drives it off his front foot to extra cover. Tidy stuff from Amir.
6.5
0
M Amir to H Amla, Sharp delivery, on middle and leg at 141 kph, Amla sticks back and brings his bat down in time to block it on the off side.

Dark clouds are surrounding the stadium. This could spell bad news...

6.4
0
M Amir to H Amla, Nearly chops it on! A good length ball on off, leaving the batsman, Amla stays back to punch it through the line but it takes the inside edge and hits him on the pads.
6.3
0
M Amir to H Amla, Shortish and outside off, a mistimed back foot punch by Amla to point.
6.2
1
M Amir to de Kock, A length ball outside off, de Kock stays back and works it in the gap at mid-wicket for one.
6.1
0
M Amir to de Kock, On middle and leg, played out off the pads to mid-wicket.
5.6
0
S Afridi to H Amla, Straighter delivery, turned off the pads on the leg side but finds mid-wicket.
5.5
0
S Afridi to H Amla, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
5.4
4
S Afridi to H Amla, FOUR! Glorious! Full and outside off, Amla leans forward and creams his drive through covers for a boundary. The replays show us that the fielder inside the ring was sloppy there, didn't get down in time and it went right through him.
5.3
1
S Afridi to de Kock, Knocks a full ball straight to Imad at mid on who misfields and allows a run. Sets high standard for himself so must be disappointed.
5.2
0
S Afridi to de Kock, Very full and on off, it's dug out to mid off by QdK.
5.1
1
S Afridi to H Amla, On a length and outside off, Amla pushes it with an angled bat through backward point for a comfortable single.
4.6
1
M Amir to H Amla, A touch short and around off, slower in pace at 123 kph, Hashim calmly dabs it to third man for a run.
4.5
1
M Amir to de Kock, Helps it off his pads to the leg side for a run.
4.4
0
M Amir to de Kock, A length ball moving back into the batsman from middle and off, Quinton tries to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. It lobs to point and goes on one bounce to Shadab. The replays later detect some inside edge.
4.3
2
M Amir to de Kock, Good length ball on off, de Kock eases it in front of square leg and collects a couple.
4.2
1
M Amir to H Amla, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
4.1
0
M Amir to de Kock, Shortish and sliding down the leg side, de Kock tries flicking but misses and it goes off his thigh pad to short fine leg. They cross for a leg bye.
3.6
1
S Afridi to de Kock, Short and wide outside off, de Kock cuts it through point and straightaway calls for two. But the third man fielder is quite square and he gets to the ball quickly. Have to settle with a run.
3.5
0
S Afridi to de Kock, Pitches it up and outside off, de Kock drives but finds the cover fielder.

The floodlights are switched on now.

3.4
1
S Afridi to H Amla, A controlled pull shot by Amla as he lifts his front leg while dealing with the short ball. It goes straight to long leg and they take a single.
3.3
0
S Afridi to H Amla, Shortish and on off, Amla sticks back and defends it to the off side.
3.2
2
S Afridi to H Amla, Too full and too straight, Amla flicks it past the diving mid-wicket fielder and Imad chases it down from mid on. Slides near the rope to pull it back and another couple of runs have been saved in the field.
3.1
1
S Afridi to de Kock, Fullish and on off, de Kock pushes it down towards the left of mid on and crosses for one.
2.6
2
M Amir to H Amla, Well stopped by Shaheen! Short delivery on middle, Amla turns inside the crease and pulls it firmly through backward square leg. It races away and so does Afridi from fine leg. He does well to reach the ball before it crosses the rope. Pull it back and saves two for his side. Great commitment.

Breeze is picking up.

2.5
0
M Amir to H Amla, Puts it on a length around off, Amla is solidly behind the line as he pushes it out to covers.
2.4
0
M Amir to H Amla, A touch short and on middle, Amla gets on top of it and tries to work it on the leg side but fails to middle it properly.
2.3
0
M Amir to H Amla, Play and a miss! Amir angles across a good length delivery outside off, seeing the width Amla flashes his bat at it but only to get beaten.
2.2
1
M Amir to de Kock, Shortish and on middle, de Kock turns it off his hips through backward square leg for one. 11 off the last 4 balls.
2.1
4
M Amir to de Kock, FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished. A leg stump half-volley, de Kock picks it off his pads and whips it in front of square leg for a boundary.
1.6
4
S Afridi to H Amla, FOUR! Lovely hands of Hashim Amla on display! Reaches out to a full delivery outside off and nails his square drive right through the gap at point. Delightful.
1.5
2
S Afridi to H Amla, The line is too straight this time, Amla eases it off his pads through square leg and gets off the mark with a couple of runs.
1.4
0
S Afridi to H Amla, Good length ball on middle and off, Amla gets behind the line and defends it with a straight willow.
1.3
0
S Afridi to H Amla, Fullish and on off, Amla plays a cracking drive off his front foot but fails to beat the cover fielder.
1.2
0
S Afridi to H Amla, Short this time, outside off, Amla stays back and pushes it out to covers.
1.1
0
S Afridi to H Amla, Starts with a loosener, wide outside off on a shortish length, Amla lets it through. He will be cautious against deliveries coming back into him.

Shaheen Afridi to bowl with the second new ball.

0.6
2
M Amir to de Kock, This one is a fraction fuller but too straight as well. De Kock nudges it through backward square leg for a couple.
0.5
4
M Amir to de Kock, FOUR! The chase is underway on the fifth ball. Fractionally short and around off, de Kock stays back and slaps it square of the wicket on the off side for a boundary.
0.4
0
M Amir to de Kock, Once again there is an inside edge. Amir getting the ball to straighten from a length around middle, Quinton tries to play it with a straight bat but it takes the inner half of his blade and rolls behind off his pads.
0.3
0
M Amir to de Kock, A back foot punch on the off side this time but he finds the cover fielder.
0.2
0
M Amir to de Kock, Back of a length ball on middle, de Kock turns it off his pads to the leg side but finds the fielder standing in front of square leg.
0.1
0
M Amir to de Kock, On target straightaway! It's around off on a length with a little bit of inward movement, de Kock tries keeping it out but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

Welcome back for the run chase. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock, the trusted opening pair for South Africa, is back. 318 for a win. Mohammad Amir to kick off proceedings with two slips in place. Here we go...