Pakistan turned the tables on South Africa when a spectacular batting performance set up a 141-run win in the second One-day International (ODI) here at Kingsmead on Wednesday night.
In what was almost a mirror image of the first match in Centurion, Pakistan hammered 351 for four after winning the toss, only 41 runs fewer than South Africa made on the way to a 164-run win on Sunday. South Africa were bowled out for 210.
Mohammad Yousuf made a high-class 101 not out but the assault was set up by opening batsman Imran Nazir, who attacked South Africa’s normally reliable new-ball bowlers, Shaun Pollock and Makhaya Ntini.
Nazir, brought into the side after missing the opening match, hit 57 off 39 balls.
Pakistan’s senior batsmen, Younis Khan (93) and Yousuf, batted solidly in a stand of 124 off 136 balls, while Shahid Afridi made a thrilling return to form by thrashing 77 not out off only 35 balls with six sixes and five fours. Yousuf and Afridi put on an unbeaten 129 off 70 balls for the fifth wicket.
Opening bowler Mohammad Asif bowled unchanged for his full 10 overs at the start of the South African innings, picking up the wickets of South African captain Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs at a cost of 29 runs.
Afridi followed up his batting contribution by taking three for 25 with his leg-breaks, while off-spinner Shoaib Malik took two for 27.
Not even a power failure could stop Pakistan’s surge to a victory which squared the five-match series.
South Africa were struggling at 113 for four in 19.4 overs - two balls short of the minimum required to achieve a result in an interrupted match - when all the stadium lights went out.
When the lights came back on, Ashwell Prince fell to the first ball bowled by Azhar Mahmood, recalled to international cricket after a two-year absence, and South Africa’s fate was effectively sealed.
South Africa made a good start when Pollock won an lbw verdict against Kamran Akmal off the fourth ball of the innings. But Nazir played some audacious pulls, cuts and drives, forcing South African captain Graeme Smith to change his usually predictable game plan.
Pollock and Ntini were both taken off after only four overs each. Younis and Yousuf played more conventional cricket but kept the scoring rate at close to a run a ball.
In the absence of a specialist spin bowler Smith brought himself on to bowl off-breaks and was rewarded with the wicket of Younis, caught on the midwicket boundary after hitting nine fours and two sixes in a 98-ball innings.
But the arrival of Afridi signaled carnage for the bowlers. Afridi played some extraordinary strokes including two sweep shots for four against Ntini, whipping fast deliveries aimed at his stumps to the fine leg boundary as though Ntini was a slow bowler.
Afridi also hit a huge pull shot off Andre Nel which landed on the roof of the old pavilion and bounced out of the ground. Ntini went for 71 runs off nine overs, while Nel conceded 82 off ten.
Smith and AB de Villiers, who put on 140 for the first wicket in the opening match, again started brightly but after they had put on 38 off 38 balls Smith was caught at second slip off the accurate Asif.
De Villiers and Jacques Kallis added 49 off 46 deliveries for the second wicket before De Villiers was caught at midwicket off a cramped pull against Abdul Razzaq.
Asif pulled up with cramp two balls into his final over but then struck a telling blow with his next ball after treatment on the field when Gibbs was trapped lbw by a ball which cut back at him. Kallis was caught behind off Razzaq in the next over, one ball before the floodlights went out.
Pakistan won toss
Imran Nazir lbw b Langeveldt 57
†Kamran Akmal lbw b Pollock 0
Younis Khan c Langeveldt b Smith 93
Mohammad Yousuf not out 101
*Inzamam-ul-Haq run out (Gibbs) 13
Shahid Afridi not out 77
Extras (lb5, w4, nb1) 10
Total (4 wkts, 50 overs) 351
Did not bat: Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Naved-ul-Hasan, Azhar Mahmood, Mohammad Asif
Fall: 1-1, 2-80, 3-204, 4-222
Bowling: Pollock 10-1-53-1; Ntini 9-1-71-0; Nel 10-0-82-0 (2w); Langeveldt 9-0-61-1 (1nb, 1w); Kallis 5-0-43-0 (1w); Smith 7-0-36-1
*G C Smith c Younis b Asif 15
A B de Villiers c Younis b Razzaq 43
J H Kallis c Kamran b Razzaq 34
H H Gibbs lbw b Asif 14
A G Prince c Younis b Azhar 2
†M V Boucher b Afridi 21
J M Kemp c & b Shoaib 22
S M Pollock st Kamran b Shoaib 32
A Nel c Kamran b Afridi 5
M Ntini c sub (Hafeez) b Afridi 9
C K Langeveldt not out 0
Extras (lb4, w6, nb3) 13
Total (all out, 40 overs) 210
Fall: 1-38, 2-87, 3-110, 4-113, 5-123, 6-147, 7-179, 8-190, 9-208
Bowling: Mohammad Asif 10-0-29-2; Naved-ul-Hasan 4-0-43-0; Abdul Razzaq 7-0-59-2 (3nb, 1w); Azhar Mahmood 5-0-23-1 (1w); Shahid Afridi 9-1-25-3; Shoaib Malik 5-0-27-2 (4w)
Result: Pakistan won by 141 runs
Series: 5-match series level at 1-1
Man of the Match: Younis Khan
Umpires: S A Bucknor (West Indies) and B G Jerling. TV umpire: R E Koertzen. Match referee: B C Broad (England)
First ODI: February 4 Centurion, South Africa won by 164 runs
Remaining matches: Friday (today) 3rd ODI, Port Elizabeth (d/n). February 11 4th ODI, Cape Town. February 14 5th ODI, Johannesburg (d/n)
Source:The NewsMore on:Abdul Razzak, Andre Nel, Azhar Mahmood, Imran Nazir, Makhaya Nitni, Mohammad Yousuf, Mohammd Asif, Pakistan, Pakistan in South Africa 2007, Shahid Afridi, South Africa, Younis Khan
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