Riding on some excellent bowling performances lead by the fiery Dale Steyn, South Africa restricted Pakistan to 222 in a rain-curtailed match at Auckland. According to D/L method, South Africa need 232 runs in 47 overs to win the match.
After being put into bat, Pakistan were off to a slow start as their openers Ahmed Shehzad and Sarfraz Ahmed put on 30 runs in 9 overs for the first wicket before Dale Steyn took a brilliant catch of Kyle Abbott’s bowling to get rid of Shehzad. Sarfraz and Younus Khan led their team’s reply with a 62-run partnership before Sarfraz got run-out in the 17th over. He missed his fifty by just one run. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq then lead the charge with his knock of 56 but he kept losing partners at the other end as Pakistan got bundled out in 46.4 overs. South Africa’s three pacers Steyn, Morne Morkel and Kyle Abbott put on a clinical performance and shared 7 wickets between them. With the small boundaries and a reputation for being easy to bat in the second innings, one suspects this will not be quite the challenging total Pakistan would have initially wanted.
Brief Scores: Pakistan 222 (Misbah 56, Sarfraz 49, Steyn 3-30, Morkel 2-25) vs South Africa