About the Match
After an exhilarating day of Cricket, Proteas and Pakistan are back to play second ODI on 1st Novemeber. It was a close contest in the 1st ODI with South Africa defeating Pakistan by 1 run and taking the lead in the 5-ODI series. Pakistan’s loss was shocking and will need to quickly recover from this humiliation. South Africa struggled in the first innings, accumulating just 183 runs; however the bowling unit led by Imran Tahir did well to demolish Pakistan and take the team home with an exciting finish. Both sides have the resources and experience to perform better to win the second round.
The batsmen failed against the Pakistani spin attack; though Duminy and Smith tried to build the innings early on but weren’t successful. They were 86-6 when Parnell arrived and along with David Miller put up a 39-run stand. The duo managed to keep the scoreboard ticking and took the total to 125 runs before Miller fell. It was then up to Tsotsobe to support Parnell, who had stuck his feet firmly on the ground and they added another 52 runs to their kitty. The total of 183 runs was too low to defend against the hard hitting Pakistan batsmen but the bowlers did an excellent job of keeping the pressure on the opponents. Parnell made an all-round contribution by taking 3 early wickets along with Morkel who scalped 2 wickets. Tsotsobe also got 2 wickets, however it was Imran Tahir’s superb figure of 3-45 that suffocated the Pakistani batsmen and won them the match by 1 run. South African batsmen need to sharpen their skills and back-up their bowlers from here on.
The spinners did very well to restrict South Africa to just 183 runs; with Tanvir and Irfan making early in-roads and Saeed Ajmal taking 4 wickets and Afridi claiming 3 wickets. However, the match went horribly wrong after the 41st over of their chase, as they collapsed from a comfortable position of 19 runs required off 55 balls to getting beaten by 1 run. It was utter disbelief for the team and its supporters who were confident of a Pakistan win here. Earlier on, Shehzad and Hafeez built the innings with a partnership of 71 runs and after Hafeez’s departure, Misbah-ul-Haq came in providing good support to Shehzad as they took the total to 107. They had wickets in hand and sufficient time to make it safely, but with the Captain falling at 31, it was up to Umar Amin and Akmal to reach the target. However, they failed against the brilliance of Imran Tahir and from thereon it was a shocking slide as Pakistan lost quick wickets and let the game slip away from their hands. The team needs to keep its cool under pressure situations and perform better in the second match.
The win in the first match has given a definite morale boost to the South Africans whereas Pakistan has to put the defeat behind and come back stronger. Both teams have excellent resources to suit the conditions; however with the psychological advantage from their narrow win yesterday, South Africa is looking well placed to win the second contest convincingly here.
South Africa, 1.72 @ Bet365
As predicted, we saw very sedate start from Pakistani top order. South African top order wasn’t convincing, but their intent was to play shots. I think the Proteas would be ahead after the 15 Overs mark in the second ODI as well.
First 15 Overs Runs:
South Africa, 1.80 @ Bet365