Mohammad Irfan has already picked up four top order wickets to push South Africa on the back foot. (AP Photo)
Pakistan defeated South Africa in the second ODI at the Supersport Park in Centurion by six wickets chasing down a paltry target of 192 in 39.2 overs and leveling the series 1-1. Captain Misbah ul Haq anchored the innings with a patient 57 off 75 after Mohammed Irfan's 4 for 33 restricted South Africa to the low score in the rain curtailed match.
Read on for the updates from the match
End of over 39.2: Pakistan 192 for 4: Misbah ul Haq got to his fifty in 70 balls helping his side register a convincing six-wicket victory over South Africa chasing down 191 in 39.2 overs. Shoaib Malik, who changed the complexion of the game upping the ante was not out in the middle scoring 35 off 38 balls.
End of over 35: Pakistan 172 for 4: Shoaib Malik clobbered Lonwabo Tsotsobe for four boundaries in the 32nd over to tilt the match heavily in Pakistan's favour. The first two boundaries came in the fine leg region with Tsotsobe guilty of straying down the leg. Overcompensating, the pacer bowled it short and wide with Malik hitting the third consecutive boundary towards third man. The fourth one came as a result of another short and wide delivery with Malik creaming it with a back foot drive past the cover region. Misbah ul Haq got a boundary off Steyn as well. Malik took his chances and hit a six off Robin Peterson courtesy a half-tracker in the first ball of the 34th over. Malik-Misbah have compiled a breezt 50-run stand with Pakistan needing 22 runs from 54 balls to win the 2nd ODI.
End of over 30: Pakistan 129 for 4: Robin Peterson dealt a telling blow removing Younis Khan and breaking a crucial partnership. Younis swept a full toss straight down to the throat of Hashim Amla positioned at deep square leg. Younis was looking to play aggressive as he scored 32 off 41 balls before getting out. Shoaib Malik joined Misbah-ul-Haq in the middle as Abbott and Peterson kept a check on the run-rate. Misbah was able to his second six of the innings, this time off Peterson over the bowlers' head. Misbah is batting on 28 and Malik is on two runs. Pakistan need 63 runs from 14 overs.
End of over 25: Pakistan 108 for 3: Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq played the waiting game content with taking their time settling in as the duo scored 28 runs in the five overs courtesy a six and a four off one Kyle Abbott. After being bogged down since the two quick wickets, Abbott over came at the right time but they have failed to rotate the strike well so far. Misbah is batting on 17 and Younis on 26. Pakistan need 84 runs from 19 overs.
End of over 20: Pakistan 82 for 3: After losing two wickets in a hurry, veteran duo of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq tried to rebuild the Pakistan innings as Younis survived a Robin Peterson lbw after review. Pakistan scored just 13 runs in the lat five overs, They need runs 110 runs from 24 overs.
End of over 15: Pakistan 69 for 3: South Africa got two wickets in successive overs to put Pakistan in a spot of bother. AB de Villiers brought back Dale Steyn for his second spell and he got rid of the well set Mohd Hafeez for 31 runs. Hafeez chipped a length ball towards mid-wicket where Kyle Abbott took a diving catch. In the next over, the 15th, Robin Peterson dismissed Kamran Akmal for 18. Akmal tried to heave a tossed up delivery but failed to connect as the ball hit his toes and rolled onto the stumps. Pakistan's fifty came came in the 13th over with Akmal paddle sweeping Robin Peterson for a couple. Peterson was guilty of bowling short as he conceded 11 runs off his first over. Professor, as Hafeez is fondly called, cracked a well timed drive for a boundary on the up in front of point as he was looked good in the middle anchoring the chase.
End of over 10: Pakistan 41 for 1: Ryan McLaren dropped an easy catch off Mohd Hafeez at short cover in the 7th over as the opener played an uppish cut rushed by the extra bounce generated by Kyle Abbott. McLaren though made up for his mistake taking the wicket of Nasir Jamshed for 10 runs as the opener tried run down a short of length off-side ball towards third man, but managed an edge to slips, where Graeme Smith took a good diving catch. Kamran Akmal joined Mohd Hafeez in the middle and got a boundary courtesy a thick outside edge past the slip cordon. Akmal is batting on 7 whereas Hafeez has reached 23. Pakistan need 151 runs from 34 overs.
End of over 6: Pakistan 21 for 0: Nasir Jamshed and Mohd Hafeez started off cautiously negotiating a fiery spell of pace bowling by Dale Steyn and Lonwabo Tsotsobe. Jamshed is batting on six and Hafeez on 14. Pakistan need 171 runs from 38 overs.
End of over 1: Pakistan 21 for 0: Chasing 192 for the victory Pakistan have started off aggressively. Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez are the openers for Pakistan. They took 5 runs from Dale Steyn's over which is definitely a good sign. Lonwabo Tsotsobe is sharing the new ball with him.
South African innings:
End of over 43.2: South Africa 191 for all out: Pakistan bowled out South Africa mere cheaply for 191. This is now a 44 overs match and Pakistan batsmen need to apply themselves as it should not be a tough ask for them.
End of over 40: South Africa 183 for 8: In the very first ball of 4oth over, Kyle Abbott departs as he tried to play Ajmal to the on side but the ball went up in the air and Shahid Afridi makes no mistake.
The match will get started within 20 minutes. It will be 44 overs a side now, that means South Africa have 5.2 overs remaining.
Umpires have come down to the field for inspection. The covers are removed now and it seems match might start soon.
End of over 38.4: South Africa 177 for 7: Hafeez picks up his second wicket and that too of Behardien which is a very critical one at this stage. Meanwhile, heaven has opened up and rain is pouring heavily. The match got stopped.
End of over 34: South Africa 156 for 6: Both Behardien and Peterson are going along nicely and building a partnership. They have already added 50 runs. This partnership is already hurting Pakistan. Peterson is batting on 25 and Behardien is on 59.
End of over 29: South Africa 140 for 6: Behardien and Peterson are again consolidating for South Africa. Behardien is inching closer to his half century as Peterson is helping him well.
End of over 21: South Africa 108 for 6: Mohammad Hafeez traps McLaren in front of wicket for 17 as South Africa loses their sixth wicket. The partnership was building but now again they are in trouble. Robin Peterson has joined Behardien.
End of over 16: South Africa 86 for 5: After some initial blows South Africa are trying to consolidate their innings as Behardien and Ryan McLaren are building a partnership. McLaren is on 11 and Behardien is on 20. Pakistan are very much on top.
End of over 11: South Africa 62 for 5: Mohammad Irfan is proving to be almost unplayable as he keeps on bowling short of length deliveries to push the batsman on the back-foot. Irfan sends Faf du Plessis back to the pavilion as du Plessis could not read his short ball and it went up in the air and Irfan completes the catch himself. Great bowling display from the 7 feet tall bowler. Faf du Plessis departs for 17.
End of over 8: South Africa 43 for 4: Junaid Khan joins the party as got the edge of Graeme Smith and Kamran Akmal is having a great time as he grabs his third catch behind the stumps today. Smith departs for 10 and Farhaan Behardien is the new batsman. Pakistan are in total control.
End of over 7: South Africa 38 for 3: Mohammad Irfan is running through the South African batting line-up. This time he scalps the best batsman of South Africa AB de Villiers as he too edged and Younis Khan grabs the easy catch in second slip. He departs for 4 as Faf du Plessis joins Smith in the middle.
End of over 5: South Africa 26 for 2: Both the openers started off aggressively but Mohammad Irfan gets double breakthrough for Pakistan. Hashim Amla chased a very wide delivery outside the off stump and edged it and Kamran Akmal made no mistakes behind the stumps. Poor footwork from the senior pro. He departs for 18. In the very next ball, Irfan picks up Colin Ingram for a duck as he is caught behind too.
End of over 2: South Africa 8 for 0: Opting to bat first, South Africa have started their innings well. Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith have opened the innings. Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan are sharing the new ball.