Same old problems for Misbah's men

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An inadequate batting display was again at the fore of Pakistan's 68-run defeat to South Africa in the third ODI at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

An inadequate batting display was again at the fore of Pakistan's 68-run defeat to South Africa in the third ODI at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

All out for a mere 182 in the series opener and just 209 in the second fixture, the Pakistanis were dismissed for a paltry 191 on Wednesday. Not one specialist batsman managed a half-century, with tail-ender Wahab Riaz's 33 the top score.

The Proteas would have won by a considerably bigger margin, in fact, had Riaz and all-rounder Sohail Tanvir not put on a 61-run alliance inside a dozen overs for the eighth wicket.

"Again the same problem with us in the batting order and we couldn't change a good start into a big one, we kept losing wickets. It was an ideal start for us, but 20s and 30s are not going to win the game for us," rued Misbah.

"70s, 80s and tons will win us the game and that's what we are missing. The target was gettable as boundaries were coming freely with the new ball, it was a matter of playing 50 overs.

The ball was coming nicely on the bat. Wahab and Tanvir gave some confidence to the team with the fight there and shows the batsmen that if you apply yourselves, you can sore runs. We need to score at least 250 against a team like this to beat them."

The fourth ODI will get underway at the same venue on Friday. The Sharjah Cricket Stadium will host the fifth and final match on Monday.

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