Pakistan secure first series win in SA

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Pakistan recorded their first ever bilateral series win over South Africa, and their first series win on SA soil, on Wednesday as they won the second ODI in Port Elizabeth by a stomach-clenching single run.

Pakistan recorded their first ever bilateral series win over South Africa, and their first series win on SA soil, on Wednesday as they won the second ODI in Port Elizabeth by a stomach-clenching single run.

South Africa needed 263 runs, after Dale Steyn took six wickets to see the visitors all out for 262 off the final ball of the 45-over knock. The Proteas then were well on track all innings, until the death bowling thwarted them and they reached 261/6.

The match was delayed by persistent drizzle and the toss was two hours late, after the field needed to be mopped up. AB de Villiers won the coin flip and elected to bowl, looking to prevent a hefty target.

While Pakistan lost Nasir Jamshed early, the first of Steyn's victims, the century stand between Sohaib Maqsood and Ahmed Shehzad have the visitors a solid platform. They put on 124 together at a rate of nearly six to the over.

Mohammad Hafeez yet again found himself dismissed by the Steyn Remover, the 15th time in 20 innings, while Misbah-ul-Haq made just 12 later in the game. Once Maqsood departed for 42, the wickets fell regularly.

The most bizarre dismissal was that of Anwar Ali, who was given out for obstructing the field. He ran down the middle of the pitch and got in the way of the incoming throw, so the umpire sent him packing. It was only the fifth such dismissal in ODI cricket.

Shehzad, having made 102, was the anchor at the other end as Steyn and company nipped the batsmen out, and despite the tumbling wickets, Pakistan still managed to add over 80 runs in the last 10 overs.

The home chase got off to a poor start as Graeme Smith fell to Junaid Khan for just one, leaving it up to Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock to again put on a solid partnership, as they had in Smith's absence.

The duo made their way to 96 before De Kock departed, having made 47 off 52 balls. He fell to Shahid Afridi, who also soon bagged Jacques Kallis' wicket for just six.

Amla and De Villiers then joined forced and both added half centuries to the tally, and when they were together the chase seemed relatively tame, and the PE crowd sang in full voice along with the famous brass band.

De Villiers was out for 74 in the 39th over though, and from there the cookie crumbled. He and JP Duminy, who'd reached the teens, became Junaid's second and third victims, leaving Amla and David Miller to do the work.

But Amla's normally cool head heated up inexplicably as the pressure mounted, and he swung across the line only to be caught by Hafeez off Saeed Ajmal. He mad made 98, and was visibly annoyed to find himself walking off at such a crucial time.

Still, the odds were with the hosts as they needed 13 runs off 13 balls. But Junaid and Ajmal were pinpoint at the death, not giving Miller any room to swing his bat. With nine needed off the final over, the four off the last ball was a run short for even a draw.

South Africa: Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Imran Tahir

Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Anwar Ali

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