Pakistan vs South Africa 3rd ODI Highlights 2013 – 17 March

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South Africa won the toss and put 343 Runs on the board for Pakistan to chase to win 3rd one day international match. Amla and De Villiers played sensational knocks of 122 and 128 respectively and helped South Africa post huge runs on the board. Pakistan chase wasn’t impressive as they lost Jamshaid quickly. Muhammad Hafeez played some amazing shots but Pakistan had lost 5 wickets at only 132 Runs. Then here comes Mr. Boom Boom who came and forced South Africa to count stars in daylight with his explosive sixes out of the park. Watch Shahid Afridi batting highlights vs South Africa below. Shahid Afridi scored sensational fifty off just just 32 balls. A healthy run-rate for Pakistan, the required-rate has been brought down from over 8 to about 7.8 now. Afridi’s changed things here, how long can he sustain this? Lets wait for the Result.

Pakistan vs South Africa 3rd ODI Highlights 2013

So who do you think is the better one day team between South Africa and Pakistan? This sure is a most vexatious question that could be swirling in the minds of cricket aficionados of these two countries. Even their most diehard supporters would be in a fix as the manner in which South Africa won the first ODI encounter at Bloemfontein nobody ever thought Pakistan would come back and simply steamroll their opponents in such a decisive manner.

But that is the game of cricket as fans of this game swear that it is not death but cricket that is the great leveler. Followers of this great game find truth in such a claim as the ODI series between Pakistan and South Africa dramatically unfold on the cricketing fields of South Africa.

It is only natural that Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq is more upbeat than his counterpart on the other side AB de Villiers who helplessly witnessed his team’s decimation in the face of a hurricane called Mohammed Irfan. After being shaken by the pace of Irfan they were stirred by the spin of Saeed Ajmal and the net result was they simply could not be located in the arena as the game progressed. South Africa as a team simply faded into insignificance as the shadow of Pakistan grew longer and longer at Centurion Park.

Pakistani batsmen also did not want to be left behind and the new tenant at the opener’s slot, Kamran proved more than adequate in the new role, so much so that he might have cemented this place for himself for quite some time to come. Mohammed Hafeez will possibly now play as one down batsman but being the prolific player that he is, it sure would not be an issue for him.

But the big blow that Pakistan has to absorb if it wants to stay in contention is the absence of the star of the second encounter Irfan who has strained his hamstring muscle and there is little chance that he would be able to take the field on Sunday at Wanderers. If that indeed be the case, Umar Gul has to really put up his hand and step up to the table as it were as he is the most experienced pacer in the side.

However, if his recent performance in the series can be considered as an indicator, it does not bode well for the Pakistan team. Barring that 5 for 6 flash in T20 encounter, Umar Gul has generally put up a lackadaisical performance throughout the tour. In the first ODI he sure bothered Smith but that little bit aggression was also not witnessed in the second encounter. So, either Pakistan has to bat its opponents out or their bowlers must really bowl out of their skins as it were to secure a victory over South Africa.

AB de Villiers is banking on this vulnerability of Pakistan and trying to motivate his team mates urging them to forget the second encounter as a nightmare that will never be repeated again.

Cricket, after all, is a mind game and the team that is stronger mentally and more determined to snatch victory usually wins. It is just a matter of which captain is able to motivate his team better.

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