The score sheet states Pakistan has won the 4th ODI held in Durban against South Africa by three wickets and had eight balls yet left to play. Such a score sheet between two high powered rivals generally gives a feeling that it was tightly contested match where both sides matched their opponents, ball for ball, stroke for stroke and strategy for counter strategy.
But the truth is quite different from these notions and what transpired at Durban violently swung between being a theater of the absurd at one end while being at the other end an epic battle by a pair of undaunted men on either side to save their respective teams from the ignominy of defeat. It is the nature of the game that only one pair could succeed in their endeavor but both, AB de Villiers and David Miller as well as Imran Farhat and Misbah-ul-Haq, should be applauded for their heroic efforts.
Pakistan vs South Africa 5th ODI Live Streaming 2013
- Pakistan in South Africa ODI Series
- South Africa vs Pakistan
- Venue: Benoni
- Date: 24 March 2013 (50-over match)
- Broadcasting Channels: PTV Sports, SuperSport, Sky Sports 2 HD, Ten Sports,
- South Africa: Lost Won Lost Won Won Lost
- Pakistan: Won Lost Won Lost Lost Won
After being rattled by thunderbolts from Mohammad Irfan right at the beginning of their innings, nobody thought South Africa would put up such a decent show and give their bowlers a fighting total of 234 to bowl with.
Pakistan made heavy weather of what would have been an easy cruise by losing both Farhat and Wahab within a space of just four balls but finally managed to somehow cross the finishing line without losing their nerves the the end. Spectators should not blame anybody as they got their fair share of thrills that are associated with one day internationals.
A mention must be made of the bizarre manner in which Mohammed Hafeez got out. He became the first batsman in the world to get out by obstructing the fielder when he inadvertently, at least that is what majority of the spectators thought to be, obstructing a throw from AB de Villiers while scampering for a run. Had he not been out Hafeez would surely have made a substantial contribution to Pakistan’s total given the cracking form that he is in at present.
But conjectures make good fodders for lazy afternoon tea table talk but do not have any significance in the crazily competitive world of one day internationals and one feels though Pakistan has won the game and has been able to bring back parity in the series, South Africa has also gained a considerable psychological boost from their loss at Durban. The way they picked themselves up after such a disastrous start surely would give the tea loads of confidence about facing Pakistan once again at Benoni, the venue of the fifth one day international between these two teams.
Indeed AB de Villiers has already made his team’s intentions clear as he declared Benoni would not be like Durban which resembled subcontinental pitches and the ball would come faster on to the bat and the bounce will also be true. But that should also be good news for Pakistan with their speedsters led from the front by the giant Mohammed Irfan and ably supported by Junaid and also Umar Gul not to speak of the ever agile wizard of soin Saeed Ajmal forming a band that can send shivers down the spine of even the most formidable batting side in the world.
If their batsmen can play to their full potential Benoni might also witness another Pakistani victory.