Tsotsobe's best halts Pakistan in first one-dayer
Lanky South African paceman Lonwabo Tsotsobe carried his Twenty20 form into the 50-over game with a career-best feat to derail Pakistan to 203 in the first day-night international here today.cricket Updated: Oct 29, 2010 22:05 IST
Lanky South African paceman Lonwabo Tsotsobe carried his Twenty20 form into the 50-over game with a career-best feat to derail Pakistan to 203 in the first day-night international here today.
The 26-year-old from Eastern Province took four for 27 off his 10 tight overs as Pakistan lost their last eight wickets for a mere 46 runs after winning the toss and deciding to bat on a flat Abu Dhabi Stadium pitch.
Tsotsobe, who took five wickets in South Africa's 2-0 win in the Twenty20 series which finished here on Wednesday, rocked the Pakistan middle-order with a burst of three wickets off just nine balls during his second four-over spell.
Tsotsobe's effort backed by disciplined spin bowling by Johan Botha (2/40) put brakes on Pakistan's innings after Mohammad Hafeez (68) and returning Younis Khan (54) put on 114 for the second wicket.
Tsotsobe removed opener Asad Shafiq (19) in the eighth over before Younis - returning to the side after being cleared by Pakistan Cricket Board last month following a ban on discipline violation, joined Hafeez in a damage repair act.
Hafeez hit seven boundaries during his 84-ball sixth one-day fifty before cutting Botha straight into the hands of Charl Langeveldt. Four overs later, Younis was trapped leg-before by Botha.
Younis hit two boundaries during his 75-ball knock.
Tsotsobe's triple strike followed as he removed Misbah-ul-Haq (14), Shahid Afridi (1) and Abdul Razzaq (two) to complete Pakistan's slide on a similar pattern of Twenty20 matches in which they were restricted to 119 and 120-9.
Tsotsobe's previous best bowling figures were 4-50 against Australia on his one-day debut at Perth last year.