Confident Pakistan crush Proteas
Pakistan went 2-0 up Sunday in its five one-day international series against South Africa with a comfortable 42-run win at Gaddafi Stadium.Updated: Oct 06, 2003 13:09 IST
Pakistan went 2-0 up Sunday in its five one-day international series against South Africa with a comfortable 42-run win at Gaddafi Stadium.
Pakistan, which won the first game of the series by eight runs on Friday, made 267 for seven off its 50 overs. In reply, South Africa made 225 for nine with three of its key players being run out. Paceman Mohammad Sami and off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez claimed three wickets each for 20 and 37 runs respectively.
South Africa was placed nicely when Boeta Dippenaar (58) and Jacques Kallis (42) added 89 runs for the second wicket in 106 balls and took the total to 108 for one in the 22nd over.
However, in the next eight overs, Pakistan claimed four vital wickets for just 30 runs with Sami running out Neil McKenzie and Mark Boucher.
Hafeez trapped Kallis and Jacques Rudolph leg before wicket and clean bowled top scorer Dippenaar as the visitors slipped to 138 for five in the 30th over.
Pollock fell to another accurate fielding effort by Younis Khan whose direct throw left the South African all-rounder well short of the crease. Sami then uprooted the stumps for both Robin Peterson and Andrew Hall to kill off South African resistance.
Number 10 and 11 batsmen, Alan Dawson (23 not out) and Makhaya Ntini (10 not out), played the last seven overs without much purpose before the latter hit the last ball six off Shoaib Malik.
Earlier, Yousuf Youhana (65 continued his top form with another half century, but exchanged some hot words with South African bowler Hall as Pakistan raised 267 for seven off its 50 overs.
Pakistan was boosted by Youhana's sixth successive score of over 50 in a limited overs international, 41 from Younis and Shoaib Malik's 45 off 53 balls. Ntini, who returned 0-26 off three overs in the first one-dayer, made amends and claimed four wickets for 46 runs.
In television replays, bowler Hall appeared to hit Youhana with his elbow as he passed Hall to complete a run. The two players were then involved in a verbal clash.
Umpires Nadeem Ghauri and Darrell Hair also talked to South African captain Graeme Smith and match referee Clive Lloyd is expected to take action after the match.
Despite scores of police - in uniform and plainclothed - an unruly spectator hurled a missile at Neil McKenzie on the boundary line, prompting a brief halt to play.
Youhana was involved in a productive 101 run third wicket partnership off 109 balls with Younis in which Inzamam-ul-Haq also briefly participated.
Pakistan captain Inzamam pulled his right hamstring at the total of 56 for two in the 17th over before Khan joined Youhana.
South Africa met with early success after Smith won the toss and elected to field first in daylight. Opener Hafeez's poor form continued when he was bowled by Shaun Pollock for just seven with the total at 19. Yasir Hameed (16) gave Mark Boucher one of his three catches behind the wickets and giving Makhaya Ntini his first wicket of the series.
Inzamam (33 not out) returned to the crease with a runner at the fall of Malik's wicket in the 46th over. Despite moving little, Inzamam collected 16 runs in Hall's last over of the innings to give Pakistan a strong total to defend.
The third match of the series - the only day game - will be played at Faisalabad on Tuesday, followed by back-to-back day-night games in Rawalpindi on Oct. 10 and Oct. 12.
First Published: Oct 05, 2003 14:27 IST