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SA lose key players for series decider

South Africa faces a huge task to clinch the five-match ODI series against Pakistan after captain Graeme Smith and Andrew Hall were banned.

india Updated: Oct 11, 2003 15:52 IST

South Africa faces a huge task to clinch the five-match one-day international series against Pakistan after captain Graeme Smith and bowler Andrew Hall were banned for violating the international code of conduct Saturday.

Smith was suspended for Sunday's crucial series decider for using abusive language during the second one-day international at Lahore last Sunday, while Hall was also banned for the final one-day game and two test matches.

South Africa leveled the series 2-2 after beating Pakistan in the fourth game on Friday.

The International Cricket Council said Hall, a medium fast bowler, intentionally elbowed Pakistan batsman Yousuf Youhana in his follow through as the batsman tried to complete a run last Sunday.

Smith used offensive language against Youhana, who was also fined 50 per cent of his match fee after he exchanged heated words with Smith and Hall, the ICC said.

South African team media manager Gerald de Kock said the visitors would appeal the two-test match ban against Hall. Smith and Hall competed in the first four games, but will miss the series decider at Pindi Cricket Stadium.

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who missed his team's two successive defeats in the series due to a hamstring injury, still rates the South Africans highly despite the loss of Smith and Hall.

"Naturally it's a huge setback for South Africa, but I think they are still a tough team and we have to be at our best to beat them," Inzamam said.

Inzamam said he has regained full fitness and will lead the side Sunday. Pakistan will also be strengthened with the return of all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, who was sidelined from Friday's game with an upset stomach.

"Due to injuries and fitness problems we missed key players and that was the main reason we lost the last two games," Inzamam said.

Pakistan has also called up opener Imran Farhat after the left-hander scored 64 in a practice game against South Africa in Lahore earlier this month.

Farhat is likely to replace Mohammad Hafeez after the right-handed opener had a dismal four games against the visitors, scoring only 33 runs for the series.

After Friday's match, Smith said he was confident the South Africans could win its third game in a row to secure the series. Line-ups:

Pakistan (from): Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Hameed, Yousuf Youhana, Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Younis Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Rashid Latif (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Sami, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Shabbir Ahmad, Saqlain Mushtaq, Danish Kaneria, Faisal Iqbal, Naved Latif, Imran Farhat.

South African (from): Mark Boucher (captain), Jacques Kallis, Shaun Pollock, Neil McKenzie, Jacques Rudolph, Robin Peterson, Alan Dawson, Makhaya Ntini, Charl Langeveldt, Andre Nel, Boeta Dippenaar, Herschelle Gibbs, Paul Adams, Morne van Wyk.

Umpires: Darrell Hair, Australia, Aleem Dar, Pakistan.

TV umpire: Asad Rauf.

Match referee: Clive Lloyd, West Indies.

First Published: Oct 11, 2003 15:40 IST