Pakistan vs. South Africa, 1st ODI: Scorecard, Recap and More from Sharjah

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Pakistan vs. South Africa, 1st ODI: Scorecard, Recap and More from Sharjah
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South Africa pulled off the mother of all comebacks with an extraordinary one-run win against Pakistan in the first ODI.

They had under-performed with the bat and looked incapable of making waves with the ball—until the home side imploded, turning 165-4 into 182 all out.

South Africa, having won the toss and chosen to bat first, dug themselves an almighty hole when Saeed Ajmal struck to leave the Proteas at 63 for five.

AB de Villiers' wicket was particularly damaging, but the tail did their best to stage some kind of recovery.

David Miller's 37 was a start, but Wayne Parnell's knock, worth 56 runs, was better still.

In the end, 183 was far better than it might have been but still under par.

Pakistan, recovering from the loss of an early wicket, built steadily to 75-1 through Muhammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shahzad, who posted a half century.

The wickets came sporadically, but it looked like a procession with Pakistan drawing to within 19 runs of the target with six wickets in hand.

Then, from nowhere, came the collapse.

Umar Amin edged behind to Lonwabo Tsotsobe, then, in the next over, Imran Tahir collected Umar Akmal. Both bowlers struck again and all of a sudden Pakistan had one wicket left to score the eight runs required for victory.

Mohammed Irfan was subject to a review against Tahir—he was saved only by millimetres and an umpire's call.

A game that had looked drama-free suddenly took an extraordinary twist in the final moments. 

Morne Morkel swept in and bowled the final ball, full, straight and too good for Irfan.

Here is the match scorecard, as given by the BBC:

South Africa Innings 183 all out (49.5 overs)

      Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Ingram c U Akmal b Irfan 0   2 0 0
Smith st U Akmal b Ajmal 20 62 25 1 0
Duminy c Amin b Tanvir 20 38 36 3 0
du Plessis lbw b Ajmal 12 29 26 2 0
AB de Villiers c and b Ajmal   4 26 12 0 0
Miller c and b Shahid Afridi   37 74 51 2 1
McLaren c and b Shahid Afridi   8 31 27 0 0
Parnell c Shehzad b Ajmal 56 86 70 6 1
M Morkel lbw b Shahid Afridi 4   4 1 0
Tsotsobe not out   16 59 42 1 1
Tahir c Riaz b Tanvir 1 2 4 0 0
Extras 0nb 4w 0b 1lb 5  
Total all out 183 (49.5 ovs)
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Irfan 10.0 1 35 1
Tanvir 9.5 1 33 2
Ajmal 10.0 2 30 4
Riaz 6.0 0 24 0
Hafeez 5.0 0 23 0
Shahid Afridi 9.0 1 37 3
Fall of Wicket  
0 Ingram
38 Duminy
48 Smith
54 du Plessis
63 AB de Villiers
86 McLaren
125 Miller
129 M Morkel
181 Parnell
183 Tahir
 

Pakistan Innings 182 for 10 (46.3 overs)

      Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Jamshed c Miller b M Morkel 0 18 12 0 0
Shehzad c Smith b Parnell 58 130 92 5 0
Hafeez c AB de Villiers b Parnell 28 71 39 2 0
Misbah-ul-Haq c du Plessis b Parnell 31 77 49 3 0
Amin c AB de Villiers b Tsotsobe 20 67 38 3 0
U Akmal lbw b Tahir 18 31 17 1 1
Shahid Afridi c Miller b Tahir 9 12 5 1 0
Tanvir c AB de Villiers b Tsotsobe 2 4 3 0 0
Riaz lbw b Tahir 0 8 8 0 0
Ajmal not out   1 19 7 0 0
Irfan   b M Morkel 2 15 9 0 0
Extras 0nb 9w 0b 4lb 13  
Total for 10 182 (46.3 ovs)
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
M Morkel 9.3 3 23 2
Tsotsobe 10.0 3 28 2
Parnell 8.0 1 41 3
Tahir 10.0 1 45 3
McLaren 8.0 0 34 0
Duminy 1.0 0 7 0
Fall of Wicket  
4 Jamshed
75 Hafeez
107 Shehzad
135 Misbah-ul-Haq
165 Amin
165 U Akmal
174 Tanvir
176 Shahid Afridi
177 Riaz
182 Irfan 

 

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