South Africa in Pakistan Cricket Series 2007

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Pakistan vs South Africa Fifth ODI at Lahore

PAK vs SA, 5th ODI, Lahore : South Africa spoils Akhtar's comeback with a stunning 14-run win to take series

South Africa spoiled Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar's comeback match Monday with a stunning 14-run victory in the fifth and final limited-overs game to clinch the series 3-2.
Pakistan was coasting along well at 199 for four in the 41st over before it lost the last six wickets for 20 runs in 36 deliveries to get dismissed for 219 in 46.3 overs. Akhtar took four for 43 to restrict South Africa to 233-9 off 50 overs with Jacques Kallis scoring a fighting 86 and Herschelle Gibbs making a fine 54. "It was an unbelievable finish," said South Africa captain Graeme Smith, whose team also defeated Pakistan 1-0 in the Test series earlier this month.
"When I walked in for fielding, I knew we could defend 233 because the wicket was slow and every time you tried to push the scoring you lost the wicket." Younis Khan (58) and Mohammad Yousuf (53) shared a valuable 106-run partnership off 134 balls before Pakistan stuttered in its run chase with Albie Morkel grabbing four wickets for 44 and man of the match Makhaya Ntini taking 4-61.
PAK vs SA, 4th ODI, Multan : South Africa 233-9 (50 overs) beat Pakistan 219 (46.3 overs) by 14 runs

PAK vs SA, 5th ODI, Lahore : Shoaib set to shine, says Malik

Recalled paceman Shoaib Akhtar has been tipped to bowl Pakistan to a series win over South Africa in Lahore today. Controversial seamer Shoaib returns to the side after serving a 13-game ban, for the Series decider. South Africa beat Pakistan in the fourth match in Multan on to level the series at 2-2, and set up a nail-biting final.
Following that result, Pakistan recalled Shoaib, who has finished serving his ban, handed out for striking a team-mate with a bat. And now, Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik believes he can get the best out of the troubled Akhtar. "It is a great opportunity to win a series against South Africa for the first time and we will use Akhtar as our main bowler in the hope of bringing the best out of him," said Malik. Akhtar was suspended and fined $56,000 fine for hitting Mohammad Asif during practice ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup. But that is all forgotten now and he has also been backed to star in the side’s tour of arch-rivals India.

Pakistan vs South Africa Fourth ODI at Multan

PAK vs SA, 4th ODI, Multan : South Africa beat Pakistan by 7 wickets (SA 2:2)

Sparkling half centuries from Graeme Smith and Shaun Pollock set South Africa up for a comfortable seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the fourth one-day international to level the series on Friday.
South Africa easily chased down Pakistan's 230 for nine with 74 balls to spare to leave the series tied at 2-2 with the final game to be played in Lahore on Monday. Pollock, whose 90 was his highest score for South Africa, and Smith, who scored 81, put on a record partnership of 159 from 157 balls for the second wicket, surpassing the 155 by AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis against Pakistan this year at Johannesburg.
Both were out just three runs short of victory, pacer Rao Iftikhar having them caught in the deep in successive overs. South Africa were given a blistering start by Gibbs who powered 39 from 35 balls including seven fours, three of them in one over from Gul.
Man-of-the-match Pollock relished the chance to bat up the order, closing the issue with some sensible hitting. Pakistan, having elected to bat, could not post a competitive total on a good pitch although Younis Khan scored a valiant 82 from 110 balls punctuated with six fours and two sixes.
PAK vs SA, 4th ODI, Multan : South Africa 233-3 (37.4 overs) bt Pakistan 230-9 (50 overs) by seven wickets

Pakistan shifts South Africa match from Karachi to Lahore over security fears

The fifth and final one dayer between South Africa and Pakistan on October 29 has been shifted from Karachi to Lahore.
That after the suicide bomb attack on Benazir Bhutto's convoy, which killed 140 people last Thursday. The Pakistan Cricket Board issued a statement saying that the shift has been done on the request of the South African team management.
Karachi has long been a must avoid venue for most cricket teams but this year the Proteas stayed in the port city for 10 days playing a tour game and a test match. Earlier this year the champions trophy hockey tournament was moved out of Lahore to Kuala Lumpur because too many teams were unwilling to travel to Pakistan.

Pakistan vs South Africa Third ODI at Faisalabad

PAK vs SA, 3rd ODI, Faisalabad : Pakistan beat South Africa by 6 wickets (PAK 2:1)

Pakistan produced disciplined cricket to upstage South Africa by six wickets in the third One-Day International here today, to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
Rao Iftikhar came up with a career-best performance and leg-spinner Shahid Afridi took thee wickets to restrict the tourists to 197. Mohammed Yousuf then hit an unbeaten snail-paced 58 off 113 balls to help Pakistan overcome the target for four in 48.1 overs. Yousuf added an invaluable 79 runs for the fourth wicket with captain Shoaib Malik to set up the victory. Yousuf hit just one boundary in his 104-ball half-century but stayed until the victory was achieved.
It followed a contrasting cameo by Afridi who enthralled a packed 16,000 crowd at Iqbal Stadium with a quickfire 32. Afridi gave Pakistan a fiery start as he hit two sixes and four boundaries in his 18-ball knock before Pakistan lost three quick wickets. Afridi's ferocious shot off Shaun Pollock was well held at mid-off by Smith before Yasir Hameed fell to Makhaya Ntini and Younis Khan was caught behind off Albie Morkel. Morkel also broke the Malik-Yousuf stand but with only 51 needed for victory it was too late as Misbah-ul Haq helped Yousuf to complete the formality.
Earlier, Iftikhar shared six wickets between them to derail South Africa, which won the toss and decided to bat on a pitch with variable bounce and slow turn. Afridi dismissed Jacques Kallis, Justin Kemp and Shaun Pollock to trigger a middle-order slump from which they could not recover. South Africa, reduced to 77-3 in 20 overs, was lifted by captain Graeme Smith (48) and Kemp, who shared a fourth-wicket stand of 45 off 75 balls but they never looked in command.
Herschelle Gibbs, who scored a century in the first match, fell in the ninth over when he edged Umar Gul to wicketkeeper after scoring 19. Gibbs, on ten, completed 7,000 runs, to become only the second South African behind Kallis to achieve them South Africa, reduced to 77 for three in 20 overs, was lifted by captain Graeme Smith and Kemp, who shared a fourth-wicket stand of 45 off 75 balls but they never looked in command. Herschelle Gibbs, who scored a century in the first match, fell in the ninth over when he edged Umar Gul to wicketkeeper after scoring 19. Gibbs become only the second South African behind Kallis to achieve scored.
PAK vs SA, 3rd ODI, Faridabad : Pakistan 202-4 (48.1 overs) beat South Africa 197 (49.2 overs) by six wickets

Pakistan vs South Africa Second ODI at Lahore

PAK vs SA, 2nd ODI, Lahore : Pakistan beat South Africa by 25 runs

Pakistan beat South Africa by 25 runs in the second one-day international at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore on Saturday.
Earlier, a fine century (117) by middle-order batsman Mohammad Yousuf - his 13th in ODIs - guided Pakistan to 265-9 in 50 overs. Pakistan's decision to bat first met with disaster as they lost opener Kamran Akmal for a duck in the first over to Shaun Pollock. Soon, the other opener Imaran Nazir perished for 2 in the 6th over, leaving the hosts in trouble at 13/2. Nazir was scalped by the dangerous Mkhaya Ntini.
Younus Khan, who had notched up twin centuries in the Test series made 32 and seemed well set during his 60-run partenrship with Yousuf, but the former was run out in the 19th over. With a big partnership needed by Pakistan at this stage, skipper Shoaib Malik who joined Yousuf provided the necessary impetus during his 52-ball 56 and fired four sixes to raise a 107-run stand for the 4th wicket in 19.1 overs.
Malik fell to Charl Langeveldt in the 38th over, leaving Pakistan with an ideal platform to launch an attack in the final 12 overs, but the lower middle order failed to respond as the hosts lost quick wickets towards the close to help the Proteas to restrict their opponents to 265. Misbah-ul-Haq made 21 but Shahid Afridi scored only six while it was left to Yousuf to ensure that Pakistan managed to get past 250. Yousuf, who was the 7th man out scored 117 off 143 deliveries and hit nine boundaries. For South Africa, Makhaya Ntini, Albie Morkel and Charl Langeveldt claimed two wickets each while Shaun Pollock and Jacques Kallis managed one wicket apiece.
PAK vs SA, 2nd ODI, Lahore : Pakistan 265 for 9 (50.0 overs) beat South Africa 240 all out (49.3 overs) by 25 runs

Pakistan vs South Africa First ODI at Lahore

PAK vs SA, 1st ODI, Lahore : South Africa beat Pakistan by 45 runs

AB de Villiers and Herschelle Gibbs smashed centuries to help South Africa defeat Pakistan by 45 runs in the first day-night international at the Gaddafi Stadium on Thursday.
De Villiers notched a brisk unbeaten 95-ball 103, while Gibbs scored 102 to propel the tourists to 294-5 in 50 overs before paceman Makhaya Ntini restricted Pakistan to 249 in 46.3 overs. The tourists will take a one-nil lead in the five-match series into the second game here on Saturday.
Mohammad Yousuf top-scored for Pakistan with 53 and Shahid Afridi hit a rapid 26-ball 47 with five boundaries and two sixes. But it was not enough after Ntini grabbed 4-69 to derail the run chase. The 30-year-old paceman destroyed the top order in a fiery burst, removing Imran Nazir (16), Younis Khan (12) and Mohammad Hafeez (six) to reduce the home team to 37-3. Ntini had Nazir caught at short cover in his second over, then forced an edge off Younis in the third before accounting for Hafeez, caught hooking, in his fourth.
Younis hit two boundaries to complete 4,000 runs in limited overs cricket. Shoaib Malik hit Ntini for three boundaries in his fifth over before the paceman struck, dismissing the Pakistan captain off a miscued flick for 18. Yousuf and Misbah-ul Haq (20) then added 37 for the fifth wicket before Charl Langeveldt removed Haq to leave Pakistan struggling at 92-5.
Yousuf found an able ally in Kamran Akmal (35) as they added 60 for the sixth wicket before Jacques Kallis removed both in quick succession. Afridi and debutant Sohail Tanveer added a quickfire 25-ball 43 for the eighth wicket but their efforts only served to entertain the 28,000-strong crowd. Tanveer was bowled in the 43rd over, while Afridi holed out in the 46th to end any hopes of a win.
PAK vs SA, 1st ODI, Lahore : South Africa 294-5 beat Pakistan 249 by 45 runs

Pakistan vs South Africa Second Test at Lahore

PAK vs SA, 2nd Test, Day 5 : South Africa seal series against battling Pakistan

South Africa sealed their first Test series on the subcontinent since 2000 on Friday after being held to a draw by battling Pakistan in the second and final match.
Pakistan, set a mammoth 457 to win, finished the final day on 316-4 with Younis Khan scoring a brilliant 130 while Mohammad Yousuf marked his return to the team with a stylish 63. Former captain Inzamam-ul Haq smashed his bat in frustration after falling agonizingly short of Javed Miandad's Pakistan Test runs record in his final international appearance. The Proteas last won a major South Asian series seven years ago when they beat India. They won the first Test by 160 runs in Karachi last week. The South African pace-cum-spin attack failed to dislodge Younis and Akmal in the three-hour first session, which was extended due to Friday prayers.
Younis, who made 126 in Karachi, reached his century with a push for a single. He hit 14 boundaries in his century which took 253 minutes. He was finally dismissed caught behind off Jacques Kallis after a fighting 350-minute knock. Yousuf, who made only 25 in the first innings, held the fort after Pakistan lost Younis and Inzamam in quick succession and negotiated the second new ball without any trouble.
Shoaib Malik ended unbeaten on 20. The day was marred by racial abuse hurled at the South Africans by monkey-chanting spectators. olice said they arrested five spectators after all-rounder Vernon Philander, assistant coach Vincent Barnes and security official Faisul Nagel were racially abused. The South African team management however did not file an official complaint. The two teams start a five-match one-day series with the first match here on October 18.
2nd Test, Lahore (Day 5): South Africa 357 & 305-4dec drew with Pakistan 206 & 316-4

PAK vs SA, 2nd Test, Day 3 : South Africa take commanding lead

Captain Graeme Smith led the way for South Africa as the Proteas built a formidable second-innings lead on day three of the second Test against Pakistan at Lahore.
Smith (75 not out) and Jacques Kallis (37no) shared in an unbroken third-wicket stand of 88 as the tourists reached stumps on 152 for two - a 305-run advantage.
Earlier, Inzamam-ul-Haq (14) fell six runs short of Javed Miandad's Pakistan record for Test runs as his side were skittled for 206, a first-innings deficit of 151. Inzamam's wicket fell in just the second over of the day after Pakistan had resumed on 140 for four, when he edged a Kallis delivery to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher. The departure of the 37-year-old, playing in his final Test before retiring from international cricket as he attempts to pass Miandad's mark of 8,832, seemed to deflate Pakistan, who lost regular wickets thereafter.
Misbah-ul-Haq put together a well-made 41, while Abdur Rehman remained unbeaten on 25 but the rest of the tail failed to wag. Shoaib Malik contributed a solitary run, while Makhaya Ntini accounted for Umar Gul and Danish Kaneria with neither man getting off the mark. The innings was swiftly wrapped up after lunch when Mohammad Asif was caught by Hashim Amla at short-leg off the bowling of Paul Harris for four. It was Harris' third wicket as he followed up his first five-wicket haul in the previous Test with another impressive showing (three for 57), while Ntini also claimed three for 42. Openers Smith and Herschelle Gibbs got the South Africa reply off to a solid start before the latter departed for 16 after edging a Gul delivery to wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal. Smith and Amla added a further 32 for the second wicket before Rehman struck with the final ball of the afternoon session.
Amla played around a delivery from the slow left-armer to leave the Proteas 66 for two at tea. Smith and Kallis made serene progress after the resumption as South Africa moved into a seemingly unassailable position. Smith brought up his 19th Test fifty off 119 balls before bad light brought an early end to proceedings. South Africa will resume on Thursday with a declaration in sight as they look to complete a sweep of the two-match series.
2nd Test, Lahore (Day 3, stumps): South Africa 357 & 154-2 vs Pakistan 206

PAK vs SA, 2nd Test, Day 2 : South Africa take charge of Lahore test

South Africa took a grip on the second Test on Tuesday after Pakistan squandered their solid start by quickly losing a string of wickets.
Pakistan were precariously placed at 140-4 when bad light stopped play eight overs before schedule in reply to South Africa's first innings total of 357 on a day of fluctuating fortunes at the Gaddafi Stadium.
Inzamam-ul Haq was given a guard of honour by the South Africans as he came onto the ground to bat in his final Test before retirement. The 37-year-old former skipper was unbeaten on 10 with Misbah-ul Haq who was also on 10.
Salman Butt (40) and Kamran Akmal (52) gave Pakistan a confident start of 90 before the home team lost three wickets in the space of just nine runs. Butt looked in great touch but failed to keep a sweep down and was caught by Graeme Smith off left-arm spinner Paul Harris who finished with 2-33.
Earlier, Pakistan squandered the first day's initiative when Mark Boucher scored 54 and a career-best 46 from Paul Harris took the tourists to a respectable total after they resumed at 259-6.
2nd Test, Lahore (Day 2, stumps): Pakistan 140-4 vs South Africa 357-10

PAK vs SA, 2nd Test, Day 1 : Kallis and Prince lift South Africa

Jacques Kallis and Ashwell Prince both hit half-centuries as South Africa closed the first day of the second Test on 259 for six in Lahore.
Kallis made 59 and Prince 63 as the Proteas recovered from the loss of two early wickets to edge towards a decent total, but each fell either side of the tea break to reignite Pakistan hopes.
Kallis, who scored a hundred in both innings of the first Test, plundered eight fours and a six before he was trapped lbw by Danish Kaneria after shuffling across his stumps. Prince and new batsman AB de Villiers then set about building the biggest partnership of the day to reassert South African control.
The pair put on 83 for the fifth wicket before Prince was bowled coming down the pitch to Abdul Rehman and De Villiers went shortly after for 45 when he was run out backing up at the bowlers end. Mark Boucher (9) and Andre Nel (0) were the players at the crease at the end of the day's play.
2nd Test, Lahore (Day 1, stumps): Pakistan vs South Africa 259-6

Inzamam to retire after Lahore Test

Former Pakistan captaan Inzamam-ul-Haq will retire from Test cricket after playing the second test against South Africa next week.
Inzamam, 37, retired from one-day internationals after Pakistan's shocking first-round exit from the World Cup in the West Indies earlier this year, but did not quit Test cricket. Since then he played three first-class matches for English county Yorkshire - scoring just one half-century. He expressed his unavailability to the selectors for the first Test against South Africa.
The burly batsman from Multan needs a further 20 runs to break Javed Miandad's Pakistan record of 8,832 Test runs. He has played 119 Test matches and has scored 8,813 runs with 25 centuries. He also played 378 one-day internationals and scored 11,739 runs - only one of the seven batsmen to score more than 10,000 runs in the 50-over game.
Inzamam has weathered difficult times in his 15-year Test career that started against England at Birmingham in 1992. Most notably he led the forfeit of a Test at The Oval last year in a ball-tampering dispute with Australian umpire Darrell Hair. Inzamam led Pakistan in 31 Tests between 2000 and 2007 with a record of 11 victories, 11 defeats and nine draws.

Pakistan vs South Africa First Test at Karachi

PAK vs SA, 1st Test, Day 5 : South Africa beat Pakistan in Karachi test

Paceman Dale Steyn piloted South Africa to a 160-run victory in the first test against Pakistan on Friday with five second-innings wickets.
Pakistan - needing a world record run chase of 424 to win - was bowled out for 263 just before tea on the final day, handing it a rare defeat at the National Stadium. No team in test history had ever successfully chased such a large fourth-inning target. West Indies retain the record of the highest ever chase when it defeated Australia at Antigua in 2003 by scoring 418 runs.
South Africa led by 159 runs after the first innings, and Jacques Kallis hit successive centuries in the second innings as the tourists declared at 264-7 for an overall lead of 423 runs. Younis Khan made an aggressive attempt to have a shot at the target, scoring 126 off 160 balls. But once Steyn clean bowled Khan before lunch on the last day, Pakistan lost its last six wickets for 66 runs in the afternoon session.
The second test begins at Lahore from October 8.
1st Test, Karachi (Day 5): South Africa 450 & 264-7d bt Pakistan 291 & 263 by 160 runs

PAK vs SA, 1st Test, Day 4 : Younis knock gives hope to Pakistan

Younis Khan's unbeaten 93 ensured Pakistan head into the final day of the first Test against South Africa with a glimmer of hope of reaching their victory target of 424.
Jacques Kallis (100 not out) hit his second century of the match to allow the Proteas to declare on 264 for seven at tea. They then reduced Pakistan to 20 for two - but Younus shared a 114-run third-wicket partnership with Faisal Iqbal (44) as the home side closed on 146 for three.
Earlier, the tourists had resumed their second innings on 76 for three, with Kallis and Ashwell Prince at the crease. Prince (45) was the first of two wickets to fall before lunch when he edged a Danish Kaneria delivery onto his stumps. AB de Villiers was the new man at the crease but he had contributed just one run when impressive Test debutant Abdur Rehman picked up his third wicket of the innings. Kaneria and Rehman struck again in the afternoon session - removing Mark Boucher (29) and Andre Nel (33) - before the declaration came.
1st Test, Karachi (Day 4, stumps): South Africa 450 & 264-7d; Pakistan 291 & 146-3

PAK vs SA, 1st Test, Day 3 : South Africa take a 159-run lead

Paul Harris took his first five-wicket haul and Mark Boucher broke Ian Healy's record number of Test dismissals as Pakistan were all out for 291 against South Africa on day three of the first Test at Karachi on Wednesday.
At stumps on day 3, South Africa were 235 for 3 in their second innings which took their overall lead to 235 with two days still left in the match.
Earlier, Mark Boucher stumped Shoaib Malik for 73 to equal Ian Healy's record of 395 Test victims. And another stumping off Harris - this time Umar Gul for 12 - saw Boucher become the game's most prolific keeper. Boucher has set the new record in 103 Tests, while Healy played 119.
1st Test, Karachi (Day 3, stumps): South Africa 450 & 76-3; Pakistan 291

PAK vs SA, 1st Test, Day 2 : South Africa in command against Pakistan

Pakistan will have to fight hard to save the first Test against South Africa after a masterly knock of 155 by Jacques Kallis put the tourists in command at the National Stadium here on Tuesday.
At the close on the second day, Pakistan were 127-5 in reply to South Africa's first innings total of 450, still needing a further 124 to avoid the follow-on. Captain Shoaib Malik was unbeaten on nine and Abdul Rehman one not out after a reckless display of batting by the home batsmen.
Pakistan lost four wickets for 26 runs after they were given a solid start by Kamran Akmal (42) and Mohammad Hafeez (34), who shared a 71-run partnership for the first wicket. Left-arm spinner Paul Harris removed both the openers, trapping Akmal leg-before and then forcing an edge off Hafiz, which was smartly snapped up by Kallis in the slips.
Earlier, the South African innings was built around a brilliant knock by Kallis, who led his team to their highest total in Pakistan, surpassing the previous best of 403 they scored at Rawalpindi in 1997.
1st Test, Karachi (Day 2, stumps): South Africa 450; Pakistan 127-5

Shahid Afridi pulls out of South Africa Tests

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi Thursday pulled out of the Test series against South Africa, saying he did not want to play while fasting in the holy month of Ramadan.
"I asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to allow me to skip the two Tests against South Africa because it would be difficult to fast and play in Ramadan," said Afridi. The PCB said it had accepted Afridi's request and released him from the series which starts with the first Test here from Monday. The second Test will be played in Lahore from October 8.
Afridi said his decision had nothing to do with the team losing last week's final of the Twenty20 World Cup to arch-rivals India in South Africa. "We lost the final due to poor batting and I apologised to the fans for not doing my part in the final but that did not influence my decision of not playing Tests," said Afridi.
Afridi was declared player of the Twenty20 World Cup for his 12 wickets in the tournament. But Afridi, known for his big hitting, failed to take a single wicket in the final and was dismissed for a first-ball duck.
Pakistan are due to announce their squad for the first Test on Friday. The home team were Thursday boosted by the news that prolific batsman Mohammad Yousuf had shunned a contract with the breakaway Indian league and declared himself available for the Tests against South Africa.

Tight security as South Africa arrive in Pakistan

Pakistan deployed dozens of police officers including elite commandos as the South African cricket team arrived here for a month-long tour of the country.
South Africa are due to play two Tests and five one-day internationals in the violence-hit Islamic republic. They open the tour with a warm-up three-day match in Karachi from Thursday.
Tight security was seen at Karachi's Jinnah International Airport with policemen surrounding Graeme Smith's men as they left the terminal building in the teeming city of 12 million people. The South African squad, consisting of 14 players and 13 officials including three security officers, were then whisked to their hotel in a heavily guarded convoy.
South Africa's squad for a five one-day internationals following the Test series will be announced later.
South Africa Squad: Graeme Smith (Captain), Hashim Amla, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Paul Harris, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock, Ashwell Prince, Dale Steyn.

Pakistan Cricket Series Results 2009

Pakistan ODI Matches 2009

Series Played Won Lost N/R
v Sri Lanka 3 1 2 0
Total 3 1 2 0

Pakistan Test Matches 2009

Series Played Won Lost N/R
v Sri Lanka 2 0 0 2
Total 2 0 0 2

Pakistan Twenty20 Matches 2009

Series Played Won Lost N/R
- 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.