27-Nov-2013 17:35:00 GMT
South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Port Elizabeth
Shehzad Ton Sets Maiden ODI Series Win
Port Elizabeth: Pakistan beat South Africa by one run in a rain-hit second one-day international at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday to win the three-match series by taking a 2-0 lead.
Junaid Khan defended nine runs off the final over to ensure Pakistan secured a first ever bilateral ODI series win over South Africa.
South Africa, playing in their 500th ODI, looked well set to chase it down courtesy Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, but the pressure got the better of them once again and they fell one run short.
A 110-run fourth-wicket partnership between Amla, whose 98 was crafted from patience, and de Villiers, who provided a dazzling display of innovation with 74, brought South Africa's required run-rate down to less than a run a ball. With the equation in their favour, it seemed South Africa would better their poor record batting second - they have not won a match chasing since March this year - in the decider of the three-match series against Pakistan.
Amla and JP Duminy were dismissed in the space of three balls, new batsmen were at the crease, Saeed Ajmal turned the screws in the penultimate over, Junaid produced a full bouquet of yorkers, and Pakistan claimed a historic victory.
Earlier, Ahmed Shehzad's century and some late hitting by Pakistan set South Africa a victory target of 263 in 45 overs.
Boosted by Shehzad's 102, the opener's third ODI hundred, Pakistan finished on 262 in the rain-shortened match at St. George's Park.
Shehzad survived Dale Steyn's (6-39) early onslaught, when South Africa's fast bowler knocked out Nasir Jamshed's off stump in the first over and had Mohammad Hafeez caught behind for 8 on the way to his career-best figures.
Shehzad ran himself out needlessly in the 35th after being sent back by Umar Akmal, but Akmal finished strongly with 42 off 30 balls.
Newcomer Bilawal Bhatti also took on Steyn at the end, hitting the world's top pace bowler for three fours in an over in his 21 off 14 balls before edging behind to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock swinging for a fourth boundary.
Steyn roared back for his six wickets after Shehzad's resistance and removed Shahid Afridi, Bhatti, Akmal and finally Saeed Ajmal off the last ball for his first six-wicket haul in 50-over internationals. The fast bowler also appealed successfully to have Anwar Ali out obstructing the field after a throw hit the Pakistan batsman on the shoulder as he raced to make his ground.
Pakistan came through a difficult opening spell after being put in to bat in overcast conditions and after a two-hour rain delay on the south coast.
Shehzad played through that tricky start and emerged to hit eight fours and two sixes in his century to move Pakistan to an ideal position at 180 with 10 overs to go and six wickets in hand.
His run out when he set off for a quick single and had to turn around threatened to spoil Pakistan's momentum, but Akmal kept the runs coming with four fours and two sixes from No. 6 and kept Pakistan in position for a milestone victory.
Earlier, South Africa have won the toss and have elected to field.
The match reduce a 45-overs a side game after the start was delayed by rain.
South Africa: Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers (Capt.), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Pakistan: Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-Haq (Capt.), Umar Akmal (wk), Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Anwar Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan
Pakistan 262 (Ahmed Shehzad 102, Steyn 6-39)
South Africa 261 for 6 (Amla 98, de Villiers 74, Junaid Khan 3-42)
Result Pakistan won by 1 run
MOM Ahmed Shehzad (Pakistan)