5th ODI – Pakistan vs South Africa Live Match Score & Updates | PAK vs SA Live Sun Mar 24, 2013
Match Overview & Live Updates
South Africa’s David Miller (R) is congratulated by South Africa’s captain AB de Villiers after winning their final one-day international (ODI) cricket match against Pakistan in Benoni March 24, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
5th ODI – Pakistan vs South Africa Live | PAK vs SA 5th odi live
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Sun Mar 24
08:00 GMT | 10:00 local | 13:00 PKT
Toss: Pakistan, who chose to bat
Umpires: BF Bowden and JD Cloete
TV umpire: HDPK Dharmasena
Match referee: ; AJ Pycroft
Reserve Umpire: AT Holdstock
South African captain AB de Villiers hit an unbeaten 95 to guide his side to a series-clinching six-wicket win in the fifth and final one-day international against Pakistan at Willowmoore Park on Sunday.
De Villiers, who was dropped on one, overcame some hostile bowling on an unpredictable pitch as South Africa chased down Pakistan’s 204 all out with six overs to spare.
On a day when most batsmen struggled to time the ball consistently, De Villiers made his runs off just 111 balls. He hit nine fours and a six.
A fourth wicket partnership of 87 off 88 balls with Farhaan Behardien (35) made South Africa’s victory virtually certain after Pakistan’s new ball bowlers, Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan, caused early problems on a pitch where some deliveries bounced alarmingly, while others kept low.
Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat in the fifth and final one-day international against South Africa at Willowmoore Park on Sunday.
Pakistan fielded the same team that won the fourth match in Durban by three wickets to level the series at 2-2.
South Africa made two changes. Fast bowler Morne Morkel returned to action for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury in the second Test match last month, replacing Rory Kleinveldt.
South Africa were without opening batsman and Test captain Graeme Smith because of what was described as a chronic left ankle injury which kept him off the field for most of Pakistan?s run chase in Durban.
He was replaced by 20-year-old left-hander Quinton de Kock.
Watch this space for latest updates and match report of the 5th ODI between Pakistan and South Africa in Willowmoore Park, Benoni on 24th March.
Here we go with the 5th and final match, a deciding match of the 5-odi series that is leveled at 2-2. Earlier, the captain Misbah-ul-Haq and the comeback opener Imran Farhat starred in Pakistan’s three wicket win against South Africa at Kigsmead Durban and squared the series 2-2.
The series has got steadily more competitive as it has progressed, so the cricke fans can expect a fiery affair especially because there is more than just a trophy on the line for both teams. Reputation tends to mean more than silverware in bilateral ODI series anyway.
For South Africa, it is a chance to give their home fans a format to cheer them in that is not Test cricket and to prove to them they have developed as a limited-overs unit. After winning all five longest form fixtures, South Africa’s Twenty20 and ODI squads did not follow suit. They are in transition but even a phase of change cannot go on without some reward.
For Pakistan, the picture may not be that big. They are more likely to be focused on the immediate goal of leaving this tour with enough to be able to call it a success. Misbah-ul-Haq indicated at the very beginning that he expected the Test phase to be difficult but the limited-overs contests to be the area in which Pakistan could push South Africa and even topple them over.
So far, they have. They’ve exposed the hosts’ obvious weaknesses and demonstrated some of their own major strengths. They will want one more big effort to underline those and there would be no better place to that than in the decider.
Graeme Smith’s ankle injury means that Quinton de Kock will appear for the first time in the series in the position he prefers. Morne Morkel has been declared fit to play and could come in place of Dale Steyn if Steyn’s shoulder is still acting up after he hurt it in the field.
South Africa: (probable) 1 Quinton de Kock, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Colin Ingram, 4 AB de Villiers (capt, wk), 5 David Miller, 6 Farhaan Behardien, 7 Ryan McLaren 8 Robin Peterson 9 Dale Steyn/Morne Morkel, 10 Rory Kleinveldt, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Imran Farhat’s successful recall means Nasir Jamshed will miss out again. The only batting place up for debate is Younis Khan’s. Pakistan may look to bring in Asad Shafiq in place of the underperforming Younis. If Umar Gul is available, he may replace Wahab Riaz but the rest of the bowing will remain unchanged.
Pakistan: (probable) 1 Imran Farhat, 2 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Kamran Akmal (wkt), 4 Younis Khan/Asad Shafiq, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Wahab Riaz, 9 Saeed Ajmal 10 Junaid Khan, 11 Mohammed Irfan
Pitch and conditions:
Known to be as lifeless as the town around it can sometimes seem, the Benoni pitch will not be expected to do anything too special. It should be sluggish, a few will keep low and it will be hard work for batsmen and bowlers alike. A typical late summer’s day with warm temperatures is forecast but there is a chance of an afternoon thundershower.
Stats and Trivia:
* Victory for Pakistan would give them their first win in a bilateral series over South Africa
* Willowmoore Park is best known for two things: it was the first ground in the country to have floodlights and it was the venue of Dennis Compton’s 300 in a first-class match in 1948-49
The 5th ODI between Pakistan vs South Africa is being played at Willowmoore Park, Benoni on Sunday Mar 24 at 08:00 GMT, 10:00 local in Benoni and 13:00 PKT in Pakistan.
You can catch ball by ball coverage with commentary and live scores along with batting, bowling and fielding statistics for the 5th ODI match of PAK vs SA here on Cricket.com.pk – You can also read Pakistan vs South Africa match updates and match report after the match is over.
Pakistan vs South Africa Squads
Pakistan Team: (From) Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Abdur Rehman, Asad Shafiq, Imran Farhat, Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal (wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Irfan, Nasir Jamshed, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Younis Khan
South Africa: (From) AB de Villiers (c/wk), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Photogallery & Videos
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Pakistan and South Africa change gears and go to ODIs after some exciting cricket in both Tests and T20s with South Africa winning the Test series 3-0 and Pakistan winning T20s 1-0. Both team will now play five ODI matches starting from 10th March in Bloemfontein and last and final match on 24th March in Benoni.
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