An all too familiar collapse for Pakistan
Dale Steyn picked up his 2nd fifer in ODI cricket. It was a sight all too familiar and something which has become synonym of Pakistan in the last decade. After putting themselves in a winning position, the volatile and unpredictable Pakistani batting again succumbed under pressure and collapsed, giving South Africa an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
Pakistan made a couple of changes - Junaid Khan came in for Wahab Riaz while debutant, Sohaib Maqsood was drafted in at the expense of Umar Amin. Hashim Amla looked in ominous touch and assumed the role of the aggressor at the start.
He got away a flurry of boundaries - he clipped through mid-wicket, whipped to fine leg and hit some exquisite cover drives. Mohammad Irfan and Sohail Tanvir were guilty of straying down the leg side and of bowling a number of half volleys and paid the price for the same.
Quinton de Kock was given an early reprieve when he was dropped on 2 at first slip by Mohammad Hafeez off the bowling of Sohail Tanvir in the 4th over of the innings. He played second fiddle to Amla as South Africa mustered a healthy 45 off the mandatory powerplay.
The pair continued to pick the singles and twos, rotate the strike and put away the loose deliveries to the boundary.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CricBuzzSimilar Stories