Pakistan crushed to 9-wicket defeat

Another pathetic performance from the Pakistanis - choosing to bat first this time and were not able to impose a big total at all.

After winning the toss Inzamam elected to Bat first. Shaun Pollock strucked in the first over when Hafeez got out for 0. Imran Nazir and Younis Khan tried to solve out the trouble, but Pollock was too good for them. Pollock first removed Nazir, then after a few overs Younis was bowled out too.

Middle order of Pakistan crumpled too. Mohammad Yousaf's skills and form was useless in front of Pollock today and failed to put an enormous total on the board. So did Inzamam fail, worst of all, he couldn't even score a single run. First 5 of the wickets were all taken by Shaun Pollock. He finished with really impressive figures of 5 wickets for 23 runs,
in 10 overs with 3 maidens.

Other batsmen couldn't add much to the scoreboard either. Shoaib Malik tried his best to extend the total of Pakistan to a reasonable one, but he failed in his mission also because other players did not help him out in the trouble. Shoaib Malik went not out for 43 and Pakistan were all bowled out for 153.

Game was pretty much over for Pakistan because it was quite impossible to get South Africa out on a track like this for a total under 150.

When South African openers came out to bat, Smith was sent back to pavillion in the first over by Asif. It seemed like a game-on at that point. Rao also bowled a couple of maidens that caused the South Africans to struggle. But after 8 overs, the massacre started when Kallis and AB de Villiers picked up the pace and took the their team towards victory. Naved-ul-Hassan couldn't perform well this time either, he bowled with a run rate of 8 in 5 overs.

Proteas finished the game in 29th over, winning by 9 wickets. Both of the batsmen played innings of not out 71, each. With this win, South Africa won the series over Pakistan by 3-1. It was a convincing victory for them and they go in to the Wold Cup with high morale, after beating 2 of the subcontinental teams, in time-span of 3 months. Whereas, Pakistan will once again go in to the World Cup with pathetic form.

Till World Cup there is no action for both teams. However, they will see each other before the World Cup in a warm-up game. That would be an opportunity for Pakistan to take revenge of this series loss. Pakistan has about 1 month time to prepare for that game. Let's see if Pakistan will be able to bounce back!



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