Durban saw a thrilling Pakistan victory that also brought parity in the series and has naturally made the fifth ODI a series deciding event. It would absolutely stupid to risk a forecast of this hotly contested series where a team showing total dominance in a previous match getting completely blown away in the next by the same opponent whom they had demolished with consummate ease in the preceding match. One can hardly recall a series that chronicled similar swing of fortunes.
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The highlight of the match should be, at least in the opinion of a sizable majority of spectators that were present on the ground, the bizarre manner in which Mohammed Hafeez got out declared obstructing the fielder, a new additional in the recently altered rules of one day internationals. Most of the spectators thought Hafeez did not know who was throwing the ball and was proceeding in a straight line towards the other end and it was pure coincidence that he came in line of the throw sent in by de Villiers. But the umpire of course thought otherwise and ruled Hafeez out for obstructing the fielder. Hafeez thus became the holder of the unenviable record of being the first person in the world to be declared out in this manner. Hafeez would surely not cherish this record but it has already gone on to be recorded in the annals of international cricket.
Other than that, all kudos should go to South Africa for the manner in which they reconstructed their innings which was in shambles after Mohammad Irfan had dealt them two mortal blows by taking two wickets in first two balls of the innings. It was a dreadful start to say the least but the manner in which AB de Villiers and David Miller rebuilt the innings with their invaluable partnership of 115 runs just when the team desperately wanted it. Had it not been for this partnership Proteas bowlers would have had nothing to bowl with.
Pakistan also made heavy weather of the comparatively soft target of 234 runs as they lost batsmen in a heap and finally it was left to Imran Farhat and Misbah-ul-Haq to come together for a marathon 153 run partnership to lead Pakistan to high ground. In the end there was once again a minor flutter as both Farhat and Wahab departed within a span of only four balls. But it was not going to change the final outcome in any significant manner and Pakistan scrambled home with three wickets in hand and eight balls to spare.
AB de Villiers feels his team lost the match because of their inability to adjust to ground conditions quickly as the Durban pitch was more like pitches in the subcontinent rather than those in South Africa. But he declares Benoni, the venue of the 5th ODI would be a true blue South African pitch where there will honest bounce and substantial pace and the ball is guaranteed to move both ways in the early stages of the match.
Though Misbah-ul-Haq has not made any pronouncements right now basking as he is in the warm glow of a thrilling victory, Benoni pitch, it seems, will be a piece of cake for Pakistani speedsters who could generate fearsome pace from this comparatively docile Durban pitch.
Spectators can thus expect to see another thrilling encounter at Benoni.