Pakistan vs South Africa Highlights 1st ODI 2013. Pakistan vs South Africa 1st ODI Highlights 10th March 2013. PAK vs SA Cricket Highlights 2013, Bloemfontein. Watch Pakistan Tour of South Africa Highlights 2013.
A batsman to see off more than half the overs, bowlers who could continually apply pressure, and committed fielding on the biggest ground in South Africa, is what Misbah-ul-Haq felt he needed in Bloemfontein. In other words, “everything went wrong,” and he admitted as much. Everything from selection – Pakistan were a seamer short – to the toss, where AB de Villiers was happy Misbah sent him in, to the efforts with bat and ball.
On a flat pitch, Misbah conceded that although he would have preferred a target of around 280, “even nine an over was chaseable,” to fall so far short was not a good reflection on Pakistan. The bowling was challenging – there was some swing from Lonwabo Tsotsobe and some bounce from Ryan McLaren – but it was not impossible to score.
What Pakistan lacked was someone with the temperament to stay at the crease. Mohammad Hafeez was unlucky – “what can you do?” Misbah said in response to questions about the run-out – but Nasir Jamshed and Younis Khan chased wide deliveries, Asad Shafiq misdirected a hook, Misbah was found wanting against the short ball and Shoaib Malik did not pick a slower one.
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