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11-06-2010, 08:11 PM #1
4th ODI: Pak beat SA by 1 wicket in thrillerPakistan paced its chase perfectly to beat South Africa by one wicket with one ball left in a thrilling fourth one-day international on Friday, sending the series to a "final" on Monday.
In an amazing last over of hits and missed chances, Zulqarnain Haider ran for two runs to tie the score off the third-to-last delivery while barely avoiding a run out at the other end, then hit the winning single off the next ball down the leg side.
That helped Pakistan rally for the second time in the series to tie it 2-2.
"The boys really played well and kept their nerve especially at the end and that was the key," Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said, adding that the team has lost several games in the past six months under similar circumstances.
After South Africa made 274-6 off 50 overs, including 92 by captain Graeme Smith, the target was considered too big for Pakistan, but Younis Khan held the chase together with a 73, and the run rate was always reasonable with support from opener Mohammad Hafeez (42 off 29 balls) and in the middle order from Asad Shafiq (36), Shahid Afridi (29) and Abdul Razzaq (33).
The dismissal of Razzaq, the last recognized batsman, in the 47th over by Morne Morkel appeared to end Pakistan's hopes at 244-8, but Wahab Riaz produced another great cameo in Dubai International Cricket Stadium. He was dropped in the same over by Smith off Morkel while on 1, and made the Proteas pay by smacking 18 off 10 balls to make the win virtually inevitable.
By the time Riaz was run out by Wayne Parnell with three balls to go, Pakistan needed only three to win....being a human...