Pakistan did all the hard work and were on the verge of triumphant the fourth one-day but a dramatic collapse in the direction of glimpsed them not only misplace the agree but the one-day sequence as well against South Africa in the UAE.
Misbah-ul-Haq, who strike a 76-ball 65, had the situation under control till the start of the 47th over but a fiery magic charm from Dale Steyn upset his computed results in a matter of couple of deliveries.
With the first ball itself, Steyn dispatched back Umar Akmal, who attempted a gigantic haul over mid-wicket but got a premier edge, caught by Morne Morkel at the third man boundary. Three globes later a well set Misbah too dropped, dashing the hopes of followers who turned in large numbers at the stadium to support the group.
“We were very much under command till the 45th over. It was very much gettable. 41 runs from 30 balls with five wickets in hand and two set batsmen at the crease but two overs altered the game — one over with one run only and the next over we lost three wickets. That was the rotating point,” a dejected Mishbah told reporters after the match.
The skipper termed a slender one-run beat in the first game as the rotating point of the sequence.
“As a captain it’s not being under force, it’s disappointment that we cannot handle the pressure.”
regardless of mislaying the series in the UAE, Misbah is assured of putting up a good presentation when his team trip South Africa later this month.
“We already performed really well against them in South Africa this year and at one time throughout the series we were two-all and lost the last game. So this team can actually put top edges under force. The only thing we lack is experience. We need to discover rapidly. he said.