‘Superb team effort’ – Misbah

"Team wanted this victory and the way, even of the last ball, was the way they were fighting. That was the key for us in this game."
CricLens Staff Report
November 28, 2013

Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan skipper, lauded his team’s effort after registering a nerve tingling one run victory over South Africa in the 2nd ODI at Port Elizabeth. Not only that, Pakistan also took an unassailable lead in the series and achieved a landmark of winning a first ODI series against South Africa.

Junaid Khan's series of yorkers at the death handed Pakistan a memorable one run victory over South Africa. (Photo: AP)

Junaid Khan’s series of yorkers at the death handed Pakistan a memorable one run victory over South Africa. (Photo: AP)

Pakistan batters had set up an admirable total of 262 runs from 45 overs in the 1st innings, which unsurprisingly, has been a very rare sight in their last couple of contests.

South Africa were steady in the beginning, and then pushed the throttle which was actually their plan.

AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla had assembled 110 runs for the fourth wicket before De Villiers perished for a blistering 45 ball 74.

“Honestly speaking the game was escaping out of our hands, but in the end we came back in the last two overs to win this. Superb team effort. The way Ajmal bowled well at the end was fantastic. Junaid was tremendous with his first four and then last five.”

Saeed Ajmal bowled the second last over, conceded 2 runs from it and picked the significant wicket of Hashim Amla who was only 2 short of his 12th ODI hundred. In the last over, Junaid Khan fired in the yorkers from wide on the crease, hence, not allowing the batsman to free his arms.

Misbah also described his team’s hunger for win and said that they have been fighting for it which is the key. Positive attitude proved the difference.

“Team wanted this victory and the way, even of the last ball, was the way they were fighting. That was the key for us in this game. Two, three games in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, we should have won easily, but they really bowled well and played better than us. May be different attitude, but the attitude was the difference here. Everybody wants to win here,” he added.

While commenting on the last game on Saturday, he said that we will sit together to see what we can achieve in the final game.

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