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Who would have predicted that: When Abdul Razzaq won Pakistan a last-over thriller

Abdul Razzaq after reaching his half century
Abdul Razzaq after reaching his half century
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In our new feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.

After Razzaq's knock of 109, studded with 7 fours and 10 sixes, Shahid Afridi called him the real 'boom boom'. Could there be a bigger compliment for the all-rounder?

In the 2nd ODI of South Africa's tour of United Arab Emirates in 2010, Pakistan had made a meal of the 287-run target. At 70-4, they were struggling to remain in the game until Abdul Razzaq played one of the best knocks of his career to rescue Pakistan and take them to a one-wicket victory.


Match Summary

South Africa 286/8(50 Overs) - Hashim Amla65 (62), Colin Ingram100 (119); Shahid Afridi2/59 (10), Wahab Riaz2/43 (10)

Pakistan 289/9(49.5 Overs) - Abdul Razzaq*109 (72), Shahid Afridi49 (40); Charl Langeveldt3/75 (10), Lonwabo Tsotsobe1/39 (10)

Result - Pakistan won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining)

Batting first, South African opener Robin Petersen fell early but Hashim Amla looked to be in a bit of a hurry as he went after the Pakistan seamers, smashing his 9th ODI fifty. Colin Ingram who had looked mighty impressive right from his debut was rock solid as he picked the runs with ease in the company of AB de Villers. 

Ingram fell soon after getting to his 2nd ODI ton as Riaz helped Pakistan bounce back. Hafeez further stifled the run flow in the batting powerplay but JP Duminy ensured that South Africa were a step ahead by playing a cameo of 54 to help take South Africa past the 280 mark.

Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Robin Peterson, 3.1 ov), 2-108 (Hashim Amla, 20.6 ov), 3-194 (AB de Villiers, 36.4 ov), 4-216 (Colin Ingram, 40.1 ov), 5-232 (David Miller, 42.6 ov), 6-236 (Albie Morkel, 43.5 ov), 7-263 (Johan Botha, 48.1 ov), 8-281 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 49.4 ov)

After getting reduced to 70-4, Pakistan were gone for all money when Shahid Afridi departed for 49, but Razzaq and Alam pushed around, picking up ones and twos, before exploding at the right time. Perhaps the move to take the batting powerplay in the 40th over helped Pakistan as Razzaq went about his business in a calm and composed manner. 

Razzaq wasn't afraid to leave the ball and even play dot balls when needed. He backed his instincts when required the most to help Pakistan clinch a thriller. With 14 required off the last over, the all-rounder hit two sixes and one four to take his team home. Razzaq walked away with the Man of the Match award as Pakistan made it 1-1.

Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Asad Shafiq, 2.3 ov), 2-31 (Younis Khan, 8.1 ov), 3-58 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 15.3 ov), 4-70 (Mohammad Hafeez, 18.3 ov), 5-136 (Shahid Afridi, 29.2 ov), 6-217 (Fawad Alam, 41.5 ov), 7-228 (Zulqarnain Haider, 44.1 ov), 8-254 (Wahab Riaz, 46.6 ov), 9-257 (Saeed Ajmal, 47.3 ov)



Pakistan - Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Fawad Alam, Shahid Afridi (c), Abdul Razzaq, Zulqarnain Haider (wk), Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Wahab Riaz 

South Africa - Hashim Amla, Colin Ingram, AB de Villiers (wk), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Johan Botha (c), Robin Peterson, Morne Morkel, Charl Langeveldt, Lonwabo Tsotsobe


Match Details

Match: Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Pakistan Vs South Africa in UAE, 2010 

Date: Sunday, October 31, 2010 

Toss: South Africa won the toss and opt to bat  

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi 

Umpires: Aleem Dar, Rod Tucker 

Third Umpire: Nadeem Ghauri Match Referee Andy Pycroft 


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