South Africa vs Pakistan 1st ODI

South Africa lost the toss and were sent into bat at Centurion on Sunday, a decision which would have raised a few peoples eyebrows, especially after the captain of Pakistan, indicated it was a very good batting pitch before making his decision.

South Africa decided to change the opening partnership from the Pro20 game, sending in De Villiers with Smith, another decision which would have raised some eyebrows. The pair set the tone early, making the fielders fetch from all parts of the ground, before Smith was dismissed in the 19th over by Hafeez, for 72 off 47 balls. Hafeez picked up Bosman in the same over, bringing some hope to the Pakistan team, with SA 144-2. Afridi removed de Villiers 23 runs later and a Pakistan fightback looked on the cards. Pakistan managed to reduce the scoring rate from 7.3 to 6.3 with Prince and Kallis at the wicket, however this was short lived when Prince was dismissed and Boucher came in.

Boucher was merciless on the Pakistan bowling and added salt into the wounds when he was caught off a no-ball which co-incided with his 50 off 27 balls. Boucher went on to make 78 off 38 balls, an innings which will make Pakistan very wary of him in the future. Kallis who had consolidated with Prince and reached his 50 off 69 balls smashed 38 runs in the next 16 he faced to take the score to 392, a target which was always going to be out of reach.

Pakistan managed to keep up with the run rate, however the wickets tumbled, leaving them at 6-119, and then 8-125 before Sami and Malik added 73 runs for the 9th wicket, the only meaningful partnership in the innings.

It was a 164 run slaughter, if Pakistan ever needed a slight shake up, this thrashing was it. Pakistan have a very experienced and competent team so the next ODI should be very interesting