If Breast Cancer Awareness
was lacking, it sure got some interest riled up yesterday as the SA team was standing pretty in pink for a long time in the middle of the crease. There's a reason why Amla and DeVilliers are ranked ODI 1 and 2 batsmen in the world. And they showed us that reason yesterday when they beat all sorts of records for a third wicket stand with their two centuries. The arsenal of shots and stroke play was fascinating. They scored 238 between them at a rate of 7.84. Amla was near dismissed twice and dropped which cost Pakistan dearly and after scoring their respective centuries slowly and steadily, SA posted a grand total of 343.
Umar Gul was out of commission and his replacement Wahab Riaz proved expensive as well conceding 93 runs alone becoming the most expensive Pakistani bowler in ODI's. Mohammad Irfan picked up two early wickets but succumbed later to a stomach bug and couldn't finish his ten over spell.
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Pakistan tried to retaliate initially with Mohammad Hafeez scoring another half century, Nasir Jamshed barely making it to double digits once again, Kamran Akmal promoted back up to No. 3 with some minor stroke play, really there was not much Pakistan could do. But this was Jo'Burg, where SA famously chased down 434 runs to win the game with a ball to spare just a few years ago, , and Boom Boom Afridi made his presence known by making 88 off 48 balls with 12 boundaries including a free hit he got which he fast hit over the roof and out of the stadium. Alas, it was a wasted effort though Pakistan did manage to cross the 300 mark falling 35 runs short.
Amla and deVilliers truly deserved to be the players of the match. SA now leads 2-1 with three matches still to be played. Hopefully Umar Gul and Mohammad Irfan will be fit to play for the fourth match coming up on the 21st of March. Stay tuned!
 Fifth ODI, Australian cricket team in South Africa in 2005–06
P.S. Thanks Thomas Foster
for the preview.