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The Matches St George's Park - SA vs Pakistan - December 11, 2002
SA vs Pakistan - December 11, 2002
Neale Emslie

SA the losers in match of records

SOUTH Africa were again involved in a match of records, but like last summer’s match against Australia, it was the visitors – this time Pakistan – who took all the accolades.

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Towards the end of last season, Shaun Pollock’s team rattled up a St George’s Park record for a limited overs cricket international when they made 326 for three against the Aussies. That mark lasted only half a day because by the end of that match, the world champions had improved on South Africa’s total with a fantastic reply of 330 for seven. Last night, in the second Standard Bank limited overs international, Pakistan, after winning the toss and batting first, went one better by smashing their way to 335 for six in 50 overs and then skittling the home team for a dismal 153 for a crushing victory by 182 runs.

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It was South Africa’s biggest defeat in terms of runs in one-day cricket and skipper Pollock was naturally a disappointed man at the end of it all.

“It was disappointing because we never got close – what was really disappointing was the way we lost,” he said. “Chasing 330 is always a difficult task, but we just didn’t manage to string any partnerships together and at times our shot selection wasn’t great.

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“But all credit to them. Their two batters (Salim Elahi who made 135 and Abdul Razzaq who struck 112) batted superbly and it just shows what sort of team we are up against.”

Pollock ruled out over-confidence after the South Africans had outclassed the tourists in the first match by 140 runs in Durban on Sunday.

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“You might look at complacency, but that’s something we have targeted over the last two days and we just have to work hard tomorrow and try to come back in East London, like they did here. Their win has set the series up nicely and we are going to have to play well to win.”

Pakistan captain Waqar Younis, understandably, was in a brighter mood and paid tribute to his team for the way they had fought back.

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“Salim and Abdul came out and played excellent cricket and our bowlers kept to a good line and the fielders backed up the bowlers, so we’re very happy with the way things went.”

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Waqar said he had told his players “go out and enjoy yourselves” after the Durban loss and he felt that had helped them play to the best of their ability.

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Salim, whose 135 earned him the man of the match award, struck the highest individual innings in a one-day game at St George’s Park, beating Herschelle Gibbs’s 125 against the West Indies in 1998-99, while Razzaq (112) made it a night he will remember fondly with his maiden limited overs century.

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The pair shared a stand of 257 in 41 overs, the highest for any wicket in a one-day international at St George’s Park.

The Herald
December 12, 2002.

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