South Africa eye series win against Pakistan today

Published: Nov 08, 2013, 02:14 IST | AFP |

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq called on his top order to play their part to prevent South Africa clinching the one-day series after the fourth match today.

Pakistan trail 1-2 after South Africa secured a commanding 68-run win in the third match in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Chasing a challenging 260-run target, Pakistan were dismissed for 191 with leg-spinner Imran Tahir taking 4-53.

Pakistan’s top order flopped again and only a 61-run partnership for the eighth wicket between Wahab Riaz (33) and Sohail Tanvir (31) gave the total some respectability.

The batsmen failed to chase 184 during their one-run defeat in the first match in Sharjah and struggled to put 209 on the board in their 66-run victory in the second fixture in Dubai.

“It’s the same old story. I think we need to think about our batting if we want to save the series,” said Misbah after Wednesday’s match.

“Our batsmen get starts but are not able to convert them into big scores, and we all have to think that 20s and 30s are not going to win matches for us.” 

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