Cricket World Cup: Pakistan clubbed by Klusener

South Africa win enthralling battle of the Super Two thanks to their record-breaking run machine; Pakistan 220-7 (50 overs) South Africa 221-7 (49 overs) Moin Khan 63, S Elworthy 2-33 J H Kallis 54 South Africa won by 3 wickets

IF THE seventh World Cup needed a match to remember it by, the two favourites delivered it in style yesterday. The compelling contest between South Africa and Pakistan lasted 99 taut, compelling overs and ended in the gloom shortly before 7pm. South Africa won it, they should have lost it.

It took a tremendous rearguard action, characteristic of the side's spirit and actually almost routine. Pakistan will regret the number of extras they conceded, but their contribution to the match should have done nothing to diminish their self-belief. It was a one-day match with flaws - the fielding errors of both sides embodied the pressure - but it also contained some exhilarating cricket. Fortunes swayed from one side to the other and it would not be a dull prospect were these two to meet in the final.

By the moment the winning hit was struck high towards cover, hardly anybody on the ground could see the swinging white ball which had already been changed once and might as well have been a black hole in space. Hardly anybody, that is, except the remarkable all-rounder, Lance Klusener who is in the form of his life and, in one-day international terms, of anybody else's life.

His nerve, power, composure and sheer luck ensured that South Africa's challenge for the trophy was suddenly revitalised when it looked to be in imminent danger of becoming terminally sluggish. They won by three wickets with one over left and the climax perfectly embodied the suspicion that this World Cup belongs to Klusener. His attempted drive off the final ball of the penultimate over came off an uncontrolled leading edge.

There, surely, Saeed Anwar would take a simple catch and give Pakistan a sniff of a chance of victory. The ball slipped through his fingers - as Klusener probably knew it would - and the batsmen - probably as Klusener knew they would - ran the two they needed.

He was a shoo-in for his fourth man of the match award of the tournament for his 46 off 41 balls, which contained three fours and three sixes. Everything about it, as ever, was timely. The fortunes of the man known as Zulu will change, for the game has a pleasing habit of teaching its practitioners that it is the master. But they will have to do so swiftly if he is to be denied glory this summer.

Before Klusener came to the crease at 135 for 6 yesterday, a typically creaky South African score, he had made 164 runs in four unbeaten innings in the tournament from 147 balls. He has extended that and in the process he has beaten another record too. That fortituous winning hit took his total of runs since last being dismissed in all one-day internationals to 396. Geoff Allott was the last bowler to claim his scalp nine innings ago, an aeon in this type of cricket.

It will hardly console the gallant Pakistanis to know that the man who previously held the record for scoring the most runs in one-dayers without being dismissed was their compatriot, Javed Miandad. Indeed, little else might have consoled them either. When they reduced South Africa to 58 for 5, intially through the ferocious pace of Shoaib Akhtar, the match was there for the taking. They had performed excellently to reach as many as 220, a total which would have been at the lowest end of their estimates when they won the toss and batted.

The Trent Bridge surface did not possess much pace and there was nothing untoward in it either. Saeed and Wajahatullah Wasti were circumspect at the start, a description which might have fitted their approach had it been a four-day match. This has been a lean tournament for Saeed, one of the best five batsmen in the world, and when he was dropped straightforwardly (by Jonty Rhodes of all people) at backward point in the sixth over, it seemed that he might be on his way at last.

Not so, sadly, the game obviously not having yet forgiven for him for previous run excesses and he was the first to go. Pakistan lost wickets regularly and annoyingly thereafter. When they were on the verge of rebuilding, as Abdul Razzaq and and Ijaz Ahmed were during a careful third-wicket partnership, they got themselves out. Razzaq, 19, might be forgiven his pull to midwicket, Ijaz, 31, cannot be so spared from criticism.

The Pakistan innings was to end in a blaze of glory, however. Moin Khan, who had smashed Australia's bowlers for 31 off 12 balls in a group match, did not quite repeat the dose but it was pretty spectacular fare for all that. His party piece was the step across his stumps followed by the immense pick-up to leg, but he was also partial to the jog down the pitch to drive over long-off.

It had less to do with adherence to orthodoxy than Jackson Pollock but it was diverting and effective and brought him 63 from 56 balls. It transformed Pakikstan's innings.

When Shoaib got among the South Africans as early as his third ball, there was a match on all right. His first ball was timed at 91mph, the third reached 93mph and Herschelle Gibbs could only steer it to backward point. Hansie Cronje took it upon himself to try to see off this threat, coming in at No 3. Brave effort, no success. He slashed another devilishily quick one to third man.

Wasim also struck and South Africa looked out of it. But their relisince is admirable and in its way awesome. First Jacques Kallis and Shaun Pollock embarrked on reconstruction with a stand of 77. And when Pollock went, Klusener came in.

It shifted towards South Africa but Shoaib was brought back and bowled a marvellous over to Kallis. The next one the batsman faced from Saqlain Mushtaq and he was out. But Klusener is utterly imperturbable. He skied a few but he just got down to the next ball. When it was short enough or full enough he went for the big swing. Sixes off Shoaib and Wasim were his reward.

He is up against New Zealand again on Thursday. He is due to be out. Somebody had better work out a way shortly.

TRENT BRIDGE SCOREBOARD

Pakistan won toss

Pakistan

Saeed Anwar c Boucher b Elworthy 23

(Edged outswinger to keeper; 54 min, 37 balls, 2 fours)

Wajahatullah Wasti c Boucher b Donald 17

(Failed to get into line to outswinger; 80 min, 56 balls, 2 fours)

Abdul Razzaq c Kirsten b Elworthy 30

(Skied pull to deep midwicket; 76 min, 60 balls, 2 fours)

Ijaz Ahmed c Cullinan b Klusener 23

(Drove on the up to short extra; 61 min, 36 balls, 1 four, 1 six)

Inzamam-ul-Haq run out (Rhodes, TV replay) 4

(Failed to ground bat on short single; 24 min, 15 balls)

Yousuf Youhana run out (Klusener, TV replay) 17

(Runner [Ijaz] inches short to direct hit; 48 min, 27 balls, 1 four)

Moin Khan run out (Cronje-Boucher, TV replay) 63

(Beaten by strong throw from deep extra; 62 min, 56 balls, 6 fours, 2 sixes)

Azhar Mahmood not out 15

(34 min, 10 balls, 1 four)

*Wasim Akram not out 5

(6 min, 3 balls, 1 four)

Extras (b4, lb8, w11) 23

Total (for 7, 226 min, 50 overs) 220

Fall: 1-41 (Saeed Anwar), 2-58 (Wajahatullah Wasti), 3-102 (Abdul Razzaq), 4-111 (Ijaz Ahmed), 5-118 (Inzamam-ul-Haq), 6-150 (Yousuf Youhana), 7- 206 (Moin Khan).

Did not bat: Saqlain Mushtaq, Shoaib Akhtar.

Bowling: Pollock 10-1-42-0 (4-1-6-0 2-0-5-0 2-0-4-0 2-0-27-0), Kallis 10-0-47-0 (w7) (4-0-21-0 2-0-10-0 4-0-16-0), Donald 10-2-49-1 (w2) (6- 2-16-1 2-0-12-0 2-0-21-0), Elworthy 10-2-23-2 (w1) (one spell), Klusener 9-0-41-1 (6-0-26-1 3-0-15-0), Cronje 1-0- 6-0.

Progress: 50 in 67 min, 97 balls. 100 in 127 min, 171 balls. 150 in 189 min, 256 balls. 200 in 214 min, 287 balls. 15 overs score: 47-1.

Moin Khan 50: 53 min, 48 balls, 5 four, 1 six.

South Africa

G Kirsten lbw b Wasim Akram 19

(Padded up to in-ducker; 54 min, 38 balls, 3 fours)

H H Gibbs c Ijaz Ahmed b Shoaib Akhtar 0

(Beaten for pace, sparred to gully; 6 min, 3 balls))

*W J Cronje c Saqlain Mushtaq b Shoaib Akhtar 4

(Slashed high to third man;, 20 min, 15 balls, 1 four)

D J Cullinan c Saeed Anwar b Azhar Mahmood 18

(Drove loosely to cover; 56 min, 42 balls, 2 fours)

J H Kallis c Moin Khan b Saqlain Mushtaq 54

(Top-edged attempted sweep; 148 min, 98 balls, 3 fours, 1 five)

J N Rhodes lbw b Azhar Mahmood 0

(Beaten by inswinger; 8 min, 6 balls)

S M Pollock c Inzamam-ul-Haq b Azhar Mahmood 30

(Drove flat footed at outswinger; 70 min, 45 balls, 3 fours))

L Klusener not out 46

(61 min, 41 balls, 3 fours, 3 sixes)

M V Boucher not out 12

(22 min, 15 balls, 1 six)

Extras (lb11, w14, nb13) 38

Total (for 7, 49 overs) 221

Fall: 1-7 (Gibbs), 2-19 (Cronje), 3-39 (Kirsten), 4-55 (Cullinan), 5- 58 (Rhodes), 6-135 (Pollock), 7-176 (Kallis)

To bat: S Elworthy, A A Donald.

Bowling: Wasim Akram 10-0-44-1 (nb5,w3) (7-0-24-1 2-0-12-0 1-0-8-0), Shoaib Akhtar 9-1-52-2 (nb7,w1) (4-1-13-2 3-0-23-0 2-0-15-0), Azhar Mahmood 10-1-24-3 (w3) (7-1-14-2 3-0-10-1), Abdul Razzaq 10-1-40-0 (nb1,w4) (one spell), Saqlain Mushtaq 10-0-51-1 (w 3) (5-0-23-0 2-0-9-0 3-0-19-1).

Progress: 50 in 68 mins, 92 balls. 100 in 135 mins, 188 balls. 150 in 173 mins, 235 balls. 200 in 217 mins, 290 balls. 15 overs score: 54-3.

Kallis 50: 130 mins, 89 balls, 3 fours, 1 five.

Umpires: D B Hair, D R Shepherd. TV Replays: D B Cowie Match Referee: J R Reid

Man of the match: L Klusener

South Africa won by 3 wkts Compiled: Jo King

Life and Style
Customers can get their caffeine fix on the move
food + drink
Life and Style
techCould new invention save millions in healthcare bills?
Sport
David Moyes gets soaked
sport Moyes becomes latest manager to take part in the ALS challenge
Voices
Mosul dam was retaken with the help of the US
voicesRobert Fisk: Barack Obama is following the jihadists’ script
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Flat out: Michael Flatley will return to the stage in his show Lord Of The Dance
danceMichael Flatley hits West End for last time alongside Team GB World champion Alice Upcott
News
Members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community walk with a rainbow flag during a rally in July
i100
Life and Style
Black Ivory Coffee is made using beans plucked from elephants' waste after ingested by the animals
food + drinkFirm says it has created the "rarest" coffee in the world
Arts and Entertainment
Loaded weapon: drugs have surprise side effects for Scarlett Johansson in Luc Besson’s ‘Lucy’
filmReview: Lucy, Luc Besson's complex thriller
Arts and Entertainment
Jamie T plays live in 2007 before going on hiatus from 2010
arts + entsSinger-songwriter will perform on the Festival Republic Stage
Life and Style
food + drinkThese simple recipes will have you refreshed within minutes
News
Jermain Defoe got loads of custard
i100
News
peoplePamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals
Arts and Entertainment
tvExecutive says content is not 'without any purpose'
News
A cleaner prepares the red carpet for the opening night during the 59th International Cannes Film Festival May 17, 2006 in Cannes, France.
newsPowerful vacuum cleaners to be banned under EU regulations
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Data Insight Manager - Marketing

£32000 - £35000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based o...

Data Centre Engineer - Linux, Redhat, Solaris, SAN, Puppet

£55000 per annum: Harrington Starr: A financial software vendor at the forefro...

.NET Developer

£600 per day: Harrington Starr: .NET Developer C#, WPF,BLL, MSMQ, SQL, GIT, SQ...

Data Centre Engineer - Linux / Redhat / Solaris / Puppet / SAN

£65000 per annum: Harrington Starr: A financial software vendor at the forefro...

Day In a Page

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

Waxing lyrical

Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

Revealed (to the minute)

The precise time when impressionism was born
From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
10 best men's skincare products

Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape