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Cricket news - Got to know I'll captain after reaching the ground - Shoaib Malik

Pakistan bowlers bundled out South Africa for 164

Although Sarfraz Ahmed, a notice of the charge issued on the eve of the fourth ODI, Shoaib Malik was not aware that he as the team leader of the page until a few hours before the match, he showed to Pakistan stressed the eight-wicket victory over South Africa at the Wanderers.

"I got to know that I, as a team leader, if we are on the ground," said Malik. "The decision [to suspend Sarfraz Ahmed for his racially tinged remarks] came in this morning. I'm not aware of on the other questions [regarding the incident]. I took over the charge shortly before the start of the game. My task is to be accomplished, what is my cricket Board and team management, demand of me."

But the way the hosts were handed their first defeat in pink clothes is a testimony to the fact that the sudden change in guidance had no impact on Pakistan's morale. If it did nothing, he threatened you. Over the course of this decade, South Africa successfully, the hikers continued in your. Since the introduction of Pink ODIs in March 2013 they were unbeaten here. It had to play a comprehensive performance spanning across all facets. And, Pakistan, staged. The fact that it came on the back of the disappointing result at Centurion on Friday, a good Omen for the touring party ahead of the series decider in Cape town on Wednesday.

"Of course, if a game slips away from your hand, you get frustrated," said Malik recalls the rain-curtailed ODI at Centurion. "But, the goal should be to give your best and that is what we got in our minds as we, at the today. I must point out that the bowlers were exceptional, and you set the tone. And then, the stroke delivered."

Pakistan's bowlers were brilliant with their lengths, especially the pacers. She kept it tight early on and restricted the Proteas to 32 runs, with Reeza Hendricks, your star performer of the last game and Quinton de Kock in the pavilion in the first 10 overs. If the pair of Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis staged a recovery with a 101-run stand for the third wicket, Malik, mindful of the damp nature of the wicket due to consistent rain over night, introduced spin from both ends. It worked. South Africa lost their last eight wickets for only 45 runs.

Of course, throw win, also had him edge over his South African counterpart. "We had seen a lot of rain the night before the game. The playing field was wet, this was in my head," he said. "Winning the throw was an edge for us. Our pacers started very well. But if Faf and Hashim bhai started the game very convincingly, I thought, bring on the Spinner, as it was a real belter, and you were bound to be some spin. And this is what happened and you [our Spinner] began to dictate terms from there. The gates of the Faf and Hashim bhai were the turning point of the game.

"Usman [Khan] bhai was exceptional today. In fact, not only him, I need to mention the name of Shaheen Shah and Mohammad Amir. early wickets are the key in this format. To fight, he [Usman] was, but the way in which this was played, he extraordinary. Our two spinners. Of course, he was man of the match but, in my opinion, all the five bowlers have bowled exceptionally well.

"Overall, it was an all-round performance, which is quite satisfactory for our wardrobe. It is not to run a Department, and lack in others. If you keep in a Department, you should be at the same speed in the other."

Pakistan eye now your second time in a row, the bilateral series win over South Africa in South Africa. On their last tour at the end of 2013, under the leadership of Misbah-ul-Haq, was to win the first Asian side to register a one-day series, the Proteas, on the house. It was win sweet, the three-match series, they will win a five-match series is even sweeter.

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