Pathan threw it away: Smith

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Published: Monday, January 24, 2011, 13:14 [IST]
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Pathan threw it away: Smith

Graeme Smith lauded India centurion Yusuf Pathan for his heroics in the fifth and final ODI between India and South Africa at Centurion, but felt he 'threw it away' as South Africa sealed the series 3-2.

Smith's side made 250 for nine largely due to Hashim Amla's unbeaten 116 and Morne van Wyk's 56 before the bowlers then reduced the tourists to 119 for eight. Pathan blitzed a defiant 105 from 70 balls to give his side hope, but fell with 50 still needed and South Africa then went on to seal a 33-run win on the Duckworth/Lewis method.

"I know his potential and he showed it again here today," said skipper Smith, who will stand down as captain of the one-day side after the World Cup."I thought he threw the game away for them at the end there, though. He hits the ball so sweetly and once he gets on a roll he can clear the boundary so easily.

Smith admitted that the South Africans hearts were in their mouths during Pathan's knock and that the bowlers were running for cover. "I thought we backed off a bit when he was batting and we weren't so aggressive so we played into his hands a little, but all credit to him, it was an incredible show."


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