ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan team batting collapse, poor fielding and ordinary bowling gifted the series to South Africans who, for the second time in the series, managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match ODI series.

Pakistan cricket team further enhanced its reputation of being very pathetic when it comes to chasing down a target is concerned. With this defeat, the national team has now set a new record of being unable to chase a target of 250 or more runs from last two years and nine months.

Pakistani batsmen threw away their wickets to ordinary bowling of Dale Steyn as they looked too scared to face Steyn’s pace which was the major cause behind the green shirts downfall. Whenever Pakistan team losses the toss, the result of the match is not difficult to guess. When Whatmore was hired as a coach, it was expected that he would change the fortunes of the national team and they would start producing satisfactory results on consistent basis, but instead their performance went from bad to worse. Whatmore has destroyed the style of the team and turned them defensive-minded players. Pakistan was known for aggressive style of play, which has gone ever since Whatmore was appointed by ex-PCB chief Ch Zaka Ashraf.

Pakistan could have easily restricted South Africans to below 200 runs in the fourth ODI had Quinton de Kock not get another life by butter finger M Hafeez and then Saeed Ajmal missed a simple run out chance when he was on 2. Hafeez has not scored enough runs for the past number of ODIs, but still managed to hang on to a permanent place in the squad. Instead of focusing on improving his batting and fielding, he is dreaming to become the skipper of other two formats as well. He is quite fortunate to be still in the team. Had there was any other good person at the helm of the PCB affairs who had cricketing knowledge, Hafeez could have long thrown out of the team.

Pakistan was all set to chase down the target when Sohaib Maqsood was batting, but Steyn's one over proved good enough to lead his team to victory. Sohaib and Ahmed Shahzad looked in cruise control against the Proteas’ bowling while all the other players including skipper Misbah looked scared. In fact, the casual and defensive batting of Misbah pilled the pressure and run rate continued to get out of reach.

Asad Shafiq was inducted in the squad due to pressure from a certain quarter, but look at his two innings, he was out on both occasions just because of his own mistake. Shahid Afridi once again disappointed the whole nation as whenever it was time to win the hearts of millions of his fans, he, instead of leading the team from the front and helping it register victory, lost his wicket cheaply and proved that he is still immature player and don’t deserve to be inducted in the team.

One thing needed to be answer by the coach, as he was the only person responsible to take decision in the absence of Misbah who was batting at that time, was the reason of promoting Sohail Tanveer when hard hitters like Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi were available and on what reasons that decision was made and who was responsible for change in the batting order at such a crucial stage? If the coach made that change, then it is quite obvious, he doesn't have any sense of cricket. Even a school going kid is fully aware about the capabilities of Umar and Afridi, who are the world's best hitters, the situation was ideal to send Umar instead of Sohail. Had Umar or even Afridi been sent instead of Sohail, Pakistan could have easily chased the target.  Now series is over as South Africans have taken an unassailable 3-1 lead. Pakistan team must now play for pride and they must go all guns blazing and try to reduce the defeat margin to at least give some satisfaction to cricket mad fans of the country. Such ordinary and school kids like performances are not acceptable to masses, as cricketers have been getting more than 90 percent of the total sports budget so they must justify their positions and perks and privileges they have been enjoying.

The Pakistan cricket Board (PCB) has to take strict and tough decisions if they really want to get desired results from the team which deserves Zimbabwean like treatment.