CENTURION - Pakistan's decision to include an extra pace bowler paid off as M Irfan extracted significant bounce from the Centurion surface to dismantle South Africa's top order. He was primarily responsible for the hosts teetering on 62 for 5 but he lacked sufficient back up.Umar Gul, in particular, let the South African lower middle order get away and the rest could not close down Farhaan Behardien stoic clambering out of trouble until much later in the innings. Behardien, who plays his domestic cricket at SuperSport Park, achieved a career-best score and featured in two important partnerships to take South Africa to a just less than satisfactory total.A personal milestone would not have been on his mind when he walked out to bat at 43 for 4. It was a situation that called for temperament and grind but it is those two qualities that Behardien is known for more than big-hitting and he showed why they too are valuable. Unlike the four before him, he capitalised on a positive start by showing patience that someone like Hashim Amla will rue not calling on. Amla thrived briefly even as his opening partner Graeme Smith struggled.Irfan limited scoring opportunities with a persistent back of a length approach and although Junaid Khan offered some relief, only Amla could take advantage. He pulled Junaid's first delivery through mid-wicket and drove the opening ball of his second over off the back foot. He soon saw fit to take on Irfan with a stylish, wristy pull but immediately afterwards, the collapse began.Amla inside edged Irfan through to Kamran Akmal and on the next ball, also slightly short, Akmal was convinced he had Colin Ingram caught. The No.3 was given not out but Misbah-ul-Haq chose to use the only review. Although nothing was visible on Hotspot, there was a clear sound and Ingram was forced to follow his century in Bloemfontein with a golden duck at Centurion. AB de Villiers was in early, which he said he enjoys, but barely had time to admire the tennis-style smash he played off Irfan before being caught at second slip.With most of the frontline batsmen cleaned out, Smith had a big rebuilding job on his hands but his first attempt at getting that going was his last. He tried to hook Junaid but got a faint edge instead. Faf du Plessis and Behardien built a small stand on the back of a glorious du Plessis straight drive and Behardien's first scoring shot, a drive through the covers. The two Titans' team-mates looked capable of getting South Africa out of trouble but quick reflexes from Irfan stopped them. When du Plessis tried to fend off a back of a length ball and it popped up off the glove, Irfan was quick to get down to his left and take the catch.Irfan bowled an extended seven-over spell while spine was introduced as well. Berhardien coped well against slower bowling and did not get tied down by the lack of boundaries on offer. Between the 19th and 35th over, the rope was only breeched three times, largely thanks to Hafeez. He rushed through overs and limited batsmen's scoring options but Behardien and Ryan McLaren were still able to put on 44 before the latter was trapped lbw. South Africa had one better, though. Berhardien and Peterson put on 67 runs in 18 overs and although the going was slow, they worked on strike rotation until Gul was brought back. Peterson opened up against him, with some risk, but also notched up his highest ODI score.With the storm brewing and frustration building for Behardien in the powerplay he tried to clear mid-wicket off Hafeez. He pulled but did not get enough and was caught on the boundary. Kyle Abbott came in to drive ball for four and the match was put on pause for almost two and a half hours as a Highveld thunderstorm lashed SuperSport Park.On resumption, Pakistan conceded just 14 runs as they bowled South Africa out for 191 with four balls remaining. South Africa resorted to defensive tactics as they tried to avoid being bowled out, but they did not succeed. As a result Pakistan's target was not revised. Due to the reduction of overs, no bowler bowled his full quota of overs and there was no need to call on Irfan again.

scoreboardSOUTH AFRICA:H Amla c Akmal b Irfan17G Smith c Akmal b Junaid10 C Ingram c Akmal b Irfan0A de Villiers c Younus b Irfan4F du Plessis c and b Irfan17F Behardien c Malik b Hafeez58R McLaren lbw b Hafeez17R Peterson c Jamshed b Ajmal44K Abbott c Afridi b Ajmal5D Steyn b Junaid0L Tsotsobe not out0EXTRAS: (lb10, w9)19TOTAL: (all out; 43.2 overs)191FOW: 1-26, 2-26, 3-35, 4-43, 5-62, 6-106, 7-173, 8-179, 9-191, 10-191 BOWLING: M Irfan 7-0-33-4, Junaid Khan 6-0-29-2, Saeed Ajmal 8.2-0-23-2, Umar Gul 5-0-37-0, Shahid Afridi 8-0-24-0, M Hafeez 9-0-35-2PAKISTAN: Misbahul Haq, M Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Younus Khan, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, M IrfanTOSS: South AfricaUMPIRES: B Bowden (NZ), A Holdstock (SA) TV UMPIRE: K Dharmasena (SL)MATCH REFEREE: Andy Pycroft (Zim)