Pakistan v South Africa, 1st Test, Dubai, 4th day November 15, 2010

Pakistan fight but South Africa on course for victory

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Pakistan 248 and 109 for 2 (Azhar 37*, Younis 11*) need 342 more runs to beat South Africa 380 and 318 for 2 dec (Amla 118*, Kallis 135*)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

South Africa will be confident of taking a series lead on the final day in Dubai after setting Pakistan a huge 451 then extracting two wickets during a hard-working final session. Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla laid the platform with methodical centuries in an unbroken 242-run stand which left Pakistan needing to bat 131 overs for safety. Although they didn't fold under the evening sunset surviving an entire day is a major task for a brittle batting line-up.

Azhar Ali again showed commendable stickability at the crease and his early performances in Test cricket suggest he has the temperament for a long rearguard, but he could struggle on the final day after a painful blow on the thumb from Dale Steyn in the penultimate over. It will have to be down to him, Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq to do the bulk of the match-saving because the rest don't offer much encouragement.

The loss of one wicket before the close would have been acceptable for Pakistan, but Taufeeq Umar drove loosely at Johan Botha to give Kallis a sharp catch at slip having defied 92 balls. It was a poor choice from Taufeeq - driving out of the footmarks - because Botha has been the most dangerous spinner on show in the game, able to extract more bounce than the others. Botha and Paul Harris will expect a lot of work on the final day with an aim to string together maidens and test the batsmen's concentration.

South Africa, though, will be concerned about the fitness of Steyn after the fast bowler needed treatment on the boundary edge for a problem with his arm. He made the first breakthrough when Mohammad Hafeez, after a positive 34, was caught at first slip and he didn't appear greatly hindered initially but was clearly grimacing later in the session. Fears were partly allayed when Steyn returned late in the day and produced the fearsome bouncer that Azhar gloved over slip but his bowling arm was heavily strapped.

South Africa had delayed their declaration until 40 minutes before tea which was on the conservative side but that is the way they play their cricket. There was nothing in recent history to suggest Pakistan had a chance of chasing anything significant in the fourth innings and if time becomes tight at the end Graeme Smith may wonder if he needed to bat on.

Kallis and Amla had eased along to an unbroken stand of 242, South Africa's second-highest for any wicket against Pakistan. Kallis' hundred was the 36th of a mighty career - and included four sixes, the most he has hit in a Test innings since 2005 - while Amla's was number 11 for an increasingly prolific batsman. As a partnership they were as remorseless as batting can become, even if many of the runs were easy pickings.

The match was already getting out of Pakistan's reach when play started, but when they failed to break through in the first 20 minutes it became a waiting game as South Africa piled on the runs. Misbah soon set his field back, abandoning all pretence of taking wickets, and tried to slow the scoring. Ironically, one of their best chances to strike came when Kallis edged a Saeed Ajmal doosra through the vacant slip area - but the lead was already at 350.

Kallis was the aggressor during the first session and signalled his positive intent by launching his first ball of the day, from Ajmal, over the sightscreen. It was a moment that took everyone by surprise and for the rest of the first hour he was content to work the ball around. After drinks, he briefly cut loose with 16 coming off another Ajmal over when Kallis cracked him straight for another six and then slog-swept over midwicket.

Amla continued his wonderful form with an innings full of stylish touches. He opened his account for the day with a crisp back-foot drive off Umar Gul, and then rocked back to pull him through midwicket. His second fifty of the match came from 104 balls, although he was fortunate to survive an lbw appeal against Ajmal on 58, off a delivery that would have hit leg stump.

The pair paced each other through the 90s and Amla won the race to three figures, reaching his ton off 190 balls, before Kallis joined him there in the next over, from 185 deliveries. As the partnership pushed on Pakistan became increasingly ragged in the field, with Gul dropping Kallis at deep square-leg on 124, but their ambitions had long-since become trying to deny South Africa a win. If they manage that on the final day it will feel like a victory.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • on November 16, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq to do the Best At the Secend Session To Take Up The Pakistan... If They Batted Hard Then Sure Pakistan Win this Game Or To Draw.. Saouth Africa Needss Only Wickets To Win This Game... So The Second Session Is Very Very Important For Both the Teams Lets See ...

  • diri on November 16, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    Simon Jessup you dont know what you are talking about. India couldnt beat SA in India on their slow spinning pithes . Sa and Dale steyn destroyed India with their pace.....there is no doubt SA is the best team in the world.....and shovwar is correct if SA find a attacking spinner they would be invincible

  • Desihungama on November 16, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    I am beginning to wonder if PCB is now in the side business of selling Test caps. Dollar 5 thousand is generally a going rate for poor Pakistanis.

  • shovwar on November 15, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    @SurlyCynic i think SIMON JESSUP jus duzn kno wut he's talkin about.....lol...lose to India in India....last 2 series in India were draws...N SA never had spin as their strenght...its pace they operate wit...they dont need a great spinner....they drew series in India wit their pace...the ran down Indian Batting line up in some games their...2 things SA wudn lose away and they dont need a great spinner if they do find 1 ..they ll b invincible..and the last time they lost to Aus was 2 yrs ago against a better Aussie side then now and jus after they did the impossible...Beating OZs in OZs...no one did it yet.....lol

  • sunnymachoo on November 15, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    @ Pablo123 ......LISTEN UP YOU MR. PABLO123!!!!!...... im afarid you are right! =p

  • on November 15, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    Tough ask for Pakistan, but I would like them to fight it out as long as possible rather than surrender meekly, like they did in the first innings.

  • SurlyCynic on November 15, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Simon Jessup: SA did not play Aus 'this year'. They did play India in India, where India came back to draw the series so not sure how you arrived at your 'predictions'.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 15, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    TAUFIQ AND HAFIZ are not better than all the other low class opners. they did score some runs here but try to put them on recent English wickets or the last Australian and NZ series and you will find them in the same class as the parchi man. Akmals dont need a job as they have Mazhar Majid and other bookies to work for. Elder Akmal and Shoaib are the frontmen for what has been going on in Pak team for a while now. Younis Khan was the only man to captain this team, whom the nation considered honest but Akmals and Malik combined hands with bookies to remove them and at last with the prevailing situation and threats from bookies left younis resigning from captaincy. Pakistan Team needs a new start with new faces like Azhar, Naved Yasin and Asad Shafiq with Younis Khan to lead them. BUT nothing can be changed untill corrupts in the board are done with before anything else.

  • on November 15, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    pak gonna loose this game.they never achieved that much target..they cant make runs on batting track.our bowling is weak as well.i am sure we will not show a good show in worldcup..SA is way better side.azhar ali is good batter.but he is very slow even on batting track.its not worthy to score 50 runs on almost 200 balls.i know its test cricket.but you must not play for your record..it will lead towards draw.

  • on November 15, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    why taufeeq umer is in the team? imran farhat and taufeeq umer have got many chances but they fail every sinlge time..since 10 years they are in and out...soon ijazz butt gonna join the team. waqar, waseem, saeed anwar, miandad will come back hope so..ijaz butt is ruining pak circket.everybody is against him..he is such a shameless man.he will not give up..same as zardari...he is zardari of pak cricket....lol

  • on November 16, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq to do the Best At the Secend Session To Take Up The Pakistan... If They Batted Hard Then Sure Pakistan Win this Game Or To Draw.. Saouth Africa Needss Only Wickets To Win This Game... So The Second Session Is Very Very Important For Both the Teams Lets See ...

  • diri on November 16, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    Simon Jessup you dont know what you are talking about. India couldnt beat SA in India on their slow spinning pithes . Sa and Dale steyn destroyed India with their pace.....there is no doubt SA is the best team in the world.....and shovwar is correct if SA find a attacking spinner they would be invincible

  • Desihungama on November 16, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    I am beginning to wonder if PCB is now in the side business of selling Test caps. Dollar 5 thousand is generally a going rate for poor Pakistanis.

  • shovwar on November 15, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    @SurlyCynic i think SIMON JESSUP jus duzn kno wut he's talkin about.....lol...lose to India in India....last 2 series in India were draws...N SA never had spin as their strenght...its pace they operate wit...they dont need a great spinner....they drew series in India wit their pace...the ran down Indian Batting line up in some games their...2 things SA wudn lose away and they dont need a great spinner if they do find 1 ..they ll b invincible..and the last time they lost to Aus was 2 yrs ago against a better Aussie side then now and jus after they did the impossible...Beating OZs in OZs...no one did it yet.....lol

  • sunnymachoo on November 15, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    @ Pablo123 ......LISTEN UP YOU MR. PABLO123!!!!!...... im afarid you are right! =p

  • on November 15, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    Tough ask for Pakistan, but I would like them to fight it out as long as possible rather than surrender meekly, like they did in the first innings.

  • SurlyCynic on November 15, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Simon Jessup: SA did not play Aus 'this year'. They did play India in India, where India came back to draw the series so not sure how you arrived at your 'predictions'.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 15, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    TAUFIQ AND HAFIZ are not better than all the other low class opners. they did score some runs here but try to put them on recent English wickets or the last Australian and NZ series and you will find them in the same class as the parchi man. Akmals dont need a job as they have Mazhar Majid and other bookies to work for. Elder Akmal and Shoaib are the frontmen for what has been going on in Pak team for a while now. Younis Khan was the only man to captain this team, whom the nation considered honest but Akmals and Malik combined hands with bookies to remove them and at last with the prevailing situation and threats from bookies left younis resigning from captaincy. Pakistan Team needs a new start with new faces like Azhar, Naved Yasin and Asad Shafiq with Younis Khan to lead them. BUT nothing can be changed untill corrupts in the board are done with before anything else.

  • on November 15, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    pak gonna loose this game.they never achieved that much target..they cant make runs on batting track.our bowling is weak as well.i am sure we will not show a good show in worldcup..SA is way better side.azhar ali is good batter.but he is very slow even on batting track.its not worthy to score 50 runs on almost 200 balls.i know its test cricket.but you must not play for your record..it will lead towards draw.

  • on November 15, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    why taufeeq umer is in the team? imran farhat and taufeeq umer have got many chances but they fail every sinlge time..since 10 years they are in and out...soon ijazz butt gonna join the team. waqar, waseem, saeed anwar, miandad will come back hope so..ijaz butt is ruining pak circket.everybody is against him..he is such a shameless man.he will not give up..same as zardari...he is zardari of pak cricket....lol

  • on November 15, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    pakistan cannot win this match even in the dreams.see HARABHAJAN SINGH he scored 2 centuries even he is not a batsman. but our key batsman cant score runs. azhar ali scored 50 of almost 200 balls. i know its test cricket. but he should not play that dead slow.

  • Agus2010 on November 15, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    I still hope that Pakistan can draw this match is younis khan and Azhar Ali will bat throughout the day tomorrow, they should understand the condition and play the Anchor innings like Amla and Kallis did for SA, I still wonder that why PCP don't want to send any replacement for Injured Moyo and Wahab???

  • on November 15, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    Shovwar. SA could not close England off at home and lost to Australia at home, all this year!!!! The No. 1 side? I don't think so. Nothing between the sides from 2 to 5 in the rankings and India are only number 1 at home. Tough job to say who is the best at the moment. You may have the edge over India at home but I think away you would lose. NZ, as lowly as they are in the ratings, have a spinner far better than anything SA can put on the field.

  • SaintsFan on November 15, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    Ali_Zahid, I kind of agree with you. Imran Nazir, Yasir Hameed, and specially Imran Farhat (Parchee) should be long gone. However, we don't have much choice with Salman Butt uncertain of his future. That leaves us with Taufiq and Mohd. Hafeez as the best choice for Test matches. My heart of course is with my team but my mind says there is no way this line up can survive the 5th day even on this dead track. They just aren't mentally tough enough to carry the load of the fourth innings. You however have to remember it all begins at the top. If a board announces a team without announcing a captain, and then brings in a captain who was not even in the team, how would you expect to have any chemistry in the team. After all these people are humans. Pakistan players undoubtedly have lots and lots of talent, but there is no leadership to guide this talent to achieve what they are capable of . Over and out.

  • khurramsch on November 15, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    toufiq played realy poor shot at then end.hafez this time fell to a good ball. its very dificult to save this match.let us c what hapens. 1 thing i must say. in 1st inings ramez raja said tht SA blocked pakistan runs so wickets fell as pakistan batsmen tried to get score. so tomorow there is no need for score. its just a game of BALLS palyed. so they should just play balls.& for that in midleorder we hav azahr, younis & misbah only. adnan is too young & umar akaml is a disapoitntent now. in last 6 test he has got himself out like this. so its realy upto YK, AA, MUH to waste time but very very dificult

  • Mohammad.Imran.Hyder on November 15, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    wonder the PCB has taken responsibility of take care and well being of poor akmal family. if they really need some jobs why these akmal brothers not looking to Ansar Barni or Edhi. so considering these 2 akmals wickets for any runs is a bit optimistic. remaining is Yonnus and Azhar whilst Misbha isnt capable enough to hang around wicket more than 10 runs. so if there is anything possible then that is a darw, that too if younus and azhar play complete day tomarrow. rest is in peace

  • on November 15, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    I still don't understand Pakistan have an ex bowler as a coach a bowling coach but no batting coach!! Clueless!.

  • shovwar on November 15, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    SA IS GOING TO WHITEWASH PAK...EVEN A BLIND MAN CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 2 SIDES....SA ARE TOO SUPERIOR AND I BELIEVE THEY WOULD ALSO WHITEWASH INDIA AT HOME...SA ARE CLEARLY THE NO.1 TEAM IN TEST. NOT YET IN PAPERS BUT SOON THEY WILL REGAIN THAT STATUS. ON THE OTHER HAND...THE SO CALLED NO.1 TEAM IN PAPERS ARE STRUGGLING TO CLOSE OFF NZ AT HOME.....ITS THE BEGINNING OF SA ERA....

  • on November 15, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    @....2011 if wishes were horses.......... Smell the coffee dude..... By the way do u know Kallis has more runs more wickets and more catches than th present Pak team ... Speakes volume of the team and its management...

  • on November 15, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Slow & negetive cricket make Pakistan worsen, if they able to drawn the match it will b consider win for them

  • poderdubdubdub on November 15, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    I have watched Pakistan Cricket since early sixties. This is no Pakistan Test side as I know it, this is a make shift team being forced to play test cricket under very strange circumstances. Therefore whatever they can do with a ball and a cricket bat, we should be thankful to them and hope one day the PROPER Pakistan Test Cricketers will turn up. But that is not going to happen any soon, not until the country itself comes out of the the very very strange circumstances.

  • Pablo123 on November 15, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Superislam - do you really think Pakistan have a chance ? Of a draw maybe but even then, they'd have to face off another entire day. I think wickets will tumble in the morning session on day 5 - Kallis will be the avenger and will become man of the match in the process, surely :)

  • karthikfromchennai on November 15, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    SA fixed a target of 451....even a SPOT will not help PAK from losing the match

  • superislam2011 on November 15, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    inshallah pakistan will win but azhar ali and yyounis need centuries with cotribution from misbah ans umar akmal by doing thjat atheyu can atleast draw the match becuase winning is near impossible but i think they will win this one

  • Ali_Zahid on November 15, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    When will Pakistan board realize that these openers can be best defined as below average players who will perform ralrely. We need to get rid of this bunch 1. Taufeeq Umar. 2. Imran Nazir. 3. Yasir Hameed 4. Imran Farhat and give somebody new a chance. Umar akmal might join this league but it's early to say at this point. Umar Gul hats off to you for your effort.

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  • Ali_Zahid on November 15, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    When will Pakistan board realize that these openers can be best defined as below average players who will perform ralrely. We need to get rid of this bunch 1. Taufeeq Umar. 2. Imran Nazir. 3. Yasir Hameed 4. Imran Farhat and give somebody new a chance. Umar akmal might join this league but it's early to say at this point. Umar Gul hats off to you for your effort.

  • superislam2011 on November 15, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    inshallah pakistan will win but azhar ali and yyounis need centuries with cotribution from misbah ans umar akmal by doing thjat atheyu can atleast draw the match becuase winning is near impossible but i think they will win this one

  • karthikfromchennai on November 15, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    SA fixed a target of 451....even a SPOT will not help PAK from losing the match

  • Pablo123 on November 15, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Superislam - do you really think Pakistan have a chance ? Of a draw maybe but even then, they'd have to face off another entire day. I think wickets will tumble in the morning session on day 5 - Kallis will be the avenger and will become man of the match in the process, surely :)

  • poderdubdubdub on November 15, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    I have watched Pakistan Cricket since early sixties. This is no Pakistan Test side as I know it, this is a make shift team being forced to play test cricket under very strange circumstances. Therefore whatever they can do with a ball and a cricket bat, we should be thankful to them and hope one day the PROPER Pakistan Test Cricketers will turn up. But that is not going to happen any soon, not until the country itself comes out of the the very very strange circumstances.

  • on November 15, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Slow & negetive cricket make Pakistan worsen, if they able to drawn the match it will b consider win for them

  • on November 15, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    @....2011 if wishes were horses.......... Smell the coffee dude..... By the way do u know Kallis has more runs more wickets and more catches than th present Pak team ... Speakes volume of the team and its management...

  • shovwar on November 15, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    SA IS GOING TO WHITEWASH PAK...EVEN A BLIND MAN CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 2 SIDES....SA ARE TOO SUPERIOR AND I BELIEVE THEY WOULD ALSO WHITEWASH INDIA AT HOME...SA ARE CLEARLY THE NO.1 TEAM IN TEST. NOT YET IN PAPERS BUT SOON THEY WILL REGAIN THAT STATUS. ON THE OTHER HAND...THE SO CALLED NO.1 TEAM IN PAPERS ARE STRUGGLING TO CLOSE OFF NZ AT HOME.....ITS THE BEGINNING OF SA ERA....

  • on November 15, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    I still don't understand Pakistan have an ex bowler as a coach a bowling coach but no batting coach!! Clueless!.

  • Mohammad.Imran.Hyder on November 15, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    wonder the PCB has taken responsibility of take care and well being of poor akmal family. if they really need some jobs why these akmal brothers not looking to Ansar Barni or Edhi. so considering these 2 akmals wickets for any runs is a bit optimistic. remaining is Yonnus and Azhar whilst Misbha isnt capable enough to hang around wicket more than 10 runs. so if there is anything possible then that is a darw, that too if younus and azhar play complete day tomarrow. rest is in peace