Pakistan v South Africa, 1st Test, Dubai, 5th day

Younis century secures fighting draw

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill

November 16, 2010

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Stumps Pakistan 248 and 343 for 3 (Younis 131*, Misbah 76*) drew with South Africa 380 and 318 for 2 dec (Amla 118*, Kallis 135*)
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Younis Khan acknowledges applause for his century, Pakistan v South Africa, 1st Test, Dubai, November 16, 2010
Younis Khan defied South Africa to score his 17th Test century on the 5th day of the 1st Test © AFP
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Younis Khan defied South Africa to guide Pakistan safely to a draw in the first Test at Dubai, cracking an unbeaten 130 - his 17th Test hundred and his third fourth innings century in his last three Tests against the South Africans. Pakistan's top order resisted everything South Africa's bowlers could hurl at them and, befitting the occasion on the first day of Eid, passed a number of records in a feast of runscoring.

Younis was ably assisted by Azhar Ali, who contributed a brave 63, and captain Misbah-ul-Haq, with whom he added an unbeaten 186 for the fourth wicket - Pakistan's highest partnership in Tests against South Africa. The match was called off shortly after entering the final hour of the day as Pakistan reached 343 for 3, their highest fourth innings total in Tests.

South Africa were left ruing three clear chances that went down as Younis was dropped by Mark Boucher on 16 and Jacques Kallis when he had reached 70, while Hashim Amla couldn't quite cling on to a tough chance off Misbah at short leg minutes before lunch. Younis, who had experience of just this sort of situation having scored fourth-innings hundreds against South Africa at Lahore and Karachi in 2007, took full toll as he and Azhar took the honours in the first hour this morning, compiling an 82-run partnership, though not without some luck.

Younis had started tentatively, fencing outside off stump and getting a thin edge to a Steyn outswinger that dropped short of Boucher in the second over of the day. In Steyn's next over he slashed wildly outside off stump to send a chance flying to the right of a diving Boucher, but the ball spilled out of the wicketkeeper's gloves as he hit the ground. With a panicked Younis stranded mid-pitch, a shy at the stumps went wide to give him yet another life.

At other end, Azhar was still visibly battling with the effects of the blow to the hand he received on the fourth afternoon but quickly settled into a defensive groove, and as the batsmen eased to Pakistan's highest third-wicket partnership of 2010 - beating the 65 this same pair put on in the first innings - Smith turned Johan Botha's offspin and Jacques Kallis's reliable seamers.

While Botha kept things tight, finding a reasonable amount of turn and variable bounce, Kallis tested Azhar's mettle with a series of short-pitched deliveries with fielders circling close in at midwicket, cover and short leg. The first thumped painfully off his hand and into his ribs, but Azhar quickly waved the medical staff off the field and counter-attacked in fine style, thumping the next ball - another bouncer - to the midwicket boundary.

The partnership had reached 80, Azhar reaching a third Test half-century, when Paul Harris joined the attack with almost immediate results. Coming round the wicket, he spun the final ball of his first over of the day past the outer half of Azhar's bat and onto the off stump. South Africa celebrated the dismissal with due enthusiasm, and Misbah entered a testing cauldron as the spinners operated in tandem with men all around the bat and the appearance of renewed life in the pitch.

Botha created another chance as, just before lunch, the ball exploded out of the rough and bounced off Misbah's glove towards Amla under the helmet at short leg. Misbah was out in identical circumstances in the first innnings, but Amla couldn't quite grasp onto the chance today, the ball bobbling out of his hands as his shoulder hit the turf.

Younis, a bundle of fidgety energy first thing this morning, burst into life after the interval. With no forewarning, he leapt down the wicket to smite a floated offspinner from Botha high over long-on and followed that up with a powerful sweep to long leg. Steyn returned with the old ball and was immediately slapped for two smouldering fours, through mid-off and deep cover. That prompted Smith to take the new ball - already overdue - and an eventful over was completed when Younis thrust his bat out at a ball he might have left and a thick edge burst through Kallis's hands at third slip to leave the fast bowler absolutely livid.

It appeared a fourth chance had been pouched when a delivery from Morkel ricocheted off Younis's pad and Amla plucked it out of the air at short leg, but Asoka de Silva decided there had been no inside edge and was vindicated by replays. Younis retaliated by scorching an imperious drive on the up through cover, and as the heat of the afternoon began to take its toll tempers frayed on both sides.

Morkel opted for a bruising, round-the-wicket line of attack once again and after a series of bouncers engaged in some heated banter with Younis. Both Misbah and Umpire Daryl Harper stepped in to appeal for calm, Harper warning Morkel for running on the pitch, and amid an eventful spell Misbah survived an enthusiastic appeal for lbw off the same bowler. After Younis flowed past his hundred with 12 runs in a single Botha over, Misbah brought up his own fifty with a mighty slog-sweep over deep midwicket just before tea, and suddenly it appeared that Pakistan might have a world-record chase in mind.

It soon became clear that a draw would be regarded as a victory in itself, however, as both Younis and Misbah settled into stubborn defence. With the match meandering towards a draw, Younis helped himself to two more sixes off Botha before both captains decided to call the game off minutes into the final hour.

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Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (November 21, 2010, 16:16 GMT)

cric4world: I supported SA far back EVEN in the span of 2001-2004 when SA's greats like Donald, Cullinan, Cronje, Rhodes, Klusener, Kirsten were long gone and SA was in a deep black hole which needed years to be filled in but I was patient, in the same way I'll be when India's Fab 3 (Sachin, Rahul, Laxman) will be long gone, but still will be supporting IND when in those dark days IND will face it's own Black Hole. And yes, that's the reason why I'm still laughing because I had seen far darker days of SA than this day when Pak drew with SA on a flat dead pitch.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 15:32 GMT)

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOK GUYS.............................GOOOD NEWS IS THAT USMAN QADIR THE YOUNGIST SON OF LEGEND ABDUL QADIR WILL SOON BE COMIN AND REPRESENT PAKISTAN................HE SAID TO BE LIKE SHANE WARNE....SO GOOD NEWS 4 PAKISTAN

Posted by cric4world on (November 20, 2010, 4:39 GMT)

@amol again.. i can understand ur frustration though, being a fan of india n south africa this week really killed u, ur number one team couldnt beat number 8 team and ur number 2 team couldnt beat a 2nd string 10 men team that is number 6 on table. still laughing????

Posted by   on (November 20, 2010, 4:38 GMT)

hahaha kaneria and asif have become the first choice players for pkaistan.

breaking news hahahah.

the frontline pacers are shaoib gul for pakistan and not asif and aamer. shaoib has played every game if he is fit and gul is the most succesful bowler of pakistan in recent times. and 3rd kaneria becomes the first choice player. he is out of team for 1 year and you are saying first choice players then take this

south africa without hershcelle gibbs collin ingram david miller lonwabo wayne parnell charl langeveldt.

south africa are playing wihtout 6 first choice players against paksitan so just keep dreaming and excusing , wat a breaking news asif and maneria first choice bowlers.hahahahahahaha

Posted by cric4world on (November 20, 2010, 4:32 GMT)

@amol_ind_sa. u know wat i meant.my point is india cant afford to play on bowler friendly wickets.their survival depends on batting friendly wickets.if indian batsmen fail their bowling attack is not good enough to bring them back into a match even if its a bowling friendly wicket.apart from some success in recent past when have u seen indian bowlers exploiting pace and swing of foreign pitches? may b before i was born n kapil used to play. lol... on the other hand pakistan always had a balanced attack n their success ratio at home was almost the same as over seas.rite now they r just a 2nd string team and having a rough patch so u gota admit it.dont expect them to concede the match before coin is tossed.let the boys play and u will see a real balanced team soon.as for match fixing greed, how about we all wait for the court decision? or u r shallow enough to believe a vulgar tabloid and a culprit bookie only becoz their sting is against ur arch enemy? HAHAHA

Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (November 20, 2010, 4:09 GMT)

What matters is the result and NEVER speculations like 'IF had player Mr.Talent been present' or 'BUT player Mr. Expert was absent'. All teams have to play with whatever players are available. No excuses for a talented player being absent. The replacement should perform to match the missed talent.

Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (November 20, 2010, 2:35 GMT)

cric4world: (" if bowlers click u can win...") This is true for all teams in Tests. Nothing new. But as for this: ("...n if not its a draw")... It's a bonus for talented teams like IND and SA because both teams have talented batsmen and it's bonus for me because I support both teams.

Posted by le_stephenois on (November 19, 2010, 23:38 GMT)

Three of our first choice bowlers: Asif, Aamer and Kaneria, and 2 of our first choice batters: Yousuf and Butt, are missing but we will still beat South Africa.

Posted by afzaal820 on (November 19, 2010, 18:21 GMT)

Still less average then Muhammad Yousaf.

Posted by Fayss on (November 19, 2010, 16:58 GMT)

@ Amol: Eventually you are not speaking your mind. Because a label of Pakistan is somewhat not acceptable to you. It is a misfortune that the governing body prevailing in Pakistan cricket is more than an embarrassment for the cricketers. I would like to also add into this conversation that Indian or any other counterpart would have fallen badly, if they have gone through the scandals of match fixing and injuries. No matter, nothing has proved so it would be harsh on the players if we call them fixers or if we call ICC to be doing discrimination. Mind it that your replacement players are not good enough to beat good side in the world as you see what happened in June. Pakistan is only playing his 'B' side since start of test series in Australia this summer. Its a hard time but it won't last for long because you might be forgetting that it is only Pakistan team which has appeared in all the semi-final events of ICC after World Cup 2007 debacle. So be ready for the next one to come. Cheers

Posted by cric4world on (November 19, 2010, 15:51 GMT)

yeah we are ranked ** SIXTH** and fought bravely against ranked two without our fronline bowlers and despite losing one seamer after first day of match.wat about **NUMBRE ONE TEAM** who couldnt beat a ranked **EIGHTH** team?b thankful u played on a flatbed pitch too and ur batsmen saved u from humiliation.go watch ur own team for god sake and stop finding pleasure in pakistan's failure coz ur own team isnt giving u much excitement

Posted by cric4world on (November 19, 2010, 15:45 GMT)

amol_ind and niki kumar. if pakistan cricket is really a waste of time, talentless and below international standards, why do u bother watching it and why do u waste ur time coming here n commenting on pakistan team when ur own team is doing such a great job against ranked number 8 newzealand?i dont see so many pakistani supporters commenting on indian matches.... does it mean that ur own team disappoints u and u come here to talk against pakistani team n make urself feel better? seriously wat exactly brings u here? is it the fact that pakistan team is exciting to watch no matter they win or lose or draw?becoz ur team is just too predictable.they will score 500 plus runs in every match and if bowlers click u can win n if not its a draw.in both cases pretty boring test.the only excitement in ur team are the pre-match and post-match comments by bhajji. lol

Posted by Fayss on (November 19, 2010, 14:37 GMT)

@ Niki Kumar: I am not surprised to see your low level knowledge of cricket because whatever you see is indian cricket all the time and read the blogs of Akash Chopra. Dude, I don't wanna blame your arrogance towards Pakistani side but as you all the time that Indian team is winning on the flat tracks in their home grounds, you feel that it is easy to score centuries and it is difficult to bowl your players out. So when you see Pakistan batting line up (which is ofcourse weaker than indian) losing the momentum all the time you've started to believe that Pakistani dont deserve a chance. I just like to make it clear, that it is only Pakistan team which can make any cricket game interesting, the unpredictability is our strength and that is why every team fears what different we will do next. Unlike India which either lose badly or Win comprehensively!

Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (November 19, 2010, 14:12 GMT)

A case of Kettle calling the Pot...you know what. How strange that Pak-fans are happy with the team the support to just manage a draw on a dead flat pitch. But are unhappy with IND actually ekking out WINS on such flat pitches due to the extra-ordinary efforts of IND bowlers taking 20 wickets for the last three years. Pak-fans have just to check how many SA wickets, do the PAK bowlers have taken legitimately (REALLY) in the 2nd SA inningsof this test. And sorry, wickets of openers Smith and Peterson don't count at all. OK?

Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (November 19, 2010, 14:03 GMT)

Just one scrapping draw for Pak on a dead flat-track and suddenly FOR PAK-FANS, their ***S-I-X-T-H*** Ranked team suddenly has become great and those fans have readily trashed the hugh efforts by both the TOP-RANKED teams: IND and SA, for the LAST THREE years to garbage. LOL.

Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (November 19, 2010, 12:56 GMT)

What do u mean by the phrase "Inspite of Pakistani cricket going thro' tough time...". U mean to say PCB and Pakistani cricket want sympathy for their match-fixing Greed??? On the contrary, I hope SA slaughter PAK in the 2nd Test and show them their place and make them suffer on the field for their match-fixing efforts. Tough-Time. LOL. HA HA.

Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (November 19, 2010, 12:47 GMT)

@Uzi-Khan: U say Indians are flat-track bullies????? Then our IND bowlers must be exceptionally great then to stay number ONE in tests for a consistent period by taking 20 wickets on flat tracks. ISN'T IT? By the way please check the OVERSEAS records of the core IND batsmen (Sachin, Sehwag, Dravid, Dhoni) u call as 'flat-track-bullies'. And you will have embarrassed yourselves for putting your foot in your mouth before confirming F-A-C-T-S. They average above 50 almost everywhere overseas. On second thoughts...may the only three words for IND players you learnt in life are...'flat-track-bullies'.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2010, 11:16 GMT)

no collin ingram didnt played. lonwabo dont played jp duminy dont play, wayne parneell dont play herschelle gibbs didnt play.

so accpet it as a fact that asif is never a regular for last 2 years gul is the most succesful bowler of pakistan and you cannot drop shoaib akhat then you have razzaq and one spiiner ajmal or rehman along with shahid afridi. so dont like all these players have played south africa in odi seires. yes if shoaib is injured then you can play asif. and if you can read with your eyes open then read it the team for world cup that was it is just useless comment to post ask anyone shoaib akhtar is the spearhead of pakistan bowling and gul is a regular to so which player or fast bowler you will drop. asif played when shoaib was not playing when shoaib plays then asif and aamer generally dont play.

and forgot wat happend with sohail tanveer after the great start in 20-20 south africa rip apart him in the odi series in pakistan which south afirca won 3-2.

Posted by Hrazapak on (November 19, 2010, 7:50 GMT)

@Niki Kumar PAKISTAN'S BEST XI in that match ......dude you gotta be kidding me .. They were virtually ten men in that match for more than 3 days (REMEMBER WAHAB GOT INJURED) They dont have MOYO who is as good as it gets when you talk about Test matches.. They were without there regular Opener ,without there first choice Wicket Keeper, and without there duo of fast bowling on a seemingly dead track and you call that full strength .... On the other hand you have South Africa Smith played Kallis played Amla played Boucher played Steyn played Morkel played devilliers played Botha played ......You talk about Parnell ...lemme think ,, When was the last time he was called the first choice Fast bowler in Tests for SA.. He is not injured, is he?? Now that`s what I call ""Full Strength""

Message:- First Educate yourself and then comment

Posted by cric4world on (November 19, 2010, 1:53 GMT)

@ niki kumar . dude u r right SA could easily win odi series 5-0, just like india could easily beat ranked number 8 newzealand in both tests. but could have should have would have dont work in cricket.pakistan team fought hard n won, n drew the test match thats the bottom line.everybody knows pakistan team is facing a tough time but u ppl just cant see them fighting, u want them to accept the defeat before the toss. dont u??? stop being a bully and appreciate good cricket

Posted by   on (November 18, 2010, 23:07 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan. happy to see a team in turmoil doing well against actual no. 1 team. @ Niki Kumar, yours is a very immature comment. Look at how India (so called no.1) has performed against NZ (no. 8) in tests since 1998. Won: 2, Lost: 3. Don't even get me started on the records of your flat track bullies in SA and against SA. Wait for Steyn and Morkel to rip it apart next month.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2010, 13:04 GMT)

you have got your full team out so cry baies babies. your full team played south africa by luck won 2 odis.

but i like when all the commentators and smith said that they could have won the series 5-0 as he was right reason south africa won 2 game comprehensively and in all 3 pakistan were 9 down. he was right pakistan was white washed by south africa.

your excues will go on like danesh kaneria now becomes their 1st choice player.

your poarkistani will never change.

Posted by Uzi-Khan on (November 18, 2010, 12:08 GMT)

@ Niki Kumar

Stop talking rubbish....India are a flat track team full of flat track bullies.....even without our leading bowlers our bowling attack will butcher, flatten and destroy your pathetic bowling line up......face the facts India is a batting side...and batting side only.......

Posted by   on (November 18, 2010, 12:02 GMT)

sorry instead of fawad alam it should be umar akmal and instead of 2nd opener it will be maran akmal .

now in the series with south africa all these players have played atleast once.

Posted by Faizikhan on (November 18, 2010, 11:56 GMT)

I think Niki Kumar Forgot Wht Happen With India When They Were In Zimbabwe When Suresh Raina was The Captain Of Their Side Lost To Zimbabwe Twice In The Tourni :D

Posted by   on (November 18, 2010, 11:08 GMT)

those taling about umpiring do you see only one kind of decision.

in second innings grame smith and alviro pietersen both were not out both were given out lbw when the ball is missing the stumps by a mile.

means south africa were 320-0 in 2nd innings.

only one caought decision of alviro pietersen in 1st innings was wrong apart from one caught appeal of jacques kallis both in 1st innings.

whereas in 2nd innings both the openers were not out .

south africa is without collin ingram as well then jp duminy then lonwabo then wayne parnell then gibbs then david jacobs then charl langeveldt.

so stop this nonsense because after some time you will say we are without wasim akram even though his record is not nice against south africa.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2010, 10:41 GMT)

THIS IS pkaistan top 11 whereas in south africa 3 crucial players were missing jp dumniy lonwabo gibbs as well as wayne parnell instead of harris.

infact i am laughing my heart out from when did kaneria become a great bowler till 1 month back ajmal was their best spinner now kaneria. infact have seen the post saying fawad alam and mohd yousuf.

first you guyz decide you want to play a team of 11 or 21 you have gone mad.

you want to know the pakistan team for world cup 2011

this is the top 11 players(asif-out of form aamer-till now provved nothing will be next sohail tanvir, salman butt-god knows when last time he was in form are already droopped of probable squad.)

1-mohd hafeez 2-imran farhat/shshbaz 3-younis 4-youssuf/misbah 5-fawad alam 6-afridi 7-razzaq 8-ajmal/rehman 9-gul 10-shoaib akhtar 11-wahab riaz

now according to form your top 11 for world cup is this but we cannot say nething about pakistan like they bring mohd youssuf in 5th odi and lost.

Posted by Irfan_421 on (November 18, 2010, 5:24 GMT)

MR niki kumar what do you thnk when gauthum,raina,bhaaji and sehwag were out from team like pakistani"s salman,yousaf,aamir n kamran... does it not effect indian team......

Posted by Irfan_421 on (November 18, 2010, 5:13 GMT)

well play pakistan. it was pakistani youngest test team and SA most experinced team.if aamir n asif be there result shulod ve been different.no asif,aamir,salman,kamran,yousaf,kanerya....still we r able to compete 2nd ranked team

Posted by shakaibkhan on (November 18, 2010, 5:08 GMT)

We should get rid of Yousuf, Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal once and for all

Posted by   on (November 17, 2010, 23:44 GMT)

really now need younus khan same another player team for the pakistan

Posted by   on (November 17, 2010, 19:45 GMT)

Props to both the Pashtuns. Yes Misbah is one. I wanted them to go for the win, but if I were them I would doubt the performance of the other lot especially if you have Akmals in the team, you never know what on earth they would would do. Test cricket is all about courage and grit, and both Younis and Misbah should that against a full RSA side.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2010, 18:29 GMT)

Great performance from both teams Hats off for younus azhar and misbah i wish yusaf could play next macth so they can have strong batting line up. any ways good luck both teams

Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (November 17, 2010, 17:40 GMT)

Had the pitch been balanced and not batsman-oriented which it was, SA could have owned Pak

Posted by Nuur on (November 17, 2010, 17:10 GMT)

Had umpires been true to Pakistan in the first innings, things couldve been different. And no South Africa did not play well and do not deserve any honours since they let a won game slip. They were crying like babies (Morkel Younis incident). The Chokers choked again. Pakistan didnt even have a full second string squad let alone their best 11, they bowled second spell with one seamer. Imagine Aamir, Asif and Gul alongwith Kaneria, South Africans wouldnt have stood a chance.

Even if SA win the next test, but Pakistan fight well, they deserve no credit for beating a Pakistan team without Yousaf, Salman Butt, Aamir, Asif and Kaneria.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2010, 13:58 GMT)

Taking nothing away from the way Misbah and Younis batted on the final day (no doubt they played a match saving innings), but I was extremely sad and very frustrated when I saw the players leaving the field. I believe that at that point we had a draw for sure and we could have afforded to go for the win. If we lost 2 wicket in the process of going for the win from the point when we needed 100 runs then we could have gone into defence mode as surviving 10 overs with 5 wickets is almost guaranteed (even for Pakistan). It was absolutely ludicrus, ridiculous to accept a draw.

Posted by Achuilang on (November 17, 2010, 12:23 GMT)

well done to the south african team...after the first innings wicket collaspe they recovered well to bowl pak out and get a great lead....well done to amla(legend in making) and kallis(already a legend) to bat so well.......better luck next time hopefully no drop catches so we can win the next test.....and hopefully no serious problem to styen.......

Posted by   on (November 17, 2010, 11:14 GMT)

south africa surely deserves to win as kepler wessels and ramiz raza said they dominated pakistan for 4 days and were a bit relax on the field on day 5 , maybe because of overconfident.

as smith said in concluding odi series that south africa could have won the odi series 5-0 or atleast 4-1 the 1st and 5th odi was won easily by south africa and in all remaing 3 odis they almost run through the opposition with 9 wickets down but their were bunch of drop catches.

about pakistan this was a placid track as we can see in india too no result from 2 test match. pakistani fans only excuse will be again and again same frontline bowlers yeah their most frontline bowler was taken for over 11 runs per over in 5th odi or the yousuf who was out for 3 runs in the 5th odi.

as said pakistan have already dropped the name of asif aamer and butt from the probable squad of world cup. so cheer up guyz south african top batsmens herscchelle gibbs and jp duminy and lonwabo was also not playing.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2010, 10:56 GMT)

Good Performance Pakistan. Good to see positive comments from all pakistanis and other fans as well. Best of luck to Pakstan, India and Srilanka for the upcoming world cup. Its time to bring the cup into Asia again.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2010, 10:09 GMT)

OK Where is the controversy.... no spot fixing scandals...anything????

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (November 17, 2010, 9:40 GMT)

It is rubbish that Pakistan should have gone for a victory. Pakistan showed immense resilience and secured a draw from no where. Full credit to Younis and especially Azhar.Batting in fourth innings is never easy & impostor great batsman Tendulkar will tell you all about this as impostor fail every time when it matters.Younis clearly proved that he is not an impostor. ICC is a bunch of jokers feeding on BCCI cash rich bloated money. ICC has created a flawed ranking system. Pakistan the so called number six side held against SA and almost won ODI series. Mind you Pakistan is missing no less than 5 front line players. While on other hand NZ the so called eighth side has taken India the number one side to cleaners. Get rid of this flawed ranking system as it is just going to cause pain to when India loses in first round of WC. Pakistan should immediately get rid of Akmals.They are all over rated crooks.Sarfraz should be a wicketkeeper. He is safe as a house. Asad Should play for Umer Akmal

Posted by   on (November 17, 2010, 9:31 GMT)

Ithanks Gpd!! I was really surprised, seems Pakistani batsman find their form & march for glory. This drawn was more than a win, Great gifr for Holy Eid.....Keep it up guys...

Posted by PakoP on (November 17, 2010, 7:27 GMT)

Soon the Media will start attacking Pakistan team

Posted by   on (November 17, 2010, 6:25 GMT)

This is wht pakistan team is all about..Pakistan must need misbah and yunis...most reliable batsmen in team..without younis nothing is possible in test cricket.he proved it again...

Posted by AR1985 on (November 17, 2010, 6:20 GMT)

Well I do not agree wit many of the comments here that it would be being greedy to ask for victory. Well it is a simple thing to understand for any cricket follower that with two very set and high calliber player on the crease and with 100 odd runs required with a run rate of 7, well.... And then dont foget that the play can be extended by half an hour if required, so make the required run rate to 5.5. I think any team would have gone for this target other than Pakistan. And there can always be a backup plan.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2010, 5:04 GMT)

Yup , its been a fine performance by Paistan ,. I think its better that they finished it in draw , Otherwise it will be real hard for them to save the match , Because if you analyze , there was only Umer Akmal behind , Adnan Akmal is a new comer No Yousaf No Shoaib Malik .. oi all in all Good captaincy by Misbah

Posted by   on (November 17, 2010, 3:12 GMT)

Shows how determined this team is and exposes the lack of vision of those who dismissed them as nice meat for SA! well done Team Pakistan!

Posted by zakir.87 on (November 17, 2010, 2:21 GMT)

well done by pakistan,to be hoest no one expected pakistan even to draw this match as they had 131 overs to play and batting colapse is common.i think yusuf should be back in final 11 replacing taufiq umar and one of the two akmal brothers should be made to open.taufiq umar cannot play long innings and he is over defensive too.

Posted by SnowSnake on (November 17, 2010, 2:02 GMT)

Great performance, Pakistan. I hope the team gets consistent.

Posted by Antidorcas on (November 17, 2010, 1:23 GMT)

Amazing how the fans congratulate the Pakistan team on bailing out of an attampt to win the match. Poor show!

Posted by   on (November 17, 2010, 0:46 GMT)

eid Mubarak/. What a WIn!!! BTW, the one which Hashim Amla dropped was VERY HARD.. though he shud have probly caught it coz of his standards..

Posted by   on (November 17, 2010, 0:09 GMT)

I must say very poor fielding by S.Africa they should have done a lot better then what we saw and one more thing after the one day series that just concluded S.Africa is just being over rated.

Posted by Meety on (November 16, 2010, 23:22 GMT)

Well done, thought they should of pushed for victory though. If Y Khan & Mo Yousuf play in the same side - Pakistan are a lot better then their test ranking.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2010, 22:19 GMT)

Initially, I also thought that we should have gone and atleast tried for victory but then WE are the ones who would be kicking the Captain and the management if we had lost. Well Done, with the state of Pakistan Cricket, a draw is good enough specially when we were facing defeat in the morning with a whole day to play.

Posted by edwardian10 on (November 16, 2010, 21:50 GMT)

What the hell. With 14 overs still to go, 108 runs to win, 7 wickets in hands, two very well-set batsmen on a batting friendly pitch and the chance for a rare test victory against South Africa.. Any other team would at least charge for an attempt to win. Pakistan, on the other hand, are shaking hands with SA, contended with a draw. What can I say. Don't see any sense in not attempting for a victory.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2010, 21:44 GMT)

although its pleasing to see pakistan earn a draw when it seemed like certain defeat, i am of the opinion that having reached a position of strength on the final day they could have been a little more positive, that would have been the icing on the cake on this day of eid. eid mubarrak to all.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2010, 21:41 GMT)

I am really amazed to see few people commenting here that pakistan should have gone for the win; come on guys this draw was not even on the cards yesterday and they were playing against the top bowling attack of the world. This is more than enough for me to take it as a Eid gift; any body who played little cricket (I mean actual cricket and not the 10 over tape ball) will take this draw happily.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2010, 21:39 GMT)

WELL DONE PAKISTAN AND WELL DONE THE NEW SKIPPER, MISBAH UL HAQ. KEEP IT UP. MISBAH WILL RAISE THE PAKISTAN STANDARDS AND WILL KICK HIS MISGIVERS IN THE TEETH. PEOPLE QUESTION HIS ABILITY AS A PLAYER AND CAPTAIN BUT I THINK MATURITY COMES WITH AGE AND EXPERIENCE, WHICH ARE BOTH ON HIS SIDE. YOUNG BLOOD IS FINE BUT YOU NEED EXPERIENCE ALONGWITH YOUNG BLOOD. I AM SURE SOME PEOPLE REMEMBER MIKE BREARLEY AND HOW HE MANAGED ENGLAND OVERSOME AUSTRALIA. MISBAH COULD BE OUR BREARLEY.

Posted by BUTT_093 on (November 16, 2010, 20:30 GMT)

Younis's performance has certainly vindicated those who have called for his selection for the past year and a half. For those Pakistani fans who believe that Pakistan could have been more aggressive and gone for the win, they should remember the emotions and expectations before the start of the final days play and reflect on what Pakistan has achieved instead. In the pursuit of the target had only one wicket fallen and SA given a sniff to come back into the match, that approach could have just as easily backfired, given the batting that was to follow. And how many collapses have we seen from Pakistan in the past two years for whatever reasons they maybe. Such a performance should be treated as a win and the confidence from this win should be channeled into winning the 2nd test.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2010, 19:57 GMT)

Good assessement by Usman Farooqi. I am not sure that I would have gone for 167 in 31 overs (too much risk at that time). However, once Pak found themselves with 124 to go with 19 overs with 7 wickets in hand; it was no body's game except Pakistan or a draw, but Pak did not even bother to try for it. Well played by Younis, Azhar and Misbah but it was a poor finish. This is the difference between test and 20/20. If you dont get to target, you dont lose a test match. Its only a draw. Pak will rue their finishing opportunity if they will lose the 2nd test.

Posted by Agus2010 on (November 16, 2010, 19:30 GMT)

I just wonder some of the Pakistan fan's comments here, they cry for the Win, come on guys, this is the better result such as draw the match than just keep on loosing, we have seen past few months how much criticism in Pakistan cricket after the English tour, they are playing without their strike bowlers and with the guys who doesn't play test long time, let them play some good cricket for sometime then think about the victory, they are not playing with Zimbabwe or kenya to attack their bowling and go for win, they are playing the best test team who can change the game at any time, so, feel better for this draw rather than loose quick wickets and loose the match

Posted by   on (November 16, 2010, 19:27 GMT)

Great fight by Pakistan.I also wrote them off yesterday.But great come back. Younus is the trump card for Pak now. Well done. Eid Mubarak all!!!

Posted by sharprider on (November 16, 2010, 19:26 GMT)

A marvellous effort culminating in an honorable draw for Pakistan on a very auspicious day of EID. Thank the Almighty for that alongwith our two stalwarts, namely, Younus and Misbah, who were, incidentally, pointed out by this scribe as the main culprits for the pathetic first innings' display in this Test. However, it is gratifying to note that the self-confidence is coming back alongwith a boost in the morale of this Pakistan team, which has gone through a lot recently. Further, it must be noted that no matter how well you perform with the bat, it is extremely crucial to hold on to catches......Kallis and Amla let off Younus and Misbah, respectively,.....in order to win matches. But, all in all, a heartening turnaround for Pakistan team and its fans.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2010, 18:55 GMT)

i think they could came out as a winner if they were brave enough.

Posted by cric4world on (November 16, 2010, 18:43 GMT)

all my friends here who think pakistan should have tried to win this match r probably being greedy.lol. scoring at 5.5 or 6 an over in a 4th inning of test isnt easy at all.bowlers tend to bowl wide so that batsmen cant hit them with a straight bat.harris today wasnt threatening at all but he didnt go for many runs becoz he was bowling outside leg all day long batsmen cant score runs in that area becoz u cant use a straight bat n hit powerfully.botha was getting spin on almost every ball and unexpected bounce too.i remember quite a few times batsmen defended almost waist high deliveries from him.steyn was getting enough swing n bounce too.inshort it looked like a batting track because younus and misbah were careful and played well but when u r looking to play every ball n score runs u can easily lose wicket on this kind of track.with a debutant n injured wahan to come, u cant really risk to go after bowlers.this result is the best for us i believe that

Posted by   on (November 16, 2010, 18:07 GMT)

old is gold that is pure and proved by two man yunis and mezba

Posted by anwaralam on (November 16, 2010, 17:21 GMT)

Yunus Khan must have learnt in this test that his dismissals earlier were due to fddling the ball outside offstump. Learn to stay at the wicket like Azhar Ali who deserves praise for his approach to the game. Dont let gush of blood rush in your body so early in the innings. This advise is valid for Umar Akmal also who is also wasting his talent in Tests. Dont be carried away by this perfomance. Take every game on its merit and play accordingly. Revival only then will be possible for Pakistan Cricket.

Posted by poderdubdubdub on (November 16, 2010, 16:35 GMT)

Pakistan was written off by everyone yesterday. Frankly what pakistan cricket is going through at the moment this result is no less than a victory. Hats off to Yunus and Misbah for a 186 runs partnership to secure this draw. We forget that all the other teams are not going through the traumas which these boys are up against not to mention an inept PCB and its useless officials headed by a one Mr.Ejaz Butt, the same guy who banned Yunus Khan from playing and caused irreprable damage to Pakistan cricket.

Posted by HanifShah on (November 16, 2010, 16:31 GMT)

I am pretty satisfied with the result but I think Pakistan should have opted for an aggressive and positive approach when they had passed through the first session with only one wicket falling. That would have made South Africa go on back foot and it would have been a tester for them. Above all we need to make test matches interesting in this part of the world. Nonetheless, a very good effort by Younis though I still question Misbah in the line up. I believe Asad Shafiq or Umar Amin would have been a better replacement. Misbah can survive in these placid dead tracks but I am sure his technique (which is far from perfect) will be tested big time in New Zealand and other such avenues.

Posted by ice6430 on (November 16, 2010, 16:24 GMT)

well done Younis and co.Eid Mubarak

Posted by   on (November 16, 2010, 16:09 GMT)

Well played Younis, i think he found the right partner for the job in Misbah, who is in test mode most of the time. And thanks to the pitch creator what also helped. Eid Mubarak boys

Posted by Mustafa7 on (November 16, 2010, 15:51 GMT)

Champion is back ! God we missed him so much all English Summer - good to see him getting magical form straight away. I've always rated him high, he's a kind of player no matter whichever team he plays against, his attitude remains the same - Younus averages against sides like SA, Aus and India better than Yousuf's and Inzimam's

Posted by   on (November 16, 2010, 15:46 GMT)

What's Pakistan's batting without Yousuf and Younis? But alas, in facebook terms, "its complicated" in Pakistan, as always.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2010, 15:21 GMT)

shame to PCB chairman. This is another show apart from ODI S . younas was not able to take on the field just because of personal grudges from the butt doctorine. Shame on PCB Mohsin khan and BUTT specially.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2010, 15:05 GMT)

Well played Younus, Misbah and Azhar, but honestly speaking the way media and everyone is taking this its not a win... actually its more tilted towards having a loosing attitude within the team, instead of going for victory in last session they are content with a draw???? 31 over 167 to get is not too much ,,, 124 in 19 is again achievable even 108 in last 14 is gettable, but there was no sign of an attempt, really disappointing, we are a better team than managing draws. they should have at least made an attempt. That is the difference between a world class player and a good one, the difference between winning and loosing attitude.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2010, 14:43 GMT)

Younis needs to bring this class to the ODI's

Posted by   on (November 16, 2010, 14:36 GMT)

ANOTHER GREAT PERFORMANCE OF A GREAT PLAYER.......

Posted by safyaniqbal on (November 16, 2010, 14:29 GMT)

there can be no replacement of experience n sincerity......thats wat younis showed in this test match.....PAKISTAN will always bounce bak n prospure in every field,,as long as v have ppl like younis khan in this team n country.....

Posted by   on (November 16, 2010, 14:16 GMT)

well Played Pakistan but that's the difference. These current Pakistan players lack the winning instinct. I though Pakistan should have gone all out for victory in the last 14-15 overs with attaching from one end specially withnhaving an aggressive and talented player like Umar Akmal in their ranks. I still miss Inzamam. I think we need a match WINNER like him. These guys should look at his innings and learn how to construct a winning innings !!!!!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2010, 14:14 GMT)

wow thumbs up for younis khan and co...Azhar ali also played Well ...he has a good future in pk team...although its a draw but pak played well to secure a draw instead of loosing another Match....well-done Misbah and Co Pakistan Zindabad ..Eid Mubarak 2 All

Posted by   on (November 16, 2010, 14:14 GMT)

Great show by pakistan. i always love to see my home team wining and showing fight. To loose game after fight wont be an issue. We need some nice players to solid our batting. Work hard and give tough fight always

Posted by   on (November 16, 2010, 14:13 GMT)

Great batting display on the face of very hostile bowling from SA, Well done to Younas and Misbah for showing what was lacking in English tour and a great showing from SA as well, so well done to both sides for a great Test match. This batting show is a slap on the face of Mr Butt for not allowing a great Pak player to take filed for a personal grudge,shameful and disgraceful attitude by PCB all along which now have vindicated Younas and to some extent Misbah. Imagine the results if both Y's could play in England series and I been saying all along that no team in the world would send new young batters at no 3&4 in England unless thier most experinece have all of a sudden got shot. A mindless approach by the PCB, Glad these guys showed the world that PCD Admin is just a bunch of Bufoons, inadequite managers snuffling on a gravy train pulled on by thier Polictical masters.

Posted by RedBank on (November 16, 2010, 13:50 GMT)

Well played Younis, Misbah and Azhar. I went to sleep last night expecting to read about another batting colapse and a heavy defeat to Pakistan but we finaly showed some guts in batting. I can't remember the last time Pakistan batting was able to last a whole session . Good luck next test. Eid Mubarak to everone.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (November 16, 2010, 13:45 GMT)

Well played to both teams, both made mistakes but there were some good individual performances. But why are there so many 'dead' pitches these days? Look at the 3 tests going on at the moment, all look to be draws. A good contest between bat and ball is what is needed in test cricket, a hundred scored under those conditions means so much more.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2010, 13:42 GMT)

I m really dissapointed that its been called off earlly than thought, wen pakistan deserve to win this test match..

Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (November 16, 2010, 13:41 GMT)

It's high time, that pitch-makers create balanced pitches that support both Batsmen and bowlers and NOT just the batsmen (just like what it was in this instance). Especially for TESTS. Nobody loves high-scoring boring draws except... the cricket boards who want the match to go till Day-5 IN A BORING MONOTONIC WAY: THE WAY OF THE BATSMAN.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2010, 13:36 GMT)

why didnt they go 4 a win.....? dey could atleast batted 30min more, aggressively, and analysis dere position 4m dere.................pak could gone 4 a win

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