Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi, 2nd day November 21, 2010

de Villiers double makes it South Africa's day

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Pakistan 59 for 1 (Ali 34*, Steyn 1-27) trail South Africa 584 for 9 declared (de Villiers 278*, Kallis 105, Ahmed 6-120) by 525 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

AB de Villiers broke records and Pakistani spirits as South Africa took control on the second day at the Sheikh Abu Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. de Villiers compiled a monumental unvanquished 278, the highest individual score by a South African to help his side declare on 584 for 9. Pakistani resistance was by turns futile and worthwhile; debutante Tanvir Ahmed bagged a six-for by the close and an important unbroken 57-run stand between Azhar Ali and Taufeeq Umar allowed them to return to fight another day.

The story and direction of the Test so far was set by de Villiers. Initially his was a muted, inevitable progression; a continuation of the stealthy way in which he went along on the first day. At no point did he choose to cut loose and it was really a matter of choice, for at no point in the day did he look insecure.

A verbal dance with a luckless Umar Gul on the virtues or otherwise of walking - Pakistan thought de Villiers was out twice yesterday - was his highlight of the morning's first hour. He did break out 80 minutes in to the morning in one over against a tiring Ahmed, a delicious drive sandwiched by a pull and punch through midwicket; the last brought up 150.

The damage to Pakistan didn't seem apparent at first: 74 runs and two wickets in the morning, in fact, was even-stevens. But as the day wore on, de Villiers killed Pakistan gradually, orchestrating a succession of useful lower-order stands. He put on 73 with Mark Boucher, 42 with Johan Botha and, irritatingly for Pakistan, 59 with Dale Steyn.

Through them all were regular reminders of the simplicity of de Villiers' strokeplay, such as an easy glide through gully of Mohammad Sami. To bring up the double as tea approached, he first pulled Gul in front of square before guiding him through gully for another boundary.

Steyn's post-lunch cameo was where the fun really began. There were flick-pulls, drives hit as hard as concrete as well as a magnificent dance-down six over long-on. Paul Harris added a handy 35 but a grand humiliation was served up in an unbeaten 107-run partnership unbeaten with Morne Morkel. The stand broke the South African 10th wicket partnership record that had stood since 1929, when Tuppy Owen-Smith and Sandy Bell put on 103 at Headingley against England.

A flurry of boundaries as matters came to an end amply demonstrated de Villiers' complete and total superiority, as well as that of his side's. In the second session he scored an even 100. Two overs after tea, as he deftly took a single to midwicket, Graeme Smith stood tallest and loudest in the dressing room applauding as de Villiers went past his captain as holder of the highest individual Test score for South Africa.

By then Pakistan were dead men walking. de Villiers had drained them thoroughly and every tailend boundary was simply another prick on a numbed spirit. They had actually begun well, with Gul and Ahmed particularly tight. The latter struck first, a sharp, late inswinger surprising Boucher. The Flintoff-esque celebration was impressive and understandable. Another wicket later ensured the second-best figures on debut for a Pakistani, though by then the fizz had gone.

Even Sami bowled an outstanding spell pre-lunch, full of whizzing outswingers. One such caught the edge but two truths of Sami's career remained unchallenged: one, he has no luck and two, catching is not an Akmal family strength.

All things considered they didn't end badly either. Mohammad Hafeez went in the very first over, but Umar and Ali were firm in a session in which they probably weren't tested as they should've been. The latter looked particularly good, defending and driving with equal assurance. The proper ascent up the mountain will begin tomorrow.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • on November 23, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    man of the match most definetly has to go to umpire harper...hope icc gets rid of him sooner rather then later

  • smjr on November 22, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    @asis rout. I do not know whether it is Ten sports which the PCB did not have a deal to finalize the URDS system, but if it is true then it is all due to ill managed PCB, costing so much to cricket fans in Pakistan. Well if there is a poll within cricketing circles and fans then I am sure more than 80% Pakistanis shall support the URDS system as it brings not only transparency into the system but also keep the umpires more concern and vigilant. India should support the URDS system and look at it broadly rather than waiting for some harsh umpiring decision and then voicing for this system. Coming to the test ranking it is very immature and irrational approach of ICC to label a team No 1 based on a time slot. Rather a test championship be made after every 4 years whereby each team play each other on league basis in 8 to 10 months time so there will be nearly 35 test matches. The team winning most shall be declare test champion for next 4 years. The ICC FTP shall also remain in tact.

  • on November 22, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Its the 2nd & not the 3rd as the article's caption suggests!

  • diri on November 22, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    AB is class we all know that. But we have to give Smith a big Thumbs up for letting AB break the record ( Held by Smith ). It showed he is not selfish and doesnt care about records unlike other players such as Sachin who play for records

  • on November 22, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    No lbw, in the South African innings. quite odd!!! Nothing to take away from AB devillers He batted excellent, and support from the tale was tremendous. ICC should take a note of so many wrong decisions just in the 1st day of test match. Amazing.

  • on November 22, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    match headed for a draw unless Pakistan's batting collapses in typical fashion. If someone wins, it is more likely going to be Pakistan than South Africa. Time is limited and Pakistan need to bag ten more wickets to win whereas RSA need to bag 19 more... With limited time, and Pakistan having two innings in the bag as compared to RSA's one, if anything other than a draw happens it will be Pakistan's victory... Afterall, it will be an achievement even for Pakistanis to collapse twice, especially after the last test's miraculous draw.

  • anver777 on November 22, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    What a player!!....fabulous unbeaten double ton by my favourite De Villiers !!!!!! SA is in commanding position & well placed for a good 1st inning lead....

  • syedahmed91 on November 21, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    Ab should not be blamed for the umpires' bad decisions. Bad decisions are all part of the game and it is really what seperates the men from boys. Pakistan really shoud've played sohail tanvir instead of mohd. sami in this test, he would've been good on this track plus he's a left arm fast bowler that can really swing the ball. I think the pak think tank once again failed, and i think its also safe to say moh'd sami's short career is over after this match.

  • malibu77 on November 21, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    DeVilliers knock was also the 3rd highest by a number 5 batsman in Test history, and the highest since Bradmans 304 in 1934!

  • cric4world on November 21, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    m happy sami was picked for this match, becoz i dont think he will ever get a chance in future now.the only other thing i want from this match is a long innings from azhar ali. boy is good for test cricket and may b one day in future he needs a very long innings to perfectly settle down into the grove. if he scores 100 plus runs then doesnt matter where the match goes.rite now pakistan cricket is all about finding a set of players who can b an automatic choice for a game. thats it

  • on November 23, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    man of the match most definetly has to go to umpire harper...hope icc gets rid of him sooner rather then later

  • smjr on November 22, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    @asis rout. I do not know whether it is Ten sports which the PCB did not have a deal to finalize the URDS system, but if it is true then it is all due to ill managed PCB, costing so much to cricket fans in Pakistan. Well if there is a poll within cricketing circles and fans then I am sure more than 80% Pakistanis shall support the URDS system as it brings not only transparency into the system but also keep the umpires more concern and vigilant. India should support the URDS system and look at it broadly rather than waiting for some harsh umpiring decision and then voicing for this system. Coming to the test ranking it is very immature and irrational approach of ICC to label a team No 1 based on a time slot. Rather a test championship be made after every 4 years whereby each team play each other on league basis in 8 to 10 months time so there will be nearly 35 test matches. The team winning most shall be declare test champion for next 4 years. The ICC FTP shall also remain in tact.

  • on November 22, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Its the 2nd & not the 3rd as the article's caption suggests!

  • diri on November 22, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    AB is class we all know that. But we have to give Smith a big Thumbs up for letting AB break the record ( Held by Smith ). It showed he is not selfish and doesnt care about records unlike other players such as Sachin who play for records

  • on November 22, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    No lbw, in the South African innings. quite odd!!! Nothing to take away from AB devillers He batted excellent, and support from the tale was tremendous. ICC should take a note of so many wrong decisions just in the 1st day of test match. Amazing.

  • on November 22, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    match headed for a draw unless Pakistan's batting collapses in typical fashion. If someone wins, it is more likely going to be Pakistan than South Africa. Time is limited and Pakistan need to bag ten more wickets to win whereas RSA need to bag 19 more... With limited time, and Pakistan having two innings in the bag as compared to RSA's one, if anything other than a draw happens it will be Pakistan's victory... Afterall, it will be an achievement even for Pakistanis to collapse twice, especially after the last test's miraculous draw.

  • anver777 on November 22, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    What a player!!....fabulous unbeaten double ton by my favourite De Villiers !!!!!! SA is in commanding position & well placed for a good 1st inning lead....

  • syedahmed91 on November 21, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    Ab should not be blamed for the umpires' bad decisions. Bad decisions are all part of the game and it is really what seperates the men from boys. Pakistan really shoud've played sohail tanvir instead of mohd. sami in this test, he would've been good on this track plus he's a left arm fast bowler that can really swing the ball. I think the pak think tank once again failed, and i think its also safe to say moh'd sami's short career is over after this match.

  • malibu77 on November 21, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    DeVilliers knock was also the 3rd highest by a number 5 batsman in Test history, and the highest since Bradmans 304 in 1934!

  • cric4world on November 21, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    m happy sami was picked for this match, becoz i dont think he will ever get a chance in future now.the only other thing i want from this match is a long innings from azhar ali. boy is good for test cricket and may b one day in future he needs a very long innings to perfectly settle down into the grove. if he scores 100 plus runs then doesnt matter where the match goes.rite now pakistan cricket is all about finding a set of players who can b an automatic choice for a game. thats it

  • cric4world on November 21, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    it will b very selfish if south african team doesnt throw a party for umpires.even morne was batting like lara becoz today's situation was easier then net practice for him.all bowlers exhausted.u cant b sure amla would have played a long innings becoz ball was moving around a lot and even after that movement disappeared pakistan created chances but umpires didnt agree.bowling first was a good decision and if u reverse all the bad umpiring decisions south africa was nothing more then 400 runs . n pakistan batting last, anything is possible. just like dubai test.....in dubai they collapsed aftr scoring 300 and here their top order was already gone...so the only difference is umpiring.....

  • on November 21, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    Everyone is talking about AB De Villier's briliance but we should not forget that he was clearly out couple of times but umpires heavn't raised there fingers. Now i feel 278 is not made by Devilliers alone but it was made by 3 mans, Devilliers, Daryl Harlper & Asoka Desilva :p

  • on November 21, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    @smjr I think PCB has to be blamed here.They gave the excuse of not having any prior arrangement with the broadcaster Ten Sports regarding the use of UDRS.So the onus was on PCB and they failed to respond.I don't know why not many Pakistanis voiced their concerns before the start of the series when the PCB decided against the UDRS?So there is no point crying over the split milk.India will eventually use the UDRS when some shockers happen to them at a crucial juncture.Even Dhoni has said this.But your point about the ICC rankings is only amusing.

  • on November 21, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    AB, you beauty, good signs before the India tourni...

  • on November 21, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    AB 278 Not Out in 3 innings. Great Knock! Congratulations. Kallis Century in two Innings. Great Knock again! Congratulations. Have Harper and De Silva as Umpires in all your matches, including in the series against India. SA would be assured of not losing.

  • on November 21, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    It is very frustrating for me to see these ridiculous umpiring decisions screw over the game for the Pakistanis. Granted, they were made against SA too but it didn't effect them at all and if it did..it wasn't enough to take the game away from them. It did happened to Pakistan though.

  • khurramsch on November 21, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    many people mentioning amlas wicket which was wrong. so the fact tht 4 wrong decisions SA 1 : PAK 3 against.

  • smjr on November 21, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    The difference maker in this series would be URDS system. It was Pakistan that suffered a lot due to home umpiring. That cost us a series win in West Indies in 1988 (at that time W.I was the un-disputed test Champion), Pakistan persistently voiced for Neutral Umpiring and was the pioneer in introducing the neutral umpiring but then our PCB is run by good managers at that time, but now I wish the PCB, though lacking managerial skill, should talk for URDS system loudly and clearly. We have suffer much than South Africa in the current test series due to some poor umpiring decision. India and Sri Lanka shall also join hands alongwith Bangladesh for the implementation of URDS system. India must come out of its defensive approach and talk about URDS in order to bring transparency in cricket.

  • on November 21, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    @Armughan Altaf: Will you tell the same thing if younis khan or misbah got a double ton (ie by poor umpiring decision). By the way Amla was wrongly given out yesterday and both smith and petersen was not out in the second innings of first test.

  • sharprider on November 21, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    Two major points to be noted here: Pakistan made the wrong choice of players and decided to bowl first. The ground conditions or the current form of those players never warranted such foolish moves. I believe someone on the tour selection committee, including the manager and coach, are directly responsible for the team's debacle at Abu Dhabi. This situation has occurred right after the wonderful display at Dubai a few days ago. Would the coach or manager of this Pakistan team be kind enough to throw some light as to what 'inspired' them to commit these follies which have thrust the whole team into a tight corner with their backs against the wall instead of getting into a situation which would have given them the comfortable position of being in the driver's seat?

  • on November 21, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    India is the best Test cricket team!!!

  • on November 21, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    Umpiring issues are unfortunate but if they don't standardize the system, we must accept as they stand. AB played a brilliant knock, wasn't as fluent as usual at the beginning, but he's well on his way to his goal of being 'the best batsmen in the world.' Class from Smith! and a quick reminder, even England had Lara for 0 before he scored 400... no-one talks about that... Pak should move on, the pitch dying out isn't helping of-course... wickets are soo hard to come by from now on that every one is priceless.

  • on November 21, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Those suggesting that Amla got a rough one equals things out, it does not. South Africa had a half dozen favorable decisions in the first test as well. Asoka Desilva and Daryl Harper need to be taken off the Elite Panel. Great innings from devilliers but the fact remains that it was tainted by poor umpiring that made it possible in the first place.

  • on November 21, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    congratulations de villiers and SA friends.....great inning by de villiers. he sould hav gone for 300...anyway..he is the man...

  • AK47_pk on November 21, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    @Nikke Kumar..go back in to dreamy world(india no 1, my foot) IF u have no interest in this match.y bother commenting here???? its a defo draw.

  • on November 21, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    its part of game.amla was given out even he was not out. de villiers was out twice.his record will not say that he was not given out for twice. but why SA declare the innings? he sould have tried to go for 300! congratulations to de villiers and SA friends.....

  • on November 21, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Misbah's decision to bowl first is a real joke. If you want to win the test then you need to bat first and put pressure on the opponents. I don't know why Misbah didn't use Hafeez more, he bowl full qouta of overs in ODI's. Mohammed Sami needs to go away forever, I don't care if he takes 5 wickets in 2nd innings. Pakistan should bring in fawad alam in middle order as he bowls as well. I think Pakistan's series with New Zealand would be a thriller, as Kamran Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Yousuf would be back.

  • Umms on November 21, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Well done AB! He would be disappointed for not getting 300! SA should win this match easily, they have enough time and runs on the board to get 19 wickets. PAK played well in patches.

  • united21 on November 21, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    if De Villeres was out twice .. what about when Hashim Amla was given out when he clearly was not .. learn to accept this as pat of the game... i am sure he would have loved to score another 100 or even 200 given his current form ..

  • smjr on November 21, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    (Continued) India is opposing the URDS system in bilateral series once they lost an away series in Sri Lanka (1-2) where the URDS system is introduced. If technology is available for the betterment then why it cannot be applied. I think every country including India should support the URDS system. I know India is cherishing the No: 1 spot in Test cricket thats why they are resisting to change in traditional umpiring system. The ICC rating is very ridiculous and irrational just like Dukworth lewis system in ODI. A team cannot be No: 1 when it is gauge within a specific time slot. The important thing is that how many test a particular team win/lost at home or away series. The rating should be based from the date the country played test cricket or to be more practical after 1946 (post war era), because at some time one team has very good players like West Indies in 70s and 80s or Australia in 80s 90s or Pakistan in mid 70s to mid 90s and other times they are lacking quality players.

  • SaintsFan on November 21, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    First and foremost dream debut for Tanveer Ahmed. BRAVO!! The lad, when he took his first International wicket, was registering his 400th First Class Wicket. Oldest debutant fast bowler from Pakistan. I ask the PCB what took you so long. How many more chances are you going to give to PARCHEES like Mohd. Sami & Imran Farhat at the cost of such great talents being wasted. The Board should be ashamed of itself. Could someone please remind them that this isn't Organizational or even Regional Cricket. This is a COUNTRY for goodness sake that PCB is representing. I think if & this is a BIG IF, the two batsmen can survive the initial hour, there is no doubt in my minds that they are both capable as well as deserving of scoring a TON each. Lets hope they stay focused and lets hope that the Umpires have a better inning giving decisions. :-)

  • smjr on November 21, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    Now it a matter of survival than attaining any thing for Pakistan Team. All batsman has to play responsibly and looking at the condition of the pitch, which has no favors for the bowlers, I cant see Pakistan batting collapse unless they throw their wickets. Pakistan should get around 500 plus and then declare but I cant see South Africa bundled out quickly in the 2nd innings. So Pakistan must lay for draw. If they draw the series than it is a big achievement considering their main bowlers are either injured (Wahab Riaz) or not playing for obvious reason (Kaneria, Amir, Asif). We need sporting home like wickets in UAE otherwise Pakistan future home assignments for Test will not create interest. The other most important thing hat could decide the fate of the match is the introduction is URDS system. If that system is in place then south Africa might not cross 300 runs. I think the umpiring is below standard. ICC must immediately introduce URDS system. (Continued)

  • Razor88 on November 21, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    I was hopping for the Sub - continent teams to Make an Impact, India Did (with an Injury filled Depleted Team)And Hoped Paks n the lions will do good too.But Looks like Pakistan will Hold on to a Draw. Which i think should be Pretty Easy.They might even Win if there are some Miracles Which they can only Produce and Provided SA Choke Which i think only they can do :D.All the Best,Though looks Kinda Dark Right now.Anything can happen.SL better Come Up with a better Performance against WI, we all know Windies are not that Consistent :D. Rooting for the Asian Teams all the way.Except when they Play each other :P Feeling for Sami,Couldn't make it yet another Comeback.. Hope He produces a Miracle :) Finally Hats Off to AB For One of the best Innings Played By a South African,Rallied the Lower Order like Laxman always dose B)... And wishing all Hindus Happy Krishna jayanthi,Ashtami Rohini, Gokulashtami, Krishnashtami and Janmashtami... Makes it My day thanks to Viru's and AB's Fireworks :D

  • MaruthuDelft on November 21, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    AB De Villers first impressed me in the WC 2007 when he fearlessly whacked a strong Australian attack including Mcgrath in an almost impossible chase; everyone triied; but he was the only one who could find boundaries. I believe since the last SA tour to Australia he is the World's Best Batsman though as usual people dwelled on Ponting and Tendulkar. Ponting second. Tendulkar 3rd. AB can score hundreds in T20s too. He can score 100 in a session in test matches too. Although Tendulkar miraculously scored a double hundred in an ODI he is never good at finding boundaries convincingly if the field is spread; even in his hay days. AB could score a lot and fast against Australia in Australia to bring about the first series win for SA in Australia.

  • on November 21, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    AB!!!! AB!!! AB!!!!! well done bro!!!

  • on November 21, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    YES WRITER IS right pakistan only thought that de villiers was out and its the truth as well cant you see the scoreboard it is written 278 not out means he was not out apaprt from them i dont care for anything.

    amla the best player in the world was not out. last test match both south africa openers were not out.

    in odis shahid afridi was given not out 2 times when he nicked the ball though he was out soon after that,hahahah.

    if umpire says not out thats it otherwise dont try to show pakistan cricket as great one the way de villiers was batting it was just woffff. the fielders all 9 were on boundaray and he is dispatching balls for six wihtout any fear.

    he is not the 2nd ranked player of the world and hashim amla 1st ranked infact i have no hope from this dead pitch still i believe that grame smith 277 against england was far superior in bowling conditions. i have no intersest in this match on flat pitch wants to see the clash of titans south africa vs india.

  • on November 21, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    I hope they survive! We are going for a draw..

  • on November 21, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    much more needed from pak now. they did wel after that early wicket & survived the new ball. need to play sensibly for longer period but with decent scoring rate. pitch looks ok to bat now.misbahs decision at toss wasnt bad but gamble failed due to couple of reason. only 1 seamer got wickets other 2 went wicket less . wrong decisions from umpires. Pakistan lost early advantage. want to coment on this 1 line from writer "Pakistan thought de Villiers was out twice yesterday". its not pakistan every 1 saw he was out twice.

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  • on November 21, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    much more needed from pak now. they did wel after that early wicket & survived the new ball. need to play sensibly for longer period but with decent scoring rate. pitch looks ok to bat now.misbahs decision at toss wasnt bad but gamble failed due to couple of reason. only 1 seamer got wickets other 2 went wicket less . wrong decisions from umpires. Pakistan lost early advantage. want to coment on this 1 line from writer "Pakistan thought de Villiers was out twice yesterday". its not pakistan every 1 saw he was out twice.

  • on November 21, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    I hope they survive! We are going for a draw..

  • on November 21, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    YES WRITER IS right pakistan only thought that de villiers was out and its the truth as well cant you see the scoreboard it is written 278 not out means he was not out apaprt from them i dont care for anything.

    amla the best player in the world was not out. last test match both south africa openers were not out.

    in odis shahid afridi was given not out 2 times when he nicked the ball though he was out soon after that,hahahah.

    if umpire says not out thats it otherwise dont try to show pakistan cricket as great one the way de villiers was batting it was just woffff. the fielders all 9 were on boundaray and he is dispatching balls for six wihtout any fear.

    he is not the 2nd ranked player of the world and hashim amla 1st ranked infact i have no hope from this dead pitch still i believe that grame smith 277 against england was far superior in bowling conditions. i have no intersest in this match on flat pitch wants to see the clash of titans south africa vs india.

  • on November 21, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    AB!!!! AB!!! AB!!!!! well done bro!!!

  • MaruthuDelft on November 21, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    AB De Villers first impressed me in the WC 2007 when he fearlessly whacked a strong Australian attack including Mcgrath in an almost impossible chase; everyone triied; but he was the only one who could find boundaries. I believe since the last SA tour to Australia he is the World's Best Batsman though as usual people dwelled on Ponting and Tendulkar. Ponting second. Tendulkar 3rd. AB can score hundreds in T20s too. He can score 100 in a session in test matches too. Although Tendulkar miraculously scored a double hundred in an ODI he is never good at finding boundaries convincingly if the field is spread; even in his hay days. AB could score a lot and fast against Australia in Australia to bring about the first series win for SA in Australia.

  • Razor88 on November 21, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    I was hopping for the Sub - continent teams to Make an Impact, India Did (with an Injury filled Depleted Team)And Hoped Paks n the lions will do good too.But Looks like Pakistan will Hold on to a Draw. Which i think should be Pretty Easy.They might even Win if there are some Miracles Which they can only Produce and Provided SA Choke Which i think only they can do :D.All the Best,Though looks Kinda Dark Right now.Anything can happen.SL better Come Up with a better Performance against WI, we all know Windies are not that Consistent :D. Rooting for the Asian Teams all the way.Except when they Play each other :P Feeling for Sami,Couldn't make it yet another Comeback.. Hope He produces a Miracle :) Finally Hats Off to AB For One of the best Innings Played By a South African,Rallied the Lower Order like Laxman always dose B)... And wishing all Hindus Happy Krishna jayanthi,Ashtami Rohini, Gokulashtami, Krishnashtami and Janmashtami... Makes it My day thanks to Viru's and AB's Fireworks :D

  • smjr on November 21, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    Now it a matter of survival than attaining any thing for Pakistan Team. All batsman has to play responsibly and looking at the condition of the pitch, which has no favors for the bowlers, I cant see Pakistan batting collapse unless they throw their wickets. Pakistan should get around 500 plus and then declare but I cant see South Africa bundled out quickly in the 2nd innings. So Pakistan must lay for draw. If they draw the series than it is a big achievement considering their main bowlers are either injured (Wahab Riaz) or not playing for obvious reason (Kaneria, Amir, Asif). We need sporting home like wickets in UAE otherwise Pakistan future home assignments for Test will not create interest. The other most important thing hat could decide the fate of the match is the introduction is URDS system. If that system is in place then south Africa might not cross 300 runs. I think the umpiring is below standard. ICC must immediately introduce URDS system. (Continued)

  • SaintsFan on November 21, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    First and foremost dream debut for Tanveer Ahmed. BRAVO!! The lad, when he took his first International wicket, was registering his 400th First Class Wicket. Oldest debutant fast bowler from Pakistan. I ask the PCB what took you so long. How many more chances are you going to give to PARCHEES like Mohd. Sami & Imran Farhat at the cost of such great talents being wasted. The Board should be ashamed of itself. Could someone please remind them that this isn't Organizational or even Regional Cricket. This is a COUNTRY for goodness sake that PCB is representing. I think if & this is a BIG IF, the two batsmen can survive the initial hour, there is no doubt in my minds that they are both capable as well as deserving of scoring a TON each. Lets hope they stay focused and lets hope that the Umpires have a better inning giving decisions. :-)

  • smjr on November 21, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    (Continued) India is opposing the URDS system in bilateral series once they lost an away series in Sri Lanka (1-2) where the URDS system is introduced. If technology is available for the betterment then why it cannot be applied. I think every country including India should support the URDS system. I know India is cherishing the No: 1 spot in Test cricket thats why they are resisting to change in traditional umpiring system. The ICC rating is very ridiculous and irrational just like Dukworth lewis system in ODI. A team cannot be No: 1 when it is gauge within a specific time slot. The important thing is that how many test a particular team win/lost at home or away series. The rating should be based from the date the country played test cricket or to be more practical after 1946 (post war era), because at some time one team has very good players like West Indies in 70s and 80s or Australia in 80s 90s or Pakistan in mid 70s to mid 90s and other times they are lacking quality players.

  • united21 on November 21, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    if De Villeres was out twice .. what about when Hashim Amla was given out when he clearly was not .. learn to accept this as pat of the game... i am sure he would have loved to score another 100 or even 200 given his current form ..