Pakistan v South Africa, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 2nd day October 15, 2013

Manzoor ton breaks top-order drought

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Pakistan 263 for 3 (Manzoor 131*, Masood 75) lead South Africa 249 (Amla 118, Duminy 57, Irfan 3-44, Babar 3-89) by 14 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Usually, a couple of hours into a Pakistan Test innings, Younis Khan is in the middle trying to rescue the team after the top order has floundered. In Abu Dhabi, he was relaxing in the pavilion, fiddling around with a camera while chatting with Junaid Khan. He could afford to joke around as Pakistan's new opening pair, Khurram Manzoor and Shan Masood, put on 135 runs, Pakistan's first century stand for the first wicket since January 2012, back when they were making a mockery of England's No. 1 ranking.

It is much too soon to talk of them making a mockery of the current No.1 side in the world, but Pakistan's sixth opening combination in seven Tests put them on course for a healthy first-innings score. Manzoor went on to his maiden Test century, the first by a Pakistan opener against South Africa in a decade, to heap the pressure on Graeme Smith's side.

Manzoor is only playing his 10th Test, spread over more than four years, but was already deemed the senior opener in the squad, after Mohammad Hafeez was axed. He is fresh off twin half-centuries in his previous Test, and though he had a few nervy moments early on, he didn't throw away his wicket. He was generally watchful against the quicks, wearing a blow on his ribs from Jacques Kallis, and only opened out just before lunch when the spinners came on, taking three boundaries in two overs.

What stood out as much as his crisp strokeplay and concentration was his desire to get a big score. He regularly chided himself when he played a loose shot, even knocking his helmet with his bat several times after chasing a wide one from Vernon Philander and nearly nicking it when on 90. It was a bit of struggle for him around that time, scoring only one run in 24 deliveries. Just as the pressure was mounting on him, he broke free with consecutive boundaries off Robin Peterson. The century arrived soon after with a push towards cover for two, celebrating in a chest-thumpingly exuberant manner.

His combativeness was also on display late in the day, when a wicketless Dale Steyn charged in with the second new ball. When Steyn flung the ball at him after fielding it, Manzoor didn't back down, instead blowing kisses back at him.

His opening partner Masood, making his debut, outside-edged his first ball in international cricket past the slips, survived a half chance to Jacques Kallis at second slip and had several plays-and-misses but he didn't look out of his depth in Test cricket. He pounced on the many leg-stump deliveries offered in the morning session and kept up a brisk scoring rate, and also eased the pressure with several quick singles. He looked particularly strong on the leg side, confidently pulling Philander and using his wrists when Steyn overpitched.

Steyn had a rare off day with the new ball, leaking 31 in five overs and didn't pose a threat consistently enough. Philander, playing his first Test in Asia, maintained the tight line he is renowned for but pitched a touch too short on a surface which is slower than the ones he is accustomed to. Morne Morkel was the best of the bowlers, probing away around off and getting the ball to rear at the batsmen.

The slow pitch wasn't giving the quicks anything though, and South Africa's most glaring weakness - their spin department - was asked to deliver. Robin Peterson didn't show the accuracy necessary for a lead spinner, and it was JP Duminy who finally provided the breakthrough, getting Masood lbw with tea approaching.

South Africa got a couple more wickets early in the final session - Azhar Ali's wretched form extended and Younis was undone by a snorter from Morkel - but Pakistan didn't unravel as their batting rock, Misbah-ul-Haq, resisted with Manzoor for nearly two hours. Misbah used the reverse-sweep and paddle-sweep to exploit the gaps in the field and ended the day unbeaten on 44.

South Africa's day didn't get off to the best of starts either as their final two wickets went down within 19 deliveries and their innings wrapped up for the addition of just four runs to the overnight score.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Phat-Boy on October 16, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    I love it when this happens. A gun team has a couple of bad days and suddenly its 'this team can't handle tough conditions/they're overrated/etc etc etc.' 12 months ago South Africa were getting belted all around the Gabba. A few weeks later they destroyed Australia in Perth and claimed the third series win in Australia by a visiting team in 2 decades. 6 months before that Kevin Pietersen smashed them to all corners of England - they managed to earn a draw, and either side of that defeated England 2-0 on their own turf. Steyn has a great sub-continent record, and Philander is already showing that though he's not going to be as prolific on such unhelpful pitches, he has a method. At the end of the day, he's averaging what, 20-odd in his brief Sub-Continent career and going for hardly any runs.

    Let's reserve judgement for a while yet, hey?

  • on October 16, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Solid_Snake@ Pak will defeat SA in 2nd Test INSHA ALLAH....... Then you will see how a "small" Cricket team defeat SA twice..... Then you will know that who is number and who is small among them......

  • gnanzcupid on October 16, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    @jpnana think you have forgotten the recent test performances of the lankans in their series against the improving bangladesh cricket team. I am not here to criticise or hurl abuses on lankan cricket team. I just want the fanatic(not all) lankan fans to give respect to other teams and must understand their own status before commenting on the other teams. Saff is definitely one of the best cricket teams in the world. At present lanka is among the poorly performing test nations.

  • Pavinasen on October 16, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Would it be possible for SA to ask for a pitch to prepared to suite their bowlers.If not then SA is going to struggle to get wickets.Their bowlers are good in SA conditions .I think to be fair both the hosts & visitors must be given opportunities on the type of wicked to be prepared.If this is the case then SA will win at least 50% of their games.

  • SA_Cric69 on October 16, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    @JPNana, you should reserve judegment until the match and/or series is finished. If you ask me they will be effective because they have done it time and time again, give them a chance. This is the very first international game of their season and the very first innings. When they sniff blood, you'll be singing a different tune. They're still finding their groove :) One innings isn't an eternity.

  • yuvi_gladiator on October 16, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    yeah go pak go.. put you head down, knock these overrated seam condition bullies out

  • on October 16, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    South African Bowlers are exposed in this match. They might be good on their self prepared pitches but here they look like street bowlers of Lahore. Pakistan is playing good..Keep it up guys...

  • on October 16, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    looks Pak will take reasonable lead over 100.help pressurise SA in second inning with spin duo. Pak becoming strong position in this test. wish all the best.

  • Solid_Snake on October 16, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    @JPNana :Dont know what dream you are referring to..But the fact is that After Australia..SA is the only team to have great record in Subcontinent.They have won series in Pak,India & Sirilanka.How can you say that SA is not good in Subcontinent? SA is the only team performing great outside their home.No other team is like that currently in or in recent past.No 1 team India got thrashed in Eng & Aus..No 1 team Eng got thrashed in UAE..But SA is not like that. PS:& btw there is no such thing in cricket that 'team who got defeated by Zimbabwe cannot win against SA'..This logic does not work in Cricket lol.It's not the first time that a high ranked team got defeated by a very low level team.These things happens in cricket

  • AltafPatel on October 16, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Irregular schedule with big gaps, like that of recently about 4 months, of not playing Tests by SA has been the reason for such flop in performance. They did not use rhythm that they got against Pak at home when they won 3-0, and now paying for so. They did the same mistake last year when they could hardly survive first 2 tests in Aus, against inexperienced side, where they could have won 3-0, like India did few months later with 4-0.

  • Phat-Boy on October 16, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    I love it when this happens. A gun team has a couple of bad days and suddenly its 'this team can't handle tough conditions/they're overrated/etc etc etc.' 12 months ago South Africa were getting belted all around the Gabba. A few weeks later they destroyed Australia in Perth and claimed the third series win in Australia by a visiting team in 2 decades. 6 months before that Kevin Pietersen smashed them to all corners of England - they managed to earn a draw, and either side of that defeated England 2-0 on their own turf. Steyn has a great sub-continent record, and Philander is already showing that though he's not going to be as prolific on such unhelpful pitches, he has a method. At the end of the day, he's averaging what, 20-odd in his brief Sub-Continent career and going for hardly any runs.

    Let's reserve judgement for a while yet, hey?

  • on October 16, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Solid_Snake@ Pak will defeat SA in 2nd Test INSHA ALLAH....... Then you will see how a "small" Cricket team defeat SA twice..... Then you will know that who is number and who is small among them......

  • gnanzcupid on October 16, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    @jpnana think you have forgotten the recent test performances of the lankans in their series against the improving bangladesh cricket team. I am not here to criticise or hurl abuses on lankan cricket team. I just want the fanatic(not all) lankan fans to give respect to other teams and must understand their own status before commenting on the other teams. Saff is definitely one of the best cricket teams in the world. At present lanka is among the poorly performing test nations.

  • Pavinasen on October 16, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Would it be possible for SA to ask for a pitch to prepared to suite their bowlers.If not then SA is going to struggle to get wickets.Their bowlers are good in SA conditions .I think to be fair both the hosts & visitors must be given opportunities on the type of wicked to be prepared.If this is the case then SA will win at least 50% of their games.

  • SA_Cric69 on October 16, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    @JPNana, you should reserve judegment until the match and/or series is finished. If you ask me they will be effective because they have done it time and time again, give them a chance. This is the very first international game of their season and the very first innings. When they sniff blood, you'll be singing a different tune. They're still finding their groove :) One innings isn't an eternity.

  • yuvi_gladiator on October 16, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    yeah go pak go.. put you head down, knock these overrated seam condition bullies out

  • on October 16, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    South African Bowlers are exposed in this match. They might be good on their self prepared pitches but here they look like street bowlers of Lahore. Pakistan is playing good..Keep it up guys...

  • on October 16, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    looks Pak will take reasonable lead over 100.help pressurise SA in second inning with spin duo. Pak becoming strong position in this test. wish all the best.

  • Solid_Snake on October 16, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    @JPNana :Dont know what dream you are referring to..But the fact is that After Australia..SA is the only team to have great record in Subcontinent.They have won series in Pak,India & Sirilanka.How can you say that SA is not good in Subcontinent? SA is the only team performing great outside their home.No other team is like that currently in or in recent past.No 1 team India got thrashed in Eng & Aus..No 1 team Eng got thrashed in UAE..But SA is not like that. PS:& btw there is no such thing in cricket that 'team who got defeated by Zimbabwe cannot win against SA'..This logic does not work in Cricket lol.It's not the first time that a high ranked team got defeated by a very low level team.These things happens in cricket

  • AltafPatel on October 16, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Irregular schedule with big gaps, like that of recently about 4 months, of not playing Tests by SA has been the reason for such flop in performance. They did not use rhythm that they got against Pak at home when they won 3-0, and now paying for so. They did the same mistake last year when they could hardly survive first 2 tests in Aus, against inexperienced side, where they could have won 3-0, like India did few months later with 4-0.

  • on October 16, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    That reayy cool:)

  • on October 16, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Pakistani team always do some unexpected sort of things............ Pakistan hardly won from zambaewe and here against number one test team pakistan has proved her power.........

  • on October 16, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    i must want to say that every one should realize that now adays cricket is condition base cricket ............. no team is real champ otside his cnditions........ as like autralia in past decade.............

  • on October 16, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    JPnana@ and the same SA squad will beat you in SA... mark my words..

  • on October 16, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Pakistan have quite a few players who started with boom and vanished both Shan Masood and Manzoor needs to show consistency for the period of good 15+ test mataches then only we can say Pakistan has been blessed with reliable top order players

  • King_Ravanaa on October 16, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    First of all i have to say SA aren't that great at all in the subcontinent conditions, looks like they are loosing for a team who lost to Zimbabwe recently

    @ gnanzcupid.. you said you "don't understand untoward hatred feeling towards the other subcontinent countries. Its better not to be jealous of other nations' talent. See cricket as a game,love it mate."

    then i want ask a question, why then you are commenting against SL. BTW today i know you are a pakistani. amazing

  • on October 16, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    This what happens when you tailor make pitches to suit you in home country, which SA too did and now badly exposed in AUH. Steyn may be awesome in South Africa or Australia but in Asia becomes pedestrian. So much said about Philander but he too just a passenger. SA need to rethink the strategic tactical matters on ground quiclky.

  • WaqarIMC on October 16, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    Those who over excited on batting display of Manzoor and Shan plz be patience .....Remember ...Yasir Hameed , Nasir Jamshaid, Umar Akmal, Salman Butt.............All were enter in international arena with boom boom but today all are part of history......so mark my word ....and wait ...only time will tell and define their existence.

  • on October 16, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Why starting Time of Match between Pakistan vs South Africa is not mentioned on Front page???

  • on October 16, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Ayub I remember correctly Pakistan also have fast bowlers who bowl aggressive. its not a sissy sport. they have pads and stuff and can choose to duck. Aggressive bowling is a skill and a tactic. maybe spinning should be banned its to slow and boring and they appeal a lot.

  • on October 16, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    ICC should pass a new law on intimidatery bowling. Yunus Khan should have been given NOT OUT since he was tryting to defend himself from a bouncer from Morkel. This is not cricket the gentleman's game as we used to call it. If you want to get a wicket don't try and kill the batsman, bowl him. It has now become a farce playing this game. Look how Steyn was acting after bowling to Mansoor. I call this stupidity and the umpires should have intervene. It spoil the momentum of the game. If you cannot get someone out do not irritate him.

  • gnanzcupid on October 16, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    One must understand that the pak players should play sensible cricket and take a sizeable lead inorder to challenge the saffs. Reckless cricket will dig a grave

  • gnanzcupid on October 16, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    @htc-android. I had to mention the other subcontinent in order to make a comparison. Defintely pak has the best bowling lineup in the subcontinent with a world's best spinner and really talented young fast bowlers. They don try to advertise their youngsters(unlike lanka) in all forums because their performances speak for themselves. Their youngsters are also batting well as a unit. Definitely future seems better and not at all bleak

  • Greatest_Game on October 16, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    @ bigdhonifan writes that "As expected so called #1 team South Africa is struggling. they must understand there is cricket outside Eng, Aus, NZ and SA…"

    bigdhonifan fails to understand that SA have not lost an away series in 7 years, including in the sub-continent & UAE. When India were ranked #1, SA drew with them, IN INDIA. Since then Ind were whitewashed in Eng and Aus. SA beat Eng in Eng, & Aus in Aus. Ind lost to England, IN INDIA!!

    SA are the ICC#1, 19 points ahead of Eng & Ind. SA's rating of 135 is the 2nd highest EVER! India's best was 130, & Eng's best was 125.

    SA were ready to play a test series in Sri Lanka, but SL dumped the tests to play only ODI & T20. That was not SA's choice - we wanted tests. Ind were supposed to challenge the Proteas in SA, but chose to play WI and NZ in Ind instead, & refuse to commit to a real test tour in SA.

    Saffa's enjoy the challenge of tests in the UAE. We are honoured to play Pakistan - a great team that commands our respect.

  • RaadQ on October 16, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    The key for Misbah and Manzoor is to protect Shafiq and Akmal from the new ball, as their techniques will fail if they are exposed early. Misbah himself doesn't have the best technique, so Manzoor should face as many balls as possible. If they can survive another 10 or so overs, Pak has the potential to build a lead of 150+. If one of them gets out however, the fragility of the Pakistani line up will be easily exposed. Knowing how strong the SA batting is, anything short of 150 and I can safely say Pakistan will lose the match in the 4th innings.

  • Greatest_Game on October 16, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    @ Khurram S Chaudhry asked why I say AB de Villiers' run out was "a terrible umpiring decision?"

    For the same reason Smith's catch of Misbah was CORRECTLY judged not out - no clear evidence to dismiss. Smith's fingers might have kept the ball from the ground, but we can't tell. Camera angle & focal length distort depth of field, meaning we can judge side-to-side distance, but NOT front to back. Long zoom lenses confuse our depth perception, a phenomenon used routinely in movie stunts. If we can't say the ball did NOT touch the ground, the batsman should get the benefit of the doubt. Misbah did.

    Depth perception & camera angle don't allow us to see if AB's spikes, or part of his shoe, are NOT grounded. Without a shot of the bottom of his shoe we can't KNOW if it is NOT touching behind the line. AB did not get the benefit of the doubt. The appeal was valid, but no clear evidence supported the decision.

    What you see on TV is just part of the picture. Don't believe it is "the truth."

  • Desihungama on October 16, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    Well, the debt has been paid back . 49 in SA is your 249 in UAE. Best to all.

  • Wacky_Cric_Lover on October 16, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    Too early to say that Pakistan is ahead of SA. All of us still remember the Sydney test where despite having a 150+ lead Pakistan lost the match. So I would wait till 1st innings is over. The good thing about Pakistan innings is their 3+ RR.

  • Guduji71 on October 15, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Straightdrive seems scared from Pakistan's performance. Don't you worry Pakistan will get a lead of 150 plus and win the test.

  • Nerk on October 15, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    Go Pakistan! A team that you underestimate at your peril. Always have been. Hopefully they can string five good days together here. SA are a great side, and I expect their second innings to improve, but they lack a good spinner and it may prove their downfall.

  • on October 15, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Well played pakistan. Still a long way to go. Steyn attitude was unacceptable he should be punished for throwing the ball straight to batsman. If it was an asian or specialy pakistani player than he might have charged that he tried to injure the player and banned for next match.

  • Stuart_Lord on October 15, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    In England we have a saying "One swallow doesn't make a summer" - or as Boycott puts it, "You can't tell how good two sides are in a test match, until they've both had an innings". Lets see how the remainig Pakistan batsmen do and how big a lead they get, before we start talking about them upsetting the number one test team.

  • on October 15, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    If pakistan achieve the lead around 200, then pakistan's balling has capable to ristict south africa under 300. Pakistan need to bat till the end of third day rest will be on spinners to guide them home.

  • on October 15, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    RE: Straightdrive

    You seem very sure of Pakistan losing this match, despite the dominating position they are in!

    Pakistan are renowned for being terrible or world beaters! Pakistan to have one of the worst lineups statistically is absolute rubbish!!

  • ImpartialExpert on October 15, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. If Saffas lose this test match we may well be on the path to conclude that Kirsten is the best coach in the world. Especially for test matches.

  • on October 15, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    Why is Styn not being penalized for obstructing the batsmen with a ball? Things like that could injure a batsmen. What the hell were empires doing?

  • Shazia_Javed on October 15, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    I am surprised with PCB policy of sticking with "failed" experince players... I cant understand how Hafeez, Malik, Kamran, Afridi etc could be better than trying young players. They have been failing for years... and occasional performance keeps them in the team. What if they give chance to new players... they might fail as well, but then it might result in finding the 'right' talent. Well done Manzoor and Masood.

  • on October 15, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    Poor performance from South Africa, rusty and out of their depth. One can only ascribe the fact that trhey have had so little preparation after such to long break to arrogance. It has been a very, very long time since many of these players has had a convincing performance in any format of the game at any level. At the end of this series CSA must consider whether or not its time to retire Smith and Kallis, and whether the Petersons, Morkel and Faf still have the metal in them to provide another match winning performance. This is not the same team that took England to pieces in their own back yard. This team is whipped.

  • Desihungama on October 15, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    Hmm. How did Wasim Waqar and Imran do so much damage on these placid wickets?

  • on October 15, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    Great show by both Pakistani openers Allah bless u Shan nd Khuram ... keep triyng hard to solve the opening probl3m ....

  • straightdrive on October 15, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    If Pakistan don't get 150 ahead they will find a way to way to lose this. Despite what may have happened so far the stats say South Africa have one of the best lineups in cricket and Pakistan one of the worst. The first hour tomorrow will be key, get a couple of early wickets and the game will be evenly poised again how shallow this batting order is, no one will be offering much resistance after Younis and we all know how good Steyn is at cleaning up the tail end

  • on October 15, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    @SA team, Welcome to UAE. Now, you should feel the pain of sub-continent teams visiting SA.

  • on October 15, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    For all the readers kind information test match is played fr five days and four innings.. to win u have bowld the other team twice and in the same mostly have to score runs in both innings too.. yes pakistan is in the driving seat but remember south africa are rankd no.1 for some specific reasons. Dont count them out now..spcly considrng v have to bowl them again and most importnly remembring pakistan are rankd 6 fr specific reasons too

  • on October 15, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    Omarz: " So, it was the first time Philander bowled in Asia and it was pretty evident how good a bowler he really is. Funny thing, he hasn't played limited overs cricket either and yet he was nominated for the Cricketer of the year award last year. "

    You said it,, it's only the first time he's bowled in Asia, therefore we can't make any assessments of his abilities in Asia yet.

  • alipk52 on October 15, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    I just hope Pakistan gets to 150 runs ahead at least if they have to put SA under pressure, and in order to achieve this, I afraid Misbah, Manzoor and Shafiq are only ones left, Shafiq has some talent, but we can't trust Manzoor and Shafiq like we have for Misbah, Indian fans have for Dhoni, SAns have for Amla/AB, So its important for us that These well set batters extends the lead to at least 100, after that, every run scored will be bonus, only problem is if Misbah gets out early, then it will be utterly difficult to grab even 70-80 runs lead, this is why I always wanted to have All-rounders and good tail-enders like Robin, Philander etc who can stay long and can score long. This is our sorry story for very long now, nothing left after Misbah and Shafiq, adnan is useless in this side for me from day 1 of his int. Career! I would opted for brilliant Umar Akmal instead of this max 15-20s runs scorer in Adnan.

  • rv770 on October 15, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    This is excellent to watch. Pak needs #1 team to show their capabilities. Previously against Eng., and now SA. We love to see, Pak team winning again even though i am Indian fan. ( whenever it is not Ind Vs pak). All the best

  • sal80 on October 15, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    This is really nice to see that we make them work hard and IPL SA bowler were crying by throwing bowl on batsman, Dnt cry SA bowlers show that you are Good on slow wickets too.

  • on October 15, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    very good start by pakistani..hope tommorow would be in paki aide aswell...they must declare around 450 so that match doesnot come ob draw situation....

  • MAC93153 on October 15, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Well played Pakistan but we should not get ahead of ourselves because the match is not over till the last ball is bowled and believe me when i say there are alot of balls to be bowled in the comin days.So pakistan should come out with composure and positive intent tommorow because morning session to a great extent is gonna decide the direction of match because RSA is gonna come all guns blazzing tommorow and if pakistan can counter that and push them on back foot then pakistan would have a fair enough chance of winning the test.

  • Omarrz on October 15, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    So, it was the first time Philander bowled in Asia and it was pretty evident how good a bowler he really is. Funny thing, he hasn't played limited overs cricket either and yet he was nominated for the Cricketer of the year award last year.

  • on October 15, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    To all Pakistani fans, this isn't over yet, and to the fellow Saffans...don't mind the enthusiasm from the Pak fans because it is in our blood. Deep inside we know this match is by far over. To everyone who likes to bash the "Number 1" teams whenever they have a bad outing should really keep quite. There is a reason why they are number one, that is by playing better relative to other competing team(PERIOD). Every team has its strength and weaknesses, and right now we are lucky to exploit South Africa's weakness, that is inexperience with the condition, and lack of a quality spin bowler. Doesn't mean they cannot counteract by their strength which is fast bowling. Didn't work up till now, but who knows? Good luck to both the teams:) Long Live TEST cricket.

  • warneneverchuck on October 15, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    SA fans say eng team has many players from SA, then What abt SA and their best spinner tahir and best batsman amla

  • Ahmedpakistan6 on October 15, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    A very good day for Pakistan team. Now they must capitalize the good position they are in currently.They should get a lead of at least 180-210 runs which will put them in a very strong position and will put South Africans under huge pressure when they will have to face world class spinners on 3rd and 4th day. They should declare 40 minutes after tea and try to get 2 or 3 wickets before the end of play. It's too early to say who will win but if Pakistan are able to get 200+ lead, Pakistan will be favorites to win the match.

  • warneneverchuck on October 15, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    nice to see all subcontinent fans supporting pakistan team. They shud concentrate on getting lead of 125 or so and the match is theirs

  • on October 15, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    wow.. what an innings ! Finally Pakistan team finds the required recipe yo succeed ! Good to see the youngsters performing and putting an end to the drought of good young batsmen in Pakistan... the bowlers were always the best !

    Hope we soon see some competition from neighbours in coming days... just like the older days !

  • on October 15, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    @CricketFanFrom_India love it when indian fans support pak team thnx bro. in an interview m hafeez admitted alot of grass is left on sa pitches to support their bowlers then how come they crib when conditions dont favour them

  • philander50 on October 15, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    I cannot believe the comments already by Indian, Pakistani and Saffer fans, first off every team will play at the top of their game when the conditions suit them, its just unfortunate that S.A haven't taken the opportunities when it was handed to them i.e drop catches and run outs, many chances but no results and secondly why are there indian fans commenting on here, you should be more worried about winning an ODI series against Australia than this test series. I personally think this test match is not over yet, S.A are just playing catch as they always do at the beginning of a test series. Lastly @ CricketFanFrom_India - " bundling out teams under 50 at home and playing like a club team in challenging conditions abroad.. Just goes to show how they achieved no 1 ranking by playing a lot of tests at home" that's like the pot calling the kettle black

  • on October 15, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Well played Pakistan.... Hope we will break the dream of RSA that they are the number 1 team in the world... RSA spin department is trash.... tomorrow game will decide who will gonna win this match.....Hope Pakistan win... as i am a Pakistani.... and EID MUBARAK to all Muslims.......

  • sehwag219 on October 15, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Atlast pakistan got a solid openers !! hope they have consistency ..!! pakistan go make 400+ atleast and southafrica can never recover from this slow low turner with ajmal in the ranks ..!! a pak team fan from india

  • likeintcricket on October 15, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    @SICHO, too confidant of your team, but this is UAE, lets see if pak can take a 150 runs lead. Mind it, your team have two Asians playing in your team and one of them is Amla.

  • t20cric on October 15, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Good job Pakistan, everything is in your favour at this point just don't mess it up cuz SA definitely have the ability to come back after 1 session. Shan has really impressed and proved me wrong, I thought Ahmed would have been a better choice but Shan justified it. Khurram is doing exceptional as well and I hope he goes on to get a big score maybe 170+ and Misbah getting to his century would be nice as well. I like the way Misbah is playing aggressive today knowing that his team is on top. I was hoping that Azhar would also make some runs but sadly he didn't and the other 2 reserve batsmen (Ahmed and Amin) are not suitable for no.3 so Azhar will have to get back to form. Younis was dismissed by a good ball but still I except more from someone like Younis. Overall Pakistan are in a good position and with SA having the new ball Pakistan may want to play a little cautiously and slow down scoring a bit. Then after the ball gets old they can start scoring freely and get 200+ lead.

  • on October 15, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Way to go Pakistan. Just don't get over confident, especially with the ball.

  • CM_Punk on October 15, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    That is exactly the kind of aggression that Pakistan cricket needed. The way Shan Masood played kinda looked like Saeed Anwar. And Khurram Manzoor looked so positive, as if he knew what he was doing. Finally, a good test opening pair; "The Two M's". Seeing the result that the new players have produced, PCB should give chance to more youngsters like Sohaib Maqsood, Muhamad Rizwan, Umar Amin, Haris Sohail (good so much talent). We have seen how Azhar Ali performed, and it wasn't good. So, we need young guns.

  • blogossip on October 15, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    @cricket fan from India Its partly true that these every team has a better home record but SA has beaten England and Austrealia in their backyard which India hasnt done so SA are deservedly No 1

    This match is pretty much in pakistan's favor and only way SA can save their skin is to restrict PK within lead of 100 and then bat very well but its easier said than done. Well played PK

  • CricketFanFrom_India on October 15, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    So this is world's no 1 test side.. bundling out teams under 50 at home and playing like a club team in challenging conditions abroad.. Just goes to show how they achieved no 1 ranking by playing a lot of tests at home..Stop calling India home ground bully you S African fans, as u r no different.. Btw, well played Pakistan.. score 500 + runs tomorrow and demolish this S African batting line up in 2nd innings.. this match and series is yours to lose now. Good luck.

  • SICHO on October 15, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Typical of Pakistanis, 2nd day and already getting excited, pshhhh...... Lets just wait before making silly and stupid comments. Our boys just don't give it up that easy, remember Cape Town this year? Khan and Shafiq putting 200 together and still getting bundled out in a space of 4 days, there's nothing special about this Pakistan batting line-up, so I suggest you relax.

  • on October 15, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    No one is talking about how dangerous Dale Steyn is ? smashed all over the park by Pak Debutant! World's best bowler indeed. lolx

  • Stark62 on October 15, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    @ legsidewide You can't be serious, right?!?!

    Smith was desperate for a wicket to fall and resorted to ugly behaviour, when he clearly knew it wasn't out and even, his team mates Kallis and AB, who were standing beside him didn't react after he took that catch.

  • on October 15, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    This test should have a result by the penultimate day....the pitch has behaved terribly so far.....and predictions started to escalate that spinners will dominate proceedings from day three....

  • AltafPatel on October 15, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Misbah has been playing cricket for year, has so much experience and skill, but when you see him, you never get inspired, there is no facial expression you will find on like concentrated Dravid, or deliberately thinking Sachin or solid Wasim Akram/Miyandad ! Who always seem to be like dumbed and frustrated. He never can motivate and energized the team like other captains like Imran, Inzimam, Wasim did. As a captain, he is same kind of failure as Shoiab Malik was. If Pakistan really need to get out of failure and darkness, they must bring captain like Afridi.

  • vrn59 on October 15, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Ridiculous team selection by SA. Robin Peterson is an acceptable bowler in conditions where he can hold up an end and play second fiddle to the seamers. He is not good enough to be the main attacking bowler in a Test team in the UAE. Imran Tahir may try too many variations and may even be a bit inconsistent, but he is a wicket-taker and understands these conditions. Peterson supposedly offers control in his line and length: his economy rate today was comparable to one-day cricket. My SA XI for the second Test would be Smith (C), Peterson, Amla, Kallis, de Villiers (wk), Duminy, du Plessis, Philander, Steyn, Morkel, Tahir. Either du Plessis or one of Philander and Morkel could make way for Peterson if the team absolutely wants him there, though I personally believe he is not a part of SA's best XI. Simon Harmer should be seriously considered for SA's tour to India next year.

  • on October 15, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    WOW its the second day of a test match and there a lot of negative comments. Pakistan bowled really well. As Waqar Younis was saying the SA attack is bowling too short. We will just have to wait and see what happens tomorrow. If SA corrects there length its going to make things difficult for Pakistan. This exact same thing happened in England first test match. It took a day or so for the SA bowling attack to get adjusted to the conditions. I am looking forward to a great test match.

  • Big_Chikka on October 15, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    good start, hope manzoor and masood appreciate they're not in the big time with just one good test. consistency across continents plz. or get dropped just like the jokers jamshed and hafeez.

  • SherjilIslam on October 15, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    well played pakistan, i can't really recall when was the last time pak scored more than 3 rpo, and this is one reason why they doing well in this test. still lot of cricket to be played, so keeping my fingers crossed

  • on October 15, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    at this stage I can't comment on the Pakistan fielding but all I can say is Pakistan team as a unit has done very well. critics will still be pointing at azhar ali and asad shafiq but I think right now these 2 batsmen shpuld be told politely to improve their mistakes. indeed like misbah... there have been occasions azhar and asad have performed very well so they should be given chances because they indeed are good batsmen. manzoor has done really well and had built confidence and a partner like masood they can do good for future Pakistan test matches. I cant say how well they will perform against Sri Lanka in srilankan pitches nd on english pitches. but every one in the side did really well

  • wrenx on October 15, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    @Stark62 Really don't see Smith as a cheater, I think it was an honest inquiry. He's perfectly entitled to ask the question if he's not sure. In this day in age of slow-motion replays, you have to be really brave or really stupid to try and claim dropped catches. Players always get caught out for it (see Dinesh Ramdin)

  • gnanzcupid on October 15, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    @vijaya kiraratne. Ajmal is the best subcontinent spinner. Definitely far better than any other spinner. It would be not funny only if the lankans play test cricket and prove their stuff before trolling here. Comments like 'had we played saffs we would have definitely won' are really hilarious. Castles cant be built in air.

  • aa61761 on October 15, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    As I said earlier in my post that South African attack is pathetic in UAE conditions, and time has proved me right. If Pakistan adds another 150 then South Africa will be lucky to make Pakistan bat again. Ball will grip and zip by the end of third day. Zulfiquar and Ajmal will destroy the South African batting. Pakistan needs to survive the first hour of the third morning and then they can score freely. Go Pakistan.

  • Prasanna_310 on October 15, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    The most surprising aspect of the game so far has been the difference in bowling standards between the teams. SA attack don't look to have any teeth. Against mediocre batting line up, they tried all they could, got nothing. Clearly, Pakistan attack is far superior.. In fact the same attack came close to matching SA on their turf too! I don't think SA attack is the current best in the world, Pakistan's attack look better to me on all fast/slow/dry/moist conditions.

  • on October 15, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    It is surprising how some people have already started discussions about a South African defeat! We are just into the 2nd day and we have seen enough instances in the past where Pakistan have dutifully embarrassed themselves in the second innings by crumbling like a pack of cards... and guys first let Pak win against Zimbabwe; only then can you bring comparisons with India! :) Also, I don't understand this criticism about SA fast bowlers coming a cropper on subcontinent tracks! Guys, remember the Ahmedabad test not so long ago?? Steyn and co destroyed a strong Indian batting line up for 76! Obviously the SA players are all coming off a long break and playing in CLT20 doesn't provide preparation for a test series in the heat and humidity of UAE... I do believe that once SA players find their rhythm, they'll start intimidating Pak! Amla, de Villiers, Kallis, Steyn, Philander and Morkel are not rated inside the top 10 without reason! Also don't rule out Tahir's X-factor!

  • on October 15, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    Not going to lie going into this test i thought our openers where some trash and that we needed Hafeez and Taufeeq,but i was proved wrong.The teams been working hard and anyone talking about dropping Ajmal needs too shut the hell up. Ajmal is the best in the world,some days just arent a persosns day enough said

  • ilililililililililililililx on October 15, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    All we need to do is hope this is not a one off day. We need to hope this opening pair stay consistent and contribute regularly. Bowling is very dangerous and SA will not be able to chase down 350-400 against Irfan, Ajmal, Junaid and Zulfiqar Baber. Lets hope rest of our batsmen contribute. Well done to Pakistan and Eid Mubarak to all

  • on October 15, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    so i see hafeez was blocking the place of talented masood for a long time. gosh the elegant lefty seems to have the touch

  • kc69 on October 15, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Its a great to see Pakistan batsmen making news and for SA in order to stay number one they should play like number one everywhere.Comparing all teams I believe england have a much better spin attack for a non subcontinental team.

  • mzm149 on October 15, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Another day clearly belonging to Pakistan. I hope they take lead of at least 150 and then there will be no chance for South Africa to come back into the game. I don't see Pakistan chasing more than 70 odd runs in the last innings which will be quite easy given the quality of South African spinners.

  • on October 15, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Oh well well, is this world #1 side's bowling attack...????? I think Asian Bowlers are much better then any other part of the world, because they even know that how to take wickets on a dead track........!!!

  • SLslider on October 15, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal was very mediocre, SA were lucky that they were not playing against Herath. He wouldn't have let SA reach 250. - Vijaya Kiraratne

  • GrindAR on October 15, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Good show by Pak. Shows, they've learnt from Zimbabwe series... For them, opposition never a matter of concern... It is their team members self agreement to perform with presence of mind... If they can do it consistently... it will be good for test cricket as a whole.... because, as a whole of test cricket lack the quality... They can show to the world... they not just bunch of individually dangerous players... but also, can collectively work together consistently to be a formidable team that every one envy... I still miss Imran Khan -> Wasim Akram times Pak squad...

  • on October 15, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    As a Pak fan agree with Ishtiyaq Rasool. Umar Akmal should be in this squad. Asad is just not delivering after a promising start to his career. Hats off to Misbah, once again silencing his ignorant critics. He always tries to play according to the situation but cannot always deliver (which some Pak fans find hard to digest). But his stats speak for themselves. Can't comment until end of series about our new opening pair... but very encouraging signs. Hope Irfan can last the distance, big(literally) problem if he can't.

  • on October 15, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    why everyone is on SA case of being no1 in test ?? its a reletive term. which means the best team among all the teams. which mean a team which is performing better than everyone on regular bases. and they have beaten both england and ausies in their home grounds. yes its going to be always hard on different types of pitches but than which team is doing better than them? India? who were 8 -0 on their tours of england and australia? India is really good at home but they dont even have the guts to have test seires with Pakistan to see who is better in sub continent. Pakistan is not able to play as much as india specially in home that is the only reason India is higher than Pak also 10 times more resources

    As a Pakistani i am really happy of current situation and i hope we win 2-0 against a top 1 team once again. that will move us in top 4 again and prove that we need more matches in home conditions.

  • on October 15, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    I think SA seamers bowled really well. And they were very unlucky. Lots of nicks didn't carry even with the 2nd new ball. But credit goes to Pakistani batsmen for taking full advantage and scoring at a decent rate aswell. I am seeing Pakistan taking at least 150 run lead. SA need to do well 2morow morning with the new ball. Thats their only chance. Pakistan spinners will be lethal on day 4. Will make life difficult for SA batsmen. All in all a very good test match. Loving it.

  • SamRoy on October 15, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    That is why SA is not a great team. It is the best team world certainly but on slow wickets if there is no reverse swing their bowling comes a cropper. Happened enough times in India. Even on relatively decent tracks if there is no deviation they have a problem (against Austrlia in Brisbane, Adelaide). I have been saying since Spetember 2012 when SA beat England in England (and in fact since Nov 2011 when Philander was added to the attack) SA will become a great side only when they have a world class spinner. Now you might argue why? Didn't WI of 80s play four fast bowlers anywhere, anytime and scare the daylights out of every team (except Imran's Pakistan) every time? Well none of SA's pacers are WI pacers of 80s (Morkel comes close but is at least a couple of yards slower than Marshall, Holding, Patterson and a lot more wayward). And Steyn has lost a yard in pace (even though he is still an all-time great). And Philander won't scare even a genuine tailender with his pace.

  • warneneverchuck on October 15, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Even subcontinent part time spinners r better than SA main spin bowlers but stil they claim their attack as best

  • on October 15, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    No One to talk about Dale Steyn , neither in comments nor the annalists.. wow

  • Htc-Android on October 15, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Its evident that , SA would have lost in SL as well, if the test series wasnt postponed. I remember in the ODI series In SL, even Dilshan picked up a lot of wickets against them. Except Amla and Kallis their players are very poor agaisnt Spin. Its dissappointing that our Cricket board postponed the test series for a useless t20 tournament.

  • calcu on October 15, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    A month ago, Pakistan lost a Test match against Zimbabwe, the 9th ranked side and here they are, on the verge of winning a match against the no.1 side. No doubt they are called unpredictable.

  • Hassan_Ayaz on October 15, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    pakistan going well.lead should me above 100 to give SA tough time.

  • on October 15, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Its Pakistan Day!!!!!!!!! very happy with Pakistan's Team performance>>>>Steyn Gun is Quiet!!

  • on October 15, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    @Syeed Zayed, bro..i wasn't try to offend you, but you should seriously re-consider what you said! You're right it is your opinion, and i have no right to change that, but what i can at least do is tell you why Ajmal wasn't as effective. Firstly, it was the pressure of Ajmals bowling, which kept the proteas on check..resulting in wickets on other hand to Babar, who they tried to play aggressive agianst. Mind you we are bowling at worlds best batsman currently, so the economy that ajmal had at the end of the day was very formidable at 2.02 being the best of all the bowlers with picking 2 wickets after bowling 29 overs. If that to you is not a satisfactory performance, than you may stick to your opinion. Thank you.

  • sweetspot on October 15, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Wow! Pakistan have taken their time, but finally, a quality opening pair. Wishes for an exciting future! I have watched Pakistan with so much hope that their batting will come together over the last two years, and been so disappointed. The bowling is superb but the willow wielders, especially in white, promised much but hardly made it stick, on so many occasions. Here's hoping these two build something credible. Cheers Pak!

  • warneneverchuck on October 15, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    These r the real wickets which test batsmen's skill against quality spin unlike one dimensional pitches in SA eng where spinners dont get any help from the pitch

  • on October 15, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    well done Pak so far. took lead of 14 with 7 wickets remain.2morow is important day 4both teams. if Pakistan survived first session without losing any wicket or losing one wicket, will b in good comanding position. a lead of 150 plus can help wining match. hopefully pak spin attack make vital role in winning game. defenetly pitch will make much turn on fourth day . wish all the best with Pakistan. repeat the last series played here against England by 3/0. but now it b 2/0.

  • warneneverchuck on October 15, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    I don't see any difference between steyn and bresnon. Both takes wickets on green pitches and struggled in asian conditions. They shud learn from bowlers like wasim mcgrath who had similar records all over the world

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    @whatawicket In the UK Zee Cinema is broadcasting the whole match.

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    South Africa; No. 1 Team in Test Matches. Yes, of course, in South Africa!

  • 3ddy on October 15, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    good job boys , just finish it well and about south africa im big fan of them , i just have a feeling that they should try Faf as a opener , he is a clinical stroke maker and does great vs pacers also he is known to struggle vs spinners thats quite a wrong tactic by SA imho. both peterson should be replaced (although robin is quite handy with the bat) still tahir needs to be brought into the side

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    I suggest people stop talking about Karachi and Lahore, they are playing for their country. Well done Pakistan. We now need a score of 450 and the match inshallah is ours.

  • whatawicket on October 15, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    anyone covering the pak v sa live or highlights in the uk ?

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Pakistan need more new players like manzoor then pakistan grip to all teams bcz pakistan have many telent

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    i think umar akmal should have definitely been there in the playing eleven in place of doggy asad shafiq which would have strengthened the middle order very much as he is far better stroke player than shafiq & scores at a brisk rate.

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Philander and Styen! Welcome to Asia buddies.

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    well played pak

  • jb633 on October 15, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    This day has been coming for the Saffas as sure as eggs is eggs. They have no spin options, this has been glaring for months now and nothing seems to have been done about it. On these wickets seamers will not do the damage. Peterson was trash, still is and always will be. He needs dropping immediatley and the SA need to back Tahir as he at least can spin the ball. They have to accept with him that he may be going at 4 an over, but as long as he takes wickets that will be fine. South Africa will do very well to win or even draw from here. This really does remind me of our tour to the UAE in 2012. The difference here being our bowling attack was threatning but we had nobody who could play spin. SA at least have 3 very good players of spin so I expect them to score some runs in their second innings. I still feel if you let Pak get on top in these conditions they are lethal.

  • Albert_cambell on October 15, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Pakistan batted well today but Iam sure our players will bounce back on tomorrow. We will show everyone why we are the No.1 test team in the world.

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    great going by pak batting for a change, not looking good for SA im afraid. SA certainly do not have the best bowling attack considering their best spinner peterson can't turn the ball even in subcontinent :).

  • SnowSnake on October 15, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    SA is weak team on spinning tracks. They generally win on bouncy tracks so the performance is not surprising. It is not over yet. Pak is also capable of temperamental performance.

  • Ibrarhunzai on October 15, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Beware Pakistan, dont expect Kallis, Smith, AB and Faf to fail again in 2nd innings.

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Gripping Test Match. Pakistan, after a long time, seem to have laid their batting demons to rest. For the time being. The last spell of the day with the new ball was awesome! With the SA quicks finding the optimal length eventually, Pakistan must make sure they home in the advantage and score big. I honestly dont' think the Proteas bowlers will be as loose from her on out now that the wheels are nice and hot!

  • letsgoproteas on October 15, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Still see South Africa as favorites at this point.

    We always struggle for line and length at the start... especially after such a lengthy break from the game.

    Pakistan should enjoy this short moment of hope.

  • Htc-Android on October 15, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    @gnanzcupid. Its you who unnecessarily dragged IND, SL and BD in this Forum.

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Eid mubarak to everyone

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    pakistan had good day today 2marrow will be interesting day will decide this match for both teams good luck to pakistan

  • on October 15, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    @ ALTAF & FAIZAN, for God sake ,i don,t need your suggestions for my opinion ,thaks and regards for your troubles ,it is my opinion and none of you two,s business, peace,

  • gnanzcupid on October 15, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    @blade-runner let the comment be on this game mate. don understand your untoward hatred feeling towards the other subcontinent countries. Its better not to be jealous of other nations' talent. See cricket as a game,love it mate.

  • Pavinasen on October 15, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Are the tides turning on SA.If you want to be no 1 you must be able to play on any wicket anywhere in the world.How often I hear ,the asians are on good in their backyard,can't we say the same for others,they are only good in their backyards or only in conditions that they are accustomed to.Parkistan will trash SA and they may loose their crown as kings of test.

    The story of slow stater,or good at clawing back are thoughts of consolation.Wake up & smell the roses.The 2 most rated bowlers in SA cannot make inroads even on day 2 ???

  • CricketChat on October 15, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Good knock by Manzoor! A century against the bowlers of caliber of Steyn, Morkel and Philander in any format is an achievement. Hopefully, this will help him settle down in the side.

  • cricketeria on October 15, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Excellent work by Pakistan. Great batting by Manzoor and Masood. I wouldn't drop Azhar Ali just yet, he's technically correct and should score runs. We have a real chance to win this test and insha'Allah we will.

  • JustInfinity on October 15, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    @ Albert_cambell - I have no clue what your nationality is, but refrain from provoking the fans of both countries. We enjoy watching Wasim, Waqar, Saqlain, Qadir, Imran all the way to Inzi and Misbah. And I am sure true pak fans will enjoy good cricket from this side. Pujara has played 2 tests in 2010 in SA. He did not do well. Kohli has a lot of centuries outside India in ODI and he scored on in Aus. Dhawan has just started and give him time. Please do not expose your lack of cricketing knowledge and more importantly common sense by provoking fans of the two countries. We enjoy cricket and thats that!

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    @Syeed Zayed, There could only be 10 wickets/inning, so by that logic no one should bother taking wickets, because Ajmal is there. This is very narrow minded thinking of you. If someone else on the day performs better, than they have every right to pick up wickets. It is not stoned that Saeed Ajmal will get 5 wickets every time he goes out. For now, Eid Mubarak...and stay tuned for Ajmal's magic!

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    pakistan is kooking good in this match but i think it will be close game south africa cant give it up easily

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Well, let me get to the meat of this...The reason these two boys playing so well lies in leaving the swinging ball consistently, playing late, and playing your shots on loose balls. We did exactly that, which no one before was willing to do, be it Hafeez, Farhat or even Jamshed. Shan plays with the straight bat, and plays the ball so late, that even his edges are going to four. Hopefully we see this form in the second innings if need be. I would still want two changes for the second test, if Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq fail, bring in Shoaib Maqsood and Umar Amin. We always complaint about not finding replacements, well how could you if you keep playing the old horses. Look what happened, you give new guys a chance, THEY DELIVER!

  • wakaPAK on October 15, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Pakistan has to bat all day tomorrow if they are to win this one... Batting on 4th and 5th will be difficult; they need to win this by an innings, otherwise even 100 will be unchasable on day 5... if they let SA bat on day 3, they will cover the deficit easily.... I'd advise tuk tuk style batting rather than attacking one...wear down the new ball and the bowlers heart... accelerate only after lunch..

  • Ibrarhunzai on October 15, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Pak need atleast 150-200 lead atleast. Dont expect S.Africa to be bowled out again for under 250 again. They are the number one team and they know how to get out of the difficult period.

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    It's pakistans game now. Take a lead of 200 and then either defeat SA by an innings or then chase 80or 90in fourth innings not so easy though

  • Albert_cambell on October 15, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Pakistani youngsters are way better than Overrated indian youngsters like Kohli, Dhawan, Pujara, Rohit, Raina. They are nothing other than Flat track bullies. Does anyone know that Pujara is yet to play a test outside his home grounds. BCCI have no guts to send their team to SA.

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Graeme Smith did not walk when out. He did not take a clean catch. The slip fielders and the wkt keeper knew wht had happened. So any comments?

  • Blade-Runner on October 15, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    SA have made a grave mistake by not playing Imran Tahir. RJP is being toyed by Pak batsmen here.

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    i can sense paki victory with 7 or 6 wickets atleast , i dont think they will have to chase more than 100 in the second innings ..... and for all those who were chantin for SA .... u had ur time 4 months back , now its gonna be pay back wid humiliation ... and its gonna be the same in the second match ....SA attack suddenly looks too ordinary on this track ,, hats off to pakistan's attack , whether bouncy or turning pitches , our bowlers can deliver any where ,

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    it seems if they stick to this team and let them play consistantly I bet we will have atleast fighting team,but then we don't want to miss that unpredictability of Pakistan's team,losing the winnig match and vice versa.anyway Goodluck as always.

  • AltafPatel on October 15, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    @Syeed Zayed I assume you are of short thinking mentality. If there is any player in Pak team who is consistent, and played major role in making the team win, he is Saedd Ajmal in addition to Misbah.

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    The thing why Pakistan played well against Proteus today was just positive intent especially by the openners. Now you see what happens when you play positive good results and great debut innings by shan love his calm demeanor. The rotation of strike was exceptional now all we need is umar akmal and umar amin when misbah and younis decide to retire we would have an exceptional team.Plus drop azhar for the next match and bring in umar amin .Best of luck Pakistan

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    i think SA just missed the trick yes they needed 3 pacer plus kalis and one specialist spinner not part timer or container they got peterson who had more then 35 avg if they selected imran thahir story would not that same.calm down my money on pakistan as my heart but you cant say SA will not fight back kaliis is the man for me.

  • AltafPatel on October 15, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    @pull_shot SA never lost test series in sub-continent for 7 years...!

  • AltafPatel on October 15, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Such flop show will surely happen when you don't play matches for more than 4 months. SA need to balance matches they play in the year with deliberate schedule. They suffered same situation when they toured Australia last year, where they could hardly survived first 2 test matches, though opposition was inexperienced.

  • Stark62 on October 15, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    SA starting to show their true colours with Smith trying to cheat by claiming a false catch (AB and Kallis didn't even flinch), Steyn doing his utmost to injure Manzoor because he can't pick up a wicket and Morkel obstructing the batsman from completing the run, in turn causing a run out.

    On the other hand, the wicket is a whole drier than the Eng series, hence there isn't much bite or zip for the spinners and nothing on offer for the fast bowlers.

  • TestsRDaBest on October 15, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Oh no number 1 in trouble!!! Also remember Pakistan is also playing away, just imagine what they could achieve if they were playing at home

  • pak78 on October 15, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    congrats to khurram and massod a perfect treat to watch on eid.................need a good lead now keep it up boys.

  • Patdabac on October 15, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Dale Steyn once again showing what a class act he is in flat sub-continental conditions.

  • AQ13 on October 15, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    @Sandip Manjrekar if it were not for the stupid rain rule in 92 Pak would have defeated SA in round robin match and SA wouldnt even have reached the semis

  • on October 15, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Misbah hasn't got a 100 in 2013, this is a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY for him. Pakistan need to take a LEAD of AT LEAST 150 because they CANNOT CHASE a TARGET of EVEN 200 in the 4th INNINGS!

  • PPL11 on October 15, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Pakistan definite ahead at moment but they should make sure to take lead of at least 200 else if they have to chase 200+ in 4th inning then its SA's game

  • Ray24 on October 15, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    @Sandip - Pakistan lost to SA in the world cup courtesy the rain rule. It was a game that Pakistan would've won had it not rained. So it was all fair that Pak had their share of luck against Eng and SA didn't.

  • on October 15, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    1st Test Match

  • on October 15, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    well done pakistan ,but Ajmal should be kicked out of team ,he is not there for donkey work ,he has to take wkts i mean were is his wkt. column mere two tailenders , there is no pretext for the caliber of Ajmal to take only two wkts that too against a team whose half team is awful against spinners excluding amla ,kallis ,devillers and smith . If ajmal did not perform in 2nd inning ,he should be kicked out of team.

  • pull_shot on October 15, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Wow good batting from pak now i can say every team struggling outside their home pitches

  • PrasPunter on October 15, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    @Sandip Manjrekar, probably thats the only blip in an other-wise flawless format. Imagine this - 8 matches for each team , every match counts, no easy wins against weak teams ( back then the top 8 plus Zim were playing the WC and Zim was in reasonably good form as well ) and a team comes out the winner after initial reverses. If this is not one of the best, then no format for sure is. Same case with the Super 6s - got to win more than a match to reach the semis. The Pool format is just plain lottery - get to play the lesser teams and win, take a nap all along and suddenly with a stroke of luck, 2 matches away from the final. Super-6s and WC 1992 league formats are the best - I repeat.

  • Tmalik on October 15, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Well played Pakistan, we had enough of Lahori top order see the diff when karachiet's came in, bang on. this was just joke by the way, we love Lahore and we love Karachi. Good match situation but Pak must play sensibly and Khurram and Misbah need to stay on add another 100 before wicket falls, Pak must score 500 from here on and declare and i bet Pak winning the game. SA no doubt no.1 but if the left to chase down 200plus lead I bet pressure will get them and spinning track of day 4/5 will show some difference in Pak spin and SA spin. Put your money Pak winning this game provided they get to reach 500 tomorrow!!!

  • SaadRocx on October 15, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    It was a good day of test cricket...Pakistan clearly ahead but anything can happen in Cricket..Pak really needs to bowl their Heart out in 2nd innings cause proteas could block every ball and go for a draw like they did at Adelaide...where Aus was clearly ahead throughout the match..

  • Solid_Snake on October 15, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    @bigdhonifan:Lol..It's not 'ONLY' India winning outside subcontinent..Pak also have won matches in SA & England against teams like England & Australia

  • on October 15, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    @Khurram S Chaudhry

    I was confident of Shan Masood and predicated about his best on previous forum. You were surprised but I don't. Ahmed would have been added asset for this game but unfortunately had to sit out. PAK need to play session by session from now on and should play as long as possible. The runs will be automatically scored. Ajmal & Babar will get ideal surface to bowl out SA in 2nd innings. Misbah is key man now. Captain tuk tuk, go on with same approach. It is really demanded now.

  • Naresh28 on October 15, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    WELL DONE PAKISTAN...Especially new opener Khurram. Indian Fan

  • 2nd_Slip on October 15, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    See a lot of coms jumping the gun already, predicting victory for Pak. SA are a champion side that always starts slow in a series need i remind you of the first day of the first test against Eng last year, and the series against Aus so take a chill pill people, they will prove once again that they are the best test side in the world by taking a draw out of this match and winning the next one.

  • Solid_Snake on October 15, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Lol..I still remember a lot of people posting that 'Pak will not cross even 200'.Some posting that Pak team cant win against Zimbabwe so they cant win from SA...With Pakistan in driving seat now,I bet all of those people would be so happy now :P

  • on October 15, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Kudos to Karachi boyz both Khurram Manzoor and Shan masood- After a long time we have seen a great partnership by the Pakistani openers- hope they continue to perform like this and if Pakistan batting line up settle then we have a potential to become a formidable side with the Best bowling attack.

  • PPL11 on October 15, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    I think SA really made selection blunder here, What will three fast bowlers will do on this track? two are enough with Kalis, bring in extra spinner in form of Tahir

  • on October 15, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    @PrasPunter

    You called WC 1992 the best format. Don't tell me so. The only team (South Africa) that most deserved to win that world cup was ousted (deprived) to move further. 22 runs required in 1 ball. PAK played wonderfully in S/F & Final courtesy to Akram, Inzy, Moin. But same PAK was struggling in round robin format and got important 1 point in almost lost game against ENG. That changed the fortunes for PAK. Formats can't be excuses but the rules & regulations that governed the format need to be questioned. Yet people like you are tagging one of the finest ODI unit as Chokers. It's a sad part for all cricket fans.

    @Blade-Runner

    Is it necessary to put IND on every forum? Please don't tell anymore about LION's den everytime everywhere. Every match or most matches of the SL tour are organised on RPS, Colombo and you are counting those wins. In fact about recently concluded SA's SL tour. Truly RPS champion only.

  • zzby on October 15, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Azhar Ali out and Sohaib Maqsood in. He bowls off spin also which would be a handy fifth bowling option. Or move younis at 3 and make room for Umer Amin as he can bowl some cutters.

  • on October 15, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    well played by Pakistan. 1st they bowled out a good batting lineup for 249 on a Flat wicket.

    Then openers were perfect. Shaan and Khurram played really well. I was also confused when shan was included instead of ahmed but he played really well and proved the selection right.

    Khurram played well for maiden 100. And it was a good innings.

    But Pak need more contributions from others. Younas got a good unplayable one. Azhar was lazy.

    Misbah on 44 and after a long time looked more easy may be because he came in at 173/3 not 25/3.

    Good thing for PAk regular opener still in with new ball. Misbah & others may have problem.

    PAK need this lead as much as possible.

    Still too early to say who is in charge but PAK is ahead at the moment. They are batting last and their batting is uncertain. so they have to make most of this chance to take good lead.

  • cricket_craze234 on October 15, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    the scorecard only looks good because manzoor and shan played good attacking cricket. if hafeez and imran were still in the team the score would have been 50-4. Asad and Azhar have to improve their game, if they are to keep their place. And younis needs to score consistenlty: he only seems to score when the top order collapses. And misbah needs to understand that fifties in test cricket isn't good enough, he needs to convert them into big scores.

  • gnanzcupid on October 15, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    @blade_runner mate. Have to give full credit for pak batting today. They definitely are the best bowling and the second best batting side in your subcontinent. India has a poor away record and its largely because they have one of the weakest bowling lineup(next to lanka) but definitely their batting is better than the others in the subcontinent and also they have talented youngster on the field and not just in papers. Accept the reality mate.

  • on October 15, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    good from Khurram and shaan. And positive from misbah because he came in with Pak in good position.

    Real test begins now with new ball. It is good that a proper opener is still there. Must be tired but good. Misbah and others will have a problem.

  • on October 15, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    I wish Pakistan carry o this perfomance in next Matches too Manzoor and Masood looking in very nice form and Misbah should work on Azhar ali

  • SurlyCynic on October 15, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    I said before the game they should select Tahir over Peterson as he is more attacking.... and I say it again now! How useless and harmless Peterson is, on a track where spinners are needed to take wickets. He can't even keep the runs down. Domingo needs to man up and make some tough decisions with this team.

  • on October 15, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    South Africa need a change...I think d top order is OK but Neil Mckenzie should back into the mix.Mayb at #6 and Duminy at #7.Drop either Philander or R.Peterson and bring in Tahir.He is an attacking option,most legspinners unlike Peterson.They have to do away with Du-Plessis on these surfaces\

  • sachinisawesome on October 15, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    @ Atif Uzair Saleem Please provide more informaton about the imaginary ODI & Test series win of SL in Aus.

  • Resultpredictor on October 15, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    SA coming back strongly in this match. This is the real no.1 side

  • on October 15, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    good from shan and khurram but need something better from others if pak want to control it. Younas got a good one. but azhhar played a lazy and poor shot. pak need a big lead to win. They are batting 4th and SA will come hard in 2nd inings.

    Plenty of time left in game so it is very much even at moment.

  • PrasPunter on October 15, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    @bigdhonifan, do you remember anything called the WC 1992 ? Do you remember how Pak made one of the stunning comebacks to win that edition in Aus ? That was a very very super effort from Imran's boys back then when a youn Wasim Akram was wrecking havoc. Along with 1999, 2003 and 2007 WCs, 1992 is one of the finest WC victories because of the tougher formats those was played with, unlike the fake formats of splitting teams into pools and getting to QFs by beating lesser teams.

  • romirom on October 15, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    ned for change. Azhar seems to be clueless in his foot movement. He needs break. Lok what hapen when young guys given chance.

  • on October 15, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Its too early to comment on performance of openers

  • on October 15, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    'Desert heat' and the 'slow track' took the sting out of Proteas quicks and the Pakistani batsmen making hay. "Pleasantly surprised" to see the scoreboard reading Pak: 178/2. A sizeable lead looks assured and with the ball turning viciously from the foot marks, South Africa is on the back foot/facing an uphill task to save the test. Pakistani spinners will prove a handful in second inning. Go Pak Go, ya beaut !

  • on October 15, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    i dnt think india lol to be honest srilanka only asian team won ODI and Test series like Australia

  • PakEditor on October 15, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    At 101/0 with both Pakistani openers on 50 each and 6 South African bowlers toiling hard, I couldn't help but notice that all but 4 Pakistani bowlers skittled the opponents for less than 250. Something has gone really awry here, or about to.

  • on October 15, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Welcome to Asia Mr.Steyn and Proteas- Get ready for some real thrashing.

  • on October 15, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    UAE is paradise 4 Pakistan . Inshallah we will win. Pakistan Zindabad

  • xtrafalgarx on October 15, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    It's without any real evidence, but i just have a gut feel that SA are in for an almighty fall in the next 2 years. Smith and Petersen as a combo haven't really clicked though Petersen already has 5 hundreds in quick time, Amla is beast but how long can his form continue? De Villiers averages 50 now but has never really struck me as consistent and i think eventually the keeping workload will get to him. I'm not yet convinced by Faf Du Plessis, though he got that hundred to save the test back here, Duminy looks alright, but Kallis can't hold on much longer. You never know how long fast bowlers will last with steyn and morkel 29/31.

    They don't have a good spinner and they are a very mature side, even worse they are really close together in terms of age with the nucleus of the group around 29-34. That's not to say they will lose this match here, but if they do, it could be the beggining of the end of a pretty good era.

  • on October 15, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    people talk about dale steyn as one the greatest for me he is great but not the greatest ! compare him with some great like shoib akhter ( capable of greatest) akhter is better than styen , he can rip through any surface no matter how slow and dry it is , the quality of akhter was something else.

  • Mervo on October 15, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Another weird wicket. Even a part time tweaker like Duminy looks dangerous. Odd game cricket when wickets only play one way.

  • bigdhonifan on October 15, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Top 3 teams in Asia 1. India, 2.Pak 3. Ban ... I think Srilanka is with no batting and bowling... just some mediocre all rounders with flat track bullies like Sanga and Mahela who are fading day by day. meanwhile Pakistan and Bangladesh showing class against top ranked teams.

  • Ray24 on October 15, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    @greatest game: De Villiers fell due to his laziness, nothing beyond that. He had to get back in his crease for the ball to be considered dead.

  • on October 15, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    This pitch has become really slow and there is no turn for the spinners. We are heading for a draw guys (F)

  • bigdhonifan on October 15, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    As expected so called #1 team South Africa is struggling. they must understand there is cricket outside Eng, Aus, NZ and SA...

  • bigdhonifan on October 15, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    @Blade-Runner but India is the only Asia team who have won tournaments and test outside home country... Any doubt

  • PrasPunter on October 15, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    No offence meant for the best test team in the world, but to see Pak doing well inspite of the odds stacked against them itself is great pleasure. Best wishes to the Pak team !!

  • maddy20 on October 15, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    @Blade-Runner In your dreams. SA's W/L vs India is 1.71, and vs SL its 2.0 . Your claims that England has thrashed india in India cannot be further from the truth. It was their first series win in India in 30 years. Their over all W/L ratio vs SL is 1.28 and vs Ind its 1.0. Also do you know SL has not won a single test in India won 1 each in Eng, SA, Aus, Eng and lost a ton in all their years of test cricket! These so called lions are worse than Bangladesh overseas!

  • on October 15, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    england came in dubai last year and lost 3 test here and pak lost to south africa in south africa and now pakistan turn to win all test against south africa m i right

  • on October 15, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    75 on debut. not bad

  • Blade-Runner on October 15, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    @gnanzcupid ; If India has the best batting lineup, how do you explain the India's away record of 8 loses - 0 wins ? LOL Sweet !! LOL

  • on October 15, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Pakistan haven't lost a test match in UAE in the recent past (apart from the 2 tests against Aus in 2002) Their record here is even better than their own home grounds back in Pakistan. Lol!

  • on October 15, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    @Posted by Greatest_Game on (October 15, 2013, 9:49 GMT): i agree with all of your comment and disagree with the person you are referring to.

    But this "3rd best fell to a terrible umpiring decision"? How was that terrible umpiring decision? even tv commentators from SA were very much about it.

  • sachin_vvsfan on October 15, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    There is plenty of time left in this game and Pak top order should make the most of it. Don't let SA comeback in second innings. US neutrals always like to see the underrated teams to do well against big teams.

    Long Live test cricket.

  • on October 15, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    i think south africa now feeling the real heat /////////////////////

  • Blade-Runner on October 15, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    @SLslider ; Your comments are always baseless, illogical and immature. SA is the rank no. 1 team for a reason. They have done very well around the world, including the sub-continent. In India - won-5, lost-5 --- In Pakistan- won-2 , lost-1 ---In UAE - no wins n no loses ---In BD- won-4, lost-0. They have failed only in Lion's den, Sri Lanka - won-2 n lost-4.

    Aus and Eng have also excelled in the sub-continent. Don't you remember England thrashing India "2-1" in India a few months ago. So don't be so naive to question the class of the players like Steyn, Kallis, Amla, AB n so on. Regarding this match, it's only the day 2 n a plenty of time left. So, nobody has been exposed, as you said. lol

    Having said that, nice going Pakistan !!! It seems Pak batsmen have decided to step their game up.

  • gnanzcupid on October 15, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Very good batting stand by the pak openers. The pakistani test side has the best bowling lineup and second best batting lineup(next to india) among the subcontinent countries. Bangladesh are ever improving. Lanka is the worst test team in the subcontinent.

  • Greatest_Game on October 15, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    @ SLslider Best batsman in the world scored a century. 3rd best fell to a terrible umpiring decision. Don't get ahead of yourself. SA are yet to click.This is a 5 day game. Lots can happen.

    There is a reason they have not lost an away series in 7 years.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on October 15, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    So the great SA bowlers are mortal after all... Hey, I know it's early in the game yet, but it's amazing how many fans come onto other threads and hype up certain bowlers and claim they'll rip through any opposition on any pitch... It's not looking so simple anymore is it?

  • Charlie101 on October 15, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    UAE a tough place to play and Pakistan will have Ajmal bowling in the 2nd innings. England came well and truly unstuck when we visited here and SA will have to play well to avoid a similar problem. Amla is such a class act he may bat SA clear of trouble .

  • on October 15, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Well done by Shaan and khurram. I was also a bit confused when they picked shaan instead of Ahmed. But this selection proved right.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on October 15, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    @Daniel Lopez Lets not dream about innings victory as in Test match there are two innings remember? I have a feeling South Africa will come back strongly in second innings but honestly this Pakistan team is far better than one played in South Africa.

  • SaadRocx on October 15, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Am I day dreaming or something? Pak 82/0 at the moment and openers batting steadily SA'n bowlers aren't doing much at the moment apart from Sledging...this proves that Pak bowlers bowled their heart out on a absolute Road...

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on October 15, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Team is selected by Moin Khan and not Misbah after a long time and we can see the difference opening stand of 82 runs and they say only Misbah score runs :D Well, if Moin Khan stays as team manager we can have good players selected in playing eleven like Muhammad Irfan, Zulifqar Babar, Shan Masood, Khuram Mansoor and dropped Nasir Jamshed, Muhammad Hafeez and Ehsan Adil, Rehman, we can see the difference, but its still too early to make a conclusion, welcome to our home ground number 1 SA.

  • malepas on October 15, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    I think SA will find out soon that playing against Pak in UAE is not for faint hearted,last time they played there, PAK was going through a treble time after 2010 English saga, Misbah was new to the job, they opted the road tracks to played out a drawn series but not this time. All saying SA has the best bowling attack in the world, NO, they have the best attack for quick/seaming wickets but they don't have all round attack like England and even they found wanting in UAE and they were NO 1 at that time, PAK would need to make 400 plus so they don't have to bat long in 4th innings. They just need to keep their heads down and keep scoring runs.Good luck guys.

  • on October 15, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    oh i am astonished when i came to know that pakistan opening pair has done a fantastic job..... keep it up

  • SLslider on October 15, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Best team of the world, Best bowlers of the world, Best batsmen of the world. Take bounce and grass away from the pitch and situation changes completely . I think teams like SA, England, Aus should understand that if sub continent teams fail more often outside sub continent then they SA, ENG, AUS also get humiliated in Sub continent. So there is no team which can be considered best in the world. Steyn, Philander and morkel and going to get exposed and apart from Amla and ABD nobody will be able to bat properly in the second innings. All pakistan have to do is get a lead of 100 odd runs and they are well and truly on their way.

  • on October 15, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    @swauzzie

    @xtrafalgarx

    Oh really???? I can appreciate your self believes. But a battle on the ground is totally different than on the keyboard. It is a Test of skills in between the two than any verbal arguments. Any way rankings don't count any more in Tests as usual as like tags on facebook which don't interpret the real identities. But these tags are more important for their fans for jumping up & down on the forums.

  • Ibrarhunzai on October 15, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Lets hope Pak win the series 2-0 :P

  • on October 15, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Keep things simple and SA will feel loads of heat :)

  • crick_sucks on October 15, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    rooting for Pak. Whitewash the saffers as you did the Eng side.

  • on October 15, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Both play really good. specially Masood show his temperament on debut., now their duty is to just play their natural. as they play in first setion.

  • on October 15, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    its about time to give it to S african , pile some runs lads and go for the kill in 2nd inning. what are the odds of a an innings victory for pak ?

  • on October 15, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    cant believe this is Pakistan batting out there. Nice job guys keep it up.

  • on October 15, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Great show boys keep it up! Grind them deep into the sand :D

  • on October 15, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    well played by PAK openers after bowlers did a great job to restrict a quality batting lineup on flat wicket. 77/0 in 22 overs is really an impress start from 2 not so experienced openers. Shan impressed as well as khurram.

    still a lot more to do as pak will be batting last on this wicket.

  • Shazy777 on October 15, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Pak 77/0 at lunch day 2.... wpw great start

  • xtrafalgarx on October 15, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Just like is Australia, South Africa look like slow starters. They looked nothing but the world's no.1 team when they came here but they stood up when it counted, they will be looking to do that today.

  • on October 15, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    well done by PAK bowlers. It looked like a good flat wicket on day 1. only few balls moved later in the day and after loosing toss. 249 against a top team really good.

    At moment 49/0 in 13 overs is good going for pakistan. and the more ball gets old, it will be easy to bat on.

  • swauzzie on October 15, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    SA are a great team at home & away from home. They will bounce back for sure. They have the worlds best bowling outfit & some of the worlds best test batsmen. I personally don't root for the Saffers, but I can appreciate class when I see it!

  • swauzzie on October 15, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    SA are a great team at home & away from home. They will bounce back for sure. They have the worlds best bowling outfit & some of the worlds best test batsmen. I personally don't root for the Saffers, but I can appreciate class when I see it!

  • on October 15, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    well done by PAK bowlers. It looked like a good flat wicket on day 1. only few balls moved later in the day and after loosing toss. 249 against a top team really good.

    At moment 49/0 in 13 overs is good going for pakistan. and the more ball gets old, it will be easy to bat on.

  • xtrafalgarx on October 15, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Just like is Australia, South Africa look like slow starters. They looked nothing but the world's no.1 team when they came here but they stood up when it counted, they will be looking to do that today.

  • Shazy777 on October 15, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Pak 77/0 at lunch day 2.... wpw great start

  • on October 15, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    well played by PAK openers after bowlers did a great job to restrict a quality batting lineup on flat wicket. 77/0 in 22 overs is really an impress start from 2 not so experienced openers. Shan impressed as well as khurram.

    still a lot more to do as pak will be batting last on this wicket.

  • on October 15, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Great show boys keep it up! Grind them deep into the sand :D

  • on October 15, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    cant believe this is Pakistan batting out there. Nice job guys keep it up.

  • on October 15, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    its about time to give it to S african , pile some runs lads and go for the kill in 2nd inning. what are the odds of a an innings victory for pak ?

  • on October 15, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Both play really good. specially Masood show his temperament on debut., now their duty is to just play their natural. as they play in first setion.

  • crick_sucks on October 15, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    rooting for Pak. Whitewash the saffers as you did the Eng side.