Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd Test, Dubai, 4th day October 26, 2013

South Africa preserve away record in Test series

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South Africa 517 (Smith 234, de Villiers 164, Ajmal 6-151) beat Pakistan 99 (Tahir 5-32) & 326 (Shafiq 130, Duminy 3-67) by an innings and 92 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

South Africa's unbeaten run in Test series on the road will extend even further after their victory in Dubai, which allowed them to share the spoils of this two-match rubber with Pakistan. The last time South Africa lost a Test series abroad was in Sri Lanka in 2006. Since then, they have become the No. 1 ranked Test team and they will stay there, but their lead will be cut by four points by virtue of the drawn series.

Pakistan have risen to No. 4, thanks to their victory in Abu Dhabi, but were unable to protect fortress UAE, losing in their adopted home for the first time since moving here in 2010. They went down fighting though, with Asad Shafiq notching up his highest score in Test cricket and sharing in a 197-run fifth wicket stand with Misbah-ul-Haq, which kept South Africa in the field for much longer than they would have anticipated.

On the fourth evening, AB de Villiers said the team felt they were one wicket away from running through Pakistan. That dismissal came 20 minutes before tea as Misbah, who had treated South Africa's attack with the caution of someone handling a shipment of crystal glasses, gifted Dean Elgar, the part-time spinner, his first Test wicket. In Elgar's second over, Misbah attempted to slog him out of the park, but got a thick outside edge which Jacques Kallis collected at first slip.

That ended a vigil in which Misbah had ushered Shafiq to his second century against this opposition, and the fourth of his career, and seen off the second new ball to put Pakistan in a position to frustrate South Africa even further. They had only one wicket-taking opportunity before Misbah's lapse in concentration, when Shafiq was given out lbw in the fifth over to a Vernon Philander delivery that pitched on leg-stump and hit him on the front pad. He was on 36 at the time and reviewed with replays showing the ball would have missed leg stump.

Shafiq survived and went on to play a balanced innings combining defence with attack, particularly against the spinners. His footwork against Imran Tahir and JP Duminy was excellent, typified by the shot of the day - a spank over midwicket off Tahir.

Misbah was more stoic, nudging the ball into spaces and encouraging Shafiq to keep the scoreboard moving, but not too quickly. They both brought up half-centuries off 121 balls before slowing down as the second new ball came. Once comfortable against it, Shafiq pushed past his captain after lunch. He danced into the nineties with a boundary off Duminy and brought up his century with a square drive off a full and wide ball from the same bowler. Encouragingly for Pakistan, once the milestone had been reached, Shafiq kept going.

Misbah will be furious that he did not do the same. Although South Africa's attack did not lapse into the lazy short-ball showing they put on in Abu Dhabi, they seemed to be running out of ideas. After trying everything from having two short midwickets in against the spinners - between whom Shafiq threaded the ball through - to having two short covers in for the quicks, Smith turned to Elgar to buy time.

Smith would probably not have imagined getting a wicket off the tactic, Elgar's delivery was innocuous as well, but once Misbah ran out of patience, the result was a foregone conclusion. Pakistan's tail proved pesky to remove even though they were without Zulfiqar Babar, who did not bat because of the torn webbing on his right hand.

With a ball short of 10 overs remaining in the day, Shafiq, after resisting for seven hours, was stumped off JP Duminy, to give him the same number of wickets as Tahir in the innings - three.

On this day in 1952 Pakistan won their first Test, beating India in Lucknow. They did not have reason to celebrate on their anniversary but they did enjoy some positive signs as they dragged the Test late into the fourth afternoon and pushed South Africa as much as they could given their first innings failing.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • proteasfire on October 26, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    Congrats South Africa!! A strong comeback especially after losing the first test match. With Amla out, the onus was on Smith, Kallis and AB to deliver the goods and two of the seniors handled the situation amazingly well to inflict defeat on Pakistan. Imran proved he is much better than Petersen in spinning tracks. Kudos to him as well for maiden five wicket haul. Overall a commendable performance from the number one team and great away record continues. Though the ball tampering took out some shine from the victory, it was nothing less than a typical South African performance in tests and they are truly #1.

  • on October 26, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    SA: well played. A good comeback from 1st test when they were left behind on all days. they bowled well in 1st innings. took full advantage of some poor paksitan batting. Getting a team out on 99 on this kind of wicket after losing 1st test is a remarkable. That is what Top teams do. Tahir's inclusion proved so vital & match winning.

    Then the best thing was their batting. They batted beautifully lost only 2 wickets to catch up to pak's 99. Smith came in to form at the right time. and showed that he should be named with other greats of games. That was a fighting innings. ABD got 2 let offs but he made them count, never gave up and scored bi 100 in a big partnership. scoring freely and punished paksitan. Taking game away from Paksitan.

    Fans will be bit disappointed after seeing batting in this match but same pak's fan can say.

    SA a no1 team could have only satisfied with series win but after the 1st test match 1-1 is not that bad for them. their record of not loosing away intact.

  • DINESHCC on October 28, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Adnan Akmal's one dropped catch turned the test series 1-1 instead of 2-0

  • Major85D on October 27, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Pakistan lost the 2nd test by an innings and 92 runs, and there are still pakistani fans and officials, who are thinking, that we have a good cricket team. Wake up!!! last place in champions trophy, lost a test match against zimbabwe and many many poor performances more. It´s time for some big big changes!!

  • on October 27, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    England lost 3-0 to Pak away and SA came back to draw the series. The playing conditions are alien to both teams, the results illustrate the difference between the no1 and no2.

  • simpleadmin on October 27, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    @alipk52 Srilanka best team in asia,,ha ha what a joke,,,i guess u r still in 96,its 2013 mate ,,,how can u say that srilanka can win anywhere,,,i guess u have forgotten that srilanka have not yet won in australia...also they have not yet won in India,,,be aware of the stats and then judge a team..I agree India struggle on seaming conditions,biut they have talent who could tackle tricky conditions overseas which they have done in odi's,very soon they might do in tests as well,,,unfortunately same thing cannot be said about other subcontinent teams...Srilanka is good team,but not best teamm in asia currently,,,that tag certainly belongs to India as they are world champions and were no 1 in tests for one and half years...

  • sysubrceq0 on October 27, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    @alipk52 - what sri lanka won outside asia? Can you care to explain more? No test series victory, no tri series victory, no icc trophy, not many test wins. In Asia, not won a single test in India forget series. They are good in srilanka and play often with BD. Except Sanga, no one has decent average outside Asia.

  • pakfanfromnepal on October 27, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    I think PAK should select their best players from domestic circuit if they have to win test matches. They lack quality batsman. I heard much about, F Alam, H Sohil and so on... and they are performing really well in domestic circuit. Thus they must be selected along with S. Maqsood. I saw him playing against ZIM and looked good player. and I think A Ali should be dropped because of his recent form. In addition, players link A. Shahzad, N Jamshed, U Amin, U Akmal must be given more chances in test becoz they are the future of PAK batting once Misbah and Younus retires. In addition, PAK should solve WK option and i would definately go to K Akmal as he is very good batsman (Even can paly as opener) with good technique. I dont know why he is not selected even for ODI.

    ...best of luck PAK team.....PAK fan from Nepal..

  • Pavinasen on October 27, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    S A did not not need this situation to bring their credibility into question.Unfortunately they cannot undo this and there will always be suspects in any game they play,No 1 is part of the process of leading by example.I am afraid they lost it.Any team that do dot play by rules & regulations of the game are guilty of misconduct and would always be looked upon with suspicion

  • asim229 on October 27, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Its interesting that people think Moin khan was a good keeper.I remember when he was playing then he regurarly used to miss 2 or 3 chances every match and it was only his batting and captaincy which made him better player.We also thought that Rashid was a much better keeper than moin but was not selected bcse he doesnot have many friends in board.Anyway it is very easy to blame someone but it is also very difficult to find a perfect player for each spot.

  • proteasfire on October 26, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    Congrats South Africa!! A strong comeback especially after losing the first test match. With Amla out, the onus was on Smith, Kallis and AB to deliver the goods and two of the seniors handled the situation amazingly well to inflict defeat on Pakistan. Imran proved he is much better than Petersen in spinning tracks. Kudos to him as well for maiden five wicket haul. Overall a commendable performance from the number one team and great away record continues. Though the ball tampering took out some shine from the victory, it was nothing less than a typical South African performance in tests and they are truly #1.

  • on October 26, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    SA: well played. A good comeback from 1st test when they were left behind on all days. they bowled well in 1st innings. took full advantage of some poor paksitan batting. Getting a team out on 99 on this kind of wicket after losing 1st test is a remarkable. That is what Top teams do. Tahir's inclusion proved so vital & match winning.

    Then the best thing was their batting. They batted beautifully lost only 2 wickets to catch up to pak's 99. Smith came in to form at the right time. and showed that he should be named with other greats of games. That was a fighting innings. ABD got 2 let offs but he made them count, never gave up and scored bi 100 in a big partnership. scoring freely and punished paksitan. Taking game away from Paksitan.

    Fans will be bit disappointed after seeing batting in this match but same pak's fan can say.

    SA a no1 team could have only satisfied with series win but after the 1st test match 1-1 is not that bad for them. their record of not loosing away intact.

  • DINESHCC on October 28, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Adnan Akmal's one dropped catch turned the test series 1-1 instead of 2-0

  • Major85D on October 27, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Pakistan lost the 2nd test by an innings and 92 runs, and there are still pakistani fans and officials, who are thinking, that we have a good cricket team. Wake up!!! last place in champions trophy, lost a test match against zimbabwe and many many poor performances more. It´s time for some big big changes!!

  • on October 27, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    England lost 3-0 to Pak away and SA came back to draw the series. The playing conditions are alien to both teams, the results illustrate the difference between the no1 and no2.

  • simpleadmin on October 27, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    @alipk52 Srilanka best team in asia,,ha ha what a joke,,,i guess u r still in 96,its 2013 mate ,,,how can u say that srilanka can win anywhere,,,i guess u have forgotten that srilanka have not yet won in australia...also they have not yet won in India,,,be aware of the stats and then judge a team..I agree India struggle on seaming conditions,biut they have talent who could tackle tricky conditions overseas which they have done in odi's,very soon they might do in tests as well,,,unfortunately same thing cannot be said about other subcontinent teams...Srilanka is good team,but not best teamm in asia currently,,,that tag certainly belongs to India as they are world champions and were no 1 in tests for one and half years...

  • sysubrceq0 on October 27, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    @alipk52 - what sri lanka won outside asia? Can you care to explain more? No test series victory, no tri series victory, no icc trophy, not many test wins. In Asia, not won a single test in India forget series. They are good in srilanka and play often with BD. Except Sanga, no one has decent average outside Asia.

  • pakfanfromnepal on October 27, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    I think PAK should select their best players from domestic circuit if they have to win test matches. They lack quality batsman. I heard much about, F Alam, H Sohil and so on... and they are performing really well in domestic circuit. Thus they must be selected along with S. Maqsood. I saw him playing against ZIM and looked good player. and I think A Ali should be dropped because of his recent form. In addition, players link A. Shahzad, N Jamshed, U Amin, U Akmal must be given more chances in test becoz they are the future of PAK batting once Misbah and Younus retires. In addition, PAK should solve WK option and i would definately go to K Akmal as he is very good batsman (Even can paly as opener) with good technique. I dont know why he is not selected even for ODI.

    ...best of luck PAK team.....PAK fan from Nepal..

  • Pavinasen on October 27, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    S A did not not need this situation to bring their credibility into question.Unfortunately they cannot undo this and there will always be suspects in any game they play,No 1 is part of the process of leading by example.I am afraid they lost it.Any team that do dot play by rules & regulations of the game are guilty of misconduct and would always be looked upon with suspicion

  • asim229 on October 27, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Its interesting that people think Moin khan was a good keeper.I remember when he was playing then he regurarly used to miss 2 or 3 chances every match and it was only his batting and captaincy which made him better player.We also thought that Rashid was a much better keeper than moin but was not selected bcse he doesnot have many friends in board.Anyway it is very easy to blame someone but it is also very difficult to find a perfect player for each spot.

  • alipk52 on October 27, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    In Asia, Sri Lanka is the best team right now, they can win anywhere, India's strength their batting fails like Pakistan in seaming tracks, And Pakistan well they fail even on flat tracks, Pakistan is 3 great top order batsman in need to be able to rule the world of cricket, believe me, there are many, as you can see in Quaid-E-Azam Trophy, but selectors keeps the same players giving chances repeatedly, Haris Sohail is one solid number 3 Batsman whom i believe will be best Alternate of current number 3 Azhar Ali, but it's not wise to drop Azhar Ali, He's still techincally sound batsman, just in need of professional coach instead of failure like whatmore, other is umar akmal, well he knows one way and thats to attack whether test or odi, and this is what Pakistan requires i.e aggression, his little innings will also help put bowlers on the backfoot, just let him play his natural game, plus not a bad wicket keeper either, there are plenty of talents but pcb's monopoly gets effected then.

  • on October 26, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    Last time when Misbah scored a century, he was 36, US Dollar was 86 and Petrol was 85.

  • on October 26, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    Today one of the rare moments of cricket history is being witnessed: I have been following pak cricket since i remember watchin tv, the tests, the odis, the t20s all are same to me, i have seen their best and their worst, their collapses and their phoenix like vengeance and at other times their sheer and brutal demolition... they have caused much heat break and at other times united the nation for a few hours... but i have never ever seen what is going down today at Dubai Stadium... Our team HAS LOST the match, they know its OVER but they are going down 'WITH A FIGHT' with a captain who wants to sink down with the titanic...

    This is pride people, something the green shirts have never shown before, this is History in the making... so tune in today and watch our countrymen finally fighting...

  • bouncer709 on October 26, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    @Sangeetchauhan: we have wicket keeper batsman, Muhammad Rizwan, his FC average 44 is better than Adnan 27 and 40 Sarfraz, and he is young too. But he need to wait till Misbah and Hafeez are kicked out as captain. they just give chances to players from their own domestic circuits. the same happened in Shan Masood (FC average 34) case too given preference over Fawad Alam 55. In SA series they had Ahmed Shahzad but did not gave him chance.

  • on October 26, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    great effort asad and misbah went down with a fight need umar in the team at 7 instead of adnan if they want to win. come on umar is the most talented batsmen in pakistan he can keep too infact he could play role like de villiers

  • on October 26, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    it shows the inability of Pakistani players to take pressure. they are not professional.

  • Mervo on October 26, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    This should not be seen as a 'series'. Two tests is not enough for that. The wickets were pretty average with three of the greatest fast bowlers in the game being neutered and only 6 wickets in two innings.

  • on October 26, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    Remove Akmals from Pakistan team to save pakistan cricket .Same old story of batting failure, I wonder when batting will improve for Pakistan.Reasons need to be found out why Pakistan batting is left wanting.Even if Pakistan has to score a meager 100 runs to win a test match,you can never be sure that they can make it. All other teams in world cricket will do it in quick time but Pakistan.Even if they score 100, they will loose 7 or 8 wickets and barely scrape through. It has always been like this and needs to change.

  • imranmujtaba on October 26, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    excellent performance from SA, 10 out 10 for Smith and Imran Tahir - Misbah lack captaincy skills and no respect from team members.... Mr. tuk tuk can not performed when needed, 9 out of 10 time when Misbah perform Pak losses - whether it was T20 WC final against India or last test game .... He ways of playing only take Pak downhill....... Pakistan has to look forward and find future captain and give more exposure to Asad, Umar Sohail or tother youngster above in batting order, instead of wasting them down in lower midde order and force them to plat rush shots to avoid tail enders taking the strike. I hope new PCB team will be selected soon and they will make good decisions.

  • -tanZeeEeel- on October 26, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    @ph _younus (bangldeshi fan) : On the ICC rankings... it is bangladesh, who are at the bottom. We Pakistanis, Masha-Allah are at 4th rank. B) Worried nation should be yours, bcoz bottom line, Go first; in the trash bins, Not the 4th ranked nation. LOL ... :D :D

  • on October 26, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    some funny comments about taking paks test status and that ban is better than pak. pak is 4th in test rankings and for last 3-4 years they are in the middle of table 4-6 never gone below that. that showa they may be poor at times but still performing in between and staying in there

  • Sangeetchauhan on October 26, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    what a disator for pakistan cricket after moin khan not produce a talanted wicketkeeper batsman just akmal brother's how many catches akmal brother's dropped untill this match umer gul is more better than adnan akmal total clueless batting. is there not any wicketkeeper in pakistan other than akmal brother's

  • on October 26, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    bdesh onlycan beat nz keep that in mind and advantage by playing in their backyard which pak doesnt have anyways pak did well they failed in first inn but in second they showed sum character

  • ph_younus on October 26, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Should i say now our dear PAK fans must stop talk nonsense about Bangladesh cricket and oil their own machine???? Pakistan is going to losse their test status very soon as most of their performing cricketer are too old and i dont see any promising young star coming.

  • ph_younus on October 26, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Should i say now our dear PAK fans must stop talk nonsense about Bangladesh cricket and oil their own machine???? Pakistan is going to losse their test status very soon as most of their performing cricketer are too old and i dont see any promising young star coming.

  • on October 26, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    warm_coffee.. do u even watch cricket...pakistan cricket attracts more spectators than probably every other intl team..

  • on October 26, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    Very good performance from South Africa.

  • Herath-UK on October 26, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    A good fight back by SA,a testimony to their No one rank. Sri Lanka could have ended their unbeaten away run if not for folly of SLC who postponed the recent Test series in SL. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on October 26, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    I wonder what will happen to Pakistan team once Misbah(39 Years old), Ajmal(36 Years old) and Younis Khan(36 Years old) will retire. Future of Pakistan cricket is really bleak and worrisome.

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on October 26, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    GoooooD....ELGAAR is a wicket taker bowler. he gets wicket whenever he does bowl in ODI or T_20 and TESt (almost ) he deserve permanent chance in team .BUT Smith never suports him .so .MR Domingo he will be a good and useful alrounder in all form of cricket ,SMITH should leave his own place for him ....good luck

  • JG2704 on October 26, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Well done SA - Showing the boucebackability of a deserved number 1 side.

    A shame there was no decider but IMHO SA had the momentum and would have won it.

  • Warm_Coffee on October 26, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Pakistan are a declining Cricket team. Only seniors doing most of the work. Cannot even attract any crowd because they are that pathetic and boring now.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on October 26, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    really well played asad shafiq. he has the potential to be the shikhar dhawan of pakistan. greetings from indian fan.

  • on October 26, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    I would have.loved to c Misbah get a hundred and that partnership to continue..

  • alipk52 on October 26, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Well apart from Champion Knocks from AB and Smith, lets not forget the tension Shafiq gave, I didn't count Misbah because I think there is no need to, He's a life savour of Pakistan's batting, but Asad Shafiq is the only one who performs under pressure, this boy is such a treat to watch when he's on song, but whom after that? I am really surprised such struggling batting line always go with six Specialists batsman, I haven't able to digest the presence of Adnan Akmal in the team, actually he's the one who helped Saffas win by dropping AB first ball, Though umpires helped him as well later on, I don't see any able batsman after top 4 in SA line-up, (though still better than Pakistan's top 3) but I must say we need good top 3, and Abdul Razzaq, we have a very good talent in shape of Umar Akmal who can keep better than his bros, so no.3 can be younis, and Razzaq at no.7 instead of Adnan makes it perfect line-up plus extra bowler, Kamran Akman plus 1 dashing opener needed.

  • on October 26, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Are there no better keepers in pakistan team other than akmal brothers?

  • on October 26, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    PAK: they ve themselves to blame. 99 all out after winning toss on a wicket which is still ok to bat on 4th day was poor effort. they had their moment on 2nd morning but ABD got 2 let offs by keeper&Umpire & as soon as the lead crossed 100, they looked flat. Batting effort from top order in 2n innings was again poor. Almost no contribution from top 3

    Khurram had a 100 in 1st innings in 1st test but 3 ducks after that. the attitude which he showed in that 100 by talking to himself on whenever he had a poor shot was missing

    Azhar is out of form, need some rest now. this year only 1 score of 50.

    Younas had brain fade moment yesterday & today misbah did same after facing much tough tasks by some good bowlers. it was late though by that time but still a brain fade.

    Adnan costed Pak 164 runs & couldnt even score 10% of that. after 20 matches an avg of 26 is not enough in this team.

    After What happened in ZIM, a 6th ranked team will take 1-1 VS no 1 when they won 1st with full command

  • on October 26, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    not losing test series against Number one team in the world is indeed an achievement. Though opening stands proved fluke but Irfan showed that he can play test matches that's a positive to take

  • estwickg on October 26, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    It time ICC understands that it is not fair to the other test playing nations other than England and Australia that 2 test matches will not help progress test cricket or the development of players in the other countries. I believe that due to the limited schedules that is now available for test cricket, all countries should be limited to 3 test series. This series between South Africa and Pakistan is begging for another test.

  • Sports4Youth on October 26, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    It would have been a completely different story if Adnan Akmal had caught AB Deviliers first ball. Thereafter also he kept dropping cathes and generally he was shabby behind the wicket. He has not been keeping well for quite some time now. Time to move on from all the Akmals. Pakistan needs a good keeper who can bat. SARFRAS AHMED IS THE ANWER. Why is there so much discrimination against Sarfraz. Also young Rizwan is in the waiting, But first please move on from the damned Akmals.

  • fr600 on October 26, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    What happened to Hafeez, Kamran, Umar? PK needs them I feel.

  • on October 26, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    a clinical performance by SA and they truly deserved this... tahir has assured himself a place for a couple of series now and needs to work towards becoming a consistent performer for the side...I feel pak will fare much better if they choose better batsmen...umar akmal is being wasted though he is a great candidate for the no.4 spot ... azhar Ali is not good enough to play quality bowling ...the team should be like- shezad manzoor/masood/hafeez younis u akmal misbah shafiq m rizwan ajmal irfan junaid and Babar/riaz/gul .... this can form a great side over the next few years ...

  • appkhi on October 26, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    There should be third test so series will decide who is winner.. I do not know why they play two test match series .....in all major sports number of matches are odd number so there should be a winner... This is fine SA played good but Pakistan also polayed good is first match .. i see some fans who do not like Pakistan was saying after winning first match that they will because they are playing home series ... now they are saying pakistan is weak after loosing second test so before you put your opinion watch what you are writing ...

  • on October 26, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    what you People think about High rated wicket keeper batsman Muhammad Rizwan (Pakistan domestic player) rather than Akmal 's brothers http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/player/323389.html

  • on October 26, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Pakistan need freedom of my mind when they are batting, for this pakistan have to include strong batsman up in the order and also include bowlers who can also bat and Umar Akmal as a wicket keeper ( No other keeper is keeping wickets well then why not put U Akmal in that position atleast he can bat well )

  • on October 26, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    a hard fought series. SA fans will say why not such performance in 1st test. Pak fans will say why not same performance in 1st innings of 2nd test. SA fans will say why not 3 match series so SA may have won it, Pak fan will say for that as well because even in this match only 2 batsmen from SA stood up & Pak could have done better like they did in 2nd innings.

    Beauty of test cricket. 1-1 looks fair result. Both teams will feel bit disappointed but at the same time happy about performance.

    after loosing 1st SA will take 1-1. and Pakistan may have done better in 2nd but 1-1 VS no1 team, will be ok for them as well.

    SA still unbeaten in away series since 2006. and looks like to hold no1 for longer.

  • on October 26, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    In future Pakistan tea should b look like this Ahmed Shahzad Azhar Ali Younis Misbah Umer Ameen Umar Akmal Hafeez Umal Gul Wahab Riaz (Soon M Amir ) Saeed Ajmal M Irfan

  • EnglishCricket on October 26, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    So one-sided and hardly any crowd in this match.

  • on October 26, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    We are stupid we won the first match becauseKallis dropped shan masood we won in the second test match of two match test series against Australia in england coz Shane Watson dropped imran farhat in 2010 dropped catches happen and we got to live with it

  • on October 26, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    good effort from Asad and misbah but 418 lead is too much to score with 2 batsmen. They lacked the top order contributions. top 3 contributed nothing and younas as well.

  • on October 26, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    i would rather have kamran as wiket keeper, although his not a great wicket keeper he is a good batsmen. and at least the tail doesnt start with him.and he has the 3rd best average for dismissals fem w keeper of all time.

  • on October 26, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    we should all stop pointing fingers on anyone and at least start appreciating what the players have done so far and appreciate the efforts of everyone who tried their best. right now asad shafiq is the man of the moment for pakistan. and what happened with akmal is this match could have happened to anyone so stop blaming him. for God's sake he is still a teenager and far better than the rest of the players who were not selected in the playing 11. he cant be rashid latif or moin khan but he is one of the best options we have. so instead of pointing fi gers on him we should back him up and support him so he can focus on cricket and not on criticisms.

  • on October 26, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Adnan akmal is such a waste as he never played a inning which you could say supported Pakistan. I don't thing he must be in team anymore by the way there are lots of other changes needed aswell but this is gona be crucial as we need a wicketkeeper who must be a batsman. is akmal bros is only option for selectors? welldone misbah and Asad for struggling to go till a honoured loss.

  • on October 26, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Adnan Akmal is incompetent at this level, I think Umar Akmal should be the wicketkeeper batsman in all formats, surely he won't be any worse than his brothers, atleast he brings some batting options, also shorten the tail.

  • Jaybass32 on October 26, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Funny how comments change with each perfomance... Anyway the facts will remain steadfast when it's all said and done, this is the greatest SA side and are looking like they will dominate for a while to come. On the Kalls issue... SA have been quietly training the next number 3 and that No 3 is currently the best batsman in the WORLD (#SilentAssassin THE MIGHTY HASH!!!) The world will bow down and pay homage to this SA TEAM when it's all said and done(rediculous two test series and all) mark my words...!!!

  • Jadejafan on October 26, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    The Pakistan team is pretty old. Young players lack quality compared to most other teams. Pity what the team will become without the support of Ajmal and Misbah and etc.

  • on October 26, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Adnan akmal has costed Pakistan 165 runs in a big partnership along with umpire. And then he couldnt score even 10% of those runs. 20 Matches with 26 Avg is seriously bad in a team where batting is already fragile. We need a keeper who can bat big. Time to call in Rizwan.

    This Umpires call rule needs some changes. Receiving party feel greived. In this match few Umpire calls went against Pak. It will be better if its out no matter 1 % is clipping or 100%. Game is not about what umpire would feel, it should be the right decision.

  • on October 26, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Misbah was careless but he at least scored some runs . Adnan Akmal , however , is the real architect of South Africa victory with his very costly dropped catch of ABD. He only scored 5 runs . Sarfaraz isa much better wicket keeper and is also a much better batsman . He should be the Test Wicket Keeper for Pakistan . Team selection on merit is a big ask in Pakistan cricket . So the likes of Adnan Akmal and Kamran Akmal will continue to be selected in spite of their continuing poor performance .

  • on October 26, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    After misbahs' wicket it now appears a walk in the park for the proteas to level the series .I am still at a loss to understand why the worlds' best team has to go for ball tempering to outwit their rivals?

  • on October 26, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Why people critics Misbah??? Is there any batsmen (genuine) like him in the cricketing world (currently playing players)??? After playing significant innings in Tets, ODIs, and T20Is he has average of 46.06, 45.13 & 37.52 respectively. You won't find any of players with these averages... For 2013 He has most fifties in ODIs, leading run scorer in ODIs and 2nd Highest number of sixes in ODIs 2013. Still he is TUK TUK ??? He is CLASS!!! And he is a best leader, but the reason of failing as a leader is that most of players do not supports him. A car runs with all four tyres not by a single one. He always batted for Pakistan, never played for himself. That's why he doesn't have any Century in the ODIs it shows and proves him...

    Today he tried to attack the most weakest bowler of SA team to score maximum runs, he wants to avail the opportunity but this time LUCK wasn't with him... As always!!! Remembering the 2007 T20 World Cup...

    HATS OFF MISBAH!!! You have done your best!!! Great Job

  • on October 26, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    I was a bit optimistic that this match will go to 5th day,, as Misbah and Asad Played really well after New Ball had been taken by SA and I was hopimng they can play tomorrow IF WE SURVIVED last session(as I was hoping that Pak is not gona lose in 2nd session).. I still believe this match can go to 5th day,,, but after 10 to 15 overs there will be NEW ball and that will be the End of Pakistan

  • Zahidsaltin on October 26, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    MISBAH did the same as Younis did. Both of the senior players could have gone and gone but couldn't resist attemp to slog. As the wicket plays, match could have been saved if both the players had shown some maturity.

  • Match-winner on October 26, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    @bouncer709 - The whole team can fall apart, but people can only find Misbah at fault! Thank God, and then Misbah for the little respectability that you have in the match right now! May God continue to give Asad Shafiq and Adnan Akmal, and rest of the team the ability to keep fighting on, and do something miraculous...but at the same time, stop criticising the one man who at leasts consistently puts up a fight!

  • on October 26, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Like some SA fan said in SA's innings that this batting effort makes SA's fan feel bad that why couldnt they do it in 1st test.... Same now for Pak fans, this batting effort shows that pitch is still ok to bat on and the score of 99/10 in 1st innings is really a poor one after seeing so many runs scored after that.

    Misbah gave it away . a brain fade really. like younas and such dismissals make it more worse for Pakistan. They could have not won it after not much contribution from openers and Azhar Ali & Younas. But a good fighting partnership.

    Now Can Akmal make at least 75% of the runs which his drop of ABD costed Paksitan? a 100 ? can he ever score a 100?

  • on October 26, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    A brain freeze from Misbah Like younas. After passing many stiff tasks he fell on 88 and that gives SA opening. PAk could have not won it but could have made it more interesting.

    Now unless Adnan akmal score at least 75 % of the runs which his drop of ABD costed, it is not gonna go to 5 days. lol

    Good fighting innings from both Asad & Misbah. But almost no contribution from top 4 , especially openers and no 3 Azhar Ali, means this fight back is way too late. But good some runs for both of these guys. Pitch still look good to bat on and that makes pakistan's 1st innings more worse by getting all out on 99

  • bouncer709 on October 26, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Misbah once again could not change my belief about him, this is what I always think about him, he leave the ship sinking near the beach.

  • on October 26, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    These 2 player have to stay in the crease until Day 5 to win the heart of 20 crore pakistanis

  • on October 26, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Obiviously pakistan cant win or draw this match.but if they are able to take it towards 5th day.that will b huge victory for Pakistan.

  • on October 26, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    These two guy's has to bat 5th day of the test match till lunch then the chances arrives of 50/50 lose or draw not winning a match. Opener's again fail this shown that they are not good to bat against best in the world even thy doesn't survive a single over.

  • on October 26, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    sa bowlers back to their mediocre self when pitches have become flaccid.they cannot even bowl out one of the worst batting lineup in test cricket.tahir is showing why he was worst bowler in test history before this test match.

  • Captainman on October 26, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    barely any crowd even on a Saturday :)

  • on October 26, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    if these guyz can somehow miracalously bat out the whole of the 4th day.....well..... the result.of the match could be different.

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    760 runs in 6 matches against SA with average over 60...2 centuries and 4 fifties..best performance by any Pakistani batsman against SA....why on earth Taufiq umer is not in the team

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    keep going guys at least four sessions

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Good fighting innings from both Asad & Misbah. But almost no contribution from top 4 , especially openers and no 3 Azhar Ali, means this fight back is way too late. But good some runs for both of these guys. Pitch still look good to bat on and that makes pakistan's 1st innings more worse by getting all out on 99. Lead is way too big so still only 1 result possible. After 3 days , this is the 1st session pakistan can say was theirs. Or may be the 2nd morning session when they had their moments.

    It may well end today.

  • Pindia on October 26, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Brilliant by Misbah and Shafiq. Am I sensing the biggest upset ever in test cricket? Hope I haven't jinxed them by saying it, but let's dare to dream.

  • Pindia on October 26, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Brilliant by Misbah and Shafiq. Am I sensing the biggest upset ever in test cricket? Hope I haven't jinxed them by saying it, but let's dare to dream.

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Good fighting innings from both Asad & Misbah. But almost no contribution from top 4 , especially openers and no 3 Azhar Ali, means this fight back is way too late. But good some runs for both of these guys. Pitch still look good to bat on and that makes pakistan's 1st innings more worse by getting all out on 99. Lead is way too big so still only 1 result possible. After 3 days , this is the 1st session pakistan can say was theirs. Or may be the 2nd morning session when they had their moments.

    It may well end today.

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    keep going guys at least four sessions

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    760 runs in 6 matches against SA with average over 60...2 centuries and 4 fifties..best performance by any Pakistani batsman against SA....why on earth Taufiq umer is not in the team

  • on October 26, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    if these guyz can somehow miracalously bat out the whole of the 4th day.....well..... the result.of the match could be different.

  • Captainman on October 26, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    barely any crowd even on a Saturday :)

  • on October 26, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    sa bowlers back to their mediocre self when pitches have become flaccid.they cannot even bowl out one of the worst batting lineup in test cricket.tahir is showing why he was worst bowler in test history before this test match.

  • on October 26, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    These two guy's has to bat 5th day of the test match till lunch then the chances arrives of 50/50 lose or draw not winning a match. Opener's again fail this shown that they are not good to bat against best in the world even thy doesn't survive a single over.

  • on October 26, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Obiviously pakistan cant win or draw this match.but if they are able to take it towards 5th day.that will b huge victory for Pakistan.

  • on October 26, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    These 2 player have to stay in the crease until Day 5 to win the heart of 20 crore pakistanis