Pakistan v SA, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 4th day October 17, 2013

Pakistan wrap up huge upset

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Pakistan 442 (Manzoor 146, Misbah 100) and 45 for 3 beat South Africa 249 (Amla 118, Irfan 3-44) and 232 (de Villiers 90, Ajmal 4-74) by seven wickets
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The word 'unpredictable' has often been used to describe Pakistan sides over the decades. A month after the gloom in Harare, with questions hanging over their batting capabilities in Test cricket, they nearly beat the world's No.1 Test side by an innings in Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan took the six remaining wickets on the fourth day to bundle out South Africa for 232, a total lower than their below par first-innings effort, and set themselves a target of 40. They still managed a wobble, though, by losing three wickets for seven runs, but the old hands of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan secured Pakistan's fourth consecutive win against a No. 1 team in the UAE.

Pakistan's winning sequence at their adopted home began when they routed England 3-0 in 2011-12. The ICC Test Championship mace had since changed hands from England to South Africa and the holders appeared rusty after several months of long-format inactivity. Pakistan capitalised on that by dismissing them for 249 before their batsmen found form to take a massive first-innings lead of 193.

Pakistan had strengthened their hold on the Test at the end of the third day by claiming four second-innings wickets, including that of South Africa's best batsman and first-innings centurion, Hashim Amla. On the fourth day, they didn't allow South Africa's deep batting order to develop substantial partnerships either. They had to put with a defiant fifty from AB de Villiers, but his battle was a lonely one. South Africa managed only one half-century stand on the fourth day and the best they could do was stretch the game into the final session.

South Africa had resumed with a defensive mindset on a pitch that was assisting spin, still trailing by 121. Saeed Ajmal was brought on at the start and after five wicketless overs, he was replaced by the debutant left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar. For the second time in the innings, Babar struck in the first over of a spell as he beat Dale Steyn in flight and knocked down his off stump. South Africa's first sign of aggression this morning had cost them a wicket.

Duminy had marked his return to Tests with a fifty in the first innings, but his second stint lasted just five balls, and he reviewed his lbw decision to Junaid Khan in vain. De Villiers didn't get too many loose deliveries to put away and with four close catchers around him against the spinner, his defence had to be watertight. He stepped down the track to Babar and found the boundary past cover, before launching the same bowler for a six down the ground to bring up his fifty.

There was no Adelaide-style jailbreak from Faf du Plessis, though, as he fell just after lunch for a dour 9 off 55 balls, caught one-handed by Ajmal during his follow through. Robin Peterson was the only player of batting potential left and he added 57 with de Villiers to all but deny Pakistan an innings win. De Villiers played some elegant shots, punching the seamers through cover and punishing anything short from the spinners. Junaid looked to swing the old ball but strayed on to de Villiers' pads a few times and the batsman tucked them away to fine leg to get close to a century.

He was ten short of the milestone when he spooned Junaid straight to cover. Peterson and Vernon Philander gave South Africa the lead before a double-strike by Ajmal in one over limited it to 39.

South Africa's batsmen may have failed to come to terms with the conditions over two innings, but their bowlers did, albeit too late. The fast bowlers had figured out the right lengths with the new ball and Pakistan's top three obliged by edging behind the wicket, rolling back the months to their struggles in South Africa earlier this year. It should never have come down to this but Pakistan were left relying on Misbah and Younis to see them through. For South Africa, it was their first defeat since the Durban Test against Sri Lanka in December 2011, ending a sequence of 15 undefeated Tests.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on October 18, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    Mercurial Pakistan does it again. Terrific all round performance to derail the juggernaut, No. 1 ranked Proteas. It's amazing what 'change in scenery', induction of youngsters and involvement of a 'shrewd thinking mind' ( MOIN KHAN "the great" ) can do to the fortunes of a side white washed 3-0 few months back. Misbah and Moin Khan deserve all the accolades for engineering the comprehensive win. Misbah's aggressive captaincy/approach proved crucial/made all the difference and the Proteas were flat to the boards from day-1. Mr. Balachandran, it will be a major UPSET if South Africans can recover from scars inflicted at Abu Dhabi and bounce back (unlikely) at Dubai. Go Pak Go, ya beaut !

  • Harmony111 on October 22, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    @My dear Hash_Tag:

    My coup de grace for you to decisively demolish your arguments, Enjoy :-)

    Ref your comment of October 19, 2013, 19:03 GMT---

    Reg (a): I do not claim my innocence cos I never said I am some saint but yeah I am indeed claiming victim-hood cos like I said, you do have an unnatural & deep grudge against me of which I am a victim.

    Reg (b): How can you attribute what was said by Waugh to McGrath & other bowlers of Waugh's team? Attribute Waugh's statement to him only, you can't say that his bowlers also had the same opinion unless they too had explicitly said so. Thus, you were lying and I caught you :-)

    Reg (c): You never ever rebut me using logic but simply negate whatever I say AND you try to multiply your argument A1 by paraphrasing it as B1 & C1 & then you add lies to it to strengthen it further. Obviously you can neither follow nor keep an argument.

    Reg (d): Thanks for being so dignified & cordial to me here :-p. But insults from me to you? Show me where.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 22, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    @Attractivue. Check ranking first kiddo! The difference between the two teams is 38 rating points. Pakistan is not even in 3 digits! Out of 10 up to 4 or 5 can be considered as TOP and rest of them are bottom based on international standards. You can dream that your team will win everything from now onwards and reach at top. But do not forget that other teams too playing test cricket.

  • Harmony111 on October 21, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    @Hash_Tag:

    Hey dear what happened now? The moment I asked you to get logical and rebut your my reply to your A+B+C+D+E argument you have vanished. Is it because you do not actually want to indulge in a proper debate with me?

    I am sure you are still following this thread but are unable to produce any logical replies. I still request you to pls come up with a proper rebuttal to my prev reply to you. I would appreciate it.

    On another thread you gave a hint that Hash_Tag is your secondary profile and you are primarily someone else with whom I had debated a long time back and where you had lost which hurt you and you internalized it. I would ask you to be brave & use your original profile to debate with me provided you do want to have an honest, logical, informed, sensible, dignified debate with me & if you are capable of it.

  • Attractivue on October 21, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully, how is number 6 a bottom ranked team? Especially when number 6 is only 2 wins away from number 4?

    You watch kiddo, after the second test Pakistan will be number 4 and only couple of wins from number 2 position!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 21, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    A top level team has lost the game to a bottom ranked team - thats the upset. The 2 teams not even within 1 or 2 ranking differences.Pity that pak fan's can't understand that!

  • sharj33l on October 21, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    I wonder what is heroic in it?

    when pakistan visits africa, they win by an innings and 150+ runs and when pak has won it is just 7 wkts..

    where is the fun in that...

    batting wickets, nothing for pacers, magic for spinners and you are claiming to be the best side!

  • mazhar1234 on October 21, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    author how u called this upset i cant understand...

  • Attractivue on October 20, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    I don't get it, how is that an upset? Pakistan beat England when they were number 1 about 2 years ago, they have just beaten South Africa when they are number 1.

    It would be an upset if SA or England or Australia can beat Pakistan in UAE. It would be an upset if Pakistan beats SA, England or Australia in their home conditions!

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Upset? are you kidding? Pakistan is high standard team and can beat any team anytime.

  • Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on October 18, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    Mercurial Pakistan does it again. Terrific all round performance to derail the juggernaut, No. 1 ranked Proteas. It's amazing what 'change in scenery', induction of youngsters and involvement of a 'shrewd thinking mind' ( MOIN KHAN "the great" ) can do to the fortunes of a side white washed 3-0 few months back. Misbah and Moin Khan deserve all the accolades for engineering the comprehensive win. Misbah's aggressive captaincy/approach proved crucial/made all the difference and the Proteas were flat to the boards from day-1. Mr. Balachandran, it will be a major UPSET if South Africans can recover from scars inflicted at Abu Dhabi and bounce back (unlikely) at Dubai. Go Pak Go, ya beaut !

  • Harmony111 on October 22, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    @My dear Hash_Tag:

    My coup de grace for you to decisively demolish your arguments, Enjoy :-)

    Ref your comment of October 19, 2013, 19:03 GMT---

    Reg (a): I do not claim my innocence cos I never said I am some saint but yeah I am indeed claiming victim-hood cos like I said, you do have an unnatural & deep grudge against me of which I am a victim.

    Reg (b): How can you attribute what was said by Waugh to McGrath & other bowlers of Waugh's team? Attribute Waugh's statement to him only, you can't say that his bowlers also had the same opinion unless they too had explicitly said so. Thus, you were lying and I caught you :-)

    Reg (c): You never ever rebut me using logic but simply negate whatever I say AND you try to multiply your argument A1 by paraphrasing it as B1 & C1 & then you add lies to it to strengthen it further. Obviously you can neither follow nor keep an argument.

    Reg (d): Thanks for being so dignified & cordial to me here :-p. But insults from me to you? Show me where.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 22, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    @Attractivue. Check ranking first kiddo! The difference between the two teams is 38 rating points. Pakistan is not even in 3 digits! Out of 10 up to 4 or 5 can be considered as TOP and rest of them are bottom based on international standards. You can dream that your team will win everything from now onwards and reach at top. But do not forget that other teams too playing test cricket.

  • Harmony111 on October 21, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    @Hash_Tag:

    Hey dear what happened now? The moment I asked you to get logical and rebut your my reply to your A+B+C+D+E argument you have vanished. Is it because you do not actually want to indulge in a proper debate with me?

    I am sure you are still following this thread but are unable to produce any logical replies. I still request you to pls come up with a proper rebuttal to my prev reply to you. I would appreciate it.

    On another thread you gave a hint that Hash_Tag is your secondary profile and you are primarily someone else with whom I had debated a long time back and where you had lost which hurt you and you internalized it. I would ask you to be brave & use your original profile to debate with me provided you do want to have an honest, logical, informed, sensible, dignified debate with me & if you are capable of it.

  • Attractivue on October 21, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully, how is number 6 a bottom ranked team? Especially when number 6 is only 2 wins away from number 4?

    You watch kiddo, after the second test Pakistan will be number 4 and only couple of wins from number 2 position!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 21, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    A top level team has lost the game to a bottom ranked team - thats the upset. The 2 teams not even within 1 or 2 ranking differences.Pity that pak fan's can't understand that!

  • sharj33l on October 21, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    I wonder what is heroic in it?

    when pakistan visits africa, they win by an innings and 150+ runs and when pak has won it is just 7 wkts..

    where is the fun in that...

    batting wickets, nothing for pacers, magic for spinners and you are claiming to be the best side!

  • mazhar1234 on October 21, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    author how u called this upset i cant understand...

  • Attractivue on October 20, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    I don't get it, how is that an upset? Pakistan beat England when they were number 1 about 2 years ago, they have just beaten South Africa when they are number 1.

    It would be an upset if SA or England or Australia can beat Pakistan in UAE. It would be an upset if Pakistan beats SA, England or Australia in their home conditions!

  • on October 20, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Upset? are you kidding? Pakistan is high standard team and can beat any team anytime.

  • zxaar on October 19, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    @ Hash_Tag , your great batsman average 31 in bangladesh and 35 in sri lanka and England. The day Kallis averages 40 plus in every nation he is not even close to word "great". These numbers are fact not your A+B plus something subjective opinion. End of the discussion.

  • Harmony111 on October 19, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    @Hash_Tag:

    Oh yes, I dissect your hollow arguments, I destroy them one by one and all you do in return is to accuse me of all crimes from the Crucifixion of Jesus to the Holocaust to the attack on Mars without presenting a single evidence. Anyone can see how honest you are in your approach. All you do is to negate everything I say but you never present any basis for the negation. All you do is to say that cos I asserted A1 so I must be a sinner but you would never care to see the merits of that assertion A1. Your entire approach towards me is full of personal attacks and nothing else.

    If I say Kallis is not a great batsman cos he failed in this test match or cos his SR is a poor 45, how am I wrong? How do you see this is an attempt to flame? Do you even know what flaming is? I guess you should know it cos you do it all the time.

    Stop such attacks and get logical. Rebut my reply to your A+B+C+D+E argument or else you can keep quite and no one would mind it. Thank you.

  • Hash_Tag on October 19, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    @Harmony111. It is symptomatic of your approach that as soon as you are strongly challenged by anyone you resort to hiding behind one of the following: a) claiming you are innocent and that you are the victim of a "grudge". b) claiming that your opponent is issuing "lies" in order to establish what you then claim to be a "hollow argument". c) claiming that your opponent cannot keep to or follow an argument and thus that their argument is lost. OR d) you hurl insults in order to conceal your defeat. You sir are not innocent. Not by a measure. You are guilty of all the sins that you accuse others of committing: you flame and provoke, you twist, you use illogic, you seek attention. When from time to time I give you the peer scrutiny that you so crave it is clear that you cannot handle it. Like a man of wax you melt in the sun. The person who talks most of his own virtue is often the least virtuous and you sir talk far too much.

  • wrenx on October 19, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge Don't remember which"injury-hit side" you're referring to mate. England played at 100% full strength in that series (unless you're referring to Trott's upset tummy) and were beaten. There wasn't a single injury in the team that affected selection on either side. They bowled much better than South Africa did though, especially their quicks. Philander's a beast though, I think he'll do much better in the next game.

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    What??? :O it was huge upset?? Author you need to learn more about cricket and teams before putting title?

  • on October 19, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Muhammad Irfan 3rd, Junaid Khan 12th, Zulfiqar Babar 1st and Saeed Ajmal 29th match. Only Saeed can be considered as an experienced bowler. Pakistan team was short of one bowler but our bowlers still had strength and hardness to cope with weather conditions and SA batting line.

  • Harmony111 on October 19, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    @Hash_Tag:

    I have seen in the past that you hold a grudge against me. I don't know the specific reason but it seems you have a problem with me expressing my opinions. You will ignore every other evidence and pattern of comments by others but will pick on me if I use the same pattern. Even then, when I have replied to you explaining my thinking, you seem to reject it readily without ever looking deep into it. If this is your style so be it.

    Your A+B+C+D+E comment here is largely redundant and thus ipso facto an attempt to embellish a hollow argument.

    If A is true then clearly it implies C, D. B is patently false. What Waugh says for Kallis is not necessarily what his bowlers will say for Kallis. Waugh was not a bowler (basically). The sources I found do not say if McGrath et al said the same for Kallis. E is just your opinion. Kallis has an extremely poor SR and this just can't be ignored.

    So your A+B+C+D+E is basically A + Some lies. You want to prove Kallis is great bases on lies?

  • Fijicricket on October 19, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Pakistan should play the next game without doctoring the pitch to see what their real strengths are in normal conditions and pitches. If the keep doctoring pitches at home , they will keep losing to teams like Zimbabwe /Ireland/Kenya etc away from home

  • Hash_Tag on October 19, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    @Harmony111 (October 19, 2013, 6:17 GMT) In your reply to @Ryan Stephen your sophistry continues to amaze: Lets see if I can understand your logic: Let A be: Kallis gets lots of hundreds. Let B be: Kallis is held in awe by bowlers of one of the greatest cricket sides of all time. Let C be: Kallis is difficult to get out. Let D be: Kallis has no weakness. Let E be: Kallis has one of the finest records in the history of the game. Now, according to your logic A+B+C+D+E= Kallis is not a great player AND A+B+C+D+E = "actually a counter strength for the opposing captain". Even by your standards @Harmony - yours is a work of towering logic. Congratulations: Truly astonishing.

  • Harmony111 on October 19, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    @Greatest_Game: Your comment attempts to somehow prove that Kallis bats in tough conditions and so must be a great batsmen with that sort of avg. Well, did I ever say that Kallis is not a good batsman? Did I ever say that Kallis' avg is inflated? Nope. I have been saying all along that in case of Kallis people get affected by his avg a bit more than they should cos his batting style is such that he is bound to get runs although in a manner that is often tangential to the match situation.

    Talking of the links & stats you gave, does it not occur to you that in the last 6-7 years, only SA have any quality bowlers while every other nation has seen a severe decline? SA lost Donald & Pollock but in return got Steyn & Morkel. Other nations have lost more but got back little. Aus lost some superb bowlers & the current lot is not a patch on them.

    This means that SA can bowl others cheaply but can score a lot more facing weaker bowlers. This explains somewhat low agg avg but Kallis' high avg.

  • LionsofLanka on October 19, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Posted by Greatest_Game on (October 19, 2013, 0:23 GMT)

    We got your point. It's fair enough to defend kallis as an ardent SA fan. Harmony111 raised some serious q.marks on kallis which can't be neglected. Neil mckenzie was some thing better player than kallis but some how misplaced somewhere. He has much better flavour than kallis. Regarding SA is difficult to bat, I am having laugh to see such arguments. The highest score in ODI is 438 in SA, 6 sixes against fast bowler record (champ team England) was in SA and many many..

    The point is kaliis inching towards end of the career and with elgar, rossow are in the ranks, he shouldn't be hurdle in blocking future prospects of others. The others' opinions are equally important & can't be tagged as "aired in fake opinions".

    SA need to play cricket as much as ENG/AUS play which they deliberately didn't. It may be thoughts of fearing familiar to others so as to keep their no.1 raking intact. Nevertheless now everyone is familiar to them.

  • Harmony111 on October 19, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    @RyanStephen:

    To say that Kallis has no weaknesses to bowl to is not quite the same as saying that Kallis is a great batsman or is unstoppable. Kallis' batting style is such that in a country with super flat tracks such as India his SR is <40. The most usual way for batsmen to get out is when they play their shots. Only a tailender gets out even when he is not playing a shot. All other batsmen sometimes make a mistake in their judgement when they go for runs (whether a 4 or 6 or 1) and in the process they lose their wicket. Now, if Kallis is hardly ever going to play his shots then clearly his chances of staying at the wicket increase.

    Most captains would be happy to see Kallis bat all day cos he would bat all day and would end the day at 118* of 260 balls . This is a score any captain would accept. Kallis' no-weakness batting is actually a counter strength for the opposing captain :-)

  • on October 19, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Even with best players that have been available to Pakistan over the years, Pakistan has been unpredictable. The main period of stability was during Imran Khan's captaincy. Though during Wasim Akram and Inzimam eras too Pakistan saw some measure of stability. But to call this victory of Pakistan an UPSET is an utter disrespect to Pakistan cricket. As regards Pakistan's loss to Zimbabwe, anyone can lose to anyone on an off day. Zimbabwe played very well in their own backyard. I suspect that the way Zimbabwe is playing these days, other teams would also struggle against them when playing in Zimbabwe.

  • gnanzcupid on October 19, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    @slslider everyone here understands why you feel that the test ranking system is flawed. Is the t20 ranking system also flawed mate?

  • gnanzcupid on October 19, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    Some of them were trolling here saying that ajmal is not a good spinner,while herath is world class. Did they see this match? Ajmal is the best in the field. The Best spinner in asia and the world.

  • Greatest_Game on October 19, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    @ Harmony111, still ranting on about Kallis, asks "Who says Africa is the toughest place to bat? Once again a false opinion is being used to airbrush Kallis's batting."

    Cricinfo's stats editor, S Rajesh, says SA is the toughest place for batting. He has published several differing analyses indicating this. I don't make this up. Read the articles! Also, a simple statsguru search is helpful.

    Think before you accuse people of airing "fake opinions." These are not my opinions, but rather Mr. Rajesh's conclusions & what stats indicate. Kallis is a bone fide all time great. Your Kallis-bashing opinions have no place in an evidence-based reality.

    S Rajesh article: http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/392432.html Statsguru: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;template=results;type=aggregate;view=host

    S. Rajesh on Kallis: http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/245575.html http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/495719.html

  • MichaelBurton on October 19, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    Grow up Pak fans. Try to get what Kanishkaa Balachandran mention here without making fuss. It is a huge upset indeed. Nobody expected Pak to beat world No.1 SA because Pak never being a good batting team and it is only 6th in rankings. Even so called Pak great bowlers like Ajmal and Mohommad Hafeez became mediocre in latter periods. Think yourself? Isn't it a huge upset.

    Both the SA and Pak are just ordinary teams.

  • babayo on October 18, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    SA won at home due to pitch and conditions as does every other team that's what home advantage is. So why do pitch and conditions become a talking point in Asia? BTW Kallis is a great player !

  • RyanStephen on October 18, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    It is interesting how SA is suddenly a 'farce' #1 side after losing one match. It's seemingly irrelevant that thy haven't lost the last 18 matches before this.

    Suddenly they are green track bullies who can't play away from home, even though they haven't lost a series away from home in 7 years.

    This just indicates that there are many people out there who are looking for every excuse they can find to slam SA, but the stats defeat you.

  • on October 18, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    great win and much relief for Pak team since they lost to Zimbabwe. If pak team able to perform with same spirit then they may able to secured 2-0 victory over number 1 test side which would be real acheivement for a deprived test nation.

  • Fijicricket on October 18, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    If Sth Africa is to level the series , they have to find solutions for a doctored pitch

  • Chaudry_Cricket on October 18, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    First of all this is not an UPSET because Pakistan are a major cricket nation ...

    Congratulations boys ... I always said we need to remove the blessed in all facets Hafeez to bring a positive change at the top of the order. Khurram and Shaan were very positive which was good to see. All the bowlers bowled as a unit with a plan.

    Best part was the century by King Misbah ... Good luck for the 2nd test Green team

  • on October 18, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Kanishkaa Balachandran this match was not a upset at all. Anyone with knowledge of the game knew that Pakistan were favorites to win. This article is biased and does not give the Pakistan cricket team enough credit. The South African batting line up in my opinion is one of the best ever in terms of averages, ability to play spin, pace and also to score fluently. But the fact is that the Pakistan bowlers raised their game. The batsmen also played very sensibly, which was long overdue. However is still predict many people such as Kanishkaa Balachandran to be biased.

  • RyanStephen on October 18, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    Harmony111: "...but to the best of my knowledge, not one leading bowler in the world has ever said anything for Kallis in terms of being a challenge to bowl to "

    Where were you when Steve Waugh and his great (yes great) bowling lineup were complaining about bowling to Kallis saying that "He has no weaknesses to bowl to" They weren't complaining about any of the other batsmen...

    "That said, any bowler endorsing Kallis as a great batsman does not mean much for me"

    I guess McGrath, Lee, Warne and their captain Waugh don't mean much to you then

  • Hash_Tag on October 18, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    @Harmony111 as usual you seem to be a person with too much time on their hands - time you waste here provoking people with your preposterous nonsense. If you are not able to see that Jacques Kallis is a great player - then, quite frankly, the fault is one of myopia. Getting your kicks out of flaming forums is a shameful act. No wonder you are so unpopular.

  • anton111 on October 18, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    How can a team like Pakistan beat the number 1 ranked South Africans and yet manage to lose against lowly Zimbabwe?

  • Fahii on October 18, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Really disappointed to read the title of this article when biased bahaviour gona changed? well this is upset in only writter's mind not all over the world.

    upset was 2003 WC defeat to Pak vs Ind, when all legends were present in Pak.

  • Harmony111 on October 18, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    @The-love: You are free to have your favs but to the best of my knowledge, not one leading bowler in the world has ever said anything for Kallis in terms of being a challenge to bowl to or in terms of being unstoppable or in terms of being a really top quality batsman. We have heard several bowlers using similar words for batsmen like Sachin, Lara, Ponting, Gilchrist, Hayden, Viru, KP etc but I honestly don't recall any such praise for Kallis. If you can find such news then please send it to me, I will stand corrected then.

    That said, any bowler endorsing Kallis as a great batsman does not mean much for me. I got as much right to judge someone as anyone else. Kallis is not only old school, he is also from a bored school. His technique is good but his innings won't keep you awake.

    I have no problem with Kallis but I cringe when ppl label him as a great batsman or among the finest of the lot. He is just a very good batsman who filled his boots when batting got easy in 00s.

  • Harmony111 on October 18, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    @The-love: You are free to have your favs but to the best of my knowledge, not one leading bowler in the world has ever said anything for Kallis in terms of being a challenge to bowl to or in terms of being unstoppable or in terms of being a really top quality batsman. We have heard several bowlers using similar words for batsmen like Sachin, Lara, Ponting, Gilchrist, Hayden, Viru, KP etc but I honestly don't recall any such praise for Kallis. If you can find such news then please send it to me, I will stand corrected then.

    That said, any bowler endorsing Kallis as a great batsman does not mean much for me. I got as much right to judge someone as anyone else. Kallis is not only old school, he is also from a bored school. His technique is good but his innings won't keep you awake.

    I have no problem with Kallis but I cringe when ppl label him as a great batsman or among the finest of the lot. He is just a very good batsman who filled his boots when batting got easy in 00s.

  • Solid_Snake on October 18, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Everybody is talking about how Pak won because of the pitch & conditions..Just tell me one thing..Why can't Bangladesh defeat other teams when they visit Bangladesh?How was England able to win in India?It's really easy to take away the credit & put everything on the pitch & conditions.SA batsmen are not like othre teams who cannot play spin..They got Amla,Kallis,AB Devilliars who play spin really well.It's really a great achievement for Pak to win in just 4 days & such a convincing win.Still all i hear is the pitch conditions pitch conditions.Just see the past record of Pak vs SA....Pakistan was never comfortable against SA even in home conditions.We could not do any good back when we had big giants like Wasim Akram,Waqar Younis,Shoaib Akhtar, Mushstaq Ahmed & Saqlain Mushtaq.Still our record is not that great.This shows how good SA batsmen are.Still people say that Pak won only due to the cinditions.lol come on..Give them some credit which Pak team deserve.Defeating SA was not easy

  • on October 18, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    poorly titled article Pakistan team can beat any team in the world. lets write impartially and without a bias against Pakistan team . please !

  • The-love on October 18, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    @Harmony111 :- Come on dude....Even great bowlers admit Kallis,Sachin,Ponting,Lara are legends.Why to humiliate these greats in front of their fans.We all Indians love sachin and respect others too.Lets get together and enjoy kallis's remaining tests.After sachin,he is the only player from late 90's.I wish best of luck to Kallis for probably the last test against Pakistan.

  • zxaar on October 18, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    @Harmony111 "Who says Africa is the toughest place to bat? Once again a false opinion is being used to airbrush Kallis's batting." -------------------- The truth is that it may be tough for visiting team to bat but NOT for kallis , he does not need to face Steyn etc on that pitch. Kallis has made most of indian mediocre bowling. His records speak this. He has bad figures in England I believe where kallis is in similar situation as team visiting SA are.

  • Harmony111 on October 18, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    @Greatest_Game: Once again you are trying to give me your usual stats that you think somehow prove Kallis is something special. It does not matter a bit to you that I have countered these stats several times in the past but each time I do this you disappear and then you hope it will all pass over.

    My mentioning of Hafeez vs Kallis was only an indicative one but you deliberately chose to over-analyze it cos you had to type some words and be seen as rebutting me. Hafeez has his problems in Tests and I am not saying Kallis is like him. Kallis has an enviable test record but my main point was that why did he fail on the flat tracks on Abu Dhabi? Scoring 100s there is no big deal cos these are flat tracks but failing on them is a way bigger deal.

    Who says Africa is the toughest place to bat? Once again a false opinion is being used to airbrush Kallis's batting.

  • The-love on October 18, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Why only 2 tests??It would be great reply with 3-0.Come on Pak....don't lose the grip....Give hem 2-0....Best wishes from India....

  • on October 18, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Upset ? Pakistan has beaten all the number one sides in the world in their homeland and this cricket website is calling it an upset, we have the best bowling attack, enough to win the match any day...

  • OverDcovers on October 18, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    The Brief and quick reason for Pakistan's Victory is the absence of a Mediocre Club Level BUT Over rated International Player called Hafeez! He is very lucky to have played the length for his Country that he has and indeed his exclusion paved way for talented youngsters who gave the team a much needed Prolific start which strengthen their grip over the match. My suggestion is that Pakistan should exclude Hafeez from ODIz as well as he's a seriously technically flawed batsman who's mostly caught behind the wickets, so they should just play him (and that too just as a player) in T20z and let Shahid Afridi manage the team as Captain.

  • on October 18, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    It's touch sarcastic , bit irony & very much amusing to learn that this is an upset. Putting serious doubts to cricket knowledge & even short term memory of authors of these sorts of comments. Pakistan has humbled many times ranking wise number one or number twos in recent history & in past history... don't forget they just recently thrashed ICC ODI NO 1 at their own land.

    It's morale boosting & solid victory particularly for a team ich has been deprived of at least 50 % of its international exposure due to certain commercial & biased , prejudice & unfairly poised lobbies ruling over ICC.

  • on October 18, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    So why is it such a 'huge' upset? Is the author not following the progress of Pakistan in last -5 year's big events?

  • on October 18, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    There have been many speculations as the game becoming more bowlers friendly and rules being modeified in favour,,, but i would like to reckon how many of the batsmen have adapted to the new rules.... may be none...

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

    Though I am happy (but not very surprised) about the Pak win, I would caution all the fans over the premature chest thumping. This is a good performance for one game. SA WILL come on strong in the next test, you can count on that. Let's see how Misbah and the team perform - positive confidence but not complacent.

  • shizam on October 18, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Stop calling this an upset and change the title of the article. I hope you've been reading the comments on your very biased Title of this Article.

  • on October 18, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Good Luck Pakistan. Well done Team Pakistan

  • LionsofLanka on October 18, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    @SLslider

    Absolutely spot on mate. What would be happened if sena-herath were bowling and with lion's sharpness in fielding on such a wicket? Remember a total of 150 will be like 400 for safars.

    @Greatest_Game

    Sachin put down his gun. Now kallis has to do the same coz he is no more effective as before and you must realize this fact. Both kallis & you need to take a break. Kallis must retire now in the best interest of Safars now. Didn't you see him struggling in latest IPL? so Harmony111 asks "Am I wrong or am I being harsh on Kallis?". The answer is No. Absolutely not. We appreciated kallis as best all rounder after Sobers. But not now.

  • andrew27994 on October 18, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Great win for Pakistan and I'm especially happy for Misbah who finally got enough support from the batsmen. Hats off to the Pakistan openers for the way they played but it was dreadful to see the way the Pakistan top order choked again. They need to work on that. Zulfiqar Babar is an excellent prospect. The more I see of him, the better the impression I get of him. He seems to make a massive difference for the team. SA, on the other hand, were dreadful with the bat. I'm surprised at the failure of both Amla and Kallis who are considered as SA's best batsmen. That proved to make a huge difference to the result.

  • Solid_Snake on October 18, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Everybody is talking about how Pak won because of the pitch & conditions..Just tell me one thing..Why can't Bangladesh defeat other teams when they visit Bangladesh?How was England able to win in India?It's really easy to take away the credit & put everything on the pitch & conditions.SA batsmen are not like othre teams who cannot play spin..They got Amla,Kallis,AB Devilliars who play spin really well.It's really a great achievement for Pak to win in just 4 days & such a convincing win.Still all i hear is the pitch conditions pitch conditions.Just see the past record of Pak vs SA....Pakistan was never comfortable against SA even in home conditions.We could not do any good back when we had big giants like Wasim Akram,Waqar Younis,Shoaib Akhtar, Mushstaq Ahmed & Saqlain Mushtaq.Still our record is not that great.This shows how good SA batsmen are.Still people say that Pak won only due to the cinditions.lol come on..Give them some credit which Pak team deserve.Defeating SA was not easy

  • SirViv1973 on October 18, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    @Xtrafalgarx, I don't really think you can compare Kallis as Flinoff. Kallis has always batted at 3 or 4 and his primay job has always been to get runs. He has never been used as anything other than the 5th bowler although he has proved to be excellent in the role for much of his career. Freddie was more of a throwback to the great allrounders of the 70s & 80s, Botham, Imran, Kapil & Hadlee. like those guys AF either opened the bowling or came on as 1st change and he batted in the lower middle order at 6 or 7. Once he established himself in the test side it was clear his bowling was his stronger suite.

  • on October 18, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    this is not an upset and Pakistan is not a minow team,,If Pakistan lost 1 match against zimbabwe it doesn't mean pakistan is minow team,,a minow team can win world cup,T20 world cup,white washed England last year by 3-0,,fastest hundred by Afridi,fastest delivery by Shoib akhtur,,highest score 194 runs by saeed anwar (almost 10 years record)..and there is no International cricket in Pakistan from last 8 years still Pakistan is performing well out side the country,,,cricket world should acknowledge this and support pakistan cricket

  • John-Orford on October 18, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    I have long thought Pakistan is a truly entertaining side. You never know quite what you're going to get but there is always plenty of talent on view and top-notch spin bowling. Did they but have Ameer in the team . . .

  • SLslider on October 18, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    No. 1 team is nearing an innings defeat. Its amazing they are being beaten by a team which just lost to ZIM. So we can figure how good is the best team of the world. Well we can safely say that ranking system is flawed. Steyn and philander bowl on bouncy pitches and improve their averages and their batsmen too play in familier conditions and are termed as best but as soon as the ball starts spinning they become sitting ducks. I think their batsmen should learn from Sanga and Mahela or even thirrimanne how to play on all tracks and their bowlers can learn from herath and vass to how to bowl on spinning tracks. Pakistan are lucky to be playing against SA who are very mediocre in sub continent.

  • on October 18, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    willdone pakistan you a best all world no1 all da time good luck next game dnt gave up keep control

  • on October 18, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Of course it is a massive upset. The best team in the world lost in four days to a team that suffered defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe not too long ago. Well played to Pakistan who were far superior. The Proteas seriously need to consider their weaknesses. A replacement needs to be found for Alviro at the top of the order and Faf needs to get some runs soon. He has done very little in his last four odd tests.

    Regarding Kallis, he is getting plenty of undeserved criticism. He's had an amazing career and obviously he has had many poor games, one of which was this one. Hopefully he can pick it up in the next test. For now, well played Pakistan.

  • SuperSharky on October 18, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Another great Test and another great performance by Pakistan. Because The Proteas hasn't lost in their previous 15 Tests, this lost must be hard to swallow. And although Pakistan has recently lost a Test against Zimbabwe and now playing the number 1 Test side, this result wasn't easy to predict. Still there are a few occasions where Pakistan reminds South Africa to be humble. Proteas also had the honor to play against the Great Imran Khan in the 92 World Cup. But it was Waqar Younis hatrick, Wasim Akram's swing, Inzamam Ul Haq's calmness, Razzaq's blaze of fire (ala Lance Klusener), and now Misbah's troops who has made the Proteas humble again. I'm looking forward to the next Test and I hope the Proteas give Imran Tahir the chance he deserves.

  • on October 18, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    well done team pakistan please dont adopt defensive mood play aggressive, pitch should be spin supporting and go for win I think now south African start to feel pressure and they r worst to perfom under heat .

  • Greatest_Game on October 18, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    @ Harmny111 wrote "Had it been Sachin here then most of the comments would have been on the lines of ST not being able to save a test match." Well, Harmony 111, that is a problem with fans who unfairly attach Sachin. It is not Kallis doing the attacking, nor is it Saffas. All we see is YOU unfairly attacking Kallis!

    He goes on, saying "I am only asking ppl to use the same logic for Kallis too." What logic? There is no logic. Because Sachin is unfairly critisised then Kallis must suffer the same treatment? Why. Kallis did not criticize! If it is unfair for Sachin, what makes it fair for Kallis?

    Harmony 111 asks "Pls tell me where am I wrong?" You are wrong because TWO WRONGS DO NOT MAKE A RIGHT. Attacking Kallis does nothing for Sachin. NOTHING. You are wrong because if Sachin is insulted that has nothing to do with Kallis. Insulting Kallis does not "heal" Sachin! It does not make anything right!

    He finally asks "Am I wrong or am I being harsh on Kallis?" YES, YES, YES, YES!

  • on October 18, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Its pretty annoying how biased ppl are against Asian teams like Pak & SL. These teams are not less than any other and if the conditions are familiar to them these teams are as formidable as any other team Like SA AUS & ENG are on their own conditions. Zimbabwe was a good lesson for them and the necessary changes were made in them team thus the result. However, winning is always good but being consistent is another thing lets see if Pak can repeat the england whitewash and get back into their winning ways.

  • on October 18, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    I request Author please dont name it upset pakistan is capable enough to beat any time in the world. Last year they white washed Engaland No1 at that time more ever clinched the series in india beating India by 2-1 ( It could have been white washed chasing 167).Please leave this prejudized attitude and be fair......

  • BoonBoom on October 18, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Upset was when Australia & England defeated India 8-0!!!

  • Ahmed.PAKISTAN on October 18, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    RSA are themselves to be blamed for not practicing after the tour game. When Pakistan went to SA, they provided them a flat track to practice while provided absolutely opposite to that in real contest. Absolutely unprofessional. Result was, Pak's confidence was dented and could never recover. But in T20 Pak bounced back and won by a huge margin. Then came ODI series and it was 2 all. Final game, SA were in trouble, Pak made a mistake to drop ABD on 1 and he finished not out 94 to win a series.... it was close. I AM A PROUD PAK FAN, WE PROVIDED SAME FOR PRACTICE WHAT WAS COMING AHEAD FOR SA. WE ARE PROFESSIONAL AND HONEST.

  • calcu on October 18, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Why are Pakistani fans annoyed on their victory being called an upset? When you have lost your last match against Zimbabwe and you are facing a side which has been unbeaten since past 2 years and yet you manage to win in 4 days, there's nothing wrong if somebody calls your victory an upset.

  • on October 18, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal gets into the act in the first Test itself and Pakistan shock the top side in the world by 7 wickets..great effort and keep it up

  • Ramansilva on October 18, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Why this article is titled as "Pakistan wrap up huge upset"? Is Pakistan team not capable of winning? Hasn't South Africa team lost a test match before? Why the exaggeration by the word "Huge". This is very biased reporting. Cricket loving fans know that Pakistan team can win if they put their acts together. Yes, they have been unpredictable in recent times. But they also have produced good results when its individual talents play like a team.

  • zxaar on October 18, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx you are correct about Kallis. What irritates me about these Kallis fans is that they would point how many 100s he has in wins completely forgetting that if Kallis scored runs in matches where SA lost they might not have lot at the first place. Example this match, even if Kallis contribute 50 - 70 runs the result might have been different. Amla and AB V scored runs when it was mattering in this match while Kallis the great was sipping coffee in pavilion.

  • Ramansilva on October 18, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Why this article is titled as "Pakistan wrap up huge upset"? Is Pakistan team not capable of winning? Hasn't South Africa team lost a test match before? Why the exaggeration by the word "Huge". This is very biased reporting. Cricket loving fans know that Pakistan team can win if they put their acts together. Yes, they have been unpredictable in recent times. But they also have produced good results when its individual talents play like a team.

  • on October 18, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    I think we need to get out of our biases. SA are not No.1 for nothing. Beating them is something to be happy with for Pak fans. But the fact is that PAK batting is still a concern which was obvious in 2nd innings (3 for 7). More than anything this match proves that Misbah is not naturally a slow batsman but circumstances force him to dig deep. I think Pak cricket owes a lot to Misbah and we should give him credit where it is due. The more some so called cricket experts criticize him the better he performs (a slap on the face latterly). Let us hope Pakistan continues doing well. It is good for Pakistan and world of Cricket.

  • EdGreen on October 18, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Not so sure its such an upset - Pakistan are a good side and have played a lot of cricket at this ground in the last few years.

  • on October 18, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    if pakistan batting over 400 score in first innings then they are capable of beating any team

  • on October 18, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    i agree with romeo that pakistan is a very capable side which has the ability to beat any team. SA on the other hand couldn't perform well because of the pitch and the conditions which suited Pakistan greatly.

  • on October 18, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. But don't loosen up for next match and should try to improve their batting techniques.

  • romeomustdie on October 18, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    huge upset??? its not an upset.. pakistan are very capable to win anywhere with their bowlers.. and once their batting clicks.. its high risk to any team.. congrats pakistan.. its great to see u fighting back..

    cheers from an indian..

  • xtrafalgarx on October 18, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    @Nick636, I think Kallis is a bit overrated. Obviously he is a class act, and his numbers prove that, but that's all people talk about, his numbers! I have never seen Kallis win a test match for his team. His bowling is mediocre and only has the amount of wickets he has purely because he has played for a long time.

    People have only really started talking about kallis in the last 2-3 years, because he had just always been under the radar, getting good stats but not really winning games, saving test matches etc. Now people looks at his stats and think "wow he must be a great player" but im not so sure.

    Future generations will look at his numbers and assume he is a great player, and he is statistically, but no one can say something extraordinary he has done. I would take Flintoff as an allrounder over him, even through he is inferior in stats, he was an inspirational cricketer who could inspire a victory by a quick fire hundred or a match changing spell of bowling.

  • Jadejafan on October 18, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    lool! I don't understand why Pak fans are all over the moon. Yes with a team that is 'old' beat South Africa. How long Misbah, Ajmal, Younis etc going to be playing for? without them the team is pretty much nothing and will simply go down.

  • Biso on October 18, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    This was not an upset. In fact Pakistan are the favorites to win under these conditions subject to their opening batsmen scoring consistently. South African bowlers have a lot of catching up to do. If they do not then their batsmen will be under pressure to save a match the moment Pakistan team scores over 375 in the first innings. Also, SA selectors must have to realise that Kallis cannot deliver consistently any more. They have to blood youngsters before SA team also faces the hazards of sudden transition like India did and Australia continues to face.

  • Nick636 on October 18, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    @ latecut_04

    WHOOOOA... That is a very bold statement! KP the only genius??? I beg to differ... Kallis is a great, look at his run tally, look at his wicket tally, in Test and ODI...

    What about Amla? AB is also almost certainly more talented, not only in cricket, but at SPORTS than most. What about MS Dhoni? GENIUS!

    I fear your statement was optimistic at best.

  • mzm149 on October 18, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    This pitch was not a square turner as we were expecting. Abu Dhabi's pitches are mostly like that. It was a good batting track with support for pace bowlers and spinners too. Therefore Pakistan's performance on this pitch is highly commendable.

    Dubai pitch will assist spin bowling more as compared to this one. South Africans will be facing tougher time there. They have no quality spinner to test Pakistan's batting. Inclusion of Imran Tahir will not make any difference. Hashim Amla will not be available. Most of their batsmen showed that they can't handle quality spin bowling. Bringing in Dean Elgar will increase their batting woes.

    I am expecting 2-0 in favor of Pakistan.

  • MichaelBurton on October 18, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    What a joke. People bashed us for our No. 1 ranking in ODI for a solitary defeat. See how No. 1 team in tests is performing. Where are the great batsmen Kalis, Devilliers hiding? They are nowhere near to Dhoni, Kholi, Dawan and even Pujara. These two should learn cricket from them. So called overhyped greats Steyn and philander needs bouncy tops to perform. Otherwise, they are mediocre bowlers. Even Buvi and Ishanth better than these two. Atleast get some advise from our great Zak.

  • Attuf on October 18, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Well Pakistan is at their adopted homeground and they have a record of winning there and second thing that Pakistan alwasys win against 1st ranking tea first austrailia 2011 them england 2012 them india 2012/2013 then westindies2013 nowsouthafrica2013

    all of above except england autralia and westindies are champions but they were at 1st ranking at the time of their defeat against Pakistan '

  • latecut_04 on October 18, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    @Harmony111--I beg to differ massively with your comments about Kallis.Kallis failed yesterday but could you count the number of times he has scored tons anddrawn/won matches in 2nd innings(or any innings for that matter)for SA.Just sheck the stats of SA-PAk series in 2008 or even the last one.Just remember Ind in SA (last test match).Kallis stood like a pillar between India and victory.I am from India and I have to agree that the critics are right to an extent when they highlight lack of heroics from Sachin in 2nd innings.But Sachin has been playing for so long and was in his prime during late 90s and has played many gems during this time none of which resulted in victories due to many reasons beyond his control.And Dravid and Kallis are 'GREATS' not merely very good.I can see the point when you say Kallis doesnt have what it takes to be a great.You mention he isnt a genius when it comes to talent.There is only 1 batsman in that group right now-KP,and he is an underachiever.

  • S.Jagernath on October 18, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    @Harmony111.Jacques Kallis is a batsman who is the best at capitalising on others good performances,on poor bowling attacks & he is THE flat track bully.His runs in England & Australia have come on the flattest pitches that can be produced in those countries.Kallis' average has shot up by over 5 runs since Hashim Amla's career has kicked on.Kallis is a player for the good times,not for the bad at all.Conditions with pace & bounce will have him bounced out quite quickly.

  • Nick636 on October 18, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    NOW, to echo the thoughts from a lot of people after South Africa's epic failure on the ODI stage a little while back, "STOP PLAYING PLAYERS ON REPUTATION and PLAY THEM ON FORM!!!"

    When last did Faf do ANYTHING of note!?!?! This is like Colin Ingram all over again... ONLY WORSE!

    Why is Miller not playing? Why is de Kock not even there? De Kock keeps getting these erratic spurts of being played and dropped. The guy needs a decent shot.

    Kallis... Hasn't played in a year or so. Yes, a legend, but any recent form / match practice?

    Sort selections out ANDREW HUDSON!!!

  • on October 18, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    No doubt Our Pakistan Team has lot of potential to beat any team in the World.Its comes through Team Work & Unity.In this match Misbah,Ajmal n Baber played very well.Also PCB should have Skills plus educated persons to run the Administration.

  • S.Jagernath on October 18, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Pakistan won because they created pressure & kept it up all through the game.Players like Jacques Kallis & the rest must be kept under pressure,Kallis especially is reliant on the top 3 to perform,if they struggle he gets a duck.The Pakistani bowling balance is unique but seems very effective.Hope the pitch spins a little more & crumbles a little in Dubai.

  • gbqdgj on October 18, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    I know that South Africa are World Number 1 but I don't get how it is that this is a "huge" upset. Pakistan's cricket is ideally suited to conditions in the UAE as can be seen from their records there where they are almost unbeatable. They appear to have played well and there is no reason why they shouldn't continue to do so. Now if only they could play like that everywhere then they would be right at the top of the test rankings. Well played Pakistan.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on October 18, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    There goes another no.1 for a toss. And this is no 'upset' as SA just like the previous no.1 Eng, are just that - no.1- they are no Australia in their heyday . Having said that, I'll have SA any time over the mediocre Eng and they have been beating Eng for fun ,it is hardly a contest between a top side and 1 which was not long back had 'rank' of no.1 .Pak are favs. to win 2nd test too if they play to this level - I really do hope that Pak don't undo all good work and throw away a series win at hand with a few moments of 'madness' - and secure a series win . But I don't expect a repeat of that famed 3-0 w/wash of the 'no.1' team couple years back. Unlike them S.A is true no.1 of all teams atleast now and proven .I don' see them just roll over w/o a fight ,so Pak watch out ! Play well !!

  • imsharoon on October 18, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Pakistan has habit of winning against No. 1 teams/champions PAKISTAN - defeated Australia in the ICC World Cup 2011 and broke their 34-match winning streak. - white-washed the No. 1 Test side, England, in 2012. - defeated the World Champions and No. 1 ODI team, India, in India in 2012/13. - defeated the World T20 champions West Indies in the West Indies in 2013. - just defeated the No. 1 Test side, South Africa, and broke their 15-match winning streak. True Pakistan Team Lovers will hit like

  • on October 18, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    The architect in PAK's biggest victory is Khurram Manzoor and nobody talked about him here. It's strange but all credit due to the Pak's batsmen who posted 440+ on wicket where tag no.1 failed to post a decent 250 in any innings of the match. His post match presentation interview showed how good this guy is. A nice, humble, determinant personality showing no signs of nerves facing against Steyn, Morkel & co. His thoughts on understanding another new guy Shan Masood sum how matured he is. If PAK adds Ahmed Shehzad instead of out of form Azhar ALi in 2nd Test, the Proteas will find really difficult to come back again. Its win wins position for PAK now.

    There are a lot of talks on deserving no.1 tag or 15 matches winning streak without any loss........but Waqar Younis while discussing with Mike Haysman in post match analysis summed it in a very decent manner that this winning streak is countless as they didn't face INDIA in those 15. Yet many people bashing 8-0 every time & everywhere.

  • Pak_Guru on October 18, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Well done Team Pakistan, Misbah - brilliant. Though i feel he used Babar less. Ajmal on the other hand is bowling quite quick and not flighting the ball much. Still feel Umar Akmal should play instead of his brother, just imagine the strength he will give to the side and mentally the opposition will also feel it. And lastly, Misbah should use Azhar Ali with his leg spin, he is decent.

  • on October 18, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Pakistan Team, You have Done it. :) My Eid Day cant be better than that when i was smelling a Huge win against World No.1 Test side. Waiting for an innings victory in 2nd Test against SA. Best of Luck and Keep up the Hard work.

  • soaf on October 18, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    great performance from pakistan.whole nation is proud of you guys.but there is still a room for improvement in batting and wicket keeping department.azhar ali should be dropped.he is the worst no 3 right now in the world and adnan akmal is chasing the legacy of his elder brother by dropping catches during crunch period.pakistan has to develop umar akmal as specialist wk coz not only he has great talent but also brings aggression in the side.bowlers did well as expected but i was very impressed with irfan.the guy has a big heart as well with his super giant height.the way he extracted bounce from the docile wickets of UAE really made his counterpart morkel look club level bowler.irfan is a gem and pakistan should preserver him for aussie tour and wc because he will be the x factor for pakistan in 2015 wc.his fitness is very poor but is not saturated and still there is room for improvement in it.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 18, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    So SA want green tops to win test matches? They are still do not have any clue against any spinners! So, what Gary Christian teach them? The world is divided in to two as SA, Eng, Aus cannot win on spinning tracks and SL, Ind, Pak cannot win in fast tracks either. In that case, Eng's win in India (2-1) India's series level in SA (1-1), SL's victory against SA in SA etc can be considered as biggest achievements and must rate them above all.

  • Marktc on October 18, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Reading some of the comments is amusing. SA lose one test out of 15 and some see it as doom and gloom and that they are worthy number ones. There is no doubt that Pakistan played the better cricket in this match. But, facts are, SA has not played test cricket for 9 or so months. Their pathetic admin gave them no time to prepare before they played the one practice game. Payers form could not be tested nor could they be made test ready in such a short period. I am not making excuses for them, but merely stating a fact. SA will come back strongly in the second test. They already shown signs of improvement in this test.Amazes me how many people are so quick to attack SA.

  • on October 18, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    The second concern is about Azhar Ali. He started his cricketing life as a leg break bowler and ended up being a top order batsman. While he may have succeeded initially but my impression about him has always been that he would continue to suffer from the technique problem. He has proved me right. Look at the way he prodded at Stein's (not so outstanding ball) that comfortable landed in Kallis' hands. It's time that Pakistan starts pondering over a replacement. Choices are aplenty. Umar Akmal would walk in any team of the world but perhaps there are other reasons for his non-selection. Then there are Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Amin and Harris Sohail. Pakistan will be served better by dropping Azhar Ali sooner rather than later

  • on October 18, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Usually when a team wins we almost cease to see its weaknesses. Pakistan is well served by the spin department. Besides the two who played in this test match there is enough bench strength as well as few waiting in the wings back home. I have two major concerns; first Pakistan's fast bowling. The present lot is nowhere near what Pakistan has been blessed with over the years. They may be touch better than the lot when Pakistan fast bowlers resources comprised of Azeem Hafeez, Tahir Naqqash and Rashid Khan. Another problem is that no genuine right-arm fast bowler is available in the circuit. Historically, left armers have been an exception rather than norm in Pakistan cricket. These days it is more of norm.

  • on October 18, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    people are saying tht if this series was played in other conditions result would hv been different i ask thm tht no.1 team only performs in well suited conditions come on plz appreciate one who plays well

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 18, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    @Shan156: Astute comment. Yes, SA are still a very good test team. Pakistan played well to win this one but SA are not no.1 without a good measure.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 18, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. Reality check for SA. They are simply not equipped for such conditions. This whole debate of who is the genuine 'UNO NUMERO' will go on for a few more years until we see another team that plays like vintage teams of WI and AUS. This is one reason why I believe test cricket will die out in the near future. The only competitive formats are ODIs and T20s with batting decks and powerplays that keep the interest high with a decisive result at the end of play. For SA to win the next test, they need to bat well against Ajmal and co. Plus, they need to unearth a spinner from somewhere. May not happen this series but they need to in the near future. It has been their Achilles heels for a long time.

  • on October 18, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    Just to remind all those who are shouting "SA will fight back in the 2nd Test" that it was just last year and almost same Pakistani team who Cleaned sweep England on the same venues and the England was not an ordinary team by any standard.

  • on October 18, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    It's only Pakistan's ability to play good length seam bowling of SA that will distinguish the outcome favouring Pak or not in coming tests. There is no doubt that Pak has got good new opening pair but they will be tested. The rest can be handled by ever relying Pak bowling.

  • Philippe on October 18, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    surely an UPSET seeing the Pakistan batting in yesteryears. they can't even compelte with Zim & Bangladesh & beaten SA is surely a huge UPSET. Pakistan seems like they can play only in Middle east or their own country. Highly over rated team. They failed completely i Champions trophy & couldn't win even a single match there despite fans of PAK team put them above all before start of CT. Only world class player in this team right now is saeed ajmal...none else...none else.

  • on October 18, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    Congrats to team Pakistan - After all the nervous days in Zimbabwe this indeed is refreshing to see them topple SA side. Way to go

  • Mitty2 on October 18, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    @FFL, you're so far below SA it isn't even funny. Forgotten that 2-0 score line? And please don't forget that you got whitewashed here not two years ago. Oh and Pieterson, Bell, Trott, Anderson, Swann and Prior are all on the wrong side of 30, you can't talk about 'veteran'.

    Australia grade spinners? Peterson averages over 36, and Lyon 32 (would be around 28-9 if Wade wasn't keeper)

  • Greatest_Game on October 18, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    @ vivkr wrote "This embarrassing defeat highlights 2 important things: 1) SA's utter inability to cope with quality spin bowling …"

    WRONG. Complete rubbish: 55% of SA wickets (11) fell to spin, 40% (8) fell to pace, & AB (5%) was run out. SA does not have an "utter inability to cope with quality spin bowling," and don't insult Irfan and Junaid by conveniently ignoring their pace wickets. They took top order wickets!!! Respect that!

    The SA batting sucked against spin AND pace. Stop creating myths.

    Philander had the match best bowling ave @ 19 and SR @ 37.2. Irfan @ ave 21.50, & SR 47 is next. Morkel had the best economy @ 1.88, with Ajmal next @ 2.15. CLEARLY, SA batting vs spin was not THE overwhelming factor. SA's spin bowling was weak. Peterson should not have been picked - everyone knew he would be targeted. Duminy is a better frontline spinner. Tahir might have been a better bet, but he's not consistent.

    SA CAN PLAY SPIN. Their spin BOWLING continues to be bad to awful!

  • MichealT on October 18, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    It was really disappointing when they lost to Zimbabwe but still people forget that Pakistan has a winning record against most teams including India and they always produced world class players and they always be there at the top. If they get same opportunities like for example India has, than who knows how good they become. Players like Rohit Sharma and Dhavan are few examples.

  • mensan on October 18, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    I don't think Steyn and Co. (Peterson excluded) bowled badly in these conditions. They were good but Pakistani batsman did well to tame them. SA batting let them down.

    Someone said this UAE wicket was ROAD. I wouldn't agree. It was a good batting track but obviously not a road. You don't finish test matches in 4 days on a road.

    Someone rightly indicated that Misbah lost a very crucial toss. A larger chase in 4th innings would have been very difficult. Pakistan did great to limit SA to less than 250 in first innings.

  • on October 18, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    Pakistan consistently produce excellent cricketers. It is their inconsistency in performance, which makes it look a "lesser" team. In this test Pakistan thoroughly outplayed SA. Blind SA supporters have to accept that fact. Period.

  • jmcilhinney on October 18, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    As an England fan, I'm certainly not upset at this result. SA will have to bat poorly for a few innings yet to match England's poor showing against Pakistan though, so I'm not celebrating too much just yet. SA has been the most consistent team for a while now, doing relatively well in most places and under most conditions. England batted poorly in UAE but bowled pretty well, but this game certainly highlights SA's lack of spinning options. I've no doubt that SA are capable of playing better than they did here and Pakistan capable of playing worse but, in these conditions, it should be a good competition if both teams play well. It's been said before about Pakistan but, given the turmoil that their players have to endure, their performance is quite incredible much of the time. They may be unpredictable but put English, Australian or South African players in the same situation and they'd probably be predictably bad.

  • SaadRocx on October 17, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    Good work by Pakistani lads...This pitch was not even a turner lol? Just give them a square turner like India gave to Australia in Mumbai and I see No chance of SA winning the test in Dubai... Btw Batting is still a concern for Pakistan...One good knock cannot justify one's position in the team..plus fielding was also poor on many occasions..missed too many direct hits,or leaking runs while unnecessarily hitting the stumps or throwing the ball..It's good to see Pakistan Young guns (Irfan & Junaid) bowling their Heart out on Road like pitches with nothing to offer on Day 1,2 and 3..Best of Luck Pakistan..can't wait for Dubai test.

  • phermon on October 17, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    Is it possible that visitors find it a bit pointless playing in front of nothing in the middle of cricketing nowhere - and hence simply can't be bothered?

  • Greatest_Game on October 17, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    @ Mason Fernandez believes that Pakistan "can just only win by calling other teams to their home ground and making pitch that is completely suitable for them in every aspect bowling and batting too."

    From a Poteas supporter I believe that is not true, & unfair. Conditions did not beat SA, Pakistan did. Not for one second do I believe that SA lost because Pakistan presented them conditions that are unplayable for SA. Conditions were no different than SA expected, & in which they have played well in previous games. In standard UAE conditions SA should have been able to compete. Pakistan outplayed them, that is all.

    Pakistan played some very good cricket in very different conditions in SA. Apart from one innings they were competitive: the UAE is NOT the only country in which they can succeed.

    This win was not "unexpected" or a huge "upset." Pak were the better team, and won on merit.

    As a South African I respect Pak. Congratulations on a well deserved win by the men who bleed green!

  • Harmony111 on October 17, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    @Shan156: I am only asking for consistency. Had it been Sachin here then most of the comments would have been on the lines of ST not being able to save a test match, I am sure you have seen these kind of comments several times in the past. I am only asking ppl to use the same logic for Kallis too. He got a duck in the 2nd innings when ppl expected him to save the match. Sounds like a massive failure to me. Pls tell me where am I wrong? Am I wrong or am I being harsh on Kallis? Either way it proves that some ppl have been quite hard on Sachin too all these years.

    I did not ever say SA did not deserve their #1 ranking. I only said that they played quite poorly here and this is a fact.

    You are free to have your opinion but in my eyes, Kallis is merely a very good batsman, same as Dravid. Kallis lacks what makes someone a great batsman.

    Moreover, I've also said that failure in Asia is to be doubly scrutinized than a failure in Eng/SA/Aus cos we got flat tracks here making batting easy.

  • GrindAR on October 17, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    Word "Upset" does not fit to explain the match result. You can use "Drubbing", "Thrashing", "Commanding".

    Upset will be used when, 1. a team is in winning position for most of the game, and ended up loosing at the end. 2. a team is in winning position for most of the game, and collapsed at the end 3. a team is in winning position for most of the game, and got amazed at the end

    None of the above happened. Pak was performing better throughout, except the second innings mini top order collapse.

  • TeamSelector on October 17, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    I still don't understand why South Africa went in with three fast bowlers & two all rounders (Kallis & Duminy). Four seamers & only the one spinner in Duminy seems a bit much on JP's shoulders on such a flat track ...

  • Haider-pak-awsome on October 17, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    well done boys. Do we know if Pak wins the next one as well are we able to climb to No : 4 position in test ranking?

  • on October 17, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Despite this win, I don't rate their cricket side at all. Too inconsistent!!

  • on October 17, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    It's been after a long time that I have seen Smart Stats on Cricinfo. Keep it a regular part of the reports.

  • Greatest_Game on October 17, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    Harmony111 used Pak's win to launch another of his many anti-Kallis attack. He asks, as part of a long rant, "So what happened to the great Kallis in these flat tracks? How is Kallis different from Hafeez? Hafeez struggled in SA while Kallis has looked woeful on the supposedly flat tracks of Abu Dhabi."

    Kallis. Career ave - 55.64: 163 matches, 44 centuries. Asia ave - 56.97: 24 matches, 8 centuries. UAE ave - 65.6: 3 matches, 2 centuries. (1st UAE match without a ton!)

    Hafeez. Career ave - 33.78: 34 matches, 5 centuries. Asia ave - 43.42: 20 matches, 4 centuries. UAE ave - 39.84: 8 matches, 0 CENTURIES.

    Africa, world's toughest batting pitches: Kallis' ave - 60.56: 84 matches, 25 centuries. Hafeez's ave - 19.88: 9 matches, 1 century.

    Kallis is "different" because in Asia/UAE/Africa his ave & centuries are consistent & world leading/best. He simply had a bad match. It happens. That does not change his brilliant career!

    Harmony111. Wrong about Kallis every time - never learns.

  • jb633 on October 17, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge, funny sentiments my friend but we are some way from the best side in the world. SA are the best side in the world and we are second best. I expect SA will play better in the second test but given the nature of the surfaces I expect a PAK win. People lamenting SA bowlers are missing the point. It was actually the batsmen that lost them this game. I thought all 3 seamers did well but were not supported by a spinner. I think the story would have been different had they got say 450 in the 1st innings which on that pitch they should have done. The crucial moment in the match came when Duminy played 1 too many sweep shots in that 1st innings and fell to a good catch in the deep. Somehow teams coming to the UAE need a plan to counter Ajmal and co on these decks. England didn't have one and it looks SA don't either. It would be good to see an IND/PAK series in the UAE as those guys can play spin but have little bowling.

  • on October 17, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    The test ranking are a farce the only no1 test team that i know of were the 75-95 West Indies and 95 - 08 Australia.So give it a break the best way to describe the no 1 ranked team these days is with this quote "in the land of the blind the one eyed is the king".So just enjoy the tussle any ways well played Pakistan any one who takes the credit away from Pakistan is being unjust the new ball was swinging and seaming the old ball was reversing for crying out loud 18 of the 33 wickets that fell were to fast bowlers that's more than 50 %.And all the wickets that Pakistani pace men took were of recognized batsmen so it just turning a blind eye to the fact that Pakistan outplayed South Africa.

  • heathrf1974 on October 17, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    The new home of Pakistan seems to be the new fortress of world cricket.

  • t20cric on October 17, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    But if that happens then Pak's tail will just get longer. Although Pak batted good this test one cannot deny Pak still have a weak tail on the other hand SA's bowlers can all bowl reasonably well.The problem is that Pak don't even have one allrounder in the team (that doesn't mean to include Hafeez next time cuz he is only allrounder by name). Although it is too late now Anwar Ali and Yasir Shah could have been in the time. Anwar Ali is a fast bowling all rounder and Yasir Shah is a spinner who can bat. Pak should teach their bowlers how to bat well in order avoid having a long and brittle tail. A lot of people are criticizing Kallis about his performance. I think what Hafeez said about being one good knock away from being in form actually applies to Kallis. Kallis is a good batsman and he along with Amla and AB are great batsmen who can beat a team. Pak fans shouldn't want Kallis to get in form. Once again congrats to Pak but don't get overconfident (like u usually do) and u will win.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on October 17, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    Crickey. There just something about the UAE isn't there? England bowled out Pakistan cheaply there despite their befuddlement over the pitches whilst batting, not to mention an injury hit side. South Africa however also lack a spinner and in Duminy and Peterson they have merely Australia-grade spinners, who even on a helpful pitch cannot threaten enough to break the big partnerships. This current series has highlighted their over reliance on veteran top order batting. If these two teams met anywhere else in the world the odds would be firmly in South Africa's favour, but I wouldn't be surprised if Pakistan win 3-0. That will be mean that when England win the forthcoming Ashes again they would be back at the top where they belong.

  • waheeb013 on October 17, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    congrats to team Pakistan, people who are talking about!! we won the game just because of our venue so please keep that in your mind every team plays well at their home, even India can't win the game easily out side their country, as we come across to hurdles so they too. Best of luck for the remaining series & please pick "umer akma"l for all formats.

  • rcmaiden on October 17, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    Congrats and well played to the pak cricket team... i'm happy that an asian team was able to give such a stiff competition to the no.1 test team in the world... good luck 4 the rest of the series!!! coming from indian cricket fan!!!

  • t20cric on October 17, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    This big win just makes Eid even better. SA being the best test side in the world might now be a bit arguable but one thing is for sure that no other team can even come close to being as unpredictable as Pakistan. Pak are kings of unpredictability. They struggled against Zim in the first test then lost the second then dominated completely against SA for the first 3 innings and then seemed like they might actually at a position of 7/3 and then Misbah batted at a pace that would make Afridi proud and finished with ease. Of the 3 SA fast bowlers I actually think Steyn was the worst, Philander took wickets and Morkel was very economical but Steyn didn't excel in keeping runs down and his only important wicket was Misbah. I expect SA to come back strong in the 2nd test so Pakistan will need to bat and bowl even better. Azhar is still out of form and if any changes are being made Azhar should be dropped for Rehman. Rehman can come in after Adnan and all the batsmen can shift up one. cont....

  • on October 17, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    Congrats Misbah and Pakistan

  • on October 17, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    It seems like Pakistan is going to be a "LEGEND KILLER" in cricketing world. good work Green shirts but serves is not over yet.

  • Shan156 on October 17, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    @Harmony111, re: Kallis, haven't Tendulkar or Dravid failed in both innings of a test ever? Kallis failed this test but that takes nothing away from his greatness. Like Tendulkar, Dravid, Lara, and Ponting, he is a great batsman even if he fails in the next test. Your comparison of Kallis with Hafeez is no different from comparing Tendulkar to Hafeez.

    While this was a terrific win for Pak., one should not forget that they are a highly inconsistent team. They just lost a test to Zimbabwe for crying out loud. They are still not the finished article while SA are deserving world #1 despite getting soundly beaten in this test.

  • GoldenAsif on October 17, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    England went to India and won 2-1 which was a remarkable achievement given the strong Indian batting and spinning tracks. so it looked like England was the team who can play both pace and spin with ease... but hang on

    The same English team was whitewashed 3-0 by Pakistan in UAE in Jan-Feb 2013. so England is not that good either. Against them only Ajmal and Rehman performed (their brilliance was the difference between the two sides), while batsmen largely failed apart from Azhar Ali and Younis Khan scoring centuries in the 3rd test. Here in Abu Dhabi it has been an all-round team effort with batsmen backing up bowlers, fielding too has looked quite sharp.

    RSA the no. 1 ranked test team beat everyone at home and even did well in England and Aus but as soon as they faced unfamiliar tracks, they were found wanting. RSA might still perform better in the second test but unlike England they do lack a world-class test spinner

    So ranking does not mean a great deal these deal these days

  • Shan156 on October 17, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    @GrindAR,

    "Could have repeated similar results even in eng against eng, if not for the ugly back door play by eng"

    Care to elaborate? Eng. deserved their 3-1 win against Pak. in Eng. like Pak. deserved their 3-0 win in UAE. Perhaps you should be the one to give credit where it is due. Also, remember that SA and Eng. may have lost in UAE but they have a superior record to Pak. everywhere else. So, enjoy your team's victory but learn to appreciate other teams too. There is a reason these teams are ranked above Pakistan.

  • Lmaotsetung on October 17, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Average age of the SA lineup for this test was 31.....Kallis looks like at the very end of his career unless he pulls a Sachin and hang on just for the sake of records. Anyway I guess that gap between SA and the rest was a big fat myth afterall because if such gap existed, SA would have been able to pull out at least a draw no matter the odds.

  • GoldenAsif on October 17, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    RSA will be trying for an upset (upset given the conditions) win too in the next test!

    Actually there is no outright superior test team right now who can play well outside their comfort zone.... like the dominant Aussies (1999-2007) or the mighty Windies of the 70s and 80s. England and SA are the better sides right now but I expect them to struggle on sub-continental/UAE/spinning tracks.

    Let me explain this Overall the quality of test cricket is inferior compared to the 80s and 90s

    India went to England and Australia and suffered the most embarrassing defeats; lost 8/0. Apparently India was ranked no. 2 then. I mean they lost everything on fast/seaming pitches.

    Same Australia came back to India and lost everything 4/0. So Aussies are not so good on slow tracks! ... (Contd)

  • on October 17, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    What do you mean by huge Upset...??? it's not even normal upset.... It's pakistan's normal practice to perform extra ordinarily well on UAE's ZOMBIE pitches especially in bowling department... It was expected close finish even before the start of series but SA choked well earlier than expected.

    So, shut your mouth and stop saying upset.

  • ShahramKhan on October 17, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    Upset is when kenya beat SA not when a number 5th seed test team and a former world champions beat a NO WORLD CUP (or any cup in the bag) TEAM SA >:(

  • on October 17, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Its not upset...its Pakistan

  • on October 17, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    No surprise for me. Abu Dhabi is made for Pakistan. It's more suited to them than Pakistan itself is, and although they lack concistency sometimes, they don't lack raw talent. Well done Pakistan!

  • JG2704 on October 17, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    well played Pakistan.

    They have always been a very decent bowling unit but to post a 400+ total vs the best bowling attack in the world is very encouraging.

    We can't though write SA off , they have a very strong side in all departments , but just as they were starting to look invincible....

    Guess that's the beauty of test cricket

  • on October 17, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Nobody should ever be surprised when Pakistan win a test; they can beat anybody. Equally, nobody should ever be surprised when they lose. They've always been cricket's most mercurial outfit.

  • Lets_Bash_Indians on October 17, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    only a subcontinent team can give some competition to pak in UAE., rest other Green track Hillibillis are set to be Doomed

  • BigINDFan on October 17, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    Great work by Pak! SA need have some pondering to do. Whether it is called upset or whatever no team is dominant right now. It depends on how they play match to match and series to series. One consistent theme is Misbah holds the key to Pak success and he needs to be given credit and recognized for that.

  • on October 17, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Its Pakistan thrilling win, not an upset my dear.... Teams like bangladesh and zimbabawe beat South Africa (Currently World no. 1) then you can term it as upset but how do you rate this as upset ??? In 2011 Pakistan sweeps former world no. 1 test team England 3-0 ..... So how its become an upset win please explain....

  • yuvi_gladiator on October 17, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    SA fans are making similar excuses to what many subcontinent fans say when we visit SA/Eng/Aus. get rid of the denial guys, your team just was not good enough and was found wanting.. just improve, that is the way to go. Pak is nearly invincible on those UAE tracks. even subcontinent teams struggle to compete with them there. Great Work Pak

  • on October 17, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    congratulations team Pakistan and thanks for the beautiful eid gift but remember to keep up the position you need to work harder . South African will try their best to come heavy on you. good luck.

  • Nutcutlet on October 17, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    I'm always pleased when Pakistan turns up! A genuine contest is guaranteed & more often than not, Pakistan will win. For raw talent Pakistani cricketers take some beating & although they shouldn't be compared with the Windies teams of yore, the word flair generally applies to much of their cricket - Pakistani flair. The current team contains two players that I greatly admire: captain Misbah-ul-Haq (probably the best Test captain in current world cricket, IMO), a calm strategist that bats like a captain, with great responsibility & the inimitable Saeed Ajmal. There is no better bowler on UAE wickets than he, I think. It can't be much fun facing the giant Mohammad Irfan either! Make no mistake, this is a formidable side & SA has its work cut out to square the series. Congratulations to Misbah & his men on this resounding victory over the #1 side in the world. (What a pity we can't see it in UK; instead we've got to put up with the meaningless slogfest between India & Oz. Yawn!)

  • Lmaotsetung on October 17, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    I guess that so called gap between SA and the rest of the world was just full of hot air afterall

  • on October 17, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    they are using the word UPSET because SA are world no 1 nd PAK are rated 6th in test.. So it will be definitely an upset .. one team haven't lost in last 18 matches. nd other team.. just lost last match to Zimbabwe.. Definitely it is rightly said.. Well done team Pakistan and particularly Misbah.. u r the real HERO :)

  • on October 17, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Upset? People think, Pakistan started paying Cricket day before yesterday... :)

  • on October 17, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    well done team Pakistan but still things to learn. We have young opening pair so one down should be some experienced guy like Younis Khan. Azhar Ali had been performing well in this position but since he is not performing just swap his position with Younis Khan's. Rest I would love to see same team for the 2nd test in Dubai. Also heard Amla might miss the 2nd test, this is best chance for us to clean sweep. As far as South Africa is concern, Smith should come up with Tahir replacing Peterson.

  • vivkr on October 17, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    This embarrassing defeat highlights 2 important things:

    1) SA's utter inability to cope with quality spin bowling despite their return to high-level cricket two decades ago.

    2) The importance of playing tour matches prior to plunging into the first Test. Obviously, Pakistan are incapable of offering this critical piece of practice, having more or less just one stadium and one side to pitch against SA. Test matches are meant to be played just for their own sake. The tour experience is important too. It is joke when Pakistan host visiting teams in Abu Dhabi, playing all their games. Is there any hope of a return to normalcy any time soon?

  • Harmony111 on October 17, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    The defense of a few guys for SA saying that SA had not played a test for many months and were rusty does not quite hold. It is not Pak's fault if SA were not prepared. Who prevented SA from holding a conditioning camp? Aren't SA the #1 team and don't they take it seriously? Or did they think Pak will simply lose the moment they see Steyn & Morkel?

    On a wider note, are Pak all that prepared? Do they get to play test matches anymore? They never play at home. Dubai is the place for their home series & I think they have zero control over the nature of the wicket there. Their FC structure at home is poor, their home board has become a circus now. They have lost hugely talented guys like Amir to match fixing.

    SA had not played tests for a few months but poor Pak never get to play them. They play in Dubai and then they are asked to play in Eng or SA straightaway.

    At most this was a test match between two half-prepared teams and Pak won it. No amount of excuse from SA fans can work here.

  • Harmony111 on October 17, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    The defense of a few guys for SA saying that SA had not played a test for many months and were rusty does not quite hold. It is not Pak's fault if SA were not prepared. Who prevented SA from holding a conditioning camp? Aren't SA the #1 team and don't they take it seriously? Or did they think Pak will simply lose the moment they see Steyn & Morkel?

    On a wider note, are Pak all that prepared? Do they get to play test matches anymore? They never play at home. Dubai is the place for their home series & I think they have zero control over the nature of the wicket there. Their FC structure at home is poor, their home board has become a circus now. They have lost hugely talented guys like Amir to match fixing.

    SA had not played tests for a few months but poor Pak never get to play them. They play in Dubai and then they are asked to play in Eng or SA straightaway.

    At most this was a test match between two half-prepared teams and Pak won it. No amount of excuse from SA fans can work here.

  • on October 17, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    for those who asking this an upset .. Pakistan have world # 4 spinner in all format Saeed ajmal... leading runs scorer in all format.. reverse swing bowler like junaid( few in the world who can reverse) top 2 T20 side in world .. have best spinners of the world .. 3-0 before world # 1 .. .... how they can say an upset.. stupid people.. Pakistan can Waite wash any team team of world in UAE

  • on October 17, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    this match is heading to draw this is MS Dhoni tweet and the match is finish on fourth day this is what pakistan bowling can do to any team

  • GrindAR on October 17, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Let the commentators shut up their talks on weather.

    When sub continent countries visit so called "Bouncy Track Bullies" (BTBs). More than the bouncy track it was the weather that test the reflexes of sub-continent players.

    The same when they visit the subcontinent.

    But places like UAE, Dubai is very very challenging for anybody. It exhaust players too fast. It is hard to bowl consistently accurate. Actually this is the true testing place for the ranking system. Batsman point of view, it is tough to judge the ball accurately. They will get glimpse of fatigue now and then. Unlike UK/SA/Aus/NZ, were is will be consistent cold and people who live there can only play to their true potential. For sub continent players, the weather is completely opposite and the adopting time is so long than they usually get.

    Whoever performs better in this condition can claim to be #X team or player. X implies >0.

  • on October 17, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Well done Green shirts, we outplayed the number 1 team in world for most of the four days. Pakistan were on top from ball one and just like 'typical' Pakistan fashion, a little wobble before crossing the winning line. All those critising Dale Styen, he is a top bowler it's just the batsman attacked him and didn't let him settle. Khurram and Masood (despite 2nd innings 0) look like a solid opening partnership, hope they continue in second test now. Let's win the series now guys in spinner friendly conditions in next game which is brilliant news from Saeed 'magic' Ajmal.

  • on October 17, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Cricinfo UPSET ? How is it a upset ?

  • on October 17, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    @kanishkaa balachandran poor title.. well done team...

  • Harmony111 on October 17, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Failure of an Asian batsman in SA/Eng/Aus should not be seen as being the equivalent of the failure of a SA/Eng/Aus batsman on Asian wickets. As per the fans of these nations the Asian wickets are flat tracks where batting requires no great skill. As per these fans true wickets of SA/Eng/Aus are the ideal wickets and only if you do well in them then can you be called a good/great batsman. The entire controversy arises out of these set of claims by these fans.

    Thus if a Hafeez fails in SA then it does not mean much cos it only backs the claims of these fans. However, going by the same logic, an established SA/Eng/Aus batsman should not fail on Asian wickets cos batting on them needs no great skill. Thus as per that logic, a score of 5 in India is not the same as 5 in SA. A SA batsman should be considered a failure even if he scores 35 in India cos batting is easy there. A score of 5 in SA by an Asian batsman is not a failure cos batting is challenging in SA.

    FYI Kallis scored 5 here.

  • s.a.91 on October 17, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Because winning against Zimbabwe is too mainstream.

  • SherjilIslam on October 17, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    well done pakistan!! they dererved to win this test.plz don't be complacent and keep the good work going-from an indian fan

  • on October 17, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Pakistan should replace the specialist nightwatchman Azhar Ali with Umar Amin. SA should replace....their crap openers, aged Kallis who has scored 25 runs his last 5 test innings (all against Pak), Faf who's clueless against quality spin, and Peterson who's clueless with bowling spin. In all seriousness, Elgar for Amla and Tahir for Peterson. Looking forward to the whitewash. Upset would be if Pakistan actually loses a test match in UAE.

  • cric_info_man on October 17, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    UAE has been a fortress for Pakistan cricket over the years.

  • on October 17, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    @short_cover

    Steyn averages 23 in Asia and the UAE, slightly better than 'just another bowler' I think you'll agree. His figures of 4/95 in this match are more than respectable, and, as you say, this is what you call a bad game for him! Wasim averaged just less than 4 wickets per test over his whole career.

    Not to take anything away from such a great as Wasim, but your criticism of Steyn doesn't quite stand up to scrutiny.

  • on October 17, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Well done team Pakistan !! I hope we get to see cricket from grounds of Rawalpindi and Lahore soon , it will be so good for your cricket !

  • on October 17, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Actually its Pakistan style.....give tough time to everyone.....play comparative cricket.....with Zimbabwe, come to their standard.......to No. 1's, show them how to play cricket.

  • Perera32 on October 17, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Well done to Pakistan, fully deserved win. I don't think this is a "Huge Upset" by any means, because South Africa are not a great outside swing friendly conditions. SA lack a good spinner too.

  • GrindAR on October 17, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Hat off to Mishab and his boys to prove Pak is no less than a statistically tagged as #1 side.

  • on October 17, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Won by 7 wickets under 4 days- Enough said! PAK rocked SAF shocked! Thanks for all the supportive comments by Indian fans-

  • on October 17, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    What an Upset from South Africa, Great bowling, batting & fielding performance!

    If such a performance is an upset then what is a huge victory?

    Saffers were no where near in whole test match. Pakistan outclassed them in batting, bowling & fielding.

    Thanks to Indian fans for good comments.

  • on October 17, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    Peoteas will definatly bounce back that's for sure.... so Pakistan should prepare themselves and prepare some plans... proteas never give up and always fight back... i think they are waiting for Dubai Test hardly, they just want to beat Pakistan quickly as possible.... Pakistan should come will some plans and have to execute well.... but we have 6 days in next Test match... so cheer up Pak.... they played well... Misbah is the man who fight for Pak even the whole team except Azhar..... PAKISTAN ZINDABAD... Green Shirts great going...!!!!! Hope we will beat again SA in Dubai Test...

  • on October 17, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    very well done Pakistan beating World's no 1 team is not easy, and pitch was not a very turning or dusty track, if Pakistan batsmen post 400 plus runs this bowling unit can beat any team.

  • GrindAR on October 17, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Stop bragging it as upset win to Pak. It kind of undermines the capability of Pak team.

    This team under won the ODI series against India in India, drubbed Eng 3-0, Could have repeated similar results even in eng against eng, if not for the ugly back door play by eng... Now they are winning against formidable SA. They did not do well only against Zim. I would like them to win the next one as well.

    Pak is a very very formidable team, when all their playing XI decided to win the game. it is that very thing, they must decide and act to "We will win this game" in unison.

    Give credit where it is due... Pak team deserve this win for their commitment and skills they exhibited in this match.

  • on October 17, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    it really feels good to see our indian friends expressing their feelings for us,thank you so much guys and hope it be same when we play against each other one day,

  • Imran-Akram on October 17, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Misbah is really an unsung hero of Pakistan Cricket. It is due to his leadership ( and batting of course) that Pakistan Cricket has survived after the 2010 Eng Tour and there is no stability at PCB level as well. People who have never played at club level have become experts and analyst in Pakistan or test Cricketers who has played maximum of 10 - 15 tests and that too 15 - 20 (or more) are criticizing Misbah. It is to Misbah Credit that Despite of playing away from home ground (After all UAE Grounds are not Pakistan) Pakistan has won against ENG, SA, SL at Neutral venues and against ENG, Aus (in Eng), WI, NZ (BD & ZIM aside). WE should not forget that no team can improve its ranking without playing at home and all the top ranked teams in the recent times have suffered defeats when playing away series (Eng in UAE, IND in Aus & ENG, Aus in Eng are few examples).

  • kazmi.12 on October 17, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    well its a great victory and once again misbah proved his consistency.he is MR CONSISTENT of PAK.credit goes to the whole team but specially pak bowlrz thy perfrmd outstandingly on a wicket tht wz nt much supportiv for both spin and fast bowlers.CARRY ON BOYZZ AND LONG LIVE PAK..

  • bohurupi on October 17, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    7 for 3 in Pakistan 2nd innings still tells about their batting immaturity at the top order. Azhar Ali and Adnan akmal need to be replaced, despite it goes against the saying that don't change the winning team. Lets cross our fingers and see what happens in the 2nd test. Proteus is gonna come back like a wounded tiger.....

  • jaffers1 on October 17, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    @Albert Dominique Thomas . You so quick to remind that we lost our last test to Zim but deliberately forgot to remember we beat Eng 3-0 at the same venue while they were no. 1. Have a day. Post only when you are not biased.

    Thanks for noting

  • on October 17, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    if this pattern continued then in future any team ranked no.1 in tests will have Pakistan phobia.....:)

  • Amol_Gh on October 17, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    The ONLY place where Steyn is bad is these roads of UAE. ...And now suddenly he is called 'just another' bowler. I will take it as a BAD joke. Ridiculous is the way how some people live in an imaginary bubble, oblivious to the REAL world.

  • on October 17, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Thanks @loke_cricfan.. Ur wish will definitely come true provided Pakistan and India play test matches..

  • on October 17, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    @PAK78, I wish it could have been the same as u thought as for as Pakistan Ranking is concerned, but it is too difficult in the presence of big fishes, IND AND AUSSIE (Who will definitely come back very soon).. Pak need to work too hard to reach there.. And Congrats for this greattt victory and wish u more victories..

  • Imran-Akram on October 17, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Best chance for Pakistan to wrap up the series 2-0. England had much better spinners (Swann, Panesar) but couldn't avoid white wash though they competed really well. So SA are now without Amla & lacking a quality spinner and Dubai has a more favorable track for Pakistan Spinners. So it would be a golden opportunity for Pakistan to White Wash yet another No. 1 team. Best of Luck Team Pakistan

  • on October 17, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    It is extremely unfair that people are talking about Team Pakistan defeat against Zimbabwe when they should actually talk about their remarkable victory over World No:1 test team. Sense of appreciation of good cricket must not be forgotten even if you are an opponent.

  • Amol_Gh on October 17, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Seems UAE is the only place remaining where PAK can win. First loss in last 16 tests for SA and suddenly every 'expert' talking about SA's 'problems'. Ha Ha.

    Aiman: How do you exactly define 'one of the fastest..' ?? Not good enough for me. It's a little vague category.

  • Solid_Snake on October 17, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    @Dasun:Lol..I double checked if i quoted you..Anyways..Drawing a series against NZ is really a big achievment..You should read the comment to which i replied.SL was said to be superior to SA.If Sangakaara & Mahela were so mighty,they would have made their team unbeatable like SA.Now if you also are agreeing that SL is better than SA..in that case i wont reply anymore..

    PS:2 draws in 2006 NZ & Eng..Okay i agree it's a 'BIG ACHIEVEMENT'..But i dont want to look before or after 2006 lol..result is more disturbing

  • Solid_Snake on October 17, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    What we did to England..Can we do it again..Go Pakistan go..Win the series :)

  • on October 17, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    It's just the first test. Better be ready for the second as a wounded snake is more dangerous than a healthy and rested snake.

  • on October 17, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    SA and PAK both gave some good individual performances, it was a better bowling performance 4rm PAK , to be the best all 11 players hqve to perform...

  • on October 17, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Congratulations team Pak. RSA get ready for next test becoz Pak has bowl out Opposition in 15 innings out of 18 innings in UAE.

  • on October 17, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Congratz team pakistan.....such a satisfying victory over No. 1 team..i propose that we keep this team and refrain from any changes in future..in test cricket it is the repitition that matters despite the talent..

    the teams ranking No. 1 ryt now are those that have retained their XI over and over and over again.likeaussies of 2000s to 2007, england ryt now and Saffas and india of 2010 and 2009(when they had dravid laxman tendulkar) I can listen calls of replacing azhar ali and before that asad shafiq but the fact is they were up against world no.1 bowling attack..if we keep changing these guys(especially batsmen) we will never get out of the turmoilany other youngster can join the ranks when misba or younis hang their boots..let them play for pakistan ..look at australia ryt now they have literally changed batsmen every test match thats y they are in the downward spiral they got for themselves..

  • on October 17, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    great victory by pakistan total team effort well done misbah and all players

  • on October 17, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Best off luck Misbah bhai for next test and ODI

  • DANGEROUS.DON on October 17, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    @Kanishkaa Balachandran how do you think that its upset??? when Pakistan broke SA winning streak of 15 tests and no one able to beat them. Pakistan did so and you think its upset. just amazing to see this comment.

  • Shan156 on October 17, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    The ICC rankings are interesting now. Pak will get to #4 after the series whatever happens in the 2nd test. WI remain #5 and Aus drop to #6. However, India are sure to beat the WI 2-0 which will mean India gain 3 points and move to #2 pushing England to #3 and WI and Aus. exchange positions. So, after a long time, the Ashes is going to be contested between the #3 and #5 teams.

  • on October 17, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    You have no right to say it an upset,,, we accept that South Africa is number one ranked test team,,, you should not call it an UPSET you should have to call it a triumph over number 1 ranked test team. Pakistan played outstanding and they deserved it , they completed it in 4 days against number one team AFRICA and in 3 days against England , rather u should called it a jackpot ;) :D

  • Shan156 on October 17, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. Well deserved win. Congrats from an England fan. Tough luck SA but they will bounce back. They haven't lost a test series for 7 years now and they will want to ensure that they maintain that record. It won't be easy against this Pakistan side in these conditions as England found out to their peril last year. SA have some excellent players but they are still not a great team like some of us have been saying for long - limitations of players Petersen, Faf, Duminy, and Peterson were brutally exposed. Morkel is a good bowler not a great one. The less said about their spinners the better. That said, Philander has proved that he can take wickets in these conditions. He still has to pass 2 tests - against SL in SL and, the biggest of them all, India in India. Smith has been struggling for a while now and Kallis is not getting younger. They need to find able replacements for these 2 guys soon. SA's hold on the #1 crown doesn't look so safe now, does it?

  • Jda123 on October 17, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Good victory for Pakistan, didn't think it would happen, that collpase chasing to 40 should have not happened.

    Azhar Ali has been poor throughout this year, SA tour and Zimbabwe.

    He should be dropped but they are not going to change a winning team, Shezad should come in his place.

  • Desihungama on October 17, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Okay so first Pakistan ended Australia's unbeaten run at WC matches in 2011. Beat No.1 England in 2012, beat World Champs in ODI's (Our friends across the border) and now beat another No. 1 including ending their consecutive run of 15 Test wins. For a nomad team, these are very impressive achievements and second to none.

  • Mr.Blacksmith on October 17, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    People were saying before the series start, SA will be a gust for Pakistan.........haha.....where r those foolish predictors? This is Pakistan in their home boys ( i think so), not in SA conditions. I reckon SA can never beat Pak in next test too, may be a draw or Pak win. That's it.

  • srikoti on October 17, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Well played team Pakistan. To me the approach to this match played a huge role in this win by Pakistan. Pakistani batting is vulnerable, while SAF got one of the very best. Pakistan went into this match with 6 specialist batsmen and long tail. That was now an attacking mindset. While SAF although did have the luxury to drop one of the batsmen and include Imran Tahir as a second spinner. It has been seen over a period of time, if top six don't perform, the 7th will not either. This safety first approach cost SAf the match. Who know Imran Tahir might have got them couple of vital breakthroughs, that would contained the Pakistani lead. Although next match can't be predicted because of the Pakistanies unpredictability but SAFs are doomed if they don't go on attack. Lastly calling this upset here is nothing but a stupidity

  • on October 17, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    It is a difference that openers from Karachi made :) RIP Mohammed Hafeez & Imran Farhat

  • on October 17, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    It is absurd to call this win as "Upset". Pakistan still have top class bowlers on their side. It is the batsmen which have brought this team down on several occasions. but when our batsmen click. It is Pakistan who is on top. Pakistan is inventor of any bowling skills like DOOSRA. Does any side has produced Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Mohammad Aamir, Saeed Ajmal in recent past ? Answer is- NO

  • WaqarIMC on October 17, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    I hope after watched todays batting display of Manzoor and Shan .....many people review their premature views about mentioned batsmen........ Lets see in next match.........

  • likeintcricket on October 17, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Don't blame on wicket and weather as Asian teams has to face same alien conditions outside. Pakistan have beaten everyside in their own backyard and I think Indians and Sri lankans have also done that. No doubt SA are a very good side and they will come back strong but Pakistan has the capability and strength to bowl them out twice. I have full confidance in Azhar Ali and Younis Khan and when they start batting they can put up a good score. Pakistan might not have the allround capabilities but it is true they are very talented and can be a potential match winners. Infact Pakistan won this match because of their fast bowlers who got them good breakthroughs at right time.

  • on October 17, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    "Huge Upset" is the title by an Indian writer when he see Pakistan beat the number 1 team... LOL.... Why is they always like to play down on Pakistan cricket team's performance. It was a huge victory, yes but nit an upset. Besides the series sweep in SA, Pakistan team have not lost a series in a while. We were number 4 before the loss to Zimbabwe and you cannot call this a HUGE UPSET just because they lost a test match to Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe played very well in that series and they deserved to win and anyone who is saying that "Nobody looses to Zimbabwe" have your team played a single test match against Zimbabwe lately? I'm sure not. All the so called "elite" teams don't even bother to play test match against them, probably in the fear of loosing. It was a great win for PAkistan, they performed really well and it was a "Huge Victory" for Pakistan. They are known for being unpredictable and this time they were on the right side of being unpredictable.

  • ZCFOutkast on October 17, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    This is wonderful from Pakistan. A very well deserved victory. They lost a crucial toss which could have potentially counted if the Proteas had to chase 5th day but that didn't make them drop their heads. Misbah marshalled his troops, told them to get on with it & the two seamers responded beautifully upfront.

    The two debutants were brilliant. Hope Masood goes on to be a top opener for Pak this series and into the future. Babar hit the ground running. His maturity&composure showed. Not once did he allow a settled opposition batsman to dictate terms to him. His contribution was vital and if Rehman is fit then Pak need to add him to this attack, sacrifice a batsman and wait for the Proteas to crumble on a rank turner next match. I'm glad CSA&Smith's arrogance was punished!

    The Zim team Pak faced would've troubled&beat any other Test team. That seam attack was on fire. They were very disciplined&focused. Pak were on the back foot throughout. If only Mazoor had played instead of Hafeez.

  • kamsys on October 17, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Wow great victory for pakistan! Seriously why u call this an upset?? I think pakistan wer favorite at the start of this series with the hot conditions and the spinners they have in their line up!

  • on October 17, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. Very good performance by the bowlers (all four of them). Batting was much better than what we are used to with good support to Misbah from the openers and Asad Shafiq. The South African team looked a little rusty (lack of match practice) plus very different conditions to what they are used to. The Second test should be very interesting. The SA bowlers seem to have figured out that they need to pitch it up to get something out of these wickets and will come hard at the Pakistani batsman in the next match. Amla will be out, so that will be a plus for Pakistan. Despite the much heartening victory, the Pakistan team needs to address the issues of (1) being a bowler short (especially with Irfan's fitness being a concern), (2) wicket keeping headache, with adnan akmal being mediocre at best, shabby behind the stumps and hardly a reliable batsman (don't think he will make into any other test playing team) and (3) azhar ali - out of form and a bunny for SA pacers!

  • on October 17, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Again agreeing with most of the comments, it shouldn't be marked as Biggest Upset, it was Pakistan that set the tone by giving the brits the taste of 3 consecutive loses coupla years back :) - the upsets of upsets?

    An add-on - in 2013:

    In all tests/one days/t20's - Misbah tops with 1441 runs with 24 sixes (third on the list with most sixes).

    This is single handedly the best performance by a captain ever - in my mind without a doubt he should be the 'Man of the Year'.

  • SnowSnake on October 17, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    I think T20 is killing test cricket skills. Anyone watching test cricket, regardless of which team plays, needs to notice that test matches are getting a result in mostly 4 days and rarely, if ever, we see a test match lasting 5 days and a draw. This never used to happen in the past. Most test matches in the 1980s and 1990s used to go into 5th day. So, I am inclined to believe that T20 is having an impact on test batting skills of the batsmen. If I am correct then all these celebrations that one team has beaten other does not mean anything because these outcomes are also getting somewhat random like T20 games.

  • on October 17, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    What is wrong with Ajmaaaal ? ,why only 6 wkts in full test and no five for ,His caliber does not warrent only six wkts it should be minimum 10 wkts, he should be strongly warned about his under performance , and i hope in next his tally would be abot 10 -15 wkts inShAllaha, ,, Does writer know the meaning of word upset ?

  • on October 17, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    laughs at story writer. Upset to big upset and then he makes it Huge upset. No other bigger word you found man? last year Pakistan was at number 4 just behind India and they are playing with same winning team they played against England. Hajmola khao to digest Pakistan's win.

  • Sinhaya on October 17, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Well played Pakistan and congratulations. As a Lankan I am extremely glad since my favorite Pakistani player Misbah Ul Haq was instrumental in this win. Hope Misbah scores heavily in the 2nd test. Pakistan must not be complacent as a chase of 150 may have brought about a different result since Pakistan were 8 for 3 at one stage.

    It is rare to see SA batting failing twice and that failure is why they lost a test after nearly 22 months. SA fighting hard in the next test is likely but not sure how will they tackle spin bowling is not known. Although, they can cash in on Pakistan's dicey batting lineup. SA bowlers nevertheless were not too threatening in this game, but sure they will bounce hard in the 2nd test.

  • axe_hay on October 17, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    South Africa must seriously consider their Bowling options. Morkel has been out of form for quite some time, he must be dropped till he regains his rythem. Robin Petersen is neither a bowler nor a batsman...I wonder why is he still in the side. South Africa should start grooming Simon Harmer as the next test spinner. Kyle Abbot must be wondering why was he dropped after a dream debut. He should have been in the side instead of Klienveldt.

  • on October 17, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    I am surprised people calling this an upset . A very shocking title from Cricinfo too. All of you should compare how many world titles both teams have won in the history of cricket. Well done Team PK.

  • Taimurpti on October 17, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    I really getting upset by hearing that it was an upset.. I would say that pakistan team is world class.. they just need to change their approach from defensive to attacking... they have no technical problem at all...

  • ThatsJustCricket on October 17, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Funny you should call this a "huge upset". A huge victory would be more apt. Pak are crazily unpredictable alright, but they are no minnows. They always produce the bowlers to get 20 wickets. So, whenever their batting holds up they are capable of knocking over any team. To call it a huge upset is an insult to both sides.

  • Selassie-I on October 17, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. SA supporters get ready for the torrent of abuse about not being a proper number 1 side etc. etc. - us England fans speak from experience.

  • batman_gothamcity on October 17, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Well played Pakistan , good win over no 1 team . Happy specially for Misbah he really is a hard working captain and excellent cricketer . Best luck to both the teams for remaining test matches .

  • zxaar on October 17, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Congrate Pakistan, well deserved victory. Kallis fans should feel happy that their hero did not score 100 in loss after all scoring hundreds when team wins is all matters.

  • on October 17, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Misbah is now the leading run scorer in 2013 not 3rd

  • on October 17, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    will someone tell me is it dream ??? or real cant believe we win so eassily :D Congratulations my Lions in Green :D lUV u Misbah ul Haq <3

  • shizam on October 17, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    "Huge Upset" ?. What a ridiculous article. Your article suggests as if Ireland or Scotland have just beaten SA in 4 days barely avoiding an innings defeat by just 40 runs. At least be fair in your reporting. This is not the first time Pakistan have beaten SA.

  • on October 17, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Really Cricinfo .... This is Biased and unfair ..... Your headline is "Pakistan wrap up huge upset" .... Let me correct you , Pak whitewashed the england when they were number 1 and in this match we remain quite ahead of Saffers ..... We were dominating since 1st session and we deserved to be winner ... this was not upset at all ....!

  • pull_shot on October 17, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    @ SLslider What a joke steyn must learn from vass??????????????????????????

  • 2.14istherunrate on October 17, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    So history starts to repeat itself as another no.1 ranked side goes to UAE. Welcome to reality South Africa. The fun has just begun. well done Pakistan.

  • on October 17, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    well done team pakistan

  • 0mar1 on October 17, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Not a huge upset but a huge win!! ;-) Wrapped up under 4 days and 7 wickets to spare.

    Pakistan has not lost a "home" test series in UAE - this is the 4th one so far.

    What's the recent home test record for that other Asian cricketing "powerhouse"? Lol.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on October 17, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Well done well done Pakistan! Superb stuff just show that Pakistan thrash England is no kind of fluke. Now Pakistan thrash South Africa in 4 day also, this is not a fluke or upset. Now I want to see India playing on these UAE track V Pakistan. India cannot beat England on Indian track so I am fairly sure that fine Pakistan team will also beat India if they play in UAE. I wish it would happen plz politicians come on let us have a Test match Pak V Ind in UAE!!!

  • on October 17, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    it was not an upset it was quality performance from green shirts some critics say tht south africa were not equiped to the conditions i ask thm were they not able to equip conditions in even 14 days and almost 12 sessions of failiure tht show pakistan is definitely a force to recon with and the ppl who if they were playing in south africa results would hv been different i will say to them tht if last series was played in uae instead of s.a thn results would hv been different as well plzz dont always criticize And special respect for mr consistent misbah ul haq

  • armi123 on October 17, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    JOB WELL DONE TEAM PAKISTAN. I am amazed that people think it as an upset, Pakistan might be on 6th rank in the rankings but they are equally capable as SA and have all the strength and resources to beat any side. Commentators have been making lame excuses that SA has not played test cricket since February and are finding it difficult to cope with the hot weather and pitches in UAE. In my opinion if they are good enough than such excuses should not be made and they should heartily accept the loss.

  • on October 17, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    @ Kanishkaa Balachandran

    Misbah is the highest run scorer in all 'International Formats'. You missed that out! :)

    Amjal became one of the Fastest bowler to reach 150 wickets.

    (add this up) thanks.

  • on October 17, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    zzby, the best place for an India/Pakistan series - obviously outside of India right now would be in England. If Pakistan were to play a three test series in the UK (ideally Headingly, Edgbaston, and Lords), though neutral, I would find it hard not to want to go to one of the games.

  • on October 17, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    It was called an upset because of the tremendous form SAF are in...not otherwise.

  • on October 17, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Let's not get carried away with All Praise to Misbah and him being the "Best Captain"... Everyone goes crazy against him when they loose and when they win everything changes. I'm not a fan of Misbah captaincy and never liked his batting style. But what the difference was in this match after extreme criticism that Misbah changed his approach. He batted positively with a healthy avg, rotating the strike, and he was attacking in the field as well. Good changes, field placing was attacking and he was aggressive. I hope they stay focus and keep that composure, as you see SA bowlers learn from their first innings mistakes and they bowled better. Pak team should learn also and know that It's not gonna be the same in next match. Congrats Pak team and Good luck..

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

    Congrats Pakistan!!!!. Wish you getting batting talent like India, and India gets bowling talent like Pakistan, if that happens, both team would be world beaters.... I'm Happy for Pakistan.....Indian Cricket Fan...

  • pak78 on October 17, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    its all about world test championship boys.....................every test match is so vital now till 2017 before its starts in england and need to be atleastt top 4 to enable to qulfy my predication in 2016 qulified teams ell be eng num 1 south africa 2 pak 3 ind number 4. congrats team pakistan and quite fitingley misbah hitting the winning runs he has been in such good form.

  • on October 17, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    i think pakistan must play more test match

  • on October 17, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    It's only the first test people. One more to go. It is an upset because Pakistan hasn't won a series in a while and they just lost a test match to Zimbabwe. No one loses a test match to Zimbabwe.

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

    As I have said in previous posts, Steyn is a good bowler and thats it. He relies too much on condition and just like the previous tour (2010/11), he looked like 'just another bowler' in these conditions. Morkel looked much dangerous. Philander, may have found the right length in 2nd innings but he also found huge movement and picked up 2, but I wonder how he would have been once the swing wears off. A great bowler would always be able to bowl in 'all' conditions like Mcgrath did whenever he came to sub-continent. Also, these ICC ratings dont mean much if we consider e.g. Steyn vs Akram who got most wickets in these so called 'non bowler friendly' condtns.

    There is no shortage of Pakistanis who still critic Misbah for this and that reason, but most probably do not understand cricket. In last 3 or so years there hasn't been a more consistent player in Pak and moreso, while being captain as well. Those people should just stop talking and try to understand what cricket is about.

  • FAB_ALI on October 17, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    I would love to see India-Pakistan Test series in UAE, should be fascinating to watch. The so called green top lovers are no match to subcontinent teams on Asian tracks (some exceptions aside).

  • on October 17, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Its really biased to call it as "Huge Upset". Its not an UPSET! Pakistan team is forsure not consistent but certainly capable of beating any team! Its not the first time they are beating world no.1 side! They whitewashed England (3-0) also in 2012! Their ranking is down only because they are not playing too much test cricket! Specially not in their own country! Situation would be different if they will play more test cricket like other teams! It was test for philander and steyn to perform in middle east! But they surely failed! Steyn took his first wicket in over number 24th! That already proves that they are only relying on their own pitches! Whereas Pakistani bowlers are always performing in different countries! Since 2009 they didnt even play in their own country! Still they were at number 4 position before zimbabwe test series!

  • 200ondebut on October 17, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    If they can beat England why is beating South Africa such a surprise? Well done Pakistan - lets just hope the odds on SA winning the series have not got too high!!!

  • on October 17, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Kanishkaa Balachandran lol upset ? are you sure it was upset ? what do you think when they beat england by three 0 ?

  • on October 17, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    South Africa - 8 months without a Test. Smith last played in May, then got injured. Kallis played some 20-20 back in May ad nothing since. Not many of the squad even competed in domestic cricket. That is no kind of preparation for Test cricket and Robin Petersen has some good points but he is not a Test spinner.

    South Africa have a long and honored tradition of going into a series half-baked. However, they are not likely to be so unprepared for the remaining Test.

    Pakistan was good throughout but their record shows their batting can be very flimsy.

  • dickgillifp on October 17, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    speaking as an Englishman (and England supporter) I say well done Pakistan. I also say that a good Pakistan is a good thing for world cricket and I hope Pakistan will go on to win this series 2-0. Great respect for Misbah, inspirational Captain and world class batsman.

  • on October 17, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Really happy at Pakistan's victory. Great job by Misbah and co. Hope they continur the gud form in the 2nd test and pull up a 2-0 victory!!!!!!

  • on October 17, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    This is called pakistani brand of cricket...totally unpredictable. Weak than weakest and strong than strongest. what to do. we are used to it. First, England, then No. 1, now South Africa, current No. 1 :D

  • on October 17, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    well played pakistan i think its time to drop azhar ali for the second test and bring umer amin or ahmed shezad for that place cuz he was the only flop in both innings i dnt think he is ready to bat on number three yet other then that they should keep yhe same squade nd i wana see both pacers playing bcuz they were so good they bowlled with deciplane nd good job at debut for zulfiqar and shan and one and only best player of pakistan always do his job MISBAH

  • BowledYa on October 17, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    @Rossn. Pakistani fans are objecting to the "huge upset" connotation because it implies as if this was a match between #1 and #10 teams. Pakistan was ranked in the top 4 just recently, this is home conditions for Pakistan, and Pakistan had beaten the previous #1 team 3-0 here. In the previous tour to UAE SA only managed to a 0-0 draw against a Pak team that was reeling from the England tour fiasco and having lost top 3 players and their pride. I don't think SA came here with the mindset that it would be a cake walk, on the contrary any team playing Pakistan in UAE knows they have their back against the wall. So "huge upset" is upsetting (pun intended).

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

    @AtulMehta, cricket is cricket and we have to play on the pitches. Of course, one day we will be able to host matches on Pak.soil and that would benefit cricket.

  • cooljack_143 on October 17, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Pak beat the THEN no#1 ENG & noe beat the NOW no#1 SA..what a team,what a raw talent..Unpredictable TEAM PAK..

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on October 17, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    @TAcricfan Lol I agree with you next upset might be an innings upset and victory in three days will make me feel better as I still regret 77 all out. But SA won in South Africa and we are invincible in UAE so right now no team is real number one as all teams are good in there own backyard.

  • Rossn on October 17, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    @Ask Ask, why do you feel the need to insult South Africa and it's players if you believe that Waqar Younis and Chusti Mujahid are responsible for portraying the team as underdogs? Yes Waqar and Wasim were great bowlers in all conditions, but nobody disputed that so I fail to see what your point is? Dale Steyn has a test bowling average of 22, which is impressive by any measure. If you think he's one dimensional I won't bother arguing, that's your opinion, but he's done alright for a one dimensional bowler. He also has one advantage over Waqar and Wasim in that he's still playing, so if you want to make comparisons then please use current Pakistani players. Pakistan are a good side, but if you're going to dish out advice on how South Africa (the team with the best current away record in international cricket) need to perform well everywhere and not just in their own back yard then I think you need to save some of that advice for your own team, and every other team for that matter.

  • mensan on October 17, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    I am a Pakistani and I agree this is a UPSET victory. When a No. 6 ranked team beats No. 1 ranked, it will be and should be classified as upset. And Pakistan team were underdogs before the start of series... no doubt in that.

  • Shuraim on October 17, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Guyz guyz dont be too upset about this defeat and to pakistan fans dont brag about it as UAE is the only place where pakistan can win and outside it reality is even Zimbabwe can beat them comprehensively

  • on October 17, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Congratulations, Pakistan.

    This win may also help in bringing back some of the SA & Indian fans down to the ground. Traditionally cricket fans in India & SA were good friends. We let ourselves be dragged into unnecessary arguments (non-supported bragging), because of the unsavory developments between the two Boards. That''s sad.

    Hope this will silence the braggarts from both sides. Let us line up to salute the Pak Team and Pak cricketers, who do not even get enough international matches to hone their skills, yet roll out steams and streams of talented cricketers, all the time.

    From: An Indian Cricket lover.

  • on October 17, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    the winning sequence in uae didnt start against england, but against sri lanka. which before the england series.

  • BowledYa on October 17, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    I am ecstatic to see Pakistan win, yet I would not call this an upset. 4th win in 4 tests against #1 team in UAE is hardly an "upset". Judging by the 9 for 3 in 2nd innings I believe SA will come on strong in the 2nd test, so Pakistan cannot get complacent. Azhar Ali has to get his act together in the next test. The pakistani tail is still a big concern, that's why we shoud pick Reham over Babar in the next one. Good luck Misbah and the team.

  • on October 17, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    @ atul mehta: bro same is the case with india,sa and eng. Should no one play in their home grounds coz they r strong there?

  • SamRoy on October 17, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    I hope the Pakistani fans don't mind but the more I see this Pakistan the more I am reminded of India between 1992-1996. Two really good batsman (Azhar, Tendulkar) Younis and Misbah in Pakistan's case, a few other decent middle order batsman, consistently chopping and changing openers, one great spinner, we had Kumble, you guys have Ajmal, one decent left arm spinner, Raju (Abdul Rehman), one good fast bowler Srinath (Junaid Khan), rest not so good fast bowlers, a calm captain Azhar (Misbah) who is also the second best batsman. Extremely good in Asian (spinning) pitches, extremely poor in seaming tracks and so on... Similarities are eerie you know.

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    great to see pak winning against mighty chokers :p who cant prform well outside their friendly cndtnz..nd good to see some lovely comments from Indians.. #Respect

  • mensan on October 17, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Well done Misbah, Khurram, Shan, Asad, Zulfiqar, Saeed, Junaid. Moreover Misbah is great captain. I always list him among the best Pakistani captains ever.

    This was a good batting wicket. Now when Pakistan has assessed the ability of Peterson, they should and dare him and make a rank turner in Dubai and play with 3 spinners. That's the only way to win 2-0.

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan, well deserved victory.

    Some comments here are ridiculous (especially that of Kallis by Harmony111), being ranked number 1 doesn't mean that you're unbeatable. It just means you win more and lose less than the rest do. So to say that SA don't deserve to be number 1 is just stupid because if they didn't deserve to be number then they wouldn't be number one.

    One other thing, SA hasn't played a test match since February so I excuse the players for being rusty. I'm just sad that there's only one more test match, it would have been interesting to see a 5 match series because it seems in UAE the playing fields have been leveled a bit.

    However I was happy with Vernon's performance, I must say I was anxious to see how he would do on the sub-continent.

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    I cant believe the writer Kanishkaa Balachandran thought it as a "Huge Upset". Its NOT a huge upset. Pakistan is not Zimbabwe or Bangladesh. Pakistan was on top 5 before Zimbabwe tour by playing in other countries but home. Pakistan have always produced good quality bowlers over the years. They beat England 3-0 while they were on top, this is not the first time Pakistan has beaten better "raking" team. I also have to request Pakistani commentators to get out of this slave mentality to portray Pakistan as underdogs. Dale Stayn is one dimensional bowler only while Waqar and Wasim were multi-dimensional bowlers who bowled excellent in any condition and country. SA have never won a big title like World Cup etc. They choke in pressure, they have better statistics than Pakistan but it should not be called a "Huge Upset" come on that's hilarious. A good team should perform everywhere NOT just their own backyard. Waqa Younis and Chusti Mujahid please stop portraying your own team as underdogs.

  • Nadeem_Jaffery on October 17, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Congratulations, Team Pakistan !!!!! It was indeed a good show. The best part, that most people have overlooked, is that in each SA innings Pakistan has used only four specialist bowlers. There was not a single delivery required to be bowled by a part timer, and Pakistan's four pronged bowling attack was able to slice through the batting line up of No 1 rated team, not once but twice. Pakistan, well done and well deserved, best of luck for Dubai.

  • liaqet on October 17, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    lol @Kanishkaa Balachandran. Pakistan wrap up huge victory not upset

  • Rossn on October 17, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, well deserved victory. Quite a few people seem to be upset (for want of a better word) at the use of the word 'upset' in the title, which in a way I can understand purely from the point of view of national pride. But when you've only had one test victory in over 12months, you're facing a side that were unbeaten in 15 tests home and away, who you have only beaten 3 times in history, and your last game was a loss against Zimbabwe, then I'd say it's probably not worth getting annoyed about if someone describes your victory as an upset. Pakistan are a good side and could very well go on to win the next test too, but they have been very poor for the last year, and South Africa have been very good, so on paper this has all the hallmarks of an upset.

  • TAcricfan on October 17, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    If you call it an upset :) then be prepared for many upsets as Team Pakistan Moves on

  • zzby on October 17, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Last game Pakistan lost to Zimbabwe(bottom ranked) and in next game the beat South Africa(Top ranked). This means they can surpise you with something unusal everytime they play.

    This stage is set for Indian cricket board to have a test series with Pakistan.

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    never play pakistan in abu dhabi sharjah etc pitches are suited for their bowlers

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, you deserved the win... Protea's we're a bit rusty and complacent... should be a cracker of a second test..

  • mensan on October 17, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    SA will come hard in 2nd test. Pakistan must prepare a rank turner dust bowl in Dubai in order to wrap the series 2-0. Must play Abdur Rehman in place of Irfan. Younis should be 2nd seamer along with Junaid. SA has prepared well for Saeed Ajmal but he should still be in the XI. But Pakistan should surprise SA with Zulfiqar and Abdur Rehman. The spin trio on a pitch turning square from day 1 should be worth watching.

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Pakistan won the 1st test against no.1 team in the world south Africa

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Great victory for pakistan and graeme smith is totally right misbah is a # 1 player. :)

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    great win for pakistan i for one have to admitt that i didnt see this kind of performence from.pakistan as in a previous post which i dont believe was published i said cant see the current pak team putting on a fight and how certain players wont be able to perform but the players did stand up and performed so good luck to pak for the rest of the series shan masood and khurum should be given an extend run in the team would love to see nasir and shan openning in ODIs

  • cricdick on October 17, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Pakistan has a quality and they showed it. If they could manage to have some matches at their own venues then I have no doubt, they will perform even better.

  • Fogu on October 17, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    In general, the rankings are for the fans and ICC to quibble about. It doesn't mean anything. These are not based on every team playing every other ones to find out who is the best. Pakistan can be world beaters on any given day and fold the next. PK has the bowlers for all condition and the best captain in the world. Their top order is wobbly but if they perform, PK is hard to beat. Currently SA, ENG and PK are more complete teams than the rest. IN has best batsmen in sub-continent conditions but their fast bowling is atrocious. Their batsmen don't perform well outside their home conditions. SL is in a rebuilding phase. AUS has not fully turned around yet. NZ, WI, BD and ZIM can be a handful in their home conditions. They are on the upswing though and will challenge the top teams in the next 3 years. Congrats to PK. It was a good test match.

  • ReverseSweepIndia on October 17, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    great cricket by Pak, though they show their usual stuff by being 9/3 in chase. But they have done so much good throughout the game that small blemish was not gonna take away the credit and result from them. Congratulation. As an Indian fan, I will like the series result to be 2-0. As things looks with our series in SA later, issues seems to be sorting out, so we may have a 3 match series there. It would be better if SA goes home defeated and little low on confidence. They are a very good and deserved ranked #1 (played consistently over period of time). So if we have any chance of defeating then in their own den, we need to fall many things in place 1) our guys punch above their weight 2) SA play below their potential and this 2-0, if happened can make that possible 3) Luck. and many more factors as well. Again congratulations on a fabulous victory and a request, do not demean SA, they are really a very good side, they lost because you played better cricket and they didn't.

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    very well pakistan I want to say a lot about this match but the highlight or the main point of this match was the first wicket partnership between khurram and shan of 135.This laid the foundation of pakistan victory.without this it would not have been possible to even think of winning a match for pakistan

  • Commentarybox on October 17, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Goodbye Saf, hello new #1

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    I am surprised at the heading. South Africa beaten by Pakistan. S.A is not in the same level of Aussies and windies at their peak. Kudos to Pakistan. The headline should be pakistan won by 7 wickets. Good going pakistan from and indian.

  • CodandChips on October 17, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. They shouldn't get carried away though as their batting still looks weak. I think South Africa will bounce back and win the next test but not if Robin Peterson is the only spinner. Pakistan should play Umar Akmal he's one of the world's best young batsmen along with Virat Kohli, Jo Root and Hamish Rutherford. Well done Misbah as well.

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Congz Pakistan from a Bangladeshi Cricket fan though ur board withdraw player of Pakistan to play BPL. This is come from Misbah as a leader of Pakistan who played outstanding Cricket for a year though he has get a few light from Media coverage. As a cricket nation Pakistan is very good. They have good talented. I wish they can continue this.

  • Diaz54 on October 17, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    The interesting in all this is that this was not a turner! There is even some bounce to get people out gloving or short leg. So not completely dead. In SA the pitches have bounce, yet no body talks to say the pitches are unfavourable. That is the way....good teams can win any where. If Pakistan had got their batters in order they could have done much better in SA, because they have decent bowlers. Even with decent bowling the bowlers moral gets shot down when their batters play poorly. This applies to Sa in Abu Dhabi.

    I EXPECT SA to come back strongly.....and I suspectPak batters may be in too happy mood and bat poorly in 2nd test. I hope youngster who got. Runs work even harder!!

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    By injecting fresh blood/new faces in the team, Pakistan got the desired result. Its high time now to make team for the next world cup, we have to give chance to new faces, look how Australia and India have made formidable team by consistently including youngsters

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Thanks 4 all the Indians supporting Pakistan. Amman ki asha. We want a series against India in UAE

  • fguy on October 17, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    so you can add SA to the list of teams that are poor outside their comfort zone. fans of non-SC teams make fun of SC teams when they lose outside their comfort zone when their own teams are no better.

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. Totally controlled the game from the first day and with the exception of getting the Pakitani's to 7/3 on the final day, South Africa (and fans like me) can take little consolation.

    Why do Pakistan not perform to this standard away from 'home'?

    Lets see what happens in the next test. Should be a cracker if SA can pull themselves together. One can only hope that we are fired up having been so resoundingly defeated.

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Excuse me Cricinfo but I don't cout this win as an upset. Pakistan, having one of the finest bowling attack and batsmen such as Misbah and Younis, is one of the top sides in World cricket. And a top side beating another top side doesn't look like an upset to me.

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Pakistan won the 1st test against south Africa

  • BustIPL on October 17, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    When you expect that Pakistan bowling can be lethal for any side then it is not an upset just an expectation coming true. Also, in the context of UAE there is better chance for pak to win and a normal result on the UAE soil has prevailed.

  • reddyrad on October 17, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Good job by pakistan, if they have couple of consistent batsmen they can rock... hope to see Ind vs Pak test series, and oneday series will be mouthwatering contest.

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Not a upset ! Pakistan is world's best Team. Pakistan Cricket Team have a capability to defeat the best teams of the world.

  • pull_shot on October 17, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Well pakistasn will lose comprehensively lose to teams like Zimbabwe and SAF and they win comprehensively in dubai against england and saf that says some thing and england were all out to 72 in 4th innings they credit there bowlers not d pitch where as in zimbabwe they r unable to take wickets at crucial times but well done pakistan won a test over No 1 team is big achievement in any conditions congratssssss

  • CricketChat on October 17, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Congratulations to Pak! Some redeeming after humiliating defeat against Zim no so long ago. Misbah again proved that he is the backbone of the middle order.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on October 17, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    overrated, overhyped sa bowlers and batsmen choked once again. I still feel sa are not good players of spin in asia. I accept sa won in overseas, that too in eng and aus where pitches are green. They need to win in ind, sl and pak to prove they are no1. Had sa played against sl few months back, they could have lost the series.

  • AllahKeBande on October 17, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    @ Farhan Fani- Can do what?? 'NO BALL' again??

  • ivehadit on October 17, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    its just nice to see a win for Pakistan. Let's hope they build on their mental strength with this. The wobble in the 2nd innings doesn't bode well for the 2nd test.

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Why SA is excusing unprepared part as a key factor? Before this match begin we knew that they are playing with 3 batsmen (Amla, Kallus and ABD) rest are hit and miss in Asian conditions... The same was case with ENG, western teams young batsmen cannot play in Asia as ours can't in west... Do you really think other batsmen can have technique to play spin??

    On top of that PAK has the toughest bowling line up any team can face in Asia, it's not like our bowlers have boldest out SA under 250 twice by fluke, we have done to most teams consistently... Pakistan has best spinner in the world and our fast bowlers are not exactly tundlers, they both have done excellent in most conditions... It's unfortunate that Junaid was injured in SA, otherwise we could have won one test...

    Its unfortunate that PAK plays so less of test cricket, I have no doubt if we can play as many test as ENG/AUS we can be world beating even on green tops... The problem is we play one series every 2-3 years on green

  • bouncer709 on October 17, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Fine victory by Pakistan, and good performance by new players, but Pakistan top order failure in 2nd innings is still question mark, specially Azhar Ali. Pakistan top order must perform the way they did in 1st innings to win the series.

  • KK_Cricket on October 17, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Pakistan player their heart out and go this win in style.. Misbah deserved to score the winnings runs.. but it woud have been really interesting if SA had set a 150 target. DuPlessis needed to be a little more positive like how ABD was.. Another 50+ score from any batter would have set up a great test match.. Way to go Pak.. Hope the trend continues and we don not see collapses any more.. Best of luck from KK an Indian

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Is not huge upset anyway it is possible Pak always beat big team so it was good game not huge upset ...

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on October 17, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    If sa bowlers cannot good against pak, then there is no way agains mighty new young indians. Congrats pak.

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Well done to the Pakistan team and please please please keep it up for next atleast.

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Pakistan in 2013 have defeated no 1 ranked teams in ODI (india), T20 (west indies), tests(SA) in their categories

  • alpha_beta on October 17, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    When England lost to this Pakistan team in UAE then they also don't deserve any chances. The wickets don't suit pace bowlers and are spinner friendly, which is definitely not their strength.

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Very well done Pakistan! Bravo Saeed and Kashif

  • wnwn on October 17, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Lose a test match to Zimbabwe and then thrash South Africa in the very next one. This is Pakistan cricket for you.

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    We have to go 2-0 INSHALLAH i perdict other white wash World number 1 ranked

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Those who said Pakistan Cricket is over can go take a HIKE. Eid Mubarak everyone

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Why is it an upset? SA was never in the game. And it was Pakistan, not Zimababwe or Bangladesh who defeated them. It isnt an upset by any mean.

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    well done Misbah11 ....keep it up for the next match .......Full credit to the young openers ..... younis and azhar should drop from the next match and should replace the new youngsters players

  • Stark62 on October 17, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Most South Africans were anticipating the same dead pitches, which were used in the 2010 series. So, why not let them have their wish and produce the flattest pitch in the world for the next game!!

    Pak don't need to win 2-0, just winning the series is enough to give Pak and its fans a memorable victory.

  • Solid_Snake on October 17, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    @@Dasun:I mentioned Sanga & Mahela because i saw someone mentioning that SA batsmen should learn from these two..Steyn & Phillander are being said as no good bowlers.

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    love you Pakistan. great win and I agree it is not a upset. in the game of cricket whoever plays well can clinch the win.

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Pakistan team need best players selected by the selection committee. You saw talented players inside & safarshi players outside & results are obvious. With mature captain misbah ul haq , they can upset any team any where.

  • TheProfPak on October 17, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Rusty Saffers! Well this was the same words used by English fans and media in their last trip to UAE after first match loss. Now, the same thing is being said for Saffers. How unjustified is this giving no credit to excellent Pakistani team. Well done again. I don't see SA coming back and leveling series in Dubai either.

  • Brenton1 on October 17, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Congrats to PAK. They managed to do something that Eng and Aus couldnt do in their home series. But 1 loss isnt the end of SA. We havent lost a series away in a while and still have 1 test to extend that record. PAK played well, expect SA to improve in the next test.

  • anniyan18 on October 17, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan! You always give the cricket fans that X factor and give us the expect the unexpected performances!Cricket is that much more entertaining when Pakistan is in the game! Bring it on boys!! Cheers from a Indian cricket fan!!

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    it is unfair to call it an upset..Team Pakistan is capable of beating any side in the world on their day, Pakistan already beat England back in 2010-2011 the no 1 side that time. Pakistan are really a different team when playing in UAE where pitches are helpful for spinners.

    Hoping a good contest in 2nd test... Best of Luck team Pakistan..

  • Solid_Snake on October 17, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Dear SA..You defeat other teams in 3 or 4 days..I hope you are loving it to be on the other side this time :P

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Unpredictability at its extreme, defeated by the lowest ranked team and beats No.1. I think what we lack is professionalism and stability at administration and management levels. I think Umar Amin is a better choice in place of Umar Akmal.

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    i am waiting Muhammad Amir to come back and tell to the world "yes i can do it "again

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    2013 is year of misbah to prove him a legend of pakistan cricket... young guns have always been a strength of team..

  • alipk52 on October 17, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    The biggest problem Pakistan facing is there are 7 batsmen who can't bowl, and 4 bowlers can't bat, look at SA, till no.10, they have a batsman, I meqn whats wrong with Pakistan selectors in opting All-Rounders? Going with 4 bowlers is not a problem as they are world's best bowlers (except debutant Babar) you can see those 4 bowlers can square up a line-up with Amla/Kallis/AB/Smith and no.1 bowlers on paper can't defend 249 having Steyn/Philander/Morkel/Kallis

  • DeckChairand6pack on October 17, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    Well done to the Pakistan team and their fans. The Proteas really got caught cold and were outplayed by a better team on this occasion

  • CricSupporter on October 17, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    @Ist_april: Pakistan only likes to beat high standard teams. They don't take those teams serious who are ranking below No. 1

  • Kashif_cheema on October 17, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    finally another team's consecutive winnings stopped by pakistan as they done before to beat austarlia in world cup 2011 who were unbeaten from 13 years in world cup. although win is win but a lot of things are there to work on to get more better results. well done pak u r the team which always tease to #1 or unbeaten sides.

  • Ukhan252 on October 17, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Once Whichever place is for Pakistan as Home they will do it everywhere and i think they had once again got the opportunity to cleansweep the World no 1 side in the UAE as they did against England

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Ajmal is consistant and top wicket taker again. He is a till a best spinner and critically acclaimed. Congrates Pakistani team and the fans!

  • brusselslion on October 17, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Pakistan seem to make a habit of beating the #1 ranked team. Congratulations to them; good to see as the cricket world needs a strong Pakistan Test team.

    Re SA: One below par performance does not make them a bad team.

  • Wacky_Cric_Lover on October 17, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    @1st_April: Its simple we love to beat no. 1 ranked teams. England, india and now SA :D

  • Wacky_Cric_Lover on October 17, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    This clearly shows how shallow these test rankings are. Based on the system yes its an upset because a no. 6 ranked team beat no. 1 team but in reality it was the match of equals because playing conditions were in the favor of Pakistan. Now with this win Pakistan are in top 4 again I wonder what would be the headline in the next match!! Go Greens..Aim for the whitewash again!

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    I'm surprised that there r no comments from SA fans. Desi Pakistani

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    congrats..................

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    in pakistans lsat series against zimbabwe, same result same upset we saw

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    It was on the cards. But Pakistan played very well. it was a flat track and fast bowlers did most of the damage. Junaid took the most important wickets. And I was really amazed by Pakistan fielding. they saved a lot of runs in the field. All in all a combined team effort and they were very very deciplined. I expect SA to bounce back hard but I don't think they will be able to win the next test specially without Amla.

  • PPL11 on October 17, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Well done Pakistan!! - From india

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    just because they lost to Zimbabwe previously reckoning this victory by pakistan over world number one an upset is an understatement of the cricketing ability of the pakistani lads as much as it would be doubtful of the traditional unpredictability associated with the pakistan team at least ever since i have started following cricket. i would give credit to a rather responsible batting and then to committed bowling by the pakistan side. however, i would not disregards the advantage pakistan were able to derive from the conditition. having said that i have no doubt, whatsoever, in south africa's ability to bounce back in the second test. Ali Bhatti London

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Bravo Pakistan team!! and how do we term this as an upset? Whitewashing england 3-0, the then world no 1 and now South Africa??

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    @Rohan Kapoor- What luck has to do with by pakistan losing to zimbabwe? They played better than SA and deserved victory and won it. And its not biggest upset pakistan is a very good team who can win any opponent.

    its like saying india was lucky in second match because they beaten badly in 1st match?

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    extremely well....

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    ppl say Misbah shud retire or he shud b dropped from the team but what is pakistan's batting without Misbah? even a total of 40 can't b reached without him.

  • 1st_april on October 17, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Pakistan Fans,

    Congratulations from an England fan, i am confounded by your team's propensity to eviscerate No.1 sides from time to time!, can anyone explicate this phenomenon?

    Thanks

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Best luck Pakistan ...

  • AQ13 on October 17, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    last time SA were in UAE they whined about the flat pitches.i think they would be happy with this wicket which produced a result inside four days!

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    It was the opening partnership that set up the victory :) but obviously you never know, when and how Pakistani batting collapsed again. Bowling is never a problem for Pakistan. It was their batting who let them down even against minor like Zimbabwe. Good to see that finally Hafeez is out of test squad. Good win for Pakistan.

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    We would have seen a drama if the score to chase for 4th innings would be anything near 100

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    I like how people are saying it was an upset, but the truth is if SA beats Pak in UAE then it will be an upset as far as Test matches are concerned. Its one thing to play an odi in these conditions test cricket is a totally different game.

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD..... :) Well played Pakistan... i hven't words what to say but what a win for Pakiatan.... although Proteas also did well..... Wait for next test match at Dubai..... in the end... congratulations to all Pakistan team and supporters...... :) :)

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    I don't think its upset. Pakistan outplayed south africa in every department, finished a test match in 4 days n u call it upset.

  • landl47 on October 17, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    South Africa made the same mistake as England last year by turning up in the UAE with no first-class practice behind them and suffered the same fate. A good, solid effort from Pakistan, led by the ageless Misbah, but for SA to be bowled out twice for under 250 just shows how under-cooked they were.

    Maybe they can get it together by the next test, but if it's a turning wicket I think they'll be in trouble. Well played, Pakistan.

  • 2nd_Slip on October 17, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Well played to Pak they deserved the victory. Clearly on top from day 1. Dean Eglar and Imran Tahir for Faf and Robby P respectively in the second test is a must. Must say I am very pleased with Philander, didn't think he would bowl this well in these conditions(no rude comments from sub. cont. fans towards him, meaning just like the Eng and Aus naysayers they also have witnessed what class he is no matter the conditions). Apart from him Amla and ABD the rest of the lads were on first gear through out. With that said fans shouldn't read to much into this victory hence its most likely due to the fact that SA haven't played test since Feb. and were a little bit rusty.

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    UAE could officially be declared as the graveyard for #1 teams :)

    I hope Pakistan go for the kill and whitewash South Africa.

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    I guess Pakistan has made the habit of beating no 1 side only,lol well done any ways

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Not surprised at all by the result, but I am surprised (and impressed) by the margin of victory!

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    why are u saying upset dude pakistan can beat any team in the wrold

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan on defeating the No. 1 Test Side.

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Heartiest Congratulations Team Pakistan! :D Hope you end up winning the series inshaAllah

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Hafeez's exclusion immediately paid off

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    wow i enjoyed misbah 2 fours and 2 six wo I LOVE MISBAH haters gonna hate but i always support and love misbah

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Wohooooo Pakistan zindabad

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    just one word for team pakistan ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,superb............. .cmbine team effort,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,b unite............stay unite ....................play unite................ best of luck 4 second test ..... the real test ...................come on proteas u r numbr one .............. dnt lose heart ..................

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Sa will be trying for an upset win too in next match..

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    i dont think its a upset PAK played better and won good luck go greens ! dont loose focus go on and win the series!! play umar akmal in for azhar ali i guess!

  • dual.citizen on October 17, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Proteus mental toughness has been proved many a times at top level in tournaments. They again proved it today.

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Biggest upset in cricket history.pakistan were lucky in this match because they were badly beaten by zimbabwe not so long ago...

  • kevaldedhia813 on October 17, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Lack of good spinners can bring any team down. SA and Aus are victims, however england have succeded for that matter. Should bring Imarn tahir to the side and give him a long chance. Not sure why Elgar was left out inspite of his good first class season. Its very sad to see SA go down. Hope they pull back the series. good luck

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Does not understand the mindset of pakistans top three, i think they should be first given a psychological lesson every time before they go out to bat...

  • dontlikecricket on October 17, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    A great victory for PAK. They truly deserved their victory as they have dominated the whole test. Although SA fast bowlers did well in the second innings, however they did not have enough runs. On these kinds of wickets first 10/15 overs can be difficult with the new ball, however after that its hard work for bowlers to take wickets. Well done PAK and I expect SA to do better in the second match.

  • RizviPaki on October 17, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Why are you calling this a HUGE upset? This is not even a small upset. We are not minnows, and SA is not the W.Indies of the 70s/80s.

  • Cricfan27 on October 17, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    What a win for Pakistan! Couple of weeks ago losing to world's No #10 miserably and now beating world's No # 01 so emphatically.....hohoho.. what a big joke..!!!!... World Cricket without Pakistan would have been/is tasteless....I really enjoyed my Eid holidays watching Pak-SA test. It's a treat to watch Pakistan win. Congratulations Pakistan!!!....

  • BustIPL on October 17, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Nice to see Misbah being so cool. While all others of his age are asked everyday to hang their boots, he keeps his name as the highest scorer in all formats for 2013.

  • 122notoutWestByfleet1996 on October 17, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    good to see that England are not the only side who have the odd bad test. hard to comment on specifics having not seen any of the action, but well played Pakistan, definitely the neutrals favourite side in any tests they play. SA are short of test match practice but you would expect a side of their class to perform better. certainly they will bounce back in the next test. i think it will be chalked up as a bad day in the office and no doubt they will be much more of a match for Pakistan over the rest of the series

  • mak112 on October 17, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Congratulations guys, Our Senior Pros take us to home. Best wishes for Dubai. I hope we do win that one too some how. (Not sure though lol)

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    who says that it was an upset??? we all know that pakistan is capable of doing it and you can also see in the past when pak whitewashed england

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    they can just only win by calling other teams to their home ground and making pitch that is completely suitable for them in every aspect bowling and batting too although poor performance by sa and good performance by pak in the end the better team win hope sa will fight back in 2nd test and crush the oppostion

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Whatever and however VERY WELL DONE PAKISTAN. A well deserved victory.

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    congratulations to Pakistani Cricket Team

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    I must say that 2 sixes by misbah WON by heart.. <3

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    After a shocking start in the 4th innings Misbah finished the game with two clean sixes and a triple...................... We bleed green Go Pakistan Pakistan Zindabad

  • on October 17, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    were the hell is Wayne parnell..plz bring him back in place of peterson

  • on October 17, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    I know Pak batting is bad but can't be that bad. Come on guys have some faith guys, they will eventually get to 40 (I am not too sure though). haha

  • on October 17, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    many before this series have said that philander will be less effective on thee wickets than Morkel and styen but i think he was the most dangerous of 3 fast bowlers

  • on October 17, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Upset win?? I mean come on, we know Pakistan's unpredictable and you can expect any result from them, but calling this an upset is synonymous to ridiculing Pakistan

  • mak112 on October 17, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Haha as expected Pakistan tattered in second innings chasing a small target.

  • on October 17, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Can u see ur own post cause I can't see my post and wonder if it is really coming to u or not please tell me

  • heathrf1974 on October 17, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    A lot of people seem to be writing SA off. This is the first match. And yes the number 1 ranking is relevant. The best team is no. 1, you don't have to win every series to be number 1 just the best. I'm an Aussie.

  • on October 17, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    g singh @ you are thinking that if SA losse U.A.E series than India will easily win.... Remember bro 1 thing!!! Proteas are mentally touch... u never know they can bounce back in second test.... so if u think it will be easy for India to defeat SA after U.A.E series... this will not happen.... SA bowling is lethal in their backyard.... and they will attack on India if they lose here... mark my words....

  • on October 17, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    well done Pakistan .... Misbah is a best captain ever for Pakistan

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    looks Pak victory certain. but to score 40 runs b4 victory. can Styn, Morkal, Philinder allow pak score easily or wat cost. or game b intresting now. wish all the best Pakistan.

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    40 to win and i dont think there will be any dramas. Pitch still look good to bat on.

    The best part is that almost every1 contributed for pakistan. 4 bowlers used and all got 4-4-5-6 wickets. So not depending on 1 man.

    In batting if you see the no of matches played by pak players and 100 scored and total runs in test & avgs, you will see huge difference between both teams. But apart from younas and azhar everybody else from top 7 made some runs.

    really a good effort.

    No matter what will be result of next match & SA may draw it but this match win is big. PAK always got SA under pressure and SA was chasing it from 1st session.

    May would say it was spin problem but pak fast bowlers were also more better than SA's.

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Wow what a performance by Pakistani bowlers. I was looking for SA to prove themselves the best by showing the same morality in sub continent but if they are defeated by a team which lost to Zimbabwe, it will show that Pakistan was true on flat and bouncy tracks matter. SA has to play against India too so let see how they perform there. Love Pakistan, wish u white wash the best one.

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    sa last time beat by asian team (sri lanka) and going to beaten today by another asian team (pakistan) . asia rocks

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    only 5 test series should count towards ranking...these mini-series are meaningless

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    solid snake- for your information, sri lanka drew test series in eng and nz 1-1 in both 2006 and 2007 and test series in pakistan 2009 also ended without result. plus there's nothing to blame to mahela and sanga for it since cricket is a team sport and its responsibility of cricket board and icc to dictatate future tour programme . and sri lanka got very rarely to play with aus and sa ( be it home or away). tell something you know better

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    What an awful performance by the Proteas

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    @ SLslider - Dale Steyn has taken 66 wickets in 14 matches on the sub continent at an average S/R of 40... His best figures 7/51 were on a flat track in Nagpur. Your comments about him are invalid. Hi strike rate is better than Ajamals on the subcontinent.

  • Solid_Snake on October 17, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    @SLslider:Ranking system is not flawed.What do you suggest..Making Sirilanka as No1 team?from 2002-2013 Sirilanka is unable to win any series outside their home..19 full series.Lost almost all..won only against Bangladesh & Zimbabwe..Is this how might Sanga & Mahela teaching others how to play cricket. On the other hand just look at the record of SA team.Have not lost a single series after 2006..'Ranking system is flawed'..As a Pakistani fan..This comment even made me laugh

  • on October 17, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    pakistani got this game...i congratulate misbah and his team for combine effort team victory....

  • on October 17, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    I don't believe in ranking rather cricket Rankings become tools for the fans to use as a bashing purpose. Being no.1 out 10 members in Test Cricket, SA fans most frequently use this no.1 tag to show their dominance and supremacy on these forums. They simply can't digest to see struggling their team on a flat bed where every PAK batsmen made a feast. Remember, PAK were struggling to score since long time. Criticizing pitch as flat bed is just a lame excuse that should be avoided by fans all over the world in true sportsmanship.

    We have been witnessing since long time that every team excels with each series. The most teams nowadays have a narrow gap in between them and that's good sign of development of cricket. The different conditions of pitch & atmosphere add challenges for the performers to prove them. The most deserving factor for PAKISTAN is that they have shown greater adaptability here. It is Pakistan who accepted challenge & SA didn't and It's harsh reality.

  • gsingh7 on October 17, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    hope sa lose in this series then with their moral down, india cud win in sa so india could close gap between the 2 and possibly retain top spot in tests, again. pakistan after losing 3-0 in sa with massive defeats and then loss to zimbabwe has risen again on flat lifeless uae tracks and are about to cause a massive upset. come on pakistan, win big here and improve ur 6th place in test rankings. love from india.

  • on October 17, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Great bowling performance by the Pakistani team. Amla in the first innings and A.B.D in the 2nd. The rest have failed the test.

    Let's see how long can the tail last.

    However, if they can manage 150+ as target in the 4th innings, it will be exciting. At the moment, it's Pakistan all the way.

  • on October 17, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    fof gone. now all depends d,villiers n tail to make atleast 150 more runs to bak into match. is it possible. do remember Pak track record of 4th inning very poor. at moment victory of Pakistan looks on the board. wish all the best for pak.

  • Joji_ on October 17, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    @Harmony111: Not going into the part of the debate that every team plays better in their own backyard since I have the same point of view. However you can't compare Kallis with Hafeez as Kallis has proven record in Asia. Excluding bangladesh, Kallis has 6 centuries in Asia, 3 each against Pakistan and India. Yes he did fail in this test but that doesn't make hime equivalent to Hafeez in any way. On a seperate note .... mighty proud of the green shirts! Brought the smile back on my face :D

  • mzm149 on October 17, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    @Harmony111: You are spot on mate about how South Asian batsmen get ridiculed on bouncy wickets. I highly appreciate your admiration of Pakistan team.

  • SLslider on October 17, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    No. 1 team is nearing an innings defeat. Its amazing they are being beaten by a team which just lost to ZIM. So we can figure how good is the best team of the world. Well we can safely say that ranking system is flawed. Steyn and philander bowl on bouncy pitches and improve their averages and their batsmen too play in familier conditions and are termed as best but as soon as the ball starts spinning they become sitting ducks. I think their batsmen should learn from Sanga and Mahela or even thirrimanne how to play on all tracks and their bowlers can learn from herath and vass to how to bowl on spinning tracks. Pakistan are lucky to be playing against SA who are very mediocre in sub continent.

  • Mehtasboy on October 17, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Nice player of the cricket my favourite AB DEVILLIORS

  • on October 17, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    I am proud of Pakistan team so far so good n hpe dey can maintain da pressure in coming 2 test too but I knw South Africa is number 1 test ranking side n dey wil come bk hard at Pakistan hats off 2 Misabha so far he is dne a great job in dis test keep it team green

  • Harmony111 on October 17, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    We have been told all along that Kallis is a great batsman who can bat anywhere in the world. Almost any win by an Asian team in Asia is rejected as being lowly by saying that Oh the wickets were flat blah blah. So what happened to the great Kallis in these flat tracks? Why could he not score in the two innings? Is he able to handle pressure? He got out to a royal duck in the 2nd innings, he must be some really terrific batsman.

    Each time SL or Pak or India lose in Eng or SA or Aus the issue of fast & bouncy wickets is raised and Asian batsman are ridiculed. How is Kallis different from Hafeez? Hafeez struggled in SA while Kallis has looked woeful on the supposedly flat tracks of Abu Dhabi.

    SA have hardly looked like #1 team here. There bowling was insipid largely & their batting has looked quite vulnerable except Amla.

    Pak must be praised for being so good here given that they recently lost to Zim but regrouped. They hardly play any test cricket yet are so good.

  • on October 17, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    LOL at title again...: "host" hold edge!

  • on October 17, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    LOL at title again...: "host" hold edge!

  • Harmony111 on October 17, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    We have been told all along that Kallis is a great batsman who can bat anywhere in the world. Almost any win by an Asian team in Asia is rejected as being lowly by saying that Oh the wickets were flat blah blah. So what happened to the great Kallis in these flat tracks? Why could he not score in the two innings? Is he able to handle pressure? He got out to a royal duck in the 2nd innings, he must be some really terrific batsman.

    Each time SL or Pak or India lose in Eng or SA or Aus the issue of fast & bouncy wickets is raised and Asian batsman are ridiculed. How is Kallis different from Hafeez? Hafeez struggled in SA while Kallis has looked woeful on the supposedly flat tracks of Abu Dhabi.

    SA have hardly looked like #1 team here. There bowling was insipid largely & their batting has looked quite vulnerable except Amla.

    Pak must be praised for being so good here given that they recently lost to Zim but regrouped. They hardly play any test cricket yet are so good.

  • on October 17, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    I am proud of Pakistan team so far so good n hpe dey can maintain da pressure in coming 2 test too but I knw South Africa is number 1 test ranking side n dey wil come bk hard at Pakistan hats off 2 Misabha so far he is dne a great job in dis test keep it team green

  • Mehtasboy on October 17, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Nice player of the cricket my favourite AB DEVILLIORS

  • SLslider on October 17, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    No. 1 team is nearing an innings defeat. Its amazing they are being beaten by a team which just lost to ZIM. So we can figure how good is the best team of the world. Well we can safely say that ranking system is flawed. Steyn and philander bowl on bouncy pitches and improve their averages and their batsmen too play in familier conditions and are termed as best but as soon as the ball starts spinning they become sitting ducks. I think their batsmen should learn from Sanga and Mahela or even thirrimanne how to play on all tracks and their bowlers can learn from herath and vass to how to bowl on spinning tracks. Pakistan are lucky to be playing against SA who are very mediocre in sub continent.

  • mzm149 on October 17, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    @Harmony111: You are spot on mate about how South Asian batsmen get ridiculed on bouncy wickets. I highly appreciate your admiration of Pakistan team.

  • Joji_ on October 17, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    @Harmony111: Not going into the part of the debate that every team plays better in their own backyard since I have the same point of view. However you can't compare Kallis with Hafeez as Kallis has proven record in Asia. Excluding bangladesh, Kallis has 6 centuries in Asia, 3 each against Pakistan and India. Yes he did fail in this test but that doesn't make hime equivalent to Hafeez in any way. On a seperate note .... mighty proud of the green shirts! Brought the smile back on my face :D

  • on October 17, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    fof gone. now all depends d,villiers n tail to make atleast 150 more runs to bak into match. is it possible. do remember Pak track record of 4th inning very poor. at moment victory of Pakistan looks on the board. wish all the best for pak.

  • on October 17, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Great bowling performance by the Pakistani team. Amla in the first innings and A.B.D in the 2nd. The rest have failed the test.

    Let's see how long can the tail last.

    However, if they can manage 150+ as target in the 4th innings, it will be exciting. At the moment, it's Pakistan all the way.

  • gsingh7 on October 17, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    hope sa lose in this series then with their moral down, india cud win in sa so india could close gap between the 2 and possibly retain top spot in tests, again. pakistan after losing 3-0 in sa with massive defeats and then loss to zimbabwe has risen again on flat lifeless uae tracks and are about to cause a massive upset. come on pakistan, win big here and improve ur 6th place in test rankings. love from india.