Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd Test, Dubai, 1st day

Tahir's maiden five-for makes it SA's day

The Report by Devashish Fuloria

October 23, 2013

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South Africa 128 for 3 (Smith 67*) lead Pakistan 99 (Babar 25*, Tahir 5-32, Steyn 3-38) by 29 runs
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Imran Tahir finished with 5 for 32, Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd Test, 1st day, Dubai, October 23, 2013
Imran Tahir picked up his first five-wicket haul in Tests © AFP
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Imran Tahir announced his comeback to Test cricket with a maiden five-wicket haul that embarrassed Pakistan as they were bowled out for 99 on the first day of the second Test in Dubai. Graeme Smith then steered his team into the lead towards the end of the day with an unbeaten half-century and with seven wickets in hand, South Africa have already taken charge of the Test.

The day belonged to Tahir, whose last Test figures in Adelaide had read 37-1-260-0. He picked up three wickets in the last ten minutes of the first session and then added two more early in the second as Pakistan collapsed to 99 - their third-lowest score against South Africa - in just 36.4 overs.

Two of those wickets, including that of Misbah-ul-Haq, came in the last over before lunch after Dale Steyn had removed Younis Khan in the penultimate one, meaning Pakistan had all but frittered away the advantage of batting first on a pitch that is expected to aid the spinners later in the Test.

Tahir was introduced as early as the 12th over of the innings, but bowled too full in his first few overs. Azhar Ali and Shan Masood, who were making gradual progress, were both happy to push him straight down the ground for comfortable singles. But one such full delivery caught the inside edge of Masood's bat and hit the stumps after hitting his back leg.

The second wicket was the big one though as Tahir bowled a flighted googly to which Misbah played outside the line and was hit right in front of the middle. Misbah reviewed the decision, but there wasn't much of a case for him. The third one was off a quicker delivery that Adnan Akmal chose to play on the back foot, but it skidded past the inside edge on to the stumps to leave Pakistan in tatters. Pakistan were reduced from 52 for 2 to 60 for 6 in a matter of minutes as Tahir found the right length on the pitch.

Pakistan hopes for some resistance in the second session disappeared as soon as Saeed Ajmal was run out by a direct hit. Then, Tahir picked up two more wickets in an over - Asad Shafiq went for a slog and missed a straighter one while Mohammad Irfan missed a googly. Babar played a few shots but despite a 23-run stand for the last wicket, he didn't stand in the way for Pakistan's second sub-100 score in Dubai. Steyn, who had set the tone of the day with a perfect outswinger to dismiss Khurram Manzoor in his first over after being deemed fit in the morning, cleaned up Junaid Khan to collect his third wicket of the innings with a reverse-swinging full delivery.

South Africa, as Smith had said at the toss, wanted to make first use of the pitch and their bowlers made sure they were in to bat midway in the second session.

Pakistan took to the field desperately seeking wickets, and they used both their reviews within five overs - once when Irfan hit Graeme Smith on the pads and the next time when the slip cordon was convinced Alviro Petersen had gloved one to the keeper - but both were turned down. Pakistan eventually struck through Zulfiqar Babar, who beat Petersen with an arm-ball and trapped him in front in his first over. Petersen belatedly asked for a review, but that call became the sixth review on the day to be turned down.

Run-making had remained difficult throughout the day with two quality bowling attacks in operation and a slow outfield, but Smith and Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla's replacement in the XI, added 54 runs for the second wicket, helping the team inch towards Pakistan's total. The home team were slightly set back in their attack as Babar split his webbing and had to leave the field for almost an hour. Ajmal, though, was deriving enough turn from the pitch to trouble the batsmen regularly. He was rewarded with the wickets of Elgar and Jacques Kallis in the last hour.

Smith went past his 38th Test half-century, but with four days and a lot of spin bowling to be negotiated, South Africa need to ward off any complacency by keeping an eye on the scorecard of the previous Test at this venue.

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Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

There shoud have been a third test ; I dont understand. What can we learn from playin two test ; not much. One good performance and one bad performance. I think is by time the ICC should wake up the administrators are killing the game. SA is the no 1 test playing nation they should play atleast 3 to 5 test against any side

Posted by   on (October 26, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

there should be 3 tests

Posted by Basil777 on (October 24, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

There shoud have been a third test ; I dont understand. What can we learn from playin two test ; not much. One good performance and one bad performance. I think is by time the ICC should wake up the administrators are killing the game. SA is the no 1 test playing nation they should play atleast 3 to 5 test against any side

Posted by kleinlappies on (October 24, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

yesterday i said smith is not going to make runs. sorry smith! He looked so bad at the crease yesterday. very happy he is getting form. kallis is a bit of a worry.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (October 24, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

So many arm chair fans writing off Pak. This is test match guys there is always second chance. What if SA bundles out for 250 in first innings and the Pak openers give another solid partnership? Anything is possible. Pak bowlers will mostly do their job but their batsmen are inconsistent. But don't write off anyone. This coming from an Indian fan.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

I don't Know what is fuss about kallis and his average .he is one of the best all rounder of the century .if he is not performing in one or 2 series you can't object his class .so plz he is living legend . From Pakistan .

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

Pak bowlers are pitching on middle & leg stump attack ....good for Smith. They should bowl on the off & outside the off stump to control the flow of runs against Smith. Don't pitch full or short. Still Pak can come back but depends how they bowl well today. They make sure lead shouldn't be cross 100.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 6:15 GMT)

IN 2013 KALLIS has scored 160 run in 9 innings an average of 17.77

Posted by asgar.ali on (October 24, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

@Greatest_Game

You are misleading the entire cricket community by posting wrong stats here. How amazing that you mix the total stats in UAE as a current UAE? Why do you need to prove Kallis a better player here especially his figures are terrible in the current tour? Talk about current situations/scenarios & there is plenty room for you here but not about history as we knew all this & we have nothing to do with the past. I am neither fan of Kallis nor sachin or Sobers but fans sometimes over-hyping here.

@Shan156

You can compare Kallis with likes of Klusener, Flintoff, Chris Cairns, Afridi, Razzak, Symcox, Jayasuriya, Imran & many others. He is marginally ahead of these but comparing him with Garfield is too much hype. He doesn't take any risks while scoring as like Andy Flower & Mudassar Nazir. Hence he can easily achieve such stats on his name. I agree he is better bowler than all rounder.

Posted by mriaz001 on (October 24, 2013, 6:02 GMT)

As predicted three days ago!!! impossible for Pakistanis to play well in TWO test matches in a row. They are still sitting on their of the first test win. This also confirms that the genuine great bowlers like Marshall and Wasim Waqar and Imran and now Styen do not need green pitches to thrive on. I suggest another nail in the "D.K. Lillee was the greatest fast bowler" coffin.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

South Africa will pile on runs &build a huge score.So that they don't need to bat again & the match will be finished on 3rd day or 4th day , 1st session.

Posted by maddy20 on (October 24, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

Pakistan back in form I would say!

Posted by CherryWood_Champion on (October 24, 2013, 3:53 GMT)

Time for atleast 2-Pak batsmen ... ala what Laxman-Dravid did in the 2`nd innings at the Eden garden against the Aussies .. Good luck Pakistan

Posted by shovwar on (October 24, 2013, 3:42 GMT)

Dale Steyn lesson: Steyn is class above not only Pak quick bowlers but the whole world. If he generates pace and movement in this pitch does not mean the Pak would do it too. People tends to forget what Steyn did in dead pithces of Nagpur. Steyn is the no 1 TEST MATCH BOWLER and there are no comparisons at the moment. And SA have been the best Test Side since India and England were no1...in the rankings...So When Pak beat England in UAE last time They beat the no 1 ranked team not the Best Team which deserved the no 1 ranking. SA and England are not the same and SA have proved it and proving it again and again. Pak has a better chance in ODIs and T20s against Saffers.

Posted by BEN-pak on (October 24, 2013, 3:24 GMT)

My word, all the Pakistani bowlers did well today, including Tahir. The only word that describes Pakistani cricket is mercurial. Get beaten by Zimbabwe one day, thrash the no 1 team the next day and then get skittled out for paltry 99 the following day. When are Pakistani batsmen going to learn to play bridled passion for the game. The top order batsman need a good kicking up the preverbial. Whatmore is struggling to harness the team's potential, I wonder if the take him seriously at all. It was frustrating to watch a team crumble to another Pakistani bowler who could probably not get a place in the Pakistani 2nd team. The mind boggles. As for MIsbah haters - who can take his place presently?

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 3:10 GMT)

proteas batting line up is the most fragile batting line up.it depends on only two batsman: amla and ab. kallis and smith are gone. they passed their golden time. now its seems to me kallis has forgotten how to bat!rest of them are rubbish.only play well when on good situation. bowling line is well.

Posted by class9ryan on (October 24, 2013, 3:03 GMT)

jacques Kallis has come of a serious lay-off. It would have been better for him to play few matches anywhere - in home or away before returning. Most of the RSA team members played county cricket or clt20. I think Kallis should be playing a bit more b4 he walks to the next test series.

Posted by romirom on (October 24, 2013, 2:19 GMT)

azhar failure continued in tis innings aswel. 2nd innings might be the last chance for him to cement the place against srilanka. Pak ned to find good wicket keper batsman. If they dont have then try umar akmal as wk batsman. He wil provide strong bating lineup. Lok at saf. How they devlop devilers as wk batsman.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 0:00 GMT)

wow....gotta give it up for Pak fans. How ignorant can you get? I mean Pak's first test win is nothing more than aberration. I still am not sure how England to this same team last year. Oh well. Enough said.. Pak can not be rated any more than west indies in test cricket. If not for Ajmal, they would not have been less than ordinary in test cricket..Period. And Pak fans think they can still win this game..lol..

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 23:56 GMT)

@ahassan, bro I think it all comes down to the unpredictable nature of our team. if you flip the coin and analyze the performance of these same batsman, you see a totally different picture. Our batsman don't have the hunger to stay longer at the crease. Talking about the openers, well I must say Shan played amazing, his technique against the moving ball was mercurial it was the spin that got him. For that matter everyone! We should have taught Imran a lesson for leaving Pakistan and playing for someone else, but instead he proved why he could have been an asset for us.

Posted by haq33 on (October 23, 2013, 23:01 GMT)

Those who talk of Tahir's roots are talking rubbish. Fact is he is a proud saffa and he undid the Pakistanis today. In fact, I am not surprised that quality players with Pakistani roots are now actively seeking employment with other cricket teams that they would actually feel proud to be a part of, not this bunch of terminal losers. I only feel sorry for Misbah, Younis and Ajmal. The selectors do listen and they do drop the poor performers, but whoever comes in just repeats the same mistakes. The series will be tied but to lose like this is a disgrace and we should concede the series trophy. Plenty will say such comments do not give due credit to SA bit the fact is today is the reality, 1st test SA were caught napping, that is all.

Posted by Attractivue on (October 23, 2013, 22:35 GMT)

Don't panic guys, England got Pakistan out on 99 in the first innings as well, Pakistan ended up winning that match. Plenty of game left!

Posted by kc69 on (October 23, 2013, 22:20 GMT)

This looks similar to what monty panesar(an indian) did to team india and changed the balance of the series during englands tour of india.SA will be more confident after this lifting performance.

Posted by Cyril_Knight on (October 23, 2013, 22:11 GMT)

Surprise, surprise. Pakistan waltz the first Test, the odds for South Africa victory increase, Pakistan fold. Dodgy does not do them justice. They could at least try to lose without it being so obvious. That team "effort" was as subtle as a Kamran Akmal drop or an Amir no ball.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

in sha allah our bowlers bring us back in the game but batsman need to show responsibility

Posted by Chaudry_Cricket on (October 23, 2013, 21:40 GMT)

Woah now that was a inept batting performance (barring Misbah) everyone decided to chuck their wickets away ... Honestly Masood and Younis should have known better than to chase after deliviries, Azhar AGAIN lost his balance, Adnan the less said the better and Shafiq just had a wild slog.

I do not understand what our batsman expect of our bowlers ... You can not give them 99 runs and expect them to run through the no.1 test batting line - up.

This is South Africas game unless we limit the lead to 150 and then bat 2 days and score 400 and let Ajmal and Babar loose. Which I believe is possible (I know am very optimistic :-)) because Younis is due for a big score, Azhar will come good, Masood looked whilst he was at the crease and Misbah will not fail again.

Come on Green Team !!!!!!

Posted by heathrf1974 on (October 23, 2013, 21:35 GMT)

I'm shocked Tahir got five for. He must have improved. Good on him.

Posted by ahassan on (October 23, 2013, 21:21 GMT)

Apart from its batting Pakistan's other big problem is Misbah's captaincy. He may be a very good test batsman but leaves a lot to be desired as a captain. He does not inspire his players at all and he himself is the most listless player on the field. He almost always read the wicket incorrectly. His decisions about the reviews are 90% wrong. He is scared to do any experimentation like shuffling the batting order according to the needs of the team or making bowling changes taking into consideration the situation and weaknesses of the opposition's batsmen. Pakistan needs to find an inspiring captain if he is half as good as Imran Khan.

Posted by ahassan on (October 23, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

There is no doubt that Pakistan's batting is the weakest among the test playing nations. They have openers who do not know how to play the new ball, their middle order is brittle and they have a very long tail. Misbah and Younis are the only batsmen with some class. Younis is well past his prime but still he is better than other so called top order batsmen of the Pakistan team. For the last few years the only consistent performers are Misbah, Younis and Ajmal and all of them are nearly 40. Pakistan needs to find their replacements as soon as possible otherwise they will be facing the same fate as the Pakistan hockey team. Pakistan win matches only because of its bowlers and Ajmal has contributed a lot in these wins.

Posted by Shan156 on (October 23, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

@asgar.ali, what are you trying prove? Tendulkar never scored a 50 at Lord's in 5 tests. Does that make him any less a batsman? Kallis is the greatest allrounder since Gary Sobers. His recent failures cannot take that title away from him. Any team will kill to have a player like him.

Posted by Shan156 on (October 23, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

@Khurram S Chaudhry, you say "better than other teams" and also say "rankings are there for a reason". So, surely, Pak. is not better than the 3 teams ranked above them, correct?

Posted by GermanPlayer on (October 23, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

The only argument the Pakistani fans have at the moment is that it was Imran Tahir(a pakistani) who got them out. I guess they do not have any other excuse left. It is another argument though that none of the Pakistani fast bowlers generated enough movement or reverse swing as Dale Steyn alone!

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 20:32 GMT)

This is the main problem of the Pakistani Batsmen to keep their batting tempo.

Posted by shot274 on (October 23, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

Ive read some seriously stupid comments on this thread!! I wouldnt worry about Kallis' averages and what he does on this tour. He is an alltime great!! I am a Pak supporter and its one thing being patriotic and another being downright stupid! This is the worst Pakistan bating line up in living memory. We have two aged good test players and the rest are literally not even good first class batsmen. This game is not played with blindfolds and even if Ajmal gets him out with blindfolds it matters not. But please can some of you supporters get your blindfolds off!!!!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (October 23, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

@ asgar.ali posted the following:

Greatest_Kallis Kallis ave at home: 56.9. 22 centuries Kallis ave away: 53.8. 20 centuries. Kallis ave neutral venues: 55.83. Centuries 2.

All the above is true. But, he then made a very very basic, silly and absolutely amateur mistake, and quoted the WRONG figures for Kallis in the UAE. Despite the easy access to stats that cricinfo offers, asgar.ali claimed these INCORRECT figs: Kallis ave current UAE: 4.00 Centuries 0. Half Centuries 0 HS 7 SR 19.04 4s 0 6s 0

However, statsguru shows that the CORRECT figures are: Kallis Ave current UAE: 55.83 Centuries 2. Half centuries 1. HS 135* SR 53.94 4s 26. 6s 7.

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/45789.html?class=1;host=27;template=results;type=batting

Remember, form IS temporary, class IS permanent!! Looking up stats IS easy. Posting untrue stats IS disrespectful to fellow cricket fans and players

Cricinfo: please post to ensure cricinfo readers are fully informed.

Posted by t20cric on (October 23, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

It's quite sad to see what happened to Pak here. They were favorites for winning this match before it started but already they look like they will lose. Tahir and Steyn bowled great today and Smith is finally back in form. If Pak want to win this they will need to get Smith and then AB out very early in the morning. The rest are out of form batsmen or bowlers who should be out quickly after those 2 fall. Pak must stop SA from reaching 200 at all costs. Then when Pak bat the openers should put up a big stand, followed by atleast a 50 by Azhar and a 100+ score by Younis. Then Misbah and the rest of team can bat til they are all out. If Pak can achieve this they will score 400+ runs with a lead of 300+. Then to win they need Ajmal and Babar to run through SA line up. All of this is easier said then done though. The next day will be very important. If Pak can get SA all out in the 1st session or early in the 2nd session and finish with only 2-3 wickets down then Pak can win, if not draw.

Posted by Master_uv_Puppetz on (October 23, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

Seeing Imran Tahir route us, I hope Fawad Ahmed isn't unhappy with his old country. lol

Posted by -tanZeeEeel- on (October 23, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

Diamond cuts Diamond. The same came true, here on 1st day of the match. B) As, a pakistani national "tahir" destroyed his own HOME , the pakistani team. :) So, proved: Diamond cuts Diamond. ;)

Posted by asgar.ali on (October 23, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

Greatest_Kallis

Kallis ave at home: 56.9. 22 centuries

Kallis ave away: 53.8. 20 centuries.

Kallis ave neutral venues: 55.83. Centuries 2.

Kallis ave current UAE: 4.00 Centuries 0. Half Centuries 0

HS 7 SR 19.04 4s 0 6s 0

Remember, form is temporary, class is permanent!!

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

some funny coments here like pakistan belong to last in rankings or take away their test status. pakistan is ranked 4th in rankings. even if they loose this game , they will be 4th. they are below average at times and perform poorly but inbetween they also perform thats why they are in rankings where thet are at the moment. better than other teams. rankings are there for reason guys.

Posted by DD_f0rever on (October 23, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

What BOWLING is to Team India, BATTING is to Team Pakistan. Enough said !

Posted by Asif703 on (October 23, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

Pakistan have bowlers who can bring them back in this test.still long way to go for south Africa.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (October 23, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

@ samincolumbia wrote "@Supa_SAFFA - You mean Kallis can score only on home grounds? So he is a home bully. Cropper in foreign conditions and feasting in familiar conditions."

Kallis ave at home: 56.9. 22 centuries

Kallis ave away: 53.8. 20 centuries.

Kallis ave neutral venues: 55.83. Centuries 2.

A 3 run difference in average between home and away, and his away ave is higher than most of the world's batsmen. Over the last 8 years - the time during which most of today's top batsmen have been playing, Kallis' away ave is 57.73. Only one batsman did better (min 10 matches:) Hashim Amla - away ave 57.85 - 0.12 runs better! Averages, home & away, go up and down year to year, but Kallis has stayed in the mid fifties for 18 years!

Seriously, samincolumbia, if you are going to make statements like that, you will make a fool of yourself every time! The real giants of the game are great everywhere - like Kallis. Remember, form is temporary, class is permanent!!

Posted by bouncer709 on (October 23, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

@Ali_Chaudhary : You looser, I think you have never played cricket or any sports in your life. In response to your comments about Ajmal I would say, Ajmal can get Kalis out even if you blindfold Ajmal.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

@Younis Khan, why don't you request ICC to take-away test status of pakistan & give it to afghanistan?? :p

Posted by addi80 on (October 23, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

Thats typical pakistan style cricket..1st test knocked out SA , 2nd test collapsed like an ordinary team!! still 2nd day would decide the fate of this fate..i hope pakistan bounce back to win this much needed series..

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

When Steyn and Smith click South Africa win every time virtually.Every test team has felt the sharp edge of their abilities and Pakistan will endure the same here unless they dismiss Smith very early.If Smith scores a century then Pakistan lose inside 3 days.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

When Steyn and Smith click South Africa win every time virtually.Every test team has felt the sharp edge of their abilities and Pakistan will endure the same here unless they dismiss Smith very early.If Smith scores a century then Pakistan lose inside 3 days.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

high alert guys high alert its gonna same situation which is happend last year against England. fasten ur seat belts for another stunning victory....... :D

Posted by Greatest_Game on (October 23, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

@ Ryan Stephen wrote "@Tommtuckersaffa: Dude you're making SA fans look bad."

I agree. There is no need to copy the behavior of disrespectful fans from other nations. I think Tommy's point is valid, but the way he expressed it does not well reflect the respect Saffa fans show to other nations. Tommy is usually a polite poster, and I can only suppose that the garbage comments we have seen here got his back up. I find it really difficult to maintain respectful conversation in the face of the trash talking by some fans.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 23, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

Imran Tahir is giving it to his former country men. PAK all out for 99 ???? LOL ! I can understand being unpredictable BUT come on, this is so funny. Hahaha xD

Posted by Dhumper on (October 23, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Not to take anything away from SA, but Pak hit the self destruct button again with a series they could have won. 1-0 up, spinning wickets and opposition's best player of spin Amla missing, this was our game for the taking as a score of even 250+ would have SA scrambling for quick runs and losing wickets. Huge hole to climb out now - We did it against Eng and can do it to SA as well, but it will take some extra special innings from top order and Younis/Misbah to set something up.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

Well SA has the game firmly in their rip, its their to lose now, and again the 1st they were poor and lackstured because they played after 7 months. So it was obvious they would be rusty. I would say watch out Pakistan Team, pull up your game, or else they will be getting thrashed in their make-up home ground. Come ON Saffers:D

Posted by Mr.PotatoesTomatoes on (October 23, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

Well,got to admit that I had my doubts about Tahir in view of his past performances.But boy has he proved me and countless others wrong.Its never easy making your return to test cricket.There's the weight of past failures,there's self-doubt as well,and there's always that long,dark,tunnel ahead if things don't go your way.Tahir stepped up today and conquered past demons and future ghosts.Well played Tahir,well played Proteas-great intensity from everyone to be firmly in the driver's seat on day one itself! Pakistan must be disappointed,especially after a splendid show in Abu Dhabi.Consistency is what they desperately need in their batting.Their batsmen too often fail in unison.Hope their bowlers can get them back in the contest and the batting stands its ground the second time round to make this a fitting finale to the series.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

Good for him. I had no confidence in him whatsoever but I've been proved wrong.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

i am just waiting for a classic spell from ajmal and second inning special from younus khan

Posted by samincolumbia on (October 23, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

@Supa_SAFFA - You mean Kallis can score only on home grounds? So he is a home bully. Cropper in foreign conditions and feasting in familiar conditions.

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (October 23, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

Well Misbah never scores when team needs him he only scores slowly when everyone else performs but not in these situation. I bet for South Africa as I knew they'll bounce back but seriously 99 all out is a nightmare and in UAE in our own backyard. South Africa well done. I commented yesterday that Styen won't be effective in these conditions and well I was terribly wrong, surely Pakistan is the most unpredictable team in the world.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

The most unpleasant thing about PAK innings was the way they got out to a spinner and that off a leg spinner who's confidence was rock bottom, they played him like playing against Warne on a dust bowl, wicket wasn't doing anything, but wrong shot selection and fused brains is just very pathetic, the first session tomorrow will be important, PAK may have something to get out of this if they can reduce the first innings lead under 80 and then play well in 2nd innings as they suppose to have done in first innings. I thought PAK may have been better off bowing first on this track. But I think there will some turn in the match,,watch out.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

Pakistan is such a team that every time they play they would do the opposite of what you might expect them to do!

Posted by ProdigyA on (October 23, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

Pak back to it's originality and the batting where it belongs.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 15:51 GMT)

why is this series not being covered by SKY in the UK??????????

Posted by Greatest_Game on (October 23, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

Those deriding the Pakistani batting, and saying their win in the last test was a fluke, lack respect for this game and it's players. Pakistan fully deserved it's win - they earned every bit of it.

Different day, different track, & a different looking SA attack. Things are bound to be different, but only 1 day has passed. There are 4 more to come. Anything can happen.

Do not forget that Pakistan is playing the team that has beaten the rest of the world. (Yes India, it you had the courage to play SA same thing would happen to you.) Pak is facing the toughest bowling attack around. It will not be a cake walk, and they should not be expected to dominate everything. However, they have played well, won a test, and deserve to be respected for that.

As for those who during the last test levied their vitriolic criticism and insults at SA, you are curiously silent today. What do you fair weather experts have to say ow?

Posted by Fan1969 on (October 23, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

I am amazed how Pakistan fans deride Misbah and Younis. All the greats averaged a 50 every 3.5-4 innings (Bradman averages a 50 every 2 innings but those conditions were different and maybe he was the best ever - I never watched!).

Misbah and Younis are the only batsmen that the opposition fears in a TEST. Good bowlers will not lose sleep over the rest of the batsmen.

My bet is that if both Misbah and Younis stop playing TEST cricket, Pakistan will lose 90% of the matches against top 4 teams despite having a good bowling attack.

Please value the quality they bring to Pakistan cricket. They will fight back in 2nd innings.

Posted by alipk52 on (October 23, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

@Everyone bashing Pakistan for getting 99 All out, I want to say when SA got out cheaply, its their lack of preparation and not quality of Pakistan's bowling, now (as we all know with Pakistan's line-up) Pak got out cheaply, its courtesy of masterclass from SA bowlers? are you kidding me? even ireland and bangladesh bowl Pak out under that score :) so its not your masterclass Saffers, but when Pak do this to your top quality line-up having world's best names in batting like Amla, Kallis, AB, Smith (not counting the decent tail) its called masterclass, which I am afraid only Pakistan has right now, and having such god gifted bowlers, none of their wins are upset, as Pakistan more often than not win matches through their bowling, SA bowlers failed in sub-continent, But hey, superiority over struggling batting line-up cannot make you number one, they even failed against Zimbabwe recently :)

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

If Tahir can get so many wickets against Pakistan Team who are so used to spin of all variety, he surely will be a wicket taker against India. He is almost sure to be in the team to lay 2 tests against India.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 23, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

@Harmony111:Just watch the highlights & you'll know what just happened.Dismissal of Misbah,Asad & Akmal were pure classic bowling by Tahir..Dismassal of Shan masood & Irfan was good luck for Tahir.Anyways..Pakistan started with Khurram down in the first over.Then pak played really well untill they reached 52 runs..From that point onwards,it was total destruction.Batsmen were playing like they are holding bat for the first time.Really disappointed by our players.If we were playing in SA,Aus or Eng then i would have understood this collapse.But this is UAE & we crumble even on this pitch.So sad to see that we got good batsmen who always fail.& the strange thing is that all of them fail at once..This thing is beyond imagination lol

Posted by Lets_Bash_Indians on (October 23, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

ARe u Talkin about the same No.1 team, that just lost to No. 6 team @albert cambbell

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

Pakistan batsmen nothing in their mind, if younas misbah failed everything gone, same as ODI, they cant bat 50overs without misbah, either they dn't have talent or they dont bother to listen to coach , or dont bother to use mind in swinging conditions, Steyn showed class, Pak showed disaster against Tahir, and the tahir fear will be there in 2nd inngs in their mind. Only bowlers can win from here for Pak, for SA they are on driving seat now. I also praise the young batsmen in Pak but frankly they are nothing like international standards, Pak must make their domestic strong, and decide on merit.

Posted by jb633 on (October 23, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

@Tommytuckersaffa, I noted you didn't post on any forum during the last test match. Very interesting that is eh?

Posted by mainul079080 on (October 23, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

Yes...Yes...My words have been proved as correct.I posted a comment in Firdose Moonda's article(Pakistan of Abu Dhabi v Pakistan of Harare) on 18/10/13.My comment was "Pakistan batting will surely suffer in second test. Masood, Azhar and Shafiq are the weak links. They are not competent and skill enough to face Stein and Philander in full mode. Pakistan must go back to Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Shoib Maqsood today or tomorrow. Mind my words." I am a Bangladeshi but i think i know Pakistani cricket better than many Pakistanis here. I really hate the Pakistani selectors and PCB for destroying the most talented cricket nation.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

I turned my TV off when the one & only Misbah got out. The match was pretty much balanced when the scorecard was reading 52-2 and players looking into the lunch. But Tahir and Steyn set the tune to the game. Pakistan got down to 60-6! Misbah was the only person who could've rescued the ship but he hasn't been playing quality leg-spinners lately. Well, Saffers are just three down and they are looking for a lead not anything below 250 runs. Greame Smith is looking well set and AB De Villiers would set the tune once he gets in. Ajmal and Babar bowled really well but a strong batting line-up for South Africa had meant that they must strive to earn their prizes. It's a tough series overall and it might end on the fourth day if the Pakistani batting doesn't click the second time. Will the Saffers continue their seven year long Test record of not losing a series outside their land?

Posted by PAKisTANeee786 on (October 23, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

@gsingh7 and @jda123, And there you guys are! Always jumping in on Pakistani forums, and leaving pathetic comments. If you are so sure of the results, please don't bother to waste time watching the rest of the match, because according to you the games over in 2 sessions. We unlike India, don't prepare dust bowls, but wickets that can give you results and an equal balance. It would have been easy for Pakistan to prepare a flat track for this match and leave it at that, but no we prepared something that benefits the Saffan's and Us. Please take you negativity some where else, we are cricket lovers, and appreciate good cricket. Well Played SA, good luck Pakistan!

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

Another clear message to PCB : Removal of Dead Wood is now long overdue . To begin with Younis Khan needs to be retired . He performs only in one inning in about six andeven that against Teams such as Zimbabwe .

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 23, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

@Harmony111:Just watch the highlights & you'll know what just happened.Dismissal of Misbah,Asad & Akmal were pure classic bowling by Tahir..Dismassal of Shan masood & Irfan was good luck for Tahir.Anyways..Pakistan started with Khurram down in the first over.Then pak played really well untill they reached 52 runs..From that point onwards,it was total destruction.Batsmen were playing like they are holding bat for the first time.Really disappointed by our players.If we were playing in SA,Aus or Eng then i would have understood this collapse.But this is UAE & we crumble even on this pitch.So sad to see that we got good batsmen who always fail.& the strange thing is that all of them fail at once..This thing is beyond imagination lol

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

@jb633: The game isn't over yet!

Posted by PAKisTANeee786 on (October 23, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

Come On! Guys. There is still so much cricket left, if Pakistan can restrict the lead to 100-150 runs. I don't think we will be falling like this again in the second innings, Hats of Imran Tahir though, the only person standing in between Pakistan i suppose. Steyn was better, but was awarded by some poor shots, namely Khuram who had his brain freeze. If Pakistan can make 350ish in the second innings, assuming they restrict the SA lead to 150 max..Game is on! Easier said than done, after all it is Pakistan. They can't perform any worse than they did, so expect for the better. Turning out to be a great test match this.

Posted by Supa_SAFFA on (October 23, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

Kallis is just a double ton or so away from overtaking Dravid and Ponting to become the 2nd highest scoring test batsman of all time. I suspect he is saving that emphatic performance for his home crowds against India. Kallis is quite simply one of the finest batsmen ever, and he also happens to bowl well enough to make the team as the 4th seamer. Oh no, I wouldn't question Kallis' place in the team before we've dealt with a few other under-performers such as Alviro and Faf. Smith has escaped scrutiny for now.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

@Tommtuckersaffa: Dude you're making SA fans look bad.

@FFL: Ajmal has only just started, you'll see the best of him yet.. This pitch is taylor made for his bowling (and Babar's). A lead of 280 would be very optimistic in these conditions.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

Pak did beat the no.1 side last time they were dismissed in the 90s. Wait and watch, Pakistan will come back!

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

steyn is right up there with the legends in terms of performance in the subcontinent ! this man is just too good and is certainly the best among the current fast bowlers! SA are really lucky to have so many gifted pacers in the same era... wish Ind had at least one ! tahir was always going to be a handful on helpful pitches and his performance is not a huge surprise ... his googly troubled some of the better batsmen in the 2011 WC too.... hope he will play a pivotal role in the upcoming tours for SA ...a classy spinner is the only thing that this team lacks and if.tahir is going to remain as good as he was today then it will be an alarming signal for opposition sides :)

Posted by MSU_BULLDOG on (October 23, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

I don't understand all the grief Pak fans give Misbah - if there is one international level batsman on the team that's him. Look what happens if he does not score!

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

dont worry pakistan wont lose, doublw hundreds from youins and misbah coming soon.

Posted by MAAFEX on (October 23, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

In a week time pakistan team showed their fan that win was just an upset. All those fan crying that was pakistan ability just look at the scorecard 99 allout

Posted by zalmaypk on (October 23, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

very sad of pak s batting,i think there is no talented batsman in the whole pakistan,its terrible,we will stop watching cricket after the retirement of misbah and younis,,Pakistan batting is destroying,look after 2008 pak was bowled out 7 times before hundred runs..its really sham,,

Posted by foursandsixes on (October 23, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

There go Pakistan plans for blanking out the #1 team!

Posted by Jaybass32 on (October 23, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

i agree with Rusty_Clubs , Money will ruin our beautiful format of TEST CRICKET. There should be no reason why the number 1 side plays such few games... if its not the Ashes then its some India vs Nobody Cares at home. Two Tests for any 2 teams is an insult to one the oldest games in the history of Team sports. As for the Tahir factor I agree, yet again, with 2nd_Slip. he is a good bowler and maybe its just that SA are still learning how to use such an attacking spinner as they have not had one like that since Paul Adams era. SA might still be learning how to Keep to him, how to set fields and when to use him. it is work in progress and as long as they have Robbie P to back him up if and when he needs it, then SA can extend their domination that much longer... perhaps.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (October 23, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

Kallis is done and dusted. His stats go before him, i havn't seen him play a game changing innings.

Posted by samincolumbia on (October 23, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

Pak pacers are a joke, not as much as their batsmen though!

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 23, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

Come on Pakistan, I am very disappointed at this batting performance. I did not see the match so don't know if it was great bowling by Tahir/Steyn or poor batting by Pak but 99 all out on day 1 is inexcusable and you are now on your way to lose this test match. You were 1-0 up and all you needed to do was to get a big 1st innings score here to put SA under pressure as then they would needed to score big runs at a fast pace to get a win but now you have ruined it. Had it been Steyn then I would have understood but Tahir getting 5 wickets is like Ishant Sharma taking 5 wickets. It just doesn't happen. How could you guys do it? Even in SA, Pak were in a reasonably strong position in the 2nd test but lost it due to poor batting.

One can now only hope that Ajmal does something magical tomorrow and prevents SA from running away and get a huge lead. But still, to save this test Pak would need to bat very very well in the 2nd innings.

Posted by TheProfPak on (October 23, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

@Donsshadow: Pakistani batsmen are neither good at playing spin or fast these days (thanks to confused mindset infused by our great coach Mr. What-more). They can be troubled by any bowling attack.

Posted by SevereCritic on (October 23, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

Pakistan - consistently inconsistent as always. Also good to see Steyn back in form after his injury.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (October 23, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

Hahahaa. To all those pak fans who said their team would play Tahir easily. Hahahaa to all those pak fans who said steyn was ineffective on flat tracks.

Posted by Rohit... on (October 23, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

Kallis, I have a been a big fan of your batting... But I swear I will lose all my respect for you if you don't continue your bad form in the Indian series... There should be something to make up for the incompetent Indian Bowling line up in the tournament to make the teams even.

Posted by vxttemp on (October 23, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

This is something Pakistan can only do. They can win with a big margin and the next match they can lose with the same margin. Hope they will recover.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

A win for SA!!. Come on Proteas!! A century for Smith would be and added bonus and a good sign.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (October 23, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

@donsshaddow. who told you that Pakistan are good players of spin? Those times of Yousef and Inzi are gone and the present team are no good against spin or fast.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (October 23, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

A good day finally for Tahir, but today's play just goes to show that the 1st test match was more South Africa startng the series slowly as opposed to Pakistan being too tough. Ajmal looks past his peak and is no where near as good as Swann these days (just ask the Aus and Ind teams), so it's good to see a new spinner on the scene. Any lead South Africa get over 200 will be more than enough, but a lead 280 looks more likely.

Posted by hamza893 on (October 23, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

What a day of Test Cricket !! 227 runs and 13 wickets on day1 shows that there is something on this pitch ,and it will get worse as the game progresses. Now the first session of tomorrow will be the most crucial one for both teams ,with both spinners bowling well and the surface also helping ,if they manage to take 3-4 wickets in the morning sessions ,Pakistan will be back in the game because SA are right now 29-3 with the lead. No Amla there,yes AB is the problem ,get rid of him ,bowl the SA under 230-40 ,there will be hopes for Pakistan because a lead of 150 -200 might be very tight for SA on this dry surface,as we have seen many rough patches on day 1,so,Pakistan must must come fresh tomorrow, forget what happen today and remind what they did last year to England,that might boost their confidence. A Proud Pakistani Fan.

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (October 23, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

Well done Proteas! Biff is a legend, beyond the stats he is simply a great player. Was the last time Tahir played when he got battered by the Aussies? If so, and I think it was, he will be feeling redemption of the purest form. Well done Imran! The 49ers surpassed that score today making 99. Such a shame this series is not longer so that this pot could simmer for longer!

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

My request to Pakistan Cricket Team .. My dear team I know how difficult it is to maintain your inconsistency consistently and appreciate the fact you are not able to make even 100 at times but please consider my request to be out once for total score of 1 so we have 1.) some kind of world record 2.) We the fans spend better time watching/doing something else. 3.) We the fans get mad right away instead of waiting for 3 hours 4.) We the fans can stop the global warming by leaving less footprint...

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (October 23, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

the win in first test was a fluke, Pakistan will be defeated by an innings in this second test. We need to get rid of Misbah, Azhar and Shafiq as soon as possible, Harris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Amin deserve a call.

Posted by Jda123 on (October 23, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

Always said Pakistan are overrated on playing spin... but this was just weak batting.

Pakistan batsman are just real poor and the fact that they never try out young players and on each new tour just go with the likes of Azhar Ali.

Anyway SA should get up to 400+ and Pakistan will lose by an inning.

Just poor team and like I said before vastly overrated and they should be 8/9 in test rankings, SL, NZ all beat them.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

even its not a season one could expect rain in UAE, but being Pakistan cricket fan just pray for rain

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

Jacques Kallis seem to be hopelessly off-form with the bat at the moment. I hope things improve soon rather than later. We need him firing all cylinders.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (October 23, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

@ Rusty_Clubs asked "Can some one please explain why the number one test team in the world is playing 3 and 2 test match series against the other top test nations. And in the ICC rankings SA have played 24 matches, England 38, Australia 33 and India 30. Who's in charge of making decisions regarding the tour schedules."

Tour schedules are decided by businessmen concerned only about money. India, Aus & Eng games make more money when they play each other than when they play SA. Playing SA they lose at cricket too, which makes their teams a little less popular. They cant beat SA so they would rather play with themselves.

If CA. the EB & the BCCI were focussed on cricket, and not simply money, they would play more games against SA because that is currently the greatest challenge in cricket. However, these boards are all run by businessmen, who treat the game as a business. I doubt they even watch the games!

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

SA in control and on top. I would say because of their batting effort more. Yes they bowled very well. Imran has a great comeback from last match he played. and picked his 1st 5 for. It was proved a very important selection in the end. Steyn was good as always. But 1 must admit that Pakistan's poor ( or 1 can say back to normal ) batting played its part. Some poor shots added it up. It was SA's batting which is way more better this time. clearing up paksitan's total with just 2 wickets is awesome and good.

they will push for a huge lead and try not to bat much in 2nd innings. Paksitan will have to work hard to get back in to game. Very difficult for them to do what they did against England after getting all out for 99 last year.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

i think pakistan batting players mindset was their barrier in 1st innings

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 13:07 GMT)

Woops! Well, that does seem to be Pakistan for you. Mercurial as ever.

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (October 23, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

Good bowling by Imran Tahir I have a feeling he is a ted underrated. Last year he out bowled Swan in the Eng series, and bowled just as bad as Lyon in the Aus tour and now here he is bowling better than Ajmal, clearly he deserves more chances in the SA side.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

Haha...99 all out!!...Class team that Pakistan...

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

Pakistan missed out the key player for this pitch that was their leg-spinner Abdul Rehman and second this cricket so anyone can win at any time further it can be draw too best it will be NO1 test side level the series so pakistan has nothing to loose, it also showed perhaps pakistan had not prepared well against spin department of opposition and the psychological impact of steyn missing out last team can be seen also with their 1st innings. Its good pakistan team combination i say PAKISTAN go for it give your best shot you got nothing to loose insha allah

Posted by jb633 on (October 23, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

This shows why SA are so much better than we are. We bowled Pak out for this exact score but failed to push home the advantage. SA are taking Pakistan out of the game in the first day. Pakistan's batting truly is abysmal. No more needs to be said. South Africa are the best side in the world. Fact

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 23, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

@gsingh7:Babar is injured..(This is what happened to the duo).Babar has bowled just 3 overs.Whole burden on Ajmal alone.Something wrong with Irfan as well..I dont know what would Pakistan do with these injuries during the match.

Posted by CricketChat on (October 23, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

Well done Tahir! That he is a leg spinner makes it even more special. Must feel good to do against former country who didn't think he was good enough. Hopefully, he will have many more performances like this and become a permanent member of SA side.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

Reminds you of Cronje's statement. There are two Pakistans and you never know which one will turn up. In the first Test it was genius that turned up. In the second Test it was some kind of a genie, I guess. Except that this genie did the bidding of the rival team. Still lots of time time left kin the match and strange things have been known to happen in cricket

Posted by 200ondebut on (October 23, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

99 all out - what odds that eh????!! It took a Pakistani to do it though.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (October 23, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

We are showing the world why we are the No.1 cricket team in the world. Where are the haters now? Steyn took 3 wickets today.

Posted by gsingh7 on (October 23, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

what happened to famous duo of babbar and ajmal? dont think they can restrict sa within 99 runs now. i am opting for an innings defeat for pakistan in uae. that wud be first , i guess?

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

Its Misbah ul Haq who is holding team since last 5 years, if by chance he fails in a match, Pakistan cant get pass 100...People who blames Misbah, should apologize to him..........

Posted by golgoal on (October 23, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

we have been informed that pakistani bowlers bowl faster than the speed of light. would these super duper fast bowlers please step up and bowl SA out and swing the game in Pakistan's favor?

Posted by golgoal on (October 23, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

Pakistan are going to need their faaasssstttttt bowlers to perform here :-)

Posted by hhillbumper on (October 23, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

@gsingh7. I guess we would see how well India would play Pakistan but no test matches to judge so why don't we keep it to this series.I am surprised by Tahir doing this well but Pakistan are a mercurial team to put it mildly

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

I would kindly request the same people bashing Pakistan to come comment again once the game is over. It had to take a brilliant effort from a Pakistani to to turn the match, let's see how the Saffans fare. A lead of 100+ will be all that's needed.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

99!!!!!!!! really shame ..................

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 23, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

@just_chill_chill :Talking about the test matches.& here comes a professor bringing in ODI records..Well good for team India..All these achievements..

Posted by WILAD on (October 23, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

Well welll. Look who has been humbled. After Pakistanis were basically making fun of South Africa.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

Thats Pakistan back to normal. Inconsistent. Brilliant one moment and abysimal the next. problem is they live in the past. They still celebrating last weeks win, & now they have forgotten they playing another game, There is something wrong in the psychology of the team.

Posted by rajaram1105 on (October 23, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

Well done to Imran Tahir, who is of course a Pakistan talent playing for SA. I am sure Misbah and Younis will show their experience in the second innings. Let us also wait to see how SA is going to finish their innings.

Posted by vrn59 on (October 23, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

@Mohammad Zamin: I am not a fanatical critic of Pakistan cricket, but I must say that your comments are baseless. Ajmal is a fantastic spinner, but Hafeez is definitely a poorer player than most of his supporters admit. He is an abysmal Test cricketer in all respects, and can put it decent all-round one-day performances, but probably won't make it into a world XI today. He is a decent player in a mediocre team, as the statistics for both will confirm. Jadeja is not overrated: please follow your own advice of checking the rankings. He is the No. 1 ODI bowler in the world and has scored three domestic triple-hundreds. His international career has sparked off in a huge way. Ishant Sharma is definitely overrated, and deserves criticism. Rohit Sharma (if he is the one you are referring to) is an immensely gifted young player (who has, at times, been favored excessively in times of bad form). His statistics as an opener are better than Hafeez's though. :P Please be objective in your comments

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

by the performance, they have given them the match in plate. SA will not allow them a way back in the match. it's completely one sided match now.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

Old fashioned PCT. No one can predict what come next. God knows better!

Posted by Basil777 on (October 23, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

I cant say I expected a different result I knew the bowling would be too much for Pakistan. The point I want to make is that SA bowling unit must still reach their peak in this test; right now its an average performance with 1 exception Tahir

Posted by just_chill_chill on (October 23, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

@Mohammad Zamin - Really? You mean Pakistan chased 360 runs in 44 overs for the loss of one wicket against a top class team? And Pakistan won world cups, champions trophy, and other multi-lateral tournamesnts and become number 1 team in test and one day matches? When did that happen? In your dreams?

Posted by just_chill_chill on (October 23, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

Just one word for Pakistan's performance in the 1st test: F L U K E

Posted by just_chill_chill on (October 23, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

Welcome back dear Pakistan. Now please lose this test in under 3 days and show us that you rightfully belong at number 8 or 9 in test rankings.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

Good for Tahir; I never thought he had it in him.

Posted by gsingh7 on (October 23, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

this test is over inside 2 sessions. poor for neutral fans . no resistance from pak batsmen and pak bowlers bowling to standards they showed on zimbabwe tour. when pak won england after 99 runs in first innings, then england had no experience on turning tracks and were poor against spin. deviliiers , duminy and du plessis have plenty of spin practice in ipl vs all world class spinners . that time pak did not lose to lowly ranked teams like zimbabwe but this time pak team just arrived after losing to zimbabwe. i guess innings defeat is looming large over horizon.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

I dont say misbah is a bad captain. the only thing I dont like about his captaincy is he tries to stay with the winning combination. which is a good thing but I dont know what he told azhar ali or how many more chances will he get. I was hoping for someone else in the match and give azhar ali some rest. indeed he is a great batman but he is under pressure. nd best option is if he gets a break and let him get out of pressure so he can perform with a fresh mind

Posted by shoaibIqbal87 on (October 23, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

Pakistan back to it's "ground state"...After being in the "excited state" for almost a week.

Posted by just_chill_chill on (October 23, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

Now that's the Pakistan we all know. Welcome back guys !!

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

@ INDSlider Limited knowledge and sheer hatred for the Pakistan side is driving your comments. Only a silly person would say Ajmal or Hafeez is overhyped as the rankings speak for themselves......if there is anyone overhyped its Jadeja or Sharma. Please get your facts straight and do not initiate unproductive or hate driven comments, you're faring no better than Australia at home.....(UAE is not Pakistan's home, conditions are not completely similar)

Posted by cricketstarbest on (October 23, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

Hello friends every one is referring to last test at Dubai were Pak was bowled out for 99 but remember this side is SA not England and that kind of win happens once in centuries but not every year. So Pakistan will lose this test by one of the biggest margins in test cricket.

Posted by MichaelBurton on (October 23, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

Seems game is over for Pakistan. Congrat Saffas. I knew the previous was a rare chance given to Pak by unlucky SA. This time it will reflect the rankings clearly. Pak was over-joyed by the last victory and thought high on themselves. This test will clearly teach them where there should be. Tahir is way ahead of overhyped Ajmal and Haffez. Seems Pak can't play both the spin and face even in flat tracks.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

Insha'Allah Pakistani Bowling Working Go Pakistan Go Won the Match

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

I expect SA forced to following on and Pakistan winning in the evening with 1 runs and an innings.

Posted by gsingh7 on (October 23, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

what happened to famed pakistan batting lineup? cannot play imran tahir who has worst figures in centuries of test cricket 260/0. before this match. even he can dismantle pak side on first day of test match on flat uae tracks. think what narine or herath will do to them ? i guess match will be over inside 3 days with 10-for by imran tahir. well done styen after dismal first test. hope devilliers make big ton to seal the match.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

What a LEGEND!!......................

Posted by shovwar on (October 23, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

Pakistan is lucky that this is SA's first test series after a long time...or else pak could never beat SA in the first test.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

99 all out again in dubai. England managed 142 in 1st innings. Lets see how much SA score. Will be different this time as SA is more stronger batting unit.

Some poor show by Paksitan. They managed new ball very well by just loosing 1 wicket. But a collapse from 52/2 to 64/7. Some soft dismissals which could have been avoided.

Good bowling by SA. A very good comeback from Imran Tahir. And proved a vital inclusion in this match.

Posted by S.Alis on (October 23, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

What a disaster performance. BUT history will repeat itself.... right?

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

Now its a very tough for Pakistan to survive this test. SA Batsman played sensible cricket for so long. Taking lead of 100 runs in more than enough to beat Pak. A very disappointing performance by team Pakistan.

Posted by Haleos on (October 23, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

Finally Imran shows he can bowl. Well done.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

All you chanting, wait a while and see what happens when RSA bats. Pakistan spinners are way way better thsn Tahir.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

dont worry guys pakistan score only 99 against england:) the way ball is spining i bet you south africa cannot score 150.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

Am ai the only one that thought that Tahir's 5th wicket was not out? it looked to me like it first hit AB's gloves before it hit the wicket

Posted by SaadRocx on (October 23, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

Omg just wondering why SA didn't play Tahir in First match...pathetic display by Pakistan.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

well done by Imran Tahir. a brilliant comeback from his last match.

very poor once again by paksitan batsman. Shafiq, played poor shot and got ajmal run out.

SA in control and if they can bat out paksitan out of match that will be game for them

Posted by wanatawu on (October 23, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

And Tahir get his 4th, I think he is trying to erase that 260/0 vs Australia. Well played Tahir I hope you can cement your place in the team.

Posted by Ali_Chaudhary on (October 23, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

@wanatawu bro they have Kallis who can Play Ajmal even while sleeping. I dont see Pak bouncing back in thi stest

Posted by SuperSharky on (October 23, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

All those critics who got upset by the word 'upset'. Looks like this (according to those critics) could be another 'upset'. I've hooted for Imran Tahir to play and stay in the Test side since his first Protea cap. There is a reason why some South Africans call him their best and the South African spinner with the most variation of deliveries. It looks like he found a pattern that some of his dangerous deliveries could be delivered as a surprise. Go Tahir, you deserve this. Go Proteas!

Posted by Ali_Chaudhary on (October 23, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

Team was celebrating the toss win und forgot that the matches are not won only by toss. You have to put Performance on pitch to win. Seems they took a draw or victory granted after winning toss.

Posted by Rexton87 on (October 23, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

@SurlyCynic, very good observation. Whether it is Imran Tahir, Monty Panesar,Usman Khawaja or Ahmad of Australia all these players are called for when thier own men flops and fails and they are desperately needed for a job. After the job is done they are ignored again, they will never be first choice for their adopted countaries.This is the reason why Robbie was chosen for first test and not Imran Tahir.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

Pakistan batsmen back to their usual form. after one fluke win on flat uae tracks they are back to mediocre form in tests. cant even play average spin in first hour of test match.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 23, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

@SLslider:I can name a team which cannot play either Pace or Spin.. But i bet you wont like the name :P & Btw you are wrong in both cases..SA can play Spin well & Pakistan can handle Pace.Collapsing once or twice does not mean that a team cannot handle certain type of bowlers..Right now a Spinner is giving more trouble to Pakistan batsmen.

Posted by Matt54 on (October 23, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

There is a simple reason as to why the stands are empty. It is the middle of the week and people are at work.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (October 23, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

Before the series, when Domingo came out and said Peterson would play instead of Tahir, many of us in these comments questioned why the more attacking spinner was being left out in UAE conditions. So most are not surprised by Tahir's success, but Domingo must take responsibility for the wrong decision in the first test.

Posted by chechong0114 on (October 23, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

Cricket needs a drastic intervention right now, this disease of empty seats and no revenue has been an issue for way to long in this sport. If the sport is not making money how in the world is it going to survive and what are the young upcoming cricketers working their way to if they cannot make money from playing professional sport. And what help if any does the ICC give to boards that are struggling financially, do any of these cricketing nations other than India have marketing teams that go out there and try to make any kind of money at all. Not only in the area of gaining sponsorship but aggressive and entertaining advertising to create passion in the minds of the cricket loving public to come out and support their favorite teams and players. The UAE is a nation ripe with wealth and if this was a soccer match I am sure it would have had a better turn out than this, the stadium is beautiful why aren't people coming out to support. This is very sad.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

Pakistan were bundled out for 100 last year against England but still manage to win that test match . coincidence England were also no 1 ranked team then . This what you called optimism

Posted by SurlyCynic on (October 23, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

Great to see Steyn bowling at pace and moving it both ways. All those who said he can only move it one way never saw his 7-fer in Nagpur! Interesting test match this as the pitch will take turn, remember Pakistan were out for 99 against England and won the test.

Posted by Rusty_Clubs on (October 23, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

Can some one please explain why the number one test team in the world is playing 3 and 2 test match series against the other top test nations. And in the ICC rankings SA have played 24 matches, England 38, Australia 33 and India 30. Who's in charge of making decisions regarding the tour schedules.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

Well people already ruled out SA when they lost in the 1st test, but they World Number 1 for a reason in test cricket. Although they were complacent and came to play after a long break but now they are showing their true class. COME ON South Africa:D:D:D

Posted by wanatawu on (October 23, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

If Imran Tahir can do this amagine what Ajmal & Babar is gonna do on this pitch, but I can see a improvement from the Proteas

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

Welcome back Mr Imran Tahir!!! Thank you for the 3 wickets!

Posted by cricketstarbest on (October 23, 2013, 8:07 GMT)

Congrats SA for victory. Match decided in first session itself. SA marching towards huge victory. Pakistan failed once again when expectations were high.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

Everyone wrote Tahir off and this is his first ever test in Asia. Not wise haters!

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 23, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

Only..i repeat again..Only Pakistan team would play like that..Hats off..What a collapse.Surviving the first hour which was the difficult most thing to do.After that collapsing when the things were about to settle down.Applause

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

wow tahir has made a mark here. Proved to be a vital inclusion in this match.

SA all on top and in control. Khurram was flashy so early on but a good watchful patch by azhar and shaan but it all fell apart with some soft dismissals. Azhar was lazy and younas was looking to get out that way in that superb over from steyn.

and all of sudden 52/2 became 60/6. 2nd innings will be good to bat on and paksitan under pressure. this is where england got them 99 all out batting 1st . and looks like it will be same story again.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

SA on top and in control. after 1st wicket it was a watch ful start which fell apart with some average dismissals. 2nd innings is suppose to be the best to bat on. Khurram got a good ball from Steyn but he was flashy so early on. Younas khan was looking to get out that way all that over and eventually fell.

Imran in to the wickets so early on and proved to be a better option that Robin.

Posted by siabbasi on (October 23, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

Now let's NOT blame the captain for doing his job, tuk tuk.

Just imagine if we supported our leaders a bit more and trusted their ability.

Coming from a Misbah fan, as captiain, as batsman, as player, as cricketer.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

Pakistan 54/3. This is much better than the first test.

Posted by chechong0114 on (October 23, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

I just cannot understand why a tournament of this magnitude with 2 of the most exciting teams in world cricket being played in one of the wealthiest nations in the middle east has so many empty seats on the first day of a deciding test match. Whats even worse is that the nation is a cricket loving nation and the people are very educated about the sport, I would love to know how much time if any has the PCB dedicated to promoting this series building up to it. Pakistan has been playing its home matches in the UAE for too long now to be playing in front of such empty seats its absolutely disgraceful, I visited the UAE back in the mid nineties when Brian Lara still played for the WI and when the people hear your accent the first thing they ask you is where are you from and when you mention the Caribbean they say Brian Lara so they know and love the game, they are muslim like their Pakistan brothers as well what is keeping them from coming out and supporting them in the stands on game day.

Posted by cricketstarbest on (October 23, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

Whenever Pak was leading the series, they lost the match. Pakistan will lose this match.

Posted by SLslider on (October 23, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

Hmmm A match between a team that can't play pace bowling and a team that can't play spin. Fascinating.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

tricky situation for pakistan. new ball is doing tricks. but batting 1st is the only option for teams winning toss because it will be difficult to score runs later on. this is where england bowled out pakistan for 99 in 1st innings. but pak came hard in 2nd. SA are tough opposition and a good fight back expected. pakistan batsman need to be on top of their game.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (October 23, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

Hmmm … early days yet but Manzoor goes 2nd ball as SA start with a wicket maiden. Steyn bending the ball like a banana looks very dangerous. This match looks like it may be a very different test match than the first!

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