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

Pakistan 7, Bangladesh 0

Stats highlights from an eventful opening day in Dubai

S Rajesh

October 23, 2013

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Graeme Smith took South Africa into the lead, Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd Test, 1st day, Dubai, October 23, 2013
Graeme Smith returned to form and went past Matthew Hayden's tally as opener on his way to an unbeaten 67 © AFP
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  • Pakistan were bundled out for 99 on the opening day of the second Test, the second time they've been dismissed for under 100 in Tests in 2013, and the seventh such instance since the beginning of 2009. During this period, no other team has had even half as many sub-100 totals: Australia and New Zealand have three such totals. Bangladesh, India and West Indies haven't been bowled out under 100 at all during this period. These seven instances for Pakistan have spanned 39 Tests; in their first 338 Tests this happened only nine times.

  • Graeme Smith returned to form after his injury break with an unbeaten 67, and when he reached 61 he also went past Matthew Hayden's tally of 8625 Test runs as opener. Smith's tally of 8632 is the second-highest by an opener, next only to Sunil Gavaskar's 9607. The top four in the aggregate list all have averages between 49.60 and 50.80.

  • This is only the fifth time Pakistan have been bowled out for under 100 in the first innings after winning the toss and choosing to bat. All five instances have happened since 2002, and four of them since July 2009.

  • Before the start of play today, Imran Tahir's biggest claim to fame in Tests was being one of only four bowlers to concede more than 200 runs in a Test without taking a wicket - that happened in the last Test he played, against Australia in Adelaide almost a year ago. On his return to the national team, he took 5 for 32, the first five-for by a South African spinner in Tests since Paul Harris' 5 for 123 against England in Centurion in December 2009. It was the first by a South African spinner in the first innings of a Test match since Paul Adam's 5 for 37 against Bangladesh in Chittagong in April 2003.

  • Only three South African spinners have taken five-fors conceding fewer than 32 runs in a Test innings. The last of those instances was by Hugh Tayfield, the offspinner, when he took 6 for 13 against New Zealand in Johannesburg way back in 1954. Tayfield also took 7 for 23 against Australia in Durban in 1950.

  • While Smith returned to form, Jacques Kallis has been struggling for runs in 2013: in nine innings this year, he has scored 160 runs at an average of 17.77. Among years in which he has played more than one Test, this is easily his worst so far: he had averaged 28.25 from five Tests in 1997, and 31.66 from 15 Tests in 2008. In the next four years (2009 to 2012), the least he averaged in a calendar year was 48.36 in 2009. (Click here for his career summary.)

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

When you look at all the media attention which Indian cricket gets it seems foolish to even compare the two sides.However facts remain facts non changeable and unbiased.India's away record has been horrendous in the last two years(Dhoni might still have nightmares of the Aus and Eng tours)but the worst part is the loss to England at home.Pakistan might not have a great away record as well but atleast they are very good at a neutral venue(NOT HOME)and a relatively better record in Eng.India has a long way to go in becoming a good test side and to be honest with all the IPL 'dhamaka' cricket going on I am not so sure they even want to,their only worthwile victory came against the weakest Aus side in the last 15 years at home.Pak might get hammered in few tests like these but it is their ability to win matches against top class sides like SA and Eng which makes them so threatning.The reason is simple good bowlers which is a very must for a winning test team and which India obviously lacks

Posted by ghostcall on (October 24, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

In the 1990 era we were envious of Pakistan batting Inzamam, Yousuf Yohana, Younis khan,Izaz Ahmed, Saeed Anwar , Wasim Akram ( himself double centurion) n many more but their good time was shortlived due to politics, biased selection n poor team management. Moreover the recent security turbulence has taken a toll on cricket too with no International teams desire to visit Pak. We Indians n global audience should realize that cricket is rich when the teams are competitive n please stop basking about the glories though the greatest triumph would be if India manages to beat South Africa n England next year.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

@Nawaz Baig - Going by your logic, China should be the no. 1 team in each and every sport in the world. It doesn't work that way mate. Population and Geographical Area of a country don't matter much. Otherwise you wouldn't have so seen so many successful European teams in football. Accept that Pakistan is one of the worst teams in Cricket at present. And move ahead.

Posted by Philippe on (October 24, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

Guys pls keep in mind that Pakistan is not unpredictable team, its very much predictable as far as their batting failure is concerned. Last time cricinfo was true in writing that word HUGE UPSET. I think pakistan is now back to their form with this ongoing match. & ppl who are writing stats that Pak win here pak win there... that's all a sheer luck thing.. i don't know for how long pak fans will boast of 2-1 defeat to India in India by PAK. Truth is that PAK failed to win even a single match in Champ trophy, lost to ZIM in a test match etc. etc. etc. etc.

Posted by QTS_ on (October 24, 2013, 8:07 GMT)

Kallis turned 38 years old days ago - the same age Tendulkar reached right after winning the World Cup... could this be the beginning of the end for Kallis?

Posted by mattandy on (October 24, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

Take Pakistan's test status away and give it to Afgans or Ireland. They probably never scored low as 49....Batting order worse than club cricketers....LOL

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

Pak is the most unpredectible team who is not the perfact choice to analize any statistics. let them alone....

Posted by Romanticstud on (October 24, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

I don't know what all the fuss is about ... Australia, New Zealand, South Africa ... have also been out for <100 in recent times ... what about looking at the bigger picture ... World cricket is being hurt by T20s ... people go in trying to hit the cover off the ball from ball one ... It is 5 days that we are looking at ... Isn't 5 days about building an innings ... It is sad to see that even the top sides in the world have a tendency to collapse ...

Posted by funnykid on (October 24, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

Getting bowled out for less than 100 not once, twice but 7 times during the last four years is very embarrassing for Pak supporters. The problem is that nobody is interested in finding out the root cause of the problem. We are not even prepared to accept that Pakistan is unable to produce quality batsmen, there appears to be a dearth of quality batsmen in Pakistan. Pak Cricket is rapidly going downwards, I am afraid in a year or two Bangladesh would start beating Pakistan. Pakistan has to revamp their domestic cricket. The present domestic system is rubbish. As I said earlier, find talent from Under-19, otherwise same results would appear repeatedly.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

@ Indian fans, not doubt Indian players are the best performers at the moment but not all the times. Frankly speaking they are not the #1 Test team or T20 or the Asian Champions of the world. Also there is no comparison between Pakistan and India at all because India is a nation of around 1.3 billion and very big geographically and lot of talent can easily be found because of its size. Keeping in mind the talent available in India, I think the Indians are supposed to be all time champions for all formats of the Cricket game.

On the other hand, I strongly believe that the members of Pakistan team are highly irresponsible and that makes them very fragile. They had a very good opportunity to win the series but they blew it up. I am 100% sure, they will loose the match and the series will be equalized by 1-1. In the end I would say CONGRATULATIONS to them despite of their poor performance because they did not play enough international Cricket including all formats & credit goes to them.

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