Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd Test, Dubai, 1st day October 23, 2013

Pakistan 7, Bangladesh 0

Stats highlights from an eventful opening day in Dubai
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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.

  • 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.

  • POSTED BY on | October 24, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Guys let be real here. DaGameChanger is not wrong, although contains a very biased personality but not wrong. India has been definitely better than Pakistan in last decade. Pakistan is in a rebuilding phase. We were going well until the Amir scandal and we have done very poorly since then. It's a given. On the other hand, India has shown some real class and talent. Especially in there batting and without a doubt, one of the strongest in the world. It's not even an argument yet (who is better) but maybe in a few years, we will bounce back.

  • POSTED BY on | October 24, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    @DaGameChanger: You must be a FOB (fresh off the boat) watching cricket probably since the last few years only.

    You don't need to show us the stats, Cricinfo has that for us. Check their stats for winning ratio in ODI, Pakistan is #2 after Austrlia and India is #3 (http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;template=results;type=team).

    Than check T20 record (http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=3;template=results;type=team), Pakistan is #1 and India is #7.

    India has only done better then Pakistan in Tests and that too by just one rank (http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=3;template=results;type=team).

    Your team is certainly doing better since the last three to four years and I give Indian team credit for that. I wish them all the best but before you open your mouth next time, check the stats.

    Thanks

  • POSTED BY on | October 24, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    @dagamechanger....mate...go find someone who can bowl for your team then point fingers at other teams...i hope you remember the 8-0 drubbing you got in england and australia..then the 3-1 drubbing at home...now you are being destroyed by the weakest of all australian teams at home...we beat you at your home recently...we have almost double the wins you have against us...just a few wins albeit in a bigger tournament does not make you a better team...because a game after 2 years can be a fluke...but the better team is the one which wins consistently !! peace !

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    cricketstarbest is most likely a Pak fan who is completely disgruntled with his team the way we were on the way to losing 8-0 test series. coming to the topic, I'd like the editor of this post who pointed out the difference bw sub hundred score of Pak and BD, to point how many matches did BD play in SA, Aus, Eng or even against these teams? Pak is going through a transition period, under much harsher circumstances owing to international boycott. Maybe you should have pointed out how they were the only team which ended up beating test no.1 ENG and SA, T20 no.1 WI and ODI no.1 India, despite being nowhere close to either of these teams in ranking. It's all about perspective ain't it ? Cricinfo pl publish

  • POSTED BY Batmanindallas on | October 23, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Sadly for Pakistan last great world class batsmen they had was Haq and Yousuf-all the current batsmen would not make it any major team based on their performance. Pakistan always had good and great bowlers but batting was never the strong point but they always had atleast couple of world class batsmen in the team-namely Abbas and Miandad or Haq and Youhana. The current lot of batsmen would struggle to make it even the mumbai Ranji team...

  • POSTED BY Agni_25 on | October 23, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    @cricketstarbest may be a disappointed fan...... I'm in US playing small T20 league.... I have seen ups and downs in my team... if we win, we feel good... When we feel we r gonna looase, we have lost very badly... Its all mind set.... its not that current pakistani team is worst, its just that they are lacking confidence.... Sack their coach, the statement he made days before the match shows how confident he is on his team....When the experienced person around the new guys are not confident, dont expect the new guys to perform.... from Indian

  • POSTED BY DaGameChanger on | October 23, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    @MichaelJohn..why you hiding your name with western name...Almost is very iffy word..Pakistan has won only one T20..against India . India has won two World cups, 2 Champions Trophy, T20 WC and countless Asia cups. India have outclassed pakistan in almost every major Tournament..and keeps getting worse. Point is Pakistan loses when it matters..in big games. Yes India lost to Pakistan 2-1 after depressing tours and right after that..we kick you out of Champions Trophy..you forgot that. You forgot you lost to India in recent T20 WC. I can change lot of stats to show where your team is. But I let you decide in your head who is better team since last decade.

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    @cricketstarbest:

    - Pakistan is the team that beat the #1 Ranked Test nation at the time (England) 3-0, in UAE.

    - Pakistan is the team that beat the ODI World Champions (India) 2-1, in India.

    - Pakistan is the team that beat the T20 World Champions (West Indies) 2-0, in West Indies.

  • POSTED BY Masking_Tape on | October 23, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    I don't know how this guy managed to drag Bangladesh into this.

  • POSTED BY Criketanand on | October 23, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    for kallis having a poor 2013 , dont worry India is coming to give free runs. as we all know any player out of form comes back to form as soon as indian pie chuckers i mean bowlers bowl to them, its almost as if its drs order. happened to every out of form player over last more than few years and then kallis can have a great form for next few years

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Pak's batting woes continue to torment their fans..it is like a price we need to pay for the enjoyment of watching them beat world no.1!I think it is just a lack of confidence and self belief more than anything else which is our batsmens undoing.I am doubtful if Imran Tahir will ever play more than 30 test matches for South Africa and this might be his best stats in an innings for his entire career, but our batsmen have maded him a legend by gifting him a five for at a time when SA risked loosing a series against Pakistan. You cannot just play well and win series against quality teams, self confidence is immensely important which quiete sadly is lacking in our batsmen. We can keep on changing batsmen but what is the purpose?azhar and asad are both techniclly very sound and have scored reasonable amount of runs as well. What is required is making them beleive in their own skills and also to make them confident of the fact that they can score runs against good bowling sides.

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    cricketstarbest, whoever you are, most probably an Indian. Now see what Pakistan is. Its the ONLY country (apart from Aus/Eng) to have fastest test win that too in Indian in its Second test, just 10 days after making Country Test Debut. By comparison India (20 years, 34 matches), SA, New Zealand awaited for decades. Pakistan is the only team that has WON at least one match in their first series against every team they played within a decade of first test (except SA). For India it took them staggering 40 season to accomplish that. Pakistan have won ODI and T20 WCs. And only team to have qualified for semi finals for all four T20 WCs. True their performance suffered recently but they have been deprived of home international cricket since March 2009. Despite being recently (shortly) held No 1 position Indian Test W/L ratio is 0.79 against Pakistan 1.11 (117 win, 107 losses) and its even better 1.33 against India. Australia Even in ODI their 1.23 better than India's 1-11, vs Ind its 1.43

  • POSTED BY amumtaz on | October 23, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    No allrounder in the team, no genuine good batsmen like Taufeeq Umar among the top three. Mohammad Younis wants to play for Pakistan but is denied the chance. Abdul Razzaq is left to foreign T20 tournaments to show his talent. The board is in disarray. And the best batsmen on display is an ageing 40 year old star from a different era.

    No wonder the stands are empty and bereft of sponsors

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    @cricketstarbest .. pakistan is the team which is still having 60% winning record against india :) .. pakistan is the team which recently almost going to white wash india in a three match ODI series in india early this year on dead flat tracks .. and pakistan is the team which is leading this series 1-0 against world number :)

  • POSTED BY zarasochozarasamjho on | October 23, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Correct me if I am wrong. In spite of Pakistan having historically the worst batting side in recent years, it is still the 3rd best test team HISTORICALLY on a win/loss basis.

    Currently of course, it does not deserve to be above the 6th ranking in test cricket. Misbah as a captain has been a big disappointment in 2013, after a brilliant record as a captain until then.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | October 23, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    cricketstarbest I am a Bangladeshi but I won't be harsh like you on Pakistan although they are very harsh on us.This sub-hundred trend started from 2009 and we all know international cricket also stopped in Pakistan since 2009.I don't think it is a coincidence rather an influence.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | October 23, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    It doesn't show that Pakistan is as bad team as Bangladesh but it does shows that they have a serious batting problem. They've been struggling as a batting unit for a long time and today what happened in a batting friendly wicket in SA was shocking. They play their home matches there so they are used to that condition and pitch. They shouldn't have bundled up for 99. After the first test Pak fan were claiming that they have one of the best batting and bowling in the world but by looking at their performance in 2013 it seems that the first test against SA was just a fluke. They need to sort out this problem

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | October 23, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Pakistan is a team which loses against associate teams regularly, Pakistan is a team which loses test match against unranked teams. Pakistan is a team which gets out under 100 score very frequently now a days. Pakistan is a team which loses matches easily from winning position very often but cannot win matches from losing position. Pakistan is a team which collapses like nine pins very regularly. Pakistan is a team which becomes over confident just after winning the first match of the series and loses remaining matches and series easily. Pakistan is the only team which scores <100 on a flat batting paradise wicket. This is the real nature and character of Pakistan cricket. This team cannot even compete in international cricket. Pakistan is the worst ever international cricket team in the entire World.

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Accept Misbah & Yunis , all the batsmen in Pakistan team are not at test standard.They hardly play test like batting

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    I don't think the SA will all out within 200 runs in their 1st innings. As the first test, it will not last till the 5th day, 3rd day afternoon or 4th day before lunch we can see the result & obviously (Pak 23% & SA 77%) chance of win this. In the professional cricket, players should not do "dead defense" or show too much respect to the bowlers otherwise the opposition bowlers capitalize the situation easily. I am not sure that Adnan & Asad both know about their importance in batting line up. Those two positions are vital to (not just scoring runs but to occupy the crease) challenge the opposition.

    So far I understand, if Pak plays according to the merit of each ball bowled by SA bowlers they are very tough batting line up to beat specially in UAE pitch. It was a wicket throwing festival today & quality of bowling too. Lets hope for the best & PAK has so little chance to win this, If only the (Younis, Misbah) both can bat long hours in the rest of the days of this match.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | October 23, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    How is that a comparison at first place?

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    Asad /Azhar cant evolve as better bastmen from this point- they should immediately be replaced by new talent waiting on the benches . Pak needs to quit the policy of complacency and keep nurturing the batting line up until its in good shape - Opening pair needs more chances

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    If South Africa scores around 200, then there is every possibility of Pakistan coming back in this match big time, YK to score a big 100 with Asad Shafiq !

  • POSTED BY SyedAreYouDumb on | October 23, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    No excuse by Pakistan. Sub 100 score on UAE wicket where it is usually a nice batting track on 1st day. Pakistan have uphill struggle.

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    This match will be over on the 3rd day with a big loss for Pakistan sadly. Overconfidence led to this measly display of batting. There is no pressure on South Africa and even if they score 250....a lead of 150 will be very handy on this pitch specially with Pakistan's mediocre batting line up....for me the series already looks level at 1-1.... Azhar Ali needs to go back to domestic cricket...so does Asad shafiq...they r not living up to the expectations even after a long rope given to them.

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    it doesnt matter like the title of article says "pakistan 7 - BANG 0". And still pakistan are ranked no 4 in rankings, so that shows they may be inconsistent but in between they have moments of brilliance and winning. they were ranked 4th when they drwe 1-1 with ZIM and fell to 6th. but even if they loose this match they will end up at no 4. so a lot better than BAN, WI, SL. It isnt like by this stat paksitan is at the end of tables.

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Pakistan is bowled out for 99 but u will see SA will score under 200 and the last innings on this pitch against Ajmal and Babar is so difficult.

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  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Pakistan is bowled out for 99 but u will see SA will score under 200 and the last innings on this pitch against Ajmal and Babar is so difficult.

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    it doesnt matter like the title of article says "pakistan 7 - BANG 0". And still pakistan are ranked no 4 in rankings, so that shows they may be inconsistent but in between they have moments of brilliance and winning. they were ranked 4th when they drwe 1-1 with ZIM and fell to 6th. but even if they loose this match they will end up at no 4. so a lot better than BAN, WI, SL. It isnt like by this stat paksitan is at the end of tables.

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    This match will be over on the 3rd day with a big loss for Pakistan sadly. Overconfidence led to this measly display of batting. There is no pressure on South Africa and even if they score 250....a lead of 150 will be very handy on this pitch specially with Pakistan's mediocre batting line up....for me the series already looks level at 1-1.... Azhar Ali needs to go back to domestic cricket...so does Asad shafiq...they r not living up to the expectations even after a long rope given to them.

  • POSTED BY SyedAreYouDumb on | October 23, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    No excuse by Pakistan. Sub 100 score on UAE wicket where it is usually a nice batting track on 1st day. Pakistan have uphill struggle.

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    If South Africa scores around 200, then there is every possibility of Pakistan coming back in this match big time, YK to score a big 100 with Asad Shafiq !

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    Asad /Azhar cant evolve as better bastmen from this point- they should immediately be replaced by new talent waiting on the benches . Pak needs to quit the policy of complacency and keep nurturing the batting line up until its in good shape - Opening pair needs more chances

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | October 23, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    How is that a comparison at first place?

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    I don't think the SA will all out within 200 runs in their 1st innings. As the first test, it will not last till the 5th day, 3rd day afternoon or 4th day before lunch we can see the result & obviously (Pak 23% & SA 77%) chance of win this. In the professional cricket, players should not do "dead defense" or show too much respect to the bowlers otherwise the opposition bowlers capitalize the situation easily. I am not sure that Adnan & Asad both know about their importance in batting line up. Those two positions are vital to (not just scoring runs but to occupy the crease) challenge the opposition.

    So far I understand, if Pak plays according to the merit of each ball bowled by SA bowlers they are very tough batting line up to beat specially in UAE pitch. It was a wicket throwing festival today & quality of bowling too. Lets hope for the best & PAK has so little chance to win this, If only the (Younis, Misbah) both can bat long hours in the rest of the days of this match.

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Accept Misbah & Yunis , all the batsmen in Pakistan team are not at test standard.They hardly play test like batting

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | October 23, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Pakistan is a team which loses against associate teams regularly, Pakistan is a team which loses test match against unranked teams. Pakistan is a team which gets out under 100 score very frequently now a days. Pakistan is a team which loses matches easily from winning position very often but cannot win matches from losing position. Pakistan is a team which collapses like nine pins very regularly. Pakistan is a team which becomes over confident just after winning the first match of the series and loses remaining matches and series easily. Pakistan is the only team which scores <100 on a flat batting paradise wicket. This is the real nature and character of Pakistan cricket. This team cannot even compete in international cricket. Pakistan is the worst ever international cricket team in the entire World.