Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd Test, Dubai, 2nd day October 24, 2013

Smith and de Villiers flatten Pakistan

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South Africa 460 for 4 (Smith 227*, de Villiers 157*) lead Pakistan 99 (Babar 25*, Tahir 5-32, Steyn 3-38) by 361 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

After bundling out Pakistan for 99 on the first day of the second Test, South Africa served them a lesson on how to grind out an opposition with the bat on the second, as Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers put on a mammoth 326-run unbeaten partnership to close doors on any thoughts of a series win Misbah-ul-Haq might have had after the success in Abu Dhabi. Smith scored an almost chanceless double-century - his fifth - while de Villiers brought up his 17th hundred and with three days still to go, the two put South Africa in a dominant position with a lead of 361 runs.

It was Smith's first century - his fourth against Pakistan - on return from a five-month lay-off during which he underwent an ankle surgery. If there were any lingering doubts about his fitness or form, he dispelled them with nimble use of the feet against the spinners and assured strokeplay against the seamers. He reached the century-mark with a straight drive off Saeed Ajmal in the first session and strolled to his double in the third. The 200th run also made him only the 12th batsman - and second South African after Jacques Kallis - to have accumulated 9000 runs in Tests. By the end of the day, Smith had batted for more than six hours, a testament to his fitness in sapping conditions.

Smith briefly faced some problems against Irfan's steep bounce in the second session. He was smacked on the helmet off one such delivery that chased him as he was making room. But apart from that, his innings was largely unblemished.

In de Villiers, Smith had an ideal partner to complement his solidity with breathtaking strokeplay. The contrast was at its starkest during the second session when de Villiers tore into the bowling with a flurry of boundaries against the new ball, while Smith was happy in turning the strike over. But as de Villiers slowed down as he closed in on his century and then later, because of cramps, Smith brought out an array of aggressive strokes to thwart the bowlers. He had hit only six fours in his first hundred, but increased the number to 16 as he started playing horizontal bat shots to the seamers and lofted shots against spinners in the latter half of his innings. By the end of the day, Smith had added 158 runs to the partnership, neatly balancing the 157 added by de Villiers.

After a slow start to the day when 70 runs were scored in the first session, Pakistan leaked 262 runs in the next two. It was de Villiers who switched gears first, unfurling back-foot punches and front-foot drives against Irfan and the new ball, then he drilled Zulfiqar Babar to the straight boundary to bring up his half-century and 1000 Test runs against Pakistan. He kept up the attack on Irfan, hitting two more boundaries in his next over, and forcing Misbah to take his best bowler out of the attack after three overs with the new ball. Towards the end of the second session, he played an exquisite inside-out drive to go past his century. He curtailed his shots in the third session after being slowed down by a bout of cramps, but that didn't stop him from going past the 150-mark with relative ease.

Pakistan, though, were left to rue a few chances that came their way. De Villiers, facing his first delivery against Irfan, was lured into a loose drive by a full delivery that went across the batsman. He was slow to move closer to the line of the delivery and a thick outside edge flew low to the right of the wicketkeeper, but Adnan Akmal failed to hold on.

The second chance came late in the session when Saeed Ajmal's appeal for lbw against de Villiers, who was on 25, was turned down by the umpire Rod Tucker, who thought the ball had hit the bat before the pad. The replays showed the ball hit the pads first and would have gone on to strike the middle stump. However, Pakistan didn't have any reviews left after they had wasted them within five overs of the innings yesterday.

The reviews were replenished after the 80th over, but Pakistan's luck with them showed no improvement. De Villiers was given out lbw to a sharply turning delivery in the second over of the third session, only to be saved by the ball-tracker which showed the ball would have spun past the leg stump.

For Pakistan bowlers, the day didn't have as bad a start. Irfan removed Dale Steyn, the nightwatchman, early, reducing South Africa to 134 for 4. It could have been 134 for 5 had Akmal held on to the chance offered by de Villiers. From then on, the four frontline bowlers toiled hard all day without any rewards. By the end of the day, Ajmal and Babar had bowled 75 overs in the innings. Ajmal derived some useful turn from the pitch, but it was just that the batsmen were both in prime form.

'Very disappointed with Pakistan's performance' - Waqar Younis

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • jb633 on October 24, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    SA are an excellent cricket side. I personally expected Pakistan to win this test seires but SA have fought back remarkably. I have felt they are the best side in cricket regardless of the result here, but a drawn series in these conditions is a good result (especially considering the lack of talent in the spin department). I can't really see any side competing with SA for top spot. Although England have a decent side they are a league below SA (proved last year). Excellent performance South Africa, you have proved doubters (including myself) that you can play well in all conditions.

  • GrindAR on October 25, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    @Man_At_Work: No technology exist to create sand rain bro. Even if they manufacture water rain, in UAE, it would evaporate before it reaches the roof of the ground. We will think of manufacturing sand storm... It will be handy in cases like this. Probably mid-east should invest in inventing a technology for that. Will be in par with southern continents in manipulating match results.

  • GrindAR on October 25, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    @chechong0114: Good one dude... it is true... In the fast paced world, entertainment thru sport should be KISS (Keep It Short n Sweat). Outstanding fielding efforts are phenomenal in T20. Test cricket or even ODI for that fact cant even stay in the competing zone. T20 is the one that brought the exceptional fielding skills out from players. For the so long played tests or ODIs never had the exceptional quality of T20s on the fielding side. In fact, that is the main reason, T20 is so entertaining. You have equal contest in all departments (100%) of the life time of each ball being counted. Bowler/Batsman/Fielder(s) and back to Bowler. Only complaint I have is, Ground (outfield) size must be standardized to single and universal one. All T20s must be played on the same ground size, like footbal/soccer. Atleast that will make the records made are comparable. Now-a-days even if they score 400 in 20 overs, there is no feeling of it being a greater achievement. It is a shame for the game.

  • GrindAR on October 25, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    @jb633: I wish Pak to take it 2-0. You know after two escapes of a batsman like ABD, which is the major difference between slim lead and enormous lead. If you see outside Day2, the SA score would be under 200, in fact under 170. But cant whine on those two. Cas, they could have applied breaks properly, if Pak bowlers/firelders wud have been aggressive as the first test. Sad to see them collapse on the very second test after their thumping win on 1st. Probably the players need to learn to be consistent performers. Now-a-days schedule is so tight, even for test matches, they dont get enough gap, to maintain their fitness. The main reason why it is very common to see teams (regardless of their standings) collapse very frequently than it use to be 7-8 years back.

    I just wonder how Biff and ABD can keep thier cool for the whole day? Did they have any cooler under their helmets? Just kidding...

  • GrindAR on October 25, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    @most SA fans. I agree that if Biff has a ton or double, he put all possible efforts to make it a win. When such thing happens, it is for sure his team don't have to loose. In majority cases, this kind of scores only resulted in draws. Only supporting point in your comments are Pak had a feable score in their first and have 2 more days to go. Remember it is possible for Pak to play out the remaining days, if their batsmen decided on it. If this is a reverse case and happened inside SA/Aus/Eng. There would surely be a weather problem washing out as much days required to deny the visiting teams their well deserved victory. It happened so many times, to an extent, I strongly believed that, Sub-Continent teams can never win in SA/Aus/Eng. Atleast most managed to win a series in Eng. But SA/Aus somehow manufacture the weather at their will.

  • GrindAR on October 25, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    @ICCexpert: You dont belong to cricket my friend. You can probably be MLBexpert.

  • GrindAR on October 25, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    @Carl Jenaway: In none of the cricket history (including future)... Swan can never be better than Ajmal on any given ground/pitch. He cant even better Zulfiqar Babar. But for eng team, Panesar is always best than Swan. If the test cricket quality is asjust 5 years before, swan would have retired by noiw.

  • GrindAR on October 25, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Pak had the worst day on Day2.If you take that day out, the match wud be even. I dont say that 99 is a good score. Pak is capable of defending that and rattle of opposition under 80 runs. Pak still have a chance to take it close, if they play out remaining days. If Smith/ABD can stay for the whole day, why not Misbah and Asad. They just have to pull their socks and show what they are really capable of.

  • on October 25, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Misbah-ul-Haq should be the captain for Pakistan team as long as he WANTS to play and can play HE thinks for the TEST WC or even further if possible. But for ODI's he should play as a batsman ONLY and not captain we should make captain someone YOUNGER but EXPERIENCED maybe this way we are not gambling with Pakistan cricket future and maybe just making the wise decisions Pakistan cricket requires.

  • bouncer709 on October 25, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    @Solid_Snake: :) I agree on thoughts with you but not copying, in last match when Pakistan won, pak fans were joying but ignored that Pakistan lost 3 wickets in chase of 40 runs, but I wrote it was point of concern. Here some people were just bashing Saeed Ajmal for one bad day, though i dont think it was bad for him, he had already got 2 wickets , but he has given reply to them and shut their mouths today. Yesterday AB and Smith were looking extra ordinary, though AB was dropped, so people started to think they will play same game today and one will score 400 and other will score 200, but they forget every day is not Holiday.

  • jb633 on October 24, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    SA are an excellent cricket side. I personally expected Pakistan to win this test seires but SA have fought back remarkably. I have felt they are the best side in cricket regardless of the result here, but a drawn series in these conditions is a good result (especially considering the lack of talent in the spin department). I can't really see any side competing with SA for top spot. Although England have a decent side they are a league below SA (proved last year). Excellent performance South Africa, you have proved doubters (including myself) that you can play well in all conditions.

  • GrindAR on October 25, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    @Man_At_Work: No technology exist to create sand rain bro. Even if they manufacture water rain, in UAE, it would evaporate before it reaches the roof of the ground. We will think of manufacturing sand storm... It will be handy in cases like this. Probably mid-east should invest in inventing a technology for that. Will be in par with southern continents in manipulating match results.

  • GrindAR on October 25, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    @chechong0114: Good one dude... it is true... In the fast paced world, entertainment thru sport should be KISS (Keep It Short n Sweat). Outstanding fielding efforts are phenomenal in T20. Test cricket or even ODI for that fact cant even stay in the competing zone. T20 is the one that brought the exceptional fielding skills out from players. For the so long played tests or ODIs never had the exceptional quality of T20s on the fielding side. In fact, that is the main reason, T20 is so entertaining. You have equal contest in all departments (100%) of the life time of each ball being counted. Bowler/Batsman/Fielder(s) and back to Bowler. Only complaint I have is, Ground (outfield) size must be standardized to single and universal one. All T20s must be played on the same ground size, like footbal/soccer. Atleast that will make the records made are comparable. Now-a-days even if they score 400 in 20 overs, there is no feeling of it being a greater achievement. It is a shame for the game.

  • GrindAR on October 25, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    @jb633: I wish Pak to take it 2-0. You know after two escapes of a batsman like ABD, which is the major difference between slim lead and enormous lead. If you see outside Day2, the SA score would be under 200, in fact under 170. But cant whine on those two. Cas, they could have applied breaks properly, if Pak bowlers/firelders wud have been aggressive as the first test. Sad to see them collapse on the very second test after their thumping win on 1st. Probably the players need to learn to be consistent performers. Now-a-days schedule is so tight, even for test matches, they dont get enough gap, to maintain their fitness. The main reason why it is very common to see teams (regardless of their standings) collapse very frequently than it use to be 7-8 years back.

    I just wonder how Biff and ABD can keep thier cool for the whole day? Did they have any cooler under their helmets? Just kidding...

  • GrindAR on October 25, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    @most SA fans. I agree that if Biff has a ton or double, he put all possible efforts to make it a win. When such thing happens, it is for sure his team don't have to loose. In majority cases, this kind of scores only resulted in draws. Only supporting point in your comments are Pak had a feable score in their first and have 2 more days to go. Remember it is possible for Pak to play out the remaining days, if their batsmen decided on it. If this is a reverse case and happened inside SA/Aus/Eng. There would surely be a weather problem washing out as much days required to deny the visiting teams their well deserved victory. It happened so many times, to an extent, I strongly believed that, Sub-Continent teams can never win in SA/Aus/Eng. Atleast most managed to win a series in Eng. But SA/Aus somehow manufacture the weather at their will.

  • GrindAR on October 25, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    @ICCexpert: You dont belong to cricket my friend. You can probably be MLBexpert.

  • GrindAR on October 25, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    @Carl Jenaway: In none of the cricket history (including future)... Swan can never be better than Ajmal on any given ground/pitch. He cant even better Zulfiqar Babar. But for eng team, Panesar is always best than Swan. If the test cricket quality is asjust 5 years before, swan would have retired by noiw.

  • GrindAR on October 25, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Pak had the worst day on Day2.If you take that day out, the match wud be even. I dont say that 99 is a good score. Pak is capable of defending that and rattle of opposition under 80 runs. Pak still have a chance to take it close, if they play out remaining days. If Smith/ABD can stay for the whole day, why not Misbah and Asad. They just have to pull their socks and show what they are really capable of.

  • on October 25, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Misbah-ul-Haq should be the captain for Pakistan team as long as he WANTS to play and can play HE thinks for the TEST WC or even further if possible. But for ODI's he should play as a batsman ONLY and not captain we should make captain someone YOUNGER but EXPERIENCED maybe this way we are not gambling with Pakistan cricket future and maybe just making the wise decisions Pakistan cricket requires.

  • bouncer709 on October 25, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    @Solid_Snake: :) I agree on thoughts with you but not copying, in last match when Pakistan won, pak fans were joying but ignored that Pakistan lost 3 wickets in chase of 40 runs, but I wrote it was point of concern. Here some people were just bashing Saeed Ajmal for one bad day, though i dont think it was bad for him, he had already got 2 wickets , but he has given reply to them and shut their mouths today. Yesterday AB and Smith were looking extra ordinary, though AB was dropped, so people started to think they will play same game today and one will score 400 and other will score 200, but they forget every day is not Holiday.

  • wrenx on October 25, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    @ICCexpert Pakistan almost won the first test by an innings, there's no fluke in that. You may as well say that this performance by South Africa is a "fluke" and it would make about as much sense. Both teams know when they've been outplayed in this series. Misbah's still the only one putting up performances, and the player we should be most proud of, yet people keep bashing him. It just goes to show that we don't deserve to have a player of his quality, I'm sure fans of other countries look on with disbelief at the way people constantly bash him.

  • wrenx on October 25, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    This has been a strange series. South Africa were one poor stroke away from losing the first test by an innigns, and now Pakistan are being steamrolled for what looks like and innings defeat in the second test. A third test would have been great, so try and show what the difference between the two sides really is.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on October 25, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    I agree with those who are bashing Du Plessis as with 400 lead I was hoping some late damage. I am a Pakistani fan yes but Faf should have played more positively I am 400 lead already and playing with the tail and a bastman of his reputation who can hit the ball very hard, either Pakistan was batting really well or he was just trying to stay till lunch and I doubt Pakistan bowled well except Ajmal, boy it was turnning for him.

  • bouncer709 on October 25, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    3rd day (6 wickets for 57) proved SA batting was 2 men show, and from Pakistan I have hopes only from Younis Khan and little from Ahzar Ali. 2nd innings already started in trouble, but no blame on Shan Masood I already expected him to be another Muhammad Hafeez, and this might be his last test.

  • on October 25, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Well well well, what have we here, 2/2 at lunch! Are we going to reach tea here?

  • on October 25, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    main problem with pakistan is batting. On a pitch where the south aftrican batters are making centuries against a quality attack, pakistan batters are struggling to survive at least for 5-10 overs on pitch. these are the best conditions for batting, just imagine if this batting line up is in perth , how much they can score, may be less than 50. Pakistan has become a one man army with misbah the only batsman who stays on the wicket, and you can not expect him to click in every match and evrery inning.

  • Riz000 on October 25, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    Can some please Please explain me how can they pick shan masood who avgs 34 over Harris sohial who avgs 52? why is umar akmal currently the best batsman in pakistan not playing in test? where is taufeeq umar and nasir jamshed?? its all because to secure a place for Haffez safarshi tactics khurram manzoor is no where near good enough to taufeeq umar its time to say bye bye khurrum manzoor shan masood azhar ali and asad shafiq we need a proper team

  • ICCexpert.... on October 25, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    the selectors should be sacked for persisting with Misbah.

  • Smahuta on October 25, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    With the openers back in the hut for a pair of bagels, the writing is on the wall.

  • ICCexpert.... on October 25, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    pakistan win in the first test was a fluke. SA took them lightly but show them what they can do in the 2nd test. Pak level of cricket is worse than Zimbabve and Bangladesh, they should be scrapped of there test status. And players like, Misbah, Azhar Ali an Asad Shafiq soudl be forced to retire

  • Solid_Snake on October 25, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    @bouncer709 :lol..it looks like you are copying my posts..Anyways we both got same thoughts..A Bowler alone cannot do anything if his team gets bundled on 99.Aus had mc grath,Lee & other great Pacers who used to run through all other teams.& then warne used to do the clean up of rest of the batsmen.Same case with England.Swan got support of Pacers who gets wickets..Also after first test there were like so many posts taking away the credit from Pak team by saying that it's no big deal.SA cannot play spin well.Then all of those people went missing when the 2nd test started.I am shocked how quickly opinions changes here in Cricket

  • on October 25, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    @warneshane: It's decency and chivalry that they didn't declare.. So that Ajmal had the opportunity to get a six-for :P

  • on October 25, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Breaking news! Pakistan recall Hanif Mohammad mid-test! Humor apart, Pakistan need at least one batsman to play Hanif like innings! they need to bat for much less time than Hanif. They have players - young as well as experienced to do that. Its an opportunity for them to make statement. I hope they come out with flying colours. All the best!.... For SA, if they do not win from here, they do not deserve the no. 1 tag. As simple as that!

  • DocBindra on October 25, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    What in gods name is the plan for SA on the 3rd day? Very disappointed in du Plessis who didn't even try to shield the tail and instead looked intent on just blocking and staying not out so he could pad his batting avg. What a joke...64 balls for 17 runs with tailenders. Should have declared with 8 or 9 down to have that slight psychological advantage of not being bowled out...poor planning...clueless batting.

  • on October 25, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    right now I wish pakistan had a playing 11 of saeed anwar aamer sohail ijaz ahmed inzamam salim malik moin khan wasim akram etc

  • on October 25, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    No disrespect to Faf or Duminy as batsmen but what were they thinking with such a push and prod approach to their batting at this stage in the test? No attempt to hit Ajmal off his length and he finishes with 6 wickets in just over an hour! Faf might be pleased with being not out but a strike rate of under 30 at this point in the game is inexcusable, particularly as he watched tail enders struggling all around him.

  • Solid_Snake on October 25, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    I thought that only Pakistan batsmen are like that.Pak relies only 2 players mostly.SA batsmen are also like that in this department..Other than Smith & Devilliers..All other could not cross double figure.Even though whole pressure was on Pakistan team only..Anyways..Pakistan is up for a huge defeat.It's time for Pak batsmen to stand up & go for this impossible task ie a draw :P

  • on October 25, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    How come SA team is great??? Who scored even 30 except Smith and AB?????

  • 2nd_Slip on October 25, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    Pak fans this is exactly why the first test was termed an upset, the class between these teams is quite huge. SA were just lacking match preparation in the first test that's all. You should be happy taking a draw out of a series with SA, because its a rarity these days!!

  • MAN_AT_WORK on October 25, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Only a desert storm or Sand rain can save Pakistan from the humiliating defeat .

  • just_Test_lover on October 25, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Lets just Say History is as good as their belief and the belief of South Africa. With three seamer (Steyn, Vernon and Morkel) three spinners (Imran, Duminy and Faf) and then a All Rounder that has often taken vital wicktes and bowls a hard Ball (Kallis). Even Elgar can spin the ball bit for help. Only Players not able to bowl in SA team is AB being wicket keeper, Smith (due to injuries not allowed use too though) So where Pakistan players all want to be Batsman, leaves them shy of Bowling. In SA we grow up bowling and batting to each other.

  • warneshane on October 25, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Is 400+ lead in first inning not enough for declaration? One wonder why so many times Proteas be scared when things go in their favours? Rank no.1 & so defensive..

  • bouncer709 on October 25, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    I laugh when people say SA are not good against spin and Pak players are good against spin, where do know you that Shan Masood, Khurram Manzoor , Azhar Ali, Adnan Akmal are good against spin?... and if Some body say that Kalis, AB, Smith are not good players of spin after long career, they are just fool and insulting the players.

  • MAN_AT_WORK on October 25, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Come on SA its getting boring game now and you have had enough batting practice please wrap it up in 3 days.

  • bouncer709 on October 25, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    @Shan156: Yes there is no surety that he will get the same no of wickets, there is possibility that he may get more wickets in next half of his career. As concerned the age, if you think mid thirty is not a good age to play best cricket(though i dont agree), so here you should give credit to Ajmal, he has started his test career after 30. What you don't understand is that Shane warn, Swan, they enjoyed most of the time to defend big scores because of their good batting line, and support from the fast bowlers too. If batsmen score 99, bowler can not do any thing about it.

  • Amol_Gh on October 25, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    Smith is indeed one of the greats. It's amazing how he handles the team as a captain successfully ALL these years and his ability to score centuries in the tricky third innings and the difficult fourth innings is commendable. Plus 9000 runs and so many double-centuries...home and away. That's simply great.

  • SuperSharky on October 25, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    I think some of the Pakistani fans (and other) jumped too early on their horses after the first Test result. They did play really great, but this is a brilliant fight-back from the Proteas. And so far, of all the spinners playing here is Imran Tahir the best spinner on this pitch. And remember, Proteas are known for struggling against spin and Pakistan are known for playing spin very well.

  • on October 25, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    i even can see a pakistani comeback

  • on October 25, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    @ShahidJK: They all are great for different reasons. 100 tests as captain, unmatched performance in 4th innings, numerous captains knock to inspire the team, taking saf to number one in tests makes smith one of the modern greats.

  • Samee0324 on October 25, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    I think here we should give a credit to SA team! they bounced back quite well and its not easy to adjust quickly in any conditions! They adopt the weather conditions as well as pitch. Imran Tahir is not a great bowler as Saeed Ajmal but against PAK, you can predict any bowler can become a HERO!!

  • Philippe on October 25, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    It was a HUGE upset in first test. I think PAK won luckily.

  • Philippe on October 25, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    somebody wrote smith is modern era great... i can't stop laughing... LOL. what about Clark, kallis, dravid, Lara, Ponting, sachin then?

  • Philippe on October 25, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    I can't believe PAK fans still think that this test can be drawn... I don't think its possible for Pak to draw this test.... next to impossible seeing their world class batting in yester-years... who has saved the match like this wen on 2nd day lead is 350+ with so many wickets in hand. I think SA will take this lead to 500 & will declare & PAK is going to loose tomorrow..

  • xtrafalgarx on October 25, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    @gsingh7, Careful mate. Khawaja didn't "leave" pakistan to play cricket, his family moved here when he was 2/3 years old. He was inspired to play by the Australian players not Pakistani's. Totally different from Tahir who moved to SA with the intention to play cricket.

  • Sanjiyan on October 25, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    @bouncer709 on (October 24, 2013, 19:43 GMT) So SA chocked in the first test match? The fact that they havent played test cricket for 5 monthes doesnt mean a thing eh? SA are always at 100% no matter how long they havent played a testmatch in your eyes? To say SA chocked in the first match takes everything away from pakistans achievement, which i find is an insult to them. They played extremely well and SA were off the pace. Sa are now firing on full cilinders and even now the excuses come out to take away from what there doing. I cant understand why people cannot appreciate the efforts and achievements of other teams...

  • Solid_Snake on October 25, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    @gsingh7:Lol..Tahir is not that good but calling him the worst is a bit too much..673 wickets in FC is no joke.He was always the best choice for SA but he could not get many chances.Now he'll get more after this performance

  • sperle on October 25, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    Pakistan after winning the toss should have bowled ist bowling is their strength,not batting.they lost the match there,south Africa would have scored 300-400 in 1 and half day and than Pakistan could have dictated the match accordingly and played slow and steady game,and may be looked for a draw the worse but nowthey are looking for an inning and300 runs to lose by.our batsmanplayed like club cricketors and not like test cricketors,they don't look physically fit as compared to other team players,physical fitness dictates mental toughness,may be they have to work on that.

  • Greatest_Game on October 25, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    @ Solid_Snake observed that "Ajmal currently standing 7th in fastest to 150 wicket takers.Just one step behind Steyn.All around him are fast bowlers.This is no joke.I guess all of his 153 wickets were against players who were poor players of spin bowling right?"

    Ummm .. I think that we can confidently say that Ajmal has definitely taken the wickets of many good spin players. However, England did give him a parcel of free wickets in early 2012. Hell, even Australia's conveyer belt of spin rejects would have feasted on that English batting … well sort of batting … more like guys in white pretending to play cricket… ya know!

    All credit to Eng: they did REALLY up their spin playing abilities after that, as India found out! India also found out that Aus neatly replaced them in the "we can't play spin" category. Imagine the current Aus team playing the early 2012 Eng team on a rank turner. That would be a shambles! Test match over in a day?

  • class9ryan on October 25, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    I think the heat in UAE has been just unbearable for the South Africans. I hope Smith gets a triple next day, I don't think Pakistan will be able to survive for two days now.

  • Saadcricketlover on October 25, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    Adnan akmal is another kamran akmal, replace him with mohammad rizwan, fawad alam, umar akmal and sohaib maqsood should be given a test chance and younus should be made the test captain.

  • on October 24, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    After a flash in the pan victory in the first test, Pakistan is back to their normal game. Fantastic batting by AB and Smith. I'm afraid, an innings defeat is on the cards for Pakistan. They will do great if they can extend the game to 4th day lunch

  • on October 24, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    STOP smith's advantage of taking soo many singles in the match (in the direction show in his batting map where most singles are taken ) and he maybe be out within no time against the likes of Saeed and irfan but that thought should be coming out from the pakistan dressing board not from a fan of cricket ! pakistan team lacked the brains (planning ) so far if they get that in order they will be sorted immediately insha allah . Pakistan Batsman smacked around the SA bowlers all around the pitch in 1st test can they do it again we should ask this question , do they have the will ? . Maybe lol i should make a good comment how to get all SA players out by looking at their past videos with the likes of ajmal & irfan present is that so hard to do for the pakistan cricket then where exactly do they put their hard efforts on? . You win test match's with considerate planning before the game and immediate thought;s recollection during the game how to devise your pre-made cricket bat/bowl plan.

  • Shan156 on October 24, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    and, @bouncer709, you should know that UAE is probably more spin friendly than even Pak. So, Ajmal, playing most of his cricket in UAE, has better stats. But, still it is not as good as Murali's or Warne's and only little better than Swann. Who said he is not capable? I agree that Ajmal is a very good spin bowler, probably the best in the world now. But, he is not a great as Warne or Murali.

    And, just because he has x wickets after y tests, it doesn't mean he will have 2x wickets after 2y tests. Ajmal is in his mid-30s and he is not going to get any better. He already reached his peak and is now slowly fading. It is rather unfortunate that his career started so late.

  • Shan156 on October 24, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    @jb633, agree that Ajmal possesses a doosra and Swann doesn't. And, you are correct that Swann is more threatening when bowling to lefties than right handers. While a doosra is a powerful weapon in an off-spinner's arsenal, merely possessing it doesn't make a bowler better. Swann has dismissed several right handers with the classical off spinner, the one that immediately springs to mind is his delivery to Ponting in 2009. Swann outbowled Ajmal in England while Ajmal returned the favor in UAE. Both have similar #s in SA while Swann has done much better in Australia although Ajmal played only one test there (and averaged 100+, lol). What was more impressive about Swann was the way he bowled against the Indian batsmen who are the best players of spin IMO. Ajmal may well be a better bowler but only slightly. He doesn't belong to the class of Warne or Murali.

  • InfiniteWhite on October 24, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Smith will bat until his average is 50. And why not? To do this he has to get another 73 runs n.o. or 123 runs out if my calculation is right.

  • bouncer709 on October 24, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    @gsingh7: You should concentrate on Australia and India series, it is 2-1, and don't forget to give some tips to Ishant Sharma.

  • on October 24, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    People who are commenting on pakistan performance just remember we are competing with south africa not running away with cuting the test and one days well see when they will be grilled in sSA

  • soaf on October 24, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    @gsingh:dont worry about 4th spot.3rd spot will also be open coz india is going to have tours of SA and ENG.so complete thrashing and whitewashes for team india are on card as well.hope that pakistan will fill the 3rd spot while someone from aus or srilanka will be having 4th spot.hope that you and your team will be enjoying the test championship on their home rather than playing in the field

  • jb633 on October 24, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    @Shan156, yeah of course. Personally I think Swann is over relient on bowling to left handers and sometimes when I watch him bowl against a good right hander I can't see how he will get them out. With Ajmal's doosra he has the ability to take the ball away from the right handers which gives him the double threat. I have seen Ajmal win games on his own which I have not seen Swann do that many times. I rate both of them highly but simply for the fact that Ajmal can bowl the doosra to the right handers I would argue this gives him the advantage. Whether or not this doosra is bowled legally is a different question. If the world was left handed there would be no better bowler on the planet that Swan lol.

  • on October 24, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Aahhh those lbw's and dropped catches. How much did that cost those pakistanis.

  • DingDong420 on October 24, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Pak bowlers maybe not as good as everyone thinks. well played Smith & AB

  • on October 24, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Looking at the dominance of South Africa in this test, I cannot thank the tour organizers enough to make it only a 2 match series. SA would have rolled Pakistan over in the third test as well.

  • bouncer709 on October 24, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    @Shan156: Well it is simple to understand if you bother to look at their stats, Swan 248 wickets in 57 matches, Saeed Ajmal 153 in 29, going with this pace Saeed Ajmal can get 306 in 58 matches. Swan got 10 wkt 3 times in 58 matches, Ajmal have done this 4 times while playing half matches than him.

  • on October 24, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    The test is heading for dull draw. Last 2 days were breathless for PAK bowler; may be the same for tomorrow. Next 3 days are reserved for steyn & co for exhausting on this pitch. This Test will be significantly remembered for highest no. of double hundred in a match. It looks like 2 from Proteas now and may be seen 2 more from PAK too. Today SA fans is singing songs here & we will have to bear from other sides too for next 2-3 days. Domingo will be more offensive in verbal war to create havoc in the minds of PAK batsmen which will be uneffective in the end.

  • on October 24, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Well played SA

  • jb633 on October 24, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    @Bouncer709, probably not the best idea to raise questions about Andy Flower. He was rated as no 1 batsmen in the world for a while and was regarded as in the bracket of Gilchrist as one of the worlds best ever keeper batsmen. Andy Flower had the guts to stand up to the Mugabe regime and sacrificed his career, his home and his safety in order to stand up for what he thought was right. Please do not raise questions like who is Andy Flower. The guy is a legend of the game and would have walked into any playing XI. He has also established himself as a very good coach and has taken England from 51 ao vs the West Indies to no 1 in the world (although it was brief). Andy Flower has the most integrity in world cricket.

  • on October 24, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Mark my polite words insha allah it will be draw and pakistan will win the series.

  • Sanjiyan on October 24, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    @GRVJPR on (October 24, 2013, 19:04 GMT) How convenient of you to change the goalposts to suit yourself, I bet even if Smith and AB do that youd still find something to detract from their monumental achievement. S.A. are the best test team in the world right now, and all the excuses in the world wont change that. I hope biff can bat on to get 300 odd and AB to get a double. Then put Pakistan in and let Steyn and co loose. Ideally SA should bat untill tea tomorrow and hopefully have a good session to make inroads. But even though Pakistans batting was lacking in the 1st innings, they have talent and usually pull off something spectacular when their backs are against the wall

  • bouncer709 on October 24, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    @golgoal: Question was raised about Muralitharan, but he played till he retired and will be remembered as a great bowler, question was raised about Shoib Malik too, it was raised about Shoaib Akhtar too but he proved he was the fastest. and question always raised about Asian Bowlers. Doosra invented by Saqlain Mushtaq, and Saeed Ajmal mastered it. The people who can not do doosra, they can just blame Asian bowler's for their Action.

  • on October 24, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    The averages in this SA line up are mind boggling. It's a good thing Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott opted to play for England, for if they had to be fit in there somewhere as well this team would be truly invincible. However, I do think that if there is a super talented 20 year opener in the pipeline in SA this would be the most opportune time for the selectors to phase him in (sorry Alviro...). With Amla, De Villiers and Smith at their peak and Kallis still around (and the rest of the order pretty decent too) they can afford a greenhorn opener the time to settle and grow into the role. That, IMHO, is what did Australia in in the end. They never planned long term for the day when Hayden/Langer were not going to be there. The lack of a solid opening pair has since been and still is their achilles heel, allowing opposition teams early access to their middle order more often than not. SA need at least one experienced opening bat to be there the day that Smith hangs up his boots.

  • bouncer709 on October 24, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    @arif_cric: South Africans are called chokers not because they don't win, but they are called chokers because they loose on big occasions. They were wining tests again top team but here in UAE choke again against low rank team in last match.

  • Shan156 on October 24, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    @jb633, re: Swann vs Ajmal, you are entitled to your opinion as everyone is to theirs. But, care to explain why you think Ajmal is the better bowler?

  • bouncer709 on October 24, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    @coolitbaby: Btw who is Andy Flower? How many matches he won for his country? What was his performance as a captain?

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on October 24, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    What happened to Ajmal's Theesra !!!? LOL

  • t20cric on October 24, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    @Karl Jenaway: I don't think Pak can select Tahir even if they wanted to Just cuz Tahir is Pakistani doesn't mean he has to play for Pak. I think Tahir has only made himself available for selection in SA team. If people had to play for the country of origin then Amla would play for India, Imran Tahir, Fawad AHmed and Sikander Raza would all play for Pakistan and Kevin Peteirsen would play for SA. NOt to mention countries like UAE, Canada etc. would not even have a team cuz most players of each of those teams are from Pak/Ind/SL/Bd.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on October 24, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Smith and Abe made my day

  • bouncer709 on October 24, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    And for South African's who are jumping in the air, why they forget that they are back in the series because of Tahir (A Pakistani), and they needed him when Pakistan outclassed SA in first match. Australia needs Fawad Ahmed and Usman Khaja, Zimbabwe playing with Sikandar Raza, I think India can take Services of Shoaib Malik.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on October 24, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    @Muneeb_Dawood I agree with @golgoal. SA have long ago shed their tag of chokers. SA now consistently win test, and one dayers not just in their home grounds but abroad as well. Sri Lankans never win anything outside their home, and now have even started choking at home in front of their famously partisan crowds. So officially the time is here to pass the tag of chokers to Sri Lanka.

  • arif_cric on October 24, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    i am a big fan of south african test team... they are proved again n again that they r the best team in world... they done it with australia last year they were under pressure on 1st n 2nd test they came hard in 3rd and won the sereis... now again they lost 1st match.... i was expecting them to come hard again on pak team they done it again that is the sign of champion side.... go africa go

  • golgoal on October 24, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    @jb633 But as far as I can remember nobody in world cricket has ever raised a question against Swann's bowling action. Not so with Ajmal. Jury is still out on him.

  • jb633 on October 24, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    @Karl Jenaway, I am a huge fan of Swann but I can't so easily forget how SA destroyed him too. Ajmal is a better bowler than Swann I hate to admit it but its true.

  • GRVJPR on October 24, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    If subcontinent tracks are flat, then why so much hype is given to this batting display. In past we have seen some amazing partnerships in Asia. This wasn't the dust bowl like 4th day in India. If Smith and Devilers can do that, then only they worth any praise.

  • gsingh7 on October 24, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    some fans were saying pak are invincible in uae. i guess sa just gonna answer that. they might win by record margin, then pak will have that bit of history of losing by record margin at homegrounds. i guess talent pool is producing mediocre batsmen and bowlers in pak that even at flat tracks of uae with no moisture in wickets they cannot score even 100 runs and are outbowled by a new spinner. tells u why they lost to zimbabwe earlier and 3-0 to sa on green tops of sa. . it will be tough fight between sl,pak and aus for 4th spot in icc rankings for test championship as gap between top 3 and rest is widening.

  • t20cric on October 24, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    This is looking very bad for Pakistan now. SA have a 350+ lead and it's not even 3rd day yet. Even to draw the match they will need amazing skill. If Pakistan can come out of this match with anything less then a loss it will be a miracle. If Pakistan can even make SA bat again I will consider they had a fighting loss. Pakistan have to address certain issues before the SL test series. The issues are; inconsistent opening pair, non-performing no.3, specialist (not batting) wicket keeper, only 4 bowlers, no all rounders. The opening pair maybe deserves a few more chances but no.3 problem is a big one and maybe Umar Akmal/ Haris Sohail/ Fawad Alam can play at no.3 instead. For batting wicketkeeper they can pick between U. Akmal and Mohammad Rizwan. Pakistan should try Yasir Shah as spin allrounder and Anwar ALi as fast-bowling allrounder this will also fix the problem of only 4 bowlers.

  • bouncer709 on October 24, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    @jb633: Well no doubt Warn was a great bowler and no comparison of his long career with a short one of Saeed Ajmal but Warn ever had support from the fast bowler on the other hand, Brett lee, MCgrath, and always had good batsmen to have big scores on the board. While Saeed Ajmal is not playing in era or Waqar and Wasim, and on very less occasion enjoy to bowl defending big totals. Even in this match Ajmal have got 2 in 43 overs, but on the other end other bowlers collectively have bowled 90 overs for 317 runs and got only 2 wickets.

  • AB_DeVilliers on October 24, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    The unfortunate thing about this series is that there won't be a 3rd test. We've seen two one sided games thus far, and we all new two things - SA would start slowly, and Pakistan's batting would collapse atleast once. With those two out of the way, it would have been great to see a 3rd test which would likely have been a close contest.

    Having said that, credit has to go to South Africa in this match. All teams have bad days and games, but a sign of a great team is one that can stave off defeat when playing bad, and/or one that can bounce back with aplomb after defeat. This side has done both of this in recent memory, and are well worthy of their lofty place as the best test team.

    Ps: I like how the choker tag just gets thrown in randomly. They will never shake that, will they?

  • GrindAR on October 24, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    What happened Paks... Are you tired so soon... Get back and show that you are not easy to be taken for granted.

  • on October 24, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    even rain gods dont like uae. just seen weather forecast in uae. high temperatures of 48 and no probability of rain for next 8 months. it looks like people should start refunding day 5 and 4 tickets right now. no chance styen will allow match to go into day 5. 10 -for by tahir will be nice after his rough start to test career.sad thing is he has ties to pakistan. why pcb not selected him instead of babur? he outperformed ajmal as well.

  • GrindAR on October 24, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    the only sure thing about Pak is "Unpredictable". it happens 2nd time in a row, but for worse this time. Mean difference is Mt Everest and Submerged Atlantis City.

  • golgoal on October 24, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    @ICKY South Africans are not chokers any more. If there is a choker in international cricket, it is Sri Lanka only. They can write books on choking. Anyway lot of cricket to be played in this match. Good luck to both teams.

  • coolitbaby on October 24, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    @GermanPlayer Who told you SA are chokers? Sri Lankans are the chokers of world cricket. Have been for a long time.

  • asim229 on October 24, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    Some of the comments here are very harsh on pak team.People saying that it is the worst test team and Ajmal is the worst bowler.If that is the case then how are they ranked 4 out of the 9 test teams and the only team to beat SA in a test match in the last year or so.This is one of the rare bad games Ajmal is having but he is one of the most consistant performer since he have started playing test cricket.I agree that pak performance is not up to the mark in the last few years but it is not as bad as people think in the comments section.

  • on October 24, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    where are the pak supportors who were saying that ajmal is better than swann. swann performed well in uae and india . and he is unplayable in england. but ajmal has been outbowled by rookie tahir and even by youngster babur. if pitch is not turning then ajmal is as mediocre as ashwin of india. both are overrated spinners who throw pies on flat tracks.

  • coolitbaby on October 24, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    @jb633 ajmal's "class act" is disputed by many international teams and players. andy flower just recently commented that he be not asked to make any comments on ajmal's bowling because it might create controversy !!

  • just_chill_chill on October 24, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    @Solid_Snake well dear lot of players in international cricket raise lot of questions about ajmal's actions. don't think anyone is going to be impressed by him...

  • just_chill_chill on October 24, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    I think I now understand what the phrase "beat the living daylight out of you" means.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on October 24, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    who asked pakistan to be so smart and mess with SA? should have just been happier at having avoided 2-0 in Zimbabwe. now what'd gonna happen to you?

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on October 24, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    ohho pakistan what new mess you have landed yourself in now?

  • on October 24, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Cricket is a great game, needless to elaborate. But the Proteas could go on successfully and record 600 plus. It will be too painstaking for Pakistan in their bid of a drawn game. On the other hand Smith could declare the innings close half an hour before lunch. Both teams have good players and in spite of that, need 'Lady Luck" to smile.

  • zeeshan.99 on October 24, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Ajmal was a world class bowler but now he is so proud that he thinks no one could play his bowl. Misbah also goes again with defensive approach he should try yunus or any other man as golden arm Rehman should be there for babar. Fielding in match was again shabby. With this type of performance after winning 1 match i think pak team thinks thats its always a sweet win served in plate but you have to struggle if you want to win. If pak want to save the match they have to play all the next days & draw the match which is not looking against these bowlers and out of form 11 players of Paksitan. Well played S.A very good come back & Brilliant Strategy to tackle the bowlers.

  • on October 24, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    From a superb performance in first test to debacle in this match, Pakistan showed once again their unpredictability!! Pakistani bowlers were clueless lead by lethargic captain. Now only saving grace is chances of rain, but rain is a distant probability in Pakistan's imported "home test venue"...

  • GermanPlayer on October 24, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    It took just one day of sheer dominance for Pakistani fans to start complaining and talking about SA as chokers and 'wait for the ODIs'...

  • jb633 on October 24, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    @Solid_Snake, i didn't say that at all, I rate Ajmal as the best spinner in the world and he is a class act. My only point being that he wont go down as a great of the game. Stop becoming too defensive and read the posts properly.

  • bouncer709 on October 24, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    @JohnnMathew: and Pakistan beat top rank England (Whitewashed), Then Pakistan beat top ODI rank India in their home, and Now Pakistan stopped continuous wining journey of SA after 15 test matches. Even If Pakistan can not win this match, but SA is also not in position to win the series against 6th Rank team.

  • on October 24, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    @mainul079080, your comment does not depict the true picture. That is, all the bowlers you have listed there are top-class bowlers, and with a bowler-driven society this is bound to happen. Bowling comes naturally to us Pakistanis along with rash hitting and slogs. The fact is that all these bowlers are too good for these batsman, or for that matter any other batsman. This demoralizes the batsman in our country, leaving impact when they play international. However, even with these toughness there are some great players to be named that are not being given fair chances by the selectors or have not being tried as of yet. Namely; Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Akbar-ur-rehman, Sami Aslam, and several other players. I would not say anything regarding your comment on BD batting outclassing Pakistan's, because playing against SA and NZ are two different things, specially when one series is producing results well within 5 days, while the other is heading for yet another draw.

  • Resultpredictor on October 24, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Where are Pakistan fans who were telling that this pitch is a spin friendly and Ajmal will destroy SA lineup. Ajmal is the worst bowler in international cricket. A lead of 361 at the end of second day on a batting wicket shows that this side has World class bowlers

  • ICKY on October 24, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    @JohnMathew: Remebr India humbled 5-0 by England, and whitewash home and away. It is Pakistan which is still surviving without any international cricket in the country for the last 5 years. If it was any other team, they would have lost Test and ODI status. SA are chokers and you wll see in ODI,s.

  • Cruzan on October 24, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    SA came back hard and big. A Super Class Innings. Will be very interesting, if Pakistan fold again. SA is as always was, a Fantastic Team.

  • on October 24, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    The difference between Pak and SA is that SA has 6/7 bowlers to use all capable of keeping it tight. If you consider Duminy and Faf decent bowlers for filing role. And Irfan should be off too as he had so many warnings. Maybe Pak lack all rounders.

  • Solid_Snake on October 24, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    @jb633 :SA players were said to be poor against Spinners just before this match.After 1st test i saw many comments all taking the credit away from PAk by saying that it's no big deal as SA cant play spin...One match & suddenly opinion changed.Same thing being said about Kallis who is one of the greates all rounders.Failing once or twice & people started doubting his technique.The runs he has got,other batsmen would only dream of scoring this mny runs.Cricket is a strange game.It can make you or break you in a single game..Suddenly Tahir becomes the best spinner & Ajmal becomes worst.. Ajmal currently standing 7th in fastest to 150 wicket takers.Just one step behind Steyn.All around him are fast bowlers.This is no joke.I guess all of his 153 wickets were against players who were poor players of spin bowling right?

  • bouncer709 on October 24, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    @Shan156: What do you mean by "perhaps 2 years" , first see Ajmal have been playing test for 4 years, so two years he remain on top and he is still on 4 rank in test. Swann is 6th Rank. So one bad day, means a bowler is not capable? what was the performance of philander in last match? and Younis Khan scored triple century in presence of Murlitharn, Sehwag scored triple century in presence of Saqlain Mushtaq. Afridi scored fastest ODI century in presence of Muralitharan. It is stupid to say that Swan played cricket on pitches not supporting to spin. If you are right then you must know since Ajmal have started his career, Pakistan is playing on neutral venues and no home ground advantage for Saeed Ajmal.

  • Solid_Snake on October 24, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    @jb633 :SA players were said to be poor against Spinners just before this match.After 1st test i saw many comments all taking the credit away from PAk by saying that it's no big deal as SA cant play spin...One match & suddenly opinion changed.Same thing being said about Kallis who is one of the greates all rounders.Failing once or twice & people started doubting his technique.The runs he has got,other batsmen would only dream of scoring this mny runs.Cricket is a strange game.It can make you or break you in a single game.. Ajmal currently standing 7th in fastest to 150 wicket takers.Just one step behind Steyn.All around him are fast bowlers.This is no joke.I guess all of his 153 wickets were against players who were poor players of spin bowling right?

  • Hira1 on October 24, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Pak should not loose hope if they can beat SA in first match they have can also drew this match....the only thing is they should believe in themself and play positively all is not lost yet. This wicket is still very flat and there is a rare chance that Imran Tahir will repeat his 1st innings performance. Psychologically Pak will be more threatened from Steyn then Tahir but if they come out positively against Steyn and attack him he will certainly loose his rhythm. This is a real test for Misbah and Watmore on how they can bring out best from the youngsters in these dismal conditions.

  • ICKY on October 24, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    It is Cricket, a game of great uncertainities. Could be a different situation if ABD was taken first ball. Pak was out at 99 against England but came back to win the test. It is not over till it is OVER. Wait and see....I said , it is Cricket.

  • on October 24, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Mainul. Bangladesh shouldn't even be playing cricket. They doing OK against Kiwis because they've got a new team and most have not played away from New Zealand. Bangladesh is worst than Zimababwe.

  • Shan156 on October 24, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Usually, @gsingh7's predictions are the exact opposite of what transpires. But, SA fans need not despair. Even a broken clock shows the correct time twice a day and this is one of those occasions. Even @gsingh7 cannot be wrong this time. SA will win with a day or two to spare and plenty of runs.

  • on October 24, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    @zxaar, your comment is base-less on what if's? I can say million things about this test match that went against us, but there is no substance in that. Fact is Pakistan, outplayed SA in the first test, and SA are doing the same with this test. Talking about the upset, it could be because SA were not beaten in their last fifteen outings, but not because Pakistan couldn't best them in first. We have done it before and are more than capable.

    People who are jumping all over the place include several neutrals, who wait for Pakistan to fail. I can confidently say that no Asian team or even other teams can beat this SA team. Pakistan have done well, it was expected of Saffans to bounce back. No Pakistani, ever underestimated SA, it was mostly other people that like to bash the loosing team. Our point was whether they will be able to adjust to the conditions which England couldn't. Well, we got our answer now. Well Played SA, Smith, ABD, and Tahir.

  • 200ondebut on October 24, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Wow - who would have bet on that?!

  • Shan156 on October 24, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    @bouncer709, @siddhartha87 is correct. Saaed Ajmal just had one or, perhaps, 2 good years. Other than that, he is just a good spinner, not a great one. Pak. fans were elevating him to Warne/Murali levels when the truth is he is no better than Swann who bowls on wickets mostly not suited for his type of bowling. Swann has also played a lot more tests and has played in all conditions while Ajmal is unproven in Australia and India, two of the toughest places for an offie.

    And, well played SA. They have proven that they are the best team by some distance in the world. However, their defeat in the 1st test and drawn series against Aus, Eng, and Ind, at home and home test defeats to SL and inconsistency in Aus. also proves that they are still not in the pantheon of the greatest teams like WI of 80s circa and OZ of the 90s and noughties.

    Pak fans were hoping that absence of Amla, poor form of Kallis, and fitness questions over Steyn would help them but their poor batting is being exposed.

  • blthndr on October 24, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    @Greatest_Game....ofcourse kallis is one of the best allrounder ...n nobody can just judge him with few failures...bt the worring fact is he is in twilight of his career .. he is now 38+ and this year his avg is only 17+.....so it ll be important for him how he carry on from here....for SA they should look for his replacement in near future as he has mostly one or two years left...

  • jb633 on October 24, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Watching quite a lot of Ajmal recently has led me to believe that despite being the best spinner of modern times he wont go down as a great like Warne or Murali. I feel like when a batsmen goes after him he becomes timid and tries to bowl flatter and flatter. Even in Zimbabwe I thought in a couple of spells he became a bit flustered and instead of accepting the challenge of a batsmen coming after him (with good skill) he would rather contain than attack. Contrast this with Warne for example bowling to Lara. Lara would keep coming after him and Warne would keep flighting it up and tempting him. In no spell I ever saw Warne bowl did he look to contain as his first priority. The SA batsmen were excellent and deserved to be where they are but I feel Ajmal really let the boys down today. He bowled far to many quick short balls. I think Ajmal is brilliant against poor players of spin, against very good ones he needs to develop a plan B, other than offie, offie doosra hope for an LBW .

  • AllahKeBande on October 24, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    @bouncer709: IND has beaten AUS in AUS when they were the World best team, including winning the famous home series in 2001, the same team which bowled out PAK for 59 and 53 in the same match and IND drew the away series in 2003-04 against AUS and btw hope you remember PAK was bowled out under 50 last time they visited SA.

  • bouncer709 on October 24, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    @Stark62: I agree with you, it is simple to understand that the player who have high average in FC have high average in test too, and selectors should select these players and give them chance continuously. How could one expect from a player 40-50 average in test who have 30-35 average in FC. Recent example it Shan Masood, his FC average is 34.88, He scored fifty in his first innings, but now after 3rd inning his average is 32. This is what his capacity. He can't do better than this. You can't expect him to have 50 average. Instead of Shan Masood they should give chance to Ahmed Shahzad, and in Wicket keepers Muhammad Rizwan have FC average 44, as compared to Adnan Akmal FC Average:27... Actually selectors are selecting players on their Twenty20 performance.

  • pull_shot on October 24, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    This is why i hate test matches if ur batsman didn't score for some reasons that implies no catchers r placed near by so the opposition batsman will play forever with out taking risks if its opposite if the batsman scores 500 like that with aggressive fields u can bundle out opposition with 200 no justice always toss plays a vital role and test matches simply kills d bowlers

  • on October 24, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    What superb Test batting from Smith and De Villiers. SA are proud of you. Magnificent, and made doubly so given the conditions. Its a shame the BCCI damaged their pending tour to SA

  • mainul079080 on October 24, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    This is a postmortem report of weakness of Pak batsmen from a fan of a neutral country (Bangladesh): just look at yesterday's president trophy results( one of premium first class tournament of Pakistan) -1. 5-36 for Sadaf Hussain and 3-57 for Yasir Arafat as PTV are 125 all out. KRL in reply are 117 for 8 2. 52 for wk/batsman Mohammad Rizwan & 24 for Taufiq Umar as SNGPL are 178 all out v PQA. In response PQA are 85-4 3. Ehsan Adil took 5-35 as HBL dismiss SBP for 226. HBL are 38-0 in response 4. Hammad Azam 4-25 & Zia ul Haq 3-25 as PIA are 135 all out with Shoaib Malik making 28. In response NBP are 123-3, Sami Aslam 59.And these are the regular pictures in every season. If these are the performances of top class batsmen then how their seniors in national team can avoid 7 times under 100 totals within 3 years? I believe Bangladesh batting line up will easily outclass Pakistan at the moment.

  • zxaar on October 24, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Now the pakistan supporters have the answer to question why the last win was called an upset. Normal service resumes. So sad that Pakistan does not have a quality bowlers to get this weaken SA team out. imagine Amla was here and Kallis was in form.

  • LeftBrain on October 24, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    South Africa showed today the difference between a real No. 1 side (read West Indies of 70s & 80s and Aus of 90s & 00s) and fake & fluke sides who got No. 1 ranking by playing on home turfs (read India and Eng for couple of months each). Very well Played South Africa.................. on a lighter note though, as they say nothing is ever settled in cricket unless the last delivery is bowled, if Pak get remaining 6 wickets in first 15 minutes on day 3 tomorrow, and bat until lunch on day 4 and score about thousand runs, it will give them a lead of more then 600 runs and they will have 5 sessions to bowl SA out and win the series....easy!!!!

  • on October 24, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    what a 3 dimensional kick to the pakistani bowler.... praise must be offer to smith & AB bcoz after loosing first test in second home of Pakistan they never friitter their energy & come back to their original form..... congratulation south Africa

  • WilliamFranklin on October 24, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Graeme Smith, Surrey legend!

  • Amol_Gh on October 24, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Grinding out the opposition...the classical test style...full of thrills in each ball. This is the reason I love Tests. I'm hoping for a Smith triple-century (fingers-crossed). It's long overdue. And an ABD Double-century would a bonus. If only SA had been more awake in the first test...I think it was lost because of a wrong team selection more than anything else.

  • Nigah on October 24, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    If a team can win a match 352 runs margin after an hat-rake on very first three balls of their first innings & then fourth wicket on fifth ball of the same over then they can do anything here as well.

  • bouncer709 on October 24, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    @siddhartha87: Saeed Ajmal need no certificate from you to prove himself a top rank bowler. And yes Pakistan beat the top rank team in last match, a team that that won 15 matches contentiously. So what do you expect from 6th rank team?

  • Nigah on October 24, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Its so funny that peoples even cricketing experts thinking that the SA have one this match or Pak loose this I think both kind of peoples don't know the real beauty of cricket, for instance if Younis Khan scored 300+ against Murlithuran than why not here? The Game is not over yet fools......

  • bijuphilip on October 24, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Pakisthan had some great batting talentalong with best bolwing attack. sayeed anwar,amirssohayil,,insamam,miyandad,malik,imrankhan,wasimakram,moinkhan those 8 batsmen did something special. then bolwing imran,wasim,waqar yunis,shoibakthar,saqualin musthaque,even afridi made a big difference.

    so pakisthabn had great batsmen sayed anwar,amir sohayil,insamam best of the best

  • Greatest_Game on October 24, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    @ jb633's post well deserves to be featured, as it is. He has shown the integrity to state the previous opinions he held, the honesty to admit that this game has forced him to examine the validity of those opinions, and the respect to accept that SA have demonstrated the resilience, as well as the skills, to be accepted as a deserved #1. In short, his post embodies the values that are held to be the Spirit of Cricket.

    Thank you, sir, for reaffirming my faith in the integrity of the players and followers of this greatest of games.

  • Stark62 on October 24, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    @ kevaldedhia813 Actually, Pak can be the no. 1 team in the world if they stop selecting personnel's based upon politics and select players based upon domestic performance.

    The best 5 batsmen currently in Pak are: Fawad Alam (55.96), Harris Sohail (52.75), Misbah (50.19), Younis (50.10) and finally, U. Akmal (48.94).

    Only two are currently playing and Pak are desperate for those two to perform.

  • gsingh7 on October 24, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    i guess sa have brought back high flying pak to ground. sa deserve number 1 tag in tests and pakistan deserve their 5th(or 6th?) ranking in tests . biggest test loss in history is innings and 360 runs . i guess sa will aim for that. deviliers will compete his double and smith his triple.then we all know tahir gonna clean up the tail of pakistan batting which starts after misbah gets out.no way out for pakistan from yet another big loss after losing to zimbabwe in last tour.hope we see smith going for 400 set by lara, that will be some achievement.

  • spellbinder76 on October 24, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    What is the use of hiring such an expensice coach who cannot read the pitch. Javed Miandad could have read the Dubai pitch with ease. Pakistan should select a wicket-keeper on his wicket-keeping ability alone and not his batting.

  • PAKisTANeee786 on October 24, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    I would say it again guys, don't count Pakistan out yet, this is turning out to be the same pitch we had against England, the only difference being SA playing remarkably good in reply to our paltry total. I still think that Pakistan can bat 2 days if needed, this pitch has gotten absolutely flat for seamers, only spinners can make a difference now. Same how it was against England, i think we should have bowled first, the pitch was much more lively in the first session. SA got away with several chances that could made the match interesting, well luck favors the brave, and haunts the team with an "AKMAL" in it. I have said it before these Akmal's are a disgrace to Pakistan in cricket specially in keeping. We should have U.Akmal in as a specialist batsman not a keeper as many suggest. He is not any better!. Still hoping for some grind by Pakistan, if we are gonna go down, might as well make the Saffans struggle to get the side out the second time.

  • siddhartha87 on October 24, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    This is the way a no 1 side should answer a loss.Simply loving it!! Pakistan were under illusion that they can beat any team in Abu Dhabi. Well wake up guys. With this sort of batting even Zimbabwe will beat them in ABu Dhabi.South Africa is also showing why Ajmal is far from being no 1 test spinner.

  • on October 24, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    what happened to pak bowling who was considered one of the best in the world. on a track where average spinner like tahir ran the show, pak spinners looked like some club bowlers. their super fast bowlers were bowling pies while smith and devilliers plundered them for plenty. this test shows the gulf in class between sa who are top of test ratings and pak who are mediocre mid table side .game over inside 3 days is a big possibilty .

  • kevaldedhia813 on October 24, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Pakistan can never be no. 1 team cos of their inconsistency. Its just the bowlers who are holding pakistan. Pakistan has not produced any great batsman, its time for misbah and other old people step down and give chance to youngsters to shoulder the responsibility. Pakistan need to caress new and young talent for better future. Being such unpredictable team is not good for cricket.

  • S.Kamran.Ali on October 24, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    What a horrible day for Pakistan! u can't afford to drop AB twice, Very well played GS & AB

  • on October 24, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    173 runs left for big lad smith to broke the record of brian lara.I personally think he should go and play big shots cause still 270 overs to be bowled here.

  • fast_gun on October 24, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    I am thoroughly enjoying this test series actually, its just a real shame that it's only 2 matches, which is absolutely useless. Misbah and he's men could have come back in the 3rd test. No wonder SA has not lost away since 2006! Go figure!

  • Greatest_Game on October 24, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    @ Arrow011 writes "Kallis's score for the series is 0+5+7 = 12 Runs only. South Africa have showed that even without Kallis the teams is strong, I think Kallis should get the boot from the test team."

    Arrow011 must be watching his first or second cricket match, as he clearly has no idea that at times batsmen do not score runs, or bowlers do not take wickets. Younis Khan - Pakistan's leading batsman, has scored 10 runs in this series. I guess he gets the boot too? Junaid's series bowling ave is 52 - boot him out. Azhar Ali's series batting ave is 11 - boot him out.

    In the 1st test, Graeme Smith scored 15 & 32. People called for him to be booted out. Now on 227* and destroying Pak. Would booting him have been a good idea?

    Kallis is 1 of the 2 greatest all-round cricket players ever. He has shown time and time again his immense value to SA. If Arrow011's logic is followed, Don Bradman would have never has a test career. His first scores were 18 & 1.

    Arrow011 - get real!

  • 11BDtiger on October 24, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    What a fantastic batting pitch this is..but pakistani team is only 99 !!!!!!!!! This team is more ordinary of any other test playing country.

  • on October 24, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    I think we should think seriously about Whatmore. If we have to loose matches and batting so pathetically for last 1 year against same country, why bother get foreign coach. Even team like Bangladesh is playing so good with their youngsters. We need to get rid of all the seniors and the players not performing. If we dont give chances to the youngsters why bother we have under 16, 19, 23 teams. We need to get rid of Whatmore, Moin and Akram from the team. Ajmalafter playing 1 good match he felt too highly about himself and wearing sun-glass in bowling.YK play 1 good innings and want to be in ODI team. We need performers not politicians!!!

  • on October 24, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    I think Wafers played too well.

  • Tmalik on October 24, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Great batting effort by Smith and AB, they proved the class and being the no. 1 team. No doubt this is real batting class, their confident shortplay were accurate. Although AB may rode luck but this is part and parcel of game. On the other hand for Pakistan I reckon they have to learn a lot from it, this is their usual way to go about no consistency and it is proven time and again that specially Pak batsmens play good in phases, they tend to secure place in side by playing one good inning and then just hang around until another inning is due. the reckless shots they played by most of them must realise their mistake. These batsmen will not last long as they do not have spirit to do well. This is where experience matters and selectors and PCB must recognise their mistake leaving Mohammad Yousuf out!!! They are playing world no. 1 team with Pak batting line up nowhere in top 30's apart from Younis/misbah compare to SA they got 5 top batsmens in top 30 ranking. Great to Watch SA bat.

  • CricketChat on October 24, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    The real highlight for me today was the empty (almost) stadium. What does that mean for test cricket? It is a real shame that two top batsmen score 200+ and a 150+ and there is no one to watch. This is a common occurrence in tests these days. High time to rethink relevance of test cricket.

  • Solid_Snake on October 24, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    @Sports4Youth :Zulfiqar is definately not felling okay..Yesterday he was bowling really good.Picked up a wicket & his econ rate was like under 1.Today he was totally off color.Gave over 100 runs @ 3+ run rate..Something is not okay with his hand.Still he is bowling.Even if Rehman was there,he could not have made any difference.The way Smith is playing.Totally unstopable

  • K_Srini on October 24, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    The match situation reminds me of the 1st test where Paskistan supporters were so much offended when the word 'upset' was used for the Paskistan win. Now, I am sure they would have realised the reason behind the same. South Africa - excellent comeback in style.

  • Narkovian on October 24, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Oh yes !... Reality has finally set in.

  • on October 24, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    This is not just a good performance by Smith. It is a great performance. I thought he had been off too long, with too many injuries and that his career was essentially over. But what great, great performance with a weakened team - best batter out - with their backs against the wall. Smith has shown tenacity and courage - enormous desire and heart. Brilliant.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on October 24, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Some commentators are saying that Test cricket is in decline because of attendence numbers in these UAE test matches. Let me try clarify a few points for you lovers of hit and giggle cricket (T20)

    1. Please realise that this is not Pakistans home ground, this is the UAE. 2. Ex-pats who are working in the UAE (pakistanis and saffas) are WORKING. Thats what you do when you are working in another country to make money. 3. They are playing these matches in the Middle East not on the subcontinent, there is limited following of the game there.

    Test cricket is alive and well. Even fanatical fans of IPL are being jaded and getting bored by the high volume of T20 games you see now days. The gloss is fading and the technical quality of cricket is poor. Cricinfo, pls post this took me ages to write. thanks.

  • NixNixon on October 24, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    SA's performance today proved a lot of people wrong. People are saying SA can't play spin, SA are not the number 1 team, SA are overrated, SA can only win because of Amla, SA can't win in subcontinent, Smith must retire. I laugh at all of you, this SA team is a machine.

  • balajik1968 on October 24, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    South Africa came into this series rusty, and it showed. Now they seem to have warmed up to the task. Pakistan is in for a big defeat unless Younus, Azhar and Misbah pull out something special.

  • Arrow011 on October 24, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Kallis's score for the series is 0+5+7 = 12 Runs only. South Africa have showed that even without Kallis the teams is strong, I think Kallis should get the boot from the test team. Smith is a good leader, all he has to do is nurture few good spinners & he can be a great leader. All Smith lacks is good spinners, if South Africa has to remain No.1 they need 3 good spinners.

  • on October 24, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Smith is among the greats , he is d most sucessful captain , captaining in his 104 match , his record spks fr itslf , a legend of the modern era ...simply awsm ....

  • Bongz77 on October 24, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Wheres Mohhamed Haffeez when you need him? Bad joke. This is where pakistan need an Abdul Razzaq or Mahmood type of cricketer. They always produced middle order all rounders, what happened to them?

  • on October 24, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    its sad that smith hardly gets any mention amongst the greats of this era... he has captained the SA test team in 100+ matches and has now scored 9000+ runs at an avg close to 50! phenomenal career by any standards and the fact that he has been doing the job for 11 years now is something incredible ... it wudnt be an exaggeration if I call him the father of modern SA cricket! true legend !

  • AricentHarish on October 24, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    @ Kashif Bangash,"Pakistan is very good team.We defeated South Africa in 2009 and 2010 world cup", that is T20. We are talking test cricket here. No player in the Pakistan playing XI has the test skills of Smith and AB.

  • British_North_America on October 24, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Pakistan should have made a flat track after winning the first test to save the series.

  • wrenx on October 24, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Far too much criticism of Pakistan't bowling here in the comments. They have been given a score of NOTHING to defend, it's no surprise that they cannot make inroads. Blame the batting, as usual, this isn't the fault of our bowlers at all.

  • Jda123 on October 24, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    This is how I expect it to go which why I was surprised by the 1st game, Pakistan have no chance winning now or even going for a draw, they will lose by an inning and be embarrassed once again.

  • Sports4Youth on October 24, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    The Pakistanis could not hit a single boundary, it seems that the out field was very slow. But what happened now. Smith & AB have blasted counless boundaries all over the stadium.

    Reg: Adnan Akmal, I am sure the selectors will reward him with another series for dropping AB's catche when he was on Zero. PAKISTAN HIT BY ANOTHER AKMAL.

    And they will punish Zulfiqar Babar by dropping him for not picking anymore wickets. But also what i did not understand is that why did Misbah kept delaying the introduction of Zulfiqar into the attack. This pattern i had observed even in the first Test.

    This series is likely to be squared 1-1. Misbahs defesive field is not going to get any wickets. just now in the last ball of the 125th over there was a simple catch for the 1st slip, But Misbah did not have a 1st slip. Younis was left bolt faced at 2nd slip. If Misbah continuies to be so miserly in giving slips to his bowlers, I am afraid this will be regular story for Misbah.

    .

  • CrICkeeet on October 24, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    The test is allover nd will b a inngs victory... though 1-1 is nt d xpected result, anyway SA Never lose a test when smith made a ton.. this record will stay undoubtably aftr this series...

  • heathrf1974 on October 24, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    This is what SA can do; they can be average in some tests but when they click they are almost invincible.

  • on October 24, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    I m not raising hopes but I hope everyone still remembers the ton by razzaq and akmal to draw the test match which pakistan could have lost by an innings

  • roook on October 24, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Only misbah can save the match I will not mind if score 1 run per 100 balls to save the match.

  • Hetdave19 on October 24, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Graeme Smith has gone past the landmark of 9000 Test runs as well now. He's only the 2nd South African player after Kallis to do so.

  • on October 24, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    @ BarryS.pakistan is very good team.We defeated south africa in 2009 and 2010 world cup.every team's supporters praise good performance and critisize bad one.not just the case with we pakistanis

  • on October 24, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    It doesn't help that another calamitous Akmal dropped AB on zero and that once again incompetent umpiring has changed the course of a match. Pakistan's best bowler had AB plum LBW. How was that not given?

  • asiacricket1234 on October 24, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    I wonder how did Pakistan managed to win the first test? There bowling seems toothless and don't think I need to make any comment about their batting. Pathetic show from Pakistan as a team. So far in this test they failed in every sector

  • on October 24, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    it is over for pakistan and their chances are next to 0. even their 1 off magical performance may not be enough now.

    Well played by SA. they bowled really well and disciplined. took benefit of errors by some of paksitani batsmen but most importantly their batting was up to the mark and took game totally in control. many would have thought that they couldnt make that much runs without amla but smith came in to form on the right time. ABD got couple of let offs but after that he is been brilliant as always.

    looks like a 1-1. Paksitan should have done much better after 1st test but they showed that they are inconsistent as always.After what happened in last month vs ZIM , a 6th rank team with fragile batting lineup take 1-1 vs a no 1 team.

  • on October 24, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    good performance by these two but we should not ignore the fact that AB got two lives.he was almost got by spin doctor ajmal

  • on October 24, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    I just wanted to express my view on this second test.

    If you carfully read the history of Pakistan, you will very well come to know, the player who are their in the team in longer period or year & years, they make high class negative impact in the team behavior and team approach, in-spite of 200% grilling before each session by Team Manager and Team Captain.

    No use even if you make tactics on the basis of all resources. Because culprit is not out side it is within a Team.

    As soon Younus Khan and some player has been droped from ODI, scaud, the reaction was negative.

    Y Khan also knows, he is not cable of work like Kohli or Raina in PAK team, but he want seat within 11 member just like a milestone.

    Y Khan lobby is so strong, they can make game in your favors or against you wishes.

    PCC board big mistake announcing ODI team well ahead of the time.

    Now they are paying the price.

  • on October 24, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    i suspect some people even dont follow the match and comment here. if you dont know which was the LBW call ABD got let off then read the cric info ball - ball commentary. and if cant work that out, read from the paragraph 5 of this article. No body is saying that result would have been different if akmal had held that catch off ABD on 0 or LBW given rightly. most are saying pakistan used their reviews with poor analysis and silly. And Kalas dropped Shan who scored 75. and everybody said shan was lucky to survive and bit shaky.

  • on October 24, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Well Pak never learns lessons do they??? Remember the one day series in SA when Amla was dropped on 36, the WC semi-final when Sachin Tendulkar got dropped 3 times b4 being finally caught and the list goes on!!! U c u can't afford to drop the catches of such players...they rarely give u chances and the DeVilliers catch wasn't at all difficult...so hats off to Adnan Akmal for dropping whatever chances they had to come back into the game!!! U lost Zulqarnain Haider during an SA series in UAE 3 years back...getiing him back in another SA series b4 it gets too late!!

  • roook on October 24, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Match is over I think misbah will be getting a new record of bigest test defeat. South Africa are just playing with Pakistan. Younus khan wants to be ODI please sir first do your job right and then ask for more.

    Pakistan have wasted resources on player like Azhar Ali and Asad shafiq. one does not have a technique no footwork at all and he donot have any chance againt SA bowlers who owls at such tight lengths. And second doesnot have a temperament and cricket sense your team is 7 down and you are slogging for him 50 si enough to just stay in team.

    Enough is enough Pakistan need a tough captain an aggresive one who keep players to their toes.

  • on October 24, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    really sums up the poor performance Pakistan put up in the batting. completely opposite from the first test. No decipline whatsoever. huge defeat for pak on the way. an average bowler like tahir ran through their batting. thats all because the coach had a negative thinking and he wanted to play for a draw.

  • just_Test_lover on October 24, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Now which LBW was plumb the one sliding down leg? I mean just because it pitched inline, hit inline does not mean it will hit the stump. the angle and movement also may push the ball past leg.

    All the LBW so far were either just clipping or missing. Only Peterson was plumb.

    Stop harping on. The drop catch by kallis in first test had the same result. A century later!

  • Resultpredictor on October 24, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Tahir picked up 5wkt haul in just 13overs but the word's best bowler is unable to take 3wkt in more than 30overs. Who in the World said that Ajmal is the best spinner. The fact is that people just hype about Ajmal. Actually Ajmal is the worst bowler in the world. Herath, Swann, Jadeja, Ashwin, Tahir are the best spinners in the world. They perform when team needs them and they will deliver victories for there team.

  • Mervo on October 24, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    On a wicket meant for Ajmal, Pakistan will fall to its greatest ever defeat

  • Ozzbozz on October 24, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Aw well a drawn test series against SA isn't too bad, thought we would get hammered in both games.

  • on October 24, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Thank you Akmal for dropping ABCD on the first ball - your bother would be so proud. Also umpire Tucker didn't think ABCD was out plumb. Haysman calls them the best umpires in the world 5 deliveries after the plumb LBW was not given.

  • on October 24, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    still think sa lead pak 52-48. if ajmal can bowl sa out within 350 run lead , then misbah and younis cud score triple tons in quick time to set up a marvellous day 5 finish when sa will need to bat out last 5 overs on a turning track with big cracks.anything can happen in cricket. hope springs eternal.

  • on October 24, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Lead 200 and counting. Paksitan gone flat now. It is all about SA and they have to play very bad to loose it now.

    when you are already so much behind , last thing you need is to drop worlds 2nd best batsman on 0 and then a plumb appeal turned down and you cant review it because you have used your reviews inside 1st 30 balls for just hopes. Pak need a DRS coach as well. ABD going big and into big partnership.

  • Sir_Ivor on October 24, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    It is nice to see Pakistani supporters cheer the white bearded man with a turban who has the most unique yawn seen in Dubai. There is little for them to cheer but they should take heart from the fact that no matter how badly they get beaten by South Africa, the series can only be drawn.

  • on October 24, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    @chechong0114 well tv pays the dues for cricket. also watch sa vs india we are always in the stand. sun and beer for 5 days all we like.

  • on October 24, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    pakistani players choked

  • on October 24, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    it is almost over for Paksitan . Only some extra ordinary effort can save them now. After lunch SA pushing run rate remarkably . ABD counting the 2 let offs now and taking game away from PAK rapidly. Chances are next to 0 now. many says SA's bowling was good. I would say its their batting which is taking this game away from them

  • on October 24, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    smith and AB is the key wicket for southafrica

  • on October 24, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Game almost out of the hands of Pakistan, cuz Proteas are having a lead with wickets in hand and in case if Pakistan plays defensively, is a plus point for Proteas. I say 70:30 to Proteas

  • chechong0114 on October 24, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    The future of test cricket lies right there in the stadiums that are hosting this test match and the one that Bangladesh is currently playing in against NZ for all the critics to see, for all those who believe in this longer version and believe that everything else is a curse look around the stadiums and tell me what you see I know what I see "nothing but empty seats" this issue must be addressed some plan has to be instituted to bring people into the grounds on game day to do justice to the players and these hard working cricket boards. The upcoming test series between NZ and WI will be just the same, NZ and India will be just the same, SA and India will be just the same if one wants to make a case for test cricket staying in its truest form I don't see what argument they can really make what are you really defending. Even the ICC the sports governing body is running with the shorter version of the game so much that they have scrapped the 50 over champions trophy for the T20 version.

  • chechong0114 on October 24, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    As a true cricket lover and fanatic watching cricket being played in its purest form "TEST" cricket you feel nothing but a sense of hopelessness and sorrow for the sport, when you look at a totally empty stadium in a nation that is bustling with wealth and prosperity it gives you a sense of nothing but despair. Test cricket seems so pointless and it shows with the fan turn out at the games on game day not only here in UAE but in a lot of venues throughout the world because the fact of the matter is that the younger generation especially sees it as just a boring drag and that is exactly what it is. However the critics continue to speak evil of T20 and ODI saying that these formats are doing damage to the game it really makes u wonder if these people really care about the sport and its future. T20 cricket was established because of the lacking interest by cricket fans for the longer versions of the game it has bought about a passion for the game that was dying and has since been revamp.

  • sachin_vvsfan on October 24, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Pakistan will fancy their chances if they bundle out SA under 250-270. Anything above will be difficult for them. I would say match is in 55-45 in favor of SA at lunch time

  • letsgoproteas on October 24, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    When Smith scores a Century - we pretty much guaranteed a win. Well done Cap!

  • 2nd_Slip on October 24, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Biff showing once again why he is the best captain in world cricket, leading the troops from the front when they need him most. Interesting thing to note is that SA have never lost a test match when Smith has scored a century, good omen I would say.

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

    Congo Biff ! Must be the most under rated batsman of our times ! Wish SA double the lead !

  • SurlyCynic on October 24, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    AB was lucky, dropped first ball and then an LBW appeal turned down (can only assume the umpire thought he got a nick on it, else it was plumb). But this just shows why reviews should be kept for howlers, and not wasted the way Pakistan used them up hopefully in the first 4 overs. Irfan also lucky to still be bowling after running on the pitch repeatedly.

    Big session to SA, this lead is looking dangerous. Pakistan will already have to bat very well in the 2nd innings. And great hundred for Smith, once again delivering in difficult conditions.

  • on October 24, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    SA in control. It is their game to loose now. smith is back in form with a very fighting 100. SA batted really well to take control of this game.

    with lead 100 and now each run will make Paksitan more flatter. On top of that when things were not working for Pakistan , The most dangerous batsman in world got 2 let offs. By Adnan & by Umpire. He will surely make these count for Paksitan. Pakistan may have used reviews poorly but it was very much plumb and a big error from an Elite pannel umpire. Thats why it is wise to use reviews when sure not in hope like Pak did.

    Anyway pakistan's chances of even competing in this game are rapidly vanishing if not already vanished.

  • RSA2k3 on October 24, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Biff is king, he is now 2nd on the most runs by an opening test batsmen, surpassing Mathew Hayden, he is now only second to the Great Sunil Gavaskar

  • RSA2k3 on October 24, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Biff is king, he is now 2nd on the most runs by an opening test batsmen, surpassing Mathew Hayden, he is now only second to the Great Sunil Gavaskar

  • on October 24, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    SA in control. It is their game to loose now. smith is back in form with a very fighting 100. SA batted really well to take control of this game.

    with lead 100 and now each run will make Paksitan more flatter. On top of that when things were not working for Pakistan , The most dangerous batsman in world got 2 let offs. By Adnan & by Umpire. He will surely make these count for Paksitan. Pakistan may have used reviews poorly but it was very much plumb and a big error from an Elite pannel umpire. Thats why it is wise to use reviews when sure not in hope like Pak did.

    Anyway pakistan's chances of even competing in this game are rapidly vanishing if not already vanished.

  • SurlyCynic on October 24, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    AB was lucky, dropped first ball and then an LBW appeal turned down (can only assume the umpire thought he got a nick on it, else it was plumb). But this just shows why reviews should be kept for howlers, and not wasted the way Pakistan used them up hopefully in the first 4 overs. Irfan also lucky to still be bowling after running on the pitch repeatedly.

    Big session to SA, this lead is looking dangerous. Pakistan will already have to bat very well in the 2nd innings. And great hundred for Smith, once again delivering in difficult conditions.

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

    Congo Biff ! Must be the most under rated batsman of our times ! Wish SA double the lead !

  • 2nd_Slip on October 24, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Biff showing once again why he is the best captain in world cricket, leading the troops from the front when they need him most. Interesting thing to note is that SA have never lost a test match when Smith has scored a century, good omen I would say.

  • letsgoproteas on October 24, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    When Smith scores a Century - we pretty much guaranteed a win. Well done Cap!

  • sachin_vvsfan on October 24, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Pakistan will fancy their chances if they bundle out SA under 250-270. Anything above will be difficult for them. I would say match is in 55-45 in favor of SA at lunch time

  • chechong0114 on October 24, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    As a true cricket lover and fanatic watching cricket being played in its purest form "TEST" cricket you feel nothing but a sense of hopelessness and sorrow for the sport, when you look at a totally empty stadium in a nation that is bustling with wealth and prosperity it gives you a sense of nothing but despair. Test cricket seems so pointless and it shows with the fan turn out at the games on game day not only here in UAE but in a lot of venues throughout the world because the fact of the matter is that the younger generation especially sees it as just a boring drag and that is exactly what it is. However the critics continue to speak evil of T20 and ODI saying that these formats are doing damage to the game it really makes u wonder if these people really care about the sport and its future. T20 cricket was established because of the lacking interest by cricket fans for the longer versions of the game it has bought about a passion for the game that was dying and has since been revamp.

  • chechong0114 on October 24, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    The future of test cricket lies right there in the stadiums that are hosting this test match and the one that Bangladesh is currently playing in against NZ for all the critics to see, for all those who believe in this longer version and believe that everything else is a curse look around the stadiums and tell me what you see I know what I see "nothing but empty seats" this issue must be addressed some plan has to be instituted to bring people into the grounds on game day to do justice to the players and these hard working cricket boards. The upcoming test series between NZ and WI will be just the same, NZ and India will be just the same, SA and India will be just the same if one wants to make a case for test cricket staying in its truest form I don't see what argument they can really make what are you really defending. Even the ICC the sports governing body is running with the shorter version of the game so much that they have scrapped the 50 over champions trophy for the T20 version.

  • on October 24, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Game almost out of the hands of Pakistan, cuz Proteas are having a lead with wickets in hand and in case if Pakistan plays defensively, is a plus point for Proteas. I say 70:30 to Proteas