Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd Test, Dubai, 3rd day October 25, 2013

South Africa in control, but hit by ball-tampering penalty

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Pakistan 99 and 132 for 4 trail South Africa 517 (Smith 234, de Villiers 164, Ajmal 6-151) by 286 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

South Africa's march towards a result that will draw the series and prolong their seven-year unbeaten record away from home continued unabated, but the gloss on their seemingly impeccable performance was lost when the on-field umpires penalised them for tampering with the ball. Graeme Smith's team ended the third day needing six wickets to complete an emphatic victory - probably by an innings considering Pakistan were still trailing by 286 with two days remaining - but the likelihood of a meeting with the Match Referee loomed large as the sun set in Dubai.

The incident occurred two overs after tea, before the start of the 31st over, following television visuals of one player rubbing the ball allegedly on the zipper of his trouser pocket. The umpires Ian Gould and Rod Tucker called Graeme Smith over for a chat and subsequently changed the ball and awarded a five-run penalty against South Africa, sanctions that are consistent with the penalty for unlawfully changing the condition of the ball. A second television visual showed another player allegedly picking at the side of the ball with his finger.

On either side of that unsavoury episode, however, South Africa made strides towards victory, albeit not at the pace at which they had shut Pakistan out of the Test over the first two days. After South Africa were dismissed for 517 with a lead of 418, 16 minutes before lunch, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander punched Pakistan in the gut by dismissing their openers in their only overs before the break.

Steyn swung the ball back into Shan Masood's front pad and the left-hand batsman continued Pakistan's lousy use of reviews by wasting one on an lbw that was plumb. Philander then handed Khurram Manzoor his first pair in Test cricket; the right-hand batsman hung his bat outside off stump and watched Jacques Kallis dive to his right at second slip to take the catch at head height. Pakistan were 2 for 2.

After lunch, Younis Khan and Azhar Ali focused on survival. Steyn swung and seamed the new ball away from the right-handers; Philander bowled with unrelenting accuracy; Morne Morkel hit speeds off 149.6 kph - the fastest ball of the Test - in his first over. With four slips and other catches in place, there were gaps to exploit on the huge outfield but only 18 runs were scored in the first 13 overs. One of Tahir's legbreaks spun so viciously from the rough around off stump that it went straight to first slip.

Azhar and Younis, however, survived all that until Smith brought on the part-time offspinner JP Duminy ten minutes before tea. His first ball spun sharply into Azhar and kept low to hit the back pad just in line with off stump. In an instant, a vast amount of hard graft had come undone and Pakistan were 48 for 3. Duminy could have struck in his second over, too, but Kallis failed to catch an outside edge from Younis off the penultimate ball before the break.

Younis' composure, which had served him well through the second session, disappeared soon after the tampering incident, when he charged Tahir and attempted a mow across the line. He missed and the ball bounced off his pad on to his stumps. At 70 for 4, Pakistan were in danger of sliding further towards defeat but Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq put on an unbeaten 62-run stand. Shafiq was fortunate to survive a stumping chance on 18 off Duminy, and Pakistan will need a miraculous performance from him and the rest to prevent an innings defeat.

The third day had begun with promise of more records being broken, with Smith resuming on 227 and de Villiers on 157. However, with the job already done unlike when they had come together early on the second day, their stroke-play wasn't as tight.

De Villiers began to drive at Mohammad Irfan from the start, but a ball after he placed one to the straight boundary, he drove again and edged. This time Adnan Akmal caught it, 164 runs and 273 deliveries after he should have caught de Villiers first ball. Irfan had now worked up a brisk pace and soon drew an edge from Smith. Akmal dropped it again, and Irfan told the wicketkeeper just what he thought of that effort. The mistake did not cost Pakistan, though, because Ajmal had Smith caught at slip a ball later, leaving South Africa 478 for 6.

What followed made Pakistan wonder about the different paths this match might have taken had Akmal not dropped de Villiers before he had scored. Irfan ran in from over the wicket and tormented Duminy with deliveries that pitched on a good length outside off stump and jagged into the left-handed batsman. Three times in a row, Irfan struck Duminy on the pad and bellowed appeals for lbw. He was denied each time because the impact was too high.

In his next over, after hitting Faf du Plessis on the glove, Irfan took the umpire out of the equation by bowling Duminy between bat and pad with a fuller delivery. He celebrated with vigour, but in his next over - the innings' 149th - Irfan ran out of rope the umpires had given him by following through on the danger area once again. He was suspended from bowling further in the innings.

With Irfan lost, and Junaid Khan blunt, Ajmal was the only threat and du Plessis steered South Africa past 500 and the lead past 400. Ajmal gradually worked his way through the tail to pick up a six-wicket haul, but the end of South Africa's innings provided little relief for Pakistan.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on October 25, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    SA in command and winning. They bowled really well on 1st day and then Most importantly batting so beautifully and taking game out of pakistan's reach. Smith again showed that he should be names along with other greats of games. A very excellent innings. Many would have not thought that SA can make this many runs.

    Paksitan had their moment while bowling on 2nd morning but they were flatten as soon as lead crossed 100. When you are down and far behind last thing you need is to drop an amazing player like ABD on 0 & get unlucky with an umpiring error because you have used your reviews in hopes not sensibly. ABD made that count and punished pakistan for that . Big partnership and a big 100.

    Ajmal took wickets but late i guess

    In batting 2nd time again paksitani openers fell like hafeez. azhar ali is again terribly out of form. and younas couldnt repeat his 2nd innings record.

    after what happened in ZIM, a 6th rank team will take 1-1 against no1 team. But disappointing performance

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    @Posted by SJRN on (October 25, 2013, 23:20 GMT): those kisses were in 1st innings of 1st match and he was on top in that innings by scoring 146 match winning runs and denying Steyn for almost all his innings and he was not bowled by Steyn in that innings.

    @manu566: pakistan is 4th ranked team. yes they are poor at times but performing in between that is why they are in middle of ranking tables ( 4-6 ) for such a long time.

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    So, how many of you still want Shafiq booted out? I get so disheartened with Pakistani fans who unnecessarily go after him, and some others.

  • on October 26, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    Hmm when Pakistan wins everyone is praising the team local media runs patriotic songs starring team members there is so much hype created but when the team loses all of a sudden there is a clean up call so called cricket experts who were praising the team just another day now wants same team changed entirely huh

  • manu566 on October 26, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    First pakistan lost to zim now bowled out for 99 in their homeground. Pakistan test team is looking downhill. In my opinion now Bangladesh test team is better than pakistan.

  • SJRN on October 25, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    I am not sure if Khurram Manzoor learnt at all to not to disrespect or disregard the most consistently performing fast bowler in test cricket. I wonder what would he be thinking now by looking at those kisses he flew towards DS in his centurion inning!

  • NixNixon on October 25, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Its amazing how people can't accept the fact that SA is the number one team, I go through the list of comments and its incredible to see all the "ifs" and "buts", and how you people argue to justify the fact that SA is actually not that good. The fact is, SA are crushing all their opponents and winning almost all their matches by and innings. No matter what you say, the point is SA are winning and it doesnt matter how you choose to analyse the situation or break it down, these guys are winning all the time. If you know cricket then you will appreciate how good they are and stop trying to find excuses.

  • on October 25, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    I am disappointed the way Khurrum manzoor got out in the match. It seems like he had no idea about his off stump. If he want a good test batsman than he must learn Art of leaving the ball no doubt he is the best available young opener in the country at the moment. He has almost each and every ingredient to become a world class opener. I saw Khurrum & Shan was leaving the outside off stumps balls regularly in the ist inning of abu Dhabi match that's why they able to bat long but after that inning they chase every ball outside off stump and had to pay price. Taufeeq is number 1 choice for test opener but unfortunately he has some fitness issues hopefully he will be making his come back In series against Srilanka in December.He and Khurrum can form a valuable test opening pair for Pakistan if give sufficient opportunity in future. shan need to spend 3,4 more seasons in domestic to claim his place in the side he is not impressive as manzoor is.

  • roook on October 25, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    South Africa is number one team because this is their time and on paper both teams are matchless. Pakistan is in transition Phase for last three years and could not bring stability in the batting lineup and bowling lineup.

    We do not have depth in batting lineup we play with 6 batsman while SA plays with 7 batsman we are bowler short. We could sort out opener problem, wicket keeper/batsman problem and could not groom decent allrounder.

    Ajmal is a greatest bowler Pakistan for Pakistan but over burdening him has lowered the confidence of young fast bowlers. Pakistan have not produce any fast bowler of wasim, imran and waqar and shoiab caiber. Pakistan has lost the pace bowl attack. I still believe we need three pace bowlers and ajmal should back them.

  • bbnn on October 25, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    PAK should include more youngsters in their team,specially top order include some under 19 players,Let Misbah lead this young lot, you already have good bowling attack -from India

  • on October 25, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    SA in command and winning. They bowled really well on 1st day and then Most importantly batting so beautifully and taking game out of pakistan's reach. Smith again showed that he should be names along with other greats of games. A very excellent innings. Many would have not thought that SA can make this many runs.

    Paksitan had their moment while bowling on 2nd morning but they were flatten as soon as lead crossed 100. When you are down and far behind last thing you need is to drop an amazing player like ABD on 0 & get unlucky with an umpiring error because you have used your reviews in hopes not sensibly. ABD made that count and punished pakistan for that . Big partnership and a big 100.

    Ajmal took wickets but late i guess

    In batting 2nd time again paksitani openers fell like hafeez. azhar ali is again terribly out of form. and younas couldnt repeat his 2nd innings record.

    after what happened in ZIM, a 6th rank team will take 1-1 against no1 team. But disappointing performance

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    @Posted by SJRN on (October 25, 2013, 23:20 GMT): those kisses were in 1st innings of 1st match and he was on top in that innings by scoring 146 match winning runs and denying Steyn for almost all his innings and he was not bowled by Steyn in that innings.

    @manu566: pakistan is 4th ranked team. yes they are poor at times but performing in between that is why they are in middle of ranking tables ( 4-6 ) for such a long time.

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    So, how many of you still want Shafiq booted out? I get so disheartened with Pakistani fans who unnecessarily go after him, and some others.

  • on October 26, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    Hmm when Pakistan wins everyone is praising the team local media runs patriotic songs starring team members there is so much hype created but when the team loses all of a sudden there is a clean up call so called cricket experts who were praising the team just another day now wants same team changed entirely huh

  • manu566 on October 26, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    First pakistan lost to zim now bowled out for 99 in their homeground. Pakistan test team is looking downhill. In my opinion now Bangladesh test team is better than pakistan.

  • SJRN on October 25, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    I am not sure if Khurram Manzoor learnt at all to not to disrespect or disregard the most consistently performing fast bowler in test cricket. I wonder what would he be thinking now by looking at those kisses he flew towards DS in his centurion inning!

  • NixNixon on October 25, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Its amazing how people can't accept the fact that SA is the number one team, I go through the list of comments and its incredible to see all the "ifs" and "buts", and how you people argue to justify the fact that SA is actually not that good. The fact is, SA are crushing all their opponents and winning almost all their matches by and innings. No matter what you say, the point is SA are winning and it doesnt matter how you choose to analyse the situation or break it down, these guys are winning all the time. If you know cricket then you will appreciate how good they are and stop trying to find excuses.

  • on October 25, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    I am disappointed the way Khurrum manzoor got out in the match. It seems like he had no idea about his off stump. If he want a good test batsman than he must learn Art of leaving the ball no doubt he is the best available young opener in the country at the moment. He has almost each and every ingredient to become a world class opener. I saw Khurrum & Shan was leaving the outside off stumps balls regularly in the ist inning of abu Dhabi match that's why they able to bat long but after that inning they chase every ball outside off stump and had to pay price. Taufeeq is number 1 choice for test opener but unfortunately he has some fitness issues hopefully he will be making his come back In series against Srilanka in December.He and Khurrum can form a valuable test opening pair for Pakistan if give sufficient opportunity in future. shan need to spend 3,4 more seasons in domestic to claim his place in the side he is not impressive as manzoor is.

  • roook on October 25, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    South Africa is number one team because this is their time and on paper both teams are matchless. Pakistan is in transition Phase for last three years and could not bring stability in the batting lineup and bowling lineup.

    We do not have depth in batting lineup we play with 6 batsman while SA plays with 7 batsman we are bowler short. We could sort out opener problem, wicket keeper/batsman problem and could not groom decent allrounder.

    Ajmal is a greatest bowler Pakistan for Pakistan but over burdening him has lowered the confidence of young fast bowlers. Pakistan have not produce any fast bowler of wasim, imran and waqar and shoiab caiber. Pakistan has lost the pace bowl attack. I still believe we need three pace bowlers and ajmal should back them.

  • bbnn on October 25, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    PAK should include more youngsters in their team,specially top order include some under 19 players,Let Misbah lead this young lot, you already have good bowling attack -from India

  • Inducker on October 25, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Be surprised if they don't go for Smith. It would be typical of the way SA is treated in these circumstances. After all if you are Atherton or Tendulkar you are untouchable. And could we also have some slomo close ups while Pakistan is in field and when the ball starts reversing?

  • on October 25, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    U.A.E Shaikhs Pakistan doesn't need oil, Pakistan needs runs. :-(. :-( :-(

  • malepas on October 25, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Back to drawing board for PAK "again" as for the openers are concern, I think Shaan is out of his depth, he got dropped by Kallis in first innings of the first match when he scored some runs otherwise he could have no score to show at all, I think PAK need to turn to players who are mentally strong, as it seems that this has become a mental issue, PAK needs player like Umer Akmal in the middle order who is mentally strong and don't get bully by any bowler or team, I would also bring Toufeeq Umer back, an average over 40 as opener and he hasn't done anything wrong to be dropped like that, his ave against SA is over 60,,I think if Umer Akmal score runs in ODI, he should be consider for no 3 for tests over Azher who is in a lean patch. Pak also needs a right arm Fast bolwer and Gul needs to be fit to slot back as PAk should play 3 fast-1spin option against Srilanka and prepare fast tracks. Very impressed with Irfan's fitness and his bowling,what a shame we got him that late.

  • on October 25, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    SA should be given a bigger penalty. Shame on them, they call themselves no. 1 international test team.

  • sidh78 on October 25, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    pakistan team shows their real colour here.they missed chance to win series and give sa team first defeat in last six year.poor show by pakistan team.

  • Dhumper on October 25, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Just like SA showed 2 guys can do all the damage as the rest didn't even post double digits, Misbah and Asad should think about that. Once batsmen spends time on this wicket, it becomes hard for bowlers. They were exactly 132/4 and posted 500. Just imagine what would have happened if AB were to get out on Zero! SA may have scored 200, Pak with less pressure scores 300 and gets SA all out chasing 200!!

  • bouncer709 on October 25, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    @jb633: So SA being a No.1 team are happy to draw the series, and you are happy to apply the same things to No.6 rank team. Being a Pakistani fan even if Pakistan loose the match by an inning , I still think they have done their job and they almost beat SA in first match by an Inning. and after today ball tempering, this series will be a nightmare for SA.

  • NinnyMouseHaiHai on October 25, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Haa ha ha, peace on MOON ... I think Rizwan Khalid is right. If there is enough evidence, SA should be punished by being disqualified from the test. Just 5 runs is not enough.

  • on October 25, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    The only way Pakistan can get out of this one is if the match referee decides that the ball-tampering evidence is enough to disqualify South Africa from the test. They should have that rule

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on October 25, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    @NinnyMouseHaiHai....There is no way they will be sent to Moon. Who would want to disturb the PEACE out there?

  • jb633 on October 25, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Fans need to look at things rationally and stop making knee jerk reactions. I said this after the first test when everyone was saying SA don't deserve to be no 1 and I think the same needs to be said about Pakistan now. I think Pakistan's problem with the bat is more mental than anything else. When the openers put up runs in the first game everyone else started to play freely and they looked solid enough. However in this side I feel they only have Misbah who can really graft when the times are tough. They collapse like a pack of cards far too often and this needs to be addressed. I think maybe they need to start picking palyers on temprament rather than talent and flair alone. In the FC game look at what times batsmen make runs and on what pitches/ against what attacks. Australia have made the mistake of picking on "ability" or talent and they have watched guys like Katich, and until recently Rogers fall by the wayside. Pakistan need some fighters.

  • asim229 on October 25, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    For all those who criticize Ajmal and call him worst bowler here is the answer to it "Saeed Ajmal, with 159, is now second on the list of highest wicket takers list after 30 Tests, with only Waqar Younis on 169 ahead of him". I think he is one of the best spinners in the history even better than Warne or Muril.I think only Saqlain was better than him before he got ankle injury which ended his career.And to achieve this feat by starting his cricket so late in the 30s when other people think about retirement is another achievement.Just imagine how many wickets he would have got if he started playing in his early 20s and if pakistan was playing 10 to 15 tests every year like other countries.

  • ZCFOutkast on October 25, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Pakistan lost this Test match because of another Akmal's(Adnan) unsafe hands, plus poor use of DRS (or shocking umpiring) as the could have gotten rid of Smith. Neither of them should have got to a hundred! Take that away, then the Proteas have a much smaller lead that Pakistan can overhaul and use up time in the match, then a draw becomes the most likely result. I don't think Wasim and the Pakistanis should be disappointed. Fortune not brilliance was on the side of the Proteas.

  • NinnyMouseHaiHai on October 25, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Thank God! Its not Pakistan but SA involved in tempering. See, it is done almost by all teams, even team like SA. Am very sad that the punishemnt is also quite MILD. If it was Pakistan, I guess, the whole team would have been sent to MOON.

  • Captainman on October 25, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Pakistan are an old and declining team. Only Ajmal, Misbah and other seniors perform.

  • on October 25, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    On a serious note - this Pakistani team needs revamping big time.They shouldnt get carried away with the victory in first test but need to do the reality check after today's match. The batting looks awful and except Ajmal bowling looks pathetic

  • on October 25, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    can misbah and shafiq do what smith and de villiers did?

  • on October 25, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    well misbah and asad should try to spend more time in middle as SL series is coming on these wickets. A poor show from paksitan and disappointing in the end. Pitch still look good to bat on even after 3 days. SA came hard and drew level the series.

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    south africa comeback with full power and i think pakistan have more good than playing XI

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    The people who dont support their team after one test (i.e CHanging everything top to bottom) and start praising after one win perhaps shouldn't even be paid attention. This is GOOD TEST team insha allah except for they should have TAUFEEQ umar in there his test averages are pretty good you shouldnt ignore his performance and what pakistan need is a good consistent opener isnt it so why not him and Haris Sohail who averages above 52 , If we make comparison of test averages of players in country and internation there's no difference , So these should be prefered over as these are more deserving candidates right?

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    It takes them about 50 overs to finally get Irfan of for running on the pitch pretty much every delivery. But it takes them only 1 instance to change the ball and on top of that award 5 penalty runs... Where is the consistency??

  • roook on October 25, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    It like kenya vs South Africa I think smith could have ended the match much earlier but he believe more in Pakistan batting than Pakistan themselves.

    Azhar Ali does not match the standard to be no 3 your best and most experienced batsman should be at that spot. South Africa Amla, Srilanka sangakara, England trott, India Pujara all have averages above 50. I really missed muhmammed yousuf he was a fine no 3 player and we missed the opportunity to develop a fine player under his guidance.

    So

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Really cricket is an amazing game. I wonder y ppl make such harsh comments on the basis of just 1 or 2 games.We all know Pakistan always shown unpredictable behavior if Pakistan all out today I will not surprise and even Pakistan continues to bat 3rd day I still not amaze b/c that's the way Pakistan plays :) SA is no doubt world best test team at the moment with a well balance bowling and batting lineup.

  • Sports4Youth on October 25, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    When will the Pakistani selectors get over the AKMAL problems. They have carefully given all the easier teams or matches or atleast the easier pitches (this one) to Adnan Akmal and the poor SARFRAZ was given the toughest series in recent times. Playing South Africa in South Africa was a nightmare to the specialist batsmen. Atleast he made one score of 40 in those though conditions against the worlds best attack. He did nothing wrong with the gloves. And yet he was summarly dumped and Adnan with given the opportunity against a very easy opponent, Zimbabwe. He failed badly and yet he was rewarded another series in UAE which was considered to be a fotress for the Pakistanis untill now. And again he has messed it up. I WONDER HOW LONG WILL SOME OR THE OTHER AKMAL WILL KEEP TORTURING THE FANS.

  • ICCexpert.... on October 25, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    time to drop Misbah, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq.

  • Sports4Youth on October 25, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Performances in domestic matches should be rewarded, othewise such debacles will continue to happen.

    FAWAD ALAM and HARIS SOHAIL have such great first class averages, but due to some strage reason they are continued to be ignored. And when other people with lesser averages or numbers or record are given chance out of turn, then this happens the moment they face the best team. I say enough of Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, their first class record is also not very encouraging.

    Finally as far as Wicket Keeping is concerned Pakistan are hit by another AKMAL. Too many blunders with the gloves. Also he has been failing continuesly with the bat. Time to go back to SARFRAZ AHMED or even take a look at RIZWAN.

    .

  • on October 25, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Umar Amin should be given a test cap

  • ICCexpert.... on October 25, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Pakistan cricket needs a major over hauling

  • on October 25, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Azhar should be left out of the squad and Umar Amin should be given a test cap .

  • gsingh7 on October 25, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    7 more wickets for sa and we will see massive win by them . pak playing to their true potential in 2nd match after big upset in first game. thats why all cricket editors called pakistan win an upset because their is massive gap between sa and pakistan both in icc ratings and talent in the team. hope pak can come up again after this demoralising defeat.

  • on October 25, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Azhar got out on 19 in both innings and got out as lbw in both innings doesn't that suggest something where;s the problem ?

  • gopster007 on October 25, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    @Christian McCabe - Truly hilarious! Exactly why I love reading the comments :)

  • Resultpredictor on October 25, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    To all Pak fans- stop your frustation and accept the truth. Pak is going to lose this match by an innings and no one can save Pak from embracing defeat.

  • Greatest_Game on October 25, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    @ Terrance McKenzie. I noticed that Pakistan's top two scores from the first innings, Masood's 21 & Babar's 25, totaled 46 and accounted for 46.46% of Pak's total. Remove that & Pak are left with 53 runs - exactly the number totaled by Elgar (23,) Kallis, Steyn, Duminy & Morkel (7 each =28), and Tahir (2.). Wow!!!

    Now if we remove 46.46% of SA's total, they are left with a mere 276 runs. Subtract Graeme Smith's 234 and 42 runs remain, exactly the number of runs scored by Shan Masood (21) Azhar Ali (18) and Misbah ul-Haq (2)! Even more Wow!!

    SA's 3rd & 4th best scores total 49. Coincidentally that is 49.49% of Pakistan's 1st innings total! Double wow!

    Pakistan's 1st innings total is 19.14% of SA's total. Azhar Ali's 1st innings score is 19.19% of Pakistan's 1st inngs total.Whacky wow!

    Is this all making sense, or is this type of numbers game sort of fun, but really rather senseless?

  • diehardINDIANcricketfan on October 25, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    @Greatest_Game ROFLMAO.. Dude you should be writing for match reports.. It will be very funny.. Cant stop laughing.

  • izzy5757 on October 25, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    After 2nd Test Match Pakistan needs Wicket keeper soloution

  • Greatest_Game on October 25, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    As noted by so many posters, SA's pace bowlers truly are toothless on the flatter, dryer wickets of the UAE/Asia. Defending a slim 418 run lead, hard earned by batsmen who can't play spin, the green-track bullies struggled again in Pak's 2nd dig, wasting priceless chances to strike before lunch.

    The 'so-called' #1 test bowler, Steyn, showed the problems he has with left-handers, wasting three balls before trapping Shan Masood plumb in front. Masood promptly did his duty & wasted one of Pakistan's reviews.

    Vernon "watch how he struggles in Asia" Philander, the so-called #2, squandered five precious balls before inducing a thick edge from Khurram Manzoor for Jacques Kallis to snatch out of the air - a difficult catch made easy by the old master of the slips who, we are told, should be booted!

    SA pacers are useless in Asia. SA batsmen can't play spin. Kallis is past it. SA are not a worthy #1. The story of the 1st test continues: SA struggle on, desperate for an upset victory!

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    No worries if Pakistan lose the cup .Each team take one cool cup from the Cool & Cool Cup

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    After First innings Pakistani players are going more worse. no comments. speechless. .. This is game. unpredictable.

  • Philippe on October 25, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    will PAK team reach this total in this innings, seeing their world class batting.... no no don't get me wrong pls... i m thinking about reaching 99 only. as per PAK fans Pak is the strongest batting, bowling & fielding side in the world.

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Its not about the openers to fail ,if Misbah fails then Pakistan should lose their hope of winning the cool & cool cup

  • NixNixon on October 25, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Terrance, unfortunately you cant remove it because these two players are part of the team. Next time someone else contributes.

  • Supa_SAFFA on October 25, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    @ f: If you remove the top two scores from South Africa's total, they would still have a first-innings lead of 20 runs over Pakistan. Pakistan would now be trailing by 18 runs with two wickets already down in the second innings.

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    @terrence mckenzie true, if you remove the two tops scores then SA's score is not so good. Also if you then subtract another 50 runs and divide the result by 7 their score looks even worse.... really????

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    the misery of wicketkeepers is the primary cause of Pakistan's poor performance.they only Knw 'shabaash " & nothing else.this Pakistan team seem to b kidding at international level.yesterday lost to Zimbabwe today defeated S.Africa n tmrow looked like a group of kids playing.no self respect no planning no attitude they shd b banned from playing at international level

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    pakistani batsmen can not play new bowl even on flat wicket, they can not play against a quality spinner , even on the first day of match where the support for slow bowlers is very less. Wicket keeper can not bat properly. then what is the actual job of top 7(except misbah) in this squad. Expecting a bit of resistance by their middle order but the problem is that the ball is very new. both manzoor and masood has proved that their success in the first inning of first test was by chance and u can not expect consistency from them.

  • shovwar on October 25, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    I think Pakistan Fans are coming into senses now...that was a short dream....If SA where well prepared, SA would have won the 1st Test by an Innings....The only way Pakistan can save this test match if God sends heavy shower from the Heaven...so only hope is Pray Pak Fans....But its still not a bad result for Pakistan after the Zimbabwe series. Pakistan have better chances in T20 and ODI not TEST. Go Proteas!

  • The_Ashes on October 25, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Lack of quality young talent in Pakistan Cricket. Pity what the team will be like without their seniors help whereas the young talent of all the other teams are playing and succeeding. It will be difficult for Pakistan to catch up.

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    pakistan will be out under 99!

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    pakistan is losing this game in all departments, first misbah made a mistake by batting first bcoz u have to play with ur strength not with ur weakness. they in batting , pakistan made a very poor show. in the fielding, they drop some important catches, and wat a poor start in this 2nd inning. pakistan is losing in the strategy deptt also , when u lost one wicket close to the lunch , they must send a bowler like saed ajmal or babar. Even if they lost wicket , it would not have been a big damage for pakistan

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    South Africa's score looks terrific but if you remove the two top scores it's not so good

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    South Africa's score looks terrific but if you remove the two top scores it's not so good

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    pakistan is losing this game in all departments, first misbah made a mistake by batting first bcoz u have to play with ur strength not with ur weakness. they in batting , pakistan made a very poor show. in the fielding, they drop some important catches, and wat a poor start in this 2nd inning. pakistan is losing in the strategy deptt also , when u lost one wicket close to the lunch , they must send a bowler like saed ajmal or babar. Even if they lost wicket , it would not have been a big damage for pakistan

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    pakistan will be out under 99!

  • The_Ashes on October 25, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Lack of quality young talent in Pakistan Cricket. Pity what the team will be like without their seniors help whereas the young talent of all the other teams are playing and succeeding. It will be difficult for Pakistan to catch up.

  • shovwar on October 25, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    I think Pakistan Fans are coming into senses now...that was a short dream....If SA where well prepared, SA would have won the 1st Test by an Innings....The only way Pakistan can save this test match if God sends heavy shower from the Heaven...so only hope is Pray Pak Fans....But its still not a bad result for Pakistan after the Zimbabwe series. Pakistan have better chances in T20 and ODI not TEST. Go Proteas!

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    pakistani batsmen can not play new bowl even on flat wicket, they can not play against a quality spinner , even on the first day of match where the support for slow bowlers is very less. Wicket keeper can not bat properly. then what is the actual job of top 7(except misbah) in this squad. Expecting a bit of resistance by their middle order but the problem is that the ball is very new. both manzoor and masood has proved that their success in the first inning of first test was by chance and u can not expect consistency from them.

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    the misery of wicketkeepers is the primary cause of Pakistan's poor performance.they only Knw 'shabaash " & nothing else.this Pakistan team seem to b kidding at international level.yesterday lost to Zimbabwe today defeated S.Africa n tmrow looked like a group of kids playing.no self respect no planning no attitude they shd b banned from playing at international level

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    @terrence mckenzie true, if you remove the two tops scores then SA's score is not so good. Also if you then subtract another 50 runs and divide the result by 7 their score looks even worse.... really????

  • Supa_SAFFA on October 25, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    @ f: If you remove the top two scores from South Africa's total, they would still have a first-innings lead of 20 runs over Pakistan. Pakistan would now be trailing by 18 runs with two wickets already down in the second innings.

  • NixNixon on October 25, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Terrance, unfortunately you cant remove it because these two players are part of the team. Next time someone else contributes.