Pakistan v South Africa Test Series - 1st Test

Pakistan v South Africa

Pakistan won by 7 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Peterson to take strike.

9.45am: 15 mins to go. Also read this analysis by Hassan Cheema, who's otherwise known as @mediagag on Twitter. He talks about the lack of side matches that's hurting Pakistan.

So what has Jacques Kallis been up to the last few months? Firdose Moonda wrote this yesterday.

Mohandas Menon tweets: "At 34y-308d Zulfiqar Babar becomes the 3rd oldest Pakistani to make Test debut after Miran Bux (47y-284d) & Amir Elahi (44y-45d)."

Mazher Arshad: "Zulfiqar Babar is second oldest. Amir Elahi made his debut for India and later played for Pakistan."

Stiaan: "Wow. Looking at the SA batting line up, we have very good, quality batsmen up until number 8!! This should be good..."

Sohaib: "I think Pakistan are not filling that allrounder spot over the years, 4 bowlers 90 overs,it is a hell of a task, provided irfan will go in bursts!"

Imran Khalid: "It's nearing 2:00 am in the US and I am talking cricket. A lot has been said about Pakistan's batting woes and the dilemma as to the bowling 5. However, I think that if Pakistan are to be competitive in the series they will have to do the basics right. And that means catching, fielding and running between the wickets. These might not be enough on their own to win Pakistan matches but go to sleep on them and you will definitely end up on the losing end. Best of luck to both teams!"

Toss, 9.30am: Smith has won the toss and South Africa will bat first.

SA team - JP Duminy returns.

Pakistan team - Irfan returns and we've mentioned the two debutants Shan Masood and Zulfiqar Babar. Abdur Rehman misses out with a sore back.

Sheharyar: "Known Shan Masood for a while. This kid's made a lot of sacrifices to get his debut. Studying for his degree in the UK and playing cricket at the highest level in Pakistan is not easy but he's shown remarkable focus." He was born in Kuwait.

Rehan: "Good luck Masood. But I don't get why Hafeez was picked to play on bouncy pitches and dropped when the conditions suited him. Keep in my mind he was the third highest run getter last time Pakistan played in UAE."

Aakash: "Very interesting to see how Philander goes in these conditions. He has had an excellent start on seam friendly conditions but this is gonna be a real test."

9.20am: While we wait for the toss, you may read the preview and series preview. Toss at 9.30am.

Shan Masood: "I feel like I'm living a dream right now. Dav's always been on my case. There are more demands mentally on making the transition from U-19 to internationals." Articulate guy. Confident. Hope he can solve Pakistan's opening crisis.

Anees: "Hi Kanishka. At 34, Babar looks more like an Australian debutant but, as per Pakistani standards, he is already past the age of retirement. Aaqib Javed had already been discarded when he was 34."

Pitch report: Very dry and rock solid says, Kepler Wessels. Light grass cover and fine for batting. Captains should bat. Straightforward.

9.05am: Good day everyone and welcome to the coverage of the first Test between Pakistan and South Africa in Abu Dhabi. We have some news straight away. Pakistan have two debutants - Shan Masood and Zulfiqar Babar. Masood is an opening batsman and Babar is a left-arm spinner who made his T20 debut in West Indies recently. At 34, he is one of the older Test debutants.

Ronak Vora: "Its Shan Masood's Birthday today! Great day for him to make a test debut."

Abdul wahab: "it is also the birthday of great spinner saeed ajmal"

0.1

Mohammad Irfan to Petersen, no run, starts off with a yorker length straightaway, Peterson was little late in getting his bat down, outside off so safe

0.2

Mohammad Irfan to Petersen, no run, this was fired full outside off and moving away, he doesn't offer a shot

0.3

Mohammad Irfan to Petersen, no run, bat on ball for the first time, full again and he moves across a bit and knocks it back to the bowler

0.4

Mohammad Irfan to Petersen, no run, this was on a good length outside off, he safely shoulders arms

0.5

Mohammad Irfan to Petersen, 1 run, first run in the series, on the off stump and he shuffles across and knocks it down to square leg

0.6

Mohammad Irfan to Smith, 2 runs, easily tucked away by Smith wide of the vacant square leg region, this was short of a length

End of over 1 (3 runs) South Africa 3/0
GC Smith    2* (1b)      Mohammad Irfan    1-0-3-0
AN Petersen    1* (5b)     

1.1

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, confusion in the running! He nudged it off his pads wide of short leg and he set off, Smith not interested and sent him back, short leg ran back and aimed at the batsman's stumps and missed, he was home anyway

1.2

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, good length on the stumps and he stays back and defends

1.3

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, this one moves away from him after pitching, tentatively pushes at it

1.4

Junaid Khan to Petersen, 2 runs, this one moves away from him and Peterson confidently punches it wide of cover and mid-off, Peterson a bit lazy getting to his crease and Akmal whipped off the bails and appealed, the batsman was safe

1.5

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, stays back and defends

1.6

Junaid Khan to Petersen, no run, drifts a bit on the pads and he whips it and short leg stops it

Mazher Arshad: "Shan Masood is the third Kuwait-born Test cricketer. Other two - Tanvir Ahmed and Shakil Ahmed - also played for Pakistan."

End of over 2 (2 runs) South Africa 5/0
AN Petersen    3* (11b)      Junaid Khan    1-0-2-0
GC Smith    2* (1b)      Mohammad Irfan    1-0-3-0

2.1

Mohammad Irfan to Smith, 1 bye, this one pitched outside off and moved away, beats him, woderful delivery and Akmal underarms towards the stumps and misses, there's an overthrow, quite needless

2.2

Mohammad Irfan to Petersen, no run

2.3

Mohammad Irfan to Petersen, no run, lands outside off and moves away and he doesn't offer a shot

Raafae: "I agree with Sohaib. Hammad Azam could easily fill that Asad Shafiq spot."

2.4

Mohammad Irfan to Petersen, no run, on the stumps and he stays back and defends

2.5

Mohammad Irfan to Petersen, OUT, caught at short leg! And they're checking for the no-ball I suppose. The short leg fielder juggled and took it in the second attempt and the umpires are checking if the catch was clean. Irfan's safe, half his boot was behind the line, he pitched it short and the extra bounce took Peterson by surprise, fended it to short leg and Masood fumbled and took it in the second attempt very low off the ground, the umpires are convinced

AN Petersen c Shan Masood b Mohammad Irfan 3 (14m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

2.6

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, this one flies of the hand and it's a full toss wide outside off that Amla leaves

End of over 3 (1 run, wicket maiden) South Africa 6/1
HM Amla    0* (1b)      Mohammad Irfan    2-1-3-1
GC Smith    2* (2b)      Junaid Khan    1-0-2-0

3.1

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, lands outside off and he stays back and punches it to the off side

3.2

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, this was on a good length and he gets behind the line and defends

Abdul Qureshi: "Credit for this wicket goes to Adnan! had he not leaked the extra run, there would have been no wicket. Gotta credit the Akmals somehow." Good observation, Abdul

3.3

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, lands outside off and he gets across and knocks it to the on side

3.4

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, tries to turn it to the on side and the ball hurries on to him and he awkwardly fends it off

3.5

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, comes back in a bit more and Smith is hit above the pads and Junaid appeals, that was too high

3.6

Junaid Khan to Smith, 1 run, doesn't quite cover the line and he gets a leading edge towards gully

HM: "I disagree with Hammad Azam as an allrounder in Tests. Pak needs a bowling allrounder for overall team balance rather than a part time bowler, Umar Amin can be used for that role."

End of over 4 (1 run) South Africa 7/1
GC Smith    3* (8b)      Junaid Khan    2-0-3-0
HM Amla    0* (1b)      Mohammad Irfan    2-1-3-1

4.1

Mohammad Irfan to Smith, FOUR, edged and over the slips! Smith went forward to drive and the ball bounced up a bit more than expected, outside edge cleared third slip and down to third man

4.2

Mohammad Irfan to Smith, no run, fuller in length and he gets forward and defends

4.3

Mohammad Irfan to Smith, no run, the keeper appealed for a catch but the sound was of bat hitting the pitch, good delivery by Irfan, full and drawing him forward, the ball passed the bat and there was the sound that got a few of them excited

4.4

Mohammad Irfan to Smith, 3 runs, full outside off and driven firmly wide of gully, Manzoor does well to chase and pull it back just before the rope at deep point

4.5

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, full and he gets forward and defends

4.6

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, full and moving away, he leaves it alone

End of over 5 (7 runs) South Africa 14/1
HM Amla    0* (3b)      Mohammad Irfan    3-1-10-1
GC Smith    10* (12b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    2-0-3-0

5.1

Junaid Khan to Smith, no run, good length on the off stump and he stays back and defends softly

5.2

Junaid Khan to Smith, 1 run, drifts a bit on the pads and he shuffles and tucks it wide of square leg

5.3

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, lands it on a good length outside off and he defends to the off side

5.4

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, moves away from him slightly and he doesn't offer a shot

5.5

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, keeps it on the stumps and he stays back and defends

5.6

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, stands a bit wide outside leg and he shuffles across late and defends with soft hands

End of over 6 (1 run) South Africa 15/1
HM Amla    0* (7b)      Junaid Khan    3-0-4-0
GC Smith    11* (14b 1x4)      Mohammad Irfan    3-1-10-1

6.1

Mohammad Irfan to Smith, FOUR, streaky! Smith indecisive with his footwork, plays away from the body and gets an inside edge that clears the stumps and races to fine leg

6.2

Mohammad Irfan to Smith, OUT, Big appeal for a caught behind! Given not out and Pakistan are reviewing it, lands outside off and Smith didn't cover the line because the ball had straightened, there was a sound as the ball passed the bat, Akmal immediately signalled for the review, Smith didn't look back though, no real deviation, there's no Hot Spot in this series and after quite a while the message came from the third umpire that Smith had to go

GC Smith c †Adnan Akmal b Mohammad Irfan 15 (33m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 93.75

Was that convincing enough? Well the bat didn't hit the ground or the body but there was a sound

6.3

Mohammad Irfan to Kallis, no run, fires it wide outside off and he leaves it alone

6.4

Mohammad Irfan to Kallis, no run, full and wide outside off and he pushes it to the off side

Shan Fastian: "Umar Akmal is the definite choice in place of Asad Shafiq. That Guy has 1 Century and 6 Fifties(Avg 35+) in his short career. The Best Thing about him is aggressive behavior which the current Pakistani team lacks under Misbah!!" Aggressive behaviour or batting?

6.5

Mohammad Irfan to Kallis, no run, fullish in length outside off and he pushes it towards mid-off

6.6

Mohammad Irfan to Kallis, no run, ends the over with the bouncer, down the leg side and he isn't tempted to hook

End of over 7 (4 runs) South Africa 19/2
JH Kallis    0* (4b)      Mohammad Irfan    4-1-14-2
HM Amla    0* (7b)      Junaid Khan    3-0-4-0

7.1

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, fullish in length outside off and he stays back and defends

7.2

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, stays back and defends with very soft hands to the off side

7.3

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, edged and drops short, not much bounce from Junaid, Amla looked to drive and the outside edge bounced well in front of Misbah at first slip

7.4

Junaid Khan to Amla, 3 runs, much better from Amla, full outside off and he comes forward and drives wide of mid-off

7.5

Junaid Khan to Kallis, no run, good length on the off stump and pushed to the off side

7.6

Junaid Khan to Kallis, no run, stays back and stabs it to the off side

End of over 8 (3 runs) South Africa 22/2
JH Kallis    0* (6b)      Junaid Khan    4-0-7-0
HM Amla    3* (11b)      Mohammad Irfan    4-1-14-2

8.1

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, that's a probing line outside off, moves across with the angle and the batsman does well to leave it alone

8.2

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, similar delivery and angle, this was shorter and Amla is careful outside off again

8.3

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, 2 runs, stays back and punches it to the off side and there's a misfield at cover that costs an extra run

8.4

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, Chance for a run-out! He punches it to cover and sets off and Amla is sent back, he has to scamper back and the throw to the striker's end was wide

8.5

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, lovely delivery! Short of a length and really climbing up on the right-hander, he manages to get his glove off the way

8.6

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, fuller and shaping away and he leaves it alone

End of over 9 (2 runs) South Africa 24/2
HM Amla    5* (17b)      Mohammad Irfan    5-1-16-2
JH Kallis    0* (6b)      Junaid Khan    4-0-7-0

Zulfiqar Babar to bowl on debut. Slip and short leg

9.1

Zulfiqar Babar to Kallis, 3 runs, starts off on the pads and tucked away down to fine leg

9.2

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, no run, slower delivery and he comes well forward and defends

9.3

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, no run, fullish on the pads and clipped to short leg

9.4

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, no run, stays back and defends

9.5

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, 1 run, quicker delivery and he turns it to the on side

9.6

Zulfiqar Babar to Kallis, no run, Kallis stays on the back foot and punches this one to the off side

Babar's action is like a mirror image of Kaneria's, remarks a colleague.

M F Nadeem: "I don't remember a single batsman in past who averaged 50+ (Look at the excellent quality of our bowling in domestic cricket, over the years) in Pakistan FC, and failed to perform on International levels, but still selectors keep on ignoring those who perform in domestic cricket."

End of over 10 (4 runs) South Africa 28/2
JH Kallis    3* (8b)      Zulfiqar Babar    1-0-4-0
HM Amla    6* (21b)      Mohammad Irfan    5-1-16-2

10.1

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off and he safely leaves it alone

10.2

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, pitches outside leg and he tucks it to the on side off his pads and Irfan got a bit excited thinking that was an lbw

10.3

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, 3 runs, good use of the wrists, fuller on the pads and whipped away wide of short leg

10.4

Mohammad Irfan to Kallis, no run, good length on the stumps and he defends

10.5

Mohammad Irfan to Kallis, no run, slightly shorter and he stays back and fends it to the on side

10.6

Mohammad Irfan to Kallis, no run, good length on the stumps and he covers the line and defends

Mazher Arshad: "First time in 30 years, Pakistan are playing a Test with two players aged above 36 - Misbah-ul-Haq and Saeed Ajmal. Last time was against Australia in December 1983 when Zaheer Abbas and Mohammad Nazir were 36 plus."

End of over 11 (3 runs) South Africa 31/2
JH Kallis    3* (11b)      Mohammad Irfan    6-1-19-2
HM Amla    9* (24b)      Zulfiqar Babar    1-0-4-0

11.1

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, no run, drifts towards the pads and knocked to the on side

11.2

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, no run, tossed up and he comes forward and defends

11.3

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, FOUR, first proper boundary of the morning after those edges, tossed up outside off and Amla drives and scoops it over cover, safe shot

11.4

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, no run, quicker one and he gets forward and defends

11.5

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, no run, pushed through quick again and he defends

11.6

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, no run, plonks forward and defends this defends

Zubair: "I see more Tahir/Qadir in Babar's action"

End of over 12 (4 runs) South Africa 35/2
HM Amla    13* (30b 1x4)      Zulfiqar Babar    2-0-8-0
JH Kallis    3* (11b)      Mohammad Irfan    6-1-19-2

12.1

Junaid Khan to Kallis, no run, good length on the off stump and he covers the line and defends

Slight delay in play. Adjustments to the boundary rope down the ground

12.2

Junaid Khan to Kallis, no run, Junaid doesn't get any movement unlike Irfan, on the stumps and he defends

12.3

Junaid Khan to Kallis, no run, another one that goes through straight and he gently tucks it to the on side

12.4

Junaid Khan to Kallis, no run, little shorter in length and he gets across and defends, no swing

12.5

Junaid Khan to Kallis, 1 leg bye, comes round the wicket for the first time, drifts on the pads and it's tucked to the on side

12.6

Junaid Khan to Amla, FOUR, shot of the morning so far! Junaid reverts over the wicket, bowls it a touch wide outside off and Amla followed the movement and punched it effortlessly off the front foot wide of mid-off and cover, bisects the gap and no point chasing it

Drinks.

End of over 13 (5 runs) South Africa 40/2
HM Amla    17* (31b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    5-0-11-0
JH Kallis    3* (16b)      Zulfiqar Babar    2-0-8-0

13.1

Zulfiqar Babar to Kallis, no run, tossed up on the pads and worked to the onside

13.2

Zulfiqar Babar to Kallis, no run, appeal for an lbw and babar decides not to review it, bowls from wide of the crease and the angle was taking it wide of the leg stump, went straight through but that was missing

13.3

Zulfiqar Babar to Kallis, 1 run, gets forward and drives wide of mid-off

13.4

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, no run, driftson the pads and clips it wide of forward short leg

13.5

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, no run

13.6

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, 1 run, chance for a run out again! Pushed towards mid-on and Amla sets off and has to hurry, the throw at the bowler's end was wide and Amla survives another run out attempt

End of over 14 (2 runs) South Africa 42/2
HM Amla    18* (34b 2x4)      Zulfiqar Babar    3-0-10-0
JH Kallis    4* (19b)      Junaid Khan    5-0-11-0

14.1

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, angles away and he leaves it alone

14.2

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, angles it wide outside off and he punches it confidently straight to point

14.3

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, lands outside off and no movement again for Junaid, easily left alone

14.4

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, on the pads and he whips it away to square leg

14.5

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, uses his wrists again and he works it to square leg

14.6

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, fullish in length on the off stump and he pushes it towards mid-off

itch: "I see a smart move (a Michael Clarke move) from Misbah by sending in Zulfiqar Babar early when South Africa have lost two early wickets and are being a bit tentative. As being a debutant he will be jittery and nervous. So he sent him him early before anyone is on the attack so he will able to get the jitters away and find his feet a little."

End of over 15 (maiden) South Africa 42/2
HM Amla    18* (40b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    6-1-11-0
JH Kallis    4* (19b)      Zulfiqar Babar    3-0-10-0

15.1

Zulfiqar Babar to Kallis, no run, on the off stump and he gets forward and pushes it back to the bowler

15.2

Zulfiqar Babar to Kallis, no run, pushed through quicker and Kallis defends

15.3

Zulfiqar Babar to Kallis, no run, drifts on the pads and he works it to midwicket

15.4

Zulfiqar Babar to Kallis, no run, straightens after pitching and he defends late

15.5

Zulfiqar Babar to Kallis, 1 run, tossed up outside off and he uses his feet and yorks himself, driven to the off side

15.6

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, no run, fired this one on a yorker length and drilled to cover

End of over 16 (1 run) South Africa 43/2
HM Amla    18* (41b 2x4)      Zulfiqar Babar    4-0-11-0
JH Kallis    5* (24b)      Junaid Khan    6-1-11-0

Junaid to come round the wicket. Two slips in place

16.1

Junaid Khan to Kallis, no run, no real movement, on the stumps and defended solidly

Dugald : "@ Itch: I doubt there is any batsman in the world that can find their feet against Kallis and Amla at the crease, let alone a debutant"

16.2

Junaid Khan to Kallis, no run, fuller on the stumps and he gets across and pushes it off the middle of the bat to mid-on

16.3

Junaid Khan to Kallis, no run, false shot from Kallis, Junaid bangs it in short for a change and Kallis was a bit too early on the pull, swish and a miss

16.4

Junaid Khan to Kallis, OUT, inside edge and well taken by Adnan! Junaid didn't get much movement before this but on this occasion got the ball to bend back in sharply from round the wicket, Kallis was forward to drive but didn't cover the line, the ball took the inside edge and Adnan moved quickly to his left and took the catch on the dive, Paul Reiffel was certain he nicked it

JH Kallis c †Adnan Akmal b Junaid Khan 5 (46m 28b 0x4 0x6) SR: 17.85

16.5

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, no run, thick inside edge onto the pads and Junaid belted out an appeal, thought of reviewing it but after a short discussion Misbah decided not to

16.6

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, no run, fires it on the stumps and de Villiers pushes it to mid-on

End of over 17 (wicket maiden) South Africa 43/3
AB de Villiers    0* (2b)      Junaid Khan    7-2-11-1
HM Amla    18* (41b 2x4)      Zulfiqar Babar    4-0-11-0

17.1

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, 2 runs, drifts on the pads and clipped away towards fine leg

17.2

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, 2 runs, gets forward to defend and he gets an outside edge wide of gully

17.3

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, 1 run, strays on the pads anyway and he works it to fine leg

Ameed: "@Dugald That's How You Can Jinx KALLIS!"

17.4

Zulfiqar Babar to de Villiers, no run, tossed up on middle and off and he plonks forward and defends

17.5

Zulfiqar Babar to de Villiers, no run, this one straightens, the batsman decides rather late to leave it

17.6

Zulfiqar Babar to de Villiers, no run, gets forward and drives to mid-off

End of over 18 (5 runs) South Africa 48/3
AB de Villiers    0* (5b)      Zulfiqar Babar    5-0-16-0
HM Amla    23* (44b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    7-2-11-1

18.1

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, fires it full outside off and comes back in and he safely leaves it alone

18.2

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, close call for Amla as he gets a thick inside edge to the pads

18.3

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, good delivery by Junaid, brings it back in a little and keeps it full, close to the off stump and left alone

18.4

Junaid Khan to Amla, 1 run, drifts a bit on the body and he clips it with the angle to fine leg

18.5

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, FOUR, lovely drive by AB, half volley outside off, comes forward and drives with conviction past the covers, good balance

Umair Babar Chishti: "Every one is talking about Pakistan's batting, but I believe that it is the fielding that is a bigger concern, two missed runouts of Amla and an almost dropped catch of peterson. Just look at India and how well there fielding supports their ordinary bowling. We need to focus on fielding"

18.6

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, no run, good length on the off stump and he stays back and defends

End of over 19 (5 runs) South Africa 53/3
AB de Villiers    4* (7b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    8-2-16-1
HM Amla    24* (48b 2x4)      Zulfiqar Babar    5-0-16-0

19.1

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, 1 run, clipped away firmly towards mid-on and Irfan does well to slide and cut it off, the cheers grow louder for every good effort from him

19.2

Zulfiqar Babar to de Villiers, no run, down the track and defends

19.3

Zulfiqar Babar to de Villiers, no run, stays back at the crease and defends a length ball to the off side

19.4

Zulfiqar Babar to de Villiers, no run, hint of turn, he goes back at the crease and defends

19.5

Zulfiqar Babar to de Villiers, no run, tossed up and he comes forward and drives it on the full to mid-off

19.6

Zulfiqar Babar to de Villiers, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he works it away to fine leg

End of over 20 (2 runs) South Africa 55/3
AB de Villiers    5* (12b 1x4)      Zulfiqar Babar    6-0-18-0
HM Amla    25* (49b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    8-2-16-1

20.1

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, no run, continues round the wicket, hits him above the knee roll and there was a confident appeal, may have been an inside edge, plus there was the issue of the height

20.2

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, no run, certain inside edge this time, was forward to defend

20.3

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, no run, a little wider outside off and coming in, he doesn't offer a shot

20.4

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, 1 run, good length on the stumps and whipped away to mid-on

Srinidhi KV: "Very well observed by Umair. It used to be the same case with India in the 90's but the Ganguly era changed that !"

20.5

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, bangs it in short this time and he bends down quickly to evade the bouncer

20.6

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, good length outside the off stump, he stays behind the line and defends

Wasim Qadir: "@Umair babar: I dont disagree with you, Fielding has always been a concern for Pakistan for over the last few years, batting has been our biggest concern. Fielding helps you lower the total, get wickets but you need good batsman to chase down scores. Right now we dont seem to have a unit that can chase down even 200 runs."

End of over 21 (1 run) South Africa 56/3
HM Amla    25* (51b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    9-2-17-1
AB de Villiers    6* (16b 1x4)      Zulfiqar Babar    6-0-18-0

And finally the birthday boy Ajmal

21.1

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, stays back and he clips it to mid-on

21.2

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, flatter one and he knocks it to the on side

21.3

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, spins back in and he works it away wide of square leg

21.4

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, quicker one and he clips it to the on side, not much turn yet

21.5

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, straightens and he stays on the back foot and punches it to cover

21.6

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, he prefers to stay back, tucks it to short leg

Mazher: "This is AB de Villiers' 86th consecutive Test since his debut, the third most by any player, only behind Gilchrist (96) and Dravid (94)."

End of over 22 (1 run) South Africa 57/3
HM Amla    25* (54b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-1-0
AB de Villiers    7* (19b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    9-2-17-1

22.1

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, Irfan starts off a new spell with a short, rising delivery outside off, does well to get his glove out of the way

22.2

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, FOUR, class from AB! This was short of a length outside off, he had the width, stays back and punches it wide of extra cover, great timing

22.3

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, looks to flick but he's hit on the thigh

22.4

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, gets a nice angle across the right-hander, he doesn't offer a shot

22.5

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, good length angling across and AB gets across and defends

22.6

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, moves across and defends off the middle of the bat

Usman: "@ Fielding, I agree. The biggest proof is the 3rd ODI between pakistan and india, How indian fielders defended 163 in that match, it was electrifying fielding which boosted their bowlers too."

End of over 23 (4 runs) South Africa 61/3
AB de Villiers    11* (25b 2x4)      Mohammad Irfan    7-1-23-2
HM Amla    25* (54b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-1-0

23.1

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, turns back in and he stays back and defends

23.2

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, quicker one on the pads and turned wide of short leg

23.3

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, defends close to the pads and there was an appeal, spins and hits the pads and maybe he felt that was missing leg, not too bad a shout

23.4

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, more spin this time and defended to short leg

23.5

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, good turn again and whipped straight to short leg

23.6

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, the doosra this time and safely pushed back to the bowler

End of over 24 (1 run) South Africa 62/3
AB de Villiers    11* (29b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-2-0
HM Amla    26* (56b 2x4)      Mohammad Irfan    7-1-23-2

Couple of overs before lunch

24.1

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, short and angling across and he doesn't offer a shot

24.2

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, good length on the stumps and he stays back and defends

24.3

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, fuller and on the stumps and Amla pushes it down the track with soft hands

24.4

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, drifts wide down the leg side and Amla resists the chance to glance it down to fine leg

24.5

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, good length outside off and angling across, Reiffel warns Irfan for running on the pitch, didn't look like an official warning

He comes round the wicket this time

24.6

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, FOUR, lovely shot, the angle doesn't work for Irfan, bowls a half volley outside off and Amla bends and covers the line and drives past the big gap between mid-off and cover

End of over 25 (4 runs) South Africa 66/3
HM Amla    30* (62b 3x4)      Mohammad Irfan    8-1-27-2
AB de Villiers    11* (29b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-2-0

25.1

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, he stays back and defends

25.2

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, turn this time and he goes deep in the crease and tucks it to mid-on

25.3

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, flatter and spinning back in, he gets well forward and defends

25.4

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, another flat delivery, he defends it late

25.5

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, flatter one and he covers the line and defends

Two slips and a silly point in place

25.6

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, tossed up and he gets half forward and defends and it's lunch

12pm: A fine session for Pakistan. I don't think either team would have expected three wickets or more to go down in the first session, looking at the flat pitch. Irfan though needs to be commended for getting something out of it. SA could blame it on rustiness as well, given they were playing as Test unit after a few months. Kallis and Smith especially are coming off a layoff. Amla and AB have settled in well. SA need a big stand from them. Could be hard work in the afternoon for the bowlers.

I'm off to get to lunch too. Join us again at 12.40pm.

End of over 26 (maiden) South Africa 66/3
AB de Villiers    11* (35b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-1-2-0
HM Amla    30* (62b 3x4)      Mohammad Irfan    8-1-27-2

Welcome back

26.1

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, angles it across the right-hander and he safely leaves it alone

26.2

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, FOUR, lovely punch from Amla, Irfan bit generous with the width, Amla stays back and punches it late wide of gully, all timing

Two slips and a gully

26.3

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, fuller in length outside off and defended to the off side

26.4

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, squared him up! That angle from Irfan from over the wicket that lands on off and middle and moves away, Amla had to push at it and was beaten

26.5

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, bit more angle across the right-hander and he safely leaves it alone

26.6

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, angles it towards middle stump and he stays behind the line and defends

End of over 27 (4 runs) South Africa 70/3
HM Amla    34* (68b 4x4)      Mohammad Irfan    9-1-31-2
AB de Villiers    11* (35b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-1-2-0

27.1

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, stays back at the crease and punches it back to the bowler

27.2

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, gets slightly forward and defends down the track

27.3

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, turn this time and flicked towards short leg, the fielder got a hand to it but you can't call that a drop because that was really quick off the bat

27.4

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run

27.5

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, comes forward and defends to the off side

27.6

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, quicker one and he gets forward and defends

Peter: "Adding up all the SA player's averages the total comes out to be 416, but for PAK it is 305 (including Masood and Babar's first-class averages). Just shows the difference between these two teams."

End of over 28 (maiden) South Africa 70/3
AB de Villiers    11* (41b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-2-2-0
HM Amla    34* (68b 4x4)      Mohammad Irfan    9-1-31-2

28.1

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, doesn't cover the line properly and he gets a leading edge to the off side

28.2

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, fullish in length and he defends to the on side

28.3

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run

28.4

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, angles it across the right-hander, Amla moves across and leaves it alone

28.5

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, holds the length back and Amla weaves backwards and leaves it alone

28.6

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, lands on a good length outside leg, he stays back and flicks it to the leg side

Bilal: "Why you don't call a drop on 27.3 delivery a drop, Pakistan should improve its fielding !" Give the poor fielder a break please! Had it pulled it off it would have been a blinder.

End of over 29 (maiden) South Africa 70/3
HM Amla    34* (74b 4x4)      Mohammad Irfan    10-2-31-2
AB de Villiers    11* (41b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-2-2-0

29.1

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, turns and he stays back and defends

29.2

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, stays back and works it with the turn to mid-on

29.3

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, tossed up and fuller and Amla blocks

29.4

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, stays back at the crease and defends

29.5

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, quicker through the air and defended on the front foot

29.6

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, spins back in and he comes well forward and defended

End of over 30 (1 run) South Africa 71/3
HM Amla    34* (78b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-2-3-0
AB de Villiers    12* (43b 2x4)      Mohammad Irfan    10-2-31-2

30.1

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, he stays back and defends, the umpire fails to notice a big overstep by Irfan, happened in his last over too

30.2

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, no run, stays back and defends again

30.3

Mohammad Irfan to de Villiers, 1 run, fuller in length and AB pushes it down the track and mid-off does well to slide and cut it off, another overstep and not spotted, is Reiffel watching? Guess not

30.4

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run

30.5

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, 1 no ball, and finally Reiffel wakes up and Smith smiles from the pavilion! This was a massive no-ball, Amla stays back and defends

30.5

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, stays back at the crease and pushes it to the off side

30.6

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, bowls from wider of the crease, full and pushed to the off side, the over ought to have been longer than this. What was for lunch again?

End of over 31 (2 runs) South Africa 73/3
HM Amla    34* (82b 4x4)      Mohammad Irfan    11-2-33-2
AB de Villiers    13* (46b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-2-3-0

31.1

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, stays back and defends back to the bowler

31.2

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, the doosra, punches it to the off side

31.3

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, quicker through the air and drilled back to the bowler

31.4

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, slower through the air and flighted, stopped at midwicket

31.5

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, chips down the track and checks his shot and flicks it to square leg

31.6

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, gives it more air and AB forces it down to mid-on

Andre: "Can some one please call the umpire? I can see Mohammad Irfan overstepping from more than 1000 kms away!"

End of over 32 (maiden) South Africa 73/3
AB de Villiers    13* (52b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-3-3-0
HM Amla    34* (82b 4x4)      Mohammad Irfan    11-2-33-2

32.1

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, comes round the wicket, back of a length and he stays back and defends

32.2

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, Junaid fires this one full and Amla pushes at it firmly and cannot beat mid-off

32.3

Junaid Khan to Amla, FOUR, Amla simply thrashed that through the covers, it was a half volley wide outside off and Amla couldn't resist giving it everything, on the front foot

32.4

Junaid Khan to Amla, 1 run, skids through towards the pads and he stays back and tucks it away to fine leg

32.5

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, no run, skids through towards the stumps and he works it to midwicket

32.6

Junaid Khan to de Villiers, no run, gets it to angle in slightly and he stays back and he defends

End of over 33 (5 runs) South Africa 78/3
AB de Villiers    13* (54b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    10-2-22-1
HM Amla    39* (86b 5x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-3-3-0

33.1

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, FOUR, Amla's looking dangerous through that off side, Ajmal drops it short outside off, he stays back and punches it wide of point

33.2

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, fuller in length and he gets forward and defends

33.3

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, pushes forward and places it to point

33.4

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run

33.5

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, slower through the air and he gets forward and blocks it

33.6

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, flatter and spins back in, he knocks it to short leg

End of over 34 (5 runs) South Africa 83/3
AB de Villiers    13* (56b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-3-8-0
HM Amla    44* (90b 6x4)      Junaid Khan    10-2-22-1

34.1

Junaid Khan to Amla, 2 runs, fires it full and slightly wide outside off, he drives wide of cover and the sweeper runs across and cuts it off

34.2

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, another full delivery on the stumps and he firmly pushes it to mid-on

34.3

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, holds the length back and he stays back and defends

34.4

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, good length on middle and leg, he goes back at the crease and defends to the on side

34.5

Junaid Khan to Amla, FOUR, Amla brings up his fifty with a commanding pull! This was short from round the wicket, Amla stays back, reads the length early and pulls wide of square leg

34.6

Junaid Khan to Amla, no run, goes back and punches it to cover

Haroon: "South Africa going @2.4 an over. No comments on scoring rate so far. I would like to think what would happen had Misbah been batting here." The comments will come flooding in then, don't worry

End of over 35 (6 runs) South Africa 89/3
HM Amla    50* (96b 7x4)      Junaid Khan    11-2-28-1
AB de Villiers    13* (56b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-3-8-0

35.1

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, spins back in and he defends to the on side

35.2

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, gets forward and defends down the track

35.3

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, gets across the line and places it towards point

35.4

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, slower and shorter and defended down the track

35.5

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, comes down the track and checks his shot on seeing Ajmal pitch it shorter

35.6

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, flatter and fuller, gets behind the line and defends

End of over 36 (maiden) South Africa 89/3
AB de Villiers    13* (62b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-4-8-0
HM Amla    50* (96b 7x4)      Junaid Khan    11-2-28-1

Second spell for Babar

36.1

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, no run, on the pads and turned to short leg

36.2

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, 1 run, slower through the air and driven down to long-off

36.3

Zulfiqar Babar to de Villiers, no run, fuller on the leg stump and defended down the track

36.4

Zulfiqar Babar to de Villiers, 3 runs, fine shot and fielding too, it was full outside off and AB drove it firmly wide of cover, the fielder did well to chase and pull it back

36.5

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, no run, tossed up and he lunges forward to defend

36.6

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, 1 run, comes forward and turns it away wide of square leg

ZCFOutkast: "Well done Hash!! True to your average as always. Pak should know better than to miss running out this man. The consequences tend to be devastating. In India&UAE he averages over 100!"

End of over 37 (5 runs) South Africa 94/3
HM Amla    52* (100b 7x4)      Zulfiqar Babar    7-0-23-0
AB de Villiers    16* (64b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-4-8-0

37.1

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, goes back at the crease and punches it away wide of cover

37.2

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, tossed up and he comes well forward and drives to cover

37.3

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run

37.4

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, appeal for an lbw, turned quite a bit from outside off, he was playing on the back foot and the ball hit him high on the pad, you could see the leg stump and that would have cleared the stumps anyway

37.5

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, gets forward and drives him down the ground to long-on

37.6

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, comes round the wicket, Amla stays back and defends late

fayyaz: "@Haroon: When Misbah bats, the strike rate is at its lowest and comments rate is at its highest."

End of over 38 (2 runs) South Africa 96/3
HM Amla    53* (102b 7x4)      Saeed Ajmal    9-4-10-0
AB de Villiers    17* (68b 2x4)      Zulfiqar Babar    7-0-23-0

38.1

Zulfiqar Babar to de Villiers, 1 run, stays back and drives him down to long-off

38.2

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, no run, flatter delivery, stays back and punches it to the off side

38.3

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, FOUR, lovely shot! Inside out over extra cover, Babar flights it and Amla moves forward early, gets under the bounce and scoops it over the in field

38.4

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, no run, tossed up and fuller and he comes forward and defends

38.5

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, no run, gets well forward and drives him down to short cover

38.6

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, no run, quicker one and he blocks it out

trundler: "Quick. A counter-jinx for Amla! Please don't say that sort of thing, ZCFOutkast. Haroon, a rate of 2.4 is about right in these circumstance: ie Test cricket, with three top batsman back in the pavilion for next to nothing. Amla and AB have all the time in the world to accelerate once they've stabilised."

End of over 39 (5 runs) South Africa 101/3
HM Amla    57* (107b 8x4)      Zulfiqar Babar    8-0-28-0
AB de Villiers    18* (69b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    9-4-10-0

39.1

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, slower through the air and AB commits forward and defends

39.2

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, comes down the track and he checks his shot and defends

39.3

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, no run, spins back in, waits for it and defends

39.4

Saeed Ajmal to de Villiers, 1 run, down the track and mistimes a full toss to mid-on, didn't place it right

39.5

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, round the wicket, gets forward and defends

39.6

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 2 runs, skids through, waits for it and flicks it late wide of midwicket

End of over 40 (3 runs) South Africa 104/3
HM Amla    59* (109b 8x4)      Saeed Ajmal    10-4-13-0
AB de Villiers    19* (73b 2x4)      Zulfiqar Babar    8-0-28-0

40.1

Zulfiqar Babar to de Villiers, no run

40.2

Zulfiqar Babar to de Villiers, no run, worked to the on side

40.3

Zulfiqar Babar to de Villiers, OUT, Appeal for a run-out! AB's back foot is on the line when Akmal whips off the bails but it doesn't see like a part of it was behind the line and he's been give out. AB looks to defend and he gets an inside edge to the pad and the ball rolls to Younis at first slip, Younis tosses it to Akmal and the alert wicketkeeper notices that AB never really bothered to drag his back foot back, he breaks the bails and after several replays the third umpire gives him out

AB de Villiers run out 19 (92m 76b 2x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

It's one of the more bizarre dismissals. Batsman caught napping. He has been adjudged run out

40.4

Zulfiqar Babar to Duminy, no run

40.5

Zulfiqar Babar to Duminy, 1 run, forces it down to long-on

40.6

Zulfiqar Babar to Amla, no run

End of over 41 (1 run) South Africa 105/4
HM Amla    59* (110b 8x4)      Zulfiqar Babar    9-0-29-0
JP Duminy    1* (2b)      Saeed Ajmal    10-4-13-0

41.1

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, stays back at the crease and defends

41.2

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, gets forward and blocks it out

41.3

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run

41.4

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, quicker and flatter and solidly defended

41.5

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, 1 run, full on the middle stump and he works it away wide of midwicket

41.6

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, flatter delivery and he defends

Anees: "No No. This is unfair. The ball was almost dead. He can not be given run-out off a dead ball. And I am from Pakistan." Hopefully someone will upload this video later today, so you can draw your own conclusions if it was a dead ball or not. Very similar to a dismissal effected by Matt Prior last year against South Africa.

Tariq: "I disagree with Anees. I've seen many time when bowlers and fielders are busy with LBW appeals ans meanwhile batsmen steal runs. That's totally fair, I reckon."

End of over 42 (1 run) South Africa 106/4
HM Amla    59* (111b 8x4)      Saeed Ajmal    11-4-14-0
JP Duminy    2* (7b)      Zulfiqar Babar    9-0-29-0

42.1

Zulfiqar Babar to Duminy, 2 runs, Duminy picks it up from middle and paddles it down to fine leg

42.2

Zulfiqar Babar to Duminy, FOUR, lovely shot, uses his feet straightaway and lofts him over his head and down to the sight screen

42.3

Zulfiqar Babar to Duminy, no run

42.4

Zulfiqar Babar to Duminy, FOUR, Duminy's turning it on! Flatter delivery and Duminy gets on his knee early and sweeps him flat and fast past square leg

42.5

Zulfiqar Babar to Duminy, no run, tossed up and he gets forward and defends

42.6

Zulfiqar Babar to Duminy, 1 run, comes over the wicket, flatter one and he gets forward and defends

End of over 43 (11 runs) South Africa 117/4
JP Duminy    13* (13b 2x4)      Zulfiqar Babar    10-0-40-0
HM Amla    59* (111b 8x4)      Saeed Ajmal    11-4-14-0

43.1

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, goes back at the crease and looks to cut

43.2

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, 2 runs, he stays back at the crease and punches it down to cover

43.3

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, flatter one and he goes back and defends

43.4

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, 1 run, goes back at the crease and he knocks it to the leg side

43.5

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, gets well forward and blocks it out

43.6

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, no run, flatter and he gets behind the line and defends in front of middle

Shahrukh: "Here is an excerpt from the rule book. Does it look like the AB ball wad dead Law 23 - Dead Ball (a) The ball becomes dead when(i) it is finally settled in the hands of the wicket-keeper or of the bowler.(ii) a boundary is scored. iii) a batsman is dismissed. (b) The ball shall be considered to be dead when it is clear to the bowler's end umpire that the fielding side and both batsmen at the wicket have ceased to regard it as in play."

Dewald Nel: "Tariq, there is no rule that says the ball is dead as soon as a player appeals. The bowler appeals at his own discretion, and you cannot blame the batsmen if bowlers appeal on clearly not outs. However, how many times have fielders close to the batsmen just picked up the ball, and tossed it back to the bowler directly? When is the ball dead in that situation? That's why there is a debate with the decision."

End of over 44 (3 runs) South Africa 120/4
HM Amla    59* (113b 8x4)      Saeed Ajmal    12-4-17-0
JP Duminy    16* (17b 2x4)      Zulfiqar Babar    10-0-40-0

44.1

Mohammad Irfan to Duminy, no run, Irfan starts a new spell, fires that full on the stumps and he digs it out

44.2

Mohammad Irfan to Duminy, no run, Duminy shuffles and looks to clip it away, struck on the pads and it wasn't far from the leg stump, not a bad shout, umpire reckoned that was missing leg, replays show that clipping leg

44.3

Mohammad Irfan to Duminy, 1 run, turned towards midwicket and they have to hurry the single

44.4

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, 1 run, shuffles and clips it off his pads to the leg side

44.5

Mohammad Irfan to Duminy, no run, good length on off and middle, moves across and pats it to the off side

44.6

Mohammad Irfan to Duminy, no run, good length outside off and comes back in, he safely shoulders arms

Imran: "I think @Tariq's got this right, batsman don't regard an ongoing lbw appeal as a cause not to look for runs via leg byes. So we can't presume a dead ball situation, in which case de Villers should have been thinking about getting his foot behind the line."

End of over 45 (2 runs) South Africa 122/4
JP Duminy    17* (22b 2x4)      Mohammad Irfan    12-2-35-2
HM Amla    60* (114b 8x4)      Saeed Ajmal    12-4-17-0

45.1

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, comes forward and takes a single to long-on

45.2

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, tossed up quicker and he blocks it out

45.3

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, flatter and down the leg side, Ajmal trying something different

45.4

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, shorter one and turned to the leg side, short leg runs back and fields

45.5

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, flatter one and he stays back and blocks it out

45.6

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, gives it more air, Duminy drills it down the track

Bryden: "No matter how the laws were interpreted on that particular delivery, an international cricketer should be more aware... he can only blame himself for not being more alert."

End of over 46 (1 run) South Africa 123/4
JP Duminy    17* (27b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    13-4-18-0
HM Amla    61* (115b 8x4)      Mohammad Irfan    12-2-35-2

46.1

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, 1 run, strays on the pads and he shuffles and clips it away wide of square leg

46.2

Mohammad Irfan to Duminy, no run, bangs it short down the leg side, a slower ball and he doesn't offer a shot

46.3

Mohammad Irfan to Duminy, no run, good length on off and middle and he gets behind the line and defends

46.4

Mohammad Irfan to Duminy, 1 run, Irfan fires a low full toss and Duminy nearly played all around it, got an inside edge that sneaked past the stumps

46.5

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, bangs it in short and down the leg side, he oversteps and the umpire fails to spot it (where have we heard this before?), he ducks

46.6

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, no run, stays right behind the line and defends

End of over 47 (2 runs) South Africa 125/4
HM Amla    62* (118b 8x4)      Mohammad Irfan    13-2-37-2
JP Duminy    18* (30b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    13-4-18-0

47.1

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, tossed up and he gets forward and defends

47.2

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, FOUR, effortless! Ajmal gives it more air and it's a half volley, Duminy goes forward and merely pushes it through the line and beats mid-on

47.3

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, gets well forward and blocks it out

47.4

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, clips it just wide of Azhar at short leg who dives

47.5

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, tossed up and he gets forward and defends

47.6

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run

Paul: "I did not see the AB run out, I think in 1994 there was a similar incident when Hansie Cronje ran out one of the NZ batsmen, whilst being lazy. So from what I've read, I have no issue with the run out."

I believe the batsman there was Shane Thomson and it's on Youtube. Check it out.

End of over 48 (4 runs) South Africa 129/4
JP Duminy    22* (36b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    14-4-22-0
HM Amla    62* (118b 8x4)      Mohammad Irfan    13-2-37-2

48.1

Mohammad Irfan to Amla, 1 run, gets well forward and he drills it down to long-off

48.2

Mohammad Irfan to Duminy, no run, good length outside off and he stays back and defends

48.3

Mohammad Irfan to Duminy, no run, fires that on a good length outside off and he safely leaves it alone

48.4

Mohammad Irfan to Duminy, no run, this was short and wide outside the off stump, Duminy sizes up but decides not to play at it

48.5

Mohammad Irfan to Duminy, no run, nervy moment for JP! It was a yorker fired outside off, JP got his bay down to dig it out and the ball just sneaked past the outside edge

48.6

Mohammad Irfan to Duminy, no run, gets forward and across and pushes it to the off side

Paul: "Hmmm from one Paul to another; that's muddied the waters even more by managing to get Hanse Cronje in the mix!!"

End of over 49 (1 run) South Africa 130/4
JP Duminy    22* (41b 3x4)      Mohammad Irfan    14-2-38-2
HM Amla    63* (119b 8x4)      Saeed Ajmal    14-4-22-0

49.1

Saeed Ajmal to Amla, 1 run, stays back at the crease and knocks it to the on side

49.2

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, tossed up and he gets well forward and defends

49.3

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, gets well forward and defends

49.4

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, this one skids through and he manages to defend

49.5

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, no run, fired that one down the leg side and JP looked to sweep but somehow missed it

49.6

Saeed Ajmal to Duminy, SIX, JP has helped change gears! Tossed up on middle and he gets slightly forward and lofts it over the straight boundary

Ibrar Hunzai: "Pakistanis don't have access to Youtube. :)" Oh well...

M F Nadeem: "Without taking any offense to the ability and FC statistics of Zulfiqar Babar, I must say that one simply cannot cheer for the success of this 35 year old. If he performs, he isn't useful for a longer period. If he doesn't perform, he will let the whole team down. Why would the team not select (and invest on) young Leg spinner Usman Qadir. One of those things with the PCB and its selection policies."

End of over 50 (7 runs) South Africa 137/4
JP Duminy    28* (46b 3x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    15-4-29-0
HM Amla    64* (120b 8x4)      Mohammad Irfan    14-2-38-2
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Dale Steyn picked up a wicket in his second over, Pakistan v South Africa, 1st Test, 4th day, Abu Dhabi, October 17, 2013

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