South Africa tour of United Arab Emirates, 2nd Test: Pakistan v South Africa at Dubai (DSC), Oct 23-26, 2013
South Africa won by an innings and 92 runs
Played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (neutral venue)
23,24,25,26 October 2013 (5-day match)
  • Overs 0-50

Dale Steyn has the new ball, bowling over the wicket. He passed his fitness test for a hamstring niggle this morning. Manzoor to face. Three slips and a gully.

9.55 am The Pakistan openers Shan Masood and Khurram Manzoor are padded up and waiting. Not too long to go now.

Kapil: "Looks like a very tough pitch to get runs.. Younis/Misbah and Smith/ABD would be the key.. If Pak get to 350-400, don't see them losing this Test.."

Toss, 9.30 am Misbah tosses. Smith calls heads but it's a tail. That's the first toss Pakistan have won in ten Tests. Misbah goes on a yarn before saying what his side are going to do. Finally, Pakistan will bat. They are also playing an unchanged XI.

Smith said he would have batted first too. Dale Steyn has come through his fitness test and is okay to play so that's a boost for South Africa. They have made two changes though: Dean Elgar in for Amla, and Imran Tahir replaces Robin Peterson.

Mudhabir: "Now replacing Robin with Tahir is a good move. Eventhough Tahir doesn't contain an end(which Robin too wasn't doing) ,he is a wicket taker and will be really handy in this pitch. SA seamers must create all kind of pressures on Pak batsmen and allow Tahir to fire."

Sridhar B: "It's a big 'Test' for Tahir, if not for the entire SA team. Going to be a real test of nerves and if he has the calibre to make a comeback of sorts into the team. He needs all the support from the seamers up front"

Saboor: "I hope Azhar Ali comes after younis khan at no.4 or they shoulkd swap him with asad shafiq."

9.15 am Good morning, and welcome to our ball-by-ball coverage of the second Test between Pakistan and South Africa in Dubai. South Africa's unbeaten seven-year record away from home is on the line as they trail 0-1 in the series, and Pakistan will be seeking only their second series victory against these opponents. The first was a 1-0 result in 2003, in Pakistan.

The pressing question ahead of the toss is whether Dale Steyn is fit to play. His fitness was going to be assessed this morning. South Africa are already without Hashim Amla, who is with his wife for the birth of their child. Read the preview for more news in the lead-up to the Test.

Kepler Wessels, on Ten Cricket, says the pitch is extremely dry. He says it looks like a day 2 surface and expects it to spin big. Win toss and bat is definitely the way to go. Waqar Younis reckons it looks more like a day three surface and thinks Pakistan might play an extra spinner.

On the eve of the Test, Misbah-ul-Haq said Pakistan were not concerned about the availability or unavailability of Amla and Steyn. They beat a full-strength South Africa in Abu Dhabi and were preparing for a full-strength opponent once again.

South Africa's coach Russell Domingo said Jacques Kallis had hurt his finger during a fielding session, but he is fit to play.

Just in from Hashim Amla on Twitter: "All the best Proteas. Thoughts with u guys."

Stiaan: "Congrats on the newborn Hash! South Africa cannot afford to play without Steyn-remover! I really hope he is going to be in the team! And who's going to replace the Hash? I hope that they are not bringing Rory Kleinveldt in. Maybe They've included Tahir?? Could be interesting!"

Ziadh: "I have a strange feeling that South Africa is going to come back very strong and hammer Pakistan. I really wish and expect a consistent performance from Pakistan, specially from their openers. It would be really good for the game of cricket! Best of luck for both teams!"

Awais Sohrab: "Good Morning from Toronto, Canada. Pakistan will not only be eyeing by beating RSA 2-0 but also to jump in the rankings from 6 to 4 if the result is a win or draw in Pak's favor"

Aussie Nate: "Not sure Steyn was that great in the last match. He let Pakistan get off to a flying start and didn't take a wicket until the 128th over! Then cleared up the last two to give some respectability to his figures. I think Amla will be a huge loss for SA. They need Kallis to come good."

0.1

Steyn to Khurram Manzoor, no run, a terrific outswinger first up, Steyn pitches on a perfect length around off stump, drawing the right-hander forward to defend, the ball pitches and bends away from Manzoor, beating the bat. There's lots of chat from the slip cordon

0.2

Steyn to Khurram Manzoor, OUT, gone! Caught at gully! Manzoor shows no restraint despite being beaten the previous ball. He goes for a flamboyant cover drive on the front foot against another outswinger and the thick edge flies swiftly to Faf du Plessis at gully. Look at those celebrations. The South Africans are pumped. The length was fuller from Steyn and Manzoor was tempted by the open spaces at cover

Khurram Manzoor c du Plessis b Steyn 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

0.3

Steyn to Azhar Ali, no run, Steyn pitches on off stump and begins to shape it away, the new batsman stays in his crease and defends watchfully

0.4

Steyn to Azhar Ali, no run, 136 kph, Steyn tries to swing it away from the right-hander from a straighter line on middle stump, Ahhar gets behind it and blocks. The length is full again

0.5

Steyn to Azhar Ali, no run, wider outside the off stump this time, left alone by the batsman

0.6

Steyn to Azhar Ali, no run, a full ball pitches outside off stump and swings away from Azhar, who comes forward to cover his off stump an shoulders arms

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 0/1

    • Azhar Ali 0 (4b)
    • Shan Masood 0 (0b)
    • DW Steyn 1-1-0-1

Philander from over the wicket to the left-hander Shan Masood.

1.1

Philander to Shan Masood, no run, good length on middle and off from over the wicket, Masood gets behidn the line and defends from his crease

1.2

Philander to Shan Masood, no run, a fuller ball on middle and off once again, Masood pushes the ball to mid-on

Kapil: "That's the problem with youngsters/aggressive players like Mazoor. No time given to understand the pitch/movement etc.. Any opener should spend at least 30 balls to play a shot like that.."

1.3

Philander to Shan Masood, no run, short of a length just outside off, Masood stays in his crease and lifts his bat out of the way

1.4

Philander to Shan Masood, 1 run, a bit too straight this time, worked off the pads and that's the first run for Pakistan

1.5

Philander to Azhar Ali, 1 run, on the pads once again, Azhar leans across and turns the ball behind square

1.6

Philander to Shan Masood, no run, good length around off stump, defended on the front foot

End of over 2 (2 runs) Pakistan 2/1

    • Shan Masood 1 (5b)
    • Azhar Ali 1 (5b)
    • VD Philander 1-0-2-0
    • DW Steyn 1-1-0-1

Shaun: "Take that Pakistan and all the Steyn doubters!! that's why he's been number one for the past 5+ years!!"

Here's Steyn again ...

2.1

Steyn to Azhar Ali, no run, 139 kph, Steyn continues hitting that fullish length around off stump and seaming the ball away from the right-hander, Azhar gets half forward and defends

2.2

Steyn to Azhar Ali, no run, a bit wider this time, which allows the batsman to let it go

2.3

Steyn to Azhar Ali, no run, caught in the gully once again and the South Africans are excited. The umpire says not out because I think the ball has come off the batsman's arm. Smith asks for a review! Steyn changed his length this time, pitching it short of a length. Azhar dropped his wrists but did not sway out of the way and wore the ball on the arm. It hit him just above the arm guard and looped up to Faf once again. I think the South Africans just got carried away with that one

2.4

Steyn to Azhar Ali, no run, Steyn sends down another short ball, a fiery bouncer at 145 kph, Azhar decides to duck this time

2.5

Steyn to Azhar Ali, no run, Steyn brings the ball back into the right-hander this time, Azhar was shaping to play the outswinger. The ball crashed into the top of his front pad but there are no appeals because it was too high

2.6

Steyn to Azhar Ali, 1 run, good length around the off stump, Azhar pushes into the covers and calls for a quick single

End of over 3 (1 run) Pakistan 3/1

    • Azhar Ali 2 (11b)
    • Shan Masood 1 (5b)
    • DW Steyn 2-1-1-1
    • VD Philander 1-0-2-0
3.1

Philander to Azhar Ali, no run, Philander keeps it on a tight length around off stump, Azhar defends from his crease and gets an inside edge to square leg

3.2

Philander to Azhar Ali, no run, short ball from Philander and Azhar takes evasive action

Vikram: "@Kapil: That is the problem with critics, It looks as if you were waiting for the pakistan youngsters to fail. I always feel you should play your natural game no matter what the situation is. Last match it came off, this innings it didn't he still has one more innings left. Sehwag faced similar criticism when he first started but when he came good he made the job easier for others too."

3.3

Philander to Azhar Ali, no run, left alone outside off stump, the line was much wider

3.4

Philander to Azhar Ali, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

Jiten Surtani: "@Kapil, you have to give credit to Steyn's movement...starts moving away after pitching in line of nearly off stump... the batsman is forced to play at it ! It would take experience of a Misbah or Younis to avoid that !"

3.5

Philander to Azhar Ali, no run, Philander makes the batsman play again, bowling a fuller length around off, Manzoor defends on the front foot on the off side

3.6

Philander to Azhar Ali, no run, good length around off stump, defended on the off side once again

End of over 4 (maiden) Pakistan 3/1

    • Azhar Ali 2 (17b)
    • Shan Masood 1 (5b)
    • VD Philander 2-1-2-0
    • DW Steyn 2-1-1-1
4.1

Steyn to Shan Masood, no run, another short ball from Steyn, Masood watches it whizz past outside his off stump

Ammad Tarar: "why economy is displayed in place of average? Technical issue or change?" We are looking into it.

4.2

Steyn to Shan Masood, no run, 139 kph, a full ball slanting across the left-hander from over the wicket, left-alone by the batsman

4.3

Steyn to Shan Masood, no run, 140 kph, Steyn bowls a straighter line on a good length to the left-hander, Masood gets behind the line, stays in his crease and blocks

4.4

Steyn to Shan Masood, FOUR, very full outside the off stump, Masood reaches for it and squeezes it between point and gully. Du Plessis is in hot pursuit and he puts in a full length dive to slap the ball away with his right hand just before it hit the rope. Quite spectacular. But his left hand was touching the rope so that's a boundary

4.5

Steyn to Shan Masood, no run, short of a length and straight, Masood stands tall and defends it down on the pitch

Kapil: "@Vikram: I have always been a fan of aggressive players and believe they set up the game for you but first over against Steyn, I would tell my batters to be watchful for atleast 3-4 overs each of the opening bowlers and play straight"

4.6

Steyn to Shan Masood, no run, he lets the ball go outside the off stump as it slants away from him

End of over 5 (4 runs) Pakistan 7/1

    • Shan Masood 5 (11b 1x4)
    • Azhar Ali 2 (17b)
    • DW Steyn 3-1-5-1
    • VD Philander 2-1-2-0
5.1

Philander to Azhar Ali, no run, Philander bowled a full ball and Azhar tried to flick it. He missed but got a thick inside edge just before the ball crashed into his front pad

5.2

Philander to Azhar Ali, 1 bye, short of a length but the line is down leg side, Azhar tries to glance but misses. The keeper fails to collect cleanly

Jas: "How good is pace and swing ? Happens so rarely these days. We really need to help our bowlers by preparing some helpful pitches. I honestly believe the quality of bowlers is still very good but pitches are mostly dust bowls or flat tracks."

5.3

Philander to Shan Masood, no run, good length outside the off stump, Masood lets it go

5.4

Philander to Shan Masood, no run, good length outside off, Masood watches it closely and lifts his bat out of the way

5.5

Philander to Shan Masood, no run, played off the pads towards square leg, Philander bowled a straighter line

Raza: "@vikram I agree with kapil, this is not khurram manzoor's natural game. He is not sehwag and even sehwag should respect the first over of the best bowler of our generation."

5.6

Philander to Shan Masood, no run, a full ball outside off at 133 kph, Masood lets it go

End of over 6 (1 run, maiden) Pakistan 8/1

    • Shan Masood 5 (15b 1x4)
    • Azhar Ali 2 (19b)
    • VD Philander 3-2-2-0
    • DW Steyn 3-1-5-1

Nida: "@ Vikram. Yes but you don't treat every situation the exact same way. A test opener should know better. Maybe watch the ball, even just for an over when you're up against the worlds best fast bowler who's pumped up. Not exactly your everyday situation"

6.1

Steyn to Azhar Ali, 1 run, good length and straight, Azhar taps it towards midwicket and sprints, the fielder at mid-on can't get to it quickly enough to prevent the single. Steyn is not happy. He wanted the right-hander on strike

6.2

Steyn to Shan Masood, no run, Masood ducks under a fast bouncer that's supremely directed, that would have crashed into his helmet

6.3

Steyn to Shan Masood, no run, another short ball which the batsman avoids

Brad: "@Kapil: It's certainly not as cut-and-dry as you make out. Different batsmen have different mindsets, and should therefore approach the start of an innings differently. Imagine you told Sehwag or Gayle that they're not allowed to be aggressive from the get-go. They'd be worse players for it."

6.4

Steyn to Shan Masood, no run, good length and straight, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

6.5

Steyn to Shan Masood, no run, Steyn sends down another bouncer, this one is a bit shorter and so a fraction easier to leave for Masood

6.6

Steyn to Shan Masood, no run, Steyn finsihes another tight over with a good length ball that seams away from the left-hander, Masood shoulders arms

End of over 7 (1 run) Pakistan 9/1

    • Shan Masood 5 (20b 1x4)
    • Azhar Ali 3 (20b)
    • DW Steyn 4-1-6-1
    • VD Philander 3-2-2-0

Steyn and Philander have kept the pressure on with the new ball. Scoring opportunities have been rare.

7.1

Philander to Azhar Ali, no run, Philander bounces Azhar this time, the batsman has to bend his back a lot to get under it

7.2

Philander to Azhar Ali, no run, a length ball around off stump, the batsman stays back and plays it towards point

Ahsan: "Shan Masood is an excellent prospect. He looks settled at the crease, nice hand-eye coordination, he can leave the ball on his wish. I think he can really fill in the boots of an opener for a long time."

7.3

Philander to Azhar Ali, no run, Azhar stays in his crease and opens the face of the bat to play a good length ball along the ground to the slip cordon

7.4

Philander to Azhar Ali, 1 run, pushed towards cover and Azhar wants a single, he gets sent back but the throw to the batsman's end misses the stumps and results in an overthrow

7.5

Philander to Shan Masood, 3 runs, a fuller ball on a straighter line, Masood punches down the ground with a straight bat and beats mid-on

Sriram Sundar: "Pakistani batsmen not used to playing when pressure is on like this, without scoring (except for, maybe, misbah and younis).. This will be an acid test.. If they pass this, they might well be in contention for another whitewash against No.1.."

7.6

Philander to Azhar Ali, 1 leg bye, Azhar tries to turn a straighter ball off his pads but misses, they run a leg bye towards square leg

End of over 8 (5 runs) Pakistan 14/1

    • Azhar Ali 4 (25b)
    • Shan Masood 8 (21b 1x4)
    • VD Philander 4-2-6-0
    • DW Steyn 4-1-6-1

Steyn to bowl his fifth over, how many more will he get in his first spell?

8.1

Steyn to Azhar Ali, no run, short of a length just outside off, Azhar stays back and punches firmly off the back foot but does not beat point

8.2

Steyn to Azhar Ali, 2 runs, nicely punched off the back foot, Azhar got on top of the bounce of a short of a length ball to play that through cover

8.3

Steyn to Azhar Ali, no run, a fuller length this time, angling into the right-hander, Azhar defends from his crease

Four slips for Steyn ...

8.4

Steyn to Azhar Ali, no run, good length and straight, Azhar gets behind the line and defends with a straight bat

8.5

Steyn to Azhar Ali, no run, AB leaps to his left to collect the ball with one hand after Azhar tried to let the ball go but was hit on the thigh pad. That was 147 kph from Steyn

8.6

Steyn to Azhar Ali, no run, that's too short and wide outside off stump, Azhar lets it go again

End of over 9 (2 runs) Pakistan 16/1

    • Azhar Ali 6 (31b)
    • Shan Masood 8 (21b 1x4)
    • DW Steyn 5-1-8-1
    • VD Philander 4-2-6-0

Vikram: "@Kapil, Nida: Brad is exactly right, you can't ask Sehwag/Gayle to think like Dravid/Kallis. The best example is Mathew Hayden, He gives you the charge from ball one be it Test, ODI or T20 cricket. Gibbs in his autobiography has mentioned that RSA bowlers shivered when Hayden was in. Before the bowlers started questioning, Hayden questioned them back with what are the options you have. This is what they call it as intimidation tactics."

9.1

Philander to Shan Masood, no run, defended on the back foot on the off side

9.2

Philander to Shan Masood, 3 runs, a fuller ball and Masood plays a graceful off drive on the front foot, hitting the ball along the ground to collect three

9.3

Philander to Azhar Ali, no run, good length outside off at 134 kph, defended on the front foot

9.4

Philander to Azhar Ali, no run, a short ball, the batsman ducks under it

Saad: "This session would decide the outcome of test match because S.Africa is putting all the pressure upfront and PAK is trying to absorb it. They have to capable batsmen here (in context of playing under pressure) and if they can see through this session then it would be lot easier for batsmen to come. But if S.Africa takes 2 more wickets in this session then they are going to win it"

9.5

Philander to Azhar Ali, no run, a fuller ball on middle stump, Azhar leans across and plays towards midwicket

9.6

Philander to Azhar Ali, no run, Azhar opens the face of the bat and plays a length ball from outside off stump towards point

Awais: "Dubai is a bit cooler than Abu dhabi when it comes to the weather, if Steyn is fully fit he can manage a couple of more overs in this spell."

End of over 10 (3 runs) Pakistan 19/1

    • Azhar Ali 6 (35b)
    • Shan Masood 11 (23b 1x4)
    • VD Philander 5-2-9-0
    • DW Steyn 5-1-8-1

Steyn has been given a break. He's just recovered from a tight hamstring so short spells are perhaps the way to go. Morne Morkel replaces him, bowling from round the wicket.

10.1

Morkel to Shan Masood, no run, a length ball outside off from round the wicket to the left-hander, Masood lets it go

10.2

Morkel to Shan Masood, no run, that's too wide outside off, Masood lets it go again

There's quite a bit of noise at the stadium, there are lots of school children watching.

10.3

Morkel to Shan Masood, no run, the ball rises off a length and Masood rides the bounce and plays it down towards point

Shahzad: "After a very long drought, I think Pakistan have found very good opener in the form of Shan Masood"

10.4

Morkel to Shan Masood, no run, good length outside off, Masood strides forward and shoulders arms, the ball carries through nicely to AB

10.5

Morkel to Shan Masood, no run, left alone once again outside off stump, Morkel's length is a bit fuller now

10.6

Morkel to Shan Masood, no run, 144 kph, he's been bowling at that speed all through this over. The last ball is much fuller and straighter, Masood defends watchfully

End of over 11 (maiden) Pakistan 19/1

    • Shan Masood 11 (29b 1x4)
    • Azhar Ali 6 (35b)
    • M Morkel 1-1-0-0
    • VD Philander 5-2-9-0

Philander has also been given a rest and the legspinner Imran Tahir will bowl with a ball that's only 11 overs old. This is a big opportunity for him. Can he keep a lid on his economy rate and use the surface as the Test progresses?

11.1

Imran Tahir to Azhar Ali, 2 runs, the first ball is short outside the off stump, Azhar waits on the back foot and cuts through gully

11.2

Imran Tahir to Azhar Ali, no run, good length outside off from over the wicket, left alone by the right-hander

11.3

Imran Tahir to Azhar Ali, 1 run, Azhar pushes forward to defend but gets an inside edge past the catcher at short leg

11.4

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, no run, Masood goes back to punch the ball from around off stump towards miwicket

11.5

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, no run, Masood's missed out on a tame full toss, he clipped it to midwicket

11.6

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, no run, defended on the off side

Munawar: "If there is slow turn. Imran Tahir will leak runs"

End of over 12 (3 runs) Pakistan 22/1

    • Shan Masood 11 (32b 1x4)
    • Azhar Ali 9 (38b)
    • Imran Tahir 1-0-3-0
    • M Morkel 1-1-0-0

Shadab Raza: "Azhar Ali's dead batting always reminds me Muddassar Nazar who was a better bowler than Azhar."

12.1

Morkel to Azhar Ali, no run, the ball rises from a good length and Azhar stays in his crease and plays it down on the leg side

12.2

Morkel to Azhar Ali, 2 runs, that's a top shot! Azhar rides the bounce from a short of a length outside off stump and punches in front of point, the outfield is not the quickest

12.3

Morkel to Azhar Ali, no run, a fuller length from Morkel, angling into the right-hander, Azhar defends on the front foot

12.4

Morkel to Azhar Ali, no run, the line from Morkel is down leg side, Azhar lets it pass

12.5

Morkel to Azhar Ali, 3 runs, a cracking drive off the pads and this outfield is indeed slow! Morkel was full on the pads, Azhar stays in his crease and plays the ball off the pads, placing it through midwicket. The ball stops in the grass much before the fielder gets to it

12.6

Morkel to Shan Masood, no run, defended from the crease on the off side

End of over 13 (5 runs) Pakistan 27/1

    • Shan Masood 11 (33b 1x4)
    • Azhar Ali 14 (43b)
    • M Morkel 2-1-5-0
    • Imran Tahir 1-0-3-0

Shaheryar Khan: "What is the threshold score the Pakistan batsmen have to make to activate 'cool aggressive Misbah' rather than typical 'try to save the innings overcautious slow Misbah'?"

Saffer: "I like this from Smith - Bring on Tahir, who obviously has some butterflies and knows he is playing for his career, at a time when the batsmen are skeptical to err."

The players have finished a break for drinks.

13.1

Imran Tahir to Azhar Ali, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

13.2

Imran Tahir to Azhar Ali, 1 run, a full ball outside off, Azhar leans into the front-foot cover drive, Tahir has protection on the deep cover boundary

khurram: "Good little partnership is in progress. Azhar and Shaan need to make sure they bat through the session. Imran tahir has a tendency to give boundary balls frequently, they should wait for them. 70/1 at lunch would be a good start for Pakistan"

13.3

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, 1 run, another full ball outside off, Masood drives firmly towards the bowler and Tahir fails to stop it

13.4

Imran Tahir to Azhar Ali, 1 run, Azhar steps out to take the ball on the full and drives firmly towards wide mid-off, calls for the single immediately

13.5

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, no run, Tahir goes round the wicket to the left-hander and bowls full on off stump, defended on the off side

13.6

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, 1 run, driven to mid-on where the fielder is deep, easy single even though there is a direct hit at the bowler's end

End of over 14 (4 runs) Pakistan 31/1

    • Shan Masood 13 (36b 1x4)
    • Azhar Ali 16 (46b)
    • Imran Tahir 2-0-7-0
    • M Morkel 2-1-5-0
14.1

Morkel to Shan Masood, no run, good length from round the wicket, Masood gets on top of the bounce and defends on the off side

14.2

Morkel to Shan Masood, no run, Masood stays in his crease and defends a length ball towards the bowler

14.3

Morkel to Shan Masood, 1 run, 144 kph, a fuller length around off stump, Masood presses forward and places the ball into the covers for a single

14.4

Morkel to Azhar Ali, no run, short of a length outside off, Azhar lets it go through to the keeper

Ali Hassan: "Keeping in view the quality spinners Pakistani batsmen face in domestic Cricket, I don't think that Imran Tahir can make some impact."

14.5

Morkel to Azhar Ali, no run, short of a length and quite straight, Azhar drops his wrists and sways as the ball speeds past his face

14.6

Morkel to Azhar Ali, 2 runs, a full delivery angling into the right-hander, Azhar clips it off his pads through square leg for two more

End of over 15 (3 runs) Pakistan 34/1

    • Azhar Ali 18 (49b)
    • Shan Masood 14 (39b 1x4)
    • M Morkel 3-1-8-0
    • Imran Tahir 2-0-7-0
15.1

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, no run, a full ball outside off, Masood square drives to backward point where the fielder makes a splendid diving save, there's a mix-up between the batsman but they both get back safely

15.2

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, 2 runs, tries to defend on the front foot but the thick outside edge runs past the slip

15.3

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, no run, stays back to a full ball and has to defend in a hurry in front of his stumps

15.4

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

15.5

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, no run, tossed up on off stump, Masood strides forward and defends

15.6

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, no run, driven on the front foot to mid-off

End of over 16 (2 runs) Pakistan 36/1

    • Shan Masood 16 (45b 1x4)
    • Azhar Ali 18 (49b)
    • Imran Tahir 3-0-9-0
    • M Morkel 3-1-8-0

This could make for a good debate. Artwell: "Morne Morkel is overrated. He has not justified the noises made about him. An average of 30+ after 51 Tests is not good enough considering SA's bowling talent. His spot should be in question considering that there is Kyle Abbot, Marchant de Lange, Beuran Hendricks & some other good fast bowlers in the country."

16.1

Morkel to Azhar Ali, 1 run, a good length around off stump, Azhar moves forward and pushes into the covers

16.2

Morkel to Shan Masood, 1 run, short of a length from round the wicket, Masood stays back and opens the face to play through point

Adrian: "Smith will have to watch the over rate - already very slow at this early stage, even though Tahir has bowled 20% of the overs."

16.3

Morkel to Azhar Ali, no run, good length outside off at 142 kph, left alone by the batsman

Highveldhillbilly: "I'm of the opinion that Morkel has never stepped up to the level required and given his potential. It's almost like his career hit 3 gear and hasn't gone further. He's still a decent test bowler but I feel he could have been so much more."

16.4

Morkel to Azhar Ali, no run, a fuller length on off and middle, Azhar stays in his crease and defends to the man at short leg

16.5

Morkel to Azhar Ali, no run, Azhar comes forward and defends a length delivery towards point

16.6

Morkel to Azhar Ali, OUT, he's been given lbw! Azhar has a chat with his partner and then asks for a review. Morkel bowled a very full length and Azhar came forward to play. The ball slanted into him from over the wicket and beat the bat as he played across the line. Replays indicate that it would have clipped leg stump so the decision stays with the umpire's call. Azhar has to go after a watchful innings.

Azhar Ali lbw b Morkel 19 (80m 54b 0x4 0x6) SR: 35.18

End of over 17 (2 runs) Pakistan 38/2

    • Shan Masood 17 (46b 1x4)
    • M Morkel 4-1-10-1
    • Imran Tahir 3-0-9-0

Younis Khan is the new batsman.

17.1

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, no run, defended on the off side

17.2

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, no run, defended on the front foot

17.3

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, no run, bowled on middle and leg, defended to the fielder at short leg

17.4

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, no run, driven back to the bowler

17.5

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, no run, bowled full from round the wicket, clipped off the pads towards square

17.6

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

MrGarreth: "Please someone else say something negative about Morkel so he can take another wicket ;)"

End of over 18 (maiden) Pakistan 38/2

    • Shan Masood 17 (52b 1x4)
    • Younis Khan 0 (0b)
    • Imran Tahir 4-1-9-0
    • M Morkel 4-1-10-1

Athol Henwick: "Oh the irony, all this Morkel bashing (with which I agree in large part) and he makes the breakthrough where his more illustrious teammates could not."

Clinton Nortje: "Its like Morkel could hear his critics. Regardless of his stats, a test attack is about bowling combinations."

18.1

Morkel to Younis Khan, no run, good length on off stump, Younis defends on the off side on the front foot

andrew: "Why is everyone laying into Morne Morkel? When your bowling partners consist of Steyn and Philander there aren't a lot of wickets left to take in a game. Because of this hiis average doesn't really reflect the quality of his bowling."

18.2

Morkel to Younis Khan, no run, defended on the back foot on the off side

18.3

Morkel to Younis Khan, no run, a full ball outside off stump, Younis drives but gets a thick edge that falls short of Petersen at gully

Matt: "Artwell, you try telling all the top order players from the Test nations that Morne Morkel isn't good enough... Most will tell you he's one of the most uncomfortable bowlers to face. Bowling 140+ kph from that height is a tricky proposition for any batsman... He doesn't always get the wickets he deserves, but always builds pressure and often Steyn and Philander reap the rewards"

18.4

Morkel to Younis Khan, no run, short of a length and wider outside off, Younis lets it go

Nitin: "Can't believe we are having this discussion. Maybe people compare him to Steyn when they say he isn't that good. I think a few cricketing nations (read India) would give an arm and a leg for having Morkel in their playing XI."

18.5

Morkel to Younis Khan, 2 runs, a full ball once again and Younis moves forward and across to flick it through midwicket, he was just in time to play that shot

18.6

Morkel to Younis Khan, no run, good length angling into the right-hander, defended on the front foot

End of over 19 (2 runs) Pakistan 40/2

    • Younis Khan 2 (6b)
    • Shan Masood 17 (52b 1x4)
    • M Morkel 5-1-12-1
    • Imran Tahir 4-1-9-0
19.1

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, Masood gets on the front foot and blocks

19.2

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, no run, flighted on middle stump, driven from the crease to mid-off

19.3

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, no run, defended on the front foot, ball goes off the inside edge towards short leg

19.4

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, 3 runs, a loose ball, a full toss on the pads, Masood clips it through square leg and the ball just pulls up in the outfield

Dylan: "no one is saying Morne isn't good but when you look at his pace and height you'd expect him to take more wickets than Philander, he doesn't quite live up to his potential"

19.5

Imran Tahir to Younis Khan, 4 byes, Tahir's fired this down leg side and the ball beats the batsman's glance and the keeper. This time it has enough on it to reach the boundary

19.6

Imran Tahir to Younis Khan, 1 run, bowled on a tight line and length on off stump, not much turn for the legspinner. Younis defends on the front foot but gets an inside edge that goes past the fielder at short leg

End of over 20 (8 runs) Pakistan 48/2

    • Younis Khan 3 (8b)
    • Shan Masood 20 (56b 1x4)
    • Imran Tahir 5-1-13-0
    • M Morkel 5-1-12-1

George: "Before the morkel bashing continues does no one else remember the Australia series, he was immense!!! Steyn was off his best, Klienvelt was not economical, Philander missed games, Morkel was the pick of the bowlers for the most of that series!!!"

Stefan: "I tend to agree with Clinton. Any bowling attack is about combinations. If one bowler takes a lot of wickets, your average will go up as all the wickets are taken from the other end, but it does not mean that you do not have a roll to play in the bowling attack. Morkel forms part of one of the best bowling line-ups in the world. Each player has a role to play."

Steyn's back for a burst before lunch ...

20.1

Steyn to Younis Khan, no run, Steyn appeals for lbw because he thinks he hit pad before the bat. Steyn is keen to review but Smith is reluctant. Younis had come forward to defend a good length ball slanting into him and definitely hit it before the ball hit his pad

20.2

Steyn to Younis Khan, no run, short ball outside off stump, Younis lets it go

20.3

Steyn to Younis Khan, no run, defended from the crease towards point

And the batting averages and bowling averages are back on the scorecard.

20.4

Steyn to Younis Khan, no run, full and straight at 144 kph, Younis drives back to the bowler

alanm: "Morkel is terrifying at domestic level; first class batsmen have no answer for his pace and bounce. Test batsmen are less intimidated by shear pace and bounce and you need late lateral movement to get them out, which Morkel doesn't have much of."

20.5

Steyn to Younis Khan, no run, Steyn pitches on a good length outside off and seams the ball back into Younis, who shoulders arms, top delivery

20.6

Steyn to Younis Khan, 2 runs, a bit too straight this time, clipped off the pads through square leg

End of over 21 (2 runs) Pakistan 50/2

    • Younis Khan 5 (14b)
    • Shan Masood 20 (56b 1x4)
    • DW Steyn 6-1-10-1
    • Imran Tahir 5-1-13-0

Saffer: "@George - And your comment proves a very important point. He knows his role in the team and he does it to perfection. Smith Always refers to bowling in partnerships, this is a prime example. When he is needed as the strike/impact bowler he can deliver."

21.1

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, no run, lots of width outside off stump but Masood goes back and mistimes his cut on the off side

21.2

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, 1 run, Masood moves forward to defend but the ball hits his outside edge and goes behind square on the off side, he's tossing it up from round the wicket to the left-hander

21.3

Imran Tahir to Younis Khan, no run, over the wicket to the right-hander, and Younis defends to short leg

21.4

Imran Tahir to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis gets down on one knee and drags the ball from outside off sump with a sweep, placing it behind square leg

21.5

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, no run, defended from the crease on the leg side

21.6

Imran Tahir to Shan Masood, OUT, he's been bowled! Tahir delivered the ball full and wide outside off stump, and Masood went forward to drive the ball powerfully through cover. It came into him a little with the angle from round the wicket and took the inside edge and hit the stumps after a couple of bounces. Pakistan's watchful start has come apart.

Shan Masood b Imran Tahir 21 (101m 60b 1x4 0x6) SR: 35.00

End of over 22 (2 runs) Pakistan 52/3

    • Younis Khan 6 (16b)
    • Imran Tahir 6-1-15-1
    • DW Steyn 6-1-10-1

Misbah and Younis have it all to do.

22.1

Steyn to Younis Khan, no run, 140 kph, hits a good length and nips into the right-hander, Younis defends from his crease

22.2

Steyn to Younis Khan, 2 runs, Younis moves across in his crease and flicks a full ball from middle stump between the fielders at square leg and midwicket

22.3

Steyn to Younis Khan, no run, played off the back foot towards point

22.4

Steyn to Younis Khan, 2 leg byes, Steyn gets a bit too straight and the ball brushes Younis' pads and goes towards the fine-leg boundary. It would have been four on most outfields but not this one. Philander has enough time to reach it and stop the ball with his boot. The batsmen ran only two, that's poor

22.5

Steyn to Younis Khan, 2 runs, flicked off the pads behind square for two more

22.6

Steyn to Younis Khan, no run, 146 kph, Steyn gets the ball to hold its line after pitching outside off stump, Younis defends inside the line and is beaten

End of over 23 (6 runs) Pakistan 58/3

    • Younis Khan 10 (22b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 0 (0b)
    • DW Steyn 7-1-14-1
    • Imran Tahir 6-1-15-1
23.1

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, punched off the back foot on the off side

23.2

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah tries to drive on the off side but ends up playing it back to the bowler, that was tossed up nicely by Tahir

23.3

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, a quicker ball on a straighter line, Misbah defends in a hurry

23.4

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slower outside the off stump, left alone by the batsman

23.5

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah lets another one go outside off stump

23.6

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, tossed up on middle stump, Misbah comes forward and turns the ball off his pads behind square

Dylan: "already Tahir has done more than Robbie did, lets hope he gets some confidence from that and bowls well for the rest of the match"

End of over 24 (2 runs) Pakistan 60/3

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 2 (6b)
    • Younis Khan 10 (22b)
    • Imran Tahir 7-1-17-1
    • DW Steyn 7-1-14-1
24.1

Steyn to Younis Khan, no run, played off the pads towards square leg

24.2

Steyn to Younis Khan, no run, short of a length around off stump, Younis sways out of the way and lets it go

24.3

Steyn to Younis Khan, no run, Younis tries to defend from his crease but gets beaten by one that pitches on a good length and seams away from the right-hander, bounced a bit more as well, terrific bowling

Adrian: "If Philander can pick up six wickets in this Test (his 18th), he will be the quickest to 100 wickets for more than 80 years. Clarrie Grimmett achieved this in 17 matches way back in 1931. Contemporary bowlers up there are Saeed Ajmal (19 tests), Steyn (20) and Mohammad Asif (20)."

24.4

Steyn to Younis Khan, OUT, edged and taken! Steyn's been rewarded for a top spell. He bowled a full ball outside off stump and Younis reached for it and played a lame push. AB de Villiers took it easily. Steyn was moving the ball both ways and Younis was unsure which delivery was going in which direction. He should have let that go though

Younis Khan c †de Villiers b Steyn 10 (32m 26b 0x4 0x6) SR: 38.46

24.5

Steyn to Asad Shafiq, no run, good length outside off stump, Shafiq lets it go

24.6

Steyn to Asad Shafiq, no run, 147 kph from Steyn! On a good length and just outside off, Shafiq stays in his crease and shoulders arms

End of over 25 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 60/4

    • Asad Shafiq 0 (2b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 2 (6b)
    • DW Steyn 8-2-14-2
    • Imran Tahir 7-1-17-1
25.1

Imran Tahir to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT, a huge appeal for lbw and the umpire sends Misbah on his way! Tahir is ecstatic. Misbah has a discussion with his partner and decides to review. Tahir pitched just outside off stump and it was the googly. Misbah was on the front foot and he played across the line and was beaten. The ball came into him and hit low on the pad. That looks plumb and replays say it would have hit leg stump. Misbah has to go.

Misbah-ul-Haq lbw b Imran Tahir 2 (18m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

Adnan Akmal is the new batsman. The last time Pakistan batted here in the first innings they were dismissed for 99.

25.2

Imran Tahir to Adnan Akmal, no run

25.3

Imran Tahir to Adnan Akmal, no run, driven inside out towards mid off

25.4

Imran Tahir to Adnan Akmal, OUT, Tahir sprints away with arms in the air after picking up his third wicket! Pakistan in tatters. Akmal stayed back to a full ball that pitched in line with the stumps and skidded on quickly to beat the bat and clip leg stump. Akmal was cramped for room

Adnan Akmal b Imran Tahir 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Lunch 12.00 pm South Africa have come ripping back into this series with a seriously impressive performance in the first session. Steyn struck with his second ball and then took another wicket in his second spell, bowling with terrific pace and hostility all through. Philander kept it tight, not allowing scoring opportunities. Morkel broke through a watchful second wicket stand that triggered the glut of wickets. And Imran Tahir has made a superb comeback after the horrors in Australia, taking three wickets to rip through Pakistan's middle order. They lost five wickets for 22 runs.

Saul: "Well, what a difference having an attacking spinner!"

Umar Farooq: "Its amazing to see Pakistan have scored 60 runs but only one boundary has been scored that too in the 5th over by Shan Masood. This explains the comand with which SA are bowling."

I'll be back in 40 minutes for the second session.

The second session is about to begin. Tahir has two balls to go in an over that has already claimed two Pakistan wickets. Saeed Ajmal to face the first ball after lunch.

Joshwin: "This comeback from South Africa proves why they are the worlds number 1 test team. However I feel their batting will crumble against Ajmal. If Pakistan cant play spin on this pitch, I fear for SA"

James: "Well, I don't imagine Misbah had this in mind when he opted to bat first! Is this down to bad Pakistan batting, good South African bowling, or a helpful (to the bowlers) pitch? Bit of each, I'm guessing. Will be interesting to watch SA bat against the Pakistan attack, and we probably won't have to wait too long."

25.5

Imran Tahir to Saeed Ajmal, no run, that's a googly and it spins a long way after pitching in line with the stumps, it goes down leg side and the catcher at leg slip collects

25.6

Imran Tahir to Saeed Ajmal, no run, defended on the off side off the back foot

End of over 26 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 60/6

    • Saeed Ajmal 0 (2b)
    • Asad Shafiq 0 (2b)
    • Imran Tahir 8-2-17-3
    • DW Steyn 8-2-14-2

MrGarreth: "What I think will decide this game is how SA bat in their first innings. They need to bat Pak out the game because batting last against Ajmal and co could prove very tricky with a testing total."

Steyn to continue, from over the wicket.

26.1

Steyn to Asad Shafiq, no run, Steyn swings a full ball back into Shafiq who is caught on the crease and hit on the pad as he tries to play across the line. That was missing leg stump though

26.2

Steyn to Asad Shafiq, no run, good length on off and middle stump, Steyn is getting the ball to shape into Shafiq, who defends from his crease

26.3

Steyn to Asad Shafiq, no run, short of a length and the ball lifts on Shafiq, who plays away from his body and is beaten

26.4

Steyn to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, Shafiq tries to defend a good length ball outside off stump and gets an outside edge that goes between second slip and gully to the third man boundary

26.5

Steyn to Asad Shafiq, no run, there is a man at silly mid-on and another at short midwicket. Steyn swings the ball into Shafiq on a full length, and he plays to the man at short midwicket

26.6

Steyn to Asad Shafiq, OUT, Ajmal's been run out! Shafiq looked like he wanted to keep the strike when he dabbed towards cover and set off for a single. Ajmal was late in responding. Petersen sprinted to the ball from point, picked up with one hand and whipped the throw to the striker's end, hitting the stumps direct. Ajmal was well short

Saeed Ajmal run out 0 (7m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 27 (4 runs) Pakistan 64/7

    • Asad Shafiq 4 (8b 1x4)
    • DW Steyn 9-2-18-2
    • Imran Tahir 8-2-17-3

JC: "What approach do you take if you are Asad Shafiq? Do you attack the SA bowlers and try and get some runs on the board before the tail gets out or do you try and build a large (but slow) partnerships?"

27.1

Imran Tahir to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, slightly short outside off and Shafiq goes back and slaps the ball through cover, there's a fielder in the deep

27.2

Imran Tahir to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, Tahir bowls the quicker ball that slides straight on just outside off sump, Zulfiqar stays back and is beaten

27.3

Imran Tahir to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, defended on the back foot

27.4

Imran Tahir to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, played back to the bowler on the back foot

27.5

Imran Tahir to Zulfiqar Babar, 2 runs, the length is short once again so Babar goes back and punches through cover point, Duminy chases after the ball

27.6

Imran Tahir to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, Babar tries to cut and is beaten

End of over 28 (3 runs) Pakistan 67/7

    • Zulfiqar Babar 2 (5b)
    • Asad Shafiq 5 (9b 1x4)
    • Imran Tahir 9-2-20-3
    • DW Steyn 9-2-18-2

Imran: "Really goes to show how dire 2-test series are, this series is crying out for a third game. Plus, it's always nice to see test cricket return to Sharjah, I really wish the PCB could standardise 3-test tours in the UAE across these 3 venues."

28.1

Steyn to Asad Shafiq, no run, Steyn brings the ball back into Shafiq and hits the pad as he tries to play towards square leg by closing the face

28.2

Steyn to Asad Shafiq, no run, full, fast and straight, Shafiq moves forward and plays towards mid-on

28.3

Steyn to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, played off the back foot towards third man, that one came back into Shafiq too

28.4

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, good length but a touch too wide, Babar lets it go

28.5

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, a full ball crashes into the pad with Babar on the back foot, Steyn appeals but his reverse swing was taking the ball past leg stump

28.6

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, this time the ball pitches on a good length outside off and shapes away from Babar, who pokes off the back foot and is beaten

End of over 29 (1 run) Pakistan 68/7

    • Zulfiqar Babar 2 (8b)
    • Asad Shafiq 6 (12b 1x4)
    • DW Steyn 10-2-19-2
    • Imran Tahir 9-2-20-3
29.1

Imran Tahir to Asad Shafiq, no run, Shafiq goes back to a straight ball and plays back to the bowler

29.2

Imran Tahir to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, a long hop, and Shafiq is quick to go back and pull the ball to the midwicket boundary

29.3

Imran Tahir to Asad Shafiq, no run, tossed up on off stump, Shafiq defends on the front foot

29.4

Imran Tahir to Asad Shafiq, no run, Shafiq moves forward to defend the googly with a straight bat

29.5

Imran Tahir to Asad Shafiq, no run, defended on the front foot to the bowler

29.6

Imran Tahir to Asad Shafiq, no run, nudged off the pads to midwicket, Shafiq began to run to try keep the strike but changed his mind. There was no single available. Babar will have to face Steyn

End of over 30 (4 runs) Pakistan 72/7

    • Asad Shafiq 10 (18b 2x4)
    • Zulfiqar Babar 2 (8b)
    • Imran Tahir 10-2-24-3
    • DW Steyn 10-2-19-2
30.1

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, short of a length outside off at 146 kph, Babar lets it go

Syed: "As much as everyone would love to have 3rd tests, but after today most of Pakistani fans would be happy to have 2 tests, atleast this way they are not going to lose this series. All those who said after the 1st test, that was real Pakistan, well I say this is real Pakistan team that you never know."

30.2

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, FOUR, banged in short but the line is down leg side, Babar fends at the ball with one hand and manages to place it wide of the diving AB de Villiers to collect a boundary to fine leg

30.3

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, Babar stays back and prods outside off at a delivery that pitches on a good length and holds its line, he gets beaten

30.4

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, short of a length outside off, the batsman lets it go

Mitchell Burke: "I guess the first test was an upset after all!"

Hassan: "Zulfiqar Babar is big spinner of the ball and if imran tahir is taking wickets , i bet he will be unplayable then !!!"

30.5

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, left alone once again outside off stump

30.6

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, defended from the crease on the leg side

End of over 31 (4 runs) Pakistan 76/7

    • Zulfiqar Babar 6 (14b 1x4)
    • Asad Shafiq 10 (18b 2x4)
    • DW Steyn 11-2-23-2
    • Imran Tahir 10-2-24-3
31.1

Imran Tahir to Asad Shafiq, OUT, Tahir has his fourth! That was a rash shot from Shafiq, he cleared his front foot and mowed across the line, aiming for the midwicket boundary. Tahir's delivery was flighted and slower, and it beaten the bat to hit off stump

Asad Shafiq b Imran Tahir 10 (31m 19b 2x4 0x6) SR: 52.63

Mohammad Irfan is the new batsman, and Tahir is a wicket away from a maiden five-for.

31.2

Imran Tahir to Mohammad Irfan, no run, defended from the crease to short leg

31.3

Imran Tahir to Mohammad Irfan, OUT, he's got it! Five for Tahir, and what a comeback he's made! Irfan saw the ball pitching outside off stump so he covered his off stump by thrusting his pad out and played no shot. It was the googly, though, and it spun back into the right-hander, clipped the top of his front pad, and then hit the underneath of the glove before going on to hit off stump

Mohammad Irfan b Imran Tahir 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

31.4

Imran Tahir to Junaid Khan, no run, the slider and Junaid just manages to get some bat on the ball before it hits the pad

31.5

Imran Tahir to Junaid Khan, no run, Junaid swings wildly and mis-hits it close to the wicket

31.6

Imran Tahir to Junaid Khan, no run, Tossed up outside off stump, Junaid lets it go

Ziadh: "Since Tahir is getting wickets, I have a feeling that Ajmal and Barbar are going to torment SA."

End of over 32 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 76/9

    • Junaid Khan 0 (3b)
    • Zulfiqar Babar 6 (14b 1x4)
    • Imran Tahir 11-3-24-5
    • DW Steyn 11-2-23-2

Muhammad Jamil: "@Syed Don't forget Pak have defeated Eng (the then No. 1 team) at same pitch after getting bowled at 99 in first innings. So its too early to jump on guns, better wait and see as the match progresses."

32.1

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, a full and straight ball at 145 kph, Babar manages to play it on the leg side

32.2

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, FOUR, Babar flays at a full ball round off stump and gets a thick edge that flies over the slip cordon

Khalid: "Just waiting for SA bating, that will tell us which team is better on this wicket.."

32.3

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, 2 runs, Babar's teeing off! Clears his front foot and slaps a length ball over mid-off, the ball plugs in the outfield and stops dead

32.4

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, Babar tries to steer to third man but misses

32.5

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, short of a length outside off at 147 kph, Babar pokes off the back foot and is beaten

32.6

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, fuller ball close to off stump, Babar stays back and plays towards cover

End of over 33 (6 runs) Pakistan 82/9

    • Zulfiqar Babar 12 (20b 2x4)
    • Junaid Khan 0 (3b)
    • DW Steyn 12-2-29-2
    • Imran Tahir 11-3-24-5
33.1

Imran Tahir to Junaid Khan, no run, tossed up on off stump, defended on the front foot on the off side

33.2

Imran Tahir to Junaid Khan, 2 runs, short ball outside off, Junaid goes back and hits the ball hard through cover point

33.3

Imran Tahir to Junaid Khan, no run, Tahir pitches outside off stump and spins the googly back into the right-hander, not sure if Junaid picked it but he let it go

33.4

Imran Tahir to Junaid Khan, no run, driven to mid-off on the front foot

33.5

Imran Tahir to Junaid Khan, no run, Tahir appeals for his sixth but the straighter one was sliding down leg after Junaid was hit on the pad on the back foot

33.6

Imran Tahir to Junaid Khan, no run, Junaid comes forward to defend this time and is hit on the pad outside off stump

End of over 34 (2 runs) Pakistan 84/9

    • Junaid Khan 2 (9b)
    • Zulfiqar Babar 12 (20b 2x4)
    • Imran Tahir 12-3-26-5
    • DW Steyn 12-2-29-2

Sajid Shah: "Guys, stop waiting for Babar & Ajmal. This pitch is a paradise & Pakistan has a history of making pitches like these unplayable! SA will score 350+. The only hope, if Younis Khan can show his 2nd innings magic again!"

34.1

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, 2 runs, Babar clears his front foot and slogs a length ball from Steyn over mid-on, this outfield is very slow so Elgar has plenty of time to reach the ball

34.2

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, Steyn reverses a full ball into Babar, who moves outside leg stump and plays on the off side

34.3

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, 2 runs, Babar makes room and slaps the length ball over cover, he's just going for it now ... they come back for a quick second

34.4

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, Babar defends one that keeps a bit low on the back foot and gets an outside edge that bounces before slip

34.5

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, 2 runs, Babar makes room again and clubs a short ball over mid-on, Elgar gives chase but the ball just drops over his head

34.6

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, 1 run, a full ball on middle this time, Babar flicks the ball through square leg to retain strike

End of over 35 (7 runs) Pakistan 91/9

    • Zulfiqar Babar 19 (26b 2x4)
    • Junaid Khan 2 (9b)
    • DW Steyn 13-2-36-2
    • Imran Tahir 12-3-26-5
35.1

Imran Tahir to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, the quicker ball on off stump, Babar goes back and plays towards cover

35.2

Imran Tahir to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

35.3

Imran Tahir to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, Babar was getting ready to tee off but Tahir delivered a quick ball full around off stump, he had to defend on the off side

35.4

Imran Tahir to Zulfiqar Babar, 1 run, Babar has a slog this time and inside edges a googly towards deep square leg. He was looking to hit on the off side

35.5

Imran Tahir to Junaid Khan, 1 run, Junaid leans forward to take the ball on the full and push to mid-on

35.6

Imran Tahir to Zulfiqar Babar, FOUR, a flighted ball and Babar has drilled it through covers with a flowing drive, he's hit it well enough to beat this sluggish outfield too

End of over 36 (6 runs) Pakistan 97/9

    • Zulfiqar Babar 24 (31b 3x4)
    • Junaid Khan 3 (10b)
    • Imran Tahir 13-3-32-5
    • DW Steyn 13-2-36-2
36.1

Steyn to Junaid Khan, 1 run, nudged off the pads in front of square and Junaid does well to give Babar the strike

36.2

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, Steyn sends down a bouncer, Babar decides not to slog this one and ducks

36.3

Steyn to Zulfiqar Babar, 1 run, Babar made room by moving outside leg and Steyn delivered a slower ball that would have hit the stumps had Babar not adjusted, waited and guided the ball to third man

36.4

Steyn to Junaid Khan, OUT, Junaid's been bowled! He stayed back in his crease to a good length ball that pitched around off and came back into the right-hander to hit middle stump. Pakistan have been shot out for 99, the same score they had made in the first innings (against England) the last time they played a Test in Dubai

Junaid Khan b Steyn 4 (18m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

1.25 pm Tahir leads his tam-mates off the field and is applauded by the South African dressing room for taking his maiden five-for in Test cricket. Steyn was immense as well, bowling fast and accurately after passing a fitness test this morning. I'll be back in ten minutes for South Africa's innings.

Dale: "South Africa have proved that their playing of spin has improved. Remember that SA hasn't played a test match in 6 months. All Test Match series should be 3 tests or more"

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