Pakistan tour of South Africa, 2006/07 / Commentary

Pakistan in South Africa Test Series - 1st Test

South Africa v Pakistan

South Africa won by 7 wickets

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64.5

Nel to Faisal Iqbal, no run, Nel hurls across another short-pitched stuff outside the off stump. He must be surprised that the batsman didn't go for a pull shot. Left alone.

64.6

Nel to Faisal Iqbal, no run, full in length, on the middle stump line, defended off the front foot

Pakistan 193/4   Faisal Iqbal 0* (2b)

65.2

Pollock to Faisal Iqbal, no run, in the channel outside off, left alone

65.3

Pollock to Faisal Iqbal, no run, Huge shout for lbw but there was an inside-edge. Full and on the off stump line, Faisal pushes at it, tentatively, and gets an edge on to the pads

65.4

Pollock to Faisal Iqbal, no run, comes in from outside the off stump after landing on a length, Faisal pushes it to the off side

65.5

Pollock to Faisal Iqbal, no run, kicks up from short of length, Faisal adjusts and fends it off to the on side. No short-leg in place and hence no danger

65.6

Pollock to Faisal Iqbal, no run, defended off the back foot

Pakistan 194/4   Faisal Iqbal 0* (7b)

66.5

Ntini to Faisal Iqbal, 1 run, lands on a length, on the off stump line, Faisal pushes at it, bat well in front of his body, and the ball rolls away to the extra cover and 200 is up for Pakistan. 200 for 4. It could well have been 200 for 2 if not for two injudicious pull shots.

Pakistan 200/4   Faisal Iqbal 1* (8b)

67.1

Pollock to Faisal Iqbal, no run, On the off and middle, on a good length, Faisal dabs it to the on side.

67.2

Pollock to Faisal Iqbal, no run, short, chest-high, around off stump line, pushed away to the off side. Two slips and a gully in place.

67.3

Pollock to Faisal Iqbal, no run, Pollock grunts just at the time of the release. Think he has been watching too much of Sharapova, full and on the middle stump line, deflected to square-leg

67.4

Pollock to Faisal Iqbal, no run, Another grunt. This time it is a bouncer. On the off stump line, swayed away well by Faisal

67.5

Pollock to Faisal Iqbal, no run, Pushes this one fuller, and obviously, close to the off stump, Faisal judges the line perfectly and lets it go through

67.6

Pollock to Faisal Iqbal, no run, Another grunt. Another one in the channel outside off. But this one comes back in, Faisal gets behind the line to defend it away to the off side. End of a grunting over.

Pakistan 200/4   Faisal Iqbal 1* (14b)

68.2

Ntini to Faisal Iqbal, no run, Short and outside off stump, Faisal rocks back to punch it to de Villiers at point

68.3

Ntini to Faisal Iqbal, no run, at the body, nudged to left of Amla at short-leg

68.4

Ntini to Faisal Iqbal, no run, banged in short, outside off stump, chest-high, pushed to point

68.5

Ntini to Faisal Iqbal, no run, fuller, lands on a good length, outside the off stump, comes in, steered to point

68.6

Ntini to Faisal Iqbal, no run, outside the offstump, steered to point.

Pakistan 201/4   Faisal Iqbal 1* (19b)

69.2

Kallis to Faisal Iqbal, no run, around the off stump line, defended off the front foot

69.3

Kallis to Faisal Iqbal, no run, Full and well outside the off stump, Faisal initially thinks about reaching out for it but pulls out at the last minute

69.4

Kallis to Faisal Iqbal, no run, on and around the off stump line, holds its line and Faisal is squared-up a touch, nudges it to backward point

69.5

Kallis to Faisal Iqbal, no run, similar line, Faisal goes back, steers it to gully

69.6

Kallis to Faisal Iqbal, no run, hits the deck hard, slightly short of length, outside the off stump, defended away on the front foot

Pakistan 202/4   Faisal Iqbal 1* (24b)

71.2

Kallis to Faisal Iqbal, no run, full and on the off stump line, nudged to the on side

71.3

Kallis to Faisal Iqbal, OUT, Would you believe it? The fatal Pakistani attraction with the pull shot continues. Kallis banged it short, at the body of Faisal who goes for an impulsive pull, doesn't make proper contact and it bounds off the gloves, in the air, for Boucher to hold a dolly.

Faisal Iqbal c †Boucher b Kallis 1 (37m 26b 0x4 0x6) SR: 3.84

Pakistan 204/5   Faisal Iqbal 1 (26b)
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Photos

Feb 15, 2007

The South Africa squad: (top row, from left) Makhaya Ntini, Roger Telemachus, Loots Bosman, Andre Nel, Justin Kemp, Robin Peterson, Andrew Hall, Herschelle Gibbs,  (middle row) Jacques Kallis, (coach) Mickey Arthur, (capt) Graeme Smith, (manager) Goolam Rajah, Shaun Pollock, (front row) Charl Langeveldt, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, and Ashwell Prince, Johannesburg, February 15, 2007

The South Africa squad in Johannesburg

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Jan 15, 2007

AB de Villiers points out photographs from a magazine to team manager Goolam Rajah, South Africa v Pakistan, 1st Test, Centurion, 5th day, January 15, 2007

AB de Villiers points out photographs from a magazine to team manager Goolam Rajah

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