South Africa v Pakistan, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 1st day

Smith's party falls a little flat

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the opening exchanges of the series between South Africa and Pakistan

Firdose Moonda at the Wanderers

February 1, 2013

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Younis Khan claimed the key wicket of Hashim Amla, South Africa v Pakistan, 1st Test, Johannesburg, February 1, 2013
Bonus time: Younis Khan trundled in a removed Hashim Amla © Getty Images
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Birthday celebrations of the day

At 159 for 4 at tea, there was not cause for too much celebration but Cricket South Africa had planned on-field festivities for Smith. He was led out in front of the grass embankment where the sports minister, in a replica Test jersey, made a short speech. Smith thanked the crowd, his family and the suits and was then presented with a cricket-themed cake. A bat, boot, pads and stumps made up the culinary delight and Smith mock bit into it for the cameras. "Happy Birthday," was sung, albeit a little softly and out of tune, mostly by the schoolkids from Smith's old place of learning, King Edward School and he applauded them in appreciation before returning to the dressing room.

Number of the day

While 32 (Smith's age) and 100 were the only numbers most cared about, Jacques Kallis reached another milestone. He notched up 13,000 career runs against New Zealand but some of those were for the World XI. Today, he scored 13,000 for South Africa with a straight drive that sliced the area between the bowler and the non-striker in half perfectly. Kallis went on to score his 58th Test fifty before he was stopped by one of Pakistan's superb fielding efforts.

Catch of the day

When Kallis top-edged a pull shot off Umar Gul, Asad Shafiq at deep square-leg would have known he was in business but may not have expected the job to require that much effort. He had to move to his left and dive full stretch to get to the ball in time. He did both with ease to snatch an important wicket for Pakistan.

Innocuous dismissal of the day

In Australia, David Warner's part-time legspin accounted for Hashim Amla. In Johannesburg, Younis Khan's dibby-dobblers did it. With his quicks needing a break, Misbah-ul-Haq turned to Younis to provide a bit of relief. He was not meant to cause much damage, only hold up an end for a period and his first two balls illustrated exactly that. Two gentle medium pacers, one of which bounced twice on its way to the wicket-keeper did not hint at anything threatening. Amla was lulled into a false sense of security that he lashed out at the third ball, an attempted cut over gully. Azhar Ali had to react quickly to snatch the ball out of the air and he timed his jump perfectly to make sure he did. Another great bit of fielding yielded another wicket.

DRS moment of the day

Technology came under the spotlight when Rahat Ali was denied his maiden Test wicket when he thought he had Faf du Plessis caught behind. Billy Bowden said du Plessis had not edged behind and Pakistan reviewed. Without much of a sound and no clear mark on the Hotspot (although many from the Twitter-verse claimed to have seen one) there was not enough evidence to overturn the decision. Later, AB de Villiers was also given not out off an Ajmal delivery that slid down the leg side. On review, the picture was completely unclear with the bat blurred and no Hotspot, perhaps displaying the problems the camera has in heat and brightness as not even the contact with the pad was picked up.

Bowling change of the day

Misbah's decisions paid off almost every time but the one that was most telling was bringing Junaid Khan back with the old ball in the final session. Although it was more luck and lack of awareness that brought the wicket - that of du Plessis bowled by a ball that rolled back onto his stumps - it opened the door for Pakistan to run through the tail and they did.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 2, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

Come on Pakistan Just bat half and a day then lead will be almost 150 which will be more than enough to win and lead series 1-0.all the best.can't wait more to watch hafeez & Nasir batting..Come on Pakistan Now replicate Bowling&Fielding performance with Batting and Put Proteas under serious pressure..all the best Green Army.....

Posted by Nigah on (February 2, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

would you believe today when Pakistan will busy in batting the same hotspot machine will start working and it will shown the edge without any sound. A guys machine does't work independently understand what i wanna say?

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (February 2, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

jimmy2s, disagree with you completely about the purpose of DRS (technology) - DRS is for howlers but not for marginal calls, is what you are saying. I sympathise with you and people like you who got carried away with that misconception. A howler is something that is easy for the eye to pick-up and judge. A marginal is something that is hard for the eye to pick-up and judge. Solve these two additions: 2 +2 = ? and 69834765294 + 5788947632987 = ? For which one of those two do you need calculator (technology)? People who use calculator (technology) for the first addition would put the most moronic of people to shame. We use technology to judge the most minor of the details - marginal calls in cricket, if I may say.

There's a difference between supporting and defending. Let's be supportive of umpires when they commit errors of perfection (marginal calls). Let's not defend them when they commit errors of shame (howlers). We all know DRS is junk in marginal calls. DRS is a sham, a shame!

Posted by khanofcricket on (February 2, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

Pakistan is the most under rated team at the moment and that is why people seem surprised when they show good performance. Here are the facts: 1. Pakistan has the most balance bowling attack - an experience pace bowler in Umer Gul, a budding pace bowler in Junaid who can swing the bowl both ways, a rookie fast bowler who is not yet known, a magician in Ajaml and an accurate offspinner in Hafeez. It is full of variety instead of being one dimensional. 2. For a change, Pakistan's fielding has improved so significantly that I have to pinch myself. Catches win matches and Pakistan has been taking its catches recently. 3. Pakistan's batting is being criticised and it may be true to a certain extent but now it has stroke making openers who have lot of potential, solid one down in Azhar who has proved his potential in overseas conditions, solid middle order in Younis, Misbah and Asad Shafiq. 4. The most sensible Captain in a very long time and top of all he is lucky as a Captain.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (February 2, 2013, 2:01 GMT)

jimmy2s, disagree with you completely about the purpose of DRS (technology) - DRS is for howlers but not for marginal calls, is what you are saying. I sympathise with you and people like you who got carried away with that misconception. A howler is something that is easy for the eye to pick-up and judge. A marginal is something that is hard for the eye to pick-up and judge. Solve these two additions: 2 +2 = ? and 69834765294 + 5788947632987 = ? For which one of those two do you need calculator (technology). People who use calculator (technology) for the first addition would put the most moronic of people to shame. We use technology to judge the most minor of the details - marginal calls in cricket, if I may say.

There's a difference between supporting and defending. Let's be supportive of umpires when they commit errors of perfection (marginal calls). Let's not defend them when they commit errors of shame (howlers). We all know DRS is junk in marginal calls. DRS is a sham, a shame!

Posted by LillianThomson on (February 2, 2013, 0:42 GMT)

@jimmy2s, Pakistan's loss is Sri Lanka was actually because they turned up unprepared at the last moment, and were consequently skittled for 100 all out.

Day 2 at The Wanderers might refresh your memory. It's not a lack of DRS, it's a lack of professionalism by their Board.

Posted by applethief on (February 1, 2013, 23:05 GMT)

@clarke501 its only an unpalatable truth to those who insist on scrunching their eyes shut and sticking their fingers in their ears. I don't know what game you think you've been watching for the last 40 years, but it doesn't sound like it was cricket.

Posted by here2rock on (February 1, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

Pakistani fans don't get too excited by Pakistan's bowling performance, they will be lucky to get over 100 runs in their first innings.

Posted by KarachiKid on (February 1, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

@ jimmy2s: you are spot on, I could not have said it better. Keep these coming dude.

Posted by shillingsworth on (February 1, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

@jimmy2s - Your 'well established fact' is in reality a sweeping generalisation based on highly questionable evidence. The absence of DRS apparently assisted the 'old powers'. Sri Lanka's win over Pakistan is then attributed to the lack of DRS. Sri Lanka - an 'old power'? I don't think so.

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