South Africa v Pakistan, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 3rd day February 3, 2013

The Kallis surprise and Philander's agony

Plays of the Day from the third day of the first Test between South Africa and Pakistan in Johannesburg

What they were waiting for moment of the day
With South Africa's lead steadily growing, questions over the how they would time the declaration began. AB de Villiers had obviously been sent out to score as quickly as possible, and he and Hashim Amla added 68 runs in nine overs. The last four of those came with de Villiers reaching for a short, wide ball and sending it through the covers to reach his 15th Test century. While the Wanderers and the change-room applauded, Graeme Smith indicated it was the milestone he was waiting for and called the batsmen in. Amla was unbeaten on 74 at the time.

Tribute of the day
For the first time, the Wanderers Stadium hosted a players' day. The Long Room was filled with former cricketers from both establishment and board eras. The highlight for most of them was the opening speech given by Yusuf Garda, who played for Transvaal in 1956. Garda gave a telling oration about the history of cricket in the province across all racial divides and reminded the crowd that they were all in the same room now.

Golden arm of the day
Dale Steyn may be the go-to man for Smith, but Jacques Kallis must be his magician. The 37-year-old was brought on for a second spell after bowling just two overs before lunch and struck almost immediately. With the fourth ball of his third over, Kallis hit Azhar Ali with a length ball that struck him on the knee roll. It looked plumb but Azhar reviewed anyway and the replays confirmed it. That scalp leaves Kallis needing 12 more to get to 300 Test wickets.

Bowler of the day
For 29.1 overs in the Pakistan first innings, Robin Peterson was merely a fielder. He had not scored any runs either, so his total participation in the match was just about nothing at that point. After 34 overs of the Pakistan second innings, Peterson's only contribution was a catch at mid-on when Nasir Jamshed threw his wicket away. But then, at the start of the 35th over, Peterson was finally called on to bowl for the first time in the match. He started with two maiden overs to prove just as miserly as the rest of the attack but didn't have as good a day as some others - Peterson dropped Misbah-ul-Haq on 31 before the close.

Premature celebration of the day
Smith brought Vernon Philander back for a burst close to the end of the day and it looked a masterstroke. With his fourth ball, that held its line as it went through, Philander induced an edge from Asad Shafiq and had him caught behind on 40. Philander was mid-leap through the air and Shafiq was walking off when he was called back by the umpires as a message was relayed that the bowler had overstepped. Very little had gone Pakistan's way as far as third umpire decisions go but this time they were beneficiaries.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Sandeep on February 4, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Where is all those Misbah haters are. Atleast he is showing some fight. I dont understand why everyone hate him. He has brought a toothless pakistan team to somewhat performing side.Still not a good performers oputside subcontinent. Even india is better than them in these fast pitches. Pak has got good fast bowlers but they dont perform in these fast picthced. This is question need to be anwsered.

  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    muhammad irfan should be the choice for the next match. These are fast bowling tracks and we need bowlers who can ball at brisk pace. Irfan can be used for short spells as junaid and umar gul can both bowl long spells due to their fitness and less pace. like steyn all should be advised to bowl outside the off.

  • Prasanna on February 4, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Azhar ali is too one paced to be no 3 batsman, Hafeez is in terrific form but his positive play is too risky against quality new ball attack. Solution would be to promote Ali to open and bring Hafeez to no 3.

  • Abrar on February 3, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    PAK is test #4 team, do not take this team lightly.

  • shahid on February 3, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Pakistan must play Haris Sohail. I am disappointed with Younis' performances. Is he no good at fast wickets? Lets replace him with Haris. Irfan was always a better choice than playing toothless Rahat Ali.

  • Kamran on February 3, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Disappointed with Pakistan bowling. Can't understand the wisdom of leaving Irfan & Abdul Rahman out. Without Yonus & Azhar performing, Pakistan can not build big scores.

  • A on February 3, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Since the proceeding of this match and use of the DRS technology giving everyone a much disappointment. I strongly feel that the DRS is not completely fool proof until it has good HD quality TV camera, hot spot and a SOUND SENSOR (which is missing here) as the hot spot in all three days has been very controversial. Also, decisions of third empire on NO BALL on few occasions has been very inconsistent resulting wrong decision given for Pakistan. DRS needs to be used either with full fool proof system or better not to use it, as it is creating now more frustration.

  • des on February 3, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Well batted Pakistan, some good fight in the afternoon.

  • Mohammad on February 3, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    As for the moment pakistan will feel much releived it was a far improved performance against the brutal ruthless and relentless attack,,,

    there is still a long way to go for them to settle with a face-saving loss

  • khurram on February 3, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Pakistan can get maximum practice now out of this.try to spend more time in for next matches. new ball around the corner so will be hard.

    today there were few soft dismissals of younas/hafeez/and nasir. could have avoided. improved performance from 1st inings. should also need to figure out bowling problems in 2nd inings.

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