South Africa v Pakistan, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 4th day February 4, 2013

Steyn takes 11 in crushing victory


South Africa 253 (Kallis 50, Hafeez 4-16) and 275 for 3 dec (de Villiers 103*, Amla 75*, Smith 52) beat Pakistan 49 (Steyn 6-8) and 268 (Misbah 64, Shafiq 56, Steyn 5-52) by 211 runs
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Like day turns to night, Dale Steyn broke the back of Pakistan's resistance with career-best match figures at the Wanderers as South Africa wrapped up a commanding 211-run victory and in the process AB de Villiers equalled the world record for dismissals by a wicketkeeper. Steyn, inevitably, produced another classy spell with the second new ball, and proceeded to bowl the rest of the morning, to end with 11 for 60 in the Test.

Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq carried their fifth-wicket stand to 127 but after that there was not much more defiance from Pakistan's lower order. Steyn bowled a 10.4-over spell, a herculean effort for a strike bowler, and his match figures placed him fifth on the list of cheapest 11-wicket hauls in Test cricket, the best since Sir Richard Hadlee in 1976.

Behind the stumps, de Villiers also had a morning to remember as he equalled Jack Russell's world record of dismissals in a Test match which had also come on this ground back in 1995. He also became the first wicketkeeper to take 10 catches and score a hundred in a Test. The dual role is starting to rest more easily on his shoulders, although his bowlers are helping by not keeping him in the field for too long.

Resuming on 183 for 4, Misbah and Shafiq had five overs to face with the old ball which offered a few scoring opportunities but they always knew the threat that was looming around the corner. It took Steyn into just his second over before he found Shafiq's edge as the batsman glanced the ball to second slip off an open face where Jacques Kallis took a low chance.

As the best strike bowlers do, Steyn continued to pick up the big wickets and in his next over produced another lovely outswinger which grazed Misbah's edge to end a stubborn innings from which team-mates should heed plenty of lessons.

Steyn's partner-in-crime, Vernon Philander, then nipped in with his second when Sarfraz Ahmed dragged a ball into his stumps when trying to withdraw the bat. Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal resisted briefly before Morne Morkel produced a rearing short delivery which took Ajmal's glove. Morkel's front foot was again very close to the front line and he was soon denied another scalp by over-stepping when Junaid Khan was bowled swinging to leg.

Steyn's long spell, a credit to his stamina and heart, brought his tenth wicket when Gul top-edged a leg-side slog, which also provided de Villiers with his record-equalling catch, although it needed the DRS to overturn the original decision. A new world record, though, just eluded him as the final wicket belonged solely to Steyn when he trapped Junaid lbw.

It completed another clinical display from South Africa, after an opening day when they had been put under some pressure by Pakistan's bowlers. Again it was the home side's own attack that has created daylight between them and the opposition. Pakistan bridged the gap a little second time around, but will be hoping for more placid conditions when they reach Newlands.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Shakeeb on February 7, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    If Pak cant find and answer for Styen then we will see similar stat lines in remaining games.

  • Cricket on February 7, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Please compare the following performances in first class & Tests and Kindly explain to me how Gul can be the spearhead of the Pakistan Attack. If a team relise on bowlers having an average of 33.5 to provide the wickets, then why should even God hel ?

    Name - - - - - - - Age - Wicket/AVG.(FC) - - - - Wickets/Avg (Tests)

    Sadaf Hussain - - (23) -- 171 / 17.43

    Ehsan Adil - - - - (19) -- 059 / 18.94

    Aizaz Cheema - -- (33) -- 327 / 20.79

    Rahat Ali - - - - - (24) -- 152 / 21

    Junaid Khan - - - (23) -- 246 / 21.86 - - - - - 29 / 28

    Asad Ali - - - - - - (24) -- 355 / 22.87

    Mohammed Irfan- (30) -- 131 / 26.23

    Anwar Ali - - - - - (25) -- 260 / 27.46

    Wahab Riaz - - -- (27) -- 320 / 28.19 - - - - - - 17 / 34.11

    Umar Gul - - - - - (29) -- 326 / 28.26 - - - - - - 162 / 33.53

    Mohammed Talha- (24) - 239 / 28.39

    Gul has got far too many chances without really performing well. Time to move on to players like Sadaf, Ehsan, etc along with Junaid & Rahat.


  • Dummy4 on February 7, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    good work for south africa dale styen ab de villiers and hashim amla

  • Dummy4 on February 7, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    outstanding performance by south africa dale styen got 11 wicket my favourites players hasim amla and ab de villiers and all teams i say congrutlation to all africa cricket team

  • Casper on February 7, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    Correction - they won against SA in similar to what South Africa did to them last year 2-1 and they still cry foul - it should read in (1997) in Aust 1 and SA 0 as did SA did last year -> Aust 0 SA 1 <- sorry for any mis-information from my side the info is however right as set out below. Australian supporters keep saying the great Ausies were unbeatable and I know they were not as the proof is here for all to see - and no I am not comparing any side with any other side

  • Casper on February 7, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    Aust vs: SA 1993/94 drawn 1-1 (3) SA 96/97 Aust 1-2 (3) India in Aust Dec 2003/04 Drawn 1-1 (4) Sri Lanka in Aus Jul 2004 Aust 1-0 (2) India, 1996/97 India won by 7 wickets (1) Eng 1997 Engl won 2 tests draw 1 lost 3 SA Tour in Aust Aust 1-0 (3) India, 1997/98 India 2-1 Pak, 1998/99 Aust win 0-1 (3 tests) Eng tour of Aust, 1998/99 Aust 3-1 (5) in Sri Lanka, 1999 SL 1-0 (3) in India, 2000/01 India 2-1 (3) in England, 2001 Aust 1-4 (5) NZ tour of Aust, 2001/02 series Drawn (3) in South Africa, 2001/02 Aust 1-2 (3) in West Indies, 2003 Aust 1-3 (4) The Frank Worrell Trophy, Apr-May 2003 (Aust in W I) Aust 1-3 (4) Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Dec 2003 - Jan 2004 (India in Aust) Drawn 1-1 (4) Sri Lanka in Aust Jul 2004 Aust 1-0 (2) Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Oct-Nov 2004 (Aust in India) Aust 1-2 (4) The Ashes, Jul-Sep 2005 (Aust in Eng) Eng 2-1 (5) Proof that the gr8 Ausie team lost/drawn matches in their time of dominance the teams involve certainly cut them down to size gratz to all

  • Casper on February 7, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    I did some research on the Great Ausie team since 1993 up to 2005 the records is there to check up. Unfortunately the Ausies is going to hate me but some Indians, Pakistani's , English, Sri Lankans, West Indies supporters and most certainly South Africans will have to agree to me that the Ausies have some very selective minds.. Why do I say that well the so called unbeatable team were beaten or drawn fairly regular by all above mentioned teams on a yearly basis. Not only did they lost series or 2 they won against SA similar to what South Africa did to them last year 2-1 and they still cry foul. I will compile the list and post them here for all to see. Why did I do this? Well it irritate me groundless that SA is measured by every match as if by comparison we have lost 1 series in 6 years and further accomplished about the same as far as matches drawn is concerned away and home we are already at it for 6 years lol Well let me post the list and judge 4 urself

  • asad on February 6, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Pakistan should try to get more of a team effort next match. Based on this match I hope/expect Pakistan to have learned enough to get a good score. If Misbah-ul-haq, Nasir Jamshed and Asad Shafiq all make atleast 40 runs, Hafeez, Younis and Azhar make atleast 30 runs, then Sarfaraz and Umar gul make about 20 runs and the rest make about 15 runs then we get about 300 runs. If Pakistan do this then I hope in there next innings all the batsmen and Sarfaraz make about 10 more runs more then 1st innings then it will be a good sign that Pak know how to play in SA.

    Btw I expect more from Sarfaraz he is doing alright as a keeper but a keeper should bat better too. It is really embarasing when Umar gul makes more runs then most of the Pak batsmen. A wicket keeper needs to bat better just look at the SA wicket keeper AB de Villiers. I don't expect a century from him but atleast 20-30 runs

  • asad on February 6, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    @crashed I didn't know cuz i didn't get to watch that day and especially that time when he declared was very early in the morning where i am. But what i was trying to say is that except for a few Pak players most of them get overconfident after a good performance and then underestimate the opposition.

  • Dummy4 on February 6, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    @Sir.Ivor You're mixing things up there. The 3rd Test wasn't drawn by weather, it was srawn by Jacques Kallis, scoring 2 centuries in the match with a broken rib. Weather played no role, as the Test finished after the full 5 days. That is the series involving the Centurion Test you speak of. If you're looking for the series played in 2010, it was played in India, SA won the series, and Steyn got a 10-for in Nagpur, where SA won by an innings and a few hundred.