SA Invitation XI v Pakistanis, Tour match, 3rd day, East London

Ontong thwarts Pakistani victory bid

The Report by Firdose Moonda

January 28, 2013

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Pakistanis 329 (Sarfraz 93, Harmer 5-88) and 250 for 9 dec (Hafeez 83, Abbott 4-26) drew with South African Invitation XI 257 (van Jaarsveld 92, Ajmal 3-66) & 190 for 5 (Ontong 51*, Irfan 2-26)
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The South African Invitation XI batsmen held out against the touring Pakistanis to deny them a first win on their visit. The Pakistanis only batted for 5.1 overs on the fourth morning before declaring to give their bowlers a final run before the start of the Test series on Friday.

Having resumed only five down, the Pakistanis lost three quick wickets on the final morning. Dolphins' quick Kyle Abbott trapped Sarfraz Ahmed lbw with the old ball and then bowled both Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Gul with the new one. Beuran Hendricks got rid of Saeed Ajmal in between that and the Pakistanis declared on 250, with a lead of 322.

They made early inroads into the hosts' batting line-up with Junaid Khan and Umar Gul removing Andrew Puttick and Stiaan van Zyl. Davy Jacobs showed some resistance but became Mohammed Irfan's first victim after an hour and a quarter at the crease. Irfan was again used only infrequently, although he also picked up the wicket of Cody Chetty.

Saeed Ajmal got the most number of overs under his belt and finished the match with four wickets. With the Pakistanis deciding they could get no more out of the fixture, they agreed to shake hands on a draw with an hour left to play.

Of concern to the visitors will be the fitness of Taufeeq Umar, who had to sit out the fixture with a sore leg, and the brittle middle order. Between them Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah and Asad Shafiq scored only one half-century in the two innings. The Pakistan squad travel to Johannesburg on Tuesday to prepare for the first Test. South Africa also assemble in the city tomorrow.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (January 29, 2013, 21:20 GMT)

Man I cannot wait until Friday morning! This practice game means nothing, it was just for the tourists to get some match practice. Yes, it might have been nice for Pakistan to have another game but in this day and age this is a luxury few tourings teams are ever afforded. I'm sure the Pakistan team will just get on with it in much the same way the Proteas have had to do on their travels. Really looking forward to a special contest.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 29, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

@Solid_Snake, Kapil phaji was never convicted and neither were Azhar and Jadeja unlike Asif, Amir and Salman Butt. Kapil phaji is in the Legends of Cricket alonside other Legends. Don't even go there. You can't include him alongside the disgraced and banned names like Asif, Amir, Salman Butt and the ball-eating Afridi. Did he think it was an apple or what? Somebody go and tell him to play cricket and stop eating balls on the ground. Seriously!

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 29, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas_Statchin_Selfishkar->Yes mate Pakistan is born to bowl..On the other hand India is born to Bat.You mentioned Amir & Asif..You forgot to mention Ajay Jadeja,the great Indian Hero Kapil Dev,Azharuddin & many more...Include them as well :)

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 29, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

@haq33, Since that Eden match, Legends have been made, records set, broken, bowlers banned for spot-fixing, India becoming one of the global powers not just in cricket but also in Economy. Wake-up friend! We are not arrogant. But yes, we are a proud nation! What qualities of Pakistan do you want us to learn to respect? Honestly! I don't get it. I'm lost for words there at your broad stroke with an even broader brush. I will love Imran, Wasim, Waqar, Abdul 'the genius' Qadir, Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, Younis Khan till my last breath. Do you want us to love Javed Miandad and his qualities? Shahid Afridi and his qualities? Mohd. Asif and Amir? or Salman Butt and his qualities? Thankfully India has had an even younger teenager whom I, unfortunately, call Statchin whom our kids can learn to respect instead of looking up to Amir or Asif or Afridi or whatever qualities you are suggesting us to respect in Pakistan. What qualities of Pakistan do you want us to respect? Let me know. (TBC)

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 29, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

It'll be a walk in the park for the Proteas. Pakis simply don't have the batsmen to stand up to Steyn and Co. Let the Mazaa (fun) begin. Pakis are born to bowl. And don't know how many of thier bowlers will last the distance, given their history of spot-fixing and all of those exquisite shameful acts.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 29, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

& if Pak gets defeated in the first match,then the series is as good as finished for Pak.. PS->Was just wondering something..Why is that most of the new or currently playing Pak bowler are left hand..Mohammad Irfan,Saddaf Hussain,Rahat Ali,Wahab Riaz,Junaid Khan,Then we got Rehman & Raza Hassan as Spinners...What's going on..Right hand bowlers vanished from Pak or what..Also why our Selector cannot see Sadaf Hussain..23 wickets in just last 3 matches is no joke..Best performer right now in Pak Domestic..Yet always gets ignored

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 29, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

@getsetgopk, yes it may be the second best or third best or the best bowling attack in the world that Pak has, but only until lasts. You know what I mean? I mean, hope they don't go the disgraced way of the disgraceful Asif and Amir.

Posted by uzairamir on (January 29, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

why isnt the test match starting its been so many days and ive been waiting and waiting:(

Posted by uzairamir on (January 29, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

all misbah haters remeber how many matches he has won us and when he makes run when pakistan batting falls apart

Posted by haq33 on (January 29, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

kami_alvi. Did you forget about the doosra - by definition turns away from the right hander? Ajmal has to be picked ahead of Rahman.

Posted by Major85D on (January 29, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

@PakCricSpin I totally agree with you. If SA get hafeez or jamshed, the game is over. you have to be good in bowling AND batting. but with this pakistan middle order, they will never win. It`s time for a change!!

Posted by PakCricSpin on (January 29, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

I think Pakistan is relying on bowlers to get them a victory. The problem is you can have the world's best bowling attack but you cannot win the matches if your batsmen can't score runs. And so far they haven't been able to. The middle order is non-existent. If SA get Hafeez or Jamshed out, then the next good batsman is Sarfarz who isn't even a real batsmen! :P

Posted by   on (January 29, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

heartbreakerz i'm not under estimating pakistan, it's just that I feel that Pakistan supporters are saying they winning this series with unfounded statements and not so good reasons for it. Pakistan must still win a series here and they are only backing their bowlers to do it for them. Lets see after the first test.

Posted by heartbreakerz on (January 29, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

Grant King...we know that sa are the best team at present n they have d best fast bowlers but this pak team is not bad either, they have enough talent in their bowling to keep d south african batsmen in check n if the batting clicks then we may be in for a surprise, sa are good but not unbeatable n even d lankans beat them last yr...so don't underestimate Pakistan

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 29, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

its going to be an exciting series.. fingers are crossed.

Posted by Bowlersholding on (January 29, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

Think people are overreacting a bit. Ajmal got 3/66 in the first innings of a match on a SA pitch. The players in the SA XI are not half bad and it was very conceivable that a result may not be obtained in three days. Can't wait for the tests to start, these are both good teams!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

kami_alvi you are right but what must be said is that Ajmal improved alot(or that is what Pakistani's wants us to belief) and can also do a job. I still think that our tracks don't suit him and he is going to fetch as SA batters like to attack the spinners in test so that they don't settlle.

Posted by kami_alvi on (January 29, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

I think Pakistan should persist with Abdur Rehman instead of Saeed Ajmal because Abdur Rehman (9) took more wickets then Saeed (3) in two test played at UAE in 2010. And also SA struggles more against Leg spinners / Left arm bowlers!

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 29, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

@counterstrike1.6->How Worried you are...Thanks for pointing out things that we already knew :D

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (January 29, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

I was expecting Pak to win especially when Hafeez and Jamshed were going all guns blazing and the score was something 142/0 in 2nd Innings but what happened after that No Paki would want to remember. Pak's middle and lower order simply surrendered. Some Pak fans were even calling it one of the flattest tracks of SA, so that worries me even more that what would Pak batsmen do on Green Tops against World's Best Bowling Unit led by Steyn-Gun.

On last day, Pak's "Great" bowlers bowled 50 overs but got only 5 batsmen out of a domestic team. On day 4, pitches generally turn, so even Ajmal couldn't do much. Worrying signs for pakistan. Batting - Not Clicking. Bowling - Either fast bowlers leaking runs / or Ajmal unable to pick wickets. Fielding - Less I say about it better it is.

Only positive pak can take out from this warmup game is form of Hafeez and Jamshed.

Posted by Janjua28 on (January 29, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

Rather than just being "analysts", why not just wait and hope for a good enjoyable game? I know we Pakistanis are hoping against hope for a good show, but accepted the fact we are up against a pretty good team. Let's not pick fights, it's just sports people :p I just hope we have close games, so that neither of the two sides can claim ULTIMATE superiority ;) that I'm sure will be enjoyable to everyone. National affiliations aside, hope it's a series to be remembered for a long time :)

Posted by   on (January 29, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

We hear all this talk about pakistan beating England. The proteas are not England, or India or Australia. Leave the talking for the guys on the field. first show what you can do rather than talking your team up in a forum. the same happened before the england series and australian series. produce the goods on the field then we can talk afterwards. I'm looking forward to AB against the big bloke and ajmal.

Posted by --.-- on (January 29, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Pak batsmen need to pull their socks up really. Pak bowling has never been a problem for them. it is the batting that needs to be consistent to even give SA some competition. Looking forward to the match.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Hope the pakistan attack is as good as you say. Last time in uae the boys drew on the flattest wickets. Pakistan should hope to bat on the 3rd day as this is the best time to be batting. If pakistan don't put the ball in the right area then SA are going to punish them. SA have played offbreak bowling very well and i'm not even worried about Ajmal om our tracks. If he bowls on the 5th day he might get assistance, and that means that pakistan need to bat the first day when the track is good for bowling. You can't compare your form against the other teams and say you are going to win. last time I checked you did not play against the top performing bowling attack of the last couple of years. I feel at ease with us having to play against your attack. our batters will be good enough. If you do not leave well then your batting are going to be in trouble. Pity mahammed yousuf is not here to give extra experience to the batting. Good luck. You are going to need it.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

Dont u worry guys about how Pak will play. They did brought in the best players available. Beating SA isnt impossible. They will be more under pressure than Pak. SA also knows what they r upto. The one thing i m sure of is that it isnt gonna be a walk in the park for SA. Cant wait fr the test series to start.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 29, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

Rana1610:

Feel sorry for you Bro. If you have not heard the word "thwart" then please look it up in the "Dictionary". By-the-way , it is not such an irritating or strange or uncommon or new word. It is used regularlyl in English Vocabulary.

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Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 29, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

@ SK14 :

I do agree with SK14 , that the fans should not worry too much about the resuilts. But if you are a true cricket lover then you can get ready for an exciting series. Wether it is a Win or Lose, but unlike the inidians in England & Australia, Pakistani's are likely to put up an excitng fight.

The Pakistani bowliers will surely make life difficult for the Saffers. This time the Pakistani batting also looks better than the 2010 tour of England. The combined absense of all the Akmals will also be a big Positive for the Pakistanis in the fielding and batting.

So Just relax and be ready to enjoy an exciting series IRRESPECTIVE OF THE RESULTS. And if the Pakistanis can pull this one off, they will become heroes. Even a dawin series will be treated as a win for the Pakistanis.

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Posted by Attractivue on (January 29, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

@OnlyTestsMatter, who is to know that this Alpha male isn't about to be ousted from the pride by the younger male? Seems like in the last couple of years no-one lion has been able to keep this pride (number 1 ranking) :)

Posted by RANA1610 on (January 29, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

hello brother reporters, I understand that, you learning new words, and enhance your vocabulary, so most uncommon word are being used here only in this espncricinfo page, than other most web sites. please try use regular and common words that people can understand. don't try to be over smart to display unknown words. very much irritating. "thwarts" never heard of this word.

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 29, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

OnlyTestsMatter: Enjoyed that post mate LOL, no doubt SA is the strong side here and they are expected to win, im a Pak fan BTW. However, Pak has had a wonderful past two years even though we haven't played much. If our batting clicks its either going to be a win for Pak or a draw as we have the 2nd best if not the best bowling attack in the world. Same thing is true for SA, if they put on a score in access of 300, we are most likely to loose that one. You can excuse the occasional chest beating from an over excited Pak supporter, most of the comments are pretty balanced and anticipate a hard fought series.

Posted by SK14 on (January 29, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

Some people are more worried about the results then the actual cricket. Seriously why can't some of you fella's just calm down and watch an exciting series between two top flight teams.

Posted by OnlyTestsMatter on (January 29, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

Reading the comments leading up to this series, I am reminded of watching a lion pack. The young male starts making a lot of noise, psyching himself up to challenge the alpha. The alpha just sit quietly. The young male starts posturing and bullying the females. The alpha male sits quietly. After a lot of chest beating, the young male finally sums up the courage to challenge the alpha. Whereupon he invariably receives a terrible mauling and is banished to the wilderness. Enjoy your chest beating while you can, Pakistan fans. This South African alpha male is in the prime of his life.

Posted by Supervis on (January 29, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

This will be a no-contest. South Africa will destroy Pakistan in the tests.

Posted by philosopher007 on (January 29, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

@Bonehead_maz Pretty true mate, the thing is that this will be a very interesting series for all cricket fans, two good sides with good track record in last 2 years, battling it out. SA definitely has better pace battery and solid batting line up. If one adds the spin factor to Pakistan's impressive pace battery: We get a near perfect bowling combination. Left arm/Right arm pace/swing/bounce, genuine off-break and then the magician who spins everyone. If and only if Pakistani batting line up can deliver, the bowlers seldom disappoint. I am dying for this series :)

Posted by javed.agrawala on (January 29, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

Difficult series for Pakistan. After the first test, if the team fails, changes should be made. This should be a final chance to the middle order batting.

Btw is someone injured? Why are replacements being sent already? Why was Adil chosen if he is not ready to replace an injured one in the playing eleven and only one called up?

Critical for the first three to ensure a start... otherwise a procession will follow.

Bowling of Pakistan is more than ok and the fielding is getting better! Good luck to the team but credit to South Africa for being the one to beat!

Posted by Naseer_shah on (January 29, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

@all indian fan .... believe me I am expecting one great great defeat from S.Africa ... batting line complete collapsing .. whole series rule by South africa .. may be enough to throw misbah out of the team and then PCB think to change the batting line thoroughly ........

Posted by philosopher007 on (January 29, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

Taufeeq Umer must be inducted in place of either Azhar Ali (he hasn't been in a good nick in India as well as in this test) or Asad Shafq. Positive batsmen are more likely to succeed in SA, I mentioned earlier too, all our previous centurions in SA are aggressive batsmen. Azhar Ali was awesome last year but his form is not looking good now. The warm-up game was not too bad for Pakistan, I was hoping for Ajmal-Hafeez to do some damage on day 4 but may be the rain and moisture never made the wicket dry enough to crack on day 4. Guys lets back up our boys, they need our support, it is the toughest tour on Planet Earth (Trying to beat #1 in their backyard). Wish them all the best and lets hope they fight it out.

Posted by farhan4050 on (January 29, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

In the middle-order, the only replacement should be Haris for Asad. Haris is in the form of his life. Earlier, he played for Sialkot Stallions in SA during the champions league and won them the game by remaining unbeaten of 62. He is a great batsmen. Younis can do anything on his day, he should be in the team. He is the only experienced player we have currently in the squad. Moreover, Azhar Ali in past has proved his performances. He has scored runs even in the green pitches in England in 2010 when they had the best bowling attack. So I don't see him being replaced. He is just short of confidence after his struggle in the India series. He'll gain it with one big score InshAllah.

Posted by MrGarreth on (January 29, 2013, 5:10 GMT)

@Fezz I don't think you can blame South Africa's CB for that. Pakistan's CB have to make the decision to come earlier in advance and there is no way CSA would have stopped them from doing so. They're not allowed to.

Posted by Vehari-Express on (January 29, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

Keepin in view south Africa conditions Pakistan will struggle in initial two tests and then they will accustomed to the local conditions because they could not get enough match practice.

Posted by Meety on (January 29, 2013, 3:08 GMT)

Good start for Pakistan. Some lessons to be learned in this match, even the solid Saffa touring team is not easily rolled. The solid Saffa bowling line up ran thru the middle order too. Whilst Pakistan did well, they will need to lift their batting about 50% or the bowlers will not have enuff to work with. I believe Pakistan can beat Sth Africa in one test, don't think they can win the series, but I said the same thing prior to the battle with England in the UAE. @Shiladitya Sen - top class comments!

Posted by Basit75 on (January 29, 2013, 3:08 GMT)

I believe Younus will be the leading run scorer in the series, it's doesn't matter how many runs he added in the tour match, just check his record and whenever Pakistan is in trouble, he is always there to show his class. FORM IS TEMPORARY, CLASS IS PERMENANT.

Posted by omar_choudhary on (January 29, 2013, 0:29 GMT)

Replace one of the middle order batsmen, put Jamshed at first drop, since Hafeez will never move down the order, and put Taufeeq Umar opening with him. This top order will be more solid, in the case they get an early breakthrough, the South Africans in this case, Pakistan will have a first drop who is an opener and can face off the new ball with ease.

Posted by omar_choudhary on (January 29, 2013, 0:26 GMT)

That middle order is the problem right now, anyone heard of Asim Kamal, maybe he is too old now but he could have stabilised that middle order in place of Younis Khan also Mohammad Yousuf, could have been selected. He would have made this middle order more aggressive and solid.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (January 28, 2013, 23:59 GMT)

I like this Nasir Jamshed fellow. He looks a good player :)

As a totally neutral aussie, I'm looking forward to this series. I think Pakistan have the quicks to "rattle up" the South African batting. lol I KNOW that South Africa have ones that may well cause many problems too. :)

Posted by RaadQ on (January 28, 2013, 23:33 GMT)

No seam wickets in 2 years, no test matches in 6 months, and 1 tour match. Pakistan will definitely struggle with the bat. I think Taufeeq Umar should come in for Asad Shafiq and Haris Sohail for Younis Khan. Younis Khan is past his prime and only manages occasional performances here and there, no consistency or form with him. My XI: Jamshed, Hafeez, H Sohail/T Umar (depends on if LH or RH gets out), Misbah Ul Haq, Azhar Ali, Sarfraz, U Gul, Ajmal, Khan, Irfan.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (January 28, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

@SK5983, I don't agree, actually only Azhar Ali can stay on wicket for a long time as he has been doing now for 2 years. Pakistan last few matches only due to his existance. Misbah would not last for long if he comes in at 3 while the new ball is swinging big time

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (January 28, 2013, 22:52 GMT)

Asad Shafiq will never succeed on South African wickets, a mediocre batsman who can utmost score a fifty on dead subcontinental wickets and nothing more. He must be replaced with HARIS SOHAIL. For Pakistan to make any contest, their one down must click otherwise the middle order will be no where when they face the real bowlers. I doubt that this batting line can score 150+.

Posted by uzairamir on (January 28, 2013, 22:13 GMT)

@gsingh7 and @CricIndia208 dont comment about someone else team and call them overated when your own team is extraordinarily over rated 1st ranking in test cricket and then 8-0 Australia and England and then the overated team pakistan defeated you 2-1 lolzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by Fezz on (January 28, 2013, 22:06 GMT)

This is very bad scheduling from Pakistan and SA Cricket boards. Having hardly played any International Cricket in the last 6 months (except the short Indian tour) Pakistan team had only one warm up match before the 1st test match.And in Johannesburg, they only arrive 2 days before the first test. Its simply not enough time, specially considering the difference in conditions in SA as compared to Pakistan.

Posted by uzairamir on (January 28, 2013, 22:05 GMT)

at this time no changes can be made as the series is going to start the only thing we can do is pray

Posted by QingdaoXI on (January 28, 2013, 21:01 GMT)

As Pakistan Team Fan from India, I will like to suggest team Mangement to play the batting Order in following Way Hafeez, Jamshed, Mishbah, Azhar, Younus, Asad. and others. if there is quick wik of suppose Hafeez only Mishah from the grouo have guts to weather the ball for 15--20 overs and make easy for others.

Posted by Major85D on (January 28, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

The only way to beat this strong south african test team is to build a strong batting line up. And that ist not possible with younus khan. He was a good test batsman and he is still in the top 20, but that is history. Today he isn`t able to score 30 runs, look at his last games, often a duck or only a few more. he must me replaced. and then the pakistanis may have a chance against the world no 1. Good luck Greens!

Posted by auzdruck on (January 28, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

Hey thanks for the support from the indian fan... Lets hope it will be mercurial and Interesting :)

Posted by Omarrz on (January 28, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

@gsingh7 --> I am sure you and a lot of your country fellow men had similar hopes before the Pak-Ind ODI series, right? If Pak is an over rated team how would you justify the recent thrashings of India, 3-0 whitewash of England (who btw, has made India its real bunny be it at home or in India). Heck even in 2010 controversial tour, Pak was able to beat England in 3rd test and drew Australia. Pak didn't have Misbah and Yonis in that tour.

I am so curious, are you raised like this? To hate Pakistan no matter what? Just try to appreciate even your enemies where it is due. Open up your heart, you are just disgracing your nation and its thinking.

Posted by heartbreakerz on (January 28, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

gsingh7....hahaha, another prediction from you, didn't u predict a 4-0 win for india in d recent 'revenge' series in your home n then the whole world saw what happened...it seems that u haven't learned from it

Posted by Dannymania on (January 28, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

This should be enough preparation for the Pakistanis. The bowlers did very well as was expected from them. I was really impressed with the way saeed ajmal bowled. He is undoubtedly the best off spinner in the world right now. Irfan was used infrequently because he might have gotten unfit for the test match which the Pakistanis wouldn't want at all. I don't know how taufeeq would adjust into the test team, although the middle order isn't doing well. The only place for taufeeq would be in place of Asad Shafiq which might be a bit tricky. I'ld choose taufeeq umar over Asad Shafiq if there's a choice to make. But well, its The management's decision at the end of the day. Pakistanis need to play well.. They are clearly the weaker of the two opponents, but they've got immense quality and can beat south Africa if they believe in themselves.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2013, 18:53 GMT)

As an Indian myself, I don't see why (some) Indian fans are busy mocking the Pakistani performance, especially in a tour game, which is essentially irrelevant in the larger scheme of things. Personally, while I have some doubts about how well Pakistan will be able to do (the middle order does concern me and the SA attack is just deadly at home), I'm supporting Pakistan. I like supporting the underdog, plus the Pakistani team is always a pleasure to watch (in part because they're so mercurial) and I'm very impressed at how admirably they've done over the last couple of years considering they're functioning in the wake of the match-fixing saga, losing some top bowlers to idiocy, and being unable to play at home. So here's hoping!

Posted by yamaan on (January 28, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

Inshallah, Pakistan are going to beat South Africa like they beat the crap out och India. Pakistan has always been good against South afrcia, last time in 2010 pakistan wasnt very good. and they still managed to draw the serie. dont forget that they beat england last year and Pakistan are in good mood after beating India.

and India, why are you sucha bad losers? we beat you fear and we wear the better side by a long way. just admit it, Pakistan is a better team then India!

Posted by dontlikecricket on (January 28, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

Some positives from the Pak side. Opners played well and spend a good deal of time and faced considerable number of balls. Misbah did what he does best, being a good test batsman in no rush!!! Irfan lasted whole match and bowled 19 overs without breaking so that's a good start and all other bowlers including Gul bowled really nicely. I believe PCB should have arranaged more 4 day games for better preparation. With regards to an Indian fan comment, I think he has forgotten how Indian team has performed recently. Some people dont seem to have much common sense and have no reasoning!!

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 28, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

cant win tour matches no chance at winning sa team , hoping 3-0 sa win with complete destruction of over rated pak team , sa supportor from india

Posted by   on (January 28, 2013, 18:05 GMT)

Inshall Pakistan is going to create history in south africa. It will Become the first asian team to beat south africa in south africa. If pakistan manages to score between 280 to 350 in the first inning of each test match, then it will give pakistani bowlers a chance to dismiss south africa cheaply. because south africa will struggle against Quality Pakistan Bowling attack. Muhammad Hafiz, Nasir Jamshed , Younis Khan and Misbah -ul-haq will play an important role in Batting department. Misbah-ul-haq as a captain lost only one test match aginst west indies .so people always criticize misbah for his batting.my point of view is very different. Pakistan team is united because of Misbah leader ship.under Misbah leader ship pakistan maintains 4th test position in the world. so best of luck for pakistan team Inshall . you will win the test series . I also suggest people to stop misbah -ul haq criticizing.

Posted by IAS2009 on (January 28, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

CricIndia208, very childish comment on your parts for other team when your own team was beaten recently and has been white washed in England and 0-4 in Australia. For one Indian fan should never compare there team to Pakistan team which have far superior record overseas in all format even in last few years where Pakistan cricket is not is best of shapes they beat England 3-0 in neutral ground, team never hide behind DRS, all wins Pakistan have in last few years are on neutral venues that include beating Aussies in England. Heck i will take a draw and loss to club side every time for winning a test match. If Pakistan loose to SA it is no shame they are playing a real number 1 team not like Fake India #1 team who lost 8-0 as soon as they get no 1 ranking.

Posted by farhan4050 on (January 28, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

@cricIndia : Today is the day when India got whitewashed 8-0 by Aus and Eng. I'm amazed you're still talking. What did your batsmen do against our bowling attack? If he can't defeat club teams, but can defeat India then you're telling me that India is even worse then the club teams. Though i agree with this

Posted by sirvivfan on (January 28, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

There lot of childish folks who comment and most likely arm chair cricketers! Cricindia 208 please worry about your own team! Last tour of SA in 2010 they did not even bother to have a warm up game! I wonder why? First test lot by an innings and 25 runs, won in Durban! Because track took spin. Note pak not playing there! Playing on all bowler fast bowler friendly conditions! No complaints because as professional cricketers you have to accept this. Cape Town can be good batting conditions after 1st day depending on if cloud comes down from table mountain. Touring teams need at least 3 warm up games or at least arrive 2 / 3 weeks before start. SA are wonderful side with best batsmen and all rounder in game in the last 10 years. Note BEST batsmen who is ale to bat in tough conditions. Given Pak lack of cricket expectations are not high unlike 4-0 white wash against England.

Posted by Naseer_shah on (January 28, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

@CricIndia208 .your team even lost by club level cricketer in the side match in England .. Can I remind what your team and every single player of your team considered the Test series with England as revenge and result is shown.Your complete team is club level over hyped cricketer . Cricinfo please publish comment

Posted by heartbreakerz on (January 28, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

CricIndia208...do u remember d scorecard of your indian batsman when they played the warm up matches on their previous tours to South Africa, atleast Pakistan has done better than them n they already have the best winning ratio in Africa among asian teams

Posted by cricketkhan on (January 28, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

@CricIndia208, yes Pakistan cant win tour games against club sides, sorry we are so pathetic,but they can do one thing very well, thrash ur garbage in ur own back yard... so just imagine where u stand..... lolz

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 28, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

@CricIndia208->Yes you are right..Pakistan only know how to win matches against India in front of Indian crowd.& India only knows how to lose test matches one after another :P

Posted by Stark62 on (January 28, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

There is nothing wrong with the middle order, except Shafiq!!

Shafiq averages 40.05 and is 27 years of age, whilst batsmen like Umar, Alam, Salahuddin and Harris average above 45, plus are younger than him.

Yes, he has performed well recently but he made centuries against SL and Bang, who potentially have a worse bowling attack than Ind, plus they were both made in the sub-continent.

Get rid of Shafiq and play Harris at 6 or play Taufeeq as an opener and send down Nasir to number 6.

Posted by CricIndia208 on (January 28, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

Pakistan can't even win tour games against club sides.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (January 28, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

It wasn't Ontong that thwarted their bid. Bad light and some rain took away a good 40 ovs from the game on a flattish wicket. Wasn't the greatest practice match to have going into a series against SA at Joburg. Oh well, let's just wait and see what happens on the first day of the Test.

Posted by zalmaypk on (January 28, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

Good practice match i hope Pakistan learned some things from it,,and they will rectify it before the first test..

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