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

Pakistan take opening-day honours

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

February 1, 2013

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Pakistan 6 for 0 (Hafeez 6*, Jamshed 0*) trail South Africa 253 (Kallis 50, Hafeez 4-16) by 247 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Umar Gul had Graeme Smith caught behind, South Africa v Pakistan, 1st Test, Johannesburg, February 1, 2013
Umar Gul had Graeme Smith, in his 100th Test as captain, caught behind © Getty Images

Pakistan ended a fascinating opening day of the series with the advantage after chipping South Africa out for 253 at the Wanderers. Mohammad Hafeez bagged career-best figures of 4 for 16 to run through the lower order, building on a consistent performance from the visiting attack throughout the day, as the early exchanges lived up to the hope of a competitive series.

Only Jacques Kallis posted a half-century; sharp catching aided Pakistan's efforts while the bowlers shared the early wickets around, before Hafeez nipped in. Younis Khan, who before today had seven Test wickets, provided a huge bonus for Pakistan when he claimed Hashim Amla in his first over, and Hafeez struck first ball to remove AB de Villiers.

Junaid Khan, the left-arm quick, was the overall pick of the attack, maintaining his accuracy throughout the day, but it was Hafeez who ended with the biggest haul. Having been given the new ball mid over, he removed Robin Peterson, shouldering arms, and then had Dean Elgar caught down the leg side. South Africa lost their last five wickets for 21, including a poor run-out of Vernon Philander, to leave Pakistan with two overs to face before the close.

Misbah-ul-Haq deserves much praise for an excellent day as captain. There was an element of luck in Younis' surprise role, but it was smart use of Hafeez to keep him in the attack with left-hand batsmen at the crease, rather than opt for what would seem the more obvious choice of a quick with the new ball. Yet, it is a role Hafeez is used to performing.

Despite the openers falling in consecutive overs before lunch, a stand of 79 between Kallis and Amla was threatening to pull South Africa away in familiar style. However, moments after reaching a 74-ball fifty, Kallis failed to keep a sweetly struck pull shot down and Asad Shafiq made significant ground from deep square-leg to hold a fine catch.

Kallis' innings had shown the side of his game that has evolved in the latter part of his career; a counter-attacking ability to seize the initiative. Both he and Amla played Saeed Ajmal confidently, milking him for four an over in his first spell, although ironically it could have been the fact that Ajmal, who ended up wicketless from 23 overs, did not pose a huge threat that encouraged Misbah to give Younis his profitable trundle. With his third ball, Younis dropped one short outside off stump, Amla cut it but did not keep the shot down and Azhar Ali, at gully, clung onto a flying chance above his head.

What will frustrate Smith and Gary Kirsten is the number of wasted starts. South Africa had appeared to battle through the toughest conditions when Smith and Alviro Petersen, leaving as much as they could early, blunted Pakistan's early efforts. However, one of the factors that makes the Wanderers such a good Test venue is that the bowlers always have some encouragement.

Junaid, having return for a second spell, made the breakthrough when he found Petersen's edge by cramping him for room from round the wicket as he tried to play to leg. In the next over Smith, who had been the focus of so much attention in the build-up to the match, was also guilty of aiming across the line, and he edged a full delivery from Gul.

There had been plenty to distract Smith leading to this match, as he became the first man to lead in 100 Tests and on his birthday, but he seemingly managed to put those events to one side. He looked steeled for a typically tone-setting innings and was angry with himself at the mode of dismissal.

Amla and Kallis, the two pillars of South Africa's middle order, firstly consolidated either side of lunch, and then started to expand their strokeplay, including a period of four consecutive boundaries between them. By tea, however, both had been removed and, unlike the New Zealand attack of a few weeks ago, Pakistan kept applying pressure.

There was a hint of controversy early in the final session - not for the first time sparked by the DRS - when Pakistan were convinced that Faf du Plessis had edged debutant Rahat Ali to the keeper. They reviewed the not-out decision by Billy Bowden and the TV umpire concluded there was no conclusive evidence to overturn although there was a growing consensus a short while later that there was a mark on the edge.

Pakistan used up their second review eight overs later when they thought de Villiers was caught down the leg side off Ajmal, but did not have to wait much longer for success. Hafeez's first ball was floated wide of off stump, de Villiers pressed forward and Sarfraz Ahmed snapped up the outside edge.

Already in a young Test career, du Plessis has rescued South Africa more than once but this time, having reached 41, departed in curious style after playing a forward defensive which sent the ball rolling slowly back towards the stumps to knock off a bail. Du Plessis held his pose for so long that he could have had time to turn and kick the ball away. The rest departed in an unexpected hurry, but judgements on the total will need to be held until South Africa's attack has responded.

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Posted by Smahuta on (February 2, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

SA now 46 for 0 after 9 overs. Already got past Pakistans score lol. Deja Vu of the NZ series here. If this goes to the same format, then at least Pak will have a better innings second time round. Smithy is looking to dominate here and is looking dangerous. Big lead on the cards here.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

hahahaha...Pakistan is being shown where the truly belong minnows.

Posted by Smahuta on (February 2, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

@Utkarsh Singh - Do you mean pakistan? They have not played at home since 2009 so they are ALWAYS touring. Whay they need is a good solid openeing pair for a start. Jamshed while looks like he has decent technique in ODI's has never played test cricket before and was exposed here. And as for Hafeez, when your opening batsman is your best bowler, you know you sre in trouble, seriously.

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 2, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

Baffling that Smith didn't enforce follow on. May be he wants CSA to earn some extra gate-money else it was 2 day test.

I bet we will not be seeing Pak fan showing their faces here for a long long time now. But on 2nd thoughts, losing and losing like this is something Pak must be habitual of. After all, they have been out for less than 100 successively on 2 diff occasions and in fact once in the same match so its not as if Pak fans would have seen they had never seen before. What is shocking is that although the facts were there in front of everyone and we all knew what was going to happen to Pakistani lambs in SA, the Pak fans were simply unwilling to admit their team's weaknesses and in the momentum of their excess chest-thumping tey started calling Steyn as over-rated, Philander as good for only 10 overs, Kaliss as old, ABD as a joke & Amla as a walking wicket.

In a way they were right about Philander cos he doesn't really need to bowl for more than 10 overs to this Pak team.

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 2, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

Guys, if you were thinking that this is Pak's worst ever performance in a test match or those 3 sub-100 scores in a month were their worst then you are wrong. I too thought this must be Pak's worst ever. at 49 a.o. it indeed is but in a match as a whole, Pak did something even MORE WORST than any other team in the history of cricket.

In Oct 2002, playing vs Aus on one of the flattest wickets of the world in Sharjah, Pak were a.o. for HaHa-59 in mere 32 overs on DAY ONE. This was their LOWEST EVER TEST SCORE. Aus scored 310 in their innings. Wait, it isn't over yet, Pak's worst was to become worse pretty soon. In their 2nd innings, Pak cudn't even bat for 25 overs and in fact made their new lowest Test score ever at 53 a.o. This might be the ONLY Test where a team failed to reach 100 in any of the innings.

Here is the link for that match...

Pak have done this and then Pak fans claim they are among the Top Teams of the world - Peak of Irony.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

Horribly disappointed with Pakistan's collapse.With all due respect to Pakistan,Smith has probably not enforced the follow on due to the possibility of the match ending in 2 days and thereby getting in more game time for t.v,sponsors and fans.The S.A bowling in these conditions is amongst the most difficult to face in the history of cricket.Many of the top order dismissals were unplayable deliveries with swing,seam and bounce proving too taxing.

Posted by Optic on (February 2, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

It will be unreal if SA don't enforce the follow on, the pitch is juicy, bowlers fresh, Pakistani's in bits mentally, get them back in but we do know Smith is extremely defensive, so who knows.

Posted by Smahuta on (February 2, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

6 for 8 for Dale. All hail the king! 49 all out is not much better than NZ managed and its theor lowest total ever in test cricket. Not sure why smithy didnt enforce the follow on, the pakistan bastmen much be thinking they never want to bat again, never mind today.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

"This is only because thwy are not playing in overseas once they keep on touring more definitely their batting will improve also!"

Posted by Soso_killer on (February 2, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

@Mahmood you're right mate Pakistan have the best bowling attack in the world. Look at what they did to England, and lets forget about what SA did to Australia, NZ and now Pakistan.

@Cricket_Man you are right bro, Pakistan look well and set for a 3-0 white wash. 40/9.

Posted by Optic on (February 2, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

So it looks like nothing's much changed since 2010 they still can't play swing bowling to save their lives 40-9 OUCH!!!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (February 2, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Lunch - Pakistan 40/7 A sample of yesterday's posters who should be eating their words for lunch:

@ VinodGupte, thinks SA have a problem losing the f1st tests of home series, but then improve. Vinod - does it look to you now like South Africa ais going to lose this test? If SA does get better as the series progresses, what will the Pak batting have to do?

@ Memphian who wrote "Well, giving 4 wickets to Hafeez and 1 to Younis show just how SA prepared for this test. Nothing much." Memphian - how did Pak prepare for this test? By your standards, they did not, & we know that is not true. Both teams prepared.

@ moBlue who wrote "PAK! keep your shoes on the throats of SA, and win this one!." I think the shoes are definitely on the other feet right now, Mo!

OzWally said "I didn't see much in the pitch outside what you'd normally expect on a day 1. Batting should be easier on day 2." You don't know how to see much in a pitch, do you Wally? Is batting looking easier to you?

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 2, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 02 2013) "...@Harmony111->When we cross 250 today..." --- I am ROTFL my dear over that line.

It indeed is a fantastic performance by Pak here. They really have proven they are among the top teams of the world. They have proven they play pace and bounce and swing better than India. I am sorry for heckling Pak needlessly. I had absolutely no idea Pak were miles miles miles ahead of any other team in the world. 40/7 is AMPLE proof of Pak's ability in tests. Wow.

I had said yesterday that Pak may even be following on on Day 2. I had also said that Pak will make a string of double digit scores in this series. I am pleased I am about to be proven right in the 1st case & on my way in the 2nd case. You see, Pak did something similar (& even more shambolic) in August 2010.

In Aug 2010, playing vs Eng, Pak had to suffer the ignominy of being all out for double digit scores THRICE in a month and in fact TWICE IN SUCCESSION. Btw, Pak have 5 more inns here :-p

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (February 2, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

Welcome to Africa! Feel the burn Pakistan!

Terrible decision by the 3rd umpire, should never have overturned Billy Bowden with evidence which was at best inconclusive. Regardless, the Proteas bowling attack has been irresistible. This places our batting effort nicely into context.

Posted by Smahuta on (February 2, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

Nothing wrong with giving misbah out folks, you could clealy see the mark. Yesterday you could not see any marks. Stop crying about DRS already.

Posted by PkZindabaad on (February 2, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

Hugely disappointed with our batting. Are we on decline here? And im not convinced of the role of Asad Shafiq at all, who just averages 39 in FC cannot be expected to play well in south african conditions and is there no one available to replace him?? IMO shahid afridi was better option than him here, as he have the ability to counter attack and put the opposition at defense. Right now we have a quality bowling attack but the batting seems to be poor just like Bangladesh. Come one guys show the fans some fight back because we are desperate to see us win the match.

Posted by Tamimfan on (February 2, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

@Solid_Snake.. "40-7".. i dont think pak will even get to 54, forget about 136 lol.

Posted by wnwn on (February 2, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

As i have said previously, Pakistan's recent progress in test cricket is due to the fact that they have been playing in UAE and other flat pitches but once they play in England, South Africa and Australia their batsmen will be found out and embarassed. This from a Pakistan fan.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (February 2, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

If you defend foolishly like Misbah you have no chance against SA pace bowlers. However if you attack like Michael Clerk you will get much better results.

Posted by Tamimfan on (February 2, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

jacques kallis -what a cricketer. i would rate kallis higher than sobers.

Posted by Fijicricket on (February 2, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

Pakistan fans are always complaining that ICC rankings are based on a flawed system- I think they are right - how can Pakistan be rated 4th when no 1 can finish a test match in a few days?.

Posted by Tamimfan on (February 2, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

as a bangladeshi, my advice is younis khan and misbah should retire at the earliest and make way for younger batsmen. azhar ali is the only decent young batsman pakistan has and it is time to unearth a couple more. in the bowling department, it was rather surprising to see hafeez getting 4 wickets in 7 overs while ajmal went wicketless in 20+ overs..

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 2, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

I dont get it..How come you give Misbah out & AB,FAF non out..How both of them got away with inconclusive thing..Strange.. Pakistan batsmen are throwing their wicket away.Azhar Ali was very unlucky..the type of ball he got suddenly.Other batsmen..Well dont wanna imagine how they played

Posted by SCC08 on (February 2, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

Where are the Pakistani fans now? 40 for 7.. HAHA! I say bowl them out and make them follow on....

Posted by screamingeagle on (February 2, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

So, that is that. Pak team proving that they are not so great outside the SC. DRS proving BCCI right without much effort. Good stuff.

Posted by Smahuta on (February 2, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

Sorry Pakistani fans but at 40-7 you now see the real state of this test match. I told you not to get too excited by bowling SA out for 250 because that may turn out to be a good score. Looks like I was right. Never judge a test by only one innings, especially if you have to face the awesome bowling attack of SA. Steyn will now come in and finish it off after lunch. Whether the follow on is avoided or not is not really important, Pakistan will make a new record here and get the lowest total in history at the wanderers, of that I am sure.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

This is shameful!! We have been blown away, some poor shots too and am afraid game lost, really dissapointed

Posted by philander50 on (February 2, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

a bit harsh for giving misbah out, however what are the pak batting side doing, south africa might have been bowled out for 250 but if pak keep batting the way they are they won't get far.:)

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (February 2, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

lool!! Pakistan the declining team just like I have predicted! the future is clear under my eyes been saying it all along. I can see those retirements starting soon after this series good luck!! :)

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (February 2, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

@AHFAD (post on February 01 2013, 17:17 PM GMT): Oh, so AB and Elgar are 'tailenders' now are they? Gosh, I really don't know anything about cricket, do I. Here was I thinking that a player with a batting average of almost 50 in tests was not bad... (even if he has lost a bit of form with the bat of late after taking on wicket-keeper duties). No good getting out the top batsmen if you can't clean up the tail reasonably cheaply as well in tests mate; Don't you remember Tino Best almost getting a ton against England!?

Posted by ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on (February 2, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

This is ridiculous ! If Faf and AB were not out yesterday, Misbah was not out today. Pretty harsh for Pakistan.

Posted by Assasinator_007 on (February 2, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

Oh Dear!!! Misba given out!!! Now this is the reason India are against DRS.

Posted by Smahuta on (February 2, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

36 for 4 now. THe true situation of this test is starting to show now. Come on Pak at least get 200 so the game lasts 4 days

Posted by Smahuta on (February 2, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

Never judge a test match by one innings alone.Yes SA batted poorly and some of them gifted their wikets when set but this wicket is not easy to bat on. Pak under some serious pressure here now at 28-3. 2 more wickets and they are into the tail. THey have a lot of work to do to get their score to 250 and make a game of it.

Posted by SaadRocx on (February 2, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

OMG Steyn Storm has arrived...

Posted by Zahidul_Mustakim on (February 2, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

When Pakistan was 12/3, i thought, time stopped. I had to check the live score to be sure.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (February 2, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

SA will take honours on second day by dismissing Pakistan cheaply and taking a big lead. It seems like match will end tomorrow, SA winning by huge margin. Steyn will be Man of the Match

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

I warned Pakistan fans against premature celebrations. Everyone knows you cant tel wat the par score is until after both teams have batted. 12/3 Pakistan in trouble here

Posted by Soso_killer on (February 2, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

Pakistan are in total control here 12/3

Posted by Energetic. on (February 2, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

The future f Pakistan Cricket is clear!!!!! :D

Posted by Greatest_Game on (February 2, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

777aditya on (February 01 2013, 20:49 PM GMT) Presuming that SA did not prepare for spin betrays your naivety and lack of understanding of modern cricket. Do you not think that Kirsten, currently the world's s most successful cricket coach, India's coach, had experience preparing to face spin during the years he coached India?. Do you think that SA hasn't watched every bit of available Ajmal footage? Only one of Hafeez's wickets - de Villiers - is an accomplished batsman and is well known as a very good player of spin. His other wickets were all bottom of the order. Junaid and Umar, as well as Younis, took the important wickets.

Posted by PkZindabaad on (February 2, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

Im hugely disappointed with our batsmen. scorecard reads 12/3 now and just 6 overs. Are we seeing another flat track bully in Nasir jamsheed. co'mon please don't disappoint us.

Posted by LillianThomson on (February 2, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

Pakistan's bowling might be different to New Zealand's, but it remains to be seen whether their batting is.........

Posted by humi_cric on (February 2, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

ooops, steyn super spell, 12/3

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (February 2, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

It's good to see Pakistan has all sorts of weapons in their hands... Glad our fellow brothers are strong, and has shown a lot of fight such that we, sub continents, no longer are home warriors... Anyway, I like both teams, they are my heroes, just after my own country, Sri Lanka... Best teams in the business...

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (February 2, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

pakistna batting is week point..but not low as pointed out in media..if first 3 batsman holds up to minimum 25 overs ..then they can score up to 350....remember ..msot importantyly pak batsman have to score run in descent pace..with snail pace will back fire pak at any time....bcso once stain enters with 1 wikcet suddenly he moves like "black mamba" ..

Posted by uzairamir on (February 2, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

Julian Fountain did a magnificent job i wonder what he fed them to make them super fielders :D

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 Solid_Snake on (February 2, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

@Harmony111->When we cross 250 today..All you'l come up with..Ohhh SA bowlers did mistakes.Ohhh it's no big deal because in 2nd inngs SA would settle things.No matter what Pak do in a match..Some fans always remain jealous..Nobody mentioned India here & still frustrated Indian fan came here & again started comparing today's performance with India.Talking about 131 runs.Have you forgotten how team India was brought to the ground on mere 136 runs.Or do i have to remind that inngs defeat in the presence of so called great batting line up aka Lions at home only.Or i forgot to mention how SA crossed 600 runs mark.I bet even BD bowling would have restricted SA below that.You are good at comparisons..Today when we cross 136 runs..Lets see what you say after that..

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 2, 2013, 8:07 GMT)

Credit must go to Pakistan bowling....much was expected from them and they didn't dissapoint either.But the real test starts from here....Pak at least has to score 200 - 250 to have any realistic chance of winning this test because chasing even 150 in the fourth innings would be tricky one. Hope to see good of luck for the teams.

Posted by Motahar on (February 2, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

there is no doubt that SA deserves no. 1 rank in test cricket. but the way Pakistan bowled on the first day and all out SA for 253. If Pakistan bat sensibly and score around 350 then Pak will have upper hand. this is going to be close test series if Pakistan bat sensibly. no doubt they have world class bowling attack in any condition. they main thing is that have variation in their bowling line up. all the best for Pak.

Posted by JUCCric on (February 2, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

The really test begins today... how are Pak to going to Bat/survive against mighty short balss of SA pacers... Can they bat for one full day... this will be interesting for the outcome of the series....

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

i am having fun with seeing all the haters whining ....we all know that south africa is a strong bowling side and pakistan might be bowled out but that has not happened yet so pakistan is in a better position in this match currently.some people were claiming that these matches are going to be over inside 3 days but let me remind u, its pakistan whos playing and its not india...and that dream of urs is far fetched...i am pretty happy with my teams performance and the fact that this is their 1st test match in nearly 6 months makes me feel proud of my team...LOVE U PAKISTAN..

Posted by Waqar.Khan on (February 2, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

I don't know why Pakistan is still criticized as unreliable or very unpredictable though their results have far been improved in the previous years and is ranked as 4th Test team even better than India........... but Indians are still treated as better players which is not the case..........Pakistan has excellent bowling attack with some improvements required in batting which is also proven better than India most of the times outside subcontinent........ esp the new generation of fresh players will make it more stable to top the world soon......

Posted by alwaysneutral on (February 2, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

Firstly, I'm sick of people claiming Pakistan's unpredictability in cricket, someone needs to check their stats ever since the 2010 controversy, because under Misbah there has actually been very little unpredictability, as much as there would be in any other international team, their record is good by any international standards since post-2010. Also, this is test cricket, Pakistan aren't ranked 6th or 7th, they are 4th in this version of the game, their test record is better than other records. Now, this game was an exhibition of the problems this excellent bowling attack can cause anywhere in the world, whereas the Proteas' bowling attack is better in the seam department (But Pakistan unanimously have the best spin attack in the world) this may cause problems for Pakistans weak middle-order, but hopefully the in-form opening or good lower-order hitting can save them if they do collapse, and for all the odds, they will, since this is the first time they face this immense bowling threa

Posted by ibnefaiz on (February 2, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

pak batsman will do something strange and probably match will be interesting .

Posted by neutral_zone on (February 2, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

its a request to all . please talk only about this series . forget india, mostly indians are showing thier anger of thier defeat bt still there are a lot Sensible indian fans here who are commenting well about this series. not all but there are some indian who are freaking out i dnt knw y they are not willing to accept PAK playing superb. i have never seen any bad comment from SA fans. i respect them and wish to SA team good luck,.....May the best team win ... :)

Posted by Cricinfone.Syndrome on (February 2, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

One great positive sign from Pakistan Think Tank was that they didn't send Night Watchman for the last 2 overs. With this positve attitude I am sensing that Pakistan is going to take huge lead on South Africa. With Openers in form 400 is a possibility!

Posted by daager on (February 2, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

Well played Pakistan, I always enjoy watching you guys play. So much talent, but so temperamental. Hope we can fight back with the ball today.

Posted by neutral_zone on (February 2, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

well played PAK. now its the time to show how strong you have made your batting line up. SA is best test team so far PAK should not take them lightly, SA has full tendancy to fight back. 253 is not bad at all. now times comes for PAK to prove that 253 is a good score or not on this pitch. WELL played SA, 253 is not as bad as mostly people are commenting. altogether it is great cricket. Being a pakistani fan i will wish them best of luck.

Posted by Ray24 on (February 2, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

Pak has done only a decent job here, this wicket is not even and 250 is a very good score. Pak shud've played Tanvir instead of Rahat - Tanvir bowls steady line and length and his batting is handy late down the order. The length of Pak bowlers was short and line a little wayward, I hope the batting does well, but ti's not going to be easy against this SA attack.

Posted by pranab708 on (February 2, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

Junaid Khan, what a fabulous bowler he is. Thoroughly enjoyed his bowling against SA. Fast, swinging it both ways and most importantly very accurate. Was a bit unlucky though, could have had more than the couple of wickets he got. Pakistan made a blunder in selecting Rahat Ali instead of Mohd. Irfan. Rahat was erratic and is pretty much similar to Junaid. Irfan would have added varity to the Pakis attack.

Posted by Shazia_Javed on (February 2, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

SA has all the ability to come back in this test (and I dont mean that they are out of it... but I feel the advantage lies with Pak). Its a five days match and its not over until its over. Pak fans should remain realistic and should not under estimate SA (is one of the best around). I hope to see a superb test match.

Posted by ibnefaiz on (February 2, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

geo green..... great performance

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

Well played Man in Green that's why I love Pak Ckt they always give you a tough time!Love from India!

Posted by MAK123 on (February 2, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

This Pakistan team is amazing. No other team in the world has an utter surprise about their performances that Pakistan have. All through 2009 and 2010, they surprised us with their ability to snatch defeats from the jaws of the victory. This current team has a strange buzz about it and it seems from their performance over the last few months that they are now going to surprise us through their giant-killing capabilities. It seems this trend would continue for some time - snatching victory from the jaws of the defeat

Posted by Alam_Khan on (February 2, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

Go Green Go! Job has been done 25% and you have the guts and power in your balls to make it 100%, History had witness so many times that when you had united you have shut so many stupid mouths who are barking on you and the your caravan move further & further, take it easy Allah with you and the Nation has put & raise their hand together for your success. This is not the 6th ranking bowling of the test, for information check the bowling ranking of UG, Hafeez & the magician Saeed Ajmal and you will know, if our batting improved by 20% and play as a 1 unit by god we will be 1 in all formats of the game. and if AKMAL brothers shown the way out permanently.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 2, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

@Harmony111->When we cross 250 today..All you'l come up with..Ohhh SA bowlers did mistakes.Ohhh it's no big deal because in 2nd inngs SA would settle things.No matter what Pak do in a match..Some fans always remain jealous..Nobody mentioned India here & still frustrated Indian fan came here & again started comparing today's performance with India.Talking about 131 runs.Have you forgotten how team India was brought to the ground on mere 136 runs.Or do i have to remind that inngs defeat in the presence of so called great batting line up aka Lions at home only.Or i forgot to mention how SA crossed 600 runs mark.I bet even BD bowling would have restricted SA below that.You are good at comparisons..Today when we cross 136 runs..Lets see what you say after that..

Posted by charithdasun on (February 2, 2013, 6:11 GMT)

Very well played Pakistan. Arguably the best gifted & Talented bowling attack in the world. I really wan't their batters to stand up and take advantage fore ward gain by their bowlers.I don't think Pakistan ever had a problem with their bowlers just their batters are bit venerable against good bowling attacks.Any way wish u all the best Pakistan team.I really admire your bowlers comparing them with other subcontinent teams like India & Srilanka.Those teams really don't have the penetration to get 20 wickets in Test cricket in foreign condtion

Posted by pcanadaguy on (February 2, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

Pakistan won day 1. lets see who will win day 2. Long way to go . this test has just started. I would like to appriciate Junaid on his accurate bowling.

Posted by xylo on (February 2, 2013, 5:56 GMT)

This was the series that I was looking for! And the Pakistani bowlers have not disappointed my expectations! I think Boycott said that the bowlers in both teams were evenly placed, and it was the batsmen that matter. I would say that Pakistan's bowlers are one level up than South Africa, with their terrific pace attack to go with Ajmal as spinner. Tomorrow will set the tone for the series, for it is the chance for the batsmen of Pakistan, their weaker link, to deliver.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

Well every body plz dnt be in hurry and dont forget that its a test match. we have 5 days to play and and a lot to be done yet. but one thing is for sure that pakistani's have done the same what there bowling was expected to do. so be patient and let the pakistan enjoy atleast the fist day

Posted by patriotpakistani on (February 2, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

i would like to comment that todays play will decide not only the progress of pakistan in the current series or the whole tour , but it will have an impact on the complete 2013 session. If today pakistan are able to withstand this fearsome attack , they would gain huge confidence.( like in year 2012 after beating then no 1 side) . so all best wishes frm the pakistan are with u shaheenun, go make us proud

Posted by shahzadparacha on (February 2, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

Pakistan need 350 here in the first Innings to win this game. Great team work.

Although the selection for this test match was rather ordinary. By selecting Rahat Ali they made a big mistake but overall effort was superb.

Posted by maqk on (February 2, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

well done, what else to show u r the best, as u give such a competition to the best at home :D

still u Pakistanis can spoil this all in the batting phase lol, Misbah, u have to step up man

Posted by Vehari-Express on (February 2, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

I was repeadily saying do not underestimate Pakistan team.. they can do such wonders as they are playing as a unit

Posted by Eskimo on (February 2, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

Although a poor batting display by SA. Throwing their wickets away when settled. We must not take any credit from the PAK attack (esp. Junaid Khan). He deserved alot more wickets the way he bowled. Now if PAK can bat and get to 300-320. This match will be even-stevens as PAK needs to bat last and odds tell us that SA will bat better second time around. Nonetheless, the day belongs to Pakistan and rightly so! And a mesmerizing day of Test cricket!

Posted by LillianThomson on (February 2, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

The pitch is a curious one, isn't it?

It has plenty of bounce, but it seems unusually slow for The Wanderers.

All four of Pakistan's middle-order batsmen are from the Jonathan Trott School of Slow Accumulation. And three - Azhar, Younis and Shafiq - haven't scored any First Class runs for months. South Africa know that if they can bowl them out before Tea they will lead by around 100 runs, but that the closer Pakistan bat towards the close, the closer the match will be.

Posted by LillianThomson on (February 2, 2013, 4:46 GMT)

I enjoyed Day 1, but thought it was quite predictable. What we can't predict is how the new, defensive Pakistani batting line-up will perform.

We knew that Umar Gul and Junaid would be excellent. We knew that Ajmal would struggle like every other spinner against top-order batsmen on a pitch with zero spin, and that he would be a defensive weapon. We knew that the fourth bowler would be the weak link.

And we knew that with South Africa having left-handers at numbers 7, 8 and 11 in their batting that Hafeez would be a prime weapon against their tail.

Pakistan did pretty well: if they had a better batting unit I'd call 253 a match-winning bowling performance. But they have a limited batting line-up, and so we have to compare the 1st innings total to Pakistan's realistic target batting fourth. And 253 is probably 40-60 runs too many.

I understand that Irfan's main role is as a net-bowler to adapt to the bounce. But still, Rahat was only trusted for 14-0-56-0. Why not use Irfan?

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 2, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

oh and i was extremely dissappointed i didnt get to see the 7 footer bowl what are the pakistan selectors thinking!? ha

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 2, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

pure dumb luck that south africa werent balled out about 4 hours earlier. they have relied on ridiculous luck for far too long now it has to change and im sure it will like most things. i expect pakistan to win this series if SA win a test i will be hugely surprised

Posted by RaadQ on (February 2, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

If the openers can survive another 15-20 overs to remove the new ball effect, the struggling middle order will have a better chance to withstand the saffer attack. Pak need to show the same discipline in batting as they showed in bowling. If they can post a lead of 50-100, they will be favourites. Anything less than that, I would still put my money on SA because Pak will struggle in the last innings regardless of the score in the second innings. Pak also need to be vigilant of Kallis and Peterson, they can pick up wickets from no where (a bit like Hafeez), so discipline against all 5 bowlers, not just the trio, is required!

Posted by Stat1977 on (February 2, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

Well played Pakistan..Only You and SL do something different outside the subcontinent!

Posted by Fijicricket on (February 2, 2013, 3:47 GMT)

@Posted by Mr_Cricket. on (February 01 2013, 19:27 PM GMT) As an Australian, its very funny to see how some Indian fans are getting worked up by a great bowling performance by Pakistan. Dont you guys have anything better to do?? You are definitely not Australian ,its not rocket science! As there is hardly few Indians commenting , pls advise which one is worked up so readers can decide if its you that is worked up that no Indians seem interested

Posted by VinodGupte on (February 2, 2013, 3:45 GMT)

What's with SA and the first test of the home series? There was a time when they lost the first test of the home series regularly (WI, IND) some 4-5 years ago. It appears that they are going back to it again. I think they will bring their better and better as the series progresses.

Posted by lcgoon on (February 2, 2013, 3:20 GMT)

Nothing against SA but I am so happy to see Pakistan playing well (at least on day 1). Man... otherwise fans of the country that must not be named will be all over this page taking their recent frustrations upon their neighbors!

Posted by david44 on (February 2, 2013, 3:08 GMT)

Brilliant bowling performance by Pakistan must give credit to Misbah rotated his bowler very well and timely it's sad for Smith he could not make any impact if Pakistan takes the lead that would be a perfect opportunity for Smith to take the lead roll as we all know what a batsman he is in situation like these @harmoney111 you should apply for SA batting coach

Posted by Memphian on (February 2, 2013, 2:59 GMT)

Well, giving 4 wickets to Hafeez and 1 to Younis show just how SA prepared for this test. Nothing much. Pak look very good fielding side.

Posted by akram343 on (February 2, 2013, 2:59 GMT)

o thanks from appreciating indian fans.i think today will be reall test and i hope we will fight INSHALLAH .i think yesterday they key thing is run rate of s.a that put him pressure and pak to claim wckets.superb job from pakistanies i hope this will continue in whole series

Posted by wake_up_india on (February 2, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

This Pakistan side has hunger, talent, team spirit and a good captain -- the essential ingredients of success. We saw that in India.

Posted by mensan on (February 2, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

Mr_Cricket. ....... I liked your post. Both PAK and IND fans should stop bashing each other sides for no reason. Why did SA shave the grass from pitch? Are they afraid of Pakistani fast bowlers? I don't think this is a difficult wicket for batting and SA batting firstl proves this point.

Posted by Desihungama on (February 2, 2013, 2:38 GMT)

Credit should also be given to Dav Wathmore, Julien Fountain and entire coaching and supporting staff of Pakistan for this outing. And Big thanks to South Africa for hosting this series, their ever jubilant crowds, support staff, groundsmen et al.

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 2, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

PAK's strength has always been bowling. Their batting is generally pretty ordinary, well at least in recent times. Let's see how they go today.

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

Its heartening to see how Pakistani bowlers kept the pressure on SA batsman. Hope the Pakistani batsman too will do their job properly, and take them to a winning position. Best wishes from Sri Lanka.

Posted by mensan on (February 2, 2013, 2:19 GMT)

Tanveer would have bee nbetter choice in place of Rahat Ali. He is a workhorse and swings the ball well.

Anyway this is a good team effort from Pakistan. Lets hope they bat well to score 400 now.

Posted by maddy20 on (February 2, 2013, 1:21 GMT)

Now its up to the Pakistani batsmen to stand up to the SA pace attack. They will be fresh early in the morning and will be raring to go at the Pakistani batsmen. Expect something special from Steyn and Philander today. The key for them is to chip away at the inexperienced top order as soon as possible.

Posted by sundoo on (February 2, 2013, 0:54 GMT)

Pakistan kept theS ir cool and bowled well. Whatmore and Misbah get the credit .But the SouthAafrican were complacent and Deplusis was more keen on the 'pose'than being alert. It was like India vs England series, the Indians were mighty complacent. Pak should now take it .

Posted by OzWally on (February 2, 2013, 0:35 GMT)

After watching the first day's play and then perusing the comments section, a few observations:

- When your top 7 all score more than 20 but less than 51, you'd have to say that is an undisciplined batting performance. I didn't see much in the pitch outside what you'd normally expect on a day 1.

- Batting should be easier on day 2, Pak needs a lead of at least 150 (with so much time left and them batting last).

- DRS worked perfectly, just because you WISH it to show something and it doesn't, doesn't mean their's a conspiracy against you every time.

- and glad to see FFL has expanded his fan base (of people who hate him) to now include Pak fans. Well played mate, you are truly one for the ages.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (February 2, 2013, 0:27 GMT)

Good first day for Pakistan but this game aint over, should be a interesting test.

I really think we need different divisions every year to stop so many mismatches being played 1st div: SA, Eng, Pak & India 2nd div: SL, WI, NZ, Aus & Bangladesh.

Posted by kh1902 on (February 2, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

Although South Africa will probably fight back, I'm not sure that they have the ability to be a team with a great legacy, which is what they aspire towards. Their performance in Australia and some of their efforts at home (draw against India, lost test match to SL, etc) don't seem to suggest that this team is capable of greatness. Any team with bowlers who can maintain some pressure can compete with them. SA will sweep the floor with teams like India and NZ but will always be pushed by teams with a minimum standard of professionalism and competitiveness.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (February 2, 2013, 0:17 GMT)

@ mikey76 says "I'm pretty sure if this was being played in the UAE SA would struggle just as much (as Eng.) 250 all out on your home turf is hardly great shakes."

2010, in the UAE, SA & Pak drew both tests. SA did not "struggle" & get rolled, like Eng. AB's knock of 278* is more than 5 of Eng's 6 INNINGS totals. Kallis' series total of 323 in 4 inngs beats Trott AND Cook's total of 320 in SIX inns.

In July, after Amla scored 311*, SA bundled Eng out at home (Oval) for 240 - less than SA's "no great shakes" score today. Eng took only 2 wickets. Today Pak took 10, & easily took 20 per test when whitewashing Eng.

SA & Pak have played 19 tests since 1995. SA won 8, Pak won 3. (In just the UAE series Pak won 3!) Since '95 Pak & Eng played 22 tests. Pak won 9, Eng won 8.

Eng "struggle" against Pak AND SA, and I'm "pretty sure" you struggle with an evidence based reality! The records don't lie. SA fans respect Pak for a reason - they're good, & they don't make bogus claims.

Posted by moBlue on (February 2, 2013, 0:13 GMT)

well, i am from IND, and i can't stand SA! their TV commentators [robin jackman if he is around, kepler wessels, etc. ...but not pollock who is eminently sensible!] have always been seriously biased and unfair to visiting teams, and have blinders on! ...and i was getting discouraged yesterday when kallis and amla were batting and digging in! but then misbah's genius - and SA's ever-present hubris! - kick in!!! :) yippeee!!! :) 253? even younis got amla off a rank bad ball in test cricket?!? are you kidding me?!? :) i am delighted, PAK! keep your shoes on the throats of SA, and win this one! i hope younis and misbah can show SA how test match batting is done - especially against the formidable steyn, philander and morris! dump SA from the top of their hubris heap, PAK, and this IND fan for one will forever be grateful!!! :)

Posted by SK14 on (February 2, 2013, 0:13 GMT)


This SA batting line is much more confident and on a high after winning in both AUS and ENG. No doubt they were good two years ago, but know their phenominal. If India did shoot them out for 131 then great, why couldn't they repeat their perfromances especially against AUS and ENG on fast tracks?. AUS and ENG also had weaker batting line ups respectively compared to SA, and yet you were leaking 500,600 even 700 runs in one case?.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (February 1, 2013, 23:58 GMT)

Looks like a very good test match and series. But we need to wait until Pakistan bat more today before judgement.

Posted by Shajadul on (February 1, 2013, 23:50 GMT)

Nice show...I hope you win...from Bangladesh fan....

Posted by haq33 on (February 1, 2013, 23:26 GMT)

HArmony 111 what a joke of a cricket analyst you are. If you cannot accept that credit should go to Pak bowlers for a good performance today, then the solution is simply to keep quiet and not say anything. And the citicism of Ajmal not taking the wickets is bizarre. Did SA score 400 or 500 that our main spin should be criticised? No. They were kept to 250 so it doesn't matter who took the wickets. In fact, it shows the class of Pak's other bowlers AND the fielders that they wrapped up RSA before Ajmal got stuck in. What rubbish you talk. Misbah said before the match "we have other surprises". Yes he was talking about Irfan but the same applies with Ajmal. We are not dependent on any one individual. India could learn a thing or two from that attitude.

Posted by applethief on (February 1, 2013, 23:25 GMT)

Some criticism for DRS here: yes, Faf was OUT, but it was a MARGINAL call, not a howler. It's understandable the way the umpires called it. The only downside was that the challenging side lost a review for a close call. DRS is there to catch the big errors that happen, we shouldn't get too hung up on the close calls that go against us.

Posted by applethief on (February 1, 2013, 23:18 GMT)

It would be better to say that honours are even after the first day. Pakistan played well, yes, but they didn't shoot SA out for a low total, it's still a decent score for a strong bowling side to defend. Bowling is Pakistan's strength, and they've executed it well, now it's time for the tougher task of batting long. Match is nicely balanced, bring on 4 more days of a close contest!

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (February 1, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

We will have a better idea when both teams have batted, however Pak looked good from what I saw this morning. Soso_killer on (February 01 2013, 21:31 PM GMT) - what a charmless man.

Posted by Dadu786 on (February 1, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

I love test cricket, the beauty of the sessions,good sessions of performance lead you to the victory and bad sessions go opposite, Pakistani batsman has to show character to face pace factory,good luck green pak, so proud of you, love.

Posted by UK_Chap on (February 1, 2013, 22:33 GMT)

Front-Foot-Lunge : You can make these silly comments all day, every day, it will not change the fact that this "6th world ranked bowling side" thrashed your England side 3-0 in their last meeting. Harmony 111 you need to calm down, your blood pressure will go through the roof. Andy Zaltzmann is correct, Pak fans do need to calm down, Pakistan will need to bat for the next day and half and get a decent lead to have any chance of winning this match. here`s hoping they do.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

@ soso_killer! nobody is jumping up and down here. Pak fans have a lot of respect for south africa generally(ignoring exceptions ofcourse). @ underscore lunge!! Ur comments made my day :)

Posted by wsigns101 on (February 1, 2013, 22:25 GMT)

Go green team . Job 25% done

Posted by uzairamir on (February 1, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

bringing rahat ali was a mistake he leaked too many runs and hafeez should have been brought on earlier

Posted by pak78 on (February 1, 2013, 21:35 GMT)

im not suprised sa are bowled out for just over 250 as batting would be a challange against a world class spin attack and dident junaid bowl so well keeping the runs flow tight. now pak have to bat for at least a full day and a half it will sure be a challange against such a superior seam bowling attack. looking forward to tommarow cant wait..

Posted by Soso_killer on (February 1, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

There are alot of Pakistanis shooting their mouths off here. For your info you have not batted on this pitch yet, you would do very well to keep you mouth shut. England made 260+ and lost just 3 wickets, the was alot of mouthing about SA being "undercooked", England "look set for victory" etc. Well deja vu!! @Mahmood we still here mate, i hope i will see your well informed posts through out this match and series.

Posted by tanveers on (February 1, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. I hope they perform as well with the bat.

@BowledYa. Irfan was not selected because he does not have a test match fitness. His height is an advantage but also a disadvantage -- due to inability to move quickly.

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (February 1, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

Well done Pakistan for playing superb cricket......from indian islands

Posted by shovwar on (February 1, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

I predicted Pakistan to win the first Test if Pakistan bowl first. And they did bowl first. But i think SA got 50-70 runs more than I thought. I thought since SA dont have a good Idea about the new Pak attack they would be bowled out within 200. Remember the first day in this pitch is the hardest to bat on. Smith decision to bat first is questionable where he easily had the chance to send Pakistan in the most unfriendly batting condition. But he did not. But SA battled hard to survive and did better than I expected. But then when I thought SA is doing good Pakistan clawed back. What a test match! loving it. But I think there is still a chance for SA since they scored more than i thought they would. Now I think its evenly poised depend on how Pak batters cope Steyn n co. Tomorrow will be the most exciting day i n the first Test. If Pake cant win this Test it would be harder for Pak win any test match as te series progress. This is Pak's best chance as I predicted before the game.

Posted by dontlikecricket on (February 1, 2013, 21:13 GMT)

Great performance by Pak team. All bowlers applied pressure and scoring runs was made difficult. Great team work pays off most of the time and applying continuous pressure is key in test cricket. I am not entirely sure why Indian fans are getting worked up? I mean their test performance over last couple of years have been shocking it seems just plain bias and hatred and nothing more.Indians talking about getting team out for 130 runs, 72 runs etc is just nonsense. In cricket a good team can get bowled out for a small score. Even WI got bowled out for 50 odd in Pak when they were on top of thier game in 80's. The thing which matters is higher overall % of constant good performance. I dont think IND fans can gloat about their overseas reord, it's beyond shocking for a team of so called great batsmen!! For neutral fans this was a great start and hopefully whole series will be the same.

Posted by tests_the_best on (February 1, 2013, 21:11 GMT)

@Posted by King Yama on (February 01 2013, 20:32 PM GMT) and Mr_Cricket's post commenting on lots of indian fans commenting on this series. Don't we see eng fans like landl47, 5wombats etc trashing aus team every time aus plays other teams or the likes of randyoz and jonesy2 trashing the eng team similarly. You can atleast see some indian fans giving credit to pakistan for a good bowling display today. But I can tell you while following eng against ind, pak and sa, the aus fans didn't have a single favorable comment on eng and vice versa. I just checked out the aus-wi report today and you had aus fans warning eng to get ready for a thrashing similar to wi 70 all out. Agree that all fans need to acknowledge good performances by any country but you might want to focus on your own fans first.

Posted by imsharoon on (February 1, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

Some are saying that Pakistan make 300 Plus. If we go to history of Pakistan and South Africa Test History in South Africa, We can see low scoring matches. It is only because Pitch support fast bowlers and both team have always good fast bowlers. I think Pakistan will make 300 if they bat really well otherwise i cant see score more than 225 Remember i am Pakistani.

Posted by Lermy on (February 1, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

Great to see a competitive first day. Hopefully Pakistan can get a first innings lead and put some pressure on. It will be interesting to see how good SA bowlers look against a stronger batting line-up than NZ. Steyn was pretty awful in the last one dayer against NZ. Can he and Philander get back to their best? If so Pakistan will have to bat very well.

Posted by tauk on (February 1, 2013, 21:01 GMT)

u see today's wickets some luck going Pakistan's way , Amla got a bit greedy against Younus and paid with his wicket , Kallis threw it away , Duplesi stood too long in his defensive stance letting the ball make its way to the stumps , elgar was caught down the leg side ,, to sum up Pakistan did well to answer when ever luck knocked their doors , the only one exceptional was Junaid khan

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 20:59 GMT)

I don't understand why so many Pakistan fans are happy its just the first day and probably the last time that 11 will be playing together before those retirements and drops starts to happen. South Africa are just warming up before they get use to you and thrash you 3-0.

Posted by bemUSed2 on (February 1, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

Great start to what promises to be a great series... SA have the chance to prove their number one status by hitting back with the ball tomorrow, however this may not happen as easily as many people think... The Aus v SA series showed the wheels can fall off the SA attack quite easily

Posted by 777aditya on (February 1, 2013, 20:49 GMT)

It seems RSA took Pakistan a bit lightly at their own peril. Too many shots, too little application. No disrespect, but Hafeez getting four wickets in a test match just reflects RSA's lack of preparation against spin. Ajmal is a proud bowler - he did not get a single wicket and would be itching to wreak havoc in the second innings. Now, only if Pakistan bat sensibly, the opening match is there for the taking. Would be interesting to see if Jamshed can translate his superb run against India against the world's best pace battery.

Posted by tauk on (February 1, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

I believe it is high time now ,, i know Pakistan is unpredictable at times but we Pakistanis had this gut feeling against England tests that they might not go Pakistan's way , we had this feeling against against India in India , and we've had this feeling all along , its time we should realize that it just depends upon which Pakistan side turns up ,, if it shows u good signs we r in for a treat , they will beat the best in the world on any ground ,,if they let things slip they can be rolled over by anytime quiet easily , the good thing about the first day is , it has shown signs of committed Pakistan side ,too early to judge yet but let me assure you , these Pakistanis can beat any team on their day

Posted by Sandhu-64 on (February 1, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

Great performance by pakistan on day 1,and in sha Allah pakistan will perform better tomorow.

Posted by don2009 on (February 1, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

Lots of ppl saying here that SA threw away there wickets. Well it is all because of disciplined bowling of PAK. They didn't really allowed SA batsmen to score freely and they applied the pressure on SA batsmen very well which caused false strokes by SA batsmen. Or the pitch was like that like,Gream Smith said on the toss that it is going to be difficult on most part of 1st day and 2nd day will be good for batting. Considering that PAK has really given themselves a chance to take the game away from SA by getting a reasonable lead. If they can take a lead of around 100, then i think they can bowl out SA in the 2nd innings around 200. The batsmen have a big job to do, SA will also apply lots of pressure on PAK batsmen and they will test their temperament. PAK knows what to do. They really have given themselves a chance to put their grip firmly on this test match. It will be a pure test match. The one which will be remembered for a long time.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

I THINK PAK WILL SCORE b/w 320 to 350...i smell some upset...well we cant say anything about pakistan...if they choke than sa will hammer them easily...the match and series result will depends upon tomorrow pak batting attitude..looks like green machine on a silent mission...let c...still i believe sa will win this but cant say anything about pakistan

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

SOUTHAFRICA plan was all focus on junaid and ajmal..dont throw wickets to them and play sensible but after their inning some1 asked them what happpened.....all replied plan was not to throw wickets to ajmal and junaid but give wickets to others was not the part of plan...hehhehehe

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 20:32 GMT)

i m a english fan and like to watch competitive cricket.....i saw so many hate shown by indians here,,,saying blah blah to pakistan.....lolz......i think indians are simply jealous...they want pakistan to loose badly and i smell someupset here....i was scrolling page and surprised not to saw saf arrogance comments...give credit to talent where its due,,,dont matter which country u from and 1 warning and advise,,,,NEVER UNDERESTIMATE PAKISTAN....

Posted by farhan_313 on (February 1, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

i have read some comment about saeed ajmal that he is not able to take wicket and gone for plenty but its just because of ajmal South Africa opted to bat first the dont want to face him in fourth inning. and that decision enable paskistan to got them out around 250.

whatever pakistani batting will do but i am sure about one thing it will never be 3-0.

i agree to some indian fans that pak batting is weak link but why the strongest batting in the world of India is able to win them a single match outside india. and thats there badluck that zimbabwe is not playing test cricket now a days otherwise sachin can make some ten to 15 more centuries and inda can win some series out side their home.

but still they have a chance to play with bangladesh to improve their test wins record.

Posted by kumarsSansai on (February 1, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

@Mr_Cricket, why you talking about indian bowling. What happned against SL when allout on 72. ha ha. what happened to your batsman....

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (February 1, 2013, 20:13 GMT)

@ Harmony111 Hafeez is a parttimer lol check the ICC ranking for ODI and T20 he doesn't bowls in Test much because he is not needed quit often because we got Ajmal.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

I'll give credit to PCB Chairman and his unbiased selection pannel. They have really taken some bold decission by not selecting Afridi against India in ODIs and now Akmal trio are out from S/African test series. The result is in front of us. This team playing a unit now.

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (February 1, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

Lets hope Pakistan can put a lead of 50+ in the 1st innings the way they bat lets hope for the best.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (February 1, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

Mr-Cricket: you summed up my feelings.. thanks for commenting.. as far as 1st day of test is concern.. well done Pakistan.. but i was quite surprised to see rahat in playing 11 ehead of Irfan and Tanvir. I hope they put up a good score tomorow.. i hoping & expecting an exciting test series.

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

@Mr_Cricket. You ausi understand cricket. That is what indian needs to understand.

Posted by wakaPAK on (February 1, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

Patience here is the key!! Some SA batsmen were guilty of impatience, they felt dominated and were trying to reverse it and thus gave away their wickets, thanks to some tight bowling from Pakistan. Patience guys patience!

Posted by Shahriar on (February 1, 2013, 19:57 GMT)

Against all odds and everyone's prediction I am saying that tomorrow PAK batting will be as good as SA's if not better. The overall makeup of the team has changed under Misbah and I think there is a positive impact on Whatmore's coaching. Even with past talented bowling PAK used to loose the game plan. Since Misbah has taken the captaincy he induced FOCUS. And I feel because of this FOCUS PAK batting tomorrow will surprise everyone. Odds are against them, no brainer, but PAK recently has got the best think tank since Imran Khan days. Jamshed and Hafeez are in good touch and Misbah can always be relied on. Even if Younis, Azhar, Asad and Sarfraz scores 20 to 30 they can even the SA score. However, saying all these, it doesn't get PAK a win and they can still loose this test because obviously SA will better their 1st innings score and then on day 4-5 track batting will become more difficult for PAK. So to even up with SA's 1st innings total will only ensure some fighting loss.

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 1, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

Btw, whats the big deal if SA were 250 a.o. today? India bowled them out for 131 in 2010 and that too in the 2nd innings of the match. Pak were bowling on day 1 and with their so called Stronger GREAT bowlers ought to have done something similar.

Instead what do we see? SA got nearly twice as much as they got vs India and even then Pak were bale to restrict SA only cos 4-5 SA wickets were literally thrown away by settled SA batsmen and were not due to any great bowling from Pak.

As for Pak fans saying Great Bowling By Pak pls note that Hafeez took most wickets - it is a bit like Ashwin top scoring for India - we would say well done Ashwin but we won't exactly be comfortable with that achievement.

In any case, 250 is about 100 too many for Pak. I would even say Pak may be following on tomorrow - you never know with Pak you see. Pak were bowled out for less than 100 THRICE in a month in Aug 2010 vs England. So Pak are indeed habitual of losing 10 wickets for double digit scores..

Posted by Desihungama on (February 1, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

Pakistan managing to bat on the first day of a Test match while bowling first and out South Africa is simply OUTSTANDING. No other team has done that to S. Africa. I don't know if Pak can go on to win this one but I do know they've got SAF's attention and got them standing on their toes. SA is getting a dose of their own medicine. What an amazing all-weather bowling attack. I do think Pak missed the trick by not playing M. Irfan.

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 1, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

Brilliant bowling by Pak or shoddy batting by SA? 4 Wickets were thrown away by SA today and Faf was extremely unlucky in the way he got out. And we were hearing how Junaid Khan, Mohd Irfan, Umar Gul, Ajaml will destroy SA's batitng. Well, Mohd Irfan couldn't even get a place in the team and the leading wicket taker was Prof - a regular part-timer. This goes to show just how hollow Pak fan's claims were.

And the Pak fans really can't make any mention of DRS today. Whether it failed or not failed is immaterial. When BCCI says the same things, you ppl criticize and mock BCCI for being inflexible and not using technology and advocate banning BCCI and want DRS to be made mandatory so when your fav tool is used in the matches you play then you got to stand by whatever it comes up with. At that moment you can't say Oh DRS is not working or Hotspot is shameful. If DRS says not-out then you must accept it was not-out.

250 is about 100 runs too many for Pak --- may be 150.

Posted by heartbreakerz on (February 1, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

as usual, haters are out here in full force with most of them being our neighbors, but let me remind them that Pakistan is d most successful Asian team in S.Africa so u guys have no right to criticise pak n that too after an excellent performance today...go Pakistan go!!!

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

let me tell you guys, Pakistan is going to score at least 300 runs, Those who are saying Pakistan can't take a lead are mistaken, they have to change their perception about once fragile Pakistan batting line up

Posted by mhk21 on (February 1, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

Kudos to the Test Cricket !!!!

Test cricket at its best ....The momentum swinging every session in opposite direction with some world class swing and seam bowling and eqally good spin bowling against eqaully competent batsmen ....even contest between bat and bowl judjing true characters of the players.... and to be honest pak hadn't a week spot in bowling and there was constant battle by SA to score runs ....and thats what made the 1st day a treat to watch ....i think this test series will live up to its hype and will be a series to be remebered for a long time .....

Posted by JustIPL on (February 1, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

I don't think AB is a lower order batsmen by any means and all others that Hafeez took care of are pretty good batsmen. I think South Africa need Dhoni to face Pakistani attack.

Posted by shohag23 on (February 1, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

@ThatsJustCricket, you are absoulately right.In this case the Review should be credited back to the team.I think the ICC should work more on it and ofcourse they should find a way to work out with India because they are the only country who is opposing the DRS.I believe ICC should take a stand on India.They should force India to accept what all other nations accepted orelse the ICC could lift off the recognition on IPL.somehow ICC should bring them.Because all other 8 test playing nations on 1 side and India alone is on other side.For the sake of game of Cricket ICC must be bold on their choices.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 1, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

I have to say PAK bowling discipline and accuracy today was impressive and formidable. Getting SA out for 250 is a low score. If PAK can get to 350 then they are in a very strong position. On the flip side i have to say there were a few very cheap wickets with AMLA and Faff, but thats they way it goes . PAK bowling unit is very dangerous. But the big question is, how good is their batting against SA on a bowler friendly pitch. It should be easier to bat tomorrow. DAY 1 goes to Pakistan, well played. What a great test match.

Posted by tests_the_best on (February 1, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

Sometimes I wonder if it's more fun to catch the cricket action or follow the comments on the match reports lol

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

Today DRS machine was off, but tomorrow they will on it and sleeping umpires will also favor s.a This is not good for test cricket. I think BCCI is correct on DRS issue.

Posted by Mr_Cricket. on (February 1, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

As an Australian, its very funny to see how some Indian fans are getting worked up by a great bowling performance by Pakistan. Dont you guys have anything better to do?? If the best bowling unit you can produce is Ishant Sharma and the Kumars then you guys could have a great test duel with Zimbabwe although Zimbabwe might manage to score 400 against such a mediocre attack. Maybe Yuvraj will take a 5 for with his pies......

Indians need to realise that they do not own world cricket and as a neutral, I would watch Pakistan over India anyday.....

Posted by prozium11 on (February 1, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

Well played pakistan..exceptional bowling from junaid and team and some really kiwi kind of fielding..fielders throwing themselves on the ground..match is all set for the cracker..I dont know why pro and anti indian team comments are doing in here in the pak vs sa series..For pro indian comment..guys 8-0 in away test is till hurtful to say the least..for anti indian comment whether sa pity indians and all that..India last series in sa was a 1-1 drawn with 3rd test win for india single handedly denied by kallis theres nothing like in sa india struggles or what..

Posted by Qespar on (February 1, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

Well I do appreciate Indians fans praising Pakistan. I believe we can praise or criticize any team in a sportsmanship manner. As a great fan of Pakistani team my request some of the Pakistan fans not to bring politics in Cricket, any way today it was Pakistan's day. The way Misbah used his bowlers was impressive and at the same time all the bowlers came to Misbah's expectations. I will also like to say that except Omar Gul or Saeed Ajmal South Africa did not know much about other Bowling squad Pakistan has, so it helped Pakistan. Over all it was good contest lets hope Pakistan's batting will click because this is the week point of Pakistani Team.

Posted by tony122 on (February 1, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

@1992 Forever- India drew the 3 match series last time we toured SA 1-1. Let us see what Pakistan team does.

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (February 1, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

loved every bit of it. SA got the taste what they do to the other teams. great spell by junaid khan, I wonder what smith was thinking when he decided to bat. if the pakistan batsman can post a good total, this one has the makings of an exciting test match

Posted by PakCricSpin on (February 1, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

Its all about batting. Pakistani batsmen need to hold onto their wickets. The bowling of Pakistan was never an issue. Pakistan's brittle batting will be exposed to the South African bowling attack.

Posted by SaadRocx on (February 1, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

Don't get excited...Pak is yet to face the likes of Steyn,Morkel,Philander,Kallis,Robin Pieterson.......and 253 is a very challenging total i think...i'll be surprised if pakistan even somehow manages to reach it...let alone taking the lead..LOL

Posted by BowledYa on (February 1, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

I live in the US so did not get to see the match on TV. It must have been a cracker of a day for Pakistan, but I don't understand why Irfan was not chosen. He performed so well in India and his height was supposed to be an advantage here. Anyone have any thoughts?

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 1, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

@All_The_Way->I guess you have no idea what a lower order could do in test matches?Have you watched the last few tours of Pak to SA?It was the lower order of SA making Centuries & saving the match.So it's a big deal when you take wickets.Be it lower order or any order lol

Posted by KarachiKid on (February 1, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

I think the key today was too spectacular catches by Pakistani standard. Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali, both clung on to very good catches which 7 out of 10 Pakistani fielders would have dropped. That made the difference. To a lesser extent the variation in bowling attack is also a factor. However, rightly said by writer, any judgement on the overall SA score should be held back till Pakistanis respond. Already there are signs for movement and a couple of plays and misses.

Posted by Ahsan-cric-freak on (February 1, 2013, 19:01 GMT)

Wow what a comprehensive performance from bowlers especially professor...! he's always underrated as a bowler. i think Saffers were too worried about AJMAL magic which made them a bit relaxed against professor. Now stage is set for pak to dominate. misbah's typical batting will be on the cards tomorrow. he can afford to do so. already lovin to watch this series! bring it on proteas! Pak batting is nothing like that of Newzealanders' so don't take it easy Biff n co;) Go Pak batters!

Posted by Darvesh on (February 1, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

think not about what Pakistan has done to SA today, think what SA is going to do to Pak tomorrow. It is going to be world's weakest batting lineup pitting against world's most formidable bowling attack. With the ever imploding and self-destructing capabilities, the hallmark of Pak batting, even a modest test score of 253 will look to be insurmountable, let alone gaining any decisive first inning lead.

Posted by ThatsJustCricket on (February 1, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

@Sports4Youth : agree on one point mate. It doesn't make sense to lose a review when the technology is inconclusive.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 1, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

@kumar_ind->It's fans like you that one should be proud of..Admiring the performance of neighboring country when all i could find is hatred against Pakistan.The best comment so far

Posted by KingAjmal on (February 1, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

lol Hafeez 3 of 4 wickets were against lower order and tail and everyone is making a big deal out of it. But I give credit where its due, Pakistan played really well today.

Posted by S.Alis on (February 1, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

I'm not sure why people criticizing Ajmal so much? He did some good bowling but it was not his day. He was a bit unlucky when his good bowls missed out and that's part of the game. Wait. is there any need for me to explain his class? He's #3 right now in test cricket and #1 in other formats. Even though pitch might not support him as the pitches in the UAE but still he will get wickets. Just wait and see. And stop calling Hafeez a part timer. He's a genuine all rounder pakistan have in all 3 formats.

Posted by intrepid_khan on (February 1, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

both sides contains dangerous bowlers ! but its our batting that normally let us down in tests !! so best of luck for tomorrow , SA bowlers are world class too ! so our batsman will need a lot of skills to finish the task postively , whatever happens tomorrow but one thing is proved today ! .... this series is going to make history =) clash of the 2 finest bowling attacks !! so now the batting will win it for either team ...! best wishes for both teams :)

Posted by alimaken1 on (February 1, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

Pak can win if ,and a big if, Younis and Azhar perform up to their potential. SA is an excellent balling unit but should Pak reaches 350 GAME ON.

Posted by SaadRocx on (February 1, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

Someone needs to tell Ajmal not to take things for granted..He need to perform,otherwise there is no reason for Pak to deny going with 4 pacers..

Posted by 1992Forever on (February 1, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

Considering the Pakistani team has not played at home for the last four years and are still able to compete with the so-called cricket superpowers is a testimony of their talent and resilience against all odds. Wish all the Pak boys best for the series. I believe the Saffers know they are in a real contest, unlike when they played the indians...

PS Captaincy of Misbah is very under-rated, I hope he carries on for few more years.

Posted by kumar_ind on (February 1, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

very good game and well played pakistan. Although we have the 2nd largest population and the richest cricket board, they still haven't been able to produce till date a pace bowler who can instill fear in the opposition. they only can get some scarecrows. We can at least be happy that our neighbours have such players...

Posted by Sinhaya on (February 1, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

Brilliant bowling by the Pakistanis and well done. Sad I just could not watch the match as I was too busy. Hope I can watch the highlights on ten cricket tomorrow. Pakistani batsmen must now target a 400 plus score. They must not rush at all. Just score at 2.5 to 3 runs per over and by close of play if they are 260 for 4 and by tea on day 3 if they get to 400, pressure will be on SA. Singles are the key. Must not go for big shots as that is when wickets will fall.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 1, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

Hey Harmony & all Indian Fans..What's up...Great day for Team Pak..You must be really happy for Pakistan today.. I hope it continues like that..Keep Rocking Pakistan.Not it's time for Batsmen to show the world that we can face the best bowling line up...

Posted by ozziespirit on (February 1, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

@ 1PAKISTANi: My friend, I'm afraid your ignoring the elephant in the room with Ajmal, which everyone else apart from yourself is talking about. Any guesses?

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

@supacrickfan: I lol'd at your..... errrrr..... observations

Posted by AAK.PAKISTANI on (February 1, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

@ supacricfan, you think Inida is the best team in the worldd with worst bowling attachk in the world. Don't foget they are 0-8 in last 8 test. Do you still think you are the best in the world?

Posted by AK47_pk on (February 1, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

Im with bcci on drs now. Use normal cameras to get rid of howlers. There is no point of having expensive drs system if it cannot diliver.

Posted by krishna_cricketfan on (February 1, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

Pakistan strength is always bowling and they have yet again shown that. Good to see they were supported by fielding. But the batting must keep up and do heavy scoring. Hope to see a good match.

Posted by PAKISTANiLive on (February 1, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

for all AJMAL haters, here is an article written by espncricinfo staff, which shows some wrong decisions:- "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."

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

The pitch is more flat than a subcontinent pitch coz there is no swing, nor spin.In subcontinent atleast u get spin.Pakistan should aim at a score of of luck to Misbah n Co.lets show them the power of tuk tuk n lets whitewash kepler vessel arrogant team.

Posted by positiveindian on (February 1, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

Great day of test cricket. Awesome performance by Pakistan. Its a pity that you cannot have international cricket at home. The bowlers were awesome, captaincy good for a first day of the series. I hope SA did not underestimate Pak. If they did, they paid the price. Anyways, I hope the batsmen take the challenge and play well against the SA bowlers. Hoping to be a cracker. Go Pakistan!!

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 1, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

Stats Alert: Younis Khan has taken 8 wickets in Test Cricket, the batsmen dismissed by him are M Bell, Sehwag, TSamaraweera, N Kulasekara, R Herath, T Dilshan, N Paranavitana & H Amla. Well done YK ♥

Posted by sabb786 on (February 1, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

Hi, great performance by pakistan hope they do bating very well still young left arm spinner missing in squad.

Posted by KallisTheGreatest on (February 1, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

Pakistan bowlers & their captain did really well today.Seems like proteas forget Hafeez.Only prepared for Ajmal & already paid the price.Dissapointed that the way Kallis got out but credit should go to shafiq for that blinder.This is going to be a classic series specially between two awesome bowling units in the world.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 1, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

I agree with one of the comments here that "Pakistan have spoilt biff day".

Now if Pakistan can bat well in their first innings and get some lead then SA will be under tremendous pressure.

Once again Hafeez has proved to be a match winner for Pakistan. Although the question remains that what prompted Misbah to Leave out the inform Mohammed Irfan and go with Rahat. Fitness could be one thingh. But Irfan was in great form in India. He would have carried that momentum into this game. I am not at all against Rahat. I have always Advocated for Rahat's inclusion in the team. But all that I am saying is that the timing was wrong. Because there was so much hype about Irfan and his pace at 145 would have been a real threat. And due to some strange reason Rahat did not bowl beyond 135.


Posted by StatisticsRocks on (February 1, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

Well played PAK , from an Indian fan. Honestly it doesn't surprise me anymore when PAK bowlers bowl out opposition for < 300 in a test match, coz PAK bowlers are world class bowlers. What surprised me today is that Hafeez was the pick of the bowlers and not the usual Ajmal or Juanid. But its a team game and it doesn't matter where the wickets are coming from. It's PAK's batting that is vulnerable and this series is going to help their batsmen gain confidence as they are playing one of the best fast bowling attacks in Steyn, and Morkel .SA batting other than the very reliable Kallis, Amla is suspect against quality bowling and it was proven today. I think if PAK batting holds up, PAK will win the series.

Posted by aaqibisthegreat on (February 1, 2013, 18:05 GMT)

It's baseless to comment over Saeed Ajmal's potency over 1 mare innings. It's fine to rest him in the next game if wicket seems favorable for the seemers and add up TANVIR AHMED at his place. Hafeez is a reasonable spinner in the side for the supportive role. Rahat Should be given chance in all 3 games so that he may be judged for his caliber...

So regardless of the series result, I would be happy to see JUNAID, TANVIR, GUL, RAHAT, Hafeez attack next time

Posted by Waqasahmed92 on (February 1, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

@gsingh7 "abnegation is a form of denial in which the person uses his psychological defense mechanism to reject facts that are too uncomfortable to accept while insisting that the datum is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence"...The Remedy though is very easy, get counseling sessions or preferably do Yoga.... Trust me it will help..... Good Luck

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Indian so called great batsman don't able to bat in S.A, Indian bowlers don't know how to bowl on this planet. But mark my words Pak bowling is strong and they can crush anyone anywhere in this world. I don't think on these tracks their is any difference between Indian , Pak or Srilankan batsman. All asian players are failed outside Asia, But i know only one thing about Asia that Pak bowling is always best. If Indian batting is stronger then Pakistan, then when they will show outside Asia as we always show our bowling is strong everywhere. Proud to be a Pakistani.

Imran khan Software Engineer.

Posted by rajattiwaari on (February 1, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

Oh boy!!Hafeez is turning out to be a trump card. I believe he is very underrated as an allrounder,he adds a lot to this pakistani team. They have done well with the ball now all eyes on their batsmen. I think younis and hafeez will be key.

Posted by tests_the_best on (February 1, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

Engrossing day's game, confirms pak bowling is quite potent though ideally they would have wanted SA under 200. As lots of commenters have mentioned, true test is tomorrow. Pak don't want to be chasing more than 150-200 in the 4th innings.

Posted by HA786 on (February 1, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

Well played by Pakistan. hope they carry on this performance to win the series. Seriously need to take Rahat Ali out for Mohammad Irfan. Well done Hafeez for your great spells! Go team Green!

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 1, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

Today Pakistan's fielding was brilliant and the result was there for everyone to see. It is only when they field badly that they mess up the game.

Yet another failure of the hot-spot technology. The good old snickometer was much better. Just another reason why the stupid DRS system should be done away with. The rules of this system are even more stupid. When the hot-spot was inconclusive in Rahats review of Duplesis edge, then why should Pakistan loose a referal.

Misbah's Captaincy of not giving Hafeez to bowl against Smith was questionable. Also Younis got four overs much before Hafeez. I cannot comprehend this. As it turned out Hafeez was the most successful bolwer, they why delay him till the end of the day ?


Posted by PAKISTANiLive on (February 1, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

@gsingh7 Hafeez is no.2 in ICC ODI Bowling rankings, so he is a world class bowler.. Saeed Ajmal is World's best bowler now & everyone knows it, he always takes wickets, just making a statement after 1 innings going wicketless is just rubbish! watch him in 2nd innings Insha ALLAH he will be taking wickets! becoz 2nd innings might help spinners more!

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

fast bowling other than Junaid was prety ordinary by Pakistan.............

Posted by supacricfan on (February 1, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

dont get carried away folks,SA is going to win this series 3 nil,cant believe that hafeez who is more like a street gully player claimed 4 wickets,come on SA,thrash these minnows who think they are the best with worst batting line up in the world..Lol!!

Posted by azeesajid on (February 1, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

cricket followers from all the countries will praise and admit the today's performance of team pakistan except indians.

Posted by cricketkhan on (February 1, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

i m baffled what sum Indians are doing here? its not that m opposed to anybody commenting here, but they way the comment shows the inner burning and venom against Pakistan, it seems that they have not been able to swallow their defeat at the hands of Pakistan. i suggest that they put their home in order rather then wishing that Pakistan get a thrashing from SA.

Posted by binojpeter on (February 1, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

I was also surprised why Rahat Ali was selected ahead of Mohammad Irfan.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

yes of course,Biffs day belonged to Pakistani team,as per-view held by the most in world ,yesterday,though it has changed after today's performance of pakistani team on day one of 1st test,against the best test batting lineup. definitely 253 is a very good score with the most menacing bowling line up of the world,as SA possesses,but team pakistan can definitely put on a score far better than this , the most imp factor is the utter desire to do well to prove it to the world that they r the unofficially number 1 test side of the world,as pakistan is infact.

Posted by leeluk on (February 1, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

Well done PAKISTANI BROTHERS well wishes from SRILANKA we proud of you

Posted by binojpeter on (February 1, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

It is rather strange to see Ajmal going wicketless and Hafeez picking up 4 wickets and Younis Khan getting the wicket of Amla.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

@gsingh please go and take a look at how your team india performed in test , they lost 0-8 and actually they were the true flat-track bullies but now they cant even win at flat tracks even at home...a good example of a mediocre side is team india...however i only say this because you can never take pakistans success and show your hatred and jeaolousy. I donot mind india winning if they perform well but you seem to find something wrong no matter how well pakistan performs and as far as ajmal is concerned, he performed well and played an important role in pressure building which lead to the oppositions dismissal...

Posted by Hira1 on (February 1, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

Pak bowling was excellent as always, though fielding came as a surprise, now similar effort needed from the batsman. Pak needs to bat last on this pitch so any thing less than 300 will put pak under real pressure, but lets hope Pak youngsters come good and back their bowlers.

Posted by Paddlesweep4six on (February 1, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

@gsingh7 Today was the first slap on your face, you said SA will cross 450 every innings and declare. Many more to come though.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

@ gsingh why every good Pakistani performance is because of luck and every good Indian performance is because of their class ???? and today saeed ajmal had figures of 23-04-68-0 , do you really call that plenty ??? or you havent seen ishant sharma figures anyday???

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

Pak bowlers get out 13 batsman's today (11 + 2 DRS), Great bowling side, This pitch is not as quick as we were thinking. Pakistan has technically correct middle order from last 2 years. You will be surprised by many of new young talented batsman's from Pakistan, they are not flashy like other Asian players.

Posted by kingspakistan on (February 1, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

Great show by Pakistan, we do not need a clearance certificate from a certain loser nation to appreciate our cricketers

Posted by getsetgopk on (February 1, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

Superb bowling and fielding effort from Pakistan, any doubters out there should know this by now, Pakistan is here and they mean business, you all might as well wake up before its too late, we'll sort out Philander and steyn out tomorrow and see what they are made of. All hail test cricket!

Posted by Farhan_PK on (February 1, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge: Pakistan played well on the first day regardless of who took most of wickets and who's a team effort....Saeed Ajmal has nothing to prove...he is the best...did Sachin score a cebtury in every match? No...and does that mean he isn't a great batsman? what's the point of all that rubbish talk? Pakistan may end up losing this test...but that doesn't mean we took credit away for their performance on the first day...

Posted by AHFAD on (February 1, 2013, 17:30 GMT)


I understand. You are too frustrated with Pakistan's performance today.

Please don't call Pak "Flat Track Bullies" because the world has already reserved this phrase for India.

Please look at the score card again and if you can read.. Notice most of the top order batsmen were out by pace bowlers.. except Faf.. well wait. Younis Khan may be considered as pace bowler in India. Ha Ha Ha.

Posted by ammar7may on (February 1, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

Brilliant effort team Pakistan today! Well done! It was quite strange for not introducing Hafeez earlier. He and Ajmal are quite different bowlers, so both must be given equal chances in the middle order. Today, catches have paid, which needs to be continued. Experience of Gul and sharpness of Junaid is still long way to express superiority in pace friendly wicket? Nice use of swing and speed by Rahat, but it is just his first appearance, so needs more chances to grow. Still no bowler making a first impression as Waqar Younis or Shoaib Akhtar. All the best wishes for batting tomorrow. Go green caps....... All the best!

@ Front-Foot-Lunge: Perhaps you never see current ODI bowlers' ranking. Go confirm it first.

Posted by Erebus26 on (February 1, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

I suppose it all depends how Pakistan bat against Steyn , Morkel and Philander tomorrow. Certainly this has all the hallmarks of being an entertaining and exciting series. Been really impressed with Pakistan under Misbah, in fact I dare say he's been one of the best captains that Pakistan have had in a while. He's provided the stability that Pakistan has been craving for and some of younger, talented players have blossomed whilst senior professionals such as Misbah and Younis have provided guidance and leadership.

Posted by ISI-Pakisatn-Tanoli on (February 1, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

Ajmal also didn't took wicket just criticizing debutant Rahat is not right... he can swing ball senior bowler Gull and capt should back him up for 2nd inning... Irfan is not fit to play 5 day he can only play 1day & t20.....

Posted by Marz22 on (February 1, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

great effort by hafeez he has to continue his gud form in batting....nd as far as DRS is concern nd the hawk eye these r just computerised image working the way the technician behind it wants....remember the tendulkar LBW in the world cup?....strange yaar

Posted by priceless1 on (February 1, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

Game is not over yet, Pakistan have to bat really well to go pass this total

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 1, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

What a Performance By Pakistan absolutely awesome.Very very Good Captaincy From King Misbah.What a display of quality Swing,spin,pace bowling and athletic Fielding now if Batting clicks up to 350-400 nobady can stop Green Army.Come On Pakistan.Really very very Impressive with Junaid, Gul and as usual Hafeez...Come on My Pakistan...Come on lets create the History Come On Can't wait more for Beginning of 2nd Day. absolutely cracker jacker series is start..

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

pakistan bowl well. lot ov expectations from younis,and nasir jamshed

Posted by RF-Frequency on (February 1, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

I seriously need to know if the host country cricket board uses its own hot spot technology. I have never seen hot spot fizzle out like this before. Camera work too was very poor. It was frustrating to see slow motions so blur and camera panning inaccurate. If SCCB can't do something about this quickly, then DRS should be left out in this series.

Posted by Basit75 on (February 1, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

I'm surprized that Ajmal haven't taken any wkt but overall it's great work by bowlers, now batsmen show time. Best of luck Pakistan

Posted by SICHO on (February 1, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

well done Pakistan, but I don't think they should be excited as most of them already are. 3 quick wickets and Pakistan will be in tatters. We've been in situations like this against far better teams than Pakistan i.e. England, Australia, so I'm not fussed at all. One thing they shouldn't expect in the 2nd innings is this kind of batting, and now for our pace trio to show them how it's done.

Posted by AHFAD on (February 1, 2013, 17:17 GMT)


Top batsmen were out by fast bowlers. There is no dominance/dependency on spinners. Ajmal went wicket less. And he is the main spinners. Hafeez is just part timer in Tests and he got (tailenders) wickets because they took him lightly.

Please make sure you watch the game before commenting.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (February 1, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

Pakistan fans, myself included, need to calm down. The match hasn't been won. Just a good days performance. And although there were a lot of inflammatory posts against Pak in the build up to this match, it was't the Saffers doing the goading. It was the same handful of Indian posters who troll on every article. So leave the SA jibes out.

Posted by AHFAD on (February 1, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

The is not a typical bouncy/swing SA pitch. But it has something for the bowlers. Too many soft dismissals but that is because of tight bowling. Credit goes to Pak bowlers.

If we go by the recent history and this pitch.. Pak will score around 200. And they will be chasing around 350 to win. Should be anybody's game.

DRS Hot Spot was simply off for technical reasons. Pak was unlucky otherwise SA would not have scored more than 200.

Posted by Saffant on (February 1, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

Unpredictable? There's nothing unpredictable about Pakistan's bowling line up--it's a world class, top-notch attack.

Pakistan's batting however, is very unpredictable indeed.

Posted by satish_XI on (February 1, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

don't get excited guys ..the best is yet to come and let the Saffas bowl on this pitch .!!

Posted by amumtaz on (February 1, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

Pakistan has the ability to surprise the opposition and humble them. South Africa will have to work hard to beat them in the series. The only question is will Pakistani batsmen stand up to the pressure exerted by South African bowlers?

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 1, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

hafeez got lucky because saf play poorly to spin like english lads, but 250 is enough to take 70 run lead here , we all know real test is batsmen of pak who only play well on flat tracks and wud roll over to high quality swing bowling of styen and co.remember saf start slow as in aus but come in good touch on 2nd day. where r all those pak supporters saying ajmal is best , he went for plenty today with 0 wicket dean hit him one mighty maximum and 4 thereafter, he will be averaging above 100 like in aus, he is true flat track bully but minnow on green tops.

Posted by smalishah84 on (February 1, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

come on boys. Well bowled today. Now bat well the whole day tomorrow and win this match :D.

Posted by dreamliner on (February 1, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

Oh yes I almost forgot to mention, a couple of posted query hotspot... I saw the post match analysis today and while the SA commentators were questioning the effectiveness of HOT SPOT technology like Dhoni and BCCI before them, all knowing Waqar suggested a potential reason why deVilliers edged dismissal was not seen on the Hotspot replay was because the ball the area of the bat that the ball made contact with was taped. Make what you will out of that, but obviously food for thought for all cricketing bodies employing Hotspot technology. Loved Jonty's grinning response to Waqar, 'Sneaky batsmen'.

Posted by sufyandawood1983 on (February 1, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

Great first day of cricket between South Africa and Pakistan, but it was Pakistan day today and people thought only fast bowlers are difficult on a green surface,ask South Africa's batsmen they cant pick the professor.Talk about bad luck or good fortune , Hafeez was the jinx for south Africa batsmen. No one even the South African or the Pakistani would of expected that Hafeez would done the damage.But the great test begin on the second day as Pakistan can self destruct as they know best, after being extremely good they are best at unpredictability which can happen on any given day. But hats off to their super Fielding coach the overall fielding has been outstanding today which has shown wonders at the Wanderers . Day two is vital day in this test Match , South African's have the best bowling attack available to them, tomorrow will decide the fate of this test match.But if Misbah and his men show the same fight like today we are in for a surprise upset.

Posted by mazii on (February 1, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

Front foot lunge... It's not only joke of the day but frustration of the day. He is frustrated because what England couldn't do against proteas, Pakistan doing that. I think according to him Australian, Indian, West Indies, Bangladesh, New Zealnad and Sri llankas attack is better than Pakistan. It's funny that he is still frustrated even after 3-0 thrashing.

Posted by da_man_ on (February 1, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

@Grant King: Ummm.... that's how this world class bowling unit with little experience goes. Good night :p

M Irfan was never going to start the game. He struggles to bowl ten overs in an ODI. Anyone following Pakistan cricket would know this.

I think realistically, we can aim for 300 in this innings, and try to bowl out SA cheaply in the third innings.

Posted by dreamliner on (February 1, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

Fantastic days test cricket, there were some lows and highs for both supporters and importantly the neutrals, if there were any. Credit to the way Pakistan bowlers stuck to their lines and length and also props to Misbah's rotation of the bowlers and field. Pak bowlers made the batsmen play desperately for runs. Perhaps the introduction of Hafeez was a touch late but maybe thats what allowed him to have the desired effect. Can't wait to see what the much talked about SA bowling attack will do tomorrow...fascinating and absorbing contest lies ahead.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

Its like playing against the captain Misbah whose a fantastic captain specially in this format of the game. I would like to believe that Nasir, being the late-player of the swinging ball that he is, holds the key to a 100+ lead. Pakistani batting looks stronger than 253 anyways.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (February 1, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

The importance/dominance of spin bowling instead of pace once again showing through. Are you watching Aus./England? And this game isn't even in Asian conditions...

Posted by birdz_eye on (February 1, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

Today's Cricinfo headline should be "PAKISTAN SPOILED THE BIFF DAY".

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

Pakistan is always considered an underdog. They have had this reputation of matching Australia and the West Indian pace attack, but in the eyes of a generic cricket lover, they are mere nothing compared even to the Indian cricket team. All because the country is a political sham,and the players are looked down as much. This is a pity, I am an Indian, and I know they are a problem politically, but in sports and as a cricket lover, I put the politics aside, and the bias to the bin and conclude as always that Pakistan's cricket team to me has always been a FAVOURITE .I Wish them well in this series and I believe they can see the better of the Proteas. Go PAKISTAN.....

Posted by hamza893 on (February 1, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

Excellent captaincy Misbah ! but Misbah should have introduce Hafeez first as yesterday night I heard Shoaib Akhter saying that Wanderer pitch is fast and skiddy.As Hafeez skids the bowl this 253 score would have shorten to 170 or 80,but still Pak in great position to create their dominance.I think Peterson will play great role tomorrow.Note my words.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (February 1, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

Some times I feel, the DRS/hotspot only works when the man behind it wants it to work.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 01 2013, 16:22 PM GMT) Grow up mate , learn to pay a compliment where due...Pakistan bowled wonderfully , fielded well and made the proteas sweat...and have you sort of lost your mind by saying something so irrational such as saying Pakistan has a 6th best bowling attack ? Pakistan bowling is as good as south African bowling if not better...i am assuming you are an Indian and i feel pity on you for never ever acclaiming that our bowling is by far greater than yours....we demolished England when they were no.1...and its Africa turn now...

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

Pakistani selectors knew that they could not make selection of a wicketkeeper based on personal likes and political connections of players for this tough tour, this is why Sarfaraz finally got his chance, otherwise parchi players like Akmals always got the nod!

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (February 1, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

BOTH the hotspot reviews and them not tracing the obvious nicks, prove that India has valid issues with DRS.

Posted by Naseer_shah on (February 1, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

I can easily say that South african and England are best fast and seam bowling attach and Pakistan , Srilanka are the superb all round bowling attack.That was the thing which india lacked in test series against England . But I am sure still to come . Pakistan bowling will 100% struggle in coming matches because there main weapon didn't fire and they got the wicket from side bowlers ... but not every time they will get the wicket .... Cricinfo please publish this comment

Posted by Dannymania on (February 1, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

Don't you guys think that adding Rehman would've been a beauty of a decision here? I honestly just want Rehman in the team. After his tremendous display in the series against England, he deserves to be there. The south Africans aren't used to facing spin that much. and rehman would've been a great asset. better than playing a debutant fast bowler who doesn't have anything new to offer.

Posted by sirvivfan on (February 1, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

Nothing wrong with drs as such....consistency in application, when hotspot does not show a thing in some games 3rd umpire has gone with sound! Steve Davis is poor umpire as well third umpire. He made lot mistakes in India, some of them shocking, here as 3rd umpire he had time to evaluate, but failed. Interesting about stickers on side of bat impacting hotspot according to some sources. Despite all this DRS WORKS OK!

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

I would have expected greater intent and fight from Bangladesh, I mean seriously, 253 on what seems like a semi-flat pitch with some early movement for about 20 overs. I hope Pakistan can get a solid opening stand of 70+ and then pose a total of about 300-400. I think that would be enough to push for a win in the later phases.

Posted by ReverseSwingMaster on (February 1, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge:

And you are so predictable always bashing other teams with no reason. " PAKISTAN 6th best bowling attack, Ajmal useless, HAFEEZ part timer" JOKE OF THE DAY

Posted by SaadRocx on (February 1, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

There was seriously something Wrong with DRS..even the wicket off AB De Veliers of Hafeez...that caught behind to Sarfraz was not shown on the HotSpot....and the cameraman just showed it once...I am seriously starting to think that whether the HotSpot was off or what?

Posted by romirom on (February 1, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

where is snico meter. In past icc used snico meter for the edges which was quit effective. This hot spot is redicules. Edges are not spot on. How team expect corect decision frm their review.

Posted by humi_cric on (February 1, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

@front foot lunge, I am sure you don't have a cricketing brain or brain? 6th best bowling attack, could you please give us the name of top five bowling attacks? I think you are very jealous with Pakistani performance, ahhhhh take cricket as game man

Posted by nikkka.kaka on (February 1, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

Hates off for misbah. He's one of the best captain for pak test history. If pak made atleast 260 tomorrow then pak have strong hand in this match. Go Green Go. Kallis show again responsbility but that's not enough for SA. Now tomorrow real test between pak batting & SA Bowling.

Posted by gdamsaaregood on (February 1, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

Well Done to Pakistan today. Really good bowling display although I do think there were way too many soft dismissals in the SA batting. I'm sure Smithers and Kirsten will have a chat to the team to rectify it for the next innings. I still think the Match is in the balance with South Africa's bowling attack. Lets see what happens tomorrow before we make a judgement. Hats off to Pakistan for today's performance - lets see if they can keep it up for 5 days and ofcourse another 2 tests DISSAPPOINTEDSAFAN#

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 1, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

Actually we all will come to know tommorrow whether Biff's Day was spoil or not. Still i think match is in balance, knowing the Pakistan batting history as well as South African bowling history. As Indian, i support our neigbouring team, but knowing the track record of South Africa, my only suggestion for Pakistani Batsmen dont take this bowling attack for granted. Best of Luck and will really like to know tommorrow evening whether Biff's day was spoil or not.

Posted by AJ_Malik on (February 1, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

253 is a very competitive target considering the bowling attack of SA and also the brittle nature of Pakistan batting line up. Still, it was a good first day of the series for Pakistanis. Although they took 6 wickets in the last session, but it was a result of their domination in the first two sessions too. I hope they manage to put up at least 300 on the board to keep the advantage.

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (February 1, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

The REAL test begins tomorrow, I was much impresssed by Pakistani fielding. No doubt catches win matches. Ciao...

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

@Grant King : Admit it mate, you jinxed your team today. (Smithy , Kallis, Amla & 350 score) kindly predict a Saffa victory, we Pakistanis would love going 1-0 up

Posted by zohaib9518 on (February 1, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

to: Front-Foot-Lunge:

AS it would appear you obviously are underestimating the Pakistani bowling attack. But guess what, we are used to people denying us the just & merited praise. As we can all see at the end of the day Pakistan, a team who cannot even play at home, is pretty good at shaking world class batting lineups and are giving a hard one to #1 ranked team.

DO not forget England being whitewashed.

Posted by humi_cric on (February 1, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

Fantastic day of cricket, 253 is a v challenging score on this pitch, weldone hafeez, now ur duty is with the bat, test cricket is at their best. Thanks to both teams for entertaining us.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

where has all the Pakistan bashing disappeared now ?Apparently Pakistan is a force to be reckoned is conspicuous now that Pakistan can never ever be taken lightly....the great south Africa line up struggled to score 250 on their home ground...i do agree that this match is far from over but bowling out the likes of Smith,Amla,Kallis and De villiers on day 1 on their own turf speaks for itself.... i am eagerly waiting for day 2 as i have a gut feeling that Pakistan is going to make history in this series...they are here to show the world what they are made of...wonderful bowling has given us a good grip of the match and now its the job of our batting to come out good...

Posted by Ch_Mahmood_Pk on (February 1, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

For all SA fans, do not be disappointed. Just rememeber what pakistan did to England and Aust at their own ground. It is not over, this is the beginning, we all knew Pk bowling is number 1 in the world, its the batting that need to tighten up. But, for all PK fans, jst think the confidence, hafeez took three wickets, azhar and asad both took superb catched, younis bowled amla out and Misbah made brilliant captain changes. Lets not forget the in form Jamshed. So its looking good, philander got whacked by hafeez first over. That goes to show, late in the day PK still willing to attack. So, SA are a VERY Good bowling unit also, I imagine the score to be around the same, but praying we get to 400. With 150+ lead good luck SA, Pk could very likely record the first win. What a game.

Posted by Cricket_Man on (February 1, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

The day belongs to Pakistan. Good going Pakistan. Stay focused and disciplined and victory is not far away. SA fans wont be posting comments today, i think. They are waiting for day 2 or 3 for SA to produce good results and then they'll post comments. But that won't happen. I've said it before and I am saying it again that Pakistan can do a Protea white wash.

Posted by Nigah on (February 1, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

May I know where are those fast well known pitches of SA? Hafeez took 04 its mean Pakistani batsman can easily bat here, so tomorrow will be a great day for Jamshaid and Hafiz and rest of all Paki Batsman.

Posted by WeeBee on (February 1, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

Fighting total .. Great Bowling by Pakistan ! ... Now Pakistan has this little edge that if they take a lead of 100 they would definitely be in position to win this match ..Good Luck Pakistan...

Posted by jabbarahmed on (February 1, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

Absolutely brilliant bowling by pak seamerz and spinrz......keep it up....

Posted by Dishonored on (February 1, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

Are we going to see another no.1 ranked team going down against asian giant pakistan

Posted by ReverseSwingMaster on (February 1, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

Excellent boys excellent. This day belongs to PAKISTAN. Now SA fans and KEPLER VESSEL is saying 253 is very good score still not giving credit and praising to PAKISTAN. Are these guys living in dreams or wont digest PAKISTAN good performance today? The kind of shot HAFEEZ play today against PHILANDER is showing his intentions. Come on PAKISTAN.

Posted by kumarsSansai on (February 1, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

Great bowling from Pakistan. Super....

Posted by birdz_eye on (February 1, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

@ tests_the_best: Yea & that storm will be Pakistani batting fighting head to head with SA bowling & Smith thinking, hey! are we gonna choke again?

Posted by ReverseSwingMaster on (February 1, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

Excellent boys excellent. This day belongs to PAKISTAN. Now SA fans and KEPLER VESSEL is saying 253 is very good score still not giving credit and praising to PAKISTAN. Are these guys living in dreams or wont digest PAKISTAN good performance today? The kind of shot HAFEEZ play today against PHILANDER is showing his intentions. Come on PAKISTAN.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 1, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

@'lowercase_lunge": Welcome back, we missed you when your Australia were going through the 'Wade' and 'Lyon' saga, to name just a few of the embarassments your Australia have had recently. How do you fancy Australia's chances for the back-to-back Ashes? :)

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 1, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

Ajmal proves useless, and South Africa seem to have let 'Biff Day' cloud their thinking, throwing their wickets away to Hafeez, a part-time spinner, and the 6th best bowling attack in the world. Cricket's a wonderfully unpredictable game.

Posted by mikey76 on (February 1, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

FFL. You can't really compare this SA performance to the England one in the UAE. When we played Pakistan at home a couple of years ago we dominated them and Ajmal wasn't much of a threat, if I remember rightly Swann out bowled him. Pakistan had a better seam attack too. I'm pretty sure if this was being played in the UAE SA would struggle just as much. 250 all out on your home turf is hardly great shakes.

Posted by Perera32 on (February 1, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

Well done Pakistan. Definatley pakistan's day, and if they can get a 100 run lead, then they should be in a very good position.

Posted by Force01 on (February 1, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

Pakistan have once again proved themselves to be dangerously unpredictable. All credit to Junaid and co. for not letting the Proteas run away with the game and to Hafeez for polishing off the lower order. Tomorrow should be a fascinating game of test cricket. Riveting stuff ! Loving every moment of it. T20 can never be as fascinating as this!

Posted by faizan_feroz on (February 1, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

2 things that made the day ! sa restricted for 252 means it will be a close contest and moreover a good tight series . some South Africans proved wrong but one can understand due to their performance in the past , some baseless arguments by indians bangladeshis some australians also prooved wrong . good to see hafeez performed with the ball. fingers crossed for the battng, 80 100 runs lead and u never knw :)

Posted by birdz_eye on (February 1, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

1st day of test match & Hafeez knocked the porteas over wonder what will Ajmal do later on! Still Pakistan need to dig in deep thats they gonna do for sure!

Posted by icknid on (February 1, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

True cricket fans - this is going to be a very good series and maybe a classic. We know about the very well balanced SA side, with on paper an edge on the batting front. I think Pakistan actually has the better balance to their bowling. Their edge is the spinning department, and we have seen this today. I really think Pakistan missed a trick in not playing Irfan and no one is going to really enjoy facing him. In Junaid, Pakistan have their Steyn. This is a great advert for the true form of the game, and it is a TEST.

Posted by khurramsch on (February 1, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

some issues with DRS and particularly hot spot. 1st 1 has a very faint edge and was umpires thing to really make a call on that so no problems with drs. 2nd 1 though was very strange,. ABD saying hit pad, pak players up straight away, but no hot spot on bat and pad and with sound it was strange.

Posted by birdz_eye on (February 1, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

And that's how Pakistan Spoiled "The Biff Day". Porteas how was that!

Posted by khurramsch on (February 1, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

1st day: brilliant by pakistan in last session. 253 might still be a good score because of SA bowlers and weak pak batting. but after seeing off new ball SA should have been looking at around 350-400. very well bowled by hafeez. junaid was brilliant but unlucky to get any wicket. Rahat disapointed today. for if irfan wasnt there, could have picked tanveer. Still a long way to go and lot more hard work required by Pakistan. Specially their Batsmen. Well right as was expected a fighting day and good cricket.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

Interesting! Where's the crowd? :)

Posted by Raziulnur on (February 1, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

now its time to see how long pakistan will continue thier good form in field?? they r against MIGHTY SA, not against india.

Posted by swat1999 on (February 1, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

What a good day for Pakistan. Excellent work with bowling and fielding also see some confident on Pakistani openers. Mohammed Hafeez really surprised me with ball. He is magician today.Look forward another excellent day of cricket tomorrow

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (February 1, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

great bowling from spinner Mohammed Hafeez...

Posted by zalmaypk on (February 1, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

superb bowling by the pakistani attack,now its time for batting to click,,go on

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

I told people this was going to be tough. Pakistan is underrated. On their day they can play really well. They can also collapse but they are good enough to give a fight.

Posted by Syed.Sarim on (February 1, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

WOnderful!!!!!!!!!!!! AN excellent first day play where test cricket found real quality. WHat an extremely good application from the SA Batters and what a potent and hardworking bowling performance by Pakistanis. Delighted to watch the proceedings so far. I just hope Pakistan maintain the same intensity in their batting as they have shown on the field today so that the intriguing nature of this test match stays intact. We need quality and we are getting it. Thanks to both teams. THis series promises to be a real cracker jacker of a series.

Posted by AjberTheGangulian on (February 1, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Huge disappointment that No Muhammde Irfan. Eager to see how his thoofanee balls respond to SA Wickets.. Huge disappointment for cricket lovers

Posted by applethief on (February 1, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

@Syed_imran_abbas aye, it's disappointing to see Bowden again, it's time he admitted his shortcomings and left. Good that Oxenford is officiating though, top-notch umpire and very fair

Posted by tests_the_best on (February 1, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

I sense a storm coming tomorrow...

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (February 1, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

Pakistan will probably support the BCCI's view on the DRS after today's game. Their wild celebrations were seen as so much vaudeville after the DRS failed them on both occasions. Though I am in favour of the DRS, today's spectacle showed how suspect it can be. Though I feel India should accept it, I have simply no doubt in my mind that it is only 70 percent correct. If that is acceptable then it should be accepted provided it is the umpires who excercise the privilege to ask of referrals. The important thing is that the DRS eliminates dishonesty which has been much in evidence.Not only in recent times but in crass jingoism in a few countries.

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (February 1, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

I watched the first hour this morning on Sky. Very compelling test cricket and a much relieved breather from the frenetic pace of the 'Mitchell Starc demolition show". England players have nightmares about this Pakistan side, after being royally humiliated by them to the tune of 3-nil. As an England fan, I, unlike like most supporters, try not to sweep losses like that under the carpet. It seems the gulf between SA and England widen, as they're much more capable and handling this Pakistani team than we ever could.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 1, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

300 is a good score at the Wanderers. Those criticising the DRS marginal decisions should remember that DRS is to rule out obvious mistakes. Without clear evidence the decision should stay with the umpire.

With no DRS you get obvious mistakes and marginal mistakes, with DRS you just get marginal ones where there is no clear evidence - yet the DRS critics point these out without acknowledging the howlers you get without DRS (like ENG IND series)

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 1, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

So far the match is even after Tea. But frankly speaking SA are getting strong in this match. Pakistani batsmen will not be able to survive againt the SA bowlers on this pitch. Looks like the match is going in favor of SA.


Posted by saintsinister on (February 1, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

Billy Bowden.. not only his finger is crooked so is his eye sight. Dont think about integruity anymore. Not a mark on the pads as well.. Thats just ridiculous. SA might have been bundled out for 230 had both the correct decisions have been given. Ridiculous.

Posted by Master_uv_Puppetz on (February 1, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

@DCMS08: Ajmal isnt getting any turn... plus I feel he's not at his usual best today... watchout for him tomorrow :o

Posted by saintsinister on (February 1, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

There was a time when sportsmen used to walk when they knew they were out.. Gone are those times.. and for some reason umpires always become blind and deaf.. there goes a clean n clear contest due to people who aren't even playing but getting paid to make right decisions. Go figure.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (February 1, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

World's best spinner Ajmal still wicketless,SA batsman are playing him wonderfully.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

See pakistan has sweepers on leg and offside. Are they defending allready? I still believe that we gonna score more than 350 at least. Kallis threw it away. thats not going to happen too often.

Posted by PakPacer on (February 1, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

Anyone else feel that Ehsan Adil was hard done here. The kid got selected ahead of Tanvir and Rahat. I could understand if Tanvir was picked cuz of his experience stamina and batting but Rahat? Ehsan has more pace and could probably generate more bounce, remember Ehsan is an out and out fast bowler.

Posted by alcapoon on (February 1, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

South African batsmen were feeling like facing the lively and fast Indian attack while Younis Khan was bowling.

Posted by adeelicap on (February 1, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

see indian cricket fans, our younis can do, where most indian spinners cannot, kumar, ishant, shami, pathan and zaheer haha lol

Posted by GeoffreysMother on (February 1, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

What excellent, excellent cricket. Challenging pitch, good quality batting against a wily old hand, an exciting young bowler, the best spinner in the world and a novice in his first test. Well done Pakistan and the Saffers. Well done also to the commentary team. Even handed, knowledgeable and focussed. No one asking Ravi what he had for lunch and no Ian Chappell telling us the next great deal from Toyota. The players referred to as 'outstanding' tend to have taken lots of wickets and scored runs in all conditions, the rest are just 'promising' or 'impressive'. If all you watch is 20/20 then try and watch a bit of this and know what the rest of us are going on about.

Obviously the only way to get Amla out is to bowl a bit of rubbish at him - England please note for next time!

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 1, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

Not sure why a guy who just arrived in the country plays ahead of Irfan. Strange. Good tight session, not easy to bat out there so not a bad foundation for SA.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

@AK47_pk South africa Almost always bat first when they win the toss. Why would they worry about ajmal? They play off break bowling very well. Kallis looking good. Amla also.

Posted by khurramsch on (February 1, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

1st session: good fighting session. Pak bowlers specially Junaid were brilliant but not much luck to get edges. And very good by Smith and Peterson to hold back and spend 18 overs. SA slightly better placed as they have played 1 session which was considred good for bowlers . and still lot of batting left.

Posted by AK47_pk on (February 1, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

1st session is even. Wud love to see 120/4. I think ajmal is playing in sa mind nd thats y they choosed to bat 1st . This track shud start spinnig from 2nd inning nd surley sa didnt want to face ajmal in 4th innings. Good to see sa are in a spot of bother.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 1, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

My prediction:SA would cross 300..Pak batting would hold just fine..It would be the 2nd inngs which would play its part & there it would be a battle of spinners.Pakistan at a disadvantage due to batting 2nd..Still it's a long shot & would happen only if Pakistan Batsmen manage to hold that long lol

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 1, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

The Pitch looks kinda strange as if prepared for a full 5 day match.SA started slowly.That's not normal for team SA.Normally i am used to a match ending up on 3rd or 4th day on such pitches.These Cracks are making me worried.what would happen later on in the match..It sure would be like heaven for Spinners in the 2nd inngs..

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (February 1, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

rahat ali? why not irfan or tavir? cant understand this decesion..

Posted by SaadRocx on (February 1, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

OMG Chosing an inexperienced bowler like Rahat Ali over Tanvir Ahmed and the first test at Wanderers? hmmmmm Lets see..

Posted by spiritwithin on (February 1, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

any reason why Irfan is not picked for this match?

Posted by pitch_curator on (February 1, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

I think this is more about Ajmal not getting the last innings to bowl rather than South Africa trying to "unleash" their spinners in the last innings. lol.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (February 1, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

oh God.. not billy bowden again.. Its the time get retired for likes of billy bowden and steve devis.. they have lost concentration and effecting games now.

Posted by crashed on (February 1, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

Well if we do not win anything else we won at least the toss - good luck to both teams and may the best team win - for me however the Proteas are the best so if they win I will be quite happy :)

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

Muhammad Irfan's varied pace attack should have been a pick-of-the-eye sorta guy today, it's sad he is not to be in the playing lot out there. Hoping Rahat Ali finds his nerves for the debut! May the best efforts be rewarded ;)

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

Good toss to win Guess the 'world class giant in tests who has yet to play one were not good enough to start. Is that the supprise misbah was talking about. SA should score big and put pakistan under pressure. Lets see how this world class bowlers with little experience goes. 100 for smith would be great.

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