South Africa v Pakistan, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 2nd day

South Africa stroll after Pakistan slump to 49

The Report by Alan Gardner

February 2, 2013

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South Africa 253 and 207 for 3 (de Villers 63*, Amla 50*) lead Pakistan 49 (Steyn 6-8, Kallis 2-11) by 411 runs
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Dale Steyn removed Mohammad Hafeez in the second over of the morning, South Africa v Pakistan, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 2nd day, February 2, 2013
South Africa's bowlers, in particular Dale Steyn, made life near to impossible for Pakistan © Getty Images
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South Africa took their opponents by the throat and shook them into submission on the second day at the Wanderers, as Pakistan collapsed to their lowest-ever total in Tests before watching helplessly as a 411-run gulf opened between the sides. Dale Steyn took 6 for 8 in an extraordinary, lethal display before half-centuries from Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers pressed home South Africa's dominance.

If Pakistan were under the impression that South Africa would be obliging hosts after a profitable first day at the Wanderers, they were quickly disabused of that notion. Mauled by Steyn, with Vernon Philander and Jacques Kallis picking the carcass clean, they were saved from the potential ignominy of being bowled out twice in a day by Smith's decision not to enforce the follow-on, despite a 204-run lead. Although there is a possibility of rain, with three days left in the game Pakistan look to be on course for a hiding on the Highveld.

Earlier, Steyn recorded his 20th five-wicket haul in Tests either side of lunch, as Pakistan were confounded by pace, swing and bounce. Nine batsmen fell caught behind the wicket, with six victims for de Villiers equalling the record for a South Africa wicketkeeper; Steyn, in particular, bowled a line of beauty and Pakistan quivered along at less than two runs an over. Remarkably, this was the third time in 15 months that South Africa have bowled out a side for less than 50, after the routs of New Zealand and Australia in Cape Town.

As South Africa ascended to the No. 1 Test ranking over the last year, the sight of their dominance has become increasingly familiar. They dispatched England and Australia in their own backyards and Smith's team are now relishing the chance to display their talents in front of home crowds. The only disappointment for the Johannesburg locals may be that this contest - like the two Tests against New Zealand last month - is unlikely to go anywhere near the distance.

The Pakistan innings could not have resembled a horror show any more had Freddy Krueger been spotted in the stands. As ever, Steyn was a batsman's nightmare incarnate, his opening spell decapitating the Pakistan top-order in a manner worthy of any slasher flick to leave them 12 for 3. After lunch, with Pakistan listing on 40 for 7, he returned with eyes still blazing. If the batsmen were luckless sailors, Steyn was a glimpse of St Elmo's fire, forecasting their doom. His relentless display produced six wickets and 39 dot balls - and only allowed three scoring shots - in 8.1 overs of mesmeric bowling. He now has 19 wickets at 8.31 from two-and-a-half Tests in 2013. Perhaps, with South Africa's light Test programme this year, he has decided to stockpile them early.

A partnership of 24 in almost 14 overs between Azhar Ali and Misbah-ul-Haq for the fourth wicket was the wafer-thin mint of comfort for Pakistan, before the darkness swallowed them up again. Their last seven wickets fell for 13 runs and the roar of the crowd became a blanket of white noise.

Mohammad Hafeez was the first to go, set up by a back-of-a-length delivery that seared past the edge and over the top of off stump. The next ball, the 11th of the morning, was fuller and wider, pulling Hafeez across and into a fateful flirt. His opening partner, Nasir Jamshed, did not last much longer, pinned in front of leg stump by an inswinger two balls after surviving a review to a similar delivery from Vernon Philander that was judged to have been passing over the top.

Jamshed's debut was ended on 2, but experience was no defence against Steyn's weapons and he amassed further destruction with the final ball of the sixth over, as a full delivery left Younis Khan to take the outside edge.

Pakistan had been billed as the main event during the South African Test summer, after New Zealand were packed up and dispatched with indecent haste. That theory had been bolstered on the first day, as Pakistan's bowlers showed why they are so highly regarded, but the real test was to be of the batsmen. A spell of seven consecutive maidens - and 47 balls without a run from the bat - showed just how difficult the South African syllabus can be.

Azhar and Misbah have both played dogged innings in the past but the former was surprised by a brute of a lifter from Kallis - even when Steyn and Philander were removed from the attack, there was no release. Misbah, having been hit on the forearm, the stomach and the hands, was channelling all his qualities of resistance but he was dislodged after a successful South Africa review. The ball was slightly short and wide but there was a feather of an edge, detectable only by Hot Spot. Pakistan may have felt that even technology was conspiring against them: Faf du Plessis had survived a similar review on the first day and de Villiers was reprieved on 49 against Saeed Ajmal in the second innings, despite inconclusive replays.

In the dressing room, Pakistan's coach, Dav Whatmore, sprang from his seat in surprise; he would quickly have slumped back down, however, as Philander took wickets six and seven in the next over. Junaid Khan hit Philander for consecutive fours in an attempt to get Pakistan past 53 - the follow-on target and their previous lowest Test score - but Steyn was irresistible.

Although his bowlers had been exerted for less than 30 overs between them, Smith chose to stay the execution. The strategy drew some flak but South Africa could afford to bludgeon home their advantage and Smith was doubtless wary of having to bat last against Ajmal. The openers duly added 82 on a pitch that was still assisting the seamers, Smith reaching fifty in his 100th Test as captain, and although three wickets fell for 17, the innings progressed comfortably enough at around four runs an over as Amla and de Villiers combined for an unbroken 108. Pakistan may have spoiled Smith's birthday on Friday but, by now, they had been well and truly Biffed.

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by henchart on (February 3, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

@solid_snake: Sour Grapes,eh? Couple of wins over Flat Track Bullies and you thought the world has been conquered?It takes a bit of understanding and reason to predict results ,both of which you obviously lack in abundance. Get ready for some more pasting from Proteas.

Posted by M_Majeed on (February 3, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

there are lot of mistakes done in DRS due to which PAK team all out at 49....

Posted by Soso_killer on (February 3, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

@Captain_Oblivion You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. Today's bowlers are alot smarter than that of the early era. Make no mistake about that. When you add technology into the mix (i.e. Analysing batsmen weaknesses), it evens everything out, about uncovered pitches etc.

Bowlers today bowl alot fuller than that of the past, who used to bowl short of a length or short balls, and rarely did they bowl full. Thats why good/great modern bowlers have strike rates of under 50. Donald, Steyn, Waqar to a degree Akthar and Shane Bond all have strike rates of under 48.

No player of the past era has a strike rate under 50 bar Marshall. Its not a coincidence that by the way. Marshall was shorter than his peers and bowled alot fuller. By your logic batsmen of the past were useless, as they could not deal with short balls, which is a prerequisite today. Full deliveries are unplayable and dangerous than short balls, its not rocket science really.

Posted by kumarsSansai on (February 3, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

Match Fighting Continue in Between SA and Pak. Comments Fighting Continue in Between Indian Fan and Pak Fan. Both sided (India/Pak) fan trying to down each other. Pak fan saying India is worst team they have lost 8 test match in Aus/Eng. and Indian Fan saying Pak get all out in 49.

Remembered fans match going on between SA and Pak not India/Pak. Well Pak must need to improve their Batting line up. batting is always worry for Pak.

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 3, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

i bet pak wont reach 49 in 2nd innings, new record will be set by green team, go sa green

Posted by   on (February 3, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

Pak should pray for rain. FORECAST suggests so...on fifth or even on 4th day.

Posted by alcapoon on (February 3, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

Best chance for Pakistan to break the record. Just need 3 centuries, couple of fifties, extras and couple of 30's. Go Green

Posted by SaadRocx on (February 3, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

I predict that Pk batting line up will fire in the 4th Innings and will score something around 300 and will Put up a Fight..those who are saying Pak will be bowled out for under 100 completely lives in fools world...Mark my Words This Time Batting Will Fire..(BIGTIME)...Lets see you guys after the day's play....PLZ PUBLISH CRICINFO!!!!!!!!!

Posted by BuySellBuySell on (February 3, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

Nice article. Fun reading!

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (February 3, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

except one gifted wicket by kallis ..so caled spin magician was even not close to call part time bowler... and big thank to smith for allowing the game to move to 3rd day...appreciate smiths love towards spectators come to wahtc cricket in ground..

Posted by SaadRocx on (February 3, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

Cmon Pak Save the Test Match :)

Posted by Resultpredictor on (February 3, 2013, 8:36 GMT)

Pakistan cannot make even 100 in second innings. If they do make then it will be a great achievement like winning a series in SA. When Pak can be dismissed for 49 on second day then there is a lot of possibility that they will bowled out for less than 100 on fourth innings pitch. Pak is playing horrible cricket now. Even Afghanistan would have played better

Posted by DataQue on (February 3, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

Iqbal Qasim should play the rest of SA series; his 'selected' team got out at 49!

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 3, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

@jb633: Only SC teams huh? Were NZ or Aus teams from Subcontinent that were bowled out for 40s and 40s? In fact Aus even at home were bowled out for 74 BY a subcontinent team. Add to it one more thing. Aus were bowled out by Pak in UAE in 2011 for something like 69-79. Also add to it the fact that Eng were bowled out for 80 by Ind on the flattest of wickets in SL WT20. Also add to it the fact that just recently, England cudn't even bat 50 or even 40 overs on flat wickets of India, the ones that you would typically call as feather-beds. And when Ind were scoring 280s on those wickets, Eng were being bowled out for 150 and 150 in 38-39 overs.

So my dear, if the Asian teams can bat ONLY on feather-beds, it seems Eng/Aus can't bat EVEN on those very feather-beds.

Pak have been woeful today and deserve all this humiliation after the noise they had made but remember Aus were 21/9, much much much worse than Pak's 49.

Today, some swing/seam is all u need to bowl teams out. ALL TEAMS.

Posted by Adamaromus on (February 3, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

Few things ... - No doubt Steyn was outstanding ! - Pak should have played more side matches before going into actual Test series. They lacked adaptation to the pitch/environment - Wrong choice of Raha Ali, although you have Irfan, who has done quite well recently. Rahat might be good on domestic level but not a Int'l level caliber. - Pak should be a bit agressive in their batting & take few chances with loose balls. On such pitches, one cannot survive for along time. 250+ score is sufficient on such pitches. - I hope & pray that Pak can produce a miracle to save this game. goodluck

Posted by washingtonindian on (February 3, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

UAE is pakistan's home not the second home, Last they played an international in pak was like i think 3+ years ago. Pak batting was going to crumble in front of any good bowling attack, Was not surprising at all, However 49 was certainly a bit more

Posted by akram343 on (February 3, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

i have no sorrow over pak batng performnce but bowlng of s.a is outstanding .i hope pak should come back in 2nd innings and give some fight against them INSHALLAH.

Posted by Hommi on (February 3, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

SAF bowling attack is the best i have ever seen in my life, last i saw such great bowling was from Asif and Amir in England Steyn is the best, Umar Gul is good but no way near Steyn.. I was expecting 100-120 runs from Pakistan, but 49 was a surprise. Now Pak should look to attack SAF no more defending.. I hope a good match of cricket, just loved the way SAF bowled, its lovely to see suhc good bowling Bowlers are at disadvantage especially in Sub continent The DRS and strict noball wide rules.. Good to see great bowlers bowling like this Best of luck PAK

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (February 3, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

ImpartialExpert ... yes junaid succeeded in india..i already expected him to be thrashed by african...simply..he got that swing in india just bcos of climate and white ball... and remember..stein is getting swing bcos of seam position and his wrist plays major roll in curving the ball..(yoi.and also stein was not swining the ball as kumar or juniad did in recent series ( too much swing is not necessery to get wicket) ..but stein is much accurate and brutal pace.... even steins pace was enough to rattle pakistan batsman...remember there was also a bounce.... and most subcontinent batsman are big failure against either swing or bounce or pace...now we know what will happen when both 3 come together... man..for sub continent batsman its like rabit escaping from king cobras / black mamba / python s home turf...

in recent time only one sub continent batsman who look technicall fit agianst bounce and pace was vvs laxman...(not best against swing) .. even r ashvin got similar technique.

Posted by PakPacer on (February 3, 2013, 6:11 GMT)

Sir Ivor one of these articles also mentioned that by the time Smith and Peterson came out to bat the conditions had changed and and it wasnt as conducive to swing as it was earlier in the morning.

Anyway hats off to SA cant take anything away from them they bowled brilliantly. I think Junaid and company were a little over anxious i'm sure coming back out in the 2nd innings needing a monumental effort and so probably swayed from their discpline and bowled too full at time and didnt stick to their line, it happens. I expect Junaid to return to his usual self on the 3rd morning but conditions will only be favorable for him and Gul in the morning.The only way for Pakistan is to continue to fight, even if its a lost cause they will find out something about themselves if they keep pushing.

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (February 3, 2013, 6:11 GMT)

Pakistan got its recent reputation because they beat the then No 1 England 3-0 in the middle east which is their second home.England had just become No 1 defeating first Australia 3-1 in the Ashes in Australia and then India at in England 4-0. Before that Pakistan had lost to Australia in Australia 3-0 and England 3-1 in England. The important thing is that they had also lost to Sri Lanka in Sril Lanka which is like their own in terms of conditions. Kulasekhara destroyed them actually. So probably they are not very good against the fast moving ball. Pakistan has also beaten Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in Tests which added to their gloss of recent times. They have also done well in the ODIs an 20/20s. In Tests Pakistan has been just average after the greats retired.They too are in transition.

Posted by Safalicious on (February 3, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

Every series, the spin-doctors hype up the challenge that the Saffas will face. Against England, Australia and Pakistan, these were billed to be a faceoff of bowling attacks. SA have been billed as having parity in the batting department, or a slight edge, while the spin department, according to lay-experts, is dire.

Can we now accept that SA has faced the 3 closest challengers to it in terms of bowling, and has absolutely obliterated any argument. In terms of batting, SA have shown superiority, and at times total dominance, while in the spin department, matters are nowhere as dire as people suggest with Petersen doing well when he has had the opportunity (and someone left to bowl to)

Even with the departure of Kallis in the next few years, Elgar, Duminy and Faf are capable support to ABD, Smith, Peterson and Amla, while de Kock should take over the gloves at some point in future. In the bowling, de Lange, Kleinveld, Morris, Tsotsobe and a host of others challence.

All is well

Posted by perl57 on (February 3, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

@UNNITHAN, how can we ever forget those clash of the titans or the battle of the Gods. It was what Cricinfo aptly described as the battle that belonged to the ages. As far as Pakistan is concerned, Individuals like Misbah, professor, and others need to show guts that they can battle these guys. I doubt Pakistan has that temperament. I guess it is LESS OF questioning your abilities AND more of proving it to others.

Posted by Jaan123mij on (February 3, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

now anyhow Pak have to draw the match

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (February 3, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

contd... quite easily. I get the impression that the conditions at Wanderers change very subtly to make a difference. Pollock was one of the best swing bowlers ever. But he could make only that much of an impact. In regard to Junaid who was virtually unplayable in the ODI at Chennai and Delhi, I think the conditions were heavily loaded in his favour when he was bowling. In Chennai the pitch was wet and in Delhi it was cloudy and cold.Philander and Steyn will swing in most places but there are odd occasions also. In Chennai Sehwag scored that rampaging 309 against Steyn and co. It is not that he had lost his mojo because in the next game he simply destroyed India with swing and reverse swing. Though Junaid is not in the same league as Wasim Akram, I would say that he is very good in conditions which are in his favour.Wasim on the other hand made his own play and would do well anywhere.Philander like Pollock bowls in the 120/130 range. When Steyn swings it is at 130s !

Posted by india_better on (February 3, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

pakistani jumped over the lines by comparing umar gul with dale steyn ....its like comparing indian football club agianst manchester united .....no all of pakistan have to repay this .lmao......

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (February 3, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

In regard to the comment from Impartial Expert.After watching Steyn and Philander swing the ball I had expected Junaid at least among the three Pakistan fast bowlers to do likewise.But I found that he was not doing so much even in the early part of the South African second innings when I believed the conditions were similar to when Pakistan folded up for 49.The thing is since we are being judgemental on the basis of Junaid's bowling alone here,it could have been because of the length he was bowling to or because of the South Africans familiarity with the changing batting conditions.In two Tests at the Wanderers, in one India made over 250 and bowled out South Africa for just 84. Batting again they made over 200. South Africa batted better in the second innings but still lost.Sreesanth was the match winner then.South Africa had Shaun Pollock, Ntini and Nel then.In another Test here Australia bowled out the Saffers for 90 odd and then got bowled out for 47.Then SA batted well and won

Posted by webtonmoy on (February 3, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

All these poor performance and PAK players/supporters are worried about the test status of Bangladesh. lol.

Posted by maddp on (February 3, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

Interesting to see this happen after NZ was rolled in a similar fashion (and Australia). Why isn't anyone on here calling for Pakistan to loose their test status? So many comments from Pakistani fans after NZ's very poor display, not seeing too many here today :) Could be a VERY long series for PAK fans.

Posted by screamingeagle on (February 3, 2013, 4:56 GMT)

Well done Pak. Keep going, you will make an aggregate of 400 in all tests combined...if you are lucky.

Posted by   on (February 3, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

49 allout even with four decisions going against them is appalling.There is absolutely no excuse for such a performance,How will pak be able to chase a total of possibly 500-600 now?All the advantage pakisthani spinners had given them evaporated.Guess I overestimated pakisthani batting lineup!!

Posted by rajeshkapoor6 on (February 3, 2013, 4:47 GMT)

@Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 02 2013, 18:19 PM GMT), Sorry guy, it is not totally correct as you said"One of the WORST ever by a 'test' playing nation". We Indians scored 42 all out in the second innings at Lords on June 24th, 1974(please refer "http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63126.html"). The biggest irony was all of our best players-- Gavasker, Capt Wadeker, Engineer, my favorite Vishwanath and all the best spinners in the world. That was the worst day of my life and i remember i was so upset that i did not talk to my uncle for a week because he did not trust the indian team( He was a big fan of Tiger Patuadi and he thought selectors screwed him by not selecting him). Anyways, Pak definitely has a batting problem but i think they have a good bowling combinations. As a matter of fact they are always a good bowling side. Very good bowling by Dale Stein.

Posted by FastTrack_Bullies on (February 3, 2013, 3:57 GMT)

Oh boy what a spell, steyn was almost unplayable at all....but i expected PAK to put up some fight. Still remember the clash between sachin and Steyn in last series where sachin did score a magnificant century but was troubled by steyn's outswingers..legends

Posted by Motahar on (February 3, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

Fantastic bowling by Dale Steyn. He made Pak life so difficult. surely he is going to be the best bowler of all time. I will be very disappoint if he does not get more than 500 test wickets. all the best for him.

Posted by   on (February 3, 2013, 3:42 GMT)

For all those who don't find Dale Steyn a class act, and the dismissing of three teams for below 50 scores in test cricket 'NOTHING EXTRAORDINARY' should stop following South African cricket and instead follow Bangladesh Premier League.Maybe there they could find some 'CLASS ACTS'.Hope you guys give world cricket some world class players and by the way best of luck of your talent search.

Posted by BcJain on (February 3, 2013, 3:35 GMT)

I wont be shock to see pak allout less than 100. 'dale will fire pak with ball

Posted by davidatlas999 on (February 3, 2013, 3:20 GMT)

okay this is the day people say anything you want cause its not happening alot these days.say what you want against pakistan. For pak fans dont discuse with others that how great and low our cricket team. Please back your team right now in bad days. They will be passed away from this bad time we will show some fight in upcoming matches. Dont worry pak fans its just a game. Enjoy it.

Posted by Smack-DAT on (February 3, 2013, 3:14 GMT)

@Saddam_Rasool : If I am not wrong then PAK couldn't beat SA in UAE also in the last occasion!! In-fact its almost 10 years now when the last time PAK has beaten SA!!!

Posted by   on (February 3, 2013, 3:11 GMT)

south africans have done well by providing a lively wicket as it ensures wickets and value for shots. you got to be prepared and technically correct to make runs. bowlers should be provided with such wickets to ensure fun. and in subcontinent spinning wickets should be made not flat paradises. all the best to both teams

Posted by   on (February 3, 2013, 3:03 GMT)

The third umpire whoever it was probably had a hot spot in his mind. To any layman in all the hot spot cases you could clearly see there was none at all. His decisions is a slur and blemish to the human kind. I only hope saner council and wisdom will prevail in him. Please erase HOT SPOT from your mind when Pakistan bat second time. Of course that does not take away from the scene the abject batting display by Pakistan. One could clearly see that the batsmen were not using the bat to hit the ball, but as a fly swatter, flaying it to the right and left. Six of them got out flaying at the ball way outside the off stump. Here is a case just like with Sri Lanka in Australia where neither tour SWOT or match SWOT has not been done. Also like Lankans in Down Under Paks too were rooted inside the crease fearing of being stumped? For the sake of your team morale, the top batsmen must stay out of crease and hit the ball and not just flay the bat. Attack is the best way. Sure SA too bowled well.

Posted by Noboundary on (February 3, 2013, 2:37 GMT)

I tend to agree with Captain_Oblivious. Modern batsmen lack the skill and patience to negotiate fast swinging deliveries. I also don't think present day top fast bowlers are better than the bowlers that WI and Australia had in the past. Modern batsmen presented with flatter wickets, short boundaries, better bats..cannot stand up to the former greats like Holding, Marshall, Roberts, Lillie, Thompson, Imran...and the like. A few dot balls makes them loose their balance and they push at a good deliver and get out!

Posted by ptal3 on (February 3, 2013, 2:23 GMT)

@4_Best_Cricket: When was the last time Pak got opposing teams out under 50 thrice within the space of 15 months? Even while playing in Pak/UAE? Give credit where it's due!!! This SA team is much superior than Pak and will beat them in any conditions.

Posted by shortsillypoint on (February 3, 2013, 2:14 GMT)

captain-oblivious - spot on. Its 20/20 being the big money earner that has batsmen striving for run rate and big hits over batting technique and battling through difficult conditions. As you say, this is an excellent SA bowling attack, especially at home. Well done SA for not enforcing the follow on - that way the game will last three days - sponsors etc will be happy.

Posted by wakaPAK on (February 3, 2013, 2:14 GMT)

I think one thing we can do to improve DRS decisions is devise a new protocol. For example, In a situation where the bowlers appeal for a catch behind and they are very confident or there is a sound ( bat or pad), the onfield umpire should give the batsman out if the the batting side has reviews left because the batsman is most sure if he has nicked it or not and if he has not nicked it he'll surely review it. This is because sometimes the hotspot will not pick the nick and if the bowling side has to review it he'll lose a review unjustly but the batsman being in good position to review must be forced to make a decision..to review or not.

Posted by Fijicricket on (February 3, 2013, 1:35 GMT)

Such huge mismatches will destroy Test cricket. Icc should review Pakistans test status and if not completly dropped, Pakistan should be allowed to play tests against Zimbabwe/Ireland/Canada/Bdeh

Posted by Legend_of_All_Times on (February 3, 2013, 1:11 GMT)

I'll request ICC to degrade Pakistan team down to ICC Trophy, Pakistan simply doesn't deserve to Play in Top cricket sides since they are a everlasting 'Minnow' side. Even Uganda and Hong Kong wouldn't bowled out within 49 runs at this South African Condition, there is no doubt about that Pakistan must learn how to Play by Playing against Associate Members at first.

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (February 3, 2013, 0:58 GMT)

SA lead over 400 says headlines. Well now if SA give Pakistan the complete series including 4 innings of 2 test matches to follow ,still Pakistan will not reach 400 total combined in all tests

Posted by dalboy12 on (February 3, 2013, 0:49 GMT)

@4_Best_Cricket while I agree completely with the comments about home town advantage, (something that the Aussies, don't seem to really appreciate), I have to to disagree with your comment that getting three teams out for under 50 is not that bigger deal. Sure home town advantage is important, but it is still an amazing effort. Hope Pakistan can bounce back, for as a neutral observer it would be good to see a close tight series. As long as Sub-Cont teams, WI and NZ etc keep putting so much focus on the shorter forms of the game the gap between SA, Aussie and England who still seem to generally value test cricket will grow.

Posted by Suryawanshi_ on (February 3, 2013, 0:42 GMT)

Where does Pak team stand now in the cricketing world order??????? Well I would say not in the top.... This is a serious setback and I wish them all the luck in recovering from this... we may see 5 more Pak innings and lets see if they show more fight.... This series is worth some attention now.... :)

Posted by   on (February 3, 2013, 0:41 GMT)

Indeed Captain "Oblivious", all you can do is imagine, but you have no proof. It's amazing how good batsmen with good records are suddenly referred to as useless batsmen in order to discredit SA bowlers. The next time they play Aus, they'll suddenly become good batsmen again.

Posted by   on (February 3, 2013, 0:31 GMT)

As an England fan, I say hats off to South Africa, you guys are the best! Pakistan fans shouldn't panic, though, there's no shame in losing against the no. 1 side. We lost 2-0 to them at home. Can someone tell me why there is so much animosity between the Asian sides though? There's a lot of laughing and ha-ha-ing going on towards the downbeat side. Surely we should want the standard of cricket in general to be as high as possible? Forgive me if I'm being ignorant.

Posted by NAP73 on (February 3, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

Test cricket will die if these one-sided results continue. The atmosphere and depth of quality seems to have deterioriated since the mid 90s. All the better for T20s I guess.

Posted by jb633 on (February 3, 2013, 0:23 GMT)

@Captain_Oblivious- I think you make a great point. South Africa do have a good attack but the technique of some of the modern day batsmen is atrocious. I have previously posted that there is nothing wrong with losing an away test match but you can't just stand there and say it is because the conditions were alien etc. IMO there are only maybe 7 or 8 top draw batsmen in world cricket, those that can play in all conditions. I say Clarke, Kallis, Cook, KP, Chanderpaul, Amla, Sangakarra are possibly ABD are the only players you would say can be considered great players. If you roll the clock back 10 years most sides had 2 or 3 really top draw batsmen who could bat at home and abroad. Ind, Dravid, Sachin, Sehag Pak, Inzi, Yousuf, Khan Aus Hayden, Punter, Waugh, Gilly etc etc. The modern game is suffering massively with home advantage counting for too much. Like I said any side can lose an away series but there must be more of a contest.

Posted by riz309 on (February 3, 2013, 0:01 GMT)

No wonder why the S African are the best test side what a performance,Pakistan got their hands full good luck to them @harmony111 thanks for letting us know of Pakistan's past test performance,there is one thing you missed again here, Pakistan played 59 test against your team won 12 lost 9 and drew 38 at least Pakistan is better then your team.

Posted by Patchmaster on (February 2, 2013, 23:46 GMT)

Pakistan make New Zealand look great ! Thanks Pakistan.....signed...'the whole of NZ'.

Posted by big_al_81 on (February 2, 2013, 23:38 GMT)

Very impressive by SA again today. Their attack really is on top form at the moment. The stats round-up makes interesting reading, though. Pakistan have been bowled out for less than 100 six times since 2009, and on four of those occasions it was by England. Confirmation of the balance of power in World Cricket over that period, which looks like it's shifting towards SA but still early to say, despite the cheerleaders on Cricinfo staff. Hard to argue against SA as top dogs at the moment after winning in England last summer, but with England having beaten India away and SA scraping past Australia and now just playing poor travellers at home it's a tasty rivalry. So pleased to see Steyn getting his just reward - he's been making wickets for Philander but is in a different class to anyone else in world cricket, only Anderson comes close.

Posted by witchking on (February 2, 2013, 23:13 GMT)

Next i said this before and will say it again sarfarz ahmed cant play Indian bowling line up on a flat track let alone South African in there home.He total score in this series will not cross 100 in 3 tests.

As for the replacements bring in umar akmal ,Hammad Azam and adnan akmal/ kamran. You may question this judgement but umar gets out more times himself rather than the bowler gets him out in any condition,teach him to play patiently. Hammad is a medium pace bowler with good batting abilities groom him. Kamran/adnan because at least they either know how to bat(kamran) or give everything try fighting.

As for my proposed playing xi next match (available in squad) go with 4 pacers irfan,gul,tanvir,junaid.Play harris instead of asad .

In a ideal condition my playing xi for next match (Hafeez,Jamsheed,Azhar,umar,Misbah,Harris,Adnan,Irfan,Gul,Tanvir,Junaid)

Posted by samincolumbia on (February 2, 2013, 23:11 GMT)

Minnow Bashing at it's best! Atleast, the Kiwis with their second string team had more spine than this over hyped Pakistan team.

Posted by Evangelyst on (February 2, 2013, 22:48 GMT)

So if Pak had been given follow on, I think the match would have been over by tea on the second day, making it the shortest test match perhaps???

Posted by witchking on (February 2, 2013, 22:46 GMT)

Next to the Pakistani selectors. Misbah did a great job in rallying the team after the Spot fixing scandal but it does-not give him right to take every player whose playing style and capability is parallel and uni directional as his and put him in the team.No one our our current playing xi has the ability to attack let alone counter attack.If this series was to be played in UAE it was a great one but not for South Africa

If you want to develop a team who has a chance of competing on all continents you should have a mixture of both attacking and defending players.No complains against Gul and Junaid. Rahat debut was done in haste.And ajmal please you cant be a force against this batting line if you keep on bowling around the wicket.

Next comes batting you have to drop younis and shafiq if you want to play Misbah and azhar who are a more sensible choice.As both at least try to stay on the wicket and don't go looking for booming drives after only facing a few deliveries

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (February 2, 2013, 22:44 GMT)

Seismic stuff from SA. Just when you think "here we go now your in trouble" they produce.Thats quality test cricket.

Pretty ruthless & i cant wait for Englands tour of SA. Should be a good series, hopefully more even than the last.

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (February 2, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

If getting 3 teams out for less than 50 in 15 months is ordinary please do show me the instances in history which make this occurance so regular. There is nothing wrong with the pitch, witness our batting display. The Proteas will play the oppostion at our ground, their ground or in the car park outside Tesco. They will still find a way to compete.

Posted by BeigeBrigadier on (February 2, 2013, 22:34 GMT)

Well, as a New Zealander, I have to say I feel a little better about our test failings now. This SA bowling attack is just insane. I hope Pakistan can get back on their feet and make a game of this test, but I fear it's already too late. Hopefully they come back strong in the second test.

Posted by Ropsh on (February 2, 2013, 22:22 GMT)

The match has been dominated not by SA, but by DRS which has once again shown itself to be unreliable and inaccurate. Until such a time as it is 100% correct all of the time, and Hawkeye shows the confidence intervals of its (heretofor completely made-up and fictionalised) predicted paths, DRS will be a laughing stock and should not be anywhere near the game of cricket.

Hotspot and Hawkeye are bringing the sport into disrepute.

Posted by Captain_Oblivious on (February 2, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

The standard of world cricket is at an all-time low. The moment that bowlers have favourable conditions, these modern "plant the front foot forward and hit through the line on the up" batsmen fall like flies. Just imagine Akram, Ambrose, Holding, Lillee, Imran, Hadlee et al bowling against these soft batsmen of today. The South African attack is undoubtedly excellent, but no better than the great attacks of the past IMO.

Posted by pak78 on (February 2, 2013, 21:45 GMT)

ohh boy wow what a display of swing and seam bowling i have never seen such bowling it was total brutal. being a pakistan cricket fan i was gutted and disapointed but as a cricket fan i just loved it the way steyn and phillinder bowled. the bowling in the morning was such even the likes of top batting sides like australia india and england would sure have problems with that sort of vicious bowling im not saying they would have also been out for such a small total may be 70 or 80 all out well now for pakistan when they come out to bat they need to just play as if its a warm up match and get practise in for the second test match and occupy the crease and try to build partnerships forget about south africas what ever total they set 550 or 600 runs as pk players shuld think they have lost this match and its just a practice session tommarow.

Posted by Saddam_Rasool on (February 2, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

I strongly agree with what 4_BEST_CRICKET. This one performance doesnt mean that Pakistan team is bad or cannot compete with SA. Its just that SA used the "HOME" conditions to their advantage. Such swinging conditions can hardly be witnessed these days and no team could have survived this against SA. Just like Pakistan did to England on low turning tracks didnt mean that England became bad, Pakistan single bad performance doesnt mean that they havent made any progress in the last two years. They will still put up a lot of fight in the coming matches. I am sure that if SA plays Pakistan in Dubai/UAE on a low turning tracks they would struggle because then Pakistan's Spin trio of Ajmal, Rehman and Hafeez would come in to play and the fast bowling threat of SA would be minimal just like wanderers wicket did to Ajmal.

Posted by Smahuta on (February 2, 2013, 20:47 GMT)

@sal80 Lol you say dangerous wickets? Saffas have been playing on these wickets all their lives and nobody is calling for them to stop makling them but the opposition fans. Maybe you guys should stop making flat tracks where you can play for draws if things go bad and start making proper test wickets where there is an even contest between bat and ball.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

I would never have thought this but this S.A attack in helpful conditions is as potent a pace attack as any.Every bowler has a "killer" attribute.Steyn's late swing,Philanders seam movement,Morkels steep bounce and Kallis's change up in pace make this an extremely tough pace attack and one cannot over criticise the Pakistan team batting technique against such a barrage.There is very little defence against late outswing at high pace especially for the new batsman at the crease.Most of the Pakistani tpo order folded to defensive shots.Lets be honest,the S.A toporder would have battled against their own attack!

Posted by sanjaycrickfan on (February 2, 2013, 20:43 GMT)

Pakistan have been poor in tests over the last 15 years or so. They won some tests in UAE, that's all. In previous Australia, England, SA tours they got thrashed and lost test series in SL last year also and never won a test series in WI. But still, they can always play some tests against Bangladesh to boost their ranking.

Posted by mondalm on (February 2, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

and these pakistani fans were talking about bangladeshi cricket when they are breaking records left and right. they flew too far! they should have stopped at zimbabwe

Posted by Smahuta on (February 2, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

I got to say that when I first saw it, AB looked like he got an inside edge on it. The more I saw the replays with SKy + box in slow motion, I became convinced he didn't hit it at all. I am not 100% certain really. One thing I did notice watching all those replays in slow motion was Ajmal chucking the ball, in fact if I didn't know he was bowling he could have been throwing the ball in from the boundary so crooked was his arm. Didn't deserve wicket anyway with that chuck. of a ball hes got so justice was server in my opinion anyway. Now I know why Bob Willis got so peeved off in the ENgland series and caused a stir. How hes allowed to get away with chucking like that is beyond me.

Posted by JACK.SPARROW on (February 2, 2013, 20:01 GMT)

this is just the beginning. there is a lot yet to be seen.if SA enforced pakistan to bat, i can assure you, the match would have ended within two days. Maybe SA felt 'guilty' of doing that cruelty to Pakistan. so they decided to lengthen the duration of the match

Posted by mahjut on (February 2, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

the PK attack put in a solid performance after a venemous start ... they fully lived up to the pre-match hype. the SA bats did too - even though if everyone gets starts you would expect one to pass 50 ...

Posted by Sandhu-64 on (February 2, 2013, 19:54 GMT)

Today was a bad day for pakistan side but dont forget the greats of pakistan side,remember the inning played by great hanif muhammad in 1958 against westindies side when pak was forced to follow on and sir hanif muhammad played an inning of 337 and stayed at the crease for 970 minutes which becomes 2 and half days and against the great bowling attack of that time and pakistan succeded to draw the test match,i think now is the time for each pak batsman to play great innings and give their 100% to make this test match very very special,best wishes for pakistan.

Posted by JKSFB on (February 2, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

I think this Pak innings is a demonstration of the muddled thinking of all subcontinent batsman (only the top ones such as sanga, sachin, dravid, excepted).....Too many shots per ball....We play so much on dead wickets that not a whole lot of discipline is required..In fact some one who playes correctly is branded a boring "test" player...even dravid (after 13000 test runs) is branded by some indian fans as boring...that he may be, but how many runs did exciting players score when they went overseas...??? What happened yesterday in joburg is not a question of ability...It is question of discipline..Steyn was bowling decent outswingers at pace, thats all..he doesnt even have a potent inswinger...so why did pak fall? Because they were playing at everything...same with ind or sl.....us fans put so much pressure on these guys to be "aggressive"....and score quickly in 4s and 6s....what happened to all the aggressive guys? They are cooling it in the showers....

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

"SA getting Pak, Aus, NZ teams out under 50 is nothing extraordinary. Every cricket nation knows how to play on its pitches and according to its environment. Every cricket nation that would play in SA will meet the same fate.

What would have been extradioanry if SA got all Pak team out under 50 in Lahore, or Aus team in Sydney or NZ team in Auckland or even on a neutral venue."

If it were so easy, then why hasn't any other country done it before? Not even the Windies of the 80's did this.

By the way, if you're looking for demolitions abroad, take a look at what SA did to India in Nagpur in 2010, despite that, and series wins in India & Pak to go with it, we still get people saying that "SA must win in sub continent to prove themselves" No matter what SA does, you'll always have those with selective memories trying to manufacture reasons why SA is not good enough, I guess we must become accustomed to this perpetual bias.

Posted by Hamza Husain on (February 2, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

Pakistan cricket team back to their usual self. I am lost for words at Pakistan's batting, teenagers can in pakistan can bat better than that, 5 batsmen should be sent home just for this perfformance, are you kidding me? 49 ALL OUT we are cricket's laughing stock right now.. Brace yourselves we are in for a whitewash

Posted by IAS2009 on (February 2, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

SA bowling is very good specially when they were defending low total of first inning, Pakistan batting was not nod good enough they are dealing with 12 inch of extra bounce and approx. 12 inch of movement as shown during the pakistan batting. apart from YK no one have played in SA before, i hope they bat longer in second inning, game is lost but they can learn how to bat on SA condition. bowl coming at chest hight with movement and speed of Steyn is unplayable. with time these batsmen should learn. they need to learn how to leave the swinging ball. and try to score during 30 -80 overs, if they last till 30. I see 3-0 result on card with all games not lasting more than 4 days.

Posted by KarachiKid on (February 2, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

Fully agreed with @Cricket_Man and @ bullo....both have made valid points. PCB is extremely stupid, espcially their chief, who did not hire a batting coach. They need someone with the caliber of say Langer or Michael Vaughan to coach our batsmen. Similarly I was really amazed to see day/night kind of difference between the quality of both attacks. As current skill levels, Pakistani pacers would not find place in SA "B" side, let alone "A" side or the international side.

Posted by farhan4050 on (February 2, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

Everyone is strong in their homes. We saw England dominating in home, but they were brutally exposed against Pakistan in UAE and somewhat in India too. Same will be the case with SA. They know the right places to bowl on and the length they should bowl on, which is why they're successful. New Zealand fought back after getting out for 45, I hope Pakistan does too.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 2, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

This was one of the most extraordinary days of cricket that I have ever followed. When South Africa slipped to 253ao from what looked like a strong position you had to fancy Pakistan to get a useful 1st innings lead. Instead and quite astonishingly, when they needed just 18 to save the follow-on with 7 wickets left, they failed to get them. I was not surprised to see South Africa bat again. So often a side follows-on in these circumstances and the magic is broken - and, make no mistake, South Africa were magic today - and batting is suddenly easier. I can see Graeme Smith pushing on to a lead around 700 tomorrow unless South Africa are bowled out. I would not expect a declaration earlier than half an hour before the close. As for Pakistan, we've all been there, done that and got the scars. This Test has gone but, as Australia showed, you can be bowled out for under 50 against South Africa and still square the series: spirit and an ability to bounce back are needed!

Posted by 4_Best_Cricket on (February 2, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

SA getting Pak, Aus, NZ teams out under 50 is nothing extraordinary. Every cricket nation knows how to play on its pitches and according to its environment. Every cricket nation that would play in SA will meet the same fate.

What would have been extradioanry if SA got all Pak team out under 50 in Lahore, or Aus team in Sydney or NZ team in Auckland or even on a neutral venue.

Same can be said of Pak team when they play in Dubai. Though Dubai is not Pak home, the pitches and environment is similar to as Pak. That's why countries like England and Australia struggle there. Even India refuses to play Pak in Dubai because it fears a defeat.

But thanks to SA for putting up a good show against Pak. Now Pak knows it has some batting homework to do. Pak team should start practicing on pitches in Eng, Aus and SA to improve their batting while Eng, Aus, and SA could practice their bowling on Pak pitches. Such a swap would promote competitive cricket

Posted by shovwar on (February 2, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

@ReverseSwingMaster....you said Pakistan would score more than 250 and bowl SA out for less than 46!!! LOL. What happened. The OPPOSITE has happened just as i promised. But wait! I said Pakistan would get out less than 46 but they got 3 runs more. We got Australia cheaply, got NZ and now Pak is our new scalp.

Posted by crashed on (February 2, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

@IndiaNumeroUno The technology is there. It is being used and broadcasted to all that watch on TV. That is why it is brought in, to try and stop howler decisions and DRS gives the player at least 2 chances to overturn a decision wrongly made on the field, by the third umpire - 2 strikes (asked for a review that proved wrong) and there is no more which means you cannot ask for a review after every ball being bowled just for in case you want a decision your way - a waste of time yes - I support the DRS system and will be mad if even one player of the team I support is given a wrong decision (either way in or out) by the third umpire - believe me I tried to see if ABdV were actually out or not on both occasions. Since I could not see any spot (the first time) I believe if Pakistan had batted the first round and a similar call had been made the decision would have been the same - not out. I think Third umpire must ask for random hotspot views to test it without involving any1 else.

Posted by jb633 on (February 2, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

I am in no way shape or form suprised to see this kind of thing going on. The sub continent sides are only capable of playing on featherbeds at the present time. England were hounded by all the SC sides for their defeats in the UAE but at least the games were interesting and competitive. South Africa are the unquestionable no 1 side. I like watching the Pakistan side but they must try and expose their players to the swinging ball more regularly or this will keep happening. IMO they need to encourage their young batsmen to come and play in our (English) first class system as it will help them develop the required technique. it is very easy and simplistic to criticise the young guns for under performing, but you can't be trying to learn at international level. You must be ready to face all conditions once you represent your country. Being a one trick pony (slow tracks) will only get you so far. I hope PAK/IND/ SL do try and encourage their youngsters to play FC cricket overseas.

Posted by OzWally on (February 2, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

Of course when your #'s 7 - 11 have scored a combined 840 runs @ 9.55 in Test cricket it makes it pretty difficult to succeed.

I swear, I think they had to tell the last 2 which end of the bat to hold.

Posted by Cricket_Man on (February 2, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

Pakistan needs a foreign batting coach, not Miandad or Inzamam or Zaheer Abbas or any other Pakistani. Only foreign batting coach can tell us how to play seam and swing. These names are big but they themselves had struggled to score runs on foreign soils. Though at such level a coach can't change your technique but still if you want a batting coach then that has to be a foreigner no matter how good your batsmen from the past are.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 2, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

It's about time Junaid Khan was dropped, he's not a test-quality bowler, and on a wicket as green as this he could do nothing. What a waste of space.

Posted by HabeebRaja786 on (February 2, 2013, 18:53 GMT)

I reckon there is no comparison between two teams.SA has a far more superior pace bowling attack.Its better not to even talk about pakistani batting line up.Being Pakistani fan only thing which annoys me is our mediocre pace attack.Umar Gul is an average and Junaid Khan has yet to prove himself.Surprising before this series few pakistani fans were talking about the potency of our pace attack.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 2, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

What an awesome bowling display by DALE PAIN !!! He must be one of the all time greats if he keeps firing in with performances like this. People are giving the PAK batsmen a hard time but i would rather say that Dale Steyn was just amazing. King Kallis, 37 years old and bowling no.5 batsmen out, incredible. He is now approaching 300 wickets and a batting average of 55, for me, the great cricketer to ever play the game.

The PAK batsmen have excellent records and averages, they were just outclassed by a very classy fast bowler, swing the ball at 145 kph is a very UNcomfortable thing to deal with.

Smith didnt follow on because he can now grind Pak into the ground by keeping them in the field for 2 days and sucking the life and morale out of them with a crushing delayed defeat. It also keeps his bowlers fresh. Go Proteas Go.

Posted by NAHEEM on (February 2, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

Its a horror day of pakistan test cricket. poor short selction by batsmans..tough decision of misbah...unplayable ball to azhar..top stuff ma styen gun feeling pity for nasir and rahat. now this match is over for pak they should work hard for next 2games. i think after this tour misbah career is in trouble but every one blaming umar akmal for 30 and 40runs but today we missed his 30 and 40 indeed hope we will get back his place in test team very soon. every one has good days and as well as day but we should support team pak

Posted by Josh1942 on (February 2, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

And now you see why Kallis is so great. He has had to do a lot of his batting in these bowling conditions against the best fast bowlers in the world since 1995! Now that SA has got such an attack you see the havoc they can do to visiting teams.

Posted by PakEditor on (February 2, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

I will be honest and admit to the fact that, as a Pakistan supporter, it took a lot of courage to get to this page. What a terrific, terrific bowler Steyn is. In losing the plot today, I hope Pakistan does not loose the view of the big picture and get the Akmals and Imran Farhats back in a jiffy. All we need is "that" one speech from the Whatmore. Coach! It is time you delivered your best speech to the boys to date.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (February 2, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

Will this now stop all the nonsense of two tier test championships, pakistan aussie and nz all out for around 50 by this mighty bowling line up and it could happen to the others as well. We can't relegate everyone to the second tier otherwise its just england and south africa playing each other. Alot of pakistan posters gave us kiwi's alot of flak over our inept batting performance telling us we wern't good enough to play with the big boys, think an apology is in order thats all.

Posted by OzWally on (February 2, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

What a gutless performance from Pakistan, sure the 49 all out was pathetic, full credit to Steyn and co. So you were humiliated, get back out there and try and repeat the dose, but when you can't even be bothered chasing balls to the boundary, that is inexcusable.

One good day in a Test does not a good Test team make. Of course it will all be blamed on DRS and 3rd umpire decisions, no accountability of the players required.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 2, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

Absolutely PATHETIC batting performance by the Pakistanis. One of the WORST ever by a 'test' playing nation. The Pakistanis were playing T20 instead of a test match. If they are to remain competitive in this series, they will have to consistently score over 300 to match SA. Otherwise, their fans will pray for a quick end to the tour. A shocker !!

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

today is very bad day for pakistan. pakistan will bounce back.south africa don't Fail to remember what pakistan done with you in t20 world cup

Posted by Raziulnur on (February 2, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

I understand this is truly disappointing for pak fans. But this is very much expected that pak will be bowled out within 50 or any low score. If not 50 then 150. It is rather surprising for me that pak supporters talked about their bowlers and thought junaid and ajmal would win them the series. A very poor thought. It is a battle of pak batsmen against steyn, morkel n vernon not pak bowlers against SA batsmen.

Posted by jhabib on (February 2, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

This crap-shoot of a batting display cannot be blamed on DRS, pitch, weather, practice or anything else. It show how poor Pakistan batmen truly are - they continue to disprove any delusions fans, commentators or pundits may have imagined. They perform poorly in one-dayers, abysmally in tests and never fail to disappoint in T20s.

Only one thing I can think of is the flat pitches we practice and play on at home, and the tape-ball cricket on pavement we play growing up. All that makes us bowl well but lulls us into a false sense of batting prowess. I'm sure most Paksitanis here would remember smacking their childhood opponents for more than 20 runs an over in tape-ball matches - scores of 150 in 10 overs were still not competitive.

This is something that needs attention from the grassroots level. And also a change in the way we prepare our hard-ball pitches. Pakistan seems to be the only country with a decent pace attack that prepares flat pitches at home.

Posted by positiveindian on (February 2, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

Great performance by Steyn and company!!. They were on fire. Pakistan can probably take comfort that even Australia (with Clarke, Hussey, Ponting etc) were bundled out for 47. This test looks to be South Africas unless weather intervenes. Pakistan should just come back strongly with their strong bowling and try to limit South Africas lead to below 500 and then come back positive and play with a positive intent and try their best. Go Pakistan!! play for your pride.

Posted by Herath-UK on (February 2, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

One reason why Smith wanted to bat again was for commercial & crowd factor and the other is to improve their stats by scoring some good runs. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (February 2, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

Australia 47 all out New Zealand 45 and now Pakistan 49 all out, this is a truely remarkable fast bowling unit the best i have seen in a long while. Steyn is a freak of nature, champion fast bowler ,no 1 comes close to this chap. He can bully any batting line up anywhere

Posted by i-s-r-a-r on (February 2, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

South africa did not force follow on because pakistan has already bowled most of the first day and now 2/3 of the 2nd day and atleast until lunch tomorrow they will have to bowl. Imagine the kind of mental exhaustion they will have due to bowling for this long in a game that they know they will lose and it definitely will affect them in the 2nd test no matter how many days of rest they get in between. I would say its a great decision by smith.

Posted by IndiaNumeroUno on (February 2, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

@crashed : So.. now the third umpire will first need to decide whether the spot shown by COLDSPOT is hot or not and then give his decision.. basically what DRS has done is added complexity, added time for review, added another decision point to the process (actually introducing more room for unreliability) and of course added some cost (only a few thousand dollars - thank you very much!). Happy to implement DRS across the board? What a stupid state of affairs with DRS.. ridiculous!!

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 2, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

This isn't Pak's worst test perform. In Aug 2010, playing vs Eng, Pak suffered 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) and you wud think this must surely be their worst ever performance but in 2002 Pak did something even MORE WORST than any other team in history.

In Oct 2002, playing vs Aus on the flattest of wickets 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 the 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.

Link for that match...espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64002.html

Btw Pak are 0-9 in Aus yet Pak fans claim they are among the Top Teams of the world - Peak of Irony.

Posted by Yousufahmedl on (February 2, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

@samincolumbia, oh yeah India hasa great overseas record as proven by the 8 consecutive away test losses. Pakistan has a far superior test record than India. Just stop talking crap please. India wont even manage 20 on this surface. Pakistan won a test match when we toured England in 2010 which you all failed in 2011.

Posted by StanSeagle on (February 2, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

what is fantastic display of fast bowling from Steyn and co.... Really stunned to see that Pakistan bundled out for just 49. The bowling of both the teams or more or less with same strength. However, the batting of pakistan made me to think that the bowling from SA is extraordinary. But should not take anything from SA bowlers. They showed why they are ranked 1 in Tests

Posted by Notout_Naveen on (February 2, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

In these conditions what Pakistan need is a batsmen who can counterattack.Not to defend & defend, get into shell & get dismissed. Umar Akmal is the kind of batsmen Pak needs..who can counterattack & play with agressiveness...I agree with @Rizwan Afzal..Having a young talent like Umar Akmal and not selecting him here is a bad decision from Pak.Had U akmal played this match I am sure he would have top scored.

Posted by gujratwalla on (February 2, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

I watched the Pakistan innings with amazement,dismay and anger.Seemed no batsmen could even see the ball!Are they so petrified?The South African pacers are good but even the New Zealanders played them better than our pack of rabbits.Azhar was disgusting in particular.Sure the ship was sinking but for Allah's sake go down fighting.Misbah and Younis are spen forcest and i expect the second innings to follow the same way as the first.The blackest day in Pakistan's cricket history.

Posted by Integrity1 on (February 2, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

"Remarkably, this was the third time in 15 months that South Africa have bowled out a side for less than 50"-If this isnt a sign of dominance, then I dont know what is.

Posted by gangadincongo on (February 2, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

If India were playing this match they would be on top and have 350 runs for 4 wickets today. Sehwag 150 no, Tendulkar 110 no at close of play. Then with Dhoni and others to come add another 300 runs. That is why India is number one in Test cricket, T20 and now ODI champs too. S. Africa would not have a chance. Ashwin would bowl them out under 200.

Posted by Darvesh on (February 2, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

this is exactly what I had said last night "Think not what Pak has done to SA but think what SA is going to do to Pak tomorrow. It will be world's most weakest battling line up pitting against world's most lethal bowling attack". Well .... the result is here as to what SA has done to Pak. Most enviable as well as the most pathetic records have been set and now our all self-praise Team Pakistan just has to endure only 1 more day of utter humiliation before SA wraps up the test. I just don't understand why we even bother to tour such teams as Saffies & Aussies in their own backyard? Just stick with flat tracks where these listless morons can make themselves look like the hulks of cricketing world.

Posted by billbowden311 on (February 2, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

I just want to know is why the PCB did not take inzamam with Pakistan to SA. Pakistan batted relatively okay during the india series but it was an improvement. Also it was Inzamam's first series so we could not blame him. Take 3 years ago, Pakistan would never have chased down 222 in india against india, so yeah I believe Pakistan desperately need Inzamam. And who the heck chose Rahat ali! He is not ready, they should have take Adil or Irfan (in my opinion Irfan). I hope we won't see rahat in the next test. He is completely useless.

Posted by dontlikecricket on (February 2, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

Great bowling by SA. Pak was bound to struggle agaisnt fast bowling on fast bouncy wickets. As I said before PCB should have send the team few weeks before to get prepared better. Batsmen should use second innings to spend time on the crease and should not worry about soring runs quickly as this test has already been lost. I know PAK fans are disappointed but even AUS bastsmen who are use to fast wickets struggled and ENG batsmen found it hard in thier own home conditions. Subcontinent teams are not prepared to play on these kinds of wickets and with SA fast bowlers in such a form, batting is extremely difficult. Cant fault Pak bowling though, they did best however sight of their team bowled out for 49 must have taken all the motivation out of them, after all they know test is lost!!

Posted by IndiaNumeroUno on (February 2, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

DRS strikes again!!! Is PCB going to be more vocal against this "technology" now are are they too afraid of ECB?

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

Pakistan's batting performance was as pathetic may be a bit better than Australia's 47 against SA last season in SA they lost that match but went on to win next match so beware of the backlash ... weirdest things have happended in cricket and in last 2 series Pakistan in SA one was a 1-1 draw and 2nd was 2-1 very hard fought win by SA so do not rule Pakistan out of series as yet and also what is heartening to see for neutral is that Pakistan has not allowed SA to run away with their batting and score huge runs as yet, apart from assitance from 3rd umpire their batting will score 250 on avg and that is pretty much it

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (February 2, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

Excellent stuff from SA; what a way to show your worth as a no. 1 test side. I have no doubts that Pakistan will come back fighting hard in the next games, but this one I'm afraid looks steamrolled.

Posted by cleanfox on (February 2, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

Steyns stellar performance and the saffers keep on marching.The side is totally professional and are dominant in all the disciplines of the game. Graeme Smith and his charges play positive cricket.Well done to the coaches and team.

Posted by crashed on (February 2, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

Do not blame DRS for a Ref's wrong interpretation of the evidence in front of him - one of our batsman were given out while the ball touched his glove and the hand were not even on the bat - a previous series - I were furious but it were not due to DRS fault but umpire/TV ref fault .. .humans can make faults and wrong decisions it happens live with it ... if DRS can be improved then so much better still humans make decisions from evidence produced by technology so get the technology to work right and penalize the ref for wrong interpretation

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

Pakistan would certainly have adopted more of a survival mode if they were forced to follow on but this approach could go either way. Often survival is harder than measured attacking play. Initially I also thought SA would enforce the follow on but now I think Smith made a good decision to bat again. SA probably didn't get as much "in the middle" batting time as they would have like against NZ. So this is a great opportunity to give their batsmen some time in the middle which is infinitely better than practice sessions in the nets. While SA are currently ranked number one, our batting collapse in the first innings shows there is still room for improvement.

Posted by msharif911 on (February 2, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

I dont think its fair to blame Dav Whatmore. The improvement in the fielding is clear for everyone to see. This was a bad bad case of one team having an exceptionally good day and another having an exceptionally bad day. The planets do not line up like very often. Its true, we will lose this match now, but there is another innings left in this match and we have the quality to prove we arent actually bad enough to be out for that little again.

There is no reall possibility of playing out a draw, but I think the batsmen should go out and spend some time at the crease, not try scoring but just use the time to figure out the conditions for the next match and get a good sighter of the SA bowlers. Arsenal lost 8 - 1 to Man Utd last season and put it behind them and eventually got a Champions League place. Pakistan need to not dwell on this match now. They need to not even try to salvage it as a win/draw is out of the question. Just go out there and show you arent all that bad.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 2, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

this is what you get when you hide into the Shell..I mean come on Misbah throw that Defensive Attitude of your's away.There was no aggression in Pak batsmen today.They were only blocking..Why?You are the batsmen,you got the Good Avg,Been winning matches for your country.Then why so defensive.The only player who got some Aggression is Hafeez.After that comes the Army of Tuttles.You dont win matches in SA with such an Attitude.That ive always said it.But my fellow fans said that the defensive attitude of Misbah won many matches for us.Ok agree..But the thing is that you cannot block every ball here in SA..No way..After blocking 100 balls,one good ball & you'll be sitting back in dressing room... PS->& i am disappointed to see the wrong decisions of hotspot.There were some clear outs given by Umpire but later on i couldnt see any sign of ball touching the bat in hotspot.How Misbah was given out & why was ABD given not out in 1st & especially 2nd inngs.I donno what was 3rd umpire thinking

Posted by tony122 on (February 2, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

The best players of fast bowling Pakistan have are the Akmal brothers especially Umar. I do not follow Pakistan cricket too much so I do not know the specific reason he is not in SA. But it seems he should have been tried on such an important and difficult tour barring he has retired from the game!

Posted by tony122 on (February 2, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

@Impartialexpert- terrific comments. In my view subcontinent pacers have always struggled outside subcontinent barring exceptions of course. I think they are more adapt in reverse swing then seam movement with the new ball. Reverse swing is much more likely to happen in sub continent pitches. Both are a very different art.

Posted by kc69 on (February 2, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Imran Khan said "Batsmen save the match and Fast bowlers win you matches"after Pak tour of India.Now i doubt what would he say?,anyways hats off to the guy who predicted and said "Pak need 54 runs to avoid followon" at the end of first day itself.

Posted by Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on (February 2, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

World's best spinner in full sleeves - I mean the old man was left leather hunting. To be honest pakistan is lucky because S.A. threw away wickets in the first innings.

Good luck Pakistan , you will need loads of it to get out of follow-on trap every time.

Posted by supacricfan on (February 2, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

bad decision by SA not to enforce follow on,otherwise match would have over by now..pak all out for 20 in 2nd innings..terrible batting line up..lol!!

Posted by mzm149 on (February 2, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

Pathetic performance by Pakistan. Some Indian fans are quite happy as was expected. They should realize that they are going to get similar spanking from Australia in the upcoming series as they got from England first away and then at home. Also they also have to visit South Africa later this year. After Aus, NZ and Pak now their team might be dismissed under 100 runs given their current performance.

Posted by VinodGupte on (February 2, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

this is why you love SAfrikans. truly deserving of # 1. and that steyn-gun. keeps firing everywhere around the world with great effectiveness. steyn is already an all-time great. haven't seen anyone bowl as good as him since ambrose.

Posted by kc69 on (February 2, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

If this low score would have happened to India people would have come up saying its all because of IPL,Dhoni's captaincy,or complacency etc.Well what i really see is Sub-continental teams are more interested in playing T20 rather than test cricket.ICC should do something to keep test cricket alive before its completely gone from subcontinent.

Posted by THE_MIZ on (February 2, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

I'm not answering your question but when you say "THE BEST" are struggling in bowler friendly conditions you forget that SA batsman are definitely NOT struggling. They grow up in the most bowler friendly conditions yet the 5 of the top 6 average around 50! Lessons must be learnt from these men.

Posted by tickcric on (February 2, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

Hotspot is flawed and is clearly loosing its credibility. Think of the turned down ABD dismissal. Hotspot showed nothing but the 3rd umpire just assumed HotSpot can't be trusted and held there was a nick! What an irony!

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (February 2, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

If it was not for Smiths desire to score a 100 in 100 ...this game would have been over by end of day 2. Vernon has yet to play substantial role and that is scary when he does contribute.

Posted by BEHOLD_CRIC on (February 2, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

It Was Wonderfull Bowling By Saouth Africans But ........................... It Was Extremely Poorly Bating Performance By Pakistani Batsman , They Was so much Afraid of SA,s Bowling ,,,,, That was Unbeleive able stuff ...............

Posted by Badgerofdoom on (February 2, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

The combination of pace, accuracy and late away swing Steyn generates is the greatest test for any batsman playing today. He's yet to pass his 30th birthday but its clear that he's the best fast bowler of this generation.

Posted by SamRoy on (February 2, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

Pakistan batted badly today. Hope they improve and score some runs and we get to see a contest in the next test. Pakistan's bowling is pretty good and very disciplined (with the exception of Rahat Ali).

Posted by Major85D on (February 2, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

question to the pakistani batsmen: is this cricket? or something else? 35 minutes without scoring a run!!! shame on you!! but this is no surprise, it is always the same! look at the last games, younis khan, azhar ali and misbah scored only a few runs! they have no place in the team anymore!! Why don`t bring young new batsmen? they are waiting! It`s time for a change in the pakistani team!! but first of all, please drop the coach, dave whatmore!!!

Posted by adeelqadri on (February 2, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

The way SA's bowlers were getting swing in air, even their own batting line up would have bowled out below 50. Cant find a reason, why Pakistanis were not able to swing the ball, and batting looked pretty easy for SA. so its not pitch condition, its SA bowler's knowledge to bowl on their own conditions created problems for Pakistan. i am expecting 3-0 white wash. no team in the would have survived that swing bowling in the morning session.

Posted by dpk009 on (February 2, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

1- from the begining I strongly believed that this series will be dominated by bowlers but it will be won by fighting spirit of BATSMEN. 2- A bit surprised by PAK 1st inn scoreline but I would have been shell shocked -PLEASANTLY- had they crossed 250-300. 3- Team Pakistan - forgive me - but 1st test is Practically lost.. Its matter of when now. 4- Its heartening to see bowlers take the battle upto the crease for past couple of years...Reference > IND in ENG; IND in AUS, ENG in IND, NZ in SA, SA in ENG, SA in AUS..... :) 5- but the burning issue these tours have put forth is how fragile the so called best batsmen are against horizontal & vertical movement? The problem is even the BEST - Aussies, English, Indian & now Pakistani Batsmen feel so insecure in Bowler friendly conditions...I Dunno Why? Replies are most welcome. :(

Posted by duncanmoo on (February 2, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

PAK is too good to be rolled twice for a low score, you can be pretty sure that had Smith enforced the follow-on, SA could have found themselves having to chase a target on day 4 or 5, on a deteriorating track! A worth decision Biff. SA readers DO NOT discount the PAK side, they are not NZ

Posted by tshepo008 on (February 2, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

Pakistan should really be worried. we know that H Amla scores at least 2 centuries per series. since he didnt score much in the first innings, i am afraid he will try to make up for it in this innings.

Posted by khurramsch on (February 2, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

i think what maximum pak can get from this match is to try spending some time in middle in 2nd inings. this match is gone and done for them

Posted by khurramsch on (February 2, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

i dont think by not enforcing following is for grinding them down, or scoring 600 so they mentally get out of the whole series as some suggests. i think its that no body can imagine that this match can go out of SA hands now. so they are giving there batsmen more time in middle for next matches. grinding and mentally grinding means nothing when next match starts and tiring is also out of question as next match is on 14th feb.

Posted by romirom on (February 2, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

very very bad day for pak. I have never saw such poor performance frm pakistan. Drs sud b ban by icc. Saf played better with twelve man sitting as a third umpire. Saf 12th man played wel by piking pak captin wicket and saving devilers wicket.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (February 2, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

So one sided, lack of crowd, old slow players, cannot host matches etc Pakistan Cricket is really going downhill. Hopefully they come back strong and wish them well all the best good luck :) :P

Posted by tests_the_best on (February 2, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

Pretty much along expected lines but I would have expected Pak to be bowled out for 100 to 150-odd. This is not good news for test cricket. One would want competitive, interesting series, not like the previous nz series where 1 or 2 days into the 1st test and already all interest is lost in the series. This one's headed the same way, hope Pak shows more fight in the 2nd innings and the following tests.

Posted by khurramsch on (February 2, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

Hot spot is serving BCCI cause here very well. even where they have clearly knicked there is nothing and when there is a doubt we have steve davis who is i think living in someother world. why decision was not overturned yesterday in FAF review? and how come misbah's lbw over turned today. and the bigger one what was the conclusive evedence when ABD decision is over turned? there was no hotspot no evedence of edge? after that 1st test in SL where davis was involved in 16 wrong decisions he is showing that he cant even do it behind tv now. yes these would not have make any difference but technology is there to remove error not add more.

Posted by CricFanster on (February 2, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

@ birdz_eye seriously dude ? lol if PAK have been bundled out under 50 now you coming up with an excuse now that playing after 6 months or so ..... imagine if PAK had scored near 300 then you would have bragged using same lines that even playing after 6 months we can do this/do that lol .........

CHOKERS ? OMG its hilarious that you calling SAFFAS CHOKERS as they are # 1 side in the world and mind you we are talking here only about TEST CRICKET

Just admit it Buddy that PAK Batters didnt play well at all ........ Steyn was too good for them . I am hoping to see some good fightback fron PAK in 2nd test because this TEST is slipping away now

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

If ther=ir bowling is so great, why not enforce the follow-on to prove it? Todays cricket are being played too safe and to preserve records not to test their ability...Years ago a bowling out an opposition for that score The West Indies would have enforced the follow-on and win on day 2 or 3...however these days every team with a first innings lead like SA had and touting the greatness of their play, play it safe...If you are as good as people here are touting, then Prove it, don;t play it safe...

Posted by khurramsch on (February 2, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

well it as expected that pak batting will not be ok vs SA bowlers but 49 is too poor. they look clueless agains superb bowling of SA. What is more unecceptable is that pak bowling is toothless in 2nd inings . no way near what they did in 1st inings. ok not getting wickets but atleast ask questions.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 15:51 GMT)

@cricketcarl Australia also took 9-47 in the preceding SA innings so 19 wickets fell for 94 runs during that period. I think this match is substantially more one sided!

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

where are the Pakistani selectors now???? who believe without Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal they can perform.... remarkable performance by Pakistani batsman...Pakistani selectors are not giving proper chance to their star batsman like Umar Akmal...

Posted by CricFanster on (February 2, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

Saffas have handled the magician really well lol They are not letting him settle much lets see how he performs in the 2nd Test .Will he come back as a Ajmal we all know and have some impact on the match or will he fizzle out again ?

PAK Batting needs to sort their problems ASAP otherwise it one way street for the PAK team........ It wont be surprise to see some changes in the lineup in 2nd Test

Some Die-hard Pak fans are hiding now and feeling shameful of their batting order but its part of the game guys it can happen to any team against this INCREDIBLE SA bowling ........ but it surely it gives you an idea to not run mouth and go all guns blazing lol

TBH Sub-continents team are still no match for SA , AUS & ENG and have plenty to learn .......

Posted by Hira1 on (February 2, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

India is not using DRS but SA is more smart they are using technology for their own advantage, seriously this match can easily won by SA even if they played fairly.....amazing decision by third umpire in this match, why on earth decision stayed with the on field umpire in case of AB lbw in the 2nd innings

Posted by birdz_eye on (February 2, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

No problem bad days come & go important is to learn from mistakes try not to repeat them & move on to fetch victory. Must admit that after six month of gap from test cricket & coming into test match against No.1 side at their home conditions with just one practice match of two and a half day of batting to adjust with totally alien conditions is a big ask. But being professionals there is no excuse for such performance. I am still hopeful for a miraculous match saving effort from team Pakistan. Boys let the chokers know we ain't going down with out a fight!

Posted by cricketcarl on (February 2, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

there is no shame for Pakistan, sure they were caught in the headlights, but Australia were 9/29 not long ago over there, playing the no.1 test team in their own backyard with what im sure was an unplayable Steyn. i think sometimes batsmen lose their 'steely resolve' in test cricket as the frantic pace of T20 is now firmly entrenched into players mindsets, and the fans also. anyway, we must admire the game, the players, the dramas, the stats, an an Australian, i support the 'underdog', in this case South Africa, no, correction, Pakistan, but as 10cc said 'i dont like cricket, oh no, i LOVE it' sing it!

Posted by CricFanster on (February 2, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

I feel PAK Bowlers have leaked runs in the second innings where they should have bowled tight lines instead and created some pressure . SA run-rate is healthy and they are Bossing the game so far ......... Feel bad for AJMAL as whole PAK had lot of expectations from him and Credit must go to SA Batsmen for handling him well and not let him settle as he is used to rip through the batting order !

Posted by bhatti007 on (February 2, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

South Africans showed today who is boss... no doubt they have the best bowling attack ...

Posted by PAKCOP on (February 2, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

Pakistan is world Ranking #4 team in Tests, dont take it lightly boys, they will come back HARD.

Posted by gpindian on (February 2, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

If SA would have enforced a follow-on, the game would have been over by now. They should be told not to play with their food. Ha ha.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

Pakistan got bowled out for 49. It is certainly not a surprise if any one knows some thing about Cricket. Fans in Pakistan and India, rather in the sub continent are emotionally fragile. Dale steyne is an all time great bowler backed by a team of great fast bowlers. It is no shame to be bowled out by a great bowler. Such things have happened on a cricket field in History. Just recall Imran Khan in Lahore in 1982-83 series. He simply destroyed a strong Indian Batting comprising of Gavaskar, Chauhan, Vishwanath, Vengsarkar and Shastri. Imran was unplayable at Lahore on that day. In 1975-78 series Lille and Thomson demolished a strong west Indian batting side comprising Roy Fredericks, Greenidge, Kallicharan,Rowe, Richards, Clive LLyod. Current Pakistan batting side is not comparable to either of these two teams. Pakistan bowling will test SA, no doubt about it but their batting is not as strong as their erstwhile batting sides of the 1990's or the first decade of 21st century.

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

On another page I mentioned that Pak bowling is amazing - even without the banned two it is still excellent "home" and away. However batting is fragile, and I mentioned that in 2010 (away in England) they were dismissed three times for 80 or less. Today seems to be consistent with this.

Posted by PAKISTANiLive on (February 2, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

You can't judge any team on their just 1 innings performance, if they make these kind of totals in the whole tour then say anything!

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (February 2, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

lol..what happend to oiur spin magician... when he got out from spinning home track ..he beocme one of oridinaly bowler..even s african who are clue less on spin are playing foot ball with ajmal.. that s y recomend always othodox boler in test than un orthodox.. hope now every one know who is better bolwer ...is it swann / monty or ajmal/ashwin/mendis...

Posted by CricFanster on (February 2, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

Boy ABD is looking good like ABD we all know and have seen over the years ....PAK Batters surely have Mountain to Climb in 2nd innings

Posted by asu4ever on (February 2, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

World class performance....Enjoyed it:):):)

Posted by samincolumbia on (February 2, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

I feel sorry for the saffas...they have no option but to sleep walk, playing the minnows. First the Kiwis and now the Pakistanis. SA should have fielded their third tier team and Pakistan would have had an outside chance of posting a half decent total.

Posted by cricketcarl on (February 2, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

at the end of the South African 1st innings, there was an eery silence....

Posted by samincolumbia on (February 2, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

This performance by Pakistan exactly mirrors their overseas performance in their history. Even when Abbas, Miandad were there, their overseas records were disastrous. This Pakistani batting unit will not even qualify for an Indian IPL team.

Posted by g.narsimha on (February 2, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

wakaPAK-INDIANS MUST BE HAPPY- why not ? the way u people have been insulting our team from the day our team lost badly in ENG-AUS - I HAVE READ SO MANY POSTS by u celebrating our loses - i had in my erlier posts in reply clearly predicted only thing of interest in this series is to see how many times u r team reaches 3 digits thats it , baring our poor performance in the last year we are still better team in SA, AUS, WI , its not bad selection or some thing u r not good enough to play in those places even u r bowling is over hyped , u r lucky u have been playing in u r frontier but now its time to realise where u stand, by the way where is u r worlds best spinner in full sleeves , wow not a single wicket in the first inning, in AUS- AVE- 68 - I THINK IN SA IT WILL BE AROUNG 100 PER WICKET -

Posted by marteen on (February 2, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

So nice performance by pakistan players...Hope that they will continue it through out the whole tour!!!:)))

Posted by don2009 on (February 2, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

I took a nap now and in the dream i saw Pak chased down 490 and won the test match. I know its a pathetic dream. Lol.

Posted by letsgoproteas on (February 2, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

Everyone who doubted Steyn must feel pretty stupid after the last two series. What class.

Posted by slogger098 on (February 2, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

very much expected performance by Pakistani batsmen.

Posted by Smahuta on (February 2, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

Misbah edged that ball, hot spot showed it and still people deny it. Funny how the eyes see what they want eh? Pak might as well have played Irfan. They say he might not last the 5 days but these tests wont last that long anyway so might as well play him.

Posted by CricFanster on (February 2, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

PAK Bowlers are making some INROADS into SA Batting but still a big task ahead of them as SA Lead is past 300 and with couple of good batters to follow this game is going out of hands now .............. It was dissapointing to see KALLIS throw his wicket away like that :( ................ It will be great if PAK can get 2-3 wickets more this evening to restrict SA under 400 or so ........... !!

Posted by mgr125128 on (February 2, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

Hilariois Hilarious batting and great score of 49 all out. Now if SA set 400 to chase for win wonder if Pakistan will score that much in all 3 tests of the series combined

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 2, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

Pakistanis make sucide in front of the South African Pace battery

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

To the writer of this article.Can you please maintain a flow ? You start with Pakistan's innings and go to the south African one . Then you discuss South Africa's dominance before you return to the Pakistan Innings.

Posted by don2009 on (February 2, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

@ satish_11 : you r right and i agree now with bcci stance on DRS. it has many flaws. And very inconsistent. Fafduplesis was given not out by onfield umpire and 3rd umpire stayed with it due to lack of evidence. But with misbah it was same but it was overturned. Such decisions can change the course of the match.

Posted by pull_shot on (February 2, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

ok ok it happens in cricket when u play against quality attack, pakistan fans need not be depressed as a team is good or bad not decided by one innings.hope thet bounce back from indian fans

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

Some Pak fans are trying to find solace by trying(again) to find the huge differences between the sides which played against India and the present team...lol. I propose cancel the test series and play some T20s, at least Pak fans will have something to cheer about.

Posted by Riz000 on (February 2, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

The only bowler we had who cld challenge likes of Kallis and Amla, smith was no gr8 thn Shoaib Akhtar i remember only shoaib akhtar use go go thru top order of south africa and Australlia and did it so many times we need a bowler like shoiab pcb shld have had mohmaad yousaf in the team for this tour

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 2, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

In Last one and half ,South Africa has get out allout Sri Lanka 43 (ODIs), New Zealand (45), Australia (47), Pakistan (49), next in Line India, West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. What a dominant bolwling attack.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

@isararak, Pakistan is just not a test team, they can't win against quality teams, and they're not even consistent, comparing them to India is like comparing sweet apples to sour oranges. Accept your team face hiding performance and humiliation, stop defending them. I feel bad your weekend has been ruined, NOT.

Posted by Fezz on (February 2, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

That's proven that 252 was a very good score by SA in first innings. In the first session of the match, Pakistan should have taken 4 or 5 wickets. Instead, Smith and Peterson kept playing and missing (specially off Junaid's bowling), and somehow occupied the crease during the difficult conditions.

I wonder why Junaid keeps beating both sides of the bat without taking more wickets, and Steyn and company keep getting the outside edge of the bat. Having said that, Steyn bowled well but all Pakistan batsmen got out on the same type of delivery. This shows how under prepared Pakistan were. 2 days before flying for SA, half the Pakistan side were playing Presidents Trophy 5 day match on a completely dead wicket. They should have been preparing for SA tour on a fast, bouncy pitch.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

@isarak, STOP hiding and defending your team performance, yes India lost the series but we didn't get all out for 49, HAHA.

Posted by fazald on (February 2, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

No doubt South Africa is the number one test cricket nation in world cricket today and were nearly blown away by Australia recently in the test series untill the so called rotation policy raised it's ugly head courtesy of the Australian selectors. South Africa were completely outplayed in the first two tests and were clearly the underdogs before the third and final test when the self inflicted rotation policy put paid to Australia's chances and ruined the whole summer. Now we are back to square one with all player confidence dented before the test series in India and the all important ashes series in England.

Posted by Dannymania on (February 2, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

@Israr khan.I am sorry brother,let me just make sure that I got u right.so u think that anwar ali didn't go that's why Pakistan were bowled out for the record low score?funny.anyways, @Haseeb Imran Ali.I agree and disagree with u.I agree with the first part of your comment but misbah has been performing well so the second part of your comment is wrong. @Alexandria Nicola Hasset..Nope.i'm sorry ma'am but I really think that its not rahat ali's fault.we,the Pakistanis,scored 49!We got them out on 253.the bowlers did their part and rahat didn't cause much harm to Pakistan in the first innings. Now,i think due credit should be given to the south Africans.the thing is that,as a Pakistani,i am just amazed @ how Pakistanis got out on 49.but then I think about the wickets and I feel that the south African bowlers bowled so well that any team would've struggled to score a 100 against them today.But well,our batsmen have a weak technique and that matters a lot!I'm still hopeful though.

Posted by Soso_killer on (February 2, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

@Ajpoolshark are you telling me beating a team in their backyard 2-0 leaves a debate about how little there is to choose from? This SA team is miles ahead of England IMHO. Here is why:

This SA team is getting stronger every year. E.G. When England last toured here this SA attack was a 2 men show i.e. Steyn and Morkel and they barely managed a draw. However with the arrival of Philander, there is a new dimension to this attack.

2. Batting: number 6&7 were a bit shaky, however with the form of JP (prior to his injury), and the inclusion of Faf there is incredible depth. No. 6&7 are solved.

3. The ability to trigger a collapse. Thats something the English attack cant do. They rely on maidens and pressure, hence they were found out by SA. Mean while SA have bowled sides out under 50 thrice in 2 years. The great Aussies never achieved that, so did the great West Indies.

Posted by SaadRocx on (February 2, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

OK lets forget about this match its OVER..Think about the next game..This is not the Pak's best team...I would rather accept a defeat with the Best Pak Team Playing on the field...Replace Rahat ALI with Tanvir Ahmed...and those who are whinning about including Irfan..i tell them he's only good for t20's and would end up getting injured or something...Tanvir Ahmed is the Perfect choice now....and what's wrong with Younis Khan? I would not mind if he's been replaced with Haris Sohail....Cmon Pakistan Put your Best team on the Ground..Its a matter of RESPECT NOW....PLZ PUBLISH.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 2, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

@deckchairand6pack agree with you mate. Nice name by the way haha

I was so impressed with the saffers turn around in that series, to be so dismal in Adelaide and if it weren't for a certain faf du plessis and a million missed chances by wade, not to mention only having three strike bowlers, two excluding Lyon for obvious reasons, and the results of the series would have been all the more consoling to me, in atleast a series draw. But whats done is done and we were not good enough to force a result and the brilliance of the SA team was displayed for all to see at the waca, and dispelled convincingly any pre-conceived notion of a weak mental state with an amazing turnaround.

But I can find solace in how much closer the series was between us and SA and the poms and SA. Their bowling looks ripe for the picking for the ever so reliable michael Clarke.

Posted by Bullet_Proof on (February 2, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

What a Insult of Test cricket. I am a Bangladeshi Fan and demnding the removal of Pakistan from Test Arena. I feel shy to be a test cricket lover. Even they could not make 50 run in an innings. OMG.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

steyn is a top class fast bowler but pak batsmen should have fighted for runs they totally lost it

Posted by don2009 on (February 2, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

Well dont really know what to say. Pakistan team spoiled my weekend. I was hoping for a much better show. And nw SA is just grinding them. Blowing away their spirits.

Posted by satish_XI on (February 2, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

@talmaeena1 : BAd umpiring decisions ? hardly there was one and that too was by the so called "DRS"(hot spot) the world's striving for !!! People have to at least realize now why bcci is standing strong against the drs .. there are lot of areas to be sorted out - hot spot(doesn't work in hot conditions), LBW decisions(god knows what's 'umpires call' when the ball was actually clipping the stumps), ball tracker isn't accurate aswell ..i generally don't back bcci's decisions in a lot of cases but reg drs, I believe they're on a right end of the call ..!!!!

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

Steyn is a world best fast bowler but Pak should have fighted more green shirts have long batting line up but no commitment

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 2, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

So the '49ers' Pakistan get crushed like a bowl of minnows under a tractor. The batting showed no technique, and their batsmen just looked like Schoolboys. Tragically bad.

Posted by drpramit on (February 2, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

SA 73/0 at tea, looking to give Pak a target of about 500 & bowl them out in 1 & 1/2 session by tomorrow !

Posted by shortsillypoint on (February 2, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

All those from the sub continent who were calling for NZ to be dropped from the test circuit can now think again. Pakistan was only 2 streaky edges for the last wicket better. India would not fare any better against this SA attack. Oh and don't blame the umpires - the batting was not up to it - just like Aus and NZ!

Posted by israrak on (February 2, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

@ rajesh and to all indian fans ... i think you guys forget your teams 8-0 overseas thrashing and pak and even srilanka will never achieved this feat ... n dun remind us about yr last series in sa ... there is a big difference b/w that sa team and current sa ... n ur forgetting that we also have drawn series with sa in the past and in the last series we almost won the series and to kallis to deny us the win at teh end. and dont forget we aren't playing at home since 2009 still our record is better than ur indian team during last 2 yrs ... and w8 there are still 2 tests remaining ...

Posted by DeathKnell on (February 2, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

Many comments on DRS, umpiring, hotspot, third umpire etc.. I had only heard that DRS is the messiah of modern day cricket, but whats about that now...

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

i am very disappointed what pakistani players did ? well lets see 2d innnings

Posted by crashed on (February 2, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

Well I believe Biff wants his 100* and set Pakistan to field for the next two days - it will be hard on the Paki's and I believe if they have any fighting spirit left the SA bowlers will be set loose on them again damping the last fight they have for the rest of the series :p

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (February 2, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

we failed in real test like other subcontinent teams :(

Posted by ilyas on (February 2, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Oh dear. I had a fear this would happen. Pakistan's batting has been pretty rubbish for the last few years except when we bat on very flat wickets. In England in 2010 pakistan scored 3 or 4 scores under 90 yet what have we done to rectify it? What preparations have we undertaken for this tour? None by the looks of it which is a poor reflection of the management. That should however take nothing away from Steyn who would be a great in any era!!!! One question - rahat Ali, why? No speed, no bounce and no accuracy. He is Sami without the speed!! Poor irfan, what a wicket to miss out on and who cares if he can only bowl ten overs

Posted by Smahuta on (February 2, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

Pakistan looking at a massive defeat here at tea on day 2. The attack looks pretty toothless on a seamer friendly pitch. So much for the second best attack in the world. SA basically 277-0 at tea on day 2. Go get a big hundred on your 100th test as skipper Smithy!!!

Posted by Batmanindallas on (February 2, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

Indians should have an exchange program with Pakistan- we give them a mazumdar and Badri or jaffer who dont get a spot in 11 but are better batsmen than what pakistan has. In exchange I am sure we can get better bowlers than the trundlers we display as pace bowlers....if England can manage a UN11 why cannot Indians and Pak do that....:)))

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (February 2, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

Don't forget that this Pakistan team is old just imagine when these young inexperience players come in to replace these quality old players of theirs. I've been saying all along that times are changing and Pakistan is a declining team good luck!!!

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

batsmen lacks character and misbah needs to score alot

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

Rahat Ali has had an awful debut surely PAK should of played Tanvir Ahmed he has a good test record and a big difference between Tanvir and Rahat is Tanvir can bat

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

why misbah not included tanvir or irfan instead of rahat? misbah lacks character younis time is over and azhar ali lacks technique batsmen should score runs and play without fear

Posted by AltafPatel on (February 2, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

@ Fijicricket:

Good idea of tier system but needs some changes: Do India, white washed to Aus/Eng 8-0 and ODI 10-1, deserve first tier ?

Have a look now.

SA/AUS/ENG and ZIM/PAK/BDESH/NZ/INDIA/WI.

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

I am sorry to say but RAHAT ALI doesnt look much promising from what i have seen so far i guess he needs to go back into Domestic cricket to improve big time ........ .... I feel bad for the Lad but Irfan could ve been good choice as he was in good Rhythm . I agree with the concers about his Fitness at this level but he could ve been handy in short spells !

@ Riz000 Asad Shafiq is a good batsman I am sure he can provide some solidity which is required in PAK batting line-up No doubt Umar Akmal has talent but buddy he doesnt have the pateince or temperament ( atleast for what we have seen so far ) and I am not sayig that He wont be successful in Tests ......He can surely improve his game by playing more 4 day games back home and by talking to formers Greats like INZI, M.YOUSAF , ZAHEER ABBAS etc.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

Youngsters need to play open without fear to succeed misbah younis time is over

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 2, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

now lead is 280 , 10 wickets remaining, smith will declare when they cross 600 tommorow at tea, pak will be lucky to cross 49 , it wud be first time in history that a team sets 2 records of lowest totals in 1 tests, if it comes to be true then it wud be big blot on pak cricket history , as an indian i feel sad for my neighbours today(even some who took joy in indian defeats), we will support u in these testing times, come on team green , win it, sorry , draw it for subcontinent. inshallah

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

actually very bad and irresponsible batting by Pak Misbah and younis ttime is over and youngsters need to play open natural game all hard work of bowlers is gone !! Misbah is not performing for quite some time now

Posted by NP_NY on (February 2, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

49 all out! That says it all. Pak fans, this is why you shouldn't shoot your mouth off when some other teams are not performing well. You don't know how that will come back to bite you.

Posted by AltafPatel on (February 2, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

It should have been done. Remember first match of recently previous 3 visitors to SA. Aus- 1st Test-47, Srilanka-1st ODI-40, NZ-First Test-45. So wats new with Pak. I bet one of my Pak fan friend to bowl Pak below 50, and amazingly I won..! Well done again SA...! Either batsmen or bowler, they have all at their best.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

its sad to not see anwar ali flying instead of rahat ali and tanvir ahmad, I still feel he is better suited for seaming tracks and not giving chance is so unfair plus he is ok with bat, aggresive batting is what doctors order for Pakistani batsmen

Posted by appkhi on (February 2, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

Punjab Eleven Collapse at 49 !!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Advin on (February 2, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

The kind of wickets in SA where 3 international test teams have been bowled out for under 50, makes the achievement of Kallis the batsmen even more remarkable.How does he average over 55 playing in SA ? And seeing him bowl today ,there has to be little doubt that he is the greatest cricketer ever in the last 25 years.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

Pakistan is the best of sub-continent sides as they are current asian champions and just a month ago has beaten India in India in Odi series to be only 2nd team to have done it in 10 years no other team has been able to beat india in india in odi series for last 10 years but aus, coming back to low scores last year in sa when aus visited both teams SouthAfrica were bowled out for 96 and Australia were removed for 47 so things happen Pakistan is a force and will show in this test match and rest of the series just chill for the time being as this is just the start of the tour and we have already got sa batsmen hopping so will see our batsmen improve soon

Posted by CricFanster on (February 2, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

@ Pak Fans Its time to have hope and back your team up despite the Horrific batting effort .........I know you guys gonna get lot of non-sense from Ind Fans and some of you guys will be replying to them with your rubbish comments lol

I would say yes it was PATHETIC dislay from PAK Batsmen but they can still come back hard in 2nd TEST as come-back in this test looks unlikey because it will be hard to chase anything over 300-350 in 4 th innings against such Strong and Venomous SA pace attack ...........Umar Gul needs to step up soon cuz PAK cant hope for Junaid alone to change the game ( he is very much capable ) & ts PAK Openers who should be key and will be responsible to lay a strong foundation from now on otherwise it will hard for Middle order to cope with Steyn & compnay .

Good Luck for 2nd Test from an Indian Fan ( I know this test is not over yet but chances for PAK to save this test are less after a DECENT start SA openers so far )

Posted by Smack-DAT on (February 2, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

Some PAK fans commented that the sky wont fall if PAK lose 3-0, like it never fell when IND lost 4-0. So,well the sky might not fall but atleast it will help the PAK ( and SL fans) to not to talk again and again about IND dismal performance in ENG and AUS. PAK always blessed with world class bowlers but never ever won series in WI, AUS and SA, same way IND never had a world class bowling line up but still we had a decent run in the last decade due to our batsmen, unfortunately to win in alien condition you got to have a balanced team. We might get away in home conditions but will be exposed outside. Anyway all the best for the test and series

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (February 2, 2013, 12:56 GMT)

Yes, would agree that the way to play the SA bowling machine is to attack. Very tough to sit back and defend, you need to go on the offensive. However, this is easier said than done. First off, you need the skill set. NZ certainly didn't have these and I will reserve judgement on the Pakistan batting line up for now. Australia does have these, and demonstrated how to play the Proteas. But even that is not enough, let's not forget the result of that series. Australia choked good and proper and the Proteas showed their resilience to take the chocolates.

Posted by squarepeg on (February 2, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

Fearsome bowling, sure on a pace-friendly strip, but nothing can quite explain getting out for such a total. I'm sure Pakistan will do much better in coming innings, and Pak bowling remains one of the two best in the world.

Posted by talmaeena1 on (February 2, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

Game is a turn off as bad umpiring decisions against the Pakistanis add to their woes. I am switching off.

Posted by Fijicricket on (February 2, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

Icc should have two tier system- SA/AUS/ENG/IND and ZIM/PAK/BDESH/NZ for tests. The best of minnows should play worst of top tier for promotion. Competitive Test cricket might bring back the interest- SA deliberately not forcing follow on to lengthen the game is yet another nail in the coffin of Tests.

Posted by 12thman on (February 2, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

Where are all those Pakistanis who were going on and on about their precious team ? As fragile as a wine glass. The bowling attack is good but the batting useless as they come. I think Younis Khan needs to call it a day. Get some new blood. Terrible performance.

Posted by birdz_eye on (February 2, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

Indeed a superb display of fast bowling by porteas now Pakistan need a mircale to save this game which also looks a odd proposition. But must say umpiring is way too inconsistent both from on & off field umpires. DRS is working only in SA's favor hot spot is invisible in SA dismissals while same is visible in Pakistan's turn. But let the game progress I just want team Pakistan to go fighting till the end & I'm sure they will.

Posted by StevieS on (February 2, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

And all those Pakistan supporters saying South Africa didn't care about the NZ series as Pakistan is going to be a much harder challange LMAO.

Posted by AltafPatel on (February 2, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

It should have been done. Remember first of previous 3 visitors to SA. Aus- 1st Test-47, Srilanka-1st ODI-40, NZ-First Test-45. So wats new with Pak. I bet one of my Pak fan friend to bowl Pak below 50, and amazingly I won..! Well done again SA...! Either batsmen or bowler, they have all at their best.

Posted by neelabhsamvatsar on (February 2, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

great bowling by steyn.those who are taking out errors are jealous and unable to digest it.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (February 2, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

This SA pace attack could be the real deal and rival other great attacks.

Posted by Riz000 on (February 2, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

wow wow wow pcb ur so gr8 first got rid of taufeeq umer then not playing harris sohial over asad shifq a big flop in int cricket why nt hav umar akmal in test god plz get rid of all politics in pcb rahat ali over mohmad irfan unbelievable

Posted by moon3430 on (February 2, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

what a match?just an awesome bowling.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (February 2, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

Pakistans batting is as fragile as '3rd class' Bangladesh. If you lose by an innings, your batting is worse than India in overseas conditions.

Posted by SaadRocx on (February 2, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

Well lets hope some Rain or something saves Pakistan.....:P

Posted by Albert_cambell on (February 2, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

Well played proteas. Thats why we are the best team in the world. I am afraid indian team will make history against us in SA by scoring the lowest total in a test innings.

Posted by reason-galore on (February 2, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

I am proud of you pakistan, your batting lineup never disappoints... oh i meant your bowling lineup:D

Posted by Third_Gear on (February 2, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

What a record Man !!! I dont understand why ICC allow them to play Test. Big shame that they can not score even 50 runs in a test match.

Posted by here2rock on (February 2, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

I said on day one that Pakistan would struggle to get to 100, oh dear, they did not even got to 50!

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 2, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

I guess Smith saved Pak from the humiliation of losing the Test inside two days and in doing so did a great favor to SA fans and CSA of allowing an extra day's ticket revenue. To all Pak fans....saying anything right now would be like rubbing salt on the wounds.So i leave it you. Be ready with your introspections, your team will need them big time.

Posted by Temuzin on (February 2, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

DRS oh DRS. So what was the performance of DRS in this match? Did it help removing some howlers? or did it add to a few howlers. How does Pakistani fans feeling about DRS now? BCCI and Srinivasan must be chuckling. Great job Jeff Crowe you have made Srinis day.

Posted by SaadRocx on (February 2, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

i seriously recommend to replace all the Men's Pak Squad with the Women's squad...I bet they can put a better show..I have just one word for this...PATHETIC PATHETIC PATHETIC.!!!!!!

Posted by PakCricSpin on (February 2, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

Like i said yesterday, Pakistani batting will be exposed today. And as before, Pakistan is not going to win anything if they can't score runs. Its not that the Pakistani bowlers will win the match, its all about who can bat.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

Did SA need some practice ? Why didn't they force the follow on to finish it today ? At least we could have enjoyed "Mr. Death Steyn" bowling! SA is trying to make the it boring!

Posted by SaadRocx on (February 2, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

This is really embarrassing as a Pak fan LOL

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 2, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

Sir.Ivor: The SA v Aus game of 94 and 47 was NOT at Johannesburg, but at Cape Town. Best to check these facts before making these statements.

Posted by goefhero on (February 2, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

ha ha 49 all out... can't help myself laughing... and they say they can compete world class teams..... poor pak...

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

"I am quiet surprised why Smith hasn't ask Pak to bat otherwise we must have seen the match ended on today even a session ti spare"And and as far as Pak batting is concerned they must need a proper batting coach who not only guide them but also give them enougj confidence to.don"t get choke down as they have the habbit of doing so!"

Posted by Temuzin on (February 2, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

Well Played SA. Steyn is a phenomenon. Easily the best bowler of his generation. Hats off to him. And good thing about him is that he rarely shows tantrums and sledging. He is nice gentle assassin. I am his fan.

As for Pakistan. They did their best they could in the dale storm. I hope they will do better in coming games.

Posted by CricIndia208 on (February 2, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

This is conclusive proof that Indian batsmen are way better than their pakistani counterparts. Look at India's score last time they played in South Africa.

Posted by Afrodizzy on (February 2, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

For the record, the Aus score of 47 was not in Johannesburg but at Newlands in Cape Town. That treat still awaits Pakistan

Posted by sachin_thegr8 on (February 2, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

Pakistan should thank Smith for not enforcing the follow-on or else again we would have many single digit scores and the test would end today itself!!!!!!

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 2, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

After watching bits and pieces of the saffer summer, it seems to me that a counter attacking top order batsmen is a necessity. All the NZ batsmen just let the saffers bowl at them, so defensive, and with the swing and pace that stayed a constant for more than the first 25 overs, the batsmen were bound to get an unplayable bowl. The same happened in this innings. With this mindset, the bowl will stay newer for longer and just keep swinging, you simply cannot 'see off the newer bowl' against steyn and morkel, especially when they're so well complimented with philander. You have to take the attack to them, and with the generally stereotyped weak mental aspects of the saffers, the wheels can fall off once you get on top of them as batsmen. This proven in the aus SA series, with two scores of above 550 and two double centuries for Clarke. And this with a much more talented saffer line up on paper.

This is why Warner is a necessity to Aus and also why pieterson, amla and kallis are so good

Posted by sal80 on (February 2, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

If south africa is num1 side then they should come to UAE or pakistan and beat them in there backyard..same with India and lanka SA cant beat india and lanka in there backyard. If asian team cant beat SA in there grounds then they can do it on our grounds, by making such bouncy unplayable wickets wht favor they are doing with this game, this wicket seems to be very dangerous for play.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (February 2, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

india almost won the series in southafrica in 2010..look at this pathetic team..even they cannot score 50runs..this is why pakistan is the worst subcontinent team..

Posted by Abushumayla on (February 2, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

Pathetic, shameful and hopeless exhibition of batting by Pakis,....... Myopic approach by selectors. coach and captain - they still do not know what is their weakest link in making a winning combination. these thoughtless characters never realized that team needed more batsmen in SA. Team was reinforced with 2 additional bowlers but no inform or experienced batsman. Guys like Fawad Alam, Faisal Iqbal and Suhail Haris who have recently scored heavily in domestic cricket were completely ignored. Chief selector & Coach deserve to be on chopping block.

Posted by khan0342 on (February 2, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

Well played South Africa. Clearly you see the difference between their batting,bowling and ours. Though we all are disappointed with our miserable batting display but I would like to see the fans showing some patience and support their team in difficult times ahead. Batting has always been the problem but you have to make a way for scoring runs.

South Africans clearly have no weakness in their team. So the opposition with so many weaknesses can hardly out play them.

Rahat and the batting has been the weakness and we don't have an all-rounder like Kallis. So the question is how gonna you beat South Africa? The answer is simple you have to play better then the opposition.

And that's a long long way to go.

Posted by ajpoolshark on (February 2, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

Pakistan in all sorts of trouble, but they made the SA bowlers look better than they are in reality due to some clueless batting......Some pundits are banging on about how great this SA team is, when the reality is, is that they are a good team, but so are England, and currenty there is little to choose between them

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

This flat track bullies are no match for SA. Seems winning in a meaningless series against India gave them false self esteem of greatness!

Posted by Unomaas on (February 2, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

I'm in total agreement with Rameez Raja...Pakistan expecting to play 1 practice match inn preparation was fatal. If you don't prepare to succeed, then you prepare to fail!

That aside...did Pakistan bat badly? I'm not sure? Steyn was absolutely virulent...haven't seen him in that mood lately! I thought Azah and Misbah batted well. Misbah especially showed guts, good judgement and a willingness to protect his wicket at all costs. He has definitely left an impression on Saffa supporters.

I think Smith made an error in not enforcing the follow on but there is always the chance that Pakistan could make 400 which would leave SA with the challenge of facing Ajmal and Hafeez. In addition, Smith mmight also be practicing mental disintergration. Make a big total, bat Pakistan out of this game and show Pakistan the futility of their efforts in both the batting and bowling department.

I'm not sure about the way forward for Pakistan but they must fight and show that they won't be bullied!

Posted by Damian123 on (February 2, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

SL were the last team to beat dominant SA in a test...disappointed that tests scheduled to be played later this year will not be happening. Tweeted by: Russel Arnold@RusselArnold69

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

I don't blame the Third Umpire for the controversy of the du Plessis and Misbah edges.

Yes, he was inconsistent. But I think everyone recognises that the du Plessis "not out" decision was an honest error. He then had a dilemma today: does he decide to be consistent and make a second error today, or does he take the Misbah decision on merit.

Does the Third Umpire just get the pitch microphone audio track, or does he hear the commentary too? Because yesterday Rameez Raja was the one saying "no hot spot mark" - which was incorrect - while today he was saying there was one. He may well have influenced the decision.

Posted by sajalchy on (February 2, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

Pakistan should play more test match with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh....cos' SA, Aussis and Indian are very much supreme compare to Pak...

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

Hey, South Africa are good, but enough of this "After dispatching England and Australia in their own backyards" There were three test in Australia and for 2 of the 3 Australia outplayed S Africa. Ok they didn't manage to press their advantage in either of the two first tests and were outplayed in the third, but the 1 to 0 result to SA really does not reflect the overall balance of the contest!

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 2, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

Also, after watching bits and pieces of the saffa summer, I've noticed that the bowl when they're bowling looks new and keeps swinging for more than 20 overs. And with any decent attack, if the batters are just on the defense, for that long, theyre more than likely going to get a ball that's too good for them. This is why to me, it seems counter attacking top order players are almost a necessity, to get the shine off the bowl much quicker and, with the newer ball, they can score much quicker. This is why to me that from an australian stance, Warner is so needed, and batsmen like Peterson and amla for the saffers are so good. Just as well for england that cook is a proven slow batsmen and Compton had a strike rate of under 35 in his 4 tests :)

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

wow.... what a bowling performance by dale steyn wrapped up pakistan on 49.

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 2, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

where r pak fans now when u need them , tell us how pak play better than india in foreign conditions , india tied 1-1 in sa now lets see if pak can do that but i feel 3-0 sa win will be final result. congrats on lowest total in ur cricket history , landmark day. as warne use to say--" what can i say??"

Posted by dariuscorny on (February 2, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

not surprised at all,infact i was quite sure Pak will score less than one-fifth(1/5) of the South Africa score......pakistan batting as always dodgy.....

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

"I don't know why I have found few of my fellow countryman jumping and giving an impish grin they must know the fact if we would be touring here we won't be showing any heroics either as looking our current performances where we are not getting a score of 300 on consistent basis on our dead rubbers also!"As far as PaK performance is concerned they must need a proper batting coach and more foreign tours as thy are mostly playing on the non boncy wickets of minddeast!!""

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 2, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

Meant 54 sorry**

Just to add, as a neutral observer, philander looks the perfect bowler. Smart, serves it on a dinner plate, more than moves it enough in both ways with swing and seam and most significantly, he is the perfect accomplice to steyn and morkel with him keeping the pressure on with econmical bowling.

Perfectly balanced pace attack

Posted by davidatlas999 on (February 2, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

ahh what can we say.okay common guys get your hands back bend your back now and get sa under 200.just make sure you didnt out of this series.as for as this match its gone for us.just play for your pride nothing to say more on pakistan batting.yes great bowling from sa specially from styne what great fast bowling.but feel bad cause we are the victims.

Posted by Hira1 on (February 2, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

SA didn't enforce the follow on otherwise match could have ended inside 2 days, in any case the result will remain the same but decision of Smith give one more chance to Rahat to bowl on this bowler friendly pitch else this will be his first and last test for pak

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 2, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

This is too funny. Pakistan are now the second team to share the embarrassing figure with Australia to be bowled out for a score in the 40's at the hands of the saffers in the past two years. And to think we scored two scores of above 550 against this attack.

Inb4 the pitches were roads.

What was also hilarious was the trolls and Pakistani supporters saying that they were going to struggle to avoid the follow on at a score of 58 haha

Posted by InsideHedge on (February 2, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I must admit I was hoping for a 41 all out so it surpasses our "effort" of 42 against England in 1974 but Junaid put paid to that. Heaven knows, Rahat Ali tried his best the previous over! Superb bowling performance by SA but I thought when Pak were about 7 down, they would swing and try and get as many as possible, playing a forward push from the crease was just a case of waiting for an edge. Jonty Rhodes made a good point, better to try and play the ball straight down the wicket compared to playing in the direction of extra cover.

Misbah/Asad Ali were doing a good job but I thought Misbah got done by the unreliable HotSpot. This isn't the 1st time HotSpot has been shown up, several times in this inns alone it's failed to show a nick that could be heard. Also, the Jamshed lbw could easily have been going over the stumps but HawkEye showed no issues with the height; almost all the balls were going over the stumps, the Pak batsmen didn't LEAVE enough deliveries, IMO.

Posted by CricPhD on (February 2, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

Well bowled South Africa! They deserve all rounds of applause. A treat to watch!

And, yes controversy was definitely created there not by the Hotspot but by third umpire on giving two different decisions on exactly the same replay incidents. Faf du Plessis was given not out, while Misbah given out at so crucial stage.

Time to penalize the umpires on their mistakes just the way players are penalized on so many things they do on field.

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (February 2, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

Nothing to be ashamed of. South Africa themselves were bowled out for 94 and following that Australia for 47 not too long ago. India blew away South Africa for 84 and won the Test. All this at Johannesberg. It is traditional to be bundled out for visiting teams but South Africa themselves getting out to such scores should tell you how difficult it is to play on this wicket.

Posted by mgr125128 on (February 2, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

The big bubble the Pakistani fans were in yesterday has burst with atomic proportions. Some fans were optimistic ( not realistic) of 400 score. Its different story that they huffed and puffed to score 1/10th of it in reality.

Posted by rocket_rocket on (February 2, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

absolutely clueless...STEYN WAS ON FIRE .....cannot blame pakistanis just just couldn't play steyn .....jaw dropping display of pace and swing bowling by steyn .... I am still in awe ...seriously BEST PACE ATTACK IN THE WORLD....this would seriously dent pakistan's confidence in the way they approach the tour..

Posted by Munkeymomo on (February 2, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

The Pakistani fan who made the comment about needing to avoid the follow on is now looking like a fortune teller!!

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (February 2, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

pakistans lowest total is 53..hope fuly boys will break that record !!

Posted by Kingzzzz on (February 2, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

Dale Steyn looks to me as if he's one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. His stats speak for themselves.

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

whart happend to oiur yong talents likes of azar, jamshad etc.. hmm..now if other call us as flat track bully ..also minnow status is wheeling on oiur head.. any way day belongs to mamba ...stain

Posted by shaww on (February 2, 2013, 11:36 GMT)

i don't think a score of 49/10 is indicative of the Pak batting (should be a small consolation to NZ). Some controversial decisions were made ... BUT ... the Saffers' bowling has COMPLETELY outclassed the batting. another team struggling to get passed 50. not sure if it's just poor batting or if the bowling is beyond exceptional.

in confusion as to whether the Proteas batted well or the Pakistan bowling was just average? what kind of wicket is this?

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (February 2, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

oh ..no...what happend to pak team...even india wer not bundled like this agaisnt any team even in 8 loses..hm...lucky that we have not palyed so many mathes in overseas..other wise we may have created so many descending records in wold crikcet..now dnt ask to strip test stutus...

Posted by Papa_Tango on (February 2, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

British understatement eh, Mr. Gardner? 'Element of controversy' indeed .....just an element but enough fodder for the BCCI when the match referee decides to apply the same technology just as subjectively as any close decision by the field umpire. Thus the 'technology does not guarantee consistent decision' stance by the BCCI. I am all for the drs and oppose the BCCI but Jeff Crowe is not helping.

Posted by cricketkhan on (February 2, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

i think that this test is over for pakistan.they have to regroup and plan for the second test and find the ways to minimize the humiliation, thats all they can do.dont see coming back now.

Posted by LillianThomson on (February 2, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

I have no sympathy for Pakistan.

The bounce and movement in South Africa was always going to be a terrible challenge for their batsmen. But they then elected to waste their preparation time by playing a nonsense ODI tour to India (and wanted to host Bangladesh) when they should have been in South Africa by Christmas, playing inland at altitude and giving themselves 4 Four Day matches to adapt to the conditions and to weed out the players whose techniques cannot adapt to these conditions.

They did this to themselves. And they deserve to pay the consequences.

They also failed to adapt their batting line-up from one suited to UAE conditions. Why does their tail start at number 7? Considering how inept Rahat was with the ball, why didn't they recall Azhar Mahmood who has a brilliant record in South Africa?

If South Africa apply the follow-on this might be a 2 Day Test. It reminds me of when Australia dismissed them for 59 and 53 in a Test in the UAE.

Posted by wakaPAK on (February 2, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

I guess that's why SA are the best... Lol, Indians must be very happy.. They have something to cheer! But Honestly , this is pakistan acclamatizing to the conditions..

Posted by Adamaromus on (February 2, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

Pak shud be a litttle more attacking in their batting. One cannot survive in defensive mode on such a wkt against SA pace attack. Pak got only 1 practice match to get used to the SA conditions Pak need more than gooluck to save this one. May be rain :)

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

Getsetgopak was the guy who told me that pakistan is the best team among the sub continental teams in overseas conditions, would like to hear more from him now

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 2, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

250 is looking a good score right now. One word: punishment.

Posted by don2009 on (February 2, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

Horrible batting performance by PAK batsmen. Good bowling as well. But these days teams do prepare by watching videos of bowlers and adjust their techniques according to that. PAK batsmen totally looked out of practice, they had no clue which way the ball is going to move. This match is turning out to be one sided and PAK seems to have surrender this match already. If they reach 100 it'll be a huge achievment and maybe it'll lift somehow the other batsmen.

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