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

Misbah and Shafiq lift Pakistan spirits

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Pakistan 183 for 4 (Misbah 44*, Shafiq 53*) and 49 need 297 more runs to beat South Africa 253 and 275 for 3 dec (de Villiers 103*, Amla 74*, Smith 52)
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Starting a series with a total of 49 leaves a low base for improvement, but Pakistan's second innings showed them in a far better light as they ensured the Test would enter a fourth day. At 82 for 4, chasing a huge 480, a swift conclusion was still on the cards before Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq combined in an unbroken century stand including a wicketless final session

There will be no concern over the scoreline from Graeme Smith, but maybe just the odd glimpse towards weather forecasts. They are unpredictable, especially for Johannesburg, although do suggest a greater threat of rain over the last two days. Having not enforced the follow-on with Pakistan on the ropes yesterday he will not want any hiccups.

South Africa could have been closer to victory, and perhaps savouring a celebratory drink already, if it had not been for two spurned chances in the final session. Firstly Shafiq, on 40, edged Vernon Philander to first slip only for replays to show a clear no-ball. In the next over Misbah cut Jacques Kallis to backward point but Robin Peterson dropped a relatively straightforward chance. Smith started chewing on his gum just that little bit harder.

The chances should not remove the fact that Misbah and Shafiq provided an important lesson for the remainder of this series. Pakistan will, weather permitting, still lose here but it was vital that the aura around South Africa's attack was at least pierced a fraction. The surface had lost some of its spite, and the ball grew softer, but the principles they showed of sound judgement and solid concentration will serve batsmen well in any conditions.

It was a proper rearguard from the pair as they dug in either side of tea. The hard work brought rewards, particularly against the slightly erratic Morne Morkel, although both batsmen nearly lost concentration against Robin Peterson when their eyes lit up at something slower.

Shafiq is an impressive young batsman, already with an average over forty, had enjoyed a solid 2012 with runs against England and Sri Lanka. He does not mind soaking up the dot balls, but also has a range of shots to take advantage of loose deliveries. His ninth boundary, a square cut, took him to his half-century from 117 balls.

He was partnered by a player who adores the chance to drop anchor. Misbah was tested by Dale Steyn in a spell after tea but he left the ball well and drove strongly through the off side. He was less convincing on the pull and, ten minutes before the close, nearly top-edged to deep square-leg. It would have been a horrid waste of his diligence.

There was another encouraging performance in the shape of Nasir Jamshed who dominated the early scoring after losing Mohammad Hafeez, caught down the leg side, in the fourth over. He was strong on the drive and through the leg side but had some uncomfortable moments against Morkel before, sensing another boundary for a maiden fifty, pulled Steyn to mid-on.

Kallis' productive match with the ball continued when he trapped Azhar Ali lbw, the batsman wasting a review which bordered on the selfish. The ball was full, nipped back, and struck him in front of middle.

Younis Khan could only contribute 15 - and he already survived a mighty close review for lbw on 11 - when he tried to leave Morkel and provided a very thin edge to the keeper. Younis walked and Hot Spot showed a small white mark, but this time the focus was on Morkel's front foot which was close to a no-ball.

South Africa's innings had lasted for a further nine overs during the morning as Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers added 68 more. De Villiers was at his expansive best, taking balls from outside off through the leg side and also reverse sweeping Saeed Ajmal. The concerns about his workload have certainly been helped by the ability of South Africa's quicks to skittle a team at least once in a Test.

His 11th boundary, slotted through the covers, took him to his hundred from 117 balls. The applause had just died down when Smith stood in the dressing room and waved his batsmen in to begin searching for a quick finish. It did not quite work out that way.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • philosopher007 on February 4, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Problem for Pakistan: Lack of practice on alien land. I believe they must make as much of this second innings as they can to have a good taste of the conditions as well as a look into the SA bowlers. First inning collapse was also instigated by some amazing spell by Steyn, he was bowling an almost perfect channel to right handers and squaring them up. If Pakistan had a few more left hander batters, things could have been different, it would unsettle the bowlers too. They do miss Taufiq Umer, I would say that Pakistan must stick to the same squad with only once change: Tanvir or Irfan in for Rahat. I am hopeful that Pakistani batting line up will start performing much better as the series progresses, they should have had at leas one more tour match. Good fight is what fans wanted and they were treated by this century stand of Asad-Misbah.

  • maf17 on February 3, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    SA's new ball attack is clearly the best in the world, however they continue to struggle with the old ball. That was clearly evident in Brisbane and Adelaide in the Australia tour, largely disguised against NZ because the ball rarely got the chance to get old and back with a vengeance yesterday. They rely heavily on demolishing a batting side before the ball gets old, when a tenacious pair like Misbah and Shafiq come along and hold them off for a full session or more, they get frustrated, sloppy in the field and start to let the match drift. South Africa are unquestionably the No. 1 side in the world at the moment with daylight second and probably for some time to come, but they wont be remembered among the great sides of all time unless they learn to cope when an opposition reaches 4-150 instead of being all out for less than 50.

  • Soso_killer on February 4, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    @Msharif911 i would be carefull before making statements like that, especialy when you take into consideration that the next test is in New Lands, a ground in which Australia and New Zealand got bowled out under 50.

  • Smahuta on February 4, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Doosra inventor - You need to survive that new ball first, good luck with ODI openers to do that. Speaking of Doosra invention, does the instruction manual come with wearing long sleeves while bowling and short sleeves while batting?

  • Solid_Snake on February 4, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    @KingKongIn->How do you decide who is the all time great?.What's the criteria of yours?Do you seriously believe that the batsmen today are better than the greats of past that Waqar used to bowl..In am not going towards Waqar now because it's no use mentioning him here..If a guy with Avg of 23 & SR of 43 seems less to you then you must be kidding..Inzamam isnt the all time great but Questioning Waqar is ridiculous.His Duo with Wasim was the most fearsome in 90's.. Do you want to discuss them or stay to the topic?

  • matchfixerpkn on February 4, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Solid_Snake ...baji defiently not in statndard of steyn..but he is miles a head of junaid and ajmal oiut side subcontinent..his intial records in australia and s afrcia are very good.. but oiur spin maghcian ajmals first over seas tour only produced one gifted wikcet by kallis that also after considering more tahn 130 runs at 4/over..

  • matchfixerpkn on February 4, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Solid_Snake..hmm...batsman scored runs or opposition allowed batsman to score runs in second innings to avoid huge loos to home teams board and broadcaster .. credit must go to smith for not forcing follwo on.. imagine mathc ending in 1 and half days...and the loss to board and broadcasters.. apprecialte the sportsman spriit of smith..

  • KingKongIn on February 4, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Pak fans are bit irratic...they will always include waqar as all time great bowler and Inzamam as all time great batsman...I am accepting ..Imran was the world beater...and Waseem was one of the all time great bowler...but Waqar and Inzamam ..are you kiiding !! they are good players not greate...and Yes Steyn comes in all time great bowler. !!!

  • matchfixerpkn on February 4, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    MunafAhmed811 ..itsa not 3 days..test lasted in 2 and half days.. and if want give credit ..give it to smith for not forcing follwo on..

  • Smahuta on February 4, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    @Fijicricket- Why does everyone moan about mismatches when the number one side thrashes another team? A team ranked 4th in the world at this point in time? According to you then only SA, AUs and Eng should play each other, then if one side gets bowled out cheap, then they too should not play tests. Soon only SA can play against themselves, dont be stupid. Before this game, Pak won 6 out of 8 tests, that is a good record, no matter where you play, especially if you dont play at home with your home crowd behind you. Win some, lose some, get hammered in some, thats cricket. Roll on the next gam and stop crying for Pak to be barred from tests.

  • philosopher007 on February 4, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Problem for Pakistan: Lack of practice on alien land. I believe they must make as much of this second innings as they can to have a good taste of the conditions as well as a look into the SA bowlers. First inning collapse was also instigated by some amazing spell by Steyn, he was bowling an almost perfect channel to right handers and squaring them up. If Pakistan had a few more left hander batters, things could have been different, it would unsettle the bowlers too. They do miss Taufiq Umer, I would say that Pakistan must stick to the same squad with only once change: Tanvir or Irfan in for Rahat. I am hopeful that Pakistani batting line up will start performing much better as the series progresses, they should have had at leas one more tour match. Good fight is what fans wanted and they were treated by this century stand of Asad-Misbah.

  • maf17 on February 3, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    SA's new ball attack is clearly the best in the world, however they continue to struggle with the old ball. That was clearly evident in Brisbane and Adelaide in the Australia tour, largely disguised against NZ because the ball rarely got the chance to get old and back with a vengeance yesterday. They rely heavily on demolishing a batting side before the ball gets old, when a tenacious pair like Misbah and Shafiq come along and hold them off for a full session or more, they get frustrated, sloppy in the field and start to let the match drift. South Africa are unquestionably the No. 1 side in the world at the moment with daylight second and probably for some time to come, but they wont be remembered among the great sides of all time unless they learn to cope when an opposition reaches 4-150 instead of being all out for less than 50.

  • Soso_killer on February 4, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    @Msharif911 i would be carefull before making statements like that, especialy when you take into consideration that the next test is in New Lands, a ground in which Australia and New Zealand got bowled out under 50.

  • Smahuta on February 4, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Doosra inventor - You need to survive that new ball first, good luck with ODI openers to do that. Speaking of Doosra invention, does the instruction manual come with wearing long sleeves while bowling and short sleeves while batting?

  • Solid_Snake on February 4, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    @KingKongIn->How do you decide who is the all time great?.What's the criteria of yours?Do you seriously believe that the batsmen today are better than the greats of past that Waqar used to bowl..In am not going towards Waqar now because it's no use mentioning him here..If a guy with Avg of 23 & SR of 43 seems less to you then you must be kidding..Inzamam isnt the all time great but Questioning Waqar is ridiculous.His Duo with Wasim was the most fearsome in 90's.. Do you want to discuss them or stay to the topic?

  • matchfixerpkn on February 4, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Solid_Snake ...baji defiently not in statndard of steyn..but he is miles a head of junaid and ajmal oiut side subcontinent..his intial records in australia and s afrcia are very good.. but oiur spin maghcian ajmals first over seas tour only produced one gifted wikcet by kallis that also after considering more tahn 130 runs at 4/over..

  • matchfixerpkn on February 4, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Solid_Snake..hmm...batsman scored runs or opposition allowed batsman to score runs in second innings to avoid huge loos to home teams board and broadcaster .. credit must go to smith for not forcing follwo on.. imagine mathc ending in 1 and half days...and the loss to board and broadcasters.. apprecialte the sportsman spriit of smith..

  • KingKongIn on February 4, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Pak fans are bit irratic...they will always include waqar as all time great bowler and Inzamam as all time great batsman...I am accepting ..Imran was the world beater...and Waseem was one of the all time great bowler...but Waqar and Inzamam ..are you kiiding !! they are good players not greate...and Yes Steyn comes in all time great bowler. !!!

  • matchfixerpkn on February 4, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    MunafAhmed811 ..itsa not 3 days..test lasted in 2 and half days.. and if want give credit ..give it to smith for not forcing follwo on..

  • Smahuta on February 4, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    @Fijicricket- Why does everyone moan about mismatches when the number one side thrashes another team? A team ranked 4th in the world at this point in time? According to you then only SA, AUs and Eng should play each other, then if one side gets bowled out cheap, then they too should not play tests. Soon only SA can play against themselves, dont be stupid. Before this game, Pak won 6 out of 8 tests, that is a good record, no matter where you play, especially if you dont play at home with your home crowd behind you. Win some, lose some, get hammered in some, thats cricket. Roll on the next gam and stop crying for Pak to be barred from tests.

  • matchfixerpkn on February 4, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    pakitan still scored 49..and still others are aksing to reiview paksitnas test status.. come on..pak have best pace attack, best spinner in world..they took all togethter 3 wickets at run rate of above 4 in test match.:)

  • matchfixerpkn on February 4, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Solid_Snake..so yoiu are stil proiud of 49 all out in test match...thats sprit...so let us expcet some more record in next match :)

  • msharif911 on February 4, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    It was the first innings total of 49 that really meant this match was only ever going one way. Well done SA, enjoy it while it lasts because you arent going to get us out like that again in a hundred years. We will come at you much harder, bring on the 2nd Test.

  • Solid_Snake on February 4, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    @Pappu_bhai->Balaji better than Steyn?Hahahahahahaha.. The guy was trashed all around the park by pak batsmen in past..He used to be like Dinda who is the new Balaji lol..a bowler with Avg around 40 is being compared to Steyn

  • doosra_inventer on February 4, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    Steyn is ubdoubtedly great fast bowler BUT only with NEW Ball...let Pakistan put some runs on board then we'll see the contest evenly balance n we'll see if he can bowl with same authority as with new ball.Wasim Waqar Ambrose Walsh these were Great bowlers of all time but styen great bowler of this Era!

  • reason-galore on February 4, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    it came to my attention that NZ and AUS also fell to south african bolwers in their recent series against them with first innings of the first tests being 45 allout and 47 all out(needs verification but that is what i heard)... so i would consider the 49 by pakistan as very much expected and an improvement over the aussies and kiwis:D... clearly the second innings was an improvement but this performance was needed in the first innings to have any chance of equalling the south africans. The new ball attack is incredible for south africa, and they will always threaten to dismiss pakistan on sub 200/150/100 totals in the coming matches. So pakistan has to improve their new ball bowling as well.

  • MunafAhmed811 on February 4, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Tough test team indeed. Lost a test match in 3 days amd all out for 40 in first innings. This Pakistani team is certinly miles ahead of other test teams

  • Fijicricket on February 4, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Pakistan's test status should be reviewed by ICC. These mismatches of biblical proportions will destroy Test cricket if action is not taken quickly. Within the first hour of the second day it became obvious who will win and the master (SA) was so dominant that they could finish the game against the minnows whenever they wanted. Lengthening the game by not forcing the follow on was not rocket science as SA knew the minnows were no match to put up a fight if let off the hook.

  • SaadRocx on February 4, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    I am so angry at this Rahat Ali...look how he's batting he was swinging his bat in the air Blindly..i can understand he's a Tailender but cmon you are not blind...He missed almost every ball and looks like a pretty pathetic package..His bowling was no where near International Level and in batting..OMG ...even a 10 year old Kid can atleast see the ball , but he was swinging his bat miles away from where the Ball was... Here are the Changes for the Next Match ( Tanvir Ahmed for Rahat Ali, Abdur Rehman for Saeed Ajmal..and possibly Haris Sohail for Younis Khan).....CricInfo Plzzzzzzzzz Publish This...

  • Solid_Snake on February 4, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    I wonder what would be the planning of our beloved Coach now.. I can see some changes for team Pakistan in the next match..Rahat Ali is going out.As for the batsmen..Younis & Azhar disappointed us.I was so looking forward to Younis making some runs.But....Harris Sohail should be given a chance.Now there is a big question mark on Azhar Ali's future.One more bad day & he is out of the team.There are many players ready to take his place.He proved himself as a flop on fast pitches.He did well in England.I wonder what happened to him here..We need a left handed batsman in our middle order.Harris is a perfect Choice. A big lesson we learnt from this match..Good to see batsmen scoring some runs in the 2nd inngs.Bowlers would do well.A new match with new spirit..That'll change things i am sure.

  • Pappu_bhai on February 4, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Seeing the way Steyn is troubling Pak Batsmen we could have used Balaji in the recent One day series.We all know Balaji is a clever bowler compared to Steyn.Steyn is good.No denial of that.But Balaji at his best is always better than Steyn.

  • on February 4, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Make no mistake South Africa has a good test team but buy no means are they invincible as the media hype would have us believe.The South Afican batting order is strong at the top but soft in the middle. South African bowlers are very skilled and talented but they are very mechanical and rigid, lacking any real imagination and flair and relying only on the plans they have as a team which is fine in tests where you have days to correct bad execution of plans but is a massive handicap in the shorter formats hence they have and will not win any ICC silverware. Their strength in tests is their weakness and biggest liability in ODIs.

  • on February 4, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    How can the unpredictability of pakistan be used as an excuse for this defeat. They were beaten by a better team. SA are not just better than the other teams, as a unit they play good winning test cricket and have addapted the ability to win the crucial moments in tests. They have a fighting spirit that wins or let them draw games that a couple of years ago they would have lost. Now I hope the Pakistan supporters that think that they are going to win this test series against us in our home conditions rethink and think with their head and not the heart.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 4, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan for their excelled record!!. I think even Zimbabwe or Bangladesh will play better cricket than this!

  • Smahuta on February 4, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    And thats it, its all over. another ten wicket haul for Dale, a record breaking 11 catches for AB. I can hear the rollers already starting up to flatten out the tracks for SA's tour to the UAE later on. Pakistan beware because SA usually play their worst cricket in the first match of a tour. Cape Town is next and they usually play their best there. The wicket wil be a little slower but the ball swings sideways there when the conitions are right.

  • Harmony111 on February 4, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Ha Ha Ha, Steyn has a 10 wicket haul - and look at his avg and strike rate in this match. And Pak fans were saying Steyn was over-rated. I can't stop laughing at those uninformed or heavily-biased Pak fans. Styen over-rated lol lol....

  • KingKongIn on February 4, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Steyn to Junaid Khan, OUT, given lbw, review time, short of length ball on middle and that strikes him low on the front pad, batsman was deep in the crease, that was going on take out middle and leg, it's all over at Jo'burg, Steyn gets another five-for, undoubtedly the world's greatest bowler not over hyped (are you lseting UsmanMH)

  • KingKongIn on February 4, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    I was just saying its sameful getting out on 49 and still not accepting that pak played bad. Pak bowled out at 268 in second inning as well ..its not good perfrormance in anyway. SA scored 278\3 .and declared you didn't bowled out them...match is finished before lunchon 4th day...so this is not a acheivement. dude get over it ...Pak played like a club team in this match....bowled out for 49...you will see more below 100 score from Pak team in next matches....be patient ..lolz !!

  • Solid_Snake on February 4, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    @Smahuta->You should have replaced Mohsin Khan instead of Whatmore..We would have done better with a coach like You...

  • Surajdon9 on February 4, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Steyn to Umar Gul, out Caught by de Villiers!! Steyn has 10 wickets for the match. AB has his 11th victim of the match as well. This was short and just outside off, Gul swivelled across for the pull, only maanges a faint outside edge through to the keeper. The appeal was spontaneous but umpire Oxenford stood firm. Replays confirm the nick and the decision has been overturned. SA are a wicket away from going 1-0 up.Well played proteas.Bad Luck Pakistan this time all the best for remainder of The Tour...

  • mtalhas on February 4, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    THOSE who are calling this a shameful total, THEY shoud first see what their lowest total is, and thats certainly lower than Pakistan's 49. Secondly, Pakistan have not done bad in the second innings. I expected the team to give up but they still batted and took the game to the 4th day which seemed to be a dream when this test started. The margin of victory for SA is clearly the difference that was created in the first innings. Pakistan did poorly in the first innings unexpectedly but they did well unexpectedly in the second innings also. Credit to SA for the win. Hope to see a good series as by now Pakistan should be playing properly, although they will still continue to 'struggle' against new ball while SA will breakdown at some point when they see things going slightly away from them.

  • Assasinator_007 on February 4, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    ...and that's the way the cookie crumbles.

  • Solid_Snake on February 4, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    @KingKongIn->No big deal..Yeah we are still happy with the performance..This is team Pakistan for you.There is reason Pakistan is called an unpredictable team :D After getting all out on 49 runs & still you expect bowlers to bowl with their heart despite of their shattered Morale..No way

  • sailorsupreme on February 4, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Pakistan was routed in the first innings and in the second essay the much maligned Misbah is playing a dogged innings along with a youngster. The writing is clear on the wall. But South Africa have a couple of bowlers who swing the ball at good pace. Pak's success against an Indian team in transtion does not mean they are the best bowling side in the world. The batting debacle will continue unless some talented individuals like Nasir and Misbah rise up to the occasion. Normally champions do. This SA side is no world beater. They are slightly better than the rest, that's all.All teams suffer when they travel abroad and Pakistan is no different. Even in their prime none of their batsmen flourished abroad like they did at home. But since their cricket is now being played abroad, their improvement is, but inevitable.

  • Smahuta on February 4, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Was anyone seriously thinking this game could be drawn by Pakistan? Dont forget this is not day 5, there are still 2 days to go. If Pak could bat out 2 days they would win, not draw.

  • Smahuta on February 4, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Pak showing now again that they cant play swing and seam. Yesterday the ball was dong nothing adn they did OK. Today its moving around again and they've lost 2 already. They all angle their bats out to cover, even 4th division club cricketers in englandk now that you cant do this with the ball moving around. Keep your bats straight, this is not the suncontinent!

  • Jaan123mij on February 4, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    All credit goes to PCB for his arrangement of meaningless India tour in dec-january instead of going to SA earlier ....

  • KingKongIn on February 4, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    HawksEyeFocused , pak team just bowled out on 49 Runs...still you dont have any shame and even you comparing performance against other Asisn team. can't you focus on the PAK team performance...dont forget SA declared their inning n 278\3 ..in 64 overs only ...more that 4 runs per over against so called words best bowling atack (ajmal and co) . If SA wanted they would have won this match with historic world record margin. PAK has just bowled out on their lowest score, stiil happy with the performance...God sane Pakistan !!

  • Smahuta on February 4, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    With a bit of overnight rain and the new ball swinging a bit, the first wicket goes pretty quickly this morning, as expected really. New man in doesnt look like he wants to hang around either.

  • HasanRizvi82 on February 4, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Looking forward for Asad Shafiq's 1000th test run..

  • Pathiyal on February 4, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Agreed, Pak probably does not stand a chance of winning the match, or even saving the match (if things go astray for them). but i see a far improved approach to batting in the second innings so far. a few good shots of confidence from naser, asad shafiq. if someone play a second fiddle to misbah ....who knows!!! best of luck from my side.

  • on February 4, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    I hope that we can now see the real difference between the two teams. No ball cost SA a wicket but I still feel SA will rap this up today still. 1 wicket before the new ball would be nice. And then SA to wrap it up with the new ball.

  • HawksEyeFocused on February 4, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Pakistan is doing well there especially with this young squad barring Younis and Misbah. They have the ability to outclass SA in SA unlike other Asian team who lost poorly abroad by scoring 0-8. That Asian team surrendered to Aus and Eng. Pakistan has best win/loss record among the Asian teams vs SA as well as overall.

  • SherjilIslam on February 4, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    DRS is turning out to be a joke, specially the hot spot thing and even bigger joke is the decision of third umpire based on the evidences at is disposal.The last week was full of umpiring blunders. Combining SA-Pak and Aus-WI match, there were at least five howlers from third umpire based on the evidences presented to him. Still not sure of DRS being reliable for future use or not Two more reforms required at the moment...in ODIs, no local on-field umpires, and in test, no local umpires at all(including third umpire).`

  • HawksEyeFocused on February 4, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    There are two cricketing powers in the world from whom u can expect any miracle and both are fighting against each other in the Wanderers, Johannesburg.

  • HabeebRaja786 on February 4, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Pakistan has no chance to save this match.I think new ball will trigger the collapse.Having said this Misbah and co have already showed us the fighting spirit and hunger to do well in test matches.It was heartening and pleasure to watch Jamshed Nasir on debut.He is one of the rare breeed of pakistani batsmen who can do well on seamer friendly conditions.Azhar did not disaapoint as he faced around 68 balls and looked solid.He is not a natural stroke player but we need a batsmaN like him.His stay at crease made sure the ball lost its shine.Asad was touch flashy but again he proved what is he made off.Younus Khan was a disappointment and his record backs it aS well.I think he is averaging around mid 20S in SA.

  • humi_cric on February 4, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    If we loose a wicket in first hour of morning session, then I love to see Junaid and Ajmal comes a head of sarfaraz and Gul, just for gambling, as yesterday SA bowlers looks tired after bowling over 10 overs. Asad - Misbah our last recognized batting pair so no harm in changing the lower order batting numbers, as I think we can expect some magical performances from Sarfaraz and Gul, both are capable. I am bit superstitious, so Junaild Khan was not out in first innings and also score 20 odd runs in the warm up match, so ----- game on hai

  • SherjilIslam on February 4, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    @Kristee: Agree with you mate.The Kolkata chase has changed the perspective of modern day captains, as they don't want to see a situation of chasing even 100 runs on a fourth/fifth day tearing pitch against a sub-continent side.

  • HawksEyeFocused on February 4, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    @Ssehalabbasz : I think the better performers will be there in the row which will be 1. Junaid Khan 2. Jamshed 3. Asad Shafiq 4. Saeed Ajmal

  • Ssehalabbasz on February 4, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    There will be a strong competiton between 3 SA pace bowlers for Man of the tournament award. Lets see its styen , morni or philes... I bet on steyn.

  • kristee on February 4, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Smith's decision seems to have nothing to do with broadcasting stuff. He'd perhaps even let Amla too score 100, if the weather forecast was better. Enforcing follow on when so many time is left may prove to be suicidal, as S Waugh found out at Calcutta. Pakistan in front by 100 run, SA might have started feeling pressure. He played a bit safe, and that's that.

  • BardofBlairgowrie on February 4, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    @Sports4Youth: You may, of course, be right, that Smith made a mistake in not enforcing the follow-on. But what we now have is spectacle from cricket heaven (literally). If Misbah and Shafiqu can hold on that will be incredible.The odds are still for SA to win, but, as we all know, cricket is a funny game. Can't wait for 10h30...

  • OnTarget on February 4, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    There are cracks expected to support bowler in the time left in the match. Also weather is predicted to affect the match as well. Yet for Pakistan team, I would use the word Unpredictable. They can challenge anything daunting target. This target needs more patience and stay on crease and holding the wickets and oneself for suitable balls. Misbah and Asad have already started an itching to SA captain. It is shown through a bait in interview from AB de Villiers, "I would be positive if I was batting against us because there is no use in just sticking it out there" prompting Misbah and Asad to open out there bats more frequently and relentlessly so that they throw wickets in wake of AB's 'positiveness'. he may be thirsty of a bear yet teams are in a match to play. I am pragmatic, Pak team can stay longer and give tough competition. And if it happens, then it becomes hard earned result for either of the teams, which in turn will benefit Pak more than SA and SA will get a Psychological dent

  • SherjilIslam on February 4, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    I don know why people are undermining SA by saying they allowed PAK to get off the hooks in the second innings.To be honest, this SA side i guess will be right there along with Ponting and Steve Waugh teams.The only department where this team is behind other great sides is a quality spinner.That's where the Aussies of 90s and 2000s have edge over SA. By the way,it's a matter of one wicket, the resistance from Pakistan will end shortly. Also like to praise Shafique, has a very good temperament and technique along-with wide range of shots.For Misbah and Azhar Ali, i would just like to say, they overdo the defense.I am not saying go, and start flourishing, but to win a match, ultimately you have to score runs.By simply blocking each and every ball, they allow the bowlers to demonstrate themselves. Shafique is a perfect example of how to approach in a test match.

  • on February 4, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    As best described statement by ramiz raja "i am hoping against the hope" that Pakistan could bat the whole 4th day and if could manage 1 hour in the morning session of 5th day they will definitely cross the line, cricket is a funny game, anything can happen, Pakistan is long due for such miraculous performance.

  • Sports4Youth on February 4, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    @ dinom :

    I agree smith might have made a big mistake by not enforcing the follow-on. Now Misbah & Shafiq are stuck at the pitch and the weather forecast for the last to days is not good. There could be rain interruptions. Maybe luck & weather can save Pakistan. If it happens then a great bowling performance for Styen will be wasted.

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  • Vehari-Express on February 4, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Misbah and asad Shafique needs more concertration. They should enjoyed their batting as SA bowlers will tire after 1st session so first session is very crucial for both the teams. Lack of practice matches in their tours is showing its importance. Pakistan team should bat from their heart as it seems they are playing like a unit. Good luck Pakistan team. We love you.

  • Sports4Youth on February 4, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    In the second innings both Azhar & Younis got in before getting out. Atleast the signs are encouraging for the rest of the series. Jamshed, Misbah & ASad have shown good battng. After the practice match I expect some display from Sarfraz.

    This match may be gone but i hope the series does not become 3-0. I hope if the batting clicks they should be able to alteast draw some matches. Also if the bowling clicks then they can also pull off alteast one match. but for anything the batting needs to click first other wise there is no competion to SA. The batting can be enhanced by adding Harris Sohail at the expense of one specialist bower, it may be Ajmal. while Irfan can replace Rahat.

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  • Sports4Youth on February 4, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    @ RaadQ :

    I agree that Umar Gul is not a good new ball bowler. He is better with the older ball. Pakistan needs to find a partner for Junaid with the new ball. I think Mohameed Irfan should be tried.

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  • Player_007 on February 4, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    though Pakistan's chances are very very slim on saving a test but they should not give up and keep playing with the positive mind frame .Pakistani bowlers did their job by bundling out SA for 253 in first innings and again its the batting line which is putting them down and if Misbah and Asad keep playing with the concentration they have shown through the last 45 overs and bat through out the day or for at least another 50-60 overs then it will create positive vibes in the dressing room and encourage other batsmen and who knows we may witness another miracle (yes I love to dream sometime).

    Its a very long way to go and Pak need to play with positive mind and bat as long as they can. The first session with the new ball is crucial and if Pak survives through that then I am sure SA will start worrying.

  • on February 4, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    We must thank G.Smith that this test didn't finish in three days..think how much loss the broadcaster will have....ICC should think of gradual reducing tests and make plans for no more tests after 2017..so that there is only 20/20 matches only and the we and Sri Lankan fans can cheer our teams in 20/20..which we are good at and win..

  • pitch_curator on February 4, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Good fightback from Shafiq and Misbah. What they now need to do survive the first hour of play on day 4. Then they can think of putting some pressure back on SAF by attacking Peterson and the support bowlers. It is not possible for Steyn and Morkel to bowl more than 20 overs in a day at this stage of the test match. The key is to not get bogged down.

  • RaadQ on February 4, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    My pre-match predictions were true. Younis Khan flopped again, and a single performance doesn't justify his selection. He has no technique against the moving bowl outside off, and his wicket is easily picked up by any potent bowling attack. Furthermore, Hafeez has talent but no temperament to be opening. As I said before the match, he should be demoted to number 4 (a similar move to demoting watson). Umar Gul isn't the best new-ball bowler, since he doesn't extract much swing. We need to find someone who can, and use Gul after 10 or so overs. My XI: Jamshed opening with A Ali, Sohail, Hafeez, Misbah, Shafiq, Ahmed, Gul, Ajmal, Khan, and anyone but Rahat Ali (i prefer Riaz, but he seems to be overlooked of late).

  • dinom on February 4, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    Smith made a blunder on his 100th Test by not enforcing the follow on, where the rain has a high probability at Johannesburg.

  • ThatsJustCricket on February 4, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    That's the spirit we all want to see. The more I see of Asad Shafiq, the more I get impressed. Keep going mate.

  • on February 4, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    Well, I get this strange feeling the Pakistan might pull off the greatest heist ever in Test Cricket since the days of Charles Bannerman. Less than 300 to score over 2 days, the pitch becoming increasingly benign. The key to it will be the morning session today and if the batsmen hold their nerve, then who knows. Good luck Pakistan

  • Aqdas1 on February 4, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    my pak team win with dignity and also of it happens loose with dignity as well.even if they loose but put up a combined fight all is forgiven.hopefully they are richer the experience and put SA under the scanner later on.GO PAK!

  • aaaa2aa on February 4, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    @yas2000 i totally agree with you PCB needs to invest in these young batsmen specialy jamshed,azher,shafiq and umer akmal they need to send them to play Aus domestic or english county so they can get some experience to play on these bouncy tracks they should have done that long time ago . 95% the saffers got this match in their pocket once the new ball is due should'nt take long to wrap this game up.

  • whoster on February 4, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    Good to see Pakistan showing some fight. Barring a miracle, they're still staring at defeat, but after being skittled out for their lowest ever Test total in the 1st innings, this was a good performance. There's no doubt Pakistan are a more resiliant and united team since Misbah took charge, and good to see them making a game of it.

  • Navaidzuberi on February 4, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    Much better performance by Pak in 2nd inn. But the pathetic performance of 1st inn is totally unacceptable. We all know that SA is the best bowling unit in the world, even than 49 a.o in less than 30 ov is simply too bad. No realistic chance of avoiding defeat barring RAIN, which is expected on day 4 & 5 (check the weather forecast for next 2 days). It would not take much time for SA to wrap-up the inn once the next wicket falls. Pak tail is too long (WK is new and not much resistance is expected from the bowlers).

  • Stuart_Watson on February 4, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    Hear, hear Stavroulla! Let's try to keep a civil discourse, please. This has been a fascinating Test so far. A side that is clearly the best in the world with a fearsome pace attack against another which is developing into a strong outfit despite clearly inadequate preparation for this tour and the constant forfeit of home advantage. It's a shame Pakistan haven't had three tour games to acclimatise. I suspect there would have been no 49 all out if they had. South Africa would probably still have come out on top, but Pakistan would have had more of a genuine opportunity to do themselves justice. Misbah and co aren't the finished article, but they clearly care about Test cricket and they are always a pleasure to watch.

  • shortsillypoint on February 3, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    After scoring 45 NZ made 275 in their second innings in the recent first test. That is a reasonable target for Pakistan which they should make. If these two can keep batting SA may start to panic though thats not what i would bet on.

  • TheBigBoodha on February 3, 2013, 23:41 GMT

    Wow, Smith declared with only a 500 run lead! That's the most aggressive captaincy I have seen from him yet. He must have been watching Michael Clarke.

  • IAS2009 on February 3, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    Pakistan played poorly in the first innings, they are no the only one though in SA, there are many good teams even Aussies bolwed out in SA under 100. Very good showing in the 2nd time though. with so littel exposure to test match cricket in last three years the learning curve is on slow side for most Pakistan batmen most them are very new. As far as Indian fans who are gloating about Pakistan loss what can i say their comments are childish at time, they can use their rant for their team which do not have very good record lately overseas and at home, they will dream ever to beat England (all games) in their home series, Pakistan did it in Dubai. I do not see any shame in loosing to SA, all i want a good fight from our batting. the team is in rebuilding stage if they give this great SA team a fight in their own backyard they could beat any team in next few years. They need to be disciplined and prize their wicket, there were 2 soft dismissals already, hopefully weather will help them.

  • PAKCOP on February 3, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    Between SA and PAK their is only ENG and AUS in Test ICC ranking. Do not take a Test Ranking #4 team lightly. Pak team Good effort in 2nd Inngs so far.

  • Sports4Youth on February 3, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    @ bouncer1021 :

    I agree with your comment that Abdur Rehman can replace Ajmal to bolster their week batting. But on second though if spinners do not have much role to play in SA then I feel the spinning duties can be left to Hafeez & Azhar Ali. We know that by now Hafeez is better than a part-timer and Azhar Ali's leg spin is quite decent. By doing this they can draft Harris Sohail in the side. With a first class average of 52 Harris should not be warming the benches.

    If Pakistan cannot win matches, then they should atlest show some ability to draw them with the bat.

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  • Sports4Youth on February 3, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    @ bouncer1021 :

    I agree with bouncer1021, PCB should have realised that after 30 months the Pakistani team is going out of the asian subcontinent type wickets. Most of the players have not seen such pitcehs. Both Batsmen and bowlers need to adjust to such surfaces. With just one practice match against the no.1 side in the world in their own backyard was not a good idea. Look at England they reached in India much before the series and played many more practice games. They did the same in Australia also.

    Regarding changes I agree that Irfan deserved the first chance after a good showing in India. Also I agree if spinners do not have any role to play in SA then resting Ajmal and Playing Rehman is not a bad idea as it will also bolster their already week batting.

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  • moBlue on February 3, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    i'm an IND fan and SA is the one team in world cricket i cannot stand for multiple reasons... so this test has been tough to watch for me, and congratulations to PAK for fighting back!!! take heart, PAK fans! all is not lost yet... SA batters are liable to choke under the right circumstances, based on what i've seen in the past...

    even if you lose this test, you'll have a chance in the next one, believe you me! IND got routed by the saffers by an inning in the last series in SA in the first test, yet SA - with pretty much the same cast of characters - was bundled out for 131 and 215 in the second test, and IND clearly had the upper hand in the third test with SA fighting for survival and the gritty kallis single-handedly holding IND off!

    besides, before dumping on your team, PAK fans have to remember that misbah was not out in the first inning, and younis was given out in the second inning off a no-ball!!! jeez! how many DRS decisions went against PAK in this test?!? SA was lucky!

  • wrenx on February 3, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    @ Harmony111 I'm not sure why you keep bringing up 2010 in England - as I recall, Pakistan won TWO test matches that summer that were played in England. Which is 2 more than India managed during their last trip to England. And it included a drawn series with Australia, which again is a more impressive feat than India's last tussle with the Aussies.

    There was some debate about Pakistan's preparation for the tour, and the concerns were spot-on. A 1-test tour of Zimbabwe would have been better than playing meaningless ODIs and T20s vs India, the PCB let the whole bi-lateral ties thing cloud their thinking and didn't give the team enough FC cricket. Last year, Pakistan put in all the hard work vs Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe before arriving in the UAE to beat England. This time, they opted for the less impressive feat of beating India in their backyard, and are now suffering because of it - if there's one team in world cricket you can't afford to under-prepare for, it's SA

  • El_Toro_Loco on February 3, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    @ Harmony111: Regardless of how many times Pak bowled out under 100 runs but their overseas winning record is better than your team india's 0-8 record after winning the WC in your own backyard. Your team india isn't even winning on their own home grounds & tailored pitches, lost the "revenge test series" to england & odi to Pakistan. Now find an adjectives to describe the performance of your team india. Nuff said! Ciao....

  • dontlikecricket on February 3, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    A much better performance by Pak batsmen. Hopefully both batsmen will fight on and may be score 100 plus score. This improved show will give the batsmen the confidence and they know the key to survive agsint quality SA bowling in their home condition is patience and concentration. However SA will win this test it's just a matter of time, atleast SA bowlers have been made to work second time around. @Harmony111, I am not sure which team do you support however AUS also got bundled out for low scores and they have high quality experieced batsmen among them. Granted PAK has a habbit of getting out on low scores, however I do recall PAK wining 2 test matches in ENG. And what about ENG?? They got out on low scores during their defeat in UAE? Even WI of 80's got bundled out of 53 on slow wicket in PAK.

  • yas2000 on February 3, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    @Tripswitch don't speak so soon... Kallis and Styen are the best cricketer ever produced in SA... They are not easily replaceable... Are you telling me you have Kallis class allrounder and Styen class bowler in pipe line??? Why they are not playing right now... These two are immensely skill ful players, I love watching them, I don't see anybody up to their level You have to realize Styne's out swinging skills are probably best test cricket has ever seen... At this pace, he has such a control (on line and length), swing in the air and seam via wicket... He bowls that at will... BTW that is not the only skill he has... He is world # 1 for last 5 years. Kallis is one in a life time allrounder, he has the class of I Khan and Sobers... Vernon is effect because he bowls alongside Styen, without him he will not be the same bowler... For get about SA the entire cricket community cannot find the replacement for both of them... SA is world # 1 because of them period.

  • bouncer1021 on February 3, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    PCB has to take some blame for players incompetence in SA. Having played no tests during last 6 months, only one side match before test, these players are bound to fail. There is no Saeed, Minadad, Zaheer, or inzi in this team. They need time and preperation to learn how to survive against SA attack. Let's see how they do in 2nd test. May be Irfan bowling with Gul, Junaid and Rehman will give a different look at this side.

  • pak78 on February 3, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    well batted guyz get some batting practice in before the second test play as if you have already lost this match mentally.

  • Tripswitch on February 3, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Good to see Pakistani batsman making a better show in their second innings. I was both relieved and disappointed to see Nasir Jamshed lose his wicket - the more I see of him the more I like hist class and style. This is a young team and they are only going to get better and that can only be good for cricket in general. Our bowling attack is the best in the world at the moment and we expect to see wickets tumble - just remember that you too have had brilliant pacemen (Wakir Younis, Wasim Akram to mention just two) and you will have so again (Junaid Khan for example)

    @lipoflegend Look at it from this perspective.Pakistan's bowlers had been in the field all of the first day, toiling hard away, only to be back in the field 49 overs after bowling us out. Makes sense to me.

    @yas2000 one day Kallis and Steyn will indeed retire but we have loads of young players coming through the domestic ranks.

  • Arapode on February 3, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Pakistan have a great chance to create history. MIsbah and Ashad has to bat out entire 3 rd day and probably finish the match by 4 th day morning session.Now that they have assessed the demeons in the pitch they should continue playing this without looking at the runs and put SA in pressure..My wish is Pak come back in this game and prove their grit and determination..It is not an Impossible task if you deal with each session seperately..You just need to look at India's innings against AUS with Laxman/Dravid as Inspiration...Go for it PAK...

  • alipk52 on February 3, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Well Don't blame on Pakistan's batting failure as it collaspe even on a flat tracks in the past, they are very inexperienced, they'll learn from this series a lot, if you compare batting line-ups in the world, Pakistan and New Zealand has more inexperience and young batsman, and look at South Africa, Kallis, AB, Smith, Amla, they very rarely fails to deliver, i have no problem with Pak getting bowled out for 49, if Australia with Clarke, Hussey, ponting can bowled out for 47 against mighty Steyn and co, this young batting line-up failure against them is acceptable, this is the learning period, and you can't ask for a teacher better then Steyn and co under such bowling friendly conditions, even i have seen Steyn and Morkel ran through India's line-up with dravid, laxman, tendulker, gambhir etc, these SA bowlers are without any doubt best in the world!

  • Stavroulla on February 3, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    Hello guys, I always wonder why we try to belittle each other while, at the end of the day, we are all cricket fans. We should write more about cricket than try to belittle each other. We expect sports man spirit from our sportsmen but where our sportsmanship is gone? The fair analysis of this match is, Smiths decision not to enforce follow on is mind boggling cause rain is always a possibility.

  • CorneredTigersFTW on February 3, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    Even though it's sad, I must say I agree. Although Misbah and Shafiq have displayed immense guts and determination, they're no where even close. And it's just a matter of one good delivery or one bad shot and SA will wrap it up.

    Still, I'm hoping against hope. Will take lots of grit (and luck) to salvage this match.

  • maria_01 on February 3, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    IMO asad shafique was looking more confident and comfortable against best pace attack than misbah....what do you say people????.......plz publish

  • yas2000 on February 3, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    @Joe Thompson I don't know where you are from, but comments like these shows how mature you are... Once Styen and Kallis retires where will be this SA team???

    Pakistan is building nicely after loosing two world class bowlers... Young batsmen are coming up nicely...Pakistan was unfortunate that they got one practice match and that on a useless track, I don't know who decided where they should play side match, but who ever did that, did a dis service to everybody...

    Pakistan does not play many tests unfortunately... It will be good for cricket as a sports if Pakistan can play 12-13 tests a year, we have lot to offer to this sports in every department... Playing useless ODIs and T20 just boils me... Cricket is nothing with Test Cricket...

    If Pakistani young players Jamshed, Azhar, Asad, U Akmal can play first class in AUS/ENG/SA, one of those countries that can be immense for cricket and Pakistan... I wish PCB can understand the value of longer format...

  • Lipoflegend on February 3, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    Smith should be ashamed of himself for not having the ruthlessness to enforce the follow on while the PK batsmen were reeling. You dont become a team of great stature by letting opposing teams off the hook.

  • mazii on February 3, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    goutamaniad... Well my appreciations are due for that literature, but just like Pakistan can never win a test series in SA, SA can never win big- World cup. Yes you can brag about that you've the world's best pace attack, but these bunches of rookies have just shown that given the resources they can give tough time to the likes of SA and others.

  • thruthecovers on February 3, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Don't know if this has been said or not, but what was the point with the decleration? Only 480 in front (412 overnight) with more than 2 and 1/2 days to go. No matter the outcome of this match can't help but feel SA grossly underestimating Pak here. That is not the SA way. We make sure we can't lose and only then go for the win. The big reason why we have this record we've got in not losing a series since 2006. In Perth they set Aus in excess of 600 to win in a similar timeframe. I was worried then and more so now. Less than 300 in 2 days (180 ovrs). My immediate thoughts on not enforcing the follow-on was to bat them out of the Test. To make sure they know they are batting only for survival. If Misbah and Shafik survives this new ball its going to be all on. Hell, they might even finish it tomorrow. Realy dumbfounded by that one. And why wait till AB get his hundred when Amla is only 26 away? At the rate AB was going that was at least another 60-80 runs. Complacency is what it is

  • likeintcricket on February 3, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    Any score of 300+ gives a lot of confidence to the batsman and the bowlers in this series for Pakistan. SA bowling was so good yesterday on a lively and helpful track that even their own batsman could find it difficult to cross 50.

  • goutamaniad on February 3, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Well, well, whatdoyouknow... all over this forum are hovering a bunch of the most willfully deluded and ergo religiously wild fans!

    So blinded are they by the glimpse of a chance to have their team save face and steal glory that they have CONVENIENTLY forgotten that their Test team has already irrevocably smeared its face when humiliated with that first innings demolition.

    Unable to vision the big picture for themselves, they resort to surviving and prospering on the undeserved DOLE Graham Smith handed them. Given an inch, they want the whole mile...

    Poor chaps, patriotic fervor has lent them amnesia; the IGNOMINY of a historical low hasn't humbled them into sanity, and all they do AS ALWAYS is all wild talk & talk, blissfully unmindful of making that talk walk!

    And then, there's LillianThomson with her new excuses, and who refuses to solely grace her own team's NZ-centric pages.

  • getsetgopk on February 3, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Junaid Khan is an inexperienced campaigner but what is Umar Gul thinking? Why isn't he bowling bouncers with the intent to hit or put the batsmen in awkward positions atleast. Its a great luxury that pitches in these conditions offer the bowlers which the saffas have used to perfection but not by Gul? You can't expect to be all nice and cozy and still pick wickets, rattle these batsmen, shake their helmets a bit and make your presence felt for heavens sake. Former great Pakistan bowlers like Imran, Wasim, Akhtar and Waqar used to rough up the batsmen pretty well before taking their wickets. Pakistan bowlers are too soft on the SA batters, they need to be mean.

  • on February 3, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    it is evident that every pakistan hater had been eagerly waiting for pakistan to fall short and now that they have ,it has given them a good opportunity to spit out the venom and hate they have for pakistan team....i know getting out on 49 is a big low and the team has to start from the scratch to find out what the problem was but it is also known that teams do lose matches and teams do have lows sometimes...as a cricket family we should appreciate good bowling...need to grow up and take it on the chin...its ok...one bad performance does not make a team bad...and i am proud for misbah and asad grinding it out...thats all i needed from my team...love team green...will always support ya no matter what...you have given me many reasons to smile...

  • BravoBravo on February 3, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    The result is obvious now, rain or no rain, SA is going to win the match. Nonetheless, WI and PAK remains the most entertaining teams in cricket. Their still life is left in this match. As long Misbah and Shafiq on crease, they will move the score towards a respectable score. Needless to say that J Kallis alone scored more runs and bagged more wickets than entire PAK XI. Word of appreciation PAK played very well in 2nd innings. Test cricket is alive more than ever.

  • msharif911 on February 3, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    I love how Pakistan are in a cornered tiger position. As previously said only the great SA or the unpredictable Pakistan could turn a losing situation like this around. And guess what? Here we are. as a Pakistani I am excited to the core to see what my boys can do here. Will they be Cornered Tigers or Lambs to the Slaughter?

    I am still hoping with the possible help of the weather, we might just be able to scrape a draw and get something out of this.

  • getsetgopk on February 3, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Desihungama: Agree completely, we certainly could have prepared better by getting there early. Yes Rahat Ali is not a thinking bowler. He is not a thinking bowler and he doesn't seem to have the accuracy as well. Most of the time its either over pitching or way too short of a length. To be effective in these conditions and this SA batting line up a bowler like Rahat who bowls medium pace, he must have pin point precision. On any given surface and against any given batsmen there will be areas on the pitch that will cause the batsmen problems. A good thinking bowler will find those areas very quickly and start troubling the batsmen. Rahat in my view doesn't have it in him.

  • DeckChairand6pack on February 3, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Well done to the 49ers today, Pakistan batted with fortitude and application. Hopefully the Proteas do not rue those 2 late slip ups with poor weather forecast these next 2 days

  • supacricfan on February 3, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    ha..ha..49 all out n pakistanis are saying they are resisting,they will be bowled out under 250 tomorrow but weather permitting,smith might regret not enforcing the follow on as heavy rain expected 2mrw!!still pathetic batting line up!!

  • Hira1 on February 3, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    @tsubomi I hope too for a heavier rain tomorrow as well as day after tomorrow but bigger than that I hope that Pak batsman fight and resist SA bowler as much as possible, surely they will loose but that will give them much courage for the remaining test.........just wish Asad and Misbah don't throw their wickets in the morning and atleast some one from our side can also make a century

  • getsetgopk on February 3, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    The key in swinging and seaming conditions is to cover your stumps and dont push at the ball. Play as close as possible to your body. If they are bowling at you at over 140 Kph and is swinging then pushing at the ball only increases your chances of nicking the ball. That is exactly what Younus and a few others did, especially in the first innings. Nasir played with some authority in the 2nd innings but then he got greedy and played one too many shots. The way Shafiq and Misbah batted is a classic example of how to play these bowlers in such conditions. Play close to your body and leave those that are away. Punish the bad balls and wear the bowlers down. Thats what test cricket is all about. Half of the things that went wrong with the DRS are compensated with overstepping and dropping a catch by SA. We need two more to make it even. Good spine shown by the Pakistanis here against a ruthless bowling attack. Loved the way Whatmore was yelling at Shafiq "stay there, its a no ball" LOL

  • Surajdon9 on February 3, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Excellent Come Back By Pakistan.I can't say go for a win at the moment but try till the last..All the best for the ongoing match and rest of the series...Now Result will be highly depend upon current partnership between King Misbah and Shaifiq...

  • Yousuf9999 on February 3, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    I totally agree with TSUBOMI ....Pakistan is still one of the best team despite of the difficulties they faced in the last couple of years or so.....it really takes a lot of courage and heart to perform like that...I bet no team can maintain this kind of performance in the circumstances that Pakistan faced .....so no matter if you loose this test series we will still love our team coz they have thrashed England n India ......LovE yOu PAKISTANI TEAM

  • asimations on February 3, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Well done Pakistan! Misbah and shafeeq have earned the honours. I prayed a lot for them and hope all the pak cricket fans must have been doing that too. SA commentators have been very arrogant and I want them to bow down.I dont expect any easy game for pakistan tomorrow but i feel things have started going Pakistan way. Who knows rain misbah and asad may spoil the 100th test cap celebrations and if if if that happens I would love to listen the commentry from KW and company.

  • gsingh7 on February 3, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    hope it rains in morning and there is enough moisture for steyn and philander to destroy this pak batting inside 10 overs of new ball. i want styen 7 wickets in 2nd innings, also playing so slow will only postpone the inevitable and sa will definitely win , sa supporter from india. plz publish

  • champions_of_PAKISTAN on February 3, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Well to be honsest if we had lost only 2 wickets then I can say that its not bad.. BUt we are 4 down and these 2 guys are the only recognized batsman on the ground.. so when SA will get NEW ball I think thigs will become difficult... and they will be fresh BUT ATLEAST GOOD FIGHT FROM PAKISTAN in the second innings

  • Desihungama on February 3, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Well played S. Africa. There is a reason your Team is No. 1 in the world. Great fight back by resilient Pakistanis. I am surprised no one is mentioning the inept role of PCB to save few dollars and not send the team well in advance to be able to acclimatize and cope with conditions. I know the times may be hard financially for PCB but this is in no way to prepare to face the Best Team in the world. Pakistan's second innings fight back is testimony that batsmen given time can acclimatize with prevalent conditions. I agree with most it's time to just get play as many balls and get to know their bowlers for next contest. Rahat Ali is not a thinking bowler, he does not belong to this arena. Get in Ehsan Adil.

  • positiveindian on February 3, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Good rearguard effort from Misbah and Asad. At 82 for 4, we were looking at a quick loss. But hats off to a wonderful partnership. Hope they continue in the 4th day with the guts and skill they showed today. I am hoping for a great fightback, although still looks like a South Africa win but the longer Pak bat on the fourth day it would be cause of concern for South Africa. Go Pakistan!! Stranger things have happened in test cricket!!

  • on February 3, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Misbah has faced much flak over the last couple of years over his batting approach (in some cases the criticism has been justified and in others he has just been the brunt of a running joke) that a lesser man would have cracked by now under the criticism. It is heartening to see him show so much character and silence his critics with his minimalist approach in super tough conditions. He is probably right up there with Imran Khan in terms of the resolve he has shown to hang in there. Well done Misbah.

  • miwicket on February 3, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Rain on its way time to take a nap had a nightmare some saffers already starting to discuss wether god exist and if it does we gonna get choked again the minnows are here to stay......lol

  • romirom on February 3, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    if mishba n safip survive 1st season tomorrow who knows even the target of 480 might be chaseable. But its just a hope. Best of luck pak 4 tomorrow battle.

  • on February 3, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    for Pakistan, only one thing can work. according to weather forecast, there is a ninety percent chance of raining the whole day. if one day is completely washed out, they stand a fair bt of chance batting whole 5th day. atleast misbah can be trusted this much.

  • Always_pakistan on February 3, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Well lookin at our batsman i am missin mohammad yousaf more. Realy sad that he is not playing

  • Stark62 on February 3, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    @ All_The_Way LOL

    Pak batsmen looked good today (with the exception of Hafeez and Younis)!!

    Nasir, Azhar and Shafiq will be around for a long time, so no worries there and Misbah can carry on playing Tests till his 44-45, if he retires from ODI's because he is very fit and strong willed.

    Also, I believe it's time for Younis to retire and time to induct one of: Fawad, Harris, Salaudhin or maybe even, Umar Akmal (50-50 on this one).

    Lastly, this is the reason why Smith didn't enforce the follow on because he was afraid of Pak getting a lead of 150 with Ajmal and Hafeez bowling on a day 4 or 5 pitch, which would have meant hell for them.

  • AcrossTheSeam01 on February 3, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    @All_The_Way perhaps you didnt see the 23 year old debutant and the 27 year old who's played under 20 tests, who both scored more than the old man, there is some future for pakistan batting you know (no credit taken from the old man though, its his experience that stabilized the match)

  • S.Alis on February 3, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    I'm hoping for rain all day tomorrow and then the next day. Saving test with rain looks easier miracle than defensive playing and getting 480 in these conditions.

    Best of luck in second test.

    And haters gonna hate. Pakistan is still resisting in fairly new conditions and is much better team than others. Aus just lose series in their own backyard against SA. Pakistan thrashed Eng by 3-0 recently and India 8-0 + counting overseas and losing in their own backyard recently where everyone call them flat-track bully.

  • cricpolitics on February 3, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Tomorrow's going to be a surprising day so stay tuned!

  • Solid_Snake on February 3, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    tomorrow morning..New ball is due after one over..So the real test begins..I know that Pak winning the match or a Draw is like a Dream.It's not a problem if you lose.The problem is that when you get defeated without a fight. I hope we get through one more day..Misbah..Do Tuk Tuk or whatever..Just dont throw your wicket away

  • on February 3, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    well it is rightl said ''IF ONE IS REALISTIC, ONE WILL BE IN LESS PAIN''....reality is tht south african team is no. 1 side.....they hv a superb batting and bowling department and feilding was allways great, there is no harm in loosing but pakistan just cant surrender to this great south african side, they hv to show spine and courage, people on both sides want a gud fighting contest....n i m happy asad and misbah r showing fight in 2nd inning......to day im missing MUHAMMAD YOUSAF, pcb did nt gave him respect he was desrving, he shud hv been in this squad

  • Solid_Snake on February 3, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Hafeez,Jamshed & Younis..All got out on such poor shot..What were they thinking..Azhar Ali lbw was a great ball..It's time we learn from our mistakes.Jamshed had a trap set up for him.He just had to get trapped lol... younis couldn't even make up his mind whether to play the ball or to leave it..No coach would tell you such things.A player with 6000 plus runs doing mistakes like that..

  • Captainman on February 3, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    So the old man is getting the runs for Pakistan. This team is nothing once the retirements starts good luck!!!!!!

  • syedahmed91 on February 3, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Hopefully theres rain than steyn gets injured and than theres more rain and misbah and shafiq both make 100's. Would truly be a great game.

  • on February 3, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    Shafiq and Misbah are going along nicely and I hope they will continue to bat in the same fashion tomorrow as well!!

  • bhatti007 on February 3, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    hold on guys....pakistan going nowhere... in morning only 1 wicket nd then show strts...usualy 3rd day is d most batting frndly... nd give pakistan some space they r good team nd they wont give you evry match in plate.. they r fighting but will loose tomorrow....

  • Smahuta on February 3, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    @Waqans Itack lol won what battle? The battle is the result of the test match, which is not won by anyone yet. Pakistans chances of winning this are about 1 million to one. day 3 is the best for batting in south africa, SA batted at 8 runs per over this morning from the FIRST ball. Its not a real surprise that Pakistan fared better in the second innings, NZ did the same on their tour when getting rolled like a bunch of chumps for under 50. The result will be the same though. This game wont last to tea tomorrow.

  • Beertjie on February 3, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    In hindsight Pakistan should have omitted Rahat and played Harris. Then they might have had a slim chance to-morrow. For Newlands they ought to make a couple of changes. Mohd Irfan for Rahat and drop Younis for Rahat. Even a 3-0 defeat can have an up-side if some new talent can blossom under these difficult conditions against the top team.

  • Smahuta on February 3, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Good stand from Pakistan here, good to see. Poor drop by peterson which would have changed the context of the game dramatically. All in all a good display from Pakistan today, good to see them showing some fight.

  • on February 3, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    finally some good resistance against a top class bowling by pakistani players

  • uzairamir on February 3, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    well i think zaheer abbas should be appointed batting coach because of his hundreds overseas

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 3, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Good fight by PAK and it looks like they are adapting to conditions. I agreed with a previous post, PAK batsmen should be more attacking,its almost as if they are waiting for the inevitable by defending. New ball due in 5 overs tomorrow and then its probably curtains for pakistan by Tea time. (weather permitting)

    Smith was right to declare when he did, there is rain predicted tomorrow and the fifth day. Very dissapointing getting a wicket on a no ball and the drop catch, hopefully SA be switched on tomorrow and finish this off.

  • Asif_123 on February 3, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Whoever is saying that Pakistan batting is pointless and they should not delay the inevitable should go and watch T20s cause that's what you deserve ... First of all it sends a message ... We are not here to be thrashed & rolled over .... If you have to down, go down fighting ..So we got out for less than 50 in first innings but so did Australia .... Second it gives these batsmen much needed batting practice ... Remember Pak hasn't played Test in last 6 months .... I think if Pakistan can some how manage first 20-25 overs of SAF attack without losing more than 2-3 wickets in next matches, their batting performance will not be as bad ...... I know for sure Pakistan is going to lose this match but i'm loving each and every minute of Pakistan batting .... Let's hope for some more runs from these 2 and Sarfraz as well ... New ball is due in a few overs and that will be the real test

  • mensan on February 3, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    The preparation was not ideal. PCB should have sent the team to SA 20 days in advance on its own expenses. Also they should have asked for at least 2 side matches before 1st test. They got only warm up match on a slow and low pitch.

  • on February 3, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    well done ASad and Misbah, i am hOping that both of these will put up a miracle tomorrow. thumbs up for team green.

  • Solid_Snake on February 3, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Hafeez,Jamshed & Younis..All got out on such poor shot..What were they thinking..Azhar Ali lbw was a great ball..It's time we learn from our mistakes.Jamshed had a trap set up for him.He just had to get trapped lol... younis couldn't even make up his mind whether to play the ball or to leave it..No coach would tell you such things.A player with 6000 plus runs doing mistakes like that..

  • HellDiver on February 3, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    This should be all over quickly tomorrow morning once the new ball is taken. Still kudos to Asad and Misbah for at least taking the game into the third day...

  • uzairamir on February 3, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    if shafiq and misbah can somehow survive the new ball it will be very hard for south africa

  • on February 3, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Morkel and Philander proves useless in first innings and in second innings Steyn joins them as useless against guess who? A team who arrived just a week before first test and with shaky batting lineup in the conditions which support pace bowling. Plus SA is playing at there home's best pace supporting surface! Pakistan already won the battle here!

  • Saad_gh.16 on February 3, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Every player took time to settle on new pitches and pakistanis struggled alot on african pithes

  • khurramsch on February 3, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Much improved performance and good fighting effort from pakistan 2nd inings. it will be a defeat but atleast they are spending some time in middle which will set up next 2 matches very good. But i would say this time around some bad shots also cost them. Hafez/younas was poor shots. Nasir also very poor and soft dismissals.

    Batting will be problematic throughout the series. they need to figure their bowling outas i feel 2nd inings bowling was tooo toothless. not even asking any questions or troubling batsmen.didnt even match their own effort in 1st inings.

    should try to spend as much time in middle as possible. new ball around the corner so will be hard.

  • Mubarak.Zeb on February 3, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Good performance by Pakistan team in second innings. If Jamshed had stayed, we would have made 300+ today. But we are still hopeful after seeing the good play from Misbah and Shafiq. Best of all to Pakistan team!!

  • mazii on February 3, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    joe thomson... I don't know where are you from but if you are Australian then you must remember 45 and If you are English then 3-0 recently in test against Pakistan. Now 183-4 Pakistan showed some fight here and a lot more to come on day four. Pakistan isn't here to be thrashed. They will surely show fight and they are showing it. England was beaten 2-- and Australia 1-0 in their home by Proteas. Give some time to the team that have been playing for the last three years in UAE without home cricket and a hell lot of controversies. These are not excuse but Pakistan showed that they are not in SA to be rolled over. Yes they played badly in the first innings, but wait until the end of this series. I'm sure they will play good cricket.

  • Jaan123mij on February 3, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    one can't win a test match if he makes the mountain of runs, if he wants to win a test match u have to take 20 wickets... that is the one and only fact of test cricket...

  • KEVINSL on February 3, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    agree with ilyas.. its pointless of wasting time. your approach must be positive rather than how ever draw the game. this is not Colombo or Karachi or Calcutta . this is Johannesburg. swing and bounce will be hurt you lot if your approach would negative tomorrow.

  • SurlyCynic on February 3, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Good fighting performance in the 2nd innings by Pakistan. Well played so far.

  • kc69 on February 3, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    I seriously don't understand what was the hurry for SA team,they should have atleast waited for Amla to complete his test ton.and then put Pak to bat at end of the day when they are completely tired.anyways i hope Pak plays well atleast in 2nd innings.

  • SaadRocx on February 3, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Cmon Misbah and Shafiq...you are our last last last Hope..Plz don't give Up...Bleed Green.

  • on February 3, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Also where's the crowd? :)

  • on February 3, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Look at this Pakistan team so old and slow. The future is clear where this team is heading :)

  • khurramsch on February 3, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    2nd inings improved performance but this time poor shots. Hafeez got out on leg side, jamshed throwed it away after batting so wel. and younas was a embarissing dismissal for experienced player. its a lost game but they need to try to stay more in and get some idea of whats coming in next 2 games.

  • Motahar on February 3, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    Pak should play normal cricket. they are a good team. but they must implement themselves in south Africa. I still think they can bounce bak in the 2nd test. like the way Srilanka did in the South Africa.

  • ilyas on February 3, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    What is Pakistan's aim when they bat? Simply just hoping to just stay there is a waste of time. On flat wickets you can do that and wear the bowlers down. Against high quality bowling on wickets with a bit of pace it's pointless as SA can just surround you with fielders and sooner or later you will make a mistake. If Pakistan looked for singles and hit the bad balls then at least you can make Smith change his strategy but the way pakistan are batting its only a question of time.

  • kam_uk on February 3, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    @Joe Thompson, hold your horses mate. Pakistan have batted badly in the first innings but there has been some quality bowling from SA also. NZ did very poorly against SA aswell, would you suggest that every team that plays badly against this quality side should be removed? Pakistan have had just the one warm up game, they will improve as the series goes on. Would be happy to discuss this at the end of the series.

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

    THE NET RESULT IS 10-0 (3-0,2-0,5-0). Pak will go home without winning a match.

  • israrak on February 3, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    @ joe thompson ... if pakistan shud be stripped of from the test status than your team sa shud be stripped of from the big tournaments ... always choked and they can never won any big tournamnet ... and u forgot how we have defeated u in last 3 t20s wc ... :P

  • tshepo008 on February 3, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Nice to see Morne Morkel getting a wicket. he is rather an unfortunate bowler whom his balls always misses the batsmen edge and whilst on the other side he sees his bowling partner getting those edges.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on February 3, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    DeVilliers is a class player, can play aggressive to the extreme defensive. Smith should have let Amla get his century but im assuming rain is happening for the last 2 days because I would have backed SA to finish Pakistan off on the last day.

  • on February 3, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    This is ridiculous! Pakistan should be stripped of their status and be given to a deserving team like Ireland or Afghanistan. Besides, they cannot hold Cricket matches so it would be for the best and we won't have to see such one-sided contest. Just imagine when they have to replace their old players with less experience ones.

  • Mubarak.Zeb on February 3, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Surprised to see the reaction of kalis, he used some bad words against the umpire. He should be patient, did he not see the 3+ hot spots going against pakistan.

  • Narkovian on February 3, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    DRS DRS DRS. Oh Dear. I have been watching some of both WI/AUS ODI and the SA/PAK Test Match. One wonders if the 3rd umpires in those matches are working for BCCI ! Some of the decisions being made on referral defy belief. Not biased, just weird. No wonder BCCI thinks the DRS is rubbish. If used like that, it is.

  • DeckChairand6pack on February 3, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    @ Mitty2, thank you for your gracious remarks yesterday. Your team are still the one that counts for us and our yardstick. We may have won this time, but Michael Clarke and Co will surely be looking forward to returning the compliment at their 1st opportunity.

  • SurlyCynic on February 3, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    @Mitty2: I hope you're joking. The idea the AB is not good at taking singles is bizarre to say the least. Apart from a period last year where he was battling with his footwork AB has been amazing at rotating the strike, and quoting Adelaide where he was just trying to draw the test is very strange. Everyone commented at the time that he had never played an innings like the Adelaide one, but it was what the team needed.

    No I don't think SA are perfect (we need a Shane Warne!) but I can't believe someone is arguing that AB is poor at taking singles.

  • siddhartha87 on February 3, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    in my honest opinion AB is one of the few players who can drive the game as he wishes. AB is brutal sometime (like he destroyed Bryce McGain) and sometimes he just plays over defensive like in adeilade.

  • crashed on February 3, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    @mitty2 yes in Adelaide he (ABdV) did score few run but the circumstances required that - he were defending his wicket with Faf in partnership occupying the crease to play for the draw which ultimately happened so not playing his usual attacking game - if you go and read the reports after the match you will see it were against his natural gameplay. Today he had the freedom to play his natural game and the result is speaking for itself

  • SaadRocx on February 3, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    OMG only hope Jamshed is gone :(

  • Soso_killer on February 3, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    If Smith knew rain was going to be a factor then, he should have enforced the follow IMO. Yeah sure Pakistan could have made 300-350, but we are the best players of spin in the world. I'm sure we could have chased 100-150 in the fourth innings easy.

    Feeling nervous here to be honest.

  • Hira1 on February 3, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    outcome is known to every one so Pak may try to play positively and get close to as much as possible, even if one or two player can score 50-70 will be a confidence boost for this young and talented team..........

  • Mitty2 on February 3, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    @surlycynic I hope your joking. There's no doubt about AB's class and amazing batting talent and hitting ability. And I know you love overstating the ability of every single SA player, but please, you fashion and formulate a positive, out of AB's only negative attribute as a batsmen. How you can say that even when de villiers is not hitting boundaries he's hitting singles is beyond me, well not for this innings as the pak bowlers are bowling five meters too short and it's easy to maneuver singles, but seriously, in every single innings but the Perth century AB put this enormous pressure on himself by not rotating the strike and just being defensive with over accentuated footwork. Apart from the good bowl here and there, he usually got himself out by building this amount of pressure on himself because of him not rotating the strike and letting the bowlers settle. I think in Adelaide he scored 30 off 200+ bowls?

    I know SA are the greatest team ever without a single flaw, but cmon

  • DeckChairand6pack on February 3, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    AB is so incredibly talented. I love it when when he holds his bat over his shoulder whilst the oppostion captain sets his field. He has an expression which seems to say just hurry and and bowl it's not going to matter where you put them! Not that he would ever say that, he is too much of a sportsman. So much for any demons in the wicket, a ton at nearly a run a ball. The 49ers need to dig deep and show their stuff. Otherwise they will soon have some free time to check out Joburg's shopping malls.

  • Aragorn_11 on February 3, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    @DCMS08....looks like Pakistan aren't getting another record...feel sorry for you and your biased predictions....

  • uzairamir on February 3, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    i think graeme smith did a mistake by not enforcing follow on because now the ball isnt swinging that much and everyone is in doubt now

  • pakteam_946 on February 3, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    well strange things happen in this world lets hope pak chase it down... the way nasir is playing he should play like dat ,, its his natural style,,, GO pak team,,

  • khurramsch on February 3, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    As expected that pak batsmen will fail in SA as they are weak but getting out for 49 is too poor show. what is more unacceptable and poor is there bowling is too flat in 2nd inings. they arent getting wickets is ok but they arent even asking questions like 1st inings. thats bad sign if batting is faliure your bowling needs to be god.

    Only 1 thing pak can get out of this now is to spend some time in middle. this match is done and finished for them.

  • SurlyCynic on February 3, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Watching AB bat with freedom like this is one of my favourite sights in cricket. His recent hundred in Perth (going through the 90s with 3 consecutive reverse sweeps) is one of the most entertaining test innings I've seen. Even when not hitting boundaries he manages to get 1s and 2s off most balls.

  • cricketkhan on February 3, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    i know its not gona happen its more then a wishfull thinking, asking more then what pakistani players are capable of,wishing agaist the history, desiring what no team in the history of the game has been able to do, but still , cant help wishing that.....

  • micklem on February 3, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    It will be very interesting to look at Sa faces if Pakistan somehow manages to chase down.There is no chance for that but still Strange things can happen in Cricket.There is Plenty of time and they can do it with 2 run rate,imagine if the likes of Ashar ali,Misba and Younis in one way or another managed to survive.Always better for Sa to retire after two sessions when other two days are remaining..

  • Jaan123mij on February 3, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    y r u in hurry mode Pak ? keep calm and carry on

  • Jaan123mij on February 3, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    oh god !! plz play slowly Pak... 2 talented batsman on wicket... it's seems that u r in hurry mode !!!

  • LillianThomson on February 3, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Umar Gul and Junaid Khan fell into the classic trap for subcontinental teams playing in Australia or South Africa.

    They pitched three feet too short to swing the ball for an edge, and when that didn't work they over-compensated by overpitching and getting driven.

    They need to learn fast. Junaid seems to have the intelligence to do so, but noone has ever used that word to describe Umar Gul.

  • Resultpredictor on February 3, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Congrats De Villiers for superb century and demoralizing Pakistan further. Get ready for new records as Pakistan have started losing wickets and match will be over in afternoon or final session.

  • alcapoon on February 3, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    If any team can chase this target they are either South Africa or Pakistan. South Africa because they are consistent and Pakistan because they are inconsistent.

  • alcapoon on February 3, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    If any team can chase this target they are either South Africa or Pakistan. South Africa because they are consistent and Pakistan because they are inconsistent.

  • Resultpredictor on February 3, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Congrats De Villiers for superb century and demoralizing Pakistan further. Get ready for new records as Pakistan have started losing wickets and match will be over in afternoon or final session.

  • LillianThomson on February 3, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Umar Gul and Junaid Khan fell into the classic trap for subcontinental teams playing in Australia or South Africa.

    They pitched three feet too short to swing the ball for an edge, and when that didn't work they over-compensated by overpitching and getting driven.

    They need to learn fast. Junaid seems to have the intelligence to do so, but noone has ever used that word to describe Umar Gul.

  • Jaan123mij on February 3, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    oh god !! plz play slowly Pak... 2 talented batsman on wicket... it's seems that u r in hurry mode !!!

  • Jaan123mij on February 3, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    y r u in hurry mode Pak ? keep calm and carry on

  • micklem on February 3, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    It will be very interesting to look at Sa faces if Pakistan somehow manages to chase down.There is no chance for that but still Strange things can happen in Cricket.There is Plenty of time and they can do it with 2 run rate,imagine if the likes of Ashar ali,Misba and Younis in one way or another managed to survive.Always better for Sa to retire after two sessions when other two days are remaining..

  • cricketkhan on February 3, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    i know its not gona happen its more then a wishfull thinking, asking more then what pakistani players are capable of,wishing agaist the history, desiring what no team in the history of the game has been able to do, but still , cant help wishing that.....

  • SurlyCynic on February 3, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Watching AB bat with freedom like this is one of my favourite sights in cricket. His recent hundred in Perth (going through the 90s with 3 consecutive reverse sweeps) is one of the most entertaining test innings I've seen. Even when not hitting boundaries he manages to get 1s and 2s off most balls.

  • khurramsch on February 3, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    As expected that pak batsmen will fail in SA as they are weak but getting out for 49 is too poor show. what is more unacceptable and poor is there bowling is too flat in 2nd inings. they arent getting wickets is ok but they arent even asking questions like 1st inings. thats bad sign if batting is faliure your bowling needs to be god.

    Only 1 thing pak can get out of this now is to spend some time in middle. this match is done and finished for them.

  • pakteam_946 on February 3, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    well strange things happen in this world lets hope pak chase it down... the way nasir is playing he should play like dat ,, its his natural style,,, GO pak team,,