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

Steyn takes 11 in crushing victory

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

February 4, 2013

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South Africa 253 (Kallis 50, Hafeez 4-16) and 275 for 3 dec (de Villiers 103*, Amla 75*, Smith 52) beat Pakistan 49 (Steyn 6-8) and 268 (Misbah 64, Shafiq 56, Steyn 5-52) by 211 runs
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Dale Steyn made inroads with the second new ball, South Africa v Pakistan, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 4th day, February 4, 2013
Dale Steyn finished with a career-best 11 wickets in the match © AFP

Like day turns to night, Dale Steyn broke the back of Pakistan's resistance with career-best match figures at the Wanderers as South Africa wrapped up a commanding 211-run victory and in the process AB de Villiers equalled the world record for dismissals by a wicketkeeper. Steyn, inevitably, produced another classy spell with the second new ball, and proceeded to bowl the rest of the morning, to end with 11 for 60 in the Test.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted by SamNY2013 on (February 7, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

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

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 7, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mohammed Irfan- (30) -- 131 / 26.23

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

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

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

Mohammed Talha- (24) - 239 / 28.39

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


Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

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

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

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

Posted by crashed on (February 7, 2013, 4:20 GMT)

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

Posted by crashed on (February 7, 2013, 0:31 GMT)

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

Posted by crashed on (February 7, 2013, 0:04 GMT)

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

Posted by t20cric on (February 6, 2013, 21:29 GMT)

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

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

Posted by t20cric on (February 6, 2013, 21:04 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (February 6, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

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

Posted by SaadRocx on (February 6, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

@ Sports4Youth, If Pak tend to include Rahat Ali in next game...i'll gonna quit Watching Test Cricket..

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 6, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

2nd test eleven can be as follows :

1.Hafeez, 2.Jamshed, 3.Azhar, 4.Younis, 5.Misbah, 6. Asad, 7.Sarfraz, 8.A.Rehman/Ajmal, 9.Junaid, 10.Rahat/Adil, 11. Irfanl/Tanvir A.

The problem that i face in the team selection is that when i want an extra batsman for the specialist spinner, I am left with Farhat/Faisal as Taufeeq & Harris are injured and flown back home. Both (Farhat & Faisal) I do not want in the XI.


Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 6, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

@Sports4Youth->Misbah would never leave Gull or Ajmal behind.These 2 would play for sure.Misbah has been relying too much on Ajmal.Now that conditions are not favoring Ajmal,pat bowling is struggling.The reason i myself think is that Pacers not performing.& Gull is to be blamed because he is leading the attack.He was not at all lethal with the new ball..Conditions might have changed but still new ball is always deadly.

Posted by KingUzzy on (February 6, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

I think Umar Gul needs to sit out, how much time does he needs to to spearhead the attack? An Avg of 33.5 is not acceptable at this stage of his career, the guy just comes to bowl, darts in one after another without any sideways movement or threatening pace and hoping for the batsman to gift his wicket.

Following should be the playing eleven for 2nd test

Jamshed, Hafeez, Imran Farhat/Azhar Ali( if they consider playing left hander), younis, misbah, asad, sarfraz, ajmal, junaid, tanveer, irfan/ehsan

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 6, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

@Sports4Youth->Misbah would never leave Gull or Ajmal behind.These 2 would play for sure.Misbah has been relying too much on Ajmal.Now that conditions are not favoring Ajmal,pat bowling is struggling.The reason i myself think is that Pacers not performing.& Gull is to be blamed because he is leading the attack.He was not at all lethal with the new ball..Conditions might have changed but still new ball is always deadly.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 6, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

@ Solid_Snake --> I completely agree with you that in Pakistan good players can be lost after one bad game and the PCB just forgets about them. I understand that Rahat may not have been mentally prepared as he was not in the original squad. But looking at the positive side, giiven the entire match situation Rahat was not so bad for a debutant. He did not get hammered by the experience SA PRO. Also he may play the next match, since Misbah does not have many other choices. I dont mind if Misbah goes in the 2nd test with Adil or Irfan. But how long will Gul continue like this. Why cant they play Junaid, Rahat & Irfan/Adil in the remaining matches. I tell you it will be better for the team. Also Inspite of having high regards for Ajmal, I dont think he has a role to play in SA, so better draft in Fawad Alam in his place. (if he is sent as replacement).


Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 6, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

Sami is past now..We have to groom young Pacers..There are so many young Pacers who performs always in the FC..So we should give them a chance.Tanvir is good..His age is an issue but still he is good in such conditions of SA

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 6, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

The only good thing that the PCB has done this time is that they have not selected Sami again. And istead they have selcted Rahat & Irfan. Atleast a step in the right direction.

I dont have any thing against Cheema & Tanvir Ahmed. But they have passed their age. Both are almost 35 and for a fast bowling department that is too much. In courntries where there is a dearth of fast bowlers this may happen, But in Pakistan the fast bowling cupboard is overflowing. Then why not select some good younsters who may have alteast 8/10 years ahead of him. Also in the limited overs games I have had enough of Sohail Tanvir, when will the PCB learn to move on.


Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 6, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

@Sports4Youth->No i am not being harsh.I like his bowling.It's just that Rahat was introduced at a wrong time.It's bad for Rahat himself.See now everyone would say in future ohh is this the same Rahat who went wicketless on his debut match & in Wanderers..It surely is something going on behind.See Rahat was not even included in the squad.Then Management calls 2 more bowlers.& then Rahat get to play instead of Irfan.Dont you think something is wrong.If Whatmore,Misbah wanted Rahat so bad then how come he was not included in the first place.Why calling him after reaching SA..

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 6, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

@Sports4Youth->That favoritism word i used because Some other bowlers were more deserving than Rahat...No doubt Rahat has always performed brilliantly in FC..Such an Avg is no joke but still look what happened in the end.Rahat might not get another chance..This thing is common in Pak team.Players come & then disappears without a reason..Also look at Gull,he is not performing as he used to.With new ball he did not impress at all in the 1st inngs.Rahat might have damage with the new ball but that was impossible due to already experienced Gull & Junaid in present the squad..Anyways now we have to look forward.Irfan is definitely coming in instead of Rahat

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 6, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

Please compare the following performances in first class & Tests and Kindly explain to me how Gul can be the spearhead of the Pakistan Attack.

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

Sadaf Hussain - -- 171/17.43

Ehsan Adil - - - - - 59/18.94

Rahat Ali - - - - -- 152/21

Junaid Khan - - -- 246/21.86 - - - - - - 29/28

Asad Ali - - - - - - 355/22.87

Wahab Riaz - - -- 320/28.19 - - - - - - 17/34.11

Mohammed Irfan- 131/26.23

Mohammed Talha- 239/28.39

Umar Gul - - - - -- 326/28.26 - - - - - - 162/33.53

In my opinion Gul has got far too many chances, now better bring in players like Sadaf, ASad etc to compliment Junaid & Rahat.


Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 6, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

@ Solid_Snake :

Since Rahat has the numbers behind him, you cannot say his selection was based on favoritism. But I do agree with you that with an average of 17 Sadaf Hussain deserved to get into the team ahead of Rahat. Also with more than 350 FC wickets even Asad Ali is better than Gul, though his average higher than Sadaf & Rahat. Please take a look at the chart of FC performances that I have put, It makes things quite clear.


Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 6, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

@Sports4Youth->I was watching Aqib Javed on tv who explained how Rahat got Selected.He was hafeez's Choice.He liked the bowler very much because of his swing.Aqib told Hafeez at that time that Rahat would not be able to swing that much with a Kookaburra ball.It's the normal ball used in Pak which he is swinging like crazy.& Aqib was right.There was no swing at all as we saw in last match.Misbah & Hafeez both destroyed the career of this young lad in such early days.Now he might never get a chance again.Also i wonder why Saddaf Hussain did not get a chance.Why Rahat?Only due to favoritism..

Posted by libracrystal1 on (February 6, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

Cricket is a sport,treat it as a game.Respect all Players and Teams in the world b,coz they play for their countries. At the end I am sorry,if I hearted Someone......

Posted by crashed on (February 6, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

@t20cric Just to clarify the declaration of Smit ... he did it because he were worried about the weather forecast that predicted rain on he fourth and fifth day. He also knew that the pitch will be bat friendly so he needed time to bowl out Pakistan. Since he achieved that I cannot even think that over confidence were part of it but rather a calculated decision based on pitch and weather forecast for the next few days.

Posted by t20cric on (February 6, 2013, 0:04 GMT)

continued from last post.

We expected Misbah and Shafiq to win the match alone. Even though they played good you can't expect 1,2 or 3 players to be enough to win a match against a great test team. When Pak beat india recently it was cuz only dhoni made respectable scores and no one else did. We should have learned from this. SA was more of a team even though Steyn stood out it was basically a team effort.

Posted by t20cric on (February 5, 2013, 23:57 GMT)

If Pakistan play more like a team then we might win or draw a match. Pakistan play more like a group of athletes instead of a team. We often criticize Bangladesh but when ever they win (remember them beating india and sri lanka in asia cup) then it is a team effort. In Pakistan we have a few match winners who inconsistently win us matches (some are consistent). For example Shahid Afridi who has single handedly won us difficult matches with the bat and ball back when it wasn't a joke to call him an all rounder. Thankfully we accepted that he doesn't play good enough any more so now he is at home training to play against Afghanistan.

Just look at this match SA in their first innings made 253 and most those runs were divided almost evenly between SA's batsmen and allrounders with their bowlers not making much runs. When Pakistan made 268, 3 batsmen stood out and 2 who should have made way more runs (younis and azhar) did nothing again. As a group we just depend on certain players to win.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 5, 2013, 22:29 GMT)

@ solidsnake :

Yes. Now Azhar & Younis, both will play. I think it is ok to tolerate Azhar at 26. But at 35 it is very diffiicult to tolerate Younis. He is here to provide solidity to the team and not become a passenger himself. I hope he provides alteast 2 innings of some substance. Otherwise this could be his last series.


Posted by t20cric on (February 5, 2013, 21:45 GMT)

Pakistan and SA are completely different teams psychologically. Pakistan bowled well in the 1st innings especially Hafeez. This caused them too seriously underestimate SA and get really overconfident (this is the main reason for Pakistan's losses everywhere) and so they got bowled out for 49. Then when they it was SA 2nd innings they thought they had lost this for sure and were completely not confident anymore (another reason why they lose many matches). When it was Pak's second chance to bat they showed some fight which is a good thing.

SA batted okay in the 1st innings even though they lost all 10 wickets in 1 day they didn't give up. The second day they did amazing bowling and bowled out Pak for 49 but didn't get overconfident. By then Pak had more or less gave up so SA batted much better. They got a little overconfident by declaring before Amla got his century. Then they bowled Pak out in somewhat of hurry(it was clear they were in a hurry when they got a no-ball wicket).

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 5, 2013, 21:01 GMT)

@Solid_Snake: You have replied about Aus tour performance? Really? 0-3, 0-3 & 0-3 consecutively and you say you have replied about that by talking about a single bad tour of India to Aus? What kind of maths is it where 0-3X3 is better in your eyes than a single series loss? At least India had weak bowling and aged batsmen. But why did Pak lose THREE Tests THREE times out of THREE in Aus? Surely you did not have aged batsmen in ALL the tours? Surely you had STRONG GREAT FAST bowlers in those tours as you usually boast. Yet, Pak lost and how. Have you been taught that 0-9 is better than 0-4? Even if you were to add 0-4 of Eng it still doesn't get any better for Pak.

As for Smith's decision to bat again & early declaration, Pak had no role in it. That's obvious to anyone. This is why I said Pak had no role in the match going to the 4th day. Neither did Pak bowlers do anything special in the 2nd innings, going for plenty of runs. Pak's batting & bowling both failed yet you are proud, why?

Posted by Iddy on (February 5, 2013, 21:00 GMT)

First of all great performance by SA. They were good with the bat and excellent with the ball. The way Steyn was bowling, any top batsmen would have struggled. For me Younis and Ali need replacing and have an all rounder instead of Riat Ali (maybe Malik). Finally why non Pakistan and SA fans are commenting on these matches? Must have nothing else to do. Also you don't loose test status for loosing a match or series. If so other teams would loose test status before Pakistan such as Bangladesh who I think would even struggle against a club / county team. Also NZ or WI not performed well in tests recently but can't take status away just like that.

Posted by shiven. on (February 5, 2013, 20:46 GMT)

Pakistan this n pakistan that ther batsmen are weak n needa prepare mre ......give credit we're its Due n the S.A bowlers deserve it !!!!! In the end this is test cricket wen the going get tough the though get going . Any side in the world would be able to face steyn when his on song he showed that in Nagpur 7-51 ......S.A are the best at the moment and pakistan will do well to compete bt not win

Posted by crashed on (February 5, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

@Pappu_bhai here is a relative new article - from the New Zealand tests for interesting sake please do the effort to read at least the heading ;) Philander shoots out NZ for 45 ... hmmm not bad for a club level bowler ranked number 2 in test ranking .... :)

Posted by crashed on (February 5, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

@Pappu_bhai sir you may have an opinion which I am sure you dearly believe in. In the ICC test Cricket bowling rankings Steyn is ranked 1 and philander is ranked 2 Kulasekara is nowhere close to that but if you look at Philander as an All rounder he is ranked 8th and Kallis is ranked 1st. There were speculation that philander would have been ranked above Steyn in test bowling rankings barring injuries ... Go and look at his stats he is THAT good. If batting however is the scale tipper then Philander is better than Steyn (As his all rounder ranking suggest) ... 3 great men (Steyn, Kallis and Philander) I do not deny them their test rankings as they all deserved it and as for that, they are the best in the world :) Your man is not even the number 1 in the ICC ODI bowler ranking so I will not compare him to any1 but you may believe what you want I will not even deny you that right either :) Kulasekara may prove you right someday as Philander may prove me right someday Luck 2 both :)

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 5, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

Harris Sohail injured..Sent back to Pakistan..Now we have to go with Azhar & Younis both

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 5, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

@ mthi4life I dont think Ajmal is going to be the answer to Pakistans prays, I think it will be their fast bowlers instead due to the pitches in SA. You can sense the South Africans are itching to get after Ajmal. He already has been nullified with fairly dismal bowling figures so far. Kallis, Amla, AB and Faff are all good players of spin and looking to prove a point against his reputation as a very good spin bowler.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 5, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

This is undeniably the best ever South African test side that are tipped to dominate the world game in the test arena for many years to come. There are at least 5 players from the current side that would get into an all time South Africa test XI. Pakistan are a solid, consistently performing unit under their current captain, however it's more through the qualities of team work, tactical nous, collective efforts, structured game plans and a stable environment that has contributed to their success as opposed to individual talent or sheer natural ability of an individual person. There is a debate that Younis and Ajmal will get into an all time Pakistan XI, but still it would take some convincing for others. The difference between the sides in sheer superiority, recognition and natural ability needs no further explanation...

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 5, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

When Sri Lanka have been bowled out for 43, New Zealand have been bowled out for 45, Australia have been bowled out for 47, Pakistan have been bowled out for 49, doesn't that tell you something about the quality of the bowling and the difficulty of the pitches?Dale Steyn deserves his due. You can criticise Pakistan all day, but one should at least have the courtesy to appreciate a sublime bowler, a sublime talent, a once in a generation bowler, a lethal bowler who has found the edge and ran through the defences of many highly respectable test match batsmen. In an age where batsmen dominate, seeing the ball angle, swing, zip through like it does when Steyn is charging in; is agreeably a refreshing sight. His accuracy is unerring, his swing is late, his pace is always up, and his attitude is one of a man who refuses to give up...

Posted by mthi4life on (February 5, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

The best chance of a win for Pakistan is Newlands because Ajmal will be more effective in that venue.The Problem is that they do not have batsman who can be aggressively Clark, Gayle, Kevin Peterson and others.This bowling attack always struggle when you take the attack to them. Steyn, Morkel, Philander,Kallis.Will get you out, But if you are aggressive who might score a Hundred in 120 balls.

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (February 5, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

Crashed@Here is it Kulasekara>Steyn>Philander.

I would further say Fernando is better than Steyn.Steyn may have taken wickets as there is now body else in this SAF team to take wickets whereas sl is having so many good bowlers where they have to compete among themselves for the wickets.Not like Steyn.However he bowls he will get wickets as other SAF bowlers are club level bowlers.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 5, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

@Harmony->Thrice >100 scores??? Yet Pak managed to win a match there :P India scoring 300-400 in every match according to Fan's Illusions.. Then why this 4-0? :P This thing is really strange :D

Posted by libracrystal1 on (February 5, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

@harmony:If NO.1 team in the world can hold the record for bowled out below 50 ,so what's the problem if No.4 team in the world right now holds the record for bowled out below 100 bad things can happen to anyone in the world..

Posted by shinewindies on (February 5, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

What i dont undersatnd is why Pak fans keep on making themselves happy by remembering 3-0 defeat of England, guys its been more than a year now, i think you would keep on doing this till 2015 well good for you, any ways i do admire your passion and enthusiasm in holding your cricket team at a very high stead, realty is there are no where near the Pak team of 90's, you should be calling for some radical changes to your cricketing structures in the country, but some how you feel contended with 1 odd win here or there in a year, we Indian fans were happy when we won or drew test series in England, Australia, Pakistan, Srilanka, Southafrica, Newzealand and Westindies and when we absolutely hamered these teams in our country. But even we know these things are of past( Even if not very distant past) and our test performances since July 2011 have been dismal so to speak, inthese times wedo back our team but not the extent where we show these defeats have no effect on us,e.g Dravid and Laxman

Posted by libracrystal1 on (February 5, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

@harmony:finally,can you point out any (sub-continent test team) above Pakistan. No.1 South Africa,2-England,3-Australia,4-Pakistan..

Posted by crashed on (February 5, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

@Pappu_bhai Sir you are inconsistent Philander is considered as an all rounder - steyn not make up your mind please - Either steyn is better than Philander and then Kulasekara must be included in your statement or POhilander is better than steyn since he can bat also - you cannot have it both ways - just saying

@libracrystal1 I think you are completely right even minnows of today can be tomorrows greats and yesterdays greats are todays minnows if all play to the same goal maybe the minnows of today may achieve the greatness we all strive to attain Tests should include the minnows else the game will not go forward

Posted by libracrystal1 on (February 5, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

@harmony:Its true that pak batting line up is struggling since long time,but its not right to say pak team is below par.....

Posted by libracrystal1 on (February 5, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

@harmony, thank you for very much,You are saying Pak has the MOS<100 scores in test matches since 2000,still Pakistan team is no.4 in the world despite of their inconsistent batting line up.Imagine Pakistan (Ranking & Performance) if their Batting line up was Stable....

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 5, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

@SaadRocx->Tanvir instead of Rahat Ali... Rehman cannot replace Ajmal...I also think that Haris Sohail should be given a chance instead of Azhar/younis..Both them are totally out of color since President's Trophy final match...I wonder what's wrong with them.Even they couldnt score in Pakistan

Posted by SaadRocx on (February 5, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

Changes for Next match (Tanvir Ahmed in for Rahat Ali)(Abdur Rehman in for Saeed Ajmal)(Replace Either YounisKhan or Azhar Ali with Harris Sohail) Of Luck Pakistan...Bleed Green!!!

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 5, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

@Harmony111->Lol again your if's & Buts have started.If Smith had done this if that .Like if Smith asked our opinion what to do after 1st inngs that's we why knew why he did it..Now when i have replied about that Aus tour performance,now someone is turning things to something else like what happened to our bowlers.You bowl out SA on 253.Still would be pathetic bowling according so some fans here..Then getting bowled out on 49..This is what happened.Also what were you expecting from Ajmal..Taking 5 wickets in every match?I dont remember any Spinner taking 5-10 wickets in every match..& thanks for calling him a Magician :P

Posted by Fijicricket on (February 5, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

To all for some reason bring in India into this series and have comments how India would go with SA ( although India have nothing to do with this series)- India played SA in SA last year with all the sane SA players playing today- The result was 1-1 with not a single game lopsided or huge mismatches as this series.

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 5, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

@libracrystal1: No, we are not saying Pak's test status shud be taken away cos they got all out for <50 in the 1st innings. You tried to use a straw man argument but it falls flat. Pak has the MOS<100 scores in test matches since 2000 - they are ahead of even BD & Zimbabwe. Not only this, Pak did this TWICE in the same match in 2002 vs Aus. Not only this, Pak did this THRICE in a months vs Eng in 2010. Not only this, Pak made their worst test score their worse in the SAME test match. No other team that you talked of has done anything remotely close to this. In fact, I reckon most other teams have had their lowest test scores a long long time back. It is only Pak that has worsened their lowest test score THRICE since 2000. So clearly, Pak is a team which is gradually (& steeply too) declining in test matched and thus, like Zimb, they too should be suspended till they are able to play well.

Pak #1 in ICC in SC? That's like saying World Famous in Lahore....Lol lol.

Posted by cricpassion4ever on (February 5, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

I dont think SAF bowling is that dangerous to handle, as shown by PAK batsmen in 2nd inning. PAk has to be lil more aggresive in their batting & learn to play outswing, which I beleive they can. Its only a matter of self confidence for Pak batters. or else teh SAF bowling is not as lethel as the score of 49 allout suggest

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (February 5, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

Kulasekhara is better than Steyn.He can bat also where as Steyn can only bowl. In current scenario only a bowler who can bat is regarded as a great.In our terms Kulasekara is great not steyn.But steyn is good better than Philander.

Posted by getsetgopk on (February 5, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

Imran Farhat has to be in the side as an opener with Jamshed. It has to be, we need to pack our batting with as many left handers as we can. All the SA bowlers are right handers and move the ball away from the right handers. Most Pak wickets were caught behind or gone to slips. With lefties in the side will probably reduce the risk of that. Jamshed got beaten by pace and swing from steyn in the first innings but looked quite good in the 2nd outing and only threw his wicket. Azhar at 3, Misbah 4 and Haris 5 and Shafiq at 6, drop Younus, his technique against the moving ball is not good enough. Irfan needs to be in the side, if we can get 10 to 15 overs a day will surely be better than Rahat.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 5, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

Umar Gul made his test debute in Aug of 2003 and styen debuted in 2004. Both are roughly the same age. In all these years Gul has not learnt the fact that with the new ball you have to make the batsman play. Forget all the other abilities of moving the ball just enough to get the edge. Mind you that in this match Pakistan fielded well, which rarely happens. Yet the pakistani bowling looked so ordinary in the 2nd innings. This I think was very bad on a responsive pitch.

In the last 3 years almost, Gul has played every practice match, test match, ODI & T20. This has kept the other bowlers from comming into the team. Barring Junaid Khan Pakistan has not produced another fast bowler in the last 30 months or so. this is bad. Back home they have many good younsters performing regularly well. Also the fact that after the 2010 tour of England Pakistan have played all their matches in sub-contnent like pitches having two spinners and Hafeez to compliment them.


Posted by haq33 on (February 5, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

Congrats RSA on a deserved victory. Good show by Steyn. No shame in losing to a superior team. I do think Pak can make a fight of this though. The batsmen need to learn to leave the new ball, and they need to learn this NOW. That is a fairly tall ask but at the same time, it is not a matter of lack of ability or technique - it is just a matter of not going after swinging deliveries. RSA's openers frustrated our new ball bowlers in the 1st innings by doing precisely this and we should have learned from it. At the same time, our bowlers AND fielders need to somehow maintain their 1st innings intensity and Ajmal should find more grip on the other tracks. Fight was shown in that innings and also in our 2nd batting innings, so the situation is not hopeless. Now as for Ramiz's comments that we should have arrived sooner - that would have curtailed our highly succesful tour of India, which clearly Harmony111 and others are still seething over, so no Ramiz bhai, that was not an option.

Posted by libracrystal1 on (February 5, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

@harmony111,and to all cricket fans who requested to snatch test status from Pakistan. Did they feel same for the following teams and their records:

1.South Africa-->Bowled out (7 times) below (50) 2.New Zealand-->bowled out (4 times) below (50) 3.Australia-->bowled out (4 times) below (50) 4.England-->Bowled out (2 times) below (50) 5.West Indies-->bowled out (1 time ) below (50) 6.India -->bowled out (1 time ) below (50)

now pakistan bowled out below 50 for the first time and many Cricket fans requested to snatch test status.

it seems completely unfair,why only Pakistan? Pakistan have 6 youngsters playing first time in South Africa,while South Africa is the most experienced side in the world.Moreover, Pakistan also defeated England(NO.2 in ICC ranking)(3-0,clean sweep) Pakistan is (NO.1) in (Test Cricket) among (sub-continent) teams in ICC Ranking.

Congratulations to South Africa,they deserve the victory. I request to respect all players and teams in the world and enjoy cricket

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (February 5, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

Pak team won only 3 out of 19 games against SA which shows their quality aganist top opponent in overseas!

Posted by Tlotoxl on (February 5, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

Pakistans batting is very fragile, in the UAE England's problems against Ajmal masked the Pakistai batting weakness, 338, 257, 214, 99 & 365 are hardly dominating performances on flat tracks and away to England they were bowled out for 72, 74, 80 and twice under 200, this is not a good batting lineup.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

Salams, I presume it was great come-back by Pak under the circumstances. However, it doesn'nt diminish SA performance a bit. It was certainly a bamboozleing bowling effort by Dale Styne. He always does that for SA. Pak should be appreciated for their achievements in the recent past. Nailing Eng 3-0 was a big effort. Pak cricket is a reflection of the turbulent political situation in the country under Zardari. So dear Pakistanis just chill, pray and back Pak team for whatever and however little that they deliver because its not all their fault.... there are lot of other elements which need to be sorted out before we point fingers on the team. One factor is India, which literally wants Pak cricket to be finished, today and many other foreign interventions that have been noticed. Shoaib Akhtar is very right saying that ICC is doing everything to please India as they are the biggest stake holders in ICC. lot to say but out of time here regards Mykhan

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (February 5, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

Harmony111 is obviously very methodical in his arguements on the written side. Nice reading both sides of the raging issues.

Posted by Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on (February 5, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

The Proteas showed their class and deserve all the accolades for demolition job. Pakistani batsmen were all at sea against swing of STEYN Remover. Now that Pakistan faces almost an impossible task to making a come-back, think-tanks have to answer about the debacle ( shot out for just 49 ). Pakistani batsmen lacked the technique/foot work to play out-going balls ( was on the cards after India tour - Bhuvneshwar Kumar's swing bowling ). Left handed batsmen should be considered in top order ( to counter the swing ). Fans only need to see Green Shirts to put up a fight - winning/loosing is part of the game - in case of adverse result, at least go down fighting. Disappointed to see Pakistan throwing towel so early on 2nd day of test !

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (February 5, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

PAK totally and completely thrashed...not to mention PAK already has a dismal overall record against SA, be it ODI or tests. this will go 3-0 in favor of SA, its inevitable

Posted by Rafelgibt on (February 5, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

WOW superb bowling and batting display by STEYN and VILLIERS. South Africa really outplayed very strong (???) PAK team. Hope PAK fan will realize the fact that they are by no mean WORLD BEATERS in any format of the game. They are just better (I really doubt) than the ordinary teams like-Bangladesh, West Indies, New Zealand & India. So, plz have some patience over your team and hope for the best that more humiliations would not happen to your team. But a WHITEWASH is confirmed. All the best to PAK fans. ROAR TIGERS Roar>>>>

Posted by   on (February 5, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

Pakistan team should stay at least in South Africa for 2 more months after the end of ODI's. and play practice matches with local teams. this is the only way i believe by which they can overcome there basic problems.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

it is highly unlikely for pakistan to win at newlands. They just not good enough and they are comming up against a team who plays consistantly good test cricket. I won't be supprised if they score sub 100 in the next first innings as well. unless we make the newlands pitch flat. I saw the U19 game there last week and on day 3 the ball was going through at chest hight from a good length. and it was not a green wicket, just good bounce.

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 5, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

@Ponsh: Pls shed some more light on "Rival Cricket Boards" and what unjust treatment have they done to Pak?

@mzm149: Looks like for the next 10 years you ppl will be talking about a tiny winy series win cos you never gonna win anything else brother. Here too it will be 0-3.

@FerreroKevin: Actually Pak has most <100 scores in Tests since 2000. THRICE in a month + Once they did it in the same Test twice. Viru scored a fab 300+200 IN PAK, SRT 190, RD 270. So neither can Pak bowl nor bat - Clearly a minnow. Beating a tired Ind team of inexp players is your only solace. In major matches Pak have no chance vs Ind.

@Others: Check this out ...

Here I suggest ppl to read the comment of one UsmanMH who says inter alia... AB is a Joke, Steyn is just hype, Philander is good in 1st 10 overs, Smith/Kallis are walking wickets, Steyn is highly over-rated.

My god, after this ppl have the gall to say they never said so...

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (February 5, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

Yep, this is exactly what I said would happen. People like KiwiRocker are daydreaming if they think that the Pakistani batsmen are better than other subcontinental teams at playing fast bowling. Over the years its been shown that they are flat-pitch bullies always trying to get onto the front foot. Like I said, if they couldnt win a series in SA in the heydays of Wasim and Waqar, what chance do they have now? The problem area has always been their batsmen, reared on flat pitches who become thoroughly exposed on quick pitches by quality fast bowling. 3-0 South Africa.

Posted by Protears on (February 5, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

Australia was the perfect warm up, we had not played test cricket in 5 months, had our backs pinned to the mat, yet kicked out and delivered the telling blow at Perth which the Australians never recovered from.

This team is as deep in resolve as it is in talent, the talent is not limited to the starting 11 either.

Posted by Ponsh on (February 5, 2013, 6:15 GMT)

Steyn has been outstanding for many years and a big reason why SA have been the most difficult team to overcome since Australia's relative decline. Congrats to de Villiers, top player and deserves the record, really athletic.

I was just telling a friend last week how I thought Pakistani cricket is on the up perhaps because of what many in Pakistan perceive as unjust treatment by the ICC and rival national cricket boards.

They have quality young players as always although the best of them (Mohammad Amir) had only to wonder if he could have been the match-winner in Johannesburg rather than Steyn.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

The difference between the teams are obvious for everyone to see. 1. If the Pakistanis bowl well then the South Africans will bowl far better. 2. If the Pakistanis bat well then the South Africans will bat far better. 3. If the Pakistanis field well then the South Africans will field far better.

This present South African team will out-class any country in Test matches,but in the shorter version of the game they could be even beaten by my country Bangladesh.

Posted by TaqiSharp on (February 5, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

Bring Umar aKmal Back.....have Some MercY towards faNs....he Could prove Himself....still a Far way To go from Here...its Better to keep A Eye On our Mistakes and make It worthful...

Posted by FerreroKevin on (February 5, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

@Rohan Kapoor:

"South africa has shown where pakistan stand in international cricket.49 all out,only a minnow team can bat like that."

What a stupid statement. The same South African bowling unit got out Australia and New Zealand also to sub-50 (that means below 50) scores recently. So, they are also minnows??

And, what you meant by "in transition" Indian team? They're not at their full strength? Already India have 2 extra players in umpires and thats why you dont want DRS. Stop with your transition BS. Australia and SA have gone through bigger transitions without crying like you!!

Posted by tony122 on (February 5, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

@T20cric- It does not work that way. By that logic did not Pakistan bowling deteriorated from first to second innings? Not every day a team will be shot out under 50. Even in the second innings Pak could manage a only a sub 300 score. All the first Test has shown is Pak is only capable of 50-250 against a hostile and competent fast bowling unit.

Posted by Karthik78 on (February 5, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

SA did not put 100% effort in 2nd innings. This gave an appearance that Pak batted well. But if SA had set just below 200 as target, their bowling would have been different. Pak batsmen still need to improve lot.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

South africa has shown where pakistan stand in international cricket.49 all out,only a minnow team can bat like that.Only bowling can't win matches.Winning 2-1 against an INDIAN team in transition is no great achievement.We all know what happened to pakistan in 2007 in india, asia cup,t20 world cup,2011 odi world cup etc..against a full stength indian team....

Posted by   on (February 5, 2013, 3:58 GMT)

I don't understand why Fawad Alam never makes the team, he scored a century as an opener and seems like a sound batsman. Why not try him at number 3? .. So unfair on him never given a proper chance

Posted by azurecharms on (February 5, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

Pak fans will keep lamenting and commenting and PCB will also keep sticking to, We Never Learn From Our Mistakes".

Consider these points:

1. Playing newbie Rahat instead Tanvir or Irfan - Impulsive decision making or regionalism! 2. Sending 4 bowlers, then sending two more and eventually choosing a debutant - Deceives all logic. 3. Traditional weakness against fast seaming bowling exposed. Even experienced Yunus Khan out poking and prodding! 4. A confident batsman like like UmarAkmal could have negotiated SA bowling better than any other Pak batsman, but selectors are hurting Umar Akmal's career and Pak team both.

Posted by kaveeshap on (February 5, 2013, 2:07 GMT)

Wow,well done SA, I believe that Steyn is the most promising fast bowler in the world right now.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (February 5, 2013, 0:42 GMT)

Now I understand, why Bangladesh team didn't visit Pakistan. It would be a waste of time for Bangladesh to play against such a week performing team. Good decision by Bangladesh cricket board.

Posted by t20cric on (February 5, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

All of u guys saying that Pakistan should lose test status or Pakistan won't be able to give SA atleast a challenge don't know what they are saying. Why should Pakistan lose test status when they just lost one test match against the best test team in the world or is it cuz they were bowled out for under 50. Remember the same thing happening to Australia and New Zealand recently so shouldn't they lose test status as well.

And for Pakistan not being able to give SA a challenge that is wrong as well cuz we have already showed some improvement from 1st inning to 2nd inning. If in the next match Pakistan have learned the lesson and DRS/umpire decisions are far more accurate then they were here then Pakistan can maybe win or atleast pull off a draw in the next match.

Posted by RaadQ on (February 5, 2013, 0:20 GMT)

Recommendations for next test: Demote Hafeez to number 4 position, and promote Azhar to opener. Hafeez is talented batsman but does not have the temperament required of an opener in testing conditions. Bring in Haris Sohail for Younis Khan. Leave Ajmal out, Hafeez can operate as the offspinner. Bring in Ehsan for Rahat Ali and Irfan for Ajmal. With 4 specialist seam bowlers, Irfan will have his workload cut. Hafeez can probably give 25-35 overs, whatever is required, and batting at number #4 will ease the physical aspect of bowling so much. Ehsan should open with Junaid. Not only do conditions not suit Ajmal, the Saffers are great players of spin, and have an immaculate record against Ajmal. As good as he is, this is a burden in SA, not a trump card.

Posted by x3rx3s on (February 5, 2013, 0:11 GMT)

it was obvious, when Dale Steyn hit a SIX then a FOUR in the first innings off consecutive balls, that we were in for a show...

Posted by t20cric on (February 5, 2013, 0:01 GMT)

Pakistan played good in the second innings but I think everyone would have been more satisfied if Pak made 300 runs. There was a very slim chance of winning this one when they had to chase 480 runs. I don't think even a team as unpredictable as Pakistan could make almost 10 times more runs in the 2nd innings(480) than the 1st one(49). Pakistan is a team that puts up a fight but if they had made atleast 150 or 200 in the 1st innings and then have to chase 480 in the 2nd innings then it might have been more possible cuz they would have more confidence.

The way Misbah and Shafiq were batting was good but Nasir Jamshed had by far the highest strike rate of all Pakistanis in the 2nd innings and he clearly learned from his mistakes. We need hafeez, younis and azhar to bat better next time if we can even think of winning. That's another reason we lost the match cuz only 3 batsmen made respectable scores.

Also this next pitch is a bit helpful for spinners so Ajmal should not be dropped.

Posted by maddy20 on (February 4, 2013, 22:35 GMT)

Before the series began I heard Pakistani fans jumping about dethroning another No.1. Well as you see now dethroning the real SA is not as easy as, the SA 'A' side(England as some call it)!

Posted by Desihungama on (February 4, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

Cricket is about match ups. Personnel to Personnel. If SA fields Steyn, Pak should have come about with couple of lefties of their own. (Few people have also pointed this out). If Rahat Ali was a disappointment in his first ODI, just what did he do in the meantime to justify a Test cap? Perhaps, an odd uncle in PCB? Ehsan Adil bowls real fast and has experience in playing outside Pak. I am baffled. Shuffle the batting order. Azhar to open maybe, bring Hafeez down to 5 or 6. He can really be useful and score quick runs when pitch is eased out. Promote Younis up an a position. Well played SA. Mesmerizing fast bowling. Only a Pakistani can appreciate a ferocious spell of fast bowling after losing.

Posted by bouncer1021 on (February 4, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

Lack of preparation- PCB to blame Hardly played any tests in 2012- last test 6 months ago. PCB to blame. Can't play with straight bat- batsman to blame. Playing club buddies ahead of deserving Irfan and Tanvir. Misbah to blame.

Posted by peercricket on (February 4, 2013, 21:13 GMT)

I think PAKISTAN miss two or three tricks in the match

1-They should go with irfan if he was fit or Tnvir instead of rahat because they more experience than rahat

2- Instead of ajmal they should play with an extra pace bowler accroding to pitch conditions.

3-Instead of blocking or hitting boundaries they should try to rotates strike.

4-They miss 1 or 2 left hand middle oderbatter to defuse the styen bombing as we saw Nasir tackle very easily styen bowling.

Posted by HatersAreOrdinary on (February 4, 2013, 21:08 GMT)

this SA team is the best top test team by miles from the other top teams in recent years like australia. india. england. n they are going to stay at the top for a very long period. mark my word guys

Posted by ultrasnow on (February 4, 2013, 21:03 GMT)

Congrats SA from an Indian fan. What's different about this No.1 team is that they are much liked and respected. This was not so with the Aussies and our very own Indian team. SA are the popular number one and i hope they stay that way. About this match, one had the feeling that Pakistan were out to give SA a run for their money in their second dig. SA better not under-estimate Pakistan who can surprise if their batsmen can back up their bowlers.

Posted by billbowden311 on (February 4, 2013, 20:53 GMT)

The next test is at the wanderers right? I think that Pakistan should drop Ajmal and Ali. These are the reasons, Ajmal is a very good spinner but in these conditions he may find it difficult to spin the ball, and well Rahat, what can we say about him, it seemed to be quite disappointing his debut. Maybe Rahat should get more practice and come back within 6months- a year. I think the bowlers for the next test should be Gul, Junaid, Ehsan (I pick him because from the videos I say he seems quite quick and impressive) and of course mister giant Irfan ( on these wickets especially it would seem foolish not to pick him, remember what he did to yuvraj in india during the t 20, first the massive bouncer, then the toe crushing yorker. Pakistan don't worry too much we know this can happen sometimes, just focus on your batting, especially Younis and Ali, as well as haffez and if that all clicks we may see Pakistan having the last laugh. Seems an exciting build up for the next test.

Posted by i-love-cricket on (February 4, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

Congrats to SA.....PAK has always been unpredictable they can WHITEWASH the so called World Number One Test Team (England) and can equally loose to minnows. No doubt about SA's team professionalism but PAK can/will bounce back and surprise SA....Lets hope for a good game at Wanderers.

Posted by shahzadparacha on (February 4, 2013, 19:58 GMT)

Pakistan's Average Test Innings Total against South Africa in South Africa in 9 Test Matches prior to this Match was 198.

After this Test Match, it has further come down.

If Pakistan wants to win at least 1 test match then they need to score minimum 300 plus score in both Innings.

Posted by M.K.Luke on (February 4, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

Apart from accepting that SouthAfrica being exceptional today. there is also an indicator that Pakistan's batting have improved comparing it to the first innings. Hoping to see a bit more aggression in the 2nd test from Pakistan side.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (February 4, 2013, 19:11 GMT)

I'm not surprised to see Pak batting collapsing. That was expected. But an interesting point to note here is that the so-called 'World Class' bowling attack of Pak (as many Pak fans claim) couldn't pick 20 wickets on bowling friendly pitches of SA both against SA domestic and national team. And even in 1st innings half of the wickets were picked by part-timers. I'm not making fun of Pak bowlers here. But Pak fans should stop living in past glory of Pak team and must realize that their current bowlers are average. Many Pak fans had mentioned this name 'Rahat Ali' during discussions in past. And we all saw how good he is. Couldn't even pick a wicket. Even Ajmal seems to have lost his touch. Only Gul looks okay.

And for SA: Wonder what Peterson (the part-time spinner) is doing in the team ?

Posted by Dark.Matter on (February 4, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

I am smelling some severe beating, heading wildly towards the Pakistani cricket team. ITS A WHOLE TOUR WHITE WASH type of scenario. Shambolic for us Pak fans who were desperately waiting for this series. But it would be all embarrassment for us.

Posted by Smead on (February 4, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

The best way to play Steyn is from the non strikers end

Posted by HabeebRaja786 on (February 4, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

Thoroughly professional performance by SA, congratulations.

Being a pakistani fan I believe we have few positives from 2nd innings.Our batting showed some guts and grits.I reckon we do not have any chance of winning a test match this time around.Having said this, cricket is a funny odd game.

I do not think we can compare this SA side with great Australian side and not to talk about the great West Indian side.

Posted by Hira1 on (February 4, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

one way to tackle Steyn is to counter attack him like the way KP did in the second test but Pakistan have no one who can play positive cricket. when Pak knew they wont be able to play new ball then why they didn't tried playing attacking cricket against old ball......In my opinion abdur rehman must be included in the next match he is one of very few cricketers playing county right now so I guess he may be useful and its high time yunus must perform or else pave way for youngsters

Posted by lobsterchampion on (February 4, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

Excellent performance from SA team. This was a performance that refelcted their #1 ranking in Tests. I think this SA team has the potential to dominate (at least Tests) the way Australia domintated from 1995 till 2007-08. As for Pakistan, they were simply blown away by Steyn. But the good thing is that the only way for them is to go up. They can get inspiration from their last tour to SA when they lost the first test and came back fighting to win the secnd test. I think Pakistan will not go down without a fight in the next two tests.

Posted by davidatlas999 on (February 4, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

great bowling from sa but equally with the help of pakistan batter.they didnt score it any stage.they did two things block block and edge it to the keeper.okay sa bowling is world class agree but atleast you should try to score some runs.okay you will see the new ball with this strategy but you cant score runs with the old either if you face it with three wkt.then they will take second new ball after 80 overs your score will be around 160 or180 and they will get you after taking second new cant score untill you stood up like a brave player and play your cant play block block its not uae here they will take you on have to play your natural game here.

Posted by quittthewhinging on (February 4, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

Sure Pakistan have a few problems but those are solvable. 49 was a freak of nature and they showed in the 2nd innings that they are capable of much more. Personally I think that, not only Pakistan, but all teams that come up against SA at the moment have the problem of dismissing TWICE a team which has 7 good batsmen. A few years ago if Smith went cheaply or Kallis failed, the innings might fold. No more. These days SA can afford to have 2 batsmen fail; the others step up to the plate (God! i hate that expression). And, of course, having a good bowling unit does help!

Pakistan must hope to win the toss at Newlands and put up a score of at least 400. Then they have a chance.

Posted by positiveindian on (February 4, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

Good dominant effort by the South africans. Pakistan tried their best especially Asad and Misbah but they were just not good enough in this test. Positives for Pakistan: good fielding especially in the first innings, good captaincy by Misbah and great dogged effort by him and Asad in the second innings. Things to improve: Opening batting. If Hafeez and Jamshed can better their technique and stand up to Steyn and company, would be easier for the others to follow. Stay positive and believe they can beat the SA's and they should. Good luck Pakistan for the next two tests!!.

Posted by crashed on (February 4, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

I remember some1 said that SA have yet to win 2 tests in a row after they won the England tests to claim the no 1 spot now they had won 4 tests in a row Aust in Perth NZ x2 and Pakistan x1. We have now double 2 in a row and who knows where it will end . After Pakistan if we take 3-0 I would think 3x that. Well done SA and I hope that the unbelievers out there keep an eye on his team. As for comparing it to the Greats of the Windies and Ausies of earlier - yes I do not compare them since they had had their time and it is no more. We are creating our own legacy so if you want to compare - wait till we are not on the top anymore ... hopefully it will be a long way away. :)

Posted by mahjut on (February 4, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

the very idea that there is pressure on Alviro is worrying ... the guy may not make big runs but he rarely doesn't take the shine off the new ball. Leave him there - who else is there anyway who would do a better job. This is a very good batting line-up and Alviro makes his makes a vital contribution to it

Posted by LankaGod on (February 4, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

The best fast bowler there is today, followed only by Lasith Malinga. As for Pakistan, it is a contest between them and India to tale the mantle of the worst touring side. I am thinking that Pakistan will surprise everybody and better India's 8-0 record.

Posted by shikari_pk on (February 4, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

That was a comprehensive defeat by SA, congrats to their team and supporters.

As for Pakistan, i'm very happy with how they tried to fight back. They will learn from their mistakes and coming tests will be much closer. Don't get too complacent SA :)

Posted by Jo_dV on (February 4, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

@Keith Waters. I agree with you mate, Biff and the boys are looking close to a complete unit. That being said, you almost didnt make it against our boys in that second test in Aus. SA are certainly on top by some distance at the moment, but we will have to see if they have the staying power to do it for 4 - 5 year like the great Aussie sides of the late 90's and early 00's.... Good luck to your boys for the second one at Newlands - looking forward to seeing Vern at his favourate venue!

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 4, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

@Stark62->I thought Younis would score but he disappointed all of us.Azhar is not comfortable at all.Harris Sohail must be given a chance.Lets see how that youngster performs.In bowling Rahat is going out for sure..That unlucky guy might never get a chance any time soon.Tanvir is most likely to join Junaid & Gull..

Posted by Sinhaya on (February 4, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

@kc69, I fully agree Demeaning other teams is a bad thing. Cricket is a global minority sport or if not a small family affair. Therefore, unity among fans is extremely paramount.

Posted by Sinhaya on (February 4, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

I know it is disappointing for Pakistani fans to see them lose. But they have already won 2 tests in SA which is there to draw positives from. Last tour back in 2007, Pakistan lost the first test and fought to win the 2nd as proven below

Lets hope the series will be exciting. SA played superbly and their bowling simply was excellent. Whenever Steyn especially comes to bowl, it seems likely that a wicket can fall at anytime.

Posted by zelig on (February 4, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

Steyn virtually unplayable. Greatest display by a test-match fast bowler that I have seen.

SA still not firing on all cylinders, though. Robin Peterson had a poor match ( a duck not playing a shot, no wickets and a dropped catch) and will have to up his game. Elgar still doesn't convince me despite his ton against NZ.

On the other hand, de Villiers was sublime. He is developing into the world's leading wicketkeeper/batsman.

Posted by Stark62 on (February 4, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

Did you see how the field was spread, plus Steyn and Philander started bowling a bit wayward, when Gul and Ajmal were threatening to take them on? That's what Pak need!!

I'm not saying hit every ball for six or four but at least, show some intent and try to put the bowlers under pressure and make them bowl to you, not the other way around.

Would have loved to see Umar in the side, ahead of Younis because he would have given the bowlers something to think about and would have shown aggression.

Anyway, I hope Harris gets the nod ahead of Younis because Younis is a flop and needs to retire.

Posted by quittthewhinging on (February 4, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

@ Viking Legend.

At a guess I would say that Graeme Smith told both batsmen that they had until such and such a time to advance their own scores before he declared. What happened? Between them they scored at over 7 an over before the declaration came. It does seem hard on Amla but at least he has a 70 to boost his average.

I remember a game at the Wanderers against England I think when Kallis scored a century in the first innings and was well on his way at 70/80 to record a second. Hansie Cronje sent out a message to him to get a move on as he wanted to declare. Kallis however continued at his own pedestrian pace and in the end HC declared & Jacque missed out on a big milestone in any batsman's career. I think he learned a lesson that day from a tough captain.

I must say though that Smith had plenty of time available and frankly could have let Amla carry on for another half hour or so.

Posted by cooldxve on (February 4, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

Though Pakistan's batting was demolished in the 1st innings, their bowling in the whole match and their 2nd innings' batting were impressive. Hope that they will put up a better show in the remainder of the series.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

"Proteas have a terrific bowling attack for home conditions though it is far from complete bowling attack for all conditions. Same bowling attack struggled big time in Australia"

Considering they have only lost one series in the last 20 odd - including unbeaten in away test series for 6 years perhaps they do have the complete attack for all conditions! you say they struggled big time in Australia yet they still won the series ??? not many teams go to Aus and win a series so not sure how you measure whether they struggled or not

Posted by supacricfan on (February 4, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

1-0, 2more to go for 3-0..what else can you expect with pak batting line up,wafer thin..king kallis n steyn will crush them in the remaining 2 matches!!

Posted by tests_the_best on (February 4, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

It seems that the key for opposition teams to score in SA is to aim for scoring from around over 20 to 80. The 2nd new ball is going to destroy however many wickets are remaining. So it essentially boils down to surviving the first 20 overs with not more than 3-4 down. If that's done, the team can often comfortably go past 200, else it's a sub-100 score. Pak's 1st and 2nd innings pretty much follow the above pattern and quite similar for some of the previous visiting sides.

Posted by supacricfan on (February 4, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

1-0, 2more to go for 3-0..what else can you expect with pak batting line up,wafer thin..king kallis n steyn will crush them in the remaining 2 matches!!

Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (February 4, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

I'm just privileged to watch Tendulkar bat and Steyn bowl in the same era. Phenomenons. They are to cricket what Mozart is to Music and Denzel Washington is to Acting. Legends all.

Posted by binojpeter on (February 4, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

Pakistan will come back and win next Test match.

Posted by drdani on (February 4, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

being a pakistani i am disappointed on losing the analysis wud b that pakistan team was caught by surprise, probably caught sleeping..u cannot just stand casually when ur facing one of the best bowler/best team in testcricket, and that too in their own territory !! great show of genuine fast bowling by steyn !! pakistani bowlers did pretty well to bowl SA under 300 in first innings..but being bowled out under 50 makes ur bowlers lose heart, so SA exploited that..second innings by pakistani batsmen was mood-elevating but steyn showed no mercy..SA might b the best team in test cricket but the results of next two matches wud largely b decided on pakistan's batting !!

Posted by GlobalCricketLover on (February 4, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

Nice to see SA win, but as an SA fan i was thinking Smith might have declared 50 runs too soon. It was also an interesting decision as to whether (a) you would want to have a second go at Pak when there was very good bounce to capitalize and (b) have a risk of facing Ajmal & Hafeez on day 4 if Pak manages to get a lead of say 100-150. Smith didnt want to take the risk of (b). My guess is that if SA were bowling again on day 2 they would have had much more success as the ball would have been hitting at least 4-6 inches higher than it did on later part of day 3. There were quite a few chances created but didn't carry to slips.

Posted by tests_the_best on (February 4, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

Nothing so far in this series has gone against the unexpected with all 4 innings along predictable lines except that Pak's low score of 1st innings was a bit too low. If Pak wins the toss, bats first and manages even above 200 in the 2nd test, I would back them to win the game. One knows from previous tours that SA batting can crumble when it comes under pressure which hasn't happened so far.

Posted by Soso_killer on (February 4, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

@Cricketisnotlife the last time England won in SA was in 2004 when SA was in transitional period since then we have totaly dominated them. In the last 11 games SA have Won 5 and lost just 2, and a couple of nail biting draws for them.

Posted by Protears on (February 4, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

Quote LillianThomson "Congratulations to South Africa on a dominant performance, and in particular to Dale Steyn for making me eat my words about his demise."

Yes well you have been proclaiming the demise of the South African team for a while. First Australia how a mountainously high Australian team got humbled in all but a day despite pushing us against the ropes. Then there was the James Franklin is more envious a proposition to world coaches over Jacques Kallis which really just burried the coffin a bit further, I mean really?

Roll on now you proclaimed the end of Steyn, lets just think about this. A bowler that virtually averages around 45 wickets a season at low averages and a pretty damn good strike rate. Maybe his demise is more inextricably linked to Vernon Phillander(who you also down played) and Morne Morkel meaning there isnt a reliance on one man.

The problem is not the players, its reluctance to accept this team as very good.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 4, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

Dale Steyn - Epic Fast Bowler, what talent and what class. How many wickets will he get this season?...

Posted by kc69 on (February 4, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

Guys,we are all cricket loving people and i hope we don't try to demean any country and simply talk about cricket.I see a lot of Pak fans complaining that arriving early would have helped Pakistan.well i really don't think so because this was expected from a team who's batting was always under doubt(Come on guys admit it thats poor batting).People questioning Hotspot/DRS please understand that this match was not evenly poised to blame technology glitches for loss.well now Pakistan has almost 10 days for second test(Thanks to SA) lets see how well they prepare and perform.All the best for SA and best of luck for Pak.

Posted by class9ryan on (February 4, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

The reason for South Africa 2 declare that early was the forecast for the last 2 days. Smith did a good job not taking any risk as they were not sure whether 180 overs can be bowled in the last 2 days ... I am pretty sure this sort of declaration will come never again in the series Coming 2 RSA bowling .. Smith will be concerned for Morne Morkel who was off colour. But the batting has looked good ... the only man under pressure would be Petersen but we expect him 2 play this series and a further series even if he does not perform ... The reason hes is in the side is he can get massive hundreds ... Smith would like 2 do well in the next match as it will be his 100th Test Match as captain of South Africa ... we expect south africa 2 wrap this series in Newlands... surely conditions apply

Posted by HennopsRiverEnd on (February 4, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

@Highflyer_GP : Don't u believe Imran has more to offer than Robbie P (has more in his armory), he hadn't done too badly until Clarke's master innings in Australia. Don't think thats enough to drop the guy, after just one dismal performance. Robbie is no wicket taking threat at Test level.

Posted by s1nister on (February 4, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

I don't see any weakness in this SA outfit....Shaun Pollock used to be our nemesis and its dale now...I fear 3-0 unless until there is some rain or a dead pitch for a draw...For the Winn , twice getting this Strong batting lineup out and facing quality bowlers and making big score is looking a distant thought...i wonder what will be the outcome of this SA team and Aussie team of 2000s.

Posted by vikasrajchauhan on (February 4, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

Hard luck for pakistan... i feel jamshed & co will do better in next matches. Big Congrats to SteynGUN. i m big fan of him. He is a super class bowler and thats expected from him. Pakistan decision for not playing Irfan was big surprise for me.As an indian fan , i want to see him play in next match .He can create sensation in rest of matcehs. Best of luck both of teams.

Posted by landl47 on (February 4, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

Great performance by Steyn. He's one of the finest fast bowlers (as opposed to fast-medium) that I've seen. He's not yet 30 and if he plays for another 4/5 years he'll finish with a lot of wickets.

Great performance also by ABD. I think some people miss the point with him; it's not a question of whether he's good enough to keep wicket and bat at test level, but whether his body will hold up if he does. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Posted by kc69 on (February 4, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

To everyone who ever doubted thats the worlds best pace attack.People who blame Pakistan team regarding India tour-give it a break and admit it that Pak team didnt play well.They have quite a lot of time for next test and plan about avoiding another overseas test whitewash(Which all subcontinent teams should be used to by now).

Posted by   on (February 4, 2013, 14:10 GMT)

This takes me back to the Wanderers in the 1980s. The then Transvaal provincial team were the only ones who could bat on a green top wicket such as this. They would put in the opposition province, skittle them for nothing, then Jimmy Cook would stride out to the crease and make it all look easy. In those days as I recall the provincial game was 3 days, and the first 2 days were enough to ensure the win, pretty much as happened this time around. To add insult to injury, Clive Rice would send the ball flying around the opposing teams ears with his respectably quick bowling, then show the other side how to bat. Entertaining stuff if you didn't support one of the other provinces.

Posted by Theredbaron on (February 4, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

This South African side will dominate world cricket for a long time. They have beaten the worlds top three test nations in a 12 month period. In my opinion the SA bowling attack is the best since the likes of Holding, Marshall, Garner in the 80's. I also think they have the most compresensive captain and batting lineup in the world right now. I think it would be very difficult to argue the contrary

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 4, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

All hail DALE PAIN, All Hail

No1 test bowler for years now and one of the best fast bowlers in 20 years.

All hail !!!

Posted by NCP1 on (February 4, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

By declaring early, it shows the confidence in your bowling attack to get rid of opposition. Also it sends a message to the other team that if you are good enough go get them, it happens once in a while but odds were against Pakistan. This shows the real difference in the two teams in Test cricket. I am not sure If Smith had weather in mind. The way SA played goes to show they are the best TEST sides in the world.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (February 4, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

@ Bullet_Proof on (February 4, 2013, 12:32 GMT) who wrote that "Pakistan Test status should be snatched,They are unfit in this format." If Pakistan's test status were to be revoked, then the status of India, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, New Zealand etc would also have to be withdrawn. What would be the points? This would serve only to kill test cricket.

All teams, at some time, stumble. Pakistan picked themselves up and came back with renewed determination, and posted a very "test-worthy" second innings score. That Pakistan deserves test status is unquestioned. So too is the fact that your post here had little to do with this match, and everything to do with your own, unrelated to cricket, agenda.

Posted by dogcatcher on (February 4, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

@AMAZINGFAN - rather dismissive talk. Junaid is an immense talent & starting his test career. Irfan didn't play & too looks a great prospect. Gul is still a really good bowler and both Hafeez and Ajmal real threats on any wicket, even a bouncy non spinning Wanderers. Bottom line is SA is a better balanced & settled attack performing in home surroundings therefore I'd expect them to fire. The Pakistan batsmen showed their mettle in the second test and will get better, though for me that is still the big difference in the two sides.

@Lilian - good to see you admit you were wrong. I agree that some preparation is key but it seems to fly in the face of Kirstens current ideology where prep games are a to an extent a waste of time. If you look at the warm up game for SA in their last tour it couldn't have been a worse preparation for where they were playing other than getting out in the middle as the pitch was totally different & in England in particular the quality of opposition is poor

Posted by Raghu1948 on (February 4, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

Probably the best team in the world having all round capabilities . It will be extremely difficult for any team to beat them

Posted by Niall on (February 4, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

Steyn bowled fantastically from what I saw (the first innings basically) but although the stat is the best since 76, it can't be coincidence that Pak also conceded 11 wickets to Jimmy Anderson less than 3 years ago including a 6-17 in the second innings. They're going to have to work out what to do about high quality swing bowling in order to progress.

Posted by BnH1985Fan on (February 4, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

Even if SA had enforced the follow on, this would have been a 10 or 9 wicket win for them. Smith was in a win-win situation once Pakistan folded in 49. Such a convincing win; such a deserving #1 ranking! Truly a well-rounded team, with the possible exception of a quality spin bowler. But then again, with Steyn and company blowing away any opposition, who needs twirlers! Let's also not forget the good efforts by Amla and ABD! Difficult rest of the series for Pak.

Posted by viking_legend on (February 4, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

Looked like SA played with 9 players. Peterson and Morkel were "almost" like dedicated fielders. Imagine what will happen when JP is back. I reckon SA should start using Elgar as a spinner and JP too. That will give us such depth against the bigger teams.

Smith, why wasnt Amla allowed to make his 100? Were you running out of time?

Posted by Greatest_Game on (February 4, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

@ Papa_Tango on (February 4, 2013, 11:25 GMT) Well said, Sir. I agree wholeheartedly with your statement. To my mind Harmony111 seeks only to create dis-harmony on the pages of Cricinfo. Sadly, it is my honest opinion that he reflects the worst of cricket fans who take part in these conversations. We South Africans respect our guests from Pakistan, both as cricketers,but more importantly as humans who deserve to be treated with dignity & respect. It is to my great regret that Harmony111 seeks to introduce nationalism into conversations concerning the guests of South Africa - a country that bears stark & clear testimony to the corrosion of the human spirit that results from bigotry. As a nation, we still seek to heal the wounds of our past, & wish that those who seek to repeat the mistakes that brought misery to this country would stay well away. Congratulations to Pakistan for a determined fight in innings 2, and for their graciousness in defeat. You have earned our respect.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 4, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

@ adnan_rifat84 :

Forget the 9 out of 11 being surprised by the pitch in SA. First of all Misbah surprised everyone by selecting an additional bowler in the XI who was not even a part of the original squad. All the Hype & expections of Irfan's height and pace were brutally crushed by Misbah's cynical selection. In contrast Rahat showed no aggression at all.

Secondly Haris Sohail is the only Pakistani in the entire squad who has a batting average of 52 in the first class matches and he is warming the benches. What is the Logic ? I agree that Haris cannot be drafted in the squad at the expense of Azhar or Shafiq. But he can replace a specialist spinner, as spinners have no role in SA. Espcially keeping in mind that Hafeez is not a bad spinner and Azhar can role his arm for some leg spin. After all Ajmal & Petersen together could produce only 1 wicket.

In India when Eng realised that 2 spinners are required they started winning. In SA no spinners are required.


Posted by Energetic. on (February 4, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

The amount of glamour Pakistan fans put over their players especially the young emerging stars is beyond belief. I've been watching players like Junaid, Nasir, Raza etc and sorry but they are nothing special good players but nowhere near the quality such as Saeed Anwar, Waqar, Kaneria etc. Pakistan team is going downhill soon just watch good luck :)

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (February 4, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal bowled a total of 41 overs and took a paltry 1 wicket for 142 runs in this game ( 1 gifted wicket by kallis) that also in his first tour where s afrcian have no idea of his bowling in test matches... i have never seen muralai or warne or kumble vettori failing so messarablly in any test mathc even at end of their career(when all their tricks wer exposed toi batsman).. even harbhajan/mcgill/ was much better than ajmal on their early days.. so no comparison of ajmal to best bolwer.he is pretty ordinary out side his home groiund.. now only swann and monty are best spinners in world... i wish there is a traingular test series between australia/s afrca /england...

Posted by Legaleagle on (February 4, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

I am a Pakistani fan but saying that 9 players are playing for the first time in South Africa is NOT an excuse. When you play international cricket, you should be ready for the challenge. At least appear to accept the challenge. This was a resignation in defeat. Absolutely dismal!!

Posted by LordKratos on (February 4, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

Pakistan is a very good team and had they not thrashed England in the UAE like they did they would have stood a better chance of winning at least 1 test match in SA. Its only because the Proteas dont want that to happent to them that they want to put this Pakistani side down and hard.

Posted by LillianThomson on (February 4, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

Congratulations to South Africa on a dominant performance, and in particular to Dale Steyn for making me eat my words about his demise.

Of the last 3 teams to tour South Africa, Australia's First Test aggregate was 331 (284 and 47), New Zealand's was 320 (45 and 275) and now Pakistan's is 317 (49 and 268).

There is a very clear pattern of South Africa blowing away opposition teams which haven't prepared intensely enough locally.

Let's hope that Pakistan uses the next 10 days to prepare properly and that the BCCI allows its players to arrive early enough to be competitive at the end of the year.

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (February 4, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

The home demolition of New Zealand and now Pakistan, a team that crucified my England to the tune of 3-nil, puts Australia's fighting performance against the Proteas in the early part of their summer, in perspective. This contrasts with my England's performance in the sub-continent at the same time. A place where we were very very lucky to face India in the early part of the season. Sure we won the series, but that was after 12 months of dire performances where we plummeted down the rankings. PLus our job was made much much easier on these pitches as they were fresh from the monsoon rains. With augmented moisture levels making the pitches behave closer to English wickets and much more suited to our English spinners. Australia wont be so lucky late in the year, dry pitches means it will turn from day 1.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (February 4, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

STYNE is brilliant, as usual....

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (February 4, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

PAKISTAN proved that they r still mediocre test team......pak fans over-rated bowlers like junaid,irfan etc but now their so called great bowlers have been outclassed by sa bowlers.....less said is better abt PAK batsmen who r club-level.....expect sa to beat pak 3-0 considering that the next two venues(centurion and cape town) are sa favourite hunting ground.....cricinfo pls publish

Posted by BatsNo11 on (February 4, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

I think this is the fourth consecutive test that SA has won in fewer than five days. Surely this is a record?

Posted by Highflyer_GP on (February 4, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

@HennopsRiverEnd: No thanks, I'd prefer if Imran Tahir stayed far away from the starting XI!

Posted by adnan_rifat84 on (February 4, 2013, 12:56 GMT)

Stop criticizing guys on Pakistani team, all should be aware of that 9 guys are in the team playing first time in South Africa, 1st innings they were surprised and did mistakes but in 2nd innings they show more potential but i am sure about Pakistani team that they will show more fight in up coming next two matches, they know that what mistakes they have made, in next match they will play more easier to Steyn and co. They know now on South African wickets they just have to stay for long runs will come out them self. Just leave the ball going out side the off stump and play the ball on merit. South African bowlers are just teasing the batsman to play every ball and when you try to play every ball in test sure wickets will come automatically. Pakistani young guns gonna show some fight in next two matches.

Posted by Jaan123mij on (February 4, 2013, 12:56 GMT)

@ ICC EXPERT : fully agree with u ...

Posted by Sugath on (February 4, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

Pakistan needed to whether the new ball, but sadly could not. I believe there was lack of determination. They only had to make 150 runs per day and believe fear psychosis got the better of the batsmen. They should have lived that moment and not digress too much to the first innings debacle. Of course Sri Lanka too lost the first test badly but came back to beat Proteas in the second test. You can do it in the next test, but remember do not delve too much in to what happened today but only learn from the mistakes that were made. For one thing, playing fast in bouncy pitches do not get rooted inside the crease as most of you did in this test.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 4, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

@ Sports4Youth : I think you are right.For Pak winning a test in SA can still be a distinct possibility given their decent bowling attack, but for Pak to draw a test in SA seems to be improbable if not impossible.I predicted a draw, going by India's last tour result of third test.

Posted by Rick_T on (February 4, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

Some of you Pakistan fans are dreaming. You were comprehensively outclassed. Even if, as a few of you have mentioned, Pakistan scored an extra 200 in the 1st innings, to almost match your 2nd innings total, South Africa still would have won by 11 runs despite declaring with 7 wickets remaining and 2 batsmen at the crease that looked like they were never going to be dismissed. As the writer of the article said, there was "daylight between South Africa and the opposition."

Posted by Rock_cricket on (February 4, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

Great Bowling display by Steyn & co. Steyn has proved why he is number 1 bowler in the world. Other side, pakistan also shown improvement in batting and not given up so eassily. Good test match which got over in 3 1/2 days.

Posted by Harlequin. on (February 4, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

The fact that 15 of the 20 Pakistan wickets were caught by w/k or slip shows the skill of the SA attack at exploiting swing. Awesome stuff.

Posted by ArnoldVDH on (February 4, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

The only problem for Pakistan is for the next 2 test matches, they play at grounds (Newlands and Centurion) where as history has shown, the Proteas very rarely lose a match.

So the stats are not exactly in Pakistan's favour.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (February 4, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

high time pakistan make 2 seperate teams for tests and onedayers..... Test team should never play T20, PCB shoud make it compulsory. look at the players getting out caught behind, T20 is the culprit.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (February 4, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

I think Dale Steyn is only now approaching greatness. He has prior to these last three months been a fine bowler, but not at the same level of say a McGrath or an Akram. However, he is now reaching his full potential with late outswing.

Posted by PakCricSpin on (February 4, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

Morkel's wickets were all consistently No Balls. I think given the quality of batting Pakistan has, it played reasonably well the 2nd innings. But the Pakistani batting collapse of the first innings did not come as a surprise. It was predicted way before the Pakistani team even landed in South Africa. Pakistan will need to learn to play in such conditions.

Let's see if they learn any lessons going into the next match. @india_better: What does knowing the English language have to do with playing cricket?

Posted by Bowlersholding on (February 4, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

Thank you ESPNcricinfo for giving the no 1 test side a cricket writer that has any knowledge about he game, not an obsession with side shows and politics. Well done Andrew.

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (February 4, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

My mind goes back to the India S Africa series in 2010 when Steyn was at his brilliant best. The outswingers that we saw in this Test match were a bit faster. Probably that was when he was 3 years younger. He just blew India away in the first innings at the centurion for 134 after which S Africa scored a mammoth 600 plus. Probably India were caught on a first day wicket. In the second innings India made over 400.Tendulkar remained n o on 111.I saw that great tussle between Steyn and Tendulkar on TV and it was perhaps the most fascinating duel between two modern greats.Then in the 3rd Test when the series stood at 1-1, India having won the 2nd Test,Sachin scored 146 in the first innings.There again the SteynTendulkar duel seemed right out of cricketing lore.The same out swingers heading towards middle and leg and leaving off by a mm and Sachin enjoying it it seemed.The match was drawn because of the weather when India needed 170 to win.Sachin and Laxman were well set. A great series.

Posted by Bullet_Proof on (February 4, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

Pakistan Test status should be snatched,They are unfit in this format.

Posted by Redxabi on (February 4, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

Anyone know how long Dale Steyn has been ranked no:1? Must be as many as 4/5 years now.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 4, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

@ SherjilIslam :

even a 2-1 result is giving a lot of consession to Pakistan. If they do come up with win, It will be a surprise but it is still possible. But Pakistan managing a draw on these pitches is impossible.

What i mean is that if they get their combination right & their bowlers click then a win is possible as we have seen against Australia & England in 2010.


Posted by Smahuta on (February 4, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

@Fezz THey didnt edge Junaid because firstly they dont play with an angled bat toward cover every time and secondly, they play the line they think the ball is travelling in,and stick with it, not following every ball to give practice to the slips. Simple coaching manual stuff really, not bad luck for Junaid. ALso, playing and missing 10 ten times in the first ten overs of a test match at the wanderes is pretty normal par for the course. Look how many people were bowled in this match, clean bowed that is, not inside edge and how many were caught behind. Thanks Pak for giving AB a chance to equal the record for the most catches in a match, Im sure he enjoyed it.

Posted by HennopsRiverEnd on (February 4, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

We'll just have to keep on winning for the world to acknowledge our #1 status and stop doubting. But we badly need Imraan Tahir to be starting every test match. Well done Proteas

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 4, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

@Papa_Tango->I asked him so many times which Pak fan underrated Steyn & SA bowlers.Asked him several times but yet to get an answer..Creating things in mind & just coming up against Pak fans..People do it when they have no other way to make fun of others.Ohh wait Harmony you just got something.Pak bowled out on 49.,Start making fun..Nobody cares :P

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 4, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

I wonder what will be the Paksitani playing XI in the next match. I understand Azhar Ali had an injured hand during his 2nd innings batting. 10 days break should be sufficient for him to recover. But what i want is that Harris Sohail should get some decent opportunities during this series. With a first class average of 52 he should not be on the bench.

Also in the bowling department it looks like the specialist spinners in both the teams were mere passengers. Maybe SA can afford this luxury but not Pakistan. Also Rahat Ali being a young fast bowler getting an opportunity in helfpul conditions was dissapointing. He did not show any aggression at all. I wonder if his role was limited. I think Irfan should replace him in the 2nd test. In general the Pakistani bowlers did not show the same agression.


Posted by shrastogi on (February 4, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

Proteas have a terrific bowling attack for home conditions though it is far from complete bowling attack for all conditions. Same bowling attack struggled big time in Australia. And if hadnt been for some strange rotation policy of aussies ( getting baggygreen cap is very easy nowadays) the series may have ended on even terms. If Pakistan thought that by doing well against out of sorts India batters in one dayers is a precursor to something spectacular in SA that is nothing short of daydreaming. Even for good bowling attacks they should know how to bowl in Australia & SA bouncy tracks. England still is easier as there swing should be in your arsenal. Pakistan's young batting would have to come good realtime for them to do a shocker of winning a test in SA.

Posted by premithp on (February 4, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

And the world best spin bowler in "sub continent conditions" have just 1 wicket in almost 40 overs!

Posted by ste13 on (February 4, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

SA is now well ahead in test cricket. But I was surprised how Pakistan folded in 1st innings. For me, after good performance in 2012 and their good performance in ODI in India, expectations were higher. For next game they have to alter their fast bowling unit.

Posted by Marktc on (February 4, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

saqskhan.....I do differ. SA were on top in the second innings. They could have dictated their declaration. So if Pakistan had scored a similar first innings score to SA, I doubt their forth innings would have won the match. SA bowlers ruled the match. The match would have gone on longer, but SA would still have trumped Pakistan. Not even mentioning the DRS. But, be that as it may, SA shot Pakistan out for 49, then dominated in their second innings to set a total..then bowled Pakistan out with over 200 runs needed. Bottom line..they were outplayed....lets hope the second test will be better competition.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 4, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

So all the pre-match predictions coming true. I am damn sure Pak will perform much better in second and third test as historically Sub-continent teams suffer heavy defeats in their first test in Aus and SA, but improve a-lot in later stages as they get more used to the conditions.But still not sure Pak can win or at-least salvage a draw because SA bowling versus Pak batting is a no-match. As far as me and all other non-pak fans are concerned, we all knew what's going to happen.But Pak fans were a bit too optimistic about their team and their abilities. Pak should thank smith for stretching this test to two more days. My prediction still remains the same, 2-1 or 2-0 in favor of SA.

Posted by birdz_eye on (February 4, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

One must admit the crushing defeat given by S.A though it was heart breaking to see team green blown away in first inning but they have shown their reliance in the second innings of the match which is good to see. All credit to Steyn & co. for putting the opposition in such an awkward position well played S.A you showed why you are No.1. But this ain't over yet watch out for a bounce back from Pakistan. Boys get your self together & purge out this defeat from your system quickly now its your turn to return the honors. Need a couple of changes in the side both from batting & bowling departments. Accept the mistakes & adapt quickly this is not over until the series is over.

Posted by RennieKZN on (February 4, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

It is of great concern that Morkel and Philander have taken wickets of no balls. This is a regular occurence and also happend during the series against NZ. What is worrying is that the umpires do not pick this up prior to the revue. How many other times are they over stepping and not being penalised?

Posted by reality_check on (February 4, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

@Harmony111. Pakistan lost to a very strong # 1 team in the world in their own backyard. It was expected of a young inexperienced batting lineup against SA pace attack on bouncy tracks but they learned well from the first innings. There are two more tests so hopefully they will take the positives form this into the next match. The same cannot be said of the other two #1 teams in last couple of years. India was more hype then substance. Finally got brought down in utter humiliation in Eng and then in Aus. Eng got spinned in UAE by guess who ... Pakistan and then got bulldozed by SA. You can say what you want about Pakistan but it is still amazing that even after lack of cricket and scandals, they managed to beat India in India recently.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

To arrive a few days before a Test Match and play ONE warm up game is NEGLIGENT especially considering we dont have any home cricket. It shows total mismanagement. Why are the team chasing wide balls? Not choosing MUHD IRFAN in our team on a bouncy wicket was criminal. Morkel got a lot of bounce. Hot spot is not so clear in South Africa and went against us.

Posted by Papa_Tango on (February 4, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

@harmony and @rick-t : ..... And yet pakistan are 6 and 3 in their last 9 tests and India are 1 and 10...... :). This sub 100s do NOT matter. Kindly find another line of attack against a team that is NOT yours. Worry about your own and let us worry about ours, shall we?

Posted by brusselslion on (February 4, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

Another couple of years of this and we'll have to start comparing this SA team to the Australian team earlier this century and the WI team of the 80s.

Posted by Jaan123mij on (February 4, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

Evey1 has his own good time ... Let the the talkers whatever they talk... All the best pak for the next days...

Posted by   on (February 4, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

@ndiachampspakistanchumps was an embarrasng performance. but before calling Pakistan minnows one should bear in mind the hammering/near clean sweep that one has just received at their hands in their own yard.

Posted by duncanmoo on (February 4, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

Both teams under-performed with the bat in their first innings, SA's bowling just make PAK's under-performance look worse. I really think it is the bowling that was the chasm btwn these two teams.

Posted by Pathiyal on (February 4, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

Steyn's bowling in the match seemed to be too hot to handle! he was running thru the Pak wonder people rate him the best currently. having said that it is the first innings lead which broke them. if you look closely, the second innings saw them as a much improved team. thats the positive that they can hold on to in the remaining matches. lets hope misbahs will bounce back!!!

Posted by crashed on (February 4, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

Still asking who philander is? ... I think not beware cape town is the happy hunting ground of Philander gratz to SA for winning a much deserved win we are the best :) nice work from steyn and I am sure we have not seen the last of him :)

Posted by aslamPK on (February 4, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

COngrats SAFFA for the valuable lead in the series. I hope Pakistan will comeback in the series.

Posted by saqskhan on (February 4, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

@Marktc..Things would have been different if Pak would have scored 250 in the first innings. The performance of 1st innings batting affected the bowling also in the 2nd innings of pakistan against Proteas. Also you are forgetting about the DRS going against Pakistan. Lets not go into this now as its a part of game. But if Pak would have scored 250 things would have been different.

Posted by shortsillypoint on (February 4, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

Mr PpP SA will not win a World Cup as they are a test team not a OD team. Having just lost to NZ at home is a good example of their worth.

Pakistan almost managed the 275 scored by NZ in their second innings in their first test last month - not a bad effort really Pakistan.

SA are currently without peer, especially at home.

Posted by Rick_T on (February 4, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

Harmony111 - You are right. No other country has more sub 100 scores since 2000 than Pakistan. Not even Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. PAK has 9, BAN & ZIM have 8, SRI, NZ & WI have 5, AUS & ENG have 4 and SAF & IND have 2.

Posted by SouthPaw on (February 4, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal bowled a total of 41 overs and took a paltry 1 wicket for 142 runs in this game. Does that mean that the "world's best off-spinner" has gone off the boil? Or is it that batsmen are able to play right arm offies better than any other? But then Mohd. Hafeez took 4 wickets and he is a right arm offie too, so what gives?

Posted by CricketIsnotlife on (February 4, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

The World's #1 team is expected to win at home but the way they did it clinically speaks volumes about this SA side. Winning away from home in alien conditions and against strong opposition is the real measure of a true #1. This SA side has done that as well. Australia, West Indies have done this during their best years. England to an extent have not been bad either since they won in SA, Aus, India and drew against SL in their backyard. India on the other hand have been poor losing to SA in SA, Eng in Eng, Aus in Aus and have been the only side which did not deserve that #1 tag. Understandably so too since they had a toothless bowling attack and only got to that ranking on #1 by way of their batsman plundering runs on tailor made wickets between 2009 and 2011 at home.

Posted by shovwar on (February 4, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

It would be really hard for Pak to win a test now. The damage is done. Well done SA. Keep pressing.

Posted by IndiaChampspakchumps on (February 4, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

SA fans would have got a better value for money if SA had played a longer ODI series against NZ. Playing a 3 test series against minnows like pakistan is shortchanging the public.

Posted by Grav1ty on (February 4, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

Well done to the Pakistan batsmen who managed to find an edge to those deliveries. Superb bowling and I feel sorry for any batsman who had to face the SA bowling attack over the last 4 days.

Well done Dale! That was a superb bowling effort.

A bit disappointing to see such a small crowd at the game considering the most expensive tickets were only R50. Come on Jo'burgers - show some support please!

Posted by Papa_Tango on (February 4, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

I hope this gets posted: @harmony11- your comments are just an angry swipe out of your own inadequacies. No Pakistani fan ever under rates steyn. This claim is afigment of your imagination. You create it then you make fun of those phantom fans. The you proceed to castigate the Pakistani team as having the most number of times scoring under 100. Here is a suggestion: if you so dislike the pakistan team and their fans, STOP following them! You will have a healthier heart and God willing live longer.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

Steynistan...until next test-match

Posted by Marktc on (February 4, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Even if Pakistan had made 250 in their first innings, SA's second innings could have set the match up for victory. They were only three down, AB just passing a century..they could have set a stiff total..then the match would have gone to day 5, with the same victory. South Africa deserves the victory.

Posted by MightyOne on (February 4, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Another exciting Test match played at the Wanderers. As one of the three premier venues to play cricket in South Africa, and a ground which has seen only one draw in Test matches, surely the Wanderers should get a bit more love from SA's administrators? The players were clearly enjoying it, there was ALWAYS an exciting contest between bat and ball. I especially love the temptation of cross bat shots at the Wanderers with the short square boundaries, but because of the unexpected bounce most wickets there produce, those shots pose a higher risk. Fabulous performances by Steyn, de Villiers and a memorable victory to mark Smith's 100 as Captain. A fine time to be a South African supporter.

Pakistan showed they are here to play in the second innings, but perhaps their lack of touring experience in SA showed a bit today. They are still a good side, and will test SA at times in the next two tests. Bring on Newlands!!

Posted by saqskhan on (February 4, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

Congrats to SA for their consistent performance! Pakistan lost the game in the 1st inngs. It was no where that they will come back and win the match. If they would have scored atleast close to SAF 1st inning score the game would have gone to the 5th day. Everyone is saying that it was good fight back by Pak in 2nd innings, but their weakness is to play the new ball which will make the things difficult after 80 overs also. So no matter if they play 80 overs will be a same story after that. I am afraid to see a whitewash here if this kind of cricket Pak going to play. Best of Luck to Pakistan and SouthAfrica for upcoming matches.

Posted by khurramsch on (February 4, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

supurb by SA. congrats.

For pakistan, as expected pak batsmen failed but 49 was too poor & that was the game lost. improved in 2nd inings. played 100 overs. which will help in next games. though in 2nd inings i would say some poor shots cost them. hafeez, jamshed simply soft dismissal, younas & sarfraz were not sure to leave or play , umar gul also played unnecessary shot. overall improved.

what is more important pak bowling was toothless in 2nd inings they need to fix bowling as well. rahat to be relaced & coaches need to tell where to bowl. 2nd ining was too poor from them.

Posted by khurramsch on (February 4, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

lot more to work for paksitan, to see off new ball, aslo need to sort bowling out. rahat must be replaced , also need to work hard how to get seam on these wickets. 2nd inings they were no where near half of their own bowling in 1st inings not asking any questions. need to rectify errors in batting if they want to succeed. hafez/jamshed/younas/sarfraz/gul all played bad shots.

plus Hotspot has served BCCI cause here. the ones promoted by Sky were more hot. should use them if its heat factor in SA.otherwise there will be increase in voices to leave DRS out.

Posted by VinodGupte on (February 4, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

prediction time. steyn will find it tough to take wickets in the next two games. that's when philander will step in. and they will win again. morkel hasn't been all that good of late but that does not stop steyn-philander from winning games after games.

Posted by DGIFT on (February 4, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

What Bowler Steyn is True Fast Bowler. Incredible to watch, i know Anderson is quite skillful in Full Flow bt hez no Match for the Steyn Remover. Now if Only Morkel can get his Act together This Proteas side would be near Unbeatable. Credit to Pak they batted a whole lot better in the 2nd Innings. Great Work from AB too. Wat a Team this is becoming have not Lost a match in 13 tests doeant look like that run will End any time soon.

Posted by neo-galactico on (February 4, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

It's a joy to watch the Steyn remover especially is such irrepressible form, when he's like this he has no equal amongst current bowlers. I did miss his inswinger in this match though particularly when the tail kept playing and missing. AB was brilliant as well, as the overs by Kallis but him getting out to uncharacteristic strokes has been a disappointment. I feel sorry for Morne but he tends to bowl too short and doesn't do favours for himself by overstepping so consistently. All in all very good by the Proteas and good luck to Pakistan they'll certainly need it @ Vern's home in Cape Town.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

ICC should seriously give SA only 3 days to finish a game, particularly if Steyn is playing and more particularly if the match is hosted in SA. Only positives for pakistan is their tail have scored around 40-50 runs. The question is what would thrill people most in the coming improved fightback from pakistan or an improved Steyn show ?

Posted by SamRoy on (February 4, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

It was a wait for the second new ball, wasn't it. Steyn and Philander are phenomenal with that new ball. Add to that, Pakistan batsmen techniques aren't all that good against new swinging and seaming ball and it was all expected. On a side note, it is easy to see why SA are not a great limited overs side. The white ball stops seaming and swinging after 5-6 overs and one needs to have a good yorker to limit opposition teams to manageable totals. Neither Steyn nor Morkel have a good yorker, so inspite of having very good first spells they just get hammered all over the park during the death overs of a limited overs international. Also there is a lack of variety in the middle overs of an ODI/T20.

Posted by Mr.pPp on (February 4, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

I m an Indian, but i love and RESPECT the South African side probably even more than our home side(and this has nothing to do with the current condition of the Indian team). They have always been among the best for the last couple of decades, more consistent than any other team. I really wish the current team maintains this form atleast for the next few years. They have always deserved a World Cup to say the least.

Posted by AMRUTH on (February 4, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

Although Steyn has taken 11 Wickets he has not repeated any batsman except Azhar Ali

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 4, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

Great performance by SA, and good to see Steyn get the 10-fer he deserved. Pakistan also improved a lot in the 2nd innings so the rest of the series will be interesting. SA need to maintain standards, in the past (at home) one dominant performance was sometimes followed by an average one.

Before the series started there were lots of comments that Steyn was past his best, SA needed a new keeper, and that Kallis was a 'geriatric bowler'. Hopefully these opinions will be more sensible going forwards.

Posted by aafishah on (February 4, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

Arif Hanif Here:Batting Exposed on Seeming Track and it was expected but positve thing is now the got the Idea how to tackle this sort of a wicket as the shown in second innings now team managment should not make changes in betting resuources as they have now got bit of an idea how to be there.changes needed in bowling section i think Rahat Ali should be replace with Tanveer Ahmed, & personally speaking i am missing Mohammad Asif & Amir on these south afircan conditions.Just Imagine Amir Junaid Asif Gull then i think cards would reflect diffierent story.

Posted by Mervo on (February 4, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

Steyn is badly managed. He should be rotated out of the team to rest! Just like the Australian selectors do!

Posted by 4cricketluv on (February 4, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

Good cricket overall especially Pakistan's second innings effort. South Africa bowled very well; with the best attack in the world that is what you expect. Much has been said about home ground conditions and reference made to subcontinent pitches and UAE pitches. However, in the era of professional cricket one would expect a truly great, professional team to perform well on all kind of pitches and conditions. After all, modern sport is about preparation, studying your opponents game and it certainly includes the grounds you expected to play on. I do think that in cricket, time should be allowed for more preparation/warm up games to allow acclimatation to conditions. The Proteas have done exceptionally away from home. That says much about the so-called 'home conditions' argument.

Very well played, Proteas! Congratulations.

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 4, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

And Pak fans were saying Steyn was over-rated. Yeah, that means your team must be the pathetically pathetic to allow an over-rated bowler like Steyn take such a cheap 10 wicket haul and destroy your batting for 49.

I hope the Pak fans now are able to swallow this bitter pill but knowing them well over the years I know they will have some or the other excuse up their sleeve. May be they will blame DRS --- but strangely when it comes to taking sides with BCCI on DRS they will again change colors and say DRS should be adopted. How opportunistic.

Pak fans, congrats cos your team managed to score 250 odd runs co your expected score in Test matches is around the 60 a.o. mark.

This too gets added to the illustrious Test record Pak have. I would say since 2000 no other team has as many <100 scores as Pak. I can count 7 on my fingers right now. 7 <100 scores......My god.

Posted by Fezz on (February 4, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

Apart from Steyn's lethal spell in 1st innings, the most important factor in this match in my opinion was the 1st hour on the 1st morning - when Smith and Peterson kept playing and missing against Junaid, but somehow didn't edge it. I have just re read the commentary on Cricinfo of the first 10 overs of the match. Both SA openers were beaten exacely 10 times in those ten overs, but Pakistan didn' get a wicket. That was very crucial. Because after 20 or so overs, the movemment went away, rookie Rahat couldn't build the pressure, and SA managed to score 250. And to put icing on cake, Steyn bowled those unplayable deliveries. BUT I also want to know what Steve Davis was smoking during these four days ! The DRS desisions that went against Pakistan couldn't have changed the outcome, but would have made the match a bit more interesting !

Posted by Jujal on (February 4, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

Wow :) SA has a chance to go 3-0 and white wash another team. Truely awesome

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (February 4, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

thank you smith for alowing it to 3 rd day :)

Posted by Jaan123mij on (February 4, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

all credit goes to PCB to arrangement to visit India instead of going earlier to SA to make suitable Pak team with SA >

Posted by khurramsch on (February 4, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

supurb by SA. congrats.

For pakistan, as expected pak batsmen failed but 49 was too poor & that was the game lost. improved in 2nd inings. played 100 overs. which will help in next games. though in 2nd inings i would say some poor shots cost them. hafeez, jamshed simply soft dismissal, younas & sarfraz were not sure to leave or play , umar gul also played unnecessary shot.

overall improved. what is more important pak bowling was toothless in 2nd inings they need to fix bowling as well. rahat to be relaced & coaches need to tell where to bowl. 2nd ining was too poor bowling from them. not asking any questions

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