South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Cape Town February 13, 2013

Pakistan look to move on from Wanderers horror

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February 14-18, 2013
Start time 1030 local (0830 GMT)

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Were Pakistan really Test-ready ahead of the Wanderers Test? Going by their first-innings capitulation for 49 - their lowest Test score - certainly not.

When you're up against the No.1 side in the world, you want to give your players enough time to acclimatise and adjust to the seamer-friendly conditions. A solitary warm-up game in East London wasn't enough. With the first Test starting nearly three weeks after the India tour ended, there were suggestions that Pakistan could have arrived in South Africa earlier, and probably squeezed in another warm-up. Mohammad Hafeez had stated recently that Pakistan needed more Tests in their calendar to get some momentum going. For a team that last played a Test in July, their preparation ahead of the Wanderers was inadequate. They were caught short against the moving ball and the captain Misbah-ul-Haq said Dale Steyn was too much for his batsmen to handle.

Their opposition in the warm-up between Tests - the Emerging Cape Cobras - may not have been the strongest, but it was an opportunity to rectify those technical glitches, and Younis Khan was the only batsman to score a fifty. The pitch at Newlands is expected to give Pakistan some relief, as it is expected to favour the batsmen more than the Wanderers strip did. What Pakistan need to show is resilience, and since Misbah took over, they've shown plenty of that.

South Africa have no such concerns and will look to wrap up the series at their strongest home venue. Graeme Smith, who led South Africa to the top of the rankings, will be playing his 100th Test as captain of his country. Their decision not to rotate their bowlers, unlike Australia, indicated they're hungry to close out the series as soon as possible. The early finish at the Wanderers gave them an extra day's rest.

Form guide

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In the spotlight

Sarfraz Ahmed was preferred ahead of Adnan Akmal as the wicketkeeper for the Tests, for reasons not properly explained. Though his keeping was tidy at the Wanderers, he had a poor game with the bat, scoring 2 and 6. As the lone specialist keeper in the squad, coupled with the absence of the Akmal brothers, his place in the line-up doesn't look in danger, but Pakistan will need better contributions from him as a lower-order batsman. It would be unfair to write Sarfraz off too quickly, since he had played just one Test prior to the Wanderers since his international debut in 2007. The forthcoming Tests present an opportunity to establish himself in the squad as the first-choice keeper.

Robin Peterson was a forgotten man during Pakistan's collapse for 49, because he wasn't required. Though he got 10 overs in the second innings, he returned wicketless. He admitted that it can be lonely as a spinner in these conditions: "It's no fun sometimes being the spinner in South Africa and you go through periods of play where you don't even bowl." He is unlikely to be made redundant in Newlands, though, with the pitch expected to give more assistance to the spinners compared to the one at the Wanderers.

Team news

There was bad news for Pakistan on the eve of the Test, with the left-arm seamer Junaid Khan in doubt as he is yet to recover from a thigh injury. Mohammad Irfan, the 7ft left-armer who toured India recently, was anyway in line for a Test debut after his seven-wicket haul in the warm-up. Pakistan's coach Dav Whatmore hinted at playing an additional spinner, Abdur Rehman, which means Rahat Ali, who went wicketless in the first Test, may have to make way.

Pakistan: (probable) 1 Mohammed Hafeez, 2 Nasir Jamshed, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Umar Gul, 9 Saeed Ajmal, 10 and 11 Junaid Khan/ Mohammad Irfan/Rahat Ali

South Africa will play an unchanged line-up.

South Africa: (probable) 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Alviro Petersen, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 Jacques Kallis, 5 AB de Villiers (wk), 6 Faf du Plessis, 7 Dean Elgar, 8 Vernon Philander, 9 Robin Peterson, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Morne Morkel

Pitch and conditions

The pitch was watered on Tuesday night and a fair amount of grass was shaved off. There are small hints of green and it looks the usual, good Newlands strip. It was expected to be a 'grafting' surface, something the batsmen should enjoy. There is a possibility of rain tomorrow so a delayed start is likely.

Stats and trivia

  • Since their readmission to Test cricket, South Africa have a 17-3 win-loss record in Cape Town, with all three defeats coming against Australia. Since their last defeat to Australia in 2006, they've won seven out of ten Tests, and drawn the other three. Overall, South Africa have won 20 Tests here, six more than their next-best venue (The Wanderers - 14 wins)

  • Jacques Kallis has scored 2158 runs in 21 Tests at Newlands, at an average of 77.07, with nine centuries in 33 innings. In his last six Tests here he has scored five hundreds, including his highest of 224 against Sri Lanka in 2012.

  • Pakistan have lost to South Africa every time they've played in Cape Town: South Africa have won both Tests and all four ODIs.

  • Dale Steyn is one wicket away from becoming the highest wicket-taker in Tests in Cape Town. Steyn is currently tied on 53 with Makhaya Ntini. While Ntini took his wickets in 13 Tests at an average of 29.09, Steyn has taken 53 in ten Tests at 20.98.

Quotes

"The more accolades there are, the more expectation there is on me. I woke up before the Wanderers Test at 4am dreaming I had got a pair."
Graeme Smith on captaining South Africa for the 100th time, at Newlands.

"I am really confident that these guys can fight back. Whenever we've had tough times, we have been able to come out of it."
Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY bartk on | February 14, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    @Surajdon9 , your guide lines for facing swing bowling might work at school level or park cricket, but if you have actually played the game at a high enough level you will know that the problem for batsmen facing Dale Steyn is that he bowls the perfect line (4th stump line) more often then not, which forces the batsmen to play the ball , they cant simply leave the ball because if the ball does not swing, its going to cannon into the stumps and if they do keep the bat close (as you suggest), he will bring the ball into the batsmen and get an LBW more often then not because of his extra pace. Giving him the walk is only going to end in Pakistan being bowled out for an even lower total then 49 , so that is not going to be a good idea neither. That is why he is the best bowler in the world and one of the best bowlers to ever play the game.

    As for the india series in Nov, SA will win it much the same as this series. It will also be the end of Sachin.

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | February 13, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Plan to counter Dale Steyn 1)Play closer to the body 2)Leave most deliveries outside the off stump which are shaping away, offer no stroke, get a feel of the pace and bounce of the surface.u should happily let it go by,however keep the bat close to u as a second line of defence if the inswinger darts back in so u have a chance of keeping it out if initially misjudged. 3)Play with soft hands to avoid the edges carrying, strong top hand, weaker bottom hand 4)Play it late, even when committing on the front foot 5) Occasionally give him the walk to put him off guard rather than just letting him set u up. This requires bravery and courage when doing it vs a bowler with such pace, however this is why it's a test. When u are taking all the momentum forward it is natural to have a waft and start feeling for it outside the off stump with all the momentum taking u forward.u can also be bowled as u struggle to keep out yorker if the bowler slides one in as u have less time to play during OLD Ball

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | February 13, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Plan to counter Veron Philander

    1) Get forward and play with soft hands 2) Give him the walk from time to time and don't bat too deep in the crease as he doesn't have as much pace 3) Keep your focus and concentration because at times he appears innocuous, but just does enough to find the edge 4)If the balls are angling in before moving away with the new cherry or with the help of overcast conditions,open the blade, BUT only inside the line, not outside the line of the off stump as this is what the slip cordon and outswing bowler want to see. 5)If you keep fishing outside the off stump, take an off stump guard and leave anything outside the eye line. Make sure you get forward and the head doesn't fall over to avoid LBW when Vernon bowls a straighter line if you are taking such a guard.

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | February 13, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Plan to counter Morne Morkel

    1) Plenty of cutting. Taller batsmen can get on top of the bounce; shorter figures need to go up and over or offer no stroke 2) Force him into bowling a fuller length, even dishing up the half volley which you can put away with a nice looking forward drive 3) Look for nudge of the hip to get down the other end 4) Confidently leave on bounce, even when the ball is pitched up 5) Play the ball close to the body and get behind the line with a high left elbow when playing the backfoot defence...

  • POSTED BY Shahzadhussan on | February 13, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    A million dollar suggestion to Pakistani batsmen. S. African bowlers are venomous only with the new ball they can topple any team with in 30 overs. If some batsmen survive till the stage of 40 over then life will be very easy. That stage you have to think that your batting line have only 40 overs more to score whatever you can (just consider 40-over match at that stage), before the second new ball comes. At that stage just staying on the wicket with out controlled aggression like Misbah will be meaningless. For team I would prefer A.Rehman over Ajmal and Junaid was only better than others, any of three from the available can be selected.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | February 14, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    This time Pakistan not going to be all out in 49. Already reached 50+ . congrats! lets party...

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | February 14, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Kamran Abdul Jabbar..haha..yoiu are aksing to stand one feet front ..and they are thinking of standing behid the wqicket to avoid fast and furious..

  • POSTED BY KingKongIn on | February 14, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    I agree SA current bowling line up is very good but they are not unplayable..Aussis shown this in last series . all bowlers were all around of park ..aussies scored more than 400 run in a day against same bowling line up. Pakistan Just need to be care ful when playing the new ball once ball is old...attack SA bowlers like anything ...they will in pressure then..the only key is how well you play first 30 overs....and how fast you score in overs between 30 to 80. Pakistan should target according to it. make some new strategy...use bowlers to play the new bowl once ball is old..PAk can attack.

  • POSTED BY KingKongIn on | February 14, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    @Bartk--I don't understand why you talked about India and Sachin in your comment. novemeber is very far from here who knows if Sachin find his form till then and SA bowlers will all around the Park or Sachin might be retired till then. I dont think you will say Sachin is not capable of playing Steyn...he played well in last series in SA...bowler were same that time too...and Sachin scored 200 in ODI facin steyn and co...so lets dont talk about that SA will thrsh Inida by same margin..lets dont talk about future...plz comment on ongoing series.....that would be better. we will see you in Nov...and you can comment then.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    junaid is not there, so its good for PAK, he didn't bowled well at all. he was a foot shorter in his lenghts, and he can get wickets on flat tracks when batsmen are tired under humid conditons. SA has a good wheather and players are super fit so he has no chance. I think in 1st innings SA openrs had an extra cautious approach at him otherwise he is a 5 an over bowler in tests, younus bolwed better then him. Umer gul never became a bolwer of any level at any stage of his career, and club bowlers like irfan or rahat are of no use. So PAK should play with there strength that is spin and keep things tight with them. SA is an attacking team and surely they will loose patience at some stage. thats what PAK has been doing lately. as far baitting is concerned you cant say or blame them as you can expect anything from them, there is no quality batsmen in PAK side, so DALE or whoever bowl or pitch any where, PAK batsmen will be gifiting wicktes to SA. Result:-Daythree @ tea= SA won, Series=2-0

  • POSTED BY bartk on | February 14, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    @Surajdon9 , your guide lines for facing swing bowling might work at school level or park cricket, but if you have actually played the game at a high enough level you will know that the problem for batsmen facing Dale Steyn is that he bowls the perfect line (4th stump line) more often then not, which forces the batsmen to play the ball , they cant simply leave the ball because if the ball does not swing, its going to cannon into the stumps and if they do keep the bat close (as you suggest), he will bring the ball into the batsmen and get an LBW more often then not because of his extra pace. Giving him the walk is only going to end in Pakistan being bowled out for an even lower total then 49 , so that is not going to be a good idea neither. That is why he is the best bowler in the world and one of the best bowlers to ever play the game.

    As for the india series in Nov, SA will win it much the same as this series. It will also be the end of Sachin.

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | February 13, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Plan to counter Dale Steyn 1)Play closer to the body 2)Leave most deliveries outside the off stump which are shaping away, offer no stroke, get a feel of the pace and bounce of the surface.u should happily let it go by,however keep the bat close to u as a second line of defence if the inswinger darts back in so u have a chance of keeping it out if initially misjudged. 3)Play with soft hands to avoid the edges carrying, strong top hand, weaker bottom hand 4)Play it late, even when committing on the front foot 5) Occasionally give him the walk to put him off guard rather than just letting him set u up. This requires bravery and courage when doing it vs a bowler with such pace, however this is why it's a test. When u are taking all the momentum forward it is natural to have a waft and start feeling for it outside the off stump with all the momentum taking u forward.u can also be bowled as u struggle to keep out yorker if the bowler slides one in as u have less time to play during OLD Ball

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | February 13, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Plan to counter Veron Philander

    1) Get forward and play with soft hands 2) Give him the walk from time to time and don't bat too deep in the crease as he doesn't have as much pace 3) Keep your focus and concentration because at times he appears innocuous, but just does enough to find the edge 4)If the balls are angling in before moving away with the new cherry or with the help of overcast conditions,open the blade, BUT only inside the line, not outside the line of the off stump as this is what the slip cordon and outswing bowler want to see. 5)If you keep fishing outside the off stump, take an off stump guard and leave anything outside the eye line. Make sure you get forward and the head doesn't fall over to avoid LBW when Vernon bowls a straighter line if you are taking such a guard.

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | February 13, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Plan to counter Morne Morkel

    1) Plenty of cutting. Taller batsmen can get on top of the bounce; shorter figures need to go up and over or offer no stroke 2) Force him into bowling a fuller length, even dishing up the half volley which you can put away with a nice looking forward drive 3) Look for nudge of the hip to get down the other end 4) Confidently leave on bounce, even when the ball is pitched up 5) Play the ball close to the body and get behind the line with a high left elbow when playing the backfoot defence...

  • POSTED BY Shahzadhussan on | February 13, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    A million dollar suggestion to Pakistani batsmen. S. African bowlers are venomous only with the new ball they can topple any team with in 30 overs. If some batsmen survive till the stage of 40 over then life will be very easy. That stage you have to think that your batting line have only 40 overs more to score whatever you can (just consider 40-over match at that stage), before the second new ball comes. At that stage just staying on the wicket with out controlled aggression like Misbah will be meaningless. For team I would prefer A.Rehman over Ajmal and Junaid was only better than others, any of three from the available can be selected.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | February 14, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    This time Pakistan not going to be all out in 49. Already reached 50+ . congrats! lets party...

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | February 14, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Kamran Abdul Jabbar..haha..yoiu are aksing to stand one feet front ..and they are thinking of standing behid the wqicket to avoid fast and furious..

  • POSTED BY KingKongIn on | February 14, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    I agree SA current bowling line up is very good but they are not unplayable..Aussis shown this in last series . all bowlers were all around of park ..aussies scored more than 400 run in a day against same bowling line up. Pakistan Just need to be care ful when playing the new ball once ball is old...attack SA bowlers like anything ...they will in pressure then..the only key is how well you play first 30 overs....and how fast you score in overs between 30 to 80. Pakistan should target according to it. make some new strategy...use bowlers to play the new bowl once ball is old..PAk can attack.

  • POSTED BY KingKongIn on | February 14, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    @Bartk--I don't understand why you talked about India and Sachin in your comment. novemeber is very far from here who knows if Sachin find his form till then and SA bowlers will all around the Park or Sachin might be retired till then. I dont think you will say Sachin is not capable of playing Steyn...he played well in last series in SA...bowler were same that time too...and Sachin scored 200 in ODI facin steyn and co...so lets dont talk about that SA will thrsh Inida by same margin..lets dont talk about future...plz comment on ongoing series.....that would be better. we will see you in Nov...and you can comment then.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    junaid is not there, so its good for PAK, he didn't bowled well at all. he was a foot shorter in his lenghts, and he can get wickets on flat tracks when batsmen are tired under humid conditons. SA has a good wheather and players are super fit so he has no chance. I think in 1st innings SA openrs had an extra cautious approach at him otherwise he is a 5 an over bowler in tests, younus bolwed better then him. Umer gul never became a bolwer of any level at any stage of his career, and club bowlers like irfan or rahat are of no use. So PAK should play with there strength that is spin and keep things tight with them. SA is an attacking team and surely they will loose patience at some stage. thats what PAK has been doing lately. as far baitting is concerned you cant say or blame them as you can expect anything from them, there is no quality batsmen in PAK side, so DALE or whoever bowl or pitch any where, PAK batsmen will be gifiting wicktes to SA. Result:-Daythree @ tea= SA won, Series=2-0

  • POSTED BY kaitangsou on | February 14, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Pak should try for draw, then try for a win last match...that is the only hope...survival in this match, with luck it may rain a bit too...otherwise could eb ove rin 2 and half days...like to see kallis move to No3 on all time run list, as wel as getting 6 to 7 wickets, then he can try and go to 300 wickets in last match...would be nice...

  • POSTED BY HQ_Green on | February 14, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    I would like to see pakistan team fighting....being realistic and given circumstances..its very hard to imagine pak team overcoming SA...my only hope is they show some fight with the bat and improve a bit...they always struggle against swing if they do again wont be surprised...SA attack is too good in these conditions...i m looking forward to see them bowl in less bowling friendly conditions

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Why ICC is not arranging more test matches for pakistan . Pakistan is having a test series after 7 months .They have to apply the practice makes man perfect 's rule. More t20s and odis will destroy their patience of test matches.

  • POSTED BY LEOFURQAN86 on | February 14, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    My playing XI for 2nd test : 01) Hafeez. 02) Nasir Jamshed. 03) Imran Farhat. 04) Younis Khan. 05) Misbah. 06) Asad Shafiq. 07) Sarfraz Ahmed. 08) Umar Gul. 09) Junaid Khan. 10) Irfan. 11) A. Rehman. Should Azhar out for Farhat and rahat out for Irfan and pls dont surprise for Ajmal bcoz he is handy bowler in subcontinent and supporting pitches i self beleive he is not able to tak wickets against SA but i personally feel A. Rehman much better danger than Ajmal specially against South african batting in their home conditions i should want to pick him in XII for second test and Pakistan will win second test with this combination. Good Luck Pak and specially to selectors for choose right options for 2nd test if they want to win

  • POSTED BY dentistwins on | February 14, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    no doubt south africa will win this series 3-0

  • POSTED BY WeeBee on | February 14, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    welll ! Pakistan really needs to bat well. I really want them to perform, they have been performing from last 2 years and they should n't ruin it. It is really difficult to bat on such wickets where Oz's and India could not perform but Nothing is impossible. it can go very well.

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | February 14, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    good to note that if batting collapses already have answer..jamshad was injured so the collapse..if bowling fails answer is junaid is not there.... look like pak fans are also scared like their team.. remember ..when pak won world cup they wer playing without that years best bowler "waqar younis" ..still won.....thats the real difference between that imrans team and this team..a one with coiurageus fihgter and other with acceping defeat before the delivery... first pak fans must stop crying junai,,jamshad ..its team game.... paly well and try to win ...

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    @ Surajdon9: "Brilliant analysis however you forgot about Kallis??

    You'll need to post your full name though as I cannot find Surajdon9 in a Cricinfo search? I've checked the "greatest batsmen of all time" as well but unfortunately there's no mention of you? You make facing the SA attack sound so easy but clearly don't seem to understand that they have bowled out Aus, NZ and Pakistan for less than 50 in the last 18 months? All these teams have technical teams analyzing the SA bowlers and yet they still haven't been able to work out how to face them? Maybe you should send your CV to these teams?

  • POSTED BY SherjilIslam on | February 14, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    I would like to give Pak batsmen only one advice....please don't go too much into your shell while defending.Ultimately you have to score runs to put a fight of it.Barely blocking each and every ball and not even putting bad balls away will only add to the pressure on themselves. That's how i saw India coped the SA bowlers in last tour.They always played their shots when the ball was there in their cordon.e.g. upper cut by SRT when bowled bouncers.

  • POSTED BY drlimpel on | February 14, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    To those coming up with free advice on how to play swing/pace: If you were so good in the first place you'd be in the team. Please spare us your lectures!

  • POSTED BY RankPace on | February 14, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    In the first test pakistan faced the horror of batting. This time if junaid is not able to play then pakistan may face the horror of bowling. Looks like with all these injuries things are only getting worse.

  • POSTED BY javed.agrawala on | February 14, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Congrats Riz37 for speaking your mind, irrespective that the reader may not totally agree with you! Do not agree with your bowling selection as dropping Ajmal for one bad show would be improper unless there is nothing for spinners in the track. His views on Inzimam are true, though. He never promoted himself even though he was easily the best batsman of the side for most of his career. Coward may be strong but couch the words for what you will, coming in at 5 means that you are afraid of quick bowling and fresh bowlers. Even Yusuf was similar and couldn't come at 5 as he would have liked to, as someone was there already! Cricket is not just about statistics; it is also about heart! That is why Younus is to be appreciated. He was in usually early as our openers never performed satisfactorily on bowler friendly or conditions friendly to bowlers situations. Irrespective McGrath made mincemeat of Inzi incessantly though he came when the ball was usually older! Recall Bradman's niche at 3!

  • POSTED BY tony122 on | February 14, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    I see no hope for Pakistan. This team is weak with a collection of club and provincial class batsmen with a couple of international class bowlers. But even they are over-hyped. I see Pakistan getting beaten very easily in both remaining matches. Even in current state I think India-SA series in November will be way more interesting and competitive.

  • POSTED BY LEOFURQAN86 on | February 14, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    My playing XI for 2nd test : 01) Hafeez. 02) Nasir Jamshed. 03) Imran Farhat. 04) Younis Khan. 05) Misbah. 06) Asad Shafiq. 07) Sarfraz Ahmed. 08) Umar Gul. 09) Junaid Khan. 10) Irfan. 11) A. Rehman. Should Azhar out for Farhat and rahat out for Irfan and pls dont surprise for Ajmal bcoz he is handy bowler in subcontinent and supporting pitches i self beleive he is not able to tak wickets against SA but i personally feel A. Rehman much better danger than Ajmal specially against South african batting in their home conditions i should want to pick him in XII for second test and Pakistan will win second test with this combination. Good Luck Pak and specially to selectors for choose right options for 2nd test if they want to win

  • POSTED BY RaadQ on | February 14, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    Only way Pak will win this is they play four pacemen, which includes Gun and Irfan, Tanvir as the allrounder, and the other option being junaid (if fit), otherwise ehsan adil. Hafeez can be the spinner. In batting, hafeez should be demoted, as he is not capable of opening against SA in their backyard. I would want Younis to be replaced as well, but since Taufeeq and Sohail are injured, only Fawad Alam is a better replacement, but he is not in the squad. Umar Akmal, who I am sure would perform better than Younis, is being undervalued as well.

  • POSTED BY bipulkumar on | February 14, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    Lot of optimism from Pakistani fans. But if they bat first, I suspect they will cross 50 even this time around.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    My Playing XI Will Be 1) Mohammad Hafeez 2) Nasir Jamshed 3) Younas Khan 4) Faisal Iqbal 5) Misbah ul Haq 6) Asad Shafiq 7) Sarfraz Ahmed 8) Umar Gul 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Tanvir Ahmed 11) Mohammad Irfan.....Pakistan Zindabad Fingers Crossed For Pakistan

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | February 14, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    One more humiliation and big defeat is waiting for Pakistan. Pakistan cannot even compete against SA. Congratulations Pakistan for one more embracing and big defeat. Pak is playing for defeat only

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | February 14, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    Weak batting is PAK TEAM main issues, they should add more batting bastmens;

    PAK TEAM for 2nd TEST should be as; 1)Nasir 2)Hafeez 3)Imran Farhat 4)Younis(WKTKP)5)Misbah 6)Azhar 7)Asad 8)Gul 9)Irfan 10)Rehman 11)Fasial Iqbal

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | February 14, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    Surajdon9: Excellent analysis and I fully agree. Against swinging ball most SC players keep on pushing at the ball until it makes contact with the edge. You have to be prepared mentally that the ball will beat and there is no way you can put bat on every ball. Players from SC feel comfortable when they can put bat on ball but they need to let go of this mentality. Batting on these surfaces require the batter to be cunning right down to every fiber in his body if he's to succeed. Hopefully the DRS will be fairly interpreted in this game, mr. davis, for the love of God, please. Good luck to Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY BnH1985Fan on | February 13, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    @Surajdon -- love the stats. Here's one you missed; in the last 10 tests at Newlands, SA have won 7 and lost 0! But of course we all know that!

  • POSTED BY Always_pakistan on | February 13, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    Goodluck team pakistan play without fear.

  • POSTED BY dontlikecricket on | February 13, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    A really tough task for PAK on this ground. Only AUS has won there in modern times. Any team with 4 batsmen like Kallis, Amla, Smith and AB and 3 premier fast bowlers of modern time is more likely to win. PAK fans should be happy if their team put on a decent show. PAK batsmen will be hoping for a slower wicket than the last one and may be if they can bat 100 plus overs they will be able to post a fighting score. SA is going to win though!!!

  • POSTED BY LalG11 on | February 13, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    I feel it'll be very hard to survive for Pakistan in SA, Last test match ended up in almost 2 days and if rain and some better defence will come up SA's bowlers way, then there is very fair chance that this test match could go up to 4 days. But the end result will be the same.......

  • POSTED BY DeckChairand6pack on | February 13, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    I'm sure that the 49ers will bounce back from their performance at the Wanderers. Under Misbah they have shown good grit and resilience. That said, I reckon the Proteas just have way too much in the locker for them

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    He obviously likes batting on his home ground because Kallis has an exceptional record at Newlands. Nobody can or will ever match it so I shall look forward to watching him fill his boots there again because once he has got in he's never looked like getting out and he's played exactly like what he is on his day.....the World's best batsman? I understand that as CSA are organising a well deserved tribute for the now retired Mark Boucher - the best wicketkeeper/batsman to have played for the Proteas - during this test they also will need to start thinking soon about how they'll send off not only the best BATSMAN South Africa has ever produced but also the greatest all round CRICKETER of the modern era.

  • POSTED BY tests_the_best on | February 13, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    If Pak bat first and manage over 175-200, I predict a 70% chance of a Pak win. Either way, hoping for a more even contest than the first one.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | February 13, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    All these suggestions and combinations will be of no use unless the top 5 batsmen in Pakistan team put up a brave fight.

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | February 13, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    At Newlands, Cape Town, overall batting average is 30.45 per wicket and strike rate is 2.8 runs per over

    At Newlands, Cape Town, 18 tests won by the team which batted first & 21 won by the team which fielded first

    At Newlands, Cape Town, the team winning the toss won the 19 tests while lost 20 tests

    Kallis is 184 runs short of overtaking Rahul Dravid and moving to the 3rd spot for most runs in Test cricket

  • POSTED BY Sandhu-64 on | February 13, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    Pakistani players should show some bravery against styne philander and morkel and u will see the difference,pakistani players giving alots of respect to sa bowlers i think thay deserve that bt u have to attack them too,so best wishes for team pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    To me this looks like a do or die situation for Pakistan because South Africa are at their very best right now. There is Jo'Burg defeat in there mind specially that"49" than the physical fitness concerns than probably the best bowler of the 1st game from bak side Junaid khan is rulesd out and many more.... Pakistan Should come out with a very positive frame of mind they should play positively but aggressivly... Good Luck Both Teams...

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    In comparison --- no chance for Pakistan ,,, But we have hope to see something better from Pakistan this time

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | February 13, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Good luck pakistan. i hope they play same batting line and in bowling.. they play Junaid/ehsan adil, irfan, ajmal and tanvir.

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    I don't quite understand the enthusiasm about Dean Elgar. At Newlands wouldn't an attacking allrounder, or big hitter or attacking spinner be a better idea. I figure they have this idea about blooding Elgar for the long run, and replacing the valuable Amla at silly short midwicket.

  • POSTED BY Riz37 on | February 13, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Pakistan should play Tanveer, Irfan, Rehman and Junaid ( if not fit then play Ehsan Adil). @SurlyCynic: When did Inzimam performed in fast pitches? He played 11 matches in 99-00 tour of Australia and made 97 runs, he played 6 matches in 2003 worldcup in SA and made 19 runs. In 2004 tour of australia he sat out of the team faking injury. All the problems we are facing right now in the batting is due to him. In his era of captaincy he just prolonged his career by batting at 5 being very coward. Everytime team lose wither our openers didn't perform or bowlers didn't perform.But he never did anything to improve top order to come and bat at no.3 position. So don't claim him to improve our batting. He can not do that ever but he just inject his negativity of being hide behind until ball is old and score a fifty then get out with second new ball. @ Kamran Abdul Jabbar: the best suggestion you give to pakistani batsmen.

  • POSTED BY Aizikhan on | February 13, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    Pakistan's Inconsistent Inconsistency is on the Line ;) Let us See what are they Up to now. They aren't the Weaker side though. They can outplay SA, They have Got the capability to fight Back. But in all these, Steyn has become still a Nightmare for Greens. They need to Tackle him with the Best techniques which Inzimam-ul-haq, Saeed Anwer, Younis Khan , Mohammad yousuf Used to Have. Good Luck Greens.

  • POSTED BY Cricinforma on | February 13, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Generally Newlands is a win the toss, bat first sort of wicket. Any takes on what the winning captain(toss) will do

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    @Surajdon9 Great plan and analysis. I think you must be cricket player.You need to be Fast Bowling coach great ideas really impressive.anyway all the best Pakistan and irfan..

  • POSTED BY Dannymania on | February 13, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    yeah well i mean pakistan cant do worse than getting out for their lowest score.or can they?i dont know but one thing is for sure,abdur rehman deserves to be in this team.i am not a cricketer,just a spectator but thats what i think.after his fantastic display in the series against England,who were number 1 at that time,i think its fair that he plays all the games.dav whatmore might be a terrific coach but he missed a trick when rahat ali played the game instead of rehman.i said it before the first test,rehman should play.now and after this test too.anyways,junaid is unfit but that shouldn't be a problem.umar gul has this opportunity.these are bouncy wickets and if he cant show his bowling talent here,he needs to get out of the team.irfan is there but he'll probably get unfit soon.all pakistan need is a strong spin attack.they should go full throttle with that and do the best they can.the batting sucks,it always has.but atleast the bowlers should be such that they present an opportunity

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | February 13, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Plan to counter Kallis

    1)Play back and from the crease unless it is really full so you can drop the hands and sway out of the line when the bouncer arrives 2) See him off and avoid any degree of complacency, he is a cunning operator with a wealth of experience

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | February 13, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Plan to counter left arm spinner

    1) Block him all day or smash him out the park, whatever you do don't be half hearted in approach and do it with intent, can ill afford to give him wickets after surviving the hard yards against the seamers 2) Don't close the face of the blade early as he gets the odd ball to dip and spin away 3) Repetitive, patient, endless forward defences will automatically earn the bad ball such as the full toss or half tracker, his control will be tested 4) Don't play for the spin, generally play straight for the arm ball drifting in and straightening...

  • POSTED BY Cricinforma on | February 13, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    If I were to give advice to the visiting team, it would be as follows: Attack Dale Steyn on his loose deliveries whenever they arrive at the batting crease , because while Dale is a good bowler you guaranteed as a batsman to receive outswinger delivers. Adjust, and play attacking shots. Easier said than done but for professional batsmen its a different story.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 13, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Regarding Sarfraz Ahmed being preffered over Akmal brother is a good choice. In the first practice match Sarfraz scored a solid 93. However, in the 1st test at the wanderers swing was aided by weather and it was too much even for the specialist batsmen from the asian sub-continent, so no point in blaming young Sarfraz. In the 2nd innings he came in when the new ball was taken and both the set batsmen Misbah & Shafiq had just departed within the space of a few delivaries. So in such conditions against an inform Styen Gun, I dont think the Akmal brothers would have survived.

    Safrfraz has a batting average of 44 in the first class matches. That makes him the best keeper-batsman in Pakistan. Some of the specialist batsmsen in Pakistan have their averages close to that. I am confident that he will deliver as the series progresses. As far as the Glove work is concerned he has been very clean. That encourages the bowlers.

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  • POSTED BY Devin48 on | February 13, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Looking forward to seeing the proteas again. The best test team in the world...king kallis at his favourite ground and dale steyn adding to his tally of 323 wkts. Also Graeme Smith in his 100th test as SA captain. Powerpacked Proteas

  • POSTED BY mkamd on | February 13, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Not playing two specilist spinners against SA is like SA not playing with all their seamers. Give them hard time against what they lack. Irfan/Gul a reasonable choice if Junaid is not playing otherwise Junaid/Irfan is the way to go. The only way Pakistan can win any Test at this time against any team is when their bowlers get other side out under 200 in both innings. This batting line up so too fragile and seriously lacking good technique/disicipline. I still think that Kamran Akmal is a great choice for an opnner job if he agrees to play only as batsman.. He is one of few batsmen Pakistan has who have the right technique against pacers.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 13, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    I am aware that Misbah is inclined more towards spin. But I hope he is not serious about playing two specialst spinner with Hafeez supporting them. If he is looking for variety then replacing Ajmal with A.Rehman might be a better idea. In anycase Abdur Rehman's figure during the last 30 months or so are as impressive as Ajmal. That should suffice. Abdur Rehman replacing Ahmal will Also streangthen the batting. But third seamer is a must in South Africa.

  • POSTED BY Yasir26352 on | February 13, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    i think there no place for umar gul.it is time to change line up.and second thing in absense of kaman we can go open with sarfarz.two thing 1st more chance for sarfarz to bat and he became storong batsman. 1.nasir 2.sarfarz 3.azhar 4.khan 5.hafeez 6.asad 7.haq 8.tanvir 9.irfan 10.ajmal 11.rehman/adil

  • POSTED BY Papa_Tango on | February 13, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Nice balanced presentation Mr. Balachandran, appreciate your work.

  • POSTED BY EjazMahmood on | February 13, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    I think Pakistan should play to their strength. Spin. That's the only chance. Surprise SA with both Ajmal and Abdul Rahman. SA is a very good team to bat against seamers and spin can be the only chance for Pakistan. Rahat didn't take any wickets in the first test anyways and playing a spinner in his place may not be very risky. As Junaid is injured, Gul and Irfan should be the pace men.

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Good luck to SA.. Hope we wrap this series up in this test

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Some body please give a chance to Ehsan Adil!

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    Suggestion for Pakistan Batsmen : Stand one foot or 15 inches ahead of crease like Mathew Hayden. Since Steyn is trained in particular length bowling with outward swing. Make hime try to re adjust his length according to batsmen standing out of the crease. I hope many can understand this

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    well pitches and conditions will not matter much. the equation remains same " Can pak batsmen show enough fight vs SA bowlers."

    Going with 2 spinners isnt good option. ok its a dry surface but really it isnt asian picth. hafeez and ajmal enough and you need 3rd seamer.

    Junaids injury is a major setback as he was impressive. Irfan should come up instead of rahat and if junaid has to sit out then tanveer should play.

    Best of luck and hoping to see a good fighting match . rest wining or losing is ok unless its a fighting match from pak side and show some thing,

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | February 13, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    Pakistan are a good team, but need to improve their batting and fielding. Perhaps they should send for someone like Inzamam who could strengthen these areas.

    Looking forward to the game, been too long since the 1st test.

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    play tanvir he is good bowler and drop azhar play any new batsman azhar lacks tchnique play younis at no 3

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | February 13, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Lets go Proteas!! King Kallis (the greatest cricketer ever) and Lord Hashim Amla (the greatest batsman to be) will get Tons and look forward to watching the Palabora demon throw his lightening bolts !!

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | February 13, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Good luck Pakistan. I know it is hard to come out of the Johannesburg disaster but lets hope for the best. Pakistan are unpredictable as well known throughout history.

    For SA, well your bowling is simply the best to get teams dismissed for less than 50 in the past 15 months. Brilliant stuff.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | February 13, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Abdur Rehman should get a sniff, and he'll enjoy the opportunity of snorting out the opposition. Pak will look to contain with their spinners but a record of not even a draw at Newlands is a sorry state of affairs.

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Tanveer ahmed and irfan can play a vital role for pakistan.Abdul rehman should also play 2nd test, he is a quality spinner.best of luck team pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Must win game for pakistan .best of luck pakistan ..!!

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | February 13, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    All the Best pakistan.Pak need to rectify their batting mistakes anyway I still believe Pak can turnt it around but it far more difficult.My Playing XI will be Hafeez, Jamshed, Azar, Younis, Misbah, Ahmed, Gul, Ajmal, Irfan, Ehsan..

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Come on Team Green show some fight... It doesn't matter if we win or lose, but we must show resistance and fight. I would like to see Abdur Rehman in playing 11 tomorrow. I rate Abdur Rehman very highly. He is a quality spinner and a match winner. Mohammed Irfan is likely to play tomorrow. best of luck to team Pakistan for tomorrow's game. Pakistan Zindabad!!!

  • POSTED BY SherryVirk on | February 13, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Every thing going SA way, with 17-3 win loss, most likely DANGEROUS Kallis and Steyn having best record over here. Would be a really hard battle for Pakistan. But i hope that they would come back as they are unpredictable. Best of luck PAKISTAN. Hoping to hear some good news from you

  • POSTED BY SherryVirk on | February 13, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Every thing going SA way, with 17-3 win loss, most likely DANGEROUS Kallis and Steyn having best record over here. Would be a really hard battle for Pakistan. But i hope that they would come back as they are unpredictable. Best of luck PAKISTAN. Hoping to hear some good news from you

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Come on Team Green show some fight... It doesn't matter if we win or lose, but we must show resistance and fight. I would like to see Abdur Rehman in playing 11 tomorrow. I rate Abdur Rehman very highly. He is a quality spinner and a match winner. Mohammed Irfan is likely to play tomorrow. best of luck to team Pakistan for tomorrow's game. Pakistan Zindabad!!!

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | February 13, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    All the Best pakistan.Pak need to rectify their batting mistakes anyway I still believe Pak can turnt it around but it far more difficult.My Playing XI will be Hafeez, Jamshed, Azar, Younis, Misbah, Ahmed, Gul, Ajmal, Irfan, Ehsan..

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Must win game for pakistan .best of luck pakistan ..!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Tanveer ahmed and irfan can play a vital role for pakistan.Abdul rehman should also play 2nd test, he is a quality spinner.best of luck team pakistan.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | February 13, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Abdur Rehman should get a sniff, and he'll enjoy the opportunity of snorting out the opposition. Pak will look to contain with their spinners but a record of not even a draw at Newlands is a sorry state of affairs.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | February 13, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Good luck Pakistan. I know it is hard to come out of the Johannesburg disaster but lets hope for the best. Pakistan are unpredictable as well known throughout history.

    For SA, well your bowling is simply the best to get teams dismissed for less than 50 in the past 15 months. Brilliant stuff.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | February 13, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Lets go Proteas!! King Kallis (the greatest cricketer ever) and Lord Hashim Amla (the greatest batsman to be) will get Tons and look forward to watching the Palabora demon throw his lightening bolts !!

  • POSTED BY on | February 13, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    play tanvir he is good bowler and drop azhar play any new batsman azhar lacks tchnique play younis at no 3

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | February 13, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    Pakistan are a good team, but need to improve their batting and fielding. Perhaps they should send for someone like Inzamam who could strengthen these areas.

    Looking forward to the game, been too long since the 1st test.