South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 2nd day

Ajmal masterclass stuns South Africa

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

February 15, 2013

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South Africa 139 for 5 (Ajmal 5-41) trail Pakistan 338 (Shafiq 111, Younis 111, Philander 5-59) by 199 runs
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Saeed Ajmal is congratulated by his team-mates, South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 2nd day, February 15, 2013
Saeed Ajmal conjured five wickets in a beguiling display of spin bowling © Getty Images
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The Cape Town pitch was expected to make Saeed Ajmal a central figure towards the end of the Test but he made an impact as early as the second day, first with the bat in a combative 64-run ninth-wicket stand and then, far more damagingly, with a mesmerising display of spin bowling that left South Africa stuttering for the first time in their home summer.

Though this was not a tailor-made turner for Ajmal, and it had been widely predicted to be a great day for batting, he got the ball to rear up and fizz off the track in an unbroken 25-over spell that could well end up as his greatest performance. The mighty South African batting was nonplussed, and an hour before stumps there was even the outside chance of them being forced to follow-on. And this wasn't even one of those old South African teams who were frazzled by the sight of the turning ball.

Though Pakistan had three specialist quick bowlers, they turned to Ajmal as early as the 12th over, and he bowled unchanged from midway through the second session to stumps. Tanvir Ahmed was a disappointment with the new ball, bowling only around 120kph and not troubling the batsmen much, though he put in an improved second spell. The other two fast bowlers, Umar Gul and debutant Mohammad Irfan, were both regularly around 140kph, but the closest either of them came to a wicket was when Gul had Graeme Smith jabbing a simple catch to second slip, only for the usually reliable Younis Khan to grass the ball.

Smart stats

  • Pakistan's total of 338 is their highest in Tests in South Africa. Their previous best was 329 in Johannesburg exactly 15 years ago.
  • Vernon Philander's 5 for 59 is his ninth five-for in 15 Tests. In Cape Town he has taken 26 wickets in four Tests at an average of 12.30.
  • Saeed Ajmal's 5 for 41 is his first five-for against South Africa. In two previous Tests against them he had taken four wickets at 84.75.
  • The last time a spinner took a five-for in the opposition's first innings in a Cape Town Test was way back in 1970, when Ashley Mallett took 5 for 126.
  • For the first time in Test cricket, two batsmen scored 111 in a Test innings. The highest individual score by two batsmen in an innings is 234, by Don Bradman and Sid Barnes against England in 1946.

It was left to Ajmal to do the damage, and he duly delivered a masterclass of spin bowling. Just when the openers were looking settled, Ajmal struck in his second over, getting Smith lbw on the sweep. The umpire turned down the appeal but Ajmal emphatically and repeatedly asked his team-mates to go for the review, which resulted in Smith being sent on his way. He had more success soon after as Alviro Petersen nicked to short leg where Azhar Ali pulled off a smart, low catch.

Ajmal's battle with Hashim Amla, the world's top-ranked batsman, was engrossing, with Amla repeatedly using the reverse-sweep and also frequently shuffling across the stumps to try counter Ajmal. Though Amla seemed to have got on top of Ajmal when he picked off a couple of leg-side boundaries in successive overs, Ajmal emerged the winner as he rapped Amla on the back foot to get him lbw, again after using the DRS.

The DRS has already been one of the most controversial innovations in cricket, diving opinion on many levels, and there was one more talking point when South Africa's most experienced batsman, Jacques Kallis, was adjudged lbw on referral. He was originally given out caught at short leg, and he immediately referred the decision, and the replays suggested there was no edge. The umpires then checked whether it was an lbw, and the predicted path said that it was just shaving leg stump, and that it would stick with the "umpire's call", though the umpire hadn't ruled on whether the ball would hit the stumps. The rules state that when the mode of dismissal changes, the batsman should originally be considered to be not out, which means Kallis should have remained in the middle, but he was given out lbw after much confusion.

That Kallis wicket had South Africa in deep trouble. Soon after, Ajmal produced what was perhaps the ball of the day, as he got one to zip from round the wicket past a befuddled Faf du Plessis, who could only edge it to the slips, where Younis safely pouched it to consign South Africa to 109 for 5.

Several South African batsmen didn't help themselves by taking a guard on or outside off stump, and virtually cut off the off side as a scoring area against Ajmal, adding to the pressure caused by the relentless probing by the spinner.

AB de Villiers and Dean Elgar had some scares but survived the final hour to take South Africa past the follow-on mark to complete one of those rare days when the home side had been outplayed.

It was all so different in the morning when Vernon Philander's love affair with Newlands continued as he bagged another five-for - his ninth in 15 Tests. A quick close to the Pakistan innings seemed imminent when he took three wickets in his first three overs on the second day before Tanvir and Ajmal lifted Pakistan to their highest total in South Africa with a 64-run partnership.

With the ball swerving around, regularly beating the bat and most of the runs being scored through streaky edges past the slips or the leg stump, South Africa were looking forward to an early end to the innings. There was little sign that Tanvir and Ajmal would prove so hard to dislodge. With the pitch easing up, though, they began to look increasingly solid. Ahmed punched Morne Morkel past long-on for four, and Ajmal raised his front foot as he smacked Dale Steyn over midwicket for a boundary, a shot he'll treasure as much as any of his wickets today.

It wasn't till just before lunch that the pair were separated, after which it was all about Ajmal and his bewitching brand of spin bowling.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Smahuta on (February 16, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

Thats it, 12 run lead for Pakistan. You could say SA got out of Jail here, but then again so did Pak in their innings with their lower order contributions. Not sure if Morkel is going to bowl so Steyn and philly will have to do the damage for SA with the new ball.

Posted by Smahuta on (February 16, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

SA closing in on a lead now thanks to a great knock by Robbie peterson. only 35 runs behind at the time of this post. Who says SA are losing? This is their fortress and they never give up, NEVER!!! Go for a ton Robbie!!!

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

@CDUP: Agreed, it's great to see Ajmal doing so well, even if you're South African. Although I hate to see our team losing, there's also something satisfying about Ajmal sticking it to the face of a biased administration that refuses to acknowledge his achievements

Posted by CDUP on (February 16, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

While everyone is arguing about DRS and umpire calls (something that WILL ALWAYS be flawed and will always be a part of cricket) I just want to say how amazing it is (as a South African) to see such a great spin bowler and sportsman at work. Ajmal's spell yesterday was the best bowling I've seen against this SA batting line-up, and his positive attitude compliments his brilliant bowling. If he continues along those lines for the rest of the match (with support from the quicks) then Pakistan should take the win. That said, Amla, Kallis and De Villiers are known to play spin well, so good (disiplined) performances by them in the 2nd innings might just stay the dangerous Ajmal.

Posted by Anonymous_dude on (February 16, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

I do not understand. If 3rd umpire can call a batsmen back after being dismissed by the on-field umpire on checking replays confirming a no ball, why can't the 3rd umpire call the batsmen out after checking replays that it is not a no ball? this is absolutely bemusing! Perhaps, this should be raised to ICC!

Posted by humi_cric on (February 16, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

Philander was out (wasn't no ball), now should ICC again apologize, very poor umpiring.

Posted by Harmony_not_Discord on (February 16, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

Irfan got the edge of Philander but given no ball by the umpire that wasn't. Poor umpiring again.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (February 16, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

sarfaraz is not good enough.. he cant pick ajmal and he doesnt score.. they should have rather try with mohammad rizwan or adnan akmal.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (February 16, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

u cant efford to give ab so many chances

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

It is great to see the Pakistan team showing fight. They have some excellent players. Younis Khan has always been a favourite of mine - great temperament. Still hoping that Graeme can be rewarded for the fantastic service he has given SA over his 100 tests. Either way, it is certainly more exciting to watch than the previous test.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (February 16, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

azhar ali is becoming the weakest link.. droping catches n not scoring runs.. not good.. had Ab was taken pakistan would have got more lead

Posted by GeoffreysMother on (February 16, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

DRS is only really controversial to Indians, Mr Ravindran. The issue here was poor umpiring - mind you that is also something Indian's know a lot about.

Ajmal was spellbinding, especially his battles with Amla, Du Plessis and De Villiers. Proper high class cricket, for me, even as a neutral, far more engrossing than any amount of T20.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

After International Cricket Council issued a statement acknowledging that "an honest error" had been made, Kallis dismissal ( and DRS ) has been blown out of proportion. The rules and technology continue to evolve and improve with time ! Gutted to see people questing Ajmal's wrist angle. THEY SAID SAME ABOUT PAKISTANI BOWLERS REVERSE SWING IN 80's and now they know how wrong they were. In due course Ajmal will be recognized as one of finest in business - AT LEAST I.C.C. DOES !

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

Leave the Kallis dismisal guys look at Ajmal bowling had Kallis not being given out he would have been out otherwise by Ajmal Kallis also survived a close lbw call of Gl bowling Shame on ICC sending apology to South Africa but never send apology to pakistan in recent time how many wrong decisions pakistan have recieved especially younus khan(morne no ball in 2nd innings 1st test)srilanka series. Although kallis should learn frim younus to leave the ground smilingly

Posted by Hira1 on (February 16, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

@ryan stephen this is only your assumption, saeed ajmal in this match is as unplayable as steyn in the last match so you never know Kallis might gone out the next ball or over or so, still too much left in this match above all AB the inform batsman...hope we see good umpiring from now on-wards and let the better team wins.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

This is call Beauty of Cricket which both teams produced

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

I think there have been a lot of biased decisions in this test match. When Hot spot does not work pakistan batsmen are given out. Yet when it doesn't work against SA they go into super slow mo and resend the decision. Now as for Kallis's decision, the exact same scenario happened with Younis Khan. Younis Khan had scored a century! All of the sudden ICC make a formal apology to Jaques Kallis, I say they show some class and apologize to the centurion Younis Khan as well and apologize to Saeed Ajmal for not even nominating him for test bowler of the year!

Posted by Major85D on (February 16, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

Wonderful bowling from Ajmal! He is so dangerous. And once again poor decisions from mr. tuk tuk misbah. abdur rehman should be playing! And irfan should open the bowling with the new ball. btw pakistan desperately need a batting coach. inzamam ul haq should do this.

Posted by uzairamir on (February 16, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

after so much controversial hot spot decisions against pakistan in 1st test and younis khan being given out the same way as kallis the icc appologizes for kallis decision but were sleeping when a lot of bad decisions were given against pakistan

Posted by Pathiyal on (February 16, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

Unbelievable fight from Pak team. a century from Younus arrived at last and at a crunch situation like this made a bigger impact. In short of words for Asad Shafiq...infact he luked more taller than what he is. Ajmal's tricks working fantastically for the team. This test is turning out to be a thriller esp. after the huge wicket of Kallis!!!

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

Wish Kallis didn't have to go this way, especially considering that at that precise moment in time, he was hardly having the better of Ajmal, who could well have taken his wicket in some other way soon enough. The game is certainly not in Pakistan's control, well knowing Pakistan it rarely is, but we would be stupid to underestimate AB. We just have to muster a 100 run lead here, because I wouldn't be surprised if we in our turn struggle to get 100. A 100 lead and a 100 in the 2nd innings is highly likely to be enough for Ajmal to do the trick again, with Professor and maybe Azhar helping...

Posted by Khalid_Masood_Khan on (February 16, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

'Technology' declared that Kallis was out because ball's trajectory should have taken it to hit the leg stump. The rest is all useless talk.

Posted by Khalid_Masood_Khan on (February 16, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

Posted by 37c. on (February 15, 2013, 20:27 GMT): "...an unpredictable lot." Unfair comment keeping in view the fact that the same team has beaten the previous No. 1 by 3/0 in a text match series.

Posted by Akshita29 on (February 16, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

Have to say We can't take any Credit away from Ajmal . He bowled superbly . And about that Kallis decision although controversial by DRS . But he was out anyway by original law of lbw . However 3rd umpire did made a mistake but we cant take anything from Superb Ajmal.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

I think Pakistan completely outplayed South Africa. The umpires call on the dubious LBW review system is one I had not heard of before. At the same time however just think how many batsmen have been given out prior to the review system, the tally would be quite a lot.The future for Pakistan cricket is definitely on the WAX they beat England as I recall. Well done Saaed Ajmal your bowling was magnificent Pakistan have my respect. The direct review system needs looking at very closely indeed.

Posted by CRICKETILOVEU on (February 16, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

I think Abdur Rehman would have been better choice instead of Irfan or Tanveer Ahmed on dis track........ already on day 2 wicket have shown complete support to spin, if rehman would have been their it would have been much easier for pak to reduce south africa within 150, and get a upper hand in last innings.

Posted by dreamliner on (February 16, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

Why regulations and laws, which should guide the application of technology for reviews, instead override umpires call on additional mode of dismissals in the batsmen's 'favour' is beyond me. Surely any such favours arise from an element of doubt, and therefore review technology should serve to eliminate all modes of doubt for all the dismissal types (not balls, lbws, caught, wicket, run outs, etc) and not be limited to validating just the umpires call of dismissal as this then strangles the review to effectively a 'double jeopardy' outcome- a prohibition against being tried twice for the same dismissal in the case where the latter dismissal is adjudged lbw.

Posted by ygkd on (February 16, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

It is time for Pakistan to turn the screws on South Africa who will be batting last against the best spinner in the world in Saeed Ajmal. This is turning into what I was hoping the first Test would be - a hard-fought, even contest between two very watchable teams. As for the Kallis DRS decision, my opinion is not divided (the article actually has a typo giving a form of "dive") at all. Kallis was strictly not out as to the letter-of-the-law, but he would have been given out lbw by the on-field umpire at that end if he'd known there was no bat involved and the DRS would have upheld that decision. If that is against the rules, then the rules should be changed. Common sense should prevail.

Posted by mothanvi on (February 16, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

It has not yet ended for Pakistan;it will only come to an end once the clinch the victory and go 1-1 in the series because South Africa have a potenetial to undo any kind of performances.Now it is for Pakistan to slowly and gradually try to take the game away from South Africans.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

@ theCricketPurist : "Kallis was unlucky since the correct "umpire's call" in his case was not-out (for the lbw)."

Umpire's call comes into action when a good part of the ball is hitting the stumps. Here, the umpire was convinced that kallis has edged it, so he didn't consider whether the ball is going to hit the stumps or not. That means you can't say what was correct Umpire's Call.

Posted by gyusuf6 on (February 16, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

I'm a bit confused in regards to Kallis out.... Everyone in this thread keep saying that Steve Davis rejected LBW. But what i saw was Pak team appealed for a catch and the umpire rejected that. Therefore, Pak asked for review. In Yunus Khan's case I thought SA appealed for LBW and umpire rejected the appeal and they asked for review. Similarly i can say that the umpire rejected the caught behind for Yunus. Am I wrong???? because i did not see the umpire rejecting Caught behind and LBW appeals because there was'nt one. Then why all these fuss about kallis Out!!!!!!I want to be fair but can someone explain what am i missing, Please!!!!!

Posted by Ray24 on (February 16, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

Good fightback led by Tanvir, hats off to the old man. He did not bowl with pace but he made sure to bottle up one end and choke SA with 9 overs for just 17; that helped Saeed to pile on the pressure. Good intelligent cricket by playing within your capabilities. The conspiracy theory says that the Akmals dropped themselves as they were scared that this tour would be a failure for them, but this team under Misbah is a fighting unit, maybe not as talented as some of the previous ones!

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

I thik it is great that Sa sweat a bit, ater thiergeat run of success it will bring them down to earth agian. They will know that they will have to work to keep thier number 1 status. ALso I think it is great for the game, shows thier is no team better than the other unless they work for it. Still I say "GO SAFFERS", I am 100% behind you.

Posted by anver777 on (February 16, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

"One Man Army" Ajmal shows his class against a strong SA batting lineup.. Azar Ali & Misbah's struggle for runs in international arena continues.. i think spinner Rehman's inclusion would have been better than Thanvir's & together with Ajmal Pak could have attacked more from both ends... if AB scores big then SA may bounce back !! An interesting finish is on the cards !!!!!

Posted by mkamd on (February 16, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

Can't understand why Abur Rahman was left out.... SA could not fight out two quality spinners at the same time. Two seamers are all we need at this point.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

Everybody started to cry when one partially bad recession came against SA. Where were these people when 80% Pak team was given out in 1st test match.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 4:30 GMT)

"I don"t know what would be the result of this match but no doubt all credit will go to Pak.After the first test when all were busy in pulling them down they bounced back with this stunning performance! I was sure that they will certainly do something special as they are the most uncertain team out here but one thing is sure this team of Pakistan make cricket a very exciting and heart popping game.BY the way this game is still poised equally in the favour of both of the teams and lets hope they won't get out cheaply in the second ing".

Posted by drnaveed on (February 16, 2013, 3:52 GMT)

why just discussing kallis issue only, why not discussing about the 4 umpiring errors done by the third umpire (steve davis ) in the first test of the series , and they all went against Pakistan. where was icc then ???????. why it did'nt apologized than to the Pakistani team, why the SA commentators did'nt discussed about those 4 decisions which were because of the poor umpiring ,,perhaps , because they did'nt went against them. just one decision went against the SA , and see the whole world is crying, even icc had to come up in the limelight.this is ridiculous.

Posted by saif_bd007 on (February 16, 2013, 3:36 GMT)

Sorry cant agree with others about Kallis dismisal. He was given not out for LBW on for umpair thought it was an edge. Once it was proved that there was no edge so 'Umpair's call' became out for LBW too. Whatever happened, at the right call was made anyway. If he was given not out considering no edge then only he could be saved.

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 16, 2013, 3:09 GMT)

see this is one of the reasons i said south africa cant sustain the number 1 ranking, they have no spinners and cant play spin and are basically rendered useless on anything less than a lively wicket, the only times they have played on flat wickets recently they have been dominated. not the worlds best by any stretch

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

happy to see pakistan playing well.

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (February 16, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

This going exactly the way SL beat SA in durban 2011 1st inninngs total of 338 and a spinner wreaking a lot of damage. Ajmal,Swann,Herath and world's best spinners now.

Posted by shahzadparacha on (February 16, 2013, 2:29 GMT)

A great day for Pakistan Cricket. They bounced back superbly from the thrashing they received at the Wanderers in the first test.

The first session on day 3 is critical now. If Pakistan manages to complete the first Innings of South Africa then it will mean that they will have a great chance of leveling the test series.

Pakistan is missing the injured Junaid Khan in this test match. Anyways, game on here.

Posted by Yoker111 on (February 16, 2013, 2:28 GMT)

Ajmal's picture of bowling, looks rather funny and mysterious!!

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

SA is No.1 team and it will bounce back strongly. Still 3 days are left in this match and anything can happen.

Posted by Sugath on (February 16, 2013, 2:02 GMT)

Let me say this. In early 2012, Rangana Herath spun Sri Lanka to victory over Proteas in the 2nd test. THis will go the same way and Pakistan will draw level. Shows how weak the SA batters are against good spin. The next turn for SA is in Asia, and then as I see it will be curtains and they will not be able to hold the number one position. SA good on fast bouncy pitches but dead ducks on spinning tracks

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

The only thing I will say is that Misbah will be rueful tonight for not including Adbur rehman. If he was in the team as well and bowling in tandem with Ajmal, I doubt South Africa would cross 200 ! 0

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (February 16, 2013, 1:55 GMT)

Yeah he took 5 wickets. But it's a shame that he can't bowl without full-sleeves.

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

Misbah has to learn to attack from the word go and keep on attacking. His field placing for Irfan was atrocious. Irfan should have had 4 slips, a gully, a leg slip, a forward shortleg so that snicks and edges would not go to ground between the fielders and run off to the boundary. His demonstrated objective descernible to the opposition should have been to try and enforce the follow-on.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (February 16, 2013, 1:23 GMT)

These 2 sides are very good & this test is producing good cricket. I wonder how SA will fare in the alien like conditions of the UAE.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 0:37 GMT)

Kallis's dismissal should be neutralized in minds because of the Younis's one.

Posted by RaadQ on (February 16, 2013, 0:29 GMT)

Superb game of cricket. Billy Bowden clearly made an error with the LBW call [as per rules] and Kallis was unlucky. More importantly, Steve Davis made four big errors: two howlers (plumb LBW decisions not given out), 1 decision he thought was caught out but there was no edge, and an 50-50 LBW decision that looked plumb live, but turned out to be "marginal". Most impressive aspect of the game so far has been Pak's batting (two centuries) and Ajmal's bowling on day two (five-for already). However, what is alarming is Pak's failures as a pace bowling unit. I think Tanvir Ahmed is become ineffective bowling at 118-126 kph. Either another allrounder (Razzaq) or a specialist (Riaz) or a newbie (Ehsan Adil) should be played. Interesting the curators made such a dry, flat deck. Ajmal would have had his eyes popping out seeing the pitch on day two.

Posted by splitvocal on (February 16, 2013, 0:16 GMT)

how come ajmal is allowed to bowl with a bent arm?

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 16, 2013, 0:04 GMT)

As an England fan, I feel slightly better about our team's travails against Ajaml in UAE now. Some people have claimed that Ajmal must perform around the world to be able to be called the best spinner. This is just one game but it's a big step in that direction. Some may still question his action but it's within the rules and that's that. The game's still far from over but I don't think that SA will be relishing batting last against Ajmal after this display on day 2.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 15, 2013, 23:33 GMT)

Ajmal, the magician. What we wouldn't give to have a spinner of Ajmal's class. Actually we have 2 very good spinners in Rasool and Nadeem, but our selectors won't select them because they come from small towns and don't have much clout. So we are stuck with variations man Ashwin, and guileless Ojha.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 23:25 GMT)

Ajmal & Herath are the best spinners in world cricket. Unlike the Indian spinners, they can take wickets on SAf and Australian wickets.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 23:09 GMT)

Guys, I would like some help to understand that during whole series, why all the not so decisive LBW decisions have been given out when Pak is batting and otherwise when SA is on crease. For example, LBW of Umer Gul in 2nd Test, 1st Inning, Ball hitting pad above the roll, directed towards leg stamp --- still given out. On review turns out just clipping LEG. Umpire's Call ------right. Just before close 2nd day, appeal against AB by Ajmal, not out by Umpire, upon review, Ball clipping the off stump. Umpire's call------. Similar scenarios with all Ajmal's LBW not given and reviews so basically giving SAF batsmen every possible chance to survive. There are so many other cases as well. To be it looks like officials are being slightly biased but maybe I am wrong.

Posted by jhelumrawalpindi on (February 15, 2013, 22:52 GMT)

Come on Pakistan saf are down and allmost out looking forward to killer punch tomorrow

Posted by Beertjie on (February 15, 2013, 22:52 GMT)

@SurlyCynic on (February 15, 2013, 16:00 GMT) Irrespective of the merits of any decision, Kallis was wrong to hang around. On occasion in the past when he has clearly snicked a catch he declined to walk (which is his right: leave the umpire to make the decisions!). But when the ump does so, please accept it and leave the field or you are bringing the game (and your own sportsmanship) into disrepute!

Posted by No1_Jon on (February 15, 2013, 22:50 GMT)

Lets get some things straight.

1 - Mr Davis is having a shocker to follow up on his previous shocker in J'burg as the 3rd umpire.

2 - Philander is a seriously good bowler. Very similar to McGrath/Asif in disciplined line and length bowling but with extra pace to boot. A deadly combination.

3 - Saeed Ajmal just baffles all around him. The batsmen don't know what he's doing, the umpires clearly dont know what he's doing and I doubt whether his team mates or coaching staff know either. He only knows besides God.

4 - This test match is proving to be a terrific advert for TC. Wholeheartedly agree with @Nutcutlet in that real beauty is in the longest form of the game.

5 - Despite the controversies surrounding the use of DRS in this series, we must not turn back to the dark ages as per the thinking of the BCCI and celebrate what today's technology has to offer. Makes for more exciting test matches.

6 - The result of this test is still in the balance for me. Enjoy.

Posted by shovwar on (February 15, 2013, 22:21 GMT)

Atlast Ajmal showed his colors, as a Saffa fan i am ejoying this Test because its great to see your team fight when its tough get going. SA are no.1 for a REASON and I am sure they will show how tough they are to dislodge. All credit goes to Ajmal but if Pakistan has to win this Test Ajmal would need support from others. Best of LucK SA show what u did in Australia...And about Kallis dismissal We Saffa dont care. There are no excuses the game goes on. Kallis is not our only Batsman we have others. We expect a fight back.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 22:18 GMT)

gud 1 pakistan...............and yes its again proved that ajmal deserved best bowler award last year ...........and now pakistan have to get lead of atleast 100 runs to win this match........so well done pakistan and keep doing great work for the rest of series

Posted by Vikum72 on (February 15, 2013, 22:13 GMT)

RSA score-card looks like in the good old days when they play against the great Murali!

Posted by msharif911 on (February 15, 2013, 22:08 GMT)

I think you should stop crying about Kallis and his dismissal. Younis was out in exactly the same way and left without crying about it. Get on and play cricket.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 22:04 GMT)

I dont see any place of Umer Gul in team I mean I have not seen him playing good cricket from at least 3 years. Wahab Riaz should have called instead of Tanvir or Rahat. Pakistan need fast bowling All rounder badly Yasir araft could be good choice. Azar seems to be under pressure and should be given rest.

Posted by KingMSC on (February 15, 2013, 22:03 GMT)

Very poor umpiring from Steve Davis had it not been for DRS Pakistan would not have picket up most of the wickets. At the end of the day the umpires have to raise the standard of the decisions. Imagine India playing against SA instead of Pakistan (No DRS) SA must have been loving this.

Posted by UK_Chap on (February 15, 2013, 21:51 GMT)

Smahuta : where do I begin.., I have read through some of your ramblings in the comments section of day one and today. Your predictions / opinions change as quick as the wind changes direction, then you finish off with libelous slander against Ajmal. Why am I surprised cricinfo still publishes comments such as yours. The truth is would you be so bold and this mighty in person to Ajmal or anybody else.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 21:35 GMT)

as a sa fan fr 17 years i wont make a big fuss about kallis' decision or any out given against us till date. cuz i believe if u are great, these things will always take the back stage, so i dont talk about the javed akhtar incident a lot like most indian fans do about sydney. ill like to make an aggressive statement instead. elgar will play the innings of his life 2moro and play such an innings that not even a fully fit jp can replace him in the 11, and with ab still there, i believe sa can still get 300 which is enuf fr me. and to pakistan fans. ull see who is the daddy when pakistan's 2nd innings batting comes. still well played

Posted by dontlikecricket on (February 15, 2013, 21:25 GMT)

It seems some PAK fans are just too obsessive about certain players like Umar Akmal, Sami and Wahab Riaz. So I decided to look into thier record. Akmal has only made 1 century in 30innings. It just shows lack of temprament to play test cricket. He is young and I am sure he can make his way back into test by working on his game. He should be asked to score few big centuries in domestic cricket over couple of years before even thinking about bringing back into team. He reminds me of Basit Ali who showed a great promise but never converted into a serious test player. Sami has got 85 test wickets in 36 test matches!! Surely he had more than enough chances to prove himslef?? PAK cant afford to have Akmal brothers in team mainly because of their involvement in politics and disruption to the team. Wahab also has a credibility issue and it appears PAK managment is delibratley pushing him back and giving chances to other bowlers. I guess he is kind of in a same situation as Kanaria!!

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

Pakistan must get a lead of 100-150 to have a real chance of winning, given their weak batting.

BTW Akmal brothers are not test standard. They continously fail; even against India recently. Of the 5 innings they batted in; they scored a duck thrice. Also, Kamran Akmal's wicketkeeping is so poor that even if he scored a hundred in every innings, he would still be a liability for ANY side he plays for. The PCB's favourites (due to nepotism) have not been asked play against SA as it is the best team, and playing in SA, the Akmals can be expected to score no more than 50 runs in 10 innings; and hence PCB is protecting them in order to bring them back in home series games. KEEP THE PASSENGERS OUT of the team.

Posted by pk.tun on (February 15, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

Almost everyone even the commentators were of view that Kallis should have been given not out because Umpire call was for Caught and Not LBW. I think everyone is assuming that Steve Davis didn't give lbw because it was missing leg but others can argue that he didn't give LBW because he thought that ball hit the bat first. What if later is the case?

Posted by Navaidzuberi on (February 15, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

In Kallis dismissal, why it is being considered that umpire's call for lbw is "not out". Umpire can only give one decision for out, either caught or lbw. He gave him bat/pad out because he thinks that Kallis had nicked the ball. Upon DRS review, Umpires cannot ask third umpire "pls check it for all options, bat/pad, lbw etc. Umpire's call was "OUT", It must be considered "OUT" in all aspects of reviews by third umpire.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 20:57 GMT)

Ahhhh as a pakistani i would love 2 see S.Africa 7 down.. A.B and Elgar were little lucky in last couple of Ajmal's over.. But its really nice to see Pakistan giving a tough time to the no.1 team in test cricket.. I dont think S.Africa is missing any spinner here because Sub.Continent teams always play the spinners well.. As far as Kallis's or Younus's wicket fall is concern, we should respect the umpires decision.. Now this match has entered into its most intresting phase.. For Pakistan.. their batting in 2nd innings and the bowling of their spinners will be cruical.. And For South Africa.. their batting while chasing the target will be cruical for them.. And their strong batting line.up against the bowling of Hafeez and Ajmal in the fourth innings of the march will be intresting to watch.. Surely its going hot and spicy contest between the Pakistani spinners and the strong batting line.up of Proteas.. I am excited to look forward into the last couple of days of this match.. :-)

Posted by philander50 on (February 15, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

good to see pakistan on the front foot finally the test can begin, @ Zifan Hai, suddenly S.A are overhyped but where were you when they played pakistan in the first test, all i can say is that S.A messed up but hopefully we can resore some order for the final test.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (February 15, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

Surajdon9, for all your tips on how to bat, can you please ask Ajmal to bowl without long-sleeves?

Posted by haq33 on (February 15, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

The cricket purist....wait.....the onfield umpire's decision was out for catch and not-out for lbw I agree.....however he was assuming not out lbw because of bat contact rather than trajectory......therefore we cannot say that if he had considered lbw from a trajectory pov that he would also have said not out. I.e. If he knew there was no bat contact, he may then have given it out lbw on his perceived trajectory and thus the decision would remain upheld. The rules are flawed as we cannot assume what is the ump call on trajectory if he had full knowledge that there was no bat contact. The ICC must understand this loophole and it is not clearcut in kallis's favour as the ICC are claiming it is. Do U get my point?

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

Hira1: "Rule of the game says kallis was not out but why this fuss, rule of the game also says du Plessis and AB was out and Misbah was not out in the first test,"

The reason for the fuss is that could well have been a match deciding call from the umpire, whereas the wrong decisions against Pakistan in the first Test had no bearing on the result.

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 15, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

@theCricketPurist: Reg DRS, Rule 3.3 clause f says that "...in reviewing a DISMISSAL, if the third umpire believes that the batsman may instead be out by any other mode of dismissal, he shall advise the on-field umpire accordingly...". Bowden saw that there was no edge and told Davis accordingly. But he also saw that the projection showed the ball would have hit the top of the leg stump and told this too to Davis.

I am sure you would want to mention the next line in the law that says that "...The process of consultation described in this paragraph in respect of such other mode of dismissal shall then be conducted as if the batsman has been given not out..." and so you would argue that it was thus unfair for David to give Kallis lbw when he had initially said no to it. But pls note that a referral reviews a decision in its entirety. Also, Bowden told Davis it was Umpire's Call for lbw and in light of new info Davis said it was OUT. Umpire's Call doesn't mean No-Change-Possible.

Posted by Sapisjee on (February 15, 2013, 20:09 GMT)

DRS is great - there's no controversy about it, just that some very powerful groups decide to create dispute simply because they have the ability to. This time, the Pakistanis have shown that when they stick to the rules, they actually perform rather well. DRS was only incidental. Next innings, perhaps the South Africans will use DRS well - it enforces the rules. And full credit to the SA board for spending money on it - it just means that the results are real.

Posted by myaqoob on (February 15, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

Wahab Raiz and Mohd Sami should be in test squad also Kamran Akmal ..I think Abdul Razack is better bowler then Tanvir and even much reliable Batsman.Mohd Hafeez Aka Professor is no where close to Razzk.My test squad will be.

Mohd Hafeez Nasir Jamshed Azher Ali Younis Kahn Misbah Asad Shaiq Umer Akaml Kamram akmal Wahab Raiz Gul sami Ajaml

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 15, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

Well Bowled Saaed Ajmal...Come on Pakistan warp up SA Inning under 200.......

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

gud 2 see africa lossing

Posted by mzm149 on (February 15, 2013, 19:34 GMT)

I hope Pakistani bowlers will not allow South African batsmen to survive more than one session (60-70 runs). Lead of 130 odd would be quite helpful in that case. If Pakistan scores 200 runs in 3rd innings, target of 330 will not be chase-able with Ajmal and Hafeez bowling.

Posted by Sandhu-64 on (February 15, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

Outstanding bowling by saeed ajmal,wonderfull game of cricket being played from last 2 days except the umpiring department at one stage i was thinking about the biased umpiring by steve davis,y he is in the icc elite pannel of umpiring?thanks to drs otherwise sa would have been 1 or 2 down rubbish umpiring by steve davis he is not giving plumb outs disappointing.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

Well done Saeed Ajmal.

To the proponents of Kallis not being out, you have erred. Tragically it includes the famous Waqar Yonus ... TODAY his reinforcement of Kallis case was as wrong as his ignorance about what Wahab Riaz is doing in domestic circuit over the year.. to bad, he did not say that I will check to Danny Morris.

Kallis WAS OUT. REMEMBER Umpire raised Finger (to uphold the decision, 3rd Umpires has to confirm ANY ONE COUNT). LBW (BRUSHING) is out 3.3.3.F not applies.

Remember the appeal both in case of Yonus yesterday and Kallis today had to things in common (ball, bat /and catcher, and appeal FOR OUT). DIFFERENCE .. HERE Umpire gave out. DID umpire announced AT THE TIME of raising finger what it that Out which he has given (DID SA yesterday tell they are asking for Caught behind !!! ).Did Kallis tell which Out review he is referring !! All the talk today of LBW non-validity today in view of 3.3.3f etc. is trash. May suit lawyers but not cricketers, experts, umpire

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 15, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

@SurlyCynic: With ref to the many comments of your on this page, I don't know if there is a thing where playing conditions can overrule laws of the game when in conflict. Why are you putting these two as versus and not as together? They are built on the laws of the game and not on something else.

As per Papa_Tango, law 27.4 explains the scope of an appeal (haven't checked myself). So as per that Kallis was out anyhow. Secondly, if we take the laws of DRS itself, 3.3 clause f says that ".....in reviewing a DISMISSAL, if the third umpire believes that the batsman may instead be out by any other mode of dismissal, he shall advise the on-field umpire accordingly......".

Now tell me, was it a review of a DISMISSAL? Yes. Was there extra info available? Yes. Was Kallis out instead in another way? Yes. Did Bowden advise Davis that way? Yes.

One more thing, had it been Pak's referral for a Not-Out, Kallis would have been given out with no objections yet you object to OUT to an OUT referral?

Posted by Erebus26 on (February 15, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

Some quality bowling from Ajmal today - hopefully Pakistan can prise out the five remaining wickets tomorrow and gain a sizeable lead. I think they really heaped the pressure of the SA batting line-up and Ajmal has really tested the technique of Amla, Kallis and De Villiers who are the better players of spin. You can tell they are on top in this match as there is a lot of chatter being generated in and around the batsman. :)

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 15, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

The Kallis and Younis situations would be the same if the Kallis LBW had been clearcut. But 'umpire's calls' can only be given out if a LBW decision has been given by the onfield umpire, that is the difference. Noone would be arguing if it hadn't been an 'umpire's call'.

Posted by Scube on (February 15, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

@cric4world, khanw3 & other similar posters: It's unfortunate that you understand the rule exactly like the ICC Elite 3rd umpires! "The rules state that when the mode of dismissal changes, the batsman should originally be considered to be not out and then reviewed afresh for the new mode of dismissal"! In Younis'c case, when he was found to be not out for lbw, his case was reviewed for caught with the initial status as not out! He was found to have eded the ball and hence he was declared out! In Kallis's case, when he was found to be not out for bat-pad catch, his case should be reviewed for lbw with the initial status as not out! And when a batsman is not out for lbw and the ball is found to be brushing the leg stump, you don't reverse the decision! Instead if the ball was found to be hitting middle or leg, then he will still be given out! Ofcourse, nothing wrong with the Pak team on this episode! It's once again the elite 3rd umpires who screw the case for DRS!

Posted by pak78 on (February 15, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

pk need to drop safraz and groom umar akmal as wicket keeper batsman in tests and odis and t20s.

Posted by pak78 on (February 15, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

well bowled ajmal pk need to get saf out for 237 or cheaper and have at least a 100 lead to have any chance of winning this test match.. dident pk miss left hand seamer junaid hope he is availble for 3rd test cant wait for 3rd day bring it onnnnnnnnn.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

GET SA out before 250... then set a target of 500 or more

Posted by Unomaas on (February 15, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

Well done Pakistan on a day won! Ajmal proving relentless in the pressure he created!

I see that lots of people are talking about the Kallis dismissal. I can agree it was contreversial but what was more contraversial was Kallis showing open defiance and belliigerance at the umpire which brought the game into disrepute. That is unnacceptable! He should be fined and made to apologise!

Looking forward to tomorrow's play! Whatever way it pans out, all of us will be entertained one way or another :)

Posted by Hira1 on (February 15, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

Rule of the game says kallis was not out but why this fuss, rule of the game also says du Plessis and AB was out and Misbah was not out in the first test, the decision of Kallis was the only one got in Pak favor else its one of the most biased umpiring we have seen this series. Even a novice can give Amla out but umpire took their chances and give him not out, I am sure umpires will compensate for Kallis decision later in the match so nothing to worry for SA fans.......

Posted by angel19 on (February 15, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

butt i still say kallis decision was a bad one as a pakistani but it was coming since steve davis has a bad match as a umpire billy told him the story but it was his decision

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

It was not clear what the conversation between Davis and Bowden had been and on what basis Kallis was given out on what was a marginal call.Controversy apart it was a superb display of bowling by Ajmal....Lol i feel pity for those poster who were against selecting Ajmal and YK for this game.They are trolled badly ;).Get AB out as soon as possible then Game is ON. Good luck to teams green :)

Posted by AK47_pk on (February 15, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

Nd misbah made a blunder again like he played rahat in 1st test. Rehman is as dangerous as ajmal..he shudve been playing rather than tanveer. Who is grunting like hes going to bowl 100 mph.

Posted by angel19 on (February 15, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

well i think it is going to be disaster for BIFF to loss his 100th test as captain against Pakistan their celebration of 100th test as captain will go into tatters

Posted by Umms on (February 15, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

I can see the frustation from both sides. May be DRS controversial, may be Kallis was given out wrong, but that is the part and parcel of the game. We may need to improve on DRS technology, but it is there for assitance of on field umpires. What I like about it when indviduals accept the decisions and move forward like what Younis did, Kallis has scored plenty around every corner of the world, but I think he needs to take a page from Younus sportsmanship book.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

@Stark62 - No ones is questioning the law regarding appealing. However, the laws regarding decisions when DRS is used are different and supercede the laws you are referring to. Giving Kallis out was a very basic umpiring error that should have been corrected on field with the intervention of the 3rd umpire. I hope the umpire is fined his match fee and is sent on a "refresher course" to learn the rules!!

Posted by PACERONE on (February 15, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

Listening to the announcers claiming that Smith had done the right thing by sending Pakistan in to bat.I did not listen to them today but they must be dreading batting last now.Hafeez has not even got a wickets as yet.This DRS fiasco is getting out of hand.Yesterday SA appealed for LBW and the batsman was given out caught after the review showed that he had touched the ball.Either of these decisions are correct as the batsman is out.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

Pakistan is going to thrash SA. SA is probably a over-hyped team. They were never great....only "good" in their condition and that too have been questioned now!

Posted by Dishonored on (February 15, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

Sharfraz Ahmed should be kicked out from the team, even saeed ajmal can bat better than him, with this Sarfraz pakistan's tail looks very long, Pakistan need a wicket keeper batsman very badly, I think Pakistan should bring in Adnan Akmal for the next match he is a way better batsman than Sarfraz and he has good technique also. BTW well played Pakistan specially Younis, Shafiq and Ajmal. Pakitan are in a very stong position from where they can win it. They have to take minimum 100 runs lead, anything over 250 runs will be very hard to chase in the last inning specially when the track is assisting spinners.Best of luck Pak.

Posted by uzairamir on (February 15, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

tanvir is just dead weight i was opposing him before but now i am even more against him hes 34 now he wasnt swinging it and his pace has dropped from 145-140 to 120-125 so much good young fast bowlers in pakistan and what you can think of is the overrated umar gul and dead weight tanvir

Posted by Leghari_A on (February 15, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

great day for pakistan. although i have a thought to share. i noticed this in uae also that asad shafiq and azhar ali. thy get relaxed after scoring fifties. today when asad was dismissed of first ball of the day he went out satisfied raising his bat to the gallery. if i was him i wud walk out disappointed with my head down instead. i wud have let the team down exposing tailenders to new ball so early on. thats wht these two have to learn. hunger for bigger scores like so many other young guns going around.

Posted by khurramsch on (February 15, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

well played by Ajmal tanveer for 9th wicket. those 64 will be very crucial now. Sarfraz again failed & so far looking a bad replacement for adnan akmal even with decent 1st class avg.

Well bowled by ajmal, & still a 2nd day pitch not turning much. full credit to him, Tanveer was a failure with ball. merely crossing 123ks & still screaming on each delivery is funny. to get full hold other bowlers need to chip in. alone ajmal can not take 10. so far not good. only gul did have something early on. irfan was also ok.

Lot more to do. 2 good batsmen in. & pak need to get them out as soon as possible. ABD is too dangerous, Peterson/philander/steyn all can chip in few runs so still job not done. Ajmal need help from others.

more importantly Pak batsmen need to bat well in 2nd inings which is not going to be easy.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 15, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

I am happy to see Ajmal performing but guys isnt it an alarming situation? I mean we won in UAE against England..We won mainly due to Ajmal & Rehman.Our Pacers did not contribute that much. on the other hand England Pacers were doing well..Same situation here.SA pitches are said to be a heaven for fast bowlers.Then why our bowlers are looking so ordinary.The way Gull was bowling with the new ball,simply not good.Gull & Tanvir both just wasted the new ball.Why we always have to look towards Ajmal.I see no good Pacer in Pakistan except Junaid Khan.Gull is out of form & not performing in Test matches.He has become a T20 Specialist.Pakistan has produced many Great Pacers.It's time we look into this alarming situation

Posted by redcat on (February 15, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

At least a real battle - Test Cricke...Fantastic - look forward to tommorrow.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 15, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

The Kallis dismissal and Younis dismissal would be comparable IF the Kallis LBW had been clearly hitting the stumps. The fact that it was a marginal 'umpires call' is the reason for the controversy, as these calls are only supposed to be given out by DRS when the umpire has given an LBW decision.

Hope that is clear enough for everyone.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

the drs needs adjustment or changing after a review for lbw if the ball is grazing or touching the wicket ,why should it umpire's decision if the is hitting the wicket. a ball slightly hitting the wicket should be out because the umpire made a mistake. use thr drs or get rid of it but don't make a mockery of it.

Posted by rajattiwaari on (February 15, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

I don't understand why kallis' dismissal is being considered as "Controversial". Everything went as per the law.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

Life is funny and so are the people. On Day 1, the dismissal of Younis Khan was stated as a controvertial AND THAT WAS IT. NOTHING MORE. Now today Kallis was victim and suddenly everyone realises what the rules say and that HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN NOT OUT.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

SO much for my prediction that Kallis and Amla would be good against the spin. Well, Smith must truly be wishing he had batted first now. Pakistan on top big time.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

I dont blame the proteas. They havent seen much of Ajmal and Ajmal saw all he needed to see in the first test. Second innings is going to be even tougher with a wore out pitch and high on confidence Ajmal.

Posted by rajattiwaari on (February 15, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal is my favourite bowler and I think he is the best spinner in the world today. I was disappointed the way pakstani fans went after him following his dismal performance in first test.May be that was because a lot is expected from him. Saeed Ajmal can bamboozle any opposition in any condition. He proved that today!!

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 15, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

@Harmony111: You are right that the 3rd umpire can advise on a different way to give a batsman out. That is why there was nothing wrong with the Younis dismissal as he was clearly out caught.

BUT if you continue reading 3.3 you will see that it says that when DRS is ruling someone out for a different reason to the umpire's decision IT STARTS FROM AN ASSUMPTION OF NOT OUT. So 'umpire's call' LBWs will not be out when the umpire has not given out for LBW.

The other rules people are quoting for appeals referring to all methods of dismissals are of course correct, but they ignore this important distinction. If the Kallis LBW was clearly hitting the stumps and not umpire's call there would be not controversy.

Posted by Hira1 on (February 15, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

looks match is in Pak favor but you never know, AB still there and 2 innings are yet to take place, Pak must be wondering why they didn't included Rahman, they would need him more in 4th innings..........well tomorrow morning is crucial and Pak have to make sure they take maximum lead in the first inning to make this series even

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

@Smahuta..It seems that the current flop show of South African bowling and batting is unbearable for you. This so called number team has yet to play in subcontinent and yet they have to win a series there. I can bet Philander will become an ordinary bowler in subcontinent conditions. Remember Dale Styen was unable to do anything in UAE against the same Pakistan side. A bowler is world class when he is able to perform on all sort of surfaces which is not the case with current South African attack. South Africa has to play a return series with Pakistan later this year and square turners will waiting for them.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Kallis was given caught out because umpire thought he had nicked it. That was a close lbw shout too, he may have been given him out lbw if he hadn't thought that Kallis nicked it.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

Lets all hail the Second greatest spinner (post war) of all time . Ajmal is a legend and there is no shame in celebrating this fact. Secondly if Pak has a problem with the New Ball then SA has a problem with the OLD ball i.e they struggle to take wickets between overs 20-80 (on pitches that are not exactly green tops but good test wickets like this one) unlike the other great attacks of the past Ws+Shoab, Windies in 70s and 90s , Donald-Pollock and the great aussie attack of mcgrath,warne,lee

Posted by EddieKhan on (February 15, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

What a magical meaningfull spell by Philander-a pacer and Ajmal-the spin magician follwoing dual century stand by Younis and Shafiq.These guys have shown that what joy is still there in Test Cricket.Good peace of batting and bowling allows this series to get back lively....

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

The problem with the kallis decision is he was given out caught which it obviosuly wasnt! the confusion comes in the fact that the ball wasnt clearly striking the stumps therefore it becomes umpires decision so if umpire didnt think it wasnt LBW then decision should be not out that is where the confusion is - of course umpire only has to say he thought it was both LBW and caught but he deffered the decision to caught as per the laws just as Cowan was out when Kallis got him both LBW and caught - SIMPLES really.

Congrats to Pakistan for coming back at SA proper hard and making a series of it ! look forward to some good hard cricket over the next couple of days with hopefully SA coming out on top though.

On a more important note why in the world has the groundsman made a pitch that suits the opposition bowlers? should be sacked!

Posted by khanw3 on (February 15, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

If Kallis decision was wrong, then how come everyone is fine with how Younis was dismissed? (even though i believe that it was the right decision) What if Kallis was hit flush on the pads on the middle stump? Would every1 still be saying that how can 3rd umpire rule him out when the on-field umpire gave it as a bat-pad? i think the issue should be that the there was a doubt with the LBW decision, not that the 3rd umpire could not have given him out, if his decision was for bat-pad.

Posted by cric4world on (February 15, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

@everybody whining about kallis dismissal. younis was given LBW by on-field umpire but third umpire said he is not LBW but he is caught behind so younis had to go. same happened today when on-field umpire gave bat-pad caught but third umpire said he is not bat-pad but he is out LBW. so wats the difference? at both instances on-field decision was reversed and third umpire's decision was followed. so where exactly is the difference? only difference is that younis walked and kallis whined. n watching kallis whine, all his fans r also whinning now. if both reviews had to b checked only for on-field decisions then they should not check LBW for kallis and they should not check caught behind for younis either.if tv umpire is only suppose the confirm the thing asked from him, why does he check the no-ball? isnt he only supposed to check LBW decision bcoz on-field umpire didnt give it a no-ball. but he starts from no-ball n checks everything n thats the rule.

Posted by shohag23 on (February 15, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

Pakistan made a biggest mistake by picking up Tanvir Ahmed.He should not have been picked up.Shoiab Malik or Abdul Razzaq would have been a better choice.And Pakistan need a better wicket-keeper batsman.Because after Moin khan they failed to produce a reliable wicket-keeper batsman.Other countries like Australia,India,Srilanka,South Africa or even Bangladesh have a reliable wicket-keeper batsman which pakistan don't have for last 15 years or so.Please never bring the Zulqarnain.He is even worst of all.PCB get someone reliable for that position as soon as you can.If not then train Asad Shafiq or someone else who is a specialist batsman in the team for that position.

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (February 15, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

There is no difference between the Younis and Kallis decisions each were given out for something the bowling team did not appeal for, what is good for the goose is good for the gander (old English saying that one). Personally I think the attacking team should state what there appeal was for and the decision shoule be based on that, but I suppose bowlers appeal for any decision. Good test, I feel SA will eke out a fair few more runs and the Pak 2nd innings will be where the test is won or lost.

Posted by neutral_zone on (February 15, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

well played both team... truly em enjoying the every moment and comment of the articles... being a Pakistani fan i wish best of luck to both teams............i hope Pak will put his 100% for victory. .... may be you people have observed or not PAK team is getting grip on fast pitches with the passage of time..... and i pay regards to those Indians who are commenting sensibly :)

Posted by suniljoseph on (February 15, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

I think this column writer is not very good at history. Just a day ago Younis was given lbw and then he reviewed but after that he was given caught behind. There is no use of crying over such things. These are the rules of the game and if this is not the rule of the game, then why was the rule changed in case of Younis Khan. Last year Ajmal gave the same dose to the English when they were ranked No.1 and if this is the turn of RSA, then at least there should be some sportsman spirit. I am increasingly sorry if my comment does hurt somebody, but at this important phase of the match, it is good to recall history.

Posted by khurramsch on (February 15, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

well played by Ajmal tanveer for 9th wicket. those 64 will be very crucial now. Sarfraz again failed & so far looking a bad replacement for adnan akmal even with decent 1st class avg.

Well bowled by ajmal, & still a 2nd day pitch not turning much. full credit to him, Tanveer was a failure with ball. merely crossing 123ks & still screaming on each delivery is funny. to get full hold other bowlers need to chip in. alone ajmal can not take 10. so far not good. only gul did have something early on. irfan was also ok.

Lot more to do. 2 good batsmen in. & pak need to get them out as soon as possible. ABD is too dangerous, Peterson/philander/steyn all can chip in few runs so still job not done. Ajmal need help from others.

more importantly Pak batsmen need to bat well in 2nd inings which is not going to be easy.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (February 15, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

I dont understand the baised morality of Commentators as they didnt see anything wrong yesterday when Younas was given caught behind on an LBW refferal. rules and morality should be same for all. series is getting up to expectations now. Pakistan must get more practice games before series outside sub-continent next time.

Posted by auzdruck on (February 15, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

@Nmiduna... So well said, I wish I could convey it to ajmal, he would be mighty pleased :) Thanks

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

Kalis dismissal more confusing now every body coming with own interpretations. I think it will be debated. it wasnt drs problem, it was how umpires interpret it. Like 1 test Hotspot decisions vs pakistan. its not DRS its persons using it.

Steve davis gave younas out reversed, 2 given not out were reversed, and ABD was close. then kalas controversial decision, Plus add up 1st test when he reversed some as 3rd umpire. this is pretty poor umpiring.and mostly going against 1 side. pretty bad series he is having.

Posted by malepas on (February 15, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

A great match so far and I think SA still have lot to fight but Pak would need around 280 lead for SA to chase in 2nd innings,as always Ajmal is the best,,very disappointed to see Tanveer bowling at 120kph while opening the bowling,,I thought he could bowl around 132,,I would play Razzaq for him as he could still bowl at 135 and a proper batsman,,anyways,,Rehman would have been a good choice,,I think Kalis decision was the right one and can't understand why Umpires are not giving lbw's as PAK has to use its reviews to get them, BAD EMPIRING,,de-villiers would be out as well. Looking forward to see the match tomorrow.

Posted by ejsiddiqui on (February 15, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

Now, I am feeling said for Abdur Rahman. Imagine what it would have been, while Ajmal and Abdur Rahman bowling in tandem.

Posted by Papa_Tango on (February 15, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

@surlycynic:......and from now on when the fielders appeal they should then appeal for all types ? This would be comical would it not? Or is there a local playing condition that requires one and only one type of appeal?

Posted by getsetgopk on (February 15, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

They have all been lined up in the ally and magician at the other end is spinning his magic around them and turning them to dust one by one. SA is going no where especially when they can't pick him. Its not like they didn't try. They did, Amla, Smith, Kallis all tried to attack him only to loose out badly. There's the magician, the Ajmal, the worlds finest.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (February 15, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

Time to go for likes of steve devis and Billy bowden as they have been effecting game results now. I saw their horror in Srilanka against Pakistan. Well bowled majician. i like the fight put in by Tanvir and Ajmal in batting as well. I bet Pakistan is missed Rehman in this game. fast bowlers needs to help tomorow.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

yes , Ajmaaaaal good ,but what other bowlers are doing there and particularly this offspinner tanveeer ahamed, he should be given long rest forever, and pak . batsmen should give atleast 150 run target to sa , than INSHALLAHA ,i zm sure zjmaaaaal will do it for pak. cheers from , J & K...

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 15, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

@Thheepa: The situations between Younis and Kallis are very different. The Younis catch was clearly out, but the Kallis LBW was only 'umpire's call'. The playing conditions governing DRS take precedence over law 27.4 and clearly state that that LBW decision should have started from a not-out assumption.

Posted by Papa_Tango on (February 15, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

@surlycynic: I guess I do not see how playing conditions come into play when such a basic thing as what constitutes an appeal can be overturned by it. Playing conditions do not apply in this case since once the appeal is made all manners of out are in play. What particular playing conditions do you believe overturn law 27.4?

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 15, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

It seems anything done with the help of DRS is never too far away from controversy. Morevoer the law says that ....... " In particular, in reviewing a dismissal, if the third umpire believes that the batsman may instead be out by any other mode of dismissal, he shall advise the on-field umpire accordingly....".

Thus, Kalli's dismissal is absolutely valid under the law and also when seen using some common sense . There is absolutely no confusion or wrong usage of the law cos he was originally given out and it was upheld (although in a diff manner). I really don't know what Kallis should have protested at it. He was out one way or the other.

I have had a long hard day today so may have misinterpreted the law while having my dinner but in my understanding, there is nothing wrong in the way Kallis was given out.

Those who are saying Kallis should have been given not out, will they please say why so? What law are they referring to? I refer to 3.3 clause f.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

@bigdhonifan what you say about younas khan dissmisal, reviews for LBW and given khan out caught behind? Indian fan's now disshearted Pak today performece. Once again misbah lead on the front.

Posted by Stark62 on (February 15, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

I know there will be a lot of comments, regarding the dismissal of Kallis but before posting, you should read law 27.4, which states that "How's that?" covers all potential ways of getting out.

Anyway, Ajmal showed that he is a magnificent spinner and the best in the world, plus there wasn't much turn but just enough for him to rip through the SA batting line up and that is a sign of a great spinner.

Lastly, I would like to thank the curator for preparing such a special wicket!!

Posted by Nmiduna on (February 15, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

People, ex-cricketers-cum-commentators, so called cricket experts, it was clear when you ignored ajmal, you were not speaking from your heart, you were just merely being partisans, ok you can be still so ignorant and call swann the best(of course he is one of the current best and better than all the spinners India has now) but its time to acknowledge that ajmal is existent! to the rare breed that see through nationalistic tunnel holes, ajmal has the markings of a genius that you don't exactly see in swann, latter may still have his golden days ahead of him, but ajmal is more magical and awe-inspiring and effective, time to gradually appreciate the TRUTH! (I'm not even a Pakistani if it matters at all, but i hate when so and so people talk about other 'great' spinners as if this man is not a shade of them.)

Posted by Thheepa on (February 15, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

I really dont understand all the fuss about Kallis dissmissal. Put aside the laws that clearly says "Law 27.4 says that the appeal covers ALL manners of out." Why these concerns were not raised when Younas Khan was given out yesterday. I even heard one commentator saying the correct decision was taken. Is it because Younas Khan was gentleman enough to leave the field without questioning umpire's decision and Kallis refused to leave the field for a while. Should he not be reprimanded for not obeying umpires decision (according to the laws)? I wonder what would have happened if Younas Khan had questioned the third umpire decision?? Go figure!!

Posted by smrana1 on (February 15, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

i think pak made a mistake not playing rehman, he could have easily b the pick instead of the dead weight of tanveer. i was amazed when the selectors picked tanveer in the first place im sure pak has many young fast bowlrs much much better then him, one is sitting in the dressing room the leading wkt takr in domestic season!!!! amazing choice by the tour and main selection comitee!!!

Posted by DANGEROUS.DON on (February 15, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

Now where are critics that always criticize Pak batting and now they have just shut up their mouth and watching from the corner AJMAL magical bowling. If Pakistan players crumble with new ball, where are No. 1 team players do not know hot to play world class SPIN.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

love watching this pakistani team.they are overachievers;and misbah reminds me of mikr brearly

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

Three LBWs on the bowling of Ajmal were given NOT OUT by Steve Davis and then reviewed, two of them were REVERSED and De villiers one went as Umpire's call when the ball was hitting good part of the stump . Steve Davis needs a lot of improvement in his umpiring may be he should take coaching from umpires like Simon Taufel and Aleem Dar.

Posted by Papa_Tango on (February 15, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

Whether SA or PAK win lose or draw: marvellous advertisement for Test cricket. The Game wins.....

Posted by SaudFaruqi on (February 15, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

Can Saeed Ajmal take all 10 South African wickets?

Posted by BowledYa on (February 15, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

Ahh, I can only image what it would have been like now had we chosen Rehman over Tanvir. The rule should be you play to your strengths and the opposition's weaknesses. Spin is Pakistan's strength and SA's weakness. Why then play Tanvir and not Rehman? Can anyone make any sense why we chose 34 year old Tanvir and not match winner Rehman?

Posted by RankPace on (February 15, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

Without Junaid Pakistan has lost its venom in the pace attack. Gul did not produce any wicket on a pitch where the South Afican bowlers had wrecked hovoc on the Pakistanis.

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Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 15, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

@Papa_Tango: The MCC has confirmed that playing conditions overrule the usual laws of the game where they contradict. The DRS law clearly states that if the player is given out by DRS for a different reason to the umpire decision, then the process starts from a 'not out' assumption. So an 'umpire's call' LBW is not out unless an LBW decision has been given by the umpire.

Posted by Omarrz on (February 15, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

This was expected from Ajmal - the magician so nothing is unusual or surprising. What everybody is missing her, is t praise Tanvir for his 44. Yesterday I commented how better batsman (tailender) he is than Rehman. This guy has 16 first class fifties and already a test fifty before this 44. Since Razzaq has been thrown out, our tail has been really long. Tanvir can prove to be a useful tailender.

Posted by letsgoproteas on (February 15, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

bit of hope for the pakistan team... short lived im guessing. The boys will work out this ajmal chap, no problem.

Kallis was not out - bit of a shame, but thats cricket.

Posted by mikey76 on (February 15, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Puts England's struggles in the UAE into perspective. Ajmal is a seriously good bowler, and if Rehman was playing this innings could well have been over by now. Barring a horrible collapse by Pakistan second time round this should be a victory for a very underrated Pakistan side, and a nice reality check for South Africa. Yes they are a good side, but certainly not as good as everybody makes out. Can Ajmal take all 10?? Wouldnt rule it out.

Posted by Papa_Tango on (February 15, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

The critical sentence in Siddharth's article:"Though this was not a tailor-made turner for Ajmal, and it had been widely predicted to be a great day for batting, he got the ball to rear up and to fizz off the track in an unbroken 25-over spell that could well end up as his greatest performance." Well said Siddharth, well said. Good bowlers can spin the ball on a turning wicket, but to do so when it is not as helpful is the mark of a truly great bowler.

Posted by Aizikhan on (February 15, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

I think Actual Show will start tomorrow. De villiers is a great player of Spin and Elgar can become ruthless. P.S at least they will punish fast bowlers for what One single spinner has done with them .

Posted by drnaveed on (February 15, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

yesterday, when younis khan was dismissed in an unusual fashion, as the SA side was claiming an lbw decision , commentators didn't discussed it much, whereas when kallis was given out today, the commentators were discussing it all the time. kallis had no business to stay on the ground , when he was given out by the third umpire.younis khan did'nt object when he was given out.

Posted by Shan156 on (February 15, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

Great bowling by Ajmal. He has proved why he is the best spinner in the world atm. However, I wouldn't go as far as @dharsanti calling him the "greatest off spinner in the history of cricket". Doesn't @dharsanti know of any off-spinner before the 80s? That is, if he doesn't know of a certain Muralitharan.

Posted by RankPace on (February 15, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

Unbelieavable day for Philander & Ajmal. If you enjoy intense competition, you would have enjoyed todays day. But if you were Pakistan, you would have enjoyed more than South Africa.

One thing that surprises me is that every time Philander got the new ball, he was controlling the ball from his mind at will. Somehow the Pakistani seamers did not get anywhere close to such a performance. Though Smith was dropped by Younis off Gul, right at the start of the innings. Tanvir was tight. Irfan's pace & bounce looked attractive at times. But the wickets came from Ajmal on day 2. As we are given to understand the wicket will only turn more as the game progresses. South Africa have reason to be worried, because they have to bat last & Ajmal will be breathing fire.

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Posted by tests_the_best on (February 15, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

The series so far has thrown some light on the strengths and weaknesses of both sides. SA has a terrific pace attack but lack of quality spinner hurts them when the ball is old. Also, SA batting can be shaky under pressure as seen before and surprisingly, more so on home pitches. Pak on the other hand had known batting issues but their bowling is not as good as first thought. Without Junaid Khan, their pace attack looks rather ordinary as evidenced by no wickets for the pacers today. However their X-factor surely has to be Ajmal who's proving quite a handful outside the subcontinent as well. Should be interesting to see how these relative strengths/weaknesses play out over the rest of the series.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (February 15, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

As per the rule Kallis is not out. Here reviews for Caught Behind and given Kallis out on LBW.

Posted by applethief on (February 15, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

Ajmal's missing his 'teesra' in the form of Abdur Rehman today. And how about some appreciation for Younis Khan - he might have dropped an easy catch, but that kind of thing happens from time to time, and in Younis' case, very rarely. He showed his class with the bat, despite so many people calling for him being dropped. And the same goes for DRS - loads of Pak fans were deriding it in the last match, but it's so important that DRS has been the great leveller for teams like Pakistan in delivering fair results in the last few years, without it, we'd still see umpires awarding games to teams

Posted by tests_the_best on (February 15, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

As I predicted yesterday and before this match as well, things have turned out pretty much as expected. Visiting team bats first and puts up above 250 and SA batting crumbles under pressure. For all you know, this match could just end in a draw with Pak over reliant on Ajmal, who's proving his worth on non-subcontinental pitches as well.

Posted by dharsanti on (February 15, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

Gull should produce reverse swin in the morning session. I know he has capability to show the world how ball is swung reversed, while ajmal will continue to teach what is doosra. Baller from the land introduced world with reverse swing and doosra after guggaly

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal is a super hero!. Because of these kind of players I still watch cricket.

Posted by Aragorn_11 on (February 15, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

after first hour of day 1...."match is done and dusted...Pakistan are hopeless"....at the end of day 2...."this is Pakistan's to lose".....beautys of Test cricket epitomised in 2 days...

Posted by Ven61 on (February 15, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

I wish India had a spinner half as good as Ajmal

Posted by Aragorn_11 on (February 15, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

looks like this test will defo finish in 3 days ey all you cinical people?

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

Test Cricket can be lot more thrilling if we 5 test (2 home, 2 away, 1 home) manner... That would allow both teams to show off their skills, since conditions matter a lot in cricket. In old time travel was taking long time by Sea, but now that is not an issue now. We want to verstile and fun test cricket... After all Test Cricket is what make this sports a form of Art!!!

Image Styen and Ajmal play in the same team, now then SA can match the AUS of 2000s :-)

Posted by Papa_Tango on (February 15, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

@SurlyCynic: Law 27.4 says that the appeal covers ALL manners of out. Therefore, you cannot ask how this out was given. The DRS law 3.3 is trumped by 27.4. ABSOLUTELY correct out in the end.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

Ajmal is the best spinner in the world right now, hands down.

Posted by Sarangarajan on (February 15, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

Watch out!Great Ajmal is going to get 10 wickets in an innings. It wont be a surprise at all looking at the way he is going now.By far the best off spinner in the world on any surface.

Posted by azurecharms on (February 15, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

It is Ajmal Vs SA now. All other Pak bowlers are bowling like zombies. Tanvir is like a fast off spinner. Could never have guessed, he would be that awful. Irfan proves general consensu that he is not ready for test leve show. Junaid injury is unfortunate at this time. AB is a dangerous player, plays spin well. He has to be removed!

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 15, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

auzdruck: 'Umpires call' LBWs are only meant to be given out if the umpire has given an LBW decision, which he did not do here. The Cricinfo live commentary put up the rules, and this was clearly a wrong decision. That's why Kallis hung around.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

This was bound to happen..Ajmal is not another spinner from Sub Continent,You ignore him and pay the price anyways good for SA..they have avoided follow on.

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

ok reading at law i would say kalis should have been not out but again its how umpires interpret things like 1st match when hot spot and decsiion reversals were made against pak. plus this umpires call is making it more confusing, it should be better if they remove this umpires call.. even 1% of ball kissing stumps is out

Posted by xylo on (February 15, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

Not too long ago, there was an article calling Smith's men ruthless, and I had cautioned to not go overboard given that they haven't played quality spin bowling in spin-friendly conditions aka Pak and SL in their home conditions. Lo and behold, and this is not even in away conditions for SA. I am no cricketing mastermind, but it was pretty obvious to me. But when a professional editor cannot see the obvious and is happy to tag the SA team ruthless, a term reserved for quality teams like Australia in its prime, is sad.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal the magician..

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

Yesterday, when Younis got out I thought if he knew he had edged it he should have himself walked away. Today Kallis stayed at the crease after knowing he has been given out and it has been confirmed too. And now south african fans are pleading his case here! C'mon Seriously?

Posted by dharsanti on (February 15, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

SA, Spin doctor. Greatest off spiner in the history of cricket. Treat to eys to watch him playing. Absolutely love this guy.

Posted by reason-galore on (February 15, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

i recall some noobs saying that ajmal was not good and overrated as he did not take any wickets in the last test. I think now pakistan should introduce hafeez on the other end as i am sure he will run through the rest of the lineup as they would be attacking him more due to the pressure created by ajmal on the other end....

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

Saeed Ajmal Miss Abdur Rehman today

Posted by AK47_pk on (February 15, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

I was asking for 4 for 150 at the end of play but look like ajmal is going to demolish them. 112 for 5. Cant complain at all.

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (February 15, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

Pakistani bowling is doing some seriuos damage but some people are way too much biased about Pak bowling.........

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

This is Ajmal for you..People who were talking things like Ajmal is useless outside Sub con.Today he proved everybody wrong.if there is slight advantage from the pitch,Ajmal takes no time in ripping apart even the best batting line up.It was England in UAE & now doing exactly the same thing to SA..But this time there is no Rehman to help Ajmal out from the other end.Now i can see Misbah's big mistake for not going with Rehman.SA are 5 down at the moment.If Rehman was there,i am sure he also would have taken some wickets.Duo of Ajmal & Rehman would have made the things horrible for SA on such a pitch.But right now Ajmal alone is acting as a one man Army.. Also i dont understand why is Hafeez not bowling.It doesn't make any sense.He is injured for sure..

Posted by mzm149 on (February 15, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

Ajmal on fire! Lead of over 150 seems possible now.

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

5 wicket HAUL all top order r on his way .......Thats called magician Ajmal <3

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

Number 1 team of the world falling apart like England

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

An odd decision given against Jacques Kallis. The TV commentators were saying that it is the same as for Younis who was given reviewed for LBW but given out caught behind, but it is not the same at all.

In Kallis' case, the umpire gave him out caught. Therefore the umpire's call on any LBW shout for that delivery was must be not out. Kallis did not get an edge and was therefore rightly not given out caught behind. It came off his pad.

However, DRS picked up that the ball was gonna just clip leg stump, therefore as an LBW, the decision from DRS was rightly 'umpire's call' LBW is the only type of dismissal that gives umpire's call.

The on field umprire used his own call of 'out caught behind' to give him out for LWB. But in reality, his onfield decision for the LBW shout was 'not out'. Therefore it seems only fair that he should be given not out for LBW.

I understand there are rules but it is obviously an oversight and an inconsistent treatment to give someone out LBW on umpire's dec

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

at 105/4 with ajmal taking 4 wickets i would say bring on haffeez and azhar ali on as well. he can be usefull. need to apply presure.

Tanveer did well with batting, but his bowling at 120 with those screams on each ball he bowled is not good.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

some confusion over Kalis decision, like yesterday younas dismissal , appeal was for different thing and given differnt. For reduction of these, i would say , umpires should not tell players what he thought.

good thing in end both wre out and given out.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

So ajmal mesmerizing the SA batting line up,still 26 overs to be bowled today...Dont want ti miss single Ball...

Posted by mzm149 on (February 15, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

Thanks to DRS. Otherwise Steve Davis would not allow Pakistan bowlers to take wickets.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 15, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

Where is Hafeez??? Why is Misbah not bringing in Hafeez

Posted by AK47_pk on (February 15, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

Jadugar is on a mission. I predict 5 down at the end of day with 150 or less on boared. Cmon ajmal.

Posted by harry414 on (February 15, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

Look at the score card, you will know why David Shepeard hopped when it was a Nelson !

Posted by OnlyTestsMatter on (February 15, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

ajmal on in the 11th over. lol! i thought irfan alone was going to destroy us.

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

Great score but not enough to win this test match. Pakistan has mediocre bowling and it is difficult for them to take even 10 wickets. Bad selection by Pakistan. Surely they are going to lose this test as well.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 15, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

Younis dropped such an easy catch..What more you want.It wasnt like Younis had to dive or jump.The ball came straight into his hands & then fell down..You don't drop Smith in a test match.Too much costly..Now get ready to suffer

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

After seeing goliath bowl I feel pakistan missed a trick not playing him at the wanderers. Lets see how he goes.

Posted by crashed on (February 15, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

That drop will cost Pakistan big time look as well to the run rate already better than the Pakistan overall rate I see a thing coming and it is not a bird ... not a bullet ... not a plane .. it's ...... pure cricket bliss enjoy :)

Posted by tshepo008 on (February 15, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

Newland stadium is Vernon's happy hunting ground.

Posted by WakeyLee on (February 15, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

Pakistan's fast bowling reserves must have run dry if Tanvir Ahmed makes the team, he's barely club pace at 120kph, have faced far quicker (& better) Pakistani club pro's in the Yorkshire leagues!!

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

Tanvir bowling 120km/h. Thats slower than our club bowlers that we face on green pitches every weekend. Pakistan drops Smith. that was a sitter. My 4 year old wold have caught that one. How can you open with Tanvir??? He is waisting the new ball. Would the giant not have been a better choice?

Posted by Solid_Snake on (February 15, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

@maria_01->There is hell lot of a difference.Tail was scoring runs due to the pitch getting batting friendly.Imagine start of the day & a new ball..top order has to go through that nightmare..

Posted by Basit75 on (February 15, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

great effort in the end by Tanvir and Ajmal... Now it's time 4 bowlerz to show their class, atleast 100 run lead is must needed.

Posted by khurramsch on (February 15, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

good effort from pak after 33/4. Tanveer & Ajmal made some crucial runs in end. Asad gone 1st ball was major setback. Sarfraz seriously need to justify his batting. He is in place of adnan who showed some fight.

up to bowlers now. will gul be consistant, will tanveer show some skills after break & how would irfan go on debut are the questions.

overall a decent score to bowl at.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

pakistan putting up a good show ...that is all that can be expected from them with the bat.....but neverthe less a marked improvement...though the way tanvir and ajmal were going they shud have had a lot more that this

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (February 15, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

338 is a very good score as per Pak standards. The Game is ON. Btw, Good bowling by Philander. A tight slap on faces of those Pak fans who were underestimating him.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

Vernon Tailender did it again.. LOL

Posted by cricketkhan on (February 15, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

I have a gut feeling that pakistan bowlers are in for a toil. Ig Pakistan can post thier hieghst team total in SA, then expect SA to fire back with the bat too. A draw is the most likely scenario for this test.

Posted by crashed on (February 15, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

If the tailenders can stand for 64 imagine what the top batters of SA will do today well the time is now cannot wait for the next innings to start lets see if the Pakistani bowlers can do any better :p

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

for the first time in the series , Pakistan attack got something to bowl at ,though in the SA's first innings during the first test they bowled really well , i wish the same goes for them this time . wish the big guy comes good in tests ... Go Pak Go ...last but never the less , congrats to Philander for his efforts. bravo...

Posted by OnlyTestsMatter on (February 15, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

His 9th 5-fer in 15 matches, THAT'S who Vernon Philander is. Got it now?

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

Decent effort from Pakistani batsmen. Now the bowlers have to back them too. If Pakistan manages to dislodge RSA before 300 they are well within this game

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

Good effort in the end. Pakistani top order needs to wake up

Posted by maria_01 on (February 15, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

pakistani top order should learn batting tips from tanveer and ajmal.......it definitely help them.......

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