South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 3rd day

The highest high-five

Plays of the Day from the third day of the Cape Town Test between South Africa and Pakistan

Firdose Moonda at Newlands

February 16, 2013

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Mohammad Irfan makes the high-five a high jump, South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 3rd day, February 16, 2013
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Celebration of the day
It looked as though Saeed Ajmal would not let any of his team-mates take a wicket, but when the second new ball was taken, it was out of his hands. Pakistan's seven-foot quick Mohammad Irfan was given the opportunity to make an impact and he did in his first over. He did not do anything too special, just a length ball that AB de Villiers lobbed to Umar Gul at mid-on, so the celebrations were contained. Until Asad Shafiq tried to high-five the tall man and couldn't reach. He jumped to try and get there and Irfan, with arms raised above his head, waited for his team-mate to meet his hands. As more of them did it, the smiles grew.

Shot of the day
Saeed Ajmal and Robin Peterson are usually mentioned in the same breath to discuss their differences: Ajmal is a magician with the ball, while Peterson more workmanlike. Their first-innings performances underlined that. However, Peterson got one over Ajmal with the bat. Having approached Ajmal positively, Peterson switch-hit the spinner over third man to take his score to 77.

Ball of the day
Dale Steyn does not often get it wrong, but in his first over he bowled a delivery that landed so wide, it was almost off the pitch. AB de Villiers could not get near the ball and the slips had to collect it.

Record of the day
Mark Boucher was at Newlands to enjoy a day dedicated to saying goodbye to him. He may not have known that a record of his was being broken as he busied himself with activities. Peterson's sprightly 84 was the best effort by a South African batsman in this match and the most runs a South Africa No.8 has scored against Pakistan. Boucher held the previous record, his 78 at the Wanderers in 1997-98, during a stand with Pat Symcox that was crucial to cementing his place in the side.

Chance of the day
A much-improved Peterson deserved more wickets in Pakistan's second innings but unlike in the first, the only fielder he can be aggrieved with was himself. Shafiq was dropped off his bowling on day one, and today Peterson put down a chance from Azhar Ali. The batsman smacked the ball so hard back at Peterson in his follow through that it may have hurt Bruce Oxenford, had Peterson not got in the way. He almost got to it but ended up fending it off, earning a bruise but not much else.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by Rezaul on (February 16, 2013, 23:46 GMT)

Tomorrow morning 1 hour will be crucial. If Steyn, Morkel/Philander can take couple of wickets early then it will be all over for Pakistan.

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (February 16, 2013, 23:05 GMT)

The shot of Azhar was hit so hard to Peterson that had he held on to it, it would have been an incredible catch, even by SA standards. The umpire was lucky that Peterson shielded him from being hit right on the heart, as the umpire indicated it himself.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

It is now the real battle and the 4th day of this test will be the test of both the teams. If Pakistan post 300 runs lead on the board there is a very much chance for them and the Ajmal and Gul will be the key. Good luck for Pakistan.

Posted by crashed on (February 16, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

if SA get Pakistan out b4 lunch SA will win however if not and Pakistan still bat around tea will they declare and try to get SA all out?? - if not b4 tea then when - if they wait too long they will end up in a draw with no chance of winning - Misbah sit with a dilemma when to declare if SA fail to get them out - Adelaide comes to mind - it will be hard to get 10 more SA wickets if they do not have time nor runs on the board to back it up

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 16, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

Battle of the day: Steyn to Younis Khan, two great players going at it in a very competitive spirit without crossing the line. Steyn eventually prevailed by bending his back and bowling high 140s on a sluggish pitch, but Younis has had a good match.

Great test cricket.

Posted by wakaPAK on (February 16, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

Really?? That was the chance of the day?

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

Sa on top due to peterson inings now. Pak still need to score many more. 36 overs remaining for new ball and they ate still in danger.

Chance of the day wad drop of ABD, as 164/7 might have been more worse for Sa than dropping azhar . It was a tough one. Azhar hit it strongly

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 16, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

Good, tough day's test cricket. The match is set up nicely. And I really enjoyed the Steyn v Younis Khan battle, both top players, and Steyn eventually got his man after really bending his back and bowling high 140s on a sluggish pitch. Competitive tussle, but in good spirit.

Funniest moment of the day was when Peterson edged to slip and it bounced just in front of Younis. Peterson chirped 'The Aussies would have claimed that!' and the Pakistan fielders had to laugh. Great stuff.

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