South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 4th day February 17, 2013

Resilient South Africa take sixth series in a row

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South Africa 326 (Peterson 84, de Villiers 61, Ajmal 6-96) and 182 for 6 (Amla 58, Ajmal 4-51) beat Pakistan 338 (Shafiq 111, Younis 111, Philander 5-59) and 169 (Ali 65, Philander 4-40) by four wickets
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A cracking match in Cape Town continued to be a great advertisement for Test cricket as it served up another yo-yoing session on the fourth morning which handed South Africa an advantage they never ceded, going on to complete their fifth Test win in a row and sixth consecutive series victory.

Azhar Ali enhanced his outstanding third-innings record - he scored his fifth successive fifty-plus, third-innings score - and in the company Asad Shafiq, seemed to be gradually pushing Pakistan towards supremacy in the first hour and a half. As always with Pakistan cricket, though, the unpredictable happened and four wickets went down for five runs, making South Africa front-runners and further embellishing Vernon Philander's astonishing Newlands record.

From looking at a tricky target of around 250, South Africa were left chasing a more manageable 182, which they hunted down thanks chiefly to yet another half-century from the world's No. 1 ranked Test batsman, Hashim Amla.

South Africa's high-tempo pursuit was in contrast to Misbah-ul-Haq and Ali's cautious approach at the start of the day, adding only 14 off the first eight overs. South Africa were hampered by the absence of Morne Morkel, who was sidelined with a hamstring injury, but with Robin Peterson holding up one end, they continued to be accurate, though not unplayable. Misbah fell trying to sweep Peterson out of the rough, top-edging a catch towards short fine leg, and was visibly frustrated at that unforced error as he trudged off the field.

Shafiq was more adventurous than either Misbah or Ali, attacking Peterson when he bowled too full or too short. Though Steyn had upped his pace and Philander was his nagging self around off, with Ali moving beyond 60 and Shafiq confidently slapping Philander over the man at point for four, Pakistan were effectively on 159 for 4.

That was a position of great strength, especially given that South Africa would have to face the befuddling spin of Saeed Ajmal in the final innings, but the match turned in the matter of minutes. Shafiq defended a Philander delivery, and couldn't react quickly enough to either kick the ball away or deflect it with his bat as it bounced towards the off stump.

If that was unfortunate, the next dismissal was unforgivable as Sarfraz Ahmed advertised his lack of batting ability by inexplicably not getting either pad or bat behind a Peterson delivery that spun, not too alarmingly, from the rough to crash into the top of middle stump. Philander then added two typical dismissals, getting Ali to edge to the keeper before Umar Gul completed a pair by nicking to a wide third slip. It was a team hat-trick, and Pakistan were suddenly down to 152 for 8. After lunch, Peterson bowled Ajmal round his legs before Steyn rounded off the innings five overs later to leave South Africa facing a target of 182.

Alviro Petersen could have fallen to Mohammad Irfan twice - surviving a close lbw call in the first over and reprieved in the third as the replays showed Irfan had just overstepped - but he couldn't capitalise, trapped lbw by Gul in the fourth.

If that strike buoyed Pakistan, they were then up against two batsmen who are masters in the final innings, Graeme Smith and Amla. Smith used his tried-and-tested method of working almost everything to the leg side, and Amla unleashed several of his fierce off-drives to push South Africa along.

If Pakistan were to have any chance of defending the total, it would need another herculean effort from their first-innings hero, Ajmal. He used every trick he had, subtly varying the length, getting the ball to spin either way, and got it to hurry off the pitch and even dismissed three of South Africa's big batsmen - Smith, Amla and Jacques Kallis - but lacked enough support from the other end.

Kallis hit some regal drives in a 21, AB de Villiers was his usual busy self and Amla top scored with 58 to make sure Pakistan never had more than an outside chance of victory. There was time for Ajmal to complete a richly deserved ten-for when he had Faf du Plessis lbw before South Africa reached the finish line with four wickets to spare.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY TaylorSwift on | February 17, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    Proteas, congrats on a well-deserved win. Test cricket requires the mental and physical ability to perform from one day to the next. Consistency is the key here, and the Saffers are as consistent as it gets these days, whereas the Pakistanis just can't seem to get it right. Their batting and fielding woes are well-known, but it's the poor selection and lack of wicket-taking bowlers that should be growing areas of concern (Ajmal can't be expected to take 20 wickets). Picking Tanvir over Rehman was a big mistake, but the recent selection of fast bowlers has been the most troubling. After Junaid Khan, Sadaf Hussain and Ehsan Adil look like legitimate prospects worthy of a shot in the big leagues. Yet they persist with the likes of Umar Gul and Tanvir Ahmed, who are not Test material, and Mohd. Irfan, who is not fit enough for Test cricket. Even the highly erratic Wahab Riaz could have been an option here. Absolutely gutted after another disappointing display from the Pakistanis

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | February 17, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    The huge loss in the 1st test must have hurt but this loss perhaps would hurt Pak fans even more. Reason? Pak could have won this match and leveled it 1-1. The diff between losing 0-2 & drawing 1-1 can sometimes be very little. I checked Pak's score when they were 150/5 or so. I thought they will score at least 60-80 more runs. And then I went out and checked their score on the move to see they were all out in no time. SA won this test but they were 6 down in the process. Imagine what might have happened had it been 30-40 more runs? Ajmal once again showed what a jaadugar he is. If there is 1 Pak player in this 11 that I love it is him. He is top class, he is world's best, he is twice as good as other offies of the present. He did all he could but he too is human after all and has no super powers. Pak had a passenger in Sarfaraz & half a traveler in Tanvir. The 84 runs of Peterson really helped SA else they would have lost.

    Sometimes there's a wormhole between 1-1 & 0-2. :-(

  • POSTED BY Hardy1 on | February 17, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Smith, Amla, Kallis, ABDV, Steyn, Philander & Morkel form the core of this team. A. Petersen's proven he's a capable player in scoring good runs against both England & Australia away so I disagree with the suggestion that he should be dropped. Du Plessis & R. Peterson have only come into the team recently but have both been doing very well & look like they'll be part of the side for a while. The only position in question at the moment really is that of Dean Elgar, which would probably be Rudolph's if he wasn't injured. It's this excellent core & the stability that's brought South Africa to where they are today & where they look like they'll remain for the foreseeable future, until Kallis' retirement at the least, you'd imagine. The rest of their squad seems mostly untested though so it'd be interesting to see what would happen were a Steyn or a Kallis to sustain a mid to long term injury.

  • POSTED BY Rick_T on | February 18, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    A little bit tired of all the Pakistan fans saying that Ajmal is the best bowler in the world. He has never been ranked No. 1. For all of his career, he has been considerably lower than Steyn (in ranking points, not in ranking position). In fact, Steyn has been ranked No 1 at the end of every month since June 2009. Almost 4 years as the ICC No. 1 officially ranked bowler! An absolutely astonishing record of consistency. And don't tell me that because Ajmal got the most Test wickets in 2011 that it makes him the world's best bowler. Alec Stewart and Mike Atherton (and another 39 guys) scored more Test runs than Bradman but they are obviously not better batsmen than the Don.

  • POSTED BY riz309 on | February 18, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    First of all congrats to SA fans to win 6th straight test series SA team has very professionely closed out the series performed well where and when it mattered comparing SA with the past great AUS or WI teams i am not sure about that, for that SA have to win a major ICC. championship and still visit sub-continent which is gonna be their final frontier in the quest of becoming the best,someone said that PAK never was up to the standard of SA if that is the case then the previous 5 teams were neither,and Ajmal has proved that he can create havoc outside the sub-continent too.PAK need to get rid of the management the player selection was very amateur you cant win test matches by scoring 169 runs as far as SAF is concerned right now they dont have a weak point may be spin

  • POSTED BY LoveCric1975 on | February 17, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    Pakistan missed a trick. Looking back at Peterson's game, A Rehman could have had an impact with his slow left arm and ability to stick around with the bat. This was the only SA track to suit Pakistan strength.

  • POSTED BY sal80 on | February 17, 2013, 23:41 GMT

    This is heart breaking losing this match..it was close if we score 50 to 80 more runs, dnt know pakistan will eliminate these small problems to win matches from strong teams.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | February 17, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    @mahjut: You made that comment even though you know Pak themselves lost last 6 wickets for 22 runs? When ppl say cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties they more often than not refer to sudden collapses like these. SA suffered a mini-collapse in the 1st innings too, didn't they? Based on this empirical evidence, I don't think it is too wrong to say that with a few more runs to defend Pak could have won. Note that even a 1 run win would have made it 1-1. THAT is the diff I talked about that sometime exists between 0-2 and 1-1.

  • POSTED BY Papa_Tango on | February 17, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    @soso_killer: ONE man Ajmal single handedly and by that I mean without the support of his batsmen, umpiring luck, captain's decisions, et al- in short all that comprises a team like say, the SA team, bullied the SA team. Despite all their preparations, insider information from Imran Tahir (as reported by Ms Moonda), SA could not deal with him. Anywhere between 50-100 runs and he would have demolished this side you believe is better than the Aussies, by his lonesome. One guy.

    Salute Mr. Ajmal and move on. It is just a game. Okay?

  • POSTED BY pulkit10 on | February 17, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    The difference between the two teams is obviously, Saeed Ajmal but beyond him and a decent contribution by the middle order, I don't think Pakistan took much away from this game. Again, they buckled under pressure and bowled/batted erratically. One thing though, they have shown once again that they are a team of immense potential and if they had all their guns firing at once, the game could have been theirs.

    This is where they need to learn from SA - just never give in. It didn't matter that SA lost so much to Ajmal's great spell, they were always in the game because they kept trying. That's the sign of a great team. It doesn't matter if one of your major bowlers is out with an injury and the top order didn't perform well - just keep at it and give it your best. I only wish more teams could emulate this approach instead of getting carried away after every win and claiming that they're remarkable (England, I'm looking at you).

  • POSTED BY TaylorSwift on | February 17, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    Proteas, congrats on a well-deserved win. Test cricket requires the mental and physical ability to perform from one day to the next. Consistency is the key here, and the Saffers are as consistent as it gets these days, whereas the Pakistanis just can't seem to get it right. Their batting and fielding woes are well-known, but it's the poor selection and lack of wicket-taking bowlers that should be growing areas of concern (Ajmal can't be expected to take 20 wickets). Picking Tanvir over Rehman was a big mistake, but the recent selection of fast bowlers has been the most troubling. After Junaid Khan, Sadaf Hussain and Ehsan Adil look like legitimate prospects worthy of a shot in the big leagues. Yet they persist with the likes of Umar Gul and Tanvir Ahmed, who are not Test material, and Mohd. Irfan, who is not fit enough for Test cricket. Even the highly erratic Wahab Riaz could have been an option here. Absolutely gutted after another disappointing display from the Pakistanis

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | February 17, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    The huge loss in the 1st test must have hurt but this loss perhaps would hurt Pak fans even more. Reason? Pak could have won this match and leveled it 1-1. The diff between losing 0-2 & drawing 1-1 can sometimes be very little. I checked Pak's score when they were 150/5 or so. I thought they will score at least 60-80 more runs. And then I went out and checked their score on the move to see they were all out in no time. SA won this test but they were 6 down in the process. Imagine what might have happened had it been 30-40 more runs? Ajmal once again showed what a jaadugar he is. If there is 1 Pak player in this 11 that I love it is him. He is top class, he is world's best, he is twice as good as other offies of the present. He did all he could but he too is human after all and has no super powers. Pak had a passenger in Sarfaraz & half a traveler in Tanvir. The 84 runs of Peterson really helped SA else they would have lost.

    Sometimes there's a wormhole between 1-1 & 0-2. :-(

  • POSTED BY Hardy1 on | February 17, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Smith, Amla, Kallis, ABDV, Steyn, Philander & Morkel form the core of this team. A. Petersen's proven he's a capable player in scoring good runs against both England & Australia away so I disagree with the suggestion that he should be dropped. Du Plessis & R. Peterson have only come into the team recently but have both been doing very well & look like they'll be part of the side for a while. The only position in question at the moment really is that of Dean Elgar, which would probably be Rudolph's if he wasn't injured. It's this excellent core & the stability that's brought South Africa to where they are today & where they look like they'll remain for the foreseeable future, until Kallis' retirement at the least, you'd imagine. The rest of their squad seems mostly untested though so it'd be interesting to see what would happen were a Steyn or a Kallis to sustain a mid to long term injury.

  • POSTED BY Rick_T on | February 18, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    A little bit tired of all the Pakistan fans saying that Ajmal is the best bowler in the world. He has never been ranked No. 1. For all of his career, he has been considerably lower than Steyn (in ranking points, not in ranking position). In fact, Steyn has been ranked No 1 at the end of every month since June 2009. Almost 4 years as the ICC No. 1 officially ranked bowler! An absolutely astonishing record of consistency. And don't tell me that because Ajmal got the most Test wickets in 2011 that it makes him the world's best bowler. Alec Stewart and Mike Atherton (and another 39 guys) scored more Test runs than Bradman but they are obviously not better batsmen than the Don.

  • POSTED BY riz309 on | February 18, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    First of all congrats to SA fans to win 6th straight test series SA team has very professionely closed out the series performed well where and when it mattered comparing SA with the past great AUS or WI teams i am not sure about that, for that SA have to win a major ICC. championship and still visit sub-continent which is gonna be their final frontier in the quest of becoming the best,someone said that PAK never was up to the standard of SA if that is the case then the previous 5 teams were neither,and Ajmal has proved that he can create havoc outside the sub-continent too.PAK need to get rid of the management the player selection was very amateur you cant win test matches by scoring 169 runs as far as SAF is concerned right now they dont have a weak point may be spin

  • POSTED BY LoveCric1975 on | February 17, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    Pakistan missed a trick. Looking back at Peterson's game, A Rehman could have had an impact with his slow left arm and ability to stick around with the bat. This was the only SA track to suit Pakistan strength.

  • POSTED BY sal80 on | February 17, 2013, 23:41 GMT

    This is heart breaking losing this match..it was close if we score 50 to 80 more runs, dnt know pakistan will eliminate these small problems to win matches from strong teams.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | February 17, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    @mahjut: You made that comment even though you know Pak themselves lost last 6 wickets for 22 runs? When ppl say cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties they more often than not refer to sudden collapses like these. SA suffered a mini-collapse in the 1st innings too, didn't they? Based on this empirical evidence, I don't think it is too wrong to say that with a few more runs to defend Pak could have won. Note that even a 1 run win would have made it 1-1. THAT is the diff I talked about that sometime exists between 0-2 and 1-1.

  • POSTED BY Papa_Tango on | February 17, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    @soso_killer: ONE man Ajmal single handedly and by that I mean without the support of his batsmen, umpiring luck, captain's decisions, et al- in short all that comprises a team like say, the SA team, bullied the SA team. Despite all their preparations, insider information from Imran Tahir (as reported by Ms Moonda), SA could not deal with him. Anywhere between 50-100 runs and he would have demolished this side you believe is better than the Aussies, by his lonesome. One guy.

    Salute Mr. Ajmal and move on. It is just a game. Okay?

  • POSTED BY pulkit10 on | February 17, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    The difference between the two teams is obviously, Saeed Ajmal but beyond him and a decent contribution by the middle order, I don't think Pakistan took much away from this game. Again, they buckled under pressure and bowled/batted erratically. One thing though, they have shown once again that they are a team of immense potential and if they had all their guns firing at once, the game could have been theirs.

    This is where they need to learn from SA - just never give in. It didn't matter that SA lost so much to Ajmal's great spell, they were always in the game because they kept trying. That's the sign of a great team. It doesn't matter if one of your major bowlers is out with an injury and the top order didn't perform well - just keep at it and give it your best. I only wish more teams could emulate this approach instead of getting carried away after every win and claiming that they're remarkable (England, I'm looking at you).

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    India held sa for a 1-1 draw in 2010. That's the best performance by a foreign team in sa during recent times

  • POSTED BY fahad_kashmiri on | February 17, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    Misbah was solely responsible for today's loss... Just 2 overs from hafeez, repeating gul and tanvir over and over again. He should have started the south african innings by giving hafeez the 1st over. He should have tried something different. Huge applause for ajmal for lonely battling the proteas.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    billbowden311: "Peterson was good, but he did not deserve it. Please reply if you believe Ajmal should have gotten the MOTM."

    Absolutely

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    SA should make this last Test interesting by debuting a potential opening batsman of the future, which Alviro P isn't, a spinner of the future for Elgar and Tsostsobe or another future prospect for Morkel. There's an argument to rest Steyn, too. But they won't. A highly effective squad.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    No other team in world cricket would give SA a run for their money like PAK just did, and only they can. The turning point was when Asad got out, very unfortunate, but that left Azhar with no hope, given Safraz left a straight ball and got out, diminishing all hope.

    On the positive side, Younis and Asad's tons were impressive given the pressure placed on them, and these were the only centuries scored, their supposed weakest point. The top order needs to be rejigged, Hafeez is an incompetent opener who can't play under pressure and must be replaced by Azhar for that position. The next team has to be:

    Azhar, Jamshed, Younis, Misbah, Asad, Hafeez, Sarfraz, Rehman, Ajmal, Junaid, Irfan.

    That to me is a complete team given what the squad has to work with. Ajmal and Rehman are classy workhorses and Junaid and Irfan can surprise the batsmen, bowl 145+, and smoke the outside edge. Having Hafeez at 6 will also ease mental pressure on the likes of Safraz and the tail. Can't go wrong!

  • POSTED BY ilyas on | February 17, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    Oh dear again! Nothing surprises me about Pakistan. Previous test on a green top we left out irfan. Now on a dry wicket we leave out rehman and bring in one of the slowest opening bowlers I have ever seen. Who cares if tanvir can bat his job is to bowl and he clearly can't. It's clear evidence of the negative approach that is in this team in batting, bowling and selection. Pakistan have always taken risks by using attacking fast bowlers. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't like rahat in the first test but I prefer that to bringing in old man tanvir and persisting with still average gul. If the wicket is lively in the next test lets play junaid, ehsan, irfan and ajmal. As for hafeez it's well known that he will never score a run outside the sub continent or the UAE as his technique is rubbish. The only reason I would keep him is not his bowling but his replacements are two of the worst batsmen I have ever seen play for Pakistan - iqbal and the useless Farhat!!!!

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | February 17, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    As Russel Arnold said, the last team to beat this South African team at home - Sri Lanka!

  • POSTED BY Soso_killer on | February 17, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    @Papa_tango i'm not gonna start comparing this team to the Aussies of the naughties but here are the numbers

    SINCE 1990 in ASIA Australia: MAT 37, WON 12, LOST 12, DRAW 13, W/L 1.00. Average runs per wicket 34.83. South Africa: MAT 33, WON 13, LOST 10, DRAW 10, W/L 1.30. Average runs per wicket 34.83.

    Keep in mind the last time SA played in ASIA was in 2010 and drew with a strong Indian side twice. A side that Australia struggled against with a far superior team. SA have come a long way since then. Please dont make me repeat myself again, OK?

  • POSTED BY BEHOLD_CRIC on | February 17, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    Very Very disapointment from Pakistan Cricket Team , They did so many mistakes to loose this match , Selection was terrible TANVIR AHMAD does not deserved to be in the side at all , SARFARAZ AHMAD should not be first choice with this batting avg . MISBAH made so many mistakes in Captaincy , his field placement was terrible , his utelising of bowlers was terrible , Why he didnt use Hafeez , why he was using Tanvir , why field was so defensive while they need to attack , No body Can understand ,, It was a great chanse which had been missed ,,,

  • POSTED BY noplay on | February 17, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    The truth is Pak has one bowler and sometimes two batsmen. Test cricket requires more than that. All the Pak fans were selecting teams and predicting a win up to the third evening. That was not a 169 run wicket for a test team and Pak fans know it. The writing was on the wall before the series began

  • POSTED BY mahjut on | February 17, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    Hardy ... JP would be a shoe in. He had come back to some real form when he got injured in Oz. Elgar will make way (but I think going back to Rudolph would not be moving forward)

  • POSTED BY dontlikecricket on | February 17, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    I still cant believe comments posted by PAK fans. Come on it was a great match and both teams worked really hard. Fans complaining about PAK batting did not notice that SA lost 6 wickets in second innings as well. I think PAK fans tend to have very unrealisticly high expectations. SA is no: 1 and there is a reason for that, they have 4 top class batsmen and 3 excellent bowlers. Their batsmen combined experience is way too much as compared to PAK batsmen. Azhar and Asad are still improving and need more time. I think Jamsheed was unlucky to get picked for this tour to face this SA bowlers. He will need more time and Int cricket is not easy especially playing against SA on thier home ground. Hopefully PAK will get couple of good fast bowlers in future but it takes time. There was no reason to pick Reham, you cant pick a spinner "just in case" it turns later on during the match. Judging a wicket is not an exact sciene. I guess ppl will only know if they have ever played proper cricket!!

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | February 17, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    SA are going very well and are on the path to greatness. How they go in the subcontinent will determine that.

  • POSTED BY heartbreakerz on | February 17, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    No shame in being beaten by d south africans who are the best in tests by some distance...they are mentally very tough and never give. When peterson got out early i thought that the C-word might return to haunt sa again but they chased d target quiet comfortably but i seriously don't know what goes wrong for rsa in wc matches, with such a talented bunch they should have won multiple wc titles....any south african fan who can help me on this??

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    People are forgetting that RSA were accelerating a lot, thus a couple of extra wickets fell.

  • POSTED BY mahjut on | February 17, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    @Harmony111 ... I think what your post misses completely is the fall of SAs wickets in the final innings. Alviro was at sea - fair play to Irfan - but after that the wickets fell every time SA were in COMPLETE control (meaning they buckled down and accumulated when they had to). If we are talking hypothetical results had things gone slightly differently then I would venture that this should've been a 7 wicket win - and 150 more runs would not have made a difference! I can be cavalier in my praise because I am not a saffer - nor do i dislike PK. True, Peterson did make a difference in the first innings, but that is a big part of why he is selected ... he can bat too, and adds further depth to the batting (for exactly these circumstances). I think this is a game that SA should be very pleased about

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | February 17, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Well SA tried to hand that match to Pakistan on a plate from the outset. Firstly Smith decides to bowl first on a dry pitch. Secondly the South African groundsman prepares the driest pitch ive ever seen in SA, with the Pakistanis having a world class spinner in ajmal and we have a trundler in Petersen.!!! How does that work.

    PAK gets 2 Tons and a 10 wicket haul and still thats not enough to beat SA and they get rolled over in 4 days !!! That for me is the sign of a classy team people, against the odds, under the pump and still knocks the opposition out cold.

    P.S. Third Test. I want to see SA experiment by getting some up and coming quicks into the team like Abbott, etc. Kleinfeld is decent but he is past it.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    As always with Pakistan cricket, though, the unpredictable happened and four wickets went down for five runs,

    Hmmmm, what is surprising about this one ? Pakistan were never a side without quality players, but always find someway to make something out of the ordinary happen.

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | February 17, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Well played pakistan.Really Glad to saw great Bowling By Ajmal along with asad, younus batting.all the best for dead robber..

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Another masterclass from misbah. 1st he along with azhar played terribly slow and then didn't attack and gave easy singles. When in the world will PCB will get this dumb idiot out of Pakistan team?

  • POSTED BY uk2009 on | February 17, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    shame on the pakistan captain and coach for keep persisting with non performers in the 2nd match. don't they have any brains at all? Selecting tanveer Ahmed instead of Rehman made no sense at all.i bet they wud have won the match had they selected Abdur rehman Why do they keep playing umar gul in test matches when he has such a bad track record in test matches? he is finished now! I bet Ehsan Adeel if selected wud have performed much better. no use of hafeez too in test matches. faisal iqbal/imran farhat should have been given a chance. they paid the price for ignoring adnan akmal. time for misbah to retire

  • POSTED BY diri on | February 17, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    This SA team is great!!! They would destroy the aussies of the past even with warne, macgrath ect....this was the best chance Pak had to beat SA as this was a typical sub continent wicket....if u cant beat SA here u will not beat them ever!!!!! Its simple this SA team is the greatest of all time...smith, Amla, Kallis, AB,Faf,Steyn, Morkel, Philander>>>the stuff that legends are made out off!

  • POSTED BY crashed on | February 17, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    Well with the series in the pocket and the next match a "dead rubber" as all use to say i think the next test will be a humdinger of a match. South Africa has nothing to loose and everything to prove so they will go all out. Since some1 asked what if (a lot of if's lol) one of our bowlers get injured well now is the time to get some new talent on the field in Morkels place and show ...what if... I am sure this person will try and prove that he belongs in the company of the greats in the team so he will perform and play his heart out. I hope those saying that our other bowlers is just club level bowlers learned something more about our so called club level bowlers lol ... who Philander is.My hat off to the pakistani team they really took this match to SA and for that they earned my respect. A pity Ajmal were all alone in the match as for Irfan I predicted he will be a very tired man and he did not even bowled 43.3 overs like Steyn did in the whole match. He did impressed though

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    "Bring back Kamran Akmal he is your best keeper batsman till date and as far as MIsbah captaincy is concerned he was not the culprit of the game the prob was your bowling and its look so embrassing to see a fast bowler like Tanveer to be selected I don.t know why he has been included .They must need to recruit batting coach along with a psychological expert who assist them for future!"

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    The Proteas play hard unyielding cricket but are true gentleman as the game demands.Their hunger is due in the main to their captain.He is one of the worlds best at present.Congrats to you Biff and the team as well.A massive performance.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Amla batted 2 innings of a test match without getting a hundred; that alone should show how good Azmal was!

  • POSTED BY gzaf187 on | February 17, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    @ Papa_tango: how do you reckon that this side can't play against spin, "no doubt about it"?? Amla, AB and Kallis are probably the best players of spin atm. On this pitch, batting last and with the supposed best spin bowler in the world against them .. they made a mockery of a chase that would have defeated most .. scratch that ... ALL the other teams in world cricket at the moment. I really cannot wait until SA tours the UAE, India, SL, wherever you want, to prove all of you so-called experts wrong. As to the comparisons to the 90's aussie team .. only time will tell. I think it's too soon to start drawing comparisons. Nonetheless, may I remind you that even that great aus team (and it was great, no doubt about it), regularly went to the sub-continent to get thumped .. something that even SA of the 90's didn't do. I really think that this notion that SA players can't play spin was invented by ppl in order to make them sleep better at night. Well .. carry on then, live on in denial :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Its pretty rich coming from some that the SA team is not the number one team by miles because they cant play spin. When I look at the scorecard from the CPT test, it looks clear to me that SA won. Similarly, to say that SA cannot play spin, have you excluded the fact that we have the number 1 test bowling side. Grow up muppets, this team is number one by miles

  • POSTED BY ameen786 on | February 17, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    A good test match after long time SA had a real tough time after long period against Quality Spin bowling from Ajmal the great. If pak would have kept 225 target than the result would have been different.its a lesson for misbah to learn from this defeat keeping umar gull and tanvir in the team.i hope junaid will be back in place of umar gull and reman in place of tanvir. We need some runs from openers as well...

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    wow! what a performance by SA and apalling batting effort, as always, by Pak. Pak must learn to play the attacking cricket, even Indians play more attacking cricket then Pak. You got take a fight to the opposition, I mean Philander was bowiling with almost the same speed as Perveen Kumar and Batsmen gotta be playing him well as they are all professionals. Its not street cricket that you get out so cheaply. disappointing performamce by batsmen. no issues with bowling, I presume people are dragging on to Tanvir but its not a big deal to bowl at low pace, Philander was also doing it, I wanna question whats the coaches doing thier. I am an ousider but I can see the reasons with which Pak has lost so what these coaches are doing??? our bowling coach was never an impressive one himself... myk

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | February 17, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Hence the conclusion of my comment is Pak cannot beat SA unless the entire team contributes(not to depend on Ajamal,Younus or Junaid).

  • POSTED BY oayaz01 on | February 17, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa - I guess the fans who were getting excited knew lil about cricket as test matches are won over 5 days and not just one or two. But Pakistan lost the game even before the ball was bowled when they chose a team with Tanvir as a passenger. If they had gone with Abdul Rehman, I can bet that SAF would never have won this game after Smith put them in which I guess was a very friendly gesture by South African captain. Ajmal needed support and Rehman is a world class performer ( took 9 wickets in a county game last year at taunton) and would have provided control and wicket taking option. But when you go with 10 against 12 ( Steve Davies who for some reason hates Pakistan cricket) it's downhill and Misbah and Azhar's patahtic approach ensured that the lose within 4 days.

    They ony way they can improve is by selecting people on merit, like SAF in 90's and 2000's had to have a coloured player, Pakistan have regional lobbies in selection and that's why we never get 11 best.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Congrats to all south African fans on the match and series victory. Pakistan need to improve their batting skills and opt them as per the requirement of the match. Openers failed badly in both matches which was a major draw back. Particularly in this innings, Misbah threw his wicket and after that our batting collapsed. Should learn from his mistakes. Best of luck for other series. From Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Well done SA.. you played well.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    agree with the like for like subsitution. would love to see Morris given a go, he has had a great consistent season in the Sunfoil Series, i believe he might even be better than Morkel (touch quicker/much more consistent/useful bat). Abbot should be next in line, consistently good. Bearun Hendricks seems to be real wicket taker too. i put kleinveldt well down the list, he is a reasonable FC bowler but definately not test quality. we have great depth at the moment, but my fav is definately morris....

  • POSTED BY Ahmedpakistan6 on | February 17, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    to all those who think Pakistan lost because of their poor batting I would say It was the bowlers who let us down except for Saeed Ajmal there was no one who maintain the pressure from the other end at one stage it was looking that South Africa might not be able to score 210 and in the end they scored 326 Saeed Ajmal was tired and he should have been because of the amount of overs he bowled and with the lead of just 13 the batsman came under pressure. That was a great ball in which hafeez got out it wasn't his fault but jamshed should have learnt from the last match Misbah and Azhar played brilliantly under those circumferences but Misbah played a very bad shot to get out Saeed Ajmal once again should that he is a great bowler in any formats of the game and bad fielding was the also the reason why they scored 326 batting was very good until misbah got out and Pakistan was very unlucky the way their inform centurions got out soft dismissals for both of them. Good luck in the next match

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | February 17, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    PAK fans were getting excited and I feel for them. SA have been lethal against opposition in the 2nd innings in many test matches. The SA bowlers come extra hard at the opposition and usual bundle them out for low scores. I think PAK is a better team than Australia and India. They just need to have more test cricket overseas on more challenging pitches and not those flatbeds in the subcontinent.

  • POSTED BY THE_MIZ on | February 17, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    @Spelele, well said mate. The reason why people make misinformed comments that SA's depth is poor is because they haven't seen other back-ups other than De lange (who is brilliant, mind you) and Kleinveldt (an improving bowler). What this actually shows is how supremely fit SA's fast bowlers are. How often do you see Steyn, Morkel (injured after how long again?) out injured? Compare that with the revolving door in Aus, where the world drools over 140kph+ bowlers that break-down after a single test. They have so much 'depth' because the baggy green is being handed out like freebies. SA has dozens of those but you need more than that to earn a cap here. This is why Kleinveldt is higher in the pecking order with Morris, Abbott, Birch and like (much quicker) lower down!

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Abdul Rehman was the key player and Misbah excluded him from the match like he has excluded Irfan from 1st test. Thats the major reason behind the defeat..

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | February 17, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    @Spelele, you are slaying imaginary dragons my friend. Who in their right mind who claim that SA are not 'true' #1? Of course, they are and by some distance. However, it is also a fact that they have not won in the sub-continent. Till they do that, they would not be recognized on par with the great WI and Aus. teams of the past.

    Well played Pak. When many Pak. fans got excited after the 2nd day, I told them that SA are too strong at Newlands and Pak. fans cannot claim victory after just 2 days. And, there you go, SA prove their superiority again. However, credit to Ajmal, Asad, Misbah, Younis, and Azhar. Their openers need to perform way better than this and their pacemen need to get their act together. SA are way too strong for any team atm.

  • POSTED BY Papa_Tango on | February 17, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Excellent game and well played South Africa. Please note that Saeed Ajmal's haul shows that SA are just as bad against spin as Pakistan is against seam. For a team claiming greatness, this is NOT a good sign. I do not expect Centurion to spin so SA are already ahead there, but for those claiming that this SA team would destroy the Aussies of the 90's - I think not. This team cannot play spin, no doubt about it.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | February 17, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    This SA side can be beaten by Pakistan in UAE if they prepare turning slow wickets and play both Ajmal and Rehamn in tandem.

  • POSTED BY oayaz01 on | February 17, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Pakistan cricket has not moved on from last 30 years. In the 80's it used to be Imran and Qadir with two passengers in the bowling line up. In 90's it was wasim and waqar, in 2000's first Shoaib and Kaneria and then Amir and Asif for a brief time. Why on earth we can't have for test quality bowlers who can put pressure one after the other? When everyone knows that Umar Gul at his best is no more than a support bowler then why is he picked in the side for eevry test/tour. The guy seriously lacks mental strength as witnessed in WC Semi Final against Sehwag and will never deliver in crunch situations. Not only he wasted the new ball, he gave runs and showed that he is just good enough to play in Domestic cricket or T20's but I'm sure people will forget that after the test series if he picks up few wickets in T20 or ODI;s, which is a B grade cricket compare to Test cricket.

  • POSTED BY nrxnaj on | February 17, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Well Done South Africa. Good Test Match in a great setting. Pakistan pushed them hard but not sure why they went into their shells with Misbah and Ali becoming Brigadier Blockers and lost any chance of taking initiative away from an attack minus a fit frontline bowler.

  • POSTED BY DeckChairand6pack on | February 17, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    A much improved performance from the 49ers, but truth be told, they choked 3 times during this match! From a position of dominance in their 1st innings to be bowled out cheaply when they should have been out of sight. Letting RP get the Proteas so close to 1st innings parity. Finally, the team hat trick when another 80 - 100 runs would probably have won them the game . Crumbs, they had 2 centurions, a guy with a 10 fer and still lost! The Green Machine rolls on, well done Proteas, you know how to get over the line

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | February 17, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    This second test match was actually very good, both teams fought eachother neck to neck and Pakistan just ran out of steam but got to give them credit for putting up a much better show and clearly have learnt from their mistakes in the first test but there's no shame losing to South Africa again and the series as they are clearly the best Cricket team in the world and are in top form right now.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Great match been a fan of South Africa since they delivered a trashing to our (Sri Lanka) team in 2011. I am disappointed in Alviro Petersen tho i think he had a long enough run and should be replaced by De Kock. Very impressed with Pakistan although i would have love to see Ehsan Adil bowl he looks very promising.Love to see how he will develop. Hope the next game will be as invigorating as this one.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | February 17, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    @Divinetouch->No team is invincible at their home.What did you expect from Pak..To win the match easily? The match was great..The way Pak team stood up & fought back,everybody is admiring Pak.But there you are asking where is getsetgo.ave some spirit & learn to admire the great efforts of both the teams

  • POSTED BY tests_the_best on | February 17, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Well played SA. Unfortunately for Pak, whereas their batting improved since the first test, their bowling actually got worse with no support for Ajmal. If they had played Abdur Rahman for this match and Junaid Khan wasn't injured their bowling would have been more effective. Also Sarfraz Ahmad doesn't seem to have the technique against this kind of bowling. Pak lower order reminds me of the Indian lower order in Aus where whether the score was 125 for 4 or 300 for 4, you could sense with one more wicket, the rest would crumble for not too many. Still all to play for Pak in the last test since any test victory in SA counts as an achievement.

  • POSTED BY Smahuta on | February 17, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Hafeez went for 11 in his first over, not surprised he got taken off with so few runs to play with. Great win by Sa who showed that they play even harder cricket when they are under pressure. Never count them out on day 2 is the lesson that needs to be learned here. They went from everybody saying they weren't all that good really, to winning in less than 4 days, impressive stuff by anyone's standards, surely?

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | February 17, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Before the start of the match that Pakistan will miss Junaid. But he was sorely missed. Gul was the usual self. Giving away quick and easy runs in a low scoring game. Gul gave away 120 runs for his solitary wicket. Tanvir batted well in the 1st innings, but his 2nd innings bowling was dissapointing.

    What dissapoints me is that after every game Rameez & co will forget the performance a keep refering to Gul as the spearhead. On the India tour Misbah showed the guts to drop Umar Akmal for the first two ODI's. I hope he shows similer guts in the third test and drops Gul. Gul & Tanvir should be replace by Junaid & Rahat/A.Rehman.

    I was satisfied by Mohammed Irfan's performance. Inspite of being his debut match, he was full of confidence and his pace and bounce was good. This time they did not field well. Pakistani batsmen will have to show more responsibillity. Something is wrong with Hafeez or Misbah as Hafeez did not bowl much.

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  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | February 17, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    16 wickets taken by pak, 1 man took 10 others 1 - 3- 1 -1 ,

    gul could have 2 and irfan 1 more but seriously in test you need more than that. You can name that all of SA contributed in some way. only Alviro some what on lesser side but rest no body left and had a contribution in some way.

    more importantly in 2nd ininngs RPO by others didnt help ajmal & let off pressure. and SA faced ajmal wth caution.

  • POSTED BY ForceOfNature on | February 17, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    What a thrilling test match. SA is a solid test team, they truely & deserving No.1. Pakistan also showed much improved performance from the first test. they still need to work alot on their batting and bowling, but nevertheless a fantastic match. Congrats SA fans.

  • POSTED BY Spelele on | February 17, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    @Dale_Pain on (February 17, 2013, 17:22 GMT): I totally agree with you. One of Abbot, Viljoen, Birch, Morris or Hendricks should be tried. I love Gqamane and think he has a bright future ahead. However, I think SA should start using the 'like for like' replacement approach so that they maximise their bowling resources.

    From the above perspective, I think Gqamane would be a good fit if Vern was injured and not Morkel. All in all though, I'm really happy with our bowling resources at the moment. Those who make naïve claims like that we 'don't have any depth', or 'the bowling cupboard is bare' will be very surprised soon :)

  • POSTED BY umairasgharbutt on | February 17, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    im very disappointed the way pak batting in 2nd innings :(

  • POSTED BY klempie on | February 17, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    I love the Proteas. I am South African and I approve this message. PS. Well played Pak...thought you had us after day two.

  • POSTED BY 2nd_Slip on | February 17, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Sixth seriers victory in a row, 4 years without a series defeat, 7 years without an away series defeat, #1 test and odi batsman, #1 and 2 test bowlers..e.t.c( i can go on forever).I fancy this South African side woulld thrash the Ausie side of the late 90's and early 2000's. Give this team a sniff, they will easily dominate and stranlge the life out you Ask the Poms,Ausies, Nz and if you like Pakistan aswell.

  • POSTED BY StarsnStumps on | February 17, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Oh and plenty of people were having a go at Peterson's bowling and saying he is the world's worst spinner ... well i guess he showed everyone ... he wont set the world on fire but is a quick learner and can keep it tight and wait for batsmen to make mistakes ... asad and younis played him well in the 1st innings couldnt replicate in the seccond

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | February 17, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    SA is the best in-form side in tests .They have won in most continents last year with an impressive record .Yet in home , They face a weaker rank side pakistan for 3 tests.The way they beat aussies in australia was fantastic. If a person watching that series may have believe oh My man this pak series is wrapped 3-0 with a white wash by the SA. Simple as that.But credit to the pakistan.World no 1 side,their home ground, impressive pace attack with no1 test bowler and great inform bating line up with No 1 test batsmen(as sangakkara is not playing due to his injuries and had an off season during NZ)!!! What better did SA need ! And on the other hand for paks Can it be more worse than that !!????? But yeah a big huge credit should go for them coz they've almost won the test and i havent seen SA being nailed this much pressure in last 5 series.Simply pak gives SA spectators a nail biting 4 days. :) wel done that's wat is needed.Watch out SA you will may end up your winning record !!!

  • POSTED BY StarsnStumps on | February 17, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Good match but a bitter loss and an even more bitter pill to swallow is the fact that the seemingly endless assembly line of fast bowlers seems to be lacking quality. No support for Ajmal from the other bowlers except for maybe the debutant irfan. Well played SA they won the key moments which this side is very good at.

    I also feel that Pakistan's off field decisions have cost them dearly on the field as well such as the sole practice game ahead of the first test, poor selection decisions of Rahat and Tanvir, i mean was he bowling thunderbolts in the nets? could they not see that SA would eat him up? Why is Ehsan Adil there other than sightseeing? Why Sarfaraz who so obviously lacks batting common sense? How can Gul forget how to be a test bowler?

    Phew!! ok needed to get that off my chest ... well played to both teams and thanks for a good match would have loved a Pak win but SA deserved it more

  • POSTED BY dariuscorny on | February 17, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    when Ajmal shines Pak bowling looks gud,but when he struggles the bowling struggles as well,Pak bowling didnt penetrate when the saffers wher at the crease in the 1st inns,gul for me is total waste in tests ,pak shud look for someone beyond Gul,Junaid shud be given the run and that guy tanveer well he was bowling slwer than Catherine brunt of Eng in women's team,how can u expect to trouble batsmen at this level,Pak bowling along with their batting is a huge worry @samroy i dont really see devilliers as amongst top five worlds best batsmen specially in tests coz he tends to throw his wickets when SA needs him the most.i know he scored few centuries against Aus and Pak but in both occasions SA were well in full control of the match where the opposition had surrendered already,Cook is there in place of him,but nevertheless devilliers is amongst good batsmen

  • POSTED BY Papa_Tango on | February 17, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Pakistan played a lot better than then they did in the first. I expect the trend to continue. Onwards and upwards!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Spelele on | February 17, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    PAK fans need to stop whining about DRS, change of ball or Misbah's poor captaincy and just acknowledge that SA were far superior today. SA fans are ready to give credit to other sides, and did so when PAK were ahead in the game. Please leave the excuses to Indians and (some) Australians.

    If there is one fan who understands just how good this SA side is, it has to be the AUS Meety, who regularly posts here. He has repeatedly emphasized that in order to beat SA, a team has to outplay them consistently for 5 days. A few sessions/individual occasions of brilliance are not enough. Even at their worst, SA are very hard to beat.

    By the way, I don't think Misbah was wrong not to bowl Hafeez. SA clearly targeted him, and with such few runs to play with, I don't think a part-timer was worth it.

    As I said yesterday, this has been a really good test, and SA has been truly tested. I hope that the last test is just as thrilling (with SA just prevailing to complete the whitewash)

  • POSTED BY m_shafique on | February 17, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    I don't think it's humiliating for Pakistanis... Our boys gave tough fight to opposition - and that's what I like to see from our team. It was not an easy win for SA by any means. Btw, had Misbah approached game differently, results would have been totally different. Our pacers were below par. My boss, who is a South African must be very happy today.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    My Pakistani cricket lovers.Please do not unduly criticized Misbah.It is the weakness and inability of our coach not prepare our batsmen how to play rising deliver and swing bowling.Technology is so much andvance they can swing and lift the ball through machine. Other culprit is our PCB.They are not hiring a batting coach despit so many batting failures.PCB should also hire a full time Psycologist for players mental strength.Hafiz has the tendency to deflect in coming ball,Younus has a problem of unnecessary tring to touch ball swinging of the fifth wicket.Nasir Jamshed try to drive too early.Our openers should keep in mind to stay at the wicket to get rid of shine on new ball.Later they have to play their strokes.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Misbah is to Captaincy as Tanvir is to Fast Bowling.

    Not using Hafeez, not selecting Rehman, selecting Tanvir as the third off spinner meant no support for Ajmal.

    Ultimately all credit to SA for their fight back before lunch on day 4 and in their first at bat - a 250 run target would have been difficult (although I am sure Misbah would have obliged his hosts by giving long spells to his third off-spinner)

  • POSTED BY gzaf187 on | February 17, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    There you go .. a win in sub-continent type conditions, batting last .. without ever looking in trouble during the chase. Where's the guy that was saying that 200 would be "impossible" to get?! Oh .. how I love this team .. proving all the naysayers wrong in every game they play. Great job, SA! (Good game by Pak as well)

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | February 17, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    Wonderful match. Pity the Pak team did not measure up on the 4th day. Wonder what their fans have to say about touring overseas now....

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

    A much better showing by Pakistan. Shafiq's unfortunate dismissal was the whole match right there. As it is the Pakistanis don't have good batsmen and Asad Shafiq was the man in form here. After him as expected Pakistani batting folded. The bowling was really good by the Pakistanis, unfortunately they didn't have a large enough score to bowl at. Still, it was a great test match with Pakistan getting 6 wickets of the South Africans, even with such a small lead.

    I wish the series was 5 test matches instead of 3. Since Pakistan has been improving in every showing since the first disaster laden outing. :P

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

    good experience by the team hopefully pakistan team will learn from these mistakes and comeback strong.Once pakistan fill up the openers spot and younis and misbahs spot after they retire and get good young fast bowlers it will challenge south africa again.In pakistan their is enough talent to fill these spots

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

    Pakistan is definitely weaker side than South Africa, but with immerse potential. Ajmal bowled well, but there wasn't any support from fast bowler or spinners. Opening is still terrible, Hafeez is not a specialist test opener, his inclusion as test opener is certainly a wrong selection. I think for final test, Pakistan need to make some vital changes. Nasir Jamshed should opening with Azhar, followed by Younis, Misbah, Faisal, Asad, Sarfaraz, Rehman, Junaid, Ajmal and Irfan. Faisal's inclusion will strengthen middle order batting, and four specialist bowlers with two spinners and two seamers can make bowling with more spin attack.

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

    I had indicated before the series started that the extremely weak batting of pakistan will determine the outcome of the series. Despite Pakistan having a good bowling attack, South Africa have the batting to counter that attack. 3-0 for the World champions and number 1 test team in the world. Better performance by Pakistan but in the end it was your batting again which always lets you down.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    @daager - Ajmal "Man of the Match" because Proteas need their eyes tested - unable to focus. They also need a dance instructor to put them through their paces with their footwork against spin bowling. Shocking stuff for a powerful team,, who deserve alot of credit for their fighting spirit, winning the match in a canter after having been in the doldrums on Day 1 & 2. A proud achievement for Graeme Smith and his boys.

  • POSTED BY Deepakrio278 on | February 17, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    I did not think SA would really go on to win this one. They were pushed to the walls and then Robin peterson, de villiers and Vernon really came through and took them to victory..Really this SA side is a very exceptional unit and they are the best the country has produced..And no.49 for No.49..Smithy u beauty..

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

    @ARFB you lack cricket sense the most are you kidding me cheema and wahab cheema has been given far too many chances and wahab is the same material as umar gul bowling short and short and even more short and also doesnt swing the new ball and if kept in team will become umar gul no2 no swing and seam and pace dropped are you kidding me with these comments

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | February 17, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    One thing most Pakistani supporters are forgetting is apart from the new ball for 20 overs, the conditions were exactly like UAE (turn and bounce for spinners and little assistance to pace bowlers). If they had got a pitch like the one they got in the first test match they probably would have got a hiding like the first one (probably less than 100 all out in one of the two innings).

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | February 17, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    @Divinetouch->No team is invincible at their home.What did you expect from Pak..To win the match easily? The match was great..The way Pak team stood up & fought back,everybody is admiring Pak.But there you are asking where is getsetgo.ave some spirit & learn to admire the great efforts of both the teams

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

    Test cricket hurts more than any other form of cricket. After three days of hope for pakistani fans last day saw an upside down performance from pak team. Poor planning and worst execution. I saw and felt south africans sweat against ajmal and irfan. Why irfan was not part of first test and abdul rehman not in this test ? Both spinners working on this pitch could have even defended this total. These questions will never be answered for the fans. Losing first test wasnt bad, hope was there but now its all over. I expect a total demoralising defeat in the next test even if philander and steyn are not playing and good bye to Mr tuk tuk.Real poor planning and team selection.

  • POSTED BY Dale_Pain on | February 17, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Great effort Proteas! If Morkel is injured for the 3rd test, let's give Gqamane, Hardus Viljoen or Beuran Hendricks a go. Steyn and Morkel had the luxury of being blooded in at a young age, and allowed to make mistakes. A dead rubber is the perfect opportunity to try one of the above. I rate Kleinveldt, but at nearly 30, he is going to probably start declining soon if he follows the trend of many quick bowlers..

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Some of the Pakistani contributors above are too hard on their team. As a neutral, I'll just say that this was superb test cricket, and Ajmal's bowling was wonderful to see. He was MOTM for me. (The bowling of Philander and Steyn also made for very good watching). For me, Ajmal walks into any current "world v Mars" team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    sarfarz selection was totally exposed as he failed in 4 time innings,obiviously he will also failed in next match too.

    bowling was very poor.whole team is depending on one bowler.

    abdul rehman shouldnot given chance and tanvir should be dropper.

    anwar ali is a master of in-swing,why he is not included .its sad.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | February 17, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Hafeez is not fit..Something is wrong with him.He hardly bowled just 10 overs in whole match.Dropping Rehman & including Tanveer..Misbah might have been thinking that Hafeez would assist Ajmal from the other end & both would put some pressure on SA batsmen.But Hafeez was no where to be seen during Pak bowling.What is his use in the team if he cant face 2 balls & he cannot bowl.Then what's he doing there..

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | February 17, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Ajmal bowled well but one man shows don't win test matches. A T20 or an occasional one day match but not test matches...and certainly not against the no. 1 side in the world. Anyway, a much closer contest. Atleast Pak took it to day 4 unlike the earlier 2-day test.

  • POSTED BY billbowden311 on | February 17, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Thoroughly impressive performance by Ajmal! What I cannot believe is that he did not get the man of the match award. It was obvious he should have gotten it. Peterson was good, but he did not deserve it. Please reply if you believe he should have gotten the MOTM.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | February 17, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Well it was not Pak pacies even on these bouncy wickets but Ajmal who stood out alone just like Murali did.Should they have played another frontline spinner instead of Tanvir?However more obvious is thin batting line up which they should rectify to get a positive result in the next match. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | February 17, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    SA scoring over 4 runs per over..This thing never gets into the mind of our Beloved captain Misbah.This is how you score.Not like Misbah's mind set ie getting into the shell in every match..The way Azhar Ali & Misbah bats..It's like both are out there for a Draw.You cannot win against SA with such slow batting.& btw what's the need of slow batting when you get bowled out after playing 300 deliveries & scoring just 40 runs.The defensive approach of Misbah is ruining Pakistan team.You just cannot lose 5 wickets in less than 24 balls..Such collapses,Dropped catches & then thinking of winning a match..Well that's not possible..& that sweep shot of Misbah was probably the turning point of the game.He was set & going on well but he had to throw his wicket away.Misbah never learns from his mistakes.The same shot he played in T20 final & Pak lost to India.Now he had to repeat that silly mistake again.

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

    Anyway, the way DeVilliers and Amla played Ajmal was the main difference in the end. On a similar pitch England would have lost. Those two are seriously excellent players of spin (and pace as well) bowling in the world. For me, the best 4 batsman in the world currently are Amla, Clarke, De Villiers and Pietersen and in that order. Cook doesn't make the cut as he often fails against quality bowling like he did against Pakistan in 2010 and early last year and against SA this year at home. Plus he can be extremely slow at times. Still he (Cook) is a world class batsman.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | February 17, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Misbah as a captain and batsmen is sometimes very frustrating to watch as a fan!!

    He clearly saw the wicket was dry, so why play three below average seamers?!?!

    Yes, Irfan was good but his batteries only lasted for 4 overs and he was done. I have nothing to say about Tanvir because I couldn't figure out, whether his a spinner or a medium pacer and Gul's, time is up because we have plenty of young upcoming fast bowlers but the selectors keep ignoring them and keep selecting players based on favouritism.

    I hope Misbah is brave in the next game and plays this line up: Farhat (no other option), Nasir, Azhar, Younis, Misbah (cpt), Shafiq, Sarfraz (wkt), Rehman, Ehsan, Junaid and Irfan. Give Ajmal a break, to make sure he doesn't break down.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    To be fair, we need a bit of fielding and Wahab Riaz back in place of Tanvir. That should do the trick for Pakistan

  • POSTED BY Divinetouch on | February 17, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    Pakistan a sub-continent team beaten by a non sub-continent team in sub-continent conditions.

    Is getsetgopak in hibernation?

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    The plain thing which some of Pakistani supporters may not understand is that Pakistan is especially bad when it comes to playing vs. SA in both formats, Test and One Dayers. Their 3 - 11 record vs. SA suggest the fact. Their extremely poor run against SA when they lost about 12-14 ODIs( dont know exact no.)many fans will remember well, contrast this to india, which may have overall slightly less Win - Less Ratio, but have much better ratio 7-12 vs SA in test and also better ratio than Pakistan in ODIs. Pakistan need to improve their ability to play against SA/AUS, its not enough to win each and every game against low ranked Bangladesh

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    In this world of muggles Ajmal you are a wizard.Well played South Africa.And well played Pakistan except day 4 session 1 .It was good quality cricket.The pitch was excellent it had everything.Swing ,Seam and Spin.

    Taking nothing away from the saffers some of the decisions really went against Pakistan especially Philanders out(no ball).Had he been given out then the saffers had to chase 250 odd which was a tough ask.

    Misbah missed the trick by playing Tanvir(i can bowl faster then him).And as at the start of the tour i had written sarfaraz will not compile even hundred runs in this tour he is really impotent with the bat.

    Open with azhar and jamsheed next match as azhar literally always opens for Pakistan.Push hafeez down the order.Bring in junaid if he is fit.leave tanvir out.If it is a turning track next match play rehman

  • POSTED BY daager on | February 17, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Great test match. Proud of the proteas, they came back from behind to win against a very gutsy pakistan team in conditions that were pretty even. Philander you beaut! And if it wasnt for Pietersens innings we would have been in trouble, 250 would have been tough. Akmal is the man of the match for sure

  • POSTED BY ARFB on | February 17, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Only if Pak selecters would had sent WAHAB RIAZ & AIZAZ CHEEMA in place of Rahat ali & the utter embarassment Tanvir ahmed then we could have had the ability to take 20 saffers.It seems like Pak people lack sports sense.They are sports enthusiasts but there is no sports literacy in them.PCB itself made this series a joke & showed their nonseriousness when they sent three juveniles Rahat,Tanvir & Ahsan to face the likes of Smith,Amla,Kallis & de villiers,can you imagine?..& why wouldn't they,After all they were busy bullying BCB & arranging the silly PSL.They didn't had the time to use their brains.Its a commonsense & even a child knows that, in this kind of series you send your most experienced but inform legs.The batting is gonna struggle that was clear & the batting selection is good,It's the team management in SA who is utilizing it well,but atleast they should have sent there most experianced bowling line up & the Bowlers who have already made an impact like Wahab & Aizaz.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | February 17, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    There goes the Pakistani fans' talk about blanking SA. This is SA 'A'(England) my dear friends. This is the REAL Saffa team. The most ruthless test team out there. They will be at no.1 for a long time and we all better get used to it!

  • POSTED BY tshepo008 on | February 17, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    the Pakistani team was quite impressive in this test. I expect them to come hard at the South Africans on the 3rd test, with the help of their master spinner, Ajmal. however, with the form that is currently being displayed by SA, the closest they can come to defeating them will be by playing a draw. the resilience showed by the SA team is incredible and any batsmen up until Robin Peterson (or even Philander) can take the game away from any team, as we have witnessed today.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    @ ICC Ranking System, you need to improve your rating method... I give an example: if Saeed Ajmal's figures are 20 overs, 4 wickets for 50 Runs and takes the wickets of Grame Smith, Hashim Amla, Jack Kalis & AB Deviliers... and Philander gets Sarfaraz, Umer Gul, Saeed Ajmal & Irfan in same number of overs conceeding same number of Runs,,, how could you rate both of these performances as the same...????

  • POSTED BY balajik1968 on | February 17, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    When I watched Tanvir bowl, I was shocked. How does a bowler like that get into a Pakistan team? Pakistan relied too much on Ajmal, and the guy would possibly have delivered with another 30-40 runs on the board. But even Ajmal needed some support, and he did'nt get it. Misbah's lack of confidence in his other bowlers was obvious the way he set fields for them, but I personally feel he missed a trick by not bowling Hafeez. The one over I saw he got big turn. Ajmal and Hafeez in tandem may have played on the South Africans minds, made it tougher. Once again the rest of the team let Ajmal down.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Batting was Pakistan's problem, that is understood. Misbah's dogged approach has played part in the batting collapse because when set batsmen doesn't score runs while staying on the wicket they ultimately put pressure on the rest of batsmen and when new batsman arrives at crease he has no momentum to build upon. But real problem is weak links in the bowling, 180 odd was quite defend-able but only one strike cannot make any difference. Pak has been doing it but you need to have at least 2 wicket taking bowlers and one good support bowler. For next game, a lot will depend on the bowling that pak is going to play, at the end very well played SA. I'm hugely impressed with AB's batting, he has really improved a lot.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Well played SA and Pak. SA showed why they are number one side in the world.They are a superior batting and fielding unit. Pakistan team is still in transition but moving in the right direction .They made us proud.We dearly missed Junaid Khan and Umar Akmal in this test match. Sarfraz also needs to perform a lot better with bat. He needs to be a given a longer run to prove himself. Pakistan needs to find few more quality test cricketers for future.

  • POSTED BY MAN_AT_WORK on | February 17, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    well well well another 4 days test match and some team cant even take it to the final day !!

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    @ dontlikecricket, I fully agree with you that Pak team needs more time and experience to develop, @ team managment, plz give a chance to EHSAN ADIL, he is young, fast & energatic, having an exeptional record in debute first class season, he can be our next Waqar Younis...

  • POSTED BY ian45 on | February 17, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    has pakistan worked out why we number 1 yet HA

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    tanvir bowling,with the match still up for grab was funny,baring an injury to steyn,it would be 3-0,i give credit to south africans,they beat us fair and square.rhaman and junaid might not be enough.

  • POSTED BY dontlikecricket on | February 17, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    I know PAK supporters are upset by the defeat however some comments by the fans can only be described as irrational, emotional and in some case just plain childish. PAK has competed well depsite their lack of experience. People seem to forget SA is number 1 team with a lot of expereince. They have defeated teams like ENG in ENG and AUS. PAK team will improve in time with some decent fast bowlers in the system. Also guys like Asad and Azhar still need more time to improve (they have played well though) and Jamsheed needs more time, he is very new and may be a little unlucky to face SA fast bowlers so early in his test career. SA bowlers were even handfull to the experienced ENG top order in their own backyard. Teams like AUS, ENG and now SA did not become no: 1 in a day. It took them years of playing together. No shame in the defeat, will you say SA batting is useless as they lost 6 top order batsmen on their way to a relativley modest target of 181?? Chill out and enjoy good cricket!

  • POSTED BY AQ_786 on | February 17, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    @Rhygwyn fully agree with you. I havent checked stats but probably pak-11 career test runs in total might be less then Kallis alone...

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    1. It's no disgrace for Pakistan to be rolled over by SA, who are, at present, by a very long way, the best test side in the world. 2. Pakistan really need to look at getting some stability into their top order. I know it's hard against top bowling (see point 1) but so far in 4 innings the best opening stand is 10 and the aggregate of the two openers scores is 76 (46 of which came in one innings) 3. Don't read too much into Test #3!

  • POSTED BY AQ_786 on | February 17, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    @Kc69, good summary!! Thats the bottome line...

  • POSTED BY Master_uv_Puppetz on | February 17, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Seriously bad cricket by Pakistan. In which test test team the openers can not play the new ball at all??? No help from overrated Umer Gul. None from Tanvir (why was he chosen in the first place? 120 k speed is a joke) For me this test would also be remembered how Azhar played to lose the match. Younis as always continues to be the highest scorer in lost matches. Team management is prime responsible for this loss along with selectors & board. Up the Muhammad Irfan & Saeed Ajmal :)

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | February 17, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    A fighting display by Pakistan, letting the other test playing nations that they are not to be underestimated. They do have weaknesses to address, but if they are able to groom reliable openers & steady their batting they can only continue to rise in the rankings. For a team that has faced so much adversity over the past few years it speaks volumes for their character that they have not lost their competitive spirit.

    As with most other Saffas, I never underestimated Pak, even after the first test. Sure enough, they came back in this test and challenged the Proteas. A fascinating game, with many twists & turns, Pak gave test lovers a match to remember. I look forward to the third test, & another tough challenge from Pakistan. Well played.

  • POSTED BY auzdruck on | February 17, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Being A PAK fan all I can say is that we lost because our batsmen were clue less. As geoffery boycott had said it will always be Pak batsmen vs SA bowlers. And SA bowlers were awesome, whatever the ball's age... And you cant just win with a few guys having "talent"...

  • POSTED BY AQ_786 on | February 17, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Well Played SA. Asad and Azhar are coming up good. I dont understand why some of Pak fans not accepting we have areas to work on and improve. Agreed with the comment everybody in the team has to contribute and that was a major difference between both sides.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    May be Pakistan will beat SA in the next match. Who would have thought Pakistan would come this far ? So, SA should brace themselves for a very confident Pakistan side. SA was very close to be beaten and they are not a "Great" side.

  • POSTED BY Chisbind on | February 17, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Apologies to Robin Peterson for slating him for his poor bowling performance in 1st innings. Sorry Boet. There can be no excuses from Pakistan, you guys were simply outplayed in all aspects, but thank you for making it enjoyable viewing even though I had my head under the blankets at times !!

  • POSTED BY neo-galactico on | February 17, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Wow! This SA team is quite special. To win from being behind and in constant pressure on a pitch that's better suited to Pak than them is superb. Morne hardly bowled in the 2nd innings but they still grafted and sparked a batting collapse that put the game in their favour. Kudos to Ajmal for fantastic bowling. And most of all the Proteas have so many players capable of winning games for them, I guess this is how it felt like to be an Australian fan in the late 90s and early 00s. This is by far the best win of the summer for SA, take a bow!

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Well Played SA. Their aggressive approach was the X factor in their Victory. I think Pakistan should be disappointed because they are clearly short of wicket taking bowler in SA conditions.

  • POSTED BY Rhygwyn on | February 17, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Firstly I think the Pakistani fans are unnecessarily harsh to their teams. Half the team have hardly any experience. It wasn't just the batting collapse. Fast bowlers didn't build enough pressure to help Ajmal. Secondly, to moan about the ball change is childish, it was out of shape and had to be changed. Besides Pakistan got a nice freebie wicket (Kallis) in the SA 1st innings. So there really can't be any complaints about bad luck or other such rubbish. SA is not unbeatable but they are good. Just give credit where its due. Opposition teams need to play more than 1 good day of cricket.

  • POSTED BY ejsiddiqui on | February 17, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Congratulations South Africa, you played well but you played with 12 players. In my view man of the match of SA should go to STEVE DAVIS (although not the fault of SA team). He is the most biased umpire against Pakistan. Many time Pakistani bowlers have to take the review for even Plumb LBWs (e.g. Smith, Amla in First innings), but in case of Pakistani batsmen the ball just has to kiss the stump. All the Umpire's call of Steve Davis went in the favor of SA. All the benefit of doubt decisions went in the favor of SA if the Umpire is Steve Davis.

  • POSTED BY philander50 on | February 17, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    @ aragorn 11, pakistan lost their wickets due to poor technique, not the ball,

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Pakistan doesn't know how to bat. Plain and simple. One Ajmal can not win the game for u. He is the world's best; but this is a team game.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | February 17, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    In short 2 Pak batsmen score centuries and 1 Pak bowler takes 10 wickets in the match and the opposition without a century or 10 wicket performance still manage to wrap up the game in 4 days.Thats shows how #1 team plays.

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

    what a team... strong batting , best bowling and outstanding fielding.. define modern day cricket

  • POSTED BY DC75 on | February 17, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    SA played with 3 bowlers in 2nd innings and Pak played with 1.5 bowlers in 2nd innings, no wonder Pak lost. For all those saying Pak has one of the better bowling attacks in the world, this bowling attack is at least 2 bowlers short - Tanveer can bowl spin instead of military medium pace (120 KPH, really i.e. worse than club level bowling attack that India has). Junaid and probably Abdur Rehman in this match would have meant a win for Pak. All those blaming Misbah and Azhar for the loss, they actually created a platform for Pak to setup a defendable total. Loss of Misbah and Shafiq were critical in the second innings that gave advantage and match to SA.

  • POSTED BY Riz000 on | February 17, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    @mzm149 have u lost the plot or wat? Adnan akmal is even worse mate luk at his records we need zulqarnain haider back in the side hafeez out for foreva

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    Pakistan did not prepare well for this series. They should have come atleast a month ahead to get adopt to SA conditions especially batting. Poor team selection likes of Tanveer (lolly pop bowling speed 120 KPH) cost them the series.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    pakistan missed a great chance to win a test. SA showed they are mentally strong, and all 11 participated. Pakistan openers are not going anywhere, Nasir would not have been in if toufeeq playing. Hafeez, if not his bowling then he would be dropped. Selection errors as well , tanveer is funny , 120s and Sounds of ahhh every ball. lol Sarfraz a worse batsmen than ajmal.

    Gul/tanveer too expensive. and misbah didnt used hafeez as a bowler? that is a big question to ask when he took 4 wickets in last test.

    Hats off to ajmal for a alone battle. no suport and simply not enough runs.

    Pak can now only hope to avoid a white wash now.

    Well played by SA and good improvement by PAk

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | February 17, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Well this was expected,anyways good to see some fight from Pakistan comparitively.Hope their performance becomes better than this match in the third test atleast and game lasts for 5 days.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Once again PAK batting collapsed, need to change Top Order and introduce Imran Farhat. Saeed Ajmal is once again prove "one man army".

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    kam uk: "Almost 2 weeks between first and second tests, plenty of time to squeeze in a practise match, maybe SA just didn't want Pak to improve "

    What you are saying here is that there was no practice match, and that it is a deliberate ploy by SA to cheat Pakistan. Now you admit that you even knew that there was a practice match, so your statement wasn't even out of ignorance, but deliberately misleading.

    With regards to SA not being a "true" no. 1 side. Once again, do your research before posting nonsense, go look up SA's recent matches in Asia.

  • POSTED BY Aizikhan on | February 17, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    It was South Africa VS Saeed Ajmal

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Pak, Poor performance in 2nd inings cost them match. it was good chance for pak to win a test on this series and they missed.1st they let go good chance to take big lead on day 3 ending day2 on high. 2nd inings 6/22 - a spectacular collapse . yes some good bowling but mostly with poor batting misbah/gul and some brain freeze by asad/sarfraz.

    gul/tanveer too expensive. no support to ajmal. SA going at over 4.u cant win games on 1 bowler.Tanveer was disapointment. 120kph and screaming on each ball.

    irfan bowled well could have had 2 more wickets ( off no balls ) need to sort no ball issues.

    Sarfraz is worst batsmen than even ajmal.

    Apart from opners so far in series everybody in middle has done atleast something. Haffez can not open in SA. if its not his bowling option he have been dropped. Nasir also wasnt so good& hard for him

    Now all they can hope is to avoid white wash. will be hard though.

  • POSTED BY C.A-SA1987 on | February 17, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Phew.. that was close. Thank you Pakistan for an awesome test match. Great to see some gripping cricket at Newlands.

    Proud of the Protea performance over here. This was more of a sub-continental pitch than a traditional SA pitch.

    Well played to both team!

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | February 17, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Hafeez is good for Dubai only, Even Tanveer as batsman could have done better. Jamshid needs to play the ball on his pad with straight bat

  • POSTED BY Aragorn_11 on | February 17, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    I'm sorry but today's test match was won at a change of a cricket ball...before then South Africa looked flat and bowling was going just straight.....after the change in ball seamers took 4 wickets....before then no South African seamer had taken a wicket outside of 25 overs with a cricket ball this series (so 4 innings)

    When the ball was changed no wonder you saw Smith smiling and Philander dancing...the result is for everyone to see....more bounce and swing....that wasnt a ball similar to the last, probably 30 overs old but not 60 overs old when it was changed....after that 22 balls 5 wickets and 19 runs tells the whole story.

    Pakistan were beaten by a "legal tactic"....which should not be allowed unless a chunk of the ball has come out....if you are the best, you do it with the tools given...not ask for it to be changed....Pakistan always gets rejected when they ask for a ball change (or docked 5 runs by Daryl Hair cos he thinks we tampered with it)

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    it is not good for pakistan..................................................

  • POSTED BY dontlikecricket on | February 17, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    It was a great test match regardless who do you support or a neutral.There is some question mark on why Hafeez was not used more in the match but these thing happen. I disagree with comments regarding PAK team being "pathetic". Yes PAK needs couple of quality fast bowlers but you cant have quality in a day especially after a loss in 2010, and Junaid being injured (he still needs couple of years). SA teams have Smith, Amla, Kallis and AB in top four all of them have a lot of experience in Int Cricket. Only one batsman from PAK, Younis can match the experience of SA top 4 batsmen. PAK fans seem to forget that guys like Asad and Azhar are still new and need more time to develop. Even Misbah despite his age is not exactly very experienced in Test Cricket. PAK team despite lack of experience has played very well agaisnt very experienced side. Fielding and team sipirt has improved and team politics does not appear to be an issue now. Team needs couple of years, it will only get better.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | February 17, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Pakistan suffered due to unability of her fast bowlers to take wickets on a wicket where styen and philander ran through their battingline. UMAR GUL is a product which is over its useable date, pethatic simply. Non of the fast bowlers could take wickets or stop the flow of runs. Had their been Junaid and Rehman instead of Tanveer and Gul, Pakistan could have easily won this. IQBAL QASIM thank you for giving us Sarfraz and Tanveer. Surely you are the expert, shame

  • POSTED BY Smack-DAT on | February 17, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Pakistan bought a team in SA who can bowl and only bowl,forget about batting and fielding,i mean Inzy would have been a better option for....fielding..LOL

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    They need to replace opners they also need to know where to ball why cant they learn from other team they ball wicket to wicket and also yorker do exist in test match what an embaressment..........

  • POSTED BY Soso_killer on | February 17, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    SA have won 5 consecutive test within 4 days. What was it about England and Pakistan having a better bowling attack?

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    @49Allout_CoolTeam This is not about talent. It's our awesome batting that has let us down every time and again if he had given them a score of 250-300 we would've won the match but our batting is let us down time and time again. Mind you Pakistan has the best talent in the whole world even Pakistan has batting talent but as you all know our batting tempermant is no where near the top teams if we can improve our batting then i see no reason why we can't be a top team easily.

  • POSTED BY perl57 on | February 17, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    It was all but expected. Pakistan just are not cut out for top level cricket. But they need to take heart that they had made SA sweat it out a bit. In reality every other team would have at least drawn at worst not lost hopelessly like Pakistan. Junaid got a whacking and he went into hiding, now let us see how many more will hide. Ajmal ran out of steam, Irfan is already holding his back. Nassir Jamshed, less said the better.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Only if the could score another 40-50 runs in their 2nd innings! Only if Asad Shafique had moved his body in front of the wicket instead of watching it land on the off stump. Only if misbah could change his habit of remaining not out overnight and getting out the next morning in the very first half an hour! Only if Hafeez could've bowled more.!! Only if we had 2 ajmals!

    Congrats to South Africa..! they put up a great show of professionalism!

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    I don't understand. Pakistan batsmen scored all the centuries. SA didn't score any centuries but SA still won. Duh huh. Even with SA playing at their worst and PAK playing at their best, SA still won. Yippee.

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | February 17, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Wher r jamshed supporter who were saying him the best young batsman

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    South Africa defeated Saeed Ajmal by 4 wickets...

  • POSTED BY Khaedu on | February 17, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    They just good SA team, the test team is just too strong

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    SA: well played by them. they looked a complete strong team. this was the only chance they could have lost a test on this series.main thing which makes a team top is A): all members take responsibilty. B): they never break under presure. thats what they did. at end of day 2 they were behind but they never took pressure. & Robin played a match wining inings out of no where. i think most would not have imagined it.

    Robin should be man of the match it was his 84 and partnership which made it for SA

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | February 17, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    well done sa , u deserve series win . pak fans should accept their shortcomings in foreign countries, india did well to tie 1-1 with sa last time, pak should try to be well prepared for 3rd test or it seems a whitewash . best of luck sa . win 3-0

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Man of the match Robin peterson no matter how many philander took. it was his 84 and partnerships with tail enders who made it for SA. plus 2 wickets in 1st and 3 in 2nd. well played,

  • POSTED BY Munafis810 on | February 17, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    So Pakistan loose again 4 days....and to think this loss was despite their best efforts just shows how pathetic team talent is in reality

  • POSTED BY crashed on | February 17, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    May I be the first to congratualate SA on a fine win 4 days again lol :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Pak, Poor performance in 2nd inings cost them match. it was good chance for pak to win a test on this series and they missed

    1st they let go good chance to take big lead on day 3 ending day2 on high.

    2nd inings 6/22 - a spectacular collapse . yes some good bowling but mostly with poor batting misbah/gul and some brain freeze by asad/sarfraz.

    gul/tanveer too expensive. no support to ajmal. SA going at over 4.u cant win games on 1 bowler.Tanveer was disapointment. 120kph and screaming on each ball.

    irfan bowled well could have had 2 more wickets ( off no balls ) need to sort no ball issues.

    Sarfraz is worst batsmen than even ajmal.

    Apart from opners so far in series everybody in middle has done atleast something. Haffez can not open in SA. if its not his bowling option he have been dropped. Nasir also wasnt so good& hard for him

    Now all they can hope is to avoid white wash. will be hard though.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    SA: well played by them. they looked a complete strong team. this was the only chance they could have lost a test on this series.main thing which makes a team top is

    A): all members take irresponsibility. B): they never break under pressure.

    thats what they did. at end of day 2 they were behind but they never took pressure. & Robin played a match wining inings out of no where. i think most would not have imagined it.

  • POSTED BY SaadRocx on | February 17, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Replace whole team with Under19 team...SIMPLE AS THAT!!!

  • POSTED BY Major85D on | February 17, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    @ mzm149 i absolutely agree! tuk tuk misbah should be replaced as captain as soon as possible! too many false decisions. pakistan need a wicketkeeper, who can score, safraz can not! and to bring tanvir ahmed is a joke. btw i think dave whatmore is not the right coach for pakistan. he should be replaced!

  • POSTED BY Energetic. on | February 17, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    South Africa are same like England, Australia, New Zealand and West Indies, bad against spin. Pakistan did well much much better than what New Zealand have done against this team. But this just shows how 'tough' South Africa are home or away.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | February 17, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    Some lessons learnt from this test:

    1). Sarfaraz needs to be replaced by Adnan Akmal for tests. 2). Tanvir Ahmed should be replaced by Junaid Khan. 3). Umar Gul needs to be replaced by Rahman 4). Misbah should utilize Hafeez more in bowling specially with new ball. 5). Batting order should be Nasir, Azhar, Younus, Hafeez, Asad, Misbah, Wicketkeeper 6). Pakistani batsmen badly need to improve their skills of playing swing bowling. 7). Misbah should realize that he has gifted away so many matches to the opposition when Pakistan was in winning position with his poor captaincy so he should think about quitting.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Okay SurlyC I will restrain myself. There is 25 runs to go, make that 21 runs to go, 18 overs to bowl and 6 wickets left. Do you fancy a celebration yet?

  • POSTED BY oayaz01 on | February 17, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    That's what happens when you take passengers in your line up. Hafeez and Umar Gul are not test players, only good for T20 and mayb ODI. Tanvir Ahmed should be only playing club cricket for Karachi Gymkhana, and Sarfraz for Pakistan A.

    Why take Abdul Rehman to SAF and not play on one of the dryest wickets that you gonna get in Saffers is out of my imagination.

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | February 17, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    some hard core fans made it as habit of blaming misbah for everything ...

  • POSTED BY dharsanti on | February 17, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    hashim amla, elegant and natural player. Runs comfort so comfortably to him. There is no doubt at this time he is best batsman in cricket. No other come batsman comes close to him

  • POSTED BY mahjut on | February 17, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    @kam-uk ... I assume the "true" #1 joke was a wind-up. with the best away record including beating the #1 test side in their back yard and now a slow realisation that it's ok to win two tests in a row at home. There really isn't a "true" contender to SA at the moment :) ...12 months or so may be different...

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | February 17, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    South Africa wins yet another match against a minnow team inside of 4 days!!

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | February 17, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Pakistan does not have decent enough bowlers to take 20 South African wickets!! For all their fast bowlers and spinners and them continually boasting that they produce fast bowlers, the reality is that they are not good enough to take 20 wickets even on this subcontinental pitch!The less said about their batsmen, the better.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    saeed ajmal cud nt do magic alone in every innings. he supported by either junaid or rehman. bcz none of rest playing in dis match is capabile of doing that

  • POSTED BY crashed on | February 17, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    40 more runs for a win Ajmal doing a marathon run but not getting much support nor wickets - I believe Irfan is tired as well so much for the Pakistan onslaught unless SA fail big time .. the show is over

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    what can do Ajmal alone?????????????? he has'nt take oath for taking wickets in every innings. Pakistan shud bring junaid and rehman back in the nxt match

  • POSTED BY Always_pakistan on | February 17, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Please no tanvir ahmed in the next match and sarfaraz ahmed is a bad player.

  • POSTED BY kam_uk on | February 17, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    @Ryan, my point regarding practice matches is that 10 days between games would have been enough for 2 practice matches and perhaps against better opponents then an "emerging" side . Dav Whatmore also raised the issue of the lack of practice matches. As regards the pitches, SA need to play on pitches like this in order to prepare themselves for sub continent matches and then become a "true" no 1 side.

  • POSTED BY Hira1 on | February 17, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    why blaming Misbah for every thing (team selection, poor run rate, hafeez performance), what is Whatmore doing, Pak playing more -ve cricket since Whatmore joined, Tanveer is no good on any kind of wicket above all is chosen in SA and against world number 1 batting line up......what is the use of having foreign coach?, Mohsin Hassan Khan was much better and his achievements are far superior than dav whatmore.

  • POSTED BY Giant-Guru on | February 17, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Well Pakistan is no match to the SA as many of the guys like " kam_uk" Pak did not get enough practice??? what practice???? you leave Pak to play for a year in SA still it would be an uphill task even to think about beating South Africa and there are good reasons for that. Pak batting is unreliable and over confident bowlers who just think they bowl good....Ajmal is the only quality bowler in the pack. SA provided them with a sub-continent like pitch so they could do better. Looks like it's going to be a white wash...

  • POSTED BY Mitch1066 on | February 17, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    I believe home team is allowed prepare wicket too suite them we do it in England though when playing likes sa or Aussies do t really matter similar types of sides in seam strength . Where India Pakistan etc struggle but better on sub continent . Though it seam South Africa happy produce wickets that not guarantee advantage to them which all can say is must have a lot faith in there spinners . I think Pakistan have now lost the game .

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    many guys mentioning 144 run chase by England in UAE here, there was rehman as well who took 6 wickets in that inings. Plus england was already been jolted by spin in 1st test and 1st inings of that match so that also helped in pak putting pressure on there.

    Its different here, so far apart from ajmal nobody else has put any presure, gul tanveer too expensive and leaking runs..

    Only hope is ajmal and what he can do alone.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    kam_uk, Please do your research before posting inflammatory comments (or lies) against SA. There was a practice match, which Younis Khan got well settled in, greatly contributing to his change in form and the century he scored the next time he batted. I don't see the UK or Australia preparing spinning wickets when Pak tours them do we? Yet you accuse SA of trying to prevent Pak from playing well?

  • POSTED BY asimations on | February 17, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    I want answers from misbah and management after this match that is most likely going iin favour of SA 1 Why tanveer was called to SA whats so special in him? 2 Why cant you bring a change on top put hafeez down 3 Why abdul rehman wasnt played in this match 4 Why tall man wasnt given the new ball 5 Why pinch hitter wasnt sent after misbahs dismissal 6 Why cant u advise the openers to be aggressive atleast slap few shots back to the bowlers face to disturb his line and length please publish it hurts if you lose a test match from a winning position

  • POSTED BY mahjut on | February 17, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Come SurlyC ... even the most pessimistic SA fan has to believe that, Ajmal or not, there will be no excuse for losing this game from here on out! I will be gob-smacked (and severely disappointed) if they do not win this inside 4 days and by at least 4 wickets! ...and IF (god forbid) they go on to lose, this will be a HUGE, unexpected step backwards in SA cricket (as it would be a recurring niggle, after what had seemed a - Kirsten assisted - 'full recovery' from the jitters). I am sorry if that sounds in any way belittling of the PK team - it is not meant to be - but this SA team can play spin (even spin of Ajmal's quality), can negotiate pace and have a very deep batting line-up (as well as a 'seemingly' hard-held belief in themselves). they should not be daunted, nor entertain the notion of NOT crossing the line under these circumstances.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    @96/3: pakistan's chance reducing by every run. will be hard. main problem no other bowler is able to support Ajmal. only irfan stopping runs,.

    guls figure 5 overs 29 runs. tanveer 3 overs 21 runs. that will not put any pressure on SA.

  • POSTED BY mahjut on | February 17, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    @Posted by Khawaja Fahad ... actually we ALL know the ball was changed - what we seem to know that you don't is that when a ball is changed it's replaced with a ball of the same age! Yes, SA took wickets with a 60-odd over ball (ie OLD ball)

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Again no crowd! just imagine what the new Pakistan team will be like :)

  • POSTED BY kam_uk on | February 17, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Rehman is currently ranked 12th in the test rankings and was 7th a year ago. Regardless of the the pitch he will always be a handful especially from the 3rd day onwards. Also the main problem on this tour has been the lack of practise matches, Rehman could have been tried out amongst others. Almost 2 weeks between first and second tests, plenty of time to squeeze in a practise match, maybe SA just didn't want Pak to improve to give them a better chance of winning?? Anyway Pak have made a good show of themselves and will only be better in the next test. Btw no Pak haters commenting this time?

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

    Really bad performance by Pakistan in batting plus those who are saying wickets were taken with old ball dont know the ball was changed just before shafiq out because steve davis wasn't happy with the shape of the ball

  • POSTED BY Smahuta on | February 17, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Smith goes just before tea to keep things interesting, but Pak dont have enough runs to play with....or do they?

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    SA should prepare another UAE pitch like this for the sake of good Test cricket,, this was one of the best Tests I've seen in a long time.

  • POSTED BY likeintcricket on | February 17, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Team selection is the difference. Two quality spinners in the side and they can finished off SA in the first inning. Rehman is going to be badly missed here. Misbah failed in his team selection twice.

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | February 17, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    @Msizi Cele : I'm an SA supporter and am glad to see us bounce back in this test but don't start celebrating while we still have to score 100+ against Ajmal!

    In his intervew Ajmal said he was surprised to see this pitch, as it was more like the UAE pitches than SA pitches, but I think in a way it's a good thing for SA. We have to go to the UAE this year, and 3 pitches like the Wanderers would not have helped us prepare. BUT, we have to win here and that is not guaranteed.

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

    ajmal took .99 for 6 in first innings...s afrcia will be ready to give 60 for 6 to sauth africa ..the can take remaining runs from other bowlers.. if pressure not mentioned from ohter end ..its imposible to push vicotyr....

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    If Amla and Smith continue to play Ajmal well, this game could be over this evening. SA proving once again why they are the best in the world. I am glad they took wickets with the old ball putting to bed all this argument about SA not being able to take wickets with the old ball. I am happy for Robbie P, giving an emphatic affirmation of his place in this team.

    Warning has been issued to the cricketing world that SA dominance is here to stay. We will dominate you home and away!

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    What a turnaround this has been, after second day Pakistan was on top. On third day the match was in balance and in one session Pakistan collapses. Match changed in one session and credit goes to SA bowlers. They bowled good line and length enforcing batsman to make mistakes. Tough Morkel was injured but other bowlers ensured that SA is not chasing huge total. SA bounced back wonderfully and they are in a good position to win this match and series. This test confirmed the status of SA as no.1 team. Congrats SA.

  • POSTED BY kam_uk on | February 17, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Agree with Hira , Irfan not picked for the first test was a monumental blunder and not picking Rehman for this test also. 1.Farhat 2.Azhar 3.Younis 4.Misbah 5. Shafiq 6.Hafeez 7.Adnan(emergency wicket keeper recall) 8.Rehman 9.Ajmal 10.Junaid 11.Irfan

  • POSTED BY Spelele on | February 17, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Very disappointing to see Petersen go early. He just never looked comfortable at all! This is Smith's kind of situation though, and SA will feel safe with him there. I'm quiet surprised that Misbah didn't open with spin to try and get rid of him early!

    This chase could be quiet frenetic!

  • POSTED BY Smahuta on | February 17, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    182 required. Expect SA to come out positive here as they always do against small targets like this. All Pak hopes are pinned on Ajmals doosra here.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | February 17, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    A target of 182...Not at all challenging.. Our tail was amazing today..Hate to see how Misbah & Shafiq got out..5 wickets fell in a gap of just 24 balls..That was some collapse i dont wanna see.I wish if Rehman was there..He could have used the pitch far far better than Peterson..Still i hope Ajmal produce some magic

  • POSTED BY mahjut on | February 17, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    R Peterson gets a bad rap ... he tosses it up he has good control and he takes wickets @32 ave so even though he's never going to be Ajmal who can take wickets in the first innings he is as good as almost everyone else out there. He performs to the standard of people like Vetorri and Al-Hasan (but while they are the stand out performers in their teams - Peterson is the weak link in SAs...poor lad! but, keep it up!! i still think he's invaluable (as was the often derided Harry).

  • POSTED BY mazzyiqbal on | February 17, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    182 is not enough, SA will cruise to victory. PAK lost a very good opportunity to win this match by batting too negatively in 2nd innings. Chief culprits being Captain Block and possibly the slowest run accumulator to bat at no 3 for Pakistan in history Azhar Ali. All momentum was lost by PAK batting and so the match

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    6/22 a spectacular collapse. and this time they can say its not with new ball as usual. due to some good bowling and some poor shots but SA clearly on top.

    i dont think 182 would be enough but would like to see some good fight back from pakistan .

    good thing from SA is that they never broke under pressure. not yesterday not today.

  • POSTED BY Hira1 on | February 17, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    in first test Pak pay the price for not selecting Irfan, will the decision of not selecting Rahman will cause them the match this time?

  • POSTED BY khuramrafiq on | February 17, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Pak needs a wicket keeper batsman who could lead with tail enders. Poor performance by Sarfaraz in four innings.

  • POSTED BY Riz000 on | February 17, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    To all those Hafeez Lovers Why Hafeez Hafeez Hafeez Hafeez??? Im sick of this guys name being mentioned again n again n again this guy is touring SA 2nd time still failed and failing...........

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

    Ball change did help as the newer ball did start to swing more which hastened the collapse. Against this SA have been a key strike bowler short during the innings with Morkel bowling only 3 overs so on balance they probably deserved a break.

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

    @Posted by Soso_killer on (February 17, 2013, 10:55 GMT): Mate most of times its poor shots who cost bastmen wickets, yes SA played poor shots to ajmal and got out. not all but most of times, Azhar got good from philander here, Gul was a poor shot as it was his 1st ball. but for a tailender good ball. misbah's : yes you are right robin set it up but an experienced player like misbha, played so many balls should not have fell like this. i am not saying SA were not good, being pak i would more focus on what mistakes pak made.

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

    Why are the Pakistan supporters crying about the ball. Happens all the time in cricket, that the ball is changed during the game. Also if you just look at the dismisalls its not the ball that caused them. Stop whining about everything!!

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

    Even Peterson was getting some turn, Ajmal will be a handful on this track, could be like vs England in the UAE where even small targets were difficult.

    For those talking about the ball change, when it goes out of shape (per measuring rings) it is changed for one of the same age. This always happens. The different ball did not make Sarfraz leave a ball alone, or Asad watch the ball roll onto his stumps. The way Gul played at a wide one he could have got out to a tennis ball!

    Watching the Pakistan wickets fall there was a bit like watching SA in a world cup.

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | February 17, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Asim Ashraf..credit must also go to pakistna batsman..for hiding inside the shell all most 3 hoiur when ball was hard..and easy to hit.. have you noticed how peterson batted yesterday..never left one opurutnity to score runs...

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    @Asif241: did you look at the dismissals that happened after over 58? Did a ball really mattered- the types of shots that were played, looked actually they were waiting to get out. Even if it would have been a tennis ball or a rubber ball, they would have got out. Stop looking for excuses for some rubbish shots played by the batsmen.

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | February 17, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    still the hope is there..if peterson can take 2 wickets then spin magician ajmal will take 8 wickets...but most improtanct is will s africa give wickets to ajmal?

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | February 17, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    dnt leave the hope..180 is enough lead if spiners come in tandem...ajmal and hafeez must be introduced within 10 overs...and one side fast bolwer should try to control the runrate and other side ajmal and hafeez must turn it like yoyo..

    if pak depends on this kind a tired hearted fast bolwer then no need to play...instead must ask fast man to jsut control runs with spread field..and spinner to tackle the wicket..

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    thats why people say pakistan unpredictable . you never know what they will come up. out of no where they just found a good way to collapse. Azhar-misbah were too slow in that partnership as when wickets fell they wre still not out of danger. and now 169 isnt going to be enough. yes ajmal may be good but he needs some score and also some support. which isnt available,

  • POSTED BY Soso_killer on | February 17, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    @Khuram thats poor analogy mate. I thought SA were superb with their bowling. The way Robbie set up Misbha was outstanding. By your logic Ajmal was lucky too as SA played poor shorts right?

  • POSTED BY Harmony_not_Discord on | February 17, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Misbah's mindless sweep was the turning point and a collapse thereafter. He keeps getting out playing this shot. He played the same shot in that infamous world T20 final match against India and got out when Pakistan were on the verge of wining.

    For SA, change of out of shape ball proved a good move. Great bowling by the number one side. They should go on to win from here.

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | February 17, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Asif, you make it sound as if the ball change caused unbelievable deliveries being bowled. It was just poor batting.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    South Africa fantrastic in that last half hour if i was choosing MOTM atm robin peterson batted well when SA needed it fielded well & bowled well what pakistan need is to get this lead to 200 minimum to give gul, ajmal something to bowl at

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    game over at lunch on fourth when even time was looking like running short for the result on the fourth day morning

  • POSTED BY Asif241 on | February 17, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    @Siddarth Ravindran "I think a better headline would be 'unexpected bowl change causes Pakistani batting collapse"

    I would appreciate if you can mention in your article that the bowl was changed after the 58th over.

    Thanks!

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    It's all over for Pakistan. Credit has to be given to SA for putting up such a brilliant effort right from the start of day 4. A good match though for fans I must say.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    poor from Pakistan and its out of your hand. they have only themselves to blame for this. 1st the let advantage go from their hands yesterday.& today poor batting.

    Misbah played a bad shot, Asad shafiq was brain freezed, he just stood and watched ball hitting wicket,

    Sarfraz was a rubbish, dont know what was he thinking.

    Ball change might have worked for SA but seriously its more of poor shots.

    Umar gul flashed wide at 1st ball he faced.

    Misbha/asad/sarfraz/gul all played bad.

    Azhar & misbah slow partnership has also damaged. when you face so many balls you need to score some runs .

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    poor from Pakistan and its out of your hand. they have only themselves to blame for this. 1st the let advantage go from their hands yesterday.& today poor batting.

    Misbah played a bad shot, Asad shafiq was brain freezed, he just stood and watched ball hitting wicket,

    Sarfraz was a rubbish, dont know what was he thinking.

    Ball change might have worked for SA but seriously its more of poor shots.

    Umar gul flashed wide at 1st ball he faced.

    Misbha/asad/sarfraz/gul all played bad.

    Azhar & misbah slow partnership has also damaged. when you face so many balls you need to score some runs .

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    It's all over for Pakistan. Credit has to be given to SA for putting up such a brilliant effort right from the start of day 4. A good match though for fans I must say.

  • POSTED BY Asif241 on | February 17, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    @Siddarth Ravindran "I think a better headline would be 'unexpected bowl change causes Pakistani batting collapse"

    I would appreciate if you can mention in your article that the bowl was changed after the 58th over.

    Thanks!

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    game over at lunch on fourth when even time was looking like running short for the result on the fourth day morning

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    South Africa fantrastic in that last half hour if i was choosing MOTM atm robin peterson batted well when SA needed it fielded well & bowled well what pakistan need is to get this lead to 200 minimum to give gul, ajmal something to bowl at

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | February 17, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Asif, you make it sound as if the ball change caused unbelievable deliveries being bowled. It was just poor batting.

  • POSTED BY Harmony_not_Discord on | February 17, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Misbah's mindless sweep was the turning point and a collapse thereafter. He keeps getting out playing this shot. He played the same shot in that infamous world T20 final match against India and got out when Pakistan were on the verge of wining.

    For SA, change of out of shape ball proved a good move. Great bowling by the number one side. They should go on to win from here.

  • POSTED BY Soso_killer on | February 17, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    @Khuram thats poor analogy mate. I thought SA were superb with their bowling. The way Robbie set up Misbha was outstanding. By your logic Ajmal was lucky too as SA played poor shorts right?

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    thats why people say pakistan unpredictable . you never know what they will come up. out of no where they just found a good way to collapse. Azhar-misbah were too slow in that partnership as when wickets fell they wre still not out of danger. and now 169 isnt going to be enough. yes ajmal may be good but he needs some score and also some support. which isnt available,

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | February 17, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    dnt leave the hope..180 is enough lead if spiners come in tandem...ajmal and hafeez must be introduced within 10 overs...and one side fast bolwer should try to control the runrate and other side ajmal and hafeez must turn it like yoyo..

    if pak depends on this kind a tired hearted fast bolwer then no need to play...instead must ask fast man to jsut control runs with spread field..and spinner to tackle the wicket..