South Africa v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Centurion, 1st day February 22, 2013

AB de Villiers and Amla drive South Africa

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South Africa 334 for 6 (de Villiers 98*, Amla 92, Rahat 3-95) v Pakistan
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Before the start of the Test Pakistan received the unpleasant news that two of their main bowlers won't be available - Umar Gul out due to a sore throat and Junaid Khan still recovering from the injury that kept him out of the Newlands Test - leaving their pace attack with a total of only two caps coming into the match. South Africa also had an injury-related jolt as Jacques Kallis was forced out with a calf problem he picked up during an optional training session.

Two sessions into the game, it was Pakistan who were dealing with the losses better than South Africa, having dismissed five of the home side's mighty batting line-up. They gave it away in the final session, though, with AB de Villiers marching towards an easy-on-the-eye 16th Test century and South Africa's lower-order again proving hard to dislodge.

Before de Villiers took charge of the innings, it was Hashim Amla who troubled Pakistan. Amla extended the form that made him the world's No. 1 Test batsman to serve up a stylish 92, and in the company of de Villiers, took South Africa to a position of strength before a double-strike from Rahat Ali lifted Pakistan, and denied Amla another Test hundred.

Rahat had also provided the early wicket after Graeme Smith won his third toss in a row and for the third time took the slightly unpopular decision, this time to bat. Rahat began with a wayward over, in which he was caned for a couple of boundaries by Alviro Petersen, bringing back memories of his ineffective Test debut earlier this month in Johannesburg. He made amends in his second over, though, as an incutter had Petersen lbw for 10.

The teenager Ehsan Adil, the third fast bowler to debut for Pakistan this series, had an even better start as he struck on the third ball of his Test career, getting Smith to nick a catch to a diving Younis Khan at second slip.

South Africa were 38 for 2, and with Kallis missing, they were a batsman light. Pakistan's raw attack, however, wasn't consistently threatening and offered plenty of freebies. Amla led the recovery with an innings filled with the whiplash drives and the high-risk strokes that he makes seem routine. He was involved in a couple of substantial partnerships, first with Faf du Plessis and later with de Villiers to keep South Africa motoring along at four an over.

The pressure Pakistan had applied through the early wickets quickly dissipated as their bowlers sprayed the ball around, regularly overpitching or providing too much width. There were plenty of boundaries and towards the end of the session, du Plessis took Rahat for three fours in four deliveries as South Africa took 35 runs off the final seven overs before lunch.

Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan's hero in the Newlands Test, was unable to keep the runs down initially, but he exerted more control after lunch. With only two runs coming off the first three overs after the break, du Plessis decided to try throw Adil off his length by skipping down the track but he could only nick the shortish ball through to the keeper.

Still, there was no let-up in the scoring as Amla and de Villiers provided a treat of shots. De Villiers was felled by a beamer from Mohammad Irfan, but that didn't prevent him from playing his usual inventive strokes, including reverse-sweeps and late dabs past slips. He also regularly picked up singles, and with Amla capitalising on the many overpitched, hit-me deliveries on offer, South Africa coasted towards 200.

Amla showed how confident he was by skipping down the track and launching Ajmal over mid-on for four to move to 80. There was a lull in his scoring after that and he survived a loud appeal for caught-behind even after Pakistan used the DRS. Soon after, though, he attempted a drive away from his body - usually not advisable, but Amla plays it perfectly often - and feathered to the keeper. Dean Elgar's dismissal soon after left South Africa at 196 for 5 and with their bowling allrounder Robin Peterson in the middle.

Peterson had been pivotal to turning the Newlands Test South Africa's way with a combative 84, and he again showed his value with the bat, playing sensibly to forge a 52-run stand with de Villiers. What wasn't sensible was his running between the wickets, and despite a loud call of 'No,' from de Villiers he didn't turn back from an attempted single till it was too late and was beaten by a direct hit from Mohammad Irfan.

If Pakistan were looking to wrap the innings up quickly after that, they came up against Vernon Philander, who has hassled them repeatedly with the ball this series, and now frustrated them with the bat. There were no desperate-tailender swings, as he worked his way to an unbeaten 45, highlighted by a couple of imperious pulls for four.

Towards the end of the day, there was plenty of interest around whether de Villiers could complete his century before stumps. He needed nine off the final over, and though he played a breathtaking upper cut for four, de Villiers ended unbeaten on 98.

It wasn't all one-way traffic, but yet again South Africa managed to find a way to emerge on top, as they have so often in recent years.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Solid_Snake on February 23, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    this match has already gone far away from Pak.If we played a little better,we would survive the follow on.But if we played really great even then no chance for Pak

  • on February 23, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    my prediction of the match Pakistan all out 182 in 1st innings F/O Pakistan all out 250 Target 24 South Africa won by 10 wickets

  • Solid_Snake on February 23, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    @mzm149:Taking 6 wickets against SA is a great achievement.& all of our bowlers took a beating.So blaming only Rahat would not do any justice.

  • PureProteas49 on February 23, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    right pakistan, lets see if you can make us bat again, this will be fun

  • Soso_killer on February 23, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    SA should have made 450 here

  • S.Alis on February 23, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Lost all hope after watching how this pitch is behaving second day. I would be happy if Pakistan cross 50 mark. Getting out under 50 again would be the last thing Pakistan want in the last test.

  • mzm149 on February 23, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    @Greatest_Game: Look at his economy and number of extra runs he has conceded after end of innings and tell who is poor judge here. With so many overs bowled wickets come automatically. Don't forget the catch which he dropped.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on February 23, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    we are better than this. Cmon guys. fittness let us down. the best test squad would have been:

    Hafeez, taufeeq umar, nasir jamshed, younas, misbah, shafeeq, umar akmal, adnan akmal/kamran akmal, junaid khan, ajmal, gul, irfan, wahab riaz, Haris sohail, Rehamn, azhar ali.

  • on February 23, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    another embarrassing defeat waiting for Pakistan. Negative body languages is clearly giving the message.

  • StaalBurgher on February 23, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Absolutely shocking that we are not playing any Tests against Sri Lanka in July. Who should we hate on for that, the SA or SL cricket boards?

  • Solid_Snake on February 23, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    this match has already gone far away from Pak.If we played a little better,we would survive the follow on.But if we played really great even then no chance for Pak

  • on February 23, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    my prediction of the match Pakistan all out 182 in 1st innings F/O Pakistan all out 250 Target 24 South Africa won by 10 wickets

  • Solid_Snake on February 23, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    @mzm149:Taking 6 wickets against SA is a great achievement.& all of our bowlers took a beating.So blaming only Rahat would not do any justice.

  • PureProteas49 on February 23, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    right pakistan, lets see if you can make us bat again, this will be fun

  • Soso_killer on February 23, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    SA should have made 450 here

  • S.Alis on February 23, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Lost all hope after watching how this pitch is behaving second day. I would be happy if Pakistan cross 50 mark. Getting out under 50 again would be the last thing Pakistan want in the last test.

  • mzm149 on February 23, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    @Greatest_Game: Look at his economy and number of extra runs he has conceded after end of innings and tell who is poor judge here. With so many overs bowled wickets come automatically. Don't forget the catch which he dropped.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on February 23, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    we are better than this. Cmon guys. fittness let us down. the best test squad would have been:

    Hafeez, taufeeq umar, nasir jamshed, younas, misbah, shafeeq, umar akmal, adnan akmal/kamran akmal, junaid khan, ajmal, gul, irfan, wahab riaz, Haris sohail, Rehamn, azhar ali.

  • on February 23, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    another embarrassing defeat waiting for Pakistan. Negative body languages is clearly giving the message.

  • StaalBurgher on February 23, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Absolutely shocking that we are not playing any Tests against Sri Lanka in July. Who should we hate on for that, the SA or SL cricket boards?

  • gibbs.175 on February 23, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Dean Elgar should bat well to cement his place ..he is a good batting all rounder ...come on boy...good luck

  • on February 23, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    @Salman Aziz - SEE you in UAE RSA and better be prepared? why ?? i remember last time bore all draws

  • crashed on February 23, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    It would be interesting to parallel the 2 matches India vs Australia and SA vs Pakistan. Australia made 380 all out Clarke 130 we are 334 for 6 both on day 2. India is batting after lunch. Since there is die hard Australia supporters that do not like SA in the number 1 spot just this message we are currently number 1 and Australia well they are not if you want to be the best you must beat the best .... They could not win against us in their own backyard ... good luck

  • Solid_Snake on February 23, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    @haq33->Even after doing all still India couldnt manage to win against England.So obviously fans are bitter & would come after other teams :P Pak cannot win outside UAE..India cant even win on their own home ground.So i guess Pakistan is still better.Whole world knows how we used to do Reverse Swing yet India couldnt do it effectively.If whole world knows about it then how come this thing originated from a Pakistani bowler.At that time similar people came forward & accused our bowlers of ball tempering .Then after some time all started using it & then it was declared as legitimate..Few caught on cameras..Care to define few..Single Afridi comes in 'few'?Who admitted it after retirement?

  • Sports4Youth on February 23, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    To all the comments here. Everyone knows that the Pakistani batting lineup was never of international standards & this series is atleast better than the Eng tour of 2010. But the rookie fast bowlers have done a decent job , it only shows that with a littel international exposure and guidance they will only improve.

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  • haq33 on February 23, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    That's funny Mr narsinha, I thought rev swing was about pace an dip and shining one side of the ball. R U bitter because at least our team can still win on helpful tracks. We all know what India openly do to pitches in ordr to scrape a win, not that it has actually brought U a series win against anyone half decent.

  • PureProteas49 on February 23, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    @Salman Aziz , You failed to beat us in the UAE last time round, what makes you think you can do it this time and you lost both limited overs

  • on February 23, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    SEE you in UAE RSA and better be prepared

  • on February 23, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    With no experince in PAK side IT was surely a one sided affair........nd PAK has to be pateint let this side get experinced then would surely be tough to beat and south africa see u in UAE. Hope that they maintain their standards and not get beaten like england(3-0) while england were no 1 at that time and came down in rankings after that series

  • g.narsimha on February 23, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    HAQQ-33-The so called great reverse swinging days have gone long back due to the eagle eyes - camaras , the whole world knows how u r bowlers used to get reverse swing. few admitted after retirement few cought on camers ,its easy to enjoy, celebrat on others loses u must realise u r team is not good enough to play outside uae, the SA is helpling by offering a sub continental pitch last time , in this test they choose to bat after winning the toss in bowling friendly condition emagine what would have been the score lione if pak batted first, no kallis, morkel still struggling , the self asumed worlds best bowling is exposds , ajmal wicket less he needs mine fields for wickets even with his flawed action - 3-0 white wash , we all knew the result at bgening of the series without a ball bieng bowled .

  • maddy20 on February 23, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    IF SA score another 100, then it is more than sufficient for them to notch up an innings victory. This despicable Pak batting line up would be steam rolled by Steyn and company!

  • on February 23, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    One thing which is a absolute given is that Pakistan will be out for less than 250 if they play well, thus be whitewashed,batting is the main problem no class, and the bowling in this test ain't been too special either on a helpful track

  • CrickFans007 on February 23, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Why people are complaining about Selection/selectors. In Pak currently we are destroying merit in all filelds then why we are expecting clean and clear in our Cricket. Selectors are also live in Pak. First we need to change the whole system then expect in Sports. We all know Imran Farhat Son and Law of selector Ilyas. He failed over and over again but he is still there. Misbah kindly leave abd give ur place to new youngster. Anwar Ali wht a good bowler and unlucky they did not give any chance to this talented bowler.

  • class9ryan on February 23, 2013, 0:17 GMT

    South Africa have strengthened heir tail bringing in Peterson, Philander can bat well in good batting conditions, Kleinveldt can hit the ball miles, while Abbott and Steyn on their day can play 30 balls atleast if they arent too aggressive, surely 400 is on cards ... and it would be a excellent total

  • OzWally on February 22, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    The question is no longer does Ajmal "throw". No one could say with a straight face his arm only bends 15 degrees. The question is why is he allowed to do so? Does the ICC feel Pakistan has been so disadvantaged over the past few years that it would be cruel to take away their most successful bowler?

    And the funny thing is Hafeez has had his delivery questioned, he looks like he bowls with splints on his arm compared to Ajmal.

  • Josh1942 on February 22, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Elgar does not seem to have the necessary mental toughness at this level. He needs to be more positive. I cannot believe he is actually and opener because he seems clueless against fast balls near the off stump and seems all at sea trying to decide the length and what shot to play. Hard to believe he can survive very long against top class international bowling.

  • on February 22, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    @ Kahn_N - What does it take for you sub-continent players to just give credit where credit is due? There's a link on the Cricinfo website that shows the rankings of all cricket playing nations. Correct me if I'm wrong but the last time I checked SA were already "truly number one." Why is it always "what if this", "what if that", "just wait until..." SA is currently number one in the world and that includes having played on the sub-continent. Why does SA have to "wait until they win on the sub-continent" before "truly being number one?" How about "YOU tour SA and get thrashed?" Isn't THAT good enough to claim the number one spot? What's the point of having a ranking system if you're not going to respect it? Or are we only supposed to respect the rankings when PAK are number one?

  • dontlikecricket on February 22, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    I cant believe PAK fans want a new coach, new captian etc etc. My simple question is, when was the last time PAK won a series in SA & AUS? In past PAK has local coaches and top quality bowlers (both fast and spin) as well as some good batsmen, did they win the series for PAK?? Now SA is no: 1 and it's not likely to happen either. PAK has tried 3 new fast bowlers in this match and Jamsheed got to play couple of matches so atleast PAK is trying out new players. Jamsheed is unlucky to have the tour of SA at this stage of his career. He will develop but it will take time. You dont expect a surgen to start operating heart patient after they are out of the training, you dont accept a lawyer to represent a client in a High Court after their training and limited practice, but PAK fans want fresh domestic players to start scoring runs and dismantle world no:1 team!!How daft some fans are with no cricketing sense what so ever and no skills to analyse and look through the history of cricket!!

  • crashed on February 22, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    BTW referring to a ball change due to shape - it happened 2day as well - Pakistan had a ball change between overs 50 and 60. This happens and we do not complain. Enjoy the test and hope the best team win :p

  • on February 22, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    @ haq33 : They don't have the adequate pace to reverse except Irfan and he is probably too old to learn that now (pakistani cricketers don't learn after they are 26).

  • drdani on February 22, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    i agree with CA-SA-1987..subcontinent supporters r toooo emotional..guys guys v hav to be patient..in my opinion every player is useful..its just that testcricket is a game of patience, accuracy n stamina..much have said about the pakistani bowlers having mediocre pace...guys is philander sheer pace ?? testcricket is not only your physical test but also a mental test, n unfortunately pakistani players (especially bowlers) lack the mental toughness...they r new, conditions r new to them, the whole experience is new..give them time guys..its just the first innings..wait for their turn :)

  • crashed on February 22, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    @Imsrk Please when some1 said we have club level bowlers apart from Steyn I did not agree. Same with Ajmal he is the current number 3 test bowler at least even if you do not like him respect that. As an South African I thought that Irfan would be a very tired Pakistani after the Cape Town test. Tell you the truth Ajmal took the brunt of the overs against SA 60.1/145.1 overs (for 10) to be precise . Irfan did only 31 overs. I can tell you if it were not for Ajmal the fast bowlers of Pakistan would have felt like Siddle felt after the Adelaide test - exhausted. From the SA Squad Peterson bowled 52 overs and Steyn 43 overs giving these numbers to show Ajmal even bowled more overs than the SA spinner. For a 35 year old Ajmal accomplished a lot and I respect him for that. Again the fast bowlers is going to struggle on the Centurion pitch and Ajmal will - and already did 26/85 - take the brunt of the overs next best on debut Ali with 20. The Pakistan bowlers will be very tired 2morrow

  • haq33 on February 22, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    The loss of Kallis over the next few years is a bit of a worry for RSA, however, God help Pakistan when Ajmal retires. Our fast bowlers are glaringly impotent because we have been so dependent on Ajmal for 3 years now. Why can we not REVERSE SWING THE BALL???? DID WE FORGET HOW????? I want Waqar to run down from the comm box and remind us. We are inconsistent with the new ball at best but can do NOTHING with the old ball!!! RSA (apart from Philander who can swing them in his sleep) also cannot reverse swing however they do enough damage with the new ball. RSA - hats off to them. Best in the world no doubt but Pak should have been able to win the 2nd. Also, poor selection and captaincy from Misbah throughout the series - and I am one of his biggest fans so don't anyone dare accuse me of tuktuk-bashing.

  • Rolling_in_The_Deep on February 22, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    Bring back Mohsin Khan.. the coach who masterminded 3-0 whitewash for England.. For some reason Dav Whatmore is not clicking for Pakistan.. Bowling coach Akram is another disappointment.. and another culprit is PCB selection Panel who ignored bowlers like Wahab Riaz and Anwar Ali..

  • on February 22, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    SA can go with this line up on such tracks but if they tour Subcontinent or UAE they need better batting then they are showing currently. There is absolutely no match up with their batsmen and Pakistani bowlers yet there are hardly good scores from them. Amla should have scored a big hundred but he threw his wicket away quite unlike him. Only AB seems to play better. I was expecting much more from SA batting line up. As for as Pakistan's performance is concerned, the match ending when Pak entered the match with Irfan, Ehsan and Rahat. They can become better but against such a power house teams need experience. There is no one to guide these bowlers where to bowl. Ajmal again looked good but the turn is very consistent and therefore not given any wicket by SA player who are focussed against him.

  • C.A-SA1987 on February 22, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Wow, Pakistani fans are a bit critical are they not?

    Before the series they were full of confidence (with good reason - Pakistan are a good team).

    But now, they're busy raging on their team... Your team is talented, but is in transition. You have some youngsters with great potential and ability. Just given them time. We had to be patient with Kallis and now he is a TRUE ALL TIME GREAT.

    We're the best team in the world, and we beat you in our backyards - this was always expected. With all due respect, you were always going to provide stiff competition, but for you to win a test match was always going to be a challenge.

    Give your players some time, have some faith, and dont be so fickle.

    After all, things could be worse... You could be an Indian Cricket fan :-)

  • Ramu444 on February 22, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    so many things were written about ehsan adil but he has the same speed as tanvir in 120's.i think Anwer ali would have done bette.on other hand i think Rahat was ok,much better than the first test.

  • 2nd_Slip on February 22, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    Ajmal turns into an odinary spinner in non spinner freindly conditions. Disappointed with Faf and Elgar.With JP,Rilee Rousouw andS tiaan van Zyl next in line of a healthy back up up they have to grab their chances and get settled in the team as early as posibble.

  • Major85D on February 22, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Look at this pakistani team. no power, no confidence, that is sad cricket! they are helpless! it was great to watch pakistan play cricket, they could beat anyone. but that is history! because dave whatmore become coach. since he is coach, the team is ruined! please react!!!

  • Virtual_Prince on February 22, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    SA tour is a big tour...why left out "WAHAB RIAZ" and "AIZAZ CEEMA" ?? Strange selection with inexperience seam attack....and Misbah's stretegy is un undestandable...this test match can be last one in captaincy of misbah....!!! No plan no policy....no team work was seen...!!! bowling was zig zag..no balls wide balls were more than a lot...!!!!

  • Stark62 on February 22, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Where's the logic in dropping Nasir?!?!

    He is much younger than Farhat, is a far superior batsmen and has made more runs than Hafeez.

    If your going to drop a batsmen, then surely it should have been Hafeez because he has been useless through out the series and his bowling hasn't had much impact either or should I say, he isn't being used enough.

    Yes, he is a useful player in the limited format but definitely, not cut out for Test cricket.

    Lastly, I applaud Misbah for giving both Ehsan and Rahat a go but unfortunately, the exclusion of Junaid wasn't welcoming news. Now, Pak just need to select Sadaf and Zia-Ul-Haq to form the next best pace attack.

  • warneneverchuck on February 22, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    This match proved that bowler like Ajmal is useful only when the pitch is turning. Otherwise an ordinary spinner

  • Surajdon9 on February 22, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Incomplete Squad Hurt Pakistan.Its selectors Fault to Pick only 5 Bowlers For Long Tour...

  • SuperSharky on February 22, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    With such a green pitch at Centurion, it was a bit sad not to see Umar Gul bowling. In the last session, especially with the new ball, I could see that Pakistan is missing the fitness of their usual workhorse, Umar Gul. They needed his consistent pressure with a sparkling combination. A few bowlers needs to work with Gul in a bowling plan. Find the right combination bowling with Gul and Pakistan could find rhythm to guide. Imran Farhat does have some impressive deliveries, but Misbah can only use him for a few firing overs and then needs to now when Imran Farhat is needed and when not. Ajmal stays impressive, even on this green pitch.

  • m.marshalldgreatest on February 22, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    As a SA supporter, it is always great to see your team do well and end the first day on top. However, part of me wanted the rookies in the Pakistan team to do well. I got the feeling that some of the SA commentators also wanted the youngsters in the Pakistan team to come good and at 200 for 5 it appeared that way. Inexperience took it away from them. Rahat Ali has got some real talent and will benefit with words of advice from Wasim Akram. Ehsan Adil could develop into a fine line and length bowler with good seam movement like Philander. And if Mohammed Irfan is coached well and supported, he could prove a handful well into his thirties.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 22, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Amla's batting was amazing on a deck like that the ball was doing plenty out there. Unlucky not to get his TON. I think PAK is now in a bit of trouble, their spinner bowled 20 overs on the first day of a test match on a pitch that isnt a turner. Thats a not a good sign. Add in the injury concern with one of their bowlers and the Big giant also didnt look comfortable after crashing into the advertising boards.

    Im annoyed with Faff giving his wicket away, he was looking really good and I think Elgar is really useless. Looking forward to JP coming back. Life without Kallis is going to be tough and I hope we get another 2/3 years out of him.

  • t20cric on February 22, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    It doesn't look to good for Pakistan right now but if we see more economical bowling from all Pakistani bowlers then I think Ehsan and Rahat had a god debut.

  • on February 22, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    poor stuff from pakistan. Looks like they havent got any option left as tanveer flopped in 2nd and gul/junaid unfit. going in with 3 new bowlers vs SA in SA is a strange thing. and it is work of selection committee that what they selected for. Many things were written that ehsan is fast? he merely crossed 131 here. wicket taking is not a problem but they couldnt control the runs flow.

    It will be hard for pakistan to avoid white wash now. Pak batting was suppose to be bad here but i think their bowling also not good. in last test, and over today. Runs came without any problem for SA.

  • gsingh7 on February 22, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    sorry to tell pak fans the match is decided on first day, this pitch is akin to a green top and it will show when pak batsmen come out to bat n last session of day, expect another low score maybe lower than 49. india too had lost first test in 2010 but due to superior spin bowling of bhajji won 2nd test and third test was draw due to kallis masterclass. hope pak batsmen prove me wrong but i wont bank on that. good luck to pak team.

  • warneneverchuck on February 22, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    I think SA shud declare now still they can win by an inning and 50 runs

  • on February 22, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Pakistan playing with three seamers who all debuted on this tour. They definitely have not played as a unit and their inexperience was quite obvious. Also it is not easy for a young bowler to adjust his lengths on their first overseas tour and that too against SA batting. One of the reasons why Pakistan is short of quality fast bowlers is that they were playing in spin friendly conditions from last two and half years where their spin dept was mainly responsible for taking the wickets. Second reason was the exclusion of Aamir and Asif, selection committee didn't focus on grooming other youngsters instead of playing Rao Iftikhar, Tanvir, sohail tanvir, and Aizaz cheema. Pakistan's strength has always been its strong bowling and with its fragile batting lineup exposed more in SA they are left with very few options to make a comeback in this series. I wish international cricket to return to Pakistani soil sooner than later, so that we may see more wasims, waqars and shoaibs emerging.

  • Solid_Snake on February 22, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    I hope Misbah gets this thing right into his head ie Attack the SA bowlers.Pak has got nothing to lose.Batsmen should go for an Attack & score at a rate of more than 3rpo.Only attacking would save Pakistan.Nothing else.

  • uzairamir on February 22, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    you guys start saying a player is bad just after a few matches thats why pakistan cricket is lacking because of no patience

  • SurlyCynic on February 22, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    @Kahn_N: To be the #1 ranked team you don't have to win every single game, just be better than other teams at the moment. Which SA are.

    If SA only draw away against Pak later this year, that still puts them ahead as they have won the series at home. It will be difficult in the UAE, but on the last tour there SA drew. Last tour to Pakistan SA won.

  • uzairamir on February 22, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    even if pakistan gets whitewashed i wouldnt be dissapointed as pakistan gave young talent a chance except for imran farhat :D

  • on February 22, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Pakistan side need to learn patience and plan strategy.Proteas are focussed side.Amla and AB were good today.Edgar needs coaching lessons.When JP is back its a superior unit.

  • Solid_Snake on February 22, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    @Kahn_N:We couldnt win a match against SA in UAE..that series ended in a 0-0 draw.Pak prepared dead tracks as a result both the sides were busy making piles of runs.SA is better than other teams when it comes to play in Sub con conditions.

  • Spelele on February 22, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    @Surly: fair point. In fact, I think we should always go with the extra bowler option. While we've become accustomed to having the extra batsman, our top six would not be affected by the change since AB is doing an awesome job keeping (what was that about keeping affecting his batting? - he averages about 50 while keeping!). The guy can still be the best batsman in the world even while keeping (although it will be hard to remove Amla in this form from the spot).

    Test match cricket is about taking 20 wickets, and adding another bowler might enable us to bowl teams out much quicker than we already are (if that is at all possible!). The 'weaker' batting card (in inverted comas because it is actually the normal standard for other sides in world cricket who don't have a Kallis) will not be a problem if the top 6 does its job as it has been for some time. Robin and Vern can also be fine-tuned into handy all-rounders to make up the 'extra batsman'!

    Overall, things look good for years!

  • azurecharms on February 22, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Obviously, not going well for Pak. Couple of injuries, couple of bad selections, wanting in preparation; a disappointing tour so far! Every series is away, but that's the nature of the thing with Pak. They need to adapt to it rather whinning.

    Pak could have prepared better for this series. That's the biggest short coming I see from management! Team is less to blame for!

  • Kahn_N on February 22, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    South Africa's real test will start when they will tour sub-continent. Philander did not play there, he will be tested. If South Africa beat Pakistan, India & Sri Lanka in their backyards and win the series then they will be truly called No. 1 team of the world.

  • on February 22, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Very pleased with the score that SA managed to get at stumps on day one.. 334 all out would have been a very competitive score but yet again our middle lower order has proved its worth..

    Looking forward to seeing how the SA bowlers do on this pitch.. Think they'll extract much more from it than their Pak counterparts have so far.. A Dale Steyn 10WM would be welcomed as well..

    Lets end this series on a seriously high note. Pure Protea

  • SurlyCynic on February 22, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    It was great to watch Amla and De Villiers bat, as usual, but for me the significant thing about today was it once again gave us a glimpse of life after Kallis. We still have the advantage of AB keeping, but like other teams we had to choose between an extra batsman or another bowler.

    We went the bowler option and the performances of Peterson and Philander have helped make it work, but it shows how spoiled we have been with King Kallis! And sometimes we've needed the 7th batsman, like in Adelaide.

  • Greatest_Game on February 22, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    @ Solid_Snake Rahat accounted well for himself today. Petersen and Elgar are valuable wickets, but dismissing the no.1 batsman in the world, Hashim Amla, is certainly something for him to be proud of. And notably, Ajmal and Irfan went wicketless. Those who raged against Rahat's selection should hang their heads at the end of the day.

  • on February 22, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    friends match over.... Result SA won by inning and 150 runs,,, :(

  • m812 on February 22, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Match will likely be over by 3rd day evening. Pakistan will collapse in first inning for total score of around 100.

    Next inning they will score 250 odd and give SA a target of 60 odd to chase which they will easily.

    Final scoreline 3-0 . Good for Pakistan its not 4 test series.

  • dontlikecricket on February 22, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    I agree with some of the comments about PAK fans should not read too much into the result of this game. The good thing is PAK has 3 new fast bowlers in a game and so far they have provided a decent performence. Its shame Junaid is not fit enough. Thats the reason Gul so far has managed to play for such a long time; he works on his fitness.You cant accept a new bowler to start dismantling number 1 side in the world. It's very rare for a new bowler to be really effective from the begining of his career. With reagrds to high run rate of SA in this match, it was bound to happen with all new bowlers. People criticizing PAK run rate in previous games forgot to notice that SA run rate was not exactly very high either. PAK fans are far too short sighted, ignorant and want "boom boom" style test cricket. PAK past test record in AUS and SA has not been great despite having some so called fluent run makers and top bowlers like Wasim, Waqar, Mushy, Kenaria, Saqlin and list goes on!!!

  • mthi4life on February 22, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Anything above 300 in Centurion on the first day is good.In Centurion the ball is always doing something even if its old so Pakistan will need not to worry about run rate because their goal should be to bat once and bat big.This wicket rewards stroke-play but you will always get that unplayable delivery.But the Proteas have what it takes to win this one.

  • Sports4Youth on February 22, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    People are worrying too much about the result of this game. That is not correct. The present Pakistani team is thoroughly undercooked. These boys should have debuted in the last two years when pakistan was playing against lesser teams on more known type of pitches. Its the PCB's fault, and yet the boys have responded very well. We just have to see how difficult Pakistan is making it for the Saffers like the 2nd test.

    I think this attak is doing a good job. It would have been better to have Junaid in it.

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  • Sports4Youth on February 22, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    @ Solid_Snake :

    I agree that people should not be so negative about RAHAT. Rahat has taken 152 first class wickets at an average of 21. He has proved his worth in this game. Wanderers was a one-off match that any good bowler can have. Rahat was unclucky to get a bad game first-up. Also Adil has a first class average of 18.94. Now also the PCB must look at SADAF HUSSAIN who has taken 171 first class wickets at an average of 17.43.

    But one thing is clear that both Rahat & Adil are better than GUL. Atleast now the PCB should realise that enough is enough with Gul. Inspite of all the inexperience this attack is certainly proving to be better than Gul in it.

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  • Resultpredictor on February 22, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    What Rahat gives Pakistan edge?? I can say SA is in driver's seat and in comanding position to win this match. This 200 is enough for SA to take lead and this score is a matchwinning score particularly against this Pakistan side.

  • Resultpredictor on February 22, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    The first two sessions sealed the fate of the match. Pakistan is not going to win this match and the result of this match came in just 2 sessions. Bad luck Pakistan. Get ready for T20 and ODIs

  • Solid_Snake on February 22, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    @Greatest_Game:That's what i was trying to say..Rahat is a good bowler.He got the pace,great control over the ball.He was very unlucky that he went wicket less in his first match.I hope he gets some wickets & gets his selection justified..

  • Solid_Snake on February 22, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    SA have got a decent plan..Scoring blazing fast runs with over 4 rpo..This was needed to be done by Pak batsmen right from 1st match ie Attack the bowlers..But we got Misbah who has such a defensive attitude.2 wickets fall down & whole team goes into their shell. It's good to see how Rahat kept on bowling to Amla on a same line..Wasted a review but in the end got his wicket.Pak bowlers going well in taking wickets..It's just that SA are scoring too fast which is a worrying sign

  • Papa_Tango on February 22, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    I am feeling wishy washy.....sign of desperate times: Ajmal bowling on a first day wicket reputedly that does not turn at all in 5 days, within the first 20 overs. Tsk Tsk....sad testimony to the lack of resources. Rahat Ali.....

  • Sports4Youth on February 22, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    So we can see that EHSAN ADIL is already proving to be better than UMAR GUL. Great debute. Soon Irfan & Ajmal will join the party and the fun will start..

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  • Solid_Snake on February 22, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    I dont know why are all against Rahat.He is a wicket taking bowler..His FC record shows it all..He'll perform i am sure.Needs to prove himself in this match or he is a out of the scene.. Adil bowling well..Great 2 wickets for the youngster

  • SaadRocx on February 22, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    We need a New Fast Bowling Coach as soon as possible..and a new keeper who can bat...Sarfraz was a complete disaster..and i agree with the fact the Misbah Under Utilized Hafeez...He has been #1 in ODI ratings..and brilliant with new ball...Our Fast bowling is looking pretty Ordinary to be honest...I hope Pakistan does not make the same and same mistakes in every series..

  • wakaPAK on February 22, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Damn, South Africa is good....

  • Greatest_Game on February 22, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    mzm149 I guess Rahit Ali's 1st over wicket shows who is the poor judge here. Your anger seems to overcome any good judgement you might have.

  • on February 22, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    The match should be over on the second or third day........Crushing victory coming up by South Africa...........Pakistan really missing Amir and Asif

  • on February 22, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    I am sick of reading Misbah did this Misbah did that.. who do you want as a captain after him. don't tell me Hafeez ? He can't even make a test team . His batting average says it all. Who else is there? So stop whinning. Misbah is doing the best he can against the best test side in the world which are playing in their back yard

  • Solid_Snake on February 22, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    @mzm149: If it was me i would have kicked Hafeez out myself but he is the future captain so we have to get used to watch him as a regular team member. Jamshed was unlucky to be out f the team after 2 matches only. I also think that Azhar Ali should be tried as an opener

  • khurramsch on February 22, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    looks like pakistan were out of options with junaid not fit and gul out as well. tanveer floped so there is not other fast bowling options. thats the problem of selection of the tour. same thing goes with openers, toufeeq injured and only imran farhat there so got no choice. thats a 50-50 decision . jamshed hasnt done much yet but can be given more chances. hope its just a rest type not permanently drop from test for jamshed.

    only 2 test matches between pakistans fast bowlers . thats pretty inexperience.

    they picked 2 wickets but were expensive. need to stop runs. SA going almost 4+.

  • SaadRocx on February 22, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Oh My God...Rahat Ali once again? I wonder when will Pakistan gonna learn from their Mistakes...? Hafeez should bat lower down the order and Azhar should open ..cauz he's just blocking at #3while Hafeez gets within 2 overs..so not much difference for Azhar to open the innings or bat at #3???right..infact it'll be good if he blocks while opening and helps to get the shine away from the ball and could score runs later on..Dropping Umer Gul was not a bad option but including Rahat Ali who was pretty ordinary and not to mention *WICKET LESS* in first game was indeed a bad choice...now i'm seriously starting to think that PCB has made a huge blunder in selecting squad there should be Wahab Riaz in the team...Ideal Bowling attack for Pak is (Junaid Khan,Mohammad Irfan,Wahab Riaz,Saeed Ajmal ,Rehman/Ehsan Adil)..tho i think Ehsan still needs time..but we've seen swing in his bowling which was missing in Tanvir..Plz Publish!!!!

  • on February 22, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Bad selection by Pakistan. Poor bowling by waste and mediocre bowlers...SA is scoring above 4 runs per over. This match will be over by 3rd day. It was good toss to win by Smith. Congrats SA for victory...

  • Beertjie on February 22, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    However great an all-rounder Kallis is (and imo he's in the all-time top 3 for sure), he's fitness is going to give him, his team, and the selectors problems until he calls it quits. He wants to play on till the WC 2015, but at his age two years can be a very long time...

  • mzm149 on February 22, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    @ Solid_Snake: Misbah doesn't use Hafeez as a bowler so we can't say we would be going with three spinners if Rahman was there. Only two of our pacers performed in the previous two games. Having a third pacer doesn't make huge difference. Presence of Rahat Ali is like we are playing with ten players and have to score 100 more runs.

    I agree Nasir is not performing but his replacement is worse than him by a huge margin. Nasir is a superb player. We should give him enough chances. Two matches are not enough to gauge his caliber give his exceptional record in ODIs. Why should we not try Azhar Ali as an opener? If Nasir is out why is Azhar still here. What exceptional stuff has he done in this series?

  • on February 22, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    it seems one tanvir went and the other came in (ehsan adil)

  • Syed_imran_abbas on February 22, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Mishbah and Pakistan made few blunders in this series. not playing irfan in first game, not playing Rehman in second game, playing haris sohail to replace azhar ali. and not having more practice games before series. fitness is also something to work on because taufeeq would have been very handy. droping Jamshed is not good idea again.

  • Solid_Snake on February 22, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    For a wicket like this Pacers are always preferred.Rehman should have been selected in the 2nd test not today.& Either Hafeez or Jamshed one of them had to go out due to such a bad performance. Hafeez stayed because he is senior & can bowl as well..Though i believe both should have been kicked out of the team.I wih if Taufeeq was here..Far better than all 3 of the mentioned players

  • on February 22, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Centurion is a fast pitch. Teams in the past have gone in without any spinners. So having Abdur Rehman and 2 spinners is too many. Its a question of bad luck with 2 fast bowling injuries and also selection error as Wahab Riaz should have been there...happens. Make the best of it.

  • mzm149 on February 22, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Misbah should be sacked ASAP. Why is Nasir Jamshed thrown out? Why Rahit Ali and why not Rahman? I wont be surpised if Rahat Ali goes wicketless with economy of 6. Both Misbah and his favorite Rahit Ali should be deported to Pakistan.

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  • mzm149 on February 22, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Misbah should be sacked ASAP. Why is Nasir Jamshed thrown out? Why Rahit Ali and why not Rahman? I wont be surpised if Rahat Ali goes wicketless with economy of 6. Both Misbah and his favorite Rahit Ali should be deported to Pakistan.

  • on February 22, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Centurion is a fast pitch. Teams in the past have gone in without any spinners. So having Abdur Rehman and 2 spinners is too many. Its a question of bad luck with 2 fast bowling injuries and also selection error as Wahab Riaz should have been there...happens. Make the best of it.

  • Solid_Snake on February 22, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    For a wicket like this Pacers are always preferred.Rehman should have been selected in the 2nd test not today.& Either Hafeez or Jamshed one of them had to go out due to such a bad performance. Hafeez stayed because he is senior & can bowl as well..Though i believe both should have been kicked out of the team.I wih if Taufeeq was here..Far better than all 3 of the mentioned players

  • Syed_imran_abbas on February 22, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Mishbah and Pakistan made few blunders in this series. not playing irfan in first game, not playing Rehman in second game, playing haris sohail to replace azhar ali. and not having more practice games before series. fitness is also something to work on because taufeeq would have been very handy. droping Jamshed is not good idea again.

  • on February 22, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    it seems one tanvir went and the other came in (ehsan adil)

  • mzm149 on February 22, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    @ Solid_Snake: Misbah doesn't use Hafeez as a bowler so we can't say we would be going with three spinners if Rahman was there. Only two of our pacers performed in the previous two games. Having a third pacer doesn't make huge difference. Presence of Rahat Ali is like we are playing with ten players and have to score 100 more runs.

    I agree Nasir is not performing but his replacement is worse than him by a huge margin. Nasir is a superb player. We should give him enough chances. Two matches are not enough to gauge his caliber give his exceptional record in ODIs. Why should we not try Azhar Ali as an opener? If Nasir is out why is Azhar still here. What exceptional stuff has he done in this series?

  • Beertjie on February 22, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    However great an all-rounder Kallis is (and imo he's in the all-time top 3 for sure), he's fitness is going to give him, his team, and the selectors problems until he calls it quits. He wants to play on till the WC 2015, but at his age two years can be a very long time...

  • on February 22, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Bad selection by Pakistan. Poor bowling by waste and mediocre bowlers...SA is scoring above 4 runs per over. This match will be over by 3rd day. It was good toss to win by Smith. Congrats SA for victory...

  • SaadRocx on February 22, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Oh My God...Rahat Ali once again? I wonder when will Pakistan gonna learn from their Mistakes...? Hafeez should bat lower down the order and Azhar should open ..cauz he's just blocking at #3while Hafeez gets within 2 overs..so not much difference for Azhar to open the innings or bat at #3???right..infact it'll be good if he blocks while opening and helps to get the shine away from the ball and could score runs later on..Dropping Umer Gul was not a bad option but including Rahat Ali who was pretty ordinary and not to mention *WICKET LESS* in first game was indeed a bad choice...now i'm seriously starting to think that PCB has made a huge blunder in selecting squad there should be Wahab Riaz in the team...Ideal Bowling attack for Pak is (Junaid Khan,Mohammad Irfan,Wahab Riaz,Saeed Ajmal ,Rehman/Ehsan Adil)..tho i think Ehsan still needs time..but we've seen swing in his bowling which was missing in Tanvir..Plz Publish!!!!

  • khurramsch on February 22, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    looks like pakistan were out of options with junaid not fit and gul out as well. tanveer floped so there is not other fast bowling options. thats the problem of selection of the tour. same thing goes with openers, toufeeq injured and only imran farhat there so got no choice. thats a 50-50 decision . jamshed hasnt done much yet but can be given more chances. hope its just a rest type not permanently drop from test for jamshed.

    only 2 test matches between pakistans fast bowlers . thats pretty inexperience.

    they picked 2 wickets but were expensive. need to stop runs. SA going almost 4+.