South Africa v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Centurion, 3rd day

South Africa complete series sweep

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

February 24, 2013

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South Africa 409 (De Villiers 121, Amla 92, Philander 74, Rahat 6-127) beat Pakistan 156 (Abbott 7-29) and 235 (Steyn 4-80) by an innings and 18 runs
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Dale Steyn completes his delivery action, South Africa v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Centurion, 3rd day, February 24, 2013
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For the two decades since their return from sporting isolation, South Africa have been among the top teams in the world, without ever having a sustained run as the undisputed No. 1. Even in the recent successes, an element of ruthlessness was missing, highlighted by the lack of consecutive Test victories over a four-year span ending with the hard-fought series victory over Australia.

Graeme Smith's men have been unrelenting in correcting that anomaly over the home summer. Not only have they won all five Tests, they have utterly dominated almost all of them, as the margins suggest: innings and 27 runs, innings and 193 runs, 211 runs, four wickets and today at Centurion, innings and 18 runs. None of those matches went to the fifth day, the opposition was outclassed in the batting, bowling and fielding, and the near-perfect summer silenced any debate over which was the best side in the world - South Africa now enjoy a 10-point lead over second-placed England. It also quelled murmurs over South Africa's less than impressive record at home in recent years.

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  • South Africa won all five Tests in their home season. For only the third time since their readmission, they won three or more Tests in a series. The previous two such series came against West Indies in 1998 and 2003-04.
  • Pakistan suffered a whitewash in a series of three or more matches for the fourth time since 2000. Their three previous series whitewashes came against Australia.
  • Dale Steyn became the third-highest wicket-taker for South Africa after going past Allan Donald. Only Shaun Pollock (421) and Makhaya Ntini (390) are ahead of Steyn.
  • Kyle Abbott's match haul of 9 for 68 is the third best by a South African bowler on Test debut and the best for South Africa since their readmission.
  • Abbott's 9 for 68 is also the third best performance by a South African bowler against Pakistan. Abbott's performance is also the best by a bowler on debut against Pakistan.
  • South Africa improved on their outstanding record in Centurion (14 wins and one defeat). The win-loss ratio of 14 is the best for a venue since South Africa's readmission (min 15 Tests played).

It has been all one-way traffic over the past couple of months, and it looked like that would be the case on Sunday as well. There were plenty of cracks in the Centurion pitch making the odd ball swerve dramatically, and there was a bit of unpredictable bounce as well. And Dale Steyn removed Pakistan's man for a crisis, Younis Khan, early with another of his typical have-to-poke-at outswingers.

Azhar Ali and Imran Farhat, however, kept the South African pace battery at bay for a couple of hours. Ali, who had only one substantial score in five previous innings, capitalised on the deliveries on his pads, and was happy to otherwise push around for the singles. He looked to leave as many deliveries as he could, and defended solidly as he patiently made his way to an unbeaten 27 by lunch.

Farhat, who couldn't open the innings after having been struck on the hand yesterday, continued to show the confidence he had at the start of the first innings, crashing the ball past point repeatedly. He was not shy of the pull shot either when South Africa's quicks pitched it short.

Still, despite their defiance, as has been the case all summer, a Pakistan batting collapse never seemed far away. What will hurt them is that this time the slide began due to a run-out. Soon after lunch, there was confusion whether to go for the second or not, and by the time Ali was sent back, a bullet throw from Steyn at fine leg had arrived, and the dogged partnership was over.

That opened the gates for a slew of wickets. Debutant Kyle Abbott got yet another wicket behind the stumps as Farhat edged through to the keeper, before Rory Kleinveldt finally had reward for his persistence. Misbah-ul-Haq nicked one through to AB de Villiers, and soon after Asad Shafiq gave away his wicket by punching a catch to Vernon Philander at mid-off.

With an hour still left till tea, and Pakistan's tail notoriously fragile, there was a genuine chance that the match would finish before the session was scheduled to. Sarfraz Ahmed, who has been hopeless with the bat all the series, and Saeed Ajmal, who put up some resistance in Newlands as well, made sure the collapse didn't extend beyond four wickets, playing out the 13 overs till the break.

Steyn returned to whip out two wickets, to go past the great Allan Donald's Test haul of 330 wickets, and was one away from yet another five-for. Abbott got his ninth wicket of the match when he got the other debutant Ehsan Adil to steer a catch to third man.

That left Steyn and Abbott chasing the final wicket for personal milestones, and though Pakistan's last pair, Rahat Ali and Mohammad Irfan, attempted many an agricultural swipe, the final strike just didn't arrive. The frustration increased for South Africa as despite a bunch of chances, Rahat and Irfan batted out eight overs. Smith finally tossed the ball to his spinner, Robin Peterson, who finished off the game in his first over, getting Rahat lbw.

It completed a miserable series for Pakistan, whose batting has consistently let them down on the testing surfaces in South Africa. In this match, no batsman made a half-century, and in the series no batsman aggregated 200 runs.

For the home side, it was only the third time since their return that they have won three or more Tests in the series. And there was another record for Smith to savour as he became the first captain to win 50 Tests.

Not only have the results been magnificent for South Africa, they have been achieved through a eye-catching brand of cricket that combines aggression, grace and efficiency. South Africa fans, lap it up.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by harry414 on (February 25, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

Looking forward to how INDIA faces these monsters ! I am just excited thinking about it, right now, if India gets successful at Australia, then, it would be a contest which SA would feel as if they are in a TEST, they would be tested seriously ! 5 day toil would be inevitable !

Posted by Jaffa79 on (February 25, 2013, 0:10 GMT)

Well done SA from an England fan. Certain other countries crow about their pace battery but SA are the real deal. Ominous!

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (February 24, 2013, 23:53 GMT)

Smith now holds the world record of most test victories by a captain. Congrats captain Biff, wish you and your lads many more victories in the years to come

Posted by noplay on (February 24, 2013, 23:48 GMT)

Congratulations SA, a TEAM of talented, hardworking cricketers... please note.... hardworking, no starboys. It is clear each SA player knows what his role in the team is and works towards team success. Every contribution goes towards winning a game, or as we saw in Australia, not losing the game. SA is not burdened by political problems in the public domain and as we read among these comments, their fans are careful not to damage the team even if they criticise a player here and there. Other countries will do well to learn from the way these players conduct themselves. Can anyone see KP for all his talent fitting into this tea? And they have learned enough from their recent history to wear their social conscience on their sleeves, which is why Smith was able to speak on behalf of Sri Lankan players last year.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 23:30 GMT)

ALL PAKISTANI FANS, stop making excuses and pointing at other teams that are playing bad. Besides, why are you pointing at India when you should be talking about your team's humiliating performance. I would go into hiding if I was a pakistan fan. They're only good against mediocre team, and winning in India was just a fluke, and I just have one thing to say, "Pakistan still have NOT beaten India in World Cup"

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 23:22 GMT)

I think Pakistan lOst diS Test match,cauz they were playing wth the twO new bOwlers,whO were just pitching the ball tOo Up,unexperienced fast bOwling attack cOst us this lost.....

If there had been Junaid,Gul,Irfan and Ajmal,we wOuld have restricted them belOw 300..... The pitch was very unusual,bEcause Of which Our baTsman lAcked tO scOre runs.....

Nevertheless sOuth Africa played better than Us !

Posted by Always_pakistan on (February 24, 2013, 22:55 GMT)

Please pakistani brothers dont say let them come to uae if we lose there what wil we say then. Look what happend to india againt engeland in the test series. So let remain calm and support our team in any situation win and loses are part the game. No same by losing to no1 test team in there backyard. Cricinfo please publish

Posted by applethief on (February 24, 2013, 22:51 GMT)

Barring the first day of the series, and Younis and Asad's partnership at Newlands, there's very little to take from this series for the Pakistan test team. And I think the chatter about the preparation of the wickets is misguided; they were all sporting wickets with something for both bowlers and batsmen, which means that South Africa played far superior cricket.

Posted by applethief on (February 24, 2013, 22:44 GMT)

@ ARFB This is spot-on, We shouldn't have been wasting time on bi-lateral ties with india or another frivolous T20 league, and instead continuing the 2010-2011 formula, and preparing for test matches. Last year, newcomers to the international arena like Junaid and Aizaz got plenty of time to prepare with tests against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, before going on to play England. This time, the whole strategy was reversed - no first-class cricket, only limited-overs games, 6 months with no tests, pointless tour of India. Did they really think this was the way to prepare to take on a side as strong as South Africa? Rahat, Ehsan, Irfan - where is the wisdom in debuting new fast bowlers against the best batting lineup in the world, in their backyard? Hopelessly bad management, bad for their confidence and bad for the team. Even worse, Nasir got dropped without a proper run in the side, way to show some faith in a newcomer on what can be the toughest of tours.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

This Team remind me of the West Indies in late 80's early 90's. They can beat you in so many ways. Graeme Smith is in the top 5 captain all time.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (February 24, 2013, 22:34 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan for putting up a good fight and playing to their best. It has not really been acknowledged that Pak had to deal with injuries, illness and last minute changes to their squad. Fielding a young & inexperienced attack they still accounted well for themselves, considerng they did not get the kind of thrashing Eng got, at home at the Oval, with an experienced attack that could only take 2 wickets.

Looking forward to the shorter format games where I think SA will have a big challenge.

On another note, what a pleasure to look at the ICC test rankings and see South Africa 10 points ahead of Eng & Aus, squabbling for 2nd place. So many Eng & Aus posters on here keep accusing each other of being "minnows" that the upcoming ashes series look like they will be, in their own words, a true "Battle of the Minnows." Maybe they'll eat each other?

Posted by Always_pakistan on (February 24, 2013, 22:20 GMT)

I dont know why some indians and english supporters are talking her look at own team. And for pakistan some changes are must. Well played south africa. Cricinfo please publish

Posted by Greatest_Game on (February 24, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

@ maddy20 on (Feb 24, 16:08 GMT) wrote "Aussie quicks are deadly in fast bouncy wickets over there. They gave the Saffas a run for their money in the first two tests."

What fast bouncy wickets. In the 1st 2 tests Aus prepared flat roads. They were dead scared of SA's pace attack, & the 3rd test showed why, when SA blew Aus away & took the series. They did not give SA a run for their money. The first test was a stalemate, & Aus choked in the 2nd test. SA showed them how to play good old fashioned dogged, determined, never say die cricket. Aus flogged themselves to death trying to take the 2nd test, & SA withstood everything that they could throw at them. After that, Aus were physically & mentally beaten. They KNEW they had lost, & in Perth it showed when they folded, & SA took the game & the series away.

If Aus prepare fast, bouncy wickets, SA will eat them alive The Aus attack is too fragile & inexperienced to dominate. Dhoni just took them apart, & their kids wilted.

Posted by ste13 on (February 24, 2013, 21:53 GMT)

Pakistan was a big disappointment. I could have expected South Africa to win, but the dominance was devatsting. I hoped for much more even contest given good ODI win in India. Credit to SA, no. 1 team by miles, but lack of belief from Pakistan was sad.

Posted by t20cric on (February 24, 2013, 21:36 GMT)

@dontlikecricket: I completely agree with you wabout having SA like pitches in Pakistan to make better batsmen and not making excuses for the defeat. Alot of people are blaming certain players like Hafeez and Misbah and truly they could have done better but its not all their fault.

Posted by dontlikecricket on (February 24, 2013, 21:08 GMT)

As expected SA won the series. There is no doubt that SA will stay on top for a while now. They have depth in batting as well as bowling. I predicted 3-0 prior to this series. PAK has never performed well in SA and AUS, and they have weakness when playing on fast, green wickets. In fact there is no current PAK player who can be considered really comfortable on these sort of wickets. In past PAK may have been able to push SA and AUS on occassions but it was due to strong fast bowling attack. PAK fans should be realistic and stop coming up with the excuses. The matter of fact is PAK, like AUS & ENG are not a match for SA on fast/swing conditions. There is no shame in defeat, PAK fans just need to accept it (I am PAK fan and try not to get irrational and emotional). You cant produce a batsman by magic who is capable of playing on green tops unless you play on them regularly. Unless PCB asks groundsmen to prepare at last 25%-50% green tops in PAK, batsmen will always struggle.

Posted by t20cric on (February 24, 2013, 21:03 GMT)

@Louis De Klerk: why does SA have a bad record at Kingsmead cuz I just checked and that's where the first T20 is happening on Firday. If Hafeez can become the same player who helped us beat india in india during the holidays and if Nasir jamshed and Junaid Khan play then we can probably win that T20. Probably Afridi will play in the T20s so either he will forever ruin his career by not making much runs/wickets or he will have a huge comeback by making many runs/wickets and extend his career to retirement which is just about 3-5 years away I think

Posted by crashed on (February 24, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

May I just put your attention to the fact that most of the wickets fall after the ball were considered as old ... not bad for new ball bullies?

Posted by t20cric on (February 24, 2013, 20:47 GMT)

That being said Misbah could have batted better but he always had a defensive approach. It really is sad that he bats too slowly even for a test match. But he is still a good captain. BTW who would you guys want to replace Misbah as test captain anyways if he's such a bad captain. I can't think of anyone right now who is a better captain then him. Under his captaincy the test series losing streak that we have is 2 which includes this series. Pakistan have had success in tests under his captaincy but just cuz we lost the sri lanka test series and the SA test series he is now a horrible captain. Atleast in ODIs he is a way better captain then our former ODI captain Afridi.

Posted by t20cric on (February 24, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

To all who are critcizing Misbah just remember that a captain doesn't have to be the best batsman or wicket keeper or bowler he must be the best leader. Look at Graeme Smith he never played a captain's knock in this series but still is the best SA captain. Misbah can't bat well and even when he makes 50+ runs it takes him hours to get their but as a captain he makes good decisions for the most part when it comes to bowling changes. If a captain makes a captain's knock it is kind of a bonus but he isn't a bad captain just cuz he didn't. Think about it Amla is very good at making runs in test matches he even made a triple century a few months ago but if you asked him to captain SA then he would probably back out cuz he doesn't have leadership qualities. I don't think the captain has to be the best player on the team and if that was true then Ajmal deserves to be the captain of Pakistan on all three forms of the game.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

Is it a coincidence SA's strong home performance has come during a summer where not one test has been played at Kingsmead? I think not.

Lets not EVER make that mistake again, facing subcontinent opposition such as Pakistan and India in conditions familiar to them, and with significant fan support as well! Its like holding one of the tests at a neutral or even away venue.

Of course credit goes to the players and coaching staff, too, though! Well done to everyone involved!

Posted by mzm149 on (February 24, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

To all those Indian fans who are bashing Pakistan: Why is your team shying away from playing a test/ ODI series with Pakistan in UAE? Reason: Pakistan is ahead of India in head to head matches. Clearly they are fearing a similar spanking they recently got in your backyard.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 24, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

Congratulation South Africa and Graeme Smith.All the Best Pakistan for Limited Overs Fixture... Reasons for the 3-0 whitewash: 1) SAs strength - number 1 in the world 2) Conditions - alien, most have never played here 3) Preparation - inadequate to give them a realistic chance 4) Scheduling - last played in July 5) Injuries - Taufeeq and Junaid 6) Lack of coaching stability since beating England, both head coach and otherwise 7) Lack of prioritizing the test game, PSL and revival of bilateral ties higher on agenda 8- Lack of potency in the seam bowling - distinct lack of quality 9) Selection - Ignoring Adnan was an obvious blunder and refusing to play Rehman 10) Not being pro-active, especially after the 1st defeat such as continuing to open with an all at sea Mohammad Hafeez and not shuffling the batting order...

Posted by Elcana on (February 24, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

It seems as if some people are constantly in denial of the fact that south africa is the top team in test cricket @ this moment......... Be it PAK fans, Aussies with all the "IFs"....Here,we are dealing with reality and the present..... Yes...there MAY be struggles in UAE for SA but that is not certainty.... The pitch prepared in Newlands was more friendly to the PAK team.....but the Proteas displayed again the resilience and will to win that has characterized this team..

@Master_uv_Puppetz: We DREAM and LIVE the dream..........unlike some of our counter parts who DREAM of beating the Proteas in tests and even come close to doing so but are insufficient to finish us off....Instead we have been displaying the ruthlessness needed to finish an opponent off...

With regards to the Australian tour last year, we displayed that if we're not in a position to win, we try by all means not to lose....

Congrats to Smith and the boys.....

Posted by oayaz01 on (February 24, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

You can't win test matches till the time you play agrrsive brand of cricket, misbah defensive approach will never win you a test outside Asia or weaker oppositions. Azhar Ali needs to either develop strokes, rotate strike or just warm the bench. He occupies the crease for hours and hours and still struggles to score of bad balls, Is that wat a No 3 for?? Look at Amla, Ponting, Dravid. All are different players at No 3 but at the end of the day tey look to score runs and not just occupy the crease. He and Misbah in the same line up means that scoring rate is hardly over 2.

Hafeez has never been an International standard batsman. He has played 6 tests in SAF and never scored a fifty. He is a good player against club bowlers so will be good to just play him in T20 and ODI's. His bowling isn't good enuf to play him as an allrounder in longer format. And last and not least, we need pace bowlers and not medium pacers. Pls drop Umar Gul for ever.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

considering the circumstances that these Pak players are playing through, like no home tests, less test practice, controversies etc, they are no less than winners to me... I hope things will get better for them... (from an indian fan)

Posted by Master_uv_Puppetz on (February 24, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

@AltafPatel: SA will win in UAE.... Keep dreaming bro. For the record, they never won a test 3 years back.. and frankly.. now situation wont be like 3 years back when Pak didnt have control over pitches.. so my advice, Be prepared.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

Quite surprised by 0 wickets to the spin wizard Saeed Ajmal . What surprises is that new set of pace bowlers like Rafat ali replace the whole set of bowlers , but still they perform .While we bring back Bhajji and Zaheer , who still dont perform...We live on reputation , while Pakistan and the whole world moves with performance...Sad stae of Indian cricket.

Posted by Shan156 on (February 24, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

Predicted a 3-0 whitewash for SA before the series. Many Pak. fans were upset and claimed that if there is one team in the world that could beat SA, then it is Pak., somehow forgetting the fact that the series was not played in UAE but in SA. Glad to see Pak. getting a royal whopping and wish they get more. To people who claimed that Ajmal was the best thing since sliced bread, well, we have always been saying that he should play around the world before he is judged as the best. He may be the best spinner now but he is not good enough to be mentioned in the same breath as Warne or Murali. And, we were told time and again that Pak. possess the best pace attack in the world. Wonder what happened to them? lol. Hopefully, this thrashing will keep them quiet for a while.

Congrats SA. Truly deserving #1. Looks like their dominance is not going to end any time soon. Tremendous strength in depth in batting and fast bowling. Only thing missing is a good spinner but still a great team.

Posted by Smahuta on (February 24, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

the results and teams of the other world XI matches can be found here if you are interested. The Wrold XI had a fantastic squad as well but could not manage a single win in either the ODI or the super test. Not playing for a badge you are proud of? No chance of winning if the other team is. That's what gives them an edge, simple really.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

well played SA they have world's best pace battery & than can won matches 4 them on any pitch & ground. good work by gary kirsten also since his appointment as SA cricket coach

Posted by t20cric on (February 24, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

Even if we do beat SA in UAE we will need to have learned all of the lessons here and improve then we can only beat SA in UAE.

Hopefully Pakistan can win the T20s and ODIs so that all the Pakistani fans don't start saying things like changing get rid of misbah.

Posted by Cricket_fan85 on (February 24, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

2 things .. 1. Pakistan is not a bad team ..just that they are beaten up by a side which plays in their home conditions and have a bowling line up which can give you sleepless nights .. I am telling this from India and I am not biased towards any country ...

2. I think Pakistan in future should carefully examine their future and should field a team which would suit the conditions .. I am not joking but this is how most of the teams in the world have succeeded ..

I am impressed by young players in Pakistan but they should play fearlessly and also should have a captain who can make young players comfortable .. Mohammed Irfan is 30 years and how long can he go.. Umar Gul was not even 10% of his ability .. Junaid is injured .. which would mean pakistan is outting all the burden in ajmal's shoulders .. sad .. This pakistan team is capable of coming back if they can find good test players and a captain who plays competitive cricket .. Clarke is one example ..

Posted by maria_01 on (February 24, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

south africa is no 1 team in tests and they proved it in an exceptional way.....if pakistan won odi or even t20, it doesnt make any sense, coz no 1 team may be unlucky for 1 day and they loose match....but no 1 team remain not unlucky in 5 day game..if they dont perform in one day then they surely perform in other 4 days....proteas proved that they are no 1 team.....

Posted by t20cric on (February 24, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

@Taimur Khan How can you say Pakistan has the worst batting line up when we scored 338 in the 2nd test. And just cuz they got whitewashed by the best test team in the world they deserve to not play test anymore? I'm pretty sure if Pakistan somehow managed to whitewash SA then you would not be saying the same to SA when actually that would be way more embarrassing.

It feels like Pakistan were going to play better in the 3rd match but infact this match was the worst one. Whenever Pakistan's next test series happen I hope they can play in a way that shows that they have taken lessons from this whitewash. Pakistan's main problem was extremely defensive batsmen and far too many new players. Even for the guys who had played tests before for most of them it was their first time playing in SA. I think SA has very conveniently showed Pakistan every where they can improve such as playing more test outside of sub continent, not relying on spinners, not batting defensively,playing with some plan

Posted by AltafPatel on (February 24, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

SA will win in UAE as well as they did 3 years back. Though they dont have spinners like Ajmal, they have Philandar, and /steyn who can swing the ball on flat surface as well and Steyn's record in India, Philanders's in 2nd test proved that. Thye also have batsmen like Amla, Kallis, deVilliers who can bat on surface against spin. So there is no doubt they will whitewash Pak in UAE as well.

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

South Africa are just to good and deserve to be where they are. Pakistan at least played much better than what New Zealand have done against this mighty opposition.

Posted by maria_01 on (February 24, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

pakistan batting was looking below level than a club level team and pakistan bowling was looking below level than a club level team or even street teams against no 1 rank team...they totally outclassed pakistan in every department....

What pakistani senior players did in the series, except only two centuries...asad and younus made two centuries...they batted six times in the series and performed only in one match....and other seniors failed in all six chancesa...pathectic awful sad...why they dont realize they are representing pakistan...17 crore people make hopes from them...

in bowling only ajmal impressed and no other bowler....people were mentioning adil ehsan ....i dont know why people were asking about him...he neither have pace nor swing....totally crap....imran khan who played afghanistan is much better than him....he has pace and swing...only pblm with him that he is bit bulky...

i really dont be surprised when i see pakistan 100/0 and all out for 101.....plz publish

Posted by Aragorn_11 on (February 24, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

Pakistan can't play test cricket IN South Africa, England or Australia...everywhere else we're pretty equal if not dominant...one day and T20 is a little more easier because the white ball doesn't move as much as the red ball so we can match them there....but test cricket in SA, Eng and Aus is our problem....we do need to play more tests though

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

well! a whitewash is allright because it was bound to happen under the circumstances. SA has been one of the best team in all formats of the game ever since they restarted from 1992. On the contrary Pak's performance is not all due to the team it self. There have been number of issues other than that such as Pak is not palying at home, fixing issue of the trio and Ejaz Butt's poor governance, along with that the favouritsm that generally is being practised in Pak at the time of selection an many more.... Pak has lost the plot comprehensively, they play far too defensive cricket which is not helping them at all. They could have done much better only if they had used their feet bit better, if they only had attacked a bit. Misbah has got to decide whether that he is a best choice or not. We must learn to set a trend of stepping down ourself I suppose and Misbah can do that. Mykhan

Posted by Major85D on (February 24, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

Few words to all, who still believe, misbah is a good captain: michael clarke scored 130, MS dhoni 206 and misbah? 10 and 5. in the 2nd innings all the pakistani bowlers scored more runs than misbah, even mohammad irfan! wrong decisions and poor batting in almost every game! so tell me, why he should be a good captain??? he does not lead the team in captaincy or batting in any way! and those who say, he lead pakistan to a series win against england: it was ajmal, rehman and other players, who won the series! and he took the credit! He should retire and with him dave whatmore!

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

South Africa are the World No. 1 side for a reason .... Well Played Proteas, for a thoroughly professional and ruthless show. Pakistanis will bounce back ... in recent times it is this resilience alone which has kept the team and the nation going.... lets keep out heads about us and not make rubbish statements like " let them come to the UAE" or "ICC should stop us playing Tests" ...

Posted by Hira1 on (February 24, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

SA is definitely number 1 team in the world they are the only team currently who are not only good at their home ground but are able to beat the teams on their home conditions as well. Loosing against the best side is not a shame but what matter most is from day one of the first test till the last day there is no improvement in the pak batting especially the top four/five. the negative approach with which Pak batted is very alarming, the top lineup includes aged hafeez, misbah and younus so its not a young batting line up but sadly they all are too content to keep blocking the deliveries till one gets them out. after this poor defeat some one needs to take the blame and step down I hope in this case it should be Hafeez and Whatmore

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

pakistan should look to salvage pride in the upcoming one dayers against the proteas .

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

A long way to go for Pak cricket specially in test format. They are really outplayed and trashed by SA!

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

I think this is the time Pakistan has to rethink. I mean when Pakistan arrived we think this will be a good contest but Pakistan disappoints everybody by their performance. Three biggest reasons behind Pakistan defeats are. 1) Their defensive approach against South Africans bowlers as they are afraid of them. Not a single batsman looks to attack which has created the pressure on upcoming batsman and results their wicket. 2) No match planning they didn't know which player to include and whom to left. As I think last two matches pitch better suited Pakistan then South Africa and if Abdul Rehman would be selected instead of any fast bowler the story of the series would be different. Pakistan management wasn't brave enough to left Haffez instead of Nasir in last test match. This raises the fingers on Misbah and other coaching staff. 3) Third biggest reason is the difference in fielding and running between the wickets of both teams.

Posted by IAS2009 on (February 24, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

it is not fair to criticize Pakistan team, this was expected the world best team struggled in SA in last two decades almost only mighty Australians of 90's and 2000 gave them tough time. I think the team is good with some flaws to correct and remember they are playing against a very very good team with 7 top class batsman with very good bowlers and excellent slip catchers, there are no weak links in SA team right now, to play such a team in their own super quick tracks is not that easy, my only complain against Misbah approach is defensive tactic like playing doc balls. Pakistan was going to loos e this 3-0 before it started they have outside chance if they would have attached and put some run on board, and when they did like YK and Asad they put SA under pressure. there were many blunders in team selection and tactics which could go to coach and captain. Pakistan can beat SA 3-0 later in UAE with good planning. they need to have positive approach if they need to be successful in test

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

At the start of the series Hafeez and Misbah is saying that we have lack of test matches. But they are not capable of playing test matches because they have world's worst batting line up. Icc should take action that Pakistan is not playing test cricket further.

Posted by Spelele on (February 24, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

@Akhter786: Well, AB was the one who was usually tasked with looking after the ball and making sure that it reverses later on. Ever since he started keeping, it seems as if no player in particular has been tasked with doing the job, and SA have since struggled to reverse the old ball.

All PAK fans telling us to wait till SA comes to the UAE are displaying the worse form of sour grapes since AUS fans claimed that their team had 'dominated' SA and should have won the series against them a couple of months ago. Let's not forget how badly India did in their so-called 'revenge series' against England. I honestly thought that PAK fans were better than that!

To all whining PAK fans: please accept that SA thrashed your team, even in the second test when an ideal pitch was prepared for them, and the third test when SA were understrength. SA fans are usually humble in victory, so please don't rub us up the wrong way!

Posted by MSCologne on (February 24, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

Brilliant, unforgettable summer. South Africa have outclassed England, beat a fighting Australia, demolished New Zealand and outgunned Pakistan. They are the best team in the world by a large margin. The people who worried about their strength in depth are surely satisfied that with Abbott, Kleinveldt and de Lange, SA has three top class quicks in reserve. And when JP Duminy comes back, they'll have the best batting line up to have played the game as well. Imagine Peterson at 8 and Philander at Nr. 9! That looks like an unbeatable team for many years to come.

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

@ Smahuta

If the INDIVIDUALS I posted play as a team, I don't see SA beating them anywhere. Every player is a Match-Winner. But what is important is "play as a team" which Pak lacked. If Ind and SL can beat SA in SA in a test match (on their last tours), Do you really think the team I posted (or any team close to it) would be rolled in 4 days or less ?

Posted by ZUBZ0709 on (February 24, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

wel played da proteas, the real test will be in the UAE. they beat us in der own conditions, to prove der no 1 dey have to beat us at UAE. saeed ajmal guna show em der.....the proteas r guna choke in the UAE.. hafeez needs to be dropped, he a walking wicket, he cnt play hes a joke. misbah n azhar jus no1 ting how 2 defend, u have to score aswell. dey bth no good, fot the future we need to groom umar akmal, he da onli batsman who as technique with aggression...

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

once again,,pathetic show by minnow pakistan...defeated by an innings n 3-0 whitewash.....what could b worst than that....they shouldnt b playing test cricket

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

This is seriously some sense of ruthlessness in performance ........ SA hav nt only got an exceptional set of players playing but those who r sitting on the bench waiting are also equally good .... amazing pool of talented players they have ..... bright future awaiting SA..... take a bow MR.SMITH!!!! 50 test wins under your captaincy is 'out of this world' achievement ......

Nw only thing they have to achieve is a test series win in INDIA ..if they manage to do that then for me they will become the best ever test team to have played cricket ........ bt i think they might struggle in INDIA for the simple reason that they lack a quality spinner ..... bt for nw they deserve a big celebration!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (February 24, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

After a year or more of solid trenchant cricket largely through Ajmal and Rehman Pakistan have inimitably thrown the throttle into fast reverse and played like an anaemic lettuce. I suspect the return series thoiugh might show a different result.The fact remains though that despite the spinners the batting against pace and swing does not have an answer and Steyn really put the kybosh up them with his 6-8 early on. Otherwise their run machine was too good for the bowlers.

Posted by ARFB on (February 24, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

Well now its's time for Pak fans to acknowledge that it wasn't Misbah's brilliant captaincy or magnificient talent of their young players, but the top class coaching of Waqar younis & later on Mohsin Khan that made them 4th best test side.The so called world class talent of Pak got badly exposed & this showed that they are not some kind of special humans with cricketing talent in their genes by birth.Its practice & technique that makes a cricketer world class.On top of it, they have an ineligible Chairman of PCB who is good only at bullying weak teams & as a banker by nature, he was busy trying to organise silly PSl, a business venture for who knows whom, when he should have been paying attention on board affairs.

Posted by reality_check on (February 24, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

This is the sorry tale of Pakistan cricket. The coach, Mohsin Khan, who triggered a test comeback for Pakistan by whitewashing the #1 team in the world last year was replaced unceremoniously by yet another foriegn coach and another whitewash. Learning from past mistakes is never a part of PCB lexicon.

Posted by Stark62 on (February 24, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

@ 1PAKISTANi Do you honestly believe Pak have a "young" middle order with Younis, Misbah, Azhar and Shafiq?!?!

Misbah is on wrong side of his thirties and Younis isn't much younger either, whilst Azhar is 28 and Shafiq 27.

Also, SA will suffer the same fate in the UAE because the pitches will turn and bounce from day one for the spinners, plus they struggled against Ajmal alone in the second Test with a bit of turn.

Remember, Pak whitewashed Eng in the UAE and they had Swann and Panesar, whilst SA don't even have anyone of the caliber of Panesar, let alone Swann and their pace bowlers won't have much movement either.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

will be interesting to see SA playing in the UAE.. still feel that if they dont prepare flat flat surfaces there, SA will win that series as well... Pure Protea

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

Pathetic performance mainly from batsmen have let the team down but it is sheer error on part of coach too who could stop the batsmen from dangling the bat outside off stump purposelessly. Situation was not mentally clear to batsmen and the way they tried to chase the ball with slip-gully cordon in place is unpardonable. Pakistan had just to see the ball not coming to stumps and play accordingly. That did not happen. Misbah also failed miserably; he should know that he ought to have left the arena honorably before the series started. Hafeez has been a total flop in this series and one must think about his ability to handle new ball.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

Being a Pakistani it is disappointing to see the lack of fight that was on show by our team. SA wickets have always been our nemesis but this team gave in way too easily. I still believe Azhar, Jamshed and Asad are better players of swing bowling but lack mental toughness which caused their downfall. Having said this, all the credit must goes to this SA team. They have been ruthless and equally professional. The fast bowling talent that is oozing out of there is refreshing to see as a cricket fan. Their batting too is technically solid and they play every ball with a positive mindset, something the Pakistani batsmen lack. Overall, Pakistan are comprehensively beaten both on and off the field. Junaid who was suppose to lead the attack got himself injured at a crucial time and the replacements were just not good enough. Also, Misbah failed both as a captain and as a batsman, something he has really been good at over the last two years. Bottom line: SA are too good these days.

Posted by Divinetouch on (February 24, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

Pakistan stumbles below India in test cricket and are now ranked lower than in India in all recognised forms of cricket.

Getsetgopak did you watch the test series between South Africa and Pakistan and what do you think about the professor aka Hafees the non-opener for your team?

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

yeah pakistan has lost 3-0.very happy to see dhoni double ton .so we can improve as we play at home unlike pakistan who play at neutral locations.

Posted by CricIndia208 on (February 24, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

Fantastic stuff from SA. As I had predicted 0-3 humiliation for Pakistan. They are a shambles. They need to take a break from test cricket.

Posted by Smahuta on (February 24, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

@Jindal Priyank whats harsh? That team would take a hiding too, probably inside 5 days as well. This SA team plays a as TEAM. What you listed is a list of INDIVIDUALs who don't have a badge to play for. I see them being rolled in 4 days or less.

Posted by FAB_ALI on (February 24, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

Whenever a subcontinent team tours SA, Aus or Eng, this is the case. unless you have some extraordinary/great batsmen in the side, you cant win a test match in these countries. Likes of Sachin, Dravid, Inzamam, M Yousuf, Sanga, Mahela... can only fight out and win you a match. With this batting line up its very hard and I must admit India & Sri Lanka are also facing the same situation at this time.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

Good job South Africa. You are clear cut no 1 side. Pakistan, you deserved the whitewash after some pakistani fans bashing of India's struggles overseas. Be careful what you say next time. Don't bash fans and team from other countries.

Posted by gujratwalla on (February 24, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

There is no argument that the better side won. A Test batsman is one who can perform on all type of pitches all over the world and a Test bowler will take wickets whatever the conditions. SA have beaten Pakistan in Pakistan when Pakistan had far better batsmen than today simply because they had GENUINE Test players. Negative thinking leads to negative results and this has hindred good talent like Shafiq and Azhar to become Real Test class batsmen.Agression and attack is the key as Saeed Ajmal showed today.That and to play naturally. Forget about the State of the pitches and get on with the job as it comes to you.Abbot was succesful because he kept it simple and that is the Real reason behind SA succes.Congratulations.

Posted by VinodGupte on (February 24, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

Abott time!

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

Very happy to see pakistan 3-0 defeat. our team india performs bad many times, but atleast we can improve as we play in our home country unlike pakistan which has to play in neutral locations.Dhoni double ton also happiness for we indians today.

Posted by big_al_81 on (February 24, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

@Pete's Cricket. Are you seriously suggesting that a team made up of just England and Australia players let alone anyone else, wouldn't have put up a better fight than Pakistan who rarely travel well? Let's try Cook, Root, Trott, KP, Clarke, Watson, Prior, Pattinson, Swann, Anderson, Finn. SA have done everything asked of them this summer, but it's hardly been demanding and a 10 point gap in the table just shows how dim it is to use logarithms to judge quality. England just beat India away which only one other team has done in 12years. SA are undoubtedly the best side right now but until they take Test series seriously and play a sensible amount it's hard to judge where they're at. Oh, and for those who want to quibble with my selection of two South Africans in the Rest of the World XI, I could offer you Sanggakara, Jayawardene, Pujara, Kohli if you were that bothered! Give it 3 or 4 years and then we'll talk about team greatness. Hype just kills true excitement in the end.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Some time I feel the way Asian team are ignoring test cricket and importance of playing fast bowling, are we seeing the future of cricket same as that of Hockey. When Hockey become a strength, Stimna, endurance game with the advent of Astro Truf, India and Pakistan quickly start loosing to west, next generation start loosing interest and the sports is complete gone from the society in two decades.

Pakistan in last two decades are continuously loosing badly to west, so the now India, SL, WI. West (AUS/ENG/SA) are investing more in longer format, they are playing more with each other since the other teams are not good enough to play with them. Are we seeing a shift in the dynamics of cricket?? - India is happy with IPL, don't have a will power to invest in long format... Plus the IPL and Test Cricket are some what in big conflict (players are not going to develop). Pakistan cannot play much test cricket and hold on to aggressive players. The future looks grime in Asia...

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

@ Petes_Cricket

'Rest of the World XI' would have been no different ? That's a bit too harsh !

1) Watson 2) Cook 3) KP 4) SRT 5) Clarke 6) Mahela 7) Sangakara 8) Finn/ Starc 9) Siddle/ Pattinson 10) Anderson 11) Ajmal

I don't see SA beating this team !

Posted by Akhter786 on (February 24, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

@spelele

i wonder what wicketkeeper had to do with reverse swing when bowlers are not getting it

i would not say' when bowlers cant bowl it' because of the obivious reasons

how dare i say so that Steyn and co cant actually bowl reverse swing when someone like (even) Heath streak could do that to immense

but still 'can they bowl'

may be (not)

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

Conclusion: Make three specialist team of all three formats. Misbah doesn't deserve his place as player and as a captain. His planning, analytical skill and creativity is all time zero. It is also useless to try try and try Hafeez as an opener. He has not matured himself for test or even ODI opener. Even Taufeeq Umar is not an impressive opener. I reckon three different opening pairs, based on skills, temperament, and fitness. Fast bowling definitely need some polishing. Irfan got late call, he is 32, and 7 feet tall and fast bowling. Certainly he as short cricketing life in international arena. He is more prone to injuries, better to use him in shorter version with short spell. Rest the grass root level of cricket should be overhaul and there should be more competitive domestic tournaments with international standard of pitches.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

TEAM PAKISTAN BADLY defeated. IF the display of phenomenal performance by the ALL SA players has triggered in ANY of Pakistan player(s) a commitment to MODEL himself like SA players it would be worth it. TEAM PAKISTAN have to have that LEVEL of fitness and REFLEX. THEN and only then TECHNIQUE could be DEVELOPED and PERFECTED. I would SINGLE OUT Yonus the great as the ONLY person who has the Love for game, Passion, Reflexes, Humility, Technique and Agility. Asad Shafiq showed grit and Azhar disappointed. WHOSOEVER took the LEAD and selected the team fast bowlers and THEN REINFORCEMENTS / REPLACEMENT should STAND UP and elaborate on OMISSION of Aizaz Cheema and Wahab Riaz. Coach / Captain should ELABORATE why Irfan and Whsan Adil sat on bench AND SOS called players were first played.

Posted by samincolumbia on (February 24, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

The over hyped Pakistan bowlers could NOT take 20 wickets even in a single test match!!

Posted by neelabhsamvatsar on (February 24, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

this sa team is going to 2015 world cup . cant wait to watch.

Posted by Akhter786 on (February 24, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

honestly speaking despite all odds and no expectations Pakistan still played well, not well enough though. I bet even the famed Indian batting lineup had faced this ruthless attack under unforgiving conditions they too would not have done any much better!!

not to forget Pakistan didnot play to their strength, many a raw talent but still some more was expected from batsmen,

despite all of this all credit goes to Proteas' team they have won it as a team rather capitalising on mustakes of Pakistan!!!

they truly are on course to join those fairytale legendry all time champion teams!!!

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

RIP Pakistan batting. Was refreshing to see them crumble again.

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

Good work boys!

Awesome stuff Abbott!

Posted by maddy20 on (February 24, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

I hear Pak will tour Aus after the WI tour. Should be another whitewash in the offing. Aussie quicks are deadly in fast bouncy wickets over there. They gave the Saffas a run for their money in the first two tests. So they are nearly as good, atleast at home.

Posted by sonu77 on (February 24, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

Yet again Pakistan batting let them down.Before the series begin, I thought Pakistan are the best test team in asia.But they failed to prove that.(specially their batters).Both India & Sri Lanka manage to win atleast a test in their last tour to SA. I think PCB ruin their team's golden run with the addition of whatmore inplace of Mohsin Khan.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

Being an Indian fan, it really hurts me whenever any Asian team tours abroad be it Ind, Pak, SL etc. and looks clueless against their fast bowlers. When Amir Asif were there, Pak really had good fast bowling attack but sorry to say nowadays even Pak's fast bowlers are average. And less I say about their batting better it is. Except Azhar and Asad no youngster looks promising. I really hope, Ind-Pak-BD-SL start preparing bouncy tracks so that when they tour Aus/Eng/SA they put up some fight. It doesn't mean that they give same tracks to Aus/Eng/SA when they come here but BCCI, PCB and SLCB can plan triangular series on Fast and Bouncy Tracks, so that whenever we tour, we don't have to face humiliating defeat. It would also be beneficial for WC 2015 that will be held on Fast n Bouncy pitches of Aus/ NZ.

Posted by Dark.Matter on (February 24, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

Well, It was expected. We have been badly exposed by SA. I had a false positive belief that PK are no. 1 team. But we lack the batting technique to reach that magic no. 1 spot. Misbah needs to retire now. Enough is enough. He is too defensive and his field placing is not appropriate. Like INZY, he has a defensive mindset approach which does not suite the modern day cricket captaincy. Cricket is the game of captain and players who play on the ground. Its not the game of coaches. Captain is the central figure and we need that strong central figure not any foreign coach because coaches have importance in football and hockey but not in cricket.

Posted by uzairamir on (February 24, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa pakistan has got enough talent to replace these guys maybe raza hasan can replace saeed ajmal.Someone will come and replace these guys when they retire as it always happens you,ll see

Posted by Petes_Cricket on (February 24, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

CONGRATULATIONS to the Proteas! Pakistan were outclassed in all facets of the game from day 1 of the 1st Test. Had a 'rest of the world XI' been playing, quite honestly it would have been no different. Now its onto the T20's and ODI's.....and another 'clean sweep'.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

The reason for this terrible series is not batsmen, it was Pakistan's pathetic bowlers. No quality in Seam department, even Junaid Khan looks ordinary in front of Styn, Philander, Morker, Abbot, Kallis, Klienveld. Pakistan needs to find good fast bowlers. This should be Gul's last test series. Enough is enough you cannot have a bowler who bowls a "hit-me" ball every over. Tanvir should kiss good bye to international cricket, at 120 and without swing, he is worse than Younus Khan (as a bowler).

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (February 24, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

Smith in pursuit of his 100 in 100th test let slip the chance of-defeating Pakistan by an innings in first test.So we can count that as defeat by an innings as well within 3 days. Now the famed Pakistani team conceded 400 plus runs on helpful pitch and then failed to score 400 combined in two innings. Bangladesh would also probably been disgusted by this performance. The second test was close because of 2 performances and they were always going to be once in 50 tests performances - Ajmal and younis.Fans started expecting a series win with these 2 rare one off performances shows how little understanding fans have of test cricket and feel its like T20 where one of performance(fluke) is enough to get a win. Not so in a test match with such pathetic batters and bowlers ( except Ajmal).

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 24, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

For all those journalists who criticised AB for taking the gloves, I hope a few follow-up articles are written. Perhaps some humble pie consumed. He has batted well, since Aus where he averaged 55, and has kept well too. This series he got two hundreds and tied the world record for dismissals in an innings. Man of the series.

Not too shabby. And great to watch.

I think the SA v Pak games in Dubai later this year will be very interesting. Looking forward to them but it's ridiculous that SA don't play a test until then.

Posted by 12thUmpire on (February 24, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

Good planning and execution by SA, who would want to face Ajmal for 6 sessions while batting last?

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

As i predicted 3-0 hammering for pakistan!!!!

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

I think Pakistan lacks the presence of Junaid, Taufeeq and a gud alrounder like hammad azam :( but I believe consistency is the key and Pakistan should stick with these players as they will perform.

Posted by PAKISTANiLive on (February 24, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

4 debutants were playing against No.1 side at their own backyard, which are testing conditions! Except 2 or 3, all others were playing first time in SA! So PAK played well in that manner! Pakistan are far better team in ODIs & T20s, they crushed INDIA recently at their own home ground!

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (February 24, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

Seens like this current Proteas side is just unmatched at the moment, brushing all of the teams in the top four with out losing a single test to any of them. This is an absolutely superb team miles ahead of the chasing pack.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

Party of the pakistan cricket teams party is well and truly over. More than some heads must roll.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

i dont know why some people come up with such comments that 3-0 is the worst from Pakistan? If a no 1 team with plenty of runs & experience gets 3-0 in UAE from no 5 team. OR if a no1 team with some of the cricket's great batsmen like vvs, tendulkar, dravid, sehwag gets 4-0 twice in 2 overseas outings.

Then a no4 team with average batting line up getting 3-0 isnt something worst? comparing england's & Indian batting stats with those of this pak team ,( total runs, 100s , 200s , matches ) i dont think this 3-0 from pak isnt that worst like some comments come here.

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (February 24, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

That is all folks! Good night Vienna! Wonderful play from the Proteas. 7 consecutive test victories, and if memory serves me correctly, all within 4 days. The Green Machine marches on on on! I have low expectations of our chances of success in the ODI series, probably a good thing. To the Proteas, enjoy a cold beer tonight (OJ for Hashim), you have entertained and earned it!

Posted by groundreality on (February 24, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

Hmm, so pak gets whitewashed in SA, lanka gets whitewashed in aus, but still india is the worst in overseas performance?

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

PAK: there batting was expected to fail here. Toufeeq got injured. so nasir had a go but failed. keeper selected which wasnt good in batting and added up a big tail. Hafeez is terribly out of form but not accepting it and withdrawing opening slot.

The most disappointment was bowling failures. some part played by selection, they selected 3 debutants. & apart from irfan other 2 were not xtra ordinary. Gul inconsistent as always & he is lead bowler. Junaid impressive but out injured. Tanveer was flopped. Bowling failure has to do with some poor selection.

ONly chance/fight was 2nd test but ajmal never had any support & let it go.

pakistan has average batting line up. and failed miserably.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

SA: great performance by SA. They truly were better side. Only troubled in 2nd match but they showed great character.they deserve to be no1. and looks like they will stay there for longer.They showed they dont rely on 2-3 players. every1 contributed . & every 1 took responsibility. Abott showed that SA has got good bench strength so no worries when big names retire.

Next in UAE, few says they may not be good in Asian, but i think this team has ability to win in Asia. they may need 1 spinner in there

UAE/ SL pitches do support good fast bowlers as seen in england tour. SA have quality bowlers. In india may be they need xtra spinner in. Plus they have good players of spin as well.

They may only face some trouble if proper turner pitches made. but they have good batsman, i dont think they will be troubled much.

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

SA outclass Pakistan by 3-0 deserve win for Proteas ...... Congrats

Posted by kc69 on (February 24, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

For an average of 7.16 in 6 innings and they call him "the professor"

Posted by abser on (February 24, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Proud ness is not good. All Pakistani should think team like South Africa not treating them as they treating other weak team of world cricket

Posted by kc69 on (February 24, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

For those Pak fans who are worried about the series loss..its ok..but more worrying facts are that Ajmal,Misbah and Younus Khan are all in their mid-thirty's and there is hardly any replacement available.Imagine a team without these 3 the result would have been worse.However Pak team has good chance in T20 format.

Posted by PAKISTANiLive on (February 24, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

No probzzz, Pakistan team contains inexperienced bowlers, young middle-order and a new wicket-keeper! Pakistan is a much better team in Limited overs cricket, so hoping brilliant 1-Dayers & T20s!

Posted by Baundele on (February 24, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

This dents Pakistan's International cricket. A whitewash is no problem; but innings defeat is a big problem. SA showed mercy in the first test; otherwise two innings defeats in 3 tests are not international standard. Is ICC monitoring the performances of the teams?

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

i dont know why some people come up with such comments that 3-0 is the worst from Pakistan? If a no 1 team with plenty of runs & experience gets 3-0 in UAE from no 5 team. OR if a no1 team with some of the cricket's great batsmen like vvs, tendulkar, dravid, sehwag gets 4-0 twice in 2 overseas outings.

Then a no4 team with average batting line up getting 3-0 isnt something worst? comparing england's & Indian batting stats with those of this pak team ,( total runs, 100s , 200s , matches ) i dont think this 3-0 from pak isnt that worst like some comments come here.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

Well done by the Proteas!!!!

Posted by khurramsch on (February 24, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

PAK: there batting was expected to fail here. Toufeeq got injured. so nasir had a go but failed. keeper selected which wasnt good in batting and added up a big tail. Hafeez is terribly out of form but not accepting it and withdrawing opening slot.

The most disappointment was bowling failures. some part played by selection, they selected 3 debutants. & apart from irfan other 2 were not xtra ordinary. Gul inconsistent as always & he is lead bowler. Junaid impressive but out injured. Tanveer was flopped. Bowling failure has to do with some poor selection.

ONly chance/fight was 2nd test but ajmal never had any support & let it go.

pakistan has average batting line up. and failed miserably.

Posted by Suryawanshi_ on (February 24, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

Moral shattering defeat in the series... the Pak team looked very frail in this series and especially the batsmen... it will be a long team before anyone can start claiming that Pak team is a good team... The Pak fans seemed to have taken pleasure in Indian defeats and the IPL was the most sighted reason for the losses. Now the Pak team lost miserably and it would be hard to believe they would produce better results in Aus, England and this all without any T20 league.

Posted by Green_Team on (February 24, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

Congratx South Africa for another Cleen Sweep .. Well Played Green Team bt there is lots to improve,Hope u will do better in next test series which will be played in UAE.

Now its t20 Series tym . BEst of luck to both teams :)

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 24, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

Posted by uzairamir on (February 24, 2013, 13:33 GMT) no problem this pakistan team is young and incomplete with the slots of openers,fast bowlers and wicket keeper open.Pakistan certainly has the talent to fill them in 1 to 2 years i suppose these slots will be filled and then pakistan would become a very strong team

Can you tell me who is going to replace Younis and Ajmal?? Both in their mid 30s. No problem - i dont think so.

Posted by khurramsch on (February 24, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

SA: great performance by SA. They truly were better side. Only troubled in 2nd match but they showed great character.they deserve to be no1. and looks like they will stay there for longer.They showed they dont rely on 2-3 players. every1 contributed . & every 1 took responsibility.

Next in UAE, few says they may not be good in Asian, but i think this team has ability to win in Asia. they may need 1 spinner in there

UAE/ SL pitches do support good fast bowlers as seen in england tour. SA have quality bowlers. In india may be they need xtra spinner in. Plus they have good players of spin as well.

They may only face some trouble if proper turner pitches made. but they have good batsman, i dont think they will be troubled much.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

15 Test wins in a Row for South Africa. Pakistan is the not the only victim. So before people start analyzing Pakistan, make sure that you have your records in place against India, England and Sri Lanka.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 24, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

Thats all folks, whitewash, clean sweep. Unreal cricket from SA what a potent bowling attack. Deadly.

Dont worry PAK fans, I back you to win the ODI series as PAK ODI team is v good.

Posted by crashed on (February 24, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

congratz SA on another fine win with dominant batting and bowling gratz to new bowler Abbott you have done us proud :) A new SA record of 13 matches without a loss ;) good going Capt Smith :D

Posted by samincolumbia on (February 24, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

Can Pakistan avoid the expected humiliation on Day 3 or can they take it to the 4th morning? If they take it to the 4th day, all the PAk fans will be here claiming what a great team this is!!

Posted by khurramsch on (February 24, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

again pathetic batting from pakistan unnecessary run out of azhar ali started a collapse. and not new ball in this match. they only had 1 solid chance in this series and they failed to avail it in 2nd match. 1st and 3rd match were SA's from 1st inings

Posted by supacricfan on (February 24, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

3-0 was expected even before a ball was bowled in this series..lol..what batting line up and add to that what bowling line up..go pakistan,white washed n with that batting line up get prepared to series of white washes in the future!!

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

I suggest Pakistan Cricket Board should send their U-19 team on a tour to a country where they have to play an international series almonst six 7 months before. When U-19 team comes back from tour, they should select top performers from their U-19 squard as well as domestic performers to be included A-team squard to visit the same country almost 4 months before the start of International tour. Once the A-team comes back from tour, the selectors should select top performers from A-team and include them in their International squard.

Posted by Ahmed_Cricket_Lover on (February 24, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

Thanks God Imran Farhat hasn't scored to many runs otherwise he would have been in the team for next 10 years

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

This Pak team is hopeless ! , all they have is few good bowlers who can pick wickets

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (February 24, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

SA can simply do no wrong these days; they are looking a formidable side. AB seems to be getting more comfortable with the dual responsibility of wicket-keeper batsman, and all of the bowlers being used are pulling their weight. Pakistan are a strong, fighting team, but they are simply being brushed aside.

Posted by uzairamir on (February 24, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

no problem this pakistan team is young and incomplete with the slots of openers,fast bowlers and wicket keeper open.Pakistan certainly has the talent to fill them in 1 to 2 years i suppose these slots will be filled and then pakistan would become a very strong team

Posted by PureProteas49 on (February 24, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

#salman mohammad, there you guys go again, the limited overs, when last did you actually accomplish a series victory over us, you guys didnt do it in the uae and you didnt do it the last time we met in pakistan, but hey let your wishful thinking make you feel better, bring it on

Posted by crashed on (February 24, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

my dear Pakistani fans I remember some of you right in the beginning said that SA would not dare to use their normal pitches with the current Pakistani bowling line up well I got news for you we Dared and we conquered -:=) we even dared an UAE like pitch and came up tops and as for team selection to UAE - I do not know what team will be selected but I can assure you Steyn, Philander, Morkel and maybe even Abbott will be in that team - enjoy the coming series I will too cya there in UAEi am sure that series will be greatly contested btw - SA is already as far as I know planning to make the next time we come around test series vs Pakistan in Pakistan your own backyard - that will be great :)

Posted by Smahuta on (February 24, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

@Salman Mohammad 3-0 was never expected? Maybe not by the Pakistani supoprtes but it was bya few Saffers, myself included. You are correct about the ODI's though. SA have a much weaker side for those formats.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

3-0 was never expected ,however in ODI's and T20 Pakistan are the favorites ,with strong batting and bowling Line Up

Posted by Riz000 on (February 24, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

Bring Razzaq back as a captain Misbha bit to old have to leave and 4 god sake Hafeez Bye Bye forever! my team Nasir Jamshed,Taufeeq Umar, Harris Sohail,Younus Khan,Asad Shafiq,Umar Akmal,Abdur Razzak,Junaid Khan,Umar Gul,Wahab Riaz,Saeed ajmal has one one got problem with my selection???? if u have then keep on playing Hafeez who is not even a street cricketer!!!

Posted by Riz000 on (February 24, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

Bring Razzaq back as a captain Misbha bit to old have to leave and 4 god sake Hafeez Bye Bye forever! my team Nasir Jamshed,Taufeeq Umar, Harris Sohail,Younus Khan,Asad Shafiq,Umar Akmal,Abdur Razzak,Junaid Khan,Umar Gul,Wahab Riaz,Saeed ajmal has one one got problem with my selection???? if u have then keep on playing Hafeez who is not even a street cricketer!!!

Posted by crashed on (February 24, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

well the current score is120/6 .... looks like it wont be long now just another 4 wickets required and then on to the ODI and T20I's :p

Posted by S.Alis on (February 24, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

Everyone talk about how bad pitches are in subcontent but what about this Centurion pitch? Those bounces and cracks, where SA batsmen had trouble on second day - there is no way other teams can play - no matter how good they're.

Posted by S.Alis on (February 24, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

So another test is done in 3 days. There was not any hope but still i was thinking for a miracle. Very poor batting performance in all 3 matches. PCB need to do something about future tours like this. Provide them some fast turning pitches and let them practice for few months. And Pakistani team need some serious changes in batting line-up. Hafiz doesn't deserve a place in test matches.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

Yet another disappointing performance by the Pakistani batters.No one is taking the responsibility.Hope they do better in the ODIs.

Posted by Krasheed on (February 24, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

Keep your fingers crossed.....its Pakistani Batting ... we can play three sessions without wickt and than lose 8 wickes in less than one session...Imran Frahat Impressed so far..best of luck

Posted by khurramsch on (February 24, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

good little fight back from Azhar & Farhat. But a lot more and that is a lot, to do.

Still 166 runs behind. Need to find more scoring shots . new ball will be due in 44 overs . Big task ahead if they want to go to 4th innings of game. Chances are still very slim for Pakistan .

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