Pakistan v South Africa, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 3rd day October 16, 2013

Misbah's relief, and an unmemorable birthday for Kallis

Plays from the third day of the first Test between Pakistan and South Africa
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The slip

Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq had South Africa on their knees for the morning session and there was a literal manifestation of that when Graeme Smith attempted to field a deflection at fine leg. Smith ran after the ball and bent down to retrieve it but slipped and ended up sliding on his backside. His tumble took place in front of the grandstand and the sizeable crowd cheered jokingly. Smith remained stoic as he got to his feet but at least one South African managed to see the lighter side of it - AB de Villiers was giggling from behind the stumps.

The grey area

Hot Spot was not employed for this series as a cost-cutting measure and its absence was felt in two of the three reviews during Pakistan's innings. Adnan Akmal was sliced in half by a Morne Morkel delivery, which snuck in between bat and pad, and was given out for what seemed an inside edge. He reviewed the decision; although there was a sound, there was no clear deviation on the ball and the on-field decision was overturned. Later, Saeed Ajmal reviewed a decision when he was given out caught behind and it was upheld, despite the lack of obvious deviation.

The celebration

Misbah has waited 18 months for a moment like this one. As he whipped JP Duminy through mid-wicket and completed his 100th run, Misbah fist-pumped all the way and then held his bat aloft, taking in the warm applause. He enjoyed the moment longer than others might have and bent down in prayer for a significantly longer time, probably because he had crossed the fifty-run mark on 25 occasions before this century and couldn't score a big innings. His joy lasted only two balls before he was dismissed.

The disappointment

Jacques Kallis turned 38 today and, with Tillakaratne Dilshan having announced his retirement and Sachin Tendulkar's exit imminent, Kallis is now one of the grand old men of Test cricket. Before the Test, he shared his thoughts on playing for so long: "It's good to know I've been able to hang around for long enough to make it to my 38th birthday." But he didn't have much to celebrate on the day. The fifth ball he faced, from Junaid Khan, came back into him as he played across the line and struck him in front of middle stump. As the umpire raised his finger, Kallis tucked his bat under his arm and walked off, not waiting for anything resembling thoughts of a review. It was the 15th duck of Kallis' career and the first on his birthday.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • zxaar on October 17, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    @ImmadAzim Yes the real test of a batsman is how is plays against Pakistan because pakistan is the team who won three consecutive world cups and also pakistan is the team who was number 1 test team for last 2-3 decades. Auss. England etc do not count they are moinnows of cricket. Yaa right.

  • on October 17, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Jacques Kallis the Greatest Batsman of his generation. He Can Contribute to his team in all the 3 Depts. He will show his Master Class in the Next Test. So no need to worry of his form .

  • ImmadAzim on October 17, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    @zxaar......Not against Pakistan, to say the least. And u know real test of mettle is in an Ind-Pak tie, no matter how many 7 match series u play against Aussies, people mostly remember and measure only those who weather an Indo- Pak storm successfully.BTW may i know your source of these stats.

  • zxaar on October 17, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    For all the people who are saying that Kallis wins more matches for SA than Tendulkar for india. Here are the facts Kallis has 34 hundreds in win and Tendulkar has 55 hundred in wins. So kallis is not even close on this point.

  • zxaar on October 17, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    @ ImmadAzim " if we see from a non Indian perspective, Sachin's more centuries and scores have been in a loosing cause," ----------------- here we go again, do you people even check the numbers before saying all this nonsense. Tendulkar has 76 hundreds where team either won or drew the match, where as Kallis has 55 hundreds where team won or drew the match. Now tell me again about whenever tendulkar scores 100 india lose.

  • Romanticstud on October 17, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    not a memorable birthday - indeed ... but a sportsman ... none the less ... in the sense of the word a true one ... competitive ... with both bat and ball and also in the field ... but also honest ... it will be a long time before some of his all-rounder records get eclipsed ... his endurance ... his batting 4th on the all-time list ... his bowling nearing 300 wickets ... still a good number ... and nearing 200 catches in the field ... added to all of that his value as a team player ... people say he is not an attacking batsman but he has more 6s than Tendulkar and Ponting ...

  • ImmadAzim on October 17, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, i m full of praise for SRT for the gentlemanly traits he leaves as his legacy, but with due respect to all Indian fans, if we see from a non Indian perspective, Sachin's more centuries and scores have been in a loosing cause, to say the least, whenever he has scored runs India lave lost (generally). IMO Sachin remained more obsessed with personal numbers and records rather than be worried about India's concerns. India were lucky to find a gem like Dhoni who settled the captaincy slot for some years and Sachin was not bothered for this duty, otherwise post and pre Ganguly era Sachin was the most senior and deserving captain but he remained aloof to it, which most of the times specially in sub-continent takes a lot of toll and saps ones concentration and energies.

  • diri on October 17, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Simply put Kallis is the Greatest cricketer of any era. His batting records and his bowling records alone are right up there with the best. The fact he can do both (bat and bowl) so well make him the MVP of cricket. He is the KING of all trades. He would be my 1st pick in any team ODI, test or T20. Sachin would be second. Lets enjoy the king while we can. Im sure he will beat Sachins records for the most centuries. All hails king Kallis

  • on October 17, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    this is just one bad game for Kallis..he is coming of from layoff..just wait and watch he will be back to his business soon...and stop comparing the legends...

  • Nathan_R_Patrick on October 17, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    I find it hilarious when people drag Sachin in this comparison, conveniently forgetting that Kallis and Ponting belonged to a team that was packed with world-class speedsters that they never had to face in an international game. So in fact, Sachin is far better than both Kallis and Ponting. Because he would have scored double the mount of runs had the likes of McGrath, Lees, Pollocks, Donalds, Steyns been part of his team. @Waseem Sarwar Warraich is perhaps one of those whose is tasked with only one agenda and i.e.: bad-mouth Sachin at all cost.

  • zxaar on October 17, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    @ImmadAzim Yes the real test of a batsman is how is plays against Pakistan because pakistan is the team who won three consecutive world cups and also pakistan is the team who was number 1 test team for last 2-3 decades. Auss. England etc do not count they are moinnows of cricket. Yaa right.

  • on October 17, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Jacques Kallis the Greatest Batsman of his generation. He Can Contribute to his team in all the 3 Depts. He will show his Master Class in the Next Test. So no need to worry of his form .

  • ImmadAzim on October 17, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    @zxaar......Not against Pakistan, to say the least. And u know real test of mettle is in an Ind-Pak tie, no matter how many 7 match series u play against Aussies, people mostly remember and measure only those who weather an Indo- Pak storm successfully.BTW may i know your source of these stats.

  • zxaar on October 17, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    For all the people who are saying that Kallis wins more matches for SA than Tendulkar for india. Here are the facts Kallis has 34 hundreds in win and Tendulkar has 55 hundred in wins. So kallis is not even close on this point.

  • zxaar on October 17, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    @ ImmadAzim " if we see from a non Indian perspective, Sachin's more centuries and scores have been in a loosing cause," ----------------- here we go again, do you people even check the numbers before saying all this nonsense. Tendulkar has 76 hundreds where team either won or drew the match, where as Kallis has 55 hundreds where team won or drew the match. Now tell me again about whenever tendulkar scores 100 india lose.

  • Romanticstud on October 17, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    not a memorable birthday - indeed ... but a sportsman ... none the less ... in the sense of the word a true one ... competitive ... with both bat and ball and also in the field ... but also honest ... it will be a long time before some of his all-rounder records get eclipsed ... his endurance ... his batting 4th on the all-time list ... his bowling nearing 300 wickets ... still a good number ... and nearing 200 catches in the field ... added to all of that his value as a team player ... people say he is not an attacking batsman but he has more 6s than Tendulkar and Ponting ...

  • ImmadAzim on October 17, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, i m full of praise for SRT for the gentlemanly traits he leaves as his legacy, but with due respect to all Indian fans, if we see from a non Indian perspective, Sachin's more centuries and scores have been in a loosing cause, to say the least, whenever he has scored runs India lave lost (generally). IMO Sachin remained more obsessed with personal numbers and records rather than be worried about India's concerns. India were lucky to find a gem like Dhoni who settled the captaincy slot for some years and Sachin was not bothered for this duty, otherwise post and pre Ganguly era Sachin was the most senior and deserving captain but he remained aloof to it, which most of the times specially in sub-continent takes a lot of toll and saps ones concentration and energies.

  • diri on October 17, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Simply put Kallis is the Greatest cricketer of any era. His batting records and his bowling records alone are right up there with the best. The fact he can do both (bat and bowl) so well make him the MVP of cricket. He is the KING of all trades. He would be my 1st pick in any team ODI, test or T20. Sachin would be second. Lets enjoy the king while we can. Im sure he will beat Sachins records for the most centuries. All hails king Kallis

  • on October 17, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    this is just one bad game for Kallis..he is coming of from layoff..just wait and watch he will be back to his business soon...and stop comparing the legends...

  • Nathan_R_Patrick on October 17, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    I find it hilarious when people drag Sachin in this comparison, conveniently forgetting that Kallis and Ponting belonged to a team that was packed with world-class speedsters that they never had to face in an international game. So in fact, Sachin is far better than both Kallis and Ponting. Because he would have scored double the mount of runs had the likes of McGrath, Lees, Pollocks, Donalds, Steyns been part of his team. @Waseem Sarwar Warraich is perhaps one of those whose is tasked with only one agenda and i.e.: bad-mouth Sachin at all cost.

  • akpy on October 17, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    Murtamac....why didn't Kallis and Ponting start at 16 then?? What a silly argument to make? Your favourite could be any player but don't put down someone else. Sachin played for 24 years bcos he started young bcos he was so good and fact is he has scored 33k runs in intl cricket, way more than anyone else. Kallis is a remarkable player of all-round ability and there is room to admire both without putting down one person

  • sAm2sAm on October 17, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    Happy Birthday greetings to Kallis. Amazing player, alrounder and a gentleman. I think like Sachin, Misbah, Dravid, Sangakra, Boucher, Younus, S Waugh etc. (Note: i am comparing not numbers, but overall gentlemen attitude of these men throughout their careers) Kallis is also a member of club who upload the notion of "cricket is a gentlemen game". And very few of the younger lot has the potential to rise upto the standards set by these gladiators. Respect.

  • darsh127 on October 16, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    Guys, why cant we just enjoy each legend for who they are and what they have done for cricket. Why compare who's better? everytime a legend comes up, everyone starts argueing Kallis!, Sachin!, Ponting!, Lara! ....... they all are great ,there is no comparison.

  • Ibrarhunzai on October 16, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    Misbah is the oldest playing cricket player after Sachin currently.

  • jb633 on October 16, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    @Waseem, I would have to agree with you re Kallis. IMO excluding Warne he is the best cricketer of the last 20 years. I have thought however that his time must be coming to an end where he can bat/ bowl and field as well as he once did. Age will always catch up with everyone in the end and as fans of the game we just have to accept that the icons will eventually have to call it a day. The bigger worry for me has been his bowling in the last 7/8 years and as strange as it sounds he could have got more wickets at a better average if he prioritised it as much as his batting. He still has time to score more hundreds though and one bad game does not mean he is done and dusted. I would be surprised with 2 low scores in the 2nd test.

  • on October 16, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    one of the finest all rounders world cricket has ever seen easily the best of last decade but i think age is taking its toll on him ... i think its time now to leave the stage with dignity ... Pak have been solid throughout the test so far their batting has looked promising and bowling as we all know is always a strenght i hope we will be able to contain SA within the lead and wrap up the first test ....

  • MurtaMac on October 16, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    @Waseem Sarwar Warraich - I would have Kallis in my team anytime over Sachin. Kallis can bowl and bat. He handles pressure and tough situations well and is a batsman for all situations. Sachin is good too but I think when it comes to being compared with Ponting and Kallis, he has to be 3rd. Indians will read this and argue that Sachin should be the top because of the runs he got, I'm sure if Kallis and Ponting had careers which spanned 24 years, they would amass more runs and Kallis is a top top allrounder!

  • CricketChat on October 16, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    I think Kallis should retire with grace after this series. He is a shadow of his former self. Time for SA to blood youngsters.

  • on October 16, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Whether Kallis is excited for his birthday maybe one reason for his loose game.

  • on October 16, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    @Waseem Sarwar Warraich .. Why are you dragging Sachin here?? personal reasons??.. As for as your comment goes: do you have any stats to back-up? For your info: Very few has played quality swing bowlers at their best.. So there is no shame that Kallis was not able to play Junaid.. Even Sachin, Lara, and Ponting have struggled time to time against swing...

  • on October 16, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    @Imran, i will have to disagree with you. Kallis have played people like Wasim, mcgrath, Zaheer, Asif and Shane bond and have done fantastic against better bowlers. Age might be catching to him but one bad match doesn't make you a bad batter. He is the finest cricketer South Africa have ever produced and sorry to Sachin but Kallis has been the finest cricketer of this generation.

  • EnglishCricket on October 16, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Looks like Kallis will lose his number 1 all-round ranking. Maybe age is catching up now.

  • GeoffreysMother on October 16, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. As England found, they are no mugs when playing at 'home'. Steyn, Morkel and Philander all bowled well yesterday, but the pitches give the batsmen a little more time against pace and Pakistan looked good. South Africa really don't have a spinner, at least for these wickets, and the gap between the sides here is telling. It is a shame for cricket that Pakistan don't get more series in the Emirates - I have a feeling their batsmen would learn test cricket on less hostile wickets and then perhaps do better when they play away on less familiar ones ( as Younis, Yousef and Zaheer did). I imagine Kallis will probably retire after the home series against India ( which has not been put on just so he can go out in front of his home crowd!). It would be a fitting end for the best all round cricketer of his time (all time?).

  • zarasochozarasamjho on October 16, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    So Kallis is human after all. With over 13,000 test runs @ average above 56 and approaching 300 test wickets @ 32 as a pace bowler who is now ageing, Kallis has always been a COLOSSAL since Day 1. As a Pakistan supporter, I raise my hat to him; happy though I am that he got out cheaply thus furthering Pakistan's cause.

  • on October 16, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    He don't know, how to play against a quality swing bowler like Junaid Khan, who have accurate line& length . Kholi in India was not able to stay against Junaid.

  • thE_baCk_beNcHer on October 16, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Happy Birth Day to Kallis. Misbah deserved the 100 more than anyone else. We all kno how consistant he is. ICC needs to solve the DRS problem as soon as they can because it is need of time. Every other sport has every best available technological support except cricket. So far Pakistan did very well to restrict SA 72/4. All they need is to carry on with the same momentum. SA needs a big efforts from the remaining batsman. A very gripping test match. A joy to watch.

  • LeftBrain on October 16, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    I agree with Firdose on greyness of DRS. Rules should be written more clrearly and more importantly, rules should be applied consistently, across the world. On another note, this is good absorbing cricket so far from pakistan, they won every single session so far, not letting SA settle at all, and not letting things slip from their grip.

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  • LeftBrain on October 16, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    I agree with Firdose on greyness of DRS. Rules should be written more clrearly and more importantly, rules should be applied consistently, across the world. On another note, this is good absorbing cricket so far from pakistan, they won every single session so far, not letting SA settle at all, and not letting things slip from their grip.

  • thE_baCk_beNcHer on October 16, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Happy Birth Day to Kallis. Misbah deserved the 100 more than anyone else. We all kno how consistant he is. ICC needs to solve the DRS problem as soon as they can because it is need of time. Every other sport has every best available technological support except cricket. So far Pakistan did very well to restrict SA 72/4. All they need is to carry on with the same momentum. SA needs a big efforts from the remaining batsman. A very gripping test match. A joy to watch.

  • on October 16, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    He don't know, how to play against a quality swing bowler like Junaid Khan, who have accurate line& length . Kholi in India was not able to stay against Junaid.

  • zarasochozarasamjho on October 16, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    So Kallis is human after all. With over 13,000 test runs @ average above 56 and approaching 300 test wickets @ 32 as a pace bowler who is now ageing, Kallis has always been a COLOSSAL since Day 1. As a Pakistan supporter, I raise my hat to him; happy though I am that he got out cheaply thus furthering Pakistan's cause.

  • GeoffreysMother on October 16, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. As England found, they are no mugs when playing at 'home'. Steyn, Morkel and Philander all bowled well yesterday, but the pitches give the batsmen a little more time against pace and Pakistan looked good. South Africa really don't have a spinner, at least for these wickets, and the gap between the sides here is telling. It is a shame for cricket that Pakistan don't get more series in the Emirates - I have a feeling their batsmen would learn test cricket on less hostile wickets and then perhaps do better when they play away on less familiar ones ( as Younis, Yousef and Zaheer did). I imagine Kallis will probably retire after the home series against India ( which has not been put on just so he can go out in front of his home crowd!). It would be a fitting end for the best all round cricketer of his time (all time?).

  • EnglishCricket on October 16, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Looks like Kallis will lose his number 1 all-round ranking. Maybe age is catching up now.

  • on October 16, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    @Imran, i will have to disagree with you. Kallis have played people like Wasim, mcgrath, Zaheer, Asif and Shane bond and have done fantastic against better bowlers. Age might be catching to him but one bad match doesn't make you a bad batter. He is the finest cricketer South Africa have ever produced and sorry to Sachin but Kallis has been the finest cricketer of this generation.

  • on October 16, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    @Waseem Sarwar Warraich .. Why are you dragging Sachin here?? personal reasons??.. As for as your comment goes: do you have any stats to back-up? For your info: Very few has played quality swing bowlers at their best.. So there is no shame that Kallis was not able to play Junaid.. Even Sachin, Lara, and Ponting have struggled time to time against swing...

  • on October 16, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Whether Kallis is excited for his birthday maybe one reason for his loose game.

  • CricketChat on October 16, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    I think Kallis should retire with grace after this series. He is a shadow of his former self. Time for SA to blood youngsters.