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

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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  • arjun 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.

  • Dummy4 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 .

  • Immad 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.

  • arjun 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.

  • arjun 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.

  • Andrew 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 ...

  • Immad 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.

  • diren 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

  • Dummy4 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...

  • Natan 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.

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