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Plays from the third day of the first Test between Pakistan and South Africa
Firdose Moonda in Abu Dhabi
October 16, 2013
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.
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.
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 correspondentFeeds: Firdose Moonda
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