Result
2nd Test, Cape Town, Feb 14-17 2013, Pakistan tour of South Africa
338 & 169
(43.1 ov, target 182)
326 & 182/6
South Africa won by 4 wickets
Player Of The Match
South Africa
1y
• The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

Resilient South Africa take sixth series in a row

Pakistan lost 6 for 22 to hand the initiative to South Africa on the fourth day

Match centre 
Scorer: Venkat Raghav
Commentator: Kanishkaa Balachandran
Scorecard summary
Pakistan338(116.2 overs)1st Innings
Younis Khan111 (226)
Asad Shafiq111 (230)
South Africa326(102.1 overs)1st Innings
Pakistan169(75.3 overs)2nd Innings
Azhar Ali65 (193)
Misbah-ul-Haq44 (111)
Dale Steyn3/38(18.3)
South Africa182/6(43.1 overs)2nd Innings
Saeed Ajmal4/51(18.1)

Presentation:

Misbah: "Improved performance especially the batting. It was Peterson who took the advantage from us. If we had set 250 target that would have been tricky on this wicket. Credit to the South African bowlers today, we could not score fully. The pressure created leads to wickets. Ajmal always puts us in commanding situations.

Smith: "It was a tough Test. The conditions reminded me of the subcontinent. Ajmal's not the No.1 bowler for no reason. It's a quality bunch of guys. We were hoping to strike with the second new ball but Vernon struck for us. We turned it around in our first innings. Robbie's 84 really contributed well for us."

The Man of the Match is Robin Peterson: "I'm pleased we got over the line. All week the coaching staff had been hammering it to me to play with more positive intent. Everyone did their part, even though we missed Morne. I've said it before that Ajmal is a genius. To take those wickets and not get the Man of the Match must be disappointing for him."

Win for Smith in his 100th Test as captain of South Africa. Plenty to read on this match in the next few hours. Thanks for your company and the mails. We'll see you all for the Centurion Test starting on Friday. Cheers!

End of match: South Africa take an unassailable 2-0 series lead with one to play. They were pushed close in this Test but showed the character to bounce back after struggling in the first innings. Peterson's knock helped get them close to Pakistan's score, but the visitors couldn't capitalise as well as they would have liked. There was a turnaround today when the ball was changed after the first drinks break, triggering off a collapse. From then on it was all South Africa.

Pakistan fought hard and they shouldn't be too despondent. Their errors were obvious. At the start, they erred by not playing an extra spinner in Abdur Rehman. Ajmal had to shoulder almost all the burden. To say that Mohammad Hafeez was underbowled would be an understatement. Misbah will have a lot to answer. Selection cost Pakistan here. Tanvir was hardly a seam option. He didn't have the pace, nor the movement. Expect changes at Centurion. Ajmal toiled manfully, and Shafiq and Younis showed fine character under pressure in the first innings.

43.1
1
Saeed Ajmal to Elgar, 1 run
Game, set, series to South Africa! Slog to finish things things off, tossed up and he gets on his knee and clears midwicket
end of over 43Maiden
SA: 181/6CRR: 4.2 
Robin Peterson1 (9)
Dean Elgar10 (12)
Mohammad Hafeez2-1-11-0
Saeed Ajmal17-2-50-4
42.6
Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run
still no win! Fine over from Hafeez, tossed up on the pads and he works it to midwicket
42.5
Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run
cramped him for room as he tried to cut, chops it to point
42.4
Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run
turn and bounce again and it clips his pads and rolls away
42.3
Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run
stays back and he pushes it to mid-on
42.2
Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run
where did that turn from! Gosh! That kicked up and turned so far that Younis collected it at first slip
42.1
Mohammad Hafeez to Peterson, no run
comes down the wicket, flatter delivery and he cuts straight to point

And Hafeez gets a bowl!

end of over 422 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 181/6CRR: 4.3 
Robin Peterson1 (3)
Dean Elgar10 (12)
Saeed Ajmal17-2-50-4
Tanvir Ahmed5-0-34-1
41.6
1
Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, 1 run
gets an inside edge that sneaks past short leg and SA have equalled
41.5
Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, no run
tossed up on middle and off and he gets forward and pushes it to the off side
41.4
Saeed Ajmal to Peterson, no run
comes forward and he drives this one down to mid-off

Can Peterson finish this off?

A bit too late though

Nahim: "A hammer blow for du Plessis's average."

41.3
w
Saeed Ajmal to du Plessis, OUT
Faf has been given out lbw and he is reviewing it, hits a good length and spins back in, he was shuffling a long way across and you could see middle and leg, no inside edge and that was hitting alright, Oxenford gets it right. Ajmal picks up ten for the match
F du Plessis lbw b Saeed Ajmal 15 (32m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 93.75
41.2
Saeed Ajmal to du Plessis, no run
flatter delivery and he comes well forward and defends
41.1
1
Saeed Ajmal to Elgar, 1 run
dropped it short and wide outside off and he cuts and it's in the air and drops wide of point

Three to win

end of over 416 runs
SA: 179/5CRR: 4.36 
Dean Elgar9 (11)
Faf du Plessis15 (14)
Tanvir Ahmed5-0-34-1
Saeed Ajmal15.1-2-48-3

Dave Angel: "So proud of this SA team. Every time they seem to be up against it, they find a way to come out on top. They did it in England, then in Aus, and now at home against Pak. They seem to use setbacks as opportunities to do something extraordinary. So proud of them."

40.6
3
Tanvir Ahmed to Elgar, 3 runs
comes round the wicket, he works it away wide of midwicket, should never have been more than two, but with Irfan there's always the chance to sneak in an extra run
40.5
1
Tanvir Ahmed to du Plessis, 1 run
this was banged in short and he swivels at the crease and pulls him down to fine leg
40.4
1
Tanvir Ahmed to Elgar, 1 run
stays on the back foot and he tucks it away wide of mid-on, 7 needed now
40.3
Tanvir Ahmed to Elgar, no run
moves away and he stays beside the line and pushes it towards point
40.2
Tanvir Ahmed to Elgar, no run
stays behind the line and he punches it down to cover
Best performances - batsmen
Younis Khan
111 runs (226)
7 fours
3 sixes
Control89%
Productive shot
leg glance
40 runs
1 fours
2 sixes
4424716191126
Asad Shafiq
111 runs (230)
14 fours
1 sixes
Control93%
Productive shot
leg glance
39 runs
3 fours
1 sixes
061929681429
Best performances - bowlers
Saeed Ajmal
O
42
M
9
R
96
W
6
Eco
2.28
VD Philander
O
26
M
10
R
59
W
5
Eco
2.26
Match details
Newlands, Cape Town
TossSouth Africa , elected to field first
SeriesPakistan tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Robin Peterson
Series resultSouth Africa led the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2073
Season2012/13
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days14,15,16,17 February 2013 (5-day match)
Test debut
Mohammad Irfan
Umpires
Bruce Oxenford
Steve Davis
TV Umpire
Billy Bowden
Reserve Umpire
Adrian Holdstock
Match Referee
Jeff Crowe