Result
1st Test, Pakistan tour of South Africa at Centurion, Dec 26-28 2018
181 & 190
50.4 ov, target 149
223 & 151/4
South Africa won by 6 wickets
Player Of The Match
South Africa
Match centre 
Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: @debayansen
Scorecard summary
Pakistan181(47 overs)
Babar Azam71 (79)
Azhar Ali36 (69)
South Africa223(60 overs)
Pakistan190(56 overs)
Shan Masood65 (120)
Imam-ul-Haq57 (96)
South Africa151/4(50.4 overs)
Hashim Amla*63 (148)
Dean Elgar50 (123)
Yasir Shah1/20(7.4)
end of over 514 runs
SA: 151/4CRR: 2.98 
Temba Bavuma13 (10)
Hashim Amla63 (148)
Yasir Shah7.4-1-20-1
Shaheen Afridi15-1-53-1

2.59pm That's about it for us from the ESPNcricinfo team for the first Test of this three-Test series. Loads of drama, that you can catch up on here in Liam Brickhill's report. For the moment, it's goodbye from Chandan Duorah, Saurabh Somani, Danyal Rasool, Liam and myself, Debayan Sen. Here's wishing you all a very happy new year. Stay blessed and keep following the game with ESPNcricinfo!

Duanne Olivier is the man of the match.

Duanne Olivier: "It's just about contributing to the team, and each opportunity I get making the most of it I enjoy [the enforcer role] but it depends on the wicket, I wouldn't do it in every game. At the end of the day it's about putting in the hard work and committing to every ball. I'm not too fazed about Vern coming back. He's world class. I'll just take things day by day. This is a Test match I will never forget."

Faf du Plessis: "Great Test, and good to go one up. Very chuffed for Dale. He wanted to get it in Sri Lanka. He was desperate to get that wicket. But the way he's been bowling in the last few months, we knew he would get it in this Test. [Collapse] was the match-turning moment. Both teams were very similar in the first innings. We were talking about restricting them to 250, but that period where we got nine wickets was incredible from the bowlers, especially Duanne. He reminded me of Mitchell Johnson here a few years ago, making it very uncomfortable for the batsmen.Fantastic batting, and I'm very happy for Hashim. It looks like he's moving really well. Vernon in Cape Town is like peanut butter and syrup, he should be there."

SM : "Reminiscent of the 2015 WC quarterfinal. Good fast bowling in the face of a small total... only to be let down with bad fielding. Actually, you could probably pick out several dozen such examples in the last few years. "

Pierre: "Come on! All the what if's aside you can't set a premier test side 149 to win! Really good bowling from SA yesterday, and batting to secure the small but crucial lead. They were ahead of Pakistan in both departments at the end of the day just give credit where it is due"

Mubashir: "I have always heard one quote that catches win matches if fakhar got that catch the result might be different "

Hiba : "We must give credit to Pakistani fast bowlers they bowled with great attitude throughout the match..so bad that the batsmen provided no support."

Stanton: "Good win for SA. I do suspect that thinus de bruin will get dropped to make way for Vernon for the Cape Town tests his batting is not bad at all, and thinus had really struggled recently in tests. Olivier and Maharaj to be retained "

Pawan: "is this the first match in which no captain scored a single run?" --- Yes, the first completed Test match where both captains have been dismissed for pairs. Cannot account for matches where batsmen didn't bat, or had rain interruptions, etc.

Wasim : "Let's give credit to SA, we have now beaten Australia and India at home and now we 1-0 up vs Pakistan. We really are formidable at home! "

Noor: "Haris, Faheem, Rizwan in next match for Asad, Sarfaraz and Hassan"

2.35pm So a little over midway through this Test, and South Africa walk away with a six-wicket win. The margin flatters them a bit, because this day was about a stern examination set by the Pakistan seamers, that Amla and Elgar had to do well to pass. A 119-run partnership in a 149-run chase was always going to be crucial, and that's exactly how they helped overcome the early loss of Aiden Markram.

50.4
4
Yasir Shah to Bavuma, FOUR runs
THOSE ARE THE WINNING RUNS! Befitting that Bavuma gets them, getting down on his haunches to sweep a length ball aimed at the stumps, down to long leg. Terrific batting from Bavuma in the first innings that was largely responsible for setting this match up today. Today's effort was down to Amla, who finishes unbeaten on 63, and Elgar, who scored a gutsy 50 himself. South Africa lead the series 1-0!

Fraz: "Makes you think. Had Fakhar held on to the Amla catch and the umpire given the Eglar catch, South Africa would have been 16-3 and their ever so fragile middle order would have been exposed early to a pumped up Pakistani bowling lineup"

50.3
Yasir Shah to Bavuma, no run
length, outside off, and he defends from the crease
50.2
Yasir Shah to Bavuma, no run
floats this up, outside off, at 87kph, and he presses forward to smother it
50.1
Yasir Shah to Bavuma, no run
length ball, and he goes back to cut it towards point
end of over 507 runs
SA: 147/4CRR: 2.94 
Hashim Amla63 (148)
Temba Bavuma9 (6)
Shaheen Afridi15-1-53-1
Yasir Shah7-1-16-1
49.6
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Amla, no run
shorter, and he goes up on his toes in trying to whip it away on the leg side, but fails to make contact
49.5
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Amla, no run
outside off, good length, and he leaves

Usama Jawad: "Just thinking, if Pakistan had extended the target to at least 200, they would have genuinely given South Africa a run for their money. Now, the only positives they can take from this match is their superb bowling attack, and fifties scored by Imam and Babar." --- I felt 175 would have been terrific on this pitch. And if they had held Amla early today. But cricket has to be played beyond the ifs and buts

Just two away

49.4
3
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Bavuma, 3 runs
fuller length, but strays on to the pads, and he can whip it off his legs down towards midwicket
49.3
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Bavuma, no run
length, angles into him from wide of the crease, 138kph, and forces Bavuma to take the bottom hand off to defend

Fahad: "Now, Mickey would be even angrier! Had Sa won by 9 wickets the batters could have said to him see it wouldnt have mattered even if we had a 200 lead but now with 4 down Mickey would get a mickey out of batters again:)"

49.2
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Bavuma, no run
dug in short, and has Bavuma ducking out of the way of it. Very well directed

Comes around the wicket now

49.1
4
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Bavuma, FOUR runs
length ball, angles across him, and he leans into a gorgeous extra cover drive

Ahsan Zaman: "It could not happen, could it??????" --- Anything could, but it probably won't

end of over 491 runs
SA: 140/4CRR: 2.85 
Hashim Amla63 (146)
Temba Bavuma2 (2)
Yasir Shah7-1-16-1
Shaheen Afridi14-1-46-1
48.6
Yasir Shah to Amla, no run
drives a fuller ball outside off, and fielded by Yasir

MUHAMMAD NAZAR : "it must be a new world record for Captains, both captains in same test got PAIR OF DUCKS.. " --- Quack-quack of affirmation!

48.5
Yasir Shah to Amla, no run
flighted, and slower at 79kph, and he presses forward to defend
48.4
Yasir Shah to Amla, no run
comes forward to smother a length ball, straighter at the batsman
48.3
Yasir Shah to Amla, no run
presses forward to smother a length ball outside off
48.2
Yasir Shah to Amla, no run
presses forward to defend a length ball outside off

The target is in single figures now

Usama Ata: "Oh! Please Team South Africa live up to your Chokers tag! Choke now Come on!"

Muhammad Shahid: "When there is no lead left to defend, they have started taking wickets."

48.1
1
Yasir Shah to Bavuma, 1 run
presses forward and flicks a full ball on leg stump towards short midwicket
end of over 483 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 139/4CRR: 2.89 
Hashim Amla63 (141)
Temba Bavuma1 (1)
Shaheen Afridi14-1-46-1
Yasir Shah6-1-15-1
47.6
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Amla, no run
short ball, and he goes back to defend it outside off

Saurabh confirms that this is the first time all four innings in a Test have seen the designated captains fail to score a single

47.5
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Bavuma, 1 run
fuller, and he drives it to the right of mid on and sets off immediately for a single. Busy player, living up to that reputation

Nayyar Raza Kha: "Some body saying yasir is going wicket less, please post his more comments like this we need 6 more in 3 overs i think."

Best performances - batsmen
Babar Azam
71 runs (79)
15 fours
0 sixes
Control75%
Productive shot
not specified
71 runs
0 fours
0 sixes
412152301210
Shan Masood
65 runs (120)
7 fours
1 sixes
Control84%
Productive shot
flick
20 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
751110202010
Best performances - bowlers
D Olivier
O
14
M
3
R
37
W
6
Eco
2.64
  • Full Toss
  • Yorker
  • Full Length
  • Good Length
  • Short of good length
  • Short Length
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
2W
D Olivier
O
15
M
3
R
59
W
5
Eco
3.93
  • Full Toss
  • Yorker
  • Full Length
  • Good Length
  • Short of good length
  • Short Length
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W1W
Match details
SuperSport Park, Centurion
TossPakistan , elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan tour of South Africa 2018/19
Player Of The Match
Duanne Olivier
Series resultSouth Africa led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2338
Season2018/19
Match days26,27,28 December 2018 (5-day match)
Umpires
Bruce Oxenford
Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
Joel Wilson
Reserve Umpire
Bongani Jele
Match Referee
David Boon