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South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd Test at Cape Town, PAK in SA, Jan 03 2019 - Ball by Ball Commentary

2nd Test, Cape Town, January 03 - 06, 2019, Pakistan tour of South Africa
177 & 294
(T:41) 431 & 43/1

South Africa won by 9 wickets

Player Of The Match
SA 2nd Innings
Full commentary

11.40am: Lickle bit o' Test cricket to start your day? Don't mind if I do... Thanks for joining us for that tiddler of a chase, the full report is here. South Africa were too good, once again, but Pakistan can take something from this defeat (even if it's that they need to change the batting order for Jo'burg). Another series win at home for SA, they've not lost since England rumbled them in 2015-16. Anyway, we'll be back for more next week, gluttons for punishment on spicy surfaces. Thanks from myself, Miller and Thilak. Cheerio!

11.30am: Right, time for the presentations at Newlands, starting with Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed: "Yes, not enough runs in the first inns, if we had got 250-300, the pitch was still helping fast bowlers [in the fourth innings]. It's hard to recover if you're losing five wickets in the first session, but the way our batsmen are batting, that's how you learn in Test cricket. For me, playing two or three practice matches [would be ideal]. But we only played one match here. Our batsmen showed their courage, hopefully we'll have confidence [in Johannesburg]."

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis is also Man of the Match for his first-innings hundred: "Yeah, finally got a hundred at my favourite ground. It's an amazing place to play cricket, I've wanted it for a long time. It was one of those grafty hundreds, we prefer those knocks for the team, you take a few blows on the body and tough it out. We come in, the crowd is great, closest to a Barmy Army atmosphere, it's a lot of fun coming here and our bowlers like it, there's usually something for the bowlers. [Seven series wins in a row at home] We're proud of that record, we've had some big teams coming here and we've beaten them. We know if we get runs on the board, our bowlers will do the rest. [Pitch criticisms] I think day one was moving day in terms of the pitch, but it got easier to bat on, yesterday Pakistan were in a good position to bat on and get a 150 lead and then who knows what happens. I still feel there was enough in it for batters and bowlers. At times it was difficult but that's Test cricket for me. We wanted to finish last night but that no-ball spoiled it for us. [Four quicks, no spinner?] It was good discussion, thought we got it spot on. We looked at the last three years here, the opposition hasn't batted past 70 overs, so the spinner isn't going to bowl that many overs. Playing a subcontinental team on a pitch with pace, for me it was pretty easy. [Satisfying hundred?] After a game where you don't score runs, you still feel the pressure, the expectation. Lot of time and energy spent on the headspace I wanted to be in for this match, reflect on when I've done well, block out the noise. It was a true test of my character, making sure that's what I go to first under pressure, and good to see I managed to get that right."

11.20am: No drama. Or not much of it, anyway. South Africa go 2-0 up in the three-match series, meaning next week's match in Johannesburg is a dead rubber. Theunis de Bruyn will be disappointed and Hashim Amla is probably going to need an ice pack on that right arm for a while, but South Africa finished the job inside the hour. The ball was still flying about, the pitch capable of mischief - as Amla discovered - but a target of 41 was never likely to stretch SA too much. It does leave you wondering what might have been had Pakistan mustered a more competitive first-innings effort, though.

"RSA 431 in first innings & 43/1 in second!" And the universe is in harmony, Muhammed Riyas

Here's Ajmal Khan: "As a Pakistani cricket fan, considering the team performance, is there any reason for me to be angry and upset or should I say 'it's part of the game'?" Channel those frustrations, Ajmal. Why not go out and paint a landscape, or take a walk and do the crossword? This too shall pass

Azhar Ali to Elgar, FOUR runs

half-tracker down the leg side, Elgar wheels around and spanks it past fine leg, lets out a roar - South Africa win by nine wickets

Azhar Ali to Elgar, FOUR runs

right, shackles off, Elgar isn't going to sit in and mither around... opens the shoulders and belts it back down the ground, flies to the straight boundary

Azhar Ali to Elgar, no run

pitched up and worked towards midwicket

Azhar Ali to Elgar, no run

gets across and defends this one

Azhar chuckles and runs quickly back to his mark

Azhar Ali to Elgar, no run

ooh, teasing line, back of a length outside off and Elgar has a little flirt

Okay, I think Pakistan realise the jig is up. Azhar Ali to bowl some medium pace

end of over 95 runs
SA: 35/1CRR: 3.88 
Faf du Plessis3 (6b)
Dean Elgar16 (34b 2x4)
Mohammad Amir 5-2-17-0
Mohammad Abbas 4-0-14-1

"Is Amla out? Do SA lose a batsman?" Not out, no, Alexander Sudhe. I'm sure he'd be back if required

Amir to du Plessis, no run

another bumper from Amir, not in Faf's postcode

Amir to du Plessis, no run

back of a length, rising in the channel as du Plessis jumps across and stabs it down to gully

Amir to du Plessis, no run

good length, 131kph and steered into the covers

Amir to Elgar, 1 run

short ball, Elgar swats it away safely through backward square

Leg slip in now. Possibly after the horse has bolted

Amir to Elgar, no run

banged in, outside off and he lets this one go

Amir to Elgar, FOUR runs

bouncer, down the leg side and it nearly goes badly for Elgar, he pulls and gets a fat connection off the glove that just clears Sarfraz! Runs away for four, bringing the target into single figures

SA needing just 11 to win now

end of over 87 runs
SA: 30/1CRR: 3.75 
Dean Elgar11 (31b 1x4)
Faf du Plessis3 (3b)
Mohammad Abbas 4-0-14-1
Mohammad Amir 4-2-12-0
Abbas to Elgar, 1 run

fired in straight, flicked away off the pads

Abbas to Elgar, 2 runs

dug in short and this time Elgar pulls, picks up a couple towards deep backward square

HaidER khan: "So, South Africa are now effectively 3 down. Come on Pakistan, 7 more to get." Well, Markram isn't on the treatment table. He won't bat "unless necessary", but I suspect SA losing six wickets would count as necessary

Abbas to Elgar, no run

round the wicket, short ball and Elgar whirls out of the way... But was there a sound? Sarfraz likes it, Abbas too, and Pakistan review, though Elgar doesn't look too perturbed. Yep, might have flicked the armguard, but the ball was nowhere near bat/gloves

Abbas to Elgar, no run

short ball, angled across at a difficult height for the pull, but Elgar isn't interested

Abbas to du Plessis, 3 runs

pitched up and driven, not timed completely but it runs away past mid-off and they come back for three

Abbas to Elgar, 1 run

Elgar gets forward and dabs one down into the off side for a quick single

end of over 75 runs
SA: 23/1CRR: 3.28 
Faf du Plessis0 (2b)
Dean Elgar7 (26b 1x4)
Mohammad Amir 4-2-12-0
Mohammad Abbas 3-0-7-1

M: "If we can't beat then then we'll break them attitude from Amir." Don't think Amir had much to do with it, really. But Amla must has said something the pitch didn't like

Amir to du Plessis, no run

short of a length over the stumps and du Plessis hops into a defensive posture once again

Amir to du Plessis, no run

back of a length and defended from deep in the crease

Out comes the captain, Faf du Plessis. Just 18 runs needed... Elgar, by the way, asked Amla to borrow his armguard before he left the field

Hash needs some treatment here, he's taken a whack on his right bicep, wincing as the physio comes out to examine him. He's not going to continue, he shakes his head and makes for the dressing room... That was a fearful blow and it may have affected his ability to hold the bat properly. So the SA innings sustains more damage, though not in the way Pakistan would prefer, I'm sure

Amir to Amla, no run

oh, what's that hit? Amla seems in some pain, smacked on the back arm by a spiteful lifter... the ball then looped up and deflected off the bat, landing just wide of the stumps! He was half forward and attempting to leave what looked like a length ball, only for it to spit like fat from a fryer

Hashim Amla retired hurt 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 19m) SR: 40