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
Robin Peterson
South Africa
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• 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

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Scorer: Venkat Raghav
Commentator: Kanishkaa Balachandran
Scorecard summary
Pakistan338/10(116.2 overs)1st INNINGS
Younis Khan111 (226)
Asad Shafiq111 (230)
South Africa326/10(102.1 overs)1st INNINGS
Pakistan169/10(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)
Umar Gul1/46(8)


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.

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: 4.20 
Robin Peterson1 (9)
Dean Elgar10 (12)
Mohammad Hafeez2-1-11-0
Saeed Ajmal17-2-50-4
Hafeez to Peterson, no run

still no win! Fine over from Hafeez, tossed up on the pads and he works it to midwicket

Hafeez to Peterson, no run

cramped him for room as he tried to cut, chops it to point

Hafeez to Peterson, no run

turn and bounce again and it clips his pads and rolls away

Hafeez to Peterson, no run

stays back and he pushes it to mid-on

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

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: 4.30 
Robin Peterson1 (3)
Dean Elgar10 (12)
Saeed Ajmal17-2-50-4
Tanvir Ahmed5-0-34-1
Ajmal to Peterson, 1 run

gets an inside edge that sneaks past short leg and SA have equalled

Ajmal to Peterson, no run

tossed up on middle and off and he gets forward and pushes it to the off side

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."

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

Faf du Plessis lbw b Saeed Ajmal 15 (32m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 93.75
Ajmal to du Plessis, no run

flatter delivery and he comes well forward and defends

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."

Tanvir 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

Tanvir to du Plessis, 1 run

this was banged in short and he swivels at the crease and pulls him down to fine leg

Tanvir to Elgar, 1 run

stays on the back foot and he tucks it away wide of mid-on, 7 needed now

Tanvir to Elgar, no run

moves away and he stays beside the line and pushes it towards point

Tanvir to Elgar, no run

stays behind the line and he punches it down to cover

Tanvir to du Plessis, 1 run

fullish in length on the pads and worked away down to long-on

end of over 404 runs
SA: 173/5CRR: 4.32 
Dean Elgar5 (7)
Faf du Plessis13 (12)
Saeed Ajmal15.1-2-48-3
Tanvir Ahmed4-0-28-1

Kamran: "Misbah actually keeps getting back to Tanvir because he heard the commentators saying that Pakistan's slower bowlers are its only chance to win this game."

Ajmal to Elgar, no run

the doosra and it was the extra bounce there, Elgar wanted to cut but shouldered arms

Best performances - batters
Younis Khan portrait
Younis Khan PAK
111 runs (226)
7 fours
3 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
40 runs
1 four
2 sixes
Asad Shafiq portrait
Asad Shafiq PAK
111 runs (230)
14 fours
1 six
Productive shot
leg glance
39 runs
3 fours
1 six
Best performances - bowlers
Saeed Ajmal portrait
Saeed Ajmal PAK
Vernon Philander
VD Philander SA
Match details
Newlands, Cape Town
TossSouth Africa, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Robin Peterson
Robin Peterson
Series resultSouth Africa led the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2073
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 - day(5-day match)
Test debut
Mohammad Irfan
Mohammad Irfan
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Bruce Oxenford
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Steve Davis
TV Umpire
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Billy Bowden
Reserve Umpire
South Africa Image
Adrian Holdstock
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe