2nd Test, Day 3: South Africa vs Pakistan - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau
Pakistan 2nd Innings
Over 55 || Score 132/4
Misbah once again is the last hope for Pakistan now. The skipper has added unbeaten 62 runs with Asad Shafiq (28), who has looked good so far. Pakistan need a big partnership to come back into the match where they still trail by 286 runs with six wickets in hand. An unperturbed Misbah is batting on 42 and we could see another big knock from him tomorrow.
Misbah-ul-Haq 42* (78b) Asad Shafiq 28* (71b)
Over 40 || Score 86/4
Pakistan suffered a major blow when Younis Khan shimmied down the track off Imran Tahir and missed a wrong one, that clipped his legs and went on to hit the stumps. It was a huge breakthrough for Pakistan as Younis had added 22 runs with Misbah and Pakistan needed a big partnership between the two of their most experienced batsmen. Pakistan scored 19 runs in the last ten overs. Asad Shafiq is the new man in.
Younis Khan b Imran Tahir 36 (102b)
Over 30 || Score 67/3
Azhar Ali was sent back to the pavilion when JP Duminy struck off the very first ball, a delivery that kept low and hit the batsman on the pads in front of the off-stump. Misbah is the new man in and this is the partnership to look out for. These two batsmen are Pakistan’s only hope to show some teeth.
Azhar Ali lbw b Duminy 19 (73b)
Over 20 || Score 41/2
Younis Khan and Azhar Ali added 24 runs in the last ten overs and their partnership has increased to 39 runs. If Pakistan have to put a fight in this match, Younis Khan will have to use all his experience and play a big knock.
Over 10 || Score 17/2
When Pakistani team came to bat for the second time in the second and final test, world number one test bowler Dale Steyn was right on the money from his very first over. Fourth ball of his first over hit the pad of Shan Masood and umpired raised his figure, but Masood was not convinced and went for the third umpire. But one review was wasted as even after the review he was adjudged out. First wicket down for Pakistan on zero. And in next over Philander sent Khurram Manzoor towards the pavilion to left Pakistan stunned on two for two. After the fall of two early wickets Younis Khan and Azhar Ali came to the crease and have been playing cautiously.
Khurram Manzoor c Kallis b Philander 0 (3b)
Shan Masood lbw b Steyn 0 (4b)
Over 163.1|| Score 517/
After playing 163 overs in their first innings South Africa set up their highest first innings lead against Pakistan of 418 runs. After losing two important wickets of well settled batsmen – Graeme Smith and AB de Villars -- early in the morning, no other African batsmen managed to cross the mark of 20 runs and the entire team got out after scoring 517 runs. Pick among the bowlers for Pakistan today was undoubtedly Saeed Ajmal, who ended up with the figures of 151 for six.
Imran Tahir c Misbah-ul-Haq b Saeed Ajmal 2 (5b)
M Morkel c Younis Khan b Saeed Ajmal 7 (18b)
VD Philander b Saeed Ajmal 8 (27b)
JP Duminy b Mohammad Irfan 7 (28b)
Over 145 || Score 482/6
Mohammad Irfan and spinner Saeed Ajmal started the bowling processing’s for Pakistan. And in the fifth over of the day by Mohammad Irfan gave Pakistan their first breakthrough of the day in the form of de Villiers. Batsman tried to drive Irfan over covers but only managed to get the edge and wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal took the catch. AB got out after scoring 164 runs. A few overs later Saeed Ajmal took the wicket of South African skipper Graeme Smith, who scored 234 runs before getting out. In the first ten overs of the day, South Africa scored 22 runs and lost two crucial wickets.
GC Smith c Younis Khan b Saeed Ajmal 234 (388b)
AB de Villiers c Adnan Akmal b Mohammad Irfan 164 (274b)
An emotional Graeme Smith marked his return from an ankle injury with an unbeaten double century as South Africa went on a record-breaking run spree against Pakistan in Dubai on Thursday.
Smith enjoyed a day to remember as he smashed 227 not out on the second day of the second test, crossed 9000 test runs and shared a South African record fifth-wicket stand of 326 with AB de Villiers (157 not out) as they built up a significant lead over Pakistan.