2nd Test, Day 4: South Africa vs Pakistan - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau
Over 135/1 || Score 326
With the fall of Asad Shafiq’s wicket, South Africa won the match by an innings and 92 runs. And with that win South African team also managed to draw the series 1-1. Tahir played crucial role in the match as he took three wickets in this innings to scalp eight overall in the match. Though Pakistan fought courageously for two sessions in the morning but after the fall of Misbah’s wicket it was just a formality for South Africa’s to seal the match.
Asad Shafiq st de Villiers b Duminy 130 (411m 320b)
Over 132 || Score 323/8
Pakistan have reached on the verge of losing the second Test match. After the fall of skipper Misbah’s wicket Pakistan team has lost wickets at regular intervals. First Pakistan born, South African cricketer Imran Tahir took the wicket of Adnan Akmal and then trapped Saeed Ajmal in front of the wicket, who only added nine runs for his team. In the 131st over Duminy provided another breakthrough to his team in the form of Mohammad Irfan. Asad Shafiq is still on crease for Pakistan who is batting on 129 runs with the help of 15 four and one six.
Mohammad Irfan b Duminy 14 (29b)
Saeed Ajmal lbw b Imran Tahir 9 (28b)
Adnan Akmal lbw b Imran Tahir 5 (21b)
Over 113 || Score 274/5
The 105th over bought 70-over partnership for Misbah and Asad. But in the 108th over, part time bowler Dean Elgar finally put an end to this partnership and gave the Proteas, the much-needed breakthrough. Elgar got his first Test wicket in form of Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq. The South Africans are visibly relieved. Adnan Akmal to continue with Asad Shafiq.
Pakistan trail by 144 runs with 5 wickets remaining
Misbah-ul-Haq c Kallis b Elgar 88 (218b)
Over 100 || Score 239/4
There is a growing frustration in the South African camp. The bowlers have yet not been able to pick up any wickets. This fifth wicket partnership has become a cause of great worry for the bowlers. The duo has added 168 runs to the scoreboard and is still going strong. Asad is on 88 and Misbah is on 80.
Over 84 || Score 198/4
Pakistan trail by 220 runs with 6 wickets remaining. Misbah is on 60 while Shafiq has scored 67 runs. The duo has so far added 128 runs for the fifth wicket stand. Shafiq reached his ninth Test fifty in 121 balls that included four boundaries and a six. Misbah followed soon, reaching his 22nd half-century in Test cricket in 121 balls with three boundaries and a six. New balls were taken in the 80th over but by the end of the first session, South African bowlers had not been able to provide any break through.
Over 75 || Score 178/4
Misbah and Asad Shafiq are playing very sensibly. They are not going after silly shots, and their fifth wicket partnership is going strong. In the 59th over, Asad Shafiq went for a successful review. Philander thought he had bowled a fuller one on the leg stump line, but the reviews said otherwise.
The batsmen are going steady and South Africa need to get wickets to wrap up the match early.
South Africa need six wickets to win and level the series. Pakistan, on the other hand, need 286 more runs to avoid defeat.
Day three was full of controversies as Faf du Plessis was seen tampering with the ball. Pakistan have been awarded five runs. The ICC decision ruling will be announced today. The Proteas team, however, has maintained that they do not cheat.
Day two round-up
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)