SA vs Pak, 1st Test: Hosts on top despite Pak fightback



SA vs Pak, 1st Test: Hosts on top despite Pak fightbackZeenews Sports Bureau

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PAKISTAN: Over: 75 II Score: 183/4(Misbah: 44*, Shafiq: 53*)

At the end of day 3, Pakistan were 183 for the loss of 4 wickets. Pakistan are going really well. The batsmen have shown a resolve to hang in and play to the merit of the ball. Pakistan have done remarkably well to recover after losing their first three batsmen. Despite the Pakistani fight back South Africa are still the team on top going into day 4.

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PAKISTAN: Over: 61.4 II Score: 156/4(Misbah: 31*, Shafiq: 40*)

High drama here. Philander had picked up the wicket of Shafiq, caught at slip, but Philander had overstepped and the batsman is asked to come back.

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PAKISTAN: Over: 58 II Score: 148/4(Misbah: 29*, Shafiq: 36*)

Pakistan have put up a good partnership here and now the batsmen are looking comfortable in the middle against the fiery South African pacers. A few very good shots have been played as well. Pakistan would do well to carry on with this partnership for as long as they can.

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PAKISTAN: Over: 40 II Score: 104/4(Misbah: 8*, Shafiq: 13*)

Pakistan have managed not to lose any more wickets and Misbah and Shafiq have been intelligent enough to not play any rash shot or poke at balls outside the off stump, although, we did see a few balls falling short of the slip fielders . South African bowlers have been very attacking and have been very disciplined as well.

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PAKISTAN: Over: 32 II Score: 89/4(Misbah: 0*, Shafiq: 6*)

Dale Steyn, bowling from around the wickets and into the ribs with a short leg in place, is causing a lot of problems for the batsmen. Azhar Ali nearly lobbed a catch to the fielder at short leg. Pakistan have lost two more wickets. Some really good bowling from South Africa has given the Pakistan team a major setback with two batsmen succumbing.

Azhar Ali lbw b Kallis 18 (68b 2x4 0x6)

Younis Khan c de Villiers b Morkel 15 (28b 2x4 0x6)

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PAKISTAN: Over: 22 II Score: 64/2( Ali: 15*)

Pakistan have lost the important wicket of Jamshed. Dale Steyn again strikes for South Africa. Jamshed had worked hard but throws it away with a casual shot that further adds to Pakistan’s problems.

Nasir Jamshed c Peterson b Steyn 46 (65b 8x4 0x6)

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PAKISTAN: Over: 14 II Score: 47/1( Jamshed: 39*, Ali: 5*)

At lunch Pakistan were 47 for the loss of one wicket. Pakistan have started their chase in a decent way. South African bowlers have bowled a tight line and length but Pakistan inspite of losing Hafeez early have not got into panic mode as yet. Jamshed has looked good and Pakistan need to play a long innings if they are to have any chance of winning this match.

Mohammad Hafeez c de Villiers b Philander 2 (10b 0x4 0x6)

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SOUTH AFRICA: Over: 62 II Score: 275/3Amla: 74*, de Villiers: 103*)

South Africa declared their innings at 275 for the loss of 3 wickets to set Pakistan 480 runs to win the match. South Africa carried on the good batting that they displayed on day 2 with Amla and de Villiers both in sublime touch. De Villiers got to his hundred with eleven hits to the fence and Amla as usual was very composed in the middle.

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Johannesburg: South Africa, with a lead of 411 runs, were on top at the end of day 2. Pakistan managed to pick three wickets in quick successions but since then, Amla and de Villiers stitched an unbeaten 108-run partnership.