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South Africa clinch series after Pakistan collapse


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Philander celebrates dismissing Asad Shafiq. -Photo by AP

CAPE TOWN: South Africa reinforced their status as the world's number one Test team when they beat Pakistan by four wickets on the fourth day of the second Test at Newlands on Sunday.

The victory, with a day to spare, gave South Africa a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series. It came after a dramatic Pakistan collapse in their second innings.

Pakistan were bowled out for 169 after starting the day on a relatively comfortable 100 for three. They lost their last six wickets for 22 runs on either side of lunch. At one stage four wickets fell in 13 balls, including three off successive deliveries.

The collapse was engineered by left-arm spinner Robin Peterson and opening bowler Vernon Philander, who took three wickets each before Dale Steyn finished off the Pakistan innings.

Peterson finished with three for 73 and Philander took four for 40.

The result was a disappointment for Pakistan, who had seemed on top after two days before a strong fightback by South Africa's lower order batsmen on Saturday.

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal took four for 51 in South Africa's run chase to finish with match figures of ten for 147.

Set to make 182 to win, South Africa lost Alviro Petersen ten runs into their chase, when he was leg before wicket to Umar Gul for one.

Captain Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla put on 53 for the second wicket before Smith was leg before to Saeed Ajmal for 29 shortly before tea.

Ajmal gained a second leg before decision when he dismissed Jacques Kallis for 21.

Amla and De Villiers shared a rapid 62-run partnership for the fourth wicket before both batsmen perished playing attacking shots. Faf du Plessis became Ajmal's tenth victim of the match before Dean Elgar hit the winning run.

Pakistan made slow but solid progress at the start of the day, seeing off the threat of fast bowlers Philander and Dale Steyn.

But they had only added 14 runs in 8.2 overs to their overnight total of 100 for three when captain Misbah-ul-Haq top-edged a sweep against Peterson and was caught by Smith at short fine leg for 44.

Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq added 33 for the fifth wicket before Shafiq was unlucky to see a defensive stroke against Philander bounce up and then back on to his stumps. The wicket fell five overs after the umpires called for a replacement ball after the original ball went out of shape.

Peterson bowled Sarfraz Ahmed, who padded up to a ball pitched outside leg stump, with the last ball of the next over. Philander then took wickets with the first two balls of the following over.

A long vigil by Azhar Ali ended when he edged an outswinger to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers. Ali made 65 off 193 balls with seven fours. Umar Gul edged the next ball and Alviro Petersen flung himself to his left at third slip to take a spectacular catch.

South Africa were without fast bowler Morne Morkel, who left the field with a hamstring injury on Saturday, but Peterson bowled accurately for all but two overs from the Kelvin Grove end, enabling Smith to use Philander and Steyn in short bursts.

Philander, who took five for 59 in the first innings, had match figures of nine for 99.

Comments (35) Closed

qayyum khan Feb 18, 2013 09:11am
need leading team player in test matches , pcb should utilize muhammad yousuf experience because he still have some cricket to play ,he become beneficial for our young batsman who are unaware to test cricket
MIKE Feb 18, 2013 07:45am
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Feb 18, 2013 07:44am
No doubt, this is once again at the same embarrassing juncture of defeat for the global as well as domestic fans, supporters, peers, pals, sponsors and well wishers of the the 'green-shirts.' For how long PCB will test their nerves and patience? I leave the answer to the enlightened, educated, excelling and enduring readers of this great Dawn forum.
Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad Feb 18, 2013 05:24am
Now PCB will boast that our team's performance is ever improving in South Africa. In the first Test they lost in three days and in the second Test our team lost in four days. This reminds me of an old joke wherein, a school inspector asked a student answer for 3+3 and the reply was 5, upon which the headmaster (read here the chairman PCB) intervened and said Sir, this student has improved since last year, when he answered your same question and replied 3+3 was = 4.
Fen Feb 17, 2013 04:19pm
Thanks to Pakistan selection committee throwing out Abdul Rahman,Aizaz Cheema ,Adnan Akmal was enough to turn victory into defeat.Looks like some some guys here bet on Pakistan lose and it was planned to drop the above guys in favor of Sarfaraz Ahman who dropped catches,his batting was worst in cricketing history among keepers,keeping was worst among keepers,Abdul Rahman dropping makes no sense.Why would you drop performing players and bring in team players who are unable to make runs and take wickets.Haffez should be kicked out of team,neither he can bowl nor bat,same is with Jamshed,2 test is enough to show class.It was joke playing them and replacing settled players for 2 years and half.
sidd Feb 17, 2013 06:12pm
From a Indian - Pakistan should have won this match....really like this Guy Ajmal...lone warrior....if he would have got some support from other bowlers. Pakistan fast bowlers looked like club cricketers in front of dale styen & Co....I believe this pitch was the best chance for pakistan to win,
Fen Feb 18, 2013 09:32am
If Misbah younus retire then team score would be perfect 0.We already saw Young legs Hafeez scoring 0s,Jamshed scoring 0,Sarafarz Ahmed was hopeless with both batting and keeping.Don't need fresh legs better to stick with senior pro,but definitely don't want Umar Gul for sure.Enough chances for him in Test matches,
Fen Feb 17, 2013 05:50pm
Abdul Rahman Test stats and he is not considered for first two Tests,Disgusting isn't it? Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10 Tests 17 34 5354 2301 81 6/25 8/92 28.40 2.57 66.0 6 2 0 Adnan Akmal : Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St Tests 16 21 5 440 61 27.50 980 44.89 0 2 55 0 47 8 Now look who has replaced him Sarfaraz Ahmed: Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St Tests 3 6 0 32 13 5.33 83 38.55 0 0 4 0 10 0 Aizaz Cheema: Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10 Tests 7 14 1200 638 20 4/24 8/103 31.90 3.19 60.0 2 0 0 Now unless guys commenting here betting on Pakistan lose,why would you replace the above guys?
Syed Feb 18, 2013 05:02am
Misbah is the most negative captain Pakistan have ever had. His selection of the team has been pathetic. In Joeberg he should have been playing Irfan but he called Rahat from Pakistan and played him in. Here in Cape Town he chose to go with Tanveer on a turner where Rehman could have been a decisive factor with Ajmal even with 180 lead. Hafeez is only good enough for T20, Misbah himself is a burden on the team and a sheer frustration to watch his batting as he takes the game no where with his Tuk Tuk. At the age of 40 he is occupying a middle order and captain's position for no reason. Look at Smith, at the age of 29 he has already captained 101 tests and an established batsman with his team is no. 1. That is when South Afrcia was out of international cricket for decades.
kashif Feb 18, 2013 04:58am
Ya Ba Da Ba DOooooooo........tell me something new about Pakistan cricket team.....I am not surprised...which team in next...!
CricIsFake Feb 18, 2013 03:23am
Agree with you on exclusion of abdurrehman although exclusion was also a planned move that did not work. The idea was to have some solidity in the long tail and Tanveer provided that solidity in first innings. Having said that, I would have picked Abdurrehman ahead of Tanveer myself. Regarding Sarfaraz as the worst keeper, may be you should recheck the stats and also watch the highlights again of both matches. Apart from a very very tough chance off saeed ajmal , He did not make any blunders or dropped sitters and mind you, ajmal is the most difficult bowler to keep against and most of the times he was neat and tidy. Problem with our people is to see a one sided picture, yes he did not contribute with the bat but same can be said about nasir and hafeez. Even Misbah failed to convert his 40 and 50 into big ones so to judge a new keeper in that way(yes, playing only his 3rd test) against the best bowling sides is harsh and unfair. Just for information, Kamran Akmal scored only one half century against SA in SA in 10 innings and that too came in later part of his career when he was an established player with tons of experience behind him. Sarfaraz is miles better than any of akmal brothers behind the stumps and I am sure he will deliver with the bat as well if given a long run in the time. we treated Salman Ahmed badly and dropped him cos of his batting inability, he too was an outstanding keeper particulalry against spin which is the hardest thing and this fact was admitted by Saeed Ajmal himself that Salman kept wickets brilliantly in WI tour. I am not in favor of Hafeez inclusion in test matches either however he did take 4 wickets in the first innings of first test. Nasir is playing his debut test series and to face a quality bowling attack in your first two matches is a daunting task. Both Hafeez and Nasir has class, Hafeez cannot improve his technique at this stage of his career but Nasir has a long future and I am sure that he will deliver in test matches just like he did in ODI and T20. I would have picked Khurram Manzoor instead of Imran Farhat as replacement of Taufeeq.
Mike Jackson Sr Feb 18, 2013 02:14am
My friend you make the human race look bad !!
Mike Jackson Sr Feb 18, 2013 02:12am
All in all had it not been for Misbah's indiscreet sweep attempt on a short ball which he could have played at the backfoot for a decent boundary to midwicket .. the fortunes for Pakistan would have been very different. Misbah spent a lot of time on the crease defending hittable balls ..causing unnecessary pressure to be built on the rest of the team. His defensive shell has been one the major undoings for Pakistan of late . Of all the batsmen he looked the most uncomfortable on the crease . Every over he got beat more than a tail ender like Gul. His footwork is stagnated ..he plays scared of the fast ball keeping his body well away from the line of the ball . Now that says a lot about him for those who know test cricket. He doesn't belong there at all .. home is a very safe place really. Going through his last 4 innings its very obvious , he lacks the very basic skills to be playing test cricket . He can be a good manager of something though. Regards Mike
Hassan Feb 18, 2013 01:46am
It was a good test match and lovely cricket. win/lose is part of game. As expected, Pakistani batting collapsed. However, it was a good come back for Pakistani team after horrible first test match, especially bowlers to make South African sweat to earn a win in this match. It was lovely to watch bowler's domination ... Styn, Philander, Ajmal and Irfan. Overall, It was good cricket.
Desi Feb 18, 2013 12:46am
cant u think of anything apart from India ? its ok if India is moving ahead in overall development than Pakistan. if that is ur concern, then its better to emulate India rather than talking something like this.
Akil Akhtar Feb 17, 2013 10:45pm
I got up this morning not knowing what happened said to my colleague that I am sure Pakistan would have collapsed and SA would have won and that is exactly what had happened, It has become so predictable. No wonder we continue to believe they are still involved in betting and throwing matches.
bangla tiger Feb 17, 2013 04:53pm
javed dont even think compare with india better compare with afganistan
Rehan Feb 17, 2013 10:18pm
To sumup, Pakistan played excellent for two days but slipped on the third, and the fourth day was over before the fans could take the seats! To begin with, our ''Openers'' were abysmal to the SAF attack. I wouldn't be surprised if they hinted ''insomnia'' every morning about facing the Steyn-Philander duo. Younis proved his class and declared his superiority to sush the critics. Azhar-Asad decided to take turns on which innings would one stay longer, yet both persist a sound case for mettle. Never has any touring team to SAF in the past 5 years landed with "1 wicketkeeper". That said, it just asserts Sarfaraz to ''spill-many..score-none'' and thou shalt still be retained. The ship was guided by a Captain who never faced rough seas or believed in Plan C (Yes a plan that takes pursuit if Plan B flounders), nevertheless you would assume him to have anchored successfully on serene routes. The Gulldozer is now a legend, it would be embaressing to still consider him to sparkle at the wickets column. Big Bird Irfan should fly again and again, for this one is a epitome for the phrase horses for courses. Tanvir was surprise package, since he was the ONLY batsman (in the XI) who batted 2 steps "Outside the popping crease'' during his brave 44. This is how Australian and English men with blades of glory batted against the Proteas swinging deliveries.
haris Feb 18, 2013 12:31pm
@Mike Jackson Sr: you are spot on! Instead of showing some heroics in order to release the pressure our dearest Captain always put the entire team underneath that. He is so technically gifted that, he was attempting to sweep a good length delivery pitched 6m far from the crease. Grace! to Misbah and Kudos! to his supporters. cheers!
Umair Khalid (@umairkd2011) Feb 17, 2013 07:48pm
shame on the pakistan captain and coach for keep persisting with non performers in the 2nd match. don't they have any brains at all? Selecting tanveer Ahmed instead of Rehman made no sense at all.i bet they wud have won the match had they selected Abdur rehman Why do they keep playing umar gul in test matches when he has such a bad track record in test matches? he is finished now! I bet Ehsan Adeel if selected wud have performed much better. no use of hafeez too in test matches. faisal iqbal/imran farhat should have been given a chance. they paid the price for ignoring adnan akmal. time for misbah to retire
Mohammed Baluch Feb 17, 2013 07:38pm
Watching Pakistan play test cricket against a classy side like the Saffers is like watching a boxer merely take punches to his body and head, just being happy that he has the tenacity to not get knocked out! To win, you have to throw some punches, or have cricketers who can counter attack. Unfortunately, attacking cricketers have all been thrown out of our team, including Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Rahman - and we were playing with cricketers who are not good enough to even play club cricket - like Tanwir, Rahat Ali, Jamshed. With passive coaches, selectors who do not understand the modern game, and a captain who has a hard time thinking out of the box, I am afraid that once Ajmal and Younus Khan retire, we will have a hard time to maintain standards set by the great teams of the past!
Hakim Feb 17, 2013 07:28pm
I have a beef against your reportage, lots of disjointed descriptions, but there is no consistent description of what the scores were. In old fashioned description one always had the satisfaction of score and you could tell the batting and bowling of each team. Is it asking Dawn too much to do a complete reportage of at least important test games? At least the fans need an honest and objective commentary of the games that matter
Shahid Feb 17, 2013 06:56pm
Hafiz should never be playing oversea's as he can not play swing at all. Umar Gul is probabely the worst fast bowler in Pakistan line up at the moment. I wouldn't care playing a right hander if he can't take wickets. Not that he doesn't take wickets, he cant even stop them scoring fast. Had any of the bowlers checked Petersen in the first innings, we could have gathered a handsome lead. Nasir Jamshed should find a solution to him playing the ball on pads which he plays cross batted and more often misses it to get out. Its time to replace Hafiz, tanveer, and umar Gul with Abdul rehman, Junaid and farhat
kirther Feb 17, 2013 06:35pm
Basically Misbah is a timid captain that is why he did not choose to play to his strength. Rahman is a world class spinner he should have been selected for second test instead of mediocre pace bowler was selected, this proves that Misbah had a negative approach going into second test, his performance as a captain has been below par, management must recognize that Misbah is just an average first class cricketer not ready to perform at the top level. Yunus Khan, Asad Shafiq and Irfan must be congratulated for their good performance and Saeed Ajmal must be recognized in befitting manner. Junaid Khan has also demonstrated in the first test that he is an excellent fast bowler and along with Irfan makes a good fast bowling attack.
Karachi Wala Feb 18, 2013 04:56pm
Neither Adndan nor Sarfraz Ahmed have what it takes to bat at #7. Kamran, can bat much better but he drops catches like there is no tomorrow. For Pakistan it is the case of "catch 22". Pakistan either need to find a better WK/Batsman than above three or find a bowling all-rounder who can bat better. Perhaps in that case Adnan would be a better choice to bat at # 8.
Fen Feb 18, 2013 09:35am
I think young gun Hafeez scored 0 and Jamshed scored 0,No more 19-20 years old please,we are not watching school cricket.We want established team not school boys of 18-19 year scoring 0s against Steyn,Philander.If Misbah retires Pakistan team will go down the drain immediately.
Thabo Makeleni [ Perth, Australia] Feb 17, 2013 06:25pm
Pakistan looked so out of place .... on the lush fields and luxury dressing rooms of South Africa.
javed Feb 17, 2013 04:04pm
why our board send pakistan team abroad as they never want to win a match in foriegn soils even against india
Talking Point Feb 18, 2013 10:00am
Keep repeating it like a parrot. If that victory was all that mattered , why do you want to play cricket with other nations ? One swallow does not make a summer .
Ali Feb 17, 2013 06:09pm
We just won an ODI series against India in India-where were you?
failong Feb 17, 2013 04:48pm
Great game of cricket!! As a South African I appreciate the quality of this game and the fighting nature of the match. In many ways Pakistan had excellent chances to win it...but at the same time I was quite surprised how well SA fought back each time...our boys are tough!! Irfan also surprised me. If he had played in the previous game, it would have been interesting. Mom was undoubtedly Robbie Peterson, what a game!! With Morkel out, maybe the SA selectors should experiment a bit...try Dean Elgar as opener and bring in a promising new young bowler...or why not Lonwabo??
Nadeem Mirza Feb 17, 2013 09:00pm
We just won the ODI series in India. I am not sure if you missed that?
Indian Feb 18, 2013 09:40am
Good Show ........ team PSL!!!!! .......
s.m.mustafa. Feb 17, 2013 05:31pm
needless to say anything regarding these shameless players and the selection committee. misbah along with younus, tanveer should say good by to cricket for ever after the tour. now the team needs some fresh legs for the future.
KM Feb 17, 2013 05:13pm
Pak lost the match on day 3 when Misbah and Azhar were batting. They wasted too many balls just blocking and not taking singles. Not the first match Misbah has played like this. No team can succeed with two players just blocking. Azhar is enough for the team. He is young and can still change his game. Misbah should gracefully retire after this series. We need to get players who are not afraid of scoring. Pak should have won the first test and this one also. Just our poor team combination caused defeats.