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South Africa on top as Pakistan crash to all-time low

Published Feb 02, 2013 04:02pm


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Steyn picked up 6-8 in Pakistan's horror show with the bat. -File photo

JOHANNESBURG: Dale Steyn sent Pakistan crashing to a new low as South Africa took control on the second day of the first Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday.


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Steyn took six for eight in 8.1 overs as Pakistan were shot out for 49, four fewer than their previous lowest total of 53 against Australia in Sharjah in 2002/03.

South Africa led by 204 runs on the first innings but decided not to enforce the follow on.

The hosts were 207 for three in their second innings at the close, an overall lead of 411, with Graeme Smith (52), Hashim Amla (50 not out) and AB de Villiers (63 not out) hitting half-centuries.

It was another triumph for South Africa's barrage of fast bowlers and the third time in less than two seasons that the world's number one Test team had bowled out opponents for less than 50.

Australia were routed out for 47 in 2011/12 and New Zealand were dismissed for 45 earlier this season. Both matches were in Cape Town.

AB de Villiers equalled the South African wicketkeeping record by holding six catches and there were three catches in the slips as the Pakistan batsmen failed to cope with top quality bowling on a pitch with steep and sometimes variable bounce as well as some sideways movement.

Vernon Philander took two for 16 and Jacques Kallis two for 11.

Azhar Ali (13) and captain Misbah-ul-Haq (12) were the only Pakistan batsmen to reach double figures.

Steyn was outstanding, bowling at high pace and making the ball move away disconcertingly from the right-handed batsmen. He started Pakistan's collapse by taking three wickets in 14 balls at the start of the day and followed up with three more in 12 deliveries to wrap up the innings soon after lunch.

Steyn struck with his fifth ball of the day after Pakistan resumed at six for no wicket, having Mohammad Hafeez caught behind for six, edging an out-swinger.

In his next over Steyn trapped new cap Nasir Jamshed leg before wicket when the left-hander went back on his stumps against a full delivery.

Jamshed, who had survived in the previous over when Philander unsuccessfully sought a review of umpire Bruce Oxenford's not out decision, was himself the victim of a failed review after being given out by umpire Billy Bowden.

Five balls later Steyn claimed the key wicket of Younis Khan, caught at first slip when he edged a perfect out-swinger.

Azhar Ali and Misbah-ul-Haq survived for more than an hour before Kallis claimed two wickets in three balls, having both batsmen caught behind.

Misbah was given out on review after Bowden turned down an appeal, although hot spot evidence showed only the faintest, momentary touch.

Philander, after bowling four maiden overs at the start of play, came back to dismiss Asad Shafiq and Umar Gul within three balls as Pakistan lurched to lunch at 40 for seven.

Steyn struck twice in the first over after lunch but Junaid Khan edged and slogged two boundaries off Philander before Steyn had Rahat Ali caught at third slip.

Batting conditions remained difficult at the start of South Africa's second innings but Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen put on 82 for the first wicket.

Three wickets fell in quick succession before Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers pressed home South Africa's advantage with an enterprising unbeaten fourth wicket stand of 108.

Pakistan's hall of shame

49 v South Africa (Johannesburg)Feb.  2 2013 53 v Australia (Sharjah)    Oct. 11 2002 59 v Australia (Sharjah)    Oct. 11 2002 62 v Australia (Perth)            Nov. 13 1981 72 v England (Birmingham)    Aug.  6 2010 72 v Australia (Perth)            Dec. 16 2004 74 v England (Lord's, London)    Aug. 26 2010 77 v West Indies (Lahore)    Nov.  7 1986 80 v England (Nottingham)    July 29 2010 87 v England (Lord's, London)    June 10 1954


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Brad Feb 03, 2013 08:21am
As a South African, the Pakistan team cant be too dissapointed, all the other test playing teams would habe struggled to get to 100 with Steyn bowling SO well. He looked like taking a ball with every ball. We should all just admire his skill, makes cricket a pleasure to watch, even if i am saying this as a SA supporter
Aimal Feb 03, 2013 11:45am
No, I disagree. We should make our pitches to support the bowling of Hafeez, Ajmal & Co to make SA, Aus and UK batsmen look comical chasing the spinning ball.
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Feb 02, 2013 10:12am
Yes, that's what was predicated and expected by even the most dedicated and loyal fans of the 'green-shirts.' Bad batting is their real problem.
Bipul Feb 02, 2013 10:43am
ho ho ha ha ha ... i thought Pakistan batting is bad.
Javid Shirazi Feb 02, 2013 10:48am
Lack of skill and spine. Flat track bullies. Despite all the hype, fact remains that the current crop of players are mediocre. Huge disappointment.
Imtiaz Feb 02, 2013 10:49am
Will Pakistan avoid follow on? After that, will Pakistan avoid beating it's lowest test score of 71?
No Offence Feb 02, 2013 10:57am
Welcome Pakistan out side of UAE . 23 - 14-34-07 ( Pakistan should nail this record on hall of fame ) Pakistan is and was always a better bowling attack but in batting .... Well it was accepted ....But I more worried on the fact that what will happen when India will tour SAF in this year .... Even their current batting form is worse then Pakistan . All the best Pakistan ....Look look ...Dale is coming . Lol
hasan Feb 02, 2013 11:27am
Pakistan batting performance.....nothing new ....Same Old.S....
ohhhhhh Feb 02, 2013 12:09pm
they will crush SA.....sure.....
sunil Feb 02, 2013 12:14pm
Sir, uptil now Pakistan's lowest test score was 63 against Australia. It has been lowered today.
tarun Feb 02, 2013 12:26pm
Why crush..they will melt the faces..:D
HNY2013 Feb 02, 2013 12:28pm
why do you always wear the "India" glasses?
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Feb 02, 2013 12:33pm
Highly inept, grossly shameful, truly non-professional, absolutely unwarranted, definitely uncalled for and indeed unbecoming of a test playing nation performance, to say the least.
Thabo Makeleni [ Perth, Australia ] Feb 02, 2013 12:43pm
I warned last week that the batting of Pakistan should be on top of their game, despite Junaid Khan saying that they have "identified" south african weaknesses. You are only good or better if you BEAT the best ............... which South Africa are !
Rehan Feb 02, 2013 12:49pm
Entire Pakistan nation should be grateful to Smith for not enforcing follow on to wrap the match within 2 days......
Saeed Feb 02, 2013 12:52pm
Lack of test experience , I will give them break in this series. But do we will keep the same batting coach or coaches if the team performed below par.
Indian Feb 02, 2013 12:53pm
as long as we have players like Dhoni and Suresh Raina .... a total as low as this is a remote possibility... anyways congrats team pakistan for setting up a new record ...
ohhhhhh Feb 02, 2013 12:56pm
Womans in WC 83 better than Mans 49 :)
Truth Feb 02, 2013 01:15pm
Whatever happens... you cannot think beyond India, right?
MIA Feb 02, 2013 01:17pm
This is what makes watching Pakistan team play interesting ......full of it when they fall and then get r up and fight back......
Fen Feb 02, 2013 01:55pm
Please bring back all 3 Akmal brothers.Team cannot live without them.
Fen Feb 02, 2013 01:56pm
Not bad like your Indian team which loses at home too.
azhar Feb 02, 2013 01:57pm
atleast you can read the above article before commenting. before today it was 53
Shah Feb 02, 2013 02:00pm
Wow! What a disgrace.
jimbalakadi bamba Feb 02, 2013 02:04pm
they can only crush some fruit and ave juice
Ajay Ladkani Feb 02, 2013 02:13pm
Its not that only Pakistan did it. All sub continent teams, including much talked batting powerhouse India never fare well against genuine pace. In recent past India and Srilanka have been comprehensively beaten in Australia while playing test matches. In this match Pakistani batsmen looked comical against hot pace of Steyn.
Aaron Feb 02, 2013 02:25pm
Can't you guys talk, write, breath or live without invoking India somehow?
Fen Feb 02, 2013 02:44pm
Why would selectors drop Adnan Akmal who was very consistent with bat and wicket keeping in Test makes me wonder motive behind dropping him? Why would Abdul Rahman not be in playing eleven? Why would Aizaz Cheema be in not playing XI? Why would Umar Akmal be not selected given that he has best technqiue for bouncy tracks.What is point in bringing 10 -18 year old cricketer when they all is going to do is score zero or won't take any wicket.
Dr Khan Feb 02, 2013 03:12pm
A few days back I posted comments that our batting would let us down and I was rated down by many. It doesn,t mean I am genius but readers who gave me thumb down are.......?
Dr Khan Feb 02, 2013 03:15pm
Like they crushed england, australia and pakistan???
desi Feb 02, 2013 03:17pm
This is supposed to be an in-form Pakistan team performing like this. I am sure an out-of-form Indian team will fare a lot better than this in-form Pakistani team. A 49 All out really tells the story of the quality of batsmen in Pakistan. Even the bowling in 2nd innings is tooth less. Saeed Ajmal, a master spinner (in UAE and subcontinent pitches) is looking very pale on SA pitches.
Kadir Khan Feb 02, 2013 03:22pm
Over confidence as usual, lack of batting stills & technique when facing fast bowling. Pak batting need serious attention.
s.m.mustafa. Feb 02, 2013 03:59pm
as expected pakis batsmen done thier job. after this performence how mezba and yunus want to be in the side. they should be kicked out with rahat. whenever pakistan need younus service he let down the team. so its better that yunus and mezba drop from the side for ever. its horible horible and horible. but we all know pcb will make some solid reason to defend these shameless players.
Harish Feb 02, 2013 04:06pm
They can if their batting holds fort. These pitches will help the Indian bowlers who rely on swing.
Harish Feb 02, 2013 04:09pm
No brother, skill is there in some like Jamshed (the best i have seen after Inzamam, might go higher in time), its application. I will advice them to meditate upon Dravid. I would have to repeat the same to Indian batsmen too.
sarim Feb 02, 2013 04:11pm
when this chewing gum man younis khan will stop chewing pakistan cricket.... when he will b thrown out of pakistan team
Hindu Feb 02, 2013 04:20pm
Match was fixed, how can they all-out in 49 could not complete 50, investigate now.
MumbaiGuy Feb 02, 2013 04:37pm
Indian batting is worst than Pakistan on foreign soil. So, don't worry. Keep going.
indian Feb 02, 2013 04:43pm
for your kind information india beat south africa in durban test in 2011 and level the series. in 3rd one day india all out for 179 and restrict south africa on 178 and won. india have much better record against south africa than pakistan. sachin tendulkar scored 200 not out against proteas and sehwag scored 317 against south africa. your team all out for 46 hahahahhahah
Shaduram Feb 02, 2013 04:45pm
Gentlemen! Stop disparaging our National Icons. I expected nothing from Pakistani cricket team. So with zero expectations, I see 49 runs on the board from eleven great cricket players which is fantastic. Forty Nine times, eleven cricketers ran 22 yards up and down and got paid for it too. For me this a good performance. In the second innings I will put in a safe wager that the Pakistan's cricketing pride will exceed 50 runnings up and down the 22 yards. It is not about the win it is about the game- somethng to this extent another of our great said it. Yes?
desi Feb 02, 2013 04:46pm
Dude. Don't worry. That is Pakistan. They have nothing else to talk apart from India. If the foreign teams don't visit their country, they say it is because of India.
desi Feb 02, 2013 04:47pm
Wow.. Amazing. There are so many below 100 scores for Pakistan
indian Feb 02, 2013 04:52pm
Don't compare with the current out-of-form Indian team. The same team had leveled series in SA earlier when they were in-form. The current in-form (they were called before this series) Pakistan team is pathetic. It is a bunch of club cricketers, especially batsmen
Saeed Feb 02, 2013 04:55pm
Match was not fixed, pakistanis are horrible players!
Saeed Feb 02, 2013 04:59pm
Akmal brothers are horrible players and need to play Gulli Danada!.
Dr Khan Feb 02, 2013 05:04pm
your analysis is 100% correct. It is time we make our pitches a little fast.
vinod gupte Feb 02, 2013 05:07pm
PAK should not be ashamed of this performance. after all, they did not practise enough and this was bound to happen. in fact, they should be happy that their bowlers did a good job despite not practising enough. PAK can hope to do very well, much better and match-winning by the time the third test begins.
indian Feb 02, 2013 05:10pm
DrKhan.....YES like we crush australia, england and ,and ,and PAKISTAN in world cup . for pakistan i should say WORLD CUPSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.
Dr Khan Feb 02, 2013 05:13pm
Indian bowlers and swing LOL.
Zafar Feb 02, 2013 05:13pm
Pakistani batsmen in general have always struggled on non-Asian pitches. Their 'batting consultant' before the series was Inzimam-ul-Haq, everyone knows how he fared on these pitches.
bmurray Feb 02, 2013 05:30pm
I used to visit the Dawn website quite often to get the Pakistani perspective on Paki news or current world events, but have noticed more and more that Dawn readers can no longer comment on all news stories. It seems that Dawn has become too chicken to allow readers to comment on the wide variety of news articles on your website, unless of course it is sports related. Why are comments closed so often?
A B Feb 02, 2013 05:43pm
When india visited SA earlier, it was comprehensively defeated.although it managed to save face due to heroics of rahul dravid.The main reason why SA does so well is all of their bowlers are capable of taking 6-7 wickets per innings.However, it was morne morkel who was more dangerous.
srinivasakumarmn Feb 02, 2013 06:05pm
But no subcontinent team, even white washed india got out for such a cheap score... don't hide your weakness by comparing...
Dinesh Feb 02, 2013 06:24pm
There is nothing to be dissapoint about Pak batting. It was such a bouncy pitch and accurate bowlers of SA. Had India played today, they would have got out for 35-40 runs.
Patil frm Kolhapur Feb 02, 2013 06:26pm
You people canot see beyond India '' now some one wil say this 49 is bcoz of ''India ka haat he iske piche'' all d best for pak....
Ali Vaqar Awan Feb 02, 2013 06:46pm
Horrible show up put up by our players by getting out 49 allout. Even there was no rotation of strike. South Africa batted well in these conditions with tempramen which our batsmen lacked. Pakistan never bothered to improve its fragile batting. Bowling alone does not win matches as batting has to be strong too. Wining and losing is no problem as long there is strong fight back and great effort. Sadly it is not in our team. Pakistan needs a good batting coach and practice on boucny tracks. In second innings our team must alteast must put better show in batting if it has to perform in South Africa.
raja hindustani Feb 03, 2013 06:16pm
Currently, Steyn is the best Test Bowler world cricket........ so all credit to him
Ali Feb 03, 2013 02:42pm
Remove the so called renowned coach. The players are doing whatever they were. Irfan should have been in the team. All the rest os fine. Keep Akmal's out pleaaaaase. Do not fall for their collective smart move by skipping this tour.
Modasar Feb 02, 2013 08:02pm
Horrible performance just horrible...learn to play on SA pitches!
Dr. Afzal Feb 02, 2013 08:08pm
Well said Mr. Murray. I also have the same opinion on Dawn. I was a child since I was a fan of Dawn newspaper and have followed and read it since the late 1960s.
Mohsin Feb 02, 2013 08:10pm
Pakistan: 49 all out: A spell of seven consecutive maidens - and 47 balls without a run from the bat - showed just how difficult the South African syllabus can be. Zionist conspiracy !!!
Dr. Afzal Feb 02, 2013 08:11pm
As I said earlier ( 2 days ago), Pakistan may succumb to the bowling of the best fast bowling attack of South Africa. The result is out in a day and a half with the batting collapse of Pakistan. It is deemed for a doom loss in either three or three and a half days.
Iqbal Feb 02, 2013 08:58pm
PCB is full of SHAMELESS individuals who compromise national pride to their own interests, and so are YOUNIS & MISBAH, both pathetic, incompetent and never delivered when needed. PILLARS OF SHAME. People who are/were praising Misbah and Younis for their records on dead tracks should be ashamed for advocating the importance of these sore losers to a national side. Nothing personal but I hate to see Younis having chewing gum in his mouth and Misbah's smile for failing to be up to the task. What the heck they are doing in the team, they are too old and unprofessional to be part of any cricketing team, and the entire nation is let down by these fellows. All they do is under perform, drop catches and make silly faces after beaten out side off stump. Any street club level cricketer can be out there and get a ZERO...BIG DEAL (requires no talent but approach or connections in PCB). For GOD"S SAKE, we don't need these BIG GUNS. I rather chose Afridi, Kamran brothers, Razaq who at least have a fighting spirit, attitude and will to perform for the nation's pride. I want to see what comments come from inept PCB officials after this poor pathetic performance. Shame on them for this performance and PCB for selecting old machines with no fuel to run. I will like to see the likes of Afridi, Razaq, Akmal brothers playing at all levels rather having 30+ SENIORS GUNS WITH NO FIRE POWER. Please send there a club level team, am sure they will also be able to score 49 odd runs.
Nadeem Mirza Feb 02, 2013 09:08pm
Take it easy Dr khan...Nothing personal here
Marina Feb 02, 2013 09:19pm
Misbah is a strange character. One cab do a full fledge research on this guy. In ODIs he plays like if he is playing a test match (resulting ultimately in a defeat), while in test matches he scores less than ODIs.
Imtiaz Feb 02, 2013 09:21pm
When the comment was made Pakistan were 39-6, when the news here first appeared. News here kept updating.
Gaurav Feb 02, 2013 10:50pm
Guys lets be honest it's not just Pakistan but India or Sri Lanka we'd have had da same fate... We sub continent players can't handle bounce and swing fact
Ammar Feb 02, 2013 11:29pm
Dinesh my friend thanks for your support and words of encouragement. But seriously Pakistan has been playing on slow pitches, this is a new experience we need time to adjust to bouncy pitches and swing. We need to adjust fast.
Ammar Feb 02, 2013 11:30pm
Agreed Srini Ammar
BRR Feb 03, 2013 01:00am
No shame in admitting Dale Steyn can be just great sometimes.
Zee Jay Feb 03, 2013 01:52am
Pakistan should have attacked the SA bowling. This might have saved them for being bundled out for their lowest score of 49
Abdul Feb 03, 2013 02:04am
Nothing to feel ashamed for. It is still better than 10 or 20. Next time, we will have a dubious distinction of beating our own low of 49. We promise you that we will beat it in the next innings by capturing the unheard score of 1/all out. No team in the world will be able to beat that. We will be the new champs.
Bbbb Feb 03, 2013 02:12am
Kamran Akmal consistent? in batting and keeping, for failing every time?
Shubs Feb 03, 2013 02:16am
Will people get over this already? This habit of screaming "fixed!" every time a game doesn't play out to your liking is getting tiring!
Bbbb Feb 03, 2013 02:17am
Why should the Pakistan nation be grateful for a commercial decision, purely based on the needs of a crowd which paid for 5 days of cricket?
Syed Feb 03, 2013 02:30am
Congratulations to PCB and Pakistan Team on "improving" their own record !!! somebody's got to do it. Instead of praising SA bowling, how about fixing your bowlers and do that job you get paid for, Mohammad Akram !!!
Hassan Ali Feb 03, 2013 03:17am
And they find faults with Shahid Afridi. Atleast, he gives appearances and entertains the crowd.
Sameer Fazal Feb 03, 2013 03:43am
Let's make India's Rahul Dravid or Australia's Ricky Pointing our batting coach, atleast we will be saved from the ignominy of such disgraceful performances.
Merchant Iqbal Feb 03, 2013 03:54am
It is not disgrace. Even Australia,England,NZ,WI,India has suffered at the hand of SA. I blamed the coaches and players to some extent for this poor performance. Coaches have not prepared batsmen for bouncy wicket. Batsmen should also be blamed because they have seen the fate of NZ batsmen, they should have worked hard.I think management and players are complacent after the victory in India.
nabeel Feb 03, 2013 03:57am
we should not for this team performance against south africa because everyone is lion in hose.........
Ali Feb 03, 2013 02:24pm
Kamran brothers got stronger connections that is why they are no tin this tour. So a thumbs down for you for that reason.
yahya Khan Feb 03, 2013 05:41am
But count the No. how many times your nation and players wept?
kashif Feb 03, 2013 06:05am
Hindustan never stop crying to winning a pre-paid world need to put Hindustan left right and center everytime...
sraz45 Feb 03, 2013 06:05am
Whenever we travel, we fail. The boys are flustered. That is the whole truth ,
kashif Feb 03, 2013 06:07am
check out the batting coach....Inzimam....who couldn't improve his own performance all over his carrier.
frz Feb 03, 2013 06:17am
i think pakistan will com back soon
S.S. Feb 03, 2013 06:50am
You are absolutely right. It is very disappointing. Shame on Dawn for letting rabid nationalistic sentiments and politics be allowed in cricketing forum while disallowing anything that seeks redress. I'm afraid this may be simply a reflection of overall Pakistani society, being overprotective of fragile sentiments and narratives.
WestIndian Feb 03, 2013 07:03am
Pakistan team lack mental toughness. Batting collapse is usually sign of weak minds. specially when there are no other factors (like weather etc) in play.
saghir Ayub Feb 03, 2013 07:22am
This devastation is directly related to favoritism in selecting players. When qualified players are ignored and PAWAA players are in, this is what happens then. I bet you the same results in the next matches as well. It