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Hapless Pakistan follow on after Abbott special

Published Feb 23, 2013 05:34pm


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Abbott's 7-29 represented the second best figures by a South African on Test debut. -Photo by AFP

CENTURION: Kyle Abbott took seven for 29 on his Test debut to send Pakistan crashing to 156 all out on the second day of the third and final Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Saturday.

Pakistan, forced to follow on 253 runs behind, were 14 for one at the close, with Mohammad Hafeez bowled by Dale Steyn with the first ball of the second innings.

It left Pakistan facing an almost hopeless task as they tried to avoid a series whitewash although Hafeez vowed: “We will be trying to fight it out.”

Abbott, 25, was called into the South African squad as cover for the fast bowlers when regular reserve Rory Kleinveldt was named to replace the injured Morne Morkel.

The Dolphins fast bowler, the leading wicket-taker in domestic first-class cricket, found himself in the team when all-rounder Jacques Kallis suffered a calf injury the day before the match.

Abbott's figures were second best on debut for South Africa only to Lance Klusener, his Dolphins franchise coach, who took eight for 64 against India in Calcutta in 1996/97.

“Lance has really helped me on the mental side of the game,” said Abbott.

“He hasn't tried to change my technique. We have worked on a slightly different mental approach to bowling, being more aggressive and hitting the deck harder.”

He bowled a tight line at a lively pace to take two wickets in an initial Pakistan collapse, which saw them slip from 46 for no wicket to 75 for four, then had a spell of five for five as the lower order and tail crumbled.

Abbott said the pressure built by Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander, the two top ranked bowlers in Test cricket, had played a big part in his success.

“It's been a case of building pressure all day. The other seamers bowled just as well, maybe better than I did. It could have been anyone's day out there,” he said.

Six of his wickets were to catches in the slip cordon before he finished off the innings by trapping Younis Khan leg before wicket after the Pakistan veteran had battled for two-and-a-half hours and 86 balls to make 33.

Younis barely had time to take his pads off before he had to face the second ball of the follow-on innings.

Imran Farhat, who made the top score of 30 in the first innings, did not open the batting in the second innings after being struck on the hand in the first innings.

X-rays showed no damage and he is expected to bat on Sunday. Azhar Ali opened with Hafeez, with Younis moving up to number three.

AB de Villiers earlier reached his 16th Test century and his third against Pakistan.

He went on to make 121 before being caught in the deep off left-arm opening bowler Rahat Ali, who finished with six for 127 on his Test debut as South Africa were all out for 409.

Vernon Philander made a Test best score of 74 in helping De Villiers stretch their overnight partnership of 86 to 129 -- a record seventh wicket stand for South Africa against Pakistan -- before he was caught low down at first slip by Mohammad Hafeez off part-time bowler Younis Khan.

Pakistan were without fast bowler Ehsan Adil, who suffered a calf injury on Friday.

De Villiers made his runs off 215 balls with 15 fours, while Philander faced 113 balls and hit nine boundaries.

Rahat bowled a mixture of wicket-taking deliveries with some poorly directed balls, conceding close to five runs an over. His analysis included six no-balls and six wides.

Pakistan made easily their best start of the series as Farhat and Hafeez put on 46 for the first wicket.

But Pakistan were quickly back in perilous territory when Philander returned for his second spell as he and Abbott took three wickets in successive overs.

Abbott followed up with a second wicket when he dismissed Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq shortly before tea.

Philander trapped Farhat leg before for 30 before Abbott, with his sixth ball in Test cricket, had Hafeez caught low down at gully for 18.

Philander then bowled Azhar Ali for six, with the batsman edging a ball which kept low into his stumps.

Misbah fell to a superb diving catch by Alviro Petersen at second slip off the tall, strongly-built Abbott.


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Indian Fan Feb 24, 2013 10:52pm
Yes Farhat looked better suited player to South African condition than some other guys in playing eleven.
Sach is on Fire Feb 23, 2013 03:13pm
And we are going to listen again n again " Inshallah Pakistan jeetega ... " Tum jeeto ya haaro humhe tumse pyar hai ...Boom boom sabse acha ....Pakistan is world best ....Or the classic one .... MATCH WAS FIXED . I must say wickets were and still are bleeding and results 156 all out again . Please don't misunderstood me ... m not bashing Pakistani team or castigating their class batting tech ( But they deserve ) But feeling sorry for players like Ajmal and hmmm ...( No one ) because he is the only player in the team who is world class . 7 feet 1 is good for nothing and What's happnd to Hafeez ( I'm a fan of him ) . But don't worry T-20 is coming and you win do well . ATB
Fen Feb 23, 2013 03:36pm
Just wondering why Haffez played in all 3 Test to score 0 in each innings.Seems he is shifarishi unfit to be Pakistan captain in years ahead.Needs to be sacked altogether with Sarfaraz Ahmed.Farhat looked good on this dangerous track.
imtiaz Feb 23, 2013 03:09pm
159/9, Pakistan concedes a huge lead. SA IMO will not enforce follow-on and give rest to fast bowlers. Kudos to them for achieving 3-0 whitewash.
kenny Feb 23, 2013 03:51pm
white wash
Syed Feb 23, 2013 12:35pm
3 out already. heads up for another humiliating defeat, why did they go there anyways? to improve SAs test ratings?
Que Feb 24, 2013 11:42am
What does the chief selector have to say to the OVERALL performance??? Let me guess nothing!!! That loser can only pick on Afridi, Akmal brothers and Razzaq! Fire the entire selection team; downgrade Hafeez to a regular 'joe' in the team and get rid of Misbah!!
Adnan Feb 24, 2013 10:50am
People keep talking about farhat being the luckiest man in pakistan .. he has more runs than hafeez who is utterly useless as an opener .. he also scored a triple hundred in the domestic competition recently so the boy can play
Javid Shirazi Feb 24, 2013 07:35am
On hindsight it becomes apparent that selectors were wrong to pick mediocres for a tough series. From past records, they should have known Hafeez, Tanveer etc., were not suitable against top level teams. Respected selectors have not been bold enough to try new players. How worse can it get? Time to infuse fresh blood by investing in the future.
imtiaz Feb 23, 2013 01:59pm
At 104/5 my thoughts are with SA's kindness that they will bat and not enforce follow on.
Indian Fan Feb 24, 2013 10:54pm
Hafeez us unfit to be in the team.Should be shown the exit door.He ensured that Pakistan lose the series.Akmal brothers and Razzaq were not in the team and were badly missed.Bring them back.
Rizman Feb 24, 2013 05:34am
Misbah will score 200 today along with azhar ali infact today all of them will make runs ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,[ LOL ]
kashif Feb 24, 2013 05:30am
Ya Ba Da Ba DOooooooo.......Pakistan rocks again
WeCare Feb 23, 2013 04:46pm
There is a word in URDU "DHEET" that's what applies to selection comittee and Misbah. They simply won't learn and admit where they stand. And, this selection comittee will never select deserving players.
imtiaz Feb 23, 2013 04:49pm
Zalim SA asked us to follow on to rub salt in our wounds. It was good decision to bring in Younis Khan early on to curtail damage for today with new ball in 2nd innings.
Yousuf Feb 23, 2013 05:02pm
It wasn't a test debut for Rahat. Anyways it doesn't matter - the whole test series has been an unmitigated disaster as far as Pakistan has been concerned. They need to lick their wounds and hope that this will not totally destroy their confidence for the one-dayers and T20s. On the face of things, they'll probably carry their baggage the one-dayers with predictable results.
Rasal Feb 23, 2013 05:07pm
He is big time sifarshi. Imagine now he will be our t20 cap.
Nasr KIKi Feb 23, 2013 05:10pm
We need practice. Never in the world pakistani batsmen except for one or two have been able to face genuine pace attack which is very accurate also
dd Feb 23, 2013 05:13pm
SA a problem of plenty, they have plenty of world class fast bowlers but only 3-4 slots in playing XI. Pakistan also has problem of plenty, they have plenty of wickets falling around but they are allowed only 20.
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Feb 23, 2013 05:14pm
Once again, very bad show by the 'green-shirts' which in fact is a repeat of the history from the previous two test matches against South Africa. They looked like a 'club team' against the best and the top cricket team of the world. Although I wish and pray otherwise, the writing is on the wall. Unless a miracle happens from the heavens, they are heading for an inning defeat once again. May God Almighty save Misbah-ul-Haq and party from the wrath of PCB and die hard fans of Pakistani cricket and cricketers both on the domestic as well as global levels.
facts Feb 23, 2013 06:53pm
Pungi baja di.............
Green Oval Feb 23, 2013 06:56pm
This is what you get when you select players based on Region First, Nation last. What should we expect from Pak team when players like Hafeez dictates team selection who himself has scored 43 runs in last 6 test innings.
beg Feb 23, 2013 08:46pm
misbah deserve it since nepotism was shown in selection and it also proves its over for misbah and younus
Afif Feb 23, 2013 09:05pm
Misbah: we will not experiment in the last test. We will keep the poor performance up. LMAO
A. Khan Feb 23, 2013 11:28pm
I started following cricket seriously in 1982, the first full Test series being India's tour of 1982/83, the one where the batsmen scoring century upon century and Imran Khan scything through the Indian batting. If memory serves me, the next tour was to Australia. With Imran Khan injured, the Australian bowlers in particular, Carl Rackemann went through our batting like a hot knife through butter. Needless to say, we lost those series. However, the post mortem identified lack of bouncy and seaming pitches in Pakistan as the culprit as "batsmen do not have experience of these conditions." Fair enough, I said, we don't.. Fast forward almost 30 years, and our batsmen are still not able to play on bouncy and seaming wickets. Why is it that we can make the best tank, missile, biggest dam, largest this and best that but cannot seem to be able to produce hard, bouncy and seaming cricket pitches ? What is the reason for this ? Can someone please explain why almost 3 decades later our cricket players are still facing the same issues but without the quality batsmen we had back then ?
Syed Feb 24, 2013 02:00am
Pakistan should play SA often, to improve SAs ratings !!!!
CricIsFake Feb 24, 2013 02:30am
I have been saying since long that Hafeez should not be in the test squad. Azhar Ali is a good test batsman who is just going through a lean patch of form however he needs to reconsider his batting approach and that would only be helped once he starts playing ODIs regulalry. Younis Khan track record on difficult pitches and against difficult opposition like SA and or Aus is better than so called Greats Inzi and Yousaf who have always struggled to score against these opposition in thier home grounds. As Misbah had pointed out at beginning of the tour that this series was the litmus test as to determine how far this team has come in last few years and sadly even considering all factors, the showing is a poor one. Misbah has done a marvellous job and he has been instrumental in Pakistan rise in last few years however I feel the time has come for him to seriously consider retirement atleast from ODIs . I know it would have been labelled as defensive but Pakistan should have played an extra batsman though out the series as Younis and Hafeez could have fulfilled the role of an additional bowler. I really hope that Pakistan do well in ODIs and T20 but hoping to see Akmals struggling and Afridi slapping his critics by his overall performance
sraz45 Feb 24, 2013 08:51am
Lack of team cohesion and leadership. Pakistan cricket board is a useless organization for a long time now. Time to start anew.