S Africa vs Pakistan
South Africa win by four wickets
So ends an intriguing Test match between two very different teams. Pakistan held their own on first innings, thanks to centuries from Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq, and Saeed Ajmal's six-wicket haul. What was missing, however, was team cohesion, and that South Africa have in droves. Their lower order rallied to keep them in the match after Ajmal threatened to scupper their chances, and a combined effort skittled Pakistan for just 169 today. South Africa deservedly take the game and the series. We do hope you've enjoyed our coverage, and please tune in for the third Test at Centurion, starting on February 22. Goodbye!
Over 43.1 - SA 182/6 (Elgar 11, Peterson 1)
Elgar's had enough, and ends the game with an almighty heave into the leg side off Ajmal. The game and the series are South Africa's.
Over 43 - SA 181/6 (Elgar 10, Peterson 1)
Mohammad Hafeez comes on, and prolongs proceedings by bowling a maiden to Peterson. The left-hander was looking to end the match, playing a variety of shots, but was unable to beat the ring of fielders. Can Ajmal grab another?
Over 42 - SA 181/6 (Elgar 10, Peterson 1)
WICKET! Ajmal traps du Plessis lbw, taking his match tally to 10 wickets. A great performance, but one that hasn't been backed up by his team. Du Plessis asked to review the decision, but he's gone. Peterson gloves a single to take the scores level.
Over 41 - SA 179/5 (du Plessis 15, Elgar 9)
Tanvir's over is milked for six, and South Africa are within touching distance now. One shot will do it. Four runs needed.
Over 40 - SA 173/5 (du Plessis 13, Elgar 5)
Elgar quickly finds his first boundary, a slog sweep for four off Ajmal, and South Africa's target is in single figures.
Over 39 - SA 169/5 (du Plessis 13, Elgar 1)
WICKET! Tanvir Ahmed has broken through for Pakistan, AB de Villiers attempting to thrash him through the covers and getting a thin edge through to the keeper. Where on earth did that come from?
Over 38 - SA 162/4 (de Villiers 33, du Plessis 10)
Even with the match as good as lost, Ajmal is still a handful and there are several appeals in this over. Bruce Oxenford isn't the least bit interested in any of them - though some of the calls were mighty close - and that takes us to drinks.
Over 37 - SA 161/4 (de Villiers 32, du Plessis 10)
Du Plessis may not have a clear idea about how to play Ajmal, but he's not flustered by Umar Gul's efforts. He's off the mark with a crashing drive through extra cover, and soon adds a second boundary with a chip to midwicket. Just 21 needed now.
Over 36 - SA 150/4 (de Villiers 31, du Plessis 0)
WICKET! Ajmal strikes, but one feels Pakistan are only prolonging the inevitable here. Amla had just stepped out to send a scorching drive to wide long-off, but he attempted to repeat the stroke and was beaten in the flight, the ball spinning in sharply to disturb the off stump. That really ripped. Du Plessis looks a little clueless against Ajmal's variations, but successfully sees out the over.
Over 35 - SA 146/3 (Amla 54, de Villiers 31)
Umar Gul strains hard once again to try and make something happen in this over. He almost creates a chance as de Villiers chips the ball in the air, but just short of the midwicket fielder, but South Africa's target moves under 40 as the batsmen put pressure on Irfan in the field, running three.
Over 34 - SA 141/3 (Amla 50, de Villiers 30)
Amla used his feet to attack Ajmal in the last over, and now de Villiers follows suit, jumping out to smash the offspinner to midwicket. Two balls after that, a single takes the stand to fifty, and there's a third cheer from the crowd - the biggest of the lot - as Amla stretches forward to place a drive through cover point and go to fifty.
Over 33 - SA 133/3 (Amla 47, de Villiers 25)
Umar Gul returns to the attack, and he appears to have found a consistent line and length quite quickly this time around. He beats Amla with consecutive deliveries, the ball shaping away through the air - and possibly reversing - and gives away just one run in the over.
Over 32 - SA 132/3 (Amla 47, de Villiers 24)
The target is reduced to just 50 as Amla goes on the attack against Ajmal. The offspinner had gone round the wicket at him, but Amla simply made room and intentionally lofted the ball cleanly over mid-on. This stand is now worth 44 runs, and is surely a matchwinning one for South Africa.
Over 31 - SA 127/3 (Amla 43, de Villiers 23)
Back-to-back boundaries for de Villiers evaporate the pressure, and South Africa leap closer to their target. The first came from a powerful pull in front of square, de Villiers having sat on the back foot and waited for a short one from Irfan. The bowler switched to round the wicket, but Misbah didn't see fit to put a third man in place and de Villiers simply guided the ball through gully for four more. A series win beckons for South Africa.
Over 30 - SA 116/3 (Amla 42, de Villiers 12)
Flight and guile in this over from Ajmal, but no wickets. He's giving the ball a lot of air now, tempting the batsmen to have a go at him. There are no big shots, but de Villiers picks up three runs with a backfoot punch through cover.
Over 29 - SA 113/3 (Amla 42, de Villiers 9)
Testing lines once again from Irfan after the interval. He has Amla fending - safely - to gully in an over of searing pace and extravagant bounce. Unfortunately, he also sends down another no-ball - but a slight one.
Over 28 - SA 112/3 (Amla 42, de Villiers 9)
Ajmal wants a review! He got one to grip and spin past de Villiers' groping defense, the ball hitting the pad. There's a massive appeal, but Umpire Oxenford doesn't think it's out. In desperation, Pakistan ask for a review ... but the ball is spinning and bouncing too much, and would've missed leg. De Villiers survives the over, and drinks are brought onto the field.
Over 27 - SA 111/3 (Amla 41, de Villiers 9)
With no swing on offer, Irfan has settled into a decent line, taking the ball across the right-hander. He began this over by erring with a no-ball, but generally keeps things tight thereafter. Amla is beaten for pace and bounce on the pull, the ball hitting his thigh and looping to slip, and doesn't see the need to play at too many deliveries outside off stump. Pakistan are starting to build a little more pressure now, but it's probably too late to alter the course of this match.
Over 26 - SA 109/3 (Amla 41, de Villiers 9)
With men catching at leg slip and short leg - as well as an orthodox slip in place - Ajmal continues to bowl a very straight line at the batsman. There's a bye as he spins one too far down the leg side, and Amla then shows that he can read the doosra with a tap-and-run to cover off Ajmal's other one.
- 14th - 18th Feb 2013
- South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl.
- S J Davis and B N J Oxenford
s africa BATTING CARD
|Petersen||lbw b Gul||1|
|Smith||lbw b Ajmal||29|
|Kallis||lbw b Ajmal||21|
|de Villiers||c Ahmed b Ahmed||36|
|du Plessis||lbw b Ajmal||15|
|Total||43.1 Overs||182 - 6|