South Africa Vs Pakistan Live Score (TEST)

Date: Wednesday, 26 December, 2018 IST Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion Match Status: Match Ended

South Africa beat Pakistan by 6 wickets

181/10
Overs
47.0
R/R
3.85
Fours
30
Sixes
1
Extras
10
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Hasan Ali not out 21 28 2 1
Bowling 0 M R W
Dale Steyn 13 1 66 1
Kagiso Rabada 17 4 59 3
223/10
Overs
60.0
R/R
3.72
Fours
34
Sixes
1
Extras
8
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Duanne Olivier not out 0 3 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Mohammad Amir 20 6 62 4
Hasan Ali 18 4 70 2
190/10
Overs
56.0
R/R
3.39
Fours
23
Sixes
2
Extras
17
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Hasan Ali not out 11 13 2 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Dale Steyn 15 4 34 2
Kagiso Rabada 15 4 47 3
151/4
Overs
50.4
R/R
3
Fours
25
Sixes
0
Extras
15
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Hashim Amla not out 63 148 11 0
Temba Bavuma not out 13 10 2 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Mohammad Amir 12 5 24 0
Hasan Ali 13 6 39 1
  • The surface surely is lively and it's assisting the seamers. Pakistan's batting struggled but they have the required firepower in their bowling to do the needful. Mohammad Abbas will be dearly missed on this track but still the likes of Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi can prove to be a handful. The hosts have of late struggled with the bat and it's going to be a stern test for them too. TEA has been taken and we look forward to your company after a short while.
  • For Pakistan, it was a really bad outing with the bat. Their top order had a good outing in the warmup game but failed to carry the same form here. Apart from Azhar Ali and Babar Azam, everyone struggled to come to terms with South Africa's nagging and accurate bowling. A special mention for Babar Azam, who showed his class while batting with the tail and dominated the Protea bowling for some time. His knock of 71 was full of grit and character and Pakistan must be thanking him for taking their total past the 150-run mark.
  • Pakistan were struck early after taking a brave call to bat on a green surface. The world expected the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Dale Steyn to do the damage but Duanne Olivier emerged to be the surprise package. He showed a lot of promise in the recently concluded T20 League in South Africa and just transformed his good form into this match. The young man put on a good display of pace bowling and ran amok by making a mockery of the Pakistani batting. Another highlight was of Dale Steyn becoming the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in Tests but his achievement got a bit overshadowed first by Olivier and then by some scintillating batting against him by Babar Azam.
  • A superlative effort by South Africa to bundle out Pakistan to a dismal first innings total. It could have been even less had the lower half not added vital runs along with Babar Azam. Duanne Olivier is the real star of this innings as he bagged a six-fer and is leading his team off the park. A moment to cherish for the youngster.
  • 46.6 OUT! It's a 6-wicket haul for Duanne Olivier! A strange review to be honest. It has cleanly taken the wood and the batsman would have known that. Short delivery angling away from Shaheen who just sticks back and tries to withdraw his bat at the last moment. But it flies off something to the keeper who collects and appeals. The finger has gone up and Afridi takes the DRS. Ultra Edge puts everything to rest and Pakistan are bowled out for 181!
  • Review time! Shaheen Afridi has been given out caught behind. But he has reviewed it. Has Olivier got his sixth?
  • 46.5 Short on off, Shaheen tries pulling but misses.
  • 46.4 DROPPED! Quinton de Kock is having a tough time behind the sticks. Full length delivery outside off, Hasan remains back and has a wild swing at it. He gets a fat outside edge behind and de Kock jumps to attempt for the catch. But it goes through his gloves and they take a run. There is a straightish third man who does the fielding.
  • Physio is seen coming out but Quinton has signalled for him to wait. Olivier runs in...
  • 46.3 Olivier is after Hasan's head. Bowls one more lethal bouncer, Ali somehow ducks underneath it. Quinton de Kock seems to have hurt himself while collecting the ball. It gets deflected down to fine leg and they take two byes.
  • 46.2 A bouncer this time, well-directed, Hasan tries to duck and loses his balance in the process. Goes flat on the ground.
  • 46.1 Swing and a miss! Hasan Ali has decided to have a go at every delivery. Short and wide outside off, Ali swings his blade blindly and misses.
  • Duanne Olivier (5/36) is back on.
  • 45.6 Yet another bouncer by Rabada to the new batsman, Afridi crouches and sways away from the line of fire. 178/9
  • 45.5 Bouncer around off, Afridi allows it through to the keeper.
  • 45.4 Gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it.
  • Shaheen Afridi is the last batsman.
  • 45.3 OUT! Babar is caught brilliantly at second slip! Rabada returns and does the job. He hurls a length ball just outside off and gets it to nip back in just a shade. Babar is stuck inside the crease as he presents a straight bat in defense. But the ball doesn't move back in enough and takes the outside edge. Faf du Plessis dives across to his left and grabs the catch safely. End of a handy 67-run partnership for Pakistan and an outstanding knock by Babar.
  • 45.2 Nice batting. Hasan punches a shortish delivery through cover-point and gathers three runs.
  • 45.1 EDGY FOUR! Rabada lets out a full delivery outside off and invites the drive from a number 10. Hasan plays at it loosely and edges it behind. Luckily for him, it goes through the gap between slips and gully for a boundary.
  • Kagiso Rabada is back on.
  • 44.6 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. Another 16-run over comes to an end. Babar bossing Steyn at the moment. 171/8
  • 44.5 FOUR! Hat-trick of boundaries. Not exactly in control but another four runs nonetheless. A length ball around off, staying a touch low after shaping back in. Babar tries to cover the line and defend but it takes the outside edge and speeds down to the third man fence.
  • 44.4 FOUR! And again! Babar is just oozing confidence... He has finally arrived on Test arena after disappointing earlier. Used to show his class in shorter versions but always found it tough to transform his form. But today he has shown his real potential. Full in length and outside off, Azam gets forward and nails his drive through covers. Temba Bavuma speeds across to his right in the deep but fails to cut it off.
  • 44.3 FOUR! Delightful shot! Showing the sponsor's name with a gorgeous straight drive. Steyn bowls it full and around off, Babar is forward with a straight bat and caresses it down the ground for a boundary. 50-run stand comes up!
  • 44.2 Full and angling in, Babar flicks it off his pads through mid-wicket and denies the single.
  • 44.1 FOUR! Babar is playing a gem! Steyn goes short and delivers it outside off, Azam just fetches it from out there and pulls it nicely through wide mid on. Fine timing and placement.
  • 43.6 SIX! Shot! We know that Hasan Ali can tonk a few and he shows exactly that this time. A tossed up ball around middle, Hasan kneels and smokes it over mid-wicket for a biggie. 150 comes up for Pakistan! 155/8
  • 43.5 Loopy around off, Hasan draws forward and defends it back solidly.
  • 43.4 This time the length is very full and Hasan drives it with the spin to deep cover for a couple.
  • 43.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 43.2 Oohhh...that was close! Some side spin on this delivery as it lands close to off stump. The length is not quite short for the square cut but Hasan still tries to play that. Nearly gets cramped for room but eventually does well to keep it out safely towards point.
  • 43.1 Quicker, flatter and shorter on off, Hasan punches it off his back foot to mid off.
  • 42.6 Full and outside off, shaping away a bit after landing, Babar leaves it alone. So, Hasan Ali will have to face the next over. 147/8
  • 42.5 FOUR! That's brilliant batting! The fielder was asked to come inside prior to this delivery and Azam has capitalized on the room offered outside off. He holds his balance inside the crease and smacks it through cover-point.
  • 42.4 Good length delivery angling into the batsman around off and then straightening just a shade, Babar guards his stumps and then shoulders arms.
  • 42.3 Back of a length delivery outside off, Babar hangs back and steers it behind backward point. Turns down the single.
  • 42.2 Crowd catch, that! A pitched up delivery outside off is met with a firm drive off the front foot by Azam. The cover fielder collected it on a bounce and tossed up to celebrate. Playing with the crowd.
  • 42.1 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Babar keeps himself rooted to the crease and allows it through.
  • 41.6 Loopy and around off, turning away from the batsman, Ali watches the line closely before making a leave. 143/8
  • 41.5 Flighted and on off, Hasan strides forward in defense.
  • 41.4 A touch flatter this time, around off, Babar goes on the back foot and punches it to covers for a run.
  • 41.3 A loopy one dropping on middle, it's on the fuller aide and Babar defends it off his front foot.
  • 41.2 Walks down to the pitch of the delivery and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 41.1 Full and flighted on off, it's driven down through mid off for a run.
  • 40.6 Outside off, driven straight towards mid off. 141/8
  • 40.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 40.4 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 40.3 Outside off, dabbed away from his body towards gully.
  • 40.2 NOT OUT! No edge on that. Azam survives. On a length outside off, Babar looks to defend but then the ball shapes away and squares him up. It hits something and goes to Quinton de Kock and so confident are the Proteas that they do not even appeal. Straightaway start celebrating. After a while, they realize that the umpire has not given it out. Now Steyn signals towards du Plessis for the review and Ultra Edge indicates that the spike comes after the ball passes the bat, hitting the back thigh.
  • Fourth review of the day. Is Babar caught behind? No, says Umpire Ravi. Yes, say de Kock and Steyn. For the first time today, South Africa review. Let's see...
  • 40.1 FOUR! SWEET! Fine way to get to a half century. Full on middle, Azam comes forward and drives it down the ground. Duanne Olivier starts to give it a chase but then gives it up. Fantastic knock from Babar. Look at his strike rate too. Just a shade under 90. Spectacular effort. Can he go on and get a ton?
  • 39.6 Full and outside off, Ali mistimes his drive towards mid off. 137/8
  • 39.5 Full and around off, well blocked out.
  • 39.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 39.3 The arm ball outside off, Hasan initially looks to leave it alone but then decides to cut and gets it away to point.
  • 39.2 Outside off, arrowed in, well blocked out.
  • 39.1 Full and around off, solidly defended.
  • We have a fourth bowler after all. Here comes Keshav Maharaj.
  • 38.6 FOUR! Classy batting! This is some over for Pakistan and Azam. On a length outside off, Babar stays back and punches it behind backward point for a boundary! 16 FROM THE OVER! 137/8
  • 38.5 FOUR! Third boundary of the over! Half volley outside off, Babar leans and stroke it wide of mid off!
  • 38.4 Outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 38.3 FOUR! SUBLIME! Applaud this effort. Overpitched outside off, Azam leans and drives this wide of mid off for a boundary!
  • 38.2 Outside off, the sucker ball again, another drive induced but no outside edge.
  • 38.1 FOUR! Another fortuitous shot. Full and outside off, Azam looks to drive but the ball swings away and takes the outside edge. However, it is not able to carry to third slip in spite of him diving forward. Scoots though again, for a boundary.
  • DRINKS BREAK. Shocker of a session since Lunch for Pakistan. 4 wickets down in the space of 47 balls. Their middle order is totally destroyed and it looks just like a matter of time before they are cleaned up. Babar Azam can make a case for himself though, by playing a few shots. But for how long? Here comes Dale Steyn. 9-1-26-1 so far.
  • 37.6 A yorker outside off, HA digs it out to the off side. 121/8
  • 37.5 The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • 37.4 Outside off, another outside edge is induced, which does not carry to Faf at second slip again.
  • 37.3 FOUR! EDGED AWAY! Full and outside off, Hasan feels for it but is beaten as the ball moves away. Gets an outside edge which lands short of a diving Faf du Plessis at second slip. Scoots through to the third man fence.
  • 37.2 Outside off, Ali feels for it but misses.
  • 37.1 Around off, a bouncer, ducked under.
  • 36.6 The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper. 117/8
  • 36.5 FOUR! THUNDEROUS! Total control on this one. A short ball outside off, Babar pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary!
  • 36.4 TOP EDGE, BUT SAFE! A short ball, outside off, Babar looks to pull but the ball climbs onto him. It takes the top edge and goes near mid-wicket. Dale Steyn runs back and dives but cannot get to it. Two runs taken.
  • 36.3 Outside off, punched off the back foot but straight to cover.
  • 36.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 36.1 Outside off, Azam feels for it but misses.
  • 35.6 The batsman fails to put bat on ball. 111/8
  • Hasan Ali comes in at number 10, replacing Yasir.
  • 35.5 OUT! IT IS UMPIRE'S CALL! Oh dear... oh dear o dear... Yasir will feel unlucky as well. Full and straight, Shah plays all around it and misses it totally. The ball staying low does not help his cause either and he is pinged right in front. Umpire Oxenford thinks for a while and then raises his finger! Yasir takes the review and to the naked eye, it seems like missing leg. However, Hawk Eye shows it to be clipping leg and the decision stays!
  • Third review and once again the batsman has been adjudged LBW! Yasir Shah is the man in question. Will this be umpire's call as well?
  • 35.4 Outside off, pushed away from his body towards point.
  • 35.3 Around off, solidly defended from the crease.
  • 35.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 35.1 FOUR! Edged and just wide! Full and outside off, Shah pushes at it and gets a healthy outside edge. It flies past a diving de Bruyn to the third man fence.
  • 34.6 Full and outside off, stays low, Shah just about keeps it out. 107/7
  • 34.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 34.4 A bouncer down the leg side, Yasir ducks and de Kock leaps to his left and parries it to fine leg. A bye taken.
  • 34.3 Outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
  • 34.2 Around off, solidly defended.
  • 34.1 A bouncer on middle, Azam ducks.
  • 33.6 Outside off, a play and a miss. 105/7
  • 33.5 The ball strikes the batsman very low on the pads.
  • 33.4 FOUR BYES! A short ball outside off, Yasir looks to hook but the ball goes above the outside edge and beats a leaping Quinton de Kock.
  • 33.3 Similar shot, but there is protection in the deep. Just a single.
  • 33.2 FOUR! Cracking shot. Outside off, on a length, Azam stands tall, gets on top of the bounce and punches it through the covers for a boundary!
  • 33.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 32.6 Outside off, left alone. 96/7
  • Yasir Shah comes in at number 9, replacing Amir.
  • 32.5 OUT! BOWLED! MAIDEN TEST 5-FER FOR DUANNE OLIVIER! Well, well, well. The Proteas are more elated than the bowler himself. Another lovely nut. This is pitched on a length around leg stump and Amir, not surprisingly, hangs back to defend, aiming to cover the line around leg and middle. But the ball hits the deck and then seams away to beat the outside edge and hits the off stump!
  • 32.4 Outside off, Mohammad ducks and then tries to fish. Gets beaten comprehensively.
  • 32.3 On a length around off, watchfully defended.
  • 32.2 On middle and leg, flicked towards short leg. The ball does not carry.
  • 32.1 Around off, solidly defended.
  • 31.6 OUT! Got him! No? Rabada's smile says it all. Prodigious movement. The fast bowler lands it on a length outside off and Azam feels for it. The ball hits a crack and then deviates away. Quinton de Kock dives spectacularly to his right and snaffles it. Everyone here feels it is an edge but it is an not. Replays show that the ball missed the outside edge and moved off the seam. 96/6
  • 31.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 31.4 Down the leg side, flick shot missed.
  • 31.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 31.2 FOUR! THUMP! Might as well play this way with partners disappearing. A short ball outside off, Babar rocks back and pulls it with disdain over mid-wicket for consecutive boundaries!
  • 31.1 FOUR! PRISTINE! Finally some runs for Pakistan. Full and around off, Azam comes forward and drives it straight back past the bowler. Usually mid on is absent in South Africa in the early days of a Test and this is no different case.
  • Some timeout for Amir. The physio is out in the middle. The fast bowler is wringing his right hand in pain. Luckily for him and Pakistan, it is not his bowling hand.
  • 30.6 DID THAT CARRY? No, it didn't. But it has hurt Amir. 88/6
  • 30.5 A sharp bouncer again, Mohammad takes evasive action as he ducks.
  • 30.4 Around off, solidly blocked from the crease again.
  • 30.3 Around off, solidly defended.
  • 30.2 A bouncer now, Amir ducks.
  • 30.1 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 29.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 88/6
  • 29.5 Outside off, on a length, Azam feels for it but misses.
  • 29.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 29.3 A length ball down the leg side, Amir misses his tuck and the ball goes off his pads towards square leg. A leg bye signalled.
  • 29.2 Around off, solidly defended from the crease.
  • 29.1 Excellent yorker, around middle and leg, Amir manages to dig it out towards mid-wicket.
  • 28.6 A short ball at the rib cage, fended behind square leg for a single. 2 wickets and a single from the over, Olivier's figures read 9-1-29-4! 87/6
  • Into the bowlers now. Mohammad Amir walks in at number 8, replacing his skipper.
  • 28.5 OUT! Chopped on! Well, one brings two and all of a sudden, the Proteas are right back in this. Not that they were out of it any which ways - but now they have opened the doorway to a quick finish to this innings. A length ball outside off, Sarfraz is not sure whether to play at it or leave. The indecision costs him and the result is an under edge. Cannons into the stumps. A 4-ball duck for the skipper.
  • 28.4 A bouncer, but that too, is down the leg side. Easily ducked under.
  • 28.3 A short ball, way down the leg side, Sarfraz lets it go.
  • 28.2 Outside off, dabbed to gully.
  • In comes the skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed, at number 7, replacing Azhar.
  • 28.1 OUT! It is a bird! It is a plane! It is SUPER-BRUYN! Spectacular effort. What a ball and WHAT-A-CATCH. Azhar Ali is out of here. But nothing much he could have done there. Brute of a ball, pitched on the shorter side outside off. To be extremely critical, Azhar could have left it alone. But easier said than done. He is already committed to go onto the front foot and cannot do anything. He is in the air as the ball shoots up suddenly. Ali tries to fend it off but the ball goes off the bat-face and lobs wide of third slip. For a second, it seems like the cherry will land safely. But Theunis de Bruyn at third slip reacts swiftly, rushes to his right, keeps his eyes on the ball and dives full length to take a one-handed stunner! Poor Azhar Ali cannot believe his luck. Neither can Pakistan. Olivier has his third.
  • 27.6 Outside off, left alone. 86/4
  • 27.5 Around middle and leg, Azhar misses his tuck and the ball goes off his pads towards fine leg. A leg bye taken.
  • 27.4 Outside off, Ali feels for it but the ball nibbles away a touch and beats him.
  • 27.3 Full and outside off, Ali drives this through the covers but Aiden Markram at short extra cover dives to his left and makes a stunning stop.
  • 27.2 This one is way outside off, swinging further away, left alone.
  • 27.1 A nice sharp bouncer, at the face, Azhar sways away from the line.
  • 26.6 An expected retort. A bouncer, Babar sways away from the line. 85/4
  • 26.5 FOUR! In the air but in the gap! Short outside off, again plenty of width. Azam cuts and cuts hard. It flies uppishly but is well wide of point. Goes to his left and to the fence behind. Babar moves to 10. His first boundary. This stand is now worth 23.
  • 26.4 On middle and leg, flicked through square leg for a single.
  • 26.3 Around off, AA looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 26.2 A sharp short ball, Ali evades.
  • 26.1 FOUR! A bit streaky. But that deserved to be punished. Full and wide outside off, Azhar throws his bat at it and gets a thick outside edge behind point.
  • Duanne Olivier to continue... 7-1-19-2 so far.
  • 25.6 Full and outside off, tightly defended. 76/4
  • 25.5 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 25.4 Landed outside off, let through.
  • 25.3 A bouncer now, BA ducks.
  • 25.2 Outside off, on a length, Babar looks to cut but gets a bottom edge to the off side.
  • 25.1 A beauty first up. Right in the channel outside off, no looseners, Azam feels for it but misses.
  • Welcome back to SuperSport Park. The first Test resumes. Who has won the first round of the Boxing Day? The scorecard says South Africa. But Azhar Ali managed to land some blows as well. How will the second session pan out? The umpires and batsmen make their way out to the middle while the Proteas are in a huddle. It is Kagiso Rabada who will start things off after Lunch. Babar Azam to face. Let's play...
  • ... DAY 1, SESSION 2 ...
  • The focus might have been on Steyn and Rabada but Olivier has shown that he is not a bad bowler at all. He has taken both the wickets to fall after the openers and has shown tremendous fire in his belly. The pitch still seems to have some grass on it and the second session should be fun as well. Join us back at 12.40 pm local (1040 GMT).
  • Azhar Ali - 31 from 59 balls - on a pitch which is spitting fire and have dragons making use of that fire. First Rabada. Then Steyn. Then Olivier. He has seen it all and is playing a true gem of an innings. All he needs is some support from the other end.
  • Pakistan elected to bat but started this Test on the wrong foot. Imam-ul-Haq was given the marching orders as early as the second over and then Zaman did not last long. We witnessed a brief fightback from Masood and Azhar but some misfortune saw the former get out. Shafiq too, did not last long but after that, the visitors have managed to hold some forte.
  • South Africa's session. Olivier's session. Azhar Ali's session. Wow. Have we gone bonkers? Not really. All the hype regarding Steyn's record settled down in the 6th over, when he went past Shaun Pollock. After that, what we have witnessed is some brutal bowling but also some exceptional batting.
  • 24.6 A mighty beautiful ball to finish the session. Olivier runs in from over the wicket, at a wide angle and bowls it on a fuller length outside off. Azhar misses his flick and is hit on the pads. Duanne starts to appeal but then bails out. Probably going down leg. LUNCH ON DAY 1! 76/4
  • 24.5 A wayward bouncer, down the leg side, Ali ducks comfortably.
  • 24.4 A fine yorker, around off, nicely dug out.
  • 24.3 A short ball, pulled straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 24.2 Around off, seaming in, Ali looks to flick but gets a leading edge towards point.
  • 24.1 Nearly another one. On a length outside off, Azhar feels for it but there is extra bounce on that one. Almost gloves it to de Kock behind.
  • Should be the last over before Lunch. Can South Africa grab another one? Duanne Olivier to bowl it. Change of ends for him. 6-0-19-2 so far from the other end.
  • 23.6 Outside off, BA looks to drive but misses. 76/4
  • 23.5 Superb ball. This one comes back in a long way, Azam plays it well too. Clips it behind square leg for a couple.
  • 23.4 Outside off, this one stays low, Azam fishes and misses.
  • 23.3 Full and well outside off, Babar keeps his bat well inside the line and lets it through.
  • 23.2 Outside off, another play and a miss.
  • 23.1 Outside off, on a length, Azam pushes at it but misses.
  • 22.6 Full and just around off, watchfully blocked out. 74/4
  • 22.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 22.4 FOUR! MARVELLOUS! He is batting on another planet. Simply but firmly put. A length ball, around off, coming in, Azhar drives it straight back past the bowler. No mid on in place and that is a boundary. Supreme insult to a fast bowler. That is Azhar's 6th boundary, in a score of 31. The stand moves to 12 as well.
  • 22.3 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 22.2 Around middle and off, Azhar misses his tuck and is hit on the pads.
  • 22.1 Full and outside off, Azam drives it through point but cannot quite pierce 'the wall' Bavuma out there. He never lets anything though. Dives full length and keeps the batsmen to a single.
  • 21.6 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it. 69/4
  • 21.5 Full and outside off, swinging in a long way, pushed through mid on. The fielder dives to his left and makes a wonderful stop.
  • 21.4 Fourth leave outside off in a row now.
  • 21.3 Action replay of the previous delivery.
  • 21.2 Outside off, this one bounces better, left alone.
  • 21.1 That is a grubber. Full and outside off, hits a crack and then dies down, enroute de Kock. Barely carries.
  • Kagiso Rabada to bowl one final spell before the break. 7-0-29-1 so far.
  • 20.6 Outside off, left alone. 69/4
  • 20.5 Full and outside off, driven uppishly but it does not carry to a diving short extra cover. Is parried to mid off.
  • 20.4 Nice shot, excellent fielding. Outside off, Babar punches this on the up through point. Temba Bavuma dives full stretch to his right and gets a hand to it from point, taking some sting off it. Manages to retrieve it before it touches the ropes. Two runs taken.
  • 20.3 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 20.2 Outside off, Azam feels for it but misses.
  • 20.1 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 19.6 HOWZZAT? No one appeals. De Kock starts to appeal but then bails out. Olivier is not sure either. Very close. On a length outside off, Azhar looks to fend it off but there is extra bounce on that one. Nearly gloves it behind and there is away movement after it passes the glove. To the naked eye it looks out but no one appeals. Replays are inconclusive. 67/4
  • 19.5 A short ball, around chest high, nicely helped towards long leg for a single.
  • 19.4 Another bouncer, Babar ducks well.
  • 19.3 The length is much fuller now, watchfully defended.
  • 19.2 A bouncer around off, seaming in, Azam plays that really well. Arches his body, watches the ball all the way and lets it sail past his vizor.
  • 19.1 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 18.6 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off. 66/4
  • 18.5 FOUR! MAJESTIC! This bloke has played surreal cricket on a fast bowler's paradise. Batting is definitely not easy but he has not let us feel that. On a length outside off, Azhar gets on top of the bounce and punches it through the covers.
  • 18.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 18.3 Landed outside off, not played at.
  • 18.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 18.1 Perfect start to a new spell. Full and outside off, swinging away, Azhar lets it go.
  • Dale Steyn returns. 6-1-15-1 so far.
  • 17.6 Outside off, fuller in length, let through. 62/4
  • Babar Azam walks in at number 6, replacing Shafiq.
  • 17.5 OUT! LBW! The decision stays as it is! Umpire's call! The thin line of judgement. The ball is shown to be clipping the bails. Had this been given not out and South Africa reviewed it, the decision would have stood as not out. But there is always that four-letter word in this case - L-U-C-K. Pakistan do not seem to have it at the moment. First Masood. Now Shafiq. Only good thing for them is that they do not lose a review, that's all. A lovely delivery outside off, Shafiq looked to defend what looked like pitched on a good length. But was beaten as the ball seamed in prodigiously. Was pinged on his pads and Olivier roared in an appeal. Umpire Oxenford thought for a while and then raised his dreaded finger. Now, now, now. If only he had given it not out. That is what Shafiq would have been thinking. He chats with Azhar and then refers it upstairs. Hawk Eye shows impact in line, hitting in line and the ball bouncing over - but just enough to clip the bails. Olivier now has two.
  • The fourth one is down! Asad Shafiq has been adjudged LBW but he has taken a review. Is that too high?
  • 17.4 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 17.3 A sharp bouncer, around off, Shafiq ducks.
  • 17.2 Outside off, punched straight to point.
  • 17.1 Down the leg side, helped past short leg for a single.
  • 16.6 Full and in the passage outside off, let through. 61/3
  • 16.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 16.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 16.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 16.2 FOUR! A bit streaky. On a length outside off, Shafiq looks to defend but then tries to take his bat away. The ball goes off the bottom edge, then onto the ground and escapes a diving Faf du Plessis at second slip to his right.
  • 16.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 15.6 Outside off, left alone. 57/3
  • 15.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 15.4 Full and outside off, pushed nicely through the covers. Three runs taken.
  • 15.3 ALMOST ANOTHER WICKET! Olivier is on fire. A length ball, around off, Shafiq looks to tuck it to the leg side but is defeated by the extra bounce. The ball takes the inside edge and lobs perilously close to short leg. However, Theunis de Bruyn is not quite able to reach it.
  • Asad Shafiq walks in at number 5, replacing Masood.
  • 15.2 OUT! BOWLED! Unlucky for the batsman. A short ball, around the hips, Masood looks to tuck it away but the ball bounces extra. Hits his hip, lobs up, then hits his glove and the bat handle and then deflects onto the stumps! So, so unlucky. But Olivier will take it. Akll the three bowlers are amongst the wickets now. The 37-run stand has been broken.
  • 15.1 Full and outside off, let through.
  • 14.6 One more leave outside off. 54/2
  • 14.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 14.4 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 14.3 Rips in from outside off, Masood looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 14.2 Outside off, quietly left alone.
  • 14.1 Rib-tickler! This is pitched on a good length, around off, Masood looks to defend but all of sudden, the ball shapes back in and hits him on the tummy!
  • 13.6 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They manage to come back for the second. 53/2
  • 13.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 13.4 Full and miles down the leg side, flick shot missed.
  • 13.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 13.2 Outside off, Ali pushes at this one and gets another outside edge. Does not carry to gully.
  • 13.1 A sharp delivery! A short ball, around off, rises steeply, Azhar takes his eyes off the ball and leaps in the air. The ball hits his chest and goes towards gully.
  • DRINKS BREAK. A solid opening hour for the Proteas but a good one for Pakistan too, considering the fightback. The bowling has been excellent but a bit loose as well. Might be rusty. Pakistan have lost their openers but Masood and Azhar are digging in nicely. Has the pitch settled down now?
  • 12.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot towards point. 51/2
  • 12.5 FOUR! A rare bad ball. Full and down the leg side, Masood flicks it through mid-wicket and the ball races away! 50 UP FOR PAKISTAN! Not a bad run rate either... almost 4 an over.
  • 12.4 Outside off, pushed straight to point.
  • 12.4 WIDE. Wayyyy outside off, let through. So wide that it is signalled so, even though this is a Test.
  • 12.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 12.2 Around off, holding its line, watchfully blocked from the crease.
  • 12.1 Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • Change of ends for Rabada. The record-breaker Steyn is given a break.
  • 11.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 46/2
  • 11.5 A bouncer now, Ali ducks.
  • 11.4 FOUR! Excellent ball again but wonderful shot once more! Full and outside off, coming in a long way, Azhar gets his bat down just in time to push it down the ground. Kagiso Rabada puts in a pre-matured dive to his left from short mid-wicket and is nowhere even close to the ball. Off she goes, racing to the fence.
  • 11.3 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 11.2 FOUR! Great ball but super shot. Outswinger, very full outside off. Ali leans into the shot and covers the swing, the line as well and drives it through the covers!
  • 11.1 Full and miles outside off, swinging away even further, left alone.
  • 10.6 Full and outside off, Masood looks to drive straight but gets an outside edge towards point. 38/2
  • 10.5 Full and just outside off, Masood looks to defend but the ball shapes back in, takes the inside edge and hits him on the pads.
  • 10.4 FOUR! Nice shot. Fractionally short in length, around middle, Masood pulls it behind square leg and gets a boundary!
  • 10.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 10.2 Tight single. Around middle, Azhar pushes it to the off side and sets off for a quick single. Masood responds but so does Bavuma. Temba comes charging in from backward point, gets to the ball, swoops on it like an eagle hunts its prey and has an under-arm shy at the striker's end. Misses. Replays show - had that hit, MASOOD WOULD HAVE BEEN GONE!
  • 10.1 Full and outside off, nice away curve like a banana, Azhar defends it watchfully.
  • 9.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 33/2
  • 9.5 Similar ball, similar shot, same result.
  • 9.4 A length ball, around middle and leg, worked past short leg for a couple.
  • 9.3 Around off, well blocked out.
  • 9.2 Full and just outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 9.1 Like the other two bowlers, Olivier too, starts off with a loosener. Short and down the leg side, Masood cannot get it away.
  • First bowling change of the morning. Duanne Olivier into the attack.
  • 8.6 A length ball outside off, Azhar takes his bat out of harm's way. 29/2
  • 8.5 Again in the same line, left alone once more.
  • 8.4 Outside off, four hungry slips waiting but Ali does not chew the bait.
  • 8.3 Full and just outside off, watchfully played out this time.
  • 8.2 Outside off, stays low. Azhar hops to defend but then has to get his bat down in time to keep the ball out. The ball goes off the under edge towards the slip cordon.
  • 8.1 On middle and leg, flicked to the leg side for a single.
  • 7.6 Perfect ball. So perfect that it is too good to be nicked. Full and outside off, in the avenue of apprehension. Azhar looks to drive but his feet move after the ball swings away past the outside edge. 28/2
  • 7.5 FOUR! Streaky this time. Rabada bowls this on a length, outside off and gets it to move away. Azhar is squared up and gets a healthy outside edge. The ball runs past the slip cordon to the third man fence.
  • 7.4 FOUR! Too straight. Goes down the leg side, is clipped down the leg side. Easy boundary.
  • 7.3 Full and down the leg side, flick shot missed.
  • 7.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 7.1 A bouncer, but down the leg side, Azhar ducks.
  • 6.6 Excellent effort from Duanne Olivier. But has he hurt himself? Full and around middle, Azhar drives it straight down the ground. Olivier gives it a good chase, all the way to the boundary and then near the ropes, just about manages to haul it back in. He then crashes into the advertising boards and gets up gingerly. They check upstairs for the boundary but replays deem him fine. Three runs taken. 20/2
  • 6.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 6.4 Full and outside off, teasing line, let through again.
  • 6.3 One more leave outside off.
  • 6.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • Azhar Ali walks in next at number 4, replacing Zaman.
  • 6.1 OUT! Edged and taken! FRAME THIS, SAFFAS. Wicket number 422 by a Protea in Tests - FAKHAR ZAMAN - CAUGHT ELGAR, BOWLED STEYN. He has it. The record is his. What a bowler. Champion stuff. He is being lifted on shoulders to celebrate and the crowd is going ga-ga. Has not been at his best so far but he has got the record on his 19th ball of the day. Perfect line and length in this case. Full and just around off, hint of away swing, Zaman feels for it without moving his feet. Gets a thick outside edge which flies straight to Dean Elgar at third slip. The fielder and bowler run in opposite directions. Elgar runs to his left, signalling to someone in the dressing room, while Steyn too, runs to his left in his follow-through. Eventually, all the 11 players get together and are mobbing Steyn. Picture this. Who is in the commentary box? Shaun Pollock himself, who held the record so far! Ohh... by the way, Pakistan are 2 down.
  • 5.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 17/1
  • 5.5 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot for a couple of runs.
  • 5.4 A bouncer on middle, Masood ducks.
  • 5.3 Full and around middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 5.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 5.1 outside off, left alone.
  • 4.6 Outside off, Fakhar taps it through point and sets off for a quick single. However, Temba Bavuma at backward point dives to his right and makes a terrific stop. The batsmen are not too sure about the single and go back. Bavuma just misses his shy at the striker's end. 15/1
  • 4.5 Full and wide outside off, Zaman feels for it but misses.
  • 4.4 Outside off, in the corridor of uncertainty, FZ feels for it but misses.
  • 4.3 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 4.2 Full and outside off, Zaman looks to drive but misses.
  • 4.1 FOUR! Badly lined. Down the leg side, Zaman tucks it to the fine leg fence.
  • 3.6 Full and outside off, Fakhar pushes it towards cover and sets off for a single. Temba Bavuma comes charging in and looks for an under-arm shy but cannot pick up the ball. 11/1
  • 3.5 Outside off, not played at.
  • 3.4 FOUR! MAGNIFICENT! First boundary of the series. Half volley outside off, Zaman leans into the shot and drives it through the covers!
  • 3.3 On middle and leg, clipped to the leg side for a single.
  • 3.2 Fuller in length, in line of the stumps, well blocked out.
  • 3.1 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 2.6 On middle and leg, worked to the leg side. 5/1
  • 2.5 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails.
  • 2.4 Full and outside off, Fakhar looks to drive but the ball goes off the toe end of the bat past mid off. Two runs taken.
  • 2.3 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 2.2 Outside off, a slash and a miss.
  • 2.1 Outside off, Zaman looks to punch but gets a bottom edge to the off side.
  • 1.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 3/1
  • 1.5 Down the leg side, gently worked behind square leg for a couple.
  • Shan Masood walks in at number 3, replacing Imam.
  • 1.4 OUT! It is out, it is out, it is dead! Ohhh dear... playing with the line... what were the batsmen thinking? Pitching outside leg, umpire's call? It was close to the naked eye but Pakistan have lost a wicket and a review. Ouch. Superb bowling from Rabada. He is the first to strike. Keeps it very full, around leg and gets it to straighten. Imam plays all around it, looking to flick and misses. FLUSH. On the pads. Huge appeal. Oxenford thinks, thinks, thinks, thinks and eventually, raises the slow death! Now, the two openers get together for a chat and decide to go upstairs. Nothing for them. Pitched in line. Hit in line. Going on to crash into the timber. Better luck in the second innings.
  • Review time! Imam has been adjudged LBW but he has taken the review.
  • 1.3 Outside off, not played at.
  • 1.2 Outside off, angling away, left alone.
  • 1.1 Off the mark. A loosener from KG as well, on the pads, quietly pushed to the leg side for an easy single.
  • Kagiso Rabada to bowl from the other end. Many feel that he would be a bigger threat than Steyn.
  • 0.6 Outside off, a tempter, Imam looks to drive but misses. 0/0
  • 0.5 Full and just around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 0.4 Wohoho... wayyyy outside off, shouldered arms to.
  • 0.3 Similar line and length, watchfully blocked out again.
  • 0.2 This is much straighter and tighter, watchfully defended.
  • 0.1 A loosener to start. Full and wide outside off, Imam lets it go.
  • The players are out in the middle. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq will open the innings for the visitors. Dale Steyn will start off proceedings to Imam. Remember, the Gun is just one short of becoming the leading wicket-taker in Tests for the Saffas. Here we go then...
  • TEAM NEWS - Expected playing XIs for the Proteas. Their pace attack comprises of Steyn, Rabada and Olivier while Maharaj will handle the spin duties. Fifth bowler job could be combined by Bavuma, de Bruyn and Markram. Do not forget Elgar. Pakistan, on the other hand, have made a surprise pick in Shan Masood, ahead of Haris Sohail. Thought his left-arm spin would have been useful here. Like the Proteas, they too, have a 3-man pace attack in Amir, Afridi and Hasan. Yasir Shah will handle the spin duties but it will be interesting to see whom does Sarfraz turn to, should he require a fifth bowler. Azhar Ali? Fakhar Zaman?
  • TOSS - Sarfraz has at least begun the calling well. He has won the toss and PAKISTAN HAVE OPTED TO BAT FIRST. Surprising? Considering the grass on the pitch, wouldn't it have been better if they had opted to bowl? Perhaps, the track slowing down with the game progressing would have been on his mind. Also, the fickle weather might be a concern too. Might as well make the most of the sunny conditions with the bat rather than keep going in and out when the rain interrupts.
  • WEATHER REPORT - 'THUNDERSTORMS AND SHOWERS ON DAYS 3, 4 AND 5!' yells a worried Udi boy from over here. Well, nature is not in our control is it? It is the fag end of summer here in South Africa and one can expect monsoon almost everyday. Hopefully, they do not interrupt the game much. As of now, it is BRIGHT AND SUNNY, with not a cloud in the sky. But then, it does not take long for the things to change...
  • What can we expect here? 14 wickets in Christchurch. Just 2 in Melbourne. What will Centurion provide? We have the fast bowling tearaway quicks in South Africa. From Pakistan, we have some uncanny swing quickies as well. Get ready to lick your lips as we await some quality and exciting Test cricket.
  • Boxing Day is still on in some parts of the world. It is afternoon in some places. Close to bed time in some. But as far as the place we are concerned, it is just past breakfast time. Pakistan get set to kickstart their away series as they embark on an African safari. The Proteas, on the other hand, are all set to begin their home campaign. As is the fashion these days, we start with red-ball cricket first. Hello and a warm welcome to the opening Test between South Africa and Pakistan in Centurion.

South Africa Vs Pakistan Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • Pakistan will be a shade disappointed with their bowling in the morning session. They conceded too many easy runs, mainly due to Hasan Ali's wayward bowling, and will be feeling the heat now. It's a demanding surface with a lot of assistance for the pace bowlers and the tourists will have to bat much better than their first essay. For South Africa, their batting too struggled against the likes of Amir and Afridi (both claiming a 4-fer) but their lower middle order stood up. LUNCH has been taken now, so do join us in a short while for Pakistan's reply.
  • Two hours of entertaining cricket comes to a close with South Africa managing to sneak ahead in this Test match by 42 runs. They added 96 runs this morning at the cost of five wickets but that has taken them ahead of Pakistan. Temba Bavuma completed his half century before getting out and then Quinton de Kock took things under his control. He added handy runs with Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada to stretch the Protea lead further.
  • 59.6 OUT! De Kock is the last batsman to depart! He wanted to pick a single and that's why was trying to play a gentle flick shot by walking forward. But it's another slower one by Amir, bowled at 116 kph, and it catches the leading part of Quinton's bat. It goes straight into the hands of Fakhar Zaman at covers who accepts it with both hands. SOUTH AFRICA ARE ALL OUT FOR 223!
  • Field is up.
  • 59.5 Walks forward and pushes a length ball to covers.
  • 59.4 Slower delivery, on a length outside off, Quinton tries to tap and run by pushing it to covers but there's a mix-up. De Kock returns.
  • 59.3 Short delivery on off, de Kock inside edges his attempted pull shot onto the pads. It rolls to covers.
  • 59.3 Excellent running between the wickets. Superb. Amir angles in a length ball on middle, de Kock softly plays it in the gap at mid-wicket and by the time the fielder in the deep comes running in, they steal the second run. Also, it's been called a no ball for overstepping.
  • 59.2 Tries a pick up shot but misses! Amir bowls it on a length and lands it wide outside off. Probably a change in pace too. De Kock swings his bat and gets beaten. Clever from the bowler.
  • 59.1 Fuller and angling in on middle, de Kock whips it to deep mid-wicket and denies the single.
  • 58.6 Comes from 'round the wicket and angles in a length ball on off, once again Duanne defends it watchfully. Now it's over to de Kock. He is on 43 and should take maximum strike from hereon. 220/9
  • 58.5 Goes full and around off, Olivier keeps his eyes on the ball and blocks.
  • 58.4 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • Duanne Olivier is the last batsman.
  • 58.3 OUT! Edged and gone! A fine knock by Kagiso Rabada is over. Afridi gets a 4-fer. He serves it on a length outside off, Rabada spots the opportunity to spank it through covers but it moves away a shade to take the outside edge. It flies straight into the hands of Asad Shafiq at second slip. A handy 31-run stand comes to an end and it has taken the lead to 39.
  • 58.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, de Kock taps it down to point and rushes across to the other end. The fielder has a shy at the striker's end but misses.
  • 58.1 Back of a length delivery on middle and off, de Kock is early into the pull shot and hence takes a blow on his body.
  • 57.6 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it. 219/8
  • 57.5 Nothing! Day light! Short ball down the leg side, Rabada tries pulling but misses. Sarfraz collects the ball and they appeal. The umpire shakes his head. Sarfraz says - 'aawaaz aayi hai glove ki' (there is glove)... DRS is taken. The replays detect absolutely nothing. The partnership resumes...
  • Desperation creeping in. Kagiso Rabada fails to pull a short delivery and Pakistan are appealing for a caught behind. Not given and they take the DRS.
  • 57.4 Assured in his defense this time. Full and on off, Kagiso defends it off his front foot.
  • 57.3 FOUR! Rabada is putting on a show with the bat! Gets a fuller length ball around off and dismisses it down the ground through mid on for a boundary. The ease with which he finds the fence is extraordinary. Demanding a promotion in the batting order.
  • 57.2 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 57.1 Straying on middle and leg, de Kock easily works it in the gap on the leg side for a run. The stand moves to 26 and the lead is now 34 runs.
  • 56.6 Shortish and on off, defended comfortably off the back foot by Kagiso. 214/8
  • 56.5 FOUR! Quality shot from a tail-ender. Afridi follows up the bouncer with a juicy full delivery outside off, Rabada plays a cracking cover drive for a boundary.
  • 56.4 Yet another short delivery, this time to the number 10, Rabada tries pulling but fails to connect.
  • 56.3 Digs in a short ball on off, de Kock goes on his toes and pulls it through square leg for a run.
  • 56.2 A length ball on middle and leg, angling down, de Kock tries playing across the line but misses.
  • 56.1 Aerial but safe! Good length delivery around off, Quinton tries to take the aerial route but it doesn't come properly on his bat. It flies over mid off and falls safely. Two taken.
  • Shaheen Afridi is back on.
  • 55.6 Angling into the batsman, Rabada tries to defend it close to his body but gets a soft outside edge. It runs down to deep point and they take a couple of runs. 207/8
  • 55.5 One more time. It's around off on a length, Rabada tries playing inside the line but is beaten.
  • 55.4 Once again Kagiso is beaten outside off. Amir is bowling good lines here.
  • 55.3 Around off on a length, straightening a bit, Rabada pushes at it and misses.
  • 55.2 Back of a length delivery on off, de Kock stays back and steers it through point for a run. He has full confidence in Rabada's batting ability and not looking to farm strike. Sarfraz is getting frustrated here, screams - 'thodi to jaan daalo bowling me, do hi wicket hai, phir thodi na bowling karni hai'...meaning, it's just a matter of two wickets, put in the effort.
  • 55.1 Good length ball on middle and off, de Kock defends it watchfully.
  • 54.6 Bouncer down the leg side, Rabada has nothing to do with it. This stand is now worth 15 and the lead is 23. 204/8
  • 54.5 Good stop, Imam! A length ball angling away from the batsman, Rabada punches it aerially away from his body towards cover-point. Imam does well to dive across to his left to stop the racing ball.
  • 54.4 Short and it's been pulled to deep square leg for another single.
  • 54.3 Too full and too straight on this occasion, de Kock leans across and flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple. Sarfraz is not happy with his bowler.
  • 54.2 Edgy! Away movement this time after it lands on middle and off. Rabada stays back to play at it and it goes off the outside half to covers. They pick up a single.
  • 54.1 Short in length around off, de Kock goes on his toes and pulls it wide of mid on for a run. 200 comes up for South Africa!
  • 53.6 A length delivery angling in around off, Kagiso covers the line and blocks. 199/8
  • 53.5 Beaten again. Three goodies in a row from Amir. Probes with a length ball around off again, Rabada tries his best to put bat on ball but fails.
  • 53.4 Superb line and length. Around off and shaping away just a shade to beat the bat of Rabada. Just can't do much about it. Unplayable.
  • 53.3 In the channel outside off, Rabada pushes inside the line and misses.
  • 53.3 Good length ball around off, angling in, Rabada covers the line and blocks. Called a no ball for overstepping.
  • 53.2 Very full and on off, Rabada keeps it out off the front foot to covers.
  • 53.1 Shortish and outside off, de Kock punches it from the crease to sweeper cover for a run.
  • Mohammad Amir is back on.
  • 52.6 FOUR! KG has come out with intent here. This shot is Lara-esque. Back of a length delivery on middle and leg, Kagiso lifts his front leg and pulls it magnificently in front of square leg for a powerful boundary. 9 runs and a wicket from the over, Hasan continues to be expensive. 197/8
  • 52.5 FOUR! Wow, a shot that will make any top order batsman proud. Ali bowls it on a full length around off and Kagiso crunches it through covers for a boundary.
  • 52.4 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • Kagiso Rabada is in next.
  • 52.3 OUT! What a review by Pakistan! Sarfraz quickly took the DRS and is rewarded. Coming to the delivery, Hasan gets a length ball to nip back into the batsman from around off. Keshav fails to defend it due to the movement and is rapped on the front pad. They appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Sarfraz is quick to refer it. The replays roll in and they show that the impact is in line and it's hitting the leg stump. Maharaj departs.
  • Shout for an lbw! Not given and Sarfraz wastes no time in taking the review. Have to wait and see. From the bowler's point of view it's definitely hitting the stumps...
  • 52.2 Lands it on a length around off and it straightens a fraction, Maharaj defends it from the crease.
  • 52.1 Short and outside off, de Kock slaps it to deep point for one. Pakistan are happy to give easy runs to Quinton. They want to attack Maharaj.
  • 51.6 Exasperated appeal rather than being genuine! A good length ball around middle and leg, angling in, Maharaj fails to work it away and wears it high on his pads. Easily missing leg. Also, it's tough to get an lbw decision from this 'round the wicket angle. 188/7
  • 51.5 Afridi switches to 'round the wicket and angles in a full ball on off, Maharaj gets behind the line and pushes it past the bowler. The mid off fielder makes a diving stop.
  • 51.4 Good length delivery angling away from the batsman, Maharaj drops his wrists and allows it through.
  • 51.3 Full and on middle, angling in, de Kock leans across and flicks it through mid-wicket for three runs.
  • 51.2 FOUR! South Africa are in the lead! Every run scored here will be crucial. A low full toss around off, de Kock accepts the gift gleefully and strokes it elegantly through covers.
  • 51.1 Good length delivery in the zone outside off, angling in, de Kock allows it through to the keeper who collects it on one bounce.
  • 50.6 Yorker from Hasan Ali, Maharaj tries to dig it out and it goes behind point off the outside edge. Two precious runs takes the score to level terms. 181/7
  • 50.5 Good length delivery angling down the leg side, de Kock tries to flick but misses. It goes off his pads to mid-wicket and they pinch a leg bye. Hasan sprints all the way to the ball to his left, picks it up, turns and then has a shy at the bowler's end. Misses and Yasir is luckily backing it up.
  • 50.4 Waste of energy! A bouncer down the leg side, de Kock has nothing to do with it.
  • 50.3 Hasan gets greedy here. Tries to repeat the last delivery from the middle stump line. But he ends up being too straight and Keshav flicks it in the gap at mid-wicket for a run.
  • 50.2 And again. Hasan bowls an even better length. Goes fuller around off and straightens it from there. Too good a delivery for the number 9 batsman. Maharaj has done well not to edge it.
  • 50.1 Lovely delivery. Zipping off the seam after landing on a length outside off, Maharaj has a tame push inside the line and misses.
  • Drinks break. A couple of wickets in the first hour today and this Test match is nicely poised. Temba Bavuma and Dale Steyn extended their partnership this morning and then the latter completed his half century. Both got dismissed but since then Quinton de Kock has come out in the middle and is looking good. The deficit is now just 4 runs with three Protea wickets left.
  • 49.6 Play and a miss! Shortish delivery, outside off, Quinton has a lazy waft at it and misses. 177/7
  • 49.5 A wayward bouncer, going down the leg side, Quinton initially shapes up for the pull shot but then bails out.
  • 49.4 Fuller in length on middle, Maharaj pushes it down towards mid on where the fielder is standing a bit deep. A single taken. Poor from Pakistan.
  • 49.3 A length ball around off, de Kock closes the face of his bat and works it in the gap at mid-wicket for one.
  • 49.2 Good length ball on middle and leg, de Kock defends it with a straight bat to mid on.
  • 49.1 FOUR! Gorgeous shot! Shaheen overpitches a shade outside off, de Kock presses forward with his drive and nails it through covers for a sublime boundary. The deficit is down to one big hit!
  • 48.6 Short again but the line is well wide outside off, Keshav points his bat skywards and leaves it. 171/7
  • 48.5 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
  • 48.4 A well-directed short delivery by Ali, Maharaj ducks.
  • 48.3 This time Hasan brings in a length ball on off, Keshav defends it by getting behind the line.
  • 48.2 Bowls it in the region outside off, Maharaj allows it through to the keeper.
  • 48.1 Hasan begins the over from 'round the wicket and nearly gets the wicket of de Kock. He bowls it on a length around off, Quinton loosely pushes at it and gets an inside edge behind square leg for a run.
  • Keshav Maharaj is the new batsman.
  • 47.6 OUT! Caught behind! That's the end of Temba Bavuma. A big wicket as far as Pakistan are concerned. Afridi does the simple thing there. He just puts it on a length around middle and off and takes it away with the angle. Temba feels for it inside the line and gets a feather behind to Sarfraz. The little man walks back but not before making a big difference. The deficit is brought down to 11 and it's mainly due to his contribution. This match is tantalizingly poised, both teams can't blink. 170/7
  • 47.5 Full and on middle, Bavuma strides forward and drives it down to mid on.
  • 47.4 Identical to the last delivery, only difference being that the angle takes it away from the batsman, not the movement. Bavuma guards his stumps and shoulders arms.
  • 47.3 Good length ball around off, shaping away just a shade off the seam, Bavuma stays back and has a gentle poke inside the line but only to get beaten.
  • 47.2 Fine pull shot! A short delivery on off, Quinton swivels inside the crease and pulls it with good timing in front of square leg. There is a fielder in the deep and hence only a run results.
  • 47.1 Beaten! A little bit of away swing there. On a length outside off, de Kock tries walking through the drive but is beaten all ends up.
  • 46.6 A rising bouncer around leg, de Kock goes on his toes and pulls it behind square leg for a run. 169/6
  • 46.5 A touch short around middle, Bavuma does well to work it down to fine leg for a run.
  • 46.4 The length is full again around off, Bavuma drives but finds the cover fielder.
  • 46.3 Full and on off, Temba is on the front foot in defense.
  • 46.2 Outside off, going on with the angle, Bavuma shoulders arms.
  • 46.1 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • Hasan Ali is back on.
  • 45.6 Around middle and leg, rising onto the batsman, Bavuma tries flicking but misses and is hit on the pads. 166/6
  • 45.5 Oohhh...a brave leave this time, have to say! Not sure even Temba thought it will come back in. Afridi puts it around off and Bavuma decides to allow it through. The ball though goes very closely past the off pole. Almost kissed it.
  • 45.4 A length ball around off, angling away, Bavuma guards his sticks and leaves it. Composed.
  • 45.3 Steamy bouncer by Shaheen to Bavuma. The little man does well to duck underneath it.
  • 45.2 Width on offer outside off, Quinton dabs it down in the gap at covers for one.
  • 45.1 Extra bounce troubling the batsman. Not for the first time we are seeing that. It's around middle and leg, jumping onto the batsman from a length, de Kock tries working it away but misses and is hit on the thigh pad.
  • 44.6 Pitches it on a length and around middle, Bavuma covers the line and defends it stoutly. 165/6
  • 44.5 Soft outside edge! Amir angles across a length delivery outside off, Bavuma commits himself forward and pushes inside the line. It takes the outside edge but falls in front of first slip.
  • 44.4 Bouncer around off, Bavuma lets it through to the keeper.
  • 44.3 Gets behind the line of the delivery and offers a straight bat in defense.
  • 44.2 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 44.1 Angling away from the batsman, around off, Bavuma defends it with an angled bat.
  • 43.6 Good length ball outside off, Quinton punches it from the back foot but finds covers. 165/6
  • 43.5 Around middle and off, de Kock is squared up and the outside edge rolls to point.
  • 43.4 Reaches out to this one and punches it square of the wicket on the off side for a single.
  • 43.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 43.2 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 43.1 FOUR! A cracking square drive by Temba Bavuma to reach his 12th Test fifty. Much-needed innings for South Africa. His stands with de Bruyn last evening and Steyn this morning has kept the home team afloat. Can he convert it into something big?
  • As expected, Shaheen Afridi is the first bowling change this morning. The deficit for South Africa is now down to 21.
  • 42.6 Back of a length ball around off, angling in, de Kock goes on his toes and defends it to the off side. 160/6
  • Shaheen Afridi is warming up.
  • 42.5 An away swinger this time. It lands around off and moves away, Quinton makes a leave. Considerable amount of movement there, probably it hit one of the cracks.
  • 42.4 Lands it on a length and close to off stump, de Kock sticks back and presents a straight bat in defense.
  • 42.3 In the air... safe! Amir angles in a length ball on off, de Kock prods forward and is early into his shot. It pops out but goes wide of the bowler. No chance for Amir.
  • 42.2 Amir alters his length this time and puts it just ahead of a good length. The line is outside off and this time Quinton allows it through to the keeper.
  • 42.1 FOUR! Up and over! It was in the air for some time but went safely over point. Short and wide outside off, de Kock is not missing out on those. Throws his willow at it and finds the fence.
  • 41.6 Lets the ball go outside his off stump. 156/6
  • 41.5 Bavuma has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 41.4 On a length around off, de Kock tries driving but gets an inside edge through his legs to fine leg for one.
  • 41.3 Good length ball on middle and de Kock defends it off his back foot.
  • 41.2 FOUR! Easy pickings! Hasan once again strays down the leg side, de Kock picks it off his pads and neatly deflects it past the diving keeper for a boundary at fine leg. Wait on, the Ultra Edge shows us that it went straight off the pads and there was no inside edge. Not only us, the umpire also missed that. De Kock won't mind that a single bit.
  • 41.1 A delivery lands around leg and shapes away towards off, de Kock is squared up in defense and the outside edge rolls towards gully.
  • 40.6 A length ball on middle and leg, nipping away a bit, Bavuma tries defending it with a straight willow but it takes the outer half of his blade and rolls towards gully. End of a successful over for Amir. 151/6
  • 40.5 Sliding down the leg side, de Kock helps it through backward square leg for a run.
  • 40.4 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 40.3 Some extra bounce this time. It lands on a good length around middle and moves down. De Kock tries working it around but misses and is hit on the thigh pad. A stifle appeal by the bowler dies down quickly.
  • 40.2 FOUR! Wow, Amir greets de Kock with a friendly half-volley outside off. Quinton leans forward and drives it with all the elegance through covers for a boundary. This shot will give him confidence.
  • Quinton de Kock is the new batsman.
  • 40.1 OUT! Finally a wicket for Pakistan this morning. Steyn departs but not before playing a valuable knock. Amir hurls in a good length delivery around middle and gets it to angle away from the batsman. Steyn throws his bat at it with his feet glued to the crease and gets a fat outside edge behind to the keeper. Sarfraz takes it safely and the 34-run stand is broken. South Africa trail by 35 runs.
  • 39.6 In the region outside off, left alone by TB. 146/5
  • 39.5 Pitches it up and around off, Bavuma drives it with an open-face but finds the cover fielder.
  • 39.4 This time the line is quite wide outside off, Temba is not flirting with it.
  • 39.3 FOUR! Bavuma looks pristine with his drives through the line. Nicely transfers his weight into the cover drive and pierces the gap to find the fence. Beauty!
  • 39.2 Full in length and outside off, Temba is forward as he pushes it to covers.
  • 39.1 On a length and around off, Steyn just pushes it out in the gap at cover-point for a run.
  • 38.6 Good length ball on middle and off, Bavuma is solid in defense. 141/5
  • 38.5 Amir hurls it full and around off, Steyn is glued inside the crease in anticipation of a bouncer. So, he just throws his hands at it and chips it over his partner's head at mid off. A safe area and a single results.
  • 38.4 On a length and around middle, Steyn with an open stance goes hard at it again and this time it goes off the inside edge to mid-wicket.
  • 38.3 Beaten completely! Shortish and on middle, shaping away a touch, Steyn's front foot goes nowhere as he tries playing it straight. Gets beaten comprehensively as it whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 38.2 FOUR! Steyn takes on Amir. Probably the Protea speedster read the mind of Pakistan's speedster. Expected a short delivery and hence gets into the position early for the pull shot. As soon as it's served, he smacks it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 38.1 Back of a length delivery on middle and off, Steyn stays back-footed to this one and blocks it on the off side.
  • 37.6 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, not much visible movement for Hasan, Bavuma shoulders arms. A maiden! 136/5
  • 37.5 Fuller and outside off, Bavuma drives it off his front foot but finds the fielder at cover-point.
  • 37.4 Way wide outside off this time, an easy leave for Temba.
  • 37.3 Bowls this one closer to the off stump, Bavuma once again shows good technique. He surely knows where his off pole is. Covers it well and allows it through.
  • 37.2 Gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it safely on the off side.
  • 37.1 Hurls in a length delivery in the channel outside off, holding its line, Temba strides forward to cover the line and allows it through.
  • Hasan Ali from the other end.
  • 36.6 Take that for a reply by Amir. A well-cooked and well-directed bouncer, Steyn somehow sways away from the line of fire. 9 from the first over, an expensive beginning for Pakistan. The deficit is now under 50. 136/5
  • 36.5 FOUR! Shot! Amir lands it on a length and offers width outside off. Steyn finds that in his half and bludgeons it through the vacant mid off region for a boundary.
  • 36.4 A bouncer to greet the nightwatchman. Steyn ducks underneath it at the last second.
  • 36.3 The line straighter on this occasion by Amir and Bavuma nudges it in front of square leg for one.
  • 36.2 FOUR! Lovely start to the day for Temba. He gets a full length delivery outside off and seeing that Bavuma presses forward to play a perfect cover drive for a boundary.
  • 36.1 Starts the morning session with a length delivery in the line of the stumps. Bavuma nicely gets behind and defends it back.
  • Time to get going. The men concerned are out in the centre. Temba Bavuma and Dale Steyn are the overnight batsmen for South Africa. Pakistan are beginning with the pace of Mohammad Amir. Three slips and a gully in place. All set, let's play...
  • On a day dominated by the bowlers, a couple of batsmen from both teams also showed good caliber. Azhar Ali and Babar Azam fought bravely for the Asian side while Theunis de Bruyn and Temba Bavuma also displayed grit and character. The latter, who is short in stature, but by no means short in talent, took on the Pakistani bowling and batted with great intent. With the deficit still in excess of 50 and Quinton de Kock yet to bat, the hosts will be backing themselves to get some sort of a lead. It promises to be an enthralling day of Test cricket. Sit back and enjoy the action.
  • Welcome ladies and gentlemen for the second day of the Centurion Test. We witnessed a flurry of wickets yesterday with as many as 15 went down. Duanne Olivier emerged as the real star as he steamrolled the Pakistani batting line-up with his accurate and scintillating bowling. Later on, the visitors also showed their potential with the ball and have removed the cream of the home team's batting.
  • ... DAY 2, FIRST SESSION ...
  • Right then! This match has started at a frenetic speed. 15 wickets on Day 1 - how many can we expect on Day 2? At least 10? The pitch certainly won't get easier to bat on. The lead which either of the teams get would be extremely crucial because in all likelihood, this will be a one-inning shootout with South Africa to bat last. Join us at 10 am local (0800 GMT) on Thursday for all the action on Day 2. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • Duanne Olivier says that he is really happy with the performance and is really delighted with his first fifer. Adds that he just wanted to contribute to the team and was focusing on that. On his transformation from T20 cricket to Tests, Olivier mentions that it's just the mindset to be doing the same for a longer time. Also says that he doesn't think too far ahead and was very happy to get the call for this Test match. On his bowling plans, Duanne smiles and says that he backs his bouncers and admits that he wasn't good at the start and counts his first wicket as lucky. States that when he bowls bouncers he makes sure they are on target and it applies equally to the fuller ones. Tells that they had plans for certain batsmen and he just stuck to his strengths. On 75 percent of his balls being on the shorter side, he replies that's his strength and he is really happy with the bowling effort of his team to bowl out the opposition on Day 1. States that 15 wickets in a day and this Test match has moved forward quite quickly and feels that any lead will be crucial. Suggests that there is some extra bounce and there is heat factor as well which came into play later on.
  • Earlier in the day, after Dale Steyn toppled Shaun Pollock as the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in Tests, the focus shifted to Duanne Olivier. The right-arm seamer focused only on landing the ball in the right areas and let the pitch do the rest. He ended up with 6 wickets, at an average of 6.17 and a strike rate of 14. Here he is, talking to Mike Haysman.
  • Pakistan were at their bowling best on a green track. Amir and Afridi were excellent but Hasan Ali could not quite sustain the pressure. His erratic bowling has allowed the Proteas to get away, else the score would have been well beneath a 100. Yasir Shah was tonked around but he can be a handful against the lower order batsmen come Day 2 and the final innings.
  • It was Babar Azam for Pakistan, it is Temba Bavuma for the hosts. But the home side still has de Kock to come and should back themselves to get some sort of a decent lead. They will aim to get to around 250 and take a lead of about 50-60.
  • Okay. Stumps, Day 1. That million dollar question now has changed to - 'Has Sarfraz indeed played a masterstroke at the toss?' One would have expected the Saffas to dig in, score big runs but the juice on this wicket is simply not going away. Pakistan extracted more or less the same amount of movement but not that kind of bounce. But they have the Proteas in some trouble with half the side back in the hut.
  • The day started with the million dollar question - 'Why did Pakistan choose to bat?' On a green track where most teams would have elected to bowl, Sarfraz thought otherwise and saw his side stutter to 181 - that too, thanks to 2 partnerships - 37 and 67 - else they would not have made even that much. Babar Azam and Azhar Ali kept their side afloat on a track which had plenty to offer.
  • That ends a fantastic day's play. If we were to say that, it would be a massive understatement. South Africa were menacing but Pakistan have given it back. 15 wickets in the day, at an average of just over 20. Wow. This is cricket.
  • 35.6 Full and outside off, DS pushes it through the covers and comes back for the second. Umpire S Ravi waits for a while, ensures that the ball is dead, looks at the clock and then takes the bails off. STUMPS ON DAY 1, SOUTH AFRICA TRAIL BY 54! 127/5
  • 35.5 Superb effort from Yasir Shah! Full and down the leg side, Dale tucks it fine but Yasir Shah at fine-ish leg gully dives to his right and makes a brilliant stop!
  • 35.4 Full and outside off, placed through the covers for a single. That should be it for Bavuma for the day.
  • 35.3 A bouncer outside off, Bavuma sways away.
  • 35.2 Around off, defended back to the bowler.
  • 35.1 Outside off, on a length, punched back to the bowler.
  • 34.6 EDGED AWAY, FOUR AGAIN! Why isn't the slip cordon packed? Not quite sure in these dying moments of the day. Full and outside off, swinging away, Steyn just hangs his bat and gets a thick outside edge. The ball flies in the air but it is wide of the man at gully! Useful runs these. The deficit has come down to 57. The stand is worth 12 from 13, of which, Steyn has scored 11 at run-a-ball! 124/5
  • 34.5 On middle and leg, defended in front of short leg.
  • 34.4 FOUR! Off the edge this time! Steyn will not mind it. Full and wide outside off, Dale throws his bat at it and gets a thick outside edge. However, it flies over backward point and reaches the fence!
  • 34.3 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 34.2 IN THE AIR... SAFE! Full and outside off, Dale plays that away from his body and gets it uppishly, but wide of Yasir Shah at cover. By the time 'that' bowler runs to the ball and stops it, 'this' bowler has taken two. There is a chance for the third but there is no way that Bavuma is accepting that at this stage.
  • 34.1 On a length around off, Steyn shoulders arms with the ball moving away.
  • 33.6 Angles in a long way from outside off, DS tickles it towards fine leg for a single. Pakistan have done well to keep Steyn on strike for the next over. 114/5
  • 33.5 Full and around off, Dale misses his tuck and is hit on the pads.
  • 33.4 A bouncer now and Dale ducks.
  • 33.3 Exposes two of his three stumps by going down the leg side and Afridi promptly targets the off pole. Steyn somehow blocks it out.
  • 33.2 Too straight, Temba misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads towards square leg. A leg bye taken.
  • 33.1 Outside off, seaming away, Bavuma feels for it but misses.
  • 32.6 Outside off, too wide, left alone comfortably. 112/5
  • Dale Steyn comes in at number 7, with 12 minutes to go to the close.
  • 32.5 OUT! Caught behind! Amir strikes at the fag end of the day. Wicket number 15 of the match and we are not even done with Day 1 yet. Should I play? Should I leave? That indecision has cost de Bruyn his wicket and he now has to leave the park. Fuller length outside off, angling away, Theunis is not sure what to do regarding playing the ball. Tries to leave after going for it initially but is too late. The ball takes a thin outside edge and Sarfraz does the rest behind, diving to his right. Amir gives his trademark send-off to de Bruyn, charging and screaming at his face but the batsman is not even interested to look at him. The 69-run stand is broken, the highest one of this match so far. South Africa still trail by 69 runs and Pakistan still in shout of a one-inning shootout.
  • 32.4 Full and outside off, swinging away, shouldered arms to.
  • 32.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 32.2 Fuller in length, pushed to the off side.
  • 32.1 On a length outside off, de Bruyn feels for it but the ball moves away to beat him.
  • Mohammad Amir is back on. 9-4-16-1 so far.
  • 31.6 A decent nut to finish. Full and outside off, Bavuma feels for it but the ball shapes away late to beat the outside edge. 112/4
  • 31.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 31.4 FOUR! BEAUTY! Overpitched outside off, creating an angle from around the wicket, Bavuma leans and drives it through the covers. The deficit is now 69.
  • 31.3 Full and outside off, Bavuma reaches out to drive through the off side but the ball moves in, takes the inside edge and goes through mid-wicket. Two runs taken.
  • 31.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • We are into overdrive and ideally, Stumps should have been at 5.30 local (1530 GMT) but because of that rain break, 10 more minutes have been added. Stumps will now be at 1740 local (3.40 pm GMT).
  • 31.1 Full and down the leg side, flicked towards fine leg for a single.
  • 30.6 Full and outside off, driven wide of mid off for a run. 105/4
  • 30.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 30.4 Not much control on this one. De Bruyn plays that with a loose bottom hand and chips it uppishly, but wide of the bowler towards mid on.
  • 30.3 Outside off, pushed to the off side.
  • 30.2 Outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
  • 30.1 FOUR! AWESOME! That is superb from Bavuma. Tossed up delivery outside off, Temba puts his dancing shoes on, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it between cover and mid off! 100 UP FOR SOUTH AFRICA! The runs are coming thick and fast now. The deficit is 78. Bavuma meanwhile, has moved to 30 from just 35 balls! The stand is worth 60.
  • 29.6 Stays back in his crease and blocks. 99/4
  • 29.5 FOUR! That is the way to play the pull shot. Too short outside off, de Bruyn rocks back and pulls it, all along the ground, between mid on and mid-wicket and finds the fence.
  • 29.4 Full on middle, clipped straight to short mid-wicket this time.
  • 29.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 29.2 On middle and off again, this time a more controlled shot is played, straight to square leg once more.
  • 29.1 On middle and off, played uppishly towards square leg. Nearly carries.
  • 28.6 FOUR! 50-RUN STAND IS UP NOW! This is a half tracker, outside off and Bavuma is ready. Goes back and pulls it over the square leg umpire to the fence behind. The deficit is now 86. 95/4
  • 28.5 FOUR! Again that paddle. Full and outside off, Bavuma gets across and down and gently paddles it fine for a boundary! Bavuma moves to 22 from just 33 balls.
  • 28.4 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 28.3 Poor effort from Hasan Ali. Theunis pushes this towards him at mid on, sees him standing over there, waiting for the ball to arrive and then takes him on. Calls for a single. Even then, Hasan barely moves. The run is completed with ease.
  • 28.2 Much better. Comes forward, meets the ball watchfully and defends.
  • 28.1 Playing back to a delivery when he should have been forward. It is a fuller ball outside off, de Bruyn looks to punch it through the off side from his crease but misses.
  • 27.6 Outside off, left alone. 86/4
  • 27.5 On middle and leg, worked wide of mid on for a single.
  • 27.4 On a length outside off, punched towards the bowler.
  • 27.3 A bouncer outside off, de Bruyn sways away.
  • 27.2 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 27.1 Down the leg side, Bavuma tickles it towards fine leg for a single.
  • Afridi returns.
  • 26.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 84/4
  • 26.5 Now TdB uses his feet and drives it towards short extra cover.
  • 26.4 SIX! THWACK! Credit this shot to the footwork on the previous ball. Expecting de Bruyn to jump out again, Yasir drops it short. But Theunis outsmarts him by staying back in his crease. The moment he sees the length, he rocks back in a flash and pulls it over mid-wicket! The deficit is now 97. The batsman moves to 21 with the stand worth 41 from 70 balls.
  • 26.3 Much better. Comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it straight to short extra cover.
  • 26.2 Around off again, de Bruyn prefers to play Yasir from the crease. Is hurried to defend.
  • 26.1 Full and around off, gently paddled towards fine leg for a single.
  • 25.6 The batsman does well to leave that bouncer. 77/4
  • 25.5 Around off, watchfully pushed back.
  • 25.4 That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads.
  • 25.3 Full and outside off, Theunis looks to drive but gets a bottom edge back to the bowler.
  • 25.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the deliverY.
  • 25.1 A bouncer outside off, de Bruyn sways away from the line.
  • 24.6 Full and outside off, watchfully defended. 77/4
  • 24.5 MIX-UP, SAFE! South Africa can ill-afford a run out at this stage. Full and outside off, TB came forward and pushed it towards point. Set off for a single immediately but de Bruyn was not going anywhere. Bavuma had to return but so quick is he that the little guy came all the way to the halfway mark and still got back in comfortably. Even if Imam had not fumbled at point and thrown the ball, don't think it would have mattered.
  • 24.4 A touch shorter, this time Temba goes back and steers it wide of first slip but backward point mops up.
  • 24.3 Tossed up around off, solidly defended.
  • 24.2 Full and outside off, Bavuma gets down and plays a half-sweep, half-paddle through to fine leg. Darts back for the second.
  • 24.1 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • Spin for the first time. Here is Yasir Shah. South Africa had introduced Keshav Maharaj in the 40th over.
  • 23.6 A short ball now, Theunis looks to pull but the ball comes slowly off the surface. Takes the under edge and goes to mid-wicket. 75/4
  • 23.5 A bouncer outside off, de Bruyn takes his bat out of harm's way.
  • 23.4 Risky! Loose shot from TdB. Full on middle, the batsman chips it uppishly and almost holes out to mid on. The ball lands just short.
  • 23.3 Similar ball, action replay of the previous shot as well.
  • 23.2 Full and outside off, barely carries to the keeper, Theunis shoulders arms.
  • 23.1 On a length outside off, stays low, de Bruyn has to adjust very late to defend. The ball takes the bottom edge and goes back to the bowler.
  • Ho ho ho ho ho! This is unbelievable! From being extremely overcast and rainy, the conditions are bright and sunny! Are we covering the same match or is this a highlights package? The skies are nicely dashed with some water colours of blue and grey as the players return to the field. Hasan Ali to continue to de Bruyn. Here we go again...
  • Well, just as we type, the drizzle has got heavier. OFF GO THE PLAYERS. The covers are enveloping the ground but the rain does not seem too heavy as of now. Passing shower? Let's hope...
  • Second DRINKS BREAK of the session. Remember, this is not a big session but a mammoth one. 43 overs were scheduled at the start of this session and 20 more remain. But will we get those? Play can go around till 5.30 pm local but there is a persistent drizzle. 'More than half the crowd has left the ground', informs Mark Nicholas on air...
  • 22.6 FOUR! AMAZING! This guy is playing some innings of character. Half volley outside off, angling away, Bavuma reaches out, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it through the covers! The deficit gets down to 106. The stand is worth 32 from 48 deliveries. 75/4
  • They are falling... the drops...temperatures are dropping... be prepared for evasive action.
  • 22.5 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 22.4 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 22.3 One more leave outside off.
  • They are getting ready... they are getting ready to do the rain dance... the umbrellas are going up... so are the rain coats...
  • 22.2 Landed outside off, going away, left alone.
  • 22.1 On middle and leg, worked to the leg side.
  • 21.6 Stays back in his crease and blocks. 70/4
  • 21.5 Around off, solidly defended.
  • 21.4 Outside off, Temba punches this past the bowler through mid off and scurries for the runs. He is so quick that he is ready for the third while de Bruyn has barely reached the non-striker's end completing the second! Meanwhile, Afridi from mid on beats Imam from mid off, getting to the ball, then slipping, fumbling etc... But de Bruyn's slow speed prevents the third.
  • 21.3 On a length outside off, let through.
  • 21.2 Outside off, Bavuma reaches out to drive but gets a bottom edge towards point. That barely bounced.
  • 21.1 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 20.6 Another one is let through to the keeper. 68/4
  • 20.5 Outside off, angling in, left alone. That came back in quite a bit.
  • 20.4 Full and straight, watchfully defended.
  • 20.3 FOUR! SWEET! A bit of a floater from Afridi. Thrown up there outside off, inviting to drive, de Bruyn accepts it and drives it through the covers!
  • 'GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!' That is the sound of thunder. How long before the rain arrives? Oh dear... the scenes are not very pretty... gone very dark.
  • 20.2 Outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 20.1 Full and outside off, swinging away, left alone.
  • 19.6 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 64/4
  • 19.5 Full on middle, pushed straight to mid on.
  • 19.5 WIDE BALL. Way too short, around off, Temba ducks and Sarfraz leaps. Manages to get only a glove to it and stops the speed. A bye taken.
  • 19.4 FOUR! There comes that compulsory bad ball in a Hasan Ali over. A half volley, too straight, Bavuma clips it wide of mid on and the ball races to the mid-wicket fence.
  • 19.3 Full and outside off, TB looks to defend but the outswinger catches the outside edge. Lands short of the diving Sarfraz who does exceptionally well to stop it with his right glove.
  • 19.2 Huge appeal for a caught behind! NOT OUT! Hasan is bemused. Should he review? He looks at his skipper. 'CHHOD DE' is the verdict. Meaning, let it be. On a length outside off, Temba looks to defend but the ball moves away, takes something on its way and through to Sarfraz. Every Pakistan player appeals but umpire Ravi is still. The bowler wants the review but the captain says no. Replays show that the ball hit the arm.
  • 19.1 On a length outside off, Bavuma feels for it but is beaten.
  • Hasan Ali is back on. 6-1-30-1 so far.
  • 18.6 Full on middle, pushed down the ground. 57/4
  • 18.5 On middle and leg, clipped through square leg for a run.
  • 18.4 On middle and leg, Theunis works it past short leg. Shan Masood runs all the way and keeps the batsmen to a single.
  • 18.3 Around middle and leg, defended from the crease.
  • 18.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 18.1 FOUR! Some runs for the Proteas. A full ball wide outside off, de Bruyn reaches out and drives it through the covers! Similar to a shot Markram played earlier in the innings. The stand moves to 12 from 19 balls. The deficit is now 126.
  • 17.6 On a length around off, Temba defends it from the back foot. 51/4
  • 17.5 Bavuma has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 17.4 Shout for an lbw! A length ball around middle, shaping back in a bit, Bavuma fails to defend it from the crease and is hit high on the pads. They put in an unsuccessful appeal. Height factor, confirms the replay.
  • 17.3 Good stop by Shan Masood! Straighter delivery, Bavuma helps it off his pads and the short leg fielder does well to react and stop it.
  • Dark clouds are surrounding the stadium and the floodlights are switched on.
  • 17.2 Turns it off his pads to the leg side and takes a run.
  • 17.2 Shortish and around middle, Theunis stands tall and defends it down safely. It's called a no ball for overstepping.
  • 17.1 Nicely played! Back of a length delivery outside off, Bavuma uses the angle of the bowler and just guides it past the point fielder. Babar chases it down from gully and saves a run for his side.
  • 16.6 Switches to 'round the wicket and angles in a good length delivery on off, de Bruyn shuffles across the stumps and defends. 46/4
  • 16.5 Good length ball outside off, left alone by TdB.
  • 16.4 A length ball on off, driven back towards mid off.
  • The wind has picked up and the groundsmen are expecting some rain. Let's hope it stays away.
  • 16.3 Angling away from the batsman, it's outside off and de Bruyn allows it through to the keeper.
  • 16.2 Theunis has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 16.1 No hat-trick! Fuller in length on middle, de Bruyn covers the line and punches it down the ground through mid on. They take a couple of runs.
  • Hat-trick time! Will Afridi be able to take it?
  • 15.6 Wonderful ball to end the over! On a length outside off, Bavuma shoulders arms. Horrifyingly for him, the ball comes back in but goes over the stumps! 44/4
  • 15.5 Outside off, quietly let through.
  • 15.4 Around leg, a touch short, Temba works it in front of short leg.
  • 15.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 15.2 Outside off, on a length, Bavuma looks to defend but the ball moves away and beats the outside edge.
  • 15.1 Down the leg side, de Bruyn looks to flick but misses. The ball goes off his pads past short leg and a single is taken. No signal though. Must have been some tickle.
  • Temba Bavuma is in next to face the music. Big innings for him.
  • 14.6 OUT! Body blow to the home team as the skipper bags a golden duck! This is extraordinary bowling by Shaheen. The line ain't that great from him, it's pitching outside leg but the movement off the surface is taking it towards the off stump. Faf du Plessis doesn't account for that and just tries to work it on the leg side. But the ball jumps onto his bat, takes the outside edge and Babar Azam grabs his second catch at gully. The home side is reeling now and Pakistan are on top. Shaheen is on a hat-trick but he will have to wait for the next over. 43/4
  • Skipper Faf du Plessis is in next.
  • 14.5 OUT! This is a big setback for South Africa! Afridi strikes and is sprinting in joy. Superb delivery by the young man. He kept bowling in the corridor of uncertainty and Elgar also kept leaving those. But this time it came back in off the seam and Elgar wasn't expecting that. He is caught inside the crease and tries to withdraw his bat after watching it curve into him. But he is late in doing so and gets a fat outside edge to Azhar Ali at first slip. He makes no mistake and number 3 goes down for South Africa.
  • 14.4 On a length around off, defended from the crease by Elgar.
  • 14.3 Back of a length delivery outside off, angling in, Elgar stands back and lets it through to the keeper.
  • 14.2 Lands it on a length outside off, not rising much, Dean allows it through.
  • 14.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 13.6 Beaten! Amir once again gets the ball to do all the talking. It's an inswinger, which changes its direction slightly after landing around off, de Bruyn tries defending but is beaten on the inside edge. A wicket maiden for Amir! 43/2
  • 13.5 Good length delivery on middle and off, Theunis tries defending from the crease but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 13.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 13.3 A length ball around off, angling away, de Bruyn offers no shot and it goes closely past his front pad.
  • Theunis de Bruyn comes in at number 4, ahead of his skipper Faf du Plessis.
  • 13.2 OUT! Amla is caught at gully and Amir is delighted. This poor guy has seen so many catches put down off his bowling since making a comeback in international cricket. The joy on his face tells you that story. Amir probes around with a back of a length delivery around middle and off. The angle takes it away from the batsman and Amla stays inside the crease in his attempt to work it on the leg side. But he closes the face of the bat a shade late and as a result it catches the outside edge. A safe catch taken by Babar Azam and Amla's poor form continues...
  • 13.1 Length delivery on middle and off, Amla defends it off his back foot.
  • Change of ends for Mohammad Amir.
  • Drinks break. A decent start from South Africa in spite of losing Aiden Markram cheaply. They have survived the new-ball spell without much damage and Dean Elgar, in particular, has looked quite positive. Hashim Amla is also trying his best to search his form and the next hour is going to be very crucial. This surface seems to be quite demanding and you cannot count yourself in at any stage. The Pakistan bowlers need to keep it tidy and avoid bowling too many boundary balls. They have 138 runs more to play with.
  • 12.6 Beaten! Afridi lands it on a length outside off and gets it to straighten. Elgar pokes at it tentatively and is beaten. Probably getting carried away after stroking so many boundaries. 43/1
  • 12.5 Gets forward to a length ball and defends it on the off side.
  • 12.4 Sliding down the leg side, Elgar helps it off his pads to mid-wicket.
  • 12.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 12.2 Around off on a good length, Elgar defends it from the crease to the off side.
  • 12.1 Angling away from the batsman, Amla reaches out for it and drives it through covers for three runs.
  • 11.6 FOUR! Not for the first time we are witnessing a hat-trick of boundaries today. Babar Azam did it earlier in the afternoon. A crunching cover drive this time by Elgar. He is making a move now. 40/1
  • 11.5 FOUR! Wow, showing the maker's name. Hasan angles in a full ball around off, Dean presents a straight bat and drives it crisply down the ground. Shaheen gives the chase from mid off but fails to pull it back. He goes on to collide with the advertising hoardings and hopefully he's fine.
  • 11.4 Uppish but safe and it's FOUR! Ali angles across a length delivery around off and gets it to stop a bit onto the batsman. Elgar is early into the drive and plays it uppishly. Luckily for him it goes in the gap at covers and finds the fence.
  • 11.3 A length ball on middle and leg, Elgar plays it off his pads to mid-wicket.
  • 11.2 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 11.1 Lands it on a good length around off, Elgar covers the angle and defends it to the off side.
  • 10.6 Beaten! Afridi lands it on a shortish length around off and gets it to move away a bit, Amla is caught pushing and missing inside the line. 28/1
  • 10.5 FOUR! Easy pickings! A juicy half-volley on the pads, Amla clips it across the line and finds the gap at mid-wicket to earn his first boundary.
  • 10.4 A touch short around off, Amla sticks back and punches it on the off side.
  • 10.3 Lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 10.2 On a length and around middle, Hashim stays rooted inside the crease and blocks it on the leg side.
  • 10.1 Good length delivery angling away from the batsman, Amla allows it through to the keeper. That one was dying in front of Sarfraz.
  • 9.6 Some extra lift from the surface. It jumps onto the batsman from a good length around off, Elgar goes on his toes in defense. 24/1
  • 9.5 Back of a length delivery on off, Elgar goes on the back foot and blocks it to the off side.
  • 9.4 Hasan switches to 'round the wicket and lands it on a good length outside off. Elgar tries hitting it through the line but ends up mistiming it badly back to the bowler.
  • 9.3 Another delivery down the leg side, this time on a good length. Elgar tries his best to earn some easy runs but fails to get any wood behind it.
  • 9.2 A bouncer but down the leg side, an easy leave for the batsman. Waste of energy. If you are putting in so much effort, least you can do is to be on target.
  • 9.1 A length ball on middle and leg, Hashim gets across the stumps and nudges it to fine leg for a run. Gets off the mark.
  • 8.6 Extra bounce this time, from a length around off, Elgar takes his bottom hand off the handle and defends it on the leg side. 23/1
  • 8.5 Another watchful leave outside off by Elgar.
  • 8.4 Afridi goes short this time. In the zone outside off, Elgar drops his wrists and allows it through to the keeper.
  • 8.3 Angles this one into the left-hander. It's on a fuller length and Dean plays a well-timed on drive this time. Finds the fielder.
  • 8.2 FOUR! Lovely shot! Nice transfer of the weight into the shot. Afridi is once again very full with his length around off. Elgar doesn't try to hit it hard and just pushes it with the full face of the bat. The timing is gorgeous as it speeds through mid off.
  • 8.1 Starts with a yorker length delivery outside off, Elgar reaches out for it and digs it out.
  • Shaheen Afridi has been introduced into the attack.
  • 7.6 Fuller and around off, it's pushed off the front foot to mid off. 19/1
  • 7.5 Amla has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 7.4 In the region outside off, Amla allows it through to the keeper.
  • 7.3 Around off on a length, Hashim covers the line and defends it out towards point.
  • 7.2 Good length delivery outside off, shaping back in, Amla tries playing inside the line and is beaten.
  • 7.1 Angles in a length ball around off and gets it to straighten just a touch. Amla gets opened up in defense and keeps it out from the outer half of his bat towards gully-point.
  • 6.6 Around off, watchfully blocked out. 19/1
  • 6.5 Full and outside off, pushed towards mid off.
  • 6.4 A wild bouncer outside off, left alone.
  • 6.3 Full and straight, Elgar looks to defend, gets squared up but manages to block.
  • 6.2 Outside off, angling in, DE feels for it initially but then withdraws his bat.
  • 6.1 On a length outside off, Elgar looks to defend but the ball hits a crack and then explodes. Because Dean goes at it with soft hands, he is able to keep it down, even though the ball took the outside edge. Lands short of second slip.
  • Hashim Amla is the number 3 batsman.
  • 5.6 OUT! Aiden Markram is a sitting duck! Hasan Ali strikes and lets out his trademark celebration. He serves it on a length outside off and gets it to nip back in sharply. Markram tries to defend it by getting forward but his bat comes down a wee bit late. The ball hurries onto him to strike him on the pads, they appeal and the finger goes up after a while. Aiden has a chat with his partner regarding the DRS and then is seen going off the park. If not an inside edge, he looked dead in front. The replays confirm the same and Pakistan taste first success. 19/1
  • 5.5 FOUR! Sublime! Ali lands it on a fuller length outside off, Aiden strides forward and pushes it with sweet timing. He finds the gap at cover-point and the ball races through for a boundary.
  • 5.4 Wrong line by the bowler. It's drifting down the leg side and Elgar tries to flick but misses. It goes off his pads past the diving keeper to fine leg. A leg bye is taken.
  • Slight stoppage at the moment as the physio is in the middle. You usually wear an arm-guard on the front hand but Elgar is hit on the back. It's bruised at the moment and the physio is applying some ice.
  • 5.3 Hasan dishes out a good length ball in line of the stumps. Elgar tries defending but there is some extra bounce and it catches Dean on his left forehand. That must have hurt and the physio is called.
  • 5.2 Good length ball on off, Dean stays back-footed and defends it down.
  • 5.1 FOUR! Gorgeous! A length delivery outside off, Elgar leans into the drive and creams it with a lovely extension of his arms. Right through the gap it runs and finds the fence in no time.
  • 4.6 Targets the stumps with a good length delivery, Markram covers the line and offers a straight bat defense. 10/0
  • 4.5 Back of a length delivery on middle, Markram stays back and plays it as late as possible. Keeps it out safely on the leg side.
  • 4.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 4.3 Beaten all ends up! Peach of a delivery by Amir. He lets out a good length delivery on the middle stump line and gets it to move back in a bit. Markram has no idea about it as his footwork is very ordinary. Tries to block it out somehow but is beaten on the inside edge. Very lucky not to have edged that.
  • 4.2 Sliding down the leg side, Elgar flicks it wide of mid on and collects a single.
  • 4.1 Full and angling into the batsman, Elgar gets forward with an angled bat and pushes it in front of the slip cordon.
  • 3.6 FOUR! Don't bowl there to any batsman. Hasan serves once again on the pads and pays the price. Markram shows no qualms in flicking it through mid-wicket for the second boundary in this over. 9/0
  • 3.5 Full in length and outside off, Markram takes his front leg forward to cover the line and then shoulders arms.
  • 3.4 In the channel outside off, another leave made by Aiden Markram.
  • 3.3 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 3.2 FOUR! Off the mark in style! Hasan angles in a length ball around middle and off, Markram gets forward and across before flicking it sweetly through mid-wicket.
  • 3.1 Beauty of a delivery! Good length delivery around off and straightens just a bit to open Markram in his defense. It goes behind off something, Sarfraz collects the ball and appeals along with the slip cordon. The bowler joins him late but the umpire refuses to join the party. The replays detect that it clipped the thigh pad. Good decision by umpire S Ravi.
  • 2.6 Elgar has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 1/0
  • 2.5 This one probably lands on one of the cracks as it deviates quite a lot after going past the batsman. Outside off, Elgar has left it. This one doesn't carry to Sarfraz.
  • 2.4 Nearly kissed the edge there! Excellent delivery by Amir. He serves it around off on a good length and gets it to shoot off the surface, Elgar feels for it and gets beaten.
  • 2.3 Puts it on a fuller length around off, Elgar covers the line and blocks.
  • 2.2 On a length and around middle, Elgar defends it with the angle to the leg side.
  • 2.1 Good length delivery on off, Elgar defends it solidly from the crease.
  • 1.6 Good length delivery on off, Markram gets behind the line and blocks it back as he walks forward. Hasan tries to collect the ball and has a shy at the striker's end but fails in his first attempt. Aiden immediately runs back. 1/0
  • 1.5 Better this time. Hasan goes fuller and puts it in the line of the stumps. Elgar's bat turns in his hands as he tries to keep it out. The ball rolls in the gap at mid-wicket and they take a run. South Africa are away!
  • 1.4 Action replay of the previous delivery. Hasan needs to get closer to the stumps.
  • 1.3 This one is served on a driving length outside off, Elgar is known for his patience and he shows that there. Allows it through to the keeper.
  • 1.2 Once again bowls a length delivery in the channel outside off, not close enough to the stumps to bother Dean.
  • 1.1 Too wide outside off to begin with. Elgar has an easy leave to make.
  • Hasan Ali to share the new cherry from the other end. Three slips and a gully in place along with a man at bat-pad at short leg.
  • 0.6 Another back foot defense by Aiden to end a maiden over. 0/0
  • 0.5 Shortish and on middle and off, Markram defends it off his back foot.
  • 0.4 What a fielding effort by Yasir Shah! Aiden stays back to punch a length delivery down the ground. He shows interest for a run but Yasir charges across to his right from extra cover, puts in a full length dive and stops the ball from racing away. Showing good energy in the field. He gets up with a smile and is trying to lift his teammates' confidence.
  • 0.3 Nicely bowled. This time Amir lands a length delivery around middle and gets it to straighten a touch. Markram stays back to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 0.2 Good line this by Amir. It's on a length around middle and off, Markram goes back to cover the line and then defends it down with a straight bat.
  • 0.1 Amir speeds in and serves a fuller length ball around off, Markram gets forward confidently and pushes it to the off side.

South Africa Vs Pakistan Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • Welcome ladies and gentlemen. We have had a couple of days of enthralling action in this Test match and are already in a position to get a winner on the third day. The bowlers have dominated proceedings here in Centurion and given the way this surface has behaved, the chase from South Africa promises to be full of excitement. Do join us on the other side.
  • ... DAY 3, FIRST SESSION ...
  • So 149 to win and luckily for South Africa, they have got a full night to rest, think and plan about how to go about this run chase. On paper, anything under 150 should not be that difficult. But South Africa being South Africa and Pakistan being Pakistan, anything can happen. Either way, barring any weather interruptions, this game should see a finish by Tea time on Friday. Join us at 10 am local (0800 GMT) for all the Day 3 action.
  • Earlier in the day, the Protea middle and lower middle order rallied along to gain a very handy 42-run lead. Just imagine, this could so easily have been Pakistan 200 ahead. But that is what tail wagging can do.
  • Faf du Plessis eventually threw the ball to Kagiso Rabada in the 43rd over and things started to change. He steamed in and what happened next, Pakistan could not believe. Kagiso just ran through the middle order and his spell of 5-2-13-3 just destroyed them. Those 3 wickets came in the space of 13 balls. Olivier then cleaned up the tail, claiming his match figures of 29-6-96-11, THE SECOND BEST by a Protea bowler against Pakistan.
  • At a time when nothing was happening, this 23-year old stepped up. He is a good watcher from the sidelines. When Dale Steyn was bowling a fiery spell getting the ball to reverse, Kagiso Rabada was just observing and licking his lips. He was just waiting for the opportunity when Faf du Plessis would throw the ball to him. He saw Asad Shafiq getting dismissed by Steyn and felt that he needs to get that ball. And then, that moment came.
  • Pakistan have always been complaining that they do not get a good start at the top of the order. This time they got one. Zaman and Imam added 44 for the first wicket which was followed by another 57 for the second. Then after a bit of a stutter, the visitors were in good shape at 134/3. But then, reverse swing reversed their fortunes.
  • Have Pakistan let go of an opportunity? Yes. But have they got a total which can cause some doubts in the South African camp? Yes again. If the Pakistan bowlers land it in the right areas, this target could prove more than a handful. But, to lose your way from 101/1 is not acceptable.
  • It is close to Stumps' time and indeed, the umpires have called it CLOSE. STUMPS ON DAY 2!
  • 55.6 OUT! Caught! It is not a no ball and that ends the Pakistan innings! A short ball, at the body, Afridi goes deep in his crease and looks to work it to the leg side but cannot quite do so. The ball brushes his gloves, then goes onto his pads, lobs towards short leg where Aiden Markram reacts quickly, tries to pouch but fumbles. However, he grabs it off the rebound and that is it! SOUTH AFRICA NEED 149 TO WIN!
  • That is a spectacular catch from Aiden Markram! Is that a no ball? Referred upstairs...
  • 55.5 FOUR! Down the leg side, Afridi tickles it to the fine leg fence! The lead moves to 148!
  • 55.4 Oops... where did that hit? A short ball around middle, Shaheen looks to pull but the ball goes off something towards cover. Back of the bat? Nope. Elbow.
  • Congratulations South Africa. You will not bat tonight now.
  • 55.3 Outside off, Shaheen looks to punch but misses.
  • 55.2 A bouncer around middle and off, Afridi sways away.
  • 55.1 A length ball around middle, Hasan backs away and swats it to deep mid-wicket for a single. Every run is a bonus from here.
  • 54.6 Around off and middle, watchfully pushed towards point. 185/9
  • 54.5 Around middle and leg, Afridi looks to defend but misses and is hit on the thigh.
  • 54.4 Full and straight, watchfully played towards cover.
  • Ahh well... drama. Steyn is getting his right foot taped. Clearly, Pakistan are not the only team battling for time...
  • 54.3 Landed outside off, angling away, left alone.
  • Shaheen Afridi is the last man in. How much can number 10 and 11 add? South Africa will hope that they bat for at least 10 minutes. Post that, the Proteas will not have to bat tonight.
  • 54.2 OUT! Caught! Sometimes your strength can become your weakness. In this case, pull was the strong point for Shan Masood. He has been consumed by the same though. Dale Steyn smiles. He does not roar. He knows this is a set up. It is dug in short and Masood instinctively goes for the pull. But unlike the previous occasions, this time, he hits it straight to Keshav Maharaj at deep mid-wicket. A fine innings from Shan Masood ends. 65 from 120 balls. How crucial would it turn out to be? Pakistan are effectively 143/9. They have got something to bowl at. Also, this is the 50th Test wicket for Steyn against Pakistan.
  • 54.1 Full and around middle, Masood drives it down the ground. Kagiso Rabada gets across to his right and half-stops it. No run taken.
  • 53.6 Outside off, Ali pokes but misses. 185/8
  • 53.5 More runs. Olivier goes full and Hasan drives. This is past Temba Bavuma at short extra cover who does a decent job of running after the ball and stopping it from crossing the ropes. But his method is questionable. He puts out his right foot and then stops the ball. Remember 2005? When Australia's Glenn McGrath infamously stepped over the ball and rolled his ankle over? Australia's fortunes in the UK have never been the same since. Two runs taken.
  • 53.4 A bouncer again, HA is back to ducking.
  • 53.3 FOUR! Edgy runs. Neither of the teams will mind that. South Africa will like it because that is the sucker delivery, dangling the carrot outside off. Given the bouncer barrage, you expect the tail-ender to swish and get the edge. Then hope that it is nicked behind. Pakistan will love it because their scorecard gets 4 runs. The lead moves to 141. Full and outside off, Hasan throws his bat at it, looking to drive away from his body and gets a thickish outside edge which flies behind gully to the backward point fence.
  • 53.2 Another bouncer, Ali ducks again. The bat hangs in the air like a periscope. Lucky for him that it did not take the edge.
  • 53.1 A bouncer on middle, Hasan ducks.
  • 52.6 Outside off, short in length, Masood initially looks to leave it alone. But then decides to go for the boundary, trying the upper cut. Is late and misses. South Africa now have the chance to bowl an entire over to Hasan Ali. 179/8
  • 52.5 DIRECT HIT WOULD HAVE HAD HASAN! This is one thing the fielding side can expect when a number 10 or a number 11 is in the middle. Full and outside off, SM pushes this towards cover and initially sets off for a single. But then realizes that he has hit it too well and stops. Hasan has backed up too far and is at a point of no return. Theunis de Bruyn takes aim, has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Ali was nowhere in the frame.
  • 52.4 Full and around off, Shan looks to tap and run to the off side but sees that the fielder has come in quickly. 'NAHI, NAHI, NAHI, NAHI', is his shout. That is no four times in English. Well, might be a coincidence that it was also the fourth ball of the over. Good that we have only 6 in one over.
  • 52.3 Outside off, on a length, Masood looks to punch but gets a bottom edge to the off side.
  • 52.2 This one is driven straight to mid off.
  • 52.1 Full and outside off, driven wide of mid off but no run taken.
  • Dale Steyn is back. 13-2-34-1 so far.
  • 51.6 FOUR! Ho ho ho! This is gonna be fun. Short and around off, Hasan camps back and heaves it over a leaping mid-wicket to find the fence! 11 from the over, the stand moves to 20 from 16 balls! 179/8
  • 51.5 Another pull shot, played wide of Dean Elgar running across to his right from fine leg. There is an opportunity for the second but Masood, for obvious reasons, is happy with half of that.
  • 51.4 SIX! WHAM! This guy knows where his field is. Look at this field placement from Faf du Plessis. There is a fine leg, then a deep square leg, a man at mid-wicket but just around 10 yards to his right and a further 10 yards away, a man stationed at three-fourths mid-wicket. Meaning, he is neither saving the boundary nor the single. But Masood is ready. He knows the length is going to be short and swivels very early. Pulls it handsomely over deep mid-wicket! Keep as many men as you want!!! The lead moves to 132, Masood to 64 and the stand is worth 15 from 14 deliveries.
  • 51.3 Another pull shot, finds deep mid-wicket again. Does not run once more.
  • 51.2 Outside off, punched off the back foot but straight to point.
  • 51.1 A short ball, around leg, pulled handsomely towards deep mid-wicket. Does not run. Would like to know how many runs has Masood scored off the pull in this innings.
  • 50.6 Full and just outside off, Hasan defends. Survives. 168/8
  • 50.5 Down the leg side, helped towards fine leg for a single.
  • 50.4 Full and outside off, Masood looks to drive but misses.
  • 50.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 50.2 Around off, on a fuller length, watchfully defended.
  • 50.1 A short ball, pulled beautifully through square leg. Excellent fielding in the deep by Aiden Markram, as he rushes to his left from deep mid-wicket, dives and parries the ball to Dean Elgar getting across from fine leg. Two runs taken. Wait. What has happened? The ball has been added to the score but the runs have not been added. Why? Ok... here come the replays. Shan has pulled it, got across awkwardly and is no position to run. But Hasan knows that there are two runs on offer and charges across. Now Masood starts to run but then Ali stops. Both batsmen are exactly at 180 degrees to each other, admiring the fielding effort. Shan has a split second to decide whether he wants to run or not. No way he can get a second. Okay, good call. Sends his partner back. So after all that drama, NO RUN TAKEN.
  • 49.6 No emotions in this age. He has just been hit on the helmet but Olivier does not care. He bowls in another bouncer and Ali falls down in an attempt to duck again. 167/8
  • Some attention being given to Hasan Ali as the ball hit his helmet. These days they check for concussion regularly...
  • 49.5 FOUR LEG BYES! On the helmet, is this one! More runs for the visitors. Olivier needs to control his emotions here. It is very easy, if you are from a non-Asian origin and see an Asian batsman hopping around the crease. What might happen is, in over-excitement, one might end up giving extra runs to the opposition. This is dug in short again, Ali takes evasive action as he looks to duck, but the ball hits his helmet and flies wide of fine leg!
  • 49.4 FOUR BYES! Bonus runs for Pakistan. This is dug in short, around middle, Hasan ducks and the ball flies way over his head and de Kock's leaping hand to the fine leg fence. The lead moves to 121.
  • 49.3 Around off, a bouncer to welcome him, fended back to the bowler.
  • Hasan Ali walks in at number 10, replacing Yasir. The last time he came out to bat, he hung around with Azam to take Pakistan past 150. Can he form a similar stand with Masood this time around? 175 could be challenging on this track.
  • 49.2 OUT! Yasir lasts just one ball! Caught behind! It is a short ball which has done the trick. Surprised? Asian batsman. Tail-ender. Bouncy track. Fast bowler. This is banged in on a pitch outside off, Shah tamely looks to defend but can do nothing for the steep bounce. The ball takes the outside edge and flies to Quinton de Kock. 117/8 now effectively! Pakistan have lost 5/25 in 63 balls! MAIDEN 10-FER FOR OLIVIER! And who is he? A backup bowler for South Africa!
  • 49.1 Now, why would you want to do that? At one end, you have got a dragon breathing fire. At the other, you have got a dinosaur who gobbles his victims. Oh dear Masood... a length ball, down the leg side, tucked towards fine leg for a single. All the best, Yasir Shah, for facing 5 balls from Olivier.
  • Yasir Shah is the next man in. Can someone hang around with Shan Masood?
  • 48.6 OUT! Rattled! Timber! Rabada is on fire here! Number 7 falls! This is due to the cracks on the pitch. But will Rabada care? He lands this on a length outside off and Amir looks to defend from his crease. But unfortunately for him, the ball hits a crack, stays low and goes under the bat. BOOM! The stumps are shattered. Pakistan are effectively 116/7! 158/7
  • 48.5 FOUR! Another boundary! Not a bad cameo, eh? Outside off, on a length, Amir punches this through the covers, in the air but in the gap and gets another four!
  • 48.4 FOUR! Nicely played! Amir looking to counter-attack. Full and outside off, the left-hander plays it through the line and lofts it over the vacant mid off and finds the boundary. The lead is now 112 and the stand is worth 12 from just 14 deliveries. 'I think that is the end of KG Rabada pitching the ball up', says the on-air commentator.
  • 48.3 Full and outside off, pushed towards mid off.
  • 48.2 A short ball outside off, Mohammad looks to flash but is beaten by the extra bounce.
  • 48.1 Around off, on a short length, Amir rises with the bounce and defends.
  • 47.6 On middle and leg, flicked straight to mid-wicket. 150/6
  • 47.5 A wild bouncer, SM ducks. De Kock leaps to collect it with one glove. His right.
  • 47.4 Down the leg side, Shan looks to pull but the ball comes in, takes the thigh pad and goes to de Kock behind who fumbles. First slip mops it up.
  • 47.3 Another short ball, pulled straight to mid-wicket.
  • 47.2 NOT OUT! Nothing on the Snickometer. No bat. No glove. Superb umpiring from S Ravi again. Definitely his hearing senses are functioning better than ours because we certainly heard something. A short ball, down the leg side, Masood looked for the pull but missed it. De Kock collected it behind but did not go up immediately. Olivier was confident and so was his skipper. Nothing from the umpire. Review was taken but lost...
  • Gone? Caught behind? No, says S Ravi. Olivier believes he has his 10th scalp and Faf du Plessis is absolutely sure. Review taken. There was a noise...
  • 47.1 FOUR! NOT FAR FROM THE MAN! Outstanding timing but how good was the fielding placement? Almost looked like a setup. Olivier landed this around middle and leg and Masood just flicked it. Excellent timing but he could not keep it down. There was a man stationed around square leg, just for that shot and he dived to his left but just missed it. Heart-in-mouth moment for Masood. 150 COMES UP FOR PAKISTAN. 108 ahead.
  • Duanne Olivier returns. 10-3-32-3 so far. He has got a 9-fer so far. Nice opportunity to get a 10-fer.
  • 46.6 Useful runs. Backs away and punches it uppishly through the covers for a couple. 146/6
  • 46.5 A full toss outside off, MA slashes hard but gets a thick outside edge which goes on the bounce towards the keeper.
  • 46.4 Well, guess no one is going to die wondering about Pakistan's approach for the rest of this innings. Hit out and get as many runs as you can before a snorter gets you. A length ball outside off, once again Mohammad slashes hard and this time connects. The outside edge flies over the slips and races to the third man fence but Keshav Maharaj races across to his right and dives to save the boundary. Two runs taken. Every run scored is precious. Every run saved is double precious. Because South Africa will be batting last on a pitch which might suit Pakistan more.
  • 46.3 A short ball around off, Amir looks to slash but misses.
  • Into the tail. Mohammad Amir walks in at number 8, replacing his skipper.
  • 46.2 OUT! Edged and taken! Sarfraz Ahmed is the scorers' best friend in this Test. Hasn't troubled them at all! A 4-ball duck in the first. A 2-baller here. A nothing shot. Full and outside off, Sarfraz looks to drive but there is not feet movement here. Gets a thick outside edge which goes low to Faf du Plessis at second slip. Nicely taken. Rabada is fired up now. Beware, Pakistan. Beware.
  • 46.1 That has come in a long way. Almost a replica of his first innings dismissal. Landed on a good length outside off, Sarfraz looks to tuck it with the angle towards the leg side. But misses it due to the massive inward movement and is hit on the body.
  • 45.6 Full and around off, driven back to the bowler. 142/5
  • 45.5 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 45.4 LBW! Ohh... the bat has come down in between. The pitch has started to play tricks again. Maharaj lands this on a fuller length outside off and Masood looks to defend. But the ball hits a crack and then goes extremely low. He would have been stone dead had the ball hit the pads because he would have been plumb LBW. But luckily for him, the bat comes down in time and the cherry takes the inside edge, en route square leg. Keshav starts to appeal but then bails out.
  • 45.3 Around middle and leg, pushed towards mid on.
  • 45.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 45.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • Big testing time for the skipper. Can he step it up? A half century would do nicely. The ball is reversing. The cracks are widening. Fight it out, Sarfraz Ahmed. Another 100 runs and your team would be in with a shout to take a 1-0 series lead...
  • 44.6 OUT! Knocked him over! Ohh... where is Ian Chappell? Where is Ian Chappell? Missing him so much on this wicket. Had the single been taken on the previous ball, Azam would not have been dismissed on this one because he would not have been on strike at all! Beauty of a ball from Rabada. Nothing to do with the crack. This is just sensational reverse swing bowling. KG lands it on a length around off and then gets it to move away late. Azam looks to defend, thinking he has covered the line but then gets squared up due to the late away movement. Boom. The off stump is hit hard. Massive blow. 100/5 are Pakistan effectively. 142/5
  • 44.5 Outside off, Babar taps it to the off side and sets off for a single but Masood shrieks to send him back. We hear both batsmen chatting in Urdu with each other about not taking Temba Bavuma on. He came charging in from backward point. Azam's response is that he did not see him come in.
  • 44.4 Full and outside off, driven sweetly but straight to a straightish mid off in place.
  • 44.3 Around off, coming in with the angle, helped towards short mid-wicket.
  • 44.2 Looks to defend this one but some extra bounce induces an inside edge which deflects onto his pads.
  • 44.1 On a length outside off, punched towards gully.
  • 43.6 Full and straight again, this time it is scored off. Flicked through mid-wicket for a single. THE LEAD IS NOW EXACTLY 100. A double from here and Pakistan's chances of winning spike up to three quarters of a 100. 142/4
  • 43.5 Full and straight, watchfully kept out.
  • 43.4 Comes down the track to defend with his bat behind the pads. Is hit on the pads and up goes an LBW appeal. Now-a-days, umpires give that out, because technically he is not offering a shot and impact does not matter. But he was way too far down the track.
  • 43.3 Around off and middle, watchfully kept out.
  • 43.2 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 43.1 Full and around middle, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 42.6 THIS ONE DOES NOT BOUNCE! Well kept this time. Full and outside off, once again Shan does not offer any stroke. The ball hits a crack and then scoots through. De Kock shows his attention as he collects it cleanly. 141/4
  • 42.5 Oh dear... nearly smashed de Kock's face there. On a length outside off, angling away, Masood shoulders arms. No problem there. Now comes the issue. The ball wobbles off the seam and then moves away really late. Good that Quinton is watching the ball till the end and just about collects it near his face. Goes down and winces in pain.
  • 42.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 42.3 Landed outside off, moving away late, let through.
  • 42.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 42.1 Full and outside off, left alone.
  • Dale Steyn is off. And Kagiso Rabada is on. In the first innings, Azam had smashed 43 from 31 balls off Steyn. And KG was the one who had dismissed the top scorer.
  • 41.6 Full and around off, pushed towards cover. 141/4
  • 41.5 Around off, dead-batted solidly.
  • 41.4 Comes down the track but is not quite to the pitch of the ball. Looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 41.3 Full and outside off, eased wide of mid off for a single.
  • 41.2 Action replay of the previous delivery.
  • 41.1 Full on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 40.6 FOUR! Not in control at all. On a length outside off, Azam gets squared up as looks to defend. Reason? The ball moves away late. He tries to cover the movement but gets an outside edge. Plays it with soft hands, hence the edge does not carry to a diving Faf du Plessis at second slip. Even better for Pakistan it scoots through. 140/4
  • 40.5 Landed outside off, on a fuller length, swinging away, left alone.
  • 40.4 A bouncer now, Azam ducks.
  • 40.3 Full and around off, watchfully pushed back.
  • 40.2 This is shorter of a fuller length, Babar waits for it to come to him and then guides it with the away movement towards the slip cordon.
  • 40.1 On a length outside off, steep bounce, Azam rises with the bounce and then fends it down.
  • 39.6 Around off, well blocked out. 136/4
  • 39.5 Full and straight, Masood covers the line watchfully and defends.
  • 39.4 Fires this down the leg side, Babar tickles it towards fine leg and gets a run.
  • 39.3 Short and outside off, Azam goes back and flashes hard, gets a thick outside edge but it does not carry to backward point.
  • 39.2 Full and outside off, watchfully pressed back to the bowler.
  • 39.1 Down the leg side, flicked away for a single.
  • Babar Azam walks in at number 6, replacing Shafiq.
  • 38.6 OUT! Caught behind! Shafiq cannot stay there for long after the LBW reprieve! Hmmm... this is what pace can do. Combine that with reverse swing. Add the cracks and the inconsistent bounce on the pitch. Mind games. False shot. Wicket. Boom. Steyn strikes. The reverse swing induced on the previous ball probably confused Shafiq a touch. Will this one tail in? Will it go away? And normally, a ball bowled at 140ks does not help you either. This is a short ball outside off and Asad could have left it alone or used his feet to play it. Does neither. Goes to punch flat-footed and only gets an outside edge behind. No need to review those. Pakistan are effectively 92/4! 134/4
  • 38.5 NOT OUT! MISSING LEG! Shafiq is reprieved. This looked similar to the Yasir Shah LBW in the first innings but Hawk Eye had ruled it to be clipping leg on that occasion. Not this time. Full and around middle, reverse swing on offer, tailing in late and sharp, Shafiq plays all around it and looks to flick but misses. Is hit on the pads, up goes Steyn and up goes Oxenford's finger! Shafiq has a chat with Masood and is quick to take the review. He can stay there for some more time.
  • Gone, gone, gone! Asad Shafiq has been adjudged LBW! He has reviewed this. Looks to be missing leg to the naked eye. Will the review help him?
  • 38.4 4TH TEST FIFTY FOR MASOOD! Gets there in a streaky fashion but he has played well. Full and outside off, Shan reaches out to drive but gets a healthy outside edge. Straight to third slip. A sitter but there is no human being to take it. The ball goes to third man and the batsmen take a single.
  • 38.3 Ahh.... almost... fractionally short outside off, Masood looks to cut, away from his body, no feet movement and misses.
  • 38.2 Action replay of the previous delivery.
  • 38.1 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 37.6 Short and in line of the stumps, Shafiq goes back and cuts it dangerously towards cover. 133/3
  • 37.5 Comes down the track, pushes it towards mid on, takes the fielder on and completes the single easily.
  • 37.4 Tossed up around off, Shafiq comes forward and pushes it towards cover for a run.
  • 37.3 This time the outside edge is found. Shan lunges to push but this one straightens and goes to third man. A single taken.
  • 37.2 Similar ball, flicked properly straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 37.1 Full and outside off, Masood looks to drive but the ball spins in and goes off the inside edge towards mid-wicket.
  • 36.6 Well bowled, almost got the edge. Steyn continues to angle it in and this time it moves away a shade off the seam. Asad is flat-footed inside the crease as he has a tame push inside the line. Gets beaten comprehensively. 130/3
  • 36.5 Angling in around off, on a length and straightening, Asad is firmly behind the line as he blocks.
  • 36.4 Fullish and on off, Shafiq strides forward and pushes it back with a straight bat.
  • 36.3 Full but on the pads, Masood clips it in front of square leg and takes a single.
  • 36.2 Another delivery in the zone outside off, Shan has nothing to do with it.
  • 36.1 A length delivery angling away from the batsman, Masood shoulders arms.
  • Dale Steyn is back into the attack.
  • 35.6 Hangs back inside the crease to a shortish ball and works it with the spin in front of square leg for one. 11 from the over, a poor one by Maharaj. 129/3
  • 35.5 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot through mid-wicket. They pick up a single.
  • 35.4 This one is skidding down the leg side and Shafiq nudges it fine for a brace.
  • 35.3 Eased away. Flighted ball around leg, Masood moves back and eases it off his pads past backward square leg. De Bruyn chases it down near the fence and they take three.
  • 35.2 Full and flighted on middle, Shan draws forward and pushes it down to mid on.
  • 35.1 FOUR! Boundaries are coming thick and fast from Shan's bat! Maharaj pays the price for being short outside off. Masood has no issues in putting it away through point.
  • 34.6 Outside off, tapped down to point to end the over. 118/3
  • 34.5 Lovely thinking from the bowler. He has put a seed of doubt in Shafiq's head by placing a leg gully but bowls a short delivery, not at his body, but just outside off. Asad also shows good technique there as he drops his wrists and leans back to allow it through. Great battle.
  • 34.4 Releases a bouncer with a leg gully in place. Shafiq, being a short guy, ducks underneath it quickly.
  • 34.3 Identical to the last delivery, Shafiq is inside the crease as he plays it down to point.
  • 34.2 Back of a length delivery around off, Shafiq gets back and defends it down in front of short leg.
  • 34.1 Olivier continues with the short ball ploy against Masood. It's been pulled with ease behind square leg for a run.
  • 33.6 Slower through the air, Keshav bowls it with a round-arm action and lands it full around middle. Asad strides forward in defense. 117/3
  • 33.5 Works it with the spin this time. Helps it behind square leg and changes ends.
  • 33.4 Loopy and on off, Shan prods forward to meet the ball and dead-bats it.
  • 33.3 Another front foot defense offered by Masood.
  • 33.2 Full and on off, Shan is on the front foot in defense.
  • 33.1 Flighted and on middle, flicked behind square leg for a run.
  • Keshav Maharaj is back on, maybe to tie up one end.
  • 32.6 FOUR! Wow, simply amazing. This time Masood pulls it in front of square leg. That fielder in the deep this time is seen running to his right. Really toying with him. Masood is sending the message back to the bowler. He is not afraid to play the horizontal bat shot. 115/3
  • 32.5 FOUR! Excellent placement! Shan decides to fight fire with fire. He receives a heavy short ball around middle and leg, immediately gets on top of the bounce and pulls it behind square leg. There is a fielder in the deep but he fails to cut it off to his left.
  • 32.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 32.3 A terrific bouncer again by Olivier. He always targets the head of the batsman and forces him to take evasive action. Shan ducks at the last moment.
  • 32.2 Angling away from the batsman, on a good length, Masood shoulders arms.
  • 32.1 This one is bowled in the line of the stumps, Masood stays back-footed in defense.
  • 31.6 Pitches it up and outside off, some visible inward movement, Asad is on the front foot as he defends it from the inner half of his bat to mid on. 107/3
  • 31.5 Back of a length delivery on middle and leg, Shan eases it down to fine leg for one.
  • 31.4 Shortish and outside off, Masood stays back to carve it behind point for a couple.
  • 31.3 Tickles a length ball behind square leg for a run.
  • 31.2 Slips one down the leg side, Shafiq is not chasing those.
  • 31.1 Fuller in length around off, Shafiq presses forward and defends it to the off side.
  • 30.6 Appeal for a catch, but only from the commentator on air. Bouncer down the leg side, Masood tries pulling but misses. De Kock flies to collect the ball. 103/3
  • 30.5 Around leg, Masood fails to keep it out and takes a blow on his body.
  • 30.4 Landing on a length outside leg, an away swinger, Masood fails to keep it out and is hit on the thigh pad. The bowler gets excited for a second but soon realizes that it had pitched outside leg.
  • 30.3 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • Asad Shafiq's turn to bat now.
  • 30.2 OUT! Azhar Ali has been bounced out! One more wicket to Olivier's name. Things have started to happen for South Africa post Tea. Duanne delivers his favourite short ball, nicely-directed at the batsman. Once again the batter is in two minds. Initially it appears that Ali wanted to leave it but then decides to go through with his pull shot. Gets into a very awkward position and as a result doesn't get it right. The top edge flies in the air and Rabada sprints forward from mid on to take a fine tumbling catch. South Africa smelling blood.
  • 30.1 Lands it on a good length around off and gets it to shape back into the batsman. Ali stays back inside the crease and defends it in the direction of the bowler.
  • 29.6 A back foot defense to complete the over. 103/2
  • 29.5 Nearly guides it into the gloves of the keeper. Steyn switches to over the wicket and angles across a length delivery outside off. Masood is glued to his crease as he plays at it almost as an afterthought. Luckily it doesn't grazes the outside edge.
  • 29.4 Good length ball on off, Masood is behind the line in defense.
  • 29.3 The line is straight from Steyn this time and Shan easily works it away in the gap at mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 29.2 Back of a length ball on off, angling in, it's defended off the back foot.
  • 29.1 Play and a miss! Pakistan need to watch out for this phase. Steyn is steaming in. He hurls a 140 kph short delivery outside off. Shan stands back to play the square cut but it bounces a tad extra to beat his bat.
  • Dale Steyn to operate from the other end.
  • 28.6 Short in length and outside off, Azhar goes on his back foot and taps it down on the off side. 101/2
  • Azhar Ali walks in next.
  • 28.5 OUT! Drags it on! Look at the reaction of Olivier, he is screaming in joy. Commentator's curse, have to say. Ramiz Raja has done it again on air. He expected a century from Imam but he departs soon after. Extra bounce has brought Imam's downfall. Olivier serves it in the line of the stumps and the southpaw is inside the crease trying to defend. But it takes the inside edge and goes onto the stumps. Probably in two minds, whether to play it with a straight bat or an angled one. A fine knock nonetheless by him but Pakistan needed their set batsman to continue. Lead - 59 runs.
  • 28.4 Digs in a bouncer but that's not troubling the batsman much. Imam easily sits underneath it.
  • 28.3 On a good length this time, around middle and off, Imam solidly gets behind the line and blocks.
  • 28.2 Back of a length delivery on middle, Imam is on his toes as he defends it back.
  • 28.1 Starts with a shortish delivery around leg, Masood gets on top of the bounce and tucks it through backward square leg for a run. This is something which has been a feature of this partnership. They have kept the scoreboard ticking.
  • Welcome back, folks. The players are also back in the middle and we are ready to resume. Clear blue skies at the moment and the weather is expected to remain pleasant throughout. Duanne Olivier to kick-off proceedings in this session.
  • ... DAY 2, FINAL SESSION ...
  • A brave batting performance by Pakistan. When everyone expected them to struggle again on this track, they have replied with a couple of handy partnerships to stretch their lead to 58 runs. Imam-ul-Haq has played a big role in that and South Africa will be ruing his dropped catch on 15. The Protea bowling was off-colour initially but then their bowlers got some rhythm. Still, they didn't look anywhere closer to their first innings heroics. The surface still is offering some help and the hosts have been slightly unlucky with a few edges also. The tourists find themselves in a good space currently but they are known to for their collapse and need to guard against that. 38 overs are still left in the day's play and we will get a fair idea where this Test is heading by Stumps. Do join us in a short while.
  • 27.6 Loopy delivery on off, Imam is forward and defends it solidly to end the session. Tea on Day 2! 100/1
  • 27.5 Tossed up ball on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 27.4 Walks down the track to a full ball and defends it back to the bowler.
  • 27.3 A nicely flighted delivery outside off, fuller in length, Imam presses forward and drives it through covers. Theunis de Bruyn chases it down and they take a couple of runs. 100 up for Pakistan.
  • 27.2 A touch short around off, Masood gets back and helps it through backward square leg for a run.
  • 27.1 Masood has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 26.6 Well bowled. Follows up the bouncer with a very full ball in line of the stumps, Imam does well to keep it out by bringing his bat down in time. 97/1
  • 26.5 As expected, Rabada replies with a bouncer. Imam does well to sway away from the line.
  • 26.4 FOUR! Glorious! Full in length and outside off, Imam strides forward and caresses his cover drive for a boundary. It has all the left-hander's elegance. Holds his pose for the photographers. 50-run stand comes up!
  • 26.3 Well kept by de Kock! Rabada delivers a full ball down the leg side, Imam tries flicking but misses and Quinton does exceedingly well to collect it to his right.
  • 26.2 Brilliant delivery. Rabada is still running in and bowling some beauties. Lands it on a good length around off and gets it to nip away a bit to beat the hanging bat of Imam. A nice carry this time to de Kock.
  • 26.1 Full and angling in on off, Imam is on the front foot with a straight willow in defense.
  • 25.6 Four leg byes! Sharp turn there for Maharaj. It breaks back in from around off, Masood fails to flick and it goes off his pads to fine leg for a boundary. 93/1
  • 25.5 Flighted and on off, Masood prods forward and defends it with straight bat.
  • 25.4 Oohhh...this one stays low after landing outside off. It spins back in a bit and Shan does well to block it out safely.
  • 25.3 Tossed up ball on off, defended again off the front foot by Masood.
  • 25.2 Presses forward to a full ball and defends it watchfully.
  • 25.1 Flighted on off, Masood gets forward and defends it with the spin to the leg side.
  • 24.6 Hurls a good length delivery in the zone outside off, Imam shoulders arms. 4 from the over, taking the lead to 47! 89/1
  • 24.5 Tests the batsman with another bouncer and this time he gets some steep bounce. Imam evades and de Kock fails to collect. A couple of byes collected.
  • 24.4 Bouncer. Imam ducks. Quinton jumps to collect it.
  • 24.3 Good length delivery outside off, Masood plays it towards point and runs the first run hard. That's all what he will get.
  • 24.2 A touch short and outside off, straightening a bit, Imam plays at it away from his body and pushes it with an angled bat to deep point for a run.
  • 24.1 Comes running in from 'round the wicket and slants in a length ball on off, Imam is on the front foot in defense.
  • 23.6 Leans forward to a full ball and blocks it to end the over. 85/1
  • 23.5 Slower through the air this time, full and on off, Shan is forward in defense.
  • 23.4 Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 23.3 Masood has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 23.2 FOUR! Full and flighted outside off, it's driven down the ground to long off for a boundary. Always safe to play in the V.
  • 23.1 Flatter on off, punched from the back foot to extra cover.
  • 22.6 This one keeps a fraction low. Outside off, Imam makes yet another leave and de Kock struggles while collecting the nut. 81/1
  • 22.5 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 22.4 Keeps probing in the channel around off, trying to play on the patience of the batsman. Imam was a bit jittery earlier in his innings but is now a lot composed. Allows it through.
  • 22.3 In the channel outside off, straightening a bit, another watchful leave made by Imam-ul-Haq.
  • 22.2 Excellent delivery and a good leave too. Rabada serves it on a length outside off and there is some visible away movement as well. Imam takes a stride forward to cover the line and shoulders arms.
  • 22.1 Good length ball on middle, Imam works it on the leg side but finds the fielder in front of square leg.
  • 21.6 Masood has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 81/1
  • 21.5 Half century! Imam jumps out of the crease and pushes it to mid off for a brisk run. Brings up his 3rd Test fifty and receives a good ovation from his team's balcony. He was given a life on 15 and is making full use of that.
  • 21.4 Strides forward to a full ball and drives it down to long on for a run.
  • 21.3 FOUR! Fine shot! Maharaj is on the shorter side with his length around off, Masood immediately gets back and whacks it through backward point for a cracking boundary.
  • 21.2 Loopy and around off, Masood gets forward and plays it with the spin to short leg.
  • 21.1 Flighted delivery, landing full around off, Imam walks forward and pushes it down to long on for a run.
  • Time for some spin. Keshav Maharaj to roll his arm. A slip and short leg in place.
  • 20.6 Around off, it's been firmly defended by Shan towards mid on. 74/1
  • 20.5 Targets the off stump with a good length ball, Masood plays it with soft hands in the direction of mid on. Comes out of the crease looking for a run but his partner is not interested.
  • 20.4 On a length around off, angling in and staying a bit low as well, Masood presses forward and defends it back.
  • 20.3 A touch short and around off, straightening off the seam again. Masood tries to flick but closes the face of the bat early. It comes off the leading edge and rolls wide of gully for a couple of runs.
  • 20.2 Digs in a short ball on middle, Imam pulls it across the line although not in full control. It goes to the right of the fine leg fielder and they collect a single.
  • 20.1 Speeds in from 'round the wicket and hurls across a good length delivery outside off. It moves in with the angle and then straightens as the batsman makes a leave.
  • Kagiso Rabada returns for another burst as South Africa are searching for wickets and control on this Test match. Lead - 29 runs.
  • 19.6 Good length ball around off, Imam moves inside the line and works it with angle to deep backward square leg. A single taken. 71/1
  • 19.5 Short and sliding down the leg side, Imam stands back to hit it across the line but misses. It takes his pads and runs down to fine leg for a leg bye.
  • 19.4 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 19.3 Around off, it's been defended from the crease to the leg side.
  • 19.2 A touch short and outside off, Masood opens the face of his bat and runs it past gully. Bavuma gives the chase and they take a run.
  • 19.1 Angles in a length ball on off, Masood blocks it by getting forward.
  • 18.6 Full and straight, pushed back to the bowler. Nice communication from Imam to Masood - loud and clear - 'WAIT MATE! NO RUN!' 67/1
  • 18.5 A short ball around off, Imam looks to pull but the delivery comes on quicker than his anticipation. Mistimes his shot towards mid-wicket.
  • 18.4 Around off, punched towards point.
  • 18.3 Dropped a bit short, Shan swivels nicely and plays a Nataraja pull shot - the one played with one leg in the air in a dancing pose - towards fine leg for a single.
  • 18.2 On middle and off, angling away, Masood gets across and works it straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 18.1 Full and straight, blocked back to the bowler.
  • 17.6 FOUR! Beautiful shot to end the over. Full and straight, the southpaw drives it through mid on. As mentioned earlier, Rabada is not at mid on. He is at widish mid on, almost near mid-wicket. Starts to chase but loses the race. 66/1
  • 17.5 A bouncer to test the batsman's footwork, he ducks comfortably.
  • 17.4 On middle and off, Imam gets across and pushes it towards mid on.
  • 17.3 Outside off, steered behind point for a single. Temba Bavuma gave it a good chase from backward point and the batsmen did not even think about the second.
  • 17.2 Fuller in length this time, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 17.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 16.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 61/1
  • 16.5 Another short ball, this time it is pulled behind square without much timing. Long leg gets across. Two runs taken.
  • 16.4 SIX! Where did that come from? A short ball, around middle, Imam swivels and pulls it over square leg!
  • 16.3 Outside off, the southpaw looks to cut but gets a bottom edge to the off side.
  • 16.2 Outside off, Imam punches this down the ground, Kagiso Rabada is too square at mid on and has to put in the hard yards. Keeps the batsmen to a couple.
  • 16.1 Around off, on a length, watchfully tucked out.
  • 15.6 Down the leg side, tucked towards fine leg for a single. 51/1
  • 15.5 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 15.4 Outside off, quietly left alone this time.
  • 15.3 Outside off, Imam looks to defend this time but the ball hits a crack and deviates off the seam. Beats him totally.
  • 15.2 EDGED, DROPS SHORT! On a length outside off, Imam looks to defend but the away movement squares him up. Takes the outside edge and it goes to Dean Elgar at third slip. He reacts late and is hit on the shin.
  • 15.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • Drinks break. A much-better batting performance by Pakistan so far. Their openers saw off the new-ball spell but then a very ordinary shot selection resulted in the downfall of Fakhar Zaman. The South African bowlers took time to find their lines and lengths but are starting to look dangerous now. Imam has looked good after surviving a dropped catch when he was on 15 and would try to build on. Lead is 8 runs.
  • 14.6 Digs in a bouncer, Masood ducks to end the over. 50/1
  • 14.5 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 14.4 Mix-up! Nearly fatal. A length ball on middle, Masood stays back and taps it down to covers. He comes out of the crease in search of a run but his partner ain't interested. Bavuma attacks the ball and has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Shan was in anyway as Markram collects the throw.
  • 14.3 Straighter this time with his line, Shan turns it through mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 50 up for Pakistan!
  • 14.2 FOUR! Up and over! Width on offer outside off, shorter in length, Masood stands back and slaps it over gully for a boundary.
  • 14.1 Shout for an lbw! Olivier delivers it on a shortish length around off, shaping back in a shade, Masood stays back to defend but misses to get hit high on the pads. Going over the stumps.
  • 13.6 Bowls it on a driving length outside off, Imam watches the line closely and allows it through to the keeper. 44/1
  • 13.5 Sliding down the leg side, Imam helps it out off his pads but finds the square leg fielder this time.
  • 13.4 Angling away from the batsman, on a length, Imam drives it off his front foot but finds the cover fielder.
  • 13.3 Imam has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 13.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 13.1 Around off on a length, Imam defends it off his front foot.
  • Shan Masood is the new batsman.
  • 12.6 OUT! Zaman was itching to dominate the bowler but instead gets dominated. First wicket for Olivier to add to his six in the first innings. He angles in a length ball down the leg side, Zaman picks it off his pads and tries to whip it over square leg. Doesn't bother to keep it down but has not timed it well enough. The placement though is quite accurate as far as South Africa are concerned. Kagiso Rabada only has to move across a bit to his right from fine leg to complete the catch. Pakistan are 2/1! 44/1
  • 12.5 Good length ball on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 12.4 Another bouncer, Fakhar ducks.
  • 12.4 Wide called for height! Olivier hurls in a bouncer which goes well over the head of the batsman.
  • 12.3 FOUR! Fine shot this time! On a length around off, not moving much, Zaman drives it straight down the ground and times it to perfection. No mid off in place and it's a free run for the ball. In the lead, Pakistan.
  • 12.2 Play and a miss! A very dismal attempt. Olivier slants across a length delivery outside off, Fakhar tries to play an expansive drive but is beaten.
  • 12.1 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 11.6 A good length delivery on middle and off, Imam stays back-footed and pushes it with an angled bat to backward point. 39/0
  • 11.5 Sharp bouncer, Imam immediately ducks underneath it with his bat hanging like a periscope.
  • 11.4 A low full toss on off, dipping in, Imam pushes it back with a straight bat.
  • 11.3 Rabada goes full with his length this time and lands it around off, Imam is on the front foot as he blocks it safely. So far so good from the Pakistan openers.
  • 11.2 A rising delivery in the line of the stumps, Imam blocks it off his back foot.
  • 11.1 FOUR! Rabada bangs in a short ball around off, not rising much, Imam is on top of the bounce as he nails his pull shot through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 10.6 Digs in a short delivery around leg, Fakhar tries to work it off his hips but it flies off his thigh pad to gully. The fielder there thought it has taken an edge so tries his best to catch the ball with a dive. Fails in his attempt though. 35/0
  • 10.5 Too full and on off, it's driven back to the bowler who jumps to collect the ball.
  • 10.4 Outside off, left alone again.
  • 10.3 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 10.2 Angling away from the batsman, Zaman is forward in defense.
  • 10.1 Good length delivery on middle and off, staying low a touch, Fakhar takes his bottom hand off the handle as he looks to defend. It goes off the inside half to short leg where Markram reacts quickly to his left and also has a shy at the striker's end. Not on target.
  • 9.6 Pitches it up and outside off, Imam drives it square of the wicket on the off side for a couple of runs. Bavuma chased it down. Deficit in single digit now. 35/0
  • 9.5 That's a gem! Rabada is much-better from this 'round the wicket angle. Once again gets a back of a length delivery to straighten from around off, Imam pushes at it and is beaten by the away movement.
  • 9.4 Imam has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 9.3 Angling down the leg side, nudged to deep square leg for one.
  • 9.2 Dropped? Not really... Rabada hurls in a back of a length ball outside off, it straightens off the seam as Fakhar has a tame push inside the line. He nicks it behind but the ball drops just short of Elgar at second slip. Lucky escape.
  • 9.1 Steams in from 'round the wicket with the intention to bowl a heavy yorker. But he ends up dishing out a full toss on middle, Fakhar ain't expecting that either and only manages to flick it towards mid-wicket.
  • Change of ends for Kagiso Rabada.
  • 8.6 Overpitches this time, on middle, Imam drives it down the ground but finds mid on. 32/0
  • 8.5 Bowls it shortish again, on middle, Imam is on his toes in defense.
  • 8.4 Lands it on a length and serves it around middle and leg, Imam covers the line and blocks it back.
  • 8.3 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 8.2 Back of a length ball on middle, defended from the crease.
  • 8.1 Begins his spell with his favourite delivery. A bouncer. But it's down the leg side and Imam ducks.
  • Here comes Duanne Olivier.
  • 7.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 32/0
  • 7.5 Switches to 'round the wicket and hurls across a shortish ball on middle and leg. Fakhar fails to work it around and is hit on the thigh pad.
  • 7.4 Back of a length delivery on middle, Imam stands back and turns it through square leg for a run.
  • 7.3 Good length ball on middle and off, Imam defends it off his back foot.
  • 7.2 FOUR! Easy pickings! Rabada bowls a length ball on the pads, Imam deflects it off his pads to the fine leg fence. Pakistan have raced to 31 and the deficit is just 11 now.
  • 7.1 Bumper. Around leg. Imam picks it early. Sits down and lets it over his head.
  • 6.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 27/0
  • 6.5 Extra bounce. Back of a length delivery on middle, Fakhar rises on his back foot and defends it down from the inner half of his bat. It drops down near the stumps.
  • 6.4 Play and a miss! Steyn goes very full and outside off, seeing that Zaman's eyes lit up as he attempts to drill it through the line. Swings his blade but is beaten for pace, probably.
  • 6.3 Around off on a length, Zaman pushes it down from the outer half of his bat to point.
  • 6.2 Brilliant delivery. Steyn lands it on a length and closer to off stump. Fakhar stays back to defend the line but it nips away at the last moment to beat the outside edge.
  • Backward point drops back to third man.
  • 6.1 EDGED! FOUR! Fakhar smiles. Third man has been a busy and productive area for Pakistan in this innings. Steyn angles across a length ball outside off, Fakhar flirts inside the line and edges it past gully for a boundary at third man.
  • 5.6 Good leave. Shortish delivery, on middle, Imam trusts the bounce and allows it through over his stumps. 23/0
  • 5.5 Sharp delivery. On a good length around off, angling across the left-hander, Fakhar brings his bat down to defend but is beaten for pace. The ball arrives late to take the inner half and speeds down to fine leg for one.
  • A forward short leg comes into place now after the last shot.
  • 5.4 Back of a length delivery landing outside leg, Fakhar fails to work it around and is hit high on the body.
  • 5.3 Rabada continues to be on the pads and this time Fakhar nudges it behind square leg and rushes back for the second run.
  • 5.2 Extra bounce from around leg, Zaman tries to glance but misses to wear it on his thigh pad.
  • 5.1 Good length ball on middle and off, Fakhar covers the line and blocks it down safely.
  • 4.6 FOUR! This will make Imam feel a lot better now. Steyn overpitches in the line of the stumps, Imam is forward with a straight bat and crunches it down the ground through mid off. 20/0
  • 4.5 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 4.4 Better from Imam. He sees the line to be outside off and allows it through to the keeper.
  • 4.3 EDGED AGAIN! Safe. Imam is living dangerously here. Steyn has hit a good rhythm. Serves another one on a back of a length and the away moment opens up Imam in his defense. It takes the outside edge but falls just short of Elgar at third slip.
  • 4.2 DROPPED BY AMLA! Steyn hurls across a back of a length ball around middle and off and it shapes away after landing. Imam is squared up in defense and the outside edge flies to Amla at first slip. He gets down low but fails to catch it. Early life for Imam. Can he make it count?
  • 4.1 Speeds in and serves a length ball on middle. Imam defends it back. Good lines from Steyn. He is getting some movement and bounce going for himself.
  • 3.6 Slants away from the batsman, on a back of a length, Fakhar lets it through. 16/0
  • 3.5 Appeal for an lbw, not given! Kagiso lets out a length ball around middle and gets it to move back in. Fakhar tries to defend but it takes an inside edge before hitting him on the pads. Umpire Ravi has spotted that.
  • 3.4 Sliding down the leg side, Rabada continues to struggle with his line. Fakhar flicks but finds the backward square leg fielder.
  • 3.3 Overdoes his line. Goes too straight and Imam jumps to play it off his hips. Fails to connect and it goes off his thigh pad to square leg. A leg bye is stolen.
  • 3.2 Once again the line is way wide outside off. Rabada is getting it to move off the seam but needs to get close to the stumps. So far, it's been easy for Imam.
  • 3.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, swinging further away after landing, Imam shoulders arms.
  • 2.6 And again. Steyn is getting some inward movement going. He puts it around middle and off, Zaman is forward as he pushes it off the inner half of his bat to mid-wicket. 15/0
  • 2.5 A hint of inward shape there as it lands in a length around off. Fakhar defends it back from the inner half of the bat.
  • 2.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 2.3 Once again Steyn slants it away from the batsman, Fakhar pushes at it and misses.
  • 2.2 Angling away from the batsman, outside off, Fakhar shoulders arms.
  • 2.1 Lands it on a length around middle and off, Zaman makes room and drives it firmly down to mid off.
  • 1.6 Moving away from the batsman, Imam pushes at it tentatively and is beaten. 15/0
  • 1.5 FOUR! Streaky this time! Rabada serves a good length ball on middle and off, nipping away a bit, Imam stays back to play inside the line but it takes the outside edge and goes wide of gully again. Risky.
  • 1.4 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 1.3 FOUR! Nicely played in the end. Back of a length ball on middle and off, Imam goes on the back foot to play it down with soft hands. He controls it well and that's why even the outside edge safely rolls wide of gully for a boundary.
  • 1.2 The line is too straight and Imam eases it off his pads through backward square leg for a brace.
  • 1.1 Starts his spell with a length ball around middle and off, Imam defends it from the crease.
  • Kagiso Rabada steaming in from the other end.
  • 0.6 Good length delivery on middle, Zaman covers the line and blocks it safely. 5/0
  • 0.5 Full and straight, it's been worked down to fine leg for one.
  • 0.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 0.3 EDGY FOUR! Steyn bowls it full and around off, shaping away, Imam tries driving it straight but it takes the outside edge and speeds through the gap at slips and gully for a boundary.
  • 0.2 Another delivery in the region outside off, an easy leave for Imam. Steyn needs to get closer to the off pole.
  • 0.1 Begins with a good length delivery in the channel outside off, Imam allows it through to the keeper.

South Africa Vs Pakistan Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • That is all we have then from this first SA-Pak Test at Centurion, which had no centurions. It lasted just 8 sessions but totally enthralled us. Pakistan have been defeated but they have shown that they can fight hard. The Proteas will want a more clinical approach with the bat, come the second Test, which begins at Cape Town on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 10.30 am local (0830 GMT). 1-1, 2-0 or 1-0? Join us on that day to find out! Wishing you all a happy new 2019 in advance! ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • DUANNE OLIVIER IS NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH for his match figures of 11/96.
  • Now, the bowling. With the team taking 20 wickets, Duanne Olivier's 11 stole the headlines. He was the out-and-out hero in the first innings but in the second, Rabada's 3/15 in that last spell turned the game completely with the ball reversing. For Pakistan, Afridi and Amir produced decent returns with the ball in the first innings, taking 4 wickets each.
  • For South Africa with the bat, heroes stepped up when mattered. In the first essay, it was Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock. Do not forget the cameo by Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada. That lead of 42 did prove to be very crucial.
  • Now, a flashback of the previous three innings. Where did Pakistan lose the game? After electing to bat on a green deck? Or allowing South Africa to get a decent lead after tottering at 43/4 at one stage? Or not managing even 200 after being 101/1 in the second innings? Hard to say. The first innings score read 181, but 107 of those came from the willows of Babar Azam and Azhar Ali. Shan Masood and Imam-ul-Haq were the heroes in the second innings but it did not prove to be enough.
  • Pakistan would be a bit disappointed with the way the match ended. They came out firing this morning but simply could not sustain the pressure after the first Drinks break. Everyone bowled well but the wickets did not come as they did in the first innings. And, they gave it their all. Bouncers, yorkers, inswingers, outswingers, fuller lengths, back of a length, corridor of uncertainty - but were unable to dislodge either of Elgar or Amla.
  • It was a stand worth 119 from 241 balls. But what would be worth checking is how many fishes, plays and misses, edges, hits on arm, hits on the body, etc... were seen. Elgar, as always, was prepared to do the dirty work, taking blows all over his body but digging in there. Amla needed this innings. He was badly out of form and this half century is a welcome return for him. His first 50-plus score after 10 innings.
  • Pakistan got the perfect start to the day with Hasan Ali nipping out Aiden Markram for a duck and then created more chances but the fielders could not grab them. Hashim Amla was dropped on 8 while a controversial catch of Dean Elgar was not given. This was during the first hour on Friday where Pakistan gave it their all. But once that period passed, Amla and Elgar used all their experience to get the runs.
  • Let us start from Day 3. South Africa needed 149 to win. Easy peasy? Might have been at the start of the innings. Might look so with the scorecard reading 151/4. But only Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar know what they battled.
  • A bit of a tame end to what has been a magnificent Test match. South Africa were expected to win and they did win but given the drama that unfolded on the first two days, one would have expected more wickets to fall. But on the given day, the Proteas came out well on top.
  • 50.4 FOUR! SOUTH AFRICA GO 1-0 UP! Full and around middle, Bavuma gets down and sweeps it behind square leg for a boundary! Victory by 6 wickets.
  • 50.3 Landed outside off, stays low, TB stays back to defend but the ball stays low as well and takes the bottom edge, back to the bowler.
  • 50.2 Full and around off, Temba comes forward and defends.
  • 50.1 A short ball outside off, Bavuma goes back and punches it towards point.
  • 49.6 Around off, coming in, Hashim misses his tuck and is hit on the pads. 147/4
  • 49.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 49.4 A bit too straight, full as well, worked through mid-wicket. Mohammad Amir runs all the way from mid on but before he can get to the ball, Hasan Ali gets there from fine leg. Three runs taken. 2 more to win now.
  • 49.3 On a length outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 49.2 A bouncer now, Temba ducks. Didn't have to, actually.
  • 49.1 FOUR! 'Oh yes!' exclaims Pommie Mbangwa on air. Full and outside off, Bavuma leans into the shot and drives it through the covers. Does not even bother to run. South Africa just a hit away from a 1-0 lead.
  • 48.6 Full and outside off, Hashim dead-bats it. 140/4
  • 48.5 Full again, around off, pushed towards cover.
  • 48.4 A full toss, around off, blocked out carefully.
  • 48.3 Around off, watchfully pushed towards the off side.
  • 48.2 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 48.1 Full and down the leg side, flicked through square leg for a single. Just 9 more to win now.
  • 47.6 Around off, on a length, extra bounce, Amla hops and blocks. 139/4
  • 47.5 Comes forward and works it wide of mid on for a run.
  • 47.4 Full on middle, played through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 47.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • Temba Bavuma walks out at number 6. Just 12 more to get.
  • 47.2 OUT! Top edge and taken! A pair for Faf du Plessis! Neither captain has managed to trouble the scorers with the bat in this Test. And it is Afridi who gets his man for the second time in this game. In the first innings, it was a brute of a short ball which had Faf hopping and edging one to gully. Here, it is the short delivery again which Faf looks to pull. With his eyes closed. Gets a top edge, due to the extra bounce and Hasan Ali takes a decent catch at the long leg fence. Decent because the ropes were just behind him. Afridi gets to raise his arms like Shahid Afridi and then smile.
  • 47.1 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover for a single.
  • 46.6 Nicely floated outside off, Faf leans into it and drives it towards cover. If it matters, he is still on a PAIR. Got a first-baller in the first innings. 136/3
  • 46.5 A bit of flight outside off, watchfully pushed back.
  • 46.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 46.3 Around off, pushed towards cover.
  • 46.2 Full and outside off, pushed to the off side.
  • Skipper Faf du Plessis eventually has to come out now. Just 13 runs needed.
  • 46.1 OUT! Wild swing and stumped! Flighted outside off, de Bruyn jumps down the track but is nowhere near the pitch of the ball. He swings wildly, is nowhere near the pitch of the ball and misses. Easy stumping for Sarfraz. Theunis looks to get back but is late.
  • 45.6 Around off, solidly defended. 136/2
  • 45.5 A short ball, pulled through square leg for a single.
  • 45.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 45.3 A bouncer now, Theunis ducks.
  • 45.2 Typical fast bowler's response. A bouncer, around middle, de Bruyn sways away from the line.
  • 45.1 FOUR! CARESSED! Full and wide outside off, de Bruyn reaches out and drives it through the covers!
  • 44.6 Full and around off, watchfully defended. 131/2
  • 44.5 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 44.4 FOUR! That is a fine shot. Comes down the track, takes it on the full and drives it wide of mid on for a boundary! 19 more needed now.
  • 44.3 Full and wide outside off, Amla reaches out and drives it behind point and gets a single.
  • 44.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 44.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 43.6 Full and outside off, pushed towards mid off. 125/2
  • 43.5 A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 43.4 On middle and leg, Hashim ducks.
  • 43.3 FOUR! Tough luck in the field. A short ball, around middle, Amla swivels and pulls it behind square leg. Hasan Ali rushes across to his left from fine leg and dives but cannot quite stop the ball. Shan Masood tidies up from mid-wicket but overruns. Tries to dive back but is late.
  • 43.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 43.1 A bouncer on middle, Amla ducks.
  • Shaheen Afridi returns. 11-1-33-0 so far.
  • 42.6 Outside off, punched off the back foot. 120/2
  • 42.5 The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
  • 42.4 Around off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 42.3 Outside off, eased through the covers for a single. 29 more to win now.
  • 42.2 Full and down the leg side, Amla looks to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. An LBW appeal ensues but it is in vain.
  • 42.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 41.6 Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler. 119/2
  • 41.5 On a length around middle, de Bruyn misses his tuck and is hit on the pads. Masood appeals but in vain. That was comfortably slipping down leg.
  • 41.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • Theunis de Bruyn comes out at number 4, replacing Elgar, for the finishing duties.
  • 41.3 OUT! EDGED, DROPPED BUT THEN TAKEN! Pakistan have a second wicket at last. Too late but something is better than nothing. FIRST TEST WICKET FOR SHAN MASOOD. At least he can celebrate. Full and outside off, Elgar reaches out to drive but gets an outside edge as there is no feet movement. The ball flies behind and Sarfraz Ahmed dives to his left. Fluffs it in the first attempt but takes it in the second. End of the 119-run stand. Just 30 more needed now.
  • 41.2 FOUR! 13th TEST FIFTY FOR ELGAR, 1ST VS PAKISTAN! He barely celebrates. Almost like a formality, he raises his bat to the crowd as they appreciate and then smiles as Amla congratulates him. It has been a struggle. It has been a tussle. He has been dealt with blows. But he has taken them all and is still fighting hard. Full and outside off, Elgar leans and drives it straight back past the bowler, beating mid off to the fence.
  • 41.1 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 40.6 Full and around off, watchfully pushed back. 115/1
  • 40.5 The flipper, around off, coming straight on, defended to the leg side.
  • 40.4 Very full, almost a yorker, dabbed back to the bowler.
  • 40.3 The faster one, a touch short around off, punched towards cover.
  • 40.2 Comes down the track and looks to go over the top, but the ball spins in, takes the inner half and the shot is skewed towards deep mid-wicket. Does not carry. A single taken.
  • 40.1 Full and outside off, spinning in a long way, Elgar looks to defend but is beaten by the extra bounce. Gets an inside edge onto the pads and the ball drops down.
  • Yasir Shah into the attack now. 2-0-7-0 so far.
  • 39.6 Lovely shot, lovelier stop. Full and straight, HA drives it straight back but Masood sticks out his right leg and stops the ball. 114/1
  • 39.5 Full and around off, well blocked out.
  • 39.4 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 39.3 Full and around off, pushed towards mid on.
  • 39.2 Military medium pace, full and outside off, 119 kph, barely bounces, barely carries to Sarfraz as Hashim lets it go.
  • 39.1 Full and outside off, Amla gets across and defends watchfully.
  • DRINKS BREAK. Just 35 more needed. Pakistan have tried almost everything. Nothing left in this game now. Can they suddenly get something going and take a few wickets? The result won't change but at least they will be a bit happier going into the new year's Test. Time for the part-timers now. Shan Masood is back on. 1-0-2-0 so far.
  • 38.6 Full and around off, Dean just pushes his bat but the ball spits through. Flies off the face of the bat towards cover. 114/1
  • 38.5 Another bouncer, better directed, Elgar sways away again.
  • 38.4 A wild bouncer outside off, DE sways away.
  • 38.3 On a length around off, Dean hops and pats it towards point.
  • 38.2 Full and straight, watchfully defended.
  • 38.1 FOUR! Going for the kill? Full and on off, Elgar looks to go straight over the top but gets it off the inner half of the bat. Does not matter. There is no mid on and even if there was, it would have sailed over. One bounce and into the fence.
  • 37.6 Comes forward and defends. 110/1
  • 37.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 37.4 The batsman does well to leave that bouncer.
  • 37.3 Around off and middle, watchfully defended.
  • 37.2 On middle and leg, flicked straight to square leg.
  • 37.2 FIVE WIDES! Too much of an effort from Afridi. Banged right in the middle of the match, Amla ducka. Poor Sarfraz leaps behind but can only get a glove to it. The ball flies to the fence behind. 39 more to win now.
  • 37.1 A short ball, pulled behind square leg for a single.
  • 36.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 104/1
  • 36.5 Outside off, Amla looks to cut but gets a bottom edge.
  • 36.4 Tight line, around off, compactly defended.
  • 36.3 Fuller in length, outside off, eased straight to point.
  • 36.2 Outside off, punched towards cover.
  • 36.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 35.6 Full and outside off, Elgar plays inside the line and the ball just beats the inside edge. 104/1
  • 35.5 Down the leg side, flicked towards square leg for a single.
  • 35.4 Outside off, punched off the back foot.
  • 35.3 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 35.2 Another bouncer, not as wild as the previous one, Hashim ducks again.
  • 35.1 A wild bouncer, around middle, Amla ducks.
  • 34.6 The batsman fails to put bat on ball. 103/1
  • 34.5 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 34.4 Outside off, Dean pushes at it but misses.
  • 34.3 FOUR! Down the leg side, Elgar just tickles it fine, well past Sarfraz, to the fine leg fence. Leg byes signalled though. 100-RUN STAND IS UP. Can these two take the Proteas home? Just 46 more needed.
  • 34.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 34.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • Hasan Ali returns. 10-4-35-1 so far.
  • 33.6 Outside off, HA looks to hook but misses. 99/1
  • 33.5 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails.
  • 33.4 Now Elgar gets a short ball and pulls it away for a run.
  • 33.3 Another short ball, Hashim swivels and pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 33.2 Short and outside off, Amla looks to cut but gets a bottom edge towards point.
  • 33.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 32.6 Landed around off, watchfully blocked out. 97/1
  • 32.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 32.4 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 32.3 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 32.2 Another edge, this time off a length, Dean looks to defend but the ball bounces, takes the outside edge. However, he plays it with soft hands and it dies down in front of second slip.
  • 32.1 FOUR! Off the edge. Full and outside off, Elgar looks to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge, past the slip cordon and to the third man fence.
  • 31.6 Outside off, Dean pushes it in front of point and scurries across to the other end. 93/1
  • 31.6 WIDE! Well, the fourth bouncer of the over and this is too high. Elgar ducks.
  • 31.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 31.4 Outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 31.3 Third bouncer on the trot, way too far down the leg side, ducked again.
  • 31.2 Another bouncer around middle. Dean ducks again.
  • A helmet comes on. A short leg in place now. No prizes for guessing why.
  • 31.1 A bouncer around middle, Elgar looks to pull but misses.
  • 30.6 Outside off, Hash plays a slash but misses. No feet movement. 91/1
  • 30.5 Full and outside off, Amla comes forward and defends in a compact manner towards gully.
  • Something wrong? Amir comes running in but just as he is about to deliver, bails out. Probably his footing was not right. Yep. Has a look at his landing area.
  • 30.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 30.3 On middle and leg, Dean plays this towards mid-wicket and calls through for a quick single. Asad Shafiq hares across and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. DE was in though.
  • 30.2 Outside off, now Dean plays for it but misses.
  • 30.1 There is that short delivery again. If any, Elgar would the first to hope that this match ends soon. This one lands, then kicks off suddenly. Elgar, not wearing an arm guard for reasons known best to him, fends it down.
  • 29.6 Around off, angling away, let through. 90/1
  • 29.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 29.4 FOUR! 40th Test Fifty for Hashim Amla, 9th vs Pakistan! Hasn't been his best year in Test cricket but he finishes it in style. Or shall we say, GETS to finish it in style. Remember, he was dropped on 8 by Fakhar Zaman. A short ball, outside off, Amla rocks back and cuts it through point for a boundary! 59 more to win now.
  • 29.3 Around middle and leg, this time Dean connects and gets it through square leg for a single.
  • 29.2 Down the leg side, Elgar misses his flick.
  • 29.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • Shaheen Afridi is back on. 6-1-17-0 so far.
  • 28.6 Outside off, let through. 85/1
  • 28.5 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 28.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 28.3 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 28.2 Around off, defended watchfully.
  • 28.1 Full on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 27.6 A short ball around middle, Dean looks to defend but then sees the bounce, keeps his gloves down and takes it on the arm. 85/1
  • 27.5 Outside off, punched towards point for a single.
  • 27.4 A short ball, around leg, Elgar ducks unconvincingly and looks to duck. The ball hits his body and goes towards square leg. A leg bye taken.
  • 27.3 Full and around off, pushed towards mid on.
  • 27.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 27.1 Full and outside off, left alone.
  • Shan Masood now.
  • 26.6 Around off, pushed back watchfully. 82/1
  • 26.5 The batsman has punched that ball through the off side. Good effort by the fielder to save runs for his team.
  • 26.4 Full and around off, pushed towards mid off.
  • 26.3 ELGAR SURVIVES AN LBW REVIEW. On a good length outside off, coming in with the angle, Dean looked to defend but missed and was hit high on the pads. It was the back thigh and the appeal was high but umpire Ravi stayed low and calm. Not out, he said. Pakistan take a review in desperation but Hawk Eye shows it to be going over the top.
  • 26.2 Pushes this through mid off and takes a single.
  • 26.1 Full and outside off, left alone.
  • Welcome back. 68 runs needed. Plenty of time left. Can we expect any more fight from Pakistan?
  • ... DAY 3, FINAL SESSION? ...
  • Pakistan have tried hard but luck has not gone their way. On another day, they would have had the Proteas 4-5 down by now. But this is one of those days where the rub of the green is going the opposition's way. Just 68 more needed now and the second session should be the final one of the match but there is rain forecast. Hopefully, the match ends by then. Join us back at 12.40 pm local (1040 GMT).
  • The day began in terrific fashion with Hasan Ali nipping Aiden Markram out LBW for a duck. Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar would have gone in quick succession too, but while Fakhar Zaman dropped Amla, Elgar was controversially adjudged not out after Azhar Ali claimed a catch at first slip. After that happened, there were some tight overs but once the bowlers started to tire, the batsmen started to feast.
  • Good morning. If you have just woken up. South Africa have had a wonderful session. Excellent morning, if you have been following the game from the start today. What a passage of cricket. Fine tight bowling and then some riposte from Amla and Elgar. Good, competitive cricket.
  • 25.6 Full and around off, watchfully defended. LUNCH ON DAY 3, SOUTH AFRICA NEED 68 MORE TO WIN! 81/1
  • 25.5 Around off, worked straight to short leg.
  • 25.4 Floated outside off, driven through mid off for a single.
  • 25.3 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 25.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 25.1 Around middle, flicked straight to short leg.
  • 24.6 A bouncer on middle, Dean ducks. 80/1
  • 24.5 Full and outside off, pushed through point for a single.
  • 24.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 24.3 FOUR! Another well-controlled shot. A short ball, around middle, Amla swivels and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary!
  • 24.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 24.1 FOUR! Nice shot. Full and outside off, Amla reaches out and drives it through point. The fielder dives, gets a hand to it but cannot stop the ball.
  • 23.6 On middle and leg, flicked straight to Shan Masood at short leg. 71/1
  • 23.5 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 23.4 FOUR! Risky. At this point of time, with 8 minutes left in the crease. Full and around middle, Elgar gets down and sweeps it through fine leg for a boundary! 78 more needed to win.
  • 23.3 Outside off, punched towards cover for a run.
  • 23.2 Full and around off, spinning away, watchfully defended.
  • 23.1 Full and around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Yasir Shah into the attack now.
  • 22.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 65/1
  • 22.5 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 22.4 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 22.3 Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.
  • 22.2 On middle and leg, pushed towards mid-wicket.
  • 22.1 FOUR! Full on middle, Elgar leans and flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary!
  • 21.6 Around middle and off, pushed back to the bowler. 60/1
  • The physio is out in the middle. The magic spray comes out. The ball has hit Elgar at such a part that the pain will not subside so easily.
  • 21.5 OUCH! 'AAAAH!' Oh dear, that is painful. That is very, very painful. Elgar is down in pain. That is a brute. The ball has pitched on a length around off and Dean has come forward to defend. But then, the ball has reared up off a length and smashed him directly on the elbow. He takes the single but is wincing in pain...
  • 21.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 21.3 Full and outside off, Dean plays for it but the ball moves away and beats him.
  • 21.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 21.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended to the off side.
  • 20.6 Landed outside off, pushed to the off side. 59/1
  • 20.5 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 20.4 Outside off, punched towards cover.
  • 20.3 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 20.2 This is around off, rises up after pitching, Amla fends it down to the leg side.
  • 20.1 Full and outside off, a touch wide, left alone.
  • Hasan Ali is back on. 7-3-21-1 so far.
  • 19.6 Full and around off, Elgar looks to defend but the ball goes off the inside edge through square leg. 59/1
  • 19.5 Outside off, let through.
  • 19.4 Full on middle, worked past mid-wicket for a single.
  • 19.3 FOUR! Aha. Another punch. This is outside off, Amla punches it behind point and gets the second boundary of the over! Moves to 33 with his 7th four.
  • 19.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 19.1 FOUR! Lovely shot. On a length, pitched around leg, Amla whips it through mid-wicket and gets a boundary.
  • 18.6 Outside off, left alone. 50/1
  • 18.5 Full and around off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 18.4 A bouncer now, Dean ducks.
  • 18.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 18.2 FOUR! Too loose a ball. Half volley, on the pads, clipped through square leg for a boundary. The ball races away. 50-RUN STAND IS UP. 99 more needed to win now.
  • 18.1 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 17.6 Down the leg side, clipped straight to square leg. 46/1
  • 17.5 Full and outside off, watchfully pushed back to the bowler.
  • 17.4 Around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 17.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 17.2 Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 17.1 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 16.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 46/1
  • 16.5 Full and outside off, Dean looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 16.4 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 16.3 Some chin music for the batsman, he lets that bouncer through to the wicket-keeper.
  • 16.2 FOUR! No one moves. High quality shot. Full and around off, swinging in, Elgar gets across a touch and flicks it beautifully between mid on and mid-wicket. The ball travels.
  • 16.1 On a good length around off, pushed down the ground.
  • 15.6 Outside off, on a length, Hashim looks to cut but misses. 42/1
  • 15.5 Around off, watchfully blocked from the crease.
  • 15.4 NOT OUT. MISSING OFF! No bat involved but then angle was not too convincing either. Pakistan lose a review. The ball has pitched in line, according to Hawk Eye, hit the pad before the bat but then the angle was taking it away. To the naked eye, it seemed like an inside edge was involves and if there wasn't any, then it felt plumb. That is what Amir was convincing Sarfraz. The skipper did not want to take the review initially. Amla was trying to defend that one.
  • Is that out LBW? Bat first or pad first? Amir reckons he has got Amla plumb in front. Where did it pitch? Is it hitting the stumps? The third umpire has been summoned as Pakistan have chosen to make a delayed call for the review.
  • 15.3 FOUR! A bit flashy but will do. Full and outside off, Amla looks to drive but the ball goes off the outside edge, behind point and then races away to the third man fence. 107 more to win now. The stand is worth 42.
  • 15.2 This is a touch wider outside off, let through again.
  • 15.1 Landed outside off, angling away, watchfully left alone.
  • Mohammad Amir returns. 4-3-4-0 so far.
  • 14.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 38/1
  • 14.5 FOUR! CARESSED! Full and outside off, Elgar waits and waits and waits and then drives it through mid off!
  • 14.4 Excellent yorker, around middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 14.3 Nice shot. Amla waits for the ball to come to him and then opens the face of the bat to guide it behind point. Three runs taken.
  • 14.2 This is wider outside off, left alone.
  • 14.1 On a length around off, angling away, Amla initially plays inside the line and then lets it go.
  • DRINKS BREAK.
  • 13.6 Full and around off, watchfully defended. 31/1
  • 13.5 The ball has found the edge of the bat. Third slip dives to his left to stop the ball.
  • 13.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 13.3 Full and down the leg side, Dean looks to flick but misses. The ball lobs off the pads and Ali charges forward for the catch but cannot reach the ball. Don't think there was wood though.
  • 13.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 13.1 FOUR! The runs are starting to come again. Pakistan were building up some pressure by bowling some dots on the trot but these last few balls have eased some of that. Third boundary off Hasan in the last 5 balls. Full on middle, Elgar leans and then flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 12.6 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 27/1
  • 12.5 Full on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 12.4 OUCH! Taking it on the body. On a length outside off, cutting back in sharply, Elgar looks to defend initially but then tries to duck. Is hit on the body
  • 12.3 Full and straight, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 12.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 12.1 Very full and around off, Elgar just about manages to dig it out.
  • 11.6 FOUR! Fine shot again. Landed around off, Amla punches this on the up and gets it through the covers again! 26/1
  • 11.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 11.4 Outside off, a punch and a miss.
  • 11.3 FOUR! A boundary after 31 balls. In fact, just the 5th run in this period as well. On a length outside off, Amla gets on top of the bounce and punches it through the covers!
  • 11.2 This is pitched on a length, a similar area as the previous one, but it moves away and squares Amla up. He manages to push it back.
  • 11.1 On a length around off, stays low, watchfully defended.
  • 10.6 In the corridor of uncertainty, left alone. 18/1
  • 10.5 Fuller and tighter, in line of the stumps, pushed towards cover.
  • 10.4 Landed outside off, a touch wide, let through.
  • 10.3 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 10.2 Ahh... a loose drive from Elgar, away from his body, to a ball pitched well outside off. It moves away and just beats the outside edge.
  • 10.1 Around middle, tucked towards fine leg for a single.
  • 9.6 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single. 17/1
  • 9.5 Around off, pushed towards cover.
  • 9.4 Outside off, in the avenue of apprehension, Hashim feels for it but misses as the ball deviates away to beat the outside edge.
  • 9.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 9.2 Full and just outside off, Amla looks to defend but the ball nips back in, takes the inside edge and hits him on the pads.
  • 9.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 8.6 Outside off, pushed towards gully. 16/1
  • 8.5 NOT OUT! Interesting. Very interesting. Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur is furious in the dressing room. The players are stunned. But they need to move on. Were the fingers not totally under the ball? Well, well, well. This needs microscopic observation and the third umpire has made a very brave call as the soft signal was OUT. Coming to the ball, it was a good nut, as it was pitched outside off. It then came back in a touch and then straightened a bit. Elgar was forced to play at it, as it was in the corridor of uncertainty. Got an outside edge which went to first slip where Azhar Ali CLAIMED to have taken it inches above the ground. The on-field umpires took a long time to even refer it upstairs in the first place. Multiple replays were shown and it did seem from one angle that the fingers were underneath the ball. But then, going further, it kept appearing that the ball hit the ground as well. Well, benefit of doubt to Elgar then.
  • IS THAT OUT? Dean Elgar has nicked one behind to first slip. Azhar Ali is claiming the catch but the umpires are not that sure. Has the ball bounced? The soft signal is out. Referred upstairs...
  • 8.4 That is the area. On a good length outside off, Elgar feels for it but the ball moves away and beats the outside edge.
  • 8.3 Landed outside off, a touch wide, left alone.
  • 8.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 8.1 Full on middle and leg, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
  • Shaheen Afridi into the attack now. Replaces Amir.
  • 7.6 Well outside off, let through. Excellent over from Hasan. Should have had the mighty Hash. 16/1
  • 7.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 7.4 EDGED, DROPPED! Has Zaman put down the match? Massive moment in the game. Short and outside off, Amla slashes hard but gets an outside edge. It goes straight to second slip and should have been taken. Now, here is the conundrum. Zaman initially has palms in a reverse cup position but then midway with the ball coming to him, he changes it to bucket-like shape, as it is coming below his chest. Then tries to get down as well to take the catch. Trying all these things is a bit of a multi-task and he is not that too quick. The ball hits his palms and bobbles out. Fakhar tries to take it on the rebound but because he has fallen down on his back, by the time he can surge ahead and take the catch, the ball dies down. First slip puts in an effort as well but in vain.
  • 7.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 7.2 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 7.1 Full and outside off, barely any bounce, Amla lets it go. Sarfraz tries to collect but is hit on the calf. Ouch.
  • 6.6 Full and straight, Dean somehow gets his bat down in time and gets a leading edge back to the bowler. 16/1
  • 6.5 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 6.4 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 6.3 Full delivery angling in on middle and leg, it's driven but straight to the man at mid on.
  • 6.2 Marginally ahead of a length, coming in at first but then shaping away, Elgar comes half forward and blocks it out.
  • 6.1 FOUR! Streaky runs but it's raining boundaries here. Swerving away from around off, on a good length, Elgar goes at it with hard hands and gets a thick edge. It flies, somehow, between the slip cordon and gully and races away to the fence.
  • 5.6 Outside off on a good length, left alone to end the over. 12/1
  • 5.5 FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for Hashim Amla! It's too straight and shortish into the body, Amla swivels and helps the pull through square leg once more for a boundary.
  • 5.4 FOUR! Shot. Fraction straight in line and Amla makes him pay. Length delivery on leg, Amla flicks it through square leg and finds the fence with ease.
  • 5.3 Beaten! Peach of a delivery. Hasan Ali lands it on a good length around off, Amla hangs his bat out and gets beaten past the outside edge. It nipped away slightly quite late.
  • 5.2 Some width on offer but Amla can't put it away. Wide outside off on a length, Amla cuts this hard but Imam moves swiftly to his left and stops it.
  • 5.1 Length delivery targeting the top of off stump, Amla stays right behind the line and defends.
  • 4.6 Around off, pushed down to mid off. 4/1
  • 4.5 MIX-UP, BUT SAFE! Tension in the African camp. Elgar pushes it towards cover and sets off for a single but there is none available. Amla sends him back but by then Imam comes charging in from point. Dean tries to get and does so in the end. The fielder throws the ball but hits the batsman instead. Nerves....
  • 4.4 Around off, pushed towards cover.
  • 4.3 Fuller in length, pushed towards mid on.
  • 4.2 This one hits a crack. Landing on a good length outside off, Dean looks to play at that but the ball explodes off the crack and then deviates a mile, beating the outside edge.
  • 4.1 A wild bouncer around middle, Elgar ducks.
  • 3.6 This one hits the deck and nips back in off the seam, Hashim lets it go. Was not far from the off stump. 4/1
  • 3.5 One more leave outside off.
  • 3.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 3.3 FOUR BYES! A rare bad delivery this morning. Full and down the leg side, Amla looks to flick but misses. The ball pitches and then seams away, going well past the diving Sarfraz to the fine leg fence. South Africa are finally away, on the 21st ball of this innings.
  • We just get a replay of Markram's dismissals in this Test. Similar ones, LBW in each, playing back to deliveries which he might be forward to. Also, the bat is coming down at a much wider angle, say from gully to mid-wicket, instead of probably first slip to mid on. Bowlers all over the world will be watching this...
  • 3.2 Around off, watchfully defended from the crease.
  • 3.1 Outside off, pushed straight to gully.
  • 2.6 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover. 0/1
  • 2.5 This one nips back in off the seam, from outside off, Elgar is lucky to have got his bat down in time. The ball goes off the outside edge towards cover.
  • 2.4 Nice follow-up. Pitches it on a fuller length outside off, DE thinks about playing at it but then takes his bat away.
  • 2.3 Beauty! 'YES BOY, YES BOY!' yells Sarfraz in excitement. Amir pitches this on a length outside off and then gets it to hold its shape. Dean feels for it but is beaten.
  • 2.2 Outside off, this one moves away, Elgar watchfully pushes it towards gully.
  • 2.1 Full and around off, swinging in slightly, pushed towards mid on.
  • 1.6 One more leave outside off. 0/1
  • 1.5 Wide outside off, not played at again.
  • 1.4 Full and outside off, hits a crack and then deviates away. Sarfraz has to dive to his right to stop.
  • 1.3 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • Hashim Amla walks in at number 3, replacing Markram.
  • 1.2 OUT! There goes the first wicket and the scoreboard is not even moving! What a start for Pakistan. One might have wondered whether Afridi would have been a better option but Hasan has done he job. A wicket second ball. This is on a length and outside off. Markram stays back to defend but the ball shoots low, jags back in and hits him on the back pad. Hasan appeals, umpire Bruce Oxenford thinks for a while and then raises the slow death! Aiden walks across to his partner, probably the customary question - 'Did you hit it, mate?' would have been asked by Elgar. A shake of the head follows. And then comes the long walk by Markram towards the dressing room.
  • 1.1 Full and outside off, barely any carry, shouldered arms to.
  • Hasan Ali to share the new ball with Amir.
  • 0.6 Outside off, left alone. 0/0
  • 0.5 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 0.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 0.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 0.2 That is a beauty. On a good length outside off, Elgar pushes inside the line but it moves away and beats him.
  • 0.1 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.

South Africa Vs Pakistan Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254