South Africa Vs Pakistan Live Score (TEST)

Date: Friday, 11 January, 2019 IST Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg Match Status: Match Ended

South Africa beat Pakistan by 107 runs

262/10
Overs
77.4
R/R
3.39
Fours
41
Sixes
1
Extras
7
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Dale Steyn not out 2 17 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Mohammad Amir 15.4 2 36 2
Mohammad Abbas 18 6 44 2
185/10
Overs
49.4
R/R
3.74
Fours
27
Sixes
0
Extras
15
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Hasan Ali not out 0 3 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Dale Steyn 12 4 35 0
Vernon Philander 13 4 43 3
303/10
Overs
80.3
R/R
3.77
Fours
47
Sixes
1
Extras
11
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Dale Steyn not out 0 4 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Mohammad Amir 20 2 56 2
Mohammad Abbas 18 3 73 1
273/10
Overs
65.4
R/R
4.17
Fours
41
Sixes
1
Extras
3
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Shadab Khan not out 47 66 7 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Dale Steyn 20 2 80 2
Vernon Philander 14 4 41 1
  • Before the collapse happened, we witnessed a few stands with the century partnership between Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla being the best. Debutant Zubayr Hamza also showed good promise in his knock while de Bruyn was another batsman to get a start. At one stage, they were cruising and the hosts seemed destined to post a big first innings total but then they completely lost the plot and fell apart. Pakistan's bowling was very ordinary in the first two sessions but then led by Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Abbas, they managed to run through the South African middle order. Faheem Ashraf with a 3-fer also had a good outing. Stay tuned for Pakistan's reply.
  • A mega-collapse courtesy some exceptional reverse swing bowling by Pakistan. They were looking down and out after the first two sessions but then made a resounding comeback. It all started with the wicket of Theunis de Bruyn and then it was a procession. The African lower half failed to stand up and they got bundled out well under 300.
  • 77.4 OUT! South Africa are all out for 262! Excellent stuff from Pakistan post Tea. Faheem bangs one short on middle and leg, Olivier goes for the hook but gets a top edge to it. The ball flies towards Abbas at fine leg who gets low and takes a safe catch. 7 wickets for 33 runs, has to be one of the most stunning comebacks in the game.
  • 77.3 On a good length on the off pole, Duanne taps it to the off side.
  • 77.2 YORKER! Touching 140 kph. The number 11 does well to get bat on it. Survives!
  • 77.1 Back of a length ball aimed at the hips of Olivier who tucks it away on the on side.
  • 76.6 Back of a length on middle, Steyn defend it from within the crease. 262/9
  • 76.5 Bumper on middle, Dale evades it at the last moment.
  • 76.4 Yorker from Ali on leg stump, Steyn makes room again trying to drive it. He does not get any connection and the ball goes to the keeper. Hasan Ali appeals but the umpire shakes his head.
  • 76.3 Back of a length on middle, Steyn backs away and tries to slog it but misses it completely.
  • 76.2 Length delivery on middle, Steyn flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 76.1 Short of a length on middle, Steyn tries to defend it off the back foot. It rises off the deck after pitching, hits Steyn on his arm and the ball goes straight to the keeper. An appeal from Hasan, but the umpire is not interested.
  • 75.6 Similar delivery, same result. 262/9
  • 75.5 Bouncer from Ashraf, the batsman ducks underneath it.
  • 75.4 Low bounce. A touch fuller outside off, Olivier tries to defend it off the front foot, but the ball keeps low after pitching. Luckily for Olivier it was not on the stumps.
  • 75.3 Short of a length on off, Olivier lets it go.
  • Duanne Olivier is the last man in for South Africa.
  • 75.2 OUT! Quinton de Kock tries to cut loose but holes out! Cannot be faulted for attempting that shot but it's his bad luck that he finds the fielder with precision in the deep. A back of a length delivery around off, angling away, de Kock attempts to heave it over the mid-wicket fence but it takes the toe end of his bat and goes straight down the throat of Mohammad Abbas. He makes no mistake and South Africa's last recognized batsman is out of here. 6 wickets for 33 runs, talk about collapsing!
  • 75.1 Drags it short and wide down leg. QdK need not play at those.
  • 74.6 In the air but safe! The off cutter from Ali. Steyn does not pick it as he tries to check his shot. Ends up chipping it in the vacant square leg area for a run. 262/8
  • 74.5 On the shorter side again, Steyn stands tall and works it to mid-wicket.
  • 74.4 A bumper this time, Steyn may have been surprised by it, he lays down flat on the ground and avoids it.
  • 74.3 Shortish and outside off, the batsman guides it through point. There is protection in the deep so only a single.
  • 74.2 Change of pace there. It is on a length and around off, de Kock tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 74.1 On the shorter side, de Kock is hurried into the pull shot. He mistimes it to mid on.
  • 73.6 Nicely driven! Fuller in length on off, Steyn strokes it to mid off. 261/8
  • 73.5 BEATEN! That was a poor shot by Steyn. It is bowled around off, it pitches and then moves away. Steyn hangs his bat out and gets beaten.
  • 73.4 Short and outside off, Steyn slashes hard but the ball goes past his outside edge.
  • 73.3 Good length again and this one is angled into the batter. Steyn somehow blocks it out.
  • 73.2 On a length and around off, Steyn defends it off the back foot.
  • 73.1 Outside off, Steyn gets bat to ball and it rolls towards covers.
  • 73.1 A good short ball on the body, Quinton de Kock is a touch late on the pull shot. It goes off the gloves towards fine leg for a run. Faheem has also overstepped.
  • 72.6 Fuller on middle, Steyn drives it to mid on. 259/8
  • 72.5 Full and on off, Steyn strokes it through covers for a couple.
  • Drinks break. Pakistan continue to dominate proceedings post Tea and the reverse swing has reversed their fortunes for good. South Africa are reeling now and need their lower order to partner Quinton de Kock if they want to get past the 300-run mark.
  • 72.4 OUT! Another one bites the dust! Two in two overs for Hasan Ali. Another full delivery does the trick. This one also swings away from the left-hander. Rabada goes for a booming drive through the off side, the ball takes the outside edge and Sarfraz behind makes no mistake.
  • 72.3 Similar delivery, Rabada guides it straight to the gully fielder.
  • 72.2 Length delivery on off, Kagiso taps it towards point.
  • 72.1 Back of a length delivery on off, Rabada tries to defend it from the crease but it goes past the outside edge of the bat.
  • 71.6 FOUR! Drags it short this time on middle, de Kock gets into position early and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Good end to the over for the Proteas. 257/7
  • 71.5 Length delivery on middle, Quinton tucks it to on side.
  • 71.4 Fuller on middle, the batsman drives it straight to the mid on fielder.
  • 71.3 A touch short on middle, Quinton tucks it to the leg side.
  • 71.2 FOUR! Good shot! Strays on his pads, de Kock flicks it through square leg and the ball races away to the boundary.
  • 71.1 Fuller on off, de Kock drives it straight to the mid off fielder.
  • 70.6 Back of a length around off, Rabada defends it onto the ground. 249/7
  • Kagiso Rabada is the next man in for South Africa.
  • 70.5 OUT! Three reds and Philander has been given the marching orders. Did not see that coming but excellent use of the technology from Pakistan. They haven't been great with the DRS in recent times but this time they have got it spot on. Sarfraz will be a delighted man and the good period of play after the Tea break continues for Pakistan. Good passage after the ball has started to reverse, I must say. Hasan Ali is amongst the wickets now. It is full and on middle, tails back in. Philander plants his front foot across but then tries to adjust to the movement and flick. He misses and it hits him on the pad. An appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. Sarfraz signals the 'T'. Replays show that the on-field call has to be overturned, we all thought it would be missing or at the most clipping the leg pole but it is hitting. Hmm... 300 now looks farfetched.
  • A huge appeal for an LBW has been turned down. Pakistan have reviewed it. Philander is the man in question. Seems to be slipping down leg.
  • 70.4 Good bowling from Ali. Just outside off stump. Tempting Philander to go after it. Vernon lets it go.
  • 70.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 70.2 On middle, VP drives it straight to the bowler.
  • 70.1 On the 5th stumps line, Philander shoulders arms to it.
  • 70.1 Fuller on off, Vernon pushes it towards point.
  • 69.6 Fuller on off, Quinton keeps it out. 249/6
  • 69.5 Length delivery on leg, de Kock tries to flick it but misses it and is hit high on the pads. The appeal is turned down.
  • 69.4 In the channel outside off, Quinton shoulders arms to it.
  • 69.3 Fuller on off, QdK defends it with a straight bat.
  • 69.2 Wide outside off, Quinton lets it go.
  • 69.1 A tad short outside off, de Kock cuts it through point for a couple of runs.
  • 68.6 Play and a miss! Back of a length delivery on off, Philander tries to punch it through point but misses it completely. Good end to the over for Ali. 247/6
  • 68.5 Fuller on middle, Vernon defends it off the front foot.
  • 68.4 On the 5th stump line, left alone by Philander.
  • 68.3 In the channel outside off, Vernon lets it go.
  • 68.2 Fuller on middle, VP tucks it straight to the mid-wicket fielder.
  • 68.1 Starts his new spell with a length delivery on middle, Philander defends it off the back foot.
  • Hasan Ali is on.
  • 67.6 Back of a length on off. De Kock chops it down towards point. 247/6
  • 67.5 Drifting on his pads, Quinton flicks it through square leg for a couple of runs.
  • Amir is now seen walking off the field. Faheem Ashraf will complete his over. Not good this for Pakistan, he was amidst a brilliant spell. They will hope it is not serious.
  • 67.4 Full on middle, Vernon works it to the leg side for a single. Amir is down on the ground as soon as he released the ball. He is in some discomfort here.
  • 67.3 Length delivery on middle, Philander watchfully defends it.
  • 67.2 Fuller on off, Vernon drives it straight to the mid off fielder.
  • 67.1 Back of a length on middle, Philander defends it off the back foot.
  • 66.6 Similar delivery, the batsman keeps it out. 244/6
  • 66.5 Fuller this time on off, de Kock pushes it towards point.
  • 66.4 Length delivery on middle, de Kock defends it from within the crease.
  • 66.3 On a length and on off, the batsman defends it off the front foot.
  • 66.2 A touch short on off, de Kock cuts it towards point.
  • 66.1 Fuller on middle, de Kock times it sweetly but straight to the bowler.
  • Vernon Philander is the next man in for the Proteas.
  • 65.6 OUT! Amir gets another, he is on fire here. Let me repeat - Another batsman misses out on a milestone. This time it is the debutant who falls 9 short of a fifty. The indecision has cost him. Amir continuous to bowl it in the channel of uncertainty. Hamza first thinks of playing at it but then at the very end, tries to leave as it is angling away. It is though too late by then. The ball takes the bottom part of the bat and goes into the gloves of Sarfraz. South Africa have lost their way completely, from 229 for 3, they have slipped to 244 for 6. Pakistan into the lower order. 244/6
  • 65.5 A touch fuller on middle, Hamza drives it straight to the mid off fielder.
  • 65.4 Fuller on middle, de Kock pushes it to mid on for a single.
  • 65.3 Similar delivery, the batsman cuts it straight to the point fielder.
  • 65.2 A touch short on off, de Kock chops it towards point.
  • 65.1 Fuller this time from Amir on middle, de Kock watchfully defends it.
  • 64.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 243/5
  • 64.5 Back of a length on off, Hamza defends it from within the crease.
  • 64.4 Fuller on middle, the batsman pushes it to mid on for a quick run.
  • 64.3 Length delivery on off, de Kock defends it with a straight bat.
  • 64.2 Full on leg, the batsman tries to flick it but is hit high on the pads. Too high!
  • 64.1 On a length and on middle, de Kock defends it off the front foot.
  • 63.6 Similar delivery, same result. 242/5
  • 63.5 Fuller outside off, Hamza drives it towards point.
  • 63.4 Fuller on middle, Hamza defends it with a straight bat.
  • 63.4 NO BALL! Amir oversteps. Drifting on his pads, the batsman tucks it around the corner for a single.
  • 63.3 A tad short on off, de Kock punches it through point for a couple of runs.
  • 63.2 Back of a length on off, de Kock defends it from within the crease.
  • 63.1 Beaten! Back of a length on middle, the ball tails back in sharply after pitching. De Kock tries to defend it off the back foot but it goes between his bat and the pad.
  • 62.6 A touch wide outside off, Hamza drives it towards the point fielder. 238/5
  • 62.5 Fuller again on off, Hamza tries to defend it from the crease but gets an inside edge on it and then onto the pads.
  • 62.4 Good delivery, that. On a length and on middle, Hamza watchfully defends it.
  • 62.3 Fuller delivery tailing back in a bit, Hamza tries to defend it off the front foot but gets an inside edge on it and the ball rolls towards the leg side.
  • 62.2 Length delivery on middle, the batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 62.1 Fuller delivery outside off, Hamza drives it straight to the mid off fielder.
  • Quinton de Kock is out to bat.
  • 61.6 OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Amir gets his man. He probed and probed and probed and this time, has found the edge he was looking for. A well-deserved wicket for Amir and Bavuma's uncomfortable stay out in the middle has come to an end. Once again it is the late movement which causes the problem. Amir pitches it on a length around off, it shapes away. Bavuma this time plays inside the line. The ball kisses the outside edge and goes into the mitts of the keeper. Amir is ecstatic and Pakistan have got two quickly. They are right back into the contest. 238/5
  • 61.5 This is perfect bowling! On a length again, this time though it has been defended solidly.
  • 61.4 NEARLY! Three lovely deliveries from Amir but luck is just not going his way. Third consecutive ball which is pitched on a length. Bavuma plays outside the line, it hits the inner half, then hits the pad and rolls agonizingly close past the off pole.
  • 61.3 BEAUTY! You can just hope that does not hit the edge! Back of a length around off, it pitches and shapes away. Bavuma is once again squared up as he tries to defend, this time he gets beaten.
  • 61.2 Squared him up! Length again and on middle, it pitches and straightens. Bavuma tries to defend but gets squared up, he misses and it hits him high on the pads.
  • 61.1 Good running! This is worked to the right of mid on. The batsmen scamper across for a single.
  • 60.6 FOUR! Two boundaries from the over along with a wicket. Drifts on his pads, Bavuma clips it off his pads through fine leg for a boundary. 237/4
  • 60.5 On middle, Temba defends it off the front foot.
  • 60.4 FOUR! SHOT! Bavuma is off the mark with a sublime boundary. It was a touch full on middle, Bavuma leans forward and drives it firmly through the covers for a boundary.
  • 60.3 On a length and on middle, Bavuma tries to defend it off the front foot, but gets an inside edge and it hits him on the pads.
  • Temba Bavuma is the next man in for the Proteas.
  • 60.2 OUT! Plumb in front! Reverse swing happening and Abbas has struck. Theunis departs one short of his fifty, not the first batsman in this innings to miss out on a milestone. Great nut by Abbas. He bowls a length delivery with the shine on the inside. It's around middle and off as de Bruyn tries to work it on the leg side. But due to the late inward movement, he misses the ball completely to get rapped on the pads. They appeal vociferously and this time the finger has gone up. Quite plumb. Theunis walks back without even thinking of reviewing the decision. End of the 75-run stand!
  • 60.1 On a length on middle, de Bruyn defends it with a straight bat.
  • 59.6 Good length on off, Hamza once again is solid in defense. 229/3
  • 59.5 On the middle stump, Hamza gets right behind the line and keeps it out.
  • 59.4 BEATEN! Excellent use of the angle there. He lands it on off which means Hamza has to play at it. The ball slants away beating the outside edge by a whisker.
  • 59.3 Good length on off, Hamza comes forward and defends it.
  • 59.2 Again it is a little too straight, de Bruyn flicks it towards square leg for another run.
  • 59.1 On the pads, it is worked towards fine leg and a run is taken.
  • Mohammad Amir to bowl from the other end.
  • 58.6 NOT OUT! Umpire's call it is, Pakistan though do not lose their review. It is on a length on middle, Theunis tries to flick it but is late on it. The ball hits him on the front pad. The bowler appeals but the umpire shakes his head. Sarfraz goes for the review. The replay shows it was just clipping the top of the stumps. Pakistan have started really well after Tea. 227/3
  • Review time! A screaming appeal by Abbas for an lbw. Not entertained. Sarfraz is convinced and takes the DRS. Looks a bit high. Let's wait and watch...
  • 58.5 Back of a length on middle, de Bruyn defends it from within the crease.
  • 58.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 58.3 Fuller on middle, Hamza works it to the leg side for a single.
  • 58.2 DROPPED! On a length and on middle, the ball jags back in sharply after pitching, Hamza tries to defend it but it hits the inside edge of the bat and the ball goes towards Sarfraz. He dives to his left and tries to catch it but cannot hold onto it. This could prove a costly drop as de Bruyn is looking in good touch.
  • 58.1 Starts off with a length delivery on off, Hamza defends it off the back foot.
  • The players are out in the middle. Zubayr Hamza will take the strike. Mohammad Abbas will start the proceedings after Tea.
  • .... Day 1, Session 3 ....
  • Theunis de Bruyn in the company of debutant Zubayr Hamza has taken the Protea score beyond the 200-run mark and the pair is amidst a 72-run partnership. It has come in a quick time as well. Pakistan were very poor since the fall of Amla's wickets as they conceded runs at a brisk rate. They will have to come back strongly in the last session otherwise the home team will run away with the show. Do join us in a short while.
  • Another fine session of Test cricket! South Africa were pegged back early when Aiden Markram was strangled down the leg side but then Hashim Amla and Theunis de Bruyn formed an alliance for a short period. Once the former got dismissed after a superb catch by Asad Shafiq, Pakistan would have sensed an opportunity to get an upper hand on this Test match. But that was not meant to be.
  • 57.6 A flatter delivery to end this session. De Bruyn pushes it back to the bowler. THAT WILL BE TEA ON DAY 1! 226/3
  • 57.5 Deft! Hamza waits for it and then plays it very fine on the off side. The ball stops as it nears the fence and the batsmen take three.
  • 57.4 On the stumps again, it is blocked out.
  • 57.3 On middle, it is kept out.
  • 57.2 FOUR! A half-tracker and Hamza is well-set to not put those away. He pulls it with disdain and into the square leg fence.
  • 57.1 On the pads, it is worked towards mid-wicket.
  • 56.6 FOUR! Not in total control but a boundary nevertheless. Outside off, Hamza looks to cut it away but it goes off the outer half towards third man and meets the fence once again. 219/3
  • 56.5 Leg spinner outside off, the debutant reads it well and leaves it alone.
  • 56.4 Leg spinner outside off, Hamza gets behind it and sees it out.
  • 56.3 Wrong 'un on off, Hamza gets an inside edge on the on side.
  • 56.2 Loopy ball on off, carved away through point for one.
  • 56.1 Short ball on middle and leg, de Bruyn pulls but cannot get it past mid-wicket.
  • 55.6 On the stumps, it is kept out off the front foot. 213/3
  • 55.5 Flighted ball on off, Hamza keeps it out.
  • 55.4 An action replay of the last delivery.
  • 55.3 Works it with the turn to mid-wicket.
  • 55.2 Flatter and on off, it is pushed towards mid off for a quick run.
  • 55.1 Tosses it up around off, the batsman lunges and blocks it towards point for a run.
  • Asad Shafiq is on now.
  • 54.6 Tosses it up outside off, de Bruyn drives it crisply but straight to the man at covers. 211/3
  • 54.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 54.4 On off, it is kept out.
  • 54.3 Floats it up on off, de Bruyn drives it to covers.
  • 54.2 The googly on off, TdB chops it to covers.
  • 54.1 Slightly short and on middle, de Bruyn goes back and somehow pulls it through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 53.6 On off, Hamza gets behind it and blocks it out. Good over for the hosts. They have scored over 100 runs in this session, so far. 209/3
  • 53.5 Fuller again on middle, driven to mid on this time.
  • 53.4 Follows it with a quick single. Great stuff. Full and on middle and leg, de Bruyn hits it towards mid on and gets to the other end quickly.
  • 53.3 FOUR! Second boundary of the over and they are coming thick and fast. Outside off, de Bruyn punches this through cover-point. The fielder chases it but cannot pull it off.
  • 53.2 Length and closer to the stumps de Bruyn watches it go through to the keeper.
  • 53.1 FOUR! SHOT! SA are scoring at ease at the moment. Wide outside off, de Bruyn flashes hard at it. Gets it past backward point and the ball races away to the fence. It also brings up the 50-run stand between these two.
  • 52.6 Very full and on off, de Bruyn jams it out towards covers. 200/3
  • 52.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 52.4 On the flatter side, de Bruyn tries to punch it off the back foot but it goes off the inner half back to the bowler.
  • 52.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 52.2 Tosses it up on off, TdB blocks it out.
  • 52.1 FOUR! Cut and it has been played nicely! Too many loose deliveries after the wicket of Amla. Short and outside off again, de Bruyn helps himself by cutting it through point. The ball races away.
  • 51.6 On the shorter side around off, the batter stands tall and pushes it to covers. 195/3
  • 51.5 FOUR! Up and over! Short and wide and it has been put away. Hamza hops and cuts it over point. The ball races away to the fence.
  • 51.4 Slightly short and de Bruyn works it off his hips towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 51.3 Length delivery around off, de Bruyn lunges and keeps it out.
  • 51.2 Hits the length around off, de Bruyn shuffles across and works it to mid on.
  • 51.1 On the shorter side around off, de Bruyn guides it to point.
  • 50.6 Floated one this time, full and around off, Hamza strides forward and defends it right under his watchful eyes. 190/3
  • 50.5 Too full and on off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 50.4 Zubayr has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 50.3 Loopy and full on off, Hamza drives but picks the cover fielder.
  • 50.2 Flatter and shorter outside off, hit firmly in front of square on the off side for a run.
  • 50.1 Full and flighted on middle, defended back to the bowler.
  • 49.6 A huge appeal but not given! There was definitely a noise though. Another short ball and this is on the body. Hamza goes for the pull, there is a noise as the ball passes the gloves. An appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. Pakistan decide not to review. Not sure from where that sound came. Ultra Edge shows there was no spike, so a good decision in the end. 189/3
  • 49.5 Short again, gets it to bounce at a good height. Hamza hops and defends it onto the ground.
  • 49.4 Better! This is bowled right on the off pole, Hamza prods forward and keeps it out.
  • 49.3 Wide outside off again, the batter need not play at those.
  • 49.2 Outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to it.
  • 49.1 FOUR! Raining boundaries here! This time it is a cracking pull shot from the debutant. It is a high bouncer, Hamza gets on top of the bounce and pulls it all along the ground to the square leg fence.
  • 48.6 FOUR! A boundary to start the over and one to end! Once again Shadab is guilty of bowling too short. De Bruyn goes back and pulls it right off the middle to the square leg fence. 185/3
  • 48.5 On the shorter side outside off, de Bruyn cuts it to point. Shadab has been guilty of bowling either too full or too short in this over.
  • 48.4 Very full on off, de Bruyn pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 48.3 A low full toss on off, de Bruyn uses his wrists and works it to mid-wicket.
  • 48.2 Gives it air and lands it on off, TdB pushes it to covers.
  • 48.1 FOUR! Too short and it has been put away! Enough time for de Bruyn to go back and whip it through mid-wicket. It races away. He too joins the party, runs flowing here.
  • 47.6 Back of a length on off, Hamza lets the ball come to him and then guides it to gully. 177/3
  • 47.5 Now a short ball on middle, Hamza ducks under it quite easily. The new lad now looks at ease out there.
  • 47.4 Goes fuller this time on middle, the batsman strokes it back towards the bowler.
  • 47.3 Back of a length on off, Hamza defends it onto the ground.
  • 47.2 Good length on off, Hamza defends it onto the ground.
  • 47.1 A little too straight to begin with, it is worked around the corner for a couple. He moves onto 21.
  • Hasan Ali is back for another spell.
  • 46.6 An extra slip fielder was brought in but Shadab bowls it very full, Hamza eases it down to long on for a single. Another productive over for South Africa. 20 have come from the last two. 175/3
  • 46.5 Now floats this up on off, Hamza puts in a long stride forward and defends it onto the ground.
  • 46.4 Nicely bowled and it is played even better! The googly outside off, it is slightly short. Hamza did not pick it, he first goes back to cut but the ball turns back in. Hamza then adjusts and guides it past the slip fielder. The fielder from point races after it, tries to stop it but can't do so. Hamza is managing to score quickly here.
  • 46.3 SIX! He has picked the bones out of that one! What a hit! A hit-me ball by Shadab, short and on middle, Hamza rocks back quickly and then sends it sailing over the mid-wicket fence. That made a cracking sound of the bat and the result too was an excellent one for the debutant.
  • 46.2 Slower through the air on off, Hamza prods forward and keeps it out.
  • 46.1 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 45.6 Three runs now! This was right off the middle, it is on his pads, easy for Hamza. He flicks it through mid-wicket, the ball stops as it nears the fence. Three taken. Good over this for South Africa. Not what Pakistan would have wanted after Shadab bowled a tight last one. 164/3
  • 45.5 A little bit of Rohit Sharma in that forward defensive stroke. Length and coming in with the angle. Hamza lazily lunges and at the very end brings his bat down to keep it out.
  • 45.4 FOUR! First boundary for Hamza! It is not of the middle but he won't care. Fuller goes Amir after the last one being short. Hamza lunges and tries to drive it ahead of his body, it takes the outside edge and goes through backward point for a run.
  • 45.3 Changes the angle and bowls the effort ball. It is short and on off, Hamza gets on top of the bounce and defends it down onto the ground.
  • 45.2 Another single as de Bruyn works it against the angle towards mid-wicket.
  • 45.1 First run for Hamza in Test cricket. This should settle his nerves. He taps this towards covers and scampers across for a run. A round of applause for him by the crowd.
  • 44.6 Gives it air on off, de Bruyn lunges and blocks it out. A maiden by Shadab, a good one. 155/3
  • 44.5 The googly outside off, it turns back in, not enough though to make the batsman play.
  • 44.4 On off, it is kept out.
  • 44.3 On the shorter side, de Bruyn pushes it to covers.
  • 44.2 TURN AND BOUNCE THERE! This is tossed up around off, it pitches and then turns away. De Bruyn first thinks of playing at it but then pulls out seeing the bounce and turn.
  • 44.1 The googly on off, de Bruyn goes back and pushes it to the bowler.
  • 43.6 Angling away from the batsman, outside off, left alone. 155/3
  • 43.5 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 43.4 Full and outside off, de Bruyn tries to turn it on the leg side but gets a soft leading edge towards mid off. A single taken.
  • 43.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 43.2 PITCHED OUTSIDE LEG! A length delivery which de Bruyn fails to work it on the leg side. He takes a blow on his pads and they put in an unsuccessful appeal. Sarfraz opts for the DRS but the replays show that it's pitching outside leg. End of discussion. Also, it's going over the stumps. Review lost.
  • Huge shout for an lbw! The umpire turns it down and Sarfraz Ahmed goes for the DRS after having a little chat with his bowler. Let's see....
  • 43.1 De Bruyn has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 42.6 A googly this time, around middle and turning down, Hamza fails to work it around and is hit on the thigh pad. End of a wicket maiden by Shadab! 154/3
  • 42.5 Full and flighted outside off, Hamza drives but finds the cover fielder.
  • Debutant's time to rock now! It's Zubayr Hamza in next.
  • 42.4 OUT! What a catch! Asad Shafiq shows brilliant reflexes at first slip. Hashim Amla will have to go. Another set batsman is dismissed. Shadab delivers a short one outside off, Amla rocks back to slap it square of the wicket on the off side but it takes a fat outside edge and hurries behind to Shafiq. He stretches to his right and snaps it quickly. Hashim misses out on a half century and this is a good passage of play for Pakistan.
  • 42.3 Tossed up delivery outside off, once again left alone by Amla.
  • 42.2 Flighted outside off, left alone.
  • 42.1 Amla has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Theunis de Bruyn is looking very good and confident. It can be observed from the fact that he played two different types of shots to an identical delivery. One full ball outside off he tried to whip across the line while drove through the line when fed a similar ball again. Drinks time! Pakistan have picked up a wicket of Aiden Markram in the last hour but will have to build on it. Yet another partnership is blossoming now.
  • 41.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 154/2
  • 41.5 Ouch! Sharp delivery that. A touch short on off, de Bruyn tries to leave it. The ball did not climb much as he was expecting. Hits Theunis on the chest.
  • 41.4 Fuller delivery on off, Theunis pushes it to mid on.
  • 41.3 Good length delivery just outside off, de Bruyn shoulders arms to it.
  • 41.2 On a length on off, Theunis defends it with a straight bat.
  • 41.1 Back of a length on off, Hashim taps it towards point for a single.
  • 40.6 FOUR! SHOT! Fuller on off, de Bruyn presses forward and times it sweetly through covers for yet another boundary in this over. Theunis has looked good in his short stay so far. 153/2
  • 40.5 On a length on middle, de Bruyn defends it off the back foot and onto the ground.
  • 40.4 Similar delivery, Theunis shoulders arms to it.
  • 40.3 Fuller delivery outside off, the batsman lets it go.
  • 40.2 On middle, de Bruyn drives it straight to the bowler.
  • 40.1 Back of a length on middle, Theunis defends it off the back foot.
  • 40.1 FOUR! Overpitched from Faheem, Theunis leans forward and drives it firmly through covers for a boundary. It's also called a no ball for overstepping.
  • 39.6 Puts it on a length on off, Amla drives it straight to the fielder at covers. 144/2
  • 39.5 Once again length delivery outside off, Amla leaves it alone.
  • 39.4 Good length delivery on off, Amla this time drives it straight to the fielder at covers.
  • 39.3 Tempting Amla to drive by bowling it outside off. Hashim is calm and shoulders arms to it.
  • 39.2 Length delivery outside off, Amla doesn't disturb that one and lets it go.
  • Mohammad Amir is back on.
  • 39.1 Length delivery on off, Amla blocks it away off his back foot.
  • 38.6 A tad short on middle, Amla pulls it through square leg for a single. 144/2
  • 38.5 Outside off, Hashim lets it go.
  • 38.4 Fraction straight on middle, HA drives it straight to the mid on fielder.
  • 38.3 A touch fuller on off, Amla defends it with a straight bat.
  • 38.2 FOUR! Good improvisation. Length delivery on off, Amla at the last moment opens the face of the bat and guides it through the vacant third slip region and the ball goes towards the third man boundary.
  • 38.1 Fuller delivery on off, Amla defends it off the front foot.
  • 37.6 Theunis defends that one by getting right behind the line of the delivery. Good foot movement by de Bruyn. 139/2
  • 37.5 Slightly fuller this time and de Bruyn blocks it off his front foot.
  • 37.4 Once again length delivery this time on off and Theunis defends it away off his front foot.
  • 37.3 Length delivery on middle, blocked off the front foot by de Bruyn.
  • 37.2 FOUR! Beautiful! Fuller delivery by Abbas on off, de Bruyn gets to the pitch of it and hits straight behind the bowler. Abbas had no chance to save that one. A perfect straight drive by TdB!
  • 37.1 Length delivery outside off, de Bruyn shoulders arms to it.
  • 36.6 Shortish and on off, punched off the back foot and it went on one bounce to the gully fielder. 135/2
  • 36.5 Good calling! A length ball outside off, de Bruyn gets across the stumps and pushes it back. He knows how softly he has hit that and hence wants a run. Amla is initially ball-watching but then he responds and they complete the single with ease.
  • 36.4 Fullish and on off, it's once again pushed back off the front foot by Theunis.
  • 36.3 Good length delivery outside off, left alone with ease this time.
  • 36.2 Lands it full and outside off, Theunis goes hard at it and hits it off the inner half to mid-wicket.
  • 36.1 Full and angling in around off, de Bruyn pushes it back and the bowler makes a good stop in his followthrough.
  • 35.6 Fuller length delivery on off, de Bruyn pushes it to covers and calls for a quick single. The fielder misses the stumps at the non-striker's end and Theunis gets off the mark. A direct hit would have been interesting. 134/2
  • 35.5 Length delivery on off, finds the outside edge of Theunis' defensive bat. Luckily he played it with soft hand.
  • 35.4 Dangerous! A slightly fuller delivery outside off. De Bruyn offers no stroke to it and the ball jags back in after pitching to rap him on the pads. The Pakistan fielders appeals but the umpire is not interested. Sarfraz opts not to ask for the review as he thinks it was high.
  • 35.3 Once again a length delivery on middle and off, de Bruyn blocks it off his front foot.
  • 35.2 Beauty! Bowls it on length and the ball moves away after pitching and misses the outside edge of de Bruyn's defensive bat by just a whisker.
  • 35.1 Length delivery on off and middle, Amla flicks it towards the mid-wicket region for a single.
  • 34.6 Angling back into the batsman, de Bruyn flicks but finds the mid-wicket fielder. 132/2
  • 34.5 Gets on the front foot to a full ball and defends it to covers.
  • Theunis de Bruyn is in next.
  • 34.4 OUT! Markram is walking! What a disappointing end to a promising knock! Aiden is absolutely gutted with himself. He is strangled down the leg side. A delivery angling down, Markram tries to flick but gets a thin inside edge behind. Sarfraz flies to his left and takes an outstanding catch. They are appealing and Aiden Markram is seen walking. A good gesture. End of a wonderful knock, he deserved a century though. Pakistan needed this breakthrough desperately. The 126-run stand is over and the tourists would like to build on this.
  • 34.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 34.2 FOUR! Poor delivery by Ashraf and a great shot by Markram. Full length delivery on to the pads of Markram. He beautifully flicks it through the mid-wicket region for a boundary. Markram into his 90's and looks on course to score a big century.
  • 34.1 Length delivery on off, Markram blocks it off his front foot.
  • Faheem Ashraf is back on.
  • 33.6 On middle and off, Amla defends this length ball from the crease. 128/1
  • 33.5 Abbas seems to be in love with short deliveries. Hurls across another one, an easy leave for Hashim as he ducks.
  • 33.4 Full and outside off, Amla uses his long approach and defends it to the off side. Very limited footwork.
  • 33.3 Short ball on middle, at 125 kph, Markram pulls it down to fine leg and jogs across for a run. Realizes late that the throw is coming at his end and hence hurries. It misses the stumps at the bowler's end but the mid off fielder has it backed up.
  • 33.2 Angles in a good length ball on middle, Markram closes the face of his bat as he flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 33.1 Play and a miss! Abbas digs in a short delivery around off, Markram tries to hook it across the line but it bounces a tad extra and goes over his bat.
  • 32.6 FOUR! Wonderful! Ali overpitches that one and Amla is too class a batsman to miss out on that one. He beautifully drives it through covers for a boundary. There are only a handful of batsmen who look as good as Amla when on song. 127/1
  • 32.5 Length delivery on middle and Hashim blocks it by getting right behind that one.
  • 32.4 Length delivery outside off, Amla shoulders arms to it. A bit of inswing movement after the ball hits the deck.
  • 32.3 Good length delivery outside off, Amla tries to drive it to mid on but finds the inside half of the bat and the ball goes to the fielder at mid on.
  • 32.2 Slightly short this time, finds the inside edge of Amla's bat and onto his pads.
  • 32.1 Length delivery on off, Amla guides it to the fielder at gully.
  • 31.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 123/1
  • 31.5 A mishit! Aiden survives. Back of a length delivery on off at 125 kph, Markram hangs back inside the crease in an attempt to heave it across the line. But he fails to time his shot properly and it balloons in the air. Luckily for Markram, it flies over mid-wicket and lands safely in the deep. The batsmen take a couple.
  • 31.4 Slower cutter this time, at 105 kph. It lands full and moves back in, Markram plays it late from the crease and defends it down.
  • 31.3 Pitches it up and on off, Aiden drives it down the ground but straight to the mid off fielder.
  • 31.2 Angles in a gentle length ball on middle at 123 kph, Markram flicks it off his pads but finds the fielder on the leg side.
  • 31.1 Good length ball on off, Markram stays inside the crease in defense.
  • 30.6 Length delivery on off, Hashim defends it off his front foot. Good over for South Africa, 8 runs off that one. 121/1
  • 30.5 FOUR! Action replay of the previous boundary. Once again Ali bowls a bit fuller and Hashim once again drives the ball wonderfully through covers for a four. It's a joy to watch when Amla is timing the ball as beautifully as he is today.
  • 30.4 Pulls back his length and Amla blocks it away by opening the face of the bat.
  • 30.3 FOUR! Exquisite! Ali bowls it slightly fuller and Amla brings out his classic cover drive and finds the boundary. That's a textbook drive from Amla.
  • 30.2 Length delivery on middle, Hashim blocks it off his back foot.
  • 30.1 Amla defends it off the back foot by presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 29.6 Finishes off the over by bowling a length delivery on middle, Aiden blocks it off his front foot. A good over by Abbas. 113/1
  • 29.5 Fuller delivery on middle and leg and Markram drives it straight to the fielder at mid on.
  • 29.4 Back of a length delivery and Markram defends it off his back foot.
  • 29.3 Once again a fuller delivery and Aiden defends it off his front foot.
  • 29.2 Fuller on this occasion and Aiden blocks it beautifully off his front foot.
  • 29.1 Short of a length delivery by Abbas and Markram defends it off his back foot.
  • 28.6 Amla shoulders arms to the delivery bowled outside off. 113/1
  • 28.5 Amla blocks the fuller length delivery off his front foot.
  • 28.4 Fuller delivery on middle, Markram drives it through mid on for a single.
  • 28.3 FOUR! Beautifully driven! Full delivery outside off, Markram gets on his front foot and beautifully drives it through covers for a boundary. He continues where he left off before lunch.
  • 28.2 Once again a length delivery on middle, Aiden blocks it off his back foot.
  • 28.1 First ball after lunch and Hasan starts with a length delivery on middle. Markram defends it off his front foot.
  • Welcome back. The afternoon session is about to begin. The men concerned are out in the centre. Hasan Ali will bowl the first over after Lunch.
  • ... DAY 1, SECOND SESSION ...
  • Fabulous session for South Africa. They have scored in excess of 100 for the loss of just one wicket. Dean Elgar chose to bat but he himself didn't last long. Post that, the pair of Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram joined forces and it's been easy going for the Proteas. There was some initial help from the surface but the Pakistani bowlers weren't hitting the right areas. Also, the pace of their speedsters was quite down to trouble the batsmen, especially on a pitch which ain't offering excessive movement. Markram has shown extraordinary form so far and will be eyeing a big score. Amla has taken his time but he too will like to get a big score under his belt. So far, Pakistan have looked clueless and it will be interesting to find out how they respond post Lunch. Do join us in a short while.
  • 27.6 Angles in a full ball on off, Hashim Amla strides forward and defends it with ease. That will be Lunch on Day 1. 108/1
  • 27.5 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 27.4 A mistimed shot! Fullish and outside off, Amla reaches out for this one as he attempts to play the cover drive. But it takes the inner half of his blade and rolls back to the bowler.
  • 27.3 Pitches it up and lands it outside off, Amla is in no mood to chase it.
  • 27.2 Once again Amla moves across the stumps to a good length delivery and defends it on the on side.
  • 27.1 Good length ball just outside off, Amla shuffles across and defends it near his front pad.
  • 26.6 A googly this time, full and on off, Amla defends it back with a vertical bat. 108/1
  • 26.5 It's been driven superbly through the covers. One run added to the total.
  • 26.4 Loopy and full on off, Amla leans forward and defends it.
  • 26.3 Tossed up ball on off, Amla lunges and defense. There is a deep point and long off in place, a field set for poor bowling? Giving cover to Shadab for his short balls and full tosses. Hmm...
  • 26.2 Short and spinning away, Amla cuts but finds the point fielder.
  • 26.1 Full and flighted on off, Amla drives it back and the bowler dives to parry it towards short cover.
  • 25.6 Fullish and on off, Markram defends it off his front foot to mid off. 107/1
  • 25.5 Markram has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 25.4 FOUR! That's beautiful! Just walks into his on drive. A full ball on middle at 126 kph, Markram presents the full face of the bat and caresses it through mid on for a boundary. 100-run stand comes up!
  • 25.3 Slants in a full ball on middle and off, Aiden flicks it across the line but finds the mid-wicket fielder.
  • 25.2 Good length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty, Markram has nothing to do with it.
  • 25.1 Full and angling in around off, right on target, Markram is forward in defense.
  • Mohammad Abbas is back for one final burst before Lunch.
  • 24.6 Fuller again, a touch flatter through the air, landing around off, Hashim presses forward in defense. Shadab just rushed through his over, should take more time and think about his bowling. 103/1
  • 24.5 Lunges to a full ball and defends it watchfully to the off side.
  • 24.4 A loopy full ball outside off, Amla drives it to covers where Imam makes a diving stop this time.
  • 24.3 Full toss again, it's been forced through covers for a run.
  • 24.2 Flatter and on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 24.1 FOUR! Starts with a low full toss on off, Markram drills his drive through the line and Imam at extra cover fails to stop the racing ball. Seems to have hurt his fingers there as it reaches the fence in a flash. Good start against spin for South Africa. 100 up for them!
  • Time for some leg spin! Shadab Khan has been introduced into the attack. A slip in place.
  • 23.6 Aahhh...finds the fielder again, this is frustrating as a batsman. Short and wide outside off, Amla rocks back and cuts it firmly but finds the fielder. 98/1
  • 23.5 Well fielded, Shadab! Saves a certain boundary. Amla plays a delightful cover drive to a full ball but fails to find the gap. Will be disappointed.
  • 23.4 Markram is looking so good there. A length ball angling into the batsman, Aiden just presents a straight bat and pushes it wide of mid on. Hasan Ali chases it down and they take three runs. This is now the best partnership between this pair in Tests.
  • 23.3 FOUR! The point fielder experiences a bad bounce. Fullish and outside off, Markram leans into the square drive and middles his shot pretty nicely. Imam tries to stop it but fails and it screams away to the fence.
  • 23.2 On a length again, Markram goes on the back foot and plays it down to point.
  • 23.1 Good length ball on off, shaping back in, Markram stays back and defends it to the off side. This one stayed low but Aiden always had his eyes on the ball.
  • 22.6 The line again is straight and Amla taps it down to square leg. The non-striker wants a run but Hashim isn't interested. 91/1
  • 22.5 A length ball on middle, Markram helps it just wide of wide mid on and steals a single. The fielder there misfields slightly as he attacks the ball.
  • 22.4 Strides forward again, to a length ball this time as he defends it down safely.
  • 22.3 FOUR! Elegant! Amir delivers it full and outside off, Markram leans into the drive and creams it with all the elegance in the world for a boundary at covers.
  • Mohammad Amir loses his footings and pulls out of his delivery stride at the last moment. Scratches the popping crease before heading back to his bowling mark.
  • 22.2 Full this time, on middle and off, Aiden sticks inside the crease and defends it again.
  • 22.1 Hits the bat hard. On a good length around middle, Markram offers a straight bat in defense.
  • 21.6 Serves it on a fuller length outside off, it's been left alone by Hashim to complete the over. Nothing happening for Pakistan and this is just the second hour of this Test match. Ominous signs. 86/1
  • 21.5 Fuller in length and outside off, Aiden pushes it to the left of the cover fielder. Shan Masood tries to stop it but fumbles slightly as he turns and the batsmen take a single.
  • 21.4 Pitches it up and around off, Markram lunges and defends it with soft hands.
  • 21.3 A touch short and around off, Aiden is on the back foot as he taps it down on the off side.
  • 21.2 Fullish and outside off, skidding off the surface, Markram takes his front leg forward and then makes a leave.
  • 21.1 Shortish on off, Amla punches it in the gap at covers. The point fielder runs across to his right to stop the ball and they cross.
  • 20.6 Lands it on a length around middle, Markram defends it by covering the line. 84/1
  • 20.5 FOUR! No margin for error on this pitch! Fractionally short and around leg, Markram picks it off his pads and flicks it past the square leg umpire for a boundary. Timing and placement, both top notch.
  • Aiden Markram pulls out at the last second. Maybe, some sightscreen issue. Amir will have to reload.
  • 20.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 20.3 A touch short and on off, Amla defends it easily off his back foot.
  • 20.2 Closer to the off stump this time. On a good length, Amla stays on the back foot again as he defends it to the off side.
  • 20.1 Slants across a length delivery outside off, a comfortable leave for Hashim who just sticks back inside the crease and sees it through.
  • 19.6 Nice punch off the back foot. A good length delivery on off, Aiden pierces the gap at covers and collects a couple of runs. Easy going. This partnership is worth 73 now. 79/1
  • 19.5 A length ball outside off, Aiden gets forward and defends it to the off side.
  • 19.4 Shortish and on middle, Markram gets back and plays it down to mid on.
  • 19.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 19.2 FOUR! Lovely shot! Just a push off the front foot but it has been timed superbly. Ashraf serves it on a fuller length outside off, Markram strides forward and strokes it through extra cover. Brings up his 5th Test fifty, just loves playing at this ground, he averages in the 60s at Jo'burg.
  • 19.1 Fractionally short and on off, Markram goes on the back foot and punches it back to the bowler.
  • 18.6 Nice delivery. Angling across Amla, around off and holding its line. The batsman takes a stride forward to cover his stumps and then shoulders arms. 73/1
  • 18.5 Inside edge again. Fullish and on middle, Markram attempts to flick it in front of square leg but it gathers the inside edge and runs through backward square leg for a run.
  • 18.4 Gets behind the line of the delivery and defends it on the leg side.
  • 18.3 Full and on middle, defended back off his front foot.
  • 18.2 Good length ball on middle and off, Markram goes on his toes as he plays it down to mid-wicket.
  • 18.1 Full in length around leg, Markram plays it straight off his pads towards mid on.
  • Mohammad Amir is back on.
  • 17.6 Great stop, Imam! Fullish and outside off, Amla plays a full-blooded square drive but Imam stationed at point dives full length to his left to stop the racing ball. Superb effort, something Sarfraz likes to see from his boys. 72/1
  • 17.5 Full and outside off, Amla defends it by getting forward.
  • 17.4 Amla has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 17.3 Nearly carries to third slip. Ashraf serves it on a length around off, Amla pushes inside the line with gentle hands again and this time it takes the outside edge. It though dies down quickly in front of Shadab.
  • 17.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 17.1 Good length ball on off, defended back.
  • 17.1 FOUR! Soft hands! A length ball outside off, Amla decides to stay back and pushes at it with an angled bat. He places it through the gap between gully and slips as it races away. It's also called a no ball for overstepping. Looking at the replays, it's a bit touch and go.
  • 16.6 FOUR! My goodness, that's a great shot! This one is neither short nor full, Markram stays back and plays a short-arm jab through mid-wicket. A kind of shot that's difficult to play but the batsmen love to execute it. 67/1
  • 16.5 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
  • 16.4 Stays back-footed to a short ball and punches it down to cover-point.
  • 16.3 Good shot! Hasan angles in a length ball and Amla just pushes it back with a straight bat. It races behind and by the time the mid off fielder pulls it back, they take three runs.
  • 16.2 Not in control. Fuller and on middle, Markram tries to flick but it takes the inner half of his willow and travels to deep mid-wicket. There is a fielder stationed there already and hence only a run results.
  • 16.1 Fuller length ball on middle, it's clipped through backward square leg for a run.
  • 15.6 Similar good length on that fifth stump line. Markram looks to leave it but it late in getting his bat high. The ball takes the bottom edge of the bat and dies down. Maiden from Ashraf and two good overs back-to-back. 58/1
  • 15.5 Length outside off, left alone by Markram.
  • 15.4 A tad fuller this outside off, Markram pushes it to the off side.
  • 15.3 An appeal which dies down. Good length ball on off, moves a bit away after pitching. Markram looks to play it with a straight bat but misses. Hits his back leg and Pakistan appeal. Nothing from the umpire.
  • 15.2 This one is a bit back. On a good length on top of off, Adien stands tall and bunts it down.
  • 15.1 Full and in line of the stumps, Markram gets behind it and blocks it well.
  • 14.6 On a length and outside off, left alone by Amla to end the over. 58/1
  • 14.5 Sarfraz ain't happy! Ali angles in a full ball on middle, Aiden closes the face of the bat and bunts it towards mid on. The fielder there is a bit lazy in reacting as the batsmen pinch a single. The Pakistan skipper screams in anguish.
  • 14.4 Beauty by Hasan! He hurls across a fuller length ball outside off at 140 kph and it nips back in after landing. Markram tries to drive through the line but is beaten on the inside edge. There is certainly some spice in the surface and Pakistan have failed to utilize it so far.
  • 14.3 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under it at the last moment.
  • 14.2 Back of a length delivery on off, Amla camps back and punches it in front of square on the off side. Three added to the total as the fielder pulls it back just before the rope. 50-run stand comes up.
  • 14.1 Appeal for an lbw! Not given. A good length ball on off, shaping back in with extra bounce, Amla fails to keep it out and is hit on the flap of the front pad. Looked high as the umpire shook his head.
  • Drinks break. Done with the first hour of this Test match and South Africa have already moved to 54 for the loss of Dean Elgar's wicket. Apart from that moment in the second over, the Protea batsmen have looked at ease, especially Aiden Markram. He has raced to 39 and is batting with a strike rate of 75 at the moment. Hashim Amla has been more watchful though. For Pakistan, their pacers have been largely ineffective as they have not hit the right areas consistently. They need pull up their socks quickly and get it right in the next hour.
  • 13.6 Uses his crease this time, the bowler. Goes wide of the crease as he lets in a length ball on off, Markram blocks it safely. 54/1
  • 13.5 Full and on off, angling in at 135 kph, Aiden is forward in defense.
  • 13.4 Markram shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 13.3 Around off, punched off the back foot to covers this time.
  • 13.2 FOUR! That's aerial and inches away from the diving gully fielder. Back of a length ball around off, Markram goes back to punch it through covers but it catches the outside edge speeds away to the fence. Amla walks up to his partner and probably has a word of advice for Markram.
  • 13.1 Good length ball just outside off, at 130 kph, Markram stays back and taps it down to gully.
  • Faheem Ashraf is introduced into the attack.
  • 12.6 FOUR! It appears Hasan Ali is more concerned about his foot landing in the danger area than where his ball is landing. It's nice and full outside off, this time Amla accepts the invitation and crunches his drive through covers. 50 up for South Africa. 50/1
  • 12.5 Fullish and on off, Amla drives it down the ground but straight to mid off. It's a conscious effort by Hasan Ali to stay away from the danger area.
  • 12.4 Good length ball targeting the top of off stump, Amla punches it from the crease but finds the cover fielder.
  • 12.3 An inviting delivery outside off, Amla declines the offer of playing a drive off the front foot. He just remains back and allows it through to Sarfraz.
  • 12.2 Lands it on a length and just outside off, Aiden stays back inside the crease and gently plays it down in the gap at covers. A single is pinched. All too easy for South Africa currently.
  • 12.1 Pitches it up and around off, Markram defends it back by showing the full face of his bat.
  • 11.6 Abbas puts it on a full length on off, Amla is half-forward in his defense. 45/1
  • 11.5 Good length ball on off, this time Amla blocks it from the crease to the off side.
  • 11.4 Full and on off, shaping back in, Amla allows it to come back in and then dead-bats it. Abbas' plan is to keep it full and around off and let Hashim play as many balls as possible by getting forward.
  • 11.3 Amla has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 11.2 Angles in a fuller length ball outside off, Amla is watchful in his defense once more.
  • 11.1 A length ball around off, Hashim is watchful in his defense. The way Markram is batting, it must be taking the pressure away from Amla. He can spend some time in the middle without thinking too much about scoring runs. Settle down first and then make merry.
  • 10.6 That's the length. Hasan needs to hit this area more. Drops it on a good length around off and gets it to shape back in. Markram fails to defend but is hit high on the pads. Some inside edge also. 45/1
  • 10.6 Wide called for height! A bouncer has gone all wrong. It travels well over the head of the batsman.
  • 10.5 FOUR! This is T20 stuff! Hasan digs in a short delivery, Markram trusts the bounce, fetches it from outside off and powers his pull shot to the deep mid-wicket fence. Early struggle for Pakistan. 12 from the over, so far.
  • 10.4 A hint of inward shape from a length outside off, Aiden defends it near his front pad.
  • 10.3 Fuller and on off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 10.2 FOUR! And again. Back of a length delivery outside off, once again Markram is quick to ride the bounce as he punches it past point for a boundary.
  • 10.1 FOUR! Shot! A touch short and outside off, Markram gets on top of the bounce and punches it sweetly behind point for a boundary. Good start to the over.
  • 9.6 A length ball on off, cutting back in, Markram inside edges his attempted shot and it goes behind square leg for a run. We're done with the first 10 overs of the match and there hasn't been too much on offer for the bowlers. There is movement for the new ball but nothing very dangerous. Apart from losing Dean Elgar, South Africa have largely looked unperturbed. 32/1
  • 9.5 Full and angling in around off, a little bit of swing there, Markram presents a straight bat in defense. Good contest going on. Just putting it there and waiting for the batsman to err in his shot selection.
  • 9.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 9.3 This one is on the pads and Amla has easily flicked it in the gap at mid-wicket for a run.
  • 9.2 Pitches it up and outside off, Amla is on the front foot as he defends it to the off side. Hashim doesn't look too comfortable whenever he is drawn forward.
  • 9.1 Full and angling in around off, straightening a bit after pitching, Amla defends it from the outer half of his bat to point.
  • 8.6 Aiden has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 30/1
  • 8.5 FOUR! Quality shot from a promising young man. Hasan Ali pitches it up and outside off, Markram confidently gets on the front foot and nails his cover drive for a boundary.
  • 8.4 A length ball on middle, straighter in line again, Markram pushes it towards wide mid on.
  • 8.3 Fuller in length on middle at 135 kph, Markram gets forward and works it off his pads to the leg side. Not in the gap though at mid-wicket.
  • 8.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 8.1 In the channel outside off, Markram leaves it easily.
  • Hasan Ali has the ball in his hand.
  • 7.6 Stays back and plays it down in the gap at covers for a quick single. 11 from the over, South Africa going on nicely. 26/1
  • 7.5 Back of a length delivery around off, nipping back in and staying low too, Markram tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 7.4 FOUR! A short delivery at a gentle pace isn't a good idea but it almost worked. Abbas just wanted to surprise the batsman by altering his length. He puts it around off and Aiden immediately goes for the pull shot. Fails to middle it and ends up top edging it behind to fine leg for a boundary.
  • 7.3 Edgy! Full and outside off, moving away a bit, Markram tries to defend but it takes a soft outside edge and rolls past gully for a couple.
  • 7.2 FOUR! Cracking shot! Abbas overpitches outside off at 124 kph, Markram takes a big stride forward and drives it delightfully through covers for a boundary. The pace is too gentle here from Abbas, allowing the batsman to adjust.
  • 7.1 Full and on off, angling in at 127 kph, Markram draws forward ind defense.
  • 6.6 Good length delivery angling away from the batsman, it's outside off and Hashim lets it through to the keeper. 15/1
  • 6.5 A real teaser around off, Amla makes a good leave. Looking a bit tentative whenever he has to press forward.
  • 6.4 Nearly a catch at short leg! Good length delivery on middle, too straight in line, Markram rotates his wrists and flicks it uppishly past Shan Masood. It speeds away and Abbas also sprints across to his left from fine leg. Uses his boot to keep it out just before the rope and the umpire finds it a clean effort after consulting it upstairs. Three added to the total.
  • 6.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 6.2 A bit like the last delivery, this time Markram gets on top of the bounce and plays it down to short leg. Shan Masood keeps his eyes on the ball and collects it on one bounce. Good quality to possess for a bat-pad position.
  • 6.1 Extra bounce on this occasion. Jumping onto the batsman from a shortish length on middle. Markram tries to play it out but fails and takes a blow on his body, near the stomach area.
  • 5.6 A length ball on off, Hashim walks across the stumps in his stance and defends it on the leg side. 12/1
  • 5.5 Puts it on a fuller length on off, Amla gets forward and across before blocking it with a dead straight bat. Not shuffling across too much like he used to, has worked on his technique it appears.
  • 5.4 An easier leave on this occasion. Full and outside off, trying to tempt the batsman into a drive, Amla is patient enough to allow it through.
  • 5.3 Good leave. Abbas takes a length ball into the batsman with the angle and then it straightens after landing just outside off. Amla covers his stumps by shuffling across and then shoulders arms.
  • 5.2 Nice and full around off, Amla gets forward and quietly defends it near his front pad.
  • 5.1 On a length and outside off, Amla gets forward with a tentative front foot movement and then defends it to the off side.
  • 4.6 Good line from Amir. Keeps it full and around off, Markram also is quite confident in his front foot defense. 12/1
  • 4.5 Fails to work it around the corner. This one is served on his pads, Markram tries tucking it on the leg side but fails to middle his shot.
  • 4.4 Identical to the last delivery, this time Aiden pushes his weight on the back leg and pats it down towards point.
  • 4.3 Just ahead of a length this time, angling across the right-hander, it's around off and Markram is on the front foot in his defense.
  • 4.2 A length ball on middle and off, Markram gets on the back foot and defends it towards the bowler.
  • 4.1 Bouncer around leg, Markram ducks underneath it.
  • 3.6 Gentle hands. Goes back to a length ball and taps it down in the gap at covers for a quick single. 12/1
  • 3.5 Markram has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 3.4 On a length around off, Markram stays back to play it down towards point.
  • 3.3 This one is fuller and on the pads, Amla turns it off his pads behind square leg for one.
  • 3.2 Amla has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 3.1 Shortish on off, punched to sweeper cover for a brace. Amla is off the mark.
  • 2.6 Fuller length ball moving back into the batsman, Markram defends it to end the over. 8/1
  • 2.5 Chance goes down begging! In and out of short leg's hands! Shan Masood is the culprit. Good length ball on middle, Aiden plays the flick shot but fails to keep it down. Also, he has played it straight to Masood who reacts late. It hits him on the right hand (near the elbow), ricochets on his body and then goes down. Nervy period for Aiden.
  • 2.4 A length ball on middle and off, Markram firmly gets behind the line and defends.
  • 2.3 A touch short around off, Markram rocks back inside the crease and punches it through covers for a couple of runs.
  • 2.2 Full and wide outside off, Aiden shoulders arms.
  • 2.1 Goes back to get on top of the bounce of a length delivery and plays it down to covers.
  • 1.6 Another front foot defense by Amla, a watchful one by him to end a successful over for Pakistan. 6/1
  • 1.5 Right on the money for the new batsman. Slants in a length ball on off, Amla is on the front foot in defense.
  • Hashim Amla walks in next at number 3.
  • 1.4 OUT! There you go! Excellent delivery by Abbas and he has hunted down the stand-in skipper. Angles across a good length delivery outside off, Elgar has his feet glued to the crease as he hangs his bat out tentatively. It catches a thin outside edge and goes into the safe gloves of Sarfraz. Usually, Dean is a very patient batsman but his patience lasted only two balls, left the previous ones and edged the third. Early success for Pakistan and it's a big one too.
  • 1.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 1.2 Lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 1.1 FOUR! Full and outside off, Elgar gets forward to reach out for it and then drives it down through mid off for the first boundary of this Test match.
  • Mohammad Abbas to operate from the other end.
  • 0.6 On a length and around off, Markram gets forward and pushes it with an angled bat to point. 2/0
  • 0.5 Left alone. This time Amir takes a length delivery away with the angle. It's around off and Markram leaves it on merit.
  • 0.4 A hint of inward swing this time into the right-hander, Markram stays back and defends it in front of short leg.
  • 0.3 Gets full and outside off, Dean gets forward and pushes it gently in the gap at covers for a run.
  • 0.2 Angles away a length delivery outside off, Elgar watches the line closely and makes a leave.
  • 0.1 Starts with a good length delivery on middle, a hint of shape and bounce, Markram fails to work it around and it goes off his pads towards backward square leg. They cross.
  • Time to get underway! The players are on the field. Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram (who passed his fitness test) are the Protea openers. Mohammad Amir to kick off proceedings with the new cherry. All set, here we go...
  • A milestone for the 23-year old Zubayr Hamza. He becomes the 100th Test player for South Africa since readmission. He's a very promising young batsman who averages a shade above 49 in the First Class cricket.
  • Toss - Dean Elgar wins the toss and SOUTH AFRICA WILL BAT! As expected, Zubayr Hamza takes Faf du Plessis' place in the playing XI while the rest of the team remains the same. Pakistan, on the other hand, have made as many as three changes. Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf and Hasan Ali come in for Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi and Fakhar Zaman.
  • Welcome one and all for the third Test match between South Africa and Pakistan in Johannesburg. The hosts only took 6 days and around 30 minutes to take an unassailable lead in the series and now it's time to talk about playing for pride for the visiting team. The weakness in their batting is quite evident while their bowlers didn't perform to full potential in the last game. Will they take inspiration from their Asian rival's performance in Australia and avoid a whitewash? Only time will tell. For South Africa, Faf du Plessis will be missing as he's serving a one-match ban and Dean Elgar will be leading the hosts in his absence. It's unlikely there will be any other change for them. Stay tuned for more updates...

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

  • The batting started on a wrong note for the touring team but then it gained some momentum. Imam and the nightwatchman, Abbas did well in the first hour today but after that they lost wickets in a heap. Sarfraz and Babar formed a counter-attacking partnership and put Pakistan on track. Just when everything looked hunky-dory, Sarfraz threw his wicket away and that triggered a collapse. Just imagine, had South Africa not dropped 5 catches in the field, it would have been even worse for the visiting team. Now, their backs are to the wall and they once again need some inspirational performances from their bowlers. Let's see how it goes from here...
  • Which team is the most unpredictable in world cricket? Pakistan. Pakistan. Pakistan. Period. They can do anything. Force a collapse with the ball when the chips are down and then collapse themselves spectacularly when things are going too well. They always keep their fans and the cricketing fraternity on the edge of their seats.
  • Collapse, collapse everywhere! South Africa yesterday and Pakistan today. From 169/5 to 185 all out. A handy 77-run lead has been gained by the hosts and it's once again Duanne Olivier doing the maximum damage. He picks up the ball as a souvenir and leads his team off the park.
  • 49.4 OUT! That is all over, KG Rabada has his second of the innings. Pakistan have lost their last two without scoring a run and their last five for 16 runs. They have been bowled out under 50 overs in a Test match. Olivier and Rabada have been too hot to handle for the lower order. This one is on a length outside off, Shadab goes to cut the ball but instead just ends up pushing it in the air to Theunis de Bruyn at gully. Simple catch, well taken and that's that. Pakistan are bowled out for 185 and have conceded a lead of 77. A big lead in the context of the game and considering the conditions.
  • 49.3 Length ball on top of off stump, defended comfortably towards cover.
  • 49.2 Sprays this length ball well down the leg side. Khan wants to put bat on it but it is too wide.
  • 49.1 Bouncer on the leg stump line, Shadab moves away from the line of the ball and leaves it well in the end.
  • 48.6 Almost had the last one there! Bowls a short of a length ball at the hips, Hasan is in a awkward position as he tries to defend this on the leg side. The ball goes off the edge and flies away from short leg. No run taken. 185/9
  • 48.5 Another one on length outside off, Ali defends well away from his body.
  • 48.4 Length ball on top of middle, Hasan defends it away nervously.
  • Drinks break. Extraordinary turn of events in the past hour. Pakistan started the afternoon session like a train on fire as they hammered runs at a brisk rate. But then, South Africa made a resounding comeback and ran through their lower half. Sarfraz, Babar and Faheem got dismissed in quick time with the score reading 169. Duanne Olivier once again has been the chief destroyer and now the Protean are just one wicket away from gaining a handy lead. Hasan Ali has joined Shadab Khan in the middle.
  • 48.3 OUT! A very simple, soft wicket and Pakistan have lost their ninth. Olivier has five, his third one in Test cricket. Short of a length ball aimed at the ribs of the batsman. It is too good for the tailender who tries to fend it off on the leg side but gives a simple catch to short leg. Hamza with yet another catch. The short ball has been doing the trick since Lunch and Pakistan have just collapsed quite spectacularly again here. 4 wickets for 16 runs. The last pair out in the middle with a deficit of 77 still.
  • 48.2 The short of a length delivery has been cut away square on the off side towards point. No run though.
  • 48.1 Length ball outside off, pushed away through the covers for a couple by Amir.
  • 47.6 Length ball above the off stump, defended from within the crease by Khan. 183/8
  • 47.5 Another bouncer! This time it flies too high and de Kock jumps to take it but cannot hold on cleanly. The ball runs behind and a bye is stolen. The umpire also gives a warning to the bowler for a second bouncer in the over.
  • 47.4 A bumper on middle and leg, Mohd. Amir ducks under it and evades the ball.
  • 47.3 Another short of a length ball on off stump, defended with a straight bat.
  • 47.2 Length ball outside off, punched to mid off by the southpaw.
  • 47.1 Good length ball outside off, Shadab pushes it to the off side and sets off for a single but is sent back by his partner. Bavuma at point comes around, picks the ball and has a shy at the striker's end. No back up there and an overthrow is taken. Pakistan eventually get the single they wanted there.
  • 46.6 Bouncer! Amir ducks under the ball. 181/8
  • 46.5 FOUR! Just flies wide of the fielder at point! Would have been a brilliant take had he gotten to that one. Fuller length ball outside off, Amir goes for the drive and gets an outside edge that flies towards the left of Bavuma at point. The ball goes to the boundary instead.
  • 46.4 FOUR! Olivier goes for the yorker but misses his mark by quite some distance. It goes as a full toss and Amir removes his front foot out of the way and pushes it through mid on. The fielder is quite wide and cannot come around in time. Another four ensues.
  • 46.3 Around the wicket now, the ball comes in with the angle after landing on a short length. Mohammad leaves it alone pretty late.
  • 46.2 Chin music time, bouncer but this one goes on with the angle. Amir sways out of the way of the ball.
  • 46.1 Short length delivery on top of off stump to begin, Amir defends from within the crease.
  • 45.6 Short of a length outside off, Shadab goes for the slash but fails to connect the ball. End of an eventful over. 173/8
  • 45.5 Length ball outside off, takes the outside edge of Shadab as he tries to drive this one through cover. Goes to gully on a bounce.
  • 45.4 Bouncer on middle! A typical response from a fast bowler. Khan ducks under it. De Kock makes a good take jumping high.
  • 45.3 FOUR! Lovely way to get off the mark! On a length outside off, Shadab takes a big stride forward and crunches his drive through the covers. And the ball runs across the lush Wanderers outfield for a boundary.
  • 45.2 Good length delivery on top of off stump, pushed back towards mid off by the batsman on the back foot.
  • 45.1 Well outside off, left alone by Shadab.
  • 44.6 Beauty! Fractionally short and on off, moving away, Amir sticks back and pokes at it only to get beaten. End of a double-wicket maiden! 169/8
  • 44.5 Play and a miss! Amir has enough sighters. Goes after a short delivery outside off, throws his bat at it but fails to connect.
  • 44.4 Bouncer on this occasion, on middle, Amir ducks at the last moment.
  • 44.3 No hat-trick! Easily left by Amir. It's on a back of a length outside off, MA stays back and leaves it.
  • Mohammad Amir is in next to face the hat-trick ball.
  • 44.2 OUT! Bounced out! Two wickets in two balls. Faheem walks back without troubling the scorers. A brilliant bouncer first up to the left-hander. And absolutely poor stuff follows as Ashraf goes for the pull. The pace and bounce are too much and the ball lobs off the shoulder of the bat, softly to Hamza at short leg. Takes the easiest grab. 169/5 to 169/8. Fourth one for Olivier who is on a hat-trick now!
  • Faheem Ashraf is next to the crease at number 9.
  • 44.1 OUT! Bang! Bang! Babar is out of here, missing out on his half century by a run. Olivier gets his third wicket. Bowls his favourite short delivery, well-directed at the batsman, Azam tries to wheel the pull shot but it takes the top edge and flies straight to Rabada at fine leg. So once again Pakistan's free-flowing innings has hit a roadblock. Both the set batsmen are back in the pavilion.
  • 43.6 Khan has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. Successful over for Kagiso Rabada! 169/6
  • 43.5 Back of a length ball on off, defended from the crease.
  • 43.4 Play and a miss! Angles in a length ball on off, shaping away, Shadab pushes inside the line and misses.
  • Shadab Khan is in next.
  • 43.3 OUT! Taken on the second attempt by Amla in the slip cordon. Hurled on a length outside off, Sarfraz tries to cut it away. It flies off the outside edge to Hashim at first slip at head height. He goes at it with soft hands and though the ball pops out at the first attempt, he does well to grab it on the second. An entertaining innings comes to an end. Sarfraz looks disappointed as he walks off. Should have been more sensible with his shot selection. The 78-run stand is over and the deficit is 93 now.
  • 43.2 Well left outside off this time.
  • 43.1 Outside off on a length, Sarfraz guides it to the left of deep point. A couple is taken. And that will be FIFTY for the skipper. His 18th in Tests. A really good, counter-attacking innings! Has brought Pakistan back in the game somewhat. Needs to go on though.
  • 42.6 Four byes! What is going on here? An attempted bouncer from Olivier. The ball does not bounce as much and Babar ducked under it to evade the ball. It spirals wildly and beats a diving de Kock to his left. Runs away to the fence and it will be signalled as byes. 167/5
  • 42.5 A short of a length delivery, Babar tries to pull it towards mid-wicket but the ball hits him high on the bat and runs towards mid on. No run.
  • 42.4 Length ball outside off, pushed away to deep point who is now in position. Single taken.
  • 42.3 Bowls a length delivery around off at 144 kph, Sarfraz tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 42.2 Tries to tap and run but Babar sends him back immediately. The point fielder was attacking the ball there.
  • Mid on comes in. Mid-wicket moves a bit square.
  • 42.1 Play and a miss! Sarfraz is living dangerously at the moment. He is chasing every delivery outside off, throwing his bat at it and is lucky not to edge it behind. Needs to be a bit choosy in his shot selection.
  • 41.6 A single to end the over. Sarfraz keeps strike by pushing this to cover and running to the other end. A shy at the stumps from Bavuma but the batsman was well in even if he had hit. The deficit is only 100 now for Pakistan. 162/5
  • 41.5 Slightly ahead this time on middle and leg. Ahmed tucks it to mid-wicket.
  • 41.4 Oooh! Beaten outside off! Brilliant comeback from Rabada after that boundary. Bowls this on a length outside off and Sarfraz tries the cut shot once more. Extra bounce causes the ball to beat him on this occasion.
  • 41.3 FOUR! That is the second boundary of the over. Would you believe it? 50 runs have been scored in 6.3 overs since Lunch. Short of a length outside off, Sarfraz opens the face of the bat and guides this wide of point for a boundary.
  • 41.2 Fuller one outside off, Ahmed comes ahead and defends it back towards mid off.
  • 41.1 FOUR! Raining boundaries here! KG starts off with a full one outside off, Sarfraz comes ahead and drives this wide of point to his right and finds the gap. Lovely timing and it takes it to the fence.
  • KG Rabada is now on.
  • 40.6 Babar has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 42 in this session, so far. 153/5
  • 40.5 FIVE RUNS AGAIN! South Africa gifting easy runs. Fuller in length outside off, Sarfraz drives it towards extra cover where Bavuma misfields and parries it towards mid off. They attempt for a run as Steyn (back on the field) attacks the ball and hurls in a throw at the non-striker's end. Misses the target and it races away to the fence.
  • 40.4 Full and outside off, driven straight towards wide mid off.
  • 40.3 Short and outside off, cut through point for one.
  • 40.2 Good chase, Zubayr! Length delivery wide outside off, Sarfraz chases it and slaps it through cover-point. It races away and the debutant also speeds after it. He pulls it back just before the rope and Bavuma, who has come in from point, does the rest. Three runs added to the total.
  • 40.1 Play and a miss! Sharp delivery, short and on off, Sarfraz leans back to play the ramp shot but fails to make any connection. Needless attempt.
  • 39.6 A length ball on off, angling back in, Babar defends it from the crease. 144/5
  • 39.5 Tickles it off his pads on the leg side, finds the gap and rotates the strike.
  • 39.4 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • Dale Steyn is not on the field.
  • 39.3 Good length ball on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 39.2 FOUR! Shot! Once again the length is on the shorter side and Sarfraz forces it off his back foot through cover-point. The fielder gives the chase, dives forward to pull it back but the ball once again rolls towards the rope. 50-run stand comes up!
  • 39.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, slapped square of the wicket on the off side and the point fielder made a diving half-stop. A single taken.
  • 38.6 Left alone outside off this time to end the over. 138/5
  • 38.5 FOUR! This is off the bat for sure! Fuller length outside off, Sarfraz comes forward and opens the face of the bat as he guides this in the gap wide of point. No stopping that one, runs away.
  • 38.4 Four leg byes! The ball is sprayed down on the pads and Sarfraz helps it on its way. It goes fine on the leg side and runs away to the fence. Signalled as runs but it seemed to have come off the pads though. Changes the decision to leg byes later.
  • 38.3 On the pads this time, worked to the mid-wicket fielder.
  • 38.2 Just falls short yet again! Living a charmed life here Sarfraz. Outside off on the corridor of uncertainty, Ahmed comes ahead to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge towards third slip. Falls just in front of de Bruyn there. Good bowling from Olivier.
  • 38.1 Just short! A short of a length delivery on middle and jags in a bit after landing. Sarfraz tries to fend it away but gets a glove on it and the ball falls just short of a diving Quinton de Kock as he dives to his right to take that. Lucky for the skipper.
  • 37.6 Ooohh! Keeps low outside off. Bowled on a good length and wide outside off, the right-handed Azam wanted to cut it away but the ball kept low and went under the bottom of his willow. Good take from de Kock. 130/5
  • 37.5 Shortens the length immediately, Azam defends this back from the crease towards mid on.
  • 37.4 FOUR! Creamy straight drive! Overpitched this time on off stump, Babar Azam holds his shape and drives it to the right of mid off. Well-timed and the fielder has no chance to stop it once the ball crosses him.
  • 37.3 On a length once more outside off, defended on the back foot by the batsman.
  • 37.2 Short one outside off again, Babar stands in his crease and punches the ball to cover.
  • 37.1 Outside off on a length and Azam plays it with an angled bat towards point.
  • 36.6 Yorker length ball on off, dug out by Azam. A quick single is taken as he keeps strike. 126/5
  • 36.5 Fuller one outside off, driven down the ground with a straight bat.
  • 36.4 FIVE RUNS! Poor from South Africa on the field. Fuller length ball outside off, Sarfraz drives this to cover and sets off for a quick single. Bavuma moves to his left and picks up the ball. Has a shy at the non-striker's end and the throw isn't backed up well by Philander. Four overthrows plus the single. The umpire signals five.
  • 36.3 This is much-better from Sarfraz. Length ball outside off, defended confidently this time.
  • 36.2 Ripper! Kicks off from a good length outside off and shapes away too. The skipper who was trying to feel for the ball is beaten well and truly on the outside.
  • 36.1 Short of a length ball on middle, Azam stands tall and swats this to the deep cover-point region for a single. Decided against a second seeing the fielder reach it quickly.
  • Duanne Olivier replaces Dale Steyn from this end after Lunch.
  • 35.6 Solid defense to end the over. 119/5
  • 35.5 Goes back to the length ball outside off, the ball runs to point as the batsman plays it with an angled bat.
  • 35.4 FOUR! Lovely cover drive! That's his fourth boundary in 8 balls. Fuller length ball outside off, Ahmed comes ahead and drives this wide of mid off. It's timed beautifully and will reach the ropes.
  • 35.3 Outside off once more, this time Sarfraz gets it off the outside half of the bat towards gully. It was slightly in the air but well short in the end.
  • 35.2 DROPPED AND FOUR! Fifth catch of the day down for South Africa. Wide outside off and Sarfraz goes chasing. The ball takes a thick edge and flies to the right of Elgar at second slip. He jumps and gets his hands to the ball but cannot hold on. It runs away to the fence for a boundary.
  • 35.1 Length ball on off and shapes away slightly late. Ahmed lets it go.
  • The two Pakistan batsmen, the South African team and the umpires are back in the middle for the second session. Sarfraz to take strike. Vernon Philander to bowl. The keeper is up to the stumps.
  • ... Day 2, Second Session ...
  • We also saw a slight injury to Dale Steyn in the session but it was nice to see him come back in the end and bowl a few overs. The pitch was also acting a little spicy and the batsmen took a few hits as they tried to defend. Batting is not looking that easy and South Africa will try to dismiss the bottom half quickly and get a sizeable lead. There should be some reverse swing for the bowlers too now. The visitors meanwhile will look to add runs and get as close to the SA total as possible. Will the skipper and Babar stand up? Join us for the afternoon session in a while to find out.
  • What an exciting and eventful session of play here on Day 2. The South Africans have bowled really well but have not been backed up by their fielders. Pakistan could have lost many more wickets than the three they did so far if not for the four dropped catches and a missed run out chance. The overnight batsmen benefited a lot from these and survived the whole first hour till Drinks. But after the break, the fielders got their act together and South Africa held onto the three chances that came their way. Both the overnight batsmen have departed as well as Asad Shafiq who bagged a duck. Olivier got two and Philander got the other one. Right now, a really confident-looking Babar Azam and Sarfraz Ahmed are at the crease. Both have hit a few crisp boundaries. The hosts will not mind their approach as they know that chances will come their way.
  • 34.6 Angling in around off, Azam covers the line and presents a straight bat. That will be Lunch on Day 2! 111/5
  • 34.5 Good length delivery outside off, Babar allows it through to the keeper.
  • 34.4 FOUR! Oh goodness, effortless hitting by Babar. Steyn has a wry smile on his face. He offers width there, the length is short and Babar smashes it in front of square on the off side for a boundary. Nelson on the board!
  • 34.3 Good length delivery outside off, Azam shoulders arms in quite a stylish manner.
  • 34.2 FOUR! Shouts of catch it but it's in the gap and results in another boundary. Back of a length ball outside off, Azam camps back to punch it but it goes aerially off the outside half of his bat. Past point and it races away. Pakistan dealing in boundaries currently.
  • 34.1 FOUR! Cut away for a boundary. Babar is after Steyn here. Short and wide outside off, Azam rocks back and spanks it square of the wicket on the off side.
  • 33.6 Sarfraz has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 8 runs and a wicket from the over. 99/5
  • 33.5 Angles in a full ball on off, Ahmed defends it right under his watchful eyes.
  • 33.4 FOUR! This one is equally pleasing to the eyes. Sarfraz has come out with positive intent. The last one was off the front foot and this one is off the back foot. He transfers his weight on the back leg to a shortish ball outside off and strokes it smartly through covers.
  • 33.3 FOUR! A cracking start for the Pakistan skipper. A length delivery outside off, Sarfraz reaches out for it and drives it superbly through covers for a boundary.
  • Sarfraz Ahmed is the next batsman to the crease.
  • 33.2 OUT! Another good one taken in the slip cordon! Dean Elgar, the captain is the one with the catch. Length ball outside off, kicks off after hitting a crack maybe. Imam looking to defend from the crease has been done by the bounce and slight deviation as well. The ball goes off the shoulder of the bat. Flies at a good height towards second slip. Elgar dives to his left and holds on beautifully. Half the side back in the hut now!
  • 33.1 Fuller length ball outside off, Imam tries to drive this one but the ball goes off the inner half of the bat down towards mid on.
  • 32.6 Appeal for an lbw! Not given! Steyn gets a good length ball to shape back into the batsman. Azam tries to defend it by getting half-forward but misses. He is hit on the back leg, Steyn puts in a vociferous appeal but the umpire remains unmoved. Dean Elgar thinks about reviewing it but is not convinced much by Steyn. Height factor, the replays confirm later. 91/4
  • 32.5 FOUR! Another beautiful shot! Steyn cannot be faulted for trying there. He serves a full ball on middle with the intention to swing it towards off. But this one ends up being too straight and Babar flicks it in front of square leg for a boundary.
  • 32.4 FOUR! Fine shot! Fractionally short and just outside off, Babar keeps his weight on the back foot and punches it sweetly through the gap at extra cover.
  • 32.3 Lovely delivery. Nice and full around off, a hint of outward shape, Babar gets ahead and blocks it.
  • 32.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 32.1 Back of a length delivery on off, Babar punches off the back foot but straight towards Olivier at wide mid off. In the first Test match, Azam took Steyn to the cleaners. What will happen this time around?
  • Dale Steyn is back! He's fit and fine, raring to go again...
  • 31.6 Action replay of the previous delivery. Imam is forced to stay inside the crease as he is leaving those. 83/4
  • 31.5 Good length delivery outside off, Imam shoulders arms.
  • 31.4 FOUR! Quinton de Kock comes up to the stumps for this delivery to cut down Imam's movement outside the crease. But the line from Philander ain't great. It's angling down and Imam neatly deflects it fine down the leg side for a boundary.
  • 31.3 Identical to the last delivery, this time Imam has defended it from the middle of his blade.
  • 31.2 Right on the button this time. On a length around off, coming back in a shade, Imam is forward in defense. It takes the inner half and rolls to square leg.
  • 31.1 Wrong line to begin this spell. Slips a length ball down the leg side, Imam tries to take advantage but fails to middle his flick shot.
  • Vernon Philander is back into the attack.
  • 30.6 Full and outside off, pushed towards extra cover to end the over. 79/4
  • 30.5 Bouncer this time to mix things up. On middle and Babar ducks underneath it.
  • 30.4 Another teaser. Duanne is playing with Babar's patience. Putting it on a driving length outside and trying to force a false shot from the batsman. Azam ain't interested.
  • 30.3 A tempter! Full and outside off, moving away off the seam, Babar watches it closely before making a leave.
  • 30.2 A length ball on middle and leg, it's turned in front of square leg for a single.
  • 30.1 Miscued! Short in length and outside off, rising more than expected, Imam somehow gets on top of the bounce but mistimes his pull shot back to the bowler.
  • 29.6 Edged but safe! Good length ball outside off, Azam pushes at it inside the line and gets a thin outside edge. Doesn't carry to Theunis at third slip. 78/4
  • 29.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 29.4 Good length ball on off, defended from the crease to the off side.
  • 29.3 FOUR! Azam has got great eyes. Sees the short ball coming his way quite early and waits for it on the back foot. As soon as it arrives, he packs a punch and pulls it down through mid on for a boundary. Striking at over 100 at the moment.
  • 29.2 A gentle delivery in terms of line and length. The pace although is in the high-130s. Easily left by Babar.
  • 29.1 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. They pick up a single.
  • 28.6 Left alone. An away swinger wide outside off, no need to flirt with those. 8 runs off this over, 17 off his last two. Olivier leaking valuable runs here. 73/4
  • 28.5 Shortish on off, defended from the back foot to the off side.
  • 28.4 The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
  • 28.3 Sliding down the leg side, it's helped to deep backward square leg for another couple of runs as Rabada cuts it off in the deep.
  • 28.2 Stays back-footed to a short ball and punches it square of the wicket on the off side for a brace.
  • 28.1 EDGY FOUR! Olivier almost wins the battle against Babar Azam. A touch short and outside off, Azam pushes inside the line from the crease and gets a fat outside edge. It flies past the diving gully fielder for a boundary.
  • 27.6 Shortish on off, jumping onto the batsman, Imam leaps on his back leg and defends it down on the off side. 65/4
  • 27.5 Rabada eyes a yorker but serves a low full toss on off, Imam is on the front foot as he pushes it to mid off.
  • 27.4 Gets behind the line of the delivery and defends it towards mid off.
  • 27.3 Good length ball on off, angling away from the batsman, Imam plays inside the line and is beaten.
  • 27.2 Lands it on a good length around off, Babar taps it down to the right of point and hurries across to the other end as Temba Bavuma misses his shy at the non-striker's end.
  • 27.1 Short in length on middle, Imam jumps on his back foot and turns it in front of square leg for a run.
  • 26.6 FOUR! Babar ends the over with a boundary, thereby winning the battle for the moment. A shade overpitched outside off and Azam has no qualms in driving it through covers for a boundary. End of an eventful over. 63/4
  • 26.5 Angles in a good length ball on off, Babar defends it off his back foot.
  • 26.4 Great battle going on. Test cricket at its best. Hit on the body, retorted with a boundary and the bowler responds with a peach. An away swinger landing on off, Babar has his feet glued to the crease as he pushes inside the line and misses. Top contest!
  • 26.3 FOUR! That's a nice comeback by Babar Azam. Back of a length delivery around off, Azam keeps his weight on the back leg and pulls it powerfully past the left side of the mid-wicket fielder. Off the mark with a boundary.
  • Babar Azam is down on the ground, the ball has caught him on the chest. The medical team runs in to check on him as the players surround around him as well. Babar has a smile on his face, an indication that he's doing fine. Imam is seen encouraging him as Azam gets ready to take strike again. He hasn't got off the mark yet.
  • 26.2 OUCH! Babar Azam is in terrible pain. Goes down on his haunches and his partner comes to help him out. Imam takes his helmet off and now the South African players are also checking Babar. Once again some visible extra bounce. The pitch is acting up really. It jumps up from a length around off, Azam tries to defend but misses and is hit near the chest area. That's painful.
  • 26.1 A delivery with extra bounce around leg, Imam goes on his toes and drops it on the leg side. Looks for a run and they cross. Given as a leg bye.
  • 25.6 Another one whizzes past the outside edge, not the first time this morning. Around off on a length, straightening a bit to beat Babar's hanging bat. Top over by Kagiso! 54/4
  • 25.5 Good length ball on middle and off, it straightens a bit after landing and Babar gets opened up in defense. Does well eventually to defend it on the off side.
  • 25.4 Lands it on a shortish length and wide outside off, Azam shoulders arms this time.
  • 25.3 Angles in a length ball on off, Azam covers the line and blocks it solidly.
  • 25.2 Bowls it full and outside off, Babar reaches out for it and pushes it away from his body to cover-point.
  • 25.1 Fullish and around leg, it's been clipped in front of square leg for a single.
  • 24.6 Cuts him in half first up! Length ball outside off, keeps a tad low. Azam was back in the crease and tried to keep it out off the back foot but the ball goes low and between his inside edge and his off stump. Pakistan starting to look really shaky here. 53/4
  • Babar Azam's turn to bat now.
  • 24.5 OUT! One brings two! Asad bags a duck here! Poor, poor technique from Shafiq as he tried to duck under the bouncer without bringing his hands down, very strange as he usually has a good way of leaving the ball. Short of a length ball outside off, the batsman tried to evade the ball by going down but he forgot to bring his bat down as well. Hangs it out in the air and the ball pings off the glove and lobs to the keeper. De Kock has the simplest of catches and he is not going to drop that one. South Africa after a dry spell of an hour, have come roaring after the Drinks break. Pakistan losing their way yet again.
  • 24.4 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 24.3 Extra bounce. It's around off and Shafiq tries defending from the crease. The ball jumps and hits his gloves before hitting him on the pads.
  • Asad Shafiq walks in at number 5, he would have been padded up for quite some time.
  • 24.2 OUT! STOP THE PRESS! SOUTH AFRICA HAVE FINALLY TAKEN A CATCH!!! Abbas' lucky stay in the middle is over. Olivier delivers a full ball wide outside off, Abbas gets forward and pushes at it tentatively. It takes the outside edge and flies towards Theunis de Bruyn at third slip. He does well to react to his right and catch the ball safely. Plenty of relieved faces in the middle. The nightwatchman says good night but not before doing an amazing job. He survived a tough period last evening and also the first hour today. Well done, Abbas! Now it's over to Pakistan's fragile middle order. Can they put up a similar kind of a fight?
  • 24.1 Too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • Drinks break. Extraordinary first hour! Pakistan have managed to survive without losing a single wicket. That's miracle in itself. South Africa have also assisted them in that by dropping four catches, yes, you read it right... FOUR CATCHES and add a missed run out chance also. Very clumsy. Has Pakistan's fortune finally changed in this part of the country? Can they survive the next hour too without much damage? Let's wait and watch.
  • 23.6 Left alone outside off to end the over. Average stuff from South Africa here, need to regroup and talk soon, maybe the Drinks break will help. 53/2
  • 23.5 Short of a length outside off, kept out towards cover off the back foot.
  • 23.4 Well outside off, left alone by the batsman.
  • 23.3 Lots of confusion again! Flicked to the leg side by Imam and Abbas is late as he responds to his partner's call for a second. A better throw or a direct hit from the deep square leg fielder could have found the batsman short. Even the bowler, Rabada, had he been at the stumps could have found the batsman short it looks like. Amazing luck for Pakistan though, quite extraordinary.
  • 23.2 DROPPED, RUN OUT CHANCE MISSED - All on the same delivery! What a comedy of errors going on here at the Bullring! A good length ball on off stump, Imam tries to defend but the ball flies off his outside edge towards first slip. Hashim Amla was in position but alas, de Kock dives to his left and tries to take it. He can't hold on and that is the fourth catch that has gone down this morning. That was not all. The ball runs down fine but Imam was ball watching. His partner Abbas wanted a run and was more than halfway down. Elgar who gave chase throws it towards Rabada who then has a shy at the bowler's end with three stumps to aim at. He misses it and Abbas is safe. Would have been well short had he hit. Could have even given it to Olivier who was backing up to hit the stumps. So much confusion!
  • 23.1 Length ball on middle, Imam tries to flick it away but misses the ball. Gets hit on the thigh pad.
  • 22.6 In the air...but won't carry to the man at deep square leg. A short of a length delivery on middle, Imam pulls it away in the air but unfortunately for SA, it drops well short of the fielder in the deep. 51/2
  • 22.5 Length ball on middle and leg, kept out towards mid-wicket off the back foot.
  • 22.4 Another one to which Imam shoulders arms to outside off.
  • 22.3 On a length outside off, left alone by Imam on this occasion.
  • 22.2 Length ball on middle, defended towards cover by the southpaw.
  • 22.1 Bouncer! Imam ducks and lets the ball go through.
  • 21.6 Oooh! Outside edge but does not carry. Length ball on off, Abbas tries to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge but luckily for the batsman it does not carry to the slip cordon. 50/2
  • 21.5 A short ball and Abbas thinks that it will bounce a lot more than it did. Moves out of the way awkwardly as the ball goes through to the keeper.
  • 21.4 Short length delivery on middle and leg, Abbas climbs on top of the ball and keeps it down towards mid-wicket.
  • 21.3 Outside off on a length, left alone by Mohammad.
  • 21.2 Fuller length ball on the leg stump line, flicked away through mid-wicket. The ball doesn't reach the fence but the batsmen pick up three by the time the ball is returned from the deep. 50 up for Pakistan! This stand is worth 44 now.
  • 21.1 Fuller one on the pads, worked away to fine leg for a single by Abbas.
  • 20.6 A good length delivery on middle to end the over. The lefty is solid in defense. That is 12 overs this morning without a wicket. 46/2
  • 20.5 Short of a length once more on middle and leg, Imam rides the bounce and plays it to point.
  • 20.4 Another one hurled well outside off and left alone once more by Imam.
  • 20.3 Well outside off on this occasion, left alone by the southpaw.
  • 20.2 Length ball on middle, kept out towards mid-wicket with an angled bat this time.
  • 20.1 Short of a length ball on middle to start with, Imam pulls this away to deep square leg for a couple of runs.
  • Duanne Olivier is now into the attack, replacing Steyn.
  • 19.6 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 44/2
  • 19.5 Feels for a length delivery outside off and is beaten.
  • 19.4 Well wide outside off, no need to play at those.
  • 19.3 Angling in, Abbas has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 19.2 A touch short and around off, shaping away a bit, Abbas stays back and lets it be.
  • 19.1 Too full and on middle, Imam leans across and flicks it wide of mid on for a run.
  • Steyn is seen going off the field for some medical attention. Looks really frustrated as he makes his way up the stairs.
  • 18.6 What happened there??? Abbas is certainly not at ease out in the middle but it does not matter as long he is surviving. Length ball just outside leg and holding its line. The batsman shuffles across to play it on the leg side but misses the ball. It flies just over the leg stump. Lucky for Mohammad. 43/2
  • 18.5 DROPPED AGAIN! Would you believe it?? De Kock on this occasion has put down what he would normally take. There seems to be something in the air this morning maybe. Nothing wants to stick. A fuller length one just outside off and shaping slightly away, Abbas comes ahead and just hangs his bat out there. It takes the outside edge and goes towards the right of the keeper. Quinton dives to his right but the ball seems to have hit his wrist part and gone down. Unbelievable luck for the visitors at the start of the day.
  • After throwing the ball away from the deep in the previous over, Steyn is seen holding his shoulder. Hope he hasn't hurt himself.
  • 18.4 Length ball on off, kept out on the front foot by the batsman.
  • 18.3 Another bouncer on middle, Mohammad ducks under it and lets the ball go.
  • 18.2 Jaffa! Another shorter length ball on a perfect line above middle stump. Too good for a nightwatchman as Abbas manages somehow to sway out of the way and take his willow away too.
  • 18.1 Bouncer! Aimed at the head of the batsman and Abbas sways out of the way at the last moment.
  • 17.6 FOUR! Two in two! On the pads this time and Imam glances it away really fine on the leg side. No fielder there and the ball runs away to the rope. 43/2
  • 17.5 FOUR! Overpitched and Imam latches onto it in an instant. He flicks this away through mid-wicket for an easily picked boundary.
  • 17.4 Too high! A lovely ball on middle and it shapes in a lot more this time. Imam wanted to leave it thinking it will go on straight but the ball jags in and catches him on the top of the knee roll. He was also on his toes so the appeal is turned down by S Ravi. Good ball though.
  • 17.3 Hurled on middle this time and holding its line, Imam pushes it back towards the bowler.
  • 17.2 Short of a length this time, the southpaw is on his toes as he defends from within his crease.
  • 17.1 Length ball on the pads, flicked away by Imam towards square leg. A couple taken till the ball is returned.
  • Kagiso Rabada is now into the attack.
  • 16.6 Edgy but that's how Abbas has batted all morning and survived. Why to middle then? Full and on middle, Abbas presents a straight bat but it moves away late to catch the outside edge and rolls safely to point. End of an eventful over. 33/2
  • 16.5 Sliding down this time, Imam tickles it fine down the leg side for a run.
  • 16.4 Angling away from a length around off, Imam once again pokes at it and edges it past backward point for a brace.
  • 16.3 Once again gets on the front foot and defends it watchfully.
  • 16.2 Better! Imam has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 16.1 DROPPED AGAIN! It's spreading like an epidemic! Theunis de Bruyn is the culprit, not Dean Elgar. Will tell you why! Steyn hurls across a length ball on off, Imam has a tame push inside the line and gets a thick outside edge. It's travelling straight to Elgar at second slip but Theunis, who is standing a bit up at third slip, intervenes with a dive but fails to cup it. It gets deflected towards Elgar who is already put off by de Bruyn's movement. Another chance goes begging. Wake up, Saffas.
  • 15.6 Good length ball to end the over, Abbas comes ahead slightly and defends the ball with a straight bat. 30/2
  • 15.5 FOUR! Insult to injury! Fuller and on the pads this time, flicked away by Abbas through square leg. The fine leg fielder cannot come around and the ball rolls to the boundary.
  • 15.4 DROPPED! Lady luck shining brightly on Abbas today! This one is outside off, finds the edge and the ball flies at a good height to Temba Bavuma at gully. Was a regulation catch but the ball goes in and out! More frustration for the Proteas.
  • 15.3 Length ball on off and shaping away slightly, Mohammad pushes at this one and the ball runs off the outside half towards deep point for a couple.
  • 15.2 Well outside off, left alone by the batsman.
  • 15.1 Length ball on off, Abbas does well as he comes ahead and defends this ball towards cover.
  • 14.6 Ripper to end the over! Again landing on length and shaping away, Imam tries to come ahead and defend but the deviation is so much to beat the outside edge once more. South Africa doing everything right so far without getting the rewards. 24/2
  • 14.5 Excellent delivery! After 4 balls coming in, this one shapes away. Imam was beaten all ends up as he was trying to drive, very lucky not to get an outside edge.
  • 14.4 This time it is fuller and Imam was playing back to one he should have been front to. Adjusts well in the end and keeps it out safely.
  • 14.3 Length ball on top of off, Imam stays back in the crease and defends this one to the off side.
  • 14.2 Fuller length ball on middle, Imam comes ahead and pushes it back to mid on.
  • 14.1 A length ball on off stump, coming in. Pushed back down the ground.
  • 13.6 Length ball on off and shaping away slightly, defended back down the ground this time. 24/2
  • 13.5 Outside off and this time left alone by the nightwatchman.
  • 13.4 FOUR! Edged and a boundary! Frustration for South Africa. Fuller one outside off and the ball shapes away late. Abbas tries to drive but gets an outside edge that flies through the gap between gully and the slips. Runs to the fence. Welcome runs for Pakistan.
  • 13.3 Oooh! Would have had him plumb in front there! Length ball on middle and leg, comes in after landing. Imam was ahead in defense as he tried to push it back down the ground. It swings enough to take the inside edge and run to fine leg for a single. Super close!
  • 13.2 Length ball on middle, worked towards square leg by the lefty.
  • 13.1 Fuller one on middle and coming in a bit, Imam pushes it back down the ground towards mid on.
  • 12.6 Misses the ball, again. Well done. As long as he is not nicking those, Pakistan won't mind. Tire the African bowlers. Good length ball on top of off stump, Abbas sticks back to defend but fails to put bat on ball as it nips away late. End of a testing over and the nightwatchman has the luck to survive. 19/2
  • 12.5 Luck is also with Abbas currently. Steyn puts it on a length close to off stump and forces Abbas to play at it. But the away movement again beats the outside edge.
  • 12.4 Doing just well to survive. Back of a length delivery on middle, Abbas goes on the back foot and defends it to the on side.
  • 12.3 Beaten on the drive! Not Abbas' mistake. He isn't equipped to deal with those. An away swinger by Steyn, on a driving length outside off. Mohammad minus footwork tries to play inside the line and misses.
  • 12.2 Beautiful delivery. Full and on middle, it straightens from there and Abbas also does well to play it out off his pads to mid-wicket. Had he missed, he would have been plumb in front.
  • 12.1 Steams in and hurls across a short delivery at 142 kph outside off, Abbas leans back and sways away from the line of fire.
  • 11.6 Close! Loud appeal but S Ravi says no. This one was bowled on a length around leg stump line and the ball straightened a tad bit. Imam missed his flick shot and got rapped on the pads, a loud appeal from all the fielders and the bowler but the umpire was unmoved. Dean Elgar decided not to review either. A good decision in hindsight as replays showed the ball to be just pitching outside leg. Would have been a review wasted! 19/2
  • 11.5 Is that a missed chance! Looks like it. This one is down the leg side and Imam loses balance as he tries to flick it away and his back leg was out of the crease for a moment there. De Kock though misses his collection and Haq can come back in time. Lucky reprieve! A chance missed by the Protea keeper though.
  • 11.4 A good length ball once more on middle and leg, Imam clears the front leg and defends the ball back down.
  • 11.3 Length ball outside off, left alone by the southpaw.
  • 11.2 Hurled on the leg stump line, pushed away to mid-wicket but no run.
  • 11.1 The keeper is up to the wickets now. Imam can no longer venture outside his crease. Length ball on middle, Imam defends it on the leg side.
  • 10.6 Goes short this time and the ball tails away late once more and Mohammad plays inside the line to get beaten. Living a charmed life so far. 19/2
  • 10.5 Just on the line outside off and slight shape away, Abbas defends the ball with soft hands.
  • 10.4 Straying onto the pads, flicked away by Imam to deep square leg. Single taken.
  • 10.3 Well outside off on this occasion, Imam shoulders arms to this one.
  • 10.2 Slightly fuller this time, kept out with a straight bat once more.
  • 10.1 Length ball on off, Imam stands tall and defends from the crease.
  • Dale Steyn to bowl from the other end.
  • 9.6 Oooh! Too good for a nightwatchman. The ball is even closer to off this time and shapes away late. Abbas who wanted to put bat to ball could not do so as he is beaten on the outside once more. 18/2
  • 9.5 Beaten outside off! On a length, keeps a tad low. Abbas goes fishing to feel the ball and it beats him on the outside as it shapes away late.
  • Imam-ul-Haq is standing well outside the crease, maybe to limit the swing.
  • 9.4 Short length ball on middle, tucked to square leg for a single this time. First run of the day.
  • 9.3 Outside off on a length, left alone by Imam this time.
  • 9.2 Length ball once more on middle and off, comes in a bit. Well defended though.
  • 9.1 Length ball on off stump, slightly coming in. Defended watchfully to cover-point.
  • The players are out in the middle as are the umpires. Imam-ul-Haq and partnering him will be Mohammad Abbas. Vernon Philander has the ball. Imam to take strike.
  • Welcome to the second day of the final Test between South Africa and Pakistan. Just like the previous two, this one too has moved at a really quick pace. We saw 12 wickets being lost on Day 1, the hosts posting 262 and the visitors losing two of their top three by the time Stumps were taken. With a fragile batting order to follow, I do not expect anything too different. The score set by the Proteas in their first essay, with the help of good contributions from Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Theunis de Bruyn and debutant Zubayr Hamza seems to be a solid one and the visitors will have to bat really well to get close or go par it. The four-pronged pace attack versus the Pakistan batsmen who like to be free-flowing, on a track that has something for everybody. In my view, Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam will have to put their hands up for Pakistan to make this game interesting. Should make for a fun and action-packed day of cricket. The first ball isn't too far away on Day 2, stay tuned!
  • ... Day 2, Session 1 ...
  • Now then, Pakistan trail by 245 runs and need a few solid stands to bail them out. South Africa, on the other hand, will try and continue their good work on Day 2 and get a firm grip on this Test match. Wickets falling in a heap has been a norm in this series and it has continued with 12 wickets falling on the first day. Will we see yet another day enjoyed by the bowlers on Saturday or will the Pakistan batters stand up and deliver? Join us to find out at 1000 local (0800 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
  • In reply, the Pakistan batsmen had a 'nervy period' to survive before Stumps and they would have loved to end the day unscathed. But that was not to be as Philander had his tail up. The pacer first got the better of the in-form batter, Shan Masood and on the very next ball, he got the better of the out-of-form batsman, Azhar Ali. After that Imam and the nightwatchman, Mohammad Abbas somehow managed to survive and ensure there were no more hiccups.
  • The day began with the South African batters looking at ease against the Pakistan bowlers. They looked all set for a big first innings score after Markram's 90 and 40s from Amla, Hamza and de Bruyn but 7 wickets for 33 runs in the last session saw the hosts getting bundled out for 262.
  • An excellent day of Test cricket is what we have witnessed today! Pakistan would have been smiling during the innings break but it's South Africa now who will be the happier side.
  • 8.6 Fuller delivery swinging away from around off, Abbas hangs his bat out and luckily for him, it did not take the outside edge. Abbas is relieved. That will be Stumps on Day 1! 17/2
  • 8.5 Outside off, Abbas shoulders arms to it.
  • 8.4 Back of a length on middle, MA defends it off the back foot.
  • 8.3 Bowls it wide down leg, Abbas doesn't need to play at those.
  • 8.2 Bumper from Steyn on middle, Abbas ducks underneath it.
  • 8.1 FOUR LEG BYES! Snorter from Steyn. He bangs it short on middle, Abbas was late to duck it, it hits the helmet and it flies over the keeper's head for a boundary.
  • 7.6 Bowls it full and wide down leg, Imam goes for the flick but misses it. 13/2
  • 7.5 Fuller delivery swinging in, Imam defends it with a straight bat.
  • 7.4 In the channel outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to it.
  • 7.3 A tad short on off, Imam defends it from within the crease.
  • 7.2 A touch fuller on off, Imam-ul-Haq pushes it towards point.
  • 7.1 Back of a length on middle, the batsman defends it off the back foot.
  • 6.6 Bouncer this time, Abbas ducks it at the last moment. 13/2
  • 6.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 6.4 Outside off, Abbas lets it go.
  • 6.3 On a length and on middle, Imam tucks it to the leg side for a run.
  • 6.2 FOUR! Streaky but effective. Length delivery on off, Imam tries to defend it but it hits the outside edge of the bat and the ball goes through gully for a boundary.
  • 6.1 Length delivery angling in, Imam defends it from within the crease.
  • 5.6 BEATEN! Length delivery just outside off, Abbas tries to push at it. Luckily for him, he did not get an outside edge on that. 8/2
  • 5.5 Length delivery on middle, Imam tucks it around the corner for a single.
  • 5.4 In the channel outside off, Imam-ul-Haq shoulders arms to it.
  • 5.3 Similar delivery, the batsman pushes it to mid on.
  • 5.2 Fuller delivery swinging in, Imam defends it by presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 5.1 No hat-trick as Imam defends it solidly. A good ball though. It starts on middle and then tails back into the left-hander. Imam does not plant his front foot way too across as he knows the ball will be coming in. Gets his bat behind the delivery and keeps it out.
  • Hat-trick ball...
  • 4.6 Outside off, Abbas lets it go. 7/2
  • 4.5 BEATEN! Length delivery on middle, swinging away from the batter, Abbas tries to defend it off the front foot but gets beaten.
  • 4.4 On the 5th stump line, left alone by Abbas.
  • 4.3 Short of a length on middle, Imam-ul-Haq pulls it towards deep square leg for a single.
  • 4.2 Length delivery on middle, the batsman watchfully defends it.
  • 4.1 Fuller delivery down leg, Imam still tries to flick it but misses it completely.
  • Who will come in next? Nightwatchman? Or a proper batsman? It's Mohammad Abbas. So Pakistan have sent out a tail-ender to deal with the fiery South African bowling. Hmmm....
  • 3.6 OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Azhar Ali bags a golden duck, Philander takes two in two and the South Africans are ecstatic. Azhar Ali's poor tour continues. Another top delivery. This is first angled into the batsman which means Ali has to play at it. It then leaves him late and Azhar ends up pushing inside the line. It takes the outside edge and goes to the right of de Kock. He completes the catch with a dive. A really unplayable delivery first up for Azhar. Pakistan in trouble here! Philander will be on a hat-trick in his next over. 6/2
  • Azhar Ali walks out to the middle.
  • 3.5 OUT! Now we know what the noise was, it was of the ball hitting the outside edge. Philander draws first blood quite early. Shan, the in-form batsman, departs. Philander bowls it on a length on off, Masood tries to defend it off the front foot but the ball goes away with the angle, seems to have taken the outside edge on its way and is caught by the keeper. An appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. Elgar, after a chat with his bowler and the keeper, opts for the review. There is a spike on Ultra Edge as the ball passes the bat. The crowd erupts as they know the on-field call has to be overturned.
  • Have South Africa got their first? A huge appeal for a caught behind has not been given. Masood is the man in question. There was a noise.
  • 3.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 3.3 The ball is way wide down leg, Masood does not need to play at those.
  • 3.2 In the channel outside off, Masood lets it go.
  • 3.1 Back of a length on middle, Shan defends it from within the crease.
  • 2.6 Fuller on off, Imam drives it through covers for a couple of runs. 6/0
  • 2.5 Wide down leg this time. Imam not need to play at those.
  • 2.4 A touch slower this time on off, it maybe the off cutter as the ball pitches and then moves away. Imam tries to defend but is squared up in doing so. The ball misses his bat and hits him high on the thigh pad.
  • 2.3 Back of a length on middle, the batsman defends it off the back foot.
  • 2.2 Bowls it wide down leg, Imam still tries to play at it but misses it.
  • 2.1 Leg bye! Back of a length on middle and leg, Masood tries to flick it but is hit on the pads. The ball goes towards the leg side and the batsmen get a single in the process.
  • 1.6 Fuller delivery swinging in, Imam drives it to mid on. 3/0
  • 1.5 A touch fuller on off, Imam tries to defend it off the front foot but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 1.4 Length delivery on middle, Imam defends it by presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 1.3 On the 5th stump line this time, left alone by Imam.
  • 1.2 In the channel outside off, Imam lets it go.
  • 1.1 Starts off with a fuller delivery on middle, Imam defends it off the front foot.
  • Vernon Philander to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Length delivery on middle, Shan tucks it through square leg for a couple of runs. 3/0
  • 0.5 Imam is off the mark with a tuck around the corner.
  • 0.4 On middle, Imam defends it by presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 0.3 Full on middle again, the batsman watchfully defends it.
  • 0.2 Fuller again on middle, Imam defends it off the front foot.
  • 0.1 Starts off with a fuller delivery on middle, Imam defends it with a straight bat.

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

  • First though, the visitors will aim to get through to Tea unscathed. Can they do so? Join us in a while to find out.
  • A little more than 2 days to go in this Test and a miracle will be needed by Pakistan if they are to salvage something out of this game.
  • A 100-run stand between Amla and de Kock and another superb stand between Rabada and Quinton have probably batted the touring team out of this Test match.
  • Pakistan though did have their moments in this innings. They had South Africa at 93 for 5 when their pacers were wreaking havoc.
  • The Proteas entered this session with a lead of 309 and they had only three wickets in hand. Pakistan would have sensed an opportunity to keep them under 350 but it wasn't meant to be. De Kock and Rabada came out playing their strokes. Especially the former who got a brilliant ton. The latter supported him really well. The two added 79 runs and threatened to take the lead past 400. Shadab Khan though got the centurion and then the last two fell quickly, keeping the Proteas' lead below 400.
  • The heavy roller is called for from the Pakistan skipper as he walks back to the dressing room. A huge task lies ahead for them as the hosts have set them a huge target of 381.
  • 80.3 OUT! Shadab gets the last man. Khan gets his third of the innings. It is a nicely flighted delivery on middle, Olivier tries to defend it off the front foot but gets an outside edge on it as the ball turns away. Sarfraz behind the stumps takes it brilliantly. He picks up his 10th catch of the match as well. South Africa are all out for 303.
  • 80.2 Tosses it up on middle, Duanne defends it off the front foot.
  • 80.1 Flatter outside off, Olivier lets it go.
  • 79.6 The ball has found the edge of the bat. They pick up a single. 303/9
  • 79.5 Another bumper, Olivier getting a taste of his own medicine. He though is playing it well as he once again ducks under it.
  • 79.4 Now comes from around the wicket and bowls it short. Duanne ducks under it.
  • 79.3 Another short ball, the batter ducks under it.
  • Duanne Olivier is the last man in for Proteas.
  • 79.2 OUT! In the air... taken! No. 9 goes down as Rabada walks back after playing a handy knock. It is short and angled across the batter. Rabada tries to drag his pull but ends up getting a top edge. Shadab Khan at covers takes an easy catch.
  • 79.1 On a length and outside off, Rabada slashes at it but misses.
  • 78.6 Gives it a bit of air on middle, Dale blocks it out. 302/8
  • 78.5 Outside off, DS lets it go.
  • 78.4 Tosses it up on off, Dale tries to defend it but the ball spins away beating the outside edge of the bat.
  • 78.3 Flighted delivery on middle,Steyn tries to defend it but gets an outside edge and the ball falls just short of the first slip fielder.
  • Dale Steyn is the new man in.
  • 78.2 OUT! De Kock departs. It was a tossed up delivery on middle, de Kock goes for the slog but gets a top edge on it and the ball goes uppishly towards deep square leg. The fielder, Hasan Ali, there takes a good catch in the end. An outstanding and entertaining innings comes to an end. Surely it has to be one of his best innings. He came in when the chips were down, but took the attack to the opposition by playing some brilliant shots. Standing ovation from the dressing room and from the crowd who have come in numbers. Top knock from him.
  • 78.1 SIX! Flighted delivery on middle, de Kock goes down in one knee and slogs it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
  • 77.6 Another play and a miss! Length outside off, KG throws his bat at it but fails to connect. 296/7
  • 77.5 Back of a length on off, it is kept out.
  • 77.4 Slightly short and outside off, Rabada looks to cut but is done in by the extra bounce.
  • 77.3 EDGY FOUR! Frustrating this for the visitors! Lands it around off, Rabada tries to defend but the ball takes the outside edge and races to the third man fence.
  • 77.2 Wide outside off, Rabada hangs his bat out and gets beaten.
  • 77.1 Back of a length around off, Rabada looks to punch it but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • DRINKS - South Africa pile on the runs. The lead is close to 400 now. It will be interesting to see for how much time they will like to bat on? And Faheem Ashraf is also back onto bowl now after Drinks.
  • 76.6 Gives it a bit of air on middle, Kagiso drives it towards mid on for a single. 292/7
  • 76.5 Tossed up delivery on middle, KR watchfully blocks it.
  • 76.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 76.3 FOUR! Rabada joining the party now. A tad fuller on off, Rabada drives it straight down the ground and to the boundary.
  • 76.2 Quicker and flatter on middle, de Kock works it to the leg side for a single.
  • 76.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 75.6 Good delivery to end the over. On a length on off, Rabada tries to defend it but the shapes away a bit beating the outside edge of the bat. 286/7
  • 75.5 Wide outside off, Rabada slashes it hard but misses it.
  • 75.4 Short outside off, de Kock cuts it through point for a single.
  • 75.3 FOUR! Make it two from the over. A tad fuller on middle, Kock whips it through mid on and the ball races away to the fence. He is carnage mode now.
  • 75.2 Back of a length on middle, the batsman defends it off the back foot.
  • 75.1 FOUR! SHOT! Fuller on middle, de Kock lofts it over the bowler' head and the ball races away to the boundary.
  • 74.6 Drags it short on middle, KR punches it towards point. 277/7
  • 74.5 A tad short on off, Kagiso watchfully defends it.
  • 74.4 Flighted again on middle, Rabada defends it off the front foot.
  • 74.3 Slower through the air on leg, Rabada tries to flick it but hits him high on the pads.
  • 74.2 Flighted on middle, Rabada defends it off the front foot.
  • 74.1 Tosses it up on middle, de Kock works it to the leg side for a single.
  • 73.6 Back of a length on off, it is kept out. 276/7
  • 73.5 Works it around the corner and gets to the other end.
  • 73.4 Fuller in length on off, it is eased to mid off.
  • 73.3 FOUR! Creamed! Right off the middle, you need not run for those. Full and outside off, de Kock leans into the stroke and carresses it through covers. The ball races away.
  • 73.2 Driven through the covers by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 73.1 EDGED AND DROPPED! Sarfraz, the skipper, is the culprit. He indicates that the ball was too high but that should have been taken. Full on off and it shapes away. De Kock tries to whip it through the leg side, against the movement. The ball takes the outside edge and goes behind. Sarfraz leaps, gets to hands to it but the ball bursts through, rolls towards third man for a single. Everything going South Africa's way here.
  • 72.6 A tad fuller on off, KR drives it straight to the mid off fielder. 269/7
  • 72.5 Full and wide down leg, Kagiso tries to sweep it but fails it connect it.
  • 72.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 72.3 NOT OUT! Missing leg and Rabada survives. We did not see that coming. Tossed up delivery on off, Rabada tries to defend it off the front foot but the ball spins back sharply after pitching and hits him on the pads. The bowler appeals and the umpire raises his finger. Rabada then goes for the review. The replay shows it is missing the stumps.
  • Rabada is a goner! He has been given out LBW. He has reviewed. Looks out though.
  • 72.2 Fuller on off, de Kock drives it towards mid off for a single.
  • 72.1 Bowls it full down leg, de Kock still tries to sweep it but misses it.
  • 71.6 Full on middle, Rabada drives it straight to the cover fielder. 268/7
  • 71.5 On a length outside off, Kagiso tries to push it but misses it completely.
  • 71.4 Good delivery that, Back of a length on off, Rabada tries to punch it but the ball shapes away after pitching, beating the outside edge of the bat.
  • 71.3 In the channel outside off, Rabada lets it go.
  • 71.2 Similar delivery, same result.
  • 71.1 Length delivery on middle, Kagiso tucks it around the corner for a single.
  • 70.6 Quicker on off, Rabada drives it towards mid on and takes a quick single. 266/7
  • 70.5 On middle, KR watchfully defends it.
  • 70.4 Full on middle, Rabada flicks it to the on side.
  • 70.3 Tosses it up on middle, Kagiso tries to flick it but the ball spins back sharply after pitching and hits him high on the pads.
  • 70.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 70.1 Starts off with a tossed up delivery on middle, de Kock works it to the leg side for a single.
  • Shadab Khan is brought into the attack.
  • 69.6 Full and on the pads, it is clipped through mid-wicket for three. 264/7
  • 69.5 Outside off, Rabada goes after it but gets beaten.
  • 69.4 From around the wicket, he lands it on off, it is kept out.
  • 69.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 69.2 Beaten! Nothing great about the delivery, it is just a poor shot. On a length and outside off, Rabada hangs his bat out, the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 69.1 Chipper over! On middle, Rabada lofts it over mid on and takes two.
  • 68.6 FOUR! Fuller delivery on off, de Kock drives it straight down the ground and to the boundary. Brings up his 4th Test Hundred with that. What a knock from the wicket-keeper. High class innings from him. The team was in a spot of bother when he came in but he played really well and gets a magnificent hundred. Standing ovation from the dressing room and the crowd here. 260/7
  • 68.5 Back of a length on off, de Kock punches it towards point. He does not get the gap he wanted.
  • 68.4 Similar delivery, Quinton watchfully defends it.
  • 68.3 On a length on middle, de Kock defends it from within the crease.
  • 68.2 Driven through mid-off by the batsman.
  • 68.1 Comical stuff out there. It was bowled fuller on middle, de Kock drives it towards the non-striker's end and takes off, the ball hits Rabada in the process as he could not get out of his way in time and then it goes towards leg side. He does not get the single he wanted.
  • Faheem Ashraf is brought into the attack.
  • 67.6 On a length and outside off, Rabada tries to punch it but misses it completely. 256/7
  • 67.5 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. One run added to the total. He moves onto 99.
  • 67.4 FOUR! A touch short on off, de Kock cuts it through the point region and the ball races away to the fence. With that boundary he moves onto 98.
  • 67.3 Similar delivery, de Kock chops it straight to the point fielder.
  • 67.2 Short and wide outside off, de Kock punches it straight to the cover fielder.
  • 67.1 A touch short outside off, de Kock cuts it straight to the cover fielder.
  • 66.6 Bumper this time on middle, Rabada nicely ducks underneath it. 251/7
  • 66.5 Fuller on middle, Rabada drives it straight to mid off.
  • 66.4 A tad fuller on off, KR watchfully defends it.
  • 66.3 Short of a length this time on middle, de Kock pulls it through square leg for a single.
  • 66.2 Similar delivery, QdK pushes it towards point.
  • 66.1 On a length on off, de Kock defends it by presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 65.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 250/7
  • 65.5 Back of a length on middle and leg, Rabada tries to flick it but misses it completely and hits him high on the pads.
  • 65.4 A touch fuller on off, Kagiso defends it by straight bat.
  • 65.3 Full on off, Kagiso defends it off the front foot.
  • 65.2 Bangs it short this time on middle, Quinton pulls it towards deep fine leg for a run.
  • 65.1 Back of a length on middle, de Kock defends it from within the crease.
  • 64.6 LEG BYE! On a length on middle and leg, de Kock tries to flick it but hits him high on the pads and the ball goes towards leg side. The batsmen get a run in the process. 249/7
  • 64.5 On middle, de Kock defends it off the front foot.
  • 64.4 Length delivery on middle, de Kock tries to flick it but gets a leading edge onto it and the ball goes towards off side.
  • 64.3 De Kock drives it straight to mid on.
  • 64.2 Full on middle, QdK defends it from within the crease.
  • 64.1 Back of a length on middle, Rabada tucks it to the leg side for a single.
  • 63.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 14 of the over. 247/7
  • 63.5 FOUR! GLORIOUS! A touch fuller on off, de Kock leans forward and drives it firmly through mid off for a boundary. He moves onto 90's now. Nervous 90's for de Kock.
  • 63.4 Back of a length on off, Quinton punches it towards point.
  • 63.3 FOUR! SHOT! Abbas overpitches and de Kock drives it firmly through cover-point for a boundary. This is high class batting from the wicket-keeper.
  • 63.2 A touch short on off, de Kock cuts it through point for a couple of runs.
  • 63.1 FOUR! Classy from de Kock. Fraction straight, de Kock gets into position and flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. First boundary of the session.
  • 62.6 Full delivery attacking the stumps, Rabada watchfully defends it. 233/7
  • 62.5 On middle, Kagiso defends it with a straight bat.
  • 62.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 62.3 Full on off, de Kock tries to defend it but it hits the inside half of the bat and the ball goes towards leg side. The batsman get a run in the process.
  • 62.2 BEATEN! Good delivery that. On a length and on off, de Kock tries to defend it off the front foot but the ball shapes away after pitching beating the outside edge of the bat.
  • 62.1 Starts off with a fuller delivery on middle, de Kock defends it with a straight bat.
  • The players are out in the middle. Quinton de Kock will take strike. Mohammad Amir will start the proceedings.
  • .... Day 3, Session 2 ....
  • South Africa continue to boss the game here, their lead is now over 300 and they still aren't done. Yes, Pakistan have managed to take a couple of wickets but they have also conceded close to a 100 runs in this session The lead is already a big one and South Africa will look to add more after the break as there is still a lot of time left in the game. Also, they will eagerly want de Kock to get to his ton which will be only the second of the series. Pakistan, on the other hand, will look to take the two wickets as quickly as possible and then concentrate on their batting. Join us in a while to see how the second session pans out.
  • 61.6 Full on off, KR keeps it out. Sarfraz wants to get in one more over quickly and runs to the other end but the umpire has taken the bails off. The over-rate was quite poor in this session. It's time for Lunch on Day 3! 232/7
  • 61.5 Back of a length on middle, Kagiso defends it off the back foot.
  • 61.4 FOUR! Full and wide outside off, Rabada slashes his bat at it and the ball goes through gully and to the boundary. Handy runs for South Africa here.
  • 61.3 Back of a length on middle, Rabada defends it from within the crease.
  • 61.2 A touch short on off, de Kock cuts it through point for a single.
  • 61.1 On a length and on off, Quinton defends it off the back foot.
  • 60.6 Full on middle, Rabada defends it off the front foot. 227/7
  • 60.5 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
  • 60.4 Overpitched from Amir, de Kock drives it firmly towards point, but a good fielding from Shan Masood denies him the boundary here.
  • 60.3 On middle, Quinton drives it straight to the mid on fielder.
  • 60.2 Fraction straight, de Kock flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • 60.1 Fuller on off, de Kock drives it straight to the point fielder.
  • 59.6 Length again on off, Rabada is solid in defense. 224/7
  • 59.5 Lovely bowling! Lands it on off, it slants away. Rabada tries to defend but the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 59.4 Good length outside off, the batter first thinks of playing at it but then lets it be.
  • 59.3 Lands it on a length and outside off, left alone.
  • 59.2 Length ball again around off, de Kock tries to defend but it goes off the outer half towards point for a run.
  • 59.1 Back of a length around off, de Kock defends it on the ground.
  • Mohammad Abbas on for another burst!
  • Kagiso Rabada is the new man in.
  • 58.6 OUT! There is just no bat involved and it is plumb in front. Amir with the breakthrough! Coming to the delivery, it is a toe-crusher, it also comes back in late. Philander is surprised by the sudden change in length, he tries to keep it out with his bat and pad close. Amir appeals as he feels it has hit the boot first. The umpire agrees and raises the finger. Philander though reviews. The replays show it has hit the toe and returns three reds. Philander has to continue his walk back and he takes a review with him. The visitors are into the bowlers now. Lead - 300! 223/7
  • Vernon Philander has been given out LBW here. He though has reviewed, the only question is, has it hit the bat before hitting the toe?
  • 58.5 Similar delivery, VP watchfully blocks it.
  • 58.4 Fuller delivery on off, Vernon defends it off the front foot.
  • 58.3 Back of a length on off, de Kock punches it towards point for a single. With that the lead goes to 300.
  • 58.2 In the channel outside off, QdK shoulder arms to it.
  • 58.1 Fuller delivery on off, de Kock defends it with a straight bat.
  • 57.6 On the 5th stump line, VP lets it go. 222/6
  • 57.5 On middle, Vernon pushes it straight to mid off.
  • 57.4 FOUR! SHOT! A tad short on off, Philander hangs back and punches it through point for a boundary. Shots like these put Vernon in the all-rounder's bracket.
  • 57.3 Fuller again on off, VP drives it straight to the bowler.
  • 57.2 A touch short on leg, Philander tries to defend it off the back foot but gets hit high on the pad.
  • 57.1 Length delivery on middle, de Kock tucks it to the leg side for a run.
  • Looks like a change in ball here. The umpires are replacing the old ball with a similar type of ball.
  • 56.6 On off, Philander defends it onto the ground. 217/6
  • 56.5 Attacks the stumps again, Philander gets right behind the line of the delivery and blocks it out.
  • 56.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 56.3 Good running! This is on the shorter side, the batter goes back and then guides it towards gully for a quick run.
  • 56.2 Back of a length on off, de Kock goes back and defends it onto the ground.
  • 56.1 A little too wide outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to it.
  • Mohammad Amir is back on.
  • 55.6 Drifts on his pads, Philander tries to flick it but is hit on the pads and the ball goes towards the leg side. 216/6
  • 55.5 Outside off, VP lets it go.
  • 55.4 Bangs it short on middle, de Kock pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
  • 55.3 EDGED! Just short of the fielder. Fuller delivery outside off, Philander goes hard at it, gets a thick outside edge on it and the ball goes to the first slip fielder. It falls just short of Azhar who goes down low but it drops just in front of his hands. Seems to have hurt his fingers but is fine to continue. The batsmen get a run in the process.
  • 55.2 Similar delivery, Vernon is rock solid in defense.
  • 55.1 On a length on middle, Philander defends it from within the crease.
  • 54.6 Cut him in half there! That lands outside off and comes back in sharply. De Kock goes at it with hard hands, leaving a gap between bat and pad, it sneaks through and goes on the bounce to the keeper. 214/6
  • 54.5 Length again around off, de Kock covers his off pole and blocks it out.
  • 54.4 Good length and on off, de Kock is solid in defense.
  • 54.3 Another nice looking pull shot! It is slightly short and on middle, Philander transfers his weight onto the back foot and pulls it all along the ground for a run.
  • 54.2 On the fuller side, de Kock looks to punch it straight but it goes off the inner half through square leg and a run is taken.
  • 54.1 Back of a length on off, it is guided down to third man, it is a little away from the fielder in the deep. A couple taken.
  • 53.6 A tad short on middle and leg, Vernon flicks it to the leg side. 210/6
  • 53.5 FOUR! Ali bangs it short on middle, Philander pulls it through mid-wicket and the ball races away to the fence. These are important runs for Proteas.
  • 53.4 Back of a length on middle, VP defends it from within the crease.
  • 53.3 In the channel outside off, Philander lets it go.
  • 53.2 Full on off, Vernon defends it with a straight bat.
  • 53.1 On a length and on middle, de Kock flicks it to square leg for a single.
  • 52.6 A touch short and outside off, Vernon tries to slash it hard but misses it. 205/6
  • 52.5 Another bouncer from Faheem, Philander does not need to play at those.
  • 52.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 52.4 NO BALL! Ashraf oversteps. He bowls a bouncer on middle, Vernon ducks underneath it.
  • 52.3 Bangs it short on middle and leg, Quinton pulls it to fine leg for a run.
  • 52.2 Strays on his pads, de Kock tucks it straight to the square leg fielder.
  • 52.1 Appeal for lbw! A touch short on middle, de Kock is on the back foot trying to defend it but it skids off the deck after pitching and he is hit high on the pads. Faheem appeals but the umpire shakes his head.
  • 51.6 Full and wide outside off, Philander tries to slash it hard but misses it completely. 203/6
  • 51.5 Bouncer this time on middle, Philander ducks underneath it.
  • 51.4 FOUR! SHOT! A touch fuller on off, Vernon prods forward and drives it firmly through covers for a boundary.
  • 51.3 Back of a length on middle, Vernon defends it from within the crease.
  • 51.2 Fuller on off, Philander defends it off the front foot.
  • 51.1 A touch short on middle, de Kock pulls it through fine leg for a single.
  • 50.6 Angles it into the off pole, Philander gets right behind the line and keeps it out. 198/6
  • 50.5 On a length and around off, Philander tries to defend but the ball hits the outer half and goes towards point.
  • 50.4 On the shorter side, de Kock this time mistimes his pull towards mid-wicket for a run. The lead is 25 short of 300 now.
  • 50.3 A good short one, it is bowled at a good height. De Kock does well though to get on top of the bounce and pull it all along the ground through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 50.2 Fullish and on middle, de Kock strokes it to mid on.
  • 50.1 A little too wide outside off, the batter shoulders arms to it.
  • Vernon Philander walks in at number 8.
  • 49.6 OUT! Amla departs! He gets an unplayable delivery! It is on a length on off, Amla tries to defend it off the front foot, unfortunately for him, it hits one of the cracks and takes off. It hits him on his gloves and the ball lobs straight to Sarfraz who takes an easy catch behind the stumps, his 9th in the match. Replays later on show that Amla did try and take one hand off the handle so that the ball does not carry but it was too late by then. A much-needed wicket for the visitors as this 102-run partnership was taking the game away from them. Pakistan would hope this opens the floodgates. 195/6
  • 49.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 49.4 FOUR! A touch short on off, Amla hangs back and punches it through cover-point for a boundary. Brings up the 100-run stand as well.
  • 49.3 On a length on off, Hashim watchfully defends it.
  • 49.2 On the 5th stump line, left alone by Amla.
  • 49.1 Length delivery on off, Amla defends it by presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 48.6 On middle, QdK drives it straight to mid off. 191/5
  • 48.5 FOUR! SHOT! Fraction straight, de Kock drives it straight down the ground for a boundary. Brilliant shot from the left-hander.
  • 48.4 Back of a length on middle, Quinton defends it off the back foot.
  • 48.3 Fuller on off, de Kock drives it straight to mid on.
  • 48.2 Muted appeal for lbw. Fuller on leg, de Kock tries to flick it but misses it. Bowler appeal but the umpire is not interested in it.
  • 48.1 Good yorker from Ashraf. De Kock at the last moment digs it out. Good bowling from Faheem.
  • 48.1 NO BALL! Faheem oversteps. It was bowled outside off, de Kock offers no shot to it.
  • 47.6 FOUR! Deftly and deliberately done. On a length outside off this time, Amla waits till the ball reaches him and then just guides this off the outside part of the bat through the gap between slip and gully. Smart batting, adding runs without risks. 186/5
  • 47.5 On a good length, Hash comes ahead slightly and defends the ball.
  • 47.4 Good length delivery on middle, Amla tries to drive it towards mid off but the ball goes off the inside half and runs to mid on.
  • 47.3 On a length outside off, Quinton pushes hard at the ball but it goes off the inside edge towards the square leg region for a single.
  • 47.2 Length ball on off, de Kock comes ahead and defends it onto the ground.
  • 47.1 Sprays this down the leg side, left alone by QdK.
  • 46.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 181/5
  • 46.5 On middle, Hashim watchfully defends it.
  • 46.4 Good delivery that. On a length and on off, Amla tries to defend it off the back foot but gets beaten to it as the ball just shapes away after pitching.
  • 46.3 Fuller on off, HA defends it by presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 46.2 In the channel outside off, Hashim shoulders arms to it.
  • 46.1 A touch short on off, Amla defends it of the back foot.
  • 45.6 FOUR! GORGEOUS! Fuller on off, de Kock leans forward and drives it sweetly through covers for a boundary. 181/5
  • 45.5 Back of a length on off, Amla punches it through point for a run.
  • 45.4 Half century! Fraction straight, de Kock tucks it through square leg for a run. Brings up the 15th Test fifty for Quinton. Quality innings so far and it is come at better than a run-a-ball. He came out when South Africa were slightly in a spot of bother but he still played the way he naturally does. Along with Amla, he has taken South Africa in a very commanding position.
  • 45.3 LEG BYE! Drifting on his pads, Amla tries to flick it but the ball hits his pads and goes towards fine leg for a single.
  • 45.2 Fuller on off, Hashim defends it off the front foot.
  • 45.1 Starts off with a length delivery on middle, de Kock tucks it to the leg side for a single.
  • Hasan Ali is brought into the attack.
  • 44.6 FOUR! Overpitched from Amir. Amla leans forward and drives it firmly through covers for a boundary. Good end to the over for Proteas. The lead touches 250! 173/5
  • 44.5 Fuller on off, Amla drives it through point for a couple of runs.
  • 44.4 Sharp delivery that. Fuller delivery on middle, squares Amla up but the batsman nicely defends it from the front foot.
  • 44.3 Fuller on off, Hashim watchfully defends it.
  • 44.2 FOUR! Amir bangs it short on middle, Amla hangs back and pulls it through square leg for a boundary.
  • 44.1 Fuller on off, Amla drives it straight to the mid off fielder.
  • 43.6 Fraction straight, Amla nudges it to the leg side for a run and keeps strike for the next over. 163/5
  • 43.5 Bouncer on middle, HA nicely ducks underneath it.
  • 43.4 A touch short on middle, Hashim defends it off the back foot.
  • 43.3 Full on off, Amla defends it with a straight bat.
  • 43.2 On middle, Quinton works it to the leg side and takes off. Gets an easy single in the end.
  • 43.2 WIDE! Goes for the bumper but it is too high and the umpire calls it a wide.
  • 43.1 Length delivery on middle, de Kock defends it off the front foot.
  • 42.6 Outside off this time, left alone by Hash. 160/5
  • 42.5 Edged and FOUR! Hashim Amla won't mind though, it brings up his FIFTY! His 41st half century in Tests and a very important one at that. He has looked solid as wickets went down around him and pulled his team out of trouble as he has often done before. Coming to the ball, it was a short of a length ball outside off and Amla pushed at it on the back foot without much feet movement. It took a thick edge and screamed wide of the gully fielder who dived full length to his left but cannot get a hand to it. The ball runs away to the ropes.
  • 42.4 Four leg byes! On the pads this time off a length, Amla looks to flick the ball but misses. The ball rolls off the pads and goes fine on the leg side and to the fence.
  • 42.3 Kept out towards the off side by Hashim, looks for a quick single but it is not available.
  • 42.2 Another back of a length delivery defended from the crease.
  • 42.1 Length ball on middle, defended back down on the back foot by Amla.
  • 41.6 FOUR! Streaky but effective. On a length and on off, de Kock tries to defend it off the back foot but gets an outside edge on it. The ball goes through the vacant fourth slip cordon to the third man boundary. Brings up 150 for the Proteas. The lead rises up to 229. 152/5
  • 41.5 Fuller on off, Quinton drives it sweetly but straight to the cover fielder.
  • 41.4 Back of a length on middle, Quinton defends it off the back foot.
  • 41.3 FOUR! SHOT! Fuller from Abbas on off, de Kock drives it straight down the ground and the ball races away to the fence past mid off.
  • 41.2 Fraction straight on this occasion, de Kock flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple of runs. Brings up the fifty-run stand as well. Very important partnership in the context of the game.
  • 41.1 A tad fuller on off, de Kock defends it with a straight bat.
  • 40.6 Back of a length outside off, Hashim lets it go. 142/5
  • 40.5 Fuller delivery on off, Hashim defends it by presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 40.4 Similar delivery, Amla lets shoulders arms to it.
  • 40.3 In the channel just outside off, left alone by Hashim.
  • 40.2 On a length on middle, Amla flicks it straight to the square leg fielder.
  • 40.1 Length delivery on middle, de Kock tucks it to the on side for a run.
  • 39.6 On middle, HA defends it with a straight bat. 141/5
  • 39.5 A tad fuller on middle, Hashim drives it straight to the the mid on fielder.
  • 39.4 On the 5th stump line, Amla lets it go.
  • 39.3 Fuller on off, Amla drives it sweetly but straight to the point fielder.
  • 39.2 Fraction straight this time, de Kock works it to the leg side for a single.
  • 39.1 Good delivery that. Full delivery outside off, tempting Quinton to drive. De Kock tries to drive but misses it completely.
  • 38.6 Outside off, it has been left alone. 140/5
  • 38.5 FOUR! Top class! Just opened the face of the bat at the very end! Full and outside off, Amla drives it square on the off side and hits the first boundary of the day.
  • 38.4 Slightly fuller than the last one, Amla shuffles across and defends it onto the ground.
  • 38.3 BEAUTY! Amir lands it on a length around middle, it pitches and slants away. Amla tries to defend but is done in by the away movement. The ball whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 38.2 Just outside off, Amla shoulders arms to it.
  • 38.1 Slight hesitation but they eventually cross for the first run today. Length delivery on off, it comes back in a little. De Kock tries to defend but it goes off the inner half towards square leg. Quinton wants a run but Amla is a little hesitant at first, they go for it eventually and complete it with ease.
  • Mohammad Amir to bowl from the other end.
  • 37.6 Full on middle, Amla watchfully defends it. Good start from Abbas. 135/5
  • 37.5 Touch fuller on middle, Hashim works it to the leg side.
  • 37.4 Huge appeal for an lbw! A touch short from Abbas around off, the ball hits one of the cracks and jags back in sharply, Amla is on his crease trying to defend it but misses and it hits him on the pads. The bowler appeals but the umpire shakes his head. The replay shows it is missing the stumps. Just a reminder, Pakistan have zero reviews left.
  • 37.3 Full on off, Hashim defends it by presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 37.2 In the channel outside off, Amla lets it go.
  • 37.1 Starts off with a fuller delivery on middle, Amla defends it with a straight bat.
  • The players are out in the middle. Hashim Amla will take strike. Mohammad Abbas will start the proceedings on Day 3.
  • Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock are at the crease now. They will look to bat as long as possible and push the lead towards 300 and above. As for the visitors, they know that every run added will be a thorn that will come to hurt them later as batting fourth on this pitch is not going to be simple in itself, let alone against the Proteas' pace attack. They'd like to split the current duo and then clean up the tail as soon as possible and hope for the best when they come out to chase. Another action-packed day of Test cricket in store, surely! That has been the template for the series so far and we don't expect anything to go out of line here. Join us as we cover all the action when it unfolds at The Bullring in some time from now.
  • Hello and welcome to Day 3 of this final Test between South Africa and Pakistan at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. This day is usually called the 'moving day' in a Test match but do we need one out here? Every day has been a 'moving day' in this series so far with batting units crumbling and wickets falling thick and fast almost every day. This Test too, like the previous two, looks like won't go the distance, as two innings and a half are already done in two days. Unless we see something spectacular from the remaining batsmen of SA, including the ones at the crease, this game could end pretty soon. It is safe to say that the hosts are ahead as they lead by 212 runs, on a surface that is deteriorating every ball and playing tricks as well. Some stayed really low, some bounced more than normal and some just deviated wildly after hitting wide cracks on Day 2. Day 3 should be similar, if not worse.
  • ... Day 3, Morning Session ...
  • That's all from us. South Africa are in the driver's seat and with the pitch deteriorating, it's only going to get tough for the touring team. How will they respond? Do join us on Sunday at 1000 local (0800 GMT) for Day 3 to find out. Cheers!
  • In their second essay, South Africa once again lost their stand-in skipper cheaply which was soon followed by the wicket of Aiden Markram after the Tea break. Faheem Ashraf then bowled a double-wicket maiden to reduce the home team to 45/4 but the pair of Hashim Amla and Temba Bavuma combined for a 48-run stand to disallow Pakistan any opening in their batting order. After the fall of Bavuma's wicket, Quinton de Kock arrived and the run rate suddenly picked up. Pakistan are forced on the back foot here and need wickets in a heap to get any semblance of a chance to avoid the whitewash.
  • Earlier in the morning, the overnight batting pair for Pakistan presented a stern fight. Aided by some sloppy fielding, they managed to frustrate South Africa for an hour. But then the home team bounced back to create inroads. Sarfraz and Babar produced a counterattacking partnership but the innings fell completely flat on its face post that. Duanne Olivier ran amok with yet another fifer in his short Test career and helped South Africa take a handy 77-run lead.
  • Yet another day dominated by the bowlers in this Test match. 13 wickets went down in total, making it 25 in the first two days and South Africa have managed to gain an upper hand after swelling their lead to 212 runs.
  • 36.6 Amir grunts and slants in a full length ball on off, de Kock strides forward and blocks it back solidly. That will be Stumps on Day 2! 135/5
  • Last ball...
  • 36.5 Lands it on a length outside off, Quinton stays back and plays it down to point.
  • 36.4 On a length around off, angling down, de Kock tries to flick but fails to middle his shot. It brushes his pads, Amir turns to appeal but nothing doing.
  • 36.3 The southpaw has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 36.2 FOUR! Doesn't matter if this is the last over, if it's there to be hit, de Kock will go after it. Short and wide outside off, Quinton loves it there and spanks it from the crease through backward point.
  • 36.1 Angles in a good length ball on off, de Kock plays it close to his body and defends it to covers.
  • Three minutes left on the clock. This in all likelihood will be the final over of Day 2. Mohammad Amir to bowl it.
  • 35.6 Fullish and on off, Amla decides to defend it from the crease. 131/5
  • 35.5 Shout for an lbw, not given! Ashraf gets one delivery to nip back into the batsman. Amla fails to keep it out and is hit high on the pads. Too high!
  • 35.4 FOUR! Picks the gap! Back of a length delivery around off, Amla goes deep inside the crease to make some room and plays it late. Does well to steer it through the gap between slips and gully for a boundary.
  • 35.3 Identical delivery, this time Amla bottom edges his back foot punch towards point.
  • 35.2 On a length and outside off, Amla moves across and pushes it out from the bottom half of his bat.
  • 35.1 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Amla allows it through to the keeper.
  • Faheem Ashraf is back on.
  • 34.6 Drags it short and down the leg side, Quinton nudges it to fine leg for a brace. 9 from the over! 127/5
  • 34.5 FOUR! Sarfraz is visibly upset with his leggie. This time he has pitched it up, right in the half of the batsman, de Kock drives and strokes it through extra covers. Faheem Ashraf runs after it but the ball wins the race. Lead crosses 200!
  • 34.4 A touch short around off, Amla punches it in the gap at covers and crosses for a hesitant single. De Kock later on gestures that he didn't hear the call.
  • 34.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 34.2 Short and on middle, de Kock tries to pull but it catches the inside edge and runs to fine leg for a run. Sarfraz is losing patience. Screams - 'Ball aage to kar yaar!' Meaning pitch it up.
  • 34.1 Crunched away! Flighted full ball on off, Amla strides forward and drives it past the diving extra cover fielder for a run.
  • 33.6 FOUR! Nicely worked away! Too full in length on middle, de Kock whips it through mid-wicket and the tiring legs of Abbas give it the chase from mid on. A boundary results. 118/5
  • 33.5 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 33.4 Fuller and on off, Amla inside edges his attempted drive through square leg for a run.
  • 33.3 Back of a length ball on off, Amla is on the back foot as he offers a straight willow in defense.
  • 33.2 Pitches it up and around middle, de Kock slices his drive in the gap at cover-point for a brisk single. The fielder makes a sliding stop, has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Would have been close.
  • 33.1 Good length ball on off, de Kock remains inside the crease in defense.
  • Hasan Ali is back on.
  • 32.6 A long hop on middle, pulled in front of square leg for one. 112/5
  • 32.5 A stifled appeal for an lbw! Spinning down the leg side, de Kock tries to flick but misses. Easily missing the leg pole.
  • 32.4 Full and on middle, pushed down the ground off the front foot to mid on.
  • 32.3 Miscued! This time Shadab overpitches outside off, de Kock tries to drive but gets an inside edge which rolls to leg gully.
  • 32.2 FOUR! Easy pickings! Shadab drops it short and on middle, de Kock picks up the length in a trice, immediately goes deep inside the crease with his pull shot and puts it away behind square leg for a boundary.
  • 32.1 Full and flighted on off, pushed back to the bowler off the front foot.
  • 31.6 Good length ball angling into the batsman, de Kock gets back and turns it in front of square leg for a run. 107/5
  • 31.5 FOUR! Shot! Abbas is on the shorter side with his length, it's wide outside off and de Kock smashes it behind point for a cracking boundary.
  • 31.4 Nicely gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it to the off side.
  • 31.3 Lands it on a length on off, de Kock stays back and brings his bat down at the last moment in defense.
  • 31.2 Angles in a full length ball on off, de Kock gets forward and defends it back.
  • 31.1 Good length ball on off, de Kock plays it out from the back foot to gully.
  • 30.6 Goes on the back foot and works it with the spin to deep mid-wicket for a run. 102/5
  • 30.5 Full and off, driven with the spin through covers for a single.
  • 30.4 Spin and bounce from around middle! Some purchase here for Shadab. But the length is on the shorter side which gives Amla time to play it out safely from the back foot. He taps it down towards point.
  • 30.3 Floated and on middle, de Kock drives it down to long on for one. 100 up for South Africa, lead is 177!
  • 30.2 A googly landing full around leg, Quinton leans forward and defends it back.
  • 30.1 Flighted leg spinner on off, de Kock gets forward and defends it off the inside edge to square leg.
  • 29.6 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 99/5
  • 29.5 Forces out a length ball wide of mid off for a run.
  • 29.4 FOUR! Brilliant shot! Full and angling into the left-hander, de Kock strides forward with a straight bat and unfurls a stupendous drive down the ground for a boundary.
  • Abbas pulls out. Reason again - Insects in the eye.
  • 29.3 Beauty to beat the bat! Abbas angles in a full ball around off, enticing the drive but it then straightens to beat the outside edge.
  • 29.2 Fuller and off, de Kock defends it close to his body by closing the face of his bat.
  • 29.1 Abbas runs in from 'round the wicket for the southpaw and angles in a length ball on off. Quinton is on the front foot as he pushes it towards mid off.
  • 28.6 Oohhh...nearly sneaks through! A quicker one by Shadab. He hurls it in flat around off at 91 kph, Amla brings his bat down late as he keeps it out off the bottom half of his blade. End of a successful over for Pakistan. 94/5
  • 28.5 Flatter and outside off, tapped down towards point.
  • 28.4 Tossed up ball on middle, de Kock plays it with the spin past leg gully for a run.
  • Quinton de Kock walks in at number 7. A slip and a leg slip in place.
  • 28.3 OUT! A wicket goes down against the run of play and the leggie has done the job for Sarfraz. A flighted leg spinner outside off, Bavuma stays back and has a needless poke inside the line. The ball curls away to catch a thin outside edge and Sarfraz makes no mistake. They appeal and the umpire agrees. The 48-run stand is broken, smiles return in the Pakistan camp but the lead is now 170.
  • 28.2 Fuller and on off, driven back off the front foot.
  • 28.1 Loopy and full on off, Bavuma presses forward and pushes it with the spin to covers.
  • 27.6 On a driving length this time, outside off, Amla is not lured into it. 93/4
  • 27.5 Full and on off, Amla presents a dead straight bat in defense.
  • 27.4 Back of a length ball on off, punched from the crease to mid off.
  • 27.3 Oohhh...appreciable movement there but it's after leaving the batsman. A length ball outside off, Amla moves across the stumps and shoulders arms. Probably hit a crack there.
  • 27.2 Targets the off stump with a length delivery, Amla shuffles across and defends it back.
  • 27.1 Starts his spell with a good length ball on middle and leg, Bavuma moves inside the line and glances it down to long leg for a run.
  • Mohammad Abbas to have another go with the ball. He has a wicket to his name in this innings.
  • 26.6 Full and floated on off, Amla prods forward and blocks it to the off side. 92/4
  • 26.5 A touch short and spinning away from outside off, Bavuma hangs back and punches it through covers for a run. The stand moves to 47!
  • 26.4 Flighted and outside off, left alone.
  • 26.3 Quicker, flatter and shorter on middle, Bavuma moves back and defends it to the bowler.
  • 26.2 FOUR! Smart batting! A loopy full ball around off, Bavuma goes down and across before nailing his sweep shot in front of square leg for a glorious boundary.
  • The batsman pulls out. Reason - Insects.
  • 26.1 A leg spinner on the shorter side, Amla waits for it to spin away and then forces it past the right side of the diving point fielder for a single.
  • 25.6 Gets behind the line of the delivery and pushes it back to the bowler. 86/4
  • 25.5 Good length delivery wide outside off, Bavuma lets it be. So far, this pair has attacked 20 percent of deliveries, blocked 45 percent of balls while left alone percent is 35. Fine approach.
  • 25.4 A length ball on off, angling in, Temba offers a straight bat in defense but gets an inside edge onto his boots.
  • 25.3 Good length ball outside off, left alone with ease by Temba.
  • 25.2 FOUR! Quality shot! Amir overpitches around off, Bavuma confidently strides forward and caresses his drive through cover-point for a delightful boundary. Lead moves to 163 and this partnership is now 41!
  • 25.1 Amir speeds in from 'round the wicket and serves a length delivery outside off, Temba has nothing to do with it.
  • 24.6 Hashim has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 82/4
  • 24.5 A muted appeal for an lbw! Tossed up ball on off, probably a flipper, Amla draws forward in defense but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 24.4 Presses forward to a full ball and blocks it safely.
  • 24.3 The length is again short, it's around off, Amla goes back and turns it to mid-wicket.
  • 24.2 Flatter and shorter on off, Amla punches from the crease to extra cover.
  • 24.1 Full and flighted outside off, Bavuma strides forward and drives it through covers for a run.
  • Shadab Khan into the act now.
  • 23.6 Switches to over the wicket and delivers a length ball on middle. Amla works it off his pads to the on side but finds the mid-wicket fielder. 81/4
  • 23.5 Amir lets out a grunt and spears in a full ball on off, Amla calmly defends it back.
  • 23.4 Good stop, Babar! Back of a length delivery outside off, Amla punches it from the back foot and Azam does well at gully to stop the ball on one bounce.
  • Now Amir gets a fly in his eye. He pulls out in his delivery stride and Imam is helping him out.
  • 23.3 Angles in on off, Amla presents a straight bat and defends it to the off solidly.
  • 23.2 Beaten! A hint of reverse there. The angle is quite difficult to deal. Amir angles in a length ball around off and it nips away with the shine. Amla pushes inside the line and misses.
  • 23.1 Amir speeds in from 'round the wicket and angles in a length ball on middle, Amla turns it off his pads to mid-wicket.
  • 22.6 Faheem bowling with good accuracy. Lands a length ball just around off, Bavuma shoulders arms. 81/4
  • 22.5 A little short and outside off, TB has an easy leave.
  • Faheem Ashraf tries rushing through here but Temba Bavuma is not ready. He stops the bowler midway.
  • 22.4 Digs in a short ball this time, around off, Bavuma sways away from the line.
  • 22.3 Yet another delivery in the region just outside off, Bavuma shoulders arms.
  • 22.2 Fine leave. Full and just around off, straightening from there, Bavuma confidently plants his front leg forward and then allows it through. Very assured.
  • 22.1 FOUR! Good length delivery just around off, Bavuma delays his shot off the back foot just a bit and then steers it through point for a boundary. Fine timing and placement!
  • 21.6 Length ball on off, Amla punches it to covers where the fielder stops it and tries to back flick it onto the stumps at the non-striker's end. Nothing doing. 77/4
  • 21.5 Angles in a length ball on off, Amla gets forward in defense and takes his bottom hand off the handle in the process. It goes off the outer half and rolls to point this time.
  • 21.4 Amla has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 21.3 Edgy! Amir puts it outside off and Amla feels for it. Gets a soft outside edge and it rolls in front of the slip cordon.
  • 21.2 Not in full control of this shot but will get three runs. Full and around off, angling away, Bavuma tries driving through the line but it takes the outside half of his blade and races past point.
  • 21.1 Serves a length ball on the pads, it's tickled through square leg for an easy run.
  • 20.6 Full and on off, Bavuma gets forward to push it towards point. Looks for a run initially but it's not on. 73/4
  • 20.5 A touch short and around off, moving back in a bit, Bavuma knows where his off stump is and makes a sensible leave.
  • 20.4 Identical to the last delivery but this one is a bit angled in. Bavuma once again shows no interest in chasing it.
  • 20.3 Fine delivery but it's not close enough to the off pole to pose any threat. Temba takes his front leg forward to cover the line and then lets it through to the keeper.
  • 20.2 Angling into the right-hander, on a fuller length, Bavuma leans forward and defends it with gentle hands to point.
  • 20.1 Good length delivery in the zone outside off, Bavuma makes an easy leave.
  • Drinks break in this extended session. Pakistan have managed to pick up three important wickets but runs have also been given. 48 runs in 12 overs at four runs per over. South Africa are batting with Amla and Bavuma at the crease but even they'd know that they can't afford to lose any more quickly as they lower order might open up to the threat of the Pakistan pacers. Let's see what's in store for the last hour and a little more of play today.
  • 19.6 Short length ball outside off, Amla punches it towards cover where Shadab moves to his left and makes a tumbling stop. 73/4
  • 19.5 Another bouncer! Amla ducks under it and evades the ball.
  • 19.4 On the pads, worked away to square leg by Temba for a single. The lead is now 150!
  • 19.3 Bouncer! A good short delivery on middle and leg. Bavuma tries to pull but it gets big on him and it goes above his bat. Lucky not to have feathered that on its way to Sarfraz.
  • 19.2 Short of a length delivery on middle, Temba rides the bounce and defends the ball onto the ground.
  • 19.1 Left alone pretty late outside off by Bavuma.
  • 18.6 FOUR! Amla has really played some pleasing shots today! This one is fuller on middle and Hashim walks into the drive and pushes it right back down the ground. It is all timing and nothing else as it reaches the rope easily. 72/4
  • 18.5 Much better from Ashraf this time, gets it back on a length on off stump. The ball goes off the inside half and towards square leg. Bavuma, who was looking for a single, is sent back by his bearded partner.
  • 18.4 FOUR! Short and wide! Asking for trouble. Amla does not approve of that delivery and dispatches it away behind point once more for an easy boundary. Loose from Pakistan, might be their first poor ball in some time but every run is important here.
  • 18.3 Fuller length ball on off, kept out by HA coming forward.
  • The crowd enjoying itself here on a Saturday afternoon, lots of jumping and dancing going on. Lovely to see.
  • 18.2 Length ball outside off, defended from within the crease.
  • 18.1 Short of a length ball on middle, Bavuma rocks back and pulls it away to deep square leg for a single.
  • 17.6 Bavuma flicks this one off his pads to the leg side and picks up a single to retain strike. 63/4
  • 17.5 Kept out on the off side by Temba.
  • 17.4 On the pads, worked away by the veteran batsman towards the leg side for a single. Temba Bavuma wanted a second but is sent back in the end by his partner. Was also lazy in getting back as the fielder has a shy at the striker's end. Could have been interesting if he had hit the stumps.
  • 17.3 A good length ball on top of off stump, defended back down the ground.
  • The flies and moths are causing huge problems here. Hashim Amla has pulled out when Amir was in his delivery stride and this is not helping anyone's cause.
  • 17.2 This one is on a length and leg stump line, Hash pushes it towards mid-wicket off the back foot.
  • 17.1 FOUR! Cut away! A little gift from Mohammad Amir on his return. Hurls this outside off on a length and gentle pace, Amla rocks back and cuts it away behind point. No fielder in the deep to stop it.
  • Mohammad Amir is back for another burst.
  • 16.6 A delivery around off, once again there to be driven. But this time TB has no intention to repeat his last shot. Just shoulders arms and ends the over. 57/4
  • 16.5 Good shot. Ashraf pitches it up and outside off, Bavuma leans forward and pierces the off side field with a well-timed cover drive. It's chased down in the deep and the batsmen take a couple of runs.
  • 16.4 Bowling to a good line here, Faheem. Just putting it on a length and just outside off, playing on Temba's patience. Left alone.
  • 16.3 Hurls a length ball outside off, a good leave again by the little batsman.
  • 16.2 The line is straight on this occasion and Temba closes the face of his bat to play it towards mid-wicket.
  • 16.1 Good leave. On a length and outside off, moving back in a bit with the shine, Bavuma covers his stumps and shoulders arms.
  • 15.6 NOT OUT! There is a massive inside edge that is spotted on the first replay itself and the decision has to be overturned here. On a length and the ball seems to have skid on after landing, Amla looked to flick it away but missed to get hit on the pads. Hasan Ali appeals and the umpire raises his finger almost instantly. Hashim takes the referral and the replays find the involvement of his bat. It is quite remarkable how he could miss that inside edge as it was quite thick, maybe the insects caused a distraction. Amla would thank the Almighty for DRS. Would have been a terrible way to get out when you are desperately trying to get back into form, and with your team in a tricky position. 55/4
  • Review time... Hashim Amla has been adjudged out by the umpire but he has immediately reviewed. Looked like a massive deflection from the bat. Just have to wait for the replays to roll in for overturning the decision.
  • 15.5 FOUR! Yet again! This time off the front foot. Fuller one outside off, Amla comes ahead and pushes this in the gap wide of mid off. Such a smooth shot with amazing timing. No stopping those.
  • 15.4 FOUR! 'Beauty! Amla textbook' quips the on-air commentator. Short length ball outside off, Hashim rocks back and offers a back foot punch to this one. It rolls away wide of point and to the fence. A purist's delight. 50 up for South Africa.
  • 15.3 Delivered outside off on a length, left alone by Amla.
  • Seems like Hasan Ali wants something from the dressing room. Yes indeed, sunglasses. Wears it and will continue bowling, quite a good one for the shutterbugs this.
  • 15.2 On the pads and on a length this time, flicked away through mid-wicket by Amla. A couple taken.
  • 15.1 Beaten all ends up! This one seems to have taken off from a crack. Puts this on a length and yes, it goes off a wide crack. The ball takes a different route to the one it was coming at and Amla has no answer to that. Beats his outside edge. The pitch is worsening with every passing second.
  • 14.6 Fullish and on off, angling in, Bavuma lunges and defends it watchfully. A double-wicket maiden for the second time on Day 2. 45/4
  • Temba Bavuma is the new batsman.
  • 14.5 OUT! Are we in for another collapse? Things happening again. This one stays a touch low after landing on a good length around off. The ball shapes back in as well to Hamza's bad luck. He tries to work it around but it goes under his blade and raps him on the pads. Ashraf turns to appeal and the finger has gone up. Zubayr walks without troubling the scorers. No need to review that. A good period of play for Pakistan continues but they need to keep chipping away at the wickets to stay in the hunt.
  • 14.4 Ouch! That's a painful welcome for the newbie. Faheem delivers it on a length around off and it jags back in sharply. Hamza tries to defend but misses and takes a blow inside his groin region.
  • Zubayr Hamza walks in at number 5.
  • 14.3 OUT! I can't believe I am saying this but Pakistan's slip catching has been better than South Africa's in this game. An inspired bowling change this, Ashraf has done the trick in his 3rd ball itself. Bowls this one on a length outside off, Theunis de Bruyn looks to drive this away from his body without foot movement. The ball takes a thick outside edge and flies towards Asad Shafiq at second slip who takes a really smart catch. Good passage of play for Pakistan after Tea this, fighting their way back. The lead is 122 now.
  • 14.2 Short of a length ball outside off, punched to the cover region by the batsman this time.
  • 14.1 On a length on top of middle, punched back down the ground by de Bruyn.
  • Faheem Ashraf is now into the attack.
  • 13.6 FOUR! A bit aerial but wide of the point fielder. Fuller in length outside off, Hashim Amla leans into the square drive and places it nicely to fetch a boundary for himself. 45/2
  • 13.5 MISSING LEG! Poor review. Pakistan have none left now. Hasan delivers a length ball and it reverses back into Amla, following the shine. The line is on middle and leg and it's further tailing down. Hashim fails to work it around and is thudded on the pads. They appeal but nothing from the umpire. Hasan is confident and Sarfraz backs his bowler. Takes the DRS only to find out that Hasan Ali's assumption was wrong.
  • Review time... Hashim Amla has been struck on the pads and Hasan Ali has told his skipper to take this one upstairs. It looks like it was going down leg to the naked eye but lets wait for the replays.
  • The bowler pulls out this time. Hasan Ali was running through to bowl but there were insects in his way and one seems to have gone up his nostril. He pulls out waving his arms all along the way.
  • 13.4 Very full on middle, the batsman drives it towards mid on, on the front foot.
  • 13.3 This is in line with the stumps but Hashim brings his bat well in front on this occasion to keep this out.
  • 13.2 A small appeal but turned down by the umpire. Bowls this on a length outside off, Amla takes a big stride ahead to defend. The ball hits the pad and bat at the same time. Ali appeals but the umpire says no. The impact was well outside off, even if there was no inside edge.
  • 13.1 Good ball! On a length outside off, Amla tries to defend coming ahead but pulls out of the shot in the last moment.
  • 12.6 Put well outside leg this time by Abbas, de Bruyn leaves it alone as he shadow practices his flick. 41/2
  • 12.5 Fuller one outside off, TdB gets ahead and drives this but it goes straight to cover.
  • 12.4 Fuller one on middle and leg, pushed away to mid-wicket after coming ahead by Theunis.
  • 12.3 Length ball outside off, pushed away to covers with soft hands.
  • The batsman has pulled out yet again. This time, a fly has come in the face of Theunis who backs away as the bowler was running in. It is causing us to lose valuable minutes. Everyone on the field is seen swaying his arms to shoo away the irritating insects.
  • 12.2 FOUR! Shot! Amazing timing and control from de Bruyn. A length ball outside off, not much wrong with the delivery but a lovely piece of batting from Theunis. Not much foot movement but just uses his strong hands to push this through the gap wide of mid off. The ball beats the infield and races away.
  • 12.1 Good length ball outside off, left alone by Theunis.
  • Azhar Ali is off! He has not caught a catch but he has caught a fly in his left eye. He is in the dugout, taking someone's help in getting that fly out.
  • 11.6 Length ball on middle and off, defended with soft hands by the batsman. 37/2
  • 11.5 FOUR! Terrific shot! A Hashim Amla special cover drive. Fuller outside off, in fact a half-volley but still had to be put away. And that's what is done, as Amla takes a big stride ahead and crunches it through the covers.
  • 11.4 A length ball on off, keeps a tad low. Amla adjusts well as he flicks it towards mid on.
  • 11.3 Slightly fuller length this time, Hashim comes ahead and keeps the ball out.
  • 11.2 Length ball outside off, defended onto the ground once more.
  • Mohammad Abbas is getting his shoulders massaged near the boundary line. It is turning into a full body massage as he is spotted lying down now.
  • 11.1 Fuller length ball outside off, driven towards a wide mid on fielder. A quick single is taken as the fielder is lazy on the ball. Poor from Pakistan, can't afford to be this loose.
  • 10.6 Left alone outside off to end the over. 32/2
  • 10.5 Length ball on off and shapes away, Hash covers the swing and defends.
  • 10.4 Hurls this down the leg stump line, Amla swivels and tries to pull it away but fails to make connection with the ball.
  • The batsman pulls out this time. Seems a moth came in his line of vision. Getting really irritating now.
  • 10.3 This one is on length and holds its line after landing outside off. Hashim judges the line and lets it go through.
  • 10.2 Peach! The ball was on a length and shapes away really late after landing. Amla was trying to defend the ball from the crease and plays inside the line. Lucky not to get a nick there. Lovely ball.
  • A short leg fielder with a helmet comes into position now.
  • 10.1 Length ball on the off stump line, defended back from the crease by Amla.
  • 9.6 Length ball wide outside off, Theunis cuts this away through the covers. Imam gives the chase and stops it inside the boundary. A couple taken by the batsmen. 32/2
  • 9.5 Bouncer on middle, too high and de Bruyn just stays under the ball and lets it go.
  • The mosquito-repellant spray is out once more. The umpires and de Bruyn using it. Slight stoppage in play due to that.
  • 9.4 Length ball outside off, defended back onto the ground from the crease.
  • 9.3 Pitches it up and outside off, Theunis takes a stride forward to cover the line as he leaves it alone.
  • 9.2 Targets the off stump with a length ball, de Bruyn stays on the back foot in defense.
  • 9.1 Appreciable movement on this one. But the line is too straight and it tails down to catch Amla on the pads as he fails to flick. It clips his pads and runs behind for a leg bye.
  • 8.6 Fullish and on off, once again Theunis offers a straight blade in defense. Good start to the session for Pakistan. 29/2
  • 8.5 Angles in a length ball on off, de Bruyn gets forward with a straight bat and defends it to the off side.
  • Theunis de Bruyn is the new batsman at number 4.
  • 8.4 OUT! A brilliant take from Sarfraz behind the wickets, diving full length to his right. Just two balls before, it was mentioned that Abbas is always accurate and McGrath-like with his lines and lengths. He bowls a third consecutive ball outside off and shapes this slightly away. Aiden Markram tries to push at it with not much foot movement and he only manages to get a healthy edge. The ball goes towards first slip, wouldn't have carried to Azhar Ali, Sarfraz senses that and really does well to dive to his right to pouch it. Pakistan have their second wicket of the innings and this could give them a really good boost. Markram departs after looking decent during his stay at the crease. This passage of play will be a very interesting one now if their bowlers get their tails up!
  • 8.3 Another good length ball outside off, pushed away towards cover-point by the batsman.
  • 8.2 Much better on the line outside off, defended back to the bowler.
  • 8.1 FOUR! What a way to start proceedings. Overpitched on middle and leg, easy pickings for a batsman of Markram's caliber. This was very unlike Abbas who usually is super accurate. Not an ideal start for Pakistan, can't afford half-volleys like these, the game can slip away from them in no time.
  • The players and the umpires are back out in the middle for the final session of play. Mohammad Abbas has the ball in hand. Aiden Markram to face him, Amla at the other end.
  • ... Day 2, Third Session ...
  • An interesting but funny development during this session was when we had uninvited visitors, a lots of moths and flies. It has caused us to lose precious time and 39 overs remain to be bowled in the day. Whether it will be completed or not remains to be seen, but what we do know is that it is going to be a really fun final session if things continue the same way. Will the Proteas build a massive lead or can the Pakistan bowling attack produce some magic? Wait with us to find out, as we bring you the post-Tea session in a little time.
  • An incredibly fast-moving session, not in terms of overs bowled but by the number of wickets lost. 22.4 overs bowled, 6 wickets lost. Five by the visitors and then one of Dean Elgar in South Africa's second dig. The hosts go into the break effectively 102/1 and one can safely say they are ahead in the game. Having said that, Pakistan are fighting hard and a good burst of bowling where a clump of wickets could be taken, should bring them back in the game. Coming to session that passed though, it started off in quick fashion as Sarfraz and Babar added runs at a great clip. But once that stand was broken, it was quick work from the SA pacers as they bundled out Pakistan for a measly 185. They then have come out to bat and added 25 in 8 overs with the loss of their skipper.
  • 7.6 Left alone outside off, that will also be TEA ON DAY 2! 25/1
  • 7.5 A length ball outside off, defended by the batsman with a straight bat.
  • 7.4 A ripper! This has exploded off a crack and deviated away late. Lands this on a length outside off, Amla was ahead to defend but the movement in the end squared him up and the ball goes through to the keeper. Lucky not to have got an edge on that.
  • 7.3 Slightly pushes the length up, the batsman comes ahead and defends on his front foot.
  • 7.2 Outside off this time, left alone by Hash.
  • 7.1 A good ball first up. On a length and top of middle and off, defended by Amla from the crease.
  • Hasan Ali into the attack now.
  • 6.6 A good leave outside off as the ball goes along with the angle and through to the keeper. 25/1
  • 6.5 Slightly fuller this time outside off, he pushes it towards point coming on the front foot.
  • 6.4 Another short length ball on top of middle, pushed back down towards the bowler by Markram.
  • 6.3 Length ball outside off, the batsman is content in blocking it out.
  • A short cover in position now.
  • 6.2 Another length delivery that Aiden defends the ball on his back foot.
  • 6.1 A good length ball on middle, Markram defends from within the crease.
  • 5.6 Length ball on middle, defended towards mid-wicket with soft hands. 25/1
  • 5.5 Shout for an lbw! Length ball on off stump and seems to have jagged in a bit after landing. Amla was pushing forward to defend but the ball beats him as he plays outside the line. The ball rapped him on the pads and a loud appeal followed, mostly from Abbas. The umpire says no and it seemed a good decision as it looked like the impact was outside off. Sarfraz doesn't think about reviewing it, a good call in the end as replays show that the impact indeed was outside off.
  • 5.4 Length ball outside off, Amla defends solidly.
  • 5.3 Fuller one outside off, the batsman defends it coming a little forward.
  • 5.2 Outside off on a length, Hashim takes a stride ahead as he leaves this delivery well.
  • 5.1 Length ball on off, Amla covers the swing and defends watchfully towards mid on.
  • Mohammad Abbas pulls out of the delivery at the last moment. Seems like a moth has come in his face.
  • 4.6 Good work from Amir. Bowls a heavy delivery, on a length around leg, Markram tries working it on the leg side but misses. 25/1
  • 4.5 A touch short around leg, Amla glances it off his hips to deep square leg for a run. He is off the mark.
  • 4.4 A length ball angling away around off, Amla prods forward in defense.
  • 4.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 4.2 Good length ball on off, Amla defends it off his back foot.
  • Hashim Amla walks in at number 3, replacing his skipper.
  • 4.1 OUT! There is an inside edge. This time Pakistan are successful with the use of DRS. Amir comes up with a brilliant delivery. He lands it on a good length around off and gets it to shape back in with some extra bounce. Elgar tries to defend it but it appears that he has failed to put bat on ball. It strikes him high on the back leg and lobs to the keeper. A huge appeal follows but the umpire stays put. Amir is convinced here (we're not sure, about lbw or inside edge) and suggests his skipper to take the review. Sarfraz obliges. The replays roll in and the Ultra Edge detects some wood. The decision is reversed and Pakistan earn their first wicket. 10 runs in total in this Test match as the stand-in skipper for Elgar. Pressure?
  • Another review... Not quite sure whether it is for an LBW or for caught behind. Looked like the ball missed everything and got the thigh pad as it goes to the keeper. Loud appeal from everyone and Amir persuades his skipper to go upstairs as he felt there was some bat on it. Sarfraz acknowledges it.
  • 3.6 Angling into the batsman, on a length around middle, Markram works it off his pads to the leg side. 24/0
  • 3.5 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 3.4 FOUR! Shot! Back of a length delivery outside off, Markram rises on his back foot and packs a punch through covers for a crackling boundary. Lead crosses 100 now!
  • 3.3 On a length around off, defended off the back foot.
  • 3.2 INSIDE EDGE! No need to see further. Pakistan lose a review. A length ball landing around off and shaping back in. Markram gets half-forward to defend but misses and is rapped on the pads. They put in an unsuccessful appeal for an lbw. Sarfraz has a chat with his bowler and decides to review it. Rest is history.
  • Review time... An LBW appeal against Markram has been turned down by umpire S Ravi. Looks like the impact was outside off to the naked eye, might be umpire's call. Let's wait what the replays have to say.
  • 3.1 Gentle delivery, on a length and outside off, an easy leave for Markram.
  • 2.6 Another ball that has been left alone by Elgar outside his off stump. 20/0
  • 2.5 Well outside off this time, left alone by the SA skipper.
  • 2.4 Lovely looking shot from Markram. On a length from Amir and on off stump, Aiden stands tall and punches it through the covers. The mid off fielder gives chase and manages to just about to keep it in with a lovely diving effort. Saves a run for his team. The replays show it is a clean stop.
  • The sun is shining again after hiding behind the clouds for a brief period.
  • 2.3 Good ball from Amir! On a length outside off, holds its line and Markram, who was ahead to defend, is beaten on the outside.
  • 2.2 Hurls this one at the pads, Elgar works it away to deep square leg for a single.
  • 2.1 Outside off on a length, left alone by the batsman.
  • Oh dear, Mohammad Amir! The poor boy is struggling big time, not with his fitness, not with the landing of his ball, he is struggling while fighting with moths. Plenty of flies all over the shirt of umpire S Ravi. We have unwanted visitors here. It's a take over at the Wanderers Stadium. Out comes the spray to fight the battle! Umpire Ravi is seen applying some cream on his body to repel the flies. We've a halt in play once again.
  • 1.6 FOUR! Edged this time, but the ball goes all along the ground away from the third slip fielder for a boundary. Length ball outside off, Aiden Markram tries to push the ball away but it goes off the outside edge. The batsman does well to remove his bottom hand. It goes along the ground and Shadab dives to his right to stop the ball but fails to do so. A boundary results. 12 runs off Abbas' first over, an expensive start. 16/0
  • Plenty of flies and moths on the field. Hasan Ali is fighting the battle at covers with his hat. Azhar Ali doing the same at slips. In fact, all the Pakistan players are trying to swat the flies away with their caps. Quite funny. Slight halt in play.
  • 1.5 Length ball at the pads, worked through mid-wicket by the batsman for a couple of runs.
  • 1.4 Sprays this one down the leg side and the movement takes it even further. Sarfraz fails to collect it properly and a couple of byes are taken as the ball runs to fine leg.
  • 1.3 Play and a miss! On a length outside off, Markram looks to cut this one but is beaten by the extra bounce.
  • 1.2 FOUR! Punches the second ball he faces for a boundary though. On a length outside off, Aiden Markram takes a small step ahead and punches this one through the covers. Finds the gap easily and the ball runs to the fence.
  • 1.1 Outside off to start with, Markram leaves the ball nice and early.
  • Mohammad Abbas to share the new ball.
  • 0.6 Good length delivery outside off, Elgar allows it through to end the over. 4/0
  • 0.5 A little bit of width outside off, Elgar plays it down from the crease to point.
  • 0.4 FOUR! Nicely done in the end! Amir angles in a length ball around off, staying a bit low, Elgar brings down an angled bat and gets it away off the lower half of his blade. It races past the diving third slip fielder for a boundary. Soft hands, the key.
  • 0.3 Make it three leaves in a row from Elgar.
  • 0.2 Yet another delivery in the zone outside off, Dean shoulders arms. The conditions have turned overcast all of a sudden and should assist the Pakistan seamers.
  • 0.1 Starts with a good length delivery in the channel outside off, Elgar allows it through watchfully.

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

  • That will be it, then, from the red-ball leg of the tour. Pakistan have been outplayed in all the three games and the worst part is the lack of fight from them. It was always going to be a tough place for them to come and win but a competition would have been expected from them but it was not to be. 3-0 in the Tests then, and the second installment of the series is not far away. The first ODI will begin on the 19th of January from Port Elizabeth. It will begin at 1300 local (1100 GMT). Hope you guys have enjoyed the coverage of the Tests, looking forward to have you'll back for the One-Day Internationals as well. Till then, it's goodbye from us. Take care!
  • The trophy is presented to Dean Elgar. Shake hands all around and the South African team gather around to pose for the shutterbugs.
  • South African skipper, Dean Elgar, says this win is right up there and they are happy they could maintain their record on this ground. Mentions it is a great way to start this year and they are quite clear about their goals. Credits the way their bowlers bowled, especially Olivier who is the least experienced of their pacers but did very well. Ends by thanking the crowd for the way they have supported them.
  • Man of the Series, Duanne Olivier, says he is very proud of the performance but is happier his team won 3-0. Informs he had to adjust to the wicket here and bowl it little fuller. Mentions every bowler has different skills and he brings something different than the others. Ends by saying they needed to start off well today and they did.
  • Man of the Match, Quinton de Kock, says any Test century means a lot to him as he works hard for it. Informs he has worked hard on correcting his technique which has helped him in recent times. Credits the way Olivier has bowled throughout this series. Ends by saying he is happy to see Dale Steyn bowl the way he has.
  • Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, says they could not capitalize on the position they were in after Day 1. Mentions it is very difficult to play in South Africa and their bowlers were excellent. Further adds Shan Massod and Babar Azam are the positives in this tour. Credits Olivier for the way he bowled.
  • What they needed on Day 4 as they began was for the overnight batsmen to continue batting well. That was not the case as both fell cheaply this morning and what followed was a procession. There was not much of a resistance provided by the ones to follow except for Shadab Khan who was delaying the inevitable. Eventually the last wicket fell, albeit in a way the hosts would have least expected but they won't mind. The wickets were shared by all four pacers in this innings. A successful series for Duanne Olivier especially picking up 24 wickets. Pakistan did have a few positives but overall will be ruing the fact that they could not capitalize on a few good positions they had in the series. Stay tuned for the presentation ceremony to follow...
  • Pakistan even had a chance to come back in the game when they had South Africa at 93/5 but from there on, the game started going away from them. Quinton de Kock first built a 100-plus stand with Hashim Amla for the sixth wicket and then a 79-run one with Kagiso Rabada for the eighth wicket en-route to his century. His 129 ensured that the hosts set a target of 381 for the visitors. It looked beyond reach for the visitors. A good opening stand of 67 gave them some belief but late strikes last evening caused them to end Day 3 on 153/3.
  • A deserving win for the hosts and a scoreline that depicts how much better they were as compared to their opposition in this series. Pakistan did have their moments but moments do not win you Test matches let alone series. They have once again fallen to a huge defeat and will be really disappointed to lose all 3 matches here, without putting up much of a fight. In this game the visitors did really well to bowl out South Africa for 262 after a really good start for the hosts. In their reply too, they were really well placed at one point but as has been the case with them recently, they fell apart and ended up giving a 77-run lead that was massive in the context of the game.
  • 65.4 OUT! Run out! What a comical way to end the match. Where was Abbas going, only he will know. A flighted one on middle, Abbas pushes it towards mid on and sets off but his partner was going no where. The fielder throws it back to De Kock who takes the stumps off. Abbas was at sea and it means that SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 107 RUNS AND TAKE THE SERIES 3-0. A complete performance and a whitewash!
  • 65.3 Lots of air on this one outside off, Abbas plays it back softly as well.
  • 65.2 Looped outside off, defended towards cover.
  • 65.1 Flatter one outside off, driven to deep cover for a single.
  • Dean Elgar to roll his arm over. Also, Lunch has been extended by half an hour to give the hosts a chance to pick up the 1 remaining wicket. It is extended till 12.30 pm local (1030 GMT), post which Lunch will be taken if the wicket does not fall.
  • 64.6 Full toss there and Abbas seems to have missed his flick. The South Africans appeal but S Ravi turns it down. Had to be an inside edge there or else it looked to be in line. 272/9
  • 64.5 Short one outside off, Abbas rides the bounce and keeps it out towards point.
  • 64.4 Another one on a good length and off stump line, it takes the outside edge and runs towards point.
  • 64.3 This one is sprayed down the leg side and Abbas misses his glance.
  • 64.2 Short of a length ball on middle, pulled away by Khan to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 64.1 Frustration for SA! A poor misfield allows Abbas to pick up a single towards point and get off strike.
  • Duanne Olivier is back on.
  • 63.6 FOUR! A length ball outside off, Shadab places it wide of gully and looks to take a single but once that fielder is beaten, there is no stopping that ball. Runs away for a boundary as Bavuma can't reach it. 270/9
  • 63.5 On a good length outside off, solidly defended by Shadab.
  • 63.4 Fuller one on middle, driven down the ground towards long on by MA. Three runs taken as mid-wicket gives chase to that ball.
  • 63.3 Another bumper slightly going down leg, Abbas ducks and lets it go once more.
  • 63.2 Bouncer! Mohammad does well to duck under it.
  • 63.1 On a length outside off, left alone by Abbas.
  • 62.6 Bouncer! Shadab manages to fend it away somehow to end the over. 263/9
  • 62.5 FOUR! Cut away hard behind point. A short length ball outside off, width on offer and Shadab cuts it away stylishly for a boundary. A batsman would have been proud of that shot.
  • 62.4 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under it and lets it go.
  • 62.3 A false shot from Shadab finally, but luckily for him it goes off the inside edge and drops onto the pitch itself.
  • 62.2 Short of a length ball outside off, Mohammad stands tall and punches it towards deep point. Good running once more as they pick up two runs.
  • 62.1 This one is a fuller length ball on middle, Abbas pushes it towards deep mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
  • 61.6 FOUR! Stylish upper cut from Shadab here. Short of a length delivery outside off, Khan rocks back and upper cuts this over the slip cordon. No third man there, goes for a boundary. 256/9
  • 61.5 A slightly fuller length ball outside off, pushes this out towards the cover region.
  • 61.4 On a length ball outside off, defended by Shadab off the back foot.
  • 61.3 A mistimed pull to this short length ball but it has enough to carry over mid on's head. Two runs taken once more.
  • 61.2 On a length outside off, Shadab looks to defend but gets an outside edge. The ball runs wide of third man and the batsmen do really well as they come back for the second.
  • 61.1 Keeps out this good length ball on off.
  • 60.6 Length ball on middle, Abbas gets an inside edge that runs towards the fine leg region. The single is not taken. 248/9
  • 60.5 Loud appeal but S Ravi turns this one down. Looks like that ball was going down leg. On a length, pitching on off stump and coming in after landing. Abbas tries to push it back but plays down the wrong line. Gets rapped on the pads but the umpire turns down the appeal. No reviews left for SA either.
  • 60.4 Pushes this one towards cover for a single.
  • 60.3 This one is on a good length outside off, SK cuts it handsomely but it goes straight to point.
  • 60.2 Another one on a length outside off, kept out by Khan.
  • 60.1 On a good length outside off, Shadab pushes it away towards mid off.
  • 59.6 He does negotiate it. It is short and on middle, Abbas ducks under it. 247/9
  • 59.5 Direct hit needed but misses! It is on a length and around off, Shadab drops it towards point. The batsmen set off for a run, the fielder there runs in and has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. Abbas has one ball to face now.
  • 59.4 NOT OUT! A huge gap between bat and ball. Not sure what noise did Steyn and de Kock hear. It is a short ball and it is outside off, Shadab goes for the pull, there is a noise as the ball passes the bat. An appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. The South Africans take it upstairs. Ultra Edge shows no spike. South Africa now have lost both their reviews.
  • Is that the end of the game? A pretty confident appeal by the South Africans has been turned down. It is for a caught behind. Shadab Khan is the man in question.
  • 59.3 Almost! This is on a length and around off, Shadab tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 59.2 Back of a length on off, Shadab pushes it to mid off.
  • 59.1 On a length and around off, the batsman manages to keep it out.
  • 58.6 FOUR! What was that? A short length ball on off stump line, Mohammad Abbas takes his eyes off and tries to leave it thinking it will bounce enough for him to leave that one. It doesn't, stays low and luckily for him, gets the outside edge of his bat that was hanging out there. Runs through slip and gully for a boundary. 246/9
  • 58.5 Yorker! First up to the number 11. Abbas manages to dig it out though.
  • Mohammad Abbas is the last man in.
  • 58.4 OUT! This time it is taken! Rabada calls for it and Rabada takes it. He has bounced Hasan Ali out here. Two bouncers to which Ali ducked well, the third one hit him on the gloves and the fourth one, he has had enough. Goes for the pull and gets a top edge. The pace on the ball was a bit too much for him, bowled at 146 kph! It goes straight up in the air and KG calls early and takes a really simple catch. His third wicket. After a slightly frustrating partnership, Hasan Ali departs, 1 left to go.
  • 58.3 Just out of reach of Elgar! A snorter from Rabada! Aimed perfectly at the batsman's head. He tries to duck but fails to bring the bat down too. It goes off the glove and flies just out of reach of the SA skipper who was running back to take that one. A couple taken as the ball is retrieved by Amla.
  • 58.2 Another bumper and Hasan ducks once more.
  • 58.1 Bouncer! Shadab ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 57.6 Pushed out solidly by Shadab off the back foot. 10 off a Steyn over again and 31 off the last three. 240/8
  • 57.5 Fuller one on off, driven through the cover-point region slightly uppishly. A couple is taken.
  • 57.4 FOUR! Outside edge! On a length ball on off stump but Shadab removes his lower hand and ensures the ball does not carry to slip. It runs wide of third slip and to the third man fence.
  • 57.3 Defended on the back foot by Khan this time.
  • 57.2 FOUR! Overpitched this time from Steyn and Shadab gets into position early as he eases his drive through the covers. There is a tease for the fielder but the ball wins the race. Not that it matters so much, but the runs required are less than 150 now.
  • 57.1 Low bounce outside the right-hander's off stump once more and this time Shadab gets an outside edge trying to cut this ball. It goes on a bounce towards the right of De Kock who does well to stop it.
  • 56.6 Good fuller length ball on middle, Hasan takes his feet out of the way and keeps the ball out with a straight bat. 11 off this over though. 230/8
  • 56.5 On a good length outside off, pushed towards cover off the back foot. A single is taken.
  • 56.4 Ouch! Looks like Shadab has been hit on the thigh pad trying to play this short of a length delivery. He falls over as he was looking to flick it.
  • 56.3 The mid on was moved to deep mid-wicket after the last ball and Ali pushes this one towards long on. Mid off runs behind the ball and three runs are taken by the time it is returned.
  • 56.2 SIX! Woohoo! Hasan is not going to waste time defending here. A short one on middle and he rocks back and pulls this handsomely over the fence at deep square leg. Way back into the stands.
  • 56.1 Hurls this one at the hips, Shadab fends it off uncomfortably behind square on the leg side for a single. It looks to have come off his thigh pad as replays show later. Should be a leg bye.
  • 55.6 What was that shot? A short of a length ball on off stump, Ali first was looking to duck but then chops it in the air towards cover for a couple. 10 off the over. 219/8
  • 55.5 A length ball outside off, pushed towards the left of cover. He comes around and makes a tumbling stop. No run.
  • 55.4 FOUR! In the air...but well away from the mid on fielder. Fuller one on the pads, Hasan flicks it away in the air wide of mid on. It runs away for another boundary, the second of this over.
  • 55.3 Beaten! Outside off on a good length and some movement after landing. Too good for a tailender who ends up playing inside the line of the ball.
  • 55.2 FOUR! Hasan has hit this right past back the bowler in the air. Was a half-chance but Steyn was taking evasive action before realizing that he could go for that one. By that time it was too late, as the flat-batted shot goes right back past him for a boundary.
  • 55.1 Fuller length ball on middle, kept out by Ali watchfully.
  • 54.6 Outside off on a good length, defended towards point by the batsman. End of another successful over for Rabada. 209/8
  • 54.5 Bouncer on middle, Khan ducks under it and lets it go.
  • 54.4 On a length and on the middle and leg stump line, Shadab pushes it back to mid on coming a little ahead.
  • 54.3 Fuller length ball outside off, Hasan pushes it towards cover for a single. Off the mark.
  • Hasan Ali is the new man in.
  • 54.2 OUT! Catching practice for Markram, this time it is a much simpler one than the previous catch. Rabada comes back to a good length outside off, Amir just opens the face of the bat and guides it right into the hands of gully. Aiden makes no mistake. Rabada has his second in two overs today, SA finding it all too easy now, 2 to go for 3-0!
  • 54.1 FOUR! Flies over gully after Amir flashes at this bouncer outside off. No third man. Amir off the mark.
  • 53.6 Left alone outside off to end the over. Maiden. 204/7
  • 53.5 Outside off on a good length and holding its line this time, Shadab comes ahead and defends this one onto the ground.
  • 53.4 Lands this on a length outside off, shapes away slightly as well. Left alone by Khan.
  • 53.3 Bang on target once more, kept out by the batsman though.
  • 53.2 Another one on the money, defended watchfully towards mid on.
  • 53.1 Length ball on off stump, Shadab pushes it back towards Steyn.
  • 52.6 Yorker, short and then another yorker are the first three balls to Amir. The line though is outside off, Amir fails to jam it out. 204/7
  • 52.5 On the shorter side outside off, MA evades it.
  • 52.4 A yorker to welcome the new batsman but it is slightly outside off, would have been curtains for Amir had it been on the stumps as Amir fails to get his bat down in time.
  • Drinks break! What an hour of play this has been for the Proteas. After last evening they would not have expected things to be so easy. But 4 wickets have fallen and they are already into Pakistan's tail. Should be a matter of time now. Also, Mohammad Amir walks next to the crease, at number 9.
  • 52.3 OUT! Rabada strikes in his first over itself. Excellent bowling change this one! But a lot of credit has to be given to the fielder here. He has taken a very sharp catch. Short and outside off, Faheem goes after it. The ball takes the outside edge and flies towards Markram's left, he reacts quickly and takes a tumbling catch. South Africa into the tail now.
  • 52.2 Drags his length back a little, the batter manages to block it out.
  • 52.1 Fuller in length on middle, it is crisply driven to mid off.
  • KG Rabada is now on.
  • 51.6 Once again pulled nicely but does not get more than a single as it is close to the man at deep square leg. 204/6
  • 51.5 Crisp drive but can't find the gap. It is hit right off the middle but to mid off.
  • 51.4 Nicely pulled again, This though came at a good height for the batsman. He hits it through square leg and takes two. These two are going along well here.
  • 51.3 Driven on the up but straight to the man at point.
  • 51.2 Good length and on off, Faheem strokes it towards point. Bavuma does well to dive to his left and makes a good stop.
  • 51.1 Nicely clipped but to the man at deep square leg. A run taken.
  • 50.6 Continues banging it short and Faheem continues to try and pull. Does not connect though this time as he had his eyes closed while playing it. 200/6
  • 50.5 FOUR! Another pull shot and another boundary! Slightly short, Faheem picks the length early and pulls it through mid-wicket. It trickles over the fence. 200 up.
  • 50.4 FOUR! This time he plays the pull shot well! It is short and on the body, Faheem pulls it through square leg and it races away.
  • 50.3 A bumper but it is way down leg side, Faheem looks to pull but misses.
  • 50.2 Clips it with the angle towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 50.1 A little short and outside off, Shadab throws his bat at it but is beaten by the low bounce.
  • 49.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 191/6
  • 49.5 A little too straight this time, it is tucked around the corner for a run.
  • 49.4 Attacks the off pole again, the batsman manages to jam it out.
  • 49.3 This is outside off, Khan lets it be.
  • 49.2 Nicely timed! This is on a length and around off, Shadab leans into it and strokes it on the up through covers for a couple.
  • 49.1 Starts off with a good delivery! On a length and it straightens a touch. Shadab plays inside the line and he gets an outside edge towards gully.
  • Dale Steyn to bowl for the first time today.
  • 48.6 A rib tickler by Olivier, Faheem tries to work it on the leg side but misses. 188/6
  • 48.5 The batsman rocks onto the backfoot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
  • 48.4 Angles this one into the batsman, Shadab looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the thigh pad.
  • 48.3 Another short ball and it is on the body, Shadab ducks under it.
  • 48.2 Another short ball outside off, Shadab looks to pull it this time but is done in by pace.
  • 48.1 FOUR! From around the wicket bowls it short and outside off, Shadab guides it through backward point, uses the angle to great effect and the ball reaches the fence.
  • 47.6 FOUR! Top edged and four. Faheem was nowhere in control of that. A good bouncer from Philander to end the over, the batsman goes for the pull as he takes his eyes off the ball as well. It takes the top edge and flies above the head of the keeper. No one back there and slip has to go and fetch the ball from outside the rope. End of a successful over from VP. 183/6
  • 47.5 On a length outside off, the southpaw defends it off the back foot.
  • 47.4 Short length ball on middle and going on with the angle, Faheem tries to get on top of the bounce and fend it away on the off side but the ball gets big on him. He is not in control of the shot as it goes wide of the third slip fielder. Theunis moves to his left and makes a good stop, preventing Ashraf from getting off strike.
  • 47.3 Well defended once more by Ashraf.
  • 47.2 On a length on middle stump, Faheem keeps it out coming a little ahead.
  • Faheem Ashraf is the new man in.
  • 47.1 OUT! And in all probability, there goes the last hope for the visitors! Asad Shafiq has been caught at slip and has to depart after a well-compiled 65 but that doesn't look like it is going to be enough for his side. Vernon Philander has looked dangerous this morning and many have kept low as well. That must have been playing in the batsman's mind. He comes ahead and tries to defend it on the off side but this one bounces more from a good length outside off and it takes the edge and goes to second slip at a good height. Elgar makes no mistake, Vernon has his first and SA are just 4 away now!
  • 46.6 Back of a length on off, Khan tries to defend it but due to the extra bounce it hits the splice and rolls towards point. 179/5
  • 46.5 A bumper and Khan ducks under it.
  • 46.4 In the air... but safe! Shorter in length and outside off, Shafiq cuts it, he has no intentions of keeping it down. It goes uppishly but on the bounce to the man at deep point. A run taken. Risky that with a fielder in the deep.
  • 46.3 Runs! It is short and wide outside off, Shafiq cuts it through point and takes two.
  • 46.2 On a length and around off, Shafiq gets right behind the line and keeps it out. He is looking quite comfortable out there.
  • 46.1 Good length and on off, it is kept out.
  • 45.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 176/5
  • 45.5 Another one of those which has completely not bounced. However, it is once again outside off, Shadab looks to keep it out by staying rooted to his crease. He gets beaten though.
  • 45.4 BEATEN! Needless that by Shadab. He reaches out and tries to defend a ball which is way outside off, luckily for him, he gets beaten.
  • 45.3 That one stayed low! However, it was outside off so the batsman need not worry. Length and outside off, Shadab looks to punch it off the back foot but is done in by the low bounce.
  • 45.2 Hits the length around off, this one comes back in after pitching. Shadab tries to defend but the ball hits the inner half and goes towards mid-wicket.
  • 45.1 Back of a length on off, Shadab guides it to point.
  • 44.6 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment. 176/5
  • 44.6 NO BALL! Olivier has overstepped! A bumper on middle, the batter ducks under it.
  • 44.5 FOUR! Well in control there. It is on a length and outside off, Shafiq opens the face of the bat and then guides it through backward point for a boundary. He holds the key for Pakistan now.
  • 44.4 On a length and around off, Shafiq gets right behind the line and keeps it out.
  • 44.3 Length and outside off, it is left alone.
  • 44.2 A bouncer outside off, Shafiq looks to pull but since the ball is outside off, he bails out.
  • 44.1 Once again it is a short ball to begin this over, Shafiq ducks under it.
  • 43.6 Another ball on middle and leg, Khan defends it towards the leg side. 171/5
  • 43.5 On a length on middle, Shadab keeps it out from the crease.
  • 43.4 In the air.... but short of mid on. A short of a length delivery on middle this time, Shafiq goes for the pull and mistimes it as it goes in the air towards Dale Steyn at mid on. He moves to his right and stops the ball as it drops just short of him. Lucky for Asad. He gets to the other end.
  • 43.3 On a length on middle, AS pushes it towards mid on coming ahead.
  • 43.2 On middle and leg this time, Asad pushes it towards mid-wicket.
  • 43.1 FOUR! Asad Shafiq continues in his merry ways. This one is short outside off, cut away through cover-point for an easy boundary.
  • 42.6 FOUR! No hat-trick! He once again slips in a full delivery, trying to catch the batsman off guard. Shadab though is up for it and he strokes it through mid off for a boundary. Off the mark in style is the leg spinner. 166/5
  • Shadab Khan comes in to bat next and will face the hat-trick ball.
  • 42.5 OUT! KABOOM! Two in two for Olivier. The skipper bags a golden duck! He is completely beaten for pace. Also credit to Olivier, he kept bowling short but this time he serves this one on a length. Sarfraz is surprised by it. He fails to get his bat down in time, the ball once again skids through and hits the top of off. The South Africans are pumped. They are into the all-rounders now as Pakistan have half their side back in the hut. 5 wickets away are South Africa from a whitewash.
  • Sarfraz Ahmed, the skipper walks in at number 6, replacing Babar.
  • 42.4 OUT! Another brute of the delivery by Olivier and it gets the better of Azam. Just how do you play those? Ali did not have an answer to that and now Azam too does not have one. 23rd wicket in this series for him. He bangs it short again and this one is on the body, it pitches and zips off the surface. Babar can't get out of the way, he tries to fend it away by hopping. However, the jump too does not allow him to get over the bounce. It kisses the glove and goes into the mitts of the keeper. It is the fourth catch for De Kock in this innings. Early strike and they have broken the stand which was looking threatening.
  • 42.3 EDGY FOUR! Pakistan won't care how they come as long as they do. Slightly short and outside off, Azam who has been stroking it well through the off side off the back foot. Tries to do the same but this time gets an outside edge. It goes through gully and to the third man fence.
  • 42.2 Goes a bit fuller than the last ball but the line is outside off, Azam shoulders arms to it.
  • 42.1 Starts his second over of the day with the length he often bowls, a bumper. Azam ducks under it.
  • 41.6 Goes back to bowling on the stumps, Shafiq easily defends it. 158/3
  • 41.5 Goes a little too wide this time, wanting the batsman to play a false stroke. Shafiq though shoulders arms to it.
  • 41.4 So after the poor delivery first up, Philander has not missed his mark since then. He once again, hits the length on off, AS is solid in defense.
  • 41.3 Length again and on off, Shafiq lunges and keeps it out.
  • 41.2 This is the Philander we know, the first one was a loosener and this one is right on the money. On a length and around off, it is kept out.
  • 41.1 FOUR! Poor start by Philander! He bowls a half volley on the pads, Shafiq is too good a batsman to miss out on those. He flicks it through square leg and the ball races away. First boundary of the day and that also brings up Shafiq's fifty. Fifty in the second innings of the last game and fifty out here as well. He raises his bat to acknowledge the applause by the crowd here. Unlike the last Test, he needs to covert it into triple figures this time.
  • Vernon Philander to bowl from the other end.
  • 40.6 Another excellent short delivery. Azam tries to sway away from it but the ball brushes his body and goes to the keeper. End of an excellent first over by Olivier. 154/3
  • 40.5 A change in length by DO, he lands it on a length and around off, Azam keeps it out.
  • 40.4 Another bumper, no slowness about this one and it is also at a good height. Azam ducks under it.
  • 40.3 In the air... but just short! Heart in the mouth moment there for Babar Azam. He could consider himself fortunate there. It is slightly short and outside off, Azam looks to pull at first but then checks his shot. The ball hits his bat and then lobs towards mid off. The fielder there runs in but collects it on the bounce. Maybe the ball came slow off the surface and hence Babar did not go ahead with his shot.
  • 40.2 The last one was a short one and this is a yorker, Shafiq jams it out towards mid on and gets to the other end. First run for today, that also brings the 50-run stand between the two. Their job is only half done though, they need to continue.
  • 40.1 A short one and on the body, Shafiq ducks under it.
  • We are all set to go here on Day 4. The players and the umpires are in position. Shafiq to take strike first. Duanne Olivier with the ball in hand.
  • For the Proteas, Dale Steyn picked up 2 wickets and Duanne Olivier picked the other one to fall. Vernon Philander did look a little out of color last evening but he will surely be expected come to the party today as should Kagiso Rabada. It promises to be a really exciting day, as has been the case with every day in this series so far. Action isn't far away from The Bullring...
  • Welcome to Day 4, and what could and should possibly be the last day of the Test series. 2-0 now, 7 wickets to go for 3-0. South Africa are still favorites here but count out Pakistan at your own peril. They are known to do the unimaginable, let it be lose a game from winning positions or to win a game that is all but lost. Pakistan have already scored 153 runs in the 40 overs bowled courtesy a good 67-run opening stand and an unbeaten 49-run stand between Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq. So the hosts should be guarded as 228 runs can still be done by the visitors. For that though, the overnight batsmen have to do a lot of work. Both looked in great touch last evening, especially the former as he stroked 48 at more than run-a-ball.
  • ... Day 4, Morning Session ...
  • Now then, the visitors need another 228 runs with 7 wickets left in the bank. The home side is still ahead in this game but one good partnership can probably get them thinking a little. Dean Elgar though would be backing his bowlers to do the job on Day 4. Do join us at 1000 local (0800 GMT) for what could be the last day of this Test series. Till then, take care and goodbye!
  • It looked like we will witness yet another batting collapse but it was not to be. Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam played positive cricket and have amassed 49 runs off just 55 balls for the 4th wicket. They are not done yet and Pakistan would need them to continue.
  • Pakistan though have not surrendered here. They fought bravely and have ended Day 3 with a glimmer of hope of chasing this down. The tone was set by their openers, they first battled hard to go unscathed into the Tea break. Then, after the interval, the pair scored freely. They added 67 runs together before Steyn dismissed both of them in quick time and soon Pakistan slipped from 67 for 0, to 104 for 3.
  • The two Pakistan batters walk off the field with a smile. The South Africans are seen giving hi-fives to each other and then, it is Quinton de Kock who leads them off the field and why not, he is surely the hero of the day for them. His century and crucial stands with the lower order earlier in the day has helped South Africa set a massive target of 381 in front of the visitors.
  • 39.6 And Babar negotiates it nicely. Goes on the back foot to a shortish ball and defends it soundly. THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 3! 153/3
  • 39.5 Does go for the yorker but misses it by a little margin, Asad Shafiq flicks it towards deep square leg and takes a single. So it will be Steyn bowling the last ball of the day to Azam.
  • 39.4 Attacks the off stump and lands it on a length, Shafiq lunges and defends it out.
  • 39.3 Nope, he bowls it on a length and outside off, an easy leave for Shafiq.
  • 39.2 Another bouncer! Asad once again ducks under it. Two in a row, can we now see a yorker, fast and one tailing back in?
  • 39.1 A short ball to start the last over of the day. AS sways away.
  • 38.6 On middle, Azam keeps it out. 152/3
  • 38.5 Length delivery on off, BA defends it from within the crease.
  • 38.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 38.3 Fuller on off, Azam drives it straight to covers.
  • 38.2 NOT OUT! Shafiq is easily in. A length delivery on off, Asad tries to defend it off the front foot but gets an outside edge on it and the ball goes towards the vacant gully region. Babar goes for the third run and Bavuma runs towards the ball and throws it at the striker's end. De Kock sees the opportunity and immediately scores a direct hit at the bowler's end. They appeal and the umpire goes upstairs to see whether the batsman has dragged his bat over the line or not. The replay shows he is clearly in.
  • A direct hit at the non-striker's end and the South African players have asked the question. Asad Shafiq looks relaxed though but you never know with direct hits.
  • 38.1 Back of a length on middle, Shafiq defends it off the back foot.
  • 37.6 Good shot. Fuller again on middle, Shafiq whips it through mid-wicket. Markram in the deep does a really good job to save a run for his side. 149/3
  • 37.5 Back of a length on middle, Shafiq defends it from within the crease.
  • 37.4 Fuller on middle, AS pushes it towards mid on.
  • 37.3 A touch fuller on off, Shafiq drives it towards mid on.
  • 37.2 On the 5th stump line, Asad lets it go.
  • 37.1 Starts his new spell with a fuller delivery on off, Shafiq drives it towards mid off.
  • Dale Steyn is back to have another go.
  • 36.6 A touch short on off, Azam punches it towards the cover fielder. 146/3
  • 36.5 A tad short on off, BA punches it towards point.
  • 36.4 Fraction straight, Babar flicks it straight to the square leg fielder.
  • 36.3 Fuller delivery attacking the stumps, Shafiq flicks it off his pads to the leg side for a single.
  • 36.2 Length delivery on middle, Asad defends it with a straight bat.
  • 36.1 Fuller delivery on middle, Azam works it to the leg side for a run.
  • Vernon Philander is back on.
  • 35.6 Good comeback by the bowler! Attacks the stumps, Shafiq tries to work it on the leg side but gets an inside edge onto his pads. End of a good over for Pakistan, 10 from it and 19 comes off the last two. Another 237 needed. 144/3
  • 35.5 FOUR! Cracked! Second boundary in the over. Slightly shorter in length and outside off, Shafiq transfers his weight onto the back foot and then cuts it through point.
  • 35.4 A loose shot on the last ball and now he plays a lovely cover drive. It is not right off the middle but enough to collect two.
  • 35.3 Loose this from Shafiq! Yes, it was there to be hit but such shots are not needed. Very short and there is a lot of width on offer outside off, Shafiq goes after it but gets beaten.
  • 35.2 Drags his length back but the line is outside off, Shafiq need not play at those.
  • 35.1 FOUR! Uppish but in the gap! Runs flowing thick and fast here! Full and around off, Shafiq leans into it and strokes it through covers. The ball races away.
  • 34.6 Bumper from the bowler. Azam ducks underneath it. 9 from the over. 134/3
  • 34.5 FOUR! Top class batting from Babar here. Olivier bangs it short on off, Azam gets into position and punches it through point for a boundary. Good attacking batting from Babar here.
  • 34.4 Snorter from Oliver. Back of a length delivery on middle, Azam tries to defend it off the back foot but the ball rises off the deck after pitching and hits Babar on the gloves and goes towards the leg side.
  • 34.3 FOUR! SHOT! Overpitched from Olivier and Babar drives it firmly through covers for a boundary. Babar looking in very good form.
  • 34.2 A touch short on off, Babar tries to pull it but misses it completely. Appeal from the bowler for a caught behind but the umpire shakes his head. Replay shows that the ball hit the pocket of Babar.
  • 34.1 Length delivery on off, Asad taps it towards point for a single.
  • 33.6 On middle, Babar keeps it out. 125/3
  • 33.5 FOUR! Two in two. Kagiso bangs it short on middle, Azam hangs back and pulls it in front of square leg for a boundary.
  • 33.4 FOUR! Fraction straight, Babar flicks it through wide mid on and the ball races away.
  • 33.3 A touch short on off, Babar cuts it towards point.
  • 33.2 Similar delivery, Babar defends it off the back foot.
  • 33.1 Back of a length on middle, Azam defends it from within the crease.
  • 32.6 Around off, Asad keeps it out. 117/3
  • 32.5 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 32.4 FOUR! Full on middle and leg, Shafiq flicks it through fine leg for a boundary.
  • 32.3 Bouncer from Olivier on middle, AS ducks it at the last moment.
  • 32.2 FOUR! Streaky but effective. Fuller delivery outside off, Shafiq tries to drive it but it hits the outside edge of the bat and the ball goes towards the gully region and to the boundary.
  • 32.1 Back of a length on middle, Asad defends it from within the crease.
  • 31.6 Back of a length delivery on off, Shafiq taps it towards point and takes off. The fielder at point has a shy at the stumps at the striker's end but the batsmen is comfortably home. 109/3
  • 31.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 31.4 FOUR! Full on middle and leg, Shafiq clips it off his pads through fine leg for a boundary.
  • 31.3 Good delivery that. Length ball just outside off, Asad pokes his bat at it. Luckily for him it does not take the outside edge of the bat.
  • 31.2 Similar delivery, Shafiq works it to the leg side.
  • 31.1 Full on middle, Asad defends it with a straight bat.
  • 30.6 Another bumper to end, Azam evades it. 104/3
  • Babar Azam is the new man in.
  • 30.5 OUT! A snorter that, an absolute snorter sees the end of Azhar Ali. His poor tour comes to a close. An extremely well-directed bumper, it gets big on the batsman. Ali tries to fend it away by hopping but it takes the gloves and lobs towards de Kock behind who makes no mistake. His third catch of the game and probably the easiest. From 67 for 0, Pakistan have slipped to 104 for 3.
  • 30.4 Nice shot but finds point. Shortish and outside off, Azhar plays the back foot punch but to cover-point.
  • 30.3 Short but a little fuller than the last two, Ali goes back and punches it to mid off.
  • 30.2 Shortish and on off, Azhar Ali stands tall and guides it to point.
  • 30.1 Loose shot that! Not sure if that shot needs to be played! Short and outside off, Azhar Ali goes for the cut shot but the extra bounce sees the ball go over the bat.
  • Now then! Replays show that the first ball of the over did have a slight feather on it as QdK took the catch. There was an appeal but no review. So one wrong review and one where a review was not taken when there was an outside edge.
  • 29.6 A tad short on off, Azhar punches it towards point for a single. 104/2
  • 29.5 In the channel outside off, Ali lets it be.
  • 29.4 Back of a length on middle, Ali defends it off the back foot.
  • 29.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 29.2 FOUR! Fraction straight this time, Ali flicks it through mid-wicket and the ball races away.
  • 29.1 BEATEN! Back of a length on off, Azhar trying to defend it off the back foot but the ball shapes away after pitching beating the outside edge of the bat. The bowler appeals but doesn't get any support from his teammates.
  • Kagiso Rabada is back.
  • 28.6 FOUR! Cuts and cuts hard. Bangs it short on off, Shafiq hangs back and cuts it through point for a boundary. 12 from the over. Expensive over from Olivier. 99/2
  • 28.5 Full on middle, AS works it to mid-wicket.
  • 28.4 FOUR! GLORIOUS! Two in two. A tad full on off, Shafiq leans forward and drives it firmly through covers for a boundary.
  • 28.3 FOUR! Errs in line and length, Shafiq clips it off his pads and the ball goes through fine leg for a boundary.
  • 28.2 Back of a length on middle, Asad defends it off the back foot.
  • 28.1 Bumper from Olivier on middle, Shafiq ducks underneath it.
  • 27.6 Back of a length now on off, Ali stands tall and guides it towards point. He initially thinks there are runs on offer here but Bavuma at point, dives to his left and stops the batsmen from taking any. 87/2
  • 27.5 FOUR! Top shot! Steyn pays the price of overpitching the delivery. Azhar says thank you very much. He strokes it straight back past the bowler and into the fence. Looks solid out there, Ali.
  • 27.4 Attacks the off stump this time, looking to shape it away so that it can take the outside edge. Ali though gets his bat right behind the line of the delivery and it hits the middle.
  • 27.3 Trying to hit the pad of Azhar Ali, the batter though gets his bat down in time and pushes it to mid on.
  • 27.2 Good running! Asad drops the ball towards the off side and sets off for a run. Bavuma gets to the ball but fails to collect it, making the single easy for the batsmen.
  • 27.1 Back of a length on off, Shafiq stands tall and pushes it to short covers.
  • 26.6 Bouncer to end the over. Ali nicely ducks underneath it. 82/2
  • 26.5 NOT OUT! Daylight between bat and ball here. It is a back of a length delivery outside off, Ali tries to punch it through point. He misses it completely. De Kock behind the stumps appeals and thinks it has hit the bat. Elgar goes for the review. The replay shows there is no outside edge and South Africa lose the review.
  • Another review taken by South Africa. Once again it is de Kock who is convinced there is an edge. Azhar Ali is the man in question.
  • 26.4 Outside off, Ali lets it go.
  • 26.3 FOUR! Olivier bangs it short on middle, Ali hangs back and pulls it through fine leg and the ball races away.
  • 26.2 Length delivery on off, Ali tries to defend it off the front foot but gets an outside edge on it and the ball goes towards the gully fielder.
  • 26.1 Starts off with a length delivery outside off, left alone by Ali.
  • Duanne Olivier is back on.
  • 25.6 Outside off, Shafiq shoulders arms to it. 78/2
  • 25.5 Superb delivery that. On a length and on off, Shafiq tries to defend it off the front foot but the ball swings away after pitching beating the outside edge of the bat.
  • 25.4 On the 5th stump line, AS lets it go.
  • 25.3 On his pads again, Shafiq flicks it towards fine leg for a couple of runs.
  • 25.2 Drifting on his pads, Azhar tucks it around the corner for a single.
  • 25.1 Back of a length on middle, Asad works it to the leg side for a run.
  • 24.6 Good delivery to end with. Fuller delivery on off, Ali tries to defend it off the front foot but the ball shapes away beating the outside edge of the bat. 74/2
  • 24.5 Full on middle, Ali flicks it straight to mid-wicket.