Pakistan in SA

AB: New ball will wrap it up

2013-02-03 22:44
AB de Villiers (AP)

Johannesburg - The Proteas are confident of wrapping up the first Test against Pakistan on Monday, despite an unbroken century stand between Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq on day three giving the tourists a small glimpse of a record-breaking victory.

The pair took Pakistan to stumps on 183-4, still 297 runs short of an unlikely win, after batting through the first wicketless session of the match after tea.

Misbah was unbeaten on 44 and Shafiq had 53, but with the second new ball due in just five overs, South Africa remain heavy favourites to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.

Full scorecard from the Wanderers

VIDEO: SA vs Pakistan 1st Test day 3, highlights

"No team has scored more than 400 on this deck and we don't think they will," South Africa's AB de Villiers said.

"The wicket is playing better, the ball is not going around as much as it was on the first two days, but we have a new ball coming up tomorrow and we hope that will speed things up a bit. There are a few cracks opening up and it will swing," the wicketkeeper added.

De Villiers expected his bowlers to finish the job off relatively early on Monday.

"Pakistan will be looking to get through the new ball and then from 20-30 overs start to be positive again. We will be aware of that. Hopefully we can finish the game somewhere after lunch (on Monday)."

South Africa would already have been a couple of steps closer to their fourth Test win in a row were it not for a costly no-ball and a dropped catch in consecutive overs.

Shafiq was caught by Graeme Smith at slip on 40 off the bowling of Vernon Philander, only for the umpires to check upstairs where a replay confirmed that the bowler had overstepped.

In the next over, Misbah slashed a Jacques Kallis delivery straight to backward point, but was put down by Robin Peterson.

A wicket for each of South Africa's four seamers had seen the home side edge towards victory after declaring their second innings on 275-3 to set Pakistan 480 to win.

Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Philander and Kallis all claimed a scalp apiece as the Proteas chipped away at Pakistan's batting lineup.

Philander had set the ball rolling before lunch when he had Mohammad Hafeez caught down the leg side by De Villiers, and a sustained assault by all four pacemen after the break ensured a triple breakthrough in the second session.

Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed had scored a brisk 39 in the first session, but added just six runs after lunch before he flicked a Steyn delivery to Peterson at short mid-on.

Azhar Ali was the next batsman to go, trapped lbw by Kallis, and Younis Khan followed when he edged a Morkel delivery through to De Villiers.

That left the tourists on 80-4, but Misbah and Shafiq dug in to keep Pakistan's hopes alive, as slim as their chances may be.

Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore expects that the unbeaten 101-run partnership will have given heart to the other players, which was greatly needed after his side was bowled out for 49 in the first innings.

"What's important is that it gives a few of the other players' confidence for the next couple of days," he said. "We have nine out of 11 playing here for the first time, so it was a learning curve right from the beginning."

In the morning, South Africa had resumed on their overnight total of 207-3, and De Villiers and Hashim Amla scored at will as they added 68 runs in just 45 minutes.

De Villiers went to his 15th Test hundred, leaving him 103 not out when skipper Smith declared immediately. Amla, unbeaten on 74, was denied the opportunity of a 20th Test hundred as the Proteas looked to bring the Test to a swift conclusion.

Misbah and Shafiq ensured that a rout similar to the first innings was avoided, but will face fresh challenges, and a new ball, on Monday morning.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

Pakistan eye win in Dubai

2014-10-25 15:47

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
28 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Get fit on a budget

It’s time to throw the “I can’t afford to exercise” excuse out the window.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Tips for paddling your first Dusi
Climbing the world’s largest stone arch
Awesome extreme sports people
Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route
Fixtures
26 October 2014
New Zealand v South Africa, Hamilton 23:30
05 November 2014
Australia v South Africa, Adelaide Oval 10:35
07 November 2014
Australia v South Africa, Melbourne Cricket Ground 10:35
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

Pakistan have levelled their five-match ODI series against the Proteas. How do you see the series panning out?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.