Pakistan vs. South Africa: Scorecard, Session Recaps for 2nd Test in Dubai

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterOctober 23, 2013

Pakistan vs. South Africa: Scorecard, Session Recaps for 2nd Test in Dubai

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    Pakistan and South Africa face off in the second and final Test in Dubai, after the world's top side were handed a chastening defeat in the opening game.

    Pakistan's strong record in the UAE continued with a stunning seven-wicket win in Abu Dhabi, but the Proteas will be optimistic of levelling the series.

    Keep reading for team news, toss details and session-by-session updates from the match.

    A live, in-running scorecard can be found here on Cricinfo.

Result, Dubai, Day 4

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    Pakistan 99 (36.4 overs) & 326 (135.1 overs)

    South Africa 517 (163.1 overs)

    South Africa win by an innings and 92 runs

    Despite an immense effort from Asad Shafiq, Pakistan were unable to save the game—or take it to a fifth day—as South Africa comprehensively levelled the series.

    Shafiq made a brave 130, but aside from Misbah-ul-Haq, he received very little support and his side surrendered the game a day early.

    The visitors have now not lost an away series in seven years—an impressive achievement that demonstrates just how much they deserve their No.1 ranking.

    Imran Tahir was the biggest threat with the ball and took eight wickets in the match, including a five-wicket haul in the first innings.

    The 99 that Pakistan put up in their first knock was obviously the key to the game. There was just no way that they could hope to compete with South Africa when defending that sort of total.

    The visitors' 517 then further piled on the pressure. The fact Pakistan managed to put up 326 showed that they have the talent to make a big score, but a lack of consistency and concentration let them down at key moments.

    It's a shame that the series was limited to two matches, as a decider would have made for a fine finish.

    Full scorecards for batsmen and bowlers can be found at

Tea, Day 4, Dubai

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    Pakistan 99 (36.4 overs) & 274-5 (113 overs)

    South Africa 517 (163.1 overs)

    Pakistan may have let the game slip away at just the wrong moment. As we see so often in tense Tests like this, a batsman can see off quality bowlers all day before losing his wicket to a part-timer.

    In this case it was Dean Elgar who claimed his first ever Test wicket with the crucial scalp of Misbah-ul-Haq.

    Misbah departed for an excellent 88, but it was difficult to ascertain what he was thinking with his final shot. Having played so well up to this point, he suddenly reverted to one-day mode and attempted to hit Elgar out of the ground.

    Instead he edged to Jacques Kallis at first slip.

    The pressure now mounts of Pakistan, and especially Asad Shafiq, who remained unbeaten on 114 at the tea interval. 

    With that one wicket, South Africa will be sensing that they can finish this game off before the end of the day.

Lunch, Day 4, Dubai

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    Pakistan 99 (36.4 overs) & 198-4 (84 overs)

    South Africa 517 (163.1 overs)

    South Africa were left frustrated at the end of the first session, as Pakistan's batsmen dug in and continued their battle to save the game.

    Resuming on 132-4, Asad Shafiq and Misbah-ul-Haq made solid progress, including a brutal six clubbed off Imran Tahir by Shafiq in the 68th over. Shafiq got out of his crease and met a full toss with a powerful shot that sailed over the deep midwicket boundary.

    In terms of South African chances, there wasn't much to speak of. Shafiq was given out lbw but he successfully reviewed the decision, which just about summed up the session for the Proteans.

    Both Shafiq and Misbah played sensibly and positively, setting the game up for a real Test Match fightback.

    Their job isn't even halfway done, but the signs are good for Pakistan as the game breaks for lunch.

Stumps, Day 3, Dubai

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    Pakistan 99 (36.4 overs) & 132-4 (55 overs)

    South Africa 517 (163.1 overs)

    South Africa's slow march towards a series-levelling victory continued with some controversy over ball-tampering on the evening of day three in Dubai.

    The tourists looked to be on the brink when they removed Younis Khan for 36, Imran Tahir snagging the wicket.

    But thereafter Misbah-ul-Haq thwarted them, and Asad Shafiq settled well.

    In the fading light Tahir went closest to breaking through again, but they still have two days in which to wrap up the victory.

    Talk will focus on the ball-tampering incident, however—umpires penalised South Africa five runs and changed the ball when they saw Faf du Plessis using his zipper to scuff the ball. It was hard to argue against the verdict.

    More on the ball-tampering incident here:

    And Antoinette Muller on why the rules need changing.

Tea, Day 3, Dubai

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    Pakistan 99 (36.4 overs) & 56-3 (28 overs)

    South Africa 517 (163.1 overs)

    Pakistan survived a tough session against South Africa for the loss of just one wicket, but their defiance seems only to be delaying an inevitable win for the Proteas.

    The home side, led by primarily by Younis Khan, who was not out on 29 by the tea break, lost just one wicket in the session.

    Azhar Ali had fought hard as well to survive, but was caught out by a sharp turner from JP Duminy, who struck with his first delivery of the innings.

    Elsewhere it was gripping, attritional fare as South Africa's pace attack, along with spinners Imran Tahir and Duminy, probed away.

    If Pakistan had showed similar levels of fight the match might have been some way closer, but as it stands once Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, it remains to be seen what further resistance the Pakistan team will offer.

Lunch, Day 3, Dubai

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    Pakistan 99 (36.4 overs) & 2-2 (1.5 overs)

    South Africa 517 (163.1 overs)

    Pakistan wrapped up the South Africa innings with six wickets in the opening session, but were in disarray after losing two wickets in 11 balls as they began their second innings.

    The Proteas, who built up a lead through a huge partnership between Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers, found going much harder on day three.

    De Villiers was beaten by Mohammed Irfan on 164, edging to slip, while Smith became another of spinner Saeed Ajmal's victims, adding only seven more runs on day three to end on 234.

    Thereafter, there was little more offered with the bat. It was perhaps telling that apart from the two centurions, no batsman in this Test has yet managed to pass 30 in Dubai.

    Irfan bowled beautifully, and might have deserved more than his three wickets—but he was withdrawn from the attack after a third violation for running down the pitch.

    That left Ajmal to mop up the tail—he was furious when an edge didn't go his way against Morne Morkel, and found that Pakistan had no further reviews—but still ended with figures of 6-151.

    Most wkts after 30 Tests: 169 Waqar Younis 157 C Grimmett 157* SAEED AJMAL 154 D Steyn 153 H Tayfield 152 I Botham 149 D Lillee #PakvSA

    — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 25, 2013

    It meant a two-over spell before lunch, and South Africa struck immediately.

    Dale Steyn had Shan Masood lbw to the fourth ball of the innings, with a Pakistan review of the decision proving fruitless.

    And Vernon Philander followed it up by drawing an edge from Khurram Manzoor, held expertly by Jacques Kallis in the slips.

    It wrapped up a pair for Manzoor in the match, and points to a devastating defeat for Pakistan if no batsmen can fend off South Africa.

Stumps, Day 2, Dubai

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    Pakistan 99 (36.4 overs)

    South Africa 460-4 (134 overs)

    South Africa rounded off another day of total domination by taking a 361-run lead over Pakistan and stumps.

    Graeme Smith batted through the day, ending unbeaten on 227, while AB de Villiers had notched the eighth 150+ score of his Test career in partnership.

    Their stand was worth 326 runs and counting, and short of batting for almost three days, there seems little way that Pakistan can save the match.

    Instead the Proteas posted a succession of landmarks after two remarkable days of play.

    With six wickets in hand the question now turns to how long South Africa will bat, though there is little reason to stop until late on day three, providing the wickets don't fall.

    Pakistan's bowlers will not fancy another long day in the field in the heat of the Dubai day—both seamers have bowled 27 overs each, the two spinners still more.

Tea, Day 2, Dubai

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    Pakistan 99 (36.4 overs)

    South Africa 337-4 (101 overs)

    Pakistan's problems deepened as AB de Villiers took charge of the South Africa innings and added a century of his own to go with Graeme Smith's.

    Steady, grinding play was replaced with free-scoring, as the pair batted through the session, adding 139 runs.

    It was devastating for Pakistan, who now travel by 238 and have almost no way of salvaging the game.

    Smith, meanwhile, was not quite so aggressive, but managed to reach 165 not out by the tea interval, a personal best against Pakistan.

    With no shortage of batting to come, two batsmen well set, and Pakistan looking increasingly weary, the final session of the day boded little better for the home side.

Lunch, Day 2, Dubai

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    Pakistan 99 (36.4 overs)

    South Africa 198-4 (75 overs)

    Graeme Smith posted his 27th century as South Africa took a stranglehold of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

    The left-handed opener led from the front, his ton having a sense of inevitability about it as he wore down the Pakistan attack.

    Well deserved hubby!! There's only one Graeme Smith 😉 #PakvSA

    — Morgan Deane Smith (@MorganDeane) October 24, 2013

    Only nightwatchman Dale Steyn departed in the session, missing a delivery from Mohammed Irfan early on.

    AB de Villiers joined Smith at the crease, and played comfortably to reach 26 not out by the break, after surviving an early drop by wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal.

    But the star was Smith, who brought up his landmark with a crunching stroke down the ground. He has single-handedly beaten Pakistan's collective first innings score, and with Irfan given a second warning for running on the wicket, their bowling options are being slowly stretched.

Stumps, Day 1, Dubai

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    Pakistan 99 (36.4 overs)

    South Africa 128-3 (49 overs)

    Graeme Smith was unbeaten on 67 as South Africa took a stunning 29-run lead by stumps on day one of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

    The Proteas looked unable to cope with Pakistan just a week ago but roared into a position of total dominance as they look to level the series.

    It was typified by a resolute Smith innings. Batting was far from easy—spinner Saeed Ajmal tested him out thoroughly and picked up two wickets at the other end, while the other bowlers gave little away.

    Dean Elgar fell for 23, scooped up sharply at short leg, while Jacques Kallis also departed for seven, bested by an lbw that he wisely decided not to review.

    Dale Steyn came in as a nightwatchman and saw the tourists through to stumps, but despite losing the two wickets in the evening, the Proteas could hardly have enjoyed a more successful day and have the opportunity to build a huge lead on day two of the Test.

Tea, Day 1, Dubai

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    Pakistan 99 (36.4 overs)

    South Africa 41-1 (14 overs)

    Pakistan's extraordinary collapse was confirmed in the afternoon in Dubai, with the home side succumbing for 99 and South Africa well on the way to taking a first-innings lead by tea.

    There was to be no wag of the tail, with Dale Steyn finding reverse swing and Imran Tahir completing a stunning return to Test cricket with a five-wicket haul, the first of his career.

    Zulfiqar Babar managed an unbeaten 25, but it was the highest score of the innings and only underlined the inadequacy of Pakistan's effort. At 76-9, it could even have been worse.

    Graeme Smith lost opening partner Alviro Petersen before the tea interval after an unsuccessful review against lbw from Babar. 

    But Smith had moved on to 12 not out, with Dean Elgar (1) for company by the time of the interval.

Lunch, Day 1, Dubai

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    Pakistan 60-6 (25.4 overs)

    South Africa gave a statement of intent on the opening morning of the second Test match, rattling through the Pakistan top order and leaving them six wickets down at lunch.

    Dale Steyn struck with just the second ball of the day to remove Khurram Manzoor, and it did not get much better for the home side thereafter in Dubai.

    Morne Morkel broke up a determined partnership between Shan Masood and Azhar Ali, trapping the latter lbw, and Imran Tahir came to the fore soon afterward.

    The leg spinner had been out of Test cricket for over a year but burst into life after a wobbly start, first bowling Masood for 21.

    Then, in one over, he dismissed Misbah-ul-Haq with an lbw and bowled the new batsman Adnan Akmal to leave the hosts reeling.

    In the meantime Steyn had returned and grabbed the prize wicket of Younis Khan, rewarded for a superb line outside off stump and drawing the edge. 

Toss and Team News

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    Pakistan won the toss, with captain Misbah-ul-Haq opting to bat first. Remarkably, it was the first Test in 10 that Pakistan had won the toss.

    South Africa were relieved that Dale Steyn was passed fit to play, despite a niggling injury that had threatened his participation. 

    But Robin Peterson was dropped to make way for Imran Tahir on a pitch that is believed to be conducive to spin, and Dean Elgar also came into the side, replacing Hashim Amla, whose wife is due to give birth.

    Pakistan, comprehensive victors in the previous Test, named an unchanged XI for the match.