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South Africa vs Pakistan, third Test

mikesiva 2019-01-11 03:02:20 the Wanderers.

Pakistan: 1 Imam-ul-Haq, 2 Shan Masood, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Asad Shafiq, 5 Babar Azam, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt./wk), 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Faheem Ashraf, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Mohammad Abbas, 11 Hasan Ali

South Africa: 1 Dean Elgar (capt.), 2 Aiden Markram, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 Theunis de Bruyn, 5 Temba Bavuma, 6 Zubayr Hamza, 7 Quinton de Kock (wk), 8 Vernon Philander, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Duanne Olivier

Zubayr Hamza comes in for Faf du Plessis. That is South Africa's only change. Pakistan have made three changes.

South Africa have won the toss and elected to bat.

djdrastic 2019-01-11 03:08:32 

Been raining a lot during the week.Expect a heavyish outfield.Sunshine predicted for the next couple of days with the occasional T.storm.

Good to see they picked the kid to play.Encourages guys who do well on the SA A Tours and Domestic front that they can play on the intl stage.

I haven't seen a whole lot of Hamza as the 4 Day tourneys are not televised but the little bit I've seen on SACM he looks like a sorted bat.

djdrastic 2019-01-11 03:08:49 

Elgar goes

Mohammad Abbas to Elgar, OUT, Abbas strikes with his fourth ball and finds the outside edge of Elgar. Good length and angling across off, seaming away. Elgar feels for the ball and tickles it behind. Sarfraz snaffles it and Abbas roars in delight

D Elgar c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Abbas 5 (6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

SA 6/1

mikesiva 2019-01-11 03:21:47 

Elgar out to Abbas for down.

djdrastic 2019-01-11 04:06:33 

Fifty partnership up between Markram-Amla

SA 58/1

Casper 2019-01-11 04:41:33 

What was Michael Holding doing during his current commentary, by bringing up all those horrendous stories of recent past Apartheid South Africa history?

I could feel the tension among his fellow South Africa commentators as they let Miley carry on and reminisce about his recent and first ever visit to Soweto.

They just remained silent and I sense Mickey recognized their discomfort, but he was not going to stop, he had to get some of those things off his chest.

mikesiva 2019-01-11 05:37:27 

In reply to Casper

Good for Mikey!
big grin
South Africa 108-1 at lunch.

Markram 78*
Amla 22*

Good to see Markram back on form....

mikesiva 2019-01-11 06:09:13 

Markram out to Faheem for 90.

Amla out to Shafiq for 41. Hamza in for his debut.

Guy McKechnie: "Could be a little terse out in the middle with both batsmen feeling like they are playing for the same spot!"
big grin
South Africa 226-3 at tea.

de Bruyn 48*
Hamza 38*

Emir 2019-01-11 07:52:21 

In reply to mikesiva

This Hamza kid looks really good in both defense and his run scoring aggression seems very calculated- perhaps the guy who will eventually replace Hashim.

Is his parents Iranian?

Emir 2019-01-11 07:54:10 

In reply to Casper

I could feel the tension among his fellow South Africa commentators as they let Miley carry on and reminisce about his recent and first ever visit to Soweto.

Who was his fellow commies when he was making these comments?

When I turned on the tv- he has Niti and Mbwanga in the box with him.

mikesiva 2019-01-11 08:03:18 

In reply to Emir

Indian South Africans

A story that's very similar to the British West Indies....

Abbas traps de Bruyn lbw for 49.

djdrastic 2019-01-11 08:15:12 

Mohammad Abbas to de Bruyn, OUT, Another appeal for lbw from Abbas. Umpire Ravi raises his finger, de Bryun knows he has been trapped in front. Nice and full, reverses in, de Bryun, having shuffled across, does not lay bat on ball and is pinned in front of middle. That's adjacent and the batsman doesn't even bother to review. Abbas finally has some success after the break

SA 229/4

Pity as this was shaping up to be a good little partnership.

djdrastic 2019-01-11 08:23:48 

Mohammad Amir to Bavuma, OUT, Amir finds reverse swing, finds the outside edge, and it settles into the gloves of Sarfraz. Good length and curving away close to off stump, which means Bavuma to play at it. He wafts and sends an outside edge to the keeper, who makes no mistake this time. Pakistan are thriving with the old ball

Rare failure for Temba

SA 238/5

djdrastic 2019-01-11 08:43:47 

Mohammad Amir to Zubayr Hamza, OUT, No fifty on debut for Hamza! Amir has him nicking off. Good length and reverses away outside off, Hamza thinks about letting this go, he is late to pull his bat away. Ends up feathering it behind to the keeper. Lovely little debut innings, nevertheless

Zubayr Hamza c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir 41 (68b 5x4 1x6) SR: 60.29

SA 244/6

Emir 2019-01-11 08:46:04 

Reverse swing- Pak doing what they do best- come back from the dead but don't be surprise if they lapse again. Meanwhile the commies have stopped focusing on cricket in favor of their golf- real poor of the commies here.

runout 2019-01-11 08:47:00 

In reply to djdrastic

Hamza just got goat-mouthed Darn

Emir 2019-01-11 08:48:29 

In reply to mikesiva

Thanks Mike, I am very familiar with East Indians in SA.

But Hamza isn't Indian (South Asian) decent like Hash, Tahir and Shamshi.

There was Arab and Iranian migration into SA and I was thinking his heritage is from there.

djdrastic 2019-01-11 08:49:57 

In reply to runout

Aye but he looks a decent player though
Pak bowling some real quality stuff now.

Runs 2019-01-11 08:52:26 

Behardien is of Iranian ancestry;jsessionid=63642F2B4010F10B62CF946C1389B52C

Emir 2019-01-11 08:54:38 

Outrageous commies- Amir leaves the field mid over as he APPEARS to have a small injury/niggle. The commies have forgotten the match is going on- they are still talking golf- it has been over 5 mins and they haven't even mention Amir leaving the field. They have ceased all cricket commentary now, only Golf.

Emir 2019-01-11 08:55:37 

In reply to Runs

Yes, he is, I mentioned it a few years ago here.

runout 2019-01-11 09:06:33 

Bavum-vim gone. Saffies meltdown on display.

djdrastic 2019-01-11 09:12:23 

Amazing how quick this game this turned around.

SA were going at 4+ an over at one stage.

SA 257/7

mikesiva 2019-01-11 09:13:45 

In reply to djdrastic

Philander out to Hasan for one....

runout 2019-01-11 09:14:33 

In reply to djdrastic

This is test cricket. Love to see testing contest.

Pakistan needs to capitalize on this session of play. Seize the momentum.

runout 2019-01-11 09:15:27 

Rabada barbaad. lol lol lol

mikesiva 2019-01-11 09:22:20 

In reply to runout

Out to Hasan for a duck....

runout 2019-01-11 09:25:20 

In reply to mikesiva

Pakistan bowling has been unlucky on this tour plus Yasir stunk up the joint.

Is he only effective on turning tracks? IF so They have to play him selectively

Warney is miles and miles ahead of these guys.

mikesiva 2019-01-11 09:30:53 

In reply to runout

Now de Kock out to Faheem for 18...nine down.

runout 2019-01-11 09:32:11 

In reply to mikesiva

De Cock crows, Abbas rocks.

Go Pak!

Emir 2019-01-11 09:32:11 

What a collapse in the best batting track all series.

Mikey and the other commies said it was a batter's paradise.

runout 2019-01-11 09:33:44 

CHOKERS!!!!!! lol lol lol

djdrastic 2019-01-11 09:36:54 

Hopefully Steyn can come out and hit a brisk 75 to get us back on track lol lol lol lol

SA 262/9

runout 2019-01-11 09:39:08 

In reply to mikesiva
Mikey, will be interesting how Elgar skippers his side with a small first inning total. Plus he has no spinner to capitalize on the fourth inning. Interesting times ahead for him.

runout 2019-01-11 09:40:09 

In reply to djdrastic

Dale backing away. The kitchen is too hot for the cook. lol lol lol

mikesiva 2019-01-11 09:41:47 

In reply to runout

I can't help feeling it might have been an error to omit Maharaj....

South Africa 262 all out.

Ashraf 3-57

runout 2019-01-11 09:49:40 

In reply to mikesiva


But great fight back by Pakistan.

In this series they missed a trick or two. And Yasir didn’t bring anything to the table. Hence they were effectively handicapped with 3 bowlers.

goofballs 2019-01-11 10:02:53 

Wickets galore from the 4th onward.

My highlight was seeing and hearing Big Easy,Ernie Els in the commentator's booth.
Big cricket fan.

Sylvester Clarke and Kallicharran got mentioned among the players he liked. Most others were South Africans.....Pollock, et al.

runout 2019-01-11 10:10:34 

Scrap. Shan goes

mikesiva 2019-01-11 10:11:47 

In reply to runout

Philander strikes! Masood out for two....

Two in two! Now he gets Azhar out first ball....

djdrastic 2019-01-11 10:12:50 


Philander to Azhar Ali, OUT, another for Philander! Jumps up at Azhar in the corridor and takes a proper bit of the outside edge this time! QDK lunges to his right and takes it. Marginal shape away from Philander. Starts at off, moves into the channel. Azhar defends with an open face and is gone first ball

Azhar Ali c †de Kock b Philander 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

PAK 6/2

runout 2019-01-11 10:14:48 

In reply to mikesiva

Ver-none on Fire!!!! lol lol lol

goofballs 2019-01-11 10:23:35 

In reply to runout

Holy Cow!

runout 2019-01-11 10:27:22 

In reply to goofballs

lol lol lol made in South Africa. The man is a home made bread. lol lol lol

goofballs 2019-01-11 10:32:17 

In reply to runout

Hard worker, always trying.

runout 2019-01-11 10:40:10 

In reply to goofballs

True dat

He better be thankful to Uncle Opis

mikesiva 2019-01-12 02:27:06 

In reply to runout

When half your tests are played at home you need a guy who can bowl well in home conditions. Philander does that job for South Africa.
Olivier's not bad at home too...he takes two in an over! Nightwatchman Abbas out for 11, and Shafiq for a duck.

Philander gets his third! Imam out for 43....

Pakistan 111-5 at lunch.

Babar 41*
Sarfraz 8*

Khaga 2019-01-12 05:11:48 

In reply to runout

VerNone Homelander..

Khaga 2019-01-12 05:24:44 

If you show Philander and ask a question "spot the home team"..

mikesiva 2019-01-12 06:16:16 

In reply to Khaga

Wow, some folks are still reeling from the 2-1 beating Philander dished out to India a year ago....

Philander topped the bowling stats in the Freedom Trophy
big grin
I guess the pain is still there....

Don't feel so bad. South Africa has won every series at home for a while now.

Rabada gets in on the act. Sarfraz gets 50 and out....

Olivier gets his third! Babar out for 49....

Two in two! Faheem out to Olivier for a duck.

Khaga 2019-01-12 06:31:11 

In reply to mikesiva

Home Santhi! Home Santhi! Home Santihi..

mikesiva 2019-01-12 06:42:29 

Olivier gets his five-fer! Amir out for 10....

Pakistan 185 all out.

Olivier 5-51
Philander 3-43
Rabada 2-41

NYCGURU 2019-01-12 07:27:28 

In reply to mikesiva

Get ready for the Markram show. What an absolutely breathtaking young talent. Loads of shots and not afraid to play them.

runout 2019-01-12 08:37:30 

In reply to NYCGURU
What show???
Curtains. Say, by chance, you didn’t join the GM crew?

lol lol

mikesiva 2019-01-12 10:35:30 

In reply to runout

big grin
It's the Amla de Kock show.

Batsmen out. ...

Elgar 5
Markham 21
De bruyne 7
Hamza 0
Bavuma 23

South Africa 135-5 at stumps.

Amla 42 not out
De Kock 34 not out

runout 2019-01-12 10:43:42 

In reply to mikesiva

Disappointed in Pakistan’s response in the first inning. Darn it making a 40-50 don’t win games. And none of the batsmen on tour, except for Masood, looks like they want to fight this out. Babar, talented and exciting, flatters to deceive.
And Sarfraz has to take more responsibility. His tenure as captain is quickly coming to a close.

For a moment I was expecting the quicks to run through the Saffies like the first inning. But de Kock crowing, and Amla rowing freely.

Advantage South Africa.

goofballs 2019-01-12 10:58:10 

I was busy watching Rohit, then I collapsed and slept for a few.
Saw latter part of SA's innings.
Amla....class is class.
Bavuma looks good (not talking stats here).
DeKock....well, that's my other name, profile pic! Love the kid.

mikesiva 2019-01-13 03:34:06 

In reply to goofballs

Amla gets his half century! Very important in the context of the match.

And de Kock gets his half century too.

Hassan Ali gets the wicket of Amla for 70.

Amir gets the wicket of Philander for 14.

South Africa 232-7 at lunch.

De Kock 77 not out
Rabada four not out

mikesiva 2019-01-13 06:11:45 

Quinton de Kock gets his century!
South Africa 303 all out.

De Kock 129
Rabada 21

Shadab 3-41
Faheem 3-42

Target 381.

mikesiva 2019-01-13 08:57:33 

Steyn strikes! Imam out for 35. One down.

Steyn again! Shan out for 37. Two down.

granite 2019-01-13 09:41:45 

In reply to mikesiva
There have been some caught behind that looks dodgy against Pak.

mikesiva 2019-01-13 09:56:51 

In reply to granite

That second Steyn wicket looked suspect didn't it?

Olivier again! Azhar out for 15. Three down.

granite 2019-01-13 10:19:59 

In reply to mikesiva
This Saffie pace attack is relentless,reminds me of our own when we rule the world.Imagine a batsman looking forward for some spin and it never come.Nowadays we try it but it must be 4 very good smart fast bowlers.I hear about the new ones on the horizon from Jamaica,lets hope they improve fast.


mikesiva 2019-01-14 03:04:21 

In reply to granite

We have a long way to go to recapture our glory days or to catch up with south Africa.

Assad gets his half century!

Olivier gets two in two! Babar out for 21. Sarfraz out for a duck!

Narper 2019-01-14 03:21:35 

Olivier to Sarfaraz, out Bowled!! Golden duck for the Pakistan skipper. Sarfaraz was probably expecting the short ball. But, Olivier bamboozles him with a length ball that seamed in off the deck. The right-hander was hanging back and played well outside the line of the ball. A big gap between pad and bat for the ball to sneak through. Crashes into the stumps and Olivier is now on a hat-trick.

Sarfaraz b Olivier 0(1)

Olivier to Babar Azam, out Caught by de Kock!! That's a vicious delivery from Olivier. Too good for Babar Azam and he's gloved that to the keeper. A skiddy short ball that kept coming in with the angle. Add the steep bounce to it - that's a very dangerous combo. Azam can't pull his bat away from it as he tried to sway away from it. Brushes the glove and goes straight into the hands of the keeper. South Africa have broken the partnership and quickly.

Babar Azam c de Kock b Olivier 21(29) [4s-5]

Narper 2019-01-14 03:22:33 

Day 4: 1st Session

PAK 171/5 (44.2 Ovs) CRR: 3.86

Pakistan need 210 runs

mikesiva 2019-01-14 03:39:51 

In reply to Narper

Philander strikes! Asad Shafiq out for 65....

Rabada gets in on the act. Faheem out for 15.

Rabada gets his second. Amir out for four.

Rabada gets his third. Hasan out caught and bowled for 22.

Pakistan 273 all out.

Olivier 3-74
Rabada 3-75
Steyn 2-80
Philander 1-41

South Africa win 3-0

How did the Saffer batsmen perform this series?

Those who did well....

1) Quinton de Kock - 251 runs @ ave of 62.75
2) Hashim Amla - 209 runs @ ave of 52.25
3) Temba Bavuma - 172 runs @ ave of 43
4) Aidan Markram - 201 runs @ ave of 40.20
5) FAF du Plessis - 106 runs @ ave of 35.33

Those who did not do well....

1) Dean Elgar - 126 runs @ ave of 25.20
2) Zubayr Hamza - 41 runs @ ave of 20.50
3) Theunis de Bruyn - 112 runs @ ave of 18.66