Pakistan crash to their lowest total in Tests

Steyn's 20th five-wicket haul in Tests is his second against Pakistan. Steyn has equalled Allan Donald's South African record of 20 instances of five wickets or more in an innings

Last updated on Sunday, 03 February, 2013 00:11 IST
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Pakistan were bundled out for just 49 runs - their lowest-ever total in Test cricket history - by South Africa during the second day of their first match at Johannesburg on Saturday.

Pakistan's previous lowest total in Tests were 53 against Australia at Sharjah in October 2002.

The aforesaid total is the fifth lowest in the last twenty five years in Tests - the lowest being 45 by New Zealand against South Africa at Cape Town in January 2013.

Pakistan's previous lowest total against South Africa was 92 at Faisalabad in October 1997.

Their 49 is the third lowest total by any team against South Africa in Tests. Apart from NZ's 45, Australia were bundled out for 47 at Cape Town in November 2011.

Dale Steyn (6/8) has produced his best bowling figures in Tests in South Africa.

Steyn's aforesaid figures are his second best, next only to 7 for 51 against India at Nagpur in February 2010.

His 20th five-wicket haul in Tests is his second against Pakistan. Steyn has equalled Allan Donald's South African record of 20 instances of five wickets or more in an innings

Steyn's outstanding figures are the second best by a South African bowler against Pakistan, next only to the seven for 128 by Paul Adams at Lahore in October 2003.

Steyn occupies the third place amongst the bowlers with six wickets in a Test innings. West Indian, Jermaine Lawson had conceded just three runs while capturing six wickets against Bangladesh at Dhaka in December 2002 and England's Arthur Gilligan conceded seven runs for his six wickets against South Africa at Birmingham in June 1924.

Steyn has completed his 300 wickets under Graeme Smith's captaincy - 303 at an average of 22.53 in 60 Tests.

He holds a world record for registering the best strike rate amongst the bowlers with at least 200 wickets in Tests - 318 at an average of 22.87 in 63 Tests.

Steyn has become the first bowler to produce four five-wicket hauls at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - his tally being 42 wickets in eight Tests.

Graeme Smith's 52 is his third fifty against Pakistan - his 37th in Tests.

In 100 Tests as captain, Smith has managed 8,094 runs at an average of 48.75, including 24 centuries and 35 fifties.

Abraham de Villiers has effected six dismissals in a Test innings for the first time, surpassing the 5 against England at The Oval in July 2012. These are his only two instances of five dismissals or more in a Test innings.

South Africa's Mark Boucher (Port Elizabeth in March 1998) and Abraham de Villiers are the only two wicketkeepers to have effected six dismissals in a Test innings against Pakistan.

de Villiers is the fifth wicketkeeper to effect six dismissals in an innings apart from posting a fifty-plus, joining Mark Boucher (twice), Matt Prior, Dennis Lindsay and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

de Villiers' second fifty against Pakistan is his 32nd in Tests.

Hashim Amla's 25th fifty in Tests is his sixth against Pakistan.

Amla and de Villiers were involved in a stand of 108 (unbroken) - South Africa's fourth century stand for the fourth wicket against Pakistan in Tests.

Story first published on: Sunday, 03 February 2013 00:03 IST

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