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South Africa vs Pakistan, 1st Test Match Summary

SA vs PAK, 2018 - Test Summary

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Match Ended   
223&151/4 (50.4)
181&190
South Africa beat Pakistan by 6 wickets
  • Player of the Match
    Duanne Olivier
PAK 181/10
Bat Top Batsmen
71 (79)
  • 15x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 89.87SR
36 (69)
  • 7x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 52.17SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
14
OVERS
37/6
R/W
Bowler
ECON 3.47
17
OVERS
59/3
R/W
SA 223/10
Bat Top Batsmen
53 (87)
  • 9x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 60.91SR
45 (53)
  • 5x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 84.90SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
20
OVERS
62/4
R/W
18
OVERS
64/4
R/W
PAK 190/10
Bat Top Batsmen
65 (120)
  • 7x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 54.16SR
57 (96)
  • 8x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 59.37SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
15
OVERS
59/5
R/W
Bowler
ECON 3.13
15
OVERS
47/3
R/W
SA 151/4
Bat Top Batsmen
63 (148)
  • 11x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 42.56SR
50 (123)
  • 10x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 40.65SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
3
OVERS
6/1
R/W
Bowler
ECON 2.60
7.4
OVERS
20/1
R/W
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That is all we have then from this first SA-Pak Test at Centurion, which had no centurions. It lasted just 8 sessions but totally enthralled us. Pakistan have been defeated but they have shown that they can fight hard. The Proteas will want a more clinical approach with the bat, come the second Test, which begins at Cape Town on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 10.30 am local (0830 GMT). 1-1, 2-0 or 1-0? Join us on that day to find out! Wishing you all a happy new 2019 in advance! ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
DUANNE OLIVIER IS NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH for his match figures of 11/96.
Now, the bowling. With the team taking 20 wickets, Duanne Olivier's 11 stole the headlines. He was the out-and-out hero in the first innings but in the second, Rabada's 3/15 in that last spell turned the game completely with the ball reversing. For Pakistan, Afridi and Amir produced decent returns with the ball in the first innings, taking 4 wickets each.
For South Africa with the bat, heroes stepped up when mattered. In the first essay, it was Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock. Do not forget the cameo by Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada. That lead of 42 did prove to be very crucial.
Now, a flashback of the previous three innings. Where did Pakistan lose the game? After electing to bat on a green deck? Or allowing South Africa to get a decent lead after tottering at 43/4 at one stage? Or not managing even 200 after being 101/1 in the second innings? Hard to say. The first innings score read 181, but 107 of those came from the willows of Babar Azam and Azhar Ali. Shan Masood and Imam-ul-Haq were the heroes in the second innings but it did not prove to be enough.
Pakistan would be a bit disappointed with the way the match ended. They came out firing this morning but simply could not sustain the pressure after the first Drinks break. Everyone bowled well but the wickets did not come as they did in the first innings. And, they gave it their all. Bouncers, yorkers, inswingers, outswingers, fuller lengths, back of a length, corridor of uncertainty - but were unable to dislodge either of Elgar or Amla.
It was a stand worth 119 from 241 balls. But what would be worth checking is how many fishes, plays and misses, edges, hits on arm, hits on the body, etc... were seen. Elgar, as always, was prepared to do the dirty work, taking blows all over his body but digging in there. Amla needed this innings. He was badly out of form and this half century is a welcome return for him. His first 50-plus score after 10 innings.
Pakistan got the perfect start to the day with Hasan Ali nipping out Aiden Markram for a duck and then created more chances but the fielders could not grab them. Hashim Amla was dropped on 8 while a controversial catch of Dean Elgar was not given. This was during the first hour on Friday where Pakistan gave it their all. But once that period passed, Amla and Elgar used all their experience to get the runs.
Let us start from Day 3. South Africa needed 149 to win. Easy peasy? Might have been at the start of the innings. Might look so with the scorecard reading 151/4. But only Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar know what they battled.
A bit of a tame end to what has been a magnificent Test match. South Africa were expected to win and they did win but given the drama that unfolded on the first two days, one would have expected more wickets to fall. But on the given day, the Proteas came out well on top.
50.4
4
Yasir Shah To Temba Bavuma
FOUR! SOUTH AFRICA GO 1-0 UP! Full and around middle, Bavuma gets down and sweeps it behind square leg for a boundary! Victory by 6 wickets.
50.3
0
Yasir Shah To Temba Bavuma
Landed outside off, stays low, TB stays back to defend but the ball stays low as well and takes the bottom edge, back to the bowler.
50.2
0
Yasir Shah To Temba Bavuma
Full and around off, Temba comes forward and defends.
50.1
0
Yasir Shah To Temba Bavuma
A short ball outside off, Bavuma goes back and punches it towards point.
Over 50 : 147/4
7 Runs
    H. Amla
    63 (148)
    T. Bavuma
    9 (6)
    S. Afridi
    15-1-53-1
    49.6
    0
    Shaheen Afridi To Hashim Amla
    Around off, coming in, Hashim misses his tuck and is hit on the pads.
    49.5
    0
    Shaheen Afridi To Hashim Amla
    Outside off, left alone.
    49.4
    3
    Shaheen Afridi To Temba Bavuma
    A bit too straight, full as well, worked through mid-wicket. Mohammad Amir runs all the way from mid on but before he can get to the ball, Hasan Ali gets there from fine leg. Three runs taken. 2 more to win now.
    49.3
    0
    Shaheen Afridi To Temba Bavuma
    On a length outside off, watchfully defended.
    49.2
    0
    Shaheen Afridi To Temba Bavuma
    A bouncer now, Temba ducks. Didn't have to, actually.
    49.1
    4
    Shaheen Afridi To Temba Bavuma
    FOUR! 'Oh yes!' exclaims Pommie Mbangwa on air. Full and outside off, Bavuma leans into the shot and drives it through the covers. Does not even bother to run. South Africa just a hit away from a 1-0 lead.
    Over 49 : 140/4
    1 Runs
      H. Amla
      63 (146)
      T. Bavuma
      2 (2)
      Y. Shah
      7-1-16-1
      48.6
      0
      Yasir Shah To Hashim Amla
      Full and outside off, Hashim dead-bats it.
      48.5
      0
      Yasir Shah To Hashim Amla
      Full again, around off, pushed towards cover.
      48.4
      0
      Yasir Shah To Hashim Amla
      A full toss, around off, blocked out carefully.
      48.3
      0
      Yasir Shah To Hashim Amla
      Around off, watchfully pushed towards the off side.
      48.2
      0
      Yasir Shah To Hashim Amla
      Around off, watchfully defended.
      48.1
      1
      Yasir Shah To Temba Bavuma
      Full and down the leg side, flicked through square leg for a single. Just 9 more to win now.
      Over 48 : 139/4
      3 Runs
        H. Amla
        63 (141)
        T. Bavuma
        1 (1)
        S. Afridi
        14-1-46-1
        47.6
        0
        Shaheen Afridi To Hashim Amla
        Around off, on a length, extra bounce, Amla hops and blocks.
        47.5
        1
        Shaheen Afridi To Temba Bavuma
        Comes forward and works it wide of mid on for a run.
        47.4
        1
        Shaheen Afridi To Hashim Amla
        Full on middle, played through mid-wicket for a single.
        47.3
        0
        Shaheen Afridi To Hashim Amla
        Outside off, left alone.
        Match Info
        • Venue SuperSport Park, Centurion
        • Weather Sunny
        • Toss Pakistanwon the toss and elected to bat
        • Result South Africa beat Pakistan by 6 wickets
        • Player of the Match Duanne Olivier
        • Umpire S Ravi (IND), Bruce Oxenford (AUS) and Joel Wilson (WI)
        • Referee David Boon (AUS)
        Match Notes
        • Stumps: South Africa 127/5 in 36.0 overs
        • South Africa 103/4 in 30.1 overs
        • 5th wkt Partnership: 52 off 85 balls between De Bruyn (23) and T Bavuma (26)
        • Rain Stoppage: South Africa 70/4 in 23.0 overs
        • Drinks: South Africa 70/4 in 23.0 overs
        • South Africa 50/4 in 17.1 overs
        • Drinks: South Africa 43/1 in 13.0 overs
        • Tea: Pakistan 181/10 in 47.0 over
        • Innings Break: Pakistan 181/10 in 47.0 overs
        • Pakistan 181/10 : S Afridi c de Kock b Olivier 0(5)
        • Referral 5 (46.6): S Afridi against B Azam (Caught) Unsuccessful (SA: 1, PAK: 0)
        • H Ali dropped on 20 by De Kock in 46.4 overs
        • 9th wkt Partnership: 52 off 52 balls between B Azam (39) and H Ali (13)
        • Pakistan 155/8 in 44.0 overs
        • Referral 4 (40.1): SA against B Azam (Caught) Unsuccessful (SA: 1, PAK: 1)
        • B Azam10th Test fifty: 50 runs in 58 balls (10x4) (0x6)
        • Drinks: Pakistan 121/8 in 38.0 overs
        • Pakistan 111/8 : Y Shah lbw b K Rabada 4(10)
        • Referral 3 (35.5): Y Shah against SA (LBW) Unsuccessful (SA: 2, PAK: 1) (Retained)
        • Pakistan 100/7 in 33.2 overs
        • D Olivier Maiden Test 5-wicket haul: 5/29 (32.5)
        • Lunch: Pakistan 76/4 in 25.0 overs
        • Pakistan 54/3 : A Shafiq lbw b D Olivier 7(12)
        • Referral 1 (17.5) : A Shafiq against SA (LBW) Unsuccessful (SA: 2, PAK: 1) (Retained)
        • Drinks: Pakistan 51/2 in 13.0 overs
        • Pakistan 51/2 in 12.5 overs
        • Pakistan 1/1: Ul-Haq lbw b K Rabada 0(9)
        • Referral 1 (1.4): Ul-Haq against SA (LBW) Unsuccessful (SA: 2, PAK:1)
        • Stumps: Pakistan 190/10 in 56.0 overs
        • Innings Break: Pakistan 190/10 in 56.0 overs
        • D Olivier 2nd Test 5-wicket haul: 5/59 (56.0)
        • Referral 4 (38.5 ovs): SA against M Amir (Caught) Unsuccessful (SA: 1, PAK: 2)
        • Pakistan 150/6 in 47.1 overs
        • Drinks: Pakistan 142/5 in 45.0 overs
        • Referral 3 (38.5 ovs): A Shafiq against SA(LBW) Successful (SA: 2, PAK: 2)
        • Tea: Pakistan 100/1 in 28.0 overs
        • Pakistan 100/1 in 27.3 overs
        • 2nd wkt Partnership: 53 off 82 balls between Imam (25) and S Masood (21)
        • Imam 3rd Test fifty: 50 runs in 71 balls (7x4) (1x6)
        • Drinks: Pakistan 50/1 in 15.0 overs
        • Pakistan 50/1 in 14.3 overs
        • Ul Haq dropped on 15 by H Amla in 4.1 overs
        • Lunch: South Africa 223/10 in 60.0 overs
        • Innings Break: South Africa 223/10 in 60.0 overs
        • Referral 2 (57.5 ovs): PAK against K Rabada (LBW) Unsuccessful (SA: 2, PAK: 1)
        • South Africa 200/9 in 54.1 overs
        • South Africa 189/9 : Maharaj lbw b Hasan Ali 4(15)
        • Referral 1 (52.3 ovs): PAK against K Maharaj (LBW) Successful (SA: 2, PAK: 2)
        • Drinks: South Africa 177/7 in 50.0 overs
        • T Bavuma 12th Test fifty: 51 runs in 66 balls (9x4) (0x6)
        • South Africa 150/6 in 40.2 overs
        • D Elgar 13th Test fifty: 50 runs in 122 balls (10x4) (0x6)
        • Drinks: South Africa 114/1 in 39.0 overs
        • 2nd wkt Partnership: 103 off 199 balls between D Elgar (45) and H Amla (54)
        • South Africa 103/1 in 34.3 overs
        • H Amla 40th Test fifty: 52runs in 88 balls (10x4) (0x6)
        • Referral 2 (26.2): PAK against D Elgar (LBW) Unsuccessful (SA: 2, PAK: 0)
        • Lunch: South Africa 81/1 in 26.0 overs
        • 2nd wkt Partnership: 51 off 102 balls between D Elgar (21) and H Amla (25)
        • South Africa 50/1 in 18.2 overs
        • Referral 1 (15.4): PAK against H Amla (LBW) Unsuccessful (SA: 2, PAK: 1)
        • Drinks: South Africa 31/1 in 14.0 overs
        • H Amla dropped on 8 by F Zaman in 7.4 overs
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