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South Africa Vs Pakistan Live Score (Test)

1st Test | 26 December, 2018 | SuperSport Park, Centurion

151 / 4 Overs50.4 R/R2.98 Fours25 Sixes0 Extras15

Match Status: Match Ended

Match Result: South Africa beat Pakistan by 6 wickets

Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Hashim Amla 63 148 11 0
Temba Bavuma Batting 13 10 2 0
  • 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.
  • 50.4FOUR! 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.
  • 50.3Landed 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.
  • 50.2Full and around off, Temba comes forward and defends.
  • 50.1A short ball outside off, Bavuma goes back and punches it towards point.
  • 49.6Around off, coming in, Hashim misses his tuck and is hit on the pads. 147/4
  • 49.5Outside off, left alone.
  • 49.4A 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.
  • 49.3On a length outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 49.2A bouncer now, Temba ducks. Didn't have to, actually.
  • 49.1FOUR! '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.
  • 48.6Full and outside off, Hashim dead-bats it. 140/4
  • 48.5Full again, around off, pushed towards cover.
  • 48.4A full toss, around off, blocked out carefully.
  • 48.3Around off, watchfully pushed towards the off side.
  • 48.2Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 48.1Full and down the leg side, flicked through square leg for a single. Just 9 more to win now.
  • 47.6Around off, on a length, extra bounce, Amla hops and blocks. 139/4
  • 47.5Comes forward and works it wide of mid on for a run.
  • 47.4Full on middle, played through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 47.3Outside off, left alone.
  • Temba Bavuma walks out at number 6. Just 12 more to get.
  • 47.2OUT! Top edge and taken! A pair for Faf du Plessis! Neither captain has managed to trouble the scorers with the bat in this Test. And it is Afridi who gets his man for the second time in this game. In the first innings, it was a brute of a short ball which had Faf hopping and edging one to gully. Here, it is the short delivery again which Faf looks to pull. With his eyes closed. Gets a top edge, due to the extra bounce and Hasan Ali takes a decent catch at the long leg fence. Decent because the ropes were just behind him. Afridi gets to raise his arms like Shahid Afridi and then smile.
  • 47.1Full and outside off, pushed towards cover for a single.
  • 46.6Nicely floated outside off, Faf leans into it and drives it towards cover. If it matters, he is still on a PAIR. Got a first-baller in the first innings. 136/3
  • 46.5A bit of flight outside off, watchfully pushed back.
  • 46.4The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 46.3Around off, pushed towards cover.
  • 46.2Full and outside off, pushed to the off side.
  • Skipper Faf du Plessis eventually has to come out now. Just 13 runs needed.
  • 46.1OUT! Wild swing and stumped! Flighted outside off, de Bruyn jumps down the track but is nowhere near the pitch of the ball. He swings wildly, is nowhere near the pitch of the ball and misses. Easy stumping for Sarfraz. Theunis looks to get back but is late.
  • 45.6Around off, solidly defended. 136/2
  • 45.5A short ball, pulled through square leg for a single.
  • 45.4The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 45.3A bouncer now, Theunis ducks.
  • 45.2Typical fast bowler's response. A bouncer, around middle, de Bruyn sways away from the line.
  • 45.1FOUR! CARESSED! Full and wide outside off, de Bruyn reaches out and drives it through the covers!
  • 44.6Full and around off, watchfully defended. 131/2
  • 44.5Punched off the back foot by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 44.4FOUR! That is a fine shot. Comes down the track, takes it on the full and drives it wide of mid on for a boundary! 19 more needed now.
  • 44.3Full and wide outside off, Amla reaches out and drives it behind point and gets a single.
  • 44.2The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 44.1Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 43.6Full and outside off, pushed towards mid off. 125/2
  • 43.5A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 43.4On middle and leg, Hashim ducks.
  • 43.3FOUR! Tough luck in the field. A short ball, around middle, Amla swivels and pulls it behind square leg. Hasan Ali rushes across to his left from fine leg and dives but cannot quite stop the ball. Shan Masood tidies up from mid-wicket but overruns. Tries to dive back but is late.
  • 43.2The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 43.1A bouncer on middle, Amla ducks.
  • Shaheen Afridi returns. 11-1-33-0 so far.
  • 42.6Outside off, punched off the back foot. 120/2
  • 42.5The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
  • 42.4Around off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 42.3Outside off, eased through the covers for a single. 29 more to win now.
  • 42.2Full and down the leg side, Amla looks to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. An LBW appeal ensues but it is in vain.
  • 42.1Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 41.6Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler. 119/2
  • 41.5On a length around middle, de Bruyn misses his tuck and is hit on the pads. Masood appeals but in vain. That was comfortably slipping down leg.
  • 41.4Outside off, left alone.
  • Theunis de Bruyn comes out at number 4, replacing Elgar, for the finishing duties.
  • 41.3OUT! EDGED, DROPPED BUT THEN TAKEN! Pakistan have a second wicket at last. Too late but something is better than nothing. FIRST TEST WICKET FOR SHAN MASOOD. At least he can celebrate. Full and outside off, Elgar reaches out to drive but gets an outside edge as there is no feet movement. The ball flies behind and Sarfraz Ahmed dives to his left. Fluffs it in the first attempt but takes it in the second. End of the 119-run stand. Just 30 more needed now.
  • 41.2FOUR! 13th TEST FIFTY FOR ELGAR, 1ST VS PAKISTAN! He barely celebrates. Almost like a formality, he raises his bat to the crowd as they appreciate and then smiles as Amla congratulates him. It has been a struggle. It has been a tussle. He has been dealt with blows. But he has taken them all and is still fighting hard. Full and outside off, Elgar leans and drives it straight back past the bowler, beating mid off to the fence.
  • 41.1Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 40.6Full and around off, watchfully pushed back. 115/1
  • 40.5The flipper, around off, coming straight on, defended to the leg side.
  • 40.4Very full, almost a yorker, dabbed back to the bowler.
  • 40.3The faster one, a touch short around off, punched towards cover.
  • 40.2Comes down the track and looks to go over the top, but the ball spins in, takes the inner half and the shot is skewed towards deep mid-wicket. Does not carry. A single taken.
  • 40.1Full and outside off, spinning in a long way, Elgar looks to defend but is beaten by the extra bounce. Gets an inside edge onto the pads and the ball drops down.
  • Yasir Shah into the attack now. 2-0-7-0 so far.
  • 39.6Lovely shot, lovelier stop. Full and straight, HA drives it straight back but Masood sticks out his right leg and stops the ball. 114/1
  • 39.5Full and around off, well blocked out.
  • 39.4Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 39.3Full and around off, pushed towards mid on.
  • 39.2Military medium pace, full and outside off, 119 kph, barely bounces, barely carries to Sarfraz as Hashim lets it go.
  • 39.1Full and outside off, Amla gets across and defends watchfully.
  • DRINKS BREAK. Just 35 more needed. Pakistan have tried almost everything. Nothing left in this game now. Can they suddenly get something going and take a few wickets? The result won't change but at least they will be a bit happier going into the new year's Test. Time for the part-timers now. Shan Masood is back on. 1-0-2-0 so far.
  • 38.6Full and around off, Dean just pushes his bat but the ball spits through. Flies off the face of the bat towards cover. 114/1
  • 38.5Another bouncer, better directed, Elgar sways away again.
  • 38.4A wild bouncer outside off, DE sways away.
  • 38.3On a length around off, Dean hops and pats it towards point.
  • 38.2Full and straight, watchfully defended.
  • 38.1FOUR! Going for the kill? Full and on off, Elgar looks to go straight over the top but gets it off the inner half of the bat. Does not matter. There is no mid on and even if there was, it would have sailed over. One bounce and into the fence.
  • 37.6Comes forward and defends. 110/1
  • 37.5Outside off, left alone.
  • 37.4The batsman does well to leave that bouncer.
  • 37.3Around off and middle, watchfully defended.
  • 37.2On middle and leg, flicked straight to square leg.
  • 37.2FIVE WIDES! Too much of an effort from Afridi. Banged right in the middle of the match, Amla ducka. Poor Sarfraz leaps behind but can only get a glove to it. The ball flies to the fence behind. 39 more to win now.
  • 37.1A short ball, pulled behind square leg for a single.
  • 36.6Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 104/1
  • 36.5Outside off, Amla looks to cut but gets a bottom edge.
  • 36.4Tight line, around off, compactly defended.
  • 36.3Fuller in length, outside off, eased straight to point.
  • 36.2Outside off, punched towards cover.
  • 36.1Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 35.6Full and outside off, Elgar plays inside the line and the ball just beats the inside edge. 104/1
  • 35.5Down the leg side, flicked towards square leg for a single.
  • 35.4Outside off, punched off the back foot.
  • 35.3Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 35.2Another bouncer, not as wild as the previous one, Hashim ducks again.
  • 35.1A wild bouncer, around middle, Amla ducks.
  • 34.6The batsman fails to put bat on ball. 103/1
  • 34.5Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 34.4Outside off, Dean pushes at it but misses.
  • 34.3FOUR! Down the leg side, Elgar just tickles it fine, well past Sarfraz, to the fine leg fence. Leg byes signalled though. 100-RUN STAND IS UP. Can these two take the Proteas home? Just 46 more needed.
  • 34.2The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 34.1Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • Hasan Ali returns. 10-4-35-1 so far.
  • 33.6Outside off, HA looks to hook but misses. 99/1
  • 33.5The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails.
  • 33.4Now Elgar gets a short ball and pulls it away for a run.
  • 33.3Another short ball, Hashim swivels and pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 33.2Short and outside off, Amla looks to cut but gets a bottom edge towards point.
  • 33.1Outside off, left alone.
  • 32.6Landed around off, watchfully blocked out. 97/1
  • 32.5The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 32.4Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 32.3The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 32.2Another edge, this time off a length, Dean looks to defend but the ball bounces, takes the outside edge. However, he plays it with soft hands and it dies down in front of second slip.
  • 32.1FOUR! Off the edge. Full and outside off, Elgar looks to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge, past the slip cordon and to the third man fence.
  • 31.6Outside off, Dean pushes it in front of point and scurries across to the other end. 93/1
  • 31.6WIDE! Well, the fourth bouncer of the over and this is too high. Elgar ducks.
  • 31.5The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 31.4Outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 31.3Third bouncer on the trot, way too far down the leg side, ducked again.
  • 31.2Another bouncer around middle. Dean ducks again.
  • A helmet comes on. A short leg in place now. No prizes for guessing why.
  • 31.1A bouncer around middle, Elgar looks to pull but misses.
  • 30.6Outside off, Hash plays a slash but misses. No feet movement. 91/1
  • 30.5Full and outside off, Amla comes forward and defends in a compact manner towards gully.
  • Something wrong? Amir comes running in but just as he is about to deliver, bails out. Probably his footing was not right. Yep. Has a look at his landing area.
  • 30.4Outside off, left alone.
  • 30.3On middle and leg, Dean plays this towards mid-wicket and calls through for a quick single. Asad Shafiq hares across and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. DE was in though.
  • 30.2Outside off, now Dean plays for it but misses.
  • 30.1There is that short delivery again. If any, Elgar would the first to hope that this match ends soon. This one lands, then kicks off suddenly. Elgar, not wearing an arm guard for reasons known best to him, fends it down.
  • 29.6Around off, angling away, let through. 90/1
  • 29.5Outside off, left alone.
  • 29.4FOUR! 40th Test Fifty for Hashim Amla, 9th vs Pakistan! Hasn't been his best year in Test cricket but he finishes it in style. Or shall we say, GETS to finish it in style. Remember, he was dropped on 8 by Fakhar Zaman. A short ball, outside off, Amla rocks back and cuts it through point for a boundary! 59 more to win now.
  • 29.3Around middle and leg, this time Dean connects and gets it through square leg for a single.
  • 29.2Down the leg side, Elgar misses his flick.
  • 29.1Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • Shaheen Afridi is back on. 6-1-17-0 so far.
  • 28.6Outside off, let through. 85/1
  • 28.5Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 28.4The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 28.3Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 28.2Around off, defended watchfully.
  • 28.1Full on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 27.6A short ball around middle, Dean looks to defend but then sees the bounce, keeps his gloves down and takes it on the arm. 85/1
  • 27.5Outside off, punched towards point for a single.
  • 27.4A short ball, around leg, Elgar ducks unconvincingly and looks to duck. The ball hits his body and goes towards square leg. A leg bye taken.
  • 27.3Full and around off, pushed towards mid on.
  • 27.2The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 27.1Full and outside off, left alone.
  • Shan Masood now.
  • 26.6Around off, pushed back watchfully. 82/1
  • 26.5The batsman has punched that ball through the off side. Good effort by the fielder to save runs for his team.
  • 26.4Full and around off, pushed towards mid off.
  • 26.3ELGAR SURVIVES AN LBW REVIEW. On a good length outside off, coming in with the angle, Dean looked to defend but missed and was hit high on the pads. It was the back thigh and the appeal was high but umpire Ravi stayed low and calm. Not out, he said. Pakistan take a review in desperation but Hawk Eye shows it to be going over the top.
  • 26.2Pushes this through mid off and takes a single.
  • 26.1Full and outside off, left alone.
  • Welcome back. 68 runs needed. Plenty of time left. Can we expect any more fight from Pakistan?
  • ... DAY 3, FINAL SESSION? ...
  • Pakistan have tried hard but luck has not gone their way. On another day, they would have had the Proteas 4-5 down by now. But this is one of those days where the rub of the green is going the opposition's way. Just 68 more needed now and the second session should be the final one of the match but there is rain forecast. Hopefully, the match ends by then. Join us back at 12.40 pm local (1040 GMT).
  • The day began in terrific fashion with Hasan Ali nipping Aiden Markram out LBW for a duck. Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar would have gone in quick succession too, but while Fakhar Zaman dropped Amla, Elgar was controversially adjudged not out after Azhar Ali claimed a catch at first slip. After that happened, there were some tight overs but once the bowlers started to tire, the batsmen started to feast.
  • Good morning. If you have just woken up. South Africa have had a wonderful session. Excellent morning, if you have been following the game from the start today. What a passage of cricket. Fine tight bowling and then some riposte from Amla and Elgar. Good, competitive cricket.
  • 25.6Full and around off, watchfully defended. LUNCH ON DAY 3, SOUTH AFRICA NEED 68 MORE TO WIN! 81/1
  • 25.5Around off, worked straight to short leg.
  • 25.4Floated outside off, driven through mid off for a single.
  • 25.3Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 25.2Outside off, left alone.
  • 25.1Around middle, flicked straight to short leg.
  • 24.6A bouncer on middle, Dean ducks. 80/1
  • 24.5Full and outside off, pushed through point for a single.
  • 24.4The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 24.3FOUR! Another well-controlled shot. A short ball, around middle, Amla swivels and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary!
  • 24.2Outside off, left alone.
  • 24.1FOUR! Nice shot. Full and outside off, Amla reaches out and drives it through point. The fielder dives, gets a hand to it but cannot stop the ball.
  • 23.6On middle and leg, flicked straight to Shan Masood at short leg. 71/1
  • 23.5Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 23.4FOUR! Risky. At this point of time, with 8 minutes left in the crease. Full and around middle, Elgar gets down and sweeps it through fine leg for a boundary! 78 more needed to win.
  • 23.3Outside off, punched towards cover for a run.
  • 23.2Full and around off, spinning away, watchfully defended.
  • 23.1Full and around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Yasir Shah into the attack now.
  • 22.6The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 65/1
  • 22.5Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 22.4Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 22.3Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.
  • 22.2On middle and leg, pushed towards mid-wicket.
  • 22.1FOUR! Full on middle, Elgar leans and flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary!
  • 21.6Around middle and off, pushed back to the bowler. 60/1
  • The physio is out in the middle. The magic spray comes out. The ball has hit Elgar at such a part that the pain will not subside so easily.
  • 21.5OUCH! 'AAAAH!' Oh dear, that is painful. That is very, very painful. Elgar is down in pain. That is a brute. The ball has pitched on a length around off and Dean has come forward to defend. But then, the ball has reared up off a length and smashed him directly on the elbow. He takes the single but is wincing in pain...
  • 21.4The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 21.3Full and outside off, Dean plays for it but the ball moves away and beats him.
  • 21.2Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 21.1Full and outside off, watchfully defended to the off side.
  • 20.6Landed outside off, pushed to the off side. 59/1
  • 20.5Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 20.4Outside off, punched towards cover.
  • 20.3Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 20.2This is around off, rises up after pitching, Amla fends it down to the leg side.
  • 20.1Full and outside off, a touch wide, left alone.
  • Hasan Ali is back on. 7-3-21-1 so far.
  • 19.6Full and around off, Elgar looks to defend but the ball goes off the inside edge through square leg. 59/1
  • 19.5Outside off, let through.
  • 19.4Full on middle, worked past mid-wicket for a single.
  • 19.3FOUR! Aha. Another punch. This is outside off, Amla punches it behind point and gets the second boundary of the over! Moves to 33 with his 7th four.
  • 19.2Outside off, left alone.
  • 19.1FOUR! Lovely shot. On a length, pitched around leg, Amla whips it through mid-wicket and gets a boundary.
  • 18.6Outside off, left alone. 50/1
  • 18.5Full and around off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 18.4A bouncer now, Dean ducks.
  • 18.3Outside off, left alone.
  • 18.2FOUR! Too loose a ball. Half volley, on the pads, clipped through square leg for a boundary. The ball races away. 50-RUN STAND IS UP. 99 more needed to win now.
  • 18.1Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 17.6Down the leg side, clipped straight to square leg. 46/1
  • 17.5Full and outside off, watchfully pushed back to the bowler.
  • 17.4Around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 17.3The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 17.2Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 17.1Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 16.6Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 46/1
  • 16.5Full and outside off, Dean looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 16.4Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 16.3Some chin music for the batsman, he lets that bouncer through to the wicket-keeper.
  • 16.2FOUR! No one moves. High quality shot. Full and around off, swinging in, Elgar gets across a touch and flicks it beautifully between mid on and mid-wicket. The ball travels.
  • 16.1On a good length around off, pushed down the ground.
  • 15.6Outside off, on a length, Hashim looks to cut but misses. 42/1
  • 15.5Around off, watchfully blocked from the crease.
  • 15.4NOT OUT. MISSING OFF! No bat involved but then angle was not too convincing either. Pakistan lose a review. The ball has pitched in line, according to Hawk Eye, hit the pad before the bat but then the angle was taking it away. To the naked eye, it seemed like an inside edge was involves and if there wasn't any, then it felt plumb. That is what Amir was convincing Sarfraz. The skipper did not want to take the review initially. Amla was trying to defend that one.
  • Is that out LBW? Bat first or pad first? Amir reckons he has got Amla plumb in front. Where did it pitch? Is it hitting the stumps? The third umpire has been summoned as Pakistan have chosen to make a delayed call for the review.
  • 15.3FOUR! A bit flashy but will do. Full and outside off, Amla looks to drive but the ball goes off the outside edge, behind point and then races away to the third man fence. 107 more to win now. The stand is worth 42.
  • 15.2This is a touch wider outside off, let through again.
  • 15.1Landed outside off, angling away, watchfully left alone.
  • Mohammad Amir returns. 4-3-4-0 so far.
  • 14.6Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 38/1
  • 14.5FOUR! CARESSED! Full and outside off, Elgar waits and waits and waits and then drives it through mid off!
  • 14.4Excellent yorker, around middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 14.3Nice shot. Amla waits for the ball to come to him and then opens the face of the bat to guide it behind point. Three runs taken.
  • 14.2This is wider outside off, left alone.
  • 14.1On a length around off, angling away, Amla initially plays inside the line and then lets it go.
  • DRINKS BREAK.
  • 13.6Full and around off, watchfully defended. 31/1
  • 13.5The ball has found the edge of the bat. Third slip dives to his left to stop the ball.
  • 13.4The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 13.3Full and down the leg side, Dean looks to flick but misses. The ball lobs off the pads and Ali charges forward for the catch but cannot reach the ball. Don't think there was wood though.
  • 13.2The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 13.1FOUR! The runs are starting to come again. Pakistan were building up some pressure by bowling some dots on the trot but these last few balls have eased some of that. Third boundary off Hasan in the last 5 balls. Full on middle, Elgar leans and then flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 12.6Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 27/1
  • 12.5Full on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 12.4OUCH! Taking it on the body. On a length outside off, cutting back in sharply, Elgar looks to defend initially but then tries to duck. Is hit on the body
  • 12.3Full and straight, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 12.2Outside off, left alone.
  • 12.1Very full and around off, Elgar just about manages to dig it out.
  • 11.6FOUR! Fine shot again. Landed around off, Amla punches this on the up and gets it through the covers again! 26/1
  • 11.5The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 11.4Outside off, a punch and a miss.
  • 11.3FOUR! A boundary after 31 balls. In fact, just the 5th run in this period as well. On a length outside off, Amla gets on top of the bounce and punches it through the covers!
  • 11.2This is pitched on a length, a similar area as the previous one, but it moves away and squares Amla up. He manages to push it back.
  • 11.1On a length around off, stays low, watchfully defended.
  • 10.6In the corridor of uncertainty, left alone. 18/1
  • 10.5Fuller and tighter, in line of the stumps, pushed towards cover.
  • 10.4Landed outside off, a touch wide, let through.
  • 10.3Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 10.2Ahh... a loose drive from Elgar, away from his body, to a ball pitched well outside off. It moves away and just beats the outside edge.
  • 10.1Around middle, tucked towards fine leg for a single.
  • 9.6Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single. 17/1
  • 9.5Around off, pushed towards cover.
  • 9.4Outside off, in the avenue of apprehension, Hashim feels for it but misses as the ball deviates away to beat the outside edge.
  • 9.3The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 9.2Full and just outside off, Amla looks to defend but the ball nips back in, takes the inside edge and hits him on the pads.
  • 9.1Outside off, left alone.
  • 8.6Outside off, pushed towards gully. 16/1
  • 8.5NOT OUT! Interesting. Very interesting. Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur is furious in the dressing room. The players are stunned. But they need to move on. Were the fingers not totally under the ball? Well, well, well. This needs microscopic observation and the third umpire has made a very brave call as the soft signal was OUT. Coming to the ball, it was a good nut, as it was pitched outside off. It then came back in a touch and then straightened a bit. Elgar was forced to play at it, as it was in the corridor of uncertainty. Got an outside edge which went to first slip where Azhar Ali CLAIMED to have taken it inches above the ground. The on-field umpires took a long time to even refer it upstairs in the first place. Multiple replays were shown and it did seem from one angle that the fingers were underneath the ball. But then, going further, it kept appearing that the ball hit the ground as well. Well, benefit of doubt to Elgar then.
  • IS THAT OUT? Dean Elgar has nicked one behind to first slip. Azhar Ali is claiming the catch but the umpires are not that sure. Has the ball bounced? The soft signal is out. Referred upstairs...
  • 8.4That is the area. On a good length outside off, Elgar feels for it but the ball moves away and beats the outside edge.
  • 8.3Landed outside off, a touch wide, left alone.
  • 8.2The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 8.1Full on middle and leg, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
  • Shaheen Afridi into the attack now. Replaces Amir.
  • 7.6Well outside off, let through. Excellent over from Hasan. Should have had the mighty Hash. 16/1
  • 7.5The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 7.4EDGED, DROPPED! Has Zaman put down the match? Massive moment in the game. Short and outside off, Amla slashes hard but gets an outside edge. It goes straight to second slip and should have been taken. Now, here is the conundrum. Zaman initially has palms in a reverse cup position but then midway with the ball coming to him, he changes it to bucket-like shape, as it is coming below his chest. Then tries to get down as well to take the catch. Trying all these things is a bit of a multi-task and he is not that too quick. The ball hits his palms and bobbles out. Fakhar tries to take it on the rebound but because he has fallen down on his back, by the time he can surge ahead and take the catch, the ball dies down. First slip puts in an effort as well but in vain.
  • 7.3Outside off, left alone.
  • 7.2Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 7.1Full and outside off, barely any bounce, Amla lets it go. Sarfraz tries to collect but is hit on the calf. Ouch.
  • 6.6Full and straight, Dean somehow gets his bat down in time and gets a leading edge back to the bowler. 16/1
  • 6.5Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 6.4Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 6.3Full delivery angling in on middle and leg, it's driven but straight to the man at mid on.
  • 6.2Marginally ahead of a length, coming in at first but then shaping away, Elgar comes half forward and blocks it out.
  • 6.1FOUR! Streaky runs but it's raining boundaries here. Swerving away from around off, on a good length, Elgar goes at it with hard hands and gets a thick edge. It flies, somehow, between the slip cordon and gully and races away to the fence.
  • 5.6Outside off on a good length, left alone to end the over. 12/1
  • 5.5FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for Hashim Amla! It's too straight and shortish into the body, Amla swivels and helps the pull through square leg once more for a boundary.
  • 5.4FOUR! Shot. Fraction straight in line and Amla makes him pay. Length delivery on leg, Amla flicks it through square leg and finds the fence with ease.
  • 5.3Beaten! Peach of a delivery. Hasan Ali lands it on a good length around off, Amla hangs his bat out and gets beaten past the outside edge. It nipped away slightly quite late.
  • 5.2Some width on offer but Amla can't put it away. Wide outside off on a length, Amla cuts this hard but Imam moves swiftly to his left and stops it.
  • 5.1Length delivery targeting the top of off stump, Amla stays right behind the line and defends.
  • 4.6Around off, pushed down to mid off. 4/1
  • 4.5MIX-UP, BUT SAFE! Tension in the African camp. Elgar pushes it towards cover and sets off for a single but there is none available. Amla sends him back but by then Imam comes charging in from point. Dean tries to get and does so in the end. The fielder throws the ball but hits the batsman instead. Nerves....
  • 4.4Around off, pushed towards cover.
  • 4.3Fuller in length, pushed towards mid on.
  • 4.2This one hits a crack. Landing on a good length outside off, Dean looks to play at that but the ball explodes off the crack and then deviates a mile, beating the outside edge.
  • 4.1A wild bouncer around middle, Elgar ducks.
  • 3.6This one hits the deck and nips back in off the seam, Hashim lets it go. Was not far from the off stump. 4/1
  • 3.5One more leave outside off.
  • 3.4Outside off, left alone.
  • 3.3FOUR BYES! A rare bad delivery this morning. Full and down the leg side, Amla looks to flick but misses. The ball pitches and then seams away, going well past the diving Sarfraz to the fine leg fence. South Africa are finally away, on the 21st ball of this innings.
  • We just get a replay of Markram's dismissals in this Test. Similar ones, LBW in each, playing back to deliveries which he might be forward to. Also, the bat is coming down at a much wider angle, say from gully to mid-wicket, instead of probably first slip to mid on. Bowlers all over the world will be watching this...
  • 3.2Around off, watchfully defended from the crease.
  • 3.1Outside off, pushed straight to gully.
  • 2.6Full and outside off, driven straight to cover. 0/1
  • 2.5This one nips back in off the seam, from outside off, Elgar is lucky to have got his bat down in time. The ball goes off the outside edge towards cover.
  • 2.4Nice follow-up. Pitches it on a fuller length outside off, DE thinks about playing at it but then takes his bat away.
  • 2.3Beauty! 'YES BOY, YES BOY!' yells Sarfraz in excitement. Amir pitches this on a length outside off and then gets it to hold its shape. Dean feels for it but is beaten.
  • 2.2Outside off, this one moves away, Elgar watchfully pushes it towards gully.
  • 2.1Full and around off, swinging in slightly, pushed towards mid on.
  • 1.6One more leave outside off. 0/1
  • 1.5Wide outside off, not played at again.
  • 1.4Full and outside off, hits a crack and then deviates away. Sarfraz has to dive to his right to stop.
  • 1.3Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • Hashim Amla walks in at number 3, replacing Markram.
  • 1.2OUT! There goes the first wicket and the scoreboard is not even moving! What a start for Pakistan. One might have wondered whether Afridi would have been a better option but Hasan has done he job. A wicket second ball. This is on a length and outside off. Markram stays back to defend but the ball shoots low, jags back in and hits him on the back pad. Hasan appeals, umpire Bruce Oxenford thinks for a while and then raises the slow death! Aiden walks across to his partner, probably the customary question - 'Did you hit it, mate?' would have been asked by Elgar. A shake of the head follows. And then comes the long walk by Markram towards the dressing room.
  • 1.1Full and outside off, barely any carry, shouldered arms to.
  • Hasan Ali to share the new ball with Amir.
  • 0.6Outside off, left alone. 0/0
  • 0.5Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 0.4Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 0.3The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 0.2That is a beauty. On a good length outside off, Elgar pushes inside the line but it moves away and beats him.
  • 0.1Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.

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