Pakistan in South Africa, 3 Test Series, 2018/19

South Africa vs Pakistan - 3rd Test

Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Date: 11 January-15 January, 2019

Pakistan 273/9

RR: 4.16 | Pakistan need 108 runs to win

commentary

Before the collapse happened, we witnessed a few stands with the century partnership between Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla being the best. Debutant Zubayr Hamza also showed good promise in his knock while de Bruyn was another batsman to get a start. At one stage, they were cruising and the hosts seemed destined to post a big first innings total but then they completely lost the plot and fell apart. Pakistan's bowling was very ordinary in the first two sessions but then led by Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Abbas, they managed to run through the South African middle order. Faheem Ashraf with a 3-fer also had a good outing. Stay tuned for Pakistan's reply.

A mega-collapse courtesy some exceptional reverse swing bowling by Pakistan. They were looking down and out after the first two sessions but then made a resounding comeback. It all started with the wicket of Theunis de Bruyn and then it was a procession. The African lower half failed to stand up and they got bundled out well under 300.

77.4
0
F Ashraf to Olivier, OUT! South Africa are all out for 262! Excellent stuff from Pakistan post Tea. Faheem bangs one short on middle and leg, Olivier goes for the hook but gets a top edge to it. The ball flies towards Abbas at fine leg who gets low and takes a safe catch. 7 wickets for 33 runs, has to be one of the most stunning comebacks in the game.
77.3
0
F Ashraf to Olivier, On a good length on the off pole, Duanne taps it to the off side.
77.2
0
F Ashraf to Olivier, YORKER! Touching 140 kph. The number 11 does well to get bat on it. Survives!
77.1
0
F Ashraf to Olivier, Back of a length ball aimed at the hips of Olivier who tucks it away on the on side.
76.6
0
H Ali to Steyn, Back of a length on middle, Steyn defend it from within the crease.
76.5
0
H Ali to Steyn, Bumper on middle, Dale evades it at the last moment.
76.4
0
Ali to Steyn, Yorker from Ali on leg stump, Steyn makes room again trying to drive it. He does not get any connection and the ball goes to the keeper. Hasan Ali appeals but the umpire shakes his head.
76.3
0
H Ali to Steyn, Back of a length on middle, Steyn backs away and tries to slog it but misses it completely.
76.2
0
H Ali to Steyn, Length delivery on middle, Steyn flicks it to mid-wicket.
76.1
0
H Ali to Steyn, Short of a length on middle, Steyn tries to defend it off the back foot. It rises off the deck after pitching, hits Steyn on his arm and the ball goes straight to the keeper. An appeal from Hasan, but the umpire is not interested.
75.6
0
F Ashraf to Olivier, Similar delivery, same result.
75.5
0
F Ashraf to Olivier, Bouncer from Ashraf, the batsman ducks underneath it.
75.4
0
F Ashraf to Olivier, Low bounce. A touch fuller outside off, Olivier tries to defend it off the front foot, but the ball keeps low after pitching. Luckily for Olivier it was not on the stumps.
75.3
0
F Ashraf to Olivier, Short of a length on off, Olivier lets it go.

Duanne Olivier is the last man in for South Africa.

75.2
0
F Ashraf to Kock, OUT! Quinton de Kock tries to cut loose but holes out! Cannot be faulted for attempting that shot but it's his bad luck that he finds the fielder with precision in the deep. A back of a length delivery around off, angling away, de Kock attempts to heave it over the mid-wicket fence but it takes the toe end of his bat and goes straight down the throat of Mohammad Abbas. He makes no mistake and South Africa's last recognized batsman is out of here. 6 wickets for 33 runs, talk about collapsing!
75.1
0
F Ashraf to Kock, Drags it short and wide down leg. QdK need not play at those.
74.6
0
H Ali to Steyn, In the air but safe! The off cutter from Ali. Steyn does not pick it as he tries to check his shot. Ends up chipping it in the vacant square leg area for a run.
74.5
0
H Ali to Steyn, On the shorter side again, Steyn stands tall and works it to mid-wicket.
74.4
0
H Ali to Steyn, A bumper this time, Steyn may have been surprised by it, he lays down flat on the ground and avoids it.
74.3
1
H Ali to Kock, Shortish and outside off, the batsman guides it through point. There is protection in the deep so only a single.
74.2
0
H Ali to Kock, Change of pace there. It is on a length and around off, de Kock tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
74.1
0
H Ali to de Kock, On the shorter side, de Kock is hurried into the pull shot. He mistimes it to mid on.
73.6
0
F Ashraf to Steyn, Nicely driven! Fuller in length on off, Steyn strokes it to mid off.
73.5
0
F Ashraf to Steyn, BEATEN! That was a poor shot by Steyn. It is bowled around off, it pitches and then moves away. Steyn hangs his bat out and gets beaten.
73.4
0
F Ashraf to Steyn, Short and outside off, Steyn slashes hard but the ball goes past his outside edge.
73.3
0
F Ashraf to Steyn, Good length again and this one is angled into the batter. Steyn somehow blocks it out.
73.2
0
F Ashraf to Steyn, On a length and around off, Steyn defends it off the back foot.
73.1
0
F Ashraf to Steyn, Outside off, Steyn gets bat to ball and it rolls towards covers.
73.1
1
F Ashraf to de Kock, A good short ball on the body, Quinton de Kock is a touch late on the pull shot. It goes off the gloves towards fine leg for a run. Faheem has also overstepped.
72.6
0
H Ali to Steyn, Fuller on middle, Steyn drives it to mid on.
72.5
2
H Ali to D Steyn, Full and on off, Steyn strokes it through covers for a couple.

Drinks break. Pakistan continue to dominate proceedings post Tea and the reverse swing has reversed their fortunes for good. South Africa are reeling now and need their lower order to partner Quinton de Kock if they want to get past the 300-run mark.

72.4
0
H Ali to Rabada, OUT! Another one bites the dust! Two in two overs for Hasan Ali. Another full delivery does the trick. This one also swings away from the left-hander. Rabada goes for a booming drive through the off side, the ball takes the outside edge and Sarfraz behind makes no mistake.
72.3
0
H Ali to Rabada, Similar delivery, Rabada guides it straight to the gully fielder.
72.2
0
H Ali to Rabada, Length delivery on off, Kagiso taps it towards point.
72.1
0
H Ali to Rabada, Back of a length delivery on off, Rabada tries to defend it from the crease but it goes past the outside edge of the bat.
71.6
4
F Ashraf to Kock, FOUR! Drags it short this time on middle, de Kock gets into position early and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Good end to the over for the Proteas.
71.5
0
F Ashraf to Kock, Length delivery on middle, Quinton tucks it to on side.
71.4
0
F Ashraf to Kock, Fuller on middle, the batsman drives it straight to the mid on fielder.
71.3
0
F Ashraf to Kock, A touch short on middle, Quinton tucks it to the leg side.
71.2
4
F Ashraf to Kock, FOUR! Good shot! Strays on his pads, de Kock flicks it through square leg and the ball races away to the boundary.
71.1
0
F Ashraf to Kock, Fuller on off, de Kock drives it straight to the mid off fielder.
70.6
0
H Ali to Rabada, Back of a length around off, Rabada defends it onto the ground.

Kagiso Rabada is the next man in for South Africa.

70.5
0
H Ali to Philander, OUT! Three reds and Philander has been given the marching orders. Did not see that coming but excellent use of the technology from Pakistan. They haven't been great with the DRS in recent times but this time they have got it spot on. Sarfraz will be a delighted man and the good period of play after the Tea break continues for Pakistan. Good passage after the ball has started to reverse, I must say. Hasan Ali is amongst the wickets now. It is full and on middle, tails back in. Philander plants his front foot across but then tries to adjust to the movement and flick. He misses and it hits him on the pad. An appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. Sarfraz signals the 'T'. Replays show that the on-field call has to be overturned, we all thought it would be missing or at the most clipping the leg pole but it is hitting. Hmm... 300 now looks farfetched.

A huge appeal for an LBW has been turned down. Pakistan have reviewed it. Philander is the man in question. Seems to be slipping down leg.

70.4
0
H Ali to Philander, Good bowling from Ali. Just outside off stump. Tempting Philander to go after it. Vernon lets it go.
70.3
0
H Ali to Philander, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
70.2
0
H Ali to Philander, On middle, VP drives it straight to the bowler.
70.1
0
H Ali to Philander, On the 5th stumps line, Philander shoulders arms to it.
70.1
0
H Ali to Philander, Fuller on off, Vernon pushes it towards point.
69.6
0
F Ashraf to Kock, Fuller on off, Quinton keeps it out.
69.5
0
F Ashraf to Kock, Length delivery on leg, de Kock tries to flick it but misses it and is hit high on the pads. The appeal is turned down.
69.4
0
F Ashraf to Kock, In the channel outside off, Quinton shoulders arms to it.
69.3
0
F Ashraf to Kock, Fuller on off, QdK defends it with a straight bat.
69.2
0
F Ashraf to Kock, Wide outside off, Quinton lets it go.
69.1
2
F Ashraf to Kock, A tad short outside off, de Kock cuts it through point for a couple of runs.
68.6
0
H Ali to Philander, Play and a miss! Back of a length delivery on off, Philander tries to punch it through point but misses it completely. Good end to the over for Ali.
68.5
0
H Ali to Philander, Fuller on middle, Vernon defends it off the front foot.
68.4
0
H Ali to Philander, On the 5th stump line, left alone by Philander.
68.3
0
H Ali to Philander, In the channel outside off, Vernon lets it go.
68.2
0
H Ali to Philander, Fuller on middle, VP tucks it straight to the mid-wicket fielder.
68.1
0
H Ali to Philander, Starts his new spell with a length delivery on middle, Philander defends it off the back foot.

Hasan Ali is on.

67.6
0
F Ashraf to Kock, Back of a length on off. De Kock chops it down towards point.
67.5
2
F Ashraf to Kock, Drifting on his pads, Quinton flicks it through square leg for a couple of runs.

Amir is now seen walking off the field. Faheem Ashraf will complete his over. Not good this for Pakistan, he was amidst a brilliant spell. They will hope it is not serious.

67.4
1
M Amir to V Philander, Full on middle, Vernon works it to the leg side for a single. Amir is down on the ground as soon as he released the ball. He is in some discomfort here.
67.3
0
M Amir to Philander, Length delivery on middle, Philander watchfully defends it.
67.2
0
M Amir to Philander, Fuller on off, Vernon drives it straight to the mid off fielder.
67.1
0
M Amir to Philander, Back of a length on middle, Philander defends it off the back foot.
66.6
0
M Abbas to Kock, Similar delivery, the batsman keeps it out.
66.5
0
M Abbas to Kock, Fuller this time on off, de Kock pushes it towards point.
66.4
0
M Abbas to Kock, Length delivery on middle, de Kock defends it from within the crease.
66.3
0
M Abbas to Kock, On a length and on off, the batsman defends it off the front foot.
66.2
0
M Abbas to Kock, A touch short on off, de Kock cuts it towards point.
66.1
0
M Abbas to Kock, Fuller on middle, de Kock times it sweetly but straight to the bowler.

Vernon Philander is the next man in for the Proteas.

65.6
0
M Amir to Hamza, OUT! Amir gets another, he is on fire here. Let me repeat - Another batsman misses out on a milestone. This time it is the debutant who falls 9 short of a fifty. The indecision has cost him. Amir continuous to bowl it in the channel of uncertainty. Hamza first thinks of playing at it but then at the very end, tries to leave as it is angling away. It is though too late by then. The ball takes the bottom part of the bat and goes into the gloves of Sarfraz. South Africa have lost their way completely, from 229 for 3, they have slipped to 244 for 6. Pakistan into the lower order.
65.5
0
M Amir to Z Hamza, A touch fuller on middle, Hamza drives it straight to the mid off fielder.
65.4
1
M Amir to Kock, Fuller on middle, de Kock pushes it to mid on for a single.
65.3
0
M Amir to Kock, Similar delivery, the batsman cuts it straight to the point fielder.
65.2
0
M Amir to Kock, A touch short on off, de Kock chops it towards point.
65.1
0
M Amir to Kock, Fuller this time from Amir on middle, de Kock watchfully defends it.
64.6
0
M Abbas to Hamza, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
64.5
0
M Abbas to Hamza, Back of a length on off, Hamza defends it from within the crease.
64.4
1
M Abbas to Kock, Fuller on middle, the batsman pushes it to mid on for a quick run.
64.3
0
M Abbas to Kock, Length delivery on off, de Kock defends it with a straight bat.
64.2
0
M Abbas to Kock, Full on leg, the batsman tries to flick it but is hit high on the pads. Too high!
64.1
0
M Abbas to Kock, On a length and on middle, de Kock defends it off the front foot.
63.6
0
M Amir to Hamza, Similar delivery, same result.
63.5
0
M Amir to Hamza, Fuller outside off, Hamza drives it towards point.
63.4
0
M Amir to Hamza, Fuller on middle, Hamza defends it with a straight bat.
63.4
1
M Amir to Kock, NO BALL! Amir oversteps. Drifting on his pads, the batsman tucks it around the corner for a single.
63.3
2
M Amir to Kock, A tad short on off, de Kock punches it through point for a couple of runs.
63.2
0
M Amir to Kock, Back of a length on off, de Kock defends it from within the crease.
63.1
0
M Amir to Kock, Beaten! Back of a length on middle, the ball tails back in sharply after pitching. De Kock tries to defend it off the back foot but it goes between his bat and the pad.
62.6
0
M Abbas to Hamza, A touch wide outside off, Hamza drives it towards the point fielder.
62.5
0
M Abbas to Hamza, Fuller again on off, Hamza tries to defend it from the crease but gets an inside edge on it and then onto the pads.
62.4
0
M Abbas to Hamza, Good delivery, that. On a length and on middle, Hamza watchfully defends it.
62.3
0
M Abbas to Hamza, Fuller delivery tailing back in a bit, Hamza tries to defend it off the front foot but gets an inside edge on it and the ball rolls towards the leg side.
62.2
0
M Abbas to Hamza, Length delivery on middle, the batsman defends it from within the crease.
62.1
0
M Abbas to Hamza, Fuller delivery outside off, Hamza drives it straight to the mid off fielder.

Quinton de Kock is out to bat.

61.6
0
M Amir to Bavuma, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Amir gets his man. He probed and probed and probed and this time, has found the edge he was looking for. A well-deserved wicket for Amir and Bavuma's uncomfortable stay out in the middle has come to an end. Once again it is the late movement which causes the problem. Amir pitches it on a length around off, it shapes away. Bavuma this time plays inside the line. The ball kisses the outside edge and goes into the mitts of the keeper. Amir is ecstatic and Pakistan have got two quickly. They are right back into the contest.
61.5
0
M Amir to Bavuma, This is perfect bowling! On a length again, this time though it has been defended solidly.
61.4
0
M Amir to T Bavuma, NEARLY! Three lovely deliveries from Amir but luck is just not going his way. Third consecutive ball which is pitched on a length. Bavuma plays outside the line, it hits the inner half, then hits the pad and rolls agonizingly close past the off pole.
61.3
0
M Amir to Bavuma, BEAUTY! You can just hope that does not hit the edge! Back of a length around off, it pitches and shapes away. Bavuma is once again squared up as he tries to defend, this time he gets beaten.
61.2
0
M Amir to Bavuma, Squared him up! Length again and on middle, it pitches and straightens. Bavuma tries to defend but gets squared up, he misses and it hits him high on the pads.
61.1
1
M Amir to Hamza, Good running! This is worked to the right of mid on. The batsmen scamper across for a single.
60.6
4
M Abbas to Bavuma, FOUR! Two boundaries from the over along with a wicket. Drifts on his pads, Bavuma clips it off his pads through fine leg for a boundary.
60.5
0
M Abbas to Bavuma, On middle, Temba defends it off the front foot.
60.4
4
M Abbas to Bavuma, FOUR! SHOT! Bavuma is off the mark with a sublime boundary. It was a touch full on middle, Bavuma leans forward and drives it firmly through the covers for a boundary.
60.3
0
M Abbas to Bavuma, On a length and on middle, Bavuma tries to defend it off the front foot, but gets an inside edge and it hits him on the pads.

Temba Bavuma is the next man in for the Proteas.

60.2
0
M Abbas to Bruyn, OUT! Plumb in front! Reverse swing happening and Abbas has struck. Theunis departs one short of his fifty, not the first batsman in this innings to miss out on a milestone. Great nut by Abbas. He bowls a length delivery with the shine on the inside. It's around middle and off as de Bruyn tries to work it on the leg side. But due to the late inward movement, he misses the ball completely to get rapped on the pads. They appeal vociferously and this time the finger has gone up. Quite plumb. Theunis walks back without even thinking of reviewing the decision. End of the 75-run stand!
60.1
0
M Abbas to Bruyn, On a length on middle, de Bruyn defends it with a straight bat.
59.6
0
M Amir to Hamza, Good length on off, Hamza once again is solid in defense.
59.5
0
M Amir to Hamza, On the middle stump, Hamza gets right behind the line and keeps it out.
59.4
0
M Amir to Hamza, BEATEN! Excellent use of the angle there. He lands it on off which means Hamza has to play at it. The ball slants away beating the outside edge by a whisker.
59.3
0
M Amir to Hamza, Good length on off, Hamza comes forward and defends it.
59.2
1
M Amir to Bruyn, Again it is a little too straight, de Bruyn flicks it towards square leg for another run.
59.1
1
M Amir to Hamza, On the pads, it is worked towards fine leg and a run is taken.

Mohammad Amir to bowl from the other end.

58.6
0
M Abbas to Bruyn, NOT OUT! Umpire's call it is, Pakistan though do not lose their review. It is on a length on middle, Theunis tries to flick it but is late on it. The ball hits him on the front pad. The bowler appeals but the umpire shakes his head. Sarfraz goes for the review. The replay shows it was just clipping the top of the stumps. Pakistan have started really well after Tea.

Review time! A screaming appeal by Abbas for an lbw. Not entertained. Sarfraz is convinced and takes the DRS. Looks a bit high. Let's wait and watch...

58.5
0
M Abbas to Bruyn, Back of a length on middle, de Bruyn defends it from within the crease.
58.4
0
M Abbas to Bruyn, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
58.3
1
M Abbas to Hamza, Fuller on middle, Hamza works it to the leg side for a single.
58.2
0
M Abbas to Hamza, DROPPED! On a length and on middle, the ball jags back in sharply after pitching, Hamza tries to defend it but it hits the inside edge of the bat and the ball goes towards Sarfraz. He dives to his left and tries to catch it but cannot hold onto it. This could prove a costly drop as de Bruyn is looking in good touch.
58.1
0
M Abbas to Hamza, Starts off with a length delivery on off, Hamza defends it off the back foot.

The players are out in the middle. Zubayr Hamza will take the strike. Mohammad Abbas will start the proceedings after Tea.

.... Day 1, Session 3 ....

Theunis de Bruyn in the company of debutant Zubayr Hamza has taken the Protea score beyond the 200-run mark and the pair is amidst a 72-run partnership. It has come in a quick time as well. Pakistan were very poor since the fall of Amla's wickets as they conceded runs at a brisk rate. They will have to come back strongly in the last session otherwise the home team will run away with the show. Do join us in a short while.

Another fine session of Test cricket! South Africa were pegged back early when Aiden Markram was strangled down the leg side but then Hashim Amla and Theunis de Bruyn formed an alliance for a short period. Once the former got dismissed after a superb catch by Asad Shafiq, Pakistan would have sensed an opportunity to get an upper hand on this Test match. But that was not meant to be.

57.6
0
A Shafiq to Bruyn, A flatter delivery to end this session. De Bruyn pushes it back to the bowler. THAT WILL BE TEA ON DAY 1!
57.5
3
A Shafiq to Hamza, Deft! Hamza waits for it and then plays it very fine on the off side. The ball stops as it nears the fence and the batsmen take three.
57.4
0
A Shafiq to Hamza, On the stumps again, it is blocked out.
57.3
0
A Shafiq to Bruyn, On middle, it is kept out.
57.2
4
A Shafiq to de Bruyn, FOUR! A half-tracker and Hamza is well-set to not put those away. He pulls it with disdain and into the square leg fence.
57.1
0
A Shafiq to Bruyn, On the pads, it is worked towards mid-wicket.
56.6
4
S Khan to Z Hamza, FOUR! Not in total control but a boundary nevertheless. Outside off, Hamza looks to cut it away but it goes off the outer half towards third man and meets the fence once again.
56.5
0
S Khan to Hamza, Leg spinner outside off, the debutant reads it well and leaves it alone.
56.4
0
S Khan to Hamza, Leg spinner outside off, Hamza gets behind it and sees it out.
56.3
0
S Khan to Hamza, Wrong 'un on off, Hamza gets an inside edge on the on side.
56.2
1
S Khan to Bruyn, Loopy ball on off, carved away through point for one.
56.1
0
S Khan to Bruyn, Short ball on middle and leg, de Bruyn pulls but cannot get it past mid-wicket.
55.6
0
A Shafiq to Hamza, On the stumps, it is kept out off the front foot.
55.5
0
A Shafiq to Hamza, Flighted ball on off, Hamza keeps it out.
55.4
0
A Shafiq to Hamza, An action replay of the last delivery.
55.3
0
A Shafiq to Hamza, Works it with the turn to mid-wicket.
55.2
1
A Shafiq to Bruyn, Flatter and on off, it is pushed towards mid off for a quick run.
55.1
1
A Shafiq to Hamza, Tosses it up around off, the batsman lunges and blocks it towards point for a run.

Asad Shafiq is on now.

54.6
0
S Khan to Bruyn, Tosses it up outside off, de Bruyn drives it crisply but straight to the man at covers.
54.5
0
S Khan to Bruyn, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
54.4
0
S Khan to Bruyn, On off, it is kept out.
54.3
0
S Khan to Bruyn, Floats it up on off, de Bruyn drives it to covers.
54.2
0
S Khan to Bruyn, The googly on off, TdB chops it to covers.
54.1
2
S Khan to de Bruyn, Slightly short and on middle, de Bruyn goes back and somehow pulls it through mid-wicket for a couple.
53.6
0
H Ali to Hamza, On off, Hamza gets behind it and blocks it out. Good over for the hosts. They have scored over 100 runs in this session, so far.
53.5
0
H Ali to Hamza, Fuller again on middle, driven to mid on this time.
53.4
1
H Ali to Bruyn, Follows it with a quick single. Great stuff. Full and on middle and leg, de Bruyn hits it towards mid on and gets to the other end quickly.
53.3
4
H Ali to Bruyn, FOUR! Second boundary of the over and they are coming thick and fast. Outside off, de Bruyn punches this through cover-point. The fielder chases it but cannot pull it off.
53.2
0
H Ali to Bruyn, Length and closer to the stumps de Bruyn watches it go through to the keeper.
53.1
4
H Ali to Bruyn, FOUR! SHOT! SA are scoring at ease at the moment. Wide outside off, de Bruyn flashes hard at it. Gets it past backward point and the ball races away to the fence. It also brings up the 50-run stand between these two.
52.6
1
S Khan to Bruyn, Very full and on off, de Bruyn jams it out towards covers.
52.5
0
S Khan to Bruyn, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
52.4
0
S Khan to Bruyn, On the flatter side, de Bruyn tries to punch it off the back foot but it goes off the inner half back to the bowler.
52.3
0
S Khan to Bruyn, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
52.2
0
S Khan to Bruyn, Tosses it up on off, TdB blocks it out.
52.1
4
S Khan to Bruyn, FOUR! Cut and it has been played nicely! Too many loose deliveries after the wicket of Amla. Short and outside off again, de Bruyn helps himself by cutting it through point. The ball races away.
51.6
0
H Ali to Hamza, On the shorter side around off, the batter stands tall and pushes it to covers.
51.5
4
H Ali to Hamza, FOUR! Up and over! Short and wide and it has been put away. Hamza hops and cuts it over point. The ball races away to the fence.
51.4
1
H Ali to Bruyn, Slightly short and de Bruyn works it off his hips towards mid-wicket for a run.
51.3
0
H Ali to Bruyn, Length delivery around off, de Bruyn lunges and keeps it out.
51.2
0
H Ali to de Bruyn, Hits the length around off, de Bruyn shuffles across and works it to mid on.
51.1
0
H Ali to Bruyn, On the shorter side around off, de Bruyn guides it to point.
50.6
0
S Khan to Hamza, Floated one this time, full and around off, Hamza strides forward and defends it right under his watchful eyes.
50.5
0
S Khan to Hamza, Too full and on off, pushed back to the bowler.
50.4
0
S Khan to Hamza, Zubayr has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
50.3
0
S Khan to Z Hamza, Loopy and full on off, Hamza drives but picks the cover fielder.
50.2
1
S Khan to Bruyn, Flatter and shorter outside off, hit firmly in front of square on the off side for a run.
50.1
0
S Khan to Bruyn, Full and flighted on middle, defended back to the bowler.
49.6
0
H Ali to Hamza, A huge appeal but not given! There was definitely a noise though. Another short ball and this is on the body. Hamza goes for the pull, there is a noise as the ball passes the gloves. An appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. Pakistan decide not to review. Not sure from where that sound came. Ultra Edge shows there was no spike, so a good decision in the end.
49.5
0
H Ali to Hamza, Short again, gets it to bounce at a good height. Hamza hops and defends it onto the ground.
49.4
0
H Ali to Hamza, Better! This is bowled right on the off pole, Hamza prods forward and keeps it out.
49.3
0
H Ali to Hamza, Wide outside off again, the batter need not play at those.
49.2
0
H Ali to Hamza, Outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to it.
49.1
4
H Ali to Z Hamza, FOUR! Raining boundaries here! This time it is a cracking pull shot from the debutant. It is a high bouncer, Hamza gets on top of the bounce and pulls it all along the ground to the square leg fence.
48.6
4
S Khan to de Bruyn, FOUR! A boundary to start the over and one to end! Once again Shadab is guilty of bowling too short. De Bruyn goes back and pulls it right off the middle to the square leg fence.
48.5
0
S Khan to Bruyn, On the shorter side outside off, de Bruyn cuts it to point. Shadab has been guilty of bowling either too full or too short in this over.
48.4
0
S Khan to Bruyn, Very full on off, de Bruyn pushes it back to the bowler.
48.3
0
S Khan to Bruyn, A low full toss on off, de Bruyn uses his wrists and works it to mid-wicket.
48.2
0
S Khan to Bruyn, Gives it air and lands it on off, TdB pushes it to covers.
48.1
4
S Khan to Bruyn, FOUR! Too short and it has been put away! Enough time for de Bruyn to go back and whip it through mid-wicket. It races away. He too joins the party, runs flowing here.
47.6
0
H Ali to Hamza, Back of a length on off, Hamza lets the ball come to him and then guides it to gully.
47.5
0
H Ali to Hamza, Now a short ball on middle, Hamza ducks under it quite easily. The new lad now looks at ease out there.
47.4
0
H Ali to Hamza, Goes fuller this time on middle, the batsman strokes it back towards the bowler.
47.3
0
H Ali to Hamza, Back of a length on off, Hamza defends it onto the ground.
47.2
0
H Ali to Hamza, Good length on off, Hamza defends it onto the ground.
47.1
2
H Ali to Hamza, A little too straight to begin with, it is worked around the corner for a couple. He moves onto 21.

Hasan Ali is back for another spell.

46.6
1
S Khan to Hamza, An extra slip fielder was brought in but Shadab bowls it very full, Hamza eases it down to long on for a single. Another productive over for South Africa. 20 have come from the last two.
46.5
0
S Khan to Hamza, Now floats this up on off, Hamza puts in a long stride forward and defends it onto the ground.
46.4
4
S Khan to Hamza, Nicely bowled and it is played even better! The googly outside off, it is slightly short. Hamza did not pick it, he first goes back to cut but the ball turns back in. Hamza then adjusts and guides it past the slip fielder. The fielder from point races after it, tries to stop it but can't do so. Hamza is managing to score quickly here.
46.3
6
S Khan to Hamza, SIX! He has picked the bones out of that one! What a hit! A hit-me ball by Shadab, short and on middle, Hamza rocks back quickly and then sends it sailing over the mid-wicket fence. That made a cracking sound of the bat and the result too was an excellent one for the debutant.
46.2
0
S Khan to Hamza, Slower through the air on off, Hamza prods forward and keeps it out.
46.1
0
S Khan to Hamza, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
45.6
3
M Amir to Hamza, Three runs now! This was right off the middle, it is on his pads, easy for Hamza. He flicks it through mid-wicket, the ball stops as it nears the fence. Three taken. Good over this for South Africa. Not what Pakistan would have wanted after Shadab bowled a tight last one.
45.5
0
M Amir to Hamza, A little bit of Rohit Sharma in that forward defensive stroke. Length and coming in with the angle. Hamza lazily lunges and at the very end brings his bat down to keep it out.
45.4
4
M Amir to Z Hamza, FOUR! First boundary for Hamza! It is not of the middle but he won't care. Fuller goes Amir after the last one being short. Hamza lunges and tries to drive it ahead of his body, it takes the outside edge and goes through backward point for a run.
45.3
0
M Amir to Hamza, Changes the angle and bowls the effort ball. It is short and on off, Hamza gets on top of the bounce and defends it down onto the ground.
45.2
1
M Amir to Bruyn, Another single as de Bruyn works it against the angle towards mid-wicket.
45.1
1
M Amir to Hamza, First run for Hamza in Test cricket. This should settle his nerves. He taps this towards covers and scampers across for a run. A round of applause for him by the crowd.
44.6
0
S Khan to Bruyn, Gives it air on off, de Bruyn lunges and blocks it out. A maiden by Shadab, a good one.
44.5
0
S Khan to Bruyn, The googly outside off, it turns back in, not enough though to make the batsman play.
44.4
0
S Khan to Bruyn, On off, it is kept out.
44.3
0
S Khan to Bruyn, On the shorter side, de Bruyn pushes it to covers.
44.2
0
S Khan to Bruyn, TURN AND BOUNCE THERE! This is tossed up around off, it pitches and then turns away. De Bruyn first thinks of playing at it but then pulls out seeing the bounce and turn.
44.1
0
S Khan to Bruyn, The googly on off, de Bruyn goes back and pushes it to the bowler.
43.6
0
M Amir to Hamza, Angling away from the batsman, outside off, left alone.
43.5
0
M Amir to Hamza, Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
43.4
1
M Amir to Bruyn, Full and outside off, de Bruyn tries to turn it on the leg side but gets a soft leading edge towards mid off. A single taken.
43.3
0
M Amir to Bruyn, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
43.2
0
Amir to Bruyn, PITCHED OUTSIDE LEG! A length delivery which de Bruyn fails to work it on the leg side. He takes a blow on his pads and they put in an unsuccessful appeal. Sarfraz opts for the DRS but the replays show that it's pitching outside leg. End of discussion. Also, it's going over the stumps. Review lost.

Huge shout for an lbw! The umpire turns it down and Sarfraz Ahmed goes for the DRS after having a little chat with his bowler. Let's see....

43.1
0
M Amir to Bruyn, De Bruyn has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
42.6
0
S Khan to Hamza, A googly this time, around middle and turning down, Hamza fails to work it around and is hit on the thigh pad. End of a wicket maiden by Shadab!
42.5
0
S Khan to Hamza, Full and flighted outside off, Hamza drives but finds the cover fielder.

Debutant's time to rock now! It's Zubayr Hamza in next.

42.4
0
S Khan to Amla, OUT! What a catch! Asad Shafiq shows brilliant reflexes at first slip. Hashim Amla will have to go. Another set batsman is dismissed. Shadab delivers a short one outside off, Amla rocks back to slap it square of the wicket on the off side but it takes a fat outside edge and hurries behind to Shafiq. He stretches to his right and snaps it quickly. Hashim misses out on a half century and this is a good passage of play for Pakistan.
42.3
0
S Khan to Amla, Tossed up delivery outside off, once again left alone by Amla.
42.2
0
S Khan to Amla, Flighted outside off, left alone.
42.1
0
S Khan to Amla, Amla has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

Theunis de Bruyn is looking very good and confident. It can be observed from the fact that he played two different types of shots to an identical delivery. One full ball outside off he tried to whip across the line while drove through the line when fed a similar ball again. Drinks time! Pakistan have picked up a wicket of Aiden Markram in the last hour but will have to build on it. Yet another partnership is blossoming now.

41.6
0
M Amir to Bruyn, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
41.5
0
M Amir to Bruyn, Ouch! Sharp delivery that. A touch short on off, de Bruyn tries to leave it. The ball did not climb much as he was expecting. Hits Theunis on the chest.
41.4
0
M Amir to Bruyn, Fuller delivery on off, Theunis pushes it to mid on.
41.3
0
M Amir to Bruyn, Good length delivery just outside off, de Bruyn shoulders arms to it.
41.2
0
M Amir to Bruyn, On a length on off, Theunis defends it with a straight bat.
41.1
1
M Amir to Amla, Back of a length on off, Hashim taps it towards point for a single.
40.6
4
F Ashraf to Bruyn, FOUR! SHOT! Fuller on off, de Bruyn presses forward and times it sweetly through covers for yet another boundary in this over. Theunis has looked good in his short stay so far.
40.5
0
F Ashraf to Bruyn, On a length on middle, de Bruyn defends it off the back foot and onto the ground.
40.4
0
F Ashraf to Bruyn, Similar delivery, Theunis shoulders arms to it.
40.3
0
F Ashraf to Bruyn, Fuller delivery outside off, the batsman lets it go.
40.2
0
F Ashraf to Bruyn, On middle, de Bruyn drives it straight to the bowler.
40.1
0
F Ashraf to Bruyn, Back of a length on middle, Theunis defends it off the back foot.
40.1
4
F Ashraf to Bruyn, FOUR! Overpitched from Faheem, Theunis leans forward and drives it firmly through covers for a boundary. It's also called a no ball for overstepping.
39.6
0
M Amir to Amla, Puts it on a length on off, Amla drives it straight to the fielder at covers.
39.5
0
M Amir to Amla, Once again length delivery outside off, Amla leaves it alone.
39.4
0
M Amir to Amla, Good length delivery on off, Amla this time drives it straight to the fielder at covers.
39.3
0
M Amir to Amla, Tempting Amla to drive by bowling it outside off. Hashim is calm and shoulders arms to it.
39.2
0
M Amir to Amla, Length delivery outside off, Amla doesn't disturb that one and lets it go.

Mohammad Amir is back on.

39.1
0
M Amir to Amla, Length delivery on off, Amla blocks it away off his back foot.
38.6
1
F Ashraf to H Amla, A tad short on middle, Amla pulls it through square leg for a single.
38.5
0
F Ashraf to Amla, Outside off, Hashim lets it go.
38.4
0
F Ashraf to Amla, Fraction straight on middle, HA drives it straight to the mid on fielder.
38.3
0
F Ashraf to Amla, A touch fuller on off, Amla defends it with a straight bat.
38.2
4
F Ashraf to Amla, FOUR! Good improvisation. Length delivery on off, Amla at the last moment opens the face of the bat and guides it through the vacant third slip region and the ball goes towards the third man boundary.
38.1
0
F Ashraf to Amla, Fuller delivery on off, Amla defends it off the front foot.
37.6
0
M Abbas to Bruyn, Theunis defends that one by getting right behind the line of the delivery. Good foot movement by de Bruyn.
37.5
0
M Abbas to Bruyn, Slightly fuller this time and de Bruyn blocks it off his front foot.
37.4
0
M Abbas to Bruyn, Once again length delivery this time on off and Theunis defends it away off his front foot.
37.3
0
M Abbas to Bruyn, Length delivery on middle, blocked off the front foot by de Bruyn.
37.2
4
M Abbas to Bruyn, FOUR! Beautiful! Fuller delivery by Abbas on off, de Bruyn gets to the pitch of it and hits straight behind the bowler. Abbas had no chance to save that one. A perfect straight drive by TdB!
37.1
0
M Abbas to Bruyn, Length delivery outside off, de Bruyn shoulders arms to it.
36.6
0
F Ashraf to Amla, Shortish and on off, punched off the back foot and it went on one bounce to the gully fielder.
36.5
1
F Ashraf to Bruyn, Good calling! A length ball outside off, de Bruyn gets across the stumps and pushes it back. He knows how softly he has hit that and hence wants a run. Amla is initially ball-watching but then he responds and they complete the single with ease.
36.4
0
F Ashraf to Bruyn, Fullish and on off, it's once again pushed back off the front foot by Theunis.
36.3
0
F Ashraf to Bruyn, Good length delivery outside off, left alone with ease this time.
36.2
0
F Ashraf to Bruyn, Lands it full and outside off, Theunis goes hard at it and hits it off the inner half to mid-wicket.
36.1
0
F Ashraf to Bruyn, Full and angling in around off, de Bruyn pushes it back and the bowler makes a good stop in his followthrough.
35.6
1
M Abbas to Bruyn, Fuller length delivery on off, de Bruyn pushes it to covers and calls for a quick single. The fielder misses the stumps at the non-striker's end and Theunis gets off the mark. A direct hit would have been interesting.
35.5
0
M Abbas to de Bruyn, Length delivery on off, finds the outside edge of Theunis' defensive bat. Luckily he played it with soft hand.
35.4
0
Abbas to Bruyn, Dangerous! A slightly fuller delivery outside off. De Bruyn offers no stroke to it and the ball jags back in after pitching to rap him on the pads. The Pakistan fielders appeals but the umpire is not interested. Sarfraz opts not to ask for the review as he thinks it was high.
35.3
0
M Abbas to Bruyn, Once again a length delivery on middle and off, de Bruyn blocks it off his front foot.
35.2
0
M Abbas to Bruyn, Beauty! Bowls it on length and the ball moves away after pitching and misses the outside edge of de Bruyn's defensive bat by just a whisker.
35.1
1
M Abbas to Amla, Length delivery on off and middle, Amla flicks it towards the mid-wicket region for a single.
34.6
0
F Ashraf to Bruyn, Angling back into the batsman, de Bruyn flicks but finds the mid-wicket fielder.
34.5
0
F Ashraf to Bruyn, Gets on the front foot to a full ball and defends it to covers.

Theunis de Bruyn is in next.

34.4
0
F Ashraf to Markram, OUT! Markram is walking! What a disappointing end to a promising knock! Aiden is absolutely gutted with himself. He is strangled down the leg side. A delivery angling down, Markram tries to flick but gets a thin inside edge behind. Sarfraz flies to his left and takes an outstanding catch. They are appealing and Aiden Markram is seen walking. A good gesture. End of a wonderful knock, he deserved a century though. Pakistan needed this breakthrough desperately. The 126-run stand is over and the tourists would like to build on this.
34.3
0
F Ashraf to Markram, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
34.2
4
F Ashraf to Markram, FOUR! Poor delivery by Ashraf and a great shot by Markram. Full length delivery on to the pads of Markram. He beautifully flicks it through the mid-wicket region for a boundary. Markram into his 90's and looks on course to score a big century.
34.1
0
F Ashraf to Markram, Length delivery on off, Markram blocks it off his front foot.

Faheem Ashraf is back on.

33.6
0
M Abbas to Amla, On middle and off, Amla defends this length ball from the crease.
33.5
0
M Abbas to Amla, Abbas seems to be in love with short deliveries. Hurls across another one, an easy leave for Hashim as he ducks.
33.4
0
M Abbas to Amla, Full and outside off, Amla uses his long approach and defends it to the off side. Very limited footwork.
33.3
1
M Abbas to Markram, Short ball on middle, at 125 kph, Markram pulls it down to fine leg and jogs across for a run. Realizes late that the throw is coming at his end and hence hurries. It misses the stumps at the bowler's end but the mid off fielder has it backed up.
33.2
0
M Abbas to Markram, Angles in a good length ball on middle, Markram closes the face of his bat as he flicks it towards mid-wicket.
33.1
0
M Abbas to Markram, Play and a miss! Abbas digs in a short delivery around off, Markram tries to hook it across the line but it bounces a tad extra and goes over his bat.
32.6
4
H Ali to Amla, FOUR! Wonderful! Ali overpitches that one and Amla is too class a batsman to miss out on that one. He beautifully drives it through covers for a boundary. There are only a handful of batsmen who look as good as Amla when on song.
32.5
0
H Ali to Amla, Length delivery on middle and Hashim blocks it by getting right behind that one.
32.4
0
H Ali to Amla, Length delivery outside off, Amla shoulders arms to it. A bit of inswing movement after the ball hits the deck.
32.3
0
H Ali to Amla, Good length delivery outside off, Amla tries to drive it to mid on but finds the inside half of the bat and the ball goes to the fielder at mid on.
32.2
0
H Ali to Amla, Slightly short this time, finds the inside edge of Amla's bat and onto his pads.
32.1
0
H Ali to Amla, Length delivery on off, Amla guides it to the fielder at gully.
31.6
0
M Abbas to Markram, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
31.5
2
Abbas to A Markram, A mishit! Aiden survives. Back of a length delivery on off at 125 kph, Markram hangs back inside the crease in an attempt to heave it across the line. But he fails to time his shot properly and it balloons in the air. Luckily for Markram, it flies over mid-wicket and lands safely in the deep. The batsmen take a couple.
31.4
0
M Abbas to Markram, Slower cutter this time, at 105 kph. It lands full and moves back in, Markram plays it late from the crease and defends it down.
31.3
0
M Abbas to A Markram, Pitches it up and on off, Aiden drives it down the ground but straight to the mid off fielder.
31.2
0
M Abbas to Markram, Angles in a gentle length ball on middle at 123 kph, Markram flicks it off his pads but finds the fielder on the leg side.
31.1
0
M Abbas to Markram, Good length ball on off, Markram stays inside the crease in defense.
30.6
0
H Ali to Amla, Length delivery on off, Hashim defends it off his front foot. Good over for South Africa, 8 runs off that one.
30.5
4
H Ali to Amla, FOUR! Action replay of the previous boundary. Once again Ali bowls a bit fuller and Hashim once again drives the ball wonderfully through covers for a four. It's a joy to watch when Amla is timing the ball as beautifully as he is today.
30.4
0
H Ali to Amla, Pulls back his length and Amla blocks it away by opening the face of the bat.
30.3
4
H Ali to Amla, FOUR! Exquisite! Ali bowls it slightly fuller and Amla brings out his classic cover drive and finds the boundary. That's a textbook drive from Amla.
30.2
0
H Ali to Amla, Length delivery on middle, Hashim blocks it off his back foot.
30.1
0
H Ali to Amla, Amla defends it off the back foot by presenting the full face of the bat.
29.6
0
M Abbas to Markram, Finishes off the over by bowling a length delivery on middle, Aiden blocks it off his front foot. A good over by Abbas.
29.5
0
M Abbas to Markram, Fuller delivery on middle and leg and Markram drives it straight to the fielder at mid on.
29.4
0
M Abbas to Markram, Back of a length delivery and Markram defends it off his back foot.
29.3
0
M Abbas to Markram, Once again a fuller delivery and Aiden defends it off his front foot.
29.2
0
M Abbas to Markram, Fuller on this occasion and Aiden blocks it beautifully off his front foot.
29.1
0
M Abbas to Markram, Short of a length delivery by Abbas and Markram defends it off his back foot.
28.6
0
H Ali to Amla, Amla shoulders arms to the delivery bowled outside off.
28.5
0
H Ali to Amla, Amla blocks the fuller length delivery off his front foot.
28.4
1
H Ali to Markram, Fuller delivery on middle, Markram drives it through mid on for a single.
28.3
4
H Ali to Markram, FOUR! Beautifully driven! Full delivery outside off, Markram gets on his front foot and beautifully drives it through covers for a boundary. He continues where he left off before lunch.
28.2
0
H Ali to Markram, Once again a length delivery on middle, Aiden blocks it off his back foot.
28.1
0
H Ali to Markram, First ball after lunch and Hasan starts with a length delivery on middle. Markram defends it off his front foot.

Welcome back. The afternoon session is about to begin. The men concerned are out in the centre. Hasan Ali will bowl the first over after Lunch.

... DAY 1, SECOND SESSION ...

Fabulous session for South Africa. They have scored in excess of 100 for the loss of just one wicket. Dean Elgar chose to bat but he himself didn't last long. Post that, the pair of Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram joined forces and it's been easy going for the Proteas. There was some initial help from the surface but the Pakistani bowlers weren't hitting the right areas. Also, the pace of their speedsters was quite down to trouble the batsmen, especially on a pitch which ain't offering excessive movement. Markram has shown extraordinary form so far and will be eyeing a big score. Amla has taken his time but he too will like to get a big score under his belt. So far, Pakistan have looked clueless and it will be interesting to find out how they respond post Lunch. Do join us in a short while.

27.6
0
M Abbas to Amla, Angles in a full ball on off, Hashim Amla strides forward and defends it with ease. That will be Lunch on Day 1.
27.5
0
M Abbas to Amla, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
27.4
0
M Abbas to Amla, A mistimed shot! Fullish and outside off, Amla reaches out for this one as he attempts to play the cover drive. But it takes the inner half of his blade and rolls back to the bowler.
27.3
0
M Abbas to Amla, Pitches it up and lands it outside off, Amla is in no mood to chase it.
27.2
0
M Abbas to Amla, Once again Amla moves across the stumps to a good length delivery and defends it on the on side.
27.1
0
M Abbas to Amla, Good length ball just outside off, Amla shuffles across and defends it near his front pad.
26.6
0
S Khan to Markram, A googly this time, full and on off, Amla defends it back with a vertical bat.
26.5
1
S Khan to Amla, It's been driven superbly through the covers. One run added to the total.
26.4
0
S Khan to Amla, Loopy and full on off, Amla leans forward and defends it.
26.3
0
S Khan to Amla, Tossed up ball on off, Amla lunges and defense. There is a deep point and long off in place, a field set for poor bowling? Giving cover to Shadab for his short balls and full tosses. Hmm...
26.2
0
S Khan to Amla, Short and spinning away, Amla cuts but finds the point fielder.
26.1
0
S Khan to Amla, Full and flighted on off, Amla drives it back and the bowler dives to parry it towards short cover.
25.6
0
M Abbas to Markram, Fullish and on off, Markram defends it off his front foot to mid off.
25.5
0
M Abbas to Markram, Markram has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
25.4
4
M Abbas to Markram, FOUR! That's beautiful! Just walks into his on drive. A full ball on middle at 126 kph, Markram presents the full face of the bat and caresses it through mid on for a boundary. 100-run stand comes up!
25.3
0
M Abbas to Markram, Slants in a full ball on middle and off, Aiden flicks it across the line but finds the mid-wicket fielder.
25.2
0
M Abbas to Markram, Good length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty, Markram has nothing to do with it.
25.1
0
M Abbas to Markram, Full and angling in around off, right on target, Markram is forward in defense.

Mohammad Abbas is back for one final burst before Lunch.

24.6
0
S Khan to Amla, Fuller again, a touch flatter through the air, landing around off, Hashim presses forward in defense. Shadab just rushed through his over, should take more time and think about his bowling.
24.5
0
S Khan to Amla, Lunges to a full ball and defends it watchfully to the off side.
24.4
0
S Khan to Amla, A loopy full ball outside off, Amla drives it to covers where Imam makes a diving stop this time.
24.3
1
S Khan to Markram, Full toss again, it's been forced through covers for a run.
24.2
0
S Khan to Markram, Flatter and on off, defended off the back foot.
24.1
4
S Khan to Markram, FOUR! Starts with a low full toss on off, Markram drills his drive through the line and Imam at extra cover fails to stop the racing ball. Seems to have hurt his fingers there as it reaches the fence in a flash. Good start against spin for South Africa. 100 up for them!

Time for some leg spin! Shadab Khan has been introduced into the attack. A slip in place.

23.6
0
F Ashraf to Amla, Aahhh...finds the fielder again, this is frustrating as a batsman. Short and wide outside off, Amla rocks back and cuts it firmly but finds the fielder.
23.5
0
F Ashraf to Amla, Well fielded, Shadab! Saves a certain boundary. Amla plays a delightful cover drive to a full ball but fails to find the gap. Will be disappointed.
23.4
3
F Ashraf to Markram, Markram is looking so good there. A length ball angling into the batsman, Aiden just presents a straight bat and pushes it wide of mid on. Hasan Ali chases it down and they take three runs. This is now the best partnership between this pair in Tests.
23.3
4
F Ashraf to Markram, FOUR! The point fielder experiences a bad bounce. Fullish and outside off, Markram leans into the square drive and middles his shot pretty nicely. Imam tries to stop it but fails and it screams away to the fence.
23.2
0
F Ashraf to Markram, On a length again, Markram goes on the back foot and plays it down to point.
23.1
0
F Ashraf to Markram, Good length ball on off, shaping back in, Markram stays back and defends it to the off side. This one stayed low but Aiden always had his eyes on the ball.
22.6
0
M Amir to Amla, The line again is straight and Amla taps it down to square leg. The non-striker wants a run but Hashim isn't interested.
22.5
1
M Amir to Markram, A length ball on middle, Markram helps it just wide of wide mid on and steals a single. The fielder there misfields slightly as he attacks the ball.
22.4
0
M Amir to Markram, Strides forward again, to a length ball this time as he defends it down safely.
22.3
4
M Amir to Markram, FOUR! Elegant! Amir delivers it full and outside off, Markram leans into the drive and creams it with all the elegance in the world for a boundary at covers.

Mohammad Amir loses his footings and pulls out of his delivery stride at the last moment. Scratches the popping crease before heading back to his bowling mark.

22.2
0
M Amir to Markram, Full this time, on middle and off, Aiden sticks inside the crease and defends it again.
22.1
0
M Amir to Markram, Hits the bat hard. On a good length around middle, Markram offers a straight bat in defense.
21.6
0
F Ashraf to Amla, Serves it on a fuller length outside off, it's been left alone by Hashim to complete the over. Nothing happening for Pakistan and this is just the second hour of this Test match. Ominous signs.
21.5
1
F Ashraf to Markram, Fuller in length and outside off, Aiden pushes it to the left of the cover fielder. Shan Masood tries to stop it but fumbles slightly as he turns and the batsmen take a single.
21.4
0
F Ashraf to Markram, Pitches it up and around off, Markram lunges and defends it with soft hands.
21.3
0
F Ashraf to Markram, A touch short and around off, Aiden is on the back foot as he taps it down on the off side.
21.2
0
F Ashraf to Markram, Fullish and outside off, skidding off the surface, Markram takes his front leg forward and then makes a leave.
21.1
1
F Ashraf to Amla, Shortish on off, Amla punches it in the gap at covers. The point fielder runs across to his right to stop the ball and they cross.
20.6
0
M Amir to Markram, Lands it on a length around middle, Markram defends it by covering the line.
20.5
4
M Amir to Markram, FOUR! No margin for error on this pitch! Fractionally short and around leg, Markram picks it off his pads and flicks it past the square leg umpire for a boundary. Timing and placement, both top notch.

Aiden Markram pulls out at the last second. Maybe, some sightscreen issue. Amir will have to reload.

20.4
1
M Amir to Amla, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
20.3
0
M Amir to Amla, A touch short and on off, Amla defends it easily off his back foot.
20.2
0
M Amir to Amla, Closer to the off stump this time. On a good length, Amla stays on the back foot again as he defends it to the off side.
20.1
0
M Amir to Amla, Slants across a length delivery outside off, a comfortable leave for Hashim who just sticks back inside the crease and sees it through.
19.6
2
F Ashraf to Markram, Nice punch off the back foot. A good length delivery on off, Aiden pierces the gap at covers and collects a couple of runs. Easy going. This partnership is worth 73 now.
19.5
0
F Ashraf to Markram, A length ball outside off, Aiden gets forward and defends it to the off side.
19.4
0
F Ashraf to Markram, Shortish and on middle, Markram gets back and plays it down to mid on.
19.3
0
F Ashraf to Markram, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
19.2
4
F Ashraf to A Markram, FOUR! Lovely shot! Just a push off the front foot but it has been timed superbly. Ashraf serves it on a fuller length outside off, Markram strides forward and strokes it through extra cover. Brings up his 5th Test fifty, just loves playing at this ground, he averages in the 60s at Jo'burg.
19.1
0
F Ashraf to Markram, Fractionally short and on off, Markram goes on the back foot and punches it back to the bowler.
18.6
0
M Amir to Amla, Nice delivery. Angling across Amla, around off and holding its line. The batsman takes a stride forward to cover his stumps and then shoulders arms.
18.5
1
M Amir to Markram, Inside edge again. Fullish and on middle, Markram attempts to flick it in front of square leg but it gathers the inside edge and runs through backward square leg for a run.
18.4
0
M Amir to Markram, Gets behind the line of the delivery and defends it on the leg side.
18.3
0
M Amir to Markram, Full and on middle, defended back off his front foot.
18.2
0
M Amir to Markram, Good length ball on middle and off, Markram goes on his toes as he plays it down to mid-wicket.
18.1
0
M Amir to Markram, Full in length around leg, Markram plays it straight off his pads towards mid on.

Mohammad Amir is back on.

17.6
0
F Ashraf to Amla, Great stop, Imam! Fullish and outside off, Amla plays a full-blooded square drive but Imam stationed at point dives full length to his left to stop the racing ball. Superb effort, something Sarfraz likes to see from his boys.
17.5
0
F Ashraf to Amla, Full and outside off, Amla defends it by getting forward.
17.4
0
F Ashraf to Amla, Amla has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
17.3
0
F Ashraf to Amla, Nearly carries to third slip. Ashraf serves it on a length around off, Amla pushes inside the line with gentle hands again and this time it takes the outside edge. It though dies down quickly in front of Shadab.
17.2
0
F Ashraf to Amla, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
17.1
0
F Ashraf to Amla, Good length ball on off, defended back.
17.1
4
F Ashraf to Amla, FOUR! Soft hands! A length ball outside off, Amla decides to stay back and pushes at it with an angled bat. He places it through the gap between gully and slips as it races away. It's also called a no ball for overstepping. Looking at the replays, it's a bit touch and go.
16.6
4
H Ali to Markram, FOUR! My goodness, that's a great shot! This one is neither short nor full, Markram stays back and plays a short-arm jab through mid-wicket. A kind of shot that's difficult to play but the batsmen love to execute it.
16.5
0
H Ali to Markram, Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
16.4
0
H Ali to Markram, Stays back-footed to a short ball and punches it down to cover-point.
16.3
3
H Ali to Amla, Good shot! Hasan angles in a length ball and Amla just pushes it back with a straight bat. It races behind and by the time the mid off fielder pulls it back, they take three runs.
16.2
1
H Ali to Markram, Not in control. Fuller and on middle, Markram tries to flick but it takes the inner half of his willow and travels to deep mid-wicket. There is a fielder stationed there already and hence only a run results.
16.1
1
H Ali to Amla, Fuller length ball on middle, it's clipped through backward square leg for a run.
15.6
0
F Ashraf to A Markram, Similar good length on that fifth stump line. Markram looks to leave it but it late in getting his bat high. The ball takes the bottom edge of the bat and dies down. Maiden from Ashraf and two good overs back-to-back.
15.5
0
F Ashraf to Markram, Length outside off, left alone by Markram.
15.4
0
F Ashraf to Markram, A tad fuller this outside off, Markram pushes it to the off side.
15.3
0
F Ashraf to Markram, An appeal which dies down. Good length ball on off, moves a bit away after pitching. Markram looks to play it with a straight bat but misses. Hits his back leg and Pakistan appeal. Nothing from the umpire.
15.2
0
F Ashraf to Markram, This one is a bit back. On a good length on top of off, Adien stands tall and bunts it down.
15.1
0
F Ashraf to Markram, Full and in line of the stumps, Markram gets behind it and blocks it well.
14.6
0
H Ali to Amla, On a length and outside off, left alone by Amla to end the over.
14.5
1
H Ali to Markram, Sarfraz ain't happy! Ali angles in a full ball on middle, Aiden closes the face of the bat and bunts it towards mid on. The fielder there is a bit lazy in reacting as the batsmen pinch a single. The Pakistan skipper screams in anguish.
14.4
0
H Ali to Markram, Beauty by Hasan! He hurls across a fuller length ball outside off at 140 kph and it nips back in after landing. Markram tries to drive through the line but is beaten on the inside edge. There is certainly some spice in the surface and Pakistan have failed to utilize it so far.
14.3
0
H Ali to Markram, Bouncer! The batsman ducks under it at the last moment.
14.2
3
H Ali to Amla, Back of a length delivery on off, Amla camps back and punches it in front of square on the off side. Three added to the total as the fielder pulls it back just before the rope. 50-run stand comes up.
14.1
0
H Ali to Amla, Appeal for an lbw! Not given. A good length ball on off, shaping back in with extra bounce, Amla fails to keep it out and is hit on the flap of the front pad. Looked high as the umpire shook his head.

Drinks break. Done with the first hour of this Test match and South Africa have already moved to 54 for the loss of Dean Elgar's wicket. Apart from that moment in the second over, the Protea batsmen have looked at ease, especially Aiden Markram. He has raced to 39 and is batting with a strike rate of 75 at the moment. Hashim Amla has been more watchful though. For Pakistan, their pacers have been largely ineffective as they have not hit the right areas consistently. They need pull up their socks quickly and get it right in the next hour.

13.6
0
F Ashraf to Markram, Uses his crease this time, the bowler. Goes wide of the crease as he lets in a length ball on off, Markram blocks it safely.
13.5
0
F Ashraf to Markram, Full and on off, angling in at 135 kph, Aiden is forward in defense.
13.4
0
F Ashraf to Markram, Markram shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
13.3
0
F Ashraf to Markram, Around off, punched off the back foot to covers this time.
13.2
4
F Ashraf to A Markram, FOUR! That's aerial and inches away from the diving gully fielder. Back of a length ball around off, Markram goes back to punch it through covers but it catches the outside edge speeds away to the fence. Amla walks up to his partner and probably has a word of advice for Markram.
13.1
0
F Ashraf to A Markram, Good length ball just outside off, at 130 kph, Markram stays back and taps it down to gully.

Faheem Ashraf is introduced into the attack.

12.6
4
H Ali to Amla, FOUR! It appears Hasan Ali is more concerned about his foot landing in the danger area than where his ball is landing. It's nice and full outside off, this time Amla accepts the invitation and crunches his drive through covers. 50 up for South Africa.
12.5
0
H Ali to H Amla, Fullish and on off, Amla drives it down the ground but straight to mid off. It's a conscious effort by Hasan Ali to stay away from the danger area.
12.4
0
H Ali to Amla, Good length ball targeting the top of off stump, Amla punches it from the crease but finds the cover fielder.
12.3
0
H Ali to Amla, An inviting delivery outside off, Amla declines the offer of playing a drive off the front foot. He just remains back and allows it through to Sarfraz.
12.2
1
H Ali to Markram, Lands it on a length and just outside off, Aiden stays back inside the crease and gently plays it down in the gap at covers. A single is pinched. All too easy for South Africa currently.
12.1
0
H Ali to Markram, Pitches it up and around off, Markram defends it back by showing the full face of his bat.
11.6
0
M Abbas to Amla, Abbas puts it on a full length on off, Amla is half-forward in his defense.
11.5
0
M Abbas to Amla, Good length ball on off, this time Amla blocks it from the crease to the off side.
11.4
0
M Abbas to Amla, Full and on off, shaping back in, Amla allows it to come back in and then dead-bats it. Abbas' plan is to keep it full and around off and let Hashim play as many balls as possible by getting forward.
11.3
0
M Abbas to Amla, Amla has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
11.2
0
M Abbas to Amla, Angles in a fuller length ball outside off, Amla is watchful in his defense once more.
11.1
0
M Abbas to Amla, A length ball around off, Hashim is watchful in his defense. The way Markram is batting, it must be taking the pressure away from Amla. He can spend some time in the middle without thinking too much about scoring runs. Settle down first and then make merry.
10.6
0
H Ali to A Markram, That's the length. Hasan needs to hit this area more. Drops it on a good length around off and gets it to shape back in. Markram fails to defend but is hit high on the pads. Some inside edge also.
10.6
0
H Ali to Markram, Wide called for height! A bouncer has gone all wrong. It travels well over the head of the batsman.
10.5
4
H Ali to A Markram, FOUR! This is T20 stuff! Hasan digs in a short delivery, Markram trusts the bounce, fetches it from outside off and powers his pull shot to the deep mid-wicket fence. Early struggle for Pakistan. 12 from the over, so far.
10.4
0
H Ali to Markram, A hint of inward shape from a length outside off, Aiden defends it near his front pad.
10.3
0
H Ali to Markram, Fuller and on off, driven back to the bowler.
10.2
4
H Ali to Markram, FOUR! And again. Back of a length delivery outside off, once again Markram is quick to ride the bounce as he punches it past point for a boundary.
10.1
4
H Ali to Markram, FOUR! Shot! A touch short and outside off, Markram gets on top of the bounce and punches it sweetly behind point for a boundary. Good start to the over.
9.6
1
M Abbas to Markram, A length ball on off, cutting back in, Markram inside edges his attempted shot and it goes behind square leg for a run. We're done with the first 10 overs of the match and there hasn't been too much on offer for the bowlers. There is movement for the new ball but nothing very dangerous. Apart from losing Dean Elgar, South Africa have largely looked unperturbed.
9.5
0
M Abbas to Markram, Full and angling in around off, a little bit of swing there, Markram presents a straight bat in defense. Good contest going on. Just putting it there and waiting for the batsman to err in his shot selection.
9.4
0
M Abbas to Markram, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
9.3
1
M Abbas to Amla, This one is on the pads and Amla has easily flicked it in the gap at mid-wicket for a run.
9.2
0
M Abbas to Amla, Pitches it up and outside off, Amla is on the front foot as he defends it to the off side. Hashim doesn't look too comfortable whenever he is drawn forward.
9.1
0
M Abbas to Amla, Full and angling in around off, straightening a bit after pitching, Amla defends it from the outer half of his bat to point.
8.6
0
H Ali to Markram, Aiden has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
8.5
4
H Ali to Markram, FOUR! Quality shot from a promising young man. Hasan Ali pitches it up and outside off, Markram confidently gets on the front foot and nails his cover drive for a boundary.
8.4
0
H Ali to Markram, A length ball on middle, straighter in line again, Markram pushes it towards wide mid on.
8.3
0
H Ali to Markram, Fuller in length on middle at 135 kph, Markram gets forward and works it off his pads to the leg side. Not in the gap though at mid-wicket.
8.2
0
H Ali to Markram, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
8.1
0
H Ali to Markram, In the channel outside off, Markram leaves it easily.

Hasan Ali has the ball in his hand.

7.6
1
M Abbas to Markram, Stays back and plays it down in the gap at covers for a quick single. 11 from the over, South Africa going on nicely.
7.5
0
M Abbas to Markram, Back of a length delivery around off, nipping back in and staying low too, Markram tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
7.4
4
M Abbas to Markram, FOUR! A short delivery at a gentle pace isn't a good idea but it almost worked. Abbas just wanted to surprise the batsman by altering his length. He puts it around off and Aiden immediately goes for the pull shot. Fails to middle it and ends up top edging it behind to fine leg for a boundary.
7.3
2
M Abbas to A Markram, Edgy! Full and outside off, moving away a bit, Markram tries to defend but it takes a soft outside edge and rolls past gully for a couple.
7.2
4
M Abbas to A Markram, FOUR! Cracking shot! Abbas overpitches outside off at 124 kph, Markram takes a big stride forward and drives it delightfully through covers for a boundary. The pace is too gentle here from Abbas, allowing the batsman to adjust.
7.1
0
M Abbas to Markram, Full and on off, angling in at 127 kph, Markram draws forward ind defense.
6.6
0
M Amir to Amla, Good length delivery angling away from the batsman, it's outside off and Hashim lets it through to the keeper.
6.5
0
M Amir to Amla, A real teaser around off, Amla makes a good leave. Looking a bit tentative whenever he has to press forward.
6.4
3
M Amir to Markram, Nearly a catch at short leg! Good length delivery on middle, too straight in line, Markram rotates his wrists and flicks it uppishly past Shan Masood. It speeds away and Abbas also sprints across to his left from fine leg. Uses his boot to keep it out just before the rope and the umpire finds it a clean effort after consulting it upstairs. Three added to the total.
6.3
0
M Amir to Markram, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
6.2
0
M Amir to Markram, A bit like the last delivery, this time Markram gets on top of the bounce and plays it down to short leg. Shan Masood keeps his eyes on the ball and collects it on one bounce. Good quality to possess for a bat-pad position.
6.1
0
M Amir to Markram, Extra bounce on this occasion. Jumping onto the batsman from a shortish length on middle. Markram tries to play it out but fails and takes a blow on his body, near the stomach area.
5.6
0
M Abbas to Amla, A length ball on off, Hashim walks across the stumps in his stance and defends it on the leg side.
5.5
0
M Abbas to Amla, Puts it on a fuller length on off, Amla gets forward and across before blocking it with a dead straight bat. Not shuffling across too much like he used to, has worked on his technique it appears.
5.4
0
M Abbas to Amla, An easier leave on this occasion. Full and outside off, trying to tempt the batsman into a drive, Amla is patient enough to allow it through.
5.3
0
M Abbas to Amla, Good leave. Abbas takes a length ball into the batsman with the angle and then it straightens after landing just outside off. Amla covers his stumps by shuffling across and then shoulders arms.
5.2
0
M Abbas to Amla, Nice and full around off, Amla gets forward and quietly defends it near his front pad.
5.1
0
M Abbas to Amla, On a length and outside off, Amla gets forward with a tentative front foot movement and then defends it to the off side.
4.6
0
M Amir to Markram, Good line from Amir. Keeps it full and around off, Markram also is quite confident in his front foot defense.
4.5
0
M Amir to Markram, Fails to work it around the corner. This one is served on his pads, Markram tries tucking it on the leg side but fails to middle his shot.
4.4
0
M Amir to Markram, Identical to the last delivery, this time Aiden pushes his weight on the back leg and pats it down towards point.
4.3
0
M Amir to Markram, Just ahead of a length this time, angling across the right-hander, it's around off and Markram is on the front foot in his defense.
4.2
0
M Amir to Markram, A length ball on middle and off, Markram gets on the back foot and defends it towards the bowler.
4.1
0
M Amir to Markram, Bouncer around leg, Markram ducks underneath it.
3.6
1
M Abbas to Markram, Gentle hands. Goes back to a length ball and taps it down in the gap at covers for a quick single.
3.5
0
M Abbas to Markram, Markram has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
3.4
0
M Abbas to Markram, On a length around off, Markram stays back to play it down towards point.
3.3
1
M Abbas to Amla, This one is fuller and on the pads, Amla turns it off his pads behind square leg for one.
3.2
0
M Abbas to Amla, Amla has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
3.1
2
M Abbas to Amla, Shortish on off, punched to sweeper cover for a brace. Amla is off the mark.
2.6
0
M Amir to Markram, Fuller length ball moving back into the batsman, Markram defends it to end the over.
2.5
0
M Amir to Markram, Chance goes down begging! In and out of short leg's hands! Shan Masood is the culprit. Good length ball on middle, Aiden plays the flick shot but fails to keep it down. Also, he has played it straight to Masood who reacts late. It hits him on the right hand (near the elbow), ricochets on his body and then goes down. Nervy period for Aiden.
2.4
0
M Amir to Markram, A length ball on middle and off, Markram firmly gets behind the line and defends.
2.3
2
M Amir to Markram, A touch short around off, Markram rocks back inside the crease and punches it through covers for a couple of runs.
2.2
0
M Amir to Markram, Full and wide outside off, Aiden shoulders arms.
2.1
0
M Amir to Markram, Goes back to get on top of the bounce of a length delivery and plays it down to covers.
1.6
0
M Abbas to Amla, Another front foot defense by Amla, a watchful one by him to end a successful over for Pakistan.
1.5
0
M Abbas to Amla, Right on the money for the new batsman. Slants in a length ball on off, Amla is on the front foot in defense.

Hashim Amla walks in next at number 3.

1.4
0
M Abbas to Elgar, OUT! There you go! Excellent delivery by Abbas and he has hunted down the stand-in skipper. Angles across a good length delivery outside off, Elgar has his feet glued to the crease as he hangs his bat out tentatively. It catches a thin outside edge and goes into the safe gloves of Sarfraz. Usually, Dean is a very patient batsman but his patience lasted only two balls, left the previous ones and edged the third. Early success for Pakistan and it's a big one too.
1.3
0
M Abbas to Elgar, Outside off, left alone.
1.2
0
M Abbas to Elgar, Lets the ball go outside his off stump.
1.1
4
M Abbas to D Elgar, FOUR! Full and outside off, Elgar gets forward to reach out for it and then drives it down through mid off for the first boundary of this Test match.

Mohammad Abbas to operate from the other end.

0.6
0
M Amir to Markram, On a length and around off, Markram gets forward and pushes it with an angled bat to point.
0.5
0
M Amir to Markram, Left alone. This time Amir takes a length delivery away with the angle. It's around off and Markram leaves it on merit.
0.4
0
M Amir to Markram, A hint of inward swing this time into the right-hander, Markram stays back and defends it in front of short leg.
0.3
1
M Amir to Elgar, Gets full and outside off, Dean gets forward and pushes it gently in the gap at covers for a run.
0.2
0
M Amir to Elgar, Angles away a length delivery outside off, Elgar watches the line closely and makes a leave.
0.1
0
M Amir to Markram, Starts with a good length delivery on middle, a hint of shape and bounce, Markram fails to work it around and it goes off his pads towards backward square leg. They cross.

Time to get underway! The players are on the field. Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram (who passed his fitness test) are the Protea openers. Mohammad Amir to kick off proceedings with the new cherry. All set, here we go...

A milestone for the 23-year old Zubayr Hamza. He becomes the 100th Test player for South Africa since readmission. He's a very promising young batsman who averages a shade above 49 in the First Class cricket.

Toss - Dean Elgar wins the toss and SOUTH AFRICA WILL BAT! As expected, Zubayr Hamza takes Faf du Plessis' place in the playing XI while the rest of the team remains the same. Pakistan, on the other hand, have made as many as three changes. Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf and Hasan Ali come in for Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi and Fakhar Zaman.

Welcome one and all for the third Test match between South Africa and Pakistan in Johannesburg. The hosts only took 6 days and around 30 minutes to take an unassailable lead in the series and now it's time to talk about playing for pride for the visiting team. The weakness in their batting is quite evident while their bowlers didn't perform to full potential in the last game. Will they take inspiration from their Asian rival's performance in Australia and avoid a whitewash? Only time will tell. For South Africa, Faf du Plessis will be missing as he's serving a one-match ban and Dean Elgar will be leading the hosts in his absence. It's unlikely there will be any other change for them. Stay tuned for more updates...

Pakistan Team Squad -Asad Shafiq,Azhar Ali,Babar Azam,Fakhar Zaman,Imam-ul-Haq,Shan Masood,Faheem Ashraf,Shadab Khan,Mohammad Rizwan,Sarfraz Ahmed,Hasan Ali,Mohammad Abbas,Mohammad Amir,Shaheen Afridi,Yasir Shah

South Africa Team Squad -Aiden Markram,Dean Elgar,Hashim Amla,Pieter Malan,Temba Bavuma,Theunis de Bruyn,Zubayr Hamza,Vernon Philander,Quinton de Kock,Dale Steyn,Dane Paterson,Duanne Olivier,Kagiso Rabada,Keshav Maharaj

After promising so much in the warm-up game where they beat the Cricket South Africa Invitation XI, the touring Pakistan side has just fallen apart quite dramatically and lost both Tests in 4 days or under. No doubt that the tour was going to be a tough one but the way the Pakistan team batting has capitulated is worrying not only for Mickey Arthur but also all the fans back home. It has been a pattern since the Test series against New Zealand in the UAE. And by their captain Sarfraz Ahmed's own admission, their bowling became worse in the 2nd Test. The hosts have had it too easy so far but they also have a few problems of their own coming into this Test. Their skipper, Faf du Plessis has been ruled out of the match at the Bullring, because of a second offence of slow over rate in the previous game. The lack of a spinner could have been the reason for the same. While that is a loss, the fact is that they have won the series and this being a dead rubber, so they shouldn't worry too much. Dean Elgar has been named stand-in captain. His opening partner, Aiden Markram also had a slight niggle and will undergo a late medical to prove his fitness for the game. This game could also see a certain 23-year old Zubayr Hamza getting a debut replacing the original skipper in the middle order. With the series already decided, it will be interesting to see whether the Protea can whitewash the Pakistan team, unlike their more illustrious, number one ranked neighbors who beat them at this very ground last year or will the visitors salvage some pride. Should be a good watch, but I still do not expect this one to go the distance either considering the vulnerable batting line-ups.