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SA vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, Day 4: as it happened


Cricketnext Staff,Cricketnext
Feb 17, 2013 at 10:00pm IST

South Africa 2nd innings:

South Africa 182 for 6 in 43.1 overs: Dean Elgar hit the winning runs by sweeping Ajmal to deep square leg. South Africa have won by four wickets and they take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series.

South Africa 180 for 6 in 42 overs: Another wicket for Ajmal and he snaps up his third ten-wicket haul in Test matches.. Brilliant bowling from the wily offspinner. Faf du Plessis was trapped in front of stumps as he shuffled too much in order to try to work the ball to the leg side.

SA vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, Day 4: as it happened

South Africa chased down the target of 182 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series against Pakistan.

du Plessis lbw b Ajmal 15(16)

South Africa 168 for 5 in 39 overs: Tanvir Ahmed picked yp his first wicket of the Test by dismissing AB de Villiers for 36. The batsman tried to cut the wide delivery but got an inside edge and the wicketkeeper took a fine catch. Will there be another twist in the tail?

South Africa 150 for 4 in 36 overs: Hashim Amla fell to Saeed Ajmal after striking a fine 58. He hit Ajmal for the boundary on the previous ball but the bowler got his revenge by castling him on the next ball. Ajmal gave a deceptive flight and invoked Amla to go for a drive. the ball went through between his bat and pad to clatter the stumps.

Hashim Amla b Ajmal 58(96)

South Africa 112 for 3 in 28 overs: Hashim Amla pinched singles with ease and moved into the 40s as South Africa cruising towards the victory pole. AB de Villiers crashed Tanvir to notch up his first boundary and batted with caution since then.

South Africa 88 for 3 in 22 overs: Kallis was looking in sublime touch as he cracked three cover drives off Tanvir Ahmed after tea to the boundary fence. But for the second time in the match, Ajmal trapped Kallis in front of wickets. The ball pitched outside the off stump and turned into the batsman sharply to hit the pads as Kallis tried to clip it away. The umpire raised the finger quickly after the appeal but the batsman asked for the review which ratified umpire's decision.

Jacques Kallis lbw b Saeed Ajmal 21(29)

South Africa 66 for 2 in 17 overs: South Africa lost Smith in the penultimate over before the tea. Good session for Proteas nevertheless. They are in good position at the moment but Pakistan will fancy their chances if they could get a couple of quick wickets. Amla (32) and Kallis (3) are at the crease.

South Africa 64 for 2 in 16 overs: Graeme was batting sensibly but played a one false shot which cost him his wicket. He tried to sweep the delivery from Ajmal which was flat and pitched on middle stump. The batsman missed the ball and was given out lbw.

Graeme Smith lbw b Ajmal 29(39)

South Africa 52 for 1 in 13 overs: Amla and Smith clocked up runs with ease as South Africa breezed past 50 in the 13th over. Both the batsman looked in fluent touch and were severe on anything short and wide. Amla creamed three boundaries on the off side playing majestic strokes.

South Africa 10 for 1 in 4 overs: Alviro Petersen was trapped lbw by Umar Gul for 1. The ball pitched on good length and cut back sharply to catch Petersen on the crease. The batsman didn't ask for the review and rightly so.

Petersen lbw b Umar Gul 1(16)

Pakistan 2nd innings:

Pakistan all out for 169 in 75.3 overs: Dale Steyn nipped out Mohammad Irfan for 2 to wrap up the Pakistan's innings. The ball reared up and had Irfan hopping. It took a top edge of Irfan's bat and Alviro Petersen took a fine catch. Tanvir Ahmed remained unbeaten for 10.

Pakistan 158 for 9 in 71 overs: Saeed Ajmal fell to Robin Peterson. The left-arm spinner pitched the ball just outside the leg stump and Ajmal went for the sweep. The ball pit his leg and rolled onto the stumps.

Saeed Ajmal b Peterson 4 (21)

Pakistan 157 for 8 at lunch in 70 overs: It's been an excellent session for South Africa as they got four Pakistan wickets for just 57 runs. Robin Peterson and Vernon Philander picked up two wickets each. Saeed Ajmal (4*) and Tanvir Ahmed (1*) were batting when lunch was taken.

Pakistan 152 for 8 in 66 overs: Pakistan lost three wickets in three balls as Robin Peterson dismissed Sarfraz Ahmed, who shouldered arms, for five runs and Vernon Philander removed the well set Azhar Ali and Umar Gul in consecutive balls in the next over as Pakistan slumped early on day 4. Pakistan have a lead of 164 runs with two wickets remaining.

Pakistan 148 for 5 in 64 overs: Pakistan losq,t the wicket of Asad Shafi who played a forward defensive stroke bu coultdn't put the ball away as it spun and hit the stumps . Meanwhile, Pakistan extended their lead past 150, but lost the wicket of . Ali was once again cautious, while Shafiq - who also made 111 in the first innings - took a few chances in his brief knock.

Pakistan 114 for 4 in 53 overs Resuming the day at 100 for 3, Pakistan could only add 14 runs before losing the wicket of Misbah-ul-Haq for 44 to Robin Peterson. Misbah was employing the sweep more often than not rather successfully, but on this occasion he top-edged the legside delivery as the ball popped up with Graeme Smith holding on to an easy catch at short fine leg.

Day three summary:

Robin Peterson and Dale Steyn led a South African fightback which left the second Test evenly poised at the end of the third day. Pakistan were 100 for 3 in their second innings at the close, a lead of 112.

Peterson hit 84 to enable South Africa to get within 12 runs of Pakistan's first innings total of 338 and Steyn bowled at blistering pace to take two wickets as Pakistan lost their first three second innings wickets for 45 runs. At that stage South Africa were slightly on top but Azhar Ali and captain Misbah-ul-Haq shared a largely cautious unbeaten partnership of 55 to see Pakistan through to the close without further loss.

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