Clinical South Africa seal series win over Pakistan

CAPE TOWN Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:41pm IST

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa showed why they are the number one test team in the world with a clinical performance on day four of the second test against Pakistan to clinch the series with a four-wicket victory on Sunday.

Excellent bowling in the morning session was backed up with steady batting under the hot sun as they chased down a victory target of 182.

South Africa now lead the three-match series 2-0 with one match remaining in Centurion starting on February 22.

Hashim Amla anchored their chase with an enterprising 58 from 96 balls that drained the belief from the Pakistan bowlers.

The tourists picked up some late wickets to allow spinner Saeed Ajmal to record match figures of 10 for 147, but by then the game was lost.

Starting their innings 30 minutes after lunch having bowled Pakistan out for 169 in their second innings, the home side lost the early wicket of Alviro Petersen lbw to Umar Gul for one.

Graeme Smith (29) then became Ajmal's first victim of the innings when he was also trapped in front going on the sweep, the second time in the test he has been out in that fashion.

Jacques Kallis hit a brisk 21 before being dismissed lbw by Ajmal.

Amla was magnificent as he steered the ball all round the ground, but was bowled as he had an uncharacteristic wild swing at an Ajmal delivery, bringing an end to his fine knock.

AB de Villiers (36) also played a reckless flashing cut that was caught by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed off Tanvir Ahmed to give the bowler his only wicket of the test.

Faf du Plessis (15) was lbw to Ajmal with two runs needed, but Dean Elgar (11 not out) smashed the winning runs.

Perhaps fittingly, he was at the crease at the time with man of the match Robin Peterson (1 not out), who had changed the course of the match with his 84 on Saturday and fine bowling on the fourth morning.

FIRST BREAKTHROUGH

The victory was set up by South Africa taking seven Pakistan wickets for the addition of 69 runs.

The tourists resumed on 100 for three, but it was not long before the hosts had their first breakthrough.

Misbah-ul-Haq attempted a poorly executed sweep off Peterson and sent a top-edge flying to Graeme Smith at leg slip, the batsman departing for a patient 44.

Asad Shafiq (19) was next to go, unlucky to see the ball bounce onto the stumps after it looped up following his back-foot defensive shot off Vernon Philander.

Then came a collapse that rocked Pakistan as they lost three wickets in as many balls.

Sarfraz Ahmed (five) left a Peterson delivery that turned out of the leg-side rough and cannoned into his stumps.

It was the last ball of the spinner's over, with Philander taking up the attack from the other end and getting wickets with his first two balls.

Ali had reached his 14th test half-century when he edged to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers for 65, and Gul lasted one delivery as he was brilliantly caught by a diving Petersen at third slip.

Ajmal (four) was bowled around his legs by Peterson and Mohammad Irfan (two) was the last wicket down as he fended a Dale Steyn bouncer to Petersen in the slips.

Philander ended with match figures of nine for 99.

(Editing by Mark Meadows)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Soccer

SPORTS SHOWCASE

Motor Racing

Motor Racing

Force India happy to retain drivers, says Mallya  Full Article 

Atlanta Open

Atlanta Open

Isner downs Aussie battler to reach Atlanta semi-finals   Full Article 

Canadian Open

Canadian Open

DeLaet well placed to end Canadian title drought  Full Article 

Russian GP

Russian GP

F1 teams rule out Russian race boycott  Full Article 

Jadeja Fined

Jadeja Fined

Jadeja fined over Anderson altercation in first test  Full Article 

2018 World Cup

2018 World Cup

FIFA committed to 2018 World Cup in Russia  Full Article 

Colombo Test

Colombo Test

Amla, De Villiers dig in for South Africa in second test  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage