Dale Steyn took his 5th ten-wicket haul of his career as Pakistan crashed to a heavy 211-run defeat in the opening Test at the Wanderers. Pakistan going into fourth day with six wickets in hand lost them all in a hurry to the second new ball.
A stubborn partnership between Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq saved Pakistan from a third day defeat in the opening Test at Johannesburg. The middle order pair batted together for 45.1 overs while putting up 101 runs for the unbroken 5th wicket stand.
There was time when batting collapses in Test cricket were a one-off thing -- that certainly isn’t the case any longer. Pakistan’s capitulation for 49 against South Africa at Johannesburg on Saturday is the latest in the growing list of batting embarrassments in the five-day game in recent times.
A tremendous spell of 4 for 16 from Mohammad Hafeez saw South Africa collapse to a disappointing 253 on the opening day’s play of the First Test at Johannesburg. Most of the South African batsmen got starts but failed to convert them into bigger scores while the Pakistanis chipped away at the wickets.