Live Score Pakistan tour of South Africa, 1st Test: South Africa v Pakistan at Centurion, Dec 26-30, 2018

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Pakistan 181/10 & 190/10
(47.0 Overs) RR: 3.85

South Africa 223/10 & 151/4
(60.0 Overs) 3.71
Hashim Amla (rhb)6314842.56
Dean Elgar (lhb)5012340.65
Shan Masood (rmf)3.01612.00
Yasir Shah (rmf)7.412012.60

South Africa won by 6 wickets

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2.59pm That’s about it for us from the ESPNcricinfo team for the first Test of this three-Test series. Loads of drama, that you can catch up on here in Liam Brickhill’s report. For the moment, it’s goodbye from Chandan Duorah, Saurabh Somani, Danyal Rasool, Liam and myself, Debayan Sen. Here’s wishing you all a very happy new year. Stay blessed and keep following the game with ESPNcricinfo!

Duanne Olivier is the man of the match.

Duanne Olivier: “It’s just about contributing to the team, and each opportunity I get making the most of it I enjoy [the enforcer role] but it depends on the wicket, I wouldn’t do it in every game. At the end of the day it’s about putting in the hard work and committing to every ball. I’m not too fazed about Vern coming back. He’s world class. I’ll just take things day by day. This is a Test match I will never forget.”

Faf du Plessis: “Great Test, and good to go one up. Very chuffed for Dale. He wanted to get it in Sri Lanka. He was desperate to get that wicket. But the way he’s been bowling in the last few months, we knew he would get it in this Test. [Collapse] was the match-turning moment. Both teams were very similar in the first innings. We were talking about restricting them to 250, but that period where we got nine wickets was incredible from the bowlers, especially Duanne. He reminded me of Mitchell Johnson here a few years ago, making it very uncomfortable for the batsmen.Fantastic batting, and I’m very happy for Hashim. It looks like he’s moving really well. Vernon in Cape Town is like peanut butter and syrup, he should be there.”

SM : “Reminiscent of the 2015 WC quarterfinal. Good fast bowling in the face of a small total… only to be let down with bad fielding. Actually, you could probably pick out several dozen such examples in the last few years. ”

Pierre: “Come on! All the what if’s aside you can’t set a premier test side 149 to win! Really good bowling from SA yesterday, and batting to secure the small but crucial lead. They were ahead of Pakistan in both departments at the end of the day just give credit where it is due”

Mubashir: “I have always heard one quote that catches win matches if fakhar got that catch the result might be different ”

Hiba : “We must give credit to Pakistani fast bowlers they bowled with great attitude throughout the bad that the batsmen provided no support.”

Stanton: “Good win for SA. I do suspect that thinus de bruin will get dropped to make way for Vernon for the Cape Town tests his batting is not bad at all, and thinus had really struggled recently in tests. Olivier and Maharaj to be retained ”

Pawan: “is this the first match in which no captain scored a single run?” — Yes, the first completed Test match where both captains have been dismissed for pairs. Cannot account for matches where batsmen didn’t bat, or had rain interruptions, etc.

Wasim : “Let’s give credit to SA, we have now beaten Australia and India at home and now we 1-0 up vs Pakistan. We really are formidable at home! ”

Noor: “Haris, Faheem, Rizwan in next match for Asad, Sarfaraz and Hassan”

2.35pm So a little over midway through this Test, and South Africa walk away with a six-wicket win. The margin flatters them a bit, because this day was about a stern examination set by the Pakistan seamers, that Amla and Elgar had to do well to pass. A 119-run partnership in a 149-run chase was always going to be crucial, and that’s exactly how they helped overcome the early loss of Aiden Markram.

50.44 Yasir Shah to Bavuma THOSE ARE THE WINNING RUNS! Befitting that Bavuma gets them, getting down on his haunches to sweep a length ball aimed at the stumps, down to long leg. Terrific batting from Bavuma in the first innings that was largely responsible for setting this match up today. Today’s effort was down to Amla, who finishes unbeaten on 63, and Elgar, who scored a gutsy 50 himself. South Africa lead the series 1-0! FOUR

Fraz: “Makes you think. Had Fakhar held on to the Amla catch and the umpire given the Eglar catch, South Africa would have been 16-3 and their ever so fragile middle order would have been exposed early to a pumped up Pakistani bowling lineup”

50.30 Yasir Shah to Bavuma length, outside off, and he defends from the crease no run
50.20 Yasir Shah to Bavuma floats this up, outside off, at 87kph, and he presses forward to smother it no run
50.10 Yasir Shah to Bavuma length ball, and he goes back to cut it towards point no run

End of Over No.50 South Africa 147/4 Last Over (7 runs)

49.60 Shaheen Shah Afridi to Amla shorter, and he goes up on his toes in trying to whip it away on the leg side, but fails to make contact no run
49.50 Shaheen Shah Afridi to Amla outside off, good length, and he leaves no run

Usama Jawad: “Just thinking, if Pakistan had extended the target to at least 200, they would have genuinely given South Africa a run for their money. Now, the only positives they can take from this match is their superb bowling attack, and fifties scored by Imam and Babar.” — I felt 175 would have been terrific on this pitch. And if they had held Amla early today. But cricket has to be played beyond the ifs and buts

Just two away

49.43 Shaheen Shah Afridi to Bavuma fuller length, but strays on to the pads, and he can whip it off his legs down towards midwicket 3 runs
49.30 Shaheen Shah Afridi to Bavuma length, angles into him from wide of the crease, 138kph, and forces Bavuma to take the bottom hand off to defend no run

Fahad: “Now, Mickey would be even angrier! Had Sa won by 9 wickets the batters could have said to him see it wouldnt have mattered even if we had a 200 lead but now with 4 down Mickey would get a mickey out of batters again:)”

49.20 Shaheen Shah Afridi to Bavuma dug in short, and has Bavuma ducking out of the way of it. Very well directed no run

Comes around the wicket now

49.14 Shaheen Shah Afridi to Bavuma length ball, angles across him, and he leans into a gorgeous extra cover drive FOUR

Ahsan Zaman: “It could not happen, could it??????” — Anything could, but it probably won’t

End of Over No.49 South Africa 140/4 Last Over (1 run)

48.60 Yasir Shah to Amla drives a fuller ball outside off, and fielded by Yasir no run

MUHAMMAD NAZAR : “it must be a new world record for Captains, both captains in same test got PAIR OF DUCKS.. ” — Quack-quack of affirmation!

48.50 Yasir Shah to Amla flighted, and slower at 79kph, and he presses forward to defend no run
48.40 Yasir Shah to Amla comes forward to smother a length ball, straighter at the batsman no run
48.30 Yasir Shah to Amla presses forward to smother a length ball outside off no run
48.20 Yasir Shah to Amla presses forward to defend a length ball outside off no run

The target is in single figures now

Usama Ata: “Oh! Please Team South Africa live up to your Chokers tag! Choke now Come on!”

Muhammad Shahid: “When there is no lead left to defend, they have started taking wickets.”

48.11 Yasir Shah to Bavuma presses forward and flicks a full ball on leg stump towards short midwicket 1 run

End of Over No.48 South Africa 139/4 Last Over (3 runs)

47.60 Shaheen Shah Afridi to Amla short ball, and he goes back to defend it outside off no run

Saurabh confirms that this is the first time all four innings in a Test have seen the designated captains fail to score a single

47.51 Shaheen Shah Afridi to Bavuma fuller, and he drives it to the right of mid on and sets off immediately for a single. Busy player, living up to that reputation 1 run

Nayyar Raza Kha: “Some body saying yasir is going wicket less, please post his more comments like this we need 6 more in 3 overs i think.”

47.41 Shaheen Shah Afridi to Amla length ball, and he gets on top of the bounce and nudges it towards midwicket 1 run
47.30 Shaheen Shah Afridi to Amla angles across Amla from a length, bowled at 141kph, and he lets it go no run

Bavuma is the new man in. Got a handy fifty in the first dig

Fahad Fazli: “World record game for captains:)” — Who would want to be a captain, eh? Kohli got a blob today as well!

47.2W Shaheen Shah Afridi to du Plessis short ball, and he has swung it straight down the throat of long leg! TWO PAIRS FOR TWO CAPTAINS! Just reward for Afridi, who will feel he probably should have struck with the Elgar catch to Azhar Ali that the TV umpire overruled. Too little, too late, though for Pakistan OUT
F du Plessis c Hasan Ali b Shaheen Shah Afridi 0 (5m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Man under the helmet ta short leg for du Plessis

Ross: “Before you drop Yasir, the next test is in Cape Town, which is usually the best pitch for spinners in South Africa. In 2013, Ajmal was wicketless at Centurion but got a 10-for at Newlands.”

47.11 Shaheen Shah Afridi to Amla full, outside off, at 139kph, and he drives it through covers. Hit hard into the ground 1 run

End of Over No.47 South Africa 136/3 Last Over (wicket maiden)

Sheri Malik: “@debayansen please praise all remaining batsmen as well. :p”

46.60 Yasir Shah to du Plessis presses forward and drives a length ball outside off no run

Jayson: “Did you HAVE to ask how good de Bruyn was? Commentator’s curse………”

46.50 Yasir Shah to du Plessis presses forward to defend a length ball no run
46.40 Yasir Shah to du Plessis fuller ball, and he presses forward to defend no run
46.30 Yasir Shah to du Plessis flighted on off stump, bowled at 85kph, and he defends from the crease no run
46.20 Yasir Shah to du Plessis flighted, and he presses forward to defend no run

Here’s du Plessis, on a pair. A king pair, no less!

“Muhammed Kashif, look at bright side. Miracle happened to you. Your comment got published twice whereas I m typing few almost as same place as Debayan & Saurabh… And that too from office but no luck” — For this Test, Ajay is the Yasir Shah of the commentary feedback!

46.1W Yasir Shah to de Bruyn GONE THIS TIME! Yasir strikes at last, as de Bruyn pre-meditates an inside-out shot by advancing down the track. Yasir lobs it wider, it’s the top-spinner, and he misses it all ends up. Easy for Sarfraz, and that ends a tidy little cameo from de Bruyn OUT
TB de Bruyn st †Sarfraz Ahmed b Yasir Shah 10 (19m 15b 2×4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Fahad Fazli: “Might sound drastic but 4 changes for next test! Fakhar, Asad, Yasir and Hasan out with Haris, Shadab, Faheem and Abbas in. I know ppl would say the point going in with just 5 batters but our 6th batsman hasnt been doing anything so better to play 2 all rounders both fine bowlers and handy batters down the order. Also, Yasir wount be getting much of a bowl in these conditions so better play Shadab who is a much better batter as he showed in England! ”

Kash: “Wahab Riaz with his pace and bounce would’ve been a better bowler here, horses for courses”

End of Over No.46 South Africa 136/2 Last Over (5 runs)

45.60 Shaheen Shah Afridi to Amla defends a length ball from the crease no run

Just how good has de Bruyn been in both innings for South Africa?

45.51 Shaheen Shah Afridi to de Bruyn short, and just along his body, and he whips it away on the on side after getting on top of the bounce 1 run

Score Cards

  • HM Amla 63*
    v BowlerDot46RBSR
    Mohammad Amir2330142850.00
    Hasan Ali4660265448.14
    Shaheen Shah Afridi2520173450.00
    Yasir Shah180042218.18
    Shan Masood80021020.00
  • To bat
    7.Q de Kock392311129*39.164
    8.KA Maharaj244404514.660
    9.K Rabada364853411.820
    10.DW Steyn9212487613.710
    11.D Olivier92010*4.000
  • BattingRB46
    D Elgarcaught wk50123100
    AK Markramlbw0200
    HM Amlanot out63148110
    TB de Bruynstumped101520
    F du Plessiscaught0600
    T Bavumanot out131020
    Q de Kock
    KA Maharaj
    K Rabada
    DW Steyn
    D Olivier
    Extras(b 4, lb 5, w 6)15
    Total(4 wkts; 50.4 ovs)151
  • BowlingOMRWEcon
    Mohammad Amir1252402.00
    Hasan Ali1363913.00
    Shaheen Shah Afridi1515313.53(2w)
    Yasir Shah7.412012.60
    Shan Masood31612.00
  • Partnerships
    1st0AK Markram 0D Elgar 0
    2nd119D Elgar 50HM Amla 54
    3rd17TB de Bruyn 10HM Amla 7
    4th1F du Plessis 0HM Amla 1
    5th14*HM Amla 1T Bavuma 13
  • Summary

    Sports Event
    1st Test South Africa vs Pakistan


    SuperSport Park, Centurion,
    Starting on
    Dec 26, 2018
    Ending on
    Dec 28, 2018
    Pakistan tour of South Africa, 1st Test: South Africa v Pakistan at Centurion, Dec 26-28, 2018.


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