PAKISTAN TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA, 2018-19
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Live Score Updates
Pakistan 185, 188/6 (49.0 Ovs)
Shadab Khan 9 (16)
South Africa 262 & 303
Day 4: 1st Session – Pakistan need 193 runs
Pakistan”s camp would hope for Shafiq to anchor the chase © AFP
#proteafire bowling stock looking scary when @DaleSteyn62 and big Vern decide to hang up their boots. @KagisoRabada25 , @NgidiLungi , Duanne Olivier and Lutho Sipamla(watch this space) bowling in tandem will bowl out most batting sides. @OfficialCSA
— Jaco Nortje (@littlebartjaco) January 14, 2019
Olivier on a roll
On surfaces with variable bounce, Duanne Olivier can be nasty. He just hits the deck extremely hard and gets it to kick. The South African pacer continued his rich vein of form in the series by taking out Azam with a brute of a short delivery that kicked after pitching to take the glove on its way to the ‘keeper.
Ideally, Azam should have kept his hands down but Olivier gets that awkward inward angle which makes it tougher for the batsman. He followed it by cleaning Sarfraz via the very next ball. He is on a roll.
Philander then followed it by dismissing the well set Shafiq. South Africa on course for a 3-0 clean-sweep.
Nasty, nasty Olivier. He is nasty! On these kind of surfaces, he is a beast!!! #SAvPAK
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) January 14, 2019
Shafiq cracks sparkling fifty
Babar Azam had a scare when he top-edged a pull that fell just in front of the fielder at mid off. However, Shafiq continued to play with authority and soon reached his fifty with a flick off Philander.
Azhar Ali’s woes
Quite an interesting dissection of Azhar Ali’s inability to duck bouncers throughout this series by @bazidkhan81. Says his previous knee troubles might be keeping him from sitting under the ball#SAvPAK
— Ahsan Iftikhar Nagi (@ahsannagi) January 14, 2019
Azhar Ali – Tests since 2018
In UAE – Inns: 9, Runs: 408, Avg: 45.3, Dismissal Rate: 112.0
Away – Inns: 12, Runs: 132, Avg: 11.0, Dismissal Rate: 30.1
His highest score of 134 (v NZ in Dec 2018) in this period was more than the runs scored in the 12 inns away from home. #SAvPAK
— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) January 13, 2019
238 more runs to get. Seven wickets in hand. Can Pakistan pull off an upset and post a consolation victory at the Wanderers? Of course, it is going to be tough as the track is offering more than enough variable bounce. South African pacers also generally hit the deck hard and that in theory would help them to extract more variable bounce.
South Africa were able to set a massive target on the back of de Kock’s superlative 129 and Amla’s battling 71.
Pakistan, meanwhile, would hope for Shafiq and Azam to convert starts into big scores. Both are skilful batsmen but from time to time struggle to kick on and compile big scores.
We could be in for an enthralling day of Test cricket. All the updates from the Wanderers Test in a while…