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Old 20th November 2010, 13:52   #141
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Sadly for Pakistan the saffers have the greatest all rounder ever to get them out of trouble.
Batted quite quickly as well
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Old 21st November 2010, 11:59   #142
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Old 21st November 2010, 12:17   #143
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Oh, just declare already.
AB has a record to break. He's batted unbelievably well. SA should declare now if they want to win. Maybe though the pitch will have the last say again. It will be tough work for them to bowl Pakistan out twice unless they're a bit demoralised after the big turnaround in the match.
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Old 21st November 2010, 12:42   #144
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They're not hanging around - 82 runs from the last 10 overs. And the declaration's come now.
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Old 21st November 2010, 12:45   #145
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Old 21st November 2010, 12:50   #146
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Morkel made the third highest score for a number eleven bat for SA. SA made a ton in the session between lunch and tea. Some of his clean and inventive hitting was amazing. He'd have to be close to the most naturally talented batsman in the game.
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Old 21st November 2010, 12:55   #147
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Interesting to note that the commentators thought that Smith could have declared earlier.
Whilst it's not your style to judge such things with hindsight, it looks like that was an exceptionally well judged declaration. Any earlier and South Africa would have been in trouble.

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They're not hanging around - 82 runs from the last 10 overs. And the declaration's come now.
Kallis scored his runs quicker than AB!
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Old 21st November 2010, 12:58   #148
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Whilst it's not your style to judge such things with hindsight, it looks like that was an exceptionally well judged declaration. Any earlier and South Africa would have been in trouble.



Kallis scored his runs quicker than AB!
Great effort from Kallis as he came in at 2/6. BTW AB made a ton between lunch and tea but he and Morne really stepped up the pace.
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After a seemingly steady start to Pakistan's response to SA's imposing total Steyn has struck quickly to remove Younus and Azhar Ali. Big chance here for SA to really stick the knife in.
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Pakistan are ensuring this game will go well into the last day. They were 412-8 last time I looked and SA really needed to get them out before lunch to really turn in the screw. Now they will have to bat for some time before getting Pakistan back in to bat.
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Pakistan are ensuring this game will go well into the last day. They were 412-8 last time I looked and SA really needed to get them out before lunch to really turn in the screw. Now they will have to bat for some time before getting Pakistan back in to bat.
It's heading inexorably towards a draw. SA will look towards the attack being more penetrative if they want to dominate India. Looks like with India's win in the series against the kiwis and SA likely to draw this series against the lowly Pakistanis, the Indians will gain some extra credit in the ratings, even if they were expected to clean sweep the ordinary Kiwis.
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It's heading inexorably towards a draw. SA will look towards the attack being more penetrative if they want to dominate India. Looks like with India's win in the series against the kiwis and SA likely to draw this series against the lowly Pakistanis, the Indians will gain some extra credit in the ratings, even if they were expected to clean sweep the ordinary Kiwis.
I only saw a little bit of the first test of this series but these pitches are played on featherbeds and here you need to spinners to be more penetrative. They have bowled a lot of overs but not clinical enough. Things won't be similar in SA with quicker, bouncier more helpful pitches being very much more to the liking of saffer seamers. I will give a fair bit of respect for the Pakistanis for gutsing it out. I didn't remotely think they had it in them but if the Saffers have a 2 hour blast they can still have a go before stumps today, but the longer it goes on the less chance they have.

Edit: And as I wrote Pak have been bowled out. As I say the Saffers should have a whack for a couple of hours and then come back out.
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I only saw a little bit of the first test of this series but these pitches are played on featherbeds and here you need to spinners to be more penetrative. They have bowled a lot of overs but not clinical enough. Things won't be similar in SA with quicker, bouncier more helpful pitches being very much more to the liking of saffer seamers. I will give a fair bit of respect for the Pakistanis for gutsing it out. I didn't remotely think they had it in them but if the Saffers have a 2 hour blast they can still have a go before stumps today, but the longer it goes on the less chance they have.

Edit: And as I wrote Pak have been bowled out. As I say the Saffers should have a whack for a couple of hours and then come back out.
It would be nice to have 4 or 5 top quality bowlers but that's not really an option for any team since the WI, so I'm not sure what team midnight has in mind.

Obviously bowling attacks are going to suffer on these pitches and it will be different for SA in SA. It will be better for India's bowlers as well, of course. It's not a guarantee that decent spinners would have thrived here either, these pitches are pretty dead. Saying that, SA should have a day or so to bowl at Pak and pressure might help and maybe the pitch will start to vary in bounce. As you say, well done to Pak for gutsing it out, we've also seen in India how that is possible (unless you're Aus of course).
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They've sent in the ODI superstar to get the party started
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I only saw a little bit of the first test of this series but these pitches are played on featherbeds and here you need to spinners to be more penetrative. They have bowled a lot of overs but not clinical enough. Things won't be similar in SA with quicker, bouncier more helpful pitches being very much more to the liking of saffer seamers. I will give a fair bit of respect for the Pakistanis for gutsing it out. I didn't remotely think they had it in them but if the Saffers have a 2 hour blast they can still have a go before stumps today, but the longer it goes on the less chance they have.

Edit: And as I wrote Pak have been bowled out. As I say the Saffers should have a whack for a couple of hours and then come back out.
Yep very flat pitches, probably flatter than the Ind NZ first test pitch and Pakistan are arguably better than NZ just more lazy so cant conclude much about SA from these games.
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I assume Smith is injured. Probably a broken finger.
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I assume Smith is injured. Probably a broken finger.
I was kidding, but it looks like it was a good guess. Smith is off to have his thumb X-rayed.

Doesn't look like SA are going to be able to set much of a target this way. effectively 300/5 and they won't want to risk anything less than 350 (maybe more given the last match) so need to protect the lower order which will mean slowing down.
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I was kidding, but it looks like it was a good guess. Smith is off to have his thumb X-rayed.

Doesn't look like SA are going to be able to set much of a target this way. effectively 300/5 and they won't want to risk anything less than 350 (maybe more given the last match) so need to protect the lower order which will mean slowing down.
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