1st Test – Pakistan vs South Africa Live Match Score & Updates | PAK vs SA Live Fri Feb 1 – Tue Feb 5, 2013
Match Overview & Live Updates
1st Test – South Africa v Pakistan Live | PAK vs SA 1st test live
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Fri Feb 1 – Tue Feb 5
08:30 GMT | 10:30 local | 13:30 PKT
Toss: South Africa, who chose to bat
Umpires: BF Bowden and BNJ Oxenford
TV umpire: SJ Davis
Match referee: JJ Crowe
Reserve Umpire: JD Cloete
Here we are with the 1st Test match live coverage between Pakistan and South Africa. Pakistan 1st international Test series of the year where they will play three Test matches against the hosts South Africa. Pakistani team looking confident after recently winning ODI series against India, have set eyes in series win in South Africa as well. The team does realize South Africa in fine form after thrashing New Zealand in both Test matches by an innings defeat.
The 1st Test between Pakistan vs South Africa is being played at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg from Fri Feb 1 – Tue Feb 5 (Feb 1, Feb 2, Feb 3, Feb 4 & Feb 5) at 08:30 GMT, 10:30 local time in Johannesburg and 13:30 PKT in Pakistan.
You can catch ball by ball coverage with commentary and live scores along with batting, bowling and fielding statistics for the 1st Test match of PAK vs SA here on Cricket.com.pk – You can also read Pakistan vs South Africa match updates and match report after the match is over.
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Pakistan will face top-ranked South Africa in the first Test at the Wanderers from Friday destabilised by the loss of rock-solid opener Taufeeq Umar.
The 31-year-old Umar, who has played 43 Tests and scored 2,943 runs, was pulled out of the tour after suffering a muscle injury in his shin.
Umar and regular partner Mohammad Hafeez had opened together in 18 consecutive Tests, a record for Pakistan, and the tourists were keen for the sequence to continue against South Africa’s formidable fast bowling attack on a pitch likely to offer pace and bounce.
With Umar out, Nasir Jamshed is expected to make his Test debut after scoring half-centuries in the warm-up game against a South African Invitation XI which ended in a draw at East London on Monday.
Pakistan’s batting could be the key to the three-match series after South Africa’s bowlers swept aside the challenge of New Zealand in two Test matches earlier this month.
In Dale Steyn and Veron Philander, South Africa have the two leading bowlers on the International Cricket Council rankings, while fellow fast bowler Morne Morkel is ranked eighth.
Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, at number three, is the only Pakistan bowler in the top 10.
The middle order failed against the Invitation XI, with only captain Misbah-ul-Haq joining the openers in notching a half-century.
But if Pakistan can post respectable totals, they will be confident they have the bowling weaponry to test a strong South African batting line-up.
While Ajmal will be able to bowl long spells of spin, the experienced Umar Gul and the left-arm swing bowler Junaid Khan, together with the unknown factor of the 2.1 metre Mohammad Irfan, will provide a varied pace attack.
The teams last met in two high-scoring drawn matches in the United Arab Emirates in 2010.
Since then Pakistan have won nine of their 16 Test matches and lost only two — against the West Indies in Guyana in May 2011 and against Sri Lanka in Galle in June 2012.
South Africa, meanwhile, have built a formidable record as they have climbed to the number one place in the rankings, winning their most recent five series, including away encounters against England and Australia.
Philander and batsman Hashim Amla were both passed fit after missing recent matches but left-arm spinner Robin Peterson remained a doubtful starter after splitting the webbing between fingers on his right hand.
South Africa captain Graeme Smith will become the first man to lead in 100 Test matches, an event which has dominated the build-up to the match.
The Pakistan Test team arrived in Johannesburg on Sunday, January 20th to take on world champions South Africa in a three-Test series.
It is Pakistan’s first visit to South Africa in six years and their biggest challenge could be to adapt to the pace and bounce of the pitches they will play on against a fast bowling attack generally acknowledged to be the world’s best.
They will have a four-day warm-up match against a South African Invitation XI in East London starting on Friday but conditions in the coastal city are less pace-friendly than is likely when they play the Test matches in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Centurion.
In the past 15 months, Pakistan’s Test series have been played in the Asian sub-continent or the United Arab Emirates, which has been their home base since visiting teams stopped touring Pakistan following an attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.
In the year before that they had two high-scoring draws against South Africa in the UAE and toured New Zealand, West Indies and Zimbabwe.
Pakistan nevertheless have a Test squad which is likely to provide stronger opposition for South Africa than current tourists New Zealand, who were beaten by an innings in two Test matches.
The fast bowling attack will be spearheaded by the left-armer Junaid Khan, the tall Mohammad Irfan and the experienced Umar Gul, one of four members of the touring squad who were on the 2006/07 tour of South Africa.
Newcomer Ehsan Adil was a member of the Pakistan Under-19 team which played in a triangular tournament in South Africa in January 2012.
Pakistan have two top-class spinners in Saaed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman.
Younis Khan, who topped the Pakistan averages in 2006/07, is the outstanding player in a reasonable batting line-up, while Mohammad Hafeez and Faisal Iqbal also played in the 2006/07 series, which South Africa won by two matches to one.
In 18 previous Test matches between the two countries, South Africa have won eight, Pakistan three and seven have been drawn. Pakistan’s only series win was in Pakistan in 2003/04.
After spending Sunday night in Johannesburg, the Pakistanis will travel to East London on Monday to prepare for their match against the Invitation XI, captained by former international batsman Justin Ontong.
Pakistan vs South Africa Squads
Pakistan Team: (From) Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wkt), Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Ehsan Adil, Adbur Rehman, Haris Sohail, Faisal Iqbal, Tanvir Ahmed, Rahat Ali, Imran Farhat
South Africa: (From) Graeme Smith (c), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers (wk), Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Morne Morkel, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Jacques Rudolph, Dale Steyn
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