1st Test – Pakistan vs South Africa Live Match Score & Updates | PAK vs SA Live Mon Oct 14 – Fri Oct 18, 2013
Match Overview & Live Updates
Misbah-ul-Haq becomes the oldest Test centurion, breaking the record Graham Gooch set in 1994. The first 100 by a Pakistan captain against South Africa.
1st Test – South Africa v Pakistan Live | PAK vs SA 1st test live
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Date: Mon Oct 14 – Fri Oct 18
Time: 06:00 GMT | 10:00 local | 11:00 PKT
Toss: South Africa, who chose to bat first
Umpires: PR Reiffel and RJ Tucker
TV umpire: IJ Gould
Match referee: DC Boon
Reserve Umpire: Shozab Raza
1st Test Preview
World number one South Africa will hold most of the aces against an erratic and unpredictable Pakistan when the teams open a two-Test series from Monday.
Graeme Smith’s Proteas have dominated the five-day format and are unbeaten in a Test series (away from home) since losing to Sri Lanka in 2006.
Their record against sub-continent teams is particularly impressive as they have lost only four out of their last 20 Tests against such opposition, doing so just once in an away series.
South Africa have beaten Pakistan in 11 of their 21 Tests, losing only three and drawing the remaining seven.
Pakistan’s only series win came way back in 2003, on home ground.
Smith’s men routed Pakistan 3-0 when the two teams met in South Africa earlier this year, exposing their rivals’ fragile batting through pacemen Dale Steyn (20 wickets) and Vernon Philander (15).
Even the dusty and dry pitches of the United Arab Emirates, where Pakistan have been forced to play their home matches since the 2009 terror attack on a Sri Lankan team bus, hold no fears for the South Africans.
They drew a two-Test series in the UAE in 2010, with Jacques Kallis hitting successive hundreds, AB de Villiers notching South Africa’s then-highest score of 278 not out, and Smith and Hashim Amla also scoring centuries.
They blunted Saeed Ajmal so well that Pakistan were forced to leave out the ace spinner after he got only three wickets in the first Test in Dubai.
Smith, who returns to international cricket following an ankle injury in March, believes his side are ready for all possibilities.
Pakistan have also named left-arm spinners Abdur Rehman and Zulfiqar Babar, who may make his Test debut at 34, if they play three spinners.
Pakistan have only won one of their last eight Tests since Dav Whatmore took over as coach last year, and slipped to sixth in the Test rankings after an embarrassing defeat against Zimbabwe last month.
But Misbah-ul Haq’s men can take solace from their 3-0 rout of then world number one England in the UAE last year.
If Pakistan wants to repeat that triumph their sloppy batting needs a huge improvement and senior players like Misbah and Younis Khan must continue taking the responsibility.
Pakistan were shot out for their lowest Test score of 49 at Johannesburg in February this year and failed to dominate a novice Zimbabwe attack.
Pakistan captain Misbah said his players must forget the past.
Pakistan’s pre-series build-up was also chaotic, as they delayed announcing their squad and then named only 12 players, picking the remaining three from the tour match against South Africa which ended on Thursday.
Their top-order could be easy prey for the South African pacemen — out of three openers, only Khurram Manzoor has played Tests (nine), while Ahmed Shehzad and Shan Masood have yet to play the longer version of the game.
The 1st Test between Pakistan vs South Africa is being played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi from Mon Oct 14 – Fri Oct 18 at 06:00 GMT, 10:00 local in Abu Dhabi and 11:00 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.
Pakistan and South Africa tour to UAE at the end of 2013 includes 2 Tests, 5 ODIs and 2 T20Is.
Pakistan vs South Africa Squads
Pakistan Team: (From) Khurram Manzoor, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Umar Amin, Adnan Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Abdur Rehman, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Rahat Ali, Asad Shafiq, Shan Masood, Ahmed Shehzad
South Africa: (From) Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Imran Tahir, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Morne Morkel, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Thami Tsolekile.
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