Going into day four of the Newlands Test at Cape Town, the Test between South Africa and Pakistan was evenly poised. The visitors in fact had done well very to stay in the game, first by putting up a competitive first innings total, and then not allowing the Proteas to run away to a huge total when it was their turn to bat.
South Africa completed a 4-wicket win in the Newlands Test on the fourth day to seal their 3-match Test Series against Pakistan 2-0. This is the sixth series win in a row for the World No.1 Test team. Pakistan, who were holding the edge going into the penultimate day disappointed with their batting to leave the Proteas with a modest target of 182 to chase.
Pakistan who suffered a heavy defeat in the opening Test at the Wanderers have bounced back in style to sit in the driver’s seat in the ongoing Second Test at Cape Town. The Pakistanis have a great opportunity of setting up this Test match in their favour after reducing the hosts to 139 for 5 by stumps on Day 2 in reply to their first innings total of 338.
A superb partnership between Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq rescued Pakistan to 253 for 5 on the opening day’s play of the Second Test at Newlands in Cape Town. Both the middle order batsmen scored centuries as Pakistan fought back to recover from a disastrous position of 33 for 4 after they were put into bat first by Graeme Smith.
Even as South Africa have not quite got their bearings right in the one-day format, they have continued to reassert their status as the number one Test side in the world with some domineering performances.