Over 79 - SA 225/8 (Philander 10, Peterson 40)

    Peterson looking to go over extra cover but gets a single from an inside edge. Good bowling from Ajmal, just beating the outside edge of Philander's bat. Then Philander pushes it square of the wicket on the off side for two runs. The lead 32 runs now.


    Over 78 - SA 221/8 (Philander 7, Peterson 39)

    Three more overs till the new ball, Irfan may come back into the attack before tea. A leg bye pushes the lead to 23. Innovative batting from Peterson, reverse sweeping it for four, not letting the spinner settle. Then he takes the single straight down the ground. End of the over, six from it.


    Over 77 - SA 215/8 (Philander 7, Peterson 34)

    Ajmal switching ends, spin from both ends for Pakistan. Peterson reverse sweeps it, switch hit from him for four. Then he drives it to deep extra cover for a couple of runs. A shout for a stumping by Akmal, the umpire is unmoved. SA lead by 22 runs, with 20 minutes to tea.


    Over 76 - SA 209/8 (Philander 7, Peterson 28)

    Babar comes back into the attack replacing Ajmal. Peterson sweeps hard to deep midwicket and Manzoor does well to keep it down to two. Two slips, gully and a forward short leg for Philander, who pushes it to fine leg for a single. Peterson looking to score, sweeps and gets a top edge it falls short of Khan at deep square leg, Peterson gets a run in the end. SA 209 for 8, lead by 16 runs.

  • Over 75 - SA 204/8 (Philander 6, Peterson 23)

    Khan continues, SA on 199 for 8. Three runs, Philander pushes it through the off side and runs hard. The 200 comes up for SA and the lead is push into double digits. Five runs from the over.


    Over 74 - SA 199/8 (Philander 3, Peterson 22)

    Peterson drives it to short midwicket, a single in the end as the fielder does not stop it cleanly. Philander is looking determined at the crease, SA lead by 6 runs.


    Over 73 - SA 197/8 (Philander 2, Peterson 21)

    Peterson pads it to square leg, for a single and SA lead by 1 run. Pakistan will have to bat again. Philander pulls it on the leg side for a single. Two runs to end the over, SA lead by 4 runs.


    Over 72 - SA 193/8 (Philander 1, Peterson 18)

    Peterson against Ajmal, he is the senior batsman now after AB departed last over. Philander can also bat a bit, highest score of 74, so he is good for a few. Philander tucks it away to deep square leg for a single and gets off the mark. Average around 25, and his highest score coming against Pakistan at Supersport Park. End of the over, SA level their scores.

  • Over 71 - SA 190/8 (Philander 0, Peterson 16)

    Khan runs in after the drinks break, SA very close to making Pakistan bat again. AB gets a single and then Peterson works it on the leg side for a single. WICKET! Against the run of play, AB falls, a slower ball from Khan and AB mishits it to Masood at cover. SA trail by 3 runs as AB departs for 90 runs. Philander walks out to bat, Khan bowls Philander blocks.


    Over 70 - SA 188/7 (de Villiers 89, Peterson 15)

    Another good over from Ajmal, South Africa are 5 runs behind at drinks.


    Over 69 - SA 187/7 (de Villiers 88, Peterson 15)

    A stifled appeal for lbw, the ball was missing leg. Just a single from the over, SA trail by 6 runs.

  • Over 68 - SA 186/7 (de Villiers 87, Peterson 15)

    The 50 partnership comes up for with a good shot from Peterson, forces the ball through the off side for three runs, Irfan just stops it awkwardly inside the boundary. SA trail by 7 runs at the end of the 68th over.


    Over 67 - SA 182/7 (de Villiers 86, Peterson 12)

    AB to face Khan, the ball goes down leg racing past the keeper for four byes, that misses everyone. A couple of runs as AB inside edges it to fine leg this time, the deficit now 17 runs. More runs down leg, AB hits this to fine leg for four, that was a good shot from him. Good over for South Africa so far, 10 from it with 3 balls to go. A couple more runs to AB, who moves on to 86. SA trail by 11 runs.


    Over 66 - SA 170/7 (de Villiers 78, Peterson 12)

    Ajmal runs in from the other end, change of ends for him. Pakistan's attack has shared the workload, Misbah rotating them very well. Shouts of catch it, but AB sweeps it well and there are no fielders in that region. Just a single from the over, SA trail by 23 runs.


    Over 65 - SA 169/7 (de Villiers 77, Peterson 12)

    Junaid Khan comes into the attack after lunch, Misbah trying something different. Khan will be looking for some reverse swing, he has bowled well today. AB gets a single from a push through square leg. Peterson takes a single, AB on strike. AB hit on the pads, looked like an inside edge, big appeal from the bowler, umpire gives it not out and Misbah reviews it. Hawk eye shows it was missing the stumps, not out is the verdict. AB responds with a punch through the off side almost reaches the boundary but the fielder does well to stop it, three runs in the end.


    Over 64 - SA 164/7 (de Villiers 73, Peterson 11)

    AB plays it over the infield to long off for a single, Peterson works Babar through the off side for another single. AB sweeps and sweeps well, four more runs for South Africa, AB moves on to 72, good fighting knock from him. A single to end the over.


    Over 63 - SA 158/7 (de Villiers 67, Peterson 11)

    A couple of singles from the over from the Ajmal over.


    Over 62 - SA 156/7 (de Villiers 66, Peterson 10)

    AB pushes it to long off for a single, Peterson almost gets an lbw decision against him but just inside edges it slightly to save himself. This partnership has moved on to 21 runs in 27 balls now, and has done so with singles and twos. Peterson goes for the slog sweep and gets it to fine leg for two. End of the over SA 156 for 7 after 62 overs.


    Over 61 - SA 150/7 (de Villiers 65, Peterson 6)

    Ajmal continues, Peterson gets a single to deep cover. A single to AB and then Peterson gets one through square leg. This pair chipping away for singles, bringing up the 150 for SA. The deficit now is 43 runs.


    Over 60 - SA 147/7 (de Villiers 64, Peterson 4)

    Babar continues this pair looking for singles, trying to push the field out as Pakistan look to attack. Peterson edges one through deep square leg for a single. AB cuts it hard square of the wicket for four, good controlled shot from him, brings the deficit down to 46 runs.


    Over 59 - SA 139/7 (de Villiers 58, Peterson 2)

    Ajmal starts another over, Peterson hits it to short leg who drops a difficult catch. A couple of singles, Peterson looking to work the ball and stay at the crease. Ajmal completes another probing over. SA 139 for 7.


    Over 58 - SA 136/7 (de Villiers 56, Peterson 1)

    Peterson comes to the crease and takes a single, after AB takes a safe single to long on. There was no need for that shot from Faf, he just came straight down the ground and hit it back to the bowler. SA 136 for 7, three runs from the over.

  • Over 57 - SA 133/7 (de Villiers 54, du Plessis 9)

    WICKET! Faf falls, comes down the wicket and hits it straight back at Ajmal who takes a great catch. Pakistan get an early wicket after lunch. Faf goes for 9 runs. SA trail by 60 runs.


    Over 56 - SA 132/6 (de Villiers 53, du Plessis 9)

    After lunch, Babar continues. A couple of singles from the over.


    Over 55 - SA 130/6 (de Villiers 52, du Plessis 8)

    A single from the over, and lunch is called. AB and Faf still at the crease at lunch, putting up a fighting stand for SA. Pakistan still in control of this game, looking to chip away at SA after lunch. SA trail by 63 runs.

  • Over 54 - SA 129/6 (de Villiers 52, du Plessis 7)

    Good shot from AB, hits it out of the park straight down the ground for a six, brings his 50 up in style. Seven from the over.


    Over 53 - SA 122/6 (de Villiers 46, du Plessis 6)

    Irfan comes into the attack, 10 minutes to go before lunch. A maiden in the end, SA 122 for 6 after 53 overs.


    Over 52 - SA 122/6 (de Villiers 46, du Plessis 6)

    A single to AB who moves on to 46, Faf to face the last two balls. Faf comes down the wicket, edges it and the keeper misses it, it hits his gloves and drops to the ground. A life for Faf.


    Over 51 - SA 121/6 (de Villiers 45, du Plessis 6)

    A quick maiden from Ajmal, well negotiated by Faf.


    Over 50 - SA 121/6 (de Villiers 45, du Plessis 6)

    Babar turns it away from Faf just beating his outside edge, keeps Faf guessing and inside his crease. Faf comes down the pitch again, just pushes it to mid off and gets a quick single to end the over.


    Over 49 - SA 119/6 (de Villiers 44, du Plessis 5)

    AB pushes it through to third man for a couple of runs, this pair runs well between wickets. de Villiers pushes it to mid on for a single. Three runs from the over.


    Over 48 - SA 116/6 (de Villiers 41, du Plessis 5)

    Babar has bowled well on his debut in this match, Faf blocks a few and then comes down the pitch and drives it through the covers for four. Good confident shot to get off the mark. Four fielders around the circle, just four from the over.


    Over 47 - SA 112/6 (de Villiers 41, du Plessis 1)

    A single to de Villiers from the first ball and Faf keeps blocking and surviving. End of another over, SA 112 for 6, trail by 80 runs.


    Over 46 - SA 110/6 (de Villiers 40, du Plessis 0)

    A single to de Villiers as Babar continues, Faf plays the rest of the over out. Pakistan will look for another wicket before lunch to really tighten the screws, South Africa will look to stay out there.


    Over 45 - SA 109/6 (de Villiers 39, du Plessis 0)

    A couple of chances, as Ajmal comes into the attack to replace Khan. A couple of edges flying over short leg, some appeals. Faf under pressure, another maiden.


    Over 44 - SA 109/6 (de Villiers 39, du Plessis 0)

    Three maidens in a row. SA 109 for 6, Babar finishes another maiden.


    Over 43 - SA 109/6 (de Villiers 39, du Plessis 0)

    Junaid Khan starts another over, a combination of seam and spin for Pakistan. A maiden from Junaid, Faf plays it out confidently.


    Over 42 - SA 109/6 (de Villiers 39, du Plessis 0)

    Babar continues from the other end. A maiden from Babar, AB and Faf batting to save SA again.

  • Over 41 - SA 109/6 (de Villiers 39, Duminy 0)

    After drinks, Khan continues. AB has played a battling 36 today, SA will hope that he keep going. Worked away with a lot of bottom hand from AB, through midwicket for a couple of runs. A single to AB will bring Duminy on strike. WICKET! Khan strikes, Duminy goes for a duck, lbw. Umpire gives it out, Duminy reviews it but the third umpire gives it out too.


    Over 40 - SA 106/5 (de Villiers 36, Duminy 0)

    A single to end the over, Babar completes another over and it is drinks. SA trail by 88 runs.


    Over 39 - SA 105/5 (de Villiers 35, Duminy 0)

    Khan starts another over, Pakistan will bring spin from both ends soon. A single to AB and Junaid changes his angle to the left-handed Duminy. Good over from Khan.

  • Over 38 - SA 104/5 (de Villiers 34, Duminy 0)

    Babar comes into the attack, replacing Ajmal. Steyn hesitates as he goes for quick single but makes it in the end with the dive. WICKET! The ball does not turn, Steyn comes down the wicket and is castled, playing all over it, Babar gets the first wicket of the day. Duminy walks out to the middle, Steyn departs. After 38 overs, SA 104 for 5.


    Over 37 - SA 103/4 (de Villiers 34, Steyn 7)

    A hint of reverse swing for Khan, Steyn has watched him carefully. AB takes a single and is happy to give the strike to Steyn. End of the 37th over, just a single from it.


    Over 36 - SA 102/4 (de Villiers 33, Steyn 7)

    Steyn takes a single to get off strike and AB takes a single to bring him back on. Just a couple of singles from the over, this pair looking solid at the crease.

  • Over 35 - SA 100/4 (de Villiers 32, Steyn 6)

    Junaid Khan continues, and gets a warning for running on the danger area of the pitch. Both pace bowlers, Irfan and Khan have got one warning each. AB edges the last ball of the over for four through the slips to third man. The 100 comes up for SA.


    Over 34 - SA 96/4 (de Villiers 28, Steyn 6)

    Beautiful shape on the ball from Ajmal, Steyn survives and blocks. A single to Steyn, and then AB takes three runs another good shot from him. South Africa trail by less than 100 runs now. Another single to Steyn, he meets the ball in front of his pads and nudges it to square leg for a single. A single to AB to end the over, SA 96 for 4 after 34 overs.


    Over 33 - SA 90/4 (de Villiers 24, Steyn 5)

    Junaid Khan comes into the attack, the first bowling change of the morning. He took the crucial wicket of Kallis yesterday. A single again for AB and Steyn is on strike. A single to end the over.


    Over 32 - SA 88/4 (de Villiers 23, Steyn 4)

    Manzoor does well on the boundary to save a single, three runs to AB. Steyn survives a terrific delivery from Ajmal, Pakistan don't review it as they only have one review left. Intense cricket at the start of the day.


    Over 31 - SA 85/4 (de Villiers 20, Steyn 2)

    AB is happy to give the strike to Steyn who is also looking confident. Three runs from the first ball and then Steyn blocks Irfan solidly. Akmal makes a good stop on the leg side as Irfan strays down leg. A couple of runs to Steyn through midwicket and AB will take the strike next over against Ajmal.


    Over 30 - SA 80/4 (de Villiers 17, Steyn 2)

    A single to AB down the ground, and Steyn plays out the over, just a single from it.


    Over 29 - SA 79/4 (de Villiers 16, Steyn 2)

    AB takes a single to bring Steyn on strike against Irfan. Steyn gloves it to fine leg, for a couple of runs. South Africa looking resolute at 79 for 4.


    Over 28 - SA 76/4 (de Villiers 15, Steyn 0)

    Ajmal starts from the other end. Steyn misses the ball, it spins just enough to beat the outside edge. Steyn plays out a good over from Ajmal, a maiden in the end.


    Over 27 - SA 76/4 (de Villiers 15, Steyn 0)

    Irfan to start the day for Pakistan with the ball. A shout for lbw, but it was clearly pitching outside leg. AB flicks it off his hips for four to deep square leg, good controlled shot. Four from the first over, SA 76 for 4.



    Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary on day four of the first Test - in the two-match series - between Pakistan and South Africa at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.