Sunday, February 3, 2013

Analysis of Day 3, South Africa versus Pakistan 1st Test

Stumps Day 3

Pakistan 49 and 183 for 4 (Misbah 44*, Shafiq 53*) need 297 more runs to beat South Africa 253 and 275 for 3 dec (de Villiers 103*, Amla 74*, Smith 52)

At a young age, I was taught in Sport when you get an opponent down you really make them feel it by preying on the legacy it has left in their mind. Do whatever you can to make them re live it in a manner that gains you a decisive edge through their future endeavours against you being paralysed by the experience

The big bad ugly Aussies garnered a lot of success by this edict with them not only beating you by their supreme excellence, but then rendering you impotent for future encounters by the mental torment they put you through during and decisively after the mauling. Quite literally the living of a 'second rape' for their tattered and torn opponents.

Intimidatory Cricket that South African Captain Graeme Smith seems foreign too.

With him having the perfect opportunity with Pakistan down and quite literally out after being bundled out for a humiliating 1st innings of 49 to make them follow on and invite them back to face up to the demons that were so fresh in their collective minds. On a pitch that was still lively, it made perfect sense with a similar batting display by Pakistan having a huge effect on their efforts as the series went forward. With their belief in being able to be a factor with the bat against the peerless South African attack buried in their memories of Jo'burg

He instead chose to bat again which has allowed the Pakistani batsmen to regroup in their minds and dust off the 1st innings as a freak result. Reinvigorated in their resolve and with their belief being offered a chance of a renaissance it has seen a more refined display by the tourists in the 2nd innings.

Supported massively by the pitch becoming more docile and some lapses by South Africa in the field. The partnership between Asad Shafiq and the ultimate 'tuk tuk' Misbah might not see them avoid defeat, but going forward in the series it would have schooled the Team that we can fight back in this series.

Miracles can happen in the game with you just having to think back to the 'FAF' incarnate of one for South Africa against the Aussies in Adelaide If a similar one happened here with rain in the forecast when the Pakistani's should have been remarking on the beauty of Table Mountain in Capetown and licking their would from an innings loss

More than a few fingers will justifiably be pointed at Smith in condemnation

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