February 4, 2013
1st Test, Wanderers
South Africa 253 & 275/3d beat Pakistan 49 & 268 by 211 runs
South Africa clinched an emphatic Test victory over Pakistan at The Wanderers today, largely thanks to Dale Steyn who took 11 wickets in the match.
It was the perfect way for Graeme Smith to celebrate his 100th game as Test captain, and further highlights why South Africa are ranked the best team in the world in this form of the game.
Thanks to an entertaining 103 not out from AB de Villiers in South Africa’s second innings, it meant that Pakistan needed 480 runs to win in the last innings of the match.
Despite putting up more resistance second time around, after being bowled out for just 49 in the first innings, the tourists fell well short of their target, being dismissed for 268 giving South Africa a 211 run victory.
Yet again Dale Steyn was the chief tormentor as he took 5/52 from 28.4 overs. Having taken 6 wickets for just 8 runs in the first innings, it was a simple decision to award the fast bowler the man of the match award. Steyn enjoys bowling in high altitude in Johannesburg, and Pakistan struggled to cope with his extra pace.
Pakistan know they must improve in all aspects of the game if they are to compete with this South African side. The teams meet again next Thursday in the second Test in Cape Town.
The Scoop 04/02/13