After a couple of day night Tests, it is back to traditional time in Australia as Steve Smith’s men host Pakistan for the second Test at the vast Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), better known as the Boxing Day Test
South Africa won the Second and Final Test at Dubai by an innings and 92 runs on the fourth day’s play. The Proteas had to work hard for their victory as they were defied by a 197-run partnership between Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and centurion Asad Shafiq.
Pakistan are eyeing a victory on Day 4 in the First Test at Abhu Dhabi after South Africa had slipped to 72 for 4 in their second innings. This was after the Proteas had conceded a sizeable first innings lead of 193 runs.
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.
A stubborn partnership between Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq saved Pakistan from a third day defeat in the opening Test at Johannesburg. The middle order pair batted together for 45.1 overs while putting up 101 runs for the unbroken 5th wicket stand.