Cricket News sort by South Africa Vs Pakistan 1st Test at Johannesburg - Feb1-5, 2013

Dale Steyn took his 5th ten-wicket haul of his career as Pakistan crashed to a heavy 211-run defeat in the opening Test at the Wanderers. Pakistan going into fourth day with six wickets in hand lost them all in a hurry to the second new ball.

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.

There was time when batting collapses in Test cricket were a one-off thing -- that certainly isn’t the case any longer. Pakistan’s capitulation for 49 against South Africa at Johannesburg on Saturday is the latest in the growing list of batting embarrassments in the five-day game in recent times.

South Africa are nicely set up for a huge win in the 1st Test at Johannesburg after an embarrassing batting collapse from Pakistan in the morning session on Day 2.

A tremendous spell of 4 for 16 from Mohammad Hafeez saw South Africa collapse to a disappointing 253 on the opening day’s play of the First Test at Johannesburg. Most of the South African batsmen got starts but failed to convert them into bigger scores while the Pakistanis chipped away at the wickets.

South Africa’s Graeme Smith will become the first cricketer in history to captain in 100 tests on Friday, when Pakistan begins its attempt to end the Proteas’ lengthy unbeaten run.