SA win the toss, and decide to bat, on a pitch, which has some green.
Run line, is quite low .. 368
SA 1.58. ... Drifting
Blue skies, may get thunderstorms, late in the day.
Ball doing a lot early, and a brave decision by 100 captain Smith, to bat, considering all the hype etc, ... Can't be easy to concentrate.
At drinks .. SA 27-0
2 vital wkts in the second part if the morning, and SA finish on 68-2. Pakistan bowled with a great deal of merit, and on a tricky pitch, could easily have had 2 more.
At lunch :
SA 1.47 ... Plenty short enuf
Pak 7.4 .. Some value
Am slightly involved, against Draw and SA (small), with all green on Pakistan.
At Tea : SA 159-4, and expected score down to about 336.
Some cloud, but don't think it will rain, before COP.
Still with Pakistan.
Drinks after tea :
SA 204-5 after 72 overs
Low scoring pitch .. Avg score, 258 .. So, maybe SA score better than it looks.
And so, 5 overs before the end of play, SA post 253 all out.
Good bowling/fielding, I like this Pakistan side .. They seem energetic and happy.
At the break :
How well will Pakistan bat on this ?