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Time to use this thread again.

Good one going on in Karachi.

South Africa bowled out for 220 then reduced Pakistan to 27-4, but they now have a narrow lead 26 thanks to a third Test Century, his first was on his debut in 2009, for Fawad Alam.

Great to see International Cricket back in Pakistan, just a shame no one can be there to see it.
 

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South Africa will win this one comfortably. No real daemons in the pitch now but mental pressure of chasing will be too much for a brittle Pakistan line up.
 

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South Africa will win this one comfortably. No real daemons in the pitch now but mental pressure of chasing will be too much for a brittle Pakistan line up.
SA have a second innings lead with only one wicket down, and two set batsmen.

A lead of anything near 200 or above could be enough.
 

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Turning into a quality test match. Yasir Shah is a quality spin in these conditions.
 

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Turns back in Pakistan's favour.

SA lead by 29 with 4 wickets down.
 

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South Africa will win this one comfortably. No real daemons in the pitch now but mental pressure of chasing will be too much for a brittle Pakistan line up.
This was a typical south Asian wicket on a third day. Flat for most of the day and then bang starts turning. Has been really interesting to watch. Could well be over tomorrow but Pakistan showed a lot of character from being 33-4 to reach 380 odd. Having said that chasing anything over 140 on a South Asian wicket has always been historically hard. This shows how England chase against Sri Lanka was impressive (coupled with how poor SL are) in the last test.
 

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Really good test match this. Perfect morning session for Pakistan. But just lost 2 wickets in the first over after lunch. Need 60 odd to win.
 

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The ball is keeping a bit low, but Babar Azam is easing Pakistan to victory, with some delightful shots.
He's also just behind Joe Root in the Test batting rankings
 

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Good test matched. Ebbed and flowed. Needed South Africa to get a lead of 150 to make it interesting. Both sides pretty flawed though.
 

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Aussies say its not safe


Australia have pulled out of their tour of South Africa in February and March because of coronavirus concerns.

The teams were due to play three Tests, subject to bio-secure protocols being agreed.
Cricket Australia said it had "no choice" but to postpone the series because of the health situation in South Africa, where a more contagious variant of the virus has been reported.

Australia had named a 19-man squad, but the schedule had not been confirmed.

"It has become clear that travelling from Australia to South Africa at this current time poses an unacceptable level of health and safety risk to our players, support staff and the community," said Cricket Australia interim CEO Nick Hockley.
 

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Does this mean New Zealand are through?

Yes. Australia, marginally behind New Zealand on the points table at this stage, will not get the opportunity to go past them now. India and England are both in contention, but since they play each other, only one of them can exceed New Zealand's points percentage of 70. That means New Zealand versus…

Australia, possibly?

Australia are not out of it yet, but they will be ruing the four points they dropped because of a slow over-rate against India in the Boxing Day Test. Had that not happened, Australia would have been level with New Zealand on 70, which would then have brought the runs-per-wicket ratio into play (that is the ratio of the runs scored per wicket lost, and the runs conceded per wicket taken). Australia's ratio is currently 1.39 while New Zealand's is 1.28.


What do India need to do to qualify?

Both India and England will target Australia's points percentage - whichever teams tops 69.17 will qualify.

India need 70 points from the four-Test series to go past Australia. That means they need to win by at least a 2-1 margin - that will fetch them 30 points for each of the two wins, and 10 points for one draw; 3-0 or 3-1 or 4-0, of course, work even better.

And England, don't they have a shot too?

England need 87 points from these four Tests to go past Australia. That means they need to win at least three matches. History is against them there, though - the last time a touring team won three Tests in a series in India was West Indies, in 1983-84.




 

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Really poor effort from Australia cancelling their SA tour. If they were touring India or England then pretty sure they wouldn't have cancelled. Leaves a huge blow to SA cricketing budget. Need to support those other countries rather than the top 3.
 

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Really poor effort from Australia cancelling their SA tour. If they were touring India or England then pretty sure they wouldn't have cancelled. Leaves a huge blow to SA cricketing budget. Need to support those other countries rather than the top 3.
Australia have history in bottling out of tours unless they have to play England or India. Who can forget the 1996 World Cup when they refused to play in Sri Lanka. But happy to play in the 2005 Ashes just weeks after 7/7
 

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Second Test between Pakistan and South Africa in Rawalpindi is developing into another exciting match.

The home side had a lead of 71 on first innings and have added 98 to that but have lost five second innings wickets.

Anything over 200 should be more than enough to seal a 2-0 series victory.
 

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West Indies have just beaten Bangladesh by three wickets with the fifth highest successful run chase ever, 395.
 

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West Indies have just beaten Bangladesh by three wickets with the fifth highest successful run chase ever, 395.
That is an unbelievable achievement by WI. To score that many runs on a sub-continent pitch is a remarkable.

The Pakistan and South Africa test that I just tuned into looks fascinating as the head into day 5 tomorrow. Could SA really get those runs?

Test match cricket is truly alive
 

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Think South Africa have a chance if they stick to playing positively, anything is possible. And an amazing feat by that debutant. 4th innings double century. Remember the name Kyle Mayers.
 

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Think South Africa have a chance if they stick to playing positively, anything is possible. And an amazing feat by that debutant. 4th innings double century. Remember the name Kyle Mayers.
Still think Pakistan are favourites to win this test.
 

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Interesting finish between Bangladesh and West Indies in Dhaka.

The home side need 231 to win and are 70-1.
 

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So Moeen will be earning as much as the test contracted players this year after securing a IPL place. Good for him after the shambles he had to endure this week.

Wonder what Joe Root (and English supporters as a whole) are thinking that some of key players may miss the test series against NZ whilst playing IPL. Personally speaking IPL is good entertainment but should never be at the cost of teams selecting their best players for test matches (despite it be a T20 World Cup year).
 

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Not sure if this is part of the Test World Championship but we have another two day Test on our hands.

 

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If India were charged with unfit pitch
I believe a points deduction means it is
Aussie and not NZ in Test Final ??
Aussie got charged with Slow Rate bowling
But will they charge India ??
 

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If India were charged with unfit pitch
I believe a points deduction means it is
Aussie and not NZ in Test Final ??
Aussie got charged with Slow Rate bowling
But will they charge India ??
Would suggest unlikely !!
 

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NZ must be huge favourites for the test championship final. Will play England twice in early June so will be 'test' prepared in England before they play India towards mid-June in the final. India unlikely to get much test match practice especially with the IPL season finishing end May. Be interesting to see whether NZ 'rest' players for the 2nd test against England.

Still some debate whether the actual final will be played at Lords or not.
 

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NZ must be huge favourites for the test championship final. Will play England twice in early June so will be 'test' prepared in England before they play India towards mid-June in the final. India unlikely to get much test match practice especially with the IPL season finishing end May. Be interesting to see whether NZ 'rest' players for the 2nd test against England.

Still some debate whether the actual final will be played at Lords or not.
Will India be allowed to bring their umpires across for the final - if so they cant lose :fishing: In all seriousness it will be a good game but India now have the pace attack to win games in all conditions so would start as favourites for me
 

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Will India be allowed to bring their umpires across for the final - if so they cant lose :fishing: In all seriousness it will be a good game but India now have the pace attack to win games in all conditions so would start as favourites for me
New Zealand out played India in NZ in early 2020. India had their full strength side out. Playing NZ in June in England is different from lets say playing them in August. For me just too soon after the IPL so not sure what preparations India will really have.
 

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New Zealand out played India in NZ in early 2020. India had their full strength side out. Playing NZ in June in England is different from lets say playing them in August. For me just too soon after the IPL so not sure what preparations India will really have
Not if the weather is decent and the ball doesnt swing as that negates the NZ new ball attack. India are a better side overall and I'd expect them to win a close game
 

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