1 No spinner at Newlands!
South Africa were undecided about the final XI almost until the toss on Thursday morning, and ultimately went into the second Test without their specialist spinner Keshav Maharaj. Although it may still come back to haunt the hosts in the second innings, the decision paid immediate dividends, with the four-pronged pace attack dismissing Pakistan for 177 in just 51.1 overs.
2 Call me Duanne’s bunny!
Azhar Ali is Pakistan’s premier Test batsman. He averages 44.5 and has a top score of 305 not out. However, instead of showing the team’s younger batsmen how to deal with the South African pace onslaught in seaming conditions, Azhar has been all at sea against Duanne Olivier. The “enforcer” in the Proteas team has attacked Azhar with the short ball, and every time, the right-hander has been found wanting.
3 What a catch!