Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: Cricket - Pakistan Defeat - a Surprise, but No Upset

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South Africa have been beaten for the first time since December 2011. For the first time in three years, they failed to engineer the great escape. The loss might have taken a few by surprise, but Pakistan deserve all the credit for coming together as a unit after having just lost to Zimbabwe. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.

It's taken nearly two years and 15 Tests, but South Africa have finally been defeated. Pakistan claimed a seven-wicket win inside four days in the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, their first win against the Proteas since 2007 - with nine Tests having been played since then.

It will be called an upset, but such a view discredits what Pakistan have achieved since being forced to adopt the United Arab Emirates as a home. They have lost just two of their 13 Tests played there and their last loss came in 2002. Pakistan are no small fry and their win proved once again why nobody should take them lightly.

Sure, Pakistan have just lost against Zimbabwe; they were hammered by South Africa earlier in the year. The visitors might have been favourites with the bookmakers, but to go as far as calling...

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