First Test: Pakistan smell victory as South Africa wobble

Published: October 16, 2013

Saeed Ajmal picked up the scalp of South Africa captain Graeme Smith. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Saeed Ajmal picked up the scalp of South Africa captain Graeme Smith. PHOTO: AFP/FILE Misbahul Haq. PHOTO: AFP.

ABU DHABI: Responding to Pakistan’s 193 run lead, South Africa closed the day at 72 for four on the third day of the first test at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

South Africa looked in trouble having lost most of their top order, including captain Graeme Smith, 32. Batsman Hashim Amla, who had scored a century in the first innings, went down to debutant spinner Zulfiqar Babar for just 10 runs. Jaquqes Kallis was dismissed for a duck, trapped leg-before-wicket by Junaid Khan.

As the play closed for the day, AB De Villiers, 10, and Dale Steyn, zero, were at the crease.

For Pakistan, Saeed Ajmal, Muhammad Irfan, Zulfiqar Babar and Junaid Khan claimed a wicket each.

Earlier, captain Misbahul Haq scored his fourth test century as Pakistan were bowled out for 442 in their first innings on the third day of the first Test against South Africa at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Wednesday, with a lead of 193 runs over South Africa’s first innings total of 249.

Paceman Vernon Philander finished with 3-84.

The Pakistan captain bagged his first ton against the Proteas as he made the most of a placid third-day pitch, before he was adjudged out two balls later for exactly 100, lbw to Dale Steyn.

Misbah  was ably supported by Asad Shafiq, who was not in the original squad for the match but added after a composed showing for Pakistan A in the warm-up fixture. He compiled a patient 54 from 105 balls and put on 82 runs for the fifth wicket with his captain before becoming JP Duminiy’s second wicket of the innings when he clipped the ball to Alviro Peterson at mid-wicket.

The other wickets to fall in the post-lunch session were Saeed Ajmal, who struck a brisk 13 before edging a Vernon Philander delivery to wicket-keeper AB de Villiers, and Zulfiqar Babar (2). Babar was brilliantly run out by Steyn with the last ball before tea.

Earlier, Khurram Manzoor, who reached his maiden test century on Tuesday, was the only wicket to fall in Wednesday’s opening session, caught behind for 146, as he slashed at a rising delivery from Philander and was taken at second slip by a diving Jacques Kallis.

South Africa were bowled out for 249 in their first innings early on the second day with only Hashim Amla, who scored 118, making any impression.

The two-match series is being hosted in the United Arab Emirates with the second test in Dubai, starting next week.

Reader Comments (11)

  • Oct 16, 2013 - 4:32PM

    After a long time we have seen good batting from pakistan.

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  • Dhaka
    Oct 16, 2013 - 5:55PM

    But pakistani cricket team is not up to the standards of our current team.Our youngsters are talented and we can beat pakistan team even there home ground.

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  • Hassan Rizvi
    Oct 16, 2013 - 7:09PM

    Well done, looks like a more settled batting unit. Only if Azhar Ali is replaced by Fawad Alam.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Oct 16, 2013 - 10:52PM

    oh please let them perform,do not appreciate them so early they have the potential to go from top to ground zero.

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  • Sami
    Oct 17, 2013 - 3:27AM

    @Dhaka … Stop day-dreaming my friend..

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  • Long Time Reader
    Oct 17, 2013 - 4:42AM

    @Dhaka: LOL Bangladesh has received more than enough opportunities, you guys lose every single match you play against us. Mature yourselves, then we’ll play.

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  • Rehan
    Oct 17, 2013 - 5:47AM

    @Dhaka: Do you have a cricket team?

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  • saad
    Oct 17, 2013 - 8:12AM

    @ like you lost to pakistan in Asia cup final right?Recommend

  • ;-)chief
    Oct 17, 2013 - 9:23AM

    D-day for Capt. Tuk Tuk…..Recommend

  • racer
    Oct 17, 2013 - 10:34AM

    @Dhaka:one word to u…lol

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  • chona
    Oct 17, 2013 - 4:59PM

    D. Steyn appears to be wearing coloured energy patches on his arms. Ask any nutritionist/sport dietician and he will tell you that such patches are worn to avoid fatigue, tiredness and to remain fresh through out the day as these patches provide sustained ingress of energy into blood stream directly. Such patches are allowed in practice or even in festival matches but not in Internationals. and Cricket has never seen such a thing …This is clearly against spirit of Cricket and a mild type of performance enhancement. ICC should take notice. Steyn is too good a bowler to resort to such things..He is already the best in the world so why turn to illegal activities…Mr. Steyn you are already one of all time best bowlers so do not tarnish your reputation….Recommend

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