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South Africa reaches 131-5 in replay to Pakistan's 157

South Africa reaches 131-5 in replay to Pakistan's 157

Graeme Smith scored 64 to help South Africa reach 131-5 at stumps Friday on day one of the third and final test against Pakistan.
Pakistan was earlier bowled out for 157 with Mohammad Yousuf top scoring with 83 at the Newlands Stadium. Makhaya Ntini had 4-44 from 13.1 overs and Jacques Kallis 4-42 off 11 overs before tea.
"It's not about getting another hundred _ it's for the team," Yousuf said. "If they had stayed with me, maybe we could have got to 200.
Yousuf hit 10 fours and a six off 131 balls. Imran Farhat (20) and Mohammad Hafeez (10) were the only other Pakistan batsmen to reach double figures.
"I've never seen a two-color pitch before," Yousuf said. "So Pakistan are still in with a chance, if we play well."
South Africa started badly, losing opener Boeta Dippenaar leg-before-wicket for a duck in the opening over. Hashim Amla also fell to Mohammad Asif, edging a delivery to Kamran Akmal for 2.
Kallis and Smith put on 80 runs for the third wicket, until Kallis got an inside edge while driving a ball from Mohammad Sami and was caught by Akmal for 28.
Smith hit 10 fours from 79 balls before he was out to a one-handed catch by Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq at second slip off the bowling off Shahid Nazir.
A.B. de Villiers was bowled for 11 by a googly from Danish Kaneria to continue his poor form.
Ashwell Prince was not out on 18 with nightwatchman Paul Harris yet to score.
Asif was the best of Pakistan's bowlers with 2-20.
"Were going to have to play well tomorrow," South Africa coach Mickey Arthur. "You're never really in on this wicket, there's something happening all the time. We set ourselves the goal of getting a lead of 100, but 50 or 60 could be as good as a hundred in a normal test."
Smith won the toss and sent Pakistan in to bat in an effort to win a series tied at 1-1.
Ntini struck in the eighth over, having Hafeez caught at third slip by De Villiers for 10. In the previous over, De Villiers had dropped Farhat with a difficult chance off the bowling of Dale Steyn.
In the 12th over, Ntini got Yasir Hameed to drive outside the off stump when he had 7, and Kallis took an easy head-high catch at second slip.
Kallis himself came on to bowl to replace Steyn, and, in his second over, Farhat played a drive at a ball drifting away to give Smith a catch at first slip.
Younis Khan, who has batted well in the series, looked uncomfortable throughout his stay. and he was out slashing at a Kallis delivery when he had 8. De Villiers took a good overhead catch high to his left.
Pakistan went to lunch at 70-4 and Inzamam fell straight after the break when he edged a delivery from Andrew Hall to Boucher for 6.
Akmal was caught by De Villiers off Steyn for a duck before Mohammad Sami and Yousuf put on a 60-run stand. Sami was finally out for 4, caught by Boucher off Kallis and Pakistan was 150-7.
Within seven runs, Shahid Nazir (3) was caught by Harris off Ntini, Kaneria (0) was caught by Boucher off Kallis, and Yousuf was caught at wide mid-off by Prince off Ntini.


Updated : 2021-08-01 11:46 GMT+08:00