Pakistan struggled to 140 for four in reply to South Africa's 357 all out at the close on day two of the second Test at the Gadaffi stadium on Tuesday. Inzamam-ul-Haq (37) appearing in his 120th and final Test, was unbeaten on 10 alongside Misbah-ul-Haq (10) after Pakistan lost four wickets in the final session.
Ashwell Prince and Jacques Kallis hit fighting half centuries for South Africa on Monday against a disciplined Pakistan bowling attack on the first day of the second Test. South Africa prodded to 259-6 with Mark Boucher not out on 9 and Andre Nel yet to score as stumps were drawn for the day seven overs before scheduled close due to bad light.
Fast bowler Dale Steyn took five wickets to lead South Africa to a thumping 160-run win over Pakistan just before tea on the final day of the first Test at the National Stadium in Karachi on Friday. Pakistan were bowled out for 263 chasing an improbable victory target of 424 runs, with captain Shoaib Malik the last man out after an obdurate 30 runs from 99 balls.
Jacques Kallis scored his 25th Test century to guide South Africa to a commanding 294-3 after the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan at the National Stadium in Karachi on Monday. Kallis (118 not out) and Hashim Amla (71) put on 170 for the third wicket to justify captain Graeme Smith's decision to bat first on a slow pitch.
South Africa got off to a solid start on the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan at the National stadium on Monday, going in to lunch at 96-1. On a perfect pitch for spinners, skipper Graeme Smith was the only casualty of the opening session when he was trapped leg before by part timer off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez.
South African captain Graeme Smith won the toss and elected to bat in the first Test against Pakistan on Monday after Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf pulled out at the last minute. The 33-year-old Yousuf last week cancelled his contract with a rebel Indian league and made himself available for Pakistan.
South African skipper Graeme Smith believes putting runs on the board early will be key for his side in a test series against Pakistan starting from Monday. Smith and Herschelle Gibbs are set to resume their opening partnership in the first test at the National stadium.
Let's not talk about Jacques Kallis, shall we? Controversies around non-selection are the most boring aspect of sporting discourse and rarely confront real problems. Besides, the batsman's reputation is glowing thanks to his omission: by not being picked, he was saved from two-stepping Sreesanth, trying to glide a Yorker to third man, and being bowled for three.
Pakistan deployed dozens of police officers including elite commandos as the South African cricket team arrived in Karachi on Wednesday for a month-long tour of the country. South Africa are due to play two Tests and five one-day internationals in the violence-hit Islamic republic.
Former Proteas vice-captain Jacques Kallis is back in the South African Test squad that leaves on Tuesday for a tour of Pakistan. Announcing the squad on Thursday morning, convener of selectors Joubert Strydom said relations with Kallis had returned to normal.
Justin Kemp blasted 89 not out off 56 balls after Morne Morkel claimed 4-17 as South Africa thrashed New Zealand by six wickets in the Twenty20 World Championship on Wednesday. Graeme Smith's home team restricted the Kiwis to 153-8 after giving them first strike at Kingsmead and then knocked off the modest target with five balls to spare.
Bangladesh's batsmen launched a ferocious attack on South Africa's bowlers but were unable to bat out their 20 overs in a Twenty20 World Championship match at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. South Africa cruised to a seven-wicket win after Bangladesh were bowled out for 144 in 19.3 overs after being sent in.
With the West Indies out of the Twenty20 World Championship, there is no pressure on South Africa in their group match against Bangladesh at Newlands on Saturday evening, Proteas skipper Graeme Smith said on Friday. "It's a free game for us to make sure we get our basics right," he said.
South African cricket coach Mickey Arthur was understandably delighted that his team managed to take their experience from the Standard Bank Pro20 Series into the international arena when they hammered the West Indies by eight wickets in an impressive start to the Twenty20 World Championship at the Wanderers on Monday night.
A magnificent unbroken third-wicket stand of 120 by Herschelle Gibbs and Justin Kemp took South Africa to a thrilling eight-wicket victory over the West Indies in the opening match of the Twenty20 World Championship at the Wanderers on Tuesday night.
Pace-bowler Andre Nel will replace injured batsman Loots Bosman in South Africa's squad for the Twenty20 World Championship, Cricket South Africa said on Tuesday. Bosman was ruled out after injuring his back when he dived into advertising boards during South Africa's tour to Zimbabwe last month.
South African captain Graeme Smith believes bowlers could play as big a role as batsmen at the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup his nation is hosting from September 11. "I'm unsure whether batsmen are going to totally dominate. No one really knows what conditions are going to be like at this time of year," Smith said.
There is a serious amount of work to be done before the International Cricket Council Twenty20 World Cup tournament, which starts on September 11, said South African cricket coach Mickey Arthur on Monday, after the Proteas' return from their 3-0 one-day international series victory over Zimbabwe.
South Africa's media on Monday declared the Springboks as the new favourites to win the Rugby World Cup after they narrowly avoided becoming the third victim of a weekend of quarterfinal upsets. Newspapers breathed a sigh of relief that the Boks saw off a brave challenge by Fiji, who at one stage were level-pegging at 20-20.