Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Hafeez and Umar give Pakistan flying start

Mohammed Hafeez’s half-century guided Pakistan to 144 for two in reply to South Africa’s first innings 380 on the second day of the first Test on Saturday.

Opener Hafeez slammed a rapid 60 off 89 balls as Pakistan ended the day 236 runs behind.

Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar (42) put on 105 for the first wicket after taking advantage of some wayward new-ball bowling from Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.

The duo brought up the 50 at a run-a-ball but were more circumspect after that.

Hafeez was the first to depart when he was caught at mid-on off left-arm spinner Paul Harris. Umar fell six runs later when he was trapped leg before by Morkel.

Earlier, South Africa’s first innings ended 26 minutes after lunch when off-spinner Saeed Ajmal trapped Morkel leg before for 10.

Swing bowler Umar Gul picked up three for 100 while left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman claimed three for 101.

The morning session belonged to Pakistan as South Africa lost six wickets for 54 runs before lunch.

Gul was at the heart of the collapse, snatching three for 19 in 8.3 overs as he kept an excellent line just outside off stump and extracted just enough seam movement to trouble the batsmen.

Pakistan’s performance in the field was all the better for the fact left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz was unable to bowl after straining his side on the opening day.

The team said the injury was severe enough to rule him out of the rest of the series.

South Africa, resuming on 311 for three, lost nightwatchman Harris early when he was caught at second slip off Gul for a duck.

Gul then produced a superb delivery which nipped back off the seam to bowl AB de Villiers for five through the gate before the 26-year-old trapped Ashwell Prince leg before for one.

Rehman then had Mark Boucher lbw for nine before Ajmal picked up the important wicket of Jacques Kallis.

Kallis, who had added 20 to his overnight 53, edged to keeper Adnan Akmal before Rehman bowled Johan Botha (10) with a turning delivery that clipped the top of the off stump. – Reuters

Vote for an informed choice

We’re dropping the paywall this week so that everyone can access all our stories for free, and access the information they need in the run up to the local government elections. To follow the news, sign up to our daily elections newsletter for the latest updates and analysis.

If our coverage helps inform your decision, cast your vote for an informed public and join our subscriber community. Right now, you can a full year’s access for just R510. Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.

Related stories


Already a subscriber? Sign in here


Latest stories

Paddy Harper: On gleeful politicians and headless chickens

Paddy Harper doesn’t know who to vote for yet, since the Dagga Party isn’t contesting his ward, but right now what to order for lunch is a more pressing concern

Malema: ANC will use load-shedding to steal votes

While on the campaign trail in the Eastern Cape, EFF leader Julius Malema, without evidence, claimed the ANC was planning to use rolling blackouts to ‘steal votes’

Khaya Koko: The looting isn’t over until the fat belly...

A song about Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane preventing looting was way off the mark in a province riddled with corruption and theft

Eskom will try to avoid blackouts during local government elections

Chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer said the ailing state power utility’s staff would be on standby as South Africans cast their votes on 1 November

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…