Monday 15 January 2007 

Amla And Kallis Take South Africa To Victory

South Africa have won the first test against Pakistan in Pretoria with Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis guiding them to their target of 199 for the loss of 3 wickets.

Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis were looking assured at the crease as South Africa eventually cruised to victory.

South Africa were 122 for three at lunch in search of a victory target of 199. The post-lunch session saw little drama for the batsmen, as both passed 50 with Amla finishing on 64 and Kallis on 60. Kallis scored the winning runs to secure a convincing 7 wicket win.

Kallis and Amla shared an unbroken 119 fourth wicket stand to put South Africa 1-0 up in the three match series.

After the match, Graeme Smith was pleased with his side's effort to win three back-to-back Test matches. He said he was encouraged by how his team had responded to turning points in the matches.

Hashim Amla was awarded the man of the match award, after hitting two fifties in the match.

Pakistan were dismissed for 313 in their first innings and South Africa replied with 417 before bowling out the tourists for 302 on Sunday.

South Africa resumed on 69-2 after early morning rain delayed the start of play by 45 minutes and nightwatchman Paul Harris was the only casualty of the session for seven.

Harris was dismissed in the sixth over of the day when he drove a delivery from fast bowler Mohammad Asif into the hands of Faisal Iqbal in the covers.

Meanwhile, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said in a statement that Herschelle Gibbs would appear at a disciplinary hearing concerning an incident during the fourth day's play on Sunday.

Gibbs was heard on a stump microphone making derogatory comments about Pakistanis.

The comments generated a flood of e-mails to the broadcasters and the Pakistan Cricket Board has lodged a complaint with International Cricket Council match referee Chris Broad.

Herschelle Gibbs faces disciplinary action after Cricket South Africa (CSA) identified him as the player heard making derogatory comments about Pakistanis during Sunday's play in the first test.

The remarks were picked up on a stump microphone at Centurion.

"CSA has investigated the matter, and we have heard the remarks made by Herschelle Gibbs in response to verbal abuse directed by a number of Pakistan supporters at Paul Harris while he was fielding on the boundary," a statement quoted CSA chief executive Gerald Majola as saying.

"Herschelle says these remarks were for the ears only of his team mates in his proximity, and were directed in general terms at that section of the crowd that had verbally abused Paul Harris," Majola said.

"He has apologised if he has caused offence to anyone."

Two spectators agreed to leave the stadium on Sunday after they admitted swearing at left-arm spinner Harris.

© Reuters 2007

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