Monday 1 October 2007 

Kallis Hits Century As South Africa Dominate In Karachi

South Africa 294 for 3 (Kallis 118no, Amla 71, Gibbs 54) v
Pakistan in Karachi
First test of a two-match series

Jacques Kallis put the disappointment of being left out of the ICC World Twenty20 squad and behind him to score a century to help South Africa dominate the opening day of the first test match against Pakistan in Karachi.

Kallis finished unbeaten on 118 with South Africa in the imposing position of 294 for 3 at stumps.

Graeme Smith had spoken before the match about the need for runs on the board early, and having won the toss and chosen to bat, his batsmen responded with Hashim Amla adding 71 patient runs in a 170-run third-wicket partnership with Kallis, who batted like he had never been away from international cricket.

Pakistan went to lunch at 96 for 1 and then tea on 195 for 2.

Smith (42) and Herschelle Gibbs (54) put on 87 for the first wicket with Gibbs's return to the top of the order working well after South Africa won the toss and invited Pakistan to field.

Part-time off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez struck with the wicket of Smith, trapped in front before Umar Gul removed Gibbs, caught by Hafeez to reduce South Africa to 109 for 2.

Pakistan handed a debut to Abdur Rehman with Misbah-ul-Haq also winning a place, perhaps the first man to earn a test spot on the back of Twenty20 form.

Pakistan: Salman Butt, Mohammad Hafeez, Yunus Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Faisal Iqbal, Shoaib Malik (c), Kamran Akmal (wk), Abdur Rehman, Umar Gul, Danish Kaneria, Mohammad Asif

South Africa: Graeme Smith (c), Herschelle Gibbs, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Ashwell Prince, AB De Villiers, Mark Boucher (wk), Paul Harris, Dale Steyn, Makhaya Ntini, Andre Nel

© Cricket World 2007





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