Thursday 4 October 2007 

Pakistan Chase 424 After Kallis Scores Second Ton

South Africa 450 (Kallis 155, Abdur Rehman 4-105)
& 264 for 7 declared (Kallis 100no, Rehman 4-105) v
Pakistan 291 (Shoaib Malik 73, Harris 5-73)
& 146 for 3 (Yunus Khan 93 not out) on day four in Karachi
First test of a two-match series

Pakistan are making game chase of a record 424 to win the first test against South Africa, but closed the fourth day having lost three wickets and with a mountain to climb against a confident Proteas outfit.

South Africa declared their second innings at tea after Jacques Kallis reached his second century of the match. Pakistan then made a horror start to the run chase, losing both openers with twenty runs on the board. Mohammad Hafeez scored 1, and Salman Butt 3, before an aggressive Yunus Khan took the attack to the South Africans, scoring a swift half-century before Pakistan lost Faisal Iqbal for 44 shortly before stumps.

Pakistan need a further 278 runs to win, and South Africa remain favourites, although Yunus Khan's belligerence has set up a fascinating final day's play.

Earlier, Kallis' unbeaten century helped South Africa recover from a position of 43 for 3, largely thanks to an 88-run partnership with Ashwell Prince (45) for the fourth wicket after South Africa resumed play on 76 for 3.

Andre Nel struck a test-best of 33 as he and Kallis added 63 for the seventh wicket to help Kallis reach his century with the declaration coming shortly after, leaving Pakistan four sessions to reach an unlikely victory target or play out a draw.

Abdur Rehman matched his first innings figures of four for 105, but with Kallis resisting defiantly, the breakthrough they needed wasn't forthcoming.

Kallis hit 155 out of South Africa's 450 in the first innings before Paul Harris took five for 73 as Pakistan were dismissed for 291.

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