Saturday 13 November 2010 

Pakistan Produce Improved Performance In Dubai

Pakistan Produce Improved Performance In Dubai
Pakistan Produce Improved Performance In Dubai
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South Africa 380 (Smith 100, Amla 80, Kallis 73) v
Pakistan 144-2 (Mohammad Hafeez 60)
First Test, Dubai, day two

South Africa collapsed from 318 for three to be dismissed for 380 as a stirring fightback from Pakistan characterised day two of the opening Test in Dubai.

Three wickets apiece from quick bowler Umar Gul and left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman saw South Africa unable to build on an exceptionally strong platform.

Jacques Kallis followed the example of Graeme Smith (100), Alviro Petersen (76) and Hashim Amla (80) in passing 60 but his dismissal prompted a collapse and no other player could pass ten - the score achived by Johan Botha, Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn, who was unbeaten.

There were also two wickets apiece for Wahab Riaz and Saeed Ajmal.

Pakistan openers Mohammad Hafeez (60) and Taufeeq Umar (42) then bucked a recent trend of problems at the top of the order with an assured 105-run opening stand.

South Africa rallied to have Hafeez caught by Smith off Paul Harris and Taufeeq was trapped in front of Morkel before Younus Khan reached stumped unbeaten on 21 with Azhar Ali on 12.

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