South African Batsmen Make Strong Start
South Africans 331-3 (Kallis 60) v Pakistan 'A'
Tour game, Sharjah, day one
Although returning captain Graeme Smith failed, the South African batsmen made sure they dominated the opening day of their three-day game against Pakistan 'A' in Sharjah.
Half-centuries by Jacques Kallis (60), AB de Villiers (58) Alviro Petersen (57) and Hashim Amla (50) as well as 49 not out from JP Duminy helped the tourists close on 331 for three.
Smith fell for two early on after the South Africans were invited to bat by opposing captain Umar Amin, but once they had seen off the early movement, they controlled proceedings.
Ehsan Adil (1-52), Usman Qadir (1-80) and Sohaib Maqsood (1-17) were the wicket-takers while Petersen and Amla retired to allow others time in the middle.
Their team-mates used it well, with Duminy and Faf du Plessis (23 not out) set to resume tomorrow before South Africa will be forced to declare at the 100-over mark.
"We wanted everyone to get a chance to get some time in the middle and fortunately everyone managed that, we are quite pleased with that," Amla said following the day's play.
"They bowled quite well," he added. "The first session was difficult to score in and the outfield was slow so it made it even harder. Fortunately, Alviro and I hung around for a while and it got easier to bat.
"It was a good batting deck. It looked like it was turning towards the end of the day, so maybe it will turn tomorrow and on the last day. From a seamers’ perspective it was quite nice to face."
The first of two Tests between South Africa and Pakistan gets underway in Abu Dhabi on 14th October with players in the Pakistan 'A' side still in with a chance of earning a place in Pakistan's Test squad, which has three spots up for grabs.
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