South African Batsmen Make Strong Start

Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis was one of four South Africans to score a half-century against Pakistan 'A'
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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.

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results

14th-18th October: 1st Test, Abu Dhabi
PAK 442 & 45-3 beat RSA 249 & 232 by 7 wickets
23rd-27th October: 2nd Test, Dubai
RSA 517 beat PAK 99 & 326 by an innings & 92 runs
30th October: 1st ODI, Sharjah
RSA 183 beat PAK 182 by 1 run
1st November: 2nd ODI, Dubai
PAK 209 beat RSA 143 by 66 runs
6th November: 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi
RSA 259-8 beat PAK 191 by 68 runs
8th November: 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi
RSA 266-5 beat PAK 238 by 28 runs
11th November: 5th ODI, Sharjah
RSA 268-7 beat PAK 151 by 117 runs
13th November: 1st T20I, Dubai
RSA 99-1 beat PAK 98-9 by 9 wickets
15th November: 2nd T20I, Dubai
RSA 150-5 beat PAK 144-9 by 6 runs