Amla defies Pakistan

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Scores his 20th Test century

Hashim Amla scored his 20th Test century to take the fight of the Proteas against a spirited Pakistan attack on the opening day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday. South Africa were 217-6 at the end of 78 overs after electing to bat.

Amla was unbeaten on 71 as South Africa moved to 152-4 at tea from a precarious 104-4 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. He came up with his century in the post-tea session in an innings studded with 11 boundaries. J P Duminy added 57 runs to the scoreboard on a day when Pakistani pace-cum-spin attack was on top.

Pacemen Mohammad Irfan (2-38) and Junaid Khan (1-38) generated lively pace in the first session with the lanky Irfan taking two early wickets in the first session. Debutant Zulfiqar Babbar took two wickets in the post-tea session taking the wickets of J P Duminy and Faf du Plessis.

Irfan lifted one to Alviro Petersen (three) whose fended push was well caught by Shan Masood at short-leg and then had Graeme Smith for 15 in his fourth over.

Smith, who is playing his first international match since an ankle injury earlier this year, hit Irfan for two well-timed boundaries but the lanky paceman had the last laugh, dismissing the South African skipper caught behind.

Kallis, who is also playing his first Test since February this year, looked rusty before he edged a sharp incoming delivery from Khan for wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal to take a smart low catch.

South Africa were struggling at 66-3 at lunch. De Villiers helped Amla take South Africa past 100-mark before he fell in a bizare manner, run out for 19.

He and Amla added 61 runs for the fourth wicket.AFP



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