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An evenly-poised game

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South Africa were 159 for four at tea in their first Test match against Pakistan at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday. Du Plessis and de Villiers were at the crease.

Pakistan’s opening bowlers Junaid Khan and Umar Gul struck in successive overs to negate a solid start by South Africa who were 68 for two at lunch after Graeme Smith, captaining a team for the 100th time in Test matches, won the toss and decided to bat in what were always likely to be challenging conditions on a pitch with pace and bounce.

Smith and Alviro Petersen saw off the initial bursts by Junaid and Gul but a switch of ends for both bowlers brought the wickets of both opening batsman. Graeme Smith scored 24 runs and Petersen added 20 runs. Hashim Amla who fell to Younis Khan knocked up 34 runs while Jacques Kallis led the scoreboard for the Proteas with a knock of 50 runs before falling to Umar Gul.

Junaid took one for 32 and Gul 2 for 34.AFP


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