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But Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq grind out a fight back in the second session

High fives all roundThe South African quicks picked up from where they left in the first test match, tormenting Pakistan’s top order. The visitors were reeling at 33 for four, before Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq put on a hundred run partnership to take their side to 133 for four at tea time.Photo: ap
High fives all roundThe South African quicks picked up from where they left in the first test match, tormenting Pakistan’s top order. The visitors were reeling at 33 for four, before Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq put on a hundred run partnership to take their side to 133 for four at tea time.Photo: ap

South Africa were made to toil hard in a wicketless second session on the first day of the second Test at Newlands on Thursday. Pakistan were 133 for four at tea time after Younis Khan (54) and Asad Shafiq (50) notched up their half centuries.

After Pakistan were sent in to bat, South Africa’s fast bowlers struck four times before lunch leaving Younis and Shafiq to perform the rebuilding act. They did exactly that, applying themselves to counter the swing as the conditions eased out.

Earlier, Pakistan were 60 for four at the interval as Morne Morkel took two wickets, while Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn claimed one each.

South African captain Graeme Smith, captaining his country for the 100th time, proved correct in his assessment of partly cloudy conditions, following early morning rain and a pitch with a tinge of green that offered good bounce.

Openers Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed started cautiously, scoring just 10 runs before left-hander Jamshed was caught behind off Philander for three.

Hafeez then edged Steyn to first slip after making 17 before the tall Morkel took two wickets in an over, having Azhar Ali caught behind and Misbah-ul-Haq caught at short leg. That left Pakistan reeling at 33 for four before Younis and Shafiq put on a partnership.AFP


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