South Africa make slow start in second Pakistan test

LAHORE, Oct 8 (Reuters) South Africa made a slow start on the opening day of the second and final test against Pakistan today, reaching 70 for two at lunch after surviving a probing spell from paceman Mohammad Asif.

Electing to bat first, captain Graeme Smith (31) and Jacques Kallis (13) were the not out batsman at the interval after Umar Gul and Asif bowled well on a helpful pitch to remove Herschelle Gibbs (13) and Hashim Amla (10).

Gibbs lunged at a full length outswinger from Gul to spoon a catch to Misbah-ul-Haq at gully with the total on 24 and Amla completely misread an Asif delivery and was bowled.

On 47-1, Amla left the ball alone but it jagged back sharply to clip the off stump, rewarding Asif for some tidy bowling on a wicket with bounce and suited to his seam movement.

He beat all batsmen several times with movement off the pitch without any more luck in his impressive spell of 10-2-23-1.

Opting for just a two-pronged pace attack, Pakistan were forced to introduce leg-spinner Danish Kaneria in the 12th over of the innings.

Smith fought hard for his runs, facing 67 balls and hitting just two fours, while Kallis, who scored 155 and 100 not out in South Africa's 160-run victory in the first test last week, was more assured and stroked some confident off-side drives.

Pakistan made two changes to the team that lost in Karachi, bringing in senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf and former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq for his final test appearance at a ground where he made his debut in 1990.

Mohamamad Hafeez and batsman Faisal Iqbal make way for Yousuf and Inzamam with wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal moved up the order to open the innings.

South Africa retained the same team that won last week's series opener.


Story first published: Monday, October 8, 2007, 14:42 [IST]
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