Pakistan v South Africa, 1st Test, Dubai, 1st day November 12, 2010

Smith's hundred leads solid South Africa day

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South Africa 311 for 3 (Smith 100, Amla 80, Petersen 67, Kallis 53*) v Pakistan
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Graeme Smith led the way in a strong South Africa display with his 22nd Test century to help his team reach a commanding 311 for 3 on the first day in Dubai. He and Alviro Petersen used up a fair degree of luck in their stand of 153 before Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis consolidated in professional style with a partnership of 117 as Pakistan's bowlers struggled to make an impression in flat conditions.

With no wickets falling in the first hour it became a day where the batsmen would have to get themselves out and both openers fell to careless shots, but South Africa never appeared in any real danger of their solid day's work being derailed by a clatter of wickets. On current form there probably wasn't a better pair than Amla and Kallis to build on a strong opening partnership. Such was their control that it was a major surprise when Amla's concentration failed him four overs from the end with a flat-footed drive at Wahab Riaz, who then worryingly left the field, but Kallis remained entrenched on 53.

Smith's innings wasn't the most fluent he'll ever play, but he battled through a tricky start and was much more expressive during the middle session as he reached three figures from 151 balls. The stage was set for a massive contribution from the captain, but from his next ball he pulled a bouncer to deep square-leg and departed in disgust at the wasteful shot. However, on reaching three figures for the 20th time in charge of his team, he set a new landmark for captains, having earlier become the most prolific run-scorer among Test leaders.

The Middle East is likely to be Pakistan's home for a long time and the surface produced for Dubai Sports City's first Test certainly resembled something from Karachi or Lahore. Barring some early movement there was nothing for the quicks and while signs of turn suggested the spinners will play a key role, for now there are masses of runs on offer.

However, Pakistan, who made seven changes from their previous Test against at Lord's for a variety of reasons ranging from suspension to Mohammad Yousuf's late injury, should have had an early wicket which could have given the day a different complexion. In the third over Umar Gul produced a perfect leg-cutter which squared-up Petersen and took the edge to the new wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal - making his debut in place of the AWOL Zulqarnain Haider - only for Daryl Harper to turn down the appeal.

The replays weren't good for Harper as they confirmed a healthy edge and once again put him under scrutiny. There is no UDRS in this series with the PCB having been unable to come to a deal with broadcasters. With just two quicks in the side, Pakistan desperately needed an early breakthrough and deserved better for their opening efforts.

Petersen made the most of his second chance with an increasingly aggressive innings. Spin was in the action by the 10th over and Petersen responded by skipping down at Abdur Rehman to chip him over midwicket and later repeated the dose with a sweet strike over mid-off as he reached fifty from 69 balls.

The early part of Smith's innings was more of a grind and he escaped a stumping opportunity on 12 when Adnan couldn't glove a delivery from Rehman that spun between Smith's bat and pad from the footmarks. It wasn't the easiest of chances, but a Test-class wicketkeeper should have at least been able to make an attempt.

Pakistan's poor ground fielding also made an appearance when Azhar Ali couldn't pick up the ball at short fine-leg as Smith struggled to turn mid-pitch having been sent back by Petersen. Smith had his problems picking Saeed Ajmal's doosra, and also spooned a pull just over the head of midwicket shortly before lunch, but the first over of the second session marked a change for Smith as he struck the opening three balls through the off side for four.

There was a definite attempt to increase the tempo and Pakistan were looking increasingly short of ideas when one of the worst deliveries of the day, a long hop from Rehman, was pulled to midwicket by Petersen where Younis Khan leapt and took a one-handed catch above his head. It was a rare moment of fielding brilliance from Pakistan, although they deserve credit for not completely falling apart under the weight of runs.

Gul had deserved more with the new ball and Riaz produced a wholehearted display which included a well-directed bouncer to induce Smith's final pull shot. However, Amla is currently in the form of his life and an effortless back-foot punch off Riaz was the early highlight of his innings and an almost inevitable fifty came from 93 balls. One attempt to go over cover nearly took a leading edge, but largely he used his feet with the confidence of a man at ease with his game.

Nothing looked more certain than him being there in sight of a hundred in the morning, but Riaz's late strike meant Pakistan could leave the field feeling a little more positive about life. However, with Kallis still there that feeling may not last too long.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • on November 13, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    380/10 and thats it all about. There is no doubt that SA has better squad from Pakistan and Greens did well as a whole but yesterday umpires decision cost a lot to Pakistan. Anyway its a part of the game and we will see competitive cricket from Dubai :) Good luck Pakistan. Cheers!

  • Omar.Saghir on November 13, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    You know what, it's really not umpiring errors. First there's an indefinite ban on three guys, then there's a player suddenly taking off with threats, now there's wickets being gobbled down in plain daylight; it's really a conspiracy going on. PK's being sabotaged on multiple front....multiple CRITICAL fronts actually....and cricket seems to be one critical front because of its psychological connectivity. Part of it is definitely the team's own shortcomings. Why the hell did the players contact Mazhar Majeed when the PCB had warned them?....Beyond the own mistakes, remember the PK vs New Zealand semi-final when Ajmal's wicket was devoured in plain sight...infront of the camera's? And that was the turning point of the game...Clearly something's pretty damn fishy here...

  • amir1475 on November 13, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    I HAVE A QUESTIONS IS LBW IS NOT ALLOW IN TEST MATCH OR DISABLE IN SOUTHAFRICA INNING lol UMPIRING IS RIDICULUS I THINK PHENOMENA OF NEUTRAL EMPIRES ARE FAIL. ICC SHOULD ALLOW HOME UMPIRES OR TAKE POINTS OF EACH MATCH IF UMPIRE DO BAD DECESIONS THEY WILL THROW OUT FROM ICC PANEL.OTHERWISE THERE IS NO CURE OF BIASNESS LIKE THIS TOTALLY BAD UMPIRING ICC SHOULD CHECK MEDICAL CHECKUP OF UMPIRES EYES AND EARS BEFORE EVERY MATCH OTHERWISE THINGS LIKE THIS CONTINUE.HARPER I THINK U SHOULD JOIN DEAF CLUB BCZ YOUR HEARING POWER LOSS U CANT HEAR SOUNDS

  • on November 12, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    i agree with Mujtaba Saeed.. That two wickets causes 313/3...

  • mecrazy on November 12, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    Where is Duminy for this game? what is Boucher doing back in this team? just when we thaught the team building is working with a nice balance, we end up three steps back. Next month we gonna need 3 pacemen against Indai in south africa. That means Botha will sit out. Then Duminy is an option a the bowling department as well, besides the fact that hes a much better batsmen than Boucher. De Villiers should take the gloves. Looks like there some qlueques in this team.

  • superislam2011 on November 12, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    i think this test match could go 5 daay long u need to have patient in a test match thats what pakistani fans dont have they can only see t20 or odi crikcet they dont have the right temperament for a test match things do change in a test match i think it was good captaincy from misbah asa he used his bowlers and fielders right and also fielded gud to set an example the bad umpiring cost paksitan very much as if the early eicket fell down then it could have been 5 or 6 down but inshallah pakistan will win and bounce back

  • on November 12, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    .... It was all Umpires who Put South Africans in commmanding positions in first session.... Cleaqr Caught Behind and a TIght LBW Appeal that was plum being turned down .. would have caused major blow to Pakistani Bowling that is already looking sluggish... had they would have captured these two wickets.... south african's would have been on BAck foot ... no matter if its Amla or Kallis.. wickets always create psycological impact on any team...

  • on November 12, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    dead pitch and the Pak attack lacked penetrtion. neria might not be the greates t bowler around but is an attacking option. when there is no reverse swing the Pak attack looks very ordinary. Horrible Umpiring... Hopefully new ball first thing up tomorrow might do the trick

  • hamqad on November 12, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    I have always maintained that Saeed Ajmal is not a test bowler. But he is still a better pick than Abdur Rehman for test matches.

    Where is Fawad Alam? Why is he not in the test squad? I fail to understand. He proved that he can be crucial in test cricket because of his temperament. He made a brilliant 168 against Srilanka. I think he is not being fully utilized by the management.

    Otherwise, a dead pitch. A dead test match probably.

  • cricket_for_all on November 12, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    I watched the first hour of the match and It was pathetic in terms of umpiring (Smith was out two times). I have just heard that Mr.Harper has hearing problem (He did this even as UDRS umpair in SA) and He is still in Elite panel (ICC is now becoming a joke!!). Asoka De Sila just missed a (close call) LBW not the obvious edge. UDRS is MUST!!!.

  • on November 13, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    380/10 and thats it all about. There is no doubt that SA has better squad from Pakistan and Greens did well as a whole but yesterday umpires decision cost a lot to Pakistan. Anyway its a part of the game and we will see competitive cricket from Dubai :) Good luck Pakistan. Cheers!

  • Omar.Saghir on November 13, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    You know what, it's really not umpiring errors. First there's an indefinite ban on three guys, then there's a player suddenly taking off with threats, now there's wickets being gobbled down in plain daylight; it's really a conspiracy going on. PK's being sabotaged on multiple front....multiple CRITICAL fronts actually....and cricket seems to be one critical front because of its psychological connectivity. Part of it is definitely the team's own shortcomings. Why the hell did the players contact Mazhar Majeed when the PCB had warned them?....Beyond the own mistakes, remember the PK vs New Zealand semi-final when Ajmal's wicket was devoured in plain sight...infront of the camera's? And that was the turning point of the game...Clearly something's pretty damn fishy here...

  • amir1475 on November 13, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    I HAVE A QUESTIONS IS LBW IS NOT ALLOW IN TEST MATCH OR DISABLE IN SOUTHAFRICA INNING lol UMPIRING IS RIDICULUS I THINK PHENOMENA OF NEUTRAL EMPIRES ARE FAIL. ICC SHOULD ALLOW HOME UMPIRES OR TAKE POINTS OF EACH MATCH IF UMPIRE DO BAD DECESIONS THEY WILL THROW OUT FROM ICC PANEL.OTHERWISE THERE IS NO CURE OF BIASNESS LIKE THIS TOTALLY BAD UMPIRING ICC SHOULD CHECK MEDICAL CHECKUP OF UMPIRES EYES AND EARS BEFORE EVERY MATCH OTHERWISE THINGS LIKE THIS CONTINUE.HARPER I THINK U SHOULD JOIN DEAF CLUB BCZ YOUR HEARING POWER LOSS U CANT HEAR SOUNDS

  • on November 12, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    i agree with Mujtaba Saeed.. That two wickets causes 313/3...

  • mecrazy on November 12, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    Where is Duminy for this game? what is Boucher doing back in this team? just when we thaught the team building is working with a nice balance, we end up three steps back. Next month we gonna need 3 pacemen against Indai in south africa. That means Botha will sit out. Then Duminy is an option a the bowling department as well, besides the fact that hes a much better batsmen than Boucher. De Villiers should take the gloves. Looks like there some qlueques in this team.

  • superislam2011 on November 12, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    i think this test match could go 5 daay long u need to have patient in a test match thats what pakistani fans dont have they can only see t20 or odi crikcet they dont have the right temperament for a test match things do change in a test match i think it was good captaincy from misbah asa he used his bowlers and fielders right and also fielded gud to set an example the bad umpiring cost paksitan very much as if the early eicket fell down then it could have been 5 or 6 down but inshallah pakistan will win and bounce back

  • on November 12, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    .... It was all Umpires who Put South Africans in commmanding positions in first session.... Cleaqr Caught Behind and a TIght LBW Appeal that was plum being turned down .. would have caused major blow to Pakistani Bowling that is already looking sluggish... had they would have captured these two wickets.... south african's would have been on BAck foot ... no matter if its Amla or Kallis.. wickets always create psycological impact on any team...

  • on November 12, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    dead pitch and the Pak attack lacked penetrtion. neria might not be the greates t bowler around but is an attacking option. when there is no reverse swing the Pak attack looks very ordinary. Horrible Umpiring... Hopefully new ball first thing up tomorrow might do the trick

  • hamqad on November 12, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    I have always maintained that Saeed Ajmal is not a test bowler. But he is still a better pick than Abdur Rehman for test matches.

    Where is Fawad Alam? Why is he not in the test squad? I fail to understand. He proved that he can be crucial in test cricket because of his temperament. He made a brilliant 168 against Srilanka. I think he is not being fully utilized by the management.

    Otherwise, a dead pitch. A dead test match probably.

  • cricket_for_all on November 12, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    I watched the first hour of the match and It was pathetic in terms of umpiring (Smith was out two times). I have just heard that Mr.Harper has hearing problem (He did this even as UDRS umpair in SA) and He is still in Elite panel (ICC is now becoming a joke!!). Asoka De Sila just missed a (close call) LBW not the obvious edge. UDRS is MUST!!!.

  • shovwar on November 12, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    IN THE ODI'S PAKISTAN HAD SOME LUCK FROM THE BAD UMPIRING DECISION AND NOW SA IS GETTING THEIRS LUCK IN TEST BUT AT THE END IT SHOULDNT B N EXCUSE...SA PLAYED BETTER AND ON TOP. WE LL C WUT HAPPENS TOMORROW. SA LOOKS FAVORITE TO WIN THE TEST 2-0. BUT LETS C IF PAK CAN FIGHT BACK!!!!!!

  • Yassar on November 12, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    I think the Pakistani bowlers stuck at a difficult task well. Umpiring errors did not help them. Not having a leg-spinner when playing 2 spinners does not give the team a balanced attack. Yousuf's injury is also a big blow, he is a key batsman for Pakistan!

  • on November 12, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    Very nice opening day of Test cricket, Both team played well

  • on November 12, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    I think in the first hour one caught behind and couple of LBWs weren't given out. Which obviously effected the team's morale. But we made wrong deicision in selection of bowlers, we should've selected a fifth as an allrounder e.g. Azhar Mahmood or Abdul Razzaq. And the runout miss by i can't remember whom of Smith. Overall i would say still there are a lot of players and team officials involved in destroying the team (i won't say match fixing).

  • AhmadNaeem on November 12, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    Seems , finally it has to be Younis who can make the match for Pakistan. Wahab showed his worth , must believe in himself and should get a haul og 6-7 wickets thereby helping Pakistan in reducing SA to 400.Ajmal is aging and not impressive be replaces by some new spinner performing well in domestic.I am personally very happy that Yousaf wouldnt play.He is just good for making records not the matches.If he was brought back only to score a 50 on batting conditions than he should stay away,Azhaz,Asad or even Fawad can do better than him.Yes, if he is there to score valueable runs in a chase than its good, but that he never do.Moreover, today poor field placing also helped SA in scoring @ 3.5 RPO which is bad at Gul's and Ajmal's part who remained wicketless also though Gul was denied with an early wicket by one of the poorest umpiring display.

  • on November 12, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    the pitch is not good for batiing the bowl is swinging very nicely and the bowl are taking sharp turn on first day.

    the way smith played and also amla was very intelligently they put away bad balls. pitch is not great for batting as was obseeved from spinners.

    from 2nd day ball will turn by 90 degrees also good swing as well. pakistan almost out of the match,

  • le_stephenois on November 12, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    thank you Ashoka and Harper. Should have had 2 wickets in the first 5... so thank you umpires for making sure SA made a dead pitch count. Now its going to deteriorate.

  • on November 12, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Good Bowling by pakistan on Dead Surface... Wahab bowls some good one with ajmal .. Let's c what happen on next day..

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  • on November 12, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Good Bowling by pakistan on Dead Surface... Wahab bowls some good one with ajmal .. Let's c what happen on next day..

  • le_stephenois on November 12, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    thank you Ashoka and Harper. Should have had 2 wickets in the first 5... so thank you umpires for making sure SA made a dead pitch count. Now its going to deteriorate.

  • on November 12, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    the pitch is not good for batiing the bowl is swinging very nicely and the bowl are taking sharp turn on first day.

    the way smith played and also amla was very intelligently they put away bad balls. pitch is not great for batting as was obseeved from spinners.

    from 2nd day ball will turn by 90 degrees also good swing as well. pakistan almost out of the match,

  • AhmadNaeem on November 12, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    Seems , finally it has to be Younis who can make the match for Pakistan. Wahab showed his worth , must believe in himself and should get a haul og 6-7 wickets thereby helping Pakistan in reducing SA to 400.Ajmal is aging and not impressive be replaces by some new spinner performing well in domestic.I am personally very happy that Yousaf wouldnt play.He is just good for making records not the matches.If he was brought back only to score a 50 on batting conditions than he should stay away,Azhaz,Asad or even Fawad can do better than him.Yes, if he is there to score valueable runs in a chase than its good, but that he never do.Moreover, today poor field placing also helped SA in scoring @ 3.5 RPO which is bad at Gul's and Ajmal's part who remained wicketless also though Gul was denied with an early wicket by one of the poorest umpiring display.

  • on November 12, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    I think in the first hour one caught behind and couple of LBWs weren't given out. Which obviously effected the team's morale. But we made wrong deicision in selection of bowlers, we should've selected a fifth as an allrounder e.g. Azhar Mahmood or Abdul Razzaq. And the runout miss by i can't remember whom of Smith. Overall i would say still there are a lot of players and team officials involved in destroying the team (i won't say match fixing).

  • on November 12, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    Very nice opening day of Test cricket, Both team played well

  • Yassar on November 12, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    I think the Pakistani bowlers stuck at a difficult task well. Umpiring errors did not help them. Not having a leg-spinner when playing 2 spinners does not give the team a balanced attack. Yousuf's injury is also a big blow, he is a key batsman for Pakistan!

  • shovwar on November 12, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    IN THE ODI'S PAKISTAN HAD SOME LUCK FROM THE BAD UMPIRING DECISION AND NOW SA IS GETTING THEIRS LUCK IN TEST BUT AT THE END IT SHOULDNT B N EXCUSE...SA PLAYED BETTER AND ON TOP. WE LL C WUT HAPPENS TOMORROW. SA LOOKS FAVORITE TO WIN THE TEST 2-0. BUT LETS C IF PAK CAN FIGHT BACK!!!!!!

  • cricket_for_all on November 12, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    I watched the first hour of the match and It was pathetic in terms of umpiring (Smith was out two times). I have just heard that Mr.Harper has hearing problem (He did this even as UDRS umpair in SA) and He is still in Elite panel (ICC is now becoming a joke!!). Asoka De Sila just missed a (close call) LBW not the obvious edge. UDRS is MUST!!!.

  • hamqad on November 12, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    I have always maintained that Saeed Ajmal is not a test bowler. But he is still a better pick than Abdur Rehman for test matches.

    Where is Fawad Alam? Why is he not in the test squad? I fail to understand. He proved that he can be crucial in test cricket because of his temperament. He made a brilliant 168 against Srilanka. I think he is not being fully utilized by the management.

    Otherwise, a dead pitch. A dead test match probably.