South Africa tour of Pakistan, 2007/08 / Commentary

South Africa in Pakistan Test Series - 1st Test

Pakistan v South Africa

South Africa won by 160 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

Good morning to all from Cricinfo and Keith for day one of the 1st Test between Pakistan and South Africa at Karachi News from the ground is that South Africa have drawn first blood by winning the toss and batting first, team news to follow Past history shows the two teams are level playing in Pakistan with each team winning one test and the other 3 were all drawn The pitch looks fairly dry, with a bit of grass cover, mostly rolled into the turf, except near the crease where a lot of grass has been left, Pakistan spinners will be happy with that As has been widely reported Pollock is to sit out even though Morne Morkel is injured so Dale Steyn or Andre Nel gets the nod ahead of the master Pollock Big surprise from Pakistan leaving Mohammad Yousuf out All ready to start with Smith and Gibbs opening and Asif to take the new ball

0.1

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, outside off, on length, left alone and stay fairly low through to Akmal

0.2

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, 1 run, leg stump line, slight movement back, worked from the front foot justr behind square leg for an easy run

0.3

Mohammad Asif to Smith, 1 run, touch straight, Smith gets forward and runs that off the legs down to and wide of fine leg

0.4

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, just outside off, on length, leaves Gibbs off the pitch, has to push forward at it, beaten

0.5

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, fu;;er ball outside the off, gets forward and does not play a shot, better carry to Akmal

0.6

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, full, straight, cuts back into the pads, beats the bat, big appeal for lbw, must have been very close, but Taufel says thats sliding down the leg

Umar Gull to share the new ball

End of over 1 (2 runs) South Africa 2/0
HH Gibbs    1* (5b)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-2-0
GC Smith    1* (1b)     

1.1

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, just on the off, nice length, gets well forward and gently strokes defensively down the off side of the pitch

1.2

Umar Gul to Smith, 2 runs, touch full on the leg, Smith strokes to the on side and beats a wide Kaneria at mid-on who has to chase

1.3

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, beauty, pitched on the off, gets Smith forward, ball leaves him, beaten

1.4

Umar Gul to Smith, FOUR, full on the legs and well timed drive through mid wicket, Keneria is chasing, but gives up as the ball was well timed

1.5

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, just short of length on the off, Smith is half back, ball does not get up much, defends standing tall in the crease, runs it to the off

1.6

Umar Gul to Smith, FOUR, full on the pads and that is his bread and butter, whipped off the pads behind square leg, no need to chase that

End of over 2 (10 runs) South Africa 12/0
GC Smith    11* (7b 2x4)      Umar Gul    1-0-10-0
HH Gibbs    1* (5b)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-2-0

2.1

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, full outside off, gets well forward and across as he drives that straight at mid-off

2.2

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, again full on the off, timed stroke on the drive to wide mid-off

2.3

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, gets it slightly wider of the off, good length, swinging away towards the slips, left alone

2.4

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, line and length, well forward and defends back down the pitch, Asif gets back to gather

2.5

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, outside off, slight away swing, great length, but Gibbs will not be tempted

2.6

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, 1 run, overpitched and driven firmly at Malik at wide mid-off, timed very well with the Captain umable to gather cleanly and they scamper through for the run

End of over 3 (1 run) South Africa 13/0
HH Gibbs    2* (11b)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-3-0
GC Smith    11* (7b 2x4)      Umar Gul    1-0-10-0

3.1

Umar Gul to Gibbs, 1 run, very full, almost a yorker, dug/stroked out wide of the cover and they trot through for the single

3.2

Umar Gul to Smith, 1 run, just outside off, has to play, defends from the front foot into the gap at cover point, good running

3.3

Umar Gul to Gibbs, 1 run, touch short into the legs, gets back and dabs that just behind square leg

3.4

Umar Gul to Smith, 1 run, round the wicket from Gul to the left hander, drags that short of length into the legs, worked down to fine leg from the crease

3.5

Umar Gul to Gibbs, FOUR, thats too full on the off, half volley, and put away of the drive through the covers, good timing from Gibbs

3.6

Umar Gul to Gibbs, no run, slower ball, on line, moving into the pads, back and defends down the on side of the pitch, thoughts of a run, but a big NO from Gibbs

End of over 4 (8 runs) South Africa 21/0
HH Gibbs    8* (15b 1x4)      Umar Gul    2-0-18-0
GC Smith    13* (9b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-3-0

4.1

Mohammad Asif to Smith, 1 run, length ball on the legs, gently pushes forward towards and just wide of the mid-on, easy quick run taken

4.2

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, drawn forward to one swinging away from line and length, Gibbs has a little nibble, beaten, Gibbs not happy with himself for playing at that

4.3

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, full, at the toes, drives straight, this time no timing, mid-on cuts off

4.4

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, all defensive from just on the off, runs that towards the mid-on

4.5

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, line and length on the off, slight away swing, well forward defending to the off

4.6

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, FOUR, half volley just outside off crashed away through the extra cover area

And a rare sight at Karachi as Pollock comes out with some drinks for the batsmen

End of over 5 (5 runs) South Africa 26/0
HH Gibbs    12* (20b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    3-0-8-0
GC Smith    14* (10b 2x4)      Umar Gul    2-0-18-0

5.1

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, outside off, as he goes back to over the wicket to the left hander, angled across the left hander, left alone

5.2

Umar Gul to Smith, FOUR, too full, on the off, straight drive races away to the long-off boundary

5.3

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, shorter ball outside off, angled away from the left hander, again does not get up too much, left alone

Looking at that bounce, Pollock just might be happy to sit this one out

5.4

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, line and length, just on the off, moving to the off, all defensive from the off, runs that down the off side of the pitch

5.5

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, outside off, full, goes on a defensive drive, right hand drags that off the inside half of the bat to the on side

5.6

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, just outside off, left alone

Excellent start for South Africa, but batting first on this pitch will need them to put up a very good total Only one spinner for South Africa, 2.5 spinners for Pakistan

End of over 6 (4 runs) South Africa 30/0
GC Smith    18* (16b 3x4)      Umar Gul    3-0-22-0
HH Gibbs    12* (20b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    3-0-8-0

6.1

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, left alone outside off, angled away towards the slip

6.2

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, line and length gets Gibbs forward defending to the off

6.3

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, again on the button, good line, length and away swing, Gibbs showing some good footwork as gets forward defending

6.4

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, shortish on the leg, goes on the pull, no real bounce, plays well over the top of that as he attempts the pull

6.5

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, back on length on the off, brings the forward defence from Gibbs

6.6

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, on the spot, line and length, just on the off, has to play, uses the forward defence to keep that out

End of over 7 (maiden) South Africa 30/0
HH Gibbs    12* (26b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    4-1-8-0
GC Smith    18* (16b 3x4)      Umar Gul    3-0-22-0

7.1

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, full, just on the middle stump, drives firmly but straight at the mid-on

7.2

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, goes round the wicket again, brings that into the batsman from wide of the crease, false shot from Smith, driving, inside half of the bat, nearly edges that into the stumps

7.3

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, line and length, gets well forward defending to the off

7.4

Umar Gul to Smith, 1 no ball, still round the wicket, brings out the forward defence

7.4

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, good length, maybe a touch full, defensive stroke back down the pitch from the front foot, Gul fields well

7.5

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, full toss outside off, drives at that, mis-timed to mid-off, Smith will know he missed out there, Gull will be happy he got away with one

7.6

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, back on line and length, defends down the pitch

End of over 8 (1 run) South Africa 31/0
GC Smith    18* (23b 3x4)      Umar Gul    4-0-23-0
HH Gibbs    12* (26b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    4-1-8-0

8.1

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, Gibbs is on the front foot defending from line and length, that did come back at him but he had it well covered

8.2

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, full on the off, drives well but straight at mid-off

8.3

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, line and length, just on the off, controlled forward defence from Gibbs

8.4

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, just short of length, on line, Gibbs all defensive from the front foot, runs that to forward point area

8.5

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, FOUR, too short, pulls from the front foot, and that comes out the middle of the bat, races away behind square leg

8.6

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, thats a bit too wide outside the off, left alone

First change of the morning, Danish Kaneria comes on, early start for spin, and a lot more to come to the South Africans

End of over 9 (4 runs) South Africa 35/0
HH Gibbs    16* (32b 3x4)      Mohammad Asif    5-1-12-0
GC Smith    18* (23b 3x4)      Umar Gul    4-0-23-0

9.1

Danish Kaneria to Smith, no run, floated up outside off, turn and bounce away from Smith leaving

9.2

Danish Kaneria to Smith, no run, floated again, on the off, Smith is forward working to midwicket

9.3

Danish Kaneria to Smith, no run, on the off, Smith well forward and over that defending

9.4

Danish Kaneria to Smith, no run, on the middle, gets well forward, that one turns as it should, back into the pad

9.5

Danish Kaneria to Smith, no run, gets the Googly, stays low, edgy, straight to ground to slip

9.6

Danish Kaneria to Smith, no run, touch short, turns back, Smith is cramped on the cut, runs it to a gully

great start for kaneria, Smith did not read the Googly too well

End of over 10 (maiden) South Africa 35/0
GC Smith    18* (29b 3x4)      Danish Kaneria    1-1-0-0
HH Gibbs    16* (32b 3x4)      Mohammad Asif    5-1-12-0

10.1

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, well forward, on line, defends back to the bowler

10.2

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, outside off, slight away swing, left alone

10.3

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, 2 runs, forced onto the back foot, a shortish ball, and quicker, gets the poutside half of the bat, to ground and wide of gully who has to chase

10.4

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, all defensive again as Asif stays with the nagging line and length

10.5

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, short, bouncer, Gibbs decides it is safer to duck, loopy bounce from fairly short, bounces over the ducking Gibbs

10.6

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, line and legnth, well forward and across, Gibbs does have his feet working well, defends to cover

Quick 6 over start from South Africa has been well reeled in by Pakistan

End of over 11 (2 runs) South Africa 37/0
HH Gibbs    18* (38b 3x4)      Mohammad Asif    6-1-14-0
GC Smith    18* (29b 3x4)      Danish Kaneria    1-1-0-0

11.1

Danish Kaneria to Smith, FOUR, full toss well outside off, that was a gift and is put away through the off side

11.2

Danish Kaneria to Smith, no run, well forward, looks to work it to the on side, plays around the ball, loops off the pad to silly point, appeal turned down for an edge maybe, Benson says no

11.3

Danish Kaneria to Smith, 1 run, full, on the legs, sweeps down to deep square leg

slip and silly point for Gibbs

11.4

Danish Kaneria to Gibbs, no run, floated up on the leg, well forward and over it, smothers

11.5

Danish Kaneria to Gibbs, 3 runs, well outside the leg, full, lap sweeps that fine of the deep square leg who has a lot to do towards fine fine leg

11.6

Danish Kaneria to Smith, no run, well forward on the off, gets over it, this time plays straight and gets a defensive bat to it

End of over 12 (8 runs) South Africa 45/0
GC Smith    23* (33b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    2-1-8-0
HH Gibbs    21* (40b 3x4)      Mohammad Asif    6-1-14-0

12.1

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, line and length, good delivery is defended from the front foot to the off

12.2

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, outside off, touch short, Gibbs defends standing up in the crease, rolls it back at the bowler

12.3

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, full on the off, drives well but that is straight at the cover point

12.4

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, line and length, defends to the off, maintains such a good line and length

12.5

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, FOUR, drops that short, Gibbs again pulls from the front foot, and that races away square of the pitch

12.6

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, on the off, all defensive from Gibbs, pushing that gently to the off

End of over 13 (4 runs) South Africa 49/0
HH Gibbs    25* (46b 4x4)      Mohammad Asif    7-1-18-0
GC Smith    23* (33b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    2-1-8-0

13.1

Danish Kaneria to Smith, 2 runs, flighted on the legs, swept well behind the deep square leg for the 50

13.2

Danish Kaneria to Smith, no run, defends to the off

13.3

Danish Kaneria to Smith, 1 run, worked to the on side, nudges into the gap, quick single

13.4

Danish Kaneria to Gibbs, no run, flighted well up, well forward, defends that to the off

13.5

Danish Kaneria to Gibbs, 1 run, full, leg stump ball is swept fine but long leg gets around to keep that to one

13.6

Danish Kaneria to Smith, no run, forward then back from Smith as he defends the one coming back at him to the off

Match State: Drinks Abdur Rehman, on debut, comes into the attack

End of over 14 (4 runs) South Africa 53/0
GC Smith    26* (37b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    3-1-12-0
HH Gibbs    26* (48b 4x4)      Mohammad Asif    7-1-18-0

14.1

Abdur Rehman to Gibbs, no run, just on the off, draws him well forward defending to the silly point

14.2

Abdur Rehman to Gibbs, 1 leg bye, ooutside leg, on the sweep, misses the bat, off the back pad wide of the short fine leg

14.3

Abdur Rehman to Smith, no run, well forward on the off, gets a big stride in defends

14.4

Abdur Rehman to Smith, no run, shuffles forward, wide of the off, looks to sweep, into the pads but well outside off

14.5

Abdur Rehman to Smith, FOUR, outside off, touch short, leans back, waits and cuts late, neat lloking shot races away to third man

14.6

Abdur Rehman to Smith, no run, flighted right up on the off, gets well forward, again a big stride in, smothers that as it pitches

End of over 15 (5 runs) South Africa 58/0
GC Smith    30* (41b 5x4)      Abdur Rehman    1-0-4-0
HH Gibbs    26* (50b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    3-1-12-0

15.1

Danish Kaneria to Gibbs, no run, outside off, back, flicks that onto the on side, runs to a wide mid-on

15.2

Danish Kaneria to Gibbs, no run, full on the leg, sweeps straight at the short fine leg

15.3

Danish Kaneria to Gibbs, no run, leg stump line again, well forward, defends with the spin to the off

15.4

Danish Kaneria to Gibbs, no run, sweeps from outside leg, finds the short fine leg

15.5

Danish Kaneria to Gibbs, no run, on the leg, quicker ball, gets the forward defence in reply

15.6

Danish Kaneria to Gibbs, 1 run, well forward, again quicker ball, good pace that for the spinner, gets the outside half of the defensive forward defence, squirts off wide of the slip

End of over 16 (1 run) South Africa 59/0
HH Gibbs    27* (56b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    4-1-13-0
GC Smith    30* (41b 5x4)      Abdur Rehman    1-0-4-0

16.1

Abdur Rehman to Gibbs, 2 runs, starts down the leg, sweeps fine, short fine leg not in place for Rehamn, Gul has to get around from long leg

16.2

Abdur Rehman to Gibbs, FOUR, sweeps again, this time gets the top edge, this time the short fine leg is in place, but the balls is over his head, betas Gul at long leg

16.3

Abdur Rehman to Gibbs, no run, quicker ball, flat, on line, turns into the defensive bat

16.4

Abdur Rehman to Gibbs, no run, outside off, flighted again, gets forward and dabs that with the open face just wide of slip who gathers

16.5

Abdur Rehman to Gibbs, 1 run, sweeps from leg, full face on it, Gul this time has to race towards square leg and does well, keeps them to one

16.6

Abdur Rehman to Smith, 1 run, round the wicket to the left hander who uses his feet and strokes that wide of midwicket to the man coming off the deep midwicket boundary

End of over 17 (8 runs) South Africa 67/0
GC Smith    31* (42b 5x4)      Abdur Rehman    2-0-12-0
HH Gibbs    34* (61b 5x4)      Danish Kaneria    4-1-13-0

17.1

Danish Kaneria to Smith, no run, full. straight, drives that working it to the midwicket

17.2

Danish Kaneria to Smith, 2 runs, full, drives straight this time. much better than going across the line, used hid feet well, good chase by Malik to long-off

17.3

Danish Kaneria to Smith, 1 run, back and worked off line behind square

17.4

Danish Kaneria to Gibbs, no run, nearly a full toss, or nearly a yorker on the legs, clipped gently to midwicket

17.5

Danish Kaneria to Gibbs, no run, outside off, short, half tracker, forces the cut, drags it into the silly point

17.6

Danish Kaneria to Gibbs, no run, flighte up just outside off, gets well forward, bit of a pad bat, slight appeal, not out, hit outside the line

End of over 18 (3 runs) South Africa 70/0
HH Gibbs    34* (64b 5x4)      Danish Kaneria    5-1-16-0
GC Smith    34* (45b 5x4)      Abdur Rehman    2-0-12-0

18.1

Shoaib Malik to Smith, 1 run, starts down the leg side, worked from the front foot down to the on side, behind square

18.2

Shoaib Malik to Gibbs, no run, on the back foot, forces from the crease, mis-timed to the off

18.3

Shoaib Malik to Gibbs, 1 no ball, oversteps, wide of off, padded away to the slip

18.3

Shoaib Malik to Gibbs, 1 run, flighted on the legs, gets forward, nudges forward of the leg gully/short fine leg, was in the air for a while, but well short

18.4

Shoaib Malik to Smith, no run, well forward on the off, all defensive, played late, trickles to the slip

18.5

Shoaib Malik to Smith, 1 no ball, another no ball, over steps, defends to the off

18.5

Shoaib Malik to Smith, no run, leg stump line, turned a bit, well adjusted by Smith, ends up defending from the crease

18.6

Shoaib Malik to Smith, no run, flighted up outside off, full sweep, beaten by the turn and some nice bounce, appeal is cut short with the bat clipping the pitch

End of over 19 (4 runs) South Africa 74/0
GC Smith    35* (50b 5x4)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-4-0
HH Gibbs    35* (67b 5x4)      Danish Kaneria    5-1-16-0

19.1

Danish Kaneria to Gibbs, no run, googly, well read by Gibbs, defends to the off

19.2

Danish Kaneria to Gibbs, 1 run, sweeps at the leg stump leg spin, well over it as he runs that forward of the long leg

19.3

Danish Kaneria to Smith, no run, uses his feet, leg stump line, drives straight at midwicket

19.4

Danish Kaneria to Smith, no run, leg spin turns sharply and bounces across Smith on the back foot, taken well by Akmal down the leg side

19.5

Danish Kaneria to Smith, no run, defends the googly to the on side

19.6

Danish Kaneria to Smith, 1 run, leg spin, on the middle, touch short, Smith easily works that off the back foot towards the deep square leg

End of over 20 (2 runs) South Africa 76/0
GC Smith    36* (54b 5x4)      Danish Kaneria    6-1-18-0
HH Gibbs    36* (69b 5x4)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-4-0

20.1

Shoaib Malik to Smith, no run, well forward on the off, smothers to the silly point

20.2

Shoaib Malik to Smith, no run, stays round the wicket, back, turns nicely away from the left hander defending to the off

20.3

Shoaib Malik to Smith, 2 runs, leg stump ball, from round the wicket to the left hander of course, sweeps fine

20.4

Shoaib Malik to Smith, no run

20.5

Shoaib Malik to Smith, 1 run, well forward on the leg, adjust the shot, dabs to the on side, quick but easy run

20.6

Shoaib Malik to Gibbs, no run, over the wicket to the right hander, quicker ball on the off, well forward defending behind square on the off

Mohammad Hafeez into the attack

End of over 21 (3 runs) South Africa 79/0
HH Gibbs    36* (70b 5x4)      Shoaib Malik    2-0-7-0
GC Smith    39* (59b 5x4)      Danish Kaneria    6-1-18-0

21.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Smith, 1 run, touch short, on the back foot punching wide of midwicket but mid-on gets around to cut off

21.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Gibbs, no run, pushes forward outside the off, plays for the off spin, ball holds its line, beaten

21.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Gibbs, 1 run, touch short, gets back, slow wicket has him with time to dabs forward of square leg

21.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Smith, 1 run, shortish from the round the wicket, back and punched wide of mid-off, slight fumble, but only one taken to kaneria

21.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Gibbs, no run, angled into the legs, quicker ball, sweeps, into the pad, squirts to short fine leg as the appeal is turned down

21.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Gibbs, 1 run, gets well forward, soft hands to the cover, quick run is taken

End of over 22 (4 runs) South Africa 83/0
HH Gibbs    38* (74b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-4-0
GC Smith    41* (61b 5x4)      Shoaib Malik    2-0-7-0

22.1

Shoaib Malik to Gibbs, 1 run, fullish ball, looks to drive from the crease, turn has him mis-timing towards and wide of mid-on

22.2

Shoaib Malik to Smith, no run, line and length, round the wicket to the left hander, defends to the off

22.3

Shoaib Malik to Smith, 1 run, full on the off, gentle controlled drive down the ground to a deep mid-off

22.4

Shoaib Malik to Gibbs, no run, well forward, just on the off, all defensive to the off

22.5

Shoaib Malik to Gibbs, no run, well forward, floated this time, defends down the pitch

22.6

Shoaib Malik to Gibbs, 1 run, sweeps the fuller ball from outside off, top edges, CATCH is the call, but falls well short of Gul at long leg, spin nearly does him, but he gets a hand to it and keeps it to one

End of over 23 (3 runs) South Africa 86/0
HH Gibbs    40* (78b 5x4)      Shoaib Malik    3-0-10-0
GC Smith    42* (63b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-4-0

23.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Gibbs, 1 run, quicker ball, flat, leg stump, gets half forward and nudges that forward of the short fine leg

23.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Smith, no run, arm ball, touch short, stands up in the crease and stroked to midwicket

23.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Smith, no run, well forward as he gets over and smothers the off spin

23.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Smith, OUT, gets the quicker ball, fullish, Smith is caught on the back foot, plays across the line as well, into the pad, and the appeal is upheld, not much doubt in that

GC Smith lbw b Mohammad Hafeez 42 (102m 66b 5x4 0x6) SR: 63.63

Hashim Amla comes to the crease

23.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Amla, 1 run, arm ball, touch short from over the wicket, gets back and pushes wide of the mid-off

23.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Gibbs, no run, quicker ball into the legs, gets half forward and pushes down the on side of the pitch

End of over 24 (2 runs) South Africa 88/1
HH Gibbs    41* (80b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-6-1
HM Amla    1* (1b)      Shoaib Malik    3-0-10-0

24.1

Shoaib Malik to Amla, no run, well forward on the front foot, plays well ahead of the pad, drags that to the on side

24.2

Shoaib Malik to Amla, no run, forward, nudges towards the short fine leg

24.3

Shoaib Malik to Amla, no run, well outside off, gets the front foot well across, leaves

24.4

Shoaib Malik to Amla, no run, well forward outside off, gets well forward and across, maybe a inside edge, pad to silly point, dropped anyway by ul-Haq

24.5

Shoaib Malik to Amla, no run, defends to the off

24.6

Shoaib Malik to Amla, no run, short and flat outside off, fairly wide, left alone

TV replays not conclusive if that was an edge, but by the look of the fielders it may well have been

End of over 25 (maiden) South Africa 88/1
HM Amla    1* (7b)      Shoaib Malik    4-1-10-0
HH Gibbs    41* (80b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-6-1

25.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Gibbs, no run, fullish on the off, standing tall he strokes towards mid-on

25.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Gibbs, no run, short, quick ball, angled into the leg, pulls off the front foot, misses, appeal turned down going down leg

25.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Gibbs, no run, line and length, defends back to the bowler

25.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Gibbs, no run, quicker ball on the off, has to hurry the forward defence

25.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Gibbs, no run, outside off, held back a bit, looks to cut, ball spins back at him and leaves the cut

25.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Gibbs, 1 run, well forward on the leg, dabs gently to the on side and a quick run taken to backward square leg

End of over 26 (1 run) South Africa 89/1
HH Gibbs    42* (86b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-7-1
HM Amla    1* (7b)      Shoaib Malik    4-1-10-0

26.1

Shoaib Malik to Gibbs, no run, just outside off, giving that one a rip, well forward and smothers to the off

26.2

Shoaib Malik to Gibbs, no run, leg side, touch wide, Test cricket makes that legal, no shot

26.3

Shoaib Malik to Gibbs, no run, well forward and across, defends back down the pitch

26.4

Shoaib Malik to Gibbs, no run, well outside off, padded away, loops away forward of short square leg

26.5

Shoaib Malik to Gibbs, no run, sweeps from outside the off, missed

26.6

Shoaib Malik to Gibbs, no run, well forward outsid the off, ball turns sharply, nice bounce too, hits high on the pad outside the line of the off

Rehamn back

End of over 27 (maiden) South Africa 89/1
HH Gibbs    42* (92b 5x4)      Shoaib Malik    5-2-10-0
HM Amla    1* (7b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-7-1

27.1

Abdur Rehman to Amla, no run, angled into the legs, turns back, Amla standing tall defends from the back foot

27.2

Abdur Rehman to Amla, no run, fuller ball, on the middle, defends from the crease back to the bowler

27.3

Abdur Rehman to Amla, no run, outside leg, sweeps fine, or tries t sweep fine, beaten

27.4

Abdur Rehman to Amla, no run, flighted on line, gets half forward and defends to the on side

27.5

Abdur Rehman to Amla, 1 run, well forward on the off, looked like he was leaving, turn forces him to dab that wide of the slip

27.6

Abdur Rehman to Gibbs, no run, big stride in, all defensive as he gets well over that, runs it away to the off

May the last over before lunch

End of over 28 (1 run) South Africa 90/1
HH Gibbs    42* (93b 5x4)      Abdur Rehman    3-0-13-0
HM Amla    2* (12b)      Shoaib Malik    5-2-10-0

28.1

Shoaib Malik to Amla, 2 runs, quick bal into the legs, worked well off the pads forward of square leg, very wristy shot

28.2

Shoaib Malik to Amla, no run, drawn well forward on the off, defends to the on side as he comes forward

28.3

Shoaib Malik to Amla, no run, outside off, cuts well, fumble by Rehamn, run not taken

28.4

Shoaib Malik to Amla, no run, well forward outside off, this time does play behind the front leg

28.5

Shoaib Malik to Amla, no run, on length outside off, gets a big stride in, plays it to the off

28.6

Shoaib Malik to Amla, FOUR, full outside the off, and that is driveable, races past cover who chases, but all in vain

And with that they all leave for Lunch A good session for maybe both teams, the South Africans who started well scoring 30 off the first 6 overs, but as soon as the spin came on Pakistan reeled them back in keeping the South Africans to under 100 in the first session A good over rate from Pakistan, but that should be expected with Pakistan going into the test with just two pacers we will be back in about 35 minutes, so dont go too far away Match State: Lunch - Day 1 Welcome back to Cricinfo's coverage of the 1st Test between pakistan and SOuth Africa Sun is out and shining down on the ground for some excellent conditions A good toss for South Africa to win, bat first on a dry pitch that does have some grass for the spinners This could be an interesting pitch in the 4th innings The pitch looks good, and has played well, with the lines being repainted on would not think that two hours cricket has taken place this morning, not a mark on the pitch I would think we are going to see a lot of spin this session and may be in for plus 30 overs Just a bit of news to hand is that this test match is being broadcast in the UK by ARY Mohammad Asif to start the 2nd session

End of over 29 (6 runs) South Africa 96/1
HM Amla    8* (18b 1x4)      Shoaib Malik    6-2-16-0
HH Gibbs    42* (93b 5x4)      Abdur Rehman    3-0-13-0

29.1

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, starts very wide outside off, no need to chase that

29.2

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, gets one with some inswing, good line and length, defends down the pitch

29.3

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, again, inswing, line and length, forward, defends, Gibbs shows Amla that there is some inswing now

29.4

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, outside this time, gets forward, chased that on the drive, edgy, short of gully

good bowling from Asif in, in and then out

29.5

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run, once again he is on the drive to the away swing, thick edge short of gully again

29.6

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, FOUR, full toss, in swinger, good over spoilt, crashes that through midwicket from the front foot

Umar Gul to take the second over this session

End of over 30 (4 runs) South Africa 100/1
HH Gibbs    46* (99b 6x4)      Mohammad Asif    8-1-22-0
HM Amla    8* (18b 1x4)      Shoaib Malik    6-2-16-0

30.1

Umar Gul to Amla, no run

30.2

Umar Gul to Amla, no run

30.3

Umar Gul to Amla, no run

30.4

Umar Gul to Amla, no run

30.5

Umar Gul to Amla, no run

30.6

Umar Gul to Amla, no run

End of over 31 (maiden) South Africa 100/1
HM Amla    8* (24b 1x4)      Umar Gul    5-1-23-0
HH Gibbs    46* (99b 6x4)      Mohammad Asif    8-1-22-0

31.1

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run

31.2

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, FOUR

31.3

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, FOUR

31.4

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run

31.5

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run

31.6

Mohammad Asif to Gibbs, no run

End of over 32 (8 runs) South Africa 108/1
HH Gibbs    54* (105b 8x4)      Mohammad Asif    9-1-30-0
HM Amla    8* (24b 1x4)      Umar Gul    5-1-23-0

32.1

Umar Gul to Amla, no run

32.2

Umar Gul to Amla, no run

32.3

Umar Gul to Amla, no run

32.4

Umar Gul to Amla, no run

32.5

Umar Gul to Amla, 1 run, full on the legs, drives to mid-on

32.6

Umar Gul to Gibbs, OUT, outside off, drives at the away swinger, front foot does not get too far forward, edges, and a low catch to Hafeez at Gully who does well to get two hands on that

HH Gibbs c Mohammad Hafeez b Umar Gul 54 (139m 106b 8x4 0x6) SR: 50.94

Great bowling and a plan gets a wicket for Malik, good captaincy that Jacques kallis to the crease, he has something to prove to the selectors Kaneria comes in, just after a the quick bowlers get a wicket

End of over 33 (1 run) South Africa 109/2
     Umar Gul    6-1-24-1
HM Amla    9* (29b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    9-1-30-0

33.1

Danish Kaneria to Amla, 2 runs, full on the legs, flicked away to deep midwicket

33.2

Danish Kaneria to Amla, 1 run, outside leg, forward, dabs that wide of short fine leg

33.3

Danish Kaneria to Kallis, no run, flighted up, drifts into the pads, turns away, defends from the front foot

33.4

Danish Kaneria to Kallis, no run, fullish on the off, gets forward and defensively stroked to the off

33.5

Danish Kaneria to Kallis, no run, leg stump line, forward, defends to the off

33.6

Danish Kaneria to Kallis, no run, fullish, flatter, dabs to the on side

Gul will continue

End of over 34 (3 runs) South Africa 112/2
JH Kallis    0* (4b)      Danish Kaneria    7-1-21-0
HM Amla    12* (31b 1x4)      Umar Gul    6-1-24-1

34.1

Umar Gul to Amla, no run, just on the off, defends from the front foot towards the off

34.2

Umar Gul to Amla, no run, fullish on the off, drives to the off, extra cover does well to keep them at home

2 gullies back again

34.3

Umar Gul to Amla, no run, just on the off, touch short of length, gets across and defends to the off

34.4

Umar Gul to Amla, 3 runs, full on the off, drives past cover, no power in the shot, cover hauls that in, but they get through for three

34.5

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, poor ball, very full and very wide outside leg, Akmal does well to get to that

34.6

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, full, outside off, not too far away and left by Kallis

End of over 35 (3 runs) South Africa 115/2
JH Kallis    0* (6b)      Umar Gul    7-1-27-1
HM Amla    15* (35b 1x4)      Danish Kaneria    7-1-21-0

35.1

Danish Kaneria to Amla, no run, flighted up, on line, gets half forward pushing doiwn the pitch

35.2

Danish Kaneria to Amla, no run, touch short, gets back and punches straight at midwicket

35.3

Danish Kaneria to Amla, no run, nearly a leading edge, flighted up, drifts to the legs, looks to flick, leading edge along the ground to the off

35.4

Danish Kaneria to Amla, no run, defends back to the bowler

35.5

Danish Kaneria to Amla, no run, on the off, turning away, defends with the turn towards the gully

35.6

Danish Kaneria to Amla, FOUR, too short, turning away, gets back and slaps the cut past a diving cover point

End of over 36 (4 runs) South Africa 119/2
HM Amla    19* (41b 2x4)      Danish Kaneria    8-1-25-0
JH Kallis    0* (6b)      Umar Gul    7-1-27-1

36.1

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, just short of length, gets back to the off, defends back down the pitch

36.2

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, left away swing away outside off as 3 slips and a gully await the edge

36.3

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, line and length, gets forward, almost on the walk, defends to Gul

36.4

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, fullish on the off, strokes the drive to a wide mid-off

36.5

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, inswinging yorker is well dug out to the off, good cricket that, good ball, good shot

36.6

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, forward defence to one just on the off

What a great game Test cricket is, an excellent battle here between Gul and Kallis, with Gul maybe slightly ahead

End of over 37 (maiden) South Africa 119/2
JH Kallis    0* (12b)      Umar Gul    8-2-27-1
HM Amla    19* (41b 2x4)      Danish Kaneria    8-1-25-0

37.1

Danish Kaneria to Amla, 1 run, full toss outside leg not put away by Amla as he sweeps that straight at long leg

37.2

Danish Kaneria to Kallis, 2 runs, flighted, drift into the legs, drives, edges the spin wide of slip and gets off the mark

37.3

Danish Kaneria to Kallis, no run, googly at the legs, flicks, turns into the pad, but outside leg

37.4

Danish Kaneria to Kallis, 1 run, forward, too straight, dabs away towards square leg

37.5

Danish Kaneria to Amla, 1 run, flighted up on the legs, gets half forward, dabs away towards mid-on

37.6

Danish Kaneria to Kallis, no run, well forward on the off, drifts into the pads, but well played this time as he strokes that to the off

End of over 38 (5 runs) South Africa 124/2
JH Kallis    3* (16b)      Danish Kaneria    9-1-30-0
HM Amla    21* (43b 2x4)      Umar Gul    8-2-27-1

38.1

Umar Gul to Amla, 1 run, shortish, too straight, worked off the hips towards fine leg

38.2

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, fullish on the off, confident stroke as he drives straight at mid-off

38.3

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, shortish outside off, poor shot for Kallis, looks to pull that to the on side, stayed low, beaten

38.4

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, forward defence to the away swing, runs that from length to the off

Gul chaning the field as he looks to go round the wicket

38.5

Umar Gul to Kallis, no run, gets forward on the off, almost gets the leading edge as Kallis is squared up

38.6

Umar Gul to Kallis, FOUR, too full on the legs and he on drives that well, good balance from the batsman

End of over 39 (5 runs) South Africa 129/2
JH Kallis    7* (21b 1x4)      Umar Gul    9-2-32-1
HM Amla    22* (44b 2x4)      Danish Kaneria    9-1-30-0

39.1

Danish Kaneria to Amla, 1 run, googly is read, gets back, waits for the turn and nudges that towards long leg

39.2

Danish Kaneria to Kallis, no run, full, nice drift into the legs, stroked from the front foot to the bowler

39.3

Danish Kaneria to Kallis, no run, short outside off, forces the cut, not timed, dragged towards cover

39.4

Danish Kaneria to Kallis, no run, full, again that drift, stroked to the bowler

39.5

Danish Kaneria to Kallis, no run, slight width outside off, drives, again not timed, ball not coming on, runs away to the cover

39.6

Danish Kaneria to Kallis, no run, full on the legs, stands tall in the crease, clipped towards mid-on

Asif replaces Gul

End of over 40 (1 run) South Africa 130/2
JH Kallis    7* (26b 1x4)      Danish Kaneria    10-1-31-0
HM Amla    23* (45b 2x4)      Umar Gul    9-2-32-1

40.1

Mohammad Asif to Amla, no run, as he did after lunch, starts very wide outside the off

40.2

Mohammad Asif to Amla, no run, outside off, poor shot, foot come straight down the pitch as he forces a drive away from the body, no timing, drags that back at the bowler

40.3

Mohammad Asif to Amla, no run, left alone outside off, away swing there, but that stays low, taken n the bounce by Akmal

40.4

Mohammad Asif to Amla, no run, full on the off, again the front foot of Amla comes straight iown the pitch as he defends well away from the body

40.5

Mohammad Asif to Amla, no run, touch short on the off, Amla is back and defends to the off

40.6

Mohammad Asif to Amla, no run, quicker ball, cuts back off the seam,, Amla is back and takes that high on the back leg, may have hurt a bit that

End of over 41 (maiden) South Africa 130/2
HM Amla    23* (51b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    10-2-30-0
JH Kallis    7* (26b 1x4)      Danish Kaneria    10-1-31-0

41.1

Danish Kaneria to Kallis, 1 run, starets a bit wide outside off, worked off the hips behind square

41.2

Danish Kaneria to Amla, 1 run, near leg stump yorker, flicked wide of mid-on who does very well with one hand to keep them to one

41.3

Danish Kaneria to Kallis, 1 run, bit too straight, worked from the front foot off the pads to shoet fine leg

41.4

Danish Kaneria to Amla, no run, full on the off, drives well this time, can not beat extra cover

41.5

Danish Kaneria to Amla, no run, on the off, drift in, gets forward, defends well forward of the pad

41.6

Danish Kaneria to Amla, no run, again well forward on the leg side, gets the bat ahead of the pad, leading edge along the ground to gully, dangerous technique from Amla

End of over 42 (3 runs) South Africa 133/2
HM Amla    24* (55b 2x4)      Danish Kaneria    11-1-34-0
JH Kallis    9* (28b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    10-2-30-0

42.1

Mohammad Asif to Kallis, no run, left alone outside off, started outside off, swung away

42.2

Mohammad Asif to Kallis, no run, fullish on the off, solid looking drive from Kallis, hits it straight at mid-off

42.3

Mohammad Asif to Kallis, no run, just outside off, gets half forward, low bounce again, and Smith must be smiling having not to bat last here

42.4

Mohammad Asif to Kallis, 2 runs, touch short, on the legs, late in swing, played off the legs to deep square leg

square leg, just forward of the ump in place now

42.5

Mohammad Asif to Kallis, no run, poor shot, good bowling, has Kallis not moving his feet and sparring at the one outside off

42.6

Mohammad Asif to Kallis, 2 runs, full, inswing, flicked off the legs, just backward of the square leg who has to chase

Match State: Drinks Players off to a well earned drinks break Rehman to bowl

End of over 43 (4 runs) South Africa 137/2
JH Kallis    13* (34b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    11-2-34-0
HM Amla    24* (55b 2x4)      Danish Kaneria    11-1-34-0

43.1

Abdur Rehman to Amla, no run, well forward defends from line and length

43.2

Abdur Rehman to Amla, 1 run, full on the off, drives, thick edge towards a deep point

43.3

Abdur Rehman to Kallis, no run, flighted on line and length, just on the off, forward defending

43.4

Abdur Rehman to Kallis, 1 run, leg stump line, swept down to the lone long leg

43.5

Abdur Rehman to Amla, no run, left alone outside off, slower ball, that grips and turns away sharply

43.6

Abdur Rehman to Amla, 2 runs, leg stump line, sweeps, top edge, over the keeper, slip tries to get there but it spins away from him

End of over 44 (4 runs) South Africa 141/2
HM Amla    27* (59b 2x4)      Abdur Rehman    4-0-17-0
JH Kallis    14* (36b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    11-2-34-0

44.1

Mohammad Asif to Kallis, no run, full on the off, Kallis drives as it swings away, full face of the bat as that goes straight at mid-on

44.2

Mohammad Asif to Kallis, no run, left alone outside off, touch too wide, and again Akmal has to take at his ankles

44.3

Mohammad Asif to Kallis, 1 run, full on the legs, flicks that down to the fine leg

44.4

Mohammad Asif to Amla, no run, just on the off, touch short of length, defends as he gets across, runs that away to the on side

44.5

Mohammad Asif to Amla, 1 run, outside off, well forward, open face runs that just wide of the point, Kallis is through well after the direct hit

44.6

Mohammad Asif to Kallis, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 45 (2 runs) South Africa 143/2
JH Kallis    15* (40b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    12-2-36-0
HM Amla    28* (61b 2x4)      Abdur Rehman    4-0-17-0

45.1

Abdur Rehman to Amla, 1 run, flighted well up on the off, nice dip, drives past cover who fumbles

45.2

Abdur Rehman to Kallis, no run, flatter to kallis, just on the off, strokes to cover

45.3

Abdur Rehman to Kallis, FOUR, uses his feet, down the track, lofted well over the bowler

45.4

Abdur Rehman to Kallis, no run, flighted again, good bowling, stroked to cover

45.5

Abdur Rehman to Kallis, 1 run, full on the off, drives down to the deep mid-off

45.6

Abdur Rehman to Amla, no run, outside off, full, stroked firmly to the off, can not beat the cover field

End of over 46 (6 runs) South Africa 149/2
HM Amla    29* (63b 2x4)      Abdur Rehman    5-0-23-0
JH Kallis    20* (44b 2x4)      Mohammad Asif    12-2-36-0

46.1

Mohammad Asif to Kallis, no run, full on the off, drives and kallis too can not find the gap at extra cover

46.2

Mohammad Asif to Kallis, FOUR, this time he does, Kallis at his best, drives on the up outside the off, cover has no chance

46.3

Mohammad Asif to Kallis, no run, touch shorter outside off, drives at cover

46.4

Mohammad Asif to Kallis, FOUR, too full on the legs this time and Kallis strokes that with great timing to the long-on boundary

46.5

Mohammad Asif to Kallis, no run, outside off, great comeback, gets that cutting into Kallis off the seam, inside edge onto the pad saves him

46.6

Mohammad Asif to Kallis, no run, outside off, slower ball, gets forward, away swing gets the outside edge, but no enough on that to reach the keeper

End of over 47 (8 runs) South Africa 157/2
JH Kallis    28* (50b 4x4)      Mohammad Asif    13-2-44-0
HM Amla    29* (63b 2x4)      Abdur Rehman    5-0-23-0

47.1

Abdur Rehman to Amla, no run, on the sweeps, not timed, bottom edge to ground and to keeper

47.2

Abdur Rehman to Amla, 1 run, sweeps well this time, gets it down to the long leg

47.3

Abdur Rehman to Kallis, 1 run, nudges that behind square for the 50 partnership

47.4

Abdur Rehman to Amla, no run, flighted up at the legs, gets forward and dabs to the on side

47.5

Abdur Rehman to Amla, no run, on the sweep again, top edge again, loops forward but the bowler can not get there

47.6

Abdur Rehman to Amla, no run

Kaneria comes back

End of over 48 (2 runs) South Africa 159/2
HM Amla    30* (68b 2x4)      Abdur Rehman    6-0-25-0
JH Kallis    29* (51b 4x4)      Mohammad Asif    13-2-44-0

48.1

Danish Kaneria to Kallis, no run, start at the legs, defends to the on side playing from the crease

48.2

Danish Kaneria to Kallis, no run, flighted on the off, all defensive

48.3

Danish Kaneria to Kallis, no run, leg stump line, quicker ball takes Kallis in the chest as he goes down on the sweep

48.4

Danish Kaneria to Kallis, 1 run, outside off, forward, thick edge wide of slip

48.5

Danish Kaneria to Amla, 1 run, full on the legs, plays straight, a better option, gets a run to deep mid-on

48.6

Danish Kaneria to Kallis, no run, all defensive down the pitch to the bowler

End of over 49 (2 runs) South Africa 161/2
JH Kallis    30* (56b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    12-1-36-0
HM Amla    31* (69b 2x4)      Abdur Rehman    6-0-25-0

49.1

Abdur Rehman to Amla, 2 runs, touch short on the legs, gets back and punched firmly to the deep midwicket area

49.2

Abdur Rehman to Amla, SIX, down the pitch, good use of the feet, lofted well over long off

49.3

Abdur Rehman to Amla, no run, flighted on the off, defends back to the bowler

49.4

Abdur Rehman to Amla, no run, all defensive as he pushes that from the front foot to the bowler

49.5

Abdur Rehman to Amla, no run, quicker ball, fired on line, hurries the forward defence

49.6

Abdur Rehman to Amla, 1 run, on the back foot, punches to the off, trouble, Amla hesitates, he is gone, but Butt misses from gully

End of over 50 (9 runs) South Africa 170/2
HM Amla    40* (75b 2x4 1x6)      Abdur Rehman    7-0-34-0
JH Kallis    30* (56b 4x4)      Danish Kaneria    12-1-36-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
Series Results
Pakistan v South Africa at Lahore - Oct 8-12, 2007
Match drawn
Pakistan v South Africa at Karachi - Oct 1-5, 2007
South Africa won by 160 runs
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Dale Steyn leads the team off the field after his match-winning five-wicket haul, Pakistan v South Africa, 1st Test, Karachi, 5th day, October 5, 2007

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