Pakistan tour of South Africa, 2006/07 / Commentary

Pakistan in South Africa Test Series - 1st Test

South Africa v Pakistan

South Africa won by 7 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Hello and welcome to the first Test between South Africa and Pakistan. I am Sriram Veera and, along with Sajan Nair, will be bringing you all the live action today.

Toss Pakistan have chosen to bat.

This will be Mark Boucher's 100 Test game, just the fourth South African after Shaun Pollock, Jacques Kallis and Gary Kirsten to reach the landmark.. 99 for South Africa plus one for the World XI in the Superseries. Please click here for some interesting stats preview.

Bob Woolmer: "It is in batting that we will have to tighten up and if we are to beat South Africa then runs are going to be the key. " Pakistan are batting first and we shall get to know how they go about their task.

Here are two stats from Kanishkaa's stats piece, which throws light on the burden that faces Pakistan's batsman.. " As has been the case in previous tours, the form and patience of the Pakistan batsmen will be put to Test, with the line-up weakened by the absence of Mohammad Yousuf for the first Test. Inzamam-ul-Haq averages 33 in nine Tests against South Africa, but in five away Tests, the figure slips to 27.44. Younis Khan was inconsistent in the two-Test series of 2002-03 while Mohammad Yousuf has come a cropper in four Tests against them, averaging just 16.85.

Among the current crop of bowlers, Makhaya Ntini has the best bowling record at Centurion, with 37 wickets in Tests at just 18.89 apiece. Pollock and Kallis have 23 wickets each, and their batting figures at this ground complement their bowling stats. Kallis averages 56.50 in ten Tests while Pollock has an average of over 42, including a century.

Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Farhat have arrived at the crease, here we go.

0.1

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Right in the zone outside offstump. Gentle seam-up stuff. Hafeez leans forward, covers his offstump and shoulders arms. The Test match has begun!

Three slips and a gully in place

0.2

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, This one shapes in with the Ntini angle, around the offstump line, again Hafeez thrusts out forward, defends towards cover

0.3

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Gibbs announces himself in the TV promo as an "Electrifying fielder". And it shows. Hafeez pushes one outside the offstump, to left of Gibbs at gully, and he dives full-length to make the stop and immediately is up on his feet to have a throw.

0.4

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, First runs. In style. Hafeez leans forward to a fullish delivery, outside offstump, and drives down the ground. He didn't go hard at it, just caressed.

0.5

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Rapped on the pads! Comes in from outside offstump, Hafeez tries to work it to the on side, misses and is struck on the pad. Going down legside though.

0.6

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, In the channel outside offstump, and left alone.

End of over 1 (4 runs) Pakistan 4/0
Mohammad Hafeez    4* (6b 1x4)      M Ntini    1-0-4-0
Imran Farhat    0* (0b)     

1.1

Nel to Imran Farhat, no run, And we have the first slash and a miss. Short, wide outside offstump and Farhat goes for a square-cut and the ball bounces over the blade. Hmm....

1.2

Nel to Imran Farhat, no run, Rises from short of length, on the offstump line, Farhat stands up tall, pushes out to towards point

Three slips, short leg and a gully in place

1.3

Nel to Imran Farhat, no run, And the first delivery that really beats the bat. Again in that zone outside off, shaping away and Farhat's feet goes back, his bat goes way in front of his body as he tries to push at it.

1.4

Nel to Imran Farhat, no run, good-length delivery, around offstump, pushed to point

1.5

Nel to Imran Farhat, no run, Nel continues to ping that offstump line. Full in length, just outside the offstump and bounces high, Farhat lets it go through the keeper

1.6

Nel to Imran Farhat, no run, defended off the back foot, to the on side

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End of over 2 (maiden) Pakistan 4/0
Imran Farhat    0* (6b)      A Nel    1-1-0-0
Mohammad Hafeez    4* (6b 1x4)      M Ntini    1-0-4-0

2.1

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run

2.2

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Super shot! Hafeez continues to drive well. Full in length, outside the offstump, coming in slightly, Hafeez leans forward and drives through mid-off. Very pleasing drive. Hafeez is looking to get forward at every opportunity.

2.3

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Outside offstump, left alone.

2.4

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Very good delivery! kicks up from short of length, just outside the offstump, Hafeez drops his wrists at the last minute, withdraws his bat from the line and lets it scream past to Boucher. Good cricket allround.&

2.5

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, at the body, Hafeez goes back, turns it to the onside

2.6

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Beaten! or did he withdraw his bat? Again in that offstump line, Hafeez pushes at it and tries to withdraw at the last minute.

End of over 3 (4 runs) Pakistan 8/0
Mohammad Hafeez    8* (12b 2x4)      M Ntini    2-0-8-0
Imran Farhat    0* (6b)      A Nel    1-1-0-0

3.1

Nel to Imran Farhat, FOUR, Crack! Cut past point. Short and wide. Just like the first ball that Imran Farhat received today, he didn't get a touch that time but now, he goes back and across and slaps it past point.

3.2

Nel to Imran Farhat, no run, Much better from Nel. Full in length, around the offstump, shaping away, Farhat lunges forward, lets it go through to Boucher

3.3

Nel to Imran Farhat, no run, on the off and middle stump, defended with the full face of the bat

There is live grass on the track and with some patches on it.

3.4

Nel to Imran Farhat, no run, Huge appeal for a caught and behind decision. Drama at Centurion. In the channel outside offstump, Farhat shapes to play at it but withdraws his bat from the line. At the very last minute. The cherry nestles into Boucher's gloves and they all go up in a vociferous appeal. Steve Bucknor is not impressed. Replays don't reveal an edge.

3.5

Nel to Imran Farhat, no run

3.6

Nel to Imran Farhat, 1 run, on the hips, tucked to square-leg.

End of over 4 (5 runs) Pakistan 13/0
Imran Farhat    5* (12b 1x4)      A Nel    2-1-5-0
Mohammad Hafeez    8* (12b 2x4)      M Ntini    2-0-8-0

4.1

Ntini to Imran Farhat, no run, Ntini continues to hit the line outside offstump, Farhat doesn't go fishing this time, seafood is delicious but not while out in the middle, and lets it go through to the keeper

4.2

Ntini to Imran Farhat, 1 run, On the offstump, slightly short of length, punched to extra cover

4.3

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Appeal for a lbw! Impact outside offstump and hence not out. Full in length and it bent back in, Hafeez lunges forward in defense but is beaten by the movement and the pace.

4.4

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Takes this one away, rather holds it down the line outside offstump, Hafeez shoulders arms

4.5

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Ntini continues to mix it up. This one jags back in, Hafeez stabs at it and the ball rolls away to the offside

4.6

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, tip and run. Hafeez pushed a length-delivery, around offstump, close on the offside, towards extra cover and they set off for a quick run. Make it in time.&

End of over 5 (2 runs) Pakistan 15/0
Mohammad Hafeez    9* (16b 2x4)      M Ntini    3-0-10-0
Imran Farhat    6* (14b 1x4)      A Nel    2-1-5-0

5.1

Nel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Full and on the middle and leg, Hafeez lets it come to him, works his wrists, sends the ball to the right of Pollock, at mid-off, no run though.

5.2

Nel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, lands well outside off, comes in a touch, but Hafeez is not interested.

5.3

Nel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, This one is close to the off stump but again Hafeez judges it pretty well, covers his offstump and leaves it alone

5.4

Nel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, This one lands well outside offstump and moves away. Obviously, Hafeez leaves it well alone

5.5

Nel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run

5.6

Nel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, angles in towards middle and leg, like all subcontinental batsmen, the wrists work overtime and the cherry heads towards square-leg.

End of over 6 (maiden) Pakistan 15/0
Mohammad Hafeez    9* (22b 2x4)      A Nel    3-2-5-0
Imran Farhat    6* (14b 1x4)      M Ntini    3-0-10-0

6.1

Ntini to Imran Farhat, 2 runs, on the middle and leg, Farhat tucks it behind square-leg, immediately realises that there is two runs in it and runs the first run hard.

6.2

Ntini to Imran Farhat, 1 leg bye, Again on the legs, fullish, tries to flick it away, doesn't connect and it runs away off the pad.

6.3

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, First bouncer of the day. Too Short and well outside off to trouble the batsman. Left alone without any fuss.

6.4

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Much better. Fuller and on the off stump line, Hafeez leans forward in defence but is beaten by the movement and is rapped on the thigh pad

6.5

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run

6.6

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, Hurls it full and outside offstump, pushed past point. He didn't time it so well, else there was a boundary in it.

End of over 7 (5 runs) Pakistan 20/0
Mohammad Hafeez    11* (26b 2x4)      M Ntini    4-0-14-0
Imran Farhat    8* (16b 1x4)      A Nel    3-2-5-0

7.1

Nel to Imran Farhat, FOUR, up and over gully. Short of length, outside off stump, close to the body but Farhat goes for his square- cut and punches it over gully

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7.2

Nel to Imran Farhat, no run

7.3

Nel to Imran Farhat, no run, hits the deck short of length, on the off stump line, moves away, Farhat moves towards the line of the delivery, opens the bat-face and runs it down to point

7.4

Nel to Imran Farhat, no run, back of length, around off stump, punched to cover

7.5

Nel to Imran Farhat, no run

7.6

Nel to Imran Farhat, no run, fuller, on the middle stump line, Farhat arrests his front foot movement, leans forward, pushes it towards midwicket. Good delivery, trying to trap him in front. Farhat resisted the temptation to go across the line.

End of over 8 (4 runs) Pakistan 24/0
Imran Farhat    12* (22b 2x4)      A Nel    4-2-9-0
Mohammad Hafeez    11* (26b 2x4)      M Ntini    4-0-14-0

Shaun Pollock, the Man-of-the-Series against India, comes on to bowl. Huge cheers go around the arena. Popular man.

8.1

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Rightaway hits his zone. Outside the off stump, full in length - he does this day in day out, month after month, year after year- left alone by Hafeez

8.2

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, And again. Much closer to the off stump and Hafeez, who has shown pretty good judgement of his off stump, shoulders arms

8.3

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Deja-vu.

8.4

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Ah. This one comes in, around the off and middle stump line, Hafeez defends it off the front foot

8.5

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Goes for the outswinger but the swing starts too early in the trajectory, giving the game away, and Hafeez just thrusts his left foot out, and watches it sail into Boucher's gloves

8.6

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, slightly short of length, around the offstump area, where else from Pollock?, defended off the back foot

End of over 9 (maiden) Pakistan 24/0
Mohammad Hafeez    11* (32b 2x4)      SM Pollock    1-1-0-0
Imran Farhat    12* (22b 2x4)      A Nel    4-2-9-0

9.1

Nel to Imran Farhat, no run, slants it across Farhat, who leaves it alone

9.2

Nel to Imran Farhat, no run, From round the stumps, on the off stump, full in length, Farhat eases forward, drives to cover region

9.3

Nel to Imran Farhat, 1 run, slightly short of length, on the off stump line, punched to deep point.

9.4

Nel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, banged in short, rears up at the ribs, Hafeez hops up, takes the bottom-hand out of the bat-handle, stabs it away to the on side.

9.5

Nel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, After the bouncer, comes the teasing delivery outside off stump. Full in length and holding its line, but Hafeez is up to the task, doesn't fall into the bait and lets it go through to the 'keeper

9.6

Nel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, If you don't go chasing, I shall come to you, says Nel. This one is hurled close to the off stump, full in length, forcing Hafeez to play at it. Hafeez does but the ball goes straight on and is beaten. To Hafeez's credit, he doesn't push at it hard, doesn't follow the movement and plays inside the line

End of over 10 (1 run) Pakistan 25/0
Mohammad Hafeez    11* (35b 2x4)      A Nel    5-2-10-0
Imran Farhat    13* (25b 2x4)      SM Pollock    1-1-0-0

10.1

Pollock to Imran Farhat, no run

10.2

Pollock to Imran Farhat, no run, short of length, on the offstump line, defended off the front foot

10.3

Pollock to Imran Farhat, no run, Fuller, on the middle stump line, trying to trap Farhat, but he gets his bat straight down, meets the ball with the full face of the bat and drives to mid-on. Both the batsmen haven't played across the line so far. Good stuff from the openers.

10.4

Pollock to Imran Farhat, 1 run, Slightly short of length, just outside off stump, Farhat leans towards it, punches it to extra cover

10.5

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run

10.6

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, full and on the middle stump line, again the subcontinent temptation to flick it through square-leg or midwicket is resisted, instead he drives it towards mid-on

End of over 11 (1 run) Pakistan 26/0
Mohammad Hafeez    11* (37b 2x4)      SM Pollock    2-1-1-0
Imran Farhat    14* (29b 2x4)      A Nel    5-2-10-0

11.1

Nel to Imran Farhat, 1 run, Horrible Horrible shot. Should have been fatal. Lucky escape as Harris, at mid-on, doesn't judge it well, runs around in circles and hence the catch is not taken. It was short and outside offstump, Farhat, like Wasim Jaffer did in the second Test in the series against SA, goes for a pull shot. But it was well outside offstump and hence ended up going straight up in the air, to the mid-on region. Harris runs in forward, then goes back, then turns right, he saw all parts of the ground and doesn't manage to get to the ball.

11.2

Nel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Drama continues at Centurion. A edge drops short of de Villiers at second slip who makes the stop, underarms it to Boucher, who doesn't see the ball and it rolls away past him. The batsmen go for runs, thinking its an overthrow but Bucknor signals it as dead ball.

11.3

Nel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run

11.4

Nel to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, Now Hafeez gets the itch to pull. And the ball lobs up behind square-leg but the fielder can't reach to it. Suddenly after batting cautiously so far, the opening duo are trying to combust.

11.5

Nel to Imran Farhat, no run

11.6

Nel to Imran Farhat, no run

End of over 12 (2 runs) Pakistan 28/0
Imran Farhat    15* (32b 2x4)      A Nel    6-2-12-0
Mohammad Hafeez    12* (40b 2x4)      SM Pollock    2-1-1-0

12.1

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, on the off stump line, pushed back to the bowler

12.2

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, And again.

12.3

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, this one is touch outside off, pushed to cover

12.4

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, full and veering away from Hafeez who lets it go through to Boucher

12.5

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run

12.6

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, Full and on the middle and leg, tickled across to the midwicket region

End of over 13 (1 run) Pakistan 29/0
Mohammad Hafeez    13* (46b 2x4)      SM Pollock    3-1-2-0
Imran Farhat    15* (32b 2x4)      A Nel    6-2-12-0

13.1

Nel to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, On the hips, turned around the corner

13.1

Nel to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, beaten! From round the stumps, full in length, it lands outside off and then shapes away. Farhat is sucked into a forward prod and the ball just shaves past the edge. Nel does this really well. From round the stumps, he has the ability to take it away from the left-hand batsmen. Always handy.

13.2

Nel to Imran Farhat, no run

13.3

Nel to Imran Farhat, 1 run, On the hips, tucked, in the air, towards square-leg

13.4

Nel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, In the channel, outside off, again Boucher comes into play.

13.5

Nel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Again that itch to combust, to self-destruct, comes to the fore. Full and outside off stump, Hafeez, who has been leaving similar deliveries, suddenly goes down on his knee and tries to drill it through the off side region and is beaten.

13.6

Nel to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Full in length, much closer to the off stump, Hafeez lets it go through.

Over to Sajan Nair, who will take you through till the lunch interval.

End of over 14 (2 runs) Pakistan 31/0
Mohammad Hafeez    14* (50b 2x4)      A Nel    7-2-14-0
Imran Farhat    16* (34b 2x4)      SM Pollock    3-1-2-0

Thanks Sriram. Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Farhat have added 28 runs, Pakistan are off to a slow but steady start on a pitch that has something in it for the seamers. Hafeez especially is looking solid.

14.1

Pollock to Imran Farhat, no run, pitched up delivery outside the off stump and Farhat drives it away towards extra cover. Nel moves across quickly from mid-off and dives to stop the ball, excellent effort

14.2

Pollock to Imran Farhat, no run, forced away towards cover, Farhat calls for the single but Hafeez is not interested

14.3

Pollock to Imran Farhat, no run, short of a good length delivery and in the channel outside the off stump, hint of away swing at the tail end. Farhat had to play at it and the ball zips past the outside edge

14.4

Pollock to Imran Farhat, no run, line and length delivery outside the off stump, Farhat watchfully leaves it through to the keeper

14.5

Pollock to Imran Farhat, no run, forced away towards cover, no room for a single there

14.6

Pollock to Imran Farhat, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump. Farhat shoulders arms and the ball goes through to the keeper

And it's time for Drinks. Imran Farhat has so far done well to play down his natural aggression, but couple of times the fly did escape the bottle and if Paul Harris was bit more agile he would have been back in the hut by now.

End of over 15 (maiden) Pakistan 31/0
Imran Farhat    16* (40b 2x4)      SM Pollock    4-2-2-0
Mohammad Hafeez    14* (50b 2x4)      A Nel    7-2-14-0

Ntini to start proceedings after the break.

15.1

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short rising delivery and Hafeez leaves it through to the keeper.

Ntini as usual is getting good bounce but so far, he has been bit wayward in line and length

15.2

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, cutting in. Hafeez pushes forward to defend and ends up with an inside edge onto his pad

15.3

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, defended back to the bowler

15.4

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short rising delivery, close to the off stump line and Hafeeze sways away from the line

15.5

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, left alone outside the off stump

15.6

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, bang! short delivery outside the off stump, no real width offered but Hafeez leans back, makes room and flays it away to the point fence. Try stopping that.

End of over 16 (4 runs) Pakistan 35/0
Mohammad Hafeez    18* (56b 3x4)      M Ntini    5-0-18-0
Imran Farhat    16* (40b 2x4)      SM Pollock    4-2-2-0

16.1

Pollock to Imran Farhat, 1 run, good length delivery, drifting down the leg side and Farhat clips it away to the fine leg region for an easy single. Ntini is the man in the deep.

Three slips and a gully waiting but the edge is missing.

16.2

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a good length delivery, much better delivery to the right-hander. Hafeez watchfully leaves it through to the keeper

16.3

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, line and length delivery outside the off stump, Hafeez is not interested

16.4

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short rising delivery, in the channel outside the off stump. Hafeez drops his wrists and leaves it through to Boucher

and we have an innocent steward walking across the sight screen - play held up.

16.5

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, again left alone to the keeper.

16.6

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, good length delivery, you guessed it

End of over 17 (1 run) Pakistan 36/0
Mohammad Hafeez    18* (61b 3x4)      SM Pollock    5-2-3-0
Imran Farhat    17* (41b 2x4)      M Ntini    5-0-18-0

17.1

Ntini to Imran Farhat, no run, short of a good length delivery, pitched on middle and off and angling across the left-hander. Farhat has a poke at it and the ball zips through to the keeper

17.2

Ntini to Imran Farhat, no run, similar line and length and Farhat is once again beaten outside the off stump

17.3

Ntini to Imran Farhat, no run, on the pad, Farhat stays back and flicks but fails to make contact

17.4

Ntini to Imran Farhat, no run, in the channel outside the off stump and angling across. Farhat leaves it through to the keeper - that's better

17.5

Ntini to Imran Farhat, no run, short of a good length delivery, on the middle and off stump and angling across but still the ball stays close to the batsman. Farhat reads it well, drops his wrists and the ball thuds into the keeper's gloves

17.6

Ntini to Imran Farhat, no run, on the middle and off stump line, forced away towards cover. End of a good over from Ntini

End of over 18 (maiden) Pakistan 36/0
Imran Farhat    17* (47b 2x4)      M Ntini    6-1-18-0
Mohammad Hafeez    18* (61b 3x4)      SM Pollock    5-2-3-0

Pollock to continue

18.1

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Hafeez shapes up to play but at the last moment leaves it through to the keeper

18.2

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, good length delivery and this one nipped back in. Farhat gets right behind the line and defends it with a straight bat

18.3

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, fuller length delivery, driven straight back to the bowler

18.4

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended on the front-foot. Solid shot

18.5

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, another good length delivery but bit too straight, Hafeez gets behind the line and punches it down to mid-on

18.6

Pollock to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a good length delivery, coming in with the angle but Hafeez was sure that the ball was going to fly over the stumps, so he drops his wrists and leaves it through to the keeper

End of over 19 (maiden) Pakistan 36/0
Mohammad Hafeez    18* (67b 3x4)      SM Pollock    6-3-3-0
Imran Farhat    17* (47b 2x4)      M Ntini    6-1-18-0

19.1

Ntini to Imran Farhat, no run, bit of width offered outside the off stump, punched straight to the fielder at cover

19.2

Ntini to Imran Farhat, no run, short and wide outside the off stump, was there to be hit and Farhat comes down hard on it but the ball finds the fielder at backward point. Missed out there on some easy runs

19.3

Ntini to Imran Farhat, no run, short rising delivery outside the off stump, Farhat shapes to leave the ball but leaves his bat hanging in the air, ball clips the bottom edge and rolls away towards the slip cordon. Lucky

19.4

Ntini to Imran Farhat, no run, another teasing delivery outside the off stump but on this occasion Farhat watchfully leaves it through to the keeper

19.5

Ntini to Imran Farhat, 1 run, punched straight back down the track to the mid-off region, early call and a quick single is added to the total. First run in 21 deliveries.

19.6

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, left alone outside the off stump

Kallis into the attack now, can he maintain the pressure?

End of over 20 (1 run) Pakistan 37/0
Mohammad Hafeez    18* (68b 3x4)      M Ntini    7-1-19-0
Imran Farhat    18* (52b 2x4)      SM Pollock    6-3-3-0

20.1

Kallis to Imran Farhat, FOUR, starts off with a loosener on the pads and Farhat duly clips it away to the midwicket fence.

20.2

Kallis to Imran Farhat, 1 leg bye, another one that drifts down the leg side, this time Farhat fails to make contact but the ball rolls away off the pad and they scamper through for a leg-bye

20.3

Kallis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Hafeez leaves it through to the keeper

20.4

Kallis to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 wide, short of a good length delivery, pitched miles outside the off stump and shaping away further. The umpire is not impressed and Kallis is not impressed with the call

20.4

Kallis to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 no ball, and he oversteps, so Kallis is struggling a bit here.

20.4

Kallis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, closer to the off stump line, no shot offered

20.5

Kallis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Hafeez shoulders arms

20.6

Kallis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, again left through to the keeper

End of over 21 (7 runs) Pakistan 44/0
Mohammad Hafeez    18* (73b 3x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-6-0
Imran Farhat    22* (54b 3x4)      M Ntini    7-1-19-0

21.1

Ntini to Imran Farhat, no run, short and wide outside the off stump, ball kept a touch low after hitting the deck and Farhat leaves it through to the stumper

21.2

Ntini to Imran Farhat, no run, width offered outside the off stump and Farhat slashes hard at it, solid shot but the ball goes straight to Amla at backward point

21.3

Ntini to Imran Farhat, FOUR, short ball and Farhat pulls it away through midwicket, bad ball put away in style

21.4

Ntini to Imran Farhat, OUT, and gone! another short and wide delivery outside the off stump, had 'four' written all over it but Farhat fails to get on top of the bounce and in the end the cut goes straight to Amla at point. Easy catch held, Ntini with the much needed breakthrough

Imran Farhat c Amla b Ntini 26 (93m 58b 4x4 0x6) SR: 44.82

21.5

Ntini to Yasir Hameed, no run, worked away towards midwicket

21.6

Ntini to Yasir Hameed, no run, excellent bouncer to end a successful over. Hammed ducks under it

"When India were there, cricket was much more interesting, they would have been three down by now and..." yells someone from behind.

End of over 22 (4 runs) Pakistan 48/1
Yasir Hameed    0* (2b)      M Ntini    8-1-23-1
Mohammad Hafeez    18* (73b 3x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-6-0

22.1

Kallis to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 no ball, good length delivery outside the off stump, no-ball called for overstepping

22.1

Kallis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, fuller length delivery outside the off stump, driven hard but straight to the fielder at mid-off

22.2

Kallis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, better line and length, Hafeez leaves it through to the keeper

22.3

Kallis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, and again, line and length delivery outside the off stump and Hafeez shoulders arms

22.4

Kallis to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, clipped away on the leg side and the single brings up the Pakistan 50.

22.5

Kallis to Yasir Hameed, no run, pitched up and coming in with the angle. Hameed gets behind the line and defends it well

22.6

Kallis to Yasir Hameed, no run, short delivery to end the over and Hameed shoulders arms

End of over 23 (2 runs) Pakistan 50/1
Yasir Hameed    0* (4b)      JH Kallis    2-0-8-0
Mohammad Hafeez    19* (78b 3x4)      M Ntini    8-1-23-1

Ntini to continue

23.1

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, good length and cutting in, defended on the back-foot

23.2

Ntini to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, Ntini strikes again! short of a good length delivery, pitched outside the off stump and coming in with the angle. Hafeez leans back and drops his wrists but the ball stays low and brushes the gloves. Boucher dives across full length to his left and takes a fantastic catch. Umpire Bucknor as usual took his time to make his decision but in the end adjudicated in favour of the bowler

Mohammad Hafeez c †Boucher b Ntini 19 (102m 80b 3x4 0x6) SR: 23.75

And with that catch Boucher has equaled Ian Healy's record for the most number of catches by a wicket-keeper in Test

23.3

Ntini to Younis Khan, no run, played straight to the fielder at point

23.4

Ntini to Younis Khan, no run, worked away towards midwicket, bit of a mix-up going for the single but in the end they decide not to go for it

23.5

Ntini to Younis Khan, no run, close to the off stump line and Khan defends it back to the bowler

23.6

Ntini to Younis Khan, no run, left alone outside the off stump

Another successful over from Ntini comes to an end. Both the Pakistan openers are back in the hut.

End of over 24 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 50/2
Younis Khan    0* (4b)      M Ntini    9-2-23-2
Yasir Hameed    0* (4b)      JH Kallis    2-0-8-0

24.1

Kallis to Yasir Hameed, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Hameed leaves it through to the keeper

24.2

Kallis to Yasir Hameed, no run, worked away off the back-foot to the midwicket region

24.3

Kallis to Yasir Hameed, no run, short of a good length and this one nipped back in sharply. Hameed had to hury and in the end he plays it down well

24.4

Kallis to Yasir Hameed, no run, short delivery, left through to the keeper

24.5

Kallis to Yasir Hameed, no run, fuller length delivery and this one shaped away a touch. A teasing delivery after the short balls but Hameed keeps his cool and watchfully leaves it through to the keeper

24.6

Kallis to Yasir Hameed, no run, forced away towards point

End of over 25 (maiden) Pakistan 50/2
Yasir Hameed    0* (10b)      JH Kallis    3-1-8-0
Younis Khan    0* (4b)      M Ntini    9-2-23-2

Nel back on. Eight minutes left for lunch.

25.1

Nel to Younis Khan, no run, starts off with a short delivery on the stumps. Younis Khan comfortably ducks under it

25.2

Nel to Younis Khan, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, forced away towards point

25.2

Nel to Younis Khan, no run, good length delivery, forced away towards point

25.3

Nel to Younis Khan, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump. Khan not interested

25.4

Nel to Younis Khan, FOUR, short delivery on the middle and leg stump line. Khan is caught in two minds but in the end he goes for the pull and the ball races away to the backward square leg fence. Nice rolled his wrists at the point of impact to keep it down. Top shot

25.5

Nel to Younis Khan, FOUR, short rising delivery outside the off stump, This time it's a upish drive off the back-foot and the ball races away through cover point.

25.6

Nel to Younis Khan, 1 run, worked away on the leg side for an easy single

End of over 26 (9 runs) Pakistan 59/2
Younis Khan    9* (10b 2x4)      A Nel    8-2-23-0
Yasir Hameed    0* (10b)      JH Kallis    3-1-8-0

26.1

Kallis to Younis Khan, 1 run, forced away well wide of the fielder at cover and they scamper through for a single

26.2

Kallis to Yasir Hameed, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, defended on the back-foot

26.3

Kallis to Yasir Hameed, no run, pitched up on the stump and Hammed drives it straight back down the track. Kallis on his follow through stops it cleanly and cuts off a certain boundary

26.4

Kallis to Yasir Hameed, no run, bouncer and Hameed ducks under it

26.5

Kallis to Yasir Hameed, no run, worked away off the pads, no room for a single there

26.6

Kallis to Yasir Hameed, FOUR, pitched up in the slot outside the off stump, Hameed leans well forward, goes low and square drives it through cover point. Lovely shot

And that's Lunch on day one. Hafeez and Farhat got Pakistan off to a decent start but Ntini picked up two quick wickets towards the end of the first session. With both the openers back in the hut and having tied Pakistan down to just 2.37 runs per over, I guess it's safe to say that the session belonged to South Africa. Sriram will take up commentary when play resumes in 35 minutes time, be sure to join us then.

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End of over 27 (5 runs) Pakistan 64/2
Yasir Hameed    4* (15b 1x4)      JH Kallis    4-1-13-0
Younis Khan    10* (11b 2x4)      A Nel    8-2-23-0

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27.1

Nel to Younis Khan, 1 run, Right on the money. Lands on a length, just outside the off stump, holds its line, Younis gets behind the line, pushes it out towards extra cover

27.2

Nel to Yasir Hameed, FOUR, Cracking pull shot. He plays that one really well. Banged in short and Yasir swivels off his front foot to pull it behind square-leg

27.3

Nel to Yasir Hameed, no run, drifts to the pads, tucked to square-leg

27.4

Nel to Yasir Hameed, no run, Jaffa! Kicks from short of length, and straightens as well, Yasir is lunging forward, is surprised by the bounce and does well to pull the bat away from the line. Only just.

27.5

Nel to Yasir Hameed, no run, no surprise this time. Yasir leans forward, the ball bounces waist-high, and pushes it out to the off side

27.6

Nel to Yasir Hameed, no run, Ricky Ponting like leave. Yasir lunges forward and across and shoulders arms, aggressively.

End of over 28 (5 runs) Pakistan 69/2
Yasir Hameed    8* (20b 2x4)      A Nel    9-2-28-0
Younis Khan    11* (12b 2x4)      JH Kallis    4-1-13-0

28.1

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, Typical Pollock line but a touch shorter than usual. Slightly short of length, outside the off stump, left alone.

28.2

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, fuller and keeps it well outside off stump, drawing Younis across, but he lets that one sail through to Boucher

28.3

Pollock to Younis Khan, 1 run, After taking him outside off stump, he darts this one right on the middle stump. Younis is ready, leans forward, tucks it behind square-leg

28.4

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, 2 runs, Back to the full and outside off medicine for Yasir, bit too full and width, Yasir latches on to it and drives past a diving cover

28.5

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, no run, closer to the off stump, stays in that zone, left alone

28.6

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, 1 run, full and touch outside off stump, Yasir drives but his bat-handle rotates at the point of impact and the ball rolls away to the left of mid-off.

End of over 29 (4 runs) Pakistan 73/2
Yasir Hameed    11* (23b 2x4)      SM Pollock    7-3-7-0
Younis Khan    12* (15b 2x4)      A Nel    9-2-28-0

29.1

Nel to Yasir Hameed, no run, In the zone outside off, Yasir has nothing to do with it

29.2

Nel to Yasir Hameed, 1 run, hits the deck short of length, outside off, dabbed close on the off side, towards extra cover and they rush across for a quick single

29.3

Nel to Younis Khan, no run, Outside off and straightens, left alone

29.4

Nel to Younis Khan, FOUR, banged in short, but not much effort in that, the ball sits up for Younis to pull it away through the vacant midwicket region. There is a man at deep backward square leg but Younis had pulled this in front of the square-leg

29.5

Nel to Younis Khan, no run, back-of-length delivery, outside off stump, pushed to point

29.6

Nel to Younis Khan, no run, full in length, around the off stump, Younis gets behind the line, head over the ball and defends. Solid.

End of over 30 (5 runs) Pakistan 78/2
Younis Khan    16* (19b 3x4)      A Nel    10-2-33-0
Yasir Hameed    12* (25b 2x4)      SM Pollock    7-3-7-0

30.1

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, no run, back to the Pollock channel. Full in length, outside the off stump, Yasir lets that one sail past him

30.2

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, no run, Pollock has lost the remote. On that channel again, again left alone

30.3

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, no run, he is a patient man. no doubt about it. Again he pings the line outside off.

30.4

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, no run, touch fuller and Yasir, who is always looking to get forward, drives to cover

30.5

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, FOUR, Something happened. Pollock lost feed. The channel changed. Drifts down the leg and Yasir flicks it elegantly past square leg. Stylish.

30.6

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, no run, Ah. It was just a momentary lapse. Back to the full and outside off theme, driven to mid-off

End of over 31 (4 runs) Pakistan 82/2
Yasir Hameed    16* (31b 3x4)      SM Pollock    8-3-11-0
Younis Khan    16* (19b 3x4)      A Nel    10-2-33-0

31.1

Nel to Younis Khan, no run, right up there, on the middle stump line, Younis tries to work it to the on side, falls over a bit while leaning forward and the ball rolls away towards midwicket

31.2

Nel to Younis Khan, no run, hop and jump. Not a bouncer, just a delivery, well outside off and Younis just hopped sideways, got close to the delivery, and shouldered arms

31.3

Nel to Younis Khan, FOUR, The one-day dab to thirdman region. Slightly short of length, just outside off stump, Younis goes back, almost backing away towards leg, not back and across, stays beside the line, opened the bat-face and ran it down through the gap.

31.4

Nel to Younis Khan, no run

31.5

Nel to Younis Khan, no run, short of length, sits up outside off, Younis goes back and punches it to the right of point where Prince makes a good diving stop

31.6

Nel to Younis Khan, no run, outside the off stump, left alone

Many of you would know about that marathon 337 that Hanif Mohammad, the legendary Pakistan batsman, hit against West IndiesComing up. Interesting trivia, well at least I think it is interesting, during the next over

End of over 32 (4 runs) Pakistan 86/2
Younis Khan    20* (25b 4x4)      A Nel    11-2-37-0
Yasir Hameed    16* (31b 3x4)      SM Pollock    8-3-11-0

32.1

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, no run, Full and outside off stump, left alone.

32.2

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, no run, No prizes for guessing what happened this delivery. The same routine.

32.3

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, no run, And again. Pollock is a patient man.

32.4

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, no run, Left alone again.

32.5

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, 2 runs, Slighty short of length, outside off, punched past point. Amla dives to his left but can't stop it

32.6

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, no run, beaten! Pollock's patience almost rewards him. Again full in length, much closer to the off stump, and Yasir is beaten while lunging forward in defence

End of over 33 (2 runs) Pakistan 88/2
Yasir Hameed    18* (37b 3x4)      SM Pollock    9-3-13-0
Younis Khan    20* (25b 4x4)      A Nel    11-2-37-0

33.1

Nel to Younis Khan, no run, defended back to the bowler.

33.2

Nel to Younis Khan, no run, outside the off stump, left alone

33.3

Nel to Younis Khan, no run, short of length, outside off, pushed to cover

33.4

Nel to Younis Khan, no run, full in length, comes in from outside off stump, defended away to the off side

No I have not forgotten the trivia that I promised. Hanif Mohammad on the secret behind that famous knock in West Indies. "Until that Test at Barbados, I had never eaten fish in my life. It was during that innings that I ate what the locals termed `Flying Fish'. It was very tasty and I kept eating it till the tour ended !''

33.5

Nel to Younis Khan, 1 run, tip and run. Fullish, on the middle stump line, Younis tickles it across towards midwicket and runs with the stroke.

33.6

Nel to Yasir Hameed, no run, around the off stump. defended off the front foot

End of over 34 (1 run) Pakistan 89/2
Yasir Hameed    18* (38b 3x4)      A Nel    12-2-38-0
Younis Khan    21* (30b 4x4)      SM Pollock    9-3-13-0

34.1

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, back to the oldest theme in Test cricket today. Full in length, outside the off stump, sometimes the batsmen fishes, sometimes he abstains. Left alone this time

34.2

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run

34.3

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, beaten! Again Pollock continues to tease the batsman outside the off stump. Just rolls his fingers across the seam and it lands on a length and shapes away. Younis lunges forward to defend and is beaten.

34.4

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, on the off stump line, nudged to the off side

34.5

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, short of length, just outside the off stump, pushed to point

34.6

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, It is a battle of patience out there. We know Pollock won't wilt, can the batsmen continue to judge deliveries in that zone correctly? Younis does this time and shoulders arms

End of over 35 (maiden) Pakistan 89/2
Younis Khan    21* (36b 4x4)      SM Pollock    10-4-13-0
Yasir Hameed    18* (38b 3x4)      A Nel    12-2-38-0

35.1

Nel to Yasir Hameed, no run, on a length, around off stump, pushed to mid-off

35.2

Nel to Yasir Hameed, no run, full in length, outside the off stump, Yaseer drives, on the up, through the line, to right of Harris, at mid-off, who makes a neat diving stop. The mid-off is standing well up.

35.3

Nel to Yasir Hameed, no run, banged in short, bouncer and Yasir ducks

35.4

Nel to Yasir Hameed, no run, Another bouncer. Again ducked. What next ?

35.5

Nel to Yasir Hameed, no run, The sucker ball. Full and well outside off stump, Yasir goes hunting, trying to square drive it and is beaten. Nel is working to a plan here.

35.6

Nel to Yasir Hameed, no run, Nel hits the Pollock line. Left alone.

End of over 36 (maiden) Pakistan 89/2
Yasir Hameed    18* (44b 3x4)      A Nel    13-3-38-0
Younis Khan    21* (36b 4x4)      SM Pollock    10-4-13-0

36.1

Pollock to Younis Khan, FOUR, May be Pollock is bored. May be he just wanted a change. Switched to a short and outside off channel and Younis is quick to pounce on to it. He won't get too many in that zone from Pollock. Cuts it past point.

36.2

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, full and you know where, driven to mid off

36.3

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, straigthens after landing outside off, steered to point

36.4

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run, Hello?! snorter! Suddenly Pollock hurls in beast of a delivery. Kicks from short of length and it hurtles towards the throat of Younis who hops, some how gets his wrists working overtime and manages to fend it in front of him. Very well handled.

36.5

Pollock to Younis Khan, FOUR, Younis drills a fullish-delivery on the middle stump line, down the ground. Good reply.

36.6

Pollock to Younis Khan, no run

End of over 37 (8 runs) Pakistan 97/2
Younis Khan    29* (42b 6x4)      SM Pollock    11-4-21-0
Yasir Hameed    18* (44b 3x4)      A Nel    13-3-38-0

37.1

Nel to Yasir Hameed, no run, full in length, outside off and Yasir drives, on the up, imperiously but straight to cover

37.2

Nel to Yasir Hameed, no run, oh ho! that one flew just over the off and middle stump. Comes in from outside the off stump, Yasir leaves it on the length and it bounces over the stumps.

37.3

Nel to Yasir Hameed, no run, In the zone outside off stump, left alone. Again it was pretty close to that off stump. Nel has something to say to the batsman. As usual. Somethings in life never change.

37.4

Nel to Yasir Hameed, FOUR, Nel gift-wraps a boundary. Full and on the legs, Yasir flicks it nonchalantly past square-leg

37.5

Nel to Yasir Hameed, 1 run

37.6

Nel to Younis Khan, no run, outside the off stump, left alone

End of over 38 (5 runs) Pakistan 102/2
Younis Khan    29* (43b 6x4)      A Nel    14-3-43-0
Yasir Hameed    23* (49b 4x4)      SM Pollock    11-4-21-0

38.1

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, no run, Smell the leather! says Pollock to Younis. A bouncer, right at the head, ducked under.

38.2

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, no run, slightly back of length, outside off, nudged to point

38.3

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, no run, again short of length, on the off stump line, comes back in a touch, defended off the front foot.

38.4

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, no run, Fuller, around the off stump, comes back a touch, Yasir is caught in the crease, neither forward nor back, pushes at it, outside the line, and gets an inside-edge on to his pads

38.5

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, FOUR, Pollock went for the sucker ball. Full and well outside off stump, Yasir takes up the challenge and square drives, in the air briefly, past point

38.6

Pollock to Yasir Hameed, no run, bangs it short, rises chest-high, outside the off stump, Yasir gets on to his toes, on top of the bounce, dabs it down to the ground, to gully.

End of over 39 (4 runs) Pakistan 106/2
Yasir Hameed    27* (55b 5x4)      SM Pollock    12-4-25-0
Younis Khan    29* (43b 6x4)      A Nel    14-3-43-0

Email by the name of Duncan Fletcher! comes in. "Please send large consignment of aforementioned flying fish to: Duncan Fletcher, c/o England Cricket Team Melbourne Cricket Ground Australia"

39.1

Ntini to Younis Khan, 3 runs, Younis Khan must have had some of that flying fish at lunch time. Short and outside off stump, he spanks it past point

39.2

Ntini to Yasir Hameed, no run

39.3

Ntini to Yasir Hameed, no run, Ntini hits the deck, short of length, and outside the off stump, left alone

39.4

Ntini to Yasir Hameed, no run, And again. Some of the bowling in the post-lunch session has been too short. Maybe they can pitch it up a bit. Maybe I can shut up and just describe what is happening.

39.5

Ntini to Yasir Hameed, no run, short of length, lands well outside the off stump, comes in with the angle, left alone

39.6

Ntini to Yasir Hameed, no run, way outside the off stump, even I would not have flirted at it, Yasir doesn't as well.

End of over 40 (3 runs) Pakistan 109/2
Yasir Hameed    27* (60b 5x4)      M Ntini    10-2-26-2
Younis Khan    32* (44b 6x4)      SM Pollock    12-4-25-0

Some spin. Finally. Paul Harris. He had harassed Tendulkar with his outside the leg stump line in the third Test. How he will go here? This should be really interesting.

40.1

Harris to Younis Khan, no run, floats it full and on the middle and off stump line, Younis goes inside out, drives it to cover

He is bowling round the stumps.

40.2

Harris to Younis Khan, no run, flighted outside off stump, Younis kicks it away. Slip, short-leg and a short extra cover in place

40.3

Harris to Younis Khan, no run

40.4

Harris to Younis Khan, no run, Younis plants his left foot even before the release, Harris fires that one slightly short and outside off, left alone by Khan. He is trying to unsettle Harris here.

40.5

Harris to Younis Khan, 2 runs, Now a predetermined-lap shot. He leans forward, paddles it away fine on the leg side for a couple of runs.

40.6

Harris to Younis Khan, no run, Front foot defence. Head over the ball and all that jazz.

End of over 41 (2 runs) Pakistan 111/2
Younis Khan    34* (50b 6x4)      PL Harris    1-0-2-0
Yasir Hameed    27* (60b 5x4)      M Ntini    10-2-26-2

41.1

Ntini to Yasir Hameed, no run, around the off stump line, pushed away to mid-off.

Meanwhile more orders are pouring in for the flying fish. This time from Humayun Mir. "Well the fish requested by Duncan Fletcher should also be shipped to India in another assignment and big portions should be served to Sachin , Sehwag & Dravid and Chappell with chips." With chips. How considerate.

41.2

Ntini to Yasir Hameed, no run, full and on the middle stump line, worked to midwicket

41.3

Ntini to Yasir Hameed, FOUR, Overpitched on the middle stump line, drilled down the ground. In the air briefly

41.4

Ntini to Yasir Hameed, no run

41.5

Ntini to Yasir Hameed, no run, on the off stump, from short of length, defended off the front foot

41.6

Ntini to Yasir Hameed, no run, outside the off stump, left alone

Thats drinks break. Over to Sajan Nair, who shall take you through till tea. I am off to find some flying fish. Yummy!

End of over 42 (4 runs) Pakistan 115/2
Yasir Hameed    31* (66b 6x4)      M Ntini    11-2-30-2
Younis Khan    34* (50b 6x4)      PL Harris    1-0-2-0

Thanks Sriram. Good partnership developing here for Pakistan. Hammed and Younis Khan have added 65 runs after the fall of the second wicket and so far this has been Pakistan's session. Surprisingly the South African bowlers have been bowling a bit short.

42.1

Harris to Younis Khan, no run, defended outside the off stump

Harris bowling round the wicket to the right-hander, just a slip catching.

42.2

Harris to Younis Khan, no run, full and on the stumps, defended stretching well forward

42.3

Harris to Younis Khan, no run, slightly short in length and bit of bouncer, defended

42.4

Harris to Younis Khan, no run, defended away towards covers, again watchfully played

42.5

Harris to Younis Khan, no run, bouncer and turn. Younis Khan waits for the ball and plays it away with the spin

42.6

Harris to Younis Khan, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, turning away. Younis Khan sways back and slaps it away well wide of the fielder at backward point. No protection in the deep for the spinner - that helped.

End of over 43 (4 runs) Pakistan 119/2
Younis Khan    38* (56b 7x4)      PL Harris    2-0-6-0
Yasir Hameed    31* (66b 6x4)      M Ntini    11-2-30-2

43.1

Ntini to Yasir Hameed, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven straight to the fielder at cover. Hameed went after it hard but the ball seemed to come off the inner half of that bat

43.2

Ntini to Yasir Hameed, 2 runs, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line. Hameed leans forward and clips it away through midwicket for a brace. Got into a good position quickly and closed the face of the blade at the right time to get the placement right

43.3

Ntini to Yasir Hameed, no run, this one went straight on after hitting the deck, no shot offered

43.4

Ntini to Yasir Hameed, 1 run, short delivery outside the off stump and Hameed goes for the pull, trying to fetch it from no man's land. Ball clips the bottom half of the bat and rolls away towards midwicket

43.5

Ntini to Younis Khan, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump. Bread and butter for a batsman of Younis Khan's caliber. Another massive swish and the ball races away past the fielder at backward point. Pakistan on the move now

43.6

Ntini to Younis Khan, no run, driven down to mid-on

End of over 44 (7 runs) Pakistan 126/2
Younis Khan    42* (58b 8x4)      M Ntini    12-2-37-2
Yasir Hameed    34* (70b 6x4)      PL Harris    2-0-6-0

44.1

Harris to Yasir Hameed, no run, defended outside the off stump

44.2

Harris to Yasir Hameed, no run, fuller length delivery, driven away towards cover

44.3

Harris to Yasir Hameed, no run, tossed up and turning away, Hameed gets close to the line and defends it with a straight bat

44.4

Harris to Yasir Hameed, 1 run, fuller length delivery and Hameed drives it wide of the fielder at mid-off, easy single

44.5

Harris to Younis Khan, no run, turning away nicely, Khan leans well forward and taps it away square on the off side

44.6

Harris to Younis Khan, 1 run, worked away against the break, easy single to square leg

Kallis is back. He did get some swing last time around but he was bit wayward in line and length

End of over 45 (2 runs) Pakistan 128/2
Younis Khan    43* (60b 8x4)      PL Harris    3-0-8-0
Yasir Hameed    35* (74b 6x4)      M Ntini    12-2-37-2

45.1

Kallis to Younis Khan, 1 run, short and wide outside the off stump, no swing and definitely no reverse swing. Khan stands tall and cuts it away through point

45.2

Kallis to Yasir Hameed, 2 runs, good length delivery outside the off stump, Hameed gets well forward and drives it away well in front of point, going down on one knee as he played the shot. Nel moved across quickly in the deep and threw himself at full stretch to cut off the boundary, fantastic effort from the big man.

45.3

Kallis to Yasir Hameed, no run, good length delivery, hint of away swing and Hameed leaves it through to the keeper

45.4

Kallis to Yasir Hameed, no run, line and length delivery outside the off stump, Hameed shoulders arms

45.5

Kallis to Yasir Hameed, no run, again left alone outside the off stump

45.6

Kallis to Yasir Hameed, no run, tossed up and turning away, once again Hameed comes well forward and shoulders arms

End of over 46 (3 runs) Pakistan 131/2
Yasir Hameed    37* (79b 6x4)      JH Kallis    5-1-16-0
Younis Khan    44* (61b 8x4)      PL Harris    3-0-8-0

46.1

Harris to Younis Khan, no run, tossed up and turning away, defended

46.2

Harris to Younis Khan, 1 run, fuller in length and Khan finds the gap between mid-off and cover

46.3

Harris to Yasir Hameed, no run, tossed up in the slot outside the off stump and Hameed drives hard, but finds the fielder at cover

46.4

Harris to Yasir Hameed, no run, lovely delivery, tossed up - drifting in with the arm and the ball turned away after hitting the deck. Hameed is sucked forward into the defensive prod and the ball zips past the outside edge

46.5

Harris to Yasir Hameed, no run, bit wide outside the off stump and Hameed leaves it through to the keeper

46.6

Harris to Yasir Hameed, no run, quicker delivery to end the over. Hameed on the front-foot defending

End of over 47 (1 run) Pakistan 132/2
Yasir Hameed    37* (83b 6x4)      PL Harris    4-0-9-0
Younis Khan    45* (63b 8x4)      JH Kallis    5-1-16-0

Run rate is still below three. Both the batsmen are playing the waiting game at the moment and there is not much happening out there in the middle

47.1

Kallis to Younis Khan, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump and Khan leaves it through to the keeper

47.2

Kallis to Younis Khan, 2 runs, good length delivery, Khan lunges forward and drives it away through cover. Nel fires in an ugly throw from the deep and the ball goes past Boucher - extra run added to the total

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47.3

Kallis to Younis Khan, no run, good length and close to the off stump line, defended on the front-foot

47.4

Kallis to Younis Khan, 1 run, Kallis bit straight on this occasion. Khan shuffles across nicely and tucks it away towards square leg for an easy single

47.5

Kallis to Yasir Hameed, no run, good length delivery and Hameed finds the fielder at cover. Good looking shot but the placement was poor. Kallis with the long stare. That's proof of how well Hameed and Khan have played so far

47.6

Kallis to Yasir Hameed, no run, left alone outside the off stump

End of over 48 (3 runs) Pakistan 135/2
Yasir Hameed    37* (85b 6x4)      JH Kallis    6-1-19-0
Younis Khan    48* (67b 8x4)      PL Harris    4-0-9-0

48.1

Harris to Younis Khan, no run, defended on the front-foot

48.2

Harris to Younis Khan, no run, forced away watchfully

48.3

Harris to Younis Khan, no run, tossed up and turning away, defended on the front-foot

48.4

Harris to Younis Khan, 1 run, full and on the stumps. Khan goes low and slog sweeps it down to fine leg for an easy single which takes him to 49. When did he get there?!

48.5

Harris to Yasir Hameed, no run, quicker delivery on the pad, defended on the front-foot

48.6

Harris to Yasir Hameed, no run, another harmless delivery, driven straight back to the bowler

End of over 49 (1 run) Pakistan 136/2
Yasir Hameed    37* (87b 6x4)      PL Harris    5-0-10-0
Younis Khan    49* (71b 8x4)      JH Kallis    6-1-19-0

Kallis to continue.

49.1

Kallis to Younis Khan, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the fof stump, too close for comfort and Khan leaves it through to the keeper

49.2

Kallis to Younis Khan, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump. Khan reaches out for it and drives hard. de Villiers at point dives across and cuts off a certain boundary. All in the day's work if you are a South African fielder

49.3

Kallis to Younis Khan, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven straight to the fielder at cover. Khan stays on 49.

49.4

Kallis to Younis Khan, no run, line and length delivery, Khan gets right behind the line and defends it down

49.5

Kallis to Younis Khan, no run, good length delivery, hint of shape away. No shot offered

49.6

Kallis to Younis Khan, no run, fuller length delivery to end the over. Another good looking drive but once again Khan finds de Villiers at point. He will have to wait

End of over 50 (maiden) Pakistan 136/2
Younis Khan    49* (77b 8x4)      JH Kallis    7-2-19-0
Yasir Hameed    37* (87b 6x4)      PL Harris    5-0-10-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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Feb 15, 2007

The South Africa squad: (top row, from left) Makhaya Ntini, Roger Telemachus, Loots Bosman, Andre Nel, Justin Kemp, Robin Peterson, Andrew Hall, Herschelle Gibbs,  (middle row) Jacques Kallis, (coach) Mickey Arthur, (capt) Graeme Smith, (manager) Goolam Rajah, Shaun Pollock, (front row) Charl Langeveldt, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, and Ashwell Prince, Johannesburg, February 15, 2007

The South Africa squad in Johannesburg

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Jan 15, 2007

AB de Villiers points out photographs from a magazine to team manager Goolam Rajah, South Africa v Pakistan, 1st Test, Centurion, 5th day, January 15, 2007

AB de Villiers points out photographs from a magazine to team manager Goolam Rajah

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