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    23.2 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 50/2
    21.4 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 48/1
    64.4 Finally Yasir, after numerous near-fatal pull shots, succeeds. This is suicidal. There is a man at deep square leg. Banged in short, again outside the off stump and Yasir hits it straight to Ntini placed exactly for that. Pakistan have hit the self-destruct button in the last session. 193/4
    61.3 The fatal pull shot. Younis Khan has fallen to the bait. Banged in short, on the middle and leg stump line, Younis pulls it straight down the throat of fine leg. He had top edged a bouncer earlier in this session, but has not learned the lesson. Big wicket this and a huge partnership comes to an end. Enters Inzamam-ul-Haq. 183/3
    87.4 Got im! And would you believe it, another dismissal due to a pull shot. Banged in short, and Inzamam goes for a pull, and sends it straight down the waiting palms at deep square leg. He didn't have to move an inch, the cherry just came hurtling straight to him. 256/6
    71.3 Would you believe it? The fatal Pakistani attraction with the pull shot continues. Kallis banged it short, at the body of Faisal who goes for an impulsive pull, doesn't make proper contact and it bounds off the gloves, in the air, for Boucher to hold a dolly. 204/5
    90.6 outrageous! Another batsman falls to the pull shot, Nel banged that in and Akmal went for the pull, the ball got big on him and he top-edged that high in the air, Pollock took a well-judged catch at wide mid-on 276/7
    95.1 short and vicious, and a dolly of a catch to gully! Another one bites the dust and that was just too good for a tailender. Angled in, bursting off the pitch, and a tangled evasive shot took the simplest of top-edges. South Africa continue to chip away 300/8
    96.5 and that's the end of that! Short again, Naved goes for the big heave-ho, and a spiralling top-edge lands in the safe hands of Andre Nel, jogging down the pitch in his followthrough. 313/10
    95.6 there's nothing Kaneria can do about this one though! A brute of a length for a tailender, and that's Ntini's five-for! He was halfway to square leg when he played at that ball, and second slip gobbled up a simple chance 311/9
    not out
    1
    1
    0
    0
    100.00
    Extras
    17 (b 6, lb 6, nb 3, w 2)
    TOTAL
    313 all out (96.5 Overs, 433 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    M Ntini24.038353.4500
    A Nel26.5310033.7210
    SM Pollock18.053812.1100
    JH Kallis15.035513.6613
    PL Harris13.022501.9200
    Fall of wickets:1-48 (Imran Farhat, 21.4 ov), 2-50 (Mohammad Hafeez, 23.2 ov), 3-183 (Younis Khan, 61.3 ov), 4-193 (Yasir Hameed, 64.4 ov), 5-204 (Faisal Iqbal, 71.3 ov), 6-256 (Inzamam-ul-Haq, 87.4 ov), 7-276 (Kamran Akmal, 90.6 ov), 8-300 (Shahid Nazir, 95.1 ov), 9-311 (Danish Kaneria, 95.6 ov), 10-313 (Naved-ul-Hasan, 96.5 ov)
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    4.2 GODDIM! What a fabulous ball, angling into the right hander before cutting away from the batsman who came forward, meekly, edging it to second slip 8/2
    2.5 and there's the breakthrough! And it's the skipper who's on his way. It's that late seam movement that does for him as well - pushing forward and done like a kipper off the pitch. Kamran Akmal completes the catch 3/1
    44.4 Asif strikes back with a beauty! good length delivery, pitched in the channel outside the off stump and shaping away late. Amla is sucked forward into the defensive push and the edge is produced. Akmal makes no mistake and a fine partnership comes to an end. 143/4
    14.6 Asif gets his man! Lands slightly back of length, outside the off stump and holds its line, Kallis ends up pushing away from his body and Younis, at second slip, holds a neat low catch. Well pouched and well bowled. Obviously, I am wrong, the no balls are not affecting Asif. South Africa are in trouble here. 53/3
    98.2 Got him! Akmal almost messed up! Prince charges out and is beaten by the flight and by the turn. It was tossed up on the stumps, dipped rapidly and turned past Prince's legs and Akmal gathered it smartly, down the leg side, and tried to whip off the bails but his gloves just miss the stumps. But he recovered very quickly and got his hands down on the top of the stumps, and Prince's bat was on the line when the bails were dislodged. And that's lunch. A fine innings from the man-in-form Prince comes to an end. 356/5
    107.1 and he strikes straightaway! Gibbs departs on 94. Good length delivery and this one reversed in sharply, he normally gets the ball to swing away. Gibbs pushes forward to defend but ends up playing down the wrong line and the ball hits the pad right in front of the pad. Umpire Bucknor as usual takes his time, first he nods his head as if to indicate that it was not out and then raises his finger - cruel ! 383/7
    100.1 Kaneria strikers again! full and on the pads, turning across. Boucher tries to work it away on the leg side, ball clips the leading edge and pops up straight back to the bowler. Easy catch held and that's a crucial wicket. 358/6
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    39
    58
    5
    1
    67.24
    108.3 gone! tossed up outside the leg stump, ball hits the rough and turns in a long way. Harris goes down on one knee in an effort to sweep it away fine but fails to make contact, ball drifts in nicely and clips the top of the leg stump. Classic dismissal - South African eight down. 386/8
    109.3 bowled'm! fuller in length and reversing in, too good a delivery for Nel who plays down the wrong line and the ball crashes into the woodwork. Rana is on a roll here, he is getting the ball to reverse in prodigiously and the South African line-up is melting. 391/9
    117.5 Asif finishes it off with a five-for. What a comeback this bloke has had. Short of length, around the off stump line, holds its line, Ntini is squared-up a touch and pushes out at it, and the outside edge is swallowed up by Younis Khan, bending low to his front. Good smart catch and SA's lead stands at a very healthy 104. Pollock left stranded but his wonderful cameo has lifted South Africa to a great position. 417/10
    Extras
    38 (lb 13, nb 25)
    TOTAL
    417 all out (117.5 Overs, 508 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    Mohammad Asif27.548953.19015
    Naved-ul-Hasan17.029225.4101
    Shahid Nazir20.019604.8009
    Danish Kaneria41.089732.3600
    Mohammad Hafeez11.012402.1800
    Imran Farhat1.00606.0000
    Fall of wickets:1-3 (GC Smith, 2.5 ov), 2-8 (AB de Villiers, 4.2 ov), 3-53 (JH Kallis, 14.6 ov), 4-143 (HM Amla, 44.4 ov), 5-356 (AG Prince, 98.2 ov), 6-358 (MV Boucher, 100.1 ov), 7-383 (HH Gibbs, 107.1 ov), 8-386 (PL Harris, 108.3 ov), 9-391 (A Nel, 109.3 ov), 10-417 (M Ntini, 117.5 ov)
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    14.3 there you go, he strikes straightaway! Kallis does justice to our belief. Short of a good length delivery, pitched outside the off stump and drifting in with the arm. Hafeez is drawn forward into the drive and the edge goes straight to Smith at first slip. Hafeez was clearly done in by the line and length. Well bowled Kallis. 41/1
    56.6 Harris nails Farhat. Valuabe knock from the youngster comes to an end. Flighted delivery outside off stump, turns in, Farhat lunges forward in defence but is beaten by the spin. The ball hits the pad and then on to the bat and goes low towards de Villiers, at silly point, who takes a smart catch 154/4
    20.4 Gone! Pakistan trail by 46 and have eight wickets standing. Full and in the channel outside the off stump, holds its line, Hameed goes for a drive, and strangely it appears as if he was trying to whip it across the line, only succeeds in nicking it behind to the wet glove of Boucher. South Africa are right on top under gloomy skies. 58/2
    42.2 ripper! good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump and this one nipped back in. Khan pushes forward to defend but is beaten by the angle, ends up playing down the wrong line and he is caught stone dead. Umpire Bucknor took exactly a minute to make up his mind. Pollock never stopped appealing until he saw the finger go up. 115/3
    75.1 de Villiers takes a beauty! Inzy falls. Huge wicket! Pakistan slip into deep crisis. Fullish, on the middle stump line, Inzamam, against the run of play, tries to whip it across the line and it flies to the left of de Villiers at short midwicket who dives to take a stunner. That ball was travelling at some speed and he took it inches from the ground. Was quicker than gravity there! 187/6
    66.5 That's the end of that! Iqbal throws it away. Bowled from round the stumps, flat and turning away. Iqbal dances down the track and drives it in the air and straight to Gibbs at cover who snaffles it cleanly. Pakistan, five down and sinking. 175/5
    78.4 That strangling line tightens the noose around Akmal. Tossed up outside the leg stump, full in length, Akmal , who had two fours in the over and was in a positive mood, goes for a sweep shot. Fatal. The ball bounces from the rough, gets the top edge and lobs up to short fine leg. 199/7
    91.2 Slice of death. Short of length, just outside off stump, sliced straight to Prince at deep point. A cracking knock comes to an end but he has done his bit and has stretched Pakistan's lead which stands at 179 now. Each run is an extra inch of rope to noose around South Africa later. It might not be enough but they are trying. SA would be very happy to see the back of Rana, to say the least. 283/9
    88.5 Ntini nails Nazir! A fun-filled cameo comes to an end. Speared in full and straight, on the stumps, Nazir goes, yet, again for his special slog across the line, misses and the furniture is disturbed. 255/8
    96.2 Harris brings the innings and the entertainment to close. Tossed up outside leg stump line, Kaneria goes for a sweep shot, top edges it high over square-leg. Gibbs runs from fine leg to take a good running catch. 302/10
    not out
    8
    15
    1
    0
    53.33
    Extras
    9 (lb 5, nb 4)
    TOTAL
    302 all out (96.2 Overs, 436 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    A Nel22.066903.1300
    M Ntini16.027814.8700
    SM Pollock22.076032.7201
    JH Kallis16.004422.7503
    PL Harris20.264642.2600
    Fall of wickets:1-41 (Mohammad Hafeez, 14.3 ov), 2-58 (Yasir Hameed, 20.4 ov), 3-115 (Younis Khan, 42.2 ov), 4-154 (Imran Farhat, 56.6 ov), 5-175 (Faisal Iqbal, 66.5 ov), 6-187 (Inzamam-ul-Haq, 75.1 ov), 7-199 (Kamran Akmal, 78.4 ov), 8-255 (Shahid Nazir, 88.5 ov), 9-283 (Naved-ul-Hasan, 91.2 ov), 10-302 (Danish Kaneria, 96.2 ov)
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    17.2 Big wicket! The captain exits. Landed on a length, around middle stump line and turned. The last one had went on straight with the arm, so Smith was unsure about this one and went back and pushed the bat down the wrong line. It turned past his blade and rapped him on the back foot, in front of middle and off stump line. Would have clipped the off stump. Doctrove raises the fatal finger. What a time to get a wicket! just when the curtains are about to come down on the day's play 67/2
    4.1 game on! Asif does the trick with a fuller length delivery and a hint of away swing. Excellent line and length and de Villiers is sucked forward into the drive, ball clips the outside edge and goes straight to Younis Khan. He doesn't drop many. That's the breakthrough they were looking for and Asif has once again produced the goods just when his team needed. 20/1
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    9
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    23.5 Harris departs! Hopefully that will change things. Asif puts it in the slot inviting Harris to drive and he falls for it, good looking drive but the ball went straight to Faisal Iqbal at cover. Easy catch held and South Africa are three down. 80/3
    not out
    60
    123
    6
    0
    48.78
    Extras
    24 (b 8, lb 4, nb 12)
    TOTAL
    199/3 (60.5 Overs, 246 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    Mohammad Asif14.025624.0009
    Naved-ul-Hasan7.032103.0003
    Shahid Nazir3.011304.3300
    Danish Kaneria24.556102.4500
    Mohammad Hafeez12.023613.0000
    Fall of wickets:1-20 (AB de Villiers, 4.1 ov), 2-67 (GC Smith, 17.2 ov), 3-80 (PL Harris, 23.5 ov)

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