SA Invitation XI v Pakistanis, East London, 1st day January 25, 2013

Pakistani batsmen wobble after strong opening


Pakistanis 178 for 6 (Jamshed 68, Hafeez 55, Hendricks 2-39) v SA Invitation XI
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The in-form Nasir Jamshed showed his promise as the touring Pakistanis had their first run on South African surfaces ahead of the three-Test series that starts next Friday. Jamshed opened the batting with Mohammad Hafeez and they were the only two batsmen to profit on a day interrupted by rain and bad light.

South Africa's backup bowling talent impressed with Kyle Abbott, Beuran Hendricks and Simon Harmer taking two wickets each, while Wayne Parnell made a return from his wrist injury with an economical outing. The South African Invitation XI benched Ayabulela Gqamane despite his consistently good showings this summer.

With adjustment to South African conditions being the major challenge facing touring batsmen, Pakistan's top two seemed to have few problems. Hafeez and Jamshed, playing in place of regular opener Taufeeq Umar, put on a century stand and seemed to handle the pace and Harmer's offspin with ease.

When Hafeez was caught off Abbott's bowling, the slide began and none of Pakistan's middle order was able to stop it. Azhar Ali managed only two singles off the 29 balls he faced before falling to Harmer. Younis Khan also showed patience but his 25-ball 5 ended when he was caught behind off Hendricks.

Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq followed in the next four overs. Each only scored four and dealt with the pace far more awkwardly than the batsmen who preceded them. Jamshed stood firm through the collapse but, after a rain delay, he too fell.

The Pakistanis' six wickets fell for 40 runs, which will be of some concern to them ahead of the main event. With only the tail to follow Sarfraz Ahmed, their focus will be on bowling on the second day. Mastering the slightly shorter length that will lead to success in South Africa will no doubt be on the agenda.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Hamza on January 28, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    @ Narbavi- Firstly, its the first day of a WARM UP MATCH. Do you understand that much? Secondly, I didn't hear anything about Pak fans saying they would or wouldnt blow anyone away, we are not prone to arrogance, like some fans. So keep your anti Pakistan sentiment to yourself thank you very much...

  • Suraj on January 26, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    @mahjut No need to worry mate.Cause of wicket falling at that period is neither Poor shot nor Swinging Brilliant pacy bouncy ball Cause is loss of concentration of Batsmen due to frequent in and out due to rain...

  • mahjut on January 26, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    surajdon9 ... if your assessment that this track only had juice for 25 overs in the first day is true then the PK batting line-up have a LOT to worry about ... they lost their first wicket in the 28th over for 105 runs and lost the next 7 for under 120 runs in less than two sessions! ...back to positives for PK; openers survived the new ball ... PK bowlers used the new ball well.

  • Suraj on January 26, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    @ Solid_Snake Thats why I'm praising Our bowling attack to get out 7 wicket within 2 session is massive on a this flat track but initally for 20-25 Overs on day 1 their is plenty of swings and lateral movement but now its dead pitch n our brilliant bowlers remove all top order cheaply thats massive huge positive...

  • mahjut on January 26, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    @solid_snake ... i didn't say PK had the best attck in the world - but spmeone here certainly did (8|). in any case it looks like an attack that will make SA sit up a little - i'm looking forward to this series a lot. I think PK are short in the batting dept but i don't see this as a walk in the park for SA - though SA should be ahead enough not to let PK win a test imho! should be a goos few weeks of cricket

  • Zee on January 26, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    What's up with Azhar Ali scoring 2 runs in 29 balls? I understand the idea to is to stay at the wicket and get some experience but you have to play as well. Not playing your shots and scoring runs is not the kind of experience you need to play when the tests start. He is a good batsman and should not be so cautious playing against a B team.

  • Yasir on January 26, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    @mahjut ->How can this be the best attack..Irfan & Adil playing their first test match.Junaid yet to prove himself.Gull alone cannot do things.These are inexperienced but very talented bowlers.So expecting some fireworks from them :)

  • Yasir on January 26, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    @Surajdon9->Actually this track is rather batting friendly then the other pitches. Johannesburg pitch is not like that.I hope Pak survive the 1st test match..Our middle order has disappointed us

  • Stark on January 26, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    I suspected Mo Irfan, would nothing but a good T20 bowler and useless against the likes of SA, Aus and Eng because they can handle the short ball very well.

    Should have taken Sadaf Hussain, who has played 32 FC matches and taken 171 wickets, with an average of 17.43 and a strike rate of 34.5, plus has already taken 4-10W hauls and 15-5W hauls.

  • mahjut on January 26, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Birds_eye...this is, to be fair, not even the "B" team for SA - the SA B team is busy playing ODIs vs NZs B team. Neither did PK make 220 - they made 320 and instead of choking to 100 or so runs after being 30/3 this untested SA side have battled to over 200 and counting vs what have been described on numerous occasions in this thread as "the best test attack in the world at the moment". I expect PK to improve a lot as the series goes...they will certainly need to on this showing

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