SA Invitation XI v Pakistanis, Tour match, 3rd day, East London January 28, 2013

Ontong thwarts Pakistani victory bid


Pakistanis 329 (Sarfraz 93, Harmer 5-88) and 250 for 9 dec (Hafeez 83, Abbott 4-26) drew with South African Invitation XI 257 (van Jaarsveld 92, Ajmal 3-66) & 190 for 5 (Ontong 51*, Irfan 2-26)

The South African Invitation XI batsmen held out against the touring Pakistanis to deny them a first win on their visit. The Pakistanis only batted for 5.1 overs on the fourth morning before declaring to give their bowlers a final run before the start of the Test series on Friday.

Having resumed only five down, the Pakistanis lost three quick wickets on the final morning. Dolphins' quick Kyle Abbott trapped Sarfraz Ahmed lbw with the old ball and then bowled both Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Gul with the new one. Beuran Hendricks got rid of Saeed Ajmal in between that and the Pakistanis declared on 250, with a lead of 322.

They made early inroads into the hosts' batting line-up with Junaid Khan and Umar Gul removing Andrew Puttick and Stiaan van Zyl. Davy Jacobs showed some resistance but became Mohammed Irfan's first victim after an hour and a quarter at the crease. Irfan was again used only infrequently, although he also picked up the wicket of Cody Chetty.

Saeed Ajmal got the most number of overs under his belt and finished the match with four wickets. With the Pakistanis deciding they could get no more out of the fixture, they agreed to shake hands on a draw with an hour left to play.

Of concern to the visitors will be the fitness of Taufeeq Umar, who had to sit out the fixture with a sore leg, and the brittle middle order. Between them Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah and Asad Shafiq scored only one half-century in the two innings. The Pakistan squad travel to Johannesburg on Tuesday to prepare for the first Test. South Africa also assemble in the city tomorrow.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Tim on January 29, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    Man I cannot wait until Friday morning! This practice game means nothing, it was just for the tourists to get some match practice. Yes, it might have been nice for Pakistan to have another game but in this day and age this is a luxury few tourings teams are ever afforded. I'm sure the Pakistan team will just get on with it in much the same way the Proteas have had to do on their travels. Really looking forward to a special contest.

  • Srinivas on January 29, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    @Solid_Snake, Kapil phaji was never convicted and neither were Azhar and Jadeja unlike Asif, Amir and Salman Butt. Kapil phaji is in the Legends of Cricket alonside other Legends. Don't even go there. You can't include him alongside the disgraced and banned names like Asif, Amir, Salman Butt and the ball-eating Afridi. Did he think it was an apple or what? Somebody go and tell him to play cricket and stop eating balls on the ground. Seriously!

  • Yasir on January 29, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas_Statchin_Selfishkar->Yes mate Pakistan is born to bowl..On the other hand India is born to Bat.You mentioned Amir & Asif..You forgot to mention Ajay Jadeja,the great Indian Hero Kapil Dev,Azharuddin & many more...Include them as well :)

  • Srinivas on January 29, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    @haq33, Since that Eden match, Legends have been made, records set, broken, bowlers banned for spot-fixing, India becoming one of the global powers not just in cricket but also in Economy. Wake-up friend! We are not arrogant. But yes, we are a proud nation! What qualities of Pakistan do you want us to learn to respect? Honestly! I don't get it. I'm lost for words there at your broad stroke with an even broader brush. I will love Imran, Wasim, Waqar, Abdul 'the genius' Qadir, Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas, Younis Khan till my last breath. Do you want us to love Javed Miandad and his qualities? Shahid Afridi and his qualities? Mohd. Asif and Amir? or Salman Butt and his qualities? Thankfully India has had an even younger teenager whom I, unfortunately, call Statchin whom our kids can learn to respect instead of looking up to Amir or Asif or Afridi or whatever qualities you are suggesting us to respect in Pakistan. What qualities of Pakistan do you want us to respect? Let me know. (TBC)

  • Srinivas on January 29, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    It'll be a walk in the park for the Proteas. Pakis simply don't have the batsmen to stand up to Steyn and Co. Let the Mazaa (fun) begin. Pakis are born to bowl. And don't know how many of thier bowlers will last the distance, given their history of spot-fixing and all of those exquisite shameful acts.

  • Yasir on January 29, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    & if Pak gets defeated in the first match,then the series is as good as finished for Pak.. PS->Was just wondering something..Why is that most of the new or currently playing Pak bowler are left hand..Mohammad Irfan,Saddaf Hussain,Rahat Ali,Wahab Riaz,Junaid Khan,Then we got Rehman & Raza Hassan as Spinners...What's going on..Right hand bowlers vanished from Pak or what..Also why our Selector cannot see Sadaf Hussain..23 wickets in just last 3 matches is no joke..Best performer right now in Pak Domestic..Yet always gets ignored

  • Srinivas on January 29, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    @getsetgopk, yes it may be the second best or third best or the best bowling attack in the world that Pak has, but only until lasts. You know what I mean? I mean, hope they don't go the disgraced way of the disgraceful Asif and Amir.

  • uzair on January 29, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    why isnt the test match starting its been so many days and ive been waiting and waiting:(

  • uzair on January 29, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    all misbah haters remeber how many matches he has won us and when he makes run when pakistan batting falls apart

  • M on January 29, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    kami_alvi. Did you forget about the doosra - by definition turns away from the right hander? Ajmal has to be picked ahead of Rahman.

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