Pakistan in SA

Proteas bank on 2nd new ball

2013-02-15 07:16
Vernon Philander (AFP)
Cape Town - A brilliant fightback led by veteran batsman Younis Khan helped Pakistan reach a respectable total of 253 for five at the close of play on the first day of the second Test at Newlands on Thursday.
Younis added 219 for the fifth wicket with Asad Shafiq after the tourists had been reduced to 33 for 4 in the 17th over after being put in to bat by Protea’s captain Graeme Smith.

Both batsmen survived a barrage of probing fast bowling but eventually blossomed to reach centuries and repair another potentially disastrous position for their country having been dismissed for just 49 in the first Test at The Wanderers last week.

Full scorecard

VIDEO: South Africa vs Pakistan 2nd Test day 1, highlights

Proteas seamer, Vernon Philander, says the second new-ball will be crucial on the second morning as the hosts try to bowl the visitors out.

“Newlands always offers a bit in the morning,” Philander said after the opening days play. “Luckily we have a 10 over old ball so hopefully we can  make it work for us in the morning (Friday) and knock them over.” 

Younis finally perished in the 88th over of the day when an inside edge against Philander cannoned into his pad before just carrying to AB de Villiers behind the stumps. His 111 came from 226 balls and contained seven fours and three sixes all against spinner Robin Peterson. It was his 21st Test century.

Shafiq survived until the end of the day and will resume on 111 in the company of wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

There was little sign of a Pakistan revival when Philander removed opener Nasir Jamshed (3) with a catch to De Villiers and Dale Steyn removed Mohammed Hafeez (17) via a catch to Smith at first slip.

Azhar Allie edged Morne Morkel to De Villiers for four and captain Misbah-Ul-Haq could only fend a Morkel bouncer to Dean Elgar at short leg before he had scored. With 45 minutes to go to lunch and just 33 runs on the board, Pakistan’s situation seemed worse than precarious.

Philander defended Smith’s decision to bowl first, saying that conditions allowed for the decision.

“There was a bit of overcast conditions this morning,” he said. “There was a bit of rain around and normally at Newlands you tend to bowl first when there is a bit of cloud cover. That certainly helped to make his choice this morning.”

“We have to take 10 wickets, irrespective of the conditions,” he added. “I still believe it was the right choice, we knocked over four wickets quite quickly. Younis and Shafiq obviously batted really well.”



Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Most Read


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

6 reasons Boks won’t botch it
Fiji far too strong for Uruguay
Burger hopes for elusive World Cup win
As it happened: Fiji 47-15 Uruguay
08 October 2015
India v South Africa, Kolkata 15:30
11 October 2015
India v South Africa, Kanpur 05:30
14 October 2015
India v South Africa, Indore 10:00
Previous Results

Date Match Result

Pakistan have levelled their five-match ODI series against the Proteas. How do you see the series panning out?

/World Cup
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Take a photographical trip down memory lane and remind yourself of how the Springboks fared in their five previous Rugby World Cup campaigns. In addition, pick your all-time Springbok Rugby World Cup Dream Team and you could win R3 000!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.