Pakistan v SA
Smith leads Proteas charge
Dubai - Graeme Smith hit a sedate century to strengthen South Africa's grip
on the second day of the second and final Test against Pakistan in Dubai
on Thursday.LIVE UPDATE: Pakistan v SA Day 2
The South African skipper was unbeaten on 107 for
his 27th Test century - his fourth against Pakistan - as the Proteas
reached 198-4 at lunch, having a lead of 99 over their rivals' first
innings total of 99.
With Smith was AB de Villiers on 26 as the
two added 64 runs for the unbroken fifth wicket stand after South Africa
resumed at 128-3.
Smith, overnight 67, anchored the innings and
reached his century with a straight drive off Saeed Ajmal for only his
sixth boundary. It took Smith 204 balls to reach the milestone.
South Africa seek a series-levelling win after losing the first Test by wickets in Abu Dhabi last week.
Mohammad Irfan gave Pakistan the early breakthrough in the seventh over
of the day when he bowled nightwatchman for a sharp incoming delivery
as the batsman offered no shot. Steyn made seven.
Irfan could have removed de Villiers first ball, but wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal failed to grab a low edge to his right.
lapse cost Pakistan dearly as de Villiers hit three boundaries and
looked solid to supplement Smith as South Africa looked set for a big
With the two reviews against umpires' decisions wasted on
Wednesday, Pakistan were searching for ways to get more wickets as
spinners Ajmal and Zulfiqar Babar bowled in tandem on a pitch expected
to help the slow bowlers.
Ajmal was the pick of the bowlers with 2-68.