Dubai - Graeme's Smith's 22nd test century
set South Africa on their way to a formidable 311 for three at the close
of the first day of the first test against Pakistan at the Dubai
International Cricket Stadium on Friday.
Smith, who reached his
half-century off 93 balls from the first ball after lunch, needed just
another 58 deliveries to bring up his century as he looked to take the
attack to the bowlers during the day's middle session.
the left-hander who struck eight fours during his knock, departed to the
next ball that he faced after reaching his ton when his attempted pull
shot off left-arm swing bowler Wahab Riaz was caught by Taufeeq Umar on
the deep midwicket fence.
Smith and Alviro Petersen had combined
for a first-wicket stand of 153, with Petersen weighing in with 67 in an
innings that included nine fours on a wicket which offered very little
assistance to the pacemen or the spinners.
But Petersen succumbed
tamelyt fashion when he pulled a long-hop from left-arm spinner Abdur
Rehman to Younis Khan at midwicket where the fielder took sharp,
Smith departed with the score on 190 but if the
hosts thought that the dismissal of South Africa's captain would let
them back into the match they were to be disappointed as Hashim Amla and
Jacques Kallis put on 117 for the third wicket.
was ended shortly before the close of play when Amla, who scored 80 off
152 balls, edged a delivery from Riaz through to debutant wicketkeeper
Adnan Akmal. Kallis was unbeaten on 53 at the close.
Pakistan's best period with the ball came during the first half hour.
In a near empty stadium, Petersen and Smith were tested by a fine new ball spell from swing bowler Umar Gul.
Petersen survived a confident caught behind appeal off the bowling of Gul when he had scored just nine.
Smith was also troubled by the same bowler, with the left-hander
playing and missing on a number of occasions at the start of his
innings. He eventually settled in to take full advantage of his decision
to bat after winning the toss.
South Africa 1st innings
G. Smith c Taufiq b Riaz 100
A. Petersen c Younis b Rehman 67
Hashim Amla c Adnan b Riaz 80
J. Kallis not out 53
P. Harris not out 0
Extras: (b6, lb2, nb2, w1) 11
Total: (for three wkts 89.3 overs) 311
Fall of wickets: 1-153 (Petersen), 2-190 (Smith), 3-307 (Amla)
Bowling: Gul 18.3-2-73-0 (1nb), Riaz 18-3-61-2 (1nb,1w), Rehman 27-2-91-1, Ajmal 25-5-77-0, Hafeez 1-0-1-0
Taufiq Umer, Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali,
Misbah-ul-Haq, Adnan Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Abdul Rehman, Saeed
Toss: South Africa
Umpires: Asoka de Silva (SRI) and Daryl Harper (AUS)
TV umpire: Ahsan Raza (PAK)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)