Cape Town - The Proteas have restricted Pakistan to a below-par score in the first one-day international at Newlands on Sunday.
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Debutant tailenders Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali defied a strong South
African bowling attack late on to enable Pakistan to post 218 for nine.
Bhatti (39) and Ali (43 not out) put on 74 for the eighth wicket after
Pakistan's recognised batsmen struggled against a strong South African pace
For the first time since South Africa began their rise to the top of the
Test rankings, the hosts fielded all three of their leading fast bowlers - Dale
Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel - in the same one-day side.
With Jacques Kallis returning for his first one-day international since
February 2012, South Africa applied relentless pressure as Pakistan struggled
to 131 for seven in the 36th over. But Bhatti and Ali went for their shots to
keep their side in the game on what looked a good batting pitch.
Steyn took three for 33 and Morkel three for 39, while Philander claimed one
Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad put on 49 for the first wicket but Steyn
dismissed Jamshed in the 16th over and followed up with the wicket of Mohammad
Hafeez, both caught in the slips.
Pakistan's leading batsmen were unable to build any substantial partnerships
and could not lift the scoring rate. They looked to be headed for a low total
when Shahid Afridi was bowled by Steyn in the first over of the batting
But Bhatti and Ali, both playing in their first one-day internationals, put
on 74 off 70 balls. Bhatti made his 39 off 25 balls, hitting three fours and
two sixes, while Ali hit six fours in a 55-ball innings.
However, it’s still remains a below-par total on a good batting strip.
South Africa: Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Quinton de
Kock, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers (captain), JP Duminy, David Miller,
Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.
Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood,
Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti,
Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Anwar Ali.