Centurion: Feb 23, 2013
South Africa consolidated their position to post 409 in their first innings as AB de Villiers scored an unbeaten century and Vernon Philander registered his career-best innings of 74 runs. In reply Pakistan were 9 for no loss at lunch.
Resuming their day at 334 for six, the home side looked in complete control of the day’s proceedings. Pakistan who couldn’t get any breakthrough with the new ball last evening struggled against the pair of de Villiers and Philander.
Batting at an overnight score of 98, de Villiers completed a well-deserved ton in the second over of the day. Philander too completed his half century in quick time. However the first casualty of the day was inflicted by part-time bowler Younis Khan who induced an edge from Philander which was caught by Mohammad Hafeez at first slip. Philander contributed 74 runs in the partnership of 129 runs with de Villiers.
Runs kept coming as South Africa were about to touch the 400-run mark with de Villiers in sublime touch. However, a spectacular catch in the deep by Asad Shafiq ended a fine innings by the South African No. 6 batsman to pull its team out of trouble and place it in the driver’s seat. His innings of 121 runs included 15 hits to the fence before being dismissed by Rahat Ali.
Ali registered his first five-for in his second Test match when Rory Klienveldt miscued a pull shot to Saeed Ajmal at mid-on. He wrapped up the innings by cleaning up Kyle Abbott for 13 to register career-best figures of six for 127.
On a tough wicket to bat on, Pakistan openers had to come good to set up a good platform. Hafeez was under scrutiny as he hasn’t scored big whereas Imran Farhat got another chance to redeem himself. They batted well to see off the the South African bowlers at lunch. However, they have a task at hand to take their team to formidable total to harbour any hopes of overpowering South Africa in this Test.
Brief Scores: South Africa 409 all-out (AB de Villiers 121, Hashim Amla 92; Rahat Ali 6 for 127, Ehsan Adil 2 for 54) vs Pakistan 9 for no loss ( Imran Farhat 8*, Mohammad Hafeez 1*)
First Published: February 23, 2013, 4:14 pm