Graeme Smith’s ton ensured that South Africa took a lead of 99 runs over Pakistan in the first innings of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai. South Africa are 198 for three at lunch and are in command of the game at this moment.
South Africa scored only 60 runs in the opening session at the loss of nightwatchman Dale Steyn’s wicket. Steyn was bowled by Mohammad Irfan for seven. That brought AB de Villiers to the crease. He was cautious and played the testing spell from the Pakistan bowlers with patience.
Smith was batting confidently at the other end. He looked in total command of the situation and kept the Pakistan bowlers at bay.
The highlight of the morning day’s play came in the 71st over of the innings. AB de Villiers missed a pretty straight delivery from Saeed Ajmal but Pakistan were helpless as they had exhausted their previous reviews. According to the new playing conditions after 80 overs the two reviews get replenished.
Pakistan will be looking to bowl South Africa out early and the visitors will have plans to bat out Pakistan in the Test match. The captain is leading from the front and is looking hungry for more runs.
Pakistan 99 (Zulfiqar Babar 25*; Imran Tahir 5 for 32) trail South Africa 198 for 4 (Graeme Smith 107*; Saeed Ajmal 2 for 68) by 99 runs.