The unbeaten fifth wicket stand of 48 between Hashim Amla (71 not out) and JP Duminy (36 not out) has helped South Africa reach 152 for four at tea on Day One of the first Test against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi.
AB de Villiers was the lone success for Pakistan in the session where they conceded 86 runs. He was dismissed in an unusual manner as wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal’s alacrity came to the fore. The South African wicketkeeper inside-edged a delivery from Zulfiqar Babar onto his pads and the ball went to Younis Khan who was stationed at the first slip. Younis threw the ball to Akmal who dislodged the bails looking at de Villiers’s reluctance to drag his backfoot. Several replays could not conclusively prove that de Villiers’s backfoot was behind the crease. He was thus dismissed against the run of play.
Amla batted with caution exhibiting his rock solid technique. Duminy, who joined Amla at the fall of de Villiers, was positive right from the outset. He took the aerial route against left-arm spinner Babar and cleared mid-on easily scoring a boundary. He swept Babar for a boundary towards square-leg in the same over. Duminy lofted Ajmal for a staright six soon after.
Pakistan made early inroads in the morning session as Mohammad Irfan removed openers Alviro Petersen (3) and Graeme Smith (15) early. Jacques Kallis, who made his return to international cricket after a hiatus of three months, fell to Junaid Khan for five leaving South Africa precariously positioned at 43 for three. A third wicket stand between Amla and de Villiers of 61 resurrected the South African innings until Pakistan got lucky and had the latter for 19.
South Africa 152 for 4 (Hashim Amla 71*, Jean Paul Duminy 36*; Mohammad Irfan 2 for 38, Junaid Khan 1 for 38) vs Pakistan.