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South Africa gain useful match practise in drawn warm-up match against Pakistan A

South Africa gain useful match practise in drawn warm-up match against Pakistan A

JP Duminy opened the innings with Faf du Plessis in South Africa’s second essay © Getty Images (File photo)

Sharjah: Oct 10, 2013

South Africa geared up for the first Test against Pakistan by gaining useful batting and bowling practice in their drawn three-day match on Thursday.

They managed 109-3 in their second innings with an overall lead of 152 against Pakistan ‘A’ on the final day at the Sharjah Stadium.

South Africa did not send out their regular openers and instead promoted Jean-Paul Duminy and Faf du Plessis to get some useful practice on the new ball.

Duminy, who hit 49 in the first innings, fell caught behind off paceman Ehsan Adil after scoring 23, but de Plessis went on to score 42 before he retired to give the tail-enders some batting practice.

South Africa face Pakistan in the first of two Tests starting in Abu Dhabi from Monday.

The second Test will be played in Dubai from October 23 after which the teams will play five one-day and two Twenty20 internationals.

South African skipper Graeme Smith was satisfied with his team’s preparation and acclimatisation in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) heat, soaring up to 38 degrees celsius.

“I think we are getting used to the heat and I think we have done that, it’s been a fair amount of getting used to the conditions of the UAE,” said Smith.

“We have made sure that we walk away knowing that we have achieved something and have the ability to mentally step it up for the big games and I would like to think we would be able to that going into the first Test,” said Smith, who managed just two in the side game.

“I had a major surgery [ankle] six months ago and it was just a management process for me more than anything else.

“Obviously I would have loved to spend more time in the middle but that wasn’t to be, but I have been in such situations many times before in my career, so I am looking forward to the challenge of getting myself ready on Monday.”

Earlier Pakistan Test hopeful Asad Shafiq fell for 42 and Pakistan ‘A’ captain Umar Amin managed just 12.

Another aspirant for a Test place, Sohaib Maqsood, made 34 and wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan hit 31.

Pakistan ‘A’ declared their first innings at 311-6, giving South Africa a lead of 43.

South Africa’s four-pronged pace attack of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and Rory Kleinveldt had a 58-over work-out with Philander chipping in with 2-39 while Morkel got 1-26.

Brief scores:

South Africa 354 for 8 decl.(Jacques Kallis 70, Alviro Petersen 58, AB de Villiers 58, Hashim Amla 50, JP Duminy 49) and 109 for 3 (Faf de Plessis 42) drew with Pakistan A 311 for 6 decl. (Ahmed Shahzad 66, Azhar Ali 54, Shan Masood 50, Asad Shafiq 42; Vernon Philander 2 for 39)

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