Home > News >

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)

Pakistan vs South Africa – Live on Ten Cricket

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

Amla feels Proteas more acclimatised to conditions

Live Cricket Score Duleep Trophy Central Zone vs North Zone, semi-final at Mohali Day 4: Mahesh Rawat’s ton puts match beyond North’s reach

Live Cricket Score Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 4: Pakistan eye victory after a successful day

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 1st Test Day 1 at Mirpur: Bangladesh grab upper hand at Stumps

World Cup 1992, England vs Pakistan: Three hours of rain changes course of tournament

David Warner’s transformation into a dependable and effervescent batsman

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

Pakistan eye victory as Australia reel at 59/4 at stumps on Day 4

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: David Warner admits that Australia is not scared of big targets

Suresh Raina gifts Aditya Garhwal an autographed bat

Dwayne Bravo says West Indies pull-out had everybody’s consent

Younis Khan scores 26th ton to establish Pakistan record

Younis Khan scores 26th ton to establish Pakistan record

Younis Khan becomes seventh Pakistani cricketer to score two hundreds in a Test

Virat Kohli and others with 20 ODI hundreds

David Warner and others with records related to hundreds in consecutive Test innings

Strangers, Brothers and Cricket— the English novelist CP Snow’s lasting passion for the game

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

Apple to merge Beats Music with iTunes next year as music sales fall 14 percent in 2014: WSJ

Shahid Kapoor’s Haider screened at Rome Film Festival!

Dhanush’s Vellai Illa Pattadhaari completes 100 days!

Dear IAF, every smartphone not just Xiaomi could be a security threat

Top Sex Positions: Frog Princess

How to make tamarind or imli packs for hair and skin

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here