Pakistan make early inroads to trouble South Africa on Day 1

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Irfan claimed two wickets to put his side on top © AFP (File photo)

Oct 14, 2013

Pakistan bowlers made early inroads against South Africa on Monday, leaving the top-ranked side tottering at 66 for three at lunch on Day One of the first Test at Abu Dhabi.

Mohammad Irfan claimed two wickets while Junaid Khan bagged one to help their side gain control early on in the first of the two-match Test series.

South Africa, playing their first Test match since February this year, made a poor start as they lost opener Alviro Petersen for three when Irfan had him caught by debutant Shan Masood in the third over of the game.

The lanky Pakistan pacer once again struck in the seventh over, getting the key wicket of Protea captain Graeme Smith for 15.

South Africa’s batting mainstay Hashim Amla then joined forces with veteran Jacques Kallis to rebuild their innings, but their resistance was ended after a stubborn stand that lasted 10.2 overs by Junaid.

Kallis could manage only five runs off 28 balls and was caught behind the wickets by Adnan Akmal, which left the touring side reeling at 43 for three.

AB de Villiers (11 not out) and Amla (30 not out) did well to keep the Pakistan bowlers at bay, with the South Africans reaching 66 for three at lunch.

Earlier, South Africa captain Graeme Smith won the toss and elected to bat.

Brief scores:

South Africa 66 for 3 (Hashim Amla 30*; Mohammad Irfan 2 for 27, Junaid Khan 1 for 17) vs Pakistan.

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