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Dale Steyn (above) picked three for 33 to choke the Pakistan batsmen. Morne Morkel and Jacques Kallis too maintained pressure from the other end © AFP

Nov 24, 2013
 
South African pacers dominated the Pakistan batsmen to restrict them to 218 for nine in the first One-Day International (ODI) at Newlands at Cape Town on Sunday. A late repair work by debutant Bilawal Bhatti (39) and Anwar Ali (43 not out) helped them give some respectability to the score.
 
Earlier in the day, Pakistan skipper won the toss and elected to bat. The decision seemed to have worked well as opener Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad scored 49 runs for the opening wicket. With Steyn and Philander operating from either ends, it was a good effort with helpful conditions on offer for the South African pacers.
 
However, Steyn struck twice to dismiss Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez and reduce the visitors to 58 for two. Shezad tried to revive the innings in company of Shoaib Maqsood. However the 15-run stand came to an end after the opener tries to play at a length ball outside off towards the third-man, but end up getting an outside edge which safely landed in the hand of the wicketkeeper.
 
Skipper Misbah walked into the crease in a situation that has been familiar to him in the last few months. However, despite his good form, he wasn’t able to provide the kind of support that the team needed. Two more quick bursts by the South African pacers left the hosts reeling at 98 for five.
 
Shahid Afridi provided some quick flourish with his bat slamming a 23-ball 26, which included one boundary and a six. However, Steyn soon got the better off him.
 
At 131 for 7 it looked like the visitors would fold up quickly but Bhatti and Anwar played well to help Pakistan recover from the precaurious situation.
 
Brief scores:
 
Pakistan 218 for 9 in 50 overs (Bilawal Bhatti 39, Anwar Ali 43*; Dale Steyn 3 for 33; Morne Morkel 3 for 39) vs South Africa.
 
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