Pakistan pushed on backfoot at lunch on Day 1

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Cape Town: Feb 14, 2013

Pakistan are in a spot of bother yet again as they went into lunch with four wickets down for 60 runs in the second Test match. The South African pacers were on song under favourable conditions to take away honours in the first session.

When Pakistan were put into bat in the second Test, the only thing that mattered to them was to save their wickets which they miserably failed to do in the previous Test. Whereas the South African bowlers couldn’t have asked for better conditions to swing the momentum in their favour early on.

Openers Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamsed hung on for as much time as they could, dragging their bat and trying to save their edges on various occasions. However, a circumspect Jamshed poked one to gully in the eighth over where Faf du Plessis dropped a simple regulation catch. The dropped catch didn’t do much harm as Philander found another edge in the next delivery which was accepted by AB de Villiers behind the wicket.

Hafeez too didn’t last long as he lunged forward, failing to get inside the line of the ball only to see skipper Graeme Smith holding on to a low catch at first slip.

The downslide continued as Azhar Ali was dismissed by Morne Morkel. The big blow came a few minutes later when Morkel struck again with the priced wicket of skipper Misbah-ul-Haq. The lanky pacer had beautifully set up Misbah with a series of short balls before the skipper pulled one sluggishly to Dean Elgar at short leg.

Younis Khan who scored a half-century in the practice match against Emerging Cape Cobras a few days ago looked confident right from the beginning. He seemed to be the only batsman facing the pace trio comfortably and picking up runs as well. Except for Younis, none of the batsmen could deal with the pace and swing of the Proteas attack.

Graeme Smith, leading South Africa in his 100th Test couldn’t have asked for a better start from his bowlers. Post lunch Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq will have to fight hard and take their team team to a respectable position.

Brief Scores: Pakistan: 60 for 4 (Younis Khan 24*, Moahammad Hafeez 17; Morne Morkel 2 for 22, Dale Steyn 1 for 13) vs South Africa

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