South Africa tread cautiously at Tea on Day Two

Skipper Graeme Smith walks back after being dismissed by Saeed Ajmal © Getty images

Cape Town: Feb 15, 2013

South Africa scored 65 runs for the loss of two wickets at Tea on Day Two of the second Test at Cape Town on Friday.

After being bowled out for 338, Pakistan needed to come back strongly through their effective bowling attack. Umar Gul created the first opportunity making Graeme Smith to play at a good length delivery. However, to the bowler’s disappointment, Younis Khan dropped the catch giving another life to Smith.

Tanvir Ahmed who opened the bowling attack from the other end found no assistance from the pitch. Moreover, a leisure speed of 120 kmph was not going to trouble the openers who negotiated it easily. Smith and Peterson moved cautiously against the Pakistan attack.

Saeed Ajmal found the first breakthrough dismissing Smith for 19 runs. The South African skipper attempted to sweep the delivery and was struck in line. However, the Umpire thought otherwise and turned down the appeal. The visitors chose to go for the review resulting in the decision being overturned. Both teams will be happy with the Decision Review System (DRS) in this match considering the hot-spot debacle at Wanderers in the last Test.

A few overs later Ajmal struck again as Azhar Ali showed great reflex to hold on to a catch offered by a defensive Peterson. 

South Africa chose to promote Faf du Plessis ahead of experienced Jacques Kallis. Both Amlas and du Plessis saw through the remaining overs comfortably. The duo will have to build a partnership if the Proteas have to take home the honours on Day Two.

Misbah-ul-Haq will be happy with his team’s performance in this session. However, he will be more relaxed to see the back of Hashim Amla who can consolidate upon his start post Tea and take the Proteas to a strong total.

Brief Score: Pakistan 338 all out (Younis Khan 111, Asad Shafiq 111; Vernon Philander 5 for 59, Morne Morkel 2 for 59) lead South Africa 65 for 2 (Graeme Smith 19, Hashim Amla 17*; Saeed Ajmal 2 for 20) by 273 runs

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