South Africa beat Pakistan to take 1-0 lead

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Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis took South Africa to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Pakistan on the fifth day of the first Test at Centurion Park here on Monday.

Amla (64 not out) and Kallis (60 not out) put on an unbeaten 119 for the fourth wicket as South Africa made light of what coach Mickey Arthur had expected to be a difficult task on a wearing pitch.

Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, who had been expected to be Pakistan’s dangerman, gained some sharp turn at times but was unable to take a wicket in 24.5 overs which cost him 61 runs.

Amla was beaten twice in the first over of the day by Kaneria but played the spin bowler with increasing confidence as he built his innings. Nightwatchman Paul Harris was the only batsman to be dismissed on Monday, caught at cover off Mohammad Asif for seven.

Play started 45 minutes late because of a wet outfield caused by overnight rain. South Africa, who resumed at 69 for two, lost Harris in the sixth over of the day when he drove Asif uppishly and Faisal Iqbal held an easy catch.

Kallis, South Africa’s most experienced batsman, started cautiously before batting with confidence and taking over as the senior partner, while man-of-the-match Amla played a sound supporting role in making his second half-century of the match.

The pair added 119 off 227 balls and were seldom trouble, especially in scoring the 77 runs they still needed after lunch. South Africa set up the win when they took a 104-run first innings lead despite batting second, with a century by Ashwell Prince and half-centuries by Amla and Herschelle Gibbs making the bulk of the runs.

Pakistan are likely to be strengthened for the second Test, which starts in Port Elizabeth on Friday, with the arrival of leading batsman Mohammad Yousuf and the likely inclusion of fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.

Pakistan won toss

Pakistan 1st inns 313 (Yasir Hameed 65, Younis Khan 68, Inzamam-ul-Haq 42; M Ntini 5-83)

South Africa 1st inns 417 (H M Amla 71, A G Prince 138, H H Gibbs 94; Mohammad Asif 5-89)

Pakistan 2nd inns 302 (Imran Farhat 68, Shahid Nazir 40; P L Harris 4-46)

South Africa 2nd inns (overnight 69-2)

*G C Smith lbw b Hafeez 32

A B de Villiers c Younis b Asif 12

H M Amla not out 64

P L Harris c Faisal b Asif 7

J H Kallis not out 60

Extras (b8, lb4, nb12) 24

Total (3 wkts, 60.5 overs) 199

Did not bat: H H Gibbs, A G Prince, †M V Boucher, S M Pollock, A Nel, M Ntini

Fall: 1-20, 2-67, 3-80

Bowling: Mohammad Asif 14-2-56-2 (9nb); Naved-ul-Hasan 7-3-21-0 (3nb); Shahid Nazir 3-1-13-0; Danish Kaneria 24.5-5-61-0; Mohammad Hafeez 12-2-36-1

Result: South Africa won by 7 wickets

Series: South Africa lead the 3-match series 1-0

Man of the Match: Hashim Amla

Umpires: S A Bucknor (West Indies) and B R Doctrove (West Indies). TV umpire: K H Hurter. Match referee: B C Broad (England)

Forthcoming matches: January 19-23 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth. January 26-30 3rd Test, Cape Town
Source:The News

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