Pakistan slip after good start
Posted on: 11:21 PM IST Jan 25, 2013
East London: The touring Pakistan suffered a collapse after a century opening partnership on the first day of their four-day match against a South African Invitation XI at Buffalo Park on Friday. The tourists were 178 for 6 at the close on a day shortened by rain and bad light.
Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed put on 105 for the first wicket but the Pakistanis then lost six wickets for the addition of 40 runs. Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed and fast bowler Umar Gul added an unbeaten 33 for the seventh wicket.
Hafeez made 55 off 95 deliveries with ten fours before he was dismissed by opening bowler Kyle Abbott. But the batsmen who followed were unable to take advantage of the good start in their only warm-up match before three Test matches against South Africa.
Jamshed saw Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq dismissed cheaply before he fell to offspinner Simon Harmer to be the sixth man out for 68, compiled off 158 balls with 8 fours.