Sunday, 17 February 2013

Pakistan crumble to put South Africa in charge

CAPE TOWN: Three wickets in as many balls turned the second Test in South Africa’s favour as the hosts ripped through Pakistan’s batting on the fourth morning to leave the tourists on 157 for eight at lunch at Newlands on Sunday.
Pakistan have an overall lead of 169 but with just two second innings wickets remaining, are some way short of setting the home side a decent target as they seek to level the three-match series at 1-1.
South Africa were a bowler short when Morne Morkel failed to take the field after straining his hamstring earlier in he innings for the second time in the match.
With the Proteas reluctant to give Jacques Kallis a heavy workload with the ball, it meant a prolonged spell in the morning session for off-spinner Robin Peterson, with pacemen Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander operating from the opposite end.
Pakistan resumed on 100-3 with skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali adding just 14 runs before the first wicket fell.
Misbah attempted a poorly executed sweep off Peterson and sent a top-edge flying to Graeme Smith at leg slip, the batsman departing for a patient 44.
Asad Shafiq (19) was next to go, unlucky to see the ball bounce onto the stumps after it looped up following his back-foot defensive shot off Philand


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